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Dear Reader: Hiding from heatwave + annoying rail station barriers

The weekend’s heatwave was perfect weather for lying on the beach in the south of France or Bridlington, even.

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A Google streetview image showing the lower end of Parliament Street  one of the towns busiest junctions.

The Transport Talk column with Don Mackenzie

A significant investment will be made in traffic management in Harrogate. Traffic lights at the junction of Kings Road, Ripon Road, Parliament St and Crescent Road, and including those at Parliament St, Oxford St and Kings Rd, Cheltenham Crescent are to be changed.

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Olympian Jack Laugher.

City Matters column with Alan Weston

Preparing for the recent Annual Parish Meeting was an opportunity review the year gone and what has been achieved by the City Development Team.

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Actor Joseph Marcell unveiled the Societys plaque on the former Theatre Royal. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

This column first appeared in the Ripon Gazette in October 2007, so this is the 500th of them. Such landmarks are often the opportunity to look back with nostalgia and, perhaps regret.

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The Neighbourhood Plan is dealing with the growth of the city in a sustainable way.

The City Plan column with Alan Weston

One of the main reasons for initially proposing a Neighbourhood Plan for Ripon was concerns about the local economy and a belief that more could be done to support it.

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Pauline and I are pictured with volunteers Collin Fenny, Chris Fahy, and few of the junior football players.

The Borougbridge Mayor’s column with Peter Phillips

An interesting week to say the least. On Tuesday morning Pauline and I were invited to meet with a TV producer with regards to the possibility of her company featuring a TV challenge type programme in the town.

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The Theatre Team performed brilliantly in the Knaresborough Bed Race.

Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

The world feels a very different place since I wrote my last column. The UK has experienced two horrific terrorist atrocities and then there was the little matter of a General Election, all within this last month.

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Love our Indies - Paul Rawlinson, owner of  Baltzersens outside his independent cafe  in Harrogate.

Dear Reader: Why independent is best + alternative to a Harrogate bypass

A regular column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers

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Find out more about the 2017 Volunteer Oscar at www.harcvs.org.uk.

The volunteers column with Karen Weaver

As usual I’m a bit last minute writing this article which today means I’m sitting at the computer on the morning after the General Election, wondering how to come up with a relevant piece that focuses on the voluntary and community sector.

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Charlie and I attended a special volunteers event at the Walled Garden. We were given a tour of the gardens by supervisor Rob Gooderidge.

The Ripon Mayor’s column with Pauline McHardy

Monday 29 May – The Deputy Mayor Charlie Powell and I were due to attend the Ripon Festivals Bank Holiday Monday Charity Spring Fair, which was to be held in the Spa Park.

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Harlow Carrs first flower show attracted 12,000 visitors.

The RHS Garden Harlow Carr column with Liz Thwaite

Preparations for our second annual flower show are in full swing. The nurseries and trade stands are booked, the marquees are ordered, the park and ride service is in place and the show guides are printed.

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Fundraising at last years Knaresborough Bed Race.

Dear Reader: 'Kim Jong-un' at Knaresborough Bed Race + togetherness matters

A weekly column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers

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Spare a thought for our 16 and 18 year olds who are taking their exams.

School matters column with Dennis Richards

Amidst the misery inflicted on us by terrorism and the febrile atmosphere of a General Election, let’s spare a thought for our 16 and 18 year olds, embroiled in the middle of their GCSE and A Level examinations.

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The Ripon Bellman in action. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Tradition. It’s something we know about in Ripon. For hundreds of years (more than eleven hundred, if the uncertain history is true) the Hornblower has set the watch for the city and assured the citizens that all should be safe through the night.

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Connecting Ripon: Celebrating Connections in Volunteers

Connecting Ripon: Celebrating Connections in Volunteers

Today is the first day of Volunteers’ Week, the annual celebration of volunteering. This week will also see the launch of the 10th Harrogate District Volunteering Oscars, always an inspiring and humbling event.

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Enjoying a hot cuppa after the all-night mission to rescue a caver.

Mind the gap – Swan Dike cave rescue ends with drill operation

Cave rescues invariably are long duration and demand major logistical movement of rescue gear not just to the cave entrance but getting it through the complicated cave systems.

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A week in the life of: Our community is still bloomin’ great

A week in the life of: Our community is still bloomin’ great

Pateley Bridge was prominent last week in the national press. There in the middle pages of the Daily Mirror central to its feature about a new programme following the Britain in Bloom competition was a photograph of Pateley Bridge.

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The door into the former Benedictine nunnery church at Nun Monkton. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

It is 500 years this year since Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar who became convinced that the selling of Indulgences by the Catholic Church was corrupt and unscriptural, ignited what quickly became the Reformation by, it is said, nailing his ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ to the door of Wittenberg Church.

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Many cathedrals and churches are encouraging political debate at the moment.

The Dean’s Reflection column with Very Rev John Dobson

Why bother with Yorkshire? That’s quite a question! And it was due to be discussed recently by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, and Sir Gary Verity in the Cathedral – the first of the Cathedral’s new St Wilfrid Discussions.

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Volunteers recently replaced a gate on a public footpath through farmland near Leathley.

The Transport Talk column with Don MacKenzie

This column did not appear in April ahead of the County Council elections. It is good to be back this month.

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