The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Lie heavy on him, earth, for he / Hath laid many a heavy load on thee! – this mock epitaph on the architect Sir John Vanbrugh is attributed both to Jonathan Swift and to the less-famous Dr Able Evans.

Volunteers from Nidd Gorge Community group at their Easter family event on Sunday. (Picture by Nidd Gorge Photography)

Dear Reader: Defending Nidd Gorge + hidden artistic treasure

So far I've not heard anyone on my travels voice the opinion that beauty spot Nidd Gorge is the right location for a bypass to cure Harrogate and Knaresborough’s mounting traffic woes.

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The Emperors New Clothes had a remarkably talented cast.

The Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

In a week when Harrogate launches an ambassadors programme, with leading local figures tasked to bring new business to town, you may have spotted in the business section of The Advertiser last week, the article on Richard Bielby (the production manager at the theatre) and Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services (HTSS).

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Farming Minister George Eustice visited Craven College and spoke to farmers at Skipton Market last month.

Life at Westminster with Julian Smith MP

I want to begin this month’s column by wishing everyone a happy Easter and I hope that you had a restful break. I am delighted that the Tour de Yorkshire will come through our area next week.

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Simon Theakston of Theakstons Brewery.

The Reporting Back column with Andrew Jones MP

The Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards take place at the end of this month. Last year saw local businesses recognised; many I have visited to see what they do first hand – like Change Mobility and Harrogate International Festivals.

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The HARCVS staff team outside the offices at Harrogate Community House.

Helping Others column with Karen Weaver

It’s been a strange few months here at HARCVS as we’ve had to deal with the impact of losing our main grants from North Yorkshire County Council and the NHS. Three much loved, experienced and talented staff have just transferred over to the new provider, our capacity to support local voluntary organisations and volunteers is reduced and we need less office space.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.

The Easter message with the Dean of Ripon Rev John Dobson

On Sunday morning, in glorious sunshine, people from the Cathedral and other congregations within Ripon gathered in the Market Place for the blessing of palms. It was Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.

During Eucharistic worship, many congregations share The Peace.

The Holy Living column with Rev Peter Dodson

Today, April 13, is Maundy Thursday, part of this year’s Holy Week. The word ‘maundy’ is connected with “commandment”. It refers to what Jesus said at his Last Supper: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

The Spring Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground attracts around 60,000 visitors.

The Visit Harrogate column

It’s less than a month until the women’s and men’s Tour de Yorkshire races roll into Harrogate. We are all looking forward to seeing the race, and seeing the Harrogate district at its best on the television coverage that will be live throughout the day on ITV and Eurosport, and will also be shown in over 170 countries.

A dedicated team of officers will be working behind the scenes to co-ordinate the Tour de Yorkshire operation.

On The Beat column with Supt Paula Booth

It’s almost here, folks – the fantastic Tour de Yorkshire!

This three-day event, which gets underway on the east coast on Friday 28 April and then heads to Harrogate on the Saturday, has fast become a firm favourite in the sporting calendar.

The Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright, New York. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society Column with David Winpenny

Of all the building materials we use today, concrete is by far the most favoured. It is also, perhaps, the most ignored – or even despised.

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Kirsty Hall, a new full member of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association team. Photo by Sara Spillett

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association column, with David Dennis

We have been fortunate over the years to have always been able to match recruitment to the ever increasing demand on our services and the mix of seasoned members with many rescue experiences and new, and usually younger, members has served us well.

The Ripon Hornblower with Angela Jones and Frances Elliott at the HARCVS stand inside Ripon Library.

Connecting Ripon column with Mark Hopley

There were some fabulous photos in the Ripon Gazette from the sixth annual Sights and Sounds of Ripon event. Many members of our Connecting Ripon network were out and about in the city on the day, taking the opportunity to be part of a fabulous partnership event which celebrates the variety of wonderful sights and sounds Ripon has to offer its residents and visitors.

Lambing time on the farm

Lambing time on the farm

Well it’s official we have started lambing. As we expected the weather did turn, it snowed and rained when they started lambing, writes Frances Graham.

Kids Aloud Concert.  The Mayor of Harrogate Coun Nick Brown with fellow guests. (1703031AM8)

The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate’s monthly diary, with Coun Nick Brown

My highlights in March included a number of enjoyable school visits to meet pupils and to try and explain democracy, the role of the Mayoralty and to foster a sense of civic pride. These included St Aidan’s, Ashville, Belmont Grosvenor, Kirkby Overblow, Cundall Manor and Queen Ethelburga’s schools. We really do have great education in our district!

A primary school head teacher in Derby demonstrated that children get better grades by wearing slippers.

School Matters column with Dennis Richards

April 1st has come and gone for another year. While perhaps no news outlet will ever match the famous Richard Dimbleby spaghetti “spoof” of many decades ago, the Guardian came close this year with brilliant “wind-up” in relation to a news announcement about George Osborne’s seventh new job.

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Ripons twin gazebos. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

As spring is officially here and the season for garden-visiting is ahead, the architectural setting – the bones of any garden – might repay some attention.

Lucy Allen and Alexis Guntrip arranging a collection of the dresses worn in the series in the Cinnamon Drawing Room

Behind the scenes at Harewood House, with director Jane Marriott

2017 promises to be the most exciting season at Harewood House to date. Many people know Harewood for its wonderful 18th century Adam interiors, wonderful Chippendale furniture and Capability Brown landscapes, and yet the Victorian story of Harewood is far less well known.

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Room for a Laugh, with Tom Taylor

It was on this day, thirty years ago, that Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” sold for a record 22.5 million pounds. As such I have dug out my poster paint and started knocking out paintings of flowers left, right and centre. Regrettably I couldn’t find any yellow so my flowers are significantly less sunny than Vinnie’s.

Keith Tordoff with Ian Dimmick holding a fridge for the Red Nose challenge

A week in the life of Pateley Bridge, with Keith Tordoff

Never a dull moment in Pateley Bridge. Last week a man came into our shop carrying a fridge! I didn’t give him the ‘cold shoulder’ (the jokes can’t get any worse, can they?!).

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