The Nidderdale Plus column with Debbie Grassam

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This month’s picture was taken at our Nidderdale Plus library in Pateley Bridge during a Wednesday morning Story Time for little ones. This free session takes place every Wednesday between 10.30am and 11am with one of our wonderful volunteer readers. If you have a young family, please make this part of your Wednesday morning routine.

Further to last month’s article, I would like to remind everyone of the need to urgently raise funds for the proposal by the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company (D&B CIC) towards a summer Sunday and Bank Holiday bus service.

Full details about the proposed ‘Nidderdale Rambler’, ‘Fountains Flyer’ and the ‘Brimham Explorer’ can be found by This initiative would be great for residents, tourists, and of course the local economy.

If you are a local business, your support will obviously also provide advantageous publicity for you. I must stress that funds are needed urgently if this proposal is going to be made a reality – because plans need to be made for it to hopefully start on the first Bank Holiday weekend in May.

Talking of the May Day Bank Holiday weekend – I am sure you are now aware that this is when the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 will be back in our area. This year the men’s race will be over four days and the women’s race two days. Sunday 6 May is when the Tour de Yorkshire races through our area and also on Sunday there will be a ‘Sportive’ event with a choice of three journey lengths for amateur enthusiasts: 49km, 84km or 129km – so we can certainly expect that date to be busy!

You can visit the following website to see the routes for the amateur riders:! Local voluntary and community groups, schools, and parish/town councils can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 from Harrogate Borough Council for a project specifically to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire 2018.

Applications can be submitted until Monday 12 March – so if you have an idea of a project which will benefit the local community and economy, please visit the following website to find out more:

I’ve mentioned bus travel and cycling, and now I wish to remind car owners in the area who benefit from using their car parking permits for local shopping that it is nearly time to renew your permit. Pateley Bridge Town Council has four sessions booked to sell car parking permits at our office. The dates are: Friday 23 March; Saturday 24 March; Friday 30 March and Saturday 31 March – between 10am and 1pm.

The price remains £12 for the year (cash only please, cheques and cards cannot be accepted) and this allows permit holders two hours’ free parking at Southlands, Nidd Walk, and Bewerley Showground car parks. 600 permits are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Two car registrations can be put on one permit – please remember to bring a note of your car registration(s) with you.

Finally, the free Citizens Advice drop-in session is proving popular at our community hub and the next date for free and confidential support is Wednesday 7 March 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Also, the next Carers Craft Session will take place on Wednesday 21 March between 2pm and 3.30pm – £5 per session (with refreshments and all materials provided). Please call if you wish to find out more.