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Get Lost In A Yorkshire Maze On Yorkshire Day
If you are looking for something different to do to celebrate Yorkshire Day, Friday 1 August, why not get lost in a giant Yorkshire themed Maze and enter a Yorkshire Pudding tossing competition?…
York Maze 2014 featuring Geoff Boycott, Jeremy Clarkson, Brian Blessed
Public Invited To Take Part In Lights Out To Mark Centenary Of The…
Local MP Calls For People To Turn Their Lights Out For WW1
Cheers - As Brewery Plans Are Given The Go-Ahead
New Apprenticeship Scheme Boost For Young Leeds Legal Talent
Apprentices Make Their Mark In The Law
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Public Invited To Take Part In Lights Out To Mark Centenary Of The Outbreak Of War


In one of the most dramatic UK-wide events ever organised, everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August. They are being asked…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 8:27pm

New Measures To Tighten Up The Immigration System


A new crackdown on immigration abuses was announced today by the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary as part of the government's long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 10:15pm

Britain To Provide New Assistance To Combat Ebola In West Africa

Doctors with Médecins Sans Frontières try to feed a young girl in the high contamination risk zone of a treatment centre in Sierra Leone. Picture: Sylvain Cherkaoui/Cosmos
Doctors with Médecins Sans Frontières try to feed a young girl in the high contamination risk zone of a treatment centre in Sierra Leone. Picture: Sylvain Cherkaoui/Cosmos
A new £2 million package of assistance will be made available immediately to partners including the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières that are…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 8:00pm

Yorkshire Community Groups Urged Not To Miss Out On Shares of £80.5k


Skipton Building Society is calling out for community groups in Yorkshire to apply for their chance to win a £500 pot of funding before the deadline closes for applications on 31st July.

Gras…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 7:19pm

A Town At War: Harrogate During The First World War

Donald Bell VC
Donald Bell VC
Discover the extraordinary stories of ordinary people from the Harrogate area in a new exhibition commemorating The Great War at the Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate. These are revealed through…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 2:24pm

FBU Gaza Statement

photo by Physicians for Human Rights
photo by Physicians for Human Rights
The Fire Brigades Union deplores the horrific attacks on Gaza and calls for an immediate, negotiated and total ceasefire. The union sends our support, solidarity and sympathy to all those affected…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 12:00pm

UK Assistance To Gaza This Week Reaches £7 Million


The UK will provide an additional £2 million in emergency assistance for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's (UNRWA) Gaza Flash Appeal, International Development Secretary Justine…

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Sat 26th Jul, 2014 | 8:04pm

Justine Greening Welcomes UN Cross-Border Aid For Syria

Trucks carrying UN aid into Syria at the border with Turkey.  photo - Christophe Morard/Global Logistics Cluster
Trucks carrying UN aid into Syria at the border with Turkey. photo - Christophe Morard/Global Logistics Cluster
International Development Secretary Justine Greening has welcomed the UN's first cross-border aid convoy into Syria since UN Security Council Resolution 2165 was passed last Monday, backed…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 3:11pm

Leeds Market Is Getting A Makeover

photo by stevecadman
photo by stevecadman
Leeds city council's £12.3m investment in the refurbishment of Kirkgate Market has taken a major step forward as the planning application details and support for traders are announced.

The…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 9:33am

Bees' Needs: Public Urged To Support Pollinators

photo by PsJeremy
photo by PsJeremy
Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted to protect the vital contribution these insects make to our economy.

Th…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 3:26pm

New Funding To Protect Millions Of Girls From Child Marriage


The UK is driving a major new global push to end child and forced marriage across the world, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced at the UK's first Girl Summit.

With the…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 6:00pm

PM Hosts Girl Summit 2014: A Future Free From FGM And Child And Forced Marriage


A new package of action and funding to protect millions of girls at home and abroad from female genital mutilation and forced marriage will be announced today by Prime Minister David Cameron,…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 12:12pm

Leeds Launches A "Doing Nothing Is Not An Option" Campaign


A new campaign focusing on 'doing nothing is not an option' when it comes to adult abuse and that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard people in the city launches this week.

The Leeds…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 2:34pm

Photography Students In The Picture At Gallery Exhibition


Photography students from Communication Specialist College Doncaster found the focus on them after their work went on show at a town centre gallery.

Striking images by four college students have…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 1:17pm

FCO Minister Condemns Terror Attack In Egypt


Commenting on a terrorist attack on a border-guard checkpoint near Farafra in Egypt's Western Desert reported to have killed more than 20 people, Minister for North Africa Tobias Ellwood said:

"I…

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Sun 20th Jul, 2014 | 10:10pm

Sheffield Architects Go Yellow, French and Cycling for Marie Curie Cancer Care

L-R: Mark Fannon,Stephen Oles,Catherine Ailsa West,Mike Hall,Heath Denton,Tom Rhys Jones,Richard Desmond
L-R: Mark Fannon,Stephen Oles,Catherine Ailsa West,Mike Hall,Heath Denton,Tom Rhys Jones,Richard Desmond
Employees at Sheffield based architects Jefferson Sheard took part in a week of fundraising to celebrate the Tour de France, whilst raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of their…

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Fri 18th Jul, 2014 | 3:39pm

Are You Fit To Tow This Summer?

photo by Highways Agency
photo by Highways Agency
People driving in Yorkshire and the North East are being urged to help cut the number of towing related incidents on Highways Agency roads this summer by checking their caravan or trailer before…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 5:56pm

Steve Flies Into Sunset After 10 Years As Air Ambulance Pilot

Cpt Steve Cobb
Cpt Steve Cobb
The pilot who flew BBC presenter Richard Hammond to hospital after his horror high-speed crash has retired after a decade with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Capt Steve Cobb has flown hundreds of…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 11:53am

Get On 'Yer Bike' For Yorkshire's Churches

Gary Verity and Dr John Sentamu
Gary Verity and Dr John Sentamu
Although the bunting may be coming down, the region is still basking in the success of the Grand Depart, and the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust (YHCT) is calling for people to get involved in…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 7:56pm

Katie Mallinson
Simon On The Streets Launches Charity Endurance Event
By Katie Mallinson
Features Writer

West Yorkshire charity Simon on the Streets has launched a go karting endurance event, to raise money to support more homeless people in the region.

And now local companies who think they've got…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 3:11pm

Foreign Secretary Welcomes UN Vote To Help Over 1.3 Million Syrians

UK aid arriving - photo Simon Davis DFID
UK aid arriving - photo Simon Davis DFID
The Foreign Secretary has welcomed the unanimous vote at the United Nations Security Council to enable UN aid delivery across Syria borders, without needing the consent of the regime, which will…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 9:58pm

Tour-ism Boost Forecast For Yorkshire

Harewood ceremonial start
Harewood ceremonial start
Public opinion and awareness of Yorkshire has rocketed after the county's hosting of the biggest Grand Départ in the history of the Tour de France.

More than 1/3 of the UK's population had their…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 1:59pm

August Fun Day Raises Blood Clot Awareness


When the level of rivalry on a football pitch is as intense as the competition between cake bakers, you know you're in for a memorable day...

A jam-packed day of fun and games will raise money and…

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Sun 13th Jul, 2014 | 7:12pm

Celebrities Film Lipreading Selfies In Aid Of Hearing Dogs

Hearing Dogs puppy
Hearing Dogs puppy
British actress Pauline Quirke, BBC newsreader Naga Munchetty and deaf Big Brother winner Sam Evans have all filmed 'selfie' videos to support John Barrowman's Deaf for the Day experience and…

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Sat 12th Jul, 2014 | 9:53pm

Lights To Go Out Across The UK To Mark The Outbreak Of The First World War


Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection. People…

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Sat 12th Jul, 2014 | 12:01pm

Local MP Calls For People To Turn Their Lights Out For WW1


Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central and Opposition Lead for WW1 commemorations, has urged local people to take part in commemorations to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War by…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 8:06pm

MH17: PM Meets Families


From a Downing Street spokesperson:

"The Prime Minister chaired a COBR meeting earlier this afternoon to discuss the latest information on the MH17 plane disaster and the UK's response.

"The…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 9:04pm

Riding High In South Yorkshire For 150th Anniversary Celebrations

Carol Johnson branch manager of the Yorkshire Building Society in Sheffield
Carol Johnson branch manager of the Yorkshire Building Society in Sheffield
Following in the tyre tracks of the Tour de France, Yorkshire Building Society is embarking on a bike tour with a difference in South Yorkshire as it invites charities to apply for a slice of…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 7:59pm

Budding Harrogate Fashion Designer Needs Your Vote

Leanne Hardacre
Leanne Hardacre
Leanne Hardacre, 21, from Coppice Avenue, Harrogate is currently in Beijing competing against 11 of the most talented young fashion designers in the world to win the izzue x Tsinghua Fashion…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 5:29pm

Yorkshire Waterways Museum 'Heritage for All' Project


Yorkshire Waterways Museum has launched its 'Heritage for All' project in partnership with Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Yorkshire Waterways museum is looking for volunteers who want to help it…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 1:11pm

Driving Licence Fees To Fall


Driving licence fees are set to fall by up to 32% under plans announced today by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and Transport Minister Claire Perry.

The proposals are contained…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 10:25am

Coastguard Safety Appeal As Hot Weather Continues


Glorious sunshine and hot temperatures has seen the Coastguard deal with more than 2,500 incidents in the past month alone.

From 21 June to 21 July 2014, there were 2,549 incidents listed on the…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 3:20pm

Foreign Secretary Saddened By AH5017 Plane Crash

photo by Eric Salard
photo by Eric Salard
Foreign Secretary sends condolences to those affected by the crash of flight AH5017 and offers UK assistance.

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I am deeply saddened to hear confirmation…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 2:53pm

A Remarkable Story

Kathryn's painting
Kathryn's painting
When Kathryn Tebbs was born 4 weeks early weighing just 4lbs, she was so distressed that the midwife had to resuscitate her. It quickly became evident that she had problems and her parents Maureen…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 4:52pm

Minister For Africa Welcomes Release Of Meriam Ibrahim In Sudan

photo by Osajus
photo by Osajus
Mark Simmonds welcomes release of Meriam Ibrahim and calls on Government of Sudan to guarantee religious freedom for all.

Commenting after Meriam Ibrahim, who had previously been sentenced to…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 3:07pm

Old Coastguard Station Gets A Makeover

photo by National Trust/Kate Horne
photo by National Trust/Kate Horne
Sitting at the top of the slipway on the sea's edge in Robin Hood's Bay, the National Trust's Old Coastguard Station is at the mercy of the elements. It's facade had become quite shabby and…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 3:37pm

High Corn Mill Announces Tour De France Bike Trail Winner

Andrew Mear and Darcey Burrell
Andrew Mear and Darcey Burrell
Local school girl, Darcey Burrell has won High Corn Mill's Tour de France bike trail.

Skipton's High Corn Mill launched a special bike trail in honour of Le Tour Yorkshire and invited families to…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 8:21am

One-Off Independent Guidance Will Not Prepare People For New Pensions World, Says TUC

photo by Alan Cleaver
photo by Alan Cleaver
Commenting on the publication today (Monday) of the results of the government's consultation over pensions reforms that were announced in the 2014 Budget, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 1:36pm

PM Call With President Putin On The Flight MH17 Disaster


The Prime Minister spoke to President Putin this evening (20 July) about the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister spoke to President…

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Sun 20th Jul, 2014 | 10:30pm

Warning To Drivers As Nationwide Thundery Showers Forecast

photo by Not So Nice Duck
photo by Not So Nice Duck
Road users across England are being warned to take extra care during heavy, thundery showers expected this weekend.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain, starting on Friday night…

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Sat 19th Jul, 2014 | 12:55pm

Dragon Boat Challenge Raises Funds For Samaritans

John Vinuesa
John Vinuesa
More than £2,500 has been raised for charity in memory of a Samaritans volunteer who died last year.

Friends, family and fellow volunteers of John Vinuesa, 51, teamed up to take part in York…

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Fri 18th Jul, 2014 | 8:41am

MEP Urges EU To Find Missing Nigerian School Girls #BringBackOurGirls

Linda McAvan
Linda McAvan
As the new chair of the European Parliament's International Development Committee, Yorkshire Euro MP Linda McAvan addressed the MEPs in Strasbourg today, calling on the EU and its member states to…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 1:32pm

Marathon Row Challenge For Macmillan Cancer Support

Jo Moseley
Jo Moseley
An Embsay mother of two teenage boys is rowing a million metres to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Jo Moseley, 49, started her challenge in May, on the anniversary of her parents'…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 9:31pm

£1.5million Feature Film - Filmed In York And New York


"Ultimate freedom comes from the ability to follow the one thing you want the most in life and the audacity to overcome the fears that lie in its path."

From their first encounter as teenagers in…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 1:11pm

TUC Calls On Retailers To Answer To MPs Over Rana Plaza Compensation

photo by rijans
photo by rijans
The TUC is calling on all UK retailers which source clothing from Bangladesh to attend a meeting in Westminster today (Tuesday) where they will be asked what they are doing to support the victims…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 9:10am

Yorkshire Man Of Steel Checks-In At Airport

Steve Mehdi with the Yorkshire Man of Steel
Steve Mehdi with the Yorkshire Man of Steel
There was a special arrival checking-in at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield today - the Yorkshire Man of Steel.

The four metre high sculpture will be on display within the terminal building…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 9:44pm

Where Are All The Tour De France Jumpers?


Thanks to contributions from around the world, 23,500 knitted miniature jerseys were hung around the Harrogate district celebrating the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France.

They have…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 9:41am

Kenya Travel Advice Update


The FCO has changed its travel advice to Kenya to advise against all but essential travel to Lamu County and those areas of Tana River County north of the Tana River itself. The travel advice for…

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Sat 12th Jul, 2014 | 10:27pm

National Trust Proud To Be a Part Of Le Tour Yorkshire And Build On Its Cycling Legacy

Crowds in Buckden - photo Brian Cleckner
Crowds in Buckden - photo Brian Cleckner
As Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France last weekend, the National Trust was proud to be a part of the biggest event in the county's history. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase everything…

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Sat 12th Jul, 2014 | 7:53pm

Sunshine Brings 156th Great Yorkshire Show To A Close

3 year old Lucy Calpan of Bradford enjoys the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show
3 year old Lucy Calpan of Bradford enjoys the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show
Glorious sunshine and blue skies brought three days of farming excellence and entertainment to a finale as the 156th Great Yorkshire Show came to a close yesterday (Thursday).

Organisers announced…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 8:43pm

Yorkshire Word of the Day
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