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Troubled Families Programme Expanded To Help Younger Children
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today (19 August 2014) announced details of an expansion of the government's Troubled Families programme, to help vulnerable younger children from struggling homes…
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Pirates Return To Thirsk Races


Friday 29th August sees Thirsk Racecourse staging its popular 'Pirates Family Day' and aiming to entertain budding young high-seas adventurers, as well as its usual array of dedicated racegoers!…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 9:06am

Hospice Pockets From World Snooker Partnership

Mark Selby when he visited Bluebell Wood
Mark Selby when he visited Bluebell Wood
South Yorkshire's only children's hospice, Bluebell Wood, is going snooker loopy having pocketed over £152,000 from its longstanding charity relationship with World Snooker.

The two year…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 9:25pm

New Child Maintenance System Fit For The 21st Century Starts Today

photo by Phil Roeder
photo by Phil Roeder
The new system is a break from the failures of the past, which saw children miss out on support despite hugely expensive running costs.

Innovative new features will now also include an online…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 12:37pm

Parents Struggle To Find Time To Play Physical Games With Children

40 per cent of parents only have time to be physically active with their children at weekends
40 per cent of parents only have time to be physically active with their children at weekends
Parents are struggling to find the time to play physical games with their children - with 40 per cent of mums and dads confessing they only have time at weekends.

Long working hours and commuting…

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Sat 2nd Aug, 2014 | 7:40pm

Wall Street Comes To Yorkshire For Pupils In Stock Market Challenge

The winning pupils from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
The winning pupils from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
West Yorkshire pupils proved to be a class act when they took part in the annual Stock Market Challenge, hosted by Leeds Metropolitan University.

The competition, an initiative funded by the…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 4:16pm

Summer Holiday Fun Is A Breeze As Popular Events Return

Young people enjoying one of last year's popular Breeze on Tour events
Young people enjoying one of last year's popular Breeze on Tour events
Thousands of local young people are expected to flock to Temple Newsam for some free fun in the sun this week.

The event on Wednesday and Thursday from 1pm-5pm will the first of this summer's…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 11:27am

Wednesdays Are Wild At Roseberry Topping

Hold a scary beast!
Hold a scary beast!
Kids can explore their wild side with the National Trust this summer. Wild Wednesdays at Roseberry Topping on 6 and 20 August, 12 noon to 3pm are packed with free hands on adventures.

This year…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 3:30pm

Child Friendly Leeds Celebrates Major Milestone


More than 300 individuals have signed up as ambassadors for the city-wide ambition to make Leeds the most child friendly city in the country.

Famous Leeds brand Marks and Spencer has become the…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 12:46pm

Green Fingered Young Designers Hit The Heights Outside Leeds Civic Hall


Talented young artists from schools across the city have seen their flowerbed designs become a reality outside of one of Leeds' most prestigious civic buildings.

Held as part of this year's Leeds…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 5:08pm

Try Something New This Summer...Go Fishing!!

Fishing can be fun for all the family
Fishing can be fun for all the family
The Environment Agency is encouraging would-be anglers, young and old, to give fishing a go as National Fishing Month gets underway.

If you or your children have ever wanted to try fishing then…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 7:13pm

Pupils' Art A Real Draw For Bus Passengers!

Competition winners Millie Clarke and Charlotte Tonge
Competition winners Millie Clarke and Charlotte Tonge
Artwork by Rotherham school pupils is putting Stagecoach Yorkshire passengers in the picture when it comes to environmentally friendly travel.

Poster designs drawn by Millie Clarke and Charlotte…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 10:21pm

Mini Chefs In The Making Launch Summerdine At Leeds Shopping Centre

Ricardo with his mini master chefs from Middleton St. Mary's Primary School and centre director James Bailey
Ricardo with his mini master chefs from Middleton St. Mary's Primary School and centre director James Bailey
A host of would-be master chefs complete with chefs hats and aprons, descended on White Rose Shopping Centre this morning (Wednesday 9 July) to help launch the centre's Summerdine campaign.

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 10:16am

Leeds Students Have Work Published After Winning Sky Writing Competition

Ellie Squires (second left) and Maisy Farren (second right) with Curriculum Leader for Journalism, Radio and Sound at Leeds City College, Sarah Robinson, and Sky employee Simon Wilkes
Ellie Squires (second left) and Maisy Farren (second right) with Curriculum Leader for Journalism, Radio and Sound at Leeds City College, Sarah Robinson, and Sky employee Simon Wilkes
Two Leeds students have had an article they wrote about the Tour de France published on the Sky Sports website, after winning a competition set up by Leeds-based Sky Sports Digital Media, in…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:10pm

Costumes, Colour And Calypso - It's Scarborough Seafest 2014!


Costumes, colour and calypso will bring a flavour of the Caribbean to the 16th annual Scarborough Seafest.

A pop-up carnival which is an offshoot of Leeds West Indian Carnival, Europe's longest…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:26am

I'm Walking For My Daddy

Front row L-R: Lisa Concannon, Lindsay Blackett, Corey-George Blackett, Andrea Blackett, Jamie Evison. Back row L-R: Lisa Evison, Neil Blackett, Jordan Evison
Front row L-R: Lisa Concannon, Lindsay Blackett, Corey-George Blackett, Andrea Blackett, Jamie Evison. Back row L-R: Lisa Evison, Neil Blackett, Jordan Evison
This was the simple sign on a two year-old boy's t-shirt as he and his grandma completed a 10km charity walk in memory of his daddy at the Longshaw Estate in Derbyshire this weekend.

The little…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 9:21pm

Alice's Art Delivers Squeals On Wheels

Lilian Baldwin, Alice Vaughan and David Lishman
Lilian Baldwin, Alice Vaughan and David Lishman
A-level art student, Alice Vaughan, from Addingham, West Yorkshire, has received her first commission from Ilkley butcher, David Lishman, to produce two Tour artworks for the Yorkshire Sausage…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 10:46am

York Castle Museum: When The World Changed Forever


The terror of war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be the focus of a major exhibition on the First World War at York Castle Museum this Summer.

1914: When the World…

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Fri 27th Jun, 2014 | 4:23pm

Youngsters Get Arty With Airedale Shopping Centre To Greet Tour De France Riders

Year 5 pupils, Parkwood School,  Sadia Mahr and Raheel Iqbal
Year 5 pupils, Parkwood School, Sadia Mahr and Raheel Iqbal
Youngsters at a Keighley school have created their own mementoes of the Tour de France, thanks to the Airedale Shopping Centre.

Pupils at Parkwood School have made miniature wire sculptures of…

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Wed 25th Jun, 2014 | 9:46pm

Red Cross First Aid Session Saved Baby's Life

Ben with his partner Charley, baby Eddie and Red Cross first aid trainer, Debbie Sanderson who taught Ben his life saving skills
Ben with his partner Charley, baby Eddie and Red Cross first aid trainer, Debbie Sanderson who taught Ben his life saving skills
A father from Leeds is urging parents to learn first aid after saving his 8 week old son's life using skills learnt at a British Red Cross baby first aid session.

When parent-to-be Ben Raybould,…

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Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 5:55pm

Izzy McFarland
Fountains Abbey: A Great Day Out
By Izzy McFarland
Correspondent
Fountains Abbey in the sunshine
Fountains Abbey in the sunshine
Perfect for enjoying a day out with the family and regarded as one of the most prominent of the seven Yorkshire Cistercian abbeys, Foundations Abbey was founded in 1132 and is located just 3 miles…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 9:51am

Celebrating Bugs Bright And Beautiful

Lacewing. Photo by Rachel_Scopes
Lacewing. Photo by Rachel_Scopes
Bugs are on the agenda for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust next week as they celebrate National Insect Week across the county.

Yorkshire is jam packed full of creepy crawlies - all different shapes and…

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Tue 17th Jun, 2014 | 1:56pm

Do you have the speed to Beat Badger?

Badger
Badger
The Kirklees Light Railway in Clayton West, near Huddersfield will be the setting for one of the ultimate battles - Human versus Machine! The humans will be the athletes of the Denby Dale…

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Sun 15th Jun, 2014 | 6:56am

Fulneck Fares Well At Performance Arts Festival


Pupils from a Leeds school have won plaudits at the Wharfedale Festival of Performance Arts, including taking the top three places in the Wharfedale's Got Talent class.

Young performers from…

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Thu 12th Jun, 2014 | 3:40pm

Countryside Days at the Great Yorkshire Showground


Thousands of school children from across Yorkshire and beyond converged on the Great Yorkshire Showground to enjoy an action-packed day of fun and education at the annual Countryside Days.

The…

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Wed 11th Jun, 2014 | 4:56pm

Patients And Families Celebrate Birthday For 'Home Away From Home'


Staff, patients and families took part in the 4th birthday celebrations for Eckersley House at Leeds Children's Hospital.

Eckersley House is a 'Home from Home' for many families whose children…

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Tue 10th Jun, 2014 | 11:12am

Bus Company Donation Puts Smiles Back On Scouts' Faces

231st Sheffield (Shire Green) Scouts and cubs with Stagecoach in Sheffield staff in front of the Scout groups plastic bottle green house
231st Sheffield (Shire Green) Scouts and cubs with Stagecoach in Sheffield staff in front of the Scout groups plastic bottle green house
A generous donation from Stagecoach Yorkshire has brought back the smiles of a local scout group after their Sheffield base was burgled.

The leading bus operator has donated 50 basil plants to the…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 7:50pm

Bringing The Beach To Knaresborough!

Two art makers and Maria Dawbarn
Two art makers and Maria Dawbarn
All the fun of the seaside has come to Knaresborough this week as part of feva's urban beach extravaganza! From 8th to 17th August, the walled garden at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre will be…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 9:00pm

FASTEST GROWING FESTIVAL IN THE NORTH REVEALS FAMILY DETAILS


MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL - SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE DALES
AUGUST 7TH - 10TH 2014.

Beacons Festival is fully revamped and ready to build on its welcoming family appeal in Skipton this weekend, providing a…

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Mon 4th Aug, 2014 | 9:01pm

Donation To Neonatal Unit To Thank Staff For Daisy's Care


Amy Walton's daughter Daisy was born a year ago and was 15 weeks premature, she weighed just 1lb 9oz and could not breathe for herself.

She was taken into the Neonatal Unit at Leeds General…

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Sat 2nd Aug, 2014 | 7:19pm

Knights Of Yore Meet City Knights To Prepare For Yorkshire Medieval Festival

In training with the Knights
In training with the Knights
With only a few days until the region's rich medieval history comes under the spotlight for the third annual Yorkshire Medieval Festival, organisers have turned to York's modern day heroes to…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 3:22pm

Spend Another Day On The Beach....In Leeds City Centre!

The magic of City Beach will be returning this year
The magic of City Beach will be returning this year
The fun and atmosphere of an unforgettable trip to the beach is once again set to transform a popular city centre square next month.

Following a successful debut last year, Leeds own 'City Beach'…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 7:22pm

Family Festivals Celebrate The North York Moors

Guided health walk - photo by Discovery Photography
Guided health walk - photo by Discovery Photography
Two free family festivals top and tail the North York Moors National Park's celebrations for this year's National Parks Week. ParkFest took place on Sunday 27 July and MoorFest on Sunday 3 August

N…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 1:16pm

Skipton Castle: Civil War Re-enactments From Trayned Bandes, Historia Normannis and John Nevison a famous Yorkshire highwayman!


Skipton Castle:
Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle remains one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England. Well worth a visit at any time of year; visitors can explore…

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Sun 27th Jul, 2014 | 4:05pm

Stockeld Park Offers Families Outdoor Fun And Indoor Play Throughout The Holidays


Nestled within ancient woodland Stockeld Park is perfectly situated between Leeds and Harrogate in a beautiful Yorkshire setting.

Stockeld Park offers families outdoor fun and indoor play…

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Fri 18th Jul, 2014 | 9:51am

British Gas And Leeds Rugby Foundation Join Forces To Help Yorkshire Youngsters Become Energy Efficient


Two hundred primary schools across Yorkshire are set to learn about reducing energy use thanks to a new £50,000 partnership between Leeds Rugby Foundation and British Gas, the UK's biggest…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 2:05pm

Kids Get Bike Savvy with Free Bike Workshop


Every Wednesday throughout August, Halfords is hosting a free bike workshop for kids in Yorkshire at their local store. Over 30,000 kids to date have benefitted from workshops that teach 7-11…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 7:04pm

Life In The 15th Century With Buckingham's Retinue - Skipton Castle Event


Skipton Castle was founded in 1090 by Norman Baron Robert de Romille, who built a primitive fort with timber ramparts to stop marauding Scots during their frequent raids into the north of England.

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 8:29am

HRH The Countess Of Wessex Opens New Children's Heart Ward

Staff Nurse Louise Murphy; HRH The Countess of Wessex with Preston Winterman; LTHT Chair Linda Pollard and Chief Executive Julian Hartley
Staff Nurse Louise Murphy; HRH The Countess of Wessex with Preston Winterman; LTHT Chair Linda Pollard and Chief Executive Julian Hartley
Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex delighted patients, families and staff at the Leeds Children's Hospital at Leeds General Infirmary this week when she visited to open a new children's…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:52am

Summer Activities at Yorkshire Attractions


School holidays are finally upon us and up pops the age old question of 'how do we entertain the kids this summer?' Well Yorkshire has a wealth of activities and attractions on offer to keep your…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 10:26pm

Fairness For Families, Children And Taxpayers As New Child Maintenance System Is Launched

photo by the lesley show
photo by the lesley show
A new child maintenance system comes into force today (30 June 2014) - supporting more families to work together, while maintaining a heavily subsidised service for those who really need it.

The…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 3:13pm

Chuckle Brothers Launch The Yorkshire Children Of Courage Awards 2014


Headingley Experience played host to the many friends, sponsors, supporters and previous winners of The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards (YCCA) last week as the official launch of the 2014…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 8:10pm

Sport Sheffield Gets Kids Healthy And Active With New Energy Club


Staff and Leaders from Sport Sheffield, The University of Sheffield's sports department have completed the Energy Club Leader Award; giving them the knowledge, resources and leadership skills to…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 11:06am

Charity Urges The UK To Tell A Child 'I'm Here For You'


Compassion UK has announced the date for Compassion Sunday as 19th October. Churches around the country will be uniting to raise awareness of poverty and urging people to tell a child living in…

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Tue 24th Jun, 2014 | 1:00pm

Verdict In For Mock Trial Final

The winners - Priory Academy
The winners - Priory Academy
Budding young lawyers took part in a courtroom showdown as they battled it out to be crowned the winners of the 2014 inter-school mock trial competition.

A team of sixth form students from The…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 4:08pm

Fancy Dress Pram Push Kick Starts Learning Disability Week For Leeds Mencap


The rain held off and fun was had by all as several families who attend Leeds Mencap's Hawthorn Family Centre took part in a fancy dress sponsored pram push to raise money for Leeds Mencap.
At…

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Wed 18th Jun, 2014 | 10:02am

Archaeology Project Investigates First World War Sites


Military memories of the First World War are being brought to life in a special community archaeology project supported by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

Members of the local…

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Sun 15th Jun, 2014 | 7:01am

Sunny, Poppy And Skye Diddle


They've spent years entertaining their own children and now Holmfirth mums Sally Norton, Lisa Kendall and Zoe Scott are thoroughly enjoying entertaining children across Kirklees and Calderdale.…

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Sun 15th Jun, 2014 | 6:11am

Festival Fun In The Dales


Youngsters have been having fun learning about the wildflowers and insects of the Yorkshire Dales with educational art, craft and singing activities.

The event took place at Settle Parish Church…

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Thu 12th Jun, 2014 | 2:56pm

Gifts In Contemplation Of Death Must Meet Conditions To Be Valid

Kevin Webster
Kevin Webster
A recent case has highlighted the need for those wishing to make gifts in contemplation of their death to ensure they take appropriate legal advice or risk the gift being invalid, says Kevin…

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Tue 10th Jun, 2014 | 8:20pm

Peter Jones
How Prenups Can Help Couples To Pick 'n' Mix Their Assets
By Peter Jones
Lawyer
Project 365 #297: 241010 Give Me A Ring Love...photo by Pete
Project 365 #297: 241010 Give Me A Ring Love...photo by Pete
Prenup agreements are on the rise following plans by the Law Commission to overhaul the divorce system in England and Wales.

Recommendations to make them legal have seen a surge in couples…

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Mon 9th Jun, 2014 | 11:41am

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