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Easter Holiday Days Out At Yorkshire's Attractions
There's a whole host of activities going on in the region, from Easter bunnies to Easter egg hunts, it's going to be hard to choose where to start! So to make it easier, here's our pick of the top…
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Harrogate Spring Flower Show - Today!
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Dales Festival of Food and Drink
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Dales Festival of Food and Drink

Government's First Foster-Friendly Employer


The Department for Education (DfE) has become the government's first foster-family-friendly employer, giving staff that foster children extra support in balancing their work and care…

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Thu 24th Apr, 2014 | 1:26pm

Yorkshire Family Bids To Be Crowned UK's Savviest

The Staniforth Family from Leeds
The Staniforth Family from Leeds
A Leeds family is in the running to be crowned the UK's savviest spenders, having been shortlisted in the annual money-saving advice competition, Nectar Savvy Family.

After successfully pitting…

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Sun 20th Apr, 2014 | 8:00am

Emmerdale Star Delighted To Smile

Verity Rushworth
Verity Rushworth
Emmerdale actress and West End star Verity Rushworth is backing the latest venture by Child Fundraiser of the Year Bethany Hare by becoming a patron of her charity.

Verity, who plays Donna…

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Thu 17th Apr, 2014 | 10:40am

Have A Legendary Day Out At The Royal Armouries Museum This Easter


What better way to spend the Easter break than delving into the world of knights, myths and magic and exploring the history behind one of the world's largest collections of arms and armour?

This…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 5:33pm

Hospital Security Worker Achieves Lifetime Ambition

Carol and David Skerrett with the new book
Carol and David Skerrett with the new book
Almost 20 years after he first started inventing bedtime stories for his young son, Leeds hospital security supervisor David Skerrett has gone into print with a children's story telling the…

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Sun 13th Apr, 2014 | 9:44am

Leeds-Based Solicitors Go Green For Local School Project

Blacks Solicitors Bankside School Garden Project
Blacks Solicitors Bankside School Garden Project
Solicitors from Leeds-based law firm, Blacks Solicitors LLP ditched their desks for the garden this week and got involved in the creation of an educational green space project for local school,…

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Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 1:59pm

Shed Load Of Health

Shedder Mohammed
Shedder Mohammed
Originating from Australia in 2006, 'Men in Sheds' is a growing initiative that is spreading across the UK, there are currently 70 sheds in the UK, one of those being in Leeds.

Funded by Leeds…

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Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 11:59am

Silverdale Top Comprehensive Debaters

L-R: Amina Haruna (17), Laura Boddy (17) and Eoghan McDowell (18)
L-R: Amina Haruna (17), Laura Boddy (17) and Eoghan McDowell (18)
Pupils from Silverdale School's Debating Society continued their fine run of competitive form this year at the Durham Union Schools' Debating Competition.

They performed very creditably,…

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Sat 5th Apr, 2014 | 7:54pm

Cuts To Family-Friendly Benefits Could Pay For A Year's Supply Of Nappies, Wipes And Babygrows, Says TUC

photo by paparutzi
photo by paparutzi
Years of real-terms cuts to child benefit, statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will leave expectant and new parents up to £450 a year worse off - enough to buy a year's supply of…

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Fri 4th Apr, 2014 | 2:38pm

Top Marks As Students Raise Funds For Village Schools In India And Nepal

handing over a cheque for £5,000
handing over a cheque for £5,000
The photo shows L-R Akash Ramnath (Student faith leader, GSAL Hindu Society), Mr Hashmukh Shah (UK coordinator of Saraswati Vidyalaya) and Manraj Thethi (Student faith leader, GSAL Sikh Society)

On…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 10:53pm

Local School Children Teach Grown-Ups How to Make Friends

Middleton St Mary's Primary School children
Middleton St Mary's Primary School children
Research carried out among 2,000 adults by The Big Lunch found that despite small talk with neighbours not coming naturally for almost half of those questioned, two-thirds of people said it makes…

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Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 11:26am

School Children Go Bananas For Fairtrade!

Children from Beeston Primary School choir and Burjor Langdana, Fairtrade banana
Children from Beeston Primary School choir and Burjor Langdana, Fairtrade banana
School children from across Leeds gave Fairtrade a big thumbs up at Leeds' 10th birthday as a Fairtrade City. Other supporters included Hilary Benn MP, the Lord and Lady Mayor of Leeds, Greg…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 12:00pm

Enterprising students beat off the competition

Yorkshire winners and Ajaz Ahmed
Yorkshire winners and Ajaz Ahmed
Budding entrepreneurs from St Bede's Catholic Grammar School have been crowned the Yorkshire winners in a Mosaic business competition backed by the HRH The Prince of Wales, and local business…

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 4:41pm

Harrogate School Pupils Take Part In Tour De France Design Competition

Architectural Inspiration!
Architectural Inspiration!
Pupils from Harrogate's Ashville Junior School taking part in a Tour de France inspired design competition are hoping to put a creative spoke in their competitors' wheels!

The Year 4 and 5…

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Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 | 6:25pm

Rescue Swine Help Rescue Equines


On Saturday 8th March Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary hosted its inaugural Pig Race Evening at Weetwood Hall.

Run with unbelievably cute, fluffy, battery-operated toy pigs, the eight-race…

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Wed 19th Mar, 2014 | 12:30pm

Struggling Parents Will Welcome Help With Childcare Bills, Says TUC

photo by pedroreyna
photo by pedroreyna
Welcoming the government's announcement today (Tuesday) that working parents are to get a £2,000 a year childcare tax break, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The spiralling cost…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 4:24pm

British Astronaut Needs Your Help

Tim Peake
Tim Peake
Tim Peake needs help to name his inspirational 6 month mission into space, the first visit by a British astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS).

The competition to name his mission was…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 1:39pm

Magic Breakfast Charity To Reach 1,500 Extra Hungry Children


Magic Breakfast, the leading school food charity, has this week announced it is able to reach an extra 1,500 children in the North of England thanks to a generous award from players of People's…

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Sat 15th Mar, 2014 | 7:48pm

Schools Turning Yorkshire Yellow For A Blooming Tour De France

Turning Yorkshire Yellow
Turning Yorkshire Yellow
Schools along the route of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France are being urged to create show-stopping floral displays to wow crowds from across the globe when they visit our region at the…

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Wed 12th Mar, 2014 | 4:59pm

82% Of Yorkshire And The Humber Locals Are Self-confessed Hoarders


82% of those living in Yorkshire and the Humber are self-confessed hoarders, stashing away on average 30 unwanted household items worth a whopping £560, reveals new market research * by…

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Tue 11th Mar, 2014 | 3:50pm

Pupils At The Cutting Edge Of Art


Pupils at a West Yorkshire school showed they were at the cutting edge of art when they took part in a papercraft day with a leading artist.

Year 11 students at The Purston E-Act Academy who…

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Sat 8th Mar, 2014 | 3:52pm

Plan Ahead For A Pet Passport

cool puppy photo by zhouxuan12345678
cool puppy photo by zhouxuan12345678
It's the time of year when many people are planning their summer holidays. If you're thinking of taking your dog or cat to another EU country with you too then it's essential to start making…

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Fri 7th Mar, 2014 | 9:30am

Six-Month Countdown To Free School Lunches For Infants


A package of measures to help support schools to deliver free school lunches to all infant children has been launched by Schools Minister David Laws today.

All infant children in state-funded…

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Thu 6th Mar, 2014 | 11:36am

Research Shows Many Parents Of Disabled Children Will Not Holiday Overseas

Grace and Lilly
Grace and Lilly
Recent research, undertaken by Caudwell Children, indicates that many disabled children are being spurned the chance of much needed respite holidays overseas.

Survey results show that parents are…

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Mon 3rd Mar, 2014 | 5:59pm

Parky Urges Men To Support York's Prostate Cancer Fun Run

Sir Michael Parkinson is urging men to take part in this year's R U Taking the P...? 5K fun run
Sir Michael Parkinson is urging men to take part in this year's R U Taking the P...? 5K fun run
YORKSHIRE born broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson is urging fathers and sons to raise awareness of prostate cancer by taking part in York's men-only 5K run.

To celebrate the start of Prostate…

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Mon 3rd Mar, 2014 | 12:07pm

Dead Clean

Cleaning photo by Judith Doyle
Cleaning photo by Judith Doyle
The traditional spring clean is dead and buried - because we are simply too busy, a study revealed last Friday. Researchers found instead of doing the once a year blitz on their home, Brits are…

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Sun 20th Apr, 2014 | 8:21am

Meet the Governor of Skipton Castle this Easter!


Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any time of the year.

Visitors can explore every corner…

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Fri 18th Apr, 2014 | 8:31pm

Stockeld Park Opens For Brand New Easter Adventures From 5th to 22nd April

Everyday this Easter Stockeld Park is hosting a unique egg hunt, with bunnies and Giant hand painted eggs hidden in the Enchanted Forest - very 'egg'citing! You can also come and help Little Bo Peep…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 8:14pm

Big Screen Honour For Child Friendly Leeds Film

Central Leeds photo by Jason Charlesworth
Central Leeds photo by Jason Charlesworth
Children and young people from Leeds have created an inspirational film that will be shown across the city this month, which aims to get people thinking about what it is like to grow up in Leeds…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 4:19pm

Victims Of Domestic Violence Urged To Seek Support

One in four photo by Rachel Carter
One in four photo by Rachel Carter
Victims of domestic violence in Leeds are being urged to not suffer in silence and take steps to access a wide range of support services available in the city. Working with a range of partners,…

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Sat 12th Apr, 2014 | 10:00am

Families At Risk Because Of Fuel Poverty

The end of the day photo by Paul Englefield
The end of the day photo by Paul Englefield
Families living in South Yorkshire are vulnerable to the effects of fuel poverty because of a complex network of factors and priorities, health and social care experts at Sheffield Hallam…

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Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 12:16pm

Stuart Cooke
Easter Warning: Dogs And Chocolate - A Bad Combination
By Stuart Cooke
Veterinary Correspondent
Easter egg photo by Sean MacEntee
Easter egg photo by Sean MacEntee
As Easter approaches, the veterinary surgeons here at Calder Vets are urging dog owners to keep their chocolate eggs out of sight.

Chocolate contains theobromine which, although tolerated by…

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Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 11:41am

Time To Get Cracking - Kids Invited To Design Egg For Easter

Provide Education's Easter Bunny with some of the first Easter egg entries
Provide Education's Easter Bunny with some of the first Easter egg entries
South Yorkshire schoolchildren are being urged to get cracking and design an Easter egg for a competition organised by teachers' recruitment agency, Provide Education.

Kids have got until…

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Sat 5th Apr, 2014 | 4:01pm

Young Carers Get A Real Kick Out Of United Visit

Members of Sheffield United's youth team and Sheffield Young Carers
Members of Sheffield United's youth team and Sheffield Young Carers
Young carers were treated to a visit from Sheffield United's youth team last week, as part of an exciting new partnership between the Redtooth Academy and charity Sheffield Young Carers.

Players…

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Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 | 3:59pm

Kindle Booker Prize Winner!

Ross Walcott
Ross Walcott
Ross Walcott, a Year 11 student at Silverdale School, won an essay competition, run as part of the Booker Universities Initiative.

The school writing contest was judged by Dr Paula Morris, the…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 4:51pm

Leeds Young Film Festival 2014 Welcomes CBBC Stars

CBBC's Katie Thistleton and Ben Shires
CBBC's Katie Thistleton and Ben Shires
Leeds Young Film Festival 2014 is almost here! The festival begins and celebrates cinema for viewers of all ages with a fantastic selection of films, workshops, activities and events. It opens…

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Sun 30th Mar, 2014 | 12:54pm

Happy Birthday To Outstanding Twinkles Leeds!


Time has flown here at Twinkles Leeds, and we have just celebrated our first birthday! Both the children and the staff enjoyed a fun filled afternoon of celebrations, with dancing, games and of…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 11:49am

Learning On The Farm

Farmers and teachers visit Keason Head Farm
Farmers and teachers visit Keason Head Farm
Farms are an amazing resource for learning and experiencing the natural environment, finding out about our heritage and undertaking conservation work, yet not all schools are making use of the…

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 4:26pm

Council To Act As Payday Loans Hit Record Levels

Payday loans photo by PinkMoose
Payday loans photo by PinkMoose
Leeds City Council is continuing its fight against the payday loan industry in the city as news that the level of borrowing from payday lenders in the UK has shot up by 80% in the last year. The…

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Wed 19th Mar, 2014 | 12:43pm

Half A Million Children Age 7-11 Take Part In First Ever Shakespeare Week

courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The creativity that Shakespeare can inspire in our children is one of the most valuable ways we can equip the next generation with the tools they need for modern life. That is the view of the…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 8:00pm

Dawn Helliwell
Preparing For A New Kitten
By Dawn Helliwell
Veterinary Correspondent

Are you thinking of getting a new kitten? Here are some useful tips to help you make the right decision

Kittens are amazingly good fun and can make a great addition to your family, but like any…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 3:04pm

Sherlock Holmes World Record

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation is attempting to
break the World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed up
as Sherlock Holmes.

The challenge will be hosted at Temple…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 8:00am

Student Wins Royal Award

Carly Williams
Carly Williams
An inspirational social work student who has rebuilt her life after battling depression has been named the Prince's Trust Young Achiever of the Year.

Carly Williams, 21, who is a first-year…

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Fri 14th Mar, 2014 | 9:12pm

Robotiky: Make Coding Into Child's Play


UK based start-up Robotiky have just launched a Kickstarter to promote coding to young children all over the world. Robotiky was founded by Matt Screeton who has lived all his life in Ilkley (just…

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Wed 12th Mar, 2014 | 3:27pm

Deadline Approaching For Flowerbed Competitions

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray and Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, with a previous winner of the flowerbed competition, Lily Young from Drighlington Primary School
The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray and Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, with a previous winner of the flowerbed competition, Lily Young from Drighlington Primary School
Time is running out for young people aged 4-16 to submit their entries for the Leeds in Bloom flowerbed competitions.

Closing on March 31 2014, six lucky winners in each category will see their…

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Tue 11th Mar, 2014 | 12:49pm

Silverdale School Performs High School Musical To Sell-Out Crowd


Silverdale School's Performing Arts Department has just done three successful shows of Disney's High School Musical, with all three nights performing to a sell-out crowd.

The cast of 60 students…

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Fri 7th Mar, 2014 | 4:49pm

Eve Becomes The First Child To Swim At The Olympic Pool Since The 2012 Games


Nine year old Eve Naylor, from Driffield, East Yorkshire, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at Christmas 2012, around the same time she started swimming. She loves the sport, but has been…

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Thu 6th Mar, 2014 | 6:12pm

150 Musicians And Singers Raise Roof At Ashville Junior School

Pupils from Ashville Junior School and ten other independent schools perform a concert in one day
Pupils from Ashville Junior School and ten other independent schools perform a concert in one day
Musically-inclined pupils from across the North of England have performed a massed concert hosted by Harrogate's Ashville Junior School.

A total of 150 musicians and singers from 11 different…

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Mon 3rd Mar, 2014 | 6:24pm

New Leeds Members Of National Youth Parliament Announced

The new Leeds members and deputies of the UK youth parliament
The new Leeds members and deputies of the UK youth parliament
The young people who will represent Leeds on the UK Youth Parliament were announced recently.

The successful candidates were announced at a special event at Leeds Civic Hall, which was attended by…

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Mon 3rd Mar, 2014 | 1:27pm

Revolutionary Aqua Garden Places Food At The Centre Of School Planning

First plants on the tanks in the Aqua Garden photo by Carol Longbottom
First plants on the tanks in the Aqua Garden photo by Carol Longbottom
With the new government School Food Plan to be implemented from this September schools will have to find new and innovative ways to engage with the food agenda. Thanks to a community's forward…

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Wed 26th Feb, 2014 | 9:06am

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