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New Right For Fathers And Partners To Attend Antenatal Appointments
Fathers and partners now have the right to take unpaid time off work to accompany expectant mothers to up to 2 antenatal appointments, Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson announced today (2…
photo - Augie Schwer

Yorkshire Children's Author Releases New Book 'Prankenstein'


About the book
When Soapy Thompson's granny is shot through the roof on a turbo-charged stairlift he knows that something is not right.
Someone, or something, is playing incredible, hilarious…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 8:39am

Dreaming Of A Bright Christmas With St Luke's Hospice


St Luke's Hospice is set to bring some extra Festive sparkle to the Christmas season as plans for the charity's 17th Festival of Light gets under way.

The annual Christmas celebration - one of the…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 5:15pm

Fascinating First World War Event To Be Held At Leeds City Museum


A special First World War themed event is set to take centre stage at Leeds City Museum this Saturday.

As part of 'Exploring Leeds and Yorkshire in the Great War', which will be held on Saturday…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 9:41am

Bluebell's Sixth Birthday

Callum Edwards
Callum Edwards
Local children's hospice Bluebell Wood has got the bunting out this week as they celebrate supporting life limited children in the South Yorkshire region for the last six years.

The hospice will…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:16am

Time Running Out To Round Up Pink Flock


People have just over a week left to track down pink sheep hidden around the North York Moors, Howardian Hills and Yorkshire Coast. Ranging from cakes to giant sculptures, the sheep are being…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 7:44pm

Colour Dash Set To Make A Splash In 2015

Evie Jae Evans
Evie Jae Evans
A project manager from Goole is asking members of the public to join forces with her and sign up to Bluebell Wood's Colour Dash in May 2015. This is to thank the hospice for the care and support…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 1:42pm

Panto Fever Hotting Up At The Victoria Theatre

Junior chorus final teams
Junior chorus final teams
The Victoria Theatre in Halifax got a little taste of panto fever this week when they held their auditions to find young performers for the junior chorus of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Over 100…

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Tue 9th Sep, 2014 | 8:36am

Blue Peter Viewers Invited To Design Astronaut's Mission Patch

Timothy Peake training in Soyuz simulator. Credit: ESA - T. Peake
Timothy Peake training in Soyuz simulator. Credit: ESA - T. Peake
Blue Peter mission patch competition launched.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency have teamed up with CBBC programme Blue Peter to launch a competition for UK children to…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 8:01pm

Skipton's Architectural Past Revealed

Skipton Castle's imposing gatehouse will be opening it's door
Skipton Castle's imposing gatehouse will be opening it's door
Skipton's architectural past is to be revealed in a series of free visits and guided tours to some of its most historic buildings this September.

The town is getting involved in Heritage Open…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 3:10pm

More Help For Families Of Missing People


Families of missing people will be given extra help when a loved one goes missing, under proposals announced by Lord Faulks QC today.

The government's proposals, which fill a gap in the law,…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 10:20pm

Best Paw Forward For Rowan

Patricia Taylor, Poppy the dog, Matt Poole and Rowan at Bark around the Park in 2012
Patricia Taylor, Poppy the dog, Matt Poole and Rowan at Bark around the Park in 2012
On Sunday 7 September, a family from Denby Dale, Huddersfield and their beloved pooch Poppy are taking part in Bark around the Park, a sponsored dog walk to raise funds for their local children's…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 4:14pm

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

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

Dancer Is Plie-sed With Developer's Donation

Seren Palfreyman with Clare Thacher, sales executive at The Banks
Seren Palfreyman with Clare Thacher, sales executive at The Banks
Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has provided a cash boost to eight-year-old dancing star Seren Palfreyman of Mosborough, enabling her to train further and take her talent to the next level.

The…

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Tue 30th Sep, 2014 | 1:16pm

Local Girl With Cancer Bakes Her Wish For Charity!

photo by Gavin Prest photography
photo by Gavin Prest photography
Ten year old Eve Naylor, from Driffield, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Eve loves swimming but was unable to swim regularly after her diagnosis. In February she was granted her…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 3:18pm

Parents Urged To Do Research And Not Compromise On Price When Buying A Car Seat


Maxi-Cosi - a leading innovator in child car seat safety for 30 years - is urging parents to do their research and not compromise on price when it comes to buying a car seat.

The call comes as the…

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Sat 20th Sep, 2014 | 8:20pm

BHF Launches 'Design Your Heart Superhero' Competition For Children


The British Heart Foundation are inviting all children aged 11 and under in Yorkshire & the Humber to take part in the BHF Bag It. Beat It. poster competition this September.

They would like…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 12:18pm

Discover The Magic Of Lotherton Hall This Autumn

Lotherton Hall is always a lovely place to visit in the autumn
Lotherton Hall is always a lovely place to visit in the autumn
A special apple harvest event is just one of the delights on offer at an historic Leeds house this autumn.

Held on Sunday 14 September 2014, visitors can enjoy a range of fun activities and games…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 6:38pm

50,000 Children Set To Benefit In Child Maintenance Shake-Up


Single and separated parents who have previously received no maintenance from their former partner could start receiving payments for the first time, as reform of the child maintenance system…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 12:05pm

Transformers Movie Cars Visit Children's Hospice

Bumblebee with Transformers cars Bumblebee and Optimus Prime
Bumblebee with Transformers cars Bumblebee and Optimus Prime
A Doncaster based car hire company lit up the faces of youngsters staying at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice today as they visited with their movie replica cars from the hit Transformers movies.

I…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 5:24pm

Thinking About Buying a Puppy?

Photo by Jerry
Photo by Jerry
The first question you should ask when considering buying a puppy is 'where is its mother?' says VioVet

To coincide with Pup Aid 2014 this Saturday, VioVet - the online animal medications and pet…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 4:55pm

New Funding To Reward Families For Recycling

photo by Smabs Spulzer
photo by Smabs Spulzer
Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, announced a new £5 million fund (29 August 2014) to help families recycle, without facing the threat of unfair bin fines or cuts to their bin…

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Sat 30th Aug, 2014 | 1:25pm

Number Of 2-Year-Olds Eligible For Free Childcare To Double

photo by doviende
photo by doviende
From next week, around 40% of 2-year-olds will be entitled to 15 free hours of free early education per week - up from 20% last year.

Evidence suggests that children from less advantaged…

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Tue 26th Aug, 2014 | 2:32pm

Moving Health Visiting Services To Local Government Must Not Be A 'Short Term Fix', Says Unite

photo by paparutzi
photo by paparutzi
Concerns about plans to move the commissioning of health visiting services for children aged up to five-years-old from the NHS to local government in October 2015 have been raised by Unite, the…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 3:10pm

Troubled Families Programme Expanded To Help Younger Children

photo by Chris_Parfitt
photo by Chris_Parfitt
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…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 10:35am

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.

10…

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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

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