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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - Santa Steam Specials start this weekend!
Get into the spirit of Christmas with your sons and daughters or grandsons and granddaughters with a ride on one of the KWVR Magical Santa Specials. Join the Santa Special at Oxenhope, Haworth or…
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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - Santa Specials Start This Weekend!

The Death Of Bedtime Stories

photo by Neeta Lind
photo by Neeta Lind
Recent research asked a total of 2,082 adults (with children 4-10 years old - 50% male/female ratio) how often they read their children a bedtime story. Shockingly, the research has shown that…

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Wed 26th Nov, 2014 | 2:35pm

Honour The Life Of A Loved One This Christmas


This Christmas Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice and the Leeds Rhinos Foundation are inviting people across Leeds to join them to honour the life of loved ones at HeadingleyCarmegie Stadium.

The event…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 11:11pm

Celebration Of Little Lives Lights Up Leeds Arena

Snr Sister Jacky Riley, Heather Watson-Clark, Malachi Watson-Clark, Clinical Nurse Educator Gwynn Bissell
Snr Sister Jacky Riley, Heather Watson-Clark, Malachi Watson-Clark, Clinical Nurse Educator Gwynn Bissell
Families from across Leeds joined with staff from the LGI and St James's Hospital to mark World Prematurity Day by taking part in a candle-lit walk.

Dozens of parents and staff walked around…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 2:06pm

Yorkshire Times - Santa Cupcake Tutorial


The season to be jolly has arrived once more, and what a better way to celebrate than to try your hand at decorating some Christmas themed cupcakes!

The Cake Decorating Store has put together…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 10:27am

19 Million Of Support Available For Adoptive Families

photo by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
photo by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
The new funding will be available to help adoptive families across the country settle their children into their new home.

The Adoption Support Fund - to be rolled out nationwide from May 2015…

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Sat 15th Nov, 2014 | 11:18am

Young Heart Patients Could Be Missing Out On Vital Exercise

Boxer Tommy Frank, Riley Platt, Leeds Paediatric Cardiologist  Dr Dominic Hares
Boxer Tommy Frank, Riley Platt, Leeds Paediatric Cardiologist Dr Dominic Hares
New research shows that young heart patients could be missing out on vital exercise because they are not always given clear guidance when leaving hospital on how active they can be.

Now,…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 8:08pm

Operation Christmas Child Is Underway In Doncaster

Noah Dimond and Erica Clarke donating a box at the Deaf Trust with Bobbie Roberts
Noah Dimond and Erica Clarke donating a box at the Deaf Trust with Bobbie Roberts
Children, pupils and students from Doncaster Deaf Trust are again helping to push an appeal to make Christmas special for children across the globe.

Each year people are asked to buy a few little…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 10:25am

MP Joins Primary School Children To Celebrate Their Free School Meals

 David Ward MP serving lunch to the key stage 1 children from Swain House Primary School
David Ward MP serving lunch to the key stage 1 children from Swain House Primary School
Bradford MP, David Ward joined key stage 1 children at Swain House Primary School to tuck into a hot school meal to celebrate national school meals week and acknowledge that 23,000 children like…

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Fri 7th Nov, 2014 | 9:57pm

Station House Shows Success Is Child's Play Thanks To Support From Coalfields

photo by D Sharon Pruitt
photo by D Sharon Pruitt
Station House, the community association based in Thurnscoe, have secured over £40,000 in funding to extend their premises and the childcare services they offer, thanks to the Enterprising…

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Fri 7th Nov, 2014 | 4:29pm

Loom Band World Record Attempt

Some of the Frenchgate team including Heidi Barlow, marketing manager (back row, second from right) and the centre's mascot Frenchie join the Loom Band World Record attempt
Some of the Frenchgate team including Heidi Barlow, marketing manager (back row, second from right) and the centre's mascot Frenchie join the Loom Band World Record attempt
A South Yorkshire shopping centre has become an official Guinness World Record holder after taking the title for the 'longest chain of Loom Band bracelets'.

More than 500 people took part in the…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 2:30pm

Yorkshire Site Picks Up 'Sustainable Wetland Of The Year' Award

Potteric Carr. Photo by Matthew Roberts
Potteric Carr. Photo by Matthew Roberts
The Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM) is due to present the prestigious award to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in Doncaster

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is to receive…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 12:12pm

The Children's Air Ambulance Completes 100th Transfer

TCAA pilots and NHS retrieval team
TCAA pilots and NHS retrieval team
On Friday 24th October, The Children's Air Ambulance (TCAA) Charity reached a magnificent milestone - by completing their 100th emergency helicopter transfer. They had received a request to assist…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 5:09pm

Learn More About The Romans At Family Fun Day!

Can you follow the clues set by Rorius?
Can you follow the clues set by Rorius?
Step back in time and earn your Roman armour at a family fun activity day set to be held at a city museum next week.

Tying in with the popular 'Roman Empire: Power & People' exhibition currently…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 3:56pm

PA System Gives A Voice To Bethany's Smile

Singer and fundraiser Bethany Hare
Singer and fundraiser Bethany Hare
The Maplin store at the Junction 1 Retail Park in Leeds has donated a state-of-the-art PA system to 15 year old Bethany Hare, budding singer and founder of charity Bethany's Smile.

Bethany…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 12:37pm

Ghostbusters, Gladiator and Home Alone! Film and food theme nights at the Yorkshire Museum

 Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the York Museum Gardens, image created by Graham Thorne
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the York Museum Gardens, image created by Graham Thorne
Don your proton pack, enjoy an eyeball punch and watch Ghostbusters on the big screen 30 years after it was released, at the first of three themed food and film nights coming up at the Yorkshire…

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Fri 17th Oct, 2014 | 8:05am

RAF Crew Fly Into Botton Village


Thirty Chinook RAF crew are paying a flying visit to the North Yorkshire Moors to volunteer within a unique community that creates opportunities to adults with learning disabilities.

27 Squadron…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 6:28pm

Autumn Steam Spectacular - A Big Noisy Three Day Festival Of Steam!


Steam, smoke and oil.... .

...Join the Keighley and worth valley railway for a fabulous, all action Autumn Steam Spectacular 10th - 12th October.

The Autumn Steam Spectacular is perfect for…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 7:38pm

Top Excellent Things to do in Yorkshire this Autumn

Roche Abbey
Roche Abbey
As the good weather looks set to hold for the month of October, get out and about to one of the many English Heritage properties and enjoy some Autumnal treats before the sites move to Winter…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 3:58pm

Nominations Needed To Recognise All That Is Child Friendly About Leeds


People are being asked to nominate the organisations and individuals who they think epitomise child friendliness in Leeds, for the city's second Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

Children and young…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 1:27pm

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

Parents To Get Complete Picture Of Child Development

photo by pedroreyna
photo by pedroreyna
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter and Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah announced (21 November 2014) that integrated health and early years reviews for 2 to 2-and-a-half-year-olds will be…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 8:00am

Leeds Children's Charity Benefits From Mountain Of Food Donations

Silverdale
Silverdale
A Leeds charity is celebrating after being inundated with a mountain of food as a result of generous donations from primary schools across the city.

Leeds Children's Charity, which helps brighten…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 4:26pm

Harrogate Choir To Sing For Their Hearts

Bob Richie, Heart Research UK Assistant Director, Denise Armstrong, Lynda Morrison, Kerry Morrison
Bob Richie, Heart Research UK Assistant Director, Denise Armstrong, Lynda Morrison, Kerry Morrison
Harrogate mother Kerry Morrison is to mark the 20th anniversary of her daughter Lynda's heart transplant by helping to organise a Sing for your Heart event to raise money for Yorkshire-based…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 5:36pm

Teenager's Sheeran Video Stirs Up A Storm For Charity

Emmie
Emmie
A teenager from Worksop who sadly passed away earlier this year has captured the public's imagination with a video she made of herself whilst in hospital undergoing chemotherapy. The video which…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 12:15pm

80 Per Cent Of Parents Say Their Kids Are Growing Up Too Quickly


Accelerated maturity largely down to peer pressure, the internet and social networking

Modern children start becoming independent at the tender age of 10, a study has revealed.

A study of 2,000…

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Sat 15th Nov, 2014 | 9:00am

Bear-illiant Fundraising For Bluebell Wood

Dave Smith - Area Director of TSB, South and West Yorkshire, Rachael Dawes - Corporate Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Andy Armitage - Network Director at TSB
Dave Smith - Area Director of TSB, South and West Yorkshire, Rachael Dawes - Corporate Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Andy Armitage - Network Director at TSB
A national bank has been showing its support for the local community by raising money for South Yorkshire's only children's hospice, Bluebell Wood.

In a bid to raise funds for the North Anston…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 7:48pm

Gandys First Kids Campus

Campus: Mau Gama - Sri Lanka
Campus: Mau Gama - Sri Lanka
This Boxing Day is the 10th Anniversary of the Tsunami and to mark this monumental occasion Gandys are proud to say we are building our first Children's Home in Sri Lanka.

This is a very exciting…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 7:08pm

Santa Runs Round Malton


Once again there will be a series of Santa Fun Runs to be held in Malton Market Place in conjunction with the Christmas Lights Switch-On, this year to be held on Sunday 30th November.

Just like…

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Fri 7th Nov, 2014 | 4:43pm

Young Carers 'Fired Up' After Fun Day At Museum


Young carers from all over Sheffield enjoyed a fantastic free day of fun at the National Emergency Services Museum on Thursday 30th October, in the run up to BBC Children in Need 2014.

The event…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 3:37pm

Enjoy All The Fun Of Bonfire Night With Leeds City Council

photo by ludovick
photo by ludovick
Six public bonfires are once again set to light up the night sky in Leeds on November 5.

In what is always a fantastic occasion in the city's calendar, bonfires will be held at Roundhay Park, East…

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Sat 1st Nov, 2014 | 12:32pm

Granny's Santa Safari Sign Up

Jack Kirsopp and Jill Lee
Jack Kirsopp and Jill Lee
A Granny from Bessacarr, Doncaster was the first person to sign up to a very special festive, fundraising event which is raising money for the hospice that cares for her eight year-old grandson…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 1:41pm

Yorkshire Family Halloween Events!


Yorkshire has a fang-tastic choice of events to amaze and entertain your children this Halloween half term. We have put together a monster collection of ghoulish activities for all ages. From…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 6:39pm

Local Families Sign Up To Work With Artisan Ice Cream Producer

The Simpsons on a farm visit
The Simpsons on a farm visit
Four families from across Yorkshire have signed up to help growing artisan ice cream producer Yummy Yorkshire after a competition to find community champions.

The 'Yummy Yorkshire Families on the…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 3:38pm

Things To Make, See And Do This Half Term

Geocaching
Geocaching
From treasure hunts and high-octane thrills to spooky crafts and autumnal activities, there's plenty happening in the North York Moors this October half term.

The National Trust's Old Coastguard…

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 11:16am

Vikings Set To Invade Harrogate


A troupe of Vikings will lead a torch-lit procession through Harrogate to open the second Harrogate History Festival.

The major literary event, in association with the Historical Writers'…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 4:51pm

Countryside Live 2014

8 year old April Skelton, Champion of the Young Sheep Handler section last year
8 year old April Skelton, Champion of the Young Sheep Handler section last year
The little sister of the Great Yorkshire Show takes place at Harrogate on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October (2104) with classes for cattle, sheep and horses, as well as poultry, pigeons and honey.

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 12:53pm

Fun For Families At Ilkley Literature Children's Festival

L-R Erica East and Hattie Hogan, from Ilkley, with Lauren Child
L-R Erica East and Hattie Hogan, from Ilkley, with Lauren Child
Multi award-winning author and illustrator Lauren Child earned a new accolade after her appearance at Ilkley Literature Festival last weekend - the prize for the longest book signing queue!

Lauren'…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 2:40pm

Halifax Daughter To Cut Off Hair In Tribute To 'One In A Million Dad'


A daughter from Halifax will pay tribute to her 'one in a million' dad by chopping off her waist-length hair to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Kelly Moizer-Peace lost her dad, Alan…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 10:07pm

New Right For Fathers And Partners To Attend Antenatal Appointments

photo - Augie Schwer
photo - Augie Schwer
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…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 10:39am

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

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