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Dog Owners Warned: You Have 20 Minutes To Save Your Pet
Survey shows alarming ignorance towards danger of dogs left in cars Most of us have seen a dog, locked up in a car, on a hot summer's day. But do you know how quickly conditions can become so…
photo by Nell Bird
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Skipton Castle - Trayned Bandes
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Skipton Castle - John Nevison the Yorkshire highwayman

A Tasty Line-Up Of Chefs For Scarborough Seafest 2014


A tasty line-up of top chefs, including MasterChef finalist Tom Rennolds, will entice seafood lovers into the 16th annual Scarborough Seafest.

Seafest is a three-day festival on Scarborough's West…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 4:43pm

Stephen Hart
Motivational Monday: Persistence Your Best Tool
By Stephen Hart
Development Specialist

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence."

Calvin Coolridge


Last week I wrote about the power of stories and I was raised on stories of all kinds - from first- hand…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 9:01am

Generous Tesco Customers Donate An Incredible 5.1 Million Meals To Feed People In Need

photo by Snohomish County
photo by Snohomish County
Generous Tesco customers have donated an incredible 5.1 million meals for people in need. The total was calculated following the Neighbourhood Food Collection which took place in every store…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 12:24pm

Living With Vision Impairment: The Rise Of Macular Degeneration In Yorkshire


In a modern world where technology seems to provide the answer to every problem in our lives it remains an uncomfortable truth that vision loss is a major issue in Yorkshire, the UK and…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 9:28pm

Heart Charity Celebrates Community Success In Yorkshire

Jack Stearman of York City Knights
Jack Stearman of York City Knights
Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK has been celebrating its community grants in the North by hosting the first Northern Healthy Heart Grant Convention.

The charity gathered…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 4:19pm

Taylor Wimpey Team Tackles Three Peaks For MND Association


Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire is thrilled to announce that a team of staff has raised more than £1,300 for Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) after completing the 25 mile Three Peaks…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 10:34pm

Motivational Monday: Clay Diamonds


"Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger"

Ben Okri


There are few absolute constants in life but one of my personal ones is that every time I have ever had to fill…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 1:32pm

Gary Fawcett
Review series - Napoleons Casino and Restaurant Leeds
By Gary Fawcett
Correspondent

After reviewing Napoleons Casino and Restaurant in Leeds I've now reviewed three and there are a number of things that I have noticed. From a consistency point of view Leeds ranked the same as…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 11:25am

Step Out To Support St John Ambulance September Stroll

four walking children dressed as superheroes
four walking children dressed as superheroes
First aid charity St John Ambulance is inviting people in Yorkshire and the Humber to put their best fancy-dressed foot forward and get set for the most fun first aid fundraiser around - the…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 8:00am

Motivational Monday: Four Tips On Gaining A New Perspective


"The world grows dull in our perspective and yet seen again from a new perspective would it not again be filled with wonder?"

Routine is good. It helps you do daily tasks easily, efficiently and…

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 8:38am

Lawyer Pedals Safety Message As Tour De France Approaches

Paul Morris
Paul Morris
With The Grand Départ nearly here, a leading personal injury lawyer says recent reports about cycling helmets being pointless should be treated with caution and is advising all road users to take…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 5:10pm

Princess Anne Launches Leeds MND Wheelchair Service At Seacroft Hospital

LTHT Chief Executive, Julian Hartley; MNDA Chief Executive, Sally Light; HRH Princess Anne and LTHT Chair, Linda Pollard
LTHT Chief Executive, Julian Hartley; MNDA Chief Executive, Sally Light; HRH Princess Anne and LTHT Chair, Linda Pollard
HRH The Princess Royal, highlighted a new service for people with motor neurone disease when she launched the MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Wheelchair Service at Seacroft Hospital this week.

The…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 1:28pm

Engineer Takes The Plunge In South Africa


A project engineer with Ilkley-based NG Bailey has returned home after flying to South Africa to help improve the country's sanitation infrastructure - ensuring increased effectiveness and reduced…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 9:40pm

'The Yorkshire Times' July 2014 - Gardening

Anthemis tinctoria 'Kelwayi'
Anthemis tinctoria 'Kelwayi'
Yellow is certainly the colour for this summer with bright yellow painted bikes cropping up everywhere for the Tour de France Cycle Race beginning in Leeds this weekend. Going around the county…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 11:29am

Le Tour Comes To A1 Stairlifts


Keighley-based A1 Stairlifts is inviting locals and visitors to make the most of its top Tour de France viewing spot on its large forecourt and enjoy great entertainment and a family fun day all…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 3:32pm

Cycling Angels Wheel In Their Own Grand Départ Challenge

Harrogate Neighbours' Food Angels race via rickshaw and tandem to deliver meals to the elderly
Harrogate Neighbours' Food Angels race via rickshaw and tandem to deliver meals to the elderly
Not-for-profit housing association, Harrogate Neighbours organised its own Grand Départ on Tuesday July 1st by racing to deliver meals on wheels via rickshaw and tandem.

The Association, which…

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Tue 1st Jul, 2014 | 3:27pm

Acorn Charity Hits The Million

Mr Stan Sills with Acorn's Maria Dawson
Mr Stan Sills with Acorn's Maria Dawson
Acorn, the charity founded by Louise Hanen in 1999 has now raised over £1,000,000 since its inception. The charity raises funds for people with dementia and their carers in the Harrogate,…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 6:35pm

Mystery Flowers Set To Appear Around Leeds To Celebrate International Lonely Bouquet Day

A Lonely Bouquet
A Lonely Bouquet
Staff at Country Baskets cash and carry in Leeds are encouraging their customers to join them in supporting the 'International Lonely Bouquet Day' movement this Sunday (29th June) and help to…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 3:41pm

Charitable Donation Supports Blossoming Horticultural Project

(centre front) Graham Moore, Chairman of Westfield Health, is joined by (far left) Diana Tottle, Director at SAGE Greenfingers, and other staff and volunteers
(centre front) Graham Moore, Chairman of Westfield Health, is joined by (far left) Diana Tottle, Director at SAGE Greenfingers, and other staff and volunteers
A gardening charity that provides specialist horticultural activities for adults with mental health issues has received a monetary donation from not for profit health insurer Westfield Health.

SAGE…

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Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 7:35pm

Motivational Monday: Some You Win


"Some you win, some you lose, some get rained out."

Zig Ziglar


It's been too long since I quoted the late, great Zig Ziglar so this week I thought I'd quote one of my favourite ones.

What…

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Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 8:49am

Yarndale 2014: Celebrating The Joy Of Yarn In All It's Forms


Held over two days at Skipton Auction Mart, Yarndale is a festival that aims to celebrate the wealth of talent and creativity that exists within the wool community, and to encourage the sharing of…

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Tue 17th Jun, 2014 | 9:11am

Bring Your Bling


National charity, Heart Research UK is supporting this year's National Recycle Week with its own recycling initiative, the Treasure Chest Appeal, which is helping hearts at the same time.

The…

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Fri 13th Jun, 2014 | 10:00am

Emmerdale Star Is Patron Of Disabled Living Centre

Colin McDonnell and James Hooton
Colin McDonnell and James Hooton
Clients, staff and Trustees at the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre are thrilled that James Hooton has chosen the Centre to represent as a Patron. Having played the character Sam Dingle in…

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Tue 10th Jun, 2014 | 12:24pm

Lose The Love Handles!


...Or to be anatomically correct, the obliques. Yes we all get them! Some more visible than others... But is there a way to get rid of them for good?

It's a well-known fact that to see any kind of…

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Mon 9th Jun, 2014 | 12:00pm

Peter Foley
RHS Flower Show - Tatton Park Preview
By Peter Foley
Gardening Correspondent
The Great Garden Carnival
The Great Garden Carnival
With pretty well everything in the garden running up to three weeks ahead of itself this year I think that their title of 'The Great Garden Carnival' will be very apt indeed. I know that in my…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 9:33am

Research Shows British Seaside Resort Is Here To "Staycation"


As the summer school-holidays start, a new report shows that the British seaside tourist industry remains in remarkably good health despite fears that the recession and subsequent squeeze on…

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Fri 18th Jul, 2014 | 4:25pm

NEHS Grants Set To Make Garden Projects Grow

YDMT volunteers collecting meadow seed
YDMT volunteers collecting meadow seed
Guerrilla gardening and grow your own for family food banks, are among more than 30 community projects to benefit from grant funding by the North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) this year.

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 9:47am

Leeds Does Vintage


On Sunday 12th October the fabulous Vintage Fashion Market will be back at the Leeds Club, Leeds. You'll be able to listen to live music whilst enjoying afternoon tea, get creative at the vintage…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 8:47pm

200,000 Visitors Have Seen Malham Cove Peregrines

John and Lindsey Eccles and their children
John and Lindsey Eccles and their children
The Peregrine viewing scheme at Malham Cove - a partnership between the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the RSPB - has welcomed its 200,000th visitor since it began in 2003.

Ove…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 12:08pm

Church Of England Decision On Women Bishops Is Good News For Equality - Kris Hopkins

Kris Hopkins MP
Kris Hopkins MP
Confirmation that the General Synod of the Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops has been warmly welcomed by Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins.

Two years ago,…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 10:08pm

Medieval Makeover For University Of Leeds

Medieval Combat demonstrations
Medieval Combat demonstrations
More than 2000 of the world's most knowledgeable medievalists descended on Leeds for the 21st annual International Medieval Congress at University of Leeds this week.

Travelling to Leeds from 57…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 4:59pm

Natural Legacy Coffins To Feature On Countryfile

Adam Henson of Countryfile
Adam Henson of Countryfile
Natural Legacy coffins will feature in an episode of the BBC's Countryfile this weekend.

This week's programme is all about the wonders of the wool and presenter Adam Henson talks about the…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 6:15pm

The Colonel
Your Body Is For Life, Not Just For Summer!
By The Colonel
The Colonel's Journal

I have had emails, letters and tweets galore about how men and women want to get fit for summer holidays, trips and the bikini season. I think it's great everyone is fighting fit and wanting to…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 12:16pm

Coast To Coast Wheelchair Challenge Raises Over £23,000


With over 100 friends, 29 machines and 16 dogs, Roy Taylor successfully completed his 215-mile Coast to Coast wheelchair challenge and raised over £23,000 for the RSPB.

Roy - who works for…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 8:52pm

Pedal Power For Le Grand Depart


Le Grand Depart got the thumbs up from a group of vulnerable adults when they organised their own cycling challenge as part of the Tour de France celebrations.

An enthusiastic group with learning…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 5:02pm

A Weekend Of Free Outdoor Movies And Live Sport

Big Screen audience 2013
Big Screen audience 2013
Pack the popcorn, grab an ice-cream, the Big Screen is BACK!

Harrogate International Festivals is proud to host the Big Screen this year in a brand new location - the beautiful setting of Valley…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 10:26pm

Pensioners' Incomes Beat Inflation

photo by DWP
photo by DWP
British pensioners have seen their income grow for the first time in real terms in 3 years - with the triple lock protection of the State Pension and more older people choosing to stay in work.

New…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 5:01pm

Cycling Doctors Are Greener By Miles!

Dr Jez McCole and Dr Conrad Sooklall get into gear for the TdF
Dr Jez McCole and Dr Conrad Sooklall get into gear for the TdF
A doctor duo using bicycles to get to work, home and patient visits are sparing the city's roads more than 200 miles of car travel every month.

Dr Jez McCole and Dr Geoff Schrecker, both based at…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 10:42am

Do Something Different In Leeds!


The New Ellington Hotel website describes itself as "quiet luxury hidden away in the heart of Leeds". To access virtually every hotel in Leeds from the train station you need to exit the station…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 9:20am

Charities Celebrate Alongside Lottery Winners

photo by People's Postcode Lottery
photo by People's Postcode Lottery
Wildlife Trust was delighted to join players of People's Postcode Lottery at a very special Postcode Millions event in Grimsby on Saturday. Sixty one Grimsby players walked away with huge winnings…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 7:35pm

One In Four Defined Benefit Pension Schemes In The Private Sector Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Frances O'Grady - TUC General Secretary
Frances O'Grady - TUC General Secretary
Commenting on a report published today (Thursday) by the government - which estimates that more than one in four defined benefit schemes in the private sector discriminate against same-sex couples…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 4:16pm

Napoleons and Local Sport Stars Gear Up For 24 Hour Cyclathon

To celebrate the summer of the Tour de France and to get involved in all the cycling action, Napoleons Casino & Restaurant at Owlerton Sheffield, will be hosting a 24 hour, 2 bike Cyclathon all in…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 12:53pm

Karl Blackwell
10 Ways To Improve As A Photographer - Lesson 6: Framing Your Photo
By Karl Blackwell
Photography Correspondent

Good photos rarely happen by chance. This photo was taken in Spain, for a Canon shoot. We were on a boat out at sea, the early morning sun was low, the sky was a vivid blue without a cloud in…

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Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 4:15pm

Scout Beck
Believed To Be Beautiful
By Scout Beck
Correspondent

'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.' So sayeth British craftsman, designer, socialist and poet William Morris (1834-1896).

Yes all very…

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Sun 22nd Jun, 2014 | 9:17am

Motivational Monday: Don't Agonise!


"Organize, don't agonise"

Nancy Pelosi




Have you ever miss-placed your car keys and not realised until you were rushing out of the door late for some appointment? It's one of those…

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Mon 16th Jun, 2014 | 6:00pm


Thu 12th Jun, 2014

Dear Editor,

Bare Your Bump


I'm writing to ask you and your readers to join me and support the British Heart Foundation's Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign, which aims to raise awareness of inherited heart conditions.

This…

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Motivational Monday - People Smarter Than Me


"I've been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have." Russell Simmons

As you grow up you form certain expectations about how the world works.…

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Mon 9th Jun, 2014 | 4:34pm