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A Sheffield steelworks has taken top honours in the Yorkshire in Bloom 2014 awards. Sheffield Forgemasters was awarded a gold award and named category winner in the large business premises…
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Celebrating Older People's Day 2014


To celebrate National Older People's Day on Wednesday 1 October, Harrogate Borough Council's Fit 4 Fun Team, Age UK and Ripon Leisure Centre will be holding a variety of physical activity taster…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 5:46pm

Garden Design Gets Streetwise At Harrogate

Liz Watson, from Groundwork, puts the finishing touches to her Best in Show winning Inspiration Street garden Be Resourceful
Liz Watson, from Groundwork, puts the finishing touches to her Best in Show winning Inspiration Street garden Be Resourceful
When it comes to show gardens, Harrogate Flower Show (12 - 14 September 2014) is streets ahead this autumn.

Launching a new feature called Inspiration Street, the show is featuring a range of…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 11:09am

Alia Muhanna
Opinion: Social Media And The Modern Day Feminist
By Alia Muhanna
Features Writer
The traditional feminist: Emmeline Pankhurst
The traditional feminist: Emmeline Pankhurst
Feminism has always been around, that being whether it is associated with the iconic image of the suffragettes in the late 19th century or the modern day movement of women from all around the…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 9:46am

Best Dressed Ladies Step Out In Style At Town Moor

 Best Dressed Lady Jayne Walker-Ellis (centre) with Katie Newsam (left) from Barnsley who came second and Cherrie-Leigh Pearman (right) who came third
Best Dressed Lady Jayne Walker-Ellis (centre) with Katie Newsam (left) from Barnsley who came second and Cherrie-Leigh Pearman (right) who came third
South Yorkshire's most stylish ladies were out in force yesterday for the return of the DFS Ladies Day at Doncaster Racecourse and the hotly anticipated Best Dressed Lady competition.

The Town…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 7:56pm

Peter Foley
September Gardening
By Peter Foley
Gardening Correspondent
acer palmatum 'Lutescens'
acer palmatum 'Lutescens'
September always seems to be one of the nicest months in the garden with the pressure taken off somewhat with regards to weeding and watering. Summer slowly gives way to autumn and the lovely…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 12:16pm

Stephen Hart
Motivational Monday: Waste No Time
By Stephen Hart
Development Specialist

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius


If you are online and throw a digital stick you are going to hit a motivational or personal development…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 1:06pm

Twin Ambitions For Cycling Couple


Business ambitions and personal happiness go in tandem for Belinda Noda and Paul Stanton who are developing a bicycle made for two with a difference.

The married pair's Daisy Bell bicycle, enables…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 12:17pm

'Ready For Later Life'

credit - www.tradingacademy.com
credit - www.tradingacademy.com
The coalition urges individuals to keep fit, eat healthy, plan ahead and listen to a little One Direction.

The Ready for Ageing Alliance has set out an eleven point prescription to help…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 2:33pm

Harrogate Business Helps Restore Classic VW Campervan For NSPCC Show Garden

Richard Grafton Interiors designer Kim Robb with Richard Grafton, Susanne Guthrie and campervan Roxy
Richard Grafton Interiors designer Kim Robb with Richard Grafton, Susanne Guthrie and campervan Roxy
Harrogate-based Richard Grafton Interiors recently completed an unusual commission - helping to refurbish the interior of 48 year old Roxy, an iconic Volkswagen camper van which will take pride of…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 3:35pm

Yorkshire Times
Support Yorkshire Youth - Gift Your Gear!
By Yorkshire Times
Yorkshire Times

Gift Your Gear the award-winning nationwide initiative provides outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.

G…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 9:04am

Zoo Raises Record Amount For VulPro To Help Save Endangered Cape Vultures

Justine Lig with Vernon Ruppell's Griffon Vulture
Justine Lig with Vernon Ruppell's Griffon Vulture
The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre started a fundraising campaign three months ago and has now raised a record amount for VulPro, a charity based in South Africa working to…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 10:33pm

Back To School, Back To Workout

photo by Mike_fleming
photo by Mike_fleming
The summer holidays are coming to an end, the kids are going back to
school, time to get your own sports kit back out and get back into your
workouts.

The return of school hours and classrooms can…

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Sat 30th Aug, 2014 | 10:18pm

Survey Reveals Leeds Wobbly Relationship With The Belly


Sick of the demoralising routine of sucking in their bellies in front of the bedroom mirror, it seems that the men of Leeds are waging war on their bulging bellies. Looking to make belt-loosening…

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Fri 29th Aug, 2014 | 3:28pm

Welfare Reforms Spectacularly Fail The Prime Minister's New Family Test, Says TUC

photo by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
photo by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
The majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families, according to a new report…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 2:31pm

175,000 Secured For Yorkshire Dales

Ribblehead landscape by Tanya St. Pierre
Ribblehead landscape by Tanya St. Pierre
The people, landscape and environment of the Yorkshire Dales are set to benefit from a £175,000 boost thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The charity lottery launched in January…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 4:41pm

Pensioner Families To Suffer Social Security Cuts Worth Over 6bn A Year

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Pensioner families across the UK will suffer social security cuts worth £6.38bn a year by the time the government's welfare reforms have taken full affect, the TUC warns today (Sunday) ahead…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 3:43pm

Roxy Turns Over A New Leaf At The Flower Show


As designers and landscapers across the region finalise their plans for show gardens at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, there is one special lady looking forward to making a spectacular come back.

Ro…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 2:50pm

Yorkshire Cancer Research Urges People To Help Reduce Their Risk Of Cancer

photo by Alan Cleaver
photo by Alan Cleaver
Yorkshire Cancer Research is urging people to consider how they can reduce their risk of cancer following the recent publication of a study that found overweight and obese people have a greater…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 10:18am

Gary Fawcett
Fairylights and Fish
By Gary Fawcett
Correspondent

Acorn Glade. The name immediately conjures a feeling of "getting away from it all" and relaxation. This retreat on the edge of the Vale of York does not have WiFi and doesn't allow children or…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 10:36am

Charity To Unlock 18,000 Treasure Chest In Support Of Yorkshire Parks

Proposed sensory garden at Beech Road
Proposed sensory garden at Beech Road
Environmental charity, Groundwork, has today announced that it will be unlocking an £18,000 'treasure chest' to support community fundraising appeals in West Yorkshire. The two areas…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 6:13pm

New Powers Could Bring "Click And Collect" To A Store Near You

photo by La Citta Vita
photo by La Citta Vita
New plans would enable British high streets to adapt to meet the changing needs of today's modern consumer, Penny Mordaunt said today
(11 August 2014).

The minister said that by freeing retailers…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 9:15pm

Local Laws And Customs Catching British Nationals Out Abroad


Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas. From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage clothing in Barbados, travellers…

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Thu 7th Aug, 2014 | 5:05pm

Motivational Monday: What's Your Direction?


"Keep taking action in the direction of your goals - however mundane or lofty they may be"

Jack Canfield


Despite our best intentions and best plans and preparations sometimes things don't…

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Mon 4th Aug, 2014 | 5:20pm

Summer Fitness Do's and Don'ts

photo by garryknight
photo by garryknight
Summertime has arrived and with it the sunshine has inspired many to
tone up, lose weight and get in shape.

Local fitness expert Anna Twose from AnnaMFitness has 6 do's and don'ts
to maximise your…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 5:18pm

Pip, pip hooray for an appilicious autumn show


Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (12 - 14 September 2014) is planning a frenzy of fruit this year with a new celebration of all things apple.

Taking visitors on the journey from Pip to Press, the…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 1:33pm

Sponsored Cycle Ride Raises 3,000 For Good Causes

This year's riders
This year's riders
An annual charity bike ride sponsored by Masham brewery T&R Theakston Ltd has raised more than £3,000 for local, regional and national charities.

Almost 50 cyclists saddled up for the annual…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 10:49am

Less Smoking, More Joking: Stoptober Campaign Launched

Sign up to the Stoptober challenge now
Sign up to the Stoptober challenge now
Stoptober: the 28 day stop smoking challenge was launched this week with the support of top British comedians.

British comedians, including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray and Simon Brodkin, appeared…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 10:58am

Hats And Horses Make Ladies' Day A Winner At Thirsk

Stephen Hanson Best Dressed Gentleman
Stephen Hanson Best Dressed Gentleman
The rain failed to put a dampener on the Ladies' Day events at Thirsk Races on Saturday, with scores of stylish racegoers turning a grey sky to pink, green and red as they aimed to secure one of…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 8:02pm

Richard Trinder
Harrogate Flower Show 2014: More Than Just Flowers
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Roses at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Photo by Tony Smith
Roses at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Photo by Tony Smith
The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, 2014, has kicked-off in style with some stunning displays of, well, flowers.

Large crowds are thronging the halls where near-perfect examples of dahlias,…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 5:52pm

Karl Blackwell
10 Ways To Improve As A Photographer - Lesson 8: Negative Space
By Karl Blackwell
Photography Correspondent
La Herradura. Photo by Karl Blackwell
La Herradura. Photo by Karl Blackwell
This photo was taken near La Herradura in southern Andalucia. More than three quarters of the image is a plain sky "background". The "subject" forms only a fraction of the rectangular image.

We…

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Wed 10th Sep, 2014 | 4:34pm

Garden Design Gets Streetwise At Harrogate

Roxy, a newly restored 1966 VW campervan, with Ampleforth designer Susanne Guthrie
Roxy, a newly restored 1966 VW campervan, with Ampleforth designer Susanne Guthrie
When it comes to show gardens, Harrogate Flower Show (12 - 14 September 2014) is streets ahead this autumn.

Launching a new feature called Inspiration Street, the show is featuring a range of…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 12:47pm

Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip Opens From Brodsworth Hall

Neil Dudgeon and Dame Diana Rigg
Neil Dudgeon and Dame Diana Rigg
The new series of Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip begins on BBC Two, Series 4, when famous faces embark on a cross-country heirloom-hunting challenge.

English Heritage Brodsworth Hall features in the…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 5:01pm

Heritage Open Days To Be Celebrated At Leeds Museums And Galleries

Leeds Art Gallery is playing its part in Heritage Open Days events
Leeds Art Gallery is playing its part in Heritage Open Days events
A special programme of free events and activities are set to be held in a number of Leeds Museums and Galleries' sites this month as part of the national cultural initiative Heritage Open Days.

Hel…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 10:08pm

Learners Set To Go Wild For New Community Courses

L-R Chloe O'Reilly, Alan Hewitt, Tom Cheeseman and Edward Hewitt with some of the animals at Morley Exotic Animal Rescue
L-R Chloe O'Reilly, Alan Hewitt, Tom Cheeseman and Edward Hewitt with some of the animals at Morley Exotic Animal Rescue
A new £2m programme of community courses is set to send learners in Leeds animal crackers.

Morley Exotic Animal Rescue, which cares for a huge variety of unusual creatures, is one of 30 new…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 3:24pm

Cash Becoming More Popular Than Pension Contributions For Top Directors

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Three in five of the UK's top directors are now receiving cash payments - almost £33m last year - instead of contributions to their pension schemes, says the TUC in its latest annual…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 8:17am

Motivational Monday: Friendly Harmony


Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within.

Plato


For the ambitious amongst us I suspect there is a mental race that begins shortly after rising each morning.…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 4:04pm

Anthony Fox
Do Tattoos Paint A Bad Picture?
By Anthony Fox
Employment Specialist at Michael Lewin Solicitors

I have read an interesting article lately on the BBC News website regarding the issue of tattoos, and the fact that some people with tattoos struggle to find work, and are even dismissed for…

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Fri 29th Aug, 2014 | 5:47pm

Zutons and Coral members, to play tribute performance at Bingley Music Live

The Zutons
The Zutons
Yorkshire festival, Bingley Music Live have announced that Dave McCabe from The Zutons and Ian Skelly from The Coral are to play together at the festival on the 29th August in a special tribute…

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Tue 26th Aug, 2014 | 9:06pm

10 Ways To Improve As A Photographer - Lesson 7 : Composition. Using Lines, And Avoiding The Middle

A deliberately tilted image
A deliberately tilted image
Catching the viewer's attention is a key element in good composition. In this photo, there is very little information, with more than half of the image in complete darkness. But any more detail…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 8:23am

South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival this September

Nordic Walking at Scammonden Reservoir - photo Pennine Prospects
Nordic Walking at Scammonden Reservoir - photo Pennine Prospects
One of the best ways to experience any landscape is on foot, which makes this year's festival the perfect place for anyone wishing to explore the hidden gems of the South Pennines. Taking place…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 8:24am

Stone And Wood Auction Creates Firm Foundation For Ongoing Works

York Minster's Stoneyard auction - photo Duncan Lomax
York Minster's Stoneyard auction - photo Duncan Lomax
Friday's auction of stones and timbers from York Minster has raised over £44,000 towards ongoing works to conserve and repair the Gothic cathedral.

The auction, which took place in Dean's…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 3:14pm

Motivational Monday: Making Mistakes


"Making mistakes is better than faking perfection."

I'm sorry but I'm not ready.

I have no Motivational Monday article written. Now I could explain. I could outline all the things that I have…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 12:00pm

MP Supports War Veterans Fund

Normandy Beach Landings - photo Stephanie Richard
Normandy Beach Landings - photo Stephanie Richard
Meg Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley, is supporting The Big Lottery Fund as it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings through its 'Heroes Return 2' Programme.

The Programme has so…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 4:29pm

Yorkshire Greyhound Day Campaign Rehomes Retired Racing Dogs

June and Terry with greyhound, Polly
June and Terry with greyhound, Polly
More than 50 cute canines have found new best friends this summer thanks to a campaign celebrating the third annual Yorkshire Greyhound Day.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium has helped to re-home the…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 9:11am

Dubail, New York, Singapore... Leeds Jewellers Designs Revealed As Well Travelled

Leeds-based award-winning jewellers, Form Bespoke Jewellers, is celebrating its tenth anniversary by asking customers to think back to their weddings, honeymoon and engagement destinations and…

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Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 12:05pm

Motivational Monday: When Quitting Is A Bad Thing


"Yo, Mr White, it's time to quit!"

Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad


My wife and I have come late to the Breaking Bad party. Despite virtually everyone I know recommending the show, we both let…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 10:09am

Graham Clark
Enchanting Edinburgh!
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent
View from Edinburgh Castle
View from Edinburgh Castle
The good thing about living in Yorkshire is that we are nearly equidistant between Edinburgh and London.

A few days in Edinburgh is a real tonic. With trains leaving Leeds and York regularly or a…

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Tue 5th Aug, 2014 | 3:58pm

Bald Is Beautiful - Bird Trainer To Shave Her Head To Save Vultures

The bird team - Justine Lig, Ben Coulson and Heather Scott
The bird team - Justine Lig, Ben Coulson and Heather Scott
Bird trainer and presenter at the Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield, Justine Lig, is proving that bald is beautiful by shaving her head in an effort to raise £5000 to help save…

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Sat 2nd Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

Love Parks Week


The magical parks of Leeds are set to be celebrated as part of a special week of events which began this weekend.

In what is always a packed programme of activities, guided walks and volunteering…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 1:34pm

Motivational Monday: The Less Travelled Road


"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference."

Robert Frost


The fact that we have more choices actually means we have…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 9:36am