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Christmas Holidaymakers Remember: Don't Bring Back A Bug In Your Bags
As thousands of holidaymakers prepare to jet off on a Christmas escape, new figures show that many are unaware of the risks of bringing plants, meat and dairy products back to the UK from outside the…
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Yummy Yorkshire's Artisan Christmas Market 28 Nov-23 Dec 9am-5pm daily.
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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - Santa Specials Start This Weekend!
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Santa Visits Flamingo Land, weekends from now until Christmas!

Local Government Cuts Could Force Councils To The Edge Of Bankruptcy Warns Unite


Local councils already at breaking point could be pushed to the edge of bankruptcy warned Britain's largest union, Unite as the Tory-led government revealed plans today (Thursday 18 December)…

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Thu 18th Dec, 2014 | 10:38pm

US-Cuban Prisoner Exchange Is Long Overdue, Says TUC

photo by meesh
photo by meesh
Responding to the announcement today (Wednesday) that three Cubans jailed in Florida have been released by the US government in a prisoner exchange, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"We…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 6:08pm

Teenagers Get Stuck In To Help Three Peaks

Pen-y-ghent - photo Campaign for National Parks
Pen-y-ghent - photo Campaign for National Parks
Teenagers have been lending a helping hand to make things easier for people walking the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The young people faced everything from sunshine to wind…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 4:45pm

Stephen Hart
Motivational Monday: Pregnant Pause
By Stephen Hart
Development Specialist

"Breathe a second, feel that pregnant pause"

by Wild Beasts, album Present Tense


I was talking with a good friend recently about a variety of things and the conversation drifted towards…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 12:30pm

Sheffield Charity Urges People To Tackle Loneliness In Older Community

photo - rafa_luque
photo - rafa_luque
A local charity is urging people to help tackle the issues of loneliness and isolation affecting Sheffield's older community.

In the run-up to Christmas, Age UK Sheffield is reminding residents…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 3:22pm

Jumper And Mission Christmas


An accountants in Beverley are helping to raise money for Cash For Kids by wearing Christmas jumpers and making a donation to the charity. The team is celebrating today, although the competition…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 12:34pm

Motivational Monday: Adventures Big Or Small


"The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences."

Jon Krakauer


I've known people who have had some…

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Mon 8th Dec, 2014 | 3:49pm

Keeping Warm And Well Together


Craven residents are being urged to make sure they stay warm, well and in good company this winter - by signing up to a new project.

First4Contact, a service of the Carers' Resource, has launched…

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Sat 6th Dec, 2014 | 11:48am

High Uptake Of The Shingles Vaccine In The First Year Of The Programme

photo by miheco
photo by miheco
The new vaccination programme, which was launched in September 2013, was offered to adults who were aged 70 and 79 years old on 1 September of that year.

Uptake for the first year of the new…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 3:53pm

Wildlife Yorkshire Photography Competition Launched

photo by Zsuzsanna Bird
photo by Zsuzsanna Bird
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has launched a brand new wildlife photography competition looking for the very best photographs of the region's wild places and wildlife.

If you think you've got what it…

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Tue 2nd Dec, 2014 | 1:35pm

Data Scientist Reveals The Best Day To Do Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping - photo Paul Wilkinson
Christmas shopping - photo Paul Wilkinson

Black Friday may have been the best day to get bargains, but Monday 8th December, coined Magic Monday, has been shown to be the most stress free day to do your Christmas shopping.

Smart data…

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Mon 1st Dec, 2014 | 4:03pm

Local Leeds Equine Charity Puts Its Hooves Together For 20,000 Donation


A Leeds based animal charity is celebrating after receiving £20,000 from the UK's number one grant giving animal charity, Support Adoption For Pets.

Hope Pastures, has been awarded the…

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Sun 30th Nov, 2014 | 4:33pm

Have A Christmas Clear Out For Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ready to recycle those Christmas jumpers
Ho! Ho! Ho! Ready to recycle those Christmas jumpers
Yorkshire Air Ambulance has made a festive fund raising plea to have a Christmas clear-out to help keep its helicopters flying in 2015.

The rapid response emergency charity is calling on people to…

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Fri 28th Nov, 2014 | 4:17pm

Leeds Business Takes Confusion Out Of Way-Finding For People With Dementia

Corridor after being painted
Corridor after being painted
Dementia is one of the biggest challenges faced by families and society with more and more people being diagnosed every day. But with creative solutions the lives of people living with Dementia…

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Wed 26th Nov, 2014 | 4:16pm

Dilemas Of The Over 50s Revealed In Survey

photo by 401(K)2013
photo by 401(K)2013
Nearly one fifth of over 50s in retirement could be in a dilemma after failing to save any form of nest egg

18% said they married the wrong person

12% of over 50s save £3,600 per…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 4:39pm

Motivational Monday: Relationship Riches


The best relationships usually begin unexpectedly.

Anon


I wrote a few months ago about how easy it was to go through life and overlook those wonderful things that we already have. I called…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 11:53am

First Ever Walking Photography Festival

On Ilkley Moor
On Ilkley Moor
After the cancellation of this year's Ilkley Art Trail, artist Rich Bunce Walking Photographer decided to continue the efforts and arrangements he had already made for the event. But he decided to…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 12:24pm

Yummy Yorkshire's Artisan Christmas Market


28 November to 23 December '14
9am - 5pm daily.

Struggling to find a unique gift for that special someone? Look no further than Yummy Yorkshire's festive artisan market on the farm, giving you the…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 10:58am

Network Festive Shopping Showcase Set To Boost Funds For Bosom Friends


WorcNet, the Craven based network for women in business, has organised a unique showcase of their members' businesses to be held on Wednesday 26 November, 6.30 - 8.30pm, and turned it into a fund…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 12:03pm

New Figures Show High Blood Pressure Costs NHS Billions Each Year

photo by Chiara Mattirolo USAG
photo by Chiara Mattirolo USAG
New figures from Public Health England (PHE) reveal that diseases caused by high blood pressure are estimated to cost the NHS over £2 billion every year.

Over 5 million people are unaware…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 4:03pm

Unwrap The Season At High Corn Mill


Skipton's High Corn Mill is hosting its annual Santa Trail to help visitors get into the Christmas spirit.

The 14th century mill is welcoming all to take part in its Santa Trail which takes place…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 9:11pm

Company Extends Sheffield Food Bank Support

Kathryn Murdoch with Councillor Terry Fox, Councillor Pat Midgley, Paul Blomfield MP, Vicar Julie Upton and S2 Food Bank volunteers
Kathryn Murdoch with Councillor Terry Fox, Councillor Pat Midgley, Paul Blomfield MP, Vicar Julie Upton and S2 Food Bank volunteers
With more people than ever relying on food bank provisions, Galatia has extended its support to the S2 Food Bank network in Sheffield to help ensure that vulnerable members of the community gain…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 4:55pm

Northern Landscapes At The Harrogate Stove Company


The Harrogate Stove Company has teamed up with local landscape artist Mark Booker to exhibit a series of artworks in their showroom in the run up to Christmas. Mark's work is best known for…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 11:00pm

Mediterranean Diets Have Lasting Health Benefits


The health benefits of switching to a Mediterranean style diet and upping the amount of time spent exercising for a period of just eight weeks can still be seen a year after stopping the regime, a…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 9:19pm

Soaring Success For Charity

Leeds RAG members
Leeds RAG members
Big-hearted students from the University of Leeds' RAG society are aiming to raise thousands of pounds for the city's small charities this week.

Fundraising events during RAG Week (3 -9 November)…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 9:38pm

Figures Confirm Flu Season Has Started

flu jab - photo by NHS Employers
flu jab - photo by NHS Employers
Following Public Health England (PHE) advice, the Chief Medical Officer has this week issued guidance to all GPs in England about using antiviral drugs, for people presenting with flu-like illness…

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Thu 18th Dec, 2014 | 3:19pm

Strong Action Needed To Protect Pension Savings From Rip-Off Fees, Says TUC

photo - Alan Cleaver
photo - Alan Cleaver
Commenting on the publication today of the report of the Independent Project Board that was tasked with an examination of pension management fees, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 4:31pm

Blind Ex-Wren Thanks National Military Charity For Support At Christmas Time


A blind ex-Service woman from West Yorkshire is "thrilled" to be celebrating Christmas amongst friends, thanks to a national military charity.

91-year-old Chrissy Viles, from Huddersfield, will…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 8:00am

Shaun Hallett
Preparing For The Slopes...
By Shaun Hallett
Fitness Writer

Now that autumn has finally deserted us and 'Strictly/I'm a Celeb' signal the start of another Yorkshire winter there's one thing guaranteed to generate a hot flush of anticipation; Skiing!

If…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 9:50am

Staying Fit This Festive Season

photo - Connie Ma
photo - Connie Ma
Staying fit during Christmas can feel like an uphill struggle with all
the Christmas parties, family get-togethers and all the chocolates and
sweets there to tempt you.

But it doesn't have to be…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 9:03pm

Five LinkedIn Profile Picture Mistakes To Avoid


It would seem that one of the most common places that people make mistakes on their LinkedIn profile is their profile picture. And this isn't me making idle speculation, I provide a LinkedIn…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 11:15am

Lisa Hart
My big 10!
By Lisa Hart
Features Writer
Of of life's challenges:  The Colour Rush - Run or Dye!
Of of life's challenges: The Colour Rush - Run or Dye!
As at today I have officially lost 8 stone 4 lbs, which is a bit exciting.

I am aiming to get to 10 stone loss and as this is quite a big milestone I wanted to celebrate in some way - but how do…

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Mon 8th Dec, 2014 | 9:24am

Funding For Frontline Projects In Fight To End Female Genital Mutilation


Communities Minister Stephen Williams today (5 December 2014) announced the names of 17 frontline community projects that will receive a share of £270,000 to help end female genital…

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Fri 5th Dec, 2014 | 4:34pm

Double Inflation Boost For State Pension With Additional Help To The Poorest

photo by citizens advice
photo by citizens advice
The basic State Pension is to rise by around double the rate of inflation, the government has confirmed, helping to give people increased financial security and peace of mind in retirement.

Thanks…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 12:35pm

Graham Clark
Book Review: Lonely Planet - Best In Travel 2015
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

After Christmas it always seems a good time to decide where to go on holiday next year. If you are stuck for ideas then the new Lonely Planet book, Best in Travel 2015 might be a good reference…

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Tue 2nd Dec, 2014 | 12:14pm

Motivational Monday: Insane Results


Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein


I am always slightly dubious when I see a quote attributed to Einstein and personally I don't…

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Mon 1st Dec, 2014 | 10:14am

Charity Christmas Fair

photo by Marsha Wheatley
photo by Marsha Wheatley
This Christmas, we invite you to join in some festive family fun, get your Christmas shopping and support a fantastic charity all in the beautiful historic town of Wetherby.

Saturday 6 December,…

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Sat 29th Nov, 2014 | 8:10pm

Four Million 'Missing Votes' From Young People Could Decide Election, Says TUC

credit: Alan Cleaver
credit: Alan Cleaver
With polls suggesting that next year's general election is too close to call, the TUC is today (Thursday) publishing new analysis showing that there are over four million 'missing votes' from…

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Thu 27th Nov, 2014 | 12:06pm

Gift Guide: For Her

Whether you're looking for something for your mum, grandma, sister or the lady of your life, we have some lovely gift ideas readily available to buy online or on the highstreet...

Here are the…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 11:08am

Oh Come All Ye Faithful - Shopping Centre Calls For Christmas Choirs!

photo by William Murphy
photo by William Murphy
A South Yorkshire shopping centre is set to get shoppers in the festive spirit - by inviting local choirs to come along for a seasonal sing-song.

Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster wants local…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 2:55pm

Charities Have Got It Wrapped At Shopping Centre

 photo by: Hades2k
photo by: Hades2k
A South Yorkshire shopping centre is offering a Christmas gift wrapping service to save customers time - and raise money for a good cause.

Frenchgate Shopping Centre Doncaster has dedicated an…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 6:57pm

Reebok Unveils Plans For Christmas Masterclass Event

photo by Connie Ma
photo by Connie Ma
Reebok are holding a Christmas Survival Guide Masterclass in Leeds on 26 November at 6.45pm-7.30pm.

Located in Sporting Pro, Kirkstall Valley Retail Park, the free event will provide an holistic…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 4:15pm

Specialist Services For Trans People At Risk From Hate Crime Must Not Be Lost To Cuts, Says TUC

photo by Shawn Carpenter
photo by Shawn Carpenter
Today (Thursday), on Transgender Day of Remembrance, the TUC is calling for an end to violence against trans people and for specialist support services for trans people to be protected from…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 1:42pm

Welfare Cuts Will Increase Fire Risk For Poorer Families, Say Firefighters

house fire - photo fbu.org.uk
house fire - photo fbu.org.uk
Firefighters have warned the government that cutting provisions that help low income families replace old and unsafe electrical goods could increase the risk of fire and fatalities.

The government…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 9:05pm

Government Failures On Fair Pay And Affordable Housing Have Increased Welfare Costs, Says TUC

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Commenting on new analysis published today (Monday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which shows that government cuts to social security have not achieved intended savings, TUC General…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 6:19pm

More Couples Choose To Mediate Divorce

photo by Monochrome
photo by Monochrome
New figures have revealed that divorcing couples are much more likely to volunteer for mediation, rather than instruct a solicitor straight away. The National Family Mediation (NFM) service has…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 4:12pm

Fit In Your 50's..... 60's, 70's and Beyond

I'm Shaun Hallett, a level 3 Personal Trainer & Registered Nutritionist, at Fortius Personal Fitness.

My aim is help people over 40 to maintain a healthy, and active lifestyle around their busy…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 2:22pm

Huddersfield WWII Blind Veteran To March With Blind Veterans UK On Remembrance Sunday

Derek Stead
Derek Stead
A blind World War II veteran from West Yorkshire will be one of the vision impaired ex-Service men and women to represent national charity Blind Veterans UK on the annual Remembrance Sunday march…

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Fri 7th Nov, 2014 | 8:47pm

Sheffield Student Who Survived Horror Crash Backing Air Ambulance Campaign

Shona Fraser with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Sammy Wills on a visit to the charity's base at Nostell, near Wakefield
Shona Fraser with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Sammy Wills on a visit to the charity's base at Nostell, near Wakefield
A South Yorkshire student who was seriously injured in an horrific motorbike accident is backing a special fundraising campaign this month for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Shona Fraser suffered…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 8:10pm

Leeds Horse Sanctuary 'Re-homes' Internationally


Hope Pastures, a Leeds-based horse and donkey sanctuary, has been overwhelmed by requests for their knitted horses in the run-up to Christmas. Not only have the knitted horses found their 'forever…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 4:34pm