Baby and Toddler Classes: at the Chatsworth Dance Centre informal classes for babies of eight months to toddlers up to the age of three offer an informal, relaxed atmosphere with sensory play, music and movement. Those taking children to the class are invited to join in. In 2008 the dance centre became the Chatsworth Studio, it was formerly the AVA Dance Academy founded by Ann Atkinson, although still involved Ann handed over the day to day running to Mike and Jan Starkings and family in 2005. A wide range of diverse classes are available including ballet, tap, musical theatre, freestyle and modern jazz in addition to the baby and toddler classes. The centre produced a successful show, Love To Dance, at the Royal Hall in February this year and students taking exams continue to achieve a high standard of success. Full information may be had from the centre on 01423 522322.
Help Needed: the Canaan Trust Warehouse is always in need of helpers to sort out donations. The warehouse is open 10am-4pm on the last Saturday of the month. Items needed are household items including suitable furniture, medical items, sports gear, books, clean clothing etc. It is part of the Mowbray Community Church on Westmoreland Street and if you are interested in helping or have anything to donate, the next Open Session is on Saturday, July 28.
Thank You: recently friends and I attended the garden party for senior citizens at the Harrogate Grammar School, although the party wasn’t in the garden as it happened to be on one of our not infrequent wet days. It was instead held in the well equipped hall of the sixth form block. What an excellent afternoon it was, the young people were attentive to everyone’s needs and the choice of delicious cakes seemed endless. The pupils had made all the cakes and headmaster, Richard Sheriff, presented prizes to those chosen as the best (what a job for the tasters!) In addition we were all enthralled with the music and drama entertainment. So a very big thank you to the pupils and teachers for all their hard work before and during the afternoon.
Older Peoples Forum: many older people have concerns regarding their needs yet feel they do not know how to get their voice heard. Things can change. I went to the launch meeting of the Older Peoples Forum for Harrogate and District which may help to change that. Don Davis, chair and Pauline Reeve, vice chair from the North Yorkshire Forum for Older People and members of the Selby and Ryedale Forums, all with several years experience explained what can be achieved. They outlined how discussions with members of the Forums highlight their concerns and representatives, on their behalf, discuss with the relevant voluntary and statuatry bodies how things might evolve either by being changed or introduced. North Yorkshire County Council help with funding. Each Forum has its own constitution and decides its format. Christine Boxall, of the Harrogate Council for Voluntary Service, and her colleagues are spearheading the Harrogate and District Older Peoples Forum. They organised the launch and will guide the steering committee until everything is well underway. So if you are over 50 and wish to have a say about the things that matter to you and to help shape the way services are delivered and would like to know more about this voice for older people and when the next meeting will be get in touch with Christine on 01423 813094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.