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New Forum Underway: the Inaugural General Meeting of Harrogate and District Over 50s Forum, attended by the deputy mayor and mayoress ,was held in the council chambers, Crescent Road. Chairman Anthony Kerr called for a minutes silence at the start of the meeting in memory of Christine Dobson who had been heavily involved in getting the Forum started. Once the formalities of the AGM were over Coun Bernard Bateman, Older People’s Champion for Harrogate and District was presented with a birthday cake by committee member Rose Stearn. Following this was a question and answer session with Coun Shelagh Marshall, North Yorkshire Champion for Older People, Coun Bateman and Karen Weaver Chief Executive of Harrogate and Area Council for Voluntary Service.

Harrogate Stray Probus Club: Ascot House Hotel, Kings Road is the venue of the next meeting of Harrogate Stray Probus Club. Start time is 2.30pm.

Amusing Shop Sign: outside Ramus Fishmongers on Kings Road they have put a topical message on their notice board it reads “ We guarantee that our produce contains 0% sea horse “ It brightened a dull morning.

New Helpline: the new number of the NHS Helpline for advice is 111. The NHS Direct Helpline has finished.

Insulation Available: a scheme to help with loft insulation has been extended by local energy suppliers and local authorities. Private hoemeowners, may apply and funding is on a first come basis. More information from Yorkshire Energy Partnership 01904 545020 who will arrange a free survey.

More Stand Up: the line up for this month’s Sitting Room Comedy Club, at the Saint George Hotel, Ripon Road is Justin Moorhouse, Michael Legge and Mark Rough. Hosted by Tom Taylor the evening starts at 8pm on Wednesday, April 10. Doors open 7.30pm and the £10 tickets may be purchased from the hotel or from the website www.sitingroomcomedy.com. Sitting Room is also at the Monkbar Hotel, St Maurice’s Road,York.

An Apostrophe Or Not?: on a recent BBC programme there was a discussion regarding the use of the apostrophe. Seemingly a council in Devon will be meeting to decide whether in the future they should stop using the apostrophe on their street signs. On the programme was Rob Drummond, a language specialist, putting forward his view that the use of the apostrophe is vital in writing but as regards street signs he thinks that of all punctuation the possessive is the least important and maybe missing out the apostrophe is a reflection of how language is changing. Eg the BBC is now written without the full stop originally it was always written BBC and business letters now use less punctuation. Steve Jenner of the Plain English Campaign said that respecting the rules of language must always be adhered to as it suggest meaning. I am not a specialist on the subject but it is of interest to me as I live in the Kings Road area. Currently the road signs for Kings Road do have an apostrophe although common usage for years has been to omit the apostrophe when an address is written. No doubt discussion regarding punctuation will continue no doubt sometimes generating a heated response. Saint Wilfrids: services on Sunday, April 7 at Saint Wilfrid’s Church, Duchy Road are: 8am An Early Mass; 10am The Parish Mass and Evening Prayer at 6pm. Parish administrator is Mrs Linda Harrison who may be contacted at the parish office on 01423 504629

Saint Luke’s Sunday Service: Holy Communion will be celebrated at Saint Luke’s Church, Franklin Square on the second Sunday of Easter at 10.30am Sunday, April 7.