Are you a solitary person? Do you long, Garbo-like, to be alone? Would a life of isolation suit you and offer you scope for those periods of sustained contemplation and consideration for which you’ve always yearned?
Being awarded Arts Council National Portfolio status for a fourth term (14 years) running at the end of June was great news for Harrogate Theatre. It is in recognition of the range and quality of the shows that we produce and present, and this last month or so has been outstanding for drama here at the Theatre.
Last week we had a visit from the new head of Visit Harrogate Richard Spencer. He was accompanied by Steve Patton, Tracey Morgan and local Bewerley resident John Light. The team showed their new leader Richard around Pateley Bridge the capital of the Harrogate district – only joking.
Two weeks ago this column looked at how the tide of history could leave buildings of the past stranded in what today we may consider degraded or unsuitable locations – like the Saxon church and monastery at Jarrow and the castle at Newcastle upon Tyne. And we looked at places that succeeded in spite of their unpromising location – like St Petersburg and Washington DC.
If you are out walking in the wild areas of the Dales, I wonder if you’ve paused to think? What would happen if you fell and broke your ankle? Or if you were out on the fells and came across someone having a heart attack?
The Dean of Ripon’s column with the Very Rev John Dobson
They came from all over the region, as far afield as Scarborough and Settle, Richmond and Wetherby. They were school children; the finalists and winners of the cathedral’s gargoyle competition, attending a cathedral service to receive their prizes.
Tuesday 20 June – Myself and other mayors from across the district were invited to Menwith Hill. Sqn Leader Geoff Dickinson gave us an extensive explanation of the history of Menwith Hill and its function.