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Dear Reader: Hiding from heatwave + annoying rail station barriers

The weekend’s heatwave was perfect weather for lying on the beach in the south of France or Bridlington, even.

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People enjoy the Nidderdale in the City event at Kirstall Abbey. Picture by Paul Harris photography.

Upper Nidderdale Partnership column

It hardly seems five minutes since this column celebrated the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership’s second birthday. And yet here we are at the end of year three. This seems a good time for a rundown of our favourite recent moments.

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A Google streetview image showing the lower end of Parliament Street  one of the towns busiest junctions.

The Transport Talk column with Don Mackenzie

A significant investment will be made in traffic management in Harrogate. Traffic lights at the junction of Kings Road, Ripon Road, Parliament St and Crescent Road, and including those at Parliament St, Oxford St and Kings Rd, Cheltenham Crescent are to be changed.

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During a drive across Blubberhouses we had a close encounter with 30 geese.

A Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Scorchio – is it hot enough for you? I am sure there will be plenty of people including my wife who will be moaning that it is too much, while I say why bother going away on holiday when we have everything in Nidderdale, now including the weather.

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Chris Page column

Grand Central: Kept buzzing - to infirmity and beyond!

That’s me pictured above. On the left. Just to be clear. Seen right is reason for this column, my great granddaughter. ​Not third generation, you understand. But my granddaughter. Who’s great. And grand. In true Tyke terminology.

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Olympian Jack Laugher.

City Matters column with Alan Weston

Preparing for the recent Annual Parish Meeting was an opportunity review the year gone and what has been achieved by the City Development Team.

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Actor Joseph Marcell unveiled the Societys plaque on the former Theatre Royal. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

This column first appeared in the Ripon Gazette in October 2007, so this is the 500th of them. Such landmarks are often the opportunity to look back with nostalgia and, perhaps regret.

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The Neighbourhood Plan is dealing with the growth of the city in a sustainable way.

The City Plan column with Alan Weston

One of the main reasons for initially proposing a Neighbourhood Plan for Ripon was concerns about the local economy and a belief that more could be done to support it.

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Pauline and I are pictured with volunteers Collin Fenny, Chris Fahy, and few of the junior football players.

The Borougbridge Mayor’s column with Peter Phillips

An interesting week to say the least. On Tuesday morning Pauline and I were invited to meet with a TV producer with regards to the possibility of her company featuring a TV challenge type programme in the town.

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The Theatre Team performed brilliantly in the Knaresborough Bed Race.

Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

The world feels a very different place since I wrote my last column. The UK has experienced two horrific terrorist atrocities and then there was the little matter of a General Election, all within this last month.

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Love our Indies - Paul Rawlinson, owner of  Baltzersens outside his independent cafe  in Harrogate.

Dear Reader: Why independent is best + alternative to a Harrogate bypass

A regular column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers

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Find out more about the 2017 Volunteer Oscar at www.harcvs.org.uk.

The volunteers column with Karen Weaver

As usual I’m a bit last minute writing this article which today means I’m sitting at the computer on the morning after the General Election, wondering how to come up with a relevant piece that focuses on the voluntary and community sector.

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Preparing the borders for an array of flowers, which hopefully will help us win the Yorkshire in Bloom title.

A Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Evening all – I thought I would start this week’s column with that well-known introduction for those of you who remember it from the TV programme Dixon of Dock Green.

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Harlow Carrs first flower show attracted 12,000 visitors.

The RHS Garden Harlow Carr column with Liz Thwaite

Preparations for our second annual flower show are in full swing. The nurseries and trade stands are booked, the marquees are ordered, the park and ride service is in place and the show guides are printed.

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Fundraising at last years Knaresborough Bed Race.

Dear Reader: 'Kim Jong-un' at Knaresborough Bed Race + togetherness matters

A weekly column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers

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Dont forget to tune into BBC Radio 4s Ramblings programme with Clare Balding today (Thursday) at 3pm.

A week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Things can only get better, so a certain song goes. Well for Pateley Bridge in recent years things really have got better. The area is steeped in history and tradition with families who live here being able to trace their family history back generations.

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Spare a thought for our 16 and 18 year olds who are taking their exams.

School matters column with Dennis Richards

Amidst the misery inflicted on us by terrorism and the febrile atmosphere of a General Election, let’s spare a thought for our 16 and 18 year olds, embroiled in the middle of their GCSE and A Level examinations.

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The Ripon Bellman in action. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Tradition. It’s something we know about in Ripon. For hundreds of years (more than eleven hundred, if the uncertain history is true) the Hornblower has set the watch for the city and assured the citizens that all should be safe through the night.

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Connecting Ripon: Celebrating Connections in Volunteers

Connecting Ripon: Celebrating Connections in Volunteers

Today is the first day of Volunteers’ Week, the annual celebration of volunteering. This week will also see the launch of the 10th Harrogate District Volunteering Oscars, always an inspiring and humbling event.

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Enjoying a hot cuppa after the all-night mission to rescue a caver.

Mind the gap – Swan Dike cave rescue ends with drill operation

Cave rescues invariably are long duration and demand major logistical movement of rescue gear not just to the cave entrance but getting it through the complicated cave systems.

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