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The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

It is 500 years this year since Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar who became convinced that the selling of Indulgences by the Catholic Church was corrupt and unscriptural, ignited what quickly became the Reformation by, it is said, nailing his ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ to the door of Wittenberg Church.

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Many cathedrals and churches are encouraging political debate at the moment.

The Dean’s Reflection column with Very Rev John Dobson

Why bother with Yorkshire? That’s quite a question! And it was due to be discussed recently by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, and Sir Gary Verity in the Cathedral – the first of the Cathedral’s new St Wilfrid Discussions.

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Volunteers recently replaced a gate on a public footpath through farmland near Leathley.

The Transport Talk column with Don MacKenzie

This column did not appear in April ahead of the County Council elections. It is good to be back this month.

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Ransomware was used in the cyber attack.

The Crime Matters column with Julia Mulligan

Earlier this month, parts of our NHS fell victim to a cyber attack with the full extent of the breach causing havoc to thousands of organisations and individuals across more than 150 countries.

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Methodist Mike and Reverend Darryl Hall are interviewed by Clare Balding for BBC Radio 4s Rambings.

The Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

It’s good to talk, so the saying goes, and my wife Gloria says I do plenty of that. I have in recent days been giving talks at WIs and a group in York called Speakability. There is demand out there for talkers and more so if you are free – ‘I’m free’.

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The Geometrical Decorated style of Ripon Cathedrals east window. (copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

As we approach a General Election, and at a time when we are in the throes of detaching the United Kingdom from the European Union, we may be forgiven for thinking more than usual about what makes the national character. And as this column is about architecture, we may, perhaps, consider how architecture expresses our essential Britishness.

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The Scilly Isles

Room for a Laugh with Tom Taylor

In addition to learning and growing from them, as I have got older, I have started to embrace my mistakes, especially as a writer. I think you have to as you are only going to make more of them. That’s very much how time works; there is no going back now.

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One of the Foundation Programme students shows off a finished stone plaque for Lodge. Photo: B Noakes.

The Countryside Life column by the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership

In the farthest reaches of Upper Nidderdale, life is being breathed back into a village abandoned nearly a century ago – thanks to students on our Foundation Programme in Heritage Skills.

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The theatre's bed race team

Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

If I can start on a personal note, I took my son down to London at the start of the month to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock. It was truly delightful and so much fun. The young actor-musicians are all superb, demonstrating a phenomenal amount skill and energy.

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Children look at Salvia during RHS Garden Harlow Carrs Petal to Pot Summer Garden Party.

The RHS Garden Harlow Carr column with Liz Thwaite

As head of Harlow Carr, many people assume I’m an expert in horticulture and can wax lyrical about the beautiful plants and flowers in the garden. However, nothing could be further from the truth!

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NADV 1705012AM1  Bilton Gala.  The Mayor of Harrogate with members of Bilton Grange School.(1705012AM1)

Mayor of Harrogate Coun Nick Brown’s farewell diary

It has been another busy and interesting month, the last of my mayoral year.

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The title page of the Art Journal Catalogue of the Great Exhibition.

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

The Exhibition as a Lesson in Taste is the title of an essay appended to the ‘Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the Industry of All Nations’ – in other words, the catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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We managed to finish the marking of all our lambs ahead of silaging.

Life on the Farm column with Frances Graham

Well, we have finally finished lambing and have just completed marking all the lambs, which both my grandma and I said must be sooner than normal, normally I am trying to finish marking them before we set off silaging, but this year I am a week early.

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North of England Horticultural Society Harrogate Spring Flower Show. Pictured Vicky Fox, from Plantagogo, based in Crewe, who won a Premier Gold Award, with her display of Heucherella and Tiarella, in garden setting

Visit Harrogate column: Time to explore our beautiful gardens

The Tour de Yorkshire – what a fabulous weekend and what a fantastic event. The eyes of the world were on Yorkshire and the Harrogate District was the star of Saturday’s racing. There can be no doubt we didn’t disappoint, we did ourselves proud!

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Martin Bell, addressing a Yorkshire Post Literary Lunch last month in Harrogate, on his career in journalism.

Martin Bell: In the age of 'fake news' don't take quality newspapers for granted

When I began as a journalist, in the BBC’s Norwich newsroom in 1962, we were operating in a stable environment.
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The invitation to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party next Tuesday (16 May).

A Week in The Life column with Keith Tordoff

I am neither a quiz person nor someone who celebrates birthdays yet last week in this feature I referred to both. The article finished with me asking if anyone knew what occasion you only receive an invite to once in your lifetime.

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Harrogate Mayor Nick Brown and his wife Linda with some of our volunteers at the annual celebration.

The Helping Others column with Karen Weaver

Last week we were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of the District to Harrogate Community House for our annual volunteer celebration.

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Kirkgate  an ancient route leading to what is now the Cathedral. (Copyright  David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Do you have an odonym? This is not intended as a personal question – an odonym is the name of the street or road on which you live.

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The College is already planning its offer for 2019 and the introduction of the new reforms.

The Harrogate College column with Debra Forsythe-Conroy

The recent review of post-16 education (the Sainsbury Review) is welcome as it sets out clearly defined routes to progress into employment through study on a technical, professional or degree level qualification.

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A crowded High Street created a great atmosphere as the ladies race whooshed through.

A Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Not that I am someone who likes to feel sorry for himself but these last few days I have felt terrible. Needless to say I got lots of sympathy from those closest to me all referring to my symptoms as ‘man flu’.

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