Behind the Scenes at Harewood House with Trevor Nicholson

Springtime in the gardens at Harewood means colour. Lots and lots of colour! From the dazzling display of tulips in the borders, alongside masses of hyacinths on the Terrace, down through the West Garden and all the way around the lakeside woodlands.

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Cyber crime and fraud are just two of the issues.

The Crime Matters column with Police and Crime commissioner Julia Mulligan

More than 2,000 of you had your say, so thank you for taking the time to tell me your views. And fundamentally important they were too.

The chequerboard pattern on the gable of the former College chapel helps give weight. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Lie heavy on him, earth, for he / Hath laid many a heavy load on thee! – this mock epitaph on the architect Sir John Vanbrugh is attributed both to Jonathan Swift and to the less-famous Dr Able Evans.

Volunteers from Nidd Gorge Community group at their Easter family event on Sunday. (Picture by Nidd Gorge Photography)

Dear Reader: Defending Nidd Gorge + hidden artistic treasure

So far I've not heard anyone on my travels voice the opinion that beauty spot Nidd Gorge is the right location for a bypass to cure Harrogate and Knaresborough’s mounting traffic woes.

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The Emperors New Clothes had a remarkably talented cast.

The Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

In a week when Harrogate launches an ambassadors programme, with leading local figures tasked to bring new business to town, you may have spotted in the business section of The Advertiser last week, the article on Richard Bielby (the production manager at the theatre) and Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services (HTSS).

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Farming Minister George Eustice visited Craven College and spoke to farmers at Skipton Market last month.

Life at Westminster with Julian Smith MP

I want to begin this month’s column by wishing everyone a happy Easter and I hope that you had a restful break. I am delighted that the Tour de Yorkshire will come through our area next week.

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Simon Theakston of Theakstons Brewery.

The Reporting Back column with Andrew Jones MP

The Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards take place at the end of this month. Last year saw local businesses recognised; many I have visited to see what they do first hand – like Change Mobility and Harrogate International Festivals.

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The HARCVS staff team outside the offices at Harrogate Community House.

Helping Others column with Karen Weaver

It’s been a strange few months here at HARCVS as we’ve had to deal with the impact of losing our main grants from North Yorkshire County Council and the NHS. Three much loved, experienced and talented staff have just transferred over to the new provider, our capacity to support local voluntary organisations and volunteers is reduced and we need less office space.

Pateley Bridge Town Mayor Stan Lumley, St Cuthberts CofE Primary School head Lynette Brammah and myself pictured with the Yorkshire in Bloom logo competition winners.

Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Last week myself and Kirsty went along to St Cuthbert’s Primary School to present awards on behalf of the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade to the pupils who had been selected as winners of the Pateley Bridge logo competition.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.

The Easter message with the Dean of Ripon Rev John Dobson

On Sunday morning, in glorious sunshine, people from the Cathedral and other congregations within Ripon gathered in the Market Place for the blessing of palms. It was Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.

During Eucharistic worship, many congregations share The Peace.

The Holy Living column with Rev Peter Dodson

Today, April 13, is Maundy Thursday, part of this year’s Holy Week. The word ‘maundy’ is connected with “commandment”. It refers to what Jesus said at his Last Supper: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

The Spring Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground attracts around 60,000 visitors.

The Visit Harrogate column

It’s less than a month until the women’s and men’s Tour de Yorkshire races roll into Harrogate. We are all looking forward to seeing the race, and seeing the Harrogate district at its best on the television coverage that will be live throughout the day on ITV and Eurosport, and will also be shown in over 170 countries.

A dedicated team of officers will be working behind the scenes to co-ordinate the Tour de Yorkshire operation.

On The Beat column with Supt Paula Booth

It’s almost here, folks – the fantastic Tour de Yorkshire!

This three-day event, which gets underway on the east coast on Friday 28 April and then heads to Harrogate on the Saturday, has fast become a firm favourite in the sporting calendar.

The Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright, New York. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society Column with David Winpenny

Of all the building materials we use today, concrete is by far the most favoured. It is also, perhaps, the most ignored – or even despised.

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Kirsty Hall, a new full member of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association team. Photo by Sara Spillett

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association column, with David Dennis

We have been fortunate over the years to have always been able to match recruitment to the ever increasing demand on our services and the mix of seasoned members with many rescue experiences and new, and usually younger, members has served us well.

Myself, Methodist Mike and Google UK trainer Simon McCaskill.

A Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Google UK comes to town! Yes Google came to Pateley Bridge as part of the prize for Pateley Bridge winning the title Best High Street in the Village category of the Great British High Street Awards 2016.

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Helen Garnham, senior curriculum lead at Harrogate College

Debra Forsythe-Conroy column: Helping students to make a difference

Harrogate College has been working with the local delivery partner for the National Citizen Service across North Yorkshire, East Riding and Stockton (Flying Futures CIC- Community Interest Company) to run interactive workshops focussing on a variety of courses, to encourage participation in the National Citizen Service programmes.

Lambing time on the farm

Lambing time on the farm

Well it’s official we have started lambing. As we expected the weather did turn, it snowed and rained when they started lambing, writes Frances Graham.

Kids Aloud Concert.  The Mayor of Harrogate Coun Nick Brown with fellow guests. (1703031AM8)

The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate’s monthly diary, with Coun Nick Brown

My highlights in March included a number of enjoyable school visits to meet pupils and to try and explain democracy, the role of the Mayoralty and to foster a sense of civic pride. These included St Aidan’s, Ashville, Belmont Grosvenor, Kirkby Overblow, Cundall Manor and Queen Ethelburga’s schools. We really do have great education in our district!

A primary school head teacher in Derby demonstrated that children get better grades by wearing slippers.

School Matters column with Dennis Richards

April 1st has come and gone for another year. While perhaps no news outlet will ever match the famous Richard Dimbleby spaghetti “spoof” of many decades ago, the Guardian came close this year with brilliant “wind-up” in relation to a news announcement about George Osborne’s seventh new job.

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