The Harwood: good news, the Harwood pub on Pannal Station has re-opened. After much haranguing of the owners, Greene King, we can now formally welcome the new landlord and his wife. They re-opened at the beginning of September and trade is beginning to pick up again. The new tenants are Mr and Mrs Atkinson from Stockton, where they are currently the successful landlords of another Greene King pub. Graham told a local resident who has been in contact with me that they were keen to have good homemade food and the restaurant is open for Sunday lunches, weekday lunches as well as early bird and evening meals. Please do all you can to welcome and support Graham and his wife and I will be heading up there soon to sample the new menu and will report back!
Harvest Festival Services: there will be a Harvest Service at St Robert’s in Pannal at 9.30am on October 14 and a Joint Choral Evensong with Beckwithshaw Church at St Michael’s in Beckwithshaw at 6pm. All are welcome. Traditionally we offer gifts of non-perishable food items that can be brought to either service. These are shared between homeless charities in the area.
Rock Up and Sing: local resident, Renee Dickinson is organising a concert at the Royal Hall with the Rock Up and sing Choir, conducted by Rhiannon Gaye. The concert will raise money for Parkinson’s charity. “We had a concert last year for Parkinson’s and it was excellent, the Royal Hall has such atmosphere and acoustics and is perfect for Rock Up and Sing. At one point some of the choir, who were sat at the back of the theatre, joined in the singing. Last year’s Mayor of Harrogate said it was a marvellous show and he and his wife thoroughly enjoyed it” Please help support Parkinson’s UK and get tickets for this concert. The funds will all go to help local people in the area who have Parkinson’s.
Epilepsy Action: local resident Carl Donnelly runs the Harrogate branch of Epilepsy Action. Each year they run a public event at the Majestic Hotel. This year the event runs on Saturday, October 13 and the theme is Epilepsy - How decision making works in real clinic appointments. The speaker is Dr Merran Toerien of the University of York. The event takes place from 10am- noon, there is no need to book and the day includes free refreshments. If you would like more information please contact Carl on 01423 873598. The branch was established over four years ago, with the aim to provide Support for people with Epilepsy and those close to them. The group holds regular monthly meetings, involving members in social events and fundraising. Next year the goal is to add a ‘ family drop in coffee morning’ on a Saturday in central Harrogate, new volunteers are sought to help organise these events, if you are able to help, please contact Carl.
Pannal Wives: meet on October 17 at 7.30pm at St Robert’s Church. This month is a social event with games, nibbles and punch.
News and events: please do get in touch if you have an event or something that you would like me to mention in the column. I sometimes don’t get to hear about things until after the event so even if you think I must know about something, please get in touch and tell me anyway, just in case! This will ensure you get a mention.