Cold Bath Road News

Cold Bath Road

Kirsty Leedham

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The sun shone: and the mums and dads, carers, school children and all the helpers turned out to the Western Primary School summer fair at the end of September. A fun day was had by everyone, particularly on the Sumo wrestling and bungee run for the kids and on the bar for the grown-ups. Nearly £2,000 was raised for school funds, which is an amazing amount. Well done everyone!

Royalty in the gardens: Friends of Valley Gardens have heard the very good news, that they have been awarded a Duke of York Community Initiative award, in relation to the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room project. The award will be presented at the end of this month by the Duke of York personally. Regular readers of this column (I know who you are!), will know that the Pump Room built in 1858 and Grade 2 listed in 1975, is badly in need of restoration. The Friends team have already, thanks to the generosity of the local community and through grants, raised £31,000 towards the required £60,000. The team are restoring the building and converting it into an information and education centre, promoting the spa history of Harrogate to both residents and visitors to the town. The Pump Room will be restored to its former glory with 19th century scalloped barge boards, windows re-glazed and the ‘fish scale’ tiled roof which is in good condition, refurbished. The beautiful pine wood work interior, presently covered in paint, will be stripped and two pine benches, replicas from the days when the building was the gardener’s rest room reinstalled.

Stockeld Park winners: two budding sculptors, obviously treading in the footsteps of Moore and Gormley, Sophie Priestley and Alice Bland, both from Western Primary School have jointly won Stockeld Park’s magical sculpture competition 2012. The judges said they had a tough job choosing from this year’s incredibly strong and diverse field of entries, but Sophie’s Wellington Boot design and Alice’s Musical Tree both stood out as excellent examples of innovation, creativity and imagination. The artists at Stockeld Park have been working throughout the summer to build the

sculptures and bring them to life in their Enchanted Forest, where they can now be enjoyed by all the visitors to the park. In recognition of their achievement, Sophie and Alice have been invited as guests of honour at the Park’s VIP opening and they will have the chance to be among the first guests to see and interact with their sculptures in the Enchanted Forest. The school has also been awarded £500 which will be used in school for art and design activities. Well done Sophie and Alice!

Spoooooky: goings on in Valley Gardens for the Henshaw’s Halloween Walk. Henshaw’s society for blind people, will be running guided Halloween walks with shocks and surprises in the Valley Gardens on Wednesday, October 31. There will be guided walks every 15 minutes from 5.30 -8.15pm at a cost of £4 per person. Tall tales will be performed by Harrogate Youth Theatre inspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. There will be Halloween themed games and hot drinks available. Fancy dress essential. To book your walk, contact Hannah Saxon on 01423 814501, or email

Come and strip the willow: as the Harrogate-based British Thyroid Foundation celebrates its 21st birthday, with a ceilidh at the Cairn Hotel on Saturday, November 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets are just £10 and available by contacting the British Thyroid Foundation on 01423 709707 or for more information on this, and the work of the charity visit their website at