Saint Luke’s Church of England Church: Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 10.30am service on Sunday, March 17 at Saint Luke’s Church, Franklin Square, off Franklin Mount.
Petanque: weather permitting members of Harrogate Montpellier Petanque Club will enjoy social play on the court at Pierhead, Montpellier at 10.30am Sunday, March 24. This will be followed by a buffet and at 1pm the AGM at Springfield Avenue, Harrogate. Details of membership from Nigel Clay 01423 526378 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual General Meeting: the Harrogate and District Over 50s Forum (formerly the Harrogate and District Forum for Older People) will hold their AGM on Thursday, March 21 from 1.30-3.30pm at Harrogate Borough Council Chamber,Crescent Gardens, Harrogate. A Forum management committee will be formed to oversee this ambitious project which is an independant voluntary body run by older people in Harrogate district for older people in the district working for the benefit of all older people in this area. They plan to do this by valuing older people and promoting a positive attitude to ageing; ensuring older people’s involvement in decision and policy making; presenting the views of older people in the Harrogate district to decision makers and service providers both locally and nationally; ensuring that older people’s views are represented at the North Yorkshire Older People’s Partnership Board and the North Yorkshire Forum for Older People; keeping people informed of local issues as well as services and opportunities available to older people in the district; identify any gaps in existing services and taking appropriate action; ensuring that older people who feel excluded because of isolation and loneliness, low incomes or limited access to transport have equal access to membership of the forum and ensuring that people have a chance to get out and meet new people, talk about and listen to things that are important to them, as well as socialise.
Lecture At The Old Swan Hotel: the subject of the Friends of Harrogate District Museums’ March lecture at the Old Swan Hotel, is about Abbey House at Kirkstall, near Leeds and its relationship with Kirkstall Abbey. Kitty Ross, curator of history at Leeds Museums will share her knowledge of the rich history of Abbey House, its museum and Kirkstall Abbey on Sunday, March 24 at 2.30pm. Non members are welcome at these events at a cost of £5,payment at the door.
Day Workshop: making use of recycled and unusual materials, local artist Sarah Kay Thornton will run a workshop on Thursday, March 21 from 10am-4pm at the Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road. Sarah will show participants how to create their own pieces taking inspiration from the current exhibitions at the gallery. The £25 cost includes all materials (lunch is not provided). Booking on 01423 556188
Daily Life In Ancient Egypt: Dr Jo Fletcher will give an illustrated talk at 2pm on Monday, March 18 in the Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road. The talk will look at the everyday lives of an ancient Egyptian couple who lived and worked during Egypt’s “ golden age” in the 14th century. Her ongoing research in Egypt and showing artefacts from Harrogate’s impressive collection of daily life objects promises a very interesting afternoon. The £6 ticket includes admission to the Royal Pump Room Museum on that day. Booking on 01423 556188.
String Quartet: celebrating their tenth anniversary this season, the Modigliani Quartet will play on Sunday, March 17 at the Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road. The coffee concert programme starts at 11am opening with Beethoven’s Quartet No.6, Op.135 his last substantial work and followed by Ravel’s Quartet in F. Tickets are available from the Harrogate International Festivals office, Raglan Street. 01423 562303. The next concert in the series will be on Sunday, April 7.
Spring Concert: an evening of contrasts is planned by the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra (HSO) on Saturday, March 23 in the Royal Hall at 7.30pm. There will be a premier performance, commissioned by the HSO, of Los 33 by composer Tony Hinnigan who took his inspiration from the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground and later successfully rescued. This Latin American music performed by Inca will be part of an evening of world music conducted by Bryan Western. Other music in the programme includes; Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue; Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance Op 46 Nos. 1,3 & 8; Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 (The Little Train of the Caipira); Rimsky- Korsakov’s Russian Easter festival Overture Op 36 and Gershwin’s American In Paris.
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