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The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

David Cameron on 12 September 2016. Boris Johnson on 4 June 2008. Peter Mandelson on 8 September 2004. Robert Kilroy Silk on 1 October 1986. Ian Paisley and Enoch Powell, both on 17 December 1985.

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Leeds schoolchildren visit Stephen Ramsden's farm. Photograph taken by Paul Harris.

The Countryside Life column with the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership

Last year the Oxford Junior Dictionary caused dismay when it removed from its new edition a crop of nature words, including conker, wren, acorn and clover. In their place came supposedly 21st-century words like broadband, cut-and-paste, and analogue.

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Lead singer Gus Unger-Hamilton, right, of 'Leeds' band Alt-J.

Dear Reader: Celebrity spotting + new affordable housing solution

Here comes a name drop. Not so long ago, veteran broadcaster and award-winning journalist Katie Adie told me to my face across the table at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate that I was “observant.”
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Like all churches, we are still celebrating Easter at the cathedral.

The Dean’s Reflection column with the Very Rev John Dobson

The Secretary General of the United Nations has said that the cold war is back with a vengeance. There has certainly been much news that has been disturbing over recent weeks, reminding us that the world still remains worryingly unstable.

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Call the police on 101 if you suspect that modern slavery is happening near you.

The On The Beat column with Supt Paula Booth

In support of the final strand of the force’s five month tackling community harm campaign, “No Home Here”, Supt Paula Booth touches upon the serious issue of modern slavery and how you can help to tackle it:

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A warm welcome to film crews

A warm welcome to film crews

Pateley Bridge is well and truly on the radar of and proving to be a popular destination for TV companie.

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Sophie Walker, national leader of the Womens Equality Party, speaking in Harrogate.

Dear Reader: 'Purdah' hits Harrogate + Promotion for Town?

A personal column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers
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The House of Correction, built in 1684. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society Column with David Winpenny

This week we take another dip into the green plaques that Ripon’s Civic Society has put up in the city, with three buildings that are part of Ripon’s ‘Law and Order’ trail.

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The entire staff at the Royal Baths, probably in 1957.

The Harrogate Museums column with May Catt

First-hand accounts about life in Harrogate really help to bring the history of the town and the objects in the museum collection alive. Through a series of oral history projects led by our Assistant Curator, Nicola Baxter, we have been able to learn fascinating details about Harrogate’s 20th century history from local residents.

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Wordsworth thought sites such as Aira Force should be kept for people who appreciated them. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Is then no nook of English ground secure / From rash assault? demanded William Wordsworth in 1844.

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It is well worth investing in a decent bike repair stand which will make maintenance easier.

The Cycle Sense column with Tony Booth – preparing your bike for action after the winter months

After a cold, damp winter in a garage or shed, your faithful bike is likely to need a little TLC to get it (and you) back up to speed! If you’ve invested in a decent bicycle, making sure it is in tip top condition will not only prolong it’s life by preventing more serious problems from developing, but will also give you the best performance from it as well as improving safety for the rider.

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Spring into hospital fundraising

Spring into hospital fundraising

We’ve had plenty to shout about over the past few months, including the launch of our children’s outpatient department following it refurbishment funded by the incredible support of our local community, the amazing Pre-loved Re-loved prom sale at St Aidan’s School raising over £12,000 for our Sir Robert Ogden Centre, and a number of other activities over the winter months all helping us to make a difference across all the departments within Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

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Air pollution - Bond End in Knaresborough.

Dear Reader: Sore point over pollution + in praise of 'sticky streets'

A personal column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers
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From left: Alex Tordoff, Shane Skaife, Neil Gillies, Darren Crockford, Andy Milner, Stuart Harrison

A week in the life with Keith Tordoff

The last week has certainly been cold - typical bank holiday weather! There was even snow on Easter Monday.

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The Catholic Chapel at Everingham, East Yorkshire, designed by John Harper. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Before the days when you could look up anything and everything on line, and when Wikipedia was not even a glint in the eyes of Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, if we needed information we relied hugely on books.

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End of an era: Could health and safety fears put an end to the traditional work on Kilburn's white horse?

Volunteers made to put Kilburn's White Horse on the hill out to grass

It’s bad enough when a beloved horse is put out to grass, but on the hills above Kilburn, it is the handlers who have found their services are no longer required.

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Clifford Newbold at Wentworth Woodhouse.

David Behrens: Our past is enshrined in communities and should be preserved

Often, it takes the benefit of a generation’s hindsight to understand just how misguided we have been. At other times, it ought to be obvious from the get-go.

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Martin Imeson.

The Nidderdale Voices column featuring Martin Imeson

This week our personality taking part in “Nidderdale Voices” is Martin Imeson. Although Martin was actually born in Leeds he was raised from a very early age in Pateley (where his maternal grandparents and great grandparents lived).

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One of the NYCC's 86 gritting vehicles pictured in action last month.

The Transport Talk column with Don Mackenzie

Let’s hope that we have now seen the back of the snow and ice, which affected most parts of the county during February, and which made a fleeting visit again early on the morning of Thursday 8 March to the Harrogate area in particular.

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The Galilee at Durham Cathedral stretches west beneath the two towers. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

This week, let’s make an entrance – and think about porches. Not, perhaps, something you often consider; you pass through – perhaps having paused to shake your umbrella or clomp the snow from your boots, before entering the main body of wherever it is you’re visiting. But porches can be important in their own right – or even transformative.

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