Review of the Year 2017: January - A new era for Harrogate Town and a ground-breaking project to tackle loneliness

It's been a massive year for Harrogate Town AFC, and it was back in January that the club announced their plans to turn fully professional from their next season.

Thursday, 28th December 2017, 11:51 am
Updated Thursday, 28th December 2017, 11:55 am
The Harrogate Hub team.

Signalling a new era for the town’s ambitious team, Managing Director Garry Plant said the move was “a natural progression”, and life president George Dunnington said it was a “big moment in the club’s history.”

A major project to restore one of Harrogate’s long-lost natural treasures was launched in the Valley Gardens. It was a long-held vision for the hard-working volunteers from the Friends of Valley Gardens to create a lasting legacy for the Grade II listed park, and thanks to a £89,200 awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund, work to restore the 1930s Japanese Gardens was made possible at last.

A ground-breaking new project to tackle loneliness in the Harrogate district was launched. In its opening week, the Harrogate Hub on Parliament Street set out its ambitious plans to be a base where anyone can come for a chat and be helped when they are feeling isolated.

The Hub has gone from strength to strength and has seen some real success stories. At its heart is a strong team of volunteer pastoral carers who are ready to offer support to anyone who comes in.