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The Week in the life column with Keith Tordoff

The parking scheme will see the first hour's cost refunded when visitors spend more than �5 in shops.
The parking scheme will see the first hour's cost refunded when visitors spend more than �5 in shops.

Have you heard of Herberton? No Neither had I but I now know it is a place in North Queensland, Australia. Herberton is a town which has a visitor attraction set over six acres called ‘Historic Village Herberton’.

My new found knowledge came after I was visited in our shop by ex-pats Paul and Christie Trowers who left Keighley, West Yorkshire, in 2010 to emigrate ‘down under’.

Paul and Christie had seen our shop featured on the TV programme ‘Escape to the country’ which was shown in Australia and they had decided to pay us a visit whilst on a return trip to Blighty.

Paul works at Historic Village Herberton which recreates the pioneering days of Australia.

The attraction has buildings and equipment displaying the country’s heritage including its connection to tin mining, agriculture, printing and the free masons. There is historic machinery much of it from this country and it is still used for demonstration purposes.

Paul told me there is also one of the largest collections of John Deere tractors on part of the site known as Trailer Way.

The privately owned attraction employs around 20 full time employees and is listed on a well-known travel guide website as in the top ten tourist attractions in Australia.

It was fascinating to hear about Historic Village Herberton from Paul.

I couldn’t help think of the similarities between there and Nidderdale with its shared mining and agricultural heritage.

Pateley Bridge twinned with Herberton – now there’s a thought!

Very much in the news and part of our heritage is the NHS which this week celebrates 70 years since it was started back on the 5th July 1948. It is unimaginable to think what our country would have been like without it. As well as all the fantastic staff who are employed in the NHS there are many volunteers whose contribution to the efficient running of the service plays an integral and vital role in it.

On Tuesday I had very kindly been invited to an event at Harrogate and District NHS hospital where a ‘volunteers celebration tea’ was being held to celebrate seventy years of the NHS. The room was packed with volunteers and the chief executive Angela Schofield of the hospital presented medals to many for their long service working at the hospital.

The long service medals were presented to people who have been volunteering at the hospital for between ten and 40 years – incredible!

In the last week I also met up with Paul Chattwood from the Dales Bus Group who is a volunteer and champion of the use of public transport. This week is ‘Catch the Bus Week’ an initiative to show the benefits of taking the bus and a chance to profile bus services all over the country.

Paul discussed with me the summer Sunday and Bank Holiday bus services which are coming to Pateley Bridge.

The buses are proving popular and are a great way to enjoy scenic days out.

If you are a car driver and use any of the car parks in Pateley Bridge (and the Nidderdale showground) a new initiative organised by the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade means you can now have free parking for the first hour. You still have to purchase a car parking ticket.

So long as you spend over five pounds in any of the shops who are taking part in the scheme you will have 50 pence refunded which is the cost of the first hour’s parking.

Another first for Pateley Bridge.