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Harrogate Borough Council employee of the year 2014

Winner Nigel Ellerker & Councillor Jim Clark, the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate

Knaresborough Castle groundsman Nigel Ellerker, has been named Harrogate Borough Council ‘Employee of the Year’. The popular gardener was presented with the award, which recognises the outstanding contributions of the council’s most dedicated employees, by Councillor Jim Clark, the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, at full council on Thursday 16th July. Nigel, who has worked for Harrogate Borough Council’s ... Read More »

North Yorkshire Police is good value for money says independent report


Chief Constable Dave Jones has (22 July 2014) welcomed a report judging North Yorkshire Police as “good” when it comes to providing value for money. The report called Policing in Austerity – Meeting the Challenge, issued today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, also rates North Yorkshire Police’s efficiency as “outstanding” and rates its financial planning for the future as ... Read More »

Disabled Harrogate man launches campaign to clear obstructions from pavements

Problem Parking! A car blocks the path of (from left) Coun John Fox, Nick Moxon and DisabilityAcation Yorkshire chief executive Jackie Snape

A Harrogate wheelchair user has launched a campaign to make people across the district think twice about obstructing footpaths with vehicles and wheelie bins. Nick Moxon – who lives at Disability Action Yorkshire’s residential home on Claro Road – has now called on Harrogate Borough Council, local councillors and the police to help him make the streets more accessible for ... Read More »

Changes at Household Waste Recycling Centres from 4 August 2014


From the 4 August 2014 North Yorkshire County Council will introduce charges for hardcore and rubble to all users of its 20 Household Waste and Recycling Centres. Materials that will be charged for include breeze blocks, bricks, ceramics (e.g. sinks and toilets), concrete, flag stones, gravel, hardcore, pottery, rubble, sand, slates, soil, stones, tarmac, tiles, window glass and plasterboard. Household ... Read More »

Apprentices make their mark in the law

Raworths' Holly Moore with Berwins' Robin Poole and Robyn Sweeney

Two of Harrogate’s leading law firms have joined the Government’s drive to offer apprenticeships by appointing three young people in the town under the scheme. Local solicitors Raworths and Berwins which are both ranked in the leading independent directory for the legal profession, Chambers and Partners 2015, have taken on Holly Moore, Robyn Sweeney and Robin Poole as part of ... Read More »

Season of excellence continues with Harrogate High School’s Summer Concert


Hot on the heels of the sports awards evening, year 6 induction day and general end of year celebrations was Harrogate High’s summer concert. There was a great atmosphere as parents and students alike enjoyed a fantastic evening of music making celebrating the musical talents of many of the students. Vocal performances included the Stewart sisters, Chloe Campbell and Abbie ... Read More »

Harrogate Hospital Radio seeks volunteers to boost requesting collecting team


Harrogate Hospital Radio is looking for volunteers to help boost its request collecting team. The station, which is based in the town’s District Hospital and has been broadcasting since October 1977, is looking for people to visit wards and take music requests from patients, family members and friends. Harrogate Hospital Radio chairman Ian Wighton said: The request collector’s roll is ... Read More »

County Council sets out new role for Foremost

North Yorkshire County Council has set out a changed role for Foremost School as a day special school for boys and girls with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD). As part of a new county-wide behaviour strategy, which is being consulted on in the autumn, Foremost would play a pivotal role for the west of the county in supporting a ... Read More »

Harrogate Town 0 – 5 Hull City

Harrogate Town

A Hull City X1 containing several players with Premiership experience delighted the large crowd with some mesmerising football. The game was only seconds old when Ahmed Elmohamady had to make a vital block to stop James Walshaw from converting Rhys Meynell’s cross to give Town an early lead. Hull hit back strongly and Phil Barnes was called upon to save ... Read More »

New Honorary Aldermen for the Harrogate District

Bill Hoult & Michael Newby

Two former Harrogate Borough councillors, with 43 years combined service, have been conferred with the title of Honorary Alderman in recognition of their long service and dedication to the district. Former Mayors of the Borough of Harrogate, Michael Newby and Bill Hoult, received the title at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council on Wednesday 16th July. Mr Newby served on ... Read More »