Win a free boiler service and stay warm this winter


As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, the team from local heating experts, Safegas, has joined with The Harrogate Informer to offer one lucky Harrogate or Leeds* resident a free gas boiler service this winter. Before entering this prize draw please click here for full terms and conditions. For your chance to win a free gas boiler service ...

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Triple awards success for Harrogate charity

L-R Avalon CEO Larry Hollando with Directors Julia Oxtoby, Martyn Miller, Julie Colley and Tony Hind

Harrogate social care charity The Avalon Group have been announced as finalists in three categories of the prestigious Great British Care Awards, which take place on 31 October 2014 in York. The awards, which recognise best practice and extraordinary effort across the care industry see Avalon short-listed as Care Employer of the Year, Registered Homecare Manager of the year and in ...

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Charity million pound ball raises £60,000

The Acorn Committee

The Acorn Charity celebrated raising one million pounds since its inception in 1999 by holding a Ball for 565 guests at Rudding Park, Harrogate raising £60,000. The guests were treated to a champagne reception, dinner and dancing to the Urban Soul Orchestra. Auctions held on the night raised over £35,000 and a car, kindly donated by Dr Stanley Sills, raised ...

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Blueprint for bright future

Students Victoria Moore (left) and Amy Astley hard at work on a new design

Producing mugs for a major political party is just one of the ways that a Yorkshire college is going the extra mile to make sure its students have skills to offer employers. Students at Henshaws College in Harrogate have a wide range of disabilities and additional support needs. They are given the opportunity to learn in a range of work ...

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Harrogate charity marks 20th anniversary with Lightwater Valley family fun day

Avalon Group chief executive Larry Hollando  with the Chair of Trustees, Louise Drake.

A Harrogate charity has celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding a family fun day at a North Yorkshire theme park. More than 300 employees and service users, together with friends and family, descended on Lightwater Valley, near Ripon, as The Avalon Group marked two decades providing social care to individuals throughout Yorkshire, The North East and The Wirral. The charity, ...

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A Royal thank you to Paperworks


A Social Enterprise with offices in Harrogate and Leeds has been named as one of just forty three recipients of a prestigious, county wide community initiative award. Paperworks main aim is to provide work preparation training and support to adults with learning, physical and mental health related disabilities. This includes basic work skills, as well as other more specific skills ...

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Harrogate Rugby Club welcomes Scandanavian visitor

The contingent of Scandinavian visitors with HRUFC president John Finnegan (far left) at the Claro Road ground

Harrogate Rugby Union Football Club (HRUFC) played host to a contingent of Scandinavian visitors keen to learn more about the game in Yorkshire. The eight visitors from Norway, Sweden and Denmark plus representatives from the Rugby Football Union and Yorkshire Rugby Football Union were at the club’s Claro Road ground as part of the Rugby Football Union’s ‘Unity Project’ which ...

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Dynamic duo go many extra miles for Alzheimer’s Society


Dynamic duo Heather and Rob Memmott from Harrogate have travelled far and above that ‘extra mile’ to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society. Not only has Rob run two marathons for the charity, but his wife Heather is a stalwart volunteer with Alzheimer’s Society Legacy team in North Yorkshire. Heather said: It all started as a bit of a joke really ...

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Theme for 50th Great Knaresborough Bed Race announced

Bed Race June 2013 154 (640x427)

Knaresborough Lions have announced that the theme for the 50th Great Knaresborough Bed Race is to be ‘Popular Culture from the Past 50 Years’, in a celebration of the unique contribution made by this great North Yorkshire event. Next year’s Bed Race will be staged on 13 June 2015, on the second Saturday in the month in line with a ...

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