Yorkshire choir director shares love of music in Lincolnshire

and Sing! played a significant role in the Tour de France Grand Départ, including playing at the gala dinner at Harrogate’s Royal Hall

A professional singer turned choir director has been proving there are no boundaries when it comes to singing. Rhiannon Gayle spends her working life in Harrogate and Skipton, leading choirs of up to 100 in a range of pop and rock rehearsals and performances. She and her Rock Up and Sing! choirs are so well known in Yorkshire, they were ... Read More »

Andrew Jones MP backs local business in ‘Rural Oscars’

The Countryside Alliance awards, aka the ‘Rural Oscars,’ are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme. Andrew Jones MP is urging the public to support Weetons in November’s public vote as it bids to be crowned the best of the best. Weetons previously won a UK & Ireland title in the Awards, making them eligible for ... Read More »

Harrogate charity seeks volunteers to help disabled adults

Can You Help? Disability Action Yorkshire Care Home Manager Steven Taylor with resident Darren Asquith in the home’s garden

A Harrogate charity is calling on gardeners, IT experts and musicians with time on their hands to help improve the lives of disabled people. Disability Action Yorkshire, which has its headquarters and a training centre on the town’s Hornbeam Park, is looking for volunteers to work with residents at its Claro Road care home. Care Home Manager Steven Taylor said: ... Read More »

Harrogate Choral Society remembrance concert to feature Sarah Fox

‘They shall grow not old as we who are left grow old.’ These stirring words set to music by Edward Elgar are central to The Spirit of England. This rarely heard work of remembrance is being performed on 8 November 2014  by Harrogate Choral Society under their conductor Andrew Padmore This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of World ... Read More »

Countryside Live pulls out all the stops

14 year old Richard Lancaster of Clitheroe, winner of the Sheep Young Handler Championship with steward Philip Hughes at Countryside Live 2014

Blue skies and sunshine brought the 2014 Countryside Live to a close, as organisers announced one of the highest figures in its 12 year history. A total of 12,215 visitors came through the gates of the little sister event to the Great Yorkshire Show which took place over the weekend (Sat 18 and Sun 19 October). The attendance figure is ... Read More »

Torch-lit procession to open History Festival


A troupe of Vikings will lead a torch-lit procession through Harrogate to open the second Harrogate History Festival. The literary event, in association with the Historical Writers’ Association, will open in dramatic style with the Ormsheim Dark Age Re-enactment Group on Thursday 23 October 2014. The Vikings will lead the parade from the Festival offices on Cheltenham Parade to the ... Read More »

Things warming up for Countryside Live

Adele Zebrauskaite and her father Darius with expert farrier Jason Gajczak who is getting ready for the World Team Championship farriery competition which will take place at Countryside Live

Three-year-old Adele Zebrauskaite had a sneak preview of the world-class farriery competition which takes place later this month at Countryside Live, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014. In what will be a first, farriers from across Europe and America will converge on Harrogate for the rural showcase to compete in the inaugural World Team Championships event. The two-day ... Read More »

Costumes from Agatha Christie classic films on display at Royal Pump Room Museum

Agatha Christie Harrogate

Relive the mystery and intrigue of Agatha Christie’s thrillers at Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room Museum this Autumn. An evocative display of costumes created for film and television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s novels, such as Murder on the Orient Express and Miss Marple will be making an appearance at Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room museum this Autumn, Dressed to Kill opens on ... Read More »