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  • Harrogate man sentenced for 18-years following being found guilty of rape
    Aaron Frederick Needham of the High Street in Starbeck was sentenced to 18 years after he was found guilty of rape following a trial in October 2023 . He was previously convicted for rape in 2017 and sent to prison. In July 2020, Needham was released from prison on license. He then raped another woman […]
  • Young soldiers march towards their future careers
    Hundreds of young soldiers marched towards their future careers after graduating from the Army Foundation College (AFC) Harrogate today (Thu 15 Feb 24). Around 370 paraded in front of an audience of 3,000 proud family members and friends, signifying the completion of their Phase One training. During the course, Junior Soldiers undertake several military training, […]
  • Have your say on proposed changes to home to school transport
    Parents, carers, pupils and schools are being urged to share their views on the future of school travel in North Yorkshire.   North Yorkshire Council has launched a consultation today (February 19) on the home to school travel policy, which costs the authority £42 million this current financial year. Providing home to school travel is […]
  • MP visits £19m investment scheme to improve river Nidd water quality
    MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones MP, visited Yorkshire Water’s investment scheme at Killinghall wastewater treatment works to review progress and understand more about the work being done to improve water quality in the river Nidd. Yorkshire water is investing £19m at the treatment works, which is located off Crag Hill Lane, over the […]
  • Long Course Weekend sporting event now to be hosted in Masham
    The Long Course Weekend will now take place in Masham in September this year – and for the following two years. Initial plans were to see it based in Pateley Bridge but difficulties over using the Nidderdale Showground have led to the move to the neighbouring town. However, events are still expected to go through […]
  • Rugby: Harrogate 14 York 14
    Saturday 17 February 2024 This was a hard-fought match, played on an extremely heavy, muddy pitch, and both sides should be commended for their endeavours. York came closest to scoring first. In the 14th minute, the ball was held up over the Harrogate line, resulting in a goal-line drop-out. However, it was Harrogate who took […]
  • Ripley Castle throws open the castle gates for the first of its monthly markets
    Ripley Castle throws open the castle gates for the first of its monthly markets with Real Markets this Sunday 25 February. Taking place on the last Sunday of every month, Feb – Nov, with a special Christmas market on Sunday 8 December, Real Markets will bring Yorkshire’s finest local and speciality producers of food, drink, […]
  • GB ice swimmer’s talk for Harrogate disability charity
    There is a chance for people to share an inspirational evening with para swimmer Jonty Warneken in Harrogate this April, supporting a local disability charity. Jonty was the first amputee to swim the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland solo and his story is one of bravery and overcoming personal adversity. The exclusive event […]
  • Tractor Fest celebrates 18-years at Newby Hall
    WHEN? Saturday 8 June – Sunday 9 June, 10am-4pm WHERE? Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire COST Adult – £18, Child – £15, Family Ticket (2 adults +2 children) – £56. Under 4s Free TICKETS Available exclusively online For more information visit: The UK’s largest tractor festival celebrates its 18th anniversary this […]
  • Farming communities in North Yorkshire featuring on radio show
    Rural communities across North Yorkshire are being showcased in a new radio programme which has been launched to highlight the work of the county’s farmers and food producers. The new show, which is called Farming Outlook, is being supported by funding which is being distributed by North Yorkshire Council. The programme has been developed by […]

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  • ‘I’ll probably lock the door and cry’, says owner of closing Harrogate shop
    When Jo Brain opened a sandwich shop on Skipton Road in Harrogate in 1972, she probably little suspected that it would still be serving up bacon butties more than half a century later.  The Bread Bin became the go-to place for a quick breakfast, brunch or lunch in the New Park area long before “go-to […]
  • Harrogate mums give up Mother’s Day to raise money for mental health
    A group of Harrogate women are set to hold a fundraising walk this Mother’s Day. The community interest company Mamas Matter, which supports local women experiencing poor mental health perinatally, is inviting people to take part in its 20-for-the-20 challenge. Founder Jo McGregor, who launched the initiative in 2018 after experiencing post-natal depression, told the Stray […]
  • Editor’s Pick of the Week: Anti-semitism row and signs of new life for Debenhams site
    The days are lengthening and spring is coming, which means only one thing – Knaresborough Tractor Run is approaching. Having attended the last two departs, I can say it’s quite a spectacle. Read about it here. The week has been dominated by the anti-semitism row concerning Liberal Democrat councillor Pat Marsh. We have a feature […]
  • Yemi’s Food Stories: Cooking with students at Harrogate Ladies’ College
    Yemi Adelekan is a food writer and blogger who was a semi-finalist in the 2022 series of BBC TV’s Masterchef competition. Every Saturday Yemi writes on the Stray Ferret about her love of the district’s food and shares cooking tips – please get in touch with her if you want her to review a restaurant, visit your […]
  • Why is Harrogate so lacking in fun for young people?
    For parents of older children and teenagers it’s a familiar refrain: “There’s nothing to do”. But in the Harrogate district, the kids have got a point: there is very little for them do that’s indoors, legal and affordable.  There are sporting facilities of course, but most young people’s friendship groups are not based on a […]
  • Knaresborough Tractor Run revs up for more thrills
    One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the calendar — Knaresborough Tractor Run — returns to the Harrogate district in three weeks. The sight of hundreds of tractors setting off from the Great Yorkshire Showground and powering their way around Nidderdale us something to behold. Crowds line the route and children struggle to contain […]
  • Harrogate serial rapist jailed for 18 years
    A 27-year-old Harrogate man has been jailed today (February 23) after being convicted of rape for a second time. Aaron Frederick Needham, of Starbeck High Street, was sentenced to 18 years after he was found guilty of rape following a trial in October 2023 . He was previously convicted for rape in 2017 and sent […]
  • Council pledges further action after ‘shocking’ repair of Knaresborough road
    North Yorkshire Council has pledged to repair a pothole-ridden road in Knaresborough after the quality of its workmanship was questioned. Residents raised concerns about a large pothole on Wetherby Road, near St James’s Retail Park, which began to erode within days of repair work by the council. Jayne Jackson, a Knaresborough resident, told the Stray […]
  • Knaresborough set for more traffic lights
    Temporary traffic lights will be installed on a road in Knaresborough tomorrow. Yorkshire Water today told the Stray Ferret the lights, which will be in place on Aspin Lane, will allow work to repair a burst water main to be carried out. A spokesperson added: “We need to put temporary traffic lights in place to keep […]
  • Harrogate Town Council: Lib Dems issue plea to ‘get on with it’
    Liberal Democrat councillors in Harrogate have urged North Yorkshire Council to speed up the process of creating a Harrogate Town Council. Harrogate was set to get its own town council in May this year along with Scarborough but it was delayed for a year after councillors asked to redraw the ward boundaries. It means there […]

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