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The world’s best restaurant ….. in Yorkshire!

Black Swan in Oldstead NYCongratulations to the Black Swan country pub in Oldstead, which has been voted the world’s best restaurant by customers. It beat other famous restaurants such as Raymond Blanc’s ‘Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ in Great Milton and Heston Blumenthal’s ‘The Fat Duck’ in Bray, as well as many famous international establishments. Follow this link for further details.

Fancy a day trip?


At our July meeting, we had a lively discussion about transport provision in the Harrogate District. As well as finding out about a whole host of transport providers including Happy Wanderers, local taxis, HARCVS etc, we heard about ‘Vamooz’ – a new service provided by the Harrogate Bus Company. So, here are a few suggestions of day trips which might interest you.

Follow this link for further information.

Can you help?

Guy Standeven

The Forum has received a request for information from someone who is researching the life and career of Guy Standeven. Guy used to be a member of the White Rose Players in the 1940s and later joined the West Riding Theatre. He had a prolific career in both television and film.

Did you know him? Are you able to provide information about him?  If so, please contact the researcher …… Continue reading

It’s ‘free wills’ month again

uk-will-writing-network-will-roseIf you haven’t yet made a will, or you need to amend an existing simple will, now is the time to do it. In association with various charities, some solicitors are participating in a scheme for ‘free’ wills, this month. To find out more click here.

You  may have seen advertisements for cheap options for will writing, but be sure that they are suitable for your circumstances. For more information, follow this link.


Today sees the issue of the new £10 note

New £10 noteToday, the new £10 note is released.  In common with the recently issued new £5 notes, the £10 note is made of polymer and contains holographic security details. It is smaller than the note it replaces, being only slightly larger than the £5 note. To aid identification, for those with visual impairments, there is a textured £10 symbol in the top left hand corner of the face of the note. Also, an image of Jane Austen is featured on the back of the note ….. the first female to be featured since Elizabeth Fry.

PPI claims warning!

PPI claims

The deadline for PPI claims is August 29th 2019 ….. or is it?

We’re all probably fed up of hearing about making claims for mis-sold PPI payments. ‘PPI stands for Payment Protection Insurance – an insurance policy sold alongside loans, cards, overdrafts, mortgages and catalogue accounts. It’s designed to cover repayments in the event of an accident, sickness or unemployment and in itself there’s nothing wrong with it – but it was frequently mis-sold, and many are owed as a result’.

Warning! While advertisements are advising people that the deadline for claims is 29th August 2019, for millions of customers the deadline could be as much as 8 months earlier. For further details, follow this link.

Less than a month to go ……!

poundsThere’s less than a month to go before the old £1 coins will no longer be valid. So it’s time to start going through your pockets, handbags and piggy banks to search for any forgotten coins. The last date for valid use of the old £1 coin is October 15th 2017.

After that date, the coins can be taken to a bank. However, most of the high street banks have indicated that this service will only be offered to their own customers. For further details, follow this link.