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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.

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.


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.

What’s going on? Where can I find out about ….?

imagesCAKO0I8S info signpostTo help answer such questions, we have two speakers: representatives from Harrogate library and Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Services (HARCVS). Julie Lonsdale who is the Outreach Librarian at Harrogate Library will outline all the resources that the Library now provides including support, training and information about digital communications, and book manuscript resources, local history and family tree interests, social and meeting opportunities including coffee mornings, a Reading Group, and a place simply to relax and browse.  Continue reading

A great day out at Arley Hall

Arley HallAnother pleasant and enjoyable day out for 25 Forum members. Heavy Yorkshire rainfall died out on the other side of the Pennines and it was cloudy but fine in Cheshire.

Our party was able to choose between a guided tour of the house at 2.15pm or to wander around freely from 12noon. Those who opted for an early lunch found it warm enough to sit outside before light rain showers passed over. The food was locally sourced (some from the kitchen garden), cooked on the premises and reasonably priced so very acceptable.    Continue reading

How do you get around the Harrogate district?

Penny farthing

Join us at our Forum meeting on July 27th to discuss transport issues in the Harrogate District. We have invited representatives from the local transport service providers to give an overview of their services and answer questions from members of the public.

To find out more, please see our ‘Forum Events‘ page.

How are you ‘getting around’?

Bike sculptureGetting around and combatting  loneliness and isolation …..

Join the Forum for their meeting on July 27th to find out how the over 50s are getting around. We have invited representatives from bus companies, a taxi company. North Yorkshire County Council, Happy Wanderers and more, to give an overview of the services they offer. We will then have a ‘Question Time’ style discussion about transport issues in the Harrogate District. For further details see our ‘Forum Events’ page.

The sun is shining – so kick up your heels!

Dancing 2It’s time to join the Over 50s Forum and enhance your wellbeing with a little dancing. Come and ‘skip the light fandango’ – as the saying goes. Suitable for all shapes, sizes and abilities.

Jackie Terry-Schuhmann is a director of Dancing for Well-Being, a non-profit organisation, with currently 5 groups in Harrogate District. Jackie led one of our Forum meetings about 15 months ago and her routines were very popular. Many people have asked for her return – so here she is. Jackie will use a mixture of music from all over the world and more familiar music that everyone can sing-a-long to while we dance. Some dances include props such as scarves, velvet elastic, hats and cheerleader pompoms which all add greatly to the fun. You can really let your
hair down and be spontaneous; there are no right or wrong moves, only variations!

See our ‘Forum Events’ page for further details.