Let’s Talk Money

British-currency-in-senior-males-handsBearing in mind that plans for the formation of the new Harrogate Council are in a state of flux and have now been delayed until later next year, for those of you who are keen to shape the decision-making process in the Harrogate district, please consider participating in the following surveys.

Let’s Talk Money

The Council currently has a mounting deficit of £25m, and this is your opportunity to highlight what you think the Council’s spending priorities should be. Perhaps there is a council-run service which you particularly need and would like to safeguard. Your opinion matters, so click on the following link in order to have your say. There are also instructions for those who do not have internet access, so that they can participate.


Survey ends Monday December 18th 2023.

Farewell to John Dorman

It is with great sadness that we report that John Dorman has died.

John Dorman thumbnail_IMG_0209John was our treasurer and one of the founding members of the Forum. He was an active member, always ready with a smile to greet attendees at our Forum meetings, and participating in the social activities such as the Lunch Club and day trips. He was very conscientious about his role as Treasurer and was meticulous in his record keeping. Despite several health challenges over eight years and ‘taking each day as it comes’, John loyally performed his duties as a member of the committee. He was a gentle man with a lovely sense of humour and will be greatly missed. We send our condolences to his children Nigel and Alison and other family members.

We are grateful to Tania Brightmore who is currently assuming the role of Treasurer.


Banking hub survey ends March 14th!

Bank HubFollowing the closure of the final bank in Knaresborough, last year, residents have experienced difficulty obtaining cash. There is now hope that a Banking Hub could improve the situation. Banking Hubs aim to provide banking counter services suited to the needs of the community. To ensure their views are heard, residents were encouraged to complete an on-line survey before March 14th

For further details, please see our ‘Have your say’ page

An afternoon with Gervase Phinn


How would you like to enjoy an entertaining afternoon of humorous anecdotes from Gervase Phinn and a cream tea at the Old Swan Hotel? And, at the same time, you could be helping to raise funds for the Friends of Harrogate Hospital. Funds which could finance projects such as making a playground, so that small patients at the hospital might actually want to go outside for some fresh air and exercise.  For further details, please follow this link.  Gervase Phinn

New themed tours of Stonefall Cemetery

CWGC event


On the 5th / 6th / 8th March for International Women’s Day, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)  we will be putting the spotlight on some of the female casualties buried at the site. This is a completely new tour about casualties we’ve not spoken about before.

Sister Florrie Prest from Bilton is just one of the female casualties at Stonefall cemetery, who will feature in the tour.

On the 12th / 13th / 14th March the CWGC will be highlighting the casualties from East Africa, Fiji, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia and New Zealand who are buried at Stonefall Cemetery.

More information including booking details can be found here: Commonwealth War Graves Near You: Book Tours | CWG


Forum Lunch Club

October 12th       12.30pm     Lunch at Istanbul, Victoria Avenue (opposite the Waitrose car park exit)

Istanbul restaurant

Nothing too hot and spicy, and reasonably  priced.  Belly dancing & plate-smashing optional!
12 for 12.30 pm as usual.  To reserve a place contact Suzanne Marsland 01423 560384