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

New venue for u3a meetings.

u3aCongratulations to u3a on its 30th anniversary – unfortunately festivities were curtailed by the pandemic. Open meetings are starting again on the last Friday of the month at the Wesley Centre. On Friday October 29th the talk will be given by Richard Taylor of the Ripon Civic Society entitled ‘No Rest for the Wicked’. Coffee/tea will be served at 10.30, followed by the talk at 11.15am.

Anyone who is no longer in full-time employment is very welcome to join u3a. Please look at the website :>Harrogate for further details and membership application forms . These are also available in The Library. For any enquiries about membership please use the dedicated line 07715 429 249 .

Silver Swans ballet – a highlight for Silver Sunday

BalletOn Sunday 3rd October 2021, you can join in a free online one-hour Silver Swans® adult ballet class, specially designed for the over 55s. This event is part of the annual Silver Sunday celebrations, supported by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, and is a day in the national calendar celebrating older people and their contribution to society.

The free online Silver Sunday event is hosted using Zoom and is suitable for absolute beginners – plus there is no upper age limit. As it is online, there is no limit on location as anyone from the UK (or the world!) can join in. After the hour-long class, all participants can make a cup of tea and join in an informal chat with all the Silver Sunday Silver Swans® attendees. The classes are open to anyone (male or female) – no previous dance experience necessary. Continue reading

Good News!  Our Lunch Club is back …..

Tuesday September 14th  at 12.30pm    Lunch at The Dower House in Knaresborough

Dower HouseSuzanne has arranged for the Lunch Club members to meet at the Dower House at Bond End, Knaresborough. This has been a popular venue in the past and there is space to meet inside and out, depending on the weather. ‘Newly under the helm of Victoria Vasallo Storm restaurant is fast becoming a must visit on the Yorkshire dining scene’. If you would like to reserve a place for yourself (and a friend?), please contact Suzanne Marland by telephone 01423 560384  or e-mail:  Closing date for bookings is August 30th.