Monday 19th Jan 2pm - Masterstrokes Series - Making art for Italian Tourists. Frank Miler examines how an expanding Italian tourist travel market gave artists the opportunity to create records and souvenirs of major cities and beauty spots. £6 and at the Mercer Art Gallery.
Monday 9th February at 2pm - Edo Pop Series: Kimono - costume of Japan. Part of our series of talks to accompany Edo Pop: Urban Heroes in Japan 1840-1890. Discover the many layers of the kimono, the history and detail of this beautiful costume. £6 Mercer Art Gallery.
Wednesday 25th February 10.30am Visit to Leeds Library. Guided tour and talk: Learn about the history of this institution. Founded in 1768 as a proprietary subscription library, it is now the oldest surviving example of this sort of library in the Birtish Isles. The Leeds Library began life modestly above a bookseller's shop. Today the library is a charity and has a wonderful collection of books and periodicals houses in a fine 200 year old building. Cost: Free but pre-booking required. The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL.
Monday 9th March at 2pm - Edo Pop Series: samurai, Scallywags and street knights. Exhibition curator Frank Milner will explore the moment when traditional Samurai values clashed with everyday urban life and there arose a mix of new heroic male types, more representative of modern high and low expectations but incorporating some old ideals. Cost £6 - Mercer Art Gallery.
Monday 16th March at 2pm - Edo Pop Series: Beauties, women warriors ad poets. Here curator Frank Milner will analyse 10 images that reflect roles in 19th century Japan - from cultured fashioned setters of the modern Yoshiwara pleasure quarter to great poets, sacrificing mothers and fearless swordswomen of history and myth. £6 Mercer Art Gallery.
Friday 20th March 10,30am - Visit to Littlethorpe Potteries - Guided tour and talk: Littlethorpe potteries is a working heritage site and the oldest continually working pottery in the country. It is also the only pottery where you can see the manufacturing process in its entirety - "from Pit to Patio" - Cost £5 - Littlethorpe Potteries, Pottery Lane HG4 3LS
Wednesday 25th March 2pm-4pm An Introduction to Family History - Are you thinking about researching your family history? Not sure where to start? This half-day workshop with Harrogate based accredited family historian Pam Smith will look at: recording your information, useful sources and citations, civil registration from 1837, the Census from 1841-1911 and much more. Cost £7 including refreshments Mercer Art Gallery.
(This is a form of Gingerbread)
8oz Butter Softened
8oz caster sugar
4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2lb medium oatmeal
2lb golden syrup
2 1/2 floz milk
Set oven to 350F or Mark 4. grease and flour an 8 inch square 2 inch deep cake tin or equivalent. Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, ground ginger, bicarbonate of soda and oatmeal and mix well together. Put the syrup and milk into a pan and mix together over a gentle heat. add gradually to the dry ingredients, mixing well to a fairly stiff consistency. Put into the tin, smooth out and bake for 45 to 60 minutes until golden. Leave in the tin to cool. When cold cut into small squares.
One of the greatest Neolithic monuments is located in Thornborough near Ripon. There is not much to see at ground level but seen from above you can see the vast banks and 3 large circles which have been built there as part of a massive earthworks. These are dated from 3500BC which is over a thousand years earlier than the pyramids (Yorkshire folk not to be outdone). This area is sometimes called the Stonehenge of the North, however visitors should be aware there are no giant stones on this site. Each circle measures 240 meters across with earth banks which stood at least 1.5meters high at their completion. The banks were also covered in Gypsum crystals which would have glistened and made the rings stand out as huge white rings in the landscape.
What was its purpose? frankly we don't know, there were no written records at the time so it is very much open to speculation.
Please follow the link for more information - https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/research/landscapes-and-areas/national-mapping-programme/thornborough-henges-nmp/
1 1/2lb Strong White Flour
2 Teaspoons Salt
1/2 oz Fresh Yeast
2 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
15fl oz tepid water
4oz lard, diced
Grease and flour a baking sheet. Cream the yeast with the sugar and a little of the tepid water and leave to stand until frothy. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and pour in the yeast mixture and the remaining water and mix to a smooth dough. Turn out on to a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Return to the lightly greased or floured bowl, cover with a clean cloth and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size. When risen, knock back the dough and knead lightly for 2 to 3 minutes. Next, push the diced lard into the dough and knead, using your knuckles. The dough will be lumpy. Press out into a round and place on the baking sheet. Cover and leave until risen. Put this into a pre-heated oven set to 425F or Mark 7. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 375F or Mark 5 and bake for about another 35 minutes until golden brown.
Josie and Ian were in Rajasthan earlier this year and visited a school which has very poor facilities. For the last few months we have been sending materials and money to help improve conditions there and our latest initiative is a one day Indian Cafe in Masham Town Hall.
What better way to support a charity than having an excellent scrummy lunch?
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For the first time in 2015 the Rugby World Cup comes to the UK with one of the venue's for having a front row seat being Leeds Elland Road Stadium.
Harrogate is only 15 miles from the Venue being in easy driving distance. The Fixtures to be held at Elland Road are.
Saturday the 26th of September - Italy V Canada
Sunday the 27th of September - Scotland v USA
So why not make a weekend of it?
On the 14th of December 1926 Agatha Christie turned up at The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate - the well known and popular author had started a nation wide manhunt when she went missing from her Surrey home on the 3rd of December. Over 1000 police officers and members of the public were involved in the search to no avail until a keen eyed banjo player at The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate spotted her and reported to police. Agatha herself never explained her sudden disappearance event to her death though various theories have been expounded it remains unexplained to this day.
1st The Gondoliers Harrogate International Auditorium
2nd HMS Pinafore Harrogate International Auditorium
3rd The Pirates of Penzance - Royal Hall Theatre
4th Ruddigore - Royal Hall Theatre
5th The Yeomen of the Guard - Royal Hall Theatre
6th The Gondoliers - Royal Hall Theatre
7th HMS Pinafore - Royal Hall Theatre
8th Ruddigore - Royal Hall Theatre
9th Patience - Royal Hall Theatre
10th The Mikado - Royal Hall Theatre
11th Iolanthe - Royal Hall Theatre
12th The Pirates of Penzance - Royal Hall Theatre
13th The Sorcerer - Royal Hall Theatre
14th Patience - Royal Hall Theatre
15th Patience - Royal Hall Theatre
16th The Mikado - Royal Hall Theatre
17th Utopia Limited - Royal Hall Theatre
18th Princess Ida - Royal Hall Theatre
19th Yeomen of the Guard - Royal Hall Theatre
20th HMS Pinafore - Royal Hall Theatre
21st The Gondoliers - Royal Hall Theatre
22nd Patience - Royal Hall Theatre
23th The Mikado - Royal Hall Theatre
14th August Sullivan Spectacular - Leeds Town Hall
15th August - Special Sullivan Concert at Ripon Cathedral
16th August - Exciting evening trip to Richmond for a one man concert with Donald Maxwell in Britain's oldest working Theatre.
12th & 13th of August is 2 day workshop for students by experts in all production areas.
6th Edith in the Dark - Harrogate Theatre
7th Edith in the Dark - Harrogate Theatre
10th Edith in the Dark - Harrogate Theatre
11th Edith in the Dark - Harrogate Theatre
12th Edith in the Dark - Harrogate Theatre
13th Edith in the Dark - Harrogate Theatre
13th A night of Dirty Dancing - Royal Hall Theatre
14th Edith in the Dark - Harrogate Theatre
14th Roger Davies - Harrogate Theatre
15th Edith in the Dark - Harrogate Theatre
23rd Faustus - Harrogate Theatre
25th Bootleg Beatles - Royal Hall Theatre
25th The God of Carnage - Harrogate Theatre
26th The God of Carnage - Harrogate Theatre
26th Henning Wehn - Harrogate Theatre
27th The God of Carnage - Harrogate Theatre
27th Ronnie Scotts All Stars - Harrogate Theatre
28th The God of Carnage - Harrogate Theatre
31st Chris & PUI - Harrogate Theatre
5th La Cage Aux Folles - Harrogate Theatre
6th La Cage Aux Folles - Harrogate Theatre
7th La Cage Aux Folles - Harrogate Theatre
10th John Shuttleworth - Harrogate Theatre
11th Imagician - Harrogate Theatre
12th Houghton Weavers - Harrogate Theatre
14th Sala Sound of Music - Harrogate Theatre
18th Milton Jones - Royal Hall Theatre
18th Doreen Grey - Harrogate Theatres
19th Doreen Grey - Harrogate Theatres
19th Al Murray - Royal Hall Theatre
21st - Hyena Lounge Comedy Club - Harrogate Theatre
22nd Simon Amstell - Royal Hall Theatre
23rd Jeeves & Wooster - Harrogate Theatre
24th Jeeves and Wooster - Harrogate Theatre
24th Rigoletto - Royal Hall Theatre
25th Jeeves & Wooster - Harrogate Theatre
26th Lloyd Langford - Harrogate Theatre
26th Jeeves & Wooster - Harrogate Theatre
27th Rat Pack Live - Royal Hall Theatre
27th Jeeves & Wooster - Harrogate Theatre
28th Jeeves & Wooster - Harrogate Theatre
Kimberley Wilson & Simon Storer
owners and operators of The Camberley