Upcoming Events

AGM (Yr 2020/21)

7:30 pm

28th July 2021

Via Zoom

Our constitution requires us to have an AGM within a set date of the
end of our financial year. We delayed our 2020 AGM, and held it just a
few months ago. We are now trying to get back on track with our usual
July AGM date, and look forward to a face-to-face AGM in 2022.

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Please email events@harrogatecivicsociety.org if you wish to attend.

A walk down Valley Drive

11:30 am & 2 pm

15th August 2021

HCS stall Allotment Show, Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens

Join local historian and Civic Society member, Dr Paul Jennings for A Walk Down Valley Drive: an exploration of houses, hotels, boarding houses and apartments and the people who lived and stayed there from c1896 (when most of the properties were built) onwards, and how the area has evolved. The walk will last about 1 hour.

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Numbers are strictly limited to 10 people for each walk. It is a gentle walk, with opportunities to stop along the way. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis to anyone (member or not) booking at our stall that day, from 10.00 am onwards for the 11.30 walk and from 1.00 pm onwards for the 2.00 walk.

A visit to York Gate Garden

2 pm

8th September 2021

York Gate Garden, Back Church Ln, Adel, Leeds LS16 8DW

York Gate is a magical one-acre garden created by the Spencer family between 1951 and 1994. Frederick and Sybil Spencer along with their son Robin, laid out and nurtured what is now one of the finest small gardens in the country. The design of ‘rooms’ interlinked through a succession of vistas and executed with meticulous attention to detail owed much to the Arts and Crafts movement, complemented by Sybil’s skills as a plantswoman. In accordance with Sybil’s wishes, on her death in 1994, York Gate was given to Perennial. York Gate has been granted Grade II national heritage status in a list of post-war gardens and landscapes for England.

There is an option of tea /coffee and cake/scones in a private dining area at around 3.30 p.m. at an additional cost of £5.00 per person.

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If you would like to join this visit please let the membership secretary know as soon as possible - including whether you will require refreshments - either by email membership@harrogatecivicsociety.org or to the address below.

Payment is required no later than Monday 2nd August. Cheques should be made payable to Harrogate Civic Society and sent to The Membership Secretary, 4, North Park Drive, Harrogate HG1 5PN. Alternatively you can make payment by bank transfer – The Harrogate Civic Society, Sort Code : 05-04-54, Account Number : 16746595.

A guided walking tour of Pannal

2 pm

26th September 2021

St Robert's Church, Pannal

We are arranging a guided walking tour of Pannal lead by Anne Smith (journalist, author of seven books, four of them on Pannal, past chair of HCS and founder and first chair of the Friends of Valley Gardens). We will meet at St Robert’s Church. This is a level walk, with plenty of stops and will take 1 to1.5 hours.

We are very grateful to members, like Anne, who help us open our eyes to what is on our doorstep.

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Booking arrangements TBC

Andrew Carnegie and British Libraries

Postponed, new date to be arranged

A talk by Councillor Jim Clark (former chair of NYCC) about Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic funding of Yorkshire Libraries and particularly the Harrogate Library.

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5

Behind the Scenes at the British Library

Postponed, new date to be arranged

A tour of the British Library site at Boston Spa, near Wetherby. https://www.bl.uk/visit/reading-rooms/boston-spa

The British Library receives a copy of every book, magazine, journal and newspaper published in the UK and the bulk of this material is available to view at Boston Spa, along with purchased and overseas titles from their reference collections. Boston Spa is also the home of the UK national newspaper collection – which comprises more than three centuries of local, regional and national newspapers – and the library also has a sound archive with a growing collection of sound and video recordings.

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20 Park Parade and Bernard Walter Evans RA

Postponed, new date to be arranged

A talk by Justin Kitson about the artist Bernard Walter Evans RA who had a home and studio at 20 Park Parade from 1890 until 1912. The talk will focus on his ‘Yorkshire’ paintings and will include a short history of the house that was converted into a Methodist chapel in the late eighteenth century.

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Numbers are limited so please book a place in advance. email: events@harrogatecivicsociety.org