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Upcoming Events

Most Harrogate Civic Society Talks are free to members.

Unless otherwise stated, events are at

St Paul's UR Church Hall (Belford Road, off Victoria Avenue opposite the Library).

Wildlife and ecology of RHS Harlow Carr

10:00 am

23rd April 2024

RHS Harlow Carr

Harlow Carr is a beautiful well-kept garden but it is also a haven for wildlife.

Andrew Willocks will lead us on a walk through the garden, telling us about the native flora and fauna which make their homes there and detailing the efforts the gardeners make to encourage and support them.
The walk will take approximately 2 hours and you will need to be prepared for whatever the weather might be!

Assemble in Car Park No 3. for a prompt 10.00 a.m start. There is no fixed charge for this event but RHS would welcome donations so we suggest £7-£10 p.p (cash please) for this special event, to be given on the day to Jenny Moore (HCS).

Spaces are limited to 20 people so first come first booked in. Book via

Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

7:00 pm tea/coffee for
7:30 pm talk

21st May 2024

St Pauls' URC Church Hall

Charlotte Simons from the Trust, who will give the talk, is an agricultural scientist with experience of agri-environment schemes, project management and stakeholder engagement. She hosts the Dales to Vales Rivers Network – the catchment partnership for the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse, and Wharfe rivers in Yorkshire. Charlotte has a particular interest in developing partnerships through community engagement and conservation projects

The talk will give an overview of the Trust, the work it does and more specifically an introduction to the iNidd project - the Trust's newest project which will be using the results of the Citizen Science water testing that Nidd Action Group and YDRT carried out last year to identify key areas for action that will improve water quality, biodiversity and improve fish habitat along the Nidd.

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust was established in 2004 as a Registered Charity, working to enhance and protect the rivers of the Yorkshire Dales for the benefit of everyone. By working in partnership with landowners, businesses, land managers and the public, they aim to care for the rivers, streams and catchments of the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Wharfe and Ouse as sources of pure water, as habitats for aquatic and other wildlife, and as havens of quiet recreation for anglers and everyone to enjoy.

Please email if you wish to attend.

Headingley Water Treatment Works

9.45am – 11.45am

03 Jul 2024

Headingley Water Treatment Works, Otley Road, West Park, Leeds, LS16 5LG

As a follow up to our talk from The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust we have arranged a visit to Yorkshire Water’s treatment works at Headingley. This will take place from 9 45 till 11 45 on Wednesday July 3rd. There will be an overview of Yorkshire Water, a water treatment presentation and a guided tour of the site.

Parking on site is limited and we ask that visitors car share as much as possible when coming onto the site. There is off street parking locally should this be needed.

Please book by emailing and say whether you can can offer (or need) a car share from Harrogate.

Note this visit is limited to 20 places.

Coffee Morning (5)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

15th July 2024

Cosy Club, 37 Cambridge Street, HG1 1RX (opposite St Peter’s church)

All Society members are invited to our next coffee morning, our fourth get-together at this venue since last July. New members are especially welcome, and all members are encouraged to bring along friends who may wish to join the Society. We meet upstairs, and a lift is available. Self-pay for eats-n-drinks. No need to book, just pop in and enjoy the company in a relaxed and comfy setting!

A visit to Markenfield Hall

2:00 pm

15 August 2024

Markenfield Hall, 3 miles south of Ripon on the main Harrogate - Ripon road (A61).

A private guided tour of Markenfield Hall. This 14th/15th century moated house remains in private ownership, with knowledgeable volunteers providing tours covering its colourful history including involvement (on the Catholic side) in The Rising of the North, its subsequent decline into being barely habitable in the 1960s, and its painstaking restoration from the 1980s onwards. There will, or course, be tea and cake.

Numbers are limited so please book as soon as possible by emailing

Car sharing would be welcome so please let us know if you can offer a lift/need a lift.

Please email if you wish to attend.

Cost £20.50 - to be paid online [Account Number: 16746595 , Sort Code: 05-04-54]. Please use as a reference for your payment "your initial and surname/ Markenf" so that our Treasurer can identify the payment in our bank account.

John Sheepshanks, the third Vicar of St John’s Church Bilton and a Bishop in the rough

6:45 pm tea/coffee for
7:30 pm talk

25th September 2024

St John’s Church, Bilton Lane,

Dr. Alan Gould, secretary and treasurer of the Bilton Historical Society, and Harrogate Civic Society member, will give a talk at St John’s Church Bilton on the life of John Sheepshanks (1834-1912), an austere High Church Anglican and the third vicar of the church.

John was a distant relative of the church’s founder, William Sheepshanks, and a pioneering missionary during the Canadian Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1860s when he made epic journeys across North America, the Pacific and Asia. He married whilst in Bilton and started a family before moving to Anfield, Liverpool as the incumbent of St Margaret’s, where he founded a school. He had seventeen children, wrote several books and was noted for his pastoral work and attention to his clergy. He finally became Bishop of Norwich.

Dr. Gould was born and bred in Bilton, went to Bilton Endowed School, Ashville College and studied at Nottingham University. He has recently retired and returned to Harrogate after a world-wide career in the chemical industry.

Teas and coffees will be available (for a donation to church funds) from 6:45pm. There will be a short informal tour of the church from 7:00pm and the talk will begin at 7:30pm.

Please email if you wish to attend.

Christmas Social 2024

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm TBC

15th December 2024

St Wilfrid's Church Hall, Duchy Road, HG1 2EY

Our December seasonal social gathering will take place at St Wilfrid's Church Hall from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Expect wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and, of course, mince pies and Christmas cake .

More details nearer the time.

There is some parking in the church car park (accessed from Duchy Road) and unrestricted parking on Duchy Rd and side roads. Watch out for uneven surfaces in the car park please.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

From 7:00pm

25th February 2025

St Paul’s URC Hall, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EL

Elizabeth Smith, Public Engagement Coordinator (North East) for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, will give a talk and presentation to members about the history of the CWGC and its work today. Elizabeth has in the past welcomed members on tours at Stonefall Cemetery and is a regular host of Heritage Open Days events there.

The presentation starts with how the Commission began and its work during the First and Second World Wars, and concludes with its work today in maintaining and preserving its historic estate around the world. The presentation will also mention some of the war graves closer to home and tell the stories of some of those that the Commission commemorates.

Teas and coffees will be available from 7:00pm and the presentation will begin at 7:30pm. There will be an opportunity for members to make a donation to support the work of the Commission.

Please email if you wish to attend.

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