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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).

Christmas Party

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

9th December 2023

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 - and a Christmas themed entertainment at 3.30 pm.

Our popular sale of local interest books will also be there. You can pay by cash / cheque or (easier for us) debit/credit card.

Take a break from Christmas shopping on 9th December and put in your diary now- and better still email us to let us know that you are coming.

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.

Please email if you are coming, so we can cater for all.

Coffee Morning

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

17th January 2024

Cosy Club Cafe, Cambridge Street

Come and enjoy our third informal coffee morning at the Cosy Club on Cambridge Street.

An opportunity to meet and chat with other members, make suggestions for future events and enjoy the coffee!

Park Life


23rd January 2024

St Pauls' UR Church Hall

Sue Wood, North Yorkshire Council Horticultural Development Officer and RHS Britain in Bloom judge, will talk about the gardens in her care - Valley Gardens, Conyngham Hall, Knaresborough House and Castle, and Ripon Spa Gardens.

Since 1988, Sue has been with Harrogate Borough Council (now North Yorkshire Council) – initially as the Parks Technical Officer for 12 years where her responsibilities included designing and preparing bedding schedules for the whole District and then she became the Community Liaison Officer, for 7 years liaising with eight local “in Bloom” groups across Harrogate District many of which she has supported and mentored in both the Britain in Bloom and Entente Florale campaigns helping them achieve extremely high standards. Her current role is Horticultural Development Officer which includes designing flower bed and landscape schemes across the District. Sue has been a judge for Yorkshire in Bloom since 2001 and
on the Yorkshire in Bloom Executive committee since 2003, a RHS Britain in Bloom judge for 11 years and has judged at several flower shows across the country.

If you wish to attend, please email to reserve a place.

The Census: A Guide for Users

7:30 pm

20th February 2024

St Paul's URC Church Hall

Dr Paul Jennings will give an illustrated talk that will take us through how the census was taken between 1801 and 1921 and what that means for users. We will then look at how to research a variety of topics, including family history, with examples drawn from Paul's own research. We will follow this by a day time coffee meeting at the Library in March where members can bring along the results of their own census explorations, or just hear what other members have discovered.

Please email if you wish to attend.

Allerton Waste Recovery Park

10:00 am

19th March 2024

Allerton Waste Recovery Park. Moor Lane (Off A168), Knaresborough HG5 0SD

A tour of Allerton Waste Recovery Park, just off the A1. See what happens to 320,000 tonnes of North Yorkshire waste that does not involve landfill. Waste is anaerobically digested or burnt (providing enough electricity for 40,000 homes). This will be a 2 hour visit, and requires thick soled shoes with no open toes. Legs must also be covered preferably by trousers but leggings or similar are acceptable. Anyone unsuitably dressed will not be allowed on the tour.

Car pooling will be arranged nearer the time.

Please email to reserve a place.

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.

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

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