On Tuesday 22 November, we are hosting Visit Harrogate and Welcome to Yorkshire at the Nidderdale Plus offices. Pop along anytime between 10am and 4pm to meet their staff, pick up information and brochures, talk about your plans for the 2017 season and hear about theirs……this is a free event so we do hope you will take up this local opportunity! We look forward to seeing you then.
A reminder that our annual general meeting starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 November at the Bishopside and Bewerley Memorial Hall, Park Road, Pateley Bridge – all welcome to attend. Do join us for refreshments from 7pm!
Just to let you know we have moved to Winter Opening hours (adjusted in response to our visitor numbers over the past 12 months) – our new opening hours, from 1 November, are:
Tuesdays to Fridays 10-4pm
Secondly, we have been asked to promote a survey, currently live, that the Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, has launched – calling on residents and business owners to tell her what they, their families and communities need to ‘Be safe, feel safe’ in North Yorkshire. She is particularly keen to hear from rural communities.
The survey is live now at ‘telljulia.com’ and closes on 18th November.
And finally, Nidderdale Plus is holding it’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 17 November at Bishopside and Bewerley Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge. The meeting starts at 7.30pm (with refreshments from 7pm) – all welcome to attend but do let us know if you’re able to come.
Pop into Nidderdale Plus today to meet Louise from Harrogate Borough Council Housing Team along with Barbara, a tenant on the scrutiny panel .
Local council tenants can chat about anything from concerns they have regarding their property to getting help with online shopping!
Louise and Barbara are here until 1.30pm.
Our latest update to the Nidderdale Herald……
How time flies (is it a sign of age?) – I am in the midst of collating information for an annual report for Nidderdale Plus – it is 1 year since we moved into our new premises at Station Square, Pateley Bridge, and 1 year since we brought together the library service, the tourist information service and our own Nidderdale Plus services under the same roof. And it’s been quite a year!
We have had nearly 20,000 visits into our offices during this period, many to join and enjoy the new library facilities; many to ask about local walks, where to eat and stay in Nidderdale and pick up details about local attractions; many to ask for information or advice about local issues that affect them or to use our printing facilities or meeting room.
All services have greatly benefitted from our ability to be open 7 days a week – and this is thanks to the help of our 30+ volunteers who work with us in the office and drive our Community Car. Our volunteers have given a staggering xxx hours of service over the past year – what a fantastic achievement, showing such support for keeping services local for the benefit of residents in the area, learning new skills, being part of a great team effort and having fun along the way! We do hope to continue recruiting new volunteers to our team – either as drivers, as trustees to our organisation or as helpers in our office and library. Do contact myself or Sandra Walker if you have time to support us (01423 714953) – our office volunteers generally each give a 3 hour stint every week whilst our drivers are contacted on an ad hoc basis to support residents requiring help with local journeys; trustees meet on a monthly basis to oversee the strategic direction of the organisation.
We have specific vacancies at the moment for trustees with financial or IT skills to offer, and for a volunteer to join our Home Library service – this is a once a month service, delivering library books to residents unable to visit the library themselves. Volunteers always undertake the visit with a colleague and it’s an opportunity to chat to people about their love of books and ensure they are getting the most out of their library membership. Do get in touch if you are interested or mention it to your friends or neighbours who may be interested in joining our volunteer team.
One of the benefits for all library members (besides books) is the opportunity to borrow DVDs, CDs and audio books – and with a Media Subscription, you can reserve your favourites free of charge and they will be delivered to the Nidderdale Plus library for you to collect at your convenience. You can browse the wide selection on offer by visiting http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraries and order on-line from home or by ringing our office. Media Subscriptions can be taken out for 6 months or 12 months and offer great value for money – a must for those forthcoming autumnal evenings!
We have marked our 1 year anniversary at Station Square with the launch of ‘Friends of Nidderdale Plus’, a new opportunity to show your support for the work we do and be involved in planning and developing future services and projects, as well as receiving invitations to 4 special events throughout the year. We do hope that many of you will support this new initiative – further details on our website or pop into the office and pick up a Friends leaflet!
Finally, we are hosting a Book Sale in our offices – from 2nd – 16th October, daily – so I do hope to see many of you there, choosing books from a wide selection for adults and children, fiction and non-fiction. We are open Mondays 10-6; Tuesdays to Fridays 10-4; Saturdays and Sundays 10-1 – do pop in anytime!
We are delighted to announce a new ‘Friends of Nidderdale Plus‘ scheme to celebrate our first anniversary of bringing together library, tourist information and Nidderdale Plus services at Station Square, Pateley Bridge!
Please show your support for this community venture – becoming a Friend costs just £10 a year and gives you the opportunity to suggest ideas, be kept informed about our work and come along to 4 seasonal events each year.
Complete the attached form (use ‘fill and sign’ tool) friends-of-nidd or pop into the office anytime for further details.
The Nidderdale Plus Partnership is a charity that serves the local community across the Nidderdale area. We need to recruit two skilled trustees to join our board.
- Live or work in the area (Nidderdale, Washburn Valley or Mashamshire)
- Have a passion for the area
- Have strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to give the time and commitment to being a trustee?
If so, then we want to hear from you. We are particularly looking for trustees with a legal or financial background. The post of trustee is unpaid but will provide you a great deal of experience and satisfaction.
We are an independent and non-political, voluntary organisation that helping to keep services local, providing a community library, access to public services and a community resource centre. We also operate a Community Transport scheme.
We are especially keen to achieve a more diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
For more information or an informal discussion on the role of trustee, please contact Chair of Trustees – Paula Newson Smith Paula.email@example.com
Or by post: Nidderdale Plus, Station Square, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5AT
Tel: 01423 714953
Here’s an article that appeared recently in the Nidderdale Herald – in our new monthly update to our local paper:
As the school summer holidays fast approach, we’re looking forward to our first ‘summer reading challenge’ in our new library premises in Pateley Bridge, supporting children aged 4-11 with reading skills and confidence throughout the summer holidays. The challenge runs from 16 July to 10 September and it’s free to take part – children can sign up at the library and receive a free collector folder. Each time they read 2 books they receive a set of picture cards to encourage them to keep reading and fill in the gaps in their folder. There are other incentives too – a door hanger, a fold-out game and some dazzling rainbow glasses. When they have read six books children receive a ‘Big Friendly Read’ medal and a certificate. The only rule is that the books they read are borrowed from the library, but they can choose whatever they like, including audio-books.
We will also be hosting a themed event during the summer holidays to encourage children to take part in the challenge – on Wednesday 10 August, 10.30- 11.30 – called ‘Phizz–Whizzing Fun!’ with stories, games and crafts – book your place by ringing the Nidderdale Plus office (01423 714953).
Our meeting room is now being used by a variety of organisations and businesses, each offering information and services to local residents and visitors.
Colette Coleman will be running more pop-up travel clinics throughout the summer – drop in to see her next on Monday 25 July (1-6pm).
Andrew Gray from Truth Legal (Harrogate) is also offering free drop in services for legal advice to any local resident or business – his law firm offers specialist services in relation to personal injury, medical negligence, employment or general disputes – why not pop in on Wednesday 20 July (10am-4pm) to seek his advice?
Natalie Smith will be using our offices every first Thursday of the month (starting 7 July, 10-11am) to promote the new White Rose Credit Union, a financial cooperative regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, that, as a mutual and member organisation, has the interest of its members at heart – offering affordable lending, regular savings and banking and budgetting services at highly competitive rates. This Credit Union has been working alongside Harrogate Borough Council for some time now and has secured many council employees as members, providing a great way of regular saving and loans. Find out more about membership and benefits from Natalie or pick up some of their leaflets anytime from the Nidderdale Plus office.
We are also discussing the opportunity for the Citizens Advice Bureau to offer regular drop in sessions at our offices as well – subscribe to our website (www.nidderdaleplus.org) or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with this new venture.
We are keen to facilitate and provide services from the Nidderdale Plus office that are needed by our local communities – do get in touch with me – email firstname.lastname@example.org – if you have further suggestions and ideas as we’d be delighted to hear from you. Nidderdale Plus has always aimed to ‘keep services local’ so that residents in our rural area are not disadvantaged by lack of access to advice, information and support. For this reason, our office also acts as an information point for council services (both for North Yorkshire County Council and for Harrogate Borough Council) – we’ve recently helped residents with bus pass renewals, information about domestic waste services, reporting of highways and rights of way issues and sale of garden and trade waste bags.
If you would be interested in joining our office as a volunteer (working in the library/tourist information/general office or as a driver of our community transport), do get in touch – we would always welcome new volunteers to join our team. Phone 01423 714953 and speak to Sandra or Katy for further details.
This fantastic short film has been made by Paul Harris to celebrate some of the work, so far, of the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, a 4 year Heritage Lottery funded project. Nidderdale Plus are delighted to be involved in the Landscape Partnership, in various projects and as a Steering Group member – read more about forthcoming events – at Fishpond Wood and at the 2016 NiddFest – in The Nidderdale Herald next week! We hope you enjoy the film!
As part of Local and Community History month (May 2016), Ian Roger will be offering a free workshop session in the Nidderdale Plus community library on Monday 23 May starting at 10.30am, helping people to make the most out of library facilities for their family history projects – using on-line and other resources available through the library and other avenues. Places are limited – contact Sandra on 01423 714953 to book!
On the same day, newly-opened local business Folk Finders Family History will be doing a free drop-in day at Nidderdale Plus ‘Displaying Your Family Tree’ – they are building their new business, tracing family histories, based in the Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge – why not pop in to see what they can offer to help you find out more about your family?
The Library service is also offering a free history quiz throughout May, testing your knowledge of our local Harrogate area – come and have a go!