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New appointment!

The Trustees of Nidderdale Plus are delighted to let you know that Debbie Grassam has been appointed as Partnership Manager from 1 March.

Debbie lives locally in Nidderdale and has a wealth of experience working in the voluntary and charity sector across the District and beyond.

This is an exciting time for the Partnership as we move to the next stage of our development and Debbie is keen to introduce herself to members, Friends, partner organisations and our customers to the office, once in post. Do pop into the office anytime to meet her!



Transport assistance….


Goes to Ripon every Thursday!

  • Door to door service
  • Coordinates with the community car to pick people up at home
  • Leaves Pateley Bridge around 9:45am, picking people up along the way, arriving in Ripon about 10:30am
  • Makes multiple stops in Ripon including the market place and supermarkets
  • Returns from Ripon, leaving around 2:00pm
  • Delivers you back home – helpful drivers offer to carry your

    All drivers MIDAS trained and DBS checked.
    Cost £7.50 return for concessions. Pre-booking ESSENTIAL!!

For more information and to book contact Nidderdale Plus on
Tel: 01423 714953 or email:
or pop into the office at Station Square, opposite the bus stop.

Job Vacancy!

Nidderdale Plus Partnership Manager
30 hrs per week
£28,203 – £29,854 pro-rata

Nidderdale Plus is an independent charity based in Pateley Bridge that provides services across the Nidderdale area. We deliver library, community transport and other services, including tourist information and community economic development.

The Trustees are now seeking a recruit a Partnership Manager, following the relocation of our existing manager. This is an exciting time to join us as you will take a lead in advancing the partnership to the next stage of development.

We are looking for someone who is self motivated, well organised and able to build successful working relationships with the local community and our partners.
You will have excellent interpersonal skills and a positive energy to drive the organisation forward, together with management experience and a passion for the Nidderdale area.

Job description, person specification and application form can be found below.

Completed applications must be received by 11am on Monday 23 January 2017.

Interviews are to be held on Thursday 26 January 2017.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact:
Katy Penn, Partnership Manager, on or tel 01423 714953 or email Paula Newson Smith, Chair of Trustees,





Calling all those interested in tourism!

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.

Annual General Meeting

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!

A quick update!

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:

Mondays 10-5pm

Tuesdays to Fridays 10-4pm

Saturdays 10-1pm

Sundays 10-11am

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 ‘’ 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.

Harrogate Borough Council Housing Team

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 first anniversary at Station Square!

Our latest update to the Nidderdale Herald……picture1

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 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!

Become a Friend today!

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.