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Promoting your business

Promoting your business and the Nidderdale area to a wider audience: come and hear the special promotional opportunities available from VISIT HARROGATE ( for small businesses in Nidderdale, through shared advertising (reducing cost) on this important tourism website – Monday 24 February 6.30pm at the Nidderdale Plus offices. Let us know you’re coming by telephoning Katy Penn  01423 714953, or contact us online.


Grounds for Divorce review and photos

A review and photos from the Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society’s October offering, Grounds for Divorce, are now up on their website.  “Fresh from his award-winning success in this year’s Drama Festivals, Keith Burton served up a classic English farce riddled with misunderstandings and mistaken identities that had the audiences in stitches.”

Nidderdale music groups

If you play an instrument there are several groups you can join – let us know if you know of any others.

Nidderdale Community Orchestra: come and join this all age-all instrument orchestra. Meets in the Nidderdale High School every Tuesday evening 6.45pm til 8.45pm. Conducted by Bryan Western (Harrogate Symphony Orchestra). Further information from Katy Penn at Nidderdale Plus 01423 714953 or email

Summerbridge and Dacre Prize Silver brass band: now meets every Thursday with opportunities for lessons and Junior players from 7pm and Band practice from 7.30pm. Contact Charles Hindmarsh if you’d like to come along and have a go – music and instruments can be arranged! Email him on All welcome!

Jobs and volunteering – Aug 2014

Nidderdale Plus is looking to recruit a Business Administration apprentice to help with services in the office at the Old Workhouse, Pateley Bridge…Click here for more information.

The North Yorkshire Fire service are continuing to recruit new retained officers in Nidderdale…Click here for more information.

Amvoc is seeking a highly driven, enthusiastic individual to join their telemarketing team…Click here for more information.

Nidderdale High School is looking for three part-time cleaning assistants to join their team. Closing date: 15.08.14…Click here for more information.

Nidderdale Plus is delighted to work with volunteers who bring their skills to our office at the Old Workhouse, such as customer service skills, social media, IT and admin. If you are able to volunteer some of your time to support the work of Nidderdale Plus then please get in touch with us via our contact form, telephone or simply drop-in  to the Nidderdale Plus, Old Workhouse office.

Come and join our team!

team4a                                                      Photo shows the Nidderdale Plus team, including Rochelle Wilson, Kay Sheard, Katy Penn and Tom Barber – if you’d be interested in volunteering in our community office, giving advice and information to members of the public and undertaking admin tasks around the office, please get in touch! Contact Rochelle on 01423 714953.     

A Room with a View

Nidderdale Plus Invites Wider Community To Use Meeting Facilities:

Our meeting room, in the historic Old Workhouse, is ideal for holding meetings, training sessions, presentations or exhibitions. It can seat 24 people in a theatre-style set up, and 15 if configured as a boardroom. The space is flexible and well appointed.

Use of presentation equipment and wifi is part of the offer and arrangements for refreshments and catering, and administrative support if required, can be made.

We hope that local businesses and community groups will make the most of our office facilities, available for hire at a very competitive price, minimising travel costs and time and, more importantly for us, take the opportunity to get an insight into the variety of work we are doing in and around Nidderdale.

Nidderdale Plus gives ‘cracking’ grants to support rural arts


To celebrate the designation of Nidderdale as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1996, a group of people from Kirkby Malzeard – who christened themselves the “Crackpots” – devised a seven mile trail around Dallowgill marked out by 22 mosaic panels.

During 2013, a grant from Nidderdale Plus was used to help restore the mosaics, which depict features, flora and fauna that can be found along the route , back to their former glory.

Each mosaic is located in a strategic position and, over the past 17 years, thousands of people, in particular tourists and families, have loved following the trail.

Thanks to Nidderdale Plus the group have been able to purchase cleaning materials, grout and spare tiles. A team of volunteers are now restoring each of the 22 mosaics back to their former glory.

Nidderdale Plus aims to support community groups and businesses in the Nidderdale area and creativity, particularly inspired by this beautiful landscape, is important to many who live and work here. Thanks to these grants we have been able to support 16 individuals and groups with funding to continue their creative activities.

The Crackpots project celebrates Nidderdale and draws people to the area. When they approached us for a grant we had no hesitation in supporting it.