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Tour de Nidderdale!

As we look forward to the Tour de Yorkshire in May 2015, we’re delighted to be promoting our very own Tour de Nidderdale,  a ‘figure of eight’ route centred on Pateley Bridge, equally enjoyable when undertaken by bicycle, motorcycle or by car. The route can be tackled in a single ride or split into two loops. It has been designed with the experienced cyclist in mind but can be equally well enjoyed by the motorist.

The Tour guide can be downloaded here Tour de Nidderdale route and includes details of places of interest along the route, as well as an invitation to ‘spot’ the green and gold plaques that are proudly displayed in many of our villages celebrating the Tour de France in our area.

Printed copies of the Tour are also available at the Nidderdale Plus office and the Masham Community Office.

The Tour de Nidderdale was devised and prepared by a partnership arrangement between Sport Nidderdale and Nidderdale Plus and supported by Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund and Harrogate Borough Council Community Chest.


Funding advice for local charities and community groups

Did you know that Nidderdale Plus can help you to identify potential funding streams for local projects and organisations? Last year, we helped to secure a grant for the Parent Teacher and Friends Association at Nidderdale High School so that they were able to secure their purchase of a 16 seater minibus – which is now in use by students for sports fixtures and other out of school activities – and is also available to the local community who need transport assistance (and may wish to use the Nidderdale Plus volunteer drivers).

Whilst it’s often felt that ‘there’s no money out there’, there are local, District and national funds that may be available for your specific cause – that might be for sports development and improving local facilities, village hall improvements or adaptation of church buildings for community activity. Katy Penn, Partnership Manager at Nidderdale Plus has been assisting projects in the Nidderdale area in all these categories over the last few months, as organisations make plans for development opportunities.

Katy is also a member of the LEADER Advisory Board for the Yorkshire Dales area so can advise on the development of the new LEADER funding programme (2015-2020) which is likely to have the first ‘call for projects’ during the summer months of 2015.

Get in touch with Katy at the Nidderdale Plus office anytime – she will research relevant funds for you to consider and monitor any new funding opportunities that might assist your project. Ring the office on 01423 714953 or email katy@nidderdaleplus.org.


Plans for a one-stop-shop community office, managed by Nidderdale Plus, have been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council.

Following public feedback at the Nidderdale Show 2014 and discussions with partner organisations, Nidderdale Plus is applying for planning permission to transform the former Station Fisheries (King Street, Pateley Bridge) into a Community Office. Plans can be viewed at the Nidderdale Plus office at The Old Workhouse any time Monday to Friday (10-4) until 6 March.

The new Community Office will be home to library, tourist information and existing Nidderdale Plus services (including front office for local police, information and access points for county and district councils, business and local organisation support, community transport and office services such as copying and room hire).

Katy Penn, Nidderdale Plus Partnership Manager said: ‘these are exciting times for the area with these local services coming together into the one building, centrally located in Pateley Bridge. All services will be open more hours – good news for residents and visitors. It’s also an opportunity to ensure the continuity of local services that are responsive to local need. We’re grateful to NYCC Stronger Communities project for their support in this project so far.’

Pop into the Nidderdale Plus offices to see the plans, hear more about the services – and get involved!’


In partnership with North Yorks County Council, Nidderdale Plus are delighted to have taken responsibility for a new Community Car. Available to any Nidderdale resident who is without access to public or private transport, living in a rurally isolated location or needing door-to-door assistance, the Car can be pre-booked (at least 24 hours notice please) by ringing the Nidderdale Plus Office.

We have a small group of volunteer drivers who have passed a driver training course and disclosure and barring checks – they will assist with local journeys (to the doctor or dentist or local shops) or to Ripon market (Thursdays only, using the High School minibus) and to Harrogate (generally Mondays/Fridays).

All passengers pay a fare – concessions are available: prices will be advised on booking (based on mileage) – we are trying to maintain affordable fares so do ring us (01423 714953) for details.

Passengers were recently asked for their comments: ‘it’s a great service’, ‘drivers are  very good and courteous’, it’s convenient and a really helpful local service!’ – do get in touch and tell us your travel needs – we will do our best to help!

Warm welcome to Sandra Walker our new member of staff

Although Sandra is new to Nidderdale Plus she is no stranger to Pateley Bridge. Many will know her from the High School or more recently High Street Fisheries. Having lived in Pateley Bridge for 25 years with her husband and two children, there’s every chance you may have crossed paths before and certainly she hopes to meet you in the future as she carries out her role as Partnership Administrator at Nidderdale Plus.

Our website has been quiet of late as we said a fond farewell to Rochelle in September. Many thanks to Rochelle for all her hard work over the years. She is already missed!

We look forward to a new start in 2015 where Sandra will keep you posted on all the latest about Nidderdale Plus and news of Nidderdale and surrounding areas.

Business information for Tour de France preparation

Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Following the  recent meeting covering the preparation for the Tour de France coming to the region on 5th & 6th July, we received so much interest and questions relating to the event, we are making the REVIEW newsletter covering the event available to all businesses in the HG postcodes, along with links if you have any further questions about issues faced by businesses relating to the challenges the Tour de France brings.

May REVIEW newsletter can be downloaded here:

http://www.harrogatechamber.org/2014review.htm (click on ‘May 2014’)

The following two links provide a wealth of business information including more detail of the road works and road closures and of the Fan Park and Foodie Festival stalls:

North Yorkshire County Council http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour

Harrogate Borough Council http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/tdfbusiness

You will also find contact information in the latter two links where you can go for further advice and information.


Best dressed community

Welcome to Yorkshire is launching a competition which will run in the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post to find the best dressed places in Yorkshire in the run up to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Applicants can enter one of 3 categories according to the size of their community, they’ll be judged by a panel and the winner of each category will win tickets to the Opening Ceremony & Team Presentation as well as a winners’ plaque.

Please look out for this in the papers and encourage people to enter this competition.

Full details are here – http://letour.yorkshire.com/bestdressed

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