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Dales Yellow Bikes!

yellow bike_withLogo

How will YOU celebrate the Tour de France in Nidderdale? Do you live, work or go to school in Nidderdale? Join our project and decorate a bike (or bike paraphernalia) with a YELLOW theme and display (in your garden, drive, school, front window…….??) from end of May to end of September – there’s a competition for the best dressed bike and a trail to help residents and visitors seek out those yellow bikes across Nidderdale! Tell us NOW if you’re going to participate – and, if you’re a business, let us know if you’re willing to donate a small prize too. Contact us via this website or email katy@nidderdaleplus.org

Full details below:


1)      Residents, businesses, schools, village halls, churches across the Nidderdale Plus area – are invited to decorate a ‘bike’ – or bike paraphernalia – of any size, with a YELLOW THEME – to celebrate the TdF coming to Yorkshire.

2)      Bikes should be displayed in gardens, windows, rooftops, schools, village greens, church porches etc for the period 26 May (Bank holiday) to 1 Sept (end of school summer holidays).

3)      To enter our competition, participants should email/post a photo of their bike, with details of location, to Nidderdale Plus. Nidderdale Plus will email by return a ‘We Love Nidderdale’ poster to the participants which must be then attached to the bike or displayed alongside it – this poster explains the competition and how to enter etc.

4)      Photos will be uploaded by Nidderdale Plus onto a dedicated Facebook page ‘DalesYellowBikes’, managed by Nidderdale Plus

5)      Encourage your family, friends, neighbours and passing tourists to ‘like’ the  DalesYellowBikes Facebook page or email Nidderdale Plus to express their support. They can also send us their photos of their favourite yellow bikes, for inclusion on the page

6)  All those that participate by ‘liking’ the Facebook page (directly to Facebook or by emailing Nidderdale Plus expressing support) will be entered into a prize draw in September – prizes donated by local businesses. In addition, all photos will be judged at a display at the Nidderdale Show and 2 winners – one for the best decorated bike and one for the best ‘looking like a bike but isn’t’ (eg knitted, wooden etc) – will receive prizes!

7) Prize winners will be announced at the Nidderdale Show 2014, alongside a display of a selection of photos from the competition

8)   If anyone has an old bike or bike paraphernalia they no longer use or need, please bring to the Nidderdale Plus office – we will decorate with a yellow theme for the summer 2014 (or give to anyone else wishing to join in DalesYellowBikes). We will donate all unwanted bikes to Harrogate Rotary Club Bicycle Recycling scheme – visit www.rotary-ribi.org. in September – NB we will not paint the bike yellow as this renders them un-fit for recycling.


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 katy@nidderdaleplus.org

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 Charles.Hindmarsh@tiscali.co.uk. All welcome!

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.