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Frazer Theatre Comedy Club - May 2015
The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club continues with another great line up of internationally recognised talent. Co-headlining this month are:

Gavin Webster:
Gavin Webster's style of comedy is loud, sharp and controversial - and audiences love him for it. A definite Geordie, Gavin has superb stage presence. His material is bold and provocative yet delivered in a charming manner - which has brought him much praise and attention.
Gavin Webster has now established himself as one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the national comedy circuit in recent years. After turning his back on the comedy double-act, he went solo in 1995 and hasn't looked back.
Gavin performed in Does Doug Know with Daisy Donavon for Channel 4 as a regular team captain and currently performs at every major comedy venue throughout the UK including the prestigious Comedy Store's 'Men At Work' topical comedy night. He has also supported Lee Evans, Jack Dee and Phil Jupitus on tour.

Abi Roberts:
Abi Roberts and her big hair exploded onto the stand-up comedy scene in 2011, after a number of years as a singer and cabaret performer.

Abi Roberts
Abi Roberts and her big hair exploded onto the stand-up comedy scene in 2011, after a number of years as a singer and cabaret performer.

Abi plays weekend shows in comedy clubs across the UK, including The Stand, Jongleurs, Big Night Out; Baby Blue Comedy, Liverpool; Lee Hurst’s Backyard Comedy and Downstairs At the Kings Head. She has also compered the inaugural celebrity comedy night Boom-Tish, in London's Crouch End and is resident compere at Steyning Comedy Club in Steyning, Sussex. In 2013, she supported and opened for Michael McIntyre at The Bloomsbury Theatre.

"Very funny, rapid-fire, infectious humour...unstoppable and triumphant… takes down target after target (Sara Fisch, New Statesman);

Support for the show comes from:

Chris Norton Walker:
Chris Norton Walker is a new stand up to the comedy circuit, but is a rising talent. Gigging all across the Uk and recently gigging at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Chris Norton Walker regularly gigs all across London. His writing was nominated for Best Comedy at the NASTA (National Student TV Awards 08).

Chris pokes fun at comedians and audiences alike. Mocking assumptions and challenging notions. He uses himself, and his life experiences, as a mirror to ridicule stand up comedy and to deconstruct established comedy motifs.

Making sure everything runs smoothly for the night will be our MC:

Paul T Eyres:
Paul T Eyres has been performing stand-up professionally since 2007 and plays at virtually all of the big UK clubs, as well as overseas and at private functions and company events. A versatile performer, he is in demand as both an MC and an act, and his Edinburgh shows consistently sell out.

Paul appears on BBC3 and has written comedy for BBC and Channel 4, has won awards as a writer-director, and has a weekly podcast in which he and other comedians cover everything from sport to self-improvement.

Tickets are £10 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door for £12.

Until: 22.30 Fri 8th May 2015
Address: Frazer Theatre, Park Crest, Knaresborough, HG5 0EQ
Website: http://www.frazertheatre.co.uk
Kids Aloud
The 4th Kids Aloud Concert organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes and
featuring choirs, mainly from Primary Schools from around the Harrogate district, and the Tewit Youth Band. This year’s concert features the world premiere performance by the young musicians of a new work, Circus of Life, that they have helped to create with composer Phil Wilby and lyricist Guy Wilson. In an engaging and exciting way the work uses a mix of poetry, folk tale and song to tell the story of evolution, highlight the plight of six endangered species and allow the young performers to teach us all a timely lesson about looking after the creatures with whom we share this planet.

The concert is supported by Harrogate Borough Council Arts and Heritage Grant Fund and energy company CNG. All takings will go Harrogate Brigantes’ two current international projects – the provision of a sustainable supply of clean water in Africa through Sand Dams and the Club’s own IT and literacy project that is bringing computer skills to a remote valley in Nepal.

Tickets (£10 adults, £6 children) from the Harrogate Box Office (Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, tel 01423 502116, e-mail boxoffice@harrogatetheatre.co.uk, www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk)

Until: 10 pm Fri 8th May 2015
Address: Royal Hall, Harrogate, HG1 2RG
Website: http://www.rotaryharrogatebrigantes.org.uk/
Sailing Club Open Day
A FREE Open Day for first timers and seasoned sailors of ALL ages, that's the very very young to the very very old! Ripon Sailing Club based at Farnham Lake near Knaresborough are really pushing the boat out for the RYA Push the Boat out day. Members and non members alike can come along to the day, have a go at sailing with the clubs boats, enjoy a lovely meal in the clubhouse, have a chat with the committee members and find out about sailing just for pleasure or learning to race around Farnham's 75 acre lake.
There's no need to book - just come along and enjoy! Full tuition and an active social calendar make us one of the most popular sailing clubs in North Yorkshire.

Until: 4pm Sat 9th May 2015
Address: Ripon Sailing Club, Farnham lake, Farnham, Knaresborough, HG5 9JS
Website: https://www.ripon-sc.org.uk
CRO Challenge 2015
Fundraising event for the Cave Rescue Organisation on the 16th May 2015. Run or walk either the 12 mile route (£15) or the marathon (£25) around Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales or why not get sponsored. For more detail go to www.cro.org.uk

Until: 6pm Sat 16th May 2015
Address: Cave Rescue Organisation, Clapham, North Yorkshire, Via Lancaster, LA2 8HH
Website: http://www.cro.org.uk
Car Boot Sale
Car Boot Sale - funds raised in aid of Summerbridge PTA.
Sellers from 08.00 am.
Buyers from 09.00 am.
Refreshments including hot and cold drinks and bacon sandwiches. Cake stall and school stall.
£8.00 sellers in cars.
£10.00 sellers in vans.
£2.00 supplement for trailers.
Free entry however donations gratefully accepted for PTA.

Until: 13.00 Sun 17th May 2015
Address: Nidderdale Showground, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5BD
Allerton Park Traction Engine Rally
Allerton Park Traction Engine Rally

Featuring personal appearances from The Gruffalo aswell as:
Full Size Steam Traction Engines
Trade Stands
Craft and Fine Foods Marquee
Steam Heavy Haulage Demonstrations on the ‘gradient’
Antiques and Autojumble
Fairground Organs
Classic Cars
Working Rack Sawbenches
Vintage Lorries and Motorcycles
Licensed Bar and Catering
Threshing Sets
Miniature Steam Traction Engines
Model Boats
Funfair
Old Tractors
Static Engines Space is available for quality traders

Until: 5:00pm Mon 25th May 2015
Address: Allerton Park, Knaresborough, HG5 0SE
Website: http://www.pickeringsteam.com/allertonpark.html
Get Set for Volunteering FREE short course
Would you like to get involved in volunteering but don’t know where to start?

Perhaps your confidence has taken a knock or you feel you need a little support to get up and running?
Harrogate and Ripon’s Volunteer Centre is running a FREE short course to help you get started.

Who is it for? Anyone interested in volunteering but would to know more about what’s involved and the types of roles in the area.

What does it cover? This short six week course helps you to identify your skills, experience, and interests and explores what volunteering opportunities are available locally based on your needs. We take you through the basics on how to apply, training and support and you get to ask questions and find out more before deciding whether you wish to volunteer.

When is it? Our small, friendly group will meet once a week between 1.00-3.00pm from 23rd April to 4th June at Harrogate Community House (there will be a 1 week break for May half term holiday).
How do I book my FREE place? Either phone Carol Gaiger in the Volunteer Centre on 01423 509004 or email her at volunteer@harcvs.org.uk. You can also book online at http://get-set-volunteer-april2015.eventbrite.com/?aff=stray

On: 1.00 Thu 23rd Apr 2015
Until: 3.00 Thu 4th Jun 2015
Address: Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5RR
Website: http://get-set-volunteer-april2015.eventbrite.com/?aff=stray
Frazer Theatre Comedy Club - June 2015
The latest in our hugely successful run of comedy nights brings probably our best line up yet, with international stars, acts tipped for the biggest success possible and a crowd favourite returning to take control of the action!

Joining us this month are:

Mitch Benn

Mitch Benn is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit but is widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country.

Mitch is a regular writer and performer on “The Now Show” for BBC Radio 4 and “It’s Been a Bad Week” for BBC Radio 2. Three series of his successful Radio 4 show, “Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music” have been broadcast so far. He also presented “The Mitch Benn Music Show” on BBC Radio 7. On TV, Mitch appears regularly on BBC1′s “The One Show” as the writer and arranger of “The Complaints Choir”.

“Sublime…He’s the real deal” The Guardian

“His vision is truly original” The Scotsman

Scott Bennett

After starting comedy in late 2009, Scott has rapidly established himself as one of the fastest rising stars on the UK circuit. With a warm and engaging delivery, he is a Yorkshire live wire with an undeniable no nonsense logic. In demand by many of the big clubs, Scott delivers wry observations on the absurdity of modern living.

In 2013 he was selected to perform in the prestigious Big Value showcase show for Just The Tonic at the Edinburgh fringe, the show has previously been a springboard to success for many household names including Jason Manford and Sarah Millican.

“Observational comedy with everyman appeal, stretches every premise to find the laughs; pleasingly executed tales” Steve Bennett, Chortle

“The highlight of the evening, naturally hilarious” Broadway Baby Edinburgh Fringe 2013

They will be supported by:

Phil Jerrod

Phil Jerrod began his stand-up career underneath an Angus Steakhouse in 2012. Since then he has failed his PhD, walked out of his job in publishing and been entertaining audiences up and down the country with his elegant rants on the often unfathomable problems of modern life. His innovative stream-of-consciousness style, inspired by a harsh upbringing in the cruel and unforgiving conditions of middle-class rural Warwickshire, has seen him perform in clubs, arts centres and theatres all across the UK and helped build his reputation as having grown one of the largest beards in stand-up comedy.

He has recently been nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award 2014, and in 2013 was a semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny New Act of the Year Competition and a quarter finalist in the Amused Moose Laugh Off.

‘Casual brilliance… instinctive mastery of his form immediately marks him out as one to watch’ – The Guardian

‘The most original new comedian I’ve seen in ages’ – Adam Bloom

Returning by popular demand to MC the evening is:

Harriet Dyer

Fresh and unique, it’s a pleasure to spend time in Harriet’s company as she weaves her surreal and hilarious tales. An imitable raconteur, it’s easy to see how this new act is making a big noise. Harriet already has heads turning with her baffling tales of a misspent youth, and bewildering personal tales that are so ridiculous, they must be true. Establishing her own style of material and delivery after such a short time, means Harriet’s stock can only continue to rise.

A unique comic voice, Dyer charms any room with matchless material, an offbeat stage presence and a truly whirlwind fizz of energy

“Dyer made the audience feel at home and managed to wow the crowd… Loveable and delightful.” Three Weeks
“A bundle of whimsical hilarity… Will have you in stitches.” - Broadway Baby

Until: 22.30 Fri 12th Jun 2015
Address: Frazer Theatre, Park Crest, Knaresborough, HG5 0EQ
Website: http://www.frazertheatre.co.uk
In Graphic Detail
A journey through prints and drawings in the Harrogate Fine Art Collection.
The work on show is striking in its diversity, including a large scale expressionist colour print by John Hoyland, ink drawings by Victoria Brookland, watercolour views of Nidderdale by David Rose, architectural drawings of the Harrogate that never was and Bernard Evans’ richly coloured studies of Yorkshire abbeys. It’s also an opportunity to view recent additions, including watercolour studies and a new painting by London based artist Sarah Pickstone, winner of the 2012 John Moores painting prize, acquired with the support of the Contemporary Art Society.

The prints and drawings project is part of Harrogate: Access All Areas, a collections research project funded through the Renaissance Strategic support fund, Arts Council England.

Admission: Free / Families and Children Welcome.

OPENING: Tues – Sat 10.00am to 5.00pm, Sun 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays.

On: 10.00am Tue 10th Feb 2015
Until: 5.00pm Sun 21st Jun 2015
Address: Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA
Website: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/mercerartgallery
Sarah Pickstone: The Rehearsal
New paintings by London artist, Sarah Pickstone, inspired by a drawing in the Harrogate Art and Museums collection, Dame Laura Knight’s Ready for Rehearsal, explore themes of performance, dance and artifice as a metaphor for painting and plays with the feminine image of ballet.

Opening Times: Tues – Sat 10.00am to 5.00pm, Sun 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays.

Free Entry

On: 10am Sat 18th Apr 2015
Until: 5pm Sun 5th Jul 2015
Address: The Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA
Website: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/mercerartgallery
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