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Ab unusual day at St Cuthbert's

St Cuthbert's children have been making rainbows for the school fence to cheer up the community and decorating an Easter tree for everyone to see. Please decorate your windows with rainbows all over Pateley Bridge.

Belmont Grosvenor School launches fundraising drive for Horticap

Pupils, staff and parents at leading Harrogate independent school Belmont Grosvenor have launched a major fundraising campaign to support popular local charity Horticap.
Eight years after raising £10,000 for the Harrogate-based horticultural charity, pupils, parents and staff at co-educational Belmont Grosvenor School have decided to dig deep again to help fund a new building project at the Bluecoat Nursery site.
Thanks to Belmont Grosvenor’s fundraising back in 2012, Horticap was able to open a tea room at their Otley Road, Harrogate, premises. Now, almost a decade later, the bulldozers are on site at Horticap as building work on a new two-storey shop and tea room has started.
Phil Airey, Operations Manager at Horticap in Harrogate, said he was delighted Belmont Grosvenor School had decided to support his charity again this year.
The BGS community has forged a close relationship with Horticap over the years - this week pupils planted their three Horticap Christmas trees in the school’s 20-acres of grounds with the aim of digging them up in time for Christmas 2020 and re-using them in school every year to follow.
“We are looking forward to continue to work closely with Horticap to raise vital funds for their building project in Harrogate. It is a charity very close to our hearts,” said Headmistress Mrs Sophia Ashworth Jones.
Belmont Grosvenor School’s next OPEN MORNING is on Wednesday 6th May between 9.30 and 11.45am. For more information visit the website at:

Ripon Grammar's Little Shop of Horrors review: 'A love story like no other'

DARK yet uplifting, hilarious but sad, and with tongue firmly planted in cheek from beginning to end, Little Shop of Horrors is a love story like no other.
In the hands of a brilliant gang of Ripon Grammar School students, with two casts performing to packed houses over four nights, this poignant sci-fi horror spoof musical comedy was an absolute triumph.
The entire cast, without exception, shone on stage while the backstage team - from orchestra to technical, props, set, costumes & make-up and stage crew - ensured a stunning sound and visual treat.
At the heart of the story is the mean, green bloodsucking alien hellbent on world domination. The huge, carnivorous plant came to life on the RGS stage, where it gleefully gobbled up the lead characters right in front of our eyes.
Taking on the mammoth role of this freaky botanical specimen with a macabre craving for human blood, and a big, soulful voice to match, was no easy task. But Alfie McEvoy and Toby Pallatina mastered the booming, bone-ripping vocals required for some of the biggest numbers of the show with ease.
Both Sam Cann and Geordan Branton threw themselves into playing the central character of Seymour, the geeky flower store worker who discovered the strange talking plant, with glee.
Playing Seymour’s co-worker and the girl of his dreams, Tehya Sutton and Emma Belward captured our hearts in the role of the naive but loving, slightly scatty and deeply insecure character Audrey.

How Ripon Grammar students are stretching their minds

SIXTH form students at RGS are embracing the opportunity to combine A-level studies with an extra qualification which allows them to explore a subject they feel passionate about.
More than 30 students are rising to the challenge of producing extended essays and presentations on a range of fascinating topics, from space travel engineering to design for dementia, protest music, the study of historic buttons and the effects of globalisation on architecture.
In addition, one student is organising a charity paint run at the school on March 15, including taking charge of marketing, publicity and sponsorship, for her project
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is often compared to an end-of-year undergraduate paper, allowing students to explore and develop a deeper understanding about something they are interested in which is not covered by the school curriculum.
They mastermind their own course, choosing their own research question to explore in a 5,000-word essay, scientific study, performance event or product which they present to examiners.
Head of sixth form Terry Fell said: "As always, it is a real privilege to supervise students as they undertake EPQ studies on topics about which they are so passionate. This is an outstanding opportunity for students to acquire and hone invaluable technical skills in project management, planning, research and presentation which they will take on to their university studies and into the careers that follow.’

• The charity paint run, Ripon Colour Dash is on Sunday March 15, 12pm, at RGS. Visit

Ripon Grammar's monster hit musical is a scream

STUDENTS are relishing bringing a monster hit musical, with a giant man-eating plant, sadistic dentist and killer rock ‘n’ roll songs, to Ripon Grammar School’s stage.
The Little Shop of Horrors four-night run opens on March 10, with the talented performers pulling out all the stops to ensure it will be a scream.
The hilariously gruesome sci-fi horror spoof has been devouring theatre-goers’ hearts since it was first performed nearly 40 years ago, inspired by a 1960 B-movie of the same name.
Geordan Branton, from outside Harrogate, is one of 32 students - making up two casts appearing on alternate nights – who are savouring the opportunity of appearing in the energetic tongue-in-cheek show, with a live student orchestra.
He turns 18 years old on March 13, one of two dates when he stars as dorky hero Seymour, the pathetic flower shop assistant catapulted to fame as the caretaker of the insatiable carnivorous plant.
For Emma Belward from Ripon, playing the lead role of Audrey, Seymour’s love interest and co-worker in the kitsch horror movie send-up, is a dream come true.
The 18-year-old, who has been performing since she was four years old, has longed to play the role of Audrey ever since she played a minor role in a Little Shop of Horrors youth production in London four years ago.
“I thought I would never get the chance,” says Emma.
*Tickets £10/£5 available from the Ripon Uniform Shop, Blossomgate, and Ripon Grammar School T: 01765 602647

Rugby legend opens Ripon Grammar's new £1m 3G sports pitch

BRITISH Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan cheered students on in a rugby game as he officially opened Ripon Grammar School’s new £1m world-class all-weather 3G pitch.
The school’s reputation for sporting excellence has been given a massive boost with the completion of the third-generation artificial grass floodlit playing field, which is also benefiting the wider community of Ripon.
“A sports field doesn’t make character, it finds it and develops it. The more facilities there are like this, the more the pupils and general community will benefit,” said Sir Ian, a former rugby union player who was head coach of Scotland and the British and Irish Lions.
This new addition to RGS’s first class sporting facilities, funded by Persimmon Homes, will be used for a wide variety of sports, including lacrosse, rounders and athletics training, as well as for girls’ and boys’ rugby and football and will also serve three local partner clubs.
Ripon Grammar School has built a regional and national reputation for sporting success in recent years, with two rugby teams crowned county champions and girls’ hockey and netball teams winning national titles.
Headmaster Jonathan Webb stressed the crucial role schools play in the grassroots development of sport: “This is such an important facility for school and for Ripon RUFC, Ripon City AFC and Ripon City Panthers JFC.”
He thanked Persimmon Homes for choosing to support the school: “This is about a partnership between school and clubs and is very much a community use facility.”

New Playhouse at Rossett Acre thanks to Community Crowdfunding

The staff and children at Rossett Acre Primary School would like to thank parents, the PTA and the wider community for helping to fund a new playhouse for the Early Years children after vandalism caused irrevocable damage to their existing playhouse last October. They would also like to extend their thanks to Stray FM listeners and readers of the Harrogate Advertiser who donated via a crowdfunding website after featuring news of the vandalism in their respective media.

When asked about the new playhouse, Daisy, 5, stated: "It's really good. I play in it all the time."

Headteacher, Corrine Penhale, commented: "We were devastated to return to school last October, after half term, to find the damage caused by mindless vandalism. The response by our parents, teachers and the local community has been phenomenal and really underpins the values of kindness and community that we instil at our school. We would like to thank everyone who donated and to the media for their support."

Ripon Grammar rugby players hope for Yorkshire Cup hat-trick

RIPON Grammar School’s U18s rugby players are hoping to score an impressive hat-trick after reaching the finals of the Yorkshire Cup.

The boys, five of whom have also been talent-spotted by an elite professional club, have won the coveted trophy for the past two years running.

Having beaten Ilkley Grammar School 45-10 in an exciting, action-packed semi-final played on their home ground, they are now seeking to retain the title for another year when they will be up against Harrogate Grammar School at the Rodillian Academy ground in Wakefield on March 7.

PE teacher and team coach Jonny Harding, whose U16s team also won the Yorkshire Cup last year, said it was a tremendous achievement from an exceptionally dedicated and hard-working team.

Captain Ewan May says his squad is confident: “It would make me very proud to lift the trophy at the end of the season as I know just how hard all of the ladshave worked all season in order to put us in the strong position we are in now.”

He is among the gang of five talent-spotted by Yorkshire’s premier professional club, Yorkshire Carnegie Academy, and has also represented his county in the sport.

Mr Harding has high hopes for the team: “They have been excellent all season but haven't played better than they have done in the latest two rounds.

He said he and the team’s second coach, Keith Miller, were excited about what the boys can now achieve in the final.