Harrogate Borough Council are offering an Autumn Plant Sale

A horticultural nursery shop is now open for autumn and winter plant sales until 24 December:Monday to Thursday 9am to 3pmFriday 9am to 12 noon.

It is not a garden centre but Harrogate Borough Council want to help you in your garden by offering you the very same plants that go into the award-winning floral beds located throughout the Harrogate district. They offer you the chance to buy high quality plants at great prices. You can choose from a good selection of wallflowers, pansies, violas, polyanthus, primula and bellis daisies. They also have a selection of gardening accessories, such as planters, containers and compost. Christmas plants will be available in December.

Please note they only accept credit/debit card payments, including contactless. You can pre-order your plants before you visit using our click and collect service by visiting the website.

You’ll find them on Nursery Lane East, off Harlow Moor Road in Harrogate. Use the postcode HG2 0FH in your sat nav.For more information please call 01423 841145 or email horticulturalnursery@harrogate.gov.uk.

Have your say about our Horticultural Nursery
Harrogate Borough Council would also like to hear your feedback whether you’ve visited their nursery recently or in the past. They want to understand more about who their customers are, why you visit the Horticultural Nursery and what improvements you might like to see there in the future. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey.

Village Benches

Through all the ups and downs of the last few months it has been lovely to see people out and about enjoying our wonderful location or simply watching the world go quietly by whilst sitting on one of our benches. Through the next week or so, subject to weather, all the benches in our villages will be given a refurbishment so please bare with us in the meantime as we are sure once complete they will look splendid again.

Hedge Improvements

Following on from the maintenance work that took place within the Jubilee Recreation Field Staveley and around the pinfold it is now time to improve the hedge along the roadside and infill further areas around the boundaries.Currently the hedge is full of dead wood and ivy, this needs to be removed ahead of planting the new saplings we are being given by the Woodland Trust.

Please can you help? On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October we would like a working party to help prepare for planting. 

Full social distancing will be in place (hence the two day approach), and all equipment used will need to be provided by the volunteer themselves.

Anyone willing and able to help in any way, from grubbing out, cutting, carrying or keeping an eye to ensure social distancing please get in touch. It should only be a couple of hours at the most (based on more than just me doing the work), in order to keep a log of attendees and contact details I will need to know in advance who is coming.

Looking forward to seeing you then Helen North 340650Helen.north@staveleyandcopgrovepc.org.uk 

Buddy Scheme

Prior to the start of the pandemic affecting all our lives we, in Staveley, were able to establish a buddy scheme. The scheme is designed to offer assistance to any household within the community.

Although we are no longer in lockdown there are still households in need and there are still volunteers ready and willing to help with shopping, medicine collection, company and general support.

If you are a household which would benefit from support please get in touch with Helen North either via email at helen.north@staveleyandcopgrovepc.org.uk or call 01423 340650

Available Funding

1.  Ripon City Council Small Grants Scheme 2020/21

Unlike in previous years, there will be no closing date and applications will be received by RCC at each meeting of Council for review and a decision.

The fund will remain open for applications until the budget has been awarded. The Council has £20,000 of funding to allocate in the 2020/21 financial year. Individual grants will not exceed £1,000.

Guidance notes and an application form can be found on the RCC website 

2. Aviva Community Fund

Funding is available for fresh ideas looking to secure up to £50,000.

Projects must fall within one of two key funding areas:
• Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
• Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

Applications are open for the next round until 13 October. 

3. Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Coronavirus Community Fund 

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is working with Two Ridings Community Foundation and Cumbria Community Foundation to support charitable organisations and community groups across the national park, who are providing vital services to those who need it most.

The Fund is providing grants of up to £5,000 to support communities in the Dales to deal with the COVID-19 emergency, helping people stay healthy, safe and connected. Groups must be based within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, or within Craven or Richmondshire. 

4.  MSE Charity Grants

Grants of up to £7,500 for non-profit organisations to apply for a cash boost under the theme ‘building and developing resilience’ for projects aiming to improve and deliver personal financial life skills to people.

The grant round closes on Friday 25 September at 5pm or earlier if the fund has already have already accepted 40 applications. (still open as I type!)

5.  National Churches Trust

The trust supports a wide variety of projects at churches, chapels and meeting houses. Grants are available to any Christian place of worship in the UK that is open for regular worship.
From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet – and many other projects – grants help keep churches open for worship and community activities and allow them to continue to serve people and communities in all sorts of ways.

The grant programmes include:
Foundation Grants – for Maintenance
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority. The final opportunity to submit an application will be 30 October 2020.

Cornerstone Grants
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of major urgent structural repair.  Projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use will also be considered. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost. 

6. The Alpkit Foundation 

The Foundation is prioritising its funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the pandemic.

The Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Grant generally supports direct action projects that work towards removing the barriers to getting outdoors. However, their grants of between £50 and £500 are now available for individuals, groups and schools that are responding to the crisis.

Examples of community responses they support include, being active in the local community to help elderly or vulnerable people, minimising the impact of self-isolation, supporting food banks or those who are homeless, and bringing adventure indoors. The Foundation’s trustees consider applications every two months. 

7. Co-Op Food Share

Stores donate good quality food directly to local community groups. To apply to be one of your local Co-op’s partners your organisation must:

  • use the food to help people in the community
  • be able to collect food from one or more of our stores
  • not be run for profit
  • be registered as a food premise with your local council

North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council’s website has a dedicated area for all the latest COVID-19 related news. Visit: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information

Community Support organisations 

North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council are working with 6 community support organisations  (CSOs) across the Harrogate District which are the point of contact for those who are alone and isolated by the pandemic and who have no other local support available.

The 6 CSOs arrange: shopping for food and essential items, collecting prescriptions, a friendly listening ear, information & signposting to online activities or someone who can help, if they can’t.

HADCA and their front-line HELP team is the Community Support Organisation for Harrogate and surrounding villages. In Ripon their team is working closely with Ripon Community House

People who have additional needs can contact the County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780 (every day between 8am and 5:30pm ). There is information about the help and support available on the NYCC website

Now the Government programme for people shielding has stopped, the Community Support Organisations are still here to help.

Food support and essential delivery services in Harrogate District

The Community Support Organisations are the point of contact for people who don’t know where to turn

Having taken a well earned break, the team at Resurrected Bites  are returning w/c 24 August.
They are making some changes to the way they are operating and you can read these here

For anyone finding it difficult to make ends meet in the Ripon area there is food support available from Ripon Community House

The team at Supporting Older People is working with partners to provide free Asda parcels of food and essential items together with free single portion fresh meals for anyone in need, in addition to their shopping and prescription collection and telephone befriending service for older people. The contact number is 07535 508043 if you know anyone who would benefit from any of these services.

St Peter’s Church, next to Primark in central Harrogate offer the following free services:
Monday to Saturday 8.15 – 8.45 breakfast available
Monday to Saturday 4 – 4.45 A hot takeout meal.
Sunday 1pm hot meal take out.

The Harrogate & Knaresborough Foodbanks: 10.30-12.30 Tuesdays & Fridays, Mowbray Church, Harrogate  & Monday 10.30-12.30 Holy Trinity Knaresborough there is help with a 3 day pack of in-date food and additional support. Vouchers for the foodbank can be accessed from St Peter’s Church or by contacting the Harrogate Community Support Organisation.

There is a list of businesses offering delivery (or take away) of food & essential items for people self isolating or shielding in Harrogate and the surrounding areas HERE.


Charity services, support and activities to promote good health and wellbeing in Harrogate District 

There are hundreds of charity services offering support listed in the searchable community information directory. Many are offering email, telephone and online support and activities, with a lot of information and guidance on their websites too.

To help people find the support they need, please let HADCA know about changes to your charity services and any new services, online courses and activities you are providing.
You can use the new themes (activity categories) ‘coronavirus support’ and ‘online activities’

You can add your details HERE, request a form to update your entry HERE or simply email the details of any local support you know about to hadca@hadca.org.uk.

British Red Cross Community Connect

The British Red Cross had its 150th birthday this month. All over the world, behind the corona virus pandemic is a team of humanitarian heroes working tirelessly to keep people safe and they’re in your area!

The Community Connect service provides a befriending and enabling service in the Harrogate and Rural District with up to 12 weeks of support in the community. The service has adapted during recent times due to the pandemic and has been serving the community by way of medication delivery, shopping and befriending telephone calls.

If you know anyone 65 or over whom you think could benefit from this service, they can make a referral  through their GP or can self refer.  The service is looking to provide garden visits and recruit more befriending volunteers.
For more details call: 07739 434 4008 or 07740 422 492