You may have noticed that for the last eight months, the emphasis on our content has been about the work of local charities and those people and businesses who have supported all their efforts and come up with some initiatives themselves. It’s our privilege to let readers know what they can do to help. Now, it’s […]


And one for the pre-teens … Firstly, a word about a composer, now largely forgotten, who may merit a chapter to herself in an adequate tome of music’s history. Pauline Viardot lived a long life. She was six in the year that Beethoven died, yet lived until just five weeks shy of the sensational première […]

Opera North’s Cinderella

With theatres most definitely closed by decree and Christmas all but cancelled, here is forty minutes of family fun, for a fiver, to be enjoyed at any time during our isolated festivities. Ready the children, with a brief explanation of what cinders once were, fashion a wand with which to help the magic along, and […]

Nomadic Beers on Christmas Day

Katie Marriott and Mike Hampshire will be opening the doors to their virtual taproom so that anyone who might be finding the day difficult can join others to celebrate Christmas. Kate and Mike will host two online sessions, the first at 12.30 until 2.30 when you can have Christmas lunch with them, and then from […]

Help to Raise Smiles This Christmas

Candlelighters, the Yorkshire-based charity for children with cancer and their families, is asking people for some help for Christmas. The additional stresses this year have been overwhelming for some families, who have had to cope with changing hospital practices and government guidance, and often more financial pressure. Candlelighters has not hesitated to continue to offer […]