Speaker Zoe Whitby - ZW Coaching - 3 July 2018

On the 3 July Zoe Whitby of ZW Coaching ran an interactive workshop for Catalysts members and visitors at Oakdale Golf Club. Our business development group meet for breakfast on the first and third Tuesday of the month and Zoe’s presentation '7 Habits for Effective Networking' really struck a chord with members.

Speaker Andrew Jackson - 19 June 2018

On 19 June 2018, the Catalysts were treated to a great presentation by Andrew Jackson, Partner, from the Alternative Board (picture supplied by Mike), where he shared with us his journey from the Mailroom to Boardroom, from Teeside via a global route to his Harrogate hub, a fascinating and absorbing story.


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On 18/19/20 June Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club carried out a Crowdfunding event with ‘Monkey Boy’ who alighted from TransPennine Express at York Railway Station and continued to visit, York City centre the Minster, Shambles and Clifford’s Tower. ‘Monkey Boy’ mingled among many tourists and visitors on his travels, creating quite a party atmosphere!

Kids Aloud 2019 – Musical Workshop with Shri Sriram Composer

KA 2019 workshop3 18Shri Sriram a highly accomplished composer/musician, has been working with Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club at their request, on the composition of a choral work ‘Monkey Boy’. This musical work has been composed especially for the local primary schools, with the aim of producing an exciting ’Kids Aloud’ concert in 2019.

Speaker Shri Sriram - 12 June 2018

Speaker ShriSriram3 12June 2018 Shri Sriram is a Composer / Musician / Producer, initially trained on Tablas before developing a unique style of playing his self-made fretless bass. Shri, the composer who is working with Brigantes on “Monkey Boy” came and gave us a very illuminating description on how he got into Music.

A Blast From the Past


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 At the meeting on 15th March Councillor Phillip Broadbank took us on a interesting trip back to the 1950’s giving an insight in to how things were in Harrogate in the 1950’s through a variety of pictures and newspaper cuttings.. Interestingly only a relative few of the members where in Harrogate at that time.

Harrogate was starting to be marketed as the Floral Resort, the Stray was being reseeded with grass after being ploughed up in the war for growing food and todays very striking cherry trees on Tewit Well Stray were planted. The Station and Station Square looked very different and was starting to be developed into its current form. And Parliament Street had two way traffic. (see picture)

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Although many hotels were closing developments were going on, the Co-op on Station Parade which has just been knocked down was a new store then, the Royal Hall was being refurbished, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society established its permanent site, what was the town’s skating rink was converted into what we now know as Smiths The Rink and Harrogate town twinned with Luchon in France.

However some problems never seem to go away and we still have them today - traffic , parking and vandalism.

Never the less thank you Phillip for a very interesting trip down Memory Lane.