2020 Love Local Award Winners: We Missed Your Face Sponsored by The Yorkshire Nanny Company
Initially we said that we would only publish the comments when we got 5 or more but having read them all, we’ve decided to ditch that rule! Everyone who received a nomination deserves to read their message/s of thanks & support!
We Miss Your Face Sponsored by The Yorkshire Nanny Company
Thanks to our amazing award sponsor, The Yorkshire Nanny Company, we have some lovely certificates to give out to all nominees. We hope that it will be a lovely reminder for you in the future about how much we missed you and how grateful the Harrogate & Knaresborough community are for everything that you do. If you are a winner & you would like to claim your certificate then please fill in this quick form here so that we know where to send it to!
This award is aimed at recognising an individual that hasn’t been able to work whilst we’ve been on lockdown ( a business owner, a member of staff, a helper or volunteer)
If you know any of the winners mentioned in this blog, please be sure to tell them they’ve been mentioned. We want to spread this lovely news far & wide!
We’ve also got some digital badges for all nominees. Please help yourself & download your badge. You are welcome to use them wherever you want- on your social media channels, on your websites etc. Let everyone know how loved you are!
Love from Sally, Kate, Kayti & Evie at Harrogate Mumbler x
P.S Coming next on Thursday 23rd July is the “We’d Have Been Lost Without You” celebration blog.
Winners of the 2020 Harrogate Mumbler Love Local “We Miss Your Face” Award
(In alphabetical order)
Ami Stott (Rhythm Time)
Ami runs rhythm time in Harrogate and we attend every week. She has kept the positivity and classes alive through virtual classes whilst also looking after her own boys.
Amy and Sam (Freedom Performing Arts)
We miss our dance teachers so much! We miss all the dance classes during the week and the competitions on the weekend. We just miss their faces so much.
Amy at Divine Hairdressing, Knaresborough
Not only has my hair missed divine but I have missed all the girls that work there especially Amy who I have been going to for at least 5+ years. She’s not only my hairdresser but more importantly my friend and confident and it’s been hard without her over these past 3 months
Amy Meikle and Freedom Performing Arts
Ella and Ollie are missing their dancing and I’m missing the fabulous shows you produce. Fingers crossed you can return soon.
My daughter use to dance every single day. After the pandemic she was lost. Amy isn’t just an inspiring dance teacher she is a mentor, child therapist, and friend to her students. Amy has tried hard to provide dance classes online, competitions, and motivation but it’s been hard. It’s not just my daughter who misses her it’s me too. As a mother you want so much for your children and I always knew my daughter got so much out of being part of the Freedom Family. Simply put we just miss her.
Amy is such a positive mentor to the kids. Sam is so motivating in her teaching….Although they have done loads of online zoom classes etc, face to face classes are much better ???? we are looking forward to seeing you both in person soon
Baby massage and baby yoga by Hazel Roman
Hazel brought a sense of normality back for maternity leave with her online classes for a few weeks during lockdown. Hazel kindly provided the classes as recordings after the block had ended but it certainly hasn’t been the same without her in person. Looking forward to resuming face to face classes in person hopefully.
We was looking forward to toddler yoga with my girlies before lockdown. We’ve loved our classes with hazel since my girls where newborn.
Closed due to covid pandemic but provides amazing baby yoga classes.
very and friendly classes 🙂
Cherished Nails Ripon – Sam
Sam provides high quality nail services and i and others are really missing her lovely always cheery nature and how she looks after everyone of her clients.
Chloe is head coach at Harrogate Gymnastics club and has kept her squad & others going by adapting and making her life even busier ! She has been trying to keep her club afloat , staff on board and virtually coach Our kids , planning outdoor & garden sessions when able – carting her gum oudoors ! She’s has kept them going with challenges, games and sessions – she’s amazing !!
Chris Jones martial arts academy
My son has missed going to training and having fun at lessons with the instructors
From little beans play cafe
Miss my hair and beauty appointments in the friendly, relaxed and chattering salon. Cant wait to see you again!!
Hannah – Musicality Kids
Hannah has worked incredibly hard to create her own business, entirely from scratch. She has props, a magic circle blanket, different theme each week, wonderful playlists, and an overwhelming enthusiasm for introducing children to music and rhythm. This is only her second year running her business, which has had to completely shut during lockdown, and she is so missed within the Harrogate community. My little boy can’t wait to get back to class. Whenever Hannah is allowed to run classes again, we’re hoping for a space theme the first week back, as Musicality kids is out of this world!
Best nail tech in Harrogate! I miss our fortnightly chats & I can’t wait to get back in to get my hands looking pretty again.
Hayley Duke – Water Babies
We have been swimming with Water Babies since Zachary was 12 weeks old. We have learned so many great skills and lots and lots of water confidence over the last 9 months. It has been the highlight of our week to meet so many lovely parents and babies as well as learn vital life saving skills. When our swimming lessons were cancelled due to COVID – we have continued to be supported by water babies online throughout the COVID period including online classes and Facebook updates. We miss your face Hayley – Zach and I cant wait to be back in the water with you soon!
All the coaches at Innovate Fitness
Really friendly coaches, always welcoming and encouraging
Jennie and Miss Anthi from Summerbell dance academy
They are so inspiring and fun to be with and I miss them so much. Every class is so fun and I can’t wait to go back to dance.
Jennie owns Summerbell Dance Academy which is still shut. She is pregnant and suffering from bad morning sickness but she still insists on staying in contact with her girls and has been a great support to them all through lockdown
Miss Jennie provides a fun and caring dance school, which all her dancers from little ones to grown ups have missed attending every week, not just for the dances they learn, but for the social aspect and family feeling that this dance school shares!
A lovely and very caring dance teacher. Jennie has kept in touch with all her pupils and families throughout Lockdown, despite being really poorly through her pregnancy. We’ve really missed seeing Jennie’s smiling face each week, and that of her Mum!
Brilliant dance teacher who has made sure she’s kept all the children in her dance school included in regular competitions and Zoom calls throughout Lockdown, despite being really poorly through her pregnancy.
Owner of Summerbell Dance Academy, despite having to close her business, she’s pregnant and suffering badly with morning sickness but has kept in contact with her pupils and kept them motivated with weekly zoom calls and texts
All your dance students miss your smiling face. They miss your fun, laughter and great dance teaching. Life is a little less shiny without Miss Jennie in it.
Miss Jennie had to close as most dance schools did in lockdown. Her dances class bring so much joy and fun to kids and adults lives every week, it has been difficult not to be around her positivity and infectious smile when the world is a little crazy. She has kept in communication with students making sure they don’t miss out on dancing by setting dance challenges for everyone to take part in, even the adults! Can not wait to get back to classes!!
Miss Jennie IS Summerbell Dance Academy. She has not been able to run classes due to “throw up in the middle of Morrisons” type morning sickness but even though she’s been feeling rubbish, she has arranged zoom calls for her classes, played games with them, set challenges for them each week and generally made them feel special at this difficult time. All the dancers adore her and miss her loads.
Laura Dudley – Painting Pots Knaresborough
Laura’s infectious smiling face always brightens the dullest of days. Not seeing her or spending time at the studio has been a true loss for me during lockdown.
Laura is such a lovely woman who brings joy to kids and adults alike with her gorgeous pots. Whilst the take away kits are fab and my nieces greatly enjoyed painting some heart flr key workers… We miss her face. We miss her kind voice and happy to help manner. We miss being in awe at the new pots she has available and we miss her bunny hunt.
Laura is beautiful inside and out, she is an amazing person who puts everyone before herself
Being a hub for the local community and a friendly face and smile
Laura throws herself into so many community activities, we miss your face!
For all Laura has run a successful distanced service from painting pots, she is just missed being around because of her friendly and bubbly personality.
Lauren was involved in a life changing accident 12 years ago which has left her in a wheelchair. She set up the charity “Road Safety Talks” to share road safety messages to school children with her talks and to date has spoken to over 8000 pupils in the Harrogate District. Obviously Covid-19 has had a huge impact on this and Lauren has had to self isolate for 12 weeks. Not wishing to be beaten the charity is working hard with online material & a new interactive officer at her house so RST can go national & when things are up and running again she will be able to “be in the room” to take questions from pupils from out of the Harrogate area. A truly inspirational lady who gives up so much of her time to make a difference and in my opinion a very worthy nominee.
Because Lauren works fantastically hard through her charity, Road Safety Talks, to promote road safety to children and young people of all ages following on from her own RTA which resulted in her becoming a quadriplegic overnight. Despite this, she is honest and frank about what happened and teaches the children to take care.
Lauren is an inspirational young lady who has set up a charity ‘Road Safety Talks’ to promote road safety following a collision she was involved in and sustained life changing injuries. Due to the pandemic she has been prevented from doing her usual work in local schools, but has still been working hard to promote road safety using online resources. Due to her vulnerability she has had to isolate for 12 weeks and lots of us have definitely missed her beautiful face and are looking forward to when she can get back out and about to do her wonderful work with children again.
Lauren was paralysed in a road accident and for the last 4 years has been successfully presenting her road safety talks to thousands of people. She has done this on a voluntary basis and has made a huge impact on many people\’s lives. Classed as a vulnerable person she has shielded totally during lockdown – not even seeing close family. This was hard for her (and all that know her), however she\’s not one to be beaten or feel down, and wrote blogs regarding being paralysed and mental health during lockdown. Everyone that meets her is inspired at how positive she is. She\’s been hugely missed during lockdown and we all can\’t wait for her to be able to get out and face to face present again as well as via videos. This award would give her and many others a huge boost through what has been a very difficult time for all.
When lockdown was announced for the vulnerable, this meant that Lauren, who was left paralysed after crossing the road at the wrong time resulting in her being hit by a van, was unable to continue to deliver her road safety message to local Schools, Clubs and Organisations as she has been doing over the last 4 years and stay at home. Lauren set up her Road Safety Talks project 4 years ago and to date has spoken to nearly 8000 individuals personally as well as reaching thousands through the media. After needing to stay in hospital for a total of 16 months after her accident, Lauren has found the same strength, motivation and determination to stay positive throughout lockdown and it will be lovely to see her back out and about sharing her story again soon.
Lisa Bowerman Stump Cross Manager
Missed her friendly face at Stump Cross Caverns. Always working incredibly hard to be a happy face for the kids at Stump Cross. She’s spends so much time educating them about the wonders of the caves.
She’s my person. I miss her and our classes
All Staff at Little Explorers
Little explorers did so many staff videos and posts to stay in touch with all of the children and remind them who they are and what the nursery looks like. They provided all the children with welcome back packs with rainbows on them. They all drew letters to make into a video explaining how much they missed the children. They also made individial birthday videos for each and every child who\’s birthday was in lockdown.
Wonderful lead at Kith Homestead! We love it there – our favourite place to be.
Lucy Heywood – More Good Hair Days
Lucy Heywood is an incredible Self employed hairdresser – she is knowledgeable, informative, friendly, and goes out of her way to give the best service…. I can’t wait to see her again!!
I asked my youngest who she missed seeing every day and it was an easy answer – Mandy Nunns from Rossett Acre. We miss your cheery smiles every morning at the school door.
Maria and Dawn, Knaresborough Library
Our wonderful librarians at Knaresborough Library are missed so very much. The effort that they go to for children and families never goes unnoticed and we miss visiting and seeing their faces!
Melissa is not only boss but a good friend too! She currently owns and runs the George and Dragon Pub in Knaresborough. Even though we’ve been in lockdown she has still had to work x1 of her day time jobs. (she has 3 jobs in total) she’s been working almost everyday. On an occasional Sunday Evening she hosts a quiz live streamed from the pub itself. It’s safe to say, everyone is excited for the pubs to be open, as we have missed her so much!
Studio 3 Dance You bring sparkle into my little girls life.
Moo Music – Chantelle
My little one is only 9 months old but he loves Chantelle. He has really missed her and saw her in passing the other day and could not stop smiling
Chantelle is amazing! Friendly and so welcoming! My little boy loves her!
We have really missed moo music each week. It’s so great for the children to interact with each other. My son loves all the songs. He has missed all the activities. Plus we have just had a second baby who is now 4 months. We really wanted to take her so she can enjoy it as much as our son does.
Mr Jones, CJMMA
You are such an important part of our sons weekly routine.
Mrs Magill is our reception teacher at Western Primary School and she’s been fantastic and we are missing seeing her each day for school as we haven’t returned.
Mrs Scott Saltergate School
My daughters really missed her whilst she’s been off.
Mrs Smith (Mrs Smith’s Cafe)
We have been really impressed with how Mrs Smiths Cafe have adapted to provide services during lockdown, and they have obviously been working very hard. We have missed being able to actually go into the cafe since it had to close, but have ordered for delivery a couple of times, the service and food have both been amazing. It has been nice to be able to support them still and we are looking forward to being able to visit the cafe again when it reopens.
Natalie works at HDH in the Woodlands ward. She is the happiest, smilies person I know and never fails to keep everything positive. Shes continued to care throughout the whole pandemic and I miss her face a lot!
The general manager of farmhouse who always makes our visits special and remembers the guests. A busy place on the weekends and she still makes individual and familys at home
The best host, doesn’t miss a trick. Completely customer focussed and goes above and beyond every time, a trait that is rare to find in the current hospitality trade.
I have missed you lots and missed your positive attitude you have towards work and life also the care you have for all the children at Safehands and the Pre school. I know it would have been sad for you not to have said goodbye to some that would have moved onto school but i’m so proud of you and miss your cuddles lots!
Rachael is the heart of goose. She is the most loveliest lady who has a very creative mind. She wants the best for her staff and customers and the children. I couldn’t have a better boss. And even through these scary stressful times she’s has been there for me… On the end of the phone. She deserves recognition for being an awesome business owner, mother, boss, and friend. X
Reception Teachers – Western Primary School
Although Mrs Magill and Mrs Whitlow have delivered zoom sessions for her reception children my little one cant wait to see them and all the support staff in person again.
Sam is the other half of the teaching faculty at Freedom Performing Arts and my best friend too! We have gone from seeing each other every day of the week doing what we LOVE! To not seeing each other at all ???? I miss her so much it hurts!
Sarah Leach – Family Spot Starbeck
Family spot is the loveliest of play groups where you always get a warm welcome. Sarah and her team always go above and beyond in providing activities for the children from sponge painting to bread making. I have no idea where they get their ideas from week after week. This is the most friendly and supportive playgroup I have attended. During lockdown Sarah set up a Facebook page with loads of ideas of activities to keep your little ones entertained. They are just fabulous and we can’t wait to go back x
Shane at Dangerfield & Keane Hairdressers
Shane I’ve missed you so much! My lockdown hair has taken on a life of its own (and aged me about 20 years!). I very much hope to see you and all the lovely staff at Dangerfield and Keane soon.
Sharon from Creation Station Harrogate
Sharon has been an absolute godsend over these last few weeks! Without her amazing online sessions, crafty zoom meetings & fantastic ways to keep my two young boy entertained I would have gone mad!! Her ability to adapt her business & provide endless opportunities to bring joy to us all over these last weeks has truly been an inspiration to me and my business. Thank you Sharon, you are a star!!x x x
Staff at Pannal Primary
Missing your friendly happy faces!
Has been a big support to ur family
Teacher Matt Sowerby
Pre lockdown videos!
The children of Western Primary School
All the teachers have missed the fantastic children so much. Even though we have had zooms actually seeing them has been missed.
The Royal Oak Ripon – all staff
While I have cursed you in the past for the amount of hours my husband has spent in there, I am very much looking forward to you coming back so you can have his company for a little while ????
Tiny Teapots Staff
My little goes there every Wednesday and it helps with routine and missed all the friendly staff and his nursery friends
Tracey Lodge, Little Fishes playgroup St Luke’s.
Tracey works at the Little Fishes playgroup at st Luke’s Church hall in Harrogate. This playgroup is the friendliest place in Harrogate with wonderful supportive people who have kept me going and had been the one thing I most looked forward to all week to come and chat with Tracey and all the lovely mums. My youngest is due to start school in Sept despite him still only being 3 (turns 4 end of July!) So when lockdown happened and I was told to shield I was deeply saddened that that was it for attending this amazing place. However Tracey has been posting on their Facebook page weekly Thursday mornings to check in and have a chat which has helped me to feel connected to these lovely people.
Vicky Little and Lisa Riley
The are so fun and the classes are fun and I miss them
I desperately miss my adult ladies classes with Lisa and Vicky. We’re doing online classes but it’s just not the same sense of comradeship and motivation. I cannot wait to get back into the studio and my daughter can’t wait to start classes now she’s old enough
Zoe and Victoria at Winkies
They have the most welcoming smile and I miss there wonderful cakes.
Zoe – Water Babies instructor
My 2 year olds favourite event of the week & sorely missed through lockdown!!