2020 Love Local Award Winners: We’d Have Been Lost Without You – Sponsored by Wonder Media
Initially we said that we would only publish the nomination 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’d Have Been lost Without You – Sponsored by Wonder Media
This Award is for businesses or organisations that have stayed open in some form during lockdown, or even adapted their old businesses.
Thanks to our amazing award sponsor, Wonder Media, 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 grateful the Harrogate & Knaresborough community are for everything that you do.
If you are a nominee & you would like to claim your certificate then please fill in this quick form here so that we know where to send it to!
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!
If you know any of the nominees, please be sure to tell them they’ve been nominated! We want to spread this lovely news far & wide.
Love from Sally, Kate, Kayti & Evie at Harrogate Mumbler x
P.S Coming next on Thursday 27th July is the “Lockdown Local Hero” celebration blog.
Winners of the 2020 Harrogate Mumbler Love Local “We’d Have Been Lost Without You” Award
(In alphabetical order-ish!)
53 Bo Grove
We only discovered this place during lockdown and it has been fantastic in bringing a bit of normality to our lives- you can’t underestimate the power of a takeaway coffee and cake served by friendly people when the world around you is closed! Their fresh fruit and veg have kept us healthy too!!
During Lockdown Alan’s business we’re closedown and he volunteered to deliver HGFD food parcels to elderly and vulnerable people who were self isolating. We were in that category and his visits were a blessing.
Rhythm Time class with Ami has kept us going and entertained. It’s lovely to have her (virtually!) in our room each week.
As soon as Ami knew she had to close she didn’t stop. She immediately started doing her Rhythm Time classes online in a Facebook group. Not only is she doing the classes for all her little ones, she does craft sessions, nursery rhyme time and has even done story time too. This has been such a huge help to the little ones who are really missing being in their live classes with their friends, as well as being a huge uplift to parents stuck at home who needed to see a smiley face and see their little ones faces light up too. Ami even took the time to drop off instruments to those who didn’t have anything to use and has shown us how to make our own home-made ones too!!
She has gone above and beyond to make sure those that attend her groups are getting their money’s worth during lockdown. As well as checking in on people, and giving parcels and gifts of kindness away time and time again. She has bought a smile on so many occasions and deserves a medal for all she has been juggling the last few months.. not only looking after others, but working hard, homeschooling and running other small businesses!
Ami has been my hero of isolation!! From day 1 Ami has had such a positive approach to how she can help and support her Rhythm Time families through this challenging time. She quickly adapted her classes, started story times, performed songs and dances to entertain the kids and developed new events such as the fabulous Saturday morning rhythm time parties! Her enthusiasm has never wavered and she has ensured there is something for everyone to join in with each week and often each day! Ami has been a key part of our lock down life and has been a true inspiration all the way through. Thank you Ami!!! X
My little girl started attending Rhythm Time just over a year ago when she was 3 months old. It has been a massive part of her life, and has helped develop her love of music and dancing. When lockdown started it was the week of her 1st birthday and live classes had been cancelled, but then they went virtual. The online rhythm time classes run by Ami have been wonderful and have helped to keep some level of normality for us and Ami has, as always, been fantastic. She is so engaging with the children even via a screen and is such a lovely, friendly person. She has really helped to keep us connected, going above a beyond. There are 6 activities a week that we can do and she has run zoom sessions as well. She is a fantastic person and lockdown would definitely have been a darker place without her. Thank you Ami!
Baby Beats with Suzie and Dante
AMAZING classes (via zoom) full of music, mindfulness and magic!
We have enjoyed bread and pastry collection every week from Baltzersen’s, making lockdown more bearable and a lot more tasty!
Amazing response to diversify their business. We enjoyed contactless takeaway, and I managed to send a delivery to my sister in law in York! They’ve done brilliantly to adapt to the situation and keep on going, supplying delicious treats to keep spirits up!
Beyond imagination Emporium
Throughout lockdown they have offered a range of free and paid for services helping to keep magic alive for our children during this scary time. This has included princess story times, slumber parties, and magic mirror messages. The princess slumber party via facebook live where children could message the princesses and get a response in almost real time made my daughter smile for the first time in a while. Beyond Imagination have gone above and beyond and should be applauded.
Blind Jacks Knaresborough
I was bought ‘pub in a box’ from Blind jacks for my lock down birthday. They went out of their way to provide a great service. And the products were great! It made my day.
When it was all a bit scary and going shopping was a bit like going a dangerous mission, Booths felt like an oasis of calm. The staff have been polite and helpful throughout. The store rules have been well organised and it has altogether been as pleasant an experience as it could be given the circumstances.
Keeping my children cooled down and topped up with their amazing ice cream. Love them
Without the constant financial business support from Catherine throughout the last few months, we would have been severely hampered. She was continually on hand to help, gave regular up to date advice and always remained calm and professional throughout. Thank you!
She’s has been fantastic in helping our business navigate the complexities of the Covid crisis.
She was so much help in accountancy, VAT and keeping us up to date with HMRC matters during the past 3 months.
Catherine has been so helpful during this time where our business effectively disappeared. Helping her clients stay afloat by navigating various grant and funding options available to us. Above and beyond what we would expect from our bookkeeper.
Catherine gave all her clients daily updates on the ongoing situation and how it would effect our induvidual businesses, putting all the information from the Governmen, local councils , HMRC etc into specific emails with links . She was also constantly available on the phone for any queries on furlough, sickness, tax etc. Her professional, pleasant and happy personality made the stressing times a lot more easier to deal with. “I’d have been lost without her “!!!
Always so helpful and knowledgeable Nothing is ever a problem to her. She is so bubbly and positive She’s great
Catherine has been really helpful and supportive through these worrying times
She gave us updates every week about the government announcements for grants, and help for the self-employed. She graciously answered any questions.
During the first few weeks of lockdown it was SO useful to have regular emails from Catherine updating us on what we could do to help our small business to get through the crisis. Absolute life saver! Invaluable! Star!
I had only worked for Catherine for 12 months when we went into lock down. She has done everything possible to enable me to work from home, she brings me all the paperwork I need and provides me with amazing support by email and telephone. I could not wish for a better socially distanced boss.
Chantelle at Moo Music
My son has been going to her classes since he was 4 months old and when lockdown hit, everything stopped. Chantelle was running her classes online the following week. My son has kept the only bit of normality he had and I am so grateful for that. His face lights up every week. She is truly amazing.
Chloe has kept our daughters active during the lockdown by continuing their gymnastics training remotely at home. She gives the gymnasts at Harrogate Gymnastics Club so much time, patience, thought and superb training. We would be thrilled if Chloe’s dedication could be recognised.
Chloe is head coach at Harrogate Gymnastics she has kept the gymnasts training throughout the lockdown through zoom training sessions and outdoor training as the lockdown eased. She has shown immense calm and leadership during the most difficult period for her business keeping the gymnasts healthy physically and mentally throughout this difficult period-the gymnasts literally would not have made it through this time without her and neither would the parents.
Chloe has done an amazing job through lockdown for the children of Harrogate Gymnasyics Club. Endless zooms, WhatsApp groups, challenges, Facebook updates, and more recently outdoor sessions at saint michaels. My daughter really would of been lost without her, not just physically but also mentally. It has kept her spirits high during lockdown.
My daughter’s gymnastics coach has provided zoom sessions, plans and more during lockdown. My daughter and her teammates would have been lost without her !!
The online training provided by Chloe has been overwhelmingly outstanding. It has been heartwarming to know our kids haven’t been forgotten throughout lockdown. Chloe has really gone above and beyond for the kids and us as families setting weekly challenges and also just being on the end of a call. I honestly think she is superwoman disguised as a gym coach!
Chris Jones Martial Arts Academy
He has been relentless in his pursuit to keep his students fit and active, up to date with skills by creating new Daily challenges (60 of them!) and both real time and virtual sessions. It has helped my children’s mental health and made sure they continue to feel part of such a strong fantastic and professional local MA fitness centre.
Chris has been posting loads of online challenges and lessons for the kids to do at home and encouraging them to join in. It has given my lad extra things to do at home to keep the boredom away that little bit longer
His online classes have played a massive role in keeping me and my son sane during lock down
Going above and beyond to continue to provide interesting and engaging activities (Not just exercise based) for adults and children throughout lockdown. And thereby helping to maintain a daily routine and sense of normalcy for my children and myself.
Coppice Valley Primary School
The school has offered sincere support to parents during lockdown; friendly phone calls and supportive of emerging needs. Key workers’ children have been happy and well cared for. Thank you Coppice!
Country Butchers of Harrogate
With lockdown necessitating different ways of acquiring our weekly shop, we stumbled across Country Butchers of Harrogate. They have reliably delivered meat of the highest quality -but at a reasonable price- to us during this time, and always communicate in a friendly but professional manner. Will I be going back to supermarket meat? Definitely not. Country Butchers have a permanent customer in me!
CPY Business Solutions
Catherine always goes the extra mile to help her clients even in the good times not just in these difficult times
Great advice during covid 19 Continued business support over many years. Great communication and focus!
Crimple Valley Fresh
Local fresh food delivered
Doing weekly dance Matt parties free of charge for the children! Doing shout outs for the children and lots dancing and fun!!
This club And coaches Rosie, MIke and Lara have tried their best to keep their young divers connected whilst they can’t train at the hydro. Let’s hope there’s some positive news soon as our divers would be lost without you and they miss you like crazy!!
The best donut delivery in lockdown!
For working throughout lockdown to provide us with goods to our door steps!
Dragonfly Card Shop in Knaresborough
Despite the shop being closed Rachel still managed provided local people with cards and balloons on request..
For being so kind with balloons and cards for my father’s 80th birthday. It made his day more special and added meaning to it while under lockdown. Thank you so much
Rachael worked hard to supply and deliver cards and party ware to lots of people so they could still celebrate special occasions during lockdown. Especially balloons for milestone birthdays! She did this by adapting her business to online shopping. When collecting their orders customers were always met with her usual smile! Well done Rachael so proud of you!
For keeping us fit and motivated with her on line classes for all abilities and at the same time raising money for a worthwhile cause. She is so friendly and enthuastic and always on hand for help and advice if needed. Emma has made lockdown so much easier for so many.
Emma very kindly gave her time during lockdown to keep our children fit by offering online fitness sessions via Facebook twice a week in replacement to the childrens usual PE sessions at school. They were great sessions, enjoyed by all and we were all extremely grateful for her time and support.
Emma has been an absolute diamond 💎 keeping everyone fit and health through lock down. Injecting massive amounts of energy, enthusiasm, smiles and positivity to everyone’s day. She is a ray of sunshine ☀️ on a rainy day ☔️ We definitely would of been lost without her, lucky for us we weren’t Emma you should be really proud of yourself A super star, a super hero 🦸♀️ xx
Best restaurant in Harrogate, great value excellent service. A menu inspired by the world, traditional Yorkshire, American, South America, Asian cuisine, Turkish even a German dish. (So gooood!!) I kept the best for the end…. EXCELLENT BREAKFAST, using LOCAL FARMERS to guarantee a high quality product.. definitely need business and people with this kind of mindset .. now more than ever with this pandemic… Best independents restaurant, always an excellent service and great food. Having a huge selection gluten free , vegan… must try the vegan brownie , I am not vegan , but this dessert is to die for !!!!! Dog friendly restaurant, and I almost forget the best part …. breakfast serve till 4pm, what or who can beat that ?? Can you imagine the pleasure of having a amazing tasty really feeding breakfast late on Saturday ?! The best solution after a Friday night out !!! Well I’m gonna stop there as I could write a book about them saying how much they are amazing!!! FARMHOUSE – THE RESTAURANT HARROGATE DEFINITELY NEEDED !!!!
FiiT Like a Girl
When the studio was forced to close, Vicky and team quickly moved their teen classes on line. Not only did they support our girls with their fitness, they Really rose to the occasion to ramp up the well-being support too. Free weekly journaling classes and check-ins were set up and this has been a brilliant way for our teen girls to feel connected and stay fit and healthy during lockdown.
In the first 2wks of lockdown we couldn’t get a supermarket delivery slot and were shielding. We are not in the catchment area for Fodder to deliver, but a member of staff volunteered and brought deliveries to our house in Wetherby taking care of us, my parents and an elderly neighbour. We would literally have been lost without them. They are still helping now I can do click and collect by bringing the delivery to the car as I can’t get out. Superstars!
In a time where online food slots were impossible to get Fodder stood head and shoulders above all else making self isolating shopping a breeze. They mobilised their online shopping swiftly and have a been a godsend whilst we could not get out. They have been friendly and lovely to deal with and their food surpasses all that we used to get in supermarkets.
The airstream caravan was fabulous for coffee & cake and the shop was well organised and rewarded we NHS workers too!
For staying open so key workers could continue working
Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library
The lovely Lauren & Rachel at the Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library found a way to brighten up the lockdown for us by launching a lockdown delivery and collection service for toys, big and small. They’ve put in place a safety policy and put together a Catalogue of items to choose from. My little girl loved choosing something new to play with every weekend or fortnight, which would make a change from our usual toys at home during the lockdown.
Harrogate Brunch Club
Jamie is well known in the Harrogate area for running brunch club and providing a service for the homeless which the community can get involved it. Due to staff being furloughed he has run brunch club independently offering take away services by Uber and just eat. Although reducing his hours and having to close for a week to be able to sort stock he has provided food for those stuck at home during the pandemic. His business has been extremely busy and although slightly delayed delivery times the food quality has not been impacted. Thanks Jamie.
Where would we be without pancakes? Flour shortage and an egg shortage and Brunch club still managed to provide pancakes for all to enjoy! Brunch club for the win!
Jamie has singlehandedly managed to run Brunch Club adding to his menu and altering opening hours, Having to close for a few weeks ,he was determined to keep going, managing to find stock has been extremely challenging especially flour for those delicious pancakes! Brunch club has been extremely busy Jamie has done an amazing job .
Jamie works alone and faced the challenge at this unprecendented time by changing his opening hours, delivery and even menu if he struggled to get supplies. A small business taking pride, working hard and looking after his customers.
Managing to stay open with supplier issues, and extending opening hours to allow for delivery when no do oh could leave. Was an extremely tall order for a man working on his own. I couldn’t be happier I still got to eat his food. Great local business.
Harrogate Cookie Co
We have missed Little Breads while it has been closed, but have loved being able to still order their treats since they set up Harrogate Cookie Co during lockdown and provided a great delivery service. One of the highlights of our lockdown!
Because I don’t think i could get through the day without some sugary pick me up. These hit the spot every time!
Delicious pick me up delivered to the door
Because lockdown would have been unbearable without treats and these guys came out of nowhere and saved us all!!! All hail the king of cookies!
We love the cakes at Little Breads and they are a family favourite treat, so it was very sad when you had to close. So when you adapted to create The Harrogate Cookie Company we were overjoyed and placed an order straight away. Absolutely amazing treats which really helped lift spirits in difficult times. Thank you
Harrogate District Diving Club
All their guidance and support to their divers in a time when we cant give them a return date x
My lad is a member of the harrogate diving squad. He’s been lost not been able to go training and diving. The coaches have been posting up training videos and ‘beat the coach’s challenges throughout lockdown. They definitely deserve some recognition!
They have been amazing, lots of wonderful ideas and great support.
My eldest is in the TID squad and the coaches and committee have always been fantasticly supportive but have been even more amazing by providing online challenges amongst other online support during the pandemic
Harrogate Fine Wines
Home delivery of wine & a social wine and cheese at your home even from day one. Andy always takes the time to check on you and say hi.
We would have been lost without you providing us with yummy fish and chip suppers throughout lockdown. Such delicious food and great service, thank you so much for finding a way to keep going.
Harrogate Mamma is relatable yet inspirational too, including through lockdown. As a single parent, instagram has been great as as way of feeling connected to the outside world in a safe way and perfect for dipping in and out of through a day during breaks from homeschooling.
Without the online classes and virtual PT I wouldn’t have kept healthy during lockdown. At a time when mental health can suffer it’s so important to exercise and the Harrogate PT girls kept us motivated and full of energy. I’ve actually managed to lose weight during lockdown! Thank you so much Hayley and Lisa
The way Jane and Emily have evolved their business so it’s now online has been amazing.
Heaven and Hell Fitness
Needdd to see a friendly face throughout lockdown Needed to have a routine and something positive to do every morning Needed to keep fit Needed these girls… would of gone a bit crazy without them Both ladies are always happy, professional and just lovely
Because they have kept us motivated during lock down with the online classes . Claire and Louise are both amazing and I know they have worked so hard to keep everyone going with there fitness. Love them both .
Provide a brilliant wide range of physical activity from Pilates, HIT, boxercise, yoga and Zumba all through zoom! Great energy, really kept me afloat during lockdown!
Claire and Louise who run heaven and hell fitness have worked so hard to provide on-line fitness sessions. Their timetable offers a very imaginative variety of classes 6 days a week with at least 4 classes to chose from at times to suit everyone’s commitments . They are always so cheerful and motivating keeping us all fit during lockdown. This award would reward them for all their very hard work.
I have been really enjoying the classes at HGS which I attended 3 times a week until the pandemic. Heaven and Hell fitness then began virtual classes via zoom which has been great to continue my fitness and support my mental health as a key worker (nurse) . I really would have been lost without them.
They took their fitness classes online – added in some extra time so that people could speak to each other.. They adapted things so clients had flexibility in using the classes They also did an amazing disco so that all the funds could go to the NHS…. Above and beyond…..
They went on line with classes – never before having used media- and talked to everyone and checked they were ok. Best they did a disco to raise funds for the NHS… Amazing
Fantastic service when needed children’s shoes. They delivered and then exchanged, picking up one pair of shoes and substituting another size next day after I bought. Also numerous phone calls and sent me Messenger photos! Hopscotch were brilliant and really went above and beyond to help my kids have shoes that fit!
Their Freshbox deliveries have been great with an ever increasing list if items that can be delivered quickly.
Having on-line fitness has kept me going through these tough times and all involved with Innovate fitness would be lost without the on-line classes and the support all the trainers give us.
Chris closed the gym before being told to doing absolutely the right thing for all his members. Within a couple of days classes were set up on line and we were able to continue our classes – giving hope determination and consistency to us all. We have been kept informed from day one. Not through email but through heartfelt verbal communication. The network he and his coaches further developed are second to none. This gym deserves to be recognised.
Switched very quickly to online fitness classes 5 times a day when Lockdown struck which kept me sane and fit over past 3 months.
Kept us going in eco friendly food and home products right through the lockdown!
A very professional, friendly and hard working team, excellent job done and I will definitely use them again and highly recommend.
Fantastic company, great lads, professional and efficient!
Excellent professional tree and landscape specialists.
Amazing landscaping and tree work carried out at our home during lockdown! Thanks guys!
So please with the work carried out by JC Arborists during lockdown!
The boys at JC arborists have been working so hard over lockdown. Making sure they’re adhering to social distancing from customers yet ensuring their high quality of work.
Fantastic company, great lads, professional and efficient!
Julie Mills- Supplies for Key Workers in&Around Harrogate
From the minute things started to get tricky Julie stepped up. She let her house be used as a drop of point to help coordinate items. The Scrubs group originated from this group…. Julie talks to key people to help find out what is required and who has the needs… she is very good at encouraging people to help in any way they can. Everything that is done she makes people feel it is for her personally- very thankful for the efforts. Her energy levels have been amazing and still going….
Even during a pandemic, animals need saving. K’rescue have been working hard throughout to feed animals & take in rescues. Forgotten heroes that won’t get the media coverage or any help they deserve. Then run on donations to provide for the animals 🖤
She is my daughter’s gymnastics coach and has made the sessions fun and enjoyable during lockdown. She always has a smile on her face and a kind word for anyone… one in a million!!
During lockdown, they have provided a wonderful service delivering fruit and veg all over the town to make sure we all stay healthy. They’ve worked so so hard to keep the service going.
Our home school provision has been poor, especially in the first 8 weeks so we would have been lost without the support of Kumon, giving us a set simple-to-follow daily structure. David has gone over and above with attention, care and service to his customers during lockdown. Trying hard to help the children who attend his centre, move things online and also motivate the children with weekly prize draws.
The Kumon worksheets have been a godsend. Our oldest child does the maths and English everyday as a basis for his home schooling. Kumon were very quick to adapt their service to a live online format and they’ve kept the children entertained and engaged with competitions and prizes.
They have provided consistent tuition online for all the students and support them and their parents, as well as providing months worth of work so that the student don’t miss out. At a time when students up to GCSE and alevel are really struggle and need that extra support, Kumon has really help provide some type of stability.
My brother has been given regular work and support that his school couldn’t provide. They have also done multiple competitions where he won a scooter.
Helping Kumon students with their work. They have very supportive and helpful.
David Riddle from Kumon Harrogate
I am so proud and honoured to be married to this amazing person! Having only just begun his private tuition business just before lockdown he has excelled all expectations – he has gone above & beyond ensuring his customers are able to continue their learning at home as well as providing fantastic incentives with competitions & prices to help keep them motivated & positive! I am so inspired by his resilience and his ability to adapt his business in these tough times. Super proud of you David x x
The highlight of Cold Bath Road – fresh bread every day, and the lovely staff smiling and making life feel relatively normal!
Open through out the whole crisis and always happy to feed the locals!
Lesley-Anne Nadin (Blue Cat Fitness)
Lesley-Anne, you have got me through lockdown!! I know we were all unsure about how classes via Zoom would work out but it has been amazing and I can’t thank you enough. Not only have I been able to maintain my fitness but it has been a massive benefit to my mental health and even made me feel like I’ve ‘socialised’ with people!!! Lesley-Anne, you are amazing, we all love you and I quite literally would have been ‘lost without you’. xxxx
My daughter just only started to get use to spend a time outside of her home. But since lockdown happened she always remembered the road which takes to this nursery and constantly been pushing us to walk there to check if they back to normal or not.
Despite being closed throughout lockdown, every single member of staff stayed in contact, went above and beyond to provide ideas as well as sharing daily videos (including the weekends) so the children could still see their faces. I have always know they were amazing, but they really kept us going through this difficult time.
Takeaway coffees never seemed like such a treat until lockdown! Manna Bakery was a little bit of normality that was so gratefully received during lockdown. The fruit & veg that they were selling was such great quality along with all of their usual breads etc. I can’t tell you how happy I was when the McManna Muffins went back on the takeaway menu!
Manna bakery have kept baking and filling our stomachs with delicious bread and treats through out the whole of lockdown. They even started stocking fruit, veg and dairy products when the supermarkets were out of stock.
Lovely array of choice, every day!!! Ladies who run the shop are always helpful and cheery!
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Military 1st fitness
Military 1st fitness provide daily FREE workout sessions live from their front rooms, garden or garage! They have kept us all motivated and fit during lockdown.
They have helped so many people stay safe keep fit/get fit and with their mental wellbeing all with a smile and massive positivity Thanks Jimmy and Paul !
Jimmy and Paul have been brilliant at providing online exercise classes twice daily without fail during lockdown and continue to do so. They are always positive, upbeat and professional delivering a different session each time. Well done both of you for your dedication at keeping us all fit and giving us a focus each day, too job! 👍
Life saver of lockdown keeping us focused and fit by on line training. I lost 10lb!
They have worked really hard to keep us all motivated with our fitness throughout lockdown. They have done 7 day challenges, set up support groups and just been there when we need someone.
Miss Pollard: Aspin Park Academy
We have just been so impressed with the home school work that has been set and the support and love that has been given through messages during homeschooling.
Miss Pywell at St Joseph’s RC Primary School
We literally would not have survived lockdown whilst both working full time and home teaching our daughter if it wasnt for Miss Pywells amazing home learning which she provided.
Online classes meant that my little boy was able to join in with his favourite group even if it was a little different!
Moo music has helped my son develop so much. We definitely would be lost without moo music each week. Chantelle bring such happiness, fun and imagination. He loves music all because of moo music.
Chantelle has provided amazing online classes to help keep the kids entertained when we have been stuck in. Chantelle is just an amazing class leader.
Chantelle has continued to give us online music classes, with fantastic enthusiasim and plenty of extra activities to keep us and our little ones busy. This has given myslef and my daugther something to look forward to each week while being in lockdown. I love the online sessions but cannot wait to get back into class and enjoy her sessions even more. Thankyou for everything you have done!
By switching Moo music to an online platform, my little one didn’t lose his future of joining in and having social interaction, really appreciate the efforts Chantelle Has gone to to make Moo work at home during these difficult times.
Mr Tim Broad
Thrown in at the deep end in January as acting head at Western Primary. He has risen to the challenge, providing leadership to the staff and clear, concise communication with parents throughout.
Because he’s been absolutely amazing over the last few months, stepping in as head teacher and getting us through the corovirus epidemic.
Acting head of Western Primary School, Mr Broad has held the school community together magnificently during these challenging times. While the service that Western are providing is a full team effort, Mr Broad has lead the school fantastically and communicated exceptionally with staff, parents and pupils to keep everyone up to date with the latest goings on and how the school are reacting to the ever-changing situation and guidelines. His letters are factual yet personable, written in such a way to give complete confidence in the decisions that he and the school team are making. It’s been a pleasure to see his cats making star appearances in the school Zoom assemblies too! An absolute star. We really would have been lost without him…
He is the Acting Headteacher of Western Primary School and has led the entire school brilliantly since the start of the lockdown. He has ensured school has been there for Keyworkers and vulnerable children the entire time, has made sure online teaching has been in place every day for all year groups at home and has overseen the safe return of some years groups to school. He keeps the whole team motivated and we couldn’t have done it without his leadership.
Headteacher of Western Primary who led us through this time with compassion to all staff and always with the best interests of the children.
Tim has been at the very core of how fantastic Western Primary School has coped during the school closures. He has lead us through such difficult times with compassion, care and always with the children at the forefront. He has ensured that all the children have received quality education throughout, be it with our daily Zoom lessons or in school with The Hub. He is a fantastic Acting Headteacher and we really ‘couldn’t have done it without him’.
Mr Men’s Barbers Harrogate
They are amazing with my 2 boys. So kind and patient and the boys love them! Great price haircuts and super service. We have missed them so much during lockdown!
Mud and Puddles
Zoom seasions for children all throughtout lockdown with stories singing and bingo sessions. Even did a P.E session live too
The lovely ladies (and Mark) at Mud and Puddles kept us going all through lockdown. With our daily zoom stories and songs, Immi’s wonderful recorded music sessions, Marks fantastic zoom PE sessions and Steph and Tracy’s brilliant Bingo sessions, we were never bored and we always had something to look forward to. Thank you all for making such a stressful time so much better for us all.
very supportive and always willing to help
For accommodating all their families needs at the drop of a hat, making what could have been a difficult time Over the past few months anything but!
Our lovely nursery gave us lots to do during lockdown. Our “lockdown Facebook page” became a place to share ideas and make friends at a difficult time.
Where do I start? Weekly pre-school bingo on zoom, daily story and song sessions, individual one on one zoom sessions for our children, activities and support on our closed Facebook page – genuinely no idea how we’d have got through lockdown without our amazing nursery. Going the extra mile as they always do.
For keeping us (and our children) sane during lockdown – always keeping us full of ideas on how to entertain and educate our little ones, and for doing daily stories and weekly chats on zoom so we always had something to look forward to.
They have always been fantastic with my daughter and feels like she had a second family going there 3 times a week from 7 months old and now she is 4. My daughter loves going and its obvious to see they are very children centred. During lockdown they kept the children and us adults too informed and stayed in contact through zoom,story time and preschool amongst other things. Mud and puddles will be part of the memory of lockdown in a positive way.
My little great nieces have been lost without this amazing place there are so happy to be back there with their little friends
MummyFit Harrogate & York
Nina has adapted her Mummyfit classes so we can exercise at home. She does a daily workout at 10:30 which you can do live or if you wanted to or need to the video stays on for 24hours allowing the ladies to do the class when they have time. I was a brand new member during lockdown and even though I haven’t been to a group class, Nina is so welcoming and makes a huge effort for everyone. I really feel part of a big group of friends. I feel so much better being part of the MummyFit group and it has definitely helped me through lockdown.
I was introduced to MummyFIT with my first baby in 2017 and it was so good, not only for my physical health but also my mental health after experiencing the biggest change in my life. I made life long friends and just loved the energy and mums who were going through the same things as me. So when I had my second baby I was absolutely going to go back for more feel good endorphins. I was just getting into my stride when Covid hit and all the gyms had to close. I was so upset as for twice a week I’d been able to do something for myself, catch up with other mums and feel physically and mentally stronger. For it to end I just didn’t know how I was going to cope through lockdown. Then…MummyFIT Live was invented! I was able to work out in my living room as many times as I wanted and still feel connected with the outside world, chatting to Nina and the other girls. Owners Jenny and Alex and their team have been amazing at keeping us mums motivated with workout and meal plans, challenges and support throughout this strange time. I’ve still got work to do but I actually think I’m in better shape now than I was pre babies. I want to give an extra special, BIG thank you to Nina who has just been so upbeat and encouraging EVERY single day. Myself and a lot of other mums in your group really appreciate the time and energy you (and team MummyFIT) put in to make us feel good about ourselves and our bodies. We definately would be lost without you. THANK YOU!!!
Raising spirits with a wonderful weekly collection of children’s songs and related actions. A definite tonic!
When I was at my lowest point, about to suffer a bereavement, they brought me a paper bag and left it on my doorstep. Inside was a card, cakes, biscuits and a keepsake. All because they cared! They have done this for other people throughout Covid 19, and all are volunteers. Provided VEDay afternoon tea gift bags for all the elderly residents, and have shopped for those who are self isolating. So appreciated.
Laura’s takeaway kits have saved more than one rainy day afternoon for us. Getting the pots back after glazing and firing was so excited and like a mini Christmas as they appeared on our doorstep. Laura always goes the extra mile to help us. I’d definitely have been lost without her.
For adapting and spreading your colourful excitement into families throughout this difficult time allowing them to enjoy a familiar treat and comfort.
Fabulous lady. Sending out great painting pots for the children at home.
she has done so much for knaresborough, such as the bunny hunts for charity, she does the baby stuff drop off too
Laura has kept her business ticking over by an amazing immense amount of looking outside the box and using her car to enabling families all over the area to keep creative with pots to paint or cover with foam clay, teddies to make and even new skills to learn like needle felting. She even finds brilliant creative/painting activitIes online for people to try at home-love them.
Whilst Shielding I couldn’t shop for birthday presents and needed something to help with my anxiety too – Laura started supplying home kits which gave me a creative outlet and also for my Shielding daughter and birthday presents for her and 3 grandchildren too! Laura is a superstar delivering and collecting the kits and delivering our finished artwork too! All safely sanitised too!
Laura’s delivery kits through lockdown were a lifesaver for birthdays and other occasions.
Not being able to spend time in the studio and see Laura has been a true loss throughout lockdown. Laura has totally remodelled her business to continue providing a service to her lovely customers. She has provided takeaway kits for people to have at home to pass the endless hours of boredom and get a ‘Painting Pots Fix’! A delivery service following all social distancing measures has been expertly undertaken, nothing has been too much trouble. Along with this she launched a ‘sponsor a heart’ campaign which raised awareness and funds for the incredible staff involved in the continuing care required throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic. Laura has done tutorial videos for both adults and children and provided lots of inspiration for those of us who have experienced artistic block! I would certainly have been lost without Painting Pots throughout lockdown and I believe many others would have been too! Thank you Painting Pots!
Laura has done an epic job of keeping contact with those who access her service but it just isn’t the same as seeing her fabulous smiling face.
Laura is amazing, she has changed her painting pots business dramatically over these months and is again in high demand from what her posts suggest. Not only is she adapting to the situation and bringing painting pots to our homes she is a mum too with 2 children who need her support, emotional regulation and schooling she is juggling a lot and has struggled with her own anxieties just as many of us have too, yet she posts the most happy smiley videos on fb and let’s people know what’s next and what’s on offer. When she delivered my home pack it was so so lovely to see another adult and a wonderfully smiley one too. My son enjoyed a family painting pots party for his 10th birthday and I managed an evening of mindful painting to help me calm. Laura then paid me the most wonderful of compliments to my art that I’d painted. I’ve never read such lovely of words. Laura is amazing.
Been amazing and creating an amazing online platform for the children in record time. For going above and beyond for my daughter whilst in lock down.
Phonics with Robot Reg
It has been great to keep some sense of routine for my 3 year old and she has always loved the classes in person and online. The year 1 classes during lock down were a bonus for my older child, who loved her classes just as much.
Pilates and Fitness
Claire and Louise have gone all out to try to accommodate every type of class, at all kinds of hours. They have been faboulouse
Putting everyone else first.
Ella and Ollie are really missing the Rascals events and parties they attend but have loved the online live discos you have done, thankyou so much for keeping them entertained on a Saturday morning.
Their business had to completely stop as no face to face parties but they adapted! Every Saturday they had a mini disco with different themes each week. They also ran a family quiz. At Easter they dressed as the Easter bunny and toured the streets waving at kids – amazing!
A team of volunteers based at St. Mark’s Church providing food and meals during lockdown.
Rhythm Time Harrogate
Ami has kept us going through lockdown. She has gone above and beyond with online classes, zoom sessions, story time. I don’t know how we’d have managed without her
Ripon Post Office
From singing to everyone when they arrive and always going the extra mile for every customer, the team at ripon post office have been always there and always helpful eben through the toughest times.
Roots & Fruits
Roots and Fruits are our local greengrocers and they’ve done so much for the local community with their home delivery of fresh foods. They’ve really helped, especially the elderly
Their lovely shop had to close, they adapted and deliveries of wonderful fruit and veg, bottled milk, local eggs etc continued to our local community in Harrogate and many villages beyond., NHS and vulnerable/elderly got priority. Not only is this shop a fantastic asset to our local community, Julia and James have worked so hard to turn this business around. I am biased, they live over the road and I have seen the long hours they work and they go above and beyond to serve their community
They have delivered in extreme circumstances with diligence and care throught this chaos. A small shop thrown into supporting a turnover of massive proportions when only ever a small local greengrocer. They overcame difficulty, setting up new systems and really have been amazing throughout.
Rossett Adult Learning
They have provided a huge variety of online courses during this crisis. This has been crucial to The community’s mental health
She has encouraged us all to keep fit
Missed seeing the wonderful ladies in Stomp in Knaresborough. Whilst they had to close their doors to customers, they adapted their services and supported many families during lockdown. Helping families to properly measure little feet from home, choose shoes, be able to either pick them up or have them delivered safely and then return them if not quite right! As children have grown more than ever during lockdown, they have provided an invaluable service to families, to buy properly fitting shoes rather than having to order online. Their communication and support have continued to be second to none throughout this time. A wonderful local, independent run by mums for local families.
Fantastic service during lockdown, described how to measure my daughters feet and sent pictures of loads of trainers to chose from. Then delivered the trainers free to my door (with a smile), in time for my daughters birthday! Just amazing service from an outstanding shoe shop!!
My son needed his first shoes at the beginning of lockdown !! They talked me through how to measure his feet and delivered his first pair of shoes not how I expected to buy his first pair of shoes but they were amazing fantastic service
They have been out measuring and delivering
Amazing service – distant shoe fitting for my small boys on our doorstep. The team really went above and beyond, even going back to the store when I had measured in effectively to get the correct size!
What to do when you need shoes in lockdown?? Luckily Stomp offered an amazing doorstep delivery with guidance on sizing, plenty of choice and it was super easy. Thank you Stomp, we love you!
Sue Hardarker Bee-lieve in You
Being a personal trainer and wellbeing coach Sue was hit hard with the lockdown and restrictions, but that didnt stop her reinventing her business to keep ‘us’ our fitness community motivated and exercising through everything, setting up and reinventing a timetable of workouts throughout the week from stretch and relaxation sessions to body blast sessions to kettlebells workouts live with Zoom, but also recording them so that if we missed them we could catch up, motivational calls to each of us to check in with us especially if we’d been quiet. Sue went above and beyond what she needed to do and will forever adapt her business. She is constantly making sure she was within the guidelines and safety restrictions making sure also that we, her clients also felt comfortable in the outside spaces that Sue is now able to use for training. I for one would have been soooooo lost without Sue Hardaker she was my life line during lockdown with cabin fever, home schooling and isolation with an asthmatic fiance and son. I have been training with Sue now for 5 years and I dont intend on stopping now. Sue you are my hero so much more than a personal trainer and wellbeing coach. Thank you from all of us
It’s been great to get sweets delivered to cheer us all up during lockdown, so quick and easy to place an order and the sweets are fantastic
She and her team of helpers have worked tirelessly making sure other people are ok. They’ve done so much for Harrogate and ensured food parcels for people who can’t get out, quite an amazing lady
Susie, opened COVID cooperation, Harrogate. To help those in the area get the help and support they really need during this awful pandemic. Following to open shielders support, aimed at those shielding, for full support & a safe place to be able to seek help. Without Susie & her team a lot of people would have potentially suffered and struggled.
Suzie started a help group in Harrogate for Covid 19 and those struggling. She set it up within days of the crisis, and along with a team of people…all volunteers, she helps with food, shopping trips, prescriptions, food parcels those in serious need, clothing if needed and the list is endless. She deliverys meals, essentials, and a whole heap of things. She then set up a shielders support group to help those isolated be able to keep in touch with likeminded people in same situation and now has started the process of apply for charity status on a new venture. She is a remarkable person, not withstanding that this has all been achieved since March. She has made Harrogate a better place for sure!
The Creation Station
Sharon did not want to let the children down and quickly into lockdown she worked out some craft packs to do at home. It was an immense relief as craft supplies were hard to come by. She then sorted out zoom classes so we could participate at home. My 20 month old was delighted to see and interact with Sharon on screen and we’ve made some lovely keepsakes. Sharon gave us a little slice of normality in these trying times and I’m so thankful for herThe creation station Harrogate and ripon
Fab craft ideas
The Harrogate Tea Rooms
They are genuinely lovely people who have tried their hardest to keep going no matter what has been thrown at them over the last couple of years. Oh and the cakes and scones are bloomin amazing. As number 2 munchkin says when they knock on the door CAKE! CAKE !CAKE!
The Little Yorkshire Cheese Stall, Knaresborough market.
The customer service and positivity have kept us not only in cheese heaven each week, but also maintained our faith in the best of human nature. Each week Claire and Gareth (on his bike) have happily delivered cheeses to Appleby each week – including a surprise cheese for us to look forward to and try. In these tricky times it is these small things that maintain our positive spirit! Cheese-licious!
The Old Ticket Office, Knaresborough
Delivered freshly baked scones and ground coffee throughout lockdown so we could still get our fix!! The VE Day afternoon tea was amazing, still delivered with a smile despite being run off their feet.
The Shepherds Dog
Opening a fresh produce market stall during lockdown serving the local community
The Weekend Factory
The Weekend factory has helped us to have family nights outs-in during lockdown and helped with sweet treats and crafts for celebrations like birthdays and Father’s Day
Because their take on take away food and activities is just spectacular and all for a reasonable price!
Philippa and then team have come up with such a great new venture and I hope they continue long after this is over! We had an amazing afternoon tea for my sons birthday and they made a fab picnic for us! Super special and awesome themes!
They have provided an amazing service – we have adored their night out in and crafternoon teas. Great idea- hope it continues
The Weekend Factory are brilliant – they did some great family nights in, lots of different themes, as well as party food and delicious breakfasts all delivered to your door. They cheered up our lockdown
The Wine Shop Knaresborough
Amazing service and always friendly! Nothing too much trouble
Their delivery service has been so helpful for gifts and treats, their products are beautiful and they are so helpful and accommodating
Tiny Teapots Day Nursery
keeping as many children as possible in the setting. Keep things as normal as possible for the children. Making sure they have lots of exciting activities available. Being there!
For staying open and merging with another nursery to provide childcare for the key worker children. Also for adapting to the new children and their routines and being supportive to the parents and staff. Well done!
Tracy is our manager at Tiny Teapots and she held the lockdown team together with a big smile on her face. She worked throughout the whole of lockdown; managing the nursery, dealing with parents, organising all staff (furloughed and not) while cooking the children tasty nutritious meals! She works so hard and doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. She has been an absolute rock for the team and she deserves this award so much!
I can’t imagine how much we would have been lost without you with one even one day a week is making My daughter feel so much better
Because putting on zoom classes gave me a chance to do exercise from home and work it round my son, it’s been a really supportive group and it’s helped me stay healthy
Western Primary School
For their incredible support through school closures and their ability to keep educating our children
Woodlands Day Nursery
They managed to remain open (although at a different location) and keep caring for harrogates key-work children!