Vital lesson in happiness - improving children’s mental health

The idea of promoting happiness in schools and raising awareness about the importance of children’s mental health provision is gaining momentum. Chris Bond reports.

The interior of the new Habitat store in Moortown

Can Habitat be the high street’s comeback kid?

Habitat has new owners and is about to open its first regional stand-alone store in Leeds. So does this spell a renaissance for the iconic brand? Sharon Dale reports.

Dianne Green, from Farsley, near Leeds, who went through four unsuccessful cycles of IVF before having her son William and twins Sophie and Charlie. Picture Tony Johnson.

Why cuts to IVF could deny thousands the chance of a family

As a creaking NHS looks to save £22bn in the next four years, there are fears that life-changing fertility treatment be among the first to face the axe. Sarah Freeman reports.

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More than a third of women questioned in an England Athletics survey said they had been subject to harassment while out running alone.

Is old fashion sexism forcing female joggers to run scared?

Outdoor runners wax lyrical about the pleasures of pounding the pavements. It’s much cheaper, they say, than gym membership. They will tell you that running outside elicits a feeling of freedom that a person simply cannot get from a treadmill. But I suspect a lot of these runners are men.

Wine and food are perfect partners  both to be enjoyed in moderation.

Why I am raising a nice glass of bubbly to Dry January

Alcohol in moderation may have positive benefits, so don’t be too quick to quit wine in the New Year.

Kara Tointon is about to appear on stage in Yorkshire in Gaslight.

Kara Tointon: I was so naïve that I thought that the critics were kind to everyone.

She might be a relative novice, but Kara Tointon is already making her mark on the stage. She talks to Phil Penfold.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's poet in residence for 2017, Simon Armitage.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson

How poet Simon Armitage is helping celebrate 40 years of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

It’s a grey December day just before Christmas, but the inclement weather somehow only adds to the allure and atmosphere of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I’m there to meet poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage who has just taken up a 12-month residency for the park’s 40th anniversary. Armitage will be helping the YSP celebrate its unique appeal throughout 2017, visiting in different seasons and producing new work in response to the park as well as curating a programme of readings and events, and launching a new publication in the autumn.

Paralympian Kadeena Cox. Picture James Hardisty.

My Yorkshire: Kadeena Cox on her favourite people and places

Kadeena Cox, from Leeds, is the first British athlete in more than 30 years to win two gold medals in two different sports at the Paralympics. She is taking part in this year’s series of The Jump.


Given the full treatment

It took four years to find a live-work home and another two to make it perfect. Now Maxine Stead lives right next door to her own health spa. Sharon Dale reports. Pictures by Tony Johnson.

Stewart Calligan on Hornsea beach, the scene of his first beach fishing outing of the year.

Sea fishing: Hull’s fishing heritage deserves a musical

If New York has its West Side Story, London has Oliver and Paris has Les Mis then surely Hull, the City of Culture 2017 can have a musical, obviously based on fish and what better name than Captain Cod?

art form: Jacqui Oatley says there is a skill to getting radio commentary right, creating pictures with words.  (Picture PA).

The art of sport commentary over the airwaves

Ninety years after the first BBC sports broadcast on radio, Chris Bond looks at the art of commentary over the airwaves and whether it still has the same impact.

Former Olympic sprinter Emily Freeman, left, and lawyer Natalie Jackson have set up Totally Runable to help women and girls take up runing. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The Olympian and the lawyer empowering girls through running

What do a former Olympic athlete and a Yorkshire lawyer have in common? They want to get us running and improve our lives. Catherine Scott meets them

Raise a glass to dry January

Raise a glass to dry January

A Skipton company has created the taste 
of the perfect G’n’T – but without the gin. Julie Marshall reports.

frustration: Long queues of people waiting for buses in London following this weeks uses Tube strike. (PA).

Uk strikes and why we aren’t seeing a repeat of the ‘Winter of discontent’

The recent spate of strikes has raised fears that we are seeing a return to the bad old days of widespread industrial unrest. But is this really the case? Chris Bond reports.

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Feature: Kirby Misperton protests and the fracking frontline

You can’t escape the f-word in Kirby Misperton.

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Dancing in Yorkshire’s streets

A new TV documentary series bringing people from Yorkshire towns together to dance in the street starts this week. Chris Bond finds out more.

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Mark Benton as Feldman in the new ITV drama Halcyon.

Why Mark Benton has high hopes for The Halcyon

Mark Benton is one of Britain’s best-loved actors, now he tells Phil Penfold about his hopes for new drama The Halcyon.

Julian Norton from the Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk.

My Yorkshire: Julian Norton aka the Yorkshire Vet on his favourite people and places

Julian Norton, from Thirsk, stars as the Yorkshire Vet in the Channel 5 series. He is based at the original James Herriot practice made famous by Alf Wight whose books were turned into All Creatures Great and Small.

Sister Agatha, from York's Bar Convent, who gave up a life of luxury to become a nun. Picture Tony Johnson.

Meet the heiress to a fortune who gave it all up to become a nun

She was one of the last debutantes destined to live a life of luxury, but then she had a calling from God. Sister Agatha tells Sarah Freeman about her extraordinary life.

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Margaret Atherden explores Nidderdale with her faithful companion Bertie for a new book on winter walks in North Yorokshire.

Walking guide to county that’s a real breath of fresh winter air

Keen walker Margaret Atherden realised there were no guides to winter walks in North Yorkshire, so she decided to write one. Catherine Scott reports

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