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Spread a little love with my Yorkshire Christmas card range

Yorkshire, Harrogate and Knaresborough Christmas Cards by Charlotte Gale

Well what an amazing few years it’s been for Yorkshire.  Awards, accolades and this year hosts to the UCI Road World Cycling Championships. With brand Yorkshire being at an all time high, there’s never been a better time to spread a bit of Yorkshire love to friends and family beyond our gorgeous county.

That’s why I have developed my Yorkshire Christmas card range. Featuring snow scenes from Knaresborough, Harrogate and Thirsk, my Yorkshire Christmas cards depict all that is great about ‘God’s Own County’.

So where can you buy my Yorkshire Christmas cards

You can buy my Christmas cards online and at selected retailers in the Harrogate District, including Zigzag on the High Street in Knaresborough, Fodder at the Great Yorkshire Showground and Oatlands Mount Post Office on Leeds Road in Harrogate. I also offer free local delivery to anyone with an HG5 postcode.

Christmas Cards for Businesses

Corporate Christmas cards continue to be an excellent way of staying in touch with customers and making sure you are at the forefront of their minds when making a purchasing decision. However, it can often be difficult to find a card design which is relevant to your business, particularly if you are based outside London. I offer both traditional and more quirky Yorkshire Christmas card designs which can be customised to feature a personal greeting and/or your company logo. These high quality photographic Christmas cards can be personalised from just £90. Costs include design, printing and envelopes. Please contact me for a no obligation quote.

So spread a little Yorkshire love – over 30 Yorkshire designs to choose from

If you are looking for Christmas cards without a Yorkshire theme, I also have a selection of generic winter, animal and food related Christmas designs.

Yorkshire Christmas card
Knaresborough Viaduct in Snow Christmas Card
Knaresborough Christmas card Frozen Nidd Knaresborough Christmas Card Sheep Christmas card Knaresborough Christmas card Harrogate Christmas card Knaresborough Christmas cardKnaresborough Christmas Card Deer Yorkshire Christmas Card Knaresborough Viaduct in Snow Christmas CardA Christmas card featuring a photo by Charlotte Gale of Mother Shiptons Cave & Dropping Well in the snowA Christmas card featuring a photo by Charlotte Gale of Nidd Gorge near Knaresborough in the snowA Christmas card featuring a photo by Charlotte Gale of Waterside Knaresborough in the SnowKnaresborough Viaduct in the Snow Luxury Christmas CardA Christmas card featuring a photo by Charlotte Gale of The Pump Room in Harrogate at ChristmasSt Johns Church Knaresborough by night Christmas card
A Christmas card featuring a photo by Charlotte Gale of City Square in Leeds at ChristmasA photographic Christmas card featuring a photo of Knaresborough in the snow

Christmas card featuring City Square in LeedsA photographic Christmas card featuring a photo of Knaresborough in the snowA photographic Christmas card featuring a photo of Cowesby Moor near Boltby Forest in the snowLeeds Town Hall Luxury Christmas CardA Yorkshire Christmas Card featuring a Swaledale sheep Christmas tree decorationA Yorkshire Christmas Card featuring Sidney the Swaledale sheepRed Swaledale Sheep Christmas Card

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£10,000 Raised for Nepal Earthquake Appeal

On the 19 September 2015, The Crown Hotel in Harrogate very kindly hosted a charity black tie dinner (five course meal, live jazz, guest speaker Major Lil Gurung MBE and DJ) in aid of the Nepal Earthquake appeal. The event was the brainchild of Crown General Manager, Sheldon Baudach and was attended by over 100 corporate and private guests from as far afield as Kathmandu.

Given my close links with Nepal, I was one of the main organisers of the event and I am indebted to my family, friends and clients for their support and generosity. As a result we were able to raise over £10,000 for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Guest speaker ex Gurkha, Major Lil Gurung MBE has asked me to share the following words of thanks:

“The event was well organised, food was first class, decorations were fitting, slide show was most informative, Raffle prizes were generous, the bidders were fantastic and the company was superb! On behalf of The Himalayan Gurkhas and the beneficiaries of the fund, please accept my sincerest thanks.”


Dinner guests Emily Ogden, Christian Kaiser, Ellie Ingilby and Daniel Thompson

Through the generous support and sponsorship of the Crown Hotel’s suppliers, all proceeds from the event will go directly to help victims of the Nepal Earthquake via the close ties which Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club have out there. Many of my own clients also contributed auction and raffle prizes and Stray FM DJ, Alex Cann very kindly agreed to act as auctioneer for the evening.

I also got my five minutes of fame when Alex interviewed me on Stray FM the following day (if you missed it you can listen again at: https://soundcloud.com/charlottegale/charlotte-gale).

The Crown Hotel’s Managing Director, Mr Ali Kariminik commented afterwards:

“ The Crown Hotel Harrogate is enormously  proud to be part of this fund raising event along with the Rotary club of Harrogate Brigantes. A massive thank you must also be extended to the hotels food and drink suppliers for their valued support as well as local businesses for their donations. Our close ties with Rotary, local business and suppliers has ensured a hugely successful event”

Dinner organisers

Crown Hotel Managing Director Mr Ali Kariminik, pictured with dinner guest Amy Wall and organisers Juna Davis, Sheldon Baudach and Charlotte Gale

Guest of honour Major Lil spoke movingly at the dinner of Nepal’s need and afterwards had this to say of the success of the evening:

“As we were in the middle of our dinner at The Crown Hotel, my thoughts rushed back to Nepal to those earthquake victims in the remote hills. Had these victims known that their well-wishers, thousands of miles away from them were organising an event to collect money for their welfare, it would have brought tears of joy to their eyes and given them hope for the future. On behalf of all those victims, thank you.”

Major Lil Gurung with Angela Gale

Guest speaker ex Gurkha, Major Lil Gurung MBE with my mother, Angela Gale

Myself, The Crown Hotel, Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club and Himalayan Gurkhas Rotary Club would like to thank the following businesses for their generosity and support in helping raise so much money to help rebuild the lives of the people of Nepal.



Andy Morrison of ANDISA IT reflects

“It’s made me realise just how lucky I am to be a business owner within the Harrogate business community. We have a special place! When many are still working to recover from recession this partnership is something that Harrogate can be proud of.”

If you were not able to attend the event, but would like to make a donation to the Appeal, you can do so securely here.


Nepal dinner guests

Dinner guest Lucy Crack with event organisers Andy Morrison and Charlotte Gale

A little background to the appeal and my involvement with Nepal …

I spent a month out in Nepal in 2014 volunteering with and photographing a Rotary led Literacy, IT and Economic regeneration project. I lived with a family in a remote upland valley, eating local food and washing in a bucket of cold water!

Panchamul Valley, Nepal

I made many friends whilst I was out there, including Major Lil Gurung, an ex British Gurkha. Major Lil will be attending the dinner, along with a number of colleagues who will be travelling over from Nepal.

Major Lil was out for a walk in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck at the end of April and since then has been providing first hand reports of the devastation out there. Over a month later the country was still experiencing daily aftershocks up to 5.5 on the Richter scale and there was no drinking water in the capital.

Over 1 million people have since fled Kathmandu, afraid to live in their damaged houses. Of those buildings which did not come down, many are damaged with severe cracking, including schools, hospitals and homes.

Some 70% (20 million) of the population of Nepal live in rural areas, mainly in the 1000’s of foothill valleys. Only the extreme west and southern plain escaped the earthquake. For those in the epicentre radius, there was major property damage, some villages lost 90% of their homes, as well as access to the road infrastructure, which was itself damaged.

Food reserves to tide the people through the current monsoon season, normally stored in the lofts of houses, were also lost when the houses collapsed. In addition the largely subsistence rural population lost both livestock and seeds for next year’s harvest.

Microloan Pigs in Nepal

Sadly, although no longer in the headlines, the crisis in Nepal has not gone away. The country is in the midst of the annual Monsoon season and only last week, the neighbouring district to where I volunteered suffered 27 fatalities when a major landslide struck … triggered by the recent earthquake and a very bad Monsoon this year.

Nepal will take years, if not decades to recover from this disaster. Prior to the quake it was already classed within the bottom 10% of the world league of economic wealth, with 35% of the population living below the official poverty line.

However, through Rotary’s trusted contacts over there, all money raised through the event on the 19th September will go directly to help rebuild the infrastructure and the lives of those in need.

Children in Nepal giving Namaste greeting

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Yorkshire gives a warm welcome to the Tour de France

Yorkshire promised a Grand Départ to remember and we certainly delivered.

From the first time I saw the Welcome to Yorkshire bid video, I knew that the good folk of Yorkshire (and the French) could look forward to a weekend they would never forget:

As the Tour grew closer, locals thought of innovative ways they could get into the spirit of the event without contravening strict brand guidelines. Colour featured heavily – from Yorkshire Building Society’s 150 yellow sheep grazing the hillsides of Kettlewell to the 100’s of yellow bikes and coloured jerseys that sprung up around the county. Knaresborough alone had over 2km of tour themed bunting strung around the town centre and our Local Mayor Tony Handley had even painted his house with red polka dots in honour of the occasion!

Yorkshire Building Society yellow sheep kettlewell

Yorkshire Building Society Tour de France Yellow Sheep

Yorkshire Building Society Tour de France Yellow Sheep

Mayor Tony Handley's red spotty house Knaresborough

Sheer Bliss yellow bike

yellow umbrella sculpture, Knaresborough

Yellow bike Knaresborough

Suddenly, after months of preparation, the weekend of the 5/6 July 2014 was upon us all.  On Saturday morning I shoehorned my way onto the train at Knaresborough station, camera in hand, and set off with many other 1000’s of people to celebrate the World’s largest annual sporting event not just visiting Harrogate, but ending its first stage there. I was in good company – the Royals and Prime Minister David Cameron had turned out in force and there were even rumours that David Beckham was in town!

The day did not disappoint. The forecasted rain never emerged and instead the sun shone against a brilliant blue sky. Many chose to line the streets, whilst others watched the race on a big screen in the purpose built fan park on The Stray.

Tour de France Harrogate

Koen de Kort Tour de France 2014

Tour de France Harrogate

Tour de France Harrogate

Tour de France Harrogate

Later, as the riders and team entourage had left to prepare for day 2, 1000’s of friends and families enjoyed the evening sun on the Stray – eating, drinking and listening to the live music.

Tour de France Harrogate

Tour de France Harrogate

Sunday dawned and with it the opportunity to witness the Tour passing through my home town of Knaresborough. Voted the Tour’s ‘Best Dressed Town’, the townsfolk of Knaresborough had certainly got into the spirit of things and that included two famous former residents – Blind Jack and Mother Shipton.

Blind Jack Knaresborough Tour de France

Petrified yellow bike tour de france mother shiptons cave

We located our preferred viewpoint early, choosing to watch the riders as they came up the small incline past King James school and into Knaresborough.

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

After the race had passed, spectators thronged into the Market Place to enjoy food from around the world before making their way to the official spectator hub in Knaresborough Castle grounds to watch the rest of the race on the big screen (or enjoy a coffee courtesy of Harvey Nichols!)

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

Of course Le Tour Yorkshire would not have been the success it was without the 100’s of volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Inspired by the success of the London 2012 ‘Game Makers’, these ‘Tour Makers’ provided help and guidance to the many 1000’s of people who had chosen to visit our region to watch the Tour. I therefore thought it fitting to end with a photo of four ‘Tour Makers’ taking a minute to enjoy the beautiful view from Knaresborough Castle towards the Viaduct and River Nidd below.

The Tour de France comes to Knaresborough

Related Links

In the days following Le Grand Départ, social media has been awash with blog posts and video clips extolling the greatness of the Tour in Yorkshire. Here is a selection of my personal favourites:

27 People who made Le Tour Yorkshire the Greatest Show on Earth (Buzz Feed)

The North – South Divide (Cambridge vs Yorkshire) (Buzz Feed)

31 Images of the Tour de France in Yorkshire (Buzz Feed)


The Grandest of Grand Departs (BBC News)

Tour de France Race Director Christian Prudhomme is lost for superlatives (ITV)

Knaresborough Crowned ‘Best Dressed Town’ of the Tour (ITV)

Speaking of Social Media and highlights, I couldn’t finish this post without including a screenshot of the retweet of my Yorkshire Building Society yellow sheep photos by none other than defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Team Sky!



Greetings cards featuring views of Knaresborough Viaduct throughout the seasons are available to buy via my online shop: www.pictur-esque.com.


Knaresborough Viaduct by Charlotte Gale Frozen River Nidd at Knaresborough Yorkshire Christmas Card by Charlotte Gale

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