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Jonas Hotel "Best Student Housing 2018" - CUBO Awards
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Jonas Hotel "Best Student Housing 2018" - CUBO Awards

University of Sheffield - Unique Jonas Hotel wins top award Sheffield’s Jonas Hotel, the first of its kind in the UK housing students and visitors alike, has won a top award for the University of Sheffield. The unique hybrid hotel, which opened a year ago in the university’s Endcliffe student residences Campus, has won Best Student Housing 2018 in the higher education sector’s CUBO Awards. The 79-room Jonas was born from an imaginative £2million revamp of UoS’s Nineties student residence Jonas Court. Judges heard the venue operates as a vibrant hub for communal living and offers affordable and flexible stays. City tourists, visiting business people, academics and students alike can stay from one night to six months and are encouraged to share communal spaces including kitchens, gaming/cinema room, lounges, meeting rooms and study areas. It offers a flexible alternative for students who do not require a longer term contract as offered by the rest of the university's accommodation portfolio, which houses approximately 6,500 students across the city in beautiful rural and convenient locations. Quirky design features include upcycled furniture, a graffiti wall and artwork showcasing the city’s history and humour. “We are so proud to win this prestigious national award. It is recognition for the hard work and energy our teams put in, and champions the fact that we had the courage to create something new,” said Ian Jones, the university’s Head of Accommodation Services. “Our award puts Sheffield on the map once again. We believe this exciting concept signals a new era in university accommodation which will appear elsewhere in the UK before long. “It is truly flexible, multi functional and by serving not only the entire university’s needs but also the Sheffield community, it fosters a vibrant mix of visitors,” The University of Sheffield beat higher education institutions from across the country to take the title at an awards night staged at Manchester Metropolitan University. Launched in 2012, the CUBO Awards recognise the achievements of those working on campuses and in the industry’s commercial services. Jonas was inspired by the revolutionary Student Hotel in Amsterdam, and is run by UNICUS, the subsidiary which operates the university’s commercial arm. Commented manager Andy Flowers: “This award is the icing on the cake. Since opening we have sold 14,000 beds and welcomed a real mix of guests, from all as far away as Colombia and Australia. “They had different reasons for being in the city. Our concept has drawn students, employees and visitors of our university and Sheffield Hallam, companies such as Siemens and the Neurology Academy, universities in China and Spain and visitors to Sheffield Doc/Fest this year and next.” The university was also highly commended in the Innovation in Catering category of the CUBO Awards for its meat-free cafe. The View Deli, which is on level 4 of the Students’ Union building, serves only vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

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Castle Howard Triathlon returns for ninth two-day festival with new Half-Marathon, 10k run and swimming races
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Castle Howard Triathlon returns for ninth two-day festival with new Half-Marathon, 10k run and swimming races

About the event This weekend, the Castle Howard Triathlon will feature a weekend of top level sport, hosting more than 2,500 athletes over two days of competition. The 13,000 acre grounds of Castle Howard provide one of the most demanding courses of the Castle Triathlon Series, showcasing the iconic Great Lake and the stunning undulating Yorkshire countryside. The two-day triathlon festival, now in its 9th year, sees the addition a Half Marathon, 10k run and swim only races, welcoming a wider audience to the event. Following the success of the first of the Mixed Team Relay races in 2018 (a new triathlon race format which has recently been added to the programme of events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games) this year sees the event play host to the Yorkshire Mixed Team Relay Championship for Yorkshire’s triathlon clubs, including West Yorkshire Police.

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Yorkshire's Standedge Tunnel set for bumper summer of events
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Yorkshire's Standedge Tunnel set for bumper summer of events

West Yorkshire’s Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre – the highest, deepest and longest canal tunnel in the country and one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the British Waterways’ – is set for a bumper summer of events this year. Over the course of the school holidays, visitors to the 200-year-old, Grade II-listed tunnel, set in gorgeous Pennine countryside outside the West Yorkshire town of Marsden, will be able to see performances celebrating the anniversary of a historic Morris dancing troupe, take part in junior activities, or chill out at the very first Huddersfield Yoga & Wellbeing Festival. The summer events include: The 65th Anniversary of the White Rose Morris Men Originally formed in 1953, the Huddersfield-based White Rose Morris Men will be celebrating their 65th anniversary at Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre on Saturday July 21. The troupe will be performing an hour of traditional English dances, while visitors soak up the sun in the site’s picturesque picnic area with spectacular views of the surrounding Pennines and Standedge Tunnel itself. The tunnel’s 30-minute boat trips will also be running on the day. Saturday July 21, 2018, 10.30am to 11.30am, free Canal & River Trust Explorers education events Calling all young Explorers! Throughout the month of August, young visitors will be able to spend fun-filled days with the Standedge Tunnel education team who will be offering a packed schedule of events and activities. Taking place on the first four Wednesdays of the month from 11am to 3pm, activities will be drawn from a selection including face painting, nature walks, animal trails, arts & crafts, pond dipping and more. Activities will vary each week, so guests are advised to check the Standedge Facebook page before visiting. Wednesday August 1, 8, 15 and 22, 11am to 3pm, free Huddersfield Yoga & Wellbeing Festival The very first Huddersfield Yoga & Wellbeing Festival on Saturday August 11 will celebrate all things yoga, fitness, mindfulness, health and wellbeing in the beautiful surroundings of the Standedge Tunnel. The festival will include more than 60 sessions of yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, circuits, nutrition talks, meditation, dance and Zumba, as well as mindful walks and forest bathing. Food will be available from vegan and vegetarian food vendors, while there will also be a punch bar, a tapas bar and coffee shops. Stalls will also offer health products, yoga clothing, and arts and crafts. Saturday August 11, 11am to 9pm, £5 adv/£7 on the door/under-16s free, see http://www.yorkshireyogi.com/ for tickets. Standedge Tunnel 30-minute boat trips For those wishing to venture into Standedge Tunnel and see this marvel of the waterways up close and personal, 30-minute boat trips will be running daily from July 23. The trips offer guests the chance to see inside the tunnel but do not go ‘all the way’. 30-minute trips are daily from July 23 to September 3, 11am to 3pm on weekdays/11 to 4pm on weekends, £5.50 adults/£5 concs/£4.50 children 5 to 15 years/under-5s free Standedge Tunnel Full Length and Over & Under boat trips Visitors wishing to traverse the whole tunnel can take a two-hour, one-way journey through the tunnel. Trips go from either Standedge to Diggle or Diggle to Standedge and include a return taxi ride to either start. Those with more time and who wish to see some of the surrounding countryside can return with a fairly demanding guided National Trust walk over the surrounding moors. Full Length and Over & Under trips are available on Sunday August 5 and Sunday September 2 at 10am (from Standedge) and 1pm (from Diggle). £22.50 per person.

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A Stirling start to award season for Cheese Company
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A Stirling start to award season for Cheese Company

The Swaledale Cheese Company’s - Swaledale Sheep’s cheese has been awarded a Silver medal at this year’s Artisan Cheese awards. The annual awards are held in Melton Mowbray and all of the 500 cheeses entered from 117 cheese makers from UK and Ireland were judged by a panel of Cheese industry experts. Sam Reed, Co -Director of the Swaledale Cheese Company said – ‘We are very pleased to have received a Silver award for the sheep’s cheese. It’s always a real boost when your hard work and efforts are recognised with an award – especially when it’s judged by the top cheese makers in the country. This is our first batch of Sheep’s cheese for the season so a great way for us to promote Swaledale Sheep’s cheese. The Richmond based cheese makers are celebrating trading for over 30 years. The cheese company was set up in 1987 by Husband and Wife team David and Mandy Reed. The company is now run by their children Sam and Louise and from the award won – to the same high quality standards their parents put in place. Swaledale Sheep’s milk cheese is available on line at www.swaledalecheese.co.uk or your local cheese shop.

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Backing the bid for Yorkshire to Host at the  Rugby League World Cup 2021
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Backing the bid for Yorkshire to Host at the Rugby League World Cup 2021

Sir Gary Verity has backed the bid for Yorkshire to play its part in the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) by saying ‘The county has the pride and passion to give the tournament the biggest reception it’s ever had.’ Two Yorkshire rugby league legends - Keith Senior (former Leeds Rhinos/Sheffield Eagles & England centre) and James Simpson (RLWC2021 Ambassador, Leeds Rhinos and England Wheelchair captain) joined Sir Gary at the Welcome to Yorkshire stand at the Great Yorkshire Show where they showed off the coveted Rugby League World Cup trophy to the public.

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