This week, the Prince of Wales visited a number of locations in Yorkshire and one of the places he visited was a West Yorkshire hospice named after him. He met patients, volunteers, supporters and staff at the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract and heard how palliative care is evolving.
He also visited the Army Foundation College in Harrogate and Broadrake Farm in Ingleton. The Army Foundation College trains junior soldiers between ages 16-17; 1,344 pupils or junior soldiers can be trained at one time. They remain at the college for a year and work to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Award. For their final deployment, they can be sent out anywhere from 24-hours for up to 2 weeks.
Captain Lou James, who is responsible for the physical training of the students, told The York Press: “The Junior Soldiers are here for a year, so to see His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was a real privilege.
“The message the visit sends is that the Royal Family are minded to find you what we do here at the college which is very rewarding, but it also shows they have a deep feeling for the military as a whole.”
The Prince started his time in Yorkshire touring a restored farmstead in the Yorkshire Dales where many local businesses are located. He toured The Courtyard in Settle and observed the ventures there, as well. The Courtyard will shortly celebrate its fifth anniversary and was renovated in 2012 by Simon and Sally Robinson and Mark Hancock. Mr Robinson told ITV that with the opening of The Courtyard, it created 37 new jobs for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
He also said about the Prince’s visit: “I think it has been a fabulous day today. He was so interested in everything and the story of developing the barn. The most impressive part was the interest he showed in every single business.”
He added: “He does like his cheese.”
The owners of The Courtyard Dairy, Andy and Kathy Swinsco, persuaded the royal to try several kinds of cheese made by local family farms. These cheeses are unpasteurised and from ‘rare breeds.’ The owner said he preferred cheese made from sheeps milk than any other type of milk.
His Royal Highness enjoyed his cheeses, saying: “God, it is all so irresistible.”