Harrogate Neighbourhood News: October 30, 2014


Thursday, 30th October 2014, 3:09 pm
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BONFIRE NIGHT: will be celebrated in Beckwithshaw on Wednesday, November 5. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm followed by fireworks at 7pm. Food will be available in the village hall, (hot-dogs, soup and the like). So come along and join in the fun.

TABLE-TOP SALE: this will be held in Beckwithshaw Village Hall on Sunday, November 16. The event will be open for sellers to set up from 9am and for the buying public from 10am. For those interested who have not yet reserved a place, the cost is £10 per table. For booking, please call 01423 565812. Light refreshments will be available during the sale. There is adequate disabled access and toilets. Car parking is available at the rear of the hall. Admission is free.


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What’s on today: Thursday, October 30. Don’t forget Bessie’s cake stall at Roots and Fruits on King Edward’s Drive at 10am raising money for Bilton and Woodfield Community Library. There is a councillor’s surgery at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 6-7pm, a chance to meet the councillors for Woodfield ward to discuss any issues.

Services at St John’s: On Sunday, November 2 the family/parade service is at 9.30am, Holy Communion at 11am. At 6pm there is a memorial service. At St Luke’s Holy Communion takes place 10.30am. On Wednesday, November 5 Holy Communion at St John’s, is at 10.30am.

Friends and neighbours: everyone is invited to a service at Woodfield Gospel Hall, 4.30pm followed by tea. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. The Gospel Hall is on Woodfield Grove, HG1 4LR

Bilton Area Methodist Church Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a great value lunch for just £3.50 is Tuesday, November 4. To find out more or book a place telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road with a car park and rear entrance of Bar Place.

Bilton Men’s Forum: on Tuesday, November 4 at Bilton Community Centre, Rev Francis Wainaina will give a talk with slides entitled 1000 miles at 60. The meeting starts at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by the speaker at 2.30pm.

Bilton Bike Club: on Tuesday, November 4 at Bilton Youth Club, Bilton Lane , 6-8pm. This is the place for all cyclists to get together, enjoy a chat over coffee and perhaps pick up some new skills and ideas. It is open to all though children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Email [email protected] for more details.

Thirst: a coffee morning at Dene Park Community Centre on Wednesday, November 5, 10am-noon. All are welcome to this friendly event run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Bilton Historical Society: David Davies will describe the austerity years 1945-51 at the meeting on Wednesday, November 5 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. Admission £2 includes a raffle ticket. The Society study group also meets every Tuesday morning from 9am at Bilton Community Centre. Visitors are welcome to drop in to find out what is happening.

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library: after the excitement of the official opening last Monday it is now back to business as usual. The new library carries over 2,500 new book titles plus all the favourite stock from the old library. The new library is wifi enabled which means people can take their own devices along and take advantage of the many free online services available. Customers can relax, read the daily newspaper and enjoy a coffee at the same time. Storytimes for pre-school children take place every Tuesday morning at 10am. There is a lot more at the planning stage so watch this space.

Community Centre grand draw: anyone who missed the popular draw for 2014 can now take steps to join for 2015. There is a draw every month with prizes of £40 and £10 except December when the prizes are £100 and £25. Posters are in the Community Centre and other locations with full details. Alternatively telephone 01423 522264.

Quiz for Leukaemia and Lyphoma Research: this is advance notice of a special fund raising evening at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane on Saturday, November 15 at 7.30pm. Entrance is £1 per person. There are great prizes for the winning teams plus a raffle with a bottle of champagne for first prize. If you like quizzes and wish to support a worthwhile cause then put this date in your diary now.


Birstwith WI: we had hoped for some samples when Andy Swinscoe came to talk to us about the History of British Cheese and we were not disappointed. He also shared with us his extensive knowledge of how cheese shaped history and history shaped the cheese we have today, from the Romans to Second World War. As well as all these most interesting facts he also brought delicious cheeses for us to buy. Such an enjoyable evening! We would love to have an outing to his Courtyard Dairy in Settle but fear there are now too many of us to fit in his shop at the same time. However I am sure many of us will be making plans to visit in the near future. Continuing the food theme, plans are coming together for our Christmas dinner at The Station who always give us such a good time. Before then there is a quiz evening with others in the Nidd Valley group and of course next month’s meeting when our very own Ann Harriss is going to give us a talk entitled - Get a Hat. Knowing Ann I am sure it will be a great evening. You are most welcome to join us on Thursday, November 13 at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Debbie Britton.

Birstwith Walks: the morning walk on Sunday, November 23 will start from The Station at 10am and traverse lanes, back roads and field paths of High Birstwith and Felliscliffe before returning to The Station, a distance of some four and half miles. The afternoon walk will start from The station at 1pm and go via field paths towards Burnt Yates and Shaw Mills before returning to Birstwith, again around four and half miles. The walks will be at a pace to suit those taking part. If you bring dogs you must keep them under control. You will need clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather and possibly something to drink and eat along the way. For more details please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 or 0771 618 7621 or e-mail [email protected]

The Poppy Appeal: this event will run until Remembrance Sunday on November 9. Poppies will be on sale throughout this period at Birstwith Post Office, The Station, Birstwith Primary School and Belmont Grosvenor School. House to house collections will be made between Saturday, October 25 and Saturday, November 8. To gift aid your donation please ask for one of the special envelopes (Gift Aid enhanced our 2013 appeal by £20.75 bringing the total for the parish to £1805.79). In addition to standard poppies, wrist bands, bracelets and enamel pins (specially date 1914 - 2014 in recognition of 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War) a limited number of car poppies, large double poppies, woven poppy badges and small wooden crosses and wreaths are also available. Please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 for details or to help with the house to house collection. A wide range of poppy branded goods and gifts including Christmas cards, clothing and jewellery is available from www.poppyshop.org.uk or phone 0300 1239 110 to request a catalogue.


Transport: were you aware there are no North Yorkshire County Council Dial and Ride Services on a Friday covering Burnt Yates, Shaw Mills and Bishop Thornton? Instead, there is a Nidderdale Community Transport with a new community car .This is for the community that does not have transport to access local services around Nidderdale. Contact Nidderdale Plus, Katy Penn on 01423 714953 a good 24 hours before to book your place. Due to high demand the service gets booked up quickly. The service is run by volunteer drivers.

Domino Evening: 7.30pm Saturday, November 1, Warsill Parish Hall. Markington Institute Domino Evening on Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Bishop Thornton CE Primary School: Class 1 visited Harewood House to take part in a bird habitat workshop. The children were amazed at all the different kinds of birds and very impressed by Colin the talking crow. There was also time to explore the woodland and lake area on a habitat hunt. The children in Class 1 have a new class pet Sammy a giant African land snail on loan from Lily Bell. The children have been writing their own stories and performing their play scripts in the form of a shadow puppet show. They have achieved some very impressive performances which parents and other children have enjoyed watching. Mrs Gains and Mrs Ward will be running for four weeks a craft club on Monday, November 17-24 and December 1 from 3.15-4pm. This year’s Children in Need theme is super heroes. The children will dress up and donate £1 for Children in Need on November 14.

St Joseph Catholic Primary School: why not follow them on their Facebook page and twitter account, which they are using to promote the school? Please encourage friends and family to do the same.

Parish Bonfire: is on November 7 from 6pm. It will be held in the field behind the presbytery and cemetery. Access is through the gate beside the presbytery garage. Admission is £2.50 which includes a hot og or burger. Don’t forget to take a torch with you.

Church Services: St John CE Church November 2 - 10.45 Holy Communion. November 9 - 10.45 Act of Remembrance. November 11 - 7pm United Benefice Services - Remembrance Ripley Church. Rev Paul Harford, Markington. Telephone 01765 677123. St Joseph Catholic Church - Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm, Sunday Mass 10am. Weekday Masses 9.30am Parishe Priest Fr Barry Cummins telephone 01423 770036.


Summerbridge Players: tickets on sale from Monday, November 3 for the hilarious Summerbridge Players’ Panto Cinderella’s Puss In Boots. Great fun for all the family. Wednesday–Saturday, November 26–29 in Dacre Village Hall, starting at 7.45pm. Tickets £6 from Summerbridge Post Office 01423 780248.

Darley Fireworks: Darley Playing Fields Association will be hosting the annual Darley Firework display at the Playing Fields, Station Road, Darley on Wednesday, November 5. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks from 7.30pm. Lots of traditional bonfire night food and drink will be on sale. Admission is just £2 for adults and £1 for children. The bonfire will be built a few days beforehand, so if you have any suitable items to add to the fire, bring them to the playing fields and add them (but no green garden waste please).

Dance Nights at Darley: the next dance at Darley Memorial Hall is on Saturday, November 8 from 8pm, dancing to the music of Lyne Valley. Admission is £8 and includes supper. At this dance, tickets will be on sale for the Christmas Buffet Dance, which takes place on Saturday, December 20 with dancing to Denis Westmorland. Tickets for the Christmas Dance cost £12.50 if bought in advance or £14 on the night. More details from 01423 780258.

New Year’s Eve: once again, Darley village will celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. Darley Memorial Hall will be decked out in celebration, and there will be a delicious meal to enjoy, followed by dancing to live music from Silhouette. At midnight, we usher in the New Year with the sight and sound of Big Ben and the party continues into the wee small hours. Tickets are always in high demand, and will be on sale on Saturday, November 8 from 9.30am–10.30am at Christ Church Community Centre priced £30. They usually sell out that morning, so don’t be late. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of Darley Memorial Hall, Darley Playing Fields and Christ Church Community Centre.

Remembrance Day: the annual Remembrance Day Service and Concert takes place at Darley Memorial Hall on Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm. There will be a short service and a concert of wartime music performed by the Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Prize Band. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Donations to the Royal British Legion would be welcomed.

The White Rose Male Voice Praise: autumn concert held at Darley Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 18 in support of Horizon Life Training, Killinghall was a great success. Over 100 people attended and enjoyed an evening of song, testimony and a short message from the Bible. A pea and pie supper was provided (pies from KE Balsdon, Summerbridge, were delicious). A total of £640 was donated on the night and a further donation brought the total to £1000. Thank you to everybody who came for making this an evening to remember.

Craft Fair: at Dacre and Hartwith Village Hall on Saturday, November 1 from 10am–2pm, free entry. In aid of Assistance Dogs for the Disabled.

Village Brunch/Afternoon Teas: Hookstone Memorial Hall, Low Lane, Thornthwaite will be serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon teas, ice cream from 9.30am–4.30pm on Saturday, November 1. Raising funds for the hall - Charity No: 701972.

Nick’s Quiz: at the Royal Oak, Dacre Banks will be on Sunday, November 2 at 8pm, to raise funds for the Air Ambulance. The quiz has a £2.50 entry fee per person, included is a pie and pea supper and several prizes. Preferably teams of no more than four but not enforced. It is advisable to ring Anna or Steve telephone 01423 780200 and book a table. This also helps with the catering, although not essential. Just come and have some fun, we will find you a space.

Summerbridge WI: our next meeting is on Monday, November 3, 2pm at Dacre Village Hall, with a presentation by Susan Rogers entitled Vietnam - a Tale of two sides. New members and visitors are always very welcome.

Church services: Sunday, November 2 Providence United Reformed Church, Dacre Top – Mr S Vennart at 9.30am. St Saviour’s Church, Thornthwaite – Sung Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer at 3pm. Holy Trinity Church, Dacre Banks – Commemoration of the Faithful Departed for All Soul’s Day at 6.30pm. St Jude’s Church, Hartwith – Holy Communion at 11am. Christ Church, Darley – Holy Communion with Junior Church at 9.30am. Summerbridge Methodist Church – Mr Stephen Hesselden at 10.30am. Darley Methodist Church – Deacon Rowland Wilkinson at 10.30am.


Church of St Joseph

and St James Follifoot: the service on Sunday, November 2 will be morning prayer at 9.30am.

Kerbside Recycling: on Wednesday, November 5.

TASK: The All Saints Kids will meet on Sunday, November 2 from 9.30-10.30am. At Spofforth All Saints Church. There will be a mixture of craft activities; songs; games; stories and prayers on a Christian theme which will be saints and angels. All children of primary school age are welcome as are their parents or carers. For details you can contact Kirsty Abraham on 07779 654160.

The Leeds Road Practice: have extended hour sessions on every Tuesday from 7.30-8pm and every Thursday from 6.30-9pm. Nurses and GPs will be available by appointment mainly for patients who have difficulty attending during normal working hours.

The Autumn Litter Pick: will take place on Sunday, November 9. Meet at 2pm outside the village shop. Equipment will be provided and free sweets for all participants. Go along and show your pride in your village by spending a short time tidying the area.

Follifoot School: first parent’s evenings for this academic year will be held on Tuesday, November 11 from 3.30-4.30pm for classes 2 and 3 and 3.30-5.30pm for class 1. Class lists will be on display for you to make your own appointment week commencing Monday, November 3. If you are unable to make these two dates please see Mrs Giddings in the school office and an alternative appointment will be made with your child’s class teacher. As a duty of care to the staff at Follifoot, appointments will be accommodated where possible but there may be times when this may not be possible.


Hampsthwaite WI News: the Annual General Meeting of the Hampsthwaite branch of the Women’s Institute will take place on Monday, November 3 at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall.

YCA: Father Tony Callen-Travis will be talking about Faith. The Priest and Humour on Wednesday, November 5 at 2pm at the Bay Horse Community Centre, Burnt Yates. New and prospective members of the Burnt Yates cum Hartwith branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association are welcome to go along.

Bonfire Night: will be celebrated on the Community Field in Burnt Yates on Wednesday, November 5 starting at 6.30pm. Admission for adult and child £3. There will be refreshments afterwards in the church. Contributions of rockets or money will be very gratefully received before the day by Mrs Viner on 779744.

Hampsthwaite Village Society: I see from my programme that Ted Flaxman will be presenting songs, poems and slides based on sailing right round Britain. The evening gets underway at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 6.

Wind in the Willows: tickets are now on sale for the Library Theatre Touring Company’s production of this classic children’s story at the Memorial Hall on Friday, November 7. They are £7 for adults, £3 for children and under fives free.

Handel’s Messiah: has become an annual feature in Nidderdale with it being performed at a different church each year. This year the venue is Holy Trinity Church, Knaresborough but of course anyone from out patch can go along to sing or watch. The singers’ rehearsal starts at 1pm and after the short break for refreshments, the performance will start at 3.30pm. Tickets to include admission and programme cost £12 and must be reserved in advance. For further information and booking forms visit www.nidderdalemessiah.org.uk or ring 01423 206535. Last year £5,500 was raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This year proceeds will go to Saint Michael’s Hospice.


Killinghall Sparkle

and Fizz: Killinghall and District Preschool are holding their annual Christmas shopping event on Thursday, November 6 at Killinghall Village Hall from 7pm. We are fortunate to be hosting a selection of local businesses with a wide range of unique gifts for Christmas shopping under one roof. The night is in aid of raising funds for Killinghall and District Preschool, in particular role-play resources. Admission is £2.50 and includes a glass of fizz and nibbles. Tickets can be purchased on the night or contact the Killinghall & District Preschool facebook page if tickets are required in advance.

Monthly Quiz: is being held in the village hall’s small hall at 7.45pm on Tuesday, November 11. Entry fee is the usual £3 and competitors will have the chance to win a cash prize of £20.

Mums and Tots: at St Thomas Church on Tuesday, November 11, 10.30am– noon. All welcome.

Coffee and Cake: at St Thomas Church on Tuesday, November 11, 1.30pm-3pm. All welcome.

Church services: Sunday, November 2 St Thomas the Apostle – 9.30am Holy Communion. Killinghall Methodist Church – 10.30am The Rev Royston Emms. 6.30pm Rev Keith Page.


Do you enjoy singing?: if you do then you may be interested to hear about the new Harrogate Singing for Fun Group which will be starting on Tuesday, November 4. The group will be meeting at Oatlands ommunity Centre, on the corner of Oatlands Mount and Gladstone Street every Tuesday during term time from 6.30-8pm. It will be a fun, social singing group anyone can join! Come along and enjoy a fun and friendly hour and a half of singing. More details can be found at www.matthewcawood.com/choir or you can call 07411079219 for further information.

Service of Remembrance: on Sunday, November 9, there will be no service at 9.15am or 11.15am at St Marks Church, Leeds Road. There will however be a Service of Remembrance at 10.15am which is a parade service.

Oatlands Parade Christmas Lights: on Saturday November 15 at 5pm there is going to be the first ever Grand Christmas Light switch on for Oatlands Parade!! Come along for a fun filled evening with carol singing, free gifts for the children, mulled wine and a Raffle. More details to follow over the next few weeks.

Date for your diary: on Saturday November 29, St Mark’s Church will be holding their Christmas Fair from 10am-1pm.

Any news: please do get in touch if you have any news or forthcoming events that you would like me to include in this column either by email [email protected] phone me on 01423 880206


PUBLIC EXHIBITION: the Ryecroft Group held an information evening for the public on Tuesday, October 21 concerning their plans for a specialist care home on part of the former Dunlopillo site. This much-needed care facility will be constructed as part of the first phase of development at the site. There would appear to be some clarification needed regarding timing for the construction of the access from the A61 Leeds Road. As it stands at the moment it looks as if construction traffic for the care home would have to use the existing entrance from Station Road. This junction and the intersection with Pannal Bank is already a virtual no-go area for a couple of hours per day so many villagers wonder why the access road from the A61 cannot be built in advance of work starting on the care home. There may be some misunderstanding about the sequence of events and timing of the works so enquiries are being made.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: a short service will be held in Pannal Memorial Hall (that is the part used as the snooker room, not the main village hall) on Tuesday, November 11. Everyone is welcome at this service which starts at 10.45am.

QUIZ: Pannal Village Society will hold their annual memory-challenging event at Pannal Village Hall on Saturday, November 15 at 7.30pm. Food in the form of a fish and chip supper will be available and the bar will be open for drinks. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, please contact Dorothy on 870292 - they’re only £7 each.

PANNAL VILLAGE HALL: to celebrate the completion of the second phase of improvements at the hall, the TOGS will be performing some of their repertoire of music primarily from the 60s 70s and 80s. On previous occasions dancing has been non-stop, except of course for a break for some light refreshments. The bar will however be open non-stop during the function. Doors open at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 22. Tickets can be obtained from committee members or from Crimple Fresh/Post Office and are only £10 each.


Coffee Morning: in aid of Hopeful Hearts - funding heart operations for Chinese babies. Saturday, November 1, 10am–noon at Hunters Cottage, Church, St Pateley Bridge next to the Playhouse. Home of Keith and Joan Branford-White. All welcome.

Art Club: the next meeting of Pateley Bridge Art Club takes place on Tuesday, November 4 at 7.15pm at the Broadbelt Hall in Glasshouses. Workshop with Richard Squire - Life Drawing/Painting. Visitors are welcome.

Coach Trips: Linda is organising a number of coach trips from Pateley Bridge in the run up to Christmas. Thursday, November 6 - three mills trip with fish and chip tea. Saturday, November 22 - Bury Market. Thursday, December 11 – Smiths Garden Centre and White Rose Centre. More details contact Linda - 01423 711942 (evenings)/07531 338585.

Nidd Valley Railway Exhibition: the 50th anniversary of the final train on the Nidd Valley Branch will be marked this weekend with an exhibition at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge on Saturday and Sunday from 10am each day. The exhibition features a number of scale railway layouts based on stations in Nidderdale, Knaresborough and the surrounding area, as well as displays of posters and memorabilia related to railways in the Harrogate district. Admission is £3 and accompanied children are admitted free.

North Country Theatre: North Country Theatre’s production of A Month in the Country will be presented at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge on Saturday, November 8 at 7.30pm. Two men, an artist and archaeologist, recently released from the trenches, find themselves working side by side in a North Yorkshire village. What they slowly uncover is an ancient village mystery, hidden passions and the healing power of a month in the country. This prize winning novel was made into a film with Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh in the starring roles. Directed by Nobby Dimon this production is welcome return to town by this talented company. Tickets are available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy or online at www.northcountrytheatre.com.

Glasshouses WI: the Nidderdale Group Meeting held at Glasshouses on October 8 was a great success. Denise Griffiths gave her talk entitled Colour Me Confident and demonstrated on a model how important the colours we wear are to our appearance and our levels of confidence. The Meeting was well attended by members from all WI’s in the Group. At our meeting on October 15 we held a craft skills sharing evening. Everyone made a decoupage trinket box and some members learnt a new skill. Crochet was very popular and knitting and tatting were also included. The Competition of A Self Portait was won by Judith Smithson. Our next meeting is our Annual Meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 12 at 7.30pm at Primsite. After the business meeting we will be having a Show and Tell session where members can bring along interesting items and share their history with the group. Refreshments will be served. The competition is A Decorated Bottle. Come along and join us as we elect our committee for the coming year.

Volunteers needed: at Age UK, Pateley Bridge. Variety of tasks, various hours available especially weekends. No experience needed. Please call in or contact Alison or Barbara on 01423 712435.

Church services: Saturday, November 1 Bewerley Grange Chapel – 7.30pm All Souls Service. Sunday, November 2 Bewerley Grange Chapel – 9am Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer. St Cuthbert’s Church – 9.30am Genesis Service. 10.30am Eucharist. St Mary’s Church, Greenhow – 6.30pm Celtic Eucharist. Pateley Bridge Methodist Church – 10.30am Messy Church. 10.30am Songs of Praise with Sister Janet Durbin. Glasshouses Methodist Church – 10.30am Miss Olive Moyses. Sunday Mass at Our Lady’s Pateley Bridge: Saturday Vigil 6.30pm and Sunday 10.30am. At Menwith Hill Sunday 9.15am.


Ripley Cinema: continues on Friday, October 31 with 12 years a slave. Tickets at £5 from Andy on 860340.

The Big Ripley Quiz: will be held at the town hall on Friday, November 14 at 8.30pm with cash prizes. All welcome.

Ripley Live: on Saturday, November 7 the guitarist and song writer Steve Cropper will be appearing at Ripley Town Hall. On Saturday, November 15 Martin Harley returns to our studio accompanied by American, Sam Lewis. Get your tickets now from Ripleylive.com.

All Saint’s Church: Sunday, November 2 10.45am Eucharist. Wednesday, October 5 10am Eucharist.


In Search of Lost Scotton Treasures Day: the Claro Community Archaeology Group will be holding a Treasures Day this coming Saturday, November 1 in the village hall between 11-4pm. So if you have discovered any small historic objects in your house, garden or the surrounding countryside bring them along on Saturday when experts will be on hand to identify and record them. Also, if you have any information about village history: including maps, photographs or documents the Scotton Heritage project team would love to know about them and have the opportunity to record them. Your find might even get a mention in the final published history of our community.

Bonfire Night: continuing the historic theme, Scotton’s traditional bonfire night celebration is always on November 5, next Wednesday, but without a Guy on top of the fire, as he lived for a time in the village. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with the spectacular fireworks display starting at 7pm. There will also be a bar and hot refreshments courtesy of the cricket club and Scotton Scorchers. Parking will be available at Percy Fields on the Kids at Heart and Scorchers car parks, so as far as possible would visitors coming by car please park there rather than on the road into the village which becomes badly clogged and is potentially dangerous in the dark especially for children.

Christmas Fayre: this year’s Christmas Fayre (which has apparently been held for well over 50 years) will be held in the village hall on Saturday, November 22 starting at 2pm. There will be something for all the family with stalls offering bric-a-brac, gifts, children’s games, books, cakes and produce and children’s books and toys as well as a bumper raffle and popular tombola. Brighten up a November afternoon and indulge yourself with a delicious home made afternoon tea, and featuring a guest appearance from Father Christmas. Proceeds from the Fayre will go to support St Thomas Church.

Spring Daffodils: there will be a new display of daffs in spring on the green opposite the pub thanks to Andrea and Howard as they were spotted on Saturday planting the bulbs. The green is also due a facelift when Graham gets confirmation from NYCC and the Parish Council that Graham’s team of highly trained volunteers can start work on repainting the old lamp post ready for the new village sign to go on the top.

Church Services: for Sunday, November 2, All Saints Day. There is no service at St Thomas, Scotton but there will be a Communion service at 10am at the Methodist Church. There will also be an 8.30am Holy Communion (BCP) at Farnham, 9.30am Eucharist at Staveley, 11am Eucharist at Copgrove and a special Memorial service for the whole Benefice (in remembrance of departed loved ones) at Arkendale church at 4pm.


All Saints Church: Saturday, November 1 will be All Souls Day and there will be a service at 7.30pm to commemorate the faithful departed. The service on Sunday, November 2 will be a family service at 10.30am.

Kerbside Recycling: on Tuesday, November 4.

TASK: the All Saints Kids will meet on Sunday, November 2 from 9.30-10.30am. At All Saints Church Spofforth. There will be a mixture of craft activities; songs; games; stories and prayers on a Christian theme which will be saints and angels. All children of primary school age are welcome as are their parents or carers. For details you can contact: Jo Townend on 07946 678267 or Samantha Corderoy on 07769 720945.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning will be from 10-11.30am on Thursday, November 4 in The Long Memorial Hall. All persons over 50 are welcome for a chat and light refreshments.

A Reminder: that the Spofforth bonfire will take place at the cricket ground on Saturday, November 1. Gates will open at 5-30pm. There will be a bonfire and an amazing professional fireworks display. Hot food and drinks will be available and there will be a fully dispensed licensed bar. Children are very welcome if accompanied by an adult. Please, no dogs and no sparklers. Tickets at £4, adult; £2, child or £10, family are available from Spofforth School; G &M News; the Hairbelle or 12A High Street. It is worth buying in advance as prices at the gate are £5, adult; £2.50, child and £12.50 family.

Spofforth School: if your children was born between September 1, 2010 and August 3, 2011, inclusive, they are eligible for a place in a primary school reception class in September 2015 and you can contact the school. You may also visit [email protected] The application deadline is January 15 2015. Please note that if your children already attend the nursery setting at Spofforth this does not automatically guarantee a place in reception at Spofforth school.


Autumn Day: what a lovely morning we all had last week and it was wonderful to see so many children there! They very quickly planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs to extend the spring colour on Belmont field and planted a dozen little oak trees that Barry Wilkinson had grown,-Barry had been a good friend and waterer for Starbeck in Bloom for many years and these were all his baby trees, a little legacy. The Harrogate District Biodiversity group were kept very busy making bug houses with the children and helping them to follow the bug hunt around the library gardens. We were blessed with mild weather too and not too much mud! These events are great for families and we aim to do at least three free days a year so keep following us on Facebook and Twitter. We are already planning next years diary to include winter bird watch, a bake off style coffee morning, a bag pack at Morrisons at Easter, a wild flower planting day in the spring, our August village show to include a teddybears picnic and a giant village litterpick.

Starbeck Methodist church concerts: the afternoon concert is on this Sunday, November 2 at 2.30pm. This is given by Loughborough male Voice choir and is free with donations to church funds and the monthly concert is on Saturday, November 8 at the usual time of 7.30pm with tickets costing £7 or £16 for a family. Barbershops in Harmony features Stray Sound Ladies chorus and Mens Yorkshire Chorus, it should be a good concert!

Christmas fair: it is a busy time for Christmas fairs and always a good chance to start on your present list! At Handprints 68A High Street and at library on Monday, November 10 the fair is from 2pm-7pm selling original Art, Christmas cards and decorations and also gifts from Tidy Gardens such as bird feeders and winter planters. Bakewell will have their mince pies which are always delicious and can be frozen in advance. There will be a storytime in the library to entertain the children so a pleasant and early start to Christmas.

Starbeck Lights Christmas Fayre: a big apology first I had been given an incorrect date and I have misled you all. The Christmas Fayre to raise money for Starbecks lights is on Saturday, November 15 NOT 22. I am so sorry and to those who contacted me about having a stall I have passed your details on to the new committee. I do know that they are very keen to have as many stalls as possible and making this a big fund raiser. It is held in St Andrews church from 11am. Watch out for posters with more information.

Remembrance Sunday: this service and parade is on Sunday, November 9 at 3pm. For many years this has been organised by Nigel Parry at first with Gordon Beer after the cenotaph was cleaned and refurbished in the late 1980s Nigel continued to plan the service and the parade and it is always a highlight of the Starbeck year. He has now passed on the role to Gordon’s daughter Sarah who I know will do a good job. Over the years the size of the parade and the numbers of standards from the many groups has increased and it is a proud moment to stand there with our MP, councillors, veterans and so many uniformed people from the very young upwards and join in a short service led by representatives from all the churches in Starbeck. The numbers continue to swell and the cup of tea afterwards at the Methodist church is always welcome and a chance for the ‘villagers’ to have a chat.

Starbeck library are the hosts to Healthwatch North Yorkshire: on Tuesday, November 4 from 1pm-4pm all are welcome to call in and tell the group about your views or experiences of the Health service and Social Care services. It is a drop in session organised by Healthwatch and a second one will be held on Tuesday, December 2

Starbeck Methodist Gift Day: this is to be held on Saturday, November 22 from 9.30-2pm. The church roof is in need of major work and your gift of money is urgently needed. The money can also be Gift aided which increases the value of your donation. Refreshments will be served all day including sandwiches at lunchtime.

Do you like to dance?: Sequence dancing to live music with Philip Randles on keyboard will be at St Georges Social Club, St Georges Rd HG2 9ER,Saturday, November 8 from 7-30pm 10.30pm. Members £4.50 non members £5. Contact 07939094714.

Saturday Coffee mornings: the Friends of Starbeck library hold a coffee morning each Saturday for their funds with a book sale once a month and across at the Methodist Church coffee mornings are held along with cake stalls for various group funds This Saturday, November 1 it is to raise funds for the church garden. The gardening group there do a great job and achieved a gold in the garden competition and a commendation from Yorkshire in Bloom. Anne and her helpers do all the garden on a shoestring budget so pop in for a cuppa and help them buy a few more plants! The Starbeck column is fortnightly not weekly so if you have any news please make sure I have it well in advance to avoid missing the deadline, the best way is by email but leaving messages on the answer phone is good or even a letter!


Church Services: this Sunday in Staveley there is a special All Saints Day Service with Eucharist at 9.30am followed by a Eucharist Service in Copgrove at 11am.

Staveley Historical Society: the first meeting of the new season got off to a splendid start when Paul Walters spoke about Thomas Edison, A Telegraphers Tale. This was a very humourous and informative talk much enjoyed by supporters and visitors. On November 10 the society has a return visit from local historian, Gillian Hovell who is an excellent speaker and she will talk about Roman Sacred Springs and Spas.

Royal Oak: I have just been informed that popular hosts of the pub, Daniel and Cheryl Parry will be celebrating five years since they took over this Sunday - more news next week about future plans, and well done to Dan and Cheryl for all their hard work and valuable contribution to the life of the village.


Nidderdale Birdwatchers’ Society: programme for November as follows: Friday, November 14: A full day visit to Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve, Elland, near Halifax, which has really good mixed habitats and feeding stations next to the River Calder; Monday, November 17: Our Birding Year - members’ night (evening meeting); Saturday, November 22: A full day trip to Potteric Carr - flagship reserve for winter birdwatching. Everyone is very welcome to go along even if not a member, but please contact Secretary, Angus Gosman on 01423 755276 or email [email protected]

Remembrance Day Service: will be held at St Chad’s Church, Middlesmoor at 10.30am on Sunday, November 9, a special year in which the local community will congregate to commemorate the First World War Centenary with a service and minute’s silence at Middlesmoor’s cenotaph.

Church Services: will be held at St Mary’s Church, Ramsgill on Sunday, November 9/23. Methodist services will be held at Wath Chapel at 6.30pm on Sunday, November 9/23.

St Chad’s Rota: for November as follows: November 9 - Flowers/cleaning - Josie Firth and Karen Ramsden. November 23: Flowers - Sue Weatherhead; cleaning - Angela Raynerd.

Friends of Middlesmoor Playground: wish to thank everyone who supported their cake/bric-a-brac stall held at Pateley Bridge last Saturday. A total of £200 was made, which will now provide the playground with a picnic table and matting for underneath the swings. The committee are now in the process of selecting two new pieces of equipment to install, hopefully before winter arrives.

AONB Event: will take place on Tuesday, November 4 from 6-8.30pm: Explore Greenhow’s Mine - follow in the footsteps of the Greenhow miners on this trip down Gillfield Mine. It will mainly be walking along a level passage way with ladders to an upper level. Wellington boots are essential and old waterproofs are recommended. Hard hats with lamps will be provided. Please meet at Coldstones Quarry offices, Greenhow. The cost is £5 per adult, under 16s free. However, booking is essential on 01423 712950 or email [email protected]

Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: next meeting will involve a talk/slides on Historic Parks & Gardens of Swaledale and Wensleydale by Yorkshire Gardens’ Trust speaker, Val Hepworth. Val is a font of knowledge on the subject, which she enthusiastically shares, backed up by a selection of books and historic maps for her audience to peruse. The meeting will start at 7.30pm at Lofthouse Village Hall, to which visitors are extremely welcome.

Bags2School: reminder from organiser, Diane Graham: “The next Lofthouse Primary School collection will be on Thursday, November 6. Bags can be filled with clothes, hats, belts, handbags, soft toys but with no bedding, curtains or towels. The bags can be left in the staff car park shelter from Monday, November 2 onwards.”

Superfast Broadband: reminder from Stephen Ramsden and Andrew Hatton, stating that if you wish to obtain a much quicker Broadband service, then please register on the website www.ilovebroadband.co.uk or contact the company by ringing 0845 6435811. It is important for people to sign up now for it to be a success!

Ramsgill Domino Drive: reminder for this Saturday, November 1 which will take place at the village hall from 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Nidd Valley Railway Exhibition: reminder from Chris Henderson: “The fiftieth anniversary of the final train on the Nidd Valley branch will be marked this weekend with an exhibition at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge on Saturday/Sunday from 10am each day. The exhibition features a number of scale railway layouts based on stations in Nidderdale, Knaresborough and the surrounding area, as well as displays of posters and memorabilia related to railways in the Harrogate district. Admission is £3 and accompanied children are admitted free.”

Nidderdale Country Theatre: production of A Month in the Country, will be presented at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge on Saturday, November 8 at 7.30pm. The storyline is about two men, an artist and archaeologist, recently released from the trenches, who find themselves working together in a North Yorkshire village. What they slowly uncover is an ancient village mystery, hidden passions and the healing power of a month in the country. This prize winning novel was made into a film with Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh in the star roles. Directed by Nobby Dimon, this production is a welcome return to town by this talented company. Tickets are available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy or online at www.northcountrytheatre.com.


BONFIRE NIGHT: will be celebrated in Whixley on Saturday, November 1 with the usual bonfire and fantastic firework display conducted by professionals. There will be lots of seasonal food in the village hall from 6.30pm and after the firework display which starts promptly at 7pm. To fund the fireworks there will be a collection around the village the week before and a bucket collection on the night.

LITTER PICK: as always, after the fireworks, there will be a litter-pick around the village the Sunday morning, November 2. Pick up your litter-picker and black bag from the village hall any time after 10am and do your bit to keep the village looking loved.

WI: on Tuesday, November 4 our WI welcomes Julie Dodsworth to talk on the subject of Calamity Jane, about her canal boat and associated art work. This is also the month when the AGM is held and the committee members and a new president will be elected to serve for 2014/15. The meeting starts at 7.15pm in the supper room of the village hall and visitors are always welcome.

REMEBRANCE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9: following the 9am Eucharist at the Church of the Ascension, Whixley, there will be a Service of Remembrance at the village war memorial commencing at 11.55am.

FROM MUSIC HALL TO MONS: there will be a fine time to be had in true old-time music hall fashion at the Green Hammerton Club on Friday evening, November 14 , 7 for 7.30pm. The tickets cost £12.50 from Malcolm and Rita Horner ( 01423 331428) and as well as a hearty supper of beef and potato pie with sherry trifle to follow, you will be regaled by the musical talents of several local worthies rendering much-loved songs from the time of the First World War.

SHEEP RACING IN WHIXLEY: yes, you have got to believe it. The cricket club is holding a race evening in the village hall on Friday, November 21. Doors open at 6.30pm and a pea and pie supper at 7pm is followed promptly by the racing at 7.30pm. How the sheep are to be managed is anybodies’ guess but tickets, £6 for one, £10 for a double ticket can be obtained from Tina Chamberlain (01423 331767). There are opportunities to be an owner or a rider (the RSPCA should be told about this), and prize money to be won.

CRAFT FAIR: early notice of the village hall craft fair to be held on Sunday, November 30 from 11- 4pm.



The next meeting of the current season is on Tuesday, November 4 when the guest speaker is Mrs Jean Macquarrie of the Harrogate Advertiser whose topic is Meet the Editor. The meeting commences at 10am for refreshments with the speaker on from 10.30am for about one hour. Harlow Men’s Forum meet at Harlow Hill Methodist Church on the corner of College Road and Otley Road. At a recent meeting popular member and raconteur His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson entertained his audience with a talk on Curiosities which included true stories of a mermaid-dressing cleric and a padre who alienated his congregation so replaced them with cardboard cut-outs! More information about the Forum can be found on the website www.harlowmensforum.org or by contacting the general secretary Neil Ramshaw on 01423 879535 or [email protected]

British Sugar-craft Guild

Harrogate and District Branch - At the October meeting, Marilyn Hill demonstrated Camelia’s and foliage and subsequently donated the spray as a raffle prize. Some members had attended a workshop the previous day. Club members Chrissey and Judy will demonstrate Christmas Decorations on November 10. Everyone welcome to our monthly meetings at the Green Hut, Harlow Avenue. Harrogate HG20AS, where we commence at 7.30pm with a social ‘chat and cuppa’. Visit our website at www. harrogatesugarcraftguild.org.uk

Nidderdale Long Distance Walkers Association

Our 15 mile Remembrance Walk to Buckden Pike memorial on Saturday, November 8 starts at 9am from Buckden car park. Contact Stuart on 01423 526872 or 07702 174580. The next group meeting is at 8pm on Tuesday, November 18 at The Union, Calcutt, Knaresborough. Contact the group secretary on 01423 864040 or see www.ldwa.org.uk/Nidderdale

Knaresborough Men’s Forum

63 members of the Knaresborough Men’s Forum enjoyed a talk and slide show given by Peter Walker and his wife entitled Wacks Wicked (Carnivorous plants). Members were also pleased to welcome a visitor our previous chairman Terry Maud who during the summer moved house to Hay-on-Wye. Peter Walker born and bred in Knaresborough was not of a particular horticultural mind until 30 years ago when he worked in the Netherlands at a plant research centre when became attracted to plants and plant propagation. He has since designed many gardens for banks and parks in Azerbaijan, and with his wife he founded Wacks in his own back garden in Knaresborough, he loves unusual plants and not only carnivorous types, theirs must be the smallest garden centre in the UK. He has therefore limited space to grow but even so most of his plants for sale are grown at home other’s are supplied by specialist growers and by their exotic aunt from Trinidad. Mr Walker has shown at many local flower and agricultural shows in including the Great Yorkshire Show and this year at the Harrogate Flower Show where he was awarded a Silver Gilt medal for his display. At the Great Yorkshire Show he was fortunate and privileged to meet Sophie Countess Of Wessex who visited his stand. He explained his love for carnivorous plants and how these plants catch their prey. Insects are lured by the scent of nectar and then they fall into a pool of liquid where they drown and their bodies become nutrients for the plants. Carnivorous plants cannot take nutrients from the soil and this is the only way they survive, but they can grow virtually anywhere on the planet except polar regions. After the meeting 20 members adjourned to the Dower House for the monthly forum lunch.

Rotary club of harrogate
Recollections of Rotary Past. On Monday the members of the club were royally entertained by fellow Rotarians Charles Jesper and John Batchelor who returned to complete their reminiscences, stories and anecdotes of Rotary past. Whilst it is evident that the make-up of the club membership has changed over the years in terms of both average age and business profile, the aims of the club remain focused on helping those in need and the wider community in general. They both highlighted their enjoyment of the fellowship of Rotary and the pleasure that it has given them over the years. For more information about our club visit www.harrogate.rotary1040.org

Harrogate Wheel Easy! Leisure Cycling Group

On Wednesday there was a short but hilly ride to Almscliffe Crag and a ride to Bramham involving a friendly encounter with a horse and cart. Other groups made a hilly trip to Thruscross and Pateley Bridge and a longer, flatter route to Easingwold. The long riders went to Lotherton Hall and Selby, then to York via the Solar System cycle track. Sunday was bright and breezy; both the short and medium rides went to Hampsthwaite and another group cycled to Beningborough Hall. The long riders tried out the Bronte Country Ride to Haworth, a distance of 67 miles and elevation of 7200 feet. New and experienced cyclists are invited to join Wheel Easy at Hornbeam Station every Sunday and Wednesday at 9.30am. Contact [email protected], 07711 294265 or www.wheel-easy.org.uk


Harrogate Male Voice Choir meets every Tuesday evening for two hours at 7.30pm in Wetherby Road Methodist Church Hall on Wetherby Road. New members always receive a warm welcome and they would especially woul like a few more first tenors. There are no voice testing and you are sure to enjoy this very distinctive sound made by a good happy body of men singing together. It is really quite different from any other form of choir singing. Visitors always welcome. For more information you can ring Ian Brocket on 01423 541720 or George Cross on 01423 884468.


In October we had an interesting lecture entitled A Very Dangerous Work: Gilbert Scott and the Restoration of Ripon Cathedral presented by David Winpenny. Our next lecture will be on November 17: Charles Dickens, The Man & His Life Through his Characters. 8pm, Christchurch on the Stray. Visitors welcome. 0113 2502243.

Harrogate Fell & Dale Club

Sunday, November 2 – Circular from Swainby taking in Whorlton Castle and part of the Cleveland Way (eight miles) – 01423 505006 for further information. Wednesday, November 5 – pub night at the Tap & Spile PH from 8.30pm. www.fellandale.org.uk - new members will receive a warm and friendly welcome.


Next Saturday, November 1 get the 9.05am train and meet at 10am at York Railway Station (WH Smiths Bookstall) for a nine mile circular walk along the riverside, walls and snickleways. For more details telephone 01423 506742. New walkers welcome. Visit our website to find out more about us at www.harrogateramblers.org.uk

Harrogate Mens Forum

Harrogate Mens Forum is aimed at the retired and semi-retired by providing a varied series of weekly talks from speakers on a wide range of subjects. At our meeting on October 16 we received an illuminating talk from Maggie Poppa on A Year in Italy describing the time spent by her as a young woman in Italy at the age of 19 in the early 1960s. It was particularly interesting to hear of her accounts of life working for Italian families teaching English and later looking after young children. Her accounts of Italian society, food and culture were also particularly interesting. Maggie also told us that she has retained her love of Italy, its food and culture. At our meeting this morning, Thursday, October 30, Tony Morris will provide us with an intriguingly entitled talk on Unacceptable Behaviour. Following this on Thursday, November 6 we will hear from Peter Dransfield with an illustrated talk entitled Bits and Pieces. Meetings are held every Thursday (unless otherwise notified) at 10.15am at the St Paul’s Church Hall, Harrogate (opposite Harrogate Public Library) on Victoria Avenue; the entrance to the hall is in Belford Road. New members are always welcome and further details can be obtained by contacting 01423 521506 or visiting our website www.mensforumharrogate.org

The National Health Service Retirement Group

The next meeting will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, November 12 at Starbeck Methodist Church when we will be entertained by The Daytones Harmony Barbershop Chorus. Anyone who had worked for the NHS is welcome to join us. For more information about our branch meetings, outings, walking and strolling groups phone Amy Clark (01423) 888753 or visit www.nhsrf-harrogate.org.uk There will also be a fund raising coffee morning 10am-noon on Saturday, November 15 at Starbeck Methodist Church to raise funds for Carer’s Resource.

Harrogate & District Naturalists’ Society

The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 5 at St Robert’s Centre, Robert Street (opposite Waitrose), commencing 7.30pm. Whitfield Benson will present an illustrated talk entitled Wildlife Images and Observations 2013. Non-members welcome, admission £3. Further information at www.hdns.org.uk


Harrogate Harmony are a small friendly group of male barbershop singers who meet on Wednesday evenings from 7.45-9.45pm at St Paul’s Church rooms, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, opposite the Library. We welcome new members whether experienced singers or complete novices. There is no need to read music as training CDs are provided as an aide to learning our repertoire of popular barbershop songs. For more information please contact [email protected] or on 07949 267344, check our website, www.harrogateharmony.org.uk or just drop in on a Wednesday evening.

Learn to play the Ukulele!

Harrogate Music Centre is now introducing a beginners Ukulele Band for complete beginners. Come along to the music centre on a Saturday morning which already hosts bands, jazz bands, orchestras, guitar groups and more for all ages.

If you would like to know more, contact Stephen Price on 01609 534979 or [email protected] or www.hmc-parents-assoc.org.uk

All you need is a ukulele. We would love you to join us!


On Tuesday, October 21 the Business Networking Group (The Catalysts) met at Harrogate Cricket Club for breakfast and a presentation by Carlos Horner - Director of Business Doctors - titled Antidote to the Dragons’ Den. In the evening the Club met at the Crown Hotel for dinner and a talk by club member Russ Hirst – of Sense Financial Advice – titled How does retirement look to you?

Next Meetings: Tuesday, November 4 7am for 7.30am Business Networking Group at Harrogate Cricket Club for breakfast and a presentation by Steve Philip - Managing Director of Linked2Success – titled 14 ways to ensure you’re getting LinkedIn right; 7pm for 7.30pm for a wine tasting evening. E-mail [email protected] or www.rotaryharrogatebrigantes.org.uk/


Knaresborough Country Women met at Gracious Street Methodist Church on Monday, October 20. Our speaker for October was Mr Colin Alderson who spoke to us, along with a slideshow, of when he was chef to the Queen. Colin has worked at all the Royal residences, including on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Queen took a big interest in how the tables were laid out, the one at Christmas was extra special and were decorated according to the room they were in. Colin had a lot of interesting stories to tell us. Members then went on to discuss their Christmas lunch venue. Our November meeting will be a members one where will we be bringing along any homemade Christmas decorations.

New members are always welcome, details of membership etc can be obtained from Doris Hayton on 01423 867144. We meet at Gracious Street Methodist Church Hall at 2pm on the third Monday of each month.


Have you had a stroke and are struggling with any form of communication and would like support from others in a warm and friendly group.

A monthly support group called Speakability meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 2-4pm at St Mark’s Church, Leeds Road, Harrogate. We have very interesting speakers as well as informal meetings where support can be given from people who are having similar problems and concerns. For further information please call, or get someone to ring on your behalf to Jenny Jones on 01423 865941.


The club is bursting at the seams with creative talent. That was the view of professional and lifestyle photographer Kathryn Widdowson as she announced the winners of the group’s Open Competition, the first contest of the new autumn and winter season. The guest judge had spent the previous two weeks scrutinising some outstanding images. Club members were clearly passionate about their photography and had demonstrated high levels of composition and creative thinking. Kathryn returns to the club later this year for a presentation on the challenges and opportunities posed by the commercial photography world. The placed images for the Open Competition were as follows: Print Category: 1. Bamburgh Morning by John Ash; 2. Hut Porches by Sue Evison; 3. Storm Brewing by Richard Bryant; 4. Fountains in Nice by Gillian Duckett. Highly commended: RAF Menwith Hill at Sunset by Karen Noble; High Life by Richard Bryant; Road to Wasdale Head by John Ash. Projected Category: 1. Nantgwynant by Richard Bryant; 2. Cathedral Cove by Celia Sharp; 3. Take the Tube by Richard Bryant; 4. Sheikh Zaved Mosque by Stuart Hartharn. Highly commended: Don’t Look Down by Alan Pounder; Fireworks by Alan Pounder; Determination by John Davison; Wind Power Steering by Hazel Shaw. Projected Plus category: 1. Mesa Arch, Utah by Wendy Ferguson; 2. Wanna Play? by Andrew Munden; 3. Time to Go Home by Mike Morley; 4. Monument Valley Sunrise by Wendy Ferguson. Highly commended: Strangers in the Night by Mike Wood; Skippers by Sue Evison; Craghopper by Mervin Straughan.

Knaresborough Camera Club welcomes members of all levels with an emphasis on learning together. Further information: knaresboroughcameraclub.blogspot.co.uk.

The Friends of Harrogate and District Museums

Members and guests had a very informative talk given by David Winpenny on the architectural works of Sir Gilbert Scott and especially the restoration of Ripon Cathedral. Scott was very much influenced by Pugin.

The restoration began in 1862 and was one of his least controversial projects replacing much of his predecessor Edward Blore’s unsuitable alterations. He underpinned the two west towers which was near collapse falling away from the rest of the building. He installed new wooden ceilings throughout. The next meeting will be on Sunday, November 30 at 2.30pm when Adam White curator of Lotherton Hall will talk on the Hall’s Victorian Furniture Collection.


Once again at our annual Harrogate lecture at St Paul’s United Reform Church we were privileged to hear an outstanding lecture from Harrogate historian Mr Malcolm Neesam. His subject was the town in the 20th Century largely through photographs which Malcolm explained were not always of high quality because of wartime censorship or poor reproductions of press pictures. Many of us knew that the unveiling of the cenotaph in 1923 was watched by large crowds but we did not know about the Belvedere Room listing the names of the Harrogate war dead which was covered by whitewash in the 1970s. Controversy seemed to occur every decade whether caused by the rose gardens on the Stray in the 1930s or the West Riding’s road scheme of the 1960s which would have demolished the Pump Room. Harrogate has also had to adapt to the decline of the spa and the growth of the conference trade which led to the £34 bn International Centre opened in 1982. Janet Hutton, our chairman, thanked Malcolm for a most fascinating afternoon. Join us at Bishop Monkton Village Hall at 2.30pm on Saturday, November 8 at the time of remembrance for a talk about Wilfred Owen who of course had Ripon connections. For more information about our group ring 01423 322809.

PROSPER (Harrogate and District Prostate Cancer Support Group)

Prosper’s monthly meeting takes place tonight, Thursday, October 30. Dr Bottomley, Clinical Oncologist at St James’s Hospital, Leeds will give a presentation entitled Brachytherapy... Seeds and Rods. Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy in which delivery of radiation is targeted directly to the prostate gland through the implantation of small radioactive pellets. As usual the event takes place at Christchurch Hall, Harrogate. We will be convening at 6.45pm with tea or coffee and a chance to chat, prior to the meeting’s start at 7pm. There is always the chance to chat and socialise after the meeting.

Earlier in October twelve Prosper members thoroughly enjoyed a wet weekend in the Lakes. Organised by Macmillan nurse, Sue Lennon, we walked by the side of Derwent Water on Saturday, taking in the dramatic landscape as shafts of sunshine pierced the rain clouds. A meal and a few drinks were enthusiastically devoured in Borrowdale on Saturday evening. Sunday morning saw us hike up to the Keswick Stone Circle through heavy showers and high winds. The view of the circle, glimpsed through horizontal rain was well worth the effort.

harrogate lunar society

The Lunar Men played with a yoyo, made a slinky monster and an aeolian harp all from audio and video tape. They visited The Royal Hall, saw a scientific exhibition and made a bang with a violet cloud! Lastly they put a radiometer into a freezer making it go backwards! Contact [email protected] for further information.

Harrogate Poker League

We are rapidly approaching the end of season XII and with nineteen separate leagues and a global table to compete for there’s plenty of exciting poker to come.

Our Sunday winners this week were Kevin Gibson at the Regency and at the Trades Hall later in the day. At Starbeck WMC Ian Kenyon was victorious whilst Steve Benson won again at the Otley Social Club. On Monday remarkably Kev Gibson won again, this time at Venue 1919, as Joe Robinson took down the Hart and Steve Ingles achieved a similar result at the Claro Beagle.

Milan Vankovics took another step towards the league title with another win at the High Harrogate and Greg McLachlan won at the Harlow Hill Club. Bib Bielby has been in scintillating form of late and his dominating run continued with a win and another hat full of bust-outs at Starbeck WMC.

Dave Horsman took down the Board in Knaresborough on Wednesday and in the process leap-frogged Stu Strike at the head of the table. I have to say that it’s not often we hear the words ‘Leap-Frog’ and ‘Sty Strike’ in the same sentence. Len Wright took advantage of the mass trip to Vegas by winning at the Brunswick and closing the gap a little on runaway leader Nigel Morris and Gary Jackson won at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

On Thursday Mark Boyle won an ultra-competitive event at Park Place and Chris Deeley made his mark at the Otley Social Club. Alejandro Garcia Fernandez won the Thursday tournament at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

Friday saw Malcolm Thomson sneak out of the poker woodwork and win on another great night at Harlow Club and John Gilmour reaffirmed his league challenge by winning at the Trades Hall. At Starbeck Cons Vickie Cooper ended the week on a high winning the 34 seater there.


The next roadshow is this coming Saturday, November 1 at Harlow Hill Club starting at 6pm. This is as straightforward as it gets with a £10+£1 buy-in for a 50k Stack. No Rebuys, no Add-ons, no frills just poker at its purest, a six hour format using the same structure as the league events but with extended blind levels. In the EPS Sponsored Fantasy Poker League, Paul Underwood wins the team of the week award with his AQ is Pants team who amassed 9645 points, but Andy Baugh still has a slim lead at the top of the table. In the Rascals Global League Bib Bielby maintains his top spot after another profitable week.

Nidderdale Plus

The AGM of Nidderdale Plus will take place on Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm at Bishopside and Bewerley Memorial Hall, Park Road, Pateley Bridge. This is a chance for anyone who lives or works in the area to catch up on the work of Nidderdale Plus and to hear updates from speakers about high speed broadband in Nidderdale and the development of community hubs. All welcome to attend – refreshments will be available - please let the Nidderdale Plus office know beforehand if you’re able to come (tel 01423 714953).

Harrogate Writers’ Circle

The group met on Wednesday, October 1 for a manuscript evening. The Circle were so pleased to welcome back Chris Barnes after a short time away. He read Postcard from Dorset. Lesley Taylor then presented her revised entry for the short story competition called Business Meeting. Peter Caunt’s ghost story was called Lord of the Manor. Sheila read her entry for the annual short story competition called But That’s Life. The story was highly commended by the adjudicator. Joe Peter’s entry for the competition was called Old World, New World. Catherine Burwell’s proposed entry for a flash fiction competition was called The Burial. Flash Fiction where competitors are required to write a story of no more than 400 words on a subject that is given to them has proved to be a popular event with the members. Daphne Peters amused us with her humorous poem, about a cat, called The Wrong Name. Sue Hardy Dawson read four of her poems entitled Uncanny; In Praise of Seagulls; Ape and Shark Attack. Sue told us that she had had a poem read on film in Bristol city centre as part of National Poetry Day. The poem, A Question of a Snake, had previously been published by Macmillan in an anthology, called Masala. We had a very interesting evening with lots of feedback and laughter.

Rethink Mental Illness Harrogate Support Group

The next meeting will be on Monday, November 10 at 7pm in the Enterprise Room, Education Centre, 3rd Floor, Harrogate District Hospital. The speakers will be from the Samaritans branch in Harrogate. They will talk about the origins of the Samaritans, what the organisation is about, how different it is from other agencies and what they can offer callers. New members always welcome. For further information please call 075 271 03468.


All services subject to confirmation

Saturday Evening

5.30pm Evening Prayer, Christ Church.

6pm St Wilfrid’s CE, Vigil Mass.

6.15pm St Robert’s RC, Vigil Mass (exposition and confessions from 5pm.

6.30pm St Aelred’s RC, Mass, St Joseph’s RC, Vigil Mass.


Full listings of churches, service times and more are available on the Churches Together website.

8am St Marks CE Holy Communion, St Wilfred’s CE.

8.30am St Peter’s Holy Communion.

9am Communion, St Andrew’s, Kairos Church Holy Communion, Starbeck Methodist, Holy Communion (4th Sunday in the month).

9.15am St Mark’s CE Family Communion

9.30am St Robert’s CE Pannal, St Peter’s CE Family Communion.

10am Bilton Grange URC, Christ Church Parish Eucharist, Harlow Hill Methodist, Harrogate New Life Cedar Court Hotel, Life Destiny at the Odeon, Mowbray Community, St Aelred’s RC, St John‘s CE, St Peter’s CE Sunday School weekly except the first Sunday, Wilfrid’s, CE, Woodfield Gospel Hall. Breaking of Bread noon Sunday School.

10.15am St John Fisher RC.

10.30am Harrogate Baptist, Bilton Area Methodist, Calvary Chapel Woodfield School, Elim, Jennyfield Evangelical, Kairos Church Central Gathering, Killinghall Methodist, New Life in Christ Ministries Cairn Hotel, Pannal Methodist, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Starbeck Mission, Starbeck Methodist, St Luke’s CE behind old church, Kings Road. St Paul‘s URC, Trinity Methodist, Wesley, West Park URC, Woodlands Methodist.

10.45am Hampsthwaite Methodist, St Andrew’s CE.

11am St Peter’s CE (on the first Sunday this is a Communion Service), Joseph‘s RC.

11am Christian Science Church, Park Drive and Sunday School 11 am.

11.15am St Mark’s CE.

11.30am St Robert’s RC.

4pm St Wilfrid’s CE.

4.30pm St Peter’s CE Family Service, Woodfield Gospel Hall

5pm St Mark’s.

6pm St John‘s CE, St Robert’s RC, St Robert’s Pannal CE.

6.30pm Bilton Area Methodist, Elim, Hampsthwaite Methodist, Killinghall Methodist at Hampsthwaite, Jennyfield Evangelical, Mowbray Community Church, St Peter’s Choral Evensong (on the third Sunday this is a Communion Service).



Erection of replacement toilet block, raising of roof height of existing toilet block, installation of door and window and demolition of single storey extension and porch at Gardeners Arms Bilton Lane Harrogate for Samuel Smith Old Brewery.

Listed building consent for erection of replacement toilet block, raising of roof height of existing toilet block, installation of door and window and demolition of single storey extension and porch, repositioning of internal staircase, and installation of stud walls to create new layout at Gardeners Arms Bilton Lane Harrogate for Samuel Smith Old Brewery.

Erection of two storey extension at 7 St Andrews Parade Harrogate for Mrs Tracy Hardisty.

Erection of double detached garage at 17 Swarcliffe Road Harrogate for Mr S Finnie.

Erection of detached garage with store at 30 Rutland Drive Harrogate for Mr A Lindley.

Felling of 4 Malus, 4 Cherry, 1 Willow, 1 Rowan, 1 Prunus, 2 Spruce, 1 Honey Locust, 2 Lawson Cypress, 1 Himalayan Birch, 1 Red Crab Apple, 1 Hornbeam, 1 Hawthorn, 1 Leyland Conifer and 1 Purple Plum, crown lifting (2.5m) of 10 Common Lime, 8 Spruce, 6 Himalayan Birch, 14 Hornbeam, 1 Norway Spruce, 1 Plum, 1 Cherry, 1 Weeping Willow, 1 Maple and 1 Silver Birch, selective pruning (2m) of 1 Spruce, 7 Apple, 1 Himalayan Birch, 3 Common Lime, 1 Larch and 1 Rowan and crown reduction (15%) of 1 Common Hawthorn tree within Harrogate Conservation Area at St Andrews Police Convalescent Home Harlow Moor Road Harrogate for Colonel Patrick.

Felling of 1 Horse Chestnut T31, crown lifting of 1 Beech (to 5.2 meters) T30, crown lifting of 1 Beech (to 5.2 metres roadside and 3.5 metres drive side) T33, and crown lifting (to 3.5 metres) and lateral reduction (to 2 metres) of 1 Cedar T32 of Tree Preservation Order 14/1995 at 24 Oakdale Harrogate for C/O Mr A Mackinnon.

Erection of ground and first floor extensions at 1A Harlow Oval Harrogate for Mr R Bancroft.

Erection of pitched roof over existing single storey rear extension and part conversion of garage to form utility room at 9 Harcourt Drive Harrogate for Mr & Mrs Clarke.

39 Wayside Walk Harrogate North Yorkshire HG2 8NW

Erection of two storey extension and single storey extension at 39 Wayside Walk Harrogatefor Mr And Mrs Lusted.

Conversion of 4 apartments to form 2 dwellings. (site area 0.08ha) at York Place Ripon Road Killinghall for Mr P Smith.

Erection of 2 dwellings, detached garages, and formation of hardstanding (site area 0.05) at York Place Ripon Road Killinghall for Mr P Smith.

Conversion of guesthouse to form 6 apartments to include three storey rear extension at Cavendish Hotel 3 Valley Drive Harrogate for Mrs C Say.

Erection of two storey extension and single storey conservatory extension (revised scheme) at 17 Wordsworth Crescent Harrogate for Mr & Mrs L Vardy.

Conversion of dwelling to form 2 apartments (Site area 0.087ha) at Glenwood Lodge 14 Beechwood Crescent Harrogate for Mr P Fargus.

Removal of one doorway and fire escape at Murray House 65/67 Franklin Road Harrogate for Mrs T Armstrong.

Display of 1no externally illuminated fascia sign at 2A Mayfield Grove Harrogate for Mr Ian Humphreys.

Approval of details under condition 3 (sample materials) of planning permission 6.79.1988.A.FUL at 21 Queens Road Harrogate for Mr S Parker.

Erection of radome at RAF Menwith Hill Main Street Menwith Hill Camp Harrogate for Ministry Of Defence.

Erection of detached dwelling (site area 0.02ha) at 10 Scargill Road Harrogate for Mr M Begbie-Clench.

Erection of replacement single storey rear extension at 147 Skipton Road Harrogate for Mr J Willis.

Conversion of loft to form additional living accommodation, alterations to staircase and installation of doors at Courtyard Cottage Back Dawson Terrace Harrogate for Mr and Mrs S Cantrell.

Application to approve details required under condition 3 of permission 6.79.1945.L.FUL in relation to the materials for the cage store at The Harwood Station Road Pannal Harrogate for Mr Ian Greenwood.

Display of 4 non-illuminated fascia signs, 1 non-illuminated free standing sign and 1 externally illuminated free standing sign at The Harwood Station Road Pannal Harrogate for Food Programme Delivery Orchid Group.

Crown reduction (2m) and crown reshaping of 1 Lime, lateral reduction (2m) of 1 Beech and lateral reduction (3m) of 1 Beech tree within G5 and crown lifting (4m) of 1 Beech and lateral reduction (2m) of 1 Beech tree within G2 of Tree Preservation Order 46/2009 at Pannal Hall Main Street Pannal Harrogate for Mr R Burgin.

Crown lifting (5.2m), lateral reduction (2m) and crown cleaning of 1 Pine tree G5 of Tree Preservation Order 04/1991 at The Coach House 2 Church Lane Pannal Harrogate for Mr W Kempster.

Installation of replacement doors and erection of balconies at Wild Plum Coffee Shop 34 - 36 Hookstone Road Harrogate for Mrs H Haresign.

Selective pruning of 2 Apple and 1 Plum tree within Pannal Conservation Area at Quarry House 50 Church Lane Pannal Harrogate for Mrs J Chung.

Variation of condition 2 of planning permission 6.121.204.F.FUL to allow alterations to barn conversion (Unit 5) to include erection of extension and erection of garage in lieu of previously approved garage at Home Farm Follifoot for Mr M Mackaness.

Felling of 1 Beech tree and 1 Horse Chestnut tree within G1 of Tree Preservation Order 06/2003 at Summerbeck House Whinney Lane Harrogate for Mrs Kay Malcher.

Outline application for the erection of 1 dwelling with all matters reserved (site area 0.05ha) at Land North And West Of 46 To 52 Pannal Ash Road Harrogate for Mr L. Govan.

Felling of 1 Lime of tree T2, lateral reduction and crown thinning of 3 Limes of trees T1, T3 and T6, crown thinning of 1 Lime of tree T4, and removal of deadwood of 1 Lime of tree T5 of Tree Preservation Order 14/1993 at 20 Barberry Close Harrogate for Mr J Philpott.

Erection of ground and first floor extension and installation of doors, windows and rooflights at 17 High Street Spofforth for Mr R Dixon.

Felling of 1 Lime tree within Spofforth Conservation Area at 4 Castle Ings Spofforth for Mrs J Wright.

Erection of stable block and formation of tennis court at Swindon House Farm Kirkby Overblow for Ms P Brooke.

Crown reduction of 1 Copper Beech tree within Harrogate Conservation Area at 45 Park Drive Harrogate for Mrs K Sanpher.

Installation of juliette balcony and removal of external staircase at 2 Park Avenue Harrogate for Park Avenue Management Co Ltd.

Crown reduction and selective pruning of 9 Prunus, 2 Apple and 2 Willow trees within Harrogate Conservation Area at 7 Hamilton Avenue Harrogate for Mr J Morgan.

Erection of extension to agricultural building at Long Liberty Farm Haverah Park Harrogate for M Ryder & Sons.

Conversion of garage to form additional living accommodation at 6 The Walled Garden Moor Park Beckwithshaw for Mr Michael Dawson.

Erection of single storey extension and installation of rooflights and doors at Cherry Tree Farm Top Lane Norwood for Mr And Mrs M Cullen.

Approval of details under condition 3 (sample materials) of planning permission 6.134.170.A.FUL at The Barn Tatefield Hall Beckwithshaw for Mr B Wharton.

Erection of two storey extension, dormer window and front porch (revised scheme) at 26 Charles Avenue Harrogate for Mr M Stuart.

Conversion of basement and retention of former nursery to ground floor to provide residential accommodation at 6 Church Avenue Harrogate for Mr M Lovell.


Erection of replacement dwelling (site area 0.09ha) at Cherry Garth Shaw Lane Farnham for Mr And Mrs Proctor.

Application for non-material amendment to allow installation of 2 additional windows and removal of 2 lightpipes of planning permission 6.84.10.E.FUL - conversion of farm buildings to two holiday cottages and pool/gym annexe at Farnham House Farnham for Mrs W Taylor.

Prior Notification of change of use of agricultural building to 2 dwelling houses at Holgate Bridge Farm Moor Lane Arkendale for Mr P Houseman.

Approval of details under condition 3 (sample materials) of planning permission 6.78.87.E.REM at Park View Cottage Moor Lane Arkendale for Mr P Barker.

Erection of single storey rear extension at 1 St Margarets Close Knaresborough for Mr Robin Turton.

Alterations to existing windows and replacement of 5no door openings with windows and revised car park layout at Alexander House 3 Ash Tree Road Knaresborough for Mr Paul Foxton.

Alterations to existing store to include mezzanine floor, new opening and scissor lift to rear and internal alterations including lift shaft, alterations to car park including 3 trolley shelters and relocation of accessible parking bays and formation of 2 parking bays at Barker And Stonehouse Unit 4B St James Retail Park Grimbald Crag Road Knaresborough for Aviva Investors.

Erection of two storey side extension at 17 Scriven Road Knaresborough for Mr Mick O’Shea.

Crown reduction, selective pruning and dead wooding of 1 hornbeam tree within W2 of Tree Preservation Order 44 1994 at 4 Gilsforth Lane Whixley for Mrs J Hewitson

Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey extension at Hillrise Moor Lane Great Ouseburn for Mr Stephen Chapman.

Felling of 3 Cherry trees, 1 Copper Beech & 1 Sycamore tree, crown lifting of 1 Whitebeam & 1 Cedar tree, lateral reduction of 1 Larch, 1 Oak & 1 Cherry tree, crown reduction of 1 Horse Chestnut, selective pruning to 2 Norway Maples trees, crown lift, lateral reduction and selective pruning to 1 Lime tree and deadwooding of various trees within Whixley Conservation Area at Church Of The Ascension Church Lane Whixley for Whixley Church Of Ascension.

Pateley Bridge

Change of use of agricultural land to form domestic garden at Chapel House Mill Bank Shaw Mills for Mr Ian O’Brien.

Erection of replacement single storey extension and formation of patio area to include access steps (Revised Scheme) at Ashville Clint Bank Lane Clint for Mr A O’Brien.

Erection of single storey extension at Warren House Warren Lane Warsill for Warren Forest Park.

Approval of details under condition 3 (materials) of planning permission 6.66.131.G.FUL at Summerbridge Methodist Church Summerbridge for Mrs R Gosling.

Prior notification for track improvements at Harewell Barn Harewell Lane Dacre Banks for Dunnewoods.

Crown lifting of 1 Poplar tree T1 of Tree Preservation Order 04 1978 at 2 Yeomans Mount Pateley Bridge for Mr Edwards.