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Jim Shipman

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Embroiderer’s Guild: the next meeting of the Nidderdale branch will be held on Saturday, October 20 when there will be a talk entitled Patchwork given by Maggie Relph. As usual there will be a stitching morning from 10am before the talk which will be held in Birstwith Church Hall, and visitors and new members will be most welcome. For further information please contact Maureen Robinson on 01423 880597 or visit our web site at www.embroiderersguild.com.

Cycle Maintenance Course: as the Tour de France cycle race is coming to the Harrogate area next year we would like to encourage everyone to prepare their own bikes for the summer. We are planning to arrange a cycle maintenance course at Christ Church Community Centre in Spring 2014 and before we book a cycle specialist we need to know if there is enough interest in the village and surrounding area to run this course. Please can you give an indication at this stage if you are interested in attending, time to run the course, ie evening or during the school holidays. Please can you e-mail me at eebbs@kip111.co.uk. Thank you for your help.

Book Aid - Providing Christian Literature in Areas of Need: three boxes of Good News Bibles (50) which were surplus to our needs and stored in boxes under pews have been handed over to the local contact for the above charity, who just happens to live in Harrogate. It is good to know that they will be put to good use after first ascertaining any need locally from the diocesan office. There are six bookshops in this country and many pick-up areas so if anyone has any suitable books please get in touch with me and a collection could be made and handed over or contact Dr Matthews directly on 01423 886789. JLM Fabric Committee.

New Chair of University Chaplaincy: Professor Alan Deacon has been appointed as the new chair of the Universities’ Chaplaincy in Leeds Trust which oversees the working together of the Christian Chaplains at both Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds. Professor Deacon is an Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Leeds, and replaces Rev Dr Barry Miller. The Chaplaincy Trust is the largest partnership of churches in West Yorkshire. Alan Deacon is a steward at Woodside Methodist Church, Horsforth and a member of the Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire and the Humber, and has been associated with Higher Education in Leeds for forty years. He said, “I look forward to working closely with the chaplains in their valuable service to the staff and students of the universities in Leeds.” For the work of the chaplaincy in both universities see www.leeds.ac.uk/chaplaincy/