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Jim Shipman

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Birstwith walks: the morning walk on Sunday, November 25 will start from The Station at 10am and traverse lanes, back roads and field paths of High Birstwith and Feliscliffe returning to Birstwith, a distance of some 4.5 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 The Station, again around 4.5 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. The walk on Saturday, December 15 will start from the village shop. For more details please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 or 0771 618 7621 or e-mail adrian_dixon@tiscali.co.uk.

Nidderdale Messiah: come and sing Handel’s Messiah on November 18. Bookings are now open for this popular event. Musicians and soloists have already been confirmed for the 2012 Nidderdale Messiah, which this year will take place in Pateley Bridge Methodist Church. The conductor will once again be local musician and choral director David Andrews. This year’s charity will be Ripon Community Link, a leading provider of innovative support services for people with learning disabilities in and around Ripon and Nidderdale. All monies raised from ticket sales and donations will go to the charity to help them in their work in the local area. The conductor, soloists and musicians are all waiving their fees to help this good cause. The singers’ rehearsal starts at 1pm and, after a short break for refreshments, the performance will start at 3.30pm. If you enjoy a good sing or would just like to listen to a resounding local performance of Handel’s Messiah, please visit www.nidderdalemessiah.org.uk for further information and booking forms or ring 01423 206535 for details.

Neighbourhood Watch: I am offering to be the local co-ordinator for Birstwith and act as the link with the Neighbourhood Watch Committees. I need several volunteers from across the village to act as eyes and ears and feed through relevant information. Apart from circumstances which may require speedy communication eg with the Police or Training Standards, it is intended to use e-mail for most ‘routine’ communications to minimise the intrusion and commitment put on anyone. If you are interested in supporting me, please let me know, by e-mail, to rjm.reed@btinternet.com . John Reed.

Muddy Archaeologist: Get to grips with the dawn of Western Civilisation on a 3-day (2 nights) trip to London, from December 14 to 16. Spend a whole day being inspired by the story of the glories of the classical world. Travel from prehistory to the glories of Ancient Athens, seeing Early Rome develop and Imperial Rome dominate, all the while spotting the legacies they’ve left for us. And catch some Christmas shopping on the day we arrive, wallow in the British Museum the next day, and enjoy a trip to the Museum of London to discover just how much has changed the way you see museums, before we head north again. Check out www.muddyarchaeologist.co.uk or our new www.visitingthepast.co.uk site. See also info@dalesmancoaches.co.uk 01943 870228.

Secure Online: Some topics and questions related to online fraud which is intended to give food for thought and prompt further research by readers. Do you have software which protects against viruses and other malicious programmes? Do you understand how to review and check the security settings on your computer? Do you have a firewall set up? Do you understand what ‘phishing’ is and never use a link from an e-mail purporting to be from a source such as a bank or retailer to input your confidential details. Always key in the correct address to get to an online shopping or banking website. Do you check that websites are secure before inputting confidential details? With Christmas ahead, please take care with online shopping.