Upper Nidderdale Parish Council: clerk, informs us that the council continue to be in contact with the Highways Department on a regular (and frequent) basis concerning the road defects in the area. Potholes, blocked drains and problems with gritting the icy roads, have all been highlighted on a number of occasions, and councillors have met with the area’s Highways Inspector to discuss their concerns. The parish council would strongly urge any parishioners who have individual issues, to contact North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways Department on 08458 727374 or email Area6.Boroughbridge@northyorks.gov.uk
Ramsgill Domino Drive: will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 2 at Ramsgill Village Hall to which everyone is very welcome.
How Stean Gorge Folk Night: reminder for Saturday, February 2, when a great line-up of musicians and singers will entertain from 7.30pm onwards. The event will help to raise money for the Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team (minimum £2 admission).
Ramsgill Art Studio: will be running a workshop on January 30, entitled Oils - Small Format on Gesso Board, which will cost £60 (materials included). Please contact Sarah Garforth on 01423 755098 to book a place.
Markington & District Billiards/Snooker: results for the new year: snooker match played on Tuesday, January 8: Middlesmoor 2 - Ripley B 4. Billiards results for match played on Wednesday, January 2: Birstwith 2 - Lofthouse 3; Hookstone 2 - Middlesmoor 3; January 9: Lofthouse 2 - Hookstone 3; free week for Middlesmoor. Good luck to both local teams in the new year.
Upper Nidderdale WI: spent an entertaining afternoon with Dorothy Newall and Heather Swires, whose informative talk and slide show gave members an insight into what life used to be like on the island of St Kilda. The presenters told how they had departed from the Isle of Harris for their three hour journey to St Kilda, 50 miles away, not knowing how the experience would transport them to another world! However their information and photographs did indeed give their audience a good grasp of past primitive conditions, of isolation and of the islanders’ unusual coping mechanisms and unique survival techniques. The two ladies shared some of the island’s 2,000 years of history, incorporating many of the islanders’ fascinating stories including how external influences affected their way of life and happiness. It proved to be a enthralling and fascinating subject, which was enjoyed by all. The new president, Catherine Lamb, then informed the group that the group’s donation to Horticap had been well received, that the Christmas carol service/teas in the hall had been a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and introduced the new treasurer, Christine Weatherhead. Two national WI resolutions were discussed and voted for, ie support for the prevention of teenage internet suicides and help for the nation’s High Street demise due to increased on-line shopping. The latter gained most votes which were forwarded to WI headquarters. Forthcoming events were courses on map reading/orienteering, hand bell ringing, fitness and wellbeing, and a workshop on making a willow frame basket. This month’s competition, shortbread fingers, had three winners - Sarah Smith, Liz Palmer and Angela Raynerd.