Dacre, Darley and Summerbridge

Dacre, Darley and Summerbridge

Graham Smith

01423 772832


Going Potty: a pottery painting workshop for all ages tutored by Leah McCooke on Saturday, February 16, 10am-2pm at Dacre and Hartwith Village Hall, Dacre Banks. Free admission to the workshop. Choose your own pot to paint from a wide range of designs priced £2 - £10. Soup and light refreshments available. Further information from 01423 780640. Proceeds in aid of Dacre and Hartwith Village Hall.

Darley Book Exchange and Coffee Morning: Friday, February 1, 10.30am-noon at Christ Church Community Centre, Darley.

Darley paper collection: please leave your papers and magazines out by your gates by 10am on, Saturday, February 2, as Darley Brownies Cubs And Scouts will be collecting in Darley. They cover Darley Main Street, Stocks Lane, Meadow Lane, Station Road/Valley Road, Nidd Orchard and Daleside Park. The Darley Uniformed Groups collect waste paper on the first Saturday of each month. This is an important way for the uniformed groups to fund their activities. The collections include magazines and newspapers--but please no plastic covers.

Darley Preschool Fundraising Coffee Morning and Library Birthday Celebrations: Saturday, February 9, 10am-noon at Christ Church Community Centre, Darley. Also please bring along old clothes, shoes and soft furnishings you no longer need. Collection point in CCCC car park. Darley Community Library is one year old on Saturday, February 9 and all users are invited to participate in the coffee morning. Any new enrolments on that morning will receive a piece of birthday cake.

Dance: at Darley Memorial Hall Saturday, February 2, 8pm-midnight. Admission £8 to include supper, dancing to Denis Westmorland, for further details please contact Keith Hardcastle 01423 780258.

Max Pullan Memorial Ground Quiz Night: Dacre and Hartwith Playing Fields Association presents a Quiz Night Extraordinaire at Darley Memorial Hall on Friday, February 22, from 7pm. Experience a Quiz Night like no other. Enjoy the fantastic Darley cinema-size screen, the full video, audio and lighting effects and cabaret-style interval entertainment by Past Tense. You will have a truly memorable evening. Tickets cost £10 and include a two-course hot supper. They are available from the Dacre Banks Cricket, Tennis or Bowls Clubs or Telephone 01423 780970. All proceeds go to the Pavilion Restoration Fund at the Max Pullan Memorial Ground, Dacre Banks.

Pie and Pea Supper: plus entertainment at Hookstone Memorial Hall, Low Lane, Thornthwaite on Saturday, February 16 at 7pm. Tickets £5 from Gwen on 01423 780694.

Menwith with Darley Parish Council: Recent topics have included - award of a grant from reserves to Darley Playing Fields Association to help with emergency repair work on the pavilion; agreement on a small increase in the precept, to cover increased general costs, reduced funding and some small community organisation grants; continued discussions re parking issues around Stumps Lane/Main Street junction and Tranmer Croft bus-stop. Input from NYCC Highways Dept is awaited; potholes - it has been noted that NYCC expenditure on repairs has been greatly reduced as funds have been diverted to cope with flood problems etc. The clerk continues to report problems to the highways dept and some repairs are carried out. Contact the clerk on 780970 or clerk@darleyparishcouncil.org.uk if you have any comments or queries on council matters. The next meetings are February 25 and March 25.

What’s in a name: the parish has been known as Menwith with Darley (or as Menwith cum Darley) since civil parishes were formed in 1894. It took this from the name of the township (part of the ecclesiastical parish of Hampsthwaite) which had been established many years before, when there were more properties in the Menwith Hill area. The parish council is commonly known locally as Darley Parish Council and it is now suggesting that the name is officially changed, to make it more relevant to the current households in the area. The suggestion is that it be re-named Darley and Menwith Parish Council. This will be discussed at the parish assembly in April, but the council hopes to encourage residents and local organisations to think about this change and discuss it openly before then. There would be no cost involved in changing the name, and Harrogate Borough Council have indicated that they will enable the change if the community wishes it to happen. Please contact the clerk if you have any comments.

Darley Heritage Group: the second book from Darley Heritage Group is now on sale, covering Darley celebrations, both community and private, over the last 100 years. The book is available at £7.95 in local outlets or direct from Sue on 780970. All profits go back to the heritage group to fund future projects. The group is taking a break from regular meetings at present, but it is keen to keep on archiving photos and documents from old Darley. So, if you have anything that you think may be of interest, please contact Sue and she will arrange to scan it and put it in the archive.

Church services: Sunday, February 3 Providence United Reformed Church, Dacre Top Mr J Greig at 9.30am. Christ Church, Darley Holy Communion with Junior Church at 9.30am. St Judes Church, Hartwith Holy Communion at 11am. St Saviours Church, Thornthwaite Sung Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer at 6.30pm. Summerbridge Methodist Church Deacon Rowland Wilkinson at 10.30am. Darley Methodist Church Mr G Fell at 10.30am.