WI.News: the ladies from the Hampsthwaite branch of the Women’s Institute, will be having a day out on Monday, October 14 when they will be visiting Ampleforth Abbey, near Helmsley. The day will include a tour of the orchard, cider mill visit and lunch. The coach will leave from the memorial hall at 9am and return about 5.45pm. This trip is open to non members and the cost is £25. I am not sure if there are any seats left but if anyone fancies going along contact Hazel Jackson on 770278.
Harvest Supper: will be held in the memorial hall at Hampsthwaite on Friday, October 11 at 7.30pm when a three course meal will be served comprising pate, cottage pie and fruit pie and cream. I suspect the tickets were snapped up a while ago but if there are any left, they cost £7 for adults and £3.50 for primary school children and might be available from Hampsthwaite Post Office.
YCA News: the ladies of the Burnt Yates cum Hartwith branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association will be joining with members from the other groups in the Nidderdale Circle at the village hall in Markington on Friday, October 11. They will be meeting up again for the harvest lunch being held at Bishop Monkton on Wednesday, October 16 when the post prandial entertainment will be a talk intriguingly entitled My Brilliant Divorce.
Book Exchange: will take place today, Thursday, October 10 at the village room in Hampsthwaite from 2pm.
Harvest Festival: thank you to Stuart Garside who let me know about the Come-and-See Services which are being held on Sunday ,October 13 at Hampsthwaite Methodist Church at 10.45am and 6.30pm.
Hampsthwaite Show AGM: will take place at the Joiners Arms at 7.30pm on October 14. All welcome especially if you would like to become more involved in this village event or have ideas for classes next year.
Hampsthwaite Gardening Club: the next meeting is on Wednesday, October 16 at 7.45pm at the memorial hall when the speaker will be from Halls of Heddon which is a well known nursery and exhibitor. The talk will be about dahlias.
Burnt Yates School News: with the infants reading the latest Alfie story about his new Wellington boots and describing their own imaginary pair, the reception children have been literally finding their feet by going on a wellie hunt and finding puddles to splish, splash and splosh in. The junior children have been learning about decimal points and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000 in a novel way. Years 5 and 6 have recently had a trip to Water Park, Coniston with Mrs Popplewell. Ripley School has invited the children from Burnt Yates to join its newly formed archaeology club. The club will meet once a fortnight at Ripley School and is led by Kevin Cale a well-known local archaeologist.
Cabaret and Canapé Evening: at Hampsthwaite last month proved most enjoyable and was attended by three of the Calendar Girls and their friends and family.
Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall: amazing work has been taking place at the hall to reduce energy bills and provide additional facilities. The project has been possible only because of the major grant funding by Waste Environmental Ltd plus additional grants for particular project elements provided by Awards for Fall and Knabs Ridge. Very generous donations have also been forthcoming from a number of sources which has enabled the grant funding to be obtained. It is hoped to have a grand opening towards the end of October or early November. With the hall approaching its 50th anniversary, it is hoped the current works will benefit everyone for the next 50 years. Sponsorship is still being sought to complete the task and if you would like to help, contact Geoff Howard on 0789 4442227.
Old Tyme Dance: I note from my programme that the next one is due to be held on Friday, October 25 when the Mike Rose Band will be playing at Kettlesing Millennium Village Hall. The evening will get underway at 7.30pm and end at 11.30pm. For more information call Margaret on 01943 880366.
Shaun Loughrey: is appearing in concert at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall on Sunday, November 3 at 7.30pm. For more information or to reserve tickets ring 01423 770609.
Film Show in Hampsthwaite: Skyfall will the shown on Saturday, November 9 at Hampsthwaite’s own picture house ie the memorial hall. The screen is larger than last season and there will be improved acoustics. So put the date in the diary.
10th Messiah for All: this has become very much an annual event in Nidderdale and this year it is being held at Holy Trinity Church, Knaresborough on Sunday, November 24. The conductor will once again be local musician and choral director David Andrews. The singers’ rehearsal starts at 1pm with performance beginning at 3.30pm. Booking is essential for both singers and audience and it is to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The booking form is available by going to www.nidderdalemessiah.org.uk or telephoning 01423 206535.
Can you help?: I have recently had a delightful email from Edward Thornton who lives in Chorley who is trying to learn a bit more about his great great grandfather, Thomas Owen Yates born 1826/7 in Harrogate, who it is believed worked for the Greenwood family at Swarcliffe Hall, in the late 1800s, as a gamekeeper. He is recorded as living at Belle House, Swarcliffe Top, in the 1891 Census. Does this mean anything to anyone? Mr. Thornton recently visited Birstwith Church, and while there looked through the booklet produced by Mary Garside, A Short History of the Birstwith Show, 1867—1993. Inside the book is a photograph, possibly 1890s, of the local cricket team. On the left of the photo is a man, who looks surprisingly like Thomas. I gather Mary borrowed the photograph from someone and she is not sure who has it now. If you have this photograph or have any information about Thomas Owen Yates then Mr. Thornton will be pleased to hear from you. In the first instance, contact me so I can pass on details.