St Andrew’s Church, Burnt Yates: today is Maundy Thursday and at 7.30pm, Eucharist will be in the Chancel. Tomorrow morning, being Good Friday, you are invited to meet at the Cross at 9am to process to St Andrew’s for the Proclamation of the Cross. On Easter Sunday, March 31, the Family Service with Eucharist will be at 9.15am.
Diary Date: on Saturday, April 13 a concert by the Steeton Male Voice Choir has been organised. It begins at 7.30pm at Ripley Town Hall. Tickets are £10 and this includes light refreshments. They are available from Gwen Parker on 01423 770235 or Sylvia Loxley on 01423 771683.
Easter Sunrise Service: will be held as usual on Easter Sunday morning at Brimham Rocks at 6.20am. All welcome.
Easter Opening Times: please note Hampsthwaite Post Office will be shut on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Costcutter in Hampsthwaite will be open as usual all over the holiday.
YCA News: the next meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 2 at 7.30pm when Christine Staniforth will be holding a bead making workshop. This is being held in the Bay Horse Community Room and not as advertised in the programme. New and prospective members will be made most welcome.
Hampsthwaite Gardening Club: at the last meeting, the members had a fascinating talk and slide show about alpines from gold medal winners Michael and Alison Mitchell who run a nursery at Slack Top which lies above Heptonstall near Hebden Bridge. Confident that plants grown up at that altitude would survive in Nidderdale, Michael and Alison did a roaring trade. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 17 when Chris Cole of Heirloom Plants will be talking about tomatoes at 7.45pm in the Memorial Hall. Seeds and plants will be for sale. Members are also reminded about the two forthcoming trips. The first will be to Ripley Castle Gardens on Monday, April 22 when there will be a guided tour followed by a cream tea and the second on June 19 to John Foley’s Howden Clough Nursery with lunch at the new garden restaurant.
Hampsthwaite Show and Feast: arrangements are underway for this year’s show and feast which takes place over the weekend of July 20. There are some new classes in the show for this year. Men can emulate Paul Hollywood by producing bread rolls in the men only baking class. By then, there should be a new royal baby, so the committee has decided in the flower arranging section, the petite flower arrangement will be in blue or pink. There will also be the opportunity to enter a decorated cake for a christening. Seed potatoes and runner bean seeds have been delivered to Hampsthwaite School so children can have a go at growing the most potatoes in a builder’s bucket or the tallest runner bean. If anyone under 16 living in the show area would like to enter this, and do not attend Hampsthwaite School, then a bean and/or potato can be obtained from Sue Streather. The theme for the indoor competitions for children is Kings and Queens.
Burnt Yates School News: to mark Comic Relief Day, the children raised money to buy malaria nets by wearing red to school, took part in apple bobbing, mummy wrapping, brain busting challenges and eating doughnuts on a string. As well as raising money for those abroad the children have been learning about a different culture via links with their partnership school in Bradford. They had the experience of Kashmiri food and learning about life in a Kashmiri community.
Hampsthwaite WI: the March meeting was so well attended the room was virtually full. Eleanor Roberts was talking about The Allure of the Shoe and it proved to be a hugely entertaining tongue in cheek look at the world of chiropody. Meetings normally take place on the first Monday of the month but due to Easter, the next meeting will be on Monday, April 8 at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall when Trevor Kent will be giving a talk about experiences while reading electricity meters. I have to say I am put in mind of the old song from George Formby, When I’m Cleaning Windows. If you are interested in joining this lively group, then go along to the next meeting or call the secretary, Ann Dixon on 01423 569153 for more information.