Farmers/Buyers: turned up in large numbers to attend the annual show and sale held last week at Pateley Bridge Auction Mart, despite the forecast of more snow. David Prince reports: “The sale of ‘show potential’ cattle offered 70 excellent quality store cattle, along with 22 cull cows. The judge, Steven Eastwood of JB Eastwood, Emley, Huddersfield had a difficult task. Eventually he placed Middlesmoor farmer, Alan Firth, with his outstanding British Blue heifer, as supreme champion, which was sold to P & C Langstaff of Bishop Auckland for £920. Mr Firth also gained second place with his slightly larger heifer, also sold to P & C Langstaff for £960 and third place with another heifer, sold to J Waind of Malton for £770. It was a successful day for Mr Firth as he also won first prize with his British Blue steer, bought by J Waind for £850. The second prize was awarded to Glyn Bell of Hebden, Skipton whose steer was sold to D & J Voakes of Goldsborough, Knaresborough and third prize went to Keith Verity of Lofthouse, whose animal was sold to G Taylor of Risplith, Ripon. The sale was kindly sponsored by Farmers & Mercantile Insurance, Midgley Motor Cars and Dugdale Nutrition. The next sale will take place on February 2.” Thanks go to David Prince for his farming report.
Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: will not be meeting as usual at Lofthouse in February, but instead will be enjoying their annual dinner at the Sportsman’s Inn, Wath.
Church Services: for the Upper Dale for February are as follows: Sunday, February 10/24: Holy Communion at 9am at Ramsgill. There will be no services at Lofthouse Chapel in February, but Holy Communion will take place at 6.30pm at Wath Methodist Chapel with Rev Nigel Waterfield.
Ramsgill Studio: workshops for February are as follows: Wednesday, February 13 Landscape in Mixed Media - experimenting with a wide range of media and incorporating found media such as soil, grasses and bark. Wednesday, February 20 Flowers in Watercolour - Loose and Experimental. To book a place, please ring Sarah Garforth on 01423 755098.
Markington & District Snooker/Billiards: results as follows: snooker match played on Tuesday, January 15: Kirkby Malzeard A 2 - Middlesmoor 4. Billiards match played on Wednesday, January 16: Lofthouse 4 - Ripley B 1; Pateley Social 3 - Middlesmoor 2.
How Stean Gorge Folk Night: reminder for Saturday, February 2 at 7.30pm. A great line-up of musicians will entertain for the evening with proceeds being donated to the Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team (minimum admission £2).
Middlesmoor Pantomime: reminder that tickets are now available for this year’s production of Ali Baba, to be performed in Middlesmoor Village Hall on Thursday, February 28 (7.30pm), Friday, March 1 (7.30pm) and Saturday, March 2 (matinee at 2.30pm plus evening performance at 7.30pm). Please ring Joy Challis on 01423 755634 to book your tickets.
Cinema in the Dale: will be showing Mamma Mia on Saturday, February 2 at 7.30pm, at which there will be a prize of two film tickets for the best dressed Mamma Mia member of the audience. Tickets are available from Pateley Pharmacy. The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, will also be shown on Saturday, February 23 at 7.30pm. Tickets will go on sale at the Mamma Mia performance.