Lofthouse Domino Drive: will take place at 7.45pm on Saturday, March 30 at Lofthouse Memorial Hall. Brian Binns informs us that entrance remains at £2 for adults and £1 for children, which includes a buffet supper. Everyone is very welcome to join in and any prize donations would be appreciated.
Ramsgill Domino Drive: will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 6 at Ramsgill Village Hall, to which everyone is very welcome.
Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: next meeting will take place at 7.45pm on Thursday, April 4 at Lofthouse Village Hall, when expert NAFAS demonstrator, Margaret Titman, will give her floral interpretation of Material World. Visitors are very welcome.
Church Services: for the Upper Dale are as follows: Sunday, April 14 - Holy Communion at 9am at Ramsgill; Sunday, April 28 - United Service for the whole parish at 10.30am at Ramsgill. Methodist services: 2.15pm at Lofthouse and 6.30pm at Wath Chapel, both on Sunday, April 14/28.
St Chad’s Rota: for April 14 Flowers/cleaning - Pam Salter.
Friends of Lofthouse School: next meeting will be held on Monday, April 15 at 7pm at the Crown Inn, Lofthouse. All members and non-members welcome.
Ramsgill Art Studio: workshops for April are as follows - Wednesday, April 10 Sheep and lambs - fine pastel drawing on vellum; April 17 Spring scene in pastels; April 24 Negative painting in flowers - a technique layering negative shapes to form beautiful colour palettes and pattern. To book a place, please contact Sarah Garforth on 01423 755098.
Easter Art show: will also take place at Ramsgill Studio from March 30 - April 28 based on woodlands, rivers and lakes.
Trinity Boys Choir: will be performing at 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 2 at St Cuthbert’s Church, Pateley Bridge. Sharelle Henderson wishes to inform the Upper Dale that the choir, one of the busiest and most successful in the world, will be performing music by Elgar, Vaughan, Bruckner, Williams and others, so encourages everyone not to miss this unique opportunity. Tickets, costing £5, are available form St Cuthbert’s church warden (01423 712521) and on the door.
Country Show Cook-Off: was screened on BBC2 on Friday, March 15, a programme where two well-known chefs, Ed Baines and Valentine Warner, travelled around Britain visiting various country shows, challenging not only each other, but also the local community. Last week it was the turn of the great British public at Nidderdale Show, filmed last September at the flooded showground in Pateley Bridge, a town described by the TV commentator as “a foody paradise” and included shots of the Pateley butchers and the Oldest Sweet Shop in England. The chefs were initially filmed at a glamping site near Ilton, where they made their contributions to the date and walnut scone category, in the rain! Filming took place in the show’s produce/WI tent where a brief shot of Upper Nidderdale’s contribution to the Aspdin Cup was seen, then the cameras moved on to the produce stall where Julie Clarke, WI chairman of the North Yorkshire West Federation, was judging the scones, ably assisted by local steward, Christine Harker from Stean. Unfortunately for the TV chefs, Mrs Clarke judged Ed Baines scones as “oversized, uneven in size with too much bicarbonate of soda” and Valentine Warner’s contribution as “overcooked, uneven in shape with not too good a taste!” Miss Harker then had the uncomfortable task of informing the chefs of the reasons for their failure, one being that the judge “nearly choked on one of the scones!”