UPPER NIDDERDALE

Jan Robinson

01423 755233

januptdale@tiscali.co.uk

Friends of Middlesmoor Playground: are holding a fund-raising day this Saturday, June 30 from 11am-4pm at Ramsgill Village Hall. There will be tea/cakes, tombola, cake stall, money board and table top sale. Any donations of tombola prizes or cakes would be greatly appreciated, or if you would like to hire a table (at a cost of £5), then please contact Sarah Graham on 01423 755291. Thank you.

Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: next meeting is on Thursday, July 4 at 7.45pm at Lofthouse Village Hall, when national demonstrator, Susan Fairhurst, will be giving her interpretation of Woolly Thinking. Visitors are very welcome to attend.

Congratulations: from all the local community to Studfold Nature Trail, for winning the prestigious Yorkshire Post Environment Award - Countryside Category. Ann Challis and Ian Walker state: “We attended a celebratory dinner on Wednesday, June 12 at the Queen’s Hotel, Leeds, where we were a short-listed finalist. To find out that we had won, was amazing! It is fantastic to be recognised for all that the Studfold team do in making the trail a very special countryside experience for families with young children. We are thrilled to receive an award in recognition of our environmental work, and in the education of children, so that they can have a better understanding of the great outdoors.”

Middlesmoor Bell Festival: secretary, Angela Raynerd would like to thank everyone who helped, donated and supported this year’s event and for making it such a huge success, especially as the grand total of £800 was made - plus it was great to have perfect weather!

Methodist Church Services: for July are as follows Lofthouse Chapel: July 7 Olive Moyses) and July 21 (Cindy Beck), both at 2.15pm. Wath Chapel: July 14 (Joan Wilkinson) and July 28, both at 6.30pm.

Musical Mayhem: is the title of a forthcoming afternoon of music and fun with the Nidderdale Community Choir and Orchestra. The free event will be held on July 6 from 2-5pm at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Refreshments will be on offer and all proceeds will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Upper Nidderdale WI: enjoyed an afternoon at the Crown Green Bowling Club, Pateley Bridge, last week. Secretary, Rosie Szlumper reports: “16 ladies took part in the bowling, in groups of three, each group being instructed by a member of the bowls club. Refreshments were also provided by the club, plus the weather was kind, which all made it a very enjoyable event.”

Ramsgill Art Studio: workshops for July are as follows July 10 Negative Painting in Flowers - a technique layering negative shapes to form beautiful colour palettes and pattern; July 17 How Stean Gorge - painting on location (any medium); July 31 Flowers in Pastels - summer brings a bright splash of colour to our gardens, so why not learn about exciting colour combinations and mark-making, inspired by seasonal flowers. Please ring Sarah Garforth on 01423 755098 to book a place.

St Chad’s Rota: for July as follows: July 14 flowers/cleaning - Val Harker; July 28 flowers - Heather Harker. Cleaning - Eileen Bain.

Nidderdale Birdwatchers: programme for July Friday, July 12 Grass Woods - a half day visit to a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve near Grassington; Monday, July 15 Dallowgill - an evening walk led by Marion Wilby, AONB Farm Conservation advisor. Please contact secretary, Angus Gosman, on 01423 755276 or email niddbirds@gmail.com if you would like to join in either of the activities.

AONB Events: for July Friday, July 5 from 4-9pm Moorland Safari to Simon’s Seat - an evening of adventure with Paul Wilby, head gamekeeper at Bolton Abbey Estate. Here is the chance to experience the beautiful moorland scenery, whilst discovering more about this valuable landscape, its management and some of its flora and fauna. The evening will close with a moorland supper, to which all participants will be asked to contribute. The event includes some travel in landrovers over bumpy terrain and a 1.5mile walk to the summit of Simon’s Seat. The cost is £10 per person, but booking is essential on 01423 712950 or email aonbevents@harrogate.gov.uk. Saturday, July 6 Bioblitz a packed programme of self-guided and guided activites, undertaken over 24 hours, searching for local wildlife which will contribute to a genuine scientific survey. A team of scientists, students and naturalists will help visitors to identify and record sightings. The free event will take place at Brimham Rocks, for which no booking is required. Satuday, July 13 from 10am-1pm Mining Heritage Walk with Greenhow Local History Club. Here is the chance to view old plans of the mines, walk down to Sunside Mines and look at the entrances of Gillfield, Cockhill and Jack Ass and at the surface of the smelt mills. The cost is £4 per adult (under 16s free) and booking is essential; Sunday, July 14 from 1-4pm Rock Art Walk with Dr Keith Boughey who will lead a fascinating three mile walk to find hidden prehistoric carvings in Nidderdale. Cost is £4 per adult (under 16s free) and booking is essential; Tuesday, July 16 from 6.30-8.30pm Coldstones Quarry Geology Walk - a fascinating guided walk on rough and muddy ground, therefore walking boots and windproof clothing are recommended - hard hats will be provided. The cost is £4 per adult (under 16s free) and booking is essential; Monday, July 22 from 5.30-8.30pm Gouthwaite Lodge Farm Heritage Walk by kind permission of John Rayner. This is a good opportunity to learn about the history of the farm and its heritage features, whilst enjoying spectacular views over Upper Nidderdale.The evening will finish with supper overlooking Gouthwaite Reservoir. The walk involves stiles and steep terrain. The cost will be £7.50 per person (includes buffet supper) and booking is essential; Saturday, July 27 from 8-10.30am Moth Discovery with Charles Fletcher who will help you to discover more about the magnificent creatures. Paths may be steep and slippery. The cost is £4 per adult (under 16s free) and booking is recommended.

Nidd Chorale: Up Dale Summer Concert will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 7.30pm at St Chad’s Church, Middlesmoor. The choir will perform an eclectic mix of old favourites, close harmony jazz standards and some Celtic folk songs, with hopefully a little audience participation! Tickets, costing £8 (includes a glass of wine), are available from choir members, Pateley Bridge Pharmacy or on the door. For more information, please contact Jackie Drake on 01423 711278.