UPPER NIDDERDALE

Jan Robinson

01423 755233

januptdale@tiscali.co.uk

Flower Club Cake Stall: will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 9am at the bottom of Pateley Bridge High Street. The Upper Nidderdale club will be trying to raise funds to go towards their special Christmas floral demonstration, always held at the Memorial Hall in November.

Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: enjoyed an entertaining evening with NAFAS demonstrator, Susan Fairhurst, who interpreted her title of Woolly Thinking through five splendid floral art creations. Her first arrangement used an urn which held dried sunflower stems and an unusual large fungus which had been preserved with spray paint. Aspidestra, fatsia and ferns all created the base for the beautiful two-tone orange Mario roses, yellow dianthus, cream alstromeria and gold chrysanthemums. The second display was arranged in a lead container, enhanced by two leaded balls and a charming perspex leaf. Foliage used was variegated horseradish, Solomon’s seal, palm spears and hostas which complimented the huge white lilies, Avalanche roses, white dianthus and anthuriums. A metal frame bound with wool and coconut shell buttons was the base for Mrs Fairhurst’s third arrangement which was very artistic and an idea that could be used in competition. The arrangement held deep, rich tones with purple heuchera leaves used as the background for purple dianthus, pink gerberer and pale mauve roses - a stunning combination of colours! Next was a recycled screen, with attached driftwood, and again, some fascinating use of fungus. Alstromeria Cream Valley was used alongside huge lime green chrysanthemums, which stole the show. The demonstrator’s final arrangement was created on a wire frame shaped to resemble leaves or wings, edged with fluffy wool in russet tones. Words cannot describe the wonderful colour palette Mrs Fairhurst used, as she introduced peach carnations, two-tone rust/yellow calla lilies, white roses and Mario roses, which perfectly complimented her woolly mechanics. Woolly Thinking may have been the title, but Colourful Creative Thinking would just have been appropriate!

Middlesmoor Village Barbecue: (with licensed bar), will be held on Saturday, August 3 from 8am, so please feel welcome to go along and join in this popular annual event.

Lofthouse Village Hall: committee wish to acknowledge that they are the successful recipients of a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. As the grant is substantial enough to update the hall’s kitchen facilities (a process that couldn’t have been undertaken without it), the committee are obviously delighted! The money is so appreciated as the improvements will not only enable continuation of the regular craft classes/mother & toddlers’ group/flower club, but also means that the hall can offer better facilities for personal hire and for other community occasions in the future. The committee also intend to update toilet facilities, another necessary interior enhancement. Work has already started on the kitchen, so therefore the committee advise that the hall will not be in use until early September, but will hopefully be completed in time for the autumn classes. On completion, an open day will then take place, to enable the local community to view their newly refurbished hall.