Upper Nidderdale

Jan Robinson

01423 755233

januptdale@tiscali.co.uk

How Stean Folk Evening: information from Paddy Daly: “This time last year, there was an inaugural Folk Night at How Stean Gorge, held by kind permission of Stan & Ann Beer. The full house enjoyed a lively session and we have been asked for a repeat perfomance. The popular concept of folk music as dirges and disasters was turned on its head as the toe-tapping tunes, played by talented musicians, kept everyone entertained. The musicians and singers included Nick and Mary Barber and John ‘Chas’ Marshall, Zeke Deighton, Malcolm Devereux and friends, Ian Peacock and others who all contributed to a great evening. The same cast will be back for a further performance at How Stean Gorge on Saturday, January 25 starting at 7.30pm. There will be a licensed bar and entry is £4 per person, with profits going to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (over £130 was donated last year).” For further information, please contact Mr Daly on 01423 755667.

Middlesmoor Village Hall Committee: would like to thank everyone who went to their Christmas social evening. They say: “A good time was had by all, good food, good company and good fun - we are looking forward to next year. The committee wishes everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!”

Cinema in the Dale: will be showing Lad - A Yorkshire Story (Certificate 12A) at 7.30pm on Saturday, January 25 at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. When Tom Proctor’s dad dies, his world falls apart; his brother joins the army, his mum is threatened with eviction and Tom gets into trouble with the police. Tom’s life is turned around however, when he is paired up with park ranger, Al Thorpe, in this enchanting coming-of-age tale set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Based on a true story, directed by Dales born Dan Hartley, this film has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world in 2013. Chris Henderson recommends early booking as this one is sure to sell out! Tickets are available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy.

Treasurer needed: for Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall, from April 1, the date when the current treasurer retires, after 15 years in the post. No accounting or bookkeeping qualifications are required, but access to a computer and knowledge of spreadsheets would be advantageous. If you are interested in this important role in the management of this well-used community facility, please contact Secretary, Christine Skaife (01423 712691) or Chairman, Chris Henderson (01423 712157) for further details.

Near Miss!: report from Ripon Motor Club member, Barry Robinson: “Pateley Bridge trials observer, Jill Harker, almost ended up in an ambulance at Cockhill Mines last week! Mrs Harker was observing the final section of the Wetherby Motor Club’s annual Bottle Trial, when an out-of-control trials machine plunged down the hillside! According to cameraman, Jack Knoops, it was heading straight towards the lady’s back and shoulders but missed her by less than one metre. She was totally unaware that machine and man were on a collision course. The rider, Henry Suddes, was trapped under the machine, which had to be lifted off him. Both parties were shaken but unhurt and Mr Suddes apologised for his unplanned manoeuvre. Fortunately the incident was an extremely rare occurence, as trials, in the main, are very slow speed tests of balance. In this instance though, the balance was not quite right! It was joked, that Mrs Harker, an experienced and regular observer at local trials, was wearing a flowery garment that attracted the motorcycle!”

Volunteer heritage researchers: wanted for a First World War local history project. Nidderdale AONB are looking for volunteers from the local community with a personal or general interest in the First World War to undertake historical and archaeological research. Volunteers will be able to access training opportunities, learn new skills and their work will support the development of the project. For more information, please contact Amanda Peacock on 01423 551664 or at amanda.peacock@harrogate.gov.uk