Rev Peter Dunbar: as everyone is probably aware, is retiring, and has been saying his goodbyes at Lofthouse school and at a special service held at St Cuthbert’s, Pateley Bridge at the end of September. The Updale community wish to express their thanks at the brilliant job he has performed over the last 20 years and to bid him a fond farewell and a very happy retirement. He will be greatly missed.
Fountain’s Earth Primary School: will be holding an open day on Tuesday, October 16 from 10am-3pm. Headteacher, Milena Vjestica, welcomes all new prospective parents, to give them a chance to visit the school and its wonderful children and to experience what school life is like at Lofthouse. For more information, please contact Mrs Vjestica on 01423 755289.
Middlesmoor Village Hall: committee will be holding their AGM on Monday, October 15 at 7pm, (followed by a committee meeting at 7.30pm), to which everyone is welcome.
Church Services: for the Upper Dale area as follows Sunday, October 14: Harvest Thanksgiving at 9am at Ramsgill and joint Harvest Festival service at 2.15pm at Lofthouse Chapel; October 21: Songs of Praise (with our local band) at 6.30pm at Middlesmoor; October 28: Holy Communion at 9am at Ramsgill.
Charity band concert: (reminder) to take place at Lofthouse Village Hall at 7.30pm tomorrow night, October 12. The Lofthouse and Middlesmoor Silver Band will play an entertaining programme of light music, supported by organist John Brecon, and the event is to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There are a few tickets left (costing £8) which are available from Gladys Blakeson on 01423 711011, and please note admission is by ticket only. The price includes a pie/peas supper, but you need to take your own drinks. In addition, Ann Snelson will be selling a selection of her lovely photographic cards, Christmas ones included.
Markington and District Billiards/Snooker: results as follows: Snooker match played on Tuesday, September 25 - Pateley Club 4 - Middlesmoor 2. Billiards match played on Wednesday, September 26 - Hookstone 4 - Lofthouse 1. Free week for the Middlesmoor team.
The eagle owl: has landed. The magnificent bird has returned to Middlesmoor, taking up residence in the village at the beginning of October. The huge owl sits on house roofs, guttering and hedges and its distinctive hoots can be clearly heard. It appears not to be frightened by a human presence, in fact it’s the other way round, as when it suddenly takes flight, its enormous wingspan has made one resident jump out of their skin early in the morning when it flies over his head.
Electronic ID and Sheep Record Keeping Regulations: event, organised by the Yorkshire Dales Farmers’ Network, will be held at Bridgehousegate from 10.30am-3pm on Thursday, October 25 at Pateley Bridge Auction Centre. Speakers will be from Trading Standards, RPA and EID companies, who will demonstrate their products before, and after, the presentation which starts at 11.30am. There will be a light lunch, then from 1-3pm, farmers are free to speak to a range of EID companies at their leisure. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Sarah Longster (Nidderdale Co-ordinator) on 07761 324135 or the Farmers’ Network office on 01768 868615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Flower Club’s Christmas Demonstration: will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, November 23 at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. This year the very well-known professional florist, teacher and NAFAS national demonstrator, Jonathan Moseley, will be showing off his many talents through the creation of various seasonal designs, entitled Yuletide Trends & Traditions. Tickets, costing £8 (includes tea/biscuits) are now on sale and are available from Upper Nidderdale Flower Club Vice-Chairman, Ann Smith on 01423 770468. On the night there will be a Christmas flower stall and raffle, giving the chance to win one of Mr Moseley’s stunning displays, so don’t bring your Mini.
St Nicholas Festival: will take place on a different Saturday this year, ie on the second Saturday in the month - December 8. Sharelle Henderson, from the festival committee, gives us the details in advance: The weekend of December 7 - 9 is going to be a spectacular time in Pateley Bridge. Keep this weekend free, come along and enjoy all the different activities taking place in our beautiful town. Friday night is late night shopping when all the shops will welcome you to browse and buy. Each day there will be wonderful activities including a starlight lantern parade with marching band, the St Nicholas Fair, a band concert, workshops, reindeers and much more. Watch out for more details and don’t forget to put this weekend in your diary as a time to spend in Pateley Bridge. Two weeks before the festival, there will be a Ceilidh on November 24 in the Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm - a great evening with lots of fun for all the family.
Christmas Brass Band Concert: to be held in conjunction with the above St Nicholas Festival celebrations in Pateley Bridge, will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 8 at the Memorial Hall. More details to follow.