Nidderdale Young Farmers: report from press secretary, Emma Johnson “On Wednesday, September 19 Nidderdale Young Farmers participated in Nidderdale Show judging at Bradley’s Farm, Kettlesing. The judging consisted of dairy and breeding sheep classes. We were successful in both categories, with results as follows: Breeding Sheep Judging: 1) Evie Church 2) Sarah Whitley. Dairy Judging: 4) Lucy Staveley. Martin Prince won the Fiddler’s Green Rose Bowl trophy for the most senior points and Evie Church won the Wilson trophy (for junior gaining most points in breeding sheep), the Iveson cup (for the Nidderdale Young Farmer gaining the most points overall) and also the John Dawson Perpetual trophy (for the Nidderdale Young Farmer gaining the most points in breeding sheep overall). It was a successful night for Nidderdale and congratulations to all the other clubs who participated in any judging.”
Upper Nidderdale WI: report on last week’s meeting from secretary, Rosie Szlumper. Sue Donnelly, accompanied by student, Mark Walker, gave us a most interesting talk accompanied by slides of the work and structure of Horticap. She explained that Horticap, based on Otley Road in Harrogate, is an enterprise run by trustees and volunteers to allow people with learning difficulties be part of an organisation based on horticulture whilst in a caring environment. This meant that a rich programme of activities and commercial ventures took place throughout the year. It involved running a market garden, carrying out gardening tasks in the locality, producing hanging baskets and tubs, selling plants and producing and making crafts. All the students were encouraged to participate in a variety of ways and develop skills - a sit-on mower being a highly sort after skill to utilise! Mrs Donnelly explained that Horticap had been running for 28 years and was managed by trustees and volunteers for the learning disabled, many of which lived in sheltered accommodation or at home, whilst some lived independently. The months of the year brought a natural structure to work and tasks, eg preparation of bedding plants and hanging baskets in spring and summer, autumn tidying and bulbs and October time involved in making Christmas wreaths. Horticap also provided social opportunities, such as Bonfire Night celebrations, Christmas party and taking part in events in the community. Running costs were met by income from Social Services, legacies, a sale of goods and fund raising and like all voluntary organisations, finance was an ongoing problem. The talk was very well received and a vote of thanks was given by Jan Leeming. Afterwards members were able to purchase plants, cards and basket arrangements from their Horticap table. This month’s competition, a small autumn planter, was won by Christine Weatherhead, Rose Verity and Lucy Tiffany. The display of the planters was a real treat!
Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: next meeting will be held at 7.45pm on Thursday, November 1 at Lofthouse Village Hall, when Dorothy amd David Morland will give an audio-visual presentation on flowers. Visitors very welcome. A reminder that tickets, costing £8, are now on sale for this year’s Christmas demonstration, to be given by well-known Jonathan Moseley at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall on November 23 at 7.30pm. Please contact Ann Smith on 01423 770468.
Markington and District Snooker/Billiards: results as follows: No match for Middlesmoor snooker team on October 9. Billiards matches played on Wednesday, October 10: Lofthouse 1 - Kirkby Malzeard A 4; Kirkby Malzeard B 5 - Middlesmoor 0. Cinema in the Dale: reminder from Julie O’Brien, that War Horse will be showing at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 27 at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Tickets available from Pateley Pharmacy.