Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Birstwith WI: at the beginning of March several of us set forth to Leeds destined for the Marks and Spencer’s exhibition in Leeds University. We had an interesting journey taking in a complete tour of the campus as the driver did not have that wonderful new tool known as Satnav. Still the company was good and we were warm and dry. The exhibition itself was really interesting. We learned many new things about M&S and showed our age by recognising dresses from the 50s onwards. We followed this by an excellent fish and chip lunch on our way home. Trevor Kent was our March speaker with the intriguing title I just called to read your meter. It proved to be a very amusing insight into life as a meter reader for British Gas, which we all enjoyed. Our jumble sale made over £250 for our funds from both the jumble and ever popular cake stall. Many thanks to all who worked hard to make this a success. Plans are in hand for a trip to the theatre to see The Full Monty. Our April talk is entitled Ceramic Restoration. Please feel free to join us. Debbie Britton.

Birstwith Horticultural Society: we aim to try and get as many people as possible to enter categories of fruit and vegetables into our annual show held in Birstwith on the last Saturday of July whilst also encouraging people to grow their own as a pastime. Our schedules have just arrived, and so on Saturday, March 9 (despite the snow) we journeyed around Nidderdale by bus dressed as fruit and vegetables to give out schedules and talk about our fantastic horticultural show. For further information regarding future events, please e-mail, or follow us on facebook and twitter. Heather Robinson, events co-ordinator/trophy secretary, 0754 5009981.

Dancers All: keep fit the fun way with Quad-C’s adult dancercise. This happens every Wednesday evening at Darley Christ Church Community Centre from 7.30-8.15pm. Only £4 per session (fees to be paid in half termly blocks). Explore different dance based fitness techniques tackling everything from cardio to conditioning. Whether you’re the serious minded or just want to have some fun, this class has something for everyone. Please contact Chloe on 0771 228 0038, e-mail

Talks & Walks: the Nidderdale Society now has a web-site which might be of interest to you,, they offer a programme of talks and short walks. A separate programme of events is offered by the Nidderdale AONB - There may also be events of interest in the Washburn Valley - All we need now is some fine weather.