Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Birstwith CE School News: we are delighted that our oldest children have been offered weekly drumming sessions by one of our pupil’s grandpas as a result of their enthusiasm and enjoyment of his introductory session. Over the years he has led church groups, Boys’ Brigade troupes and created marching bands so has a wealth of expertise to give the children. Our website is in the process of being re-vamped and will soon be adorned with improved artwork - as our neighbours and local community may be aware, we collaborate with Bishop Thornton CE School and there is a link on both schools’ websites which takes you between the two. School was very pleased to be offered a free charge one day per week football provision. We understand this arose as a consequence of our children’s regular and ongoing enthusiastic participation in local sporting activities. They very much look forward to this provision and our appreciation goes to Mrs Vandepeear, our Class 4 teacher, who works with commitment in ensuring the children are offered the experience and benefits of sport activities in Nidderdale and the outlying area. Our oldest children will be sitting their SATs tests week commencing May 13. We are about to undertake one of our last planned capital building projects which will commence during half-term, week beginning May 27. Although of a minor nature the work will entail the creation of an external door in the youngest children’s class storage area which will enable their direct access to their outdoor learning environment. The storage area will become a cloakroom with external ground levelled to create an amphitheatre of shallow steps which may be used, if the sun ever warms us again!, as a reading or play area.Together with Mrs Lacey, the children’s teacher, and the teaching assistants, Mrs Morris, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Gardner we are quite excited at this long-awaited development. The school’s photographer will be taking her annual class and group photos which have, for a number of years, been appreciated by parents in their contemporary style. At the end of the month, the children will be visiting the historical Eden Camp site near Malton which will enrich their Second World War studies. As usual, we warmly invite you to celebrate our merit assemblies with the children which will be held in school at 2.50pm on Friday, May 10, 17, and 24. We hope we may look forward to seeing you then. Secretary.

Brunch: this event will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 9-11.30am in Birstwith Church Hall. Traditional three course breakfast with everyone most welcome. Please sign up on sheets at back of church, church hall or Birstwith Post Office, £5.50 adults £3.50 children under 16 years. For more information please telephone 01423 771535 or 01423 770412 with chef, Charlie Waite. Cake stall and plant stall, contributions to either much appreciated. Proceeds to church funds. Spring cleaning jobs welcomed in the churchyard.

The Zimmertones: Hampsthwaite’s Singing for Fun Group present A Song at Twilight at Hampsthwaite Church on Tuesday, May 14 at 7.30pm. A light hearted entertainment with a special guest appearance by Canon Kenneth Cook. Tickets are £5 to include a light supper and proceeds are for the Wednesday Group Charity which this year is the Hampsthwaite Church Roof Appeal and can be obtained from Hampsthwaite Post Office or Ann Brown on 01423 771268.

Darley Event: the great fish and chip supper comes to Darley Christ Church Community Centre and car park on Saturday, May 11 from 5-6.30pm for the Spinal Injuries Association. Enjoy a take away or have a sit in meal with a cup of tea. If you think you will be attending please email or tel 01423 781463.

Coffee Morning: this event is to support the MS Society and will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10am-noon, at Christ Church Community Centre, Darley. For details please contact Nicky on 01423 781423 or Angela on 01423 780056.

WEA Dayschool: Our Place in The Cosmos, the past, present and future of Astronomical Discovery with Dr Fred Stevenson. This will take place on Saturday, May 11 from 10am-3.45pm including lunch at Summerbridge Methodist Church. Tickets £18 to include coffee and WI lunch (two courses with tea/coffee) or £9 for day school and coffee only with lunch. Tickets from Norman Castle on 01423 772445.