Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Neighbourhood Watch: Tom Wright has been the area coordinator for Birstwith for over 33 years. Not only is he the longest serving for Harrogate & District, he’s probably been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for longer than anyone in the country. This outstanding achievement was celebrated and acknowledged by the presentation of a framed Certificate of Merit, signed by the NYP area commander, Supt Aubrey Smith and the H&D NHW chairman, for his contribution to Neighbourhood Watch and the local community. The presentation was made by the chairman of NHW, Keith Roberts, in the presence of the Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Inspector, Andrew Tiffany, and Tom’s successor John Reed.

Birstwith Play Area: thanks to the hard work of the playground committee, Mark Hanslow, Sheila Plant, Anita Johnson, Gabby Palmer and Edward March a seesaw and a spring rocker are now installed in the playground. It was great to see the children playing over the Easter holiday. Let’s hope for good weather over the summer so that the children can get out and play. Liz Elvidge.

Birstwith Horticultural Society: there will be a talk by Mr Roger Brownbridge, retired judge, about his experience growing and showing chrysanthemums at national level. This event will take place on Thursday, May 23 from 7-8pm in the church hall. There will be no charge and refreshments will be provided.

Luncheon Club: the next lunch will be held on Tuesday, May 21, the third Tuesday as usual. Apologies for any confusion last month as we were a week later. Please let either Brenda (01423 770409), or me know if you are unable to attend. Elaine Burge (01423 770274).

Birstwith WI: as our planned speaker for April was unable to visit us, our friend Geoffrey Raspin filled in at the last moment. He treated us to a wonderful evening, sharing with us his comprehensive collection of old post cards and other memorabilia of Birstwith. For many members this was an opportunity to recognise friends from years ago and for those of us who have come here more recently, it was really interesting to see how the village used to look. Thank you Geoffrey for filling in so admirably for us. This month a group of us are planning to go to the theatre in Leeds to see The Full Monty. There is also a federation walk planned for the end of the month. The May meeting is entitled Colour in the Home. You are most welcome to join us. Debbie Britton.