Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Birstwith Walks: the walk on Saturday, August 31 will start from the village shop at 10am and go north to Shaw Mills then west via field paths and lanes to Brimham Rocks, a distance of some seven miles. There will be a lunch break at Brimham with time to explore the rocks. There is a small cafe/shop at Brimham but you may prefer to bring a packed lunch. The return route will head east to join the Nidderdale Way before turning south through High Winsley to finish at The Station, about six and a half miles. Those wanting a shorter walk might wish to arrange for someone to pick them up or drop them off at Brimham. The walks will be at a pace to suit those taking part. If you bring dogs you must keep them under control. You will need clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather and possibly something to drink and eat along the way. For more details please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 or 0771 618 7621 or e-mail

Embroiderer’s Guild: the next meeting of the Nidderdale branch will be held on Saturday, September 21 and will be the annual lunch and AGM. As usual there will be a stitching morning from 10am which will be held in Birstwith Church Hall prior to the lunch at 12 for 12.30pm followed by the AGM at 2pm. For further information please contact Mrs Maureen Robinson on 01423 880597 or visit our web site at

Birstwith History: the following extracts are taken out of A Short History of St James’s Church Birstwith, by Geoffrey W Manock, published in 1998. ‘St James’s is fortunate in having a lot of stained glass, so much so the interior can be rather dark on dull days. This point is more than offset by the wonderful effects that are given as the sun moves and the results change with the seasons. The first East window, given by Sarah Greenwood when the church was opened, was painted by Ward and Hughes and depicted the Transfiguration, the Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension. It was given to Hartwith Church in 1888 and replaced by the present magnificent window given as a tribute to the founder Frederick Greenwood by his friends. The window was designed by John William Brown and made by James Powell. It depicts the Ascension and is a fine example of Victorian stained glass. the window half way down the South wall will be noticed as having a markedly different style to the rest of the stained glass. It is attributed to Clayton, the master of late Victorian glass, but there is no record to support this view. Now for the puzzle. The window to the left of the pulpit, showing Abraham and his son, was in need of lead repair in the 1950s. The window was replaced when the work was completed, but to the horror of the craftsman the panels were not in correct order. He was embarrassed, waived his fee for the work, but did not reposition the panels. Can you spot the mistake?’