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 held in Birstwith Church Hall prior to the lunch at noon for 12.30pm followed by the AGM at 2pm. For further information please contact Maureen Robinson on 01423 880597 or visit our web site at

Birstwith History: the following extracts are from The History of the Parish of Birstwith, by CS Greenwood and published in 1907. ‘The Church will seat about 250 people. In 1862 the church was painted and decorated by Castelli, of London. There were texts around the arches and on scrolls between the windows, and a dado in deep red around the nave. In 1899 it was necessary to repaint the walls, and the texts were not renewed. In 1901 an oak dado was put around the nave in place of the painted one. This year the oak has been extended into the chancel as the Jubilee gift of Mrs Greenwood, with a carved oak sedilia on the south side, the gift of the Rev CR. Baskett. When the Church was consecrated a reredos of oak was placed by the Founder, which occupied the whole of the east end of the chancel. It was divided into panels. The four larger ones on either side of the altar being filled with the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, and the Ten Commandments, painted on metal plates. Over the altar was a gilt cross, and on either side of it texts on scrolls. In 1883 this reredos was given by the Vicar and Churchwardens to the Chapel-of-Ease at Burnt Yates, and replaced here by a beautiful one of alabaster and glass mosaic, presented by Mrs Rohde Hawkins. It contains three mosaic panels, depicting on the left the Annunciation, in the centre the Crucifixion, and on the right the Resurrection. The mosaic was executed by Messrs. Powell & Son, of Whitefriars, and the alabaster by Messrs. White, of Kennington Park. Behind the altar on the central stone of alabaster is the following inscription - “In loving memory of John Greenwood this reredos was placed by his sister, July 25 1883.”’