Jim Shipman

01423 772735

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 Walks: both walks on Sunday, September 22 will be about seven miles long and start from The Station. The morning walk will leave at 10am and go via Hardcastle Garth, Manor House Farm and Reynards Crag returning to The Station around 1pm. The afternoon walk will leave at 2pm and go via Crag Hill, Myer’s Green, Hollins Farm and Hampsthwaite to finish at The Station around 5pm. The walks will be at a pace to suit those taking part. You can do both or only the morning or the afternoon walk. 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

Cycle Maintenance Course: as the Tour de France is coming to the Harrogate area next year we would like to encourage everyone to prepare their own bikes for the summer. We are planning to arrange a cycle maintenance course at Christ Church Community Centre in Spring 2014 and before we book a cycle specialist we need to know if there is enough interest in the village and surrounding area to run this course. Please can you give an indication at this stage if you are interested in attending, time to run the course, i.e. evening or during the school holidays. Please can you e-mail me at Thank you for your help.

Help for Heroes Barbecue: Thank you to everyone who supported this event at the Station Hotel on August 10. We raised in excess of £1,200. John & Kip, Mike & Nicole, Martin & Janet.

Book Aid: Providing Christian literature in areas of need. Three boxes of Good News Bibles (50) which were surplus to our needs and stored in boxes under pews have been handed over to the local contact for the above Charity, who just happens to live in Harrogate. It is good to know that they will be put to good use after first ascertaining any need locally from the Diocesan Office. There are six bookshops in this country and many pick-up areas so if anyone has any suitable books please get in touch with me and a collection could be made and handed over or contact Dr Matthews directly on 01423 886789. JLM Fabric Committee.

Poetry Corner: ‘Maternity Moments’ by Anon.