Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Embroiderer’s Guild: the next meeting of the Nidderdale branch will be held on Saturday, October 19 when there will be a talk entitled 17th Century Dress by Clarice Voakes. As usual there will be a stitching morning from 10am before the talk which will be held in Birstwith Church Hall, and visitors and new members will be most welcome. For further information please contact Mrs Maureen Robinson on 01423 880597 or visit our web site at

The Poppy Appeal: the total collection by Birstwith for last year’s Poppy Appeal was £1,800.29 including gift aid. If you would like to gift aid your donation this year please ask for a gift aid form or envelope. As in previous years house to house collections will take place throughout the village and the outlying areas of the parish. If you are able to help with this collecting please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 or e-mail Poppies will also be on sale at Birstwith Post Office, The Station, Birstwith Primary School and Belmont Grosvenor School. In addition to standard poppies, wrist bands, bracelets and enamel pins a limited number of car poppies, large double poppies and small wooden crosses and wreaths will also be available. You might be interested to know that the Poppy Appeal works in partnership with Help for Heroes on a number of initiatives to support and assist injured and disabled service personnel. For example Help for Heroes will fund the cost of building new facilities while the Poppy Appeal will fund thr on-going costs of running and staffing the facilities. In addition to the annual Poppy Appeal collection which will run from Saturday, October 26 until Remembrance Sunday on November 10, there is also an online Poppy Shop at that sells a range of year-round commemorative items and gifts. Thank you.

Birstwith WI: our September meeting began with a really interesting talk by Ellie, Ian and Steve who are part of the award winning team running Harrogate Hospital Radio. This is an unseen service which gives comfort and pleasure to many suffering in hospital. They run the service 24/7 playing music, fulfilling requests and even putting on short amusing plays they perform themselves. We heard about the state of the art equipment they now use in contrast to their early beginnings in a broom cupboard. Certainly this is a most deserving charity. Plans were made for a team to represent Birstwith WI at the federation quiz next month and we have already begun to discuss the WI carol service and Christmas dinner - how did that come around so fast! Next month’s meeting will be a social evening with plenty of opportunity for a good old natter and maybe even a glass of wine! Debbie Britton.

The Children’s Society: coffee morning/box opening will be held on Saturday, November 2 at St James’s Church Hall. Please bring your collecting box along to be emptied and counted, or if you are unable to attend, please let us have it before the end of next month. You may leave your box in church for Hilary or Ruth, or if it is easier for you, drop it into the surgery. Last year we collected £1,200 (mostly in small change), so even the smallest amounts help. Nationally, there are over 180,000 boxes sitting in people’s homes and together they raise over £2m annually. As usual, there will be a cake stall and we would be grateful for any donations. Once again, on behalf of the children, thank you for your continued support. The society helps over 40,000 distressed children every year and your help really can make a difference to their lives. If you don’t have a collecting box and would like one, do call in to the coffee morning, where you may collect one, or call Ruth Bush or Hilary Trickey (

Church Hall Kitchen: a further plea for you to search your cupboards for any items you may have borrowed from the church hall and forgotten to return. We are missing a large pan, several large white plates, and table clothes. Another item which is not replaceable is the glass serving dish from the hostess trolley. Church Hall Committee.