Jim Shipman

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Birstwith C E School News: school re-opened after half-term on Tuesday, November 5 following a training day. We have enjoyed meeting a number of families whose children will be starting school next September. It is an opportunity for them to have a look at us and ask any questions. We will be delighted to hear from anyone if they know of any parents who may be interested in having a look at our school for their children. Our school photographer will be taking the usual and annual individual photographs of the children in the middle of the month when, additionally, any pre-school brothers and sisters may also have their photographs taken. We are offering our parents a meeting with their children’s teachers on Thursday, November 7, when it will be an opportunity to talk about their children’s work. We are holding a further session with the Mini Me Arts Workshop provider. This has previously been very successful and much enjoyed by the children and also by the parents who have purchased the resulting cards. We are holding an art week in School at which all our children will look at, and produce work, focussed on global landscapes which links directly to our current topic Passport to the World. The children have, in the past, very much enjoyed and benefited from this encompassing and more concentrated approach when it offers appropriate opportunities for them to be taught in vertical groups, that is a group of children across the age range of Years 1 to Year 6. Our Friends of School continue with their excellent and successful fundraising events the results of which make such a positive difference to School’s provision and resources. Their assistance with the children’s swimming provision continues and we extend our appreciation to them for their fantastic funding of the whole School’s Christmas theatre attendance - “Cinderella” in York for our youngest children with the Jungle Book in Leeds for our older years - in addition to their paying for the transport costs. The friends are holding a Christmas shopping evening to which you are warmly invited on Friday, November 15 when a number of stalls will be offering their (festive) wares. We extend a warm invitation to our parents, their families and all in the community who attend our celebrity Friday merit assemblies which will take place on Friday, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 in School at 2.50pm. There will be no merit assemblies in December due to governor meetings and the children’s Christmas parties. It would be a pleasure to see you for our celebrations for Christmas - hursday, December 5. Carols around the tree at 2.30pm; Tuesday, December 10. Older children’s production dress rehearsal in church at 1.30pm; Wednesday, December 11. Older children’s production in church at 2pm; Thursday, December 12. Older children’s production in church at 6.30pm; Wednesday, December 18. Youngest children’s Nativity dress rehearsal in church at 9.30am; Thursday, December 19. Youngest children’s Nativity in church at 2.30pm. School secretary.

The Whole Company of Heaven: on Saturday, September 28, Sarah Warnes and I participated in the Royal School of Church Music, North of England Festival held in Leeds Town Hall. The 300 plus massed choirs included Wakefield, Bradford and Sheffield Cathedrals, Doncaster, Selby, Halifax, Leeds and Grimsby Minsters and representatives from numerous parish churches, Harrogate, Pannal and St James’s, Birstwith among them. Some individuals came from as far away as Humberside, Chester and Newcastle. We were coached and conducted by Gordon Stewart, a world renowned organist and former conductor on BBC Songs of Praise. It was a long and demanding day but enormously stimulating, encouraging and uplifting, as Sarah and I agreed. During the late afternoon service, led by the Bishop of Beverley, the whole emphasis was on the invaluable role played by church music in inspiring and strengthening worship and celebration in the Christian Church. Barbara Burton.

Operation Christmas Child: our annual Shoebox Collection was launched at the All Age Worship service on Sunday, October 20, and the boxes will be collected at the All Age Worship service on Sunday, November 17. If you would like to take part, please collect a leaflet from the back of church, and perhaps one for a friend as well. This gives details of how to prepare and what to put in your shoebox. Louise Garnett.

Birstwith Horticultural Society: the AGM will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm in St James’s Church Hall. Come and support us in this event, as we welcome your feedback, or just come and join us for a glass of juice or wine. Points for discussion include - our aims for Birstwith Show 2014; Recruiting new committee members to join our fun committee. Members required include car park manager and trophies secretary. We are also wanting volunteers who are just willing to help out throughout the year and on show day. We look forward to seeing you at the church hall.

Flower Workshop: this will take place on Thursday, November 14 from 7.45pm at Darley Christ Church Community Centre. Jenny Robinson will be leading this friendly flower workshop. It doesn’t matter if you have little experience or are a complete beginner, please feel free to come along. To book a place just e-mail or tel 01423 780056.