Birstwith News


Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Birstwith walks: the walk on Saturday, October 20 will start from the village shop at 10am and go via lanes and field paths to Hartwith Hall, Summerbridge and Dacre Banks, a distance of about six miles. There will be a lunch stop at Dacre Banks. Last year we visited the Royal Oak but you may prefer to bring a packed lunch. The return route will leave Dacre Banks at 2pm and go via Darley, Fringill and Cinder Hills to finish at The Station, again around six miles. The walk 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. Those wanting a shorter walk might wish to arrange for someone to pick them up or drop them off at Dacre Banks or to catch the bus. Provisional dates for the next few months are - Sunday, November 25 starting from The Station; Saturday, December 15 starting from the village shop. For more details please e-mail Adrian Dixon on or ring 01423 770116 or 0771 6187621.

European Concert: the St Paulinus Singers will be performing in St James’s Church on Saturday, October 27 at 7.30pm. This notable choir makes a return visit to Birstwith with a programme entitled European Accord, a wide ranging selection of music from several countries. Their publicity refers to their music ranging from “sacred to secular and serious to smiling ... and the choir’s will charm the audience on an autumn’s evening”. Tickets are £8 each, £5 concessions and free for U18s. These are available in advance from John or on the door. For more information please contact John Mitchell on 01423 770412 or at

Birstwith WI: the beginning of September saw us on a coach heading towards Saltaire for the day (by the long and not so pretty route!). Once we arrived we had a really good day out and an excellent lunch, followed by a dramatised tour around the town. This was not only very informative but most entertaining, enabling us to visualise how the town had developed and what it would have been like to live and work there. We arrived home safely by the more direct route! Many thanks are due to Sue for all her planning which made the day so enjoyable. This month’s regular meeting was a really enlightening talk and film about the work of St Michael’s Hospice. Although most of us knew the hospice was there and vaguely what it did, we were surprised by the variety of services on offer and the scope of the excellent work done by the staff and volunteers who work there. Next month we shall have an audio visual presentation by David Durathy Morland. We would love to have your company. Debbie Britton.

Luncheon Club: the next lunch will be on Tuesday, October 16. Please let either Brenda 01423 770409 or me know if you are unable to attend, so that we are able to welcome guests or new members. It was good to see so many of you back at September’s meeting looking so fit and well after recent stays in hospital. I won’t mention names as I am bound to miss someone off. We look forward to seeing you all at the start of our 22nd year. Elaine Burge 01423 770274.

A Week in the Life of a Diva: this is a musical chuckle for youngsters of all ages by Sarah-Ann Cromwell (soprano) - Winner of best act award at Buxton Festival Fringe. This is classical musical cabaret at its best. It’s funny, classy, informative and involving, so give yourself a treat and make a date to meet Sarah at - the Wesley Chapel, Harrogate on Wednesday, October 17. Welcome - 12.45pm. Performance - 1pm; The Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge on Thursday, October 18. Welcome - 7.15pm. Performance - 7.45pm; The Memorial Hall, Hampsthwaite on Saturday. October 20. Welcome - 7.15pm. Performance - 7.45pm. See the Diva in action at or contact John Hodgson for more details on 01423 779344. Tickets £7.50 or £7 in advance. For reservations please e-mail with your name, number of tickets required and for which venue.

CMS (Harrogate) Autumn Supper and AGM: this meeting will be held on Friday, October 12 at 7.30pm. The venue will once again be St Mark’s Church, Leeds Road, Harrogate, HG2 8AY. Tickets cost £7.50 which includes supper. A talk is to be given by David and Amy Roche who are Mission Partners in France. Please ring Tony Ninham on 01423 873617 for tickets in advance. Thelma March 01423 770891.