The Poppy Appeal: this year will run from Saturday, October 27 until Rememberance Sunday on November 11. Poppies will be on sale throughout this period at Birstwith Post Office, The Station, Birstwith Primary School and Belmont Grosvenor School. House to house collections will be made between Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 10. To Gift Aid your donation please ask for one of the special envelopes. In addition to standard poppies, wrist bands and enamel pins a limited number of car poppies, large double poppies and small wreaths will also be available. Please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 for details or to help with the house to house collection.
Missing Dog: he is a springer/cocker cross spaniel, medium sized, black and white and neutered. He is called Freddie, is four and a half years old, with a full tail. He went missing from his home in High Lane, High Birstwith on September 11. He was wearing a collar with a name tag and is also chipped. If you spot him, or have any information as to his whereabouts, please ring Amanda Horsell on 07795 177310.
The Children’s Society: coffee morning/box opening on Saturday, November 3, from 10am until noon at St James’s Church Hall. Please bring your Children’s Society Collecting Box along to be emptied and counted, or if you are unable to attend, please let us have it as soon as possible. You may leave your box in church for Hilary or Ruth, or if it is easier for you, drop it into the surgery. Every year we collect around £1,000 (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 in their lives.
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 email@example.com.
Harrogate Symphony Orchestra: Winter Concert at The Royal Hall, Harrogate on Saturday, November 3. There will be Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, soloist Alberto Portugheis, Walton’s Crown Imperial, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. Tickets £13 / £11, 11-18s half price, under 11s free. Available from Harrogate Theatre, on 01423 502116.
Rock up and Sing: this well known singing organisation can fill the Conference Centre and Royal Hall with its very popular concerts, so let’s hope we can fill St James’s Church as well. The concert will take place on Friday, November 23 at 7.30pm. The music will appeal to all ages and tastes and should attract a full house. Tickets will be £8 adults, £4 children and there will be a Family Ticket for 2 adults + 2 children. Please contact John Mitchell on 01423 770412 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.