Birstwith News


Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Rock-Up-And-Sing: this is a local community based choir with a difference. (musical director - Rhiannon Gayle). Their repertoire includes a range of popular music from the rock, motown, gospel and African genres, along with some more serious pieces. Rock Up and Sing combines fun with friendship, and through skill, determination and massive enthusiasm produces an exciting and fabulous sound and it’s coming to St James’s Church on Friday, November 23 at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 adults, £1 children, family ticket (2ad, 2ch) £20. Please contact John Mitchell (01423 770412). Pomp and Circumstance, Commercial Street, Harrogate. Come on Rock up and listen - don’t miss it.

Floral Workshop: nationally recognised florist, Susan Fairhurst is holding a Christmas Floristry Workshop at Kettlesing Millenium Village Hall on Saturday, December 1. You will have the opportunity to complete three different designs for your home to complement your Christmas decor. Tickets are priced at £20 each and will include morning coffee and lunch. Booking is essential and tickets can be obtained from Jane Carter, 07734 023826 or

Secure Shopping: with Christmas coming please be careful with your shopping online. Do you satisfy yourself that the person or organisation you are buying from is trustworthy? If it is a site you’ve not used before things you can do include looking for a returns policy, telephone contact, and postal address. Assess the quality of the written English on the website, does it inspire you with confidence? Consider using the internet to find independent information about what you are buying and about the seller, eg use a search engine to find online reviews. When using online auctions like Ebay do not agree to complete deals outside the rules of the auction site. Know how to make a strong password. Finally, if it sounds too good to be true, it is probably not true! The “bargain” tempting you may turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth. Better to pay a bit more and buy from a source you have confidence in.