Birstwith News


Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Daughter of the Clyde: Geoffrey Raspin will give a talk and display about the life of a P & O liner 1925 until 1953, in aid of Harrogate Advocacy ( This event will take place on January 13 at 3pm at The Harrogate Club, 36 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate HG1 5PR. Tickets £6 include refreshments and are available from Geoffrey 01423 779084 or The club 01423 502344.

Church Flower Rota: I shall be compiling the weekly church flower rota this month and if you would like to take on a week I would be very pleased to hear from you. Some dates have already been taken by weddings and people wishing to remember bithdays etc., but there are still plenty of dates available if you would like to get involved. Please contact me on 01423 770654 for further information. Jenni Worsnop.

Birstwith History: the following extracts are from The History of the Parish of Birstwith, by CS Greenwood published in 1907. ‘The Church possesses a peal of six bells. At the consecration there were only three, one of which, the large tenor bell, was given by the Rev. Thomas Staniforth, who intended it to have been specially cast with an inscription in raised letters, but Mr Hawkins, the architect, found the bell ready cast as the model for the “Great Ben” in the Houses of Parliament, and he arranged to buy it for Mr Staniforth. Two more bells were added by the Founder about 1860, and the sixth bell was presented by the Rev C R Baskett in 1905. They were all cast and hung by Warner, of London. The bells were re-hung in 1873 and again in 1905. There is an apparatus fixed to enable all the bells to be chimed by one person. Small hammers strike the outer side of the bell, and the ropes connected with these hammers are brought together into a frame, and so arranged that one man can pull them. This apparatus is not to supercede or interfere with the ordinary bellringing, but it is for use at weekday services, &c., when all the ringers cannot be present. The louvre boards in the belfry are of stone, and not, as is usual, of wood. As they were being fixed, one slipped and fell to the ground, and nearly caused the death of a workman. It has always been the custom to commemorate the Founder by ringing the bells on his birthday, January 15.’

Greetings: may I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for this New Year. I look forward to you sending me any items that you think appropriate for publication in the Herald, about our village and its people. Thank you.