Birstwith News


Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Birstwith Walks: both walks on Sunday, January 27 will be four to five miles long and start from The Station. Routes will depend on the weather and ground conditions but will aim to minimise use of muddy paths. The morning walk will leave The Station at 10am returning by 12.30pm. The afternoon walk will start at 1pm returning by 4pm. The walks will be at a pace to suit those taking part. You can do both or only the morning or the afternoon walk. 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. Provisional dates looking ahead Saturday, February 16 starting from the village shop. Sunday, March 10 (Mothering Sunday) starting from The Station. For more details please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 or 0771 618 7621, or e-mail

Birstwith Horticultural Society: you are cordially invited to a quiz night on Saturday, January 12 in St James’s Church Hall at 8pm, £1 per person. Please bring drinks and nibbles, no more than six people per team.

Tewit Youth Band: this band will be giving a concert in St James’s Church, Birstwith on Friday, February 1 at 7.30pm. The senior section of the Tewit Youth Band is made up of 30 young people between the ages of 13 and 17. The Senior Band has performed in the Royal Festival Hall, London, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and has toured Europe on a number of occasions, including Prague in 2008, and Germany and Luchon, France in 2012. The Senior Band is currently the holder and winner of the Wharfedale trophy, the Harrogate Competitive festival entertainment class and regular qualifiers for the Music for Youth Championships. How about that? Get your tickets soon. Adult £8, children £4, family ticket (2 adults plus 2children) £20 from John Mitchell on 01423 770412 or the Dale Stores. Proceeds are in aid of Church Bell Frame Fund.

Birstwith History: the following extracts are taken out of A Short History of St James’s Church Birstwith, by Geoffrey W Manock, published in 1998. ‘St James’s is fortunate in having a lot of stained glass, so much so the interior can be rather dark on dull days. This point is more than offset by the wonderful effects that are given as the sun moves and the results change with the seasons. The first East window, given by Sarah Greenwood when the church was opened, was painted by Ward and Hughes and depicted the Transfiguration, the Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension. It was given to Hartwith Church in 1888 and replaced by the present magnificent window given as a tribute to the founder Frederick Greenwood by his friends. The window was designed by John William Brown and made by James Powell. It depicts the Ascension and is a fine example of Victorian stained glass. The window half way down the South wall will be noticed as having a markedly different style to the rest of the stained glass. It is attributed to Clayton, the master of late Victorian glass, but there is no record to support this view. Now for the puzzle. The window to the left of the pulpit, showing Abraham and his son, was in need of lead repair in the 1950s. The window was replaced when the work was completed, but to the horror of the craftsman the panels were not in correct order. He was embarrassed, waived his fee for the work, but did not reposition the panels. Can you spot the mistake?’