Birstwith News

Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Good News: following our giving campaign at the beginning of last year we have seen our financial position moving in the right direction. This has been helped by our negotiating a reduction in our share payments for 2012 and the next two years. There is still much to do to meet our declared objective of meeting our day-to-day expenditure from regular giving, but we are on our way. When we achieve this objective we will be able to address our mission, charitable giving and extraordinary expenditure through specific fund raising projects, a much more transparent exercise. Full details of our 2012 income and expenditure are being prepared for the AGM in March. If you give by envelope only, you might consider ensuring that your giving is guaranteed regular by completing a standing order mandate. Details are available from me, just ring 01423 770680. Thank you to all who support our church in all the various ways - time, talent and treasure. John Hindle (treasurer).

Arcadian Strings: this 14-strong orchestra is giving its second concert in St James’s on Friday, March 1 and once again will feature our own Sarah Warnes playing, with the orchestra, a Suite for Organ and Strings by Italian composer Respighi. This is a piece written in the 20th century but in the style of the 18th - lovely music! Lots of other great music too. For more details please call John Mitchell on 01423 770412.

Birstwith Walks: the morning walk on Sunday, March 10 (Mothering Sunday) will start from The Station at 10am and follow the riverside to Hampsthwaite then take the network of paths via Myer’s Green, Hollins and Knox Hill to return through Gormires Wood, about five miles. The afternoon walk will leave The Station at 2pm and go via Clapham Green, Back Lane, Longscales, Wayside Farm, Cinder Hills and Make Hill before crossing the river to Birchfield Farm and heading east to finish at The Station, again about five miles. 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 (there are now sheep in many of the fields and soon there will be lambs). You will need clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather and possibly something to eat and drink along the way. For more details please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 or 0771 618 7621, or e-mail

Muddy Archaeologist: do you wish to take part in a stimulating and fascinating visit to Italy this summer? Fly to Rome, stay on the stunning Amalfi peninsula and travel through the centuries as you visit the sites around the Bay of Naples and along the Amalfi coast. We begin with the Greek origins of the local culture at Paestum and then experience evocative Cumae (atmospheric home of the ancient prophetress) and consider the fundamentals of Roman life at Pozzuoli’s huge ampitheatre that served this main port that fed early Rome. Stabiae, so rich in frescoes that tell us so much, was smothered in Vesuvius’ eruption on August 24 AD79, and we then head up the slopes of Mt Vesuvius itself to see the beautiful views of the Bay of Naples, and so much more. There will evening talks and a full-time classical historian/archaeologist, Gillian to help with your experience. For a full itinerary and more information please go to or call Gillian Hovell on 01423 771290.

Dog Walkers: it has been very noticable over the last few months that some dog owners have been extremely careless regarding cleaning up after their dogs. Places of note are the pavements, the Mill Path and the sports field. Apart from its unsightly nature there are disease issues to be addressed as children and adults are all vulnerable to this mess. Clear up after your pet and encourage others to respect the Country Code regarding litter of all kinds. Please keep the Nidd Valley beautiful and clean.