Birstwith News

Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Birstwith CE School News: School will participate in World Book Day on March 8 when we hope the children will come to school dressed as their favourite book character, with the appropriate book accompanying them. Our school choir - under the excellent guidance of Mrs Paxton will, again, be entering a singing competition which will form part of the Harrogate Music Festival. This is due to take place on Saturday, March 16, at Harrogate Ladies’ College. School’s photographer will be taking the very popular, contemporary type class group photos during this month which, as usual, will be offered for sale to parents. On March 7, Year 6 children will attend the annual Crucial Crew event at The Barracks in Ripon. This always proves an enjoyable - and beneficial - occasion for the children when they are taken through various “emergency” scenarios such as fire, farm safety, water hazards, drugs, First Aid, etc. We shall be holding our Parents’ Evening sessions from 3.45-6pm on both Tuesday, March 19, and Thursday, March 21, when it is an opportunity for parents to talk to their children’s teachers to review their work and progress. On Thursday, March 21 at 3pm, and in anticipation of the children’s Easter holiday, there will be an egg-rolling competition and fund raising for a charity in the form of a coin egg. On Thursday, March 28 at 9.30am we will be holding our Easter Service in church when we extend a warm invitation to the children’s families to attend. Merit Assemblies - to which you are warmly invited - will be on Friday, March 8, and 22 at 2.50pm. We close for our Easter holiday on Thursday, March 28 (at the earlier time of 2pm), re-opening on Monday, April 15. Secretary.

Family Bingo Evening: Friends of Birstwith Primary School will be holding this event in Birstwith Church Hall on Friday, March 8 at 6.30pm. Entry fee (to include bingo play sheet) - £2 per person. Refreshments available (teas, juice, hotdogs, cakes/biscuits). Everyone welcome!

Embroiderer’s Guild: the next meeting of the Nidderdale branch will be held in St James’s Church Hall on Saturday, March 16 when there will be a talk entitled York Broderers given by by Chris Beavers. As usual there will be a stitching morning from 10am before the talk which will begin at 2pm. Visitors and new members will be most welcome. For further information please contact Maureen Robinson on 01423 880597 or visit our website at

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 Gormines 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 Moke Hill before crossing the river to Birchfield Farm and heading east to finish at The Station, again about five miles. The walks will be 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. For more details please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 or 0771 618 7621 or e-mail

Birstwith WI Jumble Sale: on Saturday, March 16 at 1.30pm at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall. Clothes, toys, books, small items of bric-a-brac (no electrical items), cake stall. Please phone 01423 771719 or 01423 770866 for more details or to arrange collection. (Jumble may be left at the hall from 10am on the morning of the sale).