Barbara Rickards

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What-On: 7.30pm May 16 dominoes at Markington Institute, Bishop Thornton and Warsill Parish Council and AGM May 16 7.30pm Bishop Thornton CE Primary School

Women Institute: Bishop Thornton and Shaw Mills WI was host in Ripley Town Hall to around 60 women for the Nidd Valley Group AGM. It was a good evening where all the secretaries for each institute reported on their events for the previous year. There were so many interesting speakers available and so many places to visit and this evening gave an insight in to all of those events, in turn it gave the institute ideas for the programme for next year. There was the usual business matters to attend to and a change of president as Brenda Umpleby retires from a seven year term .Brenda was thanked for her services and a presentation of a garden voucher was given to her as a thank you. Hazel Jackson has taken over the role as president and everyone wished her well in her new role.

The Spring Council meeting: at the Pavilions in Harrogate where 275 women met to hear reports from Julie Clerk the chairman of North Yorkshire West. After getting up at 5am to attend the lambs on her farm, she travelled from Leyburn area to give a stunning report and presentation of the previous year and its success. Ann Harrison spoke about Demman Collage in Oxford and promoted all the facilities available to not only members but husbands as well. Ann has recently been starring on the Food Glorious Food cooking programme with fellow judges Carol Vorderman, Tom Parker Bowles and Stacie Stewart. There were two gust speakers being Dulcie Lewis of Down The Pan fame who had everyone in stitches with her humour about women’s beauty entitled Paint and the Corset. If you ever get the opportunity to get to an event where she is specking then she will lift anyone out of the winter miseries to a buoyant level of happiness. She is brilliant at what she does.

The afternoon speaker was Susan Rumfitt who spoke about the `Romance of Pearls. As it was the 30th anniversary of North Yorkshire West this was a very good topical subject and many members were wearing a variety of pearl jewellery to celebrate. Susan’s ability to speck continuously on the history of pearls was astounding and very well researched. The whole day was well organised and relaxed as so many institute had the opportunity to mingle together and either renew or make new friendships in a convivial atmosphere. Well done to the person who organised the event.

Cricket: Bishop Thornton 1st team away to Killinghall 2nd, home to Bolton Abby 2nd team May 18.

Gardening Club: Warsill Garden Club Herbs and General interest visit May 23 6.30pm to Woodlands Cottage, Summerbridge Admission £3 to include refreshment.

School News: Bishop Thornton CE Primary School were pleased that they could keep the school open on Polling Day. Polling took place in the library which the local authority agreed to, many of the voters commented that it was lovely to see the school in action.

Parent and Teachers Association: first fund raising event for 2013 for Bishop Thornton CE Primary School takes place on Friday, May 17 at 3pm with a cake stall to celebrate the end of Stats. Please go along and support and any donations of cake would be appreciated. Next event will be a Beetle Drive in school on Saturday, June 8 at 6.30pm. All proceeds towards providing music system, IT visualise, and EYFS equipment

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School: children had a lovely time travelling by train to the National Railway Museum. They particularly enjoyed the train journey, looking at all the old steam engines and seeing the beautiful carriages that the kings and queens have travelled in.

Congratulations: to the Eco School Silver Award for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. This was a great achievement and gives them a platform for the next target which is the Green Flag Award. Well done to everyone in school for achieving this award.

Science Day: Bishop Thornton CE Primary School both classes are undertaking investigation on the properties and change state of materials’ on their science day. While St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Bishop Thornton Infants class in their science have been learning about forces and movement

Church Services: St Joseph’s Catholic Church Bishop Thornton Saturday 6pm Vigil Mass, Sunday Mass 10am, Weekday Masses 9.30ish. St John’s CE Church Bishop Thornton May 19 10am Family Service, May 26 11.15am Eucharist