Company springs to bus service rescue

A friendly feline visitor to the library.
A friendly feline visitor to the library.

This month we held the wider annual Nidderdale Strategic Partnership meeting at Pateley Bridge Methodist Church, chaired by Councillor Stan Lumley.

Around 30 people attended from agencies and bodies from the public, business and voluntary sector including representatives from Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, parish councils, Nidderdale Chamber of Trade and Nidderdale AONB.

Debbie Grassam, partnership manager at Nidderdale Plus.

Debbie Grassam, partnership manager at Nidderdale Plus.

The main focus of this year’s event was on local transport issues including the potential cut of the winter Sunday 24 service between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. A fundraising campaign between Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, Nidderdale Chamber of Trade; and Nidderdale Plus aimed to stop the cut to this vital service.

As many of you will now be aware, Harrogate Spring Water stepped in and put forward substantial funding; together with funding from Cllr Stan Lumley’s NYCC Locality Budget; and contributions from Pateley Bridge Town Council; Nidderdale Chamber of Trade and other kind donations from concerned individuals.

So the winter Sunday service is saved for a further two years; but the challenge is to promote it so that we are not in the same position in the future.

The new winter DalesBus timetable is available online at or you can pick up a copy at our office in Pateley Bridge; together with The Harrogate Bus Company new 24 full timetable which is hot off the press.

One of the highlights of our local calendar is the Nidderdale Show and, being Yorkshire folk, we took the poor weather in our stride. The weather always gives us something to talk about!

Nidderdale Plus had a stand and our tombola proved popular, thanks to all who bought tickets on the day to help raise funds for our charity.

It was a great opportunity to tell people about our range of services, provide some assistance, and even hand out some volunteer application forms! I

t was great that volunteers came and gave a hand, which is always very much appreciated at events.

I got the opportunity, as did some of our Trustees, to do a bit of networking with other local organisations, services, charities and community groups – it always helps to work together to benefit Nidderdale.

This reminds me to promote the Nidderdale Moorland Festival, which is run by the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, and will celebrate the heather moorlands with walks, talks and workshops. You can find out more at or collect a leaflet detailing all the events from our office.

If you are popping in to our office, remember we are also your local library and you can benefit from this fantastic resource. Nidderdale Plus is dog friendly, and as you can see by our recent library visitor, we are cat friendly too! Week commencing Monday 9 October is National Libraries Week so if you are not already a member, why not come in and join?

During the week we will be holding a book sale of ex-library books, so come and take a look at the wide range of books on offer.

Those with little ones can drop in for the free story time sessions now taking place every Wednesday starting at 10.30am for half an hour of story time and singing. Also, on Mondays 1pm to 5pm, up to and including Monday 27 November, we have free IT Help drop-in sessions.

So drop by if you want help with iPads, tablets, smart phones, kindles or any other computer advice.

Thanks to partnership working with NYCC, we have just held an introductory Stopmotion Animation workshop to help embed the concept of ‘library as a cultural hub’. Dawn Feather, of InspirEd Workshops, ran the hands-on session and the library volunteers who attended were amazed how quickly they could learn some basic animation skills.

The idea is for our library volunteers to be inspired to work in the community sharing new digital skills, improving well-being and social inclusion, raising confidence, and promoting economic development opportunities.

The group were impressed with how the skills used linked to the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths, but in a fun creative way.

Another event which is very creative, but not digital, is the monthly Carers Craft Session.

The next session is on Wednesday 18 October at Nidderdale Plus office, Pateley Bridge 2pm to 3.30pm. For further information, or to book a place, please call Carol Lancaster on 01423 500555, or alternatively ask at Nidderdale Plus.

Finally, but importantly, I would like to thank those who raise money to help sustain our ‘community hub’.

I would like to mention funds raised recently by Heathfield Caravan Club, Studfold Adventure Trail and The Sandwich Box in Pateley Bridge. Many thanks for your kind and valuable support!