Graham Smith

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Darley Picnic in the Park: everybody is invited to attend the Darley Picnic in the Park on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27 at Darley Playing Fields. The pavilion will be open 11am-4pm for the sale of hot and cold food and drinks, or you can bring your own picnic. Part of the field will be set up for ball games, the children’s playground (including the adult fitness equipment) and BMX Bumps are sure to be well used and there will be basketball coaching 2-3pm and organised football competitions throughout the day. Admission is free, but a donation to the Darley Playing Fields Association charity would be appreciated. We suggest £2 for adults and £1 for children, but any amount is welcome, and will go towards the upkeep of the field, pavilion and children’s playground by the charity. Further information from (01423) 780970.

The Royal Oak Quiz, Dacre Banks: the next quiz will be on Sunday, May 26 at 8pm. To raise funds for Dacre Banks Playing Field Association. The quiz has a £2.50 entry fee per person, included is a pie and pea supper and several prizes. Preferably teams of no more than four but not enforced. It is advisable to ring Anna or Steve on 780200 and book a table. This helps with the catering, although not essential. Just come and have some fun, we will find you a space and it is for a local cause.

Max Pullan Pavilion at Dacre Banks: the official opening ceremony of the new pavilion at the Max Pullan Recreation Ground at Dacre Banks will take place on Saturday, June 1. The pavilion will be open from noon and there will be an opportunity to view the facilities and learn more about the history of the recreation ground and the building of the new pavilion. The official opening ceremony will be performed by Sir Thomas Ingilby, Bt. of Ripley Castle at 12.30pm. His grandfather Lt-Col Sir William H Ingilby, Bt. opened the original pavilion in 1937, and Sir Thomas is president of the Nidderdale & District Amateur Cricket League. The Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Michael Newby, and his consort and the Mayor of Pateley Bridge, Coun Christine Scaife and her consort have also agreed to grace the occasion with their presence. Following the opening ceremony, everybody is welcome to stay to watch the cricket match and the activity on the tennis courts and bowling green. The Max Pullan recreation ground was established in 1937, on the banks of the River Nidd at Dacre Banks. The field was donated by John Pullan, a local resident, as a permanent memorial to his only son, Charles Maxwell Pullan, who had died in the First World War. The recreation ground is now run by the Dacre & Hartwith Playing Fields Association, and comprises facilities for cricket, tennis, bowls, football and angling, as well as a children’s playground and ample space for outdoor recreation, and now has a wonderful new pavilion.

Creatures Exhibition: at The Studio, Dacre Banks, HG3 4EL. Open invitation to this exciting exhibition of works by several local artists along the theme of Creatures. Artists include: Hester Cox, Stefania Romaniak, Jane Carlisle Bellerby and Frances Payne. Refreshments and a chance to chat to the artists about the work on display. All welcome. Exhibition open until Friday, May 31.Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am - 4pm. Call Frances on 07736 071903 for further info.

Dacre Banks Cricket Club: on Saturday, May 25 the 2nd team will be at home to Newton-le-Willows.

Darley Cricket Club: on Saturday, May 25 the 1st team will be at home to Killinghall.

Church services: Sunday, May 26 Providence United Reformed Church, Dacre Top Mrs C Morris at 9.30am. Summerbridge Methodist Church Sister Janet Durbin at 10.30am. Darley Methodist Church Morag Waterfield at 10.30am. St Saviours Church, Thornthwaite Sung Matins from the Book of Common Prayer at 11am. St Judes Church, Hartwith Contemplative Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. Holy Trinity Church, Dacre Banks Holy Communion with Junior Church at 9.30am.