Graham Smith

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Dacre Banks Cricket Club: on Saturday, July 20 the 2nd team will be at home to Ouseburn thirds.

Darley Cricket Club: on Saturday, July 20 the 2nd team will be at home to Bishop Thornton seconds.

Rhythms and Blooms: everyone is welcome to enjoy rhythms and blooms, an open garden and musical event, which will be held on Sunday, July 21, 12.30-4pm in the beautiful gardens of Yorke House, Dacre Banks. The event will be held in aid of Harrogate & District Society for the Blind which provides invaluable support to local residents with impaired vision. The award-winning garden at Yorke House has extensive areas of flowering and foliage plants, water features which include ponds, stream and attractive waterside plantings and extensive views across the Nidderdale Valley. Afternoon entertainment will be provided by Bob Mason’s Swing Time Jazz trio who specialize in creating a convivial atmosphere with their easy listening style of music. Come along and enjoy the relaxing music and the delightful garden, together with home-made teas served on the lawn. Visitors may use the picnic area in the orchard. Most of the garden is accessible to visitors with disability. Dogs are accepted on a lead. Parking on site. The admission fee is £4 for adults, children free. The garden is located near the centre of Dacre Banks on the B6451, 10 miles NW of Harrogate, 10 miles N of Otley and four miles SE of Pateley Bridge, and will be clearly signed. For further information contact Pat Hutchinson 01423 780456.

Nick’s Quiz, The Royal Oak, Dacre Banks: the next quiz will be held on Sunday, July 21 at 8pm to raise funds for RSPCA. 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 Tel No 780200 and book a table. This also helps with the catering, although not essential. Just come and have some fun, we will find you a space and it is for a good cause.

Summerbridge WI: the speaker at our July meeting was Dr Carl Hallam who, after retiring after 30 years as a GP in Cumbria, joined the Medicins Sans Frontieres International Agency, which is a human aid organisation. MSF cannot accept money from any government or religious organisations and relies on donations from Europe. About six years ago Carl spent three months in the Sudan during their civil war. He was working at a refugee camp in Darfur; the size of the camp was 8km by 5km and held mainly women and children as most of the men had been killed. There were five doctors for 250,000 people, seeing three or four hundred patients daily. To help with the organisation it was necessary to employ 500 people from the camp who had to be paid. The refugees arrived in the camp with nothing, their villages having been burnt to the ground and their livestock stolen, but his photographs showed smiling children and the women in clean and beautifully coloured clothing. I think Carl’s talk left us all feeling great admiration for the work of MSF and the resilience of these amazing people. Our next meeting is on Monday, August 5 at 7pm in Dacre Village Hall, when Chris Powell will take us From Trash to Treasure. The competition is a pretty cup and saucer. New members and visitors are always very welcome.

Church services: Sunday, July 21 St Judes Church, Hartwith Holy Communion at 11am. Christ Church, Darley All Age Family Service at 9.30am. Holy Trinity Church, Dacre Banks Holy Sung Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer at 6.30pm. Providence United Reformed Church, Dacre Top Mr N Robinson at 9.30am. Summerbridge Methodist Church Mr Stephen Edwards at 10.30am. Darley Methodist Church Holy Communion with Deacon Rowland Wilkinson and Rev Chris Stark at 10.30am.