Dacre, Darley and Summerbridge News

Dacre, Darley and Summerbridge

Graham Smith

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Jubilee Orchard at Summerbridge School: pupils at Summerbridge Primary School are preparing to plant a Jubilee Orchard of fruit trees at a ceremony in the school grounds on Friday, November 30 at 11.15am. A small orchard of apple and pear trees has been donated to the school by The Charity of William Hardcastle. This local charity was established in 1695 and for more than 300years has supported pupils who live or attend school in Dacre or Summerbridge. The orchard is being planted to celebrate this special year and also to help pupils understand the processes involved in the production of fruit. Mrs Pat Hutchinson, chair of the charity said, The trustees wanted to help the school commemorate Jubilee year and this orchard will provide a valuable resource for learning as well as an attractive amenity for the village.

Flowers for Christmas: nationally qualified tutor, Pat Hutchinson, will instruct a one-day Christmas floral art workshop at Dacre & Hartwith Village Hall in Dacre Banks on Monday, December 17, 10am-3.30pm in aid of the maintenance of the village hall. At this popular Flowers for Christmas event you will be able to create at least three beautiful floral arrangements to enhance your home at Christmas, with emphasis placed on using fresh seasonal foliage with flowers. The fee for the full day workshop is £15 per person. For further information and to reserve your place please contact Pat directly on 01423 780456 or email pat@yorkehouse.co.uk.

Dacre Banks Pre-School Playgroup: is holding a Christmas Fayre at Summerbridge Methodist Church Hall on Wedesday, December 12, 11am-3pm. The Children will perform a nativity following which a festive lunch will be provided for £2.50 per person. Father Christmas (and the Nidderdale Llamas) will be visiting the children after lunch and all children will receive a present. There will be stalls set up in the hall selling local goods and crafts and Christmas present ideas. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

Darley Celebrations book: the second book from Darley Heritage Group is now on sale, covering Darley celebrations, both community and private, over the last hundred years. It was launched at Darley Heritage Day on November 10 when a large crowd turned out to browse the displays of photos on show in both Christ Church Community Centre and Christ Church itself. The book is now available at £7.95 in local outlets or direct from Sue on 780970. Why not buy the book as a Christmas present for someone in your family. All profits go back to the Heritage Group to fund future projects.

Emergency Heart Defibrillator: the defibrillator is now installed on the wall of the post office, and a list of trained volunteers who are able to offer support is also in the box. Additional volunteers for training would be very welcome. Further sessions will be offered in the new year, so please contact the clerk on 780970 or clerk@darleyparishcouncil.org.uk to book your place. It is important that as many people as possible know that the equipment is available, so please pass the word around the local area. Remember – this equipment could help to save a life. We all need to be aware of it and how to use it.

Darley Community Broadband: the community wireless broadband system is now up and running, serving the Darley area and with links across to Blubberhouses and Appletreewick. Speeds of up to 20Mb/s both download and upload are available. Contact LN Communications direct on 0845 643 5811 or via their website www.ilovebroadband.co.uk to arrange a survey if you are interested in joining the scheme. New hosts are being set up to bounce the signals to other groups of houses, so keep in contact with LN Comms so that you know when your house is in line of sight for a connection.

Summerbridge WI: our November meeting was held at the home of one of our members in Summerbridge. After the business meeting we had fireworks followed by a delicious supper provided by three of our members. Our next meeting is the AGM and this will take place at Dacre Top, on Monday, December 3 at 7pm. Don’t forget your wrapped gift.

Christmas Floristry Workshop: nationally recognised florist, Susan Fairhurst is holding a Christmas Floristry Workshop at Kettlesing Millennium Village Hall on Saturday, December 1. You will have the opportunity to complete 3 different designs for your home to complement your Christmas decor. Tickets are priced at £20 each and will include morning coffee and lunch. Booking is essential and tickets can be obtained from Jane Carter, 07734 023 826 or jc@macallam.com

Church services: Sunday, December 2 Providence United Reformed Church, Dacre Top The Rev John Belderson at 9.30am. Summerbridge Methodist Church Deacon Rowland Wilkinson at 10.30am. Darley Methodist Church Mr Derek Barnes at 10.30am.