Dacre, Darley and Summerbridge News

Dacre, Darley and Summerbridge

Graham Smith

01423 772832


Darley Community Library: will users please note that the library will not be open on Easter Saturday or Easter Monday.

Easter Dance: at Darley Memorial Hall on Monday, April 1 8pm–midnight. Admission £8 to include supper, dancing to Silhouette, for further details please contact Keith Hardcastle on 01423 780258.

Holy Trinity news: path-upgrade: the scheduled work was completed on March 9 in time for Mothers Day. Thanks are recorded to Richard Lister-path, and Peter Somerville-electrics. I am sure it will make access easier for many visitors, especially during the winter months.

Coffee morning: in inclement weather we invited visitors for coffee, live music, and to browse various stalls. Including generous donations (£290), we raised £700 towards the above mentioned up-grading. Raffle tickets No 57-orange and pale blue No 59 are still un-claimed. (Contact Ann-780495) We have subsequently received another generous donation for the path up-grade. Thank you to everyone for their generosity it is very much appreciated by everyone who attends Holy Trinity Church.

Mothering Sunday: we celebrated this special day on March 10 with a church full of families. Junior Church members assisted in the distribution of spring flower posies during the last hymn - a special morning. The party atmosphere continued afterwards with refreshments including Aria’s birthday cake.

Church-yard extension: we are in the process of submitting the relevant faculty and planning applications to extend our churchyard. Please contact a church warden if you would like further information.

Parish visitors: please contact Alison Evans if you know of anyone who would benefit from a visit, or you yourself require a visit from one of the team members. Church wardens -Ann and David.

Holy Trinity Church, Dacre Banks, Churchwardens report: throughout last year we enjoyed seasonal services including the Queens Jubilee led by Revs Matthew and Tony. Junior Church continues to expand, with the Sparklers, The Zone and Reflect groups and a team of leaders assisting Alison Evans. A number were confirmed by the Bishop and some trained as Altar Servers. Their input into services is welcome and valued. On a lighter note they enjoyed a sleep-over on Candlemas weekend thanks to Fran and Jenna. We thank Marjorie and Mary, our organists, and the choir for their music. Their enthusiasm and voices have made a huge difference, especially when joined by guests on special occasions.

Church fabric: Holy Trinity underwent its Quinquennial Inspection last September. Internally the clock, heating and organ all underwent their annual services. Redecorating will have to be scheduled sooner rather than later. Externally the building is still sound, but it is recommended that the roof ridge is re-laid. The tower openings, Laths, have been repaired and re-wired against bat/bird infestation and fall-pipes secured. The noticeboard underwent a refit but a complete new one will be required in the near future. Faculties for upgrading the pathway and installing lighting along it were sanctioned with works completed for Easter. Unsafe and diseased trees have been removed by professionals. Special thanks are recorded to P Somerville and G Bell for Churchyard maintenance. The horse will be invited to return to selected areas of the lower churchyard to assist.

Churchyard: as grave space is now very limited we have to seriously consider future plans. This involves planning permissions and all their recommended requirements, such as retaining original boundaries and new stone wall boundaries. The applications have commenced. However, considering the recent weather it is very evident that the adjacent field and part of the lower churchyard is a flood plain. Wholeheartedly we thank our volunteers who work tirelessly both internally and externally and welcome new recruits with open arms. It is this support that keeps our church alive and welcoming. Sadly we said farewell to a number of our regular congregation and our reader Pat, but their lives were celebrated and remembered in some especially moving services. Fundraising events remain essential in the current financial climate. We continue to enjoy the popular bi-monthly Trinity Supper Club, quizzes and the usual coffee and raffle events. We also supported the nominated parish charities and donate food to the Harrogate Homeless project. The annual parish event, Nidd Fest was enjoyed in inclement weather and still raised funds. Our parish held an away weekend which congregational members of all ages thoroughly enjoyed in fine autumnal weather. Another one is scheduled for this autumn and thereafter to host every other year. Innovative ideas to combine fellowship and fund-raising are always welcome. Our treasurer, David issues a full copy of our audited accounts. Yet again, we had to dip into reserves to pay our Parish Share to the Diocese, so we encourage you to think carefully if you can support our church on a regular basis. We are involved actively with the church in the Dale. The weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, Link and press articles inform of news and events. Thank you all for your support, but especially to our ministers for their continuing enthusiasm which is contagious. David Craggs and Ann Kent-Churchwardens- (2012-2013).

Dacre Banks Bowling Club: there will be an open day on Sunday, April 7 at 2pm. Anyone is welcome to come along and try their hand at Crown Green Bowling. Club members will be on hand to give advice. Bowls will be provided so just come along with some flat shoes and give it a try. For further information, contact Paul Tolworthy on paul.tolworthy@talktalk.net or telephone 712388.

Summerbridge WI: the next meeting is on Monday, April 8 at 7pm. in Dacre Village Hall, when Angela Hanson will give a slide presentation on Japan - Island of Contrasts. The competition is an oriental object. Visitors and new members are always made very welcome.

Quad Cs Adult Dancercise: keep fit the fun way every Wednesday Evening at Darley Christ Church Community Centre. Time 7.30–8.15pm. Only £4 per session (fees to be paid in half termly blocks) Explore different dance based fitness techniques tackling everything from cardio to conditioning. Whether you’re the serious minded or just want to have some fun, this class has something for everyone. Contact Chloe on 0771 2280038 email quad-c@live.co.uk

New Beginnings Exhibition: at The Studio, Dacre Banks, HG3 4EL now on until April 6. An exciting exhibition of works by several Yorkshire based artists and artisans. Featuring work by Wood Artist Chris Rymer, Photographer Anna Lilleegen, Artist Katy Penn, Jewellery Designer/Maker Elephantattic and Artist Frances Payne. All welcome. @ The Studio is then open every Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm with this exhibition showing until April 6. For more information call Frances on 07736 071903.

Church services: Friday, March 29 Summerbridge Methodist Church – Service for Good Friday at 7.30pm. Sunday, March 31 Providence United Reformed Church, Dacre Top – Mr M Imeson at 9.30am. Summerbridge Methodist Church – Holy Communion with the Rev Nigel Waterfield at 10.30am. Darley Methodist Church – Deacon Rowland Wilkinson at 10.30am. St. Judes Church, Hartwith – Easter Sunrise Service at 6am and Parish Family Holy Communion for Easter at 10am.