Nidderdale Plus column: Focus on Sunday 24 bus service

Focus on Sunday 24 bus service
Focus on Sunday 24 bus service

I would like to start this month’s column by stressing the importance of the need to raise funds to keep the winter Sunday 24 bus service running between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.

We are working with Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company and Nidderdale Chamber of Trade to raise funds to enable the winter Sunday service to continue as part of the wider winter DalesBus network.

I am delighted to report that I have received a letter from NYCC confirming a grant of £1,000 towards the winter Sunday bus service. This Locality Budget grant will help towards keeping the Sunday service operating all year round for two years. Thanks to Coun Stanley Lumley for his support.

The proposed new Sunday timetable hopes to offer three return trips and provide suitable bus connections from services 36, 70 and 747 – as can be seen below:

Harrogate - 1015, 1315, 1530; Pateley Bridge - 1105, 1405, 1620; Pateley Bridge - 1115, 1415, 1625; Harrogate - 1205, 1505, 1715.

More funds are urgently needed, so please visit the following Just Giving website to support this campaign. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nidderdalesundaybuses

Since my last column, I am sad to say that Tina Smith our NYCC Library Supervisor has left to embark on a different journey. Tina was a NYCC employee, rather than being employed by ourselves, but during the time she worked in our library she was always a wealth of knowledge to customers, staff and volunteers. I would like to wish Tina all the best for the future. Thankfully NYCC are stepping in with temporary cover for the seven hours per week Tina worked here and if readers think they might be interested in this position and would like to join our friendly team in this busy library – please visit: www.nyccjobs.co.uk to find out more.

Staying with the library, I have some good news to shout about! Since my last column we have been notified by NYCC that the Nidderdale Plus community library has been awarded Library of the Month for June 2017 for improved performance against 16/17.

According to Chrys Mellor, General Manager – Libraries, NYCC: “This improvement really demonstrates the hard work that is being put in to make this ‘new’ service to the community of Pateley Bridge and surround a great success.”

The library Summer Reading Challenge has also been a great success and we have had a record number of school children aged 4-11 joining this year’s ‘Animal Agents’ Challenge. Well done to all those who are reading through their Challenge and getting close to obtaining their medal and certificate. A lot of children have decided to collect their Certificate during their school assembly, which is a lovely way to celebrate their holiday reading Challenge.

As summer slips away, perhaps it is a good time to think about financial planning and saving for your next holiday and, dare I say it at the end of August, Christmas?! Well, Natalie, from White Rose Credit Union will be holding her next drop-in session here at Nidderdale Plus office, Pateley Bridge on Thursday September 7, 10–11am. Natalie is very knowledgeable and approachable and she can help you access affordable loans at a fair rate of interest and also competitive savings plans – including services such as Young Savers (under 18s), Christmas Savings Club and Business Loans.

Finally, the Carers Craft Session is proving popular and the date for the next session is Wednesday September 13 at Nidderdale Plus office, Pateley Bridge 2-3.30pm. The cost is £5 including refreshments – no experience with craft work is necessary and materials are provided. For further information, or to book a place, please call Carol Lancaster on 01423 500555 – or alternatively ask at Nidderdale Plus.

Hope to see you at the Nidderdale Show in Pateley Bridge on Monday September 25.