Pannal News

Rachel Hewson

Church Services: Sunday, March 17 St Robert’s Pannal 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Parish Communion, 6pm Evening Worship. Beckwithshaw 6pm Evensong, Pannal Methodist Church 10.30am Morning Worship.

Arctic Run: a resident of Crystal Court in Pannal is to receive a medal. Many of you may have read of the brave men who did the Arctic Run during the Second World War, keeping the supply lines open to the Eastern Front. Since the Prime Minister finally announced that the men would get the recognition they deserved we have discovered that we have one of these heroes in our midst! Wilf Blakey grew up in Starbeck, and worked with his father in their shop there.  He joined the navy during the Second World War, served on a boat called Northern Sun, on the Arctic Run, suffering the bitter cold but says he was well clothed. He remembers with fondness the way they looked out for each other whilst on the Northern Patrol, and like the other survivors of the Arctic Patrol is at last being recognised by being presented with a medal. The Mayor of Harrogate is going to come to Crystal Court in Pannal and present Wilf with his medal. Thank you to the Crystal Court team for letting me know about this.

Pannal Primary School PTA: are embracing social media and now have a Facebook and Twitter presence! Why not show your support for your local school by following them on Twitter at @PannalPTA and their Facebook page? They have their annual quiz night coming up on Saturday, March 16 at the school. If you are interested in attending what is always a very popular and fun evening, please get in touch via my email address at the top and I will point you in the right direction! There will be pie and peas included in the price of the ticket.

Cheese and Wine evening: Pannal Village Society is hosting a cheese and wine evening with speaker on Saturday, March 23. The event takes place at the village hall at 7.30pm and will cost £5 on the door. The speaker is the new Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan.

Womens Fellowship: next meeting is on March 14.

Pannal Wives: meet on March 20 at 7.30pm in the Chapter House of St Robert’s. This month’s talk is entitled The Story of Saltaire by Alan Pugh.

Pannal Village Society News: the society has learned that Forward Investments will be submitting an outline planning application for the old Dunlopillo site in early May. They are to mount a public exhibition in the village hall on March 19 from 2.30-7.30pm and March 20 4.30-8.30pm. The application will be for 120 housing units (60 per cent of the site area), and business plots. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to ask questions of the representatives of FIL who will be there.

 News and events: please do get in touch if you have an event or something that you would like me to mention in the column.