Pannal News

Rachel Hewson

Church Services: Sunday, March 31, St Robert’s Pannal 6.30am Sunrise Service (Almscliffe Crag), 9.30am Festival Eucharist, 6pm Special Service. Beckwithshaw 11am Parish Communion.

Footnet Sports: dates for Easter are week one - multi-skills Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 3, 4, 5; week two multi-skills Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8, 9,10 10 all at Pannal School for boys and girls aged six-12 years old. The cost is £15 per day 10am - 2.30pm or £43 for all three days. If you would like more information or to book a place please contact Charlotte Smith on 01423 503894.

Dunlopillo plans: I am sure many residents will have been along and visited the displays at the village hall regarding the future of the Dunlopillo site. The plans that are to be put forward in May to HBC are to use 40 per cent of the site area for a modern business park and to build 120 residential units with a population of around 310 residents. There will also be a new park and ride facility (but apparently what that actually means is a park and rail facility, there will be no buses) and provision for a new sports pitch. This is not all the plans by all means but just a flavour for the column! I went along and together with other residents asked various questions. Some of the questions that I felt unsure about afterwards were firstly, what will happen to the post office? On the current plans it is demolished and a new much bigger retail space will be opened. Secondly, the new road that is planned to take traffic away from Pannal Bank will surely just come down and filter on to the bottleneck that is the railway bridge anyway? Unless they are planning to widen it to allow two lanes of traffic across then the current issue of cars blocking the bridge will not go away! Finally there is provision for £400,000 to increase the primary school capacity. This would presumably mean building on the green fields that the school currently has, and in fact the £400k is not given directly to the school but rather to the local education authority who can then decide what to do with it. I’m sure many of you will have thoughts about the plans, do let me know what yours are. You can all have your say at

Busy Bees Pre-school: in Pannal is running an Easter holiday club for little ones aged two-five-years of age (pre-school and reception year children) on Tuesday to Thursday, April 2-11. Sessions will run from 8.45am-3pm and will offer safe childcare and fun activities during the Easter holidays. Activities will include baking, painting, crafts and outdoor play with an Easter/springtime theme. £21 per session to include all activities and snacks - please bring along a packed lunch. Please book early as there are limited spaces. E-mail Busy Bees at for more information and a booking form.

Women’s Institute: on March 12 Tanya Umpleby, owner of Cooking Fantastic shop in Knaresborough gave a lively presentation on Cooking is fun to the ladies of Pannal WI.  Tanya, a young business woman and farmer’s wife demonstrated a tour-de-force of multi-tasking as she talked, cooked three delicious dishes and showed us how to use items of cooking equipment from her shop. She is a strong believer in continuing the tradition of local shops aiming to serve customers on a personal basis and this was witnessed in action on the night. After her presentation, the WI were able to buy items of cooking equipment and a number will certainly be calling into her shop when next in Knaresborough. There was so much excitement caused by tasting her food and buying cooking equipment that some ladies almost forgot to collect their tea and shortbread biscuits! The next meeting of Pannal WI takes place on Tuesday, April 9 when Trevor Kent will entertain with his hilarious tales from Reading Meters. The following day, Wednesday, April 10, Pannal WI will be holding an afternoon tea from 2-4pm in St Robert’s Church Chapter House, Pannal, to raise funds for the local charity, Dementia Forward. The tickets are £5 each and are going like hot cakes, so contact Dianne on 01423 873211 for yours!  

Holiday: as previously mentioned I will be away for some of Easter so there will be no column until later on in April due to submission deadlines. I hope you all have a lovely Easter and fingers crossed for some sunshine!