Rachel Hewson

Church Services: for Sunday, June 30 St Robert’s Pannal 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Worship, 6pm Joint Benefice Evensong. St Michael and All Angels’ Beckwithshaw: 6pm Joint Benefice Evensong at Pannal.

Pannal Primary School Summer Fayre: takes place on Saturday, June 29. Let’s hope for warm weather as the usual great stalls and fun will be taking place along with a barbecue and beer tent. Lots of fun for all the family, it’s a great day out and a way to support your local school.

Pedal for Pannal: not long to go now until the brave team of Pannal parents and teachers from Pannal Primary School take up the challenge of Pedal for Pannal. The team will be tackling the Tour Yorkshire route, 125 miles to raise funds for both Pannal PTA and for Candlelighters. The aim is to raise £3,000 and if you would like to help out this worthy cause and give the whole team a boost, please do so by visiting

Pannal Women’s Institute: the next Pannal WI meeting will be on July 9 at Pannal Village Hall, when Simon Duffin will telling be telling Pannal WI ladies about Fancy a Cuppa – US style. His fascinating talk will be as much about the people he met as it is about the tea and coffee he sampled in a variety of coffee shops and tea rooms across 27 states east of the Mississippi. Visitors are very welcome to attend, for a small fee of £3, including refreshments. After hearing Simon’s talk about all this tea-drinking, we will be ready for a  good cuppa - Pannal style of course - with scrummy biscuits.  You never know, you might decide to join us in Pannal WI!

Pannal Gala: this year Pannal Gala is on Sunday, July 7, a change from it’s usual August Bank Holiday slot. Organised by Pannal Cricket Club and held at the Pannal Cricket Club ground it promises to be a great afternoon out for all the family. The fun starts at noon with a Kwik Cricket competition for Pannal Primary schoolchildren and the head teacher of Pannal Primary School, Jane Turner, will officially open the gala at 1.15pm. The crowning of the Gala Queen will take place at 1.30pm followed by the judging of the children’s fancy dress competition. There are lots of activities on offer including zorbing, childrens races, bouncy castle, an egg throwing competition, beat the batsman, splat the  rat, croquet, donkey rides, golf, mini tennis and a soccer challenge. For those who prefer shopping, there will be some  fantastic stalls including books, jewellery,  skincare, plants, spices as well as a car boot sale. For refreshments, there will be a beer tent, wine bar, tea tent, ice cream, Yorkshire Orchards fresh fruit juices, Voakes pork pies and a barbecue. The cricket club is particularly pleased to welcome many local organisations who will be holding stalls at the gala this year including Burn Bridge Pre-School, Busy Bees Pre-School, Pannal Methodist Church, Mothers Union and Pannal Village Society. Admission to the gala is £2 for adults and free for children. The car boot is £7 for cars and £10 for vans. Contact Kirsten on 07860 900236 for further information.

Dog waste: I have had several more comments and complaints about the vast quantity of dog waste on the streets of Pannal and Burn Bridge, one from a dog owner herself who advised that the grassy paths to the rear of St Robert’s are also full of it, mainly right in the middle of the paths! I’ve mentioned this before – last time it was when it was snowing and perhaps some people thought that meant the snow would hide it, but it seems there is an ignorant minority of people who believe it is not their job to pick up after their pet! It’s not confined to our villages of course, it’s a problem all over, does anyone have any thoughts on what we can do in our little corner of Harrogate to combat this problem? Would you say something to someone if you saw them walking away from it or would you just walk away?

News and events: please let me know if you would like to publicise your news or an event in Pannal and Burn Bridge. I need to know eight days in advance of publication so that I can include the details.