Rachel Hewson

Church Services: for Sunday, July 7 St Robert’s Pannal 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Parish Communion, 6pm Evensong. St Michael and All Angels’ Beckwithshaw 11am Matins.

St Robert’s Beer Festival: some dates for your diaries are Friday, September 6 from 6-8pm and Saturday, September 7 from 2-8pm. The now annual St Robert’s Beer Festival takes place in the Chapter House of the church and further details will be available soon. If you would like to help out with the event, all assistance is gratefully received, be that working on a bar or donating a prize for the raffle.

Sea Sunday: the Sea Sunday service will be at St Michael and All Angels’ in Beckwithshaw at 11am on Sunday, July 14. Sea Sunday is a day when churches around the world come together to remember seafarers and to pray for them, their families and those that support them. This year the service will be particularly special as there will be a presentation of Arctic convoy medals.

Footnet Sports: will be running again at Pannal Primary School over the summer holidays. The first week (Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 July) and Week 3 (Monday, August 12 to Wednesday, August 13) will be multi-sports, including football, rounders, kwik cricket, short tennis and mini –basketball. This is for boys and girls aged six-12-years old and runs from 10am-2.30pm. The cost is £15 per day or £43 for all three days. Week Two (Monday, August 5 to Wednesday, August 7) is a netball special - girls only and has two groups (six-nine/10-years old and 10-14-years old) and runs from 10am-2.30pm and costs £15 per day or £43 for all three days. Please contact Charlotte Smith  01423 503894 to book or for more details.

Pannal School: have performed to the highest standard at their latest athletics competitions. Year 2 and Year 4 won the Harrogate Quad athletics event, with the Year 6 team coming in second place. The two winning age groups then represented Harrogate at the North Yorkshire finals in Northallerton- both teams won, were fantastic and came away with gold medals. Pannal blue team (Years 3,4,5,6) also won  our cluster athletics competition held at Rossett School so went through to the Harrogate finals at King James’s School on Tuesday, July 2.Thank you again to Mrs Bonsels from Rossett and her team of sports leaders who help to make these events possible and run smoothly. The Year 4 cricket team came third in the North Yorkshire Finals of the Drax Cricket Tournament, a great result. The Year 5/6 rugby team competed at the Regional Rugby finals at Pontefract Rugby Club and finished in 12th place which was a fantastic achievement- well done to all the teams for some great performances and more importantly a brilliant sporting attitude at all times. Also a special mention to our Year 3/4 tennis teams who competed in the Harrogate finals, some playing for the first time ever in a competitive event, enjoyed themselves so much are now wanting to play more tennis!

Table Tennis: Burn Bridge Table Tennis Club is looking for new players of all ages and abilities for the 2013-2014 league season. Further details are available from Jim Walker on 01423 879645 or via email at 

Pedal for Pannal: not only are the cyclists of Pannal Primary gearing up now for their challenge, there is also to be a celebration of them finishing at the school on Sunday, July 21. Kids can bring their bikes and take part in the riding circuit. There will be refreshments, Vanilli’s ice creams and a beer tent, weather permitting! So all parents of Pannal School children, pack up a picnic and help the exhausted team to celebrate. More details to follow.

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Pannal Women’s Institute: don’t forget the next WI meeting on July 9 at Pannal Village Hall, visitors are very welcome to attend, for a small fee of £3, including refreshments. 

Pannal Gala: three days to go until this year’s Pannal Gala! As mentioned previously the gala is earlier than usual to try and avoid the run of bad luck that has been had with the weather in the past. The date is Sunday, July 7 and is held at the Pannal Cricket Club ground. The day kicks off 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.

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