Graham Smith

01423 772832

Community Transport: come along to a public meeting about the future of community transport in the dale tonight, Thursday, July 4 at 7pm in Pateley Bridge Council Chamber, King Street. Hear about current plans, have your say and volunteer to help us if you can. Further details from Katy Penn, Nidderdale Plus, 01423 714953.

A night of live Music: is to be performed at the Pateley Club tonight, Thursday, July 4. Free entry, but we will pass the hat. Guests welcome. Bar open at 8pm. The evening runs 8.30-10.30pm. For any further information contact Mike on 01423 711703.

Cake Stall: Pateley Bridge Junior Football Club will hold a cake stall on Saturday, July 6 at the bottom of Pateley Bridge High Street, 8am-noon or until the cakes run out. The aim of the morning is to raise funds for the club and awareness of what it offers young footballers. After a successful inaugural season with three teams – under seven, under nine and under 11 – competing well in the local Nidderdale League, the club is now looking to expand with a new under 12 age group. Anyone interested in any age group, boys and girls, can come along to the cake stall to find out more, or contact Damian Brockway (07837 674680 Of course, all contributions of cakes and assistance on the day are also welcome. Again, please contact Damian.

Concert: there will be a concert by the White Rose Concert Band at the Joe Longster bandstand in Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground on Sunday, July 7 at 2pm. Admission is free with a collection taken on the day to help with the bands expenses.

Pateley Bridge Dance club: the last dance held on June 14 raised £350 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The next dance will be in aid of the Parkinsons Society on Friday, July 12, 7.30-11.30pm, at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Dancing to Elizabeth Harrison. Entry £7 on the door to include supper. There will be a raffle. Bring your own drink. All welcome. Details from 01423 711197 or 01423 711642.

Jumble needed: Julie is busy collecting for her annual jumble sale in aid of Cancer Research. If you can help her please drop items in to Teacups or Park View Stores.

Musical Mayhem: on Saturday, July 6 there will be a unique event at the Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. A combination of the talents of the Nidderdale Community Orchestra and the Nidderdale Community Choir will be on show as they join together in a concert in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. To be held from 2pm onwards, the concert will feature not only music from these two but also items from guest artists and friends. Entrance to the event is free and we hope people will wander in at any time and avail themselves of coffee, tea or something stronger whilst enjoying the music. Donations to the Air Ambulance will be most gratefully accepted. Please pop in and see what we have to offer while supporting a very worthy cause. And the most important point, there will be cake and buns.

Glasshouses WI.: the next meeting is on Wednesday, July 10, meeting at 7.30pm at The Nidderdale Museum, where Dorothy Newall will talk about The History of Hats. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Wiccan Workshop: at Jojba Holistics, 8 Kings Court on Saturday, July 13. Wand building, intention, spell work, circle casting, altar building and tools, the different Sabbat celebrations, fairy or fae work, divination. For more information contact Joanna Cowper, director of Jojoba Holistics on 07531934067 or Claire Millington, Lavender Moon on 07944945584.

Charity Festival: at Pateley Bridge showground on Sunday, July 21, noon-4pm. A charity extravaganza with over 40 stalls, a barbecue, live music and entertainment for all the family. Free entry but donations for car parking. Come and find out about the charity work going on in Nidderdale and celebrate the contribution made by our local volunteers. Listen to the music provided by Reeth Brass band and St Cuthbert’s school band, enjoy the food and drink available and explore the big variety of stalls including tombola, cakes, crafts and books. There will also be a bouncy castle and face painting for children.

Pateley Bridge with Bewerley in Bloom Group: there will be an emergency meeting of the group at 7.30pm on Monday, July 22 at Pateley Bridge Town Council Chamber. The meeting is called to discuss and implement the disbanding of the group and the disposal of its assets. All are welcome.

Community Policing: there have been some interesting reports in the media about people coming a cropper following injudicious use of social media (ie twitter, Facebook etc). I am thinking of the woman who found herself in trouble with the police after making a tweet about knocking off a cyclist, the wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons who was sued in relation to defamatory comments, and, more locally, the motorcyclist, now in prison, who boasted on the internet about riding at 122mph on a public road. Your thoughts on hearing of these cases may have included – sympathy, shock, “serves ‘em right”, “but for the grace of God there go I…” and so on. The police regularly deal with complaints arising from information sent by social media, internet messaging services, or good old fashioned text messages. The senders of information range from the very young to the supposedly older and wiser. What may once have been gossiped in the pub, over a cuppa, or in the playground, only for those in earshot, is nowadays put onto the Internet. Once it is on the web it cannot be brought back and the person who put it there has no control over where it goes or who sees it. Careless ‘talk’ on the internet can have serious consequences. There are several criminal offences which can be committed through sending false, threatening, or abusive comments and anything you type could be “used in evidence against you”. Moral of this tale; think before you type (or text)!

It is great to see so many people out on their bikes in the Dale; families with children, tourers laden with panniers, and middle aged men in lycra, enjoying the lovely weather we had in early June (I hope it’s still with us in July). However the police have had to deal with a few accidents, some of them serious. Considering the numbers involved there are very few but I cannot say too often to both cyclists and motorists; please drive and ride safely, taking nothing for granted. There are some lovely quiet lanes but you never know what is round the corner. For visitors doing the Way of the Roses route (who may be reading this while staying at one of our local B&Bs), please remember that as well as negotiating Greenhow Hill you will follow some particularly tortuous lanes on your way through to Ripon or Wharfedale where care is required.

Since I last wrote 14 crimes have been reported in Nidderdale, including five thefts and two burglaries. Most of these will have been committed by opportunist thieves, probably travelling into the area. Please remain vigilant over the summer as opportunities for the dishonest can be created when doors and windows are left open and cars are parked at beauty spots while folk enjoy the outdoors. Please take care and if you see something unusual which makes you suspicious please contact the police using the 101 non emergency number.

If anyone would like to speak to me about the above or anything else, please contact me on the numbers below.

Bill Hickson, Constable 820 telephone 101, choose option two and ask for Bill Hickson or 0820 email:

Church services: Sunday, July 7 Pateley Bridge Methodist Church 10.30am Messy Church. Glasshouses Methodist Church 10.30am at Pateley Bridge. Bewerley Grange Chapel 9am Holy Communion.St Cuthberts Church 9.30am Genesis Service. 10.30am Eucharist. At the Roman Catholic churches Sunday Mass will take place at 10.30am at Pateley and at 9.15am at Menwith Hill.