Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge

Graham Smith

01423 772832

Cinema in the Dale: Mamma Mia The Movie on Saturday, February 2 at 7.30pm at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall.

Pateley Bridge Ladies Club: will next meet on Monday, February 4. Slides on Orkney with Heather, Dayne and Dorothy. Meetings are held at the Pateley Club at 7.45pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more info contact Pam on 711679.

Fellbeck Luncheon Club: the next meeting will take place on Monday, February 4 at the Half Moon Inn, Fellbeck. Our new Community Policeman, Constable Bill Hickson will be speaking to us. New members are welcome, please call 711749 for further details.

Nidderdale Society Walk: the next walk will be Knaresborough Carvings, Toffee Park at 10.30am on Tuesday, January 29 starting at Knaresborough Cricket Club. The leaders will be Anita and Norma and the walk will be four miles long. There is no charge. For more information contact 01423 780946.

Church services: Sunday, January 27 St Michael and All Angels Church, Wilsill 9am Holy Communion with Bishop James. St Cuthberts Church 10.30am Family Eucharist with Bishop James. Pateley Bridge Methodist Church 10.30am Mrs Cindy Beck. Glasshouses Methodist Church 10.30am Deacon Rowland Wilkinson. Wath Chapel 6.30pm Mis Olive Moyses. At the Roman Catholic churches Sunday Mass will take place at 10.30am at Pateley and at 9.15am at Menwith Hill.

Update: from the Friends of Pateley Bridge Cemetery and St Mary’s Churchyard. High points of this past year were a programme of restorations and the Heritage Weekend when St Mary’s tower was opened to visitors. Throughout the year light maintenance has been carried out by members, including path sweeping in the churchyard and pothole filling in the cemetery, thus supporting the general maintenance work of Harrogate Borough Council. Despite the weather and the ravages of rabbits coming from all directions, the grounds have been well kept and look attractive. The displays of Easter tributes and Christmas wreaths were exceptional, indicating that our cemetery is much visited by families attending their loved ones’ graves.

In April, 15 restorations were completed in the cemetery alongside a difficult table tomb in the churchyard. So 16 altogether this year, meaning we have now done 243 since 2004. This is a tremendous achievement for such a small group and thanks go to those who have helped us raise funds and to HBC for its support in contracting the work out to Memsafe. There are still more to be done in the cemetery, though for the time being at least the churchyard is restored as far as we might wish to go without disturbing its ancient ambience.

More snowdrops were planted and a discreet tool box was installed in the churchyard. The PCC dealt with the gate to St Mary’s tower which had been damaged, and HBC repaired the fountain and painted the cemetery garage. They also restored the nearby collapsed wall. The memorial bench which was moved to a sunnier spot in St Mary’s has been much appreciated; and walkers through the churchyard will benefit from a safety railing to be installed by HBC on the path leading to the upper gate.

Barbara Breckon has been a star fund raiser with her quizzes and cards, and in September Joan Branford-White organised the very successful Heritage Weekend in St Mary’s church which attracted 78 visitors. In October we received a generous gift of £500 from an anonymous donor; and in November it was observed that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission had installed a sign on the cemetery gates indicating there are war graves there. After being in contact with the CWGC it was discovered that we have three First World War memorials and one from the Second World War. We receive a number of enquiries about graves in the cemetery and thanks to Dawn Haida’s research and recording we are able to provide the answers. We look forward to raising funds again so we can hopefully plan a further restoration programme. Anyone who would like to help is invited to contact our secretary, Joan Branford-White.

Joanna Moody

Our New Vicar – Update: the Parish Profile, which provides prospective applicants for the vacancy with a detailed review of our parish, its churches and their organisation, was completed in early January after two months of concerted effort and a few late nights. The PCC, with support and encouragement from Matthew Evans, also adopted a mission statement and vision for the parish, together with a person specification for the vacancy. With these documents in place it was possible to begin the process of finding a new vicar.

On Monday, January 7 an advert was put out to all the clergy in the Dioceses of Ripon and Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield. The closing date for applications is January 31. Short listing will take place in the first week of February; this will be overseen by the acting Archdeacon, Rev Nicholas Henshall. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, February 27. The process involves a tour of the parish with the opportunity to visit several of our churches; interviews with a panel that includes the Bishop, Archdeacon and our patrons; and a second panel of two parish representatives and our Area Dean, Matthew. There will also be an opportunity for members of the PCC and the congregations to meet the candidates on a more informal basis. It is hoped that an appointment will be made that day. So at the end of February the waiting will be over and we will know who our new vicar will be! However, it is customary for the successful candidate to work a three month notice period, so we expect to welcome our new vicar sometime in June.

We are fortunate to have both Bishop James and John leading our worship on two separate dates in the next few months. In the meantime the ministry team will continue to conduct our services together with funerals, baptisms and weddings. As ministers we wish to thank you for your support in the last three months and look forward to working together in the remaining months of the vacancy. Celia Morris

Community Policing: in January the police arrested five men for crimes committed in Nidderdale. Two for breaking into vehicles and stealing tools at Pateley Bridge and three for a farm burglary in which a quadbike was stolen. These arrests were due to good work by officers on patrol in other areas who, having stopped the criminal’s vehicles, checked out the occupants carefully and found property they suspected to be stolen. At the time of writing not all of the suspected stolen power tools have been identified. If you know of anyone who has recently had power tools and accessories stolen but not reported it please get in touch.

Unfortunately the fact that we have arrested several people demonstrates there are criminals driving into the dale looking for things to steal. Please remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police using the 101 telephone number (Thank you those people who have recently rung in). Among other things reported stolen over the past month are a black Cannondale mountain bike and Christmas lights off the river bridge in Pateley.

Mid-afternoon on January 3 we received a report that two cars had had their windscreens smashed while parked at the Coldstones Cut car park on Greenhow Hill. We have been given very little other information about this, if anyone has any knowledge please let me know.

Across the Harrogate district there have recently been several household burglaries where uPVC door locks have been forced to gain entry. Two of these were in Nidderdale. Almost all uPVC doors are fitted with Euro-cylinder locks as standard. There is an inherent weakness in older versions where, by fracturing the outer lock cover at its weakest point, the cylinder can be simply snapped and removed with a wrench, leaving the door insecure and directly open to the burglar. A good New Year’s resolution would be to review the security of your uPVC doors, particularly if they were installed some years ago, and consider replacing locks with the latest design or otherwise adding additional security to your doors - your supplier should be able to offer advice about this. SOURCE 28

North Yorkshire Police advise people to register their property on This is a free service for you to register details of your valued possessions such as mobile phones, laptops, and bicycles. It is a very useful tool used by all police forces to help them identify property they have recovered and suspect to be stolen. The service also enables you to quickly report lost and stolen possessions. The website is well presented and easy to navigate. I suggest you take a look for more information.

If you would like to speak to me about the above or anything else please get in touch. Bill Hickson, Constable 820 telephone 101, choose option two and ask for Bill Hickson. Email: