Charlie’s Day: the family, friends and organisers of Charlie’s Day would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who helped, donated, supported and attended the event which took place on Sunday, August 18 at Pateley Bridge Cricket Ground. Special thanks to Alan Sutton and the Leeds United Team. The fundraiser was in memory of Charles Hardcastle, who played cricket and trained junior teams for PBCC and a well known member of the community. The day was a huge success and the fantastic figure of £2,608 was raised on the day with monies still coming in. All of the proceeds will go to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Wath Chapel Summer Fete: on Saturday, August 31, 2-4pm. Refreshments and cakes, plants, books and tombola.

Nidderdale Harness Racing: at Bewerley Park on Sunday, September 1 starting at 2pm. Admission £5. Contact 07811 590436 for further info.

A night of live Music: is to be performed at the Pateley Club on Thursday, September 5 at 42 High Street, Pateley Bridge. Free entry, but we will pass the hat. Guests welcome. Bar open at 8pm. The evening runs 8.30-10.30pm. Featuring The Good Old Boys great band ~ Original and other popular songs (returning by demand)

Jon Palmer Band first time at the Pateley Club for this terrific band. Aaron Bertenshaw singer/songwriter; Mike Perry and Ade Payne guitar and vocals. The evening will be hosted by local performers Ade Payne and Mike Perry. For any further information contact Mike on 01423 711703.

Harrogate Band Concert - Fanfares and Lovesongs: concert in Pateley Bridge Methodist Church on Saturday, September 14 at 7.30pm. The North of England Champion band will play a wide variety of music including the wonderful Fanfares and Lovesongs by Gavin Higgins. Tickets at £8 each are available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy or on the door. Interval refreshments (tray bakes) will be available. Anybody requiring transport to and from the concert should contact Nan Davies on 712440.

Cinema in the Dale: the next film to be screened at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall will be Quartet at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 7. Argo will be shown on Saturday, September 28. Tickets £5 Available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy.

Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale: in aid of St Mary’s Church, Greenhow at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 14, 10am-1pm. Big tombola and cake stall. Tables are available for hire at a cost of £5. To hire a table contact Linda on 711

Pateley Bridge Dance club: the next dance will be on Friday, September 6, 7.30-11.30pm, at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Dancing to Philip Randles. 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.

The 2013 Great Milk Stout Ride Needs you: every year Nidderdale’s Great Milk Stout charity cycle ride takes place to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and this year’s event will be on Sunday, September 8. Thanks to the support from the superb volunteers who gave up their time last year, we raised a massive £21,000 for Macmillan to help them carry on doing their essential work, supporting cancer patients and their families. We desperately need public-minded citizens to step forward again this year. If you think you might be able to help with marshalling the ride on September 8, or in any other capacity, please contact Ian or Gill Deakin on 711950. And if you’re considering entering this year’s Great Milk Stout, why not register now at

Community Policing: since my last report in June, 22 crimes have been reported in Nidderdale. These include four non-dwelling burglaries, two dwelling burglaries, seven thefts, and four incidents of damage. The non-dwelling burglaries were all in the Pateley Bridge area. Three shed breaks happened in Pateley Bridge on the night of June 29, the police are keen to trace a yellow Seat Leon and its occupants which were seen nearby. Power tools and a motorbike were stolen. A fourth shed break in (from which power tools were stolen) happened in Greenhow during the late morning on July 22. A pale coloured Jaguar and a darker estate car were seen to drive away along with a motorbike stolen from the shed. It is thought they may have turned down a side road near Greenhow before making their get-away. The two dwelling burglaries were at Shaw Mills during the very early hours of July 25. It is thought that the thieves got in through unlocked doors. Car keys and one car were stolen. These crimes are being investigated by Harrogate CID. You may have read recent reports in the media about falling crime rates, in spite of cuts to police budgets. It does, of course, seem logical to link crime rates with police activity and for police forces to be given credit for falling crime rates. After all, prevention of crime has always been the primary role of the police ever since the formation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829. However I have more than a sneaking feeling that crime rates are far too complicated to be explained by police action alone. I am sure that all sorts of things such as government policies on education, health, and the economy, cultural trends and beliefs, media, and the church, to suggest but a few, influence the amount of crime. Indeed the crime rates of today could well be the result of events from many years ago (one credible theory links the fall in violent crime to the removal of lead in petrol in the 1980s). Perhaps the policies of the government today will have consequences which are not evident for many years by which time a different government will take the credit or get the blame. I have recently been appointed a wildlife crime officer. This means that in addition to my normal duties I will also investigate crimes under legislation for the protection of wildlife, for example persecution of birds of prey, disturbance of bats, badger baiting, and illegal trade in endangered species. I will be going on a training course about this. Unfortunately it clashes with the Nidderdale Show so I won’t be there this year. There will be a police stand as usual and there should also be a display on wildlife crime, so please come and have a look and have a chat with the friendly officers who will be present. 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 or 0-8-2-0. Email

Church services: Sunday, September 1 Pateley Bridge Methodist Church 10.30am Circuit Service Songs of Praise with Sister Janet Durbin and Messy Church. Glasshouses Methodist Church Circuit Service at Pateley Bridge at 10.30am. 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.