Graham Smith

01423 772832

Indoor Bowls: the autumn season of indoor bowls commences on Monday, October 7 at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge. Sessions are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1.30pm. Newcomers are very welcome to come and join in this active sport.

Glasshouses WI: Trevor Kent - Tales of a Gas Man, on Wednesday, October 9 in Broadbelt Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Pateley Bridge WI: Pandora Heap - Making a Christmas Canvas Decoration on Thursday, October 10 at the Methodist Church, Pateley Bridge at 2pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Grand sale of everything: to be held at Pateley Bridge & District Farmers Auction Mart on Saturday, October 19 at noon. Entries invited. Please ring 01423 712032, 01423 755278, or 07587147587.

Fellbeck luncheon club: meetings begin again on Monday, October 7 at the Half Moon Inn Fellbeck 12 for 12 30pm. We meet on the first Monday of the month from October to May.To find out more and to book a place please ring 711749 as new members are always welcome.

Pateley Bridge Ladies Club: will next meet on Monday, October 14 for a country supper and quiz. Please bring a small amount of food, plates and cutlery. Meetings are held at the Pateley Club at 7.45pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more info contact Pam on 711679.

Pateley Bridge Dance club: the next dance will be on Friday, October 11, 7.30-11.30pm, at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Dancing to Denis Westmorland. 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.

A night of live Music: is to be performed at the Pateley Club tonight, Thursday, October 3, at 42 High Street, Pateley Bridge. Free entry, but we will pass the hat. Guests welcome. Bar open at The evening runs from 8.30-10.30pm. For any further information contact Mike on 01423 711703.

Jumble Sale: at Grassington Town Hall in aid of Cancer Research on Saturday, October 5, 10am- 2pm. If you can donate jumble please drop items in to Teacups or Park View Stores. Jumble can be collected, phone 01756 752139, 07743 760981 or 07835065110.

Pateley Bridge Cricket Club: are holding their AGM on Friday, October 25 at 7.30pm at the Pateley Club, High Street, Pateley Bridge. The club would like to encourage all players and those associated with the club to attend. For further information, please ring Helen Goldsbrough (club secretary), 01423 714904.

Homeowners Day, Caring for your historic building: Saturday, October 12, 10am-5pm. An interactive day for owners of historic buildings with talks, demonstrations and a guided walk. This is a joint event with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority at Burnsall Village Hall. Cost: £15 per person (inclusive of lunch).

Booking essential.

Heritage Forum, Exploring Nidderdale’s Monastic Heritage: Friday, October 25, 10am-4pm. A day of talks and workshops exploring Nidderdale’s Monastic Heritage. At Sawley Village Hall, cost £5 per person (includes buffet lunch). Booking essential. Nidderdale AONB The Old Workhouse King Street, Pateley Bridge

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Community Policing: nine crimes were reported in Nidderdale in the month since my last article. Five of these involved theft or attempted theft. Sheep, a gate, and a generator were stolen. A lorry and a barn were broken into but nothing was stolen from them. In addition to these ninety other incidents were reported.

A radio has been part of the standard kit carried by a patrolling constable for decades. It is a vital piece of equipment both in preventing and detecting crime and for officer safety. Police controllers can pass information received directly to patrolling officers and officers needing assistance can instantly contact colleagues. Over the years police radio design has moved with the times and our current devices are more like mobile phones. As well as using the radios as a traditional ‘walkie talkie’ we can receive and make telephone calls, send and receive text messages, and send automatic updates to the control room at the touch of a button. All with a crystal clear digital signal. Sounds great, and when it all works properly it is! The police control room operates what we call ‘talk groups’. These are basically police areas using the same channel for transmitting messages. This means that while out and about in Nidderdale I listen to police communications throughout the Harrogate and Craven talk group. From time to time I hear things going on which I can contribute to. For example I may recognise the name of a criminal and be able to help officers locate an address for him/her. I may also hear of serious crimes going on and if appropriate I can assist in the police response; a burglar fleeing a crime scene in Wharfedale may drive over to Nidderdale where I can try and intercept him. Sometimes I hear things which I just can’t quite believe are being said. In the past week I’m sure I heard officers being told about calls from members of the public reporting stolen tomatoes and a marrow. Beware of underhand tactics going on in the run up to local flower and produce shows!

Many of you will have noticed the persistent damage being caused to the wall at the side of the main road between Low Laithe and Summerbridge. Whilst we have suspicions about who is responsible we are, unfortunately, rather lacking in evidence to prove anything. If any of you know anything which may help me to identify the culprits I would be delighted to hear from you.

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, October 6 Pateley Bridge Methodist Church 10.30am Songs of Praise with Sister Janet Durbin. 10.30am Messy Church. Glasshouses Methodist Church 10.30am Miss Olive Moyses. St Cuthberts Church 9.30am Genesis Service. 10.30am Eucharist. St Marys Church, Greenhow 6.30pm Harvest Festival. Bewerley Grange Chapel 9am Holy Communion. At the Roman Catholic churches Sunday Mass will take place at 10.30am at Pateley and at 9.15am at Menwith Hill.