Graham Smith

01423 772832

Silk Art Workshop: for children aged seven-12-years-old making Christmas items with artist Jane Carlisle Bellerby. Saturday, November 30, 9.30am-noon at Nidderdale High School. Cost £20 - booking essential 858806.

Christmas Fair: St Cuthbert’s CE Primary School will be holding its Christmas fair on Friday, November 29, 3.30-5.30pm. This is one of the biggest fundraising events of the school year and will be held on a Friday afternoon after school so as not to clash with other events in the town at the weekends. Santa will be in his Christmas Grotto and the school choir have been practising some Christmas songs for everyone to enjoy. Children will be allowed to creep into Santa’s Secret Workshop (no parents allowed) where they can choose a small gift and wrap it in secret for that special person, grown-up or otherwise. There will also be a variety of seasonal stalls and activities including a raffle with fabulous prizes, many of which have been kindly donated by local businesses. Festive refreshments will also be available so please come and enjoy yourselves whilst supporting our wonderful local school. All welcome.

Advent Fair: the Friends of Dacre Braithwaite are having an Advent Fair and table top sale at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall in on Saturday, November 30, 10am-1pm, to raise funds for the PTA. There will be a mixture of crafts on sale, together with raffle, tombola, cake stall, children’s crafts.

Cinema in the Dale: the next film at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge is Lincoln on Saturday, November 30 at 7.30pm. Daniel Day-Lewis gives an award winning performance in the role of US president Abraham Lincoln. Tickets £5 available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy.

Pateley Bridge Dance club: the next dance will be on Friday, December 6, 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.

Bead MakingWorkshop: for children aged seven -12-years with artist Michelle Pilkington. Saturday, December 7, 9.30am-noon at Nidderdale High School. Cost £20 - booking essential 07727002181.

Fellbeck luncheon club: our Christmas lunch is on Monday, December 2 at the Half Moon Inn at12 for 12 30. Please bring a gift costing about £4.

St Cuthbert’s CE Primary School: there is a vacancy on our governing body from January 6th 2014. We are looking to appoint someone from the local community who would be interested in volunteering. If you would like more information or are interested in putting your name forward please contact me at the school office. Ang Lumley, business manager/clerk to governors, telephone 01423 711407.

A night of live Music: is to be performed at the Pateley Club on Thursday, December 5 at 42 High Street, Pateley Bridge. Free entry, but we will pass the hat. Guests welcome. Bar open at 8pm. The evening runs from 8.30-10.30pm. For any further information contact Mike on 01423 711703.

St Nicholas Festival, Pateley Bridge: Coldstones Cut Illuminated from the evening of Friday, December 6. Visit this monumental sculpture, adorned for the Christmas season with fairy lights any evening until Sunday, December 22. Open 24/7, free; Christmas Spark: a selling exhibition of arts and crafts, made by artists at The Old Workhouse, including blown glass, ceramic, precious metals and gemstones, textiles, paintings, stone carvings and hats. Preview 5-9pm Friday, December 6. Exhibition continues every day until Sunday, December 15.

St Nicholas Fair: will take place on Saturday, December 7, 10am-1pm at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge. There will be gift, cake and plant stalls, tombola, Santa Claus and his favourite elves, and various children’s activities. Mince pies and coffee will be served followed by homemade soup and crusty bread for lunch. Festive music: this is the main fundraising event for your parochial church council - please bring all your friends and relatives to support this important community event. 10th Christmas brass concert at Pateley Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 7 at 7.30pm. This year it will be given by Tewit Youth Band for hall funds and sponsored as usual by Barclays plc. Tickets £7.50 to include mulled wine and mince pies from Pateley Phamacy or Mabel Parker 71268) or on the door. There will be a raffle.

Festival Service: on Sunday, December 8, 10.30am - at St Cuthbert’s church.

Grand Christmas Fayre:at Pateley Bridge Auction Mart on Sunday, December 8, 11am-3pm. Trees, soaps, jewellery, Christmas cakes, wreaths and decorations, plants, baking, vintage crafts and clothing, floral arrangements, preserves, reindeer, Father Christmas, toys and gifts. For entries and enquiries telephone 01423 712032, 01423 755278 or 07912290906. Teacups will be open for lunch and refreshments.

Dragon Parade and Late Night Opening: on Friday, December 13, 5-8pm. Follow the dragon around the streets of Pateley Bridge, accompanied by carols and drumming. Join the parade at Bridgehousegate and support your local shops along the way.

Family Film afternoon: on Saturday, December 14. Planes will be shown at 2.30pm at the memorial hall. Come anytime from 1.30pm and deliver your letters to Santa and enjoy some face-painting.

Rejoice with Nidd Chorale: a concert of sacred and secular music, celebrating the Advent season in song, at The Church of Our Lady, Panorama Way, Pateley Bridge Saturday, December 14 at 7.45pm. Tickets £8 to include a glass of wine, available from Pateley Pharmacy or Our Lady’s Presbytery. For further details about these events or The Nidd Chorale please contact Jackie Drake 01423 711278

Community Policing: I apologise for there being no Police report in the last issue of Source. I was caught out by a late change in the deadline. To make up I’ve written an extra long one this month.

Thirty crimes have been reported in Nidderdale in the two months since my last article. I was hoping to dwell on the fact that our annual crime figures are showing a significant fall compared to last year, and indeed compared with each of the last four years. Unfortunately in the past week there has been a spate of thefts and burglaries in the dale. Between November 4 and 8 seven vehicles were broken into. Six of these were works vans from which power tools were taken; five in Summerbridge and one in Pateley Bridge. We have also recorded two dwelling burglaries at Dacre and Summerbridge since the beginning of November. Today I spent some time discussing with colleagues how we can address this spate of crime. All of these offences are being actively investigated by detectives and local officers and there are various tactics the police will be using to try and catch criminals who continue to come into the dale to steal. However we concluded that in the long term one of the most important factors in the fight against crime are the eyes and ears of people in the local community who report to the police anything they notice which could be connected with criminal activity. Wherever possible we will act on information in order to stop or disrupt suspected criminal activity. So please remain vigilant.

In Pateley Bridge there have been three more incidents of criminal damage. During the evening/night of Thursday, October 3 between 9pm-2am damage was caused to the Costcutter shop; telephone lines were cut, CCTV cameras spray painted, and the alarm box damaged. If anyone noticed anything suspicious in the Costcutter area during this time please let me know. I’m sure, of course, that many readers will be thinking - looks like someone was planning a break in. Yes, it certainly seems to be a likely motive, however there was no sign of any attempt to force entry, so perhaps someone disturbed them. Whoever was responsible

also stole a set of ladders from further along Low Wath Road.

Some readers may still be hoping to hear a few juicy details about the incident on September 25 where unprecedented numbers of police officers including armed police and a helicopter descended on Pateley Bridge after an aggravated burglary was reported on Millfield Street. Harrogate based detectives are pursuing several lines of enquiry so I can’t jeopardise the investigation by disclosing further information to what has already been printed in the local media. There is an e-fit image of the suspect on the website Anyone who can help the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Harrogate CID. If you prefer to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12130166611 when passing information about this incident.

I’m investigating a couple of cases of sheep rustling and I was interested to see a report on the BBC about a sheep identity parade in Cumbria. Farmers were invited to Kirkby Stephen auction mart to view about 150 sheep the police had recovered in raids on thieves. Have a look on In one of my cases stolen ewes have been found (another case where the vigilance of members of the community has been invaluable), but they have been returned to their owner so I have no plans for a sheep ID parade at Pateley auction mart.

By the time this is published Christmas shopping will be on the horizon for many readers and this of course creates opportunities for criminals. I suspect that people are far more likely to be the victim of on-line fraudsters than more traditional crimes. Criminals and the law abiding are both turning to the internet to seek out easy pickings and avoid actually having to fight their way around bustling market places and teeming streets. The internet is a great tool but please take great care, especially if you don’t regularly shop on-line. I have space to make two recommendations. 1 look at the website and in particular the section A-Z of fraud where there is a section about Online Shopping Fraud. 2 understand what phishing is. If you don’t, please make the time to find out.

For a New Years resolution please consider reviewing the security of your own home and possessions and resolving to make at least one improvement, even if only a minor one. Some examples to start you thinking: Store car keys in an out of sight location away from the door. Learn about internet safety. Replace an old door or window lock with a modern one and use it. Make sure you have contact details of a family member or a trusted neighbour to call in an emergency. Register valuable possessions such as computers and mobile phones with Store valuable tools in a locked building.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year. I hope that an enjoyable and exciting time is had by all and you stay safe at the same time.

If you would like to speak to me about the above or anything else please get in touch.

Bill Hickson Constable 820 telephone101, choose option two and ask for “Bill Hickson” or “0-8-2-0” Email:

Church services: Sunday, December 1St Cuthberts Church 9.30am Genesis Service. 10.30am Eucharist. 6pm Ceremony of Carols. Bewerley Grange Chapel 9am Holy Communion. St Michael and All Angels Church, Wilsill 4pm Christingle. 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. At the Roman Catholic churches Sunday Mass will take place at 10.30am at Pateley and at 9.15am at Menwith Hill.

The Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten: a Church in the Dale service of wonderful music to mark the beginning of the Advent season. This candlelit Advent Service of Light is in St Cuthbert’s Church at 6pm on Sunday, December 1. Please note a change of time from previously published details. Within the service The Nidd Chorale will sing Benjamin Britten’s beautiful atmospheric settings of English poetry accompanied by the acclaimed harpist Georgina Wells, and St Cuthbert’s Church Choir with organist Brian Ives will join in leading the Advent carols during the service. Whether you want to worship or just enjoy beautiful music this is an evening not to be missed. 1s this is a service there are no tickets, however a collection will be made for the work of the Church in the Dale. Refreshments will be available at the end of the service.