Pateley Bridge News

Graham Smith

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Playhouse mixture: a programme of locally written drama and monologues opens at the Playhouse next week. The Journey by Pateley Bridge dramatist Keith Burton will have its premiere before being entered into the Nidderdale Drama Festival later in March. The programme also includes four entertaining, amusing and intriguing monologues by Grassington writer Keith Bromley. Yorkshire Mixture will be presented at the Playhouse Wednesday – Saturday, March 6 - 9 at 7.30pm nightly. Tickets, priced £8, are now on sale, and are available at The Playhouse on Saturdays 2-4pm. Alternatively, you can ring 0781 696 1854 2-6pm Monday - Saturday.

Barnado’s Box Opening: will take place on Saturday, March 9 at a coffee morning 10am-noon at St Cuthberts Lounge. There will also be a cake stall and tombola. Anyone wanting a collecting box should ask a committee member or come to the coffee morning.

A night of live Music: is to be performed at the Pateley Club on Thursday, March 7 at 42 High Street, Pateley Bridge. Free entry, but we will pass the hat. Guests welcome. For further information contact 01423 711703.

Pateley Bridge and Upper Nidderdale Crown Green Bowling Club: are holding their first players meeting of the 2013 Season on Thursday, March 7 at 7pm in the Committee Room at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Players of all ages and abilities welcome.

Cinema in the Dale: at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on Saturday, March 16. Tickets on sale at Pateley Bridge Pharmacy.

Fellbeck Luncheon Club: next meeting is on Monday, March 4 at noon for 12.30pm at the Half Moon Inn. We welcome back Margaret Waterson who will give us another one of her excellent slide shows.

Art Club: the next meeting of Pateley Bridge Art Club takes place on Tuesday, March 5 at 7.15pm at the Broadbelt Hall in Glasshouses. AGM, social evening and film – Cezanne. Painting subject:- Still Life. Visitors are welcome.

Women’s World Day of Prayer: this year’s service will take place at Wilsill Methodist Church on Friday, March 1 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome, including men. The service has been prepared by women in France and will be used around the world that day.

Nidderdale Society: the next meeting will be on Monday, March 18. There is a change to the published title of the talk. The talk will still be by local mountaineer Andy Houseman but it will now be titled – A British First; Ascent of Denali (Mt. McKinley North Americas highest mountain at 6194m) by the south face Slovak route. 7.30pm at Dacre Banks Village Hall. The Society also organises walks, most of which are not very demanding. They range in distance from about five to 10 miles. These usually start at 10.30am on the Tuesday of the week following each presentation meeting. At present, there is no charge for persons participating in these walks. The next walk will be Scar House Reservoir on Tuesday, March 26 starting at Scar House car park. The leader will be Joyce and the walk will be four miles long. For more information contact 01423 780946.

Community Policing: Neighbourhood Watch is a crime prevention scheme that has been around for many years, and indeed there are a number of watch groups in the dale. The objective of Neighbourhood Watch is to promote neighbourliness by encouraging members to keep an eye on each others property and to be alert to suspicious goings on. Members receive information from the police about local crime and what to be aware of and members are encouraged to report suspicious sightings to the police. Of course, there is already a strong community spirit in many villages; Neighbourhood Watch schemes are most effective where this is the case. The police in Pateley Bridge are trying to encourage more schemes in the dale. We are doing this by arranging mail shots. Since policemen don’t like sitting inside putting letters into envelopes, it will take a long time for us to cover the area. So if you live in a street or village where you can garner half a dozen or so householders who are keen to set up a scheme please get in touch. More information is available at From my point of view Neighbourhood Watch is an excellent way for me to quickly circulate up to date information about crime and crime prevention. Counterfeit currency is the latest form of fraud to hit the dale. At the end of January several shops in the town accepted £20 notes which were later found to be fakes. If you run a shop please make sure your staff have what they need to check bank notes (there are various pens and scanners available) and if you are involved in sales please be vigilant and check bank notes. This sort of thing doesn’t happen very often and it is all too easy to become complacent, so try to develop a habit of checking which becomes second nature. In the present case, thanks to some observant witnesses, we do have some active lines of enquiry and are confident we can catch the culprit. Since my last report 13 crimes have been recorded in Nidderdale. Five frauds (mostly fake £20 notes), four thefts (three of garden ornaments), two non-dwelling burglaries, one criminal damage, and one snowball related public order incident. If you would like to speak to me about the above or anything else please contact me using the numbers below. Please remain vigilant and take care in the bad weather. Bill Hickson, Constable 820 tel: 101, choose option two and ask for Bill Hickson, email:

Church services: Saturday, March 2. Bewerley Grange Chapel – 9pm Compline. Sunday, March 3. Bewerley Grange Chapel – 9am Holy Communion. St Cuthberts Church – 9.30am Genesis Service. 10.30am Eucharist. Pateley Bridge Methodist Church – 10.30am Messy Church. Glasshouses Methodist Church – 10.30am Locally arranged service. Wilsill Methodist Church – 4pm Mr G Fell. At the Roman Catholic churches Sunday Mass will take place at 10.30am at Pateley and at 9.15am at Menwith Hill.