Pateley Bridge News

Graham Smith

01423 772832

Nidderdale Safer Neighbourhood Group: will meet at Middlesmoor Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 5. Members of North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Borough Council, Police, Fire and Youth services will be in attendance to give up-date reports and answer questions. Everyone welcome.

A night of live music: is to be performed at the Pateley Club on Thursday, June 6 at 42 High Street, Pateley Bridge. For any further information contact Mike on 01423 711703.

Upper Nidderdale Scout Group: craft fair and table top sale on Saturday, June 8, 10am-1pm. This will be held at the Scouts’ meeting place in Pateley Bridge, Riverside Hall next to the Millennium Green. Pop along to browse or buy. Hot and cold refreshments will be available, free parking and free entry. For stall holders the price per table is £8. Contact the secretary on 01423 711585 or email for further information and booking.

Pateley Bridge Cricket Club: is organising a cake stall in the High Street on Saturday, June 15. If you can help with any baking, please contact Ellie Jackson, tel 712067 or Linda Simpson, tel 711752.

Glasshouses WI: at our May meeting we held our resolution discussion where we put our support behind the resolution to fight the demise of High Street shops. We followed this with a weird and wonderful food tasting competition. The winner was Constance Hutchin who managed to recognise the most flavours! Supper and wine provided by members followed to complete a very enjoyable evening. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, June 12 when we will be holding a Treasure Hunt. This will involve a short walk around the village collecting clues, finishing at the Birch Tree Inn for a well deserved meal. Walkers should meet at Prim Site, Chapel Row, Glasshouses at 6.30pm. Anyone not able to walk should meet at the Birch Tree Inn at 8pm for the meal. Come and join us for what should be an entertaining and enjoyable evening. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Cycling Fever: on Sunday, June 16, Nidderdale High School will host an exciting Cyclo-Cross event. If you haven’t seen this sport before, it’s full of fast, furious - and often muddy action as the participants race around a track laid out in a field - in this case, the field behind Nidderdale High School. Entry is free for spectators with two races on offer at 11.15am and noon. Refreshments will be provided by Nidderdale High School PFTA. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to experience the cyclo-cross thrills and spills by bringing along your bike and entering some specially arranged beginners events which are ideal for the absolute novice - entry is only £2.50 on the day, or £2 if you pre-register with Nidderdale High.

All About Crystals Workshop: a fun day learning about crystals for healing, chakras and pendulum work. Try out the power of crystals on your fellow students and on yourself: dowse with a pendulum and trust your intuition about what will be helpful. On Thursday, June 13, 10am-3pm (with 30 minutes for lunch) at Jojoba Holistics, 8 King’s Court, Pateley Bridge. Cost £40 per person. Phone 07531 934067 to book.

Drivers Required: Wilsill Luncheon Club would be grateful for more drivers to transport their members to Pateley Bridge Methodist Church every third Wednesday in the month. If you can help please contact Nan Davies on 01423 712440.

Pateley Bridge Dance club: on Friday, June 14, 7.30-11.30pm, at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Details from 01423 711197 or 01423 711642.

Friends of Pateley Bridge Cemetery and St Mary’s Churchyard: the following is an extract from a copy of the Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale Herald dated August 26 1899 - Annual Service in the Old Church - On Sunday afternoon last the Annual Open Air Service was conducted in the ruins of the old church. The day was very fine and so many attended that the space inside the walls was crowded, whilst scores were unable to gain admittance and listened to the service from the churchyard. The service was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev A Scott and the Rev W Callahan. The sermon was preached by the Vicar and was appropriate to the occasion. The singing which was especially hearty was led by Pateley Bridge Band and St Cuthberts Church Choir. A collection was taken at the close. This money is devoted to the keeping in repair of the old ruin, and also in keeping tidy the churchyard. The object is a most worthy one and appeals to all persons irrespective of sect and it was very pleasing to see such a large gathering in and around the old edifice on Sunday afternoon.

114 years later and The Friends group continues to work to maintain our beautiful old churchyard and cemetery. This year’s fundraising quiz, Name that Tree, is now on sale in outlets throughout the town and at How Stean Cafe. Please support this worthy cause and help preserve our burial grounds for the future.

Car Boot Sale: in aid of St Marys Church are on Sunday, June 23 in the showground at Pateley. Gates open at 8am. Cars £7 vans £9.

The Church in the Dale Festival: at Pateley Bridge Showground on Sunday, July 21, noon-4pm. Over 40 local and national charities have been contacted to take part. They had all shown interest and we are now awaiting their confirmation of booking. Each charity will have information available and many will also run a stall to raise money for their cause. Both the North Yorkshire Police and Fire Service will be in attendance and there will be attractions for children. We hope to have live music throughout (do you know a group who would like to play?) and the afternoon will close with a short informal service. We need lots of manpower to control car parking, to act as stewards, to aid in setting/clearing up and also help with catering in the tea tent. There are lists in the churches please sign and give contact details in the relevant column. Attendance for charities and visitors is free, but donations will be appreciated.

Jumble needed: Julie is busy collecting for her annual jumble sale in aid of Cancer Research. If you can help her please drop items in to Teacups or Park View Stores.

Police Report: since April 1 North Yorkshire Police have recorded 12 crimes in Nidderdale. These include four burglaries from outbuildings in Pateley Bridge, Summerbridge, Thornthwaite. Power tools were the main target of the burglars. The fourth burglary occurred in Upper Nidderdale and a quad bike was stolen. One other theft, of scrap from a driveway in Pateley Bridge, was reported. Three vehicle crimes were recorded, two of these involved attempts to steal a motorbike on Millfield street in Pateley Bridge. The other was intentional damage to the wing mirror of a parked car.

Over the same period of time 105 incidents were reported to the police in Nidderdale. These include 21 occasions where people called us to report something they believed to be suspect (for example a vehicle being driven very slowly past houses with the vehicle occupants looking down driveways). We try to get an officer to attend all incidents of this nature and ideally they will locate the vehicle/persons reported and find a, hopefully legitimate, explanation for what is going on. Often we find the vehicle has moved on and cannot be found, but where we are given a registration number we will follow up reports of suspicious behaviour with a visit to the owner of the vehicle to find out what was going on. It is vital that you, members of the community, are vigilant and report observations which cause concern. From time to time it enables us to apprehend criminals and prevent or detect crime. Thank you to those of you who have reported things.

Each month several traffic collisions are reported (nine since April 1 in Nidderdale). The vast majority of these are minor and are resolved with minimal police involvement. Unfortunately there are sometimes more serious accidents and this year police have dealt with some accidents in the Nidderdale area in which driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian were seriously injured or killed. It can only take a momentary lapse in concentration for things to go seriously wrong; please take care on the roads.

If anyone would like to speak to me about the above or anything else, please contact me on the numbers below.

Bill Hickson, Constable 820. Tel: 101, choose option two and ask for “Bill Hickson” or “0-8-2-0”. Email:

Church services: Sunday, June 2. Bewerley Grange Chapel – 9am Holy Communion. St Cuthbert’s Church – 9.30am Genesis Service. 10.30am Eucharist. St Mary’s Church, Greenhow – 6.30pm Songs of Praise. Pateley Bridge Methodist Church – 10.30am Sister Janet Durbin. Glasshouses Methodist Church – 10.30am Locally arranged service. At the Roman Catholic churches Sunday Mass will take place at 10.30am at Pateley and at 9.15am at Menwith Hill.