The Nidderdale Voices column with Olive Moyses

Olive Moyses.
Olive Moyses.

A very important event of the Pateley 1940s Weekend is THE WEDDING. Because the couple concerned are so well known and well loved we all feel that we are really taking part in this happy event. Our bride, Olive Moyses, was born in the dale and has lived all her life at Fellbeck.

In 1916 her father came with his mother and stepfather from Beckwithshaw to the farm. They liked the area and were looking for somewhere to settle permanently. Fell Beck House was only going to be a temporary residence but they liked it so much that they never moved.

I really love Fellbeck because it is my home. I have to stop and marvel at the scenery.

I really love Fellbeck because it is my home. I have to stop and marvel at the scenery.

Olive’s mother was a nurse from Leeds and Olive followed her into the nursing.

She trained and worked afterwards in Harrogate Old Hospital and then came out to the Dale as a Health Visitor. After stopping work for a time she was appointed part-time practice nurse in the Dales Medical practice and it is here that so many of us remember her.

It was also through her mother that Olive was introduced to Methodism. They went each week to the services held at Fellbeck Chapel. In her religion she found something that she wanted to share with others and this was to lead her to become a local preacher. Starting the training for this was a difficult commitment along with the farm and her nursing job, but she found when she was introduced to others taking the course that this helped her greatly.

Describe a typical day.

I am no longer involved in nursing but I have not retired. Farmers always seem to help one another. I have a very busy life on my farm. I am helped by a neighbour with lambing my 36 sheep and in return I raise his orphan lambs. Thankfully, most of the feeding is now done automatically but there still a few lambs that will not accept this and have to be bottle fed.

I start the day about 7am by taking my two dogs for a walk. After breakfast the stock need to be checked and for most of the day I am outside.

Fortunately, I do have help in the house.

I may be called upon to drive someone to the hospital because I am still one of the voluntary drivers and then there is always visiting, not only friends but visiting through my church work.

What would be your perfect day out?

Something very simple. Chris and I had a perfect day out at Fountains Abbey. It was glorious weather and we took a picnic. The most important thing about a day out is that you should not have to rush back.

What is your favourite part of the Dale?

It is a beautiful Dale but I love Fellbeck. This of course is because it is my home, I know it so well and yet I have to stop and marvel at the scenery. There is new life on the farm and new projects to plan.

What is your favourite Nidderdale business?

I love going in Park View Stores. There is always such a welcome there and I feel they do so much for the Dale. They are always ready to deliver to farms and to people who find it difficult to go out to shop.

What is the biggest change you have seen in Nidderdale?

I find the breaking up of family farms very sad. The land is distributed and the homes go for expensive residences.

What makes Nidderdale special?

The scenery. The countryside seems to cope well with visitors without letting them spoil it.

If there is one thing that you could change what would it be?

I would like a more convenient transport system – particularly on the hospital run.