The Pateley Bridge Mayor’s column with Chris Hawkesworth

The letter signed by the Queen and the Glass Prism were on show after the museum's volunteer accolade.
The letter signed by the Queen and the Glass Prism were on show after the museum's volunteer accolade.

It was Pateley Show that kicked off my week last Monday, a bit muddy underfoot, but a fabulous show none the less. Lots of action, lots of exhibits and a place to meet lots of friends and organised by the Show Society – yet another volunteer group from Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale.

Then it was on to the opening night of “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon at the Playhouse, courtesy of the Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society, another of our excellent volunteer groups.

I have been to many PBDS productions, all of them brilliant and this one was no exception.

The jokes were well timed and the female odd couple of Ruth Dodsworth (Olive) and Joyce Liggins (Florence) bounced their jokes and innuendo off each other in a superb well-timed manner, then, similarly, the male odd couple of Tim Wilkinson (Manolo) and Keith Burton (Jesus) who, with put on Spanish Accents had the audience in stitches.

Then, with both odd couples on stage together their joke timing was superb, spot on.

Something that was on a par with Fawlty Towers and Mrs Brown’s Boys mixed together.

On Sunday I was pleased to meet and greet the number 24 bus and its inaugural passengers, now retained for this and next winter thanks to a successful fundraising operation.

Pateley Bridge Town Council, made a contribution, but this was eclipsed by massive sponsorship from Harrogate Water.

Their chairman and managing director and their families were on the bus as was Keith Tordoff of the Chamber of Trade, who together with the charity “Dales Bus” led the fundraising initiative.

For now the service is safe, but, in the long term it is a case of “Use it or lose it”.

Then it was skates on to catch the tail end of the Harvest Festival at Ripon Cathedral.

My wife and mayoress Veronica had held the fort during the service and it was now time to meet up and move on as guests of the Country Landowners Association and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society for lunch.

Monday this week was to the museum again.

The occasion was to thank the council as a whole for nominating them for the Volunteer Group of the Year award.

On show was the letter signed by HM the Queen and the Glass Prism engraved with the Crown that as winners they had recently received from Barry Dodd CBE, Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

Finally, while waiting for the bus, Sue Reid, chairwoman of governors at Upper Nidderdale High School rounded on me for my articles recognising volunteering groups in this newspaper.

She pointed out that school governors have a very onerous job these days, and they too are all volunteers.

I had not mentioned them.

So, for each and every of the many Volunteers in each of the Volunteer groups in Pateley Bridge.

A Big thank you.

PS. Parish councillors and myself as mayor are also volunteers.