Upper Nidderdale

Jan Robinson 01423 755233


Happy News: from High Woodale! Pictured above are four lucky lambs, born two weeks ago, to a mule sheep. The gimmers are the first quads to be born on the farm for ten years and considering the recent extreme weather, especially at the height of 1,000ft, it is amazing they have survived! Clare and Martin Brown add: “The mother gave birth to the quads without any assistance from us and is feeding all four of them herself - it’s quite an achievement!”

Middlesmoor Bell Festival: committee also have some exciting news! Lofthouse School’s headteacher, Milena Vjestica, says: “The schoolchildren wrote to the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to invite him to this year’s 145th Bell Festival. The great news is that he has been pleased to accept, so the schoolchildren are obviously thrilled!” Festival secretary, Angela Raynerd, is also delighted at the news and informs us that the Archbishop will lead the procession to St Chad’s church for the special Bell Festival service. The event will be held on Saturday, June 8, when, at 1.45pm, the villagers and the Lofthouse & Middlesmoor band will gather outside Middlesmoor Village Hall, in readiness for the traditional parade down to the church. The child-friendly church service will commence at 2pm, followed at 3pm by many attractions at the hall, such as children’s games, stalls, cakes, plants and delicious Bell Festival teas, all of which can be enjoyed whilst listening to a varied programme of music from the band set against the beautiful backdrop of the Upper Dale scenery. Children’s sports will then take place at 4pm. The children’s competitions this year are as follows and can be taken to the school on Friday afternoon/night: Handwriting: Verse of the song The whole world in his hands; Artwork: A globe depicting all the important things in the world; 3D Model (to be done at home): Food for thought; Artificial Posy (to be done at home): can be made from any media. The best overall entry will win the Jim Cowan Shield.

Heritage Plans for Upper Nidderdale: now is the chance to have your say! Leanne Fox, from Nidderdale AONB informs us: “The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership is asking local communities to help develop ideas for heritage conservation and community projects in Upper Nidderdale by calling into a drop-in event or completing an online survey. If you missed the meeting at Middlesmoor on May 7, there is still the chance to attend today’s meeting at the council chambers on King Street in Pateley Bridge from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. It presents the opportunity to find out about the Landscape Partnership Scheme from Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) staff. If you miss both meetings, then you can fill in an online questionnaire, which can be accessed via the Nidderdale AONB Facebook page or through the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership website: www.uppernidderdale.org.uk. Iain Mann, Landscape Partnership Development Officer at Nidderdale AONB, states: “The survey gives details of what the Landscape Partnership is about, plus outlines the projects we hope to deliver during the four years the scheme will run. It will only take a few minutes to complete, so I hope people will let us know what they think about these plans.” The Partnership is currently using a one year development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Landscape Partnership programme to develop a detailed plan, setting out how the earmarked first round pass of £1.21m from HLF should be used. This plan will form the basis of the application for the full grant and will be submitted early next year, with the scheme expected to start in earnest in summer 2014. The Landscape Partnership, initiated by Nidderdale AONB, brings together a wide range of organisations including Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, parish councils, Yorkshire Dales Farmer Network, Nidderdale Plus, Natural England and Yorkshire Water. Working with Upper Nidderdale’s communities, including farmers and landowners, the scheme aims to restore heritage features like dry stone walls, hay meadows and woodlands, deepen people’s understanding of the landscape and create new opportunities for celebrating and enjoying Upper Nidderdale. The Partnership would also be interested to hear from individuals in the local area who have knowledge or expertise in biodiversity, the historic environment, tourism or heritage skills and who would like to become involved in a more detailed project planning session. There are a limited number of places available so if you are interested in contributing to the scheme’s development in this way, please contact Iain Mann at the AONB Office in Pateley Bridge (telephone 01423 712950) for further details and an application form.”