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Dedicated Nidderdale Blood Donors: Clair Balmforth and Byron Harrison (pictured above), were honoured at an award ceremony at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Headingley campus, last month, in recognition of their life-saving gifts of blood. Mrs Balmforth, from Burnt Yates, has donated 75 times and Mr Harrison, from Middlesmoor, has given 100 donations. As only two per cent of donors reach 75 donations, both were congratulated and received a commemorative crystal award to mark their achievements, from blood recipient, Jayne Snell. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, as brave, and inspiring, Mrs Snell thanked all the donors, then told her emotive story of how 23 blood donations, a stem cell donation and 43 chemotherapy sessions had saved her life from a rare blood disorder. Clair Balmforth comments: “ Jayne Snell’s amazing and moving story really brought home the need for regular blood donors to keep up the good work. Even with our busy lives today, surely it is still possible to find an hour or so just three or four times a year to go and give blood, so that Jayne and many others like her, can have a life.” Byron Harrison endorses those sentiments: “When I started donating blood 32 years ago, I never thought I would reach the 100 milestone. Sitting in a hall with fellow donors, who, between us, had potentially helped 18,000 people, was reward enough. To hear from a recipient who undoubtedly would not have been there without our donations, was very moving and made everyone realise that the smallest donation can help save a life. If anyone reading this can give up 45 minutes four times a year, then go on - donate! It won’t hurt, and rest assured, you will have helped someone.” Many congratulations to them both!

Ramsgill Clay Pigeon Shoot: results from Saturday, June 1 held at Smithfield Farm, Middlesmoor: Ramsgill Challenge Cup: 1 John Whitaker (31 points) 2)= Philip Swainston (29) 3 Roy Parker (23); Geoff Ward Trophy: 1 John Whitaker (25) 2 Philip Swainston (24) 3 Andy Freeman (22); Junior Ramsgill Challenge Cup: 1 James Duffus (10) 2 George MacArthur (6) 3 Matthew Challis (1); Down-the-Line: 1 Philip Swainston (29) 2 John Ewbank (27) 3 Roy Parker (27); Sporting: 1 John Whitaker (30) 2 Philip Swainston (24) 3 Andy Freeman (20); Crown Middlesmoor Shield: 1 John Whitaker (56) 2 Philip Swainston (53) 3 John Ewbank (43); Stuart Cannon Trophy: Roy Parker (9); Ladies Open: 1 Jill Alexander (36) 2 Lyndsey Gillott (17) 3 Angela Snow (11); Les Ashby Open: 1 Bob Tulley (60) 2 Martin Newby (56) John Whitaker (56); Open Pool Shoot: 1 Michael Newby 2 Roy Parker. The Shoot committee would like to thank the following for their donations of prizes: Yorkshire Shooting Services, AudioFit, Ye Old Oake, Low Laithe, Wellington Inn, Mulbrand, LWAshby, Crown, Middlesmoor, Crown, Lofthouse, Wath Estate, Nidderdale Shooting, Longside Grouse, Longside Pheasant, Sportsman’s Arms, Bridge Inn, Crown, Pateley, The Old Oak, Pateley, Jamesons, Gilsan Sports, Skipton Gunroom, Millstones, Half Moon and Lynn’s Designer Dress Agency.

Summer in February: film is to be released nationally on June 14. The movie, starring Dan Stevens (of Downtown Abbey fame), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia) and Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty), is based on Jonathan Smith’s 1995 novel about a passionate love triangle between the world famous Newlyn artist and Royal Academy president, Alfred Munnings, land agent Gilbert Evans and Florence Blote, who were all living in Cornwall before the outbreak of the First World War. The fictionalised version of this real-life love story has been filmed on the beautiful Cornish coast, near Lamorna, Lands End. The story is set around the time of the newly formed British Impressionist group of painters in the early 20th century, including the famous female British artist, Dame Laura Knight. Another artist belonging to that famous Newlyn group was Samuel John (Lamorna) Birch, who regularly used to visit Ramsgill to see his friend Stephen Denison, the great-uncle of Sarah Garforth, who presently runs her Ramsgill Art Studio in the village. Exciting connections between Sarah’s family and two Newlyn artists were uncovered in a family scrapbook last year, when sketches and entries from Dame Laura Knight and written sentiments expressed by Lamorna Birch, were found. A further discovery was made on Sarah’s visit to Cornwall, when much to her surprise, she found, the previously unknown existence, of a painting by her great-uncle of Lamorna Birch sitting by the river Nidd in Ramsgill! Last year the Upper Nidderdale connection proved an intruiging discovery, so the chance to watch a film based on some of those Newlyn artists, should definitely not be missed!

Lofthouse School Summer Fair: will take place on Sunday, July 14 from 2-4pm. The attractions on offer will be - refreshments, strawberries/cream, cake stall, raffle, gallon of whisky, tombola, plants, toys, books, bric-a-brac stalls, rock shop (fossils and minerals), bouncy castle, a new caving experience, children’s nail painting and tattoos, hidden treasure map game, Community police stand, the Lofthouse & Middlesmoor Silver Band and maypole dancing at 3pm. The event should be a fun day out for all the family and has free admission.

Lost Sheep in Yellow Jerseys: is a novel promotional initiative from Dales-based tourism marketer, Susan Briggs, of the Tourism Network, Millgate, Masham. She is calling for businesses and residents in communities around the Yorkshire Dales to participate, in the hopes that the new promotion will attract and entertain visitors and residents throughout the summer. Businesses and residents are invited to display a model or picture of a ‘lost sheep’ wearing a yellow jersey, which will be displayed throughout the Yorkshire Dales and Harrogate area. Visitors will be encouraged to enter an on-line competition to report their sightings, with the chance to win prizes, such as short breaks, farm tours and woollen goods. There is no charge to participate and it is easy to get involved. Anyone can find out more and register at www.dalestourism.com. The promotion will start on July 5 (coincidentally one-year-to-go to the start of the Tour de France in the Yorkshire Dales!) and runs until September 5. Mrs Briggs would also like to hear from businesses who would like to offer prizes for the event, in return for additional publicity. Lost Sheep in Yellow Jerseys is part of a broader campaign showing the essential role of sheep in the Yorkshire Dales, which promotes local lamb, attractions related to farming and wool crafts. Over 20 tourism businesses have already committed to be part of the campaign, ranging from castles to country estates, B&Bs, farm attractions and crafts people. For more information, please telephone Susan Briggs on 01765 688178 or 07768365591 or see the website www.dalestourism.com/lost-sheep.html