Jan Robinson 01423 755233


Upper Nidderdale WI: ladies got a bit concerned last meeting about their speaker, BBC Radio Leeds gardener Joe Maiden, who, due to a puncture near Menwith Hill, was unfortunately delayed. However stand-in president, Jan Leeming, did a sterling job in keeping the meeting together, then brave member, Betty Whitaker, stepped in to give a talk on her recent experience with illness. After a cuppa, Joe was his usual lively self, sharing his gardening expertise with everyone and making everyone laugh about the different hats he had worn over the years that represented his increasing career status, ie from flat cap to bowler! Many ladies purchased some of his autumn bedding plants and a special brew to deter rabbits! After some delicious home-made cakes (that WI members are extremely good at baking!), details of forthcoming events were handed out, with courses such as modular knitting, mosaics, making a willow and hedgerow wreath and a Christmas Dabble Day.

Ramsgill Workshops: for October are as follows: October 8: mosaic workshop with Ruth Wilkinson; October 9: fine detailed drawing in pastel on vellum - sheep, lambs, cows, calves, elephants, camels and dogs; October 23: negative painting with an autumnal hedgerow theme - berries and brambles.

Church Rota: for St Chad’s, Middlesmoor: October 20: flowers - Jan Robinson; cleaning: Angela Raynerd.

Cinema in the Dale: information from Chris Henderson: “The next film is Argo, the award winning film starring and directed by Ben Affleck. This dramatization is adapted from US Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez’s book, The Master of Disguise, and Joshua Bearman’s article, The Great Escape. Argo (certificate 15) is showing on Saturday, September 28 at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge. Admission is £5 - tickets available on the door.”

Nidderdale Birdwatchers: programme for October is as follows: Friday, October 11 east coast - a full day autumn migration watch; Monday, October 21 social evening; Sunday, October 27 RSPB Saltholme, near Hartlepool - a full day visit. For further details, please contact secretary Angus Gosman on 01423 755276 or email niddbirds@gmail.com

Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 3 at Lofthouse Village Hall, when a workshop with Pam Kitchen is on the agenda. The workshop is ideal for beginners, so if any visitors would like to join in, please feel welcome. A worksheet is available from the secretary on 01423 755233.

AONB Events: for October: Thursday, October 3 from 7-9pm at Pateley Bridge Council Chamber bees and beekeeping in the 21st century - a chance to find out more with members of Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers’ Association. There will be equipment to examine, a question and answer session and opportunity to taste some local honeys. Cost £5 per adult (under 16s free). Booking essential on 01423 712950; Saturday, October 12 from 10am-5pm at Burnsall Village Hall historic building homeowners’ day - an interactive day with talks, demonstrations and a guided walk. This joint event with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority costs £15 per person (inclusive of lunch). Booking essential; Saturday, October 19 from 9am-5pm Aislabie walk. An opportunity to join Hackfall officer, Paul Mosley, for a 12 mile circular walk, starting and ending at Studley and including some fascinating heritage sites along the way. Dogs welcome. Please take a packed lunch. Cost £3 for the day or free to National Trust members. Cost £4 per adult (under 16s free). Booking essential; Sunday, October 20 from 10am-1pm fungi foray - a chance to join Chris Bax from Taste the Wild on a fascinating foraging session, where you can learn to identify edible fungi. The event will include a short walk, followed by a tasting session of some of the findings. Cost £10 per person. Booking essential; Friday, October 25 from 10am-4pm at Sawley Village Hall heritage forum - exploring Nidderdale’s monastic heritage. Cost £5 per person (includes buffet lunch). Booking essential; Saturday, October 26 from 1-4pm tracking for families - an active session, led by Annie Berrington, on tracking signs and symbols, laying trails and treasure hunting. Cost £4 per child, adults free. Booking essential; Tuesday, October 29 from 10am-12.30pm at Bewerley Park Outdoor Centre bird box making. Cost £5 per person. Booking essential.