Jan Robinson 01423 755233


Ramsgill Domino Drive: will be held in the village hall on Saturday, November 2, at 7.30pm, to which everyone is very welcome. The event includes a raffle and supper.

Lofthouse School Quiz Night: will also be held on Saturday, November 2 at 9pm at the Crown Hotel, Lofthouse. The quiz will have set teams of four, the winners having the chance to scoop a £20 prize, plus £5 for the bonus question. The cost will be £2 per person and will be put towards school funds.

Bags2School: reminder, that the next collection will be at 9am on Thursday, November 7. Diane Graham asks everyone for their support to raise funds for Lofthouse School by putting their unwanted clothing, bedding, curtaining, handbags, belts and shoes in the blue bag provided, which can be left in the bus shelter in the staff car park from Monday, November 4 onwards. Thank you.

Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 7 at Lofthouse Village Hall, when Martin Fish will be giving a talk on his involvement with the Harrogate Flower Show. The club is also holding their popular annual Christmas Floral Demonstration, entitled Ding Dong Merrily, at 7.30pm in the Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall on Friday, November 22. Tickets costing £8 (includes tea/biscuits), are available from Ann Smith on 01423 770468 or on the door.

Ramsgill Christmas Coffee Morning: will be held from 10am-3pm on November 23 and 24 at the village hall. Organisers Sarah Smith and Catherine Lamb, wish to inform us that all the usual goodies will be on sale, ie Christmas cakes, baking, chutneys, mincemeat, Christmas bags, boxes, ribbons and plants. Both ladies work very hard each year for this event, so please support their worthwhile efforts, as the money raised will be divided between St Mary’s Church, Ramsgill and Ramsgill Village Hall. Everyone can be assured of a warm welcome.

St Chad’s Rota: for November as follows: November 10 (Remembrance Sunday): flowers/cleaning Josie Firth and Karen Ramsden; November 24: flowers Sue Weatherhead, cleaning - Eileen Bain.

Nidderdale Birdwatchers: programme for November: Friday, November 8: Brockholes, a full day’s trip to the new reserve near Preston to see waders and other winter migrants; Monday evening, November 18 Our Birding Year, a presentation by members; Sunday, November 24:Colsterdale, a half-day looking for raptors and winter thrushes. For further information please contact secretary, Angus Gosman, on 01423 755276. New members and visitors very welcome.

Ramsgill Studio: workshops for November: Wednesday, November 6 beginners step by step water-colour, a simple scene of a Dales village, with complete guidance; November 13 New York skyscrapers in abstraction, shape, pattern, colour and thinking outside the box! Any medium including collage; November 20 small scale oils on gesso board in an impressionistic style. For more information, please contact Sarah Garforth on 01423 755098 or go to www.ramsgillstudio.co.uk This weekend (including Sunday, November 3), is also the last chance to visit the lovely Ramsgill Studio to view Sarah’s Near and Far exhibition featuring not only her paintings, but also Ruth Wilkinson’s mosaics. The studio will be open from 11am-5pm.

Tenth Annual Christmas Brass Band Concert: will be held in Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 7 at 7.30pm. Mabel Parker wishes to inform the Upper Dale that the tickets, costing £7.50 (includes mulled wine and mince pies), will be available from Pateley Pharmacy, from herself on 712686 or on the door. She adds: “This year we are very pleased to welcome Tewit Youth Band for what has now become a very popular event in the run up to Christmas. As usual Barclays plc is sponsoring the event with their match funding scheme, as they have for the last ten years. I am very grateful to them for this involvement and their contribution has made a tremendous difference to hall funds. So far they have contributed £5,789 which, if this concert is a sell-out, will take the figure to £6,539. This makes the total raised by these concerts to over £13,000. As this is my last year, both as treasurer of the hall and concert organiser, I am hoping it is going to be the best concert yet.”

New WW1 Heritage Officer: for the AONB has been named as Amanda Peacock. Information Officer, Leanne Fox reports: “Amanda Peacock, who is based at the AONB office in Pateley Bridge, will be delivering a three year Heritage Lottery Funded project called Nidderdale AONB and the First World War.The project, supported by the Friends of Nidderdale AONB, will focus on the impact of the war on the landscape and communities of Nidderdale. It will also reference the story of the Leeds Pals, who were trained in the area. A programme of events and volunteer-based activities are planned for both Leeds and Nidderdale over the next three years. Amanda Peacock said, “I am delighted to take up this role and have the opportunity to work on such a fascinating project.” More information about the project will be available shortly. Amanda Peacock can be contacted on 01423 712950 or at Amanda.peacock@harrogate.gov.uk