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George Shackleton Memorial: information from Nevin Ward: “Eighty years ago, little George Shackleton was lost at Scar village. Despite extensive searches by the workmen engaged on Scar Dam, he wasn’t found until too late. The grave of the three year old has just been located in Pateley Bridge Cemetery, and the recently disbanded Former Residents of Scar Village Association, are using the remains of their funds to provide a memorial to the little lad. A stone, complete with an image of Scar Dam, has been designed and carved by local stone carver, Joe Hayton, and it is to be unveiled in Pateley Cemetery on Saturday, November 23 at noon. Afterwards, there will be a cup of tea and cake at Middlesmoor Village Hall at about 1pm. The Shackleton family would like to invite former members of the Scar Village Association to attend either, or both, ceremonies. Anyone else with an interest in Scar village history, will also be welcome.”

AS Coaches: wish to inform the Upper Dale of two festive trips. The first is their nine-mile Pre-Christmas Walk which will take place on Saturday, November 30, starting off from Hovingham and finishing at the Old Oak, Helmsley, for a meal. The second is a Boundary Mills shopping trip on Saturday, December 7. Please contact Amanda Burton on 01423 711252 or email info@ascoaches.co.uk to book a place or for information on next year’s trips and walks.

Christmas Floral Demonstration: hosted by Upper Nidderdale Flower Club, will be held tomorrow evening at 7.30pm at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall, when NAFAS demonstrator Derek Bridges, who has written books on floral art, will be giving his demonstration entitled Ding Dong Merrily. There will be the chance for some lucky winners to take home one of his fabulous displays and also to browse the flower stall. Tickets, costing £8 (includes tea/biscuits) will be available on the door.

Cinema in the Dale: information from Chris Henderson: “The next film at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge is Lincoln (certificate 12) which will be shown at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 30. The heart of the film is set in a few weeks in January 1865 in an overcast wintry Washington, between Lincoln’s second election and his inauguration. In this brief moment of opportunity he’s faced with a crucial decision. Should he end this bloody war, one of the most costly, bitter and divisive in modern history, by a compromising peace with the Confederate enemy? A towering performance not just by Daniel Day-Lewis, as the US President Abraham Lincoln, but by the rest of a star-studded cast. A film not to be missed!” Tickets are available on the door or from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy.

Nidderdale Young Farmers: are holding a Domino Drive at 7.30pm this Saturday, November 23 in Ramsgill Village Hall. Everyone very welcome.

Ramsgill Christmas Coffee Morning: reminder for this Saturday/Sunday, November 23/24 from 10am-3pm in the village hall. This gives the chance to buy Christmas cakes, baking, chutneys, mincemeat, decorative bags/boxes/ribbons and plants. All funds raised will be divided between the village hall and St Mary’s Church.

Remembering World War 1: is the name of an event to commemorate its centenary. To be launched by the Nidderdale AONB, the drop-in event will take place at Masham Town Hall on Saturday, November 16 from 10am-noon. The lottery funded project, entitled Leeds Pals, POWs and the Home Front, will tell the story of the Leeds Pals who were trained in the Masham area and will also focus on the impact of the war on the landscape and communities of Nidderdale. Leanne Fox, from the AONB, informs us that it aims to attract people with family stories, memories or physical objects relating to the First World War. It also provides the opportunity for people to help with the project, for example, by undertaking historical and archaeological research. Volunteers will be able to access training opportunities, learn new skills and support the development of the project. For more information about this event or to find out about the project, please contact Amanda Peacock lon 01423 551664 or at amanda.peacock@harrogate.gov.uk<mailto:amanda.peacock@harrogate.gov.uk.