Jan Robinson

01423 755233


Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: will be hosting a Christmas workshop at 2pm (please note change of time) on Thursday, December 5 in Lofthouse Village Hall. This is a great opportunity for both visitors and members to learn how to create something special for the festive season. Club members, Ann Smith and Christine Harker, will be demonstrating how to make both a festive table arrangement and Christmas wreath. The cost of the session to visitors is a very reasonable £5 (includes a glass of wine and nibbles), so if you are interested and require a worksheet, please contact Ann on 01423 770468 or Christine on 01423 755277.

Ramsgill Domino Drive: will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 7 in the village hall. The evening includes both a raffle and supper, to which everyone is very welcome.

Upper Nidderdale Parish Council: wish to inform everyone that they are looking for a new parish caretaker. Duties include grass cutting, strimming, gully clearance around the reservoir side, bench seats and playground maintenance. Interested people should contact Coun Jane Carter on 01423 711288.

Ramsgill Art Studio: workshops for December are as follows: Tuesday, December 3 mosaic workshop with Ruth Wilkinson; Wednesday, December 4 colour a morning spent experimenting with colour mixing and theory, followed in the afternoon by applying it to still life; Wednesday, December 18 winter scene in pastels. For more information, please contact Sarah Garforth on 01423 755098 or go to www.ramsgillstudio.co.uk

Nidderdale Birdwatchers: programme for December Friday, December 13 a half day visit to Staveley, followed by lunch at the Royal Oak (optional); Monday, December 16 Christmas Social event. For more information, please contact Secretary, Angus Gosman on 01423 755276.

Christmas Brass Band Concert: reminder, to be held in Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 7 at 7.30pm. Mabel Parker wishes to inform the Upper Dale that this year the music will be provided by the Tewitt Youth Band and tickets, costing £7.50 (includes mulled wine & mince pies), are available from Pateley Pharmacy, on the door, or from herself on 712686.

Church Services: for December for the Upper Dale are as follows Sunday, December 8 Holy Communion at 9am at Ramsgill; December 15 Joint Anglican/Methodist service at 2.30pm at St Chad’s Church, Middlesmoor; Sunday, December 22 Holy Communion at 9am at Ramsgill and Carols and Nativity at 6.30pm at St Chad’s, Middlesmoor; Christmas Day Holy Communion at 9am at Ramsgill. Methodist services at Wath Chapel will be held at 6.30pm on December 8/15/29.

Lofthouse School Christmas Fair: reminder for November 30, to be held at the school from 10am-noon. There will be various craft stalls, refreshments, cake stall, children/adult tombolas, Santa’s grotto and, best of all, the schoolchildren will be singing carols around 11am. Obviously an event not to be missed!

Friends of Lofthouse School: would like to express their thanks to all those who supported their domino drive and quiz night. Altogether £400 was raised, which will help to fund the schoolchildren’s Christmas party and educational materials.

AS Coaches: have organised a nine-mile pre-Christmas walk for this Saturday, November 30, from Hovingham to Helmsley. There is still time to book a place by contacting Amanda Burton on 01423 711252, or failing that, you can still book for Amanda’s Christmas trip to Boundary Mills on Saturday, December 7.

Nidd Chorale: will be performing A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten at St Cuthbert’s Church, Pateley Bridge on Sunday, December 1. Jackie Drake informs us that the acclaimed harpist, Georgina Walters will be accompanying the choir, and that if you require any further details of the event, you are welcome to contact her on 01423 711278. The choir will also be performing Rejoice at the Church of Our Lady at 7.45pm on Saturday, December 14. Tickets costing £8 (including refreshments) are available from Pateley Pharmacy.

St Nicholas Festival: details from Katy Penn, Nidderdale Plus: “Coldstones Cut will be illuminated every evening from December 6 - 22 giving the opportunity to visit this monumental sculpture adorned with fairy lights for the Christmas season (free entry). Christmas Spark is an exhibition of arts/crafts made by the artists at the Old Workhouse, which includes blown glass, ceramics, precious metals/gemstones, textiles, paintings, stone carvings and hats. A preview evening will be held from 5-9pm on Friday, December 6, then the exhibition continues daily until Sunday, December 15.

The St Nicholas Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 10am-1pm at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall when there will be the chance to meet Santa, listen to festive music and shop for Christmas gifts. On Sunday, December 8 at 10.30am, a Festival service will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church. On the same day, from noon-4pm, a Santa and stalls event will be held at the Auction Mart, when the family can meet Santa and his animals and shop for inspiring presents. On Friday, December 13 from 5-8pm, Late Night Opening and the Dragon Parade will be held around the streets of Pateley Bridge, accompanied by carols and drumming! A family film afternoon will take place on Saturday, December 14 in Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Starting at 1.30pm, children can enjoy face painting and delivering their letters to Santa. The film, Planes, follows at 2.30pm.”

Upper Nidderdale WI: enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon with photographer, David Prince, who entertained them with his slide show entitled A Dalesman’s Pictorial Diary. David demonstrated his love of nature through his many beautiful images of animals, birds, insects, butterflies and wildflowers. Also included was a great shot of Gaping Gill, an August Bank Holiday experience not to be missed when you can descend the enormous cavern by Bosun’s chair! Another fabulous image was of the illuminated multi-coloured pillars of Fountain’s Abbey. Yvonne Petch was the skilful winner of the Christmas cake, made by Sarah Smith, her guess being a mere quarter of an ounce out! Secretary Rosie Szlumper spoke of the group’s successful 85th anniversary celebrations at Hebden tearoom, followed by many forthcoming competitions, the WI group carol service on December 10, annual dinner the following day and one event to look forward to was a visit to Farmer Copley’s for a cookery demonstration on liquorice and rhubarb (hopefully not to be eaten together!).