Jan Robinson 01423 755233


Christmas Floral Workshop: is being hosted today by the Upper Nidderdale Flower Club at Lofthouse Village Hall at 2pm. This is the ideal chance to learn how to create your own seasonal table arrangement or wreath, whilst enjoying a glass of wine/nibbles. The cost to visitors is £5, but well worth it as experienced club members, Ann Smith and Christine Harker will be demonstrating how to make these festive arrrangements. A workshop sheet is available on 01423 755277 or 770468, but if it’s too late to get one, just bring along some scissors, different types of evergreen foliage, artificial/real flowers, candles, ribbon and berries. You will be able to purchase oasis, container or wreath at the club.

Christmas Floral Demonstration: hosted on November 22 by the Upper Nidderdale Flower Club, was another successful evening. NAFAS demonstrator, Derek Bridges, from Hebden Bridge, filled the stage with some super floral arrangements. Author of the Flower Arranger’s Bible, Mr Bridges not only demonstrated his expertise in floral art, but gave lots of handy money-saving tips on how to adapt certain items from Poundland - one of his favourite stores! His first arrangement was a fruity number, featuring pineapples, bananas, grapes and oranges, showing their versatility in floral art. Two lovely traditional designs were a long table arrangement containing unusual lamps and a welcome garland. The demonstrator used a large pink glass container and a huge golden bauble for two other arrangements which he expertly complemented with appropriate flowers, advising on the importance of colour co-ordination. He even sprayed a fall pipe for one festive display, proving that flower arranging doesn’t have to be expensive! He completed two other displays in retro and contemporary style, brought two huge festive terracotta pots on to the stage, then finished with five festive arrangements displayed as a Christmas tree. Club chairwoman, Doreen Prince, gave the vote of thanks, expressing how he had demonstrated almost the full range of styles to be found in his informative books. The audience seemed to enjoy the event, especially those lucky enough to win one of his pieces in the raffle. You could say that, as an ex-RAF chap, his arrangements really took off!

Ramsgill Christmas Coffee Morning: had a very successful weekend and organisers, Sarah and Alex Smith and Catherine Lamb would like to express a huge thank you to those who generously supported them. Guess the Weight of the Cake (weighing 4lb 10oz) was won by Liz Houldsworth and the £50 board was won by Steve Burke (with number 77), who had travelled all the way from Lincolnshire especially for the day! The total raised was £2,300 which will be divided equally between the village hall and St Mary’s Church, Ramsgill. Sarah Smith adds: “Thank you for supporting us and see you next year on November 22/23.”

WI Group Carol Service: will be held at 2pm at Pateley Bridge Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 10, to which visitors are very welcome.

AS Coach Trip: reminder, that there is still time to book for the Christmas trip to Boundary Mills this Saturday, December 7. Please contact Amanda Burton on 01423 711252.

Bags2School: collection for Lofthouse School raised £200 for school funds. Diane Graham wishes to thank everyone who contributed and asks people to continue saving their unwanted items for the next collection due in May, 2014. Thank you.

Upper Nidderdale Parish Council: are still looking for a new parish caretaker. Duties include grass cutting, strimming, gully clearance, bench seats and playground maintenance. Please contact Coun Jane Carter on 01423 711288 if you are interested.

Middlesmoor Craft Fair: will be held from 2-5pm this Sunday, December 8 in the village hall. There is still time to hire a table to sell Christmas crafts or items suitable for presents, so please contact Joy Challis on 01423 755634 or Ellen Verity 01423 755269 to book one. Mulled wine, mince pies and tombola will all add to the enjoyment.

Christmas Social Evening: is to be held at Middlesmoor Village Hall on Saturday, December 21 at 7.30pm. The evening will include a co-op supper (main meal and pudding), a free bar (donations gratefully accepted), a quiz and parlour games. Please ring Joy Challis or Ellen Verity to book a place and to inform what food you will be contributing.

How Stean Gorge: have started a Wednesday lunch club. A set two-course menu and free door-to-door transport in the How Stean minibus, is on offer for £10. Booking is essential, so if you are interested please contact the cafe on (01423) 755666. Also on Friday evenings from 7-8pm at Nidderdale Leisure Centre, the Team How Stean are offering kayaking lessons for ages eight plus, from £6.50. Please contact the Gorge or the Leisure Centre (711442) to book. Also, on weekends throughout December, a kids’ Craft Corner will be on offer, as well as the chance for the children to send their wish list to Father Christmas and receive a reply! Then on Saturday, December 14 and December 21, Santa will be at the How Stean grotto, when the kids can receive a free gift and where the family can also experience the Father Christmas Trail. On Thursday, December 12 from 6-8pm, there is an evening of wreath making at a cost of £20 per person. However, booking is essential.