Bags2School: Diane Graham informs us that the next collection from Lofthouse School will be on Wednesday, November 7 at 9am. Please place your unwanted clothing, curtains, bedding, handbags, belts, shoes and soft toys into your delivered blue (or black) bag and leave them in the shelter in the school’s staff car park from Saturday, November 3. Thank you for supporting the collection as it raises much needed funds for the school.
Ramsgill Domino Drive: will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 10 in Ramsgill Village Hall. Pauline Brown informs us that there will be a raffle and supper and that everyone is very welcome.
Upper Nidderdale Parish Council: have received some information from Harrogate Council regarding planning enquiries: “The council’s planning enquiries team would like to improve services to its telephone customers and also to reduce waiting times at the busiest periods for its face-to-face customers. So, from December 1, a new Call Ahead service will be introduced for planning customers. This will replace the existing Drop-In service, however there will be no change to the telephone number, which remains on 01423 556666, which customers can call to ascertain whether they require an appointment, can deal with their query over the phone or can arrange a drop-in time to view information, such as historical planning cases or microfiche records. Where appointments are necessary, up to 30 minutes will be available between 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Appointments will not be necessary for every query.”
Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: are now selling tickets for their forthcoming annual Christmas flower demonstration, which will take place at 7.30pm at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall on Friday, November 23. This year’s demonstrator is the very well-known Jonathan Moseley from Derbyshire, who will entertain with his wonderful floral displays, entitled Yuletide Trends & Traditions. Tickets, costing £8 (includes tea/biscuits) are available from Ann Smith on 01423 770468.
St Chad’s Rota: for November 11, Remembrance Sunday: Flowers/cleaning - Josie Firth and Karen Ramsden; November 25: Flowers - Sue Weatherhead, cleaning - Eileen Bain.
Methodist Church Services: for the Upper Dale for Sunday, November 11: 2.15pm at Lofthouse (Olive Moyses) and Holy Communion at 6.30pm at Wath (Rev Nigel Waterfield); Sunday, November 25: Holy Communion at 2.15pm at Lofthouse (Rev Nigel Waterfield) and 6.30pm at Wath (Sister Janet Durbin).
Ramsgill Studio Workshops: for November as follows: November 7: Flowers in Pastels (using the work of the Impressionists for inspiration); November 21: Small Format Oils (£60 including materials); November 28: General Watercolours. Workshops are £45 (includes a two course lunch), materials are not provided but can be at an addtional cost. Please ring Sarah Garforth on 01423 755098 to book a place.
Charity Band Concert: organiser, Gladys Blakeson, says a “wonderful night was had by all” at the musical evening held at Lofthouse last week. It certainly was a very pleasant and enjoyable evening. Band president and compere, John Fort, opened the event by introducing the Lofthouse & Middlesmoor Silver Band who entertained everyone with a varied selection of light music. Another highlight of the evening was Stan Beer’s humorous ode, dedicated to Robert Halford, who is retiring from the band after many years. John Brecon also kept everyone entertained with his lively organ music, there was an endless raffle with some great prizes, a local knowledge quiz from Mary Rawlston and delicious pie/peas supper. Mrs Blakeson wishes to thank everyone for being so kind, to those who donated raffle prizes, those that helped in the kitchen, to local businesses who provided the food, to the people who supported the event, and of course, a special thank you to the band. A total of £660 was raised, which has been shared and forwarded to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Cancer Research UK.
Nidderdale AONB: inform us that they are running a series of Heritage Skills training days, so that householders can learn more about traditional skills required to maintain older properties. Supported by funding from Yorkshire Dales Leader and English Heritage, these events have been designed to give people an introduction to some traditional techniques. The events are open to all homeowners, contractors, students and interested local residents and are free of charge for those living in the Yorkshire Dales Leader area, which includes the AONB. The next session, entitled Historic Building Advanced Homeowners Training, will be held on two Saturdays - November 3/24, further details of which can be found at www.nidderdaleaonb.org.uk. If you are interested you will need to book, which can be done by telephoning the AONB office on 01423 712950 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.