Nidderdale Birdwatchers: report, kindly sent in by chairwoman, Ros Wade: “Arrival at seabird city on the cliffs at Bempton, just north of Bridlington, was marked by a great noise of shrieking birds. Each species had its own layer of the cliffs on which to court, nest and raise precious chicks. On our visit on Saturday, May 11, one of Nidderdale Birdwatchers’ outings, we saw guillemots, razorbills, gannets, fulmar and a few puffins. Puffins have suffered badly, with the great storms taking nearly a third of the usual breeding colony. There are also continued problems with the supply of the puffins’ favourite food, sand eels. Inland, from the famous sea stacks, there were plenty of opportunities to see the smaller birds - linnet, corn bunting, skylark and tree sparrow. The rain held off and we all enjoyed a great deal of sea air. If you want to join us on a Nidderdale Birdwatchers’ outing, for free, look out for details of upcoming events.” The group’s secretary, Angus Gosman, adds: “If anyone at all is interested, please either phone/email Angus Gosman on 01423 email@example.com regarding future trips or if you just want to chat about the Nidderdale Bird Watchers. Our June programme is as follows: Friday, June 14: Farnham - a half-day guided visit to Harrogate & District Naturalists’ Reserve; Monday, June 17: Brimham Rocks - an evening walk round the National Trust woods; Saturday/Sunday, June 29/30 (or Sunday only): Farne Islands - full details to be confirmed.” Thanks go to the Society for their report - it is interesting to learn how a change in our environment is affecting bird life.
Ramsgill Clay Pigeon Shoot: reminder for this Saturday, June 1 at Smithfield Farm, Middlesmoor, commencing at noon (last entries 2pm). The cost of the shoot is £3 for adults, £2 for juniors and £5 for membership. Although locals only are eligible for certain trophies, visitors are still invited to enter and also have the chance to win any of the three open shoots, ie Pool Shoot (£25 prize), the Les Ashby trophy and the Ladies trophy, for which both under & over/side-by-side guns are permitted (no plastic wads allowed). However, only side-by-side guns are permitted for the local trophies. Hot food available.
Lofthouse Methodist Chapel: meeting took place on May 12, when members reluctantly agreed to a provisional closure of Lofthouse Chapel on October 6. Barbara Rhodes informs us that the decision was taken due to a lack of new members willing to take on the responsibility of running it. In the meantime, services will be held in the present building every fortnight, including the chapel’s 131st anniversary due to take place on June 9 at 2.15pm.
Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: will next meet on June 6 for an afternoon trip to Constable Burton Hall/Gardens, scheduled for 2pm. The ladies are looking forward to the visit, then going out for tea afterwards. Visitors are very welcome to join the group, and if interested, please contact Jan Robinson on 01423 755233 to book a place and obtain directions.
Friends of Lofthouse School: date for your diary: this year’s School Summer Fair will be held on Sunday, July 14 from 2-4pm. There will be many attractions. It offers a fun day out for all the family with free admission.
Church Services: for June for the Upper Dale are as follows: Saturday, June 8 at 2pm: Bell Festival service at St Chad’s, Middlesmoor; June 9/23: Holy Communion at 9am at Ramsgill. Methodist services: June 9/23: 2.15pm at Lofthouse and 6.30pm at Wath.
St Chad’s Rota: for June as follows: June 9: Flowers - Ellen Verity, Eileen Bain and Angela Raynerd; Cleaning - committee members; June 30: Flowers/cleaning - Ann Challis.
Ramsgill Art Studio: workshops for June, as follows: June 12: Line and Wash - experimenting with different mark making using pen, ink and wash - a great technique for sketchbook work; June 26: Big Skies in Oils.
AONB Events: Sunday, June 2: Wild Food Foray from 10am-1pm, when you can join Chris Bax on a fascinating foraging session to learn how to find and identify edible plants, flowers and berries from the countryside. Cost £10 per person. Booking essential on 01423 712950; Wednesday, June 5: Heritage Skills - Dry Stone Walling from 10am-4.30pm, when you can learn about the history, features and theory behind this traditional skill, followed by a hands-on session with the Nidderdale AONB Walling Group. Cost £10 person (includes buffet lunch). Meet at Pateley Bridge Council Chambers (need sturdy footwear and old clothes). Booking essential. Saturday, June 15: Discover Scar House from 12.15-4pm, when, on a moderate 4.5 mile walk, you can discover about the village and learn about the amazing feats of engineering involved with the dam’s construction. Please meet at the information board at Scar House car park (dogs welcome). Cost £4 per adult (under 16s free). Booking recommended. Saturday, June 22: Family Willow Weaving from 1-4pm. The session, led by Annie Berrington, will include cutting fresh willow, then making decorative pieces from it to take home. Please meet at Lime Tree Farm, Hutts Lane, Grewelthorpe. Cost £4 per child, adults free. Booking essential.