Bardsey cum Rigton WI: Pauline Tatman, the president, welcomed members and visitors Caroline Gallagher, Marianne Wright and past member Marguerite Given to the June meeting. The rose bowl had been exquisitely decorated by Kath Marsden and the flowers were greatly admired. There were still places for the visit to the federation office at Rodley and the nature reserve on June 19, and a show of hands revealed that members would like to go to Castle Howard to see it in all it’s glory at Christmas. Maeve Brook had been link delegate at the national AGM in Cardiff and said it had been a privilege to represent the Institute and gave a comprehensive report of the meeting. A notification of courses available at Denman the WI’s college in Oxford had been received and blank cards of views of West Yorkshire were on sale at only £4 for a set of 12. Brenda Sanderson brought members up to speed on the Golden Plover activities in the coming months and also thanked members for their support and sunshine visit. Jill Robinson, who is a member of the Mytholmroyd Marmaladies WI and author of four books was the speaker and gave a humorous account of her life and how she became a writer. The pitfalls of finding a publisher did not put her off and she has had a very interesting life so far. Members had the opportunity to buy her books, which were very reasonably priced and the titles are Berringden Brow, Sons and Lodgers, A Place Like This and Life’s Rich Tapestry. Pat Wright thanked Jill on behalf of the members and Janet Ingham and Shirley Halmshaw served refreshments.The sunshine winner was Doreen Lawson and Val Hobbs won the competition for a book mark and no one seemed in a hurry to go home. The next meeting is on July 10 when Ann Garget will demonstrate flower arranging. The competition is for a miniature flower arrangement, no more than four inches overall.
Mothers’ Union: members were intrigued to find out what the two objects were which the Rev Louise Lancaster had brought to the meeting in June. Louise is an archaeologist who still works occasionally as well as being a priest at St Edmunds, Roundhay. Her first object was a bronze figure of the Sun God, dating back to 380 – 420ad. He was married four times and murdered when he was 18. She found him in a ‘job lot’ at an auction in Baldock in Hertfordshire. Her second item was two very broken glasses found in a burial chamber – one was decorated, maybe with palm leaves. It was a pagan burial but she thought the glasses were to celebrate a christening. These had been given to her by a Professor at Leicester University. Obviously these items are very precious to her. Members were enthralled and delighted at her knowledge and enthusiasm. A short service was led by leader Marion Hickson after which refreshments were served.
Bardsey cum Rigton Parish Council Report
Police Forum – the police reported four crimes during the last month one burglary of a dwelling, one metal theft from a farm, one attempted burglary from dwelling through an unsecured door and damage to motor vehicle.
Highways Update - Blackmoor Lane - micro asphalting has not been carried out and is not at present programmed. If this work is not done it will undermine the work which has already been completed. This will be chased up and also monitor for potholes etc.
Keswick Lane - patching work has been completed and the pavement, down from the traffic lights on the south side, has been re-surfaced.
Woodacre Lane - re-surfacing of the footpath outside school has been completed. The poor condition on the carriageway edges and the potholes by the bends in the road have been reported to LCC for investigation and hopefully the council will get to know the outcome before the end of June.
Village Pond - the parish council had previously agreed that this will be regarded as a nature haven, with minimal cultivation and maximum wild flora and fauna. Coun Bryant has volunteered to take responsibility for the pond and surrounding village green area.
Playground - it was agreed that each councillor would look after the playground for a month and conduct weekly inspections. A new inspection list and rota has now been drawn up.
Councillor Vacancy - Ttere was only one applicant for this vacancy and councillors unanimously agreed that Chris Sidle would be the new councillor.
Parish Walk - the second parish walk on the west side of the Village will take place on Saturday, July 20. Meet at the bottom of Mill Lane at 2pm.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, July 11 at 7.30pm in Bardsey Village Hall committee room.
The first ten minutes will be set aside to deal with any issues raised by residents.
Full minutes are published each month on our website www.bardseyvillage.org.uk and also minutes and information relating to the Neighbourhood Plan.
Collingham Ladies Forum: are holding their annual strawberry tea on Friday, at the memorial hall at 2.30pm. As well as various stalls and strawberries there will be delicious homemade cakes, scones etc. Everyone is most welcome to go along and sample the fare.
Pig Roast and Barbecue: the Churches of All Hallows and St Mary Magdalene invite you to their summer fete, with teddy bear bungee jumping and many other activities in Bardsey on Saturday. This promises to be a fun, family get together from 3pm onwards. Take along your brave bear, or favourite soft toy, to the Church tower and watch them bungee! Listen to live jazz as you stroll around All Hallows Church grounds. Quench your thirst from the licensed bar, serving beer, wine and soft drinks. Satisfy your hunger from 4.00pm with delicious food. Entry is free. Look forward to seeing you there!
All Hallows: the 8am and 10.30am Holy Communion will be led by the Rev Richard Wiggen on Sunday.
Diary Date: gourmet dinner – tickets are now on sale for this year’s gourmet dinner, to be held on Saturday, July 13, in East Keswick Village Hall. The price for this seven course extravaganza is £35 per head – amazing value! Bookings should be made with Janita Dedicoat on 01937 573923 or e.mail at email@example.com. As in previous years a wine list will be available beforehand, and Eddie Tinsley will manage this. Also house table wine will be available on the night without pre ordering. As an extra bonus this year, Sue Lees and David Owen-Lewis, ex Opera North chorus members, accompanied by Tim Raymond on the piano have kindly offered to provide musical entertainment from London shows and memorable film themes, whilst the food is enjoyed