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Brenda Sanderson

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The Wise Owl Café: for the community is an exciting new café opening in Boston Spa on the January 8. The café will provide a service to the community that goes beyond coffee and cake – it will be vibrant, friendly and a safe place to meet and eat, offering high quality food and drink at reasonable prices. A lovely selection of fresh, nutritious sandwiches, delicious home made cakes plus a variety of teas, coffees and juices will be available, with seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers wherever possible. As a thank you for visiting them, they will offer a loyalty card and award a Wise Owl stamp every time a drink is purchased, collect eight stamps to get a free drink.

Volunteers required: after weeks of compelling Great British Bake Off viewing, the search is on for their own WISE Owl Café volunteer bakers. Can you bake a brilliant biscuit, a fabulous fondant fancy or a sublime sponge? If so, they would love to hear from you. They are also looking for people to help serve their lovely customers, and also do some washing up. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, use hidden talents and gain valuable work experience. You will also make a real difference to the lives of local people. If you would like to find out more please call Neil Bellamy on 01937 588994 or email on

Bardsey Primary School news: the children and staff have been extremely busy over the last few weeks supporting good causes. The whole school dressed up for Children in Need in either spotty clothes or pj’s and raised a grand total of £153. They sent a fair number of shoeboxes to Europe on behalf of the Rotary Club and also accumulated £30 towards that cause. They wore Christmas jumpers on December 14 and paid £1 for the privilege and Year 5 baked gingerbread to sell and Save the Children benefited from the proceeds. Well done everyone. Unfortunately their Site Superintendent (caretaker) Gary Dean will be leaving in January for the warmer climate and lifestyle of Australia. He will leave a big gap at Bardsey after many years service where he has been a very positive member of the team. They wish him well and success in the future. Take Over Day – This went well with children taking over all the usual jobs in school such as teachers, support assistants, lunchtime supervisors etc. Children also helped the Police to enforce speeding in Keswick Lane and pulled over 4 cars. Four children also ‘took over’ the Civic Hall where they visited the council chamber and worked with members of the Council to hear how Leeds is striving to be a child friendly city. It was a very successful day.

Early warning: please note that the Burns Night in Bardsey Village Hall will now take place on Saturday, January 19. Tickets will be on sale soon. Proceeds for Bardsey Village Hall Development Fund.

Confirmation: on Sunday, February 3 the Bishop of Knaresborough will be visiting All Hallows Church, as he will be conducting a Confirmation service. If any one young or old would like to be confirmed please contact Rev Chris Puckrin on 01937 579590.

A very happy, contented and healthy New Year to all my readers.