Bardsey cum Rigton WI: on a warm July evening the president Pauline Tatman welcomed members, new member Caroline Gallagher and visitor Dorothy Lowther to the meeting. The rose bowl had been decorated expertly by Jan Harrison and the tea hostesses for the evening were Sue Moscrop and June Barber. Letters of thanks had been received from Pat Annely and Bridget Horner and Elizabeth Otty encouraged members participation at the BHS Annual Show on September 7. Brenda Sanderson reported on a successful Group Garden Party and told of future Golden Plover events. Chris Sidle gave an update on the Neighbourhood Plan and advised that LCC had discarded all the sites with the exception of the Catholic Church site in Keswick Lane. Three landowners have expressed that their land be included and a meeting is arranged for residents to air their views. 43 per cent of the questionnaires sent to each household had been returned and 28 per cent had stated they would like to move within the village in the next five years. Ann Gargett then gave a super flower demonstration, making an arrangement on a plate, in a basket, an English garden style and a large table decoration. Sue Stothers thanked Ann for a very interesting evening, where she had learnt a great deal and found it most enjoyable. The arrangements were raffled and the winners were Hazel Male, Pat Wright, Maeve Brook, Sandra Hanson, Margaret Brown and Peggy Bailey. The competition for a miniature flower arrangement was won by Linda Hook.
Mothers Union: members were welcomed by Marion Hickson, Leader, on a warm sunny afternoon and she led a short service during which the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind was sung. She reported on five people attending the Wave of Prayer in All Hallows recently with a reminder that it will be the turn of Bardsey to do Mid Day Prayers in Ripon Cathedral on October 31. Travel arrangements were made to the summer celebration to be held in Wetherby on July 16 and cakes would be appreciated. Brenda Hoar had been to Bath on a four day holiday which incorporated the Annual MU Conference in the Forum. The speakers were excellent and included the world wide president Lynne Tembey, Adrian Plass from Scargill House, Kettlewell, an African lady Priest, and Reg Bailey the Chief Executive. Brenda felt that the meeting was inspiring with around 2,000 MU members attending. Next year the meeting will be held in Belfast. They stayed in a Best Western hotel in Crudewell, near Malmesbury, which was comfortable and the food excellent. They visited Cirencester and the Coinium Museum, North Leach and the World of Mechanical Music and Bath Abbey during their stay. The coach in which they travelled and driver were very good and company wonderful. It had been an excellently organised holiday. Judith South thanked her for sharing her experiences and Pat Stone and Hazel Male served a welcome cup of tea. For their next meeting on August 8 members will meet at 1.30pm in the village hall car park and they intend to go to Golden Acre Park for afternoon tea.
All Hallows: the Holy Communion at 8am and 10.30am on Sunday will be led by the Rev Louise Lancaster..
Housing Needs Survey: some brilliant news – they have received a tremendous response to the requests for participation in the Housing Needs Survey, and overall they have received 431 completed forms to analyse. Of these 120 included replies to part 2 of the form, asking for details of new accommodation residents expect to need within the next five years. Thank you to all those residents who took part in the survey. Your time and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated as it will give the data needed to move forward and help them to match the provisions of the Neighbourhood Plan. Watch this space for further information.
Bardsey Horticultural Society Annual Show: on September 7 – If you need something to occupy the children this summer, encourage them to practice necklaces with pasta shapes, decorating a hard boiled egg or painting paper plates with flags, making a well dressed potato, a birthday card or growing their own vegetables. If your apples promise to be sweet and juicy, your runner beans prolific and your cakes and jams delicious, then why not join in the fun and enter them in this village show. It is only 20p per class entry and there are lots of prizes to be won. Show schedules and entry forms available from local retail outlets and committee members or ring Gillian Taylor on 01937 573708.
Bardsey Walking Group: eleven members of this group went on their fourth annual walking weekend recently. Their destination was Lancashire and they met at Ribchester, which is off the A59 to the west of Clitheroe. It was decided, due to the rain, to abandon that walk to Hothersall and instead visited Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham, which is a NT property. This was of special interest to one of the members as her husband’s descendants were Shuttleworth’s and lived in the house in the past. Rooms had been booked at the Mytton Fold Hotel and a warm welcome, comfortable rooms and good food awaited. Saturday dawned dry and bright and a seven mile circular enchanting walk along the banks of the Ribble and the Hodder were enjoyed followed by afternoon tea in Clitheroe. Another excellent dinner was enjoyed with companionable chat before retiring. On the last day, after breakfast, they convened at Downham, which is a beautiful village below Pendle Hill and had a leisurely four mile walk through beautiful countryside finishing up with a drink at the local pub before returning home. What a super weekend it had been and thanks to Malcom and Maeve Brook for organising everything. A walk is organised on the first Sunday of each month, meeting at Bardsey Village Hall at 10am. New members are always welcome to join them on these leisurely events.
WISE (Wetherby in Support of the Elderly): provide an invaluable service of information and advice for older people, their relatives and carers on a wide range of issues such as benefits, form filling and finding help at home. Nicola is based in the WISE office at the One Step Centre, Westgate, Wetherby from Tuesday to Friday. If you would like to speak to Nicola give her a ring on 01937 588994.