Golden Plover Garden Party: this year this event was held in the garden of the home of member of Bardsey WI, Molly Battersby in Church Lane. More than ever the weather kept everyone guessing as to would it be suitable or not. It was very cloudy and humid with heavy showers forecast, but it kept dry and the sun actually made an appearance towards the end of the afternoon. What a delightful garden it is, and most of the 36 members strolled to the stream and admired the trees and the peacefulness. A wonderful selection of cakes had been donated from Bardsey, East Keswick, Roundhay and Scarcroft W.I’s and were delicious and tea was plentiful. A big thank you to Molly and her husband Terry for their hospitality and sharing their lovely garden with the members.

Walking Group: 12 members made up three cars and travelled independently to the Peveril of the Peak Hotel in Dovedale, Derbyshire for a weekend together recently. The weather had been and was horrendous travelling down but the warmth of the welcome made it all worthwhile and the sun shining on the Saturday morning encouraged activity after a super breakfast. They drove to Bakewell and walked the Monsal Trail, which is a section of the Derbyshire to Manchester Railway Line, which was built in 1863. Morning coffee was enjoyed at the Hassop Station Café and Headston, Cressbrook and Litton Tunnell impressive. The Wye River was in full flow and a picnic lunch was eaten on the Monsal Viaduct. They saw men abseiling and climbers scaling rocky surfaces and spoke to many cyclists and walkers on the way. After a rest and a soak, a lovely dinner was enjoyed and invigorated they did a 4 miler around Ilam the following morning before returning home the scenic route through Buxton, Glossop and the Woodhead Pass. What a lovely country we live in – when it is not raining! Thanks to Maeve Curtis for her time in organising the weekend in the middle of her very busy schedule.

Bardsey cum Rigton WI: Bardsey members had been invited to join Harden WI at their July meeting and on a damp Monday evening it was delightful to be welcomed so warmly. After Jerusalem had been sung a tasty salad with coronation chicken was served followed by fruit cake and cheese. The entertainment was Tony Cleaver who has had experience with the York Youth Theatre and is a very extravert gent. He strutted his stuff as he talked and demonstrated karaoke and cabaret in an amusing fashion with lots of audience participation. These visits have been happening for over 30 years and are a most enjoyable affair and in 2013 Harden will be invited back to Bardsey.

Joint Service: on Sunday the congregation of Bardsey are invited to join St. Mary Magdalene in East Keswick at their Patronal Festival at 10.30am. Wine and hot dogs will be served on the terrace afterwards and everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy the festivities for this parish and village occasion.

Brenda Sanderson

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