Brenda Sanderson

01937 573352

All Hallows Patronal Festival: this takes place on Sunday. The congregations of East Keswick Methodist Church and St. Mary Magdalene will be welcomed to a three course hot lunch in Bardsey Village Hall following the 10.30am service. The service will be celebrated by Rev David Stevens, the Area Dean, who will also preach. Please go along and join a great event and an opportunity to meet and greet people from all parts of the parish.

East Keswick Village: the WI in East Keswick held a very successful jumble sale on a recent Saturday. The weather was good and there were lots of super bargains to be had especially in the bric a brac section. I believe it was quite successful, which is good, as the proceeds help towards the senior’s lunch which is organised in the new year. Bardsey WI members had been asked to help and I went along to give them a hand for a couple of hours. While putting tables away I saw an open door and being of a nosey nature went through it and up the stairs. I was a bit like Alice in Wonderland as I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was a super room – light and airy – with the most wonderful displays of embroidery on the walls. There I met Nicola, who explained that she runs regular stitching classes and tutored day workshops to cover all embroidery skills. Complete beginners or improvers are very welcome with everyone learning at their own pace. It is called Simply Stitch Studio and go to her email to find out more With winter around the corner, I can’t think of a better way to spend a day or an afternoon, if you are interested in embroidery.

Bardsey Parish Council meeting: October 10 - Police - they informed the meeting there were no reported crimes during the month of September. 40th anniversary of twinning with Kisdorf - Six current and former residents of Bardsey travelled to Kisdorf to join the 40th anniversary celebrations of the twinning between Bardsey and Kisdorf, in September. All those from Bardsey were very warmly welcomed and accommodated by Kisdorfers, who have been involved in the twinning for many, if not all, of those 40 years. The programme of events and social activities was comprehensive and included a first evening reception, a full day in Hamburg including a walk of the longest market in Europe and a water-borne tour of Hamburg harbour and the canals, the formal lunch to mark the anniversary, the gift from Bardsey of a Cox’s Orange Pippin tree, a tour of Kisdorf in a carriage drawn by two Hanoverian white horses and culminating in a farewell dinner accompanied by a 60 strong Hamburgian Gospel choir.The generosity of the Kisdorfers was exceptional and very much appreciated by those from Bardsey. In a firm bid to promote the twinning, especially among the younger members of the two communities, Bardsey junior football teams have been invited to take part in a large football tournament in Kisdorf over a weekend in mid June, 2014. Investigations are underway to determine potential modestly priced travel arrangements and to ascertain the likely level of support in response to this kind invitation. Millennium bench - repair has been undertaken to this bench, which is situated near the village pond.

West Well - weed in the well is to be removed as it is becoming overgrown. Cornmill Ginnel - marker posts are now installed at each end of Cornmill Ginnel. The parish council would like to thank the dedication and persistence of Coun Frankland over an extensive period of time, to see these works through to completion. Bank Top- LCC Highways have now completed their work near the bus stop to alleviate the flooding, which has occurred there in the past. Flooding at Syke Lane - the two flooding incidents to Syke Lane in August and September are being addressed as a matter of urgency by all interested parties including residents, land owners, Parish Councillors of both Bardsey and Scarcroft and also Ward Councillors. Temporary barriers have been erected at one point in an attempt to avert any repetition due to further downpours. Ongoing meetings are being arranged to seek a more permanent solution. The next PC meeting will be on Thursday, November 14 at 7.30pm in Bardsey Village Hall committee room. The first 10 minutes will be set aside to deal with any issues raised by residents. Full minutes are published each month on our website and also minutes and information relating to the Neighbourhood Plan.

Leukaemia Research and Diabetes UK: Marion and Brenda are delighted to report that £630 was raised at the recent coffee morning. Thank you to the people who donated items, the helpers who worked so hard and all who supported so generously. All money raised will be shared equally between the two charities.

Bank Top Stores: I reported a few weeks ago that there was the possibility of a local Post Office being run from our local shop. Things are moving along nicely and a surveyor has been out and measured up and we should have the facilities by the end of December. Pity it won’t be open for the Christmas rush of parcels and stamps, but whenever it is open for business, it will be very welcome. 
Golden Plover Group: members and friends of local Women’s Institutes enjoyed a super evening in Scarcroft Village Hall recently when Julie Clarke demonstrated her cooking skills, whilst telling tales of her bed and breakfast business in the Dales. She was very entertaining and the laughter made everyone feel better. Scarcroft WI served delicious home made refreshments and ten lucky people departed with tasty food. The next time the members of the group get together will be for the carol service, which takes place in East Keswick Methodist Church at 7.30pm on December 18.

Bardsey & East Keswick Walking Group: on Sunday they are walking from Kirby Overblow, which will be approx five miles. They leave Bardsey village hall car park at 10am, and normally take a packed lunch and you are welcome to bring your dogs. New members are very welcome to join them, ring Maeve Brook on 01937 572360 for more info.