Brenda Sanderson

01937 573352

Bardsey cum Rigton WI: members and friends had a treat on a recent Monday when they travelled by coach to Castle Howard near York. The weather was wonderful and the grounds looked superb with the trees in their autumnal glory. The Christmas market in the courtyard was interesting with lots of unusual gifts to peruse and buy. The house itself was magnificent being decked out in festive fashion with candles, log fires, decorations and Christmas carols and music being played. A good variety of food was on offer and enjoyed and of course the company was good. Darkness fell very quickly as they returned to the coach and were transported safely back to Bardsey, but all agreed it had been a wonderful day. Their next meeting will be the party, which will be held at Wetherby Golf Club next Wednesday at 7.30pm. The competition is for a wrapped gift of something that smells nice to the value of around £3. Any members requiring transport please contact Liz Micklethwaite on 01937 579937.

Churches Together Christmas card competition: 85 entries, all of which were of a very high standard, made the job of judging difficult! Two local artists short listed three designs from Amelia age 10, Ben Griffiths age six and Katherine Bucknell age six – all from Bardsey Primary School. The winning entry from Katherine will be delivered to each household in the village with details of all the services to be held over the Christmas period. All the entries will be displayed at the Christmas Tree Festival in All Hallows and at the village Carol Service in East Keswick Village Hall. Thank you to all for entering.

Children’s Society in Bardsey: yes, it is that time of the year again, when collecting boxes are called in for opening and hopefully the counting of large amounts of copper and silver to be taken to the bank. Can we beat last year’s figure? Please let Marion Hickson have your box or give her a ring to arrange collection. New box holders are always welcome; it’s amazing how your loose change mounts up over the year! For more information call Marion on 01937 572891.

News from Bardsey Primary School: they have had an exciting term and opened their doors to potential parents on open days and they remain open offering an introduction to our unique school. They have welcomed new teaching staff – Miss Gayton and Mr Hackworth who are already making a huge contribution by bringing new ideas and skills into their classrooms. They are looking forward to the new deputy head, Mr Knight, starting in January, further strengthening their team. Their annual ‘Take Over’ day was a huge success when pupils took over the roles of teachers, lunchtime supervisors and gardeners. They worked really hard and learned an important life lesson in a fun and unique way. As usual, they have been busy raising money for charities including Macmillan Cancer, the Armed Forces, Children in Need and Save the Children by wearing Christmas jumpers. The school will be taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival in All Hallows and the Village Carol Service in East Keswick Village Hall. Christmas fair will be held on Friday, December 13 from 3.30-5.30pm. Fun activities for the children, a small selection of stalls, Santa’s grotto, and snacks and drinks on sale. Carol Singing around the school Christmas tree from 6pm on December 17. Wrap up warm.

All Hallows: Clockwinders – As 2013 comes to an end, the loyal group of helpers, who daily climb the church tower to wind the clock, are wished a big thank you. Their devotion and commitment throughout the past year to this important aspect in the life of All Hallows and of Bardsey village is gratefully appreciated. Hopefully they will all be able to continue winding in 2014.

Services on Sunday: Holy Communion will be led at 8am by the Rev Richard Wiggen, he will also be present at the 10.30am All Age Worship and Baptism. Everyone welcome.

The WISE musical matinee: Wetherby in support of the elderly, in association with Ken Waller and friend’s and featuring Emma James, would like to invite you to their Christmas musical matinee in Boston Spa Village Hall on Monday from 1-3pm. Join them for an afternoon of musical entertainment and Christmas cheer! Tickets are £4 to include a glass of wine and light refreshments.

Community choir: there will be a rehearsal of this choir on Monday at 7pm at East Keswick Methodist Church, in preparation for the Villages Carol Service to be held on Monday, December 16. For further details contact Charlotte Meek on 01937 574077.

East Keswick WI: their November meeting was also the AGM and Betty Pattinson was re-elected as president, a very popular decision and Andrea Atkinson, with a bit of a push, agreed to join the committee. Tribute was paid to Pat Stodart, their last president, who sadly passed away in January. After the business was concluded, they had a very interesting and informative talk on Kenya by Pauline Tatman, who was born and grew up there. It was enjoyed by the members, who all agreed it wasn’t long enough - a compliment indeed. Their meeting on Tuesday will be their Christmas party. Refreshments will be provided by the committee and members are asked to bring a bran tub gift costing no more than £2. It was once again agreed – no Christmas cards. Instead a box for Martin House will be available for a collection.

Diary date: Mothers’ Union – members and friends are looking forward to a lovely afternoon in the company of Gill Thackeray and her Bells on Thursday, December 12 at 2.15pm in the Callister Hall. Seasonal refreshments are planned and visitors always welcome.

Local history group: their Christmas meeting is at 8pm on December 12 in East Keswick Village Hall. They will consider how the keeping of Christmas has changed over the last 300 years. Everyone is welcome and there will be a small charge for non members, which will include seasonal light refreshments.

Bardsey Wives: annual dinner will be held on Monday, January 13 at The Bingley Arms – 7pm for 7.30pm. For further details contact Linda Flockton 574553 or Brenda Sanderson 573352.