Bardsey cum Rigton WI: President, Pauline Tatman opened the November meeting, which was the AGM and the 85th birthday of the Institute, by welcoming members, Heather Ross from the Federation and visitor Margaret Brown. Jerusalem was sung, Anne Wheelhouse was thanked for the beautiful rose bowl arrangement and Carol Cocker and Gill Thackeray for being hostesses. Reminders of the visit to Fairfax House in York on November 29 and the Christmas dinner at Wetherby Golf Club on December 12 were given. Hazel Smith asked for volunteers to help decorate the Christmas tree at the Festival in All Hallows to be held from December 7 to December 9. Thanks had been received from Linda Hook for her Sunshine visit and an invite to attend a coffee morning from Roundhay WI received. Items from the West Yorkshire News included a Pearls of Wisdom competition, Federation Flutter, the Night Shift Band and the Barbara Powell Bursary, which Bardsey WI had been awarded. The Golden Plover Carol Service will be held at All Hallows on December 17 at 7.30pm when members, families and friends are cordially invited and a lunch arranged at the New Inn for January 14. Val Hobbs, Treasurer presented the accounts which showed a financially secure position, and reports from the Secretary, Competitions and Sunshine were informative. The programme for 2013 had been prepared and sounds very interesting and the President reminded members of the WI’s involvement in the village over it’s 85 years in existence. The committee will remain as last year with the addition of Christine Wheatley and Pauline Tatman agreed to continue as President. The business concluded, the party started with wine, nibbles and cup cakes and games and everyone enjoyed the frivolity. Hazel Smith provided the motto to go on the 2013 programme which was Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. An excellent evening was had by all.
Rev Chris Puckrin: it was an important evening for Rev Chris on November 14 when The Licensing Service as House for Duty Priest for the Parish of Bardsey and East Keswick took place in All Hallows. The Venerable Paul Hooper, Archdeacon of Leeds led supported by Rev David Stevens with representatives from the Deanery and Diocese along with many parishioners. The hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Lord for the Years and Father I place into your hands were symbolic and enjoyed. In his sermon Rev Chris remembered being called to ministry over 30 years ago and told how his ministry had taken him and his wife Doreen and daughters to many different places. He affirmed his faith, allegiance to the Queen and loyalty to the community and looks forward to the future working together for the benefit of all. Light refreshments were served at the end and the opportunity for conversation.
Super Event: Bardsey Village Hall was full of the Sound of Music for the Cinema Night. What a hilarious evening it was, many had dressed up as characters from the film or items from the songs. Nuns were in evidence, as were brown paper parcels, lonely goat herds and girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Everyone was given an envelope with various props including an Edelweiss, a piece of curtaining, cards and the most piercing whistle. The audience sang uproariously to all the songs, even reaching the high notes, barked, hissed and waved. During an intermission pizza and hot dogs were served and ice cream available. A bar was on hand which perhaps helped relax the participants. Bardsey really let it’s hair down that night but had a truly wonderful time. A very big thank you to all who organised this event to raise money for the Village Hall Development Fund.
Bardsey Walking Group: for the walk on Sunday meet at the earlier time of 9.30am in the car park of Bardsey Village Hall to make car loads up to drive to Thirsk where Mike and Joan Rothwell will lead a walk in that area. No sandwiches necessary as lunch will be at a local hostellery before going to Mike and Joan’s new home for coffee. Sounds a super day out and for more information give Maeve Brooks a ring on 01937 572360. The more the merrier! The Walking Group would like to wish all past, present and future walkers a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.
Diary Date: All Hallows Christmas Tree Festival – This event has become a highlight in village celebrations, thanks to all who give their support. Trees are decorated by families, societies, businesses and anyone who would like to be involved. The theme this year is Christmas Carols and Songs and will run from December 7 to December 9 each day from 10am-4pm. Home made seasonal refreshments will be on offer to make your visit more enjoyable. On Saturday, December 8 a musical hour for all ages followed by mulled wine. The Festival will conclude with a Parish Christingle Service at 4pm on Sunday,December 9. A very warm welcome awaits.