News from Bardsey Primary School: the school was filled with the sound of children singing in the Christmas concerts and as usual all year groups put on magnificent performances and amazed parents and teachers with their acting abilities – from Year 6 to their youngest member of Reception all being involved. The school will also be represented by some of their talented youngsters at the Young Voices concert in Sheffield Arena on January 22 as part of the largest children’s school choir in the world.
Bardsey cum Rigton WI: Pauline Tatman, president wished members and visitors June Barber, Caroline Gallagher and Ann Sharp a happy new year at the January meeting. She had the sad news of the death of past member Sheila Leckenby and Jerusalem was sung in her memory. A new members pack was given to Jill Swady-Ward and a competition spoon was presented to Sue Moscrop. Linda Hook was thanked for decorating the rose bowl and the tea hostesses for the evening were Gill Thackeray and Pat Wright. Two resolutions for the AGM had been submitted. The first on the decline of the High Street shops and the damaging effects on local communities. The second was to keep young people suicide safe. The majority of the members were in favour of the first. The annual jumble sale will take place on February 16 and arrangements were made for delivery of leaflets. Lucy Astle, secretary, had received thank you cards for Sunshine visits from Brenda Clayton and Brenda Sanderson and congratulations had been sent to Harden WI on the occasion of their 50th birthday. She brought important items from the WYN to the members attention. The Night Shift Band on March 22 and the possibility of coach transport. The Federation Anniversary Literary Lunch with author Lesley Pearse on April 9 and the annual meeting on April 20 when the afternoon speaker will be the ever popular Lesley Smith as Anne Boleyn. Alex Purves was then introduced who spoke and with the aid of slides showed Venice through the eye of an artist. The different styles of Canaletto, Bonnington, Stansfield, Turner, Cook, Whistler, Ruskin and John Singer Sargent were pointed out and the sights brought many good memories back to members who had visited this wonderful city. Monica Cairns thanked Mr Purves for a very informative and entertaining evening. The competition for a piece of glass, was won by Ann Wheelhouse and the Sunshine winner was Maxine Lofthouse.
East Keswick Wildlife Trust: news and forthcoming events. A working party is taking place on Sunday. Do join them for some outdoor activity in the lovely surroundings of Ox Close Wood. No experience necessary and all ages are very welcome. Wear warm clothes and take sustenance and gardening gloves. Meet at Crabtree Lane car park at 10am. Open Afternoon at Elliker Fields on February 2. The village appeal has been successful and they are now fund raising to buy a further 2.5 acres of woodland and marsh adjacent to Elliker Fields. This is a community project and everyone’s views are welcome. Go along with your views and ideas on the management plan. Meet at the entrance between 21 and 23 The Paddock at 2pm on Saturday, February 2. For further information, please visit www.ekwt.org.uk or call 01937 574140.
Mothers’ Union: thirteen members enjoyed the warmth and wonderful selection of food at the New Inn at Scarcroft recently when they met for the first time in 2013. Their next meeting will be the AGM and will be held in the Callister Hall on Thursday, February 14 at 2.15pm. Friends and visitors always welcome.
Golden Plover Group: the New Inn at Scarcroft was also the chosen venue for an informal lunch of this group of WI’s. Unfortunately the weather scared many members from going, but the ones who weathered the storm had a super lunch, near the log fire, and it was obvious well enjoyed. Their next joint meeting will be held in Bardsey Village Hall, on April 16 when Joe Maiden will talk on gardening. He is a well known character, who knows his subject well and puts it over in a enthusiastic and informative manner. Tickets will be on sale at only £5 to include refreshments.
Diary Dates: if you are like me, you are trying to put all the noteable dates in your diary so as not to miss anything and trying to be organised. Well I have a few more which you may like to add.
Call my Bluff Cheese and Wine Tasting: March 9 in East Keswick Village Hall. You are invited to take a table at this year’s wine tasting event. This is always great fun and well worth going to.
A Children’s Society Coffee Morning: will be held on March 23 from 10.30-noon at the home of Elizabeth and Eddie Tinsley, Quincey Dale, Moor Lane, East Keswick. This charity is committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including safeguarding children in care and young runaways.
Third Bardsey Beer Festival: will be held in the village hall on March 23. It starts at noon and finishes at 10pm. There will be 18 different ales from around the region or cider or wine if you prefer, plus six continental lager beers from Belgium and Germany.
East Keswick Toddler Group: intend to hold a baby and children’s goods sale on March 28 in East Keswick Village Hall. Please start saving things for a stall or go along to get a real bargain.
Golf Croquet Open Day: on Sunday, April 14 at Scarcroft and District Croquet Club based in front of the electricity site on the A58 Wetherby Road, Scarcroft. More information on all these future events nearer the time.