Bardsey Wives: this group has been in existence for many years, first as the Young Wives, then the Monday Club and now as Bardsey Wives. Over the years they have raised money for local charities with their pig roasts, which became an annual event. Around four years ago it was decided that they would disband, due to lack of committee members and a leader, but have continued to meet in each other’s homes for a coffee once a month. In January they always have a dinner and this year was no exception. Linda Flockton organised a three course meal in the Bingley Arms and they were not disappointed with the quality, quantity and presentation of the food. Twelve members had a super evening, chatting about old times and catching up with news. Their next get together is at 8pm on February 25 in the home of Brenda Sanderson.
Burns Night Supper: usually I am out of the country and enjoying a warmer climate at this time of the year, but for reasons I won’t dwell upon, I am at home and so decided to go to this annual event. Arriving at the village hall, on foot due to the snow, and after changing boots and casting various layers of clothing, I ventured in to find the hall had taken on a party atmosphere with balloons, beautifully laid tables, and a very warm welcome. After choosing a good bottle of wine from the well stocked bar, we found our table and introduced ourselves to fellow diners. What a lovely bunch they were, and we enjoyed interesting conversation throughout the evening. Alex Hook was the MC and introduced Mr Yule, a Scot, who enhanced the Selkirk Grace with his accent. David MacDonald, playing the bagpipes addressed the haggis in a formidable style. The starter of Haggis, neeps and tatties were served after which John Bradford toasted absent friends. The main course of steak pie, jacket potato and vegetables was substantial and tasty with the vegetarians also praising their meal. Scottish trifle followed and Alex Hook did Immortal Memory with feeling. Ed Stentiford had unfortunately been taken ill and Paul Smith stepped into the breach and read Ed’s humorous Toast to the Lassies. Rosie Stentiford responded in the same fashion to cheers and clapping. Tables were cleared and dancing to The Tykes continued until much later. Ceildh dancing is always a pleasure - enjoyable to do and good to watch. What a super way to spend a Saturday evening. A very big thank you to Sue Hughes and her team who had worked hard producing the food and to all the committee of the Bardsey Village Hall Development Fund for their stalwart work.
All gardeners: at this time of the year when the weather doesn’t encourage gardening, it is good to plan and think about the months ahead. Bardsey Horticultural Society will hold their first meeting of 2013 in the Callister Hall at 7.45pm tomorrow Friday. David Allison will give plenty of ideas on Growing Vegetables in Small Places. Sounds interesting - then go along and learn more. Visitors always welcome for a small charge. Also on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall in Collingham the Horticultural Society will hear from Martin Walker, the former Head of Leeds Parks Department, tales of Garden Competitions. This sounds both intriguing and interesting and visitors are very welcome.