Bardsey News


Brenda Sanderson

01937 573352

Bardsey cum Rigton Parish Council – March 14: Police forum – PCSO Alan Stead attended the meeting and reported that there had been no crimes in the last month. Highways update - Coun Hoyland reported that the road and pavements are at present being re-surfaced on Grange Close. When this work is completed LCC have promised to drop the kerb at the end of Church Lane and also across the A58 close to the bus stop. Village playground adjacent to the sports club lane on Keswick Lane - An inspection of the playground equipment was carried out in February 2013 and a full report has been received. Possibility of zebra crossing on A58 close to the junction of Church Lane and also at the end of Blacksmith’s field – this is still being investigated by LCC. New scheme at Moss Syke to remove grassed area to create 10/12 car parking spaces. It was decided that this scheme will go ahead funded by LCC, Harewood Ward Councillors, North East Homes and Bardsey Parish Council. The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 18 at 7.30pm in Bardsey Village Hall Committee Room. The first ten 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.

Busy weekend: If anyone thinks that living in a village is dull and boring then they are very wrong. This last weekend for instance on the Friday evening members of the local Women’s Institutes made their way, despite the snowy conditions, to the Civic Hall at Pudsey to hear the Nightshift Band. They are a locally based band who play the sounds of Glen Miller, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and many more to a very high standard. At first couples took to the floor, which was good to watch, and then a few ladies joined in, dancing bust to bust. The music was so inviting that eventually practically everyone got up and had a wonderful time. All too soon it was the time for New York, New York and to leave but what a wonderful evening it had been. It is hoped that an evening such as this will be organised again, on perhaps not such a snowy night.

The following day it was the Bardsey Beer Festival, which I must admit I had never been to before. With the snow remaining and the worry that punters wouldn’t turn up, we ventured forth in the early evening. Clearly from the car park and the noise it was well supported and what a different experience we had. The team of workers led by Martin Ward were like a well oiled machine, taking admissions, selling raffle tickets, serving the large selection of beers, lagers and wine and keeping tables clear and everyone happy. This Way Up, a five-piece band played rock music and were very well received with people joining in and dancing. Tasty food was available in the Callister Hall all day and gave the opportunity to soak up the drink. Reading the programme and tasting notes I felt rather sorry not to be a beer drinker but would have loved to have tried Mrs Simpson’s Thriller in Vanilla or Bunny’s Revenge. Hopefully all the hard work will have paid off and have swelled the coffers of the Village Hall Development Fund.

The Sunday evening brought a very different scene. No smell of beer, but flowers on tables and the most marvellous selection of home made savouries and sweets. The occasion was the retirement of the Rev Chris Puckrin, who has been in the parish for four years. Many people from the church and community came to say their goodbyes and best wishes as he enters a new phase in his life. We hope his health will improve and he will be sadly missed by the community of both East Keswick and Bardsey. Church wardens Sue Cairns and Jan Dower thanked Rev Chris for his love and care and he responded that it had been a happy time of his life and he wished we had known Doreen, his wife who died a year ago, when she was in good health. Reassurance was given that the services will continue at the usual times and the remaining food was taken to St. George’s Crypt.

All Hallows: Food Bank – there are now too many people who have to choose between warmth and food. As an ongoing commitment to help with the food banks at both St. Georges Crypt and St. Aiden’s, a box has been placed at the back of church. If you would like to support this scheme then please pop an extra tin, packet or vegetable in your shopping bag, then drop it off at All Hallows. They will then get delivered to the food banks. Thanks from Sue Cairns and Pauline Hills.

Interregnum: As Chris Puckrin has now retired, the parish of Bardsey with East Keswick is now in an interregnum. The Diocese however, has promised to find another House for Duty Priest, at the latest by Christmas and they have no intention of selling the Vicarage. Thank you to all the Priests who are supporting the services until the position is filled. If, at any time, for whatever reason, you would like to talk to a Priest, please contact the Church Wardens, Jan Dower or Sue Cairns, who will organise one for you.

Bardsey Junior Cricket Club: Bardsey under 11’s (Years 5 and 6) are recruiting players for the 2013 season. Existing and new members are welcome. They are hoping to run two teams so there should be plenty of opportunities to play in the league games. Please contact Steve on 07976 078031 or email

Bardsey Bridge Club: results as follows - February 21 – Gill & Jim Lobley and Glenn Thomas & David Blackwell. February 28 – Jean Broadbent & Barbara Cox. March 7 – Dave Blackwell & Glenn Thomas and Hazel Male & Elizabeth Ward.

Bardsey Bowling Club: the bowling green is located at the back of Bardsey Village Hall. They welcome new members of all ages and abilities. Contact Andrew Dodsworth on 07910 195227 or

Bardsey Stitching Group: they meet on Monday mornings in the Committee Room of the village hall from 9.30am-12.30pm. There is a warm welcome for new members. No ability necessary, only a sense of humour! For more information contact Shirley Halmshaw on 01937 573088.

Golf Croquet Open Day: after their first successful 2012 season, Scarcroft & District Croquet Club are commencing the 2013 season by holding an Open Day on Sunday, April 14 from 12-5pm at Wetherby Rd Electricity Company Cricket Ground. Why not go along and try this fun sport for free. Beginners and experienced players welcome. Free coaching on the day. Refreshments available. For more details contact Ann on 0113 2892315, Sue on 01937 572353 or Chris on 01937 572095.

BardEK Walking Group: on Sunday they are walking the Sanctuary Way walk in Ripon, which is approximately five miles. They will follow the River Nidd for part of the way and also passes through the lovely village of Sharow. Take a packed lunch and new members are very welcome to join them. They leave the Bardsey Village Hall car park at 10am. For more information ring Maeve Brook on 01937 572360.

Bardsey cum Rigon WI: ladies do go along and join the members on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Bardsey Village Hall, when the speaker will be Angela Clare. The talk is entitled Warrior Women – real stories of famous women warriors. All visitors and friends welcome. This month’s competition will be a weapon. If you would like any further information please contact Elizabeth Micklethwaite on 01937 579937.

Mothers’ Union: at their meeting on Thursday, April 11 Frank Large will talk about The National Day of Prayers and Worship. Members and visitors will meet in the Callister Hall at 2.15pm for what promises tgo be a very interesting afternoon.