Planters around the village: you may have noticed the lovely colourful planters at strategic points in the village. They were planted up by Coun Flockton, Carol Carter and Pauline Hills at the instigation of the parish council. Unfortunately the one on the Wetherby Road, between Mill Lane and Wood Lane, near the water trough, was emptied of plants entirely on Tuesday, June 18, shortly after they were planted. I hope the despicable person who took the plants enjoys them!
Can you save a village group: the 1st East Keswick Beavers are now in the unfortunate and very sad position of looking at closure this month. However, there is still time for a reprieve! Many groups have been in this position and have been saved at the last minute. If anyone can help, please give Donna a ring on 07949 252202 as soon as possible. This is urgent!
Christian Aid Week: donations received from this year’s envelope collection amounted to £564.80, including the relevant tax reclaim. Judith South,would like to thank everyone who supported with assurance that the money will help enormously with their important and ongoing work.
Bardsey Cricket Club: summer is here at last and the cricket season is already half way through. Bardsey has six junior teams from under nine’s to under 17’s. Two senior Saturday teams. One Thursday evening league team and an eight-man team playing in a new and exciting form of 20 over cricket called ‘last man standing’. So plenty to watch! Thanks to all their dedicated volunteers, players, grounds men, committee members, tea ladies and the many junior coaches who all do such a wonderful job for the club. Of course, they always appreciate more help and if you are interested contact the secretary Rob Bielby on 07802 748975. Better still, go down to Bardsey Sports Club in Keswick Lane and enjoy the fantastic village asset first hand, either as a helper or spectator.
East Keswick Wildlife Trust: there are plenty of exciting outdoor events planned in July and August including work parties, walks, charcoal burns and a trip to Bolton Percy nature reserve. Visit their website for more details – www.ekwt.org.uk or call 01937 547140 for more information.
Parish walks: this is the time of the year when we get to know our local footpaths and make new acquaintances and catch up with old ones. Bardsey walked the east side of the parish on June 22 and 11 residents turned up. This was led by the Tatman’s, and the weather was excellent for walking until nearing the end when a heavy downpour rather dampened spirits. Hopefully the second walk on Saturday, July 20, which explores the west side of the village, will stay dry. Meet at the bottom of Mill Lane at 2pm and it should take approximately two hours and will end at the Bingley Arms. Boots or strong shoes are recommended. Children and dogs are welcome. However, the walks are not suitable for pushchairs. Contact Charlie Bryant on - 0113 2893115 or Linda Flockton 01937 574553. East Keswick also has two walks organised. A short one will take place on Monday, meeting opposite the Butchers at 7.30pm. The second is longer and takes place on July 15, meeting at 7pm at St. Mary Magdalene, in Moor Lane.
Race night: at Bardsey Primary School – 7.30pm tomorrow, Friday. This is going to be a really fun and entertaining evening with great prizes to be won, including tickets to Cirque de Soleil at Leeds Arena and a family race day at Wetherby Racecourse. Admission is £5 including supper and first bet and tickets are available from the school office now. Funds raised make a huge difference to the children in the school, and so please support this event.
All Hallows: The Rev Louise Lancaster will lead the Holy Communion services at 8am and 10.30am on Sunday.
Open Garden at Hillbark, 19 Church Lane: from 11am-5pm on Sunday in aid of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS – the Yellow Book’ – which supports McMillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care amongst other charities). Admission is £4, children free. Plant sale and teas available. If you haven’t been before then you are in for a real treat, if you have, you can admire it all over again.
Bardsey & East Keswick Walking Group: meet at Bardsey Village Hall on Sunday at 10am with a packed lunch for a circular walk from Newton Kyme to Tadcaster, which is approximately five miles. New walkers and dogs always very welcome. For more information contact Maeve Brook on 01937 572360.
East Keswick WI: members had a very interesting talk in June about Horticap, a local charity that was formed 25 years ago, to teach horticulture to children and adults with learning disabilities. From starting with a boggy field, they now have a lovely garden, wildlife area, plant centre, greenhouses and a recent addition of a tearoom. They sell plants and crafts made by the students and hanging baskets at this time of the year, with Christmas trees and gifts in November and December. They are located just off the Otley Road in Harrogate, opposite Harlow Carr. A charity well worth supporting. At the meeting on Tuesday at 2pm in the village hall, East Keswick the speaker will be Michelle Horton of Duttons for Buttons – another interesting lady. Guests always welcome.
Bardsey cum Rigton WI: ladies, do you want to improve your flower arrangements or get some new ideas? Then go along to Bardsey Village Hall on Wednesday when the speaker Ann Gargett will give a flower demo. Visitors and friends welcome. The competition for the month will be a miniature flower arrangement, not more than 4” overall. See you there!
New social event: Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WISE) invite you to take a trip down memory lane – looking back at the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s using large screen pictures and great commentary with Keith Barber. This takes place next Thursday from 1.30pm in East Keswick Methodist Church. Cost £2 to include refreshments.
Mothers’ Union: another intriguing speaker at the meeting on Thursday, July 11 at 2.15pm in the Callister Hall. Joyce Taylor’s talk is entitled The First Step. Visitors always welcome to this friendly group.