Bardsey News

Brenda Sanderson

01937 573352

Bardsey Bowling Club: on Saturday, August 31 finals day was held on the bowling green behind the village hall in Bardsey. Around 50 spectators enjoyed the cut and thrust of the games and the winners are as follows:- Men’s singles – Alan Baldwin. Ladies singles – Pauline White. Men’s doubles – Brian Barber & Bill Ratcliffee. Ladies doubles – Romaine Hutchinson and Pauline White. Mixed doubles – Susan Moscrop & David White. Merit – Alan Baldwin. In the absence of the chairman Ray Hill the secretary Andy Dodsworth presented the trophies. Mary Phillips and her team prepared and served a super lunch and dessert and the atmosphere was friendly and the sun shone some of the time. The green will be put to bed shortly and another season of bowls at Bardsey comes to a close but the friendships continue and members will look forward with enthusiasm to spring and new adventures for the bowling fraternity. New members are always warmly welcomed.

Leeds Heritage Open Days: take place from September 12 - 15 and All Hallows is one of the venues open to visitors. They will be welcomed from 10am and 4pm and coffee/tea, cakes and biscuits will be served. Services will be held as usual on Sunday and the weekend will be concluded with a concert at 4pm on the Sunday, which will feature the community choir and local musical talent.

Grants for Education from the Lady Elizabeth Hastings Trust: Lady Hastings (1682 – 1739) was a lifelong patron of charities for education, the promotion of religion and the relief of poverty. From her home at Ledston Hall, which is 10 miles from Leeds, she founded and supported many Leeds charitable institutions and endeavours. One of her most significant donations being a gift of £1,000 in 1721, which ensured the building of Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane in Leeds. She also established and endowed a number of schools locally.

Lady Hastings and her charitable works live on today, which at the discretion of the trustees, provides grants to people of all ages to help with a broad range of educational needs. Grants can be awarded towards fees for academic study and social and physical training, for equipment and books, and to support extra-curricular activities. Applicants must live within a certain geographical area, which includes the ecclesiastical Parish of Bardsey, or have attended a Lady Hastings School. Many villagers have received such grants in recent years, especially university and college students. If you feel you would like to apply contact the parish office on 01937 574273 or email Please give your name and address and state whether you are claiming for university or other types of study.

BardEK Walking Group: it was a little cooler for their September walk but spirits were high when they parked up at Bramham and started to walk up Almhouse Lane. Conversation faltered and the ten walkers gave their attention to the steep hill. They then covered the easy four miles down tracks, through fields and enjoyed the countryside. The next walk takes place on October 6 and please note to meet at Bardsey Village Hall at the earlier time of 9.30am. They are driving to Thirsk, and after a walk of around five miles going for dinner in a local hostelry. New walkers very welcome and it would be good to see some of the ‘original walkers’.

Leukaemia Research & Diabetes UK coffee morning: this is an early reminder of this annual event, which is to be held in Bardsey Village Hall on Saturday, October 12. Unlike previous years, when all the proceeds have been in aid of Leukaemia Research, this year it will be shared equally with Diabetes UK; two important charities to the organisers. Please make a note in your diary to support this event.

Mothers Union: meet today, Thursday, in the Callister Hall, at 2.15pm when Elizabeth Holleran will enlighten members on the Life of Charles Dickens. Visitors always welcome.

All Hallows: the 8am and 10.30am Holy Communion service on Sunday will be led by the Rev Richard Wiggen. Many thanks to all who contributed to the lighting appeal for our church. Your donations are very much appreciated and will help to fund the work, which it is hoped will start at the beginning of November. If you have not yet given, but would like to contribute to the internal lighting of our beautiful and ancient parish church, Gift Aid forms are available in All Hallows or alternatively you can just post a donation through the letter box of the Callister Hall. Thank you.

Diary Date: Ceilidh evening on September 21 in East Keswick Village Hall. Do go along with your neighbours, friends and family to have a fab night dancing to the Harrogate band, Stray Chords. A fish and chip supper is included in the £15 admission price and tickets are available from the village shop, the butchers or ring Emma on 572951. Money raised will go towards the East Keswick Playground Project.

Autumn Fayre: on September 22 this fayre will coincide with the consultation on the Village Neighbourhood Plan in East Keswick. Go along to East Keswick Village Hall and have your say on how you want the village to look in 20 years and also join in all the fun of the fayre. Activities include a barbecue lunch, children’s fancy dress, a Great East Keswick ‘Blackberry and Apple’ Bake Off, welly wanging, tombola, tea and cakes, magician, natural craft workshops, beat the goalie, human fruit machine and children’s races.