Bardsey News

Brenda Sanderson

01937 573352

Christmas tree festival: yes, it’s that time of the year again, when Bardsey and East Keswick residents are asked to donate a Christmas Tree for All Hallows. The theme for 2013 is A Victorian Christmas. All societies, companies, shops, families and neighbours are ask to join together to support this annual event. The event will run from December 13 - 15. Refreshments will be available.

Important news: Lady Elizabeth Hastings Trust Grants – All future applications for grants are to be made directly through their new web site The awarding of a grant continues to be at the discretion of the trustees, who aim to provide help to people of all ages and within a broad range of educational needs. Grants can be awarded for help towards fees for academic study and social and physical training, for equipment and books and to support extra curricular activities. A reminder that applicants must live within a certain geographical area, which includes the Ecclesiastical Parish of Bardsey, or have attended a Lady Hastings School.

Bardsey Primary School news: the school is looking good after the painting, repairing and building that went on during the long summer holidays. They had an open afternoon in September and another is planned for November 14, when prospective parents will have the opportunity to see the amazing grounds, hear of their teaching ethos and meet the staff and children. Harvest festival is booked for October 18 at 2.30pm to which all are welcome. They have entered into a consultation period for the school to become part of a Learning Partnership involving several local primary and secondary schools. This has the potential to be a very positive move in pushing the schools forward to be the very best they can be in the current, rather erratic, educational climate. The views of the community will be well received by Sally Clark the head teacher and the governing body. For more information check the web site

Bardsey Bowling Club: the green was closed on September 21 and the following day members put the green to bed for the winter. Their annual presentation lunch will be held at Sand Moor Golf Club on Saturday, November 16 at 12.30pm for 1pm. A three course carvery meal will be available with a selection of starters, roasts and dessert. There is also a vegetarian or special dietary requirements. The cost of the lunch is £16.50 (including gratuities). The bar will be open for the purchase of alcoholic/soft drinks at reasonable golf club prices. Dress code is smart casual. The AGM will be held on Monday, January 13 at 7.30pm in the Callister Hall. If you have points you would like to raise please send these in writing to the secretary Andy Dodsworth, at least 14 days prior to the meeting.

Race for Life with Bardsey and EK Brownies: this summer over 40 Brownies, mums and leaders raised a massive £2,141 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the 5k Race for Life at Temple Newsam. Thanks to all who took part, sponsored a Brownie or supported them. They are looking forward to doing it again next year. Also, they are looking for helpers or young leaders to support their group. If you are free from 5.45-7pm each Wednesday (term time) and would like to join their friendly group, please contact Diane Coombe on 01937 573034.

Mothers’ Union: takes place today, Thursday, at 2.15pm in the Callister Hall. Joyce Taylor will talk on The First Step. Visitors are always welcome to join them for what sounds intriguing and interesting.

Coffee morning: in aid of Leukaemia Research and Diabetes UK will take place on Saturday from 10am-noon in Bardsey Village Hall. Cake and produce stalls, bric a brac, books, Christmas decorations, card game and an excellent raffle all help to make this an enjoyable event. It is always a friendly occasion and your support is greatly appreciated by the organisers to raise funds for these two illnesses, which affect so many in our community.

All Hallows: on Sunday the 8am service will be led by the Arch Deacon David Stevens and the Holy Communion at 10.30am by the Rev Richard Wiggens.

Diary date: charity zumba – led by Klara Morgan on October 22 at 7.30pm in East Keswick Village Hall. All ages welcome – no past experience required. All proceeds to the East Keswick Playground Project. Tickets £5 from West End Stores or the butchers or contact Kathryn on 07745 405479.