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Lou Graham

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The Benefice walk: took place on Sunday, May 26, when a group of enthusiastic walkers set off from St Wilfrid’s Church in Pool, to walk from church to church throughout the parish, finishing for evening prayers and tea at St Peter’s Church Sicklinghall. The 15 mile walk is through some of the most beautiful countryside, taking in Riffa Wood with its carpet of bluebells and crossing fields of buttercups with wonderful views over Wharfedale. Participants walked as little or as much of the route as they wanted and were rewarded with refreshments along the way, thanks to the hospitality of the individual churches. A highlight of the day was the celebration of the Eucharist in the garden of St Barnabas Church Weeton. Bishop James Bell, Bishop of Knaresborough lead the service and accompanied the walkers from start to finish. The sunny warm weather, with a gentle breeze, gave the perfect conditions for a long walk. Time and distance passed quickly thanks to the warm hearted conversation along the way. Many thanks to the organisers of this event and especially to Keith Wilson, our walk leader.

Sicklinghall Book Club: has chosen to read My Time, an autobiography by Bradley Wiggins. They will meet to discuss this on Tuesday, July 16 at 8.30pm in the Scott’s Arms.

The Village Hall Committee: is continuing their fund raising drive for improvements to the hall. The Gardener’s Question Time event last month was a great success with guests appreciating the expert advice given by the entertaining guest speakers Martin Fish and Nigel Harrison. There was also a vast array of bedding plants to buy and many came away laden with healthy looking blooms. A drawing of the gardening themed raffle brought a very enjoyable evening to a close. Many thanks to all the organisers for arranging such a successful seasonal event. The committee would like to hear from local people interested in joining their team. They would welcome anyone who would like to play a part in keeping the village hall at the heart of the community. If you feel you can help with any of the forthcoming planned events or have new fund raising ideas, then they would love to hear from you. Website or IT experience would be an added bonus. Please call Neville Balmer 01937 584611 or Steve Riddick 01937 583596.