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John Chilton

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All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, July 28 will be holy communion (1662 version) at 9.30am.

Kerbside recycling: at Spofforth will be on Tuesday, July 30.

The Spofforth strawberry tea: on Sunday, July 14 was, as usual, very well attended by local residents and people from around the Wetherby and Harrogate area. We even had a visit from a couple from Leeds who were walking in the village and noticed what was happening. Like everyone, they enjoyed strawberries and cream and a cup of tea, sitting in the sun or under the shade of the many gazebos, assembled after much head scratching by the organisers and their helpers. Cooling glasses or jugs of Pimms were available and entertainment was provided by The Ukulele Group; The Aqua String Quartet and The Harrogate Youth Strings all from The Harrogate Music Centre and thanks are due to Stephen Price for arranging for them to attend. There was a plant stall run by Lynda and Ian Parkinson; John Stanley exhibited photographic images and the tombola stall was set out and staffed by Hilary Chilton and Janet Lawson. The men and ladies who helped in so many ways are too numerous to mention by name but thanks are due to David Roberts and his tractor for transporting the tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery; to Lynn and David Saunders for co-ordinating the afternoon and to Mark and Rachel Woodward for letting us use the grounds of the Old Rectory for the event. The delicious local strawberries were supplied by Johnsons Greengrocers of Wetherby

John Stanley: is asking for support and sponsorship for taking part in a memory walk, later this year, in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society. All the money that he raises will go towards people and their families living with dementia. John tells the story of walking with a couple where the husband, who was only 62, had dementia and his sympathy for the wife who had to cope with him with little or no outside support. The walk will take place on Sunday, September 1 at Harewood House and previous to that from August 29 to August 31 John will be walking 55 miles on the Cleveland way from Helmsley to Saltburn. You can contribute through the Just Giving web site: www.justgiving.com/johnts-memory-walk.

Help for Heroes: there will be summer fun at the Castle pub on Saturday, August 3 from 12.30pm onwards. There will be piggy racing, a tug of war, a raffle, a children’s scarecrow competition and lots more. Refreshments with an all day bar and a barbecue. All in support for Help for Heroes. In the evening from 7.30pm live music will be provided by the Pete Oliver band.

Crime figures: from May 16 until June 18 there were no crimes reported in Spofforth. Doorstep salesmen are still operating in the area and the police advise that you should not buy from them and inform the police immediately. Neighbourhood watch schemes could set up a no cold calling zone in conjunction with North Yorkshire Trading Standards.The police can be contacted on 101 or by email: saferknaresborough@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk