Town and Country - 15/08/13

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This week’s Town and Country news.


John Bateman

Holme Bowling Club saw a good field of 23 entrants compete for the Smithy Cup singles tournament sponsored by Tom Baxter. The semi-finalists were Daniel Varcoe, Alan Hine, Steve Grisdale and Matthew Smith with Daniel beating Matthew 21-13 in an exciting final. In the supplementary Calum Baxter defeated Dave McRoy in the final and Olivia Lee took the prize for the longest lady. The next event on the calendar is the Grasscare Cup for doubles taking place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.


Chris Kynch

Summer afternoon teas, organised monthly by and at St Margaret’s Church, will next be held at 3pm this Sunday, August 18.

Hornby’s 500th Anniversary Fund donations have so far amounted to a splendid £12,840 with gift aid. The much admired new oak and glass entrance doors for St Margaret’s Church cost a total of £9,211 for design and build. This leaves £3,629 for other projects. It is planned to improve the lighting in the tower and the chancel, and upgrade the kitchen and servery area. All those who contributed to the fund are thanked.

The popular Hornby Occasionals hope to hear from experienced singers for principal roles and all voices to join the chorus for Pinafore and Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan, and also need volunteers for the technical and support team. The Occasionals call ‘Ahoy there’ to anyone looking for a new, exciting hobby, or new to the area, especially tenors or basses, to join a fun and friendly group. Rehearsals are on Fridays in Hornby Institute at 7.30pm, and have just started on August 13. The productions will be performed from March 26 to 29. Enquiries to the secretary on 015242 21740.

Hornby Drama Group, one of the few remaining amateur groups locally, will next produce Alice in Wonderland at Hornby Institute in late January. The group would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in helping with the varied opportunities the production will offer, on and back stage, for both adults and children. Auditions will be held in September. To find out more contact Liz Allinson at or 015242 21128.

Jazz in Hornby is back tomorrow, Friday, August 16, with the Chris Coull Quartet, featuring Dennis Freedman (piano), Jake Steels (sax), Rob Steels (bass) and Jack Davies (drums). The Hornby Institute bar opens at 7.30pm for music at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and may be bought in advance from 015242 22227.


Sue Brown

A discussion took place at the August meeting of Ingleton Parish Council about the fact that there was no mention of Ingleton events in either a National Parks tourist guide or the free Yorkshire Dales newspaper available in the TIC. It was agreed that each event organiser should ensure publicity coverage but Coun Weaire will raise the matter with the chairman of the IDTA.

The clerk reported on one dead tree and one dying tree on the Brow and was instructed to apply for planning permission for their removal if necessary. She had also received a request that the ivy growing along the top wall of the Brow bordering Main Street should be cut back and she had instructed the contractor to do this. A street light was reported out on Backgate near Honey House, the clerk undertook to report this to Howsons Limited.

The chairman confirmed that the solar panel system on the community centre was working well and the upgraded lighting in the hall had reduced energy consumption there by almost two thirds.

An email had been received asking whether the Parish Council would help fund a sign to advertise jumble sales. This was felt to be a good idea and the chairman will contact the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA) regarding this.

The chairman reported on a recent meeting with North Yorkshire County Council regarding the Middle School playing fields site when the Parish Council presented their ideas for the site, namely a skateboard area, a BMX track and a general play area. A detailed plan is being prepared.

Ingleton in Bloom had been in contact regarding the condition of some of the benches in the village and offering to help with refurbishment. However the clerk had spoken to M Coggins and he confirmed that the hardwood benches in the Square and along Main Street should be treated with teak oil only and it was agreed that he should do this. Members heard that the swimming pool has had an extremely good season so far.

President Sue Brown welcomed members and guest to the August WI meeting, and business matters were dealt with. Speaker for the evening was Pat Pickard with a talk entitled A Nurses Journey which covered 43 years of her nursing career in hospitals, district nursing and finally as a practice nurse. Sue Ellis gave the vote of thanks.

Members were reminded about the Group Show to be held on Saturday, September 21, and to submit their show schedules by Tuesday, September 3, to Sue Brown. A list was circulated for members and non-members to indicate what course they would like to attend on the Craft Workshop Day on Saturday, October 19. The day also offers a buffet lunch. The speaker for Monday, September 9, will be Alan Beaumont whose talk is entitled Cradle to Grave – Historic Postcards. The meeting starts 7.30pm at the Ingleborough Community Centre.


Mary Taylor

Members of Tatham History Society met at Tatham Hall on August 10 where Dr Mike Winstanley told the history of the hall. This is now a farm in the fertile land in the Wenning valley between the confluence of the Wenning and the Hindburn. The old hall became a ruin in the 15th century when the Stanley’s of Hornby Castle acquired the land and managed the estate from Hornby, it was then known as Hall Barns. Dr Winstanley produced leaflets with details of the Manor Court held there in 1814, and of former owners and occupiers. The present house was built before 1781, it is not yet known the date of the present barns or the site of the old hall, but it is thought to be between the present house and the road.

John Wilson then led the party across the road up a hill adjoining Tatham Park Wood to a prehistoric defended enclosure with six hut circles and a defensive ditch on three sides. Earthworks surrounding the enclosure are quite prominent, as are some of the hut circles; this site was located by aerial photographs.


Janet Purvis

The long awaited restoration work at St Helen’s Church has started and after this date, for a period of approximately 12 weeks, the church will be closed to the public and the churchyard surrounding the church with become designated a construction site. The instructions of the site manager must be obeyed. There will be no access to the water tap and people bringing flowers to graves will need to bring water with them.

During this work, usual Sunday services at 10.45am will be held in Overton Memorial Hall. For enquires regarding baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact Mrs Christine Mashiter, church warden, 01524 852451 or 07795 112487.

This Sunday, August 18, the Eucharist Service at 10.45am will be led by Rev S Maskrey, with refreshments after. No Junior Church until September.

The Sunderland Point Mission will hold a coffee morning this Saturday, August 17, from 10am to noon, at 3 First Terrace, Sunderland Point, in aid of re-wiring of the mission building. Admission will be £1 and there will be cakes for sale and a raffle.

The next service will be held this Sunday, August 18, at 2.30pm, which will be a Said Evensong. This will be a joint service with members of St John’s Church, Sandylands.


Gill O’Donnell

Settle Photographic Group’s Town Trail in and around the centre of Settle is now underway and will run until Thursday, August 22, with pictures being displayed in local shop windows. A map showing participating venues is available from the TIC and some shops along the route. Over the bank holiday weekend there will be an opportunity to view all the photos in one venue at Clapham Village Hall from 11am to 5pm each day (Saturday to Monday).

Settle Artisans Fair will take place this Saturday, August 17, at Victoria Hall from 9am to 3pm. Joining the artisan stalls will be the guys from Yorkshire Trike Tours who will be bringing their fantastic Boom Trike. Annette Brown author will also be visiting to sign and sell copies of her latest book Escape to Africa. Annette was born in North Yorkshire and grew up with the stunning Yorkshire Dales. There will be all kinds of quality handmade goodies and gifts on sale as well as the return of the pop up Hessian and Lace Cafe.

It’s time to dig out the Hawaiian shirts, find your flip-flops and head down to Settle Cricket Club for the fancy dress beach party. Sun, sea and sand comes to Settle this Saturday, August 17, and the beach party runs from 8pm to late. Tickets £3 from the cricket club.

The Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival will take place in Settle this Sunday, August 18. There will be a 28-mile, 14-mile and five-mile walk with prices for entry starting at £8 per person. Further details and information on registration are available via the website Even if you are not walking yourself, why not go along and support the walkers and make it a family day out by enjoying the crafts on sale and a range of stalls and activities on the rugby field throughout the day.

Age UK is holding a Strawberry Tea with music at St John’s hall on Wednesday, August 21, between 2pm and 4pm. Tickets cost £3 from the Age UK shop or via 01729 823066.


J Leach

During the second week of August there was only one walk across the bay, on August 11, from Silverdale to Flookburgh in overcast conditions with a headwind but at least the rain kept off. Welcome refreshments were on hand at the Humphrey Head Centre at the end of the walk. The next two walks are on Saturday, August 17, to Grange-over-Sands starting from Hest Bank at 1pm, and Sunday, August 18, to Silverdale or Grange-over-Sands starting from Hest Bank at 1.30pm and 3pm from Silverdale.

This Sunday, August 18, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when D Clarke will speak on the subject Why Was I Made This Way? All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting. There will be no Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group. Call Kate on 07739 031739 for information.