Aspin News with Shirley Holden

Knaresborough Cricket Club:

Christmas is imminent and that can only mean one thing on the minds of members of Knaresborough Cricket Club-The New Year’s Day Duck Race! The ducks are safely gathered and are awaiting their annual trip down the Nidd. The race starts at 1.30pm from High Bridge. First prize is 100. Tickets for the race are on sale from bar staff or committee members and will be available on the day. A donation will be made to St. Michael’s Hospice.

1st Knaresborough Scout, Club and Beaver Group:

Things are going well for the 1st Knaresborough Scout, Cub and Beaver Group. They have managed to raise funds, with the aid of donations from The George Moore Foundation, The Knaresborough Relief in Need and Rotary, for a new mess tent and other tents for use when they are on camps. Two recent successful fund raising events were when parents and leaders ran a stall at the Harrogate bonfire which saw 900 burgers and sausages sold in less than two hours! I have been informed that it was extremely hard work but fun. Last week-end the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were bag packing at Morrison’s in Harrogate. Well done to all concerned in the hard world of fund raising.

Due to the success of the group there is space for a new leader. If you would like to help, please contact Georgina on 01423 869956. Do not worry, you won’t be the only leader/helper, but your assistance will allow more children to join the group.


Local horserider, Sue Frusher, and her horse Ben, have taken part in organised long distance rides for 18 years now, clocking up more than 7000 recorded kilometres, almost four and a half thousand miles. To mark this milestone, or kilometre stone (!), they were awarded a beautiful engraved glass goblet at their local group’s Awards Evening. Ben also won the Veteran Horse Trophy again. They have enjoyed yet another very successful year together, with invaluable support from Sue’s husband Jim who does all the preparations and driving. Ben has won many awards and trophies with Sue, as well as numerous rosettes, they were top in the county for three years. Ben is nearly 25 years young and has been with the Frushers for 20 years this Christmas. Well done and may your successes continue.

Early Years Playgroup:

Aspin Park Early Years Playgroup, at Knaresborough Cricket Club, celebrated Christmas with a Nativity Play which was performed for parents and relatives. The children told the story of Christmas in songs and rhymes. Afterwards the audience enjoyed mince pies and a glass of punch and also Christmas cake made and decorated by the children. Last Friday parties were held and Father Christmas visited bringing gifts for all the children. Group leaders Ann and Cheryll said that 2006 has been a great year. They have covered many topics which the children have enjoyed whilst expanding their knowledge. The playgroup have also been involved in charitable projects raising monies for Macmillan Cancer Care and filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Thanks go to everyone who has supported them during the year and they are now looking forward to another brilliant year in 2007, after firstly having a well deserved rest.

Aspin Gaspers:

Aspin Gaspers are now enjoying a well deserved break and will re-start on January 10 at Aspin Park School. Last Tuesday members, wives and partners enjoyed their Christmas party at The Dower House. A hot and cold buffet was enjoyed by all and afterwards they danced the night away to a 70s’ disco.

If you are trying to get fit and trying to “work off” Christmas please contact John Stockill for details of the Gaspers men’s keep fit group. They meet on Wednesday evenings term time only. Sessions cost 3.

Aspin Park WI:

The December meeting was the annual Christmas party. Shirley Holden welcomed members and guests in the absence of President Anita Wood who was unable to attend.

The business was brief and afterwards members enjoyed the shared supper. It is always enjoyable to try out other people’s recipes and what a mouth watering selection there was. Members had organised games and presents were exchanged. Last Wednesday 12 members attended the Claro Group’s Carol Service at the atmospheric Goldsborough Church. Refreshments including mince pies were served afterwards.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 4 at 7.45pm at Knaresborough Cricket Club, when Pat Tankard will be speaking about The Glacier Express”. Members are reminded that subs will be due at the meeting. New members are always welcome.

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Aspin News over the last months and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and healthy New Year.