Bardsey news

Bardsey Village Hall Meeting: This was held on January 16 and Val Green reported that bookings for the hall were healthy. Bookings are varied and include painting classes, a barn dance, children's party, a show by Susie Stage Kids, and a jumble sale as well as the regular meetings and activities. Yorkshire TV are using the hall for changing, toilet facilities and storage during filming at All Hallows. Martin Smith, chairman reported on the public meeting organised by the parish council to es

Lots of Activity: Anyone passing through the village last week would have noticed the traffic lights, vans parked and lots of activity around the church. BBC TV were using All Hallows as a back drop for a new series which probably starts in September. It is called ‘The Chase’ and will be shown on a Sunday evening on BBC1 at 7pm or 8pm. They were filming a wedding scene and actors were milling around in wedding hats and flimsy dresses before 9am in the morning. They were still there after 6pm, looking very cold. Who said acting was a glamorous profession?! There were familiar faces from Brookside, Holby City and also the ice dancing programme. We shall watch with interest for our lovely old church when the programme is shown.

Bardsey cum Rigton WI: The president, Val Hobbs welcomed members and visitor Carol Cocker to the February meeting and thanked Wendy Hartley for her lovely display of spring flowers. She asked for a volunteer to attend as their delegate for the West Yorkshire Federation Spring Council Meeting and thanked Marion Hickson and Lucy Astle for going to the Resolution Meeting on behalf of the institute. The Jumble Sale was at the forefront of everyones mind, being imminent and hopefully successful. Mr James Lomax, Honorary Curator of the Chippendale Society and curator of Temple Newsam for the past 30 years, then gave an insight into the life and times of Thomas Chippendale. He was a great hero of Wharfedale, born in June 1719 into a family of timber merchants who produced relatively simple objects. He started his apprenticeship at the tender age of probably 11 but had great ambition and went to York and attached himself to Richard Wood who made more fashionable furniture. He progressed to London and to St Martin’s Lane and wrote a book in 1754, which had designs of furniture in gothic, Chinese and modern taste. It was the first of its kind and he set the bench mark for many furniture producers throughout the country. He was asked to furnish country houses throughout the land, and in our area - Nostell Priory, Harewood House and Denton Hall in Otley. He had a close connection with Robert Adam and progressed from carving to marquetry, following the French influence. He died in 1778, survived by 13 children and leaving just 28. His son continued the business, but eventually went bankrupt. A truly remarkable man, who had great vision and pride in all the work, which was produced by the men who worked for him. Wendy Hartley expressed thanks for a most interesting evening. The Sunshine winner was Sue Moscrop and the Val Hobbs won the competition for a small wooden object.

Mother’s Union: The Callister Hall was warm and inviting for the AGM and after a short service led by the Rev Raymond Pearson, the business part proceeded without a hitch. Branch Leader Anne Pearson spoke of a sad year with the deaths of Barbara Davies, Enid Williams and Mauretta Greenhalgh but for their sake we must move forward. She reported on an active year and one full of fellowship. She thanked members for their support. Treasurer Helen Russell gave a concise and efficient appraisal of the finances and it was decided to send a 120 donation to the Overseas Fund and 50 to the Callister Hall. The Committee would remain as last year with the addition of Brenda Sanderson. A full programme of forthcoming events had been received by members and Rev Pearson thanked them for their work in the parish which is done so quietly and efficiently. Sue Cairns and Marion Hickson served a lovely cup of tea and delicious biscuits.

Christian Aid: Judith South has organised the house to house collection for 35 years and the time has come to hang up her collecting tin. The charity remains very dear to her heart and she would be happy to assist or advise anyone who wishes to take on the commitment. She hopes that someone in the parish may feel that they would like to serve Christian Aid in this way and through them, the world’s needy. Please think about this and if you feel you are able, contact Judith on 01937 572210. The next house to house collection week for Christian Aid is on May 14-21.

Coffee Morning: Anyone interested in being more involved or getting to know more about Bardsey Village Helpers, please go along to the Callister Hall tomorrow, Saturday between 10am and 12noon. This is a very worthwhile group, which perhaps needs a little extra help to cover the needs of people in the village. If you want to know more and cannot make the Coffee Morning, then please contact Pauline Hills on 01937 572266.