It was so sad to hear that Harold Brown has resigned as a member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. For the past 20 years he had done a remarkable job of combining an understanding of the need to conserve the beautiful landscape in the Yorkshire Dales while listening and responding positively to the local community. Often it came down to just good, sound Dales commonsense.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know both him and his wife, Kathleen, when attending the Authority’s planning committee meetings. An article I wrote about Harold, entitled “A Man of Authority”, was published in The Dalesman in May this year. And there will be a detailed article about Hill farming since the 1940s in this year’s Now Then magazine in November. This is the annual magazine of the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum.
I am looking forward to pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz returning to Aysgarth church on Saturday, October 8. She will give a piano recital during an evening of readings by Jessica Duchen. Jessica will read from her novel Alicia’s Gift which looks at the life of a child prodigy and the effect her gift has on family life. The concert begins at 7.30pm and the church will provide refreshments during the interval. This is also part of the Wensleydale Concert Series. Tickets will cost £15 at the door, or £12.50 (students/under 18 £3) if bought in advance via the website www.wensleydaleconcertseries.co.uk.
The New World Trio presented an awe-inspiring concert at Bainbridge Meeting House on September 16, and there was a brilliant and beautiful piano concert at Aysgarth church on August 11 thanks to Daniel Grimwood.
But an event during that concert highlighted the need to retain the A&E service at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
As a community first responder I am very aware of how long we often have to wait for an ambulance – and that will increase if there isn’t an A&E service at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
“This news is so bad I simply do not believe it,” was Cllr John Blackie’s response to a NHS programme which could include the option of moving all A&E services to the James Cook University Hospital at Middlesbrough, 60 miles from Hawes.
This issue was discussed at the Upper Dales Area Partnership meeting at the Reeth Memorial Hall, Reeth, on Wednesday, September 21.
For more information see the two posts on A&E Services in the Upper Dales.
For details of services in the Penhill Benefice in mid Wensleydale at St Andrew’s, Aysgarth; St Bartholomew’s, West Witton; St Margaret’s, Preston under Scar; St Mary’s, Redmire; and St Oswald’s, Castle Bolton and the Mission Room at Thornton Rust see Penhill Benefice. The Remembrance Display at St Andrew’s church continues and for more about those from Wensleydale who were affected by the 1st World War see In Remembrance.
I also enjoy attending Quaker meetings with my partner, David. Those at Bainbridge Friends Meeting House are at 10.30am on Sundays, except for the last Sunday in the month when they are 10.45am at Countersett Friends Meeting House.