Pip’s Patch – an Update


Harvest mice might be hidden in and around the famous Jervaulx Screen at Aysgarth church during the harvest celebrations. 

Dancing to the music of the Roosters Ceilidh Band will be part of Aysgarth church’s fun harvest celebrations over the weekend of September 21 and 22.

The fun starts at 10am on the Saturday morning when children will be invited to find the harvest mice hidden in the church – while parents and others can enjoy the flower festival celebrating the local organisations in the parish. This will continue until 5pm with refreshments being served throughout the day. There will also be stalls of home-produce, books and bric a brac.

There will be a children’s harvest fun and games session in the Falls Café near the church from 2pm to 4pm that day including a fancy dress competition for the best scarecrow! Admission is free to all these events.

On Saturday evening the Roosters Ceilidh Band will be playing and calling the dances at The Falls Café. Tickets, available from the café, cost £12 each and that includes the hog roast. Vegetarian options will be available as well as home-made desserts. There will be a bar.

The chairman of Aysgarth PCC, Juliet Barker, commented: “This should be a very entertaining evening and we hope you will come along to enjoy the food and music, even if you don’t feel energetic enough to join in the country dancing.

“On  Sunday, September 22 we welcome you to round off the celebrations at our Harvest Festival Service in St Andrew’s which will be at 11am and taken by the Rev Kathy Couchman.”

With each passing month I seem to miss David’s support more and more. I have updated my obituary about him with links to other posts including that about his volunteer work in The Gambia.

The Remembrance Poppies that David created and which were such a special feature of Bainbridge since 2014 have now been taken down. For the some of the stories about the local people who served during WW1 scroll down to In Remembrance.

For photographs of the Festival of Remembrance at Aysgarth church  in November 2018 go to Aysgarth Festival of Remembrance.

For over 20 years the Association of Rural Communities has campaigned for the importance of farmers and landowners to the dales landscape to be recognised – and for the YDNPA to properly recognise the socio-economic needs of those living and working in the National Park.

So the posts about farmers and the cost of the National Park boundary extension mark important landmarks, especially the former. That is mainly a report from the Association’s AGM – and its chairman’s acknowledgement of the benefits of the agri-environmental scheme in Wensleydale.

Our wedding at Countersett Meeting House on Saturday July 21 2018  made history as it was the first wedding at that Meeting House since 1841. Then we chartered The Albion for our wedding blessing – and were told later that it was probably the first time the wherry  had been involved in such an event. Do see my posts about our Quaker wedding (Parts One and Two) and the wedding blessing.

A very big thank you to all our family and friends who helped to make these two occasions so special for us. And now my thanks to those who have been so supportive as I grieve the loss of a very special man. I am so grateful we did have 14 years together.