My friend, Brigitte, can rightly be proud of herself for her brave effort in modelling for a charity calendar. Do read my post Brigitte’s Charity Calendar.
I am also always very encouraged when this website provides the means for old friends to reconnect with each other. This especially happened during 2016 for Graham and Mary Watts – see Connections.
Problems with my back continued into February and I wasn’t able to attend the meeting of the YDNPA planning committee that month. A representative of the Association of Rural Communities did attend and helped me to produce an ARC News Service report.
Listening to the recordings I especially noticed how difficult it can be for parish councils to have their opinions heard by the planning committee if they do not provide “substantial reasons” for not agreeing with a planning officer. See the full report for more about that.
NHS Better Health Programme is holding a meeting at the Fountains Hotel in Hawes on Wednesday, March 1, 6pm to 8pm. This will focus on 24/7 Maternity and Paediatric services and will include those facilities at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
I had a couple of shouts as a community first responder before Christmas and those, yet again, underlined the importance of retaining a full A&E department at Darlington Memorial Hospital. Even that involves an hour long journey from Upper Wensleydale. But if everything is centred on the James Cook University hospital in Middlesbrough the journey time will be doubled.
“This news is so bad I simply do not believe it,” was Cllr John Blackie’s response to the NHS programme which could include the option of moving all A&E services to the James Cook University Hospital. 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.