The Peace and Remembrance poppies are once again on display outside the Quaker Meeting House in Bainbridge, to remind us all of the terrible toll of war.
There’s a lot to celebrate at Christmas as the Aysgarth Singers reminded us during their very enjoyable concert at Aysgarth Church on Friday, November 25. Their conductor, Stan Roocroft, introduced the audience to several of the old carols that originated in and around Sheffield. He said that when these were not incorporated into church hymn books it became a tradition to sing them in the local pubs.
Those carols remind us that we have nothing to be ashamed of in our Christian heritage and when we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. As the carollers will sing: “Bright and joyful is the morn, For to us a Child is born; From the highest realms of Heaven, Unto us a Son is given.” (Malin Bridge)
As the new editor of Now Then, the annual magazine of the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum, I am glad that my first edition has now been published. It’s been quite a learning curve this year. I very much appreciated the articles submitted for publication in it – including that about The Leyburn Minstrel in the 19th century and how “Awd Roy” was celebrated at Christmas in Muker. The magazine only costs £2 and is available at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes. See also my latest article about events at the museum.
Events during two concerts at Aysgarth church this year 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.