Our annual dinner was held this year at Bistro Pierre in Ilkley, on 5th June and we now have a break over the summer.
Our new session will start on Thursday 18 September, when we and the Mothers' Union will meet in church at 8pm for the Opening Service. We are looking forward to meeting our new vicar there.
Programmes for the new session will be distributed towards the end of August. If anyone who is not on our current membership list would like one, please contact Linda Nelson on 01943 863715.
Outing June 19th 2014
On Thursday 19th June Mothers’ Union members, husbands and friends enjoyed a varied and well planned outing. We travelled by coach to Ripon via Harrogate following much of the route of Le Grand Depart so saw lots of yellow bicycles, mini cycling jerseys and walls decorated with red spots!
We reached Ripon in time for coffee and a stroll round the shops and the market before gathering at the Cathedral for a guided tour. We were split into two groups. Our guides Andrew and Margaret found themselves in competition with the organist who was practising for the lunch time concert. The beautiful
cathedral, dedicated to St Wilfred spans over 1300 years from St Wilfred’s crypt of 672AD to modern stained glass depicting Christ in Judgment installed as recently as 2006.
The Cathedral is very much at the heart of the local community hosting concerts, exhibitions and community activities as well as being a parish church offering the whole range of services, sacraments and pastoral care.
After lunch we rejoined the coach for the scenic drive to Pateley Bridge where we visited the Nidderdale Museum. What a fascinating collection of local artefacts are on display. I quote from their leaflet, ‘Nidderdale Museum has a large and lively collection illustrating all aspects of the Dale’s life in the past’. We were fascinated to learn that the whole project is managed and staffed by volunteers who keep it open daily from Easter to November and at weekends during the winter. There was so much to see that many of us feel we need to go again to take it all in.
Some of us found a few minutes to enjoy the afternoon sunshine before it was back on the coach and on to Darley Mills for a welcome cuppa and a bit of retail therapy. We returned home accompanied by three hobby horses, a box of geraniums, new handbags, various articles of clothing and items of Egyptian cotton bed linen.
The weather was kind to us, the company was excellent. Altogether a ‘grand day out’ Thank you Karen and Irene.