On Friday 12th January 2018, local historian Tony Hunt will deliver an illustrated lecture updating his history of Marton cum Grafton at the village’s memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Followed by a virtual tour of a little visited private museum with new information about its curator, and a re-launch of the Village History Group. Ticket price: £7.50 (includes glass of wine/soft drink and nibbles). Tickets on sale at Spellows Village Shop or telephone Tony Hunt (07977 447712) or Keith Lumsden (07876 136975). Proceeds to be divided between Christ Church and the re-launched Village History Group.
In March 16th 1933 Roecliffe WI was inaugurated by Lady Lawson-Tancred. Miss Tankard of Whixley outlined the object and aims of The Women’s Institute. The first bank account was in the Penny Bank and the first social evening was held in December with optional fancy dress. The first President was Mrs Greene, Secretary Lady Lawson-Tancred and Treasurer Miss Troller.
Trawling through the minute books from 1933 onwards, the most striking thing is the degree of social change between then and now. Lack of transport meant that social life revolved around the village and its inhabitants and Roecliffe WI was at the forefront of organising socials, whist drives, plays, concerts, dances, children’s parties, etc. They had a captive audience as there was no competition from television, foreign holidays, trips to London, visits away to look after grandchildren, etc. Money was limited and entertainment was home-made and local. Outings were arranged for members, their families and guests. Speakers spoke mainly on craft-related items or home economic topics, but the wartime minutes make for interesting reading. During the Second world war, in common with WIs throughout England and Wales, Roecliffe WI raised funds for Red Cross, WI Ambulance Fund and local causes such as the Searchlight Unit. It knitted copiously for the troops and provided gifts for all the local boys who were called up. It began First Aid classes for those at home.
Throughout its time Roecliffe WI has been the champion, and often the instigator, of many local initiatives. These include bringing electric lights to the village, starting a bus service, creating safe footpaths, supporting the first Parish Council, filling in the unsafe pond on the village green, campaigning for more council houses, planting trees on the green, providing and maintaining seats in the village and proposing that Roecliffe become a conservation Area.
In more recent times, Roecliffe continues to be a reservoir of a multitude of skills and hobbies, demonstrated in our successful entries of craft, baking and flower arranging classes in the Great Yorkshire Show, and in our very successful and enjoyable Murder Mystery evening.
Like WIs throughout the world, Roecliffe WI has been a powerful voice both locally and nationally. Their hard work, fund-raising and lobbying have changed the face of society as well as educating and inspiring women for more than 100 years. The organisation is now enjoying a resurgence and renaissance and proves that the original values and mission are as relevant today as in the beginning. Visitors and new members are always welcome at our monthly meetings, held on the second Friday in the month in Roecliffe School.
Contact Helen Davison 01423 325677/07879333563.
We will run a trial showing in October on a Monday, January 22 at 2pm in Coronation Hall. Cost £5 including tea and biscuits.
For more details contact Jane Barber on 01423 325 808 or e-mail chair @ yorevision.org.uk if you are interested.
An evening of Traditional Carols including Carols from Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Dorset! Friday, November 24th, 7.30pm at Aldborough Village Hall. What an exciting way to start your Christmas preparations.Come and join us singing and playing these carols, share a light supper, and meet old and new friends – or just come and listen. Bring your instruments and join the band. Everyone welcome. For more information, please ring Jane Barber on 01423 325808 or email chair @ yorevision.org.uk
We will have a large range of Christmas items and handmade
gifts for sale. There will be music and mince pies and hot drinks to enjoy as well as displays of work. The Ripon Walled Garden will be selling some of their products, such as wreaths, seasonal plants as well as planted containers & baskets. So, don’t miss it, it is always a fun event, with a great atmosphere and open to all. Enquiries: Tel. 01765 606620 or email info @ jennyruth.co.uk
Andrea Bryson and her family Jessica and Mackenzie are the new volunteers for the “RACKET PACK” Badminton Group for Primary aged children 5-11yrs. They will assist Badminton England Coach Margaret Taylor with the delivery of these fun and learning sessions.
The group started in September at Boroughbridge Sports Centre, at the High School YO51 9JX. The New BADMINTON England sessions are designed for Primary age children and include games with learning skills needed for early badminton play.
The “RACKET PACK” meets on Thursdays 5.30pm to 6-15pm at the Sports Hall in Boroughbridge High School.
It is a place where youngsters can learn the skills of badminton and have fun. The players can use the club lightweight rackets of varying sizes which are suitable for this age group.
For information about the “RACKET PACK” www.badmintonengland.co.uk/racketpack
The Junior club age 11-18yrs meets following this group at 6-15 to 7.30pm. This is suitable for those who have played a little badminton and wish to improve their skills.
The Badminton Club also has an adult group who play socially.
This begins at 7.30pm until 9pm. Come and give it a try!
Further Information about any of these groups please get in touch with Margaret Taylor 07711 496005 or ma.shuttles @ btinternet.com
You are invited to attend a new ambitious production at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 2nd December at 7.30pm. This has been specially written for Ripon Cathedral to help raise funds for the Cathedral Choir and Music Trust. This will be a powerful interpretation, through acting, dance and singing carols, of the story of The Nativity with local actors bringing to life an adult version of the Story of Christmas and the journey to Bethlehem.
John Middleton (retired vicar on Emmerdale and awarded actor) will be the narrator and three dances are being choreographed especially for this evening by the Academy of the Northern Ballet. Evocative and reverent music will be accompanied by The Cathedral Choir and the Ripon Grammar School choir. The production will also feature a donkey a belly dancer and a few other surprises along the way!
Tickets are available to buy online and from the Cathedral Shop www.riponcathedral.org.uk/event/storyofchristmas