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'Celebs' on Cycles - a trail with a difference. Over 20 'celebs' all brilliantly designed and imaginatively crafted will cycle in to their hosts' gardens from Saturday June 28 - Sunday July 6th, daily from 1 - 5pm in the villages of Kirkby Fleetham and the Fencotes. Tickets and trail map £3, £1.50 child over 5 from Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall. Delicious Yorkshire afternoon teas served in the hall, Yorkshire ale and more at the Black Horse Inn, and a Yorkshire shopping experience of quality local products. More information on , follow the links to KF Village Hall/Celebs on Cycles. Part of the Yorkshire Festival Fringe Events.

Listening to music. – This group will meet in The Millings at 2pm on March 28. There will be The Best of Stanley Holloway followed by a few melodies by Mozart, Debussy and Franz Liszt presented by Beryl. For more details phone 01677 427833 or 01677 424646.

Cricket. - There are a number of new laws for the 2014 season and a session is being run by the Nidderdale Cricket League on March 29 at Spofforth CC to introduce them and also to refresh umpires’ knowledge. 

Food Donations. - ABedale branch of the FoodStore operates at the Hope Debt Advice Office which is above the Community Bakery at the Big Sheep Little Cow near the railway station. The FoodShare needs regular donations of tinned food especially baked beans and soup, pulses and grains, tinned fruit and desserts and toiletries There are lists of what to donate at the back of church and if anyone is unsure about what to donate, please get in touch with Dave Collingwood on 01677 426057, 07726 910134 or email him at [email protected]. A box is available at the back of St Gregory’s on Sunday mornings to donate items of non-perishable food or donations can be handed in to Janice in the Parish Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am-12 noon. If anyone knows of someone or a family that needs a food parcel then visit the website at where you will find details of who to contact. 

Rail enthusiasts. – The LNER A4 Pacific number 44664 called Bittern is coming to the Wensleydale Railway as part of the Swaledale Festival on Saturday May 24 leaving Leeming Bar station at 9.30am, 1pm and 4.30pm. Tickets cost £20 for adults and £15 for under 19’s. Music will be provided by Rory McLeod and Truio Gitan. Full details are available form 

Wedding fair. – There will be a wedding fair in Bedale Hall on Sunday April 13 between 12 noon-3pm. Entry is free and there is a reception drink on arrival. Stands are still available costing £75 for an oval table and £50 for a 5’ table. If interested please contact Sally [email protected]. 

Floodlighting. – The cost of floodlighting St Gregory’s Church is £10 per week and anyone who wants to make a donation in memory of someone or for an anniversary should contact Peter Parlour on 01677 422367 without delay. This week the floodlighting is in memory of Harold and Betty Mountain and Brian Clapham.

Marriage ceremony. - On March 29, marriage between same-sex couples will become legal. To celebrate this landmark, Bedale Hall is offering a wedding ceremony free of charge to the first couple that marry at the hall after this date. Registrar fees will apply.

Museum. – The museum will re-open on Tuesday April 1. Opening times will then be Monday between 1.30-4pm, Tuesday between 10am-12.30pm and 2-4pm and Thursday and Friday between 10am-12.30pm. The museum will be closed on Wednesdays and at weekends and all opening times are dependent on volunteers being available. If interested in becoming as volunteer, call 01677 427516 or email [email protected].

BASA. - The Bedale Athletic and Sport Association on Leyburn Road in Bedale is a voluntary run organisation which is actively looking to increase membership to all its member clubs which includes squash, tennis, association football, cricket and a running club. The clubhouse is available for hire for all occasions at favourable rates. If interested in hiring the facilities or joining any clubs, please contact the secretary, Adrian Grayson on 01677 422918.

Meals on wheels. – To expand the provision of the popular midday meals served in the Dales-Care centre in Wycar, a meals-on-wheels service has now been introduced to cover Bedale and the immediate surrounding area. A two-course meal costs £5 served Monday and Friday. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this offer should contact Diane on 01677 470232.

Postage Stamps. - an appeal is made for supporters of the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity to save used stamps and leave them in the box at the back of St Gregory’s Church or post them through the tourist information centre letter box.

Free Wi-Fi. – Visitors to Bedale can now take advantage of free wi-fi along the Market Place and North End of the town provided by the Bedale and Villages Community Forum.

Cheap travel. – A new travel scheme has been launched by North Yorkshire Youth Council in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council to bring bus travel to under 19’s at a greatly reduced rate. On weekdays after 5pm., at weekends and school holidays, youngsters can travel on any route for £1. To take advantage of this scheme simply log on to

Allotment gardening. – Bedale Allotment Association are releasing a few plots at their site off Masham Road for new members. The plots vary in size from 100-200 square metres and cost between £20-£35 per annum. If interested, contact the membership secretary on 01677 426956.

New discounts. - On production of a Wensleydale Railway ticket, valid for that day, visitors to the can benefit from discounts at the Bolton Castle (20% reduction on admission charges) and the Big Sheep & Little Cow (25% reduction on admission charges.)

Golf club. - Information on the golf club's visiting party packages can be accessed via or contact the office to discuss your needs and the possibility of discounted rates on 01677 422451 or [email protected]

Poppy Appeal. – The Bedale branch urgently require additional support to sustain the good work performed throughout the year by the Royal British Legion. If anyone is interested in volunteering in any way please contact the secretary Graham Morris on 07851 402074, the membership secretary Stuart Kane on 07864 654277 or the poppy appeal organiser, Mick Lowe on 01677 425087.

Grand depart. – In readiness for the Tour de France coming to North Yorkshire, BASA are gearing up for an influx of weekend visitors. The management committee have announced charges of £15 per night for tents with caravans/camper vans being charged £20 per night. Tourists will have the full use of clubhouse services including water, showers, kitchen, toilets and bar facilities.

NWR. – The National Women’s Register are creating a new Bedale and District group this month and are looking for new members. The NWR is the place to meet new friends, take part in discussions and much more with other like-minded women. It is an international organisation of women's discussion groups and each group aims to provide its members with the opportunity to take part in stimulating discussions on a wide range of topics. Meetings will be very informal and held in member's homes for around 2-2.5 hours on an evening once a month.  For more information and a copy of the programme for this year, please contact Julia Hamby either by email at [email protected] or phone 01677 470426.

Gentleman’s Evening. – The football club are holding their annual, black tie, fund-raising dinner in the school hall on Friday March 7 at 7pm with Britain’s Got Talent sports impersonator Les Gibson and comedian Gavin Webster. Tickets inclusive of a four-course meal cost £35 from Martyn Coombs on 07885 228097.

BAMfest. - A new set of BAMfest 2014 ticket options have gone on sale for day and evening concerts as well as the full weekend ticket option. Instalment payment options are still available until March 1 and Earlybird prices expire on April 1.

Angling club. - If anyone is interested in joining the Bedale Angling Club they should contact Kirk on 01677 422279 or 07732 482248 or Alan on 01609 777485 or 07787 580307.

Railway. - The Wensleydale Railway Company are offering a 25% discount off all journeys for local residents who reside in any of these postcodes. DL1, DL2, DL3, DL6, DL7, DL8, DL9, DL10, DL11, YO7, YO51 and HG4. To claim this benefit, call at Leeming Bar or Leyburn Stations with proof of address and a residents discount card will be issued

ageuk. – The ageuk charity shop (formerly Help the Aged), adjacent to the post office is in urgent need of additional volunteers to work in their shop and they also urgently need of good quality ladies and children’s clothing and all types of laptops and computers. Any items can be dropped off at the shop. If interested, see any of the staff inside.

Library. - Bedale library is now open on Monday between 2-5pm, Tuesday 10am-4pm, Wednesday 2-5pm, Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am–12noon. It is closed all day Thursday and Sunday.

Squash club. – The squash club at BASA is now offering online court bookings for members. Simply go to to log in and book your court. The informal and friendly club nights are on Friday between 5.45-8pm and Sundays from 5pm.

Chinese. – The New Fair Choice Chinese takeaway in the market place will be closed until Friday February 28 for the Chinese New Year.

Mini bus. – The Bedale Community Minibus annual Christmas quiz was won by Lisa Burke from Sheffield who received a £50 cheque. The minibus is a charitable organisation which provides accessible transport for the local community to day centres and is also available for hire by local community groups. It is responsible for its own funding and the quiz year helped to raise £120. Many thanks to all who helped.Junior football. – The junior football section have commenced training for most age groups or are about to start. On Mondays training is for U13 girls at 6.30pm, U7 mixed at 5.30pm, U8 mixed at 5.30pm and U13 boys at 6.30pm. On Tuesdays the U16 girls train at 6pm and U9 mixed at 5.30pm and on Wednesday it is the U16 boys at 6pm. On Thursdays the U10 mixed and U15 boys are at 5.30pm and the U12 boys at 6.30pm. Finally on Fridays, the U11 mixed are at 5.45pm and the U14 boys at 5.30pm. For more information visit the website at or contact Amanda Harrison on 01677 425029 or email [email protected] or the chairman Tony Clark at [email protected].

Sharks. - Thank you to everyone who bought and sold Christmas raffle tickets which raised £212 for the club. 

Primary school. – There will be no orchestra after school on February 11 and February 25  and  March 25. The children  will be playing at the Easter service in church on Thursday April 3 at 2pm. There continues to be a high level of demand for ukulele, African drumming and drum kit lessons in school so can please ensure that if children do not want to continue their lessons, you give half a term’s notice via their instrument teacher or the school office. If you have not already done so payment for these lessons is now due (£30 per term for Ukulele/African drumming and £30 per half term for drum kit sessions with Nathan). The Spring Term Concertwill be held in the school hall on Wednesday April 30 at 6pm. The orchestra will be playing and children will be given a chance to perform solos/duets or in small groups. Refreshments will be available. The orchestra have been asked to take part in the talent show which is on Tuesday April 1 at the high school. Further details to follow but please put the date in your diary.Your child may also enter the Talent Show as an individual or a small group, if they would like to.

Film night. – Some of the older pupils watched ‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ in the primary school. All the children seemed to thoroughly enjoy the occasion so future film night dates have been arranged for Thursday February 27, Thursday March 27, Thursday April 24, Friday May 16 andThursday July 3. All sessions run between 3.15-5.15 pm.

Halcyon Trust. - Thank you very much to Jordie and Debs of The Three Coopers who have donated £357.50 to the trust following their auction of sports memorabilia. Many experts continue to work extensively with Steve in efforts to identify the more appropriate communication device since Steve's condition is very complex.

Andrew’s Adventures. – There will be Christmas dinner and re-union for members of the Rev Andrew Woodhouse travel group at the Black Horse at Kirkby Fleetham on Friday December 13. A coach will collect from the market place at 6pm and return for 11pm. There will be a welcome drink, carols, entertainment and an evening full of surprises. The inclusive cost of this and a full Christmas meal is £25 and reservations are now being taken on 01677 424054.  

High school winners. - students in the LRC celebrated the birthday of Roald Dahl by completing a quiz. The lucky winner who was drawn out of a hat was Y7 James Trewhitt. Students were also encouraged to write poems to celebrate National Poetry Day with a theme of “water” and the winner was Emily Hutchinson who received a £5 Waterstones voucher. 

After school. – Culture Shack has announced a programme of after school activities between 3.30-5pm. On Monday there will be a Y7 youth club, Tuesday is i-stop animation, Wednesday is band practice, Thursday is a life choices course and on Friday it is Fuse Theatre.  

Water Polo. – Bedale water polo club need additional coaches to assist with their very popular club. Anyone over 16 can be put through courses to qualify. Contact Sue on 07827 669505.

Befriending. - The Alzheimer's Society is seeking volunteers for a befriending scheme which seeks to help dementia sufferers maintain a social life and to follow a hobby or interest for as long as possible. For further details about volunteering contact Anne Brown on 012748 825817 or 07545 207029 or email [email protected]. 

Brass Band. – The brass band are on the look-out for new members. If you already play an instrument or would like to learn, come along to rehearsals in Leeming village hall between 6.30-7.30pm for the learner band and 7.30-9.30pm for the main band on Wednesday. For more details contact Jackie on 07455 15566, Alison on 07750 554145 or Ken on 01609 774691. 

Shopping trip. – The Bedale community minibus runs a door-to-door service on Wednesday to Northallerton, picking up in the local villages giving you 2 hours in Northallerton. If interested, contact Kate Duggan on 01677 425329.

Market stall. - the town council are inviting budding  entrepreneurs in the area to run a stall at the weekly Tuesday market. Stalls  can be rented every Tuesday for just £11 per day. Anyone interested can collect  a leaflet produced by the town council or contact the town clerk on 01677 427949  (Mondays and Thursdays) or at [email protected] or the market superintendent Phil  Matthews on 07894 599765.

Just giving. - Dales-Care will be amongst the first  charities in the country to use its own, unique personalised text code, DALE00,  to raise funds using JustTextGiving by Vodafone. This is a brand new, free  service for charities to raise funds with no network charges and every penny  donated goes to charity. Gift Aid can also be added to donations. Supporters of  Dales-Care can make donations of up to £10 by texting DALE00 and either 1, 2, 3,  4, 5 or 10 to 70070 to make their donation. The text message is free and all of  the donation will be passed to Dales-Care. For further information contact  Michelle at Dales Care on 01677 425806 or visit

Confirmation  classes. –  The Rev Ian Robinson is planning to conduct confirmation classes for pupils from  Y5 upwards commencing in September. Pupils and parents are all welcome. If  anyone would like to know more or is interested in taking part in this short  course please contact the rector so that he can make final arrangements. The  rector can be contacted on 01677422889.

Book  stall. Shirley Woods’ book stall at  the Tuesday craft and gift fair is proving so popular that she needs more books  as soon as possible. Please leave any donations in church, the Chantry Hall or  the parish office.

Museum. - Bedale museum is now open between 10am-12.30pm on Monday and Tuesday and between 2-4.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesdays. It is also open between 1.30-4pm on Mondays but is closed all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum needs volunteers to join the team to make sure this facility remains open to the public. If interested in becoming as volunteer, call 01677 427516 or email [email protected].

Bedale Rocks. – The primary school staff, parents and pupils joined forces to raise money to support the Friends of Mettupalayam Trust in India. Over the years, the school has developed close links with the rural project with several staff members visiting the area as well as welcoming visitors from India into the school. At the moment, the son of one of the staff is out there helping teach music to children in the schools. The ‘Bedale Rocks’ event last week organised and led by Mrs Latta featured the house band taking requests for songs, in return for a donation to the cause. Alongside this they had the ‘Rock-o-meter’ to show the most popular songs, a raffle and buffet. The event was supported in part by Sainsbury’s who agreed to match the donations made on the night. All the money raised during Friday’s event will be used to buy some much-needed musical instruments for the children in India.

Girls wanted. –The junior football club is now actively looking for new girl footballers in Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 and Y7 to attend the coaching sessions on Monday between 6.30-7.30pm at Dobson’s Field off Firby Road with Tony Cooper. For more information contact Amanda on 01677 432125 or email [email protected].

Clothes banks. – the British Heart Foundation have two banks located in the car park  at the BASA Sports Club on Leyburn Road, one to receive clothing and the other  for books, CD’s and DVD’s.

Junior Lifesaving. - Bedale leisure  centre are pleased to offer a new Junior Lifesaving class on Friday evenings  between 5.15-6pm. This covers the RLSS Rookie Bronze syllabus and is aimed at  youngsters aged 8yrs and over who passed Stage 7 swimming lessons (if you're not  sure about swimming level, get in touch and we'll sort something  out!)

Allotment gardening. – Bedale Allotment Association are releasing a few plots at their site off Masham Road. The plots vary in size from 100-200 square metres and cost between £22-£38 per annum. If interested, contact the membership secretary on 01677 424772.




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