Saturday 23rd May was a lovely sunny day – just right for attempting the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. In total 10 of us completed the walk to raise funds for the St Paul’s Children’s Project and we hope to have raised £2500 by the time all of the sponsorship is in. The Project is a small (Ripponden based) charity providing an education to Orphaned children in Eastern Zambia.
We had an early start to climb Pen y Ghent before most folk were out of their Bank Holiday beds! Then a long walk to Ribblehead where we were met with parkin and flapjacks – just the job. We did see a train go over the viaduct but sadly it was a Northern Pacer, not a steam loco.
Whernside was next with its long steady climb and steep descent and more refreshments before the, by now, tired legs scrambled up Ingleborough for a view of the sea. It seemed like we were on top of the world – but then we had another 6 miles to walk before getting back to Horton by 7pm.
A big thank you to all of the walkers – particularly the team from St Bart’s (William, Julie, Stefan, Brian and Malcolm) and to those who sponsored us. Also to Kevin Booth who led the walk for us.
Recent results from the 100 club draw:
May: 1st Prize: C Mitton (20) 2nd Prize: C Dawson (53) 3rd Prize J Moffat (81)
June: 1st Prize:A Kinlan(48) 2nd Prize: P Fletcher (67) 3rd Prize S Sotnyk (26)
Ladies Lunch at the Fleece Countryside Inn
On 20 April, 98 smartly-dressed ladies enjoyed a two-course lunch on a sunny day at the Fleece in Barkisland. This was followed by a stunning demonstration with running commentary by Karen Longbottom, a highly accomplished florist and tutor from Finishing Touches at Outlane. Karen has been successful in the past at Chelsea Flower Show and amazed us with her skill. She donated all the arrangements for the raffle and a total of nearly £800 was raised for St Bart’s redevelopment. This was our second successful lunch and a great start to the summer’s fund-raising programme.
Annual Pork Pie Competition at the Bridge Inn
For some years, the church has opened during the afternoon of the popular pork pie competition at the Bridge Inn. This year our plans to serve tea and coffee and show visitors round the church, together with the usual WI cake stall, were thwarted late in the day, due to the re-ordering at the back of church. We hope to be back next year when we will be able to serve hot drinks from our new kitchen and to show old and new visitors alike our new facilities.
Tour de Yorkshire and Ripponden Gala
On 3 May, the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire passed through Ripponden and the annual Gala, usually held on the May Day Bank Holiday, was moved to the Sunday so that the two events could be combined. During the night, torrential rain fell, so that all the Gala events planned for Mill Fold recreational ground were either cancelled or moved. This meant that suddenly St Bart’s became the focus for the remaining stalls. Church was closed due to the building work and one section of lawn was out of action. However, the community centre and the hastily erected marquees on the rest of the lawn saw many visitors over the course of the day; £400 was raised through various church stalls and refreshments. Mugs which had been donated over many months formed the main part of the popular tombola.
Tea on the Terrace
On 31 May, Pam Lum hosted a very enjoyable afternoon tea at her home in Stony Lane. Unfortunately, we were only able to admire the terrace and Pam’s beautiful garden from inside the house due to the cold and windy weather. Otherwise, the afternoon was a huge success with a wonderful tea, using the bone china which had been donated over the past few months. £159 was raised for St Bart’s.