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1:50pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
Parishioners join German tour
ST MARGARET’S CHURCH, ILKLEY: Director of Music Christopher Rathbone and eight members of our choir have spent a busy week in the German town of Erfurt along with others from the Bradford Diocesan choir.
The visit, organised by parishioner Ros Beeson, included a joint concert with a German choir and an informal session outside JS Bach’s birthplace in nearby Eisenach. Besides Ros, St Margaret’s was represented by John Brown, Robin Crawshaw, Catherine Gibson, Andrea Rayner, Gerry Whittingham, Tina Warnes and Christopher’s wife Isobel, who next week moves from Guiseley St Oswald’s to become Vicar at Batheaston in the Bath and Wells Diocese.
Other ‘engagements’ included a choral evensong at the Augustinerkirche, where Martin Luther lived as a monk in the 1550s, and a recital by Christopher in the historic Predigerkirche.
“Every organ is different but fortunately I’ve wide experience of arriving in strange places and learning the instrument quickly,” he says.
BAPTIST CHURCH: The service on Sunday morning was conducted by Brian Harris and the scriptures were read by Deborah Swann. The sermon considered boundaries and limits, contrasting the limits set by our secular society and those by the law set out by Moses with the boundless and limitless of the love and grace of God. In the evening we joined our friends at Abbeyfield when the service was conducted by Anne Wilkinson and the readings by Grace Bray. On Wednesday the women’s fellowship recommenced its regular programme of meetings when PC Smith gave a talk on crime prevention interspersed with some humorous anecdotes.
HOMEMAKERS: Our August meeting was taken by Brenda Murch, one of our members, and was called Fit in Fitness, fitting fitness into your everyday life. She told us how to do simple exercises to music. We used our feet, legs, arms and swayed our bodies to the music. I think we all felt better after doing the exercises although it made some of us quite tired. Brenda also had a hoola hoop for us to try and a long ribbon on the end of a stick for us to twirl around. Our vice chairman thanked Brenda for an exhilarating evening. The next meeting is a talk by Bob Howe on The Samaritans.
Sales table is garden produce. Men are welcome to come to the meeting at Church House at 7.45pm on Thursday, September 12.
OLICANA BRIDGE CLUB: News for week ending August 31. Monday, August 26, eight tables, winners: Maureen Bradford & June Manning; runners-up: Harry Hoyle & Bridget Vickerman. Tuesday, August 27, 12 teams, winners: John Cole & Sue Pell, Derek Markham & Stuart Davies. Wednesday, August 28, improvers, eight tables, N/S: John Cole & Arnold Chapman; E/W: Felicity Bedggood & Sheila Carruthers. Wednesday, August 28, evening, five tables, winners: Teresa Cannell & Brian Wildblood; runners-up: Joy Warburton & Fiona Burnett. Thursday, August 29, 12 tables, winners: Mavis Pratt & Chris Roberts; runners-up: Pat Warnett & John Mulligan. Friday, August 30, three tables, winners: Norah Small & Harald Luts; runners-up: Irene Boothman & Jim Gilmour.
CAMERA CLUB: We’ve just published our exciting new season’s syllabus of evening photographic meetings. Copies are in libraries, local camera shops and at the Manor House Museum. Highlights this year include images from Tuscany and Yellowstone, and displays of contemporary and fine art photography. Additionally, the club runs competitions, holds exhibitions, and supports members seeking to improve their photography. We are a friendly crowd and welcome prospective members to attend three meetings free of charge. We meet on Fridays at 7.30pm from September 13, at Church House, Church Street, Ilkley LS29 9DR.
BUSINESS FORUM: The next meeting will be on Wednesday. Once more we are travelling to a different part of LS29 and having a joint meeting with Burley and District Chamber of Trade. The guest speaker is Dr Nicola Brown, PhD Leeds and MSc in Social & Applied Psychology (University of Kent, Canterbury). Dr Brown will be talking about ‘Decision making and the impact on your business. How do we make decisions and could we make more effective ones by making better informed choices?’ She is attending through the good offices of Leeds Business School. The meeting will be at 5.45pm, in St Mary’s Parish Centre, Station Road, Burley-in-Wharfedale, opposite Aireville Terrace. We are sure that this month’s speaker will be as good as Andi Lonnen was in July – a truly natural speaker of great talent who kept us all enthralled about finance of all things. There will also be a presentation by Ilkley Art Trail about their forthcoming event in October. The meeting starts at 5.45pm until 7.45pm. Why not catch the train? They are every 15 minutes from Ilkley to Burley and twice an hour on the way back. All members and their guests, and especially new visitors whose first meeting is free, are welcome to attend.
ART CLUB: The club meets on Tuesday 7.30pm at The Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley. This year there will be a new and exciting programme, beginning next week. Prospective new members will be welcome to come along for a free taster session. Please keep October 8 free in your diary for the Art Club Open Evening. For more information e-mail ilkleyart email@example.com or telephone Paul Shaw on 07771 754605.
GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION: Tonight our speakers are travelling all the way from Cumbria. Bob and Cath Saunderson from Cath’s Garden Plants in Levens spend their time growing beautiful plants, using them to win prizes at prestigious flower shows and then telling people like us about their fantastic lives. Stories from the Shows is the result and we will find out how they manage to win so many prizes, including a Gold medal at Harrogate Spring Flower Show and two RHS Gold medals at RHS Gardeners’ World Live and Tatton Park Flower Shows recently, which was especially challenging after the dreadful bitterly cold and windy spring. We can be sure of an enjoyable evening. The annual mystery fuchsia prize will be awarded and there will be a raffle. The meeting starts at 7.45pm with doors open at 7.30pm at the Ilkley Parish Church House Hall, near the main lights in Ilkley. Admission is £1 for members and £2 for non-members. Tea and biscuits are free. Our sheds at Leeds Road Allotments will be open on Sunday and then on October 6 and November 10. See ilkleygardeners. org.uk for more information.