WW1 Commemorations

As reported previously, various activities and events to commemorate the Great War are being discussed including: an exhibition, a trip to the Royal Arboretum and a special film show. The village group who have come together to look at organising these and other events are keen to establish what plans other groups/organisations/societies in the village may have in place, so that they can be co-ordinated and communicated widely. Please drop the society an email with details. We know the local Probus Club have organised a trip to Dunham Massey (owned by the National Trust) on the 2nd of July. To mark the 100 years anniversary of the war, part of this fine mansion will be restored to the Stamford Military Hospital, which was located in the house to care for the wounded soldiers from the trenches. The cost of the trip is £16 plus the entry fee. For further information and to make a booking please contact Richard Bly on 01943609646, as soon as possible.

Regular village ‘get-together’

Queensland Care (Homecroft residential home in Ilkley) run the Brew Room Cafe from the Methodist church in the village every third Friday in the month. It is free of charge with refreshments and even entertainment provided. The ‘get-together’ is for the over 65s and aimed at people with dementia and their carers. It is open from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. The contact is Sara Mortimer who lives in Addingham and her telephone number is 01943608062. Please pass this information on.

‘The Tour Addingham’ village meeting

A message from Richard Hunter-Rowe Vice Chairman of ‘The Tour Addingham’ Committee:
‘The Tour Addingham 2014 committee are keen to hold a further village meeting. This will form part of the next Neighbourhood Forum (City of Bradford MDC) meeting scheduled for Tuesday 17th June 2014 at 7.00pm – in Addingham Memorial Hall. The main agenda item for this meeting will be the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014, which takes place on 5th and 6th July 2014. The meeting will give residents an opportunity to find out more details about the event, the routes and likely disruptions. This meeting is less than 3 weeks before the Tour de France passes through the village (twice) and we are expecting a big turn-out. So get along in good time!’

Mount Hermon Blue Plaque

The 24th of May saw the unveiling of the first Blue Plaque in the village. A special ceremony was organised by Pastor Neil Bedford to celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful missionary work undertaken by PastorWilliam Kendall Gale in Madagascar from 1908 until his death in 1935. Many village residents attended the event. Catherine Coates, chair of the parish council, said a few words as did your chairman. Guests of honour were 3 of William Gale’s granddaughters. It was a wonderful day and we now look forward to the ‘next one’. Thanks must go to Ilkley Civic Society for their help and support and for loaning us the ‘ceremonial pelmet and curtains’ !

Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

Those of you who have not been up to the games area (MUGA) recently will be unaware that 3 plaques have been fixed to the MUGA notice board. Two of them are from WREN and Yorventure, our two major sponsors, basically to identify them and in recognition of their considerable help in raising the necessary funds to build the MUGA. The third is a special civic society plaque and lists the many organisations and individuals who gave financial and other support in creating this wonderful village facility. Importantly, this plaque also acknowledges that the MUGA was designed by our very own Keith Appleyard (a long standing executive committee member) and is dedicated to the memory of his wife Jan.