The Society ‘Adopts’ a BT telephone Kiosk.

Many of you will know that we have very recently ‘taken possession’ of the telephone kiosk on Church Street. It is a Grade II listed building and an iconic landmark in the Village and we certainly did not want it removed by BT, as they did with the kiosk on The Green, at the top of the Village. Once the refurbishment is complete we will decide what we shall do with it! We have had many suggestions and if you would like to have your say then drop an email to: info@addinghamcivicsociety.co.uk or mention it to one of the Society’s Trustees. You could even pop down to the Kiosk and write your suggestion/s on the note paper inside…..

The Civic Society Christmas Party

Our hugely popular Xmas Party was on the 7th of December. The Heritage Boys once more put on a star performance. There was much dancing and lots of festive activities. Everybody thought it was a great success and a large contribution was made to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance chaity.  

Our Environment Group

The 4Becks Project The project is gradually taking shape! Following the discussion we had at the Speaker Meeting last month we have now begun to set up our team of “beck stewards”. The plan is to work in pairs and for each pair to take responsibility for a given stretch of beck, starting with Town Beck and Back Beck. Jessica Penrose has kindly agreed to be the coordinator. Stewards will look for “bad things”, such as litter, builders rubbish, blocked culverts, storm water drains, pollution events, invasive species (such as Himalayan balsam and Signal crayfish), and “good things”, such as brown trout, dippers, grey wagtails, kingfishers, herons, otters, and wildflowers. Over time we should be able to build up an accurate picture of the becks and eventually remove “bad things” (although Signal crayfish I’m afraid to say are here to stay!) and protect the good things. We are continuing to look for volunteers to help with the 4Becks project. No previous experience necessary! If you would like to help please contact Rick on 01943 839792 or r.battarbee@ucl.ac.uk.  

Hedgehogs Following on from our work with our village Beavers on tree identification in September, this month we are working with our First Addingham Brownie group headed up by Brown Owl, Gill Moon. We invited Dr Hedgehog (Stephanie Murie) from Bingley Hedgehog Rescue to run a hedgehog session with the Brownies (and their parents). Stephanie brought with her Trixabelle, for demonstration purposes (see picture). Hedgehog numbers have declined dramatically over the last few decades in the UK, and indeed there seem to be many fewer here in Addingham. We know there are populations at the top of Moor Lane, around Burns Hill and along Bark Lane, but where else? We need to do what we can to protect them. The first thing is to find out how many there are and where they occur. So if you have seen a hedgehog in the village this year can you let me (Rick) know where and when. It’s hibernation time soon so there’s not much more to be done this year, but with everyone’s help, especially the Brownies, who are now the experts, we will try to carry out a full village survey next year.

Village Newsletter

Village Newsletter Working once again with the Parish Council, we have started to plan the next edition of ‘Village News’. It will follow in the footsteps of the first 2, very successful Newsletters and it is hoped will be released around the end of February time, next year. So, if you would like to place an advertisement or know someone locally, who might wish to advertise, then do get in touch. Similarly, if you would like to write an article then again, let us know by sending an email to: info@addinghamcivicsociety.co.uk or speak to any Trustee.

Autumn Fayre 21st Oct 2017

Autumn Fayre

Our Autumn Fayre took place on the 21st of October and once again was a huge success. As always the Village ‘answered the call’ by responding fantastically with a great turn out on the day, so a big thank-you to everyone who came along. We had a great day financially as well with a profit of just over £675, a terrific boost to our funds.

As with previous Fayres our local businesses donated some wonderful raffle prizes and many, many thanks go to: (in no particular order) The Co-op, Addingham Newsagents, Addingham Fisheries, Plan-it-Earth, The Sandwich Shop, The Swan Public House, Andrew Green Motors, The Sailor Public House, Claire Wareham Hair and Beauty, The Seafood Pub Company (The  Fleece), Aireworth Veterinary Practice, John Muirhead Dental Surgery, Rowlands Pharmacy, The Crown Public House, Addingham Social Club, The Cutting Line Hair Salon, The Ginger Plum Café and last but not least Fiona Mann. You are all brilliant !

At the Fayre we had a competition to ‘Guess the Weight’ of a fruit cake. Heather Tysoe was the nearest to the actual weight of the cake i.e. 3lbs 12oz with a well thought out entry of 3lbs 14oz. Well done Heather you’ve obviously done a fair bit of baking in your time!

Those of you who were at the Fayre hopefully had a chance to talk to our new Member of Parliament John Grogan. This was very much a social visit for John and he really enjoyed his visit.