Issue 41

March 2012

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Bowls Group

We will be trying to get a group together on Wednesday mornings at 10.00 am commencing the 9th May, initially for 6 weeks at Bishop Monkton Bowling Club. Everyone is welcome, and equipment will be provided. The cost will be £2 per session. If you have already requested information I will be in contact again nearer the time. Beginners are welcome and basic tuition will be provided. For more information, or to book your place, email .

David Blyfield


After four years of struggling for members we now have a group of 14. It has been a hard time and I have often felt like giving up, but it has been worth it. Our members really enjoy the meetings and thanks to Diana and Carol are making progress. Because we now have two teachers/advisors we are able to practice two different types of script. At the moment we are practicing copperplate and gothic both very different hands. We still have room for anyone else who would like to join and as we are at different levels it does not matter if one doesn't  join at the beginning of the term.

We meet on the second Friday of the month from 2 - 4 pm at Community House. Why not come and try your hand at a very rewarding craft.

Ruth Ogle


We meet the 2nd. Friday of the month, at the Community Room on Bilton Lane for our indoor meetings, we also visit gardens of interest in the area, our 1st. visit in 2011 was to Newby Hall, one of the finest gardens in the north, our 2nd. was to a lovely private garden Thorpe Lodge, on the Bishop Monkton to Ripon Rd. We were lucky, as this was the final year that the owners were opening their garden to the public.

Our main trip by coach, was to Raby Castle and Gardens, at Staindrop Co. Durham, the castle is well worth a visit, it is one of the finest in the north.

I was for some year`s in the 1970`s Head Gardener at Raby, when the gardens were run commercially, with plant sales from the garden shop, and surplus to local shops in Barnard Castle & Bishop Auckland, & the Team Valley wholesale market in Gateshead.

2012 started with a talk by Joe Maidan ( Grow With Joe) who some will know from his programme on radio Leeds, called Tim and Joe, which he runs from his potting shed, at his nursery on the Harrogate to Pool Road. Joe also writes for some gardening magazines and judges at many Horticultural shows; a great character, and amusing speaker.

To bring us up to date, this month Tony Rymer of the Alpine Society spoke on “Bulbs for All Seasons”, explaining which part of the world they came from, and the best treatment for them. Tony is also a guide at Harlow Carr.

Ian Wallace and myself have run the group for Ten years this month. We first met round the table at the home of Margaret Douglas, one of the founder members, she tells me there were 19 round the table, we now have around 40 members.

Ian has not been well of late so we wish him a speedy recovery.

Richard H. Smith