As usual, there will be plenty of activity at the village church this Christmas with something for everyone.
On Sunday December 22nd at 4:00 pm there is to be a Carol Service to which everyone in the village is warmly invited.
Then on Christmas Eve, also at 4:00 pm, the church is holding its annual Christingle Service in aid of the Children's Society. What better way could there be for families to get Christmas off to a perfect start?
And finally, on Christmas Day itself, St Mary's will hold a Family Eucharist with Carols at 9:15 am.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
The Village Hall is the place to be on Saturday 30th November so you don't miss the annual Village Christmas Fair.
Doors open at 11:00am and the show goes on until 2:00pm. As well as lots of seasonal shopping opportunities, there'll be yummy refreshments and we're told that Santa will be taking a break from his preparations for the busy Christmas season to visit North Stainley between 12:00 and 1:00pm. Let's face it, the kids would never forgive you if you missed that, would they?
Remember those long, hot, sunny days watching French villagers, pastis, red wine and Gauloises to hand, playing their 'national' game? Ever fancied trying your hand at petanque or boules, as it's often known?
Now's your chance! The North Stainley West Tanfield Petanque Club, formerly located at the rear of the Staveley Arms, now has new 'terrains' (playing areas) at the Memorial Hall Car Park in West Tanfield close by the Bull Inn and Bruce Arms in the centre of the village. It's a small, friendly club where you are sure of a warm welcome and as much help as you need in learning how to play.
Go on! Give it a try!. You know you want to!
For more details on the club, see the Clubs and Groups section of the village website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In 2017, the District Council introduced charges for the Garden Refuse Service.
The charge for the opt-in subscription service for collections from March to November 2019 (19 fortnightly collections) remains at £39.00 . You can apply at Harrogate Borough Council Garden Waste or by phoning Customer Services on 01423 500600. You will need a debit or credit card.
The first collection for 2019 will be on Wednesday 13th March and the service continues fortnightly until 20th November, the last collection for 2019.
The 'In at the Start' project on the new Pennycroft Quarry extension run by High Batts Nature Reserve has won a prestigious international Quarry Life Award in a competition sponsored by HeidelbergCement that recognises the skills and efforts of a wide-ranging team of conservation volunteers, photographers and surveyors.
The work will continue over the coming months and years and, for now, the extension is off-limits except on special occasions. Monitoring and management of the site goes on even as Heidelberg begins to extract the valuable gravels from deep pits within it.
Watch this space for more news as the project develops or go to the High Batts Website for more details and further announcements.
Many of you will have seen leaflets and other publicity for Masham Liftshare which uses the web to help connect people travelling in similar directions at similar times to travel together and share costs. The scheme also helps reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
What you may not have realised is that residents of North Stainley are more than welcome to participate. The scheme is called Masham Liftshare but it covers the whole of the local area and villages.
If you think you might benefit from Liftshare simply call 01765 680200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Liftshare Website. There are successful schemes all over the country and you can choose to share as little or as often as you like for any journey you make.
North Stainley has a Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) which is kept in a yellow box on the Village Hall veranda, facing the recreation ground. The only way to access the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which it contains, is to dial 999 (or 112). Would you know when to use it and what to do with it? If not, please read on - it may save someone's life.
Many of you will have seen David Attenborough's Blue Planet episode when he exposed the frightening levels of plastic pollution in our oceans. The programme caused quite a stir and there is now pressure from all directions for something to be done about it.