Letters to the Editors
The Bradley Family in Yorkshire
My name is Frances Jenkinson (nee Bradley) and although I now live in Thornton Dale, North Yorkshire, I was born in Swaffham Prior and my father, Walter Bradley, lived in the village most of his life. He is now 83 and living near us in Pickering. He is still in contact with many of his friends and he keeps up with village news through the Crier.
St Mary's Church is very important to our family - it was where I was confirmed and married and where our children, Helen and Richard, were christened. It was also where we held a memorial service four years ago for my much loved mum, Joan Bradley, who had worked as a teaching assistant at the school for twenty years. This connection to the church is the main reason we wish to highlight Richard's new business through the Crier.
Richard is a professional singer/songwriter who will record a personalised lullaby on CD which is suitable for playing at a Christening or for soothing a baby to sleep. 'Your Song'is unique to the UK market and we believe it would be of interest to your readers. My father and I would like to support the church in its fundraising efforts by donating £5 from every sale generated by this publicity.
April 21st Arthur Rank Appeal
A great big THANK YOU to all the incredibly generous people who helped raise £1200 for the Arthur Rank Centre in April. You know who you are and you should know that your kindness is greatly appreciated by Martin Kemp, Hilary Sage and all who work for the Appeal.
Macmillan Coffee Morning - Friday 28th September 2007
Once again we are nearing the time of the Macmillan Coffee Morning and, as usual, it will be held at my house - The Oaks, Manor Farm Court, Lower End. The need to raise money for this cause is as necessary as ever and I do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come and have a cup of coffee, a biscuit, a chat and spend, spend, spend! There will be a Raffle and also a Bring and Buy Stall of Home -made Cakes. I do hope that if you enjoy baking you will bring a cake. If baking is not your forte then will you please buy some cakes?
If you have never been to one of these coffee mornings then do come. It's a good occasion to meet new friends. The coffee morning will be from 10.30 am until 12 noon and it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible. If you are short of time then just pop in for a quick coffee and chat - it's all for a very good cause.
See you on Friday 28th September!
The Good Old Days
'The Good Old Days'shown on Wednesday, June 27th proved a nostalgic record of important events in the village. Ably recorded by Ron Prime with apt and succinct narration, these films expertly led through the repair of the bells, millennium celebrations and the restoration of our landmark windmills.
The archival importance is great. Sighting of much loved villages keeps then remembered.
Thank-you, Ron and Betty. An enormous amount of work, but much impressed.
The Clock Bell
I am flattered that Tom R, in the June Crier, should not only have noted anything I ever said but that he should remember it so accurately. There were two issues being discussed at the time when the clock strike was being re-instated.
- The architect of St. Cyriac's removed the clock bell from the top of the tower of this listed building during the 1988 - onwards refurbishment. When it was agreed to return the strike to the clock the architect refused to restore the clock bell to the position it had been in since 1798. Instead it's been left to languish on the floor of the bell chamber while one of the ringing bells is used. The architect refused to budge and we lost that one.
- We (mainly those in the High Street) lost out again over when the clock should strike. There was no compromise as Tom R suggests. We agreed that the clock should not strike throughout the night and proposed that it should ring from 7.00am to 10.00pm. This was rejected by Tom R's representative who, speaking on behalf of Tothill residents, maintained that it should ring from 8.00am to 8.00pm BECAUSE people in Tothill Road like to lie in on Saturday/Sunday mornings and because children must not be kept awake after 8.00pm. I'm sorry Tom R but there was no compromise and I'm surprised when you say the clock bell strikes at 7.00am. I'll give you a pint for every time it does strike at that time if you give me a pint for every time it doesn't.
BUT - let's have a real compromise, and an agreement. Why not have a 7.00am to 10.00pm strike? As it is only Tothill Road which objects perhaps the residents will express their views on this suggestion as strongly as they did over children and Coopers Green. And you will not be asked to contribute to the cost. What do you think?