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Great Gardening Tips for All Ages New Manager for the Pax Inn Children’s Parties - top tips to retain your sanity

Advertising Index Accountants Gillbeck Assoc Peter Howard

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Alarms TI Security


Contact: John Clayton, Convenience stores Costcutter


Hardware Douglas Yeadon


Curtains, Furnishing Lou’s Threads


Holiday Cottages Priory Cottages


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Decorators Mark Hatfield Oliver Willard The Decorating Centre

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Kitchens Aberford Interiors Granite Transformations

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Architects McNicholas Architects


Elderly Support WiSE


Newsagents Supershop


Bed & Breakfast Four Gables


Electrical services PC Collier Edmunds Electrical

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Opticians Andrew Morgan Cameron Beaumont

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Butchers Sykes House Farm



Pilates Kate Sellars


Building Materials Kirbys

Estate Agents Beadnall & Copley


Physiotherapy Tadcaster Physio

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Animal Care Clifford Moor Farm Fosters Dog Grooming

Carpet Cleaning Wetherby Carpet Cars/MOT Boston Spa Garage Westmoreland Cars Chimney Sweep Mooring Brothers Chiropody Boston Spa Chiropody Computers The MAC Service The PC Crew

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Flooring Services Thorner Flooring Floor Design Wetherby

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Funerals Tony Barker


Restaurants Ali’s Kitchen Fox and Hounds Pax Inn, Thorp Arch

Furniture Hue Interiors


Retail Parks Thorp Arch Retail Park


Gardening Harris Landscapes Lawn Keeper MK Landscaping

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Roofing Trelfa Roofing Ltd


Hairdressing Ian Blakey

Solicitors Steel Switalskis



Tree Services Bardsey Tree Services


Front Cover - Bluebells at Fountains Abbey © National Trust Causeway - Chair Ian Hall | Editor Rachel Bentley | Designer John Pendleton | Advertising John Clayton Distribution (Thorp Arch) Nicola Midgley and Susie Seldon (Walton) Gay Childe. And big thanks to the entire distribution team. Please refer to the Contacts Page for contact details. The Editor and Management Committee do not endorse any content of articles or advertisements in this magazine nor shall they be liable directly or indirectly for any damages which may arise from information or views contained in these pages.

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Hello to all Causeway readers.

I seem to be obsessed with the weather! From writing about the ‘big freeze’ last month, I am now basking in 20ºC+ sunshine with a small brown dog who doesn’t know what to do with herself - Hot Dog doesn’t cover it… there’s more Doggy Tails (!) on page 13 with a golden retriever who is gaining an Instagram following. With the warmer weather it is timely for a look out of the window at that patch of earth I seem to remember we call a garden. With a focus on good things to eat, this month we have two gardening features looking at cultivating our children’s interest in growing veg, plus planting and propagating the noble gooseberry. There’s a competitive spirit blooming in the area with how to enter our local Village Show based in Clifford with entries welcome from our villages - see page 27 for details.

and things to do - we’ve had stacks of suggestions and contributions this month from our readers, so we hope you will enjoy. Please keep your ideas coming and send to by 14th of the month prior to publication (monthly except August and January). And please support our advertisers (including the community events organisers) mentioning you saw them in Causeway. Many thanks.

Birthdays take place the whole year through, obviously, but traditionally May has been the month for magazines to run a parties feature so Causeway is following the trend! See pages 16 and 17 for my Top Ten Tips for keeping your sanity when organising your Darling Little Ones’ celebrations over the next 12 months.

Your Causeway Editor Please send editorial, ideas and images to Find us online at PLEASE NOTE: Causeway is published 10 times a year monthly, except January and August. Deadline is 14th of the month prior to publication. Causeway is prepared and distributed entirely by volunteers at the beginning of each month of publication.

As always, our Causeway Magazine is filled cover to cover with local interest stories

Advertisers’ index Editor’s letter The Birds in Your Garden News from our Churches Letter from the Clergy Sunday Services Thorp Arch Parish Council Thorp Arch News Walton News

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Daily Bailey Top Tips for Children’s Parties Village Diary and Notice Board Time to get in the Garden Cultivating Young Gardeners Around the Area Book Review Village contacts 3

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The Birds In Your Garden

mobile phone networks are larger and heavier at 12 grams or more as they need much more power, but as they have lower transmission costs they are often the favourites. Some satellite tags use solar panels to charge their batteries and can cost as much as £2,000 each, as well as incurring high transmission costs.

Mike Gray’s regular feature goes outside the garden to look at bird migration and tracking. On the excuse that House Martins and Cuckoos could be garden birds, I’m going off-piste to talk about a topic that fascinates me w– tracking birds, whether when migrating or just moving around feeding.

The choice of which tag to use for which purpose depends on many factors: the size of the bird, overall cost, ease of recapture etc. All this data has many uses: locating food sources during migration, looking at flight patterns to work out likely conflicts when siting off-shore wind turbines, discovering breeding sites and many, many more. It’s exciting stuff and we’re learning a lot. If you want to know more, or follow the cuckoos on their way back here, look on the BTO website.

One of the BTO’s aims is to push the frontiers of technology to learn more about bird behaviour, and whilst trackers of one kind or another have been around for more than 20 years they are still evolving and miniaturising at pace. Trackers weigh from 0.3 gram up to anything a bird as big as a gull can easily carry. Some can transmit their position to a remote receiver, whilst others require the bird to be recaptured or recovered, if dead. All require the bird to be caught for installation purposes, which in itself can pose a number of problems.

MIKE GRAY If you find the lives of our garden birds to be of interest and would like to join in and count the feathered occupants of your garden, please contact me or visit the BTO Garden BirdWatch website ( If you know of an organisation not a million miles from York which would like a talk on garden birds call: Mike Gray 07596 366342 or

The smallest trackers are geolocators which are a combination of a light sensor, a memory chip and a clock, all powered by a battery. These tiny devices use light levels to plot local day length which, when combined with the sun’s position above the horizon, gives an estimate of latitude and longitude to within about 150km. Good enough on a 5,000 km journey. Heavy cloud cover or the bird being in shade can lead to inaccuracies, but over a period will even out. Changes in light levels can also be used to tell when a bird moves onto or off its nest, which is useful when monitoring breeding.


Next up in size and accuracy are tags which use GPS. These weigh from about a gram upwards, the smaller ones only storing data internally for later analysis, whilst the larger ones can transmit their data. The accuracy of these systems can be anything down to 20 metres depending on how sophisticated they are. Mass production has made these tags cheap enough to allow large samples of birds to be tagged at once, vastly increasing the amount of information collected. Finally, there are the satellite and mobile-phonebased trackers used on larger birds such as Cuckoos and gulls, which can transmit their data. Those using 4


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News from our Churches


Letter from the Clergy When we, the Church, gets it wrong, it seems to hold and even deeper significance. We are the Body of Christ, and Christ himself would want no part of our greatest errors. And yet, he has chosen to work through us, with all our many imperfections. How are we to fulfil this responsibility he has given us?

Who do we Trust? The shift in the public perception of organisations has been vast in my lifetime (and I am not that old!) I grew up in an environment where, generally, ‘public’ institutions and people who worked for the good of communities were trusted and believed to be doing their best.

In some ways even asking ourselves that question shows how easily we stray from God’s purposes. For the answer is that it is through him that we receive the power and guidance to complete the tasks he has given us.

Now, mistrust and scepticism would be the defining feature. We question everything that comes from any organisation, ‘expert’ or ‘leader’. It seems there are few givens, and established truths that are, generally, shared across society. Even our charitable organisations now suffer from a widely held scepticism, something the public sector has been used to for rather longer.

If all that we do is grounded in prayer, and a strong relationship with Christ, both personally and collectively, then we won’t go far wrong. It is when we lose sight of him that we err. Recently I read an article that talked about this loss of trust and it suggested that we (all those in ‘public’ institutions) need to do more to explain what we do and how it benefits both individuals and wider society. In the case of the church, yes, we do need to explain, but more importantly we need to live in the light of Christ. If we do so, our explanation becomes less essential, as our Christlikeness becomes more apparent.

Undoubtedly, organisations of all kinds have given us reason to question their effectiveness and their standards of practice. There is nothing wrong with questioning, and calling organisations to account, but the balance has tipped to distrust to such an extent that it is adversely affecting many of our most vulnerable people. So, in this context, how do we ensure that those who are in need, do get the help and support they need? How do we work together to address some of the most intransigent problems in our society?

And we need to be wary of falling into the same trap as others and to allow scepticism to impact on our generosity to those in need.

We need organisations, we need communities and we need individuals who will be proactive and be prepared to take risks for the sake of others.

The early church was one in which people lived as community, collectively meeting the needs of those around them. This model is difficult to emulate fully today, but the principle of working together for the common good, and especially for the good of those for whom life is tough, is an important dynamic of the Christian life.

Sadly, the Church is not immune to these problems. As an organisation run by people, we too fail at times, we too get it wrong, and so are subject to much the same level of mistrust as any other public or charitable organisation.



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Occasional Offices All Saints’ Thorp Arch and St Peter’s Walton BAPTISMS No Baptisms No Weddings WEDDINGS FUNERALS No Funerals

Join the Global Wave of Prayer 10th - 20th May Come and join us on Saturday 5th May (10am - 12 noon) at our Stall in Millennium Square, Boston Spa with hospitality in Boston Spa Methodist Church. Look out for more information about other events during this period. 9

Thorp Arch Parish Council April News Bulletin

• Always be vigilant and, if in doubt, don’t make the payment.

The following is a summary of some of the work the Parish Council (PC) has undertaken over the last few weeks. Please see the website for more information about the Parish Council, including minutes from meetings and agendas: www.

• Don’t respond to email messages that ask for personal information. Scams Fraudsters use the Internet to scam unsuspecting consumers. If an offer, email or message sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Police Report

Here are common scams:

Four crimes reported for the month of March, all on the Trading Estate. A storage container and a trailer were stolen plus a theft from a car and a purse removed from a shopper’s handbag.

Personal emergency scam: Scammers email or post social media messages that appear to be from someone you know saying they are in distress, such as having their wallet stolen or having been arrested.

There were 29 crimes last month for the whole of Wetherby ward, 2 of these were burglary residential.

If you get such a message, find another way to verify if it’s true, never respond to it.

There were 23 crimes in Harewood ward, 10 of these were burglary residential.

You owe money scam:

Online safety tips

Be wary of emails that claim you owe money. If you hear from a bill collector or a government agency about money ‘owed’ by you or a family member, don’t respond unless you are certain it’s legitimate.

• If you have children place the computer in a central area of your home where you can monitor it frequently. • Get your children used to involvement early. Ask what they're looking at and finding, or who they're visiting.

It’s pretty common for scammers to send ‘bills’ to people who don’t actually owe them money. Infected computer scam:

• Keep personal information a secret - real names, home address, phone number, sports clubs etc.

You might get a call from ‘Microsoft’ saying your computer is infected or vulnerable to hacking, with an offer to fix it for you. Hang up. Microsoft and other reputable companies never make these calls.

• Everyone should have a strong memorable password. Use symbols such as pa$$word (password) or @pple (apple) and change it regularly.

HCA Planning Application

• Make sure you have up to date antivirus software on computers, tablets and smartphones and it’s kept up to date.

The Parish Council (PC) has now submitted a formal and detailed objection to the HCA planning application, which can be viewed on the website on the news and events page: www.

• It’s important to consider who you are buying from and if they themselves are a reputable company. 10

Discussions and negotiations between LCC and HCA concerning various matters are still ongoing so it is likely that the application will be reported to members after the May elections.

Further consultations on the housing elements for Outer NE Leeds will take place over the summer. Parish Map

TATE Appeal

Final amendments are currently underway on the Parish Map.

The Inspector's Report on the Appeal has now been issued. The Secretary of State is due to give his decision on or before 12 July 2018. The Report will not be made public until the Secretary of State’s decision is made.

This will include the addition of the cycle route, an improved map and a link to the Ebor Way. Locations/points of interest will be identified on the map. It will be located on the Upper Green.

Site Allocation Plan Consultation Process (SAP)

Date of Next Parish Council Meeting

LCC have now submitted their revised plan. The housing proposals for Outer North East remains at 5000 units. HG2-227 land north of HMP Wealston remains allocated for 142 houses.

The next meeting will be held on Monday 14 May – 7pm at: All Saints Church, Thorp Arch.

Pax Inn, Thorp Arch, Under New Management

Adele is keen for the pub to be a thriving asset to Thorp Arch village and welcomes customers old and new to sample her lunch and evening menus, with the focus on both quality and variety, and enjoy the longer opening hours.

Exciting times at the Pax Inn this spring as the new manager has arrived. We extend a warm Causeway welcome to Adele. Adele comes from a hospitality background having previously been in corporate events management at Leeds United Football Club. She has plans to bring in new ideas whilst retaining the pub as a centre for the area’s various societies and social functions.

The Pax will be now open 7 days a week - Sunday to Thursday 12 noon to 11pm, with 12 noon to 12 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Food will be available Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 9pm and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm. For more information or to book call 01937 843183. A new website is planned at www.


Valued members of Walton’s community are remembered.

not only to his father being in the RAF but also the impact of the Second World War. His family moved around to several places within this country before eventually settling in Leeds. This is where he attended Leeds Grammar School, and later met Muriel Redcliffe, who was to become his wife in 1955.

St. Peter’s Church commemorated members of the Walton community in February. Marie Nanette Simpson was known by those who knew her as Nan.

Muriel was born in 1934 in the east end of London, but her family moved to Leeds when she was two, and she grew up in Headingley. George and Muriel went on to have five children between 1957 and 1967, namely Bernard, David, Stephen, John and Clare.

A valued member and supporter of St. Peter’s Church, she was beloved and is much missed by her family and many friends in Walton Village and widely beyond, throughout Yorkshire, in the farming community. George and Muriel Elwen passed away within weeks of one another. Jennifer Wormald and Bernard Elwen pay tribute.

They were loyally married for over 60 years until Muriel passed away in December 2017, less than six weeks before George. They moved to Walton in 1983, living at Vine Cottage for 24 years until the house grew too big for them to manage. They subsequently moved to sheltered housing in Boston Spa, but still kept in touch with friends from Walton.

Walton Village Community is continuing to thrive today in large part thanks to the commitment and diligence of George Elwen. George passed away peacefully on 30 January 2018, in St James’s Hospital in Leeds, after a short illness. For a number of years in retirement, George served St. Peter’s Church as Treasurer and then eventually, whilst in his late 70s, he went on to serve, as Churchwarden, together with his wife, Muriel. It was during this same period over several years in their lives, that George was simultaneously appointed Chairman of the Village Hall Committee and, in addition, Chairman of the Parish Council. Muriel was also appointed Clerk to the Parish Council.

Rubbish! Guy Kitchen puts his wry spin on the recent Walton Village Tidy Up. The call went out a few weeks ago from Captain Prudhoe to assemble at his HQ 09:30 hrs on Saturday 24 March. The routes into the village were in a less than salubrious state and that a loyal team of villagers were requested to attend and be prepared to clear up a mile or two of hedge bottoms.

In every way, George and Muriel can be said to have dedicated their lives to taking a very active part in Walton village life. They rest in peace in St. Peter’s churchyard. It can be truly stated that theirs is an outstanding record of public service to Walton Community, which needs to be acknowledged.

A battalion of helpers (actually twelve) duly arrived to be given a hot cup of coffee and a bacon sandwich followed by a yellow vest, a litter picker and suitable rubbish bags and teams were allocated to the cycle path and Springs Lane.

Their eldest son, Bernard, writes:

So far this was a very pleasant start.

George was born in June 1929 in Egypt, while his father was posted there on active RAF service. He had a somewhat nomadic childhood, due

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a monster collection of detritus, particularly of the alcoholic container type, tins, glass, plastic you name it, bits of a Mercedes, tyres, coffee cups and polystyrene trays. There were innumerable other things that should not be mentioned in a journal where there may be some readers of a sensitive disposition.

a pint were becoming ever more attractive - not to mention that those of a certain age were beginning to flag - and that was our task was pretty much complete. Dozens of rubbish bags were left at the road side for the council to collect and wearily we made our way to an excellent pile of chips and sandwiches at the Fox, oh, and a pint.

After a good two and a half hours of litter picking it became obvious that sandwiches and

Daily Bailey Local readers, the McGettigans, drew Causeway’s attention to a rising Instagram Star, Bailey, who has his own following as ‘Daily Bailey’. Here’s a recent ‘experience’ for which the faint hearted amongst you might value a health warning before reading… Bailey is a retriever dog who not only is beautiful but also very clever. He posted the following on Instagram “The last 36 hours have been the worst of my life. 1) A bath – made me smell clean and hair silky smooth – YUK 2) Mum forgot to give me breakfast this morning. 3) Mum only gave me a short walk this morning – and on a lead – something to do with making sure I didn’t eat anything en route. 4) Visit to the vets (where they usually serve excellent biscuits). I thought that perhaps I was having brunch out today. 5) Mum left me. 6) Although the vet nurses were very kind to me I c ouldn’t help but fall asleep for a really deep snooze. 7) I woke up and felt sure I was missing two little things I was particularly attached to. 8) I went out for a pee and fainted. 9) I had to have fluids via a tube (for the record I prefer a bowl) 10) Came home and they put a cone on my head. I really hope things improve tomorrow.“ Follow Bailey via 13

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Children’s Parties Retaining your Sanity

Send invitations at least a month ahead clearly showing what the party style is and if the parent or carer will need to stay. Include RSVP details - your name, mobile number AND email and ‘reply by’ date so you can chase up anyone who doesn’t get back to you. At this stage check dietary requirements and other special needs.

Editor, Rachel Bentley, shares her top 10 tips for a ‘perfect’ children’s party after MANY years of organising them for her two now teenaged sons. Disclaimer! Just some fun ideas and Rachel WILL NOT be coming to pick up the pieces so take care when organising your own ‘do’.

2. Who’s who Have a rough idea of who will be coming for numbers – will their parent or carer need to supervise them, will siblings be included? Will you need to plan space and catering for them? BE CLEAR! Parties become chaotic when the host parents end up being unpaid day care for every child invited plus their uninvited siblings - it happens!

3. Budgeting How much is in the kitty for the party? Set how much would you like to spend per child, and in total. Remember to factor in your child’s clothing, invites, party bags, decorations and thank yous as well as the party itself.

I know that my children have a birthday on the same date every year (after all – I was instrumental in their birth!).

Could you share your party and some of the cost with another family celebrating at the same time with mostly the same guests eg another child in the same class at nursery or school?

Why, then, have I NEVER got myself organised in PLENTY of time? Over the years one or the other child missed out on a party as everything-good-todo-for-a-child’s-party books up so early – which then makes for guilt one year and a spectacularly over indulgent party planned for the next.

4. Get help! What help will you need to run the party? Can you do this by yourself or will you need a party organiser to really help things along - or indeed a handy grandparent or two!?

That is why I put together these party planning ideas to help me - and hopefully you - towards a party that is just right for your child, their friends and perhaps most importantly – your budget!

What suppliers and venues could you consider? You will need to book really early to get exactly what you want as the best providers get overbooked, so leave yourself plenty of time.

Here are some things I have learnt from experience which worked well for us – there are lots of local suppliers who can help too.

1. Save the day

5. Home or away?

When would you like the party? Decide as soon as possible which time and day of the week will be best (or least problematic for the majority!) and identify any major events or festivals which clash.

Make your party age-appropriate for your child and their friends. Look at your options with that in mind – partying at home might be fine for smaller children but look at a venue or activity that you will be comfortable with as well especially for older or 16

9. Little finishing touches

very active children. Be aware that our little darlings DO change their minds – often - and be clear with them that once decided, and it is booked, that is it - a Peppa Pig ‘do’ might be difficult to turn into a football themed event at the drop of a hat!

A venue based party or one with an organiser or entertainer may supply rudimentary invitations and party bags. If your budget runs to it why not make your child’s day really special with invitations and thank yous themed to the party style, and let your imagination run wild with decor and with party bags or make that cake a really fab affair.

6. Be clear about arrangements Check out what your party venue or entertainer provides and what you need to provide (we once went to a party where everything but the cake was provided by the venue, but the parents weren’t clear about the fact that they should supply a cake – tumbleweed moment when the candles should’ve been lit - where was the cake?!)

7. Responsible partying Be clear who is supervising the children at the party eg if it is the party venue’s staff or if you have employed an entertainer check out their credentials including insurance, safety and child protection policy. If you expect a parent or carer to stay with their child be ABSOLUTLEY CLEAR when the invitation is sent out and accepted. Otherwise make sure you have mum or dad’s contact details in case a guest falls ill, has a bump or just needs reassurance!

YouTube has a wealth of easy to decorate stunning cakes, and equipment is easy to get hold of with local independent suppliers (Wetherby), the supermarket even or the internet. If you don’t have the time, skill or inclination then rest assured that there are some lovely local suppliers you can support and they can take the strain of personalising your little ones’ parties for you.

8. Catering The sky is the limit! If the venue offers it – grab with both hands. Caterers are available for children’s parties and can provide good value but if you need to DIY then keep it simple – we loved coloured paper sandwich bags or themed party boxes full of home-packed goodies (one per child), otherwise big sharing plates to dip into with sandwiches, snacks and green things!

10. Feet up When the party is over, make sure there is a treat lined up for you too – not just a ton of party food leftovers! Make a mental note of what worked and what didn’t.

We also like cupcakes on stands rather than a cake as they can be quickly popped into party bags without cutting up and a lot of mess. Make sure you cater for ALL your guests’ dietary needs or ask their parent or carer if they would mind helping you to put something together that would suit. It’s rubbish if you’re the only kid not ‘allowed’ to eat simply because you’re Coeliac, vegetarian and so on.

Spread the word about the positive experiences you had of your local party supplier and give them your support via review sections of their social media or website – you will probably need them again in 12 months’ time! First published in Families Pennines Magazine.


Please check with organisers, especially if you are making a special journey, as things can change.

Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May 12 noon until 10.00pm on Saturday and Sunday 12 noon until 8pm on Bank Holiday Monday StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ Early Bird Tickets are £5 per adult and Children Go Free. Early Bird Tickets allow access all three days.

MAY Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 May Tour de Yorkshire Four days of world class road cycling across Yorkshire.


Saturday 5 May 10am-12 noon Thy Kingdom Come Stall in Millennium Square, Boston Spa with Hospitality in Boston Spa Methodist Church introducing the global wave of prayer 10-20 May.

Saturday 9 June Walton Group of Artists Watercolour & Wax Workshop: Seedheads with Clare Botterill ( at Walton Village Hall 10am to 4pm £35 for non-members and any nonmember of the club can register an interest in attending by contacting

Monday 7 May Sellers from 7am, Buyers from 8am Tockwith & District Agricultural Society Car Boot Sale Bank Holiday Monday Tockwith Show Field, Cattal Moor Lane, Tockwith, York, YO26 7QH Sellers - Cars £7, Vans £10 Buyers – free admission Homemade cake stall & refreshments - local bacon/sausage/ burger rolls. For more info contact Maureen 07960 990242.

Saturday & Sunday 16-17 June St Peter’s Church Walton Flower Festival. Including village scarecrow competition. At the Church, Churchyard and Village. Register your interest to make a scarecrow with Anne Kilby 01937 842561 or email kilbyanne@

Monday 14 May 7pm Walton Parish Council Annual Meeting At Walton Village Hall - see www.walton-pc. for details.

JULY Friday, Saturday & Sunday 13-15 July Boston Spa Festival. Wide array of activities, including classic cars, music, street food, scarecrows, literary lunch (see page 28 for more information), glider planes, bowls…and quite a bit more. Keep a look out for publicity.

Tuesday 15 May 7.30pm Thorp Arch & Walton Ladies Group (YCA) at Deepdale Community Centre. Topic TBA. Visitors & Prospective Members Welcome. 01937 520 271 Saturday 19 May The Royal Wedding vs the FA Cup Final. Yes, it’s Battle for the Remote Day…

Saturday 14 July Walton Group of Artists Intro to Line and Wash: Less is definitely more with John Harrison ( at Walton Village Hall 10am to 4pm £35 for non-members and any non-member of the club can register an interest in attending by contacting

Saturday 19 May 10am Christian Aid Coffee Morning at St. Mary’s Church Stalls, refreshments and raffle all welcome. Weekends 19-20 and 26, 27 & 28 May Artists Around Wetherby Open Studios. Twenty four local artists invite you to visit. Refreshments in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice. Download map from www.

SEPTEMBER Saturday 1 Sept Clifford Show Clifford Village Hall Entries to be brought to the Village Hall in the morning and the Show opens at 2pm, for more information or email Entries are welcome from our villages - not just Clifford.

Saturday 26 to Thursday 31 May 10.30am-5pm Halfterm Play Week Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens (NT) YO30 1DD Tick off over 35 of the '50 things to do before you're 11 ' list and let off steam in the wilderness play area. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Contact 01904 472027. 18

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Power Cut? Call 105 New number for reporting power cuts. Many people don’t know they should contact their local electricity network operator if they have a power cut. They often mistakenly call the electricity supplier they pay their bills to. That’s why the electricity network operators have introduced 105 - to give you an easy-to-remember number to call that will put you through to the local people who can help.

So if you fancy a staycation this summer, be inspired by what is right here on our doorstep. Between ground-breaking exhibitions, family film screenings, talks from top academics and messy craft sessions, whatever the weather, Leeds Museums and Galleries have got you covered.

You can call 105 no matter who you choose to buy electricity from. In England, Scotland and Wales, there are six Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) that operate in different geographical regions and multiple Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) that operate across regions. DNOs and IDNOs are each responsible for ensuring that homes and businesses have electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If that is not enough, take a look at the Leeds Inspired Website - This includes links to Leeds Museums and Galleries’ events as well as a vast array of things to do for all ages around out area. And of course, take a look opposite at our diary of really local things to do… Short Trip to Tour de Yorkshire 2018 We couldn’t let May go by without a mention of the Tour de Yorkshire which (shock, horror) ISN’T going through our villages this year.

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We’d become accustomed to the excitement of hosting part of the route of the TdY and viewing by the roadside or indeed on the excellent TV coverage (which in 2017 included a bird’s eye view of Ed’s OH batting at TABS CC last year, holding up the commentary with an excellent cover drive as I recall and will be duly corrected otherwise).

Ideas for a Great Staycation this Summer With nine attractions across the city – including a majestic medieval abbey, grand country houses, brooding industrial mills and a world class art gallery – fill your weekends, Bank and school holidays or days off with events inspired by the incredible collections that we have here in Leeds.

However, 4 May sees TdY pass through Bardsey which, after all, is just a short drive/cycle/hike from ‘North of the Wharfe’. Surely worth a trip out? For the full routes of the Men’s Tour, Women’s Tour and Maserati Tour (the one anyone can enter) please see Tour de Yorkshire


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more effort. Black and red currants can also be propagated this way.

Gardening hints for May from David Mitchell, of Yorkshire Landscape Gardens, who we welcome back to Causeway after a break. Think gooseberries…

Pruning mature gooseberry plants should aim to give a clear ‘leg’: remove old, crossing, damaged, weak and crowded branches. Remove not more than a third of the bush. Cleaning out the centre of the plants lets in the light and air and gives a wine glass shape, making it easier to pick the fruit. Shortening side growths encourages fruiting spurs and reduces the incidence of mildew, especially in warmer weather.

The gooseberries had been scattered through our garden and I decided to pull them together. So, in they went 4 feet apart with some good organic matter and a dose of compound fertilizer, ‘National Growmore’. I then mulched with organic material from the compost heap. Gooseberries are prone to potassium deficiency and so the bed was dressed off with sulphate of potash at half an ounce per square metre. These fertilizers are available at your local garden centre.

Mildew infection usually starts in the soft growth tips. If it is seen it requires to be pruned out, preventing it from spreading to the rest of the plant and berries. Gooseberry sawfly is an easily recognised pest and look for early as a caterpillar, then spray or remove by handpicking. Sawfly can strip a bush in a few days so an eagle eye is called for.

Never stint on preparation of a crop which is going to be in the ground for a long time. So similar preparation is necessary for a hedge, shrubs and ornamental and fruiting trees.

You can grow plants as a bush, half standard or as seen at Ripley Castle Gardens; against a wall in a fan shape. Half standards allow you to use the ground underneath for growing other crops like Strawberries or short-term vegetables like Radish and Lettuce. If you have limited space you can get plants grafted onto the stock of ‘Ribes aureum’; the stock help to reduce the vigour of the plant.

An isolated bush, cultivar (variety) ‘Invicta’ had not been pruned for two years and had provided us with 42 pounds of fruit last year, but the plant sprawled all over the place and is a devil to pick with more fruit likely to be smaller. So, one of the reasons for pruning is a balance in fruit numbers and size.

There are around 3,000 Gooseberry cultivars with 150 in cultivation. The newer cultivars have overcome some of the problems of leafspot and mildew and so are fairly trouble free. They are good fruit to grow for they like slightly alkaline soils, good drainage and will tolerate some shade. One of the first fruits of the season, they make a great fruit pie!

Some varieties have branches which tend to hang down close to the soil. This allows branches to ‘layer’. This is easily encouraged by pulling down the branches onto the soil and weighing them down with a stone. They then produce roots at a node or where a bunch of leaves sprout. When rooted this branch can be pruned off as a new plant. You can do the same with cultivars ‘Hinnonmacki Red’ and ‘Hinnonmacki Yellow’. Cultivars ‘Careless’ and ‘Whitesmith’ are more upright and take a little

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couple of weeks with a bit of fleece and they'll soon be giving salad away to the neighbours, so long as they keep cutting it. Spinach beet is another brilliant perpetual crop – the more you cut it the more it grows - the seeds are nice and big, easy to sow thinly; however it does take longer to come to maturity.

Paula Letts on how catching them young can grow into greater things. It started with a lovely round brown radish seed, just the right size for little fingers. My dad was a gardener and he gave me a corner of the garden all of my own. He forked it over and then showed me how to break the soil down into a fine tilth with a small hand fork. I pushed the seeds into the warm soil, watered them and waited. In a matter of days sturdy little green shoots were thrusting up through the soil and in six weeks we were teasing the brilliant red globes out of the earth and eating them. Now, if that isn't magic, I don't know what is!

If you want your youngsters to stay enthusiastic about their garden, don't bother with carrots. Though popular, they are jolly hard to grow and prone to the dreaded carrot fly. Try beetroot instead. Start off in little pots – again, the seeds are a good size and easy to sow. When they are nicely growing away, transplant them into the main bed and so they don't need thinning. Harvested small and tender, they are delicious in salads.

Children love magic and to get their hands mucky, but if they are going to become the next generation of gardeners they have to savour the sweet taste of success – there is nothing more dispiriting than failure. If you were teaching children to cook you wouldn't start them off making a soufflé, so don't set them up to fail.

At the end of the bed, stick in a few 6 ft. canes and tie the tops together with twine. Climbing French beans are a great crop and so easy - Cobra is a favourite. Start the seeds off in pots inside and plant them out when all danger of frost is past. They are so prolific and so tender you can eat them straight off the plant.

Gardening can be hard work, particularly a plot full of weeds, so small, raised beds are great to keep the rampaging bindweed and creeping buttercup at bay. You can warm the soil up in springtime by covering with a layer of black polythene for a few weeks and protect emerging crops from marauding pigeons/cats with chicken netting and beer traps for slug control.

Marigolds are wonderful companion plants – dot a few plants between the rows and they will attract pollinating insects, help deter any rogue aphids and, best of all, they look just lovely. There was a time when growing things was considered as a job for school leavers of a less academic bent. Not so now – the cultivation of food crops and flowers is big, big business and a fascinating career. Catch them young and who knows where it could lead … and it might all start with a packet of radish seeds.

Cut-and-come-again lettuce is a good crop to start with. It's very satisfying to set a string across the bed with a little cane at each end, so that you have a nice ordered seed bed. Sprinkle the seed thinly into a shallow drill, water and protect it for the first 25



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Plan(t) now for Clifford Village Show!

May Music for Martin House

Causeway was pleased to hear from Christine Adams who wanted to encourage Walton and Thorp Arch residents to enter a special, local, village show.

Could you raise the roof to raise funds this May? Music is an important part of life at Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People and their music therapists work with families during their stays in a variety of ways. An innovative fundraiser has been developed which means everyone can share in their enjoyment of music, whilst supporting Martin House.

“I am a resident of 26 very happy years in Thorp Arch Village. My husband, John is a very keen gardener & I'm very proud to say that for the last 2 years has won the Best in Show Cup at Clifford Village Show. Following his success, we have become involved with an allotment and offer assistance in preparation for the show which takes place in The Village Hall in Clifford in September.”

Throughout May the Music for Martin House fundraising initiative is taking place. Martin House is asking people to organise concerts and performances – from your front room to the local assembly hall – to help raise money for Martin House. Music is integral to the therapy offered by the team at Martin House. From playing music, using the sensation of touching an instrument while it is played, to recording them singing a song, or helping them make their own music, there are so many ways music can be experienced. Even in the gardens there are outdoor instruments – big plastic pipes, drums and metal tubes where children can play while making music. The Hospice’s recording studio is a popular spot, where children can record songs and messages for their families, priceless keepsakes and special memories. Last September ‘LodgeFest’ brought the music festival experience to Martin House for their older service users. There were bands, comedians, street magic and one of the young people who uses Martin House put on a DJ set. It was an incredible experience for everyone involved.

Christine and John are keen to get the word out about the event which is open to all, not just residents of Clifford. Now is a good time to get planning and planting to have produce ready for the show on Saturday 1 September 2018.

Music made at Martin House isn’t always about the quality of the finished product, rather the experience someone has in creating it – all part of their mission to help children and young people with life-limiting conditions live well and fully. To find out about Music for Martin House, visit uk where there is a downloadable guide and more information about the event.

Entries are brought to the Village Hall in the morning and the Show opens at 2pm. Categories include Fruit and Vegetables; Produce such as baked goods which includes a Show Stopper Cake and a Technical Challenge, Jams and Chutneys, Wine and Flavoured Spirits; Photography; Art and Handicrafts; Flowers and Floral Art; and Children’s and Teenagers’ Sections. Printed programmes with rules of entry and entry forms are available in June and on the Parish Council Website from May (www.clifford-pc. Further information is available from Jane Davies, the Show’s organiser, email janedavies383@ See pages 22 and 25 for more inspiration for you and your family to pick up your trowel and get gardening! 27

Book Review: Four Mums in a Boat

Once they had crossed that hurdle, there was fund-raising – and the acquisition of a boat. This is when their dream started to turn real, and many training outings on the “Rose” followed, including a harrowing practice run across the North Sea, one of the busiest shipping seas in the world. They nearly had a close encounter with a fishing vessel, but they made it. Some kind of practice run!

Anne Watts reviews the book about “Friends who rowed 3,000 miles, broke a world record and learnt a lot about life along the way” by Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies. What would possess four Yorkshire women, all of them on the far side of forty, to contemplate rowing across the Atlantic Ocean?

The actual journey, which began in December 2015, was fraught with problems, ranging from Helen’s terrible sea sickness to equipment failure, storms, and injuries. But they stuck to it, rowing for two hours and then resting for two hours, day after day, week after week. It is an incredible story of what you can accomplish if your set your mind to it – it is nothing short of inspirational.

They are in fact four very different women, each of them married with two children, but what brought them together initially was, “something to do on a Saturday morning” – which turned out to be rowing. They were brought together by a love of adventure (and biscuits) and joined a rowing club in York. They are described as follows. “Janette is the go-getter with a very dry sense of humour. Helen is always the cheerful one – gossipy, full of stories and tall tales of angels, feathers and the universe. Frances is very laid-back, sanguine and calm; it takes a lot to rile her. And then there’s Niki, the serious, dependable one, who is never knowingly out of wet wipes, with a handbag to rival Mary Poppins’, right down to the hat stand.”

The book has recently been re-released in paperback, with an epilogue written two years after they completed their amazing feat, talking about the aftermath. There is also a documentary about them that was shown on the National Geographic Channel. Now to the good bit. The Boston Spa Festival this July will once again include a Literary Lunch – and the featured speaker will be two of the Mums, Frances and Helen. As I write, Frances and Niki are on their next adventure, participating in the Marathon des Sables, the 142-mile, 6-day event in the Sahara Desert, so fair chance Frances will talk about that as well. Books will be on sale.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge involves rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua. So… why? They say if you have to ask the question you won’t understand the answer but reading about these women’s adventure will certainly give you a fair idea. It was Frances’ idea, and while getting her team of four together – they called themselves “Yorkshire Rows” - was relatively easy, convincing the husbands that putting their lives on hold for 3 months to row the Atlantic was a good idea took a bit more doing.

The Literary Lunch will be on Saturday, 14 July, at the Methodist Church in Boston Spa. Tickets (£12) will be available soon at Yeadon’s and will include lunch, with proceeds going to Yorkshire Rows Adventures Limited, a company set up by the four mums it holds several events each year that benefit a number of charities. 28


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