This summer seven rural churches - Masham, Healey, Well, Snape, West Tanfield, Mickley and our own St Mary's Church in North Stainley - are joining together in a new art project to be known as 'Sculpt'. Seven acclaimed and well-established artists will each be assigned one of the seven churches in which to install large-scale, high-quality art which will be on display from Friday 24th May until Saturday 21st September.
The high-profile event will have Archbishop John Sentamu as its patron and the project will benefit from Arts Council and other grant aid totalling £60,000.
The aim is to bring art into rural communities and make it accessible to people who might not otherwise have the chance to experience it. The project is also expected to increase visitor numbers to the area, provide opportunities for artists to exhibit their work, and enable people to engage more with their church buildings, helping to retain their vibrancy and connection with the wider community.
The artist who will be working in St Mary's is Evy Jokhova, a Swiss-born sculptor, painter and performance artist whose work has been widely exhibited in London and throughout Europe. She will be visiting the village on Friday 8th February at 12:30pm to give us a preliminary view of her work. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and give their support to this prestigious project.
Further information is available from Scilla Kealy on 01765 635253
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In May, the village Arts Society commemorated the end of WW1 with a special performance of two one-act plays.
'Call to Remembrance', directed and devised by Wendy and David Richardson, showed the roles women played in this most devastating of wars by becoming nurses, land girls, munitions workers and suffragettes fighting for the right to vote.
'Blackadder Goes Forth - Goodbyeee', by Tim Firth and Ben Elton and directed by Frank Bailey, will be for ever seared in the minds of those who saw it originally. Both hilarious and sad, the play delivers one of the most perfectly poignant moments of remembrance of those who lived (and in so many cases, died) during the horrors of World War 1.
As their contribution to this year's special Poppy Appeal, the Arts Society decided to donate the proceeds from both performances to the Ripon branch of the Royal British Legion. The donation of £400 will help support the new Ripon Garden of Remembrance and, on a visit to the site, Arts Society Chairman, Wing Commander Dr Jonathan Hodgson, accompanied by members of the Arts Society committee, presented a cheque to Jeet Bahadursahi, Chairman of the Legion's Ripon Branch.
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. The results of the competition were announced just last week (19th October) and the award recognises the efforts of a wide-ranging team of conservation volunteers, photographers and surveyors.
Although the work will continue over the coming months and years, the last public event for 2018 was held in September when visitors were taken on a guided walk around the extension which is normally off-limits. 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 www.highbatts.wordpress.com 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 https://liftshare.com/uk/community/masham. 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.
After the rain and high winds over the past couple of days, Millennium Walk has become more of a Millennium Assault Course and should only be approached with great caution and good wellies. There is a tree down over the path and a lot of branches and other debris. Further along, the path is also flooded so it's best to take an alternative route for the time being. We'll let you know when it's cleared.
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.