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Rosedale Community News

Welcome to the Rosedale blog. This is where we share news and information about events in Rosedale and the wider community throughout the year. You’ll also find news about the village timetable, our micro enterprises, school events, clubs, and lively socials.

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Rosedale Abbey Mill Pond and Leat

Did you know Rosedale Abbey had a Mill Race and a pond?

If the answer is no, you won’t be alone, as this historic feature of the village has been neglected, and allowed to become overgrown and silted up.

Happily, there are a group of folks in the village who are working together to remedy the situation and formulate a plan of action to change this eyesore into an asset.

We now have a Pond Committee, which has been successful in securing a grant from the National Park and grant of £200 from Rosedale Parish Council.

The committee plans to effect positive change for this feature, which sits in the village on one of the main walking routes in the Dale, not only in restoring the Mill Race and Pond, but ensuring the silt traps and Mill Race receive regular maintenance and jetting in the future.


The work so far completed on the Pond 2017 / 18 :-

The addition of an access points to silt traps in the field with the water source and the clearing of the ditch to allow the water to flow.The jetting and clearance of accumulated silt from underground sections of the Mill Race.

Summary of Initial Work

Jetting on 13 March 2018

How can you help?

Practical help

We needs Volunteers to help clear the pond of unwanted vegetation.

Fundraising for Planting & Maintenance

A coffee morning is planned for 7th April at the Coach House, any support you can offer is very welcome.

Any donations of monies or Cheques made out to Rosedale Pond Fund can be left in an envelope at Abbey Stores or Graze on the Green, Gillies Jones or handed to Paddy or Linda Chambers of Rosedale History Society or Maisie Storey.


The Next Steps?

The next stage is to clear the pond of unwanted vegetation, date and full details TBC. In due course, we will be asking for volunteers with welly boots & rakes who might spare an hour to help.

We will be monitoring the flow of water, and, if the cleared underground Mill Race functions as it has done in the past, maintaining flow, the plan with the support of the NYNP is to place a specialist concrete liner in the top half of the pond.

Thank you to everyone who has already generously supported this project. We look forward to ensuring the Pond & Mill Race is kept healthy with regular maintenance, looks good and once again becomes a heaven for wildlife from ducks & dragonflies to newts.

Warm regards

Kate, Paddy, Linda & Maisie

Rosedale Community Primary School Dates

Some dates for your diaries:

Thursday 22nd March 2018 – Easter Celebration at Rosedale Abbey CP School – 2pm – Easter Assembly led by the children followed by Easter Bake Off, Easter Bonnet Competition, refreshments and an opportunity to buy cake!

Thursday 29th March 2018 – 2pm – 5pm – Rosedale Abbey CP School Spring Fair

Rosedale Abbey CP School would like to say a big thank you to The Coach House for their very generous donation of £265, which will be used to fund educational visits for our children.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fund Raiser – 9 March 2018

A fundraising event for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was held in the Updale Reading Room on Friday evening, 9 March 2018. The event started off with an  introduction by Kevin Hutchinson from the YAA, who explained the role, operating methods and the funding of the service, summarising it by saying that Yorkshire had five million people, four million acres,  three thousand pounds per call-out for each the services’s  two helicopters, so if everyone in the county gave just one pound per year the YAA would be fully funded!

Kevin outlining the role and funding of the YAA

After that, the Updale Nature Recorder gave a fascinating slide show tour of the flora and fauna of the dale, from sneezeworts to snakes to snow buntings and much else in between.

A tour of the wildlife of the dale

Finally, the evening ended with the ever popular raffle and guess-the helicopter-landing site game and tea with Maggie Barraclough’s outstanding cream scones all of which, along with ticket money and YAA merchandise sales raised the magnificent sum of £732 on the night.

Heartfelt thanks to all who helped set up the event, to all who came and donated prizes for the raffle and who gave so generously for the tea and scones.

Yorkshire Cancer Research Coffee Morning – 3 March 2018

The coffee morning held in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research at the Coach House Inn on Saturday 3 March raised the magnificent sum of £512 from a combination of cake and coffee sales and the ever popular raffle on the day and the proceeds from the Sunday Night Quiz.

As ever, thanks to Sue and Jim Austermuhle for sponsoring the event on behalf of YCR, to Carol, Janet and Margaret for running the raffle and to Dave and Ali from the Coach House Inn.

The next coffee morning will be on Saturday 7 April from 10.00 to 12.00 am – details later.

Yorkshire Cancer Research Coffee Morning – Saturday 3 March 2018

The next coffee morning in the Coach House Inn on Saturday 3 March 2018 from 10.00 to 12.00 am will be in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

All are welcome to come and support this very important charity – donations of raffle prizes, cakes for sale would be also be very welcome.

Look forward to seeing you at the Coach House next Saturday.

Tawny owl makes a welcome daylight appearance

Tawny owls are very vocal in late autumn and throughout winter but we don’t often get to see them in all their splender. How lucky local residents Bob and Janet Morton were to have a tawny owl in their garden recently, on two separate occasions. Bob has captured the warm chestnut brown feathering, distinct facial disc and somewhat dumpy appearance beautifully.  Very many thanks Updale Natural History Recorder

lighter tones underneath with distinct facial disc

warm chestnut brown feathering