THE members of Bradleys Both WI have been busy, making ‘trauma teddies’ (pictured below) , and recently handed them over to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, which will use them to comfort children in times of need. Kristine, the WI’s secretary, said: “We hope they put a smile on a child’s face in need.”

Trauma teddies are also used by the police, and are taken out by members of North Yorkshire’s Rural Taskforce, in addition to other officers, to provide comfort to children affected by upsetting and traumatic events, and help build up relationships with the officers who have come to help them.

THANKS to National Lottery players, North Yorkshire’s County Record Office will be coming to Craven to talk to the people who are unfamiliar with the archive of the area’s history and heritage.

The Record Office , which is based in Northallerton, has been awarded a grant of £75,700 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Resilient Records project.

The project sets out to widen the audience for the archive’s amazing range of historic documents, which date from the 12th century, by learning how people who don’t currently use the archive would like to get involved and how the archive can support community groups achieve their objectives. The team will work with people who currently use the archive and those who don’t to explore what they would like to see from a digital-age record office.

County Councillor Greg White, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to open up access to the archives to a broader range of users and to show how working with archives can contribute to their goals, whether that be promoting health and wellbeing or encouraging artistic inspiration.

“North Yorkshire has a rich and varied heritage and so much of this is captured in the County Record Office’s extensive archive. Everyone who lives or works here is part of the county’s story and I believe many people are interested in understanding that story and their place in it, but they may not know about the archive and what it can offer.”

As part of the project, the Record Office has appointed an education and outreach officer, who will work with a wide range of groups, including young, older and vulnerable people. They will use the library network and other avenues to find out what people would like to see from an archive and how they would want to use it. Using that feedback, the service will look at how it can develop.

GARGRAVE Show was lucky enough to have a legendary fell runner staying in the village during the event last month. Reg Harrison, who is in his 80s, very kindly started off the senior fell race. Reg Harrison, from Dalton-in Furness, began his career in 1957 and went on to break 20 fell race records. Locally, he was the winner of the Kilnsey Crag Race an impressive six times.

He was renowned for his fearless descents despite breaking his leg early on his career, but by playing football and not running. He is pictured here (right) with Skipton’s Mr Sport, Roger Ingham, who provided the commentary at Gargrave Show, which enjoyed fine weather and a splendid turnout.

IT was very interesting to see this old piece of farm machinery (pictured above ) while out walking on a public footpath near West Marton recently. Goodness knows how long it had been there, but a tree had gown up around it. It was interesting to imagine how the farmer must have taken it off the tractor, leaned it up against what was then probably a small sapling, and walked off, presumably, no longer needing it. Decades later, and it is part of the tree.

CALLING all quizzers - time is running out for the 6th annual Big Skipton Quiz in aid of the Principle Trust Children’s Charity.

The quiz is due to take place on Thursday, September 12 at te Rendezvous Hotel, Keighley Road, with the final day for entries, Friday, September 6.

Last year The Ops Team from Principle Healthcare won and they are back to fight for their title, trophy and cash prize.

There is a maximum of six people per team and it’s £5 per head to take part.

There will also be a raffle on the night, with prizes such as a Barbour Jacket, £50 Boden voucher, a season pass to the Bolton Abbey estate, a mini micro scooter (worth £100), and others. Each year, the charity needs to raise £44,000 to keep providing free holidays for children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged and disabled.

To book a place at the quiz, telephone 01756 704782 or email

A HUNDRED years ago, in September, 1919, Savings Certificates was urging fathers to ‘build up a dowry’ for their daughters. A front page advert in the Craven Herald posed the question: “When your daughter marries, have you thought about what you will be able to do for her?” After her marriage, ‘wouldn’t you like her to have some money of her own’, it went on. And what better way to prepare than to put a bit aside every week into ‘savings certificates’.

ELSEWHERE in the paper in the ‘Kitchen Hints’ section was a top tip on how to clean a door mat. One shouldn’t just pick it up and shake it - a very nasty and messy business - but roll it up tightly, right side out, before then brushing it and banging it with a brush - sound advice indeed. Kitchen Hints also included a recipe for marrow jam, basically, marrow, ginger and sugar; and a recipe for ‘town jam’ - suet, breadcrumbs, chopped apples and sugar. Meanwhile, with Autumn on its way, now was the time to clean fire fenders and irons. The best way to prevent tarnish was to rub over the steel with Vaseline during the summer. But, for lazy housewives, who failed to keep their fenders clean, resulting rust could be removed with liquid ammonia and emery paper.

IT was the 62nd annual Kilnsey Show, reported the Craven Herald, 50 years ago, in September, 1969. Much like this year’s event, it was an ideal day, with crowds of 6,000 on the showground, beneath Kilnsey Crag. The record crowd kept the police busy, reported the paper, as they queued to get in to the showground. Sam Bainbridge, of Buckden, followed up his success at Malhamdale Show by winning the popular dry stone walling competition, while many were intrigued by the sheep dog trials and the tractor and Land Rover handling competition. Meanwhile, the beer tent was full to overflowing all day long. Award of best animal in the show went to Kenneth Stapleton, of High Skibeden Farm with his newly calved Friesian heifer ‘Ilkla Moor Cam Blackberry’.

ALSO reported in the Craven Herald of September, 1969, was a fascinating story of the agriculturalist Arthur Young who in the 18th century proposed to turn grouse moors into cultivated land. As an experiment, he planned to take some 4,400 acres of grouse moor which he bought on the advice of Lord Loughborough. He plan was to cultivate the land and the grouse were to ‘give away to industrious population, active and energetic, though remote, and tranquil’. But Young was appointed in 1793 as secretary of state for the Board of Agriculture, and the Yorkshire project was dropped. It took the owner a year to sell his moor.