Ravenstonedale Parish History Group

27th October 2016
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History Room refurbishment

The good news is that we are now able to resume opening the History Room at High Chapel upstairs on Thursday afternoons between 2 and 4pm. The bad news is that we have to do a lot of sorting out in the archive and cataloguing that we haven’t been able to do for several months – but we are able to welcome members and visitors! When the floor has been renewed in the History Room itself, the committee will be able to make new shelving and reorganise the space.

20th May 2016
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This Season’s Programme

This season’s programme of evening talks has now ended, but there are several other events planned over the summer before the next programme of evening talks begins on September 20th 2017.

The annual newsletter will be published in late August/early September and emailed to all members before the new programme of talks begins.. (Members who do not have access to email will continue to receive a copy in the post.)

The AGM was held on Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 7.30pm. Our thanks to all the members who attended. Our Treasurer and Membership Secretary who has filled these roles since the Group began is now standing down. The committee are now seeking to appoint a new Treasurer and Membership Secretary – one person does not have to fulfil both roles under our Constitution, so if any members would like to offer their services please contact any member of the committee.

On Thursday 22nd June, Hesket Local History Group will be visiting Ravenstonedale for a walk around the village, similar to the walk we organised for Shap Local History Society last year. The walk will start at 6.30pm and last for an hour and a half or so – weather permitting! Any members who would like to join us will be very welcome. More details nearer the time.

Four Ravenstonedale village gardens and the allotments will be open for the National Garden Scheme over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July. The History Group will be mounting an exhibition of photographs of Parish Gardens Past and Present in High Chapel, where the refreshments for the Garden Scheme will be on sale. (50% proceeds to the NGS charities and 50% to High Chapel). The free exhibition will be open from 11am to 5pm each day with photos of former Parish gardens from early last century, as well as photos taken during fund-raising Parish “garden trails” in the early 2000’s.

On Wednesday 19th July, there will be a guided walk around Shap by kind invitation of Shap Local History Society. Again, more details nearer the time.

Our exhibition in 2017 will be on 14th and 15th October in High Chapel.

Last year’s exhibition entitled The Three Parish Schools – or is it Four? on 8th and 9th October 2016 was a great success – over 100 people attended over the two days and we were very pleased to welcome former pupils from Ravenstonedale, Newbiggin-on-Lune and Fell End Schools who were able to help us identify many of the pupils in the school photographs we have been given. Our thanks to everyone who lent or donated items for the exhibition – we are particularly pleased to have been able to show the cast-iron fireguard which stood round the stove in Fell End Schoolroom to one of the former pupils who used to stand next to it to keep warm during the 1940’s when she attended the school from the age of 5.



The first evening meeting of last season was on Wednesday 21st September 2016Continue Reading →

11th December 2015
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Christmas Get-together

Our annual Christmas get-together of members and friends took place on 7th December in the High Chapel Community and Heritage Centre. We enjoyed mulled wine, nibbles and mince pies – with soft drinks on offer for those who unfortunately had to drive – and we were treated to another of Les Neal’s entertaining quizzes. He did promise it would be easier than last year’s on the Norse-derived place names in the Parish – hmmm! If you are a devotee of BBC2’s Only Connect you will understand it when I say that the “Christmas Connecting Wall” – including anagrams as well –  seemed very difficult to me, although the “missing consonants” section (rather than the Only Connect missing vowels) was slightly easier. The winning team managed to remember all Santa’s reindeer names (including Rudolf of course), not to mention all the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas in the correct order, and were presented with their prize of a bottle of wine made from grapes grown in the village. Congratulations to them and our thanks to Les and to our members who helped with decorating the hall – and the washing-up afterwards! Continue Reading →

18th September 2015
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Annual Exhibition

When Ravenstonedale School closed we were given numerous photos, yearbooks, trophies and art and craftwork which formed the basis of one of the displays. Our visitors to the exhibition were extremely helpful – see above! Our thanks to everyone! Continue Reading →

12th February 2015
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Tarn Gill Bridge saved?

Chantry Bridge 1970s

Tarn Gill Bridge (known locally as Chantry Bridge), Townhead, Ravenstonedale, has been saved from demolition – for the moment. Friends of Tarn Gill Bridge commissioned a survey, design and specification for repairs from a firm in Kendal, but this was not acceptable to Cumbria County Council Highways (who own the bridge) as they do not agree with the surveyor’s findings. Although the Council have reinstated the sum of £15,000 into their budget for the bridge, they are not prepared to use any of this to investigate the problems with its structure, which they are sure stem from the bridge support being eroded by water disappearing down a sinkhole upstream. The Friends are therefore exploring other sources of funding for investigation and repairs, including the Orton Fells Hidden Landscapes Project, an initiative to bid for Heritage Lottery Funding for projects in the area which became part of Yorkshire Dales National Park on 1st August 2016. Continue Reading →