Ravenstonedale Parish History Group

Christmas Get-together

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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!For those still intrigued by the Norse names from last year’s quiz, they include¬† “by the brown hill” – Brownber, “by the sandy ford” – Sandwath, “on the gorse hill” – Brackenbar, “near the small ravine with the alder trees” – Ellergill, and “on the long sloping hill used for summer pasture” – Lytheside.

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