02 August 2020
Horsley village church held an outdoor service in a private garden on July 26th. This was the first church service to be held in Horsley since March. Those who attended enjoyed meeting again after so long. It is 280 years since the Wesley brothers preached in Horsley and over 350 years since Congregationalism put Horsley at the centre of religious change after the Act of Uniformity in 1662. The present church building dates from 1900 and was built in the Gothic style of architecture.
After 16 memorable years of Singing Babies and Squeaky Feet at the Hearth arts centre these activities have been retired by Louise their organiser. Many thanks to Louise for the support she has given to the Hearth and so many local families with young children.
There are now 10 scarecrows around the village with the appearance of a live one last week. The garden club would like to thank all those taking part.
My report about the new gate on the old A69 near Whittle bridge was incorrect.
The gate was kindly provided by Roger Dinning of Whittle farm and not NCC countryside team. This is a generous gift by Roger to improve access for all. I feel sure the gesture will be appreciated by cyclists and walkers alike.
The two rights of way at the foot of Horsley hills leading to Northside are completely overgrown and difficult to access. The problem was reported to the countryside team who have placed both paths on their summer cutting programme from 2021.
Sadly the Wright bros. summer bus service to Keswick has had to be cancelled. This is due to major road improvements over Hartside pass.