A Leaf From Sycamore-January 2005

E-mail address www.sycamore@daycentre.wanado.co.uk or e-mail www.angela@kershaw.org
Web address www.sycamoreclose.com
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Apologies for the newsletter appearing slightly later than usual but better late than!!!!

Christmas was extremely exciting and very busy. (See web).
Changes are racing ahead here at Sycamore. As I write the builders have completed the whole sub-floor concreting in the first phase of the development. The drainage system is going in and they have now started building the internal walls.
So far the weather has been reasonably kind to the builders. Letís hope it stays that way.

The Day Centre at Sycamore Close is working hard to acquire a PC system of our own, with a 19Ē monitor, that is suitable for mixed ability clients and doesnít keep breaking down!!!

Fundraising is progressing as I write.

A Broadband connection is desperately needed so that the clients are able to write and edit on the web-site, upload photographs and do research on family trees, write their reminiscences on to other web-sites and generally get surfing.

At the moment we use a shared telephone connection with Sycamore Close Sheltered Housing and the connection is so slow we can't stay on line long enough to upload material or update our virus definitions.

We also have a tutor that is able and willing to help teach anyone in Sycamore Close who would like to learn a little more about computers.

The web site is progressing nicely and there is now a history section about High Hall for you to have a look at.

We had a visit from The Pampered Chef (See article) and have purchased several new labour saving utensils for the kitchen.

Angela Kershaw

Sycamore Close

Yore Club

Meetings last Thursday in the Month at 2pm.

Thursday 24th February ďAround the World in Eighty MinutesĒ Slide show with Brian Jackson.

Thursday 31st March Lunch at Thorpe farm, Greta Bridge Bus from Askrigg at 10.30am.

Sycamore Close Residents

Christmas Dinner this year was at Street Head Newbiggin.

While we were waiting for the mini-bus to take us for our lunch it started to snow coming on quite heavily for a while. Not a problem for John our bus driver who got us there safe and sound and in good time.

We had a very nice lunch along with Christine and family and all the staff.

Hawes Silver Band came to play at High Hall on December 4th. Some of our residents braved the weather and went across to listen to them. Thank you to High Hall for giving us our tea while we were there.

Julie is trying out some new aerobic techniques and if they are okay Angela will try them with day centre crowd.

Library van calls every third Friday of the Month.

Sycamore Day Centre

New Members

We would like to welcome a new member Ernest Alderson from Askrigg.

Prize Winner

Stan won third prize for his entry into the County Care Christmas Card Competition.

Stan and Angela went to County Hall for the presentation.

Stan was presented with his award by Derek Law our new Director of Social Services.

The presentation was made in Derekís office.

What a fantastic buffet! I hope they didn't mind but Stan took a couple of pieces of cake home for his friends. We had a really good time and were well looked after.

Some of the other prize winners were Martin and Heather from Fast Track and a lady called Rosa Ward. Unfortunately some of the prize winners were unable to attend. A separate presentation was made for them at a later date.

Look in Sycamore Close scrap book for photos or check out web photos

Part of Stan`s Winning Entry

Healthy Eating Promotion Day

Eat Well

Keep Well

Busy day. We had a chain store clothing sale in the morning. The demolition on the building site began big time on the same day, so we had to keep nipping in and out to take photographs.

In the afternoon Angela and Liz did a presentation on Healthy Eating. We had a food preparation demonstration and discussions on different ways to achieve our 5 a day fruit and vegetable targets.

We made a power drink, and sampled food prepared in different ways to make fruit and veg more interesting.

Leaflets on healthy eating, exercise, and how to look after your heart were given out. Then we did a quiz to see if our diet contained enough of the proper nutrients, and one to see how much fat do we consume?
The weighing scales were there if anyone wanted to use them.

We all piled back into the bus with a goody bag full of freebies.

Christmas Shopping Trip To Watershed Mill at Settle

The bus arrived nice and early at Sycamore Close only to find that two of our members were not well enough to come. So having an extra two places we invited John Iveson from High Hall day centre and Mrs Booth from Sycamore Close to join us.
We left Sycamore at just after 11 am and set off in high spirits (carol singing as we went).
One comment.
The mill needs to get the entrance road to the car park fixed.
Never been over such bad potholes!!

There was a huge display of Christmas goodies with something for everyone. I think we were quite over-whelmed.

Angela got herself a new party frock (black as usual but was a bit daring. It had a few sparkly bits stuck round the top).

The free samples (similar to Baileys Irish Cream) were soon sourced and tried out by some of our members. No names. (It's not only my dress that was a bit daring on this occasion).

Nora Atkinson took the opportunity to meet up with her sister Elizabeth Dent. She arranged with Lizzieís daughter Sheila to meet them at the Watershed for lunch and a bit of shopping.

Mrs Dent and her husband George (who have been married for well over seventy years) now live at Gargrave near Skipton.

For our meal we all had the festive Yorkshire pudding for our main course. It was a huge thing with turkey, stuffing, sausage and bacon, sprouts, carrots, roast potatoes and gravy. Yum!!

Thank you to the staff for their patience and help. We had a super day out. AK.

The Crown at Hawes

Sycamore Day Centre once again had their Christmas Dinner provided by the Crown at Hawes and great time was had by all.
Thank you to everyone at the Crown.
We really appreciate you.

Christmas Lunch at Sycamore Day Centre

This year we made candle holders from clay and then when dry we sprayed them gold.
We also made the napkin rings in red and gold in the style of holly and berries.
The red and gold theme was done to match a piece of material (red with gold stars) that was found in a charity shop on Arran for a £1-00.

When the table was laid it looked great and worth all the effort.

A superb 4 course lunch was provided by High Hall kitchen. I donít think the meal could have been bettered.

After lunch Allan Chandler the piano accordionist entertained us all.

We had High Hall day centre clients and guests from Sycamore Close to come along and join in the fun.

High Hall also made scones and mince pies for the tea while Liz and Angela made jelly and sandwiches. Barbara Weatherald excelled herself again with a lovely Christmas cake.

The Christmas Party

On Christmas Eve we had a great party with balloons, tricks, readings and pass the parcel and to finish we had an extra treat in the shape of Edgar Daykin one of our members.
Edgar did the father Christmas duties and delivered pressies to all our members. He is well used to the job as he has been Father Christmas to the children of Askrigg for many years.

'Much appreciated Edgar'

The Pampered Chef Louise Handley

Louise Handley gave a fascinating and very interesting talk and demonstration of some super and time saving catering products.

I think everyone was fascinated by the croissant pastry Louise produced from a cardboard roll and then proceeded to unroll the perforated pastry and use it to make a superb Ham and Apple Ring which we have added to our favourite Recipes. The pastry is available from Tesco's chill cabinet

We decided to purchase several items for use in the Sycamore Close kitchen.

A single handed, double ended rolling pin with pastry pricker and a product to help with making mince pies, tarts etc. We also bought a chopping thingy, again which can be used single-handedly and there is a lid on the bottom to stop the chopped bits from flying about.

ďCan you imagine our chutney making sessions next year?

We will be able to make twice as much with the time we will save. Who said this place was a workhouse?Ē

Louise held a raffle and there were two winners.
Mrs Atkinson from Hawes and Stan Brook from Sycamore Close.

Many thanks Louise for a super afternoon which we all enjoyed and look forward to seeing you again soon. Louise has agreed to come back and do the puddings course with us.

If anyone is interested in hosting a party Louise can be contacted on Telephone 01969 650501

Pig in a coffin (a little home front anecdote)

These old farmers during wartime were trying to get away with killing an extra pig.
They had killed the pig and were cutting it up in the farmhouse when they were tipped off the meat inspector was around.
Quick thinking they rang the undertaker and borrowed a coffin to hide the pig in.

They put the coffin on the back of a Land rover and as it was being driven down the hill they passed the meat inspectors who doffed their hats to the coffin as a sign of respect.

Dorothy Lambert Hawes


  • Ginger Biscuits - This recipe has been tried time and time again. Always perfect.

The Winter of 1947

This record was taken from a note-book kindly lent by one of our clients Mr.Stan Brook.

Stans father recorded the weather in the garden at Flanders Hall in West Burton for many years where he worked as a chauffeur and gardener.
He recorded rainfall, maximum and minimum temperature and degrees of frost.
He also had a side column where he recorded what the weather conditions were like at the time.

These are some of his observations during part of the harsh winter of 1947.

It snowed on and off during parts of January for approximately six days.

From the 1st of February to the 10th of February it snowed every day except for two.
There was no snow then until the 19th February. From the 19th of February until the end of February it snowed every day except for three. Sometimes the snow fall was as deep as 7 inches a night with lots of drifting snow.

On the 23rd of February the temperature nosedived to -18 degrees C.

The first four days of March were pretty quiet with regard to snow but on the 2nd and then on the 3rd of March the mercury in the thermometer went past the needle so it must have been at least Ė18 degrees C.

There was another eight days on which it snowed in March including the 12th of March when a further 9 inches of snow fell overnight.

On the 18th of March the thaw finally set in and this gave rise to significant flooding in the area.

Some of our members memories of the winter of 1947

Dolly Johnson

Dolly was evacuated as a young wife with her eldest son. They lived in the East End of London. London was so badly damaged that a lot of people had to leave and go to live elsewhere.

Dolly and her son went to Norfolk. Very little snow fell in that area so really they had quite an easy time of it.

Mary Moore. Hawes.

I remember going to milk the calves at Sedbusk I was 17 years old. Somehow I slipped and spilt the milk. My husband was not very happy about it.

Abbotside was blocked from the end of January to the beginning of April. One day they would clear Sedbusk hill and the next day it had all blown back again.

Edgar Daykin

I was in Germany in the winter of 1947 aged 27 and waiting to be demobbed.

It did snow there but nothing like the snow we got in England. When I returned to England I took up butchery.

Nora Atkinson

I lived on the main Sedbergh road three miles out of Hawes. We used to sell milk. It was taken by horse and trap to Hawes sta-tion.

When you tried to walk in the snow it was so deep you had to lift one leg up onto the snow, then sit astride it and then lift the other leg over. It was very hard going.

We lost a lot of sheep that winter.

Jim Waterworth

I was eleven years old and living in Ambleside. I was at the local primary school. I remember looking down at the village from High Gale where I lived and seeing the spire on the church sticking out from the snow looking absolutely beautiful.

The snow was absolutely pure just like a picture postcard.

Nothing moved in the village for weeks and weeks.

Francis Kearton

I was working at the cheese factory at Hawes.

The staff who worked there had to dig out the yard every morning. Only for the snow to blow back overnight.

The milk was brought by train and then by horse and trap to the dairy to be made into cheese.

Stan Brook

I was in hospital in 1947. I was smashed up in Singapore and when I returned to England I needed urgent medical treatment.

I never saw any snow as the windows in the ward were quite high. I heard a lot about it though.

Spence Thwaites Swaledale.

It was hard from getting up to going to bed.
We had no electricity or running water. The snow was as high as the farm gates.

No vehicles got through to Muker for 13 weeks.

There was a couple who tried to get married on the 15th of March at Muker. The transport was by horse and coup (which is a kind of sledge).Even then they were unable to reach Muker.

The snow was so bad the wedding had to be put off until the 18th March when the wedding was finally able to take place.

News from High Hall

Well here we are into the New Year; the day centre is back in full swing, everyone a few pounds heavier after a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Due to the really bad weather we have stayed put and made do with entertainment within the home. We have had a few games of bingo, word searches and a quiz here and there.

We didnít come out too badly with the strong winds, just a bit of damage to the roof which has now been repaired. A couple of staff couldnít get into work on that blustery Saturday morning, including the cook. So it was all hands on deck and a lovely meal was produced.

We had a very nice donation to our amenity fund of £500 from the LVA. Diane went to receive it from them at the Bolton Arms.

Sue has lots of ideas for trips out as the weather gets better.

Already we are seeing lighter evenings so we look forward to getting out and about again soon.

Tips of the Month

When putting a new zip into a garment Sellotape it in position, sew through the tape and then pull the tape off.

When unravelling an old garment, wrap the wool round a warm hot water bottle. The wool is less kinky and easier to knit.

To prevent eyestrain when using a darker coloured wool, place a white or light coloured cloth on your knees.

Letter from Lucy

ďChristmas was fantastic. I got lots of pressies. I liked all the sparkly bits.

I went to the Crown at Hawes for Christmas dinner with all of my friends from the day centre.

My Grandma took me to buy me my first pair of real shoes, and a pair of wellies. Thereís no stopping me now.

I went walking in Swaledale with mummy and auntie Marnie and our dogs and egg sandwiches and then I found some big puddles for my wellies.

Last weekend I went to my friend Shannons 4th birthday party and it was good. Then I was allowed to stay up late and go to a 60th birthday party. I danced a lot and got tired.

The snow is nice but I canít walk in it very well so my daddy has got me a sledge and it is great fun.

I have also managed to slip in a quick visit to my friends Angela and Brian who have said I can come again because I was very good.

Thatís all for now as I have to go to bed. Bye!Ē Love from Lucy xxx


What do misers do in cold weather?
Sit round a candle.

What do misers do in very cold weather?
Light it!!!

Why donít polar bears eat penguins?
Because they canít get the wrappers off!

If a crocodile makes shoes what does a banana make?

You Know You Are Over The Hill When

  • You and your teeth donít sleep together
  • You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you arenít wearing any.
  • At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle and pop and youíre not eating cereal.
  • Your back goes out but you stay at home.
  • It takes two tries to get up from the couch.
  • When your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.
  • When happy hour is a nap.
  • When youíre on vacation and your energy runs out before your money does.
  • When all you want for your birthday is not to be reminded of your age.
  • Your idea of weight lifting is standing up.
  • It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired.
  • Your memory is shorter and your complaining lasts longer.
  • Your address book has mostly names that begin with Dr.
  • You sit in a rocking chair and canít get it going.
  • Getting lucky means you found your car in the parking lot.
  • The twinkle in your eye is only a reflection from your bi-focals.
  • You look for your glasses for half an hour and they were on your head all the time.
  • You confuse having a clear conscience with a bad memory.
  • It takes twice as long to look half as good.
  • and finally you wonder how you could be over the hill when you donít even remember being on the top of it.

The Bees Knees

Ever wondered where the term the bees knees came from?

Bee Jackson was a world famous Charleston dancer from America.

In 1925 she came to Britain. She appeared at Londonís Piccadilly Theatre and showed the audience how to have a right old knees up. She also won the World championship title for dancing the Charleston.

Work Hard Ė Youíll live to see 100

Hard work never did anybody any harm and the Russians have proved it.

According to their scientists, if you want to live to be a 100, you can forget about the pampered life.

The evidence comes from experiments with animals at the Kiev Institute of Gerontology, a leading centre into the study of the problems of old age.

One group of animals were provided with what they Ė and humans might think the ideal life. Fresh air, peace and quiet, plenty of food and no worries at all.

The second group were given normal levels of stress, set-backs and surprises of all kinds. It was revealed that those living the life of ease fell ill and broke down first.

Work, was one of the factors found to increase the life of test animals by 20 Ė 25 per cent. Equivalent to extending mans three score years and ten to nearly a century.

The Press

How they used to report.

A slim white hand, wearing a brand-new wedding ring, waved from the window to acknowledge a last thunderous cheer from 3,000 people as the royal honeymoon car swept through the Palmerstone Gate of Broadlands at 6.29.

Inside the car, illuminated by a single light, sat Princess Elizabeth, smiling shyly in her powder-blue going-away dress, and Prince Philip in naval uniform,who acknowledged the ovation with a salute.

The double wrought-iron gates swung together with a clang at 6.30, shutting out all pomp and ceremonial. The honeymoon of an ordinary couple had begun.

Only the Princessís own standard, fluttered at the masthead of Broadlands, struck a royal note, and that was hidden in the darkness.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip jumped out of the car at the door of Broadlands like Ďteenagersí, before the chauffeur could open the car door for them.
Hand-in-hand they ran up the five stone steps to the open glazed doors of the south wing. They were greeted with smiling courtesy by the butler, Mr. Frank Randell.

As they crossed the threshold the Princess squeezed the Dukeís hand. ďItís been a wonderful wedding but itís lovely to be here at last,Ē she said.

The Princess insisted on exploring their honeymoon home at once. The butler showed them the nine rooms in which they are to live for a fortnight.

Their baggage 12 pieces, including six well worn trunks arrived at Broadlands by road from London at midday.

The newly wed couple did not dress for dinner. After cocktails in the little cream-coloured sitting-room, they sat down to a light 3 course meal with champagne.
The menu was vegetable soup, roast chicken,and a sweet, followed by coffee and brandy.

Afterwards they went down the stone steps and along the 50 yards of narrow stone corridor to the kitchen, where they were introduced to motherly, grey-haired Mrs. Cable, their cook from London, who was to look after the newly-weds.

Crossword answers from page 13 Across: 3 Grassland; 8 Hail; 9 Ap-ple tree; 10 Undo; 12 Edie; 14 Beech; 15 Soya; 17 Eager; 19 Rods; 21 Amend; 22 Tare; 26 Anil; 27 Speedwell; 28 Hero; 29 Snakeroot;

Down: Shrubbery; 2 Bindweed; 4 Rape; 5 Salad; 6 Litres; 7 Need; 11 She; 12 Eagle; 13 Dandelion; 16 Olean-der; 18 Rag; 20 Streak; 23 Rower; 24 Open; 25 Alto.

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