December 2020


Village newspaper  

Sponsored by Harden Congregational Church


Editor’s Note

‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.’

Striking a chord? Sounding familiar? Earthquakes, famines, wars and division, even viruses?

 Because of the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, understandably, people are feeling a great sense of fear, even doom.

But we should not focus on any frequently misinterpreted prophecy but rather on the message of Christmas; a message of love and hope.

We have seen that essence of Christmas demonstrated throughout the year which is how it should be: our brilliant workers in the NHS and Social Care who have worked way above the call of duty to keep us all safe and protect the very vulnerable in society, those who have kept essential services going in difficult conditions, all of you out there who have done your level best to work and keep jobs and the economy going, and neighbour helping neighbour.

In that spirit, members of our community in Harden are determined not to let the present threat cancel Christmas. Plans are afoot to ensure that Christmas will be celebrated by socially-distancing displays of lights, advent trails, household displays and church celebrations.

Why do so many people here in Harden, along with so many millions of people the world over, demonstrate the best of themselves at Christmas? Perhaps because they recognise within themselves, religious or not, the great power of love over all things. A love that promotes a spirit of goodwill, peace and giving to others: a determination that all the challenging things that are facing us will not define who we are.

Someone once said that the hinge of history is not the end of the world but is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.  Love is the story and it is not finished yet. 


December 2020


The spirit of Christmas is a spirit of love which fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind. It is a time when the love of God and love of our fellowmen should prevail over all hatred, fear, bitterness and ignorance and that our thoughts, actions and lives manifest, not the love of self but the love of God and each other. 

Mankind can do better than to bow to the fear, anger and hatred that blight our human experience by opening the door of that stable and finding an all encompassing love.

The Word Became flesh……….

‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All things came into being through him. What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.’ [John I]

The Oxen

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.

‘Now they are all on their knees,’

An elder said as we sat in a flock

By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where

They dwelt in their strawy pen,

Nor did it occur to one of us there

To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave

In these years! Yet I feel

If someone said on Christmas Eve

‘Come see the oxen kneel

‘In the lonely barton by yonder coomb

Our childhood used to know,’

I should go with him in the gloom,

Hoping it might be so.

Thomas Hardy

Go Local……….

Harden Post Office


Convenience Store—Post Office….Go Local

Smylah, Rekya and Dhriti would like to wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas.

We will be open throughout this current pandemic.

Opening times

Mon-Fri—-7:30am till 8:00pm

Sat———- 7:30am till 8:00pm

Sun——— 7:30am till 7:00pm

        Thank you for your continued support!

     Look out for Go local promotions in store!

Hub of Harden

Harden Players

In these uncertain times we have no idea when we will be able to rehearse and perform safely. We have not been able to produce a play this year and usually at this time of year we would be well into rehearsals for our Pantomime.

There will be no pantomime in 2021 due to Covid but we are all looking forward to getting back together and rehearsing for a new production when it is safe. Please follow us on Facebook or look for our advertising in the village.

D & S Garden Services

Hedge trimming and tree pruning

Winter tidyups available

Please contact David or Stuart on

01535 274287 or 07794 971703

The Bus-less Walkers!

At the start of 2020 the Bus Pass Walkers were enjoying bus rides to and from walks along various stretches of Leeds Liverpool canal, Spen Valley Greenway and even a guided tour of Undercliffe Cemetery! Then along came the virus and everything stopped! Undaunted some of us learned new IT skills and towards the end of April we started a weekly meeting via zoom keeping a few of us in touch with one another.

Eventually, the lockdown measures were eased somewhat and in July we could start the walking part again in socially distanced groups of six or less – it was wonderful to feel some sort of ‘normal’ again.  

Over the following months we have explored nearly every inch of St. Ives estate and enjoyed many a bacon sandwich at the Ivy Kitchen. All the plans for travelling further afield on public transport are still on hold and will be so much more appreciated when we do get to carry them out.

We continually comment about how fortunate we are to live in an area where we have such wonderful walks from our own doorsteps, whether walking in a group or on our own. 

Juliette’s Childminding Service

         Ofsted Registered

          OUTSTANDING October 2019

A friendly and caring home environment with lots of fun and giggles!

‘The childminder creates an exceedingly warm, welcoming and homely environment where children thrive. She puts emphasis on making sure children feel happy, valued and secure. Children establish excellent relationships with the childminder. They are confident and independent learners and display high levels of emotional well-being during play.’ 

Ofsted October 2019.

I offer – 

  • Daycares for 0-5 year olds based in Harden
  • Before and after school care with drop-off and pick up at Harden Primary School.
  • Holiday care
  • Offer funded places 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Please ring Juliette for details

01535 274664 / 07971 197468

I am a qualified Primary School Teacher with BEd [Hons] specialising in Early Years and a qualified Nursery Nurse.

I have been trained in Paediatric First Aid and have been DBS checked.

References available from past and current families.

Suzanne’s Beauty Den 

Season’s greetings from Suzanne’s Beautyden. 

Wishing you all a Safe and Healthy New Year! 

For appointments, [when allowed] Free delivery and postage of gift vouchers, Tailor made bundles of skin care, nail care and make up products. 

Please contact me for more details

Suzanne 07977 055660


In spite of the restrictions people and organisations have come up with all sorts of ideas to help us celebrate a slightly different festive season as a community.

‘Look for a Book’ Christmas Advent

Last year on the run up to Christmas I placed books around the village on each day. I will be doing the same thing again this year.

The response to donations of books has been wonderful; more than one book a day will be able to be hidden. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. 

The books are mainly children’s books and I hope this will encourage the love of reading. So have a look around the village in December for a book and enjoy.


Jane Gerdes 

Harden Primary School PTFA 

Advent Window Walk

Harden Primary School PTFA are organising an Advent Window Walk to raise funds to purchase much needed reading books and iPads for the children. 

The walk will run around the village 

from Saturday 5th December 

and involve finding what is in each of the 24 advent windows, plus looking for Santa’s missing reindeer.

We must thank, in advance, all the households and families who have offered to decorate windows or light up their garden making the event possible.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the walk. If you would like to support us by buying a map they will be available from the Post Office from the 27th November, in return for a small contribution [suggested amount £2]

Thank you

Harden Primary PTFA


Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree, in the eyes of children; they are all 30 feet tall !!

[Larry Wilde]


Harden Christmas Lights Switch On 

The village Christmas tree has traditionally been supplied and erected by the Harden Children’s Gala committee and we are pleased to confirm that this year will be no exception.

We hope that the tree will be exceptional with a set of new lights to illuminate the centre of the village and brighten up our winter.

It has also become a tradition for the lights to be switched on by one of the children of the village using the “Big Lever.” The name of the child who performs this duty is drawn out school at the beginning of December.

The child and parent should be able to join a member of the gala committee and hopefully Santa Claus himself around the tree on


Sunday 6th December at 6pm 

to pull the lever and switch the lights on.

We would ask that all the houses in the village switch their own lights on at the same time [if we manage to synchronise our watches!] thereby illuminating the whole village.

If everyone can stand outside the front of their houses at that moment [as we all did when we clapped for carers in the Spring] we can then all sing a couple of rousing carols [to be chosen by the Rev Richard] together.

So it will not be carols around the village Christmas tree but carols in front of our own trees around the village.

Santa Claus will tour the village before and after the light switch on. He may not be able to travel at the speed of light down every cul-de-sac but we will advertise his route in advance and maybe he or some of his elves will be able to distribute [wrapped] sweets to children from their gloved hands as he passes. Other elves will be carrying buckets and will happily accept donations of loose change towards the cost of the tree and lights.

We look forward to seeing you all outside at 6pm on Sunday 6th December 2020.

Harden Children’s Gala Committee &follow us on Facebook

Jane’s Childminding Service

I am a childminder based in Harden. I offer a friendly caring environment, where children have the opportunity to thrive, learn and have fun.

  • Ofsted registered with a grading of GOOD.
  • Welcoming home environment.
  • Over 15 years childcare experience including 8 years with children of special educational needs.
  • Qualified to Level 4 in Children’s Learning and Development.
  • Healthy home cooked meals.
  • All year round childcare and holiday care.
  • Drop off and pick up from Harden Primary School and Harden Pre-School 
  • Early Educational Funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds is available.

For more information please contact Jane on:

07896 670086 or 

Job Opportunity at the North Pole

Santa needs new reindeer

the first bunch has grown old.

Dasher has arthritis

Comet hates the cold

Prancer’s sick of staring 

at Dancer’s big behind.

Cupid married Blitzen

and Donner lost his mind.

Dancer’s mad at Vixen

for stepping on his toe.

Vixen’s being thrown out –

she laughed at Rudolph’s nose. 

If you are a reindeer

we hope you will apply,

there is just one tricky part:

You must know how to fly! 

[T. Tucher]

The Well Being Suite

Lockdown created challenges for us all and my business was no exception. After running my business for almost 10 years from the premises next to Harden Pharmacy,  I had to make the huge decision to relocate.  Lockdown introduced my business, alongside many others to the world of Zoom, which was fantastic during the full restrictions. It enabled me to keep in touch with clients and continue to train some clients from the safety of our homes. 

Personal trainers were allowed to start working again as we started to emerge from lockdown however we were only allowed to work outdoors. This then forced my decision to relocate as I was desperate to open the business up again fully and my current premises didn’t allow me to work outside. As life often demonstrates, through the hardest of times often amazing things can happen, and my business is no exception.

Through the kindness of some very generous friends of mine I have now moved my business and have the use of a lovely studio and fantastic gardens.  I have always felt fortunate that I love what I do for a living but I now get to do it from the most beautiful location.

Personal Training Sessions are still conducted as

30 minutes 1:1 sessions from £17.50

60 minutes 1:1 sessions from £35.00

The studio is cleaned in between every client, hand sanitiser, temperature check and QR code are all provided with the main aim of keeping clients safe.

The new studio offers ample parking and a private studio within an idyllic setting just off Long Lane, Harden.

For further details or to book in for a free initial consultation please contact Sara Greenwood.

07843 446084

Harden & District WI

Well, what a year this has been for my first year as Secretary! Since March we have cancelled all our planned speakers and other events, several of them being rescheduled for next year and we are keeping our fingers crossed that our normal meetings will resume at some stage in 2021.

We have been keeping in touch with our members through a newsletter initially weekly but changing to fortnightly when the lockdown was eased. The 7 to 8 page issues of WI news, Covid information, news of members, photographs, book reviews, jokes, quizzes, recipes etc has been emailed out to members and those without emails are having a printed copy delivered.

There have also been quite a few jigsaws moving around between us and several books delivered to one of our members who had run out of reading material!

Earlier on in the pandemic Harden WI members set to making 52 bags for washing scrubs in, 51 headbands to protect ears from facemasks rubbing and 54 scrub caps all for the front line staff. Then we knitted and crocheted 22 bears wearing scrubs for presenting to various frontline workers as a ‘thank you’ you may have seen some around the area. At the end of August we managed to arrange a picnic together in Myrtle Park sitting in groups of 6 well spaced apart. It was wonderful to meet up again after not seeing each other for such a long time. Sadly that was to be the only meeting as tighter restrictions were imposed on the area.

We are now starting to trial Zoom meetings; the first one was in the form of a quiz. Our next Zoom meeting will have taken place by the time this Tittle Tattle is circulated and we will hopefully have had a fun filled evening of Spoon Playing!! Sounds intriguing and who knows what this may lead to! Our Annual Meeting in December will also be via Zoom with some form of entertainment to follow. And our January speaker – Irene Lofthouse on ‘History of Bradford’ can be presented by Zoom or in person. We have several members who cannot access our Zoom meetings but if restrictions are eased enough to enable small gatherings inside they will then be able to join a member who has the facility.

And I must mention the 6 planters the WI have in the village by the benches on Glen View, Wilsden Road and Long Lane. We have managed to plant geraniums for summer colour and will be planting more bulbs in them for spring colour. And we are very grateful to the local residents who have very kindly been making sure they are kept well watered and looking their best for us.

We are still welcoming new members so if anyone is interested in joining the WI or would like to “visit us virtually” to meet us before deciding whether the WI is for them, please get in touch with me.

We can be found in various ways:

The Notice Board outside the Post Office Website:


Email: Harden WI

Text/ring Sue 07510 304255 or Beverly 01535 270586

Sue Caswell – Secretary

October 2020


G. Snowden & Son

We would first like to wish all our customers a very happy and safe Christmas.

Who knows what the future holds, but as my Dad used to say

“If the good times didn’t come to an end, neither will the bad times.”

Garry, Mark, Jack and the girls will be here to supply you with all of your Christmas Fayre…

  • Local turkey
  • Duck
  • Geese
  • Chicken
  • Beef from local farms
  • Pork
  • Lamb

Due to the uncertainty of things at the moment, for the first time in 37 years, I will have to take a deposit on all ordered poultry.

Stand pies will be available from 1st December through to the 24th December.

Please order if you are collecting on 24th December and collect by 12 noon.

For the first time this Christmas we will be able to offer small pork pies, sausage rolls and Cornish pasties ideal for your small self distancing outdoor Christmas parties!

Opening times for Christmas week

Monday 8am – 4pm

Tuesday 8am – 4pm

Wednesday 8am – 5pm

Xmas Eve 7am – 1pm

Reopen after Christmas

Tuesday 29th December

New Year’s Eve   7am – 1pm

Closed Saturday

Reopen Monday 4th January

Harden Beck Horticultural Society

What a year!

Looking back to the 11th March seems like a different age. That evening, it being a Wednesday, I met with “the chaps” early doors at The Guide for a few pints and a chat.

The government had announced a lockdown to start that coming weekend which was due to last about 12 weeks. “It’ll be June before we meet here again” I said to my friends. Although I also cautioned that it could be longer and that “the open fire will be lit” next time we get together. That would mean more likely October. Still something to look forward to as the open fire at The Guide is a sight to behold. As I am writing this, whilst other pubs have been open, I still haven’t had an early doors pint at the Guide.

The pub is still closed and taking advantage of the enforced closure, refurbishment works are underway; a new toilet block being built and the porch finally being sorted after a number of years. Major work by any stretch of the imagination. In the past the notion of refurbishment work at The Guide was limited to new gaffer tape on the seats!

I’m looking forward to better times when the doors are open again and I can get together with my friends and put the world to rights over a pint.

March is the time of year when Gardeners World, one of my favourite series on TV, starts its run for the year. Every week until the end of October, Monty Don, supported by horticultural experts, gives the viewers timely reminders to get the most out of our gardens. I’m always saddened when the final episode is screened as to me it heralds shorter days, darker nights and winter not far away.

I’m not really a winter person, although I do enjoy a walk in the countryside on a crisp, frosty day when the sun is out and there’s the prospect of a hot roast dinner topped off with apple crumble and custard. I can taste it now!

But in the main I find winter a depressing period and can’t wait for spring when the garden bursts back into life. This year to next could prove to be different as in this uncertain period we value more than ever the time we have in the company of family and hopefully time with friends; restrictions allowing.  I’m determined to make the most of it and not let winter get me down this time around.

Harden Beck Horticultural Society [HBHS] news: –

Time spent in the garden and particularly the vegetable plot has been a life saver these past months. There’s always something to do. The changing seasons, plants growing from seed, harvesting produce, cutting back and planning for next year.

It’s a familiar unending process which gives comfort and hope for better times ahead.

Despite lockdown and its associate restrictions, the HBHS Committee is still active and working toward next year’s summer show. there’s going to be a lot to do with the show field and our facilities there requiring an overhaul. Volunteers and helpers will be most welcome. Watch out for notices and information next year!

The Society still has a few tickets available for the 200 club. A great way to show your support plus a chance to win cash! Tickets are £20 for the year with a monthly draw:  50 prizes of £40 to be won in the year. Contact any of the Committee if interested.

In Remembrance

Keith Halliday, a stalwart of HBHS for 40 years, died peacefully at home in October.

Keith, who was 85, had been receiving palliative care for a couple of months. Whilst his passing was expected it was still a shock and a very sad day for all connected with the Society.

Keith loved show day especially if he won a prize which he often did. Roses were his speciality and also growing the tallest sunflower!

I visited Keith a couple of weeks before he died and he’d got his son to write down every measurement of his sunflower plant. Competitive to the end!

Keith will be sadly missed by all at HBHS.

Rest in peace Keith

A true gentleman.

Find HBHS on Facebook, Twitter and 

Andy Macdonald HBHS tel. 01535 2275243 

Walk for Manorlands

The 26th September 2020 was the scheduled date for the Annual Walks for Manorlands but unfortunately the event had to be cancelled because of Covid 19. The events from Harden Cricket Club have always been nice, friendly sociable affairs and we missed seeing you all this year [for some it is an annual reunion!] and I missed eating the leftover cakes —though not many survive the Saturday scavenging!

There is also a more serious side to the day and that is raising money for Manorlands Hospice to enable their dedicated staff to continue giving their excellent care and attention to their patients. Since our first event in 2006 we have raised £52,695 all of which has been sent to and gratefully received by Manorlands Hospice.

this year, in addition to our cancellation, very many other fund raising activities have not taken place and the financial problems this has caused Manorlands Hospice have been highlighted in the local media.

A number of our supporters expressed an interest in making a donation to the Manorlands cause despite not being able to enjoy the walks on the day; I accepted their suggestion of a Just Giving Page with a potential £160 for gift aid. In addition we have received £960 in sponsorship again with gift aid potential. The total to date £2365 is a fantastic response and Chris and I, the rest of the family and friends and Manorlands Hospice are greatly appreciative of the loyalty you continue to show.

If anybody would like to send a donation the ‘Just Giving’ page is still open.

An alternative is to pay by cheque. If you do, could you please make it payable to Manorlands Hospice and add on the back of the cheque “Walks for Manorlands supporter”. You can either post it to Manorlands Hospice, Keighley Road, Oxenhope, Keighley BD22 9HJ or drop it off here [23 Effingham Road] and I’ll take it to Manorlands.

Finally, please make a note in your diary for Saturday 25th September 2021 and keep your fingers crossed that we will be actually walking! 

Chris and Pete Bashforth

RDM Estate Planning & Wills

My name is Richard Mettrick. I’ve lived in Harden all my life, except for a couple of years when I first got married and moved to Cullingworth, but the attraction of the village beckoned us back, as I’m sure you all appreciate.

I am a member of APS Legal & Associates who are a long established Will and Law firm and an fully qualified through the Institute of Professional Will writers to take instructions for Wills and Estate Planning, such as Lasting Powers of Attorneys, Property Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts and changing property ownership from ‘Joint Tenancy’ to ‘Tenancy in Common’ which can help mitigate long term care costs. 

As we will soon be entering 2021, you may want to start thinking about getting certain aspects of your life up to date. It is so easy to put off and say “I’ll do it later” but time does pass by so quickly and you don’t want to leave it too late.

Making a will is extremely important and professional knowledge will make the process much easier for you. I can visit you in the comfort of your own home, taking social distancing precautions of course.

As a property is often the main asset to be passed on to family, how would you feel if this was not the case due to not taking action now? There are various ways to make sure this happens and yes, the sooner the better as it can be too late to do anything about it.

Lasting Powers of Attorney are essential to help protect your interests through your life. Making sure your Property & Finances as well as your Health & Welfare are looked after if you’re not in a position to do it yourself.

These are extracts from Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert about the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorneys.

“One person in the UK develops dementia every three minutes. Yet don’t assume relatives can just walk into a bank and access your money, even if it is to pay for your care.” “Unless you’ve a Power of Attorney already, loved ones need to apply through the court, which can be long and costly.”

Golden Charter Pre-Paid funeral plans using local Funeral Directors are another consideration. They are very cost effective and take the pressure off family in times of distress as it has already been arranged. There are various plans to make sure you are getting what you would want from your funeral. The cost of funerals is increasing at a greater rate than the interest you would earn in the bank if you plan on just using your savings, so it does make financial sense.

At no cost to you I have a limited number of copies of  “A Young Person’s guide to Money” written by the New Model Business Academy. it talks about the importance of saving pension plans and what is debt/ As I only have a limited number of these it is first come first served. However, I do also have the booklet in a PDF format so I can easily e-mail a copy.

Please contact me via e-mail or phone to use this local service.

Richard D. Mettrick AIRW Dip PFS

Wills & Estate Planning Legal Specialist

Tel:  07703 567464



R & J Garden Services

  • garden maintenance       
  • grass cutting
  • lawn care /turfing
  • hedge cutting /pruning
  • jet washing /driveways
  • paths and patios 
  • fencing
  • water features/ponds
  • paving

All types of hard and soft landscaping

Over 20 years experience 

Contact Richard Hird

tel: 01535 275254 Mob: 07768 795539

Have You Any Wool?

A kind and generous donation of yarn to the village for charitable purposes during the first lockdown has led to the forming of a virtual knitting group in the village and surrounding area.

So far we have donated over 15 blankets, 50 cardigans, 160 baby hats, 150 mask extenders to Bradford hospital, 30 teddies to the Warm Baby project and 30 adult hats to Bradford Inn Churches for the homeless. An amazing achievement in a short space of time.

There is a Facebook group called ‘Have You Any Wool?’ where I publicise what goods charities are asking for and advertise for donations of yarn, but I am wanting to reach people  who aren’t on Facebook. I know there are lots of skilled knitters and [crocheters] out there wanting to have a reason to knit again. I can provide yarn, patterns and sometimes needles too.

 Knitting is proven to help with mental well being and I think as we are in such isolating and strange times we need all the help we can get.

Please either contact me through the Facebook group, or contact me [Judith Hales] on 07740431963 or Helen Keighley, the Minister at the Congregational Church, to arrange distribution and collection of any yarn and completed goods.

Judith Hales

Macaroon Mincemeat Tarts

Shortcrust pastry

150g plain flour

75g butter or margarine

about 3 tablespoons water


4 x 15ml spoons mincemeat

2 standard egg whites

75g caster sugar

75g ground almonds

15g flaked almonds

few glazed cherries, quartered


Sieve the flour. Cut the butter or margarine into small pieces and rub lightly into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add the water and bind the mixture, using a knife, so that it clings together leaving the sides of the bowl clean. Place on a floured working surface or board and knead very lightly to a smooth round ball.

Roll out the pastry, cut into 8cm circles and use to line 10-12 patty tins.

Divide the mincemeat between the pastry cases.

Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff. Fold in the sugar and almonds. Pile the macaroon mixture on top of the mincemeat and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.

Place a quartered cherry in the centre of each tart. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. [Heather Irvine]

Was this EXTEND Exercise in Harden


Hi everyone I am Andrew Craven, the teacher of the Harden Congregational Church EXTEND Exercise class normally held on Monday afternoons in the lounge at the Church Hall.

 At the moment classes are suspended, and, because of the risk of Covid transmission and the extensive precautions needed it is not certain whether it will be viable to resume or continue, but please, 

Watch this space! It is not farewell.

I had a really witty article ready for the spring issue…..but reading it now it is a little blasé. – It talked about ‘the heating situation in the church and a pun at my early thoughts on COVID and how it might affect me/us. So it would not be appropriate to use it at this time….

How things have changed!

So, let’s talk about me! Am I any different to anyone else? I don’t think so! My age group is 60+, as are most of the class members. We are all pensioners so we don’t have to worry about our job situation. Most of us have friends or family to keep an eye on us…Our contact with the outside world is a nephew who is barred from joining his wife in the USA until sanctions ease. Our weekly trips out are to the hair salon and a supermarket shop. For medical reasons we are ‘self isolating’ as much as possible and keeping tightly to the guidelines –  lots of washing of hands, particularly after handling things from outside the home  – wearing masks + no socialising except by electronic means. All this applies whatever tier we are in.

So this is an enormous change from last year when we were out three days a week, in contact with over 100 people, mixing, exercising and having fun. Whereas now, we are virtually housebound…

But the positive side to this is, because of hospitalisation last year and Our EXTEND commitments, we have a back log of jobs to do inside and outside the home. We now have time to address these. 

We are also doing crosswords, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles and reading, using the telephone and learning to use an ‘electric tablet.’

To all our members and those of you in a similar situation, we send our best wishes. Keep active. Do your exercises at home. Join a Zoom class, if you can find one. Phone a friend for a chat. Keep safe.


The Shepherd’s Hut

Hands up if you’re fed up!

I guess that’s quite a few

The Shepherd’s Hut is open

and there’s no need to queue.

I offer quality hairdressing services

at prices to make you smile.

I use only the best products

so local people don’t need to go many a mile.

The Hut is a small cosy place

currently taking one customer at a time

following guidelines “hands, face and space”

to try keep us all safe.

So if you want to look lovely

in time for Christmas and all

give yourself some cheer and a treat

just pick up your phone and give me a call

Sally 07811 195864

Love Quiz

  1. What used to be called the love apple?
  2. What are the next five words in this song?

‘Electricity starts to flow’

  1. Love –in-a-mist, Love –in-idleness, Love-Lies Bleeding are all examples of what?
  2. Elaborately carved what were given to a lady by a lover in 18 century Wales: love spoons Love knives, Love Forks, Love handles?
  3. ‘Love that does not speak its name’ is/was a poetic reference to what?
  4. What was an early Christian agape?
  5. Complete the following ‘When poverty comes in at the door…’
  6. Fill in the blanks and name whose quotes they are If —–      be the food of love, play on How do I love thee, let me —– the ways All’s fair in love and —
  7. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love       during the filming of which epic?
  8. ‘Love Shack’ is a 1989 single by which group?
  9. Who fell in love with Marge Bouvier in 1974   when he met her at summer camp?
  10. What is widely regarded as the most beautiful monument to love ever made?
  11. What is the Greek equivalent to the Roman god Cupid?
  12. What star sign are you if your birthday is on Valentine’s Day?
  13. What is the translation of the Latin phrase

      ‘omnia vincit amor’?

  1. The play Romeo and Juliet is set in which      Italian city?
  2. In May 2010 the city of Paris expressed concern over the growing number of what items on its bridges?
  3. Complete the following

a. Let us not love with word or with tongue but     in deed and —–

b. Follow the — of love

c. Greater love has no one than this, but that someone lay down his life for his ——

19. Who wrote the following poems about love?

a. Twelve Songs

b. When you are old

c. Giving up smoking

  1. Which Christmas carol contains the line

 ‘With true love and brotherhood

  Each other now embrace’ ?

Kings and Queens Quiz

Re-arrange the following list of British monarchs in date order beginning with the earliest and ending with the most recent.

Edward VI

Richard I

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Lateral Thinking Quiz

  1. Someone falls out of a thirty storey building but lives. How did they survive the fall?
  2. There are a dozen eggs in a box. 12 people each take a single egg but there is one egg left in the box. How?
  3. A boat has a ladder that’s 10’ long and hangs off the side of the boat with its last 2’ submerged in the water. If the sea tide rises 5’ how much of the ladder will be under water?
  4. There are 10 birds perched on a fence. A farmer aims his rifle and shoots one. How many birds are left?
  5. A carrot, a scarf and 5 pieces of coal are found lying on the lawn. Nobody put them on the lawn. Why are they there?
  6. A man lived on the 10th floor of a building. Every day he took the lift down to the ground floor to go to work. When he returned he took the lift to the 7th floor and walked up the stairs to reach his flat on the 10th floor. On rainy days when he returned he took the lift to the 10th floor. He hated walking so why does he do this?
  7. If you were alone in a dark cabin with only 1 match and a lamp, a fireplace and a candle to choose from, which would you light first? 
  8. Acting on an anonymous call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don’t know what he looks like but they know his name is John and that he is inside the house. The police rush in and find a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic and a fireman who are all playing bridge. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately  
  9. After passing her driving test, Emma was on her way home feeling very pleased with herself and not concentrating on where she was going. She went the wrong way up a one way street and straight over a zebra crossing. Her driving examiner and a policeman saw her but didn’t stop her. Why?
  10. The 60th and 62nd Prime Ministers of the UK had the same mother and father but were not brothers. How do you account for that?

Greetings from Richard at St. Saviour’s

I’ve always looked forward to Christmas. There is not usually a time of year when I don’t know how many days there are to go until the “Big Day”. It seems significant that my birthday is usually exactly 300 days before Christmas, and that I started work here exactly 100 days before last Christmas!! But this is definitely going to be the strangest run up to Christmas in our lifetimes!

While things are different it will give us the opportunity to value the things we can do even more and we will find new ways of doing the things we are not able to do as usual. We can make it a Christmas that we will remember, one that will stand out among all the Christmases of our lives. In years to come we will be able to say: “Do you remember that Covid Christmas of 2020? Do you remember how we…..?”

We are looking forward to finding ways to celebrate, including trying to have the biggest Carol Sing when we switch on the Christmas lights this year! We hope too that on Christmas Eve, when we usually have the Christingle, people will hold a Christingle at their garden gate or front door or bang a pan and then join us in a few carols that will resound around the village! It is ambitious, but whatever happens, it will be memorable!!!

Subject to the restrictions at the time we hope to have a Christmas Service on Christmas Eve night at St. Saviour’s at 11.30pm to see in Christmas Day and a service at church on Christmas morning at 9.30am to start the day. We will also be having a 10.45am Zoom service too on Christmas morning.

There will be lots more on our journey through these days to Christmas and we will get the news around the village about everything that is going on. If you would would like to be on our mailing list to get regular news and services or would like any further information about St. Saviour’s please contact me: Richard Burge: 

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Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday was celebrated in a different way this year as it was not possible to have the usual gathering around the Cenotaph or in the two churches. It is probably the first time in Harden that there has been no remembrance observance by a gathering in the centre of the village, since the erection of the monument immediately after the First World War. 

However, it was felt that some sort of observance was important. A ‘virtual’ service took place on Facebook. Also individual organisations were represented by the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph, at different intervals and by a display of individual poppy displays on the Congregational Church railings, for all passers-by to see and maybe pause and reflect.

A Winter Walk

The Folly

Park at the top [Wilsden] end of Stephen Smith’s Garden Centre

Approximately 3 miles [1hour 15 mins]

From the top of Stephen Smith’s car park, by the row of cottages, cross over the road [this can be busy] pass directly over the stile into the fenced field opposite. Follow this path down to the stream and through two gates. Turn left down to the track and then first right just before Bank Bottom Cottage. Follow this path to the stone wall, cross through the wall on your right and wind your way around on this path to a large gap in the wall.

You are now entering Cottingley Woods and Ruin Bank Woods. When through the wall take the main path up the hillside and continue until, on the left, you reach the Folly ruin.

After taking a look at the Folly continue along the path and down the hill until you reach a wire fence on the right. ‘Black Hills Scout Camp’. At the corner of this fence take the path to the right [the path in front of you takes you down to Beckfoot Golf course and Myrtle Park] Continue along with the wire fence on your right. When the fence ends keep straight on through the clearing. Continue along the main path past the boulders, until a prominent path off to your right [opposite a path on your left and approx. 200 yards from the clearing] take this path. Continue along this path until you reach a field. Keep the field on your right; continue forward along the path until you reach a stile, which leads you into a field. Go straight across the field towards the rocks in the grass, keeping the wall on your left. After the rocks bear left in line with the stone wall towards the small fenced field. Here you need to go over the stile into this field and to the stile next to the gate; go over and onto the grassy track.

Turn left and instantly right to follow the grassy footpath round the edge of the houses [March Cote Farm]. Follow this garden wall up some steps. Do not go down the steps in front but turn right up the steps, through the garden to the top. A double stile/gate leads into a field [often with sheep in].

Head to the stone wall and wood in front of you. After passing through the stone wall turn instantly left and follows the path through the woods keeping the wall to your left. [Although the path cuts a corner of the wood off, so you leave the wall for a short way].

After a short while the path takes you across a stream [in winter]; this can be quite muddy.

When the wall takes a 90 degree turn left, follow this round and continue along, keep the wall on your left, to the road [Lee Lane]

Turn right; continue along past ‘Blackhills Campsite entrance. Follow the minor road/track signposted ‘Yorkshire Stone Products’ until the footpath sign on your left. Take this footpath and walk straight forward across the fields. Keep the wall on your right, the last field sometimes has horses in. When on the small footpath turn right and go through the stone wall/boulder. Continue along this top path until you reach a track ignoring any footpaths off to the left.

Bear left on the track and take the second left picking up the Millennium yellow marker, down the hill until you see a gate on your left, through this gate and return to start. BEWARE once over the stile you are straight on to the main Harden to Wilsden Road.

This walk is equally enjoyable in reverse – why not give it a go?

Info: St David’s Ruin, a folly built in 1796 by Benjamin Ferrand. The land is now privately owned and known locally as ‘Pake Woods’ above Harden Grange. When it was originally built there was no wood and there was a clear view across from St .Ives Mansion.

N.B. My husband and I decided we would try this walk out and took the instructions with us. Needless to say, we went wrong just after ‘the boulders’ mentioned above. I was thinking  of putting it down to old age, after all you know you are getting old when Santa starts looking younger, but then, nothing daunted, John went out the following day and got it right!

The Consolations of Nature

At the start of the lockdown [the first one] much was said about “The Consolations of Nature”. Everyone, it seemed, from Monty Don to Chris Packham was talking about them and everyone, it seemed, was discovering them in their own back yard. Not wishing to be behind the zeitgeist, I too decided to sally forth and seek “The Consolations of Nature”.

It was a bright day in April when I tentatively pushed open the back door and poked out my head. Were the Consolations to be found in my garden? And if they were, would they speak to me? 

I needn’t have worried. The sun shone, the sky was blue, small birds flitted and birds of prey soared, a snail meandered slowly across the patio, butterflies danced in the vegetable patch and an engagingly fuzzy fly hovered over the patch of grass we laughingly refer to as lawn. I stood there entranced. True, there were wasps, there are always wasps, but they weren’t going to spoil my Consolations. I was hooked. 

Day after day I communed with the Consolations of Nature; delighted to watch a damselfly haul itself out of the pond and dry its wings in the sun; amazed when a horntail, as dramatic an insect as I have ever seen in this country, took up residence in the garden. The busy ants and the cheeky black bird were all grist to my Consolation mill. 

But then I did what all addicts do eventually, I pushed it too far. I began to look more closely at nature, and as I looked more closely I found the Consolations were a charade.

That meandering snail? On its way to eat the salad seedlings.

The dancing butterfly? Its caterpillars were devouring the cauliflowers. The fuzzy fly? Seeking the nests of solitary bees so that it’s young could eat their young. The damselfly drying its wings? Dismembered by ants in the space of an hour. And the small birds flitting? Food for sparrow hawks my friends, food for sparrowhawks. It’s a jungle out there!

The coup de grace came when I turned to see the broken body of the horntail in the greedy beak of the cheeky blackbird. I ran screaming into the house and slammed the door. As I drank a cup of tea and stared at the wall I could see all my hard won Consolations in tatters at my feet. What Consolation could nature offer when all those things that seemed nice were actually nasty? But just when all seemed lost, like Pandora and her box, I realised I still had one Consolation left. The wasps. The wasps had been good guys all along; at least they never pretended to be nice.

Mark Coulthard


But then we can’t blame nature…………

‘Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiments.’

[R.B. Fuller]

Christmas Reading?

Here is some suggested reading to entertain you over the Christmas season …..

  • Let’s Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood by Jasper Rees, October 2020
  • Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior March 2020
  • Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris 2005

Let’s Do It

The new biography of Victoria Wood is an unflinching entertaining and affectionate account of the much-missed entertainer, actor and writer. Her death from cancer in 2016, at the age of 62 left a gap which will never be filled.

Victoria’s public performances created the impression of an extrovert, outgoing personality in her confident rapport with audiences. In reality, she had experienced a lonely childhood and suffered from crippling shyness early on in her career.

She was a perfectionist with an unerring ear for comic sketches which stick in the mind, e.g. Julie Walters as a mad shoe shop assistant: ‘We think we’ve got hens in the skirting board. We found droppings by the pop socks…’

The memorable, agonisingly funny ‘Two Soups’sketch was based on a real event in a restaurant.

Thora Hird’s ruthless mother [in Pat and Margaret]

 memorably says of her dyslexic son, ‘You didn’t have dyslexia in those days, you sat at the back and did raffia.’

Jasper Rees casts an unflinching gaze on the public and private sides of Victoria Wood’s personality. She could be demanding and spiky. ‘The Dinner Ladies’ cast knew that they had to say their lines exactly as written and the same show was recorded on two consecutive evenings, so that lines could be changed if necessary. Some actors were reduced to taking Bach Rescue remedies to relieve the tension.

At 600 pages, this is a very long and very detailed biography. Wood’s ambition, humour and determination shine through her early struggles and difficult childhood. Her relationships, marriage and family life are vividly portrayed, as well as the sadness of her final illness.

Victoria Wood may have disliked the term ‘National Treasure,’ but that’s certainly what she became. It’s sad to think of the scripts she would have written. However, her legacy of sketches, songs, plays and films will always continue to entertain audiences.

Away with the Penguins

‘I find penguins at present the only comfort in life…one can’t be angry when one looks at a penguin.’ John Ruskin

The unlikely heroine of Hazel Prior’s life affirming story ‘Away with the Penguins’ is 85 year old Veronica McCreedy. Her memory is not what it was and she does have to write herself a message in eyebrow pencil in the corner of her mirror. The message is ‘Penguins’, her new interest. Veronica hopes to make ‘a small difference to the planet’ and particularly to the survival of penguins with her wealth. She plans to make this difference by leaving her money to a scientific unit in Antarctica which is researching Adelie penguins.

Veronica is a stubborn, funny and, at times, cantankerous character. Her past is troubled, and as we find out more about her circumstances, we feel more sympathy and liking for her. The quest she sets out on, to see and protect the Adelie penguins, is mindboggling and uplifting at the same time. She is undaunted by any obstacles once she has set her mind to something. During the course of her adventure, the reader learns a great deal about penguins too. The reader also finds out about Veronica’s tragic past and present family circumstances. How she reconciles these is another important theme of this very original and uplifting story.

Gentlemen and Players

Joanne Harris’ 2005 novel is a murder mystery, set mainly in St. Oswald’s Grammar School for Boys. It is told by two alternating narrators:-  Roy Straightly, affable 65 year old Classics master and Old Boy of the school and the unknown perpetrator, who casually announces in the opening sentence that ‘…the murder is really no big deal’.

The scene is set for a deadly chess game between the murderer [Pawn] and Straighlty [King]. Beneath the everyday rivalries and disputes of the schools a much more sinister current stirs. The long-planned scheme of revenge erupts into chaos, the shredding of staff reputations and finally, murder. Gradually the two narrators draw close as the deadly plan draws to its climax.

An absorbing psychological and suspenseful story of murder and mayhem for long dark winter evenings.

Marjory Farnell.

Harden Congregational Church

‘The best laid plans’ how apt that phrase is this year when it has been virtually impossible to make anything but the most immediate plans and long term decisions have had to be put on hold.

This has been no different at the Congregational Church. We had to close the church building at the beginning of the lockdown and hold our services on line. We had to hold our planning meetings, socially distancing, in the outdoors. 

After a time we were able to open up for private prayer and then for limited services, only to be closed down again at the beginning of November. 

We had made tentative plans for Christmas celebrations but we await further announcements at the beginning of December.

 Please look out for further information on the Church notice board and website. 


It’s the season of advent!

What does that mean to us? And how might it be different this year?

Advent is a Latin word that actually means ‘coming’.

In many homes Advent is the time of year when we prepare for Christmas. Normally, this might mean getting out the Christmas decorations, buying and sending cards, hunting for suitable presents for your loved ones and thinking about how family and friends will get together and share food and fellowship. This year we have no idea what Christmas will look like. Will we still be in lockdown? Will we be able to shop? To meet? To eat together? To exchange presents? Are these the things we are focusing on?

Perhaps it’s time to ask ourselves why we celebrate Christmas…..

For many it is a time of excitement and anticipation. What will Santa bring me?  How much turkey and Christmas pudding will I be able to eat? Can I get away with not eating my sprouts? Who do I want to share my Christmas with?

For Christians, the focus is clear. We want to spend our Christmas with Christ. Advent reminds Christians to remember and prepare for the birth of Jesus. Secular Christmas ‘traditions’ are wonderful and we delight in many of the activities we do during December, but really Christmas is the time when we celebrate the light of God coming into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ. Although much of what we will be able to do this Christmas is uncertain, there is one you can count on…God

So, what a great opportunity this year, when things may be quieter and less commercial, to focus on the message of the Christ child. 

We may not be able to embrace each other but we can embrace the themes of advent that will enrich us: hope, peace, love and joy.

May the peace of the Christ child be in your hearts.

Helen Keighley, Minister

Harden Congregational Church

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‘A Winter Evening’

from ‘the Preludes’by T.S. Eliot

[The poet T.S. Eliot insisted that it was necessary to see beneath “both the beauty and ugliness of the world, to see the boredom, and the horror and the glory.]

‘The winter evening settles down 

with smells of steaks in passageways

Six o’clock

The burnt-out ends of smoky days

And now a gusty shower wraps

The grimy scraps

Of withered leaves about your feet.

And newspapers from vacant lots,

The showers beat

On broken blinds and chimney pots,

And at the corner of the street

A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps

And then the lighting of the lamps.’

Answers to Love Quiz

  1. The tomato
  2. ‘And my indicator starts to glow.’
  3. Flowers: Nigella Damascena, Viola Tricolour or Wild Pansy and Red Amaranth
  4. Love spoons
  5. Homosexuality
  6. A love feast or supper
  7. ‘Love flies out the window’
  8. music/William Shakerspeare, count/Elizabeth Barrett Browning, war/Francis Edward Smedley
  9. Cleopatra
  10. love
  11. Homer Simpson
  12. The Taj Mahal
  13. Eros
  14. Aquarius
  15. Love conquers all
  16. Verona
  17. Padlocks which lovers lock to bridges to symbolise their love.
  18. Truth [John 3:18], Way [Corinthians 14:1],

Friend [John 15:13]

  1. a. W.H. Auden b. W.B. Yeats c. Wendy Cope
  2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Answers to Kings and Queens Quiz

William I [1066-1087] also known as William the Conqueror after he defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings and brought Norman rule to Saxon England

Stephen [ 1135-1154] his claim to the throne was disputed by Matilda throughout his reign

Richard I [1189-1199] also known as Richard the Lionheart famous for his involvement in the Crusades in the Holy Land

Richard II [1377-1399] patron of Chaucer and responsible for the importance of Westminster Hall

Edward IV [1471-1483] figurehead for the Lancastrians in the War of the Roses

Henry VII [1485-1509] unified the warring factions of the War of the Roses and was the founder of the Tudor dynasty

Edward VI [1547-1553] son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. He came to throne at the age of 9 and died 6 years later from tuberculosis

Mary I [1553-1558] sometimes known as ‘Bloody Mary’ following her persecution of Protestants in an attempt to restore papal supremacy

Charles I [1625-1649] Fought against Cromwell and the ‘Roundheads’ in the English Civil War and was executed

James II [1685-1688] Grandfather of Bonnie Prince Charlie. He was exiled to France in 1690

George III [1760-1820] the American colonies were lost during his reign and he was mentally unfit in the last years of his reign suffering from porphyria

William IV [1830-1837] Known as the Sailor King. His short reign saw the Reform Act, The Poor Law Amendment Act and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire

Victoria [1837-1901] she had 9 children most of whom married into the other royal families of Europe

Edward VIII [1936] He was King for less than a year as he abdicated to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson

Elizabeth II [1952 to present day] has reigned longer than any other monarch in British history

So are you a Brain Box?

So how did you do in the quizzes? Don’t worry if the answer is not so good……

‘An intelligence test sometimes shows a person how smart they would have been not to have taken it.’

[L.J Peter]

‘You’ve got the brain of a four year old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it’

[Groucho Marx]

‘Q –    How stupid can you get?

  A –     How stupid do you want me?

[Abbott and Costello]

Answers to Lateral Thinking Quiz

  1. He fell out of a ground floor window
  2. The last person took the box with the egg inside.
  3. 2’; if the sea level rises so will the boat and the amount of ladder under the water will remain the same.
  4. The dead one; the others have flown away, startled by the first shot
  5. The items were used by children to build a snowman which has now melted.
  6. The man is extremely short in stature. He can only reach the button for the 7th floor. However, on rainy days he uses his umbrella to push the 10th floor button.
  7. The match; without it lit you couldn’t light anything else
  8. The fireman is the only man in the room; the rest of the bridge players are women.
  9. She was walking
  10. Winston Churchill was Prime Minister twice; 1940-1945 and 1951-1955

Thank You 


We had to put off the idea of publishing our May edition of the Tittle Tattle because of the Covid crisis and the restrictions that resulted from it. We couldn’t ask people to contribute to, print or deliver the newspaper when everyone was struggling to keep businesses and personal lives going.

However, we wanted to attempt to keep the village informed and entertained and so as a temporary arrangement we produced weekly newsletters from March to August. These were made available on Harden Congregational Church website with the assistance of Ian Gerdes at Elevate Digital Agency.

After a brief respite of sorts, we found ourselves in a second national lockdown. This time we were determined, with your help, to try and produce a Christmas edition. You rose to the challenge!

A huge thank you to all who have contributed to the content and those who have delivered the copies. 

A special thank you, once again, to Chris at Ernest Cummins Printers Ltd. for arranging the printing of the newspaper free of charge. 


Understandably, we have had fewer adverts in this edition as businesses and organisations are still in something of a limbo and don’t know when they will be up and running again. 

When we went to print we were just at the beginning of the second week of the second lockdown. We have done our best to keep you entertained and informed as to what is happening in the village and hope to continue to do so.

All being well we will be able to produce our next edition in May 2021. 

We welcome new contributors and advertisers. 

  • If you want to advertise your business or organisation what better way than to place an advert in this newspaper which is delivered twice yearly [May and December] to over 800 houses in the village.
  • If you would like to write a piece on any subject of general interest we would love to hear from you.

All enquiries to 

Sheila 01535 272440 

or Kay 01535 273301

And finally………..

‘You know you have had too much to eat for Christmas dinner when you slump down onto a beanbag and realise….there is no beanbag’

[David Letterman]

‘Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas’

[Johnny Carson]

‘I bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note attached saying ‘Toys not included.’

[Bernard Manning]

Christmas Prayer

Let us not be fearful

Let us not be dismayed

Rejoice in the good news of Christmas

The Saviour is born.

Let us rest in his peace today

Let us look forward with assurance

to the days ahead.

Let us hold in our hearts

the message of Christmas

‘God is with us.’