Church is synonymous with Easter and we always have displays of lilies at this time, to which are added ribbons carrying personal dedications – reflecting people or events deserving of remembrance to the writers. Not only does this form a beautiful picture, but it creates an atmosphere full of peace and hope.
This is our ‘Quinquennial’ year – every five years there is an in-depth investigation of the fabric of our 12th Century church at Hubberholme and this time I had the opportunity of viewing the Bell Tower. A ‘new’ bell was installed back in 1904, to replace that from the reign of Elizabeth I (1601) that had rung for over 300 years. A second was added in 1908 and I’m happy to report that the current bells are in excellent shape as they start their second century of service.
This is a time of re-birth amidst the wonders of Nature, as the snow drops of winter give way to daffodils, anemones and wild primroses of spring, while the fields echo to the cries of new-born lambs and wagtails from south of the Sahara, gold crests, lapwings amongst many others arrive to nest, while a family of wild deer have been seen across the River Wharfe from ‘Dalegarth’.
It is also a time for Buckden Walkers to start their new programme and our first Evening Stroll was a visit to Coldstones Cut – described as Yorkshire’s largest artwork, yet amazingly little known. Add it to your Bucket List and you will not be disappointed. Our Guests are always welcomed on any of the Buckden Walkers’ adventures.