Take up the ‘Nixies’ challenge

Priory staff Charlotte Jolleys and Kirsty Wrathall leaving out treats for the Nixies who visit overnight to keep the place tidy.
Priory staff Charlotte Jolleys and Kirsty Wrathall leaving out treats for the Nixies who visit overnight to keep the place tidy.

STAFF at the Priory, Scorton, are away with the fairies (or rather the ‘Nixies’) as part of a summertime promotion at the restaurant.

Nixies, according to Prior bosses, are travelling descendants of Dartmoor Pixies who have a Womble-like desire to see everything tidy, are said to be regularly involved in early morning village clean ups.

A Priory spokesman said: “Over the years we have tried to keep Nixies a secret, but rumours are now so rife that we feel it is time to admit to their existence, not least because of the hard work they do to keep the place tidy and cared for.”

In celebration of Nixies, staff have devised a ‘Nixie challenge’, a two to three hour walk enjoying the trail up over Nicky Nook Fell and back down the Grizedale valley.

The route includes a quiz, with clues along the way and is free for families or groups with children to enjoy. It takes in many of the places that Nixies frequent.

The Nixie challenge will require stout footwear and maybe a picnic along the way.

Those who succeed in completing the route and answering all the quiz questions correctly will be eligible for a free treat - a free glass of Nicky Nook ale or cup of tea will be ready for adults completing the challenge whilst for children; a special certificate will mark their achievement along with a bag of Nixie treats.

The spokesman added. ‘It’s time to celebrate the work of the local Nixies who work so hard keeping the locality in such good shape. Our challenge during the summer is for families and groups of friends to follow the Nixie trail, collecting clues along the way.

“It will help keep children and young people fit and entertained during the holidays as well as providing fun for all the family, and best of all it’s all free!!’ To take part in the Nixies’ Nicky Nook challenge, just call in at the Priory, Scorton any day from Sunday 7th August to collect your free Nixie trail, map and quiz sheet.

Whilst there is no charge for the Nixie Nicky Nook challenge, in support of the work the Nixies carry out caring for the area, donations will be invited to a special fund for local conservation work to continue.

* While there is no charge for the Nixie Nicky Nook challenge, in support of the work the Nixies carry out caring for the area, donations will be invited to a special fund for local conservation work to continue.

* For more information contact Tom Pridmore on 07947 535844.