Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215

Bowling Club: The next match is on Saturday May at 1.30pm at Hornby.

Tennis Club: The tennis league season started on April 24 in the middle of Austwick’s first snow storm for some time. The B team, who were playing Crosshill B at home that night managed to get in some play before the snow led to an early retreat to the club house recording a win by seven rubbers to two. The C team, also in action on the night that winter returned to North Yorkshire, were slightly luckier for their match at Saltaire, suffering only hail and a gusty wind, though they did not manage to take a set off the home team in the challenging conditions. The A team, playing in better weather the following evening, lost their opening game to Skipton A by six and a half rubbers to two and a half. That match saw the return of Stuart Marshfield who moved from the Austwick club to Skipton over the winter with Stuart winning all his three sets. The club continues to welcome new members of all standards – whether new to tennis or keen to join one of the teams. Details are on the club website

Church News: Saturday, Tastes of Europe Food and wine from Europe in Eldroth parish hall, 7.30-9.30pm with a speaker from the International Church Society.

Sunday, 9.30am, united service for Austwick and Eldroth at Austwick; 11am United service for Clapham and Keasden at Clapham. The preacher at both services will be Rev Richard Bromley, director of the ICS. On Sunday a ‘primrose walk’ will leave Austwick Church at 2.30pm.


St Andrew’s: Tomorrow the toddlers group will meet at 9.30am and the Bible study will meet at Woodlands at 7.30pm. On Sunday, the service at 10.30am will be led by the Baptist All Age Team. Then at 3pm, the Easter Offering Dedication Service will be held at Higherford Methodist Church. The prayer group will meet at 10am on Monday. The Friendship Group will have a Monday afternoon visit to Todmorden Garden Centre, leaving Mosley Street car park at 1.30pm. Let Judith Boardman know beforehand. A special church council meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 11.


Historical Society: Mike Winstanley, chairman of the Ewecross Historical Society, welcomed members to the Annual General Meeting held in Bentham Methodist Church Mike was re-elected Chairman, Melinda Elder re-elected Treasurer and Jenny Fisher re-elected Membership Secretary. Edward Huddleston, who had served five years as Secretary, stood down and was elected Vice Chairman. John Wilson stood down as Vice Chairman and was elected Secretary. David Alder then gave an illustrated presentation entitled 500 Years of the Royal Mail,1516 to 2016. David, who is Post Master at Bentham Post Office, gave a comprehensive account drawing on his lifetime interest in the history of communication. King Henry V111 ruled his realm by receiving news and sending orders to all parts of England in letters carried by messengers on horseback; this extended to his courtiers and ministers until 1635 when the public began to use the service. By the next century stage coaches carrying mail sped along the new turnpike roads, changing horses at staging posts along the way, hence the name the post service. The coming of the railways speeded the service with letters being sorted on board the night train; road transport took over in 1970. Mail was sent overseas by packet boats, then steam ships and air mail. David told of the introduction of the penny post in 1840 when the sender paid the postage, before that the recipient paid an extortionate price to receive a letter. He also spoke of the telephone system and showed slides of magnificent main post offices, the one in Kendal being still in use. He concluded by speculating on the future of communications.

He was thanked by the Chairman and the evening concluded with a Jacobs Join supper.

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Priory Church: On Sunday services are Communion (said) at 8am, 10.30 am Sung Eucharist and at 6.30 pm Evening Prayer. The Liquid Family Service is at 9.15 am. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10am.

Swing Band: St Aidan’s Swing Band and Chamber Choir feature in the first of the Priory Concerts on Saturday at 7.30pm in the Priory Church. The Swing Band is a past winner at the Great North Big Band Festival, and the Chamber Choir is a past winner and regular finalist at the BBC Senior School Choir of the Year. Tickets are £12 each and include a glass wine during the interval and available from 01756 710586, on the door or from the website


Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369

Games Night: The Methodist Church are holding a fundraising Games Night on Tuesday – the event starts at 6.30pm and includes supper. Tickets cost £4 per person and are available at the village shop or on the door. For more information contact Pat on (01535) 637080.

Cricket Club: Bradley Cricket Club has started junior practice nights on a Thursday – the sessions start at 6.30pm and are open to any children aged eight years and over who would like to try out the sport. Contact Matt on 07813 051648 or James on 07725 464040. Coaches are DBS registered and ECB Level 1 qualified.

Coffee Morning:The Methodist Church coffee morning on Saturday takes place in the church hall,10-11.30am.

Christian Aid: This year’s Christian Aid Week is May 13 and 20. St Mary’s Church and Bradley Methodist Chapel will be taking part, with their annual door to door collection an need collectors. To help contact Andrew on 07801 937056. All volunteer collectors live in Bradley. You can also leave your envelope in the box in the village shop.

School News: Sarah from the school office completed the London Marathon recently, raising funds for the Rays of Sunshine charity.Airton class enjoyed a visit to Hesketh Farm last week, when they fed the animals and had a ride on a tractor. The school is collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers and there is a box outside the hall for Rainbows Places: There are a few places available at 1st Bradley Rainbows, for girls aged five to seven. The group meets on a Friday, 5-6pm in the village hall. For more information contact Kal at or visit the website:

Film Club: The club is looking for film buffs – three or four people are needed to help run it. Contact Simon at or on 01535 631405.


Afternoon Tea: On Saturday, May13, at 2.30 pm, the ladies of St Mary’s Church will be serving a delicious afternoon tea with a French theme in the village hall, £12 including a glass of Prosecco. Booking is essential, please ring Chris Alexander on 01756 797899.

Village Quiz: This year the quiz is being organized by the CCU and will be held in the village hall on Saturday, May 13, at 7.30pm. There will be a bar, a raffle and nibbles. Cost £3 per person. All teams must represent a village organisation, have four to six members, and register their entry by May 10.

Coffee Shop: The Village Hub and Coffee Shop is now open daily, every morning from 8.30am-noon. The Hub is a coffee shop, meeting place, internet café, and book exchange. The venue offers a space for small meetings, caters for cyclists and walkers visiting or passing through the village, or just a place to pop in and read the paper with a cup of coffee and a bacon sandwich. If you would like more information or would like to get involved, see Paul in The Swan or email:

Community Events: Pre-School Playgroup in the Village Hall, every Friday (term-time only), 9.30-11.30 am. Stay and play for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. £1 under 6 months, £2 over six months, 50p per additional child.

Sewing Group in the Village Hall 7-9 pm, every second and fourth Monday. Quiz Night and Bingo, alternate Wednesdays at 8.30pm in The Swan Inn. Knit and Natter, every Thursday 10am-noon at 3 Leys Close (except fourth Thursday). All welcome. Carleton Ladies’ Choir practice every Thursday, 7.30-8.50 pm in the school. Further details from Damian on 07469 922846. Coffee Pot at St Mary’s, every Friday, 2-4 pm.

The Carletones is a ‘sing for fun session’ with Sarah in The Swan, every Friday, 11-11.45 am. Circuit Training in the village hall every Monday 9.15-10.15am. There is a mix of strength and cardio exercises. The cost is £7 per session or £22 for four consecutive sessions.

Carpet Bowls in the Village Hall, every Monday 2-4 pm and Friday 7-9 pm. New members welcome. Dance Yourself Fit every Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm. Learn a new dance every week and at the same time keep yourself fit. The cost is £20 for four weeks paid in advance or £7 per session on a weekly basis.

St Mary’s: First Sunday, 8am Holy Communion and 11am Family Praise; Second and fourth Sunday, 11 am Parish Communion; Third (and fifth) Sunday - 11am Bread, Wine and Worship.


Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135

Church News: There will be a Primrose Walk over Oxenber on Sunday, meeting at Austwick Church at 3pm. There will be tea at Wood House Farm afterwards.There will be a United Church service at St James’ Church, on Sunday from 11am, when the preacher will be the Rev Richard Bromley, ICS mission director. All welcome.

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Young Farmers: Coniston Cold Young Farmers met at Swinden Moor Head Farm near Hellifield by kind permission of the Capstick Family. Members judged beef store cattle and chocolate cakes. The judges for the evening were Tim Hamlets of Hamlets Butchers in Garstang and Rachael Capstick. The results for beef cattle were joint 1st Robin Schofield and Archie Allan 2nd Sam Emmott and 3rd Sam Dawson.

Chocolate cakes Intermediate 1st Hannah Saxby 2nd Holly Brennand, Juniors 1st Gemma Darwin joint 2nd Alice and Megan Walton, joint 3rd Ellie Saxby and Mary Throup.

The vote of thanks was given by Sam Emmot. Next week’s meeting is Settle District Rally at Bentham Auction Mart at 6.30pm.

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Tennis Club: Club nights are every Tuesday and Thursday evening from about 5pm. All members welcome. Men’s social tennis Wednesday mornings from 10am. Women’s social tennis from 2pm every Friday.

League matches on Monday and Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon. Mini coaching (up to eight years old) on Friday afternoons 4-5pm, juniors 5-6pm and adult beginners 6-7pm. Contact jackpullanrtc@gmail.

New members welcome (family membership £120 per year/individual adult £80).

Contact membership secretary Chris Glen on 01535 632734.


Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872

Bowls Club: Beginners bowling sessions start again on Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm on the beautiful bowling green in the middle of the village, behind the playing field. This is a free social session with coaching available. No need to have your own bowls. Everybody welcome.

Jaywalkers’ Production: There may be a few tickets left for the latest Jaywalkers’ production to visit Cononley, ‘No job for a Woman’ at Cononley Village Institute. They are available in the village post office or call 630872, although it is almost sold out.

Doors and bar open at 7pm. See website for other venues.


David Hartley, 01282 842617

Community Centre: Thanks have been expressed to all who helped to make the spring fair at the New Road Community Centre a success. The event raised funds for the community minibus. Particular thanks were made to the small group who organised this event so efficiently and to all who had stalls and ran activities.

The model railway exhibition was very impressive and helped to attract local people to attend the fair.

Earby Gardeners: The Earby Gardeners’ Society will hold its annual coffee morning and plant sale from 10am to noon on Saturday, May 27, in New Road Community Centre. As usual well grown bedding plants will be available to buy.

St Peter’s: The service at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by the Rev David Edmondson, and will be followed by the general church meeting. There is a gentle exercise class at 1.30pm on Monday.

The next church lunch will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 16, and it will raise money for Christian Aid.


Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197

Parish Meeting: The annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7pm in the Village Hall, prior to the Annual Parish Council Meeting scheduled for 8pm. The meeting will include a guest speaker, Charlotte Foster from the Good Neighbours scheme, and also offer parishioners the chance to raise issues over and above the opportunity given during any regular Parish Council meeting. All parishioners are invited to both meetings. The agenda will be posted in advance on the website and in the parish noticeboards.

Toddlers Club: The next ‘Wriggle and Giggle Club’ for babies and toddlers is on Monday, 2-3pm the village hall. The cost is £2 per family, including refreshments. For more details contact 01756 791123.

Women’s Institute: The next WI meeting will be on Tuesday for the annual discussion and voting on two resolutions. The vote is then taken to the Annual Meeting of the Members of the National WI Federation, which this year is being held in the Echo International Arena in Liverpool on June 7. The two eesolutions are ‘Alleviating Loneliness’, to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, and ‘Plastic Soup’, keeping microplastic fibres out of our oceans. This will be followed by a light ‘bring and share’ supper.

Churches Services: On Sunday St Mary’s Church will be celebrating an all-age worship service at 9.30am, followed at 11.15am by a Communion service using the Book of Common Prayer. The Methodist Chapel’s 10.30am service will be led by the Rev Peter Bedford. On Tuesday there will be a quiet communion service at 10.30am at St Mary’s and 2-4pm the church will be open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation. Fridays in term-time sees the resumption of ‘Smiley Faces’, or toddler praise, 1.45-3.15pm. This is for pre-school children and parents, grandparents and carers. The Friendship Club has resumed its regular meetings on Tuesday mornings in the Methodist Chapel schoolroom, 10.15-12.15pm. All welcome. Crafts and board games are available.

Parish Council: The Parish volunteers had a successful ‘Spring Meet’ with a number of new sign-ups, including the newly formed Friends of the Recreation Ground. The good works continue throughout the villages and once again the Parish Council expresses its thanks to all those who help to maintain the parish and environs. Some local volunteers raised the limitations experienced in achieving effective street sweeping by CDC, primarily due to parked vehicles. Similar problems have also been encountered by the NYCC gully-emptying service. Local volunteer Trevor Kipling’s efforts in notifying East Lane property occupiers in advance of the road sweeper and co-operation by local residents in an endeavour to ensure an unobstructed kerbline are much appreciated, but the problem of non-residents taking up recently vacated kerbside parking, often within a very short time of it becoming available, is a difficult problem to resolve, if at all and prompts the question of whether local hand sweeping on a good old fashioned ‘lengthsman’ basis would be more appropriate. The Parish Council aims to discuss these issues with CDC in an attempt to achieve improved arrangements bearing in mind the ever-present constraints of cost.

Village Hall: The library windows should now have been double glazed as part of the Energy and Efficiency Project, which received a grant towards the cost through Cllr Shelagh Marshall. Grants towards the whole project, which will cost over £30,000 are being applied for. The other work of new heating system, insulation and LED lighting will take place in spring 2018. Chairs are being refurbished by re-using the frames and re-upholstering to a high standard. To sponsor a chair at £45 each contact Shona Watson.

Village Show: The village show committee are working had to make the Show schedules available shortly - look out for them in the paper shop and the new Community Library.


Jane Markham, 01756 711305

St Augustine’s: A service of Holy Communion will be held on Sunday, starting at 9.30am. All welcome.

Parish Meeting: The annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 7pm in the Village Hall. The parish council chairman leads the meeting and the parish council has put forward a number of items for discussion, as set out on the recent village newsletter, but residents may raise any other questions and ask the parish council to look into any other issues. Everyone is welcome.

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Joyce Wood, 01535 635880

St Andrew’s: On Sunday there will be services of Holy Communion at 8.15am and at 10 am. At 6pm there will be the annual service of Commemoration of Thanksgiving for Departed Family and Friends. Each Wednesday there is a service of Holy Communion at 9.30 am. in the Parish Rooms.

Institute Talk: Isobel Stirk will give a talk in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on ‘Lake District Authors’ on Friday, May 12, starting at 7.30pm.Entrance is£5 and includes refreshments.

Methodist Coffee: The monthly coffee morning will be held in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Saturday, May 13, 10 -11.30am. Proceeds to Macmillan Nurses.

Institute Calendar: Photographs for next year’s calendar need to be submitted by May 31. For further guidelines follow the link:

Village Pump: The over 50’s group meets in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Wednesday, 2-3.30pm.


Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235

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Women’s Institute: The WI meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Wednesday May at 7.30pm, with speaker Annie Austen-Meek on the art of making beautiful handmade planters for inside or out. The competition is to make a Twiddle Muff. Visitors and new members always welcome.

Tickets are now on sale at Gargrave Library for ‘No Job for A Woman’ to be held on Friday, May 12, at 7.30pm in Gargrave Village Hall, based on life in an Armley textile mill. The playwright is Jamesine Cundell Walker whose great-aunt was employed at the mill.

Health Invite: Crossgates Health are holding a celebration event on Wednesday May 17, 2-7pm to introduce their new ‘resonance’ machines. The launch will showcase the range of therapies and services available to clients. Short taster sessions will be available on the new machines on the day by appointment only, the sessions are for demonstration purposes and therefore not confidential. Refreshments served. Visitors will also receive goody bags. Call in at The Barn or contact 01756 749901 to arrange a consultation, or visit for more information.

Open Gardens: Gargrave Open Gardens with Music will be held on Saturday, June 10. To be involved contact Beatrice and Duncan on 01756 749443. Offers of gardens to open or musicians to play in the gardens will be particularly welcome.


Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639

Organ Recital: Young international concert organist Andrew Tessman will be performing Bach, Lefébure-Wély and Schumann at St Alkelda’s, Giggleswick Parish Church, on Friday, May 12, at 7.30pm. Refreshments of wine and savoury snacks will be served. Admission is free, though donations are welcome.

Mozart Concert: Cantores Salicium perform a concert celebrating the genius of Mozart at Giggleswick Chapel on May 13 at 7.30pm. This will feature both choral and instrumental pieces and tickets cost £10, from Cave and Crag. Refreshments are included.

Women’s Institute: The next meeting will take place today, Thursday, at 7.30pm in the Hobson Room, Giggleswick School, with speaker Andrew Thwaite, a chocolatier and chef. There will also be a bring and buy stall.


Sheila Denby, 01756 752605

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Plants Stall: Craven Schools Partnership will be selling hardy plants to raise funds on a stall in Grassington Square on Saturday, May 13, 9am-noon.

Pub Music: The Foresters’ Arms will be playing host to the music group 1960s Four, on Saturday evening. Phone 752349 for further information.

Lunch Club: The next gathering of the recently-formed Grassington Lunch Club is on Wednesday at Grassington Town Hall for a four-course menu, 11.30am for noon.

In Bloom: Grassington in Bloom meets in Church House on Tuesday, from 7.30pm.

All welcome.

The local gardening competition organised by the group is on June 8.

Friendship Club: The meeting of the Friendship Club today, Thursday, has been cancelled as the County Elections are being held in Church House.

On Thursday Vicky Fattorini will speak about ‘Jelly Babies’, 2.15pm start.

Devonshire Institute: At the annual chairman Andrew Wilson said he intended to stand down after two years in the post, but would stay on as acting chairman for three months until another chairman was selected.

He described the enormous task it was to run the building at a cost of almost £50,000, and paid tribute to the “fantastic” team of volunteers who helped with events and fundraising. He said there were discussions going on with the trustees of Grassington Hub about the possibility of sharing some resources.

Treasurer Angela Beetham said that the Dickensian Christmas Markets, with an extra day, had been financially beneficial. Equipment purchased included boiler replacements and a satellite dish.

Officers and trustees were re-elected en bloc.