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Circuit training: Circuit training classes are being held in Cracoe Village hall on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.15pm. The cost is £5 per person and everyone is welcome. For further details, call 07813 342187. Play interest: Cracoe Village Hall management committee wants to hear from anyone interested in producing a play at Christmas. The chairman, Andrew Armstrong, can be contacted on 730319. Women’s Institute: Rylstone Women’s Institute welcomed speaker Mervyn Flecknoe, a voluntary leader of walks from HF Holidays. He gave an informative, illustrated talk on the organisation, founded by Thomas Leonard in 1913. The next meeting will be an open one in Cracoe Village Hall on Thursday, April 3 when entertainment will be provided by Carole and Malcolm Brown. Mikado performance: The Aireborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society will present The Mikado at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Linton, on Saturday from 7.30pm. Toddler Group: The Hetton and Rylstone Babes Toddler Group has resumed on Tuesdays during term-time from 10am to noon in the schoolroom at Hetton Methodist Church. Mums, dads, grandmas, granddads and pre-school children are all invited at £1 per family per session. Fashion show: There will be a charity fashion show in aid of the Wharfedale Support Group of Manorlands Hospice at Cracoe Village Hall next Friday, March 28 from 7.15pm. There will be ladieswear, childrenswear and accessories. Tickets cost £5, which includes a glass of wine, and are available from 01756 753139 or 01729 830038. Local history: The Local History meeting, held at Cracoe Village Hall, was very well attended. Peter Robinson from Colne gave a talk with slides on Eshton Hall. He was accompanied by two of his friends, all old boys of the school that operated there in the 1950s and 1960s. The original hall dated back to the 11th century. Its first owners were the De Estons, followed by the Cliffords, the Bindloss family and the Wilsons. The hall was leased to the Wills family of tobacco fame from the mid 1920s to 1939. It was then used as a school and nursing home before being converted into luxury apartments in 2003. Annual meeting: St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Hubberholme, will hold its annual general meeting in Tuesday at 7pm in the Buckden schoolroom. Political supper: MP Julian Smith will be guest speaker at a political supper in Kettlewell Village Hall on Friday, April 4 from 7pm. Tickets cost £15 and are available on from 760886 or 770288. Parish meeting: Arncliffe will hold its annual parish meeting in Amerdale Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Mobile library: The supermobile library van will be in Kettlewell’s national park car park on Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. Book Club: Cracoe Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 1 to discuss Kathryn Boo’s book, Behind the Beautiful Flowers. The club meets in Cracoe Village Hall on first Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Debbie on 730345 or email email@example.com. Parish council: David Belk will be in the chair at the next meeting of Kettlewell Parish Council on Wednesday, April 2. It will take place in the village hall from 7pm and will be followed by the local electors’ annual meeting at 8pm.
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Whist and dominoes: There were 14 tables in play at the recent whist and domino drive. MCs were T Robinson and P Metcalfe. Winners were: whist, ladies – A Bargh, B Peel, P Parrott; gents – J Riley, T Shaw, S Hogg, low M Grainger; dominoes – J Plumbley, F Taylor, H Wolfenden, J Stainton, J Plumbley, G Nowell, low T Taylor; raffle – M Berry, J Plumbley, P Metcalfe, T Pike, A Taylor, H Grainger, A Fox, R Berry, J Taylor, S Hogg. The next drive is Saturday, April 19 at 7.30pm. Hall dance: A dance will be held in the community hall tomorrow at 8pm. Music will be provided with Alan Cookson. Table top sale: A table top sale will be held in the community hall on Sunday from noon to 4pm. Table hire is £5, with tea and biscuits £1. For more information, contact Ann on 01729 840272.
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Chapel hospitality: Westhouse Chapel’s hospitality event was enjoyed by many. Homemade soup and refreshments were served and a kindly Christian word was spoken by Thomas Fawcett. St Oswald’s: Lent services are being held at St Oswald’s Church each Sunday at 9.30am with visiting speakers exploring the Lord’s Prayer. This Sunday, the speaker will be Dr Michael Clark and on Mothering Sunday, March 30, Grace Metcalfe will give the address. All are welcome at this special service with hospitality and a small gift of flowers. Bible study: Open door Bible study meetings are being held on a Thursday evening for all those who wish to learn more about prayer during Lent. Today’s gathering will be held at Westhouse Village Hall while next Thursday’s venue is the church room in Burton-in-Lonsdale.
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Ramblers: On Saturday, Sutton Ramblers will meet at 9am in Church Road for a walk at Knotty Ash and Shutt Nook. For further details, call 01535 637055. St Thomas: The services at St Thomas’s Church on Sunday include holy communion at 8.30am and morning prayer at 10.30am. Women’s Institute: Sandra Dixon was the speaker at last week’s meeting of Sutton WI, when she gave an interesting talk on fashion in the 1950s, bringing back many memories for members. A lunch at Craven College is planned for April 3, and there are seats available on an outing to Lincoln planned for May 13. Mike Armstrong will demonstrate bread making at the next meeting on April 14 at 7.15pm in the community centre.
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Naturalists: David Tomkins, of the RSPB and Bird Life International, gave an illustrated talk entitled Save the Albatros to the Craven Naturalists’ and Scientific Association last Monday. Long line fishing for tuna kills many thousands of albatros each year as the birds, attracted to the baited hooks, are caught and drown as the line sinks. Various methods of prevention are being tried and seem to be having some success. If you buy tinned tuna you can help by looking for tins bearing the MCS (Marine Conservation Society) symbol. The next meeting, on Monday, is the AGM after which there will be an illustrated talk on fracking by Paul Kabrna. It will take place in the Swadford Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. For details, contact the secretary on 01535 642180. Camera Club: Chris Parker gave members a varied show, starting with spring flowers in Swaledale, with its barns, followed by a cruise around the Mediterranean. Local scenes were well portrayed both in autumn and winter and close up shots of hoar frost were particularly impressive. Oddfellows: The next open house session will be on Tuesday from 10am to 2pm. Friendship, activities and a light lunch will be available. The next Live Act at the Three Links will be Savannah next Saturday, March 29 from 8pm. Visitors and non-members are welcome at a nominal charge of £2. The club will hold a series of fundraising events during Easter Week in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The annual general meeting will be held on Saturday, March 29 at 11am. All members are welcome. International Club: The next meeting will be on Tuesday when Eric Mitchell will give a talk on The History of Fairgrounds. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Soroptimists Rooms, Otley Street. Visitors are welcome. Retired Men’s Forum: Angela Henson spoke about the volcanoes of Europe, including those of the Azores, Canary Islands and Iceland as well as Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli in the Mediterranean. Next week, the forum will hold its annual general meeting, which will be followed by lunch at the Craven Heifer when the speaker will be Geoff Queen. History Society: On Thursday Janet Niepokojczycka gave an illustrated talk on Woodlands and Timber Usage. Trees returned after the Ice Age and early humans gradually realised how to make wooden tools for farming or as weapons. Wood has been important throughout history and even Stonehenge was constructed utilising the principles of woodworking joints. Building techniques developed due to the strength and flexibility of timber and there are still many fine examples of early timber frame houses and tithe barns. The extensive burning of coppiced trees to produce charcoal was important for early iron foundries and charcoal burners tended to live on site in small hides. The next meeting is in the Swadford Centre next Thursday, March 27 at 7.30pm when Maureen Stopworth will give a talk entitled Living with Pendle Witches.
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Fashion show: Aire View Infant School invites you to a fashion show hosted by ‘shop2drop’ next Thursday, March 27 from 7pm at Silsden Sports Club. Tickets are £3 to be purchased in advance from the school. There will be a raffle on the night. Young farmers: Silsden with Skipton Young Farmers meeting enjoyed bowling at the Matrix, Skipton. Next week’s will be beef judging. Jumble sale: The 1st Steeton Guides will hold a jumble sale at St James’ Church Hall on Monday, March 31 from 7.30pm to 9pm, which will also include a toy sale. This is to raise funds for a group working to persuade the Olympic committee to include ice skating in the Paralympic Games. Some of the guides are taking part in the latest competition due to be held in Iceland. Tea and coffee will be available on the night. Drama group: Take One youth drama group meets in the Gloucester Avenue community centre every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7pm. For more information, contact David Hardman on 01535 657249 or go to the facebook page Silsden Community Productions. Charity event: A charity event is being held at Silsden Sports Club on Saturday, April 12 from 7pm to midnight to raise money for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. it includes Bucks Fizz on arrival, a hot buffet, live music with local band Undercover, disco, auction and raffle. Tickets are £20 and are available from Wilman & Lodge estate agents in Silsden and Cross Hills. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01535 654211. Ladies Circle: The Ladies Circle March meeting started with the AGM followed by a treasure hunt organised by Brenda Robb. At the AGM, the joint committee of four, who took over at last year and planned such an interesting and varied programme, agreed to carry on in office. Joyce Ellison also agreed to remain as treasurer. Monies to be shared between various charities and church funds will be decided after the final meeting of the spring term. This will be a spring fashion show by Kathryn of Otley on Tuesday, April 1. Models will be wearing a range of clothes to suit all age groups. The event will take place in Silsden Methodist Church at 7.30pm at Silsden Methodist Church. Tickets are £3 including refreshments and are available at Twiggs newsagents, Circle members or at the door. Local history: The story of the Bradford Pals – which included several Silsden men – will be discussed by author David Raw, when he visits Silsden Local History Group on Monday evening. Mr Raw, who was chief researcher on a Granada documentary about the Pals, will also bring along photographs, including scenes from the Pals’ training camp at Skipton in the early years of the war. The meeting, open to all, will be held at the Methodist Church, with doors open at 7pm for a 7.20pm start. The following afternoon, the group is hosting a drop-in session at the town hall between 2pm-4pm for those interested in furthering their research into family or local history. Chairman David Mason also plans to have a set of old maps of Silsden available for perusal. Library diary: A diary has been placed in Silsden Library for organisations to record the dates of any special events they are running. This is particularly relevant to coffee mornings, in order to avoid a number of them being held on the same day. Just ask at the library desk and you will be given the diary to check dates and make your own entry. Proms concert: The Proms on the Farm team proudly present Inn Jeopardy with Country & Western and Folk music from the 60s, 70s and 80s at Silsden Golf Club from 7.30pm on Saturday, April 19. Admission is £6 and proceeds will be split between Silsden Methodist Church and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Tickets are available from Twiggs newsagents on Kirkgate, Silsden. Please note the change of date for this event. The organisers advise that anyone who has already bought a ticket for the previous date of March 7 can use their tickets on April 19 or present them at Twiggs for a full refund.
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Victoria Hall: Tomorrow, there will be ska/reggae music from North Eastern group Pikey Beatz while RAMjam and Dales Jam return on Saturday with more than 40 musicians taking to the stage. Next Thursday, March 27, traditional Scottish band Mànran will perform. One of Scotland’s best loved live-acts, they blend traditional instrumentation (fiddle, accordion, flute, uilleann pipes and highland bagpipes) with a tight, grooving backline (drums, bass and guitar. The month concludes with a comedy special featuring the improvisation show, They Came With Outer Script, next Saturday, March 29, and a family matinee of Le Tour Des Animaux, based on Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, the following afternoon. Tickets are available from 01729 825718 Guided walk: The Friends of Settle to Carlisle have arranged a guided walk on Saturday from Dent Station to Dent village via the Dales Way. The seven-mile walk is suitable for families but not suitable for buggies and pushchairs. Those taking part should meet at Dent Station at 12.15pm and bring a packed lunch and a drink. There will a minibus leaving Dent village in time to catch the 17.32 train. To reserve a seat on the minibus, contact 07754 993483. Settle Orchestra: The orchestra will perform at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School, on Saturday at 7.30pm. The programme will be repeated next Saturday, March 29, at Christ Church, Skipton, also at 7.30pm. The programme includes works by Weber, Schumann, Grieg and Tomlinson. Tickets are available from orchestra members or from Cave and Crag in Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music or 01729 825806. Folk Club: The Three Peaks Folk Club will meet on Saturday at Settle Social Club when the guest will be Nick Brooker. Admission is £6 on the door. Floor singers and support acts welcome. Strollers: North Craven Strollers will enjoy a walk at Halton Gill on Wednesday. Meet at 1.30pm from the Millennium Garden – near Booths car park – to share cars. For more information, contact 01729 824537. Film night: Tramps will show the film, Wadjda, at Victoria Hall on Wednesday at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £5. The film is set in Riyadh and is the story of a ten-year-old girl who longs to own a bicycle, like her friend Abdullah. Through the story of the girl and her bicycle, the film examines the larger issues of the role of women in Saudi society. Gardening Club: Settle and District Gardening Club will meet at Townhead Court on Wednesday at 2pm to hear an illustrated talk by Chris Taylor on the Gardens of Hong Kong. Non-members are welcome for a £3 admission fee. Women’s Institute: The Lunch Club will meet next Thursday, March 27, to catch the 11.30am bus to Craven College, Skipton. The next meeting will be the 25th birthday party on Wednesday, April 2. This meeting will start at 12.30pm and will include a buffet lunch, followed by a speaker. On Wednesday, June 4 there will be a Bring a Friend for Free meeting. There will be a hearty welcome and no charge for visitors and friends. The speaker will be Stephen Watson on The Art of Origami. Flowerpot Festival: There will be an informal drop-in event at The Folly next Thursday, March 27 between 3pm and 8pm to allow members of the public and representatives of local businesses to meet members of the Flowerpot Festival Team and to find out how you can take part in the festival. This will provide an opportunity to watch a demonstration on how to make a Flowerpot Person as well as to share ideas and be inspired. Further inspiration can be found at visitsettle.co.uk/flowerpot. It promises to be a great community event. Grand draw: Settle Golf Club is holding a grand draw, with the winner to be drawn at 4pm next Sunday, March 30. Tickets cost £10 and the prize is a year’s free membership of Settle Golf Club. To purchase tickets, contact 01729 825340 Kwezana link: This week, the link between Settle and Kwezana Primary School has seen pupils exchanging views about school activities. Pupils in Kwezana have been starting to prepare for end-of-term exams while year five pupils in Settle have been out and about exploring the local hills and caves. In both schools, pupils have been learning about basic first aid and while treatment for nose bleeds and bruises were common to both, pupils in Kwezana also learnt what to do in the event of a bite by a venomous snake.
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Ladies Sunday: Ladies of the congregation of Salem Congregational Chapel, Martin Top took total responsibility for the service last Sunday. It was led by Susan Tattersall, with Margaret Kenyon leading the prayers, Kathleen Scott receiving the offerings and Sandra Lund reading Psalm 139. Edith Isaacs read a passage from Luke and spoke of the value of remembering and keeping spiritual festivals. Following the service, the men of the congregation served refreshments and warm fellowship was shared by all.