AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215: Film night: Austwick Parish Hall Council will show The Theory of Everything (PG13) in the parish hall tomorrow evening. Admission is £5 on the door or £4.50 with advance tickets from Cross Leigh Stores.

Field Society: At the last meeting of the Austwick Field and Local History Society, Tom Lord, of Lower Winskill Farm, gave a fascinating insight into the work he undertakes on the farm in order to attract butterflies to his meadows.

Church news: On Sunday, Austwick Church will hold a harvest service at 9.30am followed by a harvest supper in the parish hall from 7pm. Vegetables, fruit chutneys and jams can be left at the back of the church from tomorrow. Tickets for the supper are available from Crossleigh Stores or Pam Smith. There will be evensong at Keasden at 2pm on Sunday.

Afternoon tea: Afternoon tea will be served in Austwick Parish Hall next Saturday, October 3, from 3.30pm to 6pm. There will be proper china, embroidered linen tablecloths, waitress service and a sumptuous spread. Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from the Village Shop, or by phone from Sue Sharples on 015242 51375.

BARNOLDSWICK: Rotary Club: The last president of Colne Rotary Club before it closed in June, Peter Brierley, has returned to his roots as a born and bred Barlicker, transferring to Barnoldswick and Earby Rotary Club. He told members of his career after leaving the town’s secondary modern school. He trained at Silentnight, went on to work at County Brook Mill and then joined the Post Office, becoming a shop steward. He changed sides to become a manager, and worked in Barnoldswick, Clitheroe, Colne and Nelson. After more than 27 years with the Post Office, he took early retirement and became a self-employed driver doing airport and shopping runs.

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

Coffee morning: As part of World’s Biggest Coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the Priory Church will hold an event in the village hall tomorrow from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be homemade cakes and preserves on sale as well as a raffle. Entrance is £4. Offers of help on the day, cakes and raffle prizes would be appreciated.

BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369: Family Show Day: There will be a family show day committee meeting at 7.30pm this evening in the village hall. Anyone who has ideas or suggestions for improvements to the show is welcome to attend. Alternatively, there is a suggestion box in the village shop. Requests for financial assistance from the proceeds of this year’s show are invited – applications can also be posted in the box at the village shop.

Table top sale: St Mary’s Church is holding a fair, with table top sale, in the village hall on Saturday, November 14, from 10am to 3pm. Any individual or organisation who would like to have a table for crafts, bric-a- brac, books etc should contact Anne Hunt on 01535 636179. The cost is £10 per table.

Newsletter: Bradley now has a village newsletter and the plan is to print it every two to three months. If you would like to contribute something for the next issue, email There is also a newsletter box at the village shop for changes to club details, suggestions and feedback.

Library: There is a small library of books outside the village hall. These are free to borrow and donations to the library are also welcomed.

Quiz night: The Slaters Arms will hold its next quiz night on Wednesday.

BURTON-IN-LONSDALE: Jean Thornber, 015242 63033: Coffee morning: Burton-in-Lonsdale will hold its 16th Macmillan Coffee (and cake) morning in the Methodist Chapel School Room tomorrow.

Women’s Institute: Burton-in-Lonsdale WI will welcome Spellbound Productions to the village hall next Thursday, October 1, at 7.30pm, when they will show films about the West Riding of Yorkshire. Visitors are welcome for a £3 admission charge.

CARLETON: Bollywood night: A Bollywood night will be held at the village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. There will be a talk and cookery demonstration by celebrated Kashmiri cook Yesmein Bagh Ali which will be followed by an authentic curry. There will also be Bollywood dancing. Tickets costing £12 are on sale at the Swan Inn and Carleton Village Store or call Lesley Day on 07851 210645.

Film night: Film nights return to the village hall on Sunday, with The Theory of Everything. Doors open at 7pm, with the film starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £4 from the Village Store or on the door.

Harvest celebrations: St Mary’s will hold its harvest festival service next Sunday, October 4, at 11am, followed by its annual Harvest Home in the village hall at 6pm. This is a Jacob’s Join event where tea and coffee will be on sale. Entry is free and there will be entertainment from the Skipton Community Orchestra and Carleton Ladies Choir.

Archive exhibition: Carleton Village Archive Exhibition will be held on Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, from 1pm to 5pm. It will be staged in the village hall, church and school and is themed around Carleton’s significant buildings. It will include 81 photos that have not previously been displayed.

Photo thanks: Thanks go to all who participated in last weekend’s photography competition. The standard of entries was high, particularly in the section for the under 11s. The event raised £375 for church funds.

CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135: Village Store: The shareholders’ vote to decide whether the shop should continue with the post office licence application and enter into a contract with Post Office Ltd resulted in 29 “no” votes, six “yes” votes and one abstention. The management committee supports this outcome and thinks that to pursue a licence is not in the shop’s best interests for the time being. However, it appreciates that not having a post office in Clapham is an inconvenience, so alternative ways to enable residents to have access to key postal services are being looked into. In the meantime, if you find it difficult to get to Austwick Post Office please let Sue Mann know on 51792.

Coffee morning: There will be a fundraising coffee morning for Bentham Pet Rescue and Craven Cat Rescue in Clapham Village Hall on Saturday between 10am and noon.

CONISTON COLD: St Peter’s: On Sunday, St Peter’s Church will hold its harvest festival from 6pm followed by a harvest supper.

Young Farmers: Coniston Cold Young Farmers met at the Richard Tottie Memorial Hall where John Henderson gave an interesting talk on land ownership, share farming and the future of farming. It was followed by a business meeting. Last week, members met to plan next year’s programme and prepare for the annual dinner at the Spread Eagle, Sawley, tomorrow night.

COWLING: Moonrakers: Local history group Moonrakers discussed a newly-published South Craven Court Book by David Gulliver, of Cononley, an invitation to a heritage day in Keighley, website changes and a forthcoming visit to Queen Street Mill textile museum. However, the focus was on the group’s visit to Holy Trinity Church, Cowling. Last year members had a very fruitful visit to Cowling Hill (Head) Baptists and the Holy Trinity visit was a continuation of its study of places of worship. Members were given a guided tour of the church and the highlight was a climb up the tower. Noted on the visit were: the sites of two previous lean-to buildings; a previous internal balcony at the tower end, destroyed when a storm blew parapets off the tower corners; a list of vicars; the funding for the 1926 clock installation; a plaque and window to the King family of Carr Head; a plaque to the longest serving vicar George Bayldon (40 years); and evidence of previous coke and gas heating.

CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872: St John’s: On Sunday, St John’s will hold a service of Holy Communion at 11am, led by the vicar, the Rev John Peet. To raise money for the church, a Minus the Main Course event will take place in the village institute on Saturday, October 10, at 7.30pm. Come along and sample four starters and four desserts. Bring along your own alcohol. Tickets are £10 from the village shop and all proceeds towards the church’s refurbishment fund.

Volunteers needed: There is a lot going on in the village in October. There is the beer festival at the institute and sports club next weekend, the Jaywalkers play on the ninth and Musical Mayhem on the seventeenth. Volunteers are needed to help with all these events and anyone who can assist should contact Kath on 635238 for the beer festival and Joan on 630872 for the play and Musical Mayhem.

CROSS HILLS: Coffee morning: St Peter’s Methodist Church is holding a special coffee morning tomorrow. It will be in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care and is part of The Biggest Coffee Morning in The World event. Coffee and cakes will be on sale from 10am to noon.

DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305: St Augustine’s Church: On Sunday there will be a service to celebrate the baptism of Sophie Bell at 9.30am. The harvest festival auction of produce raised over £255 this year – and thanks go to everyone who contributed. Proceeds from the sale will go to Alzheimers Research and any additional donations will be very welcome (please put through the letterbox at Fairleigh).

EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617: St Peter’s: As part of National Prayer Weekend, there will be a prayer walk through Earby starting from St Peter’s at 6pm tomorrow. The walk will be about a mile and walkers will return to St Peter’s for refreshments. The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by the Rev Ruth Jackson. The gentle exercise class is at 1.30pm on Monday. The church council will meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Thanks go to all for harvest donations of tinned goods for the West Craven Foodbank and donations totalling £115 for Christian Aid’s Refugee Crisis Appeal.

EMBSAY WITH EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197: Home Alone: There are many old folk living on their own in Embsay and Eastby. If you want to help, go along to the Methodist Church Hall on Main Street next Thursday, October 1, from 10am to 12.30pm to hear an Age UK speaker talk about a telephone befriending scheme. The meeting will be an opportunity to ask questions and decide whether it is something the community wishes to get involved in. Coffee and cake will be provided. If you would like to come but need a lift call David on 794961 Open Day: The village hall committee is hoping to recruit new members and to encourage interest is holding an open day at the hall on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There will be a birds of prey display, a raffle, competitions, activities for children and a treasure hunt. Refreshments will be available and admission is free.

Embsay churches: On Sunday, the Methodist Chapel’s 10.30am service will be led by George Murray while at St Mary’s Church there will be a family communion at 9.30am. On Tuesday, St Mary’s will hold a family communion at 10.30am and the church will be open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation between 2pm and 4pm. Smiley Faces will meet tomorrow between 1.45pm and 3.15pm and is aimed at pre-school children, their parents, grandparents and carers. The Methodist Chapel is running an Alpha Course for anyone interested in discovering what Christianity is about. The next meeting will be on Tuesday from 12.15pm.

History day: The history day at St Mary’s on Saturday was an interesting and well attended event. The most fascinating part was the church’s ongoing Heritage Lottery project in conjunction with York University where a small team is digitally recording every gravestone and inscription in the churchyard, using a technique called RTI, which can decipher inscriptions that are too worn to be read. The results achieved to date are quite stunning and reveal the history of the two communities through the lives of villagers.

Pre-School Playgroup: The Pre School Playgroup will present An Evening of Live Music, featuring Rebecca Joy and The Rockets in Embsay Village Hall next Saturday, October 3. The doors open at 7.30pm, with the music starting at 8pm followed by a disco. Tickets are £10 including supper and are available from 01756 791123.

Over 50s: This afternoon sees the first meeting of the autumn of the Over 50s Forum in the village hall at 2pm. As a new initiative for this year, there will be a showing of the film Mamma Mia! If you have mobility problems and have difficulty getting to the village hall, contact either Hazel Chatwin or Shelagh Marshall.

Community Library: The community library is changing the software it uses to issue and return books. This will take place over a couple of months, starting next Thursday, October 1. The biggest impact is that people will need a NYCC Library Card, rather than an Embsay Library Card, to borrow items.

Coffee morning: One of the World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings will be held at Laurel Croft tomorrow between 10am and 1pm. All proceeds will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be a tombola and Anne Bryant, at Laurel Croft, would like any donations before the event.

U3A Orchestra: The Craven U3A Orchestra has restarted its weekly rehearsals in Embsay Village Hall at 2pm on Wednesdays. The orchestra is always on the look out to recruit new players, especially to the string section.

Bingo night: The next cricket club bingo night will be held in the village hall on Saturday, with eyes down at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go to the cricket club.

Neighbourhood Watch: PCSO Ruth Pearson is looking more people to volunteer with the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Embsay and Eastby. If you would like to find out more, just get in touch with Ruth. One of the current co-ordinators has created an Embsay NHW website. You can contact him via the website –

FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880: St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, Holy Communion services will be held at 8.15am and 10am. Tea and scones will be served from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the parish rooms. This will be the last tea and scones of the year. Due to reordering work, the church will not be open to visitors.

Farnhill Methodists: There will be no service this Sunday.

Village Pump: The Village Pump – the local over 50s group – will meet in Farnhill Methodist Church on Wednesday from 2pm.

GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098: Quiz night: A quiz night will take place tomorrow from 7pm in Gargrave Village Hall. Entry is £5 per person which will include a pie and peas supper. Teams may comprise of two to four people.

Coffee morning: The next coffee morning in the village hall will take place on Saturday between 10am and noon. All proceeds will be donated to the village hall funds.

Flea market: A flea market will be held on Sunday between 10am and 4pm in the village hall. There will be numerous stalls displaying bric-a-brac, antiques, plants, crafts and homemade produce. Entry is 50p per person and refreshments will be available.

St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, the church will hold a BCP Holy Communion at 8am, which will be followed by morning service at 10.45am.

Community Library: Next Friday, October 2, the Community Library will show the film My Old Lady from 7pm in the village hall. It is a comedy drama starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas and is about penniless New Yorker who arrives in Paris to secure and sell an inherited apartment only to find it occupied by an imperious 90-year-old and her equally obstinate daughter. Tickets are £5 on the door.

G&S concert: Next Saturday, October 3, St Andrew’s Church will a host a concert featuring The West Yorkshire Savoyards. They will perform excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan’s works from 7.30pm. There will be an interval with cheese and wine and tickets are £10 per person from Ruth on 01756 748483.

Swing Commanders: The Swing Commanders have been booked to appear on Friday, October 30, from 7.30pm. This is their sixth consecutive year at Gargrave Village Hall and tickets are £10 from Caroline on 01756 749235 or Sally on 01756 748098. Hot beef sandwiches can be purchased during the interval.

Well-being: Skipton’s Fisher Medical Centre is holding a four-week course on Dru Yoga at Gargrave Village Hall, starting on Tuesday, October 6, from 10am. This type of yoga is great exercise for the spine, body and mind and a £2 donation is suggested. It will be followed at 11.30am by a course on creative writing for which a £2 donation is also invited.

Jumble sale: The village hall jumble sale, on Saturday, raised £1,340, which will go towards decorating and refurbishing the interior of the hall.

GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639: Theatre events: The first of this season’s Gigg Lectures will take place at the Richard Whiteley Theatre next Friday, October 2, at 7pm. The speaker will be Erwin James on the theme of Does Prison Work? In August 1984, he began a life sentence for murder. He went to prison an inarticulate and ill-educated individual, but after some encouragement from a prison worker, he embarked on an Open University art degree majoring in history. Released in 2004, James is now a regular Guardian columnist and writer. Next Sunday, October 4, Community Cinemas will show the family film Minions at 3.30pm. Tickets for the popular Lessons and Carols for Christmas will go on sale on October 19. For more information, visit or call 01729 893180.

GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605: Friendship Club: Lucy Irven will be guest speaker at today’s meeting of Grassington Friendship Club. She will talk about Skipton Food Bank and its expansion across Craven. The meeting will be held in Church House at 2.15pm. Next week, members will take part in a harvest thanksgiving.

Coffee morning: The Friends of Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association will hold a coffee morning at Church House on Saturday from 9.30am.

Volunteers wanted: Volunteers are needed to do a few hours work at the Grassington Hub each week. Tasks range from reception duties to general administration. Anyone who can help is asked to contact Ann Wild on 752222 or call into the hub.

Gardening Club: Andrew Chapman, who spent four years as senior gardener at Harlow Carr, Harrogate, is the speaker at Grassington and District Horticultural Society’s first meeting of the season next Thursday, October 1. The meeting will be held in the town hall’s Octagon Theatre from 7.30pm. Andrew’s subject will be Beautiful Borders.

Quiz night: A quiz night will be held at Church House on Friday, October 16, from 7.30pm to raise money for St Michael’s Church, Linton. Tickets cost £6, which includes a pie and peas supper. For more information, call Pat Haslam on 751861.

HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845: Coffee morning: Settle Voices Community Choir will hold a coffee morning in Hellifield Institute on Saturday from 10am. There will be a cake stall, tombola and raffle and the choir will sing a variety of songs.

Annual meeting: Rex Geldard, president of Skipton Gardeners’ Club, will be the keynote speaker at the annual general meeting of Hellifield Area Allotments and Gardens Association on Monday. The meeting will be held in The Yorke Room at Hellifield Village Institute, starting at 7.30pm. There will be a raffle and a plant stall for a last chance to fill a gap in your garden before winter sets in. Admission will be £1 for members and £2 for non-members. Afterwards, there will be a brief annual general meeting at which people will have the chance to put forward ideas for future events or help shape the direction of HAAGA by joining the committee. For further information, contact chairman David Gooch on 850886, email

Coffee morning: Thanks go to all who assisted and attended last week’s coffee morning. A total of £479.23 was raised and, after paying for the hall, £439.23 was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Age Concern: Age Concern Luncheon Club meets on Fridays at the Boars Head, Long Preston, from 11.15am. Please let Ellen know on Wednesday prior to the meeting, if you are changing your attendance.

Parish council: The parish council will meet next Thursday, October 1, at 7.30pm in the Yorke Room at Hellifield Institute.

Harvest lunch: St Aidan’s will hold its harvest lunch at the institute from noon next Sunday, October 4. Names and numbers should be given to Sheila Swinbank on 850458. Tickets are £8.

Thursday drop-in: The Thursday Drop-In will be held at the Wesley Centre, Haw Grove, today from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Home made lunches are served noon to 1.30pm and there is a computer drop-in from noon to 2.30pm.

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235: Education grants: The governors of Horton-in-Ribblesdale Primary School Exhibition Foundation are inviting applications for grants towards full-time courses of advance study. Applicants must be resident in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and to have lived there and attended a local school for not less than two years.

Coffee morning: As part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Betty Carr, of Brackenbottom, is holding an event at Horton-in-Ribblesdale Village Hall tomorrow from 10am to noon.

Church news: The parish service this Sunday will be held at 10.30am in St Oswald’s. And, next weekend, the church will hold a harvest flower festival and produce display reflecting its Celtic heritage. Opening times will be 10am to 4.30pm on the Saturday and 10am to 2pm on the Sunday. A harvest songs of praise will be held at 3pm on the Sunday which will be followed by the sale of the produce and the flowers.

INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835: Women’s Institute: President Sue Brown introduced speaker Jo Martin to the September meeting of Ingleborough WI. Jo spoke about the history of morris dancing which goes back to 1448. She showed slides depicting different costumes and footwear. Jo belongs to the Craven Flagcrackers who will perform in Ingleton during the early October Folk Weekend. She was thanked by Sue Ellis. The competition for a small hand-knitted item was won by Barbara Fishwick. A visit to the Hot Ice Show in Blackpool had been greatly enjoyed. Connie Tooby went to a Burton WI meeting wearing her Buckingham Palace outfit to tell them of her experience. Anne Harrison is to present the prizes at the Group Show on Saturday. The October meeting is an open meeting and the subject is Spellbound Films. The craft workshop day is on October 17 and anyone interested in attending should get in touch with Sue on 41835.

LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303: Institute news: There are fewer than 40 copies of the Langcliffe’s Favourite Recipes book left. These can be bought from Tourist Information in Settle or from Jean Jelley on 01729 822963. The Millennium-funded Glimpses of a Dales Village book is also on sale at £5 a copy. This was the first of the Langcliffe history books to be produced. Contact Helen Jarvis on 01729 825303. Badminton is played in the institute every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm. There is a charge of £2 per session.

Whist drive: Friday’s whist drive, held in the institute, raised money for church funds. Winners were: ladies – 1 J Jebson, 2 B Garnett, 3 M Wellock, booby prize M Davies; men – 1 W Gwinnell, 2 M Wright, 3 V Jones, booby prize J Jebson. The next whist drive will be held next Friday, October 2, at 7pm. Admission is £2, including supper.

Sunday teas: The last Sunday Teas for this year will be this weekend. They will be served by Horton Parish Church.

Church news: On Sunday at 6pm, the Rev Paul Fisher will be celebrant at the harvest festival. After the service, there will be an auction of produce. Offerings should be brought to church on Saturday. Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30am on Sunday, October 8. The kitchen and storage facilities at the church need to be updated. If you have any relevant skills and would like to help, contact Kate Croll on 822875.

LONG PRESTON: Heather Thomas-Smith, 01729 840113: Harvest festival: Long Preston Methodist Chapel will hold its harvest festival services on Sunday at 11am and 6.15pm. The morning service will be taken by Glennis Hobbs, with a solo from Audrey Daley, of Embsay. The evening service will be taken by the Rev Roger Fox, of Skipton, with singing by the Longton Family, of Bentham. On Monday, the harvest sale will take place at 7.30pm.

Ballroom dancing: A new season of ballroom dancing classes will start next Friday, October 2, at Long Preston Village Hall. Beginners classes start at 7pm and improvers classes at 8pm. For more details, contact 01756 794468.

LOTHERSDALE Over 60s: Lothersdale Over 60s met in the village hall when entertainment was provided by Alan and Carol Walker who read dialect poetry. The next meeting is on Wednesday when Alwyn Pickles will present Alwyn’s Surprise.

RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087: Young Farmers: Twenty two members of Rathmell Young Farmers met at the primary school to judge chocolate cakes. Results were: junior girls – 1 Anna Booth, 2 Charlotte Booth, 3 Jessica Baines; junior boys – 1 Elliot Belt and Tom Dean, 2 Jonathan Booth, Harry and Freddie Parsons, 3 James Bradley. Next week’s meeting will be the annual general meeting at 7.30pm at Rathmell Primary School.

Thursday Club: The next meeting of the Thursday Club will be held in Rathmell Reading Room next Thursday, October 1. Lunch will be served at 12.30pm followed by a talk by Dave Taylor on the Wetlands Project.

Coffee morning: A Macmillan coffee morning will be held in the Reading Room tomorrow.

SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639: Coffee morning: Settle Voices Community Choir will hold a coffee morning in Hellifield Institute on Saturday from 10am.

Pool draw: The September draw of The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool 200 Club was made at Buon Vino, The Courtyard, Settle, with Rob Bagot picking the tickets. The winners were: No 96, Carol Phillipson, £50; No 33, Ken Ratcliffe, £30; and No 134, Barbara Dand, £20.

Open evening: Settle College is holding an open evening tonight between 6pm and 8pm. There will be an address by the principal at 6.30pm.

Flower arranging: Patricia’s Flowers invites everyone to the first in a series of informal flower arranging workshops at Victoria Hall tonight at 7pm. Each session will cost £4.50. Participants should bring along some cut flowers, foliage, a vase and scissors/secateurs. For details contact 07468305212.

Operatic Society: Tickets are now on sale for this year’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which will be staged at Victoria Hall during the week of October 26 to 31. Visit or call 01729 825718.

Ladies badminton: Ladies badminton sessions take place every Wednesday between 7.30pm and 9pm at Settle College. These are mixed ability sessions and beginners are welcome.

Victoria Hall: Tomorrow, the critically-acclaimed play, Beryl - a romance on two wheels, will be performed, celebrating the life of cyclist Beryl Burton who was five times world pursuit champion, twice road racing champion and twelve times national champion. On Saturday, West Yorkshire Savoyards return to the hall with their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic Savoy opera The Gondoliers. And, on Sunday, Benji Kirkpatrick, from Bellowhead, brings his show Bendrix to Settle. For details, contact 01729 825718.

Coffee morning: Dalehome, on Station Road, invites everyone for cake and coffee, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, on Monday between 10am and noon. Admission is £1.50.

Variety show: A call has gone out to all would-be performers who’d like to take part in a special fundraising event on December 11 and 12. Settle Amateur Operatic Society and Victoria Hall are working together to stage Not the Royal Variety Show. There will be a preliminary meeting for all interested on Monday at 6.30pm at The Old Court House, Station Road.

Film night: The next foreign film showing by TRAMPS will take place at Victoria Hall on Wednesday at 7.45pm. Admission is £5. Bombón: El Perro is a gently humorous road movie with a 52-year-old and the large dog he is given in lieu of payment. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Settle Soup: The next Settle Soup event will take place on Wednesday between noon and 2pm at Victoria Hall. Booking is essential for food so that the organisers have an idea of the numbers. The concept is simple: a suggested donation of £4 on the door (£2 for under-18s) gives you a delicious meal of soup, bread, tea and a vote for your favourite local community project pitched on the day. To book a place contact 07977 040329.

IT sessions: A series of one-to-one sessions can be arranged at Settle Library to assist those who are unsure with new technology. These take place on Fridays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. To book an appointment, contact 0845 0349537.

The Folly: Visitors to The Folly can see an exciting new touring exhibition. Textil/Juvel: Contemporary Craft from West Sweden features displays of textiles and jewellery from seven leading makers and illustrates the rich craft heritage of West Sweden.

Age UK: Next Thursday, October 1, from 2pm to 4pm at Victoria Hall, Age UK North Craven will host a unique event to mark UK Older People’s Day. There will be information from local organisations as well as advice on how to make the most of the services on offer from Age UK North Craven and other community groups in the area. Refreshments will be provided. Special guests are the Golden Oldies (known as the GOs to their friends). For more information and to reserve tickets, contact 01729 823066.

Organ recital: Settle Parish Church will host an organ recital by Paul Fisher next Saturday, October 3, at 7.30pm. Entitled Melodies All Sorts, the programme will feature melodies from classical and popular music arranged for organ. Admission is free with a retiring collection for the organ fund Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place at St Johns Hall next Saturday, October 3, and will be in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The dance will run from 8pm to 11pm. To book, contact 01729 823259.

Photographic Group: Settle Photographic Group will meet at Townhead Court on Monday, October 5, at 7.30pm. There will be a talk about the key camera controls and the theme for the evening’s gallery will be Red.

Exhibition match: On October 18, Settle Social Club will host a darts exhibition by Eric Bristow. The event starts at noon and admission is £5. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Settle Stories: Bookings are now being taken at Victoria Hall for Settle Stories’ Star Party on October 10. This will be a full-day event commencing at 11am and running till late and will feature a range of story tellers and astronomers. For further details, contact Victoria Hall on 01729 825718 or go to Meditation classes: Drop-in Buddhist meditation classes have started again and will take place at the Friends Meeting House every Monday from 7.30pm to 9pm. There is a suggested donation £6. Phone 01535 958189 for more details.

SKIPTON: Holy Trinity: Happy Hour starts at 11am today in the church café. Come along for a chat over coffee and cake. Tonight and tomorrow at 6pm, Craven College staff and students will be holding its annual awards ceremony in the church. On Sunday, Holy Communion is at 8am, followed by Parish Communion at 9.45am and Choral Evensong at 6pm with Concordiamici. Morning Prayer is said on weekday mornings at 9am with any changes indicated on the notice boards at the church gates. Mid-week Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel starts at 10.45am on Wednesday.

Friendship Club: Skipton Friendship Group enjoyed a cream tea at Utopia, Broughton Hall, last week. The monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday when Patricia Atkinson will talk about East Riddlesden Hall. If you are over 50 and interested in joining, call 07904 685805.

Oddfellows: The Oddfellows’ half-year summoned meeting will be held at the Three Links Club at 11am next Saturday, October 3, and will be followed by a Ceremonial Lodge for any initiated member who is eligible to take their Purple Degree. Please contact Geraldine on 01756 798022 for more information. Also next Saturday, at 2pm, there will be a presentation of the CAMRA Award to the Three Links Club, which has been voted joint runner-up in the regional competition for best club.

Craven Speakers: Craven Speakers Club’s second meeting of the season started with a maiden speech by James Carson titled Career Take Off. James spoke about the increased confidence that joining Craven Speakers Club had given him which had been helpful with his career. Mike Corcoran followed with a debating speech covering the BBC. A topical mini-speech session looked at autumn activities. The next meeting will be held on Monday at 7.45pm at the Soroptimists Rooms in Otley Street.

Gardeners Club: Skipton Gardeners Club’s first presentation of a new season was given by Gordon and Anne Sharp, of Spellbound Productions. They took members on a delightful journey, on film, through villages of Yorkshire and Peru mixed with kite flying, extraordinary aerial manoeuvres of starlings, wildlife on Isle of Mull and a fitting finale of a Lancaster bomber flypast. The next meeting will take place in the Soroptimists Rooms on October 21, at 7.30pm, when David Matthewman will give advice on growing sweet peas.

Women’s Institute: Skipton with Stirton with Thorlby WI enjoyed a return visit from Anne and Gordon Sharpe of Spellbound. They took members on a film tour of North Riding Villages and to Peru, including Machi Picchu. There was also a short film about the renowned Lancaster bombers and one of summer in Oxfordshire. To mark the national WI centenary, members sang Jerusalem and shared an iced cake. Reports were given on the WI visit to Carleton Grange, the Touch of Class trip organised by Denman, the forthcoming outing to the theatre and the day spent at the WI Centennial Fair. On Friday, members took part in a federation quiz hosted by Skipton Dalesway WI. Next month, on October 20, the institute will hold its annual general meeting at the Soroptimist Rooms.

Navy news: The standard of the Royal Naval Association was paraded at Wings Week in Skipton, alongside those of the RAF Association, Air Cadets and Royal British Legion. On Saturday, some of the branch will be at the Sea Cadets’ HQ for an evening of supper and bingo.

SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643: Civic Society: The Civic Society will meet in the Methodist Church next Thursday, October 1, when Alan Ruddock will give an illustrated talk entitled Pacific Memories. This replaces the talk due to be given by Anne Cryer which will now take place on April 7. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm.

History Group: Silsden Local History Group will hold its twice-yearly members’ evening on Monday when all are welcome to bring along and share items of local interest. There will also be a display of some of the recent acquisitions to the town archive, including a Victorian policeman’s truncheon. The meeting is held at Silsden Methodist Church, with doors opening at 7pm for refreshments and a 7.20pm start. The following afternoon, the group holds its monthly research session at Silsden Town Hall, from 2pm to 4pm, when there is an open invitation to anyone wishing to pursue family and local history queries to come along and make use of the resources. The group now has its own website and hopes eventually to offer a comprehensive database of old photographs and informative articles about the town’s history. The address is

Table top sale: A table top sale will take place at Silsden Town Hall next Sunday morning, hosted by the Friends group. The sale will be open from 10am to 12.30pm and refreshments will be served. Anyone wishing to book a table (at £10) is asked to ring Wendy on 01274 82759. The following day, Monday, October 5, the Friends will hold their second afternoon tea dance, led by the Andrea Wortley School of Dance.

Brass band celebration: Silsden Town Band and Silsden Local History Group are coming together in October to celebrate almost 200 years of brass band music in the town. “This should be a wonderful community collaboration to tell a remarkable story,” says history chairman David Mason. The event will take place at Silsden Methodist Church on Monday, October 26, and the band is hoping to play at least one piece written by the celebrated Silsden bandsman and composer Edward Newton. Its performance will also include hymns traditionally sung around the town at key moments of village life during the 19th and early 20th century. Recent research into the origins of the band, including some previously unknown links to the nail-making industry and the Chartism movement, will be revealed in a script written by Cathy Liddle and presented by members of the history group.

Camera Club: Silsden Camera club held a meeting in St James Church Hall. The competition was for black and white pictures from before the Second World War. The results were: 1 N Bland, 2 (joint) N. Bland and J Grimshaw, The next meeting will be in St James’ Church Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm and will be “An evening to help each other”. For further information, contact 01535 653528.

Young farmers: Last Monday Francesca Speak won the Silsden with Skipton YFC breeding sheep judging at None-Go-Bye Farm. This Monday members will be judging fat lambs at Pickersgill Manor Farm. For more information, contact 07984 016185.

SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN: Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held at the Community Centre, North Street, at 10am on Saturday. All money raised will go to St Thomas’ Church.

Tea dances: Tea dances are held in Sutton Village Hall every Thursday at 1.45pm. Admission is £2, which includes refreshments.

THORNTON-IN-LONSDALE: Paula Kendall, 015242 42390 and Rosemary Hartley, 015242 42207: Coffee morning: There is a Macmillan coffee morning with cake stall at Westhouse Methodist Schoolroom tomorrow from 10.30am.

Band concert: Sedbergh Town Band will give a concert at St Oswald’s Church on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets cost £8, which includes light refreshments, and are available from Jean Bell on015242 41137.

Christmas Child: Westhouse Methodist Church will once again collect and send shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child. Please drop your shoeboxes at the church school room on Wednesday. The shoebox collection will be combined with the regular coffee morning from 10am to 11.30am.

Annual meeting: Westhouse Village Hall will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

TOSSIDE: Auction of promises: To raise money for Rathmell Church, there will be an auction of promises at Tosside Community Centre on Saturday, October 10. There will be viewing from 6.30pm, with the auction starting at 7pm. A pie and peas supper will be available at £2. Anyone with donations for the auction should phone 840599 or email

Coffee morning: Come and be part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support at the community hall tomorrow from 10am to noon.

Art exhibition: Tosside Art Group will present its annual art exhibition on Saturday and Sunday from 10am. Admission is by donation to Macmillan Cancer Support. Some pictures will be available for sale. For more information, contact 01729 840272.

UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605: Badminton Club: The Upper Wharfedale Badminton Club has restarted after the summer break. Sessions are held at Upper Wharfedale Sports Hall on Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. All ages from 16 are welcome.

Whist drive: Buckden Institute will hold a whist drive on Wednesday, with doors open from 6.30pm and the first hand at 7pm. Entry is £2.50.

Macmillan coffee: Macmillan coffee mornings will be held at the Falcon Inn, Arncliffe, and Buckden Schoolroom tomorrow. The Arncliffe event runs from 10am to noon and the Buckden fundraiser from 10.30am to noon.

Harvest festival: St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Hubberholme, will hold its patronal and harvest festival service on Sunday at 11am. The harvest supper and auction will take place in Buckden Institute on Monday at 7pm and everyone is invited to contribute to the Jacob’s Join meal. All money raised will go to St George’s Crypt in Leeds for its work with the homeless.

Folk band: The folk band, howdenjones, will take its No Halls Barred tour to Buckden Institute next Friday, October 2, at 7.30pm. The pair plays a variety of instruments including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran and banjo. Tickets cost £7.50 (accompanied children under 16 free) and are available from Debbie Roe on 761024. A Jacob’s Join supper will be served during the interval.

Women’s Institute: The speaker at the autumn meeting of Rylstone WI was Peter Toms, who gave a talk about the Loch Ness Monster. Mr Toms is a limnologist and has lectured on water management all over the world. He has a special interest in Loch Ness and said there was no conclusive evidence of the existence of “Nessie”.

WIGGLESWORTH: Community Centre: Saturday’s butty morning raised £60 for Oxfam and its efforts to aid Syrian Refugees. There will not be a butty morning this Saturday but the centre is encouraging people to support the Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Plough instead. The newly-formed Wigglesworth dominoes team is yet to win a match but is getting closer. Meet and Eat welcomed two newcomers. The 100s club winner was H Pickard. The quiz was a little low on numbers this month but is back again on October 21. To support the Mental Health Foundation, there will be a ceilidh barn dance at Cockley Bank on Saturday from 6pm. Quilting sessions start on Sunday from 10am and will be held monthly. The craft group meets on Monday and will focus on making Christmas cards. The monthly whist and dominoes will take place on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Village Show: The schedule for village is available at the community centre. The show will be held on Saturday, October 31, and will be open to the public at 2pm.