AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215:
Christmas fayre: The church will hold its popular Christmas fayre on Saturday from 2pm in the parish hall. There will be the usual mixture of stalls, raffles and refreshments.
Remembrance: On Sunday, Austwick Church will hold a Remembrance service at 9.30am. Wreaths will be laid in memory of those killed in the two World Wars and more recent conflicts and the collection will go towards the work of the Earl Haigh Fund. And, at 6.30pm, a united service will be held to remember loved ones. During the intercession, the vicar will read the names of loved ones we have passed away in the past 12 months. On Wednesday, a remembrance service will be held at Austwick Cemetery at 10.45am with Austwick School.
History Society: Richard Frankland and the Rathmell Academy was the title of the talk given by Vanessa Stone to Barnoldswick History Society. Richard was born in Rathmell in 1630, a very turbulent time in British history, particularly where religious matters were concerned. Richard’s early education was at Giggleswick School then in 1649 at Christ’s College, Cambridge, the year Charles I was beheaded. Here, Richard was influenced by the Master of the College who was a devoted Puritan and Frankland became a noted Non-Conformist. Following the death of Oliver Cromwell in 1658, Charles II brought back restrictions on these new groups and Richard who had spent much of his time preaching in the North-East returned to Rathmell in 1670 where he established the very first Academy in the north of England. It was a place where groups of promising free-thinking preachers could be trained. During the next 28 years, hundreds of Protestants attended the Rathmell Academy and similar ones in the north, eventually leading to the many Non-Conformist groups we know today. Richard died in October, 1698.
St Andrew’s: On Sunday, the preacher at the 10.30am service will be Mr D Clegg. There is no evening service as the congregation has been invited to Prayer and Praise in the Baptist Church at 6.30pm. On Monday, there will be prayers in the church at 10am and next Friday, the toddler group will meet in the Baptist Church Centre from 9.30am to 11.30am. Next Saturday, November 14, the church will hold a coffee morning from 10am and entry is £1. Pie and peas will be available from 11.30am at a cost of £3. Proceeds to go to the church’s building fund.
Angelic event: The Barnoldswick Angels - a children’s charity which provides things not otherwise available for local children - are holding a fundraising event at Rolls Royce Leisure on Saturday from 1pm to 6pm. Admission is £2 for individuals or £5 for families. The event includes Barlick Bakeoff, live entertainment, a disco, and fancy dress with a Disney theme.
Priory Church: The services on Sunday are 8am Communion (said), 10.30am Sung Eucharist and at 4.30pm Evening Prayer. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10am.
Mince pie bazaar: This year’s Mince Pie Bazaar will take place in the village hall on Saturday, November 21, from noon to 3pm. Charities can take a table in return for a donation of a dozen homemade buns, mince pies or a cake. There are a few tables left and can be booked by ringing Margaret Cody on 01756 710587.
BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369:
Coffee morning: Everyone is welcome at the Methodist Church coffee morning on Saturday. It will take place in the church hall between 10am and 11.30am.
Film Club: Next up in the series of Steven Spielberg films is War of The Worlds (12+), which will be shown next Thursday at 7pm, in the school hall. Admission is free and snacks are available to buy. There is also a loop system.
Table top sale: St Mary’s Church will hold a fair and table top sale in the village hall, next Saturday, November 14, from 10am to 3pm. Tables cost is £10 per table. For further information, contact Anne Hunt on 01535 636179.
Christmas fair: There will be a Christmas fair in the village hall on Saturday, November 28, from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be Christmas wreaths for sale and to order, along with gifts, decorations and crafts. Anyone wishing to book a stall should contact Susan Dobson on 01535 633363 or 07823 347561. Proceeds will be donated to The Springfield Project and Bradley school’s charity KASIN.
Yoga: Sue Hartley runs a yoga class in the village hall on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8.15pm and Ann Berry has a Friday session from 10am to 11.15am. Participants are asked to bring a yoga/exercise mat if possible.
BURNSALL: Ed Williams, 01756 720335:
Church cleaners: Many visitors comment on the high standards of cleanliness at St Wilfrid’s and how good the church looks. This is down to Angela Townend’s team of volunteers who clean the church. The rota means that each group of volunteers cleans the church (normally in pairs) three to four times a year. Potential volunteers should contact Angela on 01756 720460.
Remembrance Day: There will be the annual Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in St Wilfrid’s Churchyard at 11am on Sunday. There will be a family service, focusing on Remembrance, at 9.30am in St Wilfrid’s. This will be followed by coffee and refreshments and then everybody is invited to join in the Act of Remembrance which will start at 10.45am. This year, the village will hear details of one of the fallen from the First World War, William Burley. William who served in the West Riding Regiment, was in the service of the Rector of Burnsall for seven years and died of wounds in 1915.
Illustrated talk: There will be an illustrated talk by Alan Stockdale in Burnsall Village Hall tomorrow at 7.30pm. Entrance will be £3 which includes tea and cake. Alan has put together another fascinating set of photographs and historic slides and this will form the basis of the much-awaited part two of the talk he gave two years ago. All the proceeds will go to the upkeep of Burnsall Village Green. Please contact Yvonne on 720612 if you are attending.
Coffee morning: Sam Walker would like your help in raising funds to thank the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for airlifting him to the Leeds General Infirmary after an accident in July. Please join him at The Shieling - home of Bill and Margy Stockdale - on Saturday from 10am. Entrance will be £4, which includes coffee and biscuits. There will also be a cake stall and raffle.
CARLETON: Raymond Bone, 01756 790587:
Knitted bible: A knitted Bible will be on display at St Mary’s Church, Carleton. It consists of 35 hand-knitted bible scenes including David and Goliath, Jonah and the Whale and the Nativity. On loan from St George’s URC in Hartlepool, the exhibit is on a two-year tour of the country and this is the only North Yorkshire church it will visit. A preview evening will be held tomorrow from 7.30pm to 9pm and booking is essential. Tickets are £5 and are available from church or from Chris Alexander on 01756 797899. The exhibition will be open from Saturday to Friday between 10am and 4pm (apart from during the Sunday service at 11am). Entry is £1 for adults and free for children. The Coffee Pot cafe will be open. Evening or group bookings are possible.
Bonfire party: Carleton Bonfire and Fireworks will take place on Saturday. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks start at 7pm. Entry is £5 for adults, £2 for children and free for pre-school youngsters. Hot food and drink will be on sale.
Quiz night: There will be a quiz night at The Swan Inn on Wednesday from 8.30pm. Entry is £1 per person including supper.
Craft fair: A Christmas Craft and Gift Fair will take place in the village hall next Saturday, November 14, from 10am to 4pm. Stalls will include cards and calendars, ladies’ gifts, children’s books, and handmade items including wood ware, chocolates, preserves and jewellery. The Recreation Ground Project will be running the café, if you can help please contact Lesley Day on 07825 120645. Donations of baking would be appreciated, and can be left at the village hall from 7pm to 10pm on Friday or 9am on Saturday.
Remembrance: On Remembrance Sunday, St Mary’s will hold a Parish Communion at 11am followed by a short wreath laying service at the Churchyard War Memorial. It will include the reading of the names of the fallen.
Halloween: Steve and John led the assembled guests on a ghost walk from outside the Swan Inn. Participants were taken to the supposedly haunted parts of village. It was a brilliant event. Prior to this, the Swan had held a children’s party where youngsters paraded their Halloween outfits. The adults’ Halloween party was also well-supported.
CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135:
Fundraiser: There will be a fundraising afternoon for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Clapham Village Hall on Sunday. Rosie Hull and friends will serve refreshments of soup, sandwiches and home-made cake. There will be a number of stalls and a luxury raffle. The event starts at noon.
Charity thanks: Aimee and Erin Sinclair would like to thank everyone who supported their coffee morning at the village hall, which raised £358.57 for Children In Need.
Young Farmers: Last Tuesday, members of Coniston Cold Young Farmers enjoyed ice skating at Blackburn ice rink. On Sunday, they will take part in the district darts competition at Settle Social Club at 6.45pm. Next week’s meeting is an Asian cookery demonstration with Teresa Shuttleworth at Coniston.
CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872:
St John’s: On Remembrance Sunday, a short service will take place at the war memorial outside the Institute at 10.55am. A service of Holy Communion in St John’s Church will follow immediately afterwards at about 11.15am. On Monday, Toddler Praise will be in St John’s Church at 2pm.
Christmas concerts: Cononley Singers will give their Christmas concerts on Friday, December 18, at Christ Church, Skipton, and on Saturday, December 19, at Cononley Institute (not the other way round as stated last week).
Remembrance Day: Cowling’sl Remembrance service will be held at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday at 10.30am and will be led by the Rev Helen Collings. Members of Cowling Parish Council will be in attendance and the names of the 71 Cowling men who lost their lives in both world wars will be read out at the churchyard memorial when wreaths will be laid. Afterwards another wreath will be laid at the recreation ground memorial.
Women’s Institute: Cowling WI will play host to Chris Allen, of Blacks Solicitors, tonight when he will talk about using social media. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in Cowling Village Hall.
DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305:
St Augustine’ Church: A Remembrance Service will be held at St Augustine’s Church on Sunday, starting at 10.30am.
EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617:
St Peter’s: The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by Pat George. The gentle exercise class is at 1.30pm on Monday. The church lunch will be at noon for 12.15pm on Wednesday.
Social evening: Earby and District Gardeners invites everyone to a social evening on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the New Road Community Centre. Megan Sunley will give a demonstration, Christmas Flower Decoration.
Churches Together: The Rev Malcolm King dinner and dance will be held at the New Road Community Centre next Saturday, November 14, at 6pm for 6.30pm. Tickets cost £9.50 from David Hartley 01282 842617.
Remembrance Sunday: The Remembrance Sunday parade will leave New Road Community Centre at 2.10pm. The service at the war memorial in Sough Park starts at 2.30pm. Hot drinks will be available in the centre afterwards.
EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197:
Carpet bowls: The village carpet bowls club continues to meet on Monday and Friday mornings in the village hall. Sessions begin at 10.15am and end at 12.15pm. New members are welcome.
Embsay churches: On Sunday, there will be a united Remembrance service at St Mary’s Church at 10am. This will be followed by a ceremony at Embsay War Memorial at 11am. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Methodist Church. On Tuesday, St Mary’s will hold a quiet communion service at 10.30am and the church will be open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation between 2pm and 4pm. Smiley Faces will meet on Friday at 1.45pm. The Methodist Chapel’s Friendship Club is still temporarily suspended due to ill health.
Neighbourhood watch: There will be a meeting for the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators in the village hall today between 11am and 1pm.
Embsay Players: Tickets are on sale for this year’s pantomime, Cinderella. It runs from Wednesday, November 25, to Saturday, November 28. All evening performances start at 7.15pm and the Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Tickets are available at the Paper Shop on Shires Lane or order them from Karen at the Elm Tree.
Women’s Institute: There was a large audience for last month’s talk on yoga by Corinne Docherty. She spoke about its history and practice. The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm and is entitled With Christmas in Mind. The guest speaker will be Helen Hockenhull, who sings professionally with folk group Grace Notes.
Litter pick: There will be an autumn litter pick on Saturday, with volunteers meeting at 10am. Thanks go to all the Embsay-with-Eastby Community volunteers who have signed up to help. They will meet in the car park opposite the village hall. It will probably take a couple of hours and refreshments will be available afterwards. Please bring old gloves, ‘high-vis’ jackets and litter pickers if you have them. Volunteers will be split into small groups to cover different areas of the villages.
Community Library: On Wednesday, the library will hold the second of six story and singing sessions for children under five and their carers. Run by retired nursery school head Claire Toberman, the sessions will take place between 2pm and 3pm and are free.
Parish council: The annual inspection of the recreation ground took place last Wednesday and the inspector, apart from a few minor issues, was highly satisfied. Surveys are ongoing into the state of some of the trees in the ground. The next parish council meeting will be held in the Methodist Chapel, Main Street, on Tuesday, at 7.30pm.
Pre-school Playgroup: Raffle tickets for the playgroup’s grand raffle are now on sale at 50p. They are available from the pre-school, the Village Shop, the Hair Shop and at Embsay Players’ Pantomime. The draw will take place during the interval of Embsay Players’ pantomime, Cinderella, on Saturday, November 28.
FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880:
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, services will be Holy Communion at 8.15am and Parish Communion at 9.45am (note earlier start time) which will be followed by an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 10.55am. Also on Sunday there will be a Messy Church for families at 2.30pm.
Coffee morning: The Farnhill Methodist monthly coffee morning will be held in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute next Saturday, November 14, from 10am to 11.30am. The proceeds will go to the Gambia Schools Trust.
Let’s Look: Next Thursday, November 12, sees the first of the monthly ‘Let’s Look at’ afternoons in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute. It will start at 2pm and the topic for discussion will be Remembering.
History group: Farnhill and Kildwick Local History Group will meet on Monday, November 16, at 7pm in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute. David Gulliver will talk about his new book, The Courts and People of South Craven Manors. The records of these local courts tell of the everyday concerns, disputes and relationships of many hundreds of people living between the 14th and 19th centuries.
GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098:
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday, between 10am and noon. All proceeds will be donated to the redecoration of the building.
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, the BCP Holy Communion at 8am will be followed at 10.45am by a Service of the Word.
Women’s Institute: Gargrave WI will meet on Wednesday from 7.30pm in the village hall annexe. Susan Rogers will talk on Creating My Second Life.
GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:
Theatre events: Tonight, join Giggleswick pupils and staff as they pay tribute to the musical theatre in A Night at the Musicals. On Sunday, community cinema will show the Disney Pixar animation Inside Out (cert U) at 3.30pm. A new exhibition, Just Two Clicks, by local wildlife photographers Tony and Carol Dilger takes centre stage in the foyer gallery.
St Alkelda’s: The church will hold its Christmas Fair on November 20 and 21. On the Friday, it will be open from 7pm to 9pm and will serve mulled wine and mince pies, while on the Saturday, it will be open from 10am to 4pm and there will be Santa’s Grotto, various stalls and refreshments. The church is also appealing for new choir members. Those interested should contact 015242 51388 for further details.
GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605:
Friendship Club: Mary Wilkinson will entertain members of Grassington Friendship Club at Church House today from 2.15pm. Her talk is entitled Behind the Scenes at Grassington Players. Gill Harrison is the guest speaker next Thursday.
Farmers’ market: The next farmers’ market will be held in the cobbled square on Sunday from 9am.
Coffee thanks: Julia Armstrong, of Threshfield, thanks everyone for their support at the recent coffee morning in Church House. It raised £600.27 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Messy Hands: The Dales Playschool is launching a new stay and play session, called Messy Hands, tomorrow. Sessions will be held on Fridays from 10am and cost £2 per family.
Remembrance: The Congregational Church will hold a Remembrance service on Sunday from 10.30am.
Horticultural Society: The Courtyard Planters from The Garden Centre, Otley, will address Grassington and District Horticultural Society at the town hall tonight from 7.30pm.
Gills Top: Gills Top - the Anchor home in Scar Street - will hold a coffee morning tomorrow from 7.30pm.
WAGS group: Tricia Stewart will present a talk on the Calendar Girls to Grassington WAGS group on Tuesday at 1pm.
Coffee morning: Upper Wharfedale Field Society will hold a coffee morning in Church House on Saturday from 9.30am.
HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845:
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning in the institute will support the Walking for Health charity. It will start at 10am.
Advent fayre: The Advent Fayre takes place next Saturday, November 14, from 10am in the institute. It will include sweet or savoury muffins, festive stalls and a supersize raffle.
Age Concern: The next shopping trip to Morrisons will be on Tuesday, November 17, leaving Hellifield at 10am. It will return from Morrisons at noon. The next outing is planned for Wednesday, November 25. The Luncheon Club meets on Fridays from 11.15am at the Boars Head, Long Preston.
Flower Club: North Craven Flower Club will hold an open meeting on Tuesday at Settle’s Victoria Hall. Christmas Greetings will be presented by John Dalton at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 from 01282 842467.
Methodists: The Wesley Guild meets on Wednesday in the chapel on Haw Grove. Joan Abdy will present Teaching In Moss-Side at 7.30pm. Next month’s meeting is on December 9 at 7.30pm.
HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235:
St Oswald’s: Members and friends of St Oswald’s Church will hold their annual autumn fayre in the village hall on Saturday from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will be a good variety of stalls as well as a tombola and raffle. Refreshments will available. The church bells will be rung half muffled from 10am on Remembrance Sunday with the service commencing at 10.30am. A minute’s silence will be observed as people gather around the cenotaph in the churchyard at 11am. Cllr Fleming will lay a wreath on behalf of the parish council.
Church service: Holy Communion will be celebrated at Keasden Church on Sunday at 2pm.
LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303:
Charity concert: Local performers, including the Jukebox Junkies, will be taking part in a special concert at Langcliffe Institute next Saturday, November 14. Entitled Settle Sings for Syria, the event will raise funds for refugee charities. The event starts at 7pm and is free, but there will be a retiring collection.
LONG PRESTON: Heather Thomas-Smith, 01729 840113:
Butty morning: Long Preston Church Yard Mowers are holding a bacon butty and coffee morning in the village hall on Saturday from 10am to noon. Admission is £1.
Over 60s: Brian Clough, from Sutton-in-Craven, was the guest speaker at last Wednesday’s meeting of Lothersdale Over 60s group. He gave a slide talk of his journey, in 2013, to the foot of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Brian was part of a small group of four men and one woman who made the journey on foot and by camel assisted by local bearers. The slides showed some magnificent scenery but the trip was extremely arduous. Derek Shuttleworth proposed a vote of thanks. The next meeting is in the village hall on Wednesday at 2pm when Chris Bibby, of Bibby’s of Ingleton, will be the speaker.
Discussion Group: Lothersdale Agricultural Discussion Group will meet at the Tempest Arms, Elslack, on Wednesday at 8pm. The speaker will be Michael Eavis from Glastonbury who was the National Dairy Gold Cup winner for 2014. He also hosts the Glastonbury Music Festival. Admission is £5.
Young Farmers: Lothersdale Young Farmers Kelly Maltby and Robert Lee took part in Country Live. Kelly came second in beef carcase and was sixth overall.
RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087:
Thursday Club: The Thursday Club will meet for lunch in the Reading Rooms today at 12.30pm. The meal will be followed by a talk, the Riddle of Humpty Dumpty, by Alan Hemsworth.
SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:
Christmas dinner: Planning is already under way for this year’s Community Christmas Day dinner and tea in Settle. This event is open to all ages and costs £10 per head. It will take place in St John’s Hall between 11.45am and 4.45pm and places can be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138. Volunteers are also sought to help with preparing and serving meals and providing transport.
Christmas lights: The lights will be switched on in the town centre on Saturday, November 28. The Market Place will be buzzing with activity all afternoon; Santa Claus will be in his Grotto from 2pm and the Christmas Charity Market will have stalls to suit all tastes. From about 3pm, there will be live musical entertainment from the open air stage and then the choirs from the local primary schools will lead everyone into the Big Celebrity Switch-on at 4.30pm. The afternoon’s festivities will close with a Great Firework Finale. This will be followed by a free children’s disco from 6pm in the Settle Social Club. Car parking in Settle will be free of charge all day! Local charities and organisations are invited to hold a stall on the Market Place. The lights team would welcome offers of help on the day or with the putting up of the lights around the Market Place. Contact Amy Robinson on 07908 991332 or John Diggles on 01729 825285.
Refugee support: Goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can once more be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open to assist Syrian refugees. These will then be transferred to a centre in Manchester from where they will be taken for distribution. If there is no-one on duty in the box office, items can be placed behind the table curtain in the foyer. Goods required include tents, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, baby food (tinned and in jars) and tinned foods (no meats) especially beans, lentils, tuna and pulses. Thanks go to all who have supported this effort to date.
Victoria Hall: On Saturday, the Jon Palmer Acoustic band, a six-piece folk, roots and rock ‘n’ roll combo takes to the stage. Two of the UK acoustic folk scene’s finest songwriters, Jez Lowe and Steve Tilson, bring their Writes and Songs tour to Settle on November 15 while Skerryvore will entertain with its unique blend of Scottish and Irish traditional Celtic music fused with the urban sounds of rock and funk on November 18. On November 20, Musica Lirica Opera presents Tosca, sung in English with orchestra. In a change of date to Sunday, November 22 at 3.30pm, Settle Stories presents Dominic Kelly in The Hero Light. Dominic will transfix you with energetic storytelling, rhythmic drumming, and stories that have shaped Irish mythology for thousands of years. The month concludes with a visit on Thursday, November 26, by Roger McGough, one of Britain’s best-loved poets for both adults and children. The hall is also launching a new initiative on Saturday, with the opening of The Victoria Emporium. Tables can be booked for £10 per head and is open to makers, crafters, cupboard clearers and all entrepreneurs, which means that there will be a different mix of items on sale each week. The emporium will be open all morning through to 2.30pm. For details or to reserve a table email firstname.lastname@example.org
Freda’s Playgroup: Freda’s Playgroup now operates a free toddlers’ session between 9.30am to 10.30am. This will operate during term time only and will offer a range of activities. It is open to all.
Art and coffee: Artists Linda Clemence and Liz Smart are celebrating their tenth annual Art and Coffee event at the Friends Meeting House in Settle. Original paintings, sketches and cards will be available together coffee and homemade biscuits. The event runs today from 1pm to 4.30pm and tomorrow and Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.
Christmas market: A Christmas market organised by Jack’s Journey in aid of Brain Tumour research will be held at St John’s Hall on Saturday.
Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday from 8pm to 11pm. If possible contact 01729 823259 or 824038 by tomorrow to confirm attendance. All proceeds will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Cookery demonstration: Local Italian cook, Alessandra Toft, will hold an Italian cookery demonstration at Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale, on Tuesday between 7pm and 9.30pm. To reserve your place, contact 07795 175563.
Flower Club: North Craven Flower Club will hold a demonstration at Victoria Hall on Tuesday. Entitled Christmas Greetings, the evening will be led by John Dalton and will commence at 7.30pm. Please note that admission is by ticket-only. Tickets cost £8 and can be obtained via 01282 842467. There will be a bar and a raffle. Doors will open at 6.30pm to allow those attending to purchase items from the sales table.
Justice talk: Churches Together’s Justice and Peace Group will host a talk by Andrew Sayer on Wednesday at the Friends Meeting House. Entitled “Why we can’t afford the rich”, it promises to be a thought-provoking evening. Professor Sayer is a professor of social theory and political economy at Lancaster University. The meeting will start at 7pm.
Music night: Poppies Tea Room is holding its final music night next Saturday, November 14, featuring Angus Barclay, a composer and guitarist based in West Yorkshire. His music includes a wide variety of influences including jazz, swing, folk, classical and pop. Tickets are £7 and are available from Poppies.
Amnesty letters: Amnesty International holds letter writing sessions on the third Wednesday of each month between 5.30pm and 8.30pm at the Friends Meeting House. These are drop-in sessions and people are invited to come along for around half an hour and write letters. Information and advice will be available regarding content. The next session is on November 18. For further details, contact 01729 268912.
Settle Orchestra: On Saturday, November 21, Settle Orchestra will hold an hour-long family friendly concert at Settle College, commencing at 7pm. The programme has been designed especially with children in mind. Admission is free and seats can be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com. The concert will be repeated at Christ Church, Skipton, on Saturday, November 28, at 7.30pm. Tickets for that are available from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting 01729 825806.
SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643:
Amnesty meeting: Silsden Amnesty Group will meet on Monday when members will prepare greeting cards to people whose freedoms have unjustly been removed. Members have also been highlighting threats to the Human Rights Act in Britain. The winner of the bird quiz at the annual coffee morning in September was Jean Atkinson.
History group: More than 150 people attended the evening meeting led by Silsden Local History Group and Silsden Town Band to celebrate two centuries of music making in the town. Sponsored by Cooperative Funeral Care, the event at the Methodist Church included a lively selection of British music, including three compositions by the local bandmaster and composer Edward Newton (1838-1914). A script for four voices, telling the story of the brass band’s origins, was presented by David Mason, Cathy Liddle, Barbara Hetherington and Caroline Whitaker. It told how an early version of the band began life at the Red Lion Inn and became a fully fledged and highly successful brass band, run by nail-makers and woolcombers, in the 1830s. The history group has produced a series of notelets, showing historic and current views of Silsden. They are being sold at £3.50 per pack and are available at group meetings or at the forthcoming Christmas Market organised by the Gala Committee.
Hall friends: Following a successful table top sale in October which raised over £500, the Friends of Silsden Town Hall are organising a second sale at the venue next Sunday, November 15. Doors will open at 10am and homemade refreshments will be available.
Panto rehearsals: Rehearsals are now in full swing for Silsden’s first pantomime in many years. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the Christmas offering by Silsden Community Productions and will be performed over two evenings (December 4 and 5) at the town hall. Ticket details will be issued shortly,
Health sessions: Two new sessions, promoting health and fitness, are being launched at Silsden Town Hall by Craven-based wellness trainer Anneli Howes. An hour-long Fit Camp, costing £1, takes place at 9am each Tuesday. These are family friendly sessions to which children are welcomed. On Thursdays at 8pm, a Ballet Fit dance-inspired session, promoting improved posture and muscle sculpture, will be held at a charge of £5. For further details, contact 07523 322952.
Civic Society: The Civic Society will meet in the Methodist Church tonight when Alun Pugh will give a talk entitled ‘Teaching and interruptions to my holidays’. The doors open at 7pm.
Coffee morning: A group of year five girls from Hothfield School will hold a special coffee morning for Manorlands on Saturday at 9am in St James Church Hall. Attractions will include tea, coffee, cakes, tombola, raffle, name the teddy and stalls.
Ladies Circle: Kathryn, of Otley, held a fashion show at the October meeting of the Ladies Circle. There were fashions to suit all ages and the £250 proceeds will be added to all money raised over the last year to be shared between local charities. The next meeting will be a craft evening at Silsden Methodist Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm.
Coffee and cakes: The Coffee, Cakes and Camaraderie coffee morning will be held at the Methodist Church on Saturday. It will run from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Camera Club: Silsden Camera Club’s chairman’s evening will be held on Wednesday. The following week, Steve Rayner will judge the colour competition - Close Up.
Autumn fair: A Mad Hatters autumn fair will take place at St James Church Hall next Saturday, November 14, from 9.30am to 1.30pm. There will be prizes for the best hat on the day, as well as children’s games, stalls, hot dogs and bacon butties.
Music evening: The Proms on the Farm team will hold a 40s and 50s evening on November 27 at Sunnybank Social Club. Tickets cost £6 from Twiggs or on the door subject to numbers. It will raise funds for Manorlands and Silsden Methodist Church.
Christmas market: The annual Christmas Market will take place on Sunday, November 29. There will be stalls in the town hall and up Briggate including Santa’s Grotto.
Lacemakers: The October meeting of the Craven Guild of Lacemakers was well attended with three new ladies present. They had visited the Craven Guild stand at the recent Yarndale exhibition at Skipton Auction Market. Pieces of lace which have made by members for next year’s John Bull trophy national lace competition were brought in to see how the final picture was progressing. The next meeting will be at Christ Church, Skipton, on Thursday, November 19, from 10am to 3.30pm. For further details, call 01535 656637.
Naturalists: Tom Lord gave an interesting talk to Craven Naturalists and Scientific Association. Entitled History of Woodland in the Yorkshire Dales, he explained how the natural tree cover, present before man arrived, had been partially felled to produce settlements with pasture but that climatic conditions also had an effect as shown by pollen counts taken from peat deposits. At the next meeting on Monday, Rod Hine, from Bradford, will give an astronomy talk, Orbits, spin and chaos. It will take place at the Swadford Centre at 7.30pm. For more details, contact the secretary on 01535 642180.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday, there will be a service of Remembrance at Holy Trinity Church, led by the Rector, the Rev Veronica James, to which all townsfolk are invited to attend. The service will follow the annual Act of Remembrance, the laying of wreaths and two minutes’ silence at 11am, at the War Memorial at the top of the High Street. Members of the Royal British Legion and uniformed organisations taking part will gather from 10.45am. Holy Communion starts the day’s worship at 8am, but there will be no 9.45am or Evening Service this week. Mid-week Holy Communion on Wednesday falls on Armistice Day and this will be reflected in the service at 10.45am. Morning Prayer is said at 9am, Monday to Friday. Tuesday’s ‘Toddle into Church’ session starts at 2pm.
Speakers’ Club: Craven Speakers’ Club will meet on Monday at 7.40pm at the Soroptimists Rooms, Otley Street, Skipton. Visitors and new members are welcome.
Soroptimists: President Betty Mendoza will lay a wreath at the cenotaph on Sunday as part of the Remembrance Day commemorations. On Monday, November 16, Andy Swinscoe from The Courtyard Dairy, Settle, will give a talk on the History of English Cheesemaking.
Retired Men’s Forum: John Holroyd, with the aid of some excellent slides, gave a most interesting talk about Iceland. He spoke about its volcanoes, hot spring geysers and the Scandinavian influence on the architecture of its capital Reykjavik. Next week, Garry Grieve will speak about the Premonstratensian sites of Abbeys.
Gardeners’ Club: David Matthewman, winner of 13 gold awards at Chelsea Flower Show, delighted members and visitors with comprehensive advice on how to grow strong, colourful scented sweet peas. Next meeting is in the Soroptimist Rooms on Wednesday, November 18, at 7.30pm. It will include the annual general meeting and a Christmas Garland making demonstration by Maxine Nelson.
Flower Club: Steeton Flower Club’s October meeting took the form of a “skills night” when Pam Kitchen showed members how to create a modern design incorporating small canes, string, and ribbon. The November Open Meeting will be at Sutton Village Hall on Thursday, the 26th, at 7.30pm when internationally-acclaimed Andrew Grisewood will demonstrate A Touch of Fantasy. Tickets cost £10 by calling 07713 070235 or 07709 497750. The festive members’ evening, Christmas Table Designs, led by Pat Daley, will be held on Thursday, December 17.
Annual bonfire: Steeton Cricket Club will hold its annual bonfire tonight, with the fire lit at 6.30pm followed by the firework display. The cost is £8 per family or £3 per person. There will be a barbecue for food and the bar will be open.
THORNTON-IN-LONSDALE: Rosemary Hartley, 015242 42207 and Paula Kendall,015242 42390:
St Oswald’s: On Sunday, St Oswald’s will hold a Remembrance Day service at 9.30am. On Saturday, November 28, there will be a fundraising coffee morning at St Oswald’s Church, with side stalls and fun Christmas crafts for all ages. It will run from 10am to noon.
Hall dance: Raffle winners at the recent community hall dance were Shuttleworth, M Cowking, R Kenyon, D Coates, I Beecroft, I Alderson, E Bowling, M Mitchell, B Moorhouse, R Hargreaves and P Taylor. The next dance with Mark Kitto Band is on Friday, November 20, at 8pm. Admission is £6, which includes supper.
Whist and dominoes: There were 12 tables were in play at the recent whist and dominoes drive at the community hall. Winners were: whist, ladies - D Hogg, P Parrott, M Wright; gents - T Robinson, B Garnett, M Metcalfe, low M Grainger; dominoes - N Taylor, T Taylor, A Sutcliffe, S Dawson, J Constable, H Wolfenden, low F Mason. The next drive is on Saturday, November 21, at 7.30pm.
Firework night: A firework event will take place at Tosside tomorrow at 7.30pm. Afterwards, supper will be available in the community hall at £3 each.
Moonbeams: The Moonbeams will perform at The Community Hall next Saturday, November 14, at 7.30pm. Admission is £7 and tickets are available from 01729 840272.
UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605:
Film night: The Kettlewell film nights restart in the village hall next Saturday, November 14. The first film will be The Theory of Everything. Doors open at 7pm, with the film starting at 7.30pm.
Community Centre: Thanks to a great team of volunteers, the hall and grounds are looking clean and tidy again. The Saturday Bacon Butty Mornings are on again from 11am to 1pm. The Craft Group will meet on Monday from 7.30pm. Zumba starts at 7.30pm each Thursday until December when there will be a break until the New Year. The Ladies’ Christmas Meal is on Wednesday, December 2, at 7.30pm and deposits need to be given to Audrey to secure a place. Ann Thorpe has re-covered one of the kneelers for the church and it looks spectacular. She has produced kits which can be bought for £15. They are to be worked in cross-stitch and tuition is available.