AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215:
Church news: Today, Austwick Church will hold a crib service at 4pm and Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. Tomorrow, there will be family communions at Eldroth at 9.30am and at Keasden at 10.30am.
Rotary Club: What would happen if you were unwise enough to get into an argument with someone who is 6ft 4ins tall and a martial arts black belt holder? This was a question put to Jack Cooper when he was a guest at a Barnoldswick and Earby Rotary Club meeting. He said that if he found himself cornered in trouble he would simply exercise discipline and walk away. Jack was at the meeting with his father, John, himself a Rotarian, with whom he runs Earby Mixed Martial Arts.
St Andrew’s: Everyone is invited to St Andrew’s Methodist Church’s Christingle Service at 6pm today and to the Holy Communion service at 11.30pm. The Christmas day service at 9.30am will be led by the Rev David Edmondson. Hazel Edmondson will be the preacher on at the 10.30am service on Sunday.
Priory Church: The Christmas services are: today, Christingle at 4pm and First Eucharist of Christmas at 11.30pm; and tomorrow, 8am Eucharist and 10am Festal Eucharist. The services on Sunday are 8am Communion (said), 10.30am Sung Eucharist and 4.30pm Evening Prayer. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10am.
BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369:
Methodist Church: The Christmas Windows exhibition is on view in the church until January 3. Windows have been contributed by local clubs and the school and this year’s theme is Christmas Card.
School news: The last week of term was very busy, with the children performing their Christmas concerts and enjoying the Christmas parties. The school also said goodbye to Mrs Pearson, who has retired as school cook after 13 years. Pupils presented her with a commemorative plate and cards.
BURTON-IN-LONSDALE: Jean Thornber, 015242 63033:
Italian new year: Why not join Perfect Cooks for an Italian meal and cookery demonstration at Rose Cottage, starting at 7.30pm on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and nibbles as you watch authentic Italian recipes being prepared. After the demonstration, enjoy a three-course Italian-themed meal. Tickets are priced at £45. Phone 07795 175563 or email email@example.com
St Mary’s Church: The church will hold a Candlelight carol service today, at 6.30pm. The Church Choir will be supported by Carleton Ladies Choir. Children will perform a Christmas Nativity. On Christmas morning there will be a service at 9.30am and on Sunday, there will be a parish communion at 11am.
Big breakfast: The Big Christmas Breakfast will take place on Boxing Day, cooked by members of the Carleton Community Umbrella. Come along to Carleton Village Hall between 9am and 11am for a full English breakfast at the bargain price of £2.
Film night: A film night will be held in the village hall on Wednesday when the featured film will be My Old Lady (12A). Tickets are £4 from the village shop or on the door. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Coffee and cakes: Community Coffee and Cakes will be on offer at The Swan Inn on New Year’s Eve from 9am to 11.45am. Money raised will go to Skipton Food Bank.
Party time: New Year’s Eve Parties are taking place in both Carleton Social Club and The Swan Inn. The Social Club is going Back 2 Basics with great music and great prices from 7pm until late!
Alternative coffee: A temporary Coffee Pot will be held at 7 Leys Close from 2pm to 5pm on Fridays, January 1 and 8. All are welcome and proceeds will go to the church. Coffee Pot will resume at the church on January 15.
St Leonard’s: The events committee held a good domino drive and raffle at the Station Inn. Twenty-eight people enjoyed the event and prizes were won by J Airey, R Beresford, T Lund, R Mitten, D Cornthwaite, A Atkinson and Kevin Jones. Isaac Middleton won the booby prize. Proceeds went to the church’s decoration fund. Other recent events have included a farewell afternoon tea for retiring vicar Charles Ellis, and his wife, Susan. Dorothy Baines played the organ for carol singing at the Hill Inn, which raised money for Save the Children.
CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135:
Panto fun: Pocket Panto comes to Clapham Village Hall for the first time with Aladdin on Tuesday at 1pm. Tickets are £7 for adults, £5 for children under 14 and £20 for a family ticket (two adults and two children under 14). They are available from Sue Mann on 015242 51792 or from Clapham Village Store.
St Peter’s: On Christmas Day, there will be a short Christmas communion service from 10am. On Sunday, there will be a joint Service of the Word at 10.45am in Gargrave Parish Church.
CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872:
St John’s: The church’s Christmas services are 11.15pm Holy Communion on Christmas Eve and 11am Family Communion on Christmas Day, to which children are invited to bring a present to show everyone. On Sunday, there will be a Holy Communion at 11am.
Cononley Singers: The choir finished the year on a high note with audience members saying the near sell-out Christmas concerts in Christ Church, Skipton, and Cononley Village Institute were the best ever. Choirmaster Tony Hamilton was presented with gifts in appreciation of his dedication and hard work. Damian Oxborough, the accompanist, also received a present in recognition of his services. Rehearsals begin again on Wednesday, January 13.
St Andrew’s: The Christmas morning service will be at 10.30am and there will be a collection for Action for Children. And, on New Year’s Eve, there will be a social at 10pm with a Bring and Share Supper, followed by the Watchnight Service at 11.45pm.
Moonrakers: Local history group Moonrakers considered three main items at its December meeting. Firstly members sorted through new archives, including a copy of an assessment from the early 18th century. Inhabitants of Ickornshaw were being assessed to contribute to the upkeep of The Sandyforth Causeway, which went from Sandyforth Farm to Hill Ends. The second item was a first look for evidence of route ways over the moor, which involved projecting internet aerial images of the moor for all to see. The group would like to hear from anyone who has information about the causeway or packhorse routes in the parish. For the third item, members looked at pictures from recent visits, which will be added to its website.
St Peter’s: The church will hold a Christingle service today at 4pm. Tomorrow, Christmas Day, the congregation will join South Craven Baptist Church, Sutton, for their service at 10.30am and on Sunday they will join the service at St Andrew’s Church, Cowling, at 10.30am.
DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305:
St Augustine’s: The church will hold Family Holy Communion on Christmas Day at 10.30am.
EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617:
St Peter’s: On Christmas Day, St Peter’s Methodist Church will have a joint service at the Mount Zion Baptist Church at 9.30am. The 10.30am service on Sunday will be a communion service led by the Rev Keith Richardson, and at 4pm there will be a Songs of Praise. The church will host a watchnight social and service on New Year’s Eve. Please ring David and Hazel on 01282 843064 if you would like to join them for food and folk dancing from 9pm. Everyone is also welcome to join them at 11.30pm to see the New Year in with praise and prayer.
Hall library: Eldroth Parish Hall is opening its library to the public. Anyone is welcome to come and browse, borrow books or just come for a chat. Opening times will be 10am to noon each Saturday morning from January 9.
EMBSAY WITH EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197:
Embsay churches: Today sees St Mary’s holding a traditional blessing of the crib service at 4pm. This will be followed at 6pm by the singing of carols and seasonal songs around the elm tree from 6pm when there will be a collection for charity. At 11.30pm there will be a celebration of Midnight Mass. Christmas Day will see a family communion service at 9.30am. On Sunday there will be a communion service at 9.30am. The Methodist Chapel will see a Christmas Day service at 10am which will be led by the Rev Janet Clasper.
Parish council: Applications for Green Spaces designation as part of the Craven District Council Local Development plan have been submitted, proposing the areas reported last month, but with an extension of the suggested area at the eastern end of Shires Lane. It now includes the field containing Kempley Pond because of its importance as a habitat for a variety of wildlife. The parish council has been advised that the proposal to install speed tables in East Lane just above the entrance to the station will be subject to public consultation. The public notice will be published in the Craven Herald. Parish councillors have met the developer and his agent for the current Shires Lane proposal. Several matters are now being reviewed and the parish council is hopeful that matters will be resolved to mutual agreement.
Allotments: The local Allotment Association manages two sites in Embsay and Eastby. The gardening community is a mix of experienced and new gardeners and, as well as growing vegetables, fruit and flowers, they meet socially for a summer barbecue. Those wishing to apply for an allotment must be resident in Embsay or Eastby.
FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: Today, there will be a crib service at 4pm and the Midnight Communion will start at 11.30pm. Tomorrow, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8.15am and at 10am. On Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10am.
Parish council: Farnhill Parish Council is to ask North Yorkshire County Council to continue to oversee the grass cutting. The leader of Craven District Council, Cllr Richard Foster, will attend the parish council on January 5 to discuss its decision-making procedures. Treatment has now been carried out on the wasps nest at Lower Arbour. R Ellis is hoping to restart work to the seating area and the steps shortly. He is being asked to meet with the parish council to discuss the design and construction of the steps and possible alterations which could improve the path further up Lower Arbour. The clerk is to write to the contractor who did the building work at Craglands and remind him of his offer to contribute towards the cost of repairing the damage at Arbour Top. He is being asked for a contribution of £250. The Canal and Rivers Trust is working to fix Redmans Swing Bridge. The parish council has said the trust should make the repairs a priority. The draft budget was considered, with the parish council agreeing to lower the precept by five per cent for 2016/17. A letter has been received from the Yorkshire Local Councils Association regarding the recording of meetings. However, the parish council is not happy with the advice given and the clerk is to contact it again to ask for the necessary information and also to contact MP Julian Smith to see if he can offer any advice. Cllr R Bramley is to speak with the institute committee and ask why it has given up with the village calendar. Cllr M Scarffe provided a draft copy of a policy for the Arbour which will be considered at the next meeting in the Institute on Tuesday, January 5, at 7.30pm.
GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098:
St Andrew’s Church: Today, at 4pm, there will be the popular Christingle Family Service in aid of the Children’s Society. Then at 11.30pm there will be al Midnight Mass with carol singing. On Christmas Day at 11am, there will be a short Communion Service. On Sunday, there will be a joint Service of the Word at 10.45am.
GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:
Parish council: Support for Settle Area Swimming Pool is continuing. The council has asked District Councillor Richard Welch to ask Craven Council how the decision was reached to discontinue funding to Settle Pool. Parish councillors are concerned that if the pool were to make changes it would be very difficult for many of the users to access alternative facilities. Cllr Welch will continue to offer as much help as he can. The council agreed to host a community defibrillator and cabinet at a place to be decided. Craven District Council has sent a form for the designation of Local Green Space and Giggleswick Parish Council agreed to include the Harrison Playing Fields and the Glebe Field. The next meeting will be held on January 12 at 7.30pm in the parish room.
Primary school:Pupils took part in an after-school Dodgeball course and to Tom Birkett-Bentley, who was awarded the trophy for his hard work, wonderful attitude and good leadership skills. Some key stage two pupils took part in the first-ever basketball tournament. The year five and six team played particularly well and won five of their six games. Mollie Howarth and Ned Whitaker were awarded Player of the Tournament trophies. A huge thank you goes to Mrs Richardson and Mrs Whitehouse for producing 80 Christmas meals. All pupils designed Christmas cards. Oliver Brummitt’s design was shortlisted in the card competition organised by MP Julian Smith and there were four winners in the competition organised by Skipton Building Society. The winners were: class two - Phoebe Oliver (first prize) and Mary-Jane Lambert (second); and class three – Hattie Black (second) and Freddie Parsons (third). As part of a mini-enterprise scheme, Ruby Lambert and Erin Hutt-Holgate sold Christmas cards they designed and made at home and raised £65 for Meningitis Research. Class three pupils entertained staff and residents at Anley Hall. Finally, congratulations go to everyone involved in the Christmas presentation. The collection raised £190 for the NSPCC and Candlelighters.
Giggleswick Chapel: On Christmas Eve there will be a celebration of midnight mass in the school chapel at 11.30pm.
GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605:
Community Cinema: Grassington Community Cinema will launch its 2016 programme in the Octagon next Saturday, January 2. Inside Out will be shown at 4.30pm and Wild at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £2.50 for children or £10 for families.
Annual meeting: Grassington Horticultural Society will hold its annual general meeting in the town hall’s Octagon Theatre on Thursday, January 7, at 7.30pm.
Candlelight Carols: Today, there are Christmas Carols by candlelight in the Congregational Church from 4pm.
School partnership:A Congregational Church group has been trying to organise a new working arrangement in local schools for their minister, the Rev Peter Thomas. He has been working closely with others who visit schools across the area. In January and February the final arrangements for a committee, support group and accountability will be put in place.
Coffee morning: There will be a coffee morning in Church House from 9.30am to noon next Saturday, January 2.
HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845:
Flower Club: Members and visitors at North Craven Flower Club’s December meeting enjoyed the return of June Borrowdale with her Christmas demonstration, Magic and Sparkle. Barbara Thwaite gave a vote of thanks. The next meeting is on January 14 at 7.30pm in Hellifield Institute when there will be a demonstration by Ann Morgan.
Crib service: St Aidan’s will hold a family crib service today at 4pm.
Coffee mornings: There is no coffee morning in the institute this Saturday. The next will be the St Aidan’s event on January 2.
HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235:
Parish council: Parish councillors elected a new chairman, Cllr Martin Hanson, at their recent meeting. This followed the resignation of Cllr Sheila Flemming. She has put in many years of sterling service on behalf of the parish and has decided to retire although she will remain as a councillor for a little longer to assist the new chairman in his role. The council has two vacancies and potential candidates are invited to go along to a meeting, which are held on the second Monday of the month at the village hall. Only one planning application was received this month from Horton Quarry wishing to alter the hours for HGV transportation. There will be a special meeting on February 22 in the village hall regarding the increase of charity walks around the parish and the impact it has on the community. The next meeting will be at the village hall on Monday, January 11, starting at 7.30pm.
Church news: St Oswald’s will hold a Communion service at 10pm tonight. Christmas Day will be celebrated with a service of Eucharist at 10.30am at St Peter’s Church, Stainforth.
INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835:
Women’s Institute: The annual meeting of Ingleborough WI was held last Monday. Plans were made for the presentation lunch at Bentham Golf Club on January 28. A letter of thanks was received from Susan Ellis for a flower arrangement presented to her as she was leaving the area. A plant arrangement has also been given to Dorothy Baines to thank her for her hard work with the WI choir and her hospitality and cups of tea. Mike Fitzsimmons has made a lovely new notice box, which is on the wall next to the Co-op, so a bottle of wine was sent to him in thanks. Sue Brown was re-elected president. Lynne Woodburn will continue as treasurer and Doreen Wells becomes secretary. The January meeting will see Jean Chilton speaking on Nepalese women and Nepal generally and the competition is a scarf.
Welfare party: The Ingleton and Thornton Old People’s Welfare committee entertained 130 over 70s and their friends to the Christmas party at the Ingleborough Community Centre. Evangelical Minister Jim Day said grace before the meal. The choir led the singing of well-loved carols accompanied by Dorothy Baines. Ian and Jane Gray from Hellifield, then entertained with country music. Bibby’s Coaches kindly took people home, with volunteer car drivers taking the less able bodied to their homes. Walter Tooby gave a vote of thanks. A jumble sale will be held on Saturday, May 28, to raise funds for the summer outing at the end of August.
St Mary’s: Today, there will be a Christingle service at 5.30pm and, on Christmas Day, there will be a communion at 10am.
LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303:
Switch-on: The Langcliffe light switch-on was well-attended and there was a great atmosphere. Isobelle Haymes threw the Christmas tree light switch.
Carol singing: The annual carol singing around the village tree will take place tomorrow from 9.30am.
St John’s: Sunday’s carol service was a moving occasion during which long serving church member Val Leigh was thanked for his outstanding service from 1979. He has stepped down from preaching and reading and was presented with a garden planter complete with hardy plants and bulbs ready for the spring. Tonight, St John’s will hold a Holy Communion service at 11.30pm while on Sunday, there will a joint service of Holy Communion at 10.30am.
RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087:
Young Farmers: Members and their families enjoyed a party night and trophy presentation at Settle Cricket Club. The club has had a very successful year. Trophy winners were: junior girls and indoor annual judging - Anna Booth; junior boys - Tom Dean; senior girls and senior animal judging - Laura Robinson; outdoor annual judging - Liam Halliday; and public speaking, best individual speech - Edward Bradley.
SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:
Christmas dinner: Last-minute bookings are still possible for the annual Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea. The 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. Transport can be offered to those who require it.
Charity dance: The New Year’s Eve charity dance will be held at The Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, from 8pm. There will be a Jacob’s Join supper and please bring along your own drinks. All proceeds will go to Victoria Hall. For further details, contact 01729 823259 or 824038.
Victoria Hall: The Pitmen Poets will perform on Sunday, January 17. The show features four of the North East’s leading champions of its musical heritage: ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe. On Saturday, January 23, Bill Adair returns to compère A Celebration of Burns. There will be a piper, songs, poetry and a supper of haggis, neeps and tatties. For details, contact 01729 825718.
Theatre trips: There’s still time to plan a treat for 2016 with two theatre trips. The first is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, to see Billy Elliot: the Musical. The trip will be to the matinee performance on Thursday, May 19. The price is £66, which includes a stalls seat, coach from Settle and gratuities. The closing date for reservations is January 22. A second trip is being arranged to see Matthew Bourne’s ballet Sleeping Beauty, again at the Alhambra on Wednesday, February 24. This will be a matinee performance and the price is £40. For more information, call 01729 823978.
Poppy excursion: North Craven Age UK is organising a special trip to view the poppy wave sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on January 6. The trip will also visit Whitleys Garden Centre at Mirfield. The cost is £9. To reserve a place contact 01729 823066.
Film night: On Wednesday, January 13, at Victoria Hall, The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show will present a film set in North Yorkshire. Addicted to Sheep is the story of a family’s quest to breed the perfect sheep. Tickets cost £5 on the door and the film starts at 7.45pm.
SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643:
Bands perform: Well-known local groups the Escapades and the Yorkshire Puddings will perform at Silsden Sports Club on Boxing Day. The doors open at 7pm and entry is £5 on the door.
Christmas card: Everyone in Silsden should by now have received their Christmas card from the Churches Together group. This details all the festive activities and services at the three churches over the holiday period.
Oddfellows: Undercover will provide the entertainment at the Three Links Club on New Year’s Eve. There will be a mince pie and tot of whisky at midnight and visitors will be welcome at the usual charge of 50p. The next events calendar (January to March) is now available to pick up from the Club. It starts with Fish and Chip Bingo on Tuesday, January 5. For more information, contact Geraldine on 01756 798022.
Holy Trinity: Today, the crib service will start at 4pm and, by 7.30pm, the pews will be filled again for Nine Lessons and Carols. The choice for Christmas morning is 8am Holy Communion or 9.45am parish communion, with carols. Sunday worship follows the regular pattern with 8am Holy Communion and 9.45am parish communion but there will be no 5pm evening service.
Retired Men’s Forum: Dr Mike Green spoke about his time as a flying doctor in South Australia in the 1960s. He had about 6,000 patients, two thirds of whom were Aboriginals spread over an area of about 200,000 square miles and he was expected to conduct 13 clinics every fortnight. The forum has now closed for the Christmas holiday and will reconvene on Tuesday, January 5, when Geoff Queen, from Kettlewell, will speak about A Tour of Indo China.
Christ Church: Christmas services start today, with a Christingle Service at 4pm for children and their parents, followed by Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. Christmas Day will be celebrated with a Family Eucharist at 10am. Boxing Day, Saturday, is St Stephen’s Day, and a service of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Christ Church at 9.30am. On Sunday - St John’s Day - there will be Family Eucharist at 9.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. On Monday, The Holy Innocents will be celebrated by Holy Communion at 9.30am.
Methodist Church: Steeton Methodist Church held two services last Sunday. In the morning the Junior Church did a nativity re-enactment with a real live baby. In the evening, the Rev Alan Raine led a carol service which was enjoyed by a large congregation. On Christmas Day, the 10.30am worship will be led by Deacon Maggie Patchett. There will be no service on Sunday; instead there will be a shared service at Eastburn Methodist Church led by the Rev Saidu Kanu.
St Thomas’s: Today, the church will hold a carol service at 6pm and Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day, there will be a family communion at 10.30am.
THORNTON-IN-LONSDALE: Paula Kendall, 015242 42390 and Rosemary Hartley, 015242 42207:
Westhouse Methodists: The monthly coffee mornings will start again on Wednesday, January 27, at 10am, with donations to local charities.
St Oswald’s: St Oswald’s will celebrate Christmas Day with a service at 9.30am.
Oxfam thanks: Liz and Roger Neale would like to thank all who supported their recent Oxfam Christmas gifts day which raised £185 for the charity’s Refugee Disaster Fund.
UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605:
Hubberholme Church: The church will hold Carols by Candlelight on Sunday at 7pm. Buckden Singers will take a lead role in the service.
Land letting: Hubberholme’s annual land letting service will be held on Monday, January 4. It will start with a service in Hubberholme Church at 8pm before bidders move to the George Inn for the actual auction at 8.30pm.
Pocket Panto: Pocket Panto will perform Aladdin at Amerdale Hall, Arncliffe, next Sunday, January 3, at 1pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.
Magazine appointment: A new editor has been appointed for the Link, the magazine for Upper Wharfedale churches. Matt Roberts has been appointed to take over from retiring editor Liese Whitaker.
Waste tipping: It has been brought to the attention of Kettlewell Parish Council that the tipping of garden waste into the beck is continuing. Council chairman David Belk has suggested a dedicated compost heap might solve the problem.
Readers search: St Oswald’s Church, Arncliffe, is looking for people who would like to read at church services. Speak to Tony on 770124 or Patsy on 770269.
Epiphany service: The benefice of Arncliffe-with-Halton Gill, Kettlewell-with-Conistone and Hubberholme will gather for the epiphany service in Kettlewell Church on Wednesday, January 6, at 6pm.
Bluffers’ evening: A Call My Bluff evening is planned in Cracoe Village Hall on January 29
School bags: Kettlewell Primary School raised £112 with its ‘blue bags’ scheme in the past term. Thanks go to everyone who donated unwanted clothing.
Scarecrow Festival: The annual meeting of Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival committee decided that next year’s event will take place August 13 to 21. David Belk has stood down as chairman and was thanked for his efforts. New officers are: chairman - Paul Hatton; treasurer - Nick Davies; secretary - Verina Bishop.
Drivers search: Helping Hands needs more volunteer drivers north of Kilnsey to run its bus services. More information from Geoff Peacock on 01756 752064.
Stepping down: Mary Wilkinson has stepped down as president of Rylstone and District WI after four years. Members showed their appreciation by presenting her with a planter for her new patio. Beryl Bamforth has also stepped down from the committee and received a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her many years of service. The next monthly meeting is on Thursday, January 7, in Cracoe Village Hall, when the speaker will be Vicky Fattorini, and the competition is ‘A Military Medal.’
Pudsey thanks: Joyce Milner has extended thanks to everyone who attended, donated, or performed at the Pudsey Bear concert last month. The children involved were aged from eight to 16 and they played a wide range of music to raise £630 for Children in Need.
Nativity venue: St Peter’s Church, Rylstone, is the venue for a Community Nativity service today from 4pm.
Community Centre: Last week, the Meet and Eat Group enjoyed a festive meal followed by party games to finish. The friendly quiz had a Christmas theme. The Christmas Party was well attended and finished with villagers carol singing down to the Plough. The Pocket Panto will perform Aladdin next Sunday, January 3, at 6pm. Tickets are available from 01729 840794.