St Andrew’s: The preacher at the Sunday 10.30am service will be Brian Oliver. The 6pm Service will be led by Hazel Edmondson. On Monday, the weekly prayer group meets at 10am and the first church fellowship meeting, at 7.30pm, will be treated to entertainment by Nigel Bradley. The Toddlers group and Bible Study group will resume meeting at their usual venues next Friday, January 8. And next Saturday, January 9, there will be children’s messy church in St Andrew’s from 3pm to 5pm.
Priory Church: The services on Sunday start with a said Communion at 8am, followed a Liquid Family Service at 9.15am. This is a fun service for all the family. The 10.30am Sung Eucharist will celebrate Epiphany and there will be evening prayer at 4.30pm. 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 Methodist Church until Sunday. Windows have been contributed by local clubs and the school and this year’s theme is Christmas Card.
BURTON-IN-LONSDALE: Jean Thornber, 015242 63033:
Italian new year: If you are looking for something different then why not join Perfect Cooks for an Italian New Year’s Eve meal and cookery demonstration at Rose Cottage, starting at 7.30pm tonight. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and nibbles as you watch authentic Italian recipes being prepared. Afterwards, enjoy a three-course Italian-themed meal. There are only limited places and tickets are priced at £45. Phone 07795 175563 or email email@example.com
Coffee and cakes: Community Coffee and Cakes will be on offer at The Swan Inn today from 9am to 11.45am. Money raised will go to Skipton Food Bank. The Food Bank has thanked villagers for their contributions to the Christmas food parcels.
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 company, great music and great prices from 7pm until late!
St Mary’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a Holy Communion service at 8am followed, at 11am, by Family Praise, a relaxed family-friendly service involving the children.
Choir workshop: Carleton Ladies Choir’s first meeting in the New Year will be a free open workshop. All ladies who are interested in trying out the choir, please come along to Carleton Primary School next Thursday, January 7, at 7.30pm. A couple of songs sung in two-part harmony will be learnt during the fun evening.
Alternative coffee: A temporary Coffee Pot will be held at 7 Leys Close from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow and next Friday, January 8. All are welcome and proceeds will go to the church as usual. Coffee Pot will resume at the church on January 15.
St Peter’s: On Sunday, St Peter’s will hold a BCP Holy Communion at 9.30am.
CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872:
St John’s: On Sunday, the vicar, the Rev John Peet, will lead the annual Covenant Service with Holy Communion at 11am.
St Andrew’s: Tonight, 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.
New 2U: Charity shop New 2U at St Andrew’s Church - will re-open on Tuesday, when usual opening times will apply. The focus during January will be ‘Bags', including suitcases, holdalls, laptop cases and handbags.
DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305:
St Augustine’s: On Sunday, St Augustine’s will hold a Holy Communion at the usual time of 9.30am.
EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617
St Peter’s: The church will again be hosting 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. They do not need to know numbers for that. The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by Shirley Godfrey. The exercise class resumes on Monday.
EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197:
Embsay churches: Sunday’s services at St Mary’s Church will be an All-Age Worship for Epiphany at 9.30am and a Book of Common Prayer communion service at 11.15am. Tuesday will see a quiet communion service beginning at 10.30am. The Methodist chapel’s Sunday service will be a Covenant Service led by the Rev Peter Gray from Ilkley at 10.30am.
Fancy dress disco: New Year’s Eve will see the Cavendish Arms holding another of its acclaimed fancy dress discos. This year’s theme is the 1960s and 1970s. Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be roast pork sandwiches available.
Community Library: The library resumes its Story and Singing Sessions for under fives and their parents, grandparents or carers on Wednesday between 2pm and 3pm. These are run by retired nursery school head Claire Toberman and are free.
FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, the church will celebrate the Epiphany, with services of Holy Communion at 8.15am (in the parish rooms) and at 10am.
GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098:
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, the church will hold a BCP Holy Communion at 8am, which will be followed by a Sung Eucharist at 10.45am.
Pilates: Pilates classes restart after the Christmas break in the village hall annexe on Tuesday from 10am.
Hatha yoga: Hatha yoga classes start again after the Christmas break on Wednesday from 9.30am in the village hall annexe.
January news: If anyone has any news they would like in this column during January, please contact Caroline on 01756 749235.
GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605:
Friendship Club: Edwin Page will be guest speaker at next Thursday’s meeting of Grassington Friendship Club. He will talk about Creatures of Our Time in Church House at 2.15pm. The speaker on January 14 will be David Dean, whop will present slides from the Upper Wharfedale Museum Archive.
Community Cinema: Grassington Community Cinema will launch its 2016 programme in the Octagon on Saturday. Inside Out will be shown at 4.30pm and Wild at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £2.50 for children or family tickets (two adults and two children) are available for £10. There will be popcorn and ice cream available.
Annual meeting: Grassington Horticultural Society will hold its annual general meeting in the town hall’s Octagon Theatre next Thursday, January 7, at 7.30pm. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome. A pie and peas supper will be served.
Coffee morning: There will be a coffee morning in Church House from 9.30am to noon on Saturday.
Jigsaw swap: There is now a swap shop for jigsaws at The Hub. For more details, call into the Hub, at Manor Hill Barn, Garrs Lane.
HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845:
Coffee morning: The coffee morning on Saturday is a St Aidan’s event. It will take place in the institute at 10am and will include a cake stall and raffle. Next week’s event will be for the institute itself.
Mothers’ Union: The New Year Lunch will take place in the institute on Wednesday from 12.30pm. Contact Sheila on 850458 for more details.
Parish council: The parish council will meet in the institute next Thursday, January 7, at 7.30pm.
Age Concern: Age Concern will be carrying on its regular Friday Luncheon Club meetings and meal at the Boars Head, Long Preston. Details of attendance should be given to Ellen by the Wednesday morning please. Also there will be a programme of events for 2016 and the regular outings and shopping trips. More details soon.
HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235:
St Oswald’s: The first service of 2016 will take place in St Oswalds Church on Sunday at 3pm.
INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835
Rural Association: Chairman Carl Lis welcomed members to the December meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA). He was pleased to report that the Christmas Bingo had been an enjoyable and successful evening. The late night shopping had also been very good. If anyone requires sandbags, in case of flooding, there will be a list at the centre to inform people who to get in touch with and Carl Lis has some in his garage. The Theatre Group raised £508 at its jumble sale and a big thank you goes to all who helped. Tickets for the pantomime, The Wizard of Oz, will be on sale at the coffee morning at the Centre on January 16. One hundred and thirty people attended the Old People’s Christmas party which went well. There was a large attendance at St Mary’s Church for the carol service. Traditional carols, accompanied by Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band, alternated with Bible readings from members of St Mary’s and the Methodist Church. The morning nativity play at the Methodist Chapel was excellent. The WI jumble sale will be on Saturday, January 30. A letter had been received from Mary Kendall in thanks for the flowers given to her to mark her retirement from the IRCA after many years.June Healey won £20 in the 200 Club, £10 went to the Swimming Club and Arthur Bateson, William Huck and Linda Tooby each won £5. Next Friday, January 8, at 7pm, the association will show the film, The Water Diviner, at Ingleborough Community Centre.
Jumble sale: Ingleton Cricket Club will hold a jumble sale next Saturday, January 9, at 2pm at Ingleborough Community Centre.
LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303:
Church news: On Sunday, St John’s will hold a Holy Communion service at 10.30am. The church is open every day from 10am to 4pm.
SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:
Guided walks: The first walk of 2016 will be a “lucky dip” walk, with the route decided to suit the weather, the conditions underfoot and the fragility of the participants. It is expected, however, that this will be an eight to 12-mile moderately strenuous walk following a circular route, leaving Bingley Station at 9.06am on Saturday. No reservation is necessary, but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.
Charity dance: The New Year’s Eve charity dance will be held at the Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, and commence at 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 please contact 01729 823259 or 824038.
Hatha yoga: Hatha Yoga sessions will resume next week at Settle Primary School, with sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7.30pm and 9pm. Beginners are welcome. For further details, contact 07947 027188.
Victoria Hall: The box office is currently closed until Tuesday when it will reopen to sell tickets for the numerous events planned for early 2016. The first of these, The Pitmen Poets, will be staged on Sunday, January 17. The show features four of the North East’s leading champions of musical heritage: former 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. Individually and collectively, they celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography. On Saturday, January 23, Bill Adair returns to compère A Celebration of Burns. Following the success of last year’s memorable evening there will be a piper, songs, poetry and a supper of haggis, neeps and tatties. For details and tickets, contact 01729 825718.
Theatre trips: There’s still time to plan a treat for 2016 with two theatre trips being arranged. 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, includes a stalls seat, coach from Settle and gratuities. The closing date for reservations is January 22 as both seats and coach need to be confirmed. A second trip is being arranged to see Matthew Bourne’s ballet Sleeping Beauty at the Alhambra on Wednesday, February 24. This will also be a matinee performance and the price is £40. For more information and payment details, telephone 01729 823978.
Photographic Group: Settle Photographic Group will meet at Townhead Court on Monday at 7.30pm. The subject for the evening will be Hoylake International Competition. Hoylake Camera Club holds an annual competition open to anyone in the world, under categories of open colour, open black and white, nature, photo-journalism and photo-travel. Two of the judges will show a sample from this year’s competition and initiate discussions over the winning entries, with members free to comment and ask questions on each. Please note there will be no members’ gallery at this meeting.
Poppy excursion: North Craven Age UK is organising a special trip to view the poppy wave sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Wednesday. The trip will also visit Whitleys Garden Centre at Mirfield. The cost is £9 and 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 and follows a year in the life of a tenant farmer and his family. It captures the stunning and stark beauty of the landscape, the hard graft required to survive and, without sentiment, examines the life of the family in this setting. Tickets cost £5 on the door and the film starts at 7.45pm.
Iyengar yoga: Iyengar Yoga sessions will resume next week. There are two sessions on a Monday at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate. The first is a mixed ability session from 12.30pm to 2pm and the second is a beginners session from 2.15pm to 3.30pm. On Tuesdays there is a mixed ability evening session from 7pm to 8.30pm at The School of Dance on Station Road. For details, contact 01282 841049.
SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643:
Coffee and cakes: There will be no Coffee, Cakes and Camaraderie this weekend. The team is having a rest and will return rejuvenated in February. Many thanks go to all who have supported the coffee mornings over the past year.
Civic Society: The next meeting of the Civic Society will take place in the Methodist Church next Thursday, January 7. Keith Barber will give an illustrated talk entitled Memories from the 40s, 50s & 60s. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm. It will be followed by refreshments.
Oddfellows: Undercover will provide the New Year’s Eve entertainment at the Three Links Club tonight and there will be a mince pie and a tot of whisky for everyone at midnight (please bring your own supper). The club will be closed tomorrow and will be open again for all its usual events from Saturday.
Holy Trinity: To mark the season of Epiphany, there will be a special Songs of Praise at 5pm on Sunday. You are invited to nominate your favourite hymn for the occasion using a form available inside the church. Sunday services start at 8am with Holy Communion, followed by Parish Communion at 9.45am.
As usual, Morning Prayer will be said at 9am each weekday morning, while mid-week Holy Communion will be at 10.45am on Wednesday.
Women’s Institute: Skipton with Stirton with Thorlby WI’s December meeting began with two reports. Some members had gone through Gargrave’s floods to attend the group carol service at Hellifield which was very well organised. Some members had also attended a visit to Ilkley Playhouse to see the rather unusual play, Steel Magnolias. Members were impressed with the skilful acting and that the cast managed to maintain their American accents throughout. The committee then performed an amusing sketch called the Chinese Tragedy. There followed a Jacob’s Join supper and a Santa dip. The party finished with seasonal wishes and a reminder to members to bring subs to the next meeting on Tuesday, January 19. Meetings take place at the Soroptimist Rooms, Otley Street, Skipton, at 7.30pm.
UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605:
Land letting: Hubberholme’s annual land letting service will be held on Monday. 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, on Sunday, at 1pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.
Women’s Institute: Rylstone and District WI will meet next Thursday, January 7, in Cracoe Village Hall, when the speaker will be Vicky Fattorini, and the competition is ‘A Military Medal.’ Hostesses will be Sheila Merritt, Moyra Livesey and Alison Fort.
Candlemas celebration: Join a congregation of all ages from Rylstone, Burnsall and Linton to celebrate Candlemas at St Peter’s Church, Rylstone, from 4pm on Sunday, January 31.
Community Centre: Pocket Panto will present Aladdin at Wigglesworth Community on Sunday at 6pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for children and the price includes refreshments. All are welcome. For inquiries, telephone 01729 840794.