AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215:
Local history: Austwick Field and Local History Society’s first meeting of the year was the traditional January film night which this year was Yorkshire Dales on Film. The film gave the history of the forming of the Dales landscape as well as showing the magnificent scenery and was enjoyed by all. The next meeting is on February 17, at 7.30pm in the parish hall when the speaker is Judith Allinson who will be talking about Grasses of the Yorkshire Dales. Admission is £2.
Church news: On Sunday, there will be a united service at Clapham at 10.30am.
West Craven Probus: Fifty-one West Craven Probus members braved the wintery conditions to listen to Roger Frost continue the story of the 27-mile long River Calder, which is steeped in history. Roger gave extensive details of major buildings and halls along its banks and surrounding area which made the presentation all the more interesting. The slideshow was thoroughly enjoyed by members.
St Andrew’s: The preacher at the 10.30am service on Sunday will be Mark Clegg and in the evening the Rev David Edmondson will lead the 6.30pm service. The Monday Prayer Hour starts at 10am and the Friday Toddlers group will be held at 9.30am. A Bible study will take place from 7.30pm in Woodlands, Skipton Road. On Monday there will be a talk by Ken Hartley entitled Belligerent Barlick arranged by the friendship group. On Saturday, February 6, an 8am circuit prayer breakfast in Southfield Chapel will take place. The church has been busy raising funds for its new build by running a charity shop in town and they would like to thank everyone who took part.
Priory Church: The first service this Sunday is 8am Communion (said). At the 10.30am Sung Eucharist and at 4.30pm, the congregation will celebrate Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Worship that day will include Choral Evensong at 4.30pm. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10am.
BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369:
Women’s Institute: Thirty-two members and two guests of Bradleys Both WI thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful evening of poetry at this month’s meeting. The evening was hosted by Eleanor, the branch president, who invited members to share their favourite poems.
School news: Pupils enjoyed a disco night, which was organised by the school council and Friends of Bradley School. The event raised more than £300 for the Kasin charity in Nepal. Linton class (Class 4) raised £34.25 for Cancer Research at their recent bun sale, while Cracoe class (Class 2) raised £23.30 for Kasin at their bun sale. Linton class (Class 4) enjoyed a visit to Pizza Express last week, where they learnt how to make pizza dough. The school is holding a family curry and bingo night on Wednesday, February 10. Tickets are £5 for adults (free for children) and can be purchased from the school office. The fun starts at 6.30pm in the school hall.
Film Club: Cinderella 2015 (U) will be screened at the next film club night on Thursday, February 11. The film will be shown in the school hall starting at 6pm and admission is free.
St Mary’s: At 11am on Sunday, the church will hold a service of Bread, Wine and Worship. This is a more informal service with a short family communion and worship songs.
Carleton Pantomime: Tickets will be on sale for Peter Pan from Monday at Carleton Post Office and The Swan Inn. They cost £6 for adults and £4 for children. Performances are from Wednesday, February 17, to Saturday, February 20, at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.
Film night: The next film night takes place in the village hall on Saturday when Suite Francaise, a Second World War romantic drama, will be shown. Tickets are £4 from the village shop or on the door. Doors and bar selling drinks and snacks open at 7pm. The film starts at 7.30pm.
Carleton Playgroup: Carleton Playgroup is in the village hall every Friday (term-time) from 9.30am to 11.30am. Stay and play for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The cost is £1 for under six months, £2 for over six months and 50p per additional child, which includes craft activity, snack and drink.
Coffee Pot: The Coffee Pot is held at St Mary’s every Friday, from 2pm to 4pm when tea, coffee and hot chocolate with complimentary biscuits will be available. Come for a friendly chat.
Quiz night: There is a quiz night at The Swan Inn on Wednesday at 8.30pm. Admission is £1, including supper. There are cash prizes to be won.
Gala Queen: Application forms are available now in Carleton Post Office for Carleton Gala Queen (Year 6 primary or secondary school) and attendants (Years 1 to 5 primary). Applicants must live in the village.
CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135:
Quiz night: Don’t forget about the quiz in Clapham Village Hall tomorrow. Quizmaster Stuart Marshall will be asking the questions from 7.30pm. There will be a bar and raffle with funds going towards buying resources for Clapham School. Tickets are available from the Village Store or the school office and cost £7.50, which includes supper.
Joint service: There will be a joint service for the parishes of Gargrave and Coniston Cold on Sunday in St Andrew’s Church, Gargrave, on Sunday at 10.45am. It will be the next in the series of sermons on the Old Testament book of Ruth.
Moonrakers: The January meeting of Moonrakers – the Cowling local history group – was full of business about the running of our group. A new involvement with our website for the photographer members was explained and demonstrated. The main business, however, was working together to decide on a programme for meeting, research and visits for 2016. More museum visits are planned, as is a group record office visit. The group is to continue its record of historic building in the parish in the summer months. So as it moves into its 14th year, there will be some new things and a continuation of work in progress. New members are welcome.
DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305:
Tea party: The next afternoon tea party will be held on Monday in the village hall, starting at 2.30pm. All are welcome.
St Augustine’s Church: There will be no service on Sunday – the fifth in the month.
EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617:
St Peter’s: David Wilshaw will lead the 10.30am service on Sunday. The church council meeting will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday.
EMBSAY WITH EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197:
Community Library: On Wednesday between 2pm and 3pm, the Story and Singing sessions have resumed under the leadership of retired nursery school head Claire Toberman. Aimed at children under five, the sessions are free but all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Embsay churches: Sunday’s 10.30am service at the Methodist Chapel will be led by the Rev Janet Clasper while the 9.30am service at St Mary’s will take the form of a family communion. Coffee, tea, juice and biscuits are served after the 9.30am service every Sunday. On Tuesday morning at St Mary’s, there will be a quiet communion service. Smiley Faces – the toddler praise at St Mary’s – will take place on Fridays between 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Aimed at pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and carers, there are lots of toys, craft activities, singing, a Bible story and time for a chat.
Over 50s: The January meeting of the Over 50s Forum will be this afternoon when the speaker will be from the local Carers’ Resource. If you would like a lift to the village hall, please contact Hazel or Wilf Chatwin.
Parish council: The parish council has been focused mainly on the problems of flooding due to the exceptional rainfall. A number of maintenance and potential improvements have been identified and requests made to North Yorkshire County Council Highways Department for appropriate attention, particularly in relation to a multitude of blocked or otherwise ineffective road gullies, the surface condition of Pasture Road and localised flood points along it, Brackenley Lane, Low Lane and Shires Lane, where, given the proximity of suitable water courses, the provision of improved drainage would appear to be relatively straightforward. In the case of flooding at the village main entrance, by the railway bridge, the levels of the road and adjacent beck create a more difficult problem. However, a suggestion made by a resident for the provision of a water depth marker post has been put forward to NYCC as a possible measure, to at least make drivers aware of any problem. The parish council is grateful to John Midgley, of Eastby, for directly submitting a list to NYCC of several gullies requiring attention and also for advising the parish council. Residents are reminded that they are able to notify NYCC direct via the northyorks.gov.uk website or on 01609 534527 when they encounter defective road drainage, in addition to raising the matter with the parish council. Defects are often not always apparent until a problem arises but the sooner the maintenance authority is notified, the sooner the problem can be remedied. Following a welcome, but brief, break during the Christmas and New Year festivities, it was decided that, in view of the many favourable comments received relating to the Elm Tree lights, they would be left switched on until Candlemass on Tuesday, reviving a Victorian tradition and particularly helping to brighten the gloom of the January weather.
Embsay Players: First, a very big thank-you goes to all who came to watch the Players’ pantomime, Cinderella, last November and to all those who contributed to a great end result. Preparations are already under way for this year’s as-yet unnamed pantomime but the group has a bit of a problem. Phil Lawler who has been its valued musical director for a few years is ready to take a back seat so it is looking for an experienced keyboard player (with their own keyboard) to join the group and help with this key role. Working with the adult cast, senior and junior choruses and helping to choose suitable music for the production means that the job is good for anyone who likes a bit of fun and enjoys a challenge! If you think you could help, do get in touch with Val Lucas or any member of Embsay Players.
FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880:
St Andrew’s Church: Tomorrow afternoon, the community of Kildwick School comes to church for their collective worship. On Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8.15am (in the parish rooms) and a family communion with Christingles at 10am with a collection in support of the Children’s Society. Each Wednesday there is a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in the parish rooms.
Village Pump: The Village Pump – the over 50s group – will meet in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
History Group: Farnhill and Kildwick History Group will meet in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Monday, February 15, at 7pm. Local historians Robin Longbottom and Chris Riley will talk about their recent work mapping boundary stones in South Craven. Their recent works has included those stones which appear in Kildwick Parish.
Parish council: Farnhill Parish Council heard that there had been further flooding in Main Street, caused by blocked drains, and they heard the situation had been made worse by traffic diverted through the village due to problems on the main road. It was stated that the amount of traffic forced the water towards properties and, although only some were flooded, others were at risk. People did not appear to see the signs for the one-way system which resulted in gridlock. Councillors said they understood the difficulties faced by the exceptional weather, but made an urgent request for the drains to be cleaned to try to prevent further problems. Cllr Patrick Mulligan said an order been raised to clean one of the gullies in Main Street by the end of January. The road at Kildwick Bridge had been closed for a short time to inspect cracks on the parapet. Highways carried out a structural survey which showed the bridge to be safe but they want to carry out further investigative work. There is also some question over who is responsible for the bridge – Highways or the Canal and Rivers Trust. Cllr Mulligan said NYCC had funding in place for people that had been flooded and information on what to do at times of flooding was available on NYCC’s website. An email was received by a member of the public who had come off their bike after deep potholes had developed under the culvert during the recent floods. The clerk is to inform them that the parish council was not responsible for highways and they should get in touch with NYCC Highways. A temporary repair was made by filling with gravel. The clerk is to forward the email to NYCC and ask them to repair the potholes as a matter of urgency. Questions were raised about the plans for the Arbour and it was requested that the steps at the bottom of Lower Arbour be restored to provide access to the recently improved path. Another member of the public requested a defibrillator for the village and the council agreed to put the item on the agenda for next month. Craven District Council leader Richard Foster and waste and recycling manager Paul Florentine attended the meeting to discuss items relating to policy-making procedures and the recent policy for waste collection points. The council stated that the waste collection policy was not 100 per cent factual and the parish council was concerned about the way the facts were presented to the councillors. The parish council said it had been led to believe that the collection point policy had been implemented as a result of advice from HSE but this was only one of the options advised by them. It was also stated the Craven District Council’s manual handling risk assessment did not relate to Mary Street but referred to cobbled areas. The implementation of the collection points in Farnhill was not carried out according to the policy and was introduced three days after the letter was circulated. A member of the council referred to the hazards caused by the collection of bins at the back of Mary Street and Newby Road and the problems with the wind blowing the bins into the road and spilling the contents. Some of the spillage contained glass which was a hazard for anyone clearing the mess. The matter was made worse due to the bins not always being emptied on the correct day. It was stressed the criticism was no reflection on the bin men who carried out an excellent service. Cllr Foster responded by stating that the information was not inaccurate and that they were acting upon an improvement notice issued by HSE and the collection points were the option that CDC chose to implement in order to reduce risk of injury to the bin men. He accepted criticism of the way the collection points had been introduced in Farnhill and stated that Farnhill should not have been included in the trial. Other areas which were included in the trial had gone through the correct procedure and proved to be a success and it was now being implemented across Craven. Cllr Foster explained that when wheelie bins and recycling were introduced 10 years ago, no long-term plans were implemented. The global price for recycling had dropped which meant the service had to be cut back and the decision was made to drop to two weekly collections. The two-weekly collections had severe consequences with bin men suffering repetitive strain injury due to dragging the heavy bins. The council then carried out an extensive in-house manual handling risk assessment with the help of HSE which took into account the balance of risk between injury to employees and risk to the public. This resulted in the introduction of the collection points and provision of an assist scheme for people who were elderly or infirm who would struggle to take their bin to a collection point. The parish council explained that Mary Street was very steep and some people did not like asking for help. They also asked Cllr Foster what the consequences would be if somebody injured themselves or caused injury to someone else or property when taking the bins to the collection points. Cllr Foster stated that he would look into matters regarding the criteria for which areas were selected for collection points and insurance issues and that they would also review the position with Mary Street. District councillor Pat Fairbank reported on the licensing committee and stated that the taxi men want more spaces made available for them to park. There are 147 taxis across Craven. Cllr Mulligan also reminded the council about the NYCC Localism Fund for community projects which originally had £5,000 available and there was still about £3,000 left to be spent by the end of March. The parish council resolved to explore other options regarding Christmas decorations as it did not seem to be making any progress with obtaining the licence for a Christmas tree near Redmans Bridge and the costs were increasing. The clerk is to ask the solicitor to hold off checking the draft lease. An idea was put forward to put some form of decoration in the play area. Members are to bring ideas to the next meeting, which will take place at Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Tuesday at 7.30pm.
GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098:
Music night: Carlisle-based musician Dennis Westmorland will be at Gargrave Village Hall tomorrow evening. The popular entertainer will be playing dance music and songs on his electronic accordion from 8pm. Come along and enjoy a dance and light supper. Dennis will be at the hall again on February 26, to play at the annual Gargrave Show dance and supper.
Coffee morning: A coffee morning with book sale will be held at the village hall on Saturday from 10am to noon. Hot drinks, homemade cakes and good company are guaranteed.
Flea market: Sheila Palmer will be returning to the village hall on Sunday with her monthly flea market and vintage fair. There will be a good selection of stalls and refreshments will be available. A garden stall will be outside the hall with affordable plants for sale. Admission to the event is 50p. Opening hours are from 10am to 3.30pm. For further inquiries, call 01757 (Selby code) 229805. Gargrave Village Hall Management Fairs will return in their monthly slot on March 13.
Parish council: The parish council meets for its monthly meeting in the village hall annexe on Monday at 7.15pm.
St Andrew’s: There will be a traditional “said” BCP Communion Service at 8am, and a Service of the Word at 10.45am – with the fifth in the series of sermons on the Old Testament book of Ruth.
Soup lunch: The Gargrave branch of the NSPCC will hold a soup lunch in the village hall on Saturday, February 6, from 11.30am to 2pm. Tickets may be obtained from Poppyfields florists on the High Street.
Film night: The Gargrave and Malhamdale Library Group will host another film night in the village hall on Friday, February 12. The featured film will be the Hundred Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal. The plot revolves around the opening of an Indian restaurant in a quaint French village in close proximity to an acclaimed French restaurant. The now customary café-style seating will be in place, so please bring your own refreshments. Doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 on the door.
GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:
Theatre events: On Wednesday, The Band of the RAF Regiment will perform at Giggleswick School. The band boasts a proud heritage. From Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace to BBC Radio broadcasts, the band continues to demonstrate its versatile role. As serving personnel, the musicians have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, fulfilling a diverse range of operational roles from detainee handling to driving ambulances. Please note the start time of this event has changed from 10.15am to 10am. The second of this season’s Gigg Lectures takes place on Thursday, February 11, when John Bradshaw talks on Courage and Humility. Mr Bradshaw grew up during the civil war in Zimbabwe. Leaving school, he was conscripted into the military where he joined a bomb disposal and anti-landmine unit. It was during this time that he was caught in the blast from a device, eventually losing his sight. In this talk he discusses his thoughts on courage – particularly as it relates to confronting our inner-selves. For more information, contact 01729 893180.
HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845:
Age Concern: Please let Ellen know by Wednesday, if you wish to change your arrangements for Friday’s Luncheon Club meeting at the Boars Head, Long Preston. Unless otherwise stated, the meeting is from 11.15am with a lunch at noon. The cost is £6. Age Concern welcomes new members to join its programme of Friday meetings, plus shopping trips and outings. For information, contact Ellen Toome on 01729 850864.
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning in the institute will be on behalf of the Young Farmers. It will start at 10am and will include stalls, a raffle and refreshments.
HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235:
Church news: A service of Holy Communion will be held for the combined parishes of Horton, Stainforth and Langcliffe at St Oswald’s Church on Sunday at 10.30am to celebrate Candlemas and World Leprosy day. The church bells will be rung from 10am and everyone is welcome to attend the ringing of bells.
Gun Club: Members of Penyghent Gun Club met for its annual away day shoot at Coniston Shooting Ground. The event was shot over five disciplines; ABT, DTL, sporting, skeet and compact. The winner was K Humphrey, second was S Bamber and third was K Iball. The next shoot is at High Birkwith Farm, Horton-in-Ribblesdale on Sunday, February 14, at 1pm. The club’s annual dinner and presentation evening will take place on Friday, February 12, at 7.30pm at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club.
Whist drive: The monthly whist drive was held at the Golden Lion. The winners were: ladies - D Pullen, S Sutcliffe, M Davis and R Pearson; gents -S Hogg, B Garnett (sub), A Humphrey (sub) and V Jones (sub). The next whist drive will take place on Tuesday, February 9, at 7.30pm.
INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835
Rural Association: At the January meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association, (IRCA), members were reminded that if sandbags were needed there was a notice at the centre with information on how to obtain them. The sports management committee reported that fees would not be increased this year. The land at the Middle School has now been bought and there will be a meeting, hopefully with younger users. On February 8, there will be a presentation at the centre on B4RN and information on when it should be available locally. Bookings are now taking place for the 1940s weekend. It has a new committee and hopes to involve more people. Events will be in the Three Horseshoes, The Top Club and the Craven Heifer among others. The NSPCC had a very good late night shopping evening in December and thanks everyone who helped to make it a success. The Theatre Group coffee morning went well, with many tickets for the panto being sold. The pool received donations of £173 from the Christmas draw, £106.70 from collection boxes in the village including £70 from the Wheatsheaf, £106 from Bibbys, £135 from Settle Dance Club, £1,000 from Star busks Giving thanks to Jayne and £70 from Country Harvest. This finishes Country Harvest’s year of sponsorship and the final total given by them is £872.52. The swimming pool committee has received a donation of £500 from AC Engineering. It was agreed to donate £500 from the IRCA to the flood victims in Cumbria. The winner of £20 in the 200 Club was David Gadd, John Brown came second with £10 and Sue Fitzsimmons, Mary Reid and Graham Kellett each won £5.
LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303:
Institute news: In previous years, there has been a Twelfth Night concert given by Miscellany in January. Miscellany has disbanded, but several members have started a new group, Encore. The institute committee has booked this group to give a concert on Saturday, February 20. Tickets are £10 and can be bought from Lesley Cross on 822620. There will be a pie and peas supper but please bring your own liquid refreshment.
Church news: Thanks go to all those who have contributed ideas to raise funds for St John’s. There are some exciting ideas in the pipeline. On Sunday, there will be a joint service of Holy Communion at St Oswald’s, Horton, at 11.30am.
Young farmers: Lawkland Young Farmers would like to thank Stuart Cornthwaite for showing members around SJ Bargh at Lancaster. Next week’s meeting is a demonstration with Lyn Booth at Austwick Parish Hall.
RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087:
Fish and chips: A fish and chip night will be held at the Reading Room tomorrow at 7pm for 7.30pm. The cost is £5.50 for fish and chips and £6 for fish, chips and mushy peas. For tickets, ring or email Elaine at email@example.com or 01729 840087 or Vanessa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01729 840451.
Reading Room: Thursday Club members will meet up for lunch, at noon for 12.30pm, next Thursday, February 4. This will be followed by a talk on ‘The other Beatrix Potter’ by Michael Cullingworth.
Young Farmers: Members met on Tuesday night for a practice night for the forthcoming hedging and walling day. Members enjoyed building miniature stone walls organised by Peter Halliday and others. Results were: decorated buns - 1 Charlotte Booth, 2 Edie Eccleston, 3 Mollie Howarth and Ruby Lambert. Tomorrow, Settle District YFC is organising a pig racing night at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club.
SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:
Parish Church: The church would like to thank everyone for their kind donations which have enabled it to send £500 to the Cumbria floods appeal. Much of this money was given by way of a collection at the Christmas nine lessons and carols service and this seasonal generosity is much appreciated.
Poetry launch: Local poet, Jean Stevens will launch her new collection of poems, Beyond Satnav, at Friends Meeting House tomorrow at 7.30pm. This will be an hour of anecdotes, reflections and poetry followed by tea and biscuits.
Guided walks: There will be two guided walks this weekend arranged by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line. The first is on Saturday and will be an 11-mile moderate walk from Long Preston to Settle via Turnpike House and Sugar Loaf Hill. This departs from Long Preston at 9.43am. The second, a circular walk on Sunday, will take in Whernside and Scales Moor. This is a 12-mile moderately strenuous walk and departs from Ribblehead at 10.28am. No reservation is necessary, but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.
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Blood donors: There will be a blood donor session at St John’s Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday. The first session will be held between 2pm and 3.45pm and a second session will be held from 4.45pm and 7.30pm. For further details, contact 0300 123 2323.
BilinguaSing: ‘BilinguaSing’ is being offered in Settle. It is an award-winning music, singing and movement class for parents, babies, toddlers and pre-school children to learn Spanish or French together in a fun and engaging way that is appropriate for the development stage of each child. No previous knowledge of a foreign language is required. The first class is free and familiar nursery rhymes are learnt in both Spanish, French and English and are accompanied by a variety of fun movements and props to help stimulate the senses. For more information. contact 07534 464567.
Victoria Hall: The Tuesday indoor market will reopen next week. Next Saturday, February 6, at 11am there will be a performance of The Amazing Thing by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company. This is a 55-minute performance suitable for children aged five and above. In the evening, there will be a concert by Phil Beer, singer and dazzling instrumentalist, who is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler with Show of Hands. On February 7, the First Sunday Folk night hosts a concert by the Radio 2 Folk Awards Folk Singer of the Year for 2015, Nancy Kerr. For details and tickets, contact 01729 825718.
Film night: On Wednesday at 7.45pm, there will be showing at Victoria Hall of Force Majeure. This is a warm-hearted comedy about a family on holiday in the Alps who are thrown into disarray by an avalanche. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Doors open at 7pm and admission is £5.
Eco Nite: The next eco meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday at the Royal Oak. All are welcome.
Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate, next Saturday, February 6. This will run from 8pm to 11pm. If you are able to, please confirm your attendance by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038. New dancers are welcome.
Swimming sessions: Settle Swimming Club offers children’s swimming tuition on Mondays and Thursdays, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Sessions are led by a fully qualified ASA instructor. There is an extended session from 6.30pm to 8pm also available on Thursdays. The sessions are aimed at those aged eight and over who have attained stage seven or who are not currently receiving lessons at Settle Pool. For details, contact 01729 823723.
Merry-Go-Round: The 2016 Rotary Merry-go-Round dinner will be held on Friday, February 19. The format, as usual, is a three-course meal, with each course served at a different hostelry/restaurant in the Settle area and with all parties meeting at the dining hall at Giggleswick School at 7pm. The evening offers good locations, good company and fine wining and dining. Tickets cost £19, with a minimum of £5 from each ticket going to the chosen charities - Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Settle Swimming Pool. To book, contact 01729 822445. Parties of up to eight can be accommodated when booked in advance. There are a number of new locations this year with courses being served at The New Inn, Clapham, The Courtyard, Continued on next pageTalbot Arms and Ravenous in Settle, the Boars Head in Long Preston, Craven Heifer and Knight’s Table at Stainforth, the Gamecock at Austwick, the Craven Arms and the Harts Head at Giggleswick and Helwith Bridge.
Age UK: There are currently vacancies for Age UK’s Monday Club, a lunch group for older people. This meets in the coffee lounge at St John’s Church every week between noon and 2pm. There is a hot meal followed by an activity, such as a speaker or a quiz. The cost per week is £4.20. Transport can be arranged if required. For information,contact Age UK on 01729 823066.
SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643:
Camera Club: Last Wednesday, a meeting was held in St James’ Church Hall, which was the second round of a two-part battle with Keighley. The first round was the digital round, which was won by Silsden. The later print round was won by Keighley. One photograph from each club scored 20 points. The judge was Howard Toll. The next meeting is on Wednesday in St James’ Church Hall, and is a digital presentation given by Nick Hodgson. For further information contact 01535 653528.
Tea dances: The popular monthly tea dances at Silsden Town Hall continue on Monday with another session led by Andrea Wortley. All dancers, whether complete novice or veteran, are welcome to go along. Dancing begins at 1pm, with an entrance charge of £3, which includes informal tuition where appropriate. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of Silsden Town Hall.
Elderly support: Individuals and groups interested in new ways of supporting vulnerable and lonely elderly people in Silsden are invited to attend a networking meeting on Wednesday at 10am in the town hall. Called by Age UK and Keighley Area Committee, the meeting will look at several suggestions for reducing isolation and increasing access to the community for this most marginalised group. The possibility of running a mentoring scheme and also social afternoons with transport are two of the proposals that, among others, will be discussed. All are welcome to take part.
Civic Society: The next meeting of the Civic Society will take place in the Methodist Church next Thursday, February 4. Graham Alcock from the Colour Museum will give an illustrated talk entitled Can You Believe Your Eyes?. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments.
Coffee Morning: Pied Piper Pre-School invites you to a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday in St James’ Church Hall, from 9.30am to noon. There will be a cake stall, raffle and refreshments. All are welcome.
Club appeal: Following the two recent break-ins at the Silsden Sports Club, the club has launched a Just Giving page to raise funds for the repairs and improvements to the security of the clubhouse. Donations can be made at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Silsdensportsclub. Further information can be found at silsdenafc.net. Chairman John Lohan has organised band nights to swell the funds, the next one of which is on Saturday, February 13, when the Travelling Bilberries will provide the entertainment. On Thursday, March 17, a top local Irish band will help the Cobbydalers to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Information and tickets can be obtained from the club or via John Lohan on 01535 656753. Tickets are £5 each.
Gardeners Club: The speaker at the January meeting was David Allison, vice-chairman of the National Vegetable Society, who gave an amusing and comprehensive view of life in the year of a vegetable grower. Abundant advice was enthusiastically given on how to produce prize-winning crops and colourful slides of local and Royal Horticulture Shows were warmly appreciated by members and friends. The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 17, at 7.30pm in the Soroptimist Rooms when club member Carole Winterton will present an illustrated talk, Bodnant in Summer. Annual membership is £5 and admission to meetings is £1.50.
Christ Church: On Sunday, family eucharist will be celebrated at 9.30am in Christ Church, and evening prayer will follow at 6.30pm.There will be a service of holy communion on Wednesday at 9.30am, followed by toddler praise at 10.30am. All accompanied young children are welcome to attend an informal time in church, followed by play and refreshments in the church hall.
Camera Club: Nic Robinson gave a rather nostalgic and interesting talk to fellow members when he showed colour slides of journeys in the Middle East driving an old army truck carrying groups to visit ancient sites amid varied scenery. Sandy Tod followed with pictures and music on the Norwegian coastal voyage. The spectacular mountain views and fjords were a delight to the eye. The mono competition was won by Gill Threadgold, with Sandy Tod second and third.
Dalesway WI: The first meeting of the New Year started with a reading and talk on the History of Bolton Abbey Estates by John Sheard. This was followed by the usual raffle when many prizes were won by several members. The next meeting will be at the Three Links Club on Wednesday at 7.30pm when speaker Peter Marshall will give a talk about The Changing World of a Pharmacist. Members are reminded that subscriptions are now due.
Women’s Institute: There was a very good turnout for Skipton with Stirton and Thorlby’s first meeting of the year. The speaker was Dr Ian Adams, whose subject was The Buildings of Wakefield. Members heard how Wakefield has flourished because it was at the intersection of early east to west trade routes, and later of canal, railway and main roads. It had become a rich town, centre of the textile industry, especially for raw wool. There were pictures of the famous Chantry Chapel on the river bridge, the parish church, now the cathedral, restored by Gilbert Scott, the Cloth Hall, the County Court and the Town Hall, all very ornate buildings. Another claim to fame is the very first nature reserve was at Wakefield. The group meets at the Soroptimist Rooms on Otley Street every third Tuesday of the month.
Naval Association: The Skipton branch of the Royal Naval Association’s next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the RAF Association headquarters in Shortbank Road. HMS Iron Duke is now deployed in the Baltic and has connections with the Duke of Wellington’s Association, which has a Skipton branch and meets regularly.
Legion venue: Skipton branch of the Royal British Legion, which used to meet in the White Rose Club, will hold its next meeting at the RAF Association headquarters. It is a ‘one-off’ meeting at the venue until branch members decide on a regular alternative meeting place.
Holy Trinity: Sunday starts with holy communion at 8am followed by parish communion celebrating Candlemas at 9.45am. Evening service is at 5pm. On Tuesday the church will welcome youngsters to the weekly toddle into church group for pre-school children and their parents or carers while on Wednesday at 10.45am, there will be a service of holy communion BCP. Next Friday, February 5, healing group prayers will be held at noon with prayers for Holy Trinity on Saturday at 10.30am.
St Thomas’ Church: The service on Sunday will be a joint benefice communion at Holy Trinity Church, Cowling, at 10.30am. There will be no service at St Thomas’s on this day.
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held at the Community Centre, North Street, at 10am on Saturday. All money raised will go to church funds.
Tea dances: Tea dances are held in Sutton Village Hall every Thursday afternoon at 1.45pm. Admission is £2, which includes refreshments. If you enjoy dancing, go along and you will be very welcome.
Community Centre: The centre was the venue for a brilliant Burns Supper Celebration on Saturday. Volunteers did a tremendous job cooking and entertaining the lucky diners. The whist and dominoes session starts at 7.30pm on Saturday and costs £3 which includes a light supper. The 100 club winner for January was number 70.