AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215
Society talk: Austwick Field and Local History Society will meet in the parish hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm when Judith Allinson will give a talk on Grasses of the Yorkshire Dales. Visitors are welcome for admission fee of £2.
Church news: The parish walk is on Saturday, meeting at Austwick Church at 9.30am. The proposed route is to Norber, returning by lunchtime. On Sunday, there will be Morning Prayer at Austwick at 9.30am and Holy Communion at Keasden at 2pm and Austwick at 6.30pm. On Wednesday, a Lent service will be held at Keasden at 7.30pm
Film night: Austwick Parish Hall Council is pleased to present the period drama, Suffragette (12A), next Friday, February 19. Doors open at 7pm for the screening at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 on the door or £4.50 for advance purchases from Cross Leigh Stores. Themed refreshments will be available.
Probus Club: Fifty West Craven Probus members were taken to the French Riviera and Northern France in a talk presented by Colin Rogerson. Starting in Dover, the audience took a ferry to Calais and then travelled to some remote fishing villages and picturesque valleys with snow-covered mountains. Chairman John Dodd gave the vote of thanks.
Rotary Club: Barnoldswick and Earby Rotarians and guests heard about Open Door, an organisation which helps those who have fallen on hard times. Speaker Dawn Lange, one of four staff at the Colne centre, outlined the many facets of the centre’s work among all kinds of people, listening to their needs, offering counselling and training courses, running self-harm and bereavement groups and helping alcohol and drug users, giving them a chance to gain self-confidence and get back on their feet. The centre also has volunteers working alongside the staff, and costs £125,000 a year to run. It welcomes donations of money, and tinned or packet foods.
St Andrew’s: The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by the Rev David Edmondson. In the evening, the congregation will join the Baptist Fellowship for Now Praise at 6.30pm. On Monday, there will be Prayer Hour at 10am and next Thursday, February 18, the first of the five-week Lent sessions starts at 7.30pm. Next Friday, the toddlers group will meet from 9.30am.
Priory Church: 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.
Concert series: This year’s Priory concert series starts on Friday, April 29, with a performance by the Peter Frank Jazz Band with Loretta. The Mavron Quartet will entertain on Friday, May 27, and the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus on Saturday, June 25. The final concert will take place on July 30 and will feature Angelorum. All concerts start at 7.30pm and a booking form is available from 01756 8710586. For more information, visit boltonpriory.org.uk
BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369
Film Club: Cinderella 2015 (U) will be screened by Film Club at 6pm this evening. Everyone is welcome – the film will be shown in the school hall and admission is free. All children should be accompanied/supervised. There is a loop system.
Women’s Institute: Bradley Women’s Institute will hold a wine, cheese and quiz evening at 7pm on Monday. It will take place in the village hall at 7pm and everyone is welcome. Please bring your own wine glass.
Parish council: There is a vacancy for the post of parish clerk to Bradleys Both Parish Council. Application packs can be found on the village’s website bradleyvillage.org/pcjob. The closing date is next Friday, February 19. The next meeting of the parish council will be in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday.
School news: Years five and six enjoyed a residential visit to Marrick Priory last week.
BURNSALL: Ed Williams, 01756 720335
University Challenge: The grand final of the 2016 Inter-Village University Challenge takes place tomorrow at 8pm in the Red Lion. After beating Burnsall in a pulsating semi-final, Appletreewick take on Skyreholme who won a tough match against Hebden. Sandwiches and chips will be served after the contest.
Gala Queen: The search is on for this year’s Carleton Gala Queen. Applications will be accepted from girls in year six at primary school or at secondary school. Applications are also being sought for two attendants from children at primary school in years one to five. Application forms are available from Carleton Post Office and need to be returned by next Thursday, February 18, before 4pm. The gala queen will be crowned at the gala on June 4. All applicants must live in the village. Applications will be drawn out of a hat during the interval at the pantomime matinee on Saturday, February 20.
Coffee Pot: The Coffee Pot operates at St Mary’s every Friday from 2pm to 4 pm, serving tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
St Mary’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a parish communion at 11 am.
Quiz night: The quiz night at The Swan Inn is taking a break on Wednesday due to the village pantomime. The next quiz will be held on Wednesday, March 2.
Carleton Playgroup: The playgroup meets in the village hall every Friday (term-time) from 9.30am to 11.30am.
CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135
Village Store: Clapham Village Store is undergoing some building work. The stairway, kitchen, lobby and first floor office space are all being rewired and redecorated. Much of the work is being carried out by volunteers. It is planned to move the shop’s office upstairs and sub-let the main upstairs office space to generate more income. The downstairs retail space will be increased by knocking through into an adjoining room. There will inevitably be some disruption, however, once the work is completed the shop hopes to stock even more products and provide an even better service. The upstairs work will be funded by the shop itself and the downstairs extension will be paid for by Ingleborough Estate.
Playpark: Clapham Playpark Association has a new treasurer, Don Gamble, but now needs a volunteer to take on his previous role of secretary. If you are interested contact Tracey Bilton on 51856. The next meeting will be held in the bunkbarn on Saturday at 4pm and all are welcome.
Church news: The church choir has started rehearsals ready for Easter. The first session will be at the vicarage, at Austwick, on Monday, February 22, at 6.30pm. New members are welcome. A special service and talk for Lent will be held in each of the churches every Wednesday at 7.30pm. The parish walk will be held this Saturday, meet at Austwick Church at 9.30am.
School news: The Tea and Cakes event at Clapham School that was due to take place tomorrow has been postponed and will take place after half term.
St Peter’s: On Sunday, St Peter’s will hold an evensong from 4pm.
CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872
St John’s: On Sunday, St John’s Church will hold a service of Holy Communion at 11am, led by the vicar, the Rev Dr John Peet.
Women’s Institute: Local artist Rebecca Carr gave an interesting talk to Cononley WI on how she became an artist, her journey so far and what inspires her. She then did a short ink and wash workshop with all 28 members and visitors creating a small watercolour piece to take home. The next meeting is at the village institute on Thursday, March 3, with speaker Lisa Milnor on Mindfulness. Admission is £3 for non-members.
Quiz night: Test your general knowledge at Cowling School’s fun quiz night on Friday, March 4. Doors open at 7pm and the quiz will begin at 7.30pm. All proceeds will be donated to school funds. The fun quiz is for teams of four and is geared towards adults who can enjoy the bar and a Jacob’s Join supper. (If you are able to donate a pudding or savoury dish the school would be very grateful but there is no obligation to do so). Quizmaster is Stuart Marshall who runs fundraising quizzes across Craven. Tickets cost £4 and are available from 01535 632198, email email@example.com or call into the school office (ideally before Friday, February 26).
Winter sale: Charity shop New 2U will hold its winter sale between this Saturday and next Saturday when all items in the shop will be sold at half the marked price! Based in St Andrew’s Walton Street, the shop is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to noon.
Cowling Companions: On Wednesday at 2pm in Cowling Village Hall, members will be entertained by David Aldred, who will present his slide shows on the Algarve, Iguazu and Connemara. Admission is £2.50.
Manorlands Boost: Cross Hills and Glusburn Manorlands Support Group is holding a coffee morning in Cross Hills Village Centre next Saturday, February 20, from 9.30am to 11.30am. The event will feature a cake stall, pound stall and a raffle.
DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305
St Augustine’s Church: There will be a service of Morning Prayer at St Augustine’s on Sunday at 9.30am.
EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617
Churches Together: The first Café Church for Earby will be held at Morgan’s Café on Victoria Road from 4.30pm on Monday. This is not a service but a drop-in with refreshments. Call in anytime before 6.30pm. For further details, call 843064. The Churches Together Lenten Groups starts in Mount Zion Baptist Church Water Street on Tuesday, with refreshments at 7.15pm. The AGM of Churches Together will take place in the Centenary Room of New Road Community Centre next Thursday, February 18, beginning with a hot meal (£5 donation please). The speaker will be the Rev Paul Reily from Scargill House. Please make every effort to attend. The monthly ministers’ meeting will take place tomorrow at 1pm in the New Road Community Centre Lounge.
St Peter’s: The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by Hazel Edmondson. The next games evening, for all ages, will be held from 7pm on Monday.
EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197
Embsay churches: On Sunday, the 10.30am service at the Methodist Chapel will be led by the Rev Janet Clasper and will include Holy Communion. The 9.30am service at St Mary’s will be a communion service, followed by coffee, tea, juice and biscuits. On Tuesday morning at St Mary’s there will be a quiet communion service. Smiley Faces - the toddler praise at St Mary’s - takes place every Friday in term time between 1.45pm and 3.15pm.
Community Library: The regular knit and natter sessions for those who like to knit are held on Mondays between 2pm and 4pm. On Wednesdays between 2pm and 3pm, the Story and Singing sessions have resumed, led by retired nursery school head Claire Toberman. Aimed at children under five, the sessions are free but all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Drop-in surgery: PCSO Ruth Pearson’s next village drop-in surgery will be today when she will be at Samuel Taylors between 10.30am and 11.30am. On Monday, she will hold a surgery in the village hall between 6pm and 7pm.
Parish council: The upgrading of the fencing bounding both sides of the path from Millholme Rise to Pasture Road has now been completed. Thanks are due to Brooksbanks and the managing agent for the Primrose Glen development for their co-operation and contributions. When the weather improves, the possibility of upgrading the surface of this path will be considered. To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, it has been decided that a tea party or similar community event should be held in June around the time of the Queen’s official birthday.
Film night: Wednesday sees the screening of Woman in Gold at Embsay-with-Eastby Village Hall at 7.30pm. The woman in question was Adele Bloch Bauer, the beautiful wife of a wealthy Viennese industrialist, whose portrait was painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907. Admission at the door is £5 including tea and biscuits.
Gardening Club: The Gardening Club meets again tomorrow at 7.30pm in the village hall when David Batchelor will give an illustrated talk on The Glorious Past and Vital Future of Botanic Gardens. It will take the audience to some of the most important botanic gardens around the world and show how their work is crucial for the future of the planet. Visitors are welcome for an entry charge of £3, including refreshments.
FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8.15am in the parish rooms and at 10am in the church. Each Wednesday there is a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in the parish rooms and each Friday during Lent there will be a service of Stations of the Cross at 12.30pm.
Village Pump: The Village Pump - the over 50s group - will meet in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Let’s Talk About: The Let’s Talk About discussion group, led by the Farnhill Methodists, meets today at 2pm in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute. The topic this month will be Current World Events.
Coffee morning: The Methodist monthly coffee morning takes place in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Saturday from 10am to 11.30am. The proceeds will be in aid of the Crohn’s Disease Society,
History Group: Farnhill and Kildwick Local History Group will meet in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Monday at 7pm. Local historians Robin Longbottom and Chris Riley will talk about their recent work mapping boundary stones in South Craven. Their recent work has included stones which appear in Kildwick Parish.
GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098
Film night: Gargrave and Malhamdale Community Library will hold a film night tomorrow from 7pm in the village hall. Tickets are £5 on the door and bring your own refreshments. The film is 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.
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a BCP Holy Communion at 8am, which will be followed at 10.45am by a Service of the Word.
Gargrave Pantomime: The Gargrave Village Hall Pantomime Group will put on four performances of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, at the end of the February half term - on Thursday, February 18, Friday, February 19, and two shows on Saturday, February 20. The evening performances start at 7.15pm and Saturday’s matinee at 2.15pm. The pantomime has been written by Peter Denver and the cast of adults and children will be directed by Anita Eccles. Advance tickets are on sale at the Dalesman Cafe and library and cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Admission at the door is £6 and £4 respectively.
Show dance: The Gargrave Show Committee will hold a New Year Buffet Dance in the village hall on Friday, February 26, from 7.30pm. A carving buffet will be followed by dancing to Dennis Westmoreland. Tickets cost £15 each and can be reserved by calling 01756 749320.
Coffee mornings: The next coffee morning in the village hall will be on Saturday, February 27. The coffee morning on Saturday, March 5, will be a community event run by members of St Andrew’s Church with all money raised being donated to a charity to help the refugees.
GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Theatre events: The second of this season’s Gigg Lectures takes place at the Richard Whiteley Theatre tonight 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 a blast, which led to him losing his sight. On Sunday, February 28, Community Cinemas will show The Good Dinosaur at 3.30pm (doors open 2.45pm). This is a PG certificate. For further information, contact 01729 893180.
Whist and dominoes: Eleven tables were in play at the whist and dominoes drive held at Gisburn Festival Hall on Saturday. Prizewinners were: dominoes - G Berry, M Berry, H Wolfenden, P Metcalfe, S Walker, E Carefoot; whist, ladies - B Peel, S Tennant, P Witowksi; gents - E Turner, S Hogg, G Parker. Whist and dominoes are played on the first Saturday of each month from 7.30pm. Entry is £3, which includes a light supper. The next event is on Saturday, March 5.
GRASSINGTON:Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Frugal lunches: Frugal lunches will be held at Church House every Wednesday in Lent. The first event, held yesterday, was organised by St Michael and All Angels, Linton, and next Wednesday’s event by the Upper Dale. They will run from noon to 1.30pm and homemade soup, bread and cheese will be available. Proceeds will go to Christian Aid.
Farmers’ market: The next Grassington farmers’ market will be held on the square on Sunday.
Valentine’s dance: York covers band The Detours will play at a Valentine’s disco dance in the town hall on Saturday from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 and are available from the Hub.
Panto fun: Grassington Pantoloons will stage Sleeping Beauty in the town hall on February 19, 20, 26 and 27. Tickets are available from the Hub.
HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845
Flower Club: North Craven Flower Club meets in the institute tonight from 7.30pm. It is a members’ night entitled The Pancake Race. There will be a Jacob’s Join supper. For more information, contact Frances Sample on 822558.
Coffee morning: There will be a coffee morning on behalf of the Craven School Partnership on Saturday from 10am in the institute.
Women’s Institute: Lisa Milner will give a talk entitled An Introduction to Mindfulness when the WI meets next Thursday, February 18, at 7.30pm in the institute. The AGM will follow and there will be bring and share supper. The full year’s membership will be £37.50 (which includes the WI Life magazine). This is the first meeting of the year so subscriptions are due.
Book Club: The Book Club meets in the social club tonight from 8pm. Under discussion will be Lamplight in the Shadows by local author Dr Robert Jaggs Fowler. Anyone with an interest in literature and reading is welcome.
Hellifield walk: The first walk of the season will be next Sunday, February 21. It will be a six-miler around Janets Foss and Malham Cove. Meet in Ahernes car park at 1pm. For more details, ring Paul Emsley on 851659.
Age Concern: Age Concern meets tomorrow at the Boars Head from 11.15am. Please let Ellen know by the Wednesday morning prior to the meeting if your arrangements have changed. The cost of the lunch is £6 and transport to the Boars Head by the SCAD minibus can be arranged. For more details, contact Ellen Toome on 01729 850864.
200 club: The February winners of the 200 Club are: No 15, Carol Wells, £25; No 50, Janet Lambert, £10; and No 181, Graham Thompson, £5.
HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235
St Oswald’s: A morning service will be held at St Oswald’s Church at 9am on Sunday -the first of Lent.
Domino drive: A domino drive will be held at the Golden Lion next Friday evening, February 19. Proceeds are in aid of the Helen Howard School of dance trip to the Royal Albert Hall in London at Easter. The domino drive on March 18 will be in aid of Manorlands.
INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835
Parish council: The police office attending the February meeting of Ingleton Parish Council urged members to contact them if a parked vehicle was causing an obstruction. It was agreed to ask the parking enforcement officer from Harrogate to attend the next meeting. There was discussion with members of the public regarding the progress of the village action team. A resident complained about the amount of dog waste in Ingleton and it was agreed to request the dog warden to visit the area. There were objections to the outline planning application for proposed residential development on Backgate. These included limited visibility on to a busy road with HGV traffic, possible problems with drainage and privacy to nearby residents among others. Objections were also voiced regarding the change of use of land to caravan site at Goat Gap Inn, concerning the potential hazard of increased traffic on a busy A road. The clerk reported donations of £183 in the honesty box at the toilets for the month. Cllr Ward reported a serious pothole on Main Street near the Three Horseshoes which the clerk will report. Cllr Lis confirmed that hire rates at the centre would not be changed. Cllr Metcalfe reported that the residents of Chapel-le-Dale were producing a newsletter. Suggestions will be invited for the location of benches proposed under the Stories in Stone project and the broadband project is now pending. Cllr Emsley confirmed that a defibrillator was allocated for Cold Cotes.
St Mary’s Church: On Sunday, St Mary’s will hold a communion service at 11am and an afternoon tea with music from Hannah Hird and Co from 3pm to 5pm. There will be craft and produce stalls. Admission at the door is £5 for adults and £3 for children. All proceeds will go to St Mary’s Church.
LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303
Church news: The Rev John Bennett and his wife, Rita, left a message to all who attended Langcliffe Church during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It said: “We very much appreciated being with everyone and renewing fellowship and contact with folk, some of whom we have had associations for many years.” On Sunday, there will be Evensong at 3pm and next Sunday, February 21, there will be a joint service of Holy Communion at Stainforth at 10.30am.
Royal celebrations: Her Majesty the Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday this year. The official celebrations are taking place over the weekend of June 10 to 12. The parish council is hoping to mark the occasion with a village tea on Saturday, June 11. There is an open meeting on Monday, March 14, at 6.30pm in the institute for anyone interested in planning events. There are also plans for an exhibition, Circa 1926, and if you have any household items, photos, books and toys etc dating from about that time please contact the Rev Stephen Dawson or a church warden. Other plans are to have a wine and cheese party on the Friday evening and a Songs of Praise on the Sunday. The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire is looking for people who have a 90th birthday this year. If they are made known to him they will be entered into a draw for tickets to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s 90th birthday in Ripon Cathedral.
The Queen herself will be at St Paul’s in London. If you know of anyone in Langcliffe who is 90 this year contact Mr Dawson on 015242 62242 or the churchwardens Helen Atkinson on 823325 or Kate Croll on 822875.
Institute news: The institute committee has booked Encore to give a concert next Saturday, February 20. Tickets are £10 and can be bought from Lesley Cross on 822620. There will be a pie and peas supper.
Thursday Club: At last week’s meeting, Helen and Graham Jarvis entertained members of Thursday Club with an account of what it’s like to be “Behind the Scenes at Bargain Hunt”. Jean Jelley gave the vote of thanks.
Heritage Trust: Dr Victoria Spence will give a talk to North Craven Heritage Trust on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Long Preston Village Hall. Her subject will be St Helen’s Chapel, Malham, and the Dissolution of the Chantries 1547-1553. Admission is £2.
New correspondent: We are looking for a next correspondent for Long Preston to take over Heather Thomas-Smith. For more information, call the newsdesk on 01756 794117.
RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087
Reading Room: A country and western evening will be held in Rathmell Reading Room next Saturday, February 20, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
They are available from Ian and Edith Wright on 01729 840397. Guests are encouraged to dress in wild west costumes.
Thursday Club: Twenty members from the Thursday Club will share cars and meet for lunch at Limestone View, Settle, next Thursday, February 18. Please note the new time of 12.30pm for 1pm.
SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
U3A talk: Mike Slater will give a talk on the origins of regional date stones to Settle U3A. Entitled Local Date Stones, the talk will take place at the town’s Victoria Hall today at 10.30am. Visitors are welcome for an admission charge of £1.
Film night: The Justice and Peace group will a documentary feature film at St Mary and St Michael Church tonight at 7.45pm. Entitled This Changes Everything, it deals with the impact of climate change.
The film is free, although donations are welcome.
Guided walks: A severe landslip near Appleby has resulted in a reduced service on the Settle-Carlisle line. However the planned walks for Saturday and Sunday are currently going ahead as planned but participants are advised to check the website. Saturday’s walks include a 12-mile hike around Crookrise and Linton Falls, departing from Skipton at 9.24am and a 10-mile moderate walk along the Dalesway, leaving Dent Station at 10.16am.
There is also a nine-mile circular trek to view snowdrops in Dufton Ghyll. This will depart from Appleby at 10.06am. On Sunday, there will be a 10-mile snowdrop walk, also on a circular route around Appleby. This will leave the station at 11.10am. No reservation is necessary. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria Hall: Echoes of Erin comes to Settle of Saturday. The performance features the very best in music, song and dance, bringing together the best of Irish culture in a programme commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. Formerly the Spooky Men’s Chorale, A Fistful of Spookies will perform classics at the hall next Friday, February 19. The following night sees a musical treat when the Mark Nevin Band performs. Mark Nevin came to prominence in the late 80s as the founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Fairground Attraction, with whom he enjoyed the number one single Perfect and multi-platinum album, First of a Million Kisses. Next Sunday, February 21, there will be a return visit by Talking Stock with Godfrey’s Last Love: Bring me Sunshine – the next chapter in the story of the life of retired cricket umpire and avowed socialist, Godfrey Shackleton.
For details and tickets, contact 01729 825718.
Photographic Group: Settle Photographic Group will meet at Townhead Court on Monday at 7.30pm. John Bentley will show documentary and street images on Yorkshire in the 1970s and 1980s. The gallery will be Informal Portraits, using lessons learnt from the December lecture by Steve Finch.
Merry-Go-Round: There’s still time to take part in the 2016 Rotary Merry-go-Round dinner, which will be held next Friday, February 19.
The format is a three-course meal, with each course served at a different hostelry/restaurant. All parties meeting should meet the dining hall at Giggleswick School at 7pm.
Tickets cost £19 with a minimum of £5 from each ticket going to the chosen charities of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Settle Swimming Pool. To book, contact 01729 822445.
Bible study: Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, this year’s Lent Bible study course will be held at St John’s Church, starting on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The study material is inspired by the novel Les Miserables.
For those unfamiliar with the story or wishing to refresh their memories, there will be a showing of the film at St John’s on Sunday at 2.30pm.
Big Breakfast: The next Big Breakfast will take place St Mary’s and St Michael’s Church Hall next Saturday, February 20, at 8.30am. The speaker will be Samantha Gill, who worships at St Mary the Virgin, Ingleton, and who will talk about why she believes that it’s never too late to come to faith.
Please book your places by next Thursday by ringing 01729 825285 or emailing email@example.com.
Messy Church: This month’s Messy Church will take place at St John’s Methodist Church next Sunday, February 21, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Age UK: There are currently vacancies for Age UK North Craven’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 is £4.20. Transport can be arranged if required. For more information, contact Age UK on 01729 823066.
Gardening Club: Settle and District Gardening Club will meet on Wednesday, February 24, at 2pm at Townhead Court. Matthew Smith will speak about Tulips, past and present.
Amnesty International: There will be a further letter writing opportunity at Friends Meeting House on Wednesday, February 24, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. For details, contact 01729 268912.
BilinguaSing: There will be a BilinguaSing Spanish session, entitled Ivamos, at Settle Library on Tuesday, March 1, between 4pm and 4.45pm. It will be suitable for five to 11 year olds. For more information, contact 07534 464567.
Prayer Day: The Women’s World Day of Prayer takes place on Friday, March 4, and a service will be held at St Mary and St Michael’s Church at 7.30pm. This year’s service has been prepared by the women of Cuba.
Women’s Institute: Anne and Gordon Sharp, of Spellbound Productions, gave a truly delightful presentation of their own films to the February meeting. It featured a journey through the West Riding of Yorkshire, a visit to Machu Picchu in Peru, and a short film of wildfowl at Marfield Wetlands near Masham. Sue Sellars won the competition for a hand-made item. The WI will have a display at St John’s Church Open Day on Saturday, February 27, from 10am to 4pm. On Sunday, everyone is invited to the service of thanksgiving at 2.30pm.
On Wednesday, April 27, there will be a soft pots workshop in the Catholic Church Hall. The cost is £20 for a two-hour session.
The next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday, March 2, at 2pm.
SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643
History website: A new website for those interested in the history of Silsden has been launched. It has been developed by Silsden Local History Group and designed by member Adrian Brennan.
It was launched at the History Group’s recent annual meeting. It contains not only details of the group’s many activities and publications but also lists the archive material on Silsden.
In the coming months, texts from all the group’s research projects will be uploaded onto the site, along with additional photographs donated by local people. Its address is silsdenhistorygroup.co.uk. David Mason was re-elected chairman at the annual meeting, with Barbara Hetherington secretary and Val Carroll treasurer.
Camera Club: The next meeting of Silsden Camera Club will be on Wednesday in St James Church Hall at 7.30pm. The competition will be a story board – submit three colour photos to tell a story.
This will be judged by Helen and Rodney Smith. For further information, contact 01535 653528.
Fashion show: A fashion show will be held in Silsden Methodist Church on Saturday, February 27, at 2.30pm. This will feature models dressed by Kathryn of Otley. Tickets are £5, and are available from Twiggs, church members or on the door.
Sports Club: Following the two recent break-ins, Silsden Sports Club has launched a Just Giving page to raise funds for the repairs and improvements.
Donations can be made at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Silsdensportsclub.
Chairman John Lohan has organised a series of band nights to swell the funds, the next one of which is on Saturday when the Travelling Bilberries will provide the entertainment. Information and tickets can be obtained from the club or John on 01535 656753.
History Society: Skipton History Society heard Gillian Waters give an illustrated talk entitled Guy Fawkes: Yorkshireman! The story of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot is well known with the failed attempt by a number of provincial English Catholics to destroy parliament. Guy Fawkes was born in York and as a boy attended St Peter’s School in the city. Gillian raised the question as to why Fawkes was the best known of the plotters as he was very much a minor plotter supporting Robert Catesby. Possibly the answer might be that he was not a wealthy gentleman, unlike most of the other plotters who had close family links, had been a mercenary in the pay of Spain and was a Yorkshireman, possibly with a foreign accent. The next meeting is in the Swadford Centre, Skipton, tonight at 7.30pm when John Holroyd will give a talk with slides entitled Why Go Abroad.
Coffee morning: Trinity Methodist Church will host a coffee morning on Saturday from 9.30am to 11am. Proceeds are for the Tearfund which works with some of the poorest of the world’s poor.
Lacemakers: The January meeting of the Craven Guild of Lacemakers was well attended and a new member was welcomed to the group. The Guild is again entering the National John Bull Lacemaking competition this year, the theme being Celebrations. As 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, this is the guild’s chosen subject. Members have been busy making individual pieces of lace which have now been collected in to be assembled into the final picture, depicting the canal as it wends its way through Skipton. This year also marks the guilds 30th anniversary and venues were to be discussed for a celebratory meal. The next meeting will be at Christ Church next Thursday, February 18, from 10am to 3.30m. For more information, contact 01535 656637.
Christ Church: On Sunday, Family Eucharist will be celebrated at 9.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm.
Camera Club: It was a members’ night again at Skipton Camera Club when Gill Threadgold showed pictures of a cruise around the Norwegian fjords and some picturesque ports of call in the Mediterranean. Finally shots of Moroccan architecture were admired. Peter Holt then took the audience to Western Canada, which he had visited with his family. His pictures of the scenery were well received by those present.
Retired Men’s Forum: Antarctica, via the Falkland Islands, was the subject of Geoff Budd’s talk to members last Tuesday. Since the conflict in 1982, the islands have became a popular tourist destination with as many as 1,500 cruise ships visiting during the season. The vast uninhabited continent of Antarctica was awe-inspiring and spectacular and great care was taken that nothing was left that could contaminate its pristine beauty. The forum meets every Tuesday at 10am in the Soroptimists Rooms until the end of March. Next week, Bill and Sue Palmer will show a video of Austria in 2000.
Navy news: The February meeting of Skipton and District Royal Naval Association was held in the RAFA headquarters on Shortbank Road. The meeting opened with Nelson’s Prayer before Trafalgar and was followed by the Loyal Toast to the Queen.
The branch will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland on May 31 and June 1. The battle resulted in a huge loss of life. A national ceremony will be held a Scapa Flow. Shipmate Jim Walker attended the meeting to report on Armed Forces Day, which will take place on June 26.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday, the day starts with Holy Communion at 8am followed by Parish Communion at 9.45am and the Evening Service at 5pm. On Tuesday, youngsters will enjoy the weekly Toddle into Church and on Wednesday there is a BCP service of Holy Communion at 10.45am.
Flower Club: Spring looked to have arrived early at the January meeting of Steeton Flower Club. Many members turned up despite the rain and wind to create a wonderful variety of arrangements with spring flowers, greenery and assorted twigs. President Janet Smithies congratulated everyone for providing such an enjoyable evening.
The next meeting is the AGM on Thursday, February 25, which will be at the Glusburn Institute at 6.30pm to be followed by a meal organised by the committee. For further information, call 01282 867557.
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held at the Sutton-in-Craven Community Centre, on North Street, from 10am on Saturday.
Community hall: The monthly dance at the community hall will take place next Friday, February 19, at 8pm. Admission is £6, which includes supper. Also the next whist and domino drive is next Saturday, February 20, at 7.30pm. Admission is £3.
UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 725605
Lunch Club: Kettlewell Luncheon Club will meet in the village hall next Thursday, February 18, at 12.30pm. Names need to be given to 760235 by noon on Monday.
Children’s Society: The annual Children’s Society coffee morning at Fold Farm, Kettlewell, raised £225.37. This was added to the loose change collection boxes, making a total of £355.97. A further £82.94 was raised through carol singing at the Queens, Litton, and the Falcon, Arncliffe.
Mobile library: The mobile library will be in Upper Wharfedale on Wednesday, February 24. It will be in Buckden car park from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from Kettlewell car park from 2pm to 4pm.
Coffee and chat: The next coffee, cake and chat morning at The Falcon, Arncliffe, will be on Friday, February 26, from 10am to noon.
Christmas money: A magnificent £275 has been sent to the Save the Children Fund following Santa’s visit to the villages in Littondale on Christmas Eve.
Whist drive: This month’s whist drive at Buckden Institute will be held on Wednesday, February 24. Doors open at 6.30pm, with the first hand at 7pm.
Community centre: The Meet and Eat group meets on Wednesday and welcomes newcomers. A two-course meal will be served at noon, with tea and cake in the afternoon. Please phone 01729 840794 if possible beforehand so organisers can cater accordingly. The friendly quiz starts at 8pm, also on Wednesday. Tickets for the Abi Moore show are on sale.