AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215
Society meeting: Jamie Quartermaine gave a most interesting talk to Austwick Field and Local History Society. His talk, ‘Stocks in Bowland – Rediscovery of a Lost Village’ covered a brief history of the Forest of Bowland area from before Roman times to the present day and included the rediscovery of the Parish Church of Stocks. His talk was supported by many diagrams and also a lovely photograph of a wedding party taken, in the early 1900s. The next meeting is on April 20 when George Ingle will talk about Yorkshire Dales Textile Mills in the parish hall starting at 7.30pm.
Women’s Institute: There was much laughter from WI members and guests at the March meeting when Linda Sawley made a welcome return to give another of her talks. Her topic this time was Growing Old Disgracefully. The next meeting, on April 14 in the parish hall at 7.30pm, is a talk on The History of British Cheese by Andy Swinscoe.
Church news: Tomorrow, there will be morning devotions for Good Friday at Keasden at 11am and a quiet hour at the cross in Austwick starting at 2pm. On Sunday, there will be family communions at Austwick at 9.30am, Clapham at 11am, Keasden at 2pm and Eldroth at 7pm.
Probus club: Fifty-eight West Craven Probus members listened to a talk by member Harry Nuttall, who reminisced about media characters from radio and TV. Part two was about Harry and the parts he played in dramatic productions.
St Andrew’s: Today – Maundy Thursday – there will be a reflective service at 8pm and on Good Friday, the Walk of Witness will start from the Independent Methodist Church at 10am. This is a Churches Together event walking through town to the Square for a short service at 10.30am. On Easter Sunday, the preacher at the 10.30am service will be Mrs S Godfrey and the evening communion service will be led by the Rev David Edmondson.
Priory Church: On Maundy Thursday, at 7pm, there will be a Eucharist of the Last Supper with Foot Washing and Watch before the Blessed Sacrament. Tomorrow, Good Friday, at 10am, there will be a children’s service with hot cross buns. At noon, there will be the three hours devotion with the Liturgy of Good Friday and at 7.30pm, Stainer’s Crucifixion with the Priory Choir. On Saturday, there will be Easter Eve ceremonies at 7pm. On Sunday, Easter Day, there will be Communion (said) at 8am, a Sung Festal Eucharist at 10.30am and an Evening Prayer at 4.30pm. From next week, Evening Prayer will revert to the summer timing of 6.30pm. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10 am.
BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369
Parish council: The final draft of Bradley’s Neighbourhood Plan will go out to public consultation on Saturday. It will be available to view at bradleyvillage.org/nhp and the consultation period will last until 5pm on May 7. Printed copies will also be available to view at the village hall, between 2pm and 5pm on Saturdays and Wednesdays and at The Methodist Chapel, St Mary’s Church, the Slater’s Arms and the village store during normal opening hours. Printed copies can also be provided on request.
Memorial Bench: The Bradley Show committee is to organise a memorial bench for Neil Pate, who was the bookings secretary for the village hall for many years. If anyone would like to contribute towards the cost of the bench, which is planned for the playing fields, please leave a contribution at the village store.
Methodist Church: The Methodist Church will hold an Easter workshop this afternoon between 3.30pm and 5pm, when there will be various activities. On Sunday, there will be an Easter service and Sunday School.
School news: Congratulations to the year three and four children who took part in the athletics at Skipton Academy and achieved third place. The key stage two cross country team were also successful in their recent races. The Friends Association has purchased some new markings for the playground, which include penguin hop scotch and a sports activity trail. The school is collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers.
BURNSALL: Ed Williams, 01756 720335
Soup and puddings: Burnsall Village Hall saw another successful Soup and Pudding lunch, which raised £465.70. Hall chairman, Yvonne Stockdale, thanks all who worked so hard and all who attended.
Easter flowers: St Wilfrid’s Church will be decorated for Easter on Saturday at 9.30am. Donations of flowers are most welcome or please bring along your own arrangement or be there to help.
St Mary’s: Holy Week services will continue at St Mary’s with a solemn eucharist and watch tonight from 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Good Friday, there will be the Liturgy of the Cross between 2pm and 3pm. Easter Day will be celebrated with a parish communion at 11am. There will be no Coffee Pot on Good Friday.
Easter events: There will be an Easter treasure trail around the village, starting on Saturday from 9am. Enter at the village shop or The Swan Inn. Completed entries should be returned by noon on Easter Monday and the cost is £1 per sheet. Winners will receive Easter egg prizes. On Easter Sunday, the film, The Lady in the Van, will be screened in the village hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 from the village shop or on the door. On Easter Monday, there will be a Big Breakfast in the village hall from 9am to 11am and Carleton Duck Race will take place at 2pm. Duck tickets costing £1 each are available from The Swan Inn, Carleton Post Office, the village shop, or from the start line on the day. St Mary’s Coffee Pot will be open from 3pm to 5pm.
Playgroup: Carleton Playgroup is on a break for Easter and will resume on Friday, April 15. It runs in the village hall every Friday (term-time) from 9.30am.
Quiz night: A quiz night will be held at The Swan Inn on Wednesday at 8.30pm. Cash prizes will be on offer.
Coffee and cakes: The Community Coffee and Cakes event at the Swan Inn next Thursday, March 31, will raise money for Manorlands Hospice. It will run from 9am to 11.45am.
CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135
Book fair: There will be a book fair in Clapham Village Hall on Sunday, April 10, between 10am and 4.30pm. The fair will feature second-hand antiquarian books, local history books and books about caving, climbing and local topography.
Open Evening: Clapham Shop will celebrate its first anniversary next Thursday, March 31, with a social event. It will run from 5pm to 7pm and will include free tastings.
St Peter’s: On Sunday, Easter Day, St Peter’s Church will hold a family Easter celebration and chocolate Easter Egg hunt. It will start at 9.30am and will finish at 10.15am.
CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872
St John’s: Today, Canon Elsie Clarke will receive Royal Maundy money from HM The Queen in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, followed by lunch in the State Apartments in Windsor Castle. Tomorrow, Good Friday at 2pm, St John’s will hold an hour’s service of Devotions at the Cross. On Easter Sunday at 8am, a service of Holy Communion (Prayer Book) will be held, followed by Family Holy Communion at 11am. Last Sunday afternoon, the Cononley Singers and congregation enjoyed music and readings for Holy Week. A retiring collection raised £85 towards the re-ordering of the church.
Scarecrow Festival: Don’t forget to start planning your scarecrows based on the theme Top of the Pops. Scarecrows will be on show from Saturday April 30, to Monday, May 2. A scarecrow workshop will be held at the village institute on Saturday, April 16, between 2.30pm and 4pm. This year’s event is being co-organised by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.
Fundraising concert: Cononley Bowls Club is putting on an evening’s entertainment at Skipton Auction Mart on Saturday, May 7. It will feature Cononley Singers, Carleton Ladies Choir and a soloist from Opera North. Funds raised will go to the bowls club which wants to upgrade facilities and attract more members and spectators.
Moonrakers: Local history group Moonrakers spent their March meeting examining various documents given for safekeeping in its archive. Ways of raising funds were also discussed. The group will study Cowling Baptist Monumental Inscriptions at its next meeting at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday, April 7, at 7.30pm.
DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305
Easter Day service: St Augustine’s will hold a Holy Communion at 9.30am on Easter Day.
EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617
St Peter’s: All are welcome to breakfast at St Peter’s after the Easter sunrise service this Sunday. The service at 10.30am will be led by Hazel Edmondson. At 4pm there will be an Easter Songs of Praise service followed by a buffet tea. The gentle exercise class will go ahead at 1.30pm on Monday.
EMBDAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197
Manorlands fundraiser: Tomorrow, Good Friday, the Cavendish Arms will hold a fundraising evening for the Manorlands Hospice nurses who go out to patients’ homes. At 8pm there will be an auction, with lots including a tablet computer, a cricket bat signed by the Yorkshire County team and meal vouchers. There will also be a tombola and cake stall. At 9pm, there will be a grand quiz.
St Mary’s: Tonight, St Mary’s will hold a Maundy Thursday communion service at 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Good Friday, the church will hold an interactive storytelling event for all ages, entitled What’s the Story About Easter?, between 10am and 12.30pm. On Saturday at 8pm there will be an Easter Vigil and Celebration of Light and on Easter Day there will be a family communion service beginning at 9.30am. On Tuesday at 10.30am there will be a quiet Communion service. In the afternoon the church will be open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation.
Methodist Church: On Easter Day, the Methodist Chapel will celebrate with a service at 10.30am led by Glennis Hobbs.
Over 50s: The last Over 50s Forum of the winter will be held today between 2pm and 4pm. If you need a lift contact either Shelagh Marshall on 01756 794861 or 07860 617894 or Hazel Chatwin on 793308.
Bus service: For the past two years, the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company has used its reserves to provide a Saturday bus to Harrogate and from last October, used spare time in the schedule to provide a Saturday service to Embsay. Although these services have been well used, they have not brought in enough revenue and, as a result, the Saturday services will cease to run from the end of March. Harrogate can still be reached by bus (changing at Ilkley or Steeton), and the CIC will continue to serve Embsay on Sundays (as will NYCC on Mondays to Fridays).
Steam Railway: Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway will run Easter Eggs Specials on Easter Day and Easter Bank Holiday Monday. There will be regular departures from both Embsay and Bolton Abbey between 10.30am and 5pm. The railway will also run a normal service on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.
FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: Today, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Good Friday, there will a service of the Liturgy of the Cross at 2pm. On Saturday, there will be a service of the Easter Liturgy with renewal of baptism vows and Holy Communion at 8.45pm. On Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8.15am and family communion at 10am which will be followed by an Easter egg hunt. 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.
Sunrise service: The Easter Day sunrise service held at Farnhill Pinnacle will start at 6.45am. Afterwards, tea and hot cross buns will be served in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute.
Parish council: Farnhill Parish Council discussed the possibility of purchasing a defibrillator, but decided to find out more information and the possibilities of funding before making a decision. No representatives from Craven District and North Yorkshire County Councils were present, but Cllr Pat Fairbank sent a report reminding the parish council that at the select committee meeting in April Cllr Andy Solloway would be taking over the waste management working group, looking into kerbside collections. Cllr Fairbank also informed the parish council that she would not be standing for election again and would retire in May. County and district councillor Patrick Mulligan sent an update on the reported cracks on the river bridge and said he understood NYCC had conducted another structural inspection. He agreed to inform the parish council of any further developments. The parish council discussed changing the date of future meetings to avoid a clash with Craven District Council meetings. The third Tuesday or the third Thursday in the month were considered to be the best dates. Cllr D Atkinson reported that people had complained about the bins blowing about and blocking the road on Main Street and Newby Road. The clerk is to write to CDC, asking it to assess the area for a suitable place to leave the bins. NYCC is to investigate the damaged dog bins. The parish council provisionally set the date for the annual parish meeting for Tuesday, April 26. The clerk is to write to Kildwick Parish Meeting about the direction sign at Kildwick Roundabout, which has slipped down the pole and impedes the vision of traffic coming from Skipton. NYCC was thanked for clearing the blocked gullies at the junction of Main Street and Grange Road. Peter Ball from NYCC Street Lighting informed the parish council that he had received permission from NPG to attach a light to its pole. The estimate for the light is £1,120 plus VAT. The new seat, with commemorative plaque, is ready for installation. Cllr Scarffe provided a plan for work at the Arbour. The next meeting will be held in the institute on Tuesday, April 5, at 7.30pm.
GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098
Bingo night: Neville House will hold a bingo session tonight from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Admission is £1.50.
Hall dance: The next dance at the village hall is tomorrow from 8pm, with the entertainment being provided by Jim on the organ. Entry is £6.50.
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday from 10am, with all proceeds going to hall funds. As well as homemade cakes, toasted teacakes and tea or coffee, there will also be the community library monthly draw, a book stall and a raffle.
Flea markets: There are flea markets in the village hall on both Easter Sunday and Monday between 10am and 4pm. There will be different stalls on both days. Entry is 50p and refreshments will be available. On Easter Monday all contributions from the café will be donated to the village hall.
St Andrew’s Church: Tomorrow, Good Friday, there will be a procession of the cross round Gargrave, starting at the Summerseat at 10am. The route will take in the school, Neville House, Village Hall, Playground, Systagenix and the Coop before finishing at the Dalesman cafe at 11.30am. On Sunday, there will be a traditional BCP Easter Communion at 8am, followed, at 10.45am, by a family Easter celebration and Easter Egg hunt. It will finish at 11.30am.
Indoor bowls: The final session before the outdoor season begins will be from 2pm next Thursday, March 31. The new indoor season will commence on Tuesday, October 4.
Film night: Gargrave and Malhamdale Community Library will show the much-acclaimed film, 45 Years, in the village hall on Friday, April 8, from 7.30pm. Please bring your own refreshments. Entry is £5.
Jumble sale: Gargrave Village Hall is now accepting donations for its annual jumble sale in September, so if you have anything to contribute, please bring it to any of the coffee mornings which take place every Saturday in April between 10am and noon.
Tour de Hall: Members of Gargrave Village Hall are planning to host an open day on Friday, April 29, to tie in with the Tour De Yorkshire Cycle Race passing through the village. The hall will be open from 10am and it will be an opportunity for everyone to view the recent re-decorations, see the facilities and learn a little about all the different events which take place on a regular basis.
GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Garden lecture: On Thursday, April 7, at 7pm, the theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture on the theme of New Plants, New Ideas, New Inspiration. The speaker will be garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman Stephen Lacey.
Primary school: Earlier in the term, key stage two pupils visited Richard Whiteley Theatre to watch the RAF Regimental Jazz band. Class three visited Settle College to watch its production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and were very impressed by the magical scenes. Key stage two pupils represented the school at the Fairtrade schools workshop at Giggleswick Junior School. Class two pupils also took part in the recent orienteering event in Gisburn Forest while year five pupils participated in the Rewind Easter cluster schools’ event, which was organised by the local churches. Amongst the visitors to school have been Panni Loh, who helped the school celebrate Chinese New Year. In addition, Mrs Richardson produced a Chinese-style school meal. There was also great excitement when Mr Birchall returned to the school, this time as a spaceman! As a change from usual activities, the school welcomed author Malcolm Campbell. He entertained pupils with his CBeebies film and shared some of his books. To help mark Mothering Sunday, more than 120 delicious meals were produced by cook Mrs Richardson, with help from Mrs Clay and Mrs Whitehouse.
GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Table top sale: A table top sale will be held at Grassington Town Hall on Saturday from 9.30am. Bacon butties and tea and coffee will be available. Admission is free. Proceeds will be split between Parkinson’s UK and the Craven Schools Partnership. Jumble can be left in the town hall porch or in the doorway of the church.
Workshops: On Tuesday, artist Carine Brosse will lead an ARTventure children’s workshop at the town hall. Sessions will run from 10am to noon and from 2pm to 4pm and are aimed at youngsters aged from five to 11. The cost is £5. Also, on Tuesday, there will be an adult pottery workshop with David Ashby from 7pm to 9.30pm. The cost is £15. To book, ring 01756 753811 or 01756 753434.
Coffee morning: Grassington Singers will hold a coffee morning at Church House on Saturday from 9.30am.
Bowling Club: Grassington Bowling Club held its annual general meeting. Secretary Noel Hudson tendered his resignation as he and his wife are moving south. Paul Jacques was appointed new secretary, with Pat Clarke as chairman, Pat Metcalfe as vice-chairman and Brett Roberts as treasurer. Members decided to reduce the subscriptions to £20 per year in an attempt to gain new members. There is social bowling every afternoon, subject to the weather, and to play, bowlers need to be there by 1.50pm. Training will be available. For more information, contact Paul or Jan on 01756 753232 or 07796 956827.
Art exhibition: Lancashire artist Pat Jones will hold an exhibition in Church House from Saturday to Monday.
Friendship Club: Barbara Brown will be guest speaker at today’s meeting of Grassington Friendship Club. Her subject is A Dressmaker’s Journey. Next Thursday, David and Pat Shackleton will talk about All Over Italy.
HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845
Coffee morning: On Saturday, the Women’s Institute will hold a coffee morning at the village institute from 10am.
Age Concern: Age Concern meets on Fridays for its luncheon club. Please contact Ellen on 01729 850864 for details of venue times, plus other outings, entertainment, etc. There are also monthly shopping trips to Morrisons, which are open to non-members. Please contact Mavis Walker on 01729 850828 for details.
Gala news: The gala committee will hold its annual general meeting at Hellifield House on Tuesday, April 5, at 7.30pm. On Saturday, April 23, the gala committee will hold a twin treasure hunt (car or walking), starting from the institute, as well as choosing this year’s gala queen.
Methodist Church: The Easter Day service at Hellifield Methodist Church will take place at 2pm and the preacher will be the Rev Bryan Yardy. The service will be followed by a cup of tea and a bun.
HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235
St Oswald’s: The Easter Day service at St Oswalds Church will start at 10.45am.
Show AGM: The show committee held its annual general meeting recently. The chairman and vice-chairman’s positions were reversed with Barrie Thomas becoming the chairman and Gary Middleton his deputy. All other officers remained in place. Mick Carr of Brackenbottom Farm was elected as the new president. Members heard that the show had incurred a small loss last year, mainly because of the purchase of a marquee and a new PA system. The possibility of a walling class being introduced will be discussed more fully at the next meeting. It was decided that the cut-off time for entries was final and late exhibits would not be accepted. Exhibitors may donate their produce for auction this year should they so wish and this will be sold either just before or just after the presentation of trophies.
Parish council: Parish councillors were sorry to hear of the resignation of fellow councillor Sheila Fleming and it was unanimously agreed that her wisdom and knowledge would be missed. One of the matters discussed was the opinions of members of the public who had attended an open meeting regarding the Three Peaks organised charity walks. The biggest problems appeared to be inconsiderate parking, litter and noise nuisance. It was agreed that a working party should be set up, aiming to facilitate better communication with the walkers and other involved parties to combat the problems. Residents from Foredale, Helwith Bridge, have expressed concern on the levels of pollution emitting from the new rail link at Arcow Quarry. The residents also aired concerns over the difficult drive to their properties due to the ever-increasing damage to the road. Hanson’s Quarry was also in the spotlight as a planning decision was received regarding freight flow through the parish. An application amendment has been passed that allows Hanson’s to retain its 6.30am to 5pm traffic movement Monday to Friday, with the right to also move freight on a Saturday morning.
Holiday Centre: The Women’s Holiday Centre at Horton-in-Ribblesdale invites local women to join them for cake and hot drinks at 4pm on Monday, April 4, at The Old Vicarage.
Domino drive: A domino drive was held at the Golden Lion with proceeds donated to Manorlands. Winners were Violet Mellin, Andrew Jackson and Geoff Woolf and the under-18s winners were Emily Palmer, Derek Palmer and Ruby Thomas. The domino drives will resume again in October.
Whist drive: The monthly whist drive was held at the Golden Lion but with gents players in short supply, those in the winning frame were all ladies playing as substitutes. The winners were: gents – V Jones (sub), A Humphrey (sub), M Davis (sub) and A Palmer (sub); ladies – R Pearson, D Pullen, M Wellock and S Airey. The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday, April 19, at 7.30pm.
INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835
Jumble sale: There will be a jumble sale for Ingleton Middle CIC at Ingleton Community Centre on Saturday at 2pm. All funds raised will go towards creating a fully equipped kitchen in the old domestic science room. Donations of jumble, prizes, gifts for the tombola and raffle will be most welcome. Contact Helen Wilson 015242 41863 or Rosemary Hartley on 015242 42207.
Women’s Institute: Vice-president Carol Mann welcomed members of Ingleborough WI, their friends and fellow members from the link institute Hellifield WI to the 94th birthday party. After a Jacob’s Join meal, Carol introduced the entertainers Happi Butterflies – four ladies who were also members of other WIs. The entertainment began with everyone singing Jerusalem, then the Happi Butterflies highlighted important dates in the history of the WI. Jokes were told along the way and they ended by singing Happy Birthday to the Ingleborough ladies. Carol Mann thanked the group. In April the speaker will be the Rev Ann Russell and her topic will be Jewish and Christian Family Life. The competition is for an interesting thimble.
St Mary’s: On Sunday, St Mary’s will hold an Easter Day communion service at 11am.
LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303
Church news: Today, there will be a Maundy Thursday service at 7.30pm. On Sunday, there will be a celebration of Holy Communion for Easter Day at 10.30am.
Beetle drive: There will be a beetle drive in the village institute on Friday, April 8, at 7.30pm. Nibbles will be provided but please bring your own drinks. The cost is £1 for children and £2 for adults and there will be questions to suit all age groups. If you plan to come, please let Helen know on 825303.
Show news: This year’s show will be on August 20. It will be open to the public at 1.30pm with the official opening at 2pm. The meeting on Sunday was well attended. It was decided that, as it is an amateur show, people who have done professional work in a category may not enter. The poetry and short story categories are to be the same as last year. The poem should be on the topic of Generations and fit on one side of A4 paper, and the story should be 100 words or less and can be on any topic.
Young Farmers: Lawkland Young Farmers would like to thank Ted Ogden for an interesting talk on his life as an auctioneer. On Tuesday. members are hosting an Easter Bingo at Settle Rugby Club at 7pm.
Young Farmers: Lothersdale Young Farmers enjoyed a Ready, Steady, Cook event. Morgan Sunley, Daniel Dobson, Jennifer Lee and Molly Peek were first with their pork and apple casserole. In joint second place were Katie Hall, Matt Airey, Rachael Bell and Becky Pickles with their spaghetti bolognese, and Hannah Maltby, Kelly Maltby, Megan Sunle and Heather Reay, who cooked chicken curry. Third place went to Tanya Hunter, Hannah Ormondroyd, Kitty Hammond and James Fieldhouse. On Mother’s Day, seven members also took part in the Sue Ryder Keighley 10k.
Over 60s: Lothersdale Over 60s will resume their fortnightly meetings in the Village Hall on Wednesday, April 6, at 2pm, when the speaker will be Jack Wade from Cracoe. Members are reminded that the following meeting will be on Tuesday, April 19, and will be a visit to Millstones for a celebration of the Queen’s birthday. Anyone wishing to go to this event or requiring further information is asked to contact Brenda on 01535 630663.
Women’s institute: The annual general meeting of Salterforth WI was held. The secretary, Eloise Sunley, read out the annual report, and treasurer Marie Potter gave a summary of the financial statement. The president, Janette Pate, thanked the committee and all the members for their support and said she would be willing to remain as president. The committee will also remain the same. The overall winners of last year’s competitions were: 1 Joyce Wilson, 2 Pam Fieldhouse, and 3 Megan Sunley. After the business meeting, a silent auction was held with the proceeds going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The next meeting will be held in Salterforth Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, April 14, when members will be treated to a demonstration of spring flowers. The competition will be “a flower made in any medium”.
SETTLE:Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Kwezana link: Pupils in Settle have been sharing their knowledge about Fairtrade Fortnight with students in Kwezana and explaining some of the activities that they were involved in.
Victoria Hall: On Saturday, the Queen-esque show, cancelled in December due to severe flooding, has been rescheduled. On April 3 there will be the usual First Sunday Folk night introduced by Mike Harding and featuring Steamchicken, an eight piece folk dance band with a four-piece horn section. On April 9, the Andy Lawrenson Trio will pay tribute to the life and music of Stephane Grappelli.
Bowling Club: New members are required for Settle Bowling Club. The green opens tomorrow and people are welcome regardless of age or experience. For more information, contact the secretary, John Chambers, on 01729 825783 or just turn up at the green from 2pm, Monday to Sunday.
Good Friday: Settle’s traditional passion play will take place tomorrow, Good Friday. The drama unfolds in four scenes in various locations around the town and commences at 10.30am at St John’s Hall. On Easter Sunday, there will be a sunrise service in the millennium gardens at 6.30am, followed by a simple breakfast at Friends Meeting House.
Allsorts market: The Friends of Settle Victoria Hall will hold an allsorts market at the venue on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. To book a stall, contact 01729 825718.
Shed morning: Timberworks invite you to join them for tea and cakes on Easter Saturday between 8.30am and noon. This will be served in the new outdoor display area.
Film night: The Ribblesdale Moving Picture Show continues its season of foreign films at Victoria Hall on Wednesday with a screening of Cycling with Molière. Admission is £5 on the door and the show starts 7.45pm.
Blood donors: The next blood donor session will take place in St John’s Hall on Wednesday. The day will be divided into two sessions, the first running from 2pm to 3.45pm and the second from 4.45pm to 7.30pm. For further details, contact 0300 123 2323.
Charity coffee: The coffee pot session on Tuesday, April 5, at St John’s Methodist Church will be in aid of Railway Children, an international charity that believes that no child should ever have to live on the street. The coffee pot will be open from 10am to noon.
Organ recital: An organ recital, entitled A Song in Season, will be held at Holy Ascension Church, Settle, on Saturday, April 9, at 7.30pm. It will feature colourful music for organ, voice and flute by local composer Paul Fisher. Entry is free with exit donations towards the organ fund.
Justice and Peace: Judy Rogers, of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, will attend the next meeting of the Justice and Peace Group on April 13. The group is bringing a group of refugees from Bradford to help with the lambing in Malhamdale.
Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and Michael Catholic Church Hall next Saturday, April 2, from 8pm to 11pm. Please confirm your attendance by ringing 01729 823259 or 824038.
Settle Stories: This year Settle Stories Festival 2016 will take place in April instead of October. During the weekend of April 1-3 there will be a wide range of comedy, stories, music and other events taking place at a range of venues across the town. This is the biggest Settle Stories Festival yet, with more than 50 events packed into the three days. Details of events can be found online at settlestories.org.uk/festivalinfo.
Iyengar Yoga: Jen O’Shea will start new classes at St John’s Church Hall in the week commencing April 4. There will be a mixed class on a Monday from 10am to 11.30am, a class designed to go at a gentler pace on Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm and a mixed class on Thursdays from 7.15pm to 8.30pm. For further details, contact Jen on 07976 013222.
Karate: Karate classes will commence at Settle Primary School on April 12 and will run from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. The cost is £3 per session. For details contact 07925 973694.
Theatre trips: Two theatre trips are being planned for the summer. The first is to the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival at Harrogate on August 6. This will be a Saturday matinee performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Royal Hall. The total price is £44, including a stalls seat, coach and gratuities. The second trip is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, to see Wicked, hailed as the best new musical of the decade. The trip will take place on Wednesday, August 17, and again is a matinee performance. The cost is £63. The latest date for bookings is May 28. For more information, contact 01729 823978.
SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643
Camera Club: The Camera Club met in St James’ Church Hall. The competition was Sunrise and Sunset and the results were: 1 N Bland, 2 and 3 A Bland. The next meeting will be in St James on April 13 at 7.30pm and will be the AGM. For further information, ring 01535 653528.
Skipton Gardeners’ Club: The guest speaker at the March meeting was Phil Dunnett, from Ribblesdale Nurseries, Preston, who advised members on springtime tasks. He brought with him a wonderful selection of spring flowering bulbs, perennials and shrubs. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 20, at 7.30pm in the Soroptimist Rooms, Otley Street, when horticultural lecturer Michael Myers will talk about low maintenance and wild flower gardens.
Friendship Group: Glen Barry will give a talk entitled Violin and More Stories to Skipton Friendship Group on Tuesday. On April 26, the group will hold its annual general meeting, when subscriptions will be due. For more information, visit telephone 07904 685805.
Women’s Institute: Members of Skipton with Stirton and Thorlby WI had an unusual March meeting when Teresa Marshall told them about her “Hogspital” at Bilton, where she and her husband care for many injured or sick hedgehogs. Members had the chance to meet a half-grown hedgehog and to stroke its soft furry underside. The group meets at the Soroptimist Rooms in Otley Street, Skipton, on the third Tuesday of the month.
Camera Club: Member Keith Hillery showed pictures of a holiday taken with his wife to Australia to visit family in Sydney. His shots of the city buildings showed off the modern city. Later, the couple moved further up the coast to a beautiful area where their son now lives.
Christ Church: Holy Week services at Christ Church will continue tomorrow, Good Friday, with a Liturgy at 7.30pm. On Holy Saturday there will be a simple service of lament, the Legacy of Jesus, at 9.30am, followed by the Great Vigil of Easter at 8.30pm. Easter Day will be celebrated with services of Holy Communion at 8am, Family Eucharist at 9.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm.
Organ recital: The Christ Church organ recital series will begin on Easter Monday at 11am, with a recital by freelance organist Alan Horsey. Refreshments will be available from 10.30am, and there will be a retiring collection.
Craven Speakers: Craven Speakers Club’s last meeting was chaired by Sylvia Walker, who proposed a debate that looked at whether it was right to solve the need for new housing by building on green-field sites. The opening speeches by the proposer and opposer were well considered and informative, showing a good level of research. Eileen Ward followed with a mini topics session, asking participants to bring into their impromptu speeches examples of where specific words could have different meanings.The next meeting will be held on Easter Monday at 7.45pm at the Soroptimists Rooms on Otley Street.
Retired Men’s Forum: Ian Baxter spoke about the fjords of Norway, concentrating mainly on the southern fjords in the Bergen area and highlighting the mighty Sognefjord and the Flam-Myrdal Railway. The forum will reconvene in early October.
Holy Trinity: Easter Day starts with a sunrise service at 6.30am followed by bacon butties and a service of Holy Communion at 8am. Then, at 9.45am, there is a Family Communion to celebrate Easter. On Bank Holiday Monday refreshments will be served in church between 10am and 4pm. Toddle into Church is taking a break this week but is back on April 5 at 2pm. On Wednesday, there is a service of Holy Communion BCP at 10.45am and on Thursday Happy Hour is held at 11am in the Vestry Rooms.
Methodist Church: The Lent Lunch at Steeton Methodist Church raised £132 for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Tomorrow, Good Friday, at 7pm there will be a service of prayers and meditation led by the Rev Saidu Kanu. Steeton Methodist Church’s Easter Sunday service at 10.30am will be taken by the Rev Alan Raine. As usual, it will include the dressing of the cross, when the cross will be transformed with flowers.
St Thomas: Tomorrow, Good Friday, the Walk of Witness departs from the church at 10am. The congregation will follow the cross to St Peter’s, Cross Hills, where there will be a short act of ecumenical worship and Easter activities for children. At 2pm there will be the Final Hour – a contemplative service focusing on Jesus’ death on the cross. On Easter Sunday, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30am and Easter in the Park at 3pm. This is drama and praise in Sutton Park to celebrate the Easter story, organised by the Fellowship of Churches.
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.
THORNTON-IN-LONSDALE: Paula Kendall, 015242 42390 and Rosemary Hartley, 015242 42207
St Oswald’s Church: Today, there will be a special service at 7.30pm that will unite the five benefice churches. It starts at 7.30pm and will be preceded by a light tea at 6.30pm. Tomorrow, Good Friday, there will be a joint service at All Saints’ Church, Burton-in-Lonsdale, at 11am. The Easter Day service at St Oswald’s Church will start at 9.30am.
Coffee morning: Westhouse Methodist Church will hold a coffee morning on Wednesday from 10am to noon. Donations, given for coffee and cakes, are passed to local charities.
Spring concert: The Joyful Spring Concert will be held at St Oswald’s Church next Saturday, April 2, at noon. Flautist David Edmonds and pianist Charles Edmondson will play a selection of “bright” music. Tickets cost £6.50 and are available on the door.
UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Annual meeting: Kettlewell with Starbotton Parish Council will hold its annual parish meeting in the village hall on Wednesday, April 6, at 7pm. It will be followed by the parish council meeting at 7.30pm.
Book Club: The Cracoe and Rylstone Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 12, when the book under discussion will be Folly, written by Alan Titchmarsh. For more information on the club and its activities, ring 730345 or e-mail email@example.com.
Local history: The Local History Group, which meets in Cracoe Village Hall, will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, April 11, at 7.30pm.
Film night: Alan Bennett’s film The Lady in the Van will be shown in Kettlewell Village Hall next Saturday, April 2, from 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the door.
Women’s Institute: Rylstone and District Women’s Institute will welcome Maggie Gothard to its meeting in Cracoe Village Hall on Thursday, April 7, at 7.30pm. Her talk is entitled My Life as a Travelling Pedlar.
Community Centre: Abi Moore put on a brilliant evening’s entertainment at the community centre on Friday. The games afternoon in aid of Sports Relief raised £50 and the winner of the draw was Alex with diving being the sport. On Wednesday, there is a whist and dominoes session, starting at 7.30pm.