Coffee morning: There will be a coffee morning on Saturday at the home of Christine and Jeremy Hibbert, Sawley Barn, Appletreewick. The event will run from 10am to noon and admission will be £5. There will be a raffle and cake stall and proceeds will go to the Church Fabric Fund.
Bishop visits: Bishop James Bell, the Bishop of Ripon, will be celebrate Holy Communion at St John’s on Sunday at 6pm.
AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 01524 251215
Church news: On Saturday, the parish walk, led by Canon Ian Greenhalgh, will take place in the Lake District. It will follow a route from Rydal Hall to Grasmere and back round the lake. Please meet at Austwick Church at 9.30am. On Sunday, there will be morning prayer at Austwick at 9.30am and Holy Communion services at Clapham at 11am, Keasden at 2pm and at Austwick at 6.30pm.
Austwick cuckoos: On Sunday, at 2.30pm, there will be a free workshop in the parish hall to create cuckoos for the street market and cuckoo festival on Monday, May 30. Sunday’s workshop will provide materials and guidance for creating a cuckoo from plant pots. Tea and cake will also be available.
Probus Club: Forty Probus members braved the weather conditions to listen to Stuart James give a slideshow on Burma. With huge golden temples and statues of Buddha, Stuart’s detailing was excellent, giving a feeling of being there. There was a question and answer session.
History Society: There was a large attendance at the March meeting of Barnoldswick History Society when Peter Watson gave a talk, with diagrams, on the Origin of Place Names. This is quite a complex topic with the names of present-day settlements originating in many cases from the Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse vocabularies. The speaker helped to make this a little easier to understand by distributing a small sheet giving some components of those two languages to be found today in place names. Three examples from the Anglo-Saxons are “burn”, stream; “ wick”, dairy farm; and “waetter”, water; whilst from the Norse come “dalr”, dale or valley; “kirk”, church and “brygga”, bridge. In later times following the Norman conquest, old French names came into the picture.
Rotary Club: Barnoldswick and Earby Rotarians were treated to a number of tales by Chris Emmett, who served for 27 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police. They included a would-be protection racket gang leader, who tried to bully stallholders by smashing car windows but accidentally smashed his own, and a would-be goldsmith’s burglar who got his head stuck in the grille of the premises and had to stay there until discovered by a policeman at 6am the following morning. Mr Emmett, who lives in Gargrave, also spoke of dealing with narcotics, vice, gambling dens, Triads and the introduction of armed women officers and said that every police station had to have a shrine to Kwan Dai, the force’s official deity.
St Andrew’s: The Rev David Edmondson will lead the 10.30am Sunday service. A Now Praise service will be held at 6.30pm. On Monday, the prayer hour will start at 10am. Then at 11am on Thursday, April 14, Janet Whipp will lead an hour of gentle exercises, which will be a fundraising event for the church’s building fund. There will be no toddlers group or Bible study on Friday, April 15.
Priory Church: On Sunday, there will be Communion (said) at 8am, a Sung Eucharist at 10.30am and an Evening Prayer service at the summer timing of 6.30pm. Immediately after the 10.30am service, the church will hold its annual general meeting. Two churchwardens, one lay member to the PCC and the sidesmen need to be elected. Nomination forms, accounts and reports are available from the church office. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10am.
Lighting scheme: Work on our new lighting scheme in the Priory Church has begun. The work is expected to take 13 weeks. The church will remain fully open at weekends, so Sunday worship and weddings and the Priory Concert Series will be unaffected. However, the church is now closed from Mondays to Friday. The Bishop of Ripon has given permission for the regular Wednesday Eucharists and the Ascension Day Eucharist to take place in the Church Room. The Tower and ruins remain fully accessible.
BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369
Beetle drive: You are invited to a beetle drive in the Methodist Church school room on Wednesday. It starts at 6pm and includes a pie and peas supper. The cost is £2.50 for adults (children free), payable on the door.
Neighbourhood Plan: The final draft of Bradley’s Neighbourhood Plan has gone out to public consultation. It is available to view at bradleyvillage.org/nhp and the consultation period runs until 5pm on May 7. Printed copies are also 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. The plan will help, guide and formulate development in Bradley for the next 15 years. Please submit written comments using the online comment form or print and post to The Village Store, 5-6 Rose Terrace, Bradley BD20 9DP (marking your envelope ‘NDP’) or use the ballot box in the village store. You can also email your comments to email@example.com.
Memorial Bench: The Bradley Show committee is organising a memorial bench for Neil Pate, who was bookings secretary for the village hall for many years. He was also a keen fell runner. 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.
Fashion Show: Bradley School will hold a fashion show at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 20. Tickets are on sale at the school and village store at £5 each. Drinks and nibbles are included.
Film Club: The next Film Club will be at 6pm on Thursday, April 21, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A) will be shown. The screening is free and refreshments are available to buy. There is also a loop system.
BURNSALL: Ed Williams, 01756 720335
Coffee morning: The Burnsall Village Hall coffee morning held at Church House in Grassington on Saturday raised a magnificent £510.60. The Burnsall Village Hall committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to its success.
St Mary’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a Holy Communion at 11am. The Coffee Pot operates every Friday from 2pm to 4pm and offers tea, coffee and hot chocolate with complimentary biscuits.
Photo competition: Entries for the photography competition and exhibition need to be submitted by Sunday. Entry forms available in village shops.
Quiz night: A quiz night will be held at The Swan Inn on Wednesday at 8.30pm. Admission is £1 per person including supper. Cash prizes will be on offer.
CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135
Parish council: A new community defibrillator has been installed on the outside wall of the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) building courtesy of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group. The CRO will maintain the equipment and the parish council will cover the ongoing cost of replacement batteries and pads. Training will be provided soon. A beacon will be lit at Bowland Knotts on April 21, at dusk to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. The council thanked parish caretaker, Peter Everson, for all the good work he has carried out in the past year. Sadly Peter has stepped down but a new caretaker should be in place very soon. The annual parish meeting, held on March 22, was well attended by community groups, local council representatives and the YDNPA Area Ranger. It was an excellent opportunity to find out about community activities and a chance to question elected representatives about local issues.
St Peter’s: On Sunday, St Peter’s will hold an Evensong at 4pm.
CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872
St John’s: Elsie Clarke with her husband, David, had a marvellous and unforgettable day at St George’s Chapel Windsor, where Elsie received the Royal Maundy Money from HM The Queen on Maundy Thursday. Lunch followed in the State Apartments. Belated thanks go to all who supported and helped at the recent coffee morning, which raised £366 towards the refurbishment of St John’s. On Sunday, Terry O’Shaughnessy will lead the 11am Morning Prayer service. The monthly Toddlers Praise will be held in St John’s on Monday at 2pm and Cononley with Bradley Mothers’ Union will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm at Linda Town’s home.
Fundraising concert: Cononley Bowls Club will hold a “A Bowlful of Song” at Skipton Auction Mart on Saturday, May 7. It will feature Cononley Singers, Carleton Ladies Choir and special guest Rachel Luxon, a soprano with Opera North. There’ll be a wide range of music genre to suit every taste with a sing-along song at the end. Proceeds will go towards bringing the bowling facilities up to date and training for children. The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from Cononley Post Office and from Poppy Cottage Guest House and the Swan Inn in Carleton.
Jaywalkers: The Jaywalkers will perform two short comedies by Alan Stockdill and Peter Quilter at Cononley Village Institute on Saturday, May 7, at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £7 are available from either 01535 630872 or from the post office for the Cononley night and from 01756 760302 for the other performances – Grassington Octagon on April 29, Gargrave Village Hall on April 30, and St Andrew’s Church, Skipton, on Friday, May 6.
Scarecrow Festival: Please decide on your scarecrows and get your entrance forms back to the shop by April 20, at the latest. A workshop will be held at the village institute on Saturday, April 16, from 2.30pm to 4pm, ahead of the festival over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.
Companions: Cowling Companions will host a talk by Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst entitled Messages On The Back Of Postcards, at Cowling Village Hall on Wednesday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome and admission is £2.50. The Ritardandos will perform at Cowling Village Hall on May 4, at 2pm. Admission is again £2.50 including refreshments. The Companions will hold their annual general meeting in the village hall on April 20, at 2pm.
DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305
Parish council: The council meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall.
St Augustine’s Church: There will be a Morning Prayer service in the church on Sunday at 9.30am.
EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617
St Peter’s: On Sunday, the 10.30am service will be led by Robin Clark. There will be a gentle exercise class at 1.30pm on Monday and a church buffet lunch at noon for 12.15pm on Wednesday.
Musical treat: Julian Gregory and his musicians from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will entertain at the parish hall on Sunday, May 8. They will take the audience on a journey from “classical to jazz and all stops between”. Tickets cost £20 (£10 for under 16s), which includes a light supper. They are available from 015242 51270.
EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197
Bake Off: Saturday will see the Great Village Bake Off in the village hall between 10.30am and 1pm. This will mark the launch of the new Good Neighbours Scheme, which is funded by Rural Action Yorkshire and supported by Age UK Yorkshire.
Embsay churches: On Sunday, St Mary’s will hold a communion service at 9.30am while the Methodist Chapel’s 10.30am service will be led by the Rev Janet Clasper. On Tuesday, at 10.30am, St Mary’s will hold a quiet communion service and from 2pm to 4pm the church will be open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation. On Fridays, in term-time, the toddler praise Smiley Faces is held at St Mary’s between 1.45pm and 3.15pm. This is for pre-school children.
Parish council: At the Embsay entrance to the parish, seasonal planting has been carried out by Cllrs Kirkbride and Hill to give a welcome splash of colour. Insecure copings to the backing wall of this feature have been removed and will be re-bedded in a more secure manner. After an apparent improvement following the siting of signs produced by the school, dog mess has increased again. Dog owners who do not clear up show a total lack of respect for their fellow parishioners and others. The parish council has been in contact with Craven District Council to obtain further dual-purpose litter and dog-waste bins and is identifying sites where problems appear greatest. The public footpath from the Cavendish Arms under the railway and up through Rock Woods is a particular route where nearby owners are becoming very concerned and are willing to install CCTV surveillance to identify offenders. Please don’t hang the bag from hedges or trees or leave it lying on walls or on verges. Preparations for the parish/community 90th birthday celebrations for The Queen, to be held on June 11, are progressing well. After an initial meeting of the parish council working party and a subsequent meeting with representatives of a wide range of parish organisations, more detailed plans are being drawn up to involve all age groups and a range of activities and hopefully these will be finalised in early April. The day will be themed as 90 Glorious Years and the proposed events will include activities for the children, held at the school and an afternoon tea in the village hall, followed by an evening dance.
Women’s Institute: This month’s meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. A talk, entitled Artisan Cheeses, will be given by Andy Swinscoe from the award-winning Courtyard Dairy, Settle.
Gardening Club: Tomorrow, members will welcome Martin Fish, gardening writer and broadcaster, who will tell his fascinating story of Creating a Yorkshire Garden from Scratch. With more than 35 years of experience, Martin is passionate about all things gardening. In January 2014, he decided to return to the roots of gardening by developing his own garden in Thirsk. Martin continues to judge for Yorkshire in Bloom and he is still active on the gardening show circuit. The talk will take place at 7.30pm in the village hall and everyone is welcome.
Steam Railway: The railway has just finished its Easter running and Easter Egg Hunt. The weather was favourable on Good Friday and Easter Saturday so those days were better patronised than Sunday and Monday when Storm Katie was forecast. The railway has revamped its website – embsayboltonabbeyrail way.org.uk.
FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, there will be services of Holy Communion at 8.15am and at 10am. 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. Visitors and new members are welcome.
Let’s Talk About: The Let’s Talk About discussion group, led by the Farnhill Methodists, will meet in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute today at 2pm. This month’s topic is “Challenges the Years Bring”. Everyone is welcome to join in with the discussion.
Coffee morning: The Methodist monthly coffee morning will take place in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Saturday from 10am to 11.30am. The proceeds will be for Manorlands.
History Group: The next meeting of the Farnhill and Kildwick History Group will take place in the institute on Monday, April 18, at 7pm. Group member Graham Taylor will talk on the Early History of Farnhill and Kildwick up to the Domesday Book.
GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098
Art classes: Watercolour art classes start today at 10am in the village hall annexe. Further sessions will be held on April 14 and 28. They are aimed at every level of experience from beginners to those who need to perfect their painting techniques. More information can be obtained from Alison on 07743 007784.
Pilates: Pilates classes resume following the Easter break tomorrow between 9am and 10am and also on Tuesday between 10am and 1pm. All classes take place in the village hall and further information can be obtained from 01756 749443.
Film night: Gargrave and Malhamdale Community Library will host of a screening of the much-acclaimed film, 45 Years, at Gargrave Village Hall tomorrow at 7.30pm. It is is a moving portrait of a marriage shaken to its core by things left unspoken. The now customary café-style seating will be in place and please bring your own refreshments. The doors open at 7pm and entry is £5 per person.
Illustrated talks: Harrying of the North – the next in the series of illustrated talks by Gillian Waters – will take place at 7.30pm tomorrow in St Andrew’s Church. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William the Conqueror moved northwards to take over the whole of England. Three years later, men from Gargrave joined an alliance of northern earls to rebel against the Normans. William the Conqueror retaliated by burning livestock and seed corn – this was known as the Harrying of the North. Gillian will look at these events and the impact of the Norman conquest on Gargrave. Future talks will be: People and Place Names of Craven, Friday, May 20; Gargrave Divided: A Tale of Two Manors on Friday, June 17, and Gargrave and the Tudor Rebellion on Friday, September 23.
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will take place in the village hall on Saturday between 10am and noon. All proceeds will be donated to the hall. You can also drop off any jumble for the sale in September.
Flea market: The next flea market, organised by Gargrave Village Hall, is on Sunday between 10am and 4pm. There will be numerous stalls displaying bric-a-brac, antiques, plants, crafts and home-made produce. Entry is 50p per person and refreshments will be available.
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, the church will hold a BCP Holy Communion at 8am and a Sung Eucharist at 10.45am. There will also be Evening Reflections in the church from 6pm.
Playground presentation: Gargrave Playground Association will hold a presentation on Monday from 7.30pm in the village hall annexe. All are welcome to attend and view the plans and make any comments regarding its proposals.
Women’s Institute: Gargrave WI will meet on Wednesday from 7.30pm in the village hall annexe. The speaker will be Sue Seeger who will give a talk on The Evolution of the Modern Miss.
Jumble sale: Gargrave Village Hall is accepting donations for its annual jumble sale in September so if you have anything to contribute then please bring it in during 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 coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire passing through the village. The Tour de Hall will be open from 10am and it will be an opportunity for everyone to view the recent re-decorations, see the splendid facilities and learn a little about all the different events which take place on a regular basis. Homemade refreshments will be available all day, so please pop in for a drink, homemade cake and a chat either before or after watching the Tour de Yorkshire pass through the village in the afternoon.
Jaywalkers: Local touring theatre group Jaywalkers will visit Gargrave Village Hall to perform two one-act plays on Saturday, April 30. Written by Alan Stockdill, Godfrey’s Last Stand tells the story of Godfrey Shackleton, a cricket umpire in the Yorkshire Dales league for half a century, whose big dream is to officiate an England-Australia match with sidekick Freddie Fitton as his fellow umpire. His chance comes thanks to a £3.2 million lottery win, but his daughter Donna is definitely not bowled over by the turn of events. The second play is The Holiday, by Peter Quilter. Shelley and Bob are getting divorced, but that hasn’t stopped them going on a final holiday together in Spain! Tickets are £7 and are available from Gargrave Library, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01756 760302. The performance starts at 7.30pm and the doors will be open from 7pm.
GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Theatre events: Tonight at 7pm, The Richard Whiteley 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. On Sunday, April 17, Community Cinemas will show the family film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip at 3.30pm. The Gigg lectures continue on Thursday, April 21, at 7pm with Sandy Allan: In Some Lost Place. In 2012, Sandy and his climbing partner Rick Allen reached the summit of Nanga Parbat, one of the world’s deadliest mountains. On Sunday, April 24, at 3pm, A Pocketful of Grimms takes a new look at some of the Grimm Brothers’ favourite tales, including Rumpelstiltskin, the Golden Goose, Cat and Mouse in Partnership and the original version of Beauty and the Beast. For further information, contact 01729 893180.
Women’s Institute: Giggleswick WI has moved to the Hobson Room at Giggleswick School and the next meeting is tonight at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For further details, contact 01729 825944.
GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Coffee morning: The coffee morning in Church House, on Saturday will be in aid of Leukaemia Research. It will start at 9.30am.
Farmers’ market: A farmers’ market will be held in the village square on Sunday from 9.30am. More than 10 stalls are expected to be present.
HEBDEN: Victoria Benn, 01756 751795
Duck race: The Hebden Institute Duck Race was held on Easter Saturday and the winning ducks were: 1 No 159, Lisa Bullough, 2 No 56, Elaine, 3 No 12, Alison Geldart, 4 No 168, Sylvia Buckley, 5 No 86, Judith Joy, 6 No 95, Janet Stockdale, Margaret Byrne. This year a special prize was donated by the Made with Hope Charity for the duck which was in last place. It went to Duck No 108, owned by Maureen Dean and Athina. Just over £200 was raised for institute funds.
HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845
200 Club: This month’s winners of the Institute 200 Club are: No 98, Eliz Towers, £5; No 18, Graham Thompson, £10; and No 90, Doreen Preston, £25.
Wesley Guild: The Wesley Guild will meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday at the Wesley Centre, Haw Grove. This is the last meeting of the current series and will feature Deacon Maggie Patchett talking about her work in Belize.
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning in the institute will be hosted by the North Craven Flower Club. It will start at 10am and will include a plant and produce stall, tombola and raffle. The Flower Club will also meet at the institute on Thursday, April 14, at 7.30pm for a demonstration by Nicola Davies-Murray.
Book Club: The Book Club will meet in Hellifield House on Thursday, April 14, from 8pm. Please come along and share your interest in literature.
Age Concern: The Age Concern Luncheon Club meets on Fridays at different venues. Coffee and tea is available prior to the meal. The numbers of persons attending should be given to Ellen Toome by the Wednesday morning, prior to the meeting. For more details, call Ellen on 850864.
HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235
St Oswald’s: A morning service will be held at St Oswald’s Church on Sunday at 9am.
INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835
IT session: On Tuesday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, new IT sessions will start in the community centre library. The sessions will end in July. No one is expected to attend every session although they can if they want to.
Defibrillator awareness: Ingleton Save a Life will hold defibrillator awareness at the community centre on Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The aim of this project is to have an effective community of people in Ingleton who are able to resuscitate in a cardiac arrest situation. There are training and awareness sessions every month at the community centre. To reserve a place, phone Jayne at the centre on 015242 41701. There is a suggested donation of £2.50.
Jumble money: The jumble sale in aid of Ingleton Middle CIC raised £450 towards new cookers for the kitchen renovation project. Once the kitchen has been refurbished, it will be available for hire to the community.
LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303
Church news: There will be Evensong at St John’s Church on Sunday at 3pm. The Easter Garden created by Kenneth Atkinson was praised by parishioners and visitors alike. One group from Bristol is going to take the idea back to their church, together with the custom of beginning the Easter Day service at the empty tomb in the garden. Please come to the church’s beetle drive at the village institute tomorrow from 7pm. There are activities planned to appeal to all age groups. There will be snacks and nibbles provided but bring along whatever you would like to drink.
Exhibition plea: The exhibition, 1926 and All That Jazz, would be enhanced if the team could borrow a couple of dressmakers’ or shop dummies. If you can help please let Helen Jarvis know on 825303. Although the exhibition is in June, work is already under way collecting interesting artefacts. If anyone can lend photographs of their family from 1926, please let Kate, Pam, Helen A or Helen J know.
Community Garden: Enough money has been raised to buy the land for a community garden and build the fences. The trust is now a registered charity and donations are eligible for tax relief.
Langcliffe Show: Volunteer stewards would be welcome at the show on August 20. Please contact Ian Johnson if you can help.
Women’s Institute: The April meeting of Long Preston WI will take place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall when the guest speaker will be Robert Philips from Hellifield Highland beef. On Wednesday, April 20, Long Preston WI will host the WI annual Craven Group Rally when entertainment will be provided by the Skipton Ukelele Band.
Coffee morning: Long Preston Methodist Chapel will hold a coffee morning in the village hall on Saturday from 10am to noon. There will be a cake stall.
New correspondent: We are looking for a next correspondent for Long Preston to take over from Heather Thomas-Smith. For more information, call the newsdesk on 01756 794117.
Discussion Group: Lothersdale Agricultural Discussion Group will meet at the Tempest Arms, Elslack, on Wednesday at 8pm. The speaker will be Carl Woodcock from Woodcocks Dairy.
RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087
Thursday Club: An expected 25 members will meet up in the Reading Room today at 12.30pm for lunch, followed by a talk with Peter Sharpe on his Travels.
SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Organ recital: There will be an organ recital, entitled A Song in Season, at Holy Ascension Church on Saturday at 7.30pm. It will be a concert of colourful music for organ, voice and flute by local composer Paul Fisher. The evening’s programme will feature: organists Tim Raymond, Graham Toft and Paul Fisher along with counter tenor Stephen Hogg. Entry is free with exit donations towards the organ fund.
Justice meeting: The Justice and Peace Group will meet with Judy Rogers of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust on Wednesday. The group is bringing a group of refugees from Bradford to help with the lambing in Malhamdale. It will organise a meal for them at the Friends Meeting House and a talk from Judy afterwards.
Victoria Hall: On Saturday, The Andy Lawrenson Trio will pay tribute to a great musician when it performs The Stephane Grappelli Story. The evening features many of the pieces which made him famous. Next Friday, April 15, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham will bring their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion to Settle. Aly Bain is Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler while Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist. Together, they promise an exceptional evening’s entertainment. An unexpected drama, The Iranian Feast, will be performed on Wednesday, April 20, when The Farnham Maltings stage a play with food from the heart of Persia. Part thriller, part cookery lesson, this is a story of a family working out how life will be in the future. On Friday, April 22, The Explosive Light Orchestra reproduces the exciting works of ELO live and, rounding off the month on Saturday, April 23, is The Way of the Drum (Mugen Taiko Dojo), a dynamic and captivating show, fusing primal rhythm, energy, choreographed movement and infectious humour with history and culture. For details and tickets, contact 01729 825718.
Karate: Karate classes will start at Settle Primary School on Tuesday and will run from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. The cost per session is £3. For details, contact 07925 973694.
Settle Soup: The next Settle Soup session will take place at Victoria Hall on Wednesday, from 6.30pm. The event is a mix of social gathering, micro fundraiser, grassroots ideas, Dragons Den – and Soup. Booking is essential. The concept is simple: a suggested donation of £4 on the door (£2 for under 18s) gives you a meal of soup, bread, tea and a vote for your favourite local community project pitched on the night.
Messy church: The next messy church session will take place in St John’s Hall next Sunday, April 17. The theme for activities and fellowship will be Two Tiny Coins. The session runs from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and will conclude with a hot meal. The session is free but there is an opportunity to donate towards cost of food and craft materials.
The Folly: The Folly season begins with two two hugely contrasting exhibitions. 1916: Chronicles of Courage is the third in the series of First World War exhibitions in association with the Heritage Lottery-funded Craven and the First World War project. 1916 was a momentous year, in which the people of Craven played their part with great courage. It was the year in which Conscription was introduced and Conscientious Objectors stood up for their beliefs. It was the year in which terrible battles were fought off Jutland and best-known of all on the Somme. The displays tell the stories of local men and women who served their country in many different ways: in the medical services and ambulance units as well as fighting in the trenches and at sea. They reveal acts of great bravery and humanity. The companion exhibition, Back in Settle, has been inspired by a remarkable Facebook group set up around three years ago by local man, Mick Harrison, to share stories and old photographs from the Settle area. There are now almost 1,600 people involved from all over the world and the stories and photographs are ones most people will never have seen before. The museum is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Fashion show: The Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to a fashion show at the venue on Thursday, April 21. The evening will start at 7.30pm and will feature a range of fashions by Ahernes of Hellifield. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine.
Give and take: Settle Eco group will hold a Give and Take Day on Saturday, April 23, at Victoria Hall. You are invited to bring along items which you no longer require (no clothing) and to take away any items which are of use to you. There will be the facility to display photographs of larger items and equipment. The event will run from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Gardening Club: Settle and District Gardening Club will meet on Wednesday, April 27, at 2pm at Townhead Court. The speaker will be Marguerite Hughes, who will gibe a talk, Taking the Fear out of Pruning.
WI workshops: Settle WI is holding two craft workshops on Wednesday, April 27, in the Catholic Church Hall, Craven Terrace. Annie Austen-Meek will demonstrate how to make a ‘Softpot’ garden container and Sue Amphlett, of Cottontail Crafts, will give an introduction to needlefelting – sculpting wool into figures and forms using a barbed felting needle. Each course costs £20 and includes all materials and tuition. Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are WI members or not. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day. To book, contact Sue Sellars on 01729 825145 or email suemsellars @yahoo.com.
Film night: Tramps will show A Separation as part of its the foreign film season at Victoria Hall on Wednesday, April 27, at 7.45pm. Admission is £5. The award-winning film is in Farsi/Italian with English subtitles and, set in modern Iran, it is about a couple who disentangle their marriage.
Theatre trips: Two theatre trips are planned for the summer. The first trip 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 trip costs £63. The latest booking date is May 28. For details of both trips, contact 01729 823978.
Illustrated talk: Margaret Smith will give an illustrated talk at St John’s Methodist Church on Monday, April 18, at 7.30pm. Admission is free.
Photographic Club: Settle Photographic Club will meet at Townhead Court on Monday, April 18, at 7.30pm. This meeting is the club’s annual general meeting and will be followed by a gallery entitled “My Favourite pictures since last AGM”. Members can submit up to four images each.
SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643
Amnesty Group: Silsden Amnesty Group will hold its next meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in Silsden Methodist Church. If you are interested in finding out more about its work and help supporting people across the world who face injustice, please go come along.
Camera Club: Silsden Camera Club will hold its annual general meeting at St James’ Church on Wednesday at 7.30pm. For further information, ring 01535 653528.
Musical night: Local artists will present The Sound of Musicals, a night of songs from some well-known musicals as well as classical and folk music, on Saturday, May 7, at 7pm. Tickets are available from Twiggs newsagents or can be bought on the door. They cost £6 for adults and £3 for children which includes light refreshments. All proceeds will go to Sue Ryder’s Manorlands hospice and Silsden Methodist Church.
Race night: St James’ Church will hold a race night next Saturday, April 16, at 6.30pm. The £5 admission charge includes entertainment and a pie and peas supper. Children under 11 are free. Funds will go to Mission Direct and the church.
Speakers Club: The 50th anniversary of the formation of the Craven Speakers Club will be marked with a celebratory dinner at Herriot’s Hotel in Broughton Road, on Sunday, May 8, when the club will welcome many past members and their guests. The accessible Craven Speakers Club training techniques have benefitted hundreds of individuals both in their careers and in their private lives. Representatives from around the UK have already booked for the celebration in order to renew friendships and share happy memories. For booking details, contact Eileen Ward on 01535 665278 before April 18.
Christ Church: Family Eucharist will be celebrated in Christ Church on Sunday at 9.30am and at 6.30pm the Stations of the Resurrection will form the service of Evening Prayer. The regular weekly service of Holy Communion will take place at 9.30am on Wednesday.
Messy church: A messy church session will be held at Trinity Methodist Church, in Westmoreland Street, on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. It will include activities, crafts and games as well as enjoying a story, song and reflection together. Refreshments will be available.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday the day starts with Holy Communion at 8am followed by the Parish Communion at 9.45am then refreshments. At 6pm, there is a service of Evensong. Toddle into Church is held every Tuesday at 2pm for all pre-school children and their parents or carers. On Wednesday, there is a BCP service of Holy Communion at 10.45am.
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held at the community centre, in North Street, Sutton-in-Craven, on Saturday at 10am.
Hall dance: The next community hall dance with Elizabeth Harrison is on Friday, April 15, at 8pm. Admission is £6, which includes supper. Raffle winners at the recent dance were B Newhouse, T Carr, A Wilcox, M Glover, F Shaw, E Wood, M Mitchell, J Sharples, B Moorhouse and B Smith.
Whist and dominoes: There were 12 tables in play at the last drive when the MCs were T Robinson and P Metcalfe. Winners were: whist, ladies – A Pike, P Witowski, M Wellock; gents – J Ogden, T Shaw, Stan Hogg, Low M Metcalfe; dominoes – C Eastwood, F Taylor, J Oddie, E Carefoot, G Berry, D Knight, low A Pickard; raffle – E Carefoot, B Garnett, M Wright, A Shaw, M Wellock, J Ogden, M Wellock, J Stainton, H Lofthouse and L Robinson. The next drive is on Saturday, April 16, at 7.30pm.
UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Quiz night: In view of the very positive feedback and popularity of the quiz night at the end of February in Cracoe Village Hall, a similar event is planned for the beginning of March 2017. The event attracted an excellent turnout with more than 100 people present and there were some wonderful puddings to round off the evening.
Annual meeting: Cracoe Cricket Club will hold its annual general meeting at The Devonshire Arms in the village on Thursday, April 14, from 7pm. All members are welcome to attend.
Fashion show: The fashion show, by Ahernes of Hellifield and held at Cracoe Village Hall in March, raised £2,170 for the Wharfedale Support Group for Manorlands Hospice. A thank you is extended to all those who supported the evening.
Book Club: Members of the Cracoe Book Club will consider the novel Folly, by Alan Titchmarsh, at their meeting on Tuesday. The evening will be hosted by Sue in Rylstone. For more information, call 01756 730345.
Women’s Institute: As part of the president’s challenges for the 90th anniversary, Rylstone WI members, in February, donated more than 100 cans of food to the Salvation Army in Keighley and the Skipton Food Bank; and in March, more than 100 books were collected and given to Oxfam Bookshop. For April, members are collecting toiletries and suggestions for future months include blankets. In July, the group plans to visit Haworth and The Bronte exhibition at the Parsonage.
Community Centre: The spring clean on Sunday has made a big difference and thanks go to everyone who helped in any way. Zumba starts at 7.30pm on Thursday and Craven Crafts meets on Fridays from 1pm to 4pm. Bacon butties and much more are on sale each Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Members of the Monday craft group will get together on Monday at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £10 are on sale for The Beatles tribute band Twist and Shout. They will be performing on Saturday, May 14, at 7.30pm and the ticket price includes a pie and peas supper. There will be a bar on the night.