AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215:

Village Show: The village show held its annual open meeting last Tuesday when Molly Preston was elected the new president. Next year’s Austwick Village Show will be held on Saturday, August 20.
Women’s Institute: Austwick WI hosted the group competition night on Friday. Several teams from the local area took part and the quiz – on the theme of Yorkshire – was won by Giggleswick who received the trophy from the new president Elizabeth Booth.
Annual meeting: Austwick Field and Local History Society held its annual general meeting last Wednesday and this was followed by an excellent presentation by Roger Moore on Yorkshire Bridges. He explained thatYorkshire bridge builders were involved in the building of bridges as far away as Australia and the Far East. The next meeting is on November 18, at 7.30pm in the parish hall when Mike Slater will talk about The Early Wills of Upper Ribblesdale and Ingleton.
Hallowe’en night: Once again the Game Cock will host a charity fundraising event in aid of Austwick School on Saturday. Starting at 5.30pm, there will be a guided village wander for the village children who will be trick or treating. If you want them to call, please light a pumpkin or Hallowe’en decoration at your home. On the return to the Game Cock, there will be snacks and hot dogs for the children and a beer garden treasure hunt – a torch is essential. It will be followed by a pie and peas supper at 7.30pm and a fundraising auction. Auction items are needed and can be dropped into the Game Cock. Tickets are £5 and organisers are hoping to beat last year’s total of £1,800. Back by popular demand, the Revolverlites will provide music to dance the night away! Spooky Circus-themed costumes would be very welcome.
Film night: Austwick Parish Hall Council will present Far From The Madding Crowd tomorrow at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 on the door or £4.50 for advance purchases from Cross Leigh Stores.
Church news: On Sunday, there will be a 9.30am Holy Communion for All Saints; Day at Eldroth and an 11am Holy Communion at Keasden. The preacher at both services will be the Dean of Ripon.


Rotary Club: Eric Firth told fellow members of Barnoldswick and Earby Rotary Club of a lifetime of activity in his talk, This Sporting Life. He said that participating in football, running, athletics, canoeing, sailing, motorcycling, surfboarding and fell walking led to “incidents and accidents”, including a broken ankle and removal of a cartilage. But the most serious incident was on the second of two marathon runs. Wearing new running shoes, he had to slow down towards the end because of blisters. This could have saved his life as he was later diagnosed with a heart valve problem.
St Andrew’s: The Rev David Edmondson will lead the service at St Andrew’s Methodist Church at 10.30am on Sunday. The service will include the baptism of Harry Ogden. Brian Oliver will lead the 6pm service. Then at 7.30pm on Monday, Harold Hoggarth will give an audio visual presentation on The Way Things Used To Be. On Friday, November 6, the St Andrew’s Toddler Group will meet in the Baptist Church Centre from 9.30am to 11.30am.


Priory Church: On Sunday, there will be an 8am Communion (said), a 9.15am liquid family service and a 10.30am Sung Eucharist. The 4.30pm Evening Prayer service will remember those who have died, especially during this past year. Names will be read out and candles lit in their memory. On Wednesday, there will be a said communion service at 10am. The new Priory Christmas card is now for sale.
Wednesday Nighters: The group will meet at Bolton Abbey Village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm when Gordon and Ann Sharp will entertain with their musical slide show entitled Spellbound in the North Riding. Everyone is welcome. Entrance is free, with a raffle held to cover the costs. The Christmas dinner will be held on December 2 and tickets will be on sale at the November meeting or are available from Barbara Pickersgill on 01756 710630.
Mince Pie Bazaar: This year’s mince pie bazaar will be held in the village hall on Saturday, November 21, from noon to 3pm. Charities can take a table in return for a donation of a dozen homemade buns, mince pies or a cake. All the money taken from each table goes to benefit their particular charity. To reserve a table, ring Margaret Cody on 01756 710587.
Photography exhibition: Students at The Skipton Academy will hold a photography exhibition in the Priory from Wednesday to November 18. Seven pupils took part in a workshop at Bolton Abbey, led by award-winning photographer and past pupil Stephen Garnett. It will be open daily from 10am to 4pm.

BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369:

Charity event: The Slaters Arms is hosting a fun charity event on Saturday. Two-person teams will be challenged to see how far they can get from the Slaters Arms and return within 24 hours – participants must wear fancy dress and will not be allowed to carry mobile phones or money. The challenge starts at 12.30pm and will raise cash for the Movember Foundation.
Table top sale: St Mary’s Church will hold a fair, with a table top sale, in the village hall on Saturday, November 14, from 10am to 3pm. Tables are available for £10. For further information, contact Anne Hunt on 01535 636179.
Christmas fair: There will be a Christmas fair in the village hall on Saturday, November 28, from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be Christmas wreaths for sale and to order, along with gifts, decorations and crafts. Anyone wishing to book a stall should contact Susan Dobson on 01535 633363 or 07823 347561. Proceeds will be donated to The Springfield Project and Bradley School’s charity Kasin.
Women’s Institute: Twenty seven members of the Bradley Women’s Institute attended last Monday’s meeting, when Gail Evans gave an interesting demonstration on making sugar paste characters. If you are interested in joining the group, then come along to the next meeting at 7pm on Monday, November 16, in the village hall.
School news: Pupils received a special card from the Rays of Sunshine charity, thanking them for their very donations of gifts for the charity’s winter party. The school council’s recent bun sale raised £120, which was used to buy paper, pencils, crayons and pencil sharpeners for a school in Nepal. Friends of Bradley School are running a 100 Club, which costs £12 per ticket for 12 months. If you would like to buy a ticket, they will be available for sale in the playground on Thursdays and Fridays between 3.15pm and 4pm. Class two enjoyed a trip to Withernsea Lighthouse and Withernsea Lifeboat Centre. The school is collecting tokens from promotional 500g tubs of Flora Original, Light and Buttery. For every 50 tokens the school will receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet.


Knitted Bible: The knitted bible will be on display at St Mary’s Church during November. It consists of 35 hand-knitted Bible scenes including David and Goliath, Jonah and the Whale, the Nativity and many more. On loan from St George’s URC in Hartlepool, the exhibit is on a two-year tour of the country. A preview evening will be held on Friday, November 6, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Booking for this evening is essential and tickets are £5. They are available from church.
Hallowe’en events: Carleton Community Umbrella has organised several Hallowe’en events to take place in and around The Swan Inn on Saturday. There will be a free children’s disco from 2pm to 4pm and a scary ghost walk from 8pm to 9.30pm for which tickets cost £3. They can be purchased in advance from The Swan and Carleton Village Store or pay on the night. The walk will be followed by free Hallowe’en Party with live band from 9.30pm. Hallowe’en fancy dress is encouraged.
Bonfire party: Carleton will hold a bonfire and fireworks party on Saturday, November 7. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks will start at 7pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £2 for children and free for pre-school youngsters. Hot food and drink will be on sale.

CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135:

Village Store: Clapham Village Store will launch its own branded products displaying their new logo, designed by a local artist at an event on Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm. Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of wine and sample a wide range of items, including homemade Christmas cake. The supplier will be on hand to talk about the new range and answer any questions. The shop is now taking orders for homemade Christmas cakes before November 10 for delivery in December. The store’s opening times for winter come into effect from Monday and are: Monday to Wednesday from 8am to 5.30pm, Thursday 8am to 6.30pm, Friday 8am to 5.30pm and during the weekend it will be open between 8am and 1.30pm.
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St Peter’s Church: On Sunday, St Peter’s will hold a Holy Communion from 9.30am.
Young Farmers: Last Tuesday, members of Coniston Cold Young Farmers took part in a public speaking competition at the Richard Tottie Memorial Hall. The results were: 1 Paddy Capstick, 2 Gemma Darwin, 3 (tie) Jack Pinder and Robin Schofield. Next week’s meeting is a bonfire at High Ground Farm, Hellifield.

CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872:

Christmas Fair: Cononley Village Institute and the Friends of Cononley School will hold a joint Christmas fair this year. It will take place at the institute on Sunday, November 29, from 10am to 4pm. Alongside the craft stalls, there will be lots of fun activities with games, competitions and novel ideas for making Christmas special. Admission is free and all proceeds will be shared between the school and the institute.
Cononley Singers: The Singers enjoyed their second annual dinner at Herriots Hotel, Skipton. Thanks go to John Evans and Sue Smith for organising it and to Sue for her autumnal table decorations. The Singers sang the national anthems on the pitch at Keighley Cougars at the benefit match against Wales commemorating Danny Jones, the player who tragically died during a game earlier this year. The Christmas concerts will take place on Friday, December 18, in Cononley Institute and on Saturday, December 19, at Christ Church in Skipton.


Moonrakers: The October meeting of Moonrakers – the Cowling local history group – saw each member who visited Holy Trinity Church add to the report of the visit, which will be on the website soon. Another item under discussion was the proposed visit to Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley. Next month, the group will present its latest knowledge on Freegate Mill. It would like to hear from anyone with historic information about the mill. The group thanks Dorothy Holmes (formerly Makin) and Joan Tindale for donating documents in their care to Moonrakers. Some of the October meeting was spent looking at these.

DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305:

St Augustine’s: On Sunday, St Augustine’s will celebrate Holy Communion at 9.30am.
Tea party: The monthly afternoon tea party will be held on Monday at 2.30pm in the village hall.

EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617:

Churches Together: The Rev Malcolm King dinner and dance will be held at the New Road Community Centre on Saturday, November 14, at 6pm for 6.30pm. The evening will feature the presentation of the Malcolm King Shield. Tickets cost £9.50 and are available from David Hartley on 01282 842617.
Remembrance Sunday: Remembrance Sunday will take place in Earby on Sunday, November 8. Meet at the New Road Community Centre at 2pm and the procession will leave at 2.10pm. The service at the war memorial in Sough Park starts at 2.30pm. Hot drinks will be available in the centre afterwards.
St Peter’s: The Rev Wilf Robinson will lead the 10.30am Holy Communion service on Sunday. The gentle exercise class is at 1.30pm on Monday. The next church lunch will be on Wednesday, November 11. St Peter’s is now officially designated as a Fairtrade Church.

EMBSAY WITH EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197:

Age UK: The next Age UK event will be in Embsay Village Hall today from 1pm to 3pm. There will be a number of speakers who will cover claiming benefits, online shopping, saving money with insurance, holidays, food shopping, reducing energy bills and reducing income tax bills.
Embsay churches: On Sunday, the Methodist Chapel’s 10.30am communion service will be led by Jim Hope while St Mary’s will hold its annual gift day, which includes an all age worship at 9.30am and a BCP Holy Communion service at 11.15am. On Tuesday, St Mary’s will hold a communion service at 10.30am and the church will the open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation between 2pm and 4pm. Smiley Faces will meet tomorrow at 1.45pmfor pre-school children their parents, grandparents and carers. The Methodist Chapel’s Friendship Club is still temporarily suspended due to ill health.
Saturday buses: The long-awaited resumption of a Saturday bus service began at the weekend. Operated by York Pullman on behalf of Dales & Bowland CIC, the service forms part of the X75 Skipton/Harrogate service, albeit with a different route number, 14, to serve Embsay. It is hoped parishioners will take advantage of this service. Departure times from Embsay are 10.55am, 1.55pm and 4.15pm.
Flower Club: The Embsay-with-Eastby Flower Club’s November meeting is on Tuesday and is a practical evening called Explosions. Members are asked to bring their own flowers and containers. The venue is Embsay Village Hall at 7.30pm.
Embsay Players: Tickets are on sale for this year’s pantomime Cinderella. It runs from Wednesday, November 25, to Saturday, November 28. All evening performances start at 7.15pm and the Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. The Saturday night performance will also see the Pre-School Playgroup’s grand raffle draw, tickets for which are available from the pre-school, parents and staff. Panto tickets are available at the Paper Shop on Shires Lane.
Steam Railway: Hallowe’en Specials will run on Saturday and on Sunday. Advance booking is essential . Santa Specials will commence on Sunday, November 29, and again pre-booking is vital. These very popular trains will run on Saturdays and Sundays in December and will run to and from Bolton Abbey station and will not call at Embsay station.
Parish council: The parish council has decided to invest in the use of vehicle-activated speed signs at appropriate points through the villages as well as speed tables (speed humps) at a critical point in East Lane. The volunteer scheme promoted by Cllrs Benjamin and Kirkbride continues to attract membership with a current total of 80 individuals who are willing to undertake a wide range of various activities to help maintain the parish. A start has been made in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority on footpath upgrading, both adjacent to the Millholme Nature Reserve and the path from the field behind the car park towards the church. A parish litter pick is planned for Saturday, November 7. Within the last few days, a new, full application, following the outline consent granted last year, has been made in respect of the field to the west of the cricket field and the Shires Lane allotments. The council’s planning working party has drawn up some initial observations with a view to inviting the applicant’s agent to enter into discussions to clarify some aspects and seek improvements.
Community library: On Wednesday, the library will hold the first of six story and singing sessions for children under five and their carers. Run by retired nursery school head Claire Toberman, the sessions will take place between 2pm and 3pm and are free.

FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880:

St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, services will be Holy Communion at 8.15am and Family Communion with Baptism at 10am. On Sunday, November 8, is Remembrance Sunday and the parish communion will start at 9.45am and be followed by an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 10.55am. Also next Sunday, there will be a Messy Church for families at 2.30pm.
Village Pump: The Village Pump – the over 50s group – will meet in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Beetle drive: A beetle drive will be held in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute tomorrow from 7pm. The cost will be £3 per person and £8 for families.

GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 738098:

Swing Commanders: The popular band, the Swing Commanders, will appear at the village hall from 7.30pm tomorrow and the entry fee is £10 per person payable on the door. There will be a bar and hot beef sandwiches can be purchased.
Coffee morning: The Gargrave Playground Association will hold a Hallowe’en coffee morning in the village hall on Saturday from 10am and noon.
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, St Andrew’s will hold a BCP Holy Communion at 8am and an All Saints Day Eucharist at 10.45am. There will also be an All Souls drop-in at the church between 2pm and 4pm.
Parish council: The parish council will meet from 7.15pm on Monday in the village hall annexe.
Society meeting: The Fuchsia and Geranium Society will meet from 7pm on Wednesday in the village hall annexe.
Pilates: There will be no classes during half term break. A new seven-week block will begin at Gargrave Village Hall next week, on Fridays at 9am and Tuesdays at 10am and 11.30am. The 11.30am Tuesday group is inclusive for those who don’t want to get down to the floor but would prefer to remain seated or standing. For more information, contact Beatrice on 01756 749443.

GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:

Theatre events: On Thursday, November 5, join Giggleswick pupils and staff at the Richard Whiteley Theatre as they pay tribute to the musical theatre through the decades in A Night at the Musicals. On Sunday, November 8, Community Cinema will be showing Disney Pixar animation Inside Out (U) . This will commence at 3.30pm. The photography of local wildlife photographers Tony and Carol Dilger takes centre stage in the foyer gallery when their new exhibition Just Two Clicks opens on Sunday.
St Alkelda’s: The church is appealing for new choir members. There is choral evensong once a month and 11am services on Sunday in addition to a one-hour practice on Tuesday. Those interested should contact 015242 51388 for further details.


Young Farmers: Gisburn Young Farmers met at the Festival Hall for an evening of bingo. Everyone enjoyed the night with a few members making a small profit. There is no meeting until November 9, when the club will try its hand at cake decorating.


Women’s Institute: October’s meeting of Glusburn and Cross Hills Women’s Institute was a talk by Martin Lunn about Women Astronomers and the important role they have played in the history of space. There was also a well-supported pink raffle to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. The next meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Cross Hills Social Club when members will have a talk on African Beadwork and Textiles by Susie Hart.

GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605:

Embroiderers’ Guild: At the next meeting on Wednesday at 1.30pm, member Sue Ingles will give a talk in residence at East Riddlesden Hall. Admission is £7.50. Bookings are also being taken for an all-day Felted Head workshop on December 2. For more information, contact 01756 752054.

Coffee morning: The local Guides and Brownies will host Saturday’s coffee morning in Church House.
Community Cinema: Grassington Community Cinema presents The Nut Job on Saturday from 4.30pm. The evening show – which starts at 7.30pm – is the Second Best Marigold Hotel. The screenings take place in the town hall’s Octagon Theatre.
Garden talk: Courtyard Planters from the Garden Centre, Otley, will be guests at next Thursday’s meeting of Grassington and District Horticultural Society. They will talk about plants for winter interest when members meet in the town hall’s Octagon Theatre from 7.30pm.
Volunteers needed: The Hub in Grassington is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested should contact Ann Wild on 752222.
Friendship Club: Kate Beard will talk about her work with Grassington Festival to the Friendship Club when it meets in Church House this afternoon from 2.15pm. Next Thursday, the guest speaker will be Mary Wilkinson, from Grassington Players.
Wrong date: The Hallowe’en Disco in the town hall will take place tomorrow (and not Saturday as previously mentioned). The children’s party will take place from 5.30pm and there will be a disco for adults at 8pm.

HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845:

Age Concern: Age Concern returns to the Boars Head tomorrow, following last week’s outing to Sycamore Farm, Burnley. There is a shopping trip to Morrisons on November 17, and an outing Wednesday, November 25.
Flower Club: North Craven Flower Club will present Christmas Greetings on Tuesday, November 10, at 7.30pm in Victoria Hall, Settle. It will be presented by John Dalton and the doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £8 from 01282 842467.
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning in the institute will be on behalf of the church. It will start at 10am.

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235:

Parish council: Representatives from Heart Research UK outlined their ideas for their Three Peaks Walk in June 2016. This will be the 20th year and the charity wants to put on an event which will benefit organisations in the parish by making it a family fun day with competitions, stalls, displays and exhibits. Representatives from Tarmac gave an update on progress with road and footpath improvements requested at Helwith Bridge and to advise that they were preparing a planning application to extend the working life of Arcow Quarry. A member of the public raised concerns about organisations who were intending to run the Three Peaks overnight and requested that a public meeting be arranged. This will be included on the agenda for the November meeting. Notification had been received that permission has been refused for building works at St Anne’s Cottage, Douk Ghyll. Cllr Fleming will lay the parish council wreath at the Remembrance Day service on Sunday, November 8. There are two vacancies for parish councillors and any villager who would be interested should contact the parish clerk. The next meeting will be in the village hall on Monday, November 9, at 7.30pm.
Show meeting: Horton-in-Ribblesdale Show Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday at 7pm in the village hall. The agenda will include a resume of the 2015 show and forward planning for the 2016 event.
Parish service: Sunday’s combined parish service for All Saints’ Day will be held at St John’s, Langcliffe, at 3pm. The congregation will be joined by Bentham Praise Ladies Choir.
Autumn fair: Members and friends of St Oswald’s Church will hold their annual autumn fair in the village hall on Saturday, November 7, from 2pm to 4.30pm.

INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835:

Rural association: At the October meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association, chairman Carl Lis warned that the village may lose the recycling bins on the community centre car park, due to inappropriate rubbish being dumped in and around them. The regeneration of the village centre will begin with improving the centre car park and also better signage in the village. The WI enjoyed a successful craft workshop day, with a delicious lunch provided by Lazy Daze Catering. St Mary’s Church is holding a Body Shop event with Christmas gifts on Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm. Tea and cakes will be sold to raise money for the Church Roof Fund. There will be a jumble sale in aid of the Old People’s Welfare on Saturday at 2pm in the community centre to raise money for the Christmas party on Friday, December 11. Anyone who would like to be included on the list should contact Elizabeth Culshaw on 41647. Christmas dinner will be served at the Methodist Chapel on Christmas Day. Thanks were expressed to everyone for a very successful Macmillan coffee morning. The panto has now been cast and rehearsals have been going for two weeks. There will be a variety show in November. The NSPCC is holding a Fashion Show at the centre on November 20, and a psychic evening will be held at the Working Men’s Club on November 30. There will be a jumble sale in aid of the 1940s Weekend on January 24. The £20 winner in the 200 Club was Bev Wood. Elaine Bateson was second with £10 and Gill Ormrod, Joan Mitton and Mauricia Aldred each won £5. The jackpot was won by Margaret Seaton.


Young Farmers: Lawkland Young Farmers held poultry judging. The results were: junior girls – 1 Abbie Richards, 2 Georgia Thornton, 3 Molly Taylor; junior boys – 1 Luke Harrison, 2 James Thornton, 3 Angus Ogden; senior girls – 1 Steph Cowgill. Next week’s meeting is ten-pin bowling at Skipton.

RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087:

Young Farmers: Twenty members from Rathmell Young Farmers’ Club met at the Reading Room for an evening of pumpkin carving. Results were: junior girls – 1 Jessica Baines, 2 Amelia Fawcett, 3 Jessica Sowerbutts; junior boys – 1 Jonathan Booth, 2 Liam Halliday, 3 Ethan Cottam. At the Settle District quiz held last week, Laura Robinson, Anna Booth, James Bradley and Tom Dean won the overall prize. Next week’s meeting will be a public speaking practice at Rathmell Primary School.

SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:

Refugee crisis: From the end of October, goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open. These will then be transferred to a centre in Manchester from where they will be taken for distribution. If there is no one on duty in the box office, items can be placed behind the table curtain in the foyer. Goods required include tents, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, baby food (tinned and in jars) and tinned foods (no meats) especially beans, lentils, tuna and pulses.
Kwezana link: Pupils in Settle have been telling pupils at Kwezana about their recent harvest festival celebration. They have also been preparing for the visit of Kwezana teacher Zukie Buwa. She will be arriving in Settle on Friday, November 6, and will spend a week in school working with pupils and staff.
Victoria Hall: November offers a positive cornucopia of goodies, beginning on Sunday with First Sunday Folk featuring Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western swing, blues, gypsy jazz and country. On Saturday, November 7, is the turn of the Jon Palmer Acoustic band, a six-piece folk, roots and rock ‘n ‘roll combo. Jez Lowe and Steve Tilson bring their Writes and Songs tour to Settle on November 15, and Skerryvore will perform its unique blend of Scottish and Irish traditional Celtic music fused with the urban sounds of rock and funk to the hall on November 18.
Photographic group: Settle Photographic Group will meet at Townhead Court on Monday at 7.30pm when the theme will be Getting it Right in Camera. This will take the form of a discussion of some of the techniques to improve photos. The members’ gallery for the evening will be It’s Nature.
Coffee morning: There will be a coffee morning at St John’s Methodist Church on Tuesday from 10am to noon. Money raised at this event will support the work of the Methodist Church in Sierra Leone with victims of Ebola and also those in need in Nepal following the earthquake.
Freda’s Playgroup: Starting on Tuesday, Freda’s Playgroup will hold a free toddlers’ session between 9.30am and 10.30am. This will operate during term time only and will offer a range of activities.
Eco Nite: Many thanks go to everyone who gave up their time to help at the latest Give and Take Event on Saturday. It was a great success. The next Eco Nite will be held at 7pm on Wednesday at The Royal Oak.
Art and coffee: Artists Linda Clemence and Liz Smart are celebrating their 10th annual art and coffee event at the Friends Meeting House in Settle. Original paintings, sketches and cards will be available together coffee and homemade biscuits. The event runs on Thursday, November 5 (1pm to 4.30pm), and next Friday and Saturday (10am to 4.30pm on Friday and Saturday).
Christmas market: A Christmas market organised by Jack’s Journey in aid of Brain Tumour research will be held at St John’s Hall on Saturday, November 7. The event will host a number of stalls and there will also be a raffle and a cake stall.
Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 8pm to 11pm. If possible please contact 01729 823259 or 824038 by next Friday to confirm attendance. All proceeds will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Flower club: North Craven Flower Club will hold a demonstration session at Victoria Hall on Tuesday, November 10. Entitled Christmas Greetings, the evening will be led by John Dalton and will commence at 7.30pm. Please note that admission is by ticket only. They cost £8 and can be obtained from 01282 842467.
Justice talk: Churches Together in Settle and District Justice and Peace Group will host a talk by Professor Andrew Sayer on Wednesday, November 11, at the Friends Meeting House. Entitled Why We Can’t Afford the Rich, it promises to be a thought-provoking evening. The meeting will commence at 7pm.
Amnesty letters: Amnesty International letter writing sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month between 5.30pm and 8.30pm at Friends Meeting House. These are drop-in sessions and people are invited to go along for around half an hour and write letters. Information and advice will be available regarding content. The next session is on November 18. For further details, contact 01729 268912.
Settle Orchestra: On November 21, Settle Orchestra will hold an hour-long family friendly concert at Settle College, commencing at 7pm. The programme has been designed especially with children in mind and will include Humperdinck’s Overture to Hänsel und Gretel, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Williams’ The Phantom Menace from Star Wars and Bizet’s Habañera and Toreador’s song from Carmen. Admission is free and seats can be booked in advance by emailing On November 28, there will be a concert at Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm. The programme will include all of the above plus Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Op.46. Tickets are available from orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or contacting 01729 825806.

SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643:

All Stars: Silsden All Stars will host a Hallowe’en party at Sunnybank Social Club on Saturday from 4pm to 6.30pm. Entry is £1.50 per person or £5 for a family. Pay on the door.
Thriller tribute: Silsden AFC will present Michael Jackson’s Hallowe’en Thriller tribute at the sports club on Saturday. Strictly for 18-year-olds and over, the event will include a DJ and guests are invited to wear fancy dress. Tickets are available from or the sports bar.
Civic Society: The Civic Society will meet in the Methodist Church on Thursday, November 5, when Alun Pugh will give a talk entitled Teaching and Interruptions to My Holidays. Doors open at 7pm.
Coffee morning: There will be a special coffee morning on Saturday, November 7, at 9am in St James’ Church Hall when a group of Year 5 girls from Hothfield School will raise funds for Manorlands. It will include tea, coffee, cakes, tombola, raffle, name the teddy and various stalls.
Coffee and cakes: The Coffee, Cakes and Camaraderie coffee morning will be held at the Methodist Church on Saturday, November 7. There will be all the usual stalls and refreshments between 9.30am and 11.30am.
Camera Club: There will be no meeting of the Camera Club on Wednesday, but there will be a chairman’s evening with Rodney and Helen on Wednesday, November 11. For further information, contact 01535 653528.
Farm Proms: The Proms on the Farm will hold a 1940s and 1950s evening on November 27, at Sunnybank Social Club.Tickets cost £6 from Twiggs or on the door. Songs from the era will be played by DJ Jeff Wallbank and sung by Miss Kitty Lamar. It will raise funds for Manorlands and Silsden Methodist Church.


Book sale: Skipton Soroptimists will hold a book sale in the Soroptimist Rooms, in Otley Street, on Saturday from 11am and 2pm. Refreshments will be served, for which donations are invited, and the proceeds will be divided between Arthritis Research UK and Wateraid – the chosen charities of president Betty Mendoza.
Christ Church: Holy Communion is celebrated regularly each week on a Wednesday at 9.30am, and is followed at 10.30am by Toddler Praise for small children accompanied by their parents and guardians. This is an informal meeting in church, followed by play and refreshments in the church hall. Sunday is the Feast of All Saints and the Family Eucharist will be celebrated by the guest preacher, Canon Paul Greenwell, Canon Precentor of Ripon Cathedral.
Retired Men’s Forum: Elaine Clare, assisted by her husband, Richard, spoke about their experiences at an orphanage near Chennai, India, where there are no social services nor social security. It looked after 65 children, aged from five to 18, and they relied entirely on charity or sponsorship for their survival. Next week, Dr Mike Green will talk about RDFS Australia. The forum meets on Tuesdays at 10am in the Soroptimists Rooms, in Otley Street.
Ukulele Festival: The Skipton Three Links Club is set to host its first ever Ukefest this weekend. It will include ukulele performances and workshops, with artists and tutors from far and wide. It will start with a performance by Chris McShane tomorrow at 8pm. On Saturday, there will be a 1.30pm performance by the local ukulele group U3 and, in the evening, there will be The George Formby Experience, which will be a performance by Paul Casper, arguably the foremost George Formby impersonator in the country. On Sunday, Ukefest will sign off with an Open Mic Ukulele session at 1.30pm. In between the concerts, there will be various workshops and further details can be obtained from Derek Stansfield on 07450 191561 or at
War Chronicles: David Birks told members of Skipton History Society about his father Hubert’s experiences as a Japanese prisoner-of-war on Java during the Second World War. David has published a book which chronicles his father’s diary entries from that time. He told members details of his father’s military service and in particular the horrors of life for him and thousands of his fellow servicemen in the camps. Some of Hubert’s friends did not survive and when the men were finally liberated many were like living skeletons. The next meeting is on November 12, when Dr David Johnson will give an illustrated talk on Traditional Farm Buildings in Upper Ribblesdale.
Centenary celebrations: Various members of Skipton with Stirton and Thorlby WI gave accounts of the federation quiz and centenary celebrations at Hellifield WI and Cononley WI to which they had gone as guests. Arrangements were made for the next visit to Ilkley Playhouse and the next meal out. The WI adviser Cynthia Kent, who will oversee the business of the annual meeting and the election of next year’s president, was welcomed. At next month’s meeting Andrew Swinscoe will talk about Artisan Farmhouse Cheese and its History. Members meet at the Soroptimist Rooms in Otley Street every third Tuesday of the month.
Holy Trinity: If you live alone, coffee and cake is waiting for you this morning at the Church Café at Holy Trinity Church between 11am and noon. Sunday is All Saints Day and at 5pm there will be a special Songs of Praise – For All the Saints – open to everyone. Please note, throughout the winter months, Sunday evening services start at 5pm. As usual, the day starts with Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Parish Communion at 9.45am and then the family service, All in Church at 11.30pm, preceded by refreshments. Morning Prayer is said at 9am on weekdays and mid-week Holy Communion takes place at 10.45am on Wednesday morning. Toddle into Church, for pre-school children and their carers, is held at 2pm on Tuesday.

Annual bonfire: Steeton Cricket Club will hold its annual bonfire on Thursday, November 5, with the fire lit at 6.30pm followed by a firework display. Admission is £8 per family or £3 per person. There will be a barbecue for food and the bar will be open for drinks.

Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held at the community centre, in North Street, at 10am on Saturday. All money raised will go to church funds and everyone is welcome.
Church services: On Sunday, St Thomas’ will hold a 10.30am Holy Communion and a 3.30pm memorial service where people can remember loved ones who have died and light a candle in their memory. All are welcome to attend this short service, which will be followed by refreshments. On Wednesday, there will be a Holy Communion at 10am.
Tea dances: Tea dances are held in Sutton Village Hall every Thursday at 1.45pm. Admission is £2, which includes refreshments.

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Fireworks display: A fireworks display will be held at the Devonshire Arms, Cracoe, next Friday from 7pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and include a homemade pie and pies supper.
Harvest money: Tins and packet food from the harvest festivals at St. Mary’s Churches, in Kettlewell and Conistone, were delivered to Skipton Food Bank and fresh produce to the Salvation Army in Keighley. Proceeds from the lunch and collection plates amounted to £276.43, which will go to help the refugee crisis.
Paddington: Amerdale Hall, Arncliffe, will screen the film, Paddington, tomorrow from 7pm. Bring your bear and dress in pyjamas. A bar, refreshments and a hot dog supper will be available.

Community Centre: October’s 100 club winner was D Caton. Ladies need to pay their deposits to Audrey for the Christmas meal on December 2, at 7.30pm. Tickets for Pocket Panto’s Aladdin on Sunday, January 3, are now on sale. Wigglesworth Village Show is on Saturday at the community centre. There will be classes for children, domestic, handicraft, floral art and photography exhibits. Judging will start at 11am, with the show opening at 2pm. Refreshments will be available and there will be a fancy dress competition for Halloween. There will be a big clean-up at the hall and grounds on Sunday from 9.30am. Volunteers are wanted.