A FREE open day in Embsay for people interested in a healthier lifestyle is due to take place on Saturday (May 18).

Embsay Wellbeing will launch at Embsay Village Institute Hall between 10am and 2pm when people will be able to speak to therapists and find out what they can offer.

All those going along will be entered into a free raffle with prizes including a 30 minute massage, a crystal healing bag or bracelet, a Reiki session, or a hypnotherapy relaxation session.

There will also be refreshments, with any profits going to an Embsay or Eastby based charity. The organisers will also be interested in hearing from other local therapists who would like to join the group.

Other events taking place in Embsay and Eastby are:

Churches: Sunday’s 9.30am service at St Mary’s Church will be one of Family Communion. The Methodist Chapel’s 10.30am service will be led by the Rev Janet Clasper and will include Holy Communion. Next Tuesday at 10.30am will see St Mary’s hold a quiet communion service and in the afternoon the church will be open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation between 2pm and 4pm. The Friendship Club meets every Tuesday between 10.15am 12.15pm in the Methodist Chapel. In term time Fridays will see the return of ‘Smiley Faces’ or toddler praise between 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Aimed at pre-school children and parents, grandparents and carers. Lots of toys, craft, a Bible story, singing, juice, tea, coffee and time to chat.

Bingo Night: Embsay Cricket Club’s next bingo night in the Village Hall is on Saturday. Doors open at 6.45pm with eyes down at 7.30pm. The maximum cost would be £10 if you run six tickets and all proceeds go towards the Club’s finances.

Institute Committee: The next meeting of the Village Institute Committee will be on Monday (May 20) at 7pm in the supper room at the hall. Anybody or group who is interested in hiring the hall and unsure of procedures and costs can contact any one of the following committee members: Ann Rawson, Roberta Cowley and Shona Watson.

Computer Group: With financial support from Embsay-with-Eastby Parish Council, local voluntary organisation, the Neighbourhood Project has launched a digital support service for residents in the two villages. Once a fortnight, a drop-in session will be run in the community library where people will be encouraged to bring their own tablet PCs, laptops and smart phones for help and there will be a small number of iPads for people to use if they do not have their own device. The next drop-in session will begin on Tuesday (May 21) from 2pm to 4pm, in the community library. A home service is also offered for people unable to get to this with up to ten visits for each person who takes it up.

Swishing: Swishing in the Summer offers people a chance to refresh your wardrobe by swapping clothes and accessories you are tired of or have outgrown, but are in good condition. A swishing evening will be held on Tuesday (May 21) at the Village Institute Hall between 7pm and 9pm.

Embsay Fairy Garden Trail: From July 14, the Skipton and Craven Parents Group is running a fairy garden trail around Embsay. The group needs as many people as possible, young and old to create a fairy scene in their garden. Members will provide the fairy door, thanks to Craven Psychology Practice, and every entry has the chance of winning a day ticket for up to four people at Harlow Carr Gardens. For more details email me at charlotte.kelsey@live.co.uk.