Quaker services: Quakers in Airton have regular quiet meetings for worship every Sunday at 2pm in the ancient Quaker Meeting House by the Green in Airton. Worship lasts for an hour. Refreshments in the Barn follow each meeting. Drop-in art and craft sessions are held every Thursday 10am to 2pm, and everyone is welcome.


Church news: Sunday, February 11, 9.30am, Holy Communion (Rev Steven Rathbone) at Austwick and 11am at Keasden. Lenten Lunch, Saturday, February 17, midday, Austwick Church. Simple lunch soup, bread and cheese – tickets £5 from the village shop.

Events & meetings: Austwick Film Night on Friday, February 9, Where the crawdads Sing. Tickets from Cross Leigh Store in advance £4.50 or at the door £5. Presentation stars at 7.30pm. Interval refreshments and bar available.

Austwick Parish Newsletter: January to April edition is posted on the village website also distributed to households in the village. Copy for the next edition should reach the editor by April 15.


Ewecross Historical Society: Mike Winstanley and John Wilson gave an intriguing, insight into historical crime in the local area at the meeting held in Bentham Methodist church on January 30. The illustrated talk, Crime and Policing in the 19th Century in Wray and Tatham, began with Mike giving the background to the development of policing. There was no public lighting, so the night watch, private security guards and game keepers supported the work of the unpaid parish constable, who served for a year, and then a new constable was elected from the community, each serving for one year. A new Borough Police Force was formed in 1835, there were nine policemen in Lancaster and five in Kendal, the cells in Lancaster were at what is now the museum, there was a cell at the police station in Bentham. John continued with extracts from the note books of Sergeant Bull, the policeman at Wray, whose beat covered a large area including villages on the west of the River Lune; he would probably have crossed on the ferry between Melling and Arkholme. Wray at that time was an industrial village with a bad reputation made even worse by the activities of the men building the nearby railway line. The speakers gave details of cases included drunkenness, assaults, vagrancy, missing people and sudden deaths. Sergeant Bull was criticised by the magistrate for requesting too many inquests on sudden deaths which proved to be by natural causes. Extracts were shown from newspapers of the time recounting the trials of criminals, and also wanted posters, on one someone had stolen a gate and on another a large cucumber had been taken. Names of law abiding people are found in the book as from 1860, because of an animal disease, the sergeant had to police the movement of animals from local farms: The next meeting on February 26 will be David Johnson with a field survey in the valley of Chapel le Dale.

Bolton Abbey

Rector’s message: The Old Testament reading this Sunday is about Noah and the flood. The reading reminds us, particularly, of God’s everlasting covenant with his people which was symbolised by a rainbow in the sky. This may seem an unusual reading on the Sunday before Lent. However, we are about to enter a period of forty days and nights when we remember our Lord fasting in the wilderness. This was a very tough time in his life and, equally, we too will have wilderness years in our own lives. This is an appropriate time therefore to be reminded that, whatever we have to endure, God will ultimately not let us down. Furthermore, at the end of these forty days and forty nights, his covenant will be renewed through his Son, Jesus Christ.


St Mary’s Church: Each Sunday at 11.15am; 3rd and 5th Sunday – Bread, Wine & Worship; 2nd & 4th Sunday – Parish Communion; 1st Sunday of each month – 8am BCP; 11.15am Family Praise. St Mary’s Coffee Pot is open each Friday between 2pm and 4pm.

Carleton pantomime: Alice in Wonderland, February 15, 16 and 17. Tickets on sale now from Carleton Village Hall 7.30pm and 2pm on the Saturday.

Coniston Cold and Bell Busk

St Peter’s Church Coniston Cold: Sunday, February 11, service of BCP Holy Communion at 9.30am led by Rev Andrew Steer. The following week is Ash Wednesday (February 14) and evening services of Holy Communion with ‘Ashing’ are available at our sister churches of St Andrew’s Gargrave, and at St Michael’s Kirkby Malham, both at 7pm. St Peter’s Church services are normally at 9.30am on the second and fourth Sunday of each month (BCP Holy Communion), and at 4pm on the first and third Sunday of each month (Compline Evensong).


Show: Cononley Village Institute is hosting the Garlic Theatre puppet show ‘The Nosy Little Troll’. A wonderful Norwegian tale with live music and storytelling. This performance is the only one in the area and is suitable for 3-8 year olds. Thursday, February 15. Matinee performance at 3pm, doors open at 2.30pm. For more, visit or book online at Adult £8, children £5. Children under twos are free (sitting on adult knee).


St Augustine: Sunday, February 11, 9.30am Morning Prayer.


Earby Tinnitus Group: February 5 to 11 is Tinnitus Week. This is a time when we look to push the subject nationally to make everyone aware of tinnitus. We discussed this at last night’s meeting and I would ask people to look at three things. Consider joining Tinnitus UK to promote more research into Tinnitus Care and Cure. Membership is only £30, but with this there are a number of third party offers that may interest you. If you take advantage of these this will far out way the payment. To join please follow the link

All Saints’ Church: On Friday, February 9, we are holding our weekly prayers for the Community in the lounge at New Road Community Centre between 10am and 10.30am. There is no service at All Saints’ Church on Sunday, February 11. We will be joining with St Mary’s at Kelbrook at 10.15am for Morning Worship.

Farnhill and Kildwick

St Andrew’s Church: There will be no service at St Andrew’s this Sunday (11th). All members of the parish are invited to attend a Joint Parish Holy Communion at St Mary’s, Bradley, starting at 10am. There will be a mid-week Ash Wednesday Holy Communion service starting at 9.30am on Wednesday (14th). St Andrew’s is open to visitors on most days, when the building is not in use, from about 10am until about 2pm.

Knit & Natter: Group will meet on Tuesday (13th), between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the upstairs room at Farnhill Institute. People are invited to come along with their knitting, crochet or stitching, or just to have a chat. Tea, coffee and biscuits served. £2.

Farnhill & Kildwick Institute AGM: The Institute AGM will take place on Tuesday (13th), starting at 7.30pm. All residents of the two villages are welcome to attend, and make comments and suggestions.


St Andrew’s Church: Sunday, February 11, 8am Matins; 11am Sung Eucharist. Everyone is welcome to either the service, or if you prefer, to join us for coffee at noon where you can either just chat or receive prayer.

Upcoming events: Saturday, February 17, Saturday Praise, from 6.45pm-8pm. Start with coffee and then one hour of prayer and praise in a relaxed style. All welcome.

Picnic supper dance: In the village hall on Friday evening. Live music will be provided by the talented Lancashire organist Elizabeth Harrison. The music will commence at 7.30pm until 11pm. Please bring along your own picnic supper. Tea and coffee will be provided in the interval. Admission is £6 per person on the door. A raffle will aid village hall funds.


St Alkelda’s Church: Just one opportunity to worship on Sunday, 9.30am for Morning Worship, so don’t miss it. There will be time for chatting and having a brew afterwards. There will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am on Ash Wednesday, February 14, marking the beginning of Lent.

Mothers’ Union: Tuesday, February 13, is Shrove Tuesday and members of Giggleswick with Settle Mothers’ Union will be serving pancakes in Settle Parish Church from 10.30am to 1pm. All proceeds will go to the Mothers’ Union ‘Make a Mother’s Day Appeal. Members meet together in the lounge at Limestone View on Wednesday, February 14, at 2pm.


Wharfedale Support Group/Manorlands Hospice: Our quiz night hosted by the Black Horse, Grassington, raised a superb £1,150. More than 80 people attended and enjoyed a fantastic evening and supper. The raffle was enormous and most people went home smiling, our special thanks go to Josh and Toby and also Ellie.Gemma and Millie who worked tirelessly throughout the evening. The support form everyone is appreciated so much by all at Manorlands a wonderful oasis of peace and tranquility.


Wesley Centre: There will be drop-in lunch today from noon. Community Pantry is held on Fridays from 2pm-3pm. Lego Church is held on Sunday from 10.30am. The Sunday service is at 2pm. Strong & Steady Class is held on Monday at 3.30pm. Kettlebells is Wednesdays from 6pm-8.30pm. A Warm Space with complimentary soup and sandwich lunch at the Wesley Centre on Mondays throughout February and March served from noon till 1.30pm. Warm Space with hot drinks also available on Fridays, 1pm- 3 pm. Phone Pauline with any queries on 07931511652.

North Craven Flower Club: Meets today from 2pm-4pm. The meeting is a practical afternoon where members will make a spring door-hanging, followed by refreshments. Contact Liz Palmer on 01729 840331.

Coffee morning: This Saturday’s coffee morning in the institute is a fundraiser for Bentham Pet Rescue. From 10am.

Institute 200 Club: The winners of this month’s 200 Club Draw are: 1st Jean Lister. 2nd Geoff Northin. 3rd Margaret Foster.

Valentine’s event: There will be entertainment at the Institute on Saturday evening. Doors open at 7pm. Local band Time Banditz will be playing 70s/80s pop, rock and soul. This is a BYO event. Ticketsfrom Karen on 01729 851070. Admission includes pie and peas.

Hellifield House: Slimming World is held on Mondays at 7pm. Contact Daiva on 07591 067861. Quizgo night will be Wednesday, February 14, from 8.15pm.

Women’s Institute: Meeting on Thursday, February 15, from 7.30pm. Talk by Jean Robinson on the Raikes Road Burial Ground in Skipton, and the history of some of its occupants. Guests are welcome for a small fee of £4.

Line dancing: Held on Fridays in the Institute from 1pm-3pm. Contact Jane on 07971 656461 for details.

Book group: Meet tonight in the Institute from 7.30pm till 9 pm.

Helisingers: Rehearsals are held in the Institute on Mondays from 2pm-4pm and Fridays from 9.45am to 11.30am. The production of Pirates of Penzance will be held in March on Thursday, February 21 (afternoon matinee) and Friday and Saturday evening, February 22 and 23. Contact Sue Alderson on 01729 554149 for details about joining the choir.


Church news: A service of Holy Communion for the combined parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe will be held in St Peter’s church at Stainforth on Sunday at 10.30am.


St Mary’s Church: On Sunday, February 11, Morning Worship is at 10.15am, where we will be joined by All Saints’, Earby.

Kirkby Malham

Church news: Sunday, February 11, we have a service of Holy Communion with hymns at 10am to which all are welcome. Looking ahead, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is on February 14, and we will have a 7pm Communion service with ‘Ashing’ that evening. St Michael’s is open from 9am to dusk every day of the year.

Long Preston

Used Postage Stamps: They can also be dropped off at the Methodist Church on a Sunday or Friday morning or anytime at 3 Ribblesdale Estate.

Church news: On Sunday, February 11, the service at St Mary’s will be morning prayer with Janet Wood at 11am. The service in the Methodist Church will be with Dr Stephen Dawes also at 11am.

Methodist church: Little Footsteps every Monday during term time in the Methodist Church. Come along and play, chat and snack at this free group. Lunch Club is in the Methodist Church every Monday at 1pm. £3 for a 2 course meal. Strong and Steady (gentle exercises) - continues at 1.30pm-2.30pm in the Methodist Chapel. This is followed by coffee and chocolate biscuits. Only £4 a session. Free transport availability.


Action on Climate Emergency Settle and area’s (ACE Settle): Saturday, February 10, 10.30am-12.30pm, Green Cafe at St John’s Methodist Church Hall. Our Fairtrade year of actions will be starting off with the Fairtrade 90kg Rice Challenge. 1kg of rice (either white or brown) at £4 will be available to buy. Cafe run by ACE: fairtrade coffee, tea and biscuits available, 10.30am-11am. Free.

Craven Conservation Group: “Limestone Pavements: A secret world under threat” is the title of the talk to be given by Carly Stevens, Professor of Plant Ecology and Soil Biogeochemistry, Lancaster University at St John’s Methodist Church, Settle, on Thursday, February 15, at 7.30pm. Members free, Non members £5.

Settle Scottish dancing class: New members and visitors welcome every Thursday evening, including this evening. 7.30pm, St John’s Methodist Church Settle parish church: Many thanks to everyone who called in for the First Saturday of the Month Bacon Butties morning last Saturday. Graham Toft, our church organist, added some romance to the occasion. He played requests if you pledged a donation to the Organ Restoration Fund. To mark North Yorkshire Libraries “Under 5s Week”John Frankland from Settle Library will be visiting our ‘Stepping Stones’ group on Thursday, February 8, to share a story and sing a few songs. Doors open at 10am. Giggleswick with Settle Mothers’ Union members will be busy again on Shrove Tuesday, February 13, serving pancakes,10.30am-1pm. All proceeds to Mothers’ Union “Make a Mother’s Day appeal”, which this year, will focus on empowering women around the world. The beginning of Lent is marked with a service, led by Rev Julie Clarkson, at 7.30pm on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Bowland and Ewecross Deanery Lent Meetings begin on Wednesday, February 21, at Holy Ascension. Coffees served from 7pm. Retired GP Dr Colin Renwick is the speaker at this first meeting. On Sunday, February 11, the first Sunday of Lent, Rev Julie Clarkson leads the service of Holy Communion at 11am.


Friends of the Craven Museum: Meeting on Wednesday February14, and features a talk by Anne Buckley, editor of the book German Prisoners of the Great War: Life in a Yorkshire Camp, entitled, The Great Escape: From Tsingtao to Skipton, telling of the exploits of one of the men who ended the Great War in Raikeswood PoW camp in Skipton. The meeting starts at 7.30pm, in the Education Room of Skipton Town Hall (enter after 7.15pm via the stage door on Museum Walk). Non-members welcome, fee £3.

Moorview Social Club: Quiz night to raise funds for Men’s Mental Health Charity, Andy’s Man Club on Saturday, February 24, starting at 7pm with a raffle, following with a quiz at 8pm.

Holy Trinity Church: Sunday, February 11, 9.45am Family Communion with HT Children’s Club; Wednesday, February 14, 10.45am Holy Communion (BCP) with Imposition of Ashes; noon Midday Prayer; 7pm Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes. Morning and Evening prayer daily at 8.30am and 5pm. The Holy Trinity Café reopened on Wednesday, January 31. The café is open 10am-2pm Wednesday to Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturdays. The shop is expected to open towards the end of February. Lent Course starts February 21 at 7pm in the cafe.

Skipton RSPB: This month our indoor meeting will be a presentation by Jeff Clarke, and it is entitled ‘Merseybeat’ on Wednesday, February 14, at 7.30pm. Jeff is a humorous and entertaining speaker, an ecologist and photographer. The meeting is in the usual venue, Skipton Baptist Church Hall, Rectory Lane, Skipton. Admission £4 with refreshments.

Skipton Retired men’s Forum: Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, in the Soroptimist Rooms in Otley Street. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 10am and at 10.30am, Barry Blood will give a presentation on “My Military Service – Part 2”.

Parkinson’s Physical Activity & Exercise Class: An exercise class specifically for people living with Parkinson’s and wanting to maintain and improve their strength, fitness, mobility and independence. Delivered by Eat, Move, Be Happy on Monday, February 12, 6pm-7.30pm in the Dance Studio at Skipton Academy, Gargrave Road, Skipton. Book online at or phone Anna Sherin on 07813 703585. £5 per session.

Skipton & District Parkinson’s Support Group Hub Club: A support, information and socialising opportunity for people living with Parkinson’s, their family and friends. Join us on Thursday, February 15, 2pm-3.30pm at The Hub, Skipton Town Hall. Hot drinks and biscuits included for only £2 per person. Phone Barbara Bentley on 01756 797742, or just come along.

Craven Speakers Club: Monday, February 12, at 7.15pm, Soroptimist Rooms, 28 Otley Street, Skipton. A safe space where you can ask questions, try out speaking techniques or just sit and listen. The variety of mini-talks and advice given ensure a stimulating evening. First meeting free. Visit or 01535 665278.

Christ Church: Sunday at 9.30am - Eucharist; Wednesday 9.30am - Eucharist.


Martons Both parish: Sunday, February 11, at 10am, at St Mary’s Church, Thornton-in-Craven. Holy Communion and Baptism of Esme Roper McFarlane. Guest Celebrant Rev Rod Geddes; Wednesday, February 14 - Ash Wednesday - 10 am Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes at St Mary’s Church, Thornton-in-Craven.