AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215:
Church news: On Sunday, there will be a morning prayer service at Austwick at 9.30am, Holy Communion at Keasden at 2pm and Holy communion at Eldroth at 6.30pm. Next Thursday, January 14, Austwick School will take part in an Epiphany service at the church at 10.30am.

St Andrew’s: On Saturday there will be a family Messy Church with a new year theme, and on Sunday the 10.30am service will incorporate the annual covenant service and communion. Both this and the 6pm service will be led by the Rev David Edmondson. Future meetings and services will be held in the Baptist Church while work is carried out at the Mosley Street site. On Monday there will be a prayer hour starting at 10am. The toddler group will meet from 9.30am to 11.30am next Friday, January 15, and then a Bible study in Mrs Beech’s home at Woodlands on Skipton Road will take place at 7.30pm that evening. From Monday, January 18, to Saturday, January 23, St Andrew’s will man the Frank Street shop. It will be open from 9am to 4.30pm. This is to raise funds for the new build. Items are welcome from everyone and arrangements can be made for collection if necessary. Ring 01282 853017.

Priory Church: The services on Sunday are 8am Communion (said), 10.30am Sung Eucharist and 4.30pm Evening Prayer. On Wednesday, there is a said communion service at 10am. All services are the Book of Common Prayer.
St Mary’s: Tomorrow, St Mary’s Coffee Pot will be open from 2pm and 4pm. On Sunday, there will be a parish communion at 11am.

CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135:
Nepal help: A new year coffee morning takes place in Clapham Village Hall on Saturday from 10am to noon. Roz Walton and Sue Mann invite people to attend to help fundraising for a trip to Nepal to rebuild schools destroyed in the devastating earthquake. Childreach International in Nepal tries to keep children in school as the best way to prevent child trafficking. There will be home-made treats, cakes, gifts, books and a raffle.
PTA quiz: Clapham PTA will hold its annual quiz in the village hall on Friday, January 29, from 7.30pm. Quizmaster Stuart Marshall will be running the show. Tickets are £7.50 which includes a two-course meal. There will also be a bar and raffle. All funds raised will go towards buying resources for the school. For more information about tickets, contact the school.

Plough blessing: On Sunday, Coniston Cold Young Farmers will “bring in the Plough” to be blessed by the bishop at Ripon Cathedral at 3.30pm. All are welcome at the cathedral. Refreshments are served from 2.30pm.

CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 631225:
St John’s: St John’s will hold a service of Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday. On Monday, the church will host Toddlers Praise from 2pm to 3.15pm to which all parents and grandparents are welcome.

EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617:
Earby Gardeners: Earby Gardeners will meet in the lounge of the New Road Community Centre on Tuesday at 7.30pm for a lecture by the celebrated local gardener Rex Geldard. His tips are invaluable and there will be an opportunity to ask gardening-related questions. All are welcome and admission is £1.50 for members and £2 for non members. Membership can be renewed at this meeting.
Churches Together: The New Year Social will be held in the the coffee bar of New Road Community Centre from 6.30pm on Thursday, January 21.
Community centre: The next meeting of the community association will be at New Road Community Centre on Monday, January 25, at 2.30pm. Please note the time change.
St Peter’s: Ken Reid will lead the service at 10.30am on Sunday. A gentle exercise class will be held at 1.30pm on Monday. The January church lunch will be held at noon on Wednesday. The next games evening for all ages with refreshments will take place from 7pm on Monday, January 18.

EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197:
Embsay churches: On Sunday, the 10.30am service at the Methodist Chapel will be led by Mrs S Platt while the 9.30am service at St Mary’s will take the form of Holy Communion and will be followed by coffee, tea, juice and biscuit. On Tuesday morning at St Mary’s, there will be a quiet communion service.
Community Library: The library reopens this afternoon after the Christmas/new year break. It will be open from from 3pm to 7pm. On Wednesday, the Story and Singing Sessions for under fives and their parents/carers resume between 2pm and 3pm. These are free and are run by retired nursery school head Claire Toberman.
Allotments: The local Allotment Association, which manages two sites in Embsay and Eastby, is inviting applications from potential tenants. The gardening community is a mix of experienced and new gardeners and newcomers benefit from the shared knowledge of the ‘old timers’. As well as growing vegetables, fruit and flowers, the allotment holders meet socially for a summer barbecue. Tenants must be resident in Embsay or Eastby.
Women’s Institute: The first WI meeting of 2016 will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. The guest speaker will be Monika Butler, who will give an illustrated talk on A Walk Through Old Embsay and Eastby. Visitors are welcome.
Parish council: The parish council will meet on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall supper room. Parishioners will, as usual, have the opportunity to raise questions as a part of the standard agenda. Please also note that for 2016, all parish council meetings will, unless notified otherwise, take place on the second Wednesday of the month.
Ballroom dancing: Betty and Jack’s renowned ballroom dancing sessions begin again this evening between 5.30pm and 8.30pm in the village hall. Experienced dancers and complete novices are welcome.
Bingo night: Embsay Cricket Club’s Saturday night bingo sessions resume in the village hall on Saturday with eyes down at 7.30pm. A good night is guaranteed and all profits are ploughed back into the club.
Carpet bowls: The carpet bowls club has restarted its Monday and Friday games in the village hall. All sessions are from 10.15am to 12.15pm. New members are welcome. For more details, contact Graham Cundall.

FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880:
St Andrew’s: On Sunday, the church will celebrate the Baptism of Christ with services of Holy Communion at 8.15am (in the parish rooms) and 10am.
Village Pump: The over 50s group, Village Pump, will meet in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Let’s talk: Farnhill Methodists will hold its next Let’s Talk About session at Kildwick and Farnhill Institute today at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.
Monthly coffee: Farnhill Methodists’ monthly coffee morning will take place on Saturday from 10am to 11.30am.

GARGRAVE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235:
Coffee morning: The village hall committee will hold one of its regular coffee mornings on Saturday from 10am to noon. Please come along and enjoy a hot drink, homemade cake and/or toasted tea cakes. All proceeds will go to village hall funds.
Wednesday Club: The Wednesday Club will start the new year by reverting to their old name! The group has decided that the traditional name of the Over 60s suits them much better. The friendly group of both ladies and men meet each Wednesday in the village hall annexe from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. Please do come along for a chat, a game of cards or dominoes or a variety of board games. Tea and scones complement the afternoon.
Women’s Institute: The first meeting of the new year is on Wednesday from 7.30pm in the village hall annexe. The speaker will be the Rev D Houlton who will give a talk on Eat, Work, Pray. Everyone is welcome.
St Andrew’s: On Sunday, St Andrew’s will start an in-depth series of sermons on the life Ruth in the Old Testament. There will be a traditional BCP Communion Service at 8am and a more relaxed morning service at 10.45am.

HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845:
Parish council: The parish council meets in the institute tonight from 7.30pm.
Flower Club: North Craven Flower Club will meet next Thursday, January 14, at 7.30pm in the institute. The guest speaker/demonstrator will be Ann Morgan whose presentation is entitled Bring Me Sunshine.
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning in the institute, will be a fundraiser for the institute itself. It will start at 10am and will include a cake stall, raffle and refreshments. All are welcome. Next Saturday’s event will be in aid of the churchyard.
Methodist Guild: The next meeting of the Methodist Guild will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Wesley Centre, Haw Grove. The speaker will be Colin Etherington with an informative and humorous talk on Life at the Bank. All are welcome. There is no charge, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Tea and biscuits will follow the talk.
Women’s Institute: The next meeting of the WI will be on Thursday, January 21, at 7.15pm in the institute. The topic will be Colours and the competition is a piece of clothing. Come along and see how wearing the right colours can enhance your looks. New members are welcome for a donation of £4. Please note that subscriptions are due in February.
Tea tasting: There will be a tea tasting event followed by an afternoon tea at the institute next Sunday, January 17.
It will feature six specially brewed teas and tickets costing £6 are available from Yvonne Crabtree on 851816. Refreshments will be available.
Accessories swap: A special accessories swap afternoon is planned for February to raise funds for the church.
If you have any hats, scarves, belts, bags, gloves, shoes/boots, jewellery, perfume and unused cosmetics take them along to the institute on Sunday, February 28, from 2.30pm to 4pm. Tea and biscuits are included. For more information, ring 851806.

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235:
Parish thanks: The Parishioners of the combined parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe would like to thank their vicar, the Rev Stephen Dawson. He has had a busy time over the festive period organising all the services but has still found time for his general day-to-day work in the parish which have included lots of home and hospital visits. Mr Dawson’s next service will take place on Plough Sunday – January 10 – at St Oswald’s Church at 9am.
Gun Club: Members of Horton Gun Club have enjoyed a trio of shoots. The first was held at High Birkwith Farm, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, by kind invitation of the Morphet family. R Bold was the marshal. R Carr was the winner of the competition, with S Bamber second and R Bold, third. Mr Bold was also the winner of the pool shoot. The second shoot was the Andrew Chapman Memorial Shoot which was held in Horton Quarry by permission of Hansons Aggregates. K Humphrey and R Bold were the marshals. A McLernon was the winner, second was R Carr and third was P Fox. The latest shoot was held at Cragg Hill Farm by invitation of Mr and Mrs P Sutcliffe and family. R Bold was the marshal. R.Carr was the winner of the main competition with 26 points and also the winner of the pool shoot, second was K Humphrey with 24 points and third was K Iball with 17 points. The next members’ shoot is at Coniston Shooting Ground on January 23 at 10am.

St Mary’s Church: On Sunday, the church will hold a morning worship at 11am. All are welcome.

LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303:
St John’s: On Sunday, there will be an evensong at St John’s at 3pm. Next Sunday, January 17, there will be a joint service of Holy Communion in Langcliffe at 10.30am when the preacher will be the Rev John Bennett who was the Methodist Minister in Settle a few years ago.
Show news: The poetry competition for this year’s Village Show will have the subject, Generations. There is no maximum word limit but the poem must only take up one side of an A4 sheet.

LONG PRESTON: Heather Thomas-Smith, 01729 840113:
Women’s Institute: The next meeting of the Long Preston WI takes place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall when the speaker will be Hanneke Dye whose talk is entitled Born a Hidden Child. New members are welcome.
Covenant service: Long Preston’s two churches - the Methodist Chapel and St Mary’s - are holding a united covenant service in the Chapel on Sunday at 11am. The preacher will be the Rev Roger Fox, of Skipton. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. All are welcome.
Discussion Group: Lothersdale Agricultural Discussion Group will meet at the Tempest Arms, Elslack, on Wednesday at 8pm. The guest speaker will be Jim Wight, son of Alf Wight, the author of the James Herriot books.

RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087:
Thursday Club: The Thursday Club will meet up in the Reading Rooms at 12.30pm today. Lunch will be followed by entertainment from singing duo Steve and Shaun.
Reading Room: Zumba classes at the Reading Room will start up again after the Christmas break on Monday at 7.30pm.

SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639:
Recipe party: Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to a recipe party and fun quiz night at the Old Court House on Station Road next Saturday, January 16, at 7.30pm. There will be samples of starters, desserts and savouries available along with their recipes. Tickets cost £5, including a complimentary glass of wine. Entry is by ticket only and these can be obtained from 01729 822364 or 822959.
Guided walks: The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line have organised two guided walks on Saturday. The first will be a 10-mile moderate walk in the area of Birkett Common and the Eden Valley Viaducts. This will depart from Kirkby Stephen Station at 10.34am and return to Kirkby Stephen. The second walk is part of the Get Walking series and is suitable for families being an eight-mile moderate walk covering The Pennine Way in Malhamdale. This will start at Gargrave at 9.32am and will meet up with the no 75 service bus at Gargrave Square. The return journey will involve a service bus from Malham to Skipton. No reservation is necessary but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. For more details. email
Hatha yoga: Hatha Yoga sessions have now resumed at Settle Primary School between 7.30pm and 9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Beginners are welcome and for further details contact 07947 027188.
Victoria Hall: The box office is now reopened after the holiday season and tickets are available for the numerous events planned for early 2016. The first of these, The Pitmen Poets, will be staged next Sunday, January 17. The show features four of the North East’s leading champions of its musical heritage: former Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe. Individually and collectively, they celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography. On Saturday January 23, Bill Adair returns to compère A Celebration of Burns. Following the success of last year’s memorable evening there will be a piper, songs, poetry and a supper of haggis, neeps and tatties. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.
Theatre trips: There’s still time to plan a treat for 2016 with two theatre trips. The first is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, to see Billy Elliot, the Musical. The trip will be to the matinee performance on Thursday, May19, and the price is £66, which includes a stalls seat, coach from Settle and gratuities. The closing date for reservations is January 22 as both seats and coach need to be confirmed. A second trip is also being arranged to see Matthew Bourne’s ballet Sleeping Beauty at the Alhambra on Wednesday, February 24. Again, this will be a matinee performance and the price is £40. For more information and payment details, telephone 01729 823978.
Swimming sessions: Settle Swimming Club offers children’s swimming tuition on Mondays and Thursdays between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Sessions are led by a fully qualified ASA instructor. There is an extended session from 6.30pm to 8pm also available on Thursday evenings. The sessions are aimed at those aged eight and over who have attained stage seven or who are not currently receiving lessons at Settle Pool. For details, contact 01729 823723.
Defibrillator training: A defibrillator is being installed at Limestone View and a training session has been arranged for any members of the public interested in learning more about this vital piece of equipment. The session will be held at Limestone View on Wednesday and will cover the use of the machine and what it does, the correct way to use the machine and provide an opportunity to familiarise participants with the machine.
Iyengar yoga: Iyengar yoga sessions have now resumed. There are two sessions on a Monday at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate. The first is a mixed ability session from 12.30pm to 2pm and the second is a beginners session from 2.15pm to 3.30pm. On Tuesdays there is a mixed ability session from 7pm to 8.30pm at The School of Dance on Station Road. For details, contact 01282 841049.
Film night: On Wednesday, at Victoria Hall, The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show will present a film set in North Yorkshire. Addicted to Sheep is the story of a family’s quest to breed the perfect sheep and follows a year in the life of a tenant farmer. It captures the stunning stark beauty of the landscape and the hard graft required to survive. Tickets cost £5 on the door and the film starts at 7.45pm.

SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643:
Amnesty Group: Silsden Amnesty Group will hold its first meeting of 2016 on Monday at 7.30pm in Silsden Methodist Church. If you are interested in finding out more about its work supporting people across the world who face injustice, please go along. You will be very welcome.
Ladies Circle: The speaker at the December meeting of Ladies Circle was Chris Bown from the Salvation Army in Keighley. The meeting was very well attended and donations collected for the Salvation Army amounted to £234. A faith supper followed. The next meeting will be at Silsden Methodist Church, on Tuesday at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Pat Osborne with The Mysterious Life Story of Agatha Christie. All are welcome.


Navy news: Skipton and District Royal Naval Association was represented at Holy Trinity Church for the civic service of Skipton mayor Cllr Gordon Bell, who is a member of the Duke of Wellington’s Association. Afterwards, light refreshments were served in the church under the tower, near the Battle Ensign of HMS Vesper.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday, there will be a Holy Communion at 8am followed by parish communion at 9.45am and an evening service at 5pm. On Tuesday the pre-school group, Toddle into Church, returns after its Christmas break at 2pm. All children, parents and carers welcome. The mid-week service of Holy Communion is on Wednesday at 10.45am.
Lacemakers: There was no December meeting of the Craven Guild of Lacemakers. Instead the ladies met for a Christmas lunch at Skipton Golf Club. The next meeting, at Christ Church,Skipton, will be on Thursday, January 21, from 10am to 3.30pm. For further inquiries, call 01535 656637.
Naturalists: Craven Natiuralists and Scientific Association will meet on Monday for the recorders’ evening. The subjects are archaeology, meteorology, botany and ornithology. The meeting will take place in the Swadford Centre at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome for a fee of £2. For more details, contact the secretary on 01535 642180.
Oddfellows: Frank will host his music quiz night at the Three Links Club from 8pm on Saturday. The craft group will re-commence at 1pm on Tuesday. The whist group meets every Thursday at 12.30pm and would welcome new members. The weekly quiz night is from 9pm on Thursday. Associate membership fees are now due. For more information on how to join the Oddfellows, contact Geraldine on 01756 798022.
Christ Church: On Sunday, the Baptism of Christ will be celebrated with a family eucharist at 9.30am. There will also be evening prayer at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

Coffee morning: The usual, second Saturday in the month coffee morning will be held at the Community Centre, North Street, at 10am on Saturday. All will be made very welcome.

THORNTON-IN-CRAVEN: Paula Kendall, 015242 42390 and Rosemary Hartley, 015242 42207
Hall talk: A New Year event will be staged at Westhouse Village Hall next Friday, January 15, at 7.30pm. Guest speaker will be Dr Lesley Curtis, OBE, who will give a talk entitled From Everton to Westhouse, a remarkable headteacher’s journey. Entry is £1 for adults and free for children. All are welcome.
Coffee morning: Westhouse Chapel’s monthly coffee morning starts on Wednesday, January 27, at 10am. Donations for coffee and cake to local charities.

Community Centre: The New Year festivities finished with a brilliant production of Aladdin performed by Pocket Panto on Sunday. The audience was delighted and it certainly lifted the spirits on a damp dark afternoon. The popular bacon buttie events start again on Saturday, from 11am to 1pm. Craven crafts welcome new and old to their classes, which resume at the hall tomorrow at 1pm. The Monday craft group meets 7.30pm and Geraldine’s Zumba starts next Thursday, January 14, at 7.30pm.