Coffee morning: Addingham Community Library will hold a coffee morning in the schoolroom on Saturday from 10am to 11.30am. There will be a raffle and book sale.

AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215
Defibrillator arrives: In September 2015, the village had a pink party and raised £1,670 for a defibrillator. Last Thursday, this came to fruition as the new unit was mounted on the wall next to the main door of the parish hall. The unit is in a locked box. To learn more about its use, go along to the parish hall on Saturday, February 20, at 2.30pm when a representative from Yorkshire Ambulance Service will give free tuition.
Church news: On Sunday, there will be 9.30am Holy Communion services at Austwick and Eldroth and 11am services at Clapham and Keasden. At 7pm, there will be a church in the pub event at the New Inn, Clapham. On Wednesday - Ash Wednesday - there will be Holy Communion services at Austwick School at 10.30am and Eldroth Church at 7.30pm.

History society: There was a large attendance at the January meeting of Barnoldswick History Society when Anthony Pilling gave an illustrated talk on East Lancashire Mills, Mill Machinery and Engines. The speaker, who has spent his working life in the cotton industry, is now deeply involved in protecting and promoting the industrial heritage of the mills that still exist. He began his talk with a view of 17th century cottages at Wycoller where spinning and hand-loom weaving of wool was done. From there he described the development of the loom from its simple wooden construction to much more advanced machinery in iron and steel. Today mills that still exist are often used to house smaller industries or are used as a working museum, but many more have been demolished. A photograph of the felling of the chimney at the Fernbank Shed was shown. Mr Pilling argued that the industrial heritage of textile mills was just as important as the cultural heritage of houses and churches.

History Society: Sir John Kerr welcomed Dr Andrew Jotischky from Lancaster University for a return visit to the Ewecross Historical Society meeting. Dr Jotischky gave an illustrated lecture on Pilgrims to the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Beginning in the fourth century Christians travelled to the Holy Land to study the locations of events in the scriptures, in the expectation of miraculous healing or as an act of penance. By the Middle Ages they followed a specified route where hostels had been set up to provide for them, and embarked from the same port in Italy, usually starting in April as the Mediterranean was too rough to cross in winter. The Knights Templar was set up in 1119 to protect the pilgrims from robbers. Once the pilgrims reached their destination, they would often stay in monasteries and bought a pilgrim badge to prove that they had actually been to the Holy Land. At the February meeting, Mike Winstanley will speak on Markets and Supermarkets, 200 years of shopping in the North West.

BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369
Coffee morning: Everyone is welcome at the Methodist Church coffee morning on Saturday. It will take place in the church hall between 10am and 11.30am.
School news: You are invited to join the school’s family curry and bingo night on Wednesday. Tickets are £5 per adult (children free) and can be purchased from the school office. The fun starts at 6.30pm in the school hall.
Film Club: Cinderella (U) will be screened by Film Club next Thursday. Everyone in the community is welcome. The film will be shown in the school hall starting at 6pm and admission is free.
Parish council: There is a vacancy for the post of parish clerk to Bradleys Both Parish Council. Application packs can be found at The closing date for applications is Friday, February 19.

Priory Church: The services on Sunday start with a 8am Communion (said) and will be followed at 9.15am by the liquid family service. This is a fun service for all the family with songs, prayers and activities. There will also be a 10.30am Sung Eucharist and a 4.30pm Evening Prayer. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10am.

BURNSALL: Ed Williams, 01756 720335
University Challenge: The semi-finals of the University Challenge inter-village quiz held at the Red Lion took place on Friday night. Both matches were of the highest standard and could have gone either way. Skyreholme beat a strong Hebden side by 265-195 and then Appletreewick and Burnsall tied on 265. One bonus question counting for ten was answered correctly by Adam Mason, so Appletreewick went through by the narrowest possible margin. The final between Appletreewick and Skyreholme will take place in the Red Lion next Friday, February 12, at 8pm.

St Mary’s: On Sunday, St Mary’s will hold a BCP Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Family Praise at 11am. This is a relaxed service involving the children. On Ash Wednesday, February 10, members of St Mary’s and Christ Church will join together for Solemn Eucharist with Ashing, to mark the start of Lent.
Coffee Pot: The Coffee Pot at St Mary’s operates every Friday from 2pm to 4 pm, serving tea, coffee and hot chocolate with complimentary biscuits.
Bingo night: There will be a bingo night at The Swan Inn on Wednesday from 8.30pm. There will be cash prizes.
Carleton Panto: Tickets for Peter Pan are on sale now from Carleton Post Office and The Swan Inn, costing £6 for adults and £4 for children.

CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135
Parish council: The parish council heard the inclement weather had caused much disruption locally. North Yorkshire County Council Highways Department has been informed. Newby residents met with County Cllr David Ireton and NYCC Highways Officer Gary Atkinson to highlight problems. As a result, works will be undertaken to tackle various drainage issues. Cllr John Dawson and the parish caretaker will work round the parish removing leaf debris from the surfaces of roadside drains. A new community defibrillator will soon be installed on the outside wall of the Cave Rescue Organisation building. The parish council will cover the ongoing cost of replacement batteries and pads. Training will soon be provided by Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Catherine Huddleston, the community rail partnership officer from the Bentham Line, discussed the various projects being undertaken to improve links between the local community and Clapham station. The aim is to provide a better train service to improve access to Clapham and the surrounding area. Residents were invited to use a new community notice board next to the post box at Clapham Station. The parish council meets in the village hall on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm.
Quiz night: Clapham School’s annual quiz in the village hall was a resounding success. Sixteen teams took part in the quiz, with quizmaster Stuart Marshall setting some interesting questions. He was ably assisted by his wife Barbara. The winning team was the Gildersbank Sailing Club, with Rosie’s Rebels coming a close second. Contestants enjoyed a hot supper, bar and raffle. Funds raised will got towards buying PE equipment for Clapham School.
School news: Clapham School is inviting members of the community to join pupils for tea and cakes next Friday, February 12, from 2pm, and stay for their celebration assembly, which starts at 3pm.

CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872
St John’s: On Sunday, St John’s Church will hold a service of Holy Communion at 11am. It will be led by the Rev Ruth Crompton, Methodist Circuit Superintendent.

New 2U: The February focus of the New 2U charity shop will be a clearance of crockery and bric-a-brac, with all items in the hall priced between 10p and £1. The shop is based at St Andrew’s Church and opening times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to noon.

St Peter’s: On Sunday, St Peter’s will hold a Holy Communion from 9.30am. It will include the last in the series of sermons on the life of Ruth (in the Old Testament). A Shrove Tuesday Jacob’s Join meal will be held at St Andrew’s Church in Gargrave from 7pm on Tuesday. On the First day of Lent, Wednesday, there will be Evensong from 4pm.
Young Farmers: Last Tuesday, members met at the Richard Tottie Memorial Hall for a practice of the indoor competitions at the hedging and walling competition. The results were: 1 Gemma Darwin, 2 Hannah Saxby, 3 Callum Walton. Settle District Young Farmers enjoyed a pig racing night at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club to raise money for YF funds and there was also a coffee morning at Hellifield Village Institute. Next Tuesday’s meeting will be a pancake night at Coniston Cold.

DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305
Parish council: The parish council will meet on Wednesday at 7.30pm and the agenda and notices are published on the village noticeboards and on the website,
St Augustine’s Church: There will be a service of Holy Communion in the church on Sunday at 9.30am.

EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617
Earby Gardeners: The gardening association is inviting everyone to another evening with Spellbound, whose travel and wildlife films and also animations have delighted club members in the past. The event will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday in the Centenary Room of the New Road Community Centre. Admission is £3.
Churches Together: The first Café Church for Earby will be held at Morgan’s Café on Victoria Road from 4.30pm on Monday, February 15. This is not a service but a drop-in event. People are being encouraged to call in anytime before 6.30pm. For further details, ring 01282 843064. Churches Together Lenten Groups start in Mount Zion Baptist Church, Water Street, on Tuesday, February 16. Refreshments will be served at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. The AGM of Churches Together will take place in the Centenary Room of New Road Community Centre on Thursday, February 18, beginning with a hot meal (£5 donation please).
St Peter’s: The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by David Hartley. The next games evening for all ages with refreshments will be held from 7pm on Monday, February 15.

Musical treat: The Juke Box Junkies will be at Eldroth Parish Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm playing music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Tickets cost £10, which includes pie and peas supper, and proceeds will go the hall and church.
Church news: Eldroth Church will hold Holy Communion services on Sunday at 9.30am and on Wednesday - Ash Wednesday - at 7.30pm.

EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197
Defibrillators: As part of the health authority’s rolling plan, both Embsay and Eastby now have defibrillators. The Embsay one is located on the wall of the village hall while the Eastby one is outside Bower House Farm on Barden Road.
Community Library: On Saturday, the library is holding a coffee morning to mark National Libraries Day. It will be open between 10am and noon and there will be home-made cakes, a second-hand book sale, crafts and a children’s play area. Mondays between 2pm and 4pm is the regular knit and natter sessions for those who like to knit and on Wednesdays between 2pm and 3pm, Story and Singing are led by retired nursery school head Claire Toberman. Aimed at children under five, the sessions are free but all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Embsay churches: Sunday’s 10.30am service at the Methodist Chapel will be led by the Rev Peter Bedford who will continue his theme of healing. The 9.30am service at St Mary’s will be an all-age worship and will be followed at 11.15am by a Book of Common Prayer service. Coffee, tea, juice and biscuits are served after the 9.30am service every Sunday. On Tuesday morning at St Mary’s there will be a quiet communion service. Smiley Faces - the toddler praise at St Mary’s - will take place tomorrow between 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Aimed at pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and carers, there are lots of toys, craft activities, singing and a Bible story.
Pancakes: Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday and the Cavendish Arms in association with St Mary’s will be serving pancakes between 5.30pm and 7pm. There will be sweet and savoury pancakes on the menu.
Bingo night: Embsay Cricket Club will hold another of its acclaimed bingo nights on Saturday. Eyes down at 7.30pm.
Parish council: The use of the waste paper and recycling bins in the car park is giving cause for concern, particularly the lack of thought when boxes are placed in the bins, significantly reducing their effective capacity, which results in an untidy mess of paper and other litter on the surrounding car park until regular emptying is undertaken. Parishioners are reminded that these bins are for appropriate recyclable household materials only. Businesses should contact Craven District Council to arrange trade waste collection contracts. Craven has powers to take enforcement action, where appropriate, if these conditions of use are breached. Maintenance proposals for the recreation ground have, following consultation with the NYCC aboriculturist, been pursued by obtaining quotations for the recommended work. This work involves reducing the risks of damage to overhead service cables by tree branches, trimming potentially weak branches and maintaining a satisfactory level of clearance from the road surface and in relation to the boundary with Main Street. After persistent efforts involving Craven District Council, the police and the DVLA, the untaxed and apparently abandoned vehicles in the Main Street car park have now been removed, with the consequential benefit of three additional parking spaces for bona-fide users. Please remember that the 23-hour ‘rule’ is still, strictly, enforceable. It has been decided to discontinue the monthly parish surgery on a Friday but parishioners are reminded that the parish council continues to meet in the village hall, on the second Wednesday of every month and that public participation is a standard and specific agenda item. You are invited to attend, either as an individual or as a spokesman for any other group within the village. The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm.
Women’s Institute: The next meeting of the WI will be on Tuesday in the village hall when the speaker will be Howard Driver of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team. The talk will begin at 7.30pm and all are welcome.
Steam Railway: The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway will be running trains every Sunday in February and these depart from Embsay at 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm and 3pm.

FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8.15am (in the parish rooms) and a Family Communion at 10am. Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, when there will services of Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes at 9.30am in the parish rooms and at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Methodist Church, Cross Hills.
Village Pump: The Village Pump – the over 50s group – will meet in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
History Group: Farnhill and Kildwick Local History Group will meet in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Monday, February 15, at 7pm. Local historians Robin Longbottom and Chris Riley will talk about their recent work mapping boundary stones in South Craven. Their recent work has included stones which appear in Kildwick Parish.
Let’s Talk About: The Let’s Talk About discussion group, led by the Farnhill Methodists, will meet in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute next Thursday, February 11 at 2pm. The topic this month will be Current World Events.
Coffee morning: The Methodist monthly coffee morning will take place in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute next Saturday, February 13, from 10am to 11.30am. The proceeds will be in aid of the Crohn’s Disease Society.

GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098
Soup Luncheon: A soup luncheon, in aid of the NSPCC, will take place from 11.30am on Saturday in the village hall. Entry is £7.50, payable on the door, and this will include homemade soup, cheese with biscuits and either tea or coffee. There will also be numerous stalls and a raffle. All proceeds will be donated to the charity.
Sequence dance: The next modern sequence dance will commence from 7pm on Saturday in the village hall. Entry is £4.
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, the BCP Holy Communion at 8am will be followed at 10.45am with Sung Eucharist and the last in the series of sermons on the life of Ruth (in the Old Testament). A Jacob’s Join meal will be held from 7pm on Shrove Tuesday in the church and on the First day of Lent, Wednesday, there will be an Ash Wednesday Service from 7pm.
Women’s Institute: Gargrave WI will meet on Wednesday from 7.30pm in the village hall annexe. The speaker will talk about Spellbound Films.

GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Primary school: Well done to the pupils who participated in the Catteral Shield Cross Country Event, completed the course and even returned smiling! Congratulations also to the key stage two pupils, who took part in the recent cluster schools’ Sportshall Athletics event. They all participated well and showed enthusiasm, great team spirit and good sporting attitudes. The school was fourth overall, although the year five and six boys’ team returned with bronze medals, having come third.
Gigg lecture: The second of this seasons Gigg Lectures takes place next Thursday, February 11, when John Bradshaw talks on Courage and Humility. He grew up during the civil war in Zimbabwe and was conscripted into the military where he joined a bomb disposal and anti-landmine unit. He was caught in a blast, eventually losing his sight. For further information, contact 01729 893180.

Valentine’s Dance: York-based covers band The Detours feature in the Valentine’s Dance in Grassington Town Hall on Saturday, February 13. Doors open at 7.30pm. The fundraising evening features a bar featuring real ales, and a pie and peas supper with tickets bought in advance, at The Hub or the newsagents.

HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845
Methodist Guild: The next Guild meeting will meet on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Wesley Centre Haw Grove. The Rev Stephen Normanton will give a talk on Vincent Van Gough, followed by refreshments.
Women’s Institute: The WI will meet at the institute on Thursday, February 18, at 7.15pm when members will be given an introduction to “Mindfulness” by Lisa Milnor. It will be followed by the AGM and a bring and share supper. This is the first meeting of the year and subscriptions are due.
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning at the institute will be a fundraiser for Martin House Hospice based in Boston Spa. It starts at 10am.
Flower Club: North Craven Flower Club will meet in the institute next Thursday, February 11, from 7.30pm. It is a members’ night entitled The Pancake Race and will include a Jacob’s Join supper. Further details can be obtained from Francis Sample 822558. New members and friends are welcome.
Book Club: The Book Club will meet next Thursday, February 11, from 8pm at Hellifield House. The book for discussion will be Lamplight in the Shadows from local author Dr Robert-Jaggs Fowler. It is hoped that Dr Jaggs-Fowler will visit the Book Club later in the year. New members are welcome.
Walking Group: The Walking Group will meet for its scheduled walk on February 21. It will be led by Paul Emsley (851659) and will take in Janet’s Foss and Malham Cove. The route will cover 6 miles and is classed as moderate. Please meet at Ahernes car park at 1pm. Children should be accompanied and all dogs on leads.
Age Concern: Age Concern meets every Friday with a luncheon club at the Boars Head Long Preston from 11.15am. Please let Ellen know of changes to any arrangements by the Wednesday morning prior to the meeting. The year’s activities will include regular outings and shopping trips, plus activities and entertainment. Please contact Ellen Toome on 850864 for more information.

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235
St Oswald’s: There will be an afternoon service at St Oswald’s Church on Sunday at 3pm.
Domino drive: A domino drive will be held at the Golden Lion, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, on the evening of Friday, February 19. Proceeds are in aid of the Helen Howard School of Dance trip to the Royal Albert Hall in London at Easter. The domino drive on March 18 will be in aid of Manorlands.

INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835
Women’s Institute: Members of Ingleborough WI met at Bentham Golf Club for their presentation lunch. They enjoyed a hot carvery buffet. After coffee, President Sue Brown presented the Mildred Bryson Cup to Rita Middleton for gaining most points overall for Ingleborough WI in the recent Group Show. Mauricia Aldred received the Dellar Procter Cup for most points in the plant section, Elaine Bateson won the Emily Brown Cup for most points in the knitting and Lynne Woodburn won the Joyce Kneill Trophy for most points in the produce section. The trophy for gaining most points in the monthly competitions went to Elaine Bateson with Barbara Fishwick gaining second place and Grace McGonnigal and Lynne Woodburn sharing third place. A recent jumble sale raised £688.64 which will be shared between the Northern Flood Relief victims and refugees from Syria. Many thanks go to all helpers.
The speaker for the February WI meeting will be Tanya St Pierre who will talk about Hay Meadows of Yorkshire and the competition will be for a small arrangement from a hedgerow.

St Mary’s: On Sunday, the church will hold a communion service at 11am. Next Sunday, February 14, there will also be an 11am communion, followed by a Valentine’s Day Treat with music from Hannah Hird and students from 3pm to 5pm. There will be craft and produce stalls. Admission at the door is £5 for adults and £3 for children. All proceeds will go to St Mary’s.

LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303
Institute news: The Thursday Club met last week to celebrate the New Year and one member’s 80th birthday. Today, resident Helen Jarvis will give a talk Behind the Scenes at Bargain Hunt. The institute committee has booked Encore to give a concert on Saturday, February 20. Tickets are £10 and can be bought from Lesley Cross on 822620. There will be a pie and peas supper but please bring your own liquid refreshment.

LONG PRESTON: Heather Thomas-Smith, 01729 840113
Women’s Institute: Long Preston WI will meet on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall when the speaker will be Margaret Wilding. Her topic is entitled Gardening with the environment in mind.
Heritage Trust: Dr Victoria Spence will give a talk to North Craven Heritage Trust on Tuesday, February 16, at 7.30pm in Long Preston Village Hall. Her subject is St Helen’s Chapel, Malham, and the Dissolution of the Chantries 1547-1553. Admission is £2 payable on the door.
New correspondent: We are looking for a next correspondent for Long Preston to take over Heather Thomas-Smith. She is due to leave the area temporarily. 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 Tina Morris, of Nimrod Veterinary Products. All are welcome.
Young Farmers: Last week’s meeting was novelty judging where members judged four chocolate cakes. Master judge was Cathie Cromarty and results were: junior girls - 1 Becky Pickles, 2 Rachael Bell, 3 Jess Tidswell; junior boys - 1 James Fieldhouse, 2 Harry Bailey, 3 Daniel Dobson; intermediate girls - 1 Megan Thomas, 2 Tanya Hunter, 3 Kelly Maltby; intermediate boys - 1 Sam Hollinsworth, 2 Matty Bell; senior girls - 1 Daisy Hammond, 2 Hannah Ormondroyd, 3 Katie Hall; senior boys - 1 Matt Airey, 2 Morgan Sunley.

SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
U3A talk: Mike Slater will give a talk on the origins of regional date stones to Settle U3A. Entitled Local Date Stones, the talk will take place at the town’s Victoria Hall next Thursday, February 11, at 10.30am. Coffee will be available from 10am and visitors are welcome for an admission charge of £1.
Settle Library: Settle Library will hold a Harry Potter Night tonight between 4pm and 5pm. Suitable for children aged from seven, there will be a range of crafts, games, spells and quizzes.
Kwezana link: Settle has been entertaining an important visitor in Settle Primary School, Zukie Buwa, a teacher from Kwezana. While at the school Zukie has been working with pupils and extending her computer skills and also working closely with staff at the school to develop projects which will then be undertaken by both sets of pupils. She has also had the opportunity to explore the area and visit the parish church and while she has enjoyed her visit she admits that she has found it very cold in comparison to home.
Victoria Hall: On Saturday at 11am, there will be a performance of The Amazing Thing by Lempen Puppet Theatre. This is a 55-minute performance, suitable for youngsters aged five and above. In the evening, there will be a concert by Phil Beer, singer and instrumentalist. On Sunday the First Sunday Folk night hosts a concert by the Radio 2 Folk Awards Folk Singer of the Year for 2015, Nancy Kerr. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann - the largest worldwide organisation devoted to the promotion and preservation of Irish traditional music, song, dance and language - will bring Echoes of Erin to Settle next Saturday, February 13. Formerly The Spooky Men’s Chorale, A Fistful of Spookies will perform testosterone-fuelled tunes and tomfoolery when they appear at the hall on Friday, February 19. February 20 sees a musical treat when the Mark Nevin band perform. Mark came to prominence in the late 80s as the founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Fairground Attraction. His songs have been covered, among many others, by David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. On February 21, there will be a return visit by Talking Stock productions to perform the next chapter in the story of the life of retired cricket umpire and avowed socialist, Godfrey Shackleton, in Godfrey’s Last Love: Bring me Sunshine. Celebrating his lottery win with a lads’ trip to Morecambe and a beer or two. Godfrey bumps into a twinkly widow, Betty, who’s there on a bowling trip with Clitheroe Conservative Club. But even with love in the third age, the path to happiness does not run smoothly. For details and tickets, contact 01729 825718.
Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate on Saturday. This will run from 8pm to 11pm. All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Support (Skipton and District). If you are able to, please confirm your attendance by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038. New dancers are always welcome.
Tour De Yorkshire: On Tuesday, the Falcon Manor Hotel is hosting a business and community roadshow between 10.30am and noon in connection with the forthcoming Tour de Yorkshire. Settle and Giggleswick will be part of the route for the first day of the tour, April 29, and the aim of the roadshow is to allow local firms, community groups and individuals to find out more about what will be happening on the day and to find out how they can become involved. There will also be a question and answer session along with advice on the do’s and don’ts for those wishing to become involved in the event in town. Register for tickets via Tour De Yorkshire website.
Photographic Group: Settle Photographic Group will meet at Townhead Court on Monday, February 15, at 7.30pm. The theme for the evening will be Yorkshire in 1970s and 1980s by John Bentley. John addressed the group in 2014 with many photos covering his live music images - this time his talk will be about documentary and street images, all taken in Yorkshire and will include a number he has scanned from his significant collection taken pre-digital. The gallery will be Informal Portraits, using lessons learnt from the December lecture by Steve Finch.
Merry-Go-Round: The 2016 Rotary Merry-go-Round dinner will be held on Friday, February 19. The format, as usual, is a three-course meal, with each course served at a different hostelry/restaurant in the Settle area and with all parties meeting at the dining hall at Giggleswick School at 7pm. The evening offers good locations, good company and fine wining and dining. Tickets cost £19, with a minimum of £5 from each ticket going to the chosen charities - Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Settle Swimming Pool. To book, contact 01729 822445. Parties of up to eight can be accommodated when booked in advance. There are a number of new locations this year.
Bible study: Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, Lent Bible study groups will meet at St John’s Church, starting on Wednesday, February 17, at 7.30pm. This year the material for study is inspired by the novel Les Miserables and is entitled Another Story Must Begin.
Age UK: There are currently vacancies for Age UK’s Monday Club, a lunch group for older people. This meets in the coffee lounge at St John’s Church every week between noon and 2pm. There is a hot meal followed by an activity, such as a speaker or a quiz. The cost per week is £4.20. Transport can be arranged if required. For information,contact Age UK on 01729 823066.
Amnesty International: There will be a further letter writing opportunity on Wednesday, February 24, at the Friends Meeting House, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. You are invited to come along and support Amnesty International by writing a letter which may help to save someone’s life. There will be plenty of information available and help is on hand if required. For details, contact 01729 268912.
St John’s weekend: Having recently established itself in newly refurbished premises, St John’s Methodist Church is holding a weekend of celebration and thanksgiving on February 27 and 28. On Saturday there will be “open house” from 10am to 4pm with free refreshments and an opportunity to come along and view the premises, to find out more about the numerous community groups who already use the premises and to enjoy performances and demonstrations by some of those groups. On Sunday at 2.30pm there will be a special service of thanksgiving which will be attended by many of those involved in the designing and re-fashioning of the premises.

SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643
Young Farmers: On Monday, Silsden with Skipton Young Farmers enjoyed hen judging. Thanks go Dan Fort and family for providing the supper, premises and hens. Will Preston won the junior judging. The club meets every Monday at around 7.30pm and for more information, contact Tom Stapleton on 07984 016185.
Ladies Circle: Pat Osborne was the speaker at the January meeting of Ladies Circle. Her talk was about The Mysterious Life Story of Agatha Christie and she showed archive photographs of Agatha’s life and family. Pat has visited Ladies Circle previously with another of her many talks. Her research is amazing and her talks are always interesting and prove very popular. The next meeting will be at Silsden Methodist Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm when David Grimshaw will host a film night to which everyone is welcome to bring along partners, husbands and friends. Entry is £3 to include raffle and refreshments.
Curry night: There will be a curry night fundraiser at Silsden AFC tomorrow. Families are invited to enjoy a curry supper followed by an 80s and 90s themed disco. Tickets cost £5 and can be reserved via email at or go to the Silsden AFC website events section.
Civic Society: The next meeting of the Civic Society will take place in the Methodist Church tonight. Graham Alcock from the Colour Museum will give an illustrated talk entitled Can You Believe Your Eyes! Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm followed by refreshments.
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 along. You will be very welcome.
Coffee and cakes: Coffee, Cakes and Camaraderie makes a welcome return after the January break and will be providing all the usual enticements on Saturday from 9.30am to 11.30am in Silsden Methodist Church. Call in for your homemade cakes, bacon sandwiches, books, cards, bric-a-brac and, of course, company.
Sports Club: Following the two recent break-ins, Silsden Sports Club has launched a Just Giving page to raise funds for the repairs and improvements to the security of the clubhouse. Donations can be made at Further information can be found at Chairman John Lohan has organised a series of band nights to swell the funds, the next one of which is next Saturday, February 13, when the Travelling Bilberries will provide the entertainment. On Thursday, March 17, a top local Irish band will help the Cobbydalers to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Information and tickets can be obtained from the club or via John Lohan; 01535 656753. Tickets are £5 each.

Naturalists: Craven Naturalists and Scientific Association enjoyed an interesting, informative and amusing talk on Plants that will cure, plants that will kill.” The next meeting is on Monday and is entitled What have volcanoes ever done for us?, given by Chris Freeman. It will take place in the Swadford Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome for a fee of £2. For details, contact the secretary on 01535 642180.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday, the day starts with Holy Communion at 8am followed by Parish Communion with healing at 9.45am. At 11.30am, there is All-in-Church, a service aimed at families but all are welcome, and at 5pm there will be a Songs of Praise to celebrate Candlemas when Holy Trinity’s bellringers will attempt a full peal. This will be the 200th peal rung in Skipton and the band will consist of current and former Holy Trinity bellringers.
On Tuesday, there is the weekly Toddle into Church group for pre-school children and their parents or carers. Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and will start with a service of Holy Communion at 10.45am followed by Parish Church School’s Ash Wednesday service at 1.30pm and a special service of Holy Communion at 7pm.
Women’s Institute: Margaret Wooler is due to talk about her gardens at the meeting of the Skipton with Stirton and Thorlby WI on Tuesday, February 16. The meeting at the Soroptimist Rooms, Otley Street, Skipton will start at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome.
Friendship Group: Skipton Friendship Group’s first meeting of 2016 was well attended and members were rewarded with a talk by Francis Crickard who spoke about the local charity, Tools for Africa, which he set up over 10 years ago. The charity aims to tackle poverty in East Africa in a practical way by helping disadvantaged people help themselves. This is done through training in practical skills so that they are then equipped to earn their own living or start their own businesses. If anyone would like to support its valuable work with donations of tools, contact Francis on 01943 608655 or drop them off at Morten’s hardware shop in Ilkley. For more information about the Friendship Group, visit
Retired Men’s Forum: Alan Hall, past chairman of the Bradford Civic Society, spoke about the history of the city, which, at one time in the mid 1800s, had been one of the wealthiest in Europe, mainly due to its textile industry. Composer Frederick Delius and writer JB Priestley are among its famous sons and its Liberal MP WM Forster helped to found the state education system. It is hoped that Mr Hall will return next year to continue his fascinating tale. Next week, Dr Ian Adams will describe London’s Royal Palaces.
Christ Church: Family Eucharist will be celebrated on Sunday at 9.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. On Tuesday, between 1pm and 3pm, children from Christ Church School will enjoy Shrove Tuesday activities in Christ Church. Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent. There will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in Christ Church, followed by Toddler Praise at 10.30am. All accompanied young children are welcome to attend an informal time in Church, followed by play and refreshments in the church hall.

Art Club: Louise Limb will give a demonstration entitled Seeing and Drawing to Sutton Art Club. The meeting will be held in the community centre, North Street, on Wednesday at 7pm. Visitors are welcome for an entrance fee of £3.50.

THORNTON-IN-LONSDALE: Paula Kendall, 015242 42390 and Rosemary Hartley, 015242 42207
Kick-off meeting: Thanks go to all those who came and supported the kick off meeting for Thornton in Lonsdale’s Save a Life scheme, which will provide at least one defibrillator in the parish. The next meeting will discuss fundraising, grant opportunities and what support and voluntary input is needed to move the scheme forward – keep your eyes open for more details on the parish noticeboards.
St Oswald’s: St Oswald’s Church will hold the first of the Lent series of services next Sunday, February 14, at 9.30am. The preacher will be the new Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, The Ven Beverley Mason. All are welcome and refreshments will be available afterwards.
Domino evening: Westhouse Village Hall will host a domino evening, with a pie and peas supper, on Friday, February 26 from 7.30pm. Admission for is £3 for adults and £2.50 for children.

Community Centre: Whist and Dominoes winners were M Berry, P Oddie, A Sutcliffe, R Knight, P Metcalfe, N Taylor, E Carefoot, A Taylor, A Pickard, M Briggs, A Pike, H Pickard, D Hogg, S Hogg, H Jackson, T Pike, B Peel, P Witowski, B Garnett, G Parker and W Mitchell. It’s a quiet week at the hall this week, with just Zumba on Thursday and Bacon Butties on Saturday. The volunteers do a fabulous job of making everyone welcome and serving good local food at reasonable prices. New volunteers are always welcome. Looking ahead, singer Abi Moore will perform at the hall on Friday, March 18. Tickets cost £10 and there will be bar.