AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215
Women’s Institute: There has been a change to the Austwick WI programme next Thursday, March 10. Guest speaker will now be Linda Sawley, who will give a talk, Growing Old Disgracefully, in the parish hall at 7.30pm.
Church news: On Sunday, family communions will be held at Austwick and Eldroth at 9.30am and at Clapham and Keasden at 11am.

History society: At the February meeting of Barnoldswick History Society, Lost Villages, Bridges and Tramways was the title of an illustrated talk by Harold Hoggarth. The talk began and ended in two places abroad; in Rashov, a small town in the south of Romania; then in France on the Normandy coast, where the remains of Mulberry Harbour of the D-Day landings are still visible. But in Rashov on a high rocky outcrop stands the Citadel. Hundreds of years ago this was a place of refuge for the town’s citizens in times of war then in later years it became derelict. Today, however, it has been fully restored and is a popular place for visitors. Here in England, Mr Hoggarth described the construction of reservoirs, for nearly all followed the same pattern. Accommodation in the form of shanty towns was required for whole families and the many navvies who often came from Ireland. Nearer home, Stocks Reservoir in the Forest of Bowland resulted in many families losing their homes when a dam was built across the River Hodder flooding hundreds of acres of lowland. Only in times of extreme drought can remnants of these dwellings be seen. Quite close to Bracewell was a small thriving farming community also called Stock that went into rapid decline in the mid 19th century when employees were needed for the growing textile industry in Barnoldswick. Then right on our doorstep the speaker showed photos of Little Cut off the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Once it a busy quarry with a splendid bridge at one end, then in the latter half of the last century it became tip for all the town’s rubbish. Today it has all has been grassed over, including the bridge but the pathway can still take one to Earby.
Rotary club: There was an unusual visitor at a meeting of Barnoldswick and Earby Rotarians. His name was Matt and he was soon at home as Clive and Anne Pollitt talked about their voluntary work as “puppy walkers”, who were the first in the Burnley area, for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Anne read of the need for puppy walkers, applied and was accepted. That was 20 years and nine dogs ago. They take the animals from the age of three to 14 weeks to teach them basic training and language commands as well as sleeping and feeding arrangements. Then, if suitable, the dogs move on to paid workers at schools for intermediate and advanced training. Finally they are matched with people with sight problems and get used to working with each other as permanent partners. Anne said that more than 1,000 dogs were trained in the country every year. As for Matt, a black flat coated retriever cross, he behaved impeccably, earning a little treat for doing what he was asked to do.
St Andrew’s: From 2pm tomorrow, a united church service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held in Holy Trinity Church. The Rev Tony Taylor will lead the 10.30am Mothering Sunday service, and the Rev David Edmondson will lead the 6pm service on Sunday. A prayer hour will be held from 10am on Monday and from 7.30pm on Tuesday there will be a friendship evening with Harold Hoggarth giving a talk on Snuff, Spinning and Spiritual Houses. All are welcome. On Thursday the Lent course will start at 7.30pm and at 9.30am on Friday the toddlers group will meet. On Saturday, March 12, there will be a Fair Trade coffee morning beginning at 10am.

Priory Church: The services on Sunday are 8am Communion (said), 10.30am Sung Eucharist - at which posies will be given out to all the ladies - and 4.30pm Evening Prayer. As this is the first Sunday of the month, there will be a Liquid Family Service at 9.15am. This is a fun service for all the family with songs, prayers and activities. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10 am. All services are the Book of Common Prayer.
Guide meeting: At 10.30am on Saturday, there will be a meeting in Bolton Abbey Village Hall of welcomers and guides at the Priory Church. This will be an informative and social meeting giving everyone a chance to meet over a cup of coffee. If you are interested in joining the group, please go along.

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.
Film Club: Bradley Film Club will show Inside Out (U) this evening. It is a computer-animated comedy drama portraying personified emotions. The film starts at 6pm in the school hall and everyone in the community is welcome. Admission is free and refreshments will be available to buy. There is also a loop system.

Easter bingo: An evening of Easter Bingo will be held at Carleton Endowed School next Friday, March 11, from 6.30pm. It will raise funds for the Recreation Ground Project and there will be lots of chocolate goodies to be won!
St Mary’s: St Mary’s Coffee Pot will be open between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow. On Sunday, Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer will be celebrated at 8am, followed by Family Praise for Mothering Sunday, with the distribution of daffodil posies, at 11am.
Annual meeting: Carleton Village Hall Management Committee will hold its annual general meeting on Tuesday at 7 pm in the hall’s committee room. All are welcome. Please come in via the kitchen door.
Carleton Playgroup: The playgroup meets in the village hall every Friday during term-time from 9.30am to 11.30 am. The cost is £1 for babies under six months and £2 for those over six months, with a 50p charge per additional child. Sessions include a craft activity, snack and drink.
Bingo night: A bingo night at The Swan Inn on Wednesday at 8.30pm. Cash prizes will be available.
Music club: The Iron Horse County Music Club will meet at its new home of Carleton Social Club next Saturday, March 12, from 7.30pm. It will feature singer Darren Busby.

CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135
Church news: There will be a special Mother’s Day service at St James’ Church on Sunday. All are welcome.

St Peter’s: On Sunday, the church will hold a Mother’s Day service from 9.30am. It will include flowers, treats and refreshments.

CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872
St John’s: On Sunday, there will be a special Mothering Sunday family service at 11am, led by the vicar, the Rev Dr John Peet. South Craven Walking 4 Health will finish their walk at St John’s Church on Monday morning. There are two ongoing collection points at the back of church. One is a box for goods for Keighley Salvation Army food bank and the other, which appears at each service, is a jar for 5p pieces, which will go the diocese’s Sudan General Fund Appeal.

DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305
St Augustine’s Church: On Mothering Sunday, a special family service will be led by the rector, the Rev Veronica James, starting at 11.15am. All are welcome.
Tea Party: The next afternoon tea party in the village hall will start at 2.30pm on Monday.

EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617
St Peter’s: Tomorrow, a Women’s World Day of Prayer service will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Water Street, at 2pm. The service at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by Sue Haggan. The gentle exercise class is at 1.30pm on Monday. The church lunch will be held on Wednesday at noon for 12.15pm and will have a Fairtrade flavour as this is Fairtrade Fortnight.

EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197
Parish council: There has been a significant improvement in the appearance and use of the recycling bins and the surrounding area in Main Street car park. Craven District Council is monitoring the use of such sites as there has been considerable misuse. There has been, as yet, no further news of the proposal for speed tables (humps) in East Lane above the station entrance. Continuing on the theme of road safety, the council welcomed the additional warning signs erected at the footpath crossing point on Cross Bank. Recreation ground maintenance has been on hold, but a regular safety inspection has been made of equipment and other aspects. Craven District Council approval is awaited for consent to lop the trees, which were reported last month as requiring attention. The next parish council meeting will be held in the village hall supper room at 7.30pm on Wednesday, when, as usual, the agenda will include an opportunity for parishioners to raise matters of concern.
Community Library: Dr Ian Adams, of Main Street, will present an illustrated lecture, entitled The Building of Venice, tonight at 7.30pm in the village hall. Dr Adams is a well-known lecturer and U3A tutor. He delivered this subject at the U3A Summer School last June and it was heavily oversubscribed, so he has kindly offered to repeat the subject in support of the library. Entrance to the talk is £4 at the door and this will include refreshments.
Embsay churches: Sunday is Mother’s Day and there will be no morning service at the Methodist Chapel as St Mary’s will hold a united service for both churches at 9.30am. Coffee, tea, juice and biscuits will be served afterwards. At 11.15am, St Mary’s will be celebrate Holy Communion. 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 on Friday between 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Aimed at pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and carers, it includes toys, craft activities, singing, a Bible story, juice, tea, coffee and chat.
Women’s Institute: On Tuesday, at 7.30pm, the March WI meeting in the village hall will see John Foley, BBC Young Gardener of the Year 2012, talk about Hardy Plants for the Spring Garden. This meeting will be open to all. There will be a raffle and refreshments will be served. Admission is £5.

FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: The recent coffee morning raised over £900 for the Church Mission Society and Jigsaw Kids Ministries. Tomorrow, there will be a special service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer at 7.30pm. On Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8.15am in the parish rooms and a Family Communion for Mothering Sunday at 10am in the church. Each Wednesday there is a Holy Communion at 9.30am in the parish rooms. Each Friday during Lent there is be a service of Stations of the Cross at 12.30pm.
Village Pump: The Village Pump - the over 50s group - will meet in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
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, March 10 at 2pm.
Coffee morning: The Methodist monthly coffee morning will take place in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute next Saturday, March 12, from 10am to 11.30am. The proceeds will go to the Forget Me Not children’s hospice.
Illustrated talk: Paul Haywood will give an illustrated talk, From Burma to Myanmar, in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Friday, March 18, at 7pm. Admission is £5 including refreshments.

GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held from 10am on Saturday in the village hall. The Women’s Institute will run a cake stall and there will be a tombola and various other attractions. All proceeds will be donated to a charity helping the refugees.
Sequence Dance: A modern sequence dance will take place on Saturday from 7pm in the village hall. Entry is £4, which includes tea and biscuits, and everyone is welcome.
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday – Mothers Day – there will be a traditional BCP Communion Service at 8am. Then, at 10.30am, there will be crafts for children and refreshments for parents before the Mother’s Day service starts at 10.45am – with lots of fun, singing and thinking about our mothers. All funds raised will go to the children’s charity Compassion.
Parish council: The parish council will meet on Monday from 7.15pm in the village hall annexe.
Indoor bowls: Tuesday’s indoor bowls session has been cancelled.
Women’s Institute: The WI will meet from 7.30pm on Wednesday in the village hall annexe. The speaker will be Mark Wilkinson who will give a talk on physiotherapy and all are welcome to attend.

GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Gigg lecture: The next in the series of Gigg Lectures takes place at the Richard Whiteley Theatre next Thursday, March 10, at 7pm when Sue Cunningham will give a talk on Understanding Indigenous Tribes. Sue is part of Tribes Alive, which works with indigenous tribal people in Brazil to develop programmes that contribute to their self-sufficiency, independence and well-being. For further information, contact 01729 893180.
Open morning: Giggleswick Junior School will hold an open morning on Saturday between 10am and noon. The school caters for children from three to 11 while ChipMonks Nursery looks after children from the age of three months upwards. Families are invited to come along to meet the staff and find out more about what is on offer. To register to attend or to find out further information contact 01729 893100.

GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Embroiderers’ Guild: Grassington Embroiders’ Guild will meet on Wednesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for a talk entitled Dip Your Mind in Gold by Kate Wells, an internationally known textile artist from Sheffield. The meeting will take place at Wharfedale Rugby Club, Threshfield, and all are welcome. The cost is £7.50. Bookings are also open for a workshop, Paper Gloves and Stockings, with Serena Partridge on Wednesday, April 6. For more information, contact 01756 752054.
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning in Church House will be in support of Grassington Primary School’s PTA.
Frugal lunches: Frugal lunches are being held at Church House every Wednesday in Lent to raise money for Christian Aid. They run from noon to 1.30pm and feature homemade soup, bread and cheese. Next week’s event has been organised by Grassington Congregational Church.
Farmers’ market: Grassington Farmers’ Market will be on the cobbled square next Sunday, March 13.
Film night: A film night will be held at the Octagon on Saturday. Big Hero 6 will be screened at 4.30pm and A Royal Night Out at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £2.50 for children and £5 for adults and are available from The Hub or on the door.
Gills Top: Gills Top care home will hold a coffee morning tomorrow from 10.30am to noon.
Garden talk: Grassington Horticultural Society will meet in the Octagon Theatre tonight at 7.30pm for a talk by Michael Mitchell, of Slack Top Nurseries, Heptonstall. His topic is Growing Alpines in Containers. Non-members are welcome for a £2 admission fee, which includes tea and biscuits.
Film talk: Former Keighley MP Ann Cryer will give a talk on the making of classic movie The Railway Children to members of Grassington Friendship Club at Church House today at 2.15pm. The next club outing is to Barton Grange next Thursday, March 10.

HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845
Coffee morning: Please note there will be no coffee morning this Saturday as the North Craven Caving Club will be holding its annual meeting in the Institute. The next coffee morning will be the Pet Rescue event next Saturday, March 12. It will start at 10am and will include stalls and refreshments.
Parish council: The parish council will meet in the institute tonight from 7.30pm.
Gala AGM: The gala committee will hold its annual general meeting in the social club on Tuesday, April 5, from 7.30pm. The gala committee always welcomes new members and helpers, to ensure the continuing enjoyment and success of the annual event.
Flower Club: North Craven Flower Club will meet in the institute next Thursday, March 10, from 7.30pm. There will be a demonstration by Audrey Foster entitled Coast to Coast. New members are welcome. For more details, contact Frances on 01729 822558.
Wesley Guild: The Wesley Guild will meet at the Wesley Centre, Haw Grove, on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The Rev Michael Jackson will give a talk, Older and Bolder, which will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235
Forest school: Horton-in-Ribblesdale Primary School will host its popular Forest school sessions each Thursday from 1.30pm to 3pm. They are free to join and are most suitable for ages three years and upwards. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Please dress for the weather. For more details please call 01729 860282.
Bags collection: The Friends of Horton School are having a Bags to School collection to raise funds for the school. Items required include good quality adults’ and children’s clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags, ties and soft toys. Collection bags are available from school and need to be returned by Friday, March 18, before 9am. For further details, contact 01729 860282.
St Oswald’s: Mother’s Day will be celebrated at St Oswald’s Church on Sunday with a service at 3pm. A Festival of Oranges and Lemons will be held at the church on March 20. The church bells will be rung, using the St Clements Bob Minor method, as a mark of support for the international marmalade festival which is being held in Cumbria on the same day. There will be lots of fun in the church, all linked to the oranges and lemons theme. A Jacob’s Join lunch will be held and there will be stalls selling marmalades and preserves, cakes and bakes.
Domino drive: A domino drive will be held at the Golden Lion on Friday, March 18, with proceeds going to Manorlands.
Show meeting: Horton-in-Ribblesdale Show Committee will hold its annual general meeting and schedule meeting on Tuesday at 7pm in the village hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and share any ideas and thoughts about the 2016 Show. Anyone wishing to join the committee would also receive a warm welcome.
Hall AGM: Members of Horton-in-Ribblesdale Village Hall Committee will hold their annual general meeting in the village hall next Thursday, March 10, at 7pm. The main topic of discussion will be the future of the annual gala which is held in June. Please do come along to the meeting with your ideas for the day’s activities and any offers of help in order to secure the future of this traditional village event.
Domino drive: The domino drive held at the Golden Lion in aid of funding for the Helen Howard School of Dance trip to the Royal Albert Hall was held recently. Winner of the adult competition was Robert Mitton, runner-up was Amos and the booby prize was won by Linda Wareing. Winner of the under 18 event was Sarah Jackson, runner up was Talia Caton and the booby prize was won by Morgan Brierley.

St Mary’s: On Sunday, the church will hold an 11am worship.

LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303
Quiz night: Langcliffe Singers will hold a general knowledge quiz night at Langcliffe Institute on Saturday from 7.30pm. There will be a raffle and a Jacob’s join meal. Guests are invited to bring along their own drink. Admission is £3 a person.
Sunday Teas: Sunday Teas in Langcliffe Institute will begin again on May 1, at 2pm. They will continue through to the end of September. The institute committee and the tea teams look forward to seeing loyal supporters and new visitors.
Encore success: The performance given by Encore was very well received by a full audience in the institute. They proved a very worthy successor to Miscellany and a total of £226.62 was raised for institute funds. Thanks go to all who attended, gave raffle prizes and to Linda Baines for donating the mushy peas.
Church news: On Sunday, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30am, followed by treats to celebrate Mother’s Day. The St John’s fundraising group met recently to plan this year’s activities. There will be a beetle drive in the institute on Friday, April 8, and an Angel Festival over the first weekend in October. It will include angelic works of art created by the residents. In November, there will be Brings and Buys to Accessorise.
Whist drive: At the whist drive held in aid of church funds, Mr Jebson was the MC. Homemade suppers were served in the interval. There was also a raffle. Winners were: ladies – 1 M Gwinnell, 2 M Wellock, 3 D Pullen, booby J Jebson; men – 1 S Hogg, 2 B Garnett, 3 R Middleton, booby J. Jebson. The next whist drive will be on Friday, March 18, at 7pm. Admission is £2, including supper.
Exhibition: The village will hold an exhibition, 1926 and All that Jazz, over the weekend of the Queen’s Official Birthday. The organisers hope to present a flavour of what it was like to be living in that time.

Young Farmers: Lawkland Young Farmers thank Simon and Ruth Coultherd for hosting a valuation evening. The results were: junior girls – 1 Zara Coultherd, 2 Abbie Richards, 3 Charlie Garnett; junior boys – 1 Ben Coultherd, 2 Angus Ogden, 3 Luke Harrison; intermediate boys – 1 James Thornton.

Women’s Institute: The March meeting of the Long Preston WI takes place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall when Malcolm Gent will present A Night at the Musicals.
New correspondent: We are looking for a next correspondent for Long Preston to take over Heather Thomas-Smith. For more information, call the newsdesk on 01756 794117.

Young Farmers: Lothersdale Young Farmers competed in hen judging last Monday night. Results were: junior girls – 1 Rachael Bell, 2 Ellie Leeming; junior boys – 1 Daniel Dobson, 2 James Fieldhouse; inter boys – 1 Chris Bowker, 2 Matty Bell, 3 Dan Leeming; senior girls – 1 Daisy Hammond; senior boys – 1 Richard Horsfield, 2 Luke Mellin, 3 Henry Bradley. On Sunday, 13 members competed in the County Stockman of the Year competition at Craven Cattle Mart. Results were; junior dairy – 3 Helen Barraclough; senior dairy – 1 Georgina Fort; senior fat lambs – 2 Kelly Maltby; junior sheep – 3 Helen Barraclough; senior sheep – 3 Chris Bowker. Helen came third overall in the juniors and, with Georgina and Kelly, qualifies for the next round, the Northern Area final, in July.
Discussion Group: Lothersdale Agricultural Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, March 10, at 8pm at the Tempest Arms, Elslack. KW Feeds will host the evening and guest speaker will be dairy farmer and Northern Farmer of the Year 2015, Robert McDonald of Berwickshire.

RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087
Thursday Club: Twenty-two members from the Thursday Club will meet up in the Reading Room today at noon for lunch at 12.30pm. It will be followed by a talk on quilting by Denise Maguire.
Young Farmers: Twenty-one members of Rathmell Young Farmers met at Wigglesworth Hall Farm by kind permission of the Booth Family for an evening of dairy judging. Master judge for the evening was David Booth. Results were: junior girls – 1 Anna Booth, 2 Jessica Sowerbutts and Charlotte Booth, 3 Louisa Bullock; senior girls – 1 Laura Robinson; junior boys – 1 Harris Dinsdale, 2 Liam Halliday, 3 James Bradley. A vote of thanks was given by James Bradley.

SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Victoria Hall: Tonight, Keith James will present an honest and loving reflection on the insightful and timeless music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens. Tomorrow, Red Dragonfly Productions presents DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan. This is a musical tale of courtesans, warlords, steamy conspiracy and enticing twists set in the ancient Chinese era of the Three Kingdoms. And, on Saturday, The Ferocious Dog will give its take on traditional Celtic folk. First Sunday, Folk on Sunday will feature master guitarist Archie Fisher, one of Scotland’s foremost folk singer/songwriters. He is best known as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning Travelling Folk programme. For details and tickets, contact 01729 825718.
Kwezana link: Students at Kwezana have been in touch with Settle pupils to discuss how they spend their holidays. The school term in Kwezana began on January 13, and there were a number of new students. Mrs Buwa has also returned to the school after her visit to Settle at the end of January and has been showing students pictures of Settle and sharing ideas from her visit as well as using the books given to her by Settle School
Bible study: Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, this year’s Lent Bible study groups meet at St John’s Church on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. This year the material for study is inspired by the novel Les Miserables.
St John’s weekend: A huge thank-you goes to everyone from the community who visited the open day at St John’s on Saturday or came along to the service on Sunday afternoon. The response was phenomenal and helped to make it a very memorable weekend. Special thanks go to all those groups who performed during Saturday, including Settle Primary School, St John’s Music group, Jennifer O’Shea, the yoga practitioner, U3A line dancers and Settle Stompers, Helen Howard School of Dance, Scottish Country Dancing group, Settle Orchestra and Paul Underhill and his Tai Chi group. Thanks also go to those who had stalls or gave demonstrations including the spinning and knitting group, Settle WI, Traidcraft, Langcliffe Singers, Messy Church, Churches Together, Rainforest Cards, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Age UK and the Art Group. The church is especially grateful to John Reid for sharing his fascinating archive of memorabilia relating to Settle and the church and to the Bridge Club for their day-long demonstration bridge match.
Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall in Tilman Close on Saturday from 8pm to 11pm. If you are able to confirm your attendance, please contact 01729 823259 or 824038. All proceeds will go to Cancer Support (Skipton and District).
Prayer Day: The Women’s World Day of Prayer this year will take place tomorrow and a service will be held at St Mary and St Michael Church at 7.30pm. This year’s theme and service has been prepared by the women of Cuba.
Photographic Group: Settle Photographic Group will meet on Monday at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. Please note that there will not be a gallery at this meeting. The speaker will be Dorothy Burrows on the subject of Lakeland A-Z.
Quiz night: Settle College PTA invites you to join them for a family quiz night in the main school hall on Friday, March 11. The event starts at 7pm for 7.30pm and there will drinks available to purchase and a Jacob’s join supper. Entry is £5 on the door. Teams should have no more than four adults. To book a table, contact 01729 824873 or 07823 331512.
Folk Festival: On Friday, March 11, there will be a special concert at Victoria Hall to raise funds to support the Settle Folk Festival. This event will feature The Moonbeams and friends, including Karin Grandal Park and Rosie Clegg, Ben Avison and Sam Lawrence and Mike Harding and the William Small Small Orchestra. Tickets cost £5 via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718.
Langcliffe Singers: Settle choir, the Langcliffe Singers, will hold their spring concert at Ingleton Parish Church on Saturday, March 12, at 7.30pm. The programme will feature Mozart’s Ave Verum, Schubert’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.
Making Music: The North Craven Heritage Trust is celebrating the area’s outstanding musical heritage from Saturday, March 12, to Sunday, March 20. Events begin in the Victoria Hall with Dales Jam and Ramjam’s Springbeat. Under their director Richard Ormrod, and with a guest world-class soloist, the bands will romp their way through the rhythms of the world. The following evening, March 13, Octameron will perform at The Folly when the programme will include songs by Elgar and his contemporaries. Mid-week (Wednesday, March 16), composer and organist Paul Fisher will give a recital on the Giggleswick School chapel organ. Settle Orchestra will provide the finale with its spring concert on Sunday, March 20, in The Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School. Under the baton of guest conductor Ellie Slorach, the programme will include popular works by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Mozart. All events will start at 7.30pm. Further details are available from Cave and Crag, Settle Tourist Information Centre or at north
Justice and Peace: Please note that there will be no meeting of the Justice and Peace Group in March. However, on Wednesday, March 16, at 7.30pm at the Meeting House there is a play For Conscience Sake, exploring the choices faced by conscientious objectors in the First World War. Admission is free with a retiring collection. The group’s next meeting will be on April 13, when the guest speaker will be Judy Rogers from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The group is bringing a group of refugees from Bradford to help with the lambing in Malhamdale. It will organise a meal for them at the Meeting House and have a talk from Judy afterwards. Members may also be interested in a number of events during Settle Stories Weekend at the start of April. On Saturday, April 2, at 2pm at the Meeting House, there will be a talk by the founder of 38 Degrees campaign group, David Babbs. Tickets cost £10. Also on April 2, at 10am at the Friends Meeting House is Story Telling For Change. At this event, two storytellers will explain how in Lebanon, Kenya and the UK they are using stories to discuss, interrogate and explore our values. Tickets cost £8. Not listed in the advertising brochure for Settle Stories is a free additional talk on the Fair Tax Campaign on Friday, April 1, at 5.30pm at the Meeting House.
SAOS Juniors: Settle Amateur Operatic Society Junior Section will perform When Toad Came Home at Victoria Hall from March 18 to 20. This entertaining musical play is loosely based on the children’s classic Wind in the Willows. Performances will take place at 7.30pm on March 18 and 19, and at 2pm on March 20. Tickets are available from the Victoria Hall box office.
Gardening Club: Settle and District Gardening Club will meet at Townhead Court at 2pm on March 23, when the speaker will be Jeff Hutchings. The subject will be Hardy and Wild Orchids. Non-members welcome for a £3 admission fee.
Allsorts market: The Friends of Settle Victoria Hall will hold an Allsorts Market at the venue on Saturday, March 26, from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be served all day. To book a stall, contact the hall on 01729 825718.
Merry-go-Round: Settle Rotary president Floyd Schofield and the members of Settle Rotary would like to thank the 240 people who supported this charity event in February. More than £1,950 was raised for the Settle Swimming Pool, Clapham Cave Rescue and the Air Ambulance. The raffle was very successful and the star prize of a two-night hotel stay was won by Helen Reid of Settle, and the £50 voucher for Marks and Spencer was won by Mrs G Harrison. The Rotarians would also like to thank staff at the inns and restaurants who made such a great contribution to the success.
Handyperson needed: Settle Town Council is seeking a self-motivated person to look after Settle and its public spaces. Details can be obtained from clerk@settletown The closing date for applications is tomorrow.
WI workshops: Settle WI will hold two craft workshops on Wednesday, April 27, in the Catholic Church Hall. Annie Austen-Meek will demonstrate how to make a ‘Softpot’ garden container while Sue Amphlett, of Cottontail Crafts, will give an introduction to Needlefelting – sculpting wool into figures using a barbed felting needle. Each course costs £20 and includes all the materials and tuition. To book, contact Sue Sellars on 01729 825145 or send an email to

SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643
Local History: More than 80 people heard historian Ian Dewhirst describe Victorian and Edwardian leisure pursuits when he visited Silsden Local History Group’s February meeting last week. With a great deal of humour, Mr Dewhirst referred to local involvement in galas, allotments, church life, golf, walking contests and fretwork. There will be no March meeting as the date coincides with Easter, but on Monday, April 25, the chairman David Mason will give a talk on some of Silsden’s earliest recorded crimes and criminals.
Civic Society: The Civic Society will meet in the Methodist Church tonight when Ian Dewhirst will give a talk entitled Life in the 1950s. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm.
Craft workshops: Been Busy on Kirkgate will hold a workshop on Saturday, where participants will be able to make a fresh flower bouquet for Mother’s Day for £10. For more details or to book, visit, phone 01535 654668, email shop@beenbusy, or you can call into the shop.
Passion play: Silsden Methodist Church is to present a one-man passion play on Sunday, March 13, at 6.30pm. An Impossible God has been written by Frank Topping and will be performed by Mark Topping. Tickets are £5 from the church or ring 01535 657256.
Sports club: The sports club will hold a St Patrick’s Day band night on March 17, when Rakish Paddy will help the Cobbydalers to celebrate. Information and tickets can be obtained from Aire Valley IFA, Bilaluci or the club at £5 each.
Race night: Silsden Scouts will hold a race night tomorrow in the Sunnybank Social club. It will feature eight races and a pie and peas supper. Entry is £5 a ticket (children go free). Call Steve on 01535 652804 to reserve your place and support the scouts.

Friendship Group: Origamist Stephen Watson passed on his skills to members of Skipton Friendship Club at their February meeting. He gave a brief history of origami followed by a “fold-along” where members made a box to take home. The session was conducted in a light-hearted manner and was great fun. Stephen also brought an amazing display of award winning origami. For more information about the group, visit skipton
Naturalists: Craven Naturalists’ and Scientific Association will meet on Monday for a talk by Dr CH Fletcher, called A Moth Trapper’s Year. This 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.
History Society: Members of Skipton Historical Society heard an illustrated talk by Chris Lunnon on his ongoing research into the ancient stones and boulders identifying the boundaries surrounding Embsay and Eastby. Many of the stones are still in good condition, showing that they were originally professionally made and installed. They are usually inscribed with relevant notations such as CRT and DD, indicating the Tempest family and the Duke of Devonshire. Also carved into the stones are various significant styles of ecclesiastical crosses, including similar crosses to those at Bolton Priory. The next meeting is on Thursday, March 10, at 7.30pm in the Swadford Centre, Skipton, when Derek Clapham will give a talk on Unusual Victorian Legacies 1830-1910.
Christ Church: Sunday is Mothering Sunday and daffodil posies will be distributed at the Family Eucharist at 9.30am. All families are welcome to come and join in this service. Evening Prayer will take place at 6.30pm. Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30am on Wednesday, followed at 10.30am by Toddler Praise. All accompanied young children are welcome to this informal meeting in the church, followed by play and refreshments in the church hall.
Retired Men’s Forum: Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst spoke about Life on the Home Front during the Great War. He spoke about censorship, food shortages, the anti-German riots in Keighley and the Belgian refugees, some of whose descendants still live in the area. Next week, Tony Burkitt will gibe an illustrated talk on American Canyons.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday, there will be a Holy Communion at 8am followed by Parish Communion at 9.45am with Skipton Parish Scouts. All-in-Church is at 11.30am and at 5pm the Evening Service is a Songs of Praise themed around mums. On Tuesday, the church will welcome local primary schools for Rewind to Easter. On Wednesday, there is a BCP Holy Communion at 10.45am and at 7.30pm, the Women’s Fellowship holds its fortnightly gathering in the Vestry Rooms.

Bowling Club: Sutton Park Bowling Club held its annual players meeting last month when new captains were elected for the 2016 season. The club has increased membership this year and will field seven teams each week. Three veteran teams (over 60) will play on Monday afternoons, while there will be three teams operating in the Skipton area league on midweek evenings. In addition, a team has been entered in the Aire/Wharfe League and will play on Saturday afternoons. New members, for social, recreational or competitive bowling, are welcome and information can be obtained by telephoning 01535 631599.

Whist and dominoes: There were 12 tables in play at the recent Whist and Domino drive. MCs were T Robinson and P Metcalfe. Winners were: whist, ladies – P Parrott, A Shaw, M Wellock; gents – T Shaw, M Grainger, G Parker, low J Traynor; dominoes – H Wolfenden, E Carefoot, J Hull, C Eastwood, S Dawson, M Berry; raffle – P Metcalfe, F Taylor, B Garnett, D Knight, Sid Hogg, A Shaw, N Taylor, J Hull, E Turner, E Carefoot, B Peel, M Briggs. The next Whist and Domino drive is on Saturday, March 19, at 7.30pm.
The Baghdaddies: In conjunction with Spot-On rural touring, the Baghdaddies will perform at Tosside Community Hall on Friday, March 11, at 7.30pm. Hailing from Newcastle, they will play uplifting world music with Balkan roots. Tickets cost £7 and are available from 01729 840272. Supper is available and the bar will be open.
Church lunch: The annual lunch on Palm Sunday, March 20, will be held in the community hall from 1pm. Soup, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings and delicious sweets will be available at a cost of £12.50 for adults and £8 for children. Tickets are available from 01729 840272 or any church member. Please book early to help with arrangements. Proceeds will go to St Bartholomew’s Church, Tosside.

UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
History Group: John Claxton will talk on The Good Life to Local History Group in Cracoe Village Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm.
Church concert: The Aireborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society will present The Gondoliers at St Michael’s Church, Linton Falls, on Saturday, March 19, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Grassington Hub and The Wine Shop, Grassington, at £8 for adults and £5 for children. For further information, please send an email to

Community Centre: Abi Moore will perform at the centre on Friday, March 18. Tickets are £10 by calling 01729 840794. There will be a games afternoon on Saturday, March 19, and all money raised will go to Sports Relief. Anyone can take part, whatever age or ability, it’s just meant to be fun. There will be various games, such as tiddlywinks, table tennis, dominoes and table football to name a few. Entry is £2.