Treat on offer: Singer, songwriter and storyteller Dror Kessler will perform at the Airton Friends’ Meeting House at 4.30pm on Sunday. The show is suitable for adults and children and admission is £5 on the door.

AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215
Church news: On Sunday, there will be a Holy Communion for Palm Sunday at Austwick Church at 9.30am when Palm crosses will be blessed and distributed. At 6.45pm, Palm Sunday will be celebrated at Eldroth Church with a short procession followed by a Taize service. This reflective style suites Eldroth church well with its simplicity. Next Friday, there will be morning devotions for Good Friday at Keasden at 11am and a quiet hour at the cross in Austwick at 2pm.

Rotary Club: Colin Hubbard told Barnoldswick and Earby Rotarians about a bike ride in South India. He concentrated on the first part of his journey covering 900km, with a further 1,500km left to talk about. He described the amazing towering temples covered with exquisite stone carving and more than one world heritage site. Aspiring stone carvers have to complete a 12-year apprenticeship. He said the streets were “incredibly noisy”, but the people he met were charming and helpful and he never felt threatened.
St Andrew’s: Tonight sees the final meeting in the Lent series. Toddlers meet tomorrow at 9.30am. There will be no meeting on Good Friday but sessions resume for the following two weeks before a two-week break for school holidays. On Sunday – Palm Sunday – the preachers at the 10.30am service are the Revs Norman Cumming and David Edmondson. The Rev Ruth Jackson will lead the 6.30pm service. There is a prayer hour each Monday at 10am. On Maundy Thursday there will be a reflective service at 8pm and on Good Friday, the Walk of Witness will start from the Independent Methodist Church at 10am. This is a Churches Together annual event walking through town to the Square for a short service at 10.30am.

Priory Church: On Sunday, Palm Sunday, there will be Communion (said) at 8am and at 10.30am there will be a procession of palms and sung eucharist with a reading of the Passion. At 4.30pm, there will be a performance of Tribulation and Sorrow have Come Upon Me, a sequence of words and music for Palm Sunday, with Cantores Salicium. Holy Communion will be held on Monday and Tuesday at 7pm and on Wednesday at 10am. On Maundy Thursday at 7pm there will be a Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot washing and watch before the blessed sacrament. On Good Friday, March 25, at 10am, the church will hold a children’s service and hot cross buns will be served. At noon there will be the three hours devotion with the liturgy of Good Friday. At 7.30pm, the Priory Choir will perform The Crucifixion. A full list of services can be found at
Annual lecture: The Friends of Bolton Priory will hold their annual lecture tomorrow at 7.30pm in Bolton Abbey Village Hall. It will be given by Sir Harry Ognall and is entitled My Life in Crime. Tickets at £5 are available from 01943 600645 or 816363.
Wreath workshop: On Tuesday at 10am there will be an Easter wreath workshop in the Priory Church Room led by Vanessa Wellock. Tickets are £40 and available from Bolton Abbey Estate Office on 01756 710009.
New website: Bolton Abbey Village Hall has a new website –

BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369
Memorial bench: The Bradley Show committee is to organise a memorial bench for Neil Pate. Neil was the bookings secretary for the village hall for many years. He was also a keen fell runner and consistently won the trophy for the fastest local runner. If anyone would like to contribute towards the cost of the bench, which is planned for the playing fields, please leave a contribution at the village store.
Women’s Institute: The next meeting of the WI will be held in the village hall at 7pm on Monday when members will have a hands-on demonstration of line dancing.
Methodist Church: The Methodist Church will hold an Easter workshop next Thursday, March 24, between 3.30pm and 5pm, where there will be various activities and refreshments. There will be an Easter Sunday service and Sunday School on March 27, to which everyone is welcome. The next Messy Church will be held on Sunday, May 15, between 3pm and 5pm. This year’s charity concert will be held on Saturday, June 18.
Parish council: There have been nine responses to the vacancy for parish clerk and interviews are being arranged. The final draft of Bradley’s Neighbourhood Plan is due to go out to public consultation at the end of the month.
School news: Cracoe class (class two) enjoyed a visit to St. Mary’s Church, during which they got to play the organ and ring the bell. Farnhill Class (class three) had a visit from the “Bug lady”, when they got to handle giant snails, cockroaches and stick insects. The school is holding a Fashion Show at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 20, and tickets are on sale now at the school and village shop, at £5 each.
Whist: New members are welcome at the whist group, which meets on a Thursday from 7pm to 10pm in the village hall. For more information, contact
Table tennis: There are table tennis sessions at the village hall from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on a Tuesday and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on a Friday. For more information, phone 01535 630470.

BURNSALL: Ed Williams, 01756 720335
Village Hall: The annual spring clean of Burnsall Village Hall will take place today from 10am. Please come along and help. Refreshments will be provided.
Annual meeting: The annual general meeting for Burnsall Parish Meeting will be held in the village hall tonight at 8pm. Refreshments will be available at 7.30pm.
Soup and Pudding: Burnsall Village Hall will hold another Soup and Pudding Lunch on Saturday from 11.30am to 2pm. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £4 for children. They available from 720612, 720335 or pay on the door.

BURTON-IN-LONSDALE: Jean Thornber, 015242 63033
Dance quiz: The Helen Howard School of Theatre Dance will hold a fundraising quiz night at The Horse and Farrier, High Bentham, tomorrow at 9pm. Entry is £5 per team. All proceeds will go towards the Royal Albert Hall trip.
Parish council: The parish council noted with sadness and regret the death of much-valued and respected councillor Sandra Chapman who had served on the council since 2011. The funeral was held on February 29. Councillors gave their whole-hearted support to local group, Burton Pals with Trowels, which proposes to create ornamental planting around the new sports pavilion this year. The next scheduled full council meeting will be at 7.30pm next Thursday, March 24, in the village hall.

St Mary’s: St Mary’s Easter coffee morning will take place in Carleton Village Hall between 10am and noon on Saturday. Sunday is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, and there will be a service of Bread, Wine and Worship at 11am. On Monday, there will be prayers at 9.30am and on Maundy Thursday, March 24, at 7.30pm, there will be a Solemn Eucharist and Watch until 10.30pm. There will be no Coffee Pot at St Mary’s on Good Friday.
Monday Club: On Monday, Cat Kilner from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will be guest speaker at the Monday Club, which will meet in the village hall from 7.30pm. She will talk about being an area ranger.
Bingo night: There will be a bingo night at The Swan Inn on Wednesday at 8.30pm.
Easter weekend: There will be an Easter-themed treasure trail around the village from next Saturday, March 26. On Easter Sunday, the film, The Lady in the Van, will be shown in the village hall at 7.30pm. On Easter Monday there will be a Big Breakfast in the village hall from 9am to 11am and the duck race at 2pm.

CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135
Lady in the Van: Alan Bennett will introduce the TRAMPS showing of The Lady in the Van at St James’ Church on Saturday, April 16, from 7.30pm. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from Sue Mann on 015242 51792 or at Clapham Village Store. The proceeds will go to TRAMPS, Clapham Village Hall and St James’ Church.
Sport Relief: The Church on the Green at Newby will hold a coffee morning on Saturday between 10am and noon to raise money for Sport Relief 2016.
Church news: St James’ Church will hold an Easter Sunday service at 11am.
Climate change: This Changes Everything – an inspiring feature documentary film about climate change – will be shown on Wednesday, March 30, at the New Inn, starting 7pm. The film will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be available from the bar. Entry is free with donations invited towards costs.

St Peter’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a traditional Palm Sunday service at 4pm.

CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 015353 630872
St John’s: A coffee morning will be held at the village institute on Saturday from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Refreshments include bacon butties and there will also be stalls selling cake, cards, bric-a-brac and books. On Palm Sunday, a service of Holy Communion, with the blessing of the palms, will be held at 11am. At 3pm, the Cononley Singers will join the congregation for words and music for Holy Week. All are welcome – no ticket required. There will be a retiring collection for the re-ordering of the building. On Maundy Thursday, a member of our congregation will be a recipient of the Royal Maundy Money at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, having been nominated by the Bishop of Leeds, Rt Rev Nick Baines. On Good Friday at 2pm, devotions at the Cross will be led by the vicar, the Rev Dr John Peet. The deadline for articles for the Parish magazine, Onward, is this Sunday. Thanks go to all who continue to top up the food bank at the back of church for Keighley Salvation Army. There will now be a second box to be placed in the institute.
Moroccan evening: Saturday night’s Moroccan celebration in the village institute was a huge success, raising more than the £1,000 target set by the organiser, Megan Hall. She said everyone had lots of fun playing the different games, finding out about Morocco and eating the chicken tagine donated by New Laithe Farm Shop and cous cous made by Rolands in Utley. She thanks all who attended.

Charity shop: Local charity shop New 2U is introducing its spring range of clothing and accessories. Also, its focus during March is soft furnishings. Proceeds go to local causes.

DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305
Palm Sunday: The family service for Palm Sunday – this Sunday – will start at 11.15am at St Augustine’s Church, and will be led by the Rev Veronica James.
Queen’s birthday: A full day of events, competitions, games and activities (including a Royal high tea, a Songs of Praise service at St Augustine’s and a potato-growing competition) is planned to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday on June 12. Flyers giving details are being distributed door-to-door or visit

EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617:
Little Rascals: Little Rascals Pre-School Playgroup meets at the New Road Community Centre every Thursday from 10am to noon. It welcomes children from birth to five years.
St Peter’s: The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by the Rev Keith Richardson and will include Holy Communion. The gentle exercise class is at 1.30pm on Monday, followed at 7pm by a games evening for all ages. It will include a beetle drive.
Bulb show: Earby and District Gardeners will hold their 30th bulb show at the New Road Community Centre on Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Schedules of classes are available from Dorothy Bullock on 842134. Entries should be staged between 9am and 10am on the morning of the show and help setting up (from 7.30pm tomorrow) and taking down would be appreciated. Come and have soup and sandwiches from 11am.
Churches Together: On Maundy Thursday, March 24, there will be a passover meal at 6.30pm at Mount Zion Baptist, Water Street, followed by Christian Communion. On Good Friday, March 25, there will be children’s Easter activities at New Road Community Centre from 10.15am. Adults are invited to meet at New Road and then attend a Stations of the Cross service at St Patrick’s RC Church at 11am. On Holy Saturday, March 26, a service of light will take place at All Saints’ at 8pm. On Easter Sunday, March 27, meet at St Peter’s, Riley Street, at 6.45am for transport to Stoney Bank lookout point for a sunrise service followed by breakfast back at St Peter’s.

EMBSAY WITH EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197
Embsay churches: Sunday’s is Palm Sunday and the 10.30am service at the Methodist Chapel will be led by Bill Murfitt. At St Mary’s there will be a Communion service with Palm Procession at 9.30am. On Tuesday, St Mary’s will hold a quiet communion service. Smiley Faces – the toddler praise at St Mary’s – will take place on Friday between 1.45pm and 3.15pm.
Lent Lunch: On Saturday, the annual Lent Lunch to raise funds for Christian Aid will be held in Embsay Village Hall from noon until 1.15pm. Soup, bread and cheese will be served for a suggested donation of £4. There will also be a wide variety of Fairtrade items for sale.
Bingo night: Embsay Cricket Club’s next bingo night will be held on Saturday in the village hall. Eyes down at 7.30pm and proceeds will go towards a new electronic scoreboard.
Over 50s: The last meeting of the Over 50s Forum for the 2015-16 season will be in the village hall next Thursday, March 24, between 2pm and 3.30pm. Any queries call either Shelagh Marshall on 01756 794861 or 07860 617894 or Hazel Chatwin on 793308.
Hall AGM: The annual general meeting of Embsay-with-Eastby Village Hall Management Committee will be held on Monday at 7pm in the supper room. All residents of Embsay and Eastby are invited to attend. All villagers have the right to stand for a place on the management committee.

FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, there will be services of Holy Communion for Palm Sunday at 8.15am in the parish rooms and at 10am in the church. Both services will include the Blessing of Palms and the reading of the Passion Gospel. Also on Sunday at 2.30pm, the next Messy Church takes place. Next Thursday there will be a service of Holy Communion for Maundy Thursday at 7.30pm. On Good Friday there will a service of the Liturgy of the Cross at 2pm. On Easter Eve there will be a service of the Easter Liturgy with renewal of baptism vows and Holy Communion at 8.45pm. Each Wednesday there is a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in the parish rooms.
Village Pump: The Village Pump – the over 50s group – will meet in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Coffee morning: At the Methodist coffee morning held last Saturday, £180 was raised for the Forget-me-Not Children’s Hospice and £43 for the Gambia Schools Trust.
Illustrated talk: Paul Haywood will give an illustrated talk, From Burma to Myanmar, in Kildwick and Farnhill Institute tomorrow at 7pm. Admission is £5.
Sunrise service: The Easter Day sunrise service held at Farnhill Pinnacle will start at 6.45am. Afterwards, tea and hot cross buns will be served in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute.

GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098
Book fair: North West Books will hold their first book fair of the year at Gargrave Village Hall between 10am and 4pm on Saturday.
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a traditional BCP communion service at 8am. Then, at 10.30, the congregation will gather at the Summerseat for a procession to church, where the Palm Sunday service starts at 10.45am. At 7pm, the church will host the Village Passion Play for the first time in nine years.
Bingo: The next bingo session is on Wednesday from 7.30pm in the village hall annexe. Entry is free.

GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Garden lecture: On Thursday, April 7 at 7pm, the Richard Whiteley Theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture on the theme of New Plants, New Ideas, New Inspiration. The speaker will be garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman Stephen Lacey. For further information, contact 01729 893180.
Parish meeting: The parish council will meet on April 12, following the annual parish meeting at 6.45pm in the parish rooms.
New defibrillator: A community defibrillator has been installed at Puddle Croft, Church Street, with the permission of Giggleswick School. There will be a public awareness session, run by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Settle First Responders, at the Richard Whiteley Theatre on Tuesday, April 5, at 7pm.

GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Frugal lunch: The final frugal lunch, in support of Christian Aid, will be held at Elbolton, on Hebden Road, on Wednesday from noon to 1.30pm.
Friendship Club: The Friendship Club will enjoy its annual quiz today. The meeting will take place in Church House at 2.15pm. Barbara Brown will be guest speaker next Thursday and her talk, A Dressmaker’s Journey, will include examples of her embroidery.

HEBDEN: Victoria Benn, 01756 751795
Duck race: The annual duck race will be held on Easter Saturday, March 26. Ducks cost £1 and are available from the Tea Rooms and the Clarendon.
Church fundraiser: Easter Monday, March 28, will see an all-day fundraiser at the Methodist Church. Please contact Janet on 752426 if you are able to help.
Domino drive: A domino drive with pie and peas supper will be held at the institute on Monday, April 4 at 7pm.
Open meeting: An open village meeting to discuss a street party for Queen’s 90th birthday will be held at the institute on Tuesday, April 12, at 7pm.
Photo exhibition: A history of the village will be told through old photos from April 29 to 30. Please contact Muriel on 752352 if you able to help or loan photos.

HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845
200 Club: The March winners of the Institute 200 Club are: No 168, Phil Read, £2, No11, Sue Johnson, £10 and No 198, Brian Hugill, £5.
Women’s Institute: Bargain Hunt contestant Helen Jarvis will be guest speaker at tonight’s meeting of the WI. Her talk, Behind the Scenes at Bargain Hunt, is expected to be very popular. The evening competition is to bring along a piece of memorabilia and a hat for display or wearing. The meeting will take place in the institute at 7.15pm.
Walking Group: The Walking Group will meet outside Ahernes at 1pm on Sunday for a six-mile medium category route from Gargrave, taking inn Flasby, Friar’s Hall and St Helen’s Well. Contact Paul Emsley on 01729 851659 if you would like to come along. Accompanied children and dogs on leads are welcome.
Flower Club: At the March meeting of North Craven Flower Club, Audrey Foster from Whitby gave a demonstration entitled Coast to Coast. It was a group of arrangements based around cyclists completing the coast to coast route followed by the Way of the Roses route and Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. The next demonstration will be on April 14 with Nicola Davies Murray. The club will hold a coffee morning on April 9 from 10am in the institute. It will include a plant stall, cakes and produce. For more information, contact01729 822558.
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning in the institute will be a St Aidan’s event and will include a Sausage Sizzle. It will start at 10am and there will also be stalls.

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235
Fruit Festival: The parishioners and friends of St Oswald’s Church invite everyone to join them at their Oranges and Lemons festival on Sunday. The morning will commence with a Palm Sunday service for the three parishes of Horton, Stainforth and Langcliffe at 10.30am. The event is being held to join coincide with the International Marmalade Festival and awards, held at Dalemain House near Penrith. A ‘peel’ of bells will be rung throughout the country to help to celebrate the event and the bells at St Oswald’s will be rung using the method St Clement’s Bob Minor. Enjoy a Jacob’s join lunch in the church. There will be stalls selling marmalade, jams, curds, cakes and bakes.
Holiday Centre: The Women’s Holiday Centre invites local women to join them for cake and hot drinks at 4pm on Monday, April 4, at The Old Vicarage.

INGLETON: Sue Brown 015242 41835
Parish council: At the March meeting of Ingleton Parish Council, M Sutton reported on the progress of the B4RN project which was going very well. Regarding threatened cuts to pharmacy services, it was agreed that the clerk should write to the MP to protest. Cllr Ward raised the issue of the recent clouding of the river and the chairman confirmed that this had been reported to the Environment Agency who had inspected the site and ascertained that it had been due to a faulty pump at the quarry. Councillors agreed that the 1940s Weekend group should be given permission to use the Square and the Park for their event. A serious pothole was reported near Tansy Terrace and some on the A65 near Cold Cotes. These together with the subsidence near the Main Street/A65 junction will be reported by the clerk. Cllr Metcalfe informed members that tenders for the pump track had been sent out and the deadline was March 26. Public consultation could be in early to mid-April.
Egg hunt: The Great Ingleton Easter Egg Hunt will take place all round the village from 8am on Friday, March 25, to 4pm on Friday, April 1. Details are available at the community centre.

LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303
Church news: On Sunday, there will be a joint service of Holy Communion for Palm Sunday at 10.30am at Horton. On Thursday, March 24, there will be a special service to mark Maundy Thursday at 7.30pm. On Sunday, March 27, there will be a service of Holy Communion for Easter Day at 10.30am. The first church fundraising event for this year is a beetle drive on Friday, April 8, at 7pm in the village institute. This event is suitable for all ages. There will also be a raffle and a quiz. Please bring your own liquid refreshments. On Sunday, June 5, a special team of bakers and servers will serve Sunday Teas in the institute. There will be a tombola and a craft stall and there will be a number of church mice on the loose! If you have any craft books or items to donate, please let Helen Jarvis know and if you have any tombola or raffle prizes please let Graham Jarvis know. They can be contacted on 825303.
Institute news: To keep the institute in great condition, the teas organisers need to increase the numbers of tea team members. If you can bake, serve or wash up, Sue Parker needs your name! She can be contacted on 822114.
Show meeting: The first show meeting of 2016 is on Sunday at 4pm. The date of the show is Saturday, August 20, and the subject for the poetry class is Generations.

Young Farmers: Lawkland Young Farmers met at Austwick Parish Hall for Easter bingo poster making. The results were: junior girls – 1 Becky Allen, 2 Abbie Richards, 3 Molly Taylor; junior boys – 1 Luke Harrison; intermediate boys – 1 James Thornton.

Spring coffee: A spring coffee morning with toasted hot cross buns, will be held in the village hall on Saturday at 10am. Proceeds will go to the Over 70s Group.
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.

RATHMELL: Elaine Isherwood, 01729 840087
Reading Room: There will be an Easter coffee morning on Saturday from 10am to noon. It will include cake and garden stalls as well as a raffle. Entry is free and there is a small charge for refreshments.
Zumba: Please note, there will be no zumba class on Easter Bank Holiday Monday.

SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Victoria Hall: Members of the junior section of Settle Amateur Operatic Society will take to the stage tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday with their production of When Toad Came Home. On Saturday, March 26, the Queen-esque date cancelled in December due to severe flooding has been rescheduled. For details and tickets, contact 01729 825718.
Big Breakfast: The next Settle Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday. There will be tea/coffee from 8.15am and the breakfast and talk will be over by 9.30am. This month’s venue is St Mary’s and St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate, and the speaker, Maggie Spence, will talk about about Open Doors and its work. To book a place, contact 01729 825285 or email
Easter party: The residents of Anley Hall invite you to an Easter party on Saturday from 1pm. This will allow everyone to come along and find out more about Anley Hall. There will be entertainment for residents and guests alike as well as an Easter bonnet competition.
Folk Club: The Three Peaks will hold its March meeting on Saturday at Settle Social Club when the guest performer will be Stuart Douglas. Admission is £5.
Sport Relief mile: North Ribblesdale Rugby Club will host a Sport Relief Mile on Sunday. Contact the club for details.
Messy church: The next messy church session will take place on Sunday at St John’s Church Hall and runs from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. This is open to all families and provides activities and a shared hot meal. For details, email or ring 01729 825285.
Settle Orchestra: Settle Orchestra’s spring concerts will take place on Saturday at Christ Church, Skipton, and on Sunday at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School. Both concerts will start at 7.30pm. The programme, under the direction of guest conductor Ellie Slorach, will include works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Haydn. Tickets are available via orchestra members or Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing sarah.glossop@btinter
Photography Group: Settle Photographic Group will meet at Townhead Court on Monday at 7.30pm. This will be a Photoshop session and will be followed by a gallery on the theme of a photo story.
Easter activities: There will be a range of Easter activities on offer in the Atrium at Limestone View on Thursday, March 24, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is a free event but a donation of £2.50 is invited to cover costs.
Bowling Club: New members are required for Settle Bowling Club. The green opens on Friday, March 25, and all are welcome regardless of age or experience. For more information, contact the secretary, John Chambers, on 01729 825783 or just turn up at the green from 2pm, Monday to Sunday.
Gardening Club: The Settle and District Gardening Group will meet at Townhead Court at 2pm on Wednesday when the speaker will be Jeff Hutchings. The subject will be Hardy and Wild Orchids. Non members are welcome for a £3 admission fee.
Good Friday: Settle’s traditional passion play will take place on Good Friday. The drama unfolds in four scenes in various locations around the town and commences at 10.30am at St John’s Hall. On Easter Sunday, March 27, there will be a sunrise service in the millennium gardens at 6.30am. This will be followed by a simple breakfast at Friends Meeting House.
Allsorts market: The Friends of Settle Victoria Hall will hold an Allsorts Market in Victoria Hall on Saturday, March 26, from 10am to 4pm. To book a stall, contact the hall on 01729 825718.
Film night: The Ribblesdale Moving Picture Show (Tramps) continues its season of foreign films at Victoria Hall on Wednesday, March 30, with a screening of Cycling with Molière. This will be shown in French with English subtitles. Tickets cost £5 on the door and the show starts 7.45pm
Blood donors: The next blood donor session will take place in St John’s Hall on Wednesday, March 30. The day will be divided into two sessions, the first running from 2pm to 3.45pm and the second from 4.45pm to 7.30pm. For further details and appointments, contact 0300 123 2323.
Charity coffee: The coffee pot session on Tuesday, April 5, at St John’s Methodist Church will be in aid of Railway Children, which provides protection and opportunities for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. It currently works in India, Africa and the UK. The coffee pot will be open from 10am to noon.
Justice and peace: The Justice and Peace Group will meet on Wednesday, April 13. 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 there will be a talk from Judy Rogers of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Members may also be particularly interested in a number of events during Settle Stories Weekend. On April 2 at the Friends Meeting House, there is Story Telling For Change at 10am and a talk by David Babbs, the founder of the 38 Degrees campaign group at 2pm. 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.
Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, April 2, at St Mary and Michael Catholic Church Hall from 8pm to 11pm. Please confirm your attendance by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038.
Settle Stories: This year Settle Stories Festival 2016 will take place in April instead of October. During the weekend of April 1 to 3, there will be a wide range of comedy, stories, music and other events taking place at a range of venues across the town. This is the biggest Settle Stories Festival yet, with more than 50 events packed into the three days. Remember too, stories are not just for children, there are events for all ages. Come along and celebrate the many ways in which story can touch and transform our lives. Details of events and discounts can be found at
Fashion show: The Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to a fashion show on Thursday, April 21, at Victoria Hall. The evening will feature a range of fashions by Ahernes of Hellifield.
WI workshops: Settle WI is holding two craft workshops on Wednesday, April 27, in the Catholic Church Hall, Craven Terrace, Settle. 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 and forms using a barbed felting needle. Each course costs £20 and includes all materials and tuition. Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are WI members or not. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day. To book, contact Sue Sellars on 01729 825145 or email

SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643
Craft classes: Been Busy on Kirkgate has some craft classes coming up. On Saturday, there will be a taster day, with various one-hour sessions at £5 per session. For more details or to book, please visit, phone 01535 654668, email shop@beenbusysils or call into the shop at 56 Kirkgate.
New times: Slimming World classes in Silsden have new timings. On Tuesday, the group meets at 9am and 11am at the town hall and at 5.30pm and 7.30pm at St James Church Hall. If you buy the magazine this week, the joining fee is will be waived. For further information, phone 07935 417214.
St Patrick’s Day: The sports club is having a St Patrick’s Day band night tonight with Rakish Paddy. Information and tickets costing £5 can be obtained from Aire Valley IFA, Bilaluci or the club.
Scouts: Silsden has a local scouting group which is open to boys and girls. Please get in touch with a leader if you are interested. Beavers are aged from six to eight and meet on Fridays from 5.15pm to to 6.15pm. The leader is Alison Rohatynskyj who can be contacted on 07719 332972 or at Cubs are aged from eight to 10-and-a-half and meet on Fridays between 6.15pm and 7.30pm. The leader is Andrew Parkinson (07974 805838 or Scouts are 10-and-a-half to 14 and meet on Fridays between 7.30pm and 9pm. Sarah Whiteley and Edward Dyson lead the group (contact 07851 271052 or The group meets at St James Church Hall.

Embroiderers’ Guild: Alison Larkin, a talented needlewoman, will give an illustrated talk on Captain Cook’s Waistcoat to Skipton Embroiderers’ Guild on Monday in Christ Church Hall. Alison will describe her research into the waistcoat, and its resulting reconstruction. Members will meet for chat and stitch from 10am and the talk will start at 1pm. Anyone interested in Captain Cook, or this project, is welcome to attend.
History Society: Life-enhancing inventions like the flushing lavatory, the telephone and electric light bulbs were all products of the prolifically productive Victoria era which were explored by Derek Clabburn at Skipton History Society. His talk, Unusual Victorian Legacies 1830-1919, revealed the major impact of inventions on the society of the time which saw the rise of the railways and transport infrastructures, engineering projects like the London Sewage system and the construction of gas works in cities and towns. The Great Exhibition showcased the greatest innovations of the century. The next meeting of the group is on Thursday, March 24, in the Swadford Centre, Skipton, from 7.30pm when Chris Murphy will give an illustrated talk on the Battle of Towton which took place on March 29, 1461.
First Circle: The Skipton Italian Circle will hold its first meeting of the year today at the Soroptimist Rooms, Otley Street, Skipton. Steve Ragnall will give a talk on Cook Bay on the Amalfi Coast: an exploration of the life and death of Captain James Cook at 7.30pm. It will be followed by the annual general meeting. Refreshments will be available from 7pm. Admission is free for members and £5 for visitors.
Christ Church: Sunday is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week. There will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am, followed by a united service in Christ Church for Christ Church and Holy Trinity at 9.30am, which will include the distribution of palms. Evening Prayer will be held at 6.30pm. On Monday, there will be prayers at St Mary’s Carleton, at 9.30am and a service of Reflections at Holy Trinity at 7pm. Prayers will take place at 9.30am on Tuesday in Christ Church, and Holy Communion at 7.30pm in St Mary’s, Embsay. On Wednesday, Christ Church will hold a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am and The Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm. There will be prayers at 9.30am in Christ Church on Maundy Thursday, March 24, and at 7.30pm, a Solemn Eucharist and Watch will take place at St Mary’s, Carleton, until 10.30pm.
Retired Men’s Forum: Tony Burkitt gave an illustrated talk about the American Canyons, which are situated in the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The highlights were the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. Next week, the annual general meeting will be held at 10am and will be followed by the annual ladies lunch when the guest speaker will be journalist and TV presenter Guy Williams.
Camera Club: Stuart James from Winewall gave a slide show on a visit to Burma with a group two years ago. It is now possible for the tourist to get around more having been an almost closed country for a long time. The people and the countryside were well covered in the show with a history on the country thrown in. The last competition of the season was the set subjects of boats and circles and was won by Tony Rostron.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday, Palm Sunday, the day starts at Holy Trinity Church with Holy Communion at 8am followed by a service at Christ Church, Skipton at 9.30am. At 4.15pm Holy Trinity’s bellringers will ring a quarter peal and then at 5pm, there is a Family Communion. Toddle into Church is each Tuesday at 2pm and is open to all pre-school children and their carers. On Wednesday is a service of Holy Communion BCP at 10.45am.
Navy farewell: Skipton and District Royal Naval Association members have said farewell to their oldest shipmate Harry Ryecroft, who ‘crossed the bar’ earlier this month. Harry served in the Royal Navy in the Second World War and took part in the evacuation of British Expeditionary Force troops from Dunkirk in 1940. The next meeting of the association is on Tuesday, April 5, at 7.30pm in the RAF Association headquarters in Shortbank Road.

Coffee morning: Sutton-in-Craven with Lothersdale Mothers’ Union will hold a coffee morning at the Community Centre, North Street, on Saturday from 10am to 11.30am. There will also be a raffle and cake and stall.

THORNTON-IN-LONSDALE: Paula Kendall, 015242 42390 and Rosemary Hartley, 015242 42207
Study Group: The Joint Lent fellowship Study Group will meet today at Westhouse Village Hall.
Church services: The Rev Carole Marsden will be guest speaker at the Palm Sunday service at St Oswald’s Church on Sunday. The Maundy Thursday service, on Thursday, March 24, will take place at 7.30pm, with a light tea beforehand at 6.30pm. On Good Friday there will be a joint service with the five benefice churches at All Saints’ Church in Burton-in-Lonsdale at 11am. The Easter Day service at St Oswald’s is on Sunday, March 27, at 9.30am.
Morning coffee: Westhouse Methodist coffee morning is on Wednesday from 10am to noon. Donations for coffee and cakes are given to local charities.
Musical welcome: A Joyful Spring Concert will take place at noon on Saturday, April 2, at St Oswald’s Church. It features a bright selection of music to welcome spring by David Edmonds, flautist and Charles Edmondson, pianist. Tickets are £6.50, which includes the concert a light lunch at 1pm.They are available on the door or in advance from Rosemary Hartley 015242 42207.

UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
History talk: The next meeting of the Wharfedale Family History Group will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday at the Threshfield Village Institute. Jackie Depelle’s talk will be about Views of the Fulneck Moravian Settlement. All are welcome.
Parish meeting: The next Rylstone Parish Meeting will be held in Cracoe Village Hall on Tuesday from 7pm.
Bus service: The new Upper Wharfedale Venturer bus service starts in April. Plans are progressing well, with the bus being prepared with ticketing equipment and Upper Wharfedale livery. Recruitment and training is also going well, but more volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Peter Vetch on 01756 761155 or email volunteer@upper
Spring concert: St Michael’s, Linton, will host a series of concerts. The first takes place on Saturday at 7.30pm and features Aireborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Tickets on 01756 752468.

Community Centre: Singer Abi Moore will perform at the community centre tomorrow from 7.30pm. The bar will open at 7pm. On Saturday, there will be an afternoon of fun and games in aid of Sports Relief. This will follow the usual Bacon Butty morning.