AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 01524 251215
Public meeting: Austwick Parish Hall Council invites all villagers aged 18 and over to a public meeting in the parish hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 24. The council intends to sell an area of parish hall land which is situated behind 2 Ivy Cottages. It believes that the sale of this land will be of financial benefit to the hall without any detriment its amenities. Further information can be obtained from council chairman Susan Sharples on 015242 51375 or by email at
Church news: On Sunday, Bishop Nick will visit Austwick at 9.30am and Clapham at 11am for Holy Communion. Please note there will be no service at Keasden. In the afternoon there will be a primrose walk over Oxenber beginning at 2.30pm from Austwick Church followed by afternoon tea at Wood House.
Bowling Club: On Saturday, Austwick was away to Ingleton and lost by three games to four and by 83 points to 93. The Bill Smith Trophy was due to be held on Monday, but was postponed due to the very wet green. On Saturday, Austwick are away to Hornby for a 1.30pm start.
Coffee morning: Mary and Gordon James are holding a coffee morning in aid of Parkinson’s UK on Saturday from 10.30am to noon at Barndale (next to Wood View on the green).

Probus Club: West Craven Probus will hold its annual general meeting on Tuesday. It will feature a talk by Harold Hoggarth on the North West Passage. It will take place at St Joseph’s Community Centre, Bolland Street, starting with coffee from 10am. Last week, 51 members enjoyed a slideshow of Peru, presented by Richard Gilbert.
Rotary club: Barnoldswick and Earby Rotarians learned of a £45,000 project to pump water to a Nepalese mountain-top school. The Rotary Foundation agreed to fund half and the district also chipped in, leaving £11,000 to find. In fact, £17,000 was raised. Jane Wadsworth, secretary of Accrington Rotary Club, was one of a party of 10 who visited the site this year to see the progress made. She said the school now had toilets and washbasins and there was also water for the village.
St Andrew’s: The Rev David Edmondson will lead the 10.30am Holy Communion service on Sunday. The Now Praise service will take place at 6.30pm. The prayer hour takes place from 10am on Monday. On Friday, May 13, the toddlers group runs from 9.30am and a Bible study will take place from 7.30pm at Woodlands. Messy Church, with the theme of ‘power from on high’, will be held from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, May 14. The day will feature crafts, songs, games and food.

Historical Society: At the AGM of the Ewecross Historical Society meeting, Sir John Kerr stood down as chairman having completed five years in office. He gave his report concluding by praising this viable, friendly and well-informed society. He was presented with a book token and life membership of the society for him and his wife. Dr Mike Winstanley was elected chairman, Edward Huddleston, secretary, Melinda Elder, treasurer – she had served as membership secretary to retiring treasurer John Wilson – and Jenny Fisher, membership secretary. The committee was re-elected and comprises David Alder, Sara Mason, Margaret Owen and John Wilson. Jenny Charnley is to be asked to serve on the committee. Edward Huddleston then gave a presentation of History from a Hot Air Balloon from Caton to Keasden looking at points of historical interest. Beginning with the Lune Valley flood plain, he said that in 1794 it carried 2,000 head of cattle and 5,000 sheep. Flying over Bentham, Edward spoke of the enclosure in 1767 of the Huge Bentham moor, pointing out a 13th century vaccary around Seat Hall owned by the Ellershaws. Nearing the boundary with Keasden, he pointed out a 13th century mill pond on Ridding Lane and also the 17th century mill dam in the Forest of Mewith. The evening concluded with a Jacob’s join supper. The next meeting will be on September 26.

Priory Church: Today – Ascension Day – there will be a Eucharist in the Church Room at 7pm. On Sunday, there will be a said communion at 8am, a Sung Eucharist at 10.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10am.
Choral concert: On Saturday, May 14, there will be a choral and instrumental performance by the highly accomplished Dales choir Cantores Salicium at 7.30pm. All money raised will be in aid of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), which works to care for the landscape, environment and communities of the Yorkshire Dales. Admission is £10 for adults and free for under 16s, which includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. To book, please contact 015242 51002, email or visit
Village show: Bolton Abbey Village Show will be staged in the village hall on Saturday, May 14, at 2pm. There are lots of interesting classes to enter in the schedule so please join in. Come along on the day and enjoy looking at the exhibits, especially the schools’ poster exhibition, and enjoy a cup of tea with homemade cakes. Barry Cody, chairman of the village hall management committee, will present the prizes at 3pm.

BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369
Neighbourhood Plan: There are only two days left in which to make your views known on the final draft of Bradley’s Neighbourhood Plan. It is available to view at bradley and the consultation period will end at 5pm on Saturday. Printed copies are also available to view at the village hall, between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday and at The Methodist Chapel, St Mary’s Church, the Slater’s Arms and the village store during normal opening hours. Please submit written comments using the online comment form or print and return the representation form either by post to The Village Store, 5-6 Rose Terrace, Bradley BD20 9DP (marking your envelope ‘NDP’) or by hand to the ballot box in the village store. You can also email your comments to nhp@bradley
Coffee morning: Everyone is welcome at the Methodist Church coffee morning on Saturday from 10am to 11.30am in the church hall.
Women’s Institute: Bradley Women’s Institute will hold a Chilli Night at 6pm on Monday. Members will serve chilli con carne with rice, followed by homemade cake with tea or coffee for £5. Tickets are available from the village store. April’s meeting was a presentation given by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and was attended by 27 members and one guest. The WI is going to maintain the raised flower beds in the seating area by the canal and would appreciate any spare plants.
Film Club: The Film Club will show Jurassic World (12) in the school hall at 6pm on Monday. Admission is free.
Methodist Church: 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.
Fitness classes: Fitness classes are held in the village Hall on a Wednesday; from 6.30pm to 7.30pm for ladies and from 7.30pm to 8.30pm for men. For more information, email liv@livlife
School news: Class 5 (Grassington class) enjoyed a visit to Crucial Crew, at which Cameron and Jenson won first and third prize respectively in the poster competition.

Mart concert: Carleton Ladies Choir will perform in a concert at Skipton Auction Mart on Saturday at 7.30pm with Cononley Singers and soloist soprano Rachel Luxon from Opera North. Tickets are £8 each and are available from Poppy Cottage Guest House and The Swan Inn. The concert is in aid of Cononley Bowling Club.
Scanning day: Carleton Village Archive is holding a scanning day on Saturday, May 14, from 10.30am to 4pm in the dining room of The Swan. If you have any old photos (pre-1990s) of people, places and events in the village that have not previously seen, please bring them along.
Big quiz: The Big Village Quiz takes place on Saturday, May 14. Get together a team of four to six people representing a village group or organisation and add your team to the list in The Swan or let Debby or Vicki know. Entry is £3 per person including supper. Proceeds will go to the Recreation Ground Project.
Coffee Pot: The Coffee Pot at St Mary’s is open every Friday from 2pm to 4pm for tea, coffee and hot chocolate with complimentary biscuits.
St Mary’s Church: On Sunday, there will be a parish communion at 11am. On Saturday, May 21, a vintage afternoon tea will be held in Carleton Village Hall between 2pm and 4pm. Admission is by ticket only and these are available, priced £10, from 07770 965887. For more information, contact Chris Alexander on 01756 797899.
Quiz night: A quiz night will be held at The Swan Inn on Wednesday from 8.30 pm. Entry is £1 per person including supper. Cash prizes will be on offer.

CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 01524 251135
Church news: There will be a primrose walk over Oxenber on Sunday, meeting at Austwick Church at 2.30pm with tea at Woodhouse Farm after the walk.
Church ceilidh: Tickets are still available for St James’ Church ceilidh with the Buttered Peas on Saturday. It will take place in Clapham Village Hall from 7.30pm. Bring your own drink. Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for children under 14 and tickets are available from Clapham Shop or Sue Mann on 015242 51792.

St Peter’s: On Sunday, the church will hold an Evensong service at 4pm. The sermon will be the last in the series on St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

COWLING: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872
Companions: Cowling Companions will hold their annual coffee and tea morning at Cowling Village Hall on Saturday, May 14, from 10am to noon. Subs of £6 are due. Names are being taken for an outing to Bury and Bury Market on June 1, leaving Cross Hills at 9.45am and Cowling at 10am. The price is £8.50 for members and £10.50 for non-members. Call or text names and phone numbers to 07900 0732348. Names can also be given at the coffee morning or Wednesday afternoon drop-ins.
St Johns: Sunday’s service is Morning Prayer at 11am, led by Michael Webster. On Monday, Toddlers’ Praise will be in St John’s Church from 2pm to 3.15pm.
Bowls concert: On Saturday, Cononley Bowls Club is staging its first major fundraising event with a concert at The Auction Mart Skipton, given by The Cononley Singers, Carleton Ladies Choir and Rachel Luxon, a soprano from Opera North. Proceeds will go towards refurbishing the club’s premises. The club has started free tuition sessions on Wednesdays, for both adults (1.30pm) and for school children (3.30pm).
Jay Walkers: The Jay Walkers’ latest production is at Cononley Village Institute on Saturday at 7.30pm. As this clashes with the Bowls Club Concert, please note that the show can be seen at St Andrew’s Church, Skipton, tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 from 01756 760302 or on the door.

Coffee morning: Cross Hills and Glusburn Manorlands Support Group, now known as the Friends of Manorlands, will hold a coffee morning in Cross Hills Village Centre on Saturday from 9.30am to 11.30am. There will be a cake stall and raffle.

DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305
Parish council: The annual meeting of the council will be held on Wednesday, following the annual parish meeting which starts at 6.30pm in the village hall.
St Augustine’s Church: The service on Sunday will be Morning Prayer at 9.30am.

EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617
St Peter’s: The Sunday service at 10:30am will be led by Frances Oliver. The gentle exercise class will be held at 1.30pm on Monday. The next church lunch will take place at noon on Wednesday, May 18. All proceeds will go to Christian Aid.

Jazz concert: The parish hall will welcome the return of friends from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday at 7.30pm. Julian Gregory and his musicians will take the audience on a journey from classical to jazz and all stops between. Tickets cost £20 for adults and £10 for children under 16.

EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197
Embsay churches: On Sunday, St Mary’s Church will hold a communion service at 9.30am. At 2pm, the parish walk from Bolton Abbey to Embsay will set off from Bolton Priory. Upon reaching St Mary’s there will be tea and cake at 4pm followed by Songs of Praise at the Methodist Chapel at 6pm. The Methodist Chapel’s Sunday service at 10.30am will be led by Lizz Harpa. On Tuesday, at 10.30am, St Mary’s will hold a quiet Communion service and from 2pm to 4pm the church will be open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation. The toddler praise, Smiley Faces, takes place on Fridays during term-time between 1.45pm and 3.15pm.
Parish council: Preparations for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, a Glorious 90 weekend on June 11 and 12, are proceeding apace. On Saturday, June 11, afternoon tea will be served in the village hall from 3pm to 5pm, accompanied by ‘Royal Variety’ entertainment. Anyone needing a lift is asked to contact any member of the parish council or leave your details at Linda’s Hair Shop. Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway has designed a logo for the publicity and is also hoping to run special trains and arrange vintage transport from the station. The evening food and live entertainment will take the form of a dance from 7.30pm to midnight. The dress code will be from the 1920s to the present day. Tickets will be on sale from mid-May at various outlets. On Sunday, June 12, there will be a range of children’s events on the school field (or in the school if it is wet).
Women’s Institute: Embsay Women’s Institute will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm for its annual Resolutions Evening.
Good Neighbours: Many thanks go to everyone who came along to support the Bake Off on Saturday, April 9, especially Ros Fawcett and Ann Horner, who judged the entries. Judith Robinson scooped first prize in three categories for her lemon drizzle cake, shortbread biscuits and scones, leaving only the cupcake over 12s prize to be won by the youngest entry in this class, Rebecca. The under fives category was won by a fairytale castle, and the six to 11 class saw a joint first prize awarded. A total of £100 was raised for the project. Fundraising will continue and anyone who would like to help should visit the group’s JustGiving page.
Community Library: The library is holding a Design and Make a Crown competition for children to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday. Crowns should be made at home and then the name and age of the child written inside.They all need to be handed in to the library on Thursday, June 9, between 3pm and 7pm or on Friday, June 10, between 2pm and 5pm. The crowns will then be on display in the village hall on Saturday, June 11, and they can be collected in the afternoon. There will be four categories in total and the winners will receive book tokens. The categories are: five and under, six and seven years, eight and nine years and 10 and 11 years.

FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: Today, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 7.30pm for Ascension Day. The preacher will be the Rev Helen Collings, vicar of Sutton, Cowling and Lothersdale. On Sunday, there will be services of Holy Communion at 8.15am and 10am and, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, the church will be open to visitors, with tea and scones served in the parish rooms. 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: The monthly Methodist coffee morning will be held in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute from 10am next Saturday, May 14. The proceeds are for Epilepsy Research.
History Group: Members of Farnhill and Kildwick local History Group will present an illustrated talk entitled “A history of Farnhill” in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute on Friday, May 20, from 7pm. Admission is £5 on the door, with proceeds to institute funds.
School news: Congratulations go to two Kildwick Primary School pupils Emma Fanshaw who was runner-up in the “design a flag for the Tour of Yorkshire” competition, and to Harvey Osborne who got his junior Karate Black Belt 1st Dan.
Village calendar: Don’t forget to take your photographs of Farnhill and Kildwick for next year’s village calendar. Up to three photographs per person can be submitted and can be emailed to institute@farn The closing date is May 31.
Parish council: Cllr Patrick Mulligan updated Farnhill Parish Council on the Local Plan. He informed the parish council that up until the meeting on April 4, Farnhill and Kildwick had not been included in the housing allocation sites but that changed at the meeting when the planning officer proposed having two houses per year included for Kildwick/Farnhill. Craven has an allocation of 256 houses. The draft plan is available, together with a feedback form, from localplan or hard copies can be viewed at Belle Vue Square offices or local libraries. The parish council resolved to change the dates of its meetings. They will now be held on the fourth Thursday of the month with the next being on May 26. NYCC Street Lighting has provided the costs for a new lantern to be attached to a NPG pole to replace light No 50 at the top of Starkey Lane. The estimates for a standard 30W LED lantern were £1,120 plus VAT and for a decorative lantern, £1,623 plus VAT. The parish council resolved that due to the position and the performance of the light, the standard 30W LED would be the best choice. It was reported that street light No 31 was out and the clerk will report it. The council resolved that ARB Tree Surgeons should carry out an inspection of trees owned by the parish council. No response had been received regarding a request to Craven District Council to identify a suitable place to leave waste bins to avoid them blowing into the road. Cllr Mulligan explained that Paul Florentine from Waste Management had now left CDC, but matters would be addressed. Cllr Bramley reported that the grass had been cut at the play area and there were no issues of concern. The clerk said Airedale Chemicals had offered to contribute towards a defibrillator.

GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday from 10am to noon, with proceeds going to the upkeep of the hall. Please bring in any jumble items you may wish to donate.
Sequence dance: A modern sequence dance will take place in the village hall on Saturday from 7pm. Entry is £4.
St Andrew’s: On Sunday, there will be BCP Holy Communion from 8am and a Service of the Word at 10.45am when there will be the last sermon in the series on St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. There will also be a Rogation Service from 7pm at Broughton.
Parish council: The parish council will meet in the village hall annex on Monday at 7.15pm.
Extra care housing: North Yorkshire County Council will hold a community drop-in event in the village hall on Wednesday between 10am and 1pm so villagers can have their say on the future of housing with care and support in Gargrave.
Women’s Institute: The WI will meet in the village hall annexe on Wednesday from 7.30pm. The speaker will be Eric Scaife who will entertain with Tyke Talk.
Scout ceilidh: The 5th Skipton (Parish Church) Scout Group will hold a ceilidh featuring Rakish Paddy on Saturday, May 14, from 7.30pm at Gargrave Village Hall. Advance tickets are (with on-the-door prices in brackets): adults £6.50 (£7), children £3 (£3.50), and families £18 (£20). Tickets are available by emailing 5thskipton All proceeds from the ceilidh will be donated to the scouts’ building redevelopment fund.
Ecuador Earthquake: There will be a fundraising coffee morning in the village hall from 10am to noon on Saturday, May 21, in aid of the Ecuador Earthquake Appeal. It has been organised by St Andrew’s Church. If you would like to be involved, please contact Alison on 01756 748563.

GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
St Alkelda’s: The annual safari supper will take place on June 3 and will commence in the church at 6.30pm before visiting a number of members’ homes. Tickets are £15 and early booking is advisable. Contact 01729 823899 for details.
Primary school: Pupils from Year Six recently joined with Year Six pupils from Rathmell, Long Preston, Hellifield, Thornton-in-Craven and Embsay to take part in the Craven Young Citizen and Crucial Crew Day. Congratulations go to Edie, who was presented with a prize for her winning poster design. Class Two pupils took part in a successful residential visit to Buckden House. They worked well with pupils from Rathmell and enjoyed a range of activities from high wires to archery! Congratulations go to the team who took part in the recent North Craven Football tournament. Erin was awarded the Player of the Tournament trophy. There was more sporting success when the cluster schools for North Craven staged a Tri Golf session and all Year Five pupils took part. One of the Giggleswick teams was placed first overall and received gold medals. The girls’ team received the trophy for most outstanding teamwork. In spite of the very cold conditions, a large number of pupils took part in this cluster schools’ Quad Athletics event – another sporting first in North Craven – and there were some very successful outcomes. The year Five/Six team was placed second overall (out of 10 teams) and first in the small schools’ competition, qualifying for the next round in York. Jimmy and Edie were placed third out of the 87 participants. In addition, Joel and Jimmy have achieved UKA Awards – bronze and silver respectively – and Edie has reached Step 10, which means she is only one step away from achieving the bronze award. Mollie took part in the UK Accordion Championships in Liverpool and returned with two trophies – one for her duet and one for her solo performance. Her group performance also achieved first place.
Theatre events: Pupils will be treading the boards at Giggleswick School’s Richard Whiteley Theatre. On Monday and Tuesday, the school’s performing arts students will present their AS level Theatre Studies production of the sinister and surreal thriller Pomona by Alistair McDowall. The Junior School will stage its production of The Rocky Monster Show on May 19 and 20. For further information, contact 01729 893180.

GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Farmers’ market: A farmers’ market will be held on Grassington’s cobbled square on Sunday from 9am.
Gills Top: Gills Top care home, in Scar Street, will hold its next coffee morning tomorrow. It will include a book swap. A summer fair is being planned for Saturday, July 16, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Please contact Debbie with offers of help or raffle prizes. All money raised will fund activities for residents. Gills Top hosts a knit and natter group every Wednesday from 10.30am to noon.
WAGS Group: Grassington WAGS will meet on Tuesday when Janice Calvert will talk on Eat Healthy, Live Healthy. Meet in the coffee lounge of the Congregational Church at noon for a shared lunch before the talk at 1pm.
Table tennis: Table tennis sessions are held in the games room at the town hall every Monday from 5pm to 7pm. Bats and balls are provided. For more information, contact Val Giles on 752195.
Friendship Club: Today’s Friendship Club meeting is cancelled as Church House is being used as a polling station for the local elections. Next Thursday, David Alred will give a talk, Nature’s Year, in Church House at 2.15pm.

HEBDEN: Victoria Benn, 01756 751795
Parish council: Hebden Parish Council would like to offer Cllr Arthur Stockdale sincere thanks for 61 years of service to Hebden. Cllr Stockdale stepped down at last week’s meeting.

HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845
Age Concern: Age Concern holds its Lunch Club on Fridays at various venues. Please let Ellen know your booking arrangements by the Wednesday. Her number is on 850864. Shopping trips to Morrisons take place each third Tuesday of the month. For more information telephone Mavis and Bob on 850828.

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235
Grand opening: A grand opening of upgraded and new facilities at Horton-in-Ribblesdale playing fields will take place next Saturday, May 14, from noon to 4pm. The improvements have been made possible through Lottery funding and Sports England. The event will include a Bikeability session, a mini-Olympics, a runbikefun event and football, netball and mini rounders matches. To enter a rounders team or for more information about the day, call 01729 860495 or 07771 593972.
Church news: On Sunday, St Oswald’s will hold a service at 9am. Looking ahead, members and friends of the congregation will serve afternoon teas at Langcliffe Institute on Sunday, May 22. Please contact the Rev Stephen Dawson if you can provide some baking or help at the event.

INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835
Jumble sale: The Old People’s Welfare jumble sale will be at the community centre on Saturday, May 28, at 2pm to raise money for the summer outing in August.
St George’s Day: Team rector the Rev Anne Russell welcomed a very large congregation of the Ingleborough Scouts, Explorers, Cubs and Beavers and their families to the St George’s Day Service at St Mary’s Church. During the first hymn, colour parties from each group presented their flags at the altar. Two Ingleton Scouts read the parable of the Good Samaritan. The colour parties collected their flags during the last hymn.
Co-working: Ingleton Jelly – a co-working group – will meet in the iCentre today from 11am to 12.30pm.
Film night: The Ingleton Rural Community Association will hold a film night at the community centre next Thursday, May 12, at 7pm. The featured film will be Woman in Gold and tickets cost £5.
Royal celebration: The people of Ingleton got together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday under the leadership of Beryl Morphet. Mr Bubbles oversaw a children’s disco in the centre where later the names of the nominated gala queen and her attendants were announced. People of all ages were positioned at intervals around the football field. Cllr Carl Lis lit torch, which passed through several hands before Beryl Brown, representing Ingleborough WI, carried it up to the beacon. It was then exchanged for the original torch carried up Ingleborough in the relay on the Queen’s coronation night in 1953 by Roger Todd. He was acting as marshal this time and he lit the torch and handed it to Beryl to light the beacon at 7.30pm. Elaine Ward led the singing of the National Anthem followed by Happy Birthday and For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow. An excellent firework display was enjoyed by all who attended. Another celebration is planned for June 11 to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303
Church news: On Sunday, there will be Evensong at 3pm, with prayers and hymns for Ascension-tide. Please note that Evening Prayer will be at 3pm until June. Over the weekend of June 11 and 12, there will be an exhibition to commemorate the Queen’s Official Birthday. Helen Jarvis is organising a craft stall to run alongside village teas on June 5. Anyone who has unused craft items please contact her on 825303.
Institute news: Institute teas will be baked and served by members of Giggleswick Parish Church on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will be a quiz night to raise funds for the institute on Friday, May 20, at 7.30pm. There will be a Jacob’s Join supper. Teams should no more than four players and entry is £3 per person.
Ukulele sessions: Allan Evans is running a monthly ukulele session in the Institute. The sessions run on the fourth Friday of the month in Langcliffe Institute from 7pm to 9pm and the cost is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children (parents must stay). The next ukulele session is on Friday, May 27.

Women’s Institute: The May meeting of Long Preston WI takes place on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall when the guest will be Penny Elger who teach members how to tie a scarf several ways.

Young Farmers: Last week, members judged beef at Luke Mellin’s farm. The results were: junior girls – 1 Becky Pickles, 2 Ellie Leeming, 3 Jennifer Lee; junior boys – 1 Robert Lee, 2 James Fieldhouse, 3 Daniel Dobson; intermediate girls – 1 Kelly Maltby, 2 Katie Summers, 3 Tanya Hunter; intermediate boys – 1 James Mellin, 2 Charlie Clarke, 3 Chris Bowker; senior boys – 1 Oliver Barraclough, 2 Sam Booker, 3 Luke Mellin.

RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087
Reading Room: There will be no zumba class on Monday.

SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
Pool friends: The April draw of the Friends of Settle Swimming Pool 200 Club took place at The Talbot and was drawn by Russell East. Winners were: No 35, Liz Pettinger, £50; No 178, Joan Clapham, £30; and No 28, Robert Firth, £20. Winners have been notified. The Friends will hold their annual general meeting tomorrow at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House.
Gavagan Art: A new exhibition featuring the work of David Thomas, Jacquie Denby and Anna Lambert will run at the gallery until May 30. The work includes still life, abstract landscapes and ceramics.
Victoria Hall: Tomorrow sees Daniel Kemish visit Settle with his Fools and Money tour. Daniel is an Outlaw/Americana artist showcasing tones from his American influences. On Sunday, there will be music from multi award-winning Nordic folk band Basco. Friday, May 13, sees The Company of Players – 12 of the best emerging musicians on the UK folk and acoustic scene - in a collaborative performance of new folk music, celebrating the works of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. For details and tickets , contact 01729 825718.
Gallery on the Green: There is still time to catch an unusual exhibition at the Gallery, staged to mark the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Settle. It examines the links between art and the world of cycling. The exhibition has been supported by Settle Town Council and will remain in place until May 20.
Hit and Run boxing: The Hit and Run boxing club offers sessions for adults and children and takes place twice a week at St Mary and St Michael Church Hall. The club meets on Saturday between 10.30am and 11.30am for children aged six to 12 years and from 11.30am to 12.30pm for those aged 13 and over. The meetings on Wednesday are from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for six to 12 year olds and from 6.30pm to 7.30pm for those aged 13 and over. For further details, contact 07587764950.
Quiz night: A quiz night will be held at Settle Rugby Club tomorrow in aid of Settle Area Swimming Pool. The question master will be Stuart Marshall. The quiz will take place at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5, including supper. They are available from the HSBC bank in Settle, Settle Pool or via 015242 51488.
Cricket Juniors: Settle Cricket Club is offering coaching to juniors every Friday at 6.30pm. Both boys and girls from the age of six are invited to come along. The club will field a range of teams in competitive matches.
Europe and You: A presentation entitled The European Union and You is to be held at the Friends’ Meeting House tomorrow at 7pm. There will be time at the end of the meeting for people to share their views.
Death cafe: The next Death Cafe will meet between 10am and noon on Saturday at the Friends Meeting House. For further details, contact 07776 107168.
Table top sales: The first in a series of table top sales will take place at Victoria Hall on Saturday between 9am and 3pm. These will then take place on a monthly basis through the summer. For details, contact 01729 825718.
Charity dance: The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on Saturday from 8pm to 11pm. Funds will be donated to Settle Swimming Pool. Please confirm your attendance by contacting 01729 823259.
Christian Aid: Christian Aid week will take place from May 15 to 21. There will be a house-to-house collections well as a Tuesday collection outside The Naked Man. On Wednesday, May 18, there will be a coffee evening at St John’s between 7pm and 8.30pm. Volunteers are needed. If you can help, contact 01729 822311.
Nepalese talk: Ruth and Steve O’Brien will present an illustrated talk at Settle Parish Church on Wednesday at 7.30pm following their recent visit to Nepal. Twelve months on from the earthquake which devastated the country, they will show how the people are rebuilding their lives.
Photographic Group: Settle Photographic Group will meet on Monday, May 16, at 7.30pm at Townhead Court for a lecture by Oliver Wright, an award-winning Leeds-based professional photographer, who spent the winter being the Northern Lights guide at Abisco National Park in Sweden. There will be no gallery at this meeting.
Amnesty International: The next Amnesty letter writing session will take place at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate on Wednesday, May 18, between 5pm and 8pm. Details are provided of cases and help is given with letter writing. For further details, contact 01729 268912.
Big breakfast: The next big breakfast will take place at St Mary and St Michaels Church Hall on Saturday, May 21, at 8.30am. Tea/coffee are available from 8.15am with the breakfast and talk over by 9.30am. This month’s speaker is Shelagh Fawcett, Christian Aid’s regional co-ordinator in Yorkshire. Please book your places by Thursday, May 19. Contact 01729 825285 or email
Beetle drive: On Saturday, May 21, St John’s Methodist Church will hold a Beetle Drive at 6pm. This will be followed by a pie and peas supper. Vegetarian and special diet pies can be catered for by contacting 01729 824661 in advance (if possible). Admission is free, with donations invited to help cover the cost of catering.
Parish meeting: The town council invites all members of the community along to the annual parish meeting at Victoria Hall on Monday, May 23, at 7pm.
Settle Soup: The next serving of Settle Soup will take place at Victoria Hall on Tuesday, May 24, starting at 6pm and running to 8pm. Four ideas have four minutes each in which to pitch their ideas for community projects and then this is voted on by the people present. To book a place or to discuss a project, contact 07977 040329.
Gardening Club: Settle and District Gardening Club will next meet at Townhead Court on Wednesday, May 25, at 2pm when Andrew Willocks will speak on Harlow Carr from Past to Present.

SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643
Tea dances: The next of the monthly tea dances at Silsden Town Hall will be held on Monday when dance leader Andrea Wortley will welcome experienced and novice dancers alike. Tuition is also available. The event begins at 1pm and refreshments will be served by the Friends of Silsden Town Hall.
Ladies Circle: A delightful musical evening was in store for those who came along to the April meeting of the Ladies Circle – the last in the current session. Katie Roberts, who lives in Haworth, brought along her handmade harp and played a variety of music, many pieces having been written for her by her husband. From her early beginnings, playing at the Grassington Festival, she now has a collection of 33 harps, including one she has made herself. Her playing was interspersed with amusing stories of the many events she has played at. The next meeting will be in September at Silsden Methodist Church.
Coffee mornings: Saturday provides the opportunity for two coffee mornings. The gala committee is promising a fun-filled activity morning at St James’ Church, culminating in the selection of the 2016 King and Queen. It will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Meanwhile, Coffee, Cakes and Cameraderie at the Methodist Church will offer a slightly more sedate setting with bacon sandwiches, various stalls and refreshments from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Musical night: The Sound of Musicals – a night of songs from some well-known musicals performed by local artists – will take place on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are available from Twiggs newsagents or can be paid for on the door. All proceeds will go to Manorlands Hospice and Silsden Methodist Church.
Quilt exhibition: An exhibition of quilts by local makers is being held at Silsden Methodist Church next Saturday, May 14, from 10am to 4pm.
Amnesty International: Silsden Amnesty Group will hold its next meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in Silsden Methodist Church.
Annual meeting: Middletown Community Association will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 18, at 7pm in the town’s Quaker Meeting House. All residents are welcome to attend and raise any neighbourhood issues.
Christ Church: Bishop James Bell will celebrate a Solemn Eucharist for Ascension Day tonight at 7.30pm. On Sunday, Christ Church will hold a Family Eucharist at 9.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. Two meetings from a series entitled Conversations for Growing Together in Love will be held on Tuesday from 10am to noon and Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm, both at Christ Church Vicarage. The regular weekly Holy Communion will take place at 9.30am on Wednesday, followed by Toddler Praise at 10.30am (term time only). This is a time of play, activities and talk held in the Church Hall.
Lacemakers: Fifteen members attended the April meeting of the Lacemakers which was also the annual meeting. A new secretary was elected, with Liz Matthews taking over from Enid Borthwick. The chairman and treasurer remain the same. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Guild and members will celebrate this with a meal. Arrangements will be made later. The next meeting will be at Christ Church Hall, Skipton, on Thursday, May 19, from 10am to 3.30pm and will include a talk by lace teacher Elizabeth Burgess at 10.30am. For more information, contact 01535 656637.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am, a parish communion at 9.45am and an Evensong at 6pm. Toddle into Church for babies and pre-school children takes place on Tuesdays from 2pm to 3pm in the Vestry Rooms. On Wednesday, there is a service of Holy Communion BCP at 10.45am and, at 7.30pm, the Women’s Fellowship will hold its meeting, which includes a presentation about Ilkley Playhouse given by Barbara Davy. The Coffee Shop and Café is open Wednesdays to Fridays from 10am to 2pm and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

Methodist Church: Steeton Methodist Church will hold a coffee morning on Saturday from 10am to noon to raise funds for Christian Aid. There will be a homemade cake stall, a bric a brac stall and a raffle. On Sunday, at 10.30am, the Junior Church will celebrate its anniversary when the service will be led by Mr Hopkins. Steeton Methodist Church’s Youth Club will meet on Tuesday at 6.15pm when the subject will be Canvases.

THORNTON-IN-LONSDALE: Paula Kendall, 015242 42390 and Rosemary Hartley, 015242 42207
Coffee thanks: St Oswald’s would like to thank all those who supported its recent coffee morning. A total of £131 was raised for church funds.

UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Tone Deaf Choir: A “tone deaf” choir has been set up in Littondale. It meets in Amerdale Hall, Arncliffe, on alternate Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm. The next dates are tomorrow (it has been put back a day because of the elections) and May 19. Song sheets are provided.
Parish meeting: Litton Parish Meeting will hold its AGM on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Queens, Litton.
Potato competition: The famous potato growing competition is back in Arncliffe. Potatoes can be bought from The Falcon tomorrow and Saturday for £1 each. Plant them during the summer and return them for the weigh-in on Sunday, September 11, between 4pm and 5pm. There will be prizes for the adult and child with the heaviest crop and the heaviest single potato.

Community Centre: There were two lots of whist and dominoes last week. The winners were: B Procter, A Taylor, M Briggs, F Taylor, G Berry, D Knight, M Davies, H Pickard, A Dinsdale, M Wright, M Davies, J Trainer, P Metcalfe, D Lowe, C Eastwood, D Hogg. B Peel. Stan Hogg, Sid Hogg and H Jackson. Voting takes place at the centre today so there is no zumba. However, if anyone wants to do a walk instead meet at the centre at 7.30pm. Bacon Butties on Saturday, are doing great and lots of people have volunteered already but the centre needs three more helpers on Saturday, May 21, and one on Saturday, June 4. Please let Anne Clarke know if you can help out.
The craft group meets on Monday at 7.30pm.