AUSTWICK: Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215
Women’s Institute: Members and guests were treated to a talk by Andy Swinscoe, specialist cheesemonger from The Courtyard Dairy. He talked about the traditional methods of hand crafting cheese and the meeting concluded with a cheese tasting session. The next meeting will take place tonight at 7.30pm in the parish hall when Rosie Jackson will give a talk on Embroidery. On Tuesday, there will be a visit to see the Hellifield Highland Cattle.
Bowling Club: On Saturday, Austwick Bowling Club were hosts to Hornby, who won by six games to one and by 96 points to 70. This Saturday, Austwick are away to Bentham.
Church Fellowship: The Church Afternoon Fellowship will meet at the church next Friday, May 20, at 1.30pm. Members will be entertained by The Moonbeams, who will sing songs of the Dales, life love and nature.
Amended notice: Please note this is an amended notice to the one published in last week’s paper. All Austwick parishioners, aged 18 and above, are invited to attend the parish hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 24, to consider the resolution by the Austwick Parish Hall Trustees to sell land to the north east of the parish hall. A plan showing the area of the land in question is available for inspection on the parish hall notice board.
Church news: On Tuesday, a quiet day will be held at Parcevall Hall. If you would like to attend, please sign the list in church or let the vicar know. On Saturday, there is Thy Kingdom Come – a chance to pray for the church, the community, the country and the world. The vicar will cycle to each of the four churches and pray in every church. He will be at Clapham at 9am, before cycling to the Newby Methodist coffee morning at the Ingleton home of Evelyn Dawson. He will then go to Keasden for around 11am, Eldroth for 11.45am and Austwick for 12.30pm. On Sunday, Holy Communion will be celebrated at Austwick at 9.30am and at Clapham at 11am. There will also be a Special Pentecost service at Ripon Cathedral at 4.30pm. If you would like to attend, please contact the vicar.

History Society: Barnoldswick History Society welcomed Keith Shelton who gave an illustrated talk on Trade Tokens during the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries. During the Civil War, the idea of trade tokens was evolved by local merchants and traders. By 1670, about 20,000 were issued across the country. It wasn’t until around 1672 when the Crown minted copper halfpennies and farthings that this first period of tokens came to an end. In the early decades of the 18th century, the Crown minting of copper coins became very erratic. This led to some large firms producing better quality tokens for smaller businesses, employers, towns and cities, which led, in 1797, to Parliament issuing the large “Cartwheel” copper penny and twopenny coins. However, the early years of the 19th century brought more problems and the fluctuating price of metals led to a demand by the population for more coins. This resulted in more copper tokens of smaller value and also a lesser number of gold and silver tokens. By 1817, the Royal Mint was capable of full-scale production of official coinage and on January 1, 1818 an Act of Parliament declared tokens illegal.
St Andrew’s: A Messy Church event to celebrate Pentecost will take place from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday. On Sunday, the preacher at the 10.30am service will be the Rev Norman Cumming. At 6pm there will be a united service arranged by Hope Barlick in the Independent Methodist Church. On Monday the prayer hour starts at 10am. On Friday the toddler group meets at 9.30am and the Bible study group will meet at 7.30pm. There will also be a street collection for Christian Aid on Friday. Next Saturday, May 21, The Book Stop café on Rainhall Road will host a coffee morning for Christian Aid.

Priory Church: 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 at 10am.
Open garden: The garden at Beacon Hill House, Langbar, will be open on Wednesday from 1.30pm to 5pm in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. Admission is £4 for adults and free for children, with teas available. There will be plants for sale.
Village show: Bolton Abbey Show will take place in the village hall on Saturday from 2pm. Visitors can enjoy looking at exhibits and Barry Cody, chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee, will present the prizes at 3pm.
Choral concert: Dales choir Cantores Salicium will give a concert at the Priory Church on Saturday from 7.30pm. All money raised will go to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Tickets cost £10 for adults and free for under 16s. To book, contact, 015242 51002, email or visit

BRADLEY: Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369
Film Club: The Film Club will show Jurassic World (12) at 6pm tonight in the school hall. Admission is free.
Bradley Show: There will be a Bradley Show meeting at 7.30pm this evening in the village hall meeting room. If you would like to contribute towards this year’s show, please go along.
Christian Aid: The annual Christian Aid door-to-door collection will take place between May 15 and 22, as part of Christian Aid Week 2016. New collectors are needed and anyone interested should contact Andrew Symonds on 07801 937056.
Methodist Church: A free Messy Church session will be held at Bradley Methodist Church Schoolroom on Sunday, from 3pm to 5pm. For more information, contact 01535 634460. A charity concert is planned for Saturday, June 18, at 7pm. There will be a variety of performers including the local school and members of Skipton Amateur Theatre Society. Tickets will go on sale within the next fortnight at Bradley School and the village shop.
Women’s Institute: The WI will meet on Monday in the village hall, from 7pm, when the Skipton Ukulele Group will entertain with a demonstration and singalong.
Parish Council: The parish council will meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday in the village hall.
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, call 01535 630470.
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
Bradley School: Year ones enjoyed a sports afternoon at Sandylands last week. The school is collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers. These can be left in the collection box outside the hall.

St Mary’s, Carleton: St Mary’s Coffee Pot will run tomorrow from 2pm to 4pm. On Sunday, a service of Bread Wine and Worship will be held at 11am. Next Saturday, May 21, a Vintage Afternoon Tea will be held in Carleton Village Hall between 2pm and 4pm when cakes, sandwiches, scones, tea and Prosecco will be served. Admission is by ticket only and these are available for £10 from 07770 965887.
Last game: Carleton FC plays its last game of the season on Saturday when the team is away at Settle, with kick off at 2pm. It is already guaranteed promotion following a draw last week against FC Polonia and if it beats Settle Reserves it will win the league for the second year running.
Scanning day: Carleton Village Archive is holding a scanning day on Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm in the dining room of The Swan. If you have any old photos (pre-1990s) of people, places, and events in the village, not previously seen, please take them along.
Village quiz: The Big Village Quiz takes place on Saturday. 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.
Monday Club: The Monday Club will be treated to a bread-making demonstration by award-winning master baker Mike Armstrong in the village hall on Monday at 7.30pm prompt. Please contact Vicki if you wish to attend as the club needs to know numbers. Contact 795307 or email The cost is £3.
Gala day: Carleton Gala and Sports will take place on June 4 and 5. Full details of the competition classes appear in the Carleton Courier.
Bingo night: A bingo night will take place at The Swan Inn on Wednesday at 8.30pm.

CLAPHAM: Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135
School news: The year six children at Clapham School are having a bring and buy sale to raise money for their London trip. If you have any bric-a-brac, cakes to sell or jumble, etc, please send it to school by next Friday.

St Peter’s Church: On Sunday, St Peter’s will celebrate Holy Communion from 9.30am. The congregation will pray for God’s blessing on families, friends, neighbours, village and the country.

CONONLEY: Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872
Art exhibition: Cononley Art Group will stage its popular annual art show in the village institute over May Bank Holiday weekend. There will be the usual high quality display of paintings and cards for sale, with refreshments in the tea room. The show will be open from May 28 to 30, between 10am and 4pm. Entry is free.
St John’s: On Sunday at 11am, a service of Holy Communion will be led by the vicar, the Rev Dr John Peet. Thanks go to all who supported the Scarecrow Teas on May 1 when £140 was raised for church funds. The deadline for articles for the parish magazine, Onward, is on Sunday.

Moonrakers: On a lovely warm and dry evening, local history group Moonrakers held its first outdoor meeting of the year, recording photographic evidence of historic buildings along Gill Lane from Gill Top to the old Middleton Chapel, and up Middleton Street. Thanks go to the residents who offered information. The June 2 meeting will be held in the Bancroft Room at St Andrew’s Church from 7.30pm when plans will be finalised for a visit on Tuesday, June 7, to Bradford Industrial Museum. Members will also agree the publicity for the July 7 talk, Mining in Cowling and Cononley, by mining specialist Mike Gill of Sutton-in-Craven. It will start at 7.30pm and admission is free, with donations invited towards the group’s local history work.
New 2U: As well as its spring clothing selection, accessories and usual range of goods, New 2U’s theme for May is Pictures, Frames and Mirrors. On sale will be a range of prints by local artist, the late David Hoyle. The charity shop is based in St Andrew’s Church. All proceeds are donated to local causes and charities.
Companions: Cowling Companions were entertained by the Ritardandos. This Saturday the Companions will stage their annual coffee morning from 10am to noon. Subs of £6 are now due and can be paid then. Names are also being taken for an outing to Bury Market and/or the Pilot Mill outlet centre on June 1, picking up at Cross Hills at 9.45am and Cowling at 10am. The price is £8.50 for members and £10.50 for non-members. Names can also be given by calling 07900 732348.

Christian Aid breakfast: Breakfast will be served at St Peter’s Methodist Church from 9am to noon on Saturday to raise funds for Christian Aid Week. Money will also be raised with cake stalls at the church coffee mornings on Wednesday and next Friday, from 10am to 11am. All are welcome.

DRAUGHTON: Jane Markham, 01756 711305
St Augustine’s Church: A Holy Communion service will be held at the church on Sunday at 11.15am.
Cricket Club: The 2016 cricket season has now started and Draughton Cricket Club would welcome new members. For more information, visit its website.

EARBY: David Hartley, 01282 842617
St Peter’s: The 10.30am service on Sunday will be led by the Rev David Edmondson. This will be followed by a buffet lunch and the general church meeting. There will be a gentle exercise class at 1.30pm on Monday and at 7pm there will be a games evening. A church lunch will be held at noon on Wednesday, with all proceeds for Christian Aid.
Little Rascals: Little Rascals Pre-School Playgroup meets at New Road Community Centre every Thursday, including school holidays, from 10am to noon.

EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY: Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197
Village Hall: The May meeting of the village hall committee will take place on Monday at 7pm in the hall’s supper room.
Community Library: The library has placed a book amnesty box in the village hall foyer. If you have a library book that is overdue, just pop it into the box and it will be returned into the system without any bother.
Embsay churches: On Sunday, the 10.30am service at the Methodist Chapel will be a communion led by the Rev Janet Clasper. St Mary’s service at 9.30am will be a family communion service, with children’s activities. At 4pm, at the Methodist Chapel, there will be a prayer service. If you would like to stay afterwards and bring your own butties/drinks this will be followed by the Pentecost Praise service at 6pm which will be a shared Songs of Praise with the congregation of St Mary’s Church. On Tuesday morning, St Mary’s will hold a quiet communion service. The toddler praise, Smiley Faces, will take place at St Mary’s on Friday between 1.45pm and 3.15pm.
Playgroup: Photographer Jane Hall is returning to Embsay Pre-School next Thursday, May 19, to take photographs, individuals, groups and family portraits. To book an appointment, contact the Pre-School on 791123. The Playgroup’s next firefighters bag collection is in May. If you have any donations please drop them off next Thursday or contact Judith or Emma on 01756 791123 to arrange collection.
Birthday weekend: To mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, the Cavendish Arms will hold a weekend of celebratory events, starting tomorrow with a quiz night covering each decade of the past 90 years. There will also be a special three-course menu available from tomorrow until Sunday featuring dishes from royal weddings and State banquets of the past 100 years. Pre-booking is strongly recommended. For more information, contact the pub on 01756 793980.

FARNHILL AND KILDWICK: Joyce Wood, 01535 635880
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, there will be services of Holy Communion at 8.15am and at 10am. In the afternoon, the church will be open to visitors from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and tea and scones will be 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 on Saturday from 10am to 11.30am. 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 institute on Friday, May 20, from 7pm. Admission is £5, with proceeds going to institute funds.

GARGRAVE: Sally Jennings, 01756 748098
Art classes: Watercolour art classes start in the village hall annexe today at 10am. There will also be sessions on May 19 and 26. They are aimed at every level of experience. More information can be obtained from 07743 007784.
Ballroom dance: The next ballroom dance will take place tomorrow from 8pm in the village hall with the entertainment being provided by Elizabeth Harrison. Entry is £6.50.
Coffee morning: A coffee morning will take place in the village hall on Saturday from 10am to noon. All proceeds will be donated to the hall and you can also drop off any jumble for the sale in September.
Ceilidh: The 5th Skipton (Parish Church) Scout Group will hold a ceilidh dance, with live music from Rakish Paddy, on Saturday from 7.30pm to 11pm at Gargrave Village Hall. Tickets are available on the door and cost £7 for adults, £3.50 for children and £20 for families. There will be a Jacob’s Join supper and a licensed bar. All proceeds will be donated to the Scouts’ building redevelopment fund.
St Andrew’s Church: On Sunday, the BCP Holy Communion at 8am will be followed at 10.45am by a Sung Eucharist. Following a request of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the congregation will pray for God’s blessing on families, friends, neighbours, village and country.
Flea Market: The village hall flea market will be full to capacity with stalls on Sunday. There will be the usual good selection of antiques, collectables, jewellery, books, small furniture, bric a brac and crafts. A Gargrave family will also be selling an array of items for £1 in aid of Airedale General Hospital. Refreshments will be available and there will be a well-stocked outdoor plant stall courtesy of Faye`s Flowers.
Hatha yoga: A new six-week Hatha yoga session starts at 9.30am on Wednesday in the village hall annexe. More information can be obtained from Sally on 01756 748098.

GIGGLESWICK: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
St Alkelda’s: This year’s safari supper will take place on June 3 and will start 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.
Theatre events: Pupils at Giggleswick Junior School will be treading the boards at the Richard Whiteley Theatre with their production of The Rocky Monster Show on May 19 and 20. Rio comes to Giggleswick on May 22 when the senior students of the Northern Dance Centre bring Carnival to the theatre. For further information, contact 01729 893180.
Community tidy-up: There will be a community tidy-up at St Alkelda’s Church grounds on Saturday, May 21, from 10am. There will be big and small jobs, ranging from grass trimming, raking, cutting, compost turning, sweeping, rubbing down benches ready for treatment through to a little light weeding. Please bring your own tools with suitable safety equipment. Children must be closely supervised. Contact 01729 822911.

GRASSINGTON: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Helping Hands: Grassington Helping Hands will hold its annual general meeting at 11am on Tuesday at St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield.
Friendship Club: David Aldred will talk about Nature’s Year at today’s meeting of Grassington Friendship Club. It will take place in Church House at 2.15pm.
Coffee morning: The Cruse group will hold a coffee morning in Church House on Saturday from 9.30am.
Grassington Players: Grassington Players will present Entertaining Angels in the Octagon Theatre tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from The Hub, Grassington, on 01756 752222.

HEBDEN: Victoria Benn, 01756 751795
Institute event: Thanks go to Nicola Bowdin who hosted an evening at the institute last Saturday. Guests were treated to a glass of wine and nibbles plus a free raffle ticket. The prize was won by a visitor from Addingham who went home with a large assortment of chocolate bars. Hayley Thompson of North 2 South Boutique and Gifts displayed many interesting items and a summer collection of clothing. Ben Dawson allowed guests to try a delicious selection of hand-made truffles. A donation of £20.70 was made to the institute.
Photo display: The display of old Hebden photographs at Hebden Institute over the Bank Holiday weekend was a great success. Many thanks go to Muriel Hargraves for her hard work in collecting and displaying such an enormous collection of photographs and memorabilia. A big thank you also goes to those who loaned items and to all those who helped. A total of £370 was raised for institute funds.

HELLIFIELD: Ken Leak, 01729 850845
200 Club: The May winners of the Institute 200 Club are: No 126, Chris Darling, £25; No 14, Jason Hayes, £10; and No 154, Susan Beresford, £5.
Women’s Institute:Members were enthralled with the art of Chinese brush painting, presented by Chris Newson. Everyone was able to have a go – with varying results! The next meeting will next Thursday, May 19, from 7.15pm in the Institute. It will be a members evening, with a Jacob’s Join supper.
Book Club: The Book Club will meet in the Social Club tonight from 8pm. The book for discussion will be The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff.
Parish Council: The parish council will meet in the institute’s Yorke Room tonight from 7pm.
Flower Club: The North Craven Flower Club meets tonight in the institute from 7.30pm. Guest demonstrator will be Janine Gray. Thanks go to all who contributed to the recent coffee morning when £258.35 was raised for club funds.
Walking Group: The group will meet on Sunday at 1pm in the car park at Ahernes. The walk will be led by Graham Thompson (850224) and will be a moderate six-mile route from Austwick to Oxenber. All are welcome, but dogs must be on leads.
Heating fundraising: To raise funds for the church, there will be a fundraising walk on Sunday, meeting at Haw Grove at 1pm. There will also be a trip to Cirteq’s manufacturing facility in Glusburn, courtesy of Andy Crabtree. For details, contact Andy on 851806
Age Concern: Age Concern enjoyed its visit to the Buck Inn at Paythorne last week and this week’s meeting and lunch will take place at the Calf’s Head at Worston. Age Concern visits different venues each Friday and members’ requirements are needed by the Wednesday morning prior to the meeting. Contact Ellen on 01729 850864.
Coffee morning: Saturday’s coffee morning in the Institute will be a fundraiser for the St Aidan’s Churchyard. It will start at 10am.
Promoted: Hellifield Sports FC have been promoted after coming top of the Craven League’s third division. On Friday, the team played Sedbergh in the final of the Morrisons Cup at Settle. They won after extra time with a score of 4-1.

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 on Saturday from noon to 4pm. The improvements have been made possible through Lottery funding and Sports England. There will be a bikeability session from noon to 1pm for children who can pedal independently. They should bring along their own cycle and helmet. The day will be officially opened with the cutting of a ribbon and a speech, involving members of the families who formed the Playing Fields Association when the field was purchased back in the early 1960s. Fitness fun for key stage one and two children will take place at 1.30pm and a “runbikefun” event organised by local UK athletics coach and Bikeability instructor Jill Eccleston will take place at 2.30pm. The winner will receive a one-hour free coaching session in running or biking with Jill. Football and netball matches will take place, with football at 1.30pm and netball at 2.30pm. There will also be mini rounders matches, comprising of teams of 12 - six adults and six children. To enter a rounders team or for more information about the day, call 01729 860495 or 07771 593972.
Church news: A service for the parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe will be held at St Peter’s Church, Stainforth, on Sunday at 10.30am. The preacher will be David Towers. Don’t forget the serving of afternoon teas in Langcliffe Institute next Sunday, May 22. Proceeds are for the upkeep of St Oswald’s Church. Please contact the Rev Stephen Dawson if you are able to bake or help at the event.

INGLETON: Sue Brown, 015242 41835
Willow weaving: There will be a two-day willow weaving and basket making course at Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale, next Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20, from 9.45am to 4pm. The cost is £120, which includes lunch and refreshments. Also at the same venue on May 24 and 25 from 9.45am to 4.15pm, a botanical painting course will be staged at a cost of £80. For more information, contact 015242 41357 or visit

LANGCLIFFE: Helen Jarvis, 01729 825303
Church news: On Sunday, there will be a joint service of Holy Communion at Stainforth at 10.30am. Next Sunday, May 22, there will be a service of Holy Communion in Langcliffe at 9am.
Whist drive: Come and join in the whist drives held in Langcliffe Village Institute every four weeks on Fridays at 7pm. Admission is £2. The next whist drive will be tomorrow.
Village exhibition: The exhibition, 1926 and all that Jazz, will be held over the weekend of June 10 to 12 and will mark the 90th birthday of The Queen. Please let Kate Croll know if you can help with stewarding or if you have any items from the 1920s which can be exhibited. She can be contacted on 822875.
Institute news: Sue Parker needs more volunteers to work on the institute teas during July and August. Even if you can only cover one session, please let her know on 822114. Institute teas will be baked and served by members of Langcliffe Singers this Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will be a quiz night to raise funds for the institute next Friday, May 20 at 7.30pm. There will be a Jacob’s Join supper. Teams should be no more than four players and entry is £3 per person.
Show news: Show stewards are asked to let Ian have their schedule of classes and the names of the judges. If anyone has details of classes that need to be advertised early, please let Ian know. The date of the show is Saturday, August 20. The subject for the poetry class is Generations and the short story class is free choice.

Young farmers: The Sedgwick family hosted beef judging. The results were: junior girls – 1 Georgia Thornton, 2 Mollie Taylor, 3 Olivia Robinson; junior boys – 1 Luke Harrison, 2 Ben Coulthard; intermediate boys – 1 James Thornton; senior girls – 1 Helen Lawson. Next week’s meeting is the district rally at Bentham Auction Mart.

Over 60s: Lothersdale Over 60s met in the village hall last Wednesday to hear Bill Honeywell, from Clitheroe, talk about his cycling trip around Tasmania. Bill showed slides and related funny events which happened to him and his colleagues during their six-week tour. The next meeting will be on Wednesday when David Howard will talk about The Testing of Bluebird.

RATHMELL: Elaine Illingworth, 01729 840087
Reading Room: The Monday evening Zumba classes have now finished. Thanks and best wishes go to Geraldine for being a wonderful teacher for the past four years.
Thursday Club: Twenty three members will meet up in the Reading Room next Thursday, May 19, for lunch at 12.30pm followed by a talk on Wildflower Hay Meadows by Sarah Robinson.
Young Farmers: Members met at Mearbeck Farm, Long Preston, for pig judging. Master judge was Peter Halliday. Results were: junior boys - 1 Jake Booth, 2 James Bradley and Richard Bradley, 3 Edward Bradley, Liam Halliday and Harris Dinsdale; junior girls – 1 Charlotte Booth, 2 Cicely Evans, 3 Mollie Howarth and Louisa Bullock.

SETTLE: Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639
U3A talk: Pat Osborne will give a talk on Lady “Randy” Churchill to Settle’s U3A group today. It will take place at the town’s Victoria Hall, starting with coffee at 10am and the talk at 10.30am.
Victoria Hall: Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some but it is certainly lucky for Settle as 12 of the best emerging musicians on the UK folk and acoustic scene come together as The Company of Players to perform a new body of folk music, celebrating the works of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. Celtic rock band Mànran return to Victoria Hall on Saturday. Their music is an eclectic mix influenced by traditional Celtic roots. Canadian country music is to the fore on Sunday with a visit by Russell de Carle and Prairie Oyster for a matinee show. Next Friday, May 20, there is more music with High on Harmony when the Haley sisters, backed by top guitar/slide guitar picker Brian Smith, perform their own unique style of music. Also on the programme is Jester B. Next Saturday, May 21, Chris Bannister returns to Settle to perform his show The Music of John Denver. The range of music continues next Sunday, May 22, when The Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands, takes to the stage. Highlight of the month is on May 26 when jazz diva Clare Teal returns for an evening of music and conversation. For tickets, contact 01729 825718.
Gallery on the Green: There is still time to catch an unusual exhibition at the Gallery, staged to mark the recent visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Settle. It examines the links between art and the world of cycling. The exhibition will remain in place until next Friday, May 20.
North Craven Strollers: North Craven Strollers meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm at the Millennium Gardens to enjoy a short stroll in the area. For details contact 01729 824537. In addition to weekly local walks, the group also organises Out of Town Specials.
Cricket Club: 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 enrol and join in coaching sessions. The club will field a range of teams in competitive matches.
Coffee morning: Settle Amateur Operatic Society will hold a coffee morning on Saturday between 10am and 12.30pm at the Old Court House on Station Road.
Fiddle workshops: A series of three workshops will take place at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, between 2pm and 5pm this Saturday, June 18 and July 16. They are aimed at anyone who is interested in learning how to play the fiddle in “folk style”. An ability to read music is not essential. For further details, email
Christian Aid: Christian Aid Week starts on Sunday. There will be a house-to-house collection as well as a Tuesday collection outside The Naked Man. On Wednesday there will be a coffee evening at St John’s from 7pm to 8.30pm. Volunteers are needed to distribute and collect envelopes. If you can help, contact 01729 822311.
Photographic Group: Settle Photographic Group will meet on Monday at 7.30pm at Townhead Court for a lecture by Oliver Wright, an award-winning Leeds photographer, who spent the winter as a 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 between 5pm and 8pm. For further details, contact 01729 268912.
Dementia Action: The Settle Dementia Action Alliance will hold its launch event next Friday, May 20, from 1pm to 4pm at Victoria Hall. The aim is to bring together people who live or work in the town and to enable them to learn more about the part that they can play in helping people who are living with dementia, and their families, to remain valued members of the community. For more details, contact Jane Cotton c/o Settle Victoria Hall.
Big breakfast: The next big breakfast will take place at St Mary and St Michaels Church Hall next 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 place by next Thursday by calling 01729 825285 or emailing
Beetle drive: Next 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. The event is open to everyone of all ages. Vegetarian and special diet pies can be catered for by contacting 01729 824661 in advance (if possible). Admission is free but donations will be taken to help cover the cost of catering.
Folk Club: The Three Peaks Folk Club will hold its next club night at Settle Social Club next Saturday, May 21, from 9pm.
Parish meeting: The annual parish meeting will be held at Victoria Hall on Monday, May 23, at 7pm. It is an opportunity for everyone to find out what the town council has been doing over the past year and to find out what plans are being considered for the forthcoming year. Wine and cheese will be served.
Settle Soup: The next serving of Settle Soup will take place on Tuesday, May 24, at Victoria Hall from 6pm to 8pm. Four ideas have four minutes each in which to pitch their ideas for community projects and the audience then votes for their favourite. The winner receives the takings from the evening to help them start their project. Booking is essential and can be made by contacting 07977 040329.
Gardening Club: The Settle and District Gardening Club will meet at Townhead Court on Wednesday, May 25, at 2pm when Andrew Willocks will give a talk, Harlow Carr from Past to Present.
TRAMPS: The next film showing at Victoria Hall is on Wednesday, May 25, at 7.45pm and will be Mia Madre (Classification 15 ) directed by Nanni Moretti. The film replaces the one previously advertised.
Open day: Freda’s nursery and playgroup will hold its annual open day on Saturday, May 28, between 2pm and 4pm. For more more details, contact 01729 824884.
Women’s Institute: Settle WI, meeting in the Catholic Hall instead of St John’s Methodist Hall, were privileged to welcome Fr Frank Smith who talked of his years as prison chaplain at Wetherby Young Offenders’ Unit. Mary Hindle thanked him. Members voted to donate to Victoria Hall as it is in need of a new kitchen. Two resolutions were accepted to go forward for action.

SILSDEN: Linda Berry, 01535 654643
Quilt exhibition: On Saturday, there will be an exhibition of quilts by local makers in the Methodist Church from 10am to 4pm. During the morning, the coffee will be provided by Christian Aid so please go along and support the Silsden group. At lunchtime, the church ladies will take over providing refreshments.
Workshops: On Saturday, June 4, Keighley Astronomical Society has organised a Venture into Outer Space event in the town hall for children aged between six and 11. There will be two workshops: rocket building where youngsters can design, build and launch a rocket, and making a planisphere to map the night sky. Booking is essential at £4 per child with adults free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets and information leaflets are available from Twiggs newsagents, Kirkgate, Silsden.
Camera Club: Silsden Camera Club met at Skipton Canal Basin and a good variety of excellent photos were taken. The weather was extremely kind. The summer break is now upon the group with the next meeting taking place on September 7 when there will be a digital presentation of the photos taken in Skipton.

Annual meeting: Middletown Community Association will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday at 7pm in the town’s Quaker Meeting House. All residents are welcome.
Christ Church: On Sunday, Family Eucharist will be celebrated at 9.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. The regular weekly service of Holy Communion will take place at 9.30am on Wednesday, followed by Toddler Praise at 10.30am. Two meetings from the series, 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 Mothers’ Union of West Yorkshire and the Dales will meet in Christ Church between 9am and 2.30pm next Thursday, May 19.
History Society: Skipton and Craven History Society held its annual general meeting. Officers reported on a year of enjoyable lectures, with a retained level of membership. The finances of the society were sound and it was agreed that next year’s subscriptions would remain at £10 and the charge for visitors at £3. Officers elected were: chairman, Susan Broadhead; vice-chairman and programme secretary, Peter Bewes; secretary, David Langham; treasurer, John Nixon; publicity officer, Martin Winterton; and membership secretary, Vera Preston. After the meeting, members’ knowledge of British popular music from the 1950s was tested by guest speaker David Wiseman. Summer visits have been arranged to Cononley on June 16, with David Gulliver, and Carleton on July 28, with Sue Wrathmell.
Holy Trinity: On Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and a parish communion to celebrate Pentecost at 9.45am. The 6pm evening service will be replaced by a special Pentecost Service at Ripon Cathedral at 3.30pm. Toddle into Church sessions for babies and pre-school children take place on Tuesdays from 2pm to 3pm in the Vestry Rooms. On Wednesday, there is a BCP service of Holy Communion at 10.45am and on Thursday at 7.30pm, the Archdeacon of Craven will hold a Visitation Service at 7.30pm. Next Sunday, May 22 is Trinity Sunday and, to celebrate, there will be a Patronal Festival service at 6pm, at which Skipton Ukulele Band will play.
Naval Association: Skipton and District Royal Naval Association, joined by members of other ex-service groups, followed the naval tradition of drinking the Loyal Toast to the Queen. There was a talk with maps and pictures of Skipton in World War One, the subject being the camp for German Prisoners of War in the Raikes area. The speaker was Rob Freeman.

Flower Club: The April meeting took the form of a skills workshop when 25 members were provided with flowers and a container to create a wonderful variety of designs. The beginners class was Dine in for Two and the intermediate class, A Treasure of Textures. The next meeting will be on May 26 at 7.30pm, at the new venue of Glusburn Institute when Janine Gray will give a demonstration, Shop Full of....

Coffee morning: A coffee morning will be held at the community centre, North Street, at 10am on Saturday.

Hall dance: Bill Johnston will provide the music at the monthly dance at the community hall next Friday, May 20, at 8pm. Admission is £6, which includes supper.
Whist and dominoes: There were 11 tables in play at the whist and dominoes drive at the community hall. MCs were T Robinson and P Metcalfe. Winners were: whist, ladies – H Pickard, P Parrott, A Shaw; gentS – N Hull, T Shaw, Sid Hogg, Low O Holgate; dominoes - S Dawson, A Sutcliffe, A Pickard, D Knight, P Metcalfe, E Carefoot, low K Nowell. The next drive is next Saturday, May 21, at 7.30pm with proceeds for Dalehead Church funds.
Plant sale: The gardening club will hold its annual plant sale and coffee morning at the community hall next Saturday, May 21, from 10am.

UPPER WHARFEDALE: Sheila Denby, 01756 752605
Mobile library: The mobile library van will be in Upper Wharfedale on Wednesday. It will call at Buckden from 10.30am to 12.30pm and Kettlewell from 2pm to 4pm.
School fundraiser: The Friends of Cracoe and Rylstone School will present their Saturday Night Fever fundraiser on Saturday from 7.30pm. The event will be held in Cracoe Village Hall. Tickets cost £15 and are available from the school office on 01756 730259.
Women’s Institute: Kettlewell and District WI heard Jan Peel from Leyburn talk about the puppy walking which she undertakes for the Guide Dogs Association. She was accompanied by her dog, Henry. At the group’s May meeting, members will discuss the resolutions to be debated at the WI’s national AGM in June and there will be a talk by Norah Lewis on the two years she spent working on the QEII in the 1960s.
Recycling collection: A recycling collection will be held at Cracoe and Rylstone School tomorrow in support of the Firefighters charity and the Friends of the school. Donations of clothing, paired shoes and handbags should be delivered to the car park by 9am. Alternatively, call Sarah Hartley on 730373 to arrange collection.
Local history: The local history group held a well-attended annual general meeting in Cracoe Village Hall. Thanks were expressed to Lesley Walker and Mary Caygill for organising the programme of speakers. A new team was appointed to take over their responsibilities. The meeting agreed to re-introduced a summer programme of historical visits and walks and these will take place on Tuesdays, June 14, July 12 and August 9. The winter talks start on Tuesday, October 11, and will continue each second Tuesday of the month. It is hoped a pre-Christmas dinner can be arranged for December.
Cricket Club: Fourteen members were present at Cracoe Cricket Club’s annual general meeting. The chairman congratulated the first team on another successful season under the guidance of captain Tom Baines. The second team was led by David Chew. The treasurer reported that the financial position was reasonable, but the old mower needed replacing. A renewed lease had been negotiated. Subs were raised to £40.

Community Centre: Tonight, a group will be walking in the local area. All are welcome – meet at the centre for 7.30pm prompt. Tomorrow, Craven Crafts will meet from 1pm to 4pm and there are bacon butty mornings each Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Also, this Saturday, Twist and Shout will take the stage at 7.30pm. This is almost fully booked so phone 01729 840794 to check on ticket availability. On Wednesday, the Meet and Eat group will get together during the day and there will be a quiz in the evening.