Grassington Sheila Denby, 01756 752605 Ambulance Boost: The Jackson family of Cracoe generously opened a field adjacent to their farm shop in the village during the Cracoe Fell Races recently and raised parking fees of £285. This money has been sent to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity. Gordon Jackson said: “The small parking charge in the last three years during the annual fell races has increased a small extent each year and the air ambulance was chosen as a beneficiary following their help at an accident near the entrance to the business along the main road through the village.”

Party Aid: A fundraising garden party in aid of Sue Ryder Care, Manorlands Hospital, has been held at Lowfield Farm, Threshfield. It was organised by the Wharfedale Support Group for Manorlands with permission of Lydia and Paul, and raised £2,422.

Wild Weekends: Kilnsey Park Estate will host a series of ‘wild weekends’ on Saturday, July 30, to Monday, August 29. An invitation is extended to try out den building, design clay tree-faces and learn how to light a fire without matches. The cost is £3 per child and further information is available on 01756 752150. On Sunday, a Mad Professor’s Bug Day will be in progress. Nets, vacuums and pot are provided for this free event, but there is a charge for the Kilnsey Trail. Further information on the telephone number above.

Dales Painting: Rawdon artist Michael Curran will once again be holding his annual Dales painting exhibition in the Ladies’ Room at Grassington Devonshire Institute from July 30 to August 14, 9am-5.30pm. He will be accompanied by his daughter Jenny who will be showing her pictures of ‘The World of Dance.’ Shoes Talk: The next meeting of Rylstone and District WI at Cracoe Village Hall will be held on Thursday, August 4, when Linda Sawley will speak on ‘Shoes - their history and mine.’ The competition will be ‘An Evening Shoe’.

Parish Council: Grassington Parish Council meets today, Thursday, at the council office at the Devonshire Institute, 7.30pm. Local ratepayers are encouraged to attend as there will be 15 minutes set aside for questions at the end of the meeting.

Cake Stop: Coffee, Cake and Chat takes place tomorrow, Friday, until noon at the Falcon Inn, Arncliffe.

Settle Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639 Railway Walks: A walk from Windermere to Ambleside will take place on Saturday utilising connections on the Morecambe Line. The walk is 10 miles and is a moderately strenuous walk. Participants should meet at Lancaster at 7.50am for onward connections. There will be a service bus connection from Ambleside to Windermere on the return journey. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the real ‘Jericho’ on August 11. This is a free tour and will include a tour of the visitor centre at Ribblehead and discussions about the Jericho shanty town followed by a walk around the viaduct amongst the shanty town remains. Details of all walks can be found at Victoria Hall: On Friday there will be the chance to see The Dolly Parton Story featuring Andrea Pattison, acclaimed as the UK’s finest Dolly Parton tribute performer. On Sunday, The Hapi Butterflies will lead a Sing-a-long-a-Summer Musicals afternoon at which tea will be served. Doors open at 1.45pm for the 2pm performance. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.

Friends Market: On Saturday the Friends of Victoria Hall are staging an ‘all-sorts’ market. Refreshments are available all day at this events and tables can be booked on 01729 825718. The market is open to the public 9am-3 pm. Every Tuesday the Friends run a cafe in the hall from 10am-2pm, providing a regular opportunity to for the public to support the hall, and all are welcome. As well as serving refreshments there is an all-sorts stall, a book stall and a very good clothes rack as well as shoes and CDs/DVDs.

Gallery Exhibition: On Saturday a new exhibition opens at The Gallery On the Green featuring work by sisters Chris Marflitt and Gill O’Donnell. ‘The Light at the End...’ showcases the work of Escape Tunnel Crafts. The display includes examples of photography and needle-felting, as well as their work with plastics and fabrics to create unique accessories. Providing a quirky view of everyday items and focussing on their love of upcycling and playing with colour, the exhibition runs until September 24.

Pool Friends: The friends of Settle swimming pool are urgently appealing for volunteers to help with their recycling activities. This normally involves a three hour shift on a weekday but volunteers are welcome to give as much or little time as they can spare. For details contact Derek on 01729 824588.

Coffee Pot: Each Tuesday St John’s Methodist Church holds a ‘coffee pot’ session with home-made cakes in the coffee lounge. This is open to all and runs from 10am to noon. On the first Tuesday of the month the coffee pot is held in aid of a nominated charity. If you would be interested in hosting and staffing a coffee pot on the first Tuesday of the month in aid of a charity of your choice then members would be happy to help. The use of the kitchen premises is free and coffee and tea will be provide by the church. You would need to provide food items to sell and staff to run the event. For discussion and details contact 01729 823975.

Opera Society: Fresh ground coffee, home-made cakes and scones are on offer at Settle Amateur Operatic Society’s coffee morning on Saturday in the Old Court House on station road. This runs from 10am-12.30pm.

Holiday Club: Churches Together will be hosting a holiday club event for children aged 5-11 on August 3 and 4. The club runs from 10am-3pm and lunch is provided. There will be crafts, games, activities and Bible stories. This year’s theme is ‘Olympic Fun.’ This is a free event. For details or to reserve a place contact 01729 822311.

Settle Stories: On August 5 Settle Stories will be hosting a gala night at Victoria Hall, from 6.30-8.30pm celebrating local voices through animation films made by community groups. The groups include adults with learning difficulties at the Resource Centre in Settle, young people from Settle Youth Club, Bentham and Gargrave Primary Schools. The films were created with Aardman animator Virpi Kettu who’s animated the likes of ‘Wallace and Gromit’, ‘Shaun the Sheep’, and the latest music video for Radiohead. The event is free but booking is essential via Charity Dance: The next charity dance will take place on August 6 at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall 8- 11pm. Please notify 01729 823259 or 824038 if you will be attending.

Bowling Club: Settle Bowling Club is holding its annual ‘non bowlers ‘ doubles competition on Sunday, August 7, starting at 11am. The competition, known as The Novice Shield, is sponsored by Settle Social Club and is open to players of any age. Entry is £5 per pair with cash prizes for first, second and third. Bowling woods are supplied by the club. Pie and peas are provided at a small cost. To enter contact John Chambers on 01729 825783 or ‘Tiger’ at Settle Social Club on 01729 823266. This is a fun competition and all are welcome.

Trivial Fun: St John’s Methodist Church invites you to join them for a ‘Pointless’ evening of trivial fun on August 12. The free event will start at 7.30pm and is suitable for all ages and open to everyone. There will be brainteasers, fun, laughter, observational conundrums and trivia. There will also be tea, coffee and cake.

Cream Tea: Anchor homes will be holding a cream tea on August 18 at Townhead Court between 2-4pm. All are welcome and all proceeds will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There will be a charge of £2.50 for tea and a cake or scone with strawberries.

Taster Session: On August 30 there will be a tai chi taster session at St John’s Hall between 10-11.30 am, suitable for both beginners and improvers, and will precede the opportunity to enrol for classes commencing in September. For further details contact 07808 866847.

Theatre trips: Booking is now underway for the next season of theatre trips. Two trips are scheduled to Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. On the way the trips will be calling at Grasmere for refreshment (not included in ticket price). Both outings leave Settle Cricket Club at 9.30am and cost £30 per person per trip (including transport). The first trip is on Thursday, September 22, to see Richard Sheridan’s The Rivals. The second is on Wednesday November 2 to see Dial M for Murder, a whodunnit by Frederick Knott. Further ahead, but already booking, on Wednesday, March 29 2017, Matthew Bourne’s ballet The Red Shoes, at The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. Price £42 per person. Also coming up, March 21 2018 , War Horse will be returning to the Alhambra and expressions of interest are required to arrange booking tickets. For more details contact Michael Cullingworth 01729823978.

Giggleswick Gill O’Donnell, 01729 825639 Giggleswick School: A wide range of summer courses suitable for young people of both sexes aged between 7-15 years will be taking place over the school holidays at Giggleswick School. There are a range of day and residential options and a free daily bus service is also available. Courses include a range of sporting activities, art, drama, outdoor pursuits and cookery. For further details contact 01729 893000 or Whiteley Theatre: As the culmination of their week long residential course at Giggleswick School, The National Youth Girls’ Choir, directed by Esther Jones, will perform two concerts at the School Chapel. Both will include songs from around the world. The junior choir will perform at 2pm and the Senior choir at 3.30pm. Tomorrow, Friday, there will be a free concert preview in Settle Market place between 2-2.45pm. Details of concert tickets on 01729 893180.

Horticultural Show: This year marks the 75th Giggleswick Annual Horticultural Show. The event will take place on August 13 in Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion. Doors are open to the public at 1.30pm with an opening ceremony at 2pm. Admission is £1.50 with under 16s free. Refreshments will be served in the Hobson Room throughout the afternoon. Schedules and entry forms are now available from Lambert’s, Tourist Information Centre, Lay of the Land, The Garden Shed and The Tuck Shop in Giggleswick.

Thornton-inLonsdale Paul Kendall, 015242 42390 Flower Festival: The St Oswald Church Flower Festival was extended by popular demand to July 6. The event was very well attended and many positive comments were received. All who created the displays and all who supported this event are thanked by church members. A total of £1,650 was raised for the church general fund for repairs and maintenance .

Centre Sale: There is a Jumble Sale at Ingleton Community Centre on Saturday, from 2pm to raise funds for the Save a Life provision of defibrillators in the Thornton-in-Lonsdale parish. Any jumble and donations please contact Malcolm Lund 015242 41307.

St Oswald’s: A Jumble Sale for St Oswald’sChurch takes place on Saturday August 13, 2pm, at Ingleton Community Centre. Any jumble and donations contact Rosemary Hartley 015242 42207 or Carole Scott 015242 41454. All proceeds will go to the church general fund for repairs and maintenance.

Cowling St Andrew’s: An open air Songs of Praise led by Rev Nigel Ogley will take place at St Andrew’s Methodist Church on Sunday, starting at 2pm.

Coniston Cold Young Farmers: Coniston Young Farmers met at Dykelands Farm near Airton for a judging evening by kind permission of the Bolland family. Members judged dairy cows, fat lambs, Swiss rolls and cushions in preparation for the forthcoming Semple Trophy, which will take place in August. The judges were Robert Phillip, Jodie and Janet Bolland. Club Chairman Will Throup won the dairy and lamb classes and Megan Walton won the Swiss roll and cushion classes. The vote of thanks was given by Aimee Beresford. Next week’s meeting is a farm walk at Flasby Estates.

St Peter’s: There is no service at St Peter’s Church on Sunday. All are welcome to join the baptism service at St Andrew’s Church in Gargrave.

Draughton Afternoon Tea: There will be no tea party in August and the next one will be held on the first Monday in September.

St Augustine’s: On the fifth Sunday in the month, worshippers at St Augustine’s Church are invited to attend the services at Holy Trinity in Skipton as there will not be a separate service in Draughton.

Hellifield Ken Leak, 01729 850845 Coffee Morning: The coffee morning in the Institute on Saturday is a fundraiser for the church. It starts at 10am, with cake stalls, raffle etc. Please note there will be no coffee morning on August 6.

Gala Crowning: This year’s Hellifield Gala takes place on Saturday August 6. The event starts with the crowning of this year’s gala queen, Holly Mounsey, at 1pm on the gala field, football field. This will be followed by fancy dress (anything goes theme). Entertainment on the field will include pigmy goats, donkeys, alpacas, plus funfair, tombola, games, stalls, and bucking bronco. There will be a barbecue and licensed Bar all day. The WI will provide afternoon tea in the marquee. The Fell Racing will start at 2.15pm and Field Sports from 3pm. There will be entertainment courtesy of Mix’s Disco, with free admission to the marquee from 7pm onwards.

Talent Night: The Hellifield’s Got Talent Night takes place on Friday, August 5, 7.30pm in the gala marquee.

This year’s general theme is Gone but Not Forgotten. This is always a popular event and is held the night previous to Gala Day. There will be music and fun from local entertainers and a licensed bar. Admission is adults £4, under 18s £2, under fives free. The last practise for those appearing in the event will take place on Saturday afternoon in Hellifield Social Club.

Age Concern: Age Concern had an enjoyable meal at the White Bull, Gisburn on Friday. The Luncheon Club meets on Fridays at different venues. Please let Ellen know if you have any changes to your meal arrangements, by the Wednesday prior to the Luncheon Club meeting.

Embsay-with-Eastby Andrew Wilson, 01756 790197 Flower Club: The next meeting of the Embsay-with-Eastby Flower Club will be on Tuesday, August 2, at 7.30pm in the village hall when we will welcome demonstrator Judy Walker from Bramhope. Her theme is ‘Friends in Nice Places’ and no doubt the meeting is in for a floral treat of beautiful summer blooms. Visitors are very welcome.

Churches’ Services: On Sunday St Mary’s Church will be holding a family communion service at 9.30am while at the Methodist Chapel the Sunday service at 10.30am will be led the Janet Clasper. All are welcome at any of these services. On Tuesday at 10.30am St Mary’s celebrates a quiet communion service with tea and coffee served afterwards, then from 2-4pm the church is open for tea, coffee, home baking and conversation.

Parish Council: The council is pleased to accept the offer of ‘stewardship’ of the train play unit in the recreation ground from the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The unit should receive a ‘facelift’ in the very near future to resemble one of the ‘real’ engines on the line. At the last parish council meeting concerns were expressed relating to speeding traffic, particularly late at night and in the early mornings. At least some, if not most, of the increase has undoubtedly been due to filming activities at Studfold Farm in Eastby and on Black Park but should, by the time this report is published, have diminished. Speeding continues to be an issue. The VAS sign reappeared at the Bow Bridge end of the parish to renew a timely warning. It was all the more surprising, and disappointing, therefore to find that a spot speed check in conjunction with North Yorkshire Police revealed that 50 per cent of cases of speeding were by local residents. Remember, the school holidays are now here and the risk of a child in or on the road over the next few weeks will have increased. Please be aware of safe stopping distances and help reduce the risk of an accident.

Community Library: With the summer comes holiday time and it is inevitable that the Library volunteers are becoming spread very thinly. Can you help? We have a strong core of people who are willing to organise, so what we need are people, who do not necessarily want to commit to too many hours, but are willing to fill in the gaps when they crop up. This means the library can always stay open, even during the holiday periods. If you are interested in joining us then speak to a member of the staff in the library.

Planning Issues: Probably the news with the greatest impact within Embsay and Eastby has been the decision to allow the terrace of nine houses on Laurel Croft to be built in addition to the houses on Shires Lane. Unfortunately the government is taking an increasingly favourable line in allowing appeals in order to achieve the targets it has set in respect of new house building.

Carleton St Mary’s: The first Carleton ‘Sheeplechase’ takes place on Sunday. It is a fun 2.2K run or walk up Park Lane in Carleton and suits all ages and fitness levels. There is still time to register via or by completing a form in the village shop, or enter on the day. Adults £4 (£6 on the day), children £2, all profits going to Carleton Endowed Primary School. There will be stalls and refreshments on Swan Street for competitors and spectators from 9am until about 2pm. A Service of Bread, Wine and Worship will be held at 11am on Sunday.

Open Gardens: Thanks have been expressed to all who supported the Open Gardens event at the weekend. Despite the showers on Sunday there were lots of visitors - almost as many as the crowds on Saturday. Four of the gardens were open to visitors for the first time and were much enjoyed by all. Grateful thanks go to all who invited people into their gardens or to ‘View over the Wall’ and all who baked the delicious cakes or donated the plants for the stall. More than £800 was raised towards St Mary’s much needed new boiler.

Community Coffee: A Community Coffee and Cakes event takes place in the Swan on today, Thursday, 9- 11.45am. This month the event is raising money for a charity which supports refugees.

Playgroup Break: Carleton Playgroup is taking a break through the school holidays and will return in September.

Coffee Pot: There is a Coffee Pot at St Mary’s every Friday, 2-4 pm. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate with complimentary biscuits. All welcome.

Quiz Night: A quiz night will be held at The Swan Inn on Wednesday, August 3, at 8.30pm. £1 per person including supper. Cash prizes.

Gargrave Sally Jennings, 01756 748098 Pilates Classes: There are extra pilates classes planned at certain times during the school holidays at Gargrave Village Hall. The first is tomorrow, Friday, from 9am (mat) and the next will be on Tuesday from 10am (mat) and 1130am (seated and standing). There will also be a class on Friday, August 12, from 9am (mat). Further information can be obtained from Bea on 01756 749443.

Charity Dance: A charity dance will take place tomorrow night, Friday, at Gargrave Village Hall and all the proceeds will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The entertainment is provided by Denis Westmoreland, 8pm-midnight. Entry is £7.50 on the door, this will include supper and a fully licensed bar.

Coffee Morning: There is a coffee morning starting at 10am in the village hall on Saturday, with all contributions being donated to village hall funds. As well as home-made cakes, toasted teacakes and tea or coffee there will also be the community library monthly draw, a book stall and a raffle. If you wish to donate any items to the forthcoming jumble sale on September 24, these can be left at the hall during the morning.

Sequence Dance: Modern sequence dancing takes place on Saturday from 7pm in the village hall. Entry is £4 per person, which includes tea and biscuits, and everybody is welcome.

Flea Market: The next flea market is on Sunday, 10am-4pm in the village hall. There will be numerous stalls displaying bric a brac, antiques, plants, crafts and home made produce. Entry is 50p per person and refreshments are available throughout the day.

St Andrew’s: On Sunday the traditional BCP Communion at 8am at St Andrew’s Church will be followed at 10.45am with a Baptism Service.

Langcliffe Helen Jarvis; 01729 825303 Yorkshire Day: The usual Yorkshire Day Celebration celebration will be held around the tree and the fountain on Monday. There will be a Jacob’s join meal.

Institute News: Next Sunday’s Afternoon Teas are to raise funds for the Institute. Open from 2-4.30pm, there will be a range of delicious cakes and savouries to ‘eat in’ or take away. Please support this vital fund raiser Educational Grants: The Langcliffe Educational Foundation is a charity which is able to give small awards to support further or higher education, training for work or careers or to develop skills. Awards can be used for travel costs, maintenance costs, books and equipment or for help with music or arts studies. The awards are for people of any age who either live in the parish of Langcliffe or who attended Langcliffe Primary School. The trustees encourage mature applicants as well as students and young people. If you qualify and wish to apply, write to Barbara Fiorato (Hall Cottage) or David Croll (Pendeen). More information from David Croll on 01729 822875.

Show News: The date of 2016 Show is Saturday, August 20, and the subject for the Poetry Class is ‘Generations’. Poems are to fit on one side of A4. The short story class is ‘free choice’ of subject matter and entries are restricted to 1,000 words. Stories are to be given to Show Secretary Ian Johnson before the end of July.

Church News: On Sunday there will be a joint Service of Holy Communion at 10.30am at Horton Church. On Sunday, August 7, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am at St John the Evangelist’s, Langcliffe, Sutton-inCraven St Thomas’s: Thanks go to everyone who supported the recent St Thomas’s Church Summer Fair, where a total of £634 was raised for church funds. The service on Sunday is a Joint Benefice Holy Communion at Christ Church, Lothersdale, and there will not be a service at St Thomas’s on this day.

Clapham Rory-Joe Daniels, 015242 51135 Church Services: There will be a United Church Service at St Matthew’s Church, Keasden, on Sunday at 10.30am. It will be family communion and all are welcome. On Sunday evening Church at the New Inn will feature music, singing table-top conversation and chat. Archdeacon Beverley Mason will give a talk. It is a combined event by Newby Methodists and the United Parish of Austwick, Clapham, Eldroth and Keasden churches. All are welcome and the evening starts at 7pm. There will be an evening walk and barbecue in aid of St Matthew’s at Clapham Woods Farm by kind invitation of Simon and Jules Drummond-Hay on Sunday, August 7. The walk will be 6-7.30pm and the barbecue starts at 7.30pm - all welcome. A United Songs of Praise will take place at Clapham caravan park, Station Road, on Sunday, August 7, starting at 3pm.

Farnhill and Kildwick Joyce Wood, 01535 635880 St Andrew’s: On Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Church at 8.15am and at 10am. On Sunday afternoon the church will be open to visitors from 2.30-4.30pm 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.

Coffee Morning: Farnhill Methodists’ coffee morning will be held on Saturday, August 13, in the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute, 10-11.30am. The proceeds are in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

Bentham Historical Society: Members of the Ewecross Historical Society gathered at Tunstall Church on Monday evening where they were welcomed by the Churchwarden. Chairman Dr Mike Winstanley and art historian Sara Mason, author of the History of Tunstall Church, pointed out tombstones of local people with connections in the West Indies. Inside the church a ladder had been placed up to the room above the porch where the Bronte Sisters ate their packed lunches between services when they attended the church from their school at Cowan Bridge. Sara spoke of former vicars and pointed out items of interest in the church. All viewed the Montemezzano, a painting made famous by the BBC, and now in pristine condition. Mike gave out copies of a print made about 200 years ago, showing the painting behind the altar. He told of Richard Toulmin North, of nearby Thurland Castle, who had at that time given stained glass windows to the church, and concluded that he had most likely given the painting to the church at the same time.

Austwick Derek and Celia Coultherd, 015242 51215 Village Sports: A fun-filled afternoon was had by local families at the Austwick Village Sports Day held at The playing Fields and pavilion on SaturdayJuly 16. The sun came out in time for the running races, obstacle courses, cross country and of course the egg and spoon race. Teas, coffees, sausages and burgers were served for tea and we finished off with the much loved annual egg and flour tossing - a very messy affair! The brand new all-weather pitch was announced open for all to use by Ian Plimmer of the Austwick Tennis Club and Wesley Spensley, Chair of The Playing Fields Committee. Villagers are very excited about this new play area as it not only can be used as a third tennis court during competitions but also for football, basketball and bike riding to name a few. The money was provided by Keighley Tennis Club Trust, Austwick Tennis Club and The Austwick Playing Field Committee. The pitch is already being put to good use and will continue to be.

History Society: On Wednesday evening members Austwick Field and Local History Society were taken on a guided walk to Farmoor bridge by Ann and Roger Moore. Members walked along a track, part of the Pennine Bridleway, through beautiful open countryside giving spectacular views of the surrounding hills and wonderful cloud formations before coming to the bridge. Roger explained how it had been constructed and the problems that had been overcome in transporting the components to the remote site via narrow roads and rough tracks. The bridge is built of timber and was designed to enable both people and horses to safely cross over the river and, although built for practical purposes, is extremely attractive and blends well with the surrounding area.

Bowling Club: Austwick Bowling Club hosted Bentham Bowling Club and after some very close games Austwick won by five games to four and 103 points to Bentham’s 102. This Sunday there is another club competition, ladies and men’s singles. Names in by 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start.

Church Dates: On Sunday at 10.30am there is a united service at Keasden and at 7pm the ‘Church in a Pub’ at the New Inn, Clapham.

Bradley Liz Zieboll, 01535 636369 Cricket Camp: Bradley Cricket Club is holding a summer cricket coaching camp for eight to 11-year-olds, from Monday, August 8, to Friday, August 12, 9.30am-2pm. The cost is £20 per day, per child. For more information, or to book, contact AJ on 07961 927030.

Bradley Show: The Bradley Show, which takes place on Sunday September 4, now has its own website -, which has lots of information about this year’s show, including all the show classes and the programme for the day. There is also a link to the BOFRA fell races, a highlight of the day. Please support this year’s show – either by entering some of the show classes, which include baking, photography and handicrafts or by volunteering to help with one of the many jobs necessary to make the day a success – there is a volunteers’ list at the village store. For more information about the show contact

Rathmell Thursday Club: Members of Rathmell Thursday Club are asked to note that there will be no meetings of the club during August for the annual summer break.

Skipton WI Talk: At the July meeting of the Skipton with Stirton and Thorlby WI members were entertained by Anne Drake whose talk was entitled ‘This little Piggy.’ Members were entranced to hear the tales of the pig called Sue who arrived at the smallholding which belonged to Anne’s parents, in the late 1940s. She arrived in a cardboard box and was fed every four hours and became a household pet - but one with a mind of her own. She spent time with the family dogs and behaved as they did when commanded to sit or stay! She produced many litters and the piglets were sought after by neighbouring farmers. This was a truly entertaining talk.

Eileen Rawson President welcomed members. Kate Pattison was thanked for organising lunch at Walker’s tea rooms and organising another theatre trip. There is no meeting in August; the next meeting will be September 20. The Hearing Dogs for the Deaf competition is a picture of a dog (or dogs). Meetings take place at The Soroptimists, Otley Street, Skipton, and start at 7.30pm.

Naval Association: Shipmates of the Skipton and District Royal Naval Association attended St Mary’s Church, Carleton, on ‘Sea Sunday’ to join with the congregation celebrating the 160 years of service since the founding of Missions to Seafarers (The Flying Angel). The standard was paraded, the sailors’ hymn Eternal Father was the final hymn and there was a special collection for the charity, which serves mariners in ports all over the world and reminds us that 90 per cent of our imports come by sea. After the the service there were light refreshments served. The next meeting of the branch is on Tuesday, August, 2 at 7.30pm in the RAFA headquarters in Shortbank Road, Skipton.

Holy Trinity: At Skipton’s Holy Trinity Church on Sunday there will be a Holy Communion service at 8am, and a Parish Communion service at 9.45am. On Tuesday the Toddle into Church activities for babies and pre-school children are in the Vestry Rooms, 2-3pm. On Wednesday there is Holy Communion at 10.45am using the historical version of the service from The Book of Common Prayer. The Coffee Shop is open 10am-2pm, Wednesday to Friday, and the Café, with a wider menu, on Saturday, 10am-3pm.

Christ Church: Family Eucharist will be celebrated in Christ Church on Sunday at 9.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. The regular weekly service of Holy Communion will take place at 9.30am on Wednesday.

There will be a concert by Ten Strings Duo, Marianatalia Ruscica, violin, and Davide Sciacca, guitar, at 7.30pm on Saturday in Christ Church.

Silsden Linda Berry, 01535 654643 Gala Time: Silsden Gala will be held this weekend; on Sunday at 1pm everyone will be lined up along the procession route waiting to see what delights the committee have in store. Children will be ready to catch the sweets thrown from the wagons and everyone will be crossing their fingers that the rain keeps away. The procession starts by the Toyota garage on Howden Road and meanders up Kirkgate, Briggate and then around the back to Bolton Road again, cleverly passing all the pubs and social clubs along the way. They have all planned activities to keep the adults entertained whilst they wait. The field will be full of attractions and there will also be plenty of displays to entertain everyone, plus the hustle and bustle of the fairground rides. £1 will get you into the field where Drystone Radio will compere the events, which include majorette and zumba demonstrations, a ducking stool, Jack Owls, races, tug of war, fun fair, stalls, a bar and refreshments.

Car Wash: It’s the firefighters’ annual car wash on Saturday, 9am-noon, with all donations going to charity.

Volunteer Fundraising: Silsden 18-year-old Alex Whitaker is volunteering overseas for a year with the charity Project Trust and is fundraising to support her placement, which starts in a few weeks. She is holding a fund-raising day on Saturday when she will be hosting a coffee morning at St James’ Church Hall between 9.30am and noon. On the same day, starting at 6pm, she has organized an international quiz evening, with supper, at St James’s Church Hall. The quiz evening is a ticketed event: - £6 for adults and £3 for children (12 and under), to include an international buffet supper. For tickets please call 01535 657402.

Children’s Activities: For the week beginning Monday, 9am-5pm, children can participate in themed days with four daily activities, including Bricks for Kids, Football Frenzy, Amazing Clay, and Crafty Creations, Book online and see further details at Horton-in-Ribblesdale Caroline Thompson, 01756 749235 Church Celebration: Members and friends of St Oswald’s Church will be celebrating this weekend when they hold their annual festival from Friday to Sunday. On Friday at 7.30pm there will be a wine and cheese evening and a talk on the Meadowlinks project by Tanya St Pierre of The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The art exhibition will also be open for viewing with works by local artists. On Saturday the art exhibition will be open again and the village’s usual scrumptious cakes are on offer. Growing Old Disgracefully will bring their music to entertain in the evening. Tickets are priced at £10 per adult, with children free, refreshments are included. Following the 10.30am service on Sunday for the combined parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe, there will be a Jacob’s Join lunch to share and the annual St Oswald’s walk around the village.

Whist Drive: The monthly whist drive was held in the Golden Lion recently. Winners for the ladies were, R.Pearson, M.Davies, D.Wood and M.Radcliffe. The winners for the gentlemen were S.Hogg, M.Davies, P.Langley and M.Wright ( sub ). The next drive will be held on Tuesday August 9, at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome, both novice or experienced players.

Members of Penyghent Gun Club have held a couple of shoots recently. The first was held in Ring Pot Pasture by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Wilson and family. R.Carr was both the marshall and the winner of the event, and received the George Perfect memorial trophy. Second was K.Humphrey and third was P.Fox. The most recent shoot was held at Cragg Hill Farm by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs P Sutcliffe and family. K Humphrey was the marshall for the mixed team event. The winning team comprised of S.Bamber, P.Fox, A.McLernon and G.Bowers. The next members’ shoot will be held on Sunday, August 7, at 1pm in Ring Pot Pasture.

Earby David Hartley, 01282 842617 Earby Gardeners: Earby and District Gardeners’ Association is inviting entries for its 73rd Horticultural Show to be held on Saturday, August 13, at the New Road Community Centre. Schedules are available from Dorothy Bullock 01282 842134, at the New Road Community Centre or can be sent online by contacting There are categories for flowers and vegetables, flower arranging, baking and crafts. Soup and sandwiches will be serve from noon and public viewing takes place from 1pm.

St Peters: Pat George will lead the service 10.30am service on Sunday. There will be a gentle exercise class at 1.30pm on Monday.

Cononley Joan Nicholson, 01535 630872 Cricket Club: Cononley Cricket Club opened its doors to the public last Sunday as part of the English Cricket Board’s programme of getting more people interested in the game. The club open day was sponsored by Waitrose and over 200 people turned up to watch cricket matches throughout the day from all ages, to have a go at ‘kwik cricket’ and to enjoy a summer barbecue and traditional cake stalls. The annual event raised £700 which will be invested back into the club. Cononley has a thriving junior section with under 11s and under 17s teams and welcomes players of all ages and abilities.

Flower Show: The ‘Make It Bake It Grow It’ flower and produce show is on on Saturday September 10 in the village institute. Schedules will be distributed round the village in the next two weeks.

St John’s: On Sunday, a service of Holy Communion will be led by the Vicar, Rev Dr John Peet, at 11am.

Salterforth Women’s institute: The President Mrs Janette Pate welcomed members to the July meeting of Salterforth WI and vice president Mary Mitchell read out the minutes of the last meeting. Mrs Pate then read a report from the Cowling delegate to the AGM held in June in Brighton. The resolutions concerning treatment of dementia patients in hospitals and the aim to cut down food waste had been passed at the meeting. Final arrangements for the forthcoming trip to Ripon and the Yorkshire Lavender Fields were discussed including pick up places for the coach. Mrs Pate then apologised for the fact that the speaker was unable to attend and instead gave everyone an interesting account of her trip to China in 2013, to see her son who was working as a teacher there. For anyone who has never been to China, it was a revealing talk on life there with photos showing the places they visited. Marie Potter gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11, at 7.30pm. It will be an open meeting with members from Gisburn, Barley and Barnoldswick invited to a line-dancing evening, with music and instruction provided by Joanne of Gisburn line-dancing group. Please note the venue will be St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Barnoldswick. The cost to Salterforth members will be £4 which includes supper. There will be a competition for anyone wishing to take part for ‘The Best Dressed Cow Girl’.

Bolton Abbey Priory Church: On Sunday there will be Communion (said) at 8am, a Sung Eucharist at 10.30am and Evening Prayer at 6.30pm. On the first Sunday of the month there is a Liquid Family Service at 9.15 am. This is a fun service for all the family with songs, prayers and activities. On Wednesday there is a said communion service at 10am and this week it will include the Ministry of Healing. All services are the Book of Common Prayer.

Music Date: Classical guitarist David Sciacca will give an informal concert in Bolton Priory on Sundayat 2 pm. There will be a retiring collection.

Concert Series: On Saturday at 7.30pm pianist Joshua Kelly, who performed at the Priory Church last year with students from Leeds College of Music is in concert an bringing classical music as a stimulating, intimate and refreshing experience. Tickets are £12, to include an interval drink, from 01756 710586 or can be bought on the door.

Wigglesworth Thursday Ladies walk will set off from Booths supermarket at 7.30.

Saturday Bacon Butty Morning starts at 11 and finishes at 1.00 Saturday Whist and Dominoes starts 7.30 Canine First Aid is on Monday 1st August email Sean to book your place and get more details.