Town and Country: 05/12/13

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Derek & Celia Coultherd

Tomorrow, Friday, December 6, there will be carols, mulled wine and mice pies at Lawkland Hall at 6.30pm, all welcome, tickets from church members

On Saturday, December 14, there will be an evening of music and entertainment for Christmas in Austwick Parish Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm.

Tickets from Cross Leigh Stores are £8 (£4 for children or £20 family ticket) including a glass of wine or soft drink and refreshments.

This is a fund raising event for the parish hall so please give support.

On Wednesday, December 11, members of the Afternoon Fellowship will visit Country Harvest at Ingleton. Meet at the church at 12.30pm to share lifts or at Country Harvest at 1pm. If anyone wishes to share a lift please call Catherine on 01524 251718.

Settle Rotary will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and helpers to Austwick on Monday, December 9, starting at 5.30pm. Children will be able to post him a letter in the letter box on the sleigh.


Wendy Dowbiggin

The winners of the Bentham Bake Off for Pudsey (Children in Need) were by KS1 Ross Monk, KS2 joint Becky Abbot and Mark Barclay (Bun Bake Off), KS1 Aime Taylor and KS2 Daniel Kitchen (Great Biscuit Bake).

At the Low Bentham Christmas Fair held at the Victoria Institute, £533 was raised for institute funds. The organisers would like to thank all who donated and assisted.

At the Bentham Agricultural Coffee Morning £412 was raised for funds, with thanks to everyone who supported the event.

Tony Stephens gave a fascinating talk on the Birtwhistles and Cattle Droving to members of the Ewecross Historical Society.

He told of four generations of Birtwhistles, starting with two cows at Skipton in the 1700s from which the family developed a cattle droving business.

At the next meeting of the group of Monday, January 27, Guy Woolnough will speak on Sunday Afternoon Policing.

The Christmas lights look magnificent throughout High and Low Bentham. Don’t forget this week’s late shopping night is tomorrow, Friday, December 6, 5pm to 8pm.

There will be lots of bargains and events taking place along Main Street and Father Christmas will arrive and take up residence in his grotto at the barber’s on Station Road.

Members of Age Concern met at the masonic hall last Friday where they enjoyed a tasty lunch served by Jill Warren and Mary Hartley. The lucky raffle winner was Janet Plummer. In the afternoon the group make Christmas cards.

At a recent charity night organised by Annette and Bob Lister and friends in aid of the Southport Spinal Unit an amazing amount of £8,863.81 was raised for this special unit.

Bob, a local man, was treated in the unit for many months and he and his wife and friends organised a Take That tribute night.

Forthcoming local events include the following. A coffee morning will be held in the town hall this Saturday, December 7, for St John the Baptist Church, starting at 10am.

Children from High Bentham Community Primary School will be singing. Bentham Footpath Group’s walk on Thursday, December 12, will be to Big Stone, five miles, members to meet at Bentham Bridge at 9.30am.


Patricia Bradley

Father Christmas will be travelling around Bolton-le-Sands to see all the children in the north of the village this Saturday, December 7, continuing south and The Keys Hotel on Sunday, December 8.

Pupils of The Alysia Gilda School of Dance will be performing to classic Christmas music, and family and friends are invited this Saturday, December 7, to attend their children’s dance session. From Monday, December 9, the dance school sessions are open to the public. Please telephone 822207 for an invitation.

The adult groups are looking forward to the end of term parties. The school is preparing for Dance Crazy at The Grand Theatre, Lancaster, on Sunday, January 26, at 3pm.

The funds raised are in support of the theatre’s New Spaces Project and tickets are £6.50 available online/booking office telephone 01524 64695.

The spring term starts on Monday, January 6. Visit one of the many classes offered for ages three years to 93 years and feel the benefits dance has on the mind and body.

This Saturday, December 7, the local singing group The Ladies of Note, accompanied by their leader Kate Thompson, will present an evening of Christmas music including new compositions, old favourites and humorous items at Ashton Hall, George Street, Lancaster, starting at 7.30pm.

Also appearing on the programme is well-known Lancaster organist Andy Plowman who will have solo spots during the evening. Tickets are £5 from choir members or can be purchased on the door. Accompanied school children under 15 years free. Enquiries 01524 824820.


Jay Barkley

Christmas Bingos will take place at Burton Memorial Hall on the following dates: for hall funds tonight, Thursday, December 5; Burton Thistle FC on Friday, December 13; tennis club on Friday, December 20. Doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm.

A cheerful crowd of local mums and visitors enjoyed the Christmas Pre-School shopping event at Morewood School. Mulled wine and mince pies were served, and there was chance to win a festive hamper.

Burton Children’s Sports Committee’s children’s parties are arranged at the hall as follows: Years 3-6 on Saturday, December 7, at 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with drinks, games, a disco and gift for everyone; Pre-School Year 2 on Sunday, December 8, from 2pm to 4pm, with snacks, drinks, games and a special visit from Father Christmas. All children from the village and the school are welcome. Free admission.

The Fellwalkers, led by Clive Horsford, followed the canal towpath from Barker Bridge on to the next bridge, where pathways diverged across fields past Mount Pleasant along to Bolton-le-Sands.

The return walk via the Coastal Road concluded an enjoyable trip with fine views across the bay throughout the day.

The Arts and Craft Society enjoyed Luigi Antonio’s demonstration of origami, everyone present ‘having a go’ making pieces good enough for Christmas decorations.

The next event at the hall will be an All-Day Drawing Workshop, using pencils/graphite or charcoal, with tutor Catherine MacDiarmid, on Saturday, January 25. To book a place contact Paula Firth on 01524 481984.

The next Silver Songsters singalong session will be at the hall on Wednesday, December 18, from 1.30pm, for an hour of popular hits from the 1920s. The £3 entrance fee covers refreshments.

For further details please contact Ben on 01539 723944 or see website

The recent Children in Need quiz at the King’s Arms raised £100.

THE Wheels for Alex Ceilidh, supported by an enthusiastic full house, raised £410.


Jean Thornber

Burton-in-Lonsdale All Saints’ Church held its Advent Fair last Saturday with coffee and mince pies served and a great selection of goods for sale, the cake stall being particularly busy.

Burton-in-Lonsdale WI Choir took part in the annual Carol Service which was held in Austwick Church.

Following the public consultation meeting, attended by more than 100 residents, about the proposed closure of Richard Thornton’s C of E Primary School, Burton-in-Lonsdale Parish Council noted there was overwhelming support to keep the school open, despite evidence presented by the School Governors, NYCC and Bradford Diocese.

The parish council will be submitting a response to the consultation, highlighting its grave concerns.

A £50,000 funding application to Sport England, for a new sports pavilion, will be submitted by the parish council. The result will be known in early March 2014.

The parish council has adopted a budget for 2014-15, and will maintain its precept at the same level as 2013-14, namely £13,000; any expenditures above this amount during the financial year will be met from reserves.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23, in the Chapel Room.


Larry Branyan

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held at the Railway Club on Sunday, December 15, 2pm to 5pm. Entry by ticket only £3 per child. Fancy dress optional with a prize for best girl and best boy. Tickets from Gail Brown on 01524 730852.

The Help for Heroes charity night at the Railway Club which raised £416.

Bookings are already being taken for the Brief Encounter Special to Edinburgh (diesel hauled) on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The train will depart Carnforth at 7.30am arriving back at 8pm. Tickets for adults £69, children 15 years and under £20, family (2+2) £165, telephone 01524 735165.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School will be hosting its Christmas Fair this Saturday, December 7, from 11am to 2pm. There will be a variety of stalls, a tombola and a visit by Father Christmas.

Carnforth Rotary Club will be running its Father Christmas Sleigh each evening from Saturday, December 7, until Friday, December 20, starting at 6pm.

The sleigh will be at Bolton-le-Sands north on December 7; December 8 Bolton-le-Sands south; December 9 Carnforth Brow and Carnforth south; December 10 Slyne-with-Hest; December 11 Mill Head and Warton west; December 13 Crag Bank; December 14 Halton; December 15 Hest Bank; December 16 Over Kellet and Nether Kellet;

December 17 Carnforth Council Estate; December 18 Silverdale; December 19 Burton-in-Lonsdale and December 20 Warton.

Carnforth Rotarians would like to thank Mitsubishi Norjak for the loan of the sleigh towing vehicle and George Speights of Lancaster for providing tangerines to give to local children.

A Christmas Tree Festival is being held at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre’s Furness and Midland Hall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, December 14. There will be a visit from Father Christmas and Bay Models are sponsoring the famous G Whizz Christmas Model Railway.

Members and visitors at the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society meeting in November heard Peter Skellon’s programme Getting Bahamas Back on the Line.

Ivor Warburton, former BR InterCity director, will present UK To China And Back at the next meeting on Friday, December 6, at the County Hotel, Carnforth, at 7.30pm.

More than 30 beers and ciders were on offer at The Snug Beer Festival hosted by The Snug Micropub in the Furness Hall at Carnforth’s Heritage Centre.

The festival was constantly busy and the range of beers were mainly from small micro-breweries around the North West.

Gregg and Julie Beaman, festival organisers and owners of The Snug, said: “We are amazed at its success. We have had a lot of help from the Heritage Centre/Refreshment Rooms, our customers who gave up their time to help man (and woman) the bars and volunteers from CAMRA. We can’t wait for the next one.”


Wendy Turner

There will be a Farmers’ Market this Saturday, December 7, in Caton, from 10am to 1pm.

The usual suspects will be there, Kitridding Farm Meats, Knipey’s Chickens, Jackson’s Ice Cream, fine cheeses and delicious cheese bakes, delicious juices and curds, bread from Lunesdale Bakery, fresh vegetables, vintage and crafts, silver jewellery, wood carvings, hand-made handbags, diaries, cards and plants.

Lune Valley Hash House Harriers will meet this Sunday, December 8. See website for more details.


Elizabeth Mason

015242 41237

A Christmas Domino Drive and raffle was held at The Station Inn, Ribblehead, on December 1, with 44 players taking part. Domino winners were: Sam Atkinson, Phil Gardner, J Lambert, A Mason, Courtney, S Lambert, Keith Sykes, D Pedley, K Jones and F Brennand.

Proceeds raised of £170 will be donated to St Leonard’s Church. The next domino drive will be held at The Hill Inn on Sunday, January 12.

On Thursday, December 12, fundraising carol singing will be held at The Hill Inn at 7pm.


Rory-Jo Daniels

The chairman of Craven District Council, Coun Donny Whaites, attended the November meeting of Clapham-cum-Newby Parish Council and participated in discussions about local issues.

This included continued concerns regarding the old Mercedes garage site and the lack of progress regarding its clearance.

Craven District Council’s Planning Enforcement Team is working with the developers to ensure the site will be cleared as quickly as possible.

The parish council is supporting Clapham School’s planning application for a new modular classroom facility to replace the current portable cabin.

The parish caretaker will be carrying out leaf clearance jobs over the coming weeks. If residents have any ideas for maintenance work in the parish then please contact the clerk.

If anyone is interested in becoming a parish councillor, elections will take place on May 22, 2014. To find out more please contact the parish clerk.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 17, in Clapham Village Hall at 7.30pm. Parish clerk Ms Gillian Muir can be contacted by email at

Clapham School’s Christmas Fair takes place this Saturday, December 7, from 10am to noon. Santa will be in his grotto, there will be luxury hand-made crafts on sale along with a home-made baking/cake stall and a raffle.

The junior children will be running games, while the infants have a toy stall. Adult admission is £1.50 which includes a hot drink and a mince pie, children are admitted free. All welcome.

The junior children visited Austwick Primary School to watch a theatre production about Greek Gods and Myths, while all the children performed in Clapham Village Hall at a singing event for the visually impaired.

The children are due to meet Archbishop John Sentamu at Austwick School this Friday. He will be entertained by the orchestra.

As a new endeavour, Friends of Clapham School and Early Years Group will be running a fund-raising hot dog and bacon butty stall at the entrance to Ingleborough Cave, where Father Christmas is greeting visitors in his grotto during the weekends leading up to Christmas.

Settle Rotarians will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and his helpers to Clapham on Monday, December 9, starting at 6.30pm. Children, please post letters to Santa in his letter box on his sleigh.


Gill O’Donnell

Local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger’s latest exhibition, Wild and Restless Nature, is now on display in the Foyer Gallery of the Richard Whiteley Theatre. This exhibition will run through to December 8.

The community cinema family film afternoons continue this Sunday, December 8, with Turbo, the story of a super-charged snail.

Details of all tickets and times are available via or via 01729 893180.

Well done to the Y4 pupils of Giggleswick Primary School for their team work during this recent cluster schools’ orienteering event in Gisburn Forest.

Congratulations also to the pupils who took part in the recent St Alkelda’s Church Picture Competition, The meaning of Christmas. The winners of the competition were Caitie Birkett-Bentley, Edie Eccleston and Aaron Hird.

Thank you to all who donated items for the St Alkelda’s Church Christmas Fair and congratulations to Edie and Connie Eccleston, Melissa Tither, and Hattie and Charlie Black for helping at this community church event.

A very big thank you to the pupils who volunteered to participate in the singing performance at the Settle Lights Switch On and special thanks to parents/carers for encouraging and helping the children to learn their words.


Paul Woodruff

Mrs Margaret Wellock was the speaker at the November meeting of the URC Women’s Guild. Margaret was involved with the Girl Guide movement and gave an illustrated talk of her time in India. Mrs Meryl Tough took the chair for the evening.

The Scouts’ Christmas Post is up and running once again. Stamps cost 30p each and are available at the newsagents and the butchers. Please check the delivery areas before posting in the boxes at both venues. Last posting date is Monday, December 16, 4pm.

The Scouts will be paper collecting on Saturday, December 28, and thank everyone for their continued support.

St Wilfrid’s School will hold a Community Tea on Thursday, December 12, at 2pm. Senior residents are invited to attend.

Halton Mills is holding a Craft Fair and Open Studio Day tomorrow, Friday, December 6, 4pm to 8pm. There will be lots to do with music and food. Call Fiona on 07778 37681 for more information.

This Sunday, December 8, at The Mill, Cuillin Sound will be performing Hebridian-inspired music with archive film footage. Starts at 8pm and tickets are £8. Call Francis on 07890 728094 for information.

There will be coffee and carols at Halton Park House on Saturday, December 14, from 10am to noon, including a visit from Father Christmas, cakes, a raffle, face painting and much more. Adults £3, children £1, with all proceeds to St Wilfrid’s Church. Call Melissa Bowring or Evelyn Shaw for details on 07771 527469/01524 812654.

Santa’s back in the village on Saturday, December 14, ably assisted by the Rotary Club. Listen out for the music and give him a wave, he’s come a long way.

A Carol Service will be held at St Saviours Church, Aughton, on Thursday, December 19, starting at 7pm, with proceeds to the church.

Bingo will be held in Aughton Village Hall this Saturday, December 7, starting at 7.30pm, with as ever excellent prizes.

Halton-with-Aughton Parish Council will meet at the Community Centre on Wednesday, December 11, from 7.15pm. There will be some vacancies on the council shortly.


John Bateman

Holme Community School PTA would like to thank all who supported the Christmas Fair helping to raise the magnificent sum of £1,968.

Age UK South Lakeland is holding a Winter Warmth Event at Holme Parish Hall on Wednesday, December 11, from 10am to noon, to which everyone is invited.

Enjoy coffee and home-made cakes and carols sung by the children of Holme Community Primary School.

You can also try curling, giant Jenga and quoits. Everybody welcome. For more information contact Ruth Taylor on 01539 728180.

The village Christmas postal service is in full swing with 20p stamps designed by children from Holme Community School available to purchase from the school office, the Post Office, Lime Tree Stores, The Smithy Inn and Holme Social Club.

This postal service covers the whole village with last collection on Thursday, December 12, and last delivery on Monday, December 16.


Chris Kynch

Hornby St Margaret’s Primary School is to hold a Christmas Craft Evening on Friday, December 13.

There will be three crafts to enjoy and take home on the evening and refreshments of mulled wine, tea or coffee and mince pies.

Tickets are available from the school office at a price of £7.50 per person.

A Living Lune workshop will be held by the Lune Rivers Trust at Hornby Institute on Wednesday, December 11, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

It aims to gather views and opinions on the local rivers, including the Wenning, the Roeburn, the Hindburn, and of course the Lune as well as all local becks.

Local people are invited to give their views and help to shape the future of rivers. All are welcome and admission is free. More information can be found on

St Mary’s Church, Hornby, is collecting again for St Vincent de Paul and would be pleased to receive contributions of food, treats, toys, etc, for gifts and boxes are now in all churches.

They will be collected on Sunday, December 15. Gifts should be left unwrapped, as they will be wrapped by the church organisers.

Hornby St Margaret’s Church is also asking for gifts for distribution to needy families to make Christmas special – quality food items, edible treats and toys.

Hornby Church Coffee Morning will be held at Hornby Institute this Saturday, December 7, between 10.30am and noon.


Caroline Thompson

Members of Penyghent Gun Club met at High Birkwith Farm by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs A Morphet and family.

Winners were K Humphrey and R Carr. The next members’ shoot and the last one of 2013 will be a bring a prize, win a prize event which will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 1pm in Horton Quarry.


Sue Brown

On Sunday, December 15, there will be a joint Nativity Play/Service at the Methodist Church instead of the 10.30am service at St Mary’s Church, and at 7pm there will be a joint service at St Mary’s which will include the Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band but no service at the Methodist Church.


Janet Purvis

Following a very successful evening of entertainment by The Travelling Theatre Company, Middleton Parish Council hopes to offer another production in the future. My Brilliant Divorce was lighthearted and thoroughly enjoyable, having the audience laughing many times.

The Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, December 14, between 2pm and 4pm. A tombola collection will take place this Sunday, December 8.

If villagers have any goods to donate please leave them visible where they will be collected between 1pm and 3pm.

St Helen’s Church services will be held in the Memorial Hall, Overton, until the roof repair has been completed. This Sunday, the second Sunday in Advent, December 8, at 10.45am, there will be the Eucharist Service and Junior Church.

Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service. On Sunday, December 15, a Morning Service will not be held.

Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Carol Service on Sunday, December 15, at 2pm. Mince pies and drink in the reading room after.

Items for the local food bank always welcome, especially approaching Christmas.

The Overton Players will proudly present Snow White at Overton Memorial Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 12, 13 and 14. On Saturday there will also be a matinee performance. Doors open at 7pm, curtain up at 7.30pm, and 1.30pm for a 2pm start on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are £5 adults, £2.50 children, and can be purchased from The Globe, The Ship and The Memorial Hall on Wednesday between 2pm and 3pm. There will be a licenced bar and raffle.


Gill O’Donnell

Paris in the Jazz Age was the theme of a well-attended dance held by Age UK North Craven at St John’s Hall in Settle. Members of the Black Horse Jazz Band, who play at The Lion in Settle on Tuesday evenings, set the mood for 50 people with a stunning set of classic numbers.

Potage d’Hiver (winter soup) was served, followed by cake and biscuits, before the floor was opened for dancing led by Ingleton’s Liz Culshaw, who appropriately included the Charleston.

This supports the Innovation Fund Day Activities project funded by North Yorkshire County Council.

Over the last three years a tradition has grown up in which the Gallery on the Green phone box is decorated each Christmas by a local group.

This year a more conventional Christmas theme returns with the well known The 12 Days of Christmas, but with a twist – all the partridges, calling bird, dancing ladies and leaping lords will be knitted.

This year’s Christmas exhibition in the Gallery on the Green will be a truly communal effort.

Following the request for knitters in the June edition of the Community News, 15 ladies have been busy knitting all the characters from The 12 Days of Christmas for the interior of the gallery with yarn donated by Cottontail Crafts.

The windows of the telephone box will feature panels from the Flagmakers’ 12 Days of Christmas collection and there will be the usual children’s treats.

The exhibition runs Monday, December 16, to Saturday, January 18. Information about the exhibition and the Gallery can be found at or by visiting Settle Tourist Information Centre.

Settle Rotarians will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and his helpers to Settle tonight, Thursday, December 5, from 5pm in Upper Settle and Langdale Avenue.

There will be a post box on his sleigh for children to post their letters.

On Saturday, December 7, he will be in Settle Co-op from 10am to 4pm and hopes that children of all ages will visit him.

Celebrated poet Simon Armitage will be performing at the Victoria Hall this Saturday, December 7, and will be reading a mixture of his own poetry and prose.

On Saturday, December 14, there will be songs and music and a hint of Christmas brought alive by Roger Davies and special guests The Durbervilles.

On Friday, December 20, there will be a chance to explore a Victorian Christmas with Blast From the Past, an entertainment featuring music, song, stories and drama from the era of Dickens and Hardy.

Sunday, December 22, sees a special matinee performance by Pendle Productions of their pantomime Aladdin. For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.

Settle Voices Community Choir will be performing at four different venues in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

They will be singing Christmas carols and songs as part of Grassington Dickensian Festival this Saturday, December 7, from 2.30pm to 3pm, in the main square, and on Sunday, December 8, at 6.30pm, the choir will perform in Settle Parish Church as part of the Settle Community Concert.

Then on the morning of Saturday, December 14, they will entertain passengers and visitors on Settle Station platform as part of the station’s annual Open Day.

On Saturday, December 21, from 11.30am until 12.30pm, the choir will be providing the Christmas musical entertainment at the Artisans’ Fair in the Victoria Hall in Settle.

This Saturday, December 7, at 7.30pm, The Folly is very pleased indeed to see the return of The Leeds Waits for a 17th Century Christmas. It will be an evening of great fun with lots of music and banter, period costumes, period instruments and audience participation. Tickets are £10 to include refreshments. Telephone 01729 822893.

Not forgetting mulled wine and mince pies on Tuesday, December 10, between 10am and noon, drop in anytime, free admission, refreshments £3.50, raffle as well.

Also December 10 will be the very last chance to see the 2013 exhibitions.

A reminder that the next charity dance will be held this Saturday, December 7, and this will be the Christmas Party Dance.

This year this event will take the form of a Jacob’s join supper with the cost of the evening remaining at £5. This dance will begin at 8pm and end at 11.30pm and will take place at Settle College. To book please ring 01729 8223259/824038.

The annual community carol session, featuring local singers and musicians, will take place on Sunday, December 8, at Settle Parish Church at 6.30pm. All welcome.

There will be a retiring collection with proceeds split amongst participating organisations.

Don’t despair, there’s still time to pick up lots of wonderful Christmas treats at the Settle Artisans’ Fair at Victoria Hall this Saturday, December 7, from 9am to 2pm. There will also be refreshments served at the vintage cafe.

The perfect combination for a winter evening: good company, hot soup and a selection of Christmas readings and favourite carols. The Soup-a-Carol event takes place on Monday, December 9, at St John’s Hall, at 7.30pm.

North Craven Children’s Centre is holding a Christmas themed Stay and Play session at St John’s Hall on Tuesday, December 10, from 1.30pm to 3pm. There will be activities, music, party food and party games. Donations of £1 per family are requested.

A Pampered Chef night complete with a Ready Steady Cook Christmas themed challenge when the Lynns go head to head in aid of Jack’s Journey, will take place at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club on Wednesday, December 11, at 7.30pm. There will be a bar and tea and coffee will also be served.


John Leach

The United Reformed Church is hosting Morecambe Brass Band in concert in St Luke’s Church at 6.30pm for 7pm performance this Sunday, December 8.

There will be a welcome drink and mince pie before the concert.

It will be followed by a festive candle-lit supper and carols in the church hall.

The cost is £15 for adults and £7 for children, with tickets being available from members of the United Reformed Church. Anyone who wishes only to attend the concert can give a donation at the door.

Urban Saints, the youth group, will run the next community coffee morning this Saturday, December 7, from 10am to noon, in the memorial hall.

The group is currently raising funds so some members can travel to Mexico at Easter to help build houses for homeless people.

Socialise at the coffee morning, buy gifts from the multitude of stalls that are expected to be there and in addition learn how the youth of the village are planning to relieve social deprivation in another part of the world.

The sheep have been re-introduced into the village. These knitted sheep can be found in public buildings and commercial premises.

They are all named and there is a competition, with prizes, to discover where they all are.

The sheep will be rounded up and returned to St Luke’s Church for the Carol Service on Sunday, December 15, at 11.15am, to which everyone is invited, when the winners will be announced.

The competition has no age limit. Competition forms will be available in school, church and the memorial hall.

If you require further information please contact Jonathan Dixon 01524 824029 or Heather Wakelin 01524 822680.


Michael Rothwell
At the November meeting of the Mourholme Local History Society, Linda Barton gave a most interesting account of the history of Simpson’s Gold Thread Works, Preston.

The next meeting, at 7.30pm at Yealand Village Hall on Thursday, December 12, will be the Christmas Social to which visitors are welcome.

The Yealands’ Carol Evening will be held in St John’s Church at 7pm on Thursday, December 19.

It will be an ecumenical service of carols and readings, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.