Hampsthwaite Book Exchange: will take place this afternoon at the village room, from 2pm.
Shaun Loughrey: is appearing in concert at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall on Sunday November 3 at 7.30pm. For more information or to reserve tickets ring 01423 770609.
WI News: the ladies from the Hampsthwaite branch had their outing to Ampleforth Abbey on October 14 and it was voted a huge success and much enjoyed. Half the group had a guided tour of the abbey and the others looked at the orchards and cider press. They all came together for an excellent lunch which was in addition to the refreshments in the tea room. The next meeting will be on Monday, November 4 at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall in Hampsthwaite and will be theAGM but in addition Karen Kaye will be Gift Wrapping for Special Occasions which will include awkward shapes objects and turning ordinary presents into exquisite gifts.
Burnt Yates’ Bonfire: will be held on the community field on Tuesday, November 5 at 6.30pm. Admission is £2 for parent and child. Offers of donations towards fireworks in either cash or rockets will be gratefully received. If you can help or would like more information ring Barrie Whitehead on 770082.
YCA News: ten ladies from the Burnt Yates cum Hampsthwaite branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association enjoyed a harvest lunch in the company of other ladies from the West Riding groups, at Bishop Monkton Village Hall on October 16. The post prandial entertainment was provided by Deborah Kelly of the Library Theatre Touring Company based in Yeadon, in a one woman performance of My Brilliant Divorce written by Geraldine Aron. This is a very clever and amusing account of a woman’s experience following her husband leaving her for a younger woman. Sadly, the rain on the roof of the hall meant Deborah had to bellow somewhat to make herself heard so her performance lacked the subtlety needed for so demanding a role. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 5 at 7.30pm in the Bay Horse Community Centre, Bunt Yates when Pandora Heap will be making Christmas cards.
Hampsthwaite Feast AGM: took place on October 16. Chairman, Geoff Howard referred to the 2013 Feast as possibly the best ever with the Sunday being a full day which included the Galloping Acrobats, Thwaite’s Dray Horses, the Trading Post and the amazing air display. He paid tribute to the hard work by the whole team, which ensured the event ran as smoothly as ever. It has been a busy year with the feast team which also organised Carols on the Green, the annual duck race, one-off events such as for the Jubilee and the astonishingly successful film nights. He thanked the treasurer who is stepping down this year but will continue to support the events by staying on the committee. The chairman said he was looking forward to a successful 2014 feast and indeed the first planning meeting took place after the AGM.
Burnt Yates School News: once again the school will be collecting filled shoe boxes to help make a difference to the lives of children in Eastern Europe, Africa or Central Asia. These should be returned to school on Monday, November 4. On Tuesday, November 5 the Rev Paul Harford will be leading the Shoe Box Assembly.
Hampsthwaite Gardening Club: Tte 2013/14 season is now in full swing and at the last meeting, David Hall from Halls of Heddon which is not far from Hadrian’s Wall, went along to talk about dahlias and chrysanthemums and show stunning slides of the blooms. Treasurer Linda King, introduced the evening in the absence of chairman, Maureen Robinson who was not well enough to be there. The members sent their good wishes for her full recovery. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 20 when Martin Fish, the director of the Harrogate Flower Show talking about My Life in Gardening. The evening gets underway at the memorial hall at 7.45pm.
Tour de Grants: Harrogate Borough Council has opened up a second round of funding from this year’s community chest to invite applications for events and activities associated with the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France. The council wishes to hear from community, charitable and voluntary organisations which are holding celebrations or have activities planned to create a legacy from the Tour. There is £19,000 available with maximum grants to any one organisation of up to £2,000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that other monies are being sourced to support the project. Leader of the council, Coun Anthony Alton said: “We are fortunate that the Tour comes through our district on both days it is in Yorkshire on July 5 and 6. This makes us unique as no other area on the route has this privilege. It will come through a huge area of our district from Masham to Ripon, Ripley to Harrogate then again the next day from York to Knaresborough, Starbeck and out through Harrogate. There is so much opportunity that we want everyone to grab it and get the best out of it. We are already working with a number of towns in the district to help create spectator hubs. But this is a little more support for the smaller groups who may be planning celebrations or activities that will add to the celebration and legacy that the Tour affords us.” The council is open to any suggestions and the only things which will not be considered are grants to individual people, for work that has already been done, on-going or general commitments and running costs, building renovations, sponsorship, training, rent, rates, clothing and uniforms etc. Application forms are available at www.harrogate.gov.uk/communitygrants http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/communitygrants- closing date is December 31.
Fashion Show: Hampsthwaite’s Wednesday Group is holding a fashion show in the memorial hall on Friday, November 8. Tickets are £5 each and this includes a glass of wine. They can be obtained from Gladys Bass.
Film Day in Hampsthwaite: Stephen Brown is holding another of his very popular film study days on Saturday, November 9 between 10am-4pm at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall. The course is entitled, Thank You For the Music and will be a look at how the type of composition affects the way the audience views a film, how soundtracks are put together, the lives of composers and how they are represented in films. The fee for the day is £29.50 which includes lunch and a glass of wine and places can be reserved by contacting Stephen on 01423 359142.
Film Show in Hampsthwaite: Skyfall will the shown on Saturday, November 9 at Hampsthwaite’s own Picture House ie the memorial hall. The screen is larger than last season and there will be improved acoustics.
Clint cum Hamlet’s Parish Council: will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 7.30pm at the Bay Horse Community Centre.
Hampsthwaite Players: I am not sure how this incredibly talented group will match Calendar Girls which they put on earlier this year, but I suspect they will have a jolly good try! Make a note of the dates of the Christmas production which are November 27 to 30 at the memorial hall.