Hampsthwaite Films: the next film in this season is The Great Gatsby which will be shown on Friday, December 6 at 7.30pm with doors opening at 6.45pm. Leonard di Caprio and Carey Mulligan star. Tickets which are £5 can be obtained from the post office and bought either individually or if you would like to make up a table that is fine as well. There will be a theme if you fancy entering into the spirit of the occasion by wearing appropriate thirties dress. The running time is 143 minutes and a bar is available.
St. Nicholas Festival: a number of events are planned for December up the valley which I thought worth mentioning. Two caught my eye in particular. The first is that Coldstones Cut, the monumental sculpture just outside Pateley Bridge is to be illuminated with fairy lights from the evening of December 6 until December 22. Entry is free. It is an amazing piece of art in wonderful countryside and is worth a trip at any time of the year but I can imagine it will look truly magical. The second takes place on Friday December 13 from 5-8pm and it will see a Dragon Parade and late night opening. You are invited to follow the dragon round Pateley Bridge accompanied by carols and drumming. Join in by going along to Bridgehousegate.
Christmas Dance: Felliscliffe Young Farmers have organised a dance to be held on Saturday, December 7 at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall will be another sell out success. The buffet is being provided by Indulge and live music will be followed by a disco. The evening gets underway at 7.30pm and tickets are £20 which includes a drink on arrival. They are sure to go quickly so ring Nicola on 07939 460843 to make sure of yours.
Hampsthwaite Gardening Club: despite torrential rain, members of the club turned out in numbers for a fascinating talk by Martin Fish, the director of the Harrogate Flower Show and the new director of the North of England Horticultural Society. He was describing how he came to be in such positions having come from a Nottinghamshire mining family. It was always assumed he would follow his forbears down the pits but Martin had other ideas and inspired by his grandmother and her love of plants and growing fruit and vegetables, he instead began his gardening career – the first male Fish not to go into mining since 1792. As many of our well known gardeners do, he began with the local authority but then he bought land which he developed into a nursery in the Trent Valley. He began writing for Garden News and formed a demonstration garden and that led on to working on the Radio Nottingham phone in. In 2008, Martin and his wife began a new life in North Yorkshire. And the rest is history.
Burnt Yates School News: this term the children have been studying Health and in RE they have been looking at the Sikh faith. To round off the topic a visit to the Thackray Medical Museum followed by a visit to the Sikh Temple in Leeds was arranged for last Monday. This followed hard on the heels of a trip to Ripon Cathedral to enjoy a pre-Christmas concert by a brass ensemble on November 28. The Christmas Lunch will take place on Friday, December 13.
Christmas Old Time Dance: will be held at Kettlesing Millennium Village Hall on Monday, December 16 between 7.30-11.30pm. Dancing will be to Alan’s Band. Tickets are £8.50 which include supper. There will also be a bar and raffle.