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Liz Perrett

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Carols Round the Tree: in Burnt Yates will take place on the village green at 7pm on Friday, December 21 followed by refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies in St Andrew’s Church. Adults £2 and children £1.

Film Night in Hampsthwaite: I see from the Hampsthwaite Village website that Holiday Inn is being shown at the Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 23 at 7.30m. Tickets are £6 each (£4 for under 16s) and are available from the Post Office. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served. I am presuming this is the 1942 musical film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. With music by Irving Berlin, the film has 12 songs written expressly for the film, the most notable being White Christmas. The film received an Academy Award for Best Original Song (Irving Berlin for White Christmas), as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Score (Robert Emmett Dolan) and Best Original Story (Irving Berlin).

Coffee Morning: the last coffee morning at St Andrew’s Church at Burnt Yates on December 5 had a festive theme with coffee and mince pies, guess the weight of the Christmas cake and gorgeous decorations for sale so it is not surprising, it was well attended. Everyone is to be congratulated for their hard work in making it such a success.

Christmas Concert: while I was at the coffee morning, Hilda Walmsley told me about the concert taking place that evening and suggested Paul and I go along. It was the first time I have been to this annual event hosted by the directors and staff of Ripon Land Rover in aid of the five Benefice Churches of Markington, Ripley, Burnt Yates, South Stainley and Bishop Thornton. It proved to be a wonderful event. The showroom at Ripon was cleared to provide a huge area for seating and those attending were welcomed with a glass of wine. There was a large contingent from our patch who were able to catch up on news before and after. Director Willie Houseman, introduced the evening on behalf of his fellow directors and staff. He paid tribute to Arthur Layfield who had done so much to contribute to music in Nidderdale and who had died this year and this was the reason the Dacre Silver Band would not be present. The Lofthouse and Middlesmoor Brass Band under the baton of Stan Beer had kindly agreed to provide the music along with the Benefice Choir led by Judy Criss. Mr Houseman also told the audience that sadly the vicar, Paul Cresswell is at present ill and was not able to join them. He passed on good wishes on behalf of everyone present to Paul and his wife. Although the programme had indicated it would be a carol concert, it was far more than that and the tone was set by a humorous ditty entitled Sat Nav which likened this to a wife. This struck a cord with many men there with the result Paul has taken to calling me his Sat Nav. The Benefice Choir reprised some of the numbers performed in its recent concert at Ripley and the singing of O Holy Night was particularly moving. Anthony Hinds sang the role of Sir Joseph Porter as the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee from HMS Pinafore and Richard Davies led the audience in Mud Glorious Mud. A very reluctant Oliver Scott aged 10 was coerced by the bandmaster to sing the first verse of Away in a Manger which he did beautifully and was rewarded with a huge round of applause and a model Land Rover by the directors for being such a sport. The evening rounded off with heartfelt thanks to the directors, Geoff Brown, Willie Houseman and Maurice Hymas and staff for their generosity in providing not only the venue but also a superb buffet supper and drinks.

Christmas Services: at St Andrew’s Burnt Yates. On Sunday, December 23 Eucharist will be at 9.15am. On Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass will be at 11pm. On Christmas Day Family Eucharist will be at 9.15am.

Christmas Services, Hampsthwaite: at. St Thomas a Becket Church in Hampsthwaite, Holy Communion will be at 8.30am. On Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass will be at 11.15pm and on Christmas Day All Age Worship will take place at 11am. At the Methodist Chapel, the Carol Service will be at 10.45am on Sunday, December 23 and on Christmas Day, Family Worship will be at 9.30am.

Latin Classes in Hampsthwaite: the Muddy Archaeologist, Gillian Hovell is planning to start this again next term beginning on Wednesday, January 16 from 7-9pm and running until Wednesday, March 27. If interested enrolling is by contacting Gillian on Gillian@muddyarchaeologist.co.uk or phoning on 01423 771290. Payment can be made on the first evening. The 10 weeks course will be £90. Only a very basic understanding of Latin is required.

Burnt Yates School: Christmas events have been taking place at the school over the last couple of weeks with the decorating of the tree followed by stories round it. Although the paper’s deadlines mean that I am reporting events which are due to happen I note the Golden Book Assembly was due to take place last Friday followed by the Christmas Fair and on Tuesday the end of term concert and nativity was due to be held. The Christmas Party is to be held today. I would hasten to add that the children have also been working with all the children learning about electricity and making a working circuit. The juniors have been testing light boxes kindly lent by the NHS.

A very Happy Christmas to all.