Lofthouse School Domino Drive: reminder for tomorrow night, October 19, starting at 6.30pm. Parents, children and friends are all welcome to join in the event which also includes a raffle and sandwiches/tea at the interval. The proceeds will go towards buying Christmas presents for the schoolchildren.
Songs of Praise: will be held this Sunday, October 21, at 6.30pm at St Chad’s Church, Middlesmoor, when the Lofthouse & Middlesmoor Silver Band will be playing at the special service.
Xmas Brass Band Concert: details from Mabel Parker: “This year the ninth annual concert will feature the Alverton Brass Band and will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 8 at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Tickets, costing £7.50 (includes mulled wine and mince pies), are available from Pateley Pharmacy, or on the door. The event has kindly been supported by Barclays Bank with pound for pound match funding.”
Cinema in the Dale: details from Julie O’Brien: “The second of the autumn film series, will be War Horse (certificate 12A), an award winning First World War drama directed by Steven Spielberg, which follows the adventures of a young man who enlists to fight after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Showing at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 27 at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall, the tickets are now available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy, costing £5 for adults, £3 for under 16s or £12 for a family ticket (2+2). Bar and refreshments available.
Yorkshire Dales Farmers’ Network: reminder, that an Electronic ID and Sheep Record Keeping Regulations event will be held from 10.30am-3pm on Thursday, October 25 at Pateley Bridge Auction Centre. Speakers will be from Trading Standards, RPA and EID companies, who will demonstrate their products and also give farmers attending the chance to ask questions. For more information, or to book a place (including lunch), please contact Sarah Longster on 07761 324135 or the Farmers’ Network office on 01768 868615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: enjoyed an entertaining evening with floral demonstrator, Bob Forbes from Oasis Florists in Ripon. Lofthouse hall came alive when Mr Forbes created five splendid designs using the theme, A Bit Backendish. The first was arranged in a distressed garden trug and to achieve height, colour and differing textures for his autumn design, he used snake grass, aspidistra leaves, ivy, white veronica, yellow twigs, leucodrendron, hypericum berries and rich burgundy chrysanthemums. The second arrangement was created in a trug containing artificial bark to which was added, purple lysianthus, ruskus, yellow roses and lime green carnations. The third, intriguing display, started with a large leaf-covered ball centred in a wooden plant pot, yet once it was filled with phormium leaves, orange germini, lotus heads and rich autumn flowers, it came to life! A wicker hanging basket, laid flat, was the starting point for Mr Forbes’s fourth arrangement and the unusual container looked great after he decorated it with artificial grapes and tomatoes at the rear and, at the front, Asiatic lilies, gorgeous two-tone Tom Pearce chrysanthemums, peach carnations, iris, gentiana and golden rod. The final creation had two arrangements connected together with orange medalina which looked stunning combined with large green poppy heads, pittisporum, Japanese laurel, Cherry Brandy two-tone roses, eryngium and beautiful Asiatic red lilies. The end result took the ladies breath away as the collection of deep rich autumnal colours were gloriously displayed. Ann Smith gave the vote of thanks, adding that Mr Forbes had given the ladies “lots of ideas!”
Markington & District Snooker & Billiards: results as follows: Snooker match played on Tuesday, October 2: Pateley Social 4 - Middlesmoor 2. Billiards matches played on Wednesday, October 3: Middlesmoor 0 - Pateley Social 5; Ripley B 5 - Lofthouse 0.