Gavin Holman

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Christmas Services in the Benefice: Carol Service, St Bartholomew’s Church, Arkendale - Sunday, December 22 6pm (Mulled wine and mince pies after the service). Crib Service, St Bartholomew’s Church, Arkendale - Tuesday, December 24 5pm (featuring the Sunday Club children). Midnight Eucharist, All Saints, Staveley - Tuesday, December 24 11.30pm. Eucharist, St Bartholomew’s Church, Arkendale - Wednesday, December 25 9.30am, United Eucharist, St Oswald’s, Farnham - Sunday, December 29 10am (with Bishop John of Ripon and Leeds)

The Yorkshire Show Girl: direct from the Edinburgh Festival, Robyn Howe returned to her home town, Arkendale, to present, for one night only, her One Woman Show. In a packed Community Hall, following a cabaret supper, Robyn gave a polished performance of song and dance, delighting her audience and making many new fans.

The Arkendale Wine Society: continues to go from strength to strength. The gala dinner last week saw members enjoy a splendid meal organised by Sue Rowe, with a fine selection of wines chosen by members to accompany the courses. The 2014 programme is in preparation, with a Cumbrian wine and cheese expert already booked.

Arkendale Cinema: will again be running in 2014, the films showing will include Blue Jasmine, About Time, Le Weekend and Captain Phillips.

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