Hampsthwaite Village Society: the next meeting is on Thursday, May 9 when the 2013/4 annual programme will be available. The first speaker is Geoff Druett a past presenter of Yorkshire TV’s Calendar who will be talking about From Calendar to The Samaritans.

AGM: of Kettlesing Millennium Village Hall will take place on Thursday, May 9 at 7.30pm. All welcome to go along.

Film Study Day in Hampsthwaite: Stephen Brown’s course which is taking place on May 11 at the Memorial Hall in Hampsthwaite, has the theme Pulling a Stunt. It is hoped a real live stunt artist will be able to go along. This is an opportunity of looking at the who, the what, the why and the how of action movies. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. The fee includes refreshments including lunch. For more information or to reserve a place contact Stephen on

Burnt Yates Cricket Club: on Saturday, May 11, the first X1 is at home to Markington while the second XI is away to Hampsthwaite 3. Both matches get underway at 2pm. On Wednesday, May 15 at 6.30pm, the first XI is playing away to Newby Hall while the second XI is at home to Little Ribston 2. The following day, Thursday, May 16 the second XI is playing Dacre Banks in the Peter Bentley Cup.

Burnt Yates School News: this summer term the infants are celebrating All things Yorkshire and they have been considering all the attractions Yorkshire has to offer visitors. They have raided all the tourist offices for leaflets and brochures of local places of interest which the children sorted into categories and rated for excitement. However it was even more exciting to make (and eat) traditional Yorkshire puddings. For the juniors, the science topic this half term is Consumers and Producers and as part of their topic work the children visited Hackfall Woods on Wednesday morning. They had a fantastic time bug hunting and deciding who-ate-what! On Thursday, May 23 all the children are being offered the opportunity to have a teddy bear’s picnic lunch instead of the usual cooked lunch.

W.I. News: at the next meeting on Monday, May 13 the Hampsthwaite branch of the Women’s Institute will be debating resolutions which will then be voted on and discussed further at the WI National AGM to be held at The Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on June 1. Afterwards the ladies will enjoy a social evening with wine and nibbles. A party from the group had a night out last month at the Harrogate Theatre to see Follies put on by the Ripon Amateur Operatic Group.

Hampsthwaite Wednesday Group: is hosting a concert by The Zimmertones entitled A Song at Twilight with special guest Canon Kenneth Cook on Tuesday, May 14 at 7.30pm at St Thomas a Becket Church in Hampsthwaite. Tickets are £5 and this includes supper and are available from members or from Hampsthwaite Post Office. Proceeds will be donated to the church roof appeal.

Burnt Yates Coffee Morning: will be at St Andrew’s Church on Wednesday, May 15 between 10-11.30am. Admission is £2 which will include coffee/tea and home made scones and biscuits. There will also be cake, plant and bric a brac stalls. All welcome.

Hampsthwaite Gardening Club: the next meeting is on Wednesday, May 15 when Phil Dunnett from the Ribblesdale Plant Centre, winner of 2011 Gold Medal Award will be talking about and selling ornamental grasses. The evening gets underway at 7.45pm at the Memorial Hall and visitors are welcome. Admission is £3. Last October, the group had a very entertaining talk from John Foley, a former Young Gardener of the Year. It was decided there and then that the 2013 summer outing which has been fixed for June 19 would be to the Holden Clough Nursery over at the Trough of Bowland which he runs. Last year, he showed slides of the ongoing work to build a café/restaurant and with it all now up and running, those going along on the trip will be able to sample the meals on offer.

Clint cum Hamlets Parish Council: the village assembly will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 7.30pm and this will be followed by the AGM at 8pm. Wine and nibbles will be served afterwards.

Duck Race: tickets are now on sale at £2 each for the Birstwith and Hampsthwaite Duck Race on June 1. The first prize (any colour) is £100 the second prize (blue) £50 and the second prize (yellow) £50. In addition, each ticket purchased will be entered into the lucky duck draws at The Station and The Joiners Arms on race day. The ducks will be sent off from Wreakes Bridge, Birstwith, at 2.30pm following a lunchtime family fun party at The Station with live music by Corpus Christi Brass. The race ends about two hours later at Hampsthwaite Bridge followed by an evening BBQ at The Joiners Arms with live music by Soul Finger.

Hampsthwaite Show: it is hoped the show brochure will start dropping through letter boxes in a couple of weeks’ time. The classes have been influenced by the imminent royal birth and has a nod to the very popular baking show. So there is a chance to create a Hampsthwaite Showstopper in the form of a decorated christening cake. In the handicraft section, one of the classes is a hand knitted garment for a baby. Gentlemen can be Hampsthwaite’s answer to Paul Hollywood and produce four bread rolls. There is still time to get the camera out and take a prize winning photograph in the categories of Transport – human, on four legs or mechanical, Yorkshire in Bloom, Arches and On the Beach. After last summer’s wash out, it is hoped for better weather and more entries in the vegetable section although with the bitterly cold spring plants are a long way behind.