Burnt Yates Cricket Club: on Saturday, August 24, the 1st team is playing Hampsthwaite 2 away while the 2nd team is at home to Burton Leonard 3. Both matches get underway at 2pm.

Niddart Trail: a reminder this is taking place in August. There are 31 venues stretching from Knaresborough up to Ramsgill and Lofthouse and across to Dallowgill. On our patch, the Bay Horse Community Centre in Burnt Yates was open last weekend but there is still a chance to see more art work locally. Susan Mitchell who gave a demonstration of painting in miniatures there is doing another workshop on Saturday, August 24 over at Studley Roger Village Hall when the subject is drawing and painting portraits. This two hour session is £24 and to book give Susan a ring on 07932 184659. The Studley Roger Art Group will also be displaying its works that weekend. Even nearer us, is Chantry House Gallery in Ripley where works are exhibited by local artists, Emerson Mayes, Pam Grimmond, Heather Dormer and Richard Snowden. The gallery is open from 11am-5pm today to Saturday and midday to 5pm on Sunday. For more information about the Niddart Trail contact John Clapperton on 01423 780921 or Lynn Cook on 01423 714865.

Wood Turning and Sculpture Exhibition: will be held at the Bay Horse Community Centre in Burnt Yates on Sunday and Monday, August 25 and 26 between 10am-4pm with proceeds in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.

Photographic and Art Exhibition: is being held on Brookfield Green, Hampsthwaite between 10am-4pm on Sunday, August 25 put on by the Hampsthwaite Group of Photographers and Artists. Other local artists and photographers are invited to join and for more information ring Bryan Thompson on 01423 770981 or drop in at 12 High Street, Hampsthwaite or email bryant1944@hotmail.co.uk.

Burnt Yates Cricket Club: is the venue for a six a side competition from 11am onwards on Sunday, August 25 with a barbeque all day.

Bank Holiday Opening Hours: please note Hampsthwaite Post Office will be closed on Monday, August 26 but the Costcutter shop in the village will be open normal hours.

Book Exchange at Hampsthwaite: will be held om August 29 between 2-3pm at the village room.

YCA News: at the last meeting of the Burnt Yates cum Hartwith branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association, the ladies had a fascinating, if at times rather frightening talk about the digestive system, how it works and what can go wrong and why from Linda LeFloch, a biochemist and nutritionist who is based at Quality Health Foods in Westminster Arcade, Harrogate. The members were urged to drink more water in preference to tea coffee and alcohol. It is surprising anyone wanted the refreshments afterwards. Later in the week a number of the ladies went up to Pateley Bridge at the invitation of Clare Spooner who runs the hat making business Quaintrelle in King Street. Clare has been down to YCA events twice this year so is like an old friend. The do was to celebrate three years in business and it was a really lovely occasion with a fashion show, wine, nibbles and exhibition of vintage headwear and books about the fashions of the day. Music was provided by the excellent Shadow Trio. The other workshops were also open and the very popular artist Alister Colley who has close family connections in Hampsthwaite was happy to chat to visitors while he worked on his latest piece. His pictures on show include the ones he did when the Royal Hall in Harrogate re-opened but also featured were other local landmarks.

The next meeting of the Burnt Yates cum Hartwith group is on September 3 at 7.30pm at the school in Burnt Yates when Rev Tony Shepherd will be talking about his role as the Queen’s Chaplain. Visitors, new and prospective members will be made most welcome.

WI News: as ever the Women’s Institute tent at the Ripley Show was packed with visitors looking at the Nidd Valley groups’ entries for this year. It was clear the ladies from our local Hampsthwaite branch had worked incredibly hard and their main montage on the theme of leisure was very witty in its detail. After the events of the summer, they will be getting back to normal on Monday, September 2 when the talk will be entitled Colour Me Confident by Denise Griffiths. The evening gets underway at 7.30pm at the memorial hall and visitors are welcome.

Coffee Morning: I am delighted to report that Anita Robson is back in harness and looking great! To describe the event she is organizing for Saturday, August 31 between 10am-1pm as a coffee morning at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall, is to compare a dartmoor pony to a racehorse. Yes there will be coffee and tea but there will also be Anita’s famous bacon butties which are worth a detour any day. The do is to raise money for Horticap and is sponsored by Bryan Thompson who will also be on hand to take photographs and AYS Taxis and in particular Dependable Dave. For those not familiar with Hoticap, it is a unique garden which can be found on the road between Beckwithshaw and Harlow Carr which is not only open for visitors and to sell plants but also provides training and education in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities. School groups who want to have activity days based on the KS1, KS2 and KS3 curriculum are also welcome. Horticap will have a stall in the car park at the Memorial Hall. Donations for the cake stall and raffle will be gratefully received. Anita can be contacted on770899.

Old Tyme Dance: at Kettlesing Millennium Village Hall on Friday, August 30 with dancing to Mark Spafford between 7.30-11.30pm. Entry is £7.50 and as ever there is a supper, bar and raffle. For more information, Margaret can be contacted on 01943 880366.

Date for the Diary: Hampsthwaite’s Village Society is hosting a cabaret and canape evening at the memorial hall on Friday, September 27 when Judith Hibbert presents The Woman’s Bright Hour which is a tribute to well known musical stars of film, television and radio. Tickets are on sale at the post office at £10 and tables for eight or 10 can be reserved by ringing 01423 770449