Liz Perrett

01423 771904


Hampsthwaite Players: are performing Pompeii Panto, an original entertainment produced by Janet Bates. It opened at the memorial hall last night and continues tonight until Saturday with performances at 7.45pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. I suspect all tickets will have gone but on the off chance there are any left they are priced at £7 for adults and £4 for children. Enquire at the post office or by ringing 01423 770604.

John McNichol in Concert: at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 1 at 7.30pm. For more information or to reserve tickets ring 01423 770609

WI News: the Hampsthwaite branch of the Women’s Institute will be in party mood at the next meeting on Monday, December 2 at 7.30pm at the memorial hall. On offer will be food, entertainment and wine so it is a good opportunity if you are interested in joining the group to go along. Ring 770246 for more information. Last month the ladies were shown how to wrap gifts for a special occasion by Karen Kaye who provides training now to a number of companies. Much missed at that meeting was Maureen Robinson who is ill and not able to be present. Good wishes were sent from everyone there.

YCA News: the Burnt Yates cum Hartwith ladies will be having their next meeting at the village room in Hampsthwaite on Tuesday, December 3 at 2pm when they will be having their Christmas tea. Those planning on going along are reminded to take a plate of nibbles to share and a wrapped present to the value of £5. This will be followed on Friday, December 6 with the trip to York Minster for the annual YCA carol service. The bus leaves Burnt Yates at 8.30am.

Burnt Yates School News: earlier in the month, 16 children from the juniors took part in a friendly football tournament in the school grounds along with children from six other primary schools. A good afternoon was had by all and thanks go to Craig and Simon for refereeing. There will once again be a collection of unwanted clothes and bags should be returned to school by 9.30am on December 11.

Christmas Coffee Morning: will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Burnt Yates on Wednesday, December 4 between 10 and 11.30am. On sale will be wreaths, cards and gifts.

Christmas Concert of Festive Music: this event was a real treat last year so I suspect will be as popular this year. It will take place on Wednesday, December 4 at 7 for 7.30pm and is in aid of the five churches of the Benefice which include those at Burnt Yates, Ripley, Markington, South Stainley and Bishop Thornton. The Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Prize Band and Benefice Choir will be providing the music at the showroom of Ripon Landrover at Hutton Bank, Ripon. Admission is by ticket only please. The price of £10 (reductions for children) includes a buffet. To reserve a place or for more information contact Mrs Hilda Walmsley on 01423 770149.

St. Nicholas Festival: a number of events are planned for December up the valley which I thought worth mentioning. Two caught my eye in particular. The first is that Coldstones Cut, the monumental sculpture just outside Pateley Bridge is to be illuminated with fairy lights from the evening of December 6 until December 22. Entry is free. It is an amazing piece of art in wonderful countryside and is worth a trip at any time of the year but I can imagine it will look truly magical. The second takes place on Friday, December 13 from 5-8pm and it will see a dragon parade and late night opening. You are invited to follow the dragon round Pateley Bridge accompanied by carols and drumming. Join in by going along to Bridgehousegate.

Hampsthwaite Films: the next film in this season is The Great Gatsby which will be shown on Friday, December 6 at 7.30pm with doors opening at 6.45pm. The plot revolves round an American Midwestern war veteran who finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbour. Leonard di Caprio and Carey Mulligan star. Tickets which are £5 can be obtained from the post office and bought either individually or if you would like to make up a table that is fine as well. There will be a theme if you fancy entering into the spirit of the occasion by wearing appropriate 30s dress.

Christmas Dance: Felliscliffe Young Farmers are well known for organising super dances and I am sure the one being held on Saturday, December 7 at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall will be another sell out success. The buffet is being provided by Indulge and live music will be followed by a disco. The evening gets underway at 7.30pm and tickets are £20 which includes a drink on arrival. They are sure to go quickly so ring Nicola on 07939 460843 to make sure of yours.