Pannal News

Rachel Hewson

Church Services: Sunday, February 24 St Robert’s Pannal 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am Morning Worship, 6pm Evensong.

Pannal Panto: last call for the panto which started last night! Snow White runs until Saturday, February 23. Performances are at 7.30pm each evening with a matinee at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. Tickets are available from Pannal Post Office and cost £5 for adults and £3 for primary school aged children. Don’t miss out, buy your tickets now!

Busy Bees Jumble Sale: the ever popular Busy Bees jumble sale takes place on Saturday, March 9 at Pannal Memorial Hall from 1-3pm. Please drop off any jumble between 9-11am on the morning of the sale. Please come along and support your local pre-school you are all very welcome. Busy Bees is in the grounds of Pannal Primary School and is a warm, child centred pre-school caring for children aged two to five-years old. The centre is open daily and offers morning/afternoon and full day sessions until 3pm. If you would like further information or to book a visit please visit the website or email or call 01423 870351.

St Robert’s Church Race Night: don’t forget this great event taking place on Saturday, March 2 in the Chapter House of the church which will be open from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The ticket price is £8 for an adult including a chilli supper and £4 for a child, with hot dogs on offer for the children. There will be a pay bar for your drinks but please note betting money is not included in the price of the ticket! For further information you can contact me via my email address above or via the church office.

Spring Market: Pannal Cricket Club is holding a spring market at Pannal Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 16 from  1-4pm. Admission is 50p for adults and free for children. There will be lots of stalls including a florist, cards, cupcakes, jam and preserves, plants, jewellery, art, photography, skincare and cricket/sports wear. There will  also be  secondhand book and toy stalls. Refreshments will be available. There will be a Pannal Cricket Club stall too, an  excellent opportunity for anyone interested in joining the club to come and have an informal chat and find out more details. All enquiries please to 01423 879219.

Pannal Gala update: the snow may be falling outside but please note a date in your diaries for the summer gala. This year we hope to be outside in our shorts and t-shirts in blazing sunshine rather than being washed away and the date has changed from it’s usual August Bank Holiday slot to Sunday, July 7. Any local community groups or businesses wishing to have a stall should contact Kirsten Morgan on 01423 879219.

Pannal WI: on February 12 in the comfortable surroundings of St Robert’s Church Chapter House, Pannal, WI ladies were taken on A walk round Fountains Abbey by Mike Bevington from the National Trust. The spectacular ruins of Fountains Abbey were brought to life by Mike, who guided listeners through the years from the time when 20 monks gathered together in wooden huts, to the years when the Cistercians developed a large business empire of trading, farming and lead/iron ore mining and built the beautiful abbey. Henry VIII and his dissolution of the monasteries brought this great abbey to an end and soon after, the walls were pulled down and all that remains are the dramatic ruins that we see today. The next meeting of Pannal WI takes place on Tuesday, March 12 when Tanya Umpleby will try to persuade us that Cooking is fun! On Wednesday, April 10 Pannal WI will be holding an afternoon tea from 2-4pm in St Robert’s Church Chapter House, Pannal, to raise funds for the local charity, Dementia Forward. The tickets are £5 each and will go like hot cakes, so contact Dianne on 01423 873211 for yours!

Pannal Friendly Club: meets on February 26 at 2.15pm in the Chapter House of St Robert’s, this month Pat Jones will be speaking on My year as Mayor.

Church annual spring clean: at St Robert’s Church is on February 23 from 9.30am-12.30pm. Bring dusters, mops and garden tools. If you miss out there is another one on March 16.

TOGS Music and Dancing Night: what a night! Playing before a sell-out audience the TOGS had most of them up on the floor dancing the night away. With music mainly from 50s and 60s and some from 70s and 80s, this talented group had the crowd enthralled. Eric Clapton, The Eagles, The Searchers, Queen, The Shadows and Van Morrison were just some of the artists in their repertoire. The group comprised bass Paul Willey, lead guitar Bob Bone, drums Mark Siddall, guitar/vocals Michael Marchent, and keyboard/vocals Richard Cavadino. With their final rendering of Angels they received a standing ovation and promised to return later in the year. Look out for the date because the event is sure to be a sell-out again.

News and events: please do get in touch if you have an event or something that you would like me to mention in the column.