Nigel Harper

01423 866199

Second Anniversary: it’s now two years since I took over the keyboard from Sheila Martin and this is my 69th village news column, which isn’t quite one every week but an average of 35 in a year is not bad going. To my knowledge I have at least three regular readers (Blanche, Pat and David), but it would be good to get some feedback on the column: is it what you want; is it too long; is there anything else you would like to see in the column? Please let me have your feedback to the e mail address above.

Party Night at the Guy Fawkes: the bar was packed and there was a party atmosphere on Friday evening, November 1 for the official opening of the Guy Fawkes. We planned to go for just an hour and came home at midnight having gone at 7pm! The general consensus was that it was just great to have the village meeting point restored, not to mention a good range of local real ales to choose from. By all accounts the restaurant has also been doing a roaring trade and all the reports are that the food is fantastic quality. We’ll find out for ourselves this weekend. The restaurant opening times are: Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday 12-2pm and 6-9pm; Friday and Saturday 12-2.30pm and 6-9.30pm and Sunday 12-7pm Note the new number for reservations on 01423 868400. Coming soon, Monday Quiz Night open at 4pm. Peter, Lisa, Martin and Louise would like to thank everyone for their support.

Bonfire Night: November 5 was clear, dry and not too cold for the annual bonfire celebrations on the cricket field with a spectacular display by Ferrensby Fireworks which drew a huge crowd from the surrounding area filling the field. On behalf of the village we would like to thank the organisers for all their hard work in planning the event, and all their sponsors for their support and generous donations including the parish council; the cricket club for use of the field and pavilion, and for running the bar; Scotton Scorchers for the hot food barbecue and also for the contributions from all the visitors which will go towards next years bonfire celebrations.

Abba Magic: in order that no-one is disappointed by not being able to get last minute tickets a few tickets are being held back and will be available on the door on Saturday night, November 16 for Abba Magic at the village hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are however also still available from Pear Records, Knaresborough High Street 01423 864120; Stephen and Sylvia on 01423 862061; Richard and Sue on 01423 862079 or Helen at Barnstones on 01423 866199. There will be a licensed bar and retro prizes for there best male and female Abba outfits and proceeds from the event will be used as third party funding to unlock the Landfill Communities Fund.

Progress in Recruiting the new Rector: over the last few weeks the five parishes have been drawing up a Benefice Profile and a statement of what skills and qualities we would like to see in the new Rector. Thanks to Alan from Arkendale and Glenys from Staveley who have taken the lead in the drafting and putting everything together into a coherent document. On Monday, November 4 PCC representatives met with the Bishop of Knaresborough to agree the final version of this document which will form the basis of the formal role description and person specification. Interviews are to be held on December 18 and parish representatives will take part in both the informal and formal parts of this process. The Scotton representatives on the interview panel are Malcolm Smith, vice chair of the PCC, and myself.

Church Services: for Sunday, November 17, second Sunday before Advent, St Thomas Scotton, 8.30 Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) and 10am at the Methodist Church. Rehearsals for the Christmas Choir have now started in Staveley on Thursday evenings.