Charity Cooking Demonstration: Stephanie Moon, consultant chef at Rudding Park, took time out of her busy schedule to come and inspire 20 local children to broaden their culinary skills, with a charity cooking demonstration at The Old Foundry Kitchen, Boroughbridge on Saturday, December 7. Using one of her own delicious recipes, Stephanie demonstrated how to make the perfect hazelnut meringue roulade, stuffed with vanilla cream and pears. Then sharing all the tricks of the trade, or in fact a cocktail stick and some baking parchment, she showed the children how to present their creation a la Masterchef! Dozens of eggs, vigorous whisking and lashings of cream later, the creations were proudly displayed before being greedily devoured. Stephanie’s infectious enthusiasm infused the eager children, who lapped up her advice and top tips. “I was really impressed by their skills and attention,” says Stephanie. “It was also a pleasure to be involved in a local community event, especially as we raised much needed funds for the Leeds homeless charity, Simon on the Streets, of which I am patron.”The cooking demonstration was part of a foodie weekend organised by the Old Foundry Kitchen to promote their use of local and seasonal produce as well as their local suppliers. Held on Small Business Saturday, it also formed part of the celebration of independent businesses in Boroughbridge, which was supported by local MP Andrew Jones.
Boroughbridge Lions’ Santa’s sleigh: is in Minskip at Aldborough this evening. Tomorrow it is visiting Ladywell Road, Springfield Road, St James Meadow, Church Lane and New Row.
Badapple Theatre: present The Mice Who Ate Christmas, or the real Silent Night story, a new comedy by Kate Bramley with music by Jez Lowe on Saturday, December 28 in Green Hammerton Village Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9.50 or £5 for under 16s and they can be bought online at www.badappletheatre.com. This is a delightfully upbeat Christmas story based on the legend surrounding the writing of Silent Night, a Christmas carol - comedy for adults to enjoy, even if they don’t have children to bring. The play is also for children to enjoy, for age eight and upwards.
Services: Aldborough, Boroughbridge, Dunsforth, Minskip and Roecliffe parishes. Minskip has its carol service tomorrow at 7pm. On Sunday there are carol services at St James Church, Boroughbridge at 4pm and at Dunsforth at 6.30pm. On Christmas Eve there is Crib and Christingle at St James Church at 4pm, carols at Aldborough at 6.30pm and Midnight Communion at St James Church at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there is Holy Communion at Aldborough at 8.30am and services of Christmas Communion at Dunsforth at 9.30am, Minskip at 10am, Roecliffe at 10am and St James, Boroughbridge at 10.30am.
Boroughbridge Methodist Church: carol service is at 10.30am on Sunday, led by the Rev P Malham. The Christmas morning service is at 10.30am, led by Rev K Cribbin.
Kirby Hill, Skelton, Cundall and Norton-le-Clay Parish: there is Beer, Bethlehem and Carols at the Blue Bell in Kirby Hill tomorrow evening at 8.30pm. On Sunday there is Holy Communion at Kirby Hill at 8.30am and the carol service there at 11am, a family carol service at Skelton at 9.30am and carols by candlelight at Cundall at 6.30pm. On Christmas Eve there is an acted nativity service for families at Kirby Hill at 2pm with Midnight Mass, the first Communion of Christmas there at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there are services of Holy Communion at Kirby Hill at 8am, at Skelton at 9.30am and at Cundall at 11am.
Arkendale WI: 17 members attended the Christmas meal at the Dower House. Vivienne was unable to be with us after an operation and she had very kindly arranged for a welcome drink as we arrived in the bar. She had sent a note thanking the institute for the flowers. Tina also expressed her thanks for the lovely flowers she had been given at our monthly lunch in Helperby also after an operation. Betty had offered to make the mince pies for the carol service to be held at Kirkby Hill. The next committee meeting would be held at Jean’s home on January 15. Thanks were given to Margaret for making the arrangements for our Christmas dinner that evening. The business concluded, we enjoyed the meal served by very attentive and efficient staff. Crackers were pulled and poppers popped and a good time was had by all. After the meal various poems were read by Val and Betty which were received with much laughter. Jean’s poem was a little more refined. The evening concluded with secret santa and everyone wishing each other a very happy Christmas. The next meeting will be held on January 8 in the community hall at 7.30pm when Marion Foster will speak to us. Marion is a health visitor. The competition is for A Herbal Remedy. Please join us for the forthcoming year where you will find friendship and fun within our institute. For details contact 01423 340173.