Margaret Easton

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Boroughbridge Community Choir: do you enjoy singing? Boroughbridge Community Choir, a friendly group who rehearse weekly during term time, singing a wide variety of music, would love new members. They meet on Mondays from 7-9pm at Kirby Hill Primary School. For further information, please ring Liz Linfoot on 01904 796094, email or visit

Friends of Roman Aldborough: Professor Joan Fletcher is giving a talk at Aldborough Village Hall tomorrow evening on, The Romans Come to Barnsley. Admission is free to members of FORA and £4 for non members, payable on the door. For more details please visit the website or ring 07711151516.

Christmas Carols and Crafts: St Mary’s Church in Lower Dunsforth has a Christmas Carols and Crafts event tomorrow from 4-7pm. Everyone is warmly invited to the event to enjoy a glass of Christmas cheer or hot chocolate with a variety of stalls to enjoy looking at including Gina Bean Art, Retro Dotty, Snappy’s, Phoenix cards and gifts, Melanie Feist featuring great gifts, handmade crafts and homemade produce. The event is in the beautiful setting of a candlelit St Mary’s with west galley music courtesy or Ure Music. All proceeds to the new church gates.

Christmas Fair: Springfield Garth is holding its Christmas Fair on Saturday at 2pm in Springfield Garth on York Road. There will be a cake stall with Christmas cakes and puddings, a tombola, a raffle, jewellery, soap and a white elephant stall. Refreshments of mince pies and cream scones will be served during the afternoon. All are most welcome to come along to the fair with proceeds going to the residents’ amenity fund.

Woodworking Demonstration: the John Boddy Timber Store in Boroughbridge has a free demonstration on Saturday with Peter Berry on woodcarving. The demonstration runs from 10am-3pm with a break for lunch. For more information please email or see

Clothes Sale: Springfield Garth is holding a sale of Bon Marche clothes on Monday from 1.30-4pm and all are welcome to come along and join the residents for the sale.

Pantomime: the Hightimers present Dick Whittington, a traditional family pantomime, written by Graham Yeadon, in the Coronation Hall starting next week. There are performances on November 28, 29 and 30 and on December 5, 6 and 7 at 7.30pm with matinees at 2.30pm on the Saturdays. Tickets are £7.50 for adults with concession and children £5 and are available from DH and J Treharne Chemists, Boroughbridge Post Office, Claire Marie’s Fashions or from Michelle Henstock on 01765 607247. For more information please go to

St James Christmas Fair: St James Church is holding its Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 30 at 10am with something for everyone. There are various stalls with cakes, provisions, Christmas decorations, cards and books. There will also be the grand raffle and tombola with refreshments served. In addition, a soup and sweet lunch will follow the fair.

Amblers: the group has a four and a half to five mile walk at South Kilvington next Friday, November 29, led by Linda. Please meet in the car park in Back Lane for a 10am start. Lifts are available and transport sharing is encouraged. For more information about the walk, please contact 01423 322988.

Church Services: this Sunday there is a Family Service at Aldborough at 10am and services of Parish Communion at St James Church, Boroughbridge at 10am and at Minskip at 11am. Boroughbridge Methodist Church has Sunday Worship at 10.30am, led by Mrs J Goodall. There is Morning Prayer at Cundall at 9.30am, a Family Service at Skelton at 9.30am and Holy Communion at Kirby Hill at 11am. On Monday there is Holy Communion in Roecliffe Vestry at 11.30am and on Wednesday there are services of Holy Communion at Aldborough at 8.30am and at St James Church at 10.45am.

Arkendale WI: before the commencement of the meeting, Selina from the BBC spoke to us about a new programme The Gift. This would trace and find a person you’re no longer in touch with, or have tried to find but failed in order to make an overdue apology or if you have a debt of gratitude you owe to someone and tried to find but failed. Margaret collected the balance for the Christmas Dinner. It was noted that as usual anyone who wished to take along a gift to the value of £5 could do so, and receive one in return. However, this was not compulsory. The next lunch would be at The Oaktree, Helperby on Friday, November 22. The next beading class at Betty’s home would be on November 29, and the next walk on November 21, a distance of approximately four miles followed by tea in Hampsthwaite. The WI Centenary will be in 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. If members are in agreement, the committee have decided to hold our meeting on Thursday, June 4 June instead of the Wednesday. As Wi fi is available in the hall we would be able to feel part of the celebration and perhaps invite members from the other institutes within our group. Members would be able to take their packed lunches and stay for however long they wished. Various items from the newsletter including workshops were noted. The meeting on January 8 will be in the community hall. The group carol service at Kirkby Hill will be on December 10 at 2pm and the group meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at Aldborough. Sarah spoke about the work her daughter does in Nairobi and asked if we could support the table tennis which is organised annually by Ken in Staveley. By sponsoring this event some of the money raised will go towards helping such a worthy cause. Diane announced that the committee were all willing to stand for the coming year, and as no-one wished to stand for the position of president, she was willing to remain in office. The treasurer gave the financial statement and copies of the account sheets were provided for members. Diane moved the adoption of the report and this was seconded by Jean Stokes. The secretary gave her report listing the various activities enjoyed by our members during the past year and Diane moved the adoption of this report which was seconded by Margaret Beal. Diane reported on the past year acting as president, and thanked the committee members individually for their support during that time. Alan Mathews gave a demonstration on how to paint a winter watercolour scene for a Christmas card. We all concentrated in order to remember what we would need to do to produce our masterpieces. Brushes in hand and palettes at the ready, we commenced our task. It wasn’t as easy as Alan had made it out to be, but those of us who were brave enough to have a go, actually enjoyed it once we got started. He judged the finished pictures and picked a first, second and third. Val thanked him and we were able to purchase cards and booklets he had for sale. Supper was provided by Pat and Maureen during which the raffle was drawn.