Margaret Easton

01423 323387

Winter Concert: Aldborough Church is pleased to announce that St Aidan’s High School Chamber Choir will perform a Christmas concert by Candlelight at St Andrew’s Church, Aldborough this evening at 7pm. The choir has been invited to sing at a number of prestigious venues, including being selected to perform at a series of national showcase concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in November. They joined young people from all backgrounds who have demonstrated exceptional talent during Music for Youth’s annual festival programme. St Aidan’s Chamber Choir’s journey to the Schools’ Prom spanned over 10 months, from taking part in one of 67 Regional Festivals across the UK featuring 1500 groups, followed by a performance in the Music for Youth National Festivals alongside 250 groups, down to just 40 groups who performed in the high profile and celebrated Schools Prom. In the past they have both won and been the runners up in the Senior School Choir of the Year competition on BBC1’s Songs of Praise programme. They also regularly broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on the Daily Service and this achievement is all the more remarkable as the Sixth Form membership changes every two years. Tickets, which include a glass of wine, are available at £7.50, accompanied children £3, from Market Square Antiques, Boroughbridge, or via email to, or 0790 5037423.

Santa’s Sleigh: Boroughbridge Lions Santa’s Sleigh started its tour around Boroughbridge and surrounding area yesterday at the late night sopping event. Tomorrow evening the sleigh will be in Green Hammerton and Whixley and will be based at Morrison’s supermarket on Saturday and Sunday. Next week its schedule is Monday in Langthorpe, Minerva Court, Market Hill and Waterside, Tuesday in Little Ouseburn and Great Ouseburn and Wednesday in Roecliffe, Roecliffe Lane, Chatsworth Grove and Arrows Terrace. The sleigh continues its route through until Friday, December 20. If anyone would like to help with the collections please contact 01423 323867.

Christmas Tree Festival: Boroughbridge and District Community Care is holding its annual Christmas tree festival in St James Church, Boroughbridge this weekend, on Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 10am-3.45pm. The admission charge is £1 with children under twelve admitted free with an accompanying adult. There will also be a prize tombola and refreshments. The festival is followed by Carols on the Square on Hall Square on Sunday, December 8 at 4pm. There will be a torchlit procession with Father Christmas from the church at 3.45pm.

Pantomime: the Hightimers’ production of Dick Whittington continues this week with performances this evening, tomorrow and on Saturday, all at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday. 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

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

Amblers: the group has a three and a half mile at Myton on Monday, led by Joan. Please in the car park in Back Lane for a 10am start, Joan will meet the group at Myton Church at 10.15am. Lifts are available and transport sharing is encouraged. For more information about the walk please contact 01423 360216. All are welcome.

Historical Society: the Boroughbridge and District Historical Society meets on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Jubilee room above Boroughbridge library when Vivienne Rivis will give a talk on The way we were – Burton Leonard 100 years ago. Admission is £3 with members admitted free of charge. For information about joining the society, please contact 01423 322988.

WI: the Aldborough, Boroughbridge and Dunsforth WI holds its Christmas celebration on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Aldborough Village Hall.

Yore Film Society: has a screening of Hugo, certificate PG, an adventure drama, at the Coronation Hall on Tuesday at 8pm. The film is set in 1930s Paris and tells the story of an orphan living in the walls of a railway station who is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Tickets are £3.50 and there is free parking, bar, tea and coffee available. If you would like more information or volunteer your help, please contact the society at or go to

Christmas Concert: Boroughbridge Community Choir and Kirby Hill’s Teamstar present a Christmas concert on Thursday, December 12 at 7pm in Boroughbridge Methodist Church. Tickets are £5 and £3, including refreshments and are available from Kirby Hill C of E Primary School and on the door.

Sequence Dance: there is a sequence dance in the Coronation Hall next Saturday, December 14 from 7 – 10.30pm. The admission charge of £2 includes tea and biscuits.

Children’s Church: Minskip Church holds its Children’s Church this Sunday from 11.15am-noon. Each of the fun interactive sessions is based on a theme from the Bible that links with the Family Service in the same month. There will be readings from the children’s Bible, making up prayers and some great creative activities. Parents are invited to relax in Minskip Village Hall with the Sunday papers, fresh coffee and homemade cakes. Children are welcome from all the parishes.

Church Services: this Sunday there is Holy Communion at Aldborough at 8.30am, Children’s Church at Minskip at 11.15am and Carols on Hall Square at 4pm. There are services of Holy Communion at Kirby Hill at 9.30am and at Cundall at 11am with the Activ8 club meeting at Kirby Hill at 11am. On Monday there is Holy Communion in Roecliffe Vestry at 11.30am and on Wednesday there is Holy Communion at Aldborough at 8.30am and at St James Church, Boroughbridge at 10.45am.