Well Done: Chris Sexton, Poppy Organiser for the Royal British Legion, is delighted to report that the total collected for this area was £3,200. Peter Chadwick has taken over the collection for Pateley Bridge due to Jack Haines retiring from this activity, so the combined effort resulted in the fine total above. Thanks go to all collectors, shops, pubs and businesses who kindly took poppy boxes. We still need money as the British Legion continues to help veterans from all wars including more rec

Appeal From Doris: If you have any jam jars, small saucers or plates that you no longer need could you please let Doris have them for use in her cake stall baking. Please ring her on 01423 780814.

Dacre Banks Cricket Club AGM and Presentation Evening: The Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held tonight Friday November 24 at the Royal Oak, Dacre Banks starting at 7.30pm. The meeting will be followed by the presentation of trophies for the 2006 season and a free buffet kindly put on by Patsy, Anna and Steve at the Royal. It is imperative that all members, especially players, attend this important meeting. After the formality of the AGM there will be an open forum. Amongst topics to be discussed will be the overseas player, future of the Club and a junior team. Be ready to put your views forward and have a good social evening.

Coffee Morning: Darley Methodist Church is holding a coffee morning from 10.30am-noon on Saturday November 25. There is a Bring and Buy stall and the ever popular Cake Stall. St. Michael’s Hospice and Traidcraft will be there with things to sell. All proceeds for Darley Methodist Church. Everyone welcome.

West End & Broadway Song & Dance Cabaret Show: Presented by ‘ Kamamica’. To be held in Darley Memorial Hall on Saturday November 25. This is a show which has already been staged in Harrogate and the company has very generously offered to do a performance to raise funds for Dacre Banks Bowling Club. Tickets cost 6.50 and can be obtained from Eddie Russell 01423781791, Jenny Savage 01423780602, and Summerbridge Post Office. The theme for this show is ‘Everything Beginning with ‘S’. Light refreshments available and a licensed bar

Christmas Fair: The friends of Dacre Braithwaite School are holding a Christmas Fair in Dacre village hall on Saturday November 25 from 1-3pm. Lots of interesting stalls including the cake/jam and pies stall, always sells out quickly. An adult and a children’s tombola, gifts and card, plants from Studley Garden Centre just to name a few. With games for the children and lots more plus a very special visitor. Tea/coffee and refreshments will be on sale during the Fair.

Darley Ladies Group: The Ladies Group will be holding their Christmas Supper on Thursday November 30 in Darley Methodist Chapel school room starting at 8pm. The speaker this month will be Nicola Down and her subject is “Thrills and spills of my life in television”. They will be joined in the evening by the Kettlesing and Fewston Ladies.

Mobile Library – Route 15: The library van will visit your areas on Friday December 1. Starting off at Crake House Farm 9.55-10.10am then moves on to the Wellington Inn 10.15-10.20am. Field House 10.25-10.45am. Moving on to Darley Christ Church Community Centre 11.05-11.50am. If you miss any of the above stops you can catch up with the van at Station Lane where it will be from noon till 12.50pm. Final call is Daleside Park 1.25-1.30pm.

Library Coffee Morning: To make your visit to the library van even more enjoyable, there is a Library Coffee morning and story corner at Darley Christ Church Hall from 10.45am. The coffee morning will be held every three weeks to coincide with the library van’s visit.

“Treble Cleff”: The renowned “Treble Cleff” Ladies Choir will give a Christmas concert at Dacre Reformed Church on Friday December 1 at 7.30pm. The concert will be followed by a buffet supper which costs 4 and will be served in the Church schoolroom. All proceeds for the Church.

50/50 Auction: Summerbridge Methodist Church is holding their annual 50/50 auction on Saturday December 2 in the Church school room. Goods donated to a 50/50 Auction sale are sold at the best possible price and the proceeds are divided equally between the donor and the Church. If you have something to sell please contact either Helen on 780365 or Christine on 781456. Goods can be accepted at the door on the morning of the Sale. Viewing will be from 2-4pm in the afternoon when there will also be a cake stall. If you have nothing suitable for the Auction but feel you could bake a cake for the stall please deliver to the hall in the morning or phone the above for collection. Admission by catalogue 1 (including refreshments).

Santa Drive: Now for something completely different. The Friends of Dacre Braithwaite School are holding a Santa Drive from 6.30pm in the School Hall on Wednesday December 6. Bring and share a supper. There are prizes, and the Christmas Raffle will be drawn on the night. Look out for raffle tickets on sale.

Carols Round The Christmas Tree: Hartwith cum Winsley Parish Council will be holding their annual Carols round the Christmas tree on Friday December 8 starting at 6.30pm. This event will be held in the grounds of Summerbridge Primary School by kind permission of head teacher, Mrs Mundy. Starting off with carols played by the Summerbridge and Dacre Prize Silver Band, this is followed at 7pm by the opening of Christmas stalls in the hall and at 7.15pm Father and Mother Christmas will be in the grotto ready to chat to the children. There will be the usual barbecue along with hot soup and mulled wine. If wet (fingers crossed for a fine night) the event will be held in the school hall.

Summerbridge Players Winter 2006 Production: Sparkles the Reindeer written by Nick Coutts. Directed by Steve Ellis. Performances: December 7, 8 and 9 at 7.45pm. Matinee Saturday December 9 - 2pm. By the time you read this the tickets 5 each should be available from Summerbridge Post Office. A traditional pantomime with a strong Christmas theme. Sparkles a very shy but clever reindeer has to save Christmas. It is Christmas Eve and King Blizzard and all his helpers have a big problem caused by the evil Gremlin and his not so clever henchmen, Helpless and Hopeless. Will all be saved? Will Princess Snowflake save her man? Will Dame Dynamite blow the whole thing up? Now that would be telling would it not? Oh yes it would!

The Women’S Christian Fellowship: Please note that there will not be a meeting in December.

Darley Christ Church Community Centre: A heartfelt thank you to all who supported the Arts and Craft Fayre over the weekend of November 3/5 at Pateley Bridge. Total funds raised 1000! It was a very enjoyable occasion for all of us but it would not have been possible without a lot of help especially from Nidderdale Art Club for their support and advice on arranging the Fayre, Les and Judy Packham for being our guests and encouraging us with valuable advice, and Ann Kent for kindly donating her time over the weekend. All the craft stall holders for bringing interesting crafts to the Fayre and the army of people who helped us to provide teas and steward the event. Last but not least everyone who attended the event.

We’ll Meet Again: Special thanks to Joyce Dalton, Julie Russell-Wilson and Neil Richmond for giving their time to help raise funds for the Christ Church Community Centre and to everyone who braved the atrocious weather to come along and enjoy the entertainment. We made 160.

Grand New Year Draw: We are holding a Grand New Year Draw. Tickets 1 each are available from any member of the Steering Committee. Draw will take place at the New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Darley Memorial Hall. Prizes include a UK Mini Break, Yorke Arms Voucher, Food Hamper, Selection of Wine and much much more! Assistance from anyone in the village to sell these tickets will be much appreciated. Please contact Erica 780905 or Angela 780056 if you can help.

Dates for the diary 2007: Ascot Evening June 23 Summer Picnic and Music at Low Hall Dacre July 7 Village weekend September to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee of the Memorial Hall. It is hoped to start building in January 2007. The village website provides up to date information about progress.

New Year’s Eve In Darley: There are still a few tickets left for the New Year’s Eve Party in Darley Memorial Hall from 8pm-1am. Buffet supper will be served at 8.30pm. Dress smart casual. Adults 25, children 15, Funds raised to be shared between Darley Playing Fields Association and the Christ Church Community Centre Project.

Church Services: The Church services for Sunday November 26 are as follows: Holy Trinity Church, Dacre Banks 9am Holy Communion Christ Church, Darley 10.45am United All Age Family Service St Saviour’s Church, Thornthwaite 11.00am Matins St Jude’s Church, Hartwith 6.30pm Taize Evening Prayer Summerbridge Methodist Church 10.30am The service will be led by Miss C Stead The evening service at 6.30 will be a Young People’s Worship event Darley Methodist Church 10.45am The service will be led by the Rev GM Wearing Pateley Bridge Methodist Church 10.30am The service will led by Sister J Durbin The Nidderdale Evangelical Free Church, the Brow Chapel, Thornthwaite The service at 2.15pm will be led by Mr Jonathan Bayes from Thirsk. The evening service will be at 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend. The Providence United Reformed Church The service at 9.30am will be led by the Rev J Campbell. All are welcome to attend.

That’s all for this week. If you would like me to include any news and views please call 01423 781506, e mail jeanwellhouse@aol.com or pop a note into Well House. Don’t forget I send the column at bedtime on a Sunday.