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Thursday 31st December

New Years Eve Party

Arkendale Community Hall, 9.00 pm to 1.00 am.

The Bandits singing live

Audience Karaoke

Bring your own drinks & nibbles

Tickets 50p each available from Caroline Houseman - tel: 340240

Numbers strictly limited, so first come, first served!

Wednesday 16th December

Carols by Candlelight

Scotton Lingerfield Primary School, 6pm

Mince pies, mulled wine and carols under a starlit sky.

Monday 14th December

Pilates Taster Session

Arkendale Community Hall, 9.20am to 10.15am.

Pilates is coming to Arkendale Community Hall in 2010!

With Jenny Whiteley (recently featured in the Knaresborough Post).

I am fully qualified at the highest level III for Pilates and have been teaching exercise classes for over 15 years.

Numbers will be limited so please telephone or email to book your place at the pre-Christmas taster session.

Cost: £5.00 per session (pay as you go)

Contact: Phone: 01423 797484 / Mobile 07973 507747


So why bother?

  1. Pilates helps you to become more flexible and toned with particular emphasis placed on good posture.
  2. It will give you a flatter stomach and a trimmer waist.
  3. It helps detox the lymphatic system.
  4. It tones thighs, bottom, arms and shoulders.
  5. Posture based headaches will disappear.
  6. You will get a stronger respiratory system and lungs.
  7. You will have a stronger back
  8. You will look and feel much better!
  9. It is suitable for all ages and most abilities.
  10. I provide everything you need - mats and equipment and offer expert tuition.
  11. It is good for you and it's fun and you can develop a new skill

Don't delay - get in touch for further information and to book your place

Sunday 13th December

Appalachian Step Dance

Blue Bell Inn, Arkendale, 7.30pm

Cricket on the Hearth - the appalachian step dance team 'Cricket on the Hearth' will be dancing and playing folk music at Blue Bell. During the summer the team dances outside on interlocking boards, but for indoor dancing they need a good wooden floor so will be using the back bar at the Blue Bell for an informal evening of dancing, music and socialising. If you have not seen this style of dancing why not drop in and have a look.

Saturday 12th December

All Saints Church Staveley Christmas Fayre

Staveley Village Hall, 10am - 12pm

Cakes, tombola, raffle, poinsettias and plants, coffee and mince pies

Thursday 10th December

Staveley Ladies Christmas Meal

Copgrove Village Hall.

All ladies welcome!

For more details contact Sue, 01423 340775

Wednesday 9th December

The Reading Group

Sue Meek's, 7pm-9pm.

For further information, please call Sylvia Bagnall on 340248. All are welcome at The Reading Group.

Saturday 5th December

Sherry & Mince Pies at Scotton

Mark and Sue Emsley invite you to their festive St Thomas' Church fundraising morning, at Melbourne House, Scotton.

10.15am to 12 noon.

Admission, including refreshments, £3.

Raffle and cake stall.

Thursday 3rd December

An Evening of Mulled Merriment

In aid of St Bartholomew's Church, at
Holgate Bridge Farm, Arkendale, 8pm.

Entrance £5 on the door.

Wednesday 2nd December

Arkendale W.I.

Arkendale Community Hall

Friday 27th November

Quintessentially Yours

All Saints Church, Staveley, 7.30pm

Vocal quintet Quintessential will perform songs from stage and screen, english and italian madrigals, romantic part songs and folk songs.

Tickets, £8, including an interval glass of wine, from Faith Dawson 01423 340611

Wednesday 25th November

Arkendale Community Hall AGM

Arkendale Community Hall, 7.45pm.

All members of the community are welcome to attend. The AGM will be followed by a Community Hall Committee meeting.

Wednesday 18th November

Study Group

at Brian and Sarah Shipman's, Arkendale.

For further details about the study group, please contact the Rector or Readers.

Tuesday 17th November

Parish Council Meeting

Arkendale Community Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 14th and
Sunday 15th November

Sponsored Table Tennis Marathon

Staveley and Copgrove Village Hall

For futher information, contact Ken Barker, 01423 340293

Saturday 14th November

St Thomas' Christmas Fayre

Scotton Village Hall, 2pm

Stalls, refreshements. Admission free.

Monday 9th November

Staveley Historical Society

Staveley and Copgrove Village Hall, 7.30pm.

Mark Whyman - Life and Tradition in Historic Richmond

Membership cards on sale for £6, visitors can pay £2 on the door. n

Thursday 5th November

Arkendale Bonfire

Due to Insurance problems there will be no tractor & trailer rides to the Arkendale bonfire.

The bonfire will be held on Marton Lane, opposite Arkendale Hall (on road to A168)

Bonfire starts at 6.30pm - All welcome

There is limited parking
Please either walk or try and get a lift.

Wednesday 4th November

Arkendale W.I.

Arkendale Community Hall

A short AGM followed by the normal meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4th November, in the Community Hall. New members are very welcome and membership is not restricted to ladies living in the villages that the new hall serves. The more the merrier!

Wednesday 4th November

The Reading Group

Sue Ibbotson's, 7pm-9pm.

We will be discussing 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

For further information, please call Sylvia Bagnall on 340248. All are welcome at The Reading Group.

Tuesday 3rd November

Farnham Bridge Tea, at Scotton Village Hall


Tickets £40 per table (£10 per person) from Pat Salt, 01423 340364

Tuesday 27th October

Study Group

20 Manor Park, Arkendale, 7.30pm.

Discussing "How do you know that God exists?"

At the home of John and Marion Foster, tel: 01423 341900
It is hoped that people from other parishes will want to join, and that the meetings will be rotated round the villages in the future.

For further details about the study group, please ring the number above, or contact the Rector or Readers.

Monday 19th October

Arkendale Church Quiz

Bluebell Inn, Arkendale, 7.30pm

by courtesy of Ken and Natalie

A wide variety of questions guaranteed, light refreshments and a raffle.
Donations of prizes will be gratefully received

Please come and make this a really fun evening

Saturday 17th October

Farnham Harvest Supper

St Oswald's Church, 7pm

Tickets £25 each, from Anthony Turner, 01423 340316

Wednesday 14th October

Pampered Chef Party

Arkendale Community Hall

7.30pm. Admission, £2.50 - includes a glass of wine.

Raffle to include Pampered Chef products
All proceeds to Arkendale Village Hall.
Come and join us for a great cookery show.

Tuesday 13th October

Study Group

The Old Post Office, Arkendale, 7.30pm.

Discussing "How do you know that God exists?"

At the home of Alan and Jean Stokes, tel: 01423 340517.
It is hoped that people from other parishes will want to join, and that the meetings will be rotated round the villages in the future.

For further details about the study group, please ring the number above, or contact the Rector or Readers.

Monday 12th October

Staveley Historical Society

Staveley and Copgrove Village Hall, 7.30pm.

Simon Tomson - The Knight Templars in Context

Membership cards on sale for £6, visitors can pay £2 on the door. n

Wednesday 7th October

Arkendale W.I.

Arkendale Community Hall

80th Anniversary Evening

Wednesday 7th October

The Reading Group

4, Pinfold Green, Staveley, 7pm-9pm.

We will be discussing Philip Pullman's 'The Dark Materials'.

The following book was to have been 'The Smoke Jumper' by Nicholas Evans. However, unfortunately, the library cannot help us with this so we are going to be reading 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Coffins.

'On her eighteenth birthday, beautiful Rachel Verinder receives a present like no other - an enormous, glittering diamond. Lithe does she know that this legendary stone will bring with it a world of mystery and danger. Snatched from a scared statue in India, the diamond is the subject of an intense world-wide search by priests whose ultimate duty is to find and restore the stone to its rightful place. the stone seems to hold strange powers beyond mere beauty, perhaps even a curse travels with it! One night the diamond is stolen - who has stolen it and can it be found and returned to its rightful owners in time to stop the mysterious forces that threaten to tear apart Rachel's life and happiness?'

This book is a classic by the same author as, 'The Woman in White' and comes highly recommended.

I thought it might be fun to have, as our last book of 2009, 'Men are from Mars, Women from Venus'. To make this more 'balanced' I wondered if there are any guys out there who would volunteer to read the book and attend our meeting on the 9th December. It would be good to have both sexes represented! I am sure it would make for a hilarious evening, so please guys, give it a whirl. If anyone out there needs more information, please call Sylvia Bagnall on 340248. All are welcome at The Reading Group.

Saturday 3rd October

Autumn Plant Sale

Staveley and Copgrove Village Hall

Saturday 3rd October

Coffee Morning and Jumble Sale

Marton Village Hall, 10am-2pm

Sunday, 27th September

Special Service in St Bartholomew's Church

On Sunday, 27th September at 6.30pm there will be a special service of celebration in Arkendale Church. With the new community hall in the forefront of our minds that weekend, the service will be a service of praise and thanksgiving, focussing very much on the future and all that is good in all the villages that the new hall will serve.

Saturday, 26th September

Arkendale Community Hall Grand Opening Ceremony

1.30pm to 5.30pm
Cutting of the ribbon, 2.00pm

Morris Dancing, Live Entertainment, Refreshments.

See the History of the Halls - Old and New

For further information contact Judith - tel: 340185

The committee are putting on a small display of archive material at the opening event for the new hall and are seeking any information/photos of the hall, particularly the period 1921 - 1960.We are sure it was a popular venue for dances in the past. We have mention in an old accounts book of the Pig Club meeting at the hall in 1947 and of Lantern Film Shows and Military Whist Drives in the years after the Second World War. There are also lettings for wedding receptions at the hall and housewife classes in the mid fifties. Did you take any pictures at these events? Please contact Mrs Cox 340586 if you can help.

Friday 25th September

An Evening of Magical Entertainment

With Harrogate Society of Magicians

Staveley and Copgrove Village Hall, 7pm
Doors open 6.30pm.

Adults £6.50, Children £3.50, Family £18 (in advance)
Adults £7, Children £4, Family £21 (on the door)

Further details and tickets from 01423 340568 or 340453

Friday 25th September

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Manor Farm, Main Street, Staveley
10.00am - 12.30pm

In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Wednesday 23rd September

Harrogate Road Safety Event - New Drivers

As you might already be aware new drivers between 19 and 25 years are most likley to be involved in road traffic collisions.

Mindful of this the Harrogate Road safety Partnership have arranged an event at Harrogate Fire Station on Wednesday the 23rd of September. This event which starts at 7pm will include several interactive workshops aimed at reducing and preventing these collisions.

Parents and guardians are especially welcome-although the event is not suitable for young children

For further information and to confirm your place, please visit

Tuesday 15th September

Parish Council Meeting

St Bartholomew's Church, Arkendale, 7.30pm

Wednesday 26th August

Arkdendale Cake Stall at Knaresborough Market

The annual market stall is to be held on Wednesday, 26th August, in the morning at Knaresborough market. All offers of cakes, pies, chutney, jams, garden produce, and indeed anything else that will sell, is to be taken to Eileen (Tel: 340531) or Sarah (Tel: 340515) by the evening of the 25th.

If anyone is willing to help behind the stall on the day, please also see Eileen.

All proceeds from the stall will be donated to Arkendale Church. The event is usually an enjoyable and happy one, albeit hard work, and the more people there are to help the more coffee breaks we can all enjoy.

14th - 23rd August


Knaresborough Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th August

Staveley Nature Reserve - Summer Safari

10am - 4pm

Nature reserves are a great place to go for a free day out in the summer holidays. Everyone is welcome to visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserves and enjoy a walk, or to look at the amazing wildlife living in these protected areas. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust would like to make more people aware of their local nature reserves, so we are having a summer safari of family events covering the whole of Yorkshire.

Our fourth venue for the summer safari will be Staveley nature reserve. There will be loads to see and do, nature themed activities and information about your local nature reserves and wildlife. Come along on Friday 14th or Saturday 15th August and find out what's Wild Out There near you!

See the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website for details of the Staveley Reserve:

Thursday 23rd July

ARK Sponsored Bike Ride

Ark Sunday School are doing a sponsored bike ride from Arkendale to Coneythorpe and back. The organisers would like lots of children to join in. For details contact Kate (01423 797813) or Hester (01423 340519).

Sunday 19th July

Aldborough and Boroughbridge Agricultural Show

Pump Field, Skelton Road, Langthorpe, from 9.00am

Admission £5 adults, under 16s free

Further details from

Thursday 16th July

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PRATS at the Bluebell


The Yorkshire Longsword Dance Team based in Pateley Bridge will be visiting the Bluebell Inn in Arkendale. They go under the somewhat unusual name of the PRATS, which stands for the Pateley Real Ale Tasting Society, and they will be demonstrating their skills in the Bluebell car park.

In spite of their unusual name they are a serious dance team having entertained at Whitby and Ulverston Folk festivals in 2008 and the York international sword spectacular. This year they will be freshly returned from the Ulverston Festival when they come to Arkendale and are taking place at the Longsword tournament at Sheffield later in the year, in addition they take regular local bookings in Nidderdale. They have devised their own sword dances, but have adopted a number of other types of dances to vary their programme, including the Hebridean Weavers Dance, Twiglet (a border morris dance) and a fun dance with sticks thought to be basque in origin which they have renamed the "chicken" dance as the start resembles chickens pecking the ground so the dancers add in some chicken sounds. This is usually the dance they are most requested to perform by people who have seen the team before.

They are a mixed group of men and women, and one of their members is one of our village residents. After the dancing outside there will be a folk music session in the pub itself.

Please come along and support them and join in the fun, and please spread the word

Sunday 12th July

Summer Garden Party - Hardraw House, Arkendale

1pm - 5pm
  • Live Music by "The Bandits"
  • Tombola
  • Bar
  • Family Fun
By kind permission of Sue Bramham

Tickets: Adult £7.50, Under 12s £5, Under 5s free, to include BBQ lunch, super salads and strawberries & cream.
Tickets from Ruth Hassell 01423 340086

All proceeds in aid of new community hall serving the villages of Arkendale, Coneythorpe, Clareton, Flaxby & Ferrensby.

If anyone is willing to donate a salad or tombola prize, please contact Ruth on 340086 or at The Old School House

Come along & celebrate with us!

If wet - to be held at Sunnyside Farm, Arkendale

Saturday 11th July

Staveley Garden Party - The Grange

2.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Uncle Bob and his Magic
  • Tewit Youth Band
  • Grand Raffle, Tombola
  • Children's Games
  • Plants, Cakes and many more stalls

Sunday 5th July

Farnham Summer Lunch

Heron Court Field, 12.30pm (if wet, in St Oswald's Church)

Bar and raffle
Tickets £15 (£6 children, under 5's free), from 01423 340670 or 340323

Saturday 4th July

Summer Céilidh - Copgrove

Copgrove Hall, in the Marquee - 6.30pm until 11.00pm

Tickets £15 each, including an Irish Supper, selection of desserts.
Live Céilidh Band, dancing, bar, raffle, parking and lots of fun.
Tickets available from 01423 340568 or 340453, or email

Saturday 27th June

Gift Day - Scotton

Details TBC

Sunday 21st June

Staveley Stampede

This is a 10km fun run on the lanes and tracks around Staveley.

The race is organised by Must Tri Harder, and will be like last year's race in September.

Runners, spectators, marshalls and catering help will all be needed.

Saturday 20th June

Scotton Feast

1.30pm to 5pm

  • Children's Painting Competition (size up to A3) - theme: "Monsters"
  • Fancy Dress Parade - "High School Musical" outfits
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Tug o' War
  • Beer Tent
  • Car Boot Sale (£5 per car)
  • Stalls, attractions, refreshments
  • Children's games, races etc.

Saturday 13th June

Strawberry Tea on the Green - Staveley

3pm to 4.30pm

Enjoy delicious strawberries with other refreshments.
Plant stall also.

Monday 15th June

Morris Dancing at the Blue Bell

Ripon City Morris Dancers will be at the Blue Bell from 8.00 pm, dancing in the car park. This will be subject to the weather being fine and the team having a sufficient complement of dancers.

They dance the North West Morris tradition in kit of red, blue and white with bowler hats decorated with fresh flowers and wearing clogs, supported by a strong band of musicians. Their last visit to the Blue Bell was in 2007.

Saturday 6th June

Family Fun Day - Scotton

To be held at Scotton Village Hall from 10.30am until 2.30pm. There will be a photographer, face painter, craft corner, plus many stalls, including refreshments.

The first 200 entrants will receive a goody bag.

There are more details at

Thursday 4th June

Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot

A Clay Pigeon Shoot to raise money for Church Funds will be held at Knaresborough Gun Club, starting at 6.30pm. No advance tickets, just turn up on the night.

Big prizes, in two classes, including a meal for two, whisky, wine and lots of other prizes. There will also be a raffle.

"Regulars" for shooters with frequent experience, "Seasonal" for shooters with less frequent experience, "Beginners" 12-16 years old.

Shooters will be required to bring their own gun and conform with regulations.

There will be 30 sporting birds and entry is 10 per card. The organisers would be grateful for donations towards the raffle and towards the prizes for the shoot itself. Please contact any member of the Church if you can help with this.

30 sporting birds - £10 per card.

Donations towards prizes for the Clay Pigeon Shoot and/or raffle prizes for the event are being sought - please give them to any of the Church Contacts.

Knaresborough & District Gun Club
Hazel Bank, Boroughbridge Road, Knaresborough, HG5 0ND
Entrance opposite Knaresborough Golf Club entrance

Wednesday 27th May

Parish Council AGM and Village Assembly

Arkendale Parish Church, 7.30pm.

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will be followed by a short Parish Council Meeting, and the two meetings together should be over by about 8pm.

At this point it becomes the turn of the parishioners when the Annual Village Assembly of Parishioners takes place; this meeting, which all parishioners are encouraged to attend, provides a very valuable opportunity to raise matters of concern or interest to all.

The Parish Councillors will welcome a good attendance and also the chance to meet new people in the village who may as yet not know how the Council is run.

Agenda - Annual Meeting of the Parish Council - 7.30pm

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the Annual Meeting of 14th May 2008.
  3. Chair's Annual Report
  4. Appointment of officers and representatives for 2009-2010: Vice Chair, Clerk, Financial Officer, Planning, Police Liaison, YLCA Liaison, and Arkendale Village Hall representative.
  5. Approval Of Financial Statement for Year ended 31st March 2009
  6. Dates of meetings for 2009-2010: All Wednesdays: July 22nd, September 23rd, December 2nd, then, in 2010, February 5th, March 31st, May 12th (Annual Meeting and Village Assembly).

Agenda - Parish Council Meeting, May 2009 - c. 7.45pm

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of meeting held on Wednesday 18th March 2009
  3. Correspondence.
  4. Finance - approval of expenditure and any other financial matters.
  5. Police liaison, traffic flow in villages.
  6. Planning Matters: new applications, determination of applications, other planning matters
  7. Fly tipping, vandalism, village maintenance.
  8. Arkendale Web site.
  9. Date of next meeting.

Agenda - Assembly of Parishoners - c. 8.00pm

This is an opportunity in an open meeting for you to have your say on any issue affecting the parishes. There is no fixed agenda - the following are indications of matters that could be discussed. If you are able, let me know in advance if there is any issue you wish to raise and the Chairman will make sure you are called on to speak. Otherwise - just turn up and speak.

  1. Opening remarks from the Chair of the Parish Council
  2. Village Development what do you want to happen in our villages?
  3. Neighbourhood Watch
  4. Policing in the parishes.
  5. Arkendale Mar
  6. Replacement of Arkendale village hall.
  7. Arkendale Web site.
  8. Waste Recycling Facilities (Allerton Quarry waste incinerator plant?)
This is not a Parish Council meeting, discussion is encouraged - come along, bring your neighbours, and have your say!

Tuesday 26th May

Allerton Incinerator Protest Meeting

Please see the attached poster organized by the DISC Campaign announcing a protest meeting to be held on Tuesday 26th May 2009, at 7.45pm, in the Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge, to discuss the proposed construction of a Waste Incinerator at Allerton Quarry. next to the A1.

Wednesday 20th May

Village Hall Delivery

The new Village Hall is due to be delivered this day. It will arrive in various pre-fabricated sections to be erected on the prepared site next to the Bluebell Inn. The first lorry is scheduled to deliver at 7.00 am and the second at 9.30/10.00 am.

Saturday 16th May

Village Spring Clean

Volunteers are sought to help clean up the village, and spare a couple of hours to improve the local environment.

The Parish Council have arranged this day in conjunction with Harrogate Borough Council, who will provide appropriate equipment, for example picking arms, plastic bags and thick gloves.

The more help there is, the quicker the task will be completed - so please join us!

Meet at Hill House on Moor Lane at 10am.

Many thanks to those who turned up to clear the village of litter and rubbish. It turned out to be a reasonably light task, as it became evident that the various litter bins in the village were serving their purpose.

Saturday 2nd MayMusical Evening at Copgrove Church

Featuring The Stray Sound Ladies Barbershop Chorus
Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets available from 01423 340568 or 340453, or email

Monday 20th AprilArkendale Church Annual Parochial Meeting

St Bartholomew's Church, Arkendale, 7.30pm. A chance for all parishoners to hear what the church has been doing in the past year.

Sunday 29th MarchArkendale 10K Run

10K RaceThe Arkendale 10k run will be starting and finishing at Sunnyside Farm in Arkendale.

This is the third year of this event, since the inaugural "April Fool" Run in 2007, and already the entries are filling up.

All information regarding the race including a downloadable entry form, course map, start times, entry list etc can be found in the events page of the organisers' website:

For photographs from the 2007 run, see: April Fools Day 10K Run, 2007

Wednesday 25th MarchParish Council Meeting

If there are any matters that the public would like to be brought up at this meeting, please pass them on to any of the Councillors, or the Clerk.

Wednesday 4th MarchW.I. Meeting

Pat Dunhill will show members how to make an article using beads.

Visitors are most welcome to attend our meetings, which begin at 7.30pm, at Minskip Village Hall.

Saturday 21st FebruaryTea TastingTea Tasting

There is a "Tea Tasting" at May Cottage, from 10am to 12 noon. There will be a wide variety of teas to try, some very unusual indeed. People can drink as many cups of tea as they can manage, with home-made cakes, and there will also be a raffle.

Offers of raffle prizes and home-made cakes will be very welcome. Please phone Sarah Shipman on 01423 340515 if you can help in any way. The cost is £3, for Church funds.

This is a new event for the village and we hope that as many people as possible will come to support it and enjoy the delights of teas from Gunpowder to Butterfly Rose. There will also be Yorkshire Tea for the less adventurous!