A busy weekend and updated Covid Guidance!

Please,  as from Friday the 10th December we would request that everyone wears a mask when attending events at the Hall. New guidance rules include the wearing of masks in indoor settings.

Firstly a quick recap on last weekend. There was a great turnout of stallholders for the Book Fair last Saturday. The majority of sellers were regulars on the North West Book circuit and they had some fantastic books. They stock general paperbacks and rare and collectable books too. I found a rare one I had been looking out for and at a really reasonable price, much cheaper than any online prices We were pleased to be able to help out both the Cats Protection League and the North West Air Ambulance charities as they both had book stalls at the Fair.

Local artist, author and book illustrator, Hilary Roper was also in attendance and signed copies of her children`s books. Hilary also paints oil on canvas and as well as selling her work at a gallery in Birmingham, she will also be exhibiting at the Great Yorkshire show in 2022.

Please do continue to support the Book Fairs which are held quarterly at the Hall on Saturdays with an additional mid week date in August added.  If you would like a pocket booklet posting with all Book Fair, Flea Market and Craft Fair dates in 2022 please contact 01756 749235 or 07989 585564 info@gargravevillagehall.org.uk

Now to the busy weekend ahead – Denis Westmorland will be providing the live music for dancing on Friday evening. The event commences at 7.30.p.m until 11.p.m. Admission is just £5.00 on the door. Please bring along your own Picnic supper, tea and coffee will be provided. A raffle will aid funds. Booklets will be available listing all next years monthly Picnic supper dances. Please contact the above if you would like one posting .

The Library and Village Hall Committee will be back in action on Saturday morning when they will jointly host a Coffee morning. Bacon sandwiches, toasted teacakes and homemade cakes will be on the menu. There will be a Book and CD stall aiding Hall funds and a Bric a Brac stall in aid of Manorlands. The raffle will raise funds for the Library. Please come along and enjoy a catch up before Christmas.

Sunday will be the last opportunity to grab a bargain before Christmas when the last Vintage, Collectables and Crafts Fair of the year will be held. The event opens around 9.30.a.m, but please pop in sooner if it is more convenient with your other plans for the day. Stalls will close for business around 3.30.p.m. There are lots of stalls booked in, selling a huge variety of items. Great ideas for Christmas gifts, lots of books and jigsaws to keep everyone occupied over Winter. Beautifully knitted baby and childrens items. Plus lots of unique Vintage and Collectable items. A tombola supporting the Cats protection league and a stall supporting Manorlands. Light refreshments available until 3.p.m.

Please do give these local events your support.

Hoping for better weather..

The weather did and didn`t hamper events last weekend. The film show was interrupted on the Friday for a short spell when the electric went off very briefly and typically just when the film reached that crucial stage. However power was restored and the audience went off happily knowing they knew the outcome of the story.

There was great support for the Coffee morning on Saturday which was organised jointly by the Gargrave Village Hall Management Committee and the Library group. A further event is planned for the 11th December.

The Flea Market began in reasonable weather and then the snow just kept falling. The electric went off for a good half hour or more and customers had stopped arriving due to the road conditions so stallholders packed up and made their slow journeys home. A great shame for Sheila who organises the end of the month Flea Markets, please come along and support her next one on Sunday January 30th. Gargrave Village Hall Management team have a Vintage, Collectables and Craft fair on the 12th December so they look forward to seeing customers old and new then.

This weekend we shall be hosting the North West Book Fair on Saturday. This is a fantastic opportunity to stock up on Winter reading ( next Book Fair at the Hall is not until March ) and Christmas book gifts. There will be thousands of books for sale on every subject, both general, speciality and antiquarian. It is hoped that a local author and illustrator of childrens books will be in attendance and she will be signing copies of her book. Light refreshments available until 3.p.m. Event open 10.a.m, closure 3.30.p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE CLOSURE TIME OF 3.30.P.M. THE GALLERY IMAGE TIME OF 4.P.M  IS INCORRECT.

Weekend of the 26th, 27th and 28th November

Crikey lots happening next weekend!

The newly named Gargrave Cinema Club will be showing a screening of the film “Nomadland”, a moving story of hope and compassion featuring the excellent actress Frances McDormand in the lead role. The doors will open at 7.p.m for a 7.30.p.m start. Admission £5.00 on the door. Please come along and support Gargrave Library and enjoy their monthly film night.

Library volunteers will be back in action on Saturday when together with Gargrave Village Hall committee members they will be holding a joint Coffee morning. Toasted teacakes, Bacon sandwiches and lots of homemade cakes will be on the menu.  Open 10.a.m until Noon. Book and CD stall.

A raffle will aid Library funds and the Library 100 club draw will take place during the morning.

Sheila from Broadway Fairs will be at the Hall on Sunday when she holds one of her Flea Market and Craft Fairs. This will be Sheila`s last Fair of the year as she holds her markets on the last Sunday of each month ( next one in January ). The next Village Hall Collectables and Crafts Fair will be held on Sunday 12th December. Lots of stalls at each event, selling Collectables, Crafts, Bric a Brac, Books and Jewellery. Open 10.a.m ( but please come along earlier if it fits in better with other plans ) closure approximately 3.30.p.m. Light refreshments available until 3.p.m. Only 50p admission.

Remember to change the clocks!

We are back round to that time of the year again when we need to put the clocks back one hour, apparently the correct time to do this is at 2.a.m on the 31st October!

Lets hope all our Flea Market stallholder`s remember the change before they arrive to sell at Broadway Fairs on Sunday. There will be a good variety of goods for sale ranging from Collectables, Jewellery, Books, Bric a Brac and Crafts. All at very affordable prices, no crowds, no queues, no out of stock or delivery delays at Gargrave Village Hall! There will also be a rummage box sale in aid of Hall funds and charity stalls raising money for Manorland`ss protection league. Light refreshments will be served from 10.a.m until 3.p.m , with spacious seating to enjoy your snack in the match room.

Don`t forget we only have three more Flea Markets before Christmas: Sunday 14th November ( all stalls booked so full to capacity ), Sunday 28th November and Sunday 12th December.

Crafts and Christmas

There will be a great opportunity over the weekend of the 16th and 17th October  to purchase some delightful gifts at a two day Craft and Christmas gift Fair at the Village Hall. Come along and treat yourself  to a unique item from one of the Craft stalls or purchase some new Christmas decorations. There is no out of stock or delayed delivery problems from the friendly stallholders at Gargrave Village Hall. The event will be held over two days commencing at 10.a.m until 3.30.p.m, admission is just 50p and though some stalls will be at the Hall on both days, a few will be there either just on the Saturday or just on the Sunday so it is worth calling on both days if you live locally. Light refreshments will be available until 3.p.m each day and served in the spacious match room. Please call 01757 ( Selby code ) 229805 for further details.


Bargains galore await you on Saturday 2nd October as the annual Jumble sale returns after an enforced break for a year.

The doors open for business at 10.a.m, there is no admission charge this year so customers can flow a little more freely through the front entrance to avoid any close contact. Face masks are optional. Windows and doors will be left open for good ventilation.

There are a huge variety of items to purchase; clothing, household, jewellery, books, pictures, CD`s ( literally hundreds ), records, bags, shoes, bric a brac,craft items and fabrics,  toys and everything but the kitchen sink. Prizes can be won on the tombola and drinks and homemade cake are available to purchase with tables available for seating in a spacious room.

The event will close around 1.p.m.

Up coming events……

As we approach the end of the month we have a Book Fair planned for the 25th September. This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase books for yourselves or to give as Christmas Gifts. There will be around sixteen stallholders selling a huge range of titles from general to speciality. Admission is just 50p or by donation. Light refreshments are available until around 3.p.m. Opening hours 10.a.m until 4.p.m. If you can`t make this date, the last Book Fair of the year will be held on Saturday 4th December. Details: 01524 752968

The Hall will be re-open on the Sunday 26th September, this time for Broadway Fairs Flea Market. There will be a great selection of stalls selling Antiques, Vintage, Bric a Brac and Crafts. Light refreshments will be available until 3.p.m. Admission 50p. Details: 01757 ( Selby Code ) 229805.

Don`t forget the annual Jumble sale on Saturday 2nd October. The Hall will be full of clothing, household, toys, books, literally anything but the kitchen sink ( sorry no large furniture or large electrical items accepted ). Donations of goods have been arriving throughout the year. If you have any items to donate they can be left inside the back door any Monday or Tuesday morning leading up to the event. Otherwise they may be left from 10.a.m until 4.p.m on Friday 1st October. A well stocked tombola will also aid funds for the Village Hall. We have decided this year to waive the 20p entrance fee so buyers may flow through the front door a little bit quicker and it will aid distancing. We shall be selling hot drinks and homemade cake from the kitchen with ample spaced seating available in the Match room.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help to sell from one of the stalls. Drinks, sandwiches and scones will be provided for the helpers at lunchtime. Please contact Caroline if you can help on 01756 749235 07989585564.

Bank Holiday Flea Markets…

The Popular Village Hall Flea Markets make a return this Bank Holiday weekend, the first since March 2020.

There will be a double bill with Sheila Palmer from Selby organising Sunday`s Fair and the Gargrave Village Hall Management team arranging the event on Monday. Some stallholders will be selling on either Sunday or Monday with a small number in attendance on both days. Therefore it is certainly worth a visit on both of the days as there will be major changes of stock from one day to the next. Admission is just 50p per day. A good variety of items will be for sale ranging from Antique, Vintage, Bric a Brac, Books, Jewellery and items from local Crafters who have been hard at work over the past months. There will be a stall raising funds for Manorlands and on the Monday a tombola will raise monies for the local Cats Protection League. Light refreshments will be available until around 3.p.m on both days. The wearing of masks is optional, a wall mounted sanitiser is in place in the entry Foyer and hand sanitiser will be available on most stalls. The Hall has the added advantage in these difficult times that it is both spacious and well ventilated. Everyone involved looks forward to welcoming back customers both old and new.

Please note the new Library opening times from the 1st september are: Mondays 3p.m – 5.p.m, Tuesdays 10.a.m until Noon, Wednesdays 2.p.m – 4.p.m, Fridays 2.p.m until 4.p.m and Saturdays 10.a.m until Noon. Volunteers are always most welcome, please call in at the Library if you think you may be able to help.

Latest News…..

Despite the lockdown restrictions now been officially lifted we are moving forward with caution at the Village Hall and we are very aware that it is important to respect and be considerate to everyone who uses our facilities and in particular those who are more vulnerable. Collectively the organisers, class teachers and management committee are keeping many of their Covid safe rules in place.

Hopefully ” pingdemic ” and volunteer availability allowing we shall be holding a Coffee morning on the 7th August from 10.a.m until Noon. Weather permitting we shall have both outdoor and indoor seating.

The first larger event we are hoping to hold is a mid week Book Fair on Tuesday 17th August from 10.a.m until 4.p.m. This is a great opportunity to stock up on reading material with thousands of books available from our fourteen stallholders. General titles through to speciality. Light refreshments will be available until 3.p.m and these will be served in the match room which allows for more space between tables than the normal ( pre Covid ) Cafe area. Please do come along and browse at your leisure. Mask wearing will be optional. 60p admission or by donation.

Bank holiday Flea Markets are also planned on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th August. Sheila Palmer will be organising the Sunday event ( 01757 229805 ) whilst the Village Hall Management team will be hosting the Monday Fair ( 07989585564  info@gargravevillagehall.org.uk ).

Light refreshments available until 3.p.m each day, Sunday hours 10.a.m until 3.30.p.m and Monday hours 10.a.m until 4.p.m.

Future Coffee mornings…..

Following on from our last two successful outdoor Coffee mornings , held on the 5th and 12th June we are planning a further one on Saturday the 10th July. Fingers crossed that our weather reporters are correct in forecasting a warm and sunny July!

For anyone who hasn`t attended these events before we set up tables and chairs in the car park ( closed to vehicles ) so we have the advantage of some good social distancing. There is table service provided by our great team of volunteers. A variety of delicious home made cakes are on display just inside the main door which looks onto the carpark so these can be chosen without going inside the property. Take out cakes also available. Cash sales only please.

Loo facilities are available with one entrance, one exit policy in place.

Generally we have a couple of sales tables outdoors too, books for sale in aid of Village Hall funds and we are pleased to also support fund raising for Manorlands with a table of Bric a Brac items. There is also the possibility that we may have a Craft sale table on the 10th July.

The event is obviously dependant on the weather so please keep an eye on the website for information nearer the time or call 07989585564

The community Library is open in the Village Hall Foyer and this is a good opportunity to call in and register as a member if you are new to the Village.