Coffee morning news….

The sun is shining which means that following on from last weeks enjoyable event we shall be holding another outdoor Coffee morning this week, Saturday 12th June. Quite a brave decision with our great British weather but the report seems to be pretty good for the weekend . The current restrictions do not allow us to host an indoor Coffee morning so we shall be al fresco!

There will be a selection of homemade cakes and toasted teacakes to enjoy ( sorry no bacon butties at the moment ). Tables will be well spaced and there will be table service.

Hopefully if the weather is reasonable there will also be a book stall ( in aid of Hall funds ) and a bric a brac stall ( in aid of Manorlands ). These will be outdoors too. If you have a wedding coming up there may be a selection of wedding hats for sale in aid of Manorlands too.

In the event of  inclement weather we shall not be cancelling the event totally we shall instead be selling slices of homemade cake to takeaway and these can be purchased from a stall just inside the back door .

Fingers crossed , sun hats ( and wedding hats )at the ready!!


Latest News – May 2021

We are pleased to say that some activities will slowly be making a return to the Village Hall.

The Childrens Gym class was able to resume last month after the first stage of lockdown was lifted. This activity was allowed under government rules as it is an educational, supervised activity for children.

The Community Library was also allowed to re-open albeit it with one borrower or hub allowed in at any one time. The flow of borrowers is controlled by a volunteer who will be in the Hall foyer, whilst a second Volunteer is help on hand within the Library. Opening hours are Mondays 3-4.p.m, Fridays 2 – 4.p.m and Saturdays 10.a.m – Noon. Any further information on the facility please contact 01609 536547 or

Other small classes and exercise classes are able to return from the 17th May though have to adhere to the conditions of their relevant risk assessments. We look forward to the return of Yoga and Pilates and so too the Art class and the Art group. The Snooker club members will also be able to resume their sport from this date.

The final stage of the end of lockdown will hopefully arrive as scheduled in June. It may then take time to assess any new rules and arrange adaptions to events ensuring compliance is in place for all activities. Therefore we please ask everyone to remain patient. We have a duty of care to the public who use our fantastic facilities and it is our responsibility to ensure that safety is paramount. Therefore we have taken the decision that we cannot take any new bookings which include social mixing of larger groups from August at the earliest.  Any events which are possible will be posted on this website as soon as it is practical to do so. We do hope to arrange an outdoor Coffee morning as soon as we can but this is dependant on the weather conditions.

We continue to sell a few items to raise funds for the Village Hall and thank anyone who has kindly donated goods. Last months Chicco pushchair sold very quickly.

This month we have a folding metal dog cage. Suitable for a small to medium size dog. Priced at £6.00.

Also a Silver Cross all terrain folding pushchair priced at £60.00.  ( Surf model )

They can be viewed at the Village Hall, no physical contact. Cash sale only please.  Please contact 01756 749235  07989 585564 Please see the website gallery for the image.

Time to trim up the garden with our For Sale items….

Unfortunately the Hall is still closed due to the current lockdown rules.

Gargrave and Malhamdale community Library is however still open for select and collect only. Please contact 01609 536547 with your name, library card number and type of books you require. A day and time will be given for collection. The books will be in the entrance Hall lobby in a paper bag with you name on. A volunteer can assist with any enquiries, books may be returned at the same time. If you are unable to collect the books yourself, a home delivery can be arranged.

Access to the public computers and printer can be available by appointment only, calling the above number.

Please remember to keep an eye on the Village Hall noticeboard and the website for our sale items which at this present difficult time aid our funds slightly. New listings below :

Electric Flymo HoverVac ( Model 280 )  £20.00

Electric Flymo Strimmer ( Power trim )  £10.00

Vintage Booklets ” About Gargrave ” published in 1980. 27 pages with business and shop adverts of the period, centre page Village map and historical information. £1.00 each, a few still available.


These can all be purchased with having no physical contact, cash sales only please. Collection can be arranged from outside the Hall. Please contact 01756 749235. 07989585564



Happy New Year….

Gargrave Village Hall Management Committee members wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

Unfortunately Tier three restrictions now mean that the majority of our small classes are unable to continue at present and  the Snooker Hall is also closed until further notice.

However there is some good news as the Library facilities are exempt from the restrictions and the hours can continue as normal. New members are always welcome and a volunteer will be happy to take details for membership. Opening hours are Monday 2-3.p.m, Friday 2-4.p.m and Saturday mornings 10.a.m – Noon.

Please check out our for sales section ( see gallery ) in aid of Hall funds and also supporting Manorlands ( Caroline will be handing over funds shortly to Molly from the Manorlands fundraising team. Normally she would have been selling items at the monthly Flea Markets, but instead she has been distantly selling a small number of items to friends so she will announce the amount raised as soon as possible. Special thanks to a fellow committee member who has kindly donated two amounts of cash over the year, a local business who has donated items to sell and a friend with a donated shoe collection)!

Items selling this week are:  Dick Francis collection of paperback thrillers. ( 10 in total ).  £10.00

Brand new un-opened Creature comforts DVD  from the award winning creators of Wallace and Gromit – 7 episodes. £2.00

Vintage About Gargrave booklets, published in 1980. 27 pages with shop adverts of the day, some historical information and centre page map. Orginal price was 35p, due to inflation they are now priced at a £1.00 each! I currently have more than one available to sell.

Lots of paperbacks and hardbacks for sale too, just name the author or subject and we can let you know what is available. Paperbacks 50p, Hardbacks £1.00 each. Sold in aid of Hall funds.

Any sales can be made at a social distance, cash sales only please, I can arrange to leave items for collection outside the hall if required. Payment may be made via the front door letterbox. Please contact 01756 749235, 07989585564


News from the Village Hall ( 19.12.2020 )

The Village Hall will be closing over the Christmas period from Tuesday 22nd December until Monday 4th January.

The Community Library closes at Noon on the 19th December until Monday 4th January ( open 3-4.p.m )

Despite not being able to hold our Annual General Meeting in December it would still seem an appropriate time to thank Gargrave Village Hall committee members for all their work behind the scenes in this very difficult year. Special thanks to Robert, Simon and Lynn who have done sterling work over the year. Thanks too must be extended to our small group of Hirers who have been able to return with their classes. The risk assessments they have been duty bound to create have been comprehensive and compliant. They have acted in a very responsible manner and have ensured that safety has been paramount. Unfortunately the Tier restrictions introduced recently have had a knock on effect on pupil attendance so some teachers have found it financially difficult to continue. The loss of Tier 3 pupils has also altered the dynamics in some groups. Hopefully at some point in the New Year if nearby areas can get the Tier 3 dropped to a 2 Tier then pupils can return once more.

We still have hundreds of books in stock at the Village Hall, very reasonable prices, 50p per paperback, £1 hardbacks. If you have a particular author or title you would like please don`t hesitate to contact  07989585564 or drop a note through the front door of the Hall. Any sales can be made at a social distance, cash only please. Proceeds for Village Hall funds.

We are also happy to support fund raising for Manorlands, again lots of household, general items available, please contact the above with any requests.

Please note on the gallery image on the front page, the tealights are now sold.

We wish all our patrons, friends and the wider community a very Happy and above all a Healthy Christmas.

Latest News ( 28.11.2020 ) and more sale items….

Unfortunately due to the current situation there is no alternative but to re-schedule the Annual General meeting of Gargrave Village Hall committee to a date in 2021.  In normal circumstances the meeting would have been held on the 16th December 2020.

Gargrave and Malhamdale Community Library will be re-opening for browsing and borrowing . The weekly hours of opening are Mondays 3.p.m – 4.p.m, Fridays 2.p.m – 4.p.m and Saturdays 10.a.m to Noon. Social distancing will be in place at all times and volunteers will be available for anyone wishing to become a new member. The Christmas closure period will be from Noon on Saturday 19th December, re-opening on the 4th January.

Sale items in aid of Hall funds for this month include a variety of unique hand crafted tea lights in the shape of houses with prices ranging from £4 – £8 .00 and a Christmas advent light at £5.00. Collection and payment ( cash only please ) may be made at the Village Hall from a social distance. Please see the gallery image on the home page to view the items listed above.

We are also pleased to support funding for Manorlands, perhaps the nearest you may get to New York for a while is a large canvas print measuring 53″ x 18″ showing the New York Skyline and the text in large letters on the front of the print – Lets go to New York – its in muted shades of cream to rust.  There is also another in the same size but it does have a few marks on it, this is mainly in shades of blue and looks like it is the skyline of Paris. I can send images via phone text.  Only £5 for the New York picture and £2 for the Paris picture.

Please look at previous posts for other sales items, a few of the items remain unsold so its worth asking about them if you are interested.  Please contact 01756 749235  07989585564 for any further details or to arrange viewing and/or purchase.

Latest News ( 14.11.2020 ) including additional sale items…..

Unfortunately due to the new lockdown restrictions implemented from Thursday 5th November we are closing the Village Hall and Snooker Hall until the restrictions are lifted. Fingers crossed this is just until the beginning of December when we shall look forward to welcoming our exercise and small group classes back – again!!

The Library is closed for browsing and borrowing but the select/collect and home delivery services will still be operating as will access to the IT service. The latter is by appointment only, it includes use of a computer and/or photocopier. Please contact 01609 536547 for details of all the Library services including membership.

The Village Hall has hundreds of books for sale, very reasonably priced 50p paperbacks and £1.00 hardbacks. If you enjoy reading books by a particular author  please contact 07989585564/01756 749235  we may just have the one you are looking for. Normally the books would be for sale at Coffee mornings and Flea Markets but this has not been possible since March. We also, due to the kindness of others have a number of donated items for sale in aid of Hall funds. One or two will be placed on the website and listed on the Village Hall noticeboard over the next few weeks, many thanks to those who have already made purchases. Cash sales only please, collection will be at a social distance outside the premises or if you are isolating a doorstep delivery can be arranged.

This weeks items for sale include two brand new jigsaws still in the cellophane wrap; Waddingtons 500 piece racing car jigsaw ( a line up of grey sports cars and people depicting the 1960`s era) £5.00.  1000 piece BBC Planet Earth Crab jigsaw. £6.00

Jigsaws for children – opened but in good condition and all complete – 100 piece , a collection of disney/fairytale characters and a 50 piece, sleeping beauty. Both a £1.00 each. ( see gallery image, front page of website )

Get ready for Christmas with some Christmas card plaid ribbon bows . Single ribbon 50p, pack of two ribbons £1.00. Pack of peg ( 12 ) card holders ( elves, snowmen, santa ) £1.00. Length of tiny red peg ( 20 ) card holders with snowmen. £1.00.  Contact 07989585564 for more details or to purchase.

We are also pleased to support fund raising efforts for Manorlands so again some items will be listed for their funds. Two boxed sets of DVDs are up for grabs this week: The complete first season of Prison Break ( 6 discs ) £10.00 and the complete series of the 2006 BBC Planet Earth ( 5 discs ) £6.00. Contact details are as per Village Hall item sales.

Vintage ( 1980`s) two branch silver plated candleabra, would look great as a Christmas table centrepiece. ( see gallery image front page of website ) £5.00

October News – and sale items – read on!!

A degree of normality has returned to the Hall during the past few weeks and we are pleased to welcome back the Yoga ( x 2 ) , Pilates ( x 2 ) , Art Class and Childrens Gym classes. All the teachers and pupils are feeling happy and safe in their albeit slightly different environment.

The Coffee morning held pre the six ruling restriction was really enjoyed by everyone but we are unfortunately unable to hold anymore at this present time. We are also unable to consider holding any Flea Markets, Book Fairs or Dances for the remainder of the year. Normally we would have been selling both Books and donated items in aid of Hall funds at our monthly markets but as this is not possible we shall be listing one or two items for sale over the course of the next few months, via the website and our Hall noticeboard. Our featured items this week are a couple of wicker hampers, ideal for filling with Christmas goodies ( 17″ x 10″ x 5″ ), they have two buckle strap fasteners andd a black fabric lining. £5.00 each. A Brand new and still in its plastic wrapper, BBC Earth Crab jigsaw puzzle.1000 pieces. Size 73 x 48.5cm. Ideal for a gift. £6.00. Something for the children – Kingfisher Encyclopedia`s, lots of information and illustrations ( £30 each when new ). Three in total; History, Science, Lands and People. £5.00 each or £10.00 for the set.  To purchase and/or view please contact or 07989585564.

The Library is open on Friday afternoons ( 2.p.m – 4.p.m ) and Saturday mornings ( 10.a.m – Noon ). New borrowers always welcome. Please call in on either day for more information. Social distancing will be in place. 01609 532774

The self contained Snooker club has been re-open since July. Details and membership details available from Alan 01756 749939

The Village Hall has a large stock of books for sale, priced at 50p for paperbacks and a £1.00 for hardbacks. If there is a particular book or author you are interested in please call or text 07989585564. or email



Exercise classes back in business…


A  phased re-opening is underway at the Village Hall with low risk/small groups gradually returning. The two small classes who returned on a trial basis during August  have felt both happy and safe with the Covid safe guidelines which have been put in place. Further small exercise classes continue to return during September. Fortunately exemptions to the new “six” ruling do include physical exercise.

A welcome back  Coffee morning was held on Saturday 12th September from 10.a.m until 1.p.m. Arrangements were slightly different to pre Corona days but the bacon sandwiches, cakes and warm welcome were just as good! Appreciation was shown by those attending who felt relieved to feel  a bit of normality had returned.  The Village Hall Management Committee are hoping it will be possible to stage further Coffee mornings during the year but clarity is needed first regarding the new ” six ” ruling which has now come into force, the guidelines provided by the Government are comprehensive but also incomprehensible! Therefore until further details are received there will be no Coffee mornings held in the near future

Events which attract large groups of people will not be returning yet , these will include Dances, Book Fairs and Flea Markets.

Unfortunately we cannot consider bookings from any new Hirers during the remainder of 2020.

Members of the Snooker club have now returned to their self contained Club and are enjoying been able to play again.. All members have been sent a  letter which contains the new guidelines that they must follow and which they must adhere too and respect. New members are always welcome, please contact Alan 07706406781   or Stewart    07999888697 for any details.

The community Library has re-opened and welcomes existing and new members. Weekly hours are Friday from 2.p.m until 4.p.m and Saturday from 10.a.m until Noon. One adult will be allowed in at any one time or one adult with up to three children from the same household or bubble.The two metre social distancing rule will be in place for anyone waiting to enter the Library.  The wearing of masks is preferable but not obligatory. All borrowers will be requested to leave their details for track and trace purposes.The use of the Computer and Photocopier is available and this will be by appointment only. One person will be allowed in the Library to use the equipment and only for a thirty minute session. This facility is not available during the Friday and Saturday browsing periods. PLEASE NOTE NEW CONTACT NUMBER:  01609 536547


If anyone is unable to obtain a particular book or author from the Library please use one of the contacts below as the Village Hall have a large store of books on all subjects which would normally be sold at Coffee Mornings and the Fairs and we would like to continue selling these to raise funds for the Village Hall.( Thank you so much to anyone who has made purchases during the last few weeks ) Therefore if you have any requests for specific books/authors please contact, 01756 749235/07989585564 or drop a list off through the Village Hall letter box. It can be arranged that books may be collected from the Village Hall entrance or if anyone is still self isolating (  Gargrave Village only ) they can be left on your doorstep. Postal delivery may also be considered. Pre lockdown prices remain in place, only 50p each for Paperbacks and a £1.00 for hardbacks. Cash only on collection please.  We also have a variety of CD`s.

With the shutdown of the Flea Markets the regular Manorlands stall has also been unable to operate so please if you have any general requests for certain items of Bric a Brac, Household items, DVD`s etc you may also use the above contacts and  items may also be collected from the Village Hall. Again cash sales only please.






Village Hall Closed.

Sadly due to the current situation all events and classes are suspended until further notice at Gargrave Village Hall.

It is with great regret that the Art Exhibition Committee have taken the decision to cancel this years summer show. It would have been the 50th anniversary of this popular exhibition but looking on the positive side it gives the organisers more time to plan a really splendid celebration in 2021.

Gargrave and Malhamdale Community Library and Gargrave Parish Council Offices are also closed until further notice .

Library books which are currently on loan cannot be returned and any fines which arise during the closure period will be waived. If you have any queries regarding the Library please contact 07960704509 or email

The Parish Council Clerk will continue to work her normal office hours, albeit remotely when required, to review emails, post and deal with any voicemails left on the Office phone. If anyone has any issues which would have been normally covered under public participation  please raise them with the Clerk. Reports from the Craven District, the County Council and the Police will continue to be reviewed and comments will be made on new planning applications. A regular report will be compiled based on the current Minutes format to keep people aware of progress on the various agenda items. There will be no public meetings held whilst the current restrictions are in place.

Regular updates will be posted on the website and any general  queries may be directed to   or contact 07989585564 .

We hope to welcome back past, present and future bookings as soon as it is safe to do so.