Book signing…

Author, John.A.White will be attending the first Book Fair of 2020 on Saturday when he will be signing copies of his latest books.

Both publications relate in part to Alfred John Brown who died in 1969, he was an author, rambler and proud Yorkshireman. Brown was one of the most popular and widely read authors of his day inspiring a generation of ramblers with his energetic prose, which was rich in anecdote and personal reminiscences and with an encyclopedic knowledge of Yorkshire.

Mr. White will be signing copies of ” The early 20th century poetry of Alfred John Brown, an anthology” and ” Alfred John Brown, writer, walker and passionate Yorkshireman” together they can be purchased for a total of just ten pounds.

The Book Fair will run from 10.a.m until 4.p.m and there will be thousands of Antiquarian, second hand and new books for sale, covering all subjects, plus ephemera, postcards and some CD`s.

Refreshments will also be available until 3.p.m, an hour before closure.

Enquiries please call 01524 752968 or 07989 585564

Don`t forget next weeks Flea Market, Vintage, Collectable and Craft Fair which will be taking place on Sunday 15th March, nor the Coffee morning the day before. Both events will be run by members of Gargrave Village Hall Management Committee.

Discover the wonders of the Night Sky …

The annual Carving buffet supper dance in aid of Gargrave Show funds will be taking place at the Village Hall on Friday evening. Please contact Lisa to reserve tickets and for further details : 01756 749320.

Skipton Town Hall on tour will be bringing the wonders of the Night Sky to Gargrave Village Hall on Sunday. The state of the art Cosmos Planetarium offers an immersive multi media theatre experience which will take you on a journey through space with a virtual reality head set. Under fives can enjoy a fun journey through the solar system with Ted and his best friend Plant. This twenty minute journey can be enjoyed at 10.a.m, Noon and 2.30.p.m. All ages can find out about life elsewhere in the Universe at 10.30.a.m, 1.p.m and 3.p.m, whilst the Apollo programme and what it took to put the first human on the moon can be viewed at 11.15.p.m and 1.45.p.m. Booking is essential, the cost is six pounds per show which also includes the opportunity to take part in Cosmic Crafts! Please contact Skipton Town Hall direct for more information on 01756 792809. Online skiptontownhall, or box office at Skipton information centre on Coach street in Skipton.

Don`t forget the Book Fair at the Hall, next week on the 7th March. There will be thousands of Books for sale covering every subject. Author John .A. White will also be signing copies of his books, Alfred John Brown, writer, walker and passionate Yorkshireman and the early 20th century poetry of Alfred John Brown ( 1894-1969), an anthology. Both books can be purchased for a total price of ten pounds.

Panto Weekend…..

Members of Gargrave Pantomime group perform their annual production this coming weekend, the long awaited show of Dick Whittington and his Cat Steve commences with the first performance on Thursday evening ( February 20th ) at 7.15.p.m.

Further performances take place on Friday at 7.15.p.m and two shows on Saturday at 1.p.m and 5.p.m.

Directed by Anita Eccles and starring Laura Lipscombe as Steve, the panto tells the familiar story of Dick Whittington`s exploits in London, via a rather untraditional route to a Morecambe nightclub overrun with rats, headed by the evil King Rat. The significance of Dicks cats name becomes clear once everyone  realises that apparently the entire crew of the Pantomime have the name Steve. Will Dick ever make it back to London to be re-united with his love Alice, despite the comic incompetence of the ships crew?

With all the classic ingredients of dancing children, slapstick comedy, and a hint of political satire this show has something for everyone. Tickets on the door are priced at £9 and £6 for concessions.

Broadway Fairs will be at the Village Hall on Sunday with their monthly Flea Market and Allsorts Fair commencing at 10.a.m until 3.30.p.m. Light refreshments available until 3.p.m. The Village Hall Management Committee monthly Flea Market, Collectable and Craft Fairs will be returning from their Winter break on Sunday 15th March with the first Book Fair of the year the week before on Saturday 7th March.

Fancy discovering the wonders of the Night Sky???

Visit one of the Shows at the Village Hall on Sunday March 1st when Skipton Town Hall on Tour will be bringing their Cosmos Planetarium multi media theatre experience to the Village. Journey through space with a virtual reality headset and take part in Cosmic Crafts!  Teds space adventure for the under fives at 10.a.m, Noon, and 1.30.p.m ( 20 minute show ), We are Aliens at 10.30.a.m, 1.p.m and 3.p.m and the Apollo story at 11.15.p.m and 1.45.p.m, both of the latter are 30 minute shows and for all ages.

Booking is essential, £6 per show. Online via Phone 01756 792809 or Box Office at Skipton information centre, Coach Street, Skipton.


Friday Dancing, Saturday Bacon Butties!

The weekend commences at the Village Hall on Friday evening with the popular monthly Picnic Supper Dance. Lancashire Musician Alan Cookson will be providing the live music for ballroom and sequence dancing from 7.30.p.m. Admission is £5.00 on the door. Please bring along your own Picnic Supper.

The Gargrave Village Hall Management Committee will be hosting the Coffee morning on Saturday . Bacon butties , hot buttered teacakes and homemade cakes will be available from 9.45.a.m until Noon. A fun raffle, book and CD stall will also aid funds. The small pocket Membership booklets will also be on sale, the annual publications are a handy source of information, listing contact details and events, they cost £3.00 and proceeds aid general Hall funds.

Don`t forget next weekends Panto, commencing on the 20th – 22nd February. Tickets are available from the Dalesman Café in the Village or from the Library. Or contact 07766001163 ( evenings only ).

Weekend News..

Gargrave and Malhamdale Library are showing the film ” The Peanut Butter Falcon” on Friday evening. This humorous and inspirational film, starring Shia Labeouf and Dakota Johnson tells the story of Zak, a young man with Downs Syndrome who escapes from his residential home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional Wrestler. Zak meets up with a small time outlaw and they set off on an adventure. Zak is played by Zack Gottasgen who has a learning disability and the film is part of Mencap`s ” Here I am” campaign.

The customary Café style seating will be in place so please bring your own refreshments. Doors open at 7.p.m for a 7.30.p.m start. Tickets are £5.00 on the door.

Th Library Volunteers will be back in action on Saturday when they will be holding a Coffee morning in aid of Village Hall funds. Bacon sandwiches and homemade cakes will be available in the main Hall from 10.a.m until Noon. Members of the Pantomime group will also be selling tickets for their forthcoming performances on Thursday 20th February and Friday 21st February at 7.15.p.m and two performances on the 22nd February at 1.p.m and 5.p.m. Tickets are priced at £8.00, concessions £5.00. Ticket purchases on the door at the performances are £9.00 and £6.00.

The performance of Dick Whittington tells the familiar tale of Dick`s tribulations as he arrives in London, and his adventures at sea, with some un-expected diversions into a Morecambe night club!!


A big thank you to everyone who came along to the Open day Coffee morning on the 25th January and for the positive comments received about the recent improvements to the Snooker Room. They were much appreciated.

A quiet weekend at the Hall this week but a reminder that on Saturday 8th February the Pantomime section will be selling tickets again at the Coffee morning  for their productions later on in the month, February 20th  – 22nd.


Open day Coffee morning…

Have a tour of the Hall and see the improvements to the Games rooms on Saturday morning. The Snooker club is now entirely self contained with its own toilet facilities, the room has been totally re-decorated and there is new lighting and flooring. There are two full sized Snooker tables and Membership covers year round access to the great facilities. Snooker club representatives will be on hand to discuss any queries . The adjacent Match room has now been turned into an extra meeting room, again totally re-decorated and with new flooring and lighting.

Representatives from the various classes and groups using the premises on a regular basis will almost all be in attendance to give information on anything from Art, Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga, and even Fuchsia and Geraniums!

The WI and the Library group will also be represented and the Pantomime group will be selling tickets for their forthcoming performances of Dick Whittington ( please see the poster in the gallery section on the home page of the website ).

The Parish Council Office is located in the Village Hall so this will be open too on Saturday and the Parish clerk and a Councillor will be available for any questions.

There are likely to be short demonstrations of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates, these will be held in the Annex, do please ask the teachers about these if you are interested in a short taster session.

Annual membership books will be available to purchase, these are pocket sized booklets, listing useful dates and contact details. They are priced at £3.00 each and proceeds go towards Village Hall funds.

There will also be a Book stall and raffle, not forgetting tasty bacon sandwiches, hot buttered teacakes and a variety of homemade cakes, all available from 9.30a.m. to Noon.

The members of the Village Hall Management Committee thought this was an opportune time to hold an Open day morning as it is also National Village Halls open day, celebrating the rural community Halls and buildings nationwide.

Broadway Fairs will be at the Hall on Sunday for their first Flea Market and Allsorts Fair of 2020. Opening hours are 10.a.m until 3.30.p.m. Light refreshments available until 3.p.m. Lots of stalls with affordable and unique items.


Downton comes to Gargrave.

A film everyone has been waiting for will be shown in the Village Hall on Friday evening. Gargrave and Malhamdale Community Library will be showing the acclaimed big screen outing of Downton Abbey.

Two years on from the the New Years eve of 1925 and The Crawleys are preparing for the royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary. The film stars a cast headed by Hugh Bonneville. Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton.

The customary Café style seating will be in place so please bring your own refreshments. The Village Hall doors open at 7.p.m with the film starting at 7.30.p.m. Tickets are £5 on the door with accompanied under sixteens free. Sorry guide dogs only.

Don`t forget the Open day Coffee morning, next week on the 25th January. Come along and meet representatives from various groups and classes who use the Hall on a regular basis. Meet the Yoga ( 2 ), Pilates ( 2 ) and Tai Chi teachers, maybe take part in some taster sessions. View the newly re-furbished Snooker club. Members will be available if anyone wants to try a few shots. Try out the new table tennis table. Learn more about the Arts and Social events taking place. The Parish Council Offices will also be open if anyone would like a chat about Village matters. Have a tour of the entire building whilst enjoying Bacon Sandwiches, Hot buttered teacakes and homemade cakes.

Panto tickets on sale. Village Hall Members books on sale. Raffle. Lots to see and do, a warm welcome awaits. 9.30.a.m – Noon.

Dancing into 2020

The first Picnic supper dance of 2020 will be held on Friday evening with live music for Ballroom and Modern Sequence dancing from Cumbrian Musician Denis Westmorland. Admission is £5.00 on the door, please bring along your own Picnic supper.7.30.p.m onwards.

Planning to join any new classes this year? Look no further than the Open day Coffee morning at Gargrave Village Hall on Saturday 25th January when representatives from a variety of classes and groups will be in attendance. Information will be readily available for fitness, exercise, art and general social activities. The entire Hall will be open for the viewing of facilities, so an ideal opportunity to have a look around if you are planning to hire any of the rooms for an event. This will also be a good opportunity to view the newly re-furbished and totally self contained Snooker room which has two high standard full sized Snooker tables available to play on with yearly Membership available. Bacon sandwiches, hot buttered teacakes and homemade cakes will be available from 9.30.a.m.

Annual Membership Booklets for the Village Hall will be available to purchase and also tickets for the 2020 Pantomime performance taking place from February 20th to February 22nd.

Almost 2020.

We all hope that everyone had a good Christmas and would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

It is a fairly quiet period at the Village Hall, which comes as some what of a relief. We have recently undertaken quite a major refurbishment of the Snooker rooms, creating a self contained club and an additional meeting room. The work has not been without its hiccups but I think we are on the home straight.

We shall be celebrating the new look club with an Open day Coffee morning on Saturday 25th January. The whole premises will be available to look around and representatives of various user groups, clubs and class leaders will be in attendance to give more information on their respective group. Tickets will also be available for the 2020 Pantomime, Dick Whittington and his cat.

Bacon sandwiches, hot buttered  teacakes and lots of homemade cakes available from 9.30.a.m. until Noon.