Members and friends of the Village Hall Management Committee have been  hard at work preparing for the 60th anniversary celebrations which commence on the 15th February with a weekend of Nostalgia to celebrate the opening of the Village Hall back in 1959.

Gargrave and Malhamdale Community Library will be showing the 1959 classic comedy film, Carlton Browne of the Foreign Office starring Terry Thomas on Friday 15th February. Doors open at 7.p.m. Admission is 5.00 on the door. Café style seating, please bring along your own refreshments. 1950`s dress optional, a prize for the best dressed individual or couple.

A Coffee morning will be held on Saturday 16th February from 9.30.a.m until 1.p.m. There will be bacon sandwiches and lots of homemade cakes. Come along and browse Gargrave Village Hall memorabilia, some kindly lent from the Dennis French collection. Gargrave Village Hall membership books will be on sale and the Pantomime section will be selling tickets for this years production of The Sleeping Beauty ( 28th February – 2nd March ).

The Swing City big band will be performing live on the Saturday night, reliving the golden days of big band music, similar to the opening night on February 14th 1959 when Bill Saville and his orchestra travelled from London to entertain a captive Gargrave audience. Doors open 7.30.p.m. Admission by ticket only – 7.50 each, available by calling 01756 749235/07989585564 or There will be a licensed bar and raffle. Bacon sandwiches available in the interval.

Vintage singer Hattie Bee will be complimenting the anniversary weekend with a selection of songs from the 1950`s  on Sunday 17th February and there will be a further surprise performance in the interval – not to be missed! Doors open 1.30.p.m. Admission 7.50 per person which includes homemade afternoon tea. Please call the above numbers to reserve tickets.

If you have a sweet tooth there will be a sweet cart where Vintage sweets can be purchased throughout the weekend.

There are a few additional surprises lined up too including a visit from a classic car or two on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.