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All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, March 3 will be a family service at 10.30am.

Kerbside Recycling: at Spofforth will be on Friday, March 1.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning will be on Thursday, March 7 from10-11.30am at The Long Memorial Hall. New members, 50 or over would be very welcome for hot beverages, cake or biscuits and the chance to share experiences and concerns with like-minded people.

A Reminder: that the Spofforth Beer Festival will take place on Saturday , March 9 from noon until the barrels run dry at The Long Memorial Hall. There will be 18 great beers to choose from together with food, wine and soft drinks will also be available. Entertainment will be provided by Spofforth’s own Crimple Stompers and DJ Griff. Tickets at £5, which will include a free glass, the first drink and a tasting menu will be available from G&M News; The Hairbelle or 01937 590378.

The Call My Bluff: wine tasting evening was held in the Long Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 16. Judging by the noise a great time was had by all and over £400 was raised. Congratulations to the winners on the Hairbelle table who obviously take their wine tasting very seriously indeed and to Di Ball’s table who were only just pipped at the post! Thanks to David Lawson of Chez Vin from Otley for providing the wine expertise and an excellent professional commentary and to all for attending and helping to make the evening a great success. The proceeds will go towards further improvements to the hall, details of which will be published at a later date.

Myra Shackley: will be installed as Canon of Ripon cathedral during evensong on Sunday, March 10 at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and support our parish priest. Lifts can be arranged.

TASK: (The All Saints Kids) will meet on Sunday, March 3, the week before Mothering Sunday, at 9.30am. The theme will be relevant to the bible reading used in the following family service and will include a bible story; craft activities; prayers and refreshments. Anyone of primary school age is more than welcome.

Spofforth in Bloom: chairman, David Saunders, writes ‘Following on from our success last year in the national competition our objective this year is to win gold once again in the Yorkshire In Bloom competition. The floral display is just one element of the competition which also awards marks for our heritage, environment and community involvement. Last year we raised funds for a number of projects including the Oak leaf sculpture and extra information boards that contributed towards our success. This year our objective is to raise funds towards the following projects: a new village entry sign on the Harrogate road advertising the village success in Britain in Bloom, a new village notice board, a trophy cabinet for the village hall and the regeneration of the Millennium Garden. We have been busy organising our 2013 fund raising calendar and have planned the following events, Quiz and Chips Night Friday, April 19; Heritage Trail with BBQ Sunday afternoon, June 9; Strawberry tea in the Old Rectory Sunday, July 14; Gardening Question Time (date to be confirmed, possibly October) and Open Gardens Sunday, June 23. ( If you would be willing to volunteer to open your garden on June 23, please contact John Stanley 591154 or Lynda Parkinson 590507). Please come along to support these events because every penny raised is reinvested in the appearance and enhancement of our village. By popular request we have been asked to reintroduce the Sponsor a Tub scheme at £20 a tub. Anyone wishing to sponsor and have their name on one of our tubs please contact and pay our Treasurer Ann Thomas 590504, or contact any committee member. In recognition of our efforts last year our MP Nigel Adams (who attended the judging day ) has organised a tour of the House of Commons for any resident of the village. Date, as yet, to be confirmed. If you are interested in a day out in London please give one of us a call so we can have an idea of numbers.’