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Three reminders this week: NSPCC Luncheon Club, there will be a coffee morning and demonstrations at Scarcroft village hall today, Friday, from 10.30-12.30pm, admission £3.

East Keswick Wildlife Trust: they are holding a charcoal burn in Ox Close Wood tomorrow, Saturday. Everyone is welcome to help load up the kilns and see how the charcoal they sell in the village is made. Meet at 2pm at the kilns in the wood, but do phone 01937 574140 earlier to confirm the event is going ahead. For further information on any events call 01937 574140.

Dr Sylvia Pinkney: is retiring as a Parish Councillor after 32 years, serving the village for many of those years as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council. To mark this tremendous achievement, the Parish Council is hosting a light buffet supper (with wine) at 7pm on Tuesday, May 31, in the Verity Room at the village hall, to which all are invited. It is hoped that as many villagers as possible will be able to attend. To assist with catering arrangements, you are asked to contact either Gaynor Anning on 01937 574965 or gaynor.anning24@gmail.com or Judith Pentith on 01937 574965 or pentith@gmail.com.

Church services this Sunday: Family Service at St. Mary Magdalene’s, Moor Lane, at 9.15am; Morning Worship, with Junior Church and Crèche, at the Methodist Church, Main Street, at 10.30am, will be led by the Minister, the Rev’d Steve Barlow, and will include Holy Communion. It will be followed by refreshments in the church hall. You will be warmly welcomed at these services.

The University of the Third Age: Wetherby and District U3A, which includes all the local villages, will hold its monthly open meeting on Thursday next, May 26, 2.30-4pm in St James’ Scout Hut, Wetherby. The speaker will be Nicola Down, whose talk is entitled ‘Thrills & Spills of My Life in Television’. U3As are self-help, self-managed, lifelong learning co-operatives for older people, who are no longer in full time work. They provide opportunities to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning, not for qualification, but for fun. If you are retired, or coming up to retirement, and looking for fun, enjoyment, new interests, new friends, new places, you are invited to go along. Some 40 interest groups have already started, catering for more than 400 members. You are sure to find something that will interest you. Annual membership costs £15 and can be taken out at the meeting; for non-members there will be a charge of £2. Wetherby and District U3A has its own website, www.wetherbyu3a.org.uk, and further information on U3As can be found on the U3A Trust website, www.u3a.org.uk.

Community Governor: Harewood C of E Primary School is looking for a new Community Governor to join the Governing Body of this outstanding village school. A Community Governor should be committed to the good governance and success of the school. No specific qualifications are required, other than a desire to support the school in its development and some spare time. Applicants do not need to have had any previous contact with the school. If you are interested, apply to Rupert Madeley, Headteacher, Harewood C of E Primary School, Harrogate Road, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LH by May 31 expressing your interest and the experience you would bring to the role.