TICKETS are still available for Clapham Village Hall's Burns Night supper and ceilidh on Friday, January 24, with people asked to arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. A traditional meat or vegetable haggis, tatties and neeps supper is on offer with shortbread and a wee dram, followed by dancing to the Batty Moss Ceilidh Band. Tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for under-16s. Dress as appropriate to the occasion. The event has been a sell-out for the last two years, and tickets are available from the village shop or from David on 51240 or Angie on 51749.

WATER is now once again flowing through Clapham's 'Jubilee Fountain'. The gentle trickle from the beck to the marble bowl beneath the ornately-sculpted fish is suitable for hand rinsing, dog drinking or simple contemplation. After several years of investigation it was decided it would be too expensive to return it to drinking water and very difficult to achieve.

The work was done by Brad Tooke and his assistant Brandon Martland of Tooke's Agricultural Services, Bentham, at the request of the parish council after two years of exploring and trying other methods. Supported by a grant from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, the cost of the work was in the region of £1,000, but has the advantage of minimal costs in the future.

The fountain was put up in 1897 by Bessie Farrer, a keen royalist and wife of Clapham Squire and Lord of the Manor James Anson Farrer, at a cost of £24 and 17 shillings. Its design was sketched by another Farrer - W J Farrer of Berkshire.

HAVE you got your tickets yet for the Pocket Panto performance of Mother Goose in Clapham Village Hall on Friday, January 3 at 2pm? With singing, dancing and a lot of audience participation there is something for everyone. Tickets are available in Clapham Village Store, priced at £8 for adults and £5 for children. Alternatively, they can be reserved in advance by contacting Sue Mann on 015242 51792 or by emailing suemann.wyvern51@gmail.com.

CLAPHAM Village Hall now has a new booking secretary, Chris Horsewill. She can be contacted in the future for all hall bookings on 015242 51716. The previous clerk, Kathy Hall, was thanked for her many years of service. The hall committee has been informed that the whist club has space for a few more participants. It meets every Friday in the supper room, and people are invited to go along and take part.

THE winter Short Mat Bowls Club is now meeting on Monday afternoons at 1.15pm. New members are always welcome. It has to be the best £2 worth of fun in the village, with tuition and bowls provided if necessary.

SADLY, the 'spirit of the seventies' 70's night had to be postponed, in part due to the slow take up in tickets, but it is hoped to get another date in the future that may be more popular.