AT THE Ingleton Rural Community Association meeting held on December 16, J Lis reported that the Christmas fair raised £1,300.82 towards improvements in the community centre.

The next fair will be held on 22 November, 2020, and some stalls have already been booked.

A decision was taken not to open the swimming pool earlier this year. It will be opened at the end of May as usual.

The NSPCC reported that 65 to 70 people visited Santa. B Morphet reported that she was disappointed with the ice rink which had no music and no snow as was expected. The charge was therefore reduced to £2 from £5 and the attraction lost money. She thanked helpers, especially Brian (lighting), Tony, Mike and Walter, as well as the village band who played despite the damp weather.

The community orchard was planted near the swimming pool but it will be about five years before the fruit appears. The stall at the Christmas fair raised £180.

The tea party for the elderly was very popular. 109 residents attended and were entertained by a George Formby-type entertainer.

Plans for the 1940s weekend are proceeding well and start times have been staggered to keep people in the village. There will be indoor stalls and the pop-up café in the centre. A road-closure request will be applied for after Christmas.

The next Harry Potter event will take place on September 5, 2020, the last Saturday of the school summer holidays.

L Culshaw reported that, between January 2019 and present, £22,337.63 had been raised at jumble sales.

T Dodwell reminded organisations that he can put about 50 events on his public liability insurance so he will include other affiliated events if information is passed to him.

The next meeting is on Monday, January 20 at 7.30pm in the community centre.