READ: St John’s Church 125th anniversary celebration is sell-out

BOWLING – Forty people had a fun-packed start to the Bank Holiday at the annual bowling match between Read Bowling Club and the Stork Hotel. Rain cleared in time and the bowling was enjoyed by all. Excellent prizes were won in the raffle and the evening was rounded off with supper provided by Ian and Morag at the Stork Hotel.

FUN DAY – There was reasonable weather for Read Cricket Club and Simonstone Bowling Club’s Late Fun Day on Sunday and £900 was raised. The James Anderson cricket shirt was won by Peter Cross. Other raffle winners were Cheryl O’Connor, Sylvia Marshall, Judith Artingstoll, Adele Robinson and Alan Roberts. The kitchen donated by We-Fit.Com was not won as nobody managed to open the safe.

CELEBRATION – Every ticket was sold to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St John’s Church, Read. More than 100 parishioners and friends attended the celebration at the Higher Trapp Hotel, Simonstone, at which the vicar, the Rev. Dr Alan Sowerbutts gave the Loyal Toast. The commemorative cake was made by Barrie Oliver and cut by the vicar’s wife, Mrs Gill Sowerbutts. The St John’s toast was proposed by parishioner, borough councillor and parish councillor Mr Richard Bennett, whose father was a past vicar of St John’s, and the response was made by former vicar of St John’s the Rev. Alan Reid. Church warden Mr Ron Harrison was MC. To conclude celebrations, a Songs of Praise service was held on Sunday evening.

PRESENTATION – Read Cricket Club’s junior players’ presentation will be held on Friday in the pavilion at 7-30 p.m. Mr Ted Holden, senior umpire and secretary of Ribblesdale Youth League, will present the trophies. On Saturday, September 24th, the senior players’ presentation will be held at the same venue. Everyone involved in or supporting Read Cricket Club is invited to arrive at 7-30 p.m. for 8 p.m.