A GENTLEMEN'S fundraising evening at the Arden Arms, Atley Hill, near Scorton, has raised £4,000 for Cancer Research UK and £2,000 for Herriot Hospice Homecare.

Organisers have thanked former racehorse trainer David Barker and the new landlords of the pub, Graham and Pam Lee, for their donations at the event, which was attended by 160 people.

Farmer Graham Clark, of South Cowton, said: "This was a fantastic result from the event which was fully booked."

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MOVIE TIMES: The volunteer-run cinema at Hambleton Forum, Northallerton, will screen Life Of Pi (PG), on Sunday (February 17), at 5.30pm, The Hobbit (12A), at 1.30pm on Monday (February 18) and Tinkerbell And The Secret Of The Wings (U), at 1.30pm next Wednesday (February 20).

CONSERVATIVE PARTY: Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh joined Judy Bell, of Shepherds Purse Cheeses and James Goodhart, of Bon Coeur Fine Wines and 70 party supporters in Raskelf village hall to learn more about the Thirsk and Masham-based firms.

HISTORIC SHOW: A dramatised account of the treatment of dissidents who joined a late 16th-century attempt to establish a permanent English settlement in North Carolina will be performed at Thorpe Prebend House, High St Agnesgate, Ripon, at 3pm on Sunday (February 17). Tickets to the Ripon Cathedral Friends event cost £2.50 for members and £4 for guests.

SEASONAL CHORUS: The Mowbray Singers are inviting residents to join the choir in performing part two of Handel’s Messiah, at 7pm on Good Friday (March 29), in Sowerby Methodist Church. A rehearsal will be held from 4pm to 6pm on the same day. To register, call 0771-118-5182.

SPORTING SUCCESS: Thirsk School’s under-14s girls basketball team has beaten St Aidan’s School, in Harrogate, 45-26 to become the North Yorkshire County Champions. The team will now represent the county at the regional finals on Tuesday, March 12, at Leeds Metropolitan University.

DRAMA DATE: Hedgepig Theatre will present Miss Julie by August Strindberg, at the Courthouse, Thirsk, at 7.30pm, on Tuesday (February 19). Tickets cost £9 for adults, £7 for concessions and £15 with a pre-show platter. For details, call 01845-526536 or email janice@ruralarts.org

FEMALE FOCUS: Women's world day of prayer will be celebrated at All Saints’ RC Church, Thirsk, on Friday, March 1, at 2.30pm. For details, visit wwdp-natcomm.org

FORCES’ FORUM: The Thirsk branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will hold its annual general meeting next Wednesday, (February 20) at 8pm, at the British Legion Club in Kirkgate. All members and anyone interested in the association are invited to attend.

MUSICAL SCORE: Thirsk Cricket Club will hold a family karaoke event in the clubhouse from 7pm on Saturday, February 23. Singers will be charged £1 to perform. Prizes for the best and worst adult singers and best child singer. For details, call 07979-157243.

MOVIE TIME: The Ritz Cinema will screen Les Misérables (12A) until Thursday (February 21), at 7.30pm. For details, call 01845-524751.

FOLK GIG: Loosely Folk presents Kirsty McGee and guest Annie Dressner at Rural Arts, Thirsk, on Friday (February 15), at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 or £17 with pre-show platter at 6.30pm. For tickets, call 01845 526536 or visit ruralarts.org

WHEEL VISIT: Norby Luncheon Club has welcomed members of Thirsk Inner Wheel as part of their celebrations for Inner Wheel Day. The ladies spent time chatting and and distributed gifts of toiletries. For details about the luncheon club for elderly residents, call 01845-523115.

CARDS CLASS: Mike Woods will hold a ten-week course of bridge classes for beginners at Thorton Le Street village hall on Tuesdays, at 7.15pm, from March 19. The classes cost £30 for the full course or £3.50 per lesson. For details, call 01347-868738.