Cllr Alan watson accompanied me to Barkisland Old Peoples Christmas Party on December 14th. It was very well attended and we enjoyed Christmas sandwiches, cakes and trifle, washed down with sherry and tea.  We were entertained by Ryburn Valley School pupils singing group, ‘Topvox’. They sang several well known carols – with actions – which we were all able to join in with. They also sang a number of modern ballads which were excellent. In addition to this, a trio sang a very moving rendition of Silent Night, which they had arranged themselves, and another talented member played the ukulele and sang. After the music, there was a very well supported raffle with prizes for all. Well done to the ladies who organise this each year an excellent event.