The Arts Society is delighted to be ‘back in business’ with a unique take on ‘Queen of Crime’


The DALES-based Upper Wharfedale Arts and Literature Society (UWALS) is celebrating its return to business after coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

A wide range of activities have been announced, including his Arncliffe-based community choir, “The Funk Wire,” and several popular entertainments revamped for the pre-Christmas period.

First up on November 4th at Kettlewell Village Hall is a mix of Fashion History, Agatha Christie and Cream Tea – History Wardrobe by Lucy Adlington. The fashion presentation celebrates the life and times of the ‘Crime Queen’, as figures from the 1920s come to life through dazzling Art Deco readings and dresses.

Fascinating glimpses into Agatha Christie’s time and life will be served with an old-fashioned cream tea, with an added touch of mystery.

As the holiday season approaches, in addition to promoting Christmas calligraphy and wreath-making workshops, the heritage lottery-winning group is also hosting a seasonal evening of music by the acclaimed harp and guitar duo. International Mayor Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman, all taking place in Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall.

Meanwhile, the 35 or so regular members of Funk Wire have already started singing together for the first time since March 2020 and are eagerly awaiting their annual Christmas carol.

UWALS Secretary Geraldine Norman said: “After the anxiety and isolation of the past 18 months, there is clearly a real appetite in the field for the arts in general and the social contact these events generate. ”

Full details and booking information for all UWALS events are available through the group’s website: or email


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