Austwick News

Church news: In response to the current Covid-19 situation and lockdown restrictions we regret that there will be no church services until further notice. Please join our online Services each Sunday at 10.30am on Zoom by clicking: This weekly newsletter is available for you to read and join in worship in your own time. Copies can be found in church porches or online at Clapham, Austwick and Eldroth churches continue to be open for individual prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays during daylight hours. Please check church noticeboards or future issues of this newsletter for updates. Call Church of England dairy prayers free on: 0800 8048044

Parish News: The new edition can be found on the link below or from the village website:

Cross Leigh Stores & Post Office: The shop and post office will maintain regular opening times. We are also continuing to coordinate deliveries of prescriptions from Settle and Bentham surgeries.


Surgery update: We have been told not to expect a delivery of vaccines this week, so will be unable to arrange a surgery until the next delivery- We haven’t been informed when this may be yet. We are currently working through Group 4 so if you are over 70 and haven’t heard yet, please be reassured that we haven’t forgotten you! It is a large group so can’t get everyone in at once unfortunately. As soon as we are able to book the next surgery, we will contact more people to invite them.

Bolton Abbey

Rector’s message: Next Sunday is known as Sexagesima in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Church. It means ‘sixtieth’ in Latin and reminds us that there are sixty days until Easter. At the same time it is the second Sunday before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent. Never before have we been so conscious of time as we await the roll out of the COVID vaccine. We are all hoping that all those over 50 and above will be vaccinated by the end of March. In the same way we await the triumph of Easter Day, 4th April. However, in the meantime, we have the forty days of Lent to endure. Like our Lord, we need to endure this time with strength, fortitude and resolve. The triumph of Christianity is that we all know how the story ends.

Bolton Priory: This year we can’t meet together over Lent for our usual Lent Course, however, this year, I thought that we would look at the Bible and ask ourselves the question: ‘How might an intelligent and open minded person understand the Bible today’? During the five Wednesdays in Lent we will study John Barton’s wonderful book ‘A History of the Bible’, 2019. You may wish to order a copy through Amazon to read it for yourself. However, the BBC recently made it into a series of podcasts narrated by Hugh Bonneville. All you have to do is sit back and listen. The Revd Nicholas Mercer.

Parish magazine: The February edition is now available, both printed from Bolton Abbey Post Office, or online.

The Priory website: The 10.30am Sunday services are now only online and can be accessed via the Bolton Priory website The service includes the music, readings and hymns for the week and a short sermon. On the first Sunday of the month we record our Liquid Family Service.

Carleton and Skipton

Church news: Due to the current situation there will not be any services in either Christ Church, Skipton, or St Mary’s, Carleton, until further notice. A Zoom Eucharist is held at 10.00am on Sunday mornings by invitation from the Vicar, The Rev Ruth Harris. To join contact

Further on line services are being held as follows:-

A short reflective time of prayer is posted on Wednesdays along with Saturday Story for younger people and Sunday comment. All these are on You Tube, search for Christ Church Skipton, St Mary’s Carleton.

Saturday night prayer is live at 9pm and can be found via the Facebook page, Christ Church Skipton or St Mary’s Carleton, on alternate weeks.

Farnhill and Kildwick

Graham Taylor –

Church news: Services at St. Andrew’s: The church is closed.

For now, Sunday worship will continue via Zoom at 10am, and via the KCB Parish Facebook page ( for Evening Prayer at 4pm. Additionally, Morning and Evening Prayer will continue via Facebook on Mondays to Thursdays at 9am and 4.30pm. For details of how to access the Zoom services, please contact Rev. Julie Bacon via the KCB website (


Community news: The Community Pantry on Haw Grove is situated in the Wesley Centre (Chapel). The centre has been accepting donations and books and jigsaws in good condition are also welcome. For details of delivery and collection please contact Pauline on 07931 511652 or 01729 850802.

Village hall: The Institute/Village Hall has not been hosting any events for some time due to the virus. Hopefully going forward there will be some movement on the social front, but obviously the centre is governed by restrictions, health and safety etc. The Trustees meet on a regular basis to discuss the way forward, the next meeting being in March.

Any news about the Hall will be posted on the website/facebook.

Shops and cafes:The Station Café (Shed 24H) and Hazy Dayz Café in the high street remain closed for the time being. The Post Office is open on the Green, and H’s Village Stores, Butchers, and Fish & Chip Shop are also open. The shop and butchers are able to make deliveries to those isolating, shielding etc. Ring the shop on 01729 851103 or Butchers on 01729 851406.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale News

Caroline Thompson 01756 749235.

Church news: St Oswald’s church usually holds its Messy Christingle Service on the first Sunday of February. However this year a Christingle kit will be delivered to the doorstep of the 33 children in the parish.The kit will contain oranges, sticks, and candles along with instructions or a picture. Everyone is invited to take a photograph of their Christingle and if wished they can be displayed in the church at a later date. Adults may also take part. The roots of the Christingle practice began in Germany in 1747 when the children in a congregation were encouraged to think about Jesus. They were each given a candle with a red ribbon to symbolise Christ`s light. The practise did not become popular in the Anglican church until 1968 when John Pensom used it as a fund raising event for the Children's Society charity. Thousands of services all over the country would normally be held, generally during the period from November until February with funds raised for the Children’s Society, this is still possible by using its collecting tubes. Each item in the kit represents different things; the Orange represents the world, the candle is Christ`s light, the sticks signify the four seasons or the four corners of the world. Sweets or dried fruit can be put onto the cocktail sticks and are examples of god`s gifts to the world, including kindness and fruits of the earth nurtured by the sun, love and rain. Please start planning now, it will be great to see the photographs afterwards.

A normal afternoon service will be held in St Oswald’s church on Sunday at 3pm when thoughts will be with the family and friends of Richard Welch who sadly died recently. Councillor Welch always supported the events and activities in his ward. He helped to provide funds for small projects with ward grants and helped with the purchase of a strimmer and chairs for St Oswald’s church. He supported all the fayres and festivals in church and above all loved a good chat with everyone.


Samuel King was an early tourist in Malhamdale, making what he described as ‘A Botanical Tour’ in 1837.

Linda Hodson has researched his record of the tour, which is full of period, as well as botanical, detail. Linda has also conducted field research to see whether the plants which he found more than 180 years ago are still plentiful today, or if some, like the Lady’s Slipper Orchid, are now very rare.

Linda will be telling the North Craven Heritage Trust about Samuel’s tour and its echoes for us today on Wednesday, February 10, at 7.30pm. Invitations to the Zoom talk will be sent automatically to NCHT members, but non-members are welcome and can email for an invitation.


Church news: Settle Parish Church. On Tuesday, February 2 we held the first of the fortnightly 2021 online Coffee Mornings with guest speaker, Mollie Ralphson from Manorlands hospice. Please email if you’d like to get together over coffee on Tuesday 16 February - 10.45am for 11.00am. Ian Orton, a trustee of the Settle Swimming Pool Trust joins us online with the latest news of the Health and Wellbeing Hub at the pool. Everyone’s most welcome.

Revd Julie Clarkson leads online worship for all 3 Parishes (St Alkelda’s, Holy Trinity Rathmell and Holy Ascension Settle) at 10am, Sunday 7 February, behind the closed doors of Holy Ascension. You can join the service via the link - After the service and after cleaning Holy Ascension will remain open on Sunday afternoons for private prayer.

Please ring Revd Julie (01729 825955) if you would like to have the weekly pewsheets and newsletters delivered. We are very aware that not everyone is able to access the technology of today’s world.

Townhead Surgery: Another successful Covid vaccination clinic, our first at Townhead Surgery with 425 patients receiving their 1st dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Good news we have also started to invite our Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) & +70’s. Thank you to all our volunteers, staff and patients.