Neighbourhood news from around Craven.



Church news: 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. Church of England daily prayers are 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.


Church news: Holy Trinity Church will remain closed for services until further notice. This also includes Ghyll Church, Barnoldswick and St. Michael’s, Bracewell.

Rev. Sheena will conduct Zoom church services as usual at 11:30am on Sunday mornings and if you’d like to keep connected and are interested in growing spiritually please join Monday evenings discussion group at 7pm. There will also be Night Prayer at 9pm every evening.

Shrove Tuesday, 16th February - there will be a short service, for children, focused around the making of pancakes on Zoom at 4pm and, for adults, at 5pm. Ash Wednesday, 17th February. Lent Groups - there will be Lent groups on Zoom.

For those without Zoom, Rev Sheena will provide a bag of materials, readings and prayers to accompany you on your Lenten journey.

Please contact Rev Sheena on 01282 812028 or email: for the access codes.


Surgery: We have done our best to contact all of those aged 70 + but if you haven’t heard from us, please contact us on 015242 61202. We are now starting on Group 5 So this is those aged 65-70. Please do not contact us to ask when you may receive your invite if you are in this group.We will endeavour to invite you as quickly as vaccine supply allows us. This group may also start to include those who are younger but vulnerable for clinical reasons. The groups are decided centrally and we/ the GP’s cannot alter this. You will receive the invite from us either via a text or a phone call.Thank you for your patience.


Bolton AbbeyRector’s Message: This coming Sunday is St Valentine’s Day. It is an official feast day in the Anglican and Easter Orthodox Communion and commemorates Saint Valentine who was executed by the Roman Authorities for ministering to Christians in the Roman Empire. According to tradition, he restored the sight of his jailer’s daughter and, before his execution he wrote her a note signed ‘from your Valentine’. From this we derive our custom of sending Valentine cards. Whatever the truth, may we remember those we love and remember to make our love known.

For Ash Wednesday on February 17 we mark the beginning of Lent with an on-line service of Holy Communion with the imposition of Ashes at 7 pm. An on-line booklet for the service will also be available on the Bolton Priory website. In preparation for Easter, we begin a season of penitence and commitment to the Lent journey that lasts for forty days and forty nights.

The Church is now closed during lockdown, the Tower remains open for private prayer. For the Church Sunday audio services, the weekly sheet and magazine please look at our website


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Church news: St Andrew’s 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 at the Wesley Centre on Haw Grove is open on Fridays between 2 and 3pm. Donations welcome including Books and Jigsaws in good condition.. Contact Pauline on 07931 511652 for enquiries reference collection and delivery.

200 Club: The 200 Club draw for February is as follows: 1st No 11 Sue Johnson; 2nd No 59 Margaret Capstick; 3rd No 14 Dennis Briggs.


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235

Church news: There will be no church service at Horton-in-Ribblesdale on Sunday. A service of Holy communion will be held at St. Peter`s church at Stainforth at 10.30.a.m and a service at St. John`s church at Langcliffe will take place at 3.p.m.

Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent fall on Wednesday 17th February when a service of Holy Communion will be held at St. Peter`s church at Stainforth at 7.30.p.m.

Current Church of England guidance allows ashes to be imposed in silence and at arms length by sprinkling dry on the head rather than pasting with the thumb using olive oil.

St.Oswalds will be the host church for the three parishes the following Sunday, the first of Lent when it will hold a morning service.


Water and gas supply: Multi-utility services contractor J Geraghty engineers are bringing in water and gas into a new housing scheme at Greengate Lane in Long Preston.

New water piping is being trenched in from the A65 where there is a connection to Yorkshire Water. Long Preston village is largely provided for by Long Preston Water Trust who supply toward 300 properties in the village. Their water is both gathered and treated locally. This existing supply could not continue meet the demands of the village, should its housing stock continue to expand, and new water was brought into the village some years ago supplied by Yorkshire Water.

Part of the trenching has also enabled the laying of gas pipes in the same trench. The new supplies will enable work on the housing scheme to be furthered & the new housing development is well on its way to completion.


Church News: Revd Julie Clarkson invites you to join her for Celtic Morning Prayer at 9.45am via Zoom today. This has become a regular Thursday morning meeting. Email for the Zoom link to join this affirming start to a Thursday morning.

The first of our new fortnightly “Bring your Own” Coffee Morning on Tuesday 2 February was a great success. Mollie Ralphson spoke about the much valued work of the Sue Ryder hospice, Manorlands. Settle’s ‘Manorlands’ supporters group would appreciate any donations or help with their fundraising. Contact Lucy Knowles for more details of their “Lucky Squares”.

You could, if you’re lucky, win a voucher for a take away meal from The Harts Head. Ian Orton, a trustee of the Settle Area Swimming Pool is the guest speaker at the next B Y O Coffee Morning on Tuesday 16 February.

Throughout Lent, which this year starts on Wednesday 17 February (Ash Wednesday), Revd Julie Clarkson will be leading a Lent Course based on ‘Rhythm of Life’. It’s planned to have 2 Lent groups meeting weekly, online. The first is on Wednesday 17 February at 7.30pm. An afternoon group will meet online on Thursdays at 2pm starting on 18 February. Please book your place by email -

On Sunday 14 February Revd Julie Clarkson leads the 3 Parishes online worship from Holy Ascension at 10am. Do join if you are able -

200 Club: The Settle Area Swimming Pool 200 Club February winners are: 1st Prize - No 33 - £50 Marjorie Ratcliffe; 2nd Prize - No 164- £30 Lynda Walker; 3rd prize - No 175- £20 Jean Welch.

Townhead Surgery: Thank you to all our patients who came to our clinic especially when we had IT gremlins working against us. A busy day with nearly 590 more patients in the +70 & CEV categories vaccinated.


Church news: There will not be any services in either Christ Church, Skipton, or St Mary’s Church, 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. The links are on both pages so the Christ Church Facebook page should pick up the link to St Mary’s.

Ash Wednesday February 17. Look for the service on our YouTube channel.

Oddfellows: Friendship group, Skipton Oddfellows ‘The Three Links Club,’ is inviting anyone struggling with the impact of spending increasing time alone to join them at one of their regular free online social events.

The group has a diary of upcoming Zoom events, which they can send out to anyone should they get in touch. They include: Every Wednesday at 11am: National Cuppa and Chat and every Thursday at 2pm: Just-for-fun Thursdays.

Social organiser Rachel Dawson and branch secretary Sarah Butcher added: “It’s been a hard start to 2021 for many. Even though we can’t meet up, we still want to bring a bit of friendly conversation, company and comfort into people’s homes.”