News from around the district from our correspondents.


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. For Church of England daily prayers call free on: 0800 8048044.

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

Austwick Village Show: Please put Sunday August 7 in your diaries as the committee is hopeful that the show will go on. Full schedule will be available in June/July but to get everyone prepared information has been posted on the village website and in the parish news. The AGM of the Association expects to hold its delayed AGM before Easter in the village hall, subject to any limits on gathering still in force. Everyone in the village is welcome to attend and share their ideas. While village life has been understandably curtailed the work in our gardens does on and for many has been a welcome addition to health and well being. We hope Austwick Village Show will be superb as in previous less demanding times.

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. Thank you for all your continued support.

Our contact details for orders are - 01524251415 or email


Rector’s message: This Sunday is the First Sunday of Lent where we are reminded of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. First he is offered bread, then notoriety and finally untold wealth. These are very modern temptations and we will all have been assailed with promises of instant gratification, (on-line) celebrity and the promises of riches. However, Jesus resists all these temptations and, instead, opts for the path that is ordained for him by God. This is the way of the cross. In this period of Lent, let us reflect on the path God wishes us to follow in our lives. The road which our baptism has committed us – the path which God wishes us to travel rather than the path down which we are tempted.

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


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235.

Church news: Many thanks to Jane and Robert for bagging up oranges, sweets, candles, foil, ribbon and colouring sheets for last Sunday`s celebration of Christingle. Thirty four children in Horton, plus five outside the parish and fourteen adults received the Christingle packs. The first photograph of a creation came through from Rosie Wilson of Selside at teatime. There are now other photographs displayed on the board at the back of the church. Thanks also to all who helped with the later delivery of packs after the service of Evening Prayer.

A service for the combined parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe will be held at St. Oswalds church on Sunday at 10.30.a.m. The first Sunday of Lent.


Graham Taylor –

Farnhill Parish Council: The next meeting of Farnhill Parish Council will take place on Thursday February 25 starting at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held by video but members of the public may attend remotely. Anyone wishing to join the meeting should contact the Secretary of the Council, Sue Harding-Hill, by emailing for login details.

Kildwick and Farnhill Institute calendar 2022: The Institute is currently closed but hopes to be open soon. However, the annual Institute Calendar will be back in 2022.

The competition to find photographs of Kildwick and Farnhill for possible inclusion in the calendar is now open. Submissions should be made to before the closing date of 31st May 2021.

Full competition rules go to then click on the picture of the Institute. Please read the rules, as many pictures are rejected for failure to adhere to them.

You do not need to live in either village to get a picture selected.

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 (


Church news: St Aidan’s is currently closed because of the Covid situation. However a weekly service of Morning Prayers is on You Tube. Further details from the church wardens on The Methodist Chapel holds an online service on Sundays at 10.30am and a Prayer meeting is held on the 1st Sunday of the month at 6 pm. Contact Pauline on 07931 511652 for details.

Community news: The Wesley Centre hosts the Community Pantry which is open on Fridays between 2pm and 3pm. For people shielding or unable to visit, deliveries and also collections are available. Apart from donations of food and money, books and jigsaws in good condition are welcomed. Contact Pauline Wright on 07931 511652.

H’s Village Stores and Butchers can deliver where necessary in the Hellifield area. Telephone before 12 noon for delivery in the afternoon.

Hazy Dayz Café and Shed 24H the Station Tea Rooms and Exhibition Centre remain closed at the moment.

Magazine: The Hellifield Herald magazine is distributed free around the village. Activities and events are thin on the ground at the moment due to the Covid situation. The magazine welcomes any articles, photos, humorous anecdotes, poems and stories. Plus articles on Hellifield past and present. Any subject welcomed. Please submit your entries by the due date mentioned in each issue. Contact the magazine at See this months issue for more details.


Playgroup: Long Preston Playgroup and Pre-school, based at Long Preston Primary School, in School Lane is charity run and highly depends on fundraising and support from the local community and playgroup families.

Playgroup is currently open for all families during this lockdown with limited spaces now available.

The playgroup and pre-school have received some great support recently during recent fundraising efforts such the valentine’s bonus ball and bag to school collections. The next main fundraiser for playgroup will be the Annual Easter Egg hunt and raffle. Trail packs will be available to purchase from playgroup and donations of Easter related raffle prizes to add to the hampers is much appreciated. Playgroup and pre-school children have been helping spread cheer through the village after a difficult 12 months.

When they heard about the community effort to raise smiles by lighting up the tree on the village green over the Valentine’s weekend, the children decided to help too. They decorated hearts during the week and they then went along to watch them being displayed on the village green by playgroup and pre-school staff members. The idea was to bring a smile to the faces of villagers, or even a passer-by who may be feeling lonely or sad on Valentine’s Day.


Church news: Settle Parish Church. The second of our online Coffee Mornings took place on Tuesday 16 February. Ian Orton, trustee of Settle Community Swimming Pool, joined us. He shared latest news of the proposed Health and Fitness Hub to be built at the pool. The “Bring your Own Coffee Mornings” take place, online, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month. Email for the link. We’ll have an update from The Folly on Tuesday March 2.

Lent Groups are meeting online too. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm and on Thursdays at 2pm. Please email Revd Julie Clarkson to book your place - The Lent courses will be based on “Rhythm of Life”, materials which support our schools.

For folk who haven’t access to the internet , Revd Julie has prepared some “Lent in a Bag” bags. Each small bag contains a few items and a guide to help with prayer, reflection and meditation throughout Lent.

Celtic Morning Prayer continues on Thursday mornings from 9.45am. Again do contact Revd Julie for the Zoom link.

Tomorrow “Settle Pantry”, a food bank, opens in Holy Ascension at 11am till 12noon. This is for anyone needing a bit of extra help. No registration is necessary other than the normal Covid ‘Track and Trace’. Please observe the Covid safety measures and keep yourself and our volunteers safe.

Following the publication of the latest book by Sarah Lister “End of the Line - Settle’s Navvies” you are invited to join an online celebration in words and music on Friday February 27, 3.00pm - 4.00pm. Sarah will be sharing stories of the men who built the Settle/Carlisle line. Mark Dowding, railway ballarder, will join with some of the many songs of the era. This is a FREE event but you will, if you wish, be able to help fund maintenance of the graveyard, especially the proposed Infant Memorial area. Please email to book your seat!

Recently we’ve experienced a few, frustrating internet gremlins with ‘live’ services. However you can find a recording of last Sunday’s service of Holy Communion led by Revd Julie Clarkson on YouTube - Do join us, using the same link, for Online 3 Parishes Worship this coming Sunday - 21 February at 10am.


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 10am 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 9.00pm 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.