Village news 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 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. Call Church of England daily prayers for free on 0800 8048044

Parish News: The new edition can be found on the village website.

Cross Leigh Stores & Post Office: The shop and post office will maintain regular opening times.


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. There will also be Night Prayer on Zoom at 9pm every evening.

Lent Groups - there will be Lent groups on Zoom. contact Rev Sheena on 01282 812028 or email: for details.


Rector’s Message: This coming Sunday is the third of Lent and we are now half way through the forty days and forty nights. In this period, we not only remember our Lord in the wilderness, but also the Israelites who also spent forty years in the wilderness after they left Egypt.

Church news: It was decided that Bolton Priory Church would re-open for worship on Palm Sunday March 28 and then the Sunday after on Easter Day and thereafter each Sunday for the 10.30 am service. Maundy Thursday and the Three Hour Devotion on Good Friday will both be on-line. The tower remains open for private prayer.

For the Church Sunday audio services, the weekly sheet and magazine please look at our website


WI news: The group hopes to restart village hall meetings when lockdown ends but in the meantime the WI has been conducting meetings with speakers remotely. Members can access the next talk on Tuesday, March 9. It is called ‘History in a shoebox’ by Viv Rivis from Burton Leonard. Members can join the online platform from 7pm. The talk will begin at 7.30pm.

Council vacancy: Embsay with Eastby Parish Council has a councillor vacancy. To express your interest send your details to: for further details ring 07414850766


Graham Taylor –

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 May 31.

For full competition rules go to then click on the picture of the Institute.

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 (


Grassington Hub: We are open 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday for telephone calls only. Current services: prescription delivery, shopping for essentials, NYLAF grants, home library, library select and collect service, photocopying/printing by appointment only.

Grassington Community Library: If you would like books delivered to your home during the current lockdown please contact us. We’ve had a lot of new books delivered this last month. If you would like a list ring: 01756 752222

Prescription Delivery: For delivery of prescription medication from Boots pharmacy in Grassington to the district please call Grassington Hub.

Covid 19 Support Grant: For food and essentials, available for people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home, and do not have family or friends who can help them.

Would you like a weekly friendly phone call? One of our friendly volunteers will call you once a week for a chat. Again, contact the Hub for details.


Wesley Centre: Discipleship Explored Fellowship Groups are held online on Tuesday evenings from 7.45pm on Zoom. Meeting ref: 862 6016 9875 - PW 726337. The Community Pantry held on Fridays between 2 - 3 pm welcomes visitors and donations. Large quantity of quality complimentary paperbacks to chose from. Contact Pauline on 07931 511652.

Church news: St Aidan’s services are held on line on Sunday mornings. See You Tube and Facebook for details. (Hellifield and Long Preston Parish Churches) or contact

Football club: The Football Club is interested in any old pictures or stories relating to the history of the team from members of the community, ex players etc. If you would like to donate anything of interest contact Adam Procter on or call 07712 544673.

Methodists: There will be a Pop-In Prayer time session this Sunday at the Chapel between 6 - 7pm. All are welcome to pray for the community, loved ones, and our troubled world during this quiet hour.


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235.

Church news: A service of Evening Prayer for Lent will be held in St. Oswalds church on Sunday at 3.p.m. It is not possible to hold a healing service despite the needs of the parish and the world but the prayers at the end of the service will comprise of the lighting of candles on the votive stand. Please come prepared to light a candle for a friend or a situation, or to light one on behalf of someone who cannot be present.

Looking ahead to Mothering Sunday, there will not be the normal messy Mothering Sunday service with its traditional hour of crafts and food but young people in the parish are invited to St. Oswalds church on Saturday 13th March from 2.p.m until 5.p.m when they can make a posy, colour a card or create a craft item on the distanced tables. Members of the Mothers Union will have been busy making cakes to take away. Pieces of Simnel cake will be wrapped beforehand. If anyone is unable to drop in on the Saturday, cards can be delivered so they can be coloured in at home.


Food bank: Settle’s Food Bank is open in church on Fridays from 11am till 12noon. No registration is necessary. Just check in with Track and Trace details for Covid safety. Please pass on details of this facility. The Food Bank is well stocked with non - perishable and fresh foodstuffs.

Last Saturday’s online event featuring stories and songs of Settle’s Navvies was a great international success! Folk ‘zoomed’ in from far and wide - from Ribblesdale to the USA.

Last week, after the latest news re: Covid restrictions, our Church Council agreed to open Holy Ascension for Sunday Worship with all safety precautions in place.

This Sunday, March 7, you are invited to join with Revd Julie Clarkson who will lead the Family Service in church at 11am. and via YouTube.

Celtic Morning Prayer continues on Thursday mornings from 9.45am via Zoom. Also there’s still time to join the Lent groups which meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm and on Thursday’s at 2pm. Contact Revd Julie for the Zoom links - 01729 825955.


Methodist circuit: On Sunday March 7 worship will resume in Grassington 10:30 am, Long Preston, 10:30 am, Malham 9:30 am fortnightly and Skipton Trinity Methodist 10:30 am .

On Sunday March 14 Bradley Methodist Church 10:30 am will also re-open and on Sunday March 28 Skipton St Andrew’s will resume services in church at 10.30am..

Parkinson’s support group: The group meets monthly on Zoom for anyone affected by Parkinson’s. The next meeting is on Thursday March 18 at 2pm. For more details ring Sue on 01756 796967 or email


Church news: There will not be any services in either Christ Church or St Mary’s until further notice. A Zoom Eucharist is held at 10am on Sunday mornings. To join contact

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.