Church news: There will be no church services until further notice. Please join our online Services each Sunday at 10.30am on Zoom: 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 can be accessed 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.

Barnoldswick and Bracewell

Church news: Holy Trinity Church will remain closed for services until further notice. This also includes Ghyll Church, Barnoldswick and St Michael’s, Bracewell. This decision is reviewed by our PCC each month and depends on when lockdown rules change.

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 at the following times:

1. Thursday afternoons ( March 18th & 25th) 2:15pm for 2:30pm to 4pm meeting.

2. Wednesday evenings (March 17th, 24th & 31st) 7:15pm for 7:30pm to 9pm meeting.

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 code to the zoom meetings and evening prayer and for any of the other meetings/happenings.

March 23 is the National Day of Reflection and will be thinking about and reflecting on the last 12 months, where our lives have been blighted by Covid-19.

It will be one year on this date, that the first lockdown was imposed on us.

We would like to invite all of you to take part in remembering all who are suffering as a result as well as those who have died.

Our 3 churches invite you to tie a ribbon onto the gates or railings of your preferred church.

Holy Trinity / St Mary-le-Ghyll / St Michaels Bracewell

The bows are already made and will be placed at each church entrance for you to pick a colour of your choice, free of charge, to tie onto the railings, gates, or arches.

You can also write on the ribbon, the name of the person you are thinking about if you wish too.

The bows are already in place at our churches from today and will be present until Easter. Please use as many bows as you need.

Bolton Abbey

Church news: This Sunday is Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday was revived in the Church in 1913 to honour “Mother Churches, mothers of earthly homes. Mary Mother of Jesus and Mother nature”. Today we tend to focus solely on “mothers of earthly homes” which is so very important. However, it is also important to remember the Church where we were baptised as well as “mother nature” who is suffering so much as a result of our excesses. “Mary, Mother of Jesus” reminds us of the Holy family and also that families come in all shapes and sizes. Many people act as “mothers” to their children, reminding us all that, ultimately, God too gathers his “children under his Wing”. The Church is 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


Parish council: The council met online on Feb 23. A police report recalled incidents dealt with by the police included anti-social behaviour, two alleged violent crimes and a number of alleged breaches of the covid 19 regulations. In relation to highways matters, the Council noted that there had been some attention to road-salt bins throughout the parish and that a response had been received to an enquiry made of North Yorkshire County Council after the last meeting with regard to the possibility of restoring a bridge across the River Wenning. The Council also noted that a damaged speed restriction sign in Newby had been repaired. Other matters noted for referral to the appropriate authorities were a partially collapsed wall on the A65 on the “ Newby Straight”, flooding on Reeby’s Lane and near to Clapham Station and the state of Laithbutts Lane which, owing to flooding on some sections, has become very difficult to negotiate.

The Council was informed that plans to install a handrail in Clapham Churchyard are awaiting approval by the church authorities and a defibrillator, to be installed at Newby Chapel, has been ordered. In relation to the Neighbourhood Planning initiative the Council was made aware of the award of a further grant to cover costs. Further progress is on hold pending a response from Craven District Council to the draft plan. In relation to the climate emergency issue the Council was informed of an imminent online community meeting to discuss possible initiatives. Donations were made to three local organisations, namely, Settle Swimming Pool, Craven and Harrogate Citizens Advice and the Clapham Park Association. It also approved a contribution to the North Craven Heritage Trust’s response to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Local Plan consultation. The next online meeting will be on Tuesday March 23 at 7.30pm.


Church news: St.Alkelda’s. Last Sunday, for the first time since the latest lockdown, we met again in church. Faces were covered, social distance was observed. But in spite of these limitations, it was a pleasure just to be together in person and to share in the Communion “bread”. The plan is to continue with the church open for the regular services on Sundays and Wednesdays, though it will be closed on the other weekdays. So this Sunday, March 14, there will be Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and Morning Worship for Mothering Sunday at 9.30am. We shall be thanking God for our own mothers, and are asked to bring a picture if we wish. On Tuesday 16th the “BYO Coffee Morning” will take place on Zoom from 10.45.a.m. (Email events@settle for the link.) The subject of the talk will be Food Banks in Craven. Wednesday 17th. Holy Communion at 9.30.a.m. Friday 19th “Settle Pantry”, our food bank, will be open 11.00.-12.00 at Holy Ascension church.


Grassington Hub: 01756 752222. We are open 9am to 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, advice and information.

Community Library: If you would like books delivered to your home during the current lockdown please contact us. We are also providing the library select and collect service.

Prescription Delivery: For delivery of prescription medication from Boots pharmacy in Grassington please call Grassington Hub. Deliveries Monday, Wednesday and Friday by local volunteers. Covering Grassington, all Upper Wharfedale Villages, Cracoe, Rylstone & Hetton.

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. Eligibility criteria apply.

Would you like a weekly friendly phone call? One of our friendly volunteers will call you once a week for a chat. It will be the same person every week.


Institute 200 Club: The March results of the 200 Club are: 1st No 96 Jen Darling; 2nd No 174 Dave Clements; 3rd No 172 Roisin Black.

Community Pantry:The Community Pantry which is based in the Wesley Centre is part of the Fareshare scheme which through Age UK enables surplus food to be collected, courtesy of Tesco’s in Skipton and Gargrave Co-Op. With the help of a grant from the government, and the generous donations of food from visitors and members of the community, the Pantry has been a success, and is open on Fridays between 2 and 3 pm.

Donations of books and jigsaws are welcome and a collection and delivery service is available .

Church news: All services are held on line, which includes St Aidan’s and the Methodist Church. St Aidan’s holds an on-line service on Sunday mornings. See Facebook and You Tube. The Methodists holds a Zoom meeting at 2pm on Sundays. The Methodists also hold a Prayer Meeting on the 1st Sunday of each month at 6 pm.


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235.

Church news: A Messy Mothering Drop-in will take place at St Oswald’s church on Saturday. Call in between 2pm and 5pm to make a posy, colour a card or paint a gift for mum, gran or great-gran at the distanced craft tables. Pieces of Simnel cake will be wrapped to takeaway. There will be no service in St.Oswalds church on Sunday but there is a planned delivery of cards and flowers around the village.

Members and friends of St Oswalds church send condolences to the family of David Towers. He and his wife Elizabeth retired to Langcliffe in 1997. David loved preaching and helped in many churches in the Bowland & Ewecross Deanery, including St. Oswalds.


Parish council: Meeting held on Monday March 1

Police Report – Sergeant Breen spoke about the range of activities the police engage in including guardians of public health during the pandemic. He then spoke more specifically about incidents of crime in the area which remains very low. Going forward into the spring the focus will be on traffic policing and measures against careless road use in order to preserve public safety. He confirmed that the police station was not on the market, and he understood there was no immediate plan to dispose of the property. Chairman Cllr Carl Lis commented that there had been more visitors in the area during the previous weekend, to which the police officer agreed and it would be a matter that the police would be monitoring in the coming months.

Village Map and App: S Lyselle spoke about the selection process when selecting a designer for the village map. After discussion on the merits of the various designs, Cllr Lis proposed David Goodman be the designer chosen, this was seconded by Cllr Brown.

Planning: The Chairman raised the matter of the local housing needs survey but Cllr. Lis confirmed with regret that these are no longer produced for the specific local Ingleton area only.

Highways: winter gritting. It was agreed that the parish council should employ a contractor to go round on a quad bike and a salt spreader. Arrangements should be made to do this for the next winter.

Climate Change /Environment – Cllr. Lis commented that he has got some data on climate change and has spoken to the Climate change office at Craven and was pleased to confirm that Leeds University are doing an emissions survey on Ingleton and will report back once the data is available.

Reports from and questions to District, County and Parish Councillors - Cllr. Lis confirmed that Craven District Councillors have approved the budget for next year an increase of £5 on a Band D (10p a week).Figures for police and fire not yet available. Following the prevention of the development of the lorry car park a new cash machine will be installed and the area will be relined. The Councillor confirmed it was likely the CDC will not appeal the planning decision. Discussion followed on the practicalities of controlling dog fouling. Cllr. Weller asked about the cost of catching and prosecuting an offender. The Cllr. Lis stated it was estimated that a significant part of the costs would be recovered from fines. Cllr. Weller suggested free dog bags dispensers could be installed in the park.


Book and talk: North Craven Heritage Trust is set to enjoy two centuries of racing over the Three Peaks next Wednesday, March 17.

Victoria Benn will be talking at 7.30pm via Zoom on “Peak Performance-Ingleborough’s Sporting Legacy”.

She will recount the racing exploits and personal stories of pioneers of fell running and cross country cycling.

Current top UK athletes will also feature.

A second edition of Victoria’s book: “The Sporting History of Ingleborough and the Three Peaks” will be published this month by Tickled Trout Press, copies of which will be priced at £10.50.

NCHT members will receive an invitation automatically to the Zoom meeting and guests are very welcome. Please email for an invitation.

Kildwick and Farnhill

Graham Taylor –

Institute:– Calendar 2022: The Institute is currently closed but hopes to be opening again 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.

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

Church news: St. Andrew’s Church is closed, but is hoping to reopen for Sunday services in April. 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 (

On Sunday 14th, bunches of flowers will be left in the church porch. They are there for anyone to take – but one bunch only, please.

Parish council: The remote meeting of Farnhill Parish Council was held on January 28.

A member of the public informed the council that he had, with the permission of the residents of Farnhill Hal, repaired the oak gate for the stile at the top of the footpath from between Farnhill Hall & Farnhill Manor to Milking Hill Canal Bridge.

The Parish Council put forward two proposals for position of vice chairman of the parish council, Cllr J Waring and Cllr S Wood and it was agreed that Cllr J Waring be elected. Cllr S Wood was elected to be the parish council’s representative for YLCA.

The elections will take place in 2022 and the old council will not leave power for another two years.

CDC & NYCC representative Cllr P Mulligan reported that the Covid Rate had dropped but he stated that people must not let their guard down and must be vigilant.

He stated that during the first lockdown there was only 18 per cent of the usual traffic on the roads but during the second lockdown there was 40 per cent.

There is very significant financial pressure on the councils at the moment and CDC rely on fees and charges which are reduced at the moment and have paid out a lot through furlough but the government have helped and they have managed to keep their part of the council tax rise to £5 per year extra due to good management.

NYCC get the majority of the council tax and they have raised their part by 3.49 per cent.

The time has now lapsed for residents of the village to request an election for the position of councillor to fill the vacancy so the parish council can now co-opt somebody. Clerk to put up a notice on the noticeboard and a note on the website asking anyone who would like to be a councillor to contact the clerk at the above address.

Area5 have confirmed that all the locations for grit bins in the village have been added to their schedule for replenishment.

Some of the residents of Langkirk Close have complained about lack of parking space outside their homes and after contacting CDC they say they fully appreciate the issues, however they are unable to create any additional spaces on their sites at Farnhill at this moment in time.

Bucklar Hill is currently in the initial feasibility stages of a potential development and the land they own at Langkirk is leased to a housing association.

But they will raise the parking issues with the housing association to see if they can do anything to assist their residents.

The parish council to meet at Langkirk to discuss a suitable proposal and the chairman to draft a plan and letter to be approved by the council and sent to residents of Langkirk.

The parish council resolved to continue with the lease at the play area at the same price as we have been paying. Clerk to inform CDC.

A quote has been received for the repairs to the play area and a valuation for insurance purposes of what it would cost to replace the equipment & surfacing. Clerk to inform the insurance company of the value and to get another quote for the equipment.

CDC has informed the parish council that they have public liability insurance in place for the wall at the rear of the play area.

The chairman and clerk met with Peter Ball from NYCC to discuss several lights in the village. They discussed which would be the best position for the light outside the play area and the best position for the light at Hanover Street to give off the most light.

He was also asked to give a quote for the light at No 57 if it could not be repaired. He will be in touch with details of costs.

Clerk also to give the valuation cost of replacing all the lights in the village to the insurance company


Church news: A couple more volunteers are needed to help at Settle’s Food Bank in church on Fridays from 11am till 12noon. Please contact Revd Julie Clarkson for more details - 01729 825955 or Donations of toilet rolls, soap and toiletries would be very useful. Stocks of food are good.

“Food Banks in Craven” is the subject for discussion at the next Bring your Own Coffee Morning on Tuesday, 16 March, at 10.45am. Email for the Zoom link.

Holy Ascension’s Annual Meetings take place on Sunday 21 March at 12.30 after the morning service. If you’d like to be more involved in the work of your local Parish Church do take a look at the new website All details of services, life events, Annual Church meetings, the Graveyard Project, Room Hire and much more can be found there. Contact Revd Julie for the Zoom link to join the Annual Meetings on 21 March if you are unable to attend in person.

A reminder for folk who’ve spent the last few weeks puzzling over ‘Andy’s Great Annual Quiz’ that the closing date for entries is on Sunday 14 March.

Celtic Morning Prayer continues on Thursday mornings from 9.45am. Lent groups meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm and on Thursdays at 2pm.

On Sunday 14 March, Mothering Sunday, Revd Julie Clarkson leads the service of Holy Communion, in church, at 11am. To join online go to

Skipton and Carleton

Church news: Services at Christ Church, Skipton and St Mary’s Carleton. Due to the current situation 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 by invitation from the Vicar, The Rev Ruth Harris. To join contact

Further on line services are being held as follows:-

Saturday Story for younger people can be found 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.


Church news: St Oswald’s Church, Thornton in Lonsdale will hold a simple church service for Mothering Sunday, March 14, at

9.30am. All welcomed with safe distancing and masks.

We welcome village news from all the Craven districts.

We will be pleased to highlight your events as we emerge from lockdown. Ideally forward them via our correspondents or email them to:

Upper Wharfedale

Writing competition: Children from the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation of schools recently took part in an annual writing competition run by Skipton Rotary Club.

The competition was called the Young Writers Competition and gave the children the opportunity to write a piece in a genre of their choice – from fiction, non-fiction, prose or poetry.

The title set was: ‘My Happiest Day’.

All the children who took part engaged in the task wholeheartedly.

The winners in the category for pupils between the ages of seven and 11, were Theo Savoury from Grassington Primary School, Aima Shafiq from Cracoe and Rylstone Primary School and Sophie Falshaw from Kettlewell Primary School.