News from around Craven villages from our correspondents


Church news: Good Friday Reflections - Outside Austwick Church Friday, April 2 at 2.00pm - a short service with music to reflect on the first Good Friday.

Easter Celebrations Sunday, April 4 - Clapham Churchyard - a time for gathering to celebrate new life. Followed by refreshments in the churchyard and then a short service of Holy Communion in Clapham Church at 11.30am.

Please join our online Services each Sunday at 10.30am on Zoom by clicking: The 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. Church of England daily prayers free on 0800 8048044

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

Tennis Club: Following the government’s publication of the roadmap out of coronavirus regulations the tennis club is delighted to announce that we will be resuming our coaching sessions from Monday, April 12. The sessions, led by professional coach Ueli Lempen, will run each Monday evening at the tennis club through to the summer holiday. Sessions for five to ten year olds will run from 5.30pm - 6.15pm, those for 11-16 year olds from 6.15pm -7.15pm and those for adults from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Prices are £5 a session for juniors and teenagers and £6 for adults. Because of limited numbers sessions should be booked in advance with Pam Mueller 07709808974. Regular club play will begin from March 29, but courts will need to be booked in advance and unfortunately at present will are not able allow visitors to play.

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.

Lockdown guidelines: Government Guidelines for national restrictions Craven:

Barnoldswick and Bracewell

Church news: We are pleased to announce the following services will be held over Easter : Palm Sunday, April 28 - service at 10am in Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick. Maundy Thursday, April 1 - evening Zoom service at 7pm. Good Friday, April 2 - service in St. Mary le Ghyll Church, Barnoldswick at 2pm. Holy Saturday (Easter Eve), April 3 - Zoom service at 7pm. Easter Day, Sunday, April 4 - Easter service with Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick at 10am with a Zoom service following at 11:30am.

We will carry on with live Sunday services after Easter in Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick at 10am.

All continuing safeguarding Covid measures will be adhered to whilst in our Churches.

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

If anyone is interested in Zoom please contact Rev Sheena by email at: for the access code.

We would like to thank all those who have placed a ribbon on the gates of our churches for the National Day of Reflection that was March 23.


Pop-up Pantry: Bring What You Can – Collect What You Need. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, 10 am – 12 noon, the Youth Community Centre in High Bentham opposite the Spar continues to open as the Pop-Up Pantry , a kind of swap-shop of dry goods, tinned food, juices, some fruit and veg, plus a selection of books, some from the Library, games and puzzles – all free. Anyone welcome to come in and choose what you want. We now have a fridge and freezer and well-stocked shelves and somebody has said it looks like a supermarket.

Local shops let us have items at their “Best By Date” as well as individual donations of food and money. School uniforms, cleaning and washing liquids and toilet rolls are also available. We hope we can soon be open as a place for a friendly chat and a cuppa without too many restrictions. For people who cannot come in some food boxes are taken out each week by volunteers. Started by St John’s Church, this is now a town venture supported by many different people and by their generous donations.

Easter preview: Easter Gardens and Easter Quiz Walk. People are welcome to come and look at the Easter Gardens in the Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday or Saturday 10-12 noon from 31st March. There will also be an Easter Garden in St John’s Church which is open every day from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Come to the Pop-Up Pantry to collect a quiz for the Big Yellow Easter Quiz Walk starting on Saturday March 27 and through the school holidays. This is designed for young and old alike with a prize at the end and it replaces the Churches Together in Bentham Walk of Witness this year.

Community Covid Tapestry: The Revd Anne Russell invites us “to be part of a unique tapestry to help us bring the community across the Ingleborough area to tell people’s stories of the past year. What got you through? Who do you remember? We have over 100 specially made tapestry kits to give away. The tapestry is suitable for men and women, young and old, newcomers to sewing as well as more experienced. Collect from the Pop-Up Pantry, your local church or the rectory.”

Bolton Abbey

Rector’s Message: This Sunday is Palm Sunday. We remember our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and, at the same time, we celebrate our own triumphal return to Bolton Priory at the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Week is a bitter sweet time for Christians. After celebrating Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, we follow him to the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and keep watch at his crucifixion on Good Friday. Despite the desolation of the cross however, by the end of the week, we are able to proclaim His Resurrection on Easter Day. The darkness of Lent is soon to be replaced by the light of the Resurrection.

Bolton Priory: The Sunday 10.30 am service of Holy Communion, which includes music, readings, and hymns for the week and a short sermon, can be accessed via the Bolton Priory website The extra Easter services, Maundy Thursday 7 pm and the Three Hour Devotion at 12 noon will only be on-line. On the first Sunday of the month we record our Liquid Family Service. You will also find the latest Weekly Sheet and Parish Magazine with all the news and updates.

The Church is open from Palm Sunday for the 10.30 am service and every Sunday thereafter. Places have to be booked via the Church Office. It is is closed during the rest of the week, the Tower remains open for private prayer. For the audio services, the weekly sheet and magazine please look at:


Church news: All Saints’ Church. We are delighted to say that we will reopen for worship on Sunday March 28. Communion for Palm Sunday will be at 9.30am, and be led by Hugh Fielden. All welcome.

Farnhill and Kildwick

Graham Taylor –

Farnhill Parish Council: The next meeting of Farnhill Parish Council will take place this evening (Thursday March 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 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

Church news: Easter Services at St.Andrew’s: The church will be open on Easter Sunday (April 4) for a service beginning at 11am. In order to attend you must wear a face-mask and abide by social distancing guidelines.

Until then the church will remain closed.

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 (


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235.

Parish Council: The parish council election will not take place until May 2022. However, several existing councillors wish to stand down this time. Therefore there will be vacancies with the Gargrave Parish Council with effect from May 2021. Anyone wishing to apply, please contact the clerk either by email or telephone; 01756 668209.

Toilets progress: Gargrave Needs A Toilet group (GNAT) had a successful AGM and wish to thank everyone who attended. Fantastic progress is being made on their renovations to the facilities and the group welcomes any donations of time, materials or equipment that may assist in their continued work. Please contact 07778980994 if you would like to discuss how you may be able to help.


Church news: St.Alkelda’s. Palm Sunday, March 28. 8am. Holy Communion (BCP). 9.30am. Holy Communion with Liturgy of the Palms.


Gala: Due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation, it has been decided that Hellifield Gala will not take place this year. The gala is normally held on the first Saturday in August. Any subsequent aala activities that may be held this year will be announced at a later stage.

Church news: The Easter Sunday service will be held on April 4 in the Methodist Chapel at 2pm. There will also be a pop-up hour of prayer at 6pm on the same day.

Community Pantry: The Community Pantry continues to be open on Fridays between 2pm and 3pm at the Wesley Centre on Haw Grove. Donations are welcome plus books and jigsaws in good condition. Contact Pauline on 01729 850802 or 07931511652.

Football Club: There has been a good response to the club’s request for photos and memories of Hellifield’s Football teams in the past. To view these on facebook go to the Hellifield Sports FC Page. Please continue to send in any memories, photos etc to Adam Procter 07712 544673


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235

Church news: Thanks to everyone for baking Simnel cakes for distribution over the weekend of Mothering Sunday. Gillian created a giant cake at St Oswald’s church together with mini- carrot buns that went down well, literally, with the younger ones. There were nine children in attendance for the Messy Church activities and twenty five posies were delivered in Horton, Newhouses, Selside, Studfold and Helwith Bridge. Mugs for Grans were painted with the new porcelain pens though at least one was for a Grandad.

Thanks also to those who brought irises and tulips to Messy Church so that the children could mix three stems of each with three daffodils , greenery from gardens and churchyards and a palm cross.

There will be a service of Holy Communion in St Oswald’s church on Palm Sunday at 10.30am with the blessing of Palms.

Eurovision: Thank you for the music – from the BBC website. James Newman has released Embers as the song he’s taking to the Eurovision Song Contest. James, originally from Stainforth is a former pupil of Horton-in-Ribblesdale Junior school and Settle College. James and his wife now live in London. He describes the brassy dance track as a “banger”, and says he wanted to create something “full of positivity”. After the cancellation of Eurovision in 2020, singer-songwriter James has been given a second chance to take part.

It’s due to take place from May 18 to 22 in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. James says he wanted to write something “fun and upbeat” to mark his return to the competition. “Embers is about those sparks that don’t die out,” he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. “When we were writing this, it felt like I wanted to show everyone that we were coming back together. “It’s about having that connection and something reigniting. It’s about us emerging from this rubbish time we’ve been having. It fits with the idea that Eurovision is coming back.”

He says he was proud of 2020’s entry My Last Breath - a ballad - but it was written in a pre-pandemic climate, so he wanted to write something more positive. “Eurovision is a celebration of music and Embers fits in that vibe. Hopefully people like it.” The video’s out and James is already in rehearsal mode, working with dancers and choreographers to create the performance which he’ll take to the Rotterdam stage.


Church news: St Mary’s Church. We are delighted to say that we will reopen for worship on Sunday March 28.

Communion for Palm Sunday will be at 11.00am, and be led by Hugh Fielden. All welcome.

Long Preston

Church news: St Mary’s Church will re-open for worship on Sunday Mar 28, Palm Sunday at 11am. Our service of Morning Worship will be led by Rev Canon Ian Greenhalgh, All Welcome.

Hartley Educational Foundation: The foundation is looking for new trustees for the Hartley Educational Foundation. The Foundation is to support Long Preston school. If you would like more information please contact the clerk at


Church news: Many thanks to Jan Michael who led our Morning Worship last Sunday. Thanks also to singers, Catherine, Paul and Stephen, who were able to sing the hymns. We all look forward to the time when we all can join in with organist, Graham Toft, and ‘raise the rafters’.

Winners of Andy’s Annual Quiz have been announced. Top score came from David Hill with 99 points. Andy had more copies to mark this year probably as a result of the lockdown. The quiz made just over £200 of profit for Church Funds. Many thanks to Andy for all his hard work and to everyone who bought a copy. There’ll be a new quiz available later in the year.

Revd Julie invites you to join her for Celtic Morning Prayer on Thursday mornings from 9.45am. Contact Revd Julie on 01729 825955 or for the Zoom link.

Settle’s own Food Pantry / Food Bank opens in church on Fridays from 11am till 12noon. Do pop along. You can drop off donations or take what you need. Don’t be shy.

This coming Sunday, 28 March, is Palm Sunday. We are pleased to have the beautiful Stations of the Cross back in place. The story they tell will enhance our services throughout Holy Week and Easter. Join us this Palm Sunday as Revd Julie Clarkson leads the service of Holy Communion, in church, at 11am. Or watch online,

Skipton and Carleton

Church news: Services in Christ Church will resume during Easter, with on line services held as follows:

Saturday Story for younger people can be found on YouTube, 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.