News this week for Craven's villages from our correspondents


Church news: In response to the current Covid-19 situation and lockdown restrictions we regret that 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. Please check church noticeboards or future issues of this newsletter for updates. Church of England free daily prayers on 0800 8048044.

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

Decorate Clapham Church and Churchyard for Easter Saturday, April 3 10am -12pm. If you’d like to hang something onto the trees or make something to go on a church window sill which represents Easter and springtime.

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.

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt & Refreshments - Outside Keasden Church Sunday, April 4, 2pm - 4pm. Family fun, eggs will be replenished after each group visitors.

Come and see Eldroth Church Easter display - an Easter scene outside Eldroth Church for you to enjoy.

The great Austwick Easter Egg Hunt – now on until April 9. Quiz sheets £1 from Cross Leigh Store. Answer the quiz questions to find the eggs in the village.Thanks to Austwick School pupils who have designed the eggs that will be displayed in those places which are in the quiz.

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

Tennis Club: The tennis club will be resuming 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. Because of limited numbers sessions should be booked in advance with Pam Mueller 07709808974. Regular club play will begin from March 29.

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: Services for Holy Week and Easter.

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 and continue to place ribbons on the gates of our churches for the National Day of Reflection


Pop-up Pantry: If you are calling at the Pop-Up Pantry, open Wednesday and Friday mornings, 10 am to 12 noon, you can pick up a free Big Yellow Easter Quiz for a walk around the town – designed for young and older alike, with a prize at the end. This will go on through the school holidays. You will also find at the Pop-Up Pantry a lovely Easter garden to remind us of the resurrection of Jesus. And why not pop down to St John’s to see the Garden in the Cross by the porch with flowers/plants donated by church people.

Church news: On Friday, April 2 we are invited to Good Friday Reflections with music, readings and hot cross buns at St John’s. In the afternoon we can collect free hot cross buns- with a blessing for ourselves and neighbours. Easter Eve –Saturday. At 6pm there will be an Easter Vigil with bonfire in the churchyard, remembering the past year with marshmallows, reflections and yellow ribbons.

Easter Day. At 9am there will be a traditional service of Holy Communion and at 10.30 am an Easter service with Communion, an opportunity for a new beginning, with support, celebration, yellow ribbons and singing outside the church. For details please ring the Revd Anne Russell on 07528 572072 or email

St Boniface Catholics: For Mass times, please ring Fr Francis Smith, 01729 822525 or email

Methodists: Services are resuming at the Chapel in Station Road, 10.30 am. Contact Rev Stephen Caddy , 015242 61257 or email

Cornerstone in Low Bentham. For services at the Victoria Institute, please contact Marcie Potts by email:

The Friends: For Quaker Meetings, please contact Charlotte Munday on 015242 63152 or email

Bolton Abbey

Rectors message: This Sunday is Easter Day. Once again, we hear the story from the Gospels of the women who arrived at the tomb on Easter morning and found that it was empty. However, despite their initial despair, they are given the Good News that Jesus has risen from the dead. In the next few days and weeks they encounter the Risen Lord and their lives are transformed. Having been downcast and utterly demoralised at the crucifixion, they now know that Christ has conquered death and that there is a new life beyond. In the light of the Resurrection and the power of the Holy Spirit, we too can proclaim that Jesus Christ is risen, Alleluia.

Church news: The Church is now open every Sunday for the 10.30 am service. 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:

Clapham cum Newby

Parish Council: met online on the evening of March 23 with twelve members of the public in attendance. A police report had been provided and was read to the meeting. This included details of thirteen incidents that had occurred in the parish between February 24 and March 2 of March 2021. In relation to highways matters the clerk was asked to report potholes on Keasden Road to North Yorkshire County Council and to reiterate the need for a gap in the wall on the A65 near Newby to be repaired before it worsens. The Council was informed that a defibrillator it had purchased has been installed at Newby Chapel and has been registered with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. There was some discussion of the proposed reorganisation of local government. Of the two available alternatives in the event of reorganisation, the Council favours a division of the county on east/west lines. There was only one planning matter before the council, an application for variation of conditions attaching to a grant of planning permission at the Water Treatment Works on Keasden Road. The Council had no comment to make on the application.


Church news: All Saints’ Church. Communion for Easter Sunday will take place at 9.30am and will be led by Hugh Fielden. All welcome.


Easter egg trail: From April 2 to 9 Embsay with Eastby Pre-School playgroup are holding an Easter Egg trail around Embsay. Participants are encouraged to follow the trail, find the letters and crack the code to find their prize (which have been kindly donated by Morrison’s and Tesco’s). Entrance is free but there will be a collection box for donations. The trail sheet will be available from Embsay village shop and on Facebook. The villagers with houses along the route are being encouraged to decorate their gardens or windows to make it an even more enjoyable community event. Entrants are also encouraged to send a selfie on the trail to embsaypreschool for the chance to win a season ticket for and kindly donated by Bolton Abbey Estate.

Good neighbours: Embsay and Eastby Good Neighbours are still here to provide: Transport to attend medical appointments and Covid vaccinations, transport to other appointments, collect prescriptions. collect shopping, provide a listening ear and befriending service. Call us on 07544 004971.

Farnhill and Kildwick

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Circuit Training: Circuit training sessions will take place 9am to 10am, Monday to Friday, until 9th April on the Peggy Wilson Field (opposite the school) in Kildwick.

Small donations to the Peggy Wilson Trust would be appreciated but are not mandatory. Social distancing will be observed. Exercises can be modified for absolute beginners to hardcore high intensity fanatics. No equipment required.

Refreshments: The “Coffee & Crumb” refreshment van is providing take-away hot drinks, cakes, etc., 9am to 4pm, on Wed to Fri / 9am to 5pm, on Sat and Sun. Located by the canal bridge in Kildwick, just up from the school.

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 (

Farnhill Parish Council: The remote meeting of Farnhill Parish Council was held on February 25, 2021. Five members of the council were present, plus the clerk, S Harding-Hill. The minutes of the meeting held on January 28 were approved by the council.

The position of councillor is still vacant and anybody interested should contact the clerk.

A letter has been sent to the residents of Langkirk Close regarding the lack of parking space outside their homes and to update them on progress so far. The Parish Council proposed to hold an open meeting in the institute as soon as lockdown regulations allow.

An email was received from a resident regarding the old single grate drain downpipe at the junction of Main Street & Bradley Road which had filled with water and was overflowing onto the road. Cllr S Wood said that there are a number of issues with drains and water leaking on Bradley Road. A response has been received from ROSPA regarding our dissatisfaction with the Play Area report and they say that the Inspector identified the decay in the post and identified it as a risk score of 10.

It was proposed by Cllr J Waring and seconded by Cllr S Wood that we go ahead with the quote from Pennine Playgrounds for the repairs needed but also to include a stepping post which was not on the quote.


Art Exhibition: Gargrave Art Exhibition committee has unanimously decided to postpone their popular art exhibition held in the village hall for a second year. Co-chair, Sheila Bamford said there were too many remaining uncertainties and compromises that would have to be made in the organisation and delivery of the show.

In any normal year planning for the show would begin in the next few weeks and given the current uncertainties the committee has concluded it would not be able to plan with confidence for the delivery of a cultural, social and community art event.

The committee has begun working on the 2022 exhibition where it can eventually hold its 50th show, fashionably late.


Church news: St.Alkelda’s. Good Friday, April 2. 7.30pm People at the Passion. (A programme of music and meditation.) Saturday 3rd. 6pm Easter Vigil. Easter Sunday, April 4, 9.30am. Holy Communion. 6pm Evensong. Happy Easter!


Wesley Centre: The monthly club for children age 5 - 12 years ‘Helikids’ will start having sessions again on Sunday the 11th April at 10.30am. With crafts, games and lots of activities. Contact Pauline on 07931511652.

Community Pantry: This is available in the Wesley Centre and is open on Fridays between 2pm and 3pm. The Pantry accepts donations of food, and also books and jigsaws in good condition. Contact Pauline. Collection and delivery is available.

Church news: Services have resumed at St Aidan’s on Sunday mornings, with Morning Worship at 9.30am. Safety measures are in place, but all are welcome back to the Church.

Village facilities: The Hazy Dayz Café is still closed as is Shed 24H Station Café. H’s store and butchers are available for deliveries for people still isolated or in difficulties getting to the shops. The fish and chip shop is open at advertised times. For details on deliveries contact Village Store 01729 851103 and the Butchers 01729 851406.

Football memories: Don’t forget to contact Adam Procter on 07712 544673 if you have any photo’s or memories of the Hellifield football team over the years, or email Visit the Hellifield Sports FC page on Facebook.


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235

Church news: There will be a Maundy Thursday service this evening for the combined parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe at 7.30pm in St John’s church at Langcliffe. Holy Communion will be followed by music until approximately 8.30.p.m.

There will be no churches together passion play in the area this year so the cross will be carried through Horton-in-Ribblesdale on Good Friday, arriving in St. Oswald`s churchyard around 11.a.m.

There will be readings and prayers afterwards either in the church or churchyard.

Many thanks to all who supplied lillies or arranged flowers or pedestals for Easter. Please call into church over the Easter period for quiet reflection and to enjoy the delightful arrangements.

A service of Holy Communion will be held in St. Oswalds church on Sunday at 6.30.p.m. A distanced egg hunt will be held after the service.


Church news: St Mary’s Church. Communion for Easter Sunday will be at 11am, and will be led by Hugh Fielden. All welcome.


Library: Settle Community Library will be open from April 12th. Our opening hours will remain at Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, 2-4pm, as well as Saturday morning 10-12.

Masks must be worn by those entering the library, hand sanitiser is available and the QR code is still in use. Information will be collected for Track and Trace purposes. The Home Delivery Service has continued throughout. Please contact the library if you would prefer books delivered to your home by our volunteers.

Our next talk via Zoom is on 16th April, 7pm. Kathleen Kinder will deliver the second part of her talk on the Modern Novel. Our activities have been on hold, but some book groups continue to meet via Zoom.

We are hoping to restart our Reading Friends group and our Knit and Natter group when it is safe to do so.

Our children’s activities, including storytime will also begin again when possible. At present, storytime is on settle library Facebook page

Our volunteers would like to thank all of you for supporting your local library.

Remember that books can still be returned in the returns box in Settle Co-op.

To contact us about our services or to receive a link for the talk please email or phone 01609 534535 or message on our Facebook page.

Updates will be placed in our newsletter, on posters as well as Facebook, twitter or our website so please keep checking as last minute changes cannot always be avoided.

Church news: A meditation for Good Friday, "People at the Passion" will take place in Holy Ascension at 2pm. You may also like to follow Churches Together in Settle and District's "Journey to the Cross" via on Good Friday too . Four scenes from Settle's annual Passion Plays re-enacted around the town (before Covid - 19 meant the cancellation of this event) together with meditations and prayers will be available to view every hour, on the hour, starting at 10am with the 'Last Supper'.

On Saturday April 3, Easter Eve, Revd Julie Clarkson leads an Easter Vigil , for all 3 Parishes, at St Alkelda's, Giggleswick at 6pm. 

Easter Day, Sunday 4 April, begins with the  Churches Together "Sunrise Service" at 7am. As last year the early risers will greet the new day via Zoom. Please contact Sally Waterson (Hon. Sec. Churches Together in Settle and District) tel: 01729 822311 for the Zoom link.

Further Easter celebrations continue at Holy Ascension with an 8am traditional Holy Communion Service followed by Family Worship at 11am led by Revd Julie Clarkson. Do join us to celebrate and reflect on this very special day. Everyone is most welcome. Follow the live stream at 11am

Bring Your Own Coffee to our regular online Coffee Morning  on Tuesday April 6 at 10.45am for 11am. Andy Fox from North Yorkshire police will be offering advice to safeguard us and our families from fraudsters. for link to join.

Churches Together: For several years church members from Settle and the surrounding villages have produced and performed in a Passion Play in various locations around the town. Sadly due to the Covid - 19 pandemic the Passion Play did not take place last year and cannot be performed this year. But thanks to modern technology using previous recordings with the addition of meditations and prayers folk can follow "Journey to the Cross" during Good Friday. 4 scenes, starting with  'The Last Supper'  are available to watch each hour from 10am. Click on to follow. 

Members of Churches Together in Settle and District invite you to join them at the Sunrise Service on Easter morning at 7am. This will be a Zoom meeting. Please contact Sally Waterson (Hon. Sec. CTiSaD) for the link : 01729 822311 or email

Skipton and Carleton

Church news: Services at Christ Church, Skipton and St Mary’s Carleton.

Services held in Christ Church and St Mary’s will resume during Easter, as well as on line services 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 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.

Parkinson’s Support Group: Skipton and District. Mags Ormerod, Parkinson’s nurse at Airedale Hospital, will be the guest at the group’s next meeting which is on Thursday, April 15 at 2pm. The meeting will take place on Zoom and is open to anyone affected by Parkinson’s. For more details ring Sue on 01756 796967 or email


Church news: Public worships restarts at St Andrew’s Church on Good Friday with a service of readings and reflections at 2pm. Easter Sunday will be celebrated with a service of Holy Communion at 10am.

It is hoped to continue with public worship at Slaidburn each Sunday at 10am following current Covid guidelines.


Church news: St Bartholomew’s Church will mark Easter Sunday with a service of Evening Prayer at 7 pm. Current Covid guidelines will be observed.