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: 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:

This is a request for content please for the May edition of the Austwick Parish Newsletter. The deadline is April 15th.

Parish Council: The meeting of the parish council will take place by Zoom on Monday April 12 at 7.30 pm. Time is given at the start of the meeting for electors to ask questions or make statements that relate to the work of the Council. Please contact the clerk if you would like to attend on

The notice and agenda for this meeting is posted on the Parish notice boards and on the Parish Council website at

Please note that the Annual Parish Meeting planned to be held on April 19 has been cancelled. The possibility of holding this meeting at a later date remains under review

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: There will be Sunday Worship held each week until further notice, in Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick at 10am with a Zoom service following at 11:30am. Please note that all continuing safeguarding Covid measures will be adhered to before, during and after each service.

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

If anyone is interested in the Zoom service and/or Night Prayer 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.

Embsay and Eastby

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

Our AGM is on April 14 at 7pm on Zoom, if you wish to find out how we operate and what we plan for the coming year, please ring the same number to obtain the log-in details.

Farnhill and Kildwick

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Gardening: People are invited to come along each Saturday between 2pm and 4pm to help work on the school’s wildlife plot on the Peggy Wilson field (opposite the school). No experience necessary, but any horticultural wisdom would be welcome. The aim is to support the school and get the garden bursting into bloom. Many tools will be available on site, but you might want to bring your own gardening gloves (if you think you’ll need them). Standard Covid restrictions such as rule of 6 and social distancing will apply.

Circuit Training: Sessions will take place 9am to 10am, Monday to Friday, until April 9 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 then click on the picture of the Institute.

Church news: St. Andrew’s church: There will be a lay-led service of Morning Prayer on Sunday (April 11) at 9.30am. In order to attend you must wear a face-mask and abide by social distancing guidelines.


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235.

Library: Gargrave Library is happy to announce that it will be re-opening for browsing and borrowing from Monday April 12. The weekly hours will be each Monday 3.p.m - 4.p.m, Friday 2.p.m - 4.p.m and Saturdays 10.a.m -

Noon. Books which have been borrowed and were due back during the lockdown period are now due to be returned, ideally before the end of April. Only

one borrower, or one hub is allowed in the library at any one time, other borrowers will have to wait outside the premises. The external door to the hall and the library door will remain open and the flow of borrowers into the library will be controlled by a volunteer sitting in the

entrance foyer. A second volunteer in the library will explain the procedure to be carried out regarding the borrowing and returning of books.

In addition, the lockdown services will still continue. They include the home library service which offers free delivery of books to your door and the select and collect service.

Access to the computer and photocopying will still be available but by appointment only.

For more information please do not hestitate to contact 01609 536547 or

School news: The children of Gargrave Primary School learned all about Easter during the last week of term. They have been reading the story of Easter and then created Easter gardens and made Easter crosses from natural materials and decorated with wool and other materials. The children wanted to share their work with the local community and hung the crosses on the railings at the village hall and the church gates for residents to enjoy over the Easter period. The school children have also had a visit from the Easter bunny and hunted for chocolate treats and eggs around the school grounds.

Art exhibition: Gargrave Art Exhibition committee has unanimously decided to postpone its popular art exhibition held in the village hall for a second year. The committee examined all the available guidance and discussed all options and decided 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 that it would not be able to plan with confidence for the delivery of a cultural, social and community art event. The group has already begun working on the 2022 exhibition and plans to arrive fashionably late at the show’s Golden Anniversary celebration.”


Church news: St.Alkelda’s. Sunday April 11, 8am. Holy Communion (BCP). 9.30am Morning Worship. Wed.14th. 9.30am. Holy Communion (as regularly every Wednesday).


Wesley Centre: The chapel has re-opened with the first service held last Sunday. Covid restrictions are in place. This Sunday ‘Helikids’ will be held at 10.30am. For children aged 5 to 12 years. Crafts, games and activities. The group will meet every 2nd Sunday in the month. ‘Helibabies’ will be held every Wednesday and ‘Helitots’ will re-open in September The Community Pantry continues on Fridays between 2 and 3pm. Donations welcome. For all of the above contact Pauline Wright on 07931 511652.

Institute: The institute/village hall plans for re-opening are obviously influenced by the rules initiated by the government and are subject to change given the ongoing Covid 19 situation. At present it is anticipated that from 17th May indoor sports such as table tennis, badminton and short mat bowls can re-start. From June 21 it is hoped that all other activities can take place. Prior to May 17 the only activities which are permitted are events such as the Local Elections on May 6 or other ‘permitted’ business meetings.

A discount scheme is in place going forward. For all non-commercial bookings from June 21 until June 30, 2022 there will be a 100% discount - ie: a zero booking fee. For business related events there will be a 50% discount applied. The scheme will be reviewed as time goes forward. For more information please refer to the Hellifield Herald Village Magazine.

Beer festival: Unfortunately this year’s Hellifield Beer Festival planned for June, and the Hellifield Gala normally held in August, have been cancelled due to the difficulties planning events under the ongoing rules governing the Covid 19 situation.

Women’s Institute: The W.I. is planning to hold its first ‘physical’ meeting in July. Obviously going forward, restrictions and the current rules in place governing health and safety, social distancing etc, will influence the road ahead. However, if you are interested in joining the group it is worth noting that the subscription fee of £44.00 has been reduced to £22.00 for the 12 months beginning on April 1, 2021. For further details contact Karen Dunwoodie on 01729 851070 or email


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235.

Church news: Good Friday witnessed a different group of walkers from St Oswald’s Church in Horton-in-Ribblesdale – and other congregations – who carried a large cross almost a mile through Horton to the churchyard.

St Oswald’s, founded by monks in 1152, was bathed in sunshine for the service that followed the arrival of the cross.

For the first time in more than a year the congregation was able to sing outside. Local priest the Revd Stephen Dawson said, “We’ve been fortunate to have music and cantors throughout Lockdown 3 but it was very moving to hear everyone singing. We might start outside on Easter Day now.”

Others were waiting in the churchyard to greet the cross and six people read or played. The cross had the letters INRI pinned to the top - Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum.

There will be no service at St Oswald’s church on Sunday but there will be services at St Peter`s church at Stainforth at 10.30am and St John`s church at Langcliffe at 6pm.

Long Preston

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

Church news: St Mary’s Church, Sunday 11th at 11am, Morning Prayer with Philip Johnston.

Methodist Chapel, Sunday 11th at 10.30am Richard Waller.


Settle library: Kathleen Kinder will give a Talk entitled The Modern Book Scene 2 on Friday, April 16t at 7pm. Discussion to follow. It is a free online event via Zoom. Email: or call 01609 534535 or message via Facebook to book your place.

Church news: Last weekend Revd Julie Clarkson was pleased to celebrate Easter services in all 3 of her Parish Churches - Holy Trinity, Rathmell, St Alkelda’s in Giggleswick and Holy Ascension in Settle. Revd Julie ensured that all 3 churches were involved in the Easter traditions - Stripping of the Altar at Holy Trinity, a Meditation for Good Friday, “People of the Passion”, at Holy Ascension and at St Alkelda’s. On Easter Eve a service of Light and Vigil at St Alkelda’s. An early start on Easter Day with the Settle Churches Together ‘Sunrise Service’ followed by Easter Communion services in all 3 of Revd Julie’s parish churches.

‘Stepping Stones’ families enjoyed finding their bags of Easter goodies - a chocolate egg, craft activity and Easter story books - which were ‘hidden’ in the porch at Holy Ascension. ‘Stepping Stones’ a group for families with children from 0 to 4 is hoping to meet up again soon, outdoors, weather permitting.

Thursday’s regular “Celtic Morning Prayer’ via Zoom starts at 9.45am. Settle’s well stocked ‘Pop up Pantry’ / informal Food Bank is open on Fridays, at Holy Ascension, from 11am till 12noon. Call in, no registration. Give, if you can, and take what you need. Please give the Pantry a mention to family and friends.

Now that Holy Ascension’s beautiful tiles depicting the Stations of the Cross have been re-positioned with a QR code underneath, if you have a phone or tablet with code reader, you can go on a self - led pilgrimage around the church following the story of Jesus’ trial and journey to the Cross.

Everyone is invited to Morning Worship on Sunday April 11 at 11am in church or you may prefer to follow the livestream from home - .

The recordings of previous performances of Settle Churches Together Passion Play, available via the internet, on Good Friday reached a wide audience.

Skipton and Carleton

Church news: Services held in Christ Church, Skipton, and St Mary’s, Carleton, have now resumed, as well as on line services 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.

Banner: Easter Sunday saw the blessing of a beautiful Easter banner, designed and made by Chris Alexander, with daffodils made and contributed by people from St Mary’s and the village. This is the second banner made as part of a lockdown project with the village. The Christmas banner was unveiled at the outdoor Carol Service on Christmas Eve, designed by Alison Gaynor with contributions from Carleton villagers and congregation.

Easter treats: Skipton Step Into Action community volunteering charity which was set up last year when the Covid pandemic began has been busy over Easter delivering 170 Easter Eggs to people in the community and 65 Easter bags to SSIA clients with help of Skipton Fire Station and the children of Skipton Selfa.

Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets also donated eggs.

Social change: Skipton the Dales for Social Change and XR Skipton and the Dales were outside Skipton Town Hall and MP Julian Smith’s office to draw attention to another delay in the CEE Bill. The cross party Bill, which was supposed to be discussed in parliament last week was postponed. It proposes that existing laws should be reformed in order to put the UK back on track to keep temperature rises to 1.5 per cent, a crucial target in order to prevent a climate catastrophe. So far 100 MPs are backing it.

Skipton Rotary: With the possible easing of Covid restrictions and an eye on charity fundraising members of Skipton Rotary is planning its next Dragon Boat Race scheduled for Sunday September. 12 The Government’s current roadmap for relaxing restrictions indicates this outdoors event can go ahead. The 2020 race had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. By following all the prevailing guidelines to make the event as safe as possible Rotary hopes to repeat the success from 2019 which raised over £15,000 for charities.

The event also provided a whole day of entertainment for families and work colleagues alike with 21 local companies providing teams of eight rowers and the all-important drummer who strikes the beat and tries to keep everyone in time.

If companies and organisations would like to enter a team they need to nominate a charity and then organise a team of nine people to row the boat which will take part in at least three races on the day. The event is scheduled to take place at the Coniston Hotel and Country Estate Spa.

If you or your company would like further information regarding the race and preparation before the day please see, email or see