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Austwick News

Church news: With the government’s national ‘Step’ Regulations progressively enabling more activities to restart, we are now gradually reintroducing services of worship in our churches. Initially these are combined services to include everyone in the parishes of Clapham, Keasden, Austwick and Eldroth.

Sunday May 9 11am Keasden. Ascension Day Thursday May 13, 10.30am Austwick Sunday May 16, 11am Clapham. Sunday June 27, 7pm Lambing Service at Keasden New Burial Ground. A celebration of lambing and of the beautiful new burial ground being created next to Keasden Church.

Austwick PTA: We are putting together a recipe book to raise much needed funds for our school. Full details are on the village website www.austwick.org

Austwick Parish News: The current 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 with the two person at one time policy and urge customers to wear masks and use the hand sanitizers provided. We are continuing to coordinate deliveries of prescriptions from Settle and Bentham surgeries.

Government guidelines for national restrictions Craven:


Barnoldswick and Bracewell

Church news: There will be a Parish Eucharist this Sunday, May 9, in Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick at 10am. After this service there will be a celebration Rogation Service of the word at St Michael’s, Bracewell at 11:30am. There will not be a Zoom service on this day. All are welcome.

Our Parish AGM will take place on Sunday, May 24 after the 10am service at Holy Trinity Church. (Please note this date has changed from the May 16). There will not be a Zoom service this day. All are welcome .

On May 31 there will be a joint service for all three churches at St Mary le Ghyll at 10:30am. All are welcome.

On June 6 there will be a ‘first of the month all age service’ with Holy Baptism at 10am in Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick. All are welcome.

On the Sundays in between these dates there will be Sunday services at Holy Trinity, Barnoldswick at 10am with a following Zoom service at 11:30am.

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

Christian Aid: Christian Aid Week is May 10-16. Please note that all continuing safeguarding Covid measures will be adhered to before, during and after each service.

Please contact Rev Sheena by email at: sheena.mcmain@leeds.anglican.org for the access code to the Zoom service and Night prayer.

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 with Eastby

Christian Aid: Many organisations, as diverse as the United Nations, Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and the Women’s Institutes are calling on governments to take immediate steps to combat climate change. Amongst them, Christian Aid Week (May 10-16 ) features Rose in rural Kenya who, aged 67, walks for hours every day to collect water for her grandchildren. With Christian Aid’s help she is also working with her village community to build an earth dam that will ensure decent harvests and a more secure future.

Because of the coronavirus restrictions, this year in Embsay and Eastby, Christian Aid envelopes will be delivered to every home but not collected. Instead donors are being asked to return their envelope to a specified address in their locality. Please stand with Rose and millions like her and respond generously, so that together we can take another small step to stop the climate emergency.

Library:We are delighted to announce that with the opening of the village institute, the library will reopen on Friday, May 21.

At this stage of the Covid-19 restrictions being eased, we will be open on Fridays from 2-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-12noon. When there is a further easing of restrictions, currently scheduled for June, we hope to return to our normal hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Social distancing and face masks will still be required when you visit to make our library a safe environment.

No fines will be collected for any books you may have, so don’t worry about returning books way out of date. We’ll be very happy to see you all again.

Library AGM: The library’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday, May 24. Due to Covid-19, it will take place using Zoom and everyone is welcome. Email vallucas52@gmail.com for details.

Farnhill and Kildwick

Graham Taylor – Correspondent@farnhill.co.uk

Annual Parish Meeting: The annual parish meeting of Farnhill Parish Council will take place, remotely, this evening (May 6th)– starting at 7.30pm. Contact Sue Harding-Hill (suehardinghill@tiscali.co.uk) for details of how to attend this meeting remotely.

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 kandfinstitute@gmail.com before the closing date of 31 May 2021 – so hurry up and send in your entries.

For full competition rules go to www.farnhill.co.uk then click on the picture of the Institute. Please read the rules, as many pictures are rejected for failure to adhere to them.

You do not need to live in either village to get a picture selected.

Church news: There will be a service of Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday (May 9th) at 9.30am. In order to attend you must wear a face-mask and abide by social distancing guidelines.

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.

Circuit Training: Sessions will take place on Saturday mornings, between 9 - 10am, and Wednesday evenings, between 6 - 7pm, until the end of summer, on the Peggy Wilson Field (opposite the school) in Kildwick. Email heatherlewis6@gmail.com to book a place.

Exercises can be modified for absolute beginners to hardcore high intensity fanatics. No equipment required.

Standard Covid restrictions, such as rule of 6 and social distancing, will apply. Small donations to the Peggy Wilson Trust would be appreciated but are not mandatory.

Gardening on the Peggy Wilson Field: 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.



Church news: There will be a prayer book communion service in St Andrew`s Church on Sunday at 8am. A church sung Eucharist will be held later in the morning at 10.45am.

Pilates and Tai Chi Qigong: The teaching of Modern Pilates is due back at Gargrave Village Hall on Tuesday mornings at 9am and 10am from May 18. Contact Bee on 07778 980994. Newcomers welcome. Tai Chi Qigong is also back outdoors on the Water Street Green at Gargrave on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9am. Contact Bee on 07778 980994. Newcomers welcome.

Library: The community library in the village hall foyer will be open as normal on Friday from 2 - 4pm. The local election count will be taking place in the main hall but it has been possible to arrange seperate entrance and exit points for those taking part in the counting so it will not affect either the entry or use of facilities for library users. They will have exclusive use of the front entrance to avoid any mixing between the two groups.


Church news: St Alkelda’s. Sunday, May 9, 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 9.30am Morning Worship. Thursday, May 13, 7pm Service for Ascension Day at Holy Ascension, Settle.


Christian Aid: Christian Aid Week this year is from May 10 to 16. Due to restrictions coffee mornings will not be held but donations will be gratefully received in collection boxes at Grassington Post Office and The Hedgerow, Threshfield. Your support for refugees and climate change the world over is appreciated so much.


Wesley Centre: The Methodist Chapel Service is held on Sundays at 2 pm. The Preacher this Sunday will be Jane Mansergh. All Covid restrictions in place. Please remember your face mask. The Village Pantry is open on Fridays from 2 - 3 pm. Along with food items, there are lots of good books and jigsaws. Available to everyone. Please pop in. Helibabies are now open at the centre for parents and infants under one year old on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm. Helikids for kids age 5 to 12 years meet on Sunday morning at the centre between 10.30 and 12 noon. Crafts, games & lots of fun activities. It is anticipated that Helitots, the group for babies or under age toddlers will open in September. Donations and info for all of the above contact Pauline on 07931511652. paulinewright2009@live.co.uk

Badminton: With things slowly moving along on the Covid/lockdown front, it is anticipated that badminton will once again start in the Institute/Village Hall from Tuesday, May 25. Session one may be run between 6.45 and 7.45pm and session 2 between 8pm and 9pm. A maximum of 6six per session can attend. Please ring 07976215646 or email bmoore68.bm@gmail for more information and to book.

Children’s Art: The results of the Hellifield Herald Children’s Art competition organised by Audrey Edwards are as follows: Ages 2 - 5: 1st Harry Denham age 4; 2nd Betsy Marsden-Read age 3. Ages 6 - 10: 1st Laura Atkinson age 9; 2nd Tony Bardsley age 6. Audrey thanks all entrants and praises the excellent standards of work produced by all.

Village magazine: The Hellifield Herald village magazine continues to welcome all articles, pictures, local stories and news for publication in the monthly issue. The deadline for contributions to the June issue is May 8.



Church news: There will be no church service at St Oswalds on Rogation Sunday which is also the sixth Sunday of Eastertide. However there will be services at St Peter`s Church at Stainforth at 10.30am and St John`s at Langcliffe at 6pm.

Rogation days are days of prayer and fasting before Ascension Day. In 470 the Church introduced Rogationtide to replace a pagan Roman festival at which animals were sacrificed to appease the god of agricultural disease. In the new Christian ceremony crops were blessed and parishioners walked with the priest around the boundaries of the parish asking for God’s protection on the village (Latin: rogare = to ask). Knowledge of boundaries and boundary stones was also passed to the next two generations during the walk.

Our ancestors sung the Litany of the Saints on their “gang day” - gang is Anglo-Saxon for going. ‘Where’s thee gang?’ is often a common question in our part of the dales and this was one of the first sentences that a new local resident overhead when he arrived from Germany. He was completely flummoxed, but soon learned the dialect!

Rogation ceremonies arrived in England in the 7th century and the oldest known text for Rogationtide is from around 1173. St Oswald’s church was built in 1152 so to our ancestors in the faith it would be yet another one of those new-fangled festivals from Rome. We can imagine the congregations at St Oswald’s – and those gathered around the now lost preaching crosses in Giggleswick and Ewecross or Yewcross – setting out on their long walk.

Lundy volunteer: Congratulations to Adam Waters of Selside who has been chosen from over a thousand applicants to be a volunteer on Lundy Island. You can follow Adam on Instagram lad_on_lundy.

About three miles long and half a mile wide, Lundy is part of Devon and was donated to the National Trust in 1969. It’s managed by the Landmark Trust, a conservation charity that derives its income from day trips and holiday lettings. Lundy has a rich bird life and, as it’s on a migration route, attracts many vagrant and indigenous species. It also boasts rare seaweeds, corals and sponges.

Adam developed and honed some of his conservation skills in Ingleborough Scouts.

Long Preston


Church news: St Mary’s Church. Next service is on Sunday, May 9 at 11am. There will be an informal worship with Janet Wood, all are welcome. Next service at the Methodist Chapel is on Sunday. The preacher is Rev. Dr. Tracey Darling. All are welcome.

Playgroup and pre-school: Thank you to everyone that supported the Easter Fundraiser including all the businesses and people who donated raffle prises. Thank you to everyone who bought Easter trail packs and raffle tickets and all those who helped organise the event. We are very grateful to Robinson’s Eggs of Slaidburn for sponsoring our Easter events. We raised a whopping £760 which will go towards the funds.

Bag 2 School collection: We are having a Bag 2 school collection on Friday, May 7 at 9am. Donations of good quality clothes, bags, hats, belts, soft toys, curtains, bedding and towels. Any type of bag can be used. Please drop your donations at playgroup/pre-school. Thank you in advance.

Playing Fields:Thank you to your generosity and funds awarded from the Co-op we have bought and installed a new picnic bench. Two new basketball hoops have also been fitted. Please come and enjoy these new pieces of equipment.


Church news: Rev Julie Clarkson, priest in charge at Holy Ascension, Settle will lead the service for Ascension Day next Thursday, May 13. Do join us, in church, at 7pm for Holy Communion on this special day in the Church calendar.

Christian Aid: May 10 to 16. This year’s theme focuses on the climate emergency. All donations will be used to provide reliable, clean drinking water to areas struggling with the effects of drought and failed harvests. After another dry Spring our local farmers and gardeners are very much aware of the need for sustainable water supplies. Your Christian Aid envelopes should be returned to Lamberts News, Cheapside, Settle. Also you are invited to join the Christian Aid ‘Big Brekkie’ on Sat, May 15 via Zoom. Unfortunately we can’t offer the usual ‘Settle Big Breakfast’ treats but come along with your cereal or bacon buttie to hear guest speaker, Tony Hayton, talking about his experiences of providing supplies of safe water in Eastern Tanzania. Contact Sally Waterson for the link - sally@thewatersons.org

Revd Paul Fisher leads Holy Ascension’s service of Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday, May 9 - Rotation Sunday.

Workers’ Memorial Day: On Wednesday, April 28, members of the local Labour Party and representatives from local trade unions, gathered in Skipton and Settle to remember all of those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases.

This year, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed an occupational health crisis in workplaces worldwide, though from a local perspective there are many incidents that affect people who work within agricultural. There are around 360,000 people working in agriculture, which equates to 1% of the total workforce in the UK, yet the sector is responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents at work. This means about 30 farm workers are killed in accidents every year.

Brian McDaid from the local Labour Party and also Assistant General Secretary for Aegis the Union said during the event: “We are here today to remember those who have lost their lives and are affected by workplace injuries, whilst also sending a message that health and safety protection at work must be recognised as a right for all.

“Every worker should have a right to a voice and a right to protection.”

Climate emergency: Settle town councillors will be presenting their recently agreed Climate and Biodiversity Policy Report to the next Action on Climate Emergency Settle and area (ACE) Green Cafe meeting on Saturday, May 8. The report was adopted by the town council on March 1 and sets out actions they will take to become carbon neutral by 2030 and improve biodiversity of their owned and managed land. The virtual meeting opens at 10.30am and the one hour presentation will start at 11am.

Councillor Robert Bellfield, chair of the council’s climate change working group who will lead the team giving the presentation said: “The council is committed to its climate change and biodiversity policy and plan, and would like to invite local businesses and the people of Settle to join in taking action to mitigate climate change and the loss of biodiversity.”

The ACE meeting which is open to the public can be joined via the Zoom link at: https://zoom.us/j/6255547892?pwd=cEVMYnNXU2VWT3JCWEdlQnhpMGhwdz09

The password is 123 and the meeting ID, if you need it, is: 6255547892.


Church news: Holy Trinity Skipton will be open for private prayer between 8.30am - 5pm from Wednesday, May 5.

Services take place at the following times: Morning prayer every day at 8.30am. Evening prayer every day at 5.00pm

On Wednesday 10.45 Holy Eucharist and 12pm lunchtime prayer. Sunday at 9.45am Holy Eucharist.

Soroptimists: Soroptimist International is a global woman’s organisation, set up a hundred years ago in 1921, with the aim of empowering women and girls to achieve their full potential. Skipton Soroptimists has been meeting online but hopes to return to meeting in person soon. The club meets twice a month, on Mondays – one is a business meeting and one has a guest speaker. Rosalie Holdroyd is the incoming president of Soroptimist International of Skipton. She has planned a fascinating programme with some excellent speakers including a retired circuit judge, a young woman who fled with her children from war-torn Syria and has now built up a successful business and another young woman who is training a puppy for someone who is hearing impaired. Rosalie has also set us a hundred challenges for the hundredth anniversary, so we’re going to be busy.

There are also a number of social events planned including a 1940s night, strawberry tea and carols in the castle.

It is a kind, friendly organisation. If you’re interested in joining a group of intelligent, lively-minded and interesting women, please email: membership@siskipton.org.uk You can also find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/siskipton