News and what's on around Craven's villages from our correspondents.

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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 Services June 13, 9.30am Eldroth and 11am Clapham – Shorter Holy Communion

Advanced Notice – 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 Submissions invited until June 18.

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. We are continuing to coordinate deliveries of prescriptions from Settle and Bentham surgeries.

Government Guidelines for national restrictions Craven:

We would hope and expect everyone to adhere to this information and help avoid Coronavirus19 spreading even though businesses and activities are being resumed. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our village by the residents who are generally aware of their vulnerabilities. As visitors arrive we expect the “country code” to be observed, take your litter home, keep dogs on leads and do not allow them to wander into fields. Car parking in the village is limied so please park with consideration including not parking vehicles on grass areas. Remember emergency services may need to gain entry throughout the village.

Barnoldswick and Bracewell

Church news: The Celebration of the Bows service went very well on Saturday, June 5. All the bows that have been taken off the gates of our churches were taken down and respectfully disposed of. Thank you to all who attended the service and helped with the removing of the bows and serving refreshments. Thank you also for all the donations received.

In upcoming services and events, there will be a Holy Communion Service at Holy Trinity Church this Sunday, June 13 at 10am am (please note there is a slight change in the starting time). There will also be a Morning Prayer Service at St Mary le Ghyll Church at 11:30am and a Service of the Word, at St Michael’s, Bracewell also at 11:30am.

Night Prayer on Zoom at 9pm is continuing every evening.

New Summer Service Times for July, August and September will begin on July 4, and those service times to be announced. All are welcome.

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: for the access code to the Zoom service and Night prayer.

Bolton Abbey

Rector’s Message: This Sunday will be the second Sunday after Trinity. After proclaiming Father, Son and Holy Ghost on Trinity Sunday we are reminded today that God has prepared great riches for us in his Kingdom. All we need to do is respond to His invitation. However, as we all know from Church attendance and our own life of prayer, these things can so easily fall away. We often find excuses not to attend Church and neglect our inner life. The message for us all this Sunday is that if we fail to respond to His invitation then we do so at our peril. The banquet awaits. All we have to do is attend.

Church news: The Church is now open every Sunday for the 10.30am service. Places have to be booked via the church office. The tower remains open for private prayer but the church is closed during the week, For the audio services, the weekly sheet and magazine please look at:

Broughton, Marton and Thornton

Church news: The churches of Broughton, Marton and Thornton will be taking part in a national initiative organised by ‘Caring for God’s Acre’ and A Rocha for a week’s activity in Church Yards up and down the country from June 5 to 13. We hope that people will come along and help us do a national count of what nature people find in our church yards. The results will then be mapped on a national database so we can start to monitor our wildlife levels. It is vital we explore the natural world around us, and our church yards are such a rich haven for wildlife. We cannot afford to take the natural world around us for granted and so our churches are very keen to find ways to improve the biodiversity around the parish. Protecting the environment for future generations is crucial.


Church news: All Saints’ Church. On Sunday June 13. Communion at 9.30am led by Hugh Fielden. All welcome.

Farnhill and Kildwick

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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.

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).

The current Covid rules for outdoor gatherings will apply.

Church news: St Andrew’s Church: There will be a service of Holy Communion on Sunday (13th), starting at 9.30am. The current Covid rules for indoor gatherings will apply.

Circuit Training: 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 to book a place.

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

The current Covid rules for outdoor gatherings will apply. Small donations to the Peggy Wilson Trust would be appreciated but are not mandatory.


Village Hall: A coffee morning was held in the grounds of Gargrave Village Hall last Saturday. Fortunately the weather was ideal for the outdoor event and the carpark was closed to vehicles so there was adequate spacing for the tables and chairs. Those attending were able to enjoy toasted teacakes and lots of homemade cake, with table service provided by members and friends of the village hall committee. It was the ideal opportunity for a catch up with friends in a safe and convivial environment. It is hoped to hold a similar event on Saturday from 10.a.m but this will be dependant on the weather conditions on the day.

Gargrave Show: The show will not be taking place in August as arrangements need to begin early in the year and it has just not been possible to plan ahead in the current situation. Fellow committee members are sorry to have lost their treasurer Cathy Beck and her husband Graham who recently moved to the East Coast to be nearer their family. Their departure creates a vacancy for the position of Gargrave Show treasurer. Anyone interested in applying for the position or requesting further information should contact the chairman, Alistair Lawn on 07876 594028. The show committee would also be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help out generally either by becoming a member of the show committee or offering any assistance. Again please contact the Chairman on the above number.

Church news: A Prayer book communion service will be held at 8am in St Andrew`s Church on Sunday with a Sung Eucharist taking place at 10.45.a.m.


Church news: St Alkelda’s. 8a.m.Holy Communion. (BCP). 9.30am Family Worship.


Glusburn Institute Community & Arts Centre: Events: Film Summerland (12), Friday June 11, 6.30 for 7 pm. Tickets £5, booking essential. Pop-Up Café, Saturday June 19, 10.30 am - 1 pm. Film: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 50th Anniversary, Sunday July 4, 2pm. Tickets £7/£6, includes free Wonka Bar for every child. Falling Stars Theatre: Meet Jack, a fun and interactive performance exploring a boy’s emotions during a difficult week, aimed at primary aged children. Saturday 10 July 4 pm. Tickets £3/£10. Glusburn Get Together, a fun, celebratory community event with live music, family entertainment, food & drink. Tickets £3 including first drink. Afternoon teas bookable. Sunday 18 July 12 - 4 pm.

Regular activities: Monday: Rainbows, Brownies, Amore Dance School, Body Wellness Pilates; Tuesday: Kanga Tots, Toddle Up & Sign, Pilates, Creative Embroidery, Dance, Rangers; Wednesday: Moo Music, Gentle Seated Exercise, Pilates; Thursday: Pilates, Tai Chi for Health, Amora Puppy Training, Zumba; Friday: Kanga Tots; Saturday: Skipton Music Centre, Toddle Up & Sign. More regular groups will resume as Covid restrictions are lifted.

Volunteers needed to support our existing events and the new Wellbeing Café and courses for young people launching soon. Please get in touch to find out more.


Christian Aid: Many thanks to all who contributed to the Christian Aid fund raising event held in the village. Donations raised totalled £300. Thanks to all who participated.

Institute 200 Club: The winners of the June 200 Club draw: 1st No 19 Helen and Mark Garner, 2nd No 72 Sheila Throup, 3rd No 168 Phil Read.

Indoor sports:The resumption of indoor sports at the institute/village hall continues with table tennis being held on Mondays from 5.15 to 9.15pm, and badminton on Tuesdays between 6.30 and 9.15pm. To participate and pre-book table tennis contact Andy Crabtree on 851806. For badminton contact Bob Moore on 851660.

Book Club:The Book Club continues to hold meetings, but in a Zoom capacity. There is meeting tonight between 7.30 and 9,30pm. For details on the group contact Audrey on 01729 850351.

Wesley centre: The Community Pantry is open on Fridays between 2 and 3pm. Donations welcome. Books and Jigsaws in in good condition are available. The Helikids group meets on Sunday between 10.30am to 12 noon. Contact Pauline on 07931 511652 for details.

Horton in Ribblesdale

Church news: Twenty adults and five children gathered in the churchyard on Sunday for a messy service. Mark & Margaret helped the youngsters plant orange hawkweed and hawthorns. Jeanette supervised a collage of wildflowers and people wrote prayers on the sycamore leaves. Stephen and Judith painted animals in water on the slate paths and the younger ones enjoyed guessing the animals and adding their own. For older ones there were questions about lichens and trees. Sally of Churches Together brought her props for the singing and Liz and Gillian kept everyone supplied with drinks and homemade banana cakes. For the closing talk about Environment Sunday Judith invited everyone to take off their shoes and socks and feel the cool grass. Members of the Mothers Union joined the congregation for a bring along your own picnic at the end of the afternoon.

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

The monthly short ramble for the Churches Together took place recently. Vehicles were parked at Selside and the ramblers took the route along Alum Pot Lane to Gillgarth, down to Selside railway cottages and back to Selside. The farmers and builders were working hard along the way and it was a pleasure to be able to view a steam train on the railway track.


Church news: St Mary’s Church. Sunday June 13. Morning Worship at 11.00am, led by Hugh Fielden. All welcome.

Long Preston

Church News: Methodist Chapel minister for Sunday, June 13 is Rev Dr Tracey Darling from Grassington, at 11am. All are welcome please ring 01729 840096 to book a place. St Mary’s Church, Sunday, June 13 at 11am. Morning Worship led by Philip Johnston.

Strong and Steady Classes: Classes have returned to chapel every Tuesday 1.30pm and 2.30pm run by Jill Eccleston. Everyone from surrounding villages are most welcome to join us. £4 per session. Ring 01729 840096 to book your place. The classes are for anyone who has reduced mobility and needs to improve and strengthen their muscles and body in order remain independent and become more mobile around their home and when walking round the village. Jill is full qualified and we are supported by Age Uk Settle. Small groups of six to ensure individual needs are met.

Strings and Ivories: Make Music Day is the world’s biggest international celebration of music, taking place in 125 countries on June 21annually. It’s a DIY festival encouraging people to organise in-person and online music events for their communities. Discover how you can get involved - visit or follow @MakeMusicDayUK on social media. In Long Preston Ivories & Strings are celebrating by offering free taster music lessons on piano, viola or violin between 10-2 pm. Advance booking is required. Contact Jen Haines 0775 133 1657 for more information.


Swimming Pool: The Settle Area Swimming Pool June draw was made by Derek Lord at Field to Home Settle

1st prize £50 No 107 Helen Thwaite

2nd prize £30 No 101 Angela Mills

3rd prize No 39 Sue Ashwell

Winners have been notified.

Church news: Settle Parish Church. After the half term holiday Giggleswick with Settle Mothers Union members are looking forward to meeting up with the ‘Stepping Stones’ families this morning, Thursday 10 June, in Harrison Field at 10am.

Revd Julie Clarkson hosts the Thursday Celtic Morning Prayer at 9.45am. Please get in touch with Julie for the Zoom link to join this short reflective service based on material from the Northumbria Community. Tel: 01729 825955.

Settle Pantry: Settle Pantry is open again tomorrow at 11am till 12noon. Bring what you can, if you can, and take what you need. The ‘food bank’ box in the church porch is topped up daily. Please share this information with anyone who may need a little extra help.

On Sunday, June 13 at 11am there is a service of Holy Communion at Holy Ascension, Settle. There are still Covid restrictions on who can and who cannot sing in church. However our church organist, Graham Toft, ensures that the 100 year old Binns organ fills the building with glorious music. You may even detect some humming from behind the face masks. We look forward to welcoming visitors and old friends. The service will be live streamed - - and available afterwards on the church’s YouTube site if you are unable to join us ‘in person’.