Church news: The churches of Austwick, Eldroth, Clapham and Keasden offer a range of regular Sunday services to which you are always welcome. Austwick Church also hosts a Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) Service each Wednesday at 10.30am. All welcome.

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With love and prayers to you and yours,Revd John Davies, Vicar, 01524 805928,

Sunday 15th May 9.30am Joly Communion in Austwick and 11.00am at Clapham . 6.30pm Evening Prayer at Eldroth. Our weekly Wednesday Morning Holy Communion Services (Book of Common Prayer) 10.30am at Austwick Church. All welcome

Austwick WI: Chris and Judy Leeming were the guest speakers at the April meeting. During the last two years of the pandemic Chris has taken photographic record of Austwick during lockdown. The stunning pictures accompanied by mesmerising music thrilled members and brought back many memories from those difficult times. The next meeting on May 12th will be member's night at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.

Parish Council: A Meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 16th May at the earlier than usual time of 6.00 pm in Austwick Parish Hall. 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. This meeting will be immediately followed by the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30 pm. All registered electors are welcome to attend and participate. The meeting will include a presentation by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust on its wild Ingleborough project: landscape-scale restoration of wildlife habitat around Ingleborough.The notice and agenda for both these meetings is posted on the Parish notice boards and on the Parish Council website.

Austwick Field & Local History Society: On Wednesday 18th May, at 7.30pm in Austwick Parish Hall, Dr Mike Slater will be presenting an illustrated talk on “Journey to Rome - the story of an Icelandic lady’s travels in about 1000AD”, preceded by the AGM. All are welcome and the cost is £3 per person (cash only please) at the door. Free refreshments will also be available.

Village Show: Saturday 6th August in Austwick Village Hall – from 2.00pm. The show schedule is featured in the May-September Newsletter and on the village website

Parish Newsletter: This has been circulated throughout the village and has been posted on the village website.

Street Market & Cuckoo Festival: Thursday 2nd June. Entertainment, stalls, food and fell race. Circus entertainer, Zoot, will keep younger visitors entertained whilst Settle & Giggleswick Brass Band will be leading a fancy dress parade from the school at 10.45am. Children are invited to dress up royally to mark the Jubilee weekend. There will also be face painting, games and fell races for children and young people of 8 years and over. Other highlights include the stunning Thwaites Dray Horses, Oak Jazz Band, vintage cars and live ceilidh and guitar music. Stalls will be selling crafts, bric a brac, second hand household items, clothes, books and plants. The legendary bacon butty stall will be open to keep you fuelled up, plus pie and peas, a hog roast, sandwiches, cakes, scones, teas and coffees and other drinks. Thanks to our many generous sponsors there will be excellent prizes for winners of the Grand Draw and in the tombola.

The Austwick Amble Fell Race has become a key event in its own right in the running community. The 8 mile adult course takes a stunning route through limestone scenery above the village. Full details, including online entries and rules are available via the village website Junior races start at 11.20am and the senior race at 1.00pm. Registration on the day is open from 10.15 am on the village green.The main street through the village will be closed between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm on Thursday 2 June, so there will be no through access to/from Helwith Bridge and the B6479. All funds raised on the day go towards the upkeep of two key village facilities used by many the Parish Hall and Playing Fields so we really appreciate everyone痴 support. Entry to the Street Market is with the programme, suggested donation on the gate, children free. We look forward to seeing you on the day and celebrating in true Austwick style!

Film Nights: Once again the film nights in Austwick Parish Hall recommence on Friday 9th September doors open at 7.00pm for performances commencing at 7.30pm. Ticket sales at Cross Leigh Store and on the door. Film features will be advertised near the time, however dates in your diary:14th October, 11th November, 9th December, 13th January 2023, 10th February, 10th March.

Barnoldswick and Bracewell

Church news: Friday 13th Sacred Space 12noon-2pm Holy Trinity. Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th Coach House open at Ghyll 11-3.30pm. Sunday 15th Holy Communion Holy Trinity 9.30. Holy Communion at St Mary le Ghyll 11.30. Morning Prayer at St Michaels’ Bracewell 11.30. Sunday 15th Choral Evensong Bradford Cathedral Choir 4pm at St Mary le Ghyll. Sunday 22nd United Service for Rogation at St Michaels Bracewell at 1030am Bring your own picnic lunch.

Bolton Abbey

Rector’s message: On this fourth Sunday after Easter we are still walking in the immediate aftermath of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, although the risen Christ is still walking amongst his disciples, Jesus is now preparing them for his Ascension into heaven. He assures them that they will not be abandoned but, instead, they will be guided and comforted by the Holy Spirit. Job puts it slightly differently in the Old Testament. Despite all he has had to endure, he can proclaim “I know that my Redeemer lies”. Hold onto that thought.


Church news: St. Mary’s Each Sunday at 11.15am. 3rd and 5th Sunday – Bread, Wine & Worship. 2nd & 4th Sunday – Parish Communion. 1st Sunday of each month - 8.00am BCP. 11.15am Family Praise


Platinum Jubilee: An exciting programme of events across four days from 2nd - 5th June to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. There will be something for everyone including a ceremonial oak tree planting, Picnic in the Park, 1950s exhibition, family film screening and afternoon tea. A range of community groups have come together with the support of the parish council to organise and deliver the events and we are hoping it will be a great success.


Church news: St Augustine's. Sunday 15th May – 11.15am Holy Communion. 10am-3pm on Saturdays.


Church news: All Saints' Church. On Saturday May 14th, Messy Pentecost is between 3pm and 5pm. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Music, stories, activities and food. Children should be accompanied by an adult. On Sunday May 15th, Communion is at 9.30am, led by Hugh Fielen.

History Society: Earby and District Local History Society meeting on Tuesday 17th May at 7-30pm at New Road Community Centre in Earby. The speaker is Denise North and her talk will be "Sidetracked by SEM" in which she describes how when researching a subject you can get totally sidetracked to a completely different subject often equally or even more interesting than the original subject. New members and visitors are welcome.

Embsay with Eastby

Bingo: Thank you to everyone who turned up to the Bingo night on the 13th April at Embsay with Eastby Village Institute. It was a great success and we raised £580 towards the Ukrainian Crisis. Thank you to local businesses, friends and neighbours who donated prizes we couldn’t have run this event without your generosity and kindness. Thanks also to everyone who helped us out on the evening setting tables up and making tea and coffee.

Farnhill and Kildwick

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Parish Council: The annual meeting will take place on Thursday (12th) at the Institute, starting at 7.30pm.

The Annual Parish Meeting (meeting for Parishioners) will be held on Thursday 26th May; starting at 7.30pm in the Institute.

Church news: There will be a service of Morning Worship at St. Andrew’s on Sunday (15th), starting at 11.00am. The church will be open to visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from about 10.00am until about 2.00pm

Gardening on the Peggy Wilson Field: People are invited to come along on Saturdays between 2pm and 4pm to help work on the School’s wildlife plot on the Peggy Wilson field. Many tools will be available on site.

Calendar 2023: The competition to find photographs of Kildwick and Farnhill for possible inclusion in the Institute’s calendar for 2023 is now open. Submissions should be made to before the closing date of 31 May. For full competition rules go to then click on the picture of the Institute.

Refreshments: The “Coffee & Crumbs” refreshment van is providing take-away hot drinks, cakes, etc. 9am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Located by the canal bridge in Kildwick.

Forest of Bowland

Bumblebees and Butterflies: Bumblebees for Beginners Wednesday 18th May, 12:00 noon – 1pm Online. In this Forest of Bowland AONB/Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust workshop you can learn about their lifecycle, why they are important and how to identify our seven more common species. Booking essential. Please contact for more information and to book a place.

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via

Fascinating Butterflies and Moths Thursday 26th May, 6.30pm - 8pm Online. Dave Wainwright has worked for Butterfly Conservation for 20 years at both site and landscape level. His talk will encompass butterflies and moths, their life cycles, habitat preferences and the differences that volunteering and conservation can make.

Naturally, there’ll be some stunning photos (how could it be otherwise, given his subject matter) and plenty of time for Q&A. Free. Booking essential. For more information and to book a place please email

Bumblebee Spotting Walk Wed, 1 June, 10:00 – 12:00 Gisburn Forest. This free training session will introduce you to bumblebee ecology focusing on the more common species found in the UK. A short talk will be followed by time identifying bumblebees in the field. Free. Booking essential. For more information and to book a place please email


Picnic Dance: A Picnic supper dance will be held in the Village Hall on Friday evening. Live music will be provided by Brian Griffin. Please bring along your own Picnic supper. Tea and coffee will be served in the interval. A raffle will aid Hall funds. Admission is £6.00 on the door.

The event commences at 7.30.p.m until 11.p.m.

Vintage and Crafts Fair: Gargrave Village Hall Management Committee will be holding a Vintage, Collectables and Craft Fair in the Village Hall on Sunday from 9.30.a.m until 3.30.p.m. There will be lots of stalls selling a great variety of items both affordable and unique. Light refreshments are available until 3.30.p.m and admission is just 50p or by donation on the door. Further details 01756 749235.

Church news: A Prayer Book Communion service will be held in St. Andrew`s church on Sunday at 8.a.m followed by a Family Communion service at 11.a.m.

Royal coffee morning: Please keep a date in your diary for the Royal Coffee morning on Friday 3rd June at the Village Hall. This event will be both indoors and outdoors weather permitting. There will be the usual great selection of homemade cakes on the menu. A stall selling Royal memorabilia from the past seventy years will aid funds for Manorlands and a raffle will have prizes totally dedicated to the Royalty theme. Regular Coffee morning attendee`s will also be able to hear some of their favourite tunes playing in the background , the Village Hall Management Committee usually have a few surprises up their sleeves when holding these special events so this may involve these favourite tunes.

Afternoon tea: Tickets are almost sold out now for the Afternoon tea with live music on Sunday 5th June. Again this event is to celebrate the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee and popular local vocalist Andy Wiseman will be providing the entertainment with a range of songs spanning the last seventy years.

Homemade afternoon tea will be served in the interval. Again there will be a Royal raffle but with a different selection of royal prizes from those allocated to the Coffee morning. Tickets are priced at £10.00 each and must be reserved. Unfortunately there can be no admittance on the day with out prior reservation. Please call 01756 749235. 07989585564.

Book Fair: Sandwiched between the two royal events there will be a Book Fair on Saturday 4th June. There will be literally thousands of books for sale on every subject, from general to speciality. Admission to the event is 50p or by donation . Further enquiries: 01524 752968.


Richard Whiteley Theatre: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (12A) Sunday 15 May 2pm. Operation Mincemeat (12A) Sunday 15 May 6pm. Advance tickets from are £9 for each event.

Church news: St.Alkelda’s. Sunday 15th. 9.30.a.m. Holy Communion. 3.00.p.m.


Institute and Arts Centre: Amanda Owen Yorkshire Shepherdess, Friday 20th May, postponed from 2020 and 2021. Sold out. Original tickets are still valid. We do have a waiting list, so please get in touch if you are no longer able to attend.

Airedale Symphony Orchestra present Last Night of the Proms, Saturday 11th June 7.30pm. Tickets £16. A mixed programme of proms classics and popular tunes. Visit to see our regular weekly activities and for bookings or call 01535 630 223.


Hub: Our doors are open 10am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 4pm Monday – Friday and 9:30am – 12noon Saturdays. Our telephones are answered between 9am – 5pm. Current services: library, home library, library select and collect service, library computers, Wood Lane car park permits, Ticket Sales for Town Hall and other events, photocopying/printing, advice and information, prescription delivery, NYLAF grants. Telephone: 01756 752222.

Wharfedale Pub Walk: A 10 mile walk using lovely country inns as waymarks along the route, with all proceeds helping support Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. 21st May, 11:30am – 7:00pm. Adults £14, Under 10’s £10, Family £40.

Chess Club: At The Hub, for a fun, sociable time with other friendly, enthusiastic people? Fridays 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Ppop in for free. For more information, contact the Hub.

Open Day: Wharfedale Montessori School Open Day - Saturday 14th May 10-12:30pm and 13:00-15:30pm.

Helping Hands: The Grassington & District Helping Hands - AGM will be held on 23 May at 10.30. The venue is Threshfield Village Institute.

Afternoon Tea: Saturday 4th June 2022 at Church House, Grassington. Three sittings: 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm & 4pm-5pm. £10 per person. Book early. Contact Betty on 01756 752572.

Grassington Players: Grassington Players are returning with their Spring production, You Stupid Darkness! by Sam Steiner. 7:30pm on Thursday 26th May, Friday 27th May & Saturday 28th May. Grassington Town Hall. Tickets: Adults £10, Full-Time Students


North Craven Flower Club: The Flower Club will meet tonight in the Institute at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Sarah Hopps with a Talk entitled 'A Garden For All Seasons'. Guests are welcome with a £6 fee payable. For more information phone 01720 840331.

200 Club: The winners of the May draw for the Institute 200 Club are. 1st. No 46. Martin and Pauline Wright. 2nd. No 87. Ann Hodkinson. 3rd. No 51. Deborah Roach.

Coffee morning: This Saturday's Coffee Morning will be a Women's Institute event. From 10.00am in the Institute. Raffle. All welcome.

Village Walk: The Village Walk will be held this Sunday with a 12 noon meet in the Main Car Park. All welcome to join the group. Please bring along a drink and wear the appropriate clothing. Children accompanied are welcome. All dogs must be on a lead.

Quizgo: This Wednesday in Hellifield House from 8.15pm. All welcome to join in.

Messy Monkeys: Messy Monkeys children's group is held in the Institute on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am. Contact Amanda Belt on 07398 284126.

Kettlebells: The Kettlebells exercise group is held on Wednesday evenings in the Institute from 7.30pm.

Contact Josephine Elsmore on 07813 792191.

Wesley Centre: The service at the chapel this Sunday will be from The Community Pantry will be held tomorrow from 2 till 3pm. The Welcome Mat group will meet in the Wesley Centre on Monday from 2.30 to 4pm. Helitots will meet on Tuesday from 9.30 to 11am. Helibabies will meet the same day from 1.30 to 2.30pm. Contact Pauline on 07931 511652 for details of the Wesley Centre activities.

Parish Council: Hellifield Parish Council will meet tonight (Thursday) in the Institute from 7.30pm.

Horton in Ribblesdale

Coffee and cakes: The Golden Age Committee will be holding a Coffee and Cakes afternoon in the Village Hall from 2pm on Saturday the 28th May. There will also be a cake stall and raffle to help raise funds towards this years Golden Age trip. The day trip will be heading to Keswick, with lunch at Carlisle and supper at the Crooklands Hotel on return. The trip including transport, lunch and supper and is free for men aged 65 and over and ladies 60 (or both if one qualifies) and have lived in the parish for two years. If you don't receive an invite but would like to join the outing please contact Helen on 01729860383. If you don't qualify for a free place you would still be very welcome to join the trip but there would be a charge to cover your meals. For more information please do not hesitate to contact Helen or come along to the Village Hall on the 28th May and she will be able to reserve your seat then.

Lambing Service: A big thank you is extended to all those who gave up their Sunday afternoon on 1st May and helped at St Oswald’s Lambing Service. Special thanks to Jeanette and her grandson Harrison who rounded up pet lambs, warmed some bottles of milk and brought hurdles to make a sheepfold in the churchyard. Thank you to Joanna and Katie who were interviewed about farming and volunteering. Katie brought wool from her rare breeds that now include Wensleydale, Valais Blacknose and Soay.

It was great to see Adam & Joanna and Ben & Jessica for the last reading of Banns of Marriage. There were forty two people at the service including 11 children.

Church news: The Churches Together ‘first of the month walk’ isn’t always around Horton but as some were tied up with the Lambing Service and other regular members of the group were away a short walk to the river was enjoyed after the service where Penyghent appeared from the mist.

A service for the combined parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe will be held in St. John`s church at Langcliffe on Sunday at 10.30.a.m.


Church news: St Mary's Church. On Sunday May 14th, Morning Worship is at 11.00am, led by Hugh Fielden.

Kirkby Malham

Church news: St Michael’s Kirkby Malham. On Sunday15th May we have a 10am service of Holy Communion with hymns. Coffee is served after the service. St Michael’s is open every day of the year from 9am to dusk for visitors.

Art in the Dale: – new perspectives on landscape in Malhamdale. This exhibition will continue until 16th May at St Michael’s Church, Kirkby Malham, open each day from 9am to 6pm, free admission. Nine local artists, and the pupils of Kirkby Malham Primary school, will be displaying their work. We have live music at weekends, and refreshments available. On Saturday 14th May we have live music from 2pm by Christine Dittman and Friends, ‘Ings Strings’, and an evening concert at 7pm (see below). For more details see the church website and FB page

Christine Dittman and ‘Ings Strings’ in concert at St Michael’s Church, Saturday 14th May at 7pm

Christine Dittman and friends, the Ings Strings Quartet, have put together a beautiful programme of light and classical music by composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Dvorak, Faure, Gershwin, and Roger Cann. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served in the interval (a glass of wine, or a soft drink), though we would very much appreciate donations to support the work of the church, and the expenses of hosting the Art in the Dale exhibition. Do come, to what promises to be a lovely evening. More details available at or from Revd Sue on 01729 830293 or

Malhamdale Local History Group: the next meeting will be on Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm in Kirkby Malham Parish Hall. Jean Robinson of Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground will give a talk entitled “Raikes Road Burial Ground – the next instalment”. Non-members are very welcome, £3. Contact for further details.

Long Preston

50th May Day: What a fabulous afternoon to celebrate the 50th May Day in Long Preston. The sun shone, there was a bumper crowd who were entertained all afternoon. The BBQ and cream teas soon sold out. Thank you to everyone who arranged and supported this annual village event.

Church News: St Mary's Church service this Sunday 15th May will be an informal worship with Janet Wood at 11am. The services at the Methodist Church Sunday 15th May will be with Rev Stephen Dawes at 11am.

Strong and steady class: Every Tuesday in the Methodist Church at 1.30pm. We always welcome new members. £4 with coffee and cake afterwards. Pilates based exercise class - every Tuesday in the Methodist Church 2.45pm - 3.30pm, £5 per session.

Craft therapy: Friday in the Methodist Church. 10.30-12pm. Learn new skills, meet new friends over a coffee. Free just a small donation towards coffee.

Nordic Walking Group: Meets every Wednesday 2.30pm from Long Preston Methodist Chapel car park. These fitness classes/walks last 1 hour and cost £5.


Scouts coffee morning: Saturday 14th May, 10:30am to 1:30pm at Settle Parish Church. You'll need elevenses on Saturday, so if you're in town why not join the 1st Castleberg (Settle) Scout Group for a brew and a bun. All proceeds to their Drill Hall Extension project. And the following Saturday, 21st May, Settle Scouts are holding another of their popular Table-Top Sales at Settle Drill Hall, Castlebergh Lane. Opens 10:30 to 3:30pm.

Climate Emergency: Saturday 14 May 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, Action on Climate Emergency Settle and area (ACE) - Join us for our monthly gathering at the Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ. This month’s meeting will be an opportunity to chat, share and find out more about local, regional and national climate action, Topics to be discussed include an update on Craven Council’s progress on reaching carbon neutrality by 2030 and details of our Renewable Energy Workshop on 21 May being held from 10,00am -3.30pm at St Mary and St Michael's Catholic Church Hall, Tillman Close, Settle BD24 9RA.

Come along and find out how to get involved with our various actions and become a member.

Church news: Settle Parish Church. Stephen Hogg, Lay Worship Leader, leads Morning Worship at 11am on Sunday 15 May. Sunday 15 May at 3pm Cafe Church - live music from our 'house band', interactive worship led by the Cafe Church team plus there'll be cakes and cuppas. Ascension Day 2022 is on Thursday 26 May. There will be a service of Holy Communion at 7.30pm led by Revd Julie Clarkson to celebrate this Holy Day which is of particular signficance to Holy Ascension, Settle.

Christian Aid: Begins on Sunday 15 May till 21 May. Volunteers will be delivering envelopes through letterboxes and rattling collecting buckets in Settle's Market Square on Tuesday and Saturday. There are 3 events during the week when you can enjoy hospitality and help raise funds for Christian Aid - a Coffee Evening in St John's Methodist Church on Wednesday 18 May from 6pm till 7.30pm, with stalls for plants and cakes. Book your place for the full Settle "Big Brekkie" on Saturday 21 May at Holy Ascension, brews from 8.15am, breakfast served at 8.30am. Speaker after breakfast: Revd Julie Clarkson. Limited places so call 01729 825285, by Thursday 19 May, to book and be certain of your 'full English'.

If you're peckish in the afternoon on Saturday 21 May you can enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, from 3pm till 4.30pm. For more information about these Christian Aid Week events please contact 01729 822311.


Car Boot Sale: Riverside Field Sunday 15th May from 7am to 1pm, toilet and catering on site. Sellers: £10 for cars and £15 for vans and cars with trailers Buyers:Free parking available on site. Search Silsden Car boot on Facebook for further details or contact Zoey or Jonny on 01535500170.


Auction of Bicycles: Organised by Skipton Rotary. Sunday 12th June. CCM Auctions, Gargrave Road, Skipton. Free parking. Viewing from 1pm, sale at 2pm. Full details or mail

Church news: Holy Trinity: Sunday 15th May 9.45am Family Communion with Children’s Club. Wednesday 18th May10.45am Holy Communion (BCP). 12noon Midday Prayer. On Friday 20th May children from Parish School will be re-enacting the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Holy Trinity. Look out for the carriage on the High Street from 1.45pm.

Christ Church: Sunday at 9.30am - Eucharist. Wednesday 9.30am – Eucharist.


Flower Club: The April meeting of Steeton Flower Club took the form of an imposed workshop when members were provided with the same container and flowers but used their own greenery. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening producing a great range of colourful and imaginative designs. Thanks were given to Sue Little and Jen Davidson for organising the evening.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 19th May, 7.30pm at Steeton Methodist Church when Jo Purdy will be demonstrating “Fabulous Flowery Females”. Visitors always welcome.


WI: The next meeting of Threshfield and Linton WI will be held on Wednesday 11th May, 7:30pm at Linton Institute, when the speaker will Jo Prowse on an Adventure to Everest – Trekking in the Himalayas.