Quaker Services: Quakers in Airton are holding their regular quiet meetings for worship every Sunday at 3pm, in the ancient Airton Quaker Meeting House near the Green in Calton Lane. Our next meeting for worship will take place next Sunday, 18th June, followed by refreshments afterwards in the Barn. The Meeting House remains open during the week if you are ever looking for a place of peace and quiet when the world around us is so turbulent.

Experiment with Light: Airton Quakers are planning a first “Experiment with Light” evening on Thursday, 29th June, starting at 7pm and finishing at 9pm, in the Quaker Meeting House. The format involves a guided meditation (via recording) for about 40 mins. It will be followed by 20 minutes of personal reflection time, with help-yourself refreshments and a group reflection of around 30 minutes, finishing with a 10 minutes plenary. Just come along or ask for more information on 01729 900018.


Church news: Services. Sunday 18th June 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick. 11.00 am Easy Church at Clapham and 6.30 pm Evening Prayer at Eldroth

Our weekly Wednesday Morning Holy Communion Services (Book of Common Prayer) 10.30am at Austwick Church. All welcome. Our weekly Wednesday Morning Holy Communion Services (Book of Common Prayer) 10.30am at Austwick Church.

Afternoon Fellowship: Austwick Parish Hall, Wednesdays, 2.00pm-3.30pm Each meeting features a guest speaker on a topic of interest, followed by a time for conversation with refreshments. There is no charge for admission - a voluntary collection of at each meeting helps to support our running costs. More information from our Churches Weekly Newsletters or from our Secretary Catherine Menday, 01524 251787,

Austwick WI: Sarah Lister made a welcome return to the June meeting. Her talk included an entertaining celebration of the ups and downs of the lives of the navvies and their families while the Settle to Carlisle Railway was being built, inevitably including numerous antics, scandals and the occasional tragedy. The next meeting on Thursday July 13th will be the Summer Social Evening, courtesy of Gwen and Graham Cleverly at Beck House. Please note the earlier start of 6.30pm.

Parish Newsletter: The May - August newsletter is being distributed in the village and is also on the village website

Field and Local History Society: Next event ‘Austwick During Lockdown and Beyond’, an updated version of Judy and Chris Leeming’s popular slide show with accompanying classical music themes, recording the impact of Covid on Austwick Village but now with additional slides showing more recent village events following the lockdown. Austwick Parish Hall, Wednesday 21 June 2023 at 7:30pm. Admission free for members, £3 for guests. Refreshments available.

Barnoldswick and Bracewell

Church news: Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick, Every Wednesday, 10am-12 noon - cafe in the church is open for light refreshments and fellowship. Thursdays, 10:30am - Service of the Word. Fridays. 10:30-11:45am - Bible Study and 4-6pm, Sacred Space quiet reflection. The Coach House at St. Mary Le Ghyll will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-3:30pm for tea, coffee and homemade cakes. We are in need of volunteers to help at the Coach House - please come and see us on the weekends if interested.

Sunday Services - for 18th June - 9:30am, Holy Communion Service, Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick. 11:30am, Morning Prayer Service, St. Michael’s Church, Bracewell. 11:30am, Holy Communion Service , St. Mary le Ghyll Church, Barnoldswick.


Coffee morning: Saturday 17 June. 10am -12 noon. Bentham Town Hall to raise funds for ‘Choose Love’ - a humanitarian and campaigning organisation. Coffee and biscuits plus tombola and raffle. Stalls selling cakes, plants, books, bric-a-brac. Choose Love is a charity that does whatever it takes to provide refugees and displaced people with everything from lifesaving search and rescue boats to food and legal advice.

Refugee support group: Saturday 24th June. 10am to 12pm, Bentham Main Street. Bentham Area Refugee Support Group to raise awareness of the proposed Illegal Migrants bill.

Bradleys Both

WI: Please join us at our next meeting on Monday 19th June at 7.30 pm at the village hall. We are delighted to welcome back Baker Mike, who will be creating tasty treats to celebrate 100 years of Be-Ro’s popular recipe book. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Non-WI members £4. Refreshments included.


Gala and Sheep Show: Saturday 17 June 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Buckden Gala Field. This year’s gala will again have live music, stalls, dog show, children’s races, crafts, tombola, grand draw, coconut shy, bouncy castle, beer tent, hot and cold refreshments and more. This year we are also delighted to announce the return of Buckden Sheep Show after an absence of three years. The Sheep Show this year will feature a new young handlers class. Once again the Buckden Pike Fell Race will be run over the traditional course. Please come along for another great day out in the dales. More information at or email

Buckden open gardens: Come along and see Buckden’s gardens at their best. Saturday 1st July. 10.30am to 5.30pm.Admission to all gardens by the trail programme is £5 per person (under 16s accompanied by an adult free). Start at Buckden Schoolroom to get your programme. Refreshments available at schoolroom and various gardens along the trail. For the Parish of Upper Wharfedale and Littondale by Hubberholme Church.


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 Book of Common Prayer; 11.15am Family Praise.

Coniston Cold and Bell Busk

Church news: St Peter’s Church Coniston Cold: on Sunday, June 18 there is a service of Compline Evensong at St Peter’s at 4pm to which all are welcome. Why not come and join us for a reflective service of prayers, readings, and hymns at the end of a busy weekend. Church services are normally at 9.30am on the second and fourth Sunday of each month (BCP Holy Communion), and at 4pm on the first and third Sunday of each month (Compline Evensong). For any enquiries about weddings, baptisms, or funerals please contact Revd Andrew Steer on


Church news: St Augustine: Sunday 18th June: 9.30am Morning Prayer; Sunday 25th June: To join Holy Trinity Skipton.


Church news: All Saints Church. On Sunday June 18th Communion will be at 9.30am, led by John Lancaster.

Farnhill and Kildwick

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Local History: The Local History Group will meet tonight (Thursday 15th) at 7pm in the upstairs room of Farnhill Institute. There is no fixed agenda for this meeting, people are invited to come along with their questions, photographs and documents for the group to discuss. The meeting is open to all and admission is free (although cash donations to help with costs would be appreciated).

Church news: There will be a service of Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer at St Andrew’s on Sunday (18th), starting at 9.00am. The usual Sunday Holy Communion will start at 11am. There will also be a sung Evensong, led by the choir of Bradford Cathedral, starting at 4.30pm. There will be a mid-week Holy Communion service, in the Parish Rooms, starting at 1.30pm on Wednesday (21st). St. Andrew’s is open to visitors on most days, when the building is not in use, from about 10am until about 2pm

Pilates: Classes for both beginners and Improvers will continue at Farnhill Institute from Monday 19th June – classes at 5pm, 6.15pm and 7:30pm. Numbers are limited, so please contact or ring 07549 199670 for details and enrolment.

Farnhill Parish Council: The next meeting will be held in the upstairs room of the Institute next Thursday (22nd), starting at 7.30pm. The first 15 minutes of the meeting will be set aside for public participation. All members of the village are welcome to attend.


Open Gardens: In aid of St Andrew’s Gargrave Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, 11am to 5pm Saturday, 1.30pm to 5pm Sunday. Cost £8 on the day; £6 in advance, accompanied children free. Event passports available at Twin Locks Garden Centre, Gargrave, during the event only from Gargrave Village Hall.

Church news: ‘St Andrew’s, Gargrave- 8am BCP Holy Communion, 11am Morning Worship. Our theme is ‘laughter’! Everyone welcome. Please join us as we are explore the funny side of life.’


Church news: St.Alkelda’s Church. On Sunday Rev. Julie Clarkson will be leading the service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. There will be time to chat with Julie afterwards over a cup of coffee. Refreshments will be available at Holy Ascension, in Settle, at 3pm as we meet for Cafe Church. Please remember the box in the church porch, and cupboard at Holy Ascension, to leave gifts of food, or to take as you need. The Food Pantry continues to open each Friday from 11am ‘til 12noon at Holy Ascension. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Womack, Chaplain at Giggleswick School, will be ordained to the priesthood on 24th June at 4pm in Ripon Cathedral. (Please contact Rev. Julie if you would like to attend). Jonathan will celebrate the Eucharist for the first time on 25th June at 10am at St. Alkelda’s. This will be a united service for the Benefice and will be followed by a ‘Jacob’s Join’ lunch. Please make a note and come to join in this important day for Jonathan and for our parishes.


Grassington Town Hall: Saturday 24th June, 7pm til late - Ukraine Aid Concert - Join us for a fantastic evening to raise funds for Ukraine. Featuring Live music from local musicians, Callum Spencer as well as Lucas watt as well as a charity auction. Tickets £10 in advance available from The Hub or Ticketsource. Friday 30th June, 7:30pm, Saturday 1st July at 2:30pm and 7:30 pm - Grassington Players Centenary Revue. One of the largest casts the Players have ever assembled will be showcasing 100 years of entertainment, including iconic scripts and songs from theatre, film and TV. The actors and singers range in age from their 20’s to their 80’s, and include many stalwarts but also some for whom this will be their first production with the Grassington Players.

Weekly What’s On: We have about 20 different sessions running weekly for all ages and interests. Tai Chi, indoor bowls, pilates, kids dance & music theatre, lunch club, arts & horticultural activities.

For further details, visit our website:


Yomp: Congratulations to Peter Atkinson of Selside for both his amazing feat and feet! He completed the Cataran Yomp in Perthshire for the third time in 16 hours 29 minutes on a warm weekend, achieving the 54 mile gold medal standard. The yomp is a fundraiser for the Army Benevolent Fund and Peter raised £750 this year – that’s £3,000 to date.

Fundraiser: Thanks to everyone for baking, bringing or buying cakes and savouries, jams and pies for the recent fundraiser for St Oswald’s church which was held in Langcliffe Institute. People were queuing at 1.30pm and the selling and serving, clearing tables and washing up continued until 4.30pm. Almost £800 was raised for church funds. St Oswald’s will be back at the institute on the 13th August. A special thanks must go to thirteen year old Rosie Wilson who made and served pots of tea all afternoon.

Church news: A service of Holy Communion for the combined parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe will be held in St. Oswalds church on Sunday at 10.30.a.m.


Correspondent Ken Leak:

Beer Festival: Hellifield Beer Festival will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of June at the Village Institute. Open between 12 noon and 11 pm on both days. Entrance is £6.50 which includes a programme, commemorative glass, and the first two drink tokens. Additional drinks are then purchased via a token system. If you retain your glass you can come and go as you wish over the two days with no additional fee. Hellifield Sports FC will be providing the hot food. (hot dogs, burgers, chips etc). Both cash and card payments are accepted. All funds raised are used to support local organisations and groups. Contact one of the committee if you would like to become a beneficiary, or visit the Just Giving page -

Wesley centre: There will be a drop-in lunch today from 12 noon. The Community Pantry is open on Friday’s between 2 -3pm. The Sunday service will be from 2 pm at the Chapel. The Welcome Mat group meets on Monday 19th at 2.30pm. Pioneer Projects will be held at 1pm on Tuesday 20th. Kettlebells is held on Wednesday evenings from 6 - 8.30pm.

Women’s institute: The W.I. will meet tonight at 7.15pm in the Institute. Speaker John Taylor will be at the meeting to talk about Hypnotherapy and counselling. Contact Carol on 01729 851660 for details of membership and activities.

Helisingers: Will meet on Friday morning from 10.00am in the Institute. If you would like to join the choir please contact Sue Alderson on 01729 851108.

Messy monkeys: Children’s group meets in the Institute from 10.30am in term time on Wednesdays. Contact Amanda Belt for details, on 07398 824126.

Heliscribes: Writing group will meet on Wednesday 21st in the Institute from 2 - 4 pm.

Heligames: The Institute Games Afternoon will be held on Wednesday 21st from 1 - 4 pm. Attendance is £3 to include refreshments.

Village walk: This coming Sunday morning from 10am. Please meet in the main car park near Aherne’s if you would like to join the walkers. Please remember to bring along a drink and wear suitable clothing. Details from Rebecca on 07443 493169.

Slimming World: A new Slimming World group is meeting on Mondays at 7pm in Hellifield House from. Go along or contact Daiva on 07591 067861 for more information.

Quizgo: The next quiz event is Wednesday 21st from 8.15pm.

Chess: Sessions in the Black Horse on Wednesday evenings from 7 pm. Please contact Ian Ludlam-Brown on 07760 190222 for information.

Coffee morning: In the institute this Saturday from 10am.


Church news: St Mary’s Church. On Sunday June 18th Morning Worship will be at 11.00am, led by John Lancaster.

Kirkby Malham

Church News: St Michael’s Kirkby Malham. On Sunday 18 th June there will be a service of Holy Communion with hymns at 10am. Everyone is welcome at all of our services, whatever their

denomination or tradition. St Michael’s welcomes enquiries about Weddings, Baptisms (Christenings), and Funerals; for more information please see our website or contact Revd Sue on St Michael’s is open every day of the year for visitors from 9am to dusk.

Malhamdale Local History Group: Tonight: Thursday 15th June at 7.30pm Kirkby Malham Parish Hall. Dave Joy will talk to us about “Liverpool Cowkeepers.” The mid-1800s witnessed a mass exodus from the ‘Dales’ as a generation of farmers and miners sought a new life in the New World. However, many of these found a new life for themselves a bit closer to home – they became Liverpool Cowkeepers, keeping cows in their back yards and selling milk to a rapidly expanding city population with an insatiable need for fresh food. They overcame many challenges and survived through hard work, good dales business nous and the ability to adapt. Dave Joy’s family came from Upper Wharfedale and he will be drawing on his own family history in his talk. Admission £3 to non-members. Enquiries to Linda Hodson

Voices of Craven: Summer Concert, Saturday 17th June, St Michael’s Kirkby Malham at 7pm. A beautiful programme of music for a summer’s evening including classical favourites, and songs from the shows, featuring soprano soloist Sarah Fox, and the Vine String Quartet. Tickets are £12 on the door (under 16’s free) or in advance from Wine and soft drinks will be served at the interval, and parking is available in the church car park or in the field on Hanlith Lane.


Cream teas: Langcliffe Church will be serving cream teas on Saturday 17th June from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. The Langcliffe Strummers will be playing and there will be some more stories about the folk who lived in Langcliffe over 100 years ago and are now buried in our lovely churchyard. Tickets are £5 with children free. Phone 01729 822875 for more details.

Long Preston

Little Footsteps: Toddler Group Mondays during term time from 10am in the Methodist Church. This is a free activity.

Welcome Space: The Methodist Church is open every Monday afternoon from 1pm - 3pm. Have a hot, 2 course meal i.e. fish pie/chicken casserole followed by apple crumble and custard. There will now be a small charge of £3 for this as the funding has now stopped. Please ring Annette on 840096 to book your lunch giving a week’s notice please.

Church News: St Mary’s Church service on Sunday 18th June will be Holy Communion with Canon Ian Greenhalgh at 11am. The service at the Methodist Church will be with Rev Andrew Webb at 11am.

Strong and Steady: Gentle exercises every Tuesday 1.30pm - 2.30pm in the Methodist Chapel. £4 a session. If you would like a lift for this activity, please call Sandra at Age UK. 01729 823066

Craft Club: Every Friday 10.30am - 12pm in the Methodist Chapel.

Pilates: In the Village Hall every Tuesday 2.45 - 3.30pm £5 per session.

Coffee and Cake afternoon: Free for the over 50s. The next event will be on Thursday 22nd June in the village hall from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The usual free raffle and jigsaw/book swap will be available.


Lothersdale Over 50s: Our next meeting will be on June 21st at 2.00pm in the village hall. It will be a beetle drive and also a raffle. Friends and visitors are always very welcome.


WI: President, Donna Martin, welcomed members, and introduced Alan and Caron who came to talk about The Samaritans. This wonderful organisation was first set up in 1953 and since then has grown and helped so many people who just need someone to talk to especially those who feel lonely or suicidal.

Trip: A cruise trip from Skipton including a fish and chips supper on Sept 14th will be arranged if enough members are wishing to go. Further trips mentioned are in August, to Southport Flower Show and a Christmas Market in December. These will be decided at the next meeting. The next meeting will be on Thursday July 13th at 7.30pm in Salterforth village hall.


Victoria Hall: Wednesday 21st June. 12pm to 2pm Ukrainian music and food on sale and a bandura player, Mariia Petrovska, will play. Amnesty International will have a stall with information about the Illegal Migrants bill and a petition.

Refugee and Asylum presentation: Monday 19 June. 7pm. Zoom presentation on refugees, asylum seekers, small boats, and anything else ‘you wanted to know about refugee and asylum matters but were too afraid to ask’ Please get in touch with Angie Pedley to book a place.

Settle library: Saturday 24th June. 2.30pm to4.30pm poetry and prose readings about what it means to be a refugee. Coffee and cake will be available for a donation towards the work of ‘Refugee Support Europe’

Action on Climate Emergency: Thursday 15th June 7.30-9.30pm (ACE Settle) at St Mary and St Michael’s Catholic Church. Tillman Close. Settle. Thinking of solar panels? Wondering what you can do to cut carbon emissions? Is net-zero living only for the affluent? Come and find out from Dr Tom Nicholls, who has undertaken an online survey, whether your roof would be suitable and from ACE’s energy group about possible bulk purchasing options and the development of the Settle Energy local club. Refreshments available 7.30-7.45pm. For more information:

Settle Photographic Group: The group has been busy with a visit to Sizergh Castle, an animal themed challenge and also a group visit down Gapping Gill (Thanks to Bradford Pot Hole Club). Our next gathering is a coffee morning at the café in Victoria Hall gardens at 10.30am on Thursday 15th. Please come along for a chat. Our regular meeting will be on Monday 19th June at 7.30pm St Johns Methodist Church, for a demonstration of Printing and mounting photographs, as well as discussions on the “Vegetable” themed galley. Visitors welcome for a small fee.

Church news: Settle parish church: Many thanks to everyone who came along to Langcliffe Institute on a very hot afternoon last Sunday to enjoy lovely food, to meet up with friends and family and have a chance to admire Jim’s gleaming MG roadster and share memories of motoring in the Dales ‘way back when’. Thanks also to the Holy Ascension team who baked and prepared the delicious treats, served them and coped with the washing up on such a sultry day. We are most grateful to you all. Our church treasurer is on holiday but we are hoping that we’ve raised approximately £500 for church funds. We’ll be back at the Institute on Sunday 3 September serving tea and cake once again. Sunday 18 June at 11am, Morning Worship will be led by Lay Worship Leader, Stephen Hogg. Our monthly Café Church takes place at 3pm. This Saturday, 17 June, we look forward to welcoming Settle Orchestra for the first of their Summer Concerts. This will be the final concert conducted by Xinjie Yang, a graduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music. Anna Tulchinskaya, also studying at the Northern College of Music, is the soloist for Dvorak’s violin concerto. Tickets cost £15 and will be available on the night or prior to the concert at ‘Forage and Feast’ on Duke Street. The concert begins at 7.30pm.

Ordination: A reminder that Rev Dr Jonathan Womack will be ordained as Priest at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 24 June at 4pm. If you’d like to go to the service, please get in touch with Revd Julie Clarkson, 01729 825 955. Jonathan will serve his curacy across our 3 Parishes and on Sunday 25 June at 10am he will preside at the 3 Parishes Holy Communion service at St Alkelda’s. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a Jacob’s Join lunch and have a chance to meet Jonathan and family.


Car Boot Sale: Riverside Field Sunday, June 25 from 7am to 1pm, toilet and catering on site. The cost is £10 for cars and £15 for vans and cars with trailers. Buyers free entry and car park available. Search Silsden Car boot on Facebook for further details or contact Zoey or Jonny on 01535500170.


Library: For Refugee Week, and as an introduction and launch for the newly formed Craven District of Sanctuary, from 17th -24th June. Information is available to take away. Tuesday 20th June. 7pm to 9.30pm , an evening of stories, poems, and music plus a speaker from Kairos Housing, Lisa Norcross Saturday 24th June. 10.00 – 12.30. Skipton High Street (outside the library). Information and awareness raising about refugees and the Illegal Migrants bill.

KVU Singers: Summer afternoon concert at Skipton Town Hall on June 24 at 2.30pm including the Anthem “Sing for the King” written especially for the coronation of Charles III. Bradford and Airedale Youth Choir will be appearing as special guests. The BAYC is an energetic and contemporary choir for children and young people between the age of six and 18, so expect a lively contribution from them. Tickets through SkiptonTownHall cost £10 for adults, £5 for children.

Church news: Holy Trinity Church: Sunday 18th June: 9.45am Holy Communion with Children’s Club; Wednesday 21st June:10.45am Holy Communion (BCP); 12noon Midday Prayer; Sunday 25th June: 9.45am Sheep Day Festival Service (outside – weather permitting)

Sheep Day Festival Service: Sunday 25th June 9.45am. Join us outdoors (weather permitting) for our Sheep Day Festival Service. This will also be Revd Doug’s first Holy Communion as Priest following his ordination the day before.

Sheep Day Fundraising: We hope that you will join us for our garden fete on Sunday 25th June. Contributions to the bric-a-brac, books and jigsaw, toys, plants, craft and tombola stalls are urgently needed with cakes, jams and chutneys being donated nearer the event. The church is open daily 8.30am-5pm. Our café and shop are usually open Wednesday to Friday 10am-2pm, Saturday 10am-3pm. Additional opening on Sheep Day, Sunday 25th June.

To get in touch with us please contact the church office by email or phone 01756 793622 (Wed/Fri).

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

Skipton Italian Circle: The next meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd June in the Parish Rooms at St. Stephen’s Church, St. Stephen’s Close, Skipton BD23 1TN. Our talk by Charles Dobson will be on Ravenna and the goths. Join us from 7.30 pm for light refreshments, greetings in Italian or English or a glass of vino. Visit and Facebook @skiptonitaliancircle

Thornton in Lonsdale

Church news: Sunday services at St Oswald’s Church are at 9.30am with visiting preachers and speakers through the interregnum. St Oswald’s P.C.C. would like to thank all who have supported their recent fund raising events with Sedbergh Brass Band raising £315.00 and the coffee morning raising £192.00 towards church general funds. There is a special jumble sale on Saturday 8th July at Ingleton Community Centre at 2pm to raise money for St Oswald’s Church Yard maintenance.