News from around the district from our correspondents.


Church news: In response to the current Covid-19 situation and lockdown restrictions we regret that there will be no church services until further notice. Please join our online Services each Sunday at 10.30am on Zoom by clicking: This 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. Church of England daily prayers can be called free on 0800 8048044

Parish News: The new edition can be found on the link below or from the village website:

Austwick Open Gardens: Summer 2021 will hopefully see open gardens day organised to raise funds for the Parish Hall. Hopefully June 2021 would be the time of the event, date to be confirmed. Volunteers are needed as a part of the planning group, also by offering help with refreshments, baking and serving. Please contact Gwen Cleverly at Back House Austwick – or 01524251185.

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.

We would hope and expect everyone to adhere to this information and help avoid Coronavirus19 spreading. We look forward to welcoming visitors, once the panademic is under control, to our village population that are generally aware of their vulnerabilities.


Rector’s message: Last week we began the season of Lent as we celebrated Ash Wednesday on the 17th February. Lent is a penitential season when we seek reflect on our failings and seek forgiveness from Almighty God. At the same time, many of us will emulate our Lord by giving something up to represent the temptations that Jesus resisted in the wilderness. However we chose to mark Lent, this period of forty days and forty nights is, above all, a preparation for Easter. As we cautiously begin to move out of lockdown, may we also remember that we will also emerge from Lent to a new found freedom.

Postage Stamps: The Priory Church is now collecting stamps for Supportdogs. As a way to raise money they have started collecting used stamps. You can show your support by collecting stamps and help make life better for those children and adults with Autism, Epilepsy and with disabilities’. When cutting your stamps out please please leave the postmark on. They can be left in the Tower, where we hope to have a box, or posted through the office door.

The Church is now closed during lockdown, the Tower remains open for private prayer.

For the Church Sunday audio services, the weekly sheet and magazine please look at our website


Graham Taylor –

Farnhill Parish Council: The next meeting of Farnhill Parish Council will take place this evening (Thursday February 25th) starting at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held by video but members of the public may attend remotely. Anyone wishing to join the meeting should email: for login details.

Institute: The Institute is currently closed but hopes to be open 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. Full competition rules go to: then click on the picture of the institute. You do not need to live in either village to get a picture selected.

Church news: St Andrew’s Church is closed.

For now, Sunday worship will continue via Zoom at 10am, and via the KCB Parish Facebook page ( for Evening Prayer at 4pm. Additionally, Morning and Evening Prayer will continue via Facebook on Mondays to Thursdays at 9am and 4.30pm. For details of how to access the Zoom services, please contact Rev. Julie Bacon via the KCB website:


Playing fields: The Station Road Playing Field area has clear signs stating ‘No Dogs Allowed’. Complaints are still being received regarding people exercising their dogs on the field. The risk of children coming into contact with dog excrement is obvious and people are reminded to adhere to the signs.

Community news: The community pantry is open on Fridays between 2 and 3pm. Contact Pauline on 07931 511652 for details about donations, collections and deliveries. Jigsaws and books in good condition are welcome donations.

Hellifield has numerous footpaths and walking routes, many cross open fields containing livestock. Please ensure dogs are kept on leads where appropriate. Facemasks have been discarded along footpaths and in and around the village. Please ensure that all unwanted facemasks are disposed of correctly. Food deliveries are available from H’s Store and Butchers for those shielding or isolating.


Caroline Thompson. 01756 749235.

Church news: A service of Holy Communion will be held in St Oswald’s church on Sunday at 10.30.a.m.


Parish Council: February Police Report. Superintendent Steve Thomas attended the meeting to discuss the closure of Ingleton Police Station.

Winter Gritting:The chairman commented on recent standard email from Highways stating that volunteers should be organised to salt pavements. Cllr Carl Lis stated that realistically the parish council will have to fulfil their duty of care to local residents. The chairman suggested that Highways should supply a stock of salt and salt bins throughout the village to facilitate this.

Council vacancy: If no one comes forward to take the seat by May the parish council could then immediately co-opt. The chairman recorded his thanks for Glenis Gaunt for her service as a parish councillor.

Climate Change: Cllr. Lis confirmed that Ingleton PC has done a lot in terms of LED lighting at the Centre and street lighting, but he would ask that members consider the reduction of carbon emissions and climate change impact when making decisions in the future. The next parish council meeting will be held on Monday March 1 at 7pm, via Zoom.


Church news: Despite the continued ‘lockdown’ lots of activities are taking place either online or within all Covid safety guidelines at Holy Ascension. The new weekly “Settle Pantry” opens again tomorrow, Friday 26 February from 11am till 12noon. Thanks to the local AgeUK team for their help and support. No registration needed just the Covid ‘Track and Trace’.

Two dates for the diary - Saturday 27 February from 3pm till 4pm there’s a chance to join local author, Sarah Lister and ballarder Mark Dowding as they share songs and stories of the Settle Navvies and their families. And on Tuesday 2 March, 10.45am, you can find out what’s been happening at The Folly, Settle’s only Grade 1 listed building, behind all that scaffolding and plastic sheeting .

Bring your own coffee on Tuesday 2nd to hear all about the improvements . Email to for the Zoom links to both events.

Revd Julie Clarkson continues to lead 3 Parishes Online Worship, Sundays at 10am from Holy Ascension. Online Lent groups meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm and on Thursdays at 2pm. The Lent studies are ‘stand alone’ sessions. This week’s theme is “Creating”. Celtic Morning Prayer continues online on Thursdays at 9.45am.

Climate Change: Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and area will be holding its spring conference by Zoom on Saturday, March13, from 10.30am to 1.15pm, to discuss the topical theme ‘Growing the Green Recovery’.

This conference will discuss how ideas can be put into practice both locally and further afield.

The line-up of speakers include: Neil Heseltine, chairman of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and Chris Lodge/Carol Douglas of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s ‘Together for Trees’ project.

To book to join the free event, go to or email


Italian Circle: The Skipton Italian Circle will be recommencing their monthly meetings on March 25. Our presentations for the moment will be held virtually and our visitors can gain access to view them from the Contact section on our website Details of the event on 25th March will be published here in the Craven Herald nearer the time. Please also visit our Facebook page @skiptonitaliancircle.

Kashmiri cooking: Skipton resident Yesmien Bagh Ali enthralled members of Skipton Refugee Support Group and their guests with an online demonstration of Kashmiri cooking last month. Yesmien showed us the secrets of some of the traditional Kashmiri foods which she learnt from her family.

Particularly impressive was the way in which Yesmien handled the special implements for cooking flatbreads. If anyone would like to acquire these implements they are available via Yesmien’s website .The group’s next online event will be a light-hearted quiz night on Saturday, February 27 at 7 pm.

Suggested donations of £10 per team will go to the local charity supported by the group, Abigail Housing.

To access the quiz night contact Charlie Dobson on