Our Vicar, Caroline,recently featured in the Yorkshire Post. Click on the picture to read the full article.
Final Journeys... Corpse Ways or Corpse Roads were established as a means of transporting the deceased, often from very remote communities, to consecrated ground of their parish church. In Swaledale the Corpse Way along which the dead were traditionally carried in wicker coffins, runs from Keld To Grintonchurchyard. Beside Ivelet Bridge, a large flat stone is said to be where the coffin bearers rested their heavy loads. The journey could be hazardous and there are stories of both corpse and pall bearers being swept away in floods. Eventually, in 1580, a graveyard was consecrated at Muker and the relatives of the dead no longer had to brave the Corpse Way.
What’s in a name...?
The two main types of place-names are habitation-names (farms, villages) and nature-names (woods, hills). The earliest record of many names is in the Domesday Book but nearly all Dales place-names were given long before that by the Viking or Anglo-Saxon settlers. Swaledale means, very appropriately, “The valley of the rushing river” Arkengarthdale probably means “The valley of Arkle’s enclosure” Both Dales have a number of interesting-sounding hamlets, amongst which are: Reeth “The stream” Gunnerside“Gunner’s high pasture” Keld “The spring” Muker “The small field” Smarber “The butter hill” Grinton “The green enclosure” Melbecks “The stream by the sandbank” Booze “The house on the bend” Whaw “The enclosure near the sheepfold”
The Vicar is in print!
Caroline has written a chapter for a new book by Simon Martin, Resourcing Rural Ministry
– Practical Insights for Mission, which will be published by Bible Reading Fellowship
on 20 November.
It will be on Amazon and in bookshops, but half-price copies will be available direct
from Caroline – contact her if you would like to buy one.
Are you following Mary & Joseph's journey? Each night during the days of Advent,
they will be visiting events, businesses and church services in Swaledale.
See the dates and venues below.
If you use Facebook, you can follow Mary and Joseph’s journey - search for Swaledale
Posada is a Christmas festival originating in Latin America that dramatizes the search
of Joseph and Mary for lodgings. A Swaledale barn is perhaps our local equivalent
of a stable but as they are usually devoid of people we thought it would be more
in keeping if Joseph and Mary were to stay overnight at places where they can be
Do see if you can spot our two knitted figures on their journey - they will
be accompanied by a small stuffed donkey and a small card explaining what
Posada is all about. There is no charity collection associated with this
activity - it is purely an Advent display and talking point
Hair Salon - Reeth Shopping Night
Fat Sheep - Market Day
Fremington - St Andrew's Lunch
St Mary, Muker - Parish Service
Fremington - Bridge Club
Hudson House - Library
Quaker Close Flats - Communion Service
Muker - Muker & Low Row Luncheon Club
King's Head, Gunnerside - Friday night quiz night
Overton House - weekend visitors to Reeth
Marrick Priory Christmas event
Dales Bike Centre - Souper Tuesday
Buck Hotel - Darts night
Bridge Inn Folk music night
Reeth Methodist Chapel - Friday market drop in
Fremington & Gunnerside Halls - Crafts Day & Film Night
St Mary, Muker - Crib service
Muker Village Store & tea shop
Farmers' Arms - Dart's night
Fremington - Parish Choir afternoon concert
YHA - weekend visitors to Reeth
URC, Low Row - Service
Gunnerside Methodist Church - Shortest Day service
Temperance Book shop, Reeth
Punch Bowl - Service
Holy Trinity & St Andrew's - Christmas Eve Services