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The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
The Yorkshire dialect can be traced back to invaders who crossed the North Sea in the Fifth Century and who left behind a rich language full of words that had Norse and Danish origins.

Dales people had a particularly dialect-filled speech that included both verbs and nouns peculiar to the district in which they lived.

Here are just a few examples:

Skep
basket

Tup
male sheep

Laithe
barn

Gripe
muck-fork

Dowly
sad

Nithered
cold, shivery

Twined
to be upset

Thoil
to begrudge

Wick
lively

Sneck
Door-catch;

Slape
slippery

and.......

T’ardest wark is doin’ nowt.      
Tha’s nithered and twined...
Forthcoming Parish Events

Lead has been mined in Swaledale since at least pre-Roman times and by 1820 there were more than 40 smelt mills scattered along the dale.

 

Millions of tons of lead were sent from here all over the country - the Tower of London and Dover castle are covered in lead from Swaledale.

 

Men, women and children worked long, hard hours the result of which were vast profits that went to distant shareholders, in some cases to the already wealthy abbeys.

 

Coal has also been mined in the dale since at least the 13th centuty, mainly around Tan Hill.

 

There are records of coal being supplied to Richmond Castle and nearby abbeys.

Below ground...

Kisdon Gorge
and
Swinnergill
above
Keld,
are excellent for bird watching.

Species that may be seen include: red grouse, skylark, lapwing, curlew, wheatear, raven and peregrine falcon.

Using a car as a portable “hide”, the moorland roads around
Reeth
will enable you to observe at close- quarters golden plover, lapwing curlew and redshank.
Watch the birdie....

June

 

Alison’s ordination to the priesthood

 

Saturday 25 June, 3.00pm – Ordination of Rev Alison Stewart Smith at Ripon Cathedral.

You are  welcome to come to this service, and you do not need a ticket.

 

Sunday 26 June, 3.00pm – we will celebrate Alison’s ordination with a parish afternoon tea at Fremington  Sunday School.

 

 

July

Saturday 2 July – ‘Across in the Wood’ – Grinton Forest Church. Outdoor worship and activities for all ages. Meet at Grinton Churchyard at 2.00pm ready for a walk.

 

Sunday 3 July  Summer Lunch at Langthorne House.

Full details on the “Parish News” page

 

Wednesday 6 July, 7.30pm – Christians Together in Swaledale meeting at Reeth Methodist Church

 

Friday 8 July - Parish Cake Stall on Reeth Market, organised by St. Mary’s,

 

Saturday 9 July, 10.30am-12 noon- Grinton Conservation Group meeting in the churchyard. Gravestone recording with Jonathan Dawson, in conjunction with the Upper Dales Family History Group. All welcome.

 

Friday 22 July – Christian Aid Bric a Brac Stall on Reeth Green. Items to sell and offers of help appreciated. Contact Susan Allison 884366.

 

August

Saturday 13 August from 7.00pm - BBQ at The Ghyll, Arkengarthdale. Contact Richard & Sheila Good for more information – 884353 or richardtyneholme@gmail.com