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
There are records of coal being supplied to Richmond Castle and nearby abbeys.
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.
Parish Lending Library - Advent
Christine Ford (886509) will again be organising an Advent lending library. If you
have suitable books which you would be willing for others to borrow please let her
have them during October. They will be made available in each of the four churches
during November and returned to you after Christmas. Many thanks.
Saturday 22 October, 2.00-4.00pm – Forest Church in Grinton Churchyard. People of
all ages are welcome to join in with worship and activities in the churchyard – come
dressed for the outdoors.
Saturday 5 November, 10.00am-4.00pm - There will be a Make Do and Mend session at
Fremington Village Hall from 10 until 4pm.
Light refreshments will be served. Please do come and drop off your mending or ironing
- or perhaps stay to enjoy a cuppa whilst waiting for your jobs to be done! Work
done is on a donation basis and proceeds are for St Andrew’s Church. Please contact
Susan Allison on 884366 for information.
Sunday 6 November, 6.00pm - A service of light and music, after the style of Taize,
will take place at St Andrew’s Church, Grinton. This reflective service with light,
readings, prayers, singing and music will also include times of silence. Everyone
Saturday 12 November, 10.30am onwards – Grinton Conservation Project – Planning meeting,
and clearing and leaf bagging in the churchyard. Tea and scones as ever! All welcome.
Tuesday 22 November, 7.30pm – Standing Committee meeting at The Vicarage.
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November - St Andrew’s Bell Weekend – come and join us
to celebrate the installation of the two new bells.
Saturday, 12.00 for 12.30pm – St. Andrew’s lunch at Reeth Memorial Hall, with speaker
John Wilkinson, talking about the bell project. Please book lunch - contact Dorothy
Beal on 880146.
Sunday, 9.30am at St. Andrew’s Church – Service to celebrate the completion of the
Sunday afternoon– open bell tower and refreshments in church. All are welcome.
Tuesday 29 November, 7.00pm – Low Row DCC meeting at The Long House, Low Row