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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:


male sheep




cold, shivery

to be upset

to begrudge





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
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
will enable you to observe at close- quarters golden plover, lapwing curlew and redshank.
Watch the birdie....




Tuesday 30 August, 7.30pm – Standing Committee meeting at The Vicarage



Monday 5 September, 7.30pm Grinton DCC meeting at The Vicarage


Tuesday 6 September, 7.00pm – Low Row DCC meeting in church


Wednesday 7 September – Muker Show


Friday 9 September - Parish Cake Stall on Reeth Green (run by Holy Trinity, Low Row). Cakes and offers of help are welcome.


Saturday 10 September – Conservation Group at St Andrew’s, Grinton.  Churchyard tidying and clearing for the autumn – many hands welcome!


Monday 12 September, 7.45pm – Arkengarthdale DCC meeting at Arkle Town


Tuesday 13 September, 7.30pm – PCC meeting at Fremington Sunday School.



Saturday 1 October, 9.00am - Church Growth meeting at Ripon Cathedral. Please let the vicar know if you would like to come to this event.










Rev Caroline Hewlett


Vicar of Swaledale with Arkengarthdale


The Vicarage




Richmond, N. Yorks. DL11 6TR


01748 884706



Parish website: www.swaledalearkengarthdaleparish.org.uk



Saturday 8 October, 10.30-12 noon - Grinton Conservation project invites you to join us for a Foraging Day, led by Lisa Cutcliffe of Edulis Wild Food – www.eduliswildfood.co.uk

£5 per person on the day.


Monday 10 October, 6.00pm – Muker Harvest Auction in the Public Hall


The Children’s Society – Box Opening

It is now time for the annual opening of our boxes so there will be a tea party at the Vicarage, Reeth on Wednesday 12th October from 2.00 – 4.30 pm when the money will be counted. If it’s not possible for you to come that afternoon you may leave your box at the Vicarage in advance or contact Pauline Oldershaw on 886790 for other arrangements to be made. If you are not a box holder, but would like to join us for a cup of tea, you are very welcome. £25 raised that afternoon could pay for a hot meal, shower and living essentials for a young runaway. Further details of the Society’s work may be found on www.childrenssociety.org.uk


Saturday 22 October, 2.00-4.00pm – Forest Church in Grinton Churchyard.


Sunday 6 November – St Andrew’s Church, Grinton.

A service of light and music, after the style of Taize, will take place at St Andrew’s Church, Grinton on Sunday 6th November at 6.00pm.

This reflective service with light, readings, prayers, singing and music will also include times of silence. Everyone is welcome.


Saturday 12 November, 10.30am onwards – Grinton Conservation Group – planning for 2017 and leaf bagging in the churchyard


Tuesday 22 November, 7.30pm – Standing Committee meeting at the Vicarage


Tuesday 29 November, 7.00pm – Low Row DCC meeting at The Long House, Low Row