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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....

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 is welcome.


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 bell installation.

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