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The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale

Monday 24 April, 7.30pm – Christians Together in Swaledale meeting at Gunnerside Methodist Church.


Tuesday 25 April, 7.30pm - Annual Parochial Church Meeting at Fremington Sunday School. This is for PCC members, everyone on the Parish Electoral Roll, and all regular worshippers. Please make the effort to be there as we look ahead together. Please bring a plate of finger food to share. Our speaker will be Ray Wright, who will show a DVD of the recent parish visit to Poland.


Saturday 29 April, 10.00am -4.00pm – Woolly Day at St. Andrew’s, Grinton – demonstrations of weaving, knitting, crochet, rug making, and other wool based crafts. Refreshments will be available. Drop in any time.



Bank Holiday Monday 1 May:

10.00am-12 noon – Coffee morning at Muker Public Hall

2.00pm Arkengarthdale Duck Race from Langthwaite Bridge. Duck numbers are available to buy from members of the congregation and in local shops.


Friday 5 May, 7.00pm - Archdeacon’s Visitation at Ripon Cathedral, with Bishop Nick – This is the annual re-licensing of Churchwardens. Everyone is welcome to come and support them.


Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm – Annual Christian Aid Service at St. Mary’s, Muker. All welcome.


Tuesday 23 May, 7.00pm – Low Row DCC meeting in church


Bank Holiday Monday 29 May, - Car Boot Sale for St. Andrew’s Church, held on the Parks Field, Grinton by kind permission of the Brown family. Boots: £8, Admission: 50p. Open to buyers from 9.00am

(Please note that no professional traders will be allowed on the field) Contact Susan Allison on 884366 for further details.


Advance Notice

Saturday 21 October, 7.00-9.00pm - Muker Band Charity Concert in St Mary's Church. This is in aid of Cancer Research, in memory of Dustin Mirrick and to celebrate 120 years of the band.  Tickets, which will be limited to 100, are £6, with all money will be going to Cancer Research.





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


Christian Aid Week House to House Collection

Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th May

Jesus calls us to love our neighbours. Nejebar and her family fled violence in Afghanistan, risking everything to reach Europe. But now they’ve arrived in Greece all they have is a tent. There is no school for their children. They thought they would stay in Greece for 10 days, but it has already been many months and there is no end in sight. Supporting refugees like Nejebar is the focus of this year’s Christian Aid Week. £285 could buy fridges for a community kitchen in a refugee camp. Please give generously and consider signing the Gift Aid declaration which is attached to the red envelope.

Please join us for

An Ecumenical Service on Thursday 11th May at 7.30pm at Low Row URC

Cake Stall on Reeth Green - Friday 19th May

We look forward to seeing you and receiving your support.  Donations of cakes and produce are especially welcome.  Please telephone Pauline or Susan if you would like a lift to the service, if you need cakes/produce collecting or if you would like to help in the House to House Collection: Pauline 886790 or Susan 884366.

Very many thanks in anticipation

Pauline Oldershaw

Secretary – Upper Swaledale & Arkengarthdale Christian Aid Committee







What’s in a
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”  

probably means “The valley of Arkle’s enclosure”

Both Dales have a number of interesting-sounding hamlets, amongst which are:

“The stream”

Gunnerside “Gunner’s high pasture”

“The spring”

“The small field”

“The butter hill”

The green enclosure”

“The stream by the sandbank”  

The house on the bend”   

“The enclosure near the sheepfold”