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.
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.
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
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.
Saturday 13 August from 7.00pm - BBQ at The Ghyll, Arkengarthdale. Contact Richard
& Sheila Good for more information – 884353 firstname.lastname@example.org