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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:

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 Tan Hill.

 

There are records of coal being supplied to Richmond Castle and nearby abbeys.

Below ground...

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.
Watch the birdie....

January 2017

Wednesday, 18 January - Start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 

Thursday 19 January, 7.30pm - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service at Holy Trinity, Low Row.

 

Wednesday, 25 January, 7.30pm – Christians Together in Swaledale meeting at Low Row URC

Sunday 29 January, 10.30am - We look forward to welcoming our Archdeacon, Ven. Beverley Mason, to preach at our Parish United Service and to celebrate Candlemas with us.

 

Sunday 29 January, 3.30pm - Licensing service for the new Area Dean for Richmond Deanery, Revd. Yvonne Callaghan, at Ripon Cathedral. All are welcome to come this service.

 

March

Wednesday 1 March – Ash Wednesday. There will be a service of Holy Communion with Ashing at Quaker Close Flats, at 10.00am, and all are welcome.

 

Friday 3 March, 2.30pm – Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at Low Row URC.

 

Monday 6 March, 7.45pm – Arkengarthdale DCC meeting at Arkle Town

 

Wednesday 8 March, 7.30pm – PCC meeting at Fremington Village Hall

 

Monday 20 March, 7.30pm – Grinton DCC meeting at the Vicarage

 

Sunday 26 March –Mothering Sunday

 

April

Sunday 9 April – Palm Sunday

 

Tuesday 11 April, 11.00am-3.00pm – Forest Church Easter Event.

More details to follow

 

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.

 

Sunday 16 April - Easter