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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

May

Bank Holiday Monday 2 May:

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

2.00pmArkengarthdale Duck Race from Langthwaite Bridge.

Duck numbers are available to buy from members of the congregation and in local shops.

 

Thursday 5 May, 7.30pm - Deanery Ascension Day Service at Easby Abbey. All welcome. Please bring a chair.

 

Thursday 12 May - Annual Christian Aid Service, 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Thursday 12 May, 7.30pm  at St. Mary’s Church, Richmond. Archdeacon’s Visitation.

This is the annual re-licensing of Churchwardens. Everyone is welcome to come and support them.

If Churchwardens are unable to attend, an alternative date is Tuesday 17 May at Holy Trinity, Skipton.

 

Sunday 15 May, 3.30pm – Songs of Praise Service at Ripon Cathedral – All welcome - no tickets needed.

 

Thursday 19 May, 7.00pm – Low Row DCC meeting in church.

 

Monday 23 May, 7.45pm – Arkengarthdale DCC meeting at Arkle Town

 

Thursday 5 May, 7.30pm – Deanery Ascension Day Service at Easby Abbey. All welcome, please bring a chair.

 

Bank Holiday Monday 30 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.

 

Tuesday 31 May, 7.30pm – Standing Committee meeting at the Vicarage

 

 

What’s in a
name...?
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”  

Arkengarthdale
probably means “The valley of Arkle’s enclosure”

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

Reeth
“The stream”

Gunnerside “Gunner’s high pasture”

Keld
“The spring”

Muker
“The small field”

Smarber
“The butter hill”

Grinton
The green enclosure”

Melbecks
“The stream by the sandbank”  

Booze  
The house on the bend”   

Whaw  
“The enclosure near the sheepfold”