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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....

December

Monday, 5 December, 7.45pm – Arkengarthdale DCC meeting at Arkle Town

 

Tuesday, 6 December, 7.30pm – PCC meeting in Fremington Sunday School

 

Monday, 12 December, 7.30pm – Grinton DCC meeting at The Vicarage

 

Friday, 16 December, 1.30pm – Joint Schools’ Christingle Service at

St. Andrew’s, Grinton.

 

Saturday, 17 December, 7.00pm - Swale Singers concert in Gunnerside Chapel - The Christmas music from Handel's "Messiah" and Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols” (and more).  Donations £7 (minimum, please), Gift Aid-able.

All proceeds to the Chapel.

 

Friday, 16 December, 2.30pm, in Fremington Village Hall –

The Parish Choir presents Christmas Music with Tea and Mince Pies.

 

January 2017

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

 

Thursday 21 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