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.
Saturday 13 August from 7.00pm - BBQ at The Ghyll, Arkengarthdale. Contact Richard
& Sheila Good for more information – 884353
Friday 25 August, 7.30pm - St Mary's Church Muker Wine Party in Muker Village Hall,
tickets £7 each, which includes two glasses of Wine, Supper and Muker Silver Band.
Tickets are available from Church members or pay on the door. This is our main fund
raising event of the year; your support will be greatly appreciated.
Friday 26 August – Bric a Brac stall on Reeth Green in aid of St Andrew’s, Grinton.
Sunday 28 August, 3-4pm – Hymns on Reeth Green with Reeth Brass Band
Tuesday 30 August, 7.30pm – Standing Committee meeting at The Vicarage
Monday 5 September, 7.30pm – Grinton DCC meeting at The Vicarage
Tuesday 6 September, 7.00pm – Low Row DCC meeting in church
Wednesday 7 September – Muker Show
Friday 9 September - Parish Cake Stall on Reeth Green (run by Holy Trinity, Low Row).
Cakes and offers of help are welcome.
Saturday 10 September – Conservation Group at St Andrew’s, Grinton. Churchyard tidying
and clearing for the autumn – many hands welcome!
Monday 12 September, 7.45pm – Arkengarthdale DCC meeting at Arkle Town