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
Bank Holiday Monday 2 May:
10.00am-12noon – Coffee morning at Muker Public Hall
2.00pm – Arkengarthdale 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
If Churchwardens are unable to attend, an alternative date is Tuesday 17 May at Holy
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”