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.
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.
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