Local Activities & Groups

There are a variety of social and community activities/groups within the parish. These include:

Buckden Art Group

The Art Group was originally formed by a few local people who enjoyed painting, meeting  in the Schoolroom at Buckden. They were asked to exhibit their paintings at an event at Hubberholme Church and  have gone on from strength to strength.  Members now total about 25 folk from nearby in the dale and some who travel quite a distance. They meet in the Village Institute on Monday evenings from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., between Harvest and lambing time (September to March). New members are always welcome and demonstrations are arranged each year to encourage new members and the more experienced alike. Each year an exhibition is held at the end of August

Click here for pictures 


Chairman:  Angela Falshaw (01756) 760259
Secretary:  Patricia Francis (01274) 546032
Treasurer: Margaret Salmon (01756) 761331

Exhibition Dates for 2009:

This year it will be open on Saturday 23rd August ending on Wednesday 27th August.

Open daily from 11 am – 5pm 

The exhibition is held in the Village Institute


Buckden Village Whist Drives  

A seasonal activity, running between late September and the following April, held fortnightly on Wednesday evenings in the Village Institute.  Doors open at 6.30 pm and playing commences at 7:00 pm, with a mid-evening break for a light supper.  

The entry cost is £2; a raffle is held on alternate evenings.  

The emphasis is on ‘playing without pressure’ – the only rule is ‘No inquests’!  We hope the mental challenge goes hand in hand with a totally friendly atmosphere.  All are welcome and absolute beginners* can be assured of a sympathetic reception.  

*  Anyone contemplating joining, but feeling ever so slightly anxious/nervous can contact 
   David Lusted on (01756) 760 877  or email: info@dalegarth.co.uk.  

 Help … assured.  Confidence … hoped for.  Fun…guaranteed.    

For Whist dates see the "What's on" page   



The Ladies Champion's Trophy

Buckden Village Charity Quiz Nights

A Quiz is held usually on the first Sunday of each month at the Village Hall. Doors open 
at 7.00 pm; the first Question is read at 7.30 pm .

Entrance costs £2.50 per person, of which at least £1 is donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service charity. To date, this season, participant’s generosity has raised just over £400.

There is a Jacob's Join supper, and since we do not have an alcohol license, why not ‘bring your own’?

Fun is paramount; argue vociferously by all means – but the Judge’s decision is FINAL!

A tradition has become established whereby a Team (not necessarily the evening’s Winners) will be
selected at random (scientifically, via a numbered golf ball from a bag) to set the questions for the
following month.

For further information please contact either:

        Keith Porttman …….. on (01756) 761 019 – or email keith@keldbarn.plus.com

For Quiz dates see the "What's on" page   


Home Group

The Home Group meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday each month from September to March 
ending with a 4 week Lent Course in preparation for Easter.

It takes place at Romany Cottage in Buckden and welcomes anyone interested in studying and discussing relevant passages from the Bible. it is totally ecumenical and accepting of all creeds, new members will be happily accepted at any meeting. Details of the dates and times are in the Link or contact the Vicar, Sue Nelson or Gwen Berry.


Community First Responders

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is committed to the highest standards of pre-hospital care. However, given the location of Buckden, it is not always possible to get an emergency vehicle to a patient with a potentially
life-threatening condition within the vital first few minutes.

Community First Schemes have therefore been established under which, local volunteers are trained and equipped by the ambulance service, to provide emergency care before an emergency vehicle arrives. This care includes oxygen, and defibrillation where necessary. 

There is a duty rota whereby there is a responder on call at all times who has access to the emergency equipment held in a central location in the village. The responders are called out to an incident by the Ambulance Service once the emergency vehicle has been dispatched following a 999 call. 

For more information about the scheme, please contact Anne Newman on (01756) 760487 or email: annehelen.newman@btinternet.com

Volunteers are always welcome - full training is provided by Yorkshire Ambulance Service


Buckden Singers

The  singing group rehearses on Thursday until the end of April and then on Mondays. Rehearsals are from 7.30 - 9.15 pm , usually in the Institute. Click here for rehearsal & performance dates

The group is conducted by Anne Vetch, and John Cowpe is the accompanist.
The group sings different types of music and following two successful concerts  in Hubberholme church in July and in Threshfield in October is now preparing for Christmas.

This group currently has some 35 members and the accent is on enjoyment. More members would be very welcome so please do come along and see what sort of sound we can make!!! The only qualification is enthusiasm!  

If you would like any further information go to www.buckdensingers.org or ring Anne Vetch on (01756 760882) or email anne@buckdensingers.org


Upper Wharfedale National Trust Volunteer Group

This group came into being in 2001 although some members had worked for the Trust previously.  They meet on Wednesdays throughout the year and undertake a variety of tasks on the National Trust land.  Usually it is repairing dry-stone walls, or “gapping”, but they also repair footpaths, plant trees, lead walks and help with open days.  Recently they raised well over £20,000 to build the outdoor classroom/shelter in the small Garth next to Buckden car park. The Garth was opened on 18th April by BBC Weatherman Paul Hudson. Click here for pictures of this event

Recently the group won The National Trust’s Marsh Heritage Award as the most innovative and enterprising volunteer group in the country. 

For more information email  Peter Katic at: Peter.Katic@nationaltrust.org.uk


Other social events

In addition to the above a number of other social events take place throughout the year. Traditional events include the Christmas and Gala dances in the Institute, the Harvest Supper & Auction and the bonfire and fireworks on the Village Green. Regular themed nights which this year include a Burns Supper, A Wild West evening, A Tour de France evening and a Brazilian night. Other events  have included "Bring something Simple", a talk about the Antarctic, a Treasure Hunt, a Table Top & Book Sale, and  Games evenings.