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The parish of Buckden lies on the Dales Way, at the northern end of Wharfedale and consists of the village itself, nestling under the impressive bulk of Buckden Pike, as well as the hamlets of Cray, Hubberholme, Raisgill, Yockenthwaite, Deepdale, Beckermonds, Oughtershaw and Greenfield. Set in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, Buckden is a popular destination for walkers and holidaymakers, with excellent walking and many delightful places to eat, drink and stay!

There is a thriving local community with many events taking place throughout the year. The principal commercial activities are farming and tourism with many businesses catering for the visitor, as well as for local residents. 

This web-site has been created to provide a source of information about the village and the area, for both visitors and local residents.

22/03/15 Eclipse - Buckden The partial eclipse at 9.30 on Friday 20th March 2015, as seen in Buckden

22/03/15 St George's Day at the George - all are welcome to celebrate St. George's Day (Thursday 23rd April) at the George (and with George of course ) a special pie and music night featuring home made hand crafted pies and acoustic rock covers from Martin Gough. Reserve your table with Ed or Jackie
22/03/15 News from West Winds click here for the latest West Winds newsletter
22/03/15 Tick-Tock Test - British Summer Time starts next weekend - 29th March. Don't forget to do the Tick-Tock Test - click here for details
22/03/15 NYP Community messaging Suspicious vehicles - a white van and a black Discovery have been acting suspiciously in the Settle/Ingleton area selling knives / generators / chainsaws. If seen please report it on 101;  Stolen Landrover Between 19:00hrs 18th March and 07:00hrs 19 March a 52 plate landrover was stolen from West Marton. It is green with a white roof with a lamp on. If you have any information or see suspicious activity please ring it in at the time on 101
15/03/15 Brasilian Experience - more details have emerged about the Brasilian Experience to be held on 25th July. The event will take place in Richard's garden and the Institute between 3.00 p.m. and 8.00 pm, with a BBQ, music, and a quiz. Apparently caipirinhas will be served (noun cai·pi·ri·nha \ˌkī-pə-ˈrēn-yə\ Definition: a cocktail consisting of lime, sugar, and rum; Origin: Brazilian Portuguese, from caipira backwoodsman, rustic First Known Use: 1973)
15/03/15 Tour de France funds The councillors have decided that the Tour de France fund raised of £402.50, will be transferred into the councils savings account and kept for a future use or need.
15/03/15 Kettlewell Film Night - '71 starring Jack O'Connell. Kettlewell Village Hall. Saturday 28th March, 2015. Tickets @ £5 & £2.50 for under 16’s. Available from Caroline Hatton on 760378 or Kettlewell Village Store. Doors open @ 7pm. Film starts @ 7.30pm Bring your own drinks. Nibbles on the door and Ice Creams available at half time. Click here for flyer
15/03/15 Skipton Choral Society - Bach's St John Passion Sunday 29th March 7.30 p.m. Christ Church, Skipton. Tickets from members or tel: 01756 751879 or on the door.

NYP Community messaging Missing person Police in Bromley are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a woman missing from Beckenham, south-east London.  Melanie John, 42, was last seen on 17 March at around 14:30hrs in Beckenham.  Officers are increasingly concerned for Melanie's wellbeing as she suffers from schizophrenia. Melanie is currently believed to be in the North Yorkshire area.Anyone who has seen Melanie or has any information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bromley Police on 101 or Missing people on 116 000. Suspicious vehicle A white van and a black Discovery have been acting suspiciously in the Settle/Ingleton area selling knives / generators / chainsaws. If seen please report it on 101

11/03/15 Councillor John Roberts - Buckden Parish Council are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of their local councillor and friend John Roberts. John was a true dales gentleman and worked tirelessly for the good of the community and those that live and work in it. We extend our sincere condolences to John's children, Rebecca, Matthew and Edward and to the rest of the family at this sad time. He will be greatly missed

Buckden Sunday Walkers commence the 2015 season on Sunday 15 March, starting from The Buck at 10.00 or The Tenants at Kilnsey ready to walk at 10.30.  Please let Robin know if you intend to meet at Kilnsey  (tel 01756 761320).  Route is approximately 8-9 miles with potential for a small amount of mud after the thaw.  Click here for details

07/03/15 Mothers Day The George is now taking bookings for Mother's Day. Special offer of 3 courses including our traditional Sunday Roast for £19.95 - served from 12.00 until 15.00.Please ring Jackie or Ed on 760223 to reserve your table
07/03/15 Buckden Village Institute AGM The Institute Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 10th April 2015 at 7.30pm. All parishioners welcome. Please come along and have your say.

Job vacancy The NT are looking for a holiday cottage caretaker to clean the Old Smithy holiday cottage in Buckden.  Click here for full details of the vacancy. Search for reference IRC22453

07/03/15 April Quiz - Because of Easter, the village quiz in April will be on the second Sunday of April (12th April)
07/03/15 Upper Wharfedale featured in Wall Street Journal - click here to read about ferret racing in the dale, in aid if UWFRA

NYP Community messaging Country Watch Newsletter for February 2015 Click here

28/02/15 Ebola Evening - Letter from DEC - Click here to read a letter form the Disasters Emergency Committee thanking the village for our fundraising  efforts in January
28/02/15 Supermobile Library - Free Internet Access The mobile library will visit Buckden and Kettlewell (National Park's coach and car park) on Wednesdays 11th & 25th March from 10.30am -12.30pm at Buckden and 2-4pm at Kettlewell. Come on board to check out our wide range of adult and children’s books in ordinary and large print; audio books and DVDs; Joining the library is free, quick and easy.
28/02/15 Recycle-it  More items listed - click here
28/02/15 School News - Click here for the latest news from Kettlewell Primary School
28/02/15 St. Michael and All Angels Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at 7.00pm in Buckden School Room. Please support your church and all its activities in the parish. Do come along – all are most welcome. No-one will be forced into a job.
28/02/15 Kettlewell Toddlers Paediatric first aid training night on Friday 6th March at Kettlewell Village Hall, 7:30 - 9:30pm. Refreshments will be provided. We are kindly asking for a £2 donation per person to help fund this event. Limited spaces so if you would like to attend please call Laura on 01756 761564. Comic Relief 2015 - Coffee morning at Kettlewell Village Hall on Friday 13th March  10:30am - 12:00pm. Please come & support us, enjoy a drink and cake and help us raise money for this good cause. All are welcome, bring your friends & family, the more the merrier. Most importantly come & spend time with the youngest members of our dale. If anyone would like to donate their wonderful baked goods towards this event again they would be greatly appreciated.
28/02/15 Kettlewell Film Night - '71 starring Jack O'Connell. Kettlewell Village Hall. Saturday 28th March, 2015. Tickets @ £5 & £2.50 for under 16’s. Available from Caroline Hatton on 760378 or Kettlewell Village Store. Doors open @ 7pm. Film starts @ 7.30pm Bring your own drinks. Nibbles on the door and Ice Creams available at half time.
28/02/15 Kettlewell Hostel Open Day Come along to the Kettlewell Hostel Open Afternoon. Come & Meet the new owners Saul, Floss & Family and have a look around. Sunday 22nd March 2-4pm Tea & Cake. Everyone Welcome

NYP Community messaging - Accident: Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died in a collision at around 11.30am on Sunday 15 February, on the B6160 between Bolton Abbey and Barden Tower. Anyone with information which could help this investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or email ; Deer Poaching - man arrested 30/12  found guilty and fined £200 & £85 costs. Thanks to those who reported it, keep info coming on 101; We are looking for a Black Pickup truck VRM BN08EX seen in Airton at approximately 09.45 on 21.02.15 in relation to suspicious activity in the area. Any information or sightings, please call 101; A dark blue Ford Mondeo PO58EBU has been seen in suspicious circs near to Hawes asking for batteries, please report anything suspicious - call 101.

22/02/15 Buckden Quiz Night Sunday 1st March in the Institute - doors open: 7.00 p.m. First question: 7.30 p.m. Admission £2.50 in aid of the Air Ambulance. Jacobs Join - bring your own drinks. More details -  contact Linda & Keith on 761019

Buckden Amateur Golf Society Annual Dinner The Inaugural Annual Dinner of the BAGS, () took place in the Buck on Friday 13 February.  The Portmans made a clean sweep by winning both the BAGS’ and the WAGS’ putting competitions during the evening.  Members are looking forward to the SAD BAGS – second annual dinner - next year after another season of high? quality performances at Catterick Golf Club.


Curry Night at the George The second curry night at The George will be on Wednesday 4th March. Please ring Jackie or Ed on 760223 to reserve your table. Tables available between 6.00 and 8.30 pm . All curry connoisseur's cordially invited for cracking curry consumption !


National Trust Tree Planting The NT are planning some tree planting in Upper Wharfedale and are keen to involve the local community. Sunday 8th March 2015 10.00 am start & Thursday 18th March 2015 10.00 am start. Come along and lend a hand planting trees along the Centenary Path, plant as many or as few as you would like.  It would be great to see you there. Meet outside Town Head Barn. Please email Cassie for further details and to express your interest in coming along.

13/02/15 Buckden wins prize in Facebook photo comp The photo of the gala which Debbie submitted to the Allied Westminster photo competition on Facebook came second winning £300 for the Institute.  There was an amazing response on Facebook and the photo received at least 110 votes.

Liz's leaving do at Town Head Barn Invitation from Liz Wade. "Unfortunately my trainee ranger contract finishes at end of February.  I would like to invite everyone who knows me to come from 7pm onward  on Friday 20th February for food at Town Head Barn and after (9ish or so) at the Buck Inn.  Please bring a bottle if you'd like to drink whilst you eat and do let me know if you are coming (  It would be great to see you". 

08/02/15 Buckden Singers on BBC Radio 3 Click here to listen to Radio 3's feature on Buckden Singers broadcast this afternoon - Sunday 8th February


Buckden Singers on BBC Radio 3 Buckden Singers will feature on this weeks "Meet my Choir" segment on the programme "The Choir" to be broadcast this Sunday 8th February 2015.


Buckden Walkers  Monday Walks - The Monday walking programme for 2015 will begin on Monday March 2nd with a gentle stroll to Gordale Scar via Janet’s Foss – about 3.5 miles of easy walking on good paths – and a drink in the Lister Arms afterwards? Leaving from the Buck at 10.30 or meeting at the National Parks car park in Malham at 11.00 (maybe 11.15 if there’s a tractor on the road!). Usual arrangements, dogs welcome, bring your coffee and a sandwich. The next walk (April) will be brought forward by a week since it would clash with Easter Monday, so it will take place on the LAST Monday in March.  If anyone has any bright ideas about where they’d like to go, or walks that they’d like to lead please let Anne Newman know, all dates are available at the moment – i.e.: March 30th;  May 4th;  June 1st; July 6th; Aug 3rd; Sept 7th; Oct 5th;  

07/02/15 Dates for the Diary - Saturday May 30th - Wine Tasting; Saturday July 25th - Brasilian Experience. Watch this space for details

Courses at Nethergill Saturday 13th June Wildlife Photography with Simon Phillpotts Join Professional Dales Wildlife Photographer - Simon Phillpotts and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for a special photography day at Nethergill Farm. Saturday 1st August Loosen up your watercolour technique with Rachel McNaughton Join Rachel McNaughton for a creative and fun day. Rachel has over 20 years experience in teaching watercolour painting and has a wonderfully loose, free style so suited to all the inspiring subject matter all around the farm and the surrounding meadows. More details Click here

07/02/15  Mayfest 2015 -The date for this years Mayfest in Kettlewell has been confirmed as Saturday May 23rd


The Buck Inn - Six Nations Rugby The Buck Inn will be showing all of England’s Six Nations Rugby matches on their big screen, starting with Wales vs England - Friday 6th February with  Kick Off at 8PM. There will also be a Pie, Peas & A Pint offer served at half-time of each match for only £10! Click here for more details!


The Buck Inn - Chinese New Year On Thursday 19th February The Buck Inn will be celebrating The Chinese New Year. There will be starter platters served at your table followed by a  Chinese buffet and China themed quiz. Tickets are £10.99 per head and booking is recommended. 7:30 for an 8:00pm start. Click here for more details!
07/02/15 National Trust Upper Wharfedale  Click here for details of NT events in Upper Wharfedale for 2015
07/02/15 The Buck Inn - Buckfest From 1st to 3rd of May the Buck Inn will be hosting their first ever Buckfest, A Real Ale festival showcasing approximately 30 different local ales. More details to follow soon!
07/02/15 NYP Community messaging - Click here to download the January 2015 Craven District newsletter
02/02/15 Tim's leaving do Cassie is planning a leaving do for Tim on Friday 27th February at 8pm in the Buck Inn. She would love it if as many people could join them as they would like to thank you all for making them feel so welcome over the past 2.5 years
02/02/15 Buckden Quiz goes global - Martin and Monica joined last night's quiz by Skype to ask their questions.
02/02/15 NYP Community Messaging  Fraud - White Male 30's Using name Mark Chapman staying in B&B's and Hotels in the dales running up large bills and leaves without paying. Call 101 ref 12150017131; Suspect vehicle -  seen acting suspiciously in the rural area around Skipton, a white Mitsubishi pick-up with orange light on the cab & dog box in the back. If seen please contact 101
01/02/15 School transport threat - Once again the council is proposing further cuts to school transport, meaning that children from Starbotton will no longer qualify for transport to Kettlewell School. This represents yet another disincentive for people with young families to move to the area, potentially putting further pressure on school numbers. Please support our school and make your views known through the council's consultation webpage. Click here for details. Click here to make your views known.
01/02/15 NYP Community Messaging Bogus water board officials - Be aware of doorstep callers check ID's carefully. Following a distraction burglary in Skipton 2 weeks ago  similar males have attended a property in Cowling. They claim to be from the Water Board but this is not the case. If you are approached by these males or have any information please ring 101. Victims of crime sought for Independent Justice Panel Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Jonathan Mortimer, the independent Chairman of the Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel, are today asking for victims of crime to come forward to help scrutinise the use of police cautions and other non-court penalties. Click here for details
25/01/15 Ebola fund raiser evening - The total amount raised at last night's Ebola fundraiser evening  was £1784.52.  71% of donations were gift aided (by those who pay tax) adding £313.75 to the total. This gives a grand total of £2098.27 to send to DEC. Click here to see the pictures. One or two of you who missed the answers to the picture quiz due to preparations for the Scottish play, asked to see the answers slideshow. Click here to download.
25/01/15 Buckden Quiz Night Sunday 1st February in the Institute - doors open: 7.00 p.m. First question: 7.30 p.m. Admission £2.50 in aid of the Air Ambulance. Jacobs Join - bring your own drinks. More details -  contact Linda & Keith on 761019
25/01/15 Vodafone ROSS update Following the announcement before Christmas that Buckden had been selected as one of just 100 communities nationally to benefit from Vodafone's Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme, the technical team will be in the village on Thursday to undertake a survey and visit potential sites for aerials. On Wednesday last week there was a reception at the Houses of Parliament where we had the opportunity to discuss the plans with politicians and senior Vodafone management.

This was useful as we had the chance to discuss some of the particular challenges here in Wharfedale and got a commitment from their senior technical guy to do their best to make it work for us. Click here to read the ROSS newsletter containing more information about the programme and the next steps.

18/01/15 Ebola fund raiser evening Last few remaining places  for the Ebola fund raiser on Saturday 24th January, 7.30pm, in the Institute. Book now to avoid disappointment. The crème de la crème of our local Upper Wharfedale talent are turning out in force to entertain us - as well as a guest appearance with a distinctly international flavour.  Entry is £7 per head and includes a ploughman’s supper.   Don't forget to bring your own drink - you'll probably need it. Contact Anne: or 760882 if you still need to reserve a place.
18/01/15 The George Inn - "drink us dry" night On Monday 19th The George is open from 6.00 pm until 10.30 for drinks only on our annual 'drink us dry' night before closing for our holidays - with all cask ales at £2.00 per pint. Arrive early to avoid disappointment !! The George will open again on Friday 6th Feb from 18.00

Free Energy Switch Sessions North Yorkshire County Council Libraries and Rural Action Yorkshire have teamed up to offer residents of Craven free energy switch sessions. The Stay, Warm and Safe in Craven project is kindly funded by North Yorkshire County Council and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning group to help communities and residents to stay warm, safe and healthy through the winter months. As part of the project we are offering five free energy switch sessions to anyone who wants to learn about the myths and facts on energy efficiency, go through the switching process using online websites on the library’s public computers and make sure they are on the right tariff for them. Click here for details


Record year for the Fell Rescue For the third year running the Grassington based Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association has again dealt with a record number of rescues across Wharfedale, Littondale and Nidderdale as well as parts of Airedale. Click here to read about the work of our local rescue team.


18/01/15 St Patricks Night at the George A big thank you to all our friends in Buckden for making the recent folk evening and birthday celebration such a big success. We have rebooked Morfran Heights to celebrate St. Patricks day at the George with a set of exclusively Irish tunes (subject to audience participation on the night of course!) we will hold it on Wednesday 18th March - given we are closed on Tuesday 17th. Please book early to secure your table for Dinner
18/01/15 NYP Community Messaging - a number of incidents & request for information. Click here for details. In spite of what you might think when reading this stuff, it is important to remember, as Dick always reminds us, we live in an area with the lowest crime rate in the country
10/01/15 Welcome to Buckden to Ahmed, Natalie and their young daughter Amani who have come to live in the village; Amani started the new term at Kettlewell School on her first morning in Buckden.  We’re delighted that they have chosen to stay at ‘Dalegarth’, where we hope they will enjoy a long and happy stay
10/01/15 Buckden New years Day Walkers John Horner has lost a brand new (Christmas present) black handled penknife from the side of the first tall iron gate that we passed through on the New Year’s Day walk.  If anyone on that walk can help with any information regarding the knife, would they please contact John on (01756) 760 253
10/01/15 NYP Community messaging Between 1600 and 2235 on 4th Jan a car has been damaged near the Black Horse in Hellifield ,any info please call 101 and quote 12150002129.

Ebola fund raiser evening Places are going quickly for the Ebola fund raiser on Saturday 24th January, 7.30pm, in the Institute. Please do contact Anne or 760882 if you still need to reserve a place. Entry is £7 per head and includes a ploughman’s supper. and entertainment of the open mic variety, with a glittering array of local talent.  Please bring your own drink.

04/01/15 Oughtershaw Hall - pictures - The newly renovated Oughtershaw Hall is now advertised to rent on Sykes Cottages web-site. There is a good selection of pics showing how it has been renovated/reconstructed. Click here to view the listing.
04/01/15 NYP Community messaging Police  are looking for a White and Silver Camper van registration number F596WFX. Possibly in the Skipton area. Any sightings please phone NYP on 101 quoting NYP-31122014-0246; Overnight Green Landrover on 06 plate stolen from Hebden Grassington without keys, and info call 101 ref 12140225250; 2nd Landrover Black J Plate Stolen overnight from Sutton-in-Craven 12140225262 refs taken without keys again, Please secure your Landrovers report anything sus; Man Arrested and Charged Yesterday with hunting Deer with Dogs in Craven. Report Wildlife Crime and Poaching we will take action.
30/12/14 Christmas Card deliveries - Congratulations to Stephanie who has raised £165.50 from her Christmas card delivery service.  (50p more than last year). This is to be split evenly between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Fell Rescue.
30/12/14 Buckden Quiz Night Sunday 4th January in the Institute - doors open: 7.00 p.m. First question: 7.30 p.m. Admission £2.50 in aid of the Air Ambulance. Jacobs Join - bring your own drinks. More details -  contact Linda & Keith on 761019

Land Letting  Why not join Ed & Jackie at The George on Monday 5th January for the unique, famous and historic annual auction for the 'Land Letting of the Poor Pasture' at the meeting of the Hubberholme parliament !. The candle will be lit at around 8.15 to 8.30. All are welcome to bid - it would be great to beat last years record winning bid of £632. For anyone wishing to dine before the auction restricted bookings for tables are being taken between 18.00 and 19.15 to ensure they are cleared down in preparation for the Auction

30/12/14 Crib & Christingle Service - Click here  for pictures of the Crib & Christingle Service at Hubberholme
30/12/14 Buckden Singers Christmas concerts - Click here for pictures of the Christmas Concert taken by Kevin & Pete. Click here for pictures taken by Luis and Gracia

Kettlewell Film Night "12 Years A Slave" to be shown on Saturday, 17th January.  Doors open at 7pm, film to start at 7.30pm.  Tickets: £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 16s, available from Caroline on 760378 or Kettlewell Village Store. If there is room, could you also add ‘ Thanks go to the communities of Upper Wharfedale for their continuing support, without which film nights in rural locations would not be possible’

30/12/14 Scarecrow Festival An Extra-ordinary General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 28th January at 7.30pm in Kettlewell Village Hall. The main business will be to approve the constitution prepared and to elect committee members. The draft constitution can be obtained by contacting the Secretary, Verina Bishop (760235 or after 10th January. This is an important meeting to confirm how the Festival will be organised in the coming years.
30/12/14 NYP Community Messaging - Click here to express your views on how much we should pay for policing in North Yorkshire in 2015
23/12/14 Superfast Broadband - Well - it had to happen - two years after high speed broadband went live in Upper Wharfedale, the government have finally woken up to Superfast Broadband - Click here  to watch the DCMS video about why you should get fast broadband - and then click here  to sign up.
23/12/14 Hubberholme Church at Christmas 2014 with a big ‘thank you’ to all the Ladies who created these beautiful arrangements.  In addition, we are indebted to the Cam Forest Trust for their generosity in donating the wonderful Christmas Tree, upon which so many have contributed their Stars of Dedication. Click here to view
21/12/14 New Year's Day Walk David & Susan  would like to invite all Buckden Walkers – and anyone else up for a walk – to join us on New Year’s Day morning. We meet outside the Buck Inn for departure at 11am.  After the walk, we return to 11 Dalegarth for soup, mulled wine and Stollen. Non-walkers are welcome – as are dogs (leads will be necessary where sheep are present). What better way to start the New Year! Click here for details

Christmas Eve at St Michaels  Christingle / Crib Service – 4pm Hubberholme Church.  Come early to ensure a seat! – and to park; Church Farm have generously offered space.  All are welcome to this joyous family event. Candle-lit midnight Service – 11:30pm.  The church is looking glorious and, if you’ve not experienced the wonderful atmosphere of the church in candle-light, do not miss this beautiful Service.  The George Inn will be open for mulled wine and mince pies prior to the Service.


Carols by Candlelight – 28th December 7pm Hubberholme Church.  The church is normally packed – so usual advice about timing and parking!  There will be mince pies and coffee after the Service.


Land Letting 5th January 2015 Service – 8pm at Hubberholme Church.  We’re so delighted that Peter Yorkstone will be leading this short Service.  Then …. Land letting Auction from 8:30 pm  at The George, where Peter will officiate.  An historic tradition, with fun guaranteed. 


Christmas at the George Following the Christingle service at St. Michaels and All Angels church on Christmas Eve  The George Inn will be open for mulled wine and mince pies. Everyone is welcome. All are also welcome before midnight service on Christmas Eve for a fortifying beverage!

21/12/14 Folk Night at the George On Thursday January 15th we are having our second folk night featuring Morfran Heights. Thanks to all our friends in Buckden for making the first night such a success. Please give us a call on 760223 to reserve a table for Dinner before the entertainment starts ( around 8.30 pm )
21/12/14 NYP Community messaging  Stolen Mountain Bikes Cowling: Between 18:30hrs 11/12/2014 & 08:00hrs 12/12/2014 2 trek mountain bikes were taken from a secure garage in Cowling, please record frame numbers of pedal bikes and ring in any info in on 101 ref 12140214221; Stolen Quad Bike Elslack: Between 0100hrs & 0730hrs on 11/12/2014 a Green Honda 14 plate Quad was stolen from the Elslack area any information call 101 incident 12140213582; Disturbed - Cold Cotes: 2 men disturbed at Farm in Peugeot Citroen car last night at Cold Cotes. 2 Quad thefts this week so be vigilant report anything to 101. Suspicious activity Mewith: Between 1800HRS 13/12/14 & 0800HRS 14/12/14 in Mewith, someone has opened a gate to an Ifor Williams trailer possibly to steal it, please be vigilant; Hellifield TUMV: A works van in Hellifield has been broken into overnight 14/15th, if you have any info please call 101 and quote ref 12140216171; December Newsletter from Julia Mulligan Click here

3G Mobile Comes to Buckden Yesterday, Vodafone informed us that our application to be one of 100 communities nationally to be pilots for their Rural Open Sure Signal programme, has been successful. This means that a 3G mobile telephone signal will be coming to Buckden during 2015. The email advises us that the decision is subject to technical feasibility, and early in the new year Vodafone engineers will be coming to conduct a survey. We clearly do not yet know how far the signal will extend, but that should become clear once the feasibility assessment is complete. To read the email from Vodafone, click here

13/12/14 Buckden Singers concert tonight After a highly successful opening night yesterday evening, the final performance of the  Buckden Singers Winter Concert season will be tonight at 7.30. There are a few tickets remaining, so why not come along. Tickets from Megan on 760399, via email at  or on the door.

Carol Singing Charity nomination If you are planning to either take part in the carol singing around Buckden on Christmas Eve or donate money to it, please help us choose the charities to be supported this year. Each person has three votes but they must be cast for different charities. The proceeds of the carol singing will then be split equally between the three charities that receive the most votes.To vote, click here to download the voting form, make your selection and call 760883 or send an e-mail to by the end of Monday 22 December. Carol singers should assemble at West Winds at 6.30pm on Wednesday 24 December.


New Year's Eve at the Buck - 1940’S / Dad’s Army fancy dress theme night! Prizes for the best dressed male & female. Buffet served at 9pm! disco! 40’s themed cocktails. Tickets cost £15 available to collect in person from the buck or call us on 01756 761401 Click here for poster


NYP Community Messaging - Please be aware that anyone receiving in the post information from People Postcode Lottery from Spain that they are lucky winners is a Scam. Please don't reply

06/12/14 Buckden Singers  - Christmas Concerts Don't forget to get your tickets. Friday 12th & Saturday 13th December in Buckden Village Institute at 7.30pm.  Tickets (£7 adult; £1 children) are available from Megan Lightfoot on 760399 or email
06/12/14 Ebola fund-raising evening - Guess-Who competition At the Ebola evening there will be  a ‘guess whose parent’ photo competition.  If you are coming to the evening, please dig out a photo of either your mother (if female) or father (if  male) and  give it to Debbie. She will create a montage  to display on the night. The photo can be of the parent at any age but some sort of family resemblance would be helpful.  Guests at the fundraiser can pay to have a guess at whose parents each photo is for a small prize for the winner. The evening is on Saturday 24th January at 7.30pm in Buckden Village Institute.  Minimum donation of £7. Please book places by phoning 01756 760882 or email

Pie Night at the George Following the success of our last Pie Night in October we are having a second Pie Extravaganza on Monday 15th December. The selection of pies will include Steak and Ale, Chicken and Leek,  Lamb and mint!, Beef and Blue cheese and Veggie option in short crust pastry and Steak and Kidney, Rabbit and Game Pies in suet pastry. Please call to reserve your table ( and your pie selection if you want to ensure your preference is available ) on 01756 760223  PIES DOWN from 6.00 pm !


New Years Eve at the George this year will be Wild West fancy dress theme. Tickets available at £20 per head to include a luxury New Year's Eve buffet and acoustic entertainment ! As we are fully booked with residents there will be limited availability for non residents - but all are welcome for drinks until the buffet is opened at around 9.00 pm - Please call Jackie or Ed on 760223 to reserve your table

06/12/14 NYP Community Messaging - Christmas Fire Safety message - click here; New Craven Country Watch newsletter - click here to download.

NYP Community Messaging - Stay Safe scam National NHW produced a Stay Safe booklet earlier this year, which can be downloaded from the NNHW website here. A company has been contacting people ‘selling space’ in their ‘Stay Safe Magazine’. A person calling himself ‘DC Jonathan Philips’ from South Yorkshire Police has been contacting businesses and organisations claiming that he produces a publication that is delivered to all police stations across the UK. When selling this ad space,  Jonathan Phillips refers people back to our website and Stay Safe publication to try and validate the claims he makes regarding its reach and distribution. This is thought to be a scam. Ad space is not sold in the Stay Safe booklet and their publication is not thought to  exist. Please consider reporting this website to Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40 under the reference number NFRC141100854878.

29/11/14 Sheep on Tour - Gordo has been back to Italy with Bev and Gill. Click here  to see the slideshow.
29/11/14 Well - I suppose it could have been worse! There might have been a Ferrari inside...

29/11/14 Buckden Singers  - Christmas Concerts Don't forget to get your tickets. Friday 12th & Saturday 13th December in Buckden Village Institute at 7.30pm. The first two halves will include traditional carols, songs, readings and choir pieces while the third half will be a (very) condensed version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Tickets (£7 adult; £1 children) are available from Megan Lightfoot on 760399 or email
29/11/14 Social evening at Heber Farm - reminder Saturday December 6th, 7.30 pm onwards with mulled wine and mince pies. Megan has some photos of her Kenya trip and a small talk she would like to give as a big thank you to all who helped make her experience possible. Please come along if you can; it will be a small start to the festive season.
29/11/14 Supermobile Library - Have you visited the Supermobile Library yet?  The mobile library visits Buckden on Wednesdays, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm once a fortnight.  Come on board to check out our wide range of adult and children's books in ordinary and large print, audio books and DVDs and use our laptops for free internet access.  Joining the library is free, quick and easy and if you pay us a visit during January and February 2015 you can claim a free loan of a DVD or audio book! So why not jump aboard - we'd love to see you?  Visits by community groups, schools and nurseries also welcome.  For further enquiries please contact Laura Dinning on 01609 534812 or email For dates of forthcoming visits, see the What's On page - click here.
29/11/14 Buckden Quiz Night Sunday 7th December in the Institute - doors open 7.00 p.m. Admission £2.50 in aid of the Air Ambulance. Jacobs Join - bring your own drinks. More details -  contact Linda & Keith on 761019

Buckden Parish Council meeting 8th December 2014 8.00pm. Buckden Village Institute. All welcome

29/11/14 A Star in your Life can be a Star on our Tree at Christmas. Anyone who would like to dedicate a Star in remembrance of a loved-one, past or present, will find Stars in a bowl at St. Michael’s. Please write your dedication on a Star and place it on our little tree, ready to be transferred later to the large Christmas tree. We suggest a donation of £2+ per Star, to be placed in the box on the table. "Thank you" for supporting our beautiful church. Anyone unable to visit church may send their dedications and donations to: Susan Lusted, 11 Dalegarth, Buckden, N.Yorks., BD23 5JU, email to  or telephone 01756 760877.
29/11/14 Carol Singing As usual carol singing will take place around Buckden village on Christmas Eve. Anyone wishing to join us should meet at West Winds at 6.30pm (A good singing voice is not obligatory!)
29/11/14 Christmas Card Delivery Service Steph Roe will be delivering Christmas Cards again this year around Buckden, Hubberholme and Cray, to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. Last year, she raised £165 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and hopes to do the same again this year, although equally splitting the money between her two charities. She will deliver your cards for just 10p per card, within 5 days of receipt, although Hubberholme and Cray may take a little longer. Her services will be available up to the 22nd of December. You can contact Steph on (01756) 761024 or email her at 
29/11/14 Christmas Church decorating /cleaning Friday 19th December from 10am. All offers of help extremely welcome.
29/11/14 Kettlewell School News - click here for this month's news from school
29/11/14 NYP Community Messaging Fraudulent charity collectors; Julia Mulligan to surgery in Skipton; Independent Custody Visitors; Cold calling roofers; Theft from Church; Police launch National Counter Terrorism Awareness campaign. Click here for details
29/11/14 New Year Party You are warmly invited to Scargill House for an evening of great food, drinks, entertainment, and laughter. Monday 5th January.  5.30pm - Children;  6.30pm - Buffet Supper; 8.00pm - Entertainment. It’s Free!

Kettlewell Primary School Christmas Fair Sunday 23rd Nov -  2 pm till 4 pm at school. Mr and Mrs Santa will be driving into school again in the V8 Grotto along with a fabulous raffle, mulled wine and mince pies and much more. There will be a great afternoon of fun for all the family so come along and get into the Christmas spirit.


Christmas Wreath Making (in aid of Hubberholme Church) Tuesday 9th December 1.00 – 3.00 pm Buckden School Room. £10 to include basic materials & seasonal refreshments. Come along enjoy the company, get into the Christmas spirit and learn an easy way to make an impressive looking wreath. Further details ring Susan 760877

18/11/14 Tour de France Video - Welcome to Yorkshire's short video looking back on Le Grand Depart. Click here to view

Swimming Liz Wade is looking for swimming partners to car share on Thursday nights to the 8:30-9:30pm lane swimming session in Skipton.  If anyone is interested please email on  If you would prefer to go Wednesdays instead she is happy to change night.

15/11/14 Mendelssohn's Elijah - Skipton Camerata and  Skipton Camerata Choral Society present Mendelssohn's Elijah - Sunday 23rd November at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £15 / £13 (concessions) available from or from (Anne 760882) Click here for poster
15/11/14 NYP Community Messaging -  07.11.14 between 23.30 & 7.00 Red Lion in Burnsall was broken into & at the Black Horse at Hellfield an attempt at 5.10 was made. Any information, please call 101

School News Kettlewell Primary School/ Upper Wharfedale School Proposed Federation Consultation Process: The Governors of Upper Wharfedale School and Kettlewell Primary School are delighted to announce, that following wide consultation with the community, the schools will enter into formal Federation from September 1st 2015. We would like to thank everyone who supported our proposals and look forward to exciting times ahead

13/11/14 Ebola benefit evening An ‘Ebola’  benefit evening has been arranged for Saturday 24th January at 7.30pm in Buckden Village Institute. The evening will consist of a ploughman’s supper and entertainment of all kinds…. and entry will be by donation of a minimum of £7 for everyone- participants included! Please book places by phoning 01756 760882 or email If you can provide an impromptu ‘turn’, or can offer any other money making service or suggestions, as long as they are  safe and legal,  e.g. driving people home up/down the Dale for a donation, please contact Anne on 01756 760882. Do let’s join together to offer our support, as a community, to those affected by this terrible illness.
13/11/14 Folk Night at the George The George are holding a Folk Night on Wednesday 3rd December. Martin Francis is an excellent local traditional folk singer who will be accompanied by Paul on the pipes. Call Ed or Jackie to reserve a table for Dinner and secure your place. Martin will start following Dinner service at around 8.30.'
13/11/14 Upper Wharfedale and Langstrothdale Darts and dominoes It has been agreed that this will be held exclusively at the George every Thursday from 8.00 pm from now on. Every week we will be playing darts and dominoes, although the official 'grand Prix' events will alternate with competitive dominoes one week and competitive darts the next. This week Thursday 13th will be darts. All are welcome ( a light supper being laid on for competitors) We look forward to seeing you.

Small plot of land required for 4 very tame sheep.  Will pay well for the right land.  Telephone Lisa : 07814 602328 or speak to Chay in the Buck Inn.

13/11/14 News from West Winds - click here for latest West Winds newsletter
13/11/14 Curry Night Jackie and Ed would like to thank all our friends in Buckden and beyond for making the inaugural curry Night at The George such a success.

Social evening at Heber Farm Saturday December 6th, 7.30 pm onwards with mulled wine and mince pies. Megan has some photos of her Kenya trip and a small talk she would like to give as a big thank you to all who helped make her experience possible. Please come along if you can; it will be a small start to the festive season.

02/11/14 Buckden Singers  - tickets now on sale Buckden Singers Christmas Concerts  will be held on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th December in Buckden Village Institute at 7.30pm. The first two halves will include traditional carols, songs, readings and choir pieces while the third half will be a (very) condensed version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Tickets (£7 adult; £1 children) are available form Megan Lightfoot on 760399 or email
02/11/14 Ellie on Look North - Look North have emailed to say that Ellie Close will be on Look North on Monday evening
02/11/14 NYP Community Messaging -  Following a comprehensive consultation with the public across North Yorkshire, Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, has unveiled a refreshed draft Police and Crime Plan. Click here  to download the plan and give Julia your feedback
02/11/14 Sheep on Tour on Tour - Gordo with Good King Vaclav in Prague. Click here to view
02/11/14 Recycle-It - If you have a couple of armchairs or a settee you are looking to recycle, Steve and Lynn would be interested. Please contact them on 01756 760883
02/11/14 West Winds now taking winter bookings - Click here for details
29/10/14 Buckden's own media star! Ellie - four year old daughter of John and Lou Close of Oughtershaw - has been making headlines due to her success as a gun-dog trainer. Following the feature in the Craven Herald she featured in most of the national papers last week and on Monday was on the Alan Titchmarsh show. Click here to view (about 7 mins 50 secs). She is alos due to feature on Look North shortly. Congratulations, Ellie, from the whole village.
29/10/14 Buckden Parish Council - New Clerk Louise Close from Oughtershaw had been appointed as the new clerk to Buckden Parish Council - contact details for Lou are on the Parish Council web-page Click here
29/10/14 N Y P Community Messaging - Halloween Click here to download an info sheet about Halloween - advice if you or your child are going Trick or Treating, and posters to display if you do not want Trick or Treaters to come to your house.
29/10/14 Buckden Quiz Night Sunday 2nd November in the Institute - doors open 7.00 p.m. Admission £2.50 in aid of the Air Ambulance. Jacobs Join - bring your own drinks. More details -  contact Linda & Keith on 761019
29/10/14 Darts and Dominoes Grand Prix Thanks to all who attended the inaugural darts and dominoes Grand Prix events at The George last Wednesday. Following discussions with a number of you it would seem that Thursday will be a more popular night. Please note that we will therefore 're-launch' this seasons event from The George on Thursday 30th October. Thereafter it is proposed that the venue will alternate with The Buck Inn - the first at the Buck being on Thursday 6th November. we look forward to welcoming you all.'
29/10/14 Bonfire Night As a consequence of the bonfire in Buckden not having been authorised this year it has been decided to have a smaller bonfire at the George on Wednesday November 5th. All are welcome - and we propose to have a warming cottage pie available for those wishing to have a bonfire supper with us. Please call Jackie or Ed on 01756 760223 to reserve a table for Bonfire night.
29/10/14 Curry Night at the George Following the success of Pie Night The George are holding a 'Curry Night' on November 10th. A selection of a minimum of 4 house produced curry's  by Jeff the Chef  - all from the finest Indian spices and fresh ingredients. As always space is at a premium at The George - so please call to reserve your table.
19/10/14 Royal British Legion – Poppy Appeal  David will be selling poppies and calling – early evenings - from Sunday 19th in the hope of your support
19/10/14 Sheep on Tour in exotic foreign lands  Gordo on his most hazardous trip yet as he ventures, with Richard, into darkest Lancashire - after which his trip to Iceland with Liz seemed really quite tame! Click here to view
19/10/14 North Yorks Police Community Messaging -

62 Swaledale ewes stolen from above Kirkby Malham between 9/9 & 2/10 flock No 125131 orange dye on shoulder any info re sheep theft at all let us know ASAP on 101 ; Trading Standards have been notified of a number of incidents of different firms 'cold calling' offering to lay tarmac drives and paths. Please be aware. If you are wanting such work doing, remember to obtain a number of quotes and the companies must inform you of a 14 day cooling off period which is your right to cancel should you change your  mind. If you have any information regarding cold callers please contact Andy Fox at Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06; North Yorkshire Trading Standards can now be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Search for us on Facebook using North Yorkshire Trading Standards and follow us on Twitter (@nyccts).


Sunday bus timetable Today (Sunday) is the last day of the Summer Sunday bus timetable in Wharfedale. The Winter Sunday timetable starts on 26th October, with buses running at similar times to last winter. Click here for details

16/10/14 Oh! What a Lovely War at the Town Hall Grassington. 15th - 18th October. Doors open at 6.45 p.m. Tickets £10 from Grassington Hub or on (01756) 752222. Exhibition of WW1 memorabilia.
12/10/14 Radio 4 comes to Buckden Claire Balding is walking the Dalesway and on Thursday her "Ramblings" programme featured the walk from Buckden to Beckermonds. Click here to listen to the podcast of the programme
12/10/14 Harvest Auction David and Susan would like to thank everyone who responded so generously towards the Harvest Auction, during October’s Quiz Night.  As a result of the expert persuasions of Chris Akrigg, £100 has been sent to support the work at St. George’s Crypt, Leeds.  Yet again, real proof of the wonderfully caring community in which we are lucky to live.

Darts and Dominoes Grand Prix The 2014 / 2015 Upper Wharfedale and Langstrothdale darts and dominoes Grand Prix will get underway at the George on Wednesday 22nd October at 8.00 pm sharp. The venue will thereafter alternate on a weekly basis between the Buck and the George. Last year proved to be a very exciting tournament, going down to the wire with the winner Stuart Hird being decided on the final meeting of the tournament. All comers are welcome as always, but it would be good if you could let Kevin at the Buck or Ed at the George know in advance of your intention to participate.


Events at the George From Sunday 12th October The George are offering a full Sunday Roast Dinner from 12 noon until 2.30pm in addition to a small selection from their usual menu.

Martin Gough ( author of up 'ill 'n' down Dale ) is playing an acoustic rock covers set at the George from 9.00 pm on Friday 17th October. Please give Ed a call if you would like a table reserving for Dinner before the set. If there is sufficient interest The George have an option to extend to include Saturday 18th.

On Wednesday 15th October The George will be hosting their first 'Pie Night' - a selection of 7 pies to choose from all created in house by Jeff the chef. Call on 01756 760223 to reserve a table.

The George are now taking bookings for Christmas lunch. There are limited spaces available and they would love to welcome locals to the festivities. Full menu is on their website to be served from 2.30 at a cost of £55 per head for the 6 course menu. ( please note their will only be one 'sitting' so the table is yours for the duration )

12/10/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk Last Monday's  walk, which was postponed due to the weather, will now take place on 13th October. Meet at Buck to arrange travel at 10.30am. West Witton and the River Ure to Redmire Force. 5 miler includes beautiful section on the southern banks of the river, accessed along attractive ancient lanes, and all nestling below Penhill. Walk to start at 11 ish from the lay-by alongside the main road on the eastern boundary of West Witton village. Afterwards at Berry's Farm Café !!??

North Yorks Police Community Messaging -Safeguard your heating Oil and Diesel with winter coming Incident overnight suggests offenders may be targeting us Report anything suspicious at all on 101

09/10/14 Buckden Parish Council - 2013/14 Accounts The audited 2013/14 accounts  are now available on the on the Parish Council page
06/10/14 Buckden Singers  - dates for the diary. Buckden Singers Christmas Concerts  will be held on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th December in Buckden Village Institute at 7.30pm. Watch this space for ticket details
06/10/14 Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning held 26th September. Many thanks indeed for all the help given by baking, setting up , donating gifts, time and money and just simply by “being there”, which altogether amounted to the sum of £287.70, a very worthwhile morning . Thanks from Josie, Megan and Julie.
06/10/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk 6th October 2014. Meet at Buck to arrange travel at 10.30am. West Witton and the River Ure to Redmire Force. 5 miler includes beautiful section on the southern banks of the river, accessed along attractive ancient lanes, and all nestling below Penhill. Walk to start at 11 ish from the lay-by alongside the main road on the eastern boundary of West Witton village. Afterwards at Berry's Farm Café !!??
06/10/14 Recycle-It - more items listed - click here to view
28/09/14 Letters to the editor - click here to read a letter from a recent visitor to Buckden

Macmillan Cancer Support... West Winds have an eye-catching and delicious Mug of Coffee Cake to auction in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. Click here for details

28/09/14 Bishop visits Hubberholme Pictures of the visit of Bishop James to St Michael & All Angels, Hubberholme on Sunday 21st September 2014. Click here to view
28/09/14 More Sheep on Tour pics - Gordo in Venice and at the Dead Sea. Click here  to view
28/09/14 Tdf fridge magnets Message from Sandra & Gordon, Linda & Keith "Many thanks to everybody who has bought a ‘Le Tour’ fridge magnet. We still have a few left but have sent a cheque off to Yorkshire Air Ambulance for £845. Special thanks to Barbara Hardy for her fantastic illustrations and to the staff at The Buck, John & Gordon at the Village Shop & everyone at The School Room who have all sold them for us. A great legacy of Le Grand Depart and what has been a very enjoyable summer. thank you all"
28/09/14 Buckden  Quiz Night with Harvest Auction As there is no separate Harvest auction this year there will be an auction of flowers and any fresh produce at the quiz.  Sunday 5th October- doors open 7.00 p.m. Usual terms & conditions,  Any announcements or notices to Linda & Keith on 761019 by Sunday lunchtime. Click here for more details
28/09/14 North Yorks Police Community Messaging - 21/09/2014 - attempted  break in at Coop Ingleton, main street.  24/09/14 - man walked in to barn being renovated in Long Preston and stole a Stihl stone saw;  Any info please ring North Yorkshire Police on 101;
21/09/14 The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Do come and join in at Buckden School Room on Friday, 26th September, from 10.30am until noon. All monies raised will help the work of Macmillan Cancer Support (Contributions for the cake stall would be very welcome).
21/09/14 Chordiality at Hubberholme September 27th in St. Michael's at 7.30pm, Chordiality, a Choir from Bradford, with a programme of music to suit all tastes – from classical to jazz, baroque to gospel. Tickets £7 (to include punch and nibbles) are available from Judith Adejumo (760480) or Jayne Sayer (760463) or available on the door.

Kettlewell Film Nights will be  showing ‘Mandela Long Walk to Freedom’ on 11th October and ‘Saving Mr Banks’ on 29th November, in Kettlewell Village Hall.  Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm.  Tickets available from Caroline (tel 760378) and Kettlewell Village Store.  Please  bring your own drinks; sweets, chocs etc. and ice creams available at half time.


The Knit and Natter group has now re-started. After a very successful fund-raising effort last year our main project this year will be for Macmillan Nurses, and we shall be making knitted cushions.  Other smaller projects will be underway too.  The first few cushions will be available at the Coffee Morning on September 26, but we expect to have more for next year.If you’ve never knitted, or have forgotten how, do come along to Megan's at 10.30 this Tuesday; we can provide wool, needles, patterns – and help!

14/09/14 Tour de France funds The Parish Council have  requested suggestions for the use of funds raised during the Tour de France. These amount to approximately £450. Any ideas may be sent to Proposals will be discussed at the PC meeting on 13th October.
14/09/14 River Wharfe - new stream channel -  Peter Katic has provided a write-up explaining what the work next to the river is all about - click here
14/09/14 Recital at St Stephen's Skipton Skipton-based international soprano Bibi Heal, who sings with Opera North, is giving a recital on 7-30pm on Friday 26 September 2014, to raise funds for the Parish and for SOS Children’s Villages. Tickets are a donation of £10-00, including intermission refreshments. The Recital of arias and songs is entitled The Eyes of a Child. Click here  for further details. Tickets are available from the Parish Office on 01756 793000

Jay Walkers Theatre Company will be returning to comedy for the autumn season and presenting two one-act plays under the heading ‘A Comedy Double Act’. The evening will start with ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’ which centres around a failing amateur drama group. The second peice, ‘Blind Date’, features a middle-aged couple who meet after responding to adverts in a dating magazine. The season opens at The Octagon Theatre, Grassington on Friday 26th September. Other performances are at Cononley on Saturday 27th September, Gargrave on Friday 3rd October and Old Pool Bank on Saturday 4th October. Click here for tickets or telephone on 01756 760302.

07/09/14 Buckden Walkers - Wednesday Evening Stroll Wednesday 10th September. This month's walk will be based on The Fountaine at Linton. The plan is to meet up at the pub at 7:00 and complete the walk before 8:00pm. Table booked for 15 with numbers to be confirmed on the day. Click here for details
07/09/14 More Sheep on Tour pics - pictures of Gordon further afield this week. Spotted in Jordan,  Uruguay and Brazil. Unfortunately quite what the Uruguayan Government Minister in one of the pictures made of it is not recorded.  Click here to view
07/09/14 Buckden Singers - rehearsals restart - A reminder that the first rehearsal of the new season will be on Thursday this week at 7.30 p.m. in the Institute. New (and, of course, current) members always welcome. Please arrive a few minutes early to get your music.
07/09/14 West Winds Newsletter - Click here for the latest West Winds Newsletter

Kettlewell School /Upper Wharfedale School Proposed Federation Consultation Please do take time to consider this important step in formalising the current arrangements to secure a sustainable future for our schools. Click here to download a copy of the consultation document. It is important that you make your views known, both at the public meeting on Wednesday 10th September 2014 at 6.30pm in Grassington Town Hall and/or by completing the response form at the end of the consultation paper.

31/08/14 Buckden  Quiz Night Sunday 7th September - doors open 7.00 p.m. Usual terms & conditions,  Any announcements or notices to Linda & Keith on 761019 by Sunday lunchtime. Click here for more details
31/08/14 The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Do come and join in at Buckden School Room on Friday, 26th September, from 10.30am until noon. All monies raised will help the work of Macmillan Cancer Support (Contributions for the cake stall would be very welcome).
31/08/14 Buckden Whist: Former and new members are most welcome to join us on the first evening of the new season – Wednesday 17th September at Buckden Village Institute at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm). There will be an entry charge of £2.50 per evening, which will include refreshments. For more information contact David Lusted 760877. To potential members, there will be an existing member in your village – quiz them and I’m sure you will feel welcomed. We are very sociable and relaxed – just speak to Wilf (Hubberholme), Tim (Buckden), Joe(Starbotton) or Jojo (Kettlewell). Our only rule is "No inquests"!
31/08/14 More Sheep on Tour pics - this time from Austria, Germany and France as well as Gordo in transit by air and by the Tunnel. Click here to view
31/08/14 Knit & Natter The group will restart on Tuesday 9th September at 11 Dalegarth, Buckden. Following the success of the ‘Sheep on Tour’ we hope to start on new projects. Please come along at 10.30am when we would be delighted to welcome old and new members – to knit or natter!!
26/08/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk  September 1st. Circular walk from Grassington to Hebden and back via Linton Falls. An easy walk of less than 5 miles on well marked paths, dog walkers will need a lead from time to time. Meet at the Buck Inn to leave at 10.30am or in front of the Devonshire Institute in Grassington at 11.00am. I suggest we stop for coffee at the Clarendon in Hebden.
26/08/14 Sheep on Tour - on Tour - latest - Gordo has now been spotted in both Italy & Croatia - Click here, to view
18/08/14 Halloween At The Buck To celebrate Halloween, The Buck Inn are staging a Halloween Quiz with Fancy Dress on Friday 31st October at 8.00 p.m.
18/08/14 Welcome to Yorkshire video - click here to view Welcome To Yorkshire's "The Yorkshire Dales - When are you coming?" video
14/08/14 Sheep on Tour - on tour To celebrate this year's visit of the Tour de France to Upper Wharfedale, the villagers of Buckden produced a commemorative tee-shirt featuring a cycling sheep, called Gordo in honour of Buckden's greatest living cyclist. Gordo has now gone global and we thought it would be fun to feature pictures of him in interesting locations around the world. Click here, or on the tee-shirt pic (right) to see the first pictures including images of Gordo in Slovenia, Cyprus, Canada and at Cropredy 2014 with Fairport Convention. Please submit your pics of Gordo on tour to (useful tip - to see where each pic is taken click on the "show info" link at the top right hand side of the page"
09/08/14 Buckden Walkers Wednesday Evening Stroll: Wednesday 13th August. Meet at The George, Hubberholme by 7pm to leave orders. Car share t’ higher Dale, then walk back along the riverside path to Hubberholme. We are asked to eat from 8:30pm; non walkers should contact the pub with their choices from the menu listed below. Please email Jackie by Monday lunchtime. Menu: Steak and ale pie served with new potatoes and vegetables. £11.45 Homemade beef lasagne served with salad and chips. £10.95 Scampi and chips served with salad. £10.50 Home made five bean chilli served with tortilla wraps and rice. £9.95 Mediterranean vegetable tart topped with goats cheese and served with new potatoes £10.95 Contact details:  or telephone (01756) 760 223
09/08/14 Buckden Walkers - Sunday Walk  17th August THORPE - RYLSTONE CROSS – CRACOE – THORPE: Starting from the village of Thorpe, the walk climbs up onto Cracoe Fell and carries on along the edge of the moor to the war memorial and Rylstone Cross, before dropping down the track to Rylstone Church. The route returns via Cracoe, Threapland and the base of Elbolton hill. Meet at the Buck Inn at 10am Contact Jayne for further details or if you wish to meet at Thorpe (Tel. 760463)
09/08/14 National Trust - What's On - in Upper Wharfedale - Click here to download a list of NT events and activities in Upper Wharfedale.
09/08/14 Buckden resident adopts new mode of transport - click here to watch Anne's first venture onto two wheels!
03/08/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk Semerwater Monday 4th August - leaving the Buck Inn at 10.30 - click here for details

NT Forthcoming events Thursday 7th August: Bat Walk 7.30- 10 Join us to discover more about these fascinating creatures. Friday 15 - Sunday 17th August: Family Camping Weekend Come and spend the weekend visiting Upper Wharfedale.Thursday 19 August: Den Building and Geocaching 1 - 4 pm Join us in Upper Wharfedale for a digital treasure hunt and build a den to hide in. Saturday 8th November: Moonlit Night Walk 6.30 - 8.30 pm See how familiar surroundings change in the dark as you experience the thrill of a night walk in Upper Wharfedale.

03/08/14 Summer bus service to Hawes - Click here for details of the bus to Aysgarth and Hawes which runs on Tuesdays throughout the summer school holidays
27/07/14 NT Evening Bat Walk - Cassie is running an evening bat walk around the village on Thursday 7th August. If you are interested please contact her at
27/07/14 Nethergill Farm Open Day Chris and Fiona Clark are having a community open day at Nethergill Farm, Oughtershaw for residents of the parishes of Littondale, Kilnsey & Conistone, Kettlewell and Buckden.  Saturday,August 2 2014 Time: 12:00 to 18:00. Activities: Bring a picnic (or not); Short guided walks 45 to 60 mins. at 14:00 & 16.00hrs; Self-guided walks; Observation hides x 2; Bird feeding stations; Field centre with microscope, visualiser, bird identification, bills, beaks & skulls display, wildlife camera’s telescopes. Numbers: Good weather: max 60 Bad weather: max 30. Booking: Ring/email to confirm Tel: 01756 761126 Email:
27/07/14 Buckden Art Group. The 24th annual exhibition will be held in Buckden Village Institute from Saturday, August 23rd until Wednesday, August 27th. The exhibition will be open from 11am until 5pm daily and admission is free, with donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity. There will be over 150 original paintings on view, with a special section for the "Flowers of the Dales Festival". New members wishing to join the group please contact Angela Falshaw (760259).
27/07/14 Tour de France - thank you letter from Karen Jones "Dear Buckden Village, We have recently spent another wonderful holiday in Buckden including the 'Le Grand Depart' weekend and may we say a massive "thank you' to everyone involved? The village looked......"  click here for rest of letter
27/07/14 Made in the Dale - stalls,  refreshments and barbecue. Bank Holiday Monday - August 25th - Buckden School Room - click here for details
27/07/14 NYP Community Messaging - Missing Person If anyone sights the following female from the Ripon/Harrogate area can you please call 101 as there are concerns for her, quoting ref 12140121430. Christine Anne WATERS
Born, 22/05/1956 Described as, White female, 5' 2" tall with collar length dark brown straight hair. Stocky build and green eyes. Last seen wearing a floral print long sleeved shirt, light blue jeans and green wellington boots. Possibly sighted at around 11.00 hrs Monday 21st July walking along the A61 Ripon Bypass in the Harrogate direction.
27/07/14 NYP Community Messaging Reports have been received via the police to Trading Standards of 3 men in a maroon transit type van reg no LV03 XFA in the Skipton area. These men are approaching householders offering to clear guttering and then claiming further roofing work needs to be done asking the householder for money up front. Residents are asked to be vigilant and if they are approached or this van is seen, contact the police on 101 or Trading Standards on 03454040506.
27/07/14 NYP Community Messaging

North Yorkshire Trading Standards have received information that a number of residents in the Skipton, Thirsk, Boroughbridge and Harrogate areas have been approached by four males with strong Irish accents offering generators for sale. These males are travelling in a green Landrover Discovery and a white Combi van. If anyone is approached, please contact the police on 101 or North Yorkshire Trading Standards on 03454040506

20/07/14 Buckden Singers Summer Concert - Pictures Click here for pics of the Buckden Singers Summer Concerts and the after-show party at the Blue Bell
20/07/14 Congratulations - To Avril (daughter of Frank and Barbara Hardy) and Dave Paylor formerly from Dalegarth, on the amazingly timed birth of their daughter 'Amelie' at 5am on the morning of the Tour de France. Thankfully  Avril and Dave were safely in the hospital before the road closures! Amelie weighed 6lbs 9ozs and all are are really well. Best wishes to them both

Found - GPS handheld device for walkers has been found by the river path towards Starbotton direction approx 500m from Buckden bridge.For further info contact. Sandra 01756 760246

20/07/14 Buckden Walkers Sunday Walk Buckden Walkers invite you to the next Sunday Walk of the 2014 series on 20 July meeting at the Buck at 10.30 for car sharing or the Thornton Rust junction in Aysgarth at 10.45.  This circular walk from Aysgarth is approximately 8.5miles and takes in the villages of Thoralby and West Burton. 
20/07/14 Kettlewell & District Horticultural Society Annual Show will be held in Kettlewell Village Hall on Sunday 24th August 2014 1.30pm - 4pm. Click here for details. Don't miss out! If you are unable to attend The Horticultural Show on Sunday but would still like to enter ANY of the classes for the show, entries can be left with Megan Lightfoot in Buckden/Starbotton (01756 760399) or Lizzie Sowden in Kettlewell (01756 760845).
20/07/14 North Yorks Police Community Messaging Please can all bed and breakfasts, hotels and pubic houses in North Yorkshire area keep observations for the male described below missing from home. Ian David Carmichael d.o.b. 26/10/70, has been missing since Tuesday 15th July 14. Mr Carmichael works as a chef and is possible he has found employment at a public house or B&B or hotel. He is a white male, has a Panther tattoo on left shoulder, prominent scar on left side of chin, cropped short brown hair, clean shaven, size 6 shoe, 5 ft 9, blue eyes, ruddy complexion. He was last seen wearing blue t shirt and 3/4 length cargo pants in green/blue and suede or tan shoes or boots. He has previously worked in Thirsk, Northallerton area but may have travelled anywhere in the county and may be travelling with the use of a pedal cycle however this cannot be confirmed.
If seen please contact North Yorkshire Police incident no. 12140118715.  Tel:  101
11/07/14 Kettlewell School - Consultation As the next stage in the development of the partnership between Kettlewell School and Upper Wharfedale School, the Governing Bodies are consulting parents, staff and the local community on a proposal to formalise the current arrangements of how the schools are led and managed, which will also lead to a change in governance. Click here to download the consultation document
11/07/14 Tour de France - thank you letter from Christine Southall and Christopher Bradley  "Dear Residents of Buckden, I would like to thank you  all for your wonderful response to the Tour de Yorkshire. We came up with neighbours and friends  and stayed at Heber Farm on the site run magnificently by Mr and Mrs Schofield and their helpers. Every minute in Buckden was an absolute joy......" click here for rest of letter
11/07/14 Buckden Walkers Wednesday Walk Based on the Blue Bell at Kettlewell - Weds 16th July leaving the Buck Inn  at 6.00 p.m. Click here for details
07/07/14 Buckden Gala Meeting - Reminder that there will be an open meeting at 7.30 this evening ( Monday 7 July) in the Village Hall to discuss next year's Gala, while this year's is fresh in our minds.
07/07/14 Tour de France - well - a brilliant weekend - can't wait until next year! Click here  for a ton of pics from both Buckden and the Cote de Cray. Video to follow
03/07/14 Tour de France Parking  & Road closures - Click here for details
03/07/14 Upper Wharfedale Three Peaks - Debbie, Stella and Robin would like to thank everyone who sponsored them for the Upper Wharfedale 3 Peaks walk – to date a total of £260 has been raised for UWFRA
02/07/14 Tour de France accommodation - late availability Clifford House Farm, Buckden still free for the Tour de France & the price is now reduced. Sleeps 11, self-catering, pet friendly etc email:
29/06/14 Buckden Singers Summer Concert tickets Don't forget to order your tickets for the Buckden Singers Summer Concerts which will take place on Friday 11th July at St Michael’s, Hubberholme and Saturday 12th  July at St. Margaret’s, Threshfield. Tickets, which include light refreshments, are £7 for adults and £1 for children and are available from Megan Lightfoot on 01756 760399 or email

Buckden ready for the Tour Pictures from Buckden as we prepare for the arrival of the Tour - click here to view

29/06/14 Wharfedale 3 Peaks Challenge - Congratulations to   Debbie, Stella and Robin who completed the  22 mile, 3 Peak, Upper Wharfedale Challenge yesterday, in aid of the Fell Rescue. It's not too late to sponsor them - just  click here to go to their Just Giving page.
29/06/14 Buckden Gala Meeting There will be an open meeting at 7.30 on Monday 7 July in the Village Hall to discuss next year's Gala.  While this year is fresh in the mind we want to discuss what we should plan to do next year.  We definitely intend to have a Gala as usual but we think it worthwhile to consider what can be done differently or what we should keep the same as this year.   Everyone is welcome especially if you have anything to say about the way the Gala should be run next year.  
29/06/14 Kettlewell School - News Andrew Taylor's  update on the month in school. Click here
29/06/14 Tour de France bus timetable Click here for the special bus timetable which will operate over the TdeF weekend
29/06/14 Tour de France parking Parking for cars will be available in the school croft (gala field opposite school house) Buckden  from 1.30 a.m. Saturday July 5th.  The field is available until 11 p.m. on the same day.  Please contact 01756 760 379 for more details.
29/06/14 Tour de France - factsheet Click here to download the Council factsheet giving details of arrangements for the TdF weekend
29/06/14 Christian Aid Week Collection in the Upper Dale May 2014 Thanks to the generous support of everyone who gave their money or time to collect, or both, we collected £1361.36 this time. This amount is our contribution to the Churches Together in Upper Wharfedale Christian Aid Week collection which amounted to £3844.28p this year. Each year the number of people signing the Gift Aid Declaration on the red envelope increases and so some of the world’s poorest people will be helped with sustainable projects managed by Christian Aid to the value of well over £4,500.00 from our area.
29/06/14 Chordiality at Hubberholme September 27th in St. Michael's at 7.30pm, Chordiality, a Choir from Bradford, with a programme of music to suit all tastes – from classical to jazz, baroque to gospel. Tickets £7 (to include punch and nibbles) are available from Judith Adejumo (760480) or Jayne Sayer (760463).

Buckden Gala -  Message from Debbie and Bev "We would like to thank everyone for their contributions to the Gala on Saturday.  The event is a true village effort, and everyone’s contributions are greatly appreciated – whether by erecting marquees, manning stalls, baking cakes, contributing raffle prizes, or spending money, the Gala could not take place without you. 

A special thank you to our friends from Kettlewell and Starbotton who gave us so much help and support – I think this year has helped to forge some good community spirit which I’m sure we all hope will be replicated in both directions for years to come.

Thank you again from us both!


Buckden Gala -  Message from Richard "Thanks to everyone who contributed to another very successful Gala.  Everyone who came had a good time and provisional figures indicate that about £2,400 was made for Hall funds.  Would anyone who has any money to pass to the treasurer please let Liz Dawson have it and would anyone who has any expenses to claim please let her know about those as well.  Anyone who is holding cash can of course deduct expenses and pass only the balance to Liz but would you still then let her have a note of the total takings and the expenses as that will help the committee to decide which activities are most worthwhile from the profit point of view, though we do not regard profit as the only relevant factor.  We do want people to have a good time first and any profit is then a bonus!  Thanks again to everyone for a great day and a fantastic result." 

22/06/14 Gala pics now online. Click here to view pics from Buckden Gala 2014. Thanks to Alan and Gwyneth for Tug of War pictures
21/06/14 Gala day today Don't miss a great day out at Buckden Gala today - stalls with crafts, home made produce, books, plants etc; children's races and activities and bouncy castle; sheep show; fell race; Buck Inn beer tent; famous hot dogs and tea rooms; fine wines and cheeses; dog show; Langstroth dog scurry; mini animals; live music; great weather. What's not to like? 12.30 - 4.30 Click here for details
21/06/14 Great North Swim Message from Maggie and Gill: "We took part in the Great North Swim on Saturday at Lake Windermere.  We want to thank everyone who sponsored us for our charities Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Fell Rescue, National Deaf Children's Society and Help for Hero's. On Virgin Giving our total is at this moment £1,412.50 that's including gift aid but we still have some to add as it keeps coming in. Thank you again to everyone. Maggie & Gill  xxxx"
21/06/14 NY Police community messaging Missing person aged approx 53. Last seen at 10am this morning taking bus from Keighley Road to Airedale Hospital She was wearing black trousers and black coat. Her hair is shoulder length and she has lost the use of her left arm. She may have been on her way back to Skipton at approx 11:15am. If you have any information or have seen her please call North Yorkshire Police on 101
21/06/14 Tour de France - route video timelapse video of Le Tour Stage 1, including an animation showing where you are exactly on the course. Click here to view. Move the slider at the bottom to see the bit of the route you are interested in. The Kettlewell - Kidstones section starts at around 9 minutes
21/06/14 Tour de France - ITV's Calendar live from Kettlewell on Monday 7th July at 6.00 p.m. Click here for details
15/06/14 Buckden Walkers June Sunday Walk invite you to join them on the next Sunday Walk on 15 June starting at The Buck at 10.00 to share transport to Horsehouse in Coverdale.  The walk is 8 miles with a moderate 280m climb and keeping low in the valley.  Click here for further details or contact Robin on 761 320.

Wild Flower Workshop - Saturday July 19th tutor: Tanya St. Pierre, Into the Meadows Education Office - Millennium Trust
Exploring the flower-rich hay meadows at Nethergill Farm; Morning session - brief look at the history of these ancient hay meadows, development and usage of hay meadows. Introduction to basic plant identification; 
Afternoon session -walk through the meadows taking a more in-depth look at certain species.
Please bring a hand lens if you have one. Suitable for beginners or more experienced.
Cost: 45 for members of The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, 55 for non members for the day 10am to 4pm including sandwich lunch and cakes, tea and coffee (all homemade). Click here for details

15/06/14 Heating Oil Prices Robin writes to say that heating oil prices are at a three year low. A check on Friday showed four companies within 0.5p per litre, however with the unrest in the Middle-East prices are expected to rise.  It could be worth a top-up now.  Northern Energy are marginally the cheapest of those checked at 51.5p.
15/06/14 News from West Winds - Latest newsletter from West Winds - click here
07/06/14 Garden Party for Manorlands Wednesday 25th June2pm - 4pm at Maypole Barn, Kettlewell hosted by Wharfedale Support Group for Manorlands Hospice.  Strawberry Cream Teas, Cake stall, Jewellery and Handbags, Raffle etc. Tickets £5   Contact Jan Walter 01756 760337

4 for the price of 1   Debbie Roe, Dominic Roe, Robin Davidson and Stella Perrott will be walking the 22 mile, 3 Peak, Upper Wharfedale Challenge on Saturday 28 June 2014. For details  click here The walk is in aid of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and all donations will be gratefully received.   If you would like to donate or sponsor them, please click here to go to their Just Giving page.

07/06/14 Tour de France Meeting - Minutes of the Tour de France meeting held at the schoolroom on 21st May. Click here

Buckden Leaflets Leaflets publicising the Parish of Buckden and its attractions have been produced by the Parish Council with the help of a grant from the National Park.  These are intended for distribution to encourage visitors to come to the Parish.  Anyone who would like some for distribution to friends, visitors, customers or potential customers please contact Richard Barlow at Ivy Cottage or on 760870 as he is holding stock of them.  It is intended that a lot will be distributed in connection with the Tour but distribution can start now and is likely to continue after the Tour as well.  From next week an additional insert will be added to the leaflets giving timings and other information about the Tour

07/06/14 Tour de France at the Schoolroom

Events at Buckden Schoolroom during the Tour de France weekend Friday July 4th   (10am – 6pm) and Sunday July 6th (8am – 4pm)   B.B.Q. – hot dogs, bacon butties, tea and coffee etc. Race Day, Saturday 5th July - “Join The Party” Bring your picnic and garden chair. Enjoy the race from the best vantage point in the village. Reserve a space – Gazebo cover if wet. £10 per person. Phone (01756) 760877


“Made in our Dale”  25th August  – Bank Holiday Monday Buckden School Room Genuine locally handcrafted items for sale. Refreshments available – coffee & biscuits in the morning, from 11 am;Tea & scones and cream in the afternoon. Anyone wishing to have a table to sell locally made goods should contact Pat Charlton (01756) 760302

07/06/14 The Music of John Denver  at Buckden Village Institute on Saturday 7th June - doors open at 7.30pm,  show starts at 8.00pm. Tickets are £8.50 - there is no bar but people are welcome to bring their own drinks and food. To reserve tickets  contact Sarah on 07973 802637 or just come on the night. Click here to visit the website
01/06/14 Buckden Singers Summer Concert will take place on Friday 11th July at St Michael’s, Hubberholme and Saturday 12th  July at St. Margaret’s, Threshfield. The price, which includes light refreshments, is £7 for adults and £1 for children and are available from Megan Lightfoot on 01756 760399 or email
01/06/14 Congratulations to Stella who completed the Edinburgh Marathon last week in a time of 4hours 56 minutes - click here for photo

Buckden Gala - will be held on Saturday 21st June from 12.30 - 4.30 p.m. Full details at Donations for stalls and offers of help always welcome. Please contact Debbie

01/06/14 Message from Megan Schofield "I am very grateful for everyone who supported my cream tea fundraising event on Monday to support my cause. On my return I am hoping to do a presentation and social evening about my experience. Thanks again - Megan Schofield"
01/06/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk Monday 2nd June following the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Pennine Way and a bridle path. Good scenery with very gently slopes. Very dog friendly. The walk begins near Bank Newton. Meet at the Buck at 10.30 or Bank Newton at 11.15. Click here for details

Le Petit Grand Depart - Skipton Cycle Club's Le Petit Depart will be held on Sunday 1st June 2014 - an event which will allow riders to follow much of the same route as Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014. Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers two fantastic routes to cater for all abilities. Click here for details

01/06/14 NY Police Community messaging Overnight 26.05.14 to 27.05.14 theft of a white PEUGEOT Motorhome NK55LLC from a property in Ingleton any information call 101 incident 12140084873
25/05/14 Buckden Belles' Open Water Swim - 21 days to go Maggie & Gill are fundraising for NDCS, Help for Heroes and Yorkshire Air Ambulance, by taking part in The Great North Swim in Lake Windermere. Please give them your support and help them make a difference by sponsoring them on their Virgin Money Giving page - click here.
25/05/14 "A Night in Yellow" raised £190 towards a commemorative item for the village to mark the passing through of the Tour de France. Thanks to all the helpers involved. A great night was had by all. Click here for photos
25/05/14 Buckden Tour de France Tee Shirts - are back on sale by popular demand. Click here to order
25/05/14 New chef at the White Lion The White Lion Inn at Cray are pleased to welcome on board, Louis a professional French chef in time for Le tour, starting with us on the 4th June.  We will be serving traditional pub food and are developing a range of specialities.  Please feel free to pop up to The White Lion and dine with us
25/05/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk June 2nd 2014 A Meander Between Bank Newton and East Marton. Click here for details
25/05/14 Enjoy the Tour with the NT - click here for details of NT activities and events to celebrate the Tour de France
25/05/14 NY Police  Community Messaging A male has been arrested in Gargrave and a number of garden ornaments recovered, please check your gardens anything missing? ring 101

Situations vacant Applications are invited for the post of Buckden Parish Clerk,  please contact Garry Schofield on 01756 760304 for further details.

18/05/14 Cream Tea & Small Table-top Sale Buckden Schoolroom 12noon - 4pm Monday 26th May to support Megan Schofield's Kenya Expedition. Megan writes "I am most grateful for the support of the village so far in my fundraising efforts and am now busy working towards my final preparations for the trip, I leave England on the 27th July to land in Nairobe. After a few days there I travel to a remote cattle ranch to do regeneration work at a small school and spending time working with the local children, before embarking on an 8 day camel trek with some of the Kenyan people where I walk 10 miles per day through the dessert, making a camp each night. I then go to do some project work in one of the local game parks before setting off on the 17th August. Thank you very much for supporting me for this trip of a lifetime. Megan Schofield"
18/05/14 TdF Car Parking problems solved? This sign, spotted in Provence, may give a clue as to how the French deal with car parking issues during the Tour de France. Imaginative if somewhat radical.....


18/05/14 Ancestry Information requests - Robinson & Hill families We have received emails seeking information about the the Robinson and Hill families, both with connections to the parish. Click here to read the emails. If you can help, please email and your email will be forwarded.

Tour de France Meeting The next public meeting about Le Tour de France will be on Thursday 22nd May at 7.30.  The meeting will be in Buckden School Room as the Institute is being used for the election. There will be an update on plans for Buckden including road closure time. Click here to read minutes of last meeting

18/05/14 Buckden Walkers Sunday Walk 18th May Pen-y-Ghent Gill and Littondale Distance: 9 Miles ish Starts/finishes centre of Litton by The Queens Arms Click here for details
10/05/14 Buckden Parish Council Annual Electors Meeting The Annual Electors Meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 12th May at 8.00pm in Buckden Parish Institute. All parishioners are welcome

BBQ and Games Afternoon Sunday 18th May 12-3pm Buckden village hall. Come and enjoy a burger or a hot dog or a cup of tea and a slice of cake. There will be games for the children and a chance for the local community to meet some of the children from Kettlewell school.


Kettlewell School 100 Club Draw There are still tickets available  so hurry and buy a number. First draw will be at the BBQ. Contact Liz for numbers 760755.

10/05/14 Kettlewell & Starbotton Tour de France Meeting Thursday 15th May 7.30pm at Kettlewell village hall.  Come along and learn what we know and ask any questions

Betty Blue Eyes at the West Yorkshire Playhouse with local musical director and pianist Richard Reeday from 11th June to 5th July. Based on the Alan Bennett film 'A Private Function', the show was originally produced in the West End by Cameron Mackintosh in 2011 where it was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. This new 2014 touring production of the show, about post-war rationing and the stealing of Betty, a pig destined to be eaten at a private Royal Wedding banquet, has received rave 4 and 5 star reviews! For tickets please ring the West Yorkshire Playhouse box office on 0113 2137700 or visit their website for more information.

07/05/14 Kettlewell Mayfest Debbie Ambler has written to us on behalf of the Mayfest team "Thank you to the lovely people of Buckden for your invaluable help yesterday? Without you & the use of the marquees it wouldn't have been the event it was I'm sure. Hope everyone managed to enjoy the day in between the hard work. From the festival team, thank you all. Cheers Debbie."
04/05/14 Nethergill Farm Open Day Chris and Fiona Clark are having a community open day at Nethergill for residents of the parishes of Littondale, Kilnsey & Conistone, Kettlewell and Buckden. Also pupils & parents of Upper Wharfedale & Kettlewell Schools. August 2 2014 Time: 12:00 to 18:00. Activities: Bring a picnic (or not); Short guided walks 45 to 60 mins. at 14:00 & 16.00hrs; Self-guided walks; Observation hides x 2; Bird feeding stations; Field centre with microscope, visualiser, bird identification, bills, beaks & skulls display, wildlife camera’s telescopes. Numbers: Good weather: max 60 Bad weather: max 30. Booking: Ring/email to confirm Tel: 01756 761126 Email:
03/05/14 Grassington Players "Hayfever" Sarah makes her debut with Grassington Players in their production of Noel Coward's Hayfever from 8th - 10th May at Grassington Town Hall. Click here for details
03/05/14 Roy Taylor's wheelchair challenge - Roy has sent us details of his son Roy's amazing "Wheelchair Challenge" in which he will go from Southport to Hornsea in his wheelchair in just 10 days. This is an astonishing 215 miles along the long the Trans-Pennine Trail.  To sponsor Roy, click here. For more details, click here.
03/05/14 New tearoom opens in Buckden - Tanglewood Teas is now open for business - click here for details. Good luck Julian & Mary with your new venture! Click here to visit Tanglewood Teas new website

Peter Yorkstone Message from the Churchwardens : "A ‘Farewell’ Service was held on Sunday for Peter Yorkstone.  Peter gave his final Sermon at St. Mary’s, Kettlewell, to a full church.  There followed a buffet lunch at Kettlewell Village Hall, during which Fiona Jenkins gave a fulsome speech of farewell on behalf of all his parishioners.  Carol was presented with a bouquet; Peter was given a picture, commissioned from Angela Falshaw and featuring his four churches together with Scargill, clustered around a portrait depicting him sitting on the bronze age stone ‘Chief’s Chair’ that overlooks an ancient group of stone houses, set high above Langstrothdale.  In addition, Peter and Carol received a cheque on behalf of well-wishers from the four parishes and beyond.  Peter’s final thoughts were on the importance of ‘kindliness towards all in ones’ life’ – a doctrine he has lived by and demonstrated so effectively throughout his seven years of service to our community. He will be much missed, yet we wish Peter and Carol a long and happy retirement – with lasting gratitude for all his care and service." The Churchwardens Click here for picture


'A Night in Yellow' Celebrating the coming of the Tour de France, Friday 16th May Tickets available from Sandra 760246 Click here for details


Bunting making Part 2 Message from Sandra "Thank you to those involved in the bunting making on Saturday. We now have 799.....flags, approximately 420 meters. Well done". Sandra

03/05/14 Skipton Community Orchestra The Orchestra has applied for an Engage Foundation Grant. Click here for details. To vote in support of their application, click here
03/05/14 Buckden  Quiz Night Sunday 4th May - doors open 7.00 p.m. Usual terms & conditions,  Any announcements or notices to Linda & Keith on 761019 by Sunday lunchtime.

Buckden walkers Monday Walk - May Monday 12th May. Circular walk of about 4-1/4 miles starting at Little Stainforth camp site, just outside Settle. One steepish climb at the beginning, otherwise easy walking. Beautiful views of the Bowland Fells, Morecambe Bay and Fountains Fell. Click here for details


Buckden Walkers Evening Stroll - May  Wednesday 14th May 2014 Based upon Kettlewell and along the River Wharfe, with dinner at the newly re-opened Kings Head. Click here for details

03/05/14 Kettlewell School - News Andrew Taylor's  update on the month in school. Click here
03/05/14 Cream Tea & Small Table-top Sale Buckden Schoolroom 12noon - 4pm Monday 26th May To support Megan Schofield's Kenya Expedition
03/05/14 Buckden Art Group  The Art Group AGM will be held in the Institute on Thursday, 15th May at 7.30pm, when arrangements for the August exhibition and future events will be made. New members will be most welcome at this meeting. Art Group members will also display paintings at the festival of Wool and Ale at Kettlewell on Monday, 5th May.
03/05/14 National Theatre's King Lear - Bradford The NT's current production of King Lear directed by Sam Mendes and starring Simon Russell Beale and Anne Maxwell Martin is being broadcast live to Cineworld Bradford on Thursday 15th May. It is a brilliant production and the live relay works extremely well. If you like Shakespeare, it's not to be missed at just £11. Click here for details
20/04/14 Last orders - Buckden TdF T Shirts - 25th April is the last date for ordering "Sheep on Tour" T shirts. Click here  to download an order form, or click here to order online
20/04/14 Edwina Hayes - East Riding Folk Singer will be performing at Kettlewell Village Hall on Friday May 9th. Click here for details

'A Night in Yellow' Celebrating the coming of the Tour de France. Friday 16th May 7.30pm in Buckden Institute. A Yellow / French / Cycling themed evening of food fun and games. Tickets now available £12. Contact Sandra 760246


Bunting Making Part 2 - Sat 26th April Click here for details.

20/04/14 Whist Champions 2014  Congratulations to Maureen and Joe for their consistent excellence throughout the last season; their smiles says it all. Click here for pic. The challenge for them is to repeat it in the coming season!  A sincere ‘thank you’ to all who attended and contributed to the fun this year.  Buckden is widely regarded as ‘unique’ for its camaraderie – those interested to ‘test the water’, please join us on Wednesday 17th September for our next Introductory Evening – we promise a warm welcome
20/04/14 Hubberholme Church - Easter Lilies - Click here for pics of the Easter flowers at St Michael & All Angels. A big “thank you” to all those who generously dedicated lilies and also to those who gave their time and skills in making St. Michaels, Hubberholme, look particularly beautiful for Easter.  Church is always ‘open’ throughout the day; do drop by and enjoy the display.            The Churchwardens.
20/04/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk - May The May Monday walk which was planned for May 5th has been moved back a week to May 12th. This will avoid a clash with the Bank Holiday and the  ‘Wool and Ale’ festival in Kettlewell where  Buckden Singers are performing.
20/04/14 Buckden Institute Annual General Meeting The annual general meeting of the Village Institute will take place on 6 May 2014 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall Click here for details
20/04/14 Skipton Camerata - 100 Peaks Challenge - fund raising event Click here for details
12/04/14 Buckden TdF T Shirts - Time is running out to order your "Sheep on Tour" T shirts. Click here  to download an order form, or click here to order online

Kettlewell Mayfest on 5th May is now less than a month away. Debbie Ambler has written to say that they are looking for  volunteers for a couple of stalls on the day, a Tour de France stall & a Yorkshire wine stall, only an hour for 2 people each.  Also if anyone is available to help erect/take down marquees before & after the day she would be most grateful. Debbie writes that there are already  a few volunteers from Buckden & as they are borrowing our marquees it would be good to have people familiar with them. They are also holding a May King & Queen competition and would love the kids to dress regally for the day - there will be prizes. If they don't want to be royal, they can come as sheep too! To contact Debbie, please call 07817 352138 during the day or (01756) 761226 after hours

12/04/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk - on Monday 7th April was postponed due to the weather - The walk in Coverdale will now take place on Monday 14th April - same arrangements as planned for last week. Click here for details
12/04/14 NY Police Community Messaging Bogus Age Concern visits - On 29.03.14 & 31.03.14 2 males attended property in Settle stating they were from Age Concern & offering Pilkington K Glass. This is a scam -  please call 101.


Missing dog - Please see attached details of a missing dog - thought to have been sighted in Upper Wharfedale  click here
06/04/14 Obstruction in road - Very early on Friday morning a villager was driving between Buckden and Starbotton and came across three large rocks in the road, apparently having been put there intentionally. He just managed to avoid hitting them, but the incident serves to remind us all to watch out for unexpected obstructions - whether deliberately placed or not.
06/04/14 Buckden Walkers Sunday Walk Buckden Walkers next Sunday Walk will be on 13th April based on Barden Moor near Bolton Priory.  Meet at the Buck as usual at 10.00 to coordinate transport or meet on site. Click here for details. For any queries ring John on 761390.
06/04/14 News from West Winds - Click here for the latest West Winds News letter
06/04/14 Buckden Walkers Wednesday Stroll This months walk is on Wednesday 9th April and is based on the Lister Arms, Malham, parking in the car park, and calling in to place food orders - then walking a circular route to the foot of Malham Cove before returning to the Listers. We will depart from the Buck Inn at 5:45pm.   Click here to view the menu (there will also be ‘specials’ on the day).  The Lister Arms is dog friendly. Dates for future Wednesday Walks are now on the "What's On" page. 
06/04/14 Tour de France Meeting - Click here to read the notes from the Tour de France meeting on 16th March

NY Police Community Messaging - North Yorkshire Trading Standards welcome reports of traders who cold call at peoples properties in an effort to obtain work.  As a service we have a zero tolerance approach to cold calling and doorstep crime because we are aware of the detriment that it can cause vulnerable residents. Itinerant traders use this approach to take advantage of vulnerable consumers, often acting aggressively to railroad people into agreeing to over charged and unnecessary work to their homes. At this time of year the weather improves and the number of cold callers increases. Our advice is to be vigilant of anyone approaching you at your door or the door of any vulnerable neighbours, if you witness anything suspicious or concerning activity, please report it to the Police via 101 or Trading Standards by calling 0845 40 40 506

30/03/14 Buckden Tour de France leaflet The Parish Council has been offered a grant to produce a leaflet for distribution around the time of the Tour which we hope will encourage repeat visits to the area from those who take a leaflet.  It is proposed that any business operating in Buckden Parish will have an opportunity to put a small standardised announcement in the leaflet. Click here for details on how to have your business listed.
30/03/14 Invitation - Julie & Alan are having a party / open house on Saturday 19th April at 8.00pm, all villagers welcome. For the sake of food prep could those coming please let us know by phone (761441) or email (
30/03/14 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk - Monday 7th April - Coverdale - Click here for details
30/03/14 Buckden Tour de France T Shirts Buckden's "Sheep on Tour" T Shirts are now available on-line. Click here to order your own exclusive limited edition T Shirt.
30/03/14 Dan's perm - Dan Ambler had his hair permed last night at the Blue Bell, Kettlewell, in aid of Cancer Relief . Dan raised over £550. Many thanks to Mel from World of Hair and Beauty, Skipton. For pics, click here. To make a donation to this very worthwhile cause - click here
29/03/14 Buckden Belles' Open Water Swim Maggie & Gill are fundraising for NDCS, Help for Heroes and Yorkshire Air Ambulance, by taking part in The Great North Swim. This is the UK's biggest mass participation open water swim over a one mile course in the stunning Lake Windermere.
Please help them make a difference by sponsoring them on their Virgin Money Giving page - click here.
29/03/14 Kettlewell School News - Update from Andrew Taylor - Headteacher at the school. Click here to read
29/03/14 Buckden Wild West Night  The Wild West Night raised raised £360 for the institute.  

Many thanks to everyone for their hard work & support. Click here to view posters displayed in the hall during the evening

29/03/14 Kettlewell Film Nights - Caroline has asked us to publish the following message " We would like to say thank you to those people within Upper Wharfedale who continue to support the film nights in Kettlewell.  Without such support, the organisation that supplies all the equipment would not receive sufficient funds to allow this service to rural communities to continue. Any money raised is put into an official Community Account and such monies will be put towards projects to benefit us all. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT." The next film is "Sunshine on Leith" to be shown on 12th Aril. Click here for details 
29/03/14 New Bus Timetables - There have been some significant changes to the bus timetables. Click here for the new weekday & Saturday bus timetable which takes effect from 22nd April. The new Sunday bus timetable which takes effect on 20th April is on the "Getting Here" page.
29/03/14 Tour de France Accommodation Clifford House Farm, Buckden still free for the Tour de F week (Wednesday to Wednesday) & the price is now reduced. Sleeps 11, self-catering, pet friendly etc email:
29/03/14 The Cowley Cowboys - Kettlewell Village Hall - Saturday April 5th Click here for details
29/03/14 Local history - Christopher (Kit) Chapman Ben McKenzie is doing research into the Chapman family who were born & brought up in the area & eventually took over Tom Airey's mail/transport route between Buckden & Grassington/Skipton. Kit Chapman lived and operated from The Buck Inn before moving down to The Temperance Hotel in Grassington. Ben thinks that Kit Chapman was born in 1837 at Coughtonham Farm, Oughtershaw. Does anyone know any thing about him or the farm - please email

North Yorks Police Community Messaging Day time QUAD thefts are taking place on our Cumbria borders by travelling criminals think QUAD in the day take out keys, report suspicious vans ASAP call 101; A single axle BOCKMANN box trailer has been recovered containing Firewood owner has not been traced or come forward any info 101

23/03/14 Buckden Wild West Night  Pictures from the Wild West Night night in  Buckden.  Click here to view
16/03/14 Look North "Tandem Tour de Yorkshire" comes to Buckden.  Pictures of Harry Gration & Amy Garcia passing through Buckden as they follow the 250 miles of the the Yorkshire route of the Tour on a tandem in aid of sport relief. Click here to view pics.

Bunting making - Part 2   Will take place in the Institute on Saturday 26th April. 10am-4pm.Further details nearer the time or contact Sandra 760246


'A Night in Yellow' celebrating the coming of the Tour de France. Friday 16th May 7.30pm Buckden Institute A French themed evening of food fun and games Details to follow or contact Sandra 760246

16/03/14 North Yorks Police Community Messaging URGENT observations are required for PK02BRK a Xsara Picasso in beige, if seen please inform NYP control room immediately.
13/03/14 Sheep on Tour T Shirts To celebrate the Tour de France coming to Buckden, original design "Sheep on Tour" T shirts are now on sale. Click here for details and order form

Tour de France Meeting Buckden Parish Council invite all Parishioners to an extraordinary meeting in Buckden Village Institute on March 26th at 7.30pm to discuss the arrangements for this forthcoming event.

13/03/14 Look North "Tandem Tour de Yorkshire" comes to Buckden.  Harry Gration & Amy Garcia are cycling 250 miles of the the Yorkshire route of the Tour on a tandem in aid of sport relief. They will be passing through Buckden on Saturday morning (15th) between 10.45 & 11.15 a.m. so why not turn out to show your support. Click here for details

Buckden Walkers first Sunday Walk of the 2014 Season.  16th March leaving from the front of the Buck at 10.00 or Conistone bridge at 10.30.  Everyone welcome, including visitors and friends.  Please click here for details.

13/03/14 Jaywalkers - present "Not about Heroes" Saturday 3rd May 2014 Kettlewell Village Hall. Click here for details

The Tour de France in Yorkshire - a mini guide to the Yorkshire Festival 2014 from the Yorkshire Post - click here

09/03/14 North Yorks Police Community Messaging Please be aware of a vehicle seen in suspect circumstances in the Hubberholme area over last 3 days. Black BMW X3 Reg BN05HAO. Report any sightings on 101; Following a report by a member of country watch, a white Daihatsu P320LKK was stopped and searched this afternooon in Settle having been seen in suspicious circumstances near Langcliffe. Although nothing incriminating was found, all recipients are encouraged to be extra vigilant over the next few days, ensuring farm machinery and quads etc are secured, and where installed, alarms and CCTV are activated.
02/03/14 Buckden Wild West Night - Buckden Village Institute - 22nd March. Western themed food and entertainment. Ticket price to include "Hoss's Hold Up" cocktail. Click here for details
02/03/14 NT Tree Planting Day - River Wharfe The National trust have organised a tree planting morning on Sunday 23rd March and are looking for volunteers to help. Click here for details
02/03/14 Concert - Date for the diary: September 27th  at 7.30 pm in Hubberholme Church  A Musical Evening  with  Chordiality Choir   & interval refreshments. Watch this space for details
02/03/14 The Jay Walkers at  Kettlewell Village Hall For one night only on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 7.30 The Jay Walkers will be performing their latest production - Stephen MacDonald’s ‘Not about Heroes’ - a powerful piece of theatre based on the friendship of two of the greatest War Poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. To book tickets costing £7 contact Pat Charlton on 01756 760302 or email
23/02/14 Buckden Singers  - Messiah - Venite Cantemus have released a video of members of Buckden Singers singing the Hallelujah Chorus in the Madeleine in Paris - along with 600 other people. Click here to view. There is also a gallery of pictures - click here to view
23/02/14 Tour de France - The Parish Council have been considering what use could be made of the village green over the Tour de France weekend, and would welcome any suggestions and ideas from villagers. Please email:
22/02/14 Bunting making Sandra would just like to say 'thank you' to all the bunting makers that took part in the Institute on Saturday and also to Richard for the tea and coffee making, complete with some home made buns. Everyone had a really good time and approximately 140 meters of bunting was made. There will probably be another couple of sessions. Watch this space for further information.
22/02/14 Buckden  Quiz Night Sunday 2nd March - doors open 7.00 p.m. Usual terms & conditions,  Any announcements or notices to Linda & Keith on 761019 by Sunday lunchtime. Click here for details
22/02/14 Upper Wharfedale 3 Peaks Challenge Get fit over the spring and summer and enjoy the lovely hills surrounding us. The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue 3 Peaks Challenge is on 28 June. Click here  for details. A number of people have already expressed an interest in doing this walk and It is an ideal opportunity to get fit in company and with the support of others – or alone if you prefer. Click here for a suggested training programme for absolute beginners with little or no experience of hill walking, or any other walking. If there is enough interest, we can arrange training sessions and weekend walks. If you’re interested in taking part and would like some training support (or interested in supporting others who are taking part) please get in touch with either Debbie Roe or Stella Perrott/ Robin Davidson.
22/02/14 The Buck Inn  are currently taking bookings for evening meals on Friday & Saturday 4th & 5th July  - people are getting their plans in place - if any one wants to book a table please call 761401
22/02/14 Buckden Walkers - Monday Walkers Anne Newman will be co-ordinating the Monday walks which begin in March, the first one is on March 3rd – click here for details. Monday walks are between 4 and 5 miles and tend to be easy rather than strenuous.  Future walks will be on April 7th; May 5th; June 2nd; July 14 (delayed for a week to allow us to recover from Le Tour!), August 4th; September 1st and October 4th.  We need people to lead some of the walks so please volunteer if you know of a suitable walk.
22/02/14 Buckden Walkers - Sunday Walks Robin, Stella & John Milnes will be coordinating the Sunday walks which will commence on Sunday March 16th.  Everyone who can cope with 8 miles is welcome and volunteers to lead some walks would also be welcomed.  For details of this year's programme click here
22/02/14 NT weekend yoga and walking mini break will take place in Buckden over the weekend of  the 4th to 6th April Click here for details
22/02/14 Kettlewell Mayfest - Kettlewell's "May'd in Dale - Festival of Wool and Ale" will take place on May Bank Holiday Monday - 5th May. Click here for details
22/02/14 Upcoming events at Kettlewell Village Hall
Country music night with The Cowley Cowboys - Saturday 5th April; The Jaywalkers Spring production - Saturday 3rd May; Edwina Hayes - East Riding based folk singer - Friday 9th May. Click here for details

Kettlewell & District Horticultural Society The Annual General Meeting will be held in Kettlewell Village Hall on Tuesday 25th February 2014

7.30 pm Click here for details

22/02/14 North Yorks Police Community Messaging - Overnight 17th to 18th Black Suzuki Quad Bike stolen from barn near Runley Bridge area just outside Settle keep quads secure and report suspicious vehicles;  4th Feb: A Dwelling burglary has occurred between 4pm and 7pm on in Threshfield. Please be aware and report anything suspicious at all on 101; 6th Feb: farmer reported suspicious vehicle in Hubberholme area. Police responded, found vehicle unattended, was stolen on false plates equipment on board to steal quads; submerged water pump stolen from river Wharfe this weekend at Bolton Abbey, offenders used chainsaw to cut post to access area to remove item, any info to 101
02/02/14 Buckden Singers Open Evening - Ever wondered what it would be like to sing with Buckden Singers. Due to expansion - men (and women) singers are wanted to join this successful community choir.  Come and meet the Singers on Thursday February 13th 2014 at 7.20 pm Buckden Village Institute. Wine and nibbles provided.  No experience necessary - No auditions. More info: 01756 760882 / 
02/02/14 "Sheep on Tour" Fridge Magnets Six different designs by Barbara Hardy are being sold in aid of the Air Ambulance at £2.50 each. Available from the Village Shop, The Buck Inn or from Gordon Kilvington on 760246. Click here to see the designs available
02/02/14 Tour de France Community Bunting Making Saturday 15th February in Buckden Village Institute. Everyone welcome whether you can sew or not. There will be marking out, cutting,  pinning and sewing to do, or just making tea and coffee. If you can bring a sewing machine, sharp scissors and/or pinking shears that would be great. Everything else supplied. 1.30pm - 5.30pm, or as long as you can spare. More info: ring Sandra on 760246
02/02/14 Dog Walker wanted - John Marshall is looking for a dog sitter/walker for periods which could last a couple of days or approx.1 week. Anyone who could be interested please call John on (01756) 760443 / 761014 to discuss possibilities.
02/02/14 Buckden  Quiz Night Sunday 2nd February - doors open 7.00 p.m. Usual terms & conditions,  Any announcements or notices to Linda & Keith on 761019 by Sunday lunchtime
02/02/14 Kettlewell Laundry Services Having run a laundry service, washing, drying & ironing bed linen from home for the  last 3 years, Debbie Ambler has now opened Kettlewell Laundry Services in premises next door to Kettlewell Garage. The laundry is completely separate from the garage and has commercial machines for large loads. Opening hours are 9-5 Monday to Friday although sometimes Debbie will be doing deliveries/collections. Laundry can still be left at Brook House. For more information, price list etc, please call 07817 352138  during the day or (01756) 761226 after hours.
02/02/14 Kettlewell School - Update - Report from Andrew Taylor - Headteacher at Kettlewell School. Click here to read
02/02/14 Kettlewell Film Night - March "Captain Phillips" (12a) - Kettlewell Village Hall - Saturday 1st March. A true story about Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali Pirates, of an American Cargo Ship Tickets @ £5 & £2.50 for under 16’s available from Caroline Hatton on 760378 or Kettlewell Village Store. Doors open @ 7pm. Film starts @ 7.30pm Bring your own drinks. Nibbles on the door and Ice Creams available at half time. Click here for poster
02/02/14 North Yorks Police Community Messaging - Sat 25th January - Grey Landrover PN11JDO Stolen Bolton by Bowland 2pm in day. Lock vehicles in day-time. 3 such offences in the  last 2 weeks. Arrest made last night Farmer nr Clapham disturbed males in yard stealing Landrover/quad at 9pm. Keep everything secure and report suspicious activity.
02/02/14 Congratulations to John and Marjorie Davies of Buckden who celebrated their platinum (70th) wedding anniversary on January 12th, 2014.
02/02/14 Julian Smith - will be in Grassington on Friday 14 February 3.00 - 4.00pm. If you would an appointment, please call: 020 7219 7145
26/01/14 Buckden Burns Night - A great evening - many thanks to Stella, Robin, Liz and Andrew and everyone else involved. Click here for pics
26/01/14 Buckden Cowboy Night - Date for the diary - There will be a Cowboy Night in the Institute of Saturday March 22nd - Watch this space for details
26/01/14 Events at Scargill House - Wide, Wide as the Ocean  led by Valerie Rampton 

Saturday 22 Feb - Enjoy a day by the sea in the Yorkshire Dales? The sea is so often used as a metaphor for life and in the Bible it is interestingly used as both a symbol for God’s love as well as a sign for destruction and chaos. Come and explore the sea in the Bible, hymns, music, poetry, art and Christian experience. Ash Wednesday led by the Scargill Community - Wednesday 5 March - Why not spend a day-long retreat to start Lent well? Spend time in silence and in worship, with the opportunity to take a walk in the beautiful Dales. Click here for details of both events. Conservation Saturdays working on the ancient woodland on the Scargill estate. Click here for details


North Yorks Police  Community Messaging  Barn Broken into at East Kettlesbeck near Eldroth. Sheep Medicine stolen, White transit seen in area may be connected. Keep eyes open for a Grey Ford Focus Estate linked to known cross borders offenders please report and sighting of such a vehicle to 101


Upper Wharfedale School tops schools performance table The secondary school performance tables are out today, and Upper Wharfedale School came top in North Yorkshire for Value Added and was in the top 2% nationally. Congratulations to all concerned.

22/01/14 Kettlewell School on Look North The BBC Look North North East team were at Kettlewell school to film for an item on rural education and featuring the partnership between Kettlewell and Upper Wharfedale schools. We understand the item is to be broadcast tomorrow night (Thursday) on Look North North East - to view go to Sky channel 955
19/01/14 Tour de France latest - ASO have published the timings for the first stage of the Tour. The publicity caravan will come through Buckden at 11.37 on the 5th July with the riders expected between 13.28 & 13.37. The race will reach the first climb of the Tour - the "Côte de Cray" (as we must lean to call the climb over Kidstones) between 13.33 & 13.43. To read all the Day 1 timings, click here
19/01/14 Burns Night - is now sold out and a reserve list started.  Could those that have booked please let us know if they cannot attend as we can re-sell tickets up until the last minute.  Volunteers welcome to boil and bash neeps and tatties from 3.00 p.m. at the Institute. Could any non-haggis eaters please let Robin & Stella know - they have assumed to date that any one who did not eat haggis would have said so
19/01/14 Dan's perm - Dan Ambler has been growing his hair over the last couple of weeks and is continuing to grow it over the next three months, in order to have it permed. The perming will be taking place in the Blue Bell in Kettlewell, on Saturday the 29th March at 4:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity closer to the date to bid on the style of perm, you wish him to have!! For more details, click here. To make a donation please click here.
19/01/14 Re-cycle-it - New items listed - click here
19/01/14 Tour de France - Accommodation available Clifford House Farm in Buckden still has some availability for the week of the Tour. For details click here
19/01/14 Tour de France - New video of the route of the first day of the Tour through Buckden - featuring Mick Wilkinson. Click here
19/01/14 NYP Community Messaging - Distraction theft.

Two thefts have recently occurred in public houses. Two Eastern European/Asian males have placed a map on the table in front of the customers and then left the pub stealing the customers mobile phones. Please be aware of this and report any suspicious activity to the police.

19/01/14 NYP Community Messaging - Missing person. Missing person Gillian Wheatley aged 64 years
Described as short auburn/greying hair large build, 5’4. Missing from her home address in Skipton, last seen wearing a black skirt, green coat carrying black/blue backpack. If seen please contact PC1124 Stoyles at NYP on 101.
12/01/14 Social evening - Friday 17th January at 7.30.    Pool, darts, dominoes.  Bring your own drink and snacks.  All welcome including visitors to the village.  Dogs welcome. 
12/01/14 Parish Council - There will be a Parish Council meeting on Monday 13th January at 8.00 p.m. in the Institute

Burns Night Buckden style will take place on 25 January at Buckden Village Institute (doors open at 7pm pm for a 7.30 start).  The menu will be Cullen Skink, haggis, neeps and tatties with whisky sauce and cranachan for pudding.  A vegetarian option will be available for vegetarians or non haggis eaters.  Please remember to bring your own whisky, iron bru, Deuchars (or wine if you must). Reserve your place by contacting Stella or Robin on 01756 761320 or .  Anyone wishing to do a ‘turn’ will be greatly appreciated. As will any offers of help, especially for neep bashing.Payment will be on the door but a reservations is a commitment to pay.  Tickets are £10 pounds each with proceeds going to the village institute. 


Kettlewell Film Night - Quartet This is very funny story about a home for retired musicians. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this classic film and laugh your socks off. Saturday, January 18th @ 7.30pm prompt. Doors open @ 7pm. Tickets @ £5 & £2.50 for under 16’s available from Caroline Hatton on 760378 or Kettlewell Village Store. Bring your own drinks. Nibbles on the door and Ice Creams available at half time. Click here for poster

05/01/14 North Yorks Police Community messaging

There has been an increase in thefts of heating oil. Please check your tank on a regular basis and report anything suspicious immediately.

01/01/14 Christmas card deliveries Steph would like to thank everyone who donated to her Christmas card delivery service. In total, she has raised £165 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
01/01/14 Buckden New Year Quiz Night Sunday 5th January - doors open 7.00 p.m. Usual terms & conditions, click here for details. Any announcements or notices to Gill & Bev on 760460 by Sunday lunchtime
01/01/14 Land Letting The traditional Land Letting auction of the Poor Pasture will take place at 8.30 p.m. on the 6th January in the George, following the Land Letting Service in St Michael & All Angel's Church at 8.00 p.m.
01/01/14 Christmas Greetings from the Longstreths Richard has received a Christmas Card and message from the Longstreth family who visited the dale in the summer and whose ancestors emigrated to America some 400 years previously. Click here to view the card. Click here to view the message.
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