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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.

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.

Buckden Walkers - New Year’s Day Walk Starting from in front of the Buck Inn at 11a.m.; Traditional route over to Redmire Farm, along the riverside, up through the Deer Park and back to No.11 Dalegarth (should take no more than an hour and a half) for mulled wine, Stollen and other goodies.

29/12/13 Buckden Singers Christmas Show Pictures  from the Christmas Show - click here
29/12/13 Christmas Eve carol singing Thank you to everyone who supported the carol singing around Buckden on Christmas Eve. So far, we have raised just short of £200, which will be split evenly between Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK. It’s not too late to donate! Please drop off any further contributions at West Winds by 1 January 2014…

Kettlewell School Christmas Fair A big thank you from The Friends to all those who supported the Kettlewell School Christmas fair. Father Christmas had the privilege of meeting many good children & a super total of £402.54 was raised for the school. All monies raised for the school from events such as the Christmas fair, as well as the money raised by the Scarecrow festival, play their part in securing the continued success of the school. 

26/12/13 Christmas Flowers - Click here to view the Christmas Flowers at St Michael & All Angels, Hubberholme. Many thanks to those who contributed stars and to those who dressed the church so beautifully.

Buckden Singers Christmas Concerts Tickets are still available for the Christmas Concerts on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December at 7.30 p.m. The second half of this year's concert will be the Singers’ own version of Cinderella starring Sarah Vetch as Cinderella and Debbie Roe as Prince Charming, with Steve Charlton & Tony Gothard as the ugly sisters and Jan Walter as the Fairy Godmother. Sundry animals and vegetable-based means of transport will be played by other members of the choir. Tickets, which include mince pies and mulled wine, are £7 (adults) and £1 (children) are available from 01756 760399 or email

16/12/13 Christmas Eve carol singing Christmas Eve is approaching and with it carol singing around the village. This year we thought we would change the way we choose the charity that gets the money, so more people can have a say and more than one charity can benefit. So, if you plan to either sing or put something in the collecting tin when we call, please help us choose three charities to receive the proceeds. Click here to download the voting form and please return it to West Winds by 6pm on Monday 23 December.  And if you would like join us on the night, please come to West Winds at 6.30pm on Christmas Eve (come in the back gate and into the kitchen) or just come and find us as we go around the village.
16/12/13 Burns Supper - Date for the diary Back by popular demand, Buckden's very own Burn's Supper will be held on the evening of Saturday 25th January. Watch this space for details

Buckden Bingo Night Megan would like to say a big thank you to all who attended the bingo night on 13/12/13 and gave donations towards her Kenya Yorkshire schools exploring fund. We are so very grateful for your support - many, many thanks

10/12/13 Buckden Singers - Paris Tour 2013 - Pictures from the Buckden Singers visit to Paris to sing the Messiah in the Madeleine - including pictures from the performance. Click here to view

Buckden Singers in ITV Christmas programme. ITV's Christmas Eve Carol Service was recorded in Kirkby Malham on Saturday evening and twenty members of Buckden Singers were amongst the five choirs making up the congregation and singing the carols. Aled Jones was the compere and the show also featured Russell Watson, Paul Heiney, Amanda Owen and a woman from Emmerdale, whose name escapes me. Click here for details of the broadcast..

05/12/13 Kettlewell School Christmas Concert. 18th December St Mary's Church Kettlewell is delighted to host the School's Christmas event at 6pm on Wednesday 18th December. The music teacher also works at Upper Wharfedale school and the performers will be augmented by some from the lower years of that school.
05/12/13 Scargill Christmas Party You are warmly invited to Scargill House for an evening of great food, drinks, entertainment, and laughter! Monday 16th December. 5.30pm - Children’s games. 6.30pm Buffet Supper. 8.00pm Entertainment. To find out more call 01756 761236 or email:  
05/12/13 Kettlewell School - Update - Letter from Andrew Taylor - Headteacher at Kettlewell School. Click here to read
05/12/13 Christmas Eve 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!)

Christmas Wreath Workshop with the National Trust Dec 12th 7-9pm at the Buck Inn. Join rangers Roisin and Liz to make your own front door wreath.  Materials will be supplied but if you want specific colours then feel free to bring old decorations to recycle. The cost is £15 per person which includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Numbers are limited so please ring 01729 830416 to book

05/12/13 Christmas card delivery service: Steph Roe will be delivering Christmas cards this year around Buckden, Hubberholme and Cray to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Last year, she raised £160 for Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and hopes to do the same again this year. She will deliver your cards for just 10p a 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
05/12/13 The Messiah - Clarification - In last  week's item about Buckden Singers singing the Messiah, the reference to  "Part 1" did not mean that, as some readers apparently thought, they had only learned the first bit,  Part 2 takes place this weekend when the 12 members of the choir will sing the Messiah in Paris. Apologies for any confusion caused. Click here for a picture of the happy troupe about to board the train at Skipton. Six hours later we are sitting on a stationary train outside Retford, having taken a diversion through York. We have just been told that the delay is due to a trampoline on the overhead cables outside Newark - so that's OK then.
05/12/13 NYP Community Messaging - Stolen Quad Hubberholme  

At 09:30hrs on 29/11/2013 a Honda TRX quad in red was reported stolen from the Hubberholme area, the vehicle was last seen at 23:30 28/11/2013. It is a 57 plate vehicle but not displaying a registration plate. Please report any information to PC 1405 Simon Crossley

05/12/13 NYP Community messaging - Stolken Farm Vehicles On 29/11/2013 between 12:30 and 13:30 a silver Nissan pick up registration YT04*** with a trailer and red Canam Quad Bike were stolen from the Arncliffe area. Please ring in any sightings of similar vehicles straight away and quote ref 0286 of the 29/11/2013

NYP Community Messaging - Missing Person

The police are currently seeking a missing person Sara Parkinson 15/02/1971. She is described as having short dark brown Hair, medium build, wearing ¾ length olive green coat & jeans. She is likely to have booked in to a hotel or bed and breakfast around 17:00hrs last night 24/11/2013. Anyone with information please contact North Yorkshire Police using the 101 number and quote ref number. 25112013-0081


Buckden Singers sing "The Messiah (Part 1) Eleven members of Buckden Singers sang the ‘Messiah’ in a massed choir in Knaresborough yesterday - Sunday. They helped to raise £4,000 for the Air Ambulance. It was a fantastic event which was excellent preparation for next month when 14 of them descend on Paris to sing in the Messiah once more in the Madeleine Church.

24/11/13 Buckden Village Quiz - this Sunday. Usual Ts & Cs. Festive hats optional. If anybody wants any announcement made at the quiz please contact Linda & Keith on 761019 by Sunday afternoon. Click here for more details
24/11/13 The George closed this Thursday lunchtime Due to a scheduled power outage The George will not open for lunchtime service between 12.00 and 3.00 pm on Thursday 28th November. Normal service will resume on Thursday evening at 18.00.
24/11/13 Buckden Bingo Night Christmas bingo evening Buckden Village Hall. 7:30 - 9:30p.m, Friday 13th December. £3 entry and £1 per bingo card. Mince pies and mulled wine. In aid of Megan Schofield’s Kenya expedition. Click here for details
23/11/13 Le Grand Depart 2014 - Made in Yorkshire Click here to view the new Tour de France video - including shots of Buckden
23/11/13 New Years Eve at the Buck Inn Masquerade party - click here for details
23/11/13 Dominoes Grand Prix The third round of the Upper Wharfedale and Langstrothdale Dominoes Grand Prix was held at The George on Thursday 21st November.  Round 4 to be held Thursday 28th November at The Buck Inn - arrive at 8.00 pm for an 8.30 start. There is still time to join and bid to win the coveted trophy. Contact Ed, Kevin or Tim for further details."
23/11/13 Kidstones Camping The website for Kidstones camping, which is being set up for the Tour de France is now live. Click here for details
17/11/13 Buckden Singers news - Buckden Singers recently performed at  the Craven Community Champions Awards ceremony at the Coniston Hotel, with the performance described by the Craven Herald as "superb entertainment".   Choir members have been also invited by ITV  to sing at Kirby Malham on 30th November at the recording of ITV's Christmas carol service, to be broadcast on Christmas Eve.
17/11/13 Fast Broadband supports for Fell Rescue LN Communications, the company which has brought high-speed broadband to Upper Wharfedale, has provided the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue with free equipment and internet access for use in communications black-spots when carrying out rescues. For details, click here. LN Communications have also provided free internet access in the village halls at Buckden, Kettlewell & Kilnsey, as well as at Buckden Gala. For details of how to sign up for high speed community broadband, click here
17/11/13 WUFRA - The Buckden Pike Dog The Fell rescue have sent us this update on WUFRA - the dog rescued on Buckden Pike in late October.   "It has been an amazing story since the rescue of this poor dog - the story became global - last count 22 countries from mexico and argentina to china iran usa hungary ..... as well as numerous dog lovers publications in UK USA  and germany   The facebook hits have been amazing  our last count 183,000  National and regional TV as well as national press from Daily Mirror to the Times. Thankfully WUFRA survived and after 3 weeks intensive care at the vets he was deemed  fit enough to have its broken leg operated on - and saved  and is now in the care of local kennels and dog training business Dog People in Grassington. WUFRA  and UWFRA are now global brands and of course Buckden has featured in every single report. He has repaid our rescue many times over and will go down in our folklore." To support the work of the Fell Rescue, click here

Kettlewell Primary School Christmas Fair. 24th November 2013. 1 pm to 4:30 pm at school. Mr and Mrs Santa will be In their V8 Grotto, Wonderful Raffle, lucky dip school stalls and much more. Warm up with a mince pie and mulled wine, tea and coffee.Hot dogs and carols in the play ground. A lovely afternoon for one and all.


Tour de France  The Tour de France co-ordinating committee is meeting at the Village Hall on Tuesday 19 November at 7.30.  As before although this is the committee meeting it is informal and anyone who wishes to attend is invited to come along.  Peter Katic of the National trust is hoping to attend and may have some useful information to give.


Village Hall Keys Would anyone who has a Hall key they no longer need please give it to Richard Barlow.  Regular users may find it more convenient to keep their keys and if any regular users have not got a key please ask Richard for one.  All committee members will soon have keys and so anyone needing access can approach any committee member.

13/11/13 Village Hall Cowboy Night  We intend to hold a cowboy themed social night in February/March.  Would anyone who can volunteer to help with the arrangements please let Richard Barlow know (760870).

Sunday lunch at the George From Sunday 11th November, The George are offering a full Sunday Roast Dinner from 12 noon until 4 pm, instead of their usual lunchtime menu of soup and sandwiches. Please note that as per their website they will be closing at 5 pm following service of Dinner.

13/11/13 The Upper Wharfedale and Langstrothdale Dominoes Grand Prix event got off to a lively start on Thursday 7th November at The George. Please note that the second round will take place at The White Lion in Cray on Thursday 14th November. All budding dominoes stars are welcome to compete for the coveted trophy! Any questions please feel free to contact Ed at The George, Kevin at the Buck or Tim at the White Lion.

Email problems at The Buck Message from Michelle: Our email system has not been working fully for a time which has resulted in a couple of things happening. 1. People have tried e mailing us and the e mail bounces back 2. I have e mailed out and the e mail has not reached its destination but we will not be aware of the problem. As a safeguard I have now set up another e mail address to use or also cc into - This should solve our problem for now. if you are waiting for a reply and you haven't got one send me an update on the new e mail address and I will reply directly Many thanks - Michelle

13/11/13 Bonfire Night Pics - Pictures from the bonfire night festivities from Gordon N  Click here
13/11/13 Kettlewell Film Night - "The Impossible" Saturday, November 30th @ 7.30pm prompt. Doors open @ 7pm. Click here for details
27/10/13 Amdram is Murder - pictures from last night's Murder mystery in Buckden Village Institute - click here
26/10/13 High speed broadband - best yet! Fastest broadband speed seen so far in Buckden:

This speed test was done at Pike Foot in Buckden on 24th October. Click here for details and to register.

26/10/13 Rescue on Buckden Pike - Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue has saved a dog from near-certain death after a walker spotted it near the memorial cross at the top of the Pike. Click here for more details

Home Farm Trust Christmas Cards The 2013 range of Home Farm Trust Christmas cards on sale at West Winds Tearoom. If you spend £10 or more on cards during a single visit, you can ask for a free coffee and freshly made scone with home-made damson jam. The Home Farm Trust is a national charity providing care for people with learning disabilities and support for their carers and families.  For more information, visit the Home Farm Trust at

21/10/13 Buckden Bonfire - Items for the bonfire should not be put on the green more  than seven days beforehand. Only Parishioners contributions & no mattresses or tyres please. The bonfire will be lit at 6.00 p.m.- click here here for details.
21/10/13 West Winds Apple Festival - will be held from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2013. Click here for details

Buckden Singers Christmas Concerts will take place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December at 7.30pm in Buckden Village Institute. The first half will include traditional carols, readings and choir pieces. In a departure from previous years, we shall, in the second half, be attempting our version of CINDERELLA. Tickets which include light refreshments are £7 for adults and £1 for children and are available from Megan Lightfoot on 760399 or email


High speed broadband - The broadband mast on Buckden Raike is now running on mains power thanks to a grant from YDNPA. Superfast broadband is well and truly here. The speed test below was done at Pike Foot in Buckden on 10th October. Click here for details and to register.

20/10/13 Murder Mystery Evening Still a few tickets left.  Buckden Village Institute on Saturday 26th October at 7pm for 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 to include a 2 course supper and coffee. Raffle. Please bring your own drinks.   Tickets available from Pat Charlton 760302 or Jayne Sayer 760463. 
20/10/13 What's On in the National Park Add your 2014 event FREE to our online ‘What’s On’ calendar - and publicise it to the National Park website’s quarter of a million annual visitors. And if it is uploaded by Monday 11 November it will also be considered for inclusion in The Visitor 2014 newspaper, which is compiled from this online database and distributed nationally. Click here to find all the details you need to complete the online form, including criteria for displaying your event on our website and in The Visitor.
20/10/13 Christmas Card delivery Stephanie Roe will once again be doing her Christmas card delivery service this year. The proceeds will be going towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Watch this space for details
20/10/13 Bonfire Night Celebrations - Buckden:  Tuesday 5th November - bonfire and Jacob's Join - click here here for details. Kettlewell:  Saturday 2nd November - family firework night - click here for details
20/10/13 Dales Bus - Winter timetable - click here for details
20/10/13 Recycle It - New item listed - click here
20/10/13 News from West Winds click here for latest newsletter from West Winds
20/10/13 Velofest - Yorkshire dales cycling festival 3rd - 6th July 2014 - click here for details
05/10/13 Murder Mystery Evening in Buckden Village Institute on Saturday 26th October at 7pm for 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 to include a 2 course supper and coffee (vegetarian option available, if notified in advance).  Please bring your own drinks.  There will also be a raffle. Tickets available from Pat Charlton 760302 or Jayne Sayer 760463.  Tickets are limited to please reserve them asap to avoid disappointment.

The George Inn - Winter Opening  With effect from Monday  7 October 2013 the opening times for The George will be as follows:


6.00 pm

10.30 pm



Weds 12.00 pm To 3.00 pm 6.00 pm To 10.30 pm
Thurs 12.00 pm To 3.00 pm 6.00 pm To 10.30 pm
Fri 12.00 pm To 11.00 pm    
Sat 12.00 pm To 11.00 pm    
Sun 12.00 pm To 11.00 pm    

Lunch - Wednesday to Sunday 12.00 until 2.30 pm; Dinner - Monday and Wednesday to Sunday 6.00 until 8.00 pm

05/10/13 YDNP Local Plan The National Park Authority is currently undertaking a major review of its planning policies. This will result in a new Local Plan that will guide all planning decisions in the National Park from 2015 to 2030. Consultation on a Local Plan options paper is running from 16th September to 28th October. Click here for details

Home Farm Trust Christmas Cards  at West Winds It’s not long to Christmas now... This year’s range of Home Farm Trust Christmas cards can be seen in the tearooms at West Winds with many attractive designs to choose from. And if you spend £10 or more on cards, you can ask for a free coffee and freshly made scone with home-made damson jam. The Home Farm Trust is a national charity providing care for people with learning disabilities and support for their carers and families and provides day-care packages and supported living arrangements. For more information, visit the Home Farm Trust at


North Yorks Police At 0200 hours Wednesday 2nd October 2013 an alarm was activated at premises in Kettlewell, the police were not contacted at the time. If you do hear an alarm or see anything suspicious please call the police immediately as we will always attend as fast as possible.

02/10/13 Harvest Auction - will be held in the Institute on Tuesday 9th October - click here for details
02/10/13 Recycle-It - Maggie  Walker is looking for a wooden standard lamp. If you have one you would like to sell, please email her at
28/09/13 Howden Jones gig  A few tickets left for tonight. Call Debbie on 761024
28/09/13 Buckden Gavel Mine - On Wednesday, Nigel Ball, National training officer for the British Caving Association led a fascinating trip down Buckden Mine. Click here for pictures - Many thanks to Cassie, Peter and Liz of the NT in Upper Wharfedale who organised the event. For more details about the mine, and about Buckden Bill, click here
28/09/13 World's Biggest Coffee Morning Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to the successful MacMillan Coffee Morning  - once again a wonderful village effort which raised £300 for the charity.
28/09/13 Recycle It - New item listed - click here
28/09/13 North Yorks Police Following arrests in the Grassington area overnight 23rd September, please check red diesel, Landrovers and quads and contact NYP if anything missing.
23/09/13 Engagement We are delighted to announce that Cassie and Tim, of Mountpleasant, Cray, recently became engaged while on holiday - Many congratulations to you both, from all your friends in Buckden
20/09/13 Howden Jones gig  Still some tickets left for for the Folk evening in the Institute on Saturday 28 September at 7.30pm.  Kate Howden and Paul Jones are songwriters who have been travelling all over the country, touring Village Halls, Small Theatres and Arts Centres.   Tickets £7 (accompanied children under 16 free), available from Sarah Vetch (760882) or Debbie Roe (761024).  Jacobs Join supper in the interval.  Bring your own drinks. Raffle. Click here for poster
20/09/13 MacMillan Coffee Morning   This coming Friday 27th in Buckden School Room – 10 am  - Contributions to the Cake Stall gratefully received.    Please support this very worthy cause.  More details if needed from Susan 760877
20/09/13 Buckden Walkers Sunday walk - rescheduled The seventh "888" Sunday walk which was to have taken place last weekend but was cancelled due to the weather, will now take place  on Sunday 22nd September, leaving the Buck at 10.00 a.m. The walk is  in Crummackdale, and will visit the Norber Erratics For full details, click here
20/09/13 Robin and Stella on the Camino again Robin and Stella are off again walking The Camino del Norte from Irun on the NE coast of Spain to Santiago de Compostella near the west.  On their last Camino they sent up-dates and this time Stella is attempting to do a blog, on her Blackberry. The link is
20/09/13 Murder Mystery - tickets on sale Tickets are now on sale for the Murder Mystery on Saturday 26th October in Buckden Village Institute. Contact Jayne Sayer or Pat Charlton for tickets.  Click here for details
20/09/13 North Yorks Police Community Messaging Landrover doors stolen: At approx 02.45hrs 18/09/13 all four doors were removed from a grey Landrover Defender whilst it was parked at its owner's address in Crosshills. All Landrover owners are advised to take extra care to secure/mark their vehicles and its parts.
13/09/13 Bus service under threat NYCC is proposing to reduce the subsidy for buses, resulting in a 40% reduction in the number of journeys between Buckden and Grassington, as well as reductions between Grassington and Skipton. To read about the proposed reductions, click here. For full details about the changes here click here. There is an online questionnaire on which you can express your views on these changes - click here  - or you can ring NYCC on 08458 727574. The more people who respond , the more likely it is that NYCC will listen to local views on this key issue.
13/09/13 Buckden Lead Mine walk - Wednesday 25th September, 10am – 3.30pm. Delve into the depths below Buckden Pike and experience the conditions that the lead miners of old endured. A stiff walk uphill followed by an exciting visit to the tunnels of Buckden Gavel lead mine with a qualified guide will leave you with memories of a little visited and secret place. All equipment for entering the mine will be provided. You will need to wear appropriate old outdoor clothing and footwear; bring a packed lunch. Meet Buckden car park Suitable for ages of 12 and above. £30 adults / £15 children. Booking essential. Sorry no dogs. For more details, Tel; 01729 830416. Email 
11/09/13 Buckden Walkers Sunday walk The seventh "888" Sunday walk will be on 15th September, leaving the Buck at 10.00 a.m. The walk is  in Crummackdale, and will visit the Norber Erratics For full details, click here
11/09/13 Folk evening in the Institute Don't forget to book your tickets for the Howden Jones gig in the Institute on Saturday 28 September at 7.30pm.  Kate Howden and Paul Jones are songwriters who have been travelling all over the country, touring Village Halls, Small Theatres and Arts Centres.   Tickets £7 (accompanied children under 16 free), available from Sarah Vetch (760882) or Debbie Roe (761024).  Jacobs Join supper in the interval.  Bring your own drinks. Raffle. Click here for poster
11/09/13 Jaywalkers present "Men of the World" The Jay Walkers Theatre Company have raised over £1,000 for charity with their last two productions. Their next production  is  ‘Men of the World’  which will be coming to  Skipton and Grassington later this month. Unfortunately the Grassington performance is the same night as the Howden Jones gig in the Institute, but other dates are available. Click here for details. To book tickets either email or phone Pat Charlton on 01756 760302
11/09/13 Murder Mystery in Buckden Institute Please note that the Murder Mystery will be held on Saturday 26th October and not Friday 25th as .previously advertised. Watch this space for further details.
06/09/13 Buckden motorist freed by French police   When a Buckden motorist, on holiday in the Dordogne area of France, stupidly parked on a road with no "no parking" signs, the local police were quick to react, in a scene reminiscent of Dick Walker and Steve Charlton's recent rendition of the Gendarme's Duet. Armed police in a van with blue flashing lights and sirens were sent to seize the hapless holiday maker, who had inadvertently contravened the local bye-law  which states that if nothing happens all day, it's fair game to hassle English tourists. Fortunately the motorist was able to talk his way out of the situation. A spokesman for the French police, when asked if this was an appropriate way to treat visitors, said: "We run them in, we run them in, we run them in, we run them in, we show them we're the bold Gendarmes".
06/09/13 Buckden Walkers Wednesday Stroll - Aysgarth Woods and Waterfall, followed by a meal at the Street Head Inn. Wednesday 11th September. Click here for details
06/09/13 North Yorks Police Community Messaging: 0n 02/09/2013 at approx 8pm on Arncliffe Cote farm there was a theft of 1000ltrs of clear diesel from a outbuilding on the farm. There was a padlock on the outbuilding which was damaged and entry was gained. Also the same niht a white transit van with a group of 4 males was seen acting suspiciously possibly poachers. Please make sure outbuildings are secure and locked and any suspicious activity or vehicles are reported to NYP
04/09/13 The Music of John Denver in Buckden  Chris Bannister will be performing his show 'The Music of John Denver' in Buckden Village Hall on 13th September at 8.00pm. Click here for details
01/09/13 Tour De France News Click here for the latest Welcome to Yorkshire Tour de France newsletter
01/09/13 Buckden Village Quiz The Quiz starts again tonight (Sunday), in Buckden Village Hall.  Doors open at 7pm, first question at 7:30pm.  A regular event on the first Sunday of each month.  It is a ‘Jacob’s Join’ (i.e. bring along a small amount of food to donate to the common table) and please bring your own liquid refreshment.  There is a modest entry cost (£2:50 per head), to cover the hire of the Hall and raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
01/09/13 Buckden Whist Buckden Whist starts its winter season on Wednesday 18th September and fortnightly thereafter.  Details from myself (760877).  ALL welcome, whether a beginner or more experienced – fun guaranteed …. Ask anyone!  Entry £2:50 per evening – to include supper … and prizes!
01/09/13 Buckden Singers Buckden Singers resume rehearsals after the summer break on Thursday 19th September, in Buckden Village Institute, at 7.30pm. New – or returning – members are always welcome. Please arrive a little early to allow for music to be given out. Further information available from Anne Vetch email
01/09/13 Buckden Singers Christmas Concerts Dates for the Dairy: Friday 20th December & Saturday 21st December
01/09/13 The Harvest Festival will be held at St. Michael's on Sunday, 6th October at the usual time of 11am. This will be followed, on Tuesday 8th October, by our traditional evening of entertainment, supper and auction at 7pm in Buckden Institute. Please bring a contribution for the Jacob’s Join supper and plenty of cash for the auction of harvest produce.
01/09/13 Murder Mystery in Buckden Institute on Friday, 25th October. Watch this space for further details.
26/08/13 Tour de France Update An Upper Wharfedale Tour de France Group has been set up to deal with any TdeF issues for the whole of the Upper Dale.  It will be useful for the Buckden Parish TdeF coordinating committee to know what the Upper Dale Group is proposing and it will be a useful source of information.  Richard Barlow, the chair of the Parish Committee, has joined the Upper Dale Group and will attend the meetings and report back where necessary.  If anyone has any issues they would like to raise, please get in touch with Richard (760870).  The Parish Committee is acting on behalf of the whole Parish not just Buckden Village and would like to have a representative or representatives from Up the Dale - any volunteers please contact Richard
26/08/13 Vacancies at the Buck There are a number of part-time vacancies at the Buck for bar, waiting and housekeeping staff. For details or positions, hours and how to apply, please click here
23/08/13 The George - Bank Holiday Opening -  The George Inn will be open from 12.00 lunchtime on Bank Holiday Monday August 26th.  It will be closed on Tuesday 27th August and open from 4.00 pm on Wednesday 28th August.  Back to normal hours from Thursday 29th. 
23/08/13 Galtres Festival - Duncombe Park - Helmsley LN Communications (the Fast Broadband people) have supplied us with a discount code for next weekend's Galtres Festival. Click here for details
16/08/13 Buckden website on tour - For the next month the Buckden website will be on tour in France. This morning's updates are brought to you from a hotel just south of Calais; the next lot should be from the Dordogne. Please keep the news items coming (via email preferably) and we will endeavour to keep things running smoothly, though we will of course be dependent on French sans-fil and the odd French mot might sneak in de temps en temps.
16/08/13 Félicitations à Dom who has achieved the A Level grades he needs to get into L'Université de  Edge Hill à Liverpool where he will be studying Education. Well done, Dom, from all of us.
16/08/13 Buckden Walkers Sunday walk The next "888" Sunday walk will be on 18th August, leaving the Buck at 10.00 a.m. The walk will explore Mossdale and Cotterdale, with spectacular views of Wensleydale and finishing at the Green Dragon. For full details, click here

Knit & Natter – Would you like to spend a sociable morning, once a week, joining in a fund raising project for Hubberholme Church?  If so, please come along to 11 Dalegarth, Buckden on Tuesday 10th September at 10.30 am. when all will be revealed.   Everyone very welcome – even non-knitters; if you can’t come, but would like to help, we would love to hear from you.    Contact:   Sue Lusted 760877


World's Biggest Coffee Morning Come & join in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Buckden School Room in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support  - Friday 27th September, 10 am to noon.   (Contributions for the cake stall would be very welcome)

10/08/13 Quiz & Whist dates - for the 2013/14 season are on the What's On page
10/08/13 Holy Moly & the Crackers - Live at Amerdale Hall, Arncliffe - tonight  - 10th August at 8.00 p.m. Click here for details
10/08/13 Buckden Walkers - Wednesday Walk - 14th August - based on the Gamekeepers. Click here for details and menu

Howden Jones - Folk Band - Saturday 28 September – folk band Howden Jones will be performing at Buckden Village Institute at 7.30pm.  Kate Howden and Paul Jones are songwriters who have been travelling all over the country, touring Village Halls, Small Theatres and Arts Centres.  Creating their ‘beautiful music in beautiful places’ Tour, they have been sharing their music and stories, often meeting friendly and fascinating people and visiting some wonderful, unusual venues in sometimes remote and always beautiful areas along the way. They write about life and their observations of it, often poignant, sometimes humorous, and gathering new material as they travel, they captivate an audience in a unique intimate atmosphere. Their show has been described as, ‘relaxed and enchanting’ and ‘an absolute delight’, ‘their joy, talent and good humour were infectious’, ‘music for all ages’.  Tickets £7 (accompanied children under 16 free), available from Sarah Vetch (760882) or Debbie Roe (761024).  Jacobs Join supper in the interval.  Bring your own drinks. Raffle. Click here for poster

10/08/13 How Yorkshire are you? Leeds Museums are putting on a new exhibition all about Yorkshire and what it means to the people who live here, and are looking for  help! They would be grateful if you could answer some questions about Yorkshire to help us bring the exhibition to life.  Click here to do the quiz
10/08/13 Saturday Night at the Movies - back in Kettlewell. Saturday 7th September - Skyfall. Click here for details
10/08/13 North Yorks Police - Community Messaging Missing Person -  White male, 5ft 10, short dark brown hair almost shaven, approx 49 years old, wearing green fleece, green trousers on foot. Likely to be asking for directions back to West Yorkshire. Any info please dial NYP on 999
04/08/13 Schoolroom Plans - Meeting   St Michael’s Church is wanting to improve and update the Buckden School Room. Ideas being explored include toilets, storage space, improved heating and disabled access as well as addressing some maintenance issues. There is an open meeting for anyone interested in finding out more, in the School Room on Tuesday 6th August at 7.30pm where provisional plans will be available and the chance to ask questions.
04/08/13 It's Show time! - In the next month in the upper dale we have the Scarecrow Festival, Littondale Fête, Kettlewell Horticultural Show, Buckden Art Exhibition, Kilnsey Show and Littondale Horticultural Show. Click here for details of these and all the other stuff that's going on
04/08/13 Songs of Praise Buckden School Room - Sunday 11th August at 6.00 pm
04/08/13 North Yorks Police - Community Messaging Click here for details of Operation Hawk - cracking down on rural cross-border crime
04/08/13 Letter from Chris Longstreth - Richard has received the following letter from Chris Longstreth:  " Richard, The entire Longstreth family would like to extend a large “Thank You” to you and the rest of the Buckden community for the warmth and hospitality shown during our visit.   You did a marvellous job organizing and leading the “Jacob’s Join” gathering hosted at the community centre.  We had such a nice time connecting with so many of your fellow residents.  The stories and singing were delightful; the food and drink were equally outstanding.  The time passed too quickly! Our visit to Langstrothdale was truly beyond expectations.  The scenery, landscapes, history, architecture, and atmosphere were fantastic.  Our photographs don’t do it justice!  But the people of the Buckden community really put our visit over the top.  After our week, we departed knowing that we had been “home”!  We will not forget you!  Please let everyone there know of the heartfelt “Thanks” from our entire group.  We hope the community is enjoying the summer season. With warm regards, Chris & Sharon Longstreth"
27/07/13 Buckden Walkers - August Monday walk - A Stroll along the Pennine Way from Gargrave -  circular 4½ miles walk, and we’ve still contrived to include both a coffee stop and picnic lunch! Monday 5th August 2013. Meet outside the Buck Inn to depart by 10:30am.  Aim to commence walk from Gargrave main car park by 11:15am. Click here for details
27/07/13 Part-time Vacancies at Buckden House There are some part-time vacancies at  Buckden House Outdoor Education Centre, Buckden. Application pack and further details from Gill Huck at Buckden House. Tel: 01756 760254 or email
27/07/13 Heating Oil Prices Robin has just ordered heating oil for the next year and discovered that oil is now cheaper than at the end of September last year with prices as low as 56p per litre. If you need oil it may be worth shopping around.
27/07/13 Credit Card Scam North Yorks Police Community Messaging - Click here for details of how con men are conning elderly people into handing over their bank or credit cards
21/07/13 Buckden Singers End of Season party - Great night at the Buck last night. Many thanks to Michelle and the team for a superb buffet, to all "the turns" for some truly memorable performances, to John for playing and to Sarah for organising. Click here for pictures
21/07/13 News from West Winds Click here for the latest West Winds newsletter
21/07/13 Re-cycle It - New item listed - Click here for details
14/07/13 Fast Broadband Update - Roll out of the Fast Broadband network is progressing well with increasing numbers of subscribers in Buckden village and up Langstrothdale. Click here for the latest update on the roll-out of Fast Broadband in the Upper Dale - including the mains electrification of the Starbotton, Buckden and Beckermonds masts
14/07/13 Buckden Singers Summer Concerts Click here for pictures from Hubberholme and Threshfield
14/07/13 Missing Tortoise - latest! Everyone will be delighted to hear that that Jenson the Tortoise came sauntering in through the back door seemingly none the worse for his 10 day adventure much to everyone's surprise and relief.  Robert is currently constructing the 'Colditz tortoise pen' to stop it happening again. We understand that Jenson had not realised he was missing until he saw the Buckden web-site's "Missing Tortoise" report on his shell-phone.
06/07/13 Buckden Singers Summer Concerts - Still some tickets available for the Buckden Singers Summer Concerts on Friday the 12th July at St Michael & All Angels, Hubberholme, and Saturday 13th July at St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield, both at 7.30 p.m. Click here for details. Tickets are available from Megan on (01756) 760399 or email
06/07/13 Homemade Cream Teas  in aid of Christian Aid - Church House Grassington Saturday 6th July -2pm - 5 pm. Cake stall. All proceeds to Christian Aid
06/07/13 Buckden Walkers Wednesday Stroll Wednesday 10th July 2013. A choice of two walks (easy - and slightly less so) based on the Racehorses at Kettlewell. Click here for details
01/07/13 Vacancy at Buckden House Vacancy for Domestic / Kitchen Assistant at Buckden House Outdoor Education Centre, Buckden. 37 hours per week. Application pack and further details from Gill Huck at Buckden House. Tel: 01756 760254 or email
30/06/13 Folk evening in Buckden Village Hall Date for the diary -  Touring folk group Howden Jones will be performing on Saturday 28 September in  the Institute - the evening will include a Jacob’s Join supper. Click here  to read more about the band. More details to follow.
29/06/13 Missing Tortoise -  Please  could anyone walking, driving or living in and around Starbotton to be on the look out for Sue & Robert's missing tortoise?  If anyone has any news, please could they contact Sue on 01756 761308.
29/06/13 Festival of Fleece - Click here for pictures of the preview evening  for the Festival of Fleece being held at St Michael & All Angels, Hubberholme this weekend
29/06/13 Buckden Walkers Monday Walk Monday 1st July 2013. A circular walk , based upon Middleham; starting with a “Kingdom for a horse” and ending via the gallops. Click here for details
29/06/13 West Winds July Barbecue There are a few places left for the next wood-fired, candle-lit barbecue evening, which takes place on Saturday 6 July 2013 (Saturday week).For more details, click here
28/06/13 Blooming Tea party at Zarina's This Friday 28th June there will be a Tea party in aid of Marie Curie Cancer at Zarina’s Tea Room, Middle Lane, Kettlewell.10am until 12pm  Tea or coffee and homemade biscuits £1.50. All profits will go to Marie Curie Cancer and there will be a raffle. Please come along and support us and bring your friends.
23/06/13 Buckden Singers Summer Concerts - Tickets are now on sale for the Buckden Singers Summer Concerts on Friday the 12th July at St Michael & All Angels, Hubberholme, and Saturday 13th July at St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield, both at 7.30 p.m. Click here for details. Tickets are available from Megan on (01756) 760399 or email
23/06/13 Fleece Festival - there's still time to get you tickets for the Fleece Festival Preview Night, at Hubberholme Church on Friday 28th June at 7.30pm - contact Judith (760480), Jayne (760463 or pay on the door. Enjoy an evening of demonstrations & displays celebrating wool & wool crafts with entertainment from members of the Buckden Singers.   The festival will continue over the weekend, with the church being open from 10am - 4.30pm, and concludes with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 30th June at 6pm.  Live Sheep - Sheep Shearing Demonstrations - Displays - Fleeces - Felting - Spinning - Dyeing - Weaving - Knitting & much more. 
20/06/13 Welcome party for the Longstreth family who this week returned to Buckden after an interval of more than 300 years. Click here for pictures

Message from Ed & Jackie at The George 'Thank you so much for the warm welcome we have received.  It has been great meeting so many of you in our first few days here and we hope that we will get to meet more of you over the coming weeks. We have decided that for the time being our opening hours will be: 

Monday: Open from 4.00pm
Tuesday: Closed 
Wednesday - Sunday: Open from 12.00 through to 11.00pm

We will be serving a light lunchtime menu of sandwiches, soup and baskets of chips between 12.00 and 2.45 Wednesday through to Sunday, and will be providing an evening menu of home cooked fayre from 6.0 to 8.30 pm everyday (except Tuesday).

We are happy to welcome dogs in the bar area but not the restaurant and if we are busy with diners in the bar we may have to limit dogs to outside the pub -if you could please bear with us on this we would be very grateful.

Thank you again for your welcome and support.'

18/06/13 Vacancies at The Buck Message from Michelle "Anyone interested in helping Donna & Alice with breakfast when we are busy    8.30am till about 10am. May not be needed every day but we are getting busy so we need a bit of extra support in the next few months

Person wanted to help with washing up in the kitchen on Friday & Saturday nights – 7pm – about 9pm 

Housekeeper help Saturday & Sunday mornings 10am till about noon to help with bed making etc."

18/06/13 More Gala photos Click here for Gordon's pictures from the Gala
18/06/13 Letters to the editor - Click here to read a letter from Gwen

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Gala The treasurer has announced that the approximate figure for the Gala profit is £3,267.83.  It may be subject to minor alterations if any more income or expenditure comes to light later but that is a fantastic figure and represents a considerable achievement for the whole community.  Thanks in particular go to Debbie Roe the Gala Secretary and to Bev Owen the field organiser.  Thanks must also go to everyone who helped but there are too many to mention them all here.  

There will be an open meeting at 7.30 on Tuesday 25 June in the Hall at which any comments criticisms and suggestions for improvement for next year's Gala will be aired.  We have decided that it is best to have such a meeting soon after the Gala while thoughts are still fresh in people's minds and this meeting is intended to be a constructive and frank exchange of views so please anyone who has any ideas or anything they want to say do come along and we will see if next year's Gala can be even better than this.

16/06/13 Wall attacks trailer - The picture below shows what happened when a wall at Heber Cottage jumped out and bit Teds trailer on Friday evening. Ted was philosophical in the pub later saying "It's alright, lad. That Gordon has had my wheel barrow for weeks now, so what I'm charging him will pay for the wall and more besides"
16/06/13 Buckden Gala - A big thank you from Debbie, Bev and the Institute Committee to all those who worked so hard to make this year's Gala such a great success. It was a fantastic village effort - a Gala that will be talked about for years to come. Click here for pics
16/06/13 Buckden Walkers Sunday 23rd June 2013 The fourth of our ‘888’ walks Gunnerside Gill, Swaledale. Click here for details
14/06/13 Congratulations to Jack & Nora - who celebrate their Platinum Wedding anniversary (70 years) today (Friday). Click here for story & more pictures
13/06/13 Happy birthday, Dom. Many happy returns to Dom Roe who turns 18 today (Thursday)
13/06/13 Power outage - Tuesday 18th - Just a reminder that Northern PowerGrid have advised that there will be no electricity in the Upper Dale on Tuesday 18th June from 8.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. while they upgrade the electrical infrastructure of the dale. Click here for details. Let's hope their planning is better than Yorkshire Water's - or we could be without power for some time!
13/06/13 Fleece Festival - Car poster Click here to download a poster for the fleece festival to display in your car
13/06/13 Fleece Festival - Manikins wanted If you have a manikin which you would be prepared to lend for the fleece festival, please could you contact Deirdre
13/06/13 Nesting Housemartins - John Crowley from Park View has contacted us to say that following an incident in which two housemartins nests were intentionally destroyed, he has been in touch with PC Crossley, the local Wildlife Crime Officer who is is investigating the matter. PC Crossley confirmed that to intentionally or recklessly disturb a wild bird building a nest or in/on near a nest containing the eggs is a criminal offence under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. He can be contacted on if anyone wants to discuss any wildlife policing issues.
13/06/13 News from West Winds - Click here for latest West Winds newsletter
13/06/13 Buckden Gala - Plant stall - John Cowpe will be running his customary plant stall at the Gala. If you have any plants to donate to the stall, please leave at the Institute or deliver to the Gala field on Saturday morning
08/06/13 Dodgy staged photo-op  in Buckden Kevin, Gordon and John Roberts watch in amazement as the winner of the "Most inappropriately dressed Tour de France wannabe" competition cycles through Buckden. The gentleman in question, who we understand thinks that highly coloured lycra lowers the tone of the dales, is apparently promoting the wearing of more formal attire in major international sporting events. It would be interesting to know whether people become politicians because they have a genetic predisposition to ludicrous photo-opportunities, or if, on appointment, they are given an embarrassment bypass. Click here for picture
08/06/13 National Park Management Plan launch The Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan launch was hosted yesterday at Nethergill Farm, Oughtershaw by Chris and Fiona Clark. The plan was presented to an invited audience by Carl Lis - Chair of the National Park - and visitors were then escorted around the farm to view examples of plan objectives in action, including sustainable energy, river and woodland management, wildlife and technology. An excellent event and great that the launch was held in our Parish. Click here for pics
08/06/13 Buckden Gala - Cakes If you are planning to bake cakes for Buckden Gala, please could you let Debbie know. If you aren't planning to bake - perhaps you would like to re-consider, as you can never have enough cakes at a Gala. Debbie can be contacted on or call 761024.
08/06/13 American Visitors to Buckden A party of American visitors will be coming to Buckden soon, arriving about Gala Day.  They are from families who trace their ancestry back to the Dale and they are coming to see our beautiful Dale for themselves.  On Tuesday 18 June there will be a get together in the Hall starting about 7pm.  The American visitors will be coming and are hoping to meet as many of our community as can come.  The event will be informal and spontaneous and there will be a Jacobs Join supper to be provided by us as the hosts.  Please as many as can come, do come and bring your families (all ages welcome).  As there will be about 25 guests, please show our Yorkshire hospitality by bringing a bit extra by way of food.   If you have any old photographs or souvenirs of the Dale in times gone by the American visitors would no doubt be interested to see them so please bring those as well
08/06/13 Buckden Walkers Evening Stroll - Wednesday 12th June. Hawkswick to Arncliffe finishing at the Falcon. Booking essential if you want to eat Click here for details
08/06/13 Kettlewell Krackers return to form Following their recent victory over Grassington, Kettlewell Krackers only managed a valiant runners-up place in this week's local derby against Littondale. Your reporter has been unable to establish the score. One of the Krackers said "we lost count - they're a machine"
08/06/13 North Yorks Police Community Messaging Between 1st and 3rd June a farm burglary took place near Arncliffe where a chainsaw was stolen. Please make sure all outbuildings are secured. Any info Tel 101

Congratulations to Margaret & Ted on the occasion of your Golden Wedding anniversary - from all your friends in Buckden


Buckden Gala Poster - Please download the poster and display in your car. Click here


New landlords at the George A very warm welcome to Ed & Jackie Yarrow from Leeds who moved in yesterday as the new landlords at the George Inn at Hubberholme. They are hoping to be able to open to serve drinks by Sunday and will start doing food later in the week. We wish them every success in their new venture.


Vandalism on a grand scale Anyone watching yesterday's business news will be delighted to have seen that Yorkshire Water made profits of £330 million pounds last year (that would be from us!) Unfortunately they seem to have decided to spend most of it destroying one of Yorkshire's best loved and unique landscapes - Langstrothdale, not to mention the disruption caused to the lives of those living and working in the dale. It is a complete mystery why Yorkshire Water are allowed to get away with it - and we can only hope that once the work is finished, they will resurface the road and repair the damage caused to the landscape. If you haven't been up the dale lately, click here for pictures of what has been going on.


Fast Broadband - Look North Report on Upper Wharfedale's Fast Broadband project. Filmed on Buckden Raike and in the village. Click here to view


Buckden Walkers Monday Walk Monday, 3rd June 2013. Barden Bridge and Bolton Abbey. Along the River Wharfe, through Strid Woods, hopefully at bluebell time. Departure:  Buck Inn, 10:30am. Click here for details


Hubberholme  Festival of the Fleece June 28/29/30. Remember to buy your ticket for the preview evening which includes displays, demonstrations, punch and nibbles, & musical interlude, at 7.30pm on Friday June 28th costing £6. Tickets from Judith Adejumo (760480 and Jayne Sayer (760463)


Changes to garden waste collection service Click here for details


Tour de France Meeting The TdF co-ordinating committee will be meeting at 7pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday 5 June.  The meeting will be informal and there is no set agenda. If anyone has any points they would like to raise with the committee or information to share we are keen to hear from them either at the meeting or by letting Richard Barlow know on 01756760870 or ( We are particularly keen for someone from up the Dale to join the committee as this is a Parish enterprise not just a Buckden Village one - any volunteers, please let Richard know.

25/05/13 West Winds newsletter Click here for the latest West Winds newsletter
19/05/13 Buckden Singers Summer Concerts - Tickets are now on sale for the Buckden Singers Summer Concerts on Friday the 12th July at St Michael & All Angels, Hubberholme, and Saturday 13th July at St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield, both at 7.30 p.m. Click here for details. Tickets are available from Megan on (01756) 760399 or email
19/05/13 Casino Night at The Buck - pictures from last night's Casino Night at the Buck to celebrate Michelle & Kevin's first anniversary in Buckden. Thanks to you both from all of us for a great evening and for bringing our pub back to life. Click here for pics
19/05/13 Festival of Fleece - to be held in St Michael and All Angels' Church over the weekend of June 28th - 30th. If anyone has any woollen items which they would like to donate, for sale at the Fleece Festival , they would be greatly appreciated. Contact Megan 01756 760399 Click here for more details
19/05/13 Kettlewell Krackers storm to victory Kongratulations to Kettlewell & Buckden's Rounders Team - The Kettlewell Krackers - who stormed to an 18 -12.5  victory over Grassington on Thursday evening. Could this be the start of a winning streak - watch this space!
19/05/13 Touchstones - a skills development programme provided by Rural Action Yorkshire & Age UK to support the newly bereaved. Click here to download leaflet. (A permanent link to this leaflet can be found on the Parish Council page)
18/05/13 Buckden Parish Council - Declaration of Interests - The declaration of interests statements made by the members of the Parish Council can be viewed on the Parish Council page. Click here
13/05/13 Kettlewell School Open Meeting - A reminder about the meeting on Wednesday 22nd May at 7.00pm at Kettlewell Village Hall to hear about Kettlewell School's exciting new partnership.  Please come along and hear about these important developments in securing sustainable education in the Dale. Click here for details. If you are unable to make this date due to prior commitments, you are welcome to attend the meeting for parents to be held at the school on Wednesday 15th at 6.30 p.m.
13/05/13 UW Children's Centre in Buckden - CALLING ALL CHILDREN AGED 0 - 5 WHO HAVE LOTS OF ENERGY!! On Thursday 30th May Upper Wharfedale Children's Centre will be running a Jumping Jacks event at Buckden Village Institute from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. There will be a variety of activities available. Come along and see what we have to offer and how the Children's Centre can accommodate your needs. Any queries please  contact the Children's Centre on 01609 798467. Click here for details.
13/05/13 UW Children's Centre Spring Event On Tuesday 28th May there will be a Spring event at Upper Wharfedale Children's Centre (Grassington Primary School site). There will be planting both inside and outside as well as an array of other activities. The time will be from 10:00 to 11:00 and it will cost £1:00 per family. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk with our Early Years Workers and to find out more about the Centre and services we provide. Any queries please don't hesitate to contact the Children's Centre on 01609 798467. Click here for details.
13/05/13 Long Ashes Development - Planning Enquiry Lakeland Leisure have submitted a planning application to massively extend the Long Ashes site. This has been rejected by the National Park, but has been appealed. There is an appeal hearing on on Tuesday 4th June 2013 starting at 10 a.m. in Grassington Town Hall. Click here for details of the meeting. Click here for details of the proposals. Please go along and make your views heard.
13/05/13 Holy Moly & The Crackers - Live in Kettlewell Village Hall - foot tapping high energy folk music with Pie & Peas supper.  Saturday 18th May @ 7.30pm Tickets £5. Click here for details
12/05/13 Congratulations Steph! Well done to Steph who has been appointed Head Student at Upper Wharfedale for the next year.
12/05/13 Emma & Dave's Monster Challenge - Dave & Emma completed their GOLD challenge on May 4th; cycling 31miles and walking 41miles from Fort William to Inverness in just 20 hours in aid of cancer charity "Maggie's Centres", and would like to thank those people who supported them. If you would still like to make a donation it's not too late - go to:
12/05/13 Casino Night - reminder Don't forget that this coming Saturday (18th May)  Kevin & Michelle are having a Casino Night to celebrate their first anniversary at the Buck, starting at 8.00 p.m. Admission is free (though charity donations welcome); money is pretend so you won't lose your shirt. Michelle says dressing up is not compulsory! Click here
12/05/13 Buckden Walkers May Sunday Walk 19th May 2013 The third of our ‘888’ walks Smardale Meet at Buck Inn at 9.45 with a view to starting walk at 11.00am. Usual terms & conditions – car sharing / picnic lunch / dogs welcome (bring lead) For further information, contact John Milnes (01756) 761390. Click here for more details
12/05/13 Pony & Trap wanted Kevin and Michelle are looking for a pony & trap for a wedding on 29th June / or a tractor & trailer that can be made up nicely for the journey from the Buck Inn to Kettlewell Church. So -  if anyone can help the bride would be very grateful. Contact the Buck Inn on 01756 761401
12/05/13 Buck Inn - part time vacancy a few hours housekeeping on a Tuesday & Thursday morning to help our full time Housekeeper when we are busy - please contact us the Buck Inn on 01756 761401

Buckden Gala is taking place on Saturday 15th June from 12.30pm onwards. Events will include the annual sheep show, two Championship fell races, children's fun races, dog show, live music, hot and cold food, and the usual assortment of craft, book, plant, and cake stalls, tombola and grand prize draw etc. An exciting new feature this year will be a dog scurry organised by Langstroth Gun Dogs. Book the date in your diary now for a guaranteed fun
day out! Visit for regular updates and news of additional features. As usual donations towards the raffle, tombola, cake, book and plant stall will be gratefully received!

12/05/13 Buckden Art Group The Art Group AGM will be held in the Institute on Wednesday, 22nd 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.

Festival of the Fleece is to be held in St Michael and All Angels' Church over the weekend of June 28th - 30th. On Friday, June 28th the preview evening of displays, with punch and nibbles as well as entertainment, will start at 7.30pm. Tickets for this evening, costing £6, are available now from Judith Adejumo (760480) or Jayne Sayer (760463). On Saturday and Sunday the church will be open to view between 1Oam and 4.30pm, with a service of thanksgiving at 6pm on Sunday, June 30th.


Morning Coffee and Afternoon Teas at Buckden School Room on August 26th (Bank Holiday Monday) in aid of Hubberholme Church Funds. Come and browse, chat, and find a bargain as we will be selling good quality donated household items such as ornaments, pictures, glass ware and china, books and small, manageable furniture. As you are spring cleaning, moving, or de-cluttering, think of this event and contact Megan (760399) with anything you think would be appropriate.

03/05/13  Christian Aid Week - It's Christian Aid Week, and Jane way will be round to collect your envelope. If your envelope is not collected please return it to Jane Way, Long Barn House – Buckden, or to the Village Shop in Buckden.     Thank you for giving generously.

03/05/13 Recycle It - New item listed. Click here
03/05/13 Buckden Village Quiz - final quiz of the 2012/13 season. Sunday 3rd May. Turnstiles open at 7.00 p.m. Kick-off at 7.30. Usual Ts & Cs apply. Ref's decision is final.
03/05/13 West Winds May Barbecue - last call for the first West Winds barbecue of the season. Now is the time to reserve your ticket for this coming Saturday, 4th May 2013, at 7pm. Click here for details. To book, e-mail or call  01756 760883.
26/04/13 Buckden Village Institute AGM tonight - A reminder that the Institute AGM is to be held tonight - Friday 26th April - at 6.30 p.m. Please come along and have your say about this key part of our village community life.
26/04/13 Buckden Lead Mine walk - Wednesday 8th May, 10am – 3.30pm. Delve into the depths below Buckden Pike and experience the conditions that the lead miners of old endured. A stiff walk uphill followed by an exciting visit to the tunnels of Buckden Gavel lead mine with a qualified guide will leave you with memories of a little visited and secret place. All equipment for entering the mine will be provided. You will need to wear appropriate old outdoor clothing and footwear; bring a packed lunch. Meet Buckden car park Suitable for ages of 12 and above. £30 adults / £15 children. Booking essential. Sorry no dogs. For more details, Tel; 01729 830416. Email  or contact Cassie at Mountpleasant.

Also, a reminder that there will be National Trust presentation and slide show also on Wednesday 8 May at 7pm in Buckden Village Institute.– Cassie Williams, Peter Katic and Peter Welch from the National Trust will be giving a presentation on their roles and work here in Upper Wharfedale and their plans for the future.  This will be followed by a Jacob’s Join supper to give you the chance to talk to them afterwards.  Everyone welcome.


Buckden Walkers Wednesday Evening Stroll  1st May 2013. This walk is focussed on the Fox & Hounds at West Burton.The 2-mile walk was marginal for shoes when trialled, but boots may be advisable if it is not dry for several days before (localised mud). Dogs are welcome – usual proviso re leads applies at times. Meet outside the Buck for departure no later than 6.30pm or ready for walking at the Fox by 6.50. Non walkers can meet at the pub at 8.00. Click here for menu. Please let Stella & Robin know of meal choices by 7.00 on Tuesday night so that order can be placed. For further information, please contact Robin or Stella on (01756) 761320. Added info.: Sunset 20:40; Dusk 21:21  …. But we hope to eat at 20:20

20/04/13 Kettlewell School -  Public Meeting You are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday 22nd May at 7.00pm at Kettlewell Village Hall to hear about Kettlewell School's exciting new partnership.  Please come along and hear about these important developments in securing sustainable education in the Dale. Click here for details.
20/04/13 The Buck Inn  - First Anniversary To celebrate their first anniversary at the Buck, Kevin & Michelle are having a Casino Night on Saturday 18th May from 8.00 p.m. Admission is free (though charity donations welcome); money is pretend so you won't lose your shirt. Michelle says dressing up is not compulsory! Click here for details
20/04/13 News from West Winds - Click here for the latest West Winds newsletter
18/04/13 Accommodation in Buckden wanted Chris Belk is now working full time at The Buck Inn and so is looking for somewhere to live full time.  Does anyone have a room or a small house to let either in Buckden or surrounding area?  It would need to be in biking distance. If so please contact him on 07909 770991 or 761188
18/04/13 Buckden Walkers Sunday "888" Walk - Wensleydale. Sunday 21st April 2013. 8 miles - Depart from the Buck Inn at 10.30 a.m. Click here for details
13/04/13 Dave & Emma in Monster Bike and Hike Challenge For the second year running Dave & Emma are undertaking the "Maggie's Monster Bike and Hike Challenge". This year they are aiming to complete the GOLD challenge; cycling 31miles and walking 41miles from Fort William to Inverness in 24hours. They are supporting  this charity is because a dear friend, Lisa Stephenson is fighting a long term battle against Myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer for which there is currently no cure. Please support them on May 4th by giving what you can. Visit to donate and learn more about the work of Maggie's Centres
13/04/13 Buckden Walkers 2013 - Updated calendar Click here for an updated version of the 2013 Walks Calendar. If you are able to lead one of the walks not currently showing a leader, please contact David on 760877
13/04/13 Vacancies at the Buck Inn - The Buck Inn are looking to hire a full-time Commis chef and full-time house keeper - both are live out positions. For details, please email Kevin on or call (01756) 761401
13/04/13 Mobile phone found on Stubbings Lane A Talk Talk mobile phone has been found on Stubbings Lane. If you think it might be yours please email
13/04/13 North Yorks Police Community Messaging - An elderly North Yorkshire resident has been contacted over the telephone by persons purporting to be from the NatWest Bank, convincing him that there were issues with his account, that they wanted to change his account details and transfer the money across from his current account. Please be aware that this scam is taking place and that people may become the target. Banks would never ask for such details or actions over the telephone. If wary ask for a name and telephone number. DO NOT ring that number. DO go to your own branch and speak to somebody and report this.

On Friday 12 April the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan will be holding a surgery to hear your views and issues relating to policing in North Yorkshire, at the Skipton Youth and Community Centre in Skipton, from 3pm until 5pm. If you would like to book an appointment with Julia or for further information about other surgeries, please telephone 01765 641839 or email

08/04/13 Reminder - YDNPA Chiefs to speak at Buckden Village Institute  Just a reminder that this evening (Monday 8th) April David Butterworth - Chief Executive  & Gary Smith – Community & Conservation Director of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will be speaking at Buckden Parish Council on how the Park will help to make the Upper Dale a better place to live, work & play. They will also be explaining how they aim to maintain the sustainability of the environment of Upper Wharfedale. This will be a short address followed by questions and hopefully some answers. Please come to this important meeting and have your say about the future of the dale. 8.00 p.m. in the Institute

National Trust presentation and slide show – Cassie Williams, Peter Katic and Peter Welch from the National Trust will be giving a presentation on their roles and work here in Upper Wharfedale and their plans for the future, on Wednesday 8 May at 7pm in Buckden Village Institute.  This will be followed by a Jacob’s Join supper to give you the chance to talk to them afterwards.  Everyone welcome.


Buckden Village Institute AGM – the AGM will be held in the village Institute on Friday 26 April at 6.30pm. All residents of Buckden Parish are welcome to attend. Please join us at this meeting to share your opinions on how the village hall and its activities could be improved.

08/04/13 Buckden Walkers Evening Stroll - Wednesday 10th April - Leaving the Buck and walking up the Fairy Glen to the White Lion, leaving the Buck at 6.00 p.m. Click here for details and menu -  please email David to let him know if your menu choices.

The Queens Arms in Litton are hiring! Full-time and part-time vacancies for staff in the kitchen, front of house and housekeeping. For more information please contact Emily at The Queens Arms – email:, tel: 01756 770096, web: or call in.


The Jay Walkers are coming back to Kettlewell  Village Hall If you enjoyed ‘Ladies’  Day’ and ’39 Steps’ you will want to see the latest Jay Walkers production -  Alan Ayckbourn’s   ‘Time of my Life’  for one night only on Friday 3rd May at 7.30 To book tickets costing £7 contact Pat Charlton  on 01756 760302 or email

01/04/13 Save money on energy bills Craven District council have started a scheme - The Big Community Switch" to help identify how much you could save by switching energy provider. Click here for details

Easter Lilies at Hubberholme Church  The Church Wardens would like to thank all who sponsored the lilies and therefore made the displays possible.  In addition, they wish to express their grateful thanks and appreciation for all the hard work and resulting wonderful arrangements created by The Team of ladies – yet again!  A special mention must be made of Philip (aged 5) and Lily (aged 7) who created the Easter garden around the base of the font. Click here to view the flowers

31/03/13 NT events in Upper Wharfedale - Click here to download the NT's Yorkshire Dales "What's On in 2013" leaflet - with details of events in and around Buckden
31/03/13 Tour de France - Some interesting facts about the Tour from Welcome to Yorkshire - click here. For more info about the Tour in Buckden go to
31/03/13 Fell Rescue - Following the decision to stop the annual Broughton Game Show, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue have lost their major source of income. Click here to read about a new group set up to raise funds to enable them to continue their important work
31/03/13 Local film showing at Skipton -  filmed in and around  Settle it is called Lad. and is the story of a teenager whose dad dies and his world falls apart.  However, Tom’s life is turned around when he meets park ranger Al Thorpe in this heart-warming tale of two individuals overcoming adversity and discovering true friendship. Plaza cinema 29th March to 4th April 8.15pm. Click here to find out more
31/03/13 Easter Monday Walk - An extra walk has been arranged for Easter Monday when the Buckden walkers will be joined by the MacHumps - down from Scotland for the week. 5.5 miler, starting at the Cover Bridge Inn  walking along the River Cover to Jervaulx Abbey, thence to East Witton and so back to the Inn (for refreshments – drink only; no food being served). Bring a picnic and warm clothes.  Dogs welcome.  Depart from Buck Inn at 10:30 am, April 1st
24/03/13 Palm Sunday procession - has been cancelled due to the snow. The Palm Sunday service will be held in Buckden schoolroom at 11.00 a.m.
24/03/13 Buckden Walkers Sunday Walk The walk has been postponed due to the snow. The walk will now take place on Sunday 7th April, leaving from the Buck at 10.00 a.m. for an 11.a.m. start in Saltaire.
24/03/13 Yorkshire 3 Peaks Trek in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust - David Brame (Robert & Sue's son) and a group of friends are undertaking the Three Peaks walk in support of their friend Ellie who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. They are raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust who have a done a lot to improve the ward in which Ellie has been receiving treatment. To read more and to make a donation, please click here
24/03/13 Easter Lilies at Hubberholme Church.  Anyone wishing to sponsor a lily at Church should contact Sue Lusted (760877, 11 Dalegarth, or email with their dedication request(s) and donations.  Alternatively, donations and dedications can be left in church after Good Friday
24/03/13 More local Met Office forecast The Met Office button at the top of this page has for some years shown the forecast for Hetton, which until recently was the nearest met Office forecast to Buckden. The Met office are now providing a forecast for Kettlewell, and the button now links to that. Doesn't seem to improve the weather, mind!
24/03/13 North Yorks Police Community Messaging - MISSING Black African male - 14 yrs; missing from a care home in the Bentham area. Slim 5ft 6in, short black hair, clean shaven, last seen wearing dark grey jog pants with dark blue strip, grey Adidas zip hooded top with dark blue stripes, white T-shirt, black Nike bubble jacket & dark blue & light blue Nike air trainers. Any sightings of this male, please call: 10. NYP Incident ref: 12130045120
17/03/13 St Patrick's Night Pictures - click here to view pictures from Buckden's St Patrick Night celebrations
16/03/13 St Patrick's Night tickets - Due to illness, I have two spare tickets for this evening's St Patrick's Night at Buckden Institute - Saturday 16th March, 7.00 for  7.30 p.m. Three course dinner, games,  music, raffle, craic and much more all for just £12 per head. Don't miss this opportunity to snap up two of the most sought-after tickets of the year - low mileage, never raced or rallied, sold as seen, no time wasters please! Email or call Pete o'Boxoffice on (01756) 760882
16/03/13 Buckden Walkers - First Sunday Walk Sunday 24th March 2013 - Airedale - The first of our ‘888’ walks ~ 8 miles in 8 Dales over 8 Sundays. Click here for details

Wild Workshops in Langstrothdale In association with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Nethergill Farm near Oughtershaw is holding a series of Wild Workshops from April to July. On Saturday 20th April from 10am to 4pm experts from the Yorkshire Dales River Trust will lead a River Workshop, revealing secrets from the river bed and the art of willow bundling. £25 per person, including tea and coffee, a sandwich lunch and home-baked cakes. More details at and by calling Nethergill Farm on 01756 761126


YDNPA Chiefs to speak at Buckden Village Institute  On Monday 8th April David Butterworth - Chief Executive  & Gary Smith – Community & Conservation Director of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will be speaking at Buckden Parish Institute on how the Park will help to make the Upper Dale a better place to live, work & play. They will also be explaining how they aim to maintain the sustainability of the environment of Upper Wharfedale. This will be a short address followed by questions and hopefully some answers. Please come to this important meeting and have your say about the future of the dale.

09/03/13 What's on in Littondale - A couple of up coming events you may have missed. Tonight - Saturday 9th March - an evening of lively music, tall tales and hard liquor with Holy Moly & the Crackers, while on the 23rd March there is a screening of Spielberg's The Adventures of Tin Tin - The Secret of the Unicorn. Click here for more details of both these events 
09/03/13 Electors Meeting - Just a reminder that the Buckden Parish Council annual electors meeting is on Monday 11th at 8.00 p.m. Sharon Hudson of CDC will be talking about the Tour de France. Click here for agenda
09/03/13 Furniture wanted - Dee is moving to a new property in Buckden and is looking to buy furniture including a double bed, 3 piece suite, wardrobes, chest of drawers, cabinets and kitchen table and chairs. If anyone has any of these items to sell, please contact Dee at the Buck
09/03/13 News from Winds - click here for the latest West Winds newsletter
03/03/13 Buckden Village Quiz - tonight (3rd March) - Usual Ts & Cs apply
03/03/13 New Buckden Gala website - Kevin has developed a new website for the Gala - with all the news and info about the gala. There is also a FaceBook page - click here , or follow the Gala on Twitter
03/03/13 Date for the diary - David Butterworth, Chief Exec of the National Park, and Gary Smith Director of Community & Conservation  will be speaking at the Parish Council on April 8th at 8.00 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about the Park.
03/03/13 Summer Sunday Buses in Wharfedale - the Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday bus service in Upper Wharfedale will be improved this year.The summer timetable will run from 31st March until 20th October, and will be based around last year’s timetable with the following changes:
- a new return journey will operate on service 874 between Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden – leaving Ilkley at 1115 and returning from Buckden at 1520.
- the last bus up the dale, leaving Grassington at 1720, will now run via Arncliffe – providing a useful connection back to Kettlewell and Buckden for walkers
- the last bus down the dale will now leave Buckden at 1810 – giving visitors longer to enjoy some refreshment before heading home. Go to the
Getting Here page to see the new timetable
03/03/13 North Yorks Police Community Messaging - There have been several incidents of thefts of metal garden furniture please be aware that items left in your gardens unsecured may be a tempting target for thieves. Please secure all valuables

Buckden Parish Council Electors Meeting – 11th March 2013, 8.00 p.m. Mrs Sharon Hudson CDC will be present to advise what CDC will be doing in the lead up and during the Tour de France around Buckden. Review of Council’s business during 2012/13.All Parishioners cordially invited.

24/02/13 Darts & Dominoes at the Buck - Knockout night - Tuesday 5th March. No entry fee or food involved. £15 Meal Voucher prize for the winner. Click here for Details
24/02/13 Lynn's Teatime Cakes - Many of the delicious cakes served at West Winds are now available for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own tearoom at home. Lynn can offer a range of tasty teatime favourites, baked to order especially for you. All cakes are home-made at West Winds to authentic recipes using the best possible ingredients, often organic. At mouth-watering prices, Lynn’s cakes are suitable for everyday indulgence and are sure to make teatime the most popular meal of the day. Alternatively, if you’re having visitors round, then the advice is quite simple... Let them eat cake! For full details, see the price list, visit or call 01756 760883.  
24/02/13 National Park Management Plan  - Click here to read a summary of the consultation on the Draft National Park Management Plan. Good to see that a number of the points raised by the Sustainability Group appear to have been picked up.
24/02/13 North Yorks Police Community Messaging - Please report any sightings of a blue Citroen C5 Reg. No RV04JUU to police.

Click here to see photo of prolific fraudster Mark Chapman who stays in hotels and bed&breakfast accommodation throughout the country.  If sighted please contact North Yorkshire Police.  

Following several recent thefts from churches within North Yorkshire and other counties, please click here & also here to view photographs of two males suspected of being involved. 

24/02/13 Tar on cars - Sara Barraclough has noticed that her car has picked up a lot of tar from the road between Buckden & Starbotton and would be interested to hear if any other villagers have had the same problem.
16/02/13 Buckden Gala 2013 - Help! This year's Gala promises to be even bigger than before, with two Fell Races rather than one, and this year both are National Championship events. This is likely to result in significantly higher visitor numbers than usual, which will inevitably create more work. We will be approaching all the usual suspects to help, but if you are new to the village or perhaps haven't helped before, we could really do with some more volunteers. The date is Saturday 15th June. Please email Debbie at if you able to lend a hand.
16/02/13 Tour de France Meeting - Those of you who attended the TdF meeting last week will remember that Garry said that the Craven District Council Tour de France Liaison Officer would be coming to speak to the Parish Council. It has now been confirmed that this will at the PC Meeting on 11th March at 8.00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
16/02/13 North Yorks Police Community Messaging - There has been a spate of quad bike and Land Rover thefts in South Craven. If you see anything suspicious please call NY Police on 101.
10/02/13 Tour de France - email address On Friday evening about 40 villagers attended a meeting to discuss the Tour de France. A number of issues and ideas were discussed and it was agreed that a small group would coordinate activities in the Parish. Anyone who wants to send ideas to the group or to raise concerns can email

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Plan  Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, has published a draft Police and Crime Plan. Julia is now asking the public for their views, so she can amend the Plan before final publication at the end of March. To read the plan and make a response please visit

03/02/13 Debbie Marshall - Funeral arrangements. Debbie's funeral will be held at St Michael & All Angels, Hubberholme on Tuesday 12th February at 11 o'clock followed by interment in the churchyard. There will be a reception afterwards at the Buck Inn to which all who attended the funeral are invited. Our thoughts are with John, Dave, Chris, Jim and Bob at this very sad time.
03/02/13 Village Quiz - Tonight in the Institute - usual Terms and Conditions apply
03/02/13 Tour de France - video of the 2014 Tour de France route through Buckden now available on Buckden's own Tour de France website - go to and click on News or Info
03/02/13 Buckden Walkers 2014 Programme - click here for dates; volunteers wanted to lead walks; suggestions for Sunday walk programme

Kettlewell Film Night - April The film is  "The Help"  6th April (originally advertised as showing on 30th March)@ 7.30pm.  Tickets are £4 and can be purchased from Caroline Hatton on 760378 or Kettlewell Village Store.  This is the last film of the season and local support is much appreciated as this will help secure future funding for film nights to continue in September.

26/01/13 Tour de France open meeting - There will be a meeting in the Institute on Friday 8th February at 7.00 p.m. to discuss plans and preparations for the Tour De France "Grand Départ " in 2014. The meeting is open to all residents of Buckden Parish. Please do come along and share your ideas. Click here for details
26/01/13 Darts & Dominoes at the Buck - Knockout night - Tuesday 5th February. No entry fee or food involved. £15 Meal Voucher prize for the winner. Click here for Details
26/01/13 Le Grand Depart - information Kevin has put together some information which explains just how big the Tour is and what we can expect on the 5th July. Click here to read all about it.

The official Tour Media Brochure is also now available - click here to download. Don't forget that Buckden's own Tour de France website is at 

22/01/13 "Dales kids are made of sterner stuff" - Kathy Killick's intro to the Look North piece on the Buckden igloo. Click here for pics from both the BBC & Gordon.
19/01/13 Le Grand Départ - The Tour de France comes to Buckden - click here for all the details. To visit Buckden's new Le Grand Départ website go to

St Patrick’s Night - Buckden Village Institute For the first time we are holding a St Patricks Night in Buckden - Saturday 16th March, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £12 and include a three course ‘Irish’ meal, entertainment, games and much, much more. Tickets are selling out fast so please order your tickets now from Peter at or telephone on 01756 760882. Fancy Dress Optional – prize awarded for best costume.

19/01/13 Restoration of The River Wharfe - For those of us who were unable to make the presentation and meeting about the plans for the restoration of the river, Robin very kindly has provided some notes summarising what was said. Click here to read.
13/01/13 Julie & Alan - Open House Julie & Alan invite all friends and neighbours in the village to a drinks and supper evening on Saturday 23rd February (7pm till the booze runs out). To give us a fighting chance with catering please call on 761441 or email if you are going to join us. Alcohol contributions welcome!
13/01/13 Stephanie's Christmas Card Deliveries Stephanie Roe would like to thank everyone for participating in her Christmas card delivery service in December. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, a massive £157 was raised for Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. Well done Steph - great effort!

New Year Caption Competition - Many thanks to all of you who submitted an entry in the New year Caption Comp. The winning entry was from Richard whose caption for the picture below was "So you think I should check with Margaret before I buy that lycra suit do you"?  Ted and Sir Wiggo

05/01/13 Social evening open to all residents or visitors.  Darts, pool, cards or dominoes.  Bring your own drinks and nibbles.  Dogs welcome.  Entry £2.00. Click here for details

Future of the National Park Consultation on two important documents that will shape the future of the Yorkshire Dales National Park closes on Friday next week (11th Jan) so you still have time to participate. The draft version of the National Park Management Plan, sets out a vision and objectives for looking after the National Park for the next five years. To read and comment on the Draft National Park Management Plan click here. The Local Plan highlights the key planning areas for the future of the National Park – including visitor facilities, local businesses, infrastructure and design. To read and comment on the Local Plan Issues report click here. Your response to the consultation will help YDNP draft the final version of the National Park Management Plan and prioritise the Planning issues that to be addressed in the new Local Plan.

05/01/13 New Year Caption Competition So what was Ted explaining to Wiggo.......??? Thanks to Karen for this pic of Ted talking to Sir Wiggo during his recent visit to the Buck - but what was Ted saying. Spectacular prize for the best (printable) caption....

Fast Broadband Update As you may be aware there has been a delay in the roll out of Fast Broadband to the Upper Dale. The cause of this is the wireless repeater mast at Moor End farm Kettlewell. The final location of this mast was the third choice as first the National Trust and then Natural England ruled out the preferred locations. Having trialled the mast for some weeks, it is evident that this location does not have sufficient access to clean wind and sun to maintain the power necessary to provide a reliable service. These issues will be addressed at the beginning of January and providing the alterations prove satisfactory then the roll-out to the upper dale will be resumed. The good news is that the remote wireless mast above Buckden has worked continuously since the day it was commissioned so when  the issues are fixed at Moor End then the roll out can proceed all the way to Cam Houses

01/01/13 New Year's Day walk Pics of the walk - 41 walkers + 9 dogs - and it didn't rain! Click here to view
01/01/13 New Year's Day walk Buckden Sub-Aqua Club have asked us to confirm that today's walk to Redmire & the Deer Park is definitely ON. 11 o'clock outside the Buck.
01/01/13 New Year at The Buck - Brilliant night at the Buck - many thanks to Michelle and Kevin and team for a memorable New Year's Eve party which was a fitting end to the year in which the Buck was finally back. Over 100 people were at the party, most in 70's & 80's themed fancy dress. Liz & Andrew Dawson, and Karen & Tom Jones won the prizes for best costumes. Click here for pics of the festivities.
01/01/13 News from Nethergill - click here to read about this year's developments at Nethergill Farm, Oughtershaw
01/01/13 Tour de France to visit Buckden? Speculation is mounting that the 2014 Tour de France is to visit Buckden, after a reported sighting of Sir Wiggo on the dance floor in the Buck Inn last night. It is thought he is in the area to check out the route as well, of course, as to celebrate his recent knighthood.
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