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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 under the leadership of the Parish Council to provide a source of information about the village and the area, for both visitors and local residents.




Parish Council Agenda Click here to download the agenda for the August Parish Council meeting


Buckden Art Group The 30th Annual Exhibition will take place from 27th – 29th August 2022. The exhibition will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Buckden Village Institute. There will be over 150 original paintings on view together with greetings cards. Admission is free with donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity. We regret, owing to present circumstances, that we are unable to hold our usual Open Evening, but all are welcome to come and view our work. We would like to thank the Institute Committee for their continued support of the Art Group.



Buckden Singers Recruiting Buckden Singers are seeking altos, tenors and basses to join the choir. Click here for a poster with more details. Why not come along to our rehearsal on Thursday 7th September at 7.30 in the Institute, or ring Anne for a chat about it.


September Quiz Please note that the September, October and May quizzes will be held in the Institute. From November to April the quiz will be held in the Buck as last season. We are very  grateful to Jo and Jeremy for their support for the village quiz. The September quiz will take place on Sunday 4th September in Buckden Institute. This will be a Jacob's Join event. Pease take your seats from: 7.00 p.m. Quiz starts:  7.30 p.m.  Entry fee - £2.50 per person In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Further info – email:


August Bank Holiday Monday Church Fundraising Event There will be refreshments and stalls at Buckden School Room on Monday 29th August from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for poster with further details. Anyone able to make scones, a cake or biscuits please ring Deirdre Halsall on 01756 760296 or contact by email at Alternatively, please bring on the morning. Small bric-a-brac items to be brought to the School Room between 12 – 3 p.m. on Friday 26th August. We look forward to seeing you there.



Buckden Duck Race The duck race was a great success in spite of the weather and raised £734 for Institute funds. Many thanks to organisers Linda Portman and Sandra Kilvington for all their hard work


UWRSG Update There are now three sets of Ukrainian refugees now settling into Upper Wharfedale. So far, apart from the long visa haul and bureaucracy, things are going well.

A  second refugee house is being kitted out. Well done and many thanks to all those who have been or will be involved.

Richard Hargreaves and Paul Stead raised over £70 for Upper Wharfedale Refugee Support group to support Ukraine hosts and families at Buckden Gala. Many thanks to Richard and Paul, and to all of you who came and supported the event.

The Covid situation is poor just now and things will be uncertain over the next few months. For the third year, refugee welcome days are going ahead in the summer holidays, but outside using back-gardens as a base. If anyone would like to host a day of offer a cake please get in touch with Stella (no need if you have already responded).



August Link - Click here for the August edition of The Link
06/08/22 Skittles Night  Buckden Village Institute Saturday 24th September – 7.30 p.m.  Admission £5. Bring your own drinks and snacks To book your place please email


Parish Council Agenda - Click here to download the agenda for the July Parish Council meeting



Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation Governor Vacancies  Kettlewell School is part of the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation alongside Burnsall, Cracoe and Grassington.  At the present time we have two vacancies for co-opted Governors. These vacancies are open to all members of the community. Could you  help shape the future of our Dales Schools? Click here to find out more



Community First Responders  There still appears to be misunderstanding of how the First Responders work. Community First Responders are here to assist the community under the control of Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Robin has written a short document to help everyone understand how the Responders work - click here to read. It is hoped that there will another CPR training session in the autumn.


July Link - Click here for the July edition of The Link

11/07//22 Recycle It - New item listed - Click here for details
11/07//22 Buckden Art Group - 30th Annual exhibition will be held in Buckden Village Institute from 27-29 August. Further details to follow

Buckden Duck Race - Sunday 24th July at Buckden Bridge. Quack-off - 3.00 p.m. Prizes: £30, £20: £10, £5 & Booby prize. Hook-a-duck stall. Legendary Buckden Gala Hot Dogs & other refreshments available. Ducks £1 each and available to purchase from Saturday  2nd July from Sandra, other Institute Committee members and from the George, the Buck and the Village Shop. Also available on the day. Come and enjoy the fun!


28/06/22 Buckden Gala The Gala was not quite the low-key restart after the pandemic that we started planning for before Christmas, due to the Championship Fell Race with more than 400 runners, but thanks to much hard work by many people it all went extremely well, and we managed to cope with unprecedented numbers of people. We don’t yet have a final figure, but the profit at the moment stands at £3,915 excluding our share of the Fell Race car park receipts which we expect to amount to several hundred pounds. Once we have a final figure we will of course publish it. The Institute Committee would like to thank all those from Buckden, Wharfedale and beyond who helped or who supported the Gala in any way.
28/06/22 Buckden Gala - Drone Footage Neale put a drone up for a few minutes during the latter part of the Gala. If you are interested in that kind of thing, click here to view the footage on YouTube - there is no soundtrack

Manorlands Garden Party This popular annual event is now Sold Out. Thank you for your support. However, a Rylstone resident is having an Open Gardens event on Saturday 16th July also in support of Manorlands Hospice. Click here for full details .

28/06/22 Recycle It - New item listed - Click here for details

Stuart Ebden - Penny has asked for the following message to be posted here: "I am very grateful to all those who sent me cards and  letters, and gave personal tributes to Stuart following his death. I have found it very comforting to know that my husband has given so much to this village in the relatively short time we’ve lived here, particularly his membership of The Buckden Singers.

Shortly before he died, on our usual walk along the river bank, Stuart suddenly stopped, gazed around and said “Just look at all this, Pen, what better place to die”.

He might have drawn his last breath in Bradford Royal Infirmary, his body buried at Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland in Skipton but I believe his spirit is here, in Buckden.

Many thanks, everyone - Penny"

12/06/22 Buckden Parish Council - AGAR The Annual Governance and Accountability Review documents have been posted on the Parish Council webpage - please click here to view
12/06/22 Buckden Gala - Less than a week to go to the Gala. Preparations are well advanced but we could do with more baking for the tearoom (please contact Barbara) and plants for the plant stall (please contact Lois). Looking forward to seeing you there

Kettlewell & District Horticultural Society Annual Show will be held in Kettlewell Village Hall on Sunday, 4th September, 2022 2 – 4pm. Plants, Fruits, Flowers, Vegetables, Cakes, Pastries, Bread, Drinks, Floral Arrangements, Arts, Crafts, Poultry, Children’s Crafts.

For details and the adult schedule click here. For the children's schedule click here.

04/06/22 Jubilee Street Party - Arrangements - Message from Debbie: As promised, here are the arrangements for the street party on Sunday:
- The event is from 12.30pm onwards
- Please bring your own food already plated as there won’t be any surplus village hall plates. There will be separate tables in the hall for sweet and savoury food
- If possible please label your food for the benefit of others – I will have some little food flags at the hall if you want to do this when you arrive
- If you have any food allergies please be responsible for your own food
- Tables will be set out in the lane behind the village hall, in the marquee on the drive to Fairlawn, and also in the Fairlawn garden; please sit wherever you wish
- Don’t forget to bring your own drinks
- In the event of rain, we will adjourn to the village hall and to the marquee
- Please bring a mask – in the event that the number of people in the village hall exceeds a safe number then we might ask people to wear masks as a precaution
- Volunteers to help wash up and clear up at the end would be gratefully welcomed
Let’s hope for good weather and an enjoyable celebration. See you on Sunday
04/06/22 Buckden Gala Plant Stall - Just two weeks to go to the Gala!. We need plants for the plant stall. If anyone has spare plants you could pot up for the plant stall it would be appreciated! You can leave at Lane Ends Barn (on way to the river) near the shed and log store or at the Institute on the day, or bring to the Gala field on the day. Spare pots if you need them are near the shed at Lane Ends Barn. Thank you!
04/06/22 Manorlands Garden Party This popular annual event is this year at Throstles Nest, Conistone on Wednesday 6th July 2-4pm  Click here for details)Order your tickets £8.00  from Graham Walter Tel 01756 760337 email
04/06/22 June Link - Click here for the June edition of The Link
26/05/22 Folk at the George Message from Ed - To ensure the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations go with a swing at The George we have invited Martin Francis our favourite folk musician to do an acoustic set of old favourites and some self penned and pop tunes from around 3.00 until 5.30pm on Friday 3rd June. Just give Ed or Jackie a call to reserve a table for the afternoon (max. 6 per table). We are planning on having our outside bar open for the afternoon and look forward to welcoming you all.
26/05/22 Interment of Ashes - On Sunday 29th May at 1.00 p.m. there will be a short service in St Michael's prior to the interment of the ashes of the late Mr Chipperfield who had long-standing farming connections in the area. His family will be present and people who knew him are welcome to attend

Bus Services in Upper Wharfedale - w/c 30th May. Please note that, due to the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holidays, the 72B Upper Wharfedale Venturer will not be running on Thursday 2nd June and Friday 3rd June. The bus service will be provided by Dalesbus services 874 & 875 which will be operating a Sunday timetable. Services for the week will therefore be as follows: Mon, Tues. Weds & Sat: 72B Venturer (SSH School Holidays timetable). Thurs, Fri, Sun: Dalesbus 874 & 875

26/05/22 Local Flood Risk Strategy North Yorkshire County Council is conducting a survey for those who live or work in North Yorkshire about the Local Flood Risk Strategy which sets out how it aims to protect communities from flooding. Click here Please to access the consultation and make your views known. The consultation ends on Sunday 12 June.

Jack’s 100th Birthday Celebration On Saturday 28th May Jack celebrates his 100th birthday and would like to invite all friends and neighbours to celebrate with him at a ‘drop in’ Birthday Party to be held in the garden at Redmire Farm any time  between 2 & 6pm.  Please – no presents – just your presence – he’s always ready to chat! Should the weather let us down, the village hall is provisionally booked.



Jubilee Street Party - Don't forget to reserve you places - we need to know how many people are coming for planning purposes, so if you are planning to come, please email The Street Party to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is on Sunday June 5th at 12.30 p.m. and will be a Jacob's Join. More details are available by clicking here
19/05/22 Buckden Gala Just one month to go until the 2022 Buckden Gala and fell Race. Saturday 18th June; 12.30-4.30pm;  live music, fell race, dog show, children’s races, crafts, grand draw, beer tent, and hot and cold refreshments.  As usual we would be very grateful for donations of cakes (to sell both whole and in slices), tombola or raffle prizes and plants for the plant stall.  Please contact Pete (01756 761155 or email if you have any contributions. We are very grateful for the support that everyone gives us to run this event which raises money to support our thriving village hall.  Please do come and join us, as a helper or visitor, to make this another fabulous day!
19/05/22 The George Inn Message from Ed "Just to let you know that acclaimed acoustic duo True North are playing for us this Saturday afternoon 21st May from around 3.00pm until 5.00pm outside at The George to help celebrate Jackie's 60th birthday. Favourites from 70's to the noughties. Just give us a call if you would like us to save you a table for the afternoon. (up to six per table)"
19/05/22 Folk Music at The Buck  Live music is returning to the Buck Inn, Buckden. The first session will be held on Sunday June 12, from 2pm to 5pm. Click here to read the article about this in the Craven Herald
19/05/22 Road Closure Notification Stubbings Lane and Seal Bank, Buckden. The Closure will be in place for a period of 5 days between 13th June 2022 and 17th June 2022 to allow Quickline Communications Ltd to install fibre optic cabling. The closure will be in place between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00 The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link 
19/05/22 UWALS Upcoming Events  An evening of Words and Music The Octagon Theatre, Town Hall, Grassington. Friday 10th June 2022 at 7.30pm - click here for details An evening with TV food historian Dr Annie Grey. The Octagon: Friday 15th July 2022 7.30pm - click here for details


Stuart Ebden Penny has asked us to pass on the sad and shocking news that Stuart sadly died on Thursday in BRI. Penny and his family are in our thoughts and prayers
16/05/22 Job Vacancy - Parish Clerk A vacancy has arisen for the role of clerk to Buckden Parish Council. 12 hours per month. Click here for the job advert. Click here for the job description
16/05/22 Jubilee Street Party - As previously advertised here, it is planned to hold a village street party in the lane behind the Institute to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Sunday June 5th. This will be at 12.30 p.m. and will be a Jacob's Join. More details are available by clicking here. Please be sure to let us know if you are going to come, to help with planning by emailing
16/05/22 Christian Aid Week Support a great cause today! Upper Wharfedale Churches Together Christian Aid group is fundraising this Christian Aid week and they’d really appreciate your support. You can donate to the JustGiving page by clicking here
16/05/22 UWRSG May update - Click here for the May update from the Upper Wharfedale Refugee Support Group


Buckden Village Quiz - The Buckden May Quiz will take place on Sunday 8th May at The Buck Inn, Buckden. Please note new start time. Take your seats from: 7.15 p.m. Quiz starts:  7.45 p.m.  Entry fee - £2.50 per person In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Further info – email:
04/05/22 Annual Meeting of the Parish Council Click here to download the agenda for the annual meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 9th May. The meeting will be preceded by the the Annual Parish Meeting which will be held at 7.00 p.m. Click here to download agenda. Both meetings will be held in the Institute

Buckden Sunday Walkers 15 May After a disrupted season last year and a delayed start this year it's time to put your boots on again.  We are proposing an old favourite route from Kilnsey, over Malham Moor and back via Bordley - approximately 9 miles.  Meet at the Buck at 10.00 or at The Tenants at Kilnsey ready to walk at 10.30. Self cater for coffee and lunch stops. If interested it would help to let Robin know -


Buckden Monday Walkers  - Although no formal programme of walks is planned for the coming Summer, we hope to do the occasional ad hoc walk to which everyone is invited.    The first of these will be The Annual Feizor Bluebell Walk  on Monday 9th May.  Meet outside the Buck Inn, 10 am for car sharing – bring (smallish) packed lunch in order to save space for cake at Elaine’s Tea Room afterwards.   The weather forecast is good  and this is a  very special  walk.  (Dogs on leads) If anyone feels they would like to plan a programme of Walks (approx. 5 miles), or Evening Strolls (approx. 2.5 miles) ending with a  pub meal, feel free to contact Sandra or David who would be pleased to offer help.

04/05/22 Buckden Institute AGM - Report for those of you who were unable to attend the AGM, the Chair's report presented at the meeting, is available to download by clicking here
04/05/22 Skittles - diary date Following the successful Skittles evening last week, another Skittles evening has been arranged for Saturday 9th July at 7.30. Watch this space for details
04/05/22 Bank Holiday Buses - There will be a DalesBus Sunday service on both the Bank Holidays in early June - Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd June
04/05/22 May Link - Click here for the May edition of The Link
26/04/22 Skittles Night - Reminder  Remember to book your place for the skittles night in the Institute this Saturday (30th April) – 7.30 p.m.  Admission £5. Bring your own drinks and snacks To book your place please email Still a few places left
26/04/22 Notice of poll A poll for the election of a County Councillor for Wharfedale will be held on Thursday 5 May 2022, between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. The polling station for Buckden is the Institute. Click here to read the notice
26/04/22 Annual Parish Meeting The annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Institute at 7.00 p.m. on Monday 9th May. Click here to download the notice

Afternoon Cream Teas, in aid of church funds, will be served in Kettlewell Village Hall on Saturday, 30th April from 3-5pm. One the side will be a Cake Stall, Bottle Tombola, Bric a Brac and Toy Stall and ‘Name that Bear’ competition. Hope to see you there!

26/04/22 Woodland - Cray Gill The National Trust is planting woodland along Cray Gill in support of  their objectives to contribute to carbon sequestration and create wildlife habitat. Click here to read an article by Peter Katic describing the project and how you can get involved.

Hubberholme Church Easter Lilies Pictures of the lilies at St Michael and All angels this Easter. With thanks to all those who donated, dedicated and decorated. Click here to view


Kettlewell Film Night The next film show at Kettlewell Village Hall will be on a Friday and not the usual Saturday. The date is Friday 6th May 7.30pm and the film is "Mothering Sunday" starring Olivia Colman. Coiln Firth with Glenda JacksonTickets Adults £5 Under 19 £2.50 available from the village shop or on the door. Bring your own drinks and nibbles


Events at Amerdale Hall  Click here for details of spring events in Amerdale Hall in Arncliffe

11/04/22 Ukraine Coffee Morning - The Ukraine coffee morning has now raised £755.75 for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal. Many thanks to all those who helped, baked, came along, donated or otherwise contributed to this great result
11/04/22 Major Sporting Event in Buckden As reported here previously, this year's Buckden Pike Fell Race, to be held on Gala Day - Saturday 19th June,  is a championship event. Keith Jeddere Fisher has provided this explanation of the significance of this years event: "The Buckden Fell race during the Gala is going to attract many of the best mountain runners in the UK. A chance to see elite athletes that you have never heard of battling each other on Buckden Pike for silverware! This year the race is part of almost every fell running championship there is! It is the only race in England for the British Championship, one of six races for the English Championship and the only race for both the Yorkshire Senior & U23 Championships. In addition to the elite athletes there will also be some local runners enjoying the day. At the beginning of April there were already 502 entrants. A chance for records to fall? The men’s record is 30 minutes 51 seconds by Colin Donnelly in 1988 and the ladies record is 36 minutes and 32 seconds by Carol Greenwood in 1993. The ladies’ race is at 1.00 pm and the men’s at 2.30 pm."
11/04/22 Network Infrastructure improvements for Buckden parish - Two major projects are in the pipeline which, if they come off, will radically improve Buckden's network and telecoms infrastructure. Boundless Networks are planning to provide Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) capability as far up the dale as Buckden village whilst maintaining and upgrading the wireless service up Langstrothdale. FTTP will provide speeds of up to 900 Mb/s, with a 150 Mb/s circuit costing ~£32 per month.

Meanwhile planning is underway for the provision of a 4G mobile service for the area. Details are still somewhat vague but it is expected to provide Vodafone, O2 and Three mobile coverage both for the village and up Langstrothdale. This will be a huge improvement over the Vodafone ROSS 3G service which is showing its age.


Skittles Night  Buckden Village Institute Saturday 30th April – 7.30 p.m.  Admission £5. Bring your own drinks and snacks To book your place please email Tickets are selling briskly, so book early to avoid disappointment

11/04/22 May Quiz - The May quiz, which will be the last of this season will be held on the second Sunday in May - May 8th. This is due to the first Sunday being the bank holiday weekend.
11/04/22 UWRSG April update - Click here for the April update from the Upper Wharfedale Refugee Support Group
11/04/22 Sunday Summer Bus Service - The Dalesbus Summer timetable will start from this Sunday. Bank holiday bus services this weekend will be provided by the Venturer on Good Friday, and by DalesBus on Easter Sunday & Easter Monday. Normal Venturer service resumes on Tuesday when we will be running the School Holidays timetable.
11/04/22 Notice of Uncontested Election The election for Buckden Parish Council (due to be held on May 5th was not contested. Accordingly the following people are elected to the parish council: Peter Breen, Andreww Jarrett, Peter Ramsden; Peter Vetch & Jane Way - click here for the notice
11/04/22 Parish Council Agenda - Click here to download the agenda for the April Parish Council meeting


Notice of Elections - click here for Notice of County Council elections; click here for notice of Parish Council elections. Note that the closing time / date for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 5th April 2022.

29/03/22 Buckden Singers Concert postponed Sadly, in the light of very high incidence of Covid infection nationally and the number of cases locally, it has been decided to postpone the concert planned for Sunday 3rd April in Kettlewell Village Hall. Details of the new date will be published here when this is known



Buckden Village Quiz - the April Quiz will be held on Sunday April 10th in the Buck Inn. Take your seats from: 7.15 p.m. Quiz starts:  7.45 p.m.  Entry fee - £2.50 per person In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Further info – email:



Institute Coffee Morning - Ukraine There will be a coffee morning in the Institute on Saturday 9th April - 10.30 - 12.30 in aid of Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal. Coffee / Tea / Cake / Biscuits. Admission: £3.00 to cover coffee and cake. Tombola Please email with offers of baking or tombola prizes. Please come along and support this very worthwhile cause. Click here for poster


Spring Flower & Craft Morning  - Tuesday 5th April – Buckden Institute. There are still a few places available  -  £10 to include materials and light refreshments.  Contact Sue Lusted  01756 760877 for more details.



Jack Wood - Birthday - A date for the diary!  Saturday 28th May - Jack will be 100 on Saturday 28th May – Everyone is invited to join the celebration in the garden at Redmire  Farm during the afternoon (Village Institute booked as a precaution!).  Further details re timing etc. later.  He would love to see you all.



UWRSG update Click here to read an update from the UW Refugee Support Group. The update focuses on the Nationality and Borders Bill and Ukraine as well as some other activities


April Link - Click here for the April edition of The Link


Helping Hands - volunteers needed - Grassington and District Helping Hands started life in 1986 –with the object of "bringing help and comfort to those in need in Wharfedale and the adjacent areas". That help includes transporting the sick to hospitals and medical centres, opticians, dentists, chiropodists. Following the pandemic, as they resume operations they have a shortage of drivers, and are looking for more volunteers. Please click here to find out more.


Kettlewell Film Night The next film show at Kettlewell Village Hall is "herself" to be shown on Saturday 2nd April 7.30pm. Young mother Sandra escapes her abusive husband and fights back against a broken housing system. She sets out to build her own home and in the process rebuilds her life and rediscovers herself. Cert 15 Tickets £5 Under 19 £2.50 available from the village shop or on the door.

29/03/22  Health Services Survey - Craven Communities Together are running a survey about timely access to services and support. Click here for details and to participate
29/03/22  Lynn & Steve - new venture - Greetings from Tregaron in West Wales! With summer time starting this weekend, we’d like to introduce our new venture: Orchid Meadows. We’re turning our small-holding into a nature enhancement site offering quirky holiday hideaways with good food and rustic cooking. We plan to be open by the summer. Take a look by clicking here


Buckden Village Quiz - The March Buckden Quiz will take place on Sunday 6th March at The Buck Inn, Buckden. Please note new start time. Take your seats from: 7.15 p.m. Quiz starts:  7.45 p.m.  Entry fee - £2.50 per person In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Further info – email:




Buckden Village Institute - Coffee Morning The next Institute coffee morning  will be on Saturday 12th March.10.00 - 12.00. Coffee / Tea / Cake / Biscuits. Admission: £3.00 to cover coffee and cake. Places are limited to 18 at any one time due to Covid security measures, so you may be asked to wait for a few minutes if the hall is full when you arrive.




Platinum Jubilee - Street Party - It is planned to hold a village street party in the lane behind the Institute to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Details to follow but please put the date in your diary: Sunday June 5th at lunchtime


UWRSG - Ukraine Crisis - Click here to read an article by Stella on how you can help Ukrainian refugees


March Link - Click here for the March edition of The Link


UWRSG Update - March Please click here to read the March update from Stella


'Opera for the People' with Nicola Mills - Kettlewell Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Saturday 9 April. Nicola performs light opera and crossover music. Hear her stories and choose from her Song Menu. Nicola is a w~rld class soprano singing at Glyndebourne and in opera houses throughout Europe and New York. The evening promises to be uplifting, friendly and down to earth - it's opera for the people. Tickets £10/£8 from or on the door. Children under 12 free.


Buckden Singers ‘Out of the darkness and into the light’ As we emerge from the Covid Pandemic, Buckden Singers together with the Rev Tom Lusty are putting together a community event that is both celebratory and commemorative: ‘Out of the darkness and into the light.’ It will take place in Kettlewell Village Hall on 3rd April at 4.00pm and it will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be served. We anticipate that demand will be quite high so we would ask you to book your seats in advance by contacting  or by telephone 01756 760882. There will be a small charge of £5 to cover costs. Some tickets may be available on the door.



Buckden Visitor Numbers - Interesting article on Yorkshire Live reporting on visitor numbers in Dales Villages. Buckden had the second highest increase in the Dales with an increase in January 2022 of 98% compared with the average of January 2019 & 2020. Click here to read the article
22/02/22 Upper Wharfedale Bus - As it is half-term this week in North Yorkshire the Venturer is running to the school holidays timetable from Monday 21st Feb to Friday 25th Feb.
22/02/22 Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival - Following the recent meetings it has been announced that

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival is back in business and will return this August 13th-21st. There will be amazing scarecrows, amazing cakes and amazing weather (!) Please note: there will be some changes to accommodate Covid rules, so please keep checking the festival Facebook page  to see the plans. @kettlewellscarecrowfestival  



Buckden Parish Council - February The February meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 14th February 2022 at 7pm at Buckden Village Institute . Click here to download the draft agenda. The final agenda will be published here on Wednesday

Wharfedale Support Group For Manorlands Hospice are holding a lunch (soup and desert) with guests 3 well known stars of Emmerdale - Harriet. Rhona and Laurel - in Cracoe on Saturday 12th March Click here for details. Pre- booking essential - tickets available from Graham Walter 01756 760337

07/02/22 Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival EGM Tuesday, February 8th, 7.30pm Kettlewell Village Hall An Emergency General Meeting will be held to discuss the results of the recently distributed questionnaire. All are welcome to hear the results, discuss and make decisions.


1. Apologies / Secretary to note names of all those in attendance

2. Feedback from survey – Tom Lusty

3. Committee’s deliberations and update on Officers

4. Update on review of Constitution

5. Request for more volunteers to join teams

6. Questions/AOB/Close




Buckden Gala - Planning is now underway for the 2022 Buckden Gala, which will be held on Saturday 18th June. Please make sure you have reserved the date in your diary. If you have  organised a stall / activity in previous years, you will be contacted in the next week or two. If you have an idea for a new stall / activity, please email us at  In March / April we will be looking for volunteers to help out on the stalls / activities for an hour or two on the day. For those people who have not been to a gala this short video gives  gives a flavour of the character and atmosphere of this special village event - click here  to watch


Buckden Village Quiz - The February Buckden Quiz will take place on Sunday 6th February at The Buck Inn, Buckden. Please note new start time. Take your seats from: 7.15 p.m. Quiz starts:  7.45 p.m.  Entry fee - £2.50 per person In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Further info – email:


Buckden Village Institute - Coffee Morning The next Institute coffee morning  will be on Saturday 12th February.10.00 - 12.00. Coffee / Tea / Cake / Biscuits. Admission: £3.00 to cover coffee and cake. Places are limited to 18 at any one time due to Covid security measures, so you may be asked to wait for a few minutes if the hall is full when you arrive.
29/01/22 School Governor Vacancies - Could you help shape the future of our Dales Schools? The Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation (which includes our own Kettlewell School) is looking to appoint three new governors, with a range of skills and experience. Click here for details
29/01/22 February Link - Click here for the February edition of The Link
29/01/22 Buckden Whist - Whist will restart on Wednesday 9th February and will take place fortnightly thereafter - usual Ts & Cs apply
29/01/22 Knit & Knatter - will restart on Tuesday 1st February and be held weekly weekly thereafter
29/01/22 Job vacancy - Littondale Click here for details of a vacancy for a part-time PA role in  Littondale
04/01/22 Buckden Parish Council - having due regard to the current situation with the virus, the January PC meeting will not be held and all relevant business will be transferred to the to the February meeting (to be held on 14th February).
04/01/22 January Quiz and Coffee Morning cancelled Due to current levels of Covid infection both nationally and in the village, the January Village Quiz (planned for Sunday 9th) and the Coffee Morning (planned for Saturday 15th) will NOT now take place. We will review the position for February at the end of the month


New Year’s Day Walk Snow should not be a problem – but come well prepared – and pack a camera too. Meet outside the ‘Buck Inn’ for departure by 11 a.m. Distance: approx. 2.5 miles Time: Approx. 1.5 hours. Refreshments will be on the patio to the rear of No 11 Dalegarth, rather than squeezing indoors.

Everyone very welcome ~ non-walkers come to Dalegarth around 12:30. Click here for details

01/01/22 Christian Aid Carols event - Due to the rise in Covid infections and the new foyer restrictions at Tesco, Skipton, the local Churches Together Christian Aid group , with regret, made the decision to cancel the Carol Singing fundraiser, which was planned for 2pm on Thursday, December 23. If you are able, please still show your support by donating at: Upper Wharfedale Fellowship of Churches Christian Aid (Sort Code 20-78-42 Account Number 43851834 Many thanks for your compassionate giving in support of those who live in poorer circumstances.
01/01/22 Christmas at Hubberholme Church - Click here for pictures of St Michael's Hubberholme decorated for Christmas. Thank you to all those who have donated a ‘Star’ for the Christmas Tree. It looks truly stunning. Also, well done to everyone who decorated the church
01/01/22 January Link - Click here for the January edition of The Link
01/01/22 Scarecrow Festival The January copy of The Link should be dropping through your letterbox any day now, and in it, a copy of our questionnaire to gauge interest - and much-needed support - for the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival. But if you can't wait, click here to download a copy to print off and send in. And if you want a printed copy, you can pick one up, at the following places:  Kettlewell Church, Arncliffe Church, Conistone Church, Hubberholme Church, Kettlewell Shop, Kettlewell Deli, Kettlewell Village Hall, The Buck and The Fox & Hounds! They're everywhere! Please complete a questionnaire and return it to Vicar Tom Lusty, at The Vicarage, Kettlewell, BD23 5QU, or via email: by 21st January 2022. Thank you!
13/12/21 Buckden Parish Council - December The December meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 13th December 2021 at 7pm at Buckden Village Institute . Click here to download the agenda
13/12/21 Diary Dates - January Quiz and Coffee Morning Due to the Bank Holiday, the January Quiz will be held on Sunday 9th January at 7.45 p.m. The January Coffee Morning will therefore be held on Saturday 15th January...both of these clearly dependent on Covid measures in place at the time.
13/12/21 Craven Community Champions Awards 2021 Nominations are now open for the Community Champions awards. Click here for details
13/12/21 The George - Message from Ed: "We still have plenty of availability for our curry night on Wednesday 15th at 19.00. entree , starters and main courses all for £19.95 per person. 20 main course options to choose between including: Korma , Massala, Josh or Thai Green -chicken, lamb, beef, king prawn or veggie. Also for anyone fancying a pre-season festive menu we have availability Wednesday, Thursday or Friday lunchtime and Thursday or Friday evening. It would be great to welcome you all - pre-booking essential - temperature taking, mask wearing and social distancing continue to be in operation at The George."
13/12/21 December Link - Click here for the December edition of The Link
13/12/21 UWRSG Update - Click here for the latest refugee update from Stella
13/12/21 Storm Arwen - Letter from Northern Powergrid Click here to read an email from Northern Powergrid  explaining compensation payments for Storm Arwen related outages, the process for payment and what customers should do if they have any issues or concerns
13/12/21 FEAST activities for children FEAST is all about children and young people enjoying food, entertainment, arts and sport together. Children and young people in North Yorkshire who get benefits-related free school meals can book onto our holiday activity sessions during the Christmas holidays for free, where each day they’ll also receive a free hot meal or packed lunch. There are loads of activities to get involved in and they’re absolutely free! Click here for details
29/11/21 Buckden Singers Christmas 2021 Due to the ongoing Covid situation, there will unfortunately not be a Buckden Singers Christmas Concert in the Institute this year. A small group of Buckden Singers will lead the singing at the  Carol Service at St  Michael’s, Hubberholme, which will take place on Wednesday 29th December at 7.00pm. The congregation will be asked to wear masks and socially distance. Click here for more details and for information about rehearsals next year.
29/11/21 New single council for North Yorkshire - update Click here to read the first update on the progress being made towards the setting up of the new council for North Yorkshire - which has imaginatively been named "North Yorkshire Council".
29/11/21 Refugees - November Update Click here to read an update from Stella about the refugee situation and what is going on locally. Click here for details of the Christmas collection in Upper Wharfedale
29/11/21 Christmas at the George Click here for details of Christmas at the George, covering the Festive Menu, closing times, Curry Night, Pie Night and the Christmas Grotto

Christmas Produce Stall in aid of The Parish of Upper Wharfedale and Littondale will be held in The Lychgate of St. Mary’s Church, Kettlewell  from 10.30am until 12noon on Saturday, 4th December. (In Church if wet!)  Homemade Jams, Marmalade, Chutney, Mincemeat, Christmas Cakes ,Puddings and Biscuits, Mince pies, Fudge, Greetings Cards, Christmas Tablecloths, Napkins and Runners. Definitely worth a visit – you’d be very welcome.

29/11/21 Wild Ingleborough Project Click here for a poster about the Wild Ingleborough project. The team up there are now busy planting trees and are hoping people would like to go and help them. Click here for more information or to book a place


Gerry the Postman - You may be aware that Gerry, the postman, has recently retired and his round is being taken over by Mark. Debbie is arranging a village collection for Gerry from anyone who wishes to contribute after his many years of service in this village.  If you wish to contribute please could you let Debbie know by email or drop your contribution to her at Fairlawn  in an envelope


Royal British Legion poppy appeal Message from David Lusted "I'm sorry that virtually nil notice was given regarding the impromptu  sale of poppies around the village.  In no way did it dent the generosity of those who made their donations. I'm delighted to say that Buckden raised £200. Another great community effort; 'Thank you'. David"



Buckden Gala 2022 After two years without a Gala, the Institute Committee have decided that the 2022 Buckden Gala will go ahead, subject of course to any unexpected developments in the course of the pandemic. The Gala will be held, as is traditional, on the third Saturday in June – so please put Saturday 18th June 2022 in your diaries.  Click here  to watch a short video which we hope conveys something of the character and atmosphere of this special event, please. Go to Click here  for more details about the Gala and The Institute.
08/11/21 Buckden Bonfire - Message from Peter Breen

"On behalf of the PC I would like to say how grateful we are to everyone who helped to make the bonfire get together a success and to all those who turned up to enjoy it.  I was also delighted that the absence of fireworks did not deter children from coming.  I was sorry not to be there but, as many of you know, I'm recovering from surgery.  Hope to see everyone soon".

08/11/21 Institute Coffee Morning A reminder to book your places for the  Institute Coffee Morning. Saturday 13th November in the hall. Coffee / Tea / Cake / Biscuits. Places are limited due to Covid security measures. There will be two slots: 9.45 – 10.45     &     11.00 – 12.00   * Booking Required * Admission: £3.00 to cover coffee and cake. Please email  or call 01756 761155 to reserve a place and indicate which slot you would prefer. Book early to avoid disappointment



Lynn Thornborrow returns to Buckden (briefly)…Lynn is paying a flying visit to Buckden on Friday 12 November and would like to catch up with friends and neighbours of old for coffee at the Buck Inn. Please do drop in from 12 noon onwards – Lynn says it would be great to see you and hear how things are in the dale

02/11/21 Buckden Parish Council - November The November meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 7th November 2021 at 7pm at Buckden Village Institute . Click here to download the agenda

Buckden Bonfire The bonfire is going ahead on Friday 5 November at 6.00 p.m. The Parish Council sees this as an opportunity for residents to get together for a social occasion in a relatively safe outdoor location.  It will be a Jacob's Join with liquid refreshment provided in the form of mulled wine and a selection of soft drinks.  Please feel free to start building the bonfire on the Green on the usual site - no rubber or mattresses please.

30/10/21 Buckden Village Quiz - The Buckden Quiz will take place on Sunday 7th November at The Buck Inn, Buckden. Please note new start time. Take your seats from: 7.15 p.m. Quiz starts:  7.45 p.m.  Entry fee - £2.50 per person In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Further info – email:


Buckden Village Institute - Coffee Morning The next Institute coffee morning  will be on Saturday 13th November. Coffee / Tea / Cake / Biscuits. Places are limited due to Covid security measures. There will be two slots: 9.45 – 10.45     &     11.00 – 12.00 Admission: £3.00 to cover coffee and cake.  *Booking Required* Please email or call 01756 761155 to reserve a place and indicate which slot you would prefer.
30/10/21 Refugee Collection Message from Anne Vetch: "We were delighted with and overwhelmed by the amount of winter clothing donated across the community in our churches and schools for the refugee collection. We were able to take two full minibus and three full car loads to PAFRAS and YORKSHIRE AID in Leeds. Very many thanks to all who donated or helped in any way at all."                    
30/10/21 Christmas Workshop - Unfortunately the Christmas Craft Workshop planned for the 16th November has had to be cancelled.
30/10/21 PFCC Commissioner Election The election for the new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will be held in the Institute on Thursday 25th November

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival The Scarecrow Festival AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 16 at Kettlewell Village Hall. Social distancing rules will be in place. After two years of Covid disruption the festival is at a major crossroads, and the AGM will be making decisions about the future of the event. The organisers are keen that members of the community attend the meeting and share their views. Click here for details



November Link - Click here for the November Link which this month has a theme of "Saints of old"
30/10/21 Dales Bus Winter Timetable - Dales bus are now running their Winter Sunday Timetable - click here to download
14/10/21 Buckden Parish Council - October The September meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 18th October 2021 at 7pm in Buckden School Room . Click here to download the agenda

Buckden Sunday Walkers - 24 October  Looks like the last walk of the season except for a possible Christmas Special.  John Milnes has volunteered (under duress) to be a guest walk leader for this event starting from Carperby.  Meet at the Buck at 10.00 or Carperby village green at 10.30.  Usual self catering applies. Please let Robin know if you intend to attend in case of late changes.

14/10/21 Music at the George True North - acoustic covers band are playing again at The George - outside under cover from 15.00 to 17.00 on Saturday 30th October. Reserve a table for up to six people for just £10 to enjoy great songs of the last six decades. Please  call to guarantee a table
14/10/21 Buckden Village Quiz Good to see so many people at Sunday's quiz in the Buck. The next quiz will be on Sunday 7th November, so make a note in your diary.
14/10/21 Wild Ingleborough Walks Click here for more info on the Wild Ingleborough project and guided walks
05/10/21 Buckden Village Quiz - The October Quiz will take place on Sunday 10th October at The Buck Inn, Buckden. Take your seats from: 7.00 p.m. Quiz starts:  7.30 p.m.  Entry fee - £2.50 per person In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Further info – email:

Buckden Thursday Walkers (weather permitting) 7th October 2021. A circular walk via Attermire Scar & Victoria cave. Meet outside The Buck Inn for departure by 10:00 am. Car sharing; About 4 miles (max.). Easy walking, with one short moderate section.  Bring a picnic and something to sit on! (Could be damp).  If wet, eat/shelter in Victoria’s Cave. Leave room for cake & hot chocolate at ‘The Folly’ later. Dogs welcome, but there may be sheep & cows. Please pass on this information to others who might be interested. For further information: Contact Sandra - 01756 760246 or David - 01756760877



Eyes on the Bog The National Trust is working with the Yorkshire Peat Partnership to restore and monitor blanket bogs on our Dales properties and as part of this we are looking for volunteers who might be interested in helping to carry out the monitoring.  Click here for a poster which explains in more detail what we are trying to achieve.  Training will be provided If anyone is interested.  If you’d like to ask any questions about this, or take part in the monitoring, please contact Peter Katic on

Craft Workshop for Christmas  Led by Sarah Perry ex of Buckden. She will teach us the art of making Christmas goods (with items to take home). Light refreshments. Tuesday 16th November at 10.30 in Buckden Village Hall.  £10 per person but note places  are limited. This is a fundraising event for the Parish by Hubberholme Church. Ring Josie Cowpe  01756 761154 to book. Click here for poster

05/10/21 October Link - Click here for the October Link which this month has a theme of "Afghanistan"



Agatha Christie & Art Deco History Wardrobe and cream tea! Seductive, sensational and chic, this stunning fashion presentation celebrates the life and times of the Queen of Crime with the added twist of a mystery to solve. Characters from Christie's era are brought to life through dramatic readings and dazzling Deco fashions from the 20s & 30s - dainty day dresses, beaded 'flapper' frocks and sweeping evening gowns. Discover just why Mrs Christie's life was as interesting as any novel, from her work in the world of archaeology to the drama of her eleven-day disappearance. Lucy Adlington’s History wardrobe has earned countless plaudits over the years as evidenced by the enthusiasm UWALS’s booking of them elicited.  Join us for an entertaining afternoon and cream tea, visiting a time before COVID! Thursday 4th November 2021 Kettlewell Village Hall 2pm. Tickets £12/£15 UWALS members/non-members, includes cream tea. Please email or telephone 01756 770051/770350 to reserve your ticket.


Hubberholme Church Fund Raiser To all book readers. Buckden School Room Porch now has books on a bookshelf. These books are available for people  to take  in exchange for a donation to Church funds.  Money can be put in the honesty box  which will be emptied regularly.

05/10/21 Cancer Research Fund Raiser  On Sunday, 17th October there will be a Coffee Morning and Cake Stall at Buckden School Room in order to raise funds for Cancer Research. The event will run from 10.00am until 4.00pm (or until all the cakes are gone!) and any baking donations will be gratefully received. Please drop them off for Janet Mudd at the Buck Inn (761933) or with Deirdre Halsall (760296). Thank you in anticipation for your support.


Buckden Parish Council - Casual Vacancy There is now another casual vacancy on the Parish Council. Click here  for details


Buckden Parish Council - Change of meeting date Please note that the BPC meeting in October will be on Monday 18th (and not Monday 11th as previously advertised). The meeting will be in the School Room
21/09/21 Buckden Village Institute - Coffee Morning In aid of Manorlands Saturday 25th September.  The Saturday coffee morning events will restart this month. Proceeds to Manorlands in memory of BVI Committee member Derek Green, who died earlier this year. Coffee / Tea / Cake / Biscuits / Raffle. Places are limited due to Covid security measures. There will be two slots: 9.45 – 10.45     &     11.00 – 12.00  Admission: £3.00 to cover coffee and cake.  * Booking Required* Please email or call 01756 761155 to reserve a place and indicate which slot you would prefer.
21/09/21 St Michael & All Angels Harvest & Patronal Service Hubberholme Harvest & St Michael & All Angels Patronal Service will be held on September 26th at 9.30am.  Donations of items can be made at the church on Saturday September 25th and just before the service. We feel unable this year to hold our usual Harvest Supper and Auction in the Village Institute. As an alternative cash donations for the perishables can be made after the service to be sent to St George's Crypt, Leeds (For the Homeless). Other goods will be taken to Skipton Food Bank. We hope that you will be able to support in some way  our service and these two charities
21/09/21 Afghanistan Crisis - How can I help? Click here for information about how you can take part in a local drive to help, involving the schools, churches and communities of Upper Wharfedale.
21/09/21 UWRSG Update - Click here for the latest news from the Upper Wharfedale Support Group, including details of the recent presentation given by Stella as well as a variety of information about the refugee crisis, and about local involvement
21/09/21 Kettlewell Churchyard wins award The churchyard in Kettlewell has been declared the "best in North Yorkshire" in the CPRE Best Churchyard competition. Click here for details

UWB Job Vacancy - Part-time Paid driver Upper Wharfedale Bus are seeking to recruit a part-time paid driver to drive the Venturer from the start of November. One and half days (~13.5 hours) per week. To download the job advert and details on how to apply, please click here.

11/09/21 UWRSG Refugee presentation Stella Perrott will give a Zoom briefing on the current refugee situation, l0cally, nationally and globally on Monday 13th  at 7.00 p.m. The title of the session is Refugees - Making sense of the situation and how you can help" For details - click here

Buckden Parish Council - September The September meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 13th September 2021 at 7pm at Buckden Village Institute . Click here to download the agenda

10/09/21 Buckden Sunday Walkers - Due to staffing difficulties (holidays) there will be no walk in September. The October walk may be delayed until the 24th - watch this space for details

Hubberholme Church – Churchyard tidy up  Two mornings are planned to do some work to tidy up the two churchyards. The main job is the annual cutting of the rough grass areas to the side and back of the church but we will also get a few other things tidied up. The main tools needed will be strimmers and rakes for the grass and loppers for cutting trees etc back. We should also have the Kettlewell strimmer / mower to help get the grass down. The proposed dates are: Wednesday 6th October and Saturday 9th October from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, as mid-week is better for some people but Saturday will be better for others. You are of course welcome to come to both! If you are planning to go please tell Keith Jeddere-Fisher, so that the work can be planned appropriately.


Buckden Singers meet again - Buckden Singers met to rehearse together again last night - the first time for 18 months. The choir is rehearsing at church for the time being, to allow for social distancing. Great to see everyone again....and to welcome some new members.

22/08/21 Buckden Village Quiz - The first Buckden Quiz of the new season will take place on Sunday 5th September at The Buck Inn, Buckden. Take your seats from: 7.00 p.m. Quiz starts:  7.30 p.m.  Entry fee - £2.50 per person In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Further info – email:


Buckden Village Picnic - An informal village picnic is planned for Sunday 29th August on the village green, from 12.30 p.m.  Bring your own picnic, drinks, cutlery, seats etc.


Buckden Walkers Thursday Walk  2nd September 2021 - A circular walk via Attermire Scar & Victoria cave, above Settle Easy walking, with one short moderate section. Click here for details



UWRSG - Afghanistan Crisis - Click here to read a write-up from Stella about how people can help with the Afghan refugee crisis


Buckden Singers Latest Recordings The final pieces from our lockdown recordings are now available on YouTube. The links are below. The choral suite ‘A Lasting Peace’ is produced as one continuous piece linked together by commentary. Athenry speaks for itself! The recordings were mixed by Richard  Reeday and the video produced by Anne Vetch. Anne writes: "Maintaining a choir of some sort during lockdown and producing the stuff we have done has actually been a great achievement and I am very proud of and grateful to everyone who has contributed in any way. It will however be good to sing together as an ‘in person’ choir again and welcome back all our members."

Click here for: A Lasting Peace

Click here for: Fields of Athenry



Buckden Village Institute Revised Covid Measures The Institute Committee met this week to discuss and agree the updated risk assessment and principles for use of the hall, in the light of revised government guidance, advice from Community First Yorkshire, and the current levels of vaccination and infection in Craven. On this basis it was agreed that there should be some limited relaxation of the Covid Secure measures. Click here to read a summary of the Covid Security measures for the hall. This approach will allow some further activities to restart, albeit potentially in modified form. Others activities (e.g. Buckden Singers) will have to take place in larger venues, simply due to the numbers of people involved.

The committee is keen to encourage use of the hall however, and for the remainder of 2021, the hall will be available free of charge, for use by local individuals and groups . Anyone interested in booking the hall should email Event organisers will be supplied with a  copy of the updated Risk Assessment and Covid 19 Special Conditions of Hire.

Watch this space for details of upcoming activities and events.



Buckden Coffee Morning - There will be a coffee morning in the Institute on Saturday 25th September - details to follow
28/08/21  September Link  Click here to read the September edition of The Link


Buckden Knit & Natter The Knit and Natter Group will resume on Tuesday 7 September. The group meets at 11 Dalegarth, Buckden between 10.30 and 12.30 each week – the ability to knit is not required, just come along, join in the chat and enjoy a coffee! New members will be very welcome; if you would like more information ring Sue on 760877.


Buckden Whist Whist starts on Wednesday 15 September, and then held fortnightly in Buckden Village Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm and play starts at 7pm; there is an entry charge of £3:50 including supper. The evening is light-hearted, with the emphasis on good company! Newcomers will be made very welcome by all our ‘regulars’. If you would like more information ring David on 760877.


Clement Roebuck Charity - Change of date & area - The Trustees of the Clement Roebuck Charity have extended the qualification area and application closure date for the cottage on Conistone Road, Kettlewell. Applications are now invited from Littondale as well, and the closure date for applications is now 20th September. Click here for details



Live Music at the George Message from Ed "Just a heads up that on Saturday 28th August we are having an acoustic set of favourite covers from the last six decades performed by the duo True North. The music will start at 15.00 and finish at 17.30 and will be performed ' under canvas in our beer patio. To help cover the cost we have 8 tables of six available to reserve for the afternoon at £30 per table - which includes the first pint of beer , lager, cider, small wine or soft drink for each guest included in the price . If reserving a table please advise how many guests will accompany you ( min two and max six guests). Dependant upon uptake we will also take reservations for single guests who are happy to share a table with up to five others at £5 per head. We will be continuing to operate table service only to maximise enjoyment whilst staying safe. For making a reservation or for any questions just give Ed , Jackie or Sarah a call on 760223 Cheers Ed"



Buckden Parish Council - Extraordinary Meeting There will be an extraordinary meeting of Buckden Parish Council on Wednesday 18th August at 7.00 p.m. in the Institute. Click here to download the agenda

Buckden Sunday Walkers 15 August.  This Sunday's walk is being led by Martin, starting from the Cross in Askrigg.  Meet at The Buck at 10.00 to share lifts or at Askrigg at 10.30.  Usual self catering required.  Weather so far looks good.  Walk details from Martin:   Walk to Bainbridge past the railway station and the Fors Abbey site, then follow the River Bain to Semerwater and then cross to Cubeck below Addlebrough. Down to Worton and back to Askrigg across the meadows. I estimate it to be about 8 miles, difficult to work out the ups and downs but no more than  150.meters.

05/08/21 Buckden Parish Council - August The August meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 9th August at 7.00 p.m. in the Institute. Click here to download the agenda
05/08/21 The George Inn - Message from Ed "Hi Folks. Just to let you know that for the safety of our customers and staff at The George we are continuing to observe pre 19th July restrictions and would like to thank all our Buckden friends for your positive feedback in this regard. On Saturday 7th August Martin Francis our favourite folk singer has agreed to do a small gig for us from around 8.00 until 10.30pm. To ensure adequate ventilation this will be held outside and under cover. We will be taking bookings for diners as always from 6.00 to 7.30 so if you are wanting to stay for the 'gig' please be sure to specify an outside table. We will also aim to reserve tables for those just wanting to listen to the music from 8.00 ( each table can seat up to six people). Food and drinks will continue to be exclusively table service, so we hope this will  enable us to enjoy some excellent live music without compromising our safety.Drop us a line or give us a call if you would like to join in. Cheers - Ed, Jackie, Sarah, Scott and George"

Clement Roebuck Charity - The Trustees Of Clement Roebuck Charity will shortly be having a bungalow for rental on Conistone Road, Kettlewell. Initially this property will be available only to Retired Persons living in the Parishes of Kettlewell with Starbotton, Buckden and Conistone with Kilnsey. Only persons not owning their own property will be considered. Anyone interested in applying should contact the Trustees of the above Charity by Letter only explaining their circumstances to the address below before the 28th August 2021.The Trustees of the Clement Roebuck Charity, c/o Hideaway Cottage, Middle Lane, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QX

05/08/21 The  Link - August  - Click here to read the August edition of The Link
05/08/21 Recycle It - New Items listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details


Buckden Parish Council - Vacancy Message from Peter Breen - "Buckden Parish Council is actively seeking to co-opt another member to complete the 5 person team.  No qualifications are required other than being resident in or owning property within the Parish boundaries and it doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived in the Parish; it only matters that you care about its upkeep and future and enjoy being part of a team.  We meet once a month on the second Monday of the month at 7.00pm in the Institute.  The duties are not onerous and are shared out according to people’s skills with due attention to their other commitments.

I would be happy to talk, on an informal basis, to anyone interested in joining us.  Send me an email or give me a ring on 01756 760817. Peter Breen Chairman, Buckden Parish Council



Upper Wharfedale Venturer Face-coverings still required on the Venturer after 19th July. In the light of the current high levels of Covid infection across the country, passengers will be required to continue to wear a mask when travelling on the 72B Venturer  after Monday 19th July. This decision has been taken to protect the passengers and staff by mitigating as far as possible the risks identified in our updated risk management plan.


Buckden Singers - new song released Probably the Zoom Choir's finest achievement so far has to be this: our own ‘Song of Hope’, inspired by Rita Baxter from Starbotton. Members of the zoom choir sent in ideas around their feelings during lockdown to myself and Rich which we translated into some words: Richard then wrote the music: we recorded, and he mixed the final version. Hey presto a four-part rendition of the piece we have written collectively, matched with appropriate visuals. A positive mindset during this pandemic has been hard; our ‘Song of Hope’ goes some way towards bringing a collective optimism and joy. Click here to enjoy!


Buckden Singers - September Click here to read a message from Anne to current and former members of Buckden Singers, as well as anyone who might be interested in joining


Recycle It - New Items listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details



Manorlands Garden Party Wednesday 18th August 2-4pm in a large garden on the outskirts of Grassington. (Click here for Poster) This eagerly anticipated event in support of Manorlands Hospice was sadly missed last year so we anticipate a big demand for tickets. Order your tickets £7.50   from Graham Walter Tel 760337 email



Grassington Players need sunflowers!! Grassington Players have the World Amateur Premiere of “Calendar Girls. The Musical” to be performed in Grassington Devonshire Institute  from 25th. September to 2nd October 2021. For this they need a plethora of Sunflowers, so we want to include the whole community, from the very young to the very old!

They are asking people  to make sunflowers in any media, any size, in order to fill the Town hall with sunflowers! If you are growing sunflowers, and they are surviving until the show, can they have those too please? Your contact for Grassington Players is Mary Wilkinson, Tel: 01756 752740 / 07979149019 Please let them know what you are doing, and your progress. Can you bring the ones you have made to Grassington Hub and tell us how many real ones By Friday 10th. September - Thank you

07/07/21 Buckden Gala - hold the date - correction Thank you to Barbara for pointing out that the date of next year's Gala will be Saturday 18th June (rather than the 20th as previously stated)). Please put the correct date in your diaries!
07/07/21 Buckden Parish Council - July The July meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 12th July at 7.00 p.m. in the Institute. Click here to download the agenda


Licensing of the new Vicar The Licensing Service for the new Vicar, the Rev Tom Lusty, was held on Monday at St Oswald’s Church, Arncliffe. The ceremony was attended by the Bishop of Ripon, the Right Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, the Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, the Ven. Jonathan Gough, and other guests as well as Tom's family. Pictures from the service, the Bishop’s sermon and Tom’s response to his welcome, can be found on a special Licensing Service page on the church website - click here to view

04/07/21 Buckden Thursday Walks This month’s Thursday walk will be on Thursday 8th July as a number of people were unable to make 1st July. The walk is a circular route, approximately 2.5 miles along the banks of the river Swale in Swaledale near Reeth. We will park at the Dales Bike Centre in Fremington (no charge) where there is a Cafe and Cakery! waiting for us on our return. Meet outside The Buck to leave at 10 am. or meet at the Dales Bike Centre ( DL11 6AW )at 11 am. Bring a pack lunch. Everyone welcome including your four legged friend🐾. For further information contact Sandra 01756 760246 / 07976855072.

The days for the walks for the rest of the season are: August 5th, September 2nd, and October 7th

04/07/21 Buckden Walkers - July Sunday walk 18 July: ( Led by Jayne) The next walk is a 8.5 mile circular route (with 310m climb) in Wensleydale, starting from Carperby and following the Ox Close Road (old packhorse route) before descending into Askrigg.  The return route takes in part of the disused railway line, Woodhall and the Ballowfields Nature Reserve. 

Meet at The Buck Inn at 10am or on the village green in Carperby by the old Cross at 10.30am. Bring refreshments for coffee and lunch stops. It would be useful if you let Robin know if you intend to come. (

04/07/21 Mobile Library - The mobile library will be in Buckden car park on Wednesday 7th July from 10 - 12. There will only be one visit from the library this month
04/07/21 Road closure - 1st July - the Parish Council has written formally to NYCC to complain in the strongest terms that the agreement to let local people though the closures was not adhered to by the contractors. Cllr. Quinn will attend the next PC meeting and the matter will be discussed.
04/07/21 Buckden Gala - hold the date - Next year's Gala will be held on Saturday 20th June (pandemics etc. permitting). Please put the date in your diaries
04/07/21 Car repairs & fabrication in Kettlewell  Cooke Mechanical Services and Tom Lund Fabrication have taken over Rob Close's workshop in Kettlewell. Kris Cooke is doing automotive repairs, servicing and maintenance as well as attending breakdowns and doing recovery. He will also repair "anything else with an engine". To contact Kris call 07444 206067. Tom is doing fabrication, welding, hydraulic pipes and propane gas. Tom can be contacted on 07500 879653


Buckden Parish Council - Notice of Public Rights and publication of Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) 2021. Click here to read the Notice of Public Rights. To view the AGAR, please go the to the Parish Council page



Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation Governing Body - Would you like to help shape the future of our local schools There are 12 members on the Federation Governing Board all of whom are appointed by different constituencies. It is a fascinating and rewarding role and a chance to make a contribution to the strategic direction of our four schools.   From time to time there are vacancies for Parent and Co-opted Governor roles which are open to Parents of children on roll at any of our four schools and to members of the wider community. It would be really helpful to have an indication from anyone who may be interested now or in the future so we can keep your interest on file for when these vacancies arise.  Parent Governor roles are by election amongst parents: co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body. If you are interested and would like further information please contact Anne Vetch, Chair of Governors at It would be great to hear from you.




Buckden Institute AGM - A reminder that the Buckden Institute AGM will be held tomorrow evening (Tuesday 29th June) at 7.00 p.m. Please do come and join us and hear about what is happening with your Institute. If you would like to attend, please email and you will be sent the Zoom meeting details. The meeting will last about 30 minutes

B6160 Road Closure between Kettlewell & Starbotton – Monday 28th June to Wednesday 30th June inclusive. We have received notification that the B6160 between Kettlewell and Starbotton is to be closed from 19.00 to 5.00 the following morning, on each of Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday the 30th June. The approved diversion is 65 miles long through Grassington, Pateley Bridge, Middlesmoor, Masham, Middleham and Bishopdale. (It would of course be possible to ignore the diversion and go via Coverdale but even this is some 28 miles). After extensive discussions with NYCC the following email has been received from the Highways department at the council.  

“Good Afternoon Peter. I have spoken with a representative from MakeHappen Group who are undertaking the works on behalf of BT. I explained your concerns to them and they have confirmed that should access be required during the closure periods, drivers should make themselves known to the contractors on site who will then move their works vehicles to allow access as and when needed. I hope this now offers an agreeable solution to the issues you have raised regarding vehicular access. Regards Amy Lyle, Network Co-ordinator, Network Information & Compliance, NYCC”.  

So, if you need to travel on this section of road during the closure periods, you should be able to do so if you ask the contractors to let you through. It would be worth ensuring that any visitors you have staying are aware of this, as they may well not pick it up from local websites or social media


12/06/21 Buckden Parish Council The PC meeting for June will be held on Monday 14th June at 19.00 p.m. Please note new start time. Click here to download the agenda for this meeting.

In order to comply with Covid 19 security regulations and guidance, the number of people attending the meetings must be limited. Any member of the public wishing to attend the meetings should contact the Parish Clerk - Laura Jowett - to reserve a place. Laura can be contacted by emailing

12/06/21 Buckden Village Institute - AGM The Annual General Meeting of Buckden Institute will be held on Tuesday 29th June at 7.00 p.m. on Zoom. If you would like to attend, please email and you be sent a link to the meeting

More seats on the Venturer In response to greater numbers of passengers wanting to travel, we have increased the number of seats on the Venturer to 11. This complies with latest government advice for local bus services. Please only use the additional seats if either a) the person in the adjacent seat is from your household or support bubble, or b) there are no other individual seats available

12/06/21 Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation - Click here to read the article in the Craven Herald about the success of the new Federation pre-school at Grassington School and the Stay & Play sessions at Kettlewell
12/06/21 Buckden Singers - Another video released The latest offering from Buckden Singers  Spring/Summer programme has been released: -  "There is Peace". Click here to view. It is remarkable that these pieces have been learnt, rehearsed, recorded and mixed without the choir ever meeting in person. To visit Buckden Singers YouTube Channel, click here

UWRSG - Biasan As many of you are aware Upper Wharfedale Refugee Support Group works very closely with BIASAN, the Bradford refugee group (as we do not have refugees in this area). Over the past year, in spite of Coronavirus the contribution of Upper Wharfedale folk has been significant – primarily the provision of food, toiletries, household goods, language tuition and funding for phones. We have also managed a couple of refugee days out for families. It was announced this week that BIASAN has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary of community organisation can receive. It is very well deserved and BIASAN has worked throughout the pandemic to ease the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in spite of having to close its building and work ‘at a distance’. You may be interested in this week’s Craven Herald which highlights Upper Wharfedale’s contribution to the work of BIASAN. Click here to read. BIASAN greatly values the support we give and it is good to know that they believe the community’s contribution is part of their success. If anyone is not on the Upper Wharfedale Refugee Support Group mailing list and would like to be please get in touch with Stella -

12/06/21 Recycle It - New Item listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details
05/06/21 David the Happy Hiker David has provided an update on his walking exploits - a great success. He writes: "Welcome to Walkshire! A quick update on the walking and fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research. I aimed to walk 100 miles in May; I made it to 130 miles by the end of the month – and I’m still adding more. I hoped to attract £250 in donations; to date (4/6/2021) the donations stand at £1, 252 with a further £252 added through Gift Aid – that’s over £1,500 in total and I know of another couple of promises yet to be translated into £’s. I am astonished! That a short, fat, balding octogenarian – and a Southerner to boot – could raise such a sum is truly remarkable, but then I do live in a wonderfully generous community. Thank you. Anyone wishing to follow ‘your’ progress in the fundraising, just click here It is not too late to support this most worthy cause."
05/06/21 Buckden Parish Council - The next meeting will be held on Monday 14th June at 7.00 pm. Please note that this is the new start time for PC meetings in the future


Buckden Sunday Walkers  - Sunday 20th June  For the next walk we’re keeping it local with a proposal for a circular walk via Redmire Farm, Birks Fell, Moor End Farm, Kettlewell and returning by the river. Route is approximately 10 miles with 450m climb.  An alternative cut-off allows a 6 mile option for those wishing a shorter route. Usual arrangements: Leave The Buck at 10.30.  Self catering for coffee and lunch stops.
05/06/21 Kettlewell Churchyard Wildlife Watch and Labyrinth Walk Click here for details of the Wildlife Watch and Labyrinth Walk in Kettlewell Churchyard on Saturday June 12th 
05/06/21 The  Link - June  - Click here to read the June edition of The Link
05/06/21 Recycle It - New Item listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details
16/05/21 Buckden Parish Council - Vacancy Would you like to be a parish councillor and help to make the parish of Buckden a better place to live? There is currently one vacancy on Buckden Parish Council because the term of office of the councillors has come to an end.  These vacancies have been caused because of an insufficient number of people from the parish standing for election. The council can now fill the vacancies by co-option, which is a process whereby the council considers applications from interested persons and can then select people to fill the seats. If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor, please write to the parish council and include a few details of why you would like to become a councillor together with the skills and experience that you have for the role. If you need any information about qualification for being a councillor or just want more information about the role, please contact Laura Jowett, Clerk to the Council at  or 07859 460535. The closing date for written applications is Sunday 6th June.


Buckden Parish Council The annual meeting of the parish council will be held in the Institute on Monday 17th May at 19.00 p.m. Click here to download the agenda for this meeting

The PC meeting for May will also be held on 17th May at 19.30 p.m. Click here to download the agenda for this meeting.

In order to comply with Covid 19 security regulations and guidance, the number of people attending the meetings must be limited. Any member of the public wishing to attend the meetings should contact the Parish Clerk - Laura Jowett - to reserve a place. Laura can be contacted by emailing

15/05/21 School Update - A brief update on the status and progress of Kettlewell School and the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation as the Federation celebrates its fourth birthday. Click here to read
15/05/21 Resumption of Buckden Sunday Walkers After a total washout in 2020 the Sunday walks are ready to resume. The government announced on 8 May that the relaxation of Covid rules allowing for more than 6 people to meet would go forward as planned from 17 May. This , however, comes after the Buckden Sunday Walkers usual 3rd Sunday of the month for walking. With this in mind the May walk will be slipped to the 4th Sunday – the 23rd May. Volunteers for leading the remaining walks of the season will be welcomed. As car sharing is not permitted,  the walk will be the 'Yockenthwaite circuit' from the Buck back to the Buck. With, hopefully drinks on return (and some planning of future walks). It is around 9 miles but not much by way of hills and good underfoot if no recent heavy rain. Who is up for it? Usual arrangements. 10.30 start at the Buck. Coffee and lunch break (so bring provisions). All are welcome. If any one is new to this and would like a chat before hand just give Robin or Stella a call on 01756 761 320
15/05/21 David Lusted - Tour de Walkshire - A message from David Lusted: "Dear Friends - ‘Dalegarth Calling’. After the fashion of Adrian Mole, this 81¾ ‘young’ man is seeking your support – for the Yorkshire Cancer Research campaign. I know I have been lucky in terms of good health – thus far – and, when I heard of this fund raising idea, I knew I had the time and energy to help. I have registered to walk 100 miles during the month of May; it will get me into the countryside and away from under Sue’s feet! My ambition is to raise (at least) £250 – a modest sum, but every little helps.  More would be a huge bonus. To any who feel able to support me, please accept my heartfelt thanks; to make a donation of any value, just click here To date, I’ve walked 33.3 miles and feel confident of reaching the target distance. There is absolutely no pressure to donate; a cheery wave if you see me tottering along will be a reward in itself. Thank you. David 

Shirley Leach RIP "Barbara, Pete and family would like to thank everyone for their kind messages, memories and cards which we have received following mum's passing on the 28th April. They have helped enormously in our grief.

Mum's funeral is on Friday 7th May at Lancaster and Morecombe Crematorium but unfortunately due to Covid restrictions we are limited to numbers.

Thank you everyone for your support.

Barbara and Pete xx"



Buckden Parish Council Following the uncontested election for Buckden Parish Council, the parish councillors are: Peter Breen, Gill Huck, Peter Vetch & Jane Way.


Christian Aid Week 2021 — Celebrating 75 years Christian Aid has been working for 75 years campaigning and fundraising, standing together in solidarity with our most marginalised global neighbours. Changing the world through gifts and action. Reuniting refugees with their families after World War 2, campaigning for the end of apartheid, for Trade Justice and now for Climate Justice.  Climate Justice for people living in poverty on the front line of the climate chaos, losing food, water, homes and family. Every day they have to walk further, dig deeper, build stronger to survive the climate changes they did not create. Christian Aid thanks you for your support over the years and hopes you will choose to celebrate with them this Christian Aid week 10 - 16 May 2021. During these unprecedented times, house-to-house collections will not be happening again this year; go to to access the Just Giving page, or for bank details should you prefer to donate by bank transfer.

Feeling in need of some exercise? Take the Christian Aid 300,000 steps in May challenge to get fit and raise vital funds. Find out more and sign up at If you want to sponsor others to walk, then sponsor the 10 Hour Labyrinth Walk Team event (Saturday 15 May 7am-5pm, Kettlewell Churchyard) by giving your gift

Christian Aid Week is a joyful celebration of determination to change the world!



Election - 6th May - A reminder that the election for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will be held in the Institute on Thursday 6th May


Buckden Walkers Thursday Walk on 6th May 2021 Oxenber and Wharfedale Woods at Feizor approx 2 1/2 miles. Another trip to these beautiful woods, full of Bluebells, Primroses, Orchids and Wood anemones. Slightly different arrangements than usual - meet at The Buck Inn at 10.00 am to drive in convoy ( no car sharing on this occasion, unless in a bubble ) over to Elaine’s Tearoom at Feizor LA2 8DF or meet there at 11am. This is slightly earlier as parking will be a premium with us having more cars. Bring a picnic lunch etc but leave room for Elaine’s excellent cakes on our return. Tables to be booked for 2pm. We will be eating outside so make sure you have warm clothing. There will be an option to visit the Hoffmann Lime Kiln at Stainforth on the way home adding about 1 1/2 hours to the day. A worthwhile stop with plenty of parking to see this amazing hidden industrial gem. Dogs welcome. Please let me know if you want to come so that I can book the tables as requested by Elaine. Contact Sandra 760246 or 07976855072




Buck Inn to reopen -  The Buck Inn will reopen at 12pm on Friday 14th May 2021.​ In accordance with Government guidance until the 17th May there will be outdoor table service only. Bookings are advisable. Opening hours for 14th-16th May will be dependent on the elements. From 17th May the inside will be open again, but please make a reservation where possible To read the full text of Jo & Jeremy's message, click here



Christian Aid Week - Christian Aid Week is approaching and runs from 10 - 16 May 2021. Watch this space for details


Buckden Singers - New Videos released Two more items from Buckden Singers  Spring/Summer programme have been released: -  "Perfect Day ". Click here to view; and "Dancing Queen". Click here to view. To visit Buckden Singers YouTube Channel, click here


Hubberholme Church Friends and Supporters - Quiz Please take part in our Annual Quiz Sheet for Fund raising to support our church as part of our Upper Wharfedale and Littondale Parish. This year our quiz is Named -  The Show, The Place, The Flower & Find the Phrase. Compiled by Josie Cowpe. It costs £1.00 per entry. Quiz Example:  Skopelos mother -- Mamma Mia;  A deer in its home ----  Buckden;  Yorkshire and Lancashire have wars ----Roses; 1666 G.F. of L.----- Great Fire of London. Prize Money - £20. They are available from: Josie  01756 761154,   Sandie   01756 802090,  Deirdre   01756 760296,  The George Inn, Hubberholme, The Buck Inn, Buckden, local businesses and church members. Thank you to all who have supported us in previous years and we hope you enjoy this year's quiz.



The  Link - May  - Click here to read the May edition of The Link


Starbotton footbridge - For those of you who may have missed it, our Starbotton correspondent reports that the footbridge is now open again (it had been closed due to flood damage


Recycle It - New Item listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details


Buckden Parish - Annual Electors Meeting The Annual Parish Meeting of electors will take place on Monday 12th April 2021. Whilst convened by Buckden Parish Council, this is a meeting of local electors and is an opportunity for parishioners to have their input into matters that affect the Parish. Monday 12th April 2021, 7.00pm – 7.30pm to be held on Zoom Click here for details

10/04/21 Elections - Thursday 6th May Electoral Services have advised us that the Parish Council Election scheduled for 6th May will not be contested due to the number of nominations. Click here to read the Notice of Uncontested Election.

We have also been advised that there will still be an election that day however, for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

10/04/21 Buckden Parish Council - April The April Meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be held on Monday 12th April at 7.30 p.m. Click here for agenda and meeting details
10/04/21 The  Link - April  - Click here to read the April edition of The Link
10/04/21 Buckden Parish Council - May - As from 7th May, the legislation which permits council meetings to be held on Zoom lapse and accordingly Buckden Parish Council will return to meeting in the Institute with effect from the May meeting. The meeting in May will be on Monday 17th May at 7.00 p.m. The meeting will include the Annual Meeting of the council (as distinct from the Annual Electors Meeting). Due to Covid-19 security measures, the number of people who can be accommodated in the hall is strictly limited, and so if you wish to attend please email our new parish clerk - Laura Jowett - at to book your place. In the event that the number of people exceeds the available spaces, it may be possible for members of the public to join the meeting remotely (this is permitted by the regulations).
10/04/21 Recycle It - New Items listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details
10/04/21 Sunday bus services to restart Dalesbus services will restart on Sunday 18th April. The 874 runs between Wetherby - Leeds - Horsforth - Ilkley - Bolton Abbey - Grassington - Kettlewell - Buckden; Click here The 875 service runs between Leeds - Otley - Ilkley - Grassington - Kettlewell - Buckden - Aysgarth - Hawes - Click here for details.


Buckden Village Quiz: Buckden Village Quiz – online. The next village quiz will be on Sunday 4th April  at 19.30. Details of how to join can be obtained by emailing


Dalesbus Services - Update Dalesbus are hoping to reinstate Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday timetable from 18th April, with generally similar times to previously.  Both buses to Hawes will be double-deck operated to provide extra space, but the last return journey will be an hour earlier than usual so as to boost capacity on the busy 16.25 departure from Buckden.  Arriva have withdrawn from all DalesBus services so these services will now be run by First Leeds, First York and York Pullman.


Upper Wharfedale Bus Contract Extension - UWB have this week signed a further one-year contract extension with NYCC through to April 2022. NYCC expect to retender the service in Q4 202, for a further four years starting in April 2022.


Parish of Upper Wharfedale & Littondale -

Holy Week Online Services  There will  be a series of online services for Holy Week, with a different one for each day except Saturday. Just go to the Home Page of the church website to find them. These will be short, reflective pieces with words, music and visuals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They will be uploaded the evening before each day and available on the Church website as normal. Click here to go to the church website. If anyone wants to go back and look over them during the week they will be able to be accessed via our YouTube channel by searching ‘Upper Wharfedale and Littondale Parish’ in the search function on YouTube. On Good Friday there will be a longer service including readings, music and meditative films of all of our Churches. Then there will be a full Morning Prayer Service on Easter Day.




Buckden Singers - Another new Video released Following the release of "One Day Like This", Buckden Singers have now released the second item from their Spring/Summer programme -  "Love Changes Everything". Click here to view


Skipton High Street Closures From Wednesday 14th April, High Street Skipton will be closed between the hours of 10am and 4pm while the market is in operation as was last year to assist in social distancing.  It will be in place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until restrictions have been removed. There will be a market on Mondays, however as these are always quieter, they will be operating without a road closure.


Easter Stall - Kettlewell Don’t forget the Easter Stall in the Lychgate of St. Mary’s Church, Kettlewell on Saturday, 3rd April, from 10.30am in aid of church funds.  Knitted toys; decorated Easter cakes of all sizes; Simnel cakes, chocolate crispie nests; Easter biscuits; fruit crumbles; Easter fudge; Seville orange marmalade; greetings cards; a painting by a well-known local artist; a raffle of an Easter hamper containing most of the above plus second prize of a large Easter egg.



Local Government Reorganisation - The consultation on the re-organisation of local government in this area has now started. This is a very important issue for our community, and the Parish Council is preparing a submission. It is very important that residents make their views known, both to the Parish Council and directly through the consultation process. Click here to read a short summary prepared by the Parish Council, which provides an outline of what is happening and how you can get involved.


Buckden Parish Council - Notice of Election - Click here for the notice of election for Buckden Parish Council to be held in May
18/03/21 UWRSG - Collection - Message from Upper Wharfedale Refugee Support Group: "Collection of goods for Bradford Immigration and Asylum Support and Advice Network (BIASAN): We have an opportunity for a collection of some household goods and other things for BIASAN. We have an offer of fridges and freezers which means a ’man and a van’ and the possibility of taking a few more things. The needs are very specific: coffee tables, chest of drawer, desks (including a child’s desk), single bed, doubled, bed, carpets, dining chairs and tables (but not big). Blood pressure monitors.  New underwear and toiletries are always needed. And, on the food front any donations of chapatti flour, tinned fish, long grain basmati rice, coffee, lentils and treats e.g. jam, chocolate, sweets suitable for vegetarians and biscuits, are very welcome. As you will remember we were unable to make a collection last Christmas and it would be good if, collectively, we could make up for that loss. We would like to be able to send stuff in the next couple of weeks so any offers would be appreciated very soon. Please get in touch with Stella by email ( )or by telephone. Also, is there anyone out there with strong arms and a good back who might be able to help with loading the household goods? If so your help would be very much appreciated. Voluntary organisations can continue to work through the Covid restrictions and we will make a safety plan."


Cake Competition - The Parish Churches of Upper Wharfedale and Littondale Best Decorated Cake Competition - Click here for details

Manorlands Hospice Sunflower Challenge! After a difficult year of fundraising event cancellations, for 2021 the Wharfedale Support Group for Manorlands Hospice are hosting 'The Sunflower Challenge’. There are 2 parts to the challenge - The Tallest Sunflower and The Best Sunflower Photo (you can do one or both of the challenges) all at a distance! Details here Something to do in these stay at home times with prizes for both children and adults - "Get Sowing"! Click here to download poster

06/03/21 Buckden Parish Clerk - After a number of years as clerk to the Parish Council, Louise Close is moving on to take up a senior position with Skipton Town Council.  Louise has made a massive contribution to the procedures and smooth running of the Parish Council over a long period and will be greatly missed and  we wish her every success in her new job.  With typical dedication, Louise is preparing to help us with the transition to a new Parish Clerk, Laura Jowett, who will take over in April.  Laura is currently the Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for Pateley Bridge Parish Council and will also be taking over Louise’s responsibilities at Kettlewell with Starbotton Parish Council.  We have been very fortunate to find an experienced and qualified person to take over from Louise and we look forward to working together.
06/03/21 Buckden Village Quiz: Buckden Village Quiz – online. The next village quiz will be on Sunday 7th March  at 19.30. Details of how to join can be obtained by emailing


Buckden Parish Council The next meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be on Monday 8th March at 7.30 pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom. Click here for the agenda and joining details.
06/03/21 The  Link- March  - Click here to read the March issue of The Link
06/03/21 Buckden Singers - New Video released Buckden Singers are well into rehearsals of their Spring / Summer 2021 programme. The first completed item "One Day Like This" is now available to watch on YouTube. Click here to view
06/03/21 Kettlewell Churchyard Bird Watch  - Folk of all ages in the parish are welcome to come and do a 30 minute or hour long spotting slot in Kettlewell Churchyard over the week 6-14 March. The church is entering a churchyard competition this May and it is focusing for us how little we know of the wildlife that uses the churchyard.  We need to understand what biodiversity of wildlife we are protecting and feeding so that our management of the churchyard is the best we can make it. Hopefully, there will be doing a broader wildlife watch in June. Click here to see the poster
06/03/21 Recycle It - New Items listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details
12/02/21 Buckden Parish Council - Job Vacancy There is a vacancy for the position of Clerk to Buckden Parish Council. This a part time paid role - 12 hours per month. Please click here to read the job advert; click here to download the job description.
12/02/21  Derek Green - Click here to read Derek's obituary in the Craven Herald. Click here to download the order of service from Derek's funeral at Holy Trinity


Skipton Food Bank - Donations at Skipton Food Bank are down during lockdown. Click here to read about how you can help. Click here to go the Food bank website


Recycle It - New Items listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details


Trip Advisor National Parks "Travellers' Choice" The Yorkshire Dales National Park was rated number one in the European category in Trip Advisor's travellers choice of Nation Parks - Click here to view


Derek Green Derek's funeral service is to be held at Holy Trinity in Skipton at 1.00 pm on Tuesday 2 February. Due to the restrictions in place, we already know that alas, there will be no places available at the Church. Derek is to be buried in the Churchyard in Hubberholme and folks are welcome to come to the burial ceremony which will take place at approximately 2.30 pm. There is of course a limit on numbers (max 30 people) and so if you could please let either Lynne or Jackie know whether you are able to attend that would be really helpful.
31/01/21 Buckden Gala 2021 At last week's Institute committee meeting it was agreed that in the light of the current Covid-19 crisis, and the uncertainty of how it will develop over the coming months, the 2021 Buckden Gala will not take place. We hope that it might be possible to hold some form of small-scale local outdoor event later in the summer – however it will be some months before we get a sense of whether this might be feasible, and our priority will be the safety of our community. We are of course hopeful that the Gala will be able to take place in 2022.
31/01/21 Upper Wharfedale Venturer - Service Update We are conscious that in recent weeks there have been an unusual number of service interruptions due to both bad weather and technical problems with the Venturer itself. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this causes to our passengers . Our February service update provides some background on this - Click here to read
31/01/21 February Link - Click here to read the February issue of The Link
31/01/21 Recycle It - New Items listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details


Derek Green - Derek sadly passed away peacefully at Manorlands in the early hours of last Wednesday morning. Derek moved to Buckden in 2016, and was the secretary of the Institute. He drove the Venturer from April 2018 until July 2019, when he took early retirement due to his illness. Prior to that he worked for NYCC IPT and was the regular driver of  the Kettlewell school bus for a number of years. He will be missed.


BVI AGM  All residents of Buckden parish are invited to the 2019-20 Annual General Meeting of Buckden Village Institute. Wednesday 20th January – 19.00 – 19.30. To get a link to the meeting, as well as an agenda and copy of the annual report, please email
18/01/21 Property for Sale? Christopher Winpenny has a  friend who is wanting to buy a property in the area.  If anyone is thinking of selling a property, minimum 2 bedrooms, possibly with a garden etc. why not get in touch with her prior to putting it on the market.  She can be contacted by email on  
18/01/21 Recycle It - New Items listed on the Recycle It page this week. Click here for details


Marjorie Davis Marjorie (Anne Peter's mother) died on 28th December at Craven Nursing Home.  A cremation was held on 5th January,  the service being taken by James, with just a handful of family present due to Covid restrictions.  Ann is hoping that they can hold some sort of thanksgiving at Hubberholme Church sometime in the future but in the meantime any donations for the church in Marjorie's memory may be sent to  (Skipton). Our thoughts are with Ann and her family at this time.
10/01/21 Buckden Village Institute AGM  All residents of Buckden parish are invited to the 2019-20 Annual General Meeting of Buckden Village Institute. Wednesday 20th January – 19.00 – 19.30. This meeting was postponed from last year in the hope that we could hold it in the hall, but this is now not possible in the timescales required by the Charities Commission. Click here for details on how to join the on-line meeting


Yorkshire Dales & The Lakes The new series of the TV Series, The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes, will start broadcasting tomorrow night - Monday 11th January at 9p.m. on More4. The programme filmed the Remembrance Day poppy display in the churchyard at Hubberholme. The production manager has written to say that the Remembrance Day episode will be shown on Monday 1st February at 9.00 p.m. (although of course we do not yet know if they have used any of the footage which they shot).


Revised Opening hours - Kettlewell Garage and Kettlewell Shop Due to Lockdown, both Kettlewell Garage and Kettlewell Village Store have changed their opening hours. The revised opening times are as follows:

Kettlewell Village Store: 9.00 - Midday - 7 days a week. - Orders can be placed by calling 01756 760221 or online at

Kettlewell Garage: Mondays to Fridays inclusive - from 8:30am until 12:30pm; Saturdays - from 9am to 12pm; Sundays - Closed
10/01/21  Local Plan - Housing The Local Plan discussions have reached the point to discuss  housing growth and when landowners and communities are invited to submit appropriate sites for new development. Click here to read the letter from the National Park about the process, and to access the Consultation website
02/01/21 Seasons Greetings: Wishing all our readers a happy and safe New Year
02/01/21 Buckden Village Quiz: Buckden Village Quiz – online. the next village quiz will be on Sunday 3rd January  at 19.30. Details of how to join can be obtained by emailing
02/01/21 St Michael's Hubberholme A big thank you to all those who dedicated and donated to the Stars at Hubberholme

02/01/21 Buckden Parish Council The next meeting of Buckden Parish Council will be on Monday 4th January at 7.30 pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom. Click here for the agenda and joining details.
02/01/21 The Buck Inn I received the following message from Jo early last week but have only just got round to posting it: "The Buck Inn will be closed until further notice.  We hope to reopen as soon as possible but at the moment we have taken the decision that it is just not the right thing to do for many reasons.  With the looming tier review which will almost inevitably lead to a situation of more areas being subject to tighter restrictions and higher tiers, it is not the right time to risk reopening yet. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope to be back really soon. Jo & Jeremy" Clearly, they were proved right by events!
02/01/21 January Link - Click here to read the January issue of The Link
02/01/21 Buckden Singers Christmas Concert - the concert is still available to view on YouTube if you haven't got round to watching it yet. Click here to view

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