St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield is part of the Roman Catholic parish of St Stephen's, Skipton. The church is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and serves the communities of Upper Wharfedale, including Littondale and extending as far north as Langstrothdale.

While the geographical area served by the church is very large, there are fewer than 80 parishioners although the congregation is significantly increased by the numerous holiday makers who come to the upper dale, and who are always welcome.

The church was built in 1973, and is one of very few churches dedicated to local saint St Margaret Clitherow who was martyred in York in 1586.

Mass is said every Sunday at 09.00 by our Parish Priest, Fr. Christopher Angel.

St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield






Welcome - to Fr. Christopher Angel who has taken over as our new Parish Priest. We look forward to getting to know you and hope you will be very happy here.
04/09/22 Goodbye - to Fr. Andrew who is leaving this weekend after 13 years to take up a new role in the diocese. Goodbye too to Fr.Pat who has been with us for some 20 years. We are really greatful for their ministry and friendship during their time with us and our good wishes go with them.


New Mass times - Please note that with effect from Sunday 17th July, Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 9.00 a.m. each week.
04/02/18 New rota now online - Click here for the rota for the second half of the year
12/08/17 New rota now online - Click here for the rota for the second half of the year
12/08/17 Parish Meeting - Click here for minutes of May Parish meeting
06/02/17 New rota now online - Click here for the rota for the first half of the year
07/01/17 Parish Meeting - Click here for minutes of September's Parish meeting
17/08/16 Parish Meeting - Click here for minutes of July's Parish meeting
17/08/16 New rota now online - Click here for the rota for the second half of the year
27/02/16 Parish Meeting - Click here for minutes of January's Parish meeting
27/02/16 New rota now online - Click here for the rota for the first half of the year
26/09/15 Parish Meeting - Click here for minutes of September's Parish meeting
26/09/15 New rota now online - Click here for the rota for the second half of the year
03/05/15 Parish Meeting - Click here for minutes of April's Parish meeting
22/02/15 Parish Meeting - Click here for minutes of January's Parish meeting
18/01/15 Coffee Morning - Grassington House St Margaret Clitherow will be hosting their annual coffee morning at Grassington House on Saturday 31 January from 9.00am to 12.00pm. If you are able to help with Baking cakes, serving Teas, and with Raffle and Tombola Prizes, this would be very much appreciated. Please let Fiona know on 07843 244464. Many thanks in advance
18/01/15 Parish Meeting - Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 19.30.  All welcome
18/01/15 New rota published - click here for details

Justice & Peace Sponsored Walk for Refugees - This Advent we will reflect on and pray for the millions of people worldwide who have been forced to flee from their homes, whether through persecution, famine or war. To help us reflect on  the experience of being a refugee, on Sunday 7th December, there we will be a sponsored walk from St Stephen’s to St Margaret’s to join the Advent Carol Service here at 3.00 p.m.  Parishioners from all three churches are warmly invited to participate. For more details click here

12/10/14 St Margaret's Carol Service - Sunday 7th December at 3.00 p.m. - with Buckden singers
12/10/14 Parish Meeting - October - Minutes now on web-site - click here to view

Recital at St Stephen's - 7-30pm on Friday 26 September 2014, Bibi Heal has generously offered to give a Recital to raise funds for the Parish and for SOS Children’s Villages. Tickets are a donation of £10-00, including intermission refreshments. To promote interest for families and younger people, children and young people in full-time education are free. The Recital of arias and songs is entitled The Eyes of a Child. Click here for further details. Tickets are available at all Masses and from the Parish Office on 01756 793000

20/07/14 Parish Meeting - July - Minutes now on web-site - click here to view
20/07/14 Rota - July to December - now available - click here to view

Tour de France Mass at St Margaret's A special Cyclists Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 pm on Saturday 5th July. The Service will have both a cycling and an international theme. Prayers will be said in various languages and there will be a special display featuring the life and career of Gino Bartali. He was one of the greatest cyclists ever and won the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948, also taking the King of the Mountains award in both those events. A lifelong Catholic, nicknamed “Gino the Pious”, he was honoured by Italy for his cycling and by Israel for his role in saving more than 800 Jews during the war. Pope John XXIII was one of his fans and asked Gino to teach him to ride a bicycle Click here for poster

26/01/14 Women's World Day of Prayer 2014 - will take place at St Margaret’s on Friday 7th March. Fiona is organising the event and needs 5 readers and an assortment of props. A planning meeting has been scheduled on Saturday, 1st February at 2:30 pm in church for any interested parties

Justice and Peace Meeting – change of date. This will now take place on 15th February, 2:00pm at St Margaret’s.


Coffee Morning – 1st February at Church House in Grassington. Fiona has organised helpers, people to bake and Ray Snape asked for contributions for the tombola and raffle. It would be helpful if tombola and raffle items could be left in church for Ray as soon as possible.

26/01/14 Buckden Singers Summer Concert at St Margaret's - Date for the diary - Buckden Singers will perform their Summer Concert at St Margaret's on Saturday 12th July at 7.30 p.m. Watch this space for details
26/01/14 Meghann Clancy's Charity Song - Meghann has released a song to raise money for the Philippines. She has set it up so that all the money raised goes directly to the DEC, with everyone who has helped  - including Meghann - giving their time for free. Click here to watch the video. To donate please click here click here
26/01/14 St Margaret's AGM - Click here for the minutes of this month's Parish meeting
26/01/14 2014 Rota  - Click here for the Rota for Eucharistic Ministers and Readers for January - July 2014
26/01/14 Reverb Youth Leader Vacancy - There is a vacancy for a youth leader at the Reverb Project. If you are interested in applying, or know someone who might be click on the following documents for more details and an application form:
26/01/14 Skipton Deanery - Sunday Mass Times There is a new timetable of Masses in the Skipton Deanery - click here to view
26/10/13 40th Anniversary celebrations - Pictures of from the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the opening of the church. Click here
28/09/13 Picture galley Updated - New pictures of the interior of the church now on the Flickr Gallery
20/09/13 40th Anniversary Weekend - Celebrations - On the weekend of the 5th  and 6th October the parishioners of St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of  the Solemn Dedication of the new church by Bishop Wheeler. On Saturday 5th October, the church will be open to visitors, and those of other denominations (or none) are particularly welcome to come and have  a look round. On Sunday 6th October, parishioners will share a Jacob's Join lunch, as a community, after 11.0'clock mass.
23/03/13 Holy Week Service Times - Click here for all the Holy Week service times for  at St Margaret's, St Stephen's and Broughton Hall
12/01/13 Understanding our Faith - A short course will be offered in Threshfield from 15th January to Easter 2013 on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. If you are interested please contact Cath Barclay or Pauline Copeland for further details, either at St Margaret's or telephone 01756 752611
12/01/13 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity There will be  a Unity Service at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 20th January at 10.00 a.m. in Grassington Town Hall. The time of this service has been moved so we can attend so it would be great if as many as possible of us were able to go.
20/10/12 Live a life of Love - Joe Pope's "Live a Life of Love" campaign is now online - click here to read about it
20/10/12 Works Outing - update - Fr. Andrew has confirmed that there will be mass at St Margaret's at 7.00 p.m., before the Works Outing
06/10/12 Works Outing - The next works outing will be at  the Tennant Arms at Kilnsey on Tuesday 30th October - (7.30 for 8.00) - £13.50 per head. Please give your name to Chris on Sunday.
18/08/12 Homily for Fr. Peter - Click here to read the homily for Fr. Peter given by Fr Pat at the Mass at St Stephen's for Fr. Peter on 24th July
18/08/12 St Stephens School rated outstanding by Ofsted - Click here to read the Ofsted report on St Stephens

Fr. Peter's Funeral arrangements - more details Fr Peter’s request was that his funeral should take place at the Cathedral and that the night before his body be received into the Church in Bentham by his family and parishioners. He also arranged that his body be buried privately in Bentham after the funeral. 

To join in prayer for Fr Peter, Mass will be celebrated in St Stephen’s at the same time as the Mass in Bentham. Mgr Pat Hennessy has kindly agreed to preach and everyone is invited to Mass at St Stephen’s at 7-00pm on Tuesday, 24 July 2012

To make it a little easier to travel to the Cathedral, for those who would like, coach transport will be available from St Margaret Clitherow and St Stephen’s on Wednesday, 25 July 2012. We need to know numbers for the coach firm (Hargreaves), so please sign up on the lists in the Churches on Sunday. The coaches will leave from St Margaret’s, Threshfield at 9-15am and from St Stephen’s (Gargrave Road) at 9-45am. The funeral Mass is scheduled to begin at 12-00Noon, so travelling a little earlier gives time to get there easily and to find seating. 

On return from the Cathedral (which is likely to be at around 3-00pm), the Social Committee has kindly arranged a reception in the Easter Room in Skipton. The coach to Threshfield will leave from St Stephen’s at around 4-30pm so that we can all share together. If you intend to travel independently to the Cathedral, please feel able to join us in the Easter Room on your return.  

It is important to have numbers this weekend, as we need to confirm the coach arrangements before midday on Monday. So if there is anyone who is not at Mass who you think might like to join us, please ask them to leave a message on 01756 793000 or send an e-mail to me on by 11-00am on Monday, 23 July 2012.     

19/07/12 New Mass times - As a consequence of the parish boundary changes, with effect from 16th September, Sunday Mass at St Margaret's will be at 11.00 a.m.
19/07/12 New St Stephen's website - St Stephen's now has a new website. To visit please go to
17/07/12 Fr. Peter Dawber - Obituary Please click here to read an obituary of Fr. Peter written by Mgr. Andrew Summersgill
16/07/12 Funeral arrangements for Fr. Peter - Fr. Andrew has advised us of the following arrangements

Tuesday 24th July 7.00pm. St. Boniface's, High Bentham.  Reception of Fr. Peter's body and Mass for family and parishioners.
Wednesday 25th July  12noon.  Leeds Cathedral. Requiem Mass celebrated by Archbishop Arthur Roche.  Private burial in Bentham will follow later in the day.

In order to celebrate Fr. Peter’s life in Skipton and hopefully to ease some of the pressure on the community in Bentham, here will be a Mass for the repose of Fr. Peter’s soul at 7-00pm on Tuesday evening in St Stephen’s (24 July 2012) – the same time as Fr. Peter’s body is being received into Bentham. Mgr. Pat Hennessy has kindly agreed to preach
15/07/12 Fr. Peter Dawber - Our much-loved former parish priest, Fr. Peter Dawber  died yesterday evening (14th July) at home in Bentham. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
14/07/12 Flower festival pictures - click here to view pictures from the Flower Festival held at St Margaret's this weekend
19/05/12 Annual Flower Festival - This year's flower festival will be held at St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield from the 13th to the 15th July 2012. For details of the event please click here. This year there will be a Children's "Flower Card" competition as well as a children's 'Creative Corner' where we will make paper flowers/Flower drawings etc with children. For details of the Flower Card competition please click here. For more information or to get involved please email To download a poster to display, please click here
13/05/12 Reverb - June - Details of Reverb activities for June - click here
22/03/12 Flower Festival - This years Flower Festival will be at St Margaret's on the weekend of 14th & 15th July. Fiona has kindly offered to organise this event, but will require assistance both from flower arrangers and others. Please contact Fiona to offer assistance
22/03/12 Meeting minutes - Click here for the minutes of the March Parish Meeting & the February Justice & Peace Group Meeting
22/03/12 Boundary Changes / Mass Times - The explanations given by Mgr. McQuinn and Fr. Andrew at the Parish Meeting and the subsequent discussions are covered at length in the minutes. Click here to read.
22/03/12 Dates for the Diary - including Flower Festival, Justice & Peace & St Margaret's Parish Meetings, the Works Outing, Festival Concert, Flower Festival & Buckden Singers Concert - click here
22/03/12 Reverb - April - Details of Reverb activities for April - click here
29/01/12 Dates for the diary - more dates for your diaries including the next Justice & Peace meeting, the Coffee Morning, the SMC Lenten Lunch  & the next parish Meeting - Click here for What's On
22/10/11 The Bat -  To read an  article submitted by a parishioner prompted by the bat found in the Church, click here
22/10/11 Volunteers needed - Heather is finding it too difficult to push Sheila to Mass on Sundays. If anyone would we able to join a rota to bring Sheila to Mass occasionally,  pushing her wheelchair from Piecefields to Church when the weather is fine, please could they contact Heather.
22/10/11 Liturgy Group - Minutes - Click here for the minutes of the Parish Liturgy Group meeting held on 18th October
22/10/11 Reverb Project AGM - PROJECT REVERB the Ecumenical Youth Project based at 'the Chapel on the corner' at Threshfield is to hold it's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 15th November at 7.30pm in the Chapel.  This is a very important meeting in the life of the Project and offers an opportunity to view the accounts, to look back at the last year and hear the hopes and aspirations of the Youth Workers and Management Committee for the future.  Everyone is most welcome to attend
22/10/11 Reverb Project - Click here for the Reverb Project programme for November
22/10/11 Justice & Peace Group - The St Stephen's Justice & Peace group held their October meeting at St Margaret's in order that we might learn more of their work. To read the minutes of the October meeting - click here; the November meeting will be on the 19th November at 2.00 p.m. All welcome
22/10/11 Dates for the diary - more dates for your diaries including the next Justice & Peace meeting, the Christmas Carol Concert & the next parish Meeting - Click here for What's On
08/10/11 Rev. Malcolm King - Funeral Arrangements Malcolm's Funeral Mass will be at St Patrick’s, Earby on Friday, 14 October 2011 at 11-30am followed by burial at St Stephen’s, Skipton. For those who intend to attend the burial, there will be refreshments served in the Easter Room at St Stephen’s afterwards.

Rev. Malcolm King - Sadly Malcolm King died yesterday evening. He had been transferred from Airedale Hospital to the Leeds General Infirmary in anticipation of heart surgery. However, it seems that he suffered an embolism and died quite suddenly.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Malcolm's family at this very sad time.

10/09/11 St Margaret's Parish Meeting - Minutes of Thursday's meeting are now available - click here to read / download
10/09/11 Works Outing - The next works outing will be on 8th November at the Old Hall at 7.30 p.m. preceded by Mass in Church at 7.00 p.m.. To book your place please contact Chris Elwood
10/09/11 Fr. Andrew's 25th Anniversary Mass - To view pictures of Wednesday's Mass and reception to celebrate Fr. Andrew's 25th Anniversary as a priest, click here, or go to the picture Gallery, where pictures of the St Stephen's Garden Party can also be viewed.

Justice and Peace Group  The next meeting will be on Saturday 1st October 2pm at St Margaret Clitherow's.  We would like to warmly invite all members of the parish who are concerned about Justice and Peace issues or who would like to know more. The meeting will be discussing campaign ideas for Advent 2011 and for the future.  Is there any particular country or issue that you feel strongly about and would like to get involved in?  Please come and let us know. We hope that some members from St. Margaret Clitherow’s will be able to join us so that the whole parish is represented on the J&P Group.

17/07/11 Justice & Peace meeting at St Margaret's - The St Stephen's Justice & Peace Group are holding their October meeting at St Margaret's on Saturday 1st October at 2.00 p.m. All welcome
10/07/11 Hymn Practice / New Mass settings - there will be another opportunity to learn to sing the new mass settings and to look at some new hymns from the hymn book on Thursday evening in church - Thursday 14th July  @ 7.30. All welcome
10/07/11 Reverb Youth Group - Click here for details of September programme
10/07/11 Parish Meeting - Minutes - Click here for the minutes of this months Parish Meeting
10/07/11 What's On - more activities on the "What's on" page - click here for details
12/06/11 New Mass settings - there will be an opportunity to learn to sing the new mass settings and to look at some new hymns from the hymn book on Thursday evening in church - 16th June @ 7.30. All welcome
07/06/11 Job Vacancy: Part time Youth-worker Project Reverb, the ecumenical youth project operating in Upper Wharfedale, are looking for a new part time youth worker to work alongside the present youth-worker. Click here  for details
04/06/11 Liturgy Group Meeting - Click here to read the notes form the Liturgy Group meeting held on 2nd June
04/06/11 Grassington Festival Service - "Blooming Marvellous" 19th June 11.00 a.m. in Grassington Town Hall. Click here for poster and details
14/05/11 Ray's progress - Report and Pics - Click here for a report and pictures on Ray's progress on his epic Dales Way adventure
12/05/11 Fr Pat's Jubilee Mass - will be held at St Margaret's on Sunday 19th June 2011 at 10.30 a.m.
12/05/11 St Margaret Clitherow "Works Outing" will be on the 22nd June at the Tennants Arms. Unfortunately the price has increased since last year and will now be £14.85 for a carvery, pudding and coffee. From experience, this still represents exceptional value. 7.30 p.m. for 8.00.  Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Please see Chris Elwood.
12/05/11 Dates for the Diary - Next Parish Meeting - 5th July at 7.30 p.m. in Church; Fr Andrew's Jubilee Mass - Wednesday 7th September at St Stephen's.

One Man and his Pack - To celebrate his 80th birthday, Ray Snape is walking the 84 mile Dales Way from Ilkley to Bowness on Windermere. To honour the event, Ray would welcome donations to Sue Ryder (Manorlands Hospice). Donations can be made in person at the Craft Shop or the Hub, or online at

07/05/11 St Margaret's Parish Meeting - Tuesday 10th May at 7.30 p.m. at Church - all welcome
07/05/11 Buckden Singers Summer Concert at St Margaret's Saturday 23rd July 7.30 p.m. Tickets now on sale. Adults £7, Children £3. Contact Megan on (01756)760399, or email 
07/05/11 Journey in Faith The Journey in Faith Group will recommence on Monday 9 May 2011 at 7-30pm at St Stephen's. Anyone interested in becoming a Catholic or knowing more about our faith is most welcome to come along.
07/05/11 St Margaret Clitherow Parish Census - It's not too late to complete your Parish Census form. Click here  for details and to download a census form

Update on Plans for the Buildings at St Stephens - Following our consultations in March, the architects are now working on plans for the development of St Monica’s to provide accommodation and care facilities for older people. They are also working on the plans to develop the Old School as a Parish and Community Centre and also to restore and renovate the Old Presbytery so that it can once again become the Presbytery. We are hoping to be able to submit a planning application during the summer. We are also starting to have talks with partners who will be able to work with us on the developments and the provision of the facilities within the new development. There is unlikely to be too much “news” for the next few weeks while the professionals get on with their work!

22/04/11 Induction of Mgr Andrew Summersgill: Our new Parish Priest, Mgr. Andrew Summersgill was inducted on Shrove Tuesday by Fr. Malachy Larkin, the local Dean. Click here  for full story