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A Summer Delight

Buckden Gala

  • Posted On: 1 July 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
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A Summer Delight It was just the perfect day for Buckden Gala.  Traditionally held on the third Saturday of June, Buckden Gala has grown into a major attraction of Upper Wharfedale.   Like so many other Dales Galas, which had as their origins a sheep show, it has expanded to include entertainment for the wider community.  One of the highlights must be the Buckden Fell Race, from the village to Buckden Pike (702m or 2,303ft.) and back.  Fell racing is a demanding sport, where...

Peregrines & Penguins

Today is National Dawn Chorus Day.

  • Posted On: 7 May 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 105
Peregrines & Penguins Not being dedicated ‘twitchers’, many of our bird identifications would be described as “lbj’s” (little brown jobs) – but lack of identity does not prevent us from enjoying them. To help us, the 69p purchase of an App of British Birds, including all their songs, was one of our best buys!  Another aid is that jewel of the BBC, ‘Tweet of the Day’. One of the joys of life – and totally free – is the Dawn Chorus, currently in...

Easter Greetings to you all

  • Posted On: 16 April 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 140
Easter Greetings to you all Church is synonymous with Easter and we always have displays of lilies at this time, to which are added ribbons carrying personal dedications – reflecting people or events deserving of remembrance to the writers.  Not only does this form a beautiful picture, but it creates an atmosphere full of peace and hope. This is our ‘Quinquennial’ year – every five years there is an in-depth investigation of the fabric of our 12th Century church at Hubberholme and this...

Welcome to Spring

  • Posted On: 1 March 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 196
Welcome to Spring Spring has arrived in Upper Wharfedale - but still we have snow on the hill tops. As we drove to Skipton yesterday, each field seemed to offer a different view of local wildlife.  Oystercatchers have returned from the coast; Lapwings were swooping and there were rabbits in abundance. To this list we should include partridge, grouse and heron. 'Pheasie' (who has adopted 'Dalegarth' and has trained us to feed him from a kitchen spoon) is collecting wives and showing...

Land Letting

  • Posted On: 11 January 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 288
Land Letting One local tradition, possibly unique in nature, concerns the annual auction for rental of the 'Poor Pasture' linked with Hubberholme Church.  After a brief service, participants trek across the bridge to The George Inn where the Auction takes place.  A candle is lit on the bar and bidding commences; the bid standing when the candle goes out secures use of the land until the end of the year. Why 'Poor Pasture?  The money raised from the Auction goes towards the...