The village of Kettlewell and the hamlet of Starbotton form the parish of Kettlewell with Starbotton, centred around St Mary's Church in Kettlewell. The parish lies in beautiful Upper Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with its stunning limestone scenery. We are a thriving community and it is a delightful place to visit with plenty of places to eat, drink and stay. This website provides valuable information and a notice board for both residents and visitors.
STARBOTTON FOOTBRIDGE The footbridge over the Wharfe took some damage during the floods at the beginning of the week and is closed at present.
BUCKDEN SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT Buckden Singers have continued to meet, despite Covid, via Zoom, and are in the process of putting together a Christmas Concert. Congregational Carols, choir pieces etc will all feature. It will have a different feel to it – but it will be happily festive! It will be available to view online from 7.30 pm on Saturday 19th December. Please do watch if you are able and be part of our Village Christmas, albeit virtually. Find further information at www.buckdensingers.org We would welcome donations to St George’s Crypt, Leeds, in lieu of admission charge. St George's Crypt provide invaluable support for the homeless and vulnerable.
HUBBERHOLME CHURCH REMEMBRANCE POPPY DISPLAY The knit and natter group plus friends have all been busily sewing all the knitted poppies from the 2018 display onto sticks to create a swathe of poppies in Hubberholme Churchyard, a bit like the ones at the Tower of London. There will also be an outside memorial to those lost who we remember each year, along with a donation box for the Poppy Appeal, which will be emptied regularly. The display can be viewed from Wednesday 4th November for two weeks. Thank you in anticipation of your support.
UPPER WHARFEDALE VENTURER DURING LOCKDOWN The Venturer will continue to provide the 72B serviceduring the forthcoming lockdown, as timetabled. However passengers should note that the lockdown service is provided for Essential Travel Only in line with government regulations. Essential Travel is defined as : travelling to work where this cannot be done from home, travelling to education and for caring responsibilities, hospital GP and other medical appointments and visits to essential retail.
PRESERVE STALL & ALL THINGS CHRISTMASSY! Saturday, 28th November, 10.30am to 2.30pm in Kettlewell Church Lychgate – hopefully! Jams, chutney, marmalade, mincemeat, mince pies, Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings and much more. Some items ideal for Christmas presents or your own celebrations, however low key they may be this year. All in aid of Church Funds – and they’re certainly needed! All subject to local lockdown, of course, so please look out for notices around the village in the week prior. Everyone very welcome – if only to take a look.
FLOWERS AT KETTLEWELL CHURCH There is still the need for someone, or a couple of folk, with willing spirits and perhaps a flair with flowers to take on the creative role of flower arranger and flower rota organiser at Kettlewell Church. Help and advice is available, if required, to get you off to a good start. Should you like to pursue this further, please contact Sue Nelson on 760887.
KETTLEWELL LUNCHEON CLUB After much thought and consideration, it has been decided that Luncheon Club will not resume this year. It had been suggested that a get together for a Christmas celebration would be a good plan, but in the light of rising cases of COVID-19 in the Craven area, it is now, we believe, not safe to do so. Those involved in organising Luncheon Club are extremely sad to make this announcement but consider it prudent to be patient and to wait until a vaccine renders it safe for all to meet again safely. This could be well into the New Year!
CHILDREN’S SOCIETY Barbara feels that it would not be sensible at time of writing to consider holding the Annual Christmas Coffee Morning at Fold Farm in November. Also, many of the lovely home Box Holders are worried that there has been a lack of small change and would rather just leave it until next year when we can make a super effort. Barbara will be making a donation to help these deserving young people in such a dreadful time and if anyone would like to make a contribution please let her have it before 30th November. Thank you.
KETTLEWELL SCARECROW COMMITTEE AGM The Kettlewell Scarecrow Committee will be holding this year's AGM on Tuesday 17th November, via video call. Anyone wishing to attend please email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 15th November to receive details of how to join the call. Thank you.
KETTLEWELL FILM NIGHTS Kettlewell Village Hall are looking into the possibility of showing films again. The premises are Covid secure. The purpose of this post is to ascertain whether there would be any interest. Numbers will be limited due to distancing. We would hope to start in November. Please email email@example.com or ring 01756 760887 if you are interested. This will all depend on Government guidelines at the time.
KETTLEWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL OPEN DAY Kettlewell Primary School is opening its doors on Monday, 12th October for a COVID-secure Open Day. If you have little ones nearing school age, come and see YOUR local school, with its fantastic forest school cabin, wonderful outdoor play equipment, pretty woodland grove, home-cooked dinners, comprehensive IT equipment, refurbished library, fabulous staff, and much, much more. Contact the school: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTIAN AID COLLECTION The Upper Wharfedale Churches Together Christian Aid group raised an incredible £2,875 during the recent Christian Aid week.
GRASSINGTON MEDICAL CENTRE
A message from GRASSINGTON MEDICAL PRACTICE who will be re-opening the main doors from Monday 3 August 2020: Please continue to telephone the surgery if you need a doctor or nurse appointment and if you are invited to attend the surgery for a pre booked appointment you will no longer be asked to wait outside.
We ask that you bring your own face covering to preserve our PPE stocks and on entering the building please have your mask on and use our hand sanitiser before approaching the reception desk area. We will only be open for pre booked appointments, not drop in at this point, so if you have any queries please continue to call us or use our online eConsult.
If you have a prescription request please continue to drop it in the letter box or use the online facility as we won’t be able to take this over the desk. We need your help to keep our staff safe and to protect our vulnerable patients who are invited into the building for appointments. We hope you can support the teams at both practices to look after you and your family.
COVID-19 If you have a persistent cough or fever, please do not attempt to come to the surgery even if you have an appointment. Instead stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days. Please refer to NHS111coronavirus pages for further advice.
KETTLEWELL VILLAGE HALL
As you will have gathered the Village Hall, along with other village halls, has been closed since lockdown started in March. Now with the easing of restrictions we are looking at how we can restart some activities in the hall. We have been on regular online meetings with other village halls, hosted by Craven District Council, and hearing of their experiences . We have also had meetings online with Community First Yorkshire, who give advice to village halls throughout Yorkshire and we have also had access to information from ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) They have published information on what we can do and what we can't do and how village halls can open up in a safe way.
So although the village hall has been closed, the officers have not been idle and have been into the hall on a regular basis to make sure everything is working correctly, equipment has been serviced and water run to stop the build up of organisms. It is now time to see if we can allow groups back into the hall again. To this end a risk assessment has been done and extra hiring conditions have been drawn up. However there will be no parties or gatherings of large groups until restrictions ease further. We can probably accommodate 20 in the hall, possibly more if there are family bubbles but we do not anticipate more than 30. All will have to be seated . Not all the toilets will be open. There will be a one way system and hand sanitiser will be available. Face masks now have to be worn in community centres which include village halls but may be taken off to eat or drink. The bar will not be open.
The situation is so unusual that we will have to take it slowly and see how it goes. It may be possible to have the cinema again but with less than 20. We are looking at how this may be able to happen provided that people are prepared to come back as the majority of our regulars are over 70. The hall is an asset for the community and so we would like to bring it back into use again.
This is an ever changing and challenging situation so we will try and keep you up to date via the Link, Facebook, kettlewell-with-starbotton.co.uk website and the notice boards.
KETTLEWELL SCARECROW FESTIVAL
Kettlewell Virtual Scarecrow Festival is at https://kettlewellscarecrows.uk with more content being added each day until 16th August, after which the site will stay up so more people can enjoy it in the coming months. We hope you'll enjoy it.
For the past 68 years, Leeds Morris Men have performed the dance The Rose in the village of Kettlewell at 10 am on the late May Bank Holiday Monday. We do it to commemorate the members we have lost, celebrate the morris, and sustain a venerable tradition.
In 2020, the coronavirus lockdown, of course, meant that we were unable to be in Kettlewell in the flesh. Instead, we marked the occasion by each performing a solo jig version of The Rose at home, and bringing the team together through the magic of technology!
Where To Stay
The area has several hotels and pubs, beautiful campsites, several
bed and breakfasts and many holiday cottages to let.