DALESBUS SUNDAY SERVICE Both services resume from Sunday 6th September until Sunday 18th October. DalesBus 874 between Wakefield, Leeds, Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden. DalesBus 875 (double-decker) between Wakefield, Leeds, Ilkley, Grassington, Buckden and Hawes.
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!
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.