The reflections of a rural archdeacon on life and issues in the Yorkshire Dales. Supporting over 180 churches in an area that covers Teesdale, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Nidderdale, Harrogate and Wetherby, a Church of England archdeacon shares some of the questions and challenges that everyday ministry throws up.
The annual Swaledale festival got under way on Sunday with the Festival Service at Holy Trinity, Low Row. As well as the amazing range of concerts and exhibitions (three or four events to choose from each day) there is a less well known progamme of education and outreach work. This year, it includes workshops in schools by The Huts and the Absolution Saxaphone Quartet and master classes by violinist Alexander Markov. There will be a children's clay modelling project, a puppetcraft workshop for young children and workshops by the Blaize theatre company. Most of this programme is delivered free of charge thanks to the Festival's commitment to its educational and cultural work with young people. The Festival runs at venues around Swaledale and Wensley until 11th June and it would be almost impossible not to find something to your taste in the varied programme of concerts, plays, lectures, walks and art and craft exhibitions displaying both international and local talent.