Archive for the month “May, 2012”

Family History


Lots of people come to Swaledale to trace their family trees. They often phone the Vicarage to ask me if they can look at our church records. We are happy for them to do this but always send them to Northallerton because the parish registers and records are kept at the Country Records Office there. Many of these people are Americans whose ancestors were lead miners in the dales.

I have never attempted to trace any of my own family history. I have always thought that it would be almost impossible to get very far back given the Jewish Eastern European background.

This week, I had lunch with my second cousin, who lives in Darlington. She had recently been to a memorial service for our great uncle’s wife and had brought home lots of family papers and photographs. We went thought these and talked about the different people in our wider family. She knew a lot of them and their connections; I had heard of many of them, but did not know how they fitted together.

By the end of lunch we had pieced together a family tree which went from my sister’s children (the youngest in the family) to Mr and Mrs Hurwitz (first names as yet unknown) who came to England in the 1800s from Lithuania.

A bit of searching around on the web shows that they may have come from a place on the Baltic called Kretinga and that the Jewish community there left in large numbers from 1870-1880.

So…I have accidently fallen into looking at family history. My cousin and I agreed to do some work and see how far we get. We are going to meet again in July to put together anything else we have by then.



I was interviewed today by two freelance writers, Yvette Huddleston and Walter Swann.

I have worked with them before and they wrote an article about me that appeared in the Yorkshire Post Magazine a couple of years ago. You can read that here:

They have written lots of books and articles about the Dales, including this:

A Day In A Dale


They are currently writing a book about women who work in the Yorkshire Dales – this will include a shepherdess, a gamekeeper, a farmer – and a Vicar (me).

The book is due to be published and launched at the end of September. Put it on your Christmas list!

Craft Group Meeting in Reeth

The Thursday Craft Group will meet this week at the Swaledale Museum in Reeth – Thursday 17 May from 2pm.

Everyone is welcome. Come and bring whatever you are working on, and have it admired or get help if you are stuck.

The Museum is a Swaledale treasure to be discovered if you don’t know it. Their website is here:

There are currently two exhibitions running at the museum – one has photographs of local people with their favourite possessions and the other has paper cut outs – both are worth a visit.

Here is Reeth village on a sunny day –

Tea Party

We celebrated a friend’s birthday with afternoon tea –

we had the best china and tablecloths

and chocolate cake, of course…

Pieced Blocks

I have made some of the charity blocks, incorporating the fabric that we were given to work with.

They are very random, and not accurately pieced, but they are all exactly 10.5 inches square!

I have to make 9 or 10 in total, so will have another sewing session soon.

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