Voices From The Dales Podcast

Voices from the Dales features people from the Yorkshire Dales in northern England, highlighting their stories, accents and dialect. All episodes are 15 minutes and presented by Andrew Fagg.

Our latest episode is Cheese Present (Episode 8), published on 18 Oct 2021, featuring Andy Swinscoe and cheesemongers from the Courtyard Dairy.

Episode Eight – Voices From The Dales… Cheese Present: The Courtyard Dairy cheese shop at the foot of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales has been named ‘among the best 50 food shops in the world’  (by the Financial Times).  In Voices From The Dales ‘Cheese Present’ hear the Courtyard Dairy story from co-founder Andy Swinscoe and his fellow cheesemongers, as they ‘fill faces’ with farmhouse cheese made from raw milk.  ‘Cheese Present’ follows on from the last episode, Cheese Past, which featured clips from the oral history collection at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.   ‘Cheese Present’ was recorded at the Courtyard Dairy on Tues 28 Sept 2021, in advance of the fourth Dales ‘Cheese Festival’. 

Episode Seven – Voices From The Dales… Cheese Past: Producing milk and making cheese are essential industries in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A Cheese Festival is being staged next month (7-10 October 2021) to promote all that is on offer. But what’s the story behind the great tradition of cheese in the Dales? Find out in ‘Cheese Past’, the first of two Voices From The Dales podcast episodes dedicated to cheese. Presented by Andrew Fagg, in Hawes, hear the voices of Brian Sunter, Margaret Watson, Matthew Bell, Eleanor Scarr, Kit Calvert, Derek Ramsden and Iona Hill. 

Episode Six – Voices From The Dales… Fell Runners: Fell running is one of the oldest and most traditional sports in northern England.   Races take place across the Yorkshire Dales throughout spring and summer.  In this podcast you are taken to the ‘Hawkswick Dash’ in Littondale, organised by the British Open Fell Runners Association.  Hear the voices of Skipton’s ‘Mr Sport’ Roger Ingham, ‘Run The Dales’ writer and organiser Victoria Benn, Kilnsey Show fell race record holder Mick Hawkins and Wensleydale fell runners Heather Hodgson and Brian Carlisle.    The cover photo is by Stephen Garnett Photography.  As Stephen has said, the image, taken at the Hawkswick Dash, “captures the lung busting rawness of fell running”.

Episode Five – Voices From The Dales… Museum Makers: Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby founded a museum and brought pleasure to millions of people through their popular books on the Yorkshire Dales.   What started their love affair with the Dales?  How did they encourage Dales folk to tell their stories?    And what role does museum they created, the Dales Countryside Museum, have today?  In this episode hear the voices of Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby, Guy Ingleby of Littondale, Taylor Dinsdale from Gayle, and Fiona Rosher, the current Museum Manger. It is presented by Andrew Fagg from outside the Dales Countryside Museum and was recorded on 1 March 2021:

Episode Four – Voices From The Dales… Bard: John Thwaite (1873-1941) was a Wensleydale dialect poet who wrote about the natural beauty as well as the ordinary working class people around him.  He worked as a grocer in the town of Hawes.  Some 30 years after his death a group of people in Wensleydale recorded his poems on cassette tapes.  In this episode hear two poems read by Jack Fawcett:  ‘The Quarryman’s Cross’ and ‘T’Auction Mart’.   It is presented by Andrew Fagg from Hawes Main Street and was recorded on 6 March 2021:

Episode Three – Voices From The Dales… Chapels: “The energy is no longer there,” said the Methodist minister in Reeth in 2016, as another Dales chapel closed.  As journalist Mike Amos reported, a way of life was quietly disappearing. Chapels were at the heart of village life in Wensleydale and Swaledale for around 150 years, but decline set in during the second half of the last century.  And yet in half a dozen places such as Gayle and Gunnerside the Methodists are ‘still alive’, as they like to say.  In this episode hear Walden preacher Rowland Dent, as well as Jean Cockburn from Aysgarth, Joan Fawcett from Hawes and the late Richard Dinsdale of Gayle.  It is presented by Andrew Fagg from outside West Burton Methodist Church and was recorded on 4 March 2021.

Episode Two – Voices From The Dales Schools pt 2: Clogs, snow, the bus driver and the ‘kiddy catcher’ are discussed in Episode Two of Voices From The Dales.  Hear the voices of Kit Calvert, Joan Fawcett, Eric and Vera Alderson and Reggie Fagg Rawlence – all from Hawes – as well as John Waggett from Gunnerside, Norman Guy from Muker, Jennie Sunter from Keld, Brian Sunter from Low Row, Eleanor Scarr from Bainbridge, and Allen Kirkbride from Askirgg.   It is presented by Andrew Fagg from outside Hawes Primary School and was recorded on 5 March 2021:

Episode One – Voices From The Dales Schools pt 1: A cockerel down a chimney, school closures, sex education and a ‘Roman toilet’ are discussed in Episode One of Voices From The Dales.  Hear the voices of John Waggett from Gunnerside, Joan Fawcett and Christa Fagg Rawlence from Hawes, Sally Stone from West Burton, Norman Guy from Muker, Enid Lundberg from Arkengarthdale and Barbara Buckingham from Reeth.  Also meet Mary Burrow, the woman who devoted her life to one Dales school.  It is presented by Andrew Fagg from outside Hawes Primary School in Upper Wensleydale and was recorded on 5 March 2021: