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With a little bit of TLC (and usually some hard-working volunteers) many of Yorkshire’s churches and churchyards could become not only useful local amenities but also tourist attractions. Whenever I get chance while I’m out and about in the Dales and Moors I try to visit the local church… not that I’m in the least bit religious – I just find the architecture and history, wildlife, flora and fauna so fascinating. They are also such relaxing places to spend time: small corners in which you can escape from the hustle and bustle of life. In a future issue of Dalesman we’ll be looking at some remarkable work being done at a church in Kirkburton, while Aysgarth church is featured in July’s issue. The grounds of Long Preston’s church, St Mary’s, has looked superb during the recent warm spell. Part of the land has been left as wild meadow (pictured) and the sun has really drawn out the colours as well as the butterflies and bees.

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