First wedding held at Dales Meeting House for more than 170 years

Countersett Meeting House.

The first wedding at the Friends Meeting House in Countersett since 1841 has led to over £800 being collected for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service.

David Pointon and Pip Land, who are both in their 70s, never thought that when they chose to be married at Countersett that they would be making Quaker history.

It was the Quaker Registering Officer, Richard Waldmeyer, who pointed out to them that the last wedding at Countersett had been in 1841. The Meeting House there dates back to 1710 as Countersett was an important centre of Quakerism in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

David is a member of the Bainbridge Meeting and Pip has for many years attended its monthly meetings at Countersett.

“We had no doubt where we wanted our wedding to be,” Pip said.

“David and I were in complete agreement that we wanted the simplicity of a ceremony which centres on the essence of a marriage between two people.”

David helped to move some benches from Bainbridge Meeting House to that at Countersett so that there would be enough seats for the 78 people who attended the Friends Meeting on Saturday July 21 during which they were married.

“A major problem was that that there would not be sufficient parking places in Countersett for so many cars,” Pip said.

“We are very grateful to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority for allowing people to use its staff car park at Bainbridge. From there we organised Foster Coaches to take them to Countersett.”

After the meeting they all went to Sycamore Hall for an afternoon tea supplied by the Corn Mill Tea Room in Bainbridge.

“Our guests were so impressed by the superb selection of food and by the excellent facilities at Sycamore Hall,” Pip said.

“We had told our guests that we didn’t want presents but would be happy if they made donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service. We are very grateful to them as the donations amounted to over £800.”

For more about Countersett Meeting House and the wedding there click here.

2 Comments

  1. What brilliant day it was for my wife and I. To be invited was a pleasure to attend this simple and moving ceremony. Good luck and happiness be your forever.

    Jack and Maureen

  2. What brilliant day it was for my wife and I. To be invited was a pleasure to attend this simple and moving ceremony. Good luck and happiness be yours forever.

    Jack and Maureen

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