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Easter Events News around Settle

Happy Easter

Here are lots of events for Spring

Do you recognise the picture above?  Celandines – they usually have eight petals and heart shaped leaves – whereas Buttercups have 5 petals and divided or palmate leaves. There are more pictures of wild flowers that have just come out below.

If you live near Settle, I invite you to Settle’s Passion play this Friday morning 7 April.
Do watch this  – It starts at 10.30am at St John’s but you can join in en route e.g. at Millennium Gardens or the Market Place or finally at the Anglican Churchyard opposite the Petrol Station. Look out for people dressed in 1st century flowing  Middle Eastern Clothes.  Just watch for a few minutes and I’m sure you’ll want to stay for longer. Lots of local people are taking part.
See pictures and video clips from previous years here:


All the churches in Settle invite you to their respective services  over Easter.  I most recommend the joint open air Churches Together service at 7am on Easter Sunday (It used to be 6am) – outdoors (only 30 minutes), followed by breakfast at the Quakers – with optional porridge this year!!   Fine weather forecast.

This month’s Settle ACE Green Cafe at Settle Methodist Church Hall (10.30-12.30pm) BD24 9JH has been set at Sat 15 April the topic is  ‘Nature in Crisis’ – biodiversity loss and what we can do about it in Settle and area.  

Meanwhile, can you recognise this common woodland plant, whose name begins with D.M.?   It has been in flower about a month already in our woods and hedgerows. The flower on the left is male (and has anthers) and the flower on the right is female (and is making fruit). (Answer at end)


Easter events:
1. See list of services at different churches here or at  on
2. Fri 7 Apr: Good Friday Passion Play – Do watch this  – It starts at 10.30am St John’s but you can join in en route e.g. at Millennium Gardens or Market Place.
3. Sun 9 Apr: Early morning outdoor service 7am.- on the green at the back of the Quakers followed by a simple breakfast.

4. Thur 13 April: U3A monthly talk: Living the African Dream:  including efforts to keep cheetahs safe in the wild.  St John’s Methodist Church 10am for 10.30 start.  Also links to all the other U3A events. 

5. Sat 15 April: Settle ACE Green Cafe at Settle Methodist Church Hall (10.30-12.30pm) BD24 9JH
ACE Settle – and all concerned about our future:
This month’s Cafe feature is about ‘Nature in Crisis’ – biodiversity loss and what we can do about it in Settle and area, with Kate Jennings (ACE member and Head of Sites and Species Policy at the RSPB) and Andrew Pease (Biodiversity Lead) on local ACE actions. Chat over refreshments (10.30-11) about topical issues associated with the climate and biodiversity crises and actions taking place – at local, national and international levels.


6. Wed 19 April: Eco-Explorers: 4pm – 5.30pm. Do you have children aged 4 to 11 that you could bring? Do you have neighbours with children? It is an excellent opportunity for children to learn about nature. We will look for Celandines, for both types of Golden Saxifrage, for Town-Hall-clock, for Willow catkins, for Wood Speedwell and much more.
As new leaves start to come out on trees it is a bonanza for insects. Caterpillars have two of three weeks to eat the leaves whilst they are tender before they become tough.
For families with children 4 – 11. This week will be a Walk along Watery Lane to look for spring flowers and wildlife. Details 07753618381 or from me.


7. 20 April The next Scottish Dancing class is not until Thur 20 April    7.30pm  –St John’s Church Hall, Settle. BD24 9JH  Beginners welcome: We do very easy dances in the first part.


8. Fri 21 Apr  Climate Service at St Johns Waterloo, London. followed by pilgrimage to Parliament to join other people at the climate protest – as part of “The Big One” 21-24 April.
If you can’t go to London why not organise a local event? Please use this opportunity to show the government and other people that it really matters.
1. Link to the text of the service they will be using (you could modify this)
2. Rather gloomy podcast by a friend of mine about how our government is not prepared for the effects of climate change. (Note the prime job of a government is to protect its people)

Back in 2016 or so  the government had good plans and laws about making new-build houses really sustainable and energy efficient . Why did they change their mind and abandon them? Why aren’t they doing more now?

9: Sat 22 Apr: Ground Nest Fest at the Folly, Settle  – free day for families celebrating our ground nesting birds.
I’m sure they’ll let grown ups in too.


10. Mon 24 Apr: Craven Speakers Club – 7.15 for 7.30pm. at the Soroptimists Rooms, 28, Otley Street, Skipton.BD23 1EW

If you living far from Skipton read about other Speakers Clubs in Yorkshire here:-
They are all friendly supportive groups. – We welcome experienced members who can help others and may go on to win competitions – but ESPECIALLY we welcome brand new members who want to learn more.  Could you come to a meeting? Do you know a friend who might like to come?


11.  1 May – Walk for the climate – location to be announced
On 1 April we had a lovely walk at Newton in Bowland beside the River Hodder, along an ancient trackway and in the afternoon to the old Quaker Burial Ground, led by Geoff Morries. We found 16 species of wild plant in flower in the morning, including some toothwort just emerging, and saw performing hares.


12.   Tue 2 May:  Scargill House, KettlewellAct for Nature Day at Scargill House with A Rocha and Scar Gill House. 10.30-16.30.  Conservation work, talks, Ecochurch, Wildchurch, – do have a look at the programme.


13. Tue 2 May: Craven Conservation Group Microscope session: Let by Dr Zoe Pickup at Ingleton Community Centre 1.30pm – 4.30pm     Please book if you would like to come


14. 2  May: Lost Rainforests of Yorkshire. Wild Ingleborough Evening walk led by Judith Allinson Meet at Ribblehead Quarry 6.15-8.45 pm It is possible to come and return by train. It is necessary to book. Six places have been booked already, so make sure you book early and get a place.


15.  Sat 21 May: Yorkshire Naturalists Union Field Excursion to Hell Wath, Ripon (River Skell and Magnesian limestone). Join CCG members Judith Allinson and Terry Whitaker and others.


16.  Wed 24 May Discovering Lichens Day at the Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard – led by Judith Allinson 9.30-4.30


17. Settle Community Fridge
A project by Settle Community and Business Hub (nder the archway near Wholesome Bee)
Open Mondays and Thursdays 2.30 til 4.15pm and Wednesdays 10am til 12 noon.
details on Settle Community Fridge  they write:-
“We work closely with Age UK North Craven and Settle Parish church who run a pop up food pantry. Anyone is welcome to come along and donate or take food away. This is as much about reducing food waste as helping support those on a low income and it seems ridiculous that with food prices rising so steeply so much good food  gets thrown away.
We know not everyone has things to bring and that is absolutely fine, anyone is welcome to take what food they need. As well as reducing food waste and swapping food there is also the opportunity to volunteer or get involved with other food related events we run at the Settle Quakers or help on our allotment. ”


18. Every Wednesday: Settle Slimming World:
Settle Social Club, Duke St Settle

Weds 9am 10.30am & 6.30pm. No booking required. Details: contact Maxine 07713020736.

The lady I sat next to this morning said she had lost four stone (well 3 stone 13 and a half pounds) and said how much better she felt for losing it. For those who stay (apart from just getting weighted in) Maxine tells us lots of fun positive things.


19.  Various dates:  Nordic walking Nordic walking fitness walks.


20.  Swimming Pool is open!

You can book online so you can see which sessions are busy and which have lots of spaces.  
There is a cafe

The pool benefits from donations to the shop.
You can buy lots of interested things that have been donated shop currently open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm each day. Their website says: ” Volunteers are always very welcome! To join our friendly team please contact us on 01729 826944.  We publish news on Facebook…for updates follow our page Settle Area Swimming Pool Fundraising Shop  We are unable to accept donations at the shop, due to lack of space but we have two containers in the pool carpark and we accept donations there on TUESDAY AND FRIDAY 9.30am – 12.30pm only. ”


Are you a member of Craven Conservation Group? Look out for our beautifully illustrated April Newsletter coming out this week. (Or look for a copy in the library or at the Hub/Quakers)


If you have a friend who would like to receive these Events emails do tell them to email me.

Best wishes  and Happy Easter
Judith Allinson

The green woodland flower pictured near the top is Dog’s Mercury
Below: Butterbur – this pink flower is a member of the daisy/dandelion family. The big leaves which look a bit like rhubarb come out later in the year.
More Settle Wildflowers here


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