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February and March Events



View up Malhamdale from Town End Farm Shop, Airton on 1 Feb Climate Walk
Here is an action packed email with lots of useful information – including the benefits of Swimming, and how to become a Grasses expert (see the end for these two).

All Events:

Sun 18 Feb Cumbria Lichens and Bryophytes group – Whitbarrow 

Mon 19 Feb:  Talk and Discussion at Hellifield Chapel / Wesley Centre Monday afternoon Welcome Mat group: led by Bruce Geere and Judith Allinson. On eco friendly approaches to daily living (including adequate insulation for both  keeping warm and saving energy).  2.30pm.    All welcome.


Wed 21 Feb:  Daytime Churches Together Lent – Group: Go and do likewise!
Wednesday mornings at Quaker Meeting House- 10am for an hour
21st, 28th February, 6th, 13th March – All very welcome – Booklets provided –
Led by Sally Waterson

Wed 21 Feb: Health with speaker Dr Colin Renwick, local retired GP
This is the first of Five Wednesday evenings Lent Meetings at Settle Parish Church 7.00-9.00pm   organised by Bowland and Ewecross Deaneries and supported by Churches Together in Settle and District.. All Welcome. Come on time to get refreshments at 7pm
21 Feb: Health with speaker Dr Colin Renwick, local retired GP
28 Feb; Ageing with speaker Jonathan Kerr, chief officer for Age UK North Craven
6 Mar: Young People with speaker Gareth Whitaker, Headteacher at Settle College with a group of Sixth Formers
13 Mar: Wellbeing with speaker Leon Fijalkowski, Strategic Director at Pioneer Projects, Looking Well Studios, Bentham
20 March Plenary Session – how the Church and others in our communities support each other with all our previous weeks speakers; chaired by, and including an address by Rt Revd Anna Eltringham, Bishop of Ripon

21  Feb: Austwick Field and Local History Society: 7.30pm in the Parish Hall (large room)
‘Field Names and Landscape History’: a talk by Professor Angus Winchester, Emeritus Professor of History, Lancaster University. , Angus Winchester is Emeritus Professor of History at Lancaster University. He has longstanding interests in the history of the rural landscape in northern England, especially in upland areas.

Sat 24 Feb 7pm:  Bob Swallow “Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Folklore and Future” at St John’s Methodist Church: Illustrated talk

Mon 26 Feb:  Craven Speakers Club, Skipton.  The Soroptimists Rooms, 28 Otley Street BD23 1EW.  £5-00 per person, first meeting free. This is a fun, supportive, friendly group – with stimulating evenings and we are sure your speaking skills and confidence will increase
See also other Speakers Clubs in Yorkshire at Halifax, Wetherby, Shipley, York, Sheffield and online at Bradford

Thu 29 Feb 7.30pm. Clapham Village Hall ‘AMAZING SWIFTS’ a talk by Tanya and Edmund Hoare of Sedbergh Community Swift Group.

Fri 1 March – The climate walk for Craven Conservation Group and Churches Together will be early in the morning. Location yet to be finalised. See our walk on 1 February to Foss Gill at Calton – also Airton Meeting House and Airton Farm Shop. 

Wed 7 March: Coffee Morning in Aid of the Rainforest Fund – St John’s Methodist Church  BD24 9JH  10.30am-12 midday.  (Coffee mornings happen every Wed, but the 1st one of the month is for charity)

If we raise £100 we can help save an acre of Rainforest under threat. It is much, much, much, better for biodiversity, for carbon in the soil, for indigenous people – and wildlife who live there – to save natural forest than to cut it all down and replant again..
Remember that 1 in 10 food goods that we buy in the supermarket contain palm oil (labelled as vegetable oil) – most of it grown by burning down rainforest and planting oil palm plantations. And that 8% of greenhouse emissions come from burning forest and peat soils below them.

Sat 9 March YNU Conference at Leeds 9.30-16.30 (so you can get there and back by train from Settle!!)

Sat 9 March 10.30 am – 12.30 pm  ACE Green café   Settle Methodist Church  website  and Twitter @ACESettle or email:

Sat 9 March: Eastern Region Association of Speakers Clubs Competition at St Giles Church Hall, Bramhope, Leeds  at 2pm

Thur 21 March 7.30pm : Dave Melling and Rob Pheasant : Wildlife Sound Recording at Ingleborough (and some at Kingsdale) St John’s Methodist Church Settle BD24 9JH – The Ingleborough Soundscape Project


Regular Events:

Other Natural History Meetings in Yorkshire:

Settle Library:
A big thank you to all the volunteers who run Settle Library – and other libraries.
Library Opening hours:-
Mon          2-5
Tue  10-1   2-5
Wed closed
Th   10-1   2-5
Fri               2-5
Sat  10-12.30


Every Wednesday: Settle Slimming World:
Settle Social Club, Duke St Settle
Weds 9am 10.30am & 6.30pm. No booking required. Details: contact Maxine 07713020736

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

Swimming Pool is open .
Read and Listen to Michael Mosely – Just one thing  On how swimming increases your brain function, –

One study showed that just seven days of swim training improved the memory of rats, with tests on humans returning similar results. – It helps you live longer. And Nordic walking in the pool (with special poles) is very good for you too.You can book online and see which sessions have lots of spaces.
Even though prices had to go up last week slightly, it is still good value.  Please encourage your friends to go.
There is a café


Best wishes from

Judith Allinson

Blink, and the Hazel catkins will be over . The yellow “lambs tails” are the male flowers making pollen. The tiny red tassel is the stigmas of the female flower – with (lots of ) luck it will grow into a hazel nut. Magic.

Become a Grass Expert:
In January there is only one species of wild grass in flower in the UK –
Annual Meadow grass. Poa annua – see pictures and read my blog here

Now, By mid February …
Blue Moor-grass Sesleria caerulea see my blog
If you look REALLY hard in the Limestone rocky places above Settle (e.g. the car park at Winskill Stones Pavement above Langcliffe  you will find a second just coming out: Blue Moor-grass. (Sesleria caerulea).. Well it will be out by 29 Feb. This first picture was taken on 17 Feb last year. The second picture was taken in May by which time the Blue Moor-grass has grown bigger



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