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Happy New Year!

From a Speakers Club meeting by Zoom, with a guest speaker on Climate Change Change on Monday, to a church bible discussion group on the Environment on Wednesday; from Scottish Dancing on Thursday to a talk on Moths a week on Thursday – there is lots on  for us to do.
Or simply watch the progress of people up the Spine Race on the laptop: They started off on the Pennine Way this Sunday morning 9 Jan at 8am from Edale and by tomorrow Monday the they will be up to Malham.. The two leaders will be well beyond. Horton?- or well beyond?- they have set up a colossal lead –   It will depend whether or not they sleep overnight  I might get up early in the morning and see how far they have got. As I watch now, the two leaders  are approaching Withens Heights above Haworth have only another 10km to reach Ickornshaw Moss and then they will the be in Craven, North Yorkshire.

1.  Mon 10 Jan: Craven Speakers Club (Skipton) – This meeting only on Zoom: 7.15pm for 7.30
Guest speaker, Prof Rick Battarbee FRS, will talk on “Tackling Climate Change: What’s the problem and what can we do?”
This is an excellent opportunity to hear about Climate change from a specialist, and to see what Speakers Club is about without leaving the warmth of your house. It will be will be held online by Zoom, rather than at the Soroptimists Room, Skipton as previously advertised.
His talk  will be followed by a questions and answer session.
After the interval the group will have a topics session where the challenge (for volunteers) is to give a 2 min impromptu speech on a surprise topic given to you. To get the zoom link and for more information, visit or phone 01535 665278-Or email me.

(It is planned to hold the rest of the meetings in 2022 in Skipton at the Soroptimists, on Jan 24, etc fortnightly. )

Prof Rick Battarbee of  is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Change at UCL and the former Director of the UCL Environmental Change Research Centre. He is a freshwater ecologist and palaeolimnologist specialising in diatom analysis and the use of lake sediments in understanding the impact of nutrient pollution, acid deposition and climate change on lake ecosystems.


2. Wed 12 Jan: Settle Slimming World:  Settle Social Club, Duke St Settle
Weds 9am 10.30am & 6.30pm. No booking required. Details: contact Maxine 07713020736


3. Wed 12 Jan: Coffee Morning at St John’s Church Settle 10.30am till midday. Held every week


4. Wed 12 Jan  12 midday: “Say Yes to Life” – First of a series of six discussion workshops on
“Care of the Environment and the Bible” – St John’s Methodist Ch, Settle, BD24 9JH
It is run by the church, and led by Rev Tim Broughton of Settle Methodist Church.
It is open to anyone in the Settle area who is interested, whether you attend church or not.. The sessions will last about an hour and a half.
The sessions will use the book “Say yes to Life” which was written by Dr Ruth Valerio in 2020 and used as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book that year.
More info:  01729 822554
Climate and the environment are important issues. The UK had its warmest New Year’s day since records began over 100 years ago. Fires in Colorado have just hit the headlines.
Coffee and cake are available at the regular Wednesday morning church Coffee Morning held from 10.30 until 12.0 each week.


5.  Thur 13 Jan: Scottish Dancing Class  7.30pm St John’s Church Hall, Settle BD24 9JH
Visitors and new members welcome.


6.  Sat 15 Jan: Settle Action on Climate Emergency 

Join us virtually, by Zoom, for a catch-up and presentation/discussion about our Transport and Energy Survey results.


  • 10.30-11am: round robin of comments, information and mutual support from participants
  • 11-11.45am: Paul Cochrane (ACE Transport and Energy Groups) presentation on ACE’s survey, followed by questions and discussion
  • 11.45-12 Noon ACE notices – forthcoming actions and events
  • See for the zoom link.


7. Thur 20 Jan 7:30pm – Kay Andrews, Limestone Lepidoptera Project Officer: “The Yorkshire Dales Limestone Lepidoptera Project”
Craven Conservation Group talk: St John’s Church, Settle BD24 9NT


8. Mon 24 Jan: Craven Speakers Club 
The Soroptimists Room, 28 Otley Street, Skipton, BD23 1EW
Arrive 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.
Come and enjoy an evening out,and improve your speaking skills. You don’t have to speak if you don’t want to – you can just watch.


9.  Tue 1 Feb: Churches Together and Craven Conservation Group – Walk for the Climate.
Location and time yet to be fixed – but book the day
Read about 1 January’s walk at Keasden Head in the Forest of Bowland here
See picture on right above Keasden Head


10. Fri  4 Feb: Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union Zoom Chat Meeting. 7.30pm
In this meeting Alastair Fitter of York  will lead a discussion on Recording in Yorkshire/
This meeting is open to members of the YNU and members of a local Natural history group that is affiliated – e.g. Wharfedale Nats, Craven Conservation Group.  Details at


Best wishes
Judith Allinson

Below: a picture taken from Castleberg Crag, Settle on the New Year Plant Hunt 4 Jan.

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