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Latest update from Judith’s Newsletter

Wildflower Identification course (Led by Judith Allinson) – Seven
day-sessions though May and June based at Pateley Bridge  –
Mornings inside,afternoons site visits: starts on Thursday 12th May.
Still a few spaces. Free.


1. Wed 11 May:  Get fit Have fun: Park Fit:  6.30: Gig Park,
2: 11 May: Mothers Union Talk on Nepal. Settle Parish Church
3: 11 May: Climate Change + our response” Friends M. House, Settle J&P

4: 12 May: 1st of 7 Wildflower ID Training Workshops.  Pateley Bridge
5: Sat 14 May: 10.30 – Y.Nats Union: Swaledale meeting. Lift offered
6: 15-21 May: Christian Aid Week: Volunteer collectors needed.

7: 15 May: Messy Church for ALL: – St John’s Church, Settle
8. 17 May Tue: 9am Slimming World – Settle Victoria Hall
9. 17 May Tue: 7pm Slimming World – Settle Victoria Hall

10: 17 May: Settle Jelly  1st and 3rd Tues – Royal Oak, Settle
11: Wed 18 May 18:30 CCG Walk in Oxenber Woods  BOOKING ESSENTIAL
12. Christian Aid Coffee Eve: St John’s Meth Church: Settle 7-8.30pm

13. 20 May 1-4pm Launch of Settle Dementia Action Alliance. Vic Hall
14: Sat 21 May 10am. CCG Wild Walk by the Canal from East Marton
14a Sat 21 May: Gig & Settle Brass Band Concert postponed

15:  Sat  21  May: Intro  to  Lichens  Day at Malham Tarn:
16: 21 May: Beetle Drive; Pie&Peas Supper: St John’s Ch, Settle
17: 22 May: Ecumenical Lambing Service – Keasden Farm

18 : 23 May Craven Speakers Club
19: 24 May: Settle Soup: Victoria Hall 6pm-8pm
20: Wed 1 June: 18.30 Lower Winskill: Grassland & Invertebrate Cons.

21. Wed 1 June: Flowers of Malham Tarn: talk at St John’s Ch, Settle

****   EVENTS IN DETAIL: ****


1. Wed 11 May:  Get fit Have fun: Park Fit:  6.30: Gig Park,
Bankwell Road Circuit Training: 6.30-7.30pm


2: 11 May: Mothers Union Talk on Nepal. -The  O’Briens
to speak about their trips / links with communities in Nepal.
This will be at Holy Ascension, Settle at 7.30pm.
Giggleswick with Settle Mothers’ Union invites all members of
Churches Together to this meeting / talk.


3: May  11th  Talk  by  local  climate  change  specialists Dr Julia
Hargreaves  and  Dr. James Annan – “Climate Change and what we can do
about  it”   Friends  Meeting  House,  Settle. Organised by Settle
Justice and Peace Group. 7 for 7.30pm.


4: 12 May:  1st of 7 Wildflower Training Workshops.
I  am running a series of workshops for volunteers in Nidderdale
Area  of  Outstanding  Natural  Beauty. Based at the Office in Pateley
Bridge:    The    first    one   starts   this  Thursday.  It  is  for
vounteers  in Nidderdale AONB, but they do have a few spare spaces for
others interested:
7  full  days  free  botanical training led by botanical expert Judith
Allinson,  focusing on haymeadows and road side verges.  The aim is to
develop  and improve skills  involved in identification of grasses and
other    flowering  plants  within a variety of grassland habitats, so
that  the  skills  learned can be applied to voluntary  surveys of hay
meadows in Upper Nidderdale (North of Pateley bridge).
Most days will comprise a 3 hour indoor session  in  the  morning,
followed by  a field trip in the afternoon.
All  training   materials  will be provided. Please come appropriately
dressed for the weather and field walking.

The scheduled dates are the following  May 12th, 18th, June 8th, 15th,
22nd , 29th , (July 7th provisional). Start time 9.30am.

We  would  like  to hear from people who can commit to at least 70 of
this  training  to  sign  up  and would like some afterwards to either
surveying a meadow or collecting and drying seed.

Tara Challoner: Upper Nidderdale Wildlife and Farming Project Officer
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Tel: 01423 712950
Mobile: 07824 542315
Ndderdale AONB Office:
The Old Workhouse
King Street
Pateley Bridge
If you would like more details, please contact Tara or myself


5: Sat 14 May: 10.30 – Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union
Excursion  to  Swaledale.  All  CCG  members  welcome as an affiliated
society   of  the  YNU.  (As are people who are members of other local
natural history societies).  Meet at Marrick Park (SE091981). Limited parking,
turn  through  gateway  on  the  right  as soon as the house gates are
reached and park tightly in the agricultural yard.

If you come  on  one of these YNU meetings, the best thing to do is to
attach  yourself  to  one of the experts present (on a wide variety of
topics from plants to caddisflies to moths to…. birds to..

I  hope  to go, so can offer lift from Settle or Ribblehead to Marrick


6: 15-21 May: Christian Aid Week: Volunteer collectors needed.
Contact  Sally 01729 822311 – both for Tuesday in Settle and for house
to house collections all week.


7:  15 May: Messy Church for All: – St John’s Church, Settle – Special
Event   open   to   All,   young   and old  for Pentecost Sunday  3.30
-5.30pm  St  John’s  Church  Hall  Settle.   Crafts. Activities, Food,


8. 17 May Tue: 9.00am: Slimming World – Settle Victoria Hall
9. 17 May Tue: 7pm Slimming World – Settle Victoria Hall


10: 17 May: Settle Jelly is now on both 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each
month  between 10-5 at The Royal Oak. (Lone workers meet up with their
laptops etc and work, but have coffee breaks together). Please book at


11: Wed 18 May 18:30

Evening Walk in Oxenber Woods  BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Join  Roger  and  Liz  Neale  for  an evening walk enjoying the spring
flowers.  Singing Redstarts a possibility and other spring migrants to
be  enjoyed. Meet in Austwick on roadside by bridge over Austwick Beck
at  SD769682.  Feel  free  to bring a picnic tea! BOOKING ESSENTIAL by
phoning Roger and Liz on 01524 241155.


12. Christian Aid Coffee Evening: St John’s Methodist Church: Settle
7 – 8.30pm.   Please  come,  and  bring donations of cakes, plants,
bric-abrac or other goods to sell. And more cakes.


13. 20 May 1-4pm Launch of Settle Dementia Action Alliance. Vic Hall
Help  make  Settle  and  its shops and businesses  more  helpful to
people with dementia (and their carers.)
One in three people over 65 will develop dementia.. so that is quite a
lot of us!!!. One in 3 people born this year will develop denementia.
Let’s   make   Settle  a  more  helpful  place  for people living
with this condition.  There are lots of things we can do to help.

See  the talk  at  April Settle  Soup  about  Settle  Dementia  Action Alliance,
including youtube video.

purpose: to bring together people who live or work
around  Settle  to  enable  them to learn more about the part they can
play  in  helping  people  who  are  living  with  dementia  and their
families,  to remain valued members of the local community and to live
to their full potential


14: Sat 21 May 10.00

Wild Walk by the Canal
Join  Melanie Fryer walking along the Leeds & Liverpool canal and back
via  a  lane and fields. Mostly flat, lane is stony and total distance
is  about  3 miles. Easy to come back early if necessary, cafe and pub
in  village  on  return. Meet in East Marton on A59, parking alongside
the village green (SD908508).


(14a   Sat  21 May: The Giggleswick & Settle Brass Band Concert at St
John’s Methodist Church, Settle is being rescheduled for later in year)


15:  Sat  21  May:  Intro  to  Lichens  Day at Malham Tarn: £40. Allan


16: Sat 21 May: St John’s Methodist Church is holding a Beetle Drive at
6pm. This will be followed by a pie and pea supper. The event is open
to  everyone in the community of all ages and to visitors to the area
and  a  fun,  friendly  evening is guaranteed. Vegetarian and special
diet  pies  can be catered for by contacting 01729  824661 in advance
(if possible).  Admission is free but there will be an opportunity to
make a donation to help cover the cost of catering. All welcome.


17: 22 May Ecumenical Lambing Service Wenningside Farm 7pm Keasden,


18 : 23 May Craven Speakers Club
Annual General Meeting. Last meeting this Spring.
8pm Soroptimists Rooms, 28 Otley St Skipton, BD23 1EW

Do  you  need  to be able to speak more clearly, and wish you had more
Are  you  failing  to get promotion? – Perhaps improving your speaking
skills would help.
Have  you  just had promotion, and now need to speak to members of your
new team?  Improving your speaking skills would help.
Do  you  wish  to  live life more to the full? Improving your speaking
skills would help.
Do you just fancy a stimulating fun, friendly evening out?
Come to Speakers Club: – Next term starts in Early September


19: 24 May: Settle Soup: Victoria Hall 6pm-8pm
Come  and  enjoy  friendship,  soup  and  find out  what is going
on in Settle.
If  you  have  a  project  in Settle that you would like to tell other
people about or raise money for this (or maybe a future SOUP)
is  an  opportunity.

4  people  talk  for  4 minutes each about their
projects.  We  discuss  the  projects over soup, and then vote for the
most worthy or inspiring project -and the winner takes the door money.

See report of last Settle soup on 13 April


20: Wed 1 June: 18.30

Grassland and Invertebrate Conservation on a Ribblesdale Hill Farm:
Join  Tom  Lord  at  Lower  Winskill  Farm for a farm walk discovering
flowers  and insects and catching up on Tom’s conservation work. Rocky
and  uneven  ground  but  without  difficult  gradients. Maximum of 20
places, please book with Tony Moverley at
An extra evening will be organised if this one fills up.


21. Wed 1 June
Illustrated talk:
Flowers of Malham Tarn:- by Dr Judith Allinson,

Former tutor at Malham Tarn Field Centre – St John’s Methodist
Church Hall, Settle BD24 9JH  – 7.30-9pm
Adults £5 /child/stu £3 In Aid of Rainforest Fund


More Wildlife and Natural History Events:
List of 40+ Natural History Societies in Yorkshire:
Download Flowers of the Dales Events through 2016 here:

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please let me know

I heard my first Cuckoo today, at Colt Park, near Ribblehead.

Best wishes from

Judith Allinson

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