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From Judith Allinson
I am very, very sad that the Field Studies Council is ceasing running field courses at Malham Tarn Field Centre. I taught there full time (children and adults) 1979 to 1987 and almost every year since have run one or two residential courses there on Grasses and Sedges and / or Flowers. And have attended several courses too – from “Weather” to “Lichens”, to “Mosses”. If people ask me “What is the best sort of holiday to have in the UK?” or “What is the best way to learn about some wildlife topic?”  I would say “Go on a residential course at an FSC Centre, and Malham Tarn is the best.”

The centre has been running for 75 years and scientists and naturalists have been coming there over this period, some of them making repeat sets of recordings. They have a long run of weather records and moth records from the Rothampstead trap.  It has a good library and some records of the past. Many famous people, especially scientists, have visited it. There must be tens – nay, hundreds, of thousands of people who stayed at the centre on school and university trips as well as the adults more specialist courses, plus the different sets of staff who worked there – who all have happy memories – and learned so much. It has a wonderful nature reserve of international importance, with rare plants and animals, and is surrounded by our beautiful Dales.  The fun of staying and dining and walking with other enthusiastic people, and learning from experts was a wonderful experience.
 7 Sept:  Telegraph and Argus report


Did you miss events last month? See my reports on
Eco-Explorers Day Camps for families up at Lower Winskill (July)  and the
Walk for the Climate (CCG and Churches Together) at Rathmell Common (1 Sept)



1.  Thurs 15 Sept: Settle Scottish Dancing Class (for intermediates) for this term. . 7.30pm to 9.30pm St John’s Church Hall, Settle.

(See details about the new Beginners’ class lower down starting on Thur 29 Sept at 7pm)



2.  Sat 17 Sept: ACE Settle (Action on Climate Emergency) Green Cafe (10.30-12 Noon) including talk on Yorkshire Peat Partnership
‘Come and join us at this in-person event at Settle Victoria Hall. This month’s meeting will include:

  • 10-10.30 chat over refreshments from Vic Hall’s cafe
  • 10.30-11.30 annual review, AGM including constitutional changes – elect the new steering group, and hear about all of ACE’s work and contribute to plans for the rest of 2022/23. Everyone is welcome.
  • 11.30-12.15 talk by Yorkshire Peat Partnership (including questions)
  • 12.15-12.45 An opportunity to chat, share and find out more about local, regional and national climate action and how to become an ACE member
  • 12.45-1pm Set-down and close

All welcome’ .

3.  Wed 21 SepCoffee Morning at St John’s Church Settle 10.30-12 (and every Wed) 


4. Wed 21 Sept: Cumbria Lichen and Bryophyte Group visit to Bowscale NY364302
Bowscale Tarn – meet at Mungrisdale Village Hall NY364302
Meets – Cumbria Lichens and Bryophytes (

5. Sat 24 Sept:  (The first day of the national  “The Great Big Green Week “)
“Let’s Talk about Rubbish”
 – Green Morning (10am-1pm) at St John’s Methodist Church Settle Church, organised by St John’s Church.
Talks, workshops and stalls.
More details from Philip Taylor <>. 

  • Do you want to know which bin to put that brown plastic lasagna pack in?
  • Does the Co-op recycle my empty crisp packets?
  • Can I put my tea bags in my compost bin?

Come along to church to our Eco Event and find out. You can ask the experts themselves.

At 10.00am Lizzie from Craven District Council will be telling us all what the different bins can and can’t be used for.
At 11.00am Emilie from North Yorkshire County Council will be showing us what happens to our rubbish when the contents of our bins leave Settle.
At 12.15pm Jess from Everyday Essentials will talk about re-fillables and more…..
at 12.35pm, the North Yorkshire Rotters group will give us advice about home composting. 

In the middle of all this, at noon, we have:-
the official opening of our Jubilee Eco Garden. The ribbon will be cut and the prizes will be presented
to the primary school pupils who were winners of the design competitions. Throughout the event, there will be displays in the hall by:
North Yorkshire County Council
Craven District Council
Settle Town Council
ACE (Action for Climate Emergency)
St. John’s Eco Group
Everyday Essentials, Ingleton (Eco friendly cleaning products and much more)
Number 29 Clothing Agency, Gargrave (pre-loved clothing)
North Yorkshire Rotters (Composting ideas and equipment) with kids activities
FairTrade – sale of Tea and Coffee
Settle Business and Community Hub (slow cooking without electricity or gas)

Activities for adults and children, and many people on hand to answer all your questions.
So come along, bring your friends (old and young) and talk about rubbish over a brew and a
bite to eat.


6. Sat 24 Sept: 12.00 – 1.30pm: Informal Lunchtime Concert
with Paul Fisher (local organist, pianist and composer) – Recital at Holy Ascension
Donations to fund for renovating the church’s historic and wonderful-sounding Binns organ
Tea and coffee available (You are welcome to eat your lunch while listening)


7. Sat 24 Sept: 1pm-5pm: From Peat to Paddling: Friends of the Dales Conference at Grassington.
This year’s Conference explores the journey of the River Wharfe from Oughtershaw Beck to Ilkley or ‘from peat to paddling’. Our six speakers, including our President, the biologist and nature writer Dr Amy-Jane Beer, Tim Thom of the Yorkshire Peat Partnership and Professor Rick Battarbee from University College London will be answering the question ‘what constitutes a healthy river’ from their unique, expert perspective.  Please book.


8. 24 Sept: St John’s Methodist Church:  Church Barbeque in the garden (weather permitting!) at 6.30pm: Indoors if wet.


9. 24 Sept – 2 Oct : The Big Green Week
Settle Library – display during the week from ACE and also a request to you from the library for book reviews and books to be ordered to go alongside our display on climate or related subjects, fiction or non-fiction. If you have a book in mind, please send your name, that you are an ACE member/member of another relevant group, your review and a picture of you and your book by 20th Sept at the latest, to John Frankland. John’s email: Your review will feature on the library’s social media.


10. Mon 26 Sept: 4pm -5.30pm: Eco-Explorers for families – 
A group of about five families from a pool of c 10 families with primary aged children meet (usually) at St John’s Church, Settle and then go on an outdoor activity. Last week was a Bird Quiz treasure trail. The event this time will be a tree walk. We are opening this to the public – but IT IS NECESSARY TO BOOK as numbers are limited. This is organised by Sally Waterson (07753618381) and Judith Allinson through Churches Together in Settle.


11. 3. Mon 26 Sept:  Craven Speakers Club, Skipton:  New Season.

You can “up” your performance in many walks of life by 10 percent just by improving your speaking skills.
Join us on alternate Mondays. 7.15 for 7.30pm, 28 Otley Street, Skipton, BD23 1EW.  

See our NEW Website!!
Please tell all your friends and co-workers about our friendly supportive club.
Do you have any contacts who might also be interested? DO forward this email to them,or send the attached poster.

This Monday will include a session on “Using Gestures” whilst giving a speech.


12a. NEW:!!!  Thur 29 Sept  7pm Scottish Dancing for Beginners –
new Beginners classes starting – more details to come. 
St John’s Church Hall, Settle.


13. Thur 29 Sept: 8pm: regular Scottish Dancing Class


14. 1 October: Walk for the climate:  This will be a morning walk and a Fungus Foray: Likely to be starting from the beginning of Watery Lane (near Limestone View) at 9.30am… But please check (with me) nearer the time and book.   and


15.  1 October-  Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band: St John’s Methodist Church. Tickets, (Adults £10 Students £5 Under 11s free)

16. Thurs 6 October 2022, 10am – 4pm-Friends of the Dales – Walk: Wild Ingleborough
Building on her September talk, Ellie Parker, Community Engagement Officer for the Wild Ingleborough project will lead a walk around Ingleborough up to Park Fell, – NB: It is necessary to book:

17. 8th October: ACE Settle be running a ‘Give and Take’ session  (9.30-12.30pm) at Settle Victoria Hall. Bring items that you no longer need and have a browse for ones you do – everything except: clothes, electrical goods and anything that is dirty or broken. Refreshments available. Donations towards hire room, on the door.


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

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

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