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Some Settle and District events this Christmas

Here are some not-to-be-missed events this Christmas..
If you are visiting St John’s Methodist Church Settle over the next few weeks, here are some items we are collecting for reuse and recycling:
1.  Empty medicine blister packets (for recycling)
2.  Franked postage stamps – to raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
3.  Medium to thick card (pale brown/fawn) that is the backing for a file paper pad or drawing pad, and is left over after you have used the paper..  This is for me.  🙂   I cut it into domino sized units and copydex my lichen specimens to them as a way of storing the specimens. (Cornflake packet card is too thin and corrugated card bends)
There should be a tray on the table at the entrance to the coffee lounge/foyer for these, and any of the three items will be gratefully received..

1.  Mon 13 Dec: Craven Speakers Club Christmas Event,  Skipton
Visitors,  New members and Former members welcome.
The Soroptimists Room, 28 Otley Street, Skipton, BD23 1EW
Arrive 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

The programme will be:
Readings and a sketch
2 short games
Bring and share coffee break (preferably bring prewrapped items)
Topics Session.  (This is a bit like “Just a Minute”)

(All welcome at Next year’s meetings in 2022 which will be on Jan 10, 24, etc fortnightly.


2.  Mon 13 Dec: Soup-a-carol – St John’s Methodist Church, Settle
7.30pm: Light-hearted Readings followed by soup followed by Carols. all welcome.
(Masks need to be worn unless you are performing)


3.  Tue 14 Dec: Carol Singing in Settle Market:
organised by Churches together in Settle  11am  Bring an instrument if you have one! – I’m off to practice my accordion now.


4.  Wed 15 Dec: Settle Slimming World- Settle Social Club, Duke St Settle
Weds 9am 10.30am & 6.30pm. No booking required. Details: contact Maxine 07713020736


5.  Wed 15 Dec: Coffee Morning in aid of the Rainforest at Settle Methodist Church. 10.30am-12 midday.
We will spread from the Coffee Lounge to into the back of the church
to enable good spacing, and so that you can see the beautiful tree in the church.

Beautiful greetings cards – pictures of local flowers and scenes will be for sale.

I raise money for the rainforest charities because saving forest and wild habitats saves biodiversity.
As far as saving carbon: Keeping carbon  in the soil, rather than letting it turn into CO2 is important.
It is much much more effective to save wild places than to dig up the soil to plant new trees.

Please help us raise £100 to save an acre of rainforest.


6.  Thur 16 Dec: Scottish Dancing Class Party night – 7pm.
Visitors welcome provided you have at least a little experience of how to do Scottish Dancing
– not suitable for Absolute Beginners. –
But beginners very welcome when classes start again –  on 6 Jan. St John’s Methodist Church BD24 9NT


7.  Tue 21 Dec: Carol Singing in Settle Market: organised by Churches together in Settle 11am –
Bring an instrument if you have one!


8.  Christmas Carol Services – see  or the end of this email.
(Note that the Carols at Hellifield Station event on 17 Dec will not happen and has been removed from this version of the poster)

I am sorry I am not organising a Settle Community Christmas Day Meal this year. Covid restrictions mean it is too difficult to do this.


9.  Sat 1 Jan: Churches Together and Craven Conservation Group – Walk for the Climate. We will be joining the Keasden Parish walk at  Keasden Head.  on 1 Jan.
Read about 1 December’s walk at Rathmell here
Saturday 1st January New Year’s Day Parish Walk Meet Keasden Head track end at 10am or Keasden Head Farm at 10.30am


10. Sun 2 Jan: Carols at The New Inn, Clapham. Evening.


11. Fri  7 Jan: Yorkshire Naturalists Union Zoom Chat Meeting. 7.30pm
Live in or near Yorkshire? interested in some aspect of natural history?
Are you a member of a local Natural history group that is affiliated – e.g. Wharfedale Nats, Craven Conservation Group?
The do join in one of these meetings. Details at


12. Mon 10 Jan: Craven Speakers Club 
The Soroptimists Room, 28 Otley Street, Skipton, BD23 1EW
Arrive 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.
Guest Speaker: Prof Rick Battarbee FRS:
Tackling Climate Change: – What’s the problem and what can we do?


13. 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

Best wishes for Christmas and 2022

Judith Allinson

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