Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Malham Methodist Chapel 150th Anniversary celebrations 6 Sept 2015

5pm:  Cream teas at the chapel

5.30pm:The big picture 

6pm Service - Preacher Rev David Emison


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Second Settle Soup - 19th July

The four pitches at  July 2015 Settle Soup -
                           held on19 July at 630pm in Victoria Hall, Settle:

Settle Soup money box made by Milly
1. Victoria Hall Bunting appeal - given by Jane
2. Settle Youth Club appeal - by Caitlin
3. "Cook up" using waste or surplus food from local shops or gardeners:-we need a fridge. - by Jo
4. Could Settle have a new Settle Development Trust? - by Ann

We listened to the four four minute talks, asked questions. We were served carrot and coriander soup and tomato and basil soup and we discussed the talks and talked to each other and met new people. We voted and the project which gained the most votes - by a very clear majority was ... the Youth Club... So they will be using the £140 plus a bit more door money.

1. Victoria Hall Bunting appeal - given by Jane

2. Settle Youth Club appeal by Caitlin
The Youth Club, held in the Rugby Club needs funds for:
Money for more equipment
Money for transport for Fun Trips
A better Tuck Shop.

3. "Cook up" : Jo pitches for money to start a "cook up" using waste or surplus food from local shops or gardeners

 4. Could Settle have a new Settle Development Trust?  Ann Harding talks about a possible new Settle Development Trust which can help support local projects and maybe help with access to funding.

Look out for highlights from the above event on "Saturday Live" on radio 4 later in the year.

Do join us at the next Settle Soup which will be on a lunchtime in mid September

Friday, 19 June 2015

Settle Soup- and the four pitches on 17 June ..

Pay your £4-00 as you come in (or nearest donation)

Are you sitting comfortably?

 See video/tasters of the four pitches:- (Each 1.5 to 3.5 min long)

Settle Stories - given by Sita Brand:

Christmas Lights: Tony Hardwick

Transitions: Andy Mouncey

Local Charity Trusts: Sarah Wiltshire   (Only the second half of the talk was recorded)

Then discuss over soup. Write suggestions. Ask the presenters for details and give suggestions.

The votes were counted.

The four presenters stood in front
 of the special panel/backcloth on the stage- printed many years ago of Settle Market Place

The Transitions project gained most votes.

Andy accepts the £193 for the project:

 Well done Andy and well done all for four excellent presentations. Many ideas were exchanged

And as we walk out of Victoria Hall and into Settle Market Place that evening we see what a beautiful town we have... even the Open Gardens Festival on 20-21 June this weekend is promoted on the banner on the Shambles

Next Settle Soup: mid September Lunchtime at The Victoria Hall - Book to tell us you are coming

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


2nd June sees me travelling to Birmingham to attend a meeting of the Environment Issues Network - I went on behalf on Green Christian. There are representativess there from Christian Aid, CAFOD, several of the main denominations and others

The train to take me to arrives at Giggleswick

At Birmingham New Street Railway station , near by
I find this wall planted with wild flowers.
Here is either "White" or "Snowy" Woodrush.

Although obviously planted and
possibly European rather than British stock -
I was REALLY inpressed
they had made a display using wildflowers.
Well done!!!

I wave to myself in the big mirror screen above.
 I walked to just south of the Bull Ring, to the carpark opposite the Carrs Lane Chch where we had our conference a year and a quarter ago.. Then I had been amazed to find 35 different species in flower in March 2014

I wanted to find out if it was equally species rich 15 months later.

And indeed it was

Indeed it was so good I wonder if it had deliberately been planted with these special weedy species - or if they had come in by themselves on the waste spoil that had been put beside the car park.

I'll do a separate 30dayswild-2b-June post to talk about the EIN meeting... which was not quite as wild, but very green and outdoorsy.


In the first half of June I discovered the project 30-days-wild- encouraged by the Wildlife Trusts - challenging people to do something in the wild in every day of June.

I'll try and write a post for each day. (The first few retrospectively)
I have no pictures of 1 June so I'll put in pictures of 31st May - I  noticed that the hawthorn was not yet out in Malham village.
Malham 31 May 2015- view towards the Cove
(See more pics of this)

See my post about this - "Don't cast a clout e'r May is out"

In the morning I went to Malham chapel 9.30 service to collect my wildflower "Rainforest Greeting Cards which I had left on display the week before for Malham Safari.

I got back over the water divide to Horton in Ribblesdale in time for the lunch after the confirmation service which Bishop James had attended - it was his first "official job" after being officially made Bishop - though he has been doing the work for over a year.

Doris shows Bishop James her book of
"Wildflowers of the Ingleton churchyards".
She will be leading a walk of this title
on 20 June at 5.45-6.30pm,
including light refreshments
and showing people her book.
All welcome

Doris' book has lots of delightful water-colour paintings of wildflowers.
I also showed him the Horton in Ribblesdale Lichen Trail 
that I have put in the Church at Horton

I'll be running a Lichen Identification workshop the same day. 20 June 9.45am 2015

Monday, 1 June 2015

Don't cast a clout e'r May is out

This expression is meant to apply to Hawthorn blossom (May blossom)
Yesterday (May 31st) the May STILL wasn't out around here.
.. maybe at Skipton or Clitheroe.. may be at Leeds. Not here.

Here are pictures of hawthorn trees at Malham Cove and near Langcliffe... Yes they are in bud.. and trying.

Last night the minumum "Apparent temperature" at Ribblehead viaduct was -3.0
Last night the minumum "Windchill temperature" at Ribblehead viaduct was -.5
Last night the minumum temperature at Ribblehead viaduct was 3.9 C
We had lots of hail stone showers, though not actually snow.

Now 19.54 on the 1st June the temperature is 6.1 (apparent temperature 1.7). it is raining hard and blowing a gale. Can't blame the hawthorn buds for not opening.

Malham 31 May 2015

Malham 31 May 2015

Malham 31 May 2015- view towards the Cove
Horton in Ribblesdale,
the car-park/green just over the bridge from the church

The Holly next to the post office/shop next to the bridge, at Malham:  Mr Ingham at the shop said on May 8th five years ago at the last election, this tree was in full bloom.  this year 2015 - three weeks later.. and the holly is just coming out.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Lambing Service, Wenningside Farm 24 May 2015

The May 24 2015: Lambing Service at Wenningside Farm, near Clapham Station drew over 70 people. Listen to the video to hear us singing.

Although organised by the Anglicans, people came from all denominations.

 The service was led by Revd Ian Greenhalgh (Anglican). Father Frank Smith (Catholic) led the prayers.

Revd Stephen Normanton (Methodist) gave the talk. He linked three points:- 24th is May this year is the day of Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came and the Early Church started. It is the Day when John Wesley's heart "was warmed". And we too can listen to the Holy Spirit in various ways.

A big thank you to Thomas Parker of Keasden who played the organ - and for bringing the organ again for this special service

and to Graham Taylor (the farmer) and family for having us at the service.

(You can see a transcript of the words on youtube)

The song is "Great God of All Creation" written by Mrs LM Porch - to the tune Ellacombe - you can get all four verses from:  http://www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/worship-resources/item/download/1238 Here are verses 3 and 4

3. For herdsman and for shepherd,
We ask a special prayer,
That every gentle creature
Committed to their care
May live in quiet comfort
Supplying all our need,
And never be exploited,
To satisfy man’s greed.

4. We thank thee, gracious Father,
For all thy love provides,
With ever-growing wonder
For all that earth supplies,
Rich tokens of thy kindness
throughout the world we see.
With grateful hearts we offer
Our love and praise to thee.

Parking in the Field,
Ingleborough in the distance.
Gorse bushes in bloom uphill of the field.

We enter the barn

The congregation assembles

See the sheep. and see Thomas Parker with his organ top left

Swaledale sheep have white noses. But the lambs have black noses when born.

Ian Greenhalgh talks to Father Frank

Modern adjunct: The bags of fertilizer.
(Out of the 7.3 billion people in the world in 2015,
we could not support 1/3 to 1/2 of
them - us - without artificial fertilizer

Thomas playing

Thomas playing - but with flash on camera

Somewhere in the congregation are Sheila and David Hazel who will be showing Settle Messy Church round their farm at Keasden Head on 21 June

Young Twaeblade.

Before  came to the farm I stopped in at Clapham cemetery, half way between the main road and Clapham Station.  I was DELIGHTED to find 17 species that are on the "Hay Meadow Indicator Species List" of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and  -then Nature Conservancy Council - now Natural England.  Any field with more than 10 of these is given the highest rating in their system. (I had discovered this graveyard when surveying Craven Outside the National Park in 1989-1990)

The graveyard was mown so most were not flowering - but the grass trimmings had been removed (Good).  To a botanist who know the plants, just seeing the leaves is inspiring. I can imagine the wealth of colourful flowers  that they could bear.. and am happy just to see the leaves there there.

Ajuga reptansBlue Bugle
Alchemilla filicaulis ssp. vestitaLady's Mantle
Alchemilla glabraHairless Lady's Mantle
Carex caryophylleaSpring Sedge
Carex flaccaGlaucous Sedge
Listera ovataTwaeblade
Conpodium majusPignut
Filipendula ulmariaMeadowsweet
Geum rivaleWater Aven
Hypochoeris radicataCat's-ear
Lathyrus pratensisYellow Meadow Vetchling
Leontodon hispidusHairy Hawkbit
Leucanthemum vulgareOx-eye Daisy
Lotus corniculatusBird's-foot Trefoil
Luzula campestrisField Woodrush
Orchis masculaEarly Purple Orchid
Prunella vulgarisSelf-heal

Father Frank was actually in the graveyard at the same time, with a family. And this is just a month before the Pope is due to give his encyclical on the environment.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Malham Safari 2015

On 24 May I went to Malham to help with the teas at the Village Hall. It was part of the Malham Safari.

First I went to Chapel for the 9.30 service.

Then I helped Maggie Patchett and Nick Blundell at the Chapel. Inside is an exhibition of pictures of past Malham Safaris. Nick was running a story telling event, with the aid of puppets.
In the grounds of the chapel are animals from Noah's Ark.

Opposite is a National Trust Tent.

Some ponies came to rest near the river

A girl (right) at the National Trust Tent explained to some visitors how they can see Marsh Marigolds and Bog-Bean up at Malham Tarn Fen. Note the Kingfisher blue flowers in her hair
 I walked up to the Village Hall where teas were being served.

Just so you know exactly where we are

I went up to the village green and watcher the Kingfisher Tribal Belly Dansers

Volunteers were hard at work in the kitchen

The Kingfisher team came in for a cup of tea

I left the Teamakers and the chapel and returned to Settle - stopping to admire wildflowers on the cliffs near the road above Ing Scar Pavement.