Monday, 20 January 2020

Speakers Clubs Meeting Times in the Yorkshire Dales - Tips, Confidence, & Experiment in Public Speaking: Beginners welcome

Speakers Clubs in  Yorkshire

Six clubs meet in the Dales area:

  at Skipton,  Bradford,  Shipley,
Halifax, Otley & Sheffield

 once a fortnight, or once a month.

Two clubs meet in the Vale of York: 
Wetherby & York


Tongue-tied and frightened to speak? 

Experienced, but wonder why speeches sometimes still fail?

Your wedding or new job demands a speech?


We can help!

Our clubs are much cheaper than attending an £800 commercial speakers' course - and we give what you need-

 practice, motivation, feedback, encouragement, fun and practice.

And Friendship!

All clubs welcome new members. 
(See the Baildon and Shipley group's  description of the manual we use )

And for those who relish a challenge.. occasional  interclub competitions ... the chance to help others in their journey ... and the chance to analyse and experiment with one's own speeches.

Skipton:  Craven Speakers Club
Alternate Monday evening 7.30pm:
28 Otley Street, Skipton, BD23 1EW
In 2020: 13,27 Jan, 10,24 Feb, 9,23 March, 6,20 Apr, 4,18 May

Bradford Club meets at Baildon Old Hall Club, Hallfield Drive, BD17 6NH and meets  the second and fourth Wednesday each month at 7.30pm

Baildon and Shipley:
Second Tuesday of the month all year
Tuesday 14th Jan  1.30pm - 3.30pm
Bradford New Church, Ashfield Avenue, Frizinghall, Bradford, BD18 3AL

Halifax and Huddersfield

Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from September to June (inclusive) at 7.45pm at Halifax Town Hall, Committee Room A. Crossley Street, Halifax

Wharfedale Speakers club:

They meet in Otley on alternate Tuesdays but their venue has changed recently

Try phoning 01274-560461  or  07941 785340

Sheffield Speakers:
second Tuesday of each month. Come along and have 3 free session. After that if you wish to join the membership fee is £3.50 a month payable by direct debit.
Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD


Vale of York Area of the Eastern District

York Speakers Club:
York RI Bowls Club, Ashton Lane, Holgate, York, YO24 4HX


Thu. 23 Jan.  7.45pm - Club Meeting
Sun. 02 Feb.  1.00pm - Vale of York Area AGM & Competitions
Thu. 06 Feb.  7.45pm - Club Meeting
Thu.  20 Feb.  7.45pm – Club Meeting with Bradford Speakers Club
Sun. 01 March.  1.00pm - District Conference at Bridge Inn, Walshford
Thu. 12 Mar.  7.45pm - Club Meeting with Wetherby Speakers Club
etc. till Th 30 Apr.


Wetherby Speakers Club meets on the first and third Thursdays from September until May at Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL.
Meetings commence at 7.45 for 8.00 pm and finish at approximately 10.00 pm.


Association of Speakers Clubs. The website is currently out of date but a new one is being written for Spring.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Settle's Top Ten Lichens 1.

A Happy New Year to all.

On 1st January I set off to three nature reserves close to Settle to take photographs of Lichens preparing for the talk "Settle's Top Ten Lichens"
I  wonder which ten lichens will be chosen?  Which would you recommend? 
 I visited Winskill Stones (Plantlife); Malham Tarn Estate (National Trust)  and Globe Flower Wood (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust)

It is the first day of our new decade    (2020 01 01)  

Come with me as I set forth to visit local nature reserves near Settle, 
to record my first lichens for January, 
complete with my poster.

First stop is Winskill Stones, 1.5 miles from Settle.
Plantlife Nature Reserve

The sun I had seen at 10am at breakfast time (late breakfast after the night before..)  is now hidden by clouds at midday..

Doesn't seem two days since the sign was brand new. It has a picture of Geoff Hamilton who campaigned to save limestone pavement.

Doesn't seem two days too since I was up here with the "immortal" David Bellamy in 18 July 1998 when he came to see the reserve and make a short film for Plantlife.  David died three weeks ago on 11 December 2019. No one is immortal.  I did enjoy hearing him talk about the plants we found down the grykes.  Memories go on.

The hole in the car park is getting bigger (see sign board in the background)

The famous view from the car park towards Lower Winskill Farm (white) in the distance. Note white flecks on the all tops.. I'll come to that later.

I  see we are on the #PennineBridleWay  See the route here

I (later) stand beside the wall of Winskill Stones and take a selfie.
Fountains Fell and Pen y Ghent which should be in the distance are in the clouds.

And from the same spot, looking back towards the car park (behind my red hat)

  The big white patches on the pavement rocks are.. 

Aspicila calcarea  

Yes.  I like to call  this  "White Limestone Wall-top lichen"

Aspicila calcarea  
pronounced (to help you remember it) Ass Pee Sillier
It seems to like sunlight and maybe bird droppings/ high nutrients.

Next Stop three miles on: Malham Tarn:  Six miles from Settle

Every space in the car park IS taken - It is  bank holiday. 

I walk the 200m towards the Tarn. The Malham Tarn Estate now belongs to The National Trust

En route I find

Dung Roundhead in the grass in the foreground above - my first fungus of 2020  Stropharia semiglobata .
It gets its food and therefore energy from..     Dung.

Lichens are made of Fungi too, but lichens also contain algal cells  which can photosynthesise and make sugars.


On a small greywacke (siliceous rock) boulder in the same soil is a fruiting specimen of the lichen whose English name is Crottle also known as Stony Rag (Parmelia saxatilis) - 

Let's look at this more closely:

The grey thallus (body of the lichen) has ridges with white lines - that is what makes it Parmelia saxatilis instead of another species of Parmelia.

The older parts of the thallus have little lumps that stick up, like little fingers, or warts. They are called isidia.    The isidia are covered with the skin of the thallus..  

They break off and the tiny lumps (which contain both fungal threads and algal cells) blow away and land and can grow into a new lichen.  This is vegetative reproduction.

Lichen keys are always asking "Does the lichen have isidia or not?

Well Parmelia saxatilis does have  isidia.  

The cups with brown centres are the fruiting bodies - called apothecia.  The smooth brown part is made of fungal cells which produce tiny spores .. which blow away .. and if they are lucky enough land near a relevant alga and grow into another Parmelia saxatilis.

We approach the Tarn. The sluice gate was built first by the Ribblesdale family in the 18th C, then highered by Walter Morrison in the 19th c. - thus increasing the area of the Tarn

Where those stones in the foreground capping the stream wall are limestone, then that white lichen is Aspicilia calcarea

Look at the round sandstone block in the right foreground. It has some grey-green lichen on the surface .. including under my shadow.

With a hand lens  you can see this lichen too has apothecia, with white rims. Today they are quite moist
 Members of the genus  Lecanora have apothecia with rims like this, that look like "jam-tarts" 

This lichen has a thallus that is lobed, or at least pleated. (See the lobes at the bottom right of the picture) It is not just a crust:  Lecanora muralis is the only species of Lecanora that has these lobes - which makes it easy to identify

This is  common on footpaths and pavements in towns.
It is called "Chewing-gum lichen"


Then it is off two miles back towards Settle to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve (4 miles from Settle) of Globe Flower Wood


See a big white crustose lichen on the limestone wall top: 

It is White Limestone Wall-top Lichen (Judith's name) Aspicilia calcarea.. 

Oh look - I'm still promoting the talk.

Next to the Aspicilia calcarea is a moss:  Mosses are different to lichens - Mosses are green plants with leaves.  This one Tortella tortuosa, that grows on limestone, has leaves that spiral up when dry, and partially unspiral when wet.

I do hope you can come to Settle on 16 January to the talk on lichens. ..   7.30pm, St John's Church Hall BD24 9JH

Monday, 2 December 2019

45 Teashops & Eating places within 2.6 miles of Settle

Fancy a cup of coffee? You're in luck at Settle. 

Newly opened on 1 Dec 2019: Sugar and Spice - Eco-Friendly Cafe



45 Places within 3 miles of Settle!!   .. (yes, the total has grown since I started this post two and three quarter years ago.)

The five new ones added in 2019 are:
Sugar and Spice - Eco-Friendly Cafe December 2019

Sydney's - Tapas Bar and Restaurant - Summer 2019
The Waffle Cone Ice-cream shop Spring 2019
and newly added to this post, but both going many years:
Settle Conservative Club
Settle Social Club

We have lost two in 2019 - Traidcraft at the Quakers, and (..)

I list all 45 lower down this post.  - I keep adding or highlighting a place every few weeks.

Place number 1: St John's Tuesday coffee mornings 10-12
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Place number 1: Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH
: 10am-12midday - There is coffee every Tuesday - but the first Tuesday of the month it is always for charity. e.g. on 5 Nov 2019 we made £170 for the Rainforest Fund!

May 2018: Newly opened:
Place number 10: The Boxer and Hound  - [Return to index]
on facebook 
6 High Street, BD24 9EX Settle

Light snacks. Open till 6pm which is useful. Plans to be open 10am-8pm Specialises in Yorkshire ground coffee and speciality beers.

How do you tell it is dog friendly  apart from the name?

Ans: There is a dog's water bowl at the entrance. 

I see it is toddler friendly too.

Index of 45 places

Tuesday Mornings only:-

  1. Settle Methodist Ch. Tuesday Coffee Morning 10-12
  2. Settle Angl Ch. Tuesday Coffee & Lunches 10-13.30

  3. Victoria Hall  Tuesday Coffee and Bacon Butties 10.00-15.00 

Sunday Afternoons only:-

4. Langcliffe Teas in Summer - Langcliffe Inst  2-4.30pm. *****

All Week Days, and sometimes Sundays:

  1. Lay of the Land Garden Centre 
  2. Poppies Tea Rooms   10.00-15.00  (Wed Closed)
  3. Singing Kettle
  4. Naked Man Cafe             Longridge ice-cream
  5. Boxer and Hound       Open till 6pm
  6. 3 Peaks Cycle Shop Cafe
  7. Limestone View Cafe
  8. The Fisherman - Fish and Chips 11.30-20.30
  9. Fish and Chip Shop Cafe at the Shambles 11.30-19.30 (Cafe) 11.30-20.30 (shop). Yorks Tea
  10. Watershed Mill (really in Langcliffe Parish), 4 minutes walk from the north river bridge
  11. Car and Kitchen
  12. Bar 13  3pm-11pm Internet Cafe
  13. The Folly Coffee-House Mon- Sat9.30am - 4.30pm; Sun: 10.30am - 4.30 
  14. Sugar and Spice - Eco-Friendly Cafe December 2019

Hostelries in Settle:-

  1. Talbot Arms -     open all day and evening
  2. The Royal Oak   Lunch    12-2.30pm and evenings
  3. The Lion  -  open all day and evening
  4. The Falcon Hotel
  5. Sydney's - Tapas Bar
  6. Settle Social Club 
  7. Settle Conservative Club

Take Away (Mostly Drinks only)

  1. Forage and Feast      9-3.30pm M,T Th,F  9-1pm W, Sa
  2. Settle Railway Station - Take away coffee
  3. Settle (Coop) Petrol Garage     7am-11pm 
  4. Booths - Coffee    8am-9pm Suns: 9.30am-4pm
  5. Lambert's newsagents - Market Place- Earliest for coffee: 5.30am-5pm
  6. Premier-Settle Convenience Store - Coffee, 1 Duke St 8am-10pm (-11pm Fri Satt),
  7. The Waffle Cone Ice-cream Dhop Spring 2019

Take Away Food / Evening restaurants:

  1. Dales Pizza 824411 Take Away and Delivery
  2. Ruchees
  3. R. Spice - Indian on the Market Place    5-10pm F, Sa 5-11pm
  4. China Choice - Take away (no tea/coffee)  825825  5pm-11pm (Fri,Sa -middnight)
  5. Italian - Basement of the Shambles    824929 (5-9pm). Summer June-Aug also 12-3pm)
  6. Griddle and Sizzle     5-9pm T,Th,Fr,Sa,Su  M,T closed. 822277
  7. Little House              W,Th, F, Sa, Su from 6pm Closed Mo Tu 823963


  1. The Craven Arms  near Gig Rly Station   (weekends and evenings) 
  2. The Black Horse 
  3. The Hart's Head        12pm-9pm

Within three miles of Settle and Giggleswick  

  1. The Courtyard  Restaurant    Beyond south end of Settle Bypass
  2. Knights Table - Little Stainforth  Restaurant and bar  BD24 0DP 822200 9.00-21.00
  3. The Craven Heifer, Hostelry Stainforth
  4.  The Courtyard Dairy, Cafe and Cheese shop Beyond north end of Settle Bypass  LA2 8AS - View: Google Maps.

Population (2011 Census) Settle:2560 Giggleswick 1270, Langcliffe: 231 (total S,G,L: 4061) 
Stainforth: 231. We also have two large caravan sites (not included)

Place 24: in summer: Settle Railway Station [Return to index]
Shop at Settle Railway Station -
serve Drinks of Tea 

Dec 2017: Place Number 24: Settle Railway Station. On Sat 9th Dec 2017 there were mince pies and sherry  at 10am onwards -and the chance to hear Settle Voices singing folk carols at 10am  before they set off  on the train for Ribblehead 


Right: Enjoying the Christmas Food at Settle Station Open Day 2016

Above: 10 December 2016 - Jumpy filming - but meaningful words

Below: 13 Dec 2014 - this makes a good story.
 (The video is so long so you may wish to skip the middle two thirds.)

Then in the afternoon Settle Voices are joined by Lakeland Voices -- singing in...


Place number 21: the Lion - [Return to index]


Nov 2017: (Day of Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning at St John's)
Place number 1: St John's Tuesday coffee mornings 10-12
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Place number 1: Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH
: 10am-12midday - There is coffee every Tuesday - but the first Tuesday of the month it is always for charity


August 2017: During Settle Flowerpot Festival:
Place number 27: Coffee available from 5.30am!! - Lamberts: Newsagents on the Marketplace:  [Return to index]

 Lamberts has an outside  Notice board with small adds.

It's Settle FlowerPot Festival time of year - and Lamberts has a Liquorice Allsort Man!.

Place number 42: Opened on 27 June 2017: The Courtyard Dairy [Return to index]

The shop

 This is 3.4 miles from the centre of Settle - so maybe not within the 2.6 mile definition.. But it's such a fine place I must include it:
Upstairs is the cafe
See my blogpost 


Place number 18:-. Brand new Opened on 21 June 2017: The Coffee- House at The Folly [Return to index]

This picture was taken on 19 June -
as the electricians make final touches
to the new Coffee-house

Inside a Sneak preview
picture taken two days before opening:-
There are two coffee rooms.. 

Ivy-leaved Toadflax growing near the door.

Place number 20: 3 Peaks (Cycle Shop) Cafe [Return to index]

Three Peaks Cycle shop -New  Cafe -
Opening times || Picture of inside of cafe  

Place number 8: The Singing Kettle, Settle [Return to index]

The Singing Kettle, Settle

5.  Poppies Tea Room [Return to index]

Poppies Tea Room


The Talbot Arms
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The Talbot Arms has just had its doorposts painted for you.

Enjoy the beer garden at the back of the Talbot

We may be losing our local schools and petrol stations (and even pubs) .. but ..
Settle residents and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to partaking of tea or coffee.

Early-late evening meals: 16 places within 3 miles of Settle 
Cup of tea/coffee/cakes on a Tuesday morning within Settle itself (excluding even Giggleswick): 17 places (or 20 including take-aways).  Not bad for a resident population of c.4500 (including Settle, Giggleswick, Langcliffe and Stainforth)

Places nearby but outside Settle include (distances from Settle Market Place) : The Courtyard - 1.7 miles, Craven Arms (1.3 miles) The Knights Table. Little Stainforth (2.6 miles), The Craven Heifer, Stainforth (2.4 miles) The Courtyard Dairy 3.4 miles.

A big thank you to all the visitors who support our shops!!!.

Post first started 24 May 2017 but is frequently updated - latest update: 5 Nov 2018