Wednesday 2 September 2015

Settle Walk for Creation - afternoon 1 Sept 2015 - via Settle Hydro

Two walks for Creation were held on 1 Sept 2015 organised by Churches Together in Settle and District.
Here are pictures of the afternoon walk. We met at Holy Ascension Church. (You can see the evening walk here)

Althea, Judith, Derek and a Shepherd (from Settle Flower Pot Festival) assemble, and discuss facets of what we see  -.

 Judith said to Althea "Pick a number between 1 and 245. The number of paragraphs in Laudato Si... "   (The Pope's encyclical about Care of the environment). Althea Picked no 8. so we read that. It was about Patriach Bartholomew (Orthodox Church Leader). who said that.. harming nature is a sin.

Next month Kathleen Kinder of Settle will be giving the first of her monthly talks on the history of the tree Abrahamic Faiths.  Kathleen is a fan of a theologian, Margaret Barker, and Margaret Barker has hlped lead some  conferences organised by Patriarch Bartholomew  about Care of the Environment..
so there is a sort of link with Settle.

The big thunderstorm at 1.45pm may have put some people off from coming. 

As we set off we notice the wildlife area.
Judith recently added some yellow rattle seeds-
perhaps the long grass should be cut again?

We pause in the shelter of the lychgate to let a shower pass

As we pass the back of St John's Methodist Church, Althea says "Take a photo, it won't be there next year"

I enjoy looking at the Lilies and Evening Primrose in someone's garden

We arrive at Settle Hydro - It is not running today because the water level is too low
(in spite of the thunder shower at 1.45pm.
Steve Amphlett has sent us a message saying:

"The big news from Settle Hydro is that we have recently invested £26,000 in a new Variable Speed Control System which promises to increase our generation by at least 50%. The money we receive for the additional power will transform the finances for the company from a position where we are just breaking even to one where we will be making a reasonable surplus that can be used to fund initiatives in the Settle Area. "
You can see a video I took of the Archimedes Screw being installed here, six years ago

Althea enjoys looking at the view at the Settle Hydro

We continue across the bridge over the Ribble into Giggleswick

and beside the Ribble

At Queens Rock/Kings Mill we look up to the hills over Settle.
You can see the flagpole on the right. That is where the walk is tonight.

The sun comes out.

See the flagpole up on the right. that is where we would be walking to in the evening.

Crossing the Ribble back into Settle

Looking down at the river

Althea and I have tea at Lay of the Land Garden Centre

The next blog post will be about the evening walk.

 (You can see the evening walk here)

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