Settle Community and Business Hub

Some of the Settle Soup team have set up Settle Community and Business Hub in Commercial Courtyard. See more about our plans and events on the website

The hub is currently taking up a lot of our time but we do plan to run some more Settle Soups in the future.

If you would like to be kept informed please sign up to the hub newsletter  by clicking on this link or pop in and see us during one of the drop-ins on Tuesdays 10-4 or Fridays 12-5.


Settle Timebank

When we started talking about Settle Soup several people suggested we look into setting up a Timebank. In very simple terms these are skill shares and everyone’s time is equal. The original plan was that a Timebank would be a pitch at our first Settle Soup but in the end we got some funding for a 2 year pilot project from North Yorkshire Stronger Communities before our first event.

We found out about Timebanking UK who help support new Timebanks with training, info and access to a simple programme to help manage members time trades. We are now up and running and helpers at Settle Soup can earn credits through the Timebank for helping out. The best schemes have a mix of individuals, businesses, charities, community groups and venues involved and that is what we are aiming for in Settle.

timebank cartoon

To find out more about Settle Timebank there are some short videos and instructions on how to sign up here  and all our soup events will have people on hand to answer any questions, register people and show how the software works. We need to check references for all new members so there will be a short delay before you can use all the features on the Time and Talents software.

Any questions just get in touch by email or give us a call on 07977 040329 and we’ll get back to you.



Settle Soup on BBC Radio 4

When I started publicising our first Settle Soup I was contacted by Kirsty McQuire who wanted to make a piece about us for the BBC Radio 4 show Saturday Live. At the time there were only a handful of community soups in the UK and most were in large towns or cities and she was interested in why we wanted to have a soup in a rural Yorkshire Dales market town. So, Kirsty came to visit in July 2015 and spoke to many people throughout the day, her piece about Settle Soup was eventually broadcast on Saturday Live in October 2015.

I was busy moving tables and cooking soup in the afternoon so Judith took Kirsty on a little tour of Settle.

The weather was beautiful for their stroll around town and Kirsty was particularly impressed with our quirky Gallery on the Green, the art gallery in an old phone box.

This is a slightly longer version than the one which was broadcast.. listen out for some local voices.. me, Ann Harding, Jane Cotton, Frank Rhodes, Tony and Caitlin Hardwick, Joe Scratcher and if you listen carefully can also hear Sylvia Merrett, Sophie Wild (and Milly chuckling), Jill Ecclestone, Bill Adair singing and Judith Allinson…

If you have trouble listening to the audio file above you can listen to our piece on Saturday Live on iplayer we are featured in the intro and the main piece is about 33 minutes into the show.

Settle Death Café

At our Settle Soup in September 2015, Eliza pitched about the idea of starting a Death Café. You can see the video of her pitch below..

Eliza didn’t win on the day (she did say she didn’t want the money!) but several people approached her offering to help out and get a Death Café started. They have now had two gatherings at Settle Quaker Meeting House which have been very well attended.

The next session of Settle’s Death Café will run from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 12th March 2016 at the Quaker Meeting Rooms in Settle.  You are welcome to stay for as long or as little time as you wish.   We are running this Death Café as a safe and welcoming place where anybody and everybody is invited to come and talk about death.

At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather, just like any other café, …. Except they discuss death. Each Death Café is run on a not for profit basis (we ask for a donation of £1 per person to cover costs), in an accessible, respectful and confidential space and with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action – alongside refreshing drinks – and cake!

For more information please contact Eliza …01729 825457 or 07776107168 or

To find out more about the growing Death Cafe movement see the website