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