A taste of Settle from yesteryear

Have you heard of Tom Twistleton? Are you interested to know how the people of Settle lived a century ago? 

Young people around Settle have been working on the Tom Twistleton 100 project across 2017, focusing on the history and stories of the Craven dialect poet, farmer and Temperance advocate Tom Twisleton in the centenary year of his death.

Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Settle Stories has been working with local young people to bring Twisleton’s work back to life through multiple mediums including new recordings of his work available as podcasts, a family publication that will include some of the original poems, stories and images and new poems in Craven dialect by young people. The project will culminate in a celebration weekend in Settle and explore the stories contained in Tom's poems, written in the now rare Craven dialect - only around 150 speakers remain - and social issues of both local and national significance from the time of Twisleton between 1845 - 1917. But before that the young people who have been exploring the subject of Tom will be delivering a talk on their findings to date at our upcoming Festival of Happiness.

The project has been coordinated by Hazel Richardson and she gave some thoughts on what makes her happy.

Q: What is your favourite word, and why?

My favourite word ... that's hard.  Will have to be "creating" - creating relationships, homes, families, written pieces, gardens, music - covers a lot of things which are important to me.

Q: What was the last book you read?

Sue Perkins - Spectacles (her autobiography).  I read this at night and it made me laugh out loud.

Q: What is your earliest memory?

Being in a pushchair and being pushed up a hill.  Remember seeing all the fields around the area I lived in Bolton.

Q: What, if anything, do you owe your parents?

From my Dad I owe my sense of humour, love of football and sense of the ridiculous. He taught me how to make up limericks and he loved practical jokes. From my Mum I owe her sensible approach to life and good control of money! She also taught me how to play card games and accept that I can't always win.

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Having my two daughters and my son. No doubt about it!

What is your screensaver?

On my phone?  My three adult children!  On my laptop my wedding photo - sad but true! Will now change these to something less cheesy in case I'm ever asked again!

Do you have a guilty pleasure, and if so, what?

Watching programmes on Netflix when no-one is in the house and I should be doing other boring stuff.  I'm working my way through every series of Breaking Bad. And last weekend also started on the People vs OJ Simpson. That outhouse will never get cleared at this rate, so apologies to my long suffering husband.

When were you happiest?

Can't choose one event.  Marrying my late husband, Paul; marrying my second husband Chas.  And the birth of each of my children.  All magical moments which brought me more joy than I can say.


Do join us at Looking Back at the Festival of Happiness on Sat 27th May - 10.15am-10.45pm at the Friends Meeting House in Settle. This is just one of 20 FREE events at the Festival.