Settle Stories Blog

Celebrate Craven !

At Settle Stories we take great pleasure in the rewards that our work locally, and in the wider community, yield. We hope we celebrate the whole of that community, in its wonderful, colourful diversity. 

Standing up for creativity in rural communities

“Everybody should have access to great art and storytelling. This is something that's at the core of Settle Stories. We're in a tiny rural town with circa 2,500 people. Yes, this has its advantages. It's a beautiful part of the world. There's a great sense of community. BUT access to the arts here is very limited.

Review: Festival of Happiness

Festival of Happiness in Settle, 27/05/2017. Settle Stories Summer Events Season. Reviewed by Gill O'Donnell for the Craven Herald and Pioneer.   

Have a bite to eat and help change lives

When you are working down the aisle at the supermarket, do you take time to consider how the foods surrounding you got there?  The Fairtrade Café at the Festival of Happiness will be offering a wholesome selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks that display the Fairtrade logo. 

Family fun in Settle this weekend

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend in Settle at the Festival of Happiness. With 25+ events in one day (80% FREE), there’s something for everyone in Settle on Sat 27th May.

Come here Gromit, it’s starting

Animator and film director Virpi Kettu has been working with Settle Stories to create animated films with people whose lives are affected by drugs or alcohol.

Finding the beginnings of emotion

Where do our emotions come from? Janet Donnelly will help to explain at an insightful talk at the Festival of Happiness. You'll leave with an understanding of how our emotions affect our everyday lives and what we need to do to keep calm and think better.

Check-up your words

The world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service comes to Settle, with either her Nurse Verse or a trained Poemedic to run the Cold Comfort Pharmacy! A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her 1970’s ambulance and prescribes poems as cures, called a ‘poemcetomal’. The poet talks us through what makes her happy.

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? 

Growing older happily

People can become more isolated as they get older, as they lose their closest friends and contact with their families proves difficult. This may lead to unhappiness and insecurity abou the future; however this could change.


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