Entries are still open for Skipton’s Great Santa Fun Run on Sunday 1st December and this year the Yorkshire Dales Society is one of the three charities chosen by Skipton Craven Rotary to benefit from funds raised. We are thrilled to be a nominated charity and know that some of our Members will be taking part. If runners want to support our vital work in protecting our wonderful Dales communities and landscapes we would urge you to tick the box on the sponsorship form so that some or all of the money you raise will come to the Society. The annual 5km run costs £10 to join and is open to anyone over 6 years old. All runners receive a free Santa suit. Rotary club president Bob Marchant said:”Last year we had more than 900 Santas taking part, and this year looks bigger and better than ever.“ Further information and details on how to sign up can be found at on the Great Santa Fun Run website. By the way, you don’t have to run – walking and jogging are just fine too!
The Society is very concerned about proposed changes to planning rules which would mean that thousands of field barns in the Yorkshire Dales could easily be converted into dwellings. We believe the proposals fundamentally undermine the legislation designed to protect the beauty and heritage of the Dales and will do nothing to provide homes for local families. You can read more about our stance on this very important issue here.
Our first sponsored walk was a fantastic success and blessed by glorious late summer sunshine. Fifteen walkers tackled two routes across the stunning limestone scenery north of Settle, and raised over £400 (before Gift Aid) towards Society funds. We made new friends along the way and have vowed to repeat the event next year! Full story here and a personal report from volunteer Bernard Peel is here.
Autumn Legacy News: If you are planning to support our charitable work by leaving a legacy to us in your will, you might want to take advantage of a national scheme in November, Will Aid offers anyone making an appointment with a participating solicitor the chance to make a basic will at no fee. Solicitors will invite you to make a donation to the big charities underwriting the campaign costs. As a small charity, the Society isn’t one of these, but we hope you will consider including us in your will.
More and more businesses are choosing to join the Society as Business Members - the total is now well over 40, both Dales based and from further afield. You can read more about each business in the Directory, by clicking here. Business Membership costs £30/year – full details here.
Every 3 months we send out around 1,000 copies of our fantastic Review magazine to our Members, Business Members, Affiliate Members, kindred organisations and friends in the media. Members receive this prestigious journal, packed with campaign news, articles, book reviews and events listings, four times a year. Click here for how to join the Society.
See our Latest News & Campaigns pages for news on other campaigns – to monitor works to turn the historic green lane of Cam High Road into a route for heavy forestry wagons; to stop more wind turbines at Knabs Ridge (Harrogate), Killington Lake (northen Dales), and at Brightenber Hill, Gargrave; to get Ribblesdale quarry traffic off the roads, out of Settle Town Centre and onto the railways. We are active on many other issues threatening the Dales – see the Campaign pages, our Facebook page and join us as a Member to receive updates in fantastic Yorkshire Dales Review magazine.
YDS Facebook – photos, campaign news, events, and lots more! We’ve built a community of over 160 people (August 2013) who follow our Facebook site – from right across the world!. Please help us reach 200 by the end of the year! We may not be in the “big league” but we value every single Like we get on our page.
Talk to us! Ring our office on 01756 749400, or email us via the Contact Us page if you need more info on anything you find on our website, or want to learn more about the benefits of membership.
The Yorkshire Dales Society was founded in 1981. We are a membership charity, actively campaigning for a sustainable future for the Yorkshire Dales. You can download a pdf of our charitable objects.
Campaign: We are an independent charity which campaigns against threats to the communities and special landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales.
Protect: We actively support the sustainable protection of this internationally important area. One of our key projects is the provision of the Sunday Dalesbus service, benefitting residents, businesses and visitors alike.
Enjoy: We offer a year round programme of events, walks and talks so everyone can enjoy and learn more about this beautiful area and why it needs protection.
YOU CAN HELP THIS VITAL WORK BY BECOMING A MEMBER
As a registered charity we rely on the subscriptions and donations from our Members to fund our vital work in campaigning for the protection of the Yorkshire Dales and the well-being of its communities. See the Membership or How to Join buttons for details of our affordable subscription rates.
Members receive the prestigious Yorkshire Dales Review Magazine four times/year and gain free entry to all walks and talks.
Page last updated: 23 November 2013