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North Yorkshire Towns Alive Programme – Settle Hydro Study Tour

By • Oct 25th, 2009 • Category: Uncategorized

North Yorkshire Towns Alive event : the Settle Hydro Study Tour on Wednesday 11 November.

Find out how this exciting, innovative project got off the ground and be inspired (and informed) to start your own environmental and/or community regeneration schemes.

Venue: Settle Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9DZ

Programme for the day

10.00: Refreshments served and networking opportunity


Presentation: Riverside Regeneration – Andrew Laycock Craven District Council – Project Partners

Presentation: Settle Hydro – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but mostly just Fabulous – Ann Harding and Steve Amphlett – Settle Hydro Directors

12:00 – 13:00: LUNCH

Delicious lunch of local, seasonal produce.

Demonstrations and showcases of other Settle Projects.

Marketplace – a chance to talk about and/or display material on projects taking place in your own town.

Local community choir to sing to you while you eat!

13:00: Tour of Town Centre, Riverside and Hydro site – Please be aware that although the screw will be in, the ‘prettification’ won’t be complete and access may be restricted to one side of the site only. It might rain, so it might be a bit muddy. But we LOVE RAIN – complaining about the weather is banned! Rain=Water=Electricity=Money. If it ain’t turning it ain’t earning.

14:30: Action Stations: group work to plan your next steps with input from the day’s speakers.

15:15: It’s time to put your burning questions to the people behind the projects you have visited.


From Leeds: The first train from Leeds to Settle leaves at 08:49 and arrives at 09:48. The return train from Settle leaves at 16:35 and arrives into Leeds at 17:40.

From Carlisle: The first train from Carlisle to Settle leaves at 08:53 and arrives at 10:31. The return train from Settle leaves at 15:45 and arrives into Carlisle at 17:28.

The station is very close to the venue for the day so it is not a problem to arrive on the 10:31. If getting the return train at 15:45 do not worry about missing the last 20 minutes of the Q&A session as the full Q&A list will be posted on the AMT website and participants will have the opportunity for continued networking through a dedicated online forum.

The station is just a few minutes’ walk from Victoria Hall, our venue for the day.

See directions to Victoria Hall by car and train here:

What next?
We have 45 places on this Study Tour but they are going quickly! To secure your place, please return your booking form to Dawn Dowds at Action for Market Towns at as soon as possible. This will allow us to confirm numbers with the caterers and venue.

Let others know you’re going and ask any questions you would like answered on the day in our AMT Forum:

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is As Online Communications Coordinator, Katie is responsible for the running of the AMT website and has taken the charity into the world of social media. Her particular focus is to expand and promote AMT's database of more than 400 case studies of town and community projects - regularly cited as one of the most valuable aspects of AMT Membership. Katie's previous experience ranges from PA to an internationally-renowned architect in London to Manager of the Responsible Tourism Awards for in Brighton. Katie works on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can be contacted at
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