A NEW sausage created specially by James' Places' chefs and brewers will be one of the stars of Falcon Manor's Gin, Jazz and BBQ on Sunday. Buster's Revenge has been crafted by the hospitality group's culinary wizards using the Bowland Brewery's Buster IPA beer, pork sausagemeat and a blend of complementary seasonings. And the perfect accompaniment to the food is live music by the acclaimed Western Valley Hotclub. The trio, an offshoot of the popular Swing Commanders, is playing between noon and 5pm. A selection of seven different gins and five mixers will be on offer ranging from Masons, a Yorkshire-made tipple made with Harrogate spring water to Ungava, a Canadian gin. Joining Buster's Revenge on the barbecue will be pulled pork and blackened Cajun swordfish plus all the usual favourites. Falcon Manor's general manager Jason Young said: "We're delighted that the Western Valley Hotclub is coming to Settle. Their music gets the feet tapping and with gin and barbecue food, plus the chance to taste our new sausage creation, Buster's Revenge, what better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon?"

CARLETON is seeking sex equality. The village has a very successful Monday Club for women and now it is looking at setting up a new group for men. Called the The Man Shed, the new club will start in September, meeting one evening a month either in The Swan or the village hall. The aim will be to promote friendship and engage in various interests, through talks from visiting speakers, outings, model making, hobbies and a book and video library. Anyone interested in joining is asked to contact John Franklin on 01756 796476 (email highwinds@nutsy.co.uk) or Tony Wilson on 01756 798989 (email wizlons@tonyandfilao.plus.com)

THE Friends of Settle Swimming Pool need some more volunteers. It wants people to help staff its recycling facility, which raises much-needed funds for the pool, which recently lost its grant from Craven District Council. It is open Mondays to Fridays, from 9am to noon and 2pm to 5pm (4pm in winter) and on Saturdays from 9am to noon. "You only need to give as much time as suits you," said a spokesman for the Friends. Full training will be given and for more information, contact Alan Smith on 01729 822090 or Derek O'Flaherty on 01729 824588.

THE Wildlife Trust has launched its 30 Days Wild challenge, which encourages everyone to do something wild every day for 30 days. These "Random Acts of Wildness" could include listening to birdsong, exploring a local wild place, eating lunch outside or identifying bumblebees – the opportunities are endless! Campaigns and media officer Jess Charlton says: “One of the main reasons we so often fail to notice the wild world around us is a lack of time. What is great about 30 Days Wild is that you can commit as little or as much time to this challenge as you like, so long as you do something wild everyday. You don’t have to take the challenge by yourself either, inviting your family and friends to join you for a random act of wildness can make the experience even better." To sign up, visit ywt.org.uk

DO you live in the Skipton, Settle or Ribblesdale and would like to be part of a group of volunteers fundraising for Marie Curie to help people with a terminal illness get the care and support they deserve? The charity is on the lookout for new secretaries for both the Skipton and District Fundraising Group and the Settle and Ribblesdale Fundraising Group. Sharon Link, from the charity, said: “We know there are people living in the local communities who could give a few hours up every month to join other volunteers in fundraising for Marie Curie - and I would love to find them! With full support from me, they could join a really friendly fundraising group that meet every four to six weeks and help with any ideas to raise the vital funds needed for Marie Curie’s services." The secretary role requires taking minutes in meetings and distributing them to members. Anyone interested should call Sharon on 01274 386197 or email sharon.link@mariecurie.org.uk

SETTLE Sessions are looking for Craven’s funniest poem to celebrate National Poetry Day in October. “We’re calling on all poets, established, aspiring or otherwise - to send in their funniest poem and show what a good sense of humour the people of the Craven area have!” said Jean Harrison. “There is no theme but poems need to be a maximum of 30 lines.” As well as the Funniest Craven Poem competition, the group, which brings top poets and writers to the area, is also holding a national poetry competition and one for North Craven primary schools. The winners will be invited to read their poems at Settle Victoria Hall on National Poetry Day - Thursday, October 6. “We believe that poetry is very much something for everyone and so we want to encourage all types of poems through our competitions and evenings,” said Jean. “First prize for the national competition is £150, with £20 for the funniest poem, and £20 to the winning children’s poem and £50 to their school”. Full details, including deadlines in July and August, are on the Competitions page of settlesessions.co.uk. The next evening at The Folly is Friday, July 1, and starts with the annual reception and features Chris and John Bousfield, and Ed Reiss, all from Bradford. Tickets cost £5.50 members and £6 for visitors and are available from Cave and Crag, The Courtyard Diary and The Folly.

FREE first aid courses for parents, grandparents and carers are being offered by Skipton Community Hub. Thanks to a £500 grant from the Rotary Club of Skipton, the hub, working with GEM Compliance Training, will run the courses at its base on Belmont Bridge. There will be four three-hour courses, offered free of charge and on a first come, first served basis. Community hub founder Rachel Hirst said: “Thanks to the Skipton Rotary Club funding, we can offer this important lifesaving training to the local community.” The courses will run on Saturday, June 18 from 9.30am to 12.30pm; on Monday, July 25 from 6pm to 9pm; on Saturday, August 20 from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and on Monday, September 26 from 6pm to 9pm. To secure a place, telephone GEM Compliance Training on 01535 445002 or email info@gemcompliancetraining.co.uk

IT'S all about early planning when it comes to Skipton Christmas Market. Christmas may be many, many weeks away, but Skipton Town Council is already taking bookings. So anyone wanting to trade at the award winning Christmas market should email wendy@skiptontowncouncil.gov.uk