Bentham hosts a Great Big Green Day!

Make a note in your diary – Saturday 25th September 2021 – the Bentham Playing Fields are the place to be!

Join our community event between 10am & 2pm for lots of great ideas, crafts, information & advice on supporting biodiversity, helping bees & pollinators, growing your own food, being hedgehog friendly & identifying moths. There will also be a range of local businesses with lots of great products to look at & buy, & a team from Warm & Well North Yorkshire to advise on managing energy bills & insulation.

There are several specialist activities too:

drawing & sketching wildlife

Allotment tours / Gardeners’ Question Time

Green bookstall / read & share

Later on there will be Moths & Bats Revealed!


Go Wild Week

You may have seen this advertised in the Bentham News, but just in case you haven’t – these events have been arranged to help you explore our local wildlife along the Wenning.

Tuesday 11th August 2pm: Family Friendly Sketch Walk
Doris Rohr will guide an outdoor sketching walk along the Wenning up to Staggarth Farm. Meet at the cattle grid below St Margaret’s Church at 2pm for a leisurely walk along Lane Foot and then following the footpath along the river to Staggarth. Bring your own drawing materials, from wax crayone or felt tip pens to biro, a sketchpad or exercise book, preferably unruled! Family groups are welcome. Please register with Doris, stating how many participants from one household will join.

Wednesday 12th August 2pm: Wildflower Walk
Sue Halsall will lead a walk (same route as Doris) to look at wildflowers. Now fully booked – sorry.

Setting a moth trap: Date TBC as weather dependent
Did you know that we have over 2,500 different types of moths in the UK? Some are more colourful than butterflies, others look like the’ve come straight out of a Lord of the Rings film! In August Anne Thwaites will be setting up a moth trap and inviting locals of all ages to explore what we’ve caught the night before. No moths will be harmed of course. We will need a warm, dry night so date and time to be confirmed. If you would like to join Anne, please email her by August 7th to let her know how many participants will be from one household.

Accompanied children are welcome at all these events. We will be keeping physical distancing and will limit numbers, so you do need to register with the organiser. Please bring hand sanitiser with you & wearing masks and gloves is optional. We will be outdoors all the time, so dress for whatever weather is going on and for following footpaths of varied quality.

A poetic Green Cafe Wed 23rd March

Green Cafe – Coffee, Cake & Conversation:

Jane Routh is a poet and land-holder in
She will be reading from her book
Falling into Place

a celebration of wildlife, work and weather in the uplands of the Forest of Bowland

Weds 23rd March 2016

Click link below for copy of the flyer:

2016 Falling into Place

As always at Looking Well, King St. 7.30pm

015242 63399

Climate Change Film “This Changes Everything”- Bentham Town Hall TODAY!

Hi everyone – please come to this fascinating film at Bentham Town Hall today (Wed 3rd Feb) at 7pm

Click link below for full details:

TCE Poster


Please also note the new “Bentham Lift-Share scheme” page:

This has been set up to help people in Bentham and the surrounding area to offer and receive lifts.

It uses a Google Groups mailing list. You can join the list here:

If you would like a lift, or to offer one, you send an email to the group using the address (the address will only work for group members).

The message will automatically go to all other members of the group, who can then offer or accept.

YDMT Bumblebees and Wildflowers talk TONIGHT!!!

Coffee, Cake, conversation and….Bumblebees!!

Just a reminder that this month we are encouraging people to go to the Friends of Bowland event tonight, Thursday, at Looking Well, for your Green Cafe fix. Tania St Pierre will be talking about a Buzz in the Meadows bumblebees, wildflowers, pollination from 7.30 – 9.00pm.  This is at Looking Well Studios, King St. High Bentham.

Hope to see you all there 🙂

Green Cafe Tomorrow – Which renewables are best?

 Sun? Wind? Water? Earth?

 A new sports pavilion could generate energy for itself and cash for the community. We’ll be looking for the best Low Carbon option.

Join us to find out more and to share your views!

 Weds 14th  October 2015

 8.00 pm

  Looking Well, King Street,  High Bentham    015242 63399

 Click on link below to download a flyer for the event

2015 sun, water …

Green Cafe tomorrow – all about the “Local Plan” & CARnival Bentham awards prizes for B.E.S.T. damselfly.










B.E.S.T. was awarded a “most original” certificate a hand made ornament of a robin (made by Sue Halsall) and a fantastic hand knitted rosette by CARnival Bentham for Collette Austin’s carnival damselfly which was made entirely from re-used waste, (e.g. plastic bottles, tin foil, plastic bags etc.).  Sorry for the delay in posting this up – it was a case of getting round to taking the photo!

Also B.E.S.T. Green Cafe at 8pm Looking Well Studios tomorrow night (Wednesday).  Click the following link for more details: 2015 Local Plan

We’re discussing the Local and Neighbourhood Plans – which will have all sorts of implications for developments to be green – or not.  It will be really good chance to get our heads around what they mean for us, how we can be involved, what we would like to see included.- so it would be great if you came along!
Please click the link below to see the latest draft of the plan before tomorrow night.
Please click below for the minutes of our last meeting:

Crop Swaps & Best Meeting!

"Such Fun!"

“Such Fun!”

There will be Crop Swap stalls on the 25th July, and the 1st, 8th, 15th August in Main Street, High Bentham
We will be there from 9.30 – 11.30am
Get in touch if you would like to help out 🙂
Our next meeting is in the Horse and Farrier, Main Street, High Bentham at 7.30 on Tuesday 18th August.  All Welcome!