About ACE

ACE was set-up in March 2019 as a  group for Settle and the surrounding area to campaign against the effects of the climate and ecological emergencies and for a more sustainable environment.

We have a Steering Group and themed groups taking forward actions on: biodiversity, energy, food and transport – see separate pages for information about each of those.

We held our first AGM on 12th September 2020, at which our constitution was adopted (as set out in the ‘Join Us’ section on this web site).

Currently ACE officers are: Ray Hill (Membership); Tess McMahon (Treasurer) Barry White (Secretary); and Sarah Wiltshire (Organiser).

Our Aims

Founding statement (2019)

  1. There is a Climate Emergency
  2. This is the key decade for dramatic change
  3. By acting together, locally, regionally and internationally, we can turn this around
  4. We can do this together with creativity, energy, mutual respect, learning from each other and from experts.


  1. ACE is a community campaign group covering Settle and Area
  2. ACE is action-orientated to campaign on the Climate Emergency and on making a just transition to a sustainable net zero carbon community
  3. To campaign on the Climate Emergency, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  4. To promote education and awareness on the Climate Emergency.

Founding principles and methods of working

  1. To work for sustainable solutions that foster social justice
  2. To be active – taking a positive approach
  3. To be non-party political
  4. To be honest about the climate emergency that we are in
  5. To be collaborative rather than combative – acting as a hub/focal point for individuals/groups wanting to take action/be involved in joint working
  6. To be supportive and encouraging of others
  7. To welcome all contributions, respectful of different views and approaches.

Ways to achieve objectives

  1. Promote research into subjects directly connected with the objects of ACE
  2. Act as a coordinating body, working in partnership with the local authority, and all other local and statutory authorities, voluntary organisations, charities and persons having aims consistent with those of the ACE
  3. Publish and distribute papers, reports and other literature
  4. Hold meetings and events
  5. Stimulate public interest in the climate emergency
  6. Raise funds to support the aims and objectives of ACE
  7. Do all such other things within the law as are necessary for the attainment of these objects.


Links on this web site

These links are being provided as a convenience and for information purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by ACE (and see item 8 of our Privacy Policy below).


Our  Privacy Policy

  1. ABOUT USAction on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and area is an unincorporated, non-profit-distributing Voluntary Organisation: “our” “we” or “us” in this document. Your privacy is important and we’d like you to know how we collect and use information and what we do to safeguard any information you give us. If, after reading our Privacy Policy, you have any questions, just send an email to acesettleandarea at gmail.com (replace at with @).

This Statement explains the background to the collection of Personal Data. This is any information which identifies a Member (“you” or “your”) personally, or which can be identified as relating to you personally.

The collection of Personal Data is governed by the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), both of which were effective from 25 May 2018. The Act and the GDPR together govern how Personal Data may be collected and used, and how your Privacy is protected in relation to it.  ACE is a Data Controller for these purposes.

In order to process Personal Data, we need to have a reason – called a Lawful Basis – for doing so. Currently we process Personal Data in accordance with either our Legitimate Interest or, if relevant and necessary, with your Consent.

  1. a) Understanding our Legitimate Interest

When you join as a member or donate as a supporter using an application form, or via our website, we rely upon our Legitimate Interest to provide you with membership and/or other related services, such as News updates and details of Member events.

The same basis will apply when you open or use your account on the ACE website, or when you place an order for goods or services available online via the website.

If we receive a Legacy or Gift via your Executor or Personal Representative, we will be pleased to record only minimal details if we are asked to do so.

  1. b) Giving your Consent
  2. i) Volunteering

If you sign up as a volunteer in connection with additional aspects of ACE activities (such as serving on our steering group or as a member of our working (themed) groups, we may need to ask you for additional information, some of which may be classed as Sensitive Data.

If that is necessary, we will ask for your Consent to hold that data.

ii) Direct Marketing

If we wish to offer you other goods or services through the medium of direct marketing, we are required to obtain your Consent before doing so.


a) When and how we collect your data

Personal identifiable data you provide to us for membership and for other purposes, may be collected in a number of different ways:

  • When you write to us, or register to use, or subsequently contact us via the website
  • When you send us a membership application form and/or bank details through the post
  • When you apply for membership or renew it
  •  Through other information you may give us over the telephone, by email, or using any other electronic means which we may accept from time to time

b) What information we collect

We may collect a number of different items of Personal Data, for example:-

  • Name / postal address / email address / landline and/or mobile phone numbers etc.
  • Payment information such as credit/debit card details and bank details for Standing Orders
  • If you purchase ACE membership as a gift for someone your details together with those of the recipient(s) will be recorded

If you are volunteering, we may need to collect additional data, for example:

  • Next-of-kin emergency contacts, medical conditions, references, Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) details, etc. Some of these details may be classed as Sensitive Data
  • Accidents or incidents: If an accident or incident occurs at one of our events or involving a volunteer, then we will keep a record of this, which may include personal and sensitive

Personal Data.


We use your Personal Data to administer and maintain our membership and other records, and to send you our regular newsletter, via email.

We only use Personal Data for the purpose or purposes for which it was collected (or for very closely related purposes).


Personal Data in connection with your membership is passed, where appropriate and relevant, to third parties who are contracted to us, and act in the capacity of controller or processor for various purposes in connection with your membership etc. Those parties are required, in the same way as we are, to observe your rights in relation to Personal Data, in compliance with this Privacy Policy and current UK data protection legislation.

Personal Data may be retained after your membership or volunteering with us has ended, for reference purposes (including in the event of an insurance or legal claim) or for safeguarding purposes.


We will not sell, distribute or lease your Personal Data to third parties without your permission, unless we:-

  1. a) Have received your specific consent, or
  2. b) Are required by law to disclose it.

You should be aware that it is necessary to hold and process certain basic Personal Data (including banking details) in order to service your Membership.

If you ask us not to retain some of your data, or to delete it altogether, we may not be able to fulfil your Membership as normal.

If you have consented to us using your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes, you may withdraw your consent at any time by writing to us at the address below, or emailing acesettleandarea at gmail.com (replace at with @).


Google Analytics is used to provide data which improves the design and content of our web site.

When someone visits our website http://acesettleandarea.org/ we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns.

We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. The information is ‘anonymised’, so that individuals cannot be identified.

Furthermore, we do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

7. COOKIES – How we use them

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed onto the user’s computer hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps us to analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.

When using the Internet, you can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find most useful. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.


Our website contains links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website.

Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.

You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.


ACE is committed to ensuring that the privacy of your Personal Data is secure and protected. Should we ask you to provide particular information by which you can be identified as outlined above, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure all the information we collect.

  1. ACCESS to the information we hold about you

You may request details of any Personal Data which we hold about you. If you make a request for details of the Personal Data we hold about you, we will normally provide this free of charge in the first instance.

A further or more complex request may incur a charge based on the administrative cost of researching and providing the information.

To initiate a request for a copy of the information we hold about you, please email:

acesettleandarea at gmail.com (replace at with @) – or write to: ACE Secretary, The Ridings, Albert Hill, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9HE.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email or write to us as soon as possible, to the address above. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.


We will amend this Privacy Policy from time to time to ensure it remains up-to-date in accordance with Data Protection law, and so that it accurately reflects how and why we use your Personal Data.

The current version of our Privacy Policy will always be posted on our website.

This Privacy Policy was introduced on 17 November 2020 by the ACE Steering Group who adopted it that day at its meeting.




Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and Area goes to great lengths to ensure that the articles that we produce are factual and unbiased. If, despite best efforts, corrections are needed, ACE will make them as soon as possible. If you spot anything that needs correcting, please email the editor at:  barry.white.cpbf@googlemail.com with a summary of the issue.

As part of our commitment to openness and respect for our readers, a summary of the change is placed at the bottom of the article, time and dated.


Trust in journalism – IMPRESS

We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control. We adhere to the Standards Code adopted by IMPRESS and can only deal with complaints which relate to an alleged breach of the standards set out in this Code.

We can only deal with your complaint if you are:
– personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code
– a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is public interest in your complaint
– a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information

First step for an initial complaint

We are also regulated by IMPRESS, but initial complaints must be made to us.

Address: The Editor, Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and Area, The Ridings, Albert Hill, Settle, BD24 9HE. You can email the editor at: barry.white.cpbf@googlemail.com

We will acknowledge your complaint by e-mail or in writing within 7 calendar days and will normally respond to your compliant with a final decision letter within 21 calendar days. If we uphold your complaint, we will tell you the remedial actions we have taken.

If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint, or if you do not hear from us within 21 calendar days of submitting your complaint, then you can refer your complaint to our Independent regulator IMPRESS at the following address:

Regulated by IMPRESS:
The Independent Monitor
for the Press CIC 

IMPRESS, 16-18 New Bridge Street,
London EC4V 6AG

T 020 3325 4288
E complaints@impress.press
W impress.press


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