ROTARY MERRY-GO-ROUND: Come and get over the New Year Blues by joining the Rotary Club of Settle in their annual Merry-go-Round to be held on Friday 9th February. A three course meal in three different hotels and restaurants. It starts at 6.45pm in the Dining Hall at Giggleswick School, where you will receive your itinerary for the evening. The proceeds from this year’s festivities will all go to Cancer Research UK. Please get your tickets early as for the last two years the evening has been sold out. Tickets, price £20, are available from any Settle Rotarian, or from the Secretary, David Blackburne on 01729 822445. Settle Rotary would also like to thank everyone who donated to the Santa Claus Christmas Collection which raised £1201.81.
This week there will be 2 guided railway walks. Both take place on 13 January. The first is a 12.5 mile moderately strenuous walk from Rolls Royce Ghyll to Elslack via Great Edge and Kelbrook House. This makes use of a bus to and from Skipton and fares are payable. The second walk is a Foulridge Circular walk and is an 8 mile easy walk, again making use of a bus to and from Skipton with fares payable. All participants in railway walks are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.
SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB: The next meeting will take on Monday, 15 January at Townhead Court at 7.30pm when the topic will be How to Judge Pictures (Part 1). Assessing the merits or otherwise of pictures rather than just saying “I like/don’t like that picture” is one of the hardest things to do in photography, especially when it comes to your own pictures. Rod Smith will lead this session, aimed at helping members to improve their skills in this area. The gallery session will follow on the theme of “Angles”
TAI CHI: Tai Chi sessions for beginners take place in Settle Library, Limestone View on Mondays between 11.30-1pm. They are led by a qualified and experienced practitioner and further details are obtainable via 015242 61944. Each session costs £7.50.
YOGA Yoga sessions have resumed at Settle Primary School on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7.30-9pm. For further details contact 07947 027 188
SETTLE PARISH CHURCH : Please note that the church is currently following a new programme of services. The service on Sunday will be at 10am at Settle Parish Church. All welcome. Lunches will again be served on Tuesdays between 12 and 2pm. These offer home cooking and a friendly welcome.
GALLERY ON THE GREEN: Time is running out to step back in time and visit Settle as it used to be! The current exhibition marking a hundred years since the death of Craven dialect poet Tom Twisleton , is due to finish on January 25th. Settle Stories has brought back to life the words of a man who captured the essence of rural Craven in Victorian times. Local teenagers have curated the exhibition and little ones have crafted Christmas decorations. The exhibition looks not just at the words of this legendary poet but also at the social issues that lie behind them and so give an insight into life in this area seen through the eyes of a poet who lived from 1845 to 1917. The Gallery is open 24 hours a day and is free entry. The next exhibition will feature Kerry McKenna’s magical mystery slates
ST JOHN‘S METHODIST CHURCH: This weekend on January 13th at 7pm the church is hosting an “old fashioned church social”. This is a free event suitable for all ages and will include party games, dancing ( a chance to show off your strictly moves!) and refreshments and take a step back to enjoy fun the way it used to be before technology! There is no charge for the event although there will be a chance to make a donation to cover the cost of refreshments and all are welcome. On Tuesdays the church hosts a coffee pot from 10am to 12 noon serving coffee and home made scones and cakes. All welcome.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL : Your time spent writing a letter could help to save a life this year. Writing a letter to support a cause could help to keep someone’s plight in the public eye. The next letter writing session will take place on 17 January . The sessions are held at Friends Meeting House and operate on a drop in basis between 5-8pm. Information is provided to help individuals with the content of their letters. For further details contact 01729 268912.
VICTORIA HALL: The theatre season in Settle kicks off on Jan 18th with two “Talking Heads” by Alan Bennet on Thurs 18th January. Performance starts at 7.30pm and the short plays are Lady of Letters and Bed Among the Lentils. On January 19th the hall will show the Northern Premiere of John Godber’s film “Last Laugh” which follows a college lecturer, Martin Dawson played by Nick Figgis and his hope to escape from obscurity by having a screenplay made into a ﬁlm. For details and tickets contact 01729 825718
FRIENDS OF VICTORIA HALL: The Christmas Hamper was won by Mr D Wood. A huge thank you to everyone for their support for this and for all the all-sorts stalls and cafe every Tuesday. If you would like to donate any items such as books etc for the stalls then they would be most welcome. Please contact the hall with donations.
COMMUNITY MUNCHERS: An event aimed at encouraging individuals to enjoy cooking together will take place today, 11 January, at Friends meeting house. Although many people enjoy cooking they often find that if they live alone they don’t want to actually bother making a meal for one. Settle Community Hub and Timebankers are hosting an initiative where members of the community can come together and share the tasks involved in preparing a meal and then actually eat together. It doesn’t matter if you are any good at cooking as there are always other jobs eg, laying tables, doing dishes, helping with preparation etc which can be shared. There is no charge for this event though there will be an opportunity to donate in order to cover the cost of ingredients and room hire. Events are currently scheduled for today, 11 January and 25 January. Those taking part should meet at 10am for coffee and it is anticipated that the event will finish around 2pm. If you wish to take part but have special dietary need then please contact 07977 040329 so that this can be taken into account in the planning.
ANLEY HALL: Anley Hall is currently seeking volunteers to help with enrichment activities for residents and would like to hear from anyone who can offer to talk to residents or provide entertainment or activities. They are also looking for a volunteer bus driver. The person must be over 25 with a full, clean licence. All volunteers will require DBS checks . If you can help then please contact 01729 822268.
THEATRE TRIPS: Michael Cullingworth is currently arranging a series of Theatre Trips. The cost quoted includes theatre ticket (usually a matinee) , gratuities and coach transport to and from the venue. To ensure good seats trips are planned well in advance. On February 7th there will be a trip to see Sunset Boulevard at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre, this time costing £42. There will be a further visit to Bradford for Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Cinderella on 9th May (cost £43) and then off to Leeds’ Grand Theatre for Calendar Girls on August 29th (cost£54). In October he will be arranging a trip to Bradford once again for Miss Saigon at the Alhambra on 10 October (cost £68). Advance booking is essential as trips are popular and all payment must be made 5 weeks prior to the performance. ” To contact Michael to book a place on a trip simply get in touch on 01729823978 or email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
SETTLE STORIES:Coming up in the New Year on 20 January at 3pm is a very special party, a Winnie the Pooh party specially for 4-9 year olds at The Joinery. This session will include crafts, games and stories. More details at the website or via 05603 845693.
SETTLE AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB: The club will meet on 24 January at Townhead Court at 2pm . There will be a brief period for enrolment for the new year followed by a talk on “Making things for your Garden” by Frances Semple. Visitors welcome £3.
ST ALKELDA’S: The churches are currently following a new programme of services. Please note that there will be a service of Holy Communion on Sunday 14 at 8am followed by a parish communion service at 10am.
GIGGLESWICK GAZELLES: The beginners running group meets on Fridays at 5.30 at Eshton Pavilion on Raines Road beside the all weather pitch. The sessions include walking and stopping and are designed to help build confidence in those who are just starting running. For details contact Jill on 07955 342344.