Forthcoming walks this week include on Saturday 21 January a 13 mile Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale moderately strenuous walk leaving Settle at 9.50. On Wednesday 25 January there will be an eleven mile moderate Kirkby Stephen circular walk taking in Birkett Common, Lammerside Castle, Nateby, Ladthwaite and Ewebank Scar. This leaves Kirkby Stephen at 10.34. All participants 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. Details of all walks can be found at www.foscl.org.uk
Age UK North Craven is looking for volunteers to help with a very specific task. Every Friday there is a luncheon club at St John’s and assistance is required to work in the kitchen to help to prepare, serve, wash up and tidy away after lunch. This work is done on a rota basis and is approximately once a month. If you could assist with this please contact 01729 823066.
Want to get fit for 2017? Circuit Style classes are held every Friday between 9-10am at Settle Drill Hall. Suitable for all abilities and supervised by a qualified instructor the sessions cost £7. For details contact Jill Eccleston on 07955 342344.
The Royal Oak in Settle is the venue for an indoor market every Tuesday. The stalls offer a range of items, including craft and gift items such as hand made cards, aromatherapy oils and hand made creams, wooden plant pot holder, lanterns and candles as well as lots of other gift ideas. The market is open from 9am through to mid afternoon. All the money made from rentals on the Markets goes back into the town directly and helps to support the community.
The Settle Community Hub is open every Tuesday between 10-4 and every Friday from 12-5pm in Commercial Courtyard. It provides a drop in and information centre and can also help with room hire. For information contact 07977 040329 for details.
A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall and a bric a brac stall with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource. All welcome
For those looking for a way to improve their well being in 2017, a reminder that yoga sessions have now recommenced at Settle Primary School and beginners are always welcome. There are sessions on Mondays from 7.30–9pm and on Wednesdays from 7.30-9pm. For further details contact 07947 027188.
Variety is certainly the spice of life at Victoria Hall in January with a programme which includes, music, poetry and wrestling! On 20 January Megaslam Wrestling, a Professional Wrestling organisation presenting our family entertainment events, comes to Settle with a show unlike any other. Then on 21 January Bill Adair and Pandora’s Handbag return to entertain in A Celebration of Burns. Complete with a piper, songs, poetry, and a super supper of haggis, neeps and tatties the Burns Supper is an annual favourite. On Sunday 22nd Multi award winning, Nordic folk band Basco take to the stage with their stunning original material, a mixture of hard hitting, high-speed reels full of rosin dust and sweat, through sweet and melancholy tunes that tell of loves won and lost, drawing shamelessly and frivolously from Scandinavian, English, Celtic and American idioms For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact settlevictoriahall.org.uk.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
This year’s week of prayer for Christian Unity will run from Wed 18th – Wed 25th January and will include events in a number of different venues around the town. On Thursday19th there will be a Songs of Praise service at 6.30pm at Limestone View . On Sunday 22nd all denominations will come to together for a Service of Unity at 3.00pm at St Peter’s, Stainforth . On Tuesday 24th there will be a Meeting for Worship, 12.15 – 12.45pm at Friends’ Meeting House with a simple meal being served between 11.30 – 2pm at Settle Parish, with proceeds to Christian Aid
THREE PEAKS FOLK CLUB
Three Peaks Folk Club will meet at Settle Social Club on 21 January at 8.30pm to welcome all the usual floor singers and musicians along with special guests, “Catfish Skillet”, singing a mixture of bluegrass, folk and country music. Tickets £5 on the door.
SETTLE AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB
The gardening club will meet on 25 January at Townhead Court at 2pm and visitors are welcome, cost £3. The subject for January’s meeting is a talk by Les Chandler or “Plants and insects in the Garden”.
The first Eco Nite of 2017 will be held on Wednesday, 25th January at 7.00 p.m. at the Royal Oak. All future meetings will be held on the LAST Wednesday of each month. Everyone welcome for informal discussions about anything Eco / environment related.
ST JOHN‘S METHODIST CHURCH
At the end of the month St John’s is delighted to be welcoming Gillian Cummins, the former director of music at the abbey on Iona. Gillian will be leading a workshop on worship songs from the Iona community on January 28th at 4pm. This will be followed by tea and in the evening, at 7pm, there will be a “Big Sing” session. Both events are free and open to all. You are welcome to attend either event or both. All welcome. A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. The first Tuesday in the month is a charity coffee pot with donations to a charity nominated by that month’s organiser.
Yoga sessions are now being held on Mondays at Friends Meeting House between 12.30- 2pm, suitable for all levels, with a beginners group between 2.15-3.30pm. On Tuesday between 7-8.30pm there is a group suitable for all levels at The School of Dance on Station Road. For further details contact 07547 579069.
COMMUNITY SOUP AND FOOD BANK
The next event arranged by the team will take place at Settle Rugby Club on 28 January from 10am-2pm. There will be a jumble sale and coffee morning with soup and refreshments available as well as the food bank. A foodbank collection point has been set up in the Co-op and the group are very grateful to them for their assistance.
The next foreign film showing at Victoria Hall will take place on 1st February at 7.45. Rams is in Icelandic with English subtitles. Two sheep-farmer brothers, who haven’t spoken to each other for years, try to save their sheep. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets cost £5.
Settle Stories is launching a course for budding storytellers entitled “The Storyteller’s Art”. This will take the form of a series of workshops across the year looking at how to harness the power of stories and develop an engaging performance. They will look at aspects of what makes a good story, how to use voice and movement, how to choose a story, improvisation and practice for performance. The first workshop will take place on February 4th and will look at the theme “What’s a story?”. Each workshop costs £35 or £135 for all five. To register an interest or book a place contact Settle Stories www. settlestories.org.uk/storytellersart or ring 0871 976 4350
The Next Charity Dance will be take place St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall on Saturday February 4th between 8.00pm to 11.00pm. If possible please contact the organisers on 01729 823259/ 824038 by Friday Feb 3rd to confirm attendance.
SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP
The next meeting will take place on Monday 6 February at Townhead Court at 7.30pm and will be an Introduction to Processing Software . This will take the form of a talk on the “Whys and Wherefores” of processing software, including some, none or all of what programmes are available, why you might want to use them, and how to use them.
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It addresses emotional, physical and mental well being and a series of 12 sessions will be taking place in Settle, commencing 10 February. Sessions will take place weekly at North Craven Children’s Centre (formerly Settle Middle School) . For details contact 0800 772.0845.
If you have 30 minutes to spare, you can do something life changing. Every month Amnesty holds an open session at Friends meeting house between 5-8pm where people can drop in and write a letter to help change a life. Guided help is available. The next session takes place on 15 February. For details contact 01729 268912.
GALLERY ON THE GREEN
Gallery on the Green, housed in a former phone box, returns to its roots for its latest exhibition. Mobiles, landlines, phone boxes, phone lines, puns and jokes and all sorts of pictures of telephones, real and imaginary form the basis of Settle Photographic Group’s exhibition.
All the work is new and has been made at a scale that works in the tiniest of exhibition spaces that constitutes what is probably the world’s smallest art gallery. The exhibition opens on runs until 12 March.
Following the success of their craft day session in 2016, the WI are holding a further craft event on Wednesday 26th April in the Catholic Church Hall with 2 options: A full day Wire Sculpture workshop with Linda Hoyle, making a wire sculpture hare. Cost £40 which includes all materials. Or 2 x half days of Needlefelting with Sue Amphlett. £20 per half day includes all materials. Contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145) firstname.lastname@example.org to book. These are open to non- WI members. The next actual WI meeting is on Wednesday 1st February, 2pm in St Johns Church Hall when the speaker will be Paul Kelly talking about ‘Fracking – what is it all about?’. There will also be a raffle. Visitors are very welcome – admission £3.The first meeting of the Knit & Natter Group is on Monday 6th February, 2pm at Mary Hindle’s. Bring along your current project for tea, biscuits and a natter. Members have also offered to teach crochet and tatting.
A number of theatre trips are being planned for the coming months. Please be aware that in order to book both transport and theatre seats trips need to be planned up to a year in advance in some instances. There are still a few seats available for “Funny Girl” at The Alhambra, Bradford. This is a matinee performance on Wednesday 7 June 2017. Tickets cost £50 per person. The musical tells the story of Broadway star and comedienne, Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein. Looking ahead bookings are now being taken for “War Horse” at The Alhambra, Bradford on 7 March 2018. Again this is a matinee performance. Tickets cost £60. For both of the above the cost includes a stalls seat, coach and gratuities. For details contact 01729 823978.
GIGGLESWICK GARDENING GROUP
Having recently won an award for £500 from Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving, the group have now purchased equipment to assist with enhancing the village. Working in conjunction with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust they have identified litter picking routes around the village as well as areas to improve by cultivating wildflower patches. Anyone who wishes to assist with gardening in the churchyard is invited to join the group at 2pm on Mondays at St Alkelda’s. Litter pickers will meet on the first Monday of every month (the next meeting being 6 February) at 10am by the noticeboard at Tems Bridge. All welcome.
ST JOHN‘S METHODIST CHURCH
28 JANUARY, 2017
On Saturday 28 January the church will be hosting two events led by Gillian Cummins, a founder member of the Wild Goose Worship Group on Iona. Gillian will lead an afternoon workshop on the very distinctive style of worship songs which have developed on Iona. A skilled musician and music examiner, she ran the choir at Iona Abbey for a number of years and is an experienced teacher. The session is open to all and will be of particular interest to those involved in community singing as well as church music. This session will commence at 4pm and will be followed by a buffet tea. In the evening, starting at 7pm, there will be a “Big Sing” session. This will allow for more background to the music as well as a chance to take part in songs from Iona around the themes of “Healing and Wholeness” and “Justice and Peace”. Win Wilks, one of the organisers, explained: ” A few years ago a number of us visited Iona and were so impressed by our musical experience there that we wanted to share it with everyone in our community. These sessions are not just for church goers but for everyone and we hope that people feel that they can come along and enjoy this beautiful music either during the afternoon or in the evening, or at both sessions.”
further details from W Wilks 01729 824616.