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29th May Settle News Updates


Three walks are planned in the coming week. On Saturday, June 4, there will be a 9m moderately strenuous Garsdale Circular walk via Ais Gill . This walk will leave Garsdale Station at 10.21. Also on Saturday 4 Jun there will be a walk based around the Morecambe Line. This is a circular 10 mile moderate walk around Grange over sands via Humphrey head, leaving Grange over sands at 10.24. On Sunday  5 Jun   there is a 9.5 mile moderately strenuous walk around  Howgills Fox’s Pulpit  area. This departs from Dent at 10.16 and returns to  Dent, making use of a service bus connection  to and from Sedbergh. No reservation is needed for these walks but all for all walks participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  Details of all walks can  be found at


Pupils in class 5 at Settle have recently been studying the importance of water and have used this as a focus for their creative writing and have sent a number of their own poems to Kwezana. This is a particularly relevant topic for the Kwezana school as the area regularly suffers from periods of drought and Settle school has helped them in the past year to purchase water tanks in order to store water to enable them to continue to grow crops in the school gardens during periods of drought.


If you ever have time on your hands or you want to do something to help in your community but don’t quite know where to begin then the answer will soon be on your doorstep. From June 2nd onwards there will be a volunteer available in Settle library every Thursday afternoon to assist you with information about volunteering opportunities in the area.  This service will be available between 2-4pm and will be by appointment. To make an appointment contact 01756 701648. There will also be assistance available during this time for any enquiries and guidance on how to trace family history and research family trees.


June promises to be another exciting mixture at Victoria Hall. On June 2nd there will be drama with the return of Reform Theatre Company who will perform  a brand new comedy ,The Debt Collectors, by  John Godber,. The Debt Collectors mixes money and love with the love of money, as two out of work actors fall into the world of debt recovery.  June 4th blends live performance with cinema with Harlem Street Singer” film about the Reverend Gerry Davis, followed by a solo performance from  New Yorker, Woody Mann, who plays a mix of American acoustic blues, roots and jazz guitar. On June 10 there will be a visit from Sam Carter, winner of the radio 2 Folk Award for best newcomer. This is part of the tour to launch his new CD, “How the City Sings”.  For details and tickets of all other events contact 01729 825718.


The gallery is currently staging an exhibition of silk paintings by local artist Christine Carradice. The countryside of the Dales – the limestone crags, green fields, drystone walls, barns, farmhouses and flowers – have all been captured on silk. Christine’s paintings, which are popular at the Dales National Park shops, are inspired by the Dales. Her pictures never have people in them as she prefers her work to show familiar scenes as places of calm and solitude just at the quiet time before people arrive and the day’s activities begin. These pictures also aim to show the last small influence of people on the landscape before the countryside opens out and the hills rise up and so, she says, it is appropriate that her work is on show at the gallery in the former BT phone box in Upper Settle, at the edge of the Dales National Park. During a career break Christine regularly  painted scarves for relatives and friends, and soon found that she could actually sell as many scarves as she could paint. After a very good response selling at craft fairs in the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire and the Lake District, Christine, who has lived in Settle for 20 years, also began to sell her work in a variety of retail outlets and developed her work to include a range of pictures and also cards, which feature in the exhibition. The exhibition runs until Saturday July 23.


There is still time to visit the exhibition by Clapham Art Group, which includes many talented local artists from the villages surrounding Clapham itself. This is the group’s  65th annual art exhibition and takes place in  Clapham Village Hall and is open every day from 11-6 through to 6 June. Admission is 50p and there will be refreshments available. A wide range of works in a variety of media will be on show.  All welcome


Friends of the Settle- Carlisle Line  are hosting a series of events  explaining more about the real experience behind the TV series “Jericho”. The first of these takes place on Thursday 2nd June and participants should meet at the Ribblehead Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station at 12 noon.   For those coming by train from the south, a train arrives at Ribblehead Station at 12.02.  At the Visitor Centre talks and  informal discussions about Jericho Shanty Town and the surrounding area will take place.  There will be several display boards, pottery pieces and glassware found in the Shanty Town area. The group will then walk to the Ribblehead Viaduct along a stony track. Interpretation of the Shanty Towns area will be explained.   The group then returns to the Visitor Centre for 13.45 in time to catch the 14.05 train to Garsdale Station (fare payable on the train or at a staffed station).  On the journey north the actual Jericho site will be pointed out.  There will be a tour of Garsdale Station looking at the bronze statue of Ruswarp and the interpretation display boards.  The return journey back to Ribblehead will be from the 15.13 train from Garsdale (destination Leeds). The tour is free of charge.   Please bring a packed lunch.  Drinks can be purchased at the Visitor Centre. Strong shoes are advisable.  Waterproofs in case of bad weather.  The walks are not suitable for people with limited mobility. For further information or phone 01524 811492


Join Batty Moss Ceilidh Band for a ceilidh in St Mary and Michael Parish Hall on June 3rd at 7.30pm. This event is open to all and there will be a raffle, bar and a chilli supper. Tickets cost £5, available from 01729 824535. All proceeds will be donated to support refugees and asylum seekers.


The second in a series of “All Sorts Markets” will take place on 4 June at Victoria Hall. This will run from 9 -3 and there will be refreshments available all day. For details or to book a table contact 01729 825718.


The next charity dance will take place on 4 June at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall. The dance will run from 8-11 with all proceeds going to support a local charity. If possible please notify organisers of your attendance by Friday 3rd June. For details contact 01729 823259 / 824038. New dancers always welcome.


Each Tuesday St John’s Methodist Church holds a “coffee pot” session with home made cakes in the coffee lounge. This is open to all and runs from 10am to noon and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. On the first Tuesday of the month the coffee pot is held in aid of a charity chosen by a member of the congregation. The charity on June 7th is Smile Train. This is an international children’s charity that provides free surgery to children who suffer from cleft lips or palates in 85+ developing countries. Many of these children cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. Cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care enables the children to move forward with their lives and changes the world one smile at a time, while the system used by the charity empowers local doctors to provide cleft care in their own communities. Please come along and support this event.


The 8th annual Rotary Settle Saunter takes place on 11 June. There are four routes on offer (9, 12, 16 and 22 miles) to accommodate a wide range of abilities with  stages of the route, though not all, flagged with tape to help with navigation. A comprehensive route description is available to all entrants. The routes can either be walked or run and will take in picturesque rural villages and hamlets and swathes of intoxicating countryside.There are checkpoints with light refreshments along the way and a hot savoury meal is provided at the end. The saunter is open to all, but the expectation is that participants have a reasonable level of fitness to complete their chosen route. Youngsters under 18 are most welcome on the three shorter routes but we  safeguarding rules do apply. Entries can be made in advance or on the day (an additional £1 surcharge applies) and the entrance fee is £12 per person, but group and age concessions are available. This year the funds raised by this event will be shared between Settle Swimming Pool, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Registration, start & finish on the day is at the Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ [GR 818 637]. Registration is between 07.30 – 0815 and the start, for both walkers and runners, is 08.30. Badges and certificates upon completion are all included in the entry fee. Free car parking is provided. For further details go to or contact 015242 251215.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a social dance at Ingleton Community Centre on Saturday, June 18th when the music will be provided live by John Bowdler, the Blackpool Tower Organist. Tickets are now available from either the community centre or via 01729 822959/822364. Tickets cost £8, including supper. Please note there is no bar at this event so participants are invited to bring along their own drinks.


Voices of Craven: Communities in Chorus is a project across the area in which local singing groups have come together to sing, coached by Tom Leech, the director of the diocese of Leeds singing programme. Throughout June there will be a series of concerts by local professional soloists and musicians culminating in a grand finale where all will perform together. Tickets are available via 01756 7488080.  On Sunday June 5th Giggleswick’s internationally renowned soprano, Sarah Fox will perform in the opening concert at St Andrew’s church, Gargrave.   On Monday 13 June Sarah will return to her home ground to  perform in a “last night of the proms” style concert celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday at St Alkelda’s church in Giggleswick. On Wednesday 22 June there will be an evening of Community Singing at Holy Ascension church, Settle  with John Bell of the Iona Community. The Grand Finale is a concert at Giggleswick School Chapel on 25 June which will feature local choirs and a small orchestra.


On Sunday, June 12 at 1.30pm there will be a special WW1 centenary cricket match at Settle Cricket Ground between Settle and Skipton. The match commemorates a match played near the front line at Fleurbaix in France in June 1915 by the men of the 1/6th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s (WR) Regiment in 1914-16. All welcome.


The next Amnesty letter writing session will take place at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate on 15 June between 5-8pm. Individuals are invited to come along and write a letter to assist in Amnesty’s work. Details are provided of cases and help is given with letter writing. For further details contact – 01729 268912.


The group meeting on Monday 20 June, will be a members discussion night on the topic of “What do we do with our Images?” This will take place at 7.30pm at Townhead Court and it is hoped that the discussion will include a pooling of ideas for options for collating, organising and viewing photographs. The theme for the gallery that evening will be “Reflections”.


Settle Stories is holding a very special event in June when renowned Belgian storyteller and musician, Iwan Kushka, visits the town to present “True Moon Tales” a story-concert for adults. True Moon Tales are Half Truth Lies – welcome to the land of myth and true stories that never happened. Come and experience the ancient Indian Legend of ‘The Transported Heads’ – a tale in which two boys meet one girl and loose their hearts (and heads) in the process. A journey of poetic flight into the collective intelligence of the old tales in a highly atmospheric blend of story and music in Journeys into the Underworld, ecstatic lovers, death and rebirth, as Kushka brings with him the haunting sounds of the Iranian frame drum and the Armenian Duduk. He is joined by guitarist William Benzies and violinist Becky Doe. This event will take place on 24 June at the Royal Oak at 7.30pmYou may also like to attend Iwan’s workshop on Saturday 25th June 2016. See Settle Stories website for further details and tickets:


It’s time to start thinking about flowerpots! Everyone is invited to help brighten up the town ready for the annual flowerpot festival in July. The festival aims to involve local organisations, businesses and individuals in the hope of raising a smile by decorating the town with quirky flowerpot characters.  If you would like to take part and have any queries or need some help then contact 01729 824431 or 07739 144732. It is hoped to have all displays in place by 25 June so that a full town trail can be drawn up.


It’s almost here …. there will be a silent auction in Settle in June, providing a chance to invest not only in a piece of art but also in the future of the young people in the town. Settle Scouts are currently fund-raising to improve their Drill Hall premises to help not only local scouts but to also make them available to the community. They’ve teamed up with a number of local prominent and renowned artists for a special Silent Auction which will take place on 25 June between 11-5pm. There will be refreshments served throughout the day and arts and crafts for young people.



The annual safari supper will take place this year on 3 June and will commence in the church at 6.30pm before visiting a number of members homes. Tickets are £15 and as there will be limited numbers for this event early booking is advisable. Contact 01729 823899 for details.


There will be a concert by the Lancaster Singers at Giggleswick School Chapel on 11 June. Entitled “Across the Pond: Music for a Summer Evening”  the programme will feature music from England, America and Canada performed both with accompaniment and a cappella. Tickets cost £10, with students in full time education free. For further information contact: 01729 893180.  On June 12th there will be a showing of “Dad’s Army” by community cinemas. This commences at 3.30pm and admission is £5.50.  On 18 June Tim Figgins will perform at the theatre. Tim’s music has begun to establish a regular fan base and is starting to be heard on Radio 2 and BBC Introducing. He will be appearing at the Isle of Wight Festival later in the year.


Giggleswick School will be holding an open evening on 13 June with tours of the school from 5.30pm. Then on June 20 the Junior department is hosting a “stay and play” session for under 5s between 10-11am. Under 5s and their parents/carers are invited to come along and join in a session of play with the chance for the adults to enjoy coffee and a chat. To book a tour of the school on 13 June or reserve a place at the “Stay and Play” contact 01729 893000.

A note from Austwick!


Monday 30th May Austwick closes the centre of the village. No cars, no traffic apart from dray horses, a harpist, a man on bagpipes, a man on stilts, some adorable farm animals, 2 bands, scores of fell racers and crowds of people. Villagers and tourists celebrate the Austwick cuckoo legend as they admire the cuckoos flying high or nestling in doorways.

There’s good Yorkshire food on offer and shopping opportunities galore.

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