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April 15th News from Settle and Area


This weekend there will be 3 guided railway walks all taking place on  Saturday 22 April. The first is a 10 mile moderately strenuous walk from  Dent to Ribblehead via Dales Way  departing from Dent Station at 10.38.  The second is a strenuous 16 mile walk from   Ribblehead to Settle  via Park Fell – Simon Fell – Ingleborough – Clapham – Austwick – Feizor – Settle. This leaves Ribblehead at 10.06.  The third walk is a Morecambe Line walk from Arnside to Carnforth and is a 10 mile moderate walk. Participants should meet at Carnforth at 10am for the onward connection to Arnside. A reminder that the Ride 2 Stride: Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival runs from Tuesday 25 April to Monday 1 May offering a wide range of activities and walks. For full programme details visit the web site 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.  Details of all walks can  be found at


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource. All welcome


On April 28th The Company of Players brings together twelve of the best emerging musicians on the UK folk and acoustic scene.Said The Maiden, The Sam Kelly Trio, Lukas Drinkwater, Kelly Oliver, Minnie Birch, Daria Kulesh, Kim Lowings, and Chris Cleverley collaborate on a brand new body of folk music, celebrating the works of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.After a week long writing residential in Belper, Derbyshire, The Company of Players presents songs about love, loss, death and magic inspired by the imagination of one of Britain’s greatest literary icons. On 29 April fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. Also over the bank holiday weekend, on April 30th,  the annual Nordic invasion takes place when Scandimoot comes to Settle with a concert by artists invited to teach and perform at the annual Scandimoot weekend of Scandinavian music and dance.There will be fiddle music with Norwegians Rasmus & Hans Kjorstad and Jo Einar Jansen plus Rowan Rheingans from the UK. Vegar & Mette Vårdal will perform some Norwegian dances. The concert will be followed by traditional music and dance with weekend course participants. Looking ahead there is a wide range of entertainment programmed for May, commencing on May 7th with a matinee performance of Gloriator in which  a glamorous French actress and her hapless assistant stage their version of Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator! An inventive, physical, and very silly production at times, Gloriator was created by French/English female comedy duo Spitz & Co with the help of Angus Barr (Publick Transport) and Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey). It won the Critics Choice Award at Exeter Ignite, and was developed with support from Arts Council England and Bristol Old Vic Ferment. On 13 May rrf Media Presents:”Fred Astaire And Ginger!”The story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Award winning singer Robert Habermann sings the songs and tells the story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the great dancing pair of the thirties – presenting many of the classic songs that they performed in their iconic musical films. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


The Folly needs you! The Museum of North Craven Life is looking for volunteers to assist across a wide range of areas and skills. Volunteering offers you a chance to refresh old skills and gain new ones; to meet new people, improve your confidence and self esteem, gain knowledge and enjoy new experiences and become part of a team. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and there are opportunities to help with events, exhibitions, gardening, greeting visitors, learning activities, publicity, repairs, research and many other areas. If you could help then please contact or ring 01729 822854 or 015242 51388, we’re waiting to hear from you.  The Folly re-opened to the public on 11 April and will be open throughout the summer season every Tuesday between 10:30am to 4:30pm and on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 1.30pm to 4.30pm. There are currently four displays and exhibitions on view. Back in Settle was inspired by a facebook group set up 3 years ago to share stories and old photographs from around the area and is about ensuring that memories of the everyday life of the area are recorded and shared.  The companion exhibition the End of an Era: 200 Years of Zion Chapel tells the remarkable story of Zion Chapel, built in 1816 into the steep hillside of Upper Settle and just a few doors up from The Folly. So, what is so special about Zion? Apart from being a hidden gem of a building with one of the most stunning views in Settle, it tells the story of a group of people who have been at the heart of community life in the town for the best part of 200 years. Also running at present are  Pastimes in Past Times and  Settle Captured in Wool. An annual ticket is now available for the exhibitions at The Folly priced at £7.


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. At the end of the month the church is hosting a “knitted bible” display. This comprises 33 scenes from well known bible stories, with all the characters individually hand knitted. There will be an accompanying eye-spy quiz for children to encourage families to look closely at the work.  The display will be open to the public Friday 28 April 10-12 & 1-3, Saturday 29 10-3, Sunday 30 1-3, Monday May 1st 10-3 and Tuesday 2 May, 10-12. When members of St George’s URC in Hartlepool began knitting in February 2008, they only intended to re-create the scene of ‘The Last Supper,’ but their enthusiasm and imagination led to a much more ambitious project of interest to knitters, crafters and general public alike. All welcome, light refreshments will be available.


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am unless stated otherwise. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email The first trip is to Funny Girl- The Musical on  Wednesday 7th June, 2017  for a Matinee 2pm  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The price £51.00 per person. Second, is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pmat  Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person and the closing date for reservations is 24th April. For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £45.00 per person, Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and “Handbagged” a play detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher.


2 Magpies theatre will be performing “Ventoux” at Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick on 21 April. Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain on the Tour De France and the performance features video footage of the cycle race while also exploring the stories of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, whose drug fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever witnessed. Tickets for both events available from Settle Stories website or 05603 845 693.


The annual general meeting of the Friends of Settle Swimming Pool will be held on Thursday 20 April at the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate,Settle starting at 7.30pm.  Everyone who has an interest in the pool is invited to come along to hear how the Friends have done over the past year and our plans to provide further support to the pool over the coming year.


The next Settle Sessions night will take place at The Folly on 21 April at 7.30pm. This will be an evening with Lawland writer Veronica Caperon and Chris and John Bousfield .Tickets (in advance) cost  £6 from The Folly.


Settle Eco Nite Group invite you to come along to their give and take day in order to recycle unwanted items and keep landfill to a minimum. Brign along your own unwanted items – in good condition – to give away or simply turn up and browse and take away  any item of interest to you. The event takes place on Saturday 22 April at Victoria Hall and runs from 9.30am – 2.30pm, with the last time for checking in items being 1.30pm. There will also be a table for pictures of larger items and a seed swap section. Unfortunately clothes and shoes cannot be accepted and traders are not welcome at this kind of event.  For further information please call 01729 822669


You are cordially invited along to The Old Court House on Station Road to enjoy fresh coffee, home baking and friendly chat at the SAOS Coffee Mornings on April 22nd and Saturday May 6th between10.00am to 12.30pm. All welcome.


On 22 April , The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool are proud to present an evening of music in aid of pool funds with The Swing City Band, featuring vocalist Josh Hindle. The programme promises a night of Big Band classics, and the most famous hits performed by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and many more. Doors open at 6.45 pm at Victoria Hall  for 7.30 start. Tickets £10 from Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718


A new series of Pilates classes will start in Settle during the week commencing 24 April. All sessions will take place at St John’s Methodist Church Hall.  On Mondays there will be two classes, both suitable for mixed abilities. These will be mat work classes and run from 6-7pm and 7.10-8.10pm respectively.  On Wednesday there will be a mixed ability mat work class from 9.10-10.10am and a fundamental mat work class (suitable for those with no previous experience or more limited movement ability) between 10.20-11.20am.  The charge will be £35 for a block of 5 sessions.  For details contact  079 5533 8775.


An eight week course aimed at helping to promote happiness will be commencing at Friends Meeting House on 25 April. Part of an international movement, The course is run over 8 sessions, which take place weekly and last for 2 hours. Each session follows the same format, which has been designed to be inspiring and interactive and participants will look at questions such as  What really matters in life. What actually makes us happy, can we find peace of mind, can we build happier communities.  For further information contact 07768654735.


The next club meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 26 April when the speaker will be Marguerite Hughes. Her topic will be “Location, Location, Location.”  The meeting starts at 2pm and visitors are welcome, cost £3.


The next meeting will take place on April 22nd at Settle Social Club and will feature guest singer, Chris Milner. All welcome.


Victoria Hall will be the venue for the Age UK North Craven fashion show on 27 April. This will also a feature a pop up shop with five rails of high end/ designer items. These and all the items modelled during the show will be on sale on the night.  The shop opens at 6.15pm and the show will begin at 7pm. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine or a soft drink and are available from Age UK shop in Cheapside or from Victoria Hall.   In addition to this there are currently tickets on sale for a grand raffle to raise funds for a new minibus. Tickets cost £1.


Friends of Victoria Hall are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Book Fair at the Victoria Hall Settle on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st. It will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm and there will be refreshments served all day. All welcome


The next film showing in the foreign film season at Victoria Hall will be “Our Little Sister”. This will be shown on May 3rd at 7.45pm. Admission £5 on the door.  This Japanese film, with subtitles, revolves around the changes in a family of three sisters when their young half-sister comes to live with them.


The next cafe will take place on 6 May at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate, Settle between 10-noon. The cafe provides an opportunity to have a  conversation about all aspects of death in a friendly cafe atmosphere.  There is free tea and cake. Voluntary donations accepted towards cost of room.     Details from Alison  01729 822677.


The Next Charity Dance will be on Saturday May 6th at St Mary & St Michael’s Parish Hall Kirkgate Settle 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Please phone01729 823259/824038 by Friday 5th if you are able to come.


The group’s next meeting will be on Monday, 15 May at Townhead Court at 7.30pm when the topic for the evening will be “Selling your Photographs”. This will be a talk on the whys and wherefores of making money from your pictures.  The gallery for the evening will be “Weather and Skies”



On April 21 Settle Stories  and 2 Magpies Theatre will present “Ventoux”. Tickets for this event are available from Settle Stories or from 05603 845693. This a dramatic retelling of the clash between Marco Panatani and Lance Armstrong on the most fearsome mountain on the Tour de France.  On 23 April, Community Cinemas present La La Land.  Tickets cost £5.50 and the film starts at 3.30pm.  On Saturday 29 April the New World String Trio , comprised of players from Opera North,  will perform a spring concert at Giggleswick School Chapel. Tickets from or 01729 893180


Do you want to find out more about one of the UK’s fastest growing sports? Do you want an opportunity to play Pickleball?  A combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is suitable for all ages.  A local group meets every Saturday between 10 and noon at Giggleswick sports hall where there are four courts available for players from beginners to more experienced players to learn about the sport. It is open to all abilities and all ages and there is equipment available for players to borrow. The first session is free and more details are available from








This annual pageant is now in its 10th year and yet each time it is staged it seems to be revitalised.  In part this is due to the fact that there are often new cast members, in particular this year Joe Dillon in the central role as Christ, sometimes new directors but also by the fact that this is a story which bears retelling. On any level it is a powerful story and when such dramatic events take place in the middle of the everyday life of the town then it is even more effective.  Shoppers stop to watch,  cars slow down and yet – as in Jerusalem at the time – everyday life continues without everyone taking in the enormity of what is happening. Settle itself does lend itself perfectly to the theatrical nature of this event and the choice of settings creates part of the power of the unfolding tale.  The first act takes place in St John’s Church, and the last supper itself is seen being laid out on a table which is actually the modern altar of the church.  The disciples gather round, friends coming together to share a meal – and as friends do, they chatter and comment on the events of the day. These are not reverential depictions of biblical characters, but real people who are confused by what is going on and need to reassure one another that everything is actually going to be alright in the end. This human vulnerability is one of the real strengths on the whole piece as it is not a sombre, joyless and distant portrayal but a very realistic storytelling with very human characters, not too removed from our everyday experience. The story moves on in procession to the events of Christ’s vigil and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemene, here located in the Millennium Garden and next to the supermarket carpark, where curious shoppers swell the ground to watch the dramatic events unfold. Here birdsong and passing goods trains mingle with the snores of the disciples as Christ is arrested. The trial in the Market Place is always a highlight, as the location lends itself to this kind of confrontation. Seated in splendour outside the Town Hall, Caiaphas embodies the religious powers of the times: desperate to keep control of the situation and determined not allow this upstart Nazarene to rock the boat. Paired against this excellent performance is an equally outstanding military and civil power, personified in a very detached and authoritative Pilate, speaking from the balcony of The Shambles.  Between the sinister and stern Caiaphas and looking up to the might of Rome above them, the crowd mills and follows the lead of the agitators who call for the release of Barrabas.  Accompanied by the steady drumbeat of the Roman soldiery, Christ is taken down Church St to play out the final act of the drama – fittingly amongst the gravestones of the churchyard.  Again the starkness of the words and actions melds into the familiarity of the venue and as Christ dies, birds sing and sunlight catches on the raindrops of the daffodils and everything falls still as the final hymn is sung. Although performed by amateurs this never fails to be a moving moment with so much of its strength coming from the simplicity and sincerity of what is taking place. The closing soliloquies are deeply moving as characters reflect on what has occurred – none more so than that of the Roman Centurion whose blunt realism was both powerful and believable as was the gentle care taken as he carried away the inert body from the cross. While it seems wrong to single out any one person, it would however be unfair not to congratulate the director for the way in which yet again the production was brought to new life and even more unfair to not commend the outstanding portrayal of Christ by Joe Dillon, whose vibrancy and sincerity were the hallmarks of the piece. This is a story which is known to all those watching and yet this annual performance never fails to  deliver a thought provoking retelling of the familiar tale.


St John’s Methodist Church, Settle, will be hosting the Knitted Bible Exhibition from 28th April until 2nd May. This will feature  33 bible stories which have been brought to life in this display of knitted figures with appropriate scenery and backgrounds. The display itself was created by the members of St George’s United Reformed Church in Hartlepool. When they first began knitting in February 2008, they only intended to re-create the scene of ‘The Last Supper,’ but their enthusiasm and imagination led to a much more ambitious project.   Since then the exhibition has toured the country and continues to grow steadily. The latest story to be added is the parable of the lost sheep, for which 100 woolly sheep were specially created. The stories begin with Creation, featuring a knitted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and cover tales from both the Old and New Testaments with a range of characters and creatures being created. One of the most intricate was Noah’s Ark which involved knitting pairs of animals. There are also scenes from Christ’s ministry as well as some of the well known parables.  The exhibition itself is free and an observation quiz sheet has been devised for young visitors. During the week there will also be a chance for local schoolchildren to visit the display and take part in a story telling session. It is hoped that the Exhibition will appeal to all ages and particularly those who enjoy handicrafts and knitting themselves, who will undoubtedly be amazed at the sheer scale of this ambitious project. Opening times at St John’s will be as follows (light refreshments will be available):

Friday 28th April  10.00am – 12.00 noon and 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

Saturday 29th April  10.00am – 3.00 pm

Sunday 30th April  1.00pm – 3.00pm

Monday 1st May  10.00am – 3.00pm

Tuesday 2nd May  10.00am – 12.00noon


Settle Rotary Club would like to thank all those who so generously gave to their East Africa Famine Relief collection held recently in Booths supermarket. The total raised was over £420 and the money was sent off that day. President John Diggles commented that the generosity of Settle people to those in troubled areas of the world was once again first class and the Club appreciated the super response to this appeal.

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