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August 7th News and Events around Settle, North Yorkshire


Two walks are planned for this coming weekend. On Saturday 13 August there will be a 14mile moderately strenuous circular walk from   Settle circular taking in Whelp Stones. This leaves Settle at 09.50. On Sunday 14 August there is a Swaledale walk from Hawes to Muker via Great Shunner Fell. This is a 10mile strenuous walk leaving Ribblehead at 10.28 and making use of public transport to Hawes and for the return journey from Muker to Ribblehead. Throughout the month there will also be free guided walking tours of the Ribblehead Viaduct site and a visit to Blea Moor tunnel each Wednesday. To join a tour, meet at the Heritage Centre on Ribblehead Station at 10 25 for a tour of the Viaduct site which lasts about 2 hours.  The tours cross rough moorland and all participants should wear stout footwear and bring warm and waterproof clothing. Participants who wish to undertake an extended tour of the Ribblehead Viaduct site and visit Blea Moor Tunnel should also meet at 10.25 a.m.  Participants wishing to visit Blea Moor Tunnel should bring a packed lunch.   There will be an opportunity to undertake the “Jericho Experience” and visit sites which inspired the recent TV series today, 11 August. Those wishing to take part should meet at the Ribblehead visitor centre at noon. No reservation is needed for any of these walks. 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


A new exhibition is now open  at The Gallery On the Green featuring work by  sisters, Chris Marflitt and Gill O’Donnell. ” The Light at the End…” showcases the work of Escape Tunnel Crafts. The display includes examples of photography and needle-felting as well as their work with plastics and fabrics to create unique accessories. Providing a quirky view of everyday items and focussing on their love of upcycling and playing with colour the exhibition runs until September 24.


The friends of Settle swimming pool are urgently appealing for volunteers to help with their recycling activities. This normally involves a three hour shift on a weekday but volunteers are welcome to give as much or little time as they can spare. For details contact Derek on 01729 824588.


U3A is holding a coffee and chat session at Victoria Hall on 11 August from 10.30 onwards to coincide with its enrolment session for 2016-17. There will be an opportunity to chat to current members and find out more about the range of activities on offer. New members welcome.


St John’s Methodist Church invites you to come along and join them for a “pointless” evening of trivial fun on August 12 The event will start at 7.30pm and is suitable for all ages and open to everyone, locals, tourists and holiday makers alike!  There will be brainteasers, fun, laughter, observational conundrums and trivia! There will also be tea, coffee and cake! All this and it’s free too!So come along and enjoy something different and bring your friends with you.


A bric-a-brac sale will take place at Settle Parish Church on Saturday, August 13th between 10-4. There will home made refreshments all day with proceeds going to both Giggleswick and Settle parishes.


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on Monday 15 August at 7.30pm. The theme will be Black & White photography and will be a discussion of the merits and limitations of black and white, including when to use it and how to do it. Would members please note that the black & white gallery has been postponed and that the theme for August's gallery is “the flowerpot festival”.  


Anchor homes will be holding a cream tea on 18 August at Townhead Court between 2-4pm. All are welcome and all proceeds will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There will be a charge of £2.50 for tea and a cake or scone with strawberries.


On Wednesday 24th August the hall welcomes Ricardo García-Curbelo, an innovative performer with professional experience of the stage since a very young age and  is one of the most experienced composer-performers of today’s Latin American harp music. His artistic field embraces the stage from radio, television and film documentaries to educational institutions, private functions, charity performances and concerts. His vibrant and romantic compositions, along with colourful traditional melodies, have a unique, sparkling touch. As a poet Ricardo is artistically known as El Cóndor.  On Tuesday 30th August there will be a talk by Andrew Bradley about The Red Arrows Display Team. Andrew was Chief Engineer for the Hawk aircraft for 10 years and is uniquely placed to give the inside story on the Red Arrows. providing an insight into the lives of the fighter pilots that reach the highest peak of their profession by being accepted to fly with the Red Arrows. He will also explain how the amazing machines that they pilot are designed, tested and built. This event is a fund raising event on behalf of the hall.  For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


On Wednesday August 3rd, Settle WI spent an amazing afternoon on a canal boat across the Lune Valley aqueduct. Lunch was served on board the Kingfisher boat with scones and cream as a special treat.  Members were warned not to panic if anyone fell into the canal and  were reassured that the water was only three feet deep ! During the journey we observed passing swans and several hopeful young fishermen on a bright sunny afternoon. Everyone was totally delighted by their annual outing.


On  Friday 26th August, there will be a coffee morning between 10am -12noon, at Settle Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle, in aid of Amnesty International.  Alternatively, you can come along and drink tea in aid of “amnest- tea!” All are welcome.


An outbreak of rainbows is planned in Settle over the coming weeks. In an attempt to combat current international, national and even local gloom and bad news Settle shops are being urged to display a sticker showing a rainbow and declaring that Settle welcomes the world. The idea is to spread a positive feeling about the town and show that as a town we always welcome diversity. For details as to how to obtain a sticker and how to take part contact


Are you looking for something new for Autumn? Have you ever fancied trying Tai-Chi but not wanted to commit to a full term without knowing if it was “your thing”?  On 30 August there will be a Tai Chi taster session at St John’s Hall between 10-11.30 am. This will be suitable for both beginners and improvers and will precede the opportunity to enrol for classes commencing in September. For further details ccontact  07808 866847.


A grand auction and talent show is being planned for September 9 at Victoria Hall, in aid of Settle Swimming Pool. The aim is to raise funds to purchase a wheelchair and pool vacuum.  Offers of items for the auction (including promises of time and services) would be gratefully received from businesses, organisations and individuals.  Similarly entrants for the talent show are required. In both instances please contact 01729 825944 / 822090.


Booking is now underway for the next season of theatre trips. Two trips are scheduled to Theatre by the lake, Keswick. On the way the trips will be calling at Grasmere for refreshment (not included in ticket price). Both outings leaving Settle cricket club at 9.30am and cost  £30.00 per person per trip (including transport). The first trip is on Thursday 22nd September to see Richard Sheridan’s “The Rivals”, a Georgian comedy. The second is on Wednesday 2nd November to see “Dial M for Murder” a who-dunnit  by Frederick Knott. A who dun it mystery. Further ahead, but already booking on Wednesday 29 March 2017, Matthew Bourne’s  ballet, “The Red Shoes” at The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. Price £42.00 per person. Also coming up, 21st March 2018 “War Horse”  will be returning to the Alhambra and expressions of interest are required to arrange booking tickets.  For more details contact Michael Cullingworth 01729823978



This year marks the 75th annual horticultural show. The event will take place on 13 August in Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion.  Doors open to the public at 1.30pm with an opening ceremony at 2pm.  Admission is £1.50 with under 16s free.  Refreshments will be served in the Hobson Room throughout the afternoon.  Schedules and entry forms are now available from Lamberts, Tourist Information Centre,  Lay of the Land, The Garden Shed and The Tuck Shop in Giggleswick . Proceeds from the event support a number of local charities each year.

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