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December in Settle


This week there will be a 10 mile, moderat walk opn Saturday 16 December taking in Stainforth Force and Gigglewick Scar. This will leave Settle station at 9.50 and follow a circular route.  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. 



Once again a Christmas meal will be served  at St John’s and commences at 11.45 on Christmas Day. This event is open to all ages and transport can be arranged for those who require assistance.  The cost for the event will be £10 per adult and £5 for children.  To book a place contact 01729 822138. Although early booking is an assistance with numbers however the team are happy to accept late bookings. Anyone wishing to offer help on the day or offer transport should contact the number above.




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.  Although there will be no coffee morning on Boxing Day, 26 December there will an afternoon “tea pot” session on 28 December with the chance to chat, enjoy cake and play board games and generally enjoy a sociable afternoon.



A reminder that coffee or tea, with biscuits, scones and cake, is served every Tuesday at Settle Parish Church between 10.15 am and 12.00 noon and that soup, snacks and sweets are served every Tuesday between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm. Do pop in and join us for a convivial meal and chat.  . The church is currently looking for a person to fill the role of church secretary to assist with the running of the business side of church events. If you feel that you would like to find out more about what is involved in this role then please contact  01729 822848 or speak to Rev Hilary Young on 01729 824191.



Every Tuesday there is a fundraising event at Victoria Hall. There are all-sorts stalls and a good clothes rack. Pop in and have a browse and enjoy a drink, bacon buttie or coffee and home-made cake etc. The cafe and stalls are open from 9.30 onwards.



Banish the winter blues with the wide variety of music and entertainment on offer at Victoria Hall. Ramjam, the project which encourages young musicians to devise, improvise and perform new works, returns on December 16th with the Ramjam Christmas show. On December 17th Pendle Productions return with a matinee performance of this year’s pantomime, “Aladdin”. The Christmas sixties show takes to the stage on the evening of 17th with tributes to Neil Diamond, The Everley Brothers and Roy Orbison. On 23rd there is a time shift to the seventies for Glamrockz Christmas Party, a live, all action, authentically costumed, passionate show, to the greatest of early 70’s Glam Rock.  For details and tickets contact 01729 825718



Santa will once again be visiting Settle and will be in Booths Supermarket on December 16th from 10am until 4pm. During the week he will be out touring the area on his special Rotary sleigh from 5pm onwards and would be delighted to meet local children. On Friday 15th he will be in Giggleswick on the Mains and on to Stackhouse. On Monday 18th he will visit Horton and Helwith Bridgeand aims to arrive in Stainforth around 6.30pm. On Tuesday 19th he will visit Duke St and Cammock Lane in Settle and on 20th he will be in Church St, Duke St and Kings Mill.



Join us at The Folly for Octameron’s popular annual feast.of seasonal music. This year’s concert takes place on Saturday December 16th and is free of charge. Octameron will be singing on the top (2nd) floor so please arrive in plenty of time to get seated before they start at 2.30 p.m. The Folly will be open from 1.30 p.m. with mulled wine and mince pies for sale on the ground floor at £3.50 each – guaranteed to give you a festive glow! Take a look at the Folly shop with a selection of gifts and stocking filler toys on sale. Why not hide a hedgehog under your tree this year? Our hand knitted hogs are soft and sparkly rather than prickly and cost just £4.50 each. Every single penny goes towards developing the Museum.’



 The next messy church session will take place on Sunday, 17 December at St John’s church. This is open to all families and includes an opportunity to share a hot meal together as well as carry out activities and worship. 



 Come along and join in the community carol singing in Settle Market place on 19 December at 11am. Meet outside Car and Kitchen. All welcome.



Perhaps the greatest gift you give this Christmas season could be the gift of your time, by helping a family or individual who feels that their situation has forgotten. 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 20 December. 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.



 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 therefore starting a new 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. The first event will take place at Friends Meeting House on 14 December and two further events are scheduled for 11 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.



 Over the holiday season the hub will be closed on Boxing Day but open on 27 and 29 December between 10-2. On 18 December they are hosting a meeting “Friends Against Scams” to raise awareness of scams which can occur. This will run from 10.30-11.30. To book a place on this please contact 07711 763997.


The next Charity Dance at Settle will be on New Years Eve (Sunday 31st  December) at the Victoria Hall Settle. This will be a Jacobs Join and run from 8.00pm until after midnight. All proceeds will go to the Victoria Hall. If you require any information about this event contact 01729 824038/822364




 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.



If you are looking for an unusual Christmas gift or simply for something the look forward to in 2018, Michael Cullingworth is again 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. The first trip is to The Secret Garden on 3rd January at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick at a cost of £30 per person. On February 7th there will be a trip to see Sunset Boulevard atBradford’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:-



After the early minutes of business Kate Croll thanked the group for her bursary to Denman College recently and showed off her beautiful pewter brooches and bookmarks. Members were very impressed.This being the last meeting of 2017 Settle WI were delighted to welcome Mark Rand of the Friends of the Settle to Carlisle line to tell them about the line and its upkeep. They were reminded of the threatened closure in 1989 and its rescue by Michael Portillo. Many were unaware of why the line was built in such difficult country but mainly it was to carve a route to Glasgow.

Disasters such as land slips and sink holes have plagued the line but volunteers over the years have supported it at every turn. Its re-opening in March 2017 was enhanced by the appearance of the Flying Scotsman though who could beat the Australian who protested that he couldn’t see the Ribblehead viaduct from his seat in the train? Time flew and it was time to share Christmas cake and cheese with friends and learn that Val Hill had won the raffle for the amazing Christmas hamper. Everyone would now look forward to the annual lunch in January.









Santa will be coming to Giggleswick with his sleigh and his Rotary elves will be in Giggleswick this week, on Friday 15th December he will visit the Mains and the go down Stackhouse Road to Stackhouse and is looking forward to meeting children of all ages.



 On 17 December the church will host a traditional lessons and carols service for the three parishes. This will commence at 6pm and is open to all.

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