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End of August News for Settle


This week there are three guided railway walks taking place.  The first is on Saturday 2nd September and is a circular walk from Dent Village taking Frostrow Fells. This is a moderate 9 mile walk leaving Dent Station at 10.16 and making use of the service bus (fare payable) to and from Dent village.  The second walk, also on Saturday  2 September is part of the “Walk the Line” series and covers the stretch from Appleby to Kirkby Stephen and is a 16 mile strenuous walk via Rutter Force, Great Asby and Potts Valley. This leaves Appleby at 10.47.  On Sunday 3 September there is a 9 mile moderately strenuous  Swaledale walk. This is a circular walk from Gunnerside and makes use of service bus to and from Gunnerside from Ribblehead (Fare payable).  This leaves Ribblehead at 10.28.  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. 



 Following the unexpected and sudden closure of Castleberg Hospital and the cancellation of the public meetings during the election campaign, a series of drop in events have been arranged to allow members of the public to find out more about proposed plans and to have their say. The events in Settle have concluded, however those who were unable to attend can still have an opportunity to ensure their views are heard at events in Skipton Town Hall on Tuesday, September 5 between 8.30pm and 10.30pm; Devonshire Institute, Main Street, Grassington, on Thursday, September 7, between 5pm and 7pm and Bentham Golf Club in Robin Lane, on Friday September 15 between 11am and 1pm.  Alternatively you can register your wish to receive information about the engagement and future consultation by: emailing or completing the form at:




Settle Folk gathering takes place from Thursday 31st August through to Sunday 3rd September. For the fourth year there will be a weekend of concerts, workshops and sessions in and around the town at five key venues. These are The Lion, The Royal Oak, The Talbot Arms, Victoria Hall and Friends Meeting House.  All events are free and there will be no advance tickets. There is limited availability for concerts due to seating capacity, however,  the Victoria Hall will open 60 minutes before the concerts but will be no further admission once the Hall has reached capacity.A small number of seats will be available for disabled visitors and enablers. Artists this year include The Wilsons, Duncan McFarlane Acoustic Band, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, Bill Lloyd, Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley, Harp and a Monkey, Hicks and Goulbourn, Zoe Mulford, Mic and Susie Darling and The Giggleswick Temperance Band. For detailed programme of concerts and workshops check out the website at //



From 31 August to 3 September the Hall will play host to a number of events in the annual Settle Folk Gathering. The Folk Gathering features a series of concerts, workshops and sessions. Artists taking part in this year’s gathering include  The Wilsons, Duncan McFarlane Acoustic Band, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, Bill Lloyd, Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley, Harp and a Monkey, Hicks and Goulbourn, Zoe Mulford, Mic and Susie Darling and The Giggleswick Temperance Band. On 7 September the new seaxon begins with music from Miles and Eric of The Wonder Stuff, performing a mix of their own material as well as Wonder Stuff tunes. On September 8 the extraordinary stories of remarkable women during the years of World War One are retold in Song in the inspirational “No Petticoats Here”  performed by Louise Jordan. On September 10 the hall hosts The Ragdolls in a tribute to The Jersey Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  For details and tickets contact 01729 825718


 A reminder that Victoria Hall is now serving for coffee and refreshments on Tuesdays to help raise funds to support this valuable community resource. There are also a number of fund raising stalls selling books, jewellery, soft toys, CDs and household paraphernalia and general all sorts!  Feel free to drop in and browse to hunt out bargains galore. There is also an option for local charities to run a fund raising stall, for details contact 01729 825718. 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 of the month is a charity event and the coffee morning on September 5th is in aid of the Marine Stewardship Plastic Awareness campaign which aims to make people aware of the need to protect marine species from pollution.



 Additional volunteers are required to assist with the recycling activities which provide funding for the local pool.  This is relatively strenuous as it involves breaking down cardboard boxes and lifting loads of paper but it is a task which can be shared and many hands make light work! At present volunteers work 3 hours shifts and you can give as much time as you wish. Shifts operate on Monday- Friday from 9-12 and from 2-5 and on Saturday from 9-12. If you feel you could assist then please contact 01729  824588 for details.



On Friday, 1st September, The Folly are delighted to announce that John Reid will be continuing his journey round Settle shops of yesteryear, travelling along Duke St, Chapel St, High Street and Cheapside. This illustrated talk will take place at 7pm. His photographs and memories of the shops and shopkeepers of Settle are amazing and give us a picture of how we lived in times gone by, an age before online shopping and mega stores. A treat of an evening, Part 1 was a sell out so please book early. The talk takes place on Friday, 1st September at 7pm. Tickets £7 by calling at the Folly or phone 01729 822893


A chance for tea, cake and chat.  The next cafe takes place on  Saturday 2 September  between 10.00 – 12.00 at the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle.   Share experiences, hopes and fears.   Details from Alison Tyas   01729 822677



The next charity dance will both be in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and will take place at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall

 (Tillman Close off Kirkgate Settle) on Saturday September 2nd between 8.00pm to 11.00pm. If possible please contact 01729 823259 / 824038 by the Friday beforehand to let us know that you intend to come.  


On Sunday 3 September the church team will be serving Teas and light lunches at Langcliffe Institute between1.00 – 5.00 pm and invite you to come along and join them. All welcome.



Settle Voices Community Choir will recommence for the new term and meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday, 4th September from 1pm to 3pm. New members are welcome. For more information visit the website at or phone 01729 823777.



 A new series of Jazz and Tap dance sessions for adult beginners will be held at the Scout Drill Hall, Castleberg starting with a taster session on 4 September. This will run from 7-8.30pm and costs £5.  This will be followed by a four week block of sessions from 11 September through to 2 October at a cost of £20. Tap shoes are not essential. For details contact 01729 822570.




 The foreign film nights return to Victoria Hall with a showing of The Black Hen on 6 September. This will commence at 7.45 and admission is £5. A huge success at the Venice Film Festival, the film is set in Nepal in the early 20th Century and concerns two boys trying to recover their hen and avoid being dragged into the conflicts around them.


On Thursday 7th September 2017 at 7.30pm in St John’s Methodist Church, Settle, Professor Joyce Hill will talk on the topic of  ‘The Vikings in Yorkshire’. Non North Craven Heritage Trust  members are very welcome to join members for this talk. £2 is payable on the door.



The AGM will take place at Victoria Hall on 14 September at 11am. This will be preceded by refreshments from 10am.



Following their recent exhibition, a reminder that the group meets on the third Monday of the month at Townhead court at 7.30pm. The Photographic Group currently has members from Ingleton to Skipton and new members are always welcome.  The next meeting will be on 18 September when the speaker will be Andrew Marland on the subject of “Mechanical Landscapes”. Visitors welcome £3.00.




Please note that there is no letter writing session in August. The next session will take place on 20 September.  The sessions are held at Friends Meeting House and operate on a drop in basis between 5-8pm. For further details contact 01729 268912.


Priority bookings for Settle AOS show ‘Anything Goes’ to be staged October 25th to 28th will be on sale at the Victoria Hall on Saturday September 9th at a coffee morning in the hall from 10-12. This will be run by society members and all proceeds will go

to the Victoria Hall.Members and Patrons can purchase tickets between10.00am to 11.00am and General Public from 11.00am to 12.00pm. Tickets after these times will then go ‘on line’as well as being available from the hall either by phone or in person during normal office hours. run by society members and all proceeds will go to the Victoria Hall.





The Giggleswick Gardening Group invites any members of the community to join them, any Monday afternoon, between 2.00 – 4.00, when a few of us meet to carry out some of the many tasks to enhance the grounds of St. Alkelda’s Church. Please come and join us!’



 The beginners running group meets every Friday between 5.30-6.30pm at Eshtons Pavilion. The first session if free and the club is open to visitors as well as locals. Sessions are designed to help those new to running to enjoy the experience by being part of a group and are followed by tea and cakes.  For details contact 07955342344.


 Giggleswick School Chapel will once again be taking part in the Heritage Open Days programme. Gifted to the school by Walter Morrison to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the chapel is a stunning work of architecture which dominates the local countryside.  It will be open free to the public on Saturday 9 September from 10 -5 and on Sunday 10 from 1-4.30.

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