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VICTORIA HALL:  Folk “Royalty” Martin and Eliza Carthy perform in Settle on February  15th.  On Friday 16th there will be aperformance by the Westenders, singing songs from The World’s Greatest Musicals. On 18th choes of Erin Comhaltas presents the very best of Ireland’s young musicians, and a showcase of traditional dance, tunes, song, and storytelling. On Thursday 22nd there will be a National Theatre Live screening of Cat On A Hot Tin RoofFor details and tickets contact 01729 825718


This week there will be two walks both taking place on February 17th. Please note that all walks now take place from the 0849 Leeds-Settle-Carlisle service unless otherwise stated and walks will usually finish in time to return to Leeds by 7.00 pm.  The first walk is a 14 mile strenuous walk from Dent to Horton via the Three Ways. The second is an 8 mile easy walk from Ripley Castle to Harrogate via Nidderdale Greenaway path. Participants should take the 9.29 train from Leeds to York and then take a bus out fromHarrogate. 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. 


SETTLE PARISH CHURCH :  Coffee is served every Tuesday between 10-12. Lunches will again be served on Tuesdays between 12 and 2pm. These offer home cooking and a friendly welcome.  Over the weekend of 17 & 18 February the church will be hosting the St Cyprians Singers. This is a London based choral group in the English Choral Tradition. On Saturday 17 February they will present a concert including works by Byrd, Bainton, Bairstow and Stanford. Admission to this is £10. On Sunday 18 February they will take part in the Eucharist Service at 10am and will perform Howell’s Collegium Regale and Purcell’s Hear My Prayer as part of the service.




A reminder that the Friends of Settle Victoria Hall run a kitchen every Tuesday from 9.30am to approx 3.00pm. All welcome with all proceeds going to the Hall . There are also a range of goods on sale on the charity stall. 


  GALLERY ON THE GREEN:   The Gallery is currently featuring the work of Kerry McKenna, who paints on slates and is particularly drawn to mystical scenes The Gallery is open 24 hours a day and is free entry.  


NORTH CRAVEN HERITAGE TRUST:   There are two talks being held in February by the North Craven Heritage Trust.  The first is on Thursday, 15 February at 2.30pm in Village Hall Clapham. This will be on the topic of “Craven In Domesday Book And Beyond” and will be delivered by  Dr. Fiona Edmonds.  The second will take place on 28 February at 2.30pm at St John’s Methodist Church Hall and will be on the topic of  “Inventing King Arthur” delivered by Prof. Nick Higham. Non members welcome. Cost £2.


ST JOHN‘S METHODIST CHURCH:  On Tuesdays the church hosts a coffee pot from 10am to 12 noon serving coffee and home made scones and cakes.  Many thanks to everyone who supported the charity coffee pot on Tuesday 6th and helped to raise £300 for Peertalk. On February 17th the church is combining two previously popular activities and holding a pudding and board games evening in the coffee lounge. This is open to all, visitors to the town and residents alike – regardless of age. Simply bring a pudding or bring yourself! The evening starts at 7pm .



PEERTALK:  Peertalk meets every Tuesday evening at The Folly between 7.30-9pm and provides a space for talk and to offer support for people who live with depression and also offers support to  their families. For  further information go to


THREE PEAKS FOLK CLUB  This month’s meeting will be on Saturday 17th February at Settle Social Club and will be an open evening of Musicians & Singers. There are no guests in February so there is free entry and all comers welcomed. The evening starts at 8.30pm.

MESSY CHURCH:  The February Messy Church event takes place on 18 February at St John’s Church between 3.30 and 5.30 and is an event for families. There are opportunities for worship, activities and a hot meal to be shared together. The event is free with an opportunity to make a donation towards costs if desired. The theme for February is “All Creation is Very Good” and will be focused around information prepared by the church in Suriname as part of the Women’s World Day of Prayer. Activities will include “messy painting” and the afternoon will look at the forests and rare animals of Suriname and the threats to them as well as pollution issues at home.


Spring snowdrop flowers with snow in the forest

Austwick Hall will open for its annual snowdrop event on 18, 19, 21, 24 and 25 of February and 4 March. The hall is open between noon and 4pm each day and admission is £4. There will be refreshments available.

SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: The next meeting will take place on 19 February at Townhead Court at 7.30 and will be a continuation of Rod Smith’s talk on how to judge pictures, both those of others and your own. This will be a practical evening in order to help develop those skills.  The gallery topic for the evening will be Street Life.


SETTLE LIBRARY Kathleen Kinder will be presenting a series of talks on the theme of “Murder, Mystery and Thriller” tracing the history of the crime novel.  These will take place on 19 & 26 February and 5 March at Settle Library betweeen 10-12 noon. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event although there will be an opportunity to make donations to the community library fund.

AMNESTY  The next letter writing session for Amnesty International will take place on 21 February at Friends Meeting house between 5-8pm. If you have 30 minutes to spare, you can do something life changing. People are invited to drop in and write a letter to help change a life. Guided help is available. For details contact 01729 268912.


ALL SORTS MARKET  There will be an all sorts market with a range of stalls at Victoria Hall on 24 February. This will run from 10am -3pm. To book a stall contact 01729 822364.

COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS HUB On 26 February the Hub is hosting a drop in offering advice and information for anyone who is experiencing problems setting up and using mobile phones, tablets and computers. This will run from 2pm – 6pm. The event is free but donations can be made to assist with costs. Tea, help and information are on offer!



Members are reminded that Settle Amateur Operatic Society AGM will be on Tuesday February 27th in the Old Court House Station Road Settle at 7.30pm

SETTLE AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB: The club next meets on 28 February at 2pm at Townhead Court. The speaker will be Les Chandler on the subject of “AmazingGardens”.

COMMUNITY MUNCHERS Organised by Settle Community and Business Hub, the community munchers will now meet on every 2nd and 4th Thursday in the month at the small meeting room at the Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate. The idea is to get together and prepare a meal to share together. It doesn’t matter whether you can cook or not as there are plenty of other jobs to be done such as preparation and setting tables etc.  The group meet at 10am onwards for coffee and scones and to begin work and aim to be finished by 2pm.  There is a suggested donation fee of £3 to cover the cost of the room and meal. Vegetarian, gluten free and other dietary requirements can be catered for if notified in advance. To find out more contact the hub or ring 07419 127988.

THEATRE TRIPS: Michael Cullingworth is currently 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.  Trips currently being planned include on May 9th there will be trip to Bradford for Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Cinderella (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:-



North Ribblesdale Rugby Club is holding training sessions for girls aged 11 and over every week on Friday evenings from 6.15-7.15. These are led by fully qualified and accredited coaches and take place at Eshtons in Giggleswick.



 The next Charity Dance will be at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall , Tillman Close (off Kirkgate , Settle) on Saturday March 3rd 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Contact for information 01729 824038/822364 



GIGGLESWICK GAZELLES:  The beginners running group meets on Fridays at 5.30 at Eshton Pavilion on Raines Road beside the all weather pitch. The sessions include walking and stopping and are designed to help build confidence in those who are just starting running.  For details contact Jill on 07955 342344.


RICHARD WHITELEY THEATRE   . On February 22nd the theatre is delighted to host a  talk entitled “The Ultimate Triathlon”, by James Ketchell. In February 2014 he became the first person to row the Atlantic, summit Mount Everest and cycle 18, 000 miles around the world despite having suffered a motorcycle accident 7 years previously which left him with two broken legs. For details and bookings contact  01729 893180.



FISK 8/2/18

Any production by Tortoise in a Nutshell is guaranteed to leave its audience open mouthed with wonder. There particular brand of visual theatre blends movement, music, physical theatre, puppetry and immense amounts of imagination to create something which is always totally unique and thought provoking. This is particularly the case with Fisk, where every audience member will have watched it and interpreted it from their own unique perspective and yet all will have felt some kind of connection. There is no one storyline and no one correct interpretation – but it is a powerful, emotional and deeply moving theatre experience. 
The production opens with a fragile paper boat on a silken ocean. On the boat a man is huddling with his few possessions and as the music builds and the waves rise the man stares into the darkness and prepares to leap into the sea… and then he is joined in the boat by a fish! Superficially that is all that happens and yet it is a vessel which explores so much more. The man is despairing, suicidal even and it is clearly a man on the brink. The fish is bright, lively and extremely irritating. She laughs, she dances and she coaxes the man to smile. She becomes his fantasy or perhaps represents his memory. She is the thing of the sea and unreality which actually anchors him to life and the need to persist in living. She does not present the answers to life but gives other options to the despair which threatens to overwhelm him and the dark mould of depression which grows on him and in him and colours everything around him. For those who have ever lived with depression, or lived with anyone who suffers from depression, this powerful imagery is particularly familiar and painful to watch as the illness begins to infiltrate every crevice and blur the edges of every experience.

The amazing rapport between the two actors is beautiful to watch, with some amusing movement sequences and others where the two meld together wonderfully. These are two very strong central performances, drawing you in to genuinely care about the survival of each of them. The soundscape too is integral to the performance: the susurration of the waves is hypnotic and blends with the cries and inner dialogue of the man in a way which is reminiscent of both dream and nightmare. Visually the piece is stunning with an amazing lighting programme. Gauzy sea billows around the fragile boat, mirrors reflect back the lights and sparkle. Set pieces too abound, a striking slow motion drowning sequence using both human and puppet, a slow corruption of water to darkness with the dying of light… In so many ways this is a feast for the senses, but what does it actually mean and what was it all about – well, there are as many answers to that as there were members of the audience.

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