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This week there will be a circular walk in Carnforth area. This will take place on  Saturday 28 January and depart from Carnforth at 10.00 and take in  Wharton Cragg, Jenny Browns Point and Silverdale. This will be a moderate walk. 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


Want to get fit for 2017? Circuit Style classes are held every Friday between 9-10am at Settle Drill Hall. Suitable for all abilities and supervised by a qualified instructor the sessions cost £7. For details contact Jill Eccleston on 07955 342344.


The Royal Oak in Settle is the venue for an indoor market every Tuesday. The stalls offer a range of items, including craft and gift items such as hand made cards, aromatherapy oils and hand made creams,  wooden plant pot holder, kanterns and candles as well as lots of other gift ideas. The market is open from 9am through to mid afternoon. All the money made from rentals  on the Markets goes back into the town directly and helps to support the community.


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


Yoga sessions have now recommenced at Settle Primary School and beginners are always welcome. There are sessions on Mondays from 7.30–9pm and on Wednesdays from 7.30-9pm. For further details contact 07947 027188.


Plenty of musical variety for February at Victoria Hall, starting with Steve Knightley on Feb 4th. Front man for “Show of Hands” Steve is recognised as a popular folk, roots and acoustic performer in his own right.  Six piece Yorkshire rock band, Hope and Social will be performing on Sunday 5th with 11th February seeing a complete change of mood for Des Horsfall’s Country Rock night. The music and songs of Leonard Cohen are brought to life by Keith James on February 15th then on 19th there is a comic twist to life as the hall hosts a night of Comedy All stars featuring, Raymond Mearns, Patrick Monahan and Tony Vino. More comedy, along with a sprinkling of magic on February 24th with a tribute to the late Tommy Cooper in “The Tommy Cooper Show”.  Folk Punk rocks Settle when Ferocious Dog Band return on 25 February. Award winning young musicians and dancers showcase the best of Ireland’s traditional music in “Echoes of Eireann” on 26 February before a visit by The Grahams, husband and wife duo from Nashville, Tennessee on 28 February.  For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


St John‘s is delighted this weekend to be welcoming Gillian Cummins, the former director of music at the abbey on Iona. Gillian will be leading a workshop on worship songs from the Iona community on January 28th at 4pm. This will be followed by tea and in the evening, at 7pm, there will be a “Big Sing” session.  Both events are free and open to all. You are welcome to attend either event or both.  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 in the month is a charity coffee pot with donations to a charity nominated by that month’s organiser.


Yoga sessions are now being held on Mondays at Friends Meeting House between 12.30- 2pm, suitable for all levels, with a beginners groupbetween 2.15-3.30pm. On Tuesday between 7-8.30pm there is a group suitable for all levels at The School of Dance on Station Road.  For further details contact 07547 579069.


The next event arranged by the team will take place at Settle Rugby Club on 28 January from 10am-2pm. There will be a jumble sale and coffee morning with soup and refreshments available as well as the food bank. A foodbank collection point has been set up in the Co-op and the group are very grateful to them for their assistance.


The Royal Oak are delighted to host local rock and blues band, Shrymp Inc on 28 January for a live music session from 9pm onwards. The band most recently wowed the crowds at Settle Lights Switch On event in December and hope to attract the same kind of attention here. Event is free.


“Fracking – what is it all about?” will be the subject of a talk by Paul Kelly at the next WI meeting. The aim will be to be informative about the general topic but also to help by looking at the topic in relation to the local context. Members of the public are always welcome at WI events as visitors (admission £3)  and it is hoped that those interested in this subject will take the opportunity to come along to this meeting. Settle WI meet at 2pm in St John’s church hall and this meeting will take place on Wednesday 1st February. Members are also reminded that there will be a raffle at this event. A reminder to members that the first meeting of the Knit & Natter Group is on Monday 6th February, 2pm at Mary Hindle’s.  Bring along your current project for tea, biscuits and a natter.  Members have also offered to teach crochet and tatting. Following the success of their craft day session in 2016, the WI are holding a further craft event on Wednesday 26th April in the Catholic Church Hall with 2 options:  A full day Wire Sculpture workshop with Linda Hoyle, making a wire sculpture hare.  Cost £40 which includes all materials.  Or 2 x half days of Needlefelting with Sue Amphlett.  £20 per half day includes all materials.  Contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145) to book. These are open to non- WI members.


The next foreign film showing at Victoria Hall will take place on 1st February at 7.45. Rams is in  Icelandic with English subtitles.Two sheep-farmer brothers, who haven’t spoken to each other for years, try to save their sheep. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets cost £5.


As part of their remit to encourage creativity, Settle Stories will be holding an 8 week animation course commencing 9 February. The tutor for the course is Virpi Kettu, who has helped to bring the likes of Wallace and Gromit to the screen, as well as working on animated music videos.  The course will follow the process from storyboard to screen and will take place at the Community Hub (in Commercial Courtyard) on Thursdays from 6-8pm and costs £80 and is suitable for 16 plus. Settle Stories is also launching a course for budding storytellers entitled “The Storyteller’s Art”. This will take the form of a series of workshops across the year looking at how to harness the power of stories and develop an engaging performance. They will look at aspects of what makes a good story, how to use voice and movement, how to choose a story, improvisation and practice for performance. The first workship will take place on February 4th and will look at the theme “What’s a story?”. Each workshop costs £35 or £135 for all five. To register an interest or book a place contact Settle Stories www. or ring 0871 976 4350


The Next Charity Dance will be take place  St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall on Saturday February 4th between 8.00pm to 11.00pm. If possible please contact the organisers on 01729 823259/ 824038 by Friday Feb 3rd to confirm attendance.


The next meeting will take place on Monday 6 February at Townhead Court at 7.30pm and will be an Introduction to Processing Software . This will take the form of a talk on the “Whys and Wherefores” of processing software, including some, none or all of what programmes are available, why you might want to use them, and how to use them. Work by the group can currently be seen at The Gallery On The Green, in upper Settle. The exhibition, housed in a former phone box, features a range of photographs of  mobiles, landlines, phone boxes, phone lines, puns and jokes and all sorts of pictures of telephones, both real and imaginary. The exhibition opens on runs until 12 March.


The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be.  It addresses emotional, physical and mental well being and a series of 12 sessions will be taking place in Settle, commencing 10 February. Sessions will take place weekly at North Craven Children’s Centre (formerly Settle Middle School) . For details contact 0800 772.0845.


If you have 30 minutes to spare, you can do something life changing. Every month Amnesty holds an open session at Friends meeting house between 5-8pm where people can drop in and write a letter to help change a life. Guided help is available. The next session takes place on 15 February. For details contact 01729 268912.


The Settle Rotary annual merry go round dinner will take place this year on 24 February and tickets are now available via rotary members or by contacting 01729 822445.  The event comprises of pre-dinner get together at Giggleswick School at 6.45pm, at which point the destinations for the evening are revealed. Tickets cost £19.50 per person and each of the three separate courses for the evening meal will be served in a different venue. The money raised from this event will this year be split between a local charity, Settle Scouts Drill Hall project, and an international charity, Kasin-Kids school in Nepal. Participating venues this year are Gusto, The Courtyard, The Talbot, Boars Head, Gamecock, Craven Heifer, Craven Arms, Knights Table, Harts Head and Helwith Bridge.


A number of theatre trips are being planned for the coming months. Please be aware that in order to book both transport and theatre seats trips need to be planned up to a year in advance in some instances. There are a limited number of seats remaining for “Funny Girl” at The Alhambra, Bradford. This is a matinee performance on Wednesday 7 June 2017. Tickets cost £50 per person. The musical tells the story of Broadway star and comedienne, Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein. Looking ahead bookings are now being taken for “War Horse” at The Alhambra, Bradford on 7 March 2018. Again this is a matinee performance. Tickets cost £60. For both of the above the cost includes a stalls seat, coach and gratuities.  For details contact 01729 823978.



Having recently won an award for £500 from Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving, the group have now purchased equipment to assist with enhancing the village. Working in conjunction with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust they have identified litter picking routes around the village as well as areas to improve by cultivating wildflower patches. Anyone who wishes to assist with gardening in the churchyard is invited to join the group at 2pm on Mondays at St Alkelda’s. Litter pickers will meet on the first Monday of every month (the next meeting being 6 February) at 10am by the noticeboard at Tems Bridge. All welcome.


On Friday 10 March, Giggleswick School will host the weekly broadcast of BBC Radio Four’s Any Questions? live from The Richard Whiteley Theatre. Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, one of Britain’s best known journalists and broadcasters, the programme attracts over 1.5 million listeners every week. Much of the popularity of the programme is due to the tension created by the fact that the panel never sees the challenging, topical questions in advance. The four panelists hear them for the first time live on air, watched on this occasion by a local audience at Giggleswick School, while being broadcast to radio listeners worldwide. The panelists are yet to be confirmed for this edition but they will be joining chairman Jonathan Dimbleby  two days after the Chancellor’s Spring Budget and so a lively debate is guaranteed. Tickets for the event are free, but the numbers are limited and will be available from 10am on Wednesday 1 February on a strictly first come, first served basis by visiting or by calling the Richard Whiteley Theatre box office on 01729 893180.

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