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This week there are two railway walks. The first on Saturday  26 August will be a 10 mile moderately strenuous walk from  Dent to Ribblehead via Blea. This leaves Dent at 10.40. Also on Saturday there will be a Morecambe Line Walk. This is an 11 mile strenuous walk taking in Farleton Fell     and departing Giggleswick Station at 9.25 and returning to Settle. This makes use of a  service bus from Giggleswick to Kirkby Lonsdale  and from Kirkby Lonsdale to Settle on the return journey (fares payable).   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.  There is also the opportunity this coming week, on Thursday 24 August, to join in the Jericho experience at Ribblehead. Participants should meet at the Ribblehead Visitor Centre for a talk about the shanty towns. Following this a stroll will be taken to the Ribblehead Viaduct to hear how the railway was built and how the navvies lived and worked in the shanty towns. Returning to the station for a short train journey to Garsdale (fare payable) passing the sites of the shanty towns. Return on the 15.13 from Garsdale to Ribblehead/Leeds. Please bring a packed lunch and waterproof clothing. This event is not suitable for people with limited mobility. No booking necessary. For further information  ore mail or phone 01524 811 492. Then, on Wednesday, 30 August there will be a free Ribblehead Heritage tour. This is a guided tour on foot of the Ribblehead Viaduct site and visit to Blea Moor Tunnel. Places of interest that will be visited are the site of the Batty Green Shanty Town including the site of the hospital, the narrow-gauge tramway, the maintenance shed for the steam locomotives, the brickworks, lime kilns, the stone sorting area and the Viaduct itself. To join a tour, meet at the Heritage Centre on Ribblehead station at 10.25 a.m. 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 wishing to visit Blea Moor Tunnel should bring a packed lunch. All tours are free of charge but donations will help the development of tours in future years.




The hall is hosting Settle’s  “S’mettle Fest” over 25-27 August, featuring a range of heavy metal tribute bands.  Then 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. For details and tickets contact 01729 825718


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


A reminder that flowerpots displays can now be placed around the town  by groups, businesses and individuals and that the Flowerpot trail sheets are now available.



 Settle United Football Club is hosting Sam’s Football Academy every week throughout the school holidays. The sessions run from 10-4 Monday to Friday and cost £60 for the week, £40 for three days or £15 per day. There will also be sibling discounts and loyalty discounts available. For details contact 074653671654.





The groups annual exhibition will take place in Clapham over the Bank Holiday weekend. The exhibition will be in the Village Hall, entry is free and open daily from 11am to 5pm. Refreshments will be available. The Photographic Group currently has members from Ingleton to Skipton and new members are always welcome. The group meet on the third Monday in the month at Townhead Court, 7.30 – 9.30 and 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.




On Saturday, 26 August 2017 – 7:00pm there will be an opportunity to enjoy Stories Under The Stars at Lower Winskill Farm.  This will feature myths and folktales told around the campfire. International storyteller Cassandra Wye will entertain and inspire with an eclectic new set of myths and folktales ‘We Share the same Sky: from the marshlands of England, across the prairies of America, to the sky above us all, this performance shares the stories of those who have followed the stars – from sky-maidens looking for love to runaway slaves searching for freedom – the stories celebrate those who follow a dream to dare their future. These tales, both wickedly funny and heartbreakingly poignant promise to amuse and to move the listener. The following day Cassandra Wye will host a day workshop for storytelling beginners, students, educators and those interested in using storytelling at home and work.. For details of these events contact Settle Stories on 0871 976 4350



 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 next opportunity to do so in Settle will be on 24 August between 5-7pm at St John’s Church Hall.



 The Knight’s Table restaurant at Knight Stainforth is hosting an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Chris T Hodgson. “Ever Decreasing Arctic Circles” features  photographs of the Aurora, landscapes and nature  and is open at  weekends . There will also be a chance to meet the photographer between 2-5pm on 26, 27 and 28 August.



 There will be a book fair , including antique books, at Victoria Hall on 28 August between 10am -4pm. Homemade cakes and refreshments will be served throughout the day.



 Helen Howard School of Dance is holding a summer school for young people aged 12 + during the week 28 August through to 1 September. The cost for the week is £80 and sessions run from10am -3pm. This will be held in the dance studio above the Conservative Club in Station Road. For details and reservations contact 0778939568.


There will be an animation drop in workshop session at Settle Community and Business Hub on 30 August. This will run from 12-6pm and is open to all ages, though under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.  There will be no charge for this session, though donations are welcome. For details or to book a place contact 07977 040329.


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 //



The Folly are delighted that John Reid is to continue his journey round Settle shops of yesteryear, travelling along Duke St, Chapel St, High Street and Cheapside. 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.


 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.



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 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.



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



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.



Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 30th August, 7.00 p.m. at The Royal Oak and we look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.  This group is open to all to promote ideas and discussion.




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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