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This year’s Christmas Pud Plod will take place on 27 December and will be an 8 mile moderate walk from Ribblehead to Horton in Ribblesdale. The exact route will be decided on the day dependent on the weather and the group. It will leave Ribblehead at 10.06.

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.



 The club is holding its Christmas festivities on 23 December at Settle Social Club. The evening will commence at 8pm and run through to midnight hosted by the Rustic Charmer! There will be mince pies, mulled wine and sausage rolls and seasonal entertainment by Strid/Miller Trio and the Holbeck Moor Mummers. Admission £5.



This Christmas the Gallery on the Green. – probably the smallest gallery in the world- steps back in time to mark a very Victorian Christmas.  A hundred years after the death of  Craven dialect poet Tom Twisleton , Settle Stories are bringing back to life the words of a man who captured the essence of  rural Craven in Victorian times. Local teenagers have curated the exhibition and little ones have crafted Christmas decorations. The exhibition looks not just at the words of this legendary poet but also at the social issues that lie behind them and so give an insight into life in this area seen through the eyes of a poet who lived from 1845 to 1917. The Gallery is open 24 hours a day and is free entry.  




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 between 2.30-4.30pm with the chance to chat, enjoy cake and play board games and generally enjoy a sociable afternoon.  However prior to that you are invited to come along and join us for all or any of the our special services on Christmas Eve, beginning with a morning service of Holy Communion at 10.30 am, a session of songs, stories and activities suitable for families at  5pm and concluding with an evening carol service at 7pm. On Christmas morning we will be holding a celebration service at and you are warmly  invited to bring along a gift to open in the company of others. This commences at 10am.



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.  The services for Christmas commence on Sunday 24th with Parish Eucharist at 10.00.a.m followed by a Crib Service at 3pm and  Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. On Monday 25th at  11.00. a.m. there will be an al age Holy Communion service. All welcome.




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.



A reminder that you can get the party season off to a good start on 23rd when 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




Why not take a look at the Folly shop with a selection of gifts and stocking filler toys on sale, or visit our cafe to warm up with some hot drinks or tasty food. On the upper floor we also have our new artisans shop, selling a range of hand-crafted items from talented local craftspeople – guaranteed original and perfect for a unique present from Craven.



 An all age Christmas Party will be held at Settle Drill Hall on 29 December, hosted by Performers without Borders. This will feature live music and DJs and entry is by donation. Evening commences at 7pm.



 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. Events are currently 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.



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


The first foreign film night of the new year will take place on January 3rd at Victoria Hall. Admission is £5 and the film will commence at 7.45pm. This month’s film is “The Olive Tree” and will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. It concerns a farmer’s battle against big business interests to save a thousand year old olive tree.



 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 at Bradford’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:-



Settle Stories is currently running a geo-caching tale trail, to provide free family fun through the holidays.  Hidden all over Settle are secret geocaches you need to use your GPS device to uncover a hidden story. There are five caches around Settle that make up the Tale Trail. Four of these are Settle Stories caches and there is a fifth, a guest cache thanks to clockworkmouse88. In order to find these caches you will next need to go onto the geocaching website Once you are there, click on ‘Play’ and then enter ‘Settle. England’ as your location. This will bring up all the caches in and near Settle.  Select caches for Settle Stories and for our guest clockworkmouse88.  Locate the caches and discover clues to unlock a digital story. For more information check the Settle Stories website at Coming up in the New Year on 20 January at 3pm is a very special party, a Winnie the Pooh party specially for 4-9 year olds at The Joinery. This session will include crafts, games and stories. More details at the website or via  05603 845693.




Please note that there will be no Death Cafe in January.  The next session will take place on  3rd March. For further details please contact Alison Tyas on  01729 822677



Settle AOS Junior Theatre Group would like to announce that the 2018 show will be Roal Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ The ‘get together’ for this show will be in the Old Court House Station Road Settle on Monday January 8th. Juniors between the ages of 8 and 18 are welcome but those age 16 and under MUST bring along a Parent or Guardian to this meeting. The show will be staged at the Victoria Hall Settle with evening performances on Thursday and Friday April 26th and 27th and a matinee on Saturday April 28th. If you require any more information please contact the Secretary Barbara McLernon 01729 822364 or e-mail





On Sunday 24th December there will be an 8.00.a.m.  Holy Communion service. There will be the traditional Nativity Service at 6.30.p.m. Please note that there will be no service at 10 am. On Monday 25th there will be an all age Holy Communion service at 9.30.a.m. Similarly on Wednesday27th at  9.30.a.m. there will be a service of Holy Communion.

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