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This week there will be a trio of walks over the weekend. On Saturday 4 February there will be two “Dales Combo” walks, one of 5m and one of 9 miles. Both are moderately strenuous.  The morning 5mile walk takes in Dent, Cowgill,  Arten Gill and the Wolds Way before returning to Dent. The walk leaves Dent at 10.16. The afternoon, 9 mile route leaves Horton in Ribblesdale at 13.20 and takes in Horton,  Long Lane, Stainforth, Cat Steps and Winskill concluding at Settle.  Also on Saturday  4 February there is an eleven mill moderate walk from  Ribblehead to departing from Ribblehead at 10.06 & concluding at  Garsdale and making use of a service bus from Hawes to Garsdale. On Sunday 5 February there is a 13 mile strenuous walk from  Dent to Garsdale via Widdale. This will leave Dent at 10.38.  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


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


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


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. The charity on Tuesday 7th will be Churches Together Messy Church. Messy Church meets on a monthly basis and provides a time for families to come together for worship, activities and to share a meal together.


Settle Stories is 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. This event will be held in aid of “Jack’s Journey”.


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.


This year Austwick Hall will be holding its snowdrop weekends on February 12 &13, 19 & 20 and 26 &27. Admission is £4 with children admitted free. There will be refreshments available. For further details contact 015242 51794.


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.


On 25 February Langcliffe Singers and friends will be performing Handel’s “Messiah” at Christ Church in Skipton at 7.30pm. Tickets for this event cost £10 and are available from Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.  You are also cordially invited to join the singers on 4 March at Langcliffe Institute for a fun night of brain teasers when they host a General Knowledge Quiz.  This event starts at 7.30pm and will be a Jacob’s Join event, to which you are invited to bring along your own liquid refreshments!  Admission is £3, £12 per team of 4.


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.



On Sunday, February 12 at 3.30pm Community Cinema will  show “Bridget Jones’s Baby. To book tickets contact or 01729 893180.


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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