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This week there will two guided walks. On Saturday 4 March there will be a 12 mile strenuous Kirkby Stephen Circular via High Dolphinsty  leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.34. On Sunday 5 March there will be a walk from the Ribble Valley Line. This will be a 6 mile moderate Clitheroe circular, leaving Clitheroe at 10.53 andf departing  Hellifield 10.30 (connects with 09.00 Leeds-Carlisle service).    Return for connection to Leeds at 14.47. Then midweek on  Wednesday 8 March there is a  Garsdale circular walk via Cotterdale. This is an 8mile moderate walk leaving Garsdale at 10.21. 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


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


The golden celebration concert by folk stalwarts, Fairport Convention, kicks off the month in style at Victoria Hall. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. The concert on March 2nd will also feature an opening performance by Sally Barker, one of England’s most talented singer-songwriters. Sally came to prominence in the all-girl folk group The Poozies  and recently appeared on the BBC TV talent show The Voice where she sang on Sir Tom Jones’ team. On March 4th the hall welcomes What the Floyd?  The brainchild of Australian guitarist and Pink Floyd authority Daniel Bowles this is no regular “tribute act”, and has a reputation for a uniquely energetic and accurate recreation of the Floyd sound. Be aware that this show uses  high technology and a blazing light show and contains strobes and other extreme lighting effects. A complete change of mood on Sunday 5th with  First Sunday Folk at Victoria Hall – Introduced by Mike Harding with The William Small Small Orchestra and for your dancing pleasure, The Watch, the perfect ceilidh band. Then on March 10th Snake Davis performs classic  sax solos. One of the world’s most respected and in demand saxophone players, working with some of music’s biggest artists such as Eurythmics, M People, George Michael, Take That, Cher, Tina Turner and Beyonce. Snake and the band will give you 25 classics, including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Respect, Yakety Yak, and his own solos from A Million Love Songs, Moving on Up, Search for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfield’s Change.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 of the month is a charity coffee morning with the nominated charity for March 7th being anti-slavery international which works with locally based organisations in more than 20 countries, directly supporting over 115,000 people affected by slavery to claim their rights and take control of their lives.


You are  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.


Mad about books? Come and celebrate World Book Day 2017 with Settle Stories as the world book day party in Settle Library on March 2nd at 6pm.  Dress up as your favourite character (special prize for the best dressed), have fun with bookish games that’ll make you giggle, a story quiz that’ll oil the cogs and enjoy storytelling from a professional storyteller. This is a free event but booking is essential so we know how many to expect. The event will last approximately 2 hours and is aimed at 9-13 year olds.


This year’s women’s world day of prayer service focuses on prayers for the Philippines and will take place on March 3rd at Settle Christian Fellowship.  The event will begin at 7.30pm and is open to all. The theme for the evening is “Am i being unfair to you?”


The Next Charity Dance will be on Saturday March 4th at St Mary & St Michael’s Parish Hall Kirkgate Settle 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Please phone01729 823259/824038 by Friday 3rd  if you are able to come. All proceeds to ‘Jack’s Journey’


Settle Community And Business Hub, in Commercial Courtyard, is hosting a Chinese Brush Painting workshop day on 6 March.  There will be a morning session from 10-12.30 and an afternoon session from 2-4.30. The tutor is Chris Newton and sessions cost £10. Numbers are limited so booking is essential, via the hub on by contacting 07977 040329.


Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate is the venue on 9 March for a meeting by the cross party campaign for proportional representation in the House of Commons. There will be an opportunity to find out more about the campaign and how you can become involved at this open meeting, from 7-8.30pm.


The next meeting will take place on March 6 at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The gallery theme is “Winter” and the main part of the evening will be spent considering photographing weather and skies. This will include hints and ideas for photography in all sorts of weather. There is still time to catch the group’s exhibition “Focus on Phones” at the Gallery on the Green, which runs until March 12.


The Lion in Settle is holding a fundraising event for Help for the Homeless on 12 March. There will be an afternoon session of mixed open music from 2pm followed by an evening acoustic concert. There is free admission to the event but there will be a raffle and bucket collection throughout the day.


A letter writing session will take place on March 15th at Friends Meeting House. Letters represent an important part of Amnesty’s work, either helping families to seek justice, pleas for release from imprisonment or sentences of execution or highlighting cases of miscarriages of justice. The drop in session runs from 5-8pm and assistance is available with composing the letters.  For details contact 01729 268912.


Settle stories is facilitating a set of workshops for women living with mental health issues, starting on 23 March. Underlying the sessions is the premise that  while your hands are busy stitching and creating, stories can be shared and friendships created. Facilitated by expert textile artist Jaki Bogg, the eight sessions will use the arts as a form of self expression and create flags that explore the theme of happiness. These flags will later be exhibited across Settle as part of Settle Stories Festival of Happiness.These sessions are totally free and take place at the Village Hall in Horton-in-Ribblesdale from 10am – 4pm. You can come along to any, with no obligation to come to every session. Please bring a packed lunch with you.  Sessions will take place on Thu 23rd & Fri 24th March, Tue 11th & Wed 12th April, Mon 24th & Tues 25th April and Sat 13th & Sun 14th May Phone booking only. Call Settle Stories on 05603 845693


Rehearsals are currently underway amongst the Junior Theatre group for their forthcoming performance at Victoria Hall, Settle. On Thursday and Friday March 23rd and 24th they will be performing a musical version of “Peter Pan” Tickets are now available from the hall box office from 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday either in person or by phone or on line Tickets: Balcony: £10  Stalls: £8,Children £5, Family £22


Marking the re-opening of the line  in March there will be a special showing of archive and recent footage of the line at a film show on 18 March at St John’s Methodist Church.  Over 2 hours of film will be shown, including recent footage of the work which has been carried out to repair the line following the landslide. The event will commence at 7pm and tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for under-16s. Seating is limited and so early booking is advisable. Tickets can be booked at


St. John’s Methodist Church, Settle invite you to join them for a Pudding Night on Monday, March 20th at 7pm in the Church Coffee Lounge. This is a free event and is open to the community. Simply bring a pudding, or just bring yourself and enjoy good company and some sweet treats. All welcome.


Settle will be hosting a Yorkshire Dales Ukulele weekend over the period 17th to 19th March 2017. The weekend commences in The Royal Oak on Friday and will feature an Event “welcome” with Guest Performances from some of the top Ukulele Musicians in the UK and an Open Mic session. There will also be Big Quiz. This will take place in the function/dining room. On Saturday there will be events at Victoria Hall throughout the day including workshops, an open mic session and a concert. Workshops will take place every hour from 11 through to 2pm with the open mic session at 3pm, hosted by  Kakebelly. Applications to take part in this can be sent online beforehand and on the day. The Gala Show at 7pm will feature: Dead Mans Uke & Special Guests, The League of Ukulele Gentlemen, Danielle Perkins, Liam Capper Starr, Michael Adcock and  The Nanukes of the North. Tickets for the concert only are available at £12.50. There will also be an after show party at the Royal Oak with Uke Jamming going on ’til late… For hardy souls the Sunday event is a Brunch & Strum, which is basically a mass strum for everyone who has attended the event coupled with an opportunity to enjoy a good Dales “Brunch”. Again this will be based around the function room at the Royal Oak. Weekend tickets available at £30. Details at



The next meeting will take place on 22 March at Townhead Court at 2pm when the speaker will be Nikki Brown (Be A Gardenmaker). The topic for the talk will be How It Is Now. Non members are welcome, admission £3.


Victoria Hall will once again be staging a monthly all sorts market featuring local craft stalls throughout the summer months. The first market will take place on 25 March and will run from 9-3pm with homemade refreshments available all day. For details, reservations and prices contact 01729 825718


Settle WI is holding  a Spring Craft Workshop Day on Wednesday 26th April in the Catholic Church Hall, Settle.Wire sculptor Linda Hoyle will be returning to do a full day course sculpting a wirework hare.  This will run from 9.30am – 3.30pm with a break for lunch.  The full day workshop costs £40 and includes all materials.  Places are limited so please book early.In addition, Sue Amphlett will be running 2 x half day courses:  Needlefelting in the morning, 9.30am – 12 noon.  This course will be suitable for complete beginners or improvers who want to build on what they learnt in November.  The cost for the half day is £20 which includes all materials.The afternoon session will be ‘An Introduction to Beadwork’  learning the basics of beadwork and making a beaded bracelet.  1pm – 3.30pm, the cost is £20 which again includes all materials.Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.To book please contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145)  email:


On Tuesday 4th April 2017 at  St John’s Methodist Church, Settle there will be a soup lunch followed by a talk to raise awareness of the work of CRMI (Christian Restoration Ministeries International) Children of Hope project. During the session Margaret Calvert, of Giggleswick, will be sharing her recent experience in Uganda with CRMI’s medical mission 2017. Juliet Burdm Director of CRMI Children of Hope, will also give some insight into the work of the charity in Uganda. Please meet at 12:30 for lunch and 2pm for the talk The event is free – however any donations given will go towards the house building project for Shamirah and her Mother and siblings – more information about this appeal will be given at the event)



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.


The Giggleswick Gardening Group invite you to join them for a litter picking session 6 March. meeting at Tems Bridge by the village noticeboard at 10 am. This event coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s “Spring Clean” campaign but the group regularly meet to help keep the village tidy and new members are always welcome.




Handel’s Messiah is undoubtedly one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music, and so it would be only too easy to assume that it has always been unequivocally popular. However during his lifetime it was not particularly well liked and, although it was ground breaking in many ways, it was only its link with charitable performances which kept it in the public eye at all – a bit like an 18th century Band Aid single, it was known for its good intent rather than praised for its musicality. Fast forward to the 2017 and the change in perception is obvious as there is unlikely to have been anyone in the audience or choir who was not aware of its iconic status.  It is so well known that a choir which had not even met until the afternoon of the concert was able to come together and, with only two hours rehearsal as a unit, stage a performance which captivated the audience throughout.  Their enthusiasm for the work was apparent on the face of every choir member throughout the performance, and while the style of the production meant that this was not necessarily a completely polished performance what it lacked in finesse it more than made up for in terms of volume, flair and enthusiasm. Sadly illness and unforeseen circumstances robbed the audience of the opportunity to hear the tenor soloists, however the remaining solos were not only powerful but performed with great confidence and passion. This was particularly true in the cases of Margaret Coleman (Soprano) and Julia Glossop (Alto) who had the unenviable task of singing what are amongst the best known airs in classical choral work and yet still managed to breathe a sense of newness and sincerity into the pieces so that the audience heard them as if for the first time.  Clearly with an undertaking of this nature it is inevitable that there will be certain set pieces which become the focus of attention eg, Hallelujah Chorus at the conclusion of Part 2; For Unto Us a Son is Given in Part 1, All We Like Sheep in Part ” etc Handel’s “best bits” as it were! However, what should not be underestimated is the skill required to deliver these in such a way which not only makes the meaning clear and but conveys the power of the music as though it were freshly written. Familiarity can breed contempt, but when handled well it can generate not only enthusiasm but also showcase talent and generate considerable thought and emotion.  This was a concert which demonstrated not only the beauty of the music but also the talent of the assembled singers and the passion of the conductor to be able to raise the level of the performance to such a pitch where the combined effect was so much more than the sum of the individual performances. It truly was an regenerative and uplifting experience, full of vigour and reflecting the great enjoyment which each member clearly gains from singing:  celebration in song in every respect.

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