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There will be a number of guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this weekend. On Saturday 3 Oct  there will be an 8 mile moderate walk from Armathwaite to Great Corby & Wetheral . This leaves Armathwaite  at 9.38 and return Wetheral, linking with a service bus to Carlisle. The second walk on Sat 3 Oct  takes in Lady Anne Clifford’s Way and Pendragon Castle. This is a 13m moderately strenuous walk leaving Garsdale at 10.21 and returning to Kirkby Stephen. The third walk is on the Morecambe line and also takes place on October 3, this leaves Wennington at 9.44 and returns from Bentham. This is a 13 mile strenuous walk. On Sunday 4 October there is a 13 mile strenuous  walk across  Wild Boar Fell 13m S. This leaves Kirkby Stephen at 10.56 and returns from Garsdale.  No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


Settle Primary School pupils have been explaining about the changes involved in the start of a new school year. and how for most children this means that they will have a new teacher and new routines to get used to. During the summer a member of staff visited Kwezana and while there supervised the installation of new water-tanks at the school. They also assisted with computer training. Settle is now preparing for a visit by a member of staff from Kwezana later in the term.


Tickets are now on sale for this year’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. The production will be staged at Victoria Hall during the week 26-31 October at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. A range of concession, family and group tickets are available and can be purchased in person at Victoria Hall or via their website ( or via the box office on 01729 825718.


There is music all the way this month at Victoria Hall. On 3 October, winners of the  Best Duo award at  BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman will perform at the hall. First Sunday folk on 4 October welcomes the legendary Dave Swarbrick and Martin Carthy. On 11 October the hall welcomes Blueflint, a five-piece line up intertwining banjos, fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double bass and drums in raw, honest and beautifully-crafted songs, imbued with a strong alt folk flavour. October 16th sees hot fiddles from cool Scandinavia when Frigg take to the stage. A fizzing Finnish fiddle septet. There will also be a workshop session with Frigg, suitable for all stringed instruments, from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. The end of the month sees local group, Settle Amateur Operatic Society perform “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


A series of 1-2-1 sessions can be arranged at Settle Library, Limestone View to assist those who are unsure with new technology. These take place on Fridays between 3.30-5.30pm. To book an appointment contact 0845 0349537.


Up to  November 1st, visitors to The Folly will be able to see an exciting new touring exhibition which is being launched in Settle. ‘Textil/Juvel: Contemporary Craft from West Sweden’  features displays of textiles and jewellery from seven leading makers  and illustrates the rich craft heritage of West Sweden together with an awareness of the natural world and our impact upon it.  The artists in Textil/Juvel weave together a high level of skill and story, combining traditional techniques and new technologies to explore our relationship with the world. The exhibition demonstrates how they are employing their craft heritage to forge new ways of working, using natural materials- seeds, wood- appropriated machine made objects and  finely crafted metal and textiles.
The show is both stunning and thought-provoking and is the fourth in the Art Unpacked series of exhibitions from Chrysalis Arts of Gargrave; it has been devised in conjunction with Konsthantverkscentrum (The Crafts Centre), Sweden.
There will be an opportunity to buy some of the work on show as well as the chance to attend a  linked talk and workshop during October.


There will be a table top sale at Settle Parish Church on 3 October between 10am -4pm. To reserve a table contact 822848. There will be free admission with refreshments, including bacon sandwiches, available throughout the day.


Settle Parish church will host an organ recital by Paul Fisher on Saturday, 3 October at 7.30pm. Entitled “Melodies All Sorts” the programme will feature melodies from classical and popular music arranged for organ including Mozart, Vangelis, Strauss, Fisher and others. There will be a refreshment interval and admission is free with  a retiring collection of donations to the organ fund


Local choir, Langcliffe Singers will be hosting a Ceilidh at Langcliffe Institute on 3 October. The event will commence at 7.30pm and music will be provided by “Butter’d Peas” with caller Gillian Walton.  Tickets cost £8, with children free. There will be a Jacobs Join supper and participants are invited to bring along their own drinks.


The next charity dance will take place at St Johns Hall on October 3rd and will be in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The dance will run from 8pm to 11pm. For further information or to book by the preceding Friday please contact 01729 823259 / 824038.


At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Death cafe is run  on a not for profit basis  and takes place in an accessible, respectful and confidential space. There is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. If you are interested in helping to establish a death cafe in this area or would be interested in attending an event of this nature please contact  01729 825457.


The next group meeting will take place on 5 October at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. The theme for the evening will be the main camera controls. There will be a talk about the key camera controls – with practical comments by members with photo examples. The theme for the evening’s gallery will be “Red”.


On 18 October Settle Social Club will be hosting an exhibition by Eric Bristow. The event commences at noon and admission is £5. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


The next visit will be to see the Musical “Hairspray” at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford, on Wednesday 11th November, Matinee 2.30pm. The cost is £38.00 per person, which includes seat, coach & gratuities. Leaving Settle Cricket Club at 10.30am.

For more details telephone Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978


Bookings are now being taken at Victoria Hall for Settle Stories “Star Party” on 10 October.  This will be a full day event commencing at 11am and running till late and will feature a range of story tellers and astronomers throughout the day which will be meeting of storytellers and astronomers suitable for adults and children. A collaboration between Settle Stories, Manchester Metropolitan University & Bradford Astronomical Society., the day’s highlights  will include: a rocket workshop, a chance to visit a Star Lab with astronomers and storytellers and a new star story event with international award winning storyteller – Cassandra Wye. For further details contact Victoria Hall on 01729 825718 or go to


On Friday 16th October at  7.30pm there will be a slide show at Settle Parish Church illustrating the Pennine Cycleway.  Entitled “Spanas and Spokes: a Pennine Journey”, this will also highlight  the work of two charities -SPANA (working animal welfare) andFreedom from Torture. The talk will be given by Anthony Smith and admission is free with donations welcome


“Relations with Muslims” is the theme for a talk by Dr Philip Lewis on 22 October at 6.30pm. Dr Lewis has been an advisor on Christian/Muslim relations to the Anglican Bishops of Bradford for 25 years. The event will also incorporate a meal. To book a place contact 01729 822313.


There will be an evening of ferret racing and a ferret show at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club on 23 October at 7.30pm. Entry is £1 per person and £2 per ferret with all profits going to the Lynch Syndrome Charity.


Knight Stainforth Caravan park are holding a firework display on 24 October at 6pm. There will be hot food and a licenced bar as well as a children’s entertainer. Tickets cost £3 if purchased in advance and £4 on the gate. To book contact 01729 822200.


On Sunday 25 October at 3.00pm there will be a recital  by Max Heaton, percussionist with The National Youth Orchestra and the Hallé Youth Orchestra, in aid of Child Rescue Nepal at Quaker Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle. Tickets  cost £10 including interval refreshments, from Cave & Crag, Settle or 01729 825109. Max will play a varied programme on a range of percussion instruments including the marimba. Familiar to local audiences for his performances in the percussion section of Settle Orchestra, 17 year Old Max is also a member of national and international orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra and the Hallé Youth Orchestra. and played with the National Children’s Orchestra as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and at the 2015 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.


There will be a launch event for the new Children’s Centre on 27 October. The centre is situated in the building which was formerly Settle Middle School. The event will take place between 10.30-12.30 and there will be a range of businesses and activities  on display and the morning will  provide an opportunity to find out more about the work of the children’s centre and how it can help families in the community.


Victoria Hall, Settle is being used as a collection point for aid for Syrian Refugees. Items will then been taken to a larger collection and distribution point in Manchester where they are sorted and sent to areas of greatest need. Already a truck load has been sent to Manchester.  Goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open and if there is no-one on duty in the box office they can be placed behind the table curtain in the foyer. Goods required include tents, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, baby food (tinned and in jars) and tinned foods (no meats) especially beans, lentils, tuna and pulses.



The first of this season’s “Gigg Lectures”  will take place on 2 October at 7pm. The speaker will be Erwin James on the theme of “Does Prison Work”. In August 1984 Erwin James began a life sentence for murder. He went to prison an  inarticulate and ill-educated individual, but after some
encouragement from a prison worker he embarked on part-time education, graduating from the Open University, with an art degree majoring in History. Released in 2004, James is now a regular Guardian columnist and writer.  On October 4 Community Cinemas will be showing the family film “Minions” at 3.30pm.  Advance notice that tickets for the ever popular evening of Lessons and Carols for Christmas will go on sale to the public on 19 October.  Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


Over the past few days, many of our school-grown vegetables have been harvested by some of the pupils and we have all enjoyed a bumper crop of fresh peas, courgettes and marrows (which ended up in chocolate muffins!) and potatoes (which were roasted). Congratulations on this  excellent achievement to  our Gardening Club, led by green-fingered Mrs. Finch. Last term, a unique canvas bag (depicting all staff and pupils) was produced to mark our bicentenary and it is on sale for £5. We still have a stock of these to sell and hope many of you will purchase one, or more (£8 for two). With Christmas at the end of this term and the imminent introduction of charging for plastic bags, it is hoped you will support school by purchasing at last one of these special bags.

All our pupils took part in the community-based Royal Portraits competition, organised by Giggleswick resident, Mrs. Margaret Graham, to mark the occasion that Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest-serving British monarch. The judges commented favourably on the amazing standard of the art work produced and wrote comments on all the pupils’ work; a considerable achievement, as there were 135 entries! In each category, they chose at least one winner from each school involved and also awarded a Very Highly Commended certificate to Aimee Parker and chose the following pupils as winners in their category:

E.Y.F.S (Nursery & Reception): Connor Lightbody

KS1 (Y1 & Y2): Nichole Eccleston

LKS2 (Y3 & Y4): Phoebe Oliver

UKS2 (Y5 & Y6): Ruby Lambert

Well done, everyone! There is a lovely display in the library of reduced copies of all the pupils’ portraits for you to enjoy. It is hoped that the original portraits will soon be displayed with those from Settle and Rathmell Primary Schools at a local venue.

The school is delighted to announce that it to has been awarded the Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Mark for 2014/15. Thanks and congratulations to all sports’ coaches and pupils who have contributed towards this achievement, as well as parents and carers who have accompanied their children to events and supported and encouraged their participation.

There was an excellent response to the first sports’ event of the new academic year, with 70% of our KS2 pupils participating in the recent Cross Country event. Showing great sporting behaviour, encouraging each other and clapping members of all teams, the pupils set a very high standard. The Y3 team was placed 1st out of all the Y3 teams participating, with Jack Sanderson placed 2nd. In Y4, Connie was placed 3rd. The Y5 team was placed 2nd out of all the Y5 teams participating and Phoebe was placed 2nd and Jimmy 3rd and in Y6, Edie was placed 3rd.  n addition to the above successes, Oliver (Y5) and Ned W (Y3) came in the first six to finish, so a total of seven of our pupils have been selected to represent North Craven at the Cross Country Final in October – wow! Well done to all participants – a very successful start to our sporting year!


This event will take place on 10th OCTOBER from 10.00 am.

St Alkelda’s Church invites any members of Giggleswick and Settle and beyond to meet outside the Church armed with shears, secateurs, strimmers, rakes, scythes, sickles and other useful tools to tackle all the long grass in the churchyards. The community gardening group hopes to develop parts of the grounds with wild flower areas by sowing seeds, but first the areas need to be cleared and long grass removed. All safety precautions apply and it is advised that young children should be closely supervised.

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