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Latest Settle News – September 21st


The college will be holding its annual open day today, September 25th. This provides an opportunity for prospective students and their families to find out more about the ethos of the college and to see the college functioning. The daytime sessions will run from 9-10.45am and from 11.30-12.15. The evening session will run from 6-8pm with a speech by the headteacher at 6.30pm.


The newly established theatre group Take Two now meets on Mondays at 6.30pm at Victoria Hall. Please spread the word at get this show on the road!  For more details contact 01729 822330.


Music for all tastes is on offer at Victoria Hall over the coming weeks. In a special fundraising evening for Victoria Hall Jay Diggins, Plum Hall and friends take to the stage on September 26th. This is a free event with donations welcomed on exit.  West Yorkshire Savoyards return for their annual visit on 27th September in  their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy love story, “Iolanthe”. On September 28th there will be a performance “From The Jam”, featuring members of the original group line up.  Northern Chamber Orchestra will once again be visiting Settle on October 3rd, with a performance which will include works by Handel, Dvorak, Bruckner and Vivaldi. The First Sunday Folk night on Sunday 5th will feature Karine Polwart and Luke Jackson. This is also a month for dramatic events with a performance of Five Kinds of Silence  by Shelagh Stephenson on October 1st.  This show deals with disturbing themes of domestic abuse and is suitable for over 18s only.  All profits from this performance will got the NSPCC.From 10-12th October the hall is the venue for a number of events for Settle Story Telling Festival and from 27 October to 1st November Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage with this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls”. Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 825718.


Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line have arranged a number of guided  walks for the coming weekend.  The first on 27 September is a strenuous walk of 15 miles  following the line from Armathwaite to Carlisle. This leaves Armathwaite at 11.07. A strenuous 13 mile walk from Hellifield to Settle via Malham will also take place on September 27th leaving Hellifield at 9.40. A 13 mile moderate walk over Wild Boar Fell will also take place on 27 September leaving Kirkby Stephen at 8.47 Booking in advance is not required for these walks but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped. For further details contact


Bookings is now underway for this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls” at Victoria Hall. Performances will take place every evening of the week commencing 27 October with a matinee on 1st November.  Tickets are obtainable via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718. Family concession tickets of £2 are available.


The North Craven strollers invite you to join them on one of their regular walks. The group meets on Wednesdays at the Millennium Gardens for a short walk in the local area. The next walk will take place on 1 October and will last around 30-40 minutes. Please assemble for 1.30pm. For further details contact 01729 824537.


On October 1st the Folly will host a Time Travel Talk at 2pm. Entitled Time Travel: Historical Journeys through the YAS Archive’ tickets cost  £7 and are available via 01729 822893. There are currently two temporary exhibitions currently in place at the Folly. The first, War Beckons –  tells the story of North Cravens response to the outbreak of WW1 and ‘Journeys through a Family Archive’  charts the life and times of the Riley and Green families who came to Settle in the 1800’s . The 25th Anniversary of the saving of the Settle /Carlisle Railway line is also being celebrated in the railway room  and  have a collection loaned by the late Derek Soames’s family of fascinating memorabilia, drawings by Sarah Hutton Artist in residence at the Settle/Carlisle Railway and  photographs by Simon Whalley, photographer for the line


On Thursday 2nd October the North Craven Heritage Trust have an illustrated talk by Frank Gordon entitled ‘ Capturing the Sublime – Turner and his contemporaries in the Dales’. The talk will begin at 7.30 pm in Austwick Village Hall. Non-members are very welcome to attend this event at a cost of £2 per person


A reminder that members and regular floor singers at the Three Peaks Folk Club will also be participating in the 14th Ingleton Folk Weekend  which will take place in and around the Village from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October. A number of musicians from further afield will be taking part and this year guests appearing over the weekend including Errol and Leslie Kirkpatrick who are guesting at Sally Day. Other guest at Ingleton include Bill Adair, Marie Little, Causton & Walker, Nick Brooker, Peter Taylor, Karin Grandal-Park, Keystone Acoustic, DIAL, Chrysocolla, Jeff Stewart, Zeke Deighton, Dogwatch, Acoustic Legacy, The Duncan McFarlane Band, David Burbidge and The Coppersmiths. The Festival is absolutely FREE with no up-front tickets or booking and people are invited to just turn up & enjoy!! Further information about this event can be obtained from the Festival Office located in the car park of the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Main Street, Ingleton, open from 11am on Friday 3rd October


Ladies Badminton will recommence on Wednesday evenings at Settle College. Sessions run from 7.30-9pm and beginners are welcome. For details contact 01729 824249/840601


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall in Settle on Saturday, October 4th.The dance will run from 8pm to 11.30pm. All proceeds from this event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Please let us know by Friday 3rd if you can attend by contacting  01729 824038/ 823259


Motivational speaker and personal development coach Eli Keen will be holding a free session at Victoria Hall on 4 October between2-4pm. All welcome.


Settle Rotary , in conjunction with Booths Supermarket, will be staging a wine tasting evening entitled “Wines from Around the World.” The event will be staged at Victoria Hall on 4 October and will provide a chance to sample a range of wines – a perfect way to make some decisions for the festive period. There will also be a chance to sample cheeses also.  The event will run from 7-9.30pm and tickets cost £10, including first 5 tastings.  Money raised from the event will support the Rotary Water Aid for Syria appeal. Tickets available from Rotarians and via  01729 830299.


A series of 5 workshops and practical sessions looking at health issues such as techniques for relaxation, the ways in which mental and physical health are interdependent and developing strategies for dealing with our emotional needs will take place at St John’s Church Hall in the coming weeks. The first session will take place on October 9 between 7-8.30pm. The cost per session is £5, or £22 if pre-booking all five. For further details contact 07703471866.


The fifth annual Storytelling festival will take place this year between 10-12 October at venues throughout the town. This year’s festival features top storytellers from around the globe and also includes some very special free events as well as workshops, story telling performances, activities and the chance to meet the storyteller or have a story told specially for you by joining in the hunt for story tellers around the town. There will also be a magical torchlit procession, some spooky stories in scary venues, train tales,  the chance to make a space ship, some bed time stories, an opportunity to learn about the manned mission to mars and meet would-be astronauts who are preparing for this one way trip as well as the chance for tea and cake and good old fashioned tales. In short there will be all kinds of other amazing experiences with something for all ages. It promises to be a weekend of magic – and a bit of mayhem, too. This festival is a chance to indulge in extraordinary stories, music, science and ideas.. For more details visit


TRAMPS will be showing two films during October, both at a new venue in the Catholic Church Hall.  On 13 October there will be a showing of “My Talks with Dean Spanley”, an off-beat comedy drama set in Edwardian England.  On 29 October there is a showing of “The Deep”,  the story of a fisherman who survives sinking in the icy seas off the coast of Iceland. This is in Icelandic with English subtitles. Both films start at 7.45, doors open 7.15, and tickets cost £5.


A series of relaxation classes designed to release tension in the body, relax the mind and calm emotions will take place over the coming weeks in Settle. The classes offer an opportunity to learn simple techniques to help individuals to do all of the above and thereby create more choices for themselves. They begin with a Free introductory session on 7th October, 7.30-8.30pm at Friends Meeting House. There will then be a series of 9 classes for £50 or £7.50 pay as you go, running to 16th December with a break for half term 28th October. There will be a maximum of 8 per class. For details contact Sarah Wiltshire on  07794 112172 or by email on



The second Gigg lecture will take place this evening 25 September  at 7pm, when the speaker will be Iby Knill who will speak on the topic of surviving the holocaust. Iby worked for the resistance in Hungary and was sent to Auschwitz as political prisoner. She now chairs the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association’s Education Committee. On Thursday 2 October Tortoise in a Nutshell theatre will present “Feral” at 7.30pm. The show combines puppetry, soundscapes and multimedia technology to provide a fascination journey with few words. Please note that this inventive award winning show is suitable for ages 12+. On October 5th there will be a showing, in conjunction with Community Cinemas, of “Belle.”  This is a 12A certificate. The film examines the life and times of Dido Belle, an illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Naval Officer growing up in the home of the Lord Chief Justice during the 18th Century.Details of tickets and booking for all events via 01729 893180 or


St Alkelda’s church is holding a harvest lunch on 5 October at 12.15pm. On the menu will be shepherds pie followed by apple pie and cream.  Donations are asked for the work of the diocese in Sudan.


Have you ever wanted to learn to dance but been put off by the need for a partner or because you felt that others would be more advanced than you? A new series of classes is commencing on Wednesdays at Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick and they aimed at complete beginners – and there is no need to have a partner to join in!  The evening is divided into two sessions and participants are welcome to join either session or both, if they wish to do so. The first session runs from 7.15-8.15pm and will focus on ballroom and Latin dance. The second runs from 8.30-9.30pm and will focus on popular sequence dancing. The cost is £5 per session or £8 for both. For details contact 01729 840118.

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