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Names are now being taken for the annual Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea in Settle. This event is open to all ages and costs £10 per head. It will take place in St John’s Hall between 11.45 – 4.45 and places can now be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138.  Transport can be offered to those who require it.


There will be a guided walk arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this weekend on Sat 5 December. This is a 10mile  Whernside circular walk and is a strenous walk leaving Ribblehead at 10.06. No reservation is necessary  for this walk 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


December gets off to a lively start on 3rd with a visit by The East Pointers, a trio who combine banjo, fiddle, guitar and a love for Celtic music.  On Saturday 5th December north west tribute band QueenEsque bring an authentic “Queen live in concert” experience to Settle  with an evening of the greatest hits and more with all the spectacle and magic you would expect from a Queen show. Local performers take to the stage on December 11 and 12 to perform in “Not the Royal Variety Show”.  Also on Saturday 12 Settle stories in conjunction with Hearthside Tales present a matinee peformance of The Snow Bear In this Family Show for Christmas a polar bear is carried away from his arctic home. Using magical powers – will you be able to help him find his way home? Full of action, mesmerizing storytelling, puppets and lots of music with songs for you to get involved with.For 4 to 7 year olds. Don’t forget to bring your teddy bear.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718. The hall has recently launched a new initiative, with the opening of The Victoria  Emporium every Saturday. Tables can be booked for £10 per head by all comers and is open to makers, crafters, cupboard clearers and all entrepreneurs, which means that there will be a different mix of items on sale each week. The emporium will be open all morning through till 2.30pm. For details or to reserve a table email .


Community Choir, Settle Voices have a packed programme over the coming weeks and cordially invite you to come along and hear them at one of the many venues where they will be performing. On 6 December they will be taking part in the Community Carol Service at Settle Parish Church . This event commences at 6.30pm. On 7 December they will be performing at the Falcon at 1.15pm. Hellifield Station Tea Room is the venue on 9 December when they will be performing as part of their carol evening.  On 12 December they are in action between 10-1 at Settle Station Open morning and then from 4.15-6.30 they will be spreading seasonal cheer at The Lion. On 14 December they will be serenading shoppers in Booths from 1.30pm. For further details about Settle Voices contact 01729 823777


Santa will be visiting The Knight’s Table at Knight Stainforth Caravan Park every Saturday and Sunday in December between 10-2. Children’s visits to see Santa will cost £7.50 and this includes a drink and biscuits and the choice of gift from the toy stall. A 10% discount voucher for the restaurant is also included for every family.


Santa’s Sleigh will be visiting Upper Settle and Longdale Avenue on Thursday December 3rd, and Mill Close and Northfields on Friday 4th December. Both visits will start at 5.00pm. Santa will be in the Coop Supermarket on Saturday 5th December from 10am until 4pm.  He loves to meet children and adults of all ages! On Wednesday , 9 December he will be visiting Giggleswick and on Saturday 12th he will be spending the day in Booths supermarket from 10-4 and hopes he will see you there.


A race night  is taking place at North Ribblesdale RUFC on December 4th. This event is being held to raise funds for a public access defibrillator which will be based at the club but be positioned so that it can be used by all. Tickets for the Race Night cost £5, including a pie and pea supper, and are available via Lamberts or 0780416316.  The first race will start at 8pm. It is hoped that as many people as possible will support this event to help raise funds for an important community resource.


Timberworks invite  you to join them for a coffee morning with mince pies on Saturday 5 December between 8.30-noon. All funds raised will be donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There will be a Christmas Raffle and a number of special discounts in store. All welcome.


The next Charity Dance in Settle is due to  take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Church (Tillman Close off Kirkgate) on Saturday December 5 from 8-11pm. This will be a Christmas Dance with Jacobs Join Supper. Please phone 01729 823256 /824038 to confirm attendance and check posters nearer the time to confirm venue.


Giggleswick and Settle annual brass band concert will take place on Saturday 5 December at 7.45pm at Settle Parish Church. Please note that this year this event is taking place on the Saturday rather than the Sunday evening. There will be a raffle and refreshments.


The church is delighted to announce that the first service in the new worship area will take place on December 6th and welcome the community to come along and join them on this special day. The service will begin at 10am in the current church building, to provide an opportunity to mark the ending of one era of Methodism in Settle before the congregation processes to the new building attached to the church hall. The service will then continue in the new worship area with a service of dedication to mark the next stage of Methodist life within the community. The event is open to all and we would be particularly thrilled to see all those who themselves have been involved in the history of St John’s or whose families have connections with the church as well as those who wish to be part of this important event in the life of the church and community.


This year’s community Christmas concert will take place on 6 December at 6.30pm at Settle Parish Church. There will be a retiring collection at this event. The programme will include items by Lancliffe Singers, Octameron, Settle Primary School, Settle Amateur Operatic Society, Settle Voices and organist Paul Fisher. All are welcome at this event.


Bentham and District Pet Rescue invite you to join them for their Christmas fair on Sunday 6th December between a10-4.00 at Clapham village hall. There will be a range of  stalls and a tombola, as well grand Christmas hampers prize draw. Refreshments will be  served all day


The group will next meet on 7 December at 7.30pm at Townhead Court for an evening of tips and hints on  informal people photography led by Steve Finch. This will be followed by a Jacobs Join finger buffet.


There will be a  blood donor session at St John’s Hall on 8 December. The first session will run from 2.15-3.45 and the second from 5-7.30pm. For further information contact 0300 123 23 23


The next film in the foreign films season will be shown at Victoria Hall on 9 December at 7.45. Admission is £5. The film, “We Have a Pope” is in Italian with English subtitles and is a gentle comedy based around the hypothetical situation of what might happen if a new pope were to be elected who then decided that he didn’t want the job.


The Royal Oak is hosting a comedy evening when a group of professional actors will transform the restaurant into “Fawlty Towers” for a tribute night featuring Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Tickets cost £39.95 for a three course meal with welcome drink, disco and entertainment.  The evening takes place on 11 December and places can be reserved at The Royal Oak.


Victoria Hall is the venue for a fun night of local entertainment on 11 and 12 December at 7.30pm when “Not the Royal Variety Performance” is staged by local amateur entertainers.  The programme will include west end musical hits, comedy sketches and a few odd surprises. The proceeds from the event will go to support both Victoria Hall and Settle Amateur Operatic Society and there will also be a “sing-a-long” Christmas spot with seasonal favourites.  Tickets from Victoria Hall on 01729 825718


Following the success of last year’s event Settle Parish Church will again be running a Christmas Tree Festival,. This year’s event will run from Friday 11th to Monday 14 December and the church will be open to visitors from 10am-3pm on Friday, Saturday and Monday and from 11.30am -3pm on Sunday. Homemade seasonal refreshments will be available throughout the festival. The church is inviting organisations, businesses and clubs to join in the event by placing a tree in the church. These can be decorated traditionally (please use only battery operated lights) or be decorated with items which represent the activities of your business, club or organisation.  It is hoped that the range of trees will represent the vibrancy of the Settle Community.  For further information or to volunteer to have a tree at this event please contact Margaret or Maureen on 01729 822848 / 823380 or email or


On Saturday the 12th December 2015, the Folly will be open from 10 am to 12 noon for our very popular Yuletide celebrations. Refreshments will be on sale, warm mince pies and Margaret’s legendary mulled wine all served up in front of a roaring fire. Arrive for 10.30  and enjoy Octameron in full festive voice. At  2pm our family activity begins with lanterns, masks and Christmas cards to be made, running through to 4.30.During the afternoon the winner of our young visitor competition will be drawnAt both events the Folly shop will be open, well worth a look for those unusual gifts, books and stocking fillers. This event will also be the last chance to see the magnificent Burton pots on display, probably the largest collection in Yorkshire.


On December 12 at 3pm Hearthside Tales present the story of “The Snowbear” at Victoria Hall. Tickets from Victoria Hall on 01729 825718. A polar bear is carried away from his arctic home and during his adventures meets mischievous elves, goblins and trolls. Using magical powers – will the audience be able to help him find his way back home?The Snow Bear is inspired by Norwegian folktales. Full of action, mesmerising storytelling, puppets and lots of music with songs for you to join in with and a beautiful miniature theatre packed full of delights. This production is particularly suitable for family audiences – especially children aged 4 – 7 years and teddy bears are also invited!  On Wednesday 16 December at 7pm there will be a family session of Christmas Tales at The Falcon featuring Sita Brand and Father Christmas. This will provide a chance to gather the family, meet Father Christmas (children will receive a free gift) and enjoy heartwarming winter tales and festive stories. Mince pies are included in the ticket price. Details from Settle Stories website


Ribblehead Station visitor centre invite you to share in a session of Festive Carols and Music on December 12th. This will feature the Lakeland Voice Choir and Settle Voices. There will be music between 1.30-13.45 and light refreshments will be available.


The North Craven Heritage Trust is offering a season chance to learn more about local history and also enjoy a pre- Christmas mince pie! On Sunday 13th December, the North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to enjoy a conducted visit to Settle Town Hall and then to the Settle Quaker Meeting House and a talk on Settle’s WW1 Conscientious Objectors. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to chat and to enjoy mince pies. Meet at 1.45pm outside the Town Hall. Market Square, Settle. For further information, please contact John Asher on 01729 825075


A trip from Settle is being arranged to see Billy Elliot .The Musical  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The trip will be to the matinee performance on Thursday 19thMay 2016.. Price per person is £66.00. This cost includes stalls seat, coach from Settle and  gratuities. For more information  and  payment details telephone 01729823978. Closing date for reservations 22nd January as both seats and coach need to be confirmed.



On December 6 Community Cinemas present a sing-along showing of “Frozen” commencing at 3.30pm complete with lyrics on the screen. Frozen fancy dress is encouraged at this event! An evening of lessons and carols with be held at Giggleswick chapel on both 10th and 11th December at 7.30pm. Admission by ticket only at this popular event. Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


The Ground Maintenance Team  urgently needs help and even an hour of your time will make a difference! There is a large amount of raking up of grass, hay and leaves to be piled up and collected! Please come and join us for “The Big Rake Up Call! ” The small team meets on Mondays 2.00 – 4.00 – but any time you are free there are jobs to do! Details from Tony Carroll (01729 822911)



Adapted from the short stories of Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls is an unlikely love story between Sister Sarah of the Save a Soul Mission and Sky Masterson, a gambler and low life in 1920’s New York. All of which creates a perfect excuse for the stage to be peopled, with gangsters, gamblers and general underworld characters – many with a positively criminal sense of fashion and with voices as loud as the checks on their trousers! It is a musical which is corny, raucous and gaudy and this performance was a complete triumph. A particularly young cast filled the stage with incredible energy and were supported admirably by the excellent orchestra composed of fellow students. The staging is itself very striking with the orchestra incorporated into the action, garish neon signs and clever use of AV projection of period photographs, streets scenes and advertisements to set the  mood throughout. This is coupled with very effective use of the space, including front of stage, with action sometimes spilling into the audience and some outstanding dance elements and cleverly choreographed group movement sequences to take advantage of the full potential of the large stage area.  What was equally  impressive with this production was the way in which the whole cast were totally at ease with the dialogue and involved in the action at all times, so that it was an extremely tight production with great pace. This was very noticeable in sequences such as the crap-game leading into the wonderful “Luck be a Lady” and in the mission sequence with “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat”.  A real joy also was the way in which the cast approached the dialogue with precision and a great sense of comic timing, words were clear whether sung or spoken and accents never faltered so that every line was delivered with maximum impact.  The singing itself was superb. Comic moments such as “Adelaide’s Lament” were priceless and Arvide’s solo “More I cannot wish you” was delivered with sincerity and conviction by Peeps Simpson. The cast were especially blessed with strong lead characters in Daisie Moore as Sarah, Ti Evans as Adelaide, Liam Clarke as Nathan Detroit and the incomparable Max Reiter  as Sky Masterson.  On alternate evenings the roles of Sarah and Adelaide were played by Rebecca Hurst and Emma Sharp respectively and although I did not see their performances I have however heard great things about them – the school is very fortunate to be able to boast a bevy of leading ladies.  Supporting them were an impressive male chorus, with many strong individual singers, and a powerful supporting cast generally. The dancing also was of a very high standard and was performed with great confidence and clear enjoyment. This was a truly outstanding evening and one which was a huge credit to all involved.



A Settle Orchestra concert is always special, but this one was truly magical with a programme designed to children of all ages and allowing the musicians to do what they do best: to clearly share their enthusiasm and enjoyment of music and performing. This was very much a case of seeing the Orchestra  “letting their hair down”, which in some cases also included the wearing of wigs, costumes and peculiar headgear! The programme was an extended version of the Children’s concert performed earlier in the month but one of the pleasures of listening to more familiar music is that when performed live you tend to notice things which you had previously overlooked or become so accustomed to hearing that in effect you no longer listen fully. The programme began with the overture to Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel”. Based on the fairy tale story, the opera is the most performed in the world and the overture not only exudes a sense of magic but also of menace as it switches moods in a compressed version of the story.  Bizet’s Carmen provided the next two pieces with striking performances of Habanera and the popular Toreador’s song. The violin solo in Habanera was played by Orchestra Leader, Anne Heaton, who played wonderfully with excellent interaction with the full orchestra and  not only fully threw herself into the part but also threw roses at the men in the audience.  This sense of drama and overwhelming sense of fun were the hallmarks of the evening with all the pieces reflecting great theatricality while being performed not only to a high standard but with a light-hearted sense of creativity and mischief; where else would you have William’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace being conducted by Darth Vader with a baton resembling a miniature light-sabre? This piece was a real highlight of the evening as frequently the incidental music in a film is overlooked as it subtly underscores the mood or introduces characters in the plot. Here, performed in its own right it was possible to pick out the beauty and vibrancy of the score and it was very clear that the orchestra was revelling in recreating the riotous nature of Augie’s Great Municipal Band! The audience also enjoyed the chance to join in singing in alien voices! The second half of the programme began with the intense drama of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries before moving on to a wonderful retelling of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. This was particularly enhanced by the fantastic narration by Brian Beresford, the skilful soloists who created the soundtracks for the various creatures and Sarah Glossop’s antics as the wolf.  The evening concluded with four Slavonic Dances by Dvorak, creating a rousing finish to a lively and entertaining evening filled with not only great music but also a great sense of fun.

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