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Settle on TV : A record of the restoration and conversion of the railway water tower at Settle Station on the World famous Settle-Carlisle Line. – SEE THE FINISHED PROJECT ON CHANNEL 4 ‘RESTORATION MAN’ THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY FROM 9PM


Settle Voices Community Choir meets in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate every Monday  from 1pm to 3pm. There is an annual fee of £5 plus £4 per session. New members are welcome. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771



Why not warm up a chilly winter evening with some red hot jazz? The Black Horse Jazzmen can be found every Tuesday evening at Settle Cricket Club at 8.30pm. Sitters in are always welcome and this could be the perfect way to ensure you have a cool yule!




Throughout the year the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line organise free guided walks through the countryside along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and the Leeds-Lancaster and Morecambe lines. These walks are led by the volunteers from the Friends. Packed lunches are required for the walks and waterproofs and dry clothing are recommended. Prior booking is not necessarily required, simply turn up on the day at the station where the walk commences.  Dogs are permitted, but should be kept under control.  There will be a walk on Jan 28 from Clapham to Horton via Crummackdale leaving Clapham at 9.33am, this is a 6.5mile moderate walk. On February 4 there will be a 12 mile Clapdale and Crummackdale moderately strenuous walk with hill climb alighting at Horton in Ribblesdale at On Saturday 11 Feb Two Birketts and Long Rigg offers a 12 moderately strenuous walk with hill climb leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.34 am.  There will be a Lancaster circular wakj on 18 Feb. This will be a 13 mile moderate walk and participants should alight at Lancaster, on the Morecambe line, at 10.12 am. For further details contact website at




Programmes for the new season are now available throughout the town. The season will begin with a return visit by Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman on February 3rd.  Their harp and guitar duo programme covers a range of Irish dance tunes, airs and old songs with the addition of striking new compositions and forays into  jazz and bluegrass. Reform Theatre company return on 9 February with My Favourite Summer a comedy about a boy, a summer job and a dream of going on holiday with his girl! Connie Lush and Blues shouter take to the stage on 17 February and Moishe’s Bagel return on 25 February. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.


A Stitch in Time welcomes new members to join its crochet group in the sewing café. The group will meet again on February 4 from 2-4pm and cost is £3.50, including refreshments. The group welcomes all abilities and provides a friendly, supportive meeting place to learn or improve crochet skills. For further details contact 07507 851908.


The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on 4 February from 7.30-11.30pm and all proceeds will go to Settle Swimming Pool. To book please contact 01729 823259 by February 2nd.


The next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on 6th February at Townhead
Court (note new venue). The guest speaker will be Dorothy Burrows from
Shipley, who will deliver a slide show on “Yorkshire Today”. Dorothy is
a well known and highly respected speaker throughout Yorkshire, and her
talks are always high quality and very entertaining. Non members welcome £3.


The annual Rotary Merry-go-Round is fast approaching –this is a 3 course meal with each course being in a different local restaurant, starting with a free drink in Giggleswick School Dining Hall at 7pm on Friday 10th February. Tickets are £18 and are now available from any member or from 01729 822445. This year the proceeds from this event will be split between Settle Swimming Pool and Help for Heroes in memory of Matthew Haseldin.



There will be a pudding night with quiz and raffle at Langcliffe Institute on 11 February, arranged by Langcliffe Church.  Tickets cost £5 and you are invited to bring your own wine.



The next meeting of Settle Storytellers will take place on 15 February at 7.30 at the Falcon Manor Hotel. Cost is £3 with further details from 01729 860048. All welcome.



The new priest in charge of Settle, Giggleswick and Rathmell has now moved to the area and Reverend Hilary Young will officially take up her post following her licensing service on 16 February. This will take place at 7.30pm at St Alkelda’s and is an open service to which all residents of the three parishes are invited. On 19 February Settle Parish Church are planning to hold our Snowdrop Sunday event, a chance to visit the church and wander through the magnificent display of snowdrops in the churchyard. The church will be open between 12-4pm serving home-made refreshments throughout the afternoon. Please note that this is not the date previously advertised as the snowdrops have already started to flower!  In the meantime tubs of snowdrop bulbs will be on sale every Tuesday morning at the coffee morning from 10am-noon.


On Tuesday 21 February the Mothers’ Union invite you to come along to Settle Parish Church between 10.15-2pm to enjoy pancakes galore! There will be traditional and exotic fillings, both sweet and savoury and all at £2.50 per pancake and drink.  All proceeds will got to the Mothers’ Union “Make a Mother’s Day “ projects.



Renowned folk duo, Keepers Fold have reformed for a visit to Settle and will be performing in a concert at Settle Social Club “For Old Times’ Sake” on 24 February. Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £6, available from 01729 825227 or from Settle Social Club bar.



To mark the 10th anniversary of Freda’s Playgroup there will be a race-night and disco at Settle Social Club on 25 February. This will commence at 7.30 with the first race taking place at 8pm.  Tickets cost £3 or £5 for two. For details contact 824884.



On Wednesday 29th February there will be a craft afternoon in St John’s Church Hall from 1 – 4pm.  There are 4 crafts to choose from:  ‘Fabulous Felting’, ‘Fabric Brooches’, ‘Beads’ and ‘Knitting with a Twist’, with a maximum of 8 places for each craft available.  The cost for the afternoon is £10 including refreshments.  Contact Joy Calvert (824340) to book.



You are invited to make a date for a spring treat  and come along to dance to the music of John Bowdler, Blackpool Tower Organist.  The dance will take place at Settle College on 17 March and tickets cost £7.50. Tickets are limited and sell quickly so ensure you book early by contacting 01729 824038/822364






There will be a double bill of entertainment on 4 February featuring two extremely different plays, with tickets available for either or both performances. At 7pm Theatre Ad Infinitum present Translunar Paradise, an extended piece of mask and movement theatre which won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  This will be followed at 8.45 by Caroline Horton’s one woman show “You’re not like other girls Chrissy”, which is one woman’s experience of love and war. On 5February there will be a showing of Alvin and the Chipmunks 3  at 3.30pm.  On 19 February there will be a performance at 2.30pm by Lawrence Speck of “Once upon a time up the road”; a show for children and families inspired by traditional story-telling and puppetry techniques. On Saturday 25th there will be an acoustic evening featuring Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton and a return visit by songwriter Tom Figgins Details of times and tickets via 01729  893180 or online at



A total of  25 pupils recently were awarded 100% attendance certificates for the second half of the Autumn Term . This is an increase of  5 on the first half of the term. Congratulations to these students and it’s hoped that even more 100% attendance certificates will be awarded for the current Spring half term. Two teams recently entered the Catteral Shield Cross Country Event at Giggleswick Junior School and every member of the teams managed to complete the 2300 metre course! Eight pupils also recently  participated in the Ingleton Football festival where they played against  teams from Settle and High Bentham Primary Schools and won one match against High Bentham B team, drew two matches against Settle A & B teams and lost one match against High Bentham A team. They played very well in very soggy conditions demonstrating excellent sporting behaviour.  Staff prepared a range of activities for pupils to mark the start of the Lunar, or Chinese New  Year and Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Eccleston also made a delicious Chinese-style school meal. All pupils worked in mixed-age groups and participated in four workshops, using and developing many different skills. Activities included: learning a New Year song and a Cantonese phrase, making lanterns, dramatising the legend of the Chinese zodiac, designing and making collage dragons, making and sampling Spring vegetable rolls and baking and eating small cakes, in which they had hidden their written messages. A good time was enjoyed by all participants.  These workshops will link to others planned for later in the month, when pupils will meet some of the Chinese students from Giggleswick School.

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