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Despite the ongoing repair work on the line the walks arranged by Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line are still continuing as normal with two walks scheduled for Saturday  9 April. The first of these is a  Geology walk, the  Kirkby Stephen fossil frolic. This is a  9m moderate walk allowing participants to  See fossil evidence for shallow tropical seas and walk through a desert wadi! The walk is a circular route leaving Kirkby Stephen station at 10.34.  The second walk is a  Dentdale circular route of  8m  and is a moderate walke leaving Dent at 10.38No 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


A reminder that there will be a Beetle Drive on 8 April at Langcliffe Church. Admission is £2 for adults and £1 for children and nibbles will be served. There will also be a raffle and a photo quiz. The event commences at 7pm and you are invited to bring your own drinks along.


Entitled  “A Song in Season” there will be an organ recital at Holy Ascension Church, Settle on Saturday 9th April 7.30pm. This will be a concert of colourful music for organ, voice and flute by local composer Paul Fisher. The evening’s programme will feature:Tim Raymond (organ), Graham Toft (organ), Stephen Hogg (counter-tenor), Claud (the cd player) and Paul Fisher (organ). Entry is free with exit donations towards the organ fund.


The group’s next meeting will be on April13th with Judy Rogers of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The group is bringing  a group of refugees from Bradford to help with the lambing in Malhamdale. We will organise a meal for them at the Meeting House and have a talk from Judy afterwards.



Victoria Hall can always guarantee a diverse range of entertainment and this coming month is no different. On April 9th The Andy Lawrenson Trio pay tribute to the life and music of  a great musician when they perform The Stephane Grappelli Story. Using the framework of his life story, from early days of grinding poverty, playing in the streets and courtyards of Paris, through his famed partnership with the great gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, to international acclaim in his own right in his later years with frequent concerts and TV appearances throughout the 1970s and 80s, the evening features many of the pieces which made him famous.  On 15 April Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham bring their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion to Settle. Aly Bain is Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique – driving, impassioned and pure – with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world, while Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! Together, they promise an exceptional evening’s entertainment. An unexpected drama, The Iranian Feast, will be performed on 20 April. whenThe Farnham Maltings stage a play with food from the heart of Persia. Part thriller, part cookery lesson this is a story of a family working out how life will be in the future. The Iranian Feast is a contemporary piece of British theatre — with delicious food — set in modern day Tehran. On Friday 22nd The Explosive Light Orchestra – performed by Symphonika – reproduce the exciting works of ELO live and rounding off the month on April 23rd is The Way of the Drum (Mugen Taiko Dojo), a dynamic and captivating show,  fusing  primal rhythm, energy, choreographed movement and infectious humour the group demonstrate Taiko drumming, performing an array of traditional Taiko whilst revealing the history, culture and background in a dramatic but intimate show.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.



Karate classes will commence on 12 April at Settle Primary School and will run from 6.15-7.30pm. Cost per session is £3. For details contact 07925973694.



The next Settle Soup session takes place at Victoria Hall on April 13  starting at 6.30pm. The event is a mix of social gathering, micro fundraiser, grassroots ideas, Dragons Den – and Soup.Booking is essential for food so that we have an idea of the numbers! The concept is simple: a suggested donation of £4 on the door (£2 for under 18s) gives you a delicious meal of soup, bread, tea and a vote for your favourite local community project pitched on the night.


The next messy church session will take place on 17 April in St John’s hall. The theme for activities and fellowship will be “Two Tiny Coins”.  The session runs from 3.30-5.30 and is open to all and will conclude with a hot meal. The session if free but there is an opportunity to donate towards cost of food and craft materials.



The Folly is once again open to the public and this season begins with two two hugely contrasting exhibitions. 1916: Chronicles of Courage is the third in the series of World War I exhibitions in association with the Heritage Lottery-funded Craven and the First World War project. 1916 was a momentous year, in which the people of Craven played their part with great courage. It was the year in which Conscription was introduced and Conscientious Objectors stood up for their beliefs; it was the year in which terrible battles were fought off Jutland and best-known of all on the Somme. Our displays tell the stories of local men and women who served their country in many different ways: in the medical services and ambulance units as well as fighting in the trenches and at sea. We have followed the progress of many individuals and revealed acts of great bravery and humanity. The companion exhibition Back in Settle has been inspired by a remarkable Facebook group set up around three years ago by local man, Mick Harrison to share stories and old photographs from the Settle area. There are now almost 1,600 people involved from all over the world and the stories and photographs are ones most people will never have seen before, because up till now they have lain hidden in family albums and scrapbooks.The museum is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm and on Tuesdays between 10.30 am – 4.30 pm. Adult gift aided admission is £3 with under 16s free.




Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to a fashion show on April 21st at Victoria Hall. The evening will commence at 7.30pm and will feature a range of fashions by Ahernes of Hellifield. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of house wine.



Settle Eco group will be holding a Give and Take  Day  on Saturday, 23rd April at Victoria Hall. You are invited to bring along items which you no longer require (no clothing) and to take away any items which are of use to you. There will be the facility to display photographs of larger items and equipment.  The event will run from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.


The next meeting will take place on 27 April at 2pm at Townhead Court when the speaker will be Marguerite Hughes, who will talk on the topic of “Taking the fear out of Pruning”.


A Settle WI is holding 2 craft workshops on Wednesday 27th April in the Catholic Church Hall, Craven Terrace, Settle, BD24 9RA.Annie Austen-Meek will be demonstrating how to make a ‘Softpot’ garden container.  Softpots are amazing, unique garden containers that are not only beautiful to look at but better for your plants than traditional pots.  To learn more about Softpots visit Sue Amphlett of Cottontail Crafts is giving an introduction to Needlefelting – sculpting wool into figures and forms using a barbed felting needle.Each course costs £20 and includes all materials and tuition.  There will be 2 sessions for each craft:  10am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm so it is possible to do just one or both courses in the day.Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are WI members or not.  Tea & coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.To book please contact Sue Sellars on 01729 825145 or email


The next film in the foreign film season at Victoria Hall will be shown on Wednesday 27 April at 7.45. Admission is £5. “A Separation” is in Farsi/Italian with English subtitles. In modern Iran, a couple disentangles their marriage. The film is a Golden Globe and Academy Award winner.



Two theatre trips are being planned for the summer, and although these are not for a number of months the closing date for bookings is in May to allow time for arranging coach and tickets. The first trip is to the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival on 6 August at Harrogate. This will be a Saturday matinee performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Royal Hall. Total price is £44 per person, including stalls seat,  coach and gratuities. The second trip is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford to see “Wicked”. Hailed as the best new musical of the decade Wicked deals with the events before the Wizard of Oz. The trip will take place on Wednesday 17 August and again is a matinee performance. Trip cost is £63 per person, to include stalls seat, coach and gratuities. Latest date for bookings is 28 May. For details of both trips contact: 01729 823978.


There will be an illustrated talk by Margaret Smith on Monday 18 April at St John’s Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. All welcome.


Settle Parish Church will be holding a bric a brac sale and serving refreshments between 10-4pm on April 29 and 30. Please note that this is the Friday of the Tour de Yorkshire.


The April Session at The Folly on 22nd April will see the launch of the latest volume of poetry by local poet, Jean Stevens.  The evening will also include a reading by Anne Caldwell, the literature programme manager for the British Council.  There will also be a “Read Two” open mic session allowing local people to perform.  Tickets £6 are available from The Folly, Cave and Crag and The Courtyard Dairy.


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 18 April at 7.30pm. This meeting is the club Annual General Meeting. It will be followed by a gallery  entitled My Favourite pictures since last AGM” . This will feature members’ favourite images taken over the last 12 months: up to four images each can be submitted.



On 7 April at 7pm the theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture on the theme of “New Plants, New Ideas, New Inspiration.”  The speaker will be garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman Stephen Lacey.  His particular interest is in planting design. He lectures on planting design throughout UK, USA and Canada, featuring some of the best places visited on his travels at home and abroad. Recently, he has begun taking on garden design commissions in UK and the Mediterranean, putting to wider use the inspiration from his garden travels and his own practical experience.  On 17 April Community Cinemas will be showing the family film, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” at 3.30pm. The Gigg lectures continue on 21 April with  Sandy Allan: In Some Lost Place. In 2012 while Britain excelled at the Olympics Sandy Allan was suffering exhaustion, hunger and frostbite in conquering the last unclimbed Himalayan ridge – The Mazeno on Nanga Parbat. In an incredible feat of endurance, Sandy and his climbing partner Rick Allen reached the summit of Nanga Parbat, one of the world’s deadliest mountains. Widely regarded as the ‘last great climb’ in the Himalayas, the team’s first ascent of the 8,000-metre Mazeno Ridge took eighteen days, three of which were endured without food and water. In 2013, the ascent was awarded the coveted Piolet d’Or mountaineering award. This event commences at 7pm. On Sunday 24, at 3pm “A Pocketful of Grimms takes an exciting new look at some of the Grimm Brothers’ favourite tales, including Rumpelstiltskin, the Golden Goose, Cat and Mouse in Partnership and the original version of Beauty and the Beast.The tales are brought  to life by the storyteller in  a high-energy mix of clowning, physical theatre, puppetry, music and much more. For further information contact: 01729 893180





Giggleswick WI have moved, and we invite you to come along and join us in our new venue on April 7th at 7.30 in the Hobson Room at Giggleswick School. New members always welcome. For further details contact 01729 825944.


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