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A number of walks are planned in the coming week. 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.  The first two walks are part of the “Get Walking” series and are aimed at families. These are generally shorter walks at an easier pace, however although children are welcome these walks are not suitable for pushchairs or buggies as there will still be stiles to cross. The first takes place on Saturday 7 May and involves a visit to the signal box at Armathwaite and a 7mile moderate walk. This is circular walk via Coombs wood and leaves Armathwaite at 11.15. The second, on Sunday May 8th there is a circular 6mile easy walk around Cleatop Park, leaving Settle at 10.11.  There will be an 11 mile moderately strenuous walk from Dent to Ribblehead on Saturday May 7 and this will leave Dent at 10.38. Also on Saturday May 7 there is a 13 mile strenuous walk from Ribblehead, departing at 10.06 and taking in Whernside and Ingleborough nature reserve and concluding at Ribblesdale. On Wednesday 11 May there is a circular walk around Appleby, taking in the bluebells in Flakebridge woods. This is a 10m moderate walk and will leave Appleby at 10.47. Details of all events can  be found at


A new exhibition featuring the work of David Thomas, Jacquie Denby and Anna Lambert will run at the gallery until 30 May. The work includes still life, abstract landscapes and ceramics.


May 6th sees Daniel Kemish visit Settle with his  Fools and Money tour. Daniel Kemish is an Outlaw/Americana artist showcasing tones from his American influences. His warm, gruff voice and style portray a sound that is not often found in people of his age. His lyrics and songwriting style are more commonly associated with the early country singers during the outlaw movement of the 70s. Looking further ahead on May 8th there will be music from multi award winning, nordic folk band Basco. Friday 13th sees The Company of Players ,twelve of the best emerging musicians on the UK folk and acoustic scene, in a collaborative performance of a brand new body of folk music, celebrating the works of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. On May 21st Chris Bannister returns to Settle Join to perform his show The Music of John Denver. The show will include all of the hits including ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’, ‘Annie’s Song’ and ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’, plus many others.Chris will be joined by Debbie Jones and Justin Randall. Highlight of the month is on May 26 when Jazz diva Clare Teal returns to Settle with her trio for an evening of wonderful musical and conversation, guaranteeing the audience something personal and very special. Tickets for this event are expected to sell quickly so early booking is recommended. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


There is still time to catch an unusual exhibition at the Gallery, staged to mark the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Settle on 29 April. It examines the links between art and the world of cycling. It starts with the early days of cycling – featuring a little known work by science fiction writer HG Wells about a cycling adventure. The main attraction is a collection of postcards – showing both the variety of bike designs and the use of the bicycle in advertising and various art forms. We  also include iconic posters from around the world.  The exhibition has been supported by Settle Town Council and will remain in place until 20 May,


Hit and Run boxing club offers sessions for adults and children and takes place twice a week at St Mary and St Michael Church Hall. The club meets on Saturday between 10.30-11.30 for children aged 6-12 years and from 11.30-12.30 for those 13+. The meetings on Wednesday evening are from 5.30-6.30 for 6-12’s and from 6.30-7.30 for 13+. For further details contact 07587764950.


A quiz night is being held at Settle Rugby Club in aid of Settle Area Swimming Pool. The question master for the evening will be Stuart Marshall.  The quiz  will take place at 7.30 on 6 May and tickets cost £5, including supper. There will be a bar and a raffle. Tickets available via HSBC bank in Settle, Settle Pool or via 015242 51488.


Settle Cricket Club is offering coaching to juniors every Friday evening at 6.30pm.  Both boys and girls from the age of 6 upwards are invited to come along and enrol and join in coaching sessions. Parents are welcome to use the club house during this time. Throughout the summer the club will field a range of teams in competitive matches and so there will be opportunities for players in  U9s, U11’s, U13’s, U15’s and U17’s.


The Friends of Settle Pool will be holding their AGM on May 6 at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House. All welcome.


A presentation entitled “The European Union and You” is to be held at the Friends’ Meeting House on Friday 6th May at 7 p.m.  The aim of this meeting is to try to raise the tone of the debate and as far as possible to present accurate facts.  There will be time at the end of the meeting for people to share their views and listen respectfully to each other. All are welcome


The next Death Cafe will meet between 10-12 noon on May 7th at Friends Meeting House. For further details please contact 07776107168.


The first in a series of Saturday “Table Top Sales” will take place on May 7th at Victoria Hall between 9am-3pm. These will then take place on a monthly basis throughout the summer. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. For details and to book a stall for a future sale please contact  01729 825718


The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, May 7th at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall and will run from 8-11pm. Funds raised will be donated to Settle Swimming Pool. If you are able  please confirm your attendance by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038. New dancers are always welcome.


Do you want to make a difference? Could you spare a few hours of your time? Christian Aid actively makes a difference: it is an international development charity working with people, of all faiths and none, in around 50 countries, to eradicate poverty and fight against injustice. This year Christian Aid week will take place during 15 – 21 May. There will be a collection from house to house as well as a Tuesday collection outside The Naked Man. On Wednesday 18 May there will be a coffee evening at St Johns between 7-8.30pm.  Volunteers are needed to give up a few hours of their time to distribute and collect envelopes around the area during the house to house collection. The more volunteers the less work for everyone and the wider the area which can be covered.  If you can help then please contact 01729 822311. Help make a difference this year, please!


Ruth and Steve O’Brien will be presenting an illustrated talk at Settle Parish Church on May 11 at 7.30 following their recent visit to Nepal. Twelve months on from the earthquake which devastated the country they will show how both the country and its people are rebuilding their lives and the work being done by charities to assist with this process.


The next group meeting will take place on May 16 at 7.30pm at Townhead Court and will be a lecture by Oliver Wright. Oliver is an award winning Leeds based full-time professional photographer – He has spent the winter being the Northern Lights guide at Abisco National Park in Sweden, well within the Arctic Circle. The evening will include a number of his stunning images taken during this winter, including Northern Lights, Winter scenery and artistic winter images. He will also include some of his favourite images from the UK. Members please note that there will be no gallery at this meeting. Visitors welcome.


The next Amnesty letter writing session will take place at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate on 18 May between 5-8pm. Individuals are invited to come along and write a letter to assist in Amnesty’s work. Details are provided of cases and help is given with letter writing. For further details contact – 01729 268912.


The next big breakfast will take place at St Mary and St Michaels Church Hall on Sat 21 May at 8.30am. Tea / coffee are available from 8.15am with the breakfast & talk over by 9.30am This month’s speaker, appropriately for Christian Aid week is Shelagh Fawcett.

Shelagh is Christian Aid’s Regional Co-ordinator in Yorkshire. All welcome. Please book your places by Thurs 19 May to assist with catering. A full English breakfast is served at a cost of £3. Contact 01729 825285 / email: to book your place


On May 21st St John’s Methodist Church is holding a Beetle Drive at 6pm. This will be followed by a pie and pea supper. The event is open to everyone in the community of all ages and to visitors to the area and a fun, friendly evening is guaranteed. Vegetarian and special diet pies can be catered for by contacting 01729  824661 in advance (if possible).  Admission is free but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to help cover the cost of catering. All welcome.


This year the CRO challenge, which raises funds for the Mountain and Cave rescue team covering the 3 peaks and Malham area, will take place on 22 May. Walkers and runners (the choice is yours!) are invited to take part and are asked to  raise at least £25 in sponsorship per person for the Ingleborough Marathon and £15 per person for the 12 mile Clapham Circuit.  To register visit


The town council invite all members of the community along to the annual parish meeting at Victoria Hall on 23 May at 7pm. This provides an opportunity for everyone to find out what the town council have been doing over the last year and to find out what plans are being considered for the forthcoming year. This is your chance to have your say and to ask questions. Wine and cheese will be served.


The next serving of Settle Soup will take place on 24 May at Victoria Hall starting at 6pm and running to 8pm. Settle Soup is a scheme where new ideas can receive start up funding. Four ideas have four minutes each in which to pitch their ideas for community projects and then this is voted on by the people present. The winner receives the takings from the evening to help them start their project.  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. To book a place or to discuss a project which you would like to pitch contact 07977 040329.


The club will next meet at Townhead Court on 25 May at 2pm when the speaker will be Andrew Willocks. Non members are welcome, admission £3, to what will be a fascinating and informative talk on “Harlow Carr from Past to Present.”


Shhh – don’t tell anyone but there will be a silent auction in Settle in June, providing a chance to invest not only in a piece of art but also in the future of the young people in the town. Settle Scouts are currently fund-raising to improve their Drill Hall premises to help not only local scouts but to also make them available to the community. They’ve teamed up with a number of local prominent and renowned artists for a special Silent Auction which will take place on 25 June between 11-5pm. There will be refreshments served throughout the day and arts and crafts for young people.



The annual safari supper will take place this year on 3 June and will commence in the church at 6.30pm before visiting a number of members homes. Tickets are £15 and as there will be limited numbers for this event early booking is advisable. Contact 01729 823899 for details.


There have been lots of successes to celebrate recently. Pupils from Y6 recently joined with Y6 pupils from Rathmell, Long Preston, Hellifield, Thornton-in-Craven and Embsay to take part in a range of thought-provoking citizenship sessions as part of Craven Young Citizen and Crucial Crew Day. They participated well and thoroughly enjoyed the range of experiences. Congratulations to Edie, who was presented with a prize for her winning poster design. Class 2 pupils took part in a successful residential visit to Buckden House, accompanied by Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Finch. They worked very well together with pupils from Rathmell and enjoyed a range of activities from high wires to archery!  Congratulations to our team of pupils who took part in the recent North Craven Football tournament.They all played very well and Erin was awarded the ‘player of the Tournament’ trophy – well done! There was more sporting success when the cluster schools for North Craven staged a Tri Golf session and all our Y5 pupils took part. There was some very good teamwork and sporting behaviour, resulting in one of our teams being placed 1st overall, receiving gold medals!. The girls’ team also received an award – the trophy for most outstanding teamwork!. Excellent achievements, Y5! In spite of the very cold conditions, a large number of our pupils took part in this cluster schools’ Quad Athletics event – another sporting first in North Craven – and there were some very successful outcomes! All pupils participated well, tried hard and showed very good sporting behaviour. Our Y5/6 team were placed 2nd overall (out of 10 teams) and 1st in the small schools’ competition, qualifying us for the next round – representing North Craven in York! Jimmy and Edie were placed 3rd out of the 87 participants – an excellent achievement – well done! In addition, Joel and Jimmy respectively have achieved UKA Awards – bronze and silver and Edie has reached Step 10, which means she is only one step away from achieving the bronze award.  Congratulations to Mollie on a different area of achievement. She recently took part in the UK Accordion Championships in Liverpool and returned with two trophies – one for being placed 1st for her duet and one for her solo performance, also placed 1st; her group performance also achieved 1st place.


Pupils will be treading the boards at the theatre in the coming weeks. On Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 the school’s performing arts students  will present their AS level Theatre Studies production of the sinister and surreal thriller “Pomona” by Alistair McDowall.   The Junior school will stage their production of “The Rocky Monster Show” on 19 & 20 May, complete with the ultimate rock group created by Baron Frankenstein’s descendant!  Rio comes to Giggleswick on 22 May when the senior students of the Northern Dance Centre bring “Carnival” to the theatre and perform classical ballet with a South American twist, along with samba drumming, carnival parade, salsa, jive and more. For further information contact: 01729 893180

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