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Local News and Events July 4th


There will be a number of  guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this week. The first walk on July 11th  is from Kirkby Stephen to Appleby and is a 13 mile, moderately strenuous walk departing from Kirkby Stephen at 10.34. The second walk also on July 11th is from Ribblehead to Ingleton and is an 8 mile moderate walk departing from Ribblehead at 12.02 and scheduled to finish in Ingleton in time to catch a connecting service bus back to Settle. The third walk on the same day connects with the 9.24 train from Carlisle and is an Appleby circular via King’s Meaburn. This is a  13 mile moderately strenuous walk leaving Appleby at 10.06. No reservation is necessary 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


On July 11th Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to come along and join them for coffee at The Old Court House on Station Road between 10 -12.30pm. All welcome.


On July 11, Sita Brand, director of Settle Stories, will present “Memories of an Indian Childhood” presenting an opportunity to  be transported to Bombay – dusty, crowded and vibrant. Welcome to Sita’s world of large families, stubborn hairdos and romantic train journeys. Slowly the light-hearted stories about friendships and games give way to darker more painful memories. Her father’s gruelling exodus at the onset of World War II and later the Indian Emergency, precipitating the need to leave India and come to Britain. Funny and moving, Memories of an Indian Childhood is a story about growing up. Sita came to the UK at age 15., moving to Settle from London 7 years ago She has worked as a storyteller, actress, director, writer and producer internationally. On July 18th The Paperboys take to the stage.  The Paperboys were formed by Mexican born, Tom Landa in the mid-nineties in Vancouver and mix Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass music with Pop and Rock as well as Son Jarocho and Afro-Mexican influences. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


Following last year’s successful flower pot festival the event is being repeated and members of the public, organisations, groups and businesses are invited to create and display flower pot characters to enliven the town during the period 27 June through to September 6.


“Call Me”, An new exhibition at the Gallery on the Green, appropriately entitled “Call Me”, will run through to August 15 and looks at the nostalgic days of the phone box. Ellen Bell and Jo Hamill’s installation Call Me, at Upper Settle’s now decommissioned telephone box and reincarnated as The Gallery on the Green,  is an elegant, yet whimsical written collage of notable literary telephone dialogues.  Bell and Hamill’s transparent book-like structure plays with the notion of a line of communication that is sometimes clear and other times obscure.


Local choral group, Langcliffe Singers, will be presenting a concert of music for a Summer Evening on July 11 at St James Church at Clapham. The concert will commence at 7.30pm and tickets are available at Cave & Crag, Settle – Bentham Post Office – Skipton Camera Centre or  07732 352771


Settle Parish Church invites you to join them for their annual parish barbecue and treasure hunt in the church grounds on 12 July from noon onwards.  Tickets cost £4 (£10 families). Please confirm by contacting 01729 822848.


Victoria Hall is the venue for the next serving of Settle soup on July 19, between 6.30-8.30. The aim of the project is to help get community projects off the ground. Everyone who attends is asked to pay £4 (£2 for children and unwaged) for soup and roll and during the session 4 people will “pitch” an idea for a local project. There will then be a vote and the winning project receives the total of the admission money to start their project.   For futher details contact


On Friday 10th July at  7.30 there will be a talk by Dr Mike Slater on the subject of ‘Bertram Lambert – a Settle Man’s part in the Great War’ . Bertram Lambert invented the box respirator – the first effective gas mask that was used by troops in the Great War. Tickets, cost £7, are available via  from 01729 822893. Later this summer on 5 August The Folly will host a junior craft workshop with opportunities for making paper, making bowls, marbling and creating a book.  Places are limited to 20 so booking is essential. The cost is £5, including all materials and refreshments.   Sessions will run from 2-4.30pm. For details contact


Pupils in Kwezana wrote recently to tell the Settle pupils about how they celebrated National Youth Day on June 16th . This is a national celebration with events being organised by the government and by churches. Youth day  is  a way of commemorating the school students in Soweto who took part in protests in 1976 when it was decided to teach elements of the curriculum in Afrikaans. An estimated 20,000 students took part in the protests. They were met with fierce police brutality and it is estimated that between 170-700 were killed. There is now a school named in honour of one of the students who led the protest and who was killed. The shocking events were originally remembered unofficially as “Soweto Day” but it is now known as Youth Day to celebrate the courage of the young people who brought international attention to their needs and ensured a free education for future generations.


Churches Together in Settle and District will be holding a free holiday club for 5-11 year olds on 28 and 29 July in St John’s Church Hall. There will be games, bible stories and craft activities as well as lunch. Club runs from  10-3.30 each day and details and booking via 01729 822311.



The St Alkelda’s garden party will take place on 11 July at Rose Cottage on Bankwell Road. The garden party will be opened at 2pm and there will be a range of stalls including plants, books, cakes etc. There will also be face-painting and a raffle and tea and cakes will be available. Pupils from Giggleswick primary school will entertain with country dancing. Admission is free.


Rotary Club of Settle Hog Roast

President of Settle Rotary Club, Floyd Schofield, would like to thank all those who came to Elder Barn at Eldroth for the Club’s recent Hog Roast. The generosity of those attending enabled the Club to raise over £1150 for  Yorkshire Air Ambulancel and the Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation. Not only did the guests enjoy a delicious Hog Roast but were also able to listen to the Music of the Settle and Giggleswick Brass Band and the Black Horse Jazz Band. It was a most entertaining afternoon in beautiful surrounding and lots of sunshine!


Schedules are now available for this year’s Giggleswick Horticultural show. The show will take place on 8 August at Giggleswick Junior School pavilion and will open to the public at 1.30pm.  Schedules can be obtained from The Tuck Shop in Giggleswick village and from Speight and Watsons, Lamberts, Lay of the Land and the tourist information centre in Settle.

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