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Local News and Events Updates 6/11/16


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There are two walks planned for this weekend, both taking place on Saturday, 12 November. The first of these is an 8 mile, circular walk around Garsdale, via Cotter End. This is a moderate walk leaving Garsdale at 10.33.  The second walk is a Morecambe Line walk and will follow a 10 mile circuit around Carnforth. Again, this is a moderate walk. This will leave Carnforth at 10am.  All participants are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  Details of all walks can  be found at


The Settle Swimming Pool appeal benefitted by £300, the proceeds of Settle Parish Church’s Harvest supper. The church thanks all who came along to support them in raising funds for this vital community asset, and to enjoy a meal together, followed by games and a raffle.


At the November meeting Settle WI was fortunate to receive Matthew from Formby and to hear him describe how he and his sister started to make soap. Interspersed with actual demonstrations and chemical explanations Matthew described how their range now included bath bombs, shower gels and hand creams using a range of attractive colours and perfumes.  Historical facts shared included the Greeks and Romans’ habits and various ancient ways of making soap, their basis being an oil such as goat fat but refined in modern times to include coconut oil, olive oil and tea tree oil. His talk was full of historic revelations and really funny jokes so that the afternoon sped by. Members were happy to buy from his attractive gift stall being lured away from the paper bring and buy that the committee had arranged.


The hall is offering a varied programme throughout the coming weeks commencing on Saturday. Friday 11 November sees a concert by former Steeleye Span folk-rocker, Peter Knight and his trio “Gigspanner”, The group take an innovative approach to music, dismantling traditional music and song and reassembling it in an intriguing, imaginative and beautiful way. On Saturday 12 November  there is more music in the Folk tradition when vocal trio Lady Maisery  bring their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful, striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions to Settle. Each member is also an accomplished instrumentalist. They expertly create a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion. The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of traditional mouth music, or diddling, a form of singing without words. On Friday 18 November the hall is delighted to welcome, Buzz Hawkins: the man behind the Bradshaws. Twice nominated for the Sony Radio Award for ‘Best Use Of Comedy’, writer-voicer-producer Buzz Hawkins brings radio’s longest running favourite funny family ‘The Bradshaws’ to life on stage. On November 19 the hall welcomes the return of The Tom McConville Band,  regarded as the most entertaining, exciting four-piece operating on the folk festival circuit today. Fronted by the incendiary Fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, this band also features Shona Kipling, herself a BBC Folk Award nominee, and one of the finest accordion players in the country. Added to that is David Newey’s ‘incredible, unique guitar playing’ and Phil Murray , esteemed as ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’. A change of pace and musical tastes for a matinee performance on Sunday 20th when Musica Lirica presents Johann Strauss’ popular comic opera “Die Fledermaus” at 2.30pm. Probably the greatest and most popular operetta in the world, it  perfectly combines bubbling melodies with an hilariously ridiculous plot. Then to round of the month there will be a concert on 27 November of brass music combining the contemporary talents of the young Glaswegian ‘Granny Green Trio’ and James Stretton’s highly respected ‘Orichalcum Classical Brass’ from the North of England.The concert will include a specially commissioned finale piece for Settle Victoria Hall. ‘Melding Brass’ is composed by renowned brass composer David Lancaster.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10-noon. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. The first Tuesday in the month is a charity coffee pot with donations to a charity nominated by that month’s organiser.


Settle Stories invite you to join them for “The Shahnameh: The Epic Book of Kings” takes place at Richard Whiteley Theatre on 11 November at 7.30pm.  Originally commissioned by The British Museum the story was created over 1000 years ago by an Iranian poet and draws upon the mythology of Persia from the beginning of time to the 7th century. In a world of adventure, lust and romance there are supersized heroes, femme fatale queens and magical creatures brought to life by a dazzling performance by storyteller, Xanthe Gresham Knight and the sublime, rhythmic sounds of virtuoso Kurdish Iranian musician, Arash Moradi, on daf, setar and shurangiz. The Shahnameh touches on concerns that continue to plague and intrigue us today such as the meaning of truth, integrity and loyalty; with stories that move from the otherworldly, to the most basic human dramas and desires. The performance will be followed by an opportunity to take part in a post show discussion with the performers. Tickets are available via


The church will be holding a craft day on 12 November with a variety of crafts on display as well as crafts on sale . The event will also include a cake stall and refreshments. There will also be a display of work by the crafty knitters of Settle.  All proceeds to church funds


St John’s Methodist Church are holding a free concert featuring Sue Bradley and friends from Clitheroe on 12 November. Collectively known as Jazz Junction play a variety of styles. The event starts at 7.30pm and all are welcome.


North Craven Flower Club will be holding their Christmas lecture/demonstration  on 10 November at Victoria Hall. The demonstration this year will be given by Diane Fair and admission is by ticket only. Tickets, £9,  are available via 01282 842467. The doors will open at 6.30pm and the talk will commence at 7.30pm. There will be a sales table and a raffle.


Langcliffe Singers invite you to join them on a musical journey to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. A concert featuring choral music and readings inspired by stops along the canal entitled “From Sunrise to Sunset” will take place on 17 November at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Gisburn. Tickets cost £10, under 16s free, and are available on the door or via Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office, Gisburn Church and Skipton Camera Centre.


Settle library is hosting a series of three talks on the history and development of the English Novel. The first talk will take place on 16 November and the next two sessions will take place on consecutive Wednesday mornings. The talks will run from 10-11.30 am and will be given by Kathleen Kinder. There will be light refreshments available and the talks are free but a donation is requested for refreshments.  For further details contact the library on 01609 534535


Local artist, Alison Drake, will be hosting a series of water colour classes suitable for beginners starting on 16 November. Classes will run from 6.30-9.30 on Wednesday evenings or from 10-2 on Thursdays. Classes cost £15 and when you pay for 3 you receive the 4th free. For further details contact 0774 300 7784.


U3A have arranged two consecutive open talks which are accessible to all on the subject of Autism. These will take place on Thursday 17  & 24 November and booking is essential for both talks. It is advisable to attend both sessions. Given by Phoebe Caldwell, a noted practitioner and author on this topic, the talks will examine how to engage with children and adults on the autism spectrum. Each session costs £5 and will run from 10-12.30 at Friends Meeting House.


Settle Orchestra’s autumn concerts will take place on 19 November at 7.30pm at Settle College and on 26 November at Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and are available from Skipton Camera Centre, Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post office and on the door. The programme will include

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Hummel: Trumpet Concerto and Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 . The orchestra will be conducted by Ola Ness and will feature as guest soloist former orchestra member Adam Stockbridge on trumpet.


Settle Scouts invite you to join them for a table top sale in the Drill Hall on Castlebergh Lane on 19 November. Table spaces are available at a cost of £10 per table by contacting The event will run from 10-3.30 and there will also be a display by the Crafty Knitters of Settle.


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 21 November and will be a slide show featuring the slides from the recent YPU event. This will commence at 7.30pm. The slides will be taken from the latest annual competition and the evening will be split into two parts – a slideshow from entries across all categories, showing what images fellow Yorkshire club members are taking – followed by a more detailed view and discussion over the top images. The theme for the gallery will be – “Wide Angle/Telephoto


The next meeting will take place on 23 November at 2pm at Townhead Court and will consist of the Annual General Meeting followed by a session of members Christmas ideas.


Friends Meeting House is hosting “A day for Palestine” on November 26 between 10.00 – 3.00. There will be a drop in exhibition throughout the day and a cafe selling tea and coffee along with cakes, soup and snacks. Palestinian goods such as oil and dates will also be on sale.  All proceeds from this event will go towards medical aid for Palestinians. There will also be two scheduled discussion sessions. The first, between 11-11.45, will be led by Robert Cohen around the theme “Is boycotting Israel anti-semitic” and the second, between 1.30-2.15, will be led by Annie Neligan on the theme “Practical steps to support Palestinians”. All welcome.


Friends of Victoria Hall will be holding their next “all sorts” market on 26 November. This will run from 9-3 with refreshments available all day. Stalls are now available for booking via 01729 825718.


Settle Tourist Information Centre is currently stocking a wide range of Christmas cards on behalf of a range of charities. These are available to purchase whenever the TIC is open.


Enjoy a taste of Christmas at Settle College on December 13 when the school welcomes you to share in Christmas music, carols, readings, games and festive fun. Doors open at 6pm for start at 6.30pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments available and all proceeds will go to create new music opportunities for students.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are staging a Christmas Cabaret at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church Hall on 16 December.  Tickets cost £8 and the evening’s entertainment commences at 7pm. Tickets include a glass of mulled wine and mince pie. Feel free to bring own drinks . For tickets contact 07540 300185.


Christmas is coming and planning is already underway for the Christmas Day lunch and tea. This annual event takes place in St John’s Hall and is open to all. The cost is £10 per head, £5 for children. Transport is available and bookings are now being taken on 01729 822138. Volunteers are required to assist with the meal and with transport. Anyone able to assist should contact Judith on the above number. There will be a planning meeting for volunteers in mid November.



This year the school will be staging the school edition of Les Miserables from 30 November – 3 December.  Tickets for this production are already selling swiftly. On Wednesday and Thursday December 14 and 15 the school chapel will host a service of lessons and carols following the traditional pattern.  This features the school choirs and top musicians and is always very popular. Tickets are free with a retiring collection but due to the popularity of these services admission is by ticket only. There is also a limit of 4 tickets per household. Public booking for this event is now taking place with tickets already going swiftly. Details of tickets available from 01729 893180 or via

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