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Hatha Yoga sessions recommence at Settle Primary School with sessions on Wednesday and Monday evenings between 7.30-9pm. New members are always welcome. Sessions cost £6.  For details contact  07947 027188.


Scottish Country Dance sessions take place every Thursday evening at St John’s Hall between 7.30-9.30pm. New members are always welcome and there is no need to bring a partner. Sessions cost £4 and there is a discount if a term is paid in advance.  For details contact 015242 41451.


The new term of Iyengar yoga classes will commence this week with sessions for both beginners and mixed ability. On Mondays there is a mixed ability session between 12.30-2pm at Friends Meeting House followed by a beginners session from 2.15-3.15pm. On Tuesdays there is a beginners session at 6.15 to 7.15pm followed by a mixed ability session from 7.30-9pm at Townhead Court. Everyone is invited to try a session before committing to the programme. For details contact 01282 843907.


The next Settle Artisan’s Fair will take place on 18 January at Victoria Hall between 9am – 2pm. There will be a vintage themed cafe. There will also be an opportunity to meet with Alan Evans of Settle Music to discuss any music needs arising from new instruments which you received at Christmas as well as a wide range of quality stalls featuring hand made items. We also hope to bring you a Cross Stitch workshop (If our guest can make it through any bad weather of course) so if you have ever wanted to learn or for your child to learn…..give us a shout.


The folk club next meets on 18 Jan in Settle Social Club when the guests for the evening will be Holbeck Moor Mummers. The club starts at 9pm and there will be a range of floor singers and traditional music and song. All welcome. The club is free but there will be a collection on behalf of St Gemma’s Hospice.


Already work is well under way for this year’s exhibitions at The Folly, however there are still areas in which we need help and so we are appealing to the public. One of our planned exhibitions  will feature the impact of World War I on Settle and North Craven through the departure of so many young men to the battlefields. If you missed the Open Day we held in November, appealing for contributions to this exhibition and have anything you could lend or have copied, please get in touch as soon as possible. Our next appeal is for volunteers. Can you spare 4 hours per month between April and October? If that sounds possible, then please make this the year you volunteer as a steward to help run The Folly – one of Settle’s few wet-weather attractions – while it is open to the public. Stewards work in pairs for 2-hour shifts and we ask for a minimum commitment of 2 shifts per month. Full training is given and you get to meet plenty of interesting people in the lovely surroundings of The Folly.  Interested? Please do get in touch with me on 015242 51388 if you can help.


This year’s week of prayer for Christian Unity, organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, will commence with the Settle Big Breakfast on 18 January at Friends Meeting House. This will commence at 8.15am. To reserve a place contact 01729 825285. On Sunday 19 Jan at 3pm there will be a unity service at Settle Parish Church. On Jan 20 there will be a “Prayer for the Year” session at Settle Christian Fellowship at 7.30pm and this will be followed on 21st by a simple lunch for Christian Aid at St John’s Hall between 12-1.30pm. On Jan 22nd there will be a meeting for worship at Friends Meeting House at 3pm.


There’s still time to take a final look at the Christmas exhibition in the Gallery on the Green before it closes on 18 January. This year  it features a truly communal effort in a knitted version of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. The next exhibition is entitled “In the Eye of the Beholder’ and will be an exhibition by Settle College students and by  Bev Scott, their teacher. This will run from 18th January 2014 – 3rd March 2014


The next meeting will take place on Monday, 20th January at 7:30 pm at Town Head. The evening will include a members’ gallery on the theme of “Size” and a presentation by Margaret Smith  on the subject of RAW Imaging, exploring the potential of using this format. New members always welcome.


There will be a free introduction to a series of relaxation classes on 21 January at Friends Meeting House at 7.30pm. This will then be followed by a series of 9 weekly sessions to run from 7.30-8.30pm. The cost for these will be £7.50 per session or £50 for all 9.  For details contact 07794 112172.


If you have resolved to get fit and active this year then why not come along and join us at Settle Leisure every Wednesday evening at Catteral Hall. We meet between 7.30-9pm and offer volleyball, touch rugby, hockey and basketball. Sessions cost £3 and newcomers are always welcome. For details contact 01729 822908.


The first meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday 22 January , at 2pm at Townhead Court. This will be a talk by Trevor Nash of Eastby on the subject of Japanese Gardens. Non-members £3. All Welcome.


There will be an organ recital at Settle Parish Church on 25 January at 7.30pm. This will feature works by British, Danish, French and Russian composers from 1960s and 1970s. The organist will be Paul Fisher . There will be interval refreshments and admission is free with donations to the organ fund by retiring collection.


The next showing by TRAMPS will take place at Victoria Hall on 29 January at 7.45. The film will be La Source des Femmes which tells of how a group of Moroccan women take drastic action to persuade their husbands to lay a pipe line to solve a water crisis.


A reminder that there will be a public meeting at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church on 30 January to raise awareness of the impact of welfare benefit reforms in Craven. The speaker will be Erica Cadbury, manager of Craven Citizens’ Advice Bureau and she will be examining how the changes in the welfare system have impacted on the community as a whole and what the changes mean for individuals and discussing the concerns which these changes raise.


The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, February 1st at Settle College. This will commence at 8pm and run to 11.30pm.  All proceeds from this dance will go to St John’s Church Appeal (120+ Project).  To book a place please contact 01729 823259 / 824038 before Thursday 30 June.


Athlefit offers classes for all the family in 2014 so come and try your 1st session free. Classes take place at Settle 1st drill hall, Castlebergh lane. Sessions include Fridays mixed group at 7pm,  Wednesdays (term time) ladies only at 9.30am and alternate sundays ladies & kids(6+) 10.15am  with first session on 12/1/14. Classes are run by jill eccleston, local qualified and insured instructor. For more info call 07955 342344 or email AthleFIT is the brand new fitness programme from England Athletics. It is the latest initiative after the 2012 Olympics to encourage 500,000 more people to get into exercise and to have fun. It combines the best of what are fundamentally athletic running, jumping and throwing events applied with the traditional circuit training approach.


Advance notice that this year’s Settle Rotary Merry-go-round dinner will take place on 21 February. This is an opportunity to enjoy a three course meal in good company with each course being served in a different restaurant.  The venues taking part this year are The Lion, The Plough, The Hart’s Head, The Craven Arms, The New Inn, The Boars Head, The Gamecock, Ravenous, The Talbot and The Maypole.  The groups will meet at 7pm at the dining room of Giggleswick School. Tickets cost £18.50 per head  and can be booked via Rotary Club members or 01729  822445/ Funds raised this year will support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Settle Swimming Pool.



Community Cinema will present their next film at 3.30pm on 19 January. This is the 12a film, Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Tickets cost £5 via the website or 01729 893180.


It’s never too early to start enjoying sport and thinking about Wimbledon! Tennis Aces offers LA Mini-tennis coaching to juniors every Sunday morning. The 9-10am session is for 4-8 year olds, the 10-11am session is for 8&9 year olds and the 11- noon session is for 10-11 year olds. Sessions cost £6 per child and take place in Giggleswick Sports Hall.  For further details contact 01729 825100 or 07816878321.


The latest classes by the Alison King School of Dance are “strictly” for children!  Starting on 4 January the school will be offering ballroom, Latin and Classical Sequence dancing sessions for children only  at the Richard Whiteley Theatre.  Classes cost £3.50 and the 12-1pm slot will cater for 3-6 year olds, the 1-2pm slot will cater for 7-11 year olds and the 2-3pm slot is for 12+. Partners are not necessary and parents are invited to stay and observe if they wish.  Ballroom dancing is an ideal way for children  to socialise and make friends as well as to learn poise, balance, flexibility and develop stamina, a range of motion and self esteem. For details of these classes and adult classes in the area contact  01729 840118 or 07857 532511

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