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A severe landslip near Armathwaite has caused the S&C line to be closed completely. No trains are running between Carlisle and Appleby and an emergency timetable is in place for trains between Leeds and Appleby. Full details of the latest news can be found Settle Carlisle web site here There will however be two walks on Saturday 5 March. The first of these is organised by Dalesbus ramblers and is a 9mile moderate walk around Malham and its tarn. The group should assemble at Skipton at 9.26 to catch the service bus to Malham. Service bus will also be used to return from Malham.  Also on Saturday 5 March there will be a 10 mile strenous walk from Dent to Ribblehead via Blea Moor 10m S This will depart from Dent at 10.15 and return from Ribblehead. 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. Details can also be found at


Victoria Hall can always guarantee a diverse range of entertainment and the first week in March typifies this approach. On March 3 Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection on the insightful and timeless music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens. On March 4  Red Dragonfly productions present DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan. This is a musical tale of courtesans, warlords, steamy conspiracy and enticing twists set in the ancient Chinese era of the Three Kingdoms. The play is performed in English with a British East-Asian and East-Asian cast in full Chinese traditional costume. This is a great opportunity to experience the story and history of China. March 5 presents an opportunity to hear The Ferocious Dog, a truly original sound. Creating their own take on Traditional Celtic folk, Ferocious Dog takes the traditional instruments – fiddles, whistles, mandolins – and mixes them up with a bit of raw, buzzsaw rock’n’roll attitude. First Sunday Folk on March 6 presents Master guitarist Archie Fisher, one of Scotland’s foremost folk singer/songwriters. He is best known  as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning ‘Travelling Folk’ programme, which he presented for over 25 years. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


Students at Kwezana have been in touch with Settle pupils to discuss how they spend their holidays. The school term in Kwezana began on 13 January and there were a number of new students. Mrs Buwa has also returned to the school after her visit to Settle at the end of January and has been showing students her pictures of Settle an sharing ideas from her visit as well as using the books given to her by Settle School


Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, this year’s Lent groups will be held at St John’s church will take place on Wednesday evenings throughout Lent at 7.30pm. This year the material for study is inspired by the novel “Les Miserables” and entitled “Another Story


A huge thank you to everyone from the community who visited the open day at St John’s on Saturday 27 February or came along to the service on the afternoon of Sunday 28th. The response was phenomenal and helped to make it a very memorable weekend for everyone. Special thanks to all those groups who performed during the day on Saturday, including Settle Primary School, St John’s Music group, Jennifer O’Shea, the yoga practitioner, U3A line dancers and Settle Stompers, Helen Howard School of Dance, Scottish Country Dancing group, Settle Orchestra and Paul Underhill and his Tai Chi group. Thanks also to those who had stalls or gave demonstrations of their activities including the spinning and knitting group, Settle WI, Traidcraft, Langcliffe Singers, Messy Church, Churches Together, Rainforest Cards, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Age UK and the Art Group. We are especially grateful to  John Reid for sharing his fascinating archive of memorabilia relating to Settle and the Methodist church and to the Bridge Club for their daylong demonstration bridge match.


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall in Tilman Close on Saturday March 5 from 8-11pm. If you are able to please contact 01729 823259 /824038 to confirm your attendance. All proceeds to Cancer Support (Skipton and District). New dancers always welcome.


Womens’ World day of prayer this year takes place on March 4 and a service will be held at St Mary and St Michael church at 7.30pm. All are welcome. This year’s theme and service has been prepared by the women of Cuba.


Langcliffe Singers are holding an all comers general knowledge quiz night on 5 March at Langcliffe Institute.  There will be a raffle and a Jacobs Join meal and you are invited to bring along your own drink. Admission is £3 per person (£12 for a team of four). The evening will begin at 7.30pm


The next group meeting will take place on Monday, 7 March at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. Please note that there will not be a gallery at this meeting. The speaker will be Dorothy Burrows on the subject of “Lakeland A-Z”.  Dorothy has visited before (covering Yorkshire) – this time, she will cover the Lake District with many fabulous photographs.


The PTA invite you to join them for a family quiz night on 11 March in the main hall. The event starts at 7 for 7.30pm and there will drinks available to purchase and a jacob’s join supper.  Entry is £5 payable on the door. Teams should have no more than four adults. Please contact 01729 824873 04 07823 331512 to book a table.


On 11 March there will be a special concert at Victoria Hall to raise funds to help to support the forthcoming Settle Folk Festival. This event will feature The Moonbeams and friends, including Karin Grandal Park and Rosie Clegg, Ben Avison and Sam Lawrence and Mike Harding and the William Small small orchestra.  Tickets cost £5 via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718.


Langcliffe Singers are holding their spring concert on 12 March at Ingleton Parish Church at 7.30pm. The programme will feature Mozart’s Ave Verum , Schubert’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Tickets cost £10 available from Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.


The NCHT is celebrating North Craven’s outstanding musical heritage with a selection of local musicians and ensembles from Saturday 12—Sunday 20 March 2016. Events begin on  Saturday 12 March in the Victoria Hall with Dales Jam And Ramjam’s Springbeat. Under their director Richard Ormrod, and with a guest world class soloist, the bands will romp their way through music rocking to the rhythms of the world. The following evening (Sunday 13th) Octameron singers will perform at The Folly when the programme will include songs by Elgar and his contemporaries, acknowledging the close links between Edward Elgar, Settle and the Dales. Mid-week (Wednesday 16th), composer and organist Paul Fisher will give a recital on the Giggleswick School chapel organ. The programme will include some of Paul’s plainsong-based and other compositions, Bach, and arrangements for organ of folk song and popular melodies. Settle Orchestra will provide the finale with their Settle spring concert on Sunday 20th in The Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School. Under the baton of guest conductor Ellie Slorach, the programme will include popular works by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Mozart.  All events will start at 7.30pm. Further details, including ticket availability and prices, from Cave and Crag, Settle TIC or


Please note that there will be no meeting in March however on  Wednesday 16th March at 7.30 at the Meeting House there is a play “For Conscience Sake” exploring the choices faced by conscience objectors in World War 1 against the backdrop of growing militarisation today.  Admission is free with a retiring collection. 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. More details nearer the time. Members may also be particularly interested in a number of events during Settle Stories Weekend at the start of April. On 2nd April at 2pm at the Meeting House a there will be a talk by the founder of 38 degrees campaign group, David Babbs. Tickets £10 available via Settle Stories. Also on 2nd April at Friends Meeting House at 10am is “Story Telling For Change”. At this event two story tellers will explain how in Lebanon, Kenya and the UK they are using stories to discuss, interrogate and explore our values. This lively discussion will also give you the chance to speak up on the stories you think need to be told, to change the world. Tickets £8. Not listed in the advertising brochure for Settle Stories is a free additional talk on the Fair Tax Campaign on Friday 1st at 5.30 at the Meeting House.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society Junior Section will be performing “When Toad Came Home” at Victoria Hall on 18-20 March.  This entertaining musical play is loosely based on the children’s classic “Wind in the Willows”. Performances will take place at 7.30pm on 18 and 19 March and at 2pm on Sunday 20 March. Tickets are available from Victoria Hall box office.


The group will next meet at Townhead Court at 2pm on 23 March when the speaker will be Jeff Hutchings. The subject will be “Hardy and Wild Orchids”. Non members welcome, £3 admission.


Friends of Settle Victoria Hall will hold an” Allsorts Market” on Saturday 26th March in Victoria Hall from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be served all day. To book a stall please contact the hall on 01729 825718.


President Floyd Schofield and the members of Settle Rotary would like to thank the 240 people  who supported this charity event in February. Over £1950 was raised for the Settle Swimming Pool, Clapham Cave Rescue and the Air Ambulance. The raffle was very successful and the star prize of a two night hotel stay was won by Mrs Helen Reid of Settle, the £50 voucher for Marks and Spencer second prize was won by Mrs G Harrison. In addition to thanking all those who attended and made the evening so enjoyable, the Rotarians would also like to thank staff at the inns and restaurants who made such a great contribution to the success. They were the Game Cock at Austwick, the New Inn at Clapham, the Helwith Bridge Hotel, the Craven Arms and the Harts Head at Giggleswick, the Craven Heifer at Stainforth, the Knights’ Table at Knight Stainforth, the Talbot hotel, the Courtyard and Ravenous restaurant in Settle, and  the Headmaster of Giggleswick School who allowed us all to gather together in the school’s dining room at the start of the evening.


Settle Town Council are seeking a self-motivated person who cares about Settle and its public spaces. Duties include general maintenance and repair of benches and play equipment, inspection duties and litter collection of the Council’s play areas, allotments, Castlebergh Crag and other assets. The person should be fit and capable to carry out the duties within the job specification and have extensive experience in DIY and Gardening. The post will be for 8hrs per week (£8 per Hour) and details can be obtained from the Clerk at Settle Town Council via Closing Date: 4th March 2016 by 5pm with the start date 1st April 2016


Advance notice that 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 in the series of Gigg Lectures takes place at 7pm on Thursday 10 March when Sue Cunningham will give a talk on Understanding Indigenous Tribes.  Sue is part of Tribes Alive which works with indigenous tribal people in Brazil and by working with local communities and organisations set up by tribal indigenous communities helps  to develop programmes that contribute to their self-sufficiency, independence and well-being.. For further information contact: 01729 893180


Giggleswick Junior School is holding an open morning on 5 March between 10- 12. The school itself caters for children from 3 to 11years providing outstanding care and education in both the Early Years department and Junior School.  Children from the age of 3 months upwards are catered for at ChipMonks nursery. Families are invited to come along to this special event and to meet the staff and find out more about what is on offer. To register to attend or simply find out further information contact 01729 893100

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