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This week there will be a 10 mile moderately strenuous walk on Saturday 11 February from Settle to Malham. Departing from Settle at 9.50 the route takes in the Ribble Way, Stockdale and Malham Cove and connects with a service bus to Skipton. 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 Royal Oak in Settle is the venue for an indoor market every Tuesday. The stalls offer a range of items, including craft and gift items such as hand made cards, aromatherapy oils and hand made creams,  wooden plant pot holder, kanterns and candles as well as lots of other gift ideas. The market is open from 9am through to mid afternoon. All the money made from rentals  on the Markets goes back into the town directly and helps to support the community.


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource. All welcome


The music and songs of Leonard Cohen are brought to life by Keith James on February 15th then on 19th there is a comic twist to life as the hall hosts a night of Comedy All stars featuring, Raymond Mearns, Patrick Monahan and Tony Vino. More comedy, along with a sprinkling of magic on February 24th with a tribute to the late Tommy Cooper in “The Tommy Cooper Show”.  Folk Punk rocks Settle when Ferocious Dog Band return on 25 February. Award winning young musicians and dancers showcase the best of Ireland’s traditional music in “Echoes of Eireann” on 26 February before a visit by The Grahams, husband and wife duo from Nashville, Tennessee on 28 February.  For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. 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.


The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be.  It addresses emotional, physical and mental well being and a series of 12 sessions will be taking place in Settle, commencing 10 February. Sessions will take place weekly at North Craven Children’s Centre (formerly Settle Middle School) . For details contact 0800 772.0845.


The Yorkshire Dales Society invite you to join them for a free half-day photography workshop on 15 February. Those wishing to take part should meet at The Station Inn at Ribblehead at 10.30am. Participants should ensure that they wear warm, outdoor clothing, appropriate footwear and bring their camera or smartphone. It is hoped that there may be an opportunity to photograph a steam train crossing the Ribblehead viaduct as part of the session. Further details contact 01756 749400.


Local business people are being invited to come along to a social gathering on Wednesday 15th February to help create connections. Business owners are welcome from Austwick, Clapham cum Newby, Giggleswick, Halton West, Hellifield, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Kirkby Malham, Langcliffe, Lawkland, Long Preston,Malham, Malham Moor, Nappa, Rathmell, Settle, Stainforth, Swinden, Tosside, Wigglesworth. Organised and sponsored by Settle Chamber of Trade Steering Group, the event will be held from 7.30 onwards in the main bar area of the Royal Oak in the town centre.  A free welcome drink will be available on arrival, as well as a complimentary supper. There will be some light hearted fun with a post it wall and twitter event, but the main focus is on conversation, fun and kinship. The aim is to bring people together in an informal setting to share ideas and discuss issues, concerns and opportunities with colleagues in other local businesses they may not normally ever find the time to meet.


This year Austwick Hall will be holding its snowdrop weekends on February 12 &13, 19 & 20 and 26 &27. Admission is £4 with children admitted free. There will be refreshments available. For further details contact 015242 51794.


If you have 30 minutes to spare, you can do something life changing. Every month Amnesty holds an open session at Friends meeting house between 5-8pm where people can drop in and write a letter to help change a life. Guided help is available. The next session takes place on 15 February. For details contact 01729 268912.


Geoff Lakeman, described as the “father of a folk dynasty” will be appearing at The Lion on 18 February at 8pm. A Cornishman, living in Devon, Geoff sings a mixture of self-penned and west country songs. Tickets cost £5, available via  01729 824479.


The next messy church event will take place at St John’s Methodist Church on 19 February between 3.30-5.30pm. The theme for this month’s activities will be “Hidden Treasure”. The event is open to all families and provides an opportunity for worship, craft activities and sharing a hot meal together. The event is free with an opportunity to donate towards the costs of catering and craft resources.


The Settle Rotary annual merry go round dinner will take place this year on 24 February and tickets are now available via rotary members or by contacting 01729 822445.  The event comprises of pre-dinner get together at Giggleswick School at 6.45pm, at which point the destinations for the evening are revealed. Tickets cost £19.50 per person and each of the three separate courses for the evening meal will be served in a different venue. The money raised from this event will this year be split between a local charity, Settle Scouts Drill Hall project, and an international charity, Kasin-Kids school in Nepal. Participating venues this year are Gusto, The Courtyard, The Talbot, Boars Head, Gamecock, Craven Heifer, Craven Arms, Knights Table, Harts Head and Helwith Bridge.


On 25 February Langcliffe Singers and friends will be performing Handel’s “Messiah” at Christ Church in Skipton at 7.30pm. Tickets for this event cost £10 and are available from Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.  You are also cordially invited to join the singers on 4 March at Langcliffe Institute for a fun night of brain teasers when they host a General Knowledge Quiz.  This event starts at 7.30pm and will be a Jacob’s Join event, to which you are invited to bring along your own liquid refreshments!  Admission is £3, £12 per team of 4.


Rehearsals are currently underway amongst the Junior Theatre group for their forthcoming performance at Victoria Hall, Settle. On Thursday and Friday March23rd and 24th they will be performing a musical version of “Peter Pan” Tickets are now available from the hall box office from 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday either in person or by phone or on line Tickets: Balcony: £10  Stalls: £8,Children £5, Family £22


The next Settle Stories event will take place on 26 February at The Royal Oak between 3-5pm and will provide an opportunity to find out more about the stories of the Kilnsey show, a different side to Charlotte Bronte and an alien universe. Local Writers Meet Up will profile the work of three local authors. Victoria Benn will talk about her  new book Studs & Crooks – uncovering the hidden stories of Kilnsey Show.  The book is a celebration of the stories of the men and women whose dedication and passion have enabled Kilnsey Show to grow and flourish into the high profile event it is today. Philip Dent discusses his latest novel Mutable Passions – a story that brings Charlotte Bronte to life in a way you won’t have seen before… It is a sensitive portrayal of courtship and marriage, focussing upon the strong emotions that arose after Arthur Nicholls proposed to Charlotte. The third author, Jean Harrison will explain more about her  new book On a Wandering Planet –  a story of saving the planet in an alien universe. This ‘soft’ science fiction novel focuses on human relationships in a strange world, where a lonely woman is trying to find herself. There will be a Q&A with the authors and a chance for you to purchase books and have them signed.Tickets £2 online at Settle stories or £5 on the door


A number of theatre trips are being planned for the coming months. Please be aware that in order to book both transport and theatre seats trips need to be planned up to a year in advance in some instances. There are a limited number of seats remaining for “Funny Girl” at The Alhambra, Bradford. This is a matinee performance on Wednesday 7 June 2017. Tickets cost £50 per person. The musical tells the story of Broadway star and comedienne, Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein. Looking ahead bookings are now being taken for “War Horse” at The Alhambra, Bradford on 7 March 2018. Again this is a matinee performance. Tickets cost £60. For both of the above the cost includes a stalls seat, coach and gratuities.  For details contact 01729 823978.


On February 1st Settle W I were pleased to welcome Paul Kelly who had up-to-date and detailed information regarding fracking. The talk also attracted several guests from the town.With overhead projection Paul quoted Nick Hurd, Climate Change Minister, as saying that fracking’ is consistent with tackling climate change’ but nowhere could Paul discover any government strategy for reaching the low carbon future the government aims for. Fracking would produce gas to be sold on the world market after drinking quality water would be injected into each well head; the equivalent amount that 10,000 people usually consume. Each site would have ten well heads. The recovered water, with mercury, arsenic and other contaminants, would then be transported by high powered diesel transport to the sole treatment facility so far available in the UK; sobering facts, considering that the UK is not at risk of any gas shortage.Left to come to their own opinions the group were eager to ask questions of Paul and left still considering the issue.



On Sunday, February 12 at 3.30pm Community Cinema will  show “Bridget Jones’s Baby. To book tickets contact or 01729 893180.


On Friday 10 March, Giggleswick School will host the weekly broadcast of BBC Radio Four’s Any Questions? live from The Richard Whiteley Theatre. Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, one of Britain’s best known journalists and broadcasters, the programme attracts over 1.5 million listeners every week. Much of the popularity of the programme is due to the tension created by the fact that the panel never sees the challenging, topical questions in advance. The four panelists hear them for the first time live on air, watched on this occasion by a local audience at Giggleswick School, while being broadcast to radio listeners worldwide. The panelists are yet to be confirmed for this edition but they will be joining chairman Jonathan Dimbleby  two days after the Chancellor’s Spring Budget and so a lively debate is guaranteed. Tickets for the event are free, but the numbers are limited and will be available from 10am on Wednesday 1 February on a strictly first come, first served basis by visiting or by calling the Richard Whiteley Theatre box office on 01729 893180.

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