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The walks planned for this weekend include a walk linked with the Newcastle line. On 26 Nov  there will be an 11 mile circular walk taking in Haltwhistle and Hadrians Wall and leaving Haltwhistle station at 10.11. This connects with the 09.43 train from Carlisle to Newcastle. This will be a moderately strenuous walk.  Also on Saturday 26 there will be an 8 mile moderately strenuous walk from Garsdale to Hawes via Ure Force. This leaves Garsdale at 10.21 and makes use of a service bus from Hawes to return to Garsdale. The same day there will be a walk from   Gargrave to Colne via Leeds Liverpool Canal . This is a 15 mile strenuous walk leaving Gargrave at 9.32 and returning to Keighley be way of service bus from Colne. 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 hall is offering a varied programme throughout the winter months. Rounding off 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.  On December 1st there will be a concert by Martin Harley , a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.  First Folk Sunday on December 4th will feature Looe-based folk band The Changing Room delivers original, award-winning songs in English and Cornish language. On December 10th Settle Stories presents Starlight, a family show for Christmas. Please note this is a matinee performance and is aimed at children aged 2-6 years old. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


A reminder that 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. The next charity event is on December 6 and is in aid of Christian Restoration Ministries Chrildren of Hope. This is an international charity operating in Uganda to improve the lives of communities through education, medical and structural work since 2006.  It now has over 300 children in school and, through sponsorships, provide their families with regular health checks and support in times of difficulty.


Settle Orchestra’s second autumn concert will take place 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 includeShostakovich: 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.


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.


This year’s lights switch on will take place on November 26 with events in the market place between 2-5pm. It will be followed by a family disco in Settle Social Club from 5-9pm. There will be a range of stalls by local organisations during the afternoon event and Rotary will again be arranging a grotto for Santa Claus. The switch on will be accompanied by a firework display.


The Folly invite you to join them on Tuesday the 29th November between  10am to 4pm. for the launch of ‘Bill Mitchell’s Yorkshire’ a lifetime of Yorkshire memories compiled by David Mitchell. David and other members of Bill’s family will be at the Folly and David will be signing copies of the book. There will also be a sale of Bill’s books, not only those he wrote himself but those from his private collection. The proceeds of these books will go to the Folly Refreshments will be served including biscuits using Freda’s own recipes.It will be a real family occasion and we hope lots of people will call in


The Christmas Charity Dance will take place on Saturday, December 3rd between 8-11pm at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall. If you wish to attend but did not sign the list at the last dance please contact 01729 823259 /824038 to reserve a place. Please note that there  is a Jacobs Join supper at this event. The New Year’s eve Charity Dance will take place at The Victoria Hall in Settle with all proceeds from this event being donated to Victoria Hall. Reservations can be made via the numbers given above.  This event will run from 8p until after midnight and all are welcome. Again, there will be a Jacobs Join supper at this event.


Local singers, Octameron, will be performing a seasonal concert to launch their new CD “Octameron at Christmas”, on December 4th. The event will take place at St John’s Methodist Church at 2.30pm and tickets cost £8. Refreshments will be served during the interval and all are welcome.


The next in the season of foreign films will take place at Victoria Hall on 7 December when the film shown will be “The Intouchables”.  This is in French with subtitles and inspired by the true story of  millionaire quaraplegic Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his French-Algerian caregiver Abdel Sellou. Tickets cost £5 on the door with the film commencing at 7.45.


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 almost sold out but a reserve list has been opened for returned tickets. 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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