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Local Settle and Area News 8th November


Volunteers are being sought in connection with this  Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea in Settle. This annual event is open to all ages and costs £10 per head. It will take place in St John’s Hall between 11.45 – 4.45 and places can now be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138. Help with preparing and serving meals and providing transport to the event. Those able to assist should contact Judith on the above number.


This year, the lights will be switched on in the Town Centre on the Saturday 28th November. However, this wonderful family day is only possible through the hard work of the volunteers who organise the event. The lights team would welcome offers of help on the day, so if you are able to spare a few hours, please contact a member of the lights team.  Equally  if you are able to spare some time (and energy) in the week before the Switch-on, the team would welcome volunteers to help with the putting up of the lights around the Market Place. Do please get in touch if you are able to help by contacting Amy Robinson on 07908991332    ( or John Diggles on 01729 825285



The society would like to thank all who attended the performances of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and all who have supported fund raising events throughout the year; especially those businesses who gave raffle prizes and who advertised in the programme. We are pleased to announce that next year’s show will be Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Likes of Us” and this will be staged during the week beginning Monday 24 October 2016. The winners of the Grand Draw which was drawn at the final performance of “Millie” were: in first place, winning £100, Dot Phillips of Langcliffe, in second place, winning £50, Arthur Bruce of Horton and in 3rd place, winning £25, Adam Parker from Manchester. Once again thank you to all who bought draw tickets.


There will be two guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this weekend, both taking place on Saturday 14 November. The first of these is an 8 mile moderate walk on The Ribble way, departing from Horton In Ribblesdale at 9.24 and finishing in Settle.  The second is a 13 mile moderately strenuous circular route departing from Kirkby Stephen at 10.34. 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


On a lovely sunny Autumn afternoon Settle WI were reminded through quiz questions and various props,  such as a Poinsettia, of the origins of our Christmas customs. Tree worship and feasting at the Winter Solstice predated much of our estimates. Bells and Christmas go together but it was a surprised eight-some who were coerced into rendering several carols on handbells as our final entertainment. It was applause all round for Stanley Walmsley and his Christmas Customs talk.


A reminder that during the ongoing situation goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open to assist with support for the Syrian Refugee Crisis. When there is no-one on duty in the box office items can be placed behind the table curtain in the foyer. Goods required include tents, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, baby food (tinned and in jars) and tinned foods (no meats) especially beans, lentils, tuna and pulses. A tremendous thank you to all who have supported this effort to date.


There will be a coffee morning in aid of Settle Amateur Operatic Society on 14 November at The Old Court House on Station Road. This will run from 10-12.30 and all are welcome.


Jez Lowe and Steve Tilson bring their “Writes and Songs” tour to Settle on November 15. Two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for an evening filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Skerryvore bring their unique blend of Scottish & Irish traditional celtic music fused with the urban sounds of rock and funk back to the hall on November 18. On 20 November  Musica Lirica Opera presents Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, sung in English with orchestra. Musica Lirica  consists of both professional and talented amateur musicians. In a change of date to Sunday 22nd November at 3.30 pm, Settle Stories presents Dominic Kelly in “The Hero Light”. An extraordinary journey into the cinema of the imagination. Dominic will transfix you with energetic storytelling, rhythmic drumming, and the stories that have shaped Irish mythology for thousands of years proving that stories are not just for bedtime or for children.Several years in the making, The Hero Light will take you to an ancient world of rulers, battles and demi-gods. Battles, bloodshed and feuds are interspersed with moments of laughter, romance and pure magic in this epic tale. The month concludes with a visit on Thursday 26th November by  Roger McGough, one of Britain’s best-loved poets for both adults and children. Much travelled and translated, his poetry has gained increasing popularity, especially from its widespread use in schools. A prolific writer, he is twice winner of the Signal Award for best childrens poetry book and recipient of the Cholmondeley Award. His autobiography Said And Done explores overnight fame with “Lily The Pink”, The Scaffold, and “Yellow Submarine” which he helped write for The Beatles. He encounters Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Allen Ginsberg, Pete McCarthy and Salman Rushdie amongst others. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718. The hall has recently launched a new initiative, with the opening of The Victoria  Emporium every Saturday. Tables can be booked for £10 per head by all comers and is open to makers, crafters, cupboard clearers and all entrepreneurs, which means that there will be a different mix of items on sale each week. The emporium will be open all morning through till 2.30pm. For details or to reserve a table email .


Poppies Tea Room is holding it’s final music night on Saturday, 14 November and is very excited to welcome Angus Barclay to perform.Angus Barclay is a composer and guitarist based in West Yorkshire. He writes, performs and records both as a solo artist and in collaborations with other musicians, composers, singers, and artists of one form or another. His music includes a wide variety of influences including jazz, swing, folk, classical and pop.  He is inspired by British landscapes, family, friends, fell running, beer, and his cat. His compositions include elements of jazz, swing, folk, classical, and popular music. At the very least there’s nothing to dislike about it, as an elderly aunt once remarked. Tickets are £7 and are available from Poppies.


A number of local performers, including the Jukebox Junkies, will be taking part in a special concert at Langcliffe Institute on 14 November. Entitled “Settle Sings for Syria” the event will feature a range of  local musicians of all genres and will raise funds for refugee charities. The event starts at 7pm and is free, but there will be a retiring collection. There will also be a raffle. Please feel free to bring along your own refreshments.


Limestone View invite you to join them for a Ladies’ night and fashion show at Limestone View on 14 November between 6-8pm. The proceeds from this event will go to Variety Children’s Charities. Tickets cost £5, including a glass or wine or a soft drink, and there will be a range of stalls  providing an opportunity for early Christmas shopping. Tickets are available from The Lion and Limestone View itself.


The next meeting is entitled “Let’s Be Creative” and will take place at Townhead Court at 7.30pm on Monday 16 November. Several members will talk about and demonstrate their approach to creative photography, either in camera or in Photoshop


A letter can save a life and can make a huge difference in the world. Amnesty International Letter Writing Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month between5.30-8.30pm at Friends Meeting House. These are drop in sessions and people are invited to come along for around half an hour and write letters. Information and advice will be available re content. The next session is on 18 November. For further details contact 01729 268912.


North Craven Strollers continue stretch their legs every Wednesday around Settle area, and every first and third around Gargrave and Hellifield. On the first walk of every month in both groups there is a 30 minute stroll for those wanting a very gentle walk. Where possible, the Strollers try to end the walk with a cup of tea at a local café. As well as local walks The Strollers are also travelling further afield on these dates:18th November – Austwick/Feizor, 2nd December – Kirkby Malham, 9th December – Hellifield and on 23rd December for the final walk of the year there will be a Mince Pie Walk! For all walks meet at 1.30pm at Millennium Gardens in Settle (near Booths car park) to share cars.

For further information contact or 01729 824537


On Wednesday 18th November, there will be a showing of the Cert 12 film, “The Good Lie”. In 1983, a brutal civil war broke out in Sudan leaving villages destroyed. Thousands of orphaned children began to flee, some walking thousands of miles enduring hardship, death and sacrifice. Thirteen years later, Sudanese refugees were relocated to the US where they had to adjust to a vastly different culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunted them. This film, “The Good Lie,” is inspired by their story, how they made new friends and struggled to understand each other. With the current news of thousands of refugees moving across the Middle East and Europe, the story is highly topical. Doors open at 6.30pm – Film starts at 7pm. There is free entry to this event and refreshments will be on sale. The event is organised by

The Sudan Group of The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales


Settle Primary School PTA invite you to join them for a pampered chef Christmas evening on 18 November in the school hall. The event will start at 7pm and will feature cooking demonstrations and tastings of menu ideas for Christmas. There will also be the chance to purchase Christmas gifts and gadgets to assist with Christmas cooking. Tickets cost £5, available from the school office, and include mulled wine and mince pies. All funds will go towards PTA funds to support school activities.


The final Settle Session of the year  will be held on Friday 20 November at 6.30[pm and will starts with a reception and brief AGM open to everyone. This will be  followed by an evening displaying a strong range of published and new poets. The evening’s entertainment features two leading poets reading from new work associated with Yorkshire. Chris Considine is a poet and former school-teacher who lived for many years in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, before moving to Plymouth in 2011. Chris’s latest collection, In Search of Home, is about her move from Yorkshire to Devon and explores what it means to belong somewhere – what we might mean by ‘home’. Her Swaledale Sketchbook was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in the best first collection category in 2002. Other publications include St. Cuthbert and Bystanders, Learning to Look and Quarll, and Behind the Lines. At the beginning of 2004 she was a Hawthornden Fellow. Ann Pilling is a distinguished writer of children’s fiction and a poet, winning prizes and accolades for both careers. She will be reading from her new collection Ground Cover, poems about remote places, ageing and being young, about death and birth , and about the natural world and its power to redeem. Ann is a trustee of Settle Sessions and lives in The Yorkshire Dales which she calls “the country of my heart”. Also on the bill will be four writers airing their work in the brief “Read Two” section. Alan Pascoe is a playwright and poet with work heard on BBC Radio 3 & 4. Bob Dew is a priest who has found the space to write in retirement in The Lake District. Completing the bill are Founder member of Lancaster’s April Poets Ron Scowcroft, and Gavin Wilshaw who writes both humorous and spiritual pieces.More information from or 01729 824537. Tickets £5 (£4.50 members) available from Cave and Crag, The Courtyard Dairy and The Folly.


On 21 November, Settle Orchestra is holding an hour long family friendly concert at Settle College, commencing at 7pm. The programme for this event has been designed especially with children in mind and will include Humperdinck’s Overture to ‘Hänsel und Gretel’, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Williams: Star Wars The Phantom Menace  and Bizet’s: Habañera and Toreador’s song from Carmen. Admission to this family concert is free, and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, but seats can be booked in advance by emailing On 28 November there will be a concert at Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm. The programme for this concert will include all of the above plus Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op.46. Tickets for the Skipton concert can be obtained from Alternatively, they are available from Orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or contacting 01729 825806.


The season of foreign films continues at Victoria Hall on 25 November with a showing of the multi-award winning French film “Au Revoir Les Enfants”.  This will be shown with English subtitles and has been acclaimed as “The one film you should watch” and described as “One of the best pictures ever made about childhood, set in Nazi-occupied France in 1944 “. The film starts at 7.45. Cost £5. This is a PG certificate.


The North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to come along to Long Preston Village Hall on Wednesday 23rd November, 7.30pm when Dr Mike Spence will talk on ‘Craven and the Disputed Election at Fountains Abbey 1410-16’. This promises to be a very interesting evening and members and non -members (£2 to be paid at the door) are very welcome to attend. On Sunday 13th December, the North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to enjoy a conducted visit to Settle Town Hall and then to the Settle Quaker Meeting House and a talk on Settle’s WW1 Conscientious Objectors. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to chat and to enjoy mince pies. Meet at 1.45pm outside the Town Hall. Market Square, Settle. For further information, please contact John Asher on 01729 825075


Bookings are now being taken for an Age UK Christmas Craft Day with Cake and Coffee to be held on December 2nd. The event will take place at The Folly between 1.30-4pm and will involve an afternoon of seasonal crafts and card making. Places can be pre-booked at a cost of £6 by contacting Richard Daniels at Age UK in Cheapside or on 01729 823066.


Tickets are now available for a race night at North Ribblesdale RUFC on December 4th. This event is being held to raise funds for a public access defibrillator which will be based at the club but be positioned so that it can be used by all. Following a cardiac arrest the chance of survival decreases by 23% per minute. It is therefore very important medical treatment starts as soon as possible and that the rate of survival of a sudden cardiac arrest is dependent upon time. The quicker the intervention, the better the outcome. Figures show that using a defibrillator can increase the chance of survival almost ten fold  Ticket for the Race Night cost £5, including a pie and pea supper, and are available via Lamberts or 0780416316.  The first race will start at 8pm. It is hoped that as many people as possible will support this event to help raise funds for an important community resource.



Just before Half Term, we hosted a visit from Bishop James Bell, accompanied by Reverend Hilary Young. During the tour of the school, they met most pupils and staff and enjoyed finding out about some of the activities taking place. They also joined in with Class 2’s French lesson!  A huge thank you to all families for their contributions towards this recent Starlight clothing collection. Thanks also to everyone who was able to support our Harvest Festival by: helping children learn their words, attending the event, contributing produce for our harvest parcels, or donating money towards the pupils’ chosen charity – Save the Children. Donations total £100 – an excellent effort! All those who attended the assembly enjoyed the pupils’ singing, especially the new words to ‘Let them grow’, as well as the pupils’ short presentations. The harvest display looked beautiful and we were able to divide the produce into 33 parcels, which were then distributed by Y6 pupils to some of the elderly in the village. Our grateful thanks to Catherine Sampson, who helped staff to produce these parcels. We have received many cards and letters of thanks from the recipients Congratulations to our seven pupils who took part in the Craven Schools Cross Country Final representing North Craven and were placed as follows:  Jack Sanderson (10th), Ned Whitaker (2nd), Connie Eccleston (4th), Oliver Sampson (12th), Jimmy Howarth (4th), Phoebe Holliday-Gill (8th) and Edie Eccleston (10th), . A great achievement – well done!  Well done also to the pupils who participated in the cluster KS2 Football Tournament. The teams played very well and the Y5/6 team was placed third overall. Thank you to those who encouraged, supported and helped the pupils during the event, especially Mrs. Eccleston, Mr. Bentley and Mr. Murphy.  Finally congratulations  to the following pupils for participating in this recent church community event: Bailey Pears, Presley Pears, Phoebe Oliver, Samuel Leach and Lottie Oliver.


On 26-28 November students from the school will be staging their production of “Guys and Dolls”, a renowned musical fable based on the characters of Damon Runyon. Performances start at 7.30pm The photography of  local wildlife photographers Tony and Carol Dilger takes centre stage in the foyer gallery when their new exhibition “Just Two Clicks” opens on November 1st. Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


The church is holding its Christmas Fair on November 20 and 21. On Friday 20 it will be open from 7-9pm and serving mulled wine and mince pies. On Saturday November 21  it will be open from 10.00 am-4.00 pm and there will be Santa’s Grotto, various stalls and refreshments all day.The church is also currently appealing for new choir members in all parts of the church choir. There is choral evensong once a month and 11am services on Sunday in addition to 1 hour’s practice on Tuesday. Those interested should contact 01524251388 for further details.

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