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There are two walks planned for this weekend. On Saturday December 3 there is a 10 mile moderate walk taking in Birkett Common & the Eden Valley Viaducts. This is a circular walk leaving Kirkby Stephen station at 10.34. On Sunday,  4 December there is  a 14 mile strenuous walk leaving Hellifield at 10.02 and returning 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


A reminder that the new car parking regulations in Settle Market Place came into force on December 1st 2016. To park in the market place you will need to display a disc in your car, in a prominent position.  Parking will be limited to 2 hours in the Market Place. Any timed disc can be used, it doesn’t need to have Settle Town Council log on it. Discs are available from over 20 shops in the town centre and shops supplying discs will display a poster in their window to assist you.


Santa Claus – along with his friends from Settle Rotary – is coming to town and will  be visiting Upper Settle and Longdale Avenue with his sleigh and his elves on Thursday 1st December starting at 5pm. On December 2nd he will be visiting Long Preston and on Saturday 3rd he will be at Booths Supermarket between 10-4. The following week his hectic schedule includes visits to Hellifield on December 5th and 6th, Settle’s Mill Close and Northfield on December 7th, Langcliffe on 8th, Austwick and Clapham on 9th and then on December 10th he will be outside Car and Kitchen in Settle Market Place between 10-4pm. Santa is looking forward to meeting children of all ages!


The hall is offering a varied programme throughout the winter months. 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 Topsy Turvy Theatre, will stage “The Lost Present”. This has been w ritten especially for children and brought to life using handmade puppets, original music and delightful storytelling, The Lost Present is an enchanting tale about true friendship. It really is the perfect gift for Christmas. Please note that this is a matinee performance.  On December 14th Dryad productions  Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights when they stage Christmas Gothic.  Then on December 17th 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.


The group meeting on 5 December is a members night and the theme is prints. This will provide an opportunity for members to display and talk about some of their prints. The theme for the gallery is “Best of 2016”. The group will meet at Townhead Court at 7.30pm.


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.


The Christmas Exhibition at the Gallery on the Green will open on December 2nd and stay in place until January 14th. Once again the installation has been provided by Settle Flagmakers, under the guidance of Jeanne Carr. This year the display features a winter wonderland with penguins sliding down a waterfall and generally having fun in a wintry landscape.  The array of knitted penguins were first seen last year as part of the window display at the town’s Age UK Charity Shop, where they proved so popular with visitors that a return was demanded. As usual the display will include a small supply of chocolate money – this time at the bottom of the waterfall, with visitors invited to take a coin. And if previous years are anything to go by, generous adult visitors will add to the supply during the month that the exhibition is on display.


On December 3, St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church is holding a Christmas Craft Fair in aid of the church restoration fund. This will run from 11am – 3pm and there will be a range of items on sale including heritage stationery, jewellery, books, handmade good and homemade baking. There will also be seasonal refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies. There will be a children’s lucky dip, an hourly raffle and the opportunity to see a 3D printer being demonstrated.


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 meeting of Settle WI is on Wednesday 7th December at 2pm in St John’s Church Hall, Settle.  The speaker is Martin Lunn talking about ‘Women Astronomers’.There will be mince pies and a raffle for a Christmas hamper. Visitors 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.


The last meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, 7th December at 7.00 p.m. at The Royal Oak.   Just a reminder that, with effect from January, 2017, meetings will be held on the LAST Wednesday of the month, beginning with Wednesday, 25th January.


St John’s congregation  invite you to come along and join them marking this special season at a gift service on December 11th at 10.30am. During the service gifts of  children’s toys and clothing can be donated for distribution to families requiring assistance. On December 12 at 7pm we are holding our “Soupa Carol” event. This is a time for fun, carols, poems and readings with a festive theme and home made soup. All are welcome.


Langcliffe Singers invite you to join them for a seasonal evening of selected readings and carols on 10 December at St John’s Church at 7.30pm.  The programme will include ‘Comes the Light’ by Anne Burgess: winner of BBC Carol Competition, 2015. Tickets cost £10 and are available on the door, from choir members and from Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.


North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to join members and guests on Austwick Village Green at 1.45pm on Sunday 11th December to enjoy a guided walk of the Clapper Bridges of Austwick followed by tea and mince pies at Beck House, Austwick where non walkers may join us at 3pm. Non-members are welcome as usual at a charge of £2.4 An extra event is being staged on Friday 16th December 2016, 2.30pm at St. John’s Methodist Church, Settle when Professor Richard Hoyle, Visiting Professor of Economic History at the University of Reading will give a talk on  ‘Malham in the Eighteenth Century: ‘Langs’ maps of 1760 and 1785-6′. By one of the country’s leading researchers in rural history, this will be a most interesting and copiously illustrated talk. There will be refreshments afterwards and, as usual, non-members are welcome at a charge of £2.


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.


A reminder that there are still vacancies for those wishing to attend 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.


An eight week mindfulness course will commence in the new year at Hellifield. Sessions will take place at Goal Cottage between 10-12.30pm on Thursdays from 19 January onwards.  For details and bookings please contact 07803 721135.



This evening and up to 3 December the school will be staging the school edition of Les Miserables. Although most tickets for this production have been sold out there is a reserve list for returned tickets and so there are still a few available. 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


The church will be holding a Christmas Fair over the weekend 9&10 December. This will run from 7.00-9.00pm with mulled wine and mince pies on Friday 9th and then from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 10th. Santa Claus will also attend on Saturday and will be in his grotto 10.00-12.00 and 2.00-4.00

Refreshments will be available all day



The unexpected hospitalisation of conducter, Ola Ness, earlier in the week might have thrown a lesser group but instead Settle Orchestra rose to the challenge and behaved with true professionalism. Following only one rehearsal with their new conductor for the evening, Leo Geyer, their concert was truly outstanding and there was a very palpable sense of determination as everyone seemed to up their game in order to make sure that the evening went well. Leo Geyer is totally fascinating to watch when conducting as he appears to be totally lost in the music being created while every inch of him is totally aware of what is happening within the orchestra and he is communicating with them on so many different levels, with minute gestures and flickers of eye contact.  Little wonder then that one overheard comment was how much the orchestra seems to have become revitalised of late and so much more confident in their playing. This was certainly an ambitious programme and yet the effect was one of total control, and if there were any feet scrabbling away beneath the surface then the overall impression was most definitely one of serenity. The evening opened with great drama with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture.  Written to commemorate the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution this is a loud and dramatic piece filled with fanfares, exuberance and played at a frenetic pace. In short a highly charged theatrical romp of a piece – and the orchestra clearly enjoyed themselves immensely bringing a wild energy to this explosive work.  The centrepiece of the evening was Hummel’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra which featured Adam Stockbridge as soloist.  Adam began learning the trumpet at the age of eight and for many years peformed with Settle Orchestra before graduating in 2015 from the Royal College of Music. He is now principal trumpet of Orpheus Sinfonia and returned to Settle as a soloist to help celebrate the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary.  The piece proved to be not only a wonderful showcase for his talent but also demonstrated perfectly the versatility and range of the trumpet as a solo instrument, as the various movements allowed for an array of techniques to be employed. The lively performance was greeted by rapturous applause by an enthusiastic audience. The evening closed with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5 and again this was a perfect example of the amazing teamwork within the orchestra, with the various movements giving emphasis to different sections of the orchestra in turn. It is a very dark piece in places, with tremendous solemnity giving way to brooding melancholy and then wildly explosive passages with great potential for the timpani and shimmering brass solos which in turn give way to elegant string sections. A remarkably dramatic piece it enabled the audience to enjoy the orchestra in many forms, not least a number of excellent solos which were woven into the evening. All in all and marvellous night and a fitting tribute to the orchestra’s heritage in this special year.

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