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This weekend there will be a number of walks taking place on Saturday 20 May. The first of these includes a visit to   Armathwaite signal box visit and a 7 mile moderate circular walk through Coombs Wood, the Longdales and returning via Ainstable to Armathwaite. This leaves at 12.05 from Armathwaite. For those requiring something more strenuous there will be a circular walk leaving Armathwaite at  8.57. This is a 16 mile strenuous Armathwaite circular via Croglin Fell.  A third option is a 13 mile Langwathby to Armathwaite walk via Long Meg Stone. Finally, as part of the Get Walking series there will be an 8 mile moderate Settle to Malham   walk leaving Settle at 10.44 and returning to Skipton via a service bus from Malham. This walk is suitable for families but not for buggies or prams.   All participants in railway walks 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.


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


There is a wide range of entertainment programmed for May. On May 20 the hall hosts Dean Friedman in concert. Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for the chart-topping hits “Ariel”, “Lucky Stars”, “Lydia”, “Woman of Mine”, “McDonald’s Girl” and more. On 21st May A long standing member of the Philadelphia music scene, Lizanne Knott will bring the sounds of Nashville to Settle. On May  27th the hall will be the venue for The Rapper & the Griot, at 2pm, Sofie Hagen in  Dead Baby Frog at 7.15pm and The New Fox Band in a Ceilidh at 9.30pm, all part of Settle Stories Festival of Happiness. 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.


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am with the exception of the trips to Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, which departs at 9.30am. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email Cheques should be made payable to Settle Rotary Club. The first trip is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pm at Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £44.00 per person. Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You at Leeds Grand on Wednesday 30 August (cost £54: closing date for reservations 7 July), Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Theatre By the Lake, Keswick on 13 September (Cost £35)  and “Handbagged” a satrical comedy detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher (Cost £35) also at Keswick.


An invitation to women and girls to get in touch with their inner warrior on 19 May. From 6.30-8.30 North Ribblesdale Rugby Club will be hosting a “warrior camp” to provide an opportunity for women to learn the basics of women’s rugby.  For details contact 01729 822755


Settle Scouts are holding at table top sale in the Drill Hall at Castleberg on 20 May between 10-3. Tables cost £10 – or a bargain price of £7 if you bring your own table!. And donations of bric-a-brac would be gratefully received. For further details or to book a space please contact 015242 51702.


The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 20 May at St Mary and St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate. Tea and coffee are served from 8.15 am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. The peakers will be  Claire Holliday & Jane Cotton representing Settle Dementia Action Alliance. They will explain the benefits of a ‘dementia friendly’ Settle and how by making simple changes we can help to create a vibrant, inclusive community. Please book your places by Thurs 18 May for a  ‘Full English’. Cost £3.00

01729 825285 / email: to book your place. Please note that the current team are stepping down after 7 years and so this will be the last big breakfast until a new team takes over.


St John’s Methodist Church, Settle is delighted to be hosting a concert by gifted musician Simeon Wood, who plays a variety of woodwind instruments, including flute, bass flute, panpipes, Celtic whistle and didgeridoo – and the NHS walking stick!  The concert will take place on 20 May at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8 or 2 for £12 – a special reduction designed to encourage you to bring a friend along to hear this amazing musician. Simeon has performed at various festivals and on board cruise ships, as well as in concert halls, theatres, schools and churches but in 2013 came to the attention of the national press after creating an instrument from an NHS walking stick!   He performs a varied programme of classical, jazz, Celtic and folk music interspersed with stories and anecdotes.   Tickets are available from Mansergh’s Bookshop, Settle, or on the door and all are welcome.


The club will next meet on 20 May at Settle Social Club for a convivial evening of folk music from floor singers and musicians and good company and good cheer (and good beer!). All welcome. Singing starts around 8.30pm.


The next messy church session will take place on 21 May at St John’s Church between 3.30-5.30. There will be games, activities and a time for families of all kinds to share experiences together and join in a hot meal. This month we will be looking at how to listen to the “still small voice” and hear God guiding us day to day. The event is free but there is an opportunity to contribute to the cost of craft materials and foodstuffs.


There will be a Yorkshire Themed pub quiz night at The Royal Oak on 23 May at 7.30pm. Teams and individuals from local businesses around the district are invited to enter and bookings can be made via eventbrite.


The next gardening club meeting will take place at Townhead Court at 2pm on 24 May. The speaker will be Jacqueline Iddon on the subject of “Arranging the garden”. Non members welcome at cost £3.


On May 25 the hub is hosting a family history session from 3-6pm. This will look at how to use on line resources to find out more about your family history. On 29 May there will be a plant sale between 10am -2pm. Plants for this event can be dropped off on 26 May between 12-5.


Are you happy? Do you want to be even more happy? Then Settle on 27 May is definitely the place to be when Settle Stories holds its Festival of Happiness. There will be over 20 free taster sessions and workshops by local clubs and groups so you can discover what’s on offer in Settle, try something new and see how coming together as a community can make us happier. In addition there professional events to allow you to Travel to Sierra Leone with stories from Usifu Jalloh and Alim Kamara. Discover Danish comedian Sofie Hagan who’ll have you laughing in the aisles. Dance the night away at our ceilidh. All events are open to all ages unless specified and f you’re booking a paid for event, take advantage of the online discounts, available until the 25th May by booking via the website at


The next Local History Guided Tour of Settle,  featuring ‘Tot Lord Tales’ will take place on Sunday 28th May, 5.30pm to 7.15pm.  There will be a minimum tour donation of £4, with all proceeds going to Oxfam. Our target is to raise £1000 for Oxfam. For further information contact Richard Whinray on or telephone in the evening, 01729 554086. Participants to meet outside the tourist information office in the town hall.


Settle Juniors now meet every Friday from 6.30pm for training and practice. This is open to both boys and girls from age 6 upwards. During the summer the club fields teams for under 9s, under 11s, und 15s and under 17s.  Parents are welcome to use the club house facilities during training sessions.


Advance notice that the initial ‘Get Together’ for the Autumn show will be on Wednesday June 7th at the Old Court House Station Road Settle at 7.30pm. We would like to welcome new members as well as existing ones and would also welcome those who would like to help backstage as well as those wishing to tread the boards. The evening will consist of a resume of the show by our Producer and Musical Director with perhaps a sing along featuring some of the well known numbers. The show chosen is ‘Anything Goes’, a lively production set on board a cruise liner. It has many well known and catchy tunes and promises great fun for all involved. Please feel free to come along to find out more about it and the society. We are looking for adults of all ages. If you require more information please feel free to contact the Secretary Barbara McLernon on 01729 822364 or The dates for the show which will be staged at Settle Victoria Hall are Wednesday October 25th to Saturday October 28th. We look forward to meeting new people as well as old friends.



The Giggleswick Gazelles meet every Friday at Eshtons Pavilion from 5.30-6.30 and welcome new members to join in their running group. The group is friendly and aims to encourage new runners to enjoy their activity and includes stops and walks as part of the programme.  The first session is free and holiday visitors are also welcome.  Tea and cakes are available post run. For details contact  07955 342344.

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