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Local Settle News 22nd September


Settle Rotary and Castleberg Lodge are holding a Grand National Race Night on 27 September at the Rugby Club to help raise funds for Settle Scouts. The evening’s events start at 7.30pm and tickets, costing £5 including supper, can be purchased via 07891 322096.


Many thanks to everyone who has supported the church each Tuesday over the summer month . The team hope that you have enjoyed the homemade lunches and the friendly welcome. Although the last of the lunches took place on 24th September, teas and coffees will still be served from 10am on Tuesdays and from October 1st there will be a lighter menu of home-made soup with a choice of sandwich or roll and butter available between noon to 2pm. On November 26th a Christmas lunch will be served. Please contact any member of the Tuesday team for details.


An Antipodean Summer in Antarctica is the subject of Tim Labrum’s lecture this evening, 26 Sepember. Tim is a Settle based lawyer with Coles Solicitors and the talk is an insight into his time on an academic research expedition researching climate change.  In association with Skipton Puppet festival there will be a performance of Gruffalo Child by Mulheim-an-der-Donau on the morning of 27 September. West Yorkshire Savoyards return with a rousing production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s fast, funny and witty “Pirates of Penzance” before the month is brought to a lively conclusion on 29 September with Mike Harding introducing “Merry Hell” as part of the Folk at Victoria Hall  nights. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


A reminder that the Christmas Shopping Trip will be to York on Wednesday 20 November and will cost £12.50. The coach will leave Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30am and leave York at 4.30pm and this event is open to  friends and family members are welcome.  At the next meeting on Wednesday 2 October Jen Darling will give a talk on Books for Booklovers and the competition will be for a bookmark.


As part of the world’s biggest coffee morning, coffee will be served at Dalehome on Station Road, between 10-noon on 27 September. All are welcome to come along and support the work of  Macmillan and help them to support those bearing the burden of cancer.


This year’s festival will take place between 10-13 October and will offer a range of events suitable for all ages including workshops, town trail, story walk, tea and tales, makers market and a whole range of story telling experiences at venues throughout the town. Tickets are now available via, Settle Music on 01729 825838 or Victoria Hall on 01729 825718.


As part of Quaker Week in October there will be a peformance of “Nine parts a Quaker…unfinished business” by Plain Quakers theatre group at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate. The production tells the story of Thomas Clarkson and the campaign to end slavery. The performance takes place at 7.30pm on 2 October and is free, though donations are welcome.


The winner of the National Poetry Prize, Mike Barlow, will read some of his work at the Autumn Settle Sessions at The Folly in Settle on October 4th. Also on the bill will be Craven writer Veronica Caperon and some local writers and poets with their own work in an Open Mic slot. Mike has been winning prizes and accolades since 2002 when he won first prize in Amnesty International’s Competition; in 2006 he claimed the prestigious National Poetry Prize. His work is described as ‘cumulative power, cohesion, and a particular, individual voice’ (Gillian Clarke); ‘There is a warmth running through…a beautifully composed piece of music.’ (Poetry Society); ‘stand-out images and fresh perspectives’ (Poetry London); ‘brilliant deftness… and an unusual warmth’ (Ann Sansom). Mike is also an artist and is a member of the Lunesdale Studio Trail. Veronica Caperon has been writing all her working life as a copywriter and more recently, as poet and playwright. Her poems have been likened to the “Roger McGough style of writing and reading: light-hearted, thought-provoking and sensitive”(Craven Herald) with “…dry wit and variety” (Ann Pilling), and are “gentle and tender” (Sue Vickerman). Her contribution for the evening will include the monologue “The Birthday Wish” performed by Christine Hooley who delivers it “with great tenderness, pathos and humour” (Craven Herald). Veronica has co-written recent Austwick Community Players productions with her husband and is half of the Lippy Logic Theatre duo.

Locally based poets and writers will also be taking part in the evening by reading some of their work. “We want to encourage local people to share their writing” said Jean Harrison. “We feel we have unearthed a lot of literary talent in and around Settle!” Settle Sessions is at 7.30pm at The Folly. Tickets, which are limited due to space, are £5 available from Cave and Cragg, The Folly and Crossleigh Stores Austwick. For more information people should ring 01729 823305 or 824537


Settle Social Club is hosting a 90’s Rave themed disco on 5 October to raise funds for the Stroke Association. This is an over 18s event only and will run from 9 till late. Tickets cost £3 in advance or £5 on the night.


The next Charity Dance will take place at Settle College on Saturday October 5th between 7.30-11.30 pm. To book please contact 01729 823259 /824038 by Thursday October 3rd.


Tickets are on sale at Victoria Hall Box Office (01729 825718) for this year’s production. The group will perform Calamity Jane throughout the week of 28 October to 2 November every evening at 7.30pm with a matinee on the Saturday afternoon.


The next meeting will take place on Monday, October 7th at 7.30 at Townhead Court when the speaker will be Sam Dalby on the subject of “An Artists approach to the portrait…” Sam Dalby, who lives in Settle, is a talented portrait artist  and the focus of his talk with be to share  some insights into his approach to creating a portrait The rest of the evening will be comprised of a members’ gallery on the subject of Colour”. Visitors and new members are always welcome.


The renowned Steeton Male Voice Choir will be performing in concert at St John’s Methodist Church on October 19th at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8, including refreshments, and are available via 01729 823978 or on the door.


A race night and disco on behalf of Freda’s playgroup and Giggleswick Primary School is being held on October 12 at Settle Social Club. Admission is £2.50 and tickets can be purchased from either the playgroup (01729 824884) or the school (822248). There will also be a raffle.


Appointments are now available for patients with Townhead practice (both at Settle and Hellified) to receive flu vaccinations. Patients in the following higher risk groups are eligible for an NHS vaccination: patients over 65, carers, diabetics (aged 6 months or older), patients undergoing chemotherapy (aged 6 months or older), patients who have a weak immune system (aged 6 months or older), patients who suffer from chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease (aged 6 months or older), patients who suffer from neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (aged 6 months or older) ,residents of long stay care homes and pregnant ladies – at any stage of pregnancy. To assist those in the above groups who attend school, college or work appointments are available on week day lunch times, afternoons, tea times and Saturdays throughout October and early November. These appointments are short in duration so the Practice asks that patients try to attend in good time and be ready to be called by a member of the nurse team. Appointments can be booked ‘on-line’ via the Townhead Surgery website by patients who have previously registered at the surgery to use the on-line service or by  telephoning the Surgery on 01729 822611 between 11.00am & 4.00pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment, The flu vaccination season provides the Practice with a great opportunity to update patients’ medical records. So, patients will also be asked to complete a patient questionnaire during their visit.



On September 26 there will the first of the new initiative, the Gigg lectures. The idea behind these is to provide illustrated lectures with the aim of inspiring, entertaining and challenging audiences by speakers from a range of backgrounds. The first of these will be Alan Hinkes OBE who in 2005 became the first Briton to have climbed all 14 of the the world’s highest mountains.  On 29 September the community cinema showing at 3.30pm will be The Great Gatsby .  All tickets are available via or via 01729 893180


On Monday, 30 September at 7.30, Jan Michael will be talking about her latest book Moorside Boy, set in Settle and Giggleswick (Seggleswick). The story takes place in the present and in the 1840s when Benjamin Waugh, founder of the NSPCC, was growing up in Settle. The book will be on sale for a special price of £5; all proceeds to the NSPCC. Admission to the event: £4, inc. drinks and snacks



There’s a well known product whose advertising slogan is “that it does what it says on the tin” – and the same could be said of the Houghton Weavers. After 38 years of performing there is no doubt that they have found  winning formula and have succeeded by sticking to it, in short when they promise family friendly anecdotes, jokes and music then that is exactly what you get.  They have had decades of practice to hone the skills needed to encourage an audience to join in with them and from the outset it became obvious that singing along was expected and something everyone was only too willing to do. There were plenty of old favourites to sing too, Maggie May (the original version), Dotty True, Wild Rover and other easy going songs that floated by on a wave of nostalgia: Dirty Old Town, The Last Thing on My Mind, Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs all interspersed with jokes so corny that even a self-respecting cracker would turn them down – but all delivered with an ease and old style charm that was hard to resist. What makes this all the more remarkable however was the fact that not all of the team were present, as keyboard player Steve Millington was admitted to intensive care last week. While a lesser band might crumble, the decision was taken instead to continue with stand-in players and a re-arranged set. While this may have robbed the show of its spontaneity it certainly says a huge amount about the performers’ professionalism . Special congratulations therefore to Steve Miller and Ken Nicol who stepped in at short notice and performed exceptionally. Ken Nicol’s outstanding guitar and ukele solos were real highlights of the evening as was his performance of Midsummer Night Dream with clever tongue-twistingly telling lyrics.  Added in to the mix were a number of lesser known numbers, such as the poignant “Her father didn’t like me any way” and the nostalgic “Saturday Morning Cowboys” as well the better known comic songs such as “Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls” and “Rawtenstall Annual Fair”.  That the group were on comfortable ground was clear by the appreciative way in which the audience not only joined in but also answered back at times – the way you do with old friends. This was a comfortable night, spent in the company of good companions and there are times when you really couldn’t ask for more – it was also educational, as at least now I know exactly what to do when my clogs let water in!

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