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Local poet, John Garth Raubenheimer, is once again offering his services to local groups as an entertainer. In his new entertainment entitled ” A poetry reading between two songs” he will share both new and older work chiefly from his book “The Voyage from Me to You”.  John provides his services to raise funds for SANE, a charity helping people affected by mental illness. For details contact 01729 82561101729 825611 or 07960708886.


A reminder that the Flowerpot trail and quiz sheets are now available from outlets across the town. Sheets cost £1 and are on sale at the Tourist Information Centre, Lay of the Land, Lamberts newsagents, The Playbarn, The House that Jack Built, Speight and Watsons, Sweet Corner and The Folly. The trail will run throughout August.


On Thursday 7 August there will be a guided walk entitled ‘18th Century roads west of Settle’ led by Robert Clarke.  This is a moderate walk of about 3 miles.  Boots/stout shoes needed.  Meet at Giggleswick Station car park at 2.00 pm. Members of the general public are welcome to attend this event at a cost of £2 per person.


Settle Photographic Group will once again be organising a Town Trail of framed photographs in local shop windows throughout August with pictures going up on 7th August.  This year there are about 90 pictures to hunt down and look at. They are all centred around the middle of Settle and provide some interesting entertainment for both visitors and residents. Maps can be obtained free of charge from the TIC, and some local shops, or downloaded from Following the Town Trail, at the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday to Monday, there will be the Annual Settle Photographic Group Exhibition. This will be in the Village Hall in Clapham, free entry daily from 11am to 5pm and refreshments will be available.


There will be  a guided walk on August 9th arranged by the Friends of Settle-Carlisle line. Entitled the 3 Dales walk this route leaves Horton in Ribblesdale at 9.58 and is a 17 mile very strenuous walk with time constraints. There will also be a10 mile moderate walk in the area of Ribblehead and Batty Green focussing on the influence of Navvies and Norsemen on the area. This leaves Ribblehead at 10.06. Booking in advance is not required for these walks but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped. For further details contact


Over the summer there will be a special season of family films, shown in conjunction with TRAMPS. The first of these is “Matilda” on 6 August then on 30 August there will be a showing of “Babe”. “One hundred and one dalmations” will be shown on 3 September.  All of the family films start at 7pm and cost £5 for adults and £4 for under 13s. A family ticket is available for £15. Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 82571801729 825718 .


On Monday, August 11 there will be a showing of the Ken Loach film “The Angels’ Share” at Victoria Hall at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £5 on the door. The film is a comedy drama telling the story of how a visit to a whisky distillery by a group on community payback offers a possible route to a new way of life.


On August 12 the Folly is offering a chance to “Go Loco” and help build a model of Settle Station. This is a free activity which runs from 1-4pm, although donations towards the cost of materials would be welcome. A reminder that there are currently two local exhibitions being staged at The Folly. The first, ‘War Beckons’: tracks how the people of North Craven prepared for war in 1914 and includes memorabilia loaned by local families. The second, ‘Journeys Through a Family Archive’, explores  how the Rileys of Settle meticulously recorded and communicated the details of their everyday lives, work and – often adventurous – travels and achievements through writing, drawing and photography over a period of nearly 80 years. Frederic Riley was the author of several definitive full-length books on this area of Yorkshire, including his most ambitious work “The Ribble from its Source to the Sea”, published 100 years ago this year. This exhibition is a must for everyone who enjoys comparing and contrasting ‘then’ and ‘now’   The Folly is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm  and on Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm


The Friends of Victoria Hall are holding their Annual General Meeting at the hall on 13 August at 7pm. All are welcome and new members are always required. Special help is currently required to assist with the distribution of brochures around the town and in local villages.


This summer’s holiday club, organised by Churches Together in Settle and District,  will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings on 12-14 August between 10am to noon each day. The venue is St John’s Church Hall and this time the club will have a cops and robbers theme.  The event if free for 5-11 year olds. For details contact 01729 82231101729 822311 .


Although Settle Primary pupils are currently on holiday the pupils in Kwezana are still at school and this week have been posting information on the link site about their country’s Bill of Rights and about traditional African religion and how this emphasises the the importance of passing on values and cultural identity from one generation to the next. To find out more about the links between the two schools you can visit or the global learning page on Settle Primary School website


The Tot Lord trail will take place every Thursday in August between 6.30pm – 8.15pm. This local history walk  meets outside the Tourist Information Centre and follows in the footsteps of Tot Lord, a boy soldier in World War 1 who went on to become a prominent citizen in Settle.  The walk costs £4, with all proceeds to Oxfam. For details contact 015242 42414.


As part of a campaign to discourage cycle theft, North Yorkshire Police are offering free bicycle security marking. This service will be available  between 10.30am -2pm on August 12th in Whitefriars car park.


The group are holding their enrollment session on 14 August at 10.30am at Victoria Hall. There will be a chance to chat over coffee and catch up with friends and to find out about the activities on offer for the new term.


On 27 August, U3A singing group in conjunction with Age UK are holding their big sing event at St John’s Hall between 2-4pm. The singing session has a seaside theme and is free to all, so do come along and join the fun. There will be light refreshments and a raffle.


Settle Rotary Club’s Annual Charity Competition will be held on Friday August 22nd at Bentham Golf Club for teams of four players.

This is a really fun day out for friends or teams from work! Lots of prizes and a meal are included. The Charities to be supported this year are Lupus and Epilepsy Action. For further information contact Ian Johnson on 01729 82345301729 823453 or email


Stalls are available at an all sorts market organised by the Friends of Victoria Hall at Victoria Hall on bank holiday Saturday, 23 August. Details can be obtained from 01729 82386701729 823867 .  The event will run from 9.30am – 4pm with refreshments served all day.


This year’s festival will run from 10-12 October, and booking opens 28th July.  There will be storytellers and musicians from all over the world taking part in over 40 events, and loads of them free, whether you’re tall, small or somewhere in between, you can join in. Join the festival mailing list at and be amongst the first to know about forthcoming events, breaking news and early bird discounts.


On Sunday, 3 August, Settle Bowling Club organised their Annual Novice Trophy sponsored by Settle Social Club. This competition is designed for “non-bowlers” of any age. A good turn-out resulted in an excellent competition with all players displaying true grit and determination. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there was lots of good bowling on show. The Club President, Mrs Di Bullock, presented prizes to the winners, Jeff Bygrave and Colin Hayes; the runners up Martin Scaife and Steven Monks and the losing semi-finalists Mark Verden and Brian Ayrey and David and Nathan Bullock. It was very encouraging to see so many youngsters bowling.  Congratulations to Oliver and Matthew Kilburn and Nathan and Dan Bullock for competing against the adults.  Brian Ayrey won a bottle of whiskey for getting nearest the jack in the centre of the green. The raffle was won by David Sugden with Ann Walker coming second. Thanks to Verdy for running the raffle.  Thanks to the bowling club members who ran the event and the tea ladies and markers for all their assistance, but the biggest thank you should go to the competitors for taking part in the event, which will be repeated next year. An excellent footnote to this event was that all the winners donated their prize money to club funds. It is not the winning that matters; it is the taking part. Well done to everyone.



Giggleswick Horticultural Society’s 73rd annual show will be held on Saturday, 9th August at Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion.  The show, which is open to the public at 1.30pm, will be officially opened at 2pm by Emma Lonsdale who is British Freestyle Skiing Champion and who represented Britain in this year’s Winter Olympics.  Admission is £1.50 for adults and free for children. Schedules and entry forms are now available from Lamberts Newsagents, Speight and Watson Newsagents, Settle Tourist Information Centre, Lay of the Land, The Garden Shed and The Tuck Shop, Giggleswick. Any profits from the show are donated to local charities and last year £700 was distributed amongst five charities.


Giggleswick WI invite you to join them in the Parish Rooms this evening, 7 August for a baking demonstration with Mike the master baker.  The evening will start at 7.30pm and is open to all, members and non-members (of both sexes) are welcome.

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