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There is only one walk planned for this weekend, taking place on Saturday, 19 November. This is a 15 mile strenuous walk from     Gargrave to Settle via Malham Cove. This will leave Gargrave at 9.32 am and conclude at  Settle. 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


The hall is offering a varied programme throughout the winter months. On Friday 18 November the hall is delighted to welcome, Buzz Hawkins: the man behind the Bradshaws. Twice nominated for the Sony Radio Award for ‘Best Use Of Comedy’, writer-voicer-producer Buzz Hawkins brings radio’s longest running favourite funny family ‘The Bradshaws’ to life on stage. On November 19 the hall welcomes the return of The Tom McConville Band,  regarded as the most entertaining, exciting four-piece operating on the folk festival circuit today. Fronted by the incendiary Fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, this band also features Shona Kipling, herself a BBC Folk Award nominee, and one of the finest accordion players in the country. Added to that is David Newey’s ‘incredible, unique guitar playing’ and Phil Murray , esteemed as ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’. A change of pace and musical tastes for a matinee performance on Sunday 20th when Musica Lirica presents Johann Strauss’ popular comic opera “Die Fledermaus” at 2.30pm. Probably the greatest and most popular operetta in the world, it  perfectly combines bubbling melodies with an hilariously ridiculous plot. Then to round of the month there will be a concert on 27 November of brass music combining the contemporary talents of the young Glaswegian ‘Granny Green Trio’ and James Stretton’s highly respected ‘Orichalcum Classical Brass’ from the North of England.The concert will include a specially commissioned finale piece for Settle Victoria Hall. ‘Melding Brass’ is composed by renowned brass composer David Lancaster.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


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.


Langcliffe Singers invite you to join them this evening, 17 November,  on a musical journey to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. A concert featuring choral music and readings inspired by stops along the canal entitled “From Sunrise to Sunset” will take place at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Gisburn. Tickets cost £10, under 16s free, and are available on the door or via Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office, Gisburn Church and Skipton Camera Centre.


The club will next meet at Settle Social Club on 19 November for an evening of good beer, good company and good music. Musicians and floor singers welcome and everyone else can just come along and join in too!


Settle Orchestra’s autumn concerts will take place on 19 November at 7.30pm at Settle College and on 26 November at Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and are available from Skipton Camera Centre, Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post office and on the door. The programme will include

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Hummel: Trumpet Concerto and Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 . The orchestra will be conducted by Ola Ness and will feature as guest soloist former orchestra member Adam Stockbridge on trumpet.


The gallery’s new Winter Exhibition ,”Spotlight on Craven” opens on Saturday 19 November 2016. The exhibition features, [aintings, drawings, sculpture, original prints, ceramics by a range of artists.
The exhibition will then be open everyWednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday between 11 – 4


Settle Scouts invite you to join them for a table top sale in the Drill Hall on Castlebergh Lane on 19 November. Table spaces are available at a cost of £10 per table by contacting The event will run from 10-3.30 and there will also be a display by the Crafty Knitters of Settle.


Messy Church will next take place on 20 November at St John’s Church Hall between 3.30-5.30. This month the theme for activities will be Trusting God and will be based around Psalm 23. This event is open to all families and includes crafts/activitites, a short celebration /worship session and a hot meal. The event is free but there is an opportunity to contribute to the cost of equipment. It is run by volunteers from the Churches Together in Settle.


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 21 November and will be a slide show featuring the slides from the recent YPU event. This will commence at 7.30pm. The slides will be taken from the latest annual competition and the evening will be split into two parts – a slideshow from entries across all categories, showing what images fellow Yorkshire club members are taking – followed by a more detailed view and discussion over the top images. The theme for the gallery will be – “Wide Angle/Telephoto


The next meeting will take place on 23 November at 2pm at Townhead Court and will consist of the Annual General Meeting followed by a session of members Christmas ideas.


Friends Meeting House is hosting “A day for Palestine” on November 26 between 10.00 – 3.00. There will be a drop in exhibition throughout the day and a cafe selling tea and coffee along with cakes, soup and snacks. Palestinian goods such as oil and dates will also be on sale.  All proceeds from this event will go towards medical aid for Palestinians. There will also be two scheduled discussion sessions. The first, between 11-11.45, will be led by Robert Cohen around the theme “Is boycotting Israel anti-semitic” and the second, between 1.30-2.15, will be led by Annie Neligan on the theme “Practical steps to support Palestinians”. All welcome.


Friends of Victoria Hall will be holding their next “all sorts” market on 26 November. This will run from 9-3 with refreshments available all day. Stalls are now available for booking via 01729 825718.


On Tuesday 29 November, David Mitchell will be at the Folly between 10 am – 4pm to sign copies of a new book, “Bill Mitchell’s Yorkshire”. The book has been compiled by David from his father’s writings about the county and its people. There will be refreshments available throughout the day as well as an exhibition of Bill’s work and a chance to purchase a selection of Bill’s books.


Settle Tourist Information Centre is currently stocking a wide range of Christmas cards on behalf of a range of charities. These are available to purchase whenever the TIC is open.


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.


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.


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.


Christmas is coming and planning is already underway for the 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. Volunteers are required to assist with the meal and with transport. Anyone able to assist should contact Judith on the above number. There will be a planning meeting for volunteers in mid November.



This year the school will be staging the school edition of Les Miserables from 30 November – 3 December.  Tickets for this production are almost sold out but a reserve list has been opened for returned tickets. 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



It isn’t often that you get to participate in a piece of theatre which is over 1000 years old – but audience participation was very much in order during this amazing retelling of  selections from the Persian epic poem which makes up the book of kings.  Written by the Iranian poet, Ferdowsi, over an extended period it is based on a series of stories which are even older and blend myth, legend and history to tell the story of the Persian empire and its heroes.  These ancient tales are stunningly brought to life by storyteller Xanthe Gresham Knight and musician Arash Moradi.  There is truly a wonderful sense of dynamism between this duo as their work complements one another to create a perfect whole. Arash Moradi’s versatile musicianship on daf, setar and shurangiz createes a hypnotic score to support the telling of the stories, providing a rhythmic soundrack for horse races, an evocative mood music and a means of transporting the listener to other worlds.  The music is as much the warp to this tapestry of stories as performance of the storyteller is the weft – they can only exist together.  As a storyteller Xanthe Gresham Knight is in a class of her own. Using a wide range of techniques to draw her listeners into the tale she swoops and swirls, with scarves flying, to summon up the magical Simorgh bird; stands proud to declaim rhymes suggestive of the speed of charging horses and kneeling draws the audience down to join her on a battlefield to lament the fall of heroes. The intensity of her performance is such that she is able to summon up all the characters within her tales and yet never leaves the viewer in any doubt as to who she is or what is happening. Her tales unfold gently and even the most unwilling members of the audience find themselves caught up in the spell and assisting in creating the soundtrack of calling birds, chanting armies and chirruping cicadas. The stories themselves, though ancient, touch on modern concerns such as the nature of war, the quest for peace, love, death and the meaning of loyalty and integrity. They are universal themes but created here in a way which is spellbinding in its otherworldliness. As a performance it is totally enchanting, continually thought provoking and extremely slick and professional.  A truly magical evening.

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