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There is still time to take part in the Ride2Stride festival which runs until 2 May. There are a number of walks, talks and music events arranged at venues along the Settle-Carlisle line. The walks are all free and are of varying lengths and levels of difficult and depart from a range of stations along the line. No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  The music events are also free, though there will be bucket collections to cover the cost of musicians’ expenses. Please note that the music sessions may well continue past the departure time of the last train!  Details of all events can  be found at


May begins with First Sunday Folk introduced by Mike Harding on May 1st. This month’s guests are The Oldham Tinkers whose music is gleaned mainly from their own childhoods, a host of airs and lilts bequeathed by their family backgrounds, narrative songs, music hall songs, dialect songs and poetry, pub songs, daft songs, and deeply sincere songs, often sad. Mostly they sing of Oldham, past and present, with more of a hint of history and industry.  May 6th sees Daniel Kemish visit Settle with his  Fools and Money tour. Daniel Kemish is an Outlaw/Americana artist showcasing tones from his American influences. His warm, gruff voice and style portray a sound that is not often found in people of his age. His lyrics and songwriting style are more commonly associated with the early country singers during the outlaw movement of the 70s. Looking further ahead on May 8th there will be music from multi award winning, nordic folk band Basco. Friday 13th sees The Company of Players ,twelve of the best emerging musicians on the UK folk and acoustic scene, in a collaborative performance of a brand new body of folk music, celebrating the works of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. Highlight of the month is on May 26 when Jazz diva Clare Teal returns to Settle with her trio for an evening of wonderful musical and conversation, guaranteeing the audience something personal and very special. Tickets for this event are expected to sell quickly so early booking is recommended. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


To mark the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Settle on 29 April , the Gallery on the Green is staging a special exhibition looking at the links between art and the world of cycling. It starts with the early days of cycling – featuring a little known work by science fiction writer HG Wells about a cycling adventure. The main attraction is a collection of postcards – showing both the variety of bike designs and the use of the bicycle in advertising and various art forms. We  also include iconic posters from around the world.  The exhibition has been supported by Settle Town Council and will remain in place until 20 May,


Settle Rotary Cub usually have a bookstall outside the National Westminster Bank on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays during the Summer, but we depend on good weather! To celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Settle, the Rotary Club will have its Charity Bookstall and Book Shop in Settle at 3 Duke Street. It will be open on Friday 29th April when Le Tour arrives in Settle from 10am until 6pm. For the rest of the weekend it will be open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. It will be open regardless of the weather!  Books and CDs are free with voluntary donations going to local charities and good causes which we support throughout the year, like Settle Swimming Pool, Cave Rescue Organisation, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and many more. Please come and support our work and get some new reading for the summer!


Settle Parish Church will be holding a bric a brac sale and serving refreshments between 10-4pm on April 29 and 30. Please note that this is the Friday of the Tour de Yorkshire.


To mark the visit of the Tour De Yorkshire The Folly is opening between 10.30-6pm on 29 April. There will be a reduced entry fee of £2, with a varied range of displays on display including a display of bicycles old and new. Tea and coffee will be served all day.


Many thanks to Margaret Smith for her fascinating presentation of a voyage to Antarctica. Her description of the voyage and slides of the wildlife in the Falklands and South Georgia captivated the audience completely. Due to a change in circumstances beyond our control the Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band concert scheduled for 21 May and advertised locally has had to be postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year.


On 29 April North Craven Heritage Trust is holding a talk at St John’s Methodist Church entitled, “Settle-Carlisle Railway, 1850-1990: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions”. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm and admission is £2 for non-members. This event is in association with Ride2Stride 2016 and the speaker will be Martin Pearson.


On April 30th,  Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a coffee morning at the Old Court House on Station Road from 10.00am onwards. There will be home-made cakes and scones available. All welcome.


On May 2nd there will be a second hand book fair at Victoria Hall between 10-4. All welcome.


Each Tuesday St John’s Methodist Church holds a “coffee pot” session with home made cakes in the coffee lounge. This is open to all and runs from 10am to noon and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. On the first Tuesday of the month the coffee pot is held in aid of a charity chosen by a member of the congregation. The charity on May 3rd is MIND, the mental health charity. The charity’s aim is  to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.  They provide advice and support to anyone facing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Please come along and support this event.


The next meeting will be on May 4th at 2pm and the speaker will be Fr Frank Smith who will recall his ‘Life as a Prison Chaplain’ in St John’s Methodist Church Hall. New members are always welcome.


A quiz night is being held at Settle Rugby Club in aid of Settle Area Swimming Pool. The question master for the evening will be Stuart Marshall.  The quiz  will take place at 7.30 on 6 May and tickets cost £5, including supper. There will be a bar and a raffle. Tickets available via HSBC bank in Settle, Settle Pool or via 015242 51488.


The Friends of Settle Pool will be holding their AGM on May 6 at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House. All welcome.


A presentation entitled “The European Union and You” is to be held at the Friends’ Meeting House on Friday 6th May at 7 p.m.  The aim of this meeting is to try to raise the tone of the debate and as far as possible to present accurate facts.  There will be time at the end of the meeting for people to share their views and listen respectfully to each other. All are welcome


The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, May 7th at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall and will run from 8-11pm. Funds raised will be donated to Settle Swimming Pool. If you are able  please confirm your attendance by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038. New dancers are always welcome.


Do you want to make a difference? Could you spare a few hours of your time? Christian Aid actively makes a difference: it is an international development charity working with people, of all faiths and none, in around 50 countries, to eradicate poverty and fight against injustice. This year Christian Aid week will take place during 15 – 21 May. There will be a collection from house to house as well as a Tuesday collection outside The Naked Man. On Wednesday 18 May there will be a coffee evening at St Johns between 7-8.30pm.  Volunteers are needed to give up a few hours of their time to distribute and collect envelopes around the area during the house to house collection. The more volunteers the less work for everyone and the wider the area which can be covered.  If you can help then please contact 01729 822311. Help make a difference this year, please!


Two theatre trips are being planned for the summer, and although these are not for a number of months the closing date for bookings is in May to allow time for arranging coach and tickets. The first trip is to the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival on 6 August at Harrogate. This will be a Saturday matinee performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Royal Hall. Total price is £44 per person, including stalls seat,  coach and gratuities. The second trip is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford to see “Wicked”. Hailed as the best new musical of the decade Wicked deals with the events before the Wizard of Oz. The trip will take place on Wednesday 17 August and again is a matinee performance. Trip cost is £63 per person, to include stalls seat, coach and gratuities. Latest date for bookings is 28 May. For details of both trips contact: 01729 823978.


The next Amnesty letter writing session will take place at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate on 18 May between 5-8pm. Individuals are invited to come along and write a letter to assist in Amnesty’s work. Details are provided of cases and help is given with letter writing. For further details contact – 01729 268912.


On May 21st St John’s Methodist Church is holding a Beetle Drive at 6pm. This will be followed by a pie and pea supper. The event is open to everyone in the community of all ages and to visitors to the area and a fun, friendly evening is guaranteed. Vegetarian and special diet pies can be catered for by contacting 01729  824661 in advance (if possible).  Admission is free but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to help cover the cost of catering. All welcome.


The town council invite all members of the community along to the annual parish meeting at Victoria Hall on 23 May at 7pm. This provides an opportunity for everyone to find out what the town council have been doing over the last year and to find out what plans are being considered for the forthcoming year. This is your chance to have your say and to ask questions. Wine and cheese will be served.


The next serving of Settle Soup will take place on 24 May at Victoria Hall starting at 6pm and running to 8pm. Settle Soup is a scheme where new ideas can receive start up funding. Four ideas have four minutes each in which to pitch their ideas for community projects and then this is voted on by the people present. The winner receives the takings from the evening to help them start their project.  The event is a mix of social gathering, micro fundraiser, grassroots ideas, Dragons Den – and Soup. Booking is essential for food so that we have an idea of the numbers! The concept is simple: a suggested donation of £4 on the door (£2 for under 18s) gives you a delicious meal of soup, bread, tea and a vote for your favourite local community project pitched on the night. To book a place or to discuss a project which you would like to pitch contact 07977 040329.



On May 2nd there will be a performance of “Shakespeare Untold” staged by Seabright Productions and Shakespeare’s Globe. Having premiered at The Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim this 2 hour (including interval) production looks at The stories you know from the characters you don’t. In Romeo Untold, the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet is retold through the eyes of the Capulet Ball’s party planner. Titus Untold retells Shakespeare’s goriest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, as seen from the kitchen of Titus’s piemaker. For further information contact: 01729 893180


This week the school was delighted to welcome our Spanish visitor, from Granada – Miss Ana Garcia Naveros – who will be spending a fortnight in our school. It is good to begin the new term with lots of congratulations, so well done to the 34 pupils who

achieved 100% attendance during the second half of the Spring term.Further congratulations to the pupils who have made the most effort to practise their reading skills by reading regularly. Certificates have been presented to the pupils in each KS2 year group who have the highest average scores for minutes spent reading daily during the Spring Term (the recommended time being 25 minutes).Well done to Class 3 pupils, who recently performed some songs at the official opening event at Limestone View. Congratulations to all participants on their very good sporting behaviour during Friday’s tag rugby and netball events as part of the Johnny Walker Festival which involved every single pupil in KS2. The morning tag rugby workshops were very well-organised and participants benefited greatly from the expert coaching from visiting RFU and North Ribblesdale members, which built on the skills they had already acquired in their P.E. lessons. In the afternoon, two teams from KS2 took part in the competitive festival, supported by students from Settle College, as well as visiting RFU and North Ribblesdale members and attended by members of Johnny Walker’s family. We are once again grateful to Settle Primary and Giggleswick School for organising the events. All pupils played well in their teams, resulting in wins, draws and losses and some stunning performances. In addition to the tag rugby events this year, some of our girls chose to play netball. They participated in some energetic workshops in the morning, coached by some of the players from Yorkshire Jets and played competitively against other teams in the afternoon. Their skills developed considerably during the day, resulting in some wins, draws and losses

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