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A severe landslip near Armathwaite has caused the S&C line to be closed completely. No trains are running between Carlisle and Appleby and an emergency timetable is in place for trains between Leeds and Appleby. Full details of the latest news can be found Settle Carlisle web site at There is however  a walk scheduled for Sat 19 March for  Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen via Mallerstang Valley. This is a 14 mile moderately strenuous walk leaving Garsdale at 10.21. Please note that the get walking family walk planned for Sunday 20 March has been cancelled. 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. Details can also be found at


Victoria Hall can always guarantee a diverse range of entertainment and in March there is definitely something for everyone, with youth taking centre stage for at least two events. The members of the junior section of Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage on 18-20 March with their production of “When Toad Came Home”. Based loosely on the wonderful story ‘The Wind in the Willows’ this little spin off tells the tale of Toad having his computer stolen by those nasty Weasels, who threaten to bring in the Tax Inspector. On Saturday 26th the Queen-esque date cancelled in December due to severe flooding has been rescheduled. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society Junior Section will be performing “When Toad Came Home” at Victoria Hall on 18-20 March.  This entertaining musical play is loosely based on the children’s classic “Wind in the Willows”. Performances will take place at 7.30pm on 18 and 19 March and at 2pm on Sunday 20 March. Tickets are available from Victoria Hall box office.


Saturday 19 March at 8.30am is the time for the next Settle Big Breakfast. There will be Tea / coffee from 8.15am and the breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. This month’s venue is St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate, Settle and you are reminded to please book your places by Thurs 17 March to assist with catering

Contact 01729 825285 / email: to book your place, cost £3 for a “full English”. This month’s speaker will be Maggie Spence.Maggie will speak about ‘Open Doors’ & its work.

60 years of supporting persecuted Christians. Everyone welcome


The residents of Anley Hall invite you to come and join them for an Easter Party on 19 March from 1pm onwards. This will be showcase day for the community to allow everyone to come along and find out more about Anley Hall. There will be entertainment for residents and guests alike as well as an Easter Bonnet competition. All welcome.


The club will hold its March meeting on 19 March at Settle Social club when the guest performer will be Stuart Douglas. Admission £5.


There will be a chance to join in and help raise money for Sport Relief on 20 March at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club when the ground hosts a Sport Relief Mile. Contact Club for details and join in and walk or run a mile for charity or register to enter via


The next messy church session will take place on Sunday, 20 March at St John’s church Hall and runs from 3.30-5.30. This is open to all families and provides activities and a time to spend together thinking and celebrating and also sharing a hot meal. For details contact or ring 01729 825285


Settle Orchestra’s spring concerts will take place on Saturday, 19th March at Christ Church Skipton and on Sunday 20th March 2016 at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School. Both concerts will commence at  7.30pm. The programme, under the direction of guest conductor Ellie Slorarch, will be comprised of Mendelssohn: Wedding March from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’;

•Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5, ‘The Reformation’; Mozart: Overture, ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and Haydn: Symphony No.104, ‘London’. Tickets are available via Orchestra members or Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing


The next meeting will take place on March 21st at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. This will be a photoshop session led by members of the photoshop sub-group who will demonstrate their skills from past activities and discuss plans for the future. This will be followed by a gallery on the theme of a photo story.


There will be a range of Easter activities on offer in the Atrium at Limestone View on 24 March from 10.30-12.30. This is a free event but a donation of £2.50 would be gratefully received to cover costs.


New members are required for Settle bowling club and you are cordially invited to come along and join us. The ‘bowling green’ opens on Friday, 25th March 2016 and old and new members are always welcome regardless of age or experience. For more information, please contact the Secretary: John Chambers (01729-825783) or just turn up at the green from 2 p.m. onwards, Monday to Sunday – there is always someone to play.


The group will next meet at Townhead Court at 2pm on 23 March when the speaker will be Jeff Hutchings. The subject will be “Hardy and Wild Orchids”. Non members welcome, £3 admission.


Settle’s traditional passion play will take place on Good Friday, 25 March and all are welcome. The drama unfolds in four scenes in various locations around the town and commences at 10.30am at St John’s Hall. On Easter Sunday, 27 March, there will be a sunrise service in the millennium gardens at 6.30am. This will be followed by a simple breakfast at Friends Meeting House.


Friends of Settle Victoria Hall will hold an” Allsorts Market” on Saturday 26th March in Victoria Hall from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be served all day. To book a stall please contact the hall on 01729 825718.



The Ribblesdale Moving Picture Show continues its season of foreign films at Victoria Hall on March 30th with a screening of “Cycling with Molière.” This will be shown in French with English subtitles and tells the story of Two middle aged actors cautiously rekindle their past friendship. Tickets £5 on the door, show starts 7.45pm


The next blood donor session will take place in St John’s Hall on 30 March. As usual the day will be divided into two sessions, the first running from 2-3.45 and the second from 4.45-7.30. For further details and appointments contact 0300 123 2323


The coffee pot session on Tuesday 5 April at St John’s Methodist Church will be in aid of Railway Children. The charity is an international movement which believes that no child should ever have to live on the street. It provides protection and opportunities for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. It currently works in India, Africa and the UK. The coffee pot will be open from 10-12 and all are welcome.


The group’s next meeting will be on April13th with Judy Rogers of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The group is bringing  a group of refugees from Bradford to help with the lambing in Malhamdale. We will organise a meal for them at the Meeting House and have a talk from Judy afterwards. More details nearer the time. Members may also be particularly interested in a number of events during Settle Stories Weekend at the start of April. On 2nd April at 2pm at the Meeting House a there will be a talk by the founder of 38 degrees campaign group, David Babbs. Tickets £10 available via Settle Stories. Also on 2nd April at Friends Meeting House at 10am is “Story Telling For Change”. At this event two story tellers will explain how in Lebanon, Kenya and the UK they are using stories to discuss, interrogate and explore our values. This lively discussion will also give you the chance to speak up on the stories you think need to be told, to change the world. Tickets £8. Not listed in the advertising brochure for Settle Stories is a free additional talk on the Fair Tax Campaign on Friday 1st at 5.30 at the Meeting House.


The next charity dance will take place on 2 April at St Mary and Michael Catholic Church Hall from 8-11pm. If you are able to please contact 01729 823259 /824038 to confirm your attendance. New dancers always welcome.


This year Settle Stories Festival 2016 will take place in April instead of October. During the weekend of April 1-3 there will be a wide range of comedy, stories, music and other events taking place at a range of venues across the town. This is the biggest Settle Stories Festival yet, with over 50 events packed into the three days.  Remember too, stories are not just for children, there are events for all ages. Come along and celebrate the many ways in which story can touch and transform our lives. Lend us your ears and let us open your minds for a weekend to remember. Details of events and discounts available on saver passes can be found on line at


The Women’s Holiday Centre at Horton in Ribblesdale invites local women to join them for cake and hot drinks at 4pm on Monday 4 April at The Old Vicarage. All welcome.


Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to a fashion show on April 21st at Victoria Hall. The evening will feature a range of fashions by Ahernes of Hellifield.


Advance notice that Settle WI is holding 2 craft workshops on Wednesday 27th April in the Catholic Church Hall, Craven Terrace, Settle, BD24 9RA.Annie Austen-Meek will be demonstrating how to make a ‘Softpot’ garden container.  Softpots are amazing, unique garden containers that are not only beautiful to look at but better for your plants than traditional pots.  To learn more about Softpots visit Sue Amphlett of Cottontail Crafts is giving an introduction to Needlefelting – sculpting wool into figures and forms using a barbed felting needle.Each course costs £20 and includes all materials and tuition.  There will be 2 sessions for each craft:  10am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm so it is possible to do just one or both courses in the day.Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are WI members or not.  Tea & coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.To book please contact Sue Sellars on 01729 825145 or email


At the recent Annual General Meeting reports were given on shows which had taken place during the past twelve months, financial matters and Social Committee fund raising events.  A minute’s silence was observed for members who had sadly passed away since the meeting last year. The Junior Group’s production of “Wizard of Oz” was a great success and even made a small profit and congratulations went to all involved. “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in October was a new departure from previous years’ shows but thought enjoyed by most was short of audience support and this was reflected in the amount lost on the production as a whole.  The Social Committee had a good year and £3000 was given to the management to offset the costs incurred during the year and in handing over the cheque, chairman Alan McLernon thanked not only society members but also members of the public for their support at fund raising events.  After her report the Secretary, Helen Reid, as intimated last year, retired from the post after 25 years in office as did the Chairman, John Reid, who had been in post for 29 years. They were both thanked for their hard work and dedication by President Freda Hargreaves and at the end of the meeting were given a basket of flowers and a bottle of Baileys. The new Chairman is Trudy Wilson and Secretary is Barbara McLernon. After the election of members to the committees and suggestions from the floor for shows to be considered for 2017 coffee and biscuits were served. The production for our enthusiastic Junior Theatre Group “When Toad Came Home” is being staged this week at Victoria Hall on 18-20 March. The next production, in October 2016, will be Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Like’s of Us”, which tells the story of the philanthropist Dr Barnardo, who founded homes for destitute children



As part of North Craven’s Musical Heritage week, Octameron’s concert at the Folly was staged to celebrate the connection between local doctor, Doctor Buck, and the famed composer Edward Elgar. Designed as an evening of music and entertainment with Edward Elgar and friends the evening’s programme was chiefly composed of music by Elgar himself, supplemented by pieces by contemporary composers with which he would have been familiar. This rather restricted programme lent the evening the air of musical soiree at the turn of the 20th century and while the setting was suggestive of the grand country house the proximity of the audience itself combined with the acoustics of the cramped room did at times cause problems for the group which meant at times they struggled with the harmonies in pieces. However, it takes more than this to unsettle a group with the professionalism of Octameron, who provided an fascinating evening’s entertainment with music covering a wide range of moods. Renowned as much for their humour as their harmonies there were some lovely comic touches in the programme with the gentlemen’s performance of  “It’s love that makes the world go round” from Iolanthe and Richard Williams’  wonderful rendition of “The Green-eyed Dragon” – both numbers which may well have be conducted by Dr Buck himself who regularly took on the role of conductor at Gilbert and Sullivan evenings at Victoria Hall.  The group also benefits from the versatility of two of its female members and the evening was interspersed with solos and duets from the flautists, Sarah Glossop and Hilary Ashton.  Two of the cycle Elgar’s seven songs – first performed in German – were also performed as solos, with  Sheila Hartley singing “The Shepherd’s Song” and Alan Suttie performing “The Poet’s Life”.  The evening also contained a range of Elgar’s part songs as well as folk song arrangements by his contemporaries and sacred music also. A turning point in Elgar’s career was the composition of the Enigma variations and a highlight of the evening was the performance of “Lux Aeterna” set to Nimrod. A deeply moving piece it demonstrated admirably the skill and range of this talented group.



. On 7 April at 7pm the theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture on the theme of “New Plants, New Ideas, New Inspiration.”  The speaker will be garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman Stephen Lacey. His particular interest is in planting design. He lectures on planting design throughout UK, USA and Canada, featuring some of the best places visited on his travels at home and abroad. Recently, he has begun taking on garden design commissions in UK and the Mediterranean, putting to wider use the inspiration from his garden travels and his own practical experience. For further information contact: 01729 893180

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