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Local Settle News week commencing 26th November


This week there will be a 10 mile moderate walk taking in Birkett Common and the Eden Valley Viaducts on Saturday, 2nd December.  This will leave Kirkby Stephen at 10.34 and is a circular route returning to Kirkby Stephen. On Sunday 3 December there will be a 12 mile moderately strenuous walk between Horton and Settle via Clapham, Austwick and Feizor. This departs from Horton in Ribblesdale at 10.20. All participants in railway walks 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. 



There will be a volunteers meeting in connection with planning the Community Christmas Day Dinner and tea, on  Thursday 30th November 4pm-5pm at St John’s Methodist Church. BD24 9JH. This is open to anyone who is interested in helping, including those who are just wishing to  find out what is involved without making any firm commitment. Details from Judith Allinson 01729 822138. The meal itself will take place this year at St John’s and commences at 11.45 on Christmas Day. This event is open to all ages and transport can be arranged for those who require assistance.  The cost for the event will be £10 per adult and £5 for children.  To book a place contact 01729 822138.



A beginners Tai Chi class will take place on Mondays in Settle Library between 11.30-1pm. The library is located in Limestone View,Lower Greenfoot. The cost is £7.50 per session and further details are available via 015242 61944.



A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed.   The coffee pot on the first Tuesday of the month is a charity event.  On December 11th the church is holding its annual Soupa-carol event. This is an informal evening of favourite carols interspersed with seasonal readings of prose and poetry and accompanied by home-made soup! Commences at 7pm and all are very welcome.



The first Sunday in Advent, 3rd December, sees the start of a new service pattern for the three linked Anglican churches. There will be a shared service of Holy Communion for the three churches at Settle at 10am. A reminder that coffee or tea, with biscuits, scones and cake, is served every Tuesday at Settle Parish Church between 10.15 am and 12.00 noon and that soup, snacks and sweets are served every Tuesday between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm. Do pop in and join us for a convivial meal and chat. 



Every Tuesday there is a fundraising event at Victoria Hall. There are all-sorts stalls and a good clothes rack. Pop in and have a browse and enjoy a drink, bacon buttie or coffee and home-made cake etc. The cafe and stalls are open from 9.30 onwards.



Banish the winter blues with the wide variety of music and entertainment on offer at Victoria Hall. December kicks off with a concert on 3rd by Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood who  present an intimate evening of the songs of Duke Ellington and other classic songs. On December 7th there is a live streaming from The National of Young Marx. Set in 1850 it is a new comedy based around the life of Karl Marx during his time in London.  On Friday 8th at 4pm there is a performance of Santa’s Christmas Wish, a festive, song-filled, interactive family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds. It lasts 40 minutes followed by our special meet, greet and treat with Father Christmas himself! Later in the evening there is A Celebration of Simon and Garfunkel with Tim Chu and Ian Bailey.  Sunday 10th sees “The Dylan Project” take to the stage, when four of Britain’s most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language, Bob Dylan.For details and tickets contact 01729 825718





 Age UK North Craven are holding a getting connected event at The Folly on 30 November between 10-2, with the aim of allowing people to find out more about the ranges of services on offer as well as ways in which volunteers can help to deliver these services. This is a drop in event and all are welcome.



Interested in photography? Come and see what we do. What have we got on this month? We meet at 7.30pm at Townhead Courtin Settle. Further information can be found at: From Beginners to experts – all are welcome.  The next event is on Monday 4 December when the theme will be “Make Your Own Cards” with ideas and techniques for making your own cards using your own pictures. The gallery for the evening will be “People, Pets and Children”.




 Settle Rugby Club is hosting an evening Fair on Friday, 1 December in aid of Sue Ryder: Manorlands. There will be a wide range of stalls with gift ideas for Christmas. The event will run from 6.30-9.39pm.




 Settle Christmas Lights Switch On this year will take place on December 2nd, and as usual the event will be co-ordinated by Settle Rotary. However, volunteers are always needed, soif you can assist in the run up to the event, or on the day or assist with the clear up then please get in touch with the co-ordinators by contacting either Derek Coultherd on 015242 51215 or Amy Robinson



On December 2nd a Christmas Fair will be held in the courtyard at The Lion in Settle, in conjunction with the Christmas lights switch on. There will be a range of stalls from 11.30 onwards selling lots of gift ideas for Christmas. Do come along and support local traders. 


The Next  Charity Dance will be at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall  (Tillman Close off Kirkgate, Settle) and will be dedicated to the memory of Marion Casey – a long term organiser of the Charity Dances. This will take place on Saturday, December 2nd and will be a Jacob’s Join Supper. The dance will run from 8-11pm and proceeds will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation. If possible please contact 01729 824038/822364

 to confirm attendance by December 1st.



Langcliffe Singers invite you to join them for their Christmas Concert  at Settle Parish Church on 2 December at 7.30pm. The programme will feature Bach’s Magnificat and Chilcott’s On Christmas Night and Taverner’s The Lamb. Tickets on the door £10 or via Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office or Skipton Camera Centre.


The next showing by Tramps in their foreign film season at Victoria Hall will take place on 6 December, commencing at 7.45. Admission is £5. The film is “Medecin  le Campagne”  (Irreplaceable). This will be shown in French with English subtitles and is an affectionate tale of a country doctor who needs to retire and the young woman sent to replace him.



 Settle Primary School is holding a Christmas Fair on the evening of 7 December. There will be a range of stalls and games and all are welcome. The fair will run from 6 -7.30pm.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are holding their Christmas Coffee Morning in The Old Court House Station Road, Settle on Saturday December 9th from 10.00am to 12.30 pm. There will be Tea, Coffee, Mince Pies and Cakes etc as well as a Tombola and Charity Stall   Everyone Welcome




 Anley Hall Christmas Fayre will take place on 9 December and will feature a range of stalls, tombola, and musical entertainment. There will also be a visit by Santa. The event runs from 2-4.30pm and there are still stall spaces available. To book a table contact 01729 822268.


 On 9 December, Buon Vino is holding a free wine tasting event at Victoria Hall between 6-9pm. Although the event is free and all are welcome it would very much help with organisation and ensuring that there is sufficient samples available if those wishing to attend could pre-book via either Victoria Hall or Buon Vino.


The Helen Howard School of Dance has pupils from across the region and classes in Settle and beyond. Pupils from the school are currently fund raising to support their visit to perform at Sadlers Wells in London. Part of their fundraising efforts is a Christmas Fun Day at Ingleton Community Centre on 10 December.  This will run from 11-3 and there will be stalls, raffle, tombola, coffee and cake and games as well as a visit by Santa and a dance display at 1pm. Please come along and help make our dreams come true.


There will be a seasonal concert by local singing group, Cantores Salicium on Sunday, 10th December at Settle Parish Church.   The programme will include a range of music in the first half including works by Britten, Bach and traditional carols from around the world featuring the children’s choir. The second half of the programme will be Part 1 of Handel’s masterpiece ” Messiah@ including  the Hallelujah Chorus Please note early start time of 6.30pm.


Santa will once again be visiting Settle for the switching on of the Christmas Lights and he will be in his Rotary Grotto in the Market place on Saturday December 2nd from 2.00pm to welcome children of all ages. He will also be in Booths Supermarket on the following Saturday, December 9th from 10am until 4pm. During the week he will be out touring the area on his special Rotary sleigh from 5pm onwards and would be delighted to meet local children. On Thursday 7th December he will visit Upper Settle and Longdale Avenue and on Friday 8th December he will visit Mill Close and Northfields.


Perhaps the greatest gift you give this Christmas season could be the gift of your time, by helping a family or individual who feels that their situation has forgotten. Writing a letter to support a cause could help to keep someone’s plight in the public eye. The next letter writing session will take place on 20 December. The sessions are held at Friends Meeting House and operate on a drop in basis between 5-8pm. Information is provided to help individuals with the content of their letters. For further details contact 01729 268912.




If you are looking for an unusual Christmas gift or simply for something the look forward to in 2018, Michael Cullingworth is again arranging a series of Theatre Trips. The cost quoted includes theatre ticket (usually a matinee) , gratuities and coach transport to and from the venue. To ensure good seats trips are planned well in advance. The first trip is to The Secret Garden on 3rd January at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick at a cost of £30 per person. On February 7th there will be a trip to see Sunset Boulevard atBradford’s Alhambra Theatre, this time costing £42. There will be a further visit to Bradford for Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Cinderella on 9th May (cost £43) and then off to Leeds’ Grand Theatre for Calendar Girls on August 29th (cost£54). In October he will be arranging a trip to Bradford once again for Miss Saigon at the Alhambra on 10 October (cost £68).  Advance booking is essential as trips are popular and all payment must be made 5 weeks prior to the performance. ” To contact Michael to book a place on a trip simply get in touch on 01729823978 or email:-





Public tickets are also now available for “A Not So Silent Night”, when pupils and staff present a Christmas celebration featuring ensembles and individuals in a range of readings and musical items. This will take place on 13 December and is a free event with retiring collection. Tickets for the more traditional school Evening of Lessons and Carols at Giggleswick Chapel on 14 December can also now be reserved. Again this is a free event with a retiring collection. Both evenings are expected to be very popular and so there is a limit of 4 seats per household.

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The first Sunday in Advent, December 3rd, sees the start of a new service pattern for the three linked Anglican Churches. There will be a  Holy Communion service at St Alkelda’s at 8am, ashared service of Holy Communion at 10am at Holy Ascension in Settle and an Advent Carol Service at 6pm at St Alkelda’s.  St. Alkelda’s wi ll be holding its  Christmas Fair in church on Friday Dec. 8th between 7.00-9.00pm during which mulled wine and mince pies will be available. On Saturday December 9th the fair will be open between10.00-4.00 and Santa Claus will visit between 10.00-12.00 and 2.00-4.00. There will be a range of stalls with refreshments served all day. All proceeds to the church




To mark the anniversary of Tom Twisleton’s death in 1917, Settle Stories have been working throughout the year on ways of bringing his poetry to the public once more. Born in 1845, Tom Twisleton left behind a legacy of poetry that provides a unique view of Dales life, many written in the Craven Dialect.  Throughout the year over 60 young people have had the opportunity to work with heritage project officer, Hazel Richardson to explore not only Tom Twisleton’s poetry and language but also how much, or in some cases how little, dales life has changed over the intervening years. The Celebration day was a culmination of this work and included the launch of two new discover trails around the area taking in sites mentioned in his work or places which he would have known, such as the local churches, public houses and Twiselton’s yard. Through the year many local young people have also had the opportunity to emulate Tom by trying their hand at dialect poetry and poems about family life and many of these were also on display, as well as examples of Tom’s own work.  It is estimated that while Craven dialect was once common there are now fewer than 150 speakers, although a “call my bluff” style quiz as part of the celebratory event showed that while not many may still speak the dialect there are still a number who can understand the words even if they are not in common parlance. One of the most fascinating aspects of the day was the fact that many of the themes in the poetry are still very relevant today as the Chairman of Craven District Council pointed out by quoting one of the poems where a group of men gather in an alehouse to debate the local politics of the day and grumble about the rising taxation. Their sentiments could probably have been heard in any pub in Settle on the day after the budget. Similarly Tom’s description of the sociability of Settle Market on Tuesdays still rings true – although he did decry the fact that it promoted drunkeness.  Not all of his poetry was concerned merely with local matters as he also wrote about the impact of national events and also in very moving terms about how national schemes could impact on local issues in his poem about the death of 19 year old JG Owen, a Welsh man who moved to the Dales for work and died whilst building the Settle-Carlisle railway.  Throughout the day there was a chance to find out more from the young people involved in the project and to also hear some of the poems actually performed in dialect before it culminated in a Celebration service at Settle Parish Church, led by John Twisleton, a retired reverend and descendant of Tom Twisleton.




Under the baton of their new conductor, Alexander Webb, Settle Orchestra transported their audience away from the rain lashed dales to an even more dark and stormy place on a wild sea voyage to the Hebridean shores of Staffa to view the phenomenon ofFingal’s Cave. Since its debut in 1832, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture has always been popular as it magnificently recreates the journey to the remote and majestic cave, complete with the stupendous power of the storm experienced on the sea crossing.  It was clearly a favourite also with the orchestra who performed with great concentration and enthusiasm throughout. Particular mention should be made of the outstanding work by the strings section and the two solo clarinets who created such a stunning contrast, effectively capturing the moment where the storm retreats in the face of a shaft of sunlight. This was a powerful and effective opening to the concert and showed that working with a new conductor has clearly once again reinvigorated the orchestra.  There was more musical storytelling in the second half of the programme, with Beethoven’s ever popular Symphony No 6 – better known as the Pastoral symphony. This is a wonderful piece full of joyous and playful moments and also passages of great theatricality. It also is a perfect piece to demonstrate the way in which the orchestra works seamlessly together, each section having an opportunity to shine while creating a varying array of moods. The piece began with a positive explosion of activity which then fades only to return more strongly than ever, creating a great sense of liberation as the day in the countryside begins.  This is followed by the slower passage recreating a stream, giving opportunity for some wonderful playing by the two cellists and by the woodwind section. Especial congratulations to the trio of “bird songs” on flute, oboe and clarinet at the end of the movement. The third movement gave a chance for many in the orchestra to have real fun, with lots of lively fingerwork on show. This is followed by a storm, in which the real star of the evening was Clare Dunn on timpani, before a delightful closing movement restores tranquillity once more. However, these two splendid instances of painting pictures with sound were not the only joys on offer as the orchestra was joined by Cello soloist Thomas McMahon for a stupendous performance in Saint-Saen’s Concerto No 1. This truly was a magnificent experience with both an amazing soloist and the orchestra working together wonderfully to create a very special performance in a programme which produced an evening of delights.

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