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The Rotary club of Settle is again organising pre-Christmas visits by Santa to Settle and surrounding areas. Once again this year Santa will have a post box on his sleigh so that children can post their “wish for presents” letter to Santa in the box. Santa sends apologies for last year as the Post Office failed to deliver some of his replies and he hopes you will try again this year. Please be sure to put your name and address on the letter so that he can reply to you. He will start his visits at 5.30p.m. on week days and will be in the Stores in Settle from 10a.m. to 4p.m. each Saturday. Today, Thursday 29th November he will visit Duke Street & Cammock Lane in Settle and on Friday 30th November will be in Hellifield. On Saturday 1st December he has a very busy day visiting Booths and he’s then going to the Market Place for the lights switch on. He will be in Long Preston on December 3rd, back to Hellifield on Tuesday 4th December and on Wednesday 5th December will visit Mill Close and Northfields in Settle and on Thursday 6th will stay in Settle to visit Upper Settle and Longdale Avenue.  He will spend Saturday 8th December at Settle Co-op then onto Austwick and Clapham on Monday 10th December, Rathmell and Wigglesworth on Tuesday 11th and then back to Settle to visit Townhead, Church St. with Duke St and Kings Mill on Wednesday 12th. On Thursday 13th he will be in Langcliffe and on Friday 14th will be in Giggleswick before spending Saturday 15th December in Booths once more. On Monday

17th December  he’ll visit Giggleswick: The Mains & Stackhouse and on Tuesday 18th December will be at  Horton & Stainforth before heading home to get things ready for Christmas.


Throughout November and December the society is collecting tins of food, pre-owned and new toys and any items which are suitable for distribution in Christmas hampers. The hampers will be distributed to those in need across the North of England, regardless of the recipients religious beliefs, if any.  Items for inclusion can be left in the church meeting room at the rear of St Mary and St Michael RC Church hall. Alternatively contact Tony H on 822953 or Tony D on 825042. All donations gratefully received.


There will be an evening of  sixties music on 29 November when the Mersey Makers hit Settle playing songs by The Beatles, The Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and recreating the famous Mersey sound.  There will be more music in December when on 8 December Country Legends presents a tribute to the stars of Country Music. This commences at 7.30pm. On 15 December the all female band, The Shee, take to the stage for their unique blend of music which combines folk, Gaelic, Scots and bluegrass influences. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718.


From 26 November the surgery will be able to offer one to one sessions with an  ‘Alcohol Support Worker’ every Monday from 26 November between 3.30pm – 6.30pm, to support patients who want to make a positive change to their alcohol usage. Please contact our reception team to make a 30 minute appointment. This new service will initially run for 12 months. Patients in the Flu at risk groups e.g. patients who are over 65 years, pregnant women, diabetic patients and patients who have COPD, chronic heart disease or who have suffered a stroke are advised that flu vaccines are still available. Flu can sometimes lead to very severe illness. It is well worth protecting yourself against flu and it only takes a few minutes. Please telephone the Surgery on 01729 822611 between 11.00am & 4.00pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment or you can book online via our website The surgery is currently carrying out a patient survey. Survey forms will be available until 14 December. Please help us to improve services for patients by completing the survey.



There will be a discount shopping and supper evening at Watershed Mill on Friday 30 November from 6.30 pm. The cost is £6.50 payable on the night. The next meeting is Party Time on Wednesday 5 December when a Christmas Hamper will be raffled. The Art Group meetings have been until Tuesday 11 December and places are still available. Contact Joy Calvert for details.


This year’s Christmas dance and carving buffet will take place on December 1st. Numbers for this event are required in advance and those wishing to book should contact Marion on 01729 823259. as soon as possible. Tickets for this event are £13.


This year, Settle’s Christmas lights will be switched on in the Marketplace on the afternoon of Saturday 1 December. This year’s theme will be “Five Gold Rings” and there will be stalls, Santa’s Grotto and entertainment in the market place from 3pm-5pm with the official switch on at 4pm by Rachael Coote, who was one of this year’s Olympic Torch Bearers.  There will be free parking in town throughout the day and a free family disco in the evening from 6pm-9.30pm at Victoria Hall. There will also be a skating rink at The Lion, open from 11am-8pm on both 1st and 2nd December.


There will be a chance to indulge in “Christmas Fun at the Folly” on Saturday,  December 1  between 11.00- 3.00 pm, when there will be a range of children’s Dressing up and craft activities involving glue and glitter on offer in the Folly, Settle, before the switch on of the Christmas lights. On Tuesday Dec. 11  there will be a Yuletide event between10.00-12.00. Drop in for mulled wine and mince pies and a last chance to see the 2012 exhibitions. Admission free/ refreshments £3.50


There will be a craft workshop session at Friend’s Meeting House on 1 December  focussing on knitting in the round to make Christmas baubles.  Participants should bring along 4 x3.5 double pointed needles. The session costs £8 and runs from 10am -2pm, including basic materials, coffee and biscuits. To find out more or to book a place contact 01729 823434 or 01729 824386 (evenings).


On December 2nd there will be the annual concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band at 7.30pm. On Wednesday 5 December there will be a Christmas bingo session at Settle Social Club at 7.30pm.  There will be a range of festive prizes and everyone is welcome at this family event. On December 8th there will be the community carol concert at the church, commencing at 6.30pm and featuring local choirs. For those of a quizzical turn of mind, Andy’s great annual quiz is now on sale. Guaranteed to create hours of brain teasing over the Christmas period it makes an ideal stocking filler at price of £2.


The next group meeting will take place on 3 December at Townhead Court, commencing at 7.30pm. The guest speaker at this meeting will be Ian Beesley,  a social documentary photographer. New members are always welcome.  Price £3 for visitors. On 7 January there will be a ‘New Year Social’ at the Hart’s Head in Giggleswick (cost £7.50 per head). Partners are welcome at this event and members are reminded to please book with Gill Pinkerton on or before 3 December.


Freda’s playgroup invites you to join them for a festive fun session on 5 December between 9.15 -10.30 am. There will be the chance to enjoy Christmas Crafts and play with sand and playdough. Refreshments will be available for adults and children.


Settle Voices Community Choir will sing in Hellifield Station Tea Rooms on Wednesday, 5th December at 7.30pm as part of a Christmas Music and Readings Evening. The choir will also be singing at Settle station during the morning of Saturday, 8th December and then on Hellifield station from 12 until 1.30 on the same day. The choir continues to meet on Mondays from 1pm to 3pm in the Friends Meeting House,Kirkgate. New members are welcome. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771


Settle Golf Club have launched their grand draw with a star prize of a year’s free membership. Tickets are now on sale for the draw and are available via 01729 825340 and 01729 8233593. The draw will take place in 2013 to allow maximum sales.


Bentham and district pet rescue will be holding a Christmas Fayre

at Townhead Court, Settle on Saturday 8th December between10am-2pm. There will be a range of stalls including tombola, gifts and competitions. There will also be a hamper raffle and seasonal refreshments. Admission is £1 for adults with children admitted free and all are welcome.


On Saturday 8th December there will be a  fundraising day for Medical Aid for Palestinians at Settle Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. This will run from 10am -4pm. As well as an exhibition, morning coffee, soup lunch and afternoon tea will be served and Palestinian produce will be for sale.


The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line will be holding their Christmas Open Day at Settle station on Saturday, 8 December from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Sherry, mince pies, cake and soft drinks will be available.  The station shop will be open for Christmas cards and gifts. Settle Voices and the Opera North Horn Club will entertain during the day.


The Langcliffe Singers will perform, a concert of French Music at Settle Parish Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, 15 December. The programme will include works by Poulenc, Durufle, Paul Fisher, Faure, Berlioz and Messaien. Tickets cost £10 and are available at Cave & Crag, Settle; Bentham Post Office; members of the choir; and at the door.


As part of their seasonal tour Theatre of the Dales will be visiting Settle on 20 December with their Three Cheers For Christmas production. The show brings together three stories: Mak the sheepstealer, a medieval farce is interwoven with the children’s opera of Amahl and the Night visitors and Dicken’s A Christmas Carol to create a festive feast for all the family. The production will take place at Victoria Hall and commence at 7.30pm. Details and tickets via 01729 825718


This year the Christmas Day lunch will be served at Townhead Court. There will be a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and a light tea will also be served. The cost for each individual is £10 and this event is open to all ages.  Volunteers to help with transport are also required . Please contact Judith Allinson as soon as possible if you are able to assist or if you wish to reserve a place on 01729 822138.



Today, Thursday 29 November Doug Scott, widely acknowledged as one of the leading mountaineers of all time, will give an illustrated talk detailing his adventures and insights on the three highest mountains: Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga.   Tickets cost £12 (concessions £10). On 2 December at 3.30pm there will be a showing of the animated film Madagascar 3: Europe’s most wanted. Tickets cost £4.90. For bookings contact  01729 893180.


St Alkelda’s Churchwill be holding a St Nicholas Fair from November 30th-December 2nd. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served  on Friday November 30th from 7-.9.0pm. On Saturday, December 1st, the opening hours  are 10.00 am-4.00pm and on Sunday, December 2nd, 12.30-3.00pm.  On sale will be original card photographs, various craft items ideally suited for Christmas presents, many made by church members. Other features will include a Bran tub and  teddy tombola. There will be stalls selling jewellery, produce, cakes and books. Refreshments will be available during opening hours. Admission free. On the evening of December 2nd, at 6.30pm, there will be an Advent Carol service and all are welcome.


There will be a Jumble Sale at Giggleswick Parish Rooms on 8 December between 10am and noon with proceeds going to Giggleswick Playgroup.  Admission is 50p with children admitted free. All welcome.


The following pupils who attended school every day last half term and have been presented with their certificates:Y6 – Thomas, Liam, Callum, Tiarney, Oliver,Y5 – Jennifer, Danielle, Caitie, Y4 – Louisa, Will, Ella, Nell,Y2 – Libby, Jimmy, Y1 – Charlie, R – Hannah, Ned H, George, Libby.  This is a wonderful achievement as due mainly to illness the attendance rate overall fell to 92% during this period. Each year, Mr & Mrs Graham open their house in Giggleswick to raise money for The Royal British Legion. This year, Class 3 pupils visited during their lunch break and performed two songs and some also played their instruments. Their performance was much appreciated by all the visitors. Blush’s Brilliant Bring and Buy Bonanza for Children In Need resulted in a fantastic effort from everyone, so congratulations to the Class 3 pupils who did a good job, organising and running this fund-raising event. Thank you also to everyone for your generous donations of cakes, buns, biscuits, second-hand clothes and other items which helped us to raise a magnificent £140 for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. On Wednesday, 28th November, all pupils took part in activities on the theme of light and advent during the afternoon as part of an Advent Lightfest event arranged by St. Alkelda’s After School Club team.  Part of this work was then presented by pupils at a short Advent Lightfest service in St Alkelda’s that evening. On Thursday, 6th December, the Friends of Giggleswick Primary School are holding a Family Bingo event to which everyone is invited. It will start at 6.00pm and will include a Jacob’s Join meal, with food contributions from all participants. Entrance to the event is £1 per person, which includes a bingo book, although additional books will be available to purchase. There will also be a tombola.

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