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March News for Settle and District


The Coffee Morning at Settle Parish Church, on March 18, raised £454 or the work of Pioneer Projects, who run creative arts sessions in Settle and Bentham for people suffering from memory loss and dementia, and for carers;

We would like to thank all those who came along to support us, and help us achieve this excellent total.


This week there will be 2 guided railway walks. On Saturday, April 1st there will be a strenous 11 mile walk on  Baugh Fell    11m    leaving Garsdale station at 10.21 and returning from Dent. This makes use of a service bus from Sedbergh to Dent station and therefore numbers will be limited, please contact 01943 875445 to book. On Sunday, 2 April there is a 12 mile strenuous walk on     Fountains Fell  leaving Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 10.20 and returning from 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


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource. All welcome


Ain’t no foolin’- on April 1st The Dolly Parton Story hits Settle! A Country and Western tribute act homage to Dolly Parton and all the fantastic music she has written and performed over the years, the show features an all live, 4 piece backing band playing accurate versions of Dolly’s most celebrated material.The Dolly Parton Story is fronted by Andrea Pattison, a professional singer of many years experience. Based in the Newcastle/North East area, she is a life long fan of Dolly Parton and is without doubt the UK’s finest Dolly Parton impersonator. On April 8th BRIT Award winner Beverley Craven comes to Settle to present an emotional, humorous and highly entertaining evening as she bares her soul and music on stage.For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


The Folly needs you! The Museum of North Craven Life is looking for volunteers to assist across a wide range of areas and skills. Volunteering offers you a chance to refresh old skills and gain new ones; to meet new people, improve your confidence and self esteem, gain knowledge and enjoy new experiences and become part of a team. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and there are opportunities to help with events, exhibitions, gardening, greeting visitors, learning activities, publicity, repairs, research and many other areas. If you could help then please contact or ring 01729 822854 or 015242 51388, we’re waiting to hear from you.


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.  This week’s coffee pot will be held in aid of the African famine relief appeal.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a Horse Race Night at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on 31 March.  Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for accompanied children and include a pie and pea supper (vegetarian option available). There will be prize money for winning jockeys, a tote with minimum £1 bets and odds announced prior to each race and fun for all the family. Please note there is no bar but you are welcome to bring your own drink and glasses. Tickets available from society members or via 01729 822959.


Settle Stories present Canadian Storyteller Olivia Olsen bringing to life  one of Alan Bennett’s most revered monologues to life.  A window into the life of a vicar’s wife who finds a vision of God at the local off-licence “Bed Among the Lentils” is a witty and poignant talke of small town life. Tickets £12 online from Settle Stories or £14 on the door and the play will be staged on 31 March at The Royal Oak.  It is approximately 1 hour in duration and suitable for 16+.


Victoria Hall at 7pm on March 31st is the time and place to enjoy a “Date with Death” as local auther Julia Chapman launches her new novel, the first in the Dales Detective series, “A Date with Death”. Set in the fictional town of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales , disgraced detective Samson O’Brien struggles to clear his name while also investigating the supposed suicide of a local man. A man with links to a dating agency in the same town.  Julia will be reading extracts from her novel, and there will be dancing to live music and a bar at this free event which is open to all.


A workshop on Shamanism, running from 10-5, will take place on 1 April at Friends Meeting House. Shamanism is an ancient spiritual tradition which has been practiced for thousands of years across the world.  It is a way of life centred around connecting with nature and can also be used to bring about healing. The course will cover key elements of Shamanism and aims to provide an eye-opening and enjoyable day. The course costs £50 and can be booked via


Victoria Hall is hosting a very special birthday party on April 1st, when Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust marks the first anniversary of “Stories in Stone” project with an open day from 10am -3.30pm. There will be a range of information and activities throughout the day and members of the public are invited to drop in and find out more and enjoy refreshments, including birthday cake at noon.


The next Charity Dance at Settle will be on Saturday April 1st 8.00pm to 11.00pm. All proceeds go to Carers Resource Centre.  It would be helpful but not essential if you could let us know you will be attending Phone 01729 823259/824038 by Friday March 31st


In addition to their current walking groups Settle Strollers are launching a new group form “Pram and Sling Strollers”.  Designed for parents or carers with youngsters, the group will meet on Wednesdays at Delicious cafe in Limestone view  ready for a short, pushchair and buggy accessible stroll at 10am.  Participants are invited to enjoy a brew and a chat as well as a stroll together.


The next meeting will take place on 3 April at Townhead Court, at 7.30pm. This will be the club AGM followed by the club digital competition. The winner of the competition will be decided by popular vote.


On Tuesday 4th April 2017 at  St John’s Methodist Church, Settle there will be a soup lunch followed by a talk to raise awareness of the work of CRMI (Christian Restoration Ministeries International) Children of Hope project. During the session Margaret Calvert, of Giggleswick, will be sharing her recent experience in Uganda with CRMI’s medical mission 2017. Juliet Burdm Director of CRMI Children of Hope, will also give some insight into the work of the charity in Uganda. Please meet at 12:30 for lunch and 2pm for the talk The event is free – however any donations given will go towards the house building project for Shamirah and her Mother and siblings – more information about this appeal will be given at the event)


The foreign film season at Victoria Hall continues on Wednesday 5th April at 7.45 pm with a showing of “The Idol”.  In Arabic with English subtitles, the film is based on the true story of Mohammed Assaf, wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza.  Tickets cost £5 on the door.


Advance information of a concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band. This will take place in Settle Parish Church on April 8th at 7.30pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments. .


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am unless stated otherwise. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email The first trip is to Funny Girl- The Musical on  Wednesday 7th June, 2017  for a Matinee 2pm  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The price £51.00 per person. Second, is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pmat  Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person and the closing date for reservations is 24th April. For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £45.00 per person, Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and “Handbagged” a play detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher.


Members of the public are invited to call in at the business and community hub in commercial courtyard to join in a free craft session and find out more about the timebanking scheme on 13 April. The session will focus on making “morsbags”, fabric shopping bags. The session runs from 3-6pm. All welcome.


The next all sorts market at Victoria Hall will take place on Saturday, 15 April. Refreshments will be available all day. Tables are now available. For details and to book a table contact 01729 8257128.


Looking ahead to Easter, Richard Whinray will present a Local History Guided Tour of Settle on Easter Sunday, 16th April, from 5.30 pm until 7.15pm. There will be a minimum donation of £4.00 with all proceeds being donated to Oxfam.  Meet outside Settle Tourist Information – for further information please contact Richard Whinray on 01729  554086


The annual general meeting of the Friends of Settle Swimming Pool will be held on Thursday 20 April at the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate,Settle starting at 7.30pm.  Everyone who has an interest in the pool is invited to come along to hear how the Friends have done over the past year and our plans to provide further support to the pool over the coming year.


An eight week course aimed at helping to promote happiness will be commencing at Friends Meeting House on 25 April. Part of an international movement, The course is run over 8 sessions, which take place weekly and last for 2 hours. Each session follows the same format, which has been designed to be inspiring and interactive and participants will look at questions such as  What really matters in life. What actually makes us happy, can we find peace of mind, can we build happier communities.  For further information contact 07768654735.


The next club meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 26 April when the speaker will be Marguerite Hughes. Her topic will be “Location, Location, Location.”  The meeting starts at 2pm and visitors are welcome, cost £3.


The next meeting will take place on April 22nd at Settle Social Club and will feature guest singer, Chris Milner. All welcome.



On April 1 & 2 The Helen Howard School of Theatre Dance will be taking to the stage with their show, “Broadway to Hollywood”.  This feature young dancers from all age groups in a show inspired by dance from both stage and screen. Details and bookings via or by calling the Richard Whiteley Theatre box office on 01729 893180.


Giggleswick WI will next meet on Thursday, 6 April at 7.30pm in The Hobson Room at Giggleswick School. The Speaker will be Cat Crossley on the subject of “The Suffragettes”. All welcome.


Giggleswick Gazelles now offer a beginners running group, every Friday evening at 5.30pm. Participants meet at Eshtons Pavilion and beginners are assured that walking and stopping is part of the programme and the aim is simply to find a way of making learning to run more fun. The group is run by two local and experienced coaches and the run is always followed by tea and cake. For details contact either 07799063115 or 07955342344, or simply turn up!


A reminder that the litter picking session in the village takes place on the 1st Monday of the month, meeting at 10am on the bridge by the noticeboard opposite the primary school. Volunteers always welcome.

Pupils win prestigious places at Youth Music Theatre UK

Two pupils from Giggleswick School are celebrating having been accepted into the Youth Music Theatre UK, competing with nearly 1000 other young people for a place and a part in one the company’s productions in 2017

Wil Richmond, who is in Lower Sixth at Giggleswick School, and Sophia Foster who is in Year 10 both attended an audition in Leeds in February. Both received ‘Early Offers’ to the company. The audition consisted of a three hour workshop in which they had to learn a new dance routine and create a three minute piece of improvisation. They also had to learn a new song while at the audition as well as performing a pre-rehearsed one of their choice.

Along with membership, Wil has now earned a part in YMT’s production of Tess of the d’Ubervilles at Theatre Royal Winchester and Sophia will be performing in Jabberwocky at Theatre Royal Margate. They will be working with professional writers, directors and composers including Susannah Pearse, Gerry Flanagan and Rebecca Applin.

Sophia said of the news

“At the time I was on a Spanish exchange with School when my parents received the email but instead of telling me they wanted to keep it a surprise so I found out on the train platform when I got home. I was so surprised I did tear up quite a bit, it means a lot to me.”

Wil, who plans to fundraise for the residential rehearsal period by playing gigs in venues locally, said

“It means a lot to me to get in because it is a national organisation and it’s a great achievement. I want to go into musical theatre in the future so this will be a great experience.”



There will be pirates, there will be magic, there will be “Indian Braves”, there will be sword fights and whole load more of Edwardian sentimentalised views of childhood, but most importantly there will be a large group of children acting their striped socks off and having “an awfully big adventure”.  Youth theatre is essentially about enjoyment and talking to the children in this performance it is clear that they enjoy every moment in the process of putting on a show. It may be “hard work sometimes”, “leave you tired for school next day” but it is predominantly fun and “good to do something with all your friends” and in the case of one key cast member “I get to wear a really sparkly dress”.  Whatever their motivation, it is very clear that this group has come together magnificently as producer Pat Harding, and her dedicated team, have managed to coax a lively and enjoyable performance from a group of 33 young people, aged between 6-16 (but mainly at the lower end!)  in little over nine weeks of rehearsals.  That the cast vary in levels of experience and talent is inevitable, what matters is that in their own way they are all trying and enjoying the process of working together as a team and gaining in confidence while doing so.  Ironically in a play about a boy who doesn’t want to grow up, they are all doing exactly that and learning skills which will help them into adult life. Undoubtedly some will continue acting, moving on into the Operatic Society itself or into other shows elsewhere but for others it will simply be enough to remember the day that they became an indian or a pirate and recall how fantastic it felt to  hear people applauding them.  Inevitably there are some youngsters who are far more at ease on stage than others, so special congratulations to the ones who are always a little out of step but try their best and also to the ones who take that great leap of courage and take on lead roles. This production is blessed with an outstanding Peter in Gabriel Williams who struts the stage magnificently and is matched by two potentially powerful leading ladies:  Skye Dinsdale as a marvellously matriarchal Wendy stealing her very first stage “thimble”, and superb sparkly Mina Cartwright as Tinkerbell.  There are also a number of other show stealers to watch out for, Amy Lawson as an adorable Smee and Isaac Wiggans and Ash Cartwright as the Darling boys as well as a number of others amongst the very young cast who will clearly be names to watch in the future. However, the real winners here are the audience and Settle Amateur Operatic Society who have clearly assured their future by investing so much time and effort in supporting this show.

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