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Merry Christmas !!


The community Christmas Day Lunch and Tea will be held in  St John’s Hall. The event will run from 11.45 to 4.45 and is open to all ages at the cost of £10 per head. To reserve a place please contact 01729 822138. Reservations are taken up to the last moment but obviously earlier booking helps the volunteers work out catering requirements. Transport  is  available   to    those  who  need  it,  including  from surrounding near villages. Please contact the above number to arrange this.


A warm invitation is extended to local residents and all visitors to the area to the wide variety of church services which will be taking place over the festive period.  On Christmas Eve there will be Songs and stories around the tree at St John’s Methodist Church at 5.30 pm. At Settle Parish Church at 6pm there will be a Nativity service. At 6.30pm there will be an all age Nativity Service at St Alkelda’s church in Giggleswick and 8pm there will be the first Mass of Christmas at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church. At 11pm there will be a midnight mass at Giggleswick School chapel. At 11.30pm there will be a midnight mass at Settle Parish Church. On Christmas Day itself there will be an all age Eucharist service at Settle Parish Church at 9.30am. At 10am there will be a family Christmas morning service at St John’s Methodist church and you are invited to bring along a present to open as part of the service. St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church will also hold a Mass for Christmas Day at 10 am. At 10.30am there will be an all age meeting for worship at Friends Meeting House and there will also be a Christmas Celebration service at Settle Christian Fellowship.  At 11am there will be a Holy Communion Service at St Alkelda’s, Giggleswick.


The popular ‘Three Kings’ tableau is now on view in  the phone box gallery.  The tableau was created by Jeanne Carr and Veronica Allsop with the stained glass effect panels created by Settle Flagmakers.  There are treats available for young visitors and everyone who visits is invited to leave a Christmas card for display in the rack. This will run until 17th January 2015.


A reminder that  the next meeting  will take place at 2 pm on Wednesday 7 January when Heather Slater will give a talk entitled My Life in Indonesia, and the competition will be for A Christmas Photo. Please note that this meeting will be at the Catholic Church Hall.  Annual Subscription for 2015 is £36 and can be paid at this meeting.


December 27th sees the very welcome return of Mr Ben Avison, playing alongside the equally talented Mr Sam Laurence. Two incredible musicians who we are very lucky to have performing at Poppies.  This Christmas music night is, as always, in aid of our favorite local charity, Bentham Pet Rescue. A truly worthy cause. Tickets as always are priced at £7 and are available from Poppies Tea Room. Concerts start at 7:30, doors open at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there


Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line have arranged  a guided walk for December 27th. The Christmas Pud Plod will leave Dent at 10.16 and will be a 8-10 mile moderately strenuous walk from Dent to Ribblehead. The exact route will be dependent on weather conditions and the number in the group. Booking in advance is not required for the second or third walk but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped for both. For further details contact


The organisers of the Settle Charity Dances would like to thank all who have supported these events during 2014. During the year a total of £1650 has been donated to Settle Victoria Hall, St John’s Church, SANE, Marie Curie and Macmillan. The cheque for the latter will be presented to their local representative at the February Dance. All dances in the coming year, with the exception of the New Year’s Eve event, will take place at St Michael and St Mary Parish hall on the first Saturday of the month. Everyone is welcome at these events, including beginners.  Dances are mainly sequence dances with a little ballroom and line dancing. If you would like more information please contact Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen on 01729 824038. The organisers would like to wish all the friends of the charity dances a Happy Christmas and New Year and remind them that the annual New Year’s Eve Charity Dance will this year take place at the Victoria Hall on December 31st from 8pm through to after midnight.  There will be a Jacobs Join supper and all proceeds from this event will go to support Victoria Hall. For further information please contact 01729 823259 /824038.



Recently, three of our KS2 pupils took part in the North-Central Area Accordion Championships in Bingley and they all played really well. In the entertainment category, they entered as ‘Craven Biscuit Group’ and were placed 1st. Well done on your great achievements – Louisa Bullock, Honey Kaup-Samuels and Mollie Howarth! Congratulations to all pupils who took part in the recent after-school Dodgeball course and special congratulations to Nell Shepherd, who was awarded the trophy for her ‘hard work, wonderful attitude and good leadership skills, as well as being a great team player.’ In addition to those mentioned last week well done to Mollie Howarth, who also took part in the recent Santa Fun Run in Skipton. We are also delighted to announce that in a recent unannounced kitchen monitoring inspection Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Eccleston achieved an outstanding 98%! Well done ladies!  Well done to the KS2 pupils, who took part in a taster session of Sportshall athletics, run by Gavin Phillis (Craven Schools’ Games Organiser), supported by Jill Eccleston. In spite of the late timing of the session, due to the limited availability of the Sports Hall, all pupils participated enthusiastically and received praise from Mr. Phillis for the way in which they took part enthusiastically and listened carefully to instructions. Well done  alsot o the following pupils for reading in the recent community church advent event at St Alkelda’s.: Bailey Pears, Melissa Tither, Presley Pears, Dylan Sampson, Oliver Sampson, Phoebe Oliver and Lottie Oliver. And finally, a huge thank you to everyone who attended our recent Open Morning; it was great to see so many people here. We also received many positive comments about the pupils’ lovely work displayed around the school, as well as the short performance by the 51 pupils in our orchestra.


A warm invitation is extended to local residents and all visitors to the village over the Christmas period.  On Christmas Eve at 6.30pm we will stage our traditional  all age Nativity Service.  On Christmas morning at 11am there will be a Holy Communion Service.

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