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The Royal Oak is hosting a comedy evening when a group of professional actors will transform the restaurant into “Fawlty Towers” for a tribute night featuring Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Tickets cost £39.95 for a three course meal with welcome drink, disco and entertainment.  The evening takes place on 11 December and places can be reserved at The Royal Oak.


Names are now being taken for the annual Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea in Settle. This event is open to all ages and costs £10 per head. It will take place in St John’s Hall between 11.45 – 4.45 and places can now be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138.  Transport can be offered to those who require it.


This year, the lights will be switched on in the Town Centre on the Saturday 28th November. However, this wonderful family day is only possible through the hard work of the volunteers who organise the event. The lights team would welcome offers of help on the day, so if you are able to spare a few hours, please contact a member of the lights team.  Equally  if you are able to spare some time (and energy) in the week before the Switch-on, the team would welcome volunteers to help with the putting up of the lights around the Market Place. Do please get in touch if you are able to help by contacting Amy Robinson on 07908991332    ( or John Diggles on 01729 825285



There will be just the one guided walk arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this weekend, taking place on Saturday 21 November. The walk will be from Langwathby to Armathwaite, a 13 mile moderately strenuous walk departing from Langwathby at 11.01 and concluding at Armathwaite. No reservation is necessary  for this walk 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


On 20 November  Musica Lirica Opera presents Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, sung in English with orchestra. Musica Lirica  consists of both professional and talented amateur musicians. In a change of date to Sunday 22nd November at 3.30 pm, Settle Stories presents Dominic Kelly in “The Hero Light”. An extraordinary journey into the cinema of the imagination. Dominic will transfix you with energetic storytelling, rhythmic drumming, and the stories that have shaped Irish mythology for thousands of years proving that stories are not just for bedtime or for children. Several years in the making, The Hero Light will take you to an ancient world of rulers, battles and demi-gods. Battles, bloodshed and feuds are interspersed with moments of laughter, romance and pure magic in this epic tale.  On the evening of 22nd Martin Harley will perform. Martin is a talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718. The hall has recently launched a new initiative, with the opening of The Victoria  Emporium every Saturday. Tables can be booked for £10 per head by all comers and is open to makers, crafters, cupboard clearers and all entrepreneurs, which means that there will be a different mix of items on sale each week. The emporium will be open all morning through till 2.30pm. For details or to reserve a table email .


The final Settle Session of the year  will be held on Friday 20 November at 6.30[pm and will starts with a reception and brief AGM open to everyone. This will be  followed by an evening displaying a strong range of published and new poets. The evening’s entertainment features two leading poets reading from new work associated with Yorkshire. Chris Considine is a poet and former school-teacher who lived for many years in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, before moving to Plymouth in 2011. Chris’s latest collection, In Search of Home, is about her move from Yorkshire to Devon and explores what it means to belong somewhere – what we might mean by ‘home’. Her Swaledale Sketchbook was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in the best first collection category in 2002. Other publications include St. Cuthbert and Bystanders, Learning to Look and Quarll, and Behind the Lines. At the beginning of 2004 she was a Hawthornden Fellow. Ann Pilling is a distinguished writer of children’s fiction and a poet, winning prizes and accolades for both careers. She will be reading from her new collection Ground Cover, poems about remote places, ageing and being young, about death and birth , and about the natural world and its power to redeem. Ann is a trustee of Settle Sessions and lives in The Yorkshire Dales which she calls “the country of my heart”. Also on the bill will be four writers airing their work in the brief “Read Two” section. Alan Pascoe is a playwright and poet with work heard on BBC Radio 3 & 4. Bob Dew is a priest who has found the space to write in retirement in The Lake District. Completing the bill are Founder member of Lancaster’s April Poets Ron Scowcroft, and Gavin Wilshaw who writes both humorous and spiritual pieces.More information from or 01729 824537. Tickets £5 (£4.50 members) available from Cave and Crag, The Courtyard Dairy and The Folly.


The next folk club get together is on 21 November at Settle Social Club from 8.30 onwards. All are welcome to come along and join in this evening of music and floor singing.


The next Settle Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 21stNovember 2015, 8.30am in the annexe at Friends Meeting House. The speaker will be David Houlton , Vicar of Gargrave with Coniston Cold. Please book your places by Thurs 19 Nov or you may go hungry ! Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost £3. To book contact 01729 825285 / email:


On 21 November, Settle Orchestra is holding an hour long family friendly concert at Settle College, commencing at 7pm. The programme for this event has been designed especially with children in mind and will include Humperdinck’s Overture to ‘Hänsel und Gretel’, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Williams: Star Wars The Phantom Menace  and Bizet’s: Habañera and Toreador’s song from Carmen. Admission to this family concert is free, and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, but seats can be booked in advance by emailing On 28 November there will be a concert at Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm. The programme for this concert will include all of the above plus Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op.46. Tickets for the Skipton concert can be obtained from Alternatively, they are available from Orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or contacting 01729 825806.


The next meeting will take place on 25 November at 2pm at St John’s Hall. This will be the AGM and will be followed by a talk on Christmas ideas. Visitors are welcome, cost £3.


The season of foreign films continues at Victoria Hall on 25 November with a showing of the multi-award winning French film “Au Revoir Les Enfants”.  This will be shown with English subtitles and has been acclaimed as “The one film you should watch” and described as “One of the best pictures ever made about childhood, set in Nazi-occupied France in 1944 “. The film starts at 7.45. Cost £5. This is a PG certificate.


The North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to come along to Long Preston Village Hall on Wednesday 23rd November, 7.30pm when Dr Mike Spence will talk on ‘Craven and the Disputed Election at Fountains Abbey 1410-16’. This promises to be a very interesting evening and members and non -members (£2 to be paid at the door) are very welcome to attend. On Sunday 13th December, the North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to enjoy a conducted visit to Settle Town Hall and then to the Settle Quaker Meeting House and a talk on Settle’s WW1 Conscientious Objectors. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to chat and to enjoy mince pies. Meet at 1.45pm outside the Town Hall. Market Square, Settle. For further information, please contact John Asher on 01729 825075


Santa will be visiting The Knight’s Table at Knight Stainforth Caravan Park every Saturday and Sunday in December between 10-2. Children’s visits to see Santa will cost £7.50 and this includes a drink and biscuits and the choice of gift from the toy stall. A 10% discount voucher for the restaurant is also included for every family.


Bookings are now being taken for an Age UK Christmas Craft Day with Cake and Coffee to be held on December 2nd. The event will take place at The Folly between 1.30-4pm and will involve an afternoon of seasonal crafts and card making. Places can be pre-booked at a cost of £6 by contacting Richard Daniels at Age UK in Cheapside or on 01729 823066.


Tickets are now available for a race night at North Ribblesdale RUFC on December 4th. This event is being held to raise funds for a public access defibrillator which will be based at the club but be positioned so that it can be used by all. Following a cardiac arrest the chance of survival decreases by 23% per minute. It is therefore very important medical treatment starts as soon as possible and that the rate of survival of a sudden cardiac arrest is dependent upon time. The quicker the intervention, the better the outcome. Figures show that using a defibrillator can increase the chance of survival almost ten fold  Ticket for the Race Night cost £5, including a pie and pea supper, and are available via Lamberts or 0780416316.  The first race will start at 8pm. It is hoped that as many people as possible will support this event to help raise funds for an important community resource.



Ribblehead Station visitor centre invite you to share in a session of Festive Carols and Music on December 12th. This will feature the Lakeland Voice Choir and Settle Voices. There will be music between 1.30-13.45 and light refreshments will be available.



A trip from Settle is being arranged to see Billy Elliot .The Musical  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The trip will be to the matinee performance on Thursday 19thMay 2016.. Price per person is £66.00. This cost includes stalls seat, coach from Settle and  gratuities. For more information  and  payment details telephone 01729823978. Closing date for reservations 22nd January



Jez Lowe and Steve Tilston are probably two of the best known acoustic folk songwriters in the country and certainly proved the adage that sometimes an event can be more than the sum of its parts, for in this case two such fine halves made far more than a whole! Their styles are very different yet they complemented each other well and it led to a very varied programme, with plenty for the audience to sing along to. Where I felt the evening fell down slightly was in the lack of rapport between what are clearly two solo artists. The posters promised an evening of “music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft” but there was actually very little beyond the individuals talking briefly about their own songs and of the two Jez Lowe was certainly the far better at scene setting.  There was however a very immediate connection with the audience which meant that from the outset the audience was singing along and became part of the performance,  producing some very striking harmonies at times.  For the most part the programme was made up of alternate songs from the two artists, some new and some well known from their back catalogues. Consequently we had Tilston’s  familiar “Here’s to Tom Paine” – the story of the lad from Thetford who went on to write the pamphlet that powered the American revolution – alongside Lowe’s ” Jack Common” a tribute to the Newcastle born Marxist writer.  Mixed in with the reflective  musings of Tilston’s song such as “The Road When I Was Young” and “Grass Days” were the more lively nostalgia of Lowe’s ” Big Meeting Day” , recalling the high days of Durham Miner’s Gala, and “The Wrong Bus”, a witty story based on fact reflecting on the events of World War One.   Both songwriters are keen observers of human nature and this was shown in songs such as “Tether’s End” and the  cynical “Pretty Penny” .  Other highlights were Tilston’s soaring “Jacaranda” and the poignant Jez Lowe tribute to the murdered Irish showband,  “The Miami”. The evening finished in fine style with an encore of Tilston’s “Slip Jigs and Reels”, in which they were joined on stage by Mike Harding on harmonica, to round of a truly enjoyable and thought provoking evening.



On 26-28 November students from the school will be staging their production of “Guys and Dolls”, a renowned musical fable based on the characters of Damon Runyon. Performances start at 7.30pm The photography of  local wildlife photographers Tony and Carol Dilger takes centre stage in the foyer gallery when their new exhibition “Just Two Clicks” opens on November 1st. Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


The church is holding its Christmas Fair on November 20 and 21. On Friday 20 it will be open from 7-9pm and serving mulled wine and mince pies. On Saturday November 21  it will be open from 10.00 am-4.00 pm and there will be Santa’s Grotto, various stalls and refreshments all day. The church is also currently appealing for new choir members in all parts of the church choir. There is choral evensong once a month and 11am services on Sunday in addition to 1 hour’s practice on Tuesday. Those interested should contact 01524251388 for further details. Meanwhile the Ground Maintenance Team  urgently needs help and even an hour of your time will make a difference! There is a large amount of raking up of grass, hay and leaves to be piled up and collected! Please come and join us for “The Big Rake Up Call! ” Starting on 23rd November the grass in part of the Old Churchyard is being cut and raked into piles. If you have a rake please bring it with you and shears to tidy up round the memorial headstones. The small team meets on Mondays 2.00 – 4.00 – but any time you are free there are jobs to do!Details from Tony Carroll (01729 822911)

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