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News and Events around Settle this month


This week there are 3 guided walks on offer. On Saturday  15  July there is a 12 mile moderately strenuous Appleby circular walk via Murton Pike . This leaves Appleby at 10.06. The second walk, also on Saturday is a 13 mile strenuous walk from Appleby to High Cup Nick. This leaves Appleby at 10.46.  Also on Saturday 15 July there is a walk using the Morecambe Line. This is a 10 mile moderate walk from Oxenholme to Kendal  leaving Oxenholme at. 10.28. Participants should meet at Lancaster at 10.13 for onward connection. Possible late train return.  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. 


 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


Victoria Hall trustees will be holding their AGM on Thursday 13th July 2017 at 7.30pm. All friends, volunteers and supporters are most welcome. On July 21st the hall is hosting a concert by  The Spooky Men’s Chorale. This highly entertaining Australian male choir  have five critically-acclaimed albums under their belt and sell out tours across a diverse range of venues. They are totally unique and the programme will include, forays into immense Georgian anthems, tender arrangements of traditional and contemporary classics, their own uniquely entertaining songs and choreography. On July 22nd there will be aCelebration of the Finest of Ireland in an EveningWith Sean Cannon (the Dubliners), Harriet Earis, and Murphy’s Marbles.Enjoy all the atmosphere of a first class folk festival in the space of an evening. Besides three wonderful acts, all headliners in their own right, they also collaborate to bring additional variety to the evening. Making for a true festival feel of music song and humour. For details and tickets contact 01729 825718





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.   Thank you to everyone who supported the recent coffee morning and the talk in aid of Friends of Kwezana. The group support the link between Settle Primary School and Kwezana school in South Africa. The events raised £166, which will assist in providing  a computer trainer at Kwezana to encourage pupils communication skills.



 The next messy church will take place on 16 July at St John’s church between 3.30-5.30pm and offers a time for families to share crafts, games, fun, worship and a hot meal. for details contact 01729 825258.        


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 with the exception of the trips to Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, which departs at 9.30am. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email Cheques should be made payable to Settle Rotary Club. For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £44.00 per person. Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You at Leeds Grand on Wednesday 30 August (cost £54: closing date for reservations 7 July), Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Theatre By the Lake, Keswick on 13 September (Cost £35)  and “Handbagged” a satrical comedy detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher (Cost £35) also at Keswick.



Our Annual General Meeting will be held in Victoria Hall on Thursday 13th July at 6.30pm. On Saturday 15 July, between 2.30-4.30pm  we are holding “A Strawberry and cream Garden Party” at Studfold House Lower Studfold. Tickets £5 from members or pay on the day.





A reminder that flowerpots displays can now be placed around the town  by groups, businesses and individuals and that the Flowerpot trail sheets are now available.


Instead of the usual meeting in August we will be visiting Saltaire.  Friends and family are welcome to join us and there is the option to take a guided walk around the village. There will be a Christmas Craft Workshop on Saturday 11th November (full details to follow), and our Christmas Shopping Trip will be to Manchester, taking in the Christmas Market, on Wednesday 22nd November.  Again, both these events are open to anyone.



The gallery is currently showing an exhibition of the work  of Jim des Rivières, The Mothman, who  photographs moths around the world. Using a desktop scanner instead of a camera, he directly captures high-resolution digital images of moths which reveal their intricate wing patterns and colours. By putting moths under a spotlight, Jim raises awareness of these important, but lesser-known, building blocks of our ecosystem. This follow-on to his Gallery on the Green show in Summer 2010 includes 28 moth species representing a tiny cross-section of the moth species found in the immediate locale of the photographer’s home in Ottawa, Canada.


 The community and business hub is hosting a session on July 14th aimed at raising awareness of how to write effective press releases. The session runs from 9.30-11.30 and will be led by Jane Ellison Bates and cost £20.  On July 20th there will be a chance to find out more about Settle Timebanking at a drop in session between 3-6 pm.  For details contact 07977 040321


 A charity rounders tournament will take place at Settle Cricket Club on July 20th between 4-6pm. There will be a barbecue and a raffle and all proceeds will be donated to Settle Parish Church.  Entry fee is £10 per squad, and each team can have up to 9 players. At least 3 players per team must be of primary school age.



On Friday 21st July there will be a  Puddings, Poems and Plonk evening  at 7.00 pm.   Tickets cost £5 per person.  Come along and enjoy a range of puddings, and either listen to or recite one of your favourite poems, while relaxing with a drink!   Tickets available from members of the Events Working Group


From 4th July there has been a change in exhibitions at the The Folly. On the first floor we now have ‘Mud and Misery’, an exhibition showing life in  WW1 1917 including a recreation of a WW1 dugout. Also children and adults alike can have a go with semaphore and try out the morse code box. The exhibition featuring the work of the local knitters “Settle Captured in Wool “continues to the 29th October. The third exhibitions is “Back in Settle: Pastimes in Past Times” and this  runs until the 24th Sept . You can also enjoy a coffee or meal at the new coffee shop, where all profits go towards supporting the The Folly.




 On July 29 Mike Harding and The Moonbeams will present “Rhyming Through Ribblesdale”, a programme of songs and poems from The Yorkshire Dales at The Folly. The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10, available via Dales Angels.  Then on 4 August there will be a Ceilidh at St Mary and St Michael Church Hall with music by the Giggleswick Temperance Band.  Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and are available via Wholesome Bee. Bring your own bottle and music starts at 7.30pm.


 Dr Judith Allinson will present an illustrated talk on wild flower walks around Settle on August 1st at St John’s Church. This will commence at 7.30pm and there will be light refreshments. Donations will be towards the Rainforest Fund.



 Lux photo studios are hosting a photography afternoon at Victoria Hall on 5 August. This 2 hour course, starting at 1pm, is aimed at helping you to get the most out of your camera. The course costs £35 and places are limited to enable personal tuition. For details contact 07789930720.


 Settle United Football Club is hosting Sam’s Football Academy every week throughout the school holidays. The sessions run from 10-4 Monday to Friday and cost £60 for the week, £40 for three days or £15 per day. There will also be sibling discounts and loyalty discounts available. For details contact 074653671654.


From July 31st – August 11th Settle Stories will be holding 10 days of workshops and art and crafts for youngsters aged 8 +.  Each day there will be a new activity such as “play in a day”,  “poetry slam”, “Den building” or photography. The cost is £22 per day (with sibling discounts) or £75 per week. For details contact



Settle Photographic Group’s Annual Photo Trail will take place from 1 – 22 August. About 80 framed photos will be on display in shop windows around Settle, so have fun hunting them out whether you’re a visitor or a local. Information can be found on our website A list and schematic map will be available from the TIC, Field to Home, Lamberts, Sweet Corner, The Corner – Arts and Books. Formerly Speight and Watson) or Settle Community and Business Hub.  This will be followed by the annual exhibition at Clapham. The group meet on the third Monday in the month at Townhead Court, 7.30 – 9.30 Visitors welcome £3.00.






The Giggleswick Gardening Group invites any members of the community to join them, any Monday afternoon, between 2.00 – 4.00, when a few of us meet to carry out some of the many tasks to enhance the grounds of St. Alkelda’s Church. Please come and join us!’



The church invite you to join them at their garden part in Rose Cottage Garden on Saturday July 15th at 2.00 pm. There will be stalls and refreshments as well as entertainment by Giggleswick primary school country dancers. All proceeds will go to the church



Giggleswick Horticultural Show is keen to attract more entries in all Classes. This is an Open Show so anyone can enter and, with nearly 150 Classes, there is scope for young and old to join in. It costs just 20p and entries only have to be made on Mon/Tues 7/8 August at Giggleswick Parish Rooms, 7-8.30pm. There are classes for Vegetables, Flowers, Fruit, Culinary, Decorative, Art, Handicrafts and Photography. There are also nearly 40 different children’s classes and Prizes of £1, 50p and 25p in each children’s class. Schedules listing all the Classes and containing Entry Forms are available at Giggleswick Tuck Shop, Lamberts News Settle, and Settle Tourist Information Centre, or from Mrs Ruth Dugdale, Borrins Farm, Stackhouse.On the day of the Show, Sat 12th August, exhibits have to be staged between 8.30 and 10.15am. The Show, which is inside Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion, opens to the public at 1.30pm so even if you haven’t made an entry please come along to see that “Giggleswick has Talent”! Admission is only £1.50, and free for children , there are excellent homemade refreshments available, and at the end of the Show there is an Auction of many of the Exhibits so you can bid for a prizewinning leek or cake to take home. Last year the Society made donations totalling £900 to Cave Rescue, 1st Castleberg Scouts, Manorlands, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Settle Swimming Pool, so come along for a grand afternoon out and help us raise even more this year.



Shakespeare arrives in Giggleswick on 5 August, and he’ll be coming on a bicycle when Handlebards theatre bring their adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the village.

The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling Theatre Company. Before touring their “beautifully bonkers” (Sunderland Echo) production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand – and, in usual HandleBards style, we can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. Tickets are available at 01729 893180 and this outdoor performance begins at 6.30pm.




 The best known work by Gabriel Faure is most probably his requiem, which formed the second part of this programme. It was therefore fascinating to experience a taste of some of his other works in the first half of the evening. However, it has to be said that the format of this section did make it feel slightly like an end of term school concert with everyone having an opportunity to “do their piece”. On the plus side though, this did mean that there was an opportunity to hear from members of the choir who may not normally get to perform a solo spot and so congratulations are due to all of them for rising so magnificently to this challenge. Congratulations also to the six young members of the Skipton Music Centre choir who took part in the concert and clearly enjoyed singing with the choir.  The evening began with “Cantique de Jean Racine”, performed by the whole choir, a wonderfully restful piece which washed over the audience and allowed them to appreciate the beautiful tone of the choir. There followed a selection of solos and choral pieces, demonstrating a variety of moods and the versatility and skill of Faure as a composer and also highlighted the skill of the accompanist, Alastair MacKenzie who provided such outstanding support on both piano and organ. Also included in the first half of the programme were the beautiful and stately Pavane, which featured magnificent playing by the accompanist, and the unusual but moving  Messe Basse performed by the ladies of the choir, which gave an excellent foretaste of things to come.  The second part of the evening was dedicated to a performance of the requiem and in a work which plays so much with the imagery of light, Christ Church proved to be an admirable setting with the evening sun streaming through the windows and bouncing off the white walls.  The music itself was heavenly and a more tranquil place would be hard to find. The solos here were particularly moving, and the voices of the young choir members added a special poignancy to the soprano section.  The drama of the opening chord was followed by a glorious Kyrie and the purity of the Sanctus was strongly contrasted with the powerful male voices in later sections.  Once again the  role of the organist was integral to the piece, setting both the mood and tone of the work.  Also noteworthy was the tremendous precision and clarity of the singing, the diction throughout the piece was immaculate and reflected not only considerable concentration but also meticulous effort by the conductor, Nigel Waugh. This was undoubtedly a deeply moving and uplifting evening and not, as the conductor feared, in any way gloomy!


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