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The Tot Lord trail will take place every Thursday in August – next walk this evening, August 21 – between 6.30pm – 8.15pm. This local history walk  meets outside the Tourist Information Centre and follows in the footsteps of Tot Lord, a boy soldier in World War 1 who went on to become a prominent citizen in Settle.  The walk costs £4, with all proceeds to Oxfam. For details contact 015242 42414.


Settle Photographic Group  will be holding their annual exhibition over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday to Monday in the Village Hall in Clapham. There is free entry daily from 11am to 5pm and refreshments will be available.


“Lest We Forget” is the theme for a flower festival at St James’ Church, Clapham on 23-25 August.  There will be a display of WW1 memorabilia and refreshments will also be available. The event will be open from 11-5 on Saturday and Monday and on Sunday will open after morning service.


Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line have arranged 2 guided  walks for the Bank Holiday weekend  The first is on 23 August and is a chance to walk the line on the Langwathby to Armathwaite stretch. This is a 13 mile  strenuous walk setting off from Langwathby at 11.01. On Sunday 24 August there is a walk incorporating a visit to the restored  Armathwaite signal box and completing a circular route in the  surrounding area. This is a 7mile moderate walk  leaving at 11.37.  Booking in advance is not required for these walks but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped. For further details contact


The next family activity day will take place on 26 August. During “Going Loco Again” there will be an opportunity to help build the longest train in Settle. This is a free activity which runs from 1-4pm, although donations towards the cost of materials would be welcome. A reminder that there are currently two local exhibitions being staged at The Folly. The first, ‘War Beckons’: tracks how the people of North Craven prepared for war in 1914 and includes memorabilia loaned by local families. The second, ‘Journeys Through a Family Archive’, explores  how the Rileys of Settle meticulously recorded and communicated the details of their everyday lives, work and – often adventurous – travels and achievements through writing, drawing and photography over a period of nearly 80 years. The Folly is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm  and on Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm


There will be an all sorts market, organised by the Friends of Victoria Hall at Victoria Hall on bank holiday Saturday, 23 August. The event will run from 9.30am – 4pm with refreshments served all day.


Settle Social Club is hosting a flashback disco featuring music from the 60s, 70s and 80s on August 24th from 8pm to midnight. This event is for over 18s only and proof of age will be requested on the door. Tickets £5 from Bar 13 and all proceeds to Settle Swimming Pool.


There will be a second hand book fair on 25 August, Bank Holiday Monday, at Victoria Hall. This will run from 10-4pm.


On 27 August, U3A singing group in conjunction with Age UK are holding their big sing event at St John’s Hall between 2-4pm. The singing session has a seaside theme and is free to all, so do come along and join the fun. There will be light refreshments and a raffle.


Visitors to the area and locals alike may wish to join volunteer guides for the last  walk of the season on Wednesday 27th August. These walking tours explain the railway heritage of Ribblehead and Blea Moor. There is a choice of two walks, a short walk of approximately two and a half miles covering the shanty town sites.  This walk returns to Ribblehead at approximately 1 p.m. in time for the 13.18 train south to Leeds or the 14.05 north to Carlisle.  The long walk is approximately five miles and goes towards Blea Moor to view the Littledale area where stone was obtained to construct the viaduct.  This tour returns to Ribblehead at approximately 3 p.m.  On both walks we talk about the history of the railway’s construction, the life of the railway builders, and refurbishment of the viaduct.  Waterproofs and stout footwear are required for both tours and a packed lunch is essential for the longer tour to Blea Moor. Please meet at the visitor centre on Ribblehead station at 10.25 for either tour.


Over the summer there will be a special season of family films, shown in conjunction with TRAMPS. “One hundred and one dalmations” will be shown on 3 September.  All of the family films start at 7pm and cost £5 for adults and £4 for under 13s. A family ticket is available for £15.  On September 5-7th Victoria Hall is the venue for the first Settle Folk Gathering. The weekend kicks off with ceilidh on Friday 5th. There will then be a concert by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, on Saturday evening and on Sunday evening Nancy Kerr and James Fagan take to the stage. On September 13th there will be the return of Lip Service Theatre with their production of the Hysterical Historical Show. On September 28th there will be a performance “From The Jam”, featuring members of the original group line up.  Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 82571801729 825718 .


The Walking Group will meet at Settle Market Place at 9am on Thursday 21 August  for a walk by the river to Stainforth. The next meeting is at 2 pm on Wednesday 3 September when Andy Swinscoe will give a talk on Artisan Cheesemaking. Please note that this meeting will be in the Catholic Church Hall.


The next film in the season of international films will be screened at Victoria Hall on 27 August at 7.45pm.  Admission is £5.  “Tous les Matins du Monde” is a classic French film (there will be English subtitles) set in the reign of Louis XIV and tells the story of the eminent musician Marin Marais looking back on his young life when he tried to become a pupil of Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe. Starring both Gerard and Guillaume Depardieu the film features much music of the period. A meal and film deal, costing £13 is also available – bookable in advance via 01729 82571801729 825718 .


On Wednesday 3rd September The North Craven heritage Trust have arranged a visit to ‘A Ribblesdale Quarry’.  This will be a guided tour by the quarry management.Meet at Dry Rigg Quarry, Helwith Bridge, Settle at 2.00 pm.  Stout shoes/boots suggested. Members of the general public are welcome to attend this event at a cost of £2 per person.


Be in at the beginning!  The first Settle Folk Weekend gathering will take place at Victoria Hall over the 5-7th September – and tickets are now available from Victoria Hall box office on 01729 82571801729 825718 . The weekend kicks off with ceilidh on Friday 5th. There will then be a concert by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, named as best’ Duo’ in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards, on Saturday evening and on Sunday evening Nancy Kerr and James Fagan take to the stage.  Tickets cost £5 for the ceilidh and £12 for each individual show or a weekend ticket covering all three events can be purchased for £25. There will also be pub sessions around the town, an open mic session, a visit by dray horses and buskers around town during the weekend.


At 12 noon on Sun 7th September there will be a  commemoration of the Great War and those who left Settle in a performance of a  historically accurate recruitment meeting in the actual place where it happened, 100 years to the date and time that the meeting took place in Settle Victoria Hall. This is a free event. On September 14th there will be a promenade production of the acclamed “Tunstill’s Men”.  A poignant tale of local young men sent off to war, Tunstill’s Men is an accomplished piece created and performed by students and staff from Aireville School, Skipton. The true story of a recruiting campaigner during World War I is brought to life in this promenade performance through the Craven streets a century after the events that changed the lives of men and women in the district forever. Meet at Holy Ascension church), 5.15pm


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall in Settle on Saturday, 6 September. The dance will run from 8pm to 11.30pm. All proceeds from this event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Please let us know by Friday 5th if you can attend by contacting  01729 82403801729 824038 / 823259


The Hatha Yoga sessions will recommence at Settle Primary School in the week commencing 8 September. The group meets on Mondays between 7.30-9pm or on Wednesdays between 7.30-9pm. Sessions cost £7, payable in blocks of six and there are 12 sessions per term.  All levels, including beginners, are welcome. For details contact 07947027188.


Settle library in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council will be hosting an IT session to assist people to search the archives in order to find their relatives and find out more about their involvement in the events of WW1. This will run from 10-12 on September 19th at Settle Library. The session cost £2 and booking is essential as are basic computer knowledge and skills.



The church will be hosting an exhibition of memorabilia relating to “Old Settle and Giggleswick” on August 23-25. This will be open between 10-4 on Saturday and Monday and 1-4 on Sunday. Also on Saturday there will be a talk by John Reid on Old Giggleswick. Admission to the talk is £5 and will commence at 7pm.


As part of the Heritage Open day programme Giggleswick School chapel will be open to members of the public on 13th and 14th September.  The chapel will be open between 11-5 on Saturday with musical recitals at 10am, noon and 2pm. On Sunday the chapel will be open between 1-4pm with recitals at noon and 2pm.

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