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There will be two guided walks this weekend. The first will be a 14mile strenuous walk from Horton to Settle on Saturday, 16 January. This will depart from Horton in Ribblesdale at 9.58. The second, also on 16 January, will be an 11 mile moderate circular walk leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.34. No reservation is necessary  for these walks 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


Please note that the Tuesday indoor market will re-open on February 2nd. The box office however  is open as normal and tickets are available for the numerous events planned for early 2016.  The first of these, The Pitmen Poets will be staged on Sunday 17th January. The show features four of the North East’s leading champions of its musical heritage: Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe. Individually and collectively, they celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography. On Saturday 23th January – Bill Adair returns to compère A Celebration of Burns. Following the success of last year’s memorable evening there will be a Piper, songs, poetry, and a super supper of haggis, neeps and tatties. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society recipe party and quiz night  scheduled for January 16th has unfortunately had to be postponed. A new date will be arranged and advertised in the coming weeks.


The next messy church session will take place at St John’s Church Hall on 17 January between 3.30-5.30pm and is open to all. There will be a chance for crafts, activities and celebration as well as a shared hot meal.


A new series of Iyengar Yoga classes will commence at St John’s Hall on Monday 18 January. These will run from 10-11.30am and further details are obtainable via 07976 013222.


The next meeting will take place on Monday, 18 Jan at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. The theme for the evening will be “Printing” and will be led by Margaret Smith and will be a discussion covering printing skills, with members encouraged to ask about their specific problems or aspirations. The gallery for the week is entitled, “This is Creative” and follows on from member contributions on 16 November, and should be any two Creative images taken “in Camera” or with the full power of software! Visitors welcome.


There will be a further letter writing opportunity on 20 January at Friends Meeting House, between 5.30-8.30pm. You are invited to come along and support Amnesty International by writing a letter which may help to save someone’s life.  There will be plenty of information available and help is on hand if required. For details contact  01729 268912.


There will be a week of events organised by Settle Churches Together to mark the week of prayer for Christian Unity. These will commence on Sunday 17 January at 4.30pm with an informal service at St Alkelda’s, Giggleswick. On Tuesday 19th there will be a meeting for worship at Friends Meeting House between 12.15-12.45pm and additionally there will be a simple meal at Settle Parish Church, served between 11.30-2  with proceeds to Christian Aid. On Thursday 21st there will be a songs of praise session at Limestone View at 6.30pm. On Sunday 24th there will be a unity service at St John’s Methodist Church at 3pm.


A reminder that the closing date for booking for the trip to Billy Elliot: the musical is January 22nd. The trip itself will be to the matinee performance on Thursday 19th May 2016.Price per person is £66.00. This cost includes stalls seat, coach from Settle and  gratuities. A trip is also being arranged to see Matthew Bourne’s ballet  Sleeping Beauty at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, on Wednesday 24th February. This will be a Matinee performance. and the price per person  is £40.00.Again, this includes stalls seat, coach & gratuities. For more information  and  payment details about either trip telephone 01729823978.


A concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band will be held at Settle Parish Church on 24 January, the eve of Burns Night. This will commence at 7pm and there will be a raffle and refreshments available.


Please note that this month the club will meet on Sunday evening, not the usual Saturday. Folk club will take place at Settle Social Club on 24th January  and will be a guest night featuring  duo, Morfran Heights


The first meeting of the year will take place at Townhead Court on 27 January at 2pm. This meeting is open to visitors at an admission charge of £3. The subject for the meeting is a talk by Les Chandler on the theme of “Wildlife in the Garden.”


Settle Swimming Club offers children’s swimming tuition on Monday and Thursday evenings between 6.30-7.30pm. Sessions are led by a fully qualified ASA instructor. There is an extended session from 6.30-8pm also available on Thursday evenings.  The sessions are aimed at those 8 years or over who have attained stage 7 or who are not currently receiving lessons at Settle Pool. For details contact 01729 823723.


There will be a blood donor session at St John’s Methodist Church Hall on February 2nd. The first session will be held between 2-3.45pm and a second session will be held from 4.45-7.30pm. For further details please contact 0300 123 2323


Business concluded with the annual draw, in memory of Doris Robinson, for a member to attend Denman College. The winner was Jean Stevens. The speaker, Bob Pickersgill, talked of the background of George Gershwin and went on to remind members of all time favourites such as ‘Summertime’, encouraging members to sing along and to listen to the melodies played on his saxophone. Everyone was dismayed to hear that Gershwin died aged only 38, having enjoyed a little relaxation on a dismal afternoon. A craft day is planned in April and anyone interested would be welcome to attend. Details to be issued later.


The 2016 Rotary Merry-go-Round dinner will be held on Friday 19th February 2016. The format as usual is a three course meal, with each course served at a different hostelry/restaurant in the Settle area and with all parties meeting at the dining hall at Giggleswick School at 7pm to start the evening. The evening offers all the attractions of good locations, good company and fine wining and dining. Tickets for this popular event will cost £19 with a minimum of £5 from each ticket going to the chosen charities. To book tickets please contact  01729 822445, parties of up to 8 can be accommodated when booked in advance. There are a number of new locations this year with courses being served at  The New Inn, The Courtyard, Talbot Arms, Ravenous, Boars Head, Craven Heifer, Gamecock, Craven Arms, Knight’s Table, Harts Head and Helwith Bridge.  The charities benefitting this year will be Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Settle Swimming Pool.



The season opens at the Richard Whiteley Theatre with a showing of the new James Bond movie, “Spectre” by Community Cinemas on 17 January at 3.30pm. On Monday 18 January the first Gigg Lecture of the season will take place with Leon McCarron talking on “Karun”. A Northern Irish adventurer, film-maker and writer McCarron has cycled from New York to Hong Kong, walked 3000 miles across China and trekked 1000 miles through the Empty Quarter desert. In 2014 he followed the Karun, the longest river in the Islamic Republic of Iran, from source to sea, hoping for an insight into one of the most intriguing andmisunderstood places in the world. He will share his discoveries, as well as the lessons he has learned from making adventure a way of life.  On January 25th Worklight Theatre present “Labels”  an award winning show using autobiographical stories of mixed heritage and racism to examine our use of words and personal prejudices. Amid the cacophony of statistics and soundbites surrounding the immigration debate, this new solo show offers an honest, human story about multicultural Britain.

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