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There will be  two guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this weekend. The first on June 20 is a circular 15 mile strenuous walk via High Cup Nick. This will leave Appleby at 10.47 am. The second walk on June 20 is  an 11 mile moderately strenuous walk from Ribblehead to Hawes leaving Ribblehead at 10.06 and returning by service bus from Hawes to Garsdale. No reservation is necessary 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


John Helliwell, the saxophone player in Supertramp, brings his jazz band Crème Anglaise to Victoria Hall on June 19th and on June  20 Ferocious Dog bring their own take on Traditional Celtic folk to Settle combining traditional instruments – fiddles, whistles, mandolins – with a bit of raw, buzzsaw rock’n’roll attitude. Houghton Weavers conclude the month on 27 June with an appearance as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour.   The guest artists at the First Sunday Folk event on July 5th will be The Mighty Doonans. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


Anley Hall are holding an open day on 19 June from 11 am onwards, culminating in a cream tea at 3[pm.  There will be a raffle and a tombola throughout the day and the community is invited to come along and meet the residents and staff.


Friends of Settle Primary School invite you to join them for their school fair on Saturday, 20 June from noon to 3pm. There will be a range of stalls and games as well as refreshments. All welcome.


The next Big Breakfast event will take place on Saturday 20 June 2015 at 8.30am when the speaker will be Alex Ladds. Alex is a teacher and also Chaplain at Giggleswick School. The breakfast will be held in the Annexe at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle. You are reminded to please book your places by Thurs 18 June by contacting 01729 825285. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost £3.00


Blackpool Tower Organist, John Bowdler will be playing at a fund-raising dance on behalf of Settle Amateur Operatic Society on June 20th at  Ingleton Community Centre. Tickets cost £8, including refreshments, and can be obtained from the community centre or by contacting 01729 822364 or 01729 822959.


Settle Orchestra’s summer concerts will take place on 20 June at Richard Whiteley Theatre and on 27 June at Christ Church, Skipton. Both concerts will commence at 7.30pm and the programme will feature the Overture to “The Thieving Magpie” by Rossini as well as works by Brahms and Schubert. Tickets cost £10 and are available via Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre


The next 3 Peaks Folk Club night on 20 June, at Settle Social Club will be a special charity night.   The evening will start at 8.30 and in addition to the usual floor singers there will be guest performers Morfan Heights.  The MC for the night will be Andrew Clayton.


This year’s open gardens will take place on 20 & 21 June. A number of gardens will be open over the weekend in the Settle area. Tickets cost £6 per day or £10 for a two day ticket. Tickets are available from Settle TIC, Field and Home or via 01729 822090. The gardens are open from 11-5pm on Saturday and 12-5pm on Sunday.


Age UK are hosting a bread making baking masterclass at Townhead Court on 23 June. The session will commence at 10.30 and run till 1.30pm, with some volunteers in the audience having an opportunity to get hands on experience with master breadmaker. The numbers for this event are limited and places must be reserved by contacting 01729 823066. Tickets cost £4.


The next film in the foreign film series at Victoria Hall will take place on 24 June at 7.45pm. In Japanese with English subtitles, “Like Father, Like Son” is the story of two children, swapped at birth who  try to find their birth families. Admission £5.


On Wednesday 24th June 2015 there will be a pottery workshop led by Lee Cartledge, of Bentham Pottery. This event is a  follow up on his recent talk about the life of Richard Bateson, the Last Potter of Black Burton, by leading a workshop that will inspire you to create your very own pot in the grand traditions of the Burton potters. The cost is £20 including all materials and firing of your finished pot. The event will run from   9.30 to 12 noon at the Folly in Settle . Numbers limited so make sure you book early by phoning 01729 822893


The board of Directors of Airedale Hospital are holding their next meeting at Victoria Hall on 24 June. The meeting will take place between 10.30-12.30 and will include a presentation about plans for health care in the Settle area and will also include a question and answer session where members of the public can put questions and concerns about the provision to the board.  Between 1-3pm there will be a health fair with a number of participating groups providing information. There will also be an opportunity to talk to a director at one of the listening sessions.


Settle Rotary Club’s annual  Hog Roast will this year take place at Eldroth Barn, Eldroth, Austwick  Lancaster. LA2 8AQ on Sunday 28th June 2014 between 1.00pm and 5.00pm. Tickets cost £10 and all proceeds will be given to Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. For tickets please contact Floyd Schofield on 07764 270601 or or David Blackburne on


Following last year’s successful flower pot festival the event is being repeated and members of the public, organisations, groups and businesses are invited to create and display flower pot characters to enliven the town during the period 27 June through to September 6.


“Call Me”, the new exhibition at the Gallery on the Green will run from June 27 to August 15 and looks at the nostalgic days of the phone box. Ellen Bell and Jo Hamill’s new installation Call Me, at Upper Settle’s now decommissioned telephone box and reincarnated as The Gallery on the Green,  is an elegant, yet whimsical written collage of notable literary telephone dialogues.  Bell and Hamill’s transparent book-like structure plays with the notion of a line of communication that is sometimes clear and other times obscure.


On Tuesday, 30 June there will be a visit to Malham Field Studies Centre. Participants should meet at 2.00pm at the Quarry Car Park on the minor road to the west of the fen. Please car share because of limited parking Guests are very welcome- please pay £2. To become a member of NCHT and for further information, please see our website


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on Saturday, July 4. This will run from 8-11.30pm. If possible please contact 01729 823259 /824038 prior to Friday 3rd to let us know that you will be attending. All proceeds from this event will got St John’s Methodist Church Settle 120+ project.


Find out more about the mysterious events in Settle on a guided walk visiting hidden locations linked with strange happenings and unusual occurrences and telling tales of the unexplained. Author, Nigel Mortimer, will be operating guided walks every second and fourth Saturday at 1.30pm and 3.30pm and on Tuesdays at 5pm. The walks last approximately an hour and thirty minutes and depart from Whitefriars car-park, cost £5 per person.


At the recent meeting President Mary Hindle warmly welcomed 2 new members, who joined that day.  The Town Council have approved the placing of a bench on the childrens’ play area: the bench is being donated by Settle WI to mark the WI Centenary.

There will be a visit to Tennants of Leyburn on Wednesday 5th August, for a tour and afternoon tea.  Transport will be by cars.  On Thursday 3rd September there will be a trip to the WI Centennial Fair at Harrogate.  Coach & tickets to the Fair cost £21 and the cost for just the coach is £15.  Enquiries to Jeanne (01729) 823132.  The next outing for the Walking Group will be on Thursday 25th June.  A Bottle Stall will be held at Clapham Street Market on 26th July. The speaker was Linda Sawley with a light hearted & humorous talk on “Growing Old Disgracefully”.  It ended with members singing along to a funny song to the tune of a Julie Andrews’ song.  She was thanked by Mary Hindle.



On June 30th school pupils present “Seussical the Musical”, based on the books of Dr Seuss. For tickets and details contact 01729 893180.


Congratulations to Y6 pupils who worked hard during the final week before half term to produce another issue of their Giggtastic Gazette. For the first half of the Summer Term 2015, we are delighted that 38 pupils achieved 100% attendance – well done! Congratulations to all pupils in Y5, who were the most punctual year group in the first half of the Summer Term Well done to the following Class 3 pupils who took part in the recent cluster Schools’ Cricket Tournament and played well: Amy Simpson, Nell Shepherd, Joel Monks, Honey Kaup-Samuels, Will Clay, Louisa Bullock, Tom Birkett-Bentley, Hattie Black, Mollie Howarth, Bailey Pears


The St Alkelda’s garden party will take place on 11 July at Rose Cottage on Bankwell Road. The garden party will be opened at 2pm and there will be a range of stalls including plants, books, cakes etc. There will also be face-painting and a raffle and tea and cakes will be available. Pupils from Giggleswick primary school will entertain with country dancing. Admission is free.



Already a renowned folk singer nationally, north easterner Bob Fox took on a new career challenge when he became part of the cast of the acclaimed show “Warhorse”. His role was as the songman – but despite his many talents it was not without its difficulties, as he explained during the course of the first half of his concert. Principal amongst these was the fact that it was essential that the songman can play the melodeon – so he taught himself to play it during the six week rehearsal period for the show!  The first half of the concert focussed on the songs related to Warhorse, which for those who had seen the stage show provided a fascinating insight into the way in which this multi-layered production was put together and explained how the music in the production was used to create both a sense of time and place but also to comment on the events.  However, those who had not seen the show were not at any disadvantage as he very skilfully placed each song in context as part of their introduction to ensure that each could be enjoyed on its own merits.  Warhorse is a particularly moving and powerful show and the songs reflect this, covering a wide range of moods from the anthemic “Only Remembered” which opens and closes the show through to the beautiful lullaby based on the Coventry Carol and the rousing songs ” The Scarlet and Blue” and “Goodbye Dolly Grey” which are used to recruit troops. All of these featured in the first half of the concert and it is a measure of Bob Fox’s talent and rapport with the audience that they not only joined in but were very swiftly harmonising during the tunes.  Having opened with “Only Remembered” the first half closed with The Devonshire Carol, used to end the first half of Warhorse,  an extremely compelling song which when sung unaccompanied literally had the hairs standing on the back of the neck in a truly eloquent piece of theatre.  The second half of the programme was a return to Bob Fox’s folk repertoire and as such was richly varied. There were Ewan McColl numbers, songs by Jez Lowe and Ralph McTell and a particularly lovely tribute to his native Tyneside with a delightful rendition of the traditional song, “The Waters of Tyne” which segued into “Big River”.  War still featured in the songs, with a comic take on the role of the London omnibus in ” The Wrong Bus” and Ralph McTell’s  haunting commentary on Bosnia, “Peppers and Tomatoes”, but there were also lighter moments in the traditional warnings to young men courting in numbers such as “The Tailor of Whitby”, “Rambling Rover” and “Sally Wheatley”.  It was though perhaps fitting that the final number of the evening should be a return to Warhorse with a poignant version of “Stand to”, again sung unaccompanied which again seemed to increase its ethereal quality.

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