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The Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival will take place in Settle on August 18. There will be a 28 mile, 14 mile and 5 mile walk  with prices for entry starting at £8 per person.  Further details and information on registration are available via the website Even if you are not walking yourself, why not  come along and support the walkers and make it a family day out  by enjoying the crafts on sale and a range of stalls and activities on the rugby field throughout the day. If anyone wants to have a stall or run an activity etc, please contact :


There will be a chance for coffee and a chat and to renew membership or enrol for the new 2013-2014 season of U3A activities on 8 August at Settle Victoria Hall at 10.30pm. The main purpose of U3A is to encourage life-long learning in those no longer in full time employment and new members are always welcome.


Settle Photographic Group Town Trail in and around the centre of Settle will run from 9th to the 22nd August with pictures being displayed  in local shop windows. A map showing participating venues will be available from the TIC and some shops along the route. Many thanks to all the businesses who support this event. The group hope that locals and visitors alike will enjoy the trail which is aimed at being fun for all the family.  The following week the photographs will be gathered together and displayed as a group. The venue for exhibition this year will be Clapham Village Hall.   The exhibition will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend  and will be open there from 11am to 5pm each day (Saturday – Monday) and refreshments will be available throughout.  The next group meeting will take place on 19 August at 7.30pm at Town Head Court. Visitors and new members always welcome. Following on from the ideas explored in the June meeting the theme for the gallery will be “Motion”. The second part of the evening will be a presentation by Alan Owens on the uses and possibilities of Lightroom.


On Friday 9 August at 7.30pm, there will be a talk & demonstration of Egyptian Dancing in the church with an opportunity to take part. Admission: £4.00 with wine & nibbles. All proceeds to Church Funds. On August 18th the church will be lending its support to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal by selling refreshments throughout the day to walkers and supporters, locals and visitors. Call in to enjoy home-made delights and a refreshing drink:  regardless of whether you have been walking or simply spectating you are guaranteed a warm welcome. To celebrate the centenary of the Binns organ a series of organ recitals is being held at the church. These will feature music written during the 100 years since the organ was installed in 1913.

These will take place over the next year with the first recital taking on Saturday, August 24th at 7.30pm when the organist will be renowned local musician and composer Paul Fisher. This concert will include British and French music written between 1910 and 1920 and will feature pieces by Vaughan Williams, Parry, Howells, Vierne and Dupre. Admission is free with a retiring collection.


The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line are repeating their popular walking tours around the railway construction site at Ribblehead every Wednesday from now until September 11th inclusive plus Saturday 17th August. The walks are free of charge.Organiser Peter Davies said “These tours attracted record numbers in 2012 and are back this year by popular demand. People are fascinated by the Settle-Carlisle railway and its construction. This is a chance for people to learn about the Ribblehead area and to see the viaduct and nearby sites of interest up close.”


A reminder that Dales Angels is holding a meet the makers day at Friends Meeting House on August 10 between 10pm to 3pm.  This is a chance to come along and meet the people behind some of the amazing array of goods for sale in Dales Angels. There will be vintage items from Effie May and a wide range of art work, crafts and photographs on sale as well as fair trade Namaste goods, crystals, sculptures and items made by local craftworkers. There will also be live music by local folk group, The Moonbeams.


Settle Music is presenting an evening of music at Poppies on 10 August featuring Dead Mans Uke.  Tickets are available from Settle Music, priced £7 for an evening of vocals, ukulele,  double bass and stompin!


There are two forthcoming events at the Folly connected to the Family Stories Exhibition organised by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society to celebrate their 150th Anniversary.  Firstly on Saturday 10th August at 7.30 pm there will be a talk by Peter Brears food historian on “Yorkshire Housekeeping & Food: The Archival Evidence’.Tickets are £6 from the Folly or 01729 822893

Peter Brear will look at the archival /ephemeral evidence for food in Yorkshire, including account books, recipe books, diaries, menus, collectors notebooks, dialect poetry etc from the 17th to early 20th century. Lots of things to look at with a very entertaining speaker. Then on Wednesday the 14th August at 2pm to 4.30 pm  there will be a Workshop with the North Yorkshire County Record Office Staff called ‘ Family History in the Archives: an Afternoon Teach -in’. Tickets £6 from the Folly or 01729 822893 Two archivists, Keith Sweetmore and Ellen Southwell will begin with an update on the use of prime online sources such as census returns, registration records, parish registers, deeds wills etc.  Local examples will be used to demonstrate the ways in which records can be used to create basic family trees and discover more detail about how our ancestors lived. Both promise to be really enjoyable and also give people the chance to see the YAS exhibition. Come rain, come shine there is plenty to interest and entertain you and your visitors this month and don’t forget that our Season Tickets (incredible value at only £7) give you unlimited access to the building and exhibitions for a full 12 months. For more information about all the above see Find us on Facebook at’


Settle Cricket Club are holding a rounders fun day on 11 August.  Cost is £2 per person and anyone over age 15 is eligible to join a team. There is a maximum of 4 men allowed per team.  There will be a barbecue, bouncy castle and music during the day and the matches will commence at 1pm with teams being registered between 11-12am. For further details contact -79757377550.


The second of Settle Cricket Club’s “Play Cricket” weeks for children and young people over the age of 7 commences on 12th August and will include coaching, games and fun activities. The cost is £10 per day for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with a discount for a full week’s booking. The day will run from 10am to 3pm and participants should bring a packed lunch.  On Wednesday 14th August there will be a special cricket day sponsored by Yorkshire Cricket at a cost of only £1 per child.  For details contact 07973640277.


Rocky’s Plaice holiday club, run by Churches Together in Settle and District, will return on 12,13 & 14 August. This is a free activity club with games, crafts and bible stories and runs from 10am to noon at St John’s church hall and is suitable for 5-11 year olds. For details contact 01729 851860.


On 16 August there will be a performance by The Hut People,  one of the hottest bands on the folk/world acts scene who play a mix of British, Nordic and European folk mixed with home grown tunes. The month ends with Chris Bannister on 30 August performing the music of John Denver. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


The monthly artisan fair will take place on  17 August at Victoria Hall from 9am to 3pm. Many of the artisans from last month will again be present and they will be joined by some very different Artisans as well as the guys from Yorkshire Trike Tours who will be bringing their fantastic Boom Trike to Settle Artisans Fair. Girls, bring your fellas down to Settle Victoria Hall and let them drool over this amazing machine whilst you slip inside and buy something gorgeous, go on…you know you want to! There will be all kinds of quality handmade goodies and gifts on sale as well as the return of the pop up “hessian and lace” cafe.  The heritage spinner and knitter enjoyed their time here so much they have asked to come back in August to meet with their new little knitters to help them finish off their projects. If you missed them last time please come down and say hello to Adrian & Grace. Annette Brown, Author, will also be visiting on 17th August to sign and sell copies of her latest book “Escape to Africa” Annette was born in North Yorkshire, and grew up with the stunning Yorkshire Dales and Lake District surrounding her. Her first Novel though was inspired by a work visit to Africa and since then she has written several short stories and poems.  Call in for a chance to find something really special…


Age UK are holding at strawberry tea with music at St John’s hall on 21 August between 2-4pm. Tickets cost £3 from the Age UK shop or via 01729 823066.


The next two trails will take place on 22nd August and 29th August. These walks around the town provide a chance to find out about one of the town’s most colourful characters. Participants should meet outside Settle TIC for a 6.15 start, finishing approximately 8pm. Tickets: £4.00 with all  proceeds going to Oxfam. For further information contact Richard Whinray on 01524 242414


The current exhibition at Linton Court Gallery is entitled “Norman Adams at Home & Abroad” and will feature watercolours of Yorkshire, Italy & Provence. The exhibition opens on 3 August and continues to 7 September 2013. There will be a special event on Saturday 10 August 2013 from 1pm – 4pm at which wine and soft drinks will be available. Featuring a longside paintings of the Yorkshire Dales will be watercolours of Venice and Florence together with studies of olive groves, cypress trees and the landscape of Provence. Norman Adams RA was born in Walthamstow, north east London in 1927. He trained at the Harrow School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. In 1962 he became Head of Painting at Manchester College of Art and was Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University from 1981-1985. In 1967 he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy. He became a Royal Academician in 1972 and was Keeper of the RA Schools from 1986 until his retirement in 1995.


A free event for young people aged between 11-25, Summer shock will take place at Settle College Lower School on 21 August between 3-10pm. There will be a barbecue, skate park and rodeo as well as the chance to take part in dance sessions, fencing, art and craft, dj-ing session and photoshop and street art workshops.


Friends of Victoria Hall have organised an all sorts market to take place in Victoria Hall on August Bank Holiday Saturday, 24th.  This will be open between 9.30-4.00 and refreshments will be served all day. For details contact 01729 823867.


The Craven Arms at Giggleswick is hosting a beer and music festival on 25 August, featuring locally brewed beers. Tickets cost £5 if pre-ordered, £6 on the day and include 3 taster half pints and a donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  There will be live music from The Duffers and from Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band as well as barbecue food available throughout the day and helicopter rides.


The next film showing by Tramps at Victoria Hall will be the French classic “Manon des Sources”. This will be shown on 28 August at 7.45 and tickets cost £5.


Put the lazy days of summer to good use and plan your entries to the Settle Stories competitions. The festival doesn’t take place till October but now is the time to be thinking about your story. The first competition is for stories on a postcard. The card should be no more than 6in by 4ins and the stories will be featured in a display during the Festival and in Mumbai, India. The favourite 30 stories will be published in book format. The closing date is 15 September. Alternatively you can tell a story, with the winner taking part in the Festival itself and receiving a £50 Amazon voucher. The stories can be on any topic and should last no more than 10 minutes and should be uploaded to the website by 25 September.  Details of both competitions can be found at



The 72nd Annual Gigglewick Horticultural Society’s Open Show will take place on 10th August at Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion. The show will open to the public at 1.30pm with the official opening ceremony by Settle Mayor, Mr Joe Lord at 2pm.  There are a wide range of adult and child classes and copies of the schedule for the show are available from  Lamberts Newsagents, Speight and Watson, Settle Tourist Information Centre and The Garden Shed.  Admission to the show is £1 for adults, 30p for children. Cups and prizes will be presented at 3.30pm with an auction of exhibits at 4pm. Last year the society made donations totally £800 to Settle Scouts, Settle Swimming Pool, Cave Rescue, Blind Persons Welfare and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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