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News and Events in Settle Area July 23rd 2017


This week there are  3 railway walks. On 29 July there is a 15 mile moderately strenuous walk from Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, leaving Kirkby Stephen at 8.47. Also on Saturday  29 July there is a 12 mile moderately strenuous walk taking Dentdale and Whernside Tarns. This leaves Dent station at 10.16 and concludes at Ribblehead.   On Sunday  30 July there is a 10 mile strenuous walk taking in the area around Semerwater. This leaves Garsdale at 10.43 and makes use of the service bus to Hawes for outward and return journeys.   Also today (27 July),there will be a chance to participate in the “Jericho Experience” at Ribblehead. Participants should meet at the Ribblehead Visitor Centre at noon for a talk about the shanty towns. Following this a stroll will be taken to the Ribblehead Viaduct to hear how the railway was built and how the navvies lived and worked in the shanty towns. Returning to the station for a short train journey to Garsdale (fare payable) passing the sites of the shanty towns. Return on the 15.13 from Garsdale to Ribblehead/Leeds. Please bring a packed lunch and waterproof clothing. The event is not suitable for people with limited mobility. No booking necessary. For further information  or mail or phone 01524 811 492. 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. 




Settle Amateur Operatic Society are looking for men! To be precise they are appealing for young (ish) men to join the sailors’ chorus in their forthcoming production of “Anything Goes”. The show will be staged in Victoria Hall over 25-28 October and takes place aboard the SS American, an ocean liner sailing from New York to London.  Rehearsals take place at the Old Courthouse in Station road on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7.30-9.30 and new members are invited to come along and join the fun.


 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


On Friday 28 there will be a performance by Simon Mayor  and Hilary James, who will bring their mix of folk, blues, swing and showstoppers to town.  The month concludes on 30 July with Celtic Journey,  a stage show featuring music, dance, and story that celebrates the Celtic nations, their traditions, and the international ties that unite them as one in a world of hardship, hope, and new beginnings. Looking ahead the hall will be staging a “S’mettle Fest” over 25-27 August, featuring a range of heavy metal tribute bands.  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.   The first Tuesday of every month is a charity coffee pot event with the money being donated to a specific charity.


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.


A reminder that there is no meeting in August.  Instead members and friends are visiting Saltaire.  This year’s  Christmas Craft Workshop is on Saturday 11th November in the Catholic Church Hall.  Crafts on offer include Beaded Angels, Pasta Angels and Fused Glass Christmas Decorations.  We are now taking bookings for our Manchester Shopping Trip on Wednesday 22nd November with the opportunity to visit the Christmas Markets.  Coach leaves Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30am.  Cost £15.  Open to all.  Contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145) to book.




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.


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. On Friday, 28 July at 7.30pm Alan Hemsworth will present at talk entitled “To Encourage the Others” dealing with the controversial subject of  Military Executions of World War One .  Providing an insight into the “Great War”, Alan will  talk about the men, including those from Yorkshire who were shot for what was described as Battlefield crimes, desertion, cowardice, disobeying orders. Shot to deter others. Were these men guilty? Men plunged into the relentless reality of war, day after day, month after month, year after year –  Shell shock or PTSD undiagnosed at the time, was it desertion or cowardice or simply men suffering mental trauma deserving compassion and understanding not a firing squad.  Tickets £7 to be bought in advance  from The Folly or 01729 822893 




 Local singing group Octameron are performing at Bentham Parish Church on 29 July. The concert will commence at 7.30pm and will feature a varied programme of music.  Tickets cost £8, including cheese and wine, and are available from Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and from church members.



 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.


 Churches Together in Settle and District are holding a series of “Awesome Afternoon Activities in August” every Tuesday afternoon in August (1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd) at St John’s Methodist Church Hall. These sessions run from 1.30-3.30pm and are designed as drop in sessions for families (no unaccompanied children please) offering a range of craft, fun team games, guests and baking activities as well as drinks and biscuits.  All welcome.



 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.



The next two charity dances will both be in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and will take place at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall

 (Tillman Close off Kirkgate Settle) on Saturday August 5th &      Saturday September 2nd between 8.00pm to 11.00pm. If possible please contact 01729 823259 / 824038 by the Friday beforehand to let us know that you intend to come.  



 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 Bowling Club will host its annual doubles novice shield bowling competition on 13 August. This will commence at 11am and is open to all ages.  The cost is £5 per pair and there are cash prizes for first, second and third place.  The club will provide bowls. To take part contact 01729 825783 or contact Tiger at Settle Social Club.



 North Ribblesdale RUFC will be hosting a community fun day on 13 August from noon onwards. Admission is free and there will be a range of events including a rugby ball rodeo, tug of war competition, barbecue, bar, raffle, tombola, inflatable obstacle course, bouncy castle, ducking stool and eliminator run.  All welcome.



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.


Please note that there will be no letter writing session in August. The next session will take place on 20 September.  The sessions are held at Friends Meeting House and operate on a drop in basis between 5-8pm. For further details contact 01729 268912.




The next meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at 7.30 pm in the Hobson Room, Giggleswick school when the speaker will be  Chris Ogden on the subject of  belly dancing. Giggleswick WI is holding their annual Cream Tea on Saturday 5th August 2-4 pm in the Friends Meeting House, Settle.  BD24 9DX.  All money raised to go to Settle Swimming Pool.  Cost £3.50.  Plus cakes for sale and tombola.



There will be a Coffee Morning at the Old Court House Station Road Settle Saturday August 5th 10.00am to 12.30pm all welcome. Fresh Coffee and home-made cakes & scones will be served





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!’



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.


Giggleswick School is hosting a series of short courses on the theme of wellness and well being during the week of August 7-11th. These are introductory courses to assist participants to feel vibrant, healthy and nourished and will include sessions on mindfulness, diet , pilates and nutritional therapy. Each day is comprised of two 3 hour sessions and bookings can be made for a single session, a full day or a full week (residential options are available). For details contact 01729 893000.

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