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News and Events in Settle Area this week


This week there is a walk taking place as part of the “Walk the Line” series.  This is a moderately strenuous walk, covering the 14 miles from Settle to Skipton and will leave Settle at 9.50. 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. 


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 coffee pot on the first Tuesday of the month is a charity event. On Wednesday 29th November you are invited to join Michael Cullingworth for “An Evening with the Dame: a celebration of Pantomime”. This will commence at 7.30pm and is a free event, during which Michael will give an illustrated and costumed talk on the history of pantomime dames and the joy of playing the dame.


A reminder that coffee or tea, with biscuits, scones and cake, is served every Tuesday at Settle Parish Church between 10.15 am and 12.00 noon and that soup, snacks and sweets are served every Tuesday between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm. Do pop in and join us for a convivial meal and chat. 



 A reminder that every Tuesday there is a fundraising event at Victoria Hall. There are all-sorts stalls and a good clothes rack. Pop in and have a browse and enjoy a drink, bacon buttie or coffee and home-made cake etc. The cafe and stalls are open from 9.30 onwards.





Interested in photography? Come and see what we do. What have we got on this month? We meet at 7.30pm at Townhead Court in Settle. On Monday 20th November there will be a talk entitled “Street Photography”  by Dave Mason. Dave is “a British born photographer, [who takes] great pleasure in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, often documenting the surreal happenings on the city streets”. On Tuesday 21 November there will be a visit to Yordas cave at Kingsdale near Ingleton at 10am. This is a spectacular but easily accessible cave for some photography with a difference.Details of where and when to meet will be confirmed nearer the time. Further information can be found at: All events in November are free and from Beginners to experts – all are welcome.



Banish the winter blues with the wide variety of music and entertainment on offer at Victoria Hall in November. There will be a very unique fusion on November 9th with Bollywood Jazz and on November 11 famous fiddle player, Tom McConville returns, sharing the stage with acoustic guitarist Jens Kommnick. November 14th sees The Rough Island Band, from St Agnes in the Scilly Isles, take to the stage with their blend of Celtic and Cornish music followed on 16th by a streaming of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” as part of the National Theatre live programme. On November 17 North Country Theatre bring two very different approaches to a double dose of terrifying tales, one told tongue in cheek and one… straight down the line when they perform “Nightmares in Norfolk”, retelling ” Oh, whistle and I’ll come to you by M. R. James, and The Signalman by Charles Dickens. For details and tickets contact 01729 825718


 The next in the U3A series of talks will take place on 9 November at Victoria Hall at 10.30, with coffee being served from 10am. The talk, by Nigel Neil, will be on the subject of “Lancaster Castle: from prison to heritage asset.” Admission £1


 Advance notice that Linda Clemence and Liz Smart will be holding their annual art and coffee days at the Friends Meeting House on Thursday 9 November from 1-4.30 and then from 10-4.30 on both Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November. There will be original paintings, sketches and cards for sale. Admission is free and coffee and biscuits cost £1.




On November 11th Settle College is holding for remembrance with Swing City Big Band in the main hall. The band features members of Skipton Music Centre  and aims to help raise funds towards the extra curricular music department at the school and to help strengthen the links between music making in school and out in the local community events. Tickets available via the school office.


A Settle Stompers line dance social will be held at 2pm on Sunday 12th November at St John’s church hall, Settle. Everyone is welcome. Come and join in the fun, dancing to all your old favourites. Entry is £5 – which goes to local charities – and includes a buffet and refreshments


On Tuesday 14th Nov  between 10 – 4 at the Folly books of local interest will be for sale covering a huge range of subjects, including items from the collection of the late Bill Mitchell ( former editor of the Dalesman ), generously donated by his family.All sales proceeds will help buy essential items for the museum, including special archive boxes to store the archive material of the Zion Independent Church, recently acquired by the museum thanks to the kindness of the Zion trustees.So come along, enjoy a coffee in the Folly Coffeehouse , browse the books, pick up a bargain or an early Christmas gift or two.


 The next Settle Session will take place on 17 November at the Folly at 7.30 and will feature the work of Jean Harrison, reading from her new pamphlet ‘The Tilt’, set in Ghana. She worked there for eight years in the Sixties, and returned for a visit thirty years later. The work shows the contrasts and similarities as the new country grew. ‘Adventus’ is writer Sue Vickerman’s well-timed new poetry collection for Brexit Britain: what is to come? These twenty-five poems are perennials but may also serve as daily readings from 1st December, leading you through a season of endings and traumas, wistfulness, nostalgia, and anxieties about an uncertain future – with a dash of humour thrown in. Earlier this year, The Tom Twistleton Centenary Festival held a poetry competition for local young people inspired by the poet’s work, much of it in local dialect. From a shortlist of nine, winner Max Clarke will read his poem ‘The Yorkshire Rose’, along with second prize winner Daniel Craig with his poem ‘Settle is my home’ and commended poet Daniel Gilles with his work ‘Summer in Yorkshire.’ Freddie Fairweather-Smith came third with ‘The Dales’.  Tickets £6, available from The Folly, Cave and Crag or The Courtyard Dairy Lawkland or on the door. More details from



 The Royal Oak is hosting a Christmas fair on 18 November between 11-4. There will be a range of Christmas gifts and hand made goodies on offer.



 The Autumn concerts will take place on Saturday 18 November at 7.30 pm, Settle Parish Church and Saturday 25 November at 7.30 pm, Christ Church, Skipton. The programme will be:Mendelssohn   “Fingal’s Cave Overture”; Saint-Saëns   “Cello concerto No. 1″ and Beethoven  ” Symphony No. 6  (Pastoral Symphony)”. Tickets cost £12 and are available from  Skipton Camera Centre, Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and on the door or from Orchestra members.


Settle Scouts are hosting a table top sale at Castleberg Drill Hall on 18 November between 10-3.  There will be bric-a-brac, refreshments and plants as well as a variety of other stalls.  There are some spaces still available and the cost is £10 per table or £7 if you bring your own table. To reserve a space contact for further details.


Seats are still available on the coach to Manchester on Wednesday 22nd November leaving Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30am.  Cost £15.  Contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145) to book.



 The friends of the swimming pool are holding a fund raising dinner and dance to help to raise money towards the refurbishment of the swimming pool. This will take place on 24 November at The Falcon Manor Hotel and tickets cost £35. There will be a four course meal followed by a disco. There will also be a raffle. For tickets contact 01729 825944.


 Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to join them for the All Sorts Christmas Market on 25 November from 10-3. There will be a range of arts, crafts, gift ideas and all sorts on sale as well as home made refreshments available.


 Age UK North Craven are holding a getting connected event at The Folly on 30 November between 10-2, with the aim of allowing people to find out more about the ranges of services on offer as well as ways in which volunteers can help to deliver these services. This is a drop in event and all are welcome.



 The Community Christmas Day Dinner and tea will again take place this year at St John’s and commences at 11.45 on Christmas Day. This event is open to all ages and transport can be arranged for those who require assistance.  The cost for the event will be £10 per adult and £5 for children.  To book a place contact 01729 822138. Volunteers are required to help with this event and should also contact this number. There will be a volunteers meeting in November for more detailed planning.



 Settle Rugby Club is hosting an evening Fair on Friday, 1 December in aid of Sue Ryder: Manorlands. There will be a wide range of stalls with gift ideas for Christmas. The event will run from 6.30-9.39pm.




 Settle Christmas Lights Switch On this year will take place on December 2nd, and as usual the event will be co-ordinated by Settle Rotary. However, volunteers are always needed, soif you can assist in the run up to the event, or on the day or assist with the clear up then please get in touch with the co-ordinators by contacting either Derek Coultherd on 015242 51215 or Amy Robinson



The Society is proud to announce that the following members are being awarded National Operatic and Dramatic Association Long Service Awards for service to this society and will be presented in the near future: Barbara McLernon 50years, John Lewis  40years, Helen Seed  25years and Allison Soames 25years, a total of 140 years service to this society. They receive them with our grateful thanks for the contibutions they have made.We would like to thank all our Sponsors, Advertisers, Patrons and Public who attended this year’s production of “Anything Goes” or helped in any way to ensure the smooth running and viability of the show. The Grand Draw was made at Saturday Evening’s performance. First Prize

£100- Jac Bibby, second £50- Alice Syms and third £25- J Staveley. Thank you to all who took part. We are also pleased to announce that the collection made by Settle Swimming Pool for their funds raised £216.





 Apologies for any inconvenience but the organ recitation scheduled for 10 November has had to be rearranged. There will now be a recital at St. Alkelda’s Church, Giggleswick on Friday November 17th at 7.30pm by Graham Toft. Admission is free with donations invited.


On November 9th The Richard Whiteley Theatre welcomes another critically acclaimed theatrical performance when On The Run Theatre peform Tell Me Anything. This  is a tender, raw and brutally honest boy-meets-girl story focussing on the story of a boy who’s trying to be a man and a girl who doesn’t want to be rescued from her demons”. The performance combines rich storytelling with physical theatre . Tell Me Anything was created in collaboration with psychologists specialising in the role of carers of people with eating disorders.  It asks how – and if – we can help the ones we love to get better. Find out more or book tickets for the performance on Thursday 9 November at Tickets for the public are now on sale also for Giggleswick School’s production of Wendy and Peter Pan, on 29 November to 2 December. Public tickets will also be available from 6 November for “A Not So Silent Night”, when pupils and staff present a Christmas celebration featuring ensembles and individuals in a range of readings and musical items. This will take place on 13 December and is a free event with retiring collection. Tickets for the more traditional school Evening of Lessons and Carols at Giggleswick Chapel on 14 December will also be available from 6 November. Again this is a free event with a retiring collection. Both evenings are expected to be very popular and so there is a limit of 4 seats per household.





What makes a good story? What makes a good storyteller? These are just two of the ideas explored during the course of a series of workshops by Settle Stories throughout the year, which then culminated in the  storytelling performance “Telling Tales”.  The course itself examined ways of telling stories and worked on skills such as presentation and audience engagement with the six novice storytellers. As anyone who has ever had to face a group of people and hold their attention will tell you, there is an awful lot more to it than just getting up and talking!  Similarly with stories, if you ask a group of children – often the harshest of critics and the hardest audience to please what makes a good story they will tell you that it must have a proper beginning, middle and end, it must have repetition so they can join in, it must have surprises and it must be interesting!  With so much to achieve it is no wonder that many find the art of story telling a huge challenge. However, it is a challenge which all the students on this course rose to with great enthusiasm – delivering a fascinating evening with a variety of tales and demonstrating a range of techniques. There were a good range of tales, from the traditional “folk tale” setting of Rowena’s Hansel and Gretl,  through to Janet’s very modern take on the idea of a man exploiting his sons’ greed to ensure that he was well cared for in his old age to Flo’s marvellously absurd version of “a bull in a china shop” – the image of a bull shopping for a tea-set will stay with me for a long time! Each teller had their own distinctive tone and original voice and had clearly worked hard to craft the story so that they were not only comfortable with the words they spoke but also the style of delivery, whether it was the continual movement of Rowena who became each character she mentioned or the stillness of Janet as she told her tale from the comfort of a chair or Sarah’s striking and expressive engagement with her audience from her powerful opening sentence onwards.  There were modern twists on old ideas, such as the idea of the quests in Sam’s tale, and a clear understanding of story structure and the role of comedy in telling as seen in Karen’s exaggerations and observations about the powerful attraction of “Red Shoes” or  Flo’s musings on why a fly might be angry.  What was consistent across all the stories was the creativity and confidence with which they were developed, with each of the storyteller’s at ease with themselves and their audience – it was this ability to engage and bring the story to life which demonstrated how much they had gained from the course. Congratulations to not only the performers on their achievements but also the tutors on their ability to inspire and share their passion for stories so effectively.

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