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This week there are 3 walks on offer in the “get walking” programme. These are all suitable as family walks but participants should be aware that they are not suitable for buggies or pushchairs. The first is on Saturday 22nd July and is the 8 mile “Smardale Explorer” walk. This is a moderate circular walk leaving Kirkby Stephen at 11.22. Also on July 22nd there is a visit to Armathwaite signal box and a 7 mile short walk taking in Coombs Wood,. This leaves Armathwaite at 11.15a.m.  On Sunday  23 July there is a 5 mile easy walk to  Cautley Spout incorporating a visit to Farfield Mill. This leaves Dent at 10.38, returning back to Dent later in the day and making use of a Service bus to Farfield Mill and return from Cautley Numbers are therefore limited and bus fares are payable with admission to the mill £3 with a valid bus ticket. To book please ring 01943 875445. Also over the weekend there will be the next stage in the “Walk the Line” series. This will leave Langwathby  at 11.01 and finish at Appleby.  This is a 14 mile moderately strenuous walk.  Also this coming week there will be a chance to participate in the “Jericho Experience” at Ribblehead. Participants should meet at the Ribblehead Visitor Centre at noon on July 27th 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. 



The club next meets on  22 July at Settle Social Club when there will be entertainment by  Guest  artist, Peter Ivatts as well as by club floor singers and musicians. Evening commences at 8.30pm with admission £5 on the door. All welcome.



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


Victoria Hall trustees will be holding their AGM on Thursday 13th July 2017 at 7.30pm. All friends, volunteers and supporters are most welcome. On July 21st the hall is hosting a concert by  The Spooky Men’s Chorale. This highly entertaining Australian male choir  have five critically-acclaimed albums under their belt and sell out tours across a diverse range of venues. They are totally unique and the programme will include, forays into immense Georgian anthems, tender arrangements of traditional and contemporary classics, their own uniquely entertaining songs and choreography. On July 22nd there will be aCelebration of the Finest of Ireland in an EveningWith Sean Cannon (the Dubliners), Harriet Earis, and Murphy’s Marbles.Enjoy all the atmosphere of a first class folk festival in the space of an evening. Besides three wonderful acts, all headliners in their own right, they also collaborate to bring additional variety to the evening. Making for a true festival feel of music song and humour. On 23 July The Swing Commanders take to the stage once more, with their vibrant mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing, 50’s jump jazz and more.  On Wednesday 26 there will be a production of “Ice Baby” by The Ashton Group. The play focuses on a 17 year old mum, her baby and her mates and deals with the dilemmas faced by teenage parents, struggling to cope with adult responsibilities. It is suitable for young people over the age of 14 and adults and contains some adult themes. 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.   


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.  The next meeting is on Wednesday 6th September when the speaker is Ruth Gibbons on ‘Eating Well, Feeling Good’ and the competition is for an old kitchen gadget.  2pm in St John’s Church Hall.  Visitors welcome. Looking ahead, on Thursday 14th September there is a visit to Boundary Mill for shopping plus afternoon tea and demonstration of Floral Art by Craig Bullock, and on Thursday 26th October we are visiting Tennants at Leyburn for afternoon tea in the Sensory Garden with a talk by Tennant’s Toys expert. This year  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.


On July 20th there will be a chance to find out more about Settle Timebanking at a drop in session between 3-6 pm.  For details contact 07977 040321


 A charity rounders tournament will take place at Settle Cricket Club on July 20th between 4-6pm. There will be a barbecue and a raffle and all proceeds will be donated to Settle Parish Church.  Entry fee is £10 per squad, and each team can have up to 9 players. At least 3 players per team must be of primary school age.



On Friday 21st July there will be a  Puddings, Poems and Plonk evening  at 7.00 pm.   Tickets cost £5 per person.  Come along and enjoy a range of puddings, and either listen to or recite one of your favourite poems, while relaxing with a drink!   Tickets available from members of the Events Working Group


 Langcliffe Park invite you to their open weekend on 22nd and 23rd July. Drop in any time between 10am -4pm to enjoy a chance to take part in a sheep themed treasure hunt, sample Pimms and fairy cakes, find out more about the plots and accommodation available and take part in a free prize draw. All welcome.


The next Eco Meeting will be held at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 26th July at the Royal Oak. All welcome.






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. The exhibition featuring the work of the local knitters “Settle Captured in Wool “continues to the 29th October. The third exhibitions is “Back in Settle: Pastimes in Past Times” and this  runs until the 24th Sept . You can also enjoy a coffee or meal at the new coffee shop, where all profits go towards supporting the The Folly.



 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.


 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.



 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 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 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.




Marking the launch of their “Friends and Patrons” scheme, this was in many ways a “coming of age” concert for the society who originally were formed in 2013 for a “one-off event” and then kept on going before officially reforming under their new name in 2015.  That they endured in this way is down to their undoubted enthusiasm for music-making and choral music in particular and this was very obvious not only in the standard of their performance but also in the fact that they actively seek to work collaboratively with other musicians in the area, as witnessed by the string ensemble, many of whom are also members of Settle Orchestra.  The programme for the evening was an interesting mixture of sacred and secular, with the first half being an exploration of opera choruses and the second a performance of Faure’s Requiem.  The programme opened dramatically with a particularly effective staging of the humming  chorus from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly being performed “off-stage” in the bell tower before the choir entered to the string ensemble’s lively rendition of the Introduction of the Queen of the Night’s Aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute”.  Other highlights in the first half included the ever popular Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco, sung with great confidence and excellent diction and the rousing Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore which proved a perfect piece to demonstrate the power and range of the choir.  Less well known, but certainly striking was the Witches’ Chorus from Verdi’s Macbeth which definitely gave the ladies of the choir a chance to demonstrate their dramatic talents with a very real sense of menace in places. This theatrical piece also highlighted the talents of the choir’s accompanist, Charlie Dobson, whose playing was an integral part of the evening. The choir were also joined in the first half for a number of solos by their Vice President, the internationally renowned soprano, Sarah Fox. As ever, hearing Sarah perform was a great delight as she brings such emotional intensity to each piece and holds the audience spellbound throughout. In the second half of the programme, she was joined by  Adam Gouldin, for the baritone solo in Faure’s Requiem.  This was a particularly appropriate venue for such a moving piece of music and the choir as a whole sang beautifully, so that it felt a privilege to be part of such a fortunate audience. The soloists were both outstanding, but it was the actual sense of peace which this accomplished performance created which became the lingering memory from the evening. Congratulations to all involved in creating such a memorable concert.

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