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News and Events May 26th


There is still time to catch the exhibition by Clapham Art Group, which draws its members from across the local area, at Clapham Village Hall as the exhibition will run through to Sunday, 2 June each day from 11am to 6pm.  It features around 80 new and original paintings painted in a variety of media and many individual styles. Unframed prints and cards are also for sale. Refreshments will be provided by friends of the local church.


Wanted: willing men! Settle Amateur Operatic society are seeking out men / youths  to act as cowboys in their Autumn production of “Calamity Jane! Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at 7.30pm at the Old Court House.  On June 2 the society will be selling afternoon teas at Langcliffe Institute and all are welcome to this fundraising event. The society further invites the public to come along and join them for coffee in the Old Court House on Station Road on June 8. Coffee will be served from 10-12.30pm, with a further coffee morning taking place on 22nd June.


In addition to the current exhibitions of Victoria Cave Revisited and Climb up to the Moor: an exhibition of paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nichols. Linked with this exhibition there will be a workshop for all ages on the 30th May, 11am to 4pm when people can add to the moorland floor installation. For details contact (015242) 51388 or (01729) 822 361. There are also a range of activities for children available at the Folly including Molly Mouse trail and dressing up box.


The next Charity Dance will take place on June 1st between 8-11.30pm at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church Hall. Could regular dancers please note the change of time and venue.  To book a place please contact Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038 by Thursday, 30 May.  All proceeds from this dance will be donated to HODU Unit at Airedale Hospital.


Gallery on the Green in collaboration with Victoria Hall present a return of the popular foodie format, “Take 3 Chefs” at Victoria Hall on 30 May.  There will be cookery demos from the 3 chefs using locally sourced ingredients, as well as  other local food producers offering tasters and showcasing their special products. Food writer and photographer Joan Ransley will be presenting food and ingredients to compliment her ‘Yorkshire Food and Yorkshire People’ exhibition at The Gallery on the Green (18th May to 6th July). Joan is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and is a regular contributor to The Yorkshire Post. Celebrity chef  and Deliciously Yorkshire Champion, Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park in Harrogate  will also be present. Stephanie attended Settle College and Craven College before training under Anton Mosimann at The Dorchester. She is a regular on BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’. The third member of the team is Mathew Birtwhistle, from The Plough Inn , Wigglesworth, where he specialises in introducing local produce onto the menu. Tickets cost £10 from Victoria Hall box office 01729 825718. The event commences at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm


There’s plenty of variety at Victoria Hall in June, starting on June 1st when local rock and roll band “The Presence” will bring the music of the 50’s and 60’s back to life. On June 8th the internationally acclaimed Dougie MacLean Trio come to Settle.  The subject of TV Documentaries,  Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter  andhas developed a unique blend of lyrical ’roots based’ song writing and instrumental composition. Dougie’s songs have been covered by a host of artists including Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, and Ronan Keating. His song ‘Caledonia’ has become one of Scotland’s favourite contemporary songs and his music has been used in Hollywood Films and TV Drama.  John Helliwell and Creme Anglaise return to the stage on June 13th promising a night of top quality jazz. On June 14th blues/rock is to the fore with the debut visit from Lancaster based “Tantrum”,  currently touring America. On June 15th The Millennium choir bring the music of Andy Whitfield to life with a range of comic songs dealing with life’s problems such as “I’m having a baby in a car” and “How to solve a banking crisis”. They will also be performing  “The Lone Ranger”, a musical adaptation of the first episode of the series arranged for a four part choir and set against silent back projections.  Partnering Grassington Festival the hall is hosting Dalesjam, featuring John Helliwell and the Settle based youth ensemble, Ramjam and the newly formed Richmond Jam on 23 June.  Martin Stephenson and the Daintees will appear on 26 June with an evening of  rockabilly, show tunes, rootsy pop, straight-ahead rock, and punk. The month comes to an end on 29 June with an adaptation of the Dickens classic, Hard Times, performed by Paper Zoo. For details of tickets and times contact the box off ice on 01729 825718 or


A reminder that Settle Voices  will begin their summer singing sessions on Monday 3rd June at 1pm in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. They will be practising songs ready to join Silsden Singers and Burnley Clarion Community Choir for a joint workshop and concert to be held on 13th July in Earby Community Hall. New members are very welcome. For more information phone 01729 823777 or visit the website


Touchstones is a group aimed at those who have difficulty with day to day tasks. You are invited to come along and join us for practical tips to make jobs easier on Tuesdays between 10.30-noon at Townhead Court. The sessions in June will focus on having fun with plants with June 4 covering planting herbs and June 11 growing pot plants. On June 18 there will be a full day trip out and on June 25 there will be a talk by National Trust Yorkshire Dales on Wild Flowers. For details contact 823066


On Friday 7th June the Settle Session at The Folly promises an evening of entertaining poetry and prose guaranteed to appeal to those who write themselves and those who just prefer to listen. It will feature  prize winning children’s author Ann Pilling (who wrote Henry’s leg) returning to her first love – poetry. She will present a choice from her poetry collections. Well known locally as a creative writing tutor, Jean Stevens will step into the spotlight to read poems and writings. A professional actor and dramatist, Jean has had her work has appear at West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Edinburgh and London Festivals, as well as on ITV and BBC radio and television. There is also an invitation to poets and writers to take part in the evening by reading some of their work.  contact Jean in advance on 01729 823305 to arrange an open-mic slot. Tickets, which are limited due to space, are at £5 available from Cave and Cragg, The Folly and Crossleigh Stores Austwick. Season Tickets: £9 for two. For more information people should ring 01729 823305 or 824537.


On Saturday, 8 June  Settle WI will be holding their annual Strawberry Coffee morning at Friends’ Meeting House between 10am and noon. There will also be cakes and produce on sale. All welcome.


Following the cancellation  due to bad weather of the Dance to the Music of John Bowdler, organist at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom previously scheduled for 23 March, a reminder that this event has been re-arranged for Saturday 15 June at the larger venue of Settle College Main Hall.  Anyone who already had tickets for the dance on 23 March will still be able to use their tickets on June 15.  However anyone who holds tickets but is unable to attend on the new date should contact the organisers and their money will be refunded. The change in venue now means that this is an opportunity for others to also purchase tickets, which cost £7.50 including supper. Please contact 01729 824038 / 822364.




Craven coaching and mentoring is offering a one day coaching course aimed at counsellors and holistic therapists at Friends Meeting House on 12 June between 10am – 4pm. The cost is £60 and includes lunch and a coaching skills ebook. The course is aimed those wishing to incorporate coaching skills into their therapy practice in order to assist their clients in a wider variety of ways. The course will be led by a Masters’ qualified and experienced coach with a health background.  For further details contact: or ccall Filao Wilson on freephone 0800 6126016 (mobile 07905 294680)



On June 4 there will be a return visit by Lyn Fletcher and the Halle Orchestra soloists.  The concert will commence at 7.30pm in Giggleswick School Chapel.  On 16 June there will be a showing of the family film “The Croods” (Cert U) in conjunction with community cinemas. Tickets cost  £4.90 and the film will commence at 3.30pm, doors open at 2.45pm. Details from the box office on 01729 893180.


Quiz sheets and maps for the Great Giggleswick Treasure Hunt will be available from The Tuck Shop and Giggleswick Primary School until 30 June at a cost of £3. Spend an hour puzzling out clues and following directions around the village to uncover the location of the treasure.  Sheets should be returned by end of July and all proceeds will go to Giggleswick Primary School. First prize is a voucher for £50 for a meal at The Harts Head Hotel and second prize is a large jar of sweets from The Tuck Shop.


The WI invite you to join them on 6 June at The Parish Rooms when the speaker will be Steve Walther on “My life as a ballet dancer: Royal Ballet to Northern Ballet”. All welcome


The Church garden party and duck race will take place this year on  June 8th at  Rose Cottage.  There will be a range of stalls, refreshments and a display of country dancing by pupils from Giggleswick Primary School.  The duck race will take place on Tems Beck at 4.30pm.  Tickets for the race cost £1 per duck and are available from 015242 51388 or 01729 82441.

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