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Settle Cricket Club in conjunction with Settle Golf Club are holding “The Great British Putting Championship” on 22 September between 11am and 5pm. This competition is open to all ages and offers a £50 cash prize for the winner. There will also be cash prizes on offer for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the adult and junior sections. Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for juniors, including a burger. Come along to the Cricket Club and join in the fun.


Premier comedy folk band Houghton Weavers will be spreading more of their down to earth Northern charm when the perform on 21 September. An Antipodean Summer in Antarctica is the subject of Tim Labrum’s lecture on 26 Sepember. Tim is a Settle based lawyer with Coles Solicitors and the talk is an insight into his time on an academic research expedition researching climate change.  In association with Skipton Puppet festival there will be a performance of Gruffalo Child by Mulheim-an-der-Donau on the morning of 27 September. West Yorkshire Savoyards return with a rousing production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s fast, funny and witty “Pirates of Penzance” before the month is brought to a lively conclusion on 29 September with Mike Harding introducing “Merry Hell” as part of the Folk at Victoria Hall  nights. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


On Friday the 20th September at 7.30 pm Dr David Johnson will give a talk entitled ‘Aspects of the Historical Landscapes of North Craven: from Balks and Bercaries to Butts and Beastgaits’
This talk will consider various forms of evidence that illustrate how the land has been used in the medieval and post-medieval periods, including clues on the ground and in documents.  Tickets are £6 inc refreshments and can be obtained from 01729 822893


Ingleborough Group Show will take place Saturday 21 September in Ingleton Community Centre from 1pm. The Walking Group will meet at Settle Market Place on Thursday 26 September to catch the 9.30am Skipton ‘bus for Thornton-in-Craven. This will be a level walk of about five and a half miles. The Christmas Shopping Trip will be to York on Wednesday 20 November and will cost £12.50. The coach will leave Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30am and leave York at 4.30pm. Friends and family members are welcome.  At the next meeting on Wednesday 2 October Jen Darling will give a talk on Books for Booklovers and the competition will be for a bookmark.


The next Settle Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 21 Sept at 8.30am in the annexe at Friend’s Meeting House. The

guest speaker will be Revd Stuart Stobart: Priest in charge at  Long Preston & Hellifield. Please note, space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Coffee and tea are available from 8.15am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Admission is £3.00. To book your place at the Settle Big Breakfast contact  01729 825285


Why not shop early for Christmas and take a look at some of the wonderful handmade items on offer at  Settle Artisan’s Fair at Victoria Hall on 21 September from 9am to 3pm. As they were unable to attend last month because of the torrential rain the Yorkshire Trike Tours Boom Trike will be attending. The “Hessian & Lace” pop up cafe will also be offering a range of sandwiches and cakes throughout the day.


The club will hold its 3rd annual “Sally Day” concert on 21 September at Settle Social Club, from 8.30 onwards.  The evening will feature songs and stories favoured by Sally Wright.  Entry price £6.


Don’t miss this second in a series of recitals celebrating the centenary of the installation of the magnificent Binns organ at Settle Parish Church on Saturday, September 21st at 7.30pm.  The recital will be given by Graham Toft organist at the Parish Church of the Holy Ascension, Settle. The concert is free with a retiring collection. Refreshments will be served.


Settle Station will play host to a one day art event on Sunday 22nd September when Sarah Hutton will hold a pop up artist’s studio.

Sarah is engaged in an artist’s residency on the Settle-Carlisle line and this is an opportunity to meet and chat with her – and see some of her fascinating work in progress. All welcome to this event in the booking office between 11am –  4pm.


Settle Parish Church is hosting a workshop session on 22nd September at 7pm with John Bell, speaker, writer, composer and member of  the Iona Community. John is also a regular presenter on Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day”. The workshop will run in two sessions with a break for refreshments.  A donation of £2 towards costs if requested. Meanwhile Tuesday lunches continue in the church until 24 September,  and a warm welcome and hearty meal are guaranteed.


Age UK North Craven is holding its AGM on 25 September at St John’s Hall from 3pm to 5.30pm. There will be a meeting at 3pm followed by a cuppa and cake and an opportunity to find out more about the activities offered in the area by viewing the stalls and displays.


The next film to be shown by TRAMPS at the Victoria Hall will be “A Royal Affair”. This will be shown on 25 September at 7.45pm. The story is set in the 18th Century, at the court of the unstable King Christian VII of Denmark, and concentrates on the romance between his wife, Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, and the royal physician Struensee. King Christian neglects his young queen Mathilde, and she falls in love with the German physician, an intellectual whose advocation of reform transforms the country but ultimately leads to his own downfall.This historical drama, directed by Nikolaj Arcel, was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The film is in Danish with English Subtitles


The group will next meet on Wednesday 25th September at
1pm in Townhead Court. There will be a Jacob’s Join and a talk about Gardening in Italy by Dorothy Clay. All Welcome – non members £3.


As part of the world’s biggest coffee morning, coffee will be served at Dalehome on Station Road, between 10-noon on 27 September. All are welcome to come along and support the work of  Macmillan and help them to support those bearing the burden of cancer.


This year’s festival will take place between 10-13 October and will offer a range of events suitable for all ages including workshops, town trail, story walk, tea and tales, makers market and a whole range of story telling experiences at venues throughout the town. Tickets are now available via, Settle Music on 01729 825838 or Victoria Hall on 01729 825718.


As part of Quaker Week in October there will be a peformance of “Nine parts a Quaker…unfinished business” by Plain Quakers theatre group at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate. The production tells the story of Thomas Clarkson and the campaign to end slavery. The performance takes place at 7.30pm on 2 October and is free, though donations are welcome.



On September 26 there will the first of the new initiative, the Gigg lectures. The idea behind these is to provide illustrated lectures with the aim of inspiring, entertaining and challenging audiences by speakers from a range of backgrounds. The first of these will be Alan Hinkes OBE who in 2005 became the first Briton to have climbed all 14 of the the world’s highest mountains.  On 29 September the community cinema showing at 3.30pm will be The Great Gatsby .  All tickets are available via or via 01729 893180


On Monday, 30 September at 7.30, Jan Michael will be talking about her latest book Moorside Boy, set in Settle and Giggleswick (Seggleswick). The story takes place in the present and in the 1840s when Benjamin Waugh, founder of the NSPCC, was growing up in Settle. The book will be on sale for a special price of £5; all proceeds to the NSPCC. Admission to the event: £4, inc. drinks and snacks



Many thanks to all who supported the recent event at Victoria Hall in aid of New Life charity for disabled children. Particular thanks to family and friends for their assistance in organising the event. At present the final total is not yet available but many thanks to all who donated and especially to the local businesses and friends for providing the raffle prizes. A number of raffle prizes have not been claimed and the owners of the following tickets should contact 01729 8351040 to arrange collection of their prizes: 314 (L Gorst), 148 (Hudson), 169 (Janet) and 215.



Having previously only heard Chris Berry perform when I briefly caught part of his set as a warm up for Midge Ure, I went along to this concert expecting great things. Sadly it was not to be.  The programme was an ill-judged mix that reminded me of nothing so much as a bad karaoke night in cheap seaside public house and the tone was totally inappropriate for the intimate cabaret style venue. That he was not able to realise that and adapt his brash pub act to suit speaks volumes about the amateurish nature of the night.  The clarity of his singing was poor with atrocious diction rendering many of the songs unintelligible at times and this was coupled with an irritating habit of cutting songs short to move into a “big finish” which lacked any sense of finesse.  Technically there were serious problems with the sound levels, not assisted by his habit of altering key unexpectedly and the fact that he seemed unable to keep to the tempo of a song – with his singing regularly being out of time with his playing – caused havoc for the lighting system which is engineered to synchronise with the music.  There were however some occasional redeeming features, most noticeably the quality of his own writing. When he is singing his own lyrics there is a definite improvement as there is an underlying empathy and conviction which elicits a strong audience response – “Wonderful Smile” being a perfect case in point. Likewise when he is talking about the inspiration for his songs, such as “Out of Black” he was able to engage with his audience. His rendition of classic love songs is also markedly better than the other numbers on offer and was certainly more suited to the venue. However he appeared desperately uncomfortable and self-conscious at these times, effectively crushing any real audience connection which he has created by juxtaposing moving ballads with puerile teenage humour best left in the changing rooms. While this may be popular with the “rent-a-mob” mentality of the bar-room who lap up his hectoring style it certainly didn’t win over all of the audience as could be seen by the apathy iwhich greeted his attempts to arrange his programme by playing songs in response to those who shout the loudest.  His intentions and ideas were sound, but lacked the finesse to carry the audience with him or to raise his game.  The notion of creating a song from  audience contributions is one that works well if done with wit and imagination but sadly here descended into the predictably unimaginative  prurient drivel that  stopped being funny somewhere in the last century.  For those who like this kind of thing, I am sure he is good value but I am sure that there were others present who felt that it was a wasted evening and that sadly he had wasted an opportunity to do his real talent justice.

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