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There’s still time to mosey on down to Victoria Hall Box Office (01729 825718) to buy tickets to see “Calamity Jane”. The group will take to the stage throughout the week of 28 October to 2 November every evening at 7.30pm with a matinee on the Saturday afternoon.


The third in a series of organ recitals to mark the centenary of the Binns Organ will take place on 19 October at Settle Parish Church at  7.30pm, when the organist will be Dr Timothy Raymond, Director of Music at the Priory Church of Bolton Abbey. The programme will include works by Sibelius, Benjamin Britten and William Walton . Refreshments will be served and there will be a retiring collection. Please note that this is not the date originally advertised.


Throughout October Victoria Hall is the venue for a number of community events. On 18th October, Dryad Productions will stage Female Gothic, a celebration of the female authors of Victorian Gothic Literature. From 28 October to 2nd November the Hall hosts Settle Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Calamity Jane.  For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


On October 20 The Folly will again be taking part in The Big Draw and will be open from 12.30 to 4.30pm. Settle artist Sam Dalby, RP has once again agreed to lead the Big Draw event. This is a free national annual event which encourages people of all ages and abilities to have a go at drawing and The Folly hope to create a giant picture on the theme of ‘Journeys’. We would particularly like to attract more adults this year and also whole families, so that grandad and grandma can have fun along with the grandchildren. Sam has the ability to bring out the best in everyone, so no previous experience is needed! October is also the last full month of our regular opening times for 2013, so if anyone out there has not been to see us then do please come along to the superb ‘Family Stories’ Exhibition. Looking ahead, The Folly are already planning for next year and most importantly are looking to set up exhibitions about the First World War and are making a plea for help with items of memorabilia as we are participating in a Craven wide project –  ‘Cravens Part in the 1st World War’. There will be a Drop in morning at the Folly onTuesday the 5th November 2013 between 10 am and 1pm where people will be able to come along and share their family stories and bring any letters photographs and memorabilia about the the 1st World war. Can you start looking through your attics sheds and store cupboards to find things that will help us create a picture of life in Craven through those dark and difficult times. For further information on any of the above, please see find us on Facebook at or ring 015242 51388


The renowned Steeton Male Voice Choir will be performing in concert at St John’s Methodist Church on October 19th at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8, including refreshments, and are available via 01729 823978 or on the door.


The next Settle Big Breakfast will take place at Friend’s Meeting House annexe on Saturday 19 Oct 2013, at 8.30am. The guest speaker will be  Bill Mitchell MBE. Space is limited so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment by contacting 01729 825285. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost,  £3.00


The group will hold its annual Trafalgar Weekend on the weekend of 18-20 October. On Friday 18th there will be music at Settle Social Club from 6pm onwards. This is a free session. There will be more free music and workshops from mid day to 5pm on Saturday followed by a concert featuring local artists and guest singer Anna Shannon in the evening. This concert starts at 7.45pm and there is an admission charge of £6. On Sunday there will be a breakfast and Kiln walk and singaround. Meet at the social club car park at 10.45am.


The next Messy Church session will take place on  Sunday 20 October, 3.30pm – 5.30pm at St John’s Church Hall. Messy Church is a time when families come together, make things together, eat a hot meal together & celebrate together.  All parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins & children most welcome.


The next group meeting will take place on 21 October at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The speaker for the evening will be Steve Finch and this will take the form of a talk and practical studio workshop on the subject of portraits. Non-members welcome.


The Walking Group will meet on Thursday 24 October at Settle Market Place to catch the 9.30am ‘bus to Skipton for a walk of 4 or 5 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.  Please note that Passengers can be picked up en-route between Ingleton & Gargrave. At the next meeting on Wednesday 6 November Alan Hemsworth will give a talk on London’s Foundling Hospital. There will be a Paper Bring and Buy sale. Members are reminded that there will also be an opportunity to contribute to Skipton Food Bank.


There will be a Traid-craft coffee morning, with free cake on Tuesday 22 October at Friends Meeting House between 10am and noon. Traidcraft foods, cards and gifts for sale or to order.  Refreshments are free, so please sample the cakes and  biscuits. St John’s Hall is the venue for a meeting on Wednesday 23rd October at 6.45pm for 7pm. There will be a simple meal followed by a talk on the theme ‘More than Enough’.     The speaker will be Alex Jones, from Christian Aid “. All are welcome and there is no charge for this event, but donations would be  welcome. Advance booking via Alison Tyas is essential, contact 01729 822313.A vegetarian option will be available if pre-booked. We hope to use donations of garden produce for some of the meal and anyone able to donate food for this event should contact Chris Yates on 01729 822690.


The club will next meet on Wednesday 23rd October at 2pm at Townhead Court. The theme for the session will be Growing Vegetables” and will take the form of a talk by Geoff Knight.
Non-members £3. All Welcome.


You are invited to come along to support the work of the Sue Ryder organisation – Manorlands Hospice, at a coffee morning at Friends Meeting House on 26 October between 9.30 and 12.30. All welcome.


There will be a showing of the 12 cert film “Bagdad Cafe” by Tramps at Langcliffe Institute on 30 October at 7.45pm. This is a feel good comedy set in a truck stop in the Californian desert.


North Craven Strollers meet to undertake local walks of around 1 hour’s duration every Wednesday at 1.30 at the Millennium Gardents. On October 30th there will be an out of area walk around Stainforth. Please met at 1.30pm to share transport. For details contact 01729 824537.


Local poet, John Raubenheimer, is offering his services to local church groups and other groups within a 2 hour train-travel distance of Settle as a means of raising money on behalf of SANE. By arrangement John will travel to the group’s venue and perform an hour of original poetry in exchange for donations to support the work of SANE, a mental health charity which provides practical help to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness.  Anyone interested should contact John on 01729 825611, twitter@JRaubenheimer or email


Settle Eco-Nite are holding a give and take day on Saturday 26th October, 9.30am – 2.30pm at Victoria Hall. The aim is to encourage people to give away their unwanted items (which must be in very good condition) and TAKE away anything of interest to them. This can be books, DVDs, Gardening Items or Plants, Safe Electrical Items, Toys etc. However, clothes or shoes cannot be accepted and the last check in for items is 1.30pm. Rather than transport large items there will be a table available for displaying photographs of the items. The aim is to recycle unwanted unwanted items and keep landfill to a minimum. Sorry, no traders.


The next charity dance will be on Saturday, November 9th (please note that this is the second Saturday in the month) and will begin at 8pm until 11.30pm. The Dance on December 7th will be the Christmas Party Dance and this year will take the form of a Jacobs Join Supper with the cost of the evening remaining at £5. This dance will also begin at 8pm and end at 11.30pm.  Both dances will be at Settle College. Please contact 01729 823259 or 01729 824038 by the Thursday preceding the dance to say if you will be attending.


There will be an opportunity to find out more about UFO mysteries when a series a conference consisting of 3 lectures is held at St John’s Hall on November 9th.  The theme for the day is “Hunting the UFO mystery: adventures into the unknown” and this will run from 1-6pm with refreshments being served between the lectures.  The cost for the event is £20 and includes a DVD. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a skywatch session at 7.30pm. For further information contact Nigel Mortimer on 01729 824659.


Christmas is coming, and that means that there are only three more Artisans Fairs before Christmas. The first is on November 16th and then there are two in December on 7th and 21st.  Make the most of this opportunity to buy local handmade quality products for Christmas. The fairs are open from 9am to 2pm and there will be a themed vintage cafe at each event


Advance notice that for the first time Bentham & District Pet Rescue are holding their Christmas Fair in Bentham!  It will be taking place at the Town Hall on Wednesday 4 December between 10am and 3pm.  Refreshments will be served from 10am with homemade light lunches, cakes, scones and all the usual festive goodies.  There will be a Christmas Tombola, cake stall, gifts, crafts, Christmas cards, calendars and raffle tickets will be on sale for our Bumper Christmas Hampers (7 in total!) with the draw taking place the same afternoon.  So please come and enjoy our festive Christmas Fair.



On 20 October Community Cinemas will show the popular family film “Monsters University”. All tickets are available via or via 01729 893180. There are lots of volunteering opportunities at Richard Whiteley Theatre for all members of the Settle and Giggleswick communities and we are particularly keen to expand our front of house staff. If you can spare a few hours and would like to assist please contact the above number for details.


On Friday, October 18th at 7.30 pm  there will be Fun Quiz in St. Alkelda’s Church.

The cost is  £1.50 per person with teams being made up of 4 people. A pie and pea supper can be pre-ordered for an additional £2.00 per person by contacting 824441 or 822893


Congratulations to the class 3 pupils who recently took part in the local Tag Rugby event and to the KS2 pupils who took part in the cluster schools Cross Country event.  Three Giggleswick pupils were placed in the top six positions overall, so they have been chosen to represent North Craven in the Craven Schools’ Cross Country Event.  As part of the Skipton Puppet Festival, Reception, KS1 and Y3 pupils enjoyed their visit to Victoria Hall to watch the performance of The Gruffalo Child. Meanwhile Y6 pupils enjoyed the French language challenges of a visit to the Richard Whiteley Theatre to see a French play, performed by a Dreampark theatre company. Pupils also enjoyed a visit by Mara Menzies, as part of the ‘Settle Stories’ Storytelling Festival. Y5s’  have recently returned from their residential visit to Humphrey Head Outdoor Centre accompanied and supported by Ms Flanagan. Pupils demonstrated  excellent involvement during their week’s residential visit. From bed-making to abseiling, table-laying to bushcraft, they all participated fully, supported each other, made new friends and learnt many new skills,

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