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There will be a number of  guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this week. No reservation is necessary these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. The first walk takes place on 18 July and is a 3 dales walk taking in Ribblesdale, Littondale and Wharfedale. This will depart from Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 09.58  & return Skipton via the service bus from Kettlewell to Skipton.  This is a moderately strenuous 14 mile walk. Also on 18 July there will be a Bentham circular walk from the Morecamble line. This is an 11 mile walk departing from Bentham at 9.39 and is rated as a moderate walk involving small hill climbs.  On 19 July there is a geology walk taking in the features of the great limestone scar. This is a 9 mile circular walk around Settle examining features of the rock, the influence it has on the scenery and its past and present exploitation. This is also rated as a moderate walk and leaves Settle at 10.11. Details can also be found at


President of Settle Rotary Club, Floyd Schofield, would like to thank all those who came to Elder Barn at Eldroth for the Club’s recent Hog Roast. The generosity of those attending enabled the Club to raise over £1150 for  Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation. Not only did the guests enjoy a delicious Hog Roast but were also able to listen to the Music of the Settle and Giggleswick Brass Band and the Black Horse Jazz Band. It was a most entertaining afternoon in beautiful surrounding and lots of sunshin


On July 18th The Paperboys take to the stage.  The Paperboys were formed by Mexican born, Tom Landa in the mid-nineties in Vancouver and mix Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass music with Pop and Rock as well as Son Jarocho and Afro-Mexican influences. On 23 July Sandhouse Stompers (New Orleans Jazz Band) bring a touch of the Mardi Gras to Settle.  A reminder that booking facilities are now available for the Settle Folk Gathering on 3-6 September. All events at the gathering  are free but booking is essential as admission is by ticket only For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


There’s still time for members of the public, organisations, groups and businesses to join in and  create and display flower pot characters to enliven the town during the period through to September 6. See the Vibrant Settle website for details.


Currently on display at the Gallery on the Green is  a new exhibition appropriately entitled “Call Me”. This will run through to August 15 and looks at the nostalgic days of the phone box. Ellen Bell and Jo Hamill’s installation Call Me, at Upper Settle’s now decommissioned telephone box and reincarnated as The Gallery on the Green,  is an elegant, yet whimsical written collage of notable literary telephone dialogues.  Bell and Hamill’s transparent book-like structure plays with the notion of a line of communication that is sometimes clear and other times obscure.


Victoria Hall is the venue for the next serving of Settle soup on July 19, between 6.30-8.30. The aim of the project is to help get community projects off the ground. Everyone who attends is asked to pay £4 (£2 for children and unwaged) for soup and roll and during the session 4 people will “pitch” an idea for a local project. There will then be a vote and the winning project receives the total of the admission money to start their project.   For futher details contact


Churches Together in Settle and District will be holding a free holiday club for 5-11 year olds on 28 and 29 July in St John’s Church Hall. There will be games, bible stories and craft activities as well as lunch. Club runs from  10-3.30 each day and details and booking via 01729 822311.


Yorkshire Day, August 1st, will be celebrated in style with a pie and pea supper and entertainment. The event begins at 6.30pm and tickets cost £15. Space is limited so tickets should be purchased by 25 July via 01729 822893 or via the Folly. Please note that a veggie option is available and should be notified when booking tickets. Later this summer on 5 August The Folly will host a junior craft workshop with opportunities for making paper, making bowls, marbling and creating a book.  Places are limited to 20 so booking is essential. The cost is £5, including all materials and refreshments.   Sessions will run from 2-4.30pm. For details contact


There will be an opportunity to sample a range of three different styles of Yoga this summer at a cost of only £10 per session.   Each session will run from 9.30-12.00 at Langcliffe Institute.  On August 1 there will be a session of Iyengar Yoga with Anne Morton and this can be booked by contacting  07711947155. On August 8 Astrid Nitzsche will lead a session on Mindful Yoga and this can be booked by contacting  07867978246 and on 22 August there will be Hatha Yoga with Sarah Smith, bookable via 07947027188.


The Falcon Manor is holding a food and fashion event on 12 August, complete with a luncheon.  Tickets cost £12.50 and there will be displays by My Vintage Style, Spirit of the Andes and Footwear Department. There will be an opportunity to browse and shop from 11am with luncheon served at 12 for 12.30. Tickets from 01729 823814.


Castleberg Lodge is holding a charity dance in aid of the work of Age UK in Settle and the surrounding area on 14 August. Music will be provided by Legend of Disco Big G and there will be a buffet. The event will commence at 7.30pm at Victoria Hall and tickets, costing £15, are available via Victoria Hall or Age UK shop.


North Ribblesdale Rugby Club is hosting a disco/dance event on 21 August in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. The evening will commence at 7.30pm and will include 5 dance competitions as well as fun, frolics, and fancy dress.  There will also be a pie and pea supper. Tickets are now available, priced £7.50, via  01729 822001.


The Society invite you to join them for strawberry teas at the Old Court House on Station Road, Settle on Saturday July 25th between 2-4pm. Tickets cost £3 in advance via 01729 822364 or admission can be paid on the door. All welcome.



The 74th Annual Open Show of the Giggleswick Horticultural Society will be held on Stuarday, 8 August in the Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion.  The show will be opened to the public from 1.30pm with the official opening ceremony by Mark Turnbull, headmaster of Giggleswick School, at 2pm.  Refreshments will be available in the Hobson Room from 1.30pm and entry forms are now obtainable from  The Tuck Shop in Giggleswick village and from Speight and Watsons, Lamberts, Lay of the Land and the tourist information centre in Settle.


Giggleswick WI invite you to join them for Strawberry Cream Teas in the Friends Meeting House on August 1 between 2-4pm. This is a fundraising event in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and there will also be a cake stall, produce stall and tombola.


A huge thank you to all parents and students, as well as Settle College Sports Leaders, who volunteered to help staff organise another very successful Sports’ Morning.  We much appreciated the support from those who were able to attend our event, too. In spite of the heat, the pupils participated well, showing excellent sporting behaviour and once again, many people commented on the very supportive atmosphere.  The pupils were organised into seven teams, with ten pupils in each, and they collected points and stickers as they participated in the morning’s events. This year, a lot of the preparation activities were undertaken by KS2 pupils, such as sorting family groups into teams, designing and making the team labels and producing the certificates. Following some comments from parents last year about recording results for track events, older pupils also decided how to organise this fairly and efficiently, so we could implement those parents’ suggestions. The morning ran so smoothly that events finished earlier than planned,  done to everyone involved in Sports’ Morning!

Congratulations to the Class 3 pupils who participated in the recent inter-schools rounders tournament and were placed 6th out of nine teams: congratulations to our Y3/4 team, who also participated well: and a special well done to Melissa, who was awarded the trophy for ‘female player of the Y3/4 tournament’ out of all the cluster schools. Thank you to all parents for their contributions towards the cost of the recent study visits and to the ‘Friends’ money for subsidising the cost and purchasing the ice creams and ice pops for all pupils. Both visits (Class 1 – Wild Boar Park at Chipping and KS2 – Roman Museum at Ribchester) were very successful and much enjoyed by all participants; once again pupils’ behaviour was excellent and commented upon by staff at both venues. On 15 July the school  will be presenting its summer production “Time Travellers’ in the Richard Whiteley Theatre at Giggleswick School on at 6:30pm.



Probably best known in Settle for her role as founder and director of Settle Stories Festival, Sita Brand is an accomplished storyteller and performer in her own right –  a fact which was extremely apparent in this performance where she told her own story.   Born and raised in India, Sita came to the UK at 15 and the performance dealt with her life up to this date and the events which led to the dramatic change in her life. It is very clear that from her early childhood she was greatly influenced by the stories around her and she interweaves these skillfully with her own life story, recreating the tales told to her by her mother and her aunts during her childhood.  This is a very atmospheric production, with the stage set comprising various pieces of luggage, a small table, chair and bedroll thus providing a number of discrete areas which the performer uses ably to create “rooms” on the stage so that she can move smoothly from one tale to another simulating crowded trains and her childhood bedroom  In a similar way she peoples her stories with a range of characters, metamorphosing into each of her parents at various points as well as her brother, sister and headteacher. We also catch glimpses of the young schoolgirl Sita as she and her friend discuss the matters of the day, such as bullying boys, stubborn hair and first love.  She is a compelling performer, retelling traditional tales in dramatic style and spinning wonderful word pictures to summon up a hot dry day in Bombay, with the air heavy with spices. There is a real vibrancy to her accounts and they appeal to all the senses.  Gradually however her stories of large families and crowded trains  and traditional tales begin to give way to darker influences as she delves into her own family history and the history which shapes her country. Most moving of these is the recounting of how her father and his extended family were compelled to leave Burma at the outbreak of World War II  and the resultant consequences and loss caused this gruelling journey. As her story reaches its climax we learn about the impact of the Indian Emergency and suspension of civil liberties  and how her own home was bugged and subjected to visits by enforcing authorities and yet still used as a safe house for those hiding from the government.  During this time her family lived under threat and even at school she found that those who had been her friends turned upon her until eventually the family decided to bid farewell to their homeland and move to England. In a particularly poignant passage she explains how this was not just a case of saying goodbye to her home but also goodbye to her childhood. However, it is very clear that the influences of this time have shaped her character and in this stunning performance she recreates them once more for all to share.

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