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Settle Amateur Operatic Society are holding a race night on 19 September at Langcliffe Institute. This will stat at 7.30pm and admission is £5, accompanied children £2.50. Admission is by ticket only and these can be obtained via 01729 822364/822959 before noon on Friday 19th.  A pie and pea supper will be served – vegetarian alternative can be pre-booked.  Please note, there is no bar at the event but you are welcome to bring your own drinks.  .


The monthly craft fair will take place in Victoria Hall between 9am to 3pm on 20th September. There will be a range of quality craft items from local makers.


The Three Peaks folk club will be marking “Sally Day” on 20 September. The event is held annually in honour of the late Sally Wright and the evening’s music will feature songs and tunes favoured by Sally.  The guests at the folk club, held in Settle Social Club, will be Errol and Leslie Kirkpatrick. The event commences at 8.30pm. All welcome. A reminder that members and regular floor singers at the Three Peaks Folk Club will also be participating in the 14th Ingleton Folk Weekend  which will take place in and around the Village from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October. A number of musicians from further afield will be taking part and this year guests appearing over the weekend including Errol and Leslie Kirkpatrick who are guesting at Sally Day. Other guest at Ingleton include Bill Adair, Marie Little, Causton & Walker, Nick Brooker, Peter Taylor, Karin Grandal-Park, Keystone Acoustic, DIAL, Chrysocolla, Jeff Stewart, Zeke Deighton, Dogwatch, Acoustic Legacy, The Duncan McFarlane Band, David Burbidge and The Coppersmiths. The Festival is absolutely FREE with no up-front tickets or booking and people are invited to just turn up & enjoy!! Further information about this event can be obtained from the Festival Office located in the car park of the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Main Street, Ingleton, open from 11am on Friday 3rd October


Settle Golf Club are holding a putting competition on 21 September at Settle Cricket Ground.  The competition will take place from noon onwards and involves completing an 18 hole putting course and is open to juniors and adults alike. There is a £50 prize for the winner and entry is £3. There will be fun for all ages at the event along with a barbecue and bar. For details contact John Lassey on 01729 823593.


On October 1st the Folly will host a Time Travel Talk at 2pm. Entitled Time Travel: Historical Journeys through the YAS Archive’ tickets cost  £7 and are available via 01729 822893. There are currently two temporary exhibitions currently in place at the Folly. The first, War Beckons –  tells the story of North Cravens response to the outbreak of WW1 and ‘Journeys through a Family Archive’  charts the life and times of the Riley and Green families who came to Settle in the 1800’s . The 25th Anniversary of the saving of the Settle /Carlisle Railway line is also being celebrated in the railway room  and  have a collection loaned by the late Derek Soames’s family of fascinating memorabilia, drawings by Sarah Hutton Artist in residence at the Settle/Carlisle Railway and  photographs by Simon Whalley, photographer for the line


Ladies Badminton will recommence on Wednesday evenings at Settle College. Sessions run from 7.30-9pm and beginners are welcome. For details contact 01729 824249/840601.


Iyengar Yoga sessions will be held every Monday at Friends Meeting house in Kirkgate. There is a mixed ability group between 12.30-2pm and a beginners group between 2.15-3.30pm. On Tuesdays there is an all ability group at Town Head Court between 7-8.30pm. For further details contact 01282 843907.


Settle library in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council will be hosting an IT session to assist people to search the archives in order to find their relatives and find out more about their involvement in the events of WW1. This will run from 10-12 on September 19th at Settle Library. The session cost £2 and booking is essential as are basic computer knowledge and skills.


The next messy church will take place on 21 September at St John’s Hall between 3.30-5.30pm. There will be crafts, music and worship as well as a hot meal. The theme for the session will be “Community”. Messy Church welcomes all ages and denominations.


On September 24 there will be a showing of “Monsieur Lazhar” at Victoria Hall. This will be in French with English subtitles.  The film tells the story of an Algerian immigrant who comes to teach at a school in Canada. Doors open 7.15 and show commences 7.45. Tickets £5.


Age UK North Craven’s Annual Public Meeting and Information Day will take place on Wednesday 24th September at St John’s Hall, Settle. The event will commence at 2.00pm with a short meeting to report on our last year’s work and information about our finances.  From 3.00pm there will a chance to talk to staff, volunteers and Trustees over refreshments.  This is an opportunity to find out more about the work we do with older people in North Craven, with a display of stalls and activities which explain more about our current services and our plans for the future. The event is aimed at wide variety of people, including; carers or relatives of older people, people who use our services, volunteers, supporters and donors, colleagues who may wish to refer clients to our services, funders and partner agencies and  most importantly at all interested members of the public who would like to know more about Age UK North Craven.


The club will meet on 24 September at 1pm at Townhead Court to share a Jacobs Join lunch.  This will be followed by a presentation of slides from members gardens by Chris Taylor. Visitors are welcome – cost £3.


The college will be holding an open day on September 25th. This provides an opportunity for prospective students and their families to find out more about the ethos of the college and to see the college functioning. The daytime sessions will run from 9-10.45am and from 11.30-12.15. The evening session will run from 6-8pm with a speech by the headteacher at 6.30pm.


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall in Settle on Saturday, October 4th.The dance will run from 8pm to 11.30pm. All proceeds from this event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Please let us know by Friday 3rd if you can attend by contacting  01729 824038/ 823259


Motivational speaker and personal development coach Eli Keen will be holding a free session at Victoria Hall on 4 October between2-4pm. All welcome.


Advance notice that Settle Rotary , in conjunction with Booths Supermarket, will be staging a wine tasting evening entitled “Wines from Around the World.” The event will be staged at Victoria Hall on 4 October and will provide a chance to sample a range of wines – a perfect way to make some decisions for the festive period. There will also be a chance to sample cheeses also.  The event will run from 7-9.30pm and tickets cost £10, including first 5 tastings.  Money raised from the event will support the Rotary Water Aid for Syria appeal. Tickets available from Rotarians and via  01729 830299.


The classes offer an opportunity to learn simple techniques to help individuals to release tension in your body, relax your mind, calm your emotions and to create more choice for yourself. They begin with a Free introductory session on 7th October, 7.30-8.30pm at Friends Meeting House. There will then be a series of 9 classes for £50 or £7.50 pay as you go, running to 16th December with a break for half term 28th October. There will be a maximum of 8 per class. For details contact Sarah Wiltshire on  07794 112172 or by email on



On Thursday 18 September  at 7.15 the theatre hosts the annual Northern Garden Lecture. The speaker this year is Xa Tollemache who will talk on the theme “A Garden Well Placed: A designer’s harmony between house and garden”.  Community Cinema will present “How To Train Your Dragon 2”, on 21 September at 3.30pm. Please note this is a U certificate film suitable for all ages.  The second Gigg lecture will take place on 25 September when the speaker will be Iby Knill who will speak on the topic of surviving the holocaust. Iby worked for the resistance in Hungary and was sent to Auschwitz as political prisoner. She now chairs the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association’s Education Committee. Details of tickets and booking for all events via 01729 893180 or


St Alkelda’s church is holding a harvest lunch on 5 October at 12.15pm. On the menu will be shepherds pie followed by apple pie and cream.  Donations are asked for the work of the diocese in Sudan.



Jillian Haslam was born in India to English parents who remained in the country when it gained its independence. It was a decision which cost them everything, they lost their home, security, health and many of their children to malnutrition. Jillian grew up living on the streets and surviving off charity. It is a set of circumstances which could have caused many to simply accept their lot in life and focus merely on survival, however Jillian Haslam is now a millionaire, motivational speaker, author and philanthropist and her life story is shortly to be turned into a film. She has been hailed as “the real slumdog millionaire” but unlike the character in the 2008 smash film, she didn’t gain her fortune by chance or coincidence but as the result of her intelligence and hard work and most importantly because of her determination.  This characteristic was apparent from the moment she began her talk, yet it is not the defining memory of her lecture for that surely must be her sincerity and humility. Not many motivational speakers begin by thanking the audience and go on to thank the teachers present for the work they do. However, as she explained – without her teachers, she could not have achieved all she has achieved nor would she have been inspired to now work towards changing lives.  The term inspiring is often over-used, yet she truly deserves the epithet as her talk was by turns stirring, moving and encouraging.   Her focus was not on telling a rags to riches story that glorified her own achievements but on outlining how each person can apply similar strategies to their own life and decision making processes to enable them to move towards their goals and in doing so she held her audience totally captivated.



To use the word poignant to describe this potent drama is to devalue the impact that it so clearly had on the audience. Similarly, the term audience seems painfully inappropriate as the piece is so skillfully written, staged and researched that those attending become an active part of the unfolding story. From the outset each attendee is given a character profile and we begin our involvement in 1931 at the funeral of the Late Gilbert Tunstill. The importance of the characters grows in significance as the story unfolds so that when the drama closes, and the notes of the Last Post fade you are left with an urgent need to find out what then happened to the person with whom you have begun to identify. Tunstill’s men is truly interactive drama, without the need for any technology but simply by the nature of the strong emotional appeal of the story re-enacted before you. This was very much an emotional journey as well as a very haunting tribute to the original Tunstill’s men and it was clear that many of those present were deeply affected by the production. Based on the true story of Craven men who volunteered in 1914 following an appeal by Otterburn resident Gilbert Tunstill , the play follows the events both at home and in France by means of a promenade performance moving between five locations around the town.  The production in Settle was given added impact by the fact that the real Tunstill’s men would have been very familiar with the setting for the final scene as they had originally mustered at the cricket ground. Equally, the news of the fate of  Langcliffe born Walter Limmer was relayed on the exact anniversary of the events in 1918.  In purely theatrical terms it is deeply engrossing and incredibly well constructed, the result of considerable time and effort in selecting locations which heighten the mood of the piece and careful planning in creating the sets which transform those locations. The choice of a play-park for the scene in the trenches , while their families at home sat under the nearby trees, heightened the  irony in what was said and was made even more effective by the sounds of bird song and the rustling leaves on the evening breeze.  The use of a brass band to greet the group emerging from the alleyway on the way from the funeral to the recruitment drive again helps to set the scene and create the sense that we have truly stepped back in time. This is further reinforced by the way in which all of the cast remain in character even when not taking an active role in a scene.  The script itself is extremely powerful, relying heavily on  original source material from the time and yet still being performed in a way which is easily accessible to both the audience and the young actors. The standard of the acting is also much to be admired as it is without any artifice and therefore the sincerity of what is being said shines through – and this is where the real poignancy lies, for many of the sentiments expressed in the exchanges both spoken and in letters will be only too familiar to generations of service personnel and their families who have undergone similar separations. In this way it brings to life not only the events of 1914-18 but also shows how the events of that period still resonate in our own times.  In the centenary of the events depicted in the play, “Tunstill’s Men” is an incredibly accomplished act of remembrance which deserves to be seen and appreciated by as many as possible.  If you only attend one event in connection with the commemorations for the Great War, make sure that this is the one you attend and remember while watching, so many of those in Tunstill’s Men who only a few years older than those who are portraying them here.

There will be further promenade productions on Friday 19th  and Saturday 20th September at Skipton, leaving Holy Trinity Church at 5.30pm and on 21 September in Settle, leaving Settle Parish Church at 5.15pm. Tickets available via Victoria Hall, Settle on 01729 825718.

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