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Austwick Hall will be open between 12-4 on 14th and 21st of February to allow visitors to view the display of snowdrops. Admission for adults is £4 with children free. Refreshments will be available.


The Justice and Peace group are showing a documentary feature film on 11 Feb at St Mary and St Michael Church at 7.45pm. Entitled “This Changes Everything” it deals with the impact of climate change. The film is free, although donations to assist with costs are welcome.


A severe landslip near Armathwaite has caused the S&C line to be closed completely.  No trains are running between Carlisle and Appleby and an emergency timetable is in place for trains between Leeds and Appleby. Full details of the latest news can be found Settle Carlisle web site here However the planned walks for 13th & 14th February are currently going ahead as planned but participants are advised to check for updates on the website. The planned walks on 13 are currently a walk around Crookrise and Linton falls. This is a 12mile , strenuous walk and will depart from Skipton at 9.24 and make use of a service but to Linton. The second walk on 13th will be a walk along the Dalesway from Dent. This is a 10mile moderate walk and will leave Dent Station at 10.16 and will connect with a service bus from Sedbergh to return to Dent Station. The third walk will be a 9 mile walk to view snowdrops in Dufton Ghyll. This is a circular moderate walk departing from Appleby at 10.06. On Sunday 14th there will be a 10 mile moderate snowdrop walk also on a circular route around Appleby. This will leave the station at 11.10.No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest worldwide organisation devoted to the promotion and preservation of Irish Traditional Music, Song, Dance & Language and the international Comhaltas tour concert, ‘Echoes of Erin’, comes  to Settle of February 13. The performance features a collaboration of the very best in music, song and dance  bringing together the best of Irish culture in a programme commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. Formerly “The Spooky Men’s Chorale, “A Fistful of Spookies” will be performing classics from the Spooky canon of testosterone-fuelled tunes and tomfoolery when they appear at the hall on February 19th to entertain with deadpan comedy delivered via sophisticated a capella vocals. February 20th sees a musical treat when the Mark Nevin band perform.  Mark Nevin came to prominence in the late 80s as the founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Fairground Attraction, with whom he enjoyed the number 1 single ‘Perfect’ and multi-platinum album, ‘First of a Million Kisses’. He went on to collaborate as co-writer to Morrissey (scoring 4 top 20 singles), Kirsty MacColl and Lloyd Cole. His songs have been covered, among many others, by David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. On 21 February there will be a return visit by Talking Stock productions to perform the next chapter in the story of the life of retired cricket umpire and avowed socialist, Godfrey Shackleton, in “Godfrey’s Last Love: Bring me Sunshine.” Celebrating his lottery win with a lads’ trip to Morecambe and a beer or two. Godfrey bumps into a twinkly widow, Betty, who’s there on a bowling trip with Clitheroe Conservative Club. But even with love in the third age, the path to happiness does not run smoothly.  For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


The next meeting will take place on 15 February at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. The theme for the evening will be  “Yorkshire in 1970’s and 1980’s”  by John Bentley. John addressed the group in 2014 with many photos covering his live music images – this time his talk will be about documentary and street images, all taken in Yorkshire and will include a number he has scanned from his significant collection taken pre-digital. The gallery for the evening will be “Informal Portraits”, using lessons learnt from the December lecture by Steve Finch


On Tuesday 16 February 2016 at 7.30pm Village Hall, Long Preston there will be a talk on “St Helen’s Chapel, Malham and the Dissolution of the Chantries 1547-1553” by Dr Victoria Spence. This promises to be a most interesting evening and guests are very welcome to join members at the meeting. (£2 payable on the door)


There’s still time to take part in the  2016 Rotary Merry-go-Round dinner, which will be held on Friday 19th February 2016. The format as usual is a three course meal, with each course served at a different hostelry/restaurant in the Settle area and with all parties meeting at the dining hall at Giggleswick School at 7pm to start the evening. The evening offers all the attractions of good locations, good company and fine wining and dining. Tickets for this popular event will cost £19 with a minimum of £5 from each ticket going to the chosen charities. To book tickets please contact  01729 822445, parties of up to 8 can be accommodated when booked in advance. There are a number of new locations this year with courses being served at  The New Inn, The Courtyard, Talbot Arms, Ravenous, Boars Head, Craven Heifer, Gamecock, Craven Arms, Knight’s Table, Harts Head and Helwith Bridge.  The charities benefitting this year will be Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Settle Swimming Pool.


Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, this year’s Lent groups will be held at St John’s church and commence on 17 February at 7.30pm. This year the material for study is inspired by the novel “Les Miserables” and entitled “Another Story Must Begin”. All welcome.  For those unfamiliar with the story or wishing to refresh their memories there will be a showing of the film at St John’s on 14 February at 2.30pm.


The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 20 February at 8.30am with tea / coffee available from 8.15am and the  breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. The speaker will be Samantha Gill who worships at St Mary the Virgin, Ingleton and who will talk about why she believes that it’s never too late to come to faith. Everyone welcome. This months breakfast will take place atSt Mary’s & St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate, Settle Please book your places by Thurs 18 Feb  by contacting 01729 825285 / email: Full English breakfast £3.


This month’s Messy Church will take place at St John’s Methodist Church on Sunday 21st February from 3.30-5.30pm and is open to all. There will be a chance for crafts, activities and celebration as well as a shared hot meal.


There are currently vacancies for the Monday Club, a lunch group for older people. This meets at St John’s Church in the coffee lounge every week between 12 -2pm. There is a hot meal followed by an activity, such as a speaker or a quiz. The cost per week is £4.20.  Transport can be arranged if required. For information contact Age UK on 01729 823066.


The next meeting of Settle and District Gardening Club will take place on February 24 at 2pm at Townhead Court. The speaker will be Matthew Smith on the topic of “Tulips, past and present.” Visitors welcome: £3.


There will be a further letter writing opportunity on 24 February at Friends Meeting House, between 5.30-8.30pm. You are invited to come along and support Amnesty International by writing a letter which may help to save someone’s life.  There will be plenty of information available and help is on hand if required. For details contact  01729 268912.


Having recently established itself in newly refurbished premises, St John’s Methodist Church is holding a weekend of celebration and thanksgiving on February 27th and 28th. On Saturday there will be “open house” from 10-4 with free refreshments and an opportunity to come along and view the premises, to find out more about the numerous community groups who already use the premises and to enjoy performances and demonstrations by some of those groups. All are welcome to come along and drop in throughout the day. Amongst those performing will be the Line Dancers from Settle Stompers and U3A Line dance group, Helen Howard School of Dance, members of Settle Orchestra, members of St John’s Church and the Scottish Country Dancers. There will also be Yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations, spinning demonstration, messy church activity sessions, a bridge game marathon and a display of information by John Reid about bygone Settle and St John’s Church On Sunday at 2.30pm there will be a special service of thanksgiving which will be attended by many of those involved in the designing and re-fashioning of the premises.


‘BilinguaSing’ is an award winning music, singing and movement class for parents, babies, toddler and pre-school children to learn Spanish or French together in a fun and engaging way that is appropriate for the development stage of each child. No previous knowledge of a foreign language is requireed. The first class is free and familiar nursery rhymes are learnt in both Spanish/French and English and are accompanied by a variety of fun movements and props to help stimulate the senses.  There will be a Spanish session, entitled “Ivamos”, taking place at Settle Library on 1 March between 4-4.45 and this will be suitable for 5-11years olds. For more information contact 07534 464567.


Womens’ World day of prayer this year takes place on March 4 and a service will be held at St Mary and St Michael church at 7.30pm. All are welcome. This year’s theme and service has been prepared by the women of Cuba.


Anne & Gordon Sharp of ‘Spellbound Productions’ gave a truly delightful presentation of their own films featuring a journey through the West Riding of Yorkshire, a visit to Machu Pichu in Peru, and a short film of wildfowl at Marfield Wetlands near Masham. Sue Sellars won the competition for a hand made item.The next WI walk will be on Thursday 25th March (weather permitting).  Contact Pat Whitton to check if it is going ahead.   We will be having a display at St Johns Church Open Day on Saturday 27th February to showcase Settle WI.  10 am to 4 pm.  On Sunday 28th there is a Service of Thanksgiving at 2.30pm.  Everyone is invited. On Wednesday 27th April there will be a Soft Pots Workshop in the Catholic Church Hall.  The cost is £20 for a 2 hour session, 10am – 12 noon or 1pm – 3pm.  That includes tuition and all materials to make one Softpot.  To find out more about Softpots go to: The next meeting is on Wednesday 2nd March at 2pm.  This will be our  AGM and 2 new committee members are needed.   Entertainment will be humorous poems read by the Poetry Group and gentle exercises with Gillian Walton.  There will also be a raffle.GIGGLESWICK


The second of this seasons Gigg Lectures takes place on 11 February when John Bradshaw talks on “Courage and Humility”. John Bradshaw grew up during the civil war in Zimbabwe. Leaving school, he was conscripted into the military where he joined a bomb disposal and anti-landmine unit. It was during this time that he was caught in the blast from a device, eventually losing his sight. Throughout all of this he has had many conversations about courage – what is it and how do we get it? In this talk he discusses his thoughts on courage – particularly as it relates to confronting our inner-selves.  On Sunday 28 February Community Cinemas will be showing “”The Good Dinosaur” at 3.30 (doors open 2.45). This is a PG certificate. For further information contact: 01729 893180

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