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Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line will be leadingThe Appleby circular walk on 29 November. This departs from Appleby at 10.47 and is a 9 mile moderate walk .Booking in advance is not required but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped for both. For further details contact


Settle Orchestra’s autumn concerts will take place at at Christ Church in Skipton on 29 November. This will commence at 7.30pm and the programme will include works by Ravel, Poulenc and Bizet. The soloist will be mezzo soprano, Rachel Maby. Tickets cost £10, available from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or phoning 01729 825806


To coincide with Settle’s Lights Switch-on on 29th, we’re once again running our popular free family activity session ‘Christmas Fun in The Folly’ from 1.30 – 4 pm.   This year the theme is making games of all kinds, including board games involving dice made from wooden cubes and counters. Visitors will be able to design a game or they can go for a simpler version such as noughts and crosses.  We will also have Christmas-card making and our ‘golden’ tree for visitors to decorate. On top of all this, we intend to hold a Prize Draw and award prizes to those people who have entered our quizzes and other family activities throughout the year.   Bring the family along for a warm and fun-filled afternoon before going along to the market place to see the lights. All welcome. Children should be accompanied and a donation of 50p is requested to cover costs. On December 6 a Yuletide event is being held from 10am to noon with mulled wine and mince pies being served. Admission to this event is £3.50 and this will provide a final opportunity to see this year’s exhibitions.


The group is holding a fundraiser for Medical Aid for Palestine on Saturday 29th November 10-3.30pm at Settle’s Quaker Meeting House. Morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon tea available, along with palestinian products, hand-printed Christmas cards and jewellery and information about how to support the Palestinian people.


This year’s Christmas Lights switch on will take place on 29 November in Settle Market Place. There will be a grotto for Santa Claus, live entertainment on stage, charity stalls, reindeer and fireworks. There will also be a live grand draw with top prize of £500. The event will run from 3pm to 5.15 approximately and will be followed by a family disco event


There will be an all sorts market in Victoria Hall on Saturday, 29 November from 9.30-4pm. Stalls are currently available, please contact 017239 823867 for further details. Refreshments will be served all day. All welcome.


The annual concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band at Holy Ascension Church, Settle will this year take place on Sunday 30th November at 7.30pm.  Admission is £6 (£5 concessions).


The December meeting on Wednesday 3 December – Bags of Difference – will be in the Catholic Church Hall. There will be a Raffle for a Christmas hamper.


Penned by comedian and raconteur Mike Harding and performed by Settle’s newest amateur dramatics group, Take Two, “The Witch That Nicked Christmas” will be performed at Victoria Hall on 3-5 December at 7.30pm. In true family fun tradition there will be custard pie fights, singing and dancing and a very wicked witch… Tickets via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718.


This year’s Christmas Charity Dance will take place on December 6th at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall. The dance will run from 8-11.30pm. There will be a Jacobs Join Supper and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Care. The annual New Year’s Eve Charity Dance will this year take place at the Victoria Hall on December 31st from 8pm through to after midnight.  Again, there will be a Jacobs Join supper and all proceeds from this event will go to support Victoria Hall. For further information please contact 01729 823259 /824038.


On December 5th there will be a seasonal Settle sessions at The Folly with guest Ann Pilling. The prize winning children’s author and poet will explain how she came to create an anthology of happy poems to aid the Hawes Church Restoration Fund.  To add to the festive feel of the evening, there will also be a selection of favourite Christmas poems.  The evening will also encompass the AGM and reception of Settle Sessions to which members and the public are welcome to attend – please notify the Secretary in advance on 01729 823305. The reception with wine and nibbles, begins at 6.30pm followed by the entertainment at 7.30pm.  Tickets (£6, £5.50 members) for the entertainment are available from Cave and Crag as well as 01729 823305


The Parish Church of the Holy Ascension, Settle is hosting a Christmas Tree Festival in December. Local businesses, charities and clubs have been invited to place a decorated tree in the church.  It is hoped that the decorations will be themed to reflect the donors’ interests. The Christmas Tree Festival will run from Sat 6th Dec, 10am – 3pm & Sun 7th Dec, noon – 3pm to the following weekend – Sat 13th Dec & Sun 14th Dec (same times).  The church will be open for visitors and home made, seasonal refreshments will be available. There are also popular, community musical events taking place in church on these weekends too.  On Sun 7 Dec at 6.30pm there is the annual Joint Choirs/Music Groups Carol Concert and on Sun 14 Dec at  6.30pm a service of 9 Lessons & Carols with Cantores Salicium. Please telephone Margaret Roberts, if you’d like more information or wish to donate a decorated tree, 01729 822848. We would also like to express our grateful thanks to everyone who brought along foodstuffs to the Harvest services.  These were distributed and much appreciated by local, needy folk, the Skipton Food Bank and The Children’s Society’s ‘Hand in Hand’ project in Keighley. Donations at the church’s Harvest Lunch totalled £155.  This money was sent to Medecins sans Frontieres’ Ebola Appeal.


This year’s community carol concert will take place on December 7 at Settle Parish Church and will commence at 6.30pm. The programme will contain items by Settle Amateur Operatic Society, Settle Voices, Settle College, Settle Primary School, Langcliffe Singers, Octameron, Giggleswick and Settle Junior Band and organists Graham Toft and Paul Fisher. All are welcome at this seasonal event.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a Christmas Coffee Morning at The Old Court House on Station Road on Saturday December 13th between 10am and 12.30pm. All welcome.


Santa is coming to Settle, and will be in his grotto in Settle Market Place on November 29th at the Christmas Light Switch On between 3-5pm. He will then be in Settle Co-op between 10am-4pm on December 6th and in Booth’s store on December 13th and 20th between 10am-4pm. On weekday evenings from 5.30pm onwards Santa’s sleigh will be visiting the surrounding villages and will have a letter box for posting letters to Santa. He will be visiting the various areas in Settle on the following dates; December 3rd he will be visiting Mill Close and Northfields, December 4 he will be in the Upper Settle area at 5pm before moving on to Longdale Avenue. He will visit Giggleswick on December 10th and Duke St and Cammock Lane on December 17th and on December 19th will tour Townhead, Church St, Duke St and Kingsmill.



Octameron and Phoenix strings will come together at Richard Whiteley Theatre to perform a “Festive Fantasia” on 6 December Tickets cost £10, available via Cave and Crag and Settle Music


On December 20th  Poppies will welcome The Sessionistas to entertain. Play acoustic songs and tunes this group of very talented musicians from different backgrounds,  met at sessions and now make music together. The audience can expect a varied repertoire in sometimes unusual styles, from folk and pop classics  to bluegrass and psychedelia, alongside original material. Performing acoustic music on guitar, banjo, accordion, ukulele, mandolin and fiddle this should be a good night! December 27th sees the very welcome return of Mr Ben Avison, playing alongside the equally talented Mr Sam Laurence. Two incredible musicians who we are very lucky to have performing at Poppies.  This Christmas music night is, as always, in aid of our favorite local charity, Bentham Pet Rescue. A truly worthy cause. Tickets as always are priced at £7 and are available from Poppies Tea Room. Concerts start at 7:30, doors open at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there


The group invite you to join them for a seasonal concert, “Christmas with Langcliffe Singers” at St Alkelda’s church on 13 December at 7.30pm. There will be readings and carols along with mince pies and mulled wine. Tickets cost £10, available from Settle Music, Bentham Post Office and Cave and Crag.


On November 27-29 students from Giggleswick School will be presenting their production of “A View from the Bridge”, Arthur Miller’s acclaimed play which exposes the myth behind the great American dream. The production begins at 7.30pm. On December 4th the theatre will be showing a live broadcast of the Old Vic’s production of The Crucible. This event commences at 7.30pm. On December 5th the Gigg Lecture series continues with the story of a young polar traveller’s winter spend among the people of the extreme north when Alex Hibbert tells of his time Living With Eskimos. This event commences at 7pm.  Tickets are available from 01729 893180.


Class 3 pupils worked hard to plan, advertise, organise and run a “Superheroes for Pudsey” event and have all been presented with a special certificate in recognition of their efforts. However, they were all so well supported by the rest of our school community, so a huge thank you to everyone who helped with this year’s fund-raising event for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. Last year, we raised the most we have ever raised – £200, however this year’s total was even better! Thanks to everyone’s excellent involvement, this year’s total is £335 – a tremendous achievement!  In response to recent requests Craig Eccleston has been appointed as parent governoer, replacing James Mundell, who left in August. We thank James for his involvement and welcome Craig to the team. Congratulations to  Class 1 pupils who behaved so well and enjoyed their recent visit to Settle Library, comparing their role play area with the real thing! Later this year, they hope to return to the library which will soon be relocated to its new building in Limestone View. A reminder that pupils will be taking part in Christmas Lights Switch On in Settle on 29th November by singing on stage between 3.30-3.45pm.



In this centenary year there has been much said and written about the impact of the first world war, yet it would be hard to beat the eloquence of this show where the pictures told their own tales.  As part of a project in the 1980s Ian Beesley interviewed and photographed those who had survived the first world war and went on to live to old age in a changing world.  Those interviews formed the basis for the first half of the programme and were a fascinating reminder that history is not just about great events but about individuals and private memories. Clearly these centenarians were redoubtable characters and so there were some moments of genuine humour as in the story of the decorated soldier who became a decorator and friends with the great fish and chip entrepreneur, Harry Ramsden leading him astray with a regular pint at the local while Mrs Ramsden believed he was walking the dog; or the lady insisted that she would only be photographed by a “proper photographer” and demanded that Ian Beesley return in a tie and jacket because she’d made the effort to dress up and so should he.  There were also some very poignant recollections and often it was the everyday details that fixed a story in the mind: the young man so scared of thunder that he hid in a ditch and had to be rescued by a local girl, but who later went over the top amidst the explosions of the Somme;  the soldier who took part in the famous Christmas day truce and played football in no-mans land and went on to be a groundsman at Man City; the brothers who returned from war so altered and so dirty that they were not recognised until they’d been scrubbed clean in the backyard and the soldier who buried the dead but turned the corpses face down because he couldn’t bear to drop mud on their faces.  Ian Beesley’s simple retelling of their stories was accompanied by specially commissioned poems by Ian McMillan, which highlighted elements of the tales and at times brought the audience close to tears. There were tears too in the second half, but these were tears of laughter as the audience was cajoled into full scale participation in creating a Settle saga, regaled with breakneck patter about all kinds of manic observations and generally indulged with all manner of inspired silliness relating to nick-names, bi-lingual street signs and general linguistic misunderstandings. It was very much a game of two halves with some very stark contrasts, but bound together by wonderfully detailed observations of life and human nature.



Under the baton of their new conductor, Leo Geyer, the orchestra performed a scintillating evening of French music. Following the death earlier this week of composer Arthur Butterworth, the concert was dedicated to his memory. Arthur Butterworth was conductor of the orchestra for 21 years before becoming its vice-president in 1990.  The programme opened with works by Ravel. The first of these was the orchestral suite “Le Tombeau de Couperin”. Although dedicated to the memory of friends who died in the First World War, the piece had a very delicate opening and was first movement was surprisingly gentle and joyous in tone. This was particularly emphasised by the wonderful use of the harp.  The Pavane was a far more solemn affair in many respects but this was again off-set by the vibrant opening and vigorous playing in “Rigaudon”. Particular mention should be made of the excellent work in the woodwind section during the whole piece.  This was followed by the wistful “Pavane pour une Infante Defunte”, which although solemn in its intent was also particularly moving. Here the honours must go to the excellent brass playing.  The first half of the programme ended with Ravel’s “Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques” featuring soloist Rachel Maby.  This was a stunning performance from an exceptionally talented young lady, with a striking voice.  Her delivery was both clear and expressive and while the attention was undoubtedly on the soloist it would be wrong to underestimate the skill required in the orchestral accompaniment for both this and the opening selection in the second half of the programme.  Poulenc’s song cycle “La Courte Paille” was a rather strange but delightful episode, featuring pieces which are both childlike in theme and naive in outlook but are also quite comic and moving. Each is like a snapshot of a mood, from the harrassed parent unable to get their child to sleep, to the rapid paced nonsense song of the elephant and the flea through to the ephemeral longing of April moon.  The programme concluded with  Bizet’s Symphony in C and provided an opportunity to see the wide range of talents in the orchestra, but with a particular emphasis on the hard working string section who clearly had spent many hours rehearsing to be able to carry off some of the more complex passages with such aplomb.  This was a truly delightful evening of contrasting pieces, during which one of the most fascinating aspects was watching the sheer physicality of the conductor and the way in which he appears to almost conjure forth the music from the assembled players.

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