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On July 19th there will be music by Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2013. On 25 July Toyah Wilcox will perform here acoustic “close up and personal” show.  The music of the 50s-70s will be on offer when The Nightriders take to the stage on July 26th and on July 27th there will be a production of Wind in the Willows by Pendle Producations. The month is rounded off by TRAMPS showing of the Italian film “Il Ladro Di Bambini” on July 30th.   Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 82571801729 825718 .


Settle Methodist Circuit are holding a summer supper event on 17 July at St John’s Hall, at 7pm. The speakers for the evening will be Jim Hope and Rev Dr Barbara Glasson who will present a talk on their recent visit to Pakistan.  Tickets cost £10 and are available via 01729 82213801729 822138 . All profit will go towards the work of Methodist
Mission Overseas. The menu for the evening is meat and potato pie followed by trifle!


Local poet, John Garth Raubenheimer, is once again offering his services to local groups as an entertainer. In his new entertainment entitled ” A poetry reading between two songs” he will share both new and older work chiefly from his book “The Voyage from Me to You”.  John provides his services to raise funds for SANE, a charity helping people affected by mental illness. For details contact 01729 82561101729 825611 or 07960708886.


Local organic nursery, Growing with Grace is holding  family open day on 19 July between 10am and 4pm. Families are invited to drop in and find out more about the nursery and take part in a range of activities. The Annual General Meeting will take place on the same day between 10-11am.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society will be serving strawberry teas at Hillcroft, The Mains, Giggleswick on July 19th between 2-4pm. There will be stalls, tombola and a raffle.  Entry is £3, by ticket or on the door and includes refreshments. Please note that if wet this event will transfer to the Old Court House on Station Road.


The Three Peaks Folk Club will meet on July 19th at Settle Social Club. This is a traditional club with floor singers and musicians welcome. Club starts at 9pm – come along and join in the choruses and enjoy a feast of folk.


The next messy church will take place on 20 July at St John’s Church hall between 3.30-5.30pm.  The theme this month will be “What a Wonderful World”.  There will be opportunities to make things, celebrate and share a hot meal together.  There is no charge for this event but donations towards the cost of the food and craft materials are welcome.


Settle’s Gallery on the Green is currently hosting a selection of photos by Simon Whalley. ‘Spirit of the Line’ is based on Settle-Carlisle railway, but examines not the trains and tunnels but its everyday magic, its relationship with the environment and the people who use it.  An accompanying book also commemorates those people who fought to save the line from being closed during the 1980’s.


The group will next meet on 21 July at 7.30pm at Town Head court. The speaker for the evening will be Stephen Garnett, who will show us some of his work as the photographer at the Craven Herald. The Gallery challenge for the evening is to create an image for the Craven Herald


A reminder that there are currently two local exhibitions being staged at The Folly. The first, ‘War Beckons’: tracks how the people of North Craven prepared for war in 1914 and includes memorabilia loaned by local families. The second ‘Journeys Through a Family Archive’, explores  how the Rileys of Settle meticulously recorded and communicated the details of their everyday lives, work and – often adventurous – travels and achievements through writing, drawing and photography over a period of nearly 80 years. The Folly is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm  and on Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm


As part of a campaign to discourage cycle theft, North Yorkshire Police are offering free bicycle security marking. The first two sessions will take place between 10.30am -2pm on 22 July and 29 July in Whitefriars car park.


Advance notice of this summer’s holiday club organised by Churches Together in Settle and District. This will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings on 12-14 August between 10am to noon each day. The venue is St John’s Church Hall and this time the club will have a cops and robbers theme.  The event if free for 5-11 year olds. For details contact 01729 82231101729 822311 .


This year’s annual “novice shield” competition will take place on August 3rd at Settle Bowling Club. This competition is open to players of any age but must be specifically non-bowlers.  There is an admission charge of £5 per pair with cash prizes for first, second and third places. For further details and to register contact Tiger at Settle Social Club on 01729 82326601729 823266 or bowling club secretary John Chambers on 01729 8257 8301729 8257 83.


Volunteers are needed to help make a difference with North Yorkshire Libraries’ Summer Reading challenge. Each year children are challenged to discover the pleasure of reading through reading books around a chosen topic. This year’s topic is ” Mythical Maze”. Volunteers are required to help children with this challenge. In exchange the volunteers themselves will benefit by developing their own communication skills, meeting new people, gaining new experiences for their CV and helping to make a difference to a child’s future. For further information contact the library or visit



Giggleswick Horticultural Society’s 73rd annual show will be held on Saturday, 9th August at Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion.  The show, which is open to the public at 1.30pm, will be officially opened at 2pm by Emma Lonsdale who is British Freestyle Skiing Champion and who represented Britain in this year’s Winter Olympics.  Admission is £1.50 for adults and free for children. Schedules and entry forms are now available from Lamberts Newsagents, Speight and Watson Newsagents, Settle Tourist Information Centre, Lay of the Land, The Garden Shed and The Tuck Shop, Giggleswick. Any profits from the show are donated to local charities and last year £700 was distributed amongst five charities.

Giggleswick Horticultural Society will be holding their forthcoming 73rd Annual Show on Saturday 9th August 2014 at Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion, Gigglewick, Settle.

This is an open show featuring a variety of produce, cookery and craft classes.  The show is always well attended and we encourage and welcome both children and adults to ‘have a go’ and enter some of the classes.  Children particularly enjoy seeing what they can make and grow and we try to build in as much variety for all ages as we can. The entry fee for all classes is only 20p and on show day children under 16 get free admission!

The show donates a substantial amount of money each year to local charities in 2013 the society made donations totalling £700.  To add to this on show day at 4pm we hold an auction of exhibits, kindly donated by competitors, where visitors can pick up amazing bargains and help us raise even more money.    We also serve a delicious selection of cakes, all home-made, sandwiches, tea and coffee in the Hobson Room, just a short walk from the School Pavilion.

Copies of the schedule and how to enter are available at many local outlets in the town or can be requested by contacting the secretary, Mrs Ruth Dugdale, Tel. 01729 82287701729 822877 .  Exhibitors can also request an electronic copy by sending an e-mail to


Thank you to those parents who baked for and/or helped with the Settle Hills Race which raised £200 for school funds. Thank you also to everyone who donated items for the recent Starlight Clothingcollection. Our next collection is scheduled for November, so please continue to collect items. Well done to the Lawson family for winning the General Knowledge family quiz and to Max Clark for winning the Children’s quiz. Thank you to all the parents who organised this fund-raising activity. Thank you to all parents who volunteered to help staff organise another successful Sports’ Morning.  We much appreciated the support from those who were able to attend our event and the pupils participated well, showing excellent sporting behaviour and once again, many people commented on the lovely, calm, supportive atmosphere. The pupils were organised into teams and collected points and stickers as they participated in the field events and more stickers when they took part in the track events. During the field events, there were some excellent performances from a range of pupils, who showed some very good athletics’ skills, Well done to everyone! KS2 pupils have recently been involved in creating stories about garden creatures, which are destined for flowerpots positioned in various venues around Settle! Class 3 have made their stories into miniature books, which are displayed in the main entrance foyer and around venues in Settle.Well done to the following Class 3 pupils for playing so well and getting into the finals of this recent Y5/Y6 Rounders tournament, ending up as runners-up: Matthew, Honey, Caitie, Louisa, Will, Ollie, Nell, Ella, Ethan and Amy. Thank you to Mrs Woodhouse and her father for coming to talk to KS2 pupils as part of their citizenship work on restorative justice and anti-social behaviour in PSHCEe. Recently, all KS2 pupils were challenged by staff at the swimming pool to produce a poster for ‘Drowning Prevention Week’. Well done to Ella Richardson and Megan Hird, whose designs were chosen as the winning ones!



This is a show about sex, vanity and fashion and the way in which through the last two centuries women have subjected themselves to all kinds of torture in order to be admired.  It is also absolutely hilarious, but having now had the opportunity to view Queen Victoria’s unmentionables, I can totally understand why famously she was not amused – as they were undoubtedly extremely draughty and uncomfortable. However, as Knicker Lady, Rosemary Hawthorne, was at pains to explain – they were extremely practical when it came to visiting the convenience!  This one woman show is a clever mix which combines social history, reminiscences and extremely clever characterisation to give a history of “the knicker” and its role in female history. In her undertaking she is  aided by an wide range of vintage props, a variety of mannequins, a clever soundtrack and astute acting skills as well as a genuine enthusiasm for her subject.   In the laughter that accompanies the exploration of the development of nether garments from the shocking French pantalettes, worn only by courtesans as respectable English matrons preferred to go “au naturale”, through to desirable lacy French cami-knickers and finally to modern thongs  it is very easy to overlook the fact that this is actually an extremely cleverly constructed and tightly written piece of theatre, performed exceptionally well by a very talented and versatile lady.  Familiarity with the material may lend a certain slickness but this is also a show which reflects a great passion for the subject and a not inconsiderable skill and rapport with the audience. Throughout the evening Rosemary Hawthorne illustrates how the knickers of the day link to women’s role in society and her need to be both fashionable and confident, whether that woman be the Victorian matriarch Mrs Pargetter struggling in her chemise, whalebone stays (essential to maintain a 21 inch waist!), an articulated lobster pot style crinoline cage and fleece-lined drawers with essential split crotch  or the frowzy  1940’s ration fashion queen Edna, with her American parachute silk drawers – one yank and they’re ready to drop. The evening however is always in the best possible taste  and does rely heavily on audience reaction to bring it to life. This is probably why the second half generated far more laughter as many present could relate more to the post-war joys  which came about with  the advent of nylon and the invention of teenagers; along with wonderbras with instant uplift; whirlpool stitched conical bras with the unfortunate habit of getting dented in crowds and the incredible American inflatable bra – not to be worn at high altitude.  Nor should we forget the role played in childhood by liberty bodices, pocketed navy school gym-knickers or invigorating chest rubs!  By way of diversion swimwear also proved a fertile ground for humour, with hilarious representations of the problems of the woollen swimsuit, the shirred elastic bathing costumes and the discomfort of getting sand in “roll on girdles”.  All a very long way from topless bathing – but an extremely diverting way to spend an evening and a fascinating study of how women really are defined by what they wear.

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