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News from Settle and Area 4th May


This weekend there will be three guided railway walks. The first on Saturday 13 May is to view bluebells in Flakebridge Woods. This is an  8m moderate walk leaving  Appleby at 10.06 and returning to Appleby station. The second walk, also on  Saturday 13 May is an 11 mile moderately strenuous walk to Victoria Cave & Catrigg Force   leaving Long Preston at 9.43 and returning to  Settle.  Then on Sunday, 14 May   there is a walk in the Howgills: this is a 9.5 mile very strenuous walk and leaves Dent at 10.38 and returns to Dent. This makes use of a service bus to and from Sedbergh and therefore numbers are  limited.   Please email to confirm a place on this specific walk. All participants in railway walks are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource. All welcome


There is a wide range of entertainment programmed for May. On 13 May  RRF Media Presents:”Fred Astaire And Ginger!” The story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Award winning singer Robert Habermann sings the songs and tells the story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the great dancing pair of the thirties – presenting many of the classic songs that they performed in their iconic musical films. On May 20 the hall hosts Dean Friedman in concert. Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for the chart-topping hits “Ariel”, “Lucky Stars”, “Lydia”, “Woman of Mine”, “McDonald’s Girl” and more. On 21st May A long standing member of the Philadelphia music scene, Lizanne Knott will bring the sounds of Nashville to Settle. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. A huge thank you to everyone who recently supported the May coffee morning in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am with the exception of the trips to Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, which departs at 9.30am. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email Cheques should be made payable to Settle Rotary Club. The first trip is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pm at Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £44.00 per person. Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You at Leeds Grand on Wednesday 30 August (cost £54: closing date for reservations 7 July), Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Theatre By the Lake, Keswick on 13 September (Cost £35)  and “Handbagged” a satrical comedy detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher (Cost £35) also at Keswick.


The hub is hosting a workshop on paediatric first aid on 11 May. Aimed at parents, grandparents and carers this session will give practical advice on how to deal with medical emergencies and give guidance on situations where medical assistance should be sought. The session is run by a trained specialist and will take place from 9.30-11.30. It costs £10 per head and places can be reserved by contacting 07837 864469.  On May 25 there will be a family history session from 3-6pm. This will look at how to use on line resources to find out more about your family history. On 29 May there will be a plant sale between 10am -2pm. Plants for this event can be dropped off on 26 May between 12-5.


An election Hustings event will be held at St John’s Methodist Church 6.00 till 7.00 p.m. on Friday 1eth May.  If you wish to raise a question during the evening then contact 01729 822311 in advance. The number of questions asked will be limited because of time pressure and so it is essential to submit your question in advance of the event so that a wide selection of topics can be covered.


Victoria Hall will be holding a craft and all sorts market on 13 May. Tables are available for this event. Please contact 01729 825718 for details.


For more than 70 years, Christian Aid has been working to help the World’s Poor. This year christian aid week runs from 14 – 20 may and there will be a house to house collection throughout the week in Settle and the surrounding villages.  There will also be street collection outside the Olde Naked Man  on Tuesday 16 May during the day. In addition to this there will be Coffee Evening in  St John’s Church Hall  on Wednesday 17 May from 7 – 8.30pm. This will include a  Bring and Buy stall,  Plant stall and  Home-made Cakes stall. Admission is £1. Anyone wishing to bring donations for the stalls is asked to bring them on the actual evening of the event. The organisers are also asking for volunteers to help throughout the week, either with the house to house collection or in the market place on Tuesday. Anyone who can spare time to assist is asked to contact Sally on 01729 822311.


The group’s next meeting will be on Monday, 15 May at Townhead Court at 7.30pm when the topic for the evening will be “Selling your Photographs”. This will be a talk on the whys and wherefores of making money from your pictures.  The gallery for the evening will be “Weather and Skies”


As part of the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival there will be a screening of the work of silent movie star Buster Keaton at Victoria Hall on 16 May at 7.30pm. This will be accompanied by a sound track by Dales Jam and Richard Ormrod. Tickets from Victoria Hall on 01729 825718


A pop up business cafe is taking place at the Royal Oak on 18 May between 12-4pm. This informal get together will provide an opportunity to socialise and get all your business questions answered in one place and is open to business owners in the area.


Settle Scouts are holding at table top sale in the Drill Hall at Castleberg on 20 May between 10-3. Tables cost £10 – or a bargain price of £7 if you bring your own table!. And donations of bric-a-brac would be gratefully received. For further details or to book a space please contact 015242 51702.


The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 20 May at St Mary and St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate. Tea and coffee are served from 8.15 am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. The peakers will be  Claire Holliday & Jane Cotton representing Settle Dementia Action Alliance. They will explain the benefits of a ‘dementia friendly’ Settle and how by making simple changes we can help to create a vibrant, inclusive community. Please book your places by Thurs 18 May for a  ‘Full English’. Cost £3.00

01729 825285 / email: to book your place. Please note that the current team are stepping down after 7 years and so this will be the last big breakfast until a new team takes over.


St John’s Methodist Church, Settle is delighted to be hosting a concert by gifted musician Simeon Wood, who plays a variety of woodwind instruments, including flute, bass flute, panpipes, Celtic whistle and didgeridoo. The concert will take place on 20 May at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8 or 2 for £12 – a special reduction designed to encourage you to bring a friend along to hear this amazing musician. Simeon has performed at various festivals and on board cruise ships, as well as in concert halls, theatres, schools and churches but in 2013 came to the attention of the national press after creating an instrument from an NHS walking stick!   He performs a varied programme of classical, jazz, Celtic and folk music interspersed with stories and anecdotes.   Tickets are available from Mansergh’s Bookshop, Settle, or on the door and all are welcome.


The next messy church session will take place on 21 May at St John’s Church between 3.30-5.30. There will be games, activities and a time for families of all kinds to share experiences together and join in a hot meal. This month we will be looking at how to listen to the “still small voice” and hear God guiding us day to day. The event is free but there is an opportunity to contribute to the cost of craft materials and foodstuffs.


There will be a Yorkshire Themed pub quiz night at The Royal Oak on 23 May at 7.30pm. Teams and individuals from local businesses around the district are invited to enter and bookings can be made via eventbrite.


The next gardening club meeting will take place at Townhead Court at 2pm on 24 May. The speaker will be Jacqueline Iddon on the subject of “Arranging the garden”. Non members welcome at cost £3.


Are you happy? Do you want to be even more happy? Then Settle on 27 May is definitely the place to be when Settle Stories holds its Festival of Happiness. There will be over 20 free taster sessions and workshops by local clubs and groups so you can discover what’s on offer in Settle, try something new and see how coming together as a community can make us happier. In addition there professional events to allow you to Travel to Sierra Leone with stories from Usifu Jalloh and Alim Kamara. Discover Danish comedian Sofie Hagan who’ll have you laughing in the aisles. Dance the night away at our ceilidh. All events are open to all ages unless specified and f you’re booking a paid for event, take advantage of the online discounts, available until the 25th May by booking via the website at


Settle Juniors now meet every Friday from 6.30pm for training and practice. This is open to both boys and girls from age 6 upwards. During the summer the club fields teams for under 9s, under 11s, und 15s and under 17s.  Parents are welcome to use the club house facilities during training sessions.


On Wednesday 3rd May Settle W.I. welcomed Bob Ellis who told us of the traditional dance music of the Yorkshire Dales. Handwritten music and hand-made instruments were the means of making music in the past for weddings and other social gatherings.

Early talented minstrels included Willie Wrigley of Minstrel Court, Leyburn, a road mender by day, who would walk the two days to Leeds for quality strings for his fiddle. Bob played several of those confined to the Dales, on his intricate melodeon and soon had our feet tapping and our hands clapping in heartfelt applause.

The annual resolutions were discussed and, after refreshments, Jean Chester’s bracelet was chosen as the most remarkable in the competition.


Advance notice that the initial ‘Get Together’ for the Autumn show will be on Wednesday June 7th at the Old Court House Station Road Settle at 7.30pm. We would like to welcome new members as well as existing ones and would also welcome those who would like to help backstage as well as those wishing to tread the boards. The evening will consist of a resume of the show by our Producer and Musical Director with perhaps a sing along featuring some of the well known numbers. The show chosen is ‘Anything Goes’, a lively production set on board a cruise liner. It has many well known and catchy tunes and promises great fun for all involved. Please feel free to come along to find out more about it and the society. We are looking for adults of all ages. If you require more information please feel free to contact the Secretary Barbara McLernon on 01729 822364 or The dates for the show which will be staged at Settle Victoria Hall are Wednesday October 25th to Saturday October 28th. We look forward to meeting new people as well as old friends.



Cantores Salicium are peforming a concert celebrating the genius of Mozart at Giggleswick Chapel on 13 May at 7.30pm. This will feature both choral and instrumental pieces and tickets cost £10, from Cave and Crag. Refreshments are included.


There will be an organ recital at St. Alkelda’s Church, Giggleswick on Friday May 12th 7.30 pm by young international concert organist Andrew Tessman. The programme will include works by J.S. Bach, Dubois, Lefébure-Wély, and Schumann. Refreshments of wine and savoury snacks will be served. Admission is free, however donations are welcome.

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