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There are three walks planned for this weekend. The first on Saturday,  8 October is a Morecambe Line walk from Arnside to Carnforth. This is a 10 mile moderate walk via  Beetham Fell – Fairy Steps – Wharton Cragg. Meet Carnforth  at10.00 for onward connection & return Carnforth. Also on Saturday, 8th there is a Horton circular walk via Helwith Bridge. This is an 8 mile moderate walk leaving Horton in Ribblesdale at   09.58. On  Sunday 9 October there is a 13 mile strenuous walk in the Upper Eden Valley  leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.56 and concluding at Garsdale.  All participants 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.  Details of all walks can  be found at


The current exhibition at the gallery is entitled “Who Will Survive This?”  This is a new departure for the gallery and takes the form of an  installation by photographer Mike Kilyon and poet Sue Vickerman



There is a vast array of events over the coming weeks, catering for a range of musical tastes. Fan of Country Rock and Americana music,  won’t want to miss this  first in a special series of gigs by legendary performer Des Horsfall on Saturday 8 Octobeber. On October 9  there is a complete change of mood when folk duo  Hannah Sanders & Ben take to the stage, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar accompaniments. Wille and the Bandits, a classic blues rock three piece in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience, feature along with guests on October 13, with wordsmith extraordinaire, Rory MacLeod, taking the reins on on October 16th  when along with The Familiar Strangers he will be presenting stories and songs which straddles the borders of Folk, World, Soul, Jazz and Latin.  Entirely different the four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Lynched, will be in concert on  October 22nd. Their music  combines distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.  On October 26-29 Settle Amateur Operatic Society will be performing their annual show, this year presentint “The Likes of Us” by Andrew Llloyd Webber and Tim Rice. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10-noon. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed.


Tickets are now on sale for this  year’s production by Settle Amateur Operatic Society. “The Likes of Us” , the first ever collaboration by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is an appropriate choice for 2016 as this story tells the true tale of philanthropist, Thomas John Barnardo who founded homes for destitute children, and 2016 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the homes. A display of items relating to the early work of Barnado’s and their current work in Leeds is on show in the windows of Speight and Watson’s. Although the tunes in the show may not be familiar they are very memorable and undoubtedly the audience will leave singing and many are suggestive of the great hits which followed in the duo’s later work. Tickets are on sale for the show via Victoria Hall during office hours or by phone on 01729 825718.. The show will be staged every evening between 26-29 October at 7.30pm at Victoria Hall with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. There are group and family tickets available.


The Ladies’ Badminton group meets on Wednesday evenings at Settle College throughout term time between 7.30-9pm. The group is a mixed ability group and beginners are always welcome. For further details contact 01729 824249/840601.


On Saturday 8 October there will be a Give and Take day at Victoria Hall between 9.30-2.30. This is an opportunity to give away any unwanted items, in good condition and take away any items which are of interest to you, thus recycling items and cutting down on waste going to landfill.  Unfortunately shoes and clothes cannot be accepted. There will be a table available to display pictures of larger items and the last time for checking in items is 1.30pm. Traders are reminded that this is not suitable for them and is only for private individuals. There will also be a Seed Swap at this event. For further information contact 01729 822669.


On 6 October at 7.30pm Settle Sessions invites you to join them celebrating National Poetry day at Victoria Hall. There will be poems by Michael McCarthy and John Killick as well as poetry by children in North Craven Schools. As well as a programme of great poems from leading poets and local children, the winners of our National and Children’s competitions winners will also read their work, along with the winner of The Craven Funniest Poem competition. From established poets and writers in the UK to new and emerging ones, the evening will  bring a wide range of styles and voices for everyone to enjoy — from the classics, contemporary and popular, to inspiring and haunting, funny and poignant.


This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and the Craven and the First World War project are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across Craven.. On October 7th this will be shown at Victoria Hall. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme .The film lasts 70 minutes and is free to attend, but pre-booking to guarantee your seat is advisable.. Doors open at 6.45 with film being shown at 7.30pm.


Inspired by a project seen on a trip to Scotland by a member, the crafty knitters of Settle have produced accurate knitted replicas of some of the town’s most recognisable buildings. These will be on display at a launch event on at Friends Meeting House on October 8 between 10-4.30pm.  There will be refreshments available all day and it is hoped that others will be inspired to join in the project and help to create a knitted replica of the town.


The local organisers for Guide Dogs for the blind will be holding a stall at Limestone View in the foyer on 11 October selling items suitable for all ages as well as Christmas cards, stationery, gifts etc. with lots of ideas for presents


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for their annual race night at Victoria Hall on October 14th. The first race will take place at 7.30pm. Tickets, £5 for adults and £3 for accompanied children, are available from Victoria Hall, Society members or via 01729 822959. There will also be a bar and a pie and pea supper (vegetarian option available). All welcome.


The first in the new season of “Big Breakfast” talks takes place on Saturday, 15 October at 8.30am in the Church hall of St Mary and Michael’s church on Kirkgate.  Tea / coffee are available from 8.15am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. The speaker this month is Sheila Mason. Sheila is a ‘lady farmer’ at Keasden Head, Clapham – a traditional, upland, Dales farm – offering a mix of habitats and landscapes set against the backdrop of Ingleborough. Everyone welcome, please book your places by Thurs 13 Oct to enjoy a  ‘Full English’ . Cost is  £3. Contact  01729 825285 / email: to book your place


Local singing group Octameron celebrate twenty years of performing with a special concert at Langcliffe Village Institute on 15 October. Tickets cost £8 and are available from members, Cave and Crag or on the doort. The concert starts at 7.30pm and you are welcome to bring along your own drink.


The next messy church session will take place at St John’s Hall on 16 October  between 3.30-5.30. This is an opportunity for families to get together to worship, enjoy craft activities and share a hot meal. The event is free  but there will be an opportunity to donate towards the catering costs and craft resources if desired


The church invites you to share in a harvest supper on 21 October. There will be home cooked pies (vegetarian option available)  and dessert as well as entertainment in the form of a quiz and a beetle drive.  Please feel free to bring along your own drink. The event commences at 6.30pm and tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for children or £12 for a family ticket.


Booking is underway for a number of trips this year and next. Please be aware that advance booking is essential as theatres do sell out quickly. There are still seats available for the production at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick of “Dial M for Murder”. This will take place on Wednesday 2nd November, leaving Settle Cricket Club at 9.30am. This trip will cost £30 per person, including transport and Further ahead, but already booking, on Wednesday 29 March 2017, Matthew Bourne’s  ballet, “The Red Shoes” at The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. Price £42.00 per person. The closing date for booking is 31st October.  Also coming up, in March 2018 “War Horse”  will be returning to the Alhambra and expressions of interest are required to arrange booking tickets. This will take place on 7th March 2018 with 7th March 2017 as the closing date for bookings. The price for this trip will be £60.  For more details contact Michael Cullingworth 01729823978


Settle WI are planning two events which are open to both members and non-members. On Wednesday, November 9 at Catholic Church Hall there will be a Craft Workshop Day. There will be 2 sessions: 9.30 – 12 noon & 1pm – 3.30.  Each session costs £20 and includes all materials. Wire sculptor Linda Hoyle will be doing ‘An Introduction to Wirework’ demonstrating the necessary skills to create animals, trees & larger wire sculptures by making a display of copper flowers.  Linda’s work is currently on sale in Settle Tourist Information Centre if you want to see what can be achieved. In addition, Sue Amphlett will be teaching Needlefelting in the morning with a choice of making an enchanting baby hare or a festive Christmas reindeer, and in the afternoon she will run a session demonstrating the skills for Folded Ribbon Eggs and how to use these to make a Christmas tree bauble.Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying for both sessions. On Wednesday 16 November the group  are  running their annual shopping trip  This year we are returning to York.  Leaving Settle at 9am on a Bibbys coach, we can pick up in Long Preston, Hellifield & Gargrave.  The cost is £15. To book please contact Sue Sellars (01729 825143)  email:


Advance notice that North Craven Flower Club will be holding their Christmas lecture/demonstration  on 10 November at Victoria Hall. The demonstration this year will be given by Diane Fair and admission is by ticket only. Tickets, £9,  are available via 01282 842467. The doors will open at 6.30pm and the talk will commence at 7.30pm. There will be a sales table and a raffle.


U3A have arranged two consecutive open talks which are accessible to all on the subject of Autism. These will take place on Thursday 17  & 24 November and booking is essential for both talks. It is advisable to attend both sessions. Given by Phoebe Caldwell, a noted practitioner and author on this topic, the talks will examine how to engage with children and adults on the autism spectrum. Each session costs £5 and will run from 10-12.30 at Friends Meeting House.


Have you ever fancied having a try at line dancing?  There will be a line dancing open night at St John’s Church Hall on Wednesday 12 October from 7pm onwards. This is a free taster session to allow you to try it out and see if this is for you. Fun, friendly and keeps you fit too. All welcome



This year the school will be staging the school edition of Les Miserables from 30 November – 3 December. Tickets for this production are already selling swiftly. A stunning re-imagining of Christopher Marlowe’s “Dr Faustus” is brought to the stage on 7 October by Theatrical Niche Ltd. This study of the cost of greatness features  exquisite Puppetry, physical theatre and circus artistry in a visceral and physical re-imagining of the classic Elizabethan drama. Details of tickets available from 01729 893180 or via


The Junior School is hosting an open morning on 8 October. To book a visit contact 01729 893000.


There is still time to show your support for Giggleswick Gardening Group. The group, which meets  in the grounds of St Alkelda’s on Mondays at 2.00 and at other times applied to Skipton Building Society, as part of their national competition ‘Grassroots Giving’ and has now been shortlisted from over 700 applicants nationally. They are now one of the 108  shortlisted applicants in the North West. However, in order to progress and win the £500 prize towards purchasing essential equipment to carry out our volunteering work in the village they need as many people as possible to vote for them before October 14th. You can vote in person by visiting  Skipton Building Society, in Settle to register your vote or go on line at

>successful short listed groups North West> No 36 ‘Giggleswick Gardening Group’ and register a vote for the group.  Many thanks for your support for this project.


A Community Group Tidy Up for autumn at St. Alkelda’s Church will take place on Saturday, 15 October. Members of Giggleswick community (and from further afield) are invited to come along and join  the Giggleswick Gardening Group to help carry out a range of tasks suitable to all abilities. These will include,rubbing down seats in the churchyards, trimming grass round church walls, raking up dead grass and sweeping, planting foxgloves etc. There will also be a group involved with strimming long grass, so if you are able to help with this please bring your own tools and appropriate PPE.  With other tasks it will be helpful if you bring your own tools but not essential. Even an hour’s volunteering will make a difference! Please come and join us!  We’ll meet in the Church porch on Saturday 15th October at any time between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. For details contact Tony on 822911.

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