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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 at There is however  a walk on the Leeds – Morecambe line on 2 April. Participants should Alight Oxenholme  to meet at 11.08. The walk will  return from Arnside with a change at  Lancaster.  This is a 12 mile moderately strenuous walk.  On the Settle- Carlisle Line there will be a 15 mile circular walk from Kirkby Stephen, leaving the station at 10.34. Please note that this is a strenuous walk. 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


This week pupils in Settle have been trying to explain to friends in Kwezana about the aims of Sport Relief and how many schools support this charity. In Settle the primary school held   a fun run event during which entrants ran around our school playground and every time you completed 4 laps, you  had run 1 mile.Anyone in our school could run including teachers could take part and we had some funny costumes such as pyjamas, Wonder Woman, animals and class 4’s teacher,  Mr Shepherd, came as Banana man! He had a massive blow-up banana. The school managed to raise £178 all together. Ben ran 17 laps, which is about 4 miles. Flo ran 18 laps, which is also 4 miles! the most number of laps was 28 by a boy in Class 5 called Arthur. It was fun but it made you very tired! The pupils’  favourite moment was when Mr Shepherd came out as  Banana man, and some children ran away with his giant banana!


New members are required for Settle bowling club and you are cordially invited to come along and join us. The ‘bowling green’ has now re-opened for the season and old and new members are always welcome regardless of age or experience. For more information, please contact the Secretary: John Chambers (01729-825783) or just turn up at the green from 2 p.m. onwards, Monday to Sunday – there is always someone to play.


The Folly is the venue for a very special tea and cakes session on Saturday,2nd April. Between 1pm-3pm afternoon Tea, or Coffee if preferred,  and Cake will be served for a cost of £2.50. All proceeds will be split between Marie Curie cancer care  and the Museum of North Craven Life


The next charity dance will take place on 2 April at St Mary and Michael Catholic Church Hall from 8-11pm. If you are able to please contact 01729 823259 /824038 to confirm your attendance. New dancers always welcome.


This year Settle Stories Festival 2016 will take place in April instead of October. During the weekend of April 1-3 there will be a wide range of comedy, stories, music and other events taking place at a range of venues across the town. This is the biggest Settle Stories Festival yet, with over 50 events packed into the three days.  Remember too, stories are not just for children, there are events for all ages. Come along and celebrate the many ways in which story can touch and transform our lives. Lend us your ears and let us open your minds for a weekend to remember. Details of events and discounts available on saver passes can be found on line at


The Women’s Holiday Centre at Horton in Ribblesdale invites local women to join them for cake and hot drinks at 4pm on Monday 4 April at The Old Vicarage. All welcome.


Those who attended the recent open day will already had a glimpse of Jen O’Shea demonstrating yoga positions and explaining the positive health benefits which Iyengar Yoga provides. Jen will be starting a series of new classes at St John’s Church Hall in the week commencing 4 April.  There will be a mixed class on a Monday from 10-11.30am, a class designed to go at a gentler pace on Thursdays at 6-7pm and a mixed class on Thursdays at 7.15-8.30pm.  For further details contact Jen on 07976 013222.


A reminder that Ladies’ Tennis season has now started and the club meets at Austwick Tennis Courts every Thursday at 1pm. New members always welcome. For details contact Pam Whitehead on 01729 860235.


The coffee pot session on Tuesday 5 April at St John’s Methodist Church will be in aid of Railway Children. The charity is an international movement which believes that no child should ever have to live on the street. It provides protection and opportunities for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. It currently works in India, Africa and the UK. The coffee pot will be open from 10-12 and all are welcome.


Entitled  “A Song in Season” there will be an organ recital at Holy Ascension Church, Settle on Saturday 9th April 7.30pm. This will be a concert of colourful music for organ, voice and flute by local composer Paul Fisher. The evening’s programme will feature:Tim Raymond (organ), Graham Toft (organ), Stephen Hogg (counter-tenor), Claud (the cd player) and Paul Fisher (organ). Entry is free with exit donations towards the organ fund.


The group’s next meeting will be on April13th with Judy Rogers of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The group is bringing  a group of refugees from Bradford to help with the lambing in Malhamdale. We will organise a meal for them at the Meeting House and have a talk from Judy afterwards. More details nearer the time. Members may also be particularly interested in a number of events during Settle Stories Weekend at the start of April. On 2nd April at 2pm at the Meeting House a there will be a talk by the founder of 38 degrees campaign group, David Babbs. Tickets £10 available via Settle Stories. Also on 2nd April at Friends Meeting House at 10am is “Story Telling For Change”. At this event two story tellers will explain how in Lebanon, Kenya and the UK they are using stories to discuss, interrogate and explore our values. This lively discussion will also give you the chance to speak up on the stories you think need to be told, to change the world. Tickets £8. Not listed in the advertising brochure for Settle Stories is a free additional talk on the Fair Tax Campaign on Friday 1st at 5.30 at the Meeting House.


Karate classes will commence on 12 April at Settle Primary School and will run from 6.15-7.30pm. Cost per session is £3. For details contact 07925973694.


The Folly is once again open to the public and this season begins with two two hugely contrasting exhibitions. 1916: Chronicles of Courage is the third in the series of World War I exhibitions in association with the Heritage Lottery-funded Craven and the First World War project. 1916 was a momentous year, in which the people of Craven played their part with great courage. It was the year in which Conscription was introduced and Conscientious Objectors stood up for their beliefs; it was the year in which terrible battles were fought off Jutland and best-known of all on the Somme. Our displays tell the stories of local men and women who served their country in many different ways: in the medical services and ambulance units as well as fighting in the trenches and at sea. We have followed the progress of many individuals and revealed acts of great bravery and humanity. The companion exhibition Back in Settle has been inspired by a remarkable Facebook group set up around three years ago by local man, Mick Harrison to share stories and old photographs from the Settle area. There are now almost 1,600 people involved from all over the world and the stories and photographs are ones most people will never have seen before, because up till now they have lain hidden in family albums and scrapbooks.The museum is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm and on Tuesdays between 10.30 am – 4.30 pm. Adult gift aided admission is £3 with under 16s free.


Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to a fashion show on April 21st at Victoria Hall. The evening will commence at 7.30pm and will feature a range of fashions by Ahernes of Hellifield. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of house wine.


The next meeting will take place on 27 April at 2pm at Townhead Court when the speaker will be Marguerite Hughes, who will talk on the topic of “Taking the fear out of Pruning”.


A Settle WI is holding 2 craft workshops on Wednesday 27th April in the Catholic Church Hall, Craven Terrace, Settle, BD24 9RA.Annie Austen-Meek will be demonstrating how to make a ‘Softpot’ garden container.  Softpots are amazing, unique garden containers that are not only beautiful to look at but better for your plants than traditional pots.  To learn more about Softpots visit Sue Amphlett of Cottontail Crafts is giving an introduction to Needlefelting – sculpting wool into figures and forms using a barbed felting needle.Each course costs £20 and includes all materials and tuition.  There will be 2 sessions for each craft:  10am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm so it is possible to do just one or both courses in the day.Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are WI members or not.  Tea & coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.To book please contact Sue Sellars on 01729 825145 or email


Two theatre trips are being planned for the summer, and although these are not for a number of months the closing date for bookings is in May to allow time for arranging coach and tickets. The first trip is to the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival on 6 August at Harrogate. This will be a Saturday matinee performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Royal Hall. Total price is £44 per person, including stalls seat,  coach and gratuities. The second trip is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford to see “Wicked”. Hailed as the best new musical of the decade Wicked deals with the events before the Wizard of Oz. The trip will take place on Wednesday 17 August and again is a matinee performance. Trip cost is £63 per person, to include stalls seat, coach and gratuities. Latest date for bookings is 28 May. For details of both trips contact: 01729 823978.



On 7 April at 7pm the theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture on the theme of “New Plants, New Ideas, New Inspiration.”  The speaker will be garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman Stephen Lacey. His particular interest is in planting design. He lectures on planting design throughout UK, USA and Canada, featuring some of the best places visited on his travels at home and abroad. Recently, he has begun taking on garden design commissions in UK and the Mediterranean, putting to wider use the inspiration from his garden travels and his own practical experience. For further information contact: 01729 893180


Following the recent Multi-Sports course, congratulations to Connie, who received an extra medal for her very good involvement and to Ned W, who was awarded the trophy for his great involvement and very good sporting behaviour. Congratulations also  to the following pupils for their recent successes: Connie, Hannah and Phoebe O for their involvement in Skipton Music Festival; Leon for his dance performances and competitions; Bailey and Amy L for achieving distinction in their acoustic guitar exams and Amy L for her involvement in ‘When Toad Came Home’ performed by SAOS Junior Theatre group in Victoria Hall. We enjoy hearing about and celebrating our pupils’ successes within the wider community – well done!

Congratulations to Jimmy and Phoebe in Y4, and Connie and Ned W in Y3 for their recent participation in the North Yorkshire Cross Country Event, representing Craven – well done! Wearing sports kits, with some crazy additions, all pupils thoroughly enjoyed this energetic, whole-school fund-raising event in aid of Sport Relief!  School Council members, supported by Mrs. Shepherd, suggested many of the activities, and Ms. Flanagan, supported by Mrs. Mercer worked hard to organise and run the morning’s activities. The Zumbathon was a fun way to start the day and all pupils were then timed to take part in a rota of 12 activities: badminton hoop, obstacle relay, egg & spoon, beanbag throw, rugby pass, bounce pass, beanbag relay, stationary skipping, cricket stumps, sprint relay, penalty shoot-out, skipping relay. They had a very energetic morning and the team completing the activities the quickest was the Fearless Dragons: Edie, Henry, Corey, Libby, Samuel, Tyler. Well done! In addition, Sport Relief prizes were awarded to a member of each year group in recognition of their outstanding effort and/or leadership in all 12 activities, as follows: Mollie, Jimmy, Corey, Aaron & Ned W, Lewis, Mabel and William. Highly commended pupils were: Joel, Edie, Aimee, Archie, James, Tyler and Ben B. We also collected donations from participants and in addition, Jack S took part in a three-mile run at the weekend and raised £20, which he added to our total, resulting in our final amount of £120 for Comic Relief – well done everyone!

41 of our KS2 pupils took part in the cluster schools Quick Sticks Hockey Event. There were many opportunities to play in matches and staff encouraged pupils of all abilities to ‘have a go’. There were some great performances within all the teams and some very good sporting behaviour. One of our Y3/4 teams got through to the final and they were awarded silver medals; well done to: Ned H, Tommy, Jack, Phoebe! In addition, one of our Y5/6 teams got through to the final (and their match continued into extra time and ‘golden goal’,) resulting in a very, very close contest and another second place; well done to: Joel, Joseph, James, Jimmy! Congratulations to Jimmy, who was awarded one of the six ‘player of the tournament’ trophies – wow! Excellent achievements everyone!  A huge thank you to everyone in St. Alkelda’s church team for organising and running another very successful rota of Easter-related activities, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. We also enjoyed an Easter-themed school meal and were pleased that the church team could join us for the occasion.

Early next term (18th – 29th April), we are hosting a visit from a Spanish teacher, who teaches English in a Primary School and is being sponsored by the Spanish government to spend time in a British Primary School and she has chosen ours! She will be staying in Settle and spending time in our school most days, however I should be most grateful for any offers of support to enable her to practise speaking English, learn more about our culture and experience first-hand our Yorkshire hospitality. If you can assist then please contact the school.


Giggleswick WI have moved, and we invite you to come along and join us in our new venue. We still meet at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of the month and we still have a wide range of activities and speakers. However, you can now find us in the Hobson Room at Giggleswick School. New members always welcome. For further details contact 01729 825944.



One of the most difficult things about trying to present any well known story is finding a way of keeping it fresh and relevant, both in terms of its message but also in terms of its theatrical production and presentation, this is particularly true when the impact of the story depends on the simplicity of its retelling and ensuring that the audience is so totally engaged as to become part of the production.  This year’s production further had to deal with the fact that many of the cast were new to the production and that there had also been a change in the direction and developments in the town had necessitated a change of venue for two of the scenes. However, the standard remained high and in many instances the changes helped to heighten the dramatic power of the story. The story began in the church hall at St John’s but as a result of the newly completed extension work it was possible to actually go with the disciples into another room where the passover meal was to be served. Gathered round the table and munching on snacks the disciples were a very human group, muttering about delays and complaining about sore feet and clearly not entirely at ease with some of the things which were happening around them. This made it far easier to relate to their later reactions when they actively hid amongst the crowd.  The central rockery of Millennium gardens made for a very convincing Gethsemane. There was sufficient space for Christ to appear to be genuinely alone while the disciples made an interesting tableau, perched on rocks and gradually falling asleep – in some cases more noisily than others.  With all attention focused on the centre the arrival of the Roman guard from behind was quite startling. The action then moved via Kirkgate to the Market Place and it was here that the real power of this piece could be seen as secular and state powers clash in the persons of Caiaphas and Pilate.  These were two extremely strong performances, Caiaphas very aware of the dignity of his office but extremely manipulative and Pilate clearly attempting to be fair but aware too of the need to retain authority. The use of the Shambles balcony and the dais outside the Townhall is very effective in the scene as it skillfully places the crowd between the two opposing powers so that they are quite literally caught in the middle of the action.  The final scene this year was played out in the churchyard, and was particularly moving.  For technical reasons the sound quality was much diminished but this actually worked to good effect as it meant that the audience was forced to move closer, making for a much more intimate scene. Most poignantly the change of venue meant that the body when cut down from the cross was actually wrapped in a tarpaulin and laid down amidst other graves, certainly underscoring the mortality of the situation. Once again it was a powerful piece of theatre with excellent efforts by the key roles and built around a very compelling central performance from Maurice Walters as Christ, a role he played with clear conviction and sincerity. In addition to this there was a great supporting cast and hardworking production team. It was good to see new faces in the team, including younger members and clear that considerable thought and effort had gone into this year’s production.

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