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News in Settle – end of 2017


 Please note that there will be no service on Sunday 31st at Settle Parish Church, instead there will be a shared service of Holy Communion at 10am at St Alkelda’s, Giggleswick. All welcome.



A huge thank you to Judith Allinson and her team of cooks, chauffeurs, waiting staff and all the volunteers who helped with the organisation, preparation and presentation of the community Christmas Day meal. Their hard work was greatly appreciated by everyone.



The Gallery on the Green. – probably the smallest gallery in the world- is marking Christmas by stepping back in time show Settle as it used to be. A hundred years after the death of  Craven dialect poet Tom Twisleton , Settle Stories are bringing back to life the words of a man who captured the essence of  rural Craven in Victorian times. Local teenagers have curated the exhibition and little ones have crafted Christmas decorations. The exhibition looks not just at the words of this legendary poet but also at the social issues that lie behind them and so give an insight into life in this area seen through the eyes of a poet who lived from 1845 to 1917. The Gallery is open 24 hours a day and is free entry.  




This afternoon, December 28th, there will be a “tea pot” session on 28 December between 2.30-4.30pm with the chance to chat, enjoy cake and play board games and generally enjoy a sociable afternoon. This is open to everyone.  The church Coffee Pot will operate as normal on Tuesday, January 2nd with coffee and home baking served between 10am and noon.




The theatre season in Settle kicks off on Jan 18th with two “Talking Heads” by Alan Bennet on Thurs 18th January. Performance starts at 7.30pm and the short plays are Lady of Letters and Bed Among the Lentils. On January 19th the hall will show the Northern Premiere of John Godber’s film “Last Laugh” which follows  a college lecturer, Martin Dawson played by Nick Figgis and his hope to escape from obscurity by having a screenplay made into a film.For details and tickets contact 01729 825718




You are cordially invited to come along and visit our cafe to warm up with some hot drinks or tasty food during the festive season. On the upper floor we also have our new artisans shop, selling a range of hand-crafted items from talented local craftspeople – guaranteed original and perfect for a unique present from Craven.



 An all age Christmas Party will be held at Settle Drill Hall on 29 December, hosted by Performers without Borders. This will feature live music and DJs and entry is by donation. Evening commences at 7pm.



 Although many people enjoy cooking they often find that if they live alone they don’t want to actually bother making a meal for one. Settle Community Hub and Timebankers are therefore starting a new initiative where members of the community can come together and share the tasks involved in preparing a meal and then actually eat together. It doesn’t matter if you are any good at cooking as there are always other jobs eg, laying tables, doing dishes, helping with preparation etc which can be shared.  There is no charge for this event though there will be an opportunity to donate in order to cover the cost of ingredients and room hire. Events are currently scheduled for 11 and 25 January.  Those taking part should meet at 10am for coffee and it is anticipated that the event will finish around 2pm.  If you wish to take part but have special dietary need then please contact 07977 040329 so that this can be taken into account in the planning.



The next Charity Dance at Settle will be on New Years Eve (Sunday 31st  December) at the Victoria Hall Settle. This will be a Jacobs Join and run from 8.00pm until after midnight. All proceeds will go to the Victoria Hall. If you require any information about this event contact 01729 824038/822364


The first foreign film night of the new year will take place on January 3rd at Victoria Hall. Admission is £5 and the film will commence at 7.45pm. This month’s film is “The Olive Tree” and will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. It concerns a farmer’s battle against big business interests to save a thousand year old olive tree.



 Anley Hall is currently seeking volunteers to help with enrichment activities for residents and would like to hear from anyone who can offer to talk to residents or provide entertainment or activities. They are also looking for a volunteer bus driver. The person must be over 25 with a full, clean licence. All volunteers will require DBS checks . If you can help then please contact 01729 822268.



Michael Cullingworth is currently arranging a series of Theatre Trips. The cost quoted includes theatre ticket (usually a matinee) , gratuities and coach transport to and from the venue. To ensure good seats trips are planned well in advance. On February 7th there will be a trip to see Sunset Boulevard at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre, this time costing £42. There will be a further visit to Bradford for Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Cinderella on 9th May (cost £43) and then off to Leeds’ Grand Theatre for Calendar Girls on August 29th (cost£54). In October he will be arranging a trip to Bradford once again for Miss Saigon at the Alhambra on 10 October (cost £68).  Advance booking is essential as trips are popular and all payment must be made 5 weeks prior to the performance. ” To contact Michael to book a place on a trip simply get in touch on 01729823978 or



Settle Stories is currently running a geo-caching tale trail, to provide free family fun through the holidays.  Hidden all over Settle are secret geocaches you need to use your GPS device to uncover a hidden story. There are five caches around Settle that make up the Tale Trail. Four of these are Settle Stories caches and there is a fifth, a guest cache thanks to clockworkmouse88. In order to find these caches you will next need to go onto the geocaching website Once you are there, click on ‘Play’ and then enter ‘Settle. England’ as your location. This will bring up all the caches in and near Settle.  Select caches for Settle Stories and for our guest clockworkmouse88.  Locate the caches and discover clues to unlock a digital story. For more information check the Settle Stories website at Coming up in the New Year on 20 January at 3pm is a very special party, a Winnie the Pooh party specially for 4-9 year olds at The Joinery. This session will include crafts, games and stories. More details at the website or via  05603 845693.




Please note that there will be no Death Cafe in January.  The next session will take place on  3rd March. For further details please contact Alison Tyas on  01729 822677



Settle AOS Junior Theatre Group would like to announce that the 2018 show will be Roal Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ The ‘get together’ for this show will be in the Old Court House Station Road Settle on Monday January 8th. Juniors between the ages of 8 and 18 are welcome but those age 16 and under MUST bring along a Parent or Guardian to this meeting. The show will be staged at the Victoria Hall Settle with evening performances on Thursday and Friday April 26th and 27th and a matinee on Saturday April 28th. If you require any more information please contact the Secretary Barbara McLernon 01729 822364 or e-mail





There  will be a service of Holy Communion at 8 am on Sunday 31st. This will be followed at 10am by a shared communion service with the Parish Church.

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