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There’s still time to catch Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage at Victoria Hall with their production of “Calamity Jane”. The tale of the adventures of the wild west frontierswoman runs all week to November 2nd with a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon. Tickets available from Victoria Hall Box Office (01729 825718).


Local craft workers from Settle and surrounding area will be selling their work at the West Craven Artisan’s fair on November 2nd at Earby Community Centre, between 10am and 2pm. A great chance to wander along and start hunting out ideas for home-made gifts for Christmas.


The autumn exhibition will run until 2nd November and will examine the theme of The Northern Landscape. The gallery will be open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am -4pm. The contrasting richness of the northern landscape is the subject of the exhibition which includes work by a number of artists who live and work in Yorkshire or Lancashire. Exhibitors include: Katharine Holmes, Margaret Uttley, Simon Nixon, David Cook, Roy Hubbard, Milan Ivanic, Jacquie Denby, Kitty Norh, Chris Rigby, Marjan Wouda and Maureen Grealy. The exhibition also includes work by: Peter Brook, and J.M. Mallender.


St John’s Hall is the venue to visit in Settle for a Christmas market arranged by Jack’s Journey and supporting Brain Tumour Research, on 2 November between 10-4. There will be a hog roast and a range of stalls such as pampered chef and phoenix cards as well as a cake stall and raffle. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.


The 3rd November sees the Folly closing for this season(apart from some special events – more later) and anyone who has not seen this year’s Family Stories Exhibition by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society to celebrate their 150th Anniversary should hurry along as it is not to be missed. There are lots of family friendly activities throughout the building to enjoy during the half term break. On Tuesday 5 November there will be an open day between 10am and 1pm tied in with the forward planning for forthcoming exhibitions about ‘Craven’ s Part in the 1st World War’,part of a regional project for a series of events to run at the Folly from 2014 to 2019. We’d like people to start  looking through their attics and garages sheds and back bedrooms searching for photographs posters or whatever connected to the WW1 to bring along to the open day on Tuesday the 5th November. We are also interested in peoples’ memories and their family stories about what happened to their families during this time. If you are unable to come along on the 5th November but would like to help please contact Anne Read on 015242 51388 or e-mail 2. The Folly has recently acquired a highly detailed and intriguing drawing of Settle done by a 15 year old, Geoffrey Jenkinson of Pudsey done in October 1940. It is now on display in the Folly.Geoffrey Jenkinson was born in Leeds and  had a passion for art from an early age. At 15 he left school and began working with his father designing stained glass windows. In the evenings he attended art courses at Pudsey Grammar and became the protege of art teacher Fred C Jones. Under Fred’s guidance he flourished with a first exhibition at the Cartwright Hall Bradford in 1941. After this he exhibited across the UK including Leeds, Newcastle, the Royal Academy and the Arts council of Britain. In May 1950 he sailed on the Queen Mary to America to follow his dreams. He travelled all over America recording everything in his sketch books. He worked has a furniture designer and having applied for American citizenship was drafted into the Us army, sent to Japan in 1951 and joined US forces as a cartographer in Korea. In 1954 he returned to North Carolina as a professional artist where he worked in oil, water pastel as well as pencil and ink. He was widely exhibited in the 50s 60s and 70s eventually retiring from public view. He continued to paint until 2000 but eventually homesick for England he returned to his sister’s home in Pudsey. He died in a Leeds Hospice in 2005 aged 80. A remarkable man and the picture of Settle he produced on his visit in 1940 is very special and well worth a visit. It will be possible to place an order for prints of the drawing through the Folly.(£15 unmounted, £20 mounted)


Settle Voices Community Choir will provide the musical entertainment in Handpicked Hall (the old Coop building), Skipton on Sunday, 3rd November between 1 and 3pm. For more information about the choir please visit our website


The Hatha Yoga sessions will recommence at Settle Primary School on Monday 4 November at 7.30-9pm and on Wednesday 6 November from 7.30-9pm.  Sessions cost £6 and are booked in blocks of 6 sessions. For further details contact 07947 027 188.


The group will next meet on 4 November at Townhead Court at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Elaine Newington Ward on the topic of Book Illustrations. Elaine will present and discuss images which have been used to illustrate books. There will be a members gallery on the topic “Portrait”. Visitors welcome


The next meeting will take place  on Wednesday 6 November when Alan Hemsworth will give a talk on London’s Foundling Hospital. There will be a Paper Bring and Buy sale. Members are reminded that there will also be an opportunity to contribute to Skipton Food Bank. The Christmas Shopping Trip will be to York on Wednesday 20 November and will cost £12.50. The coach will leave Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30am and leave York at 4.30pm. Friends and family members are welcome.


There will be an organ recital with demonstration by Paul Fisher

at Settle Parish Church on Thursday, November 7th at 12.30pm. Paul will introduce a small selection of organ pieces by Bach, Vierne, other french composers, and himself. Speaking from the console, he will talk about the background to each piece, and explain how the different colours and sounds of the organ are used in them. This event is free with all donations towards the organ fund being gratefully accepted.


Local artists Linda Clemence and Liz Smart invite you join them for art and coffee at Friends Meeting House for their annual sale of original paintings, sketches and cards. The event will run from 1-4.30pm on Thursday 7 November and then from 10-4.30pm on both Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November.  Admission is free and coffee and biscuits cost £1. All welcome.


The next charity dance will be on Saturday, November 9th (please note that this is the second Saturday in the month) and will begin at 8pm until 11.30pm. Again, please note that this is a change in time. To book please ring 01729 8223259/ 824038 by November 7th. All proceeds will go to the St Oswald’s Church Horton in Ribblesdale Appeal. The Dance on December 7th will be the Christmas Party Dance and this year will take the form of a Jacobs Join Supper with the cost of the evening remaining at £5. This dance will also begin at 8pm and end at 11.30pm. Both dances will be at Settle College.


There will be an opportunity to find out more about UFO mysteries when a series a conference consisting of 3 lectures is held at St John’s Hall on November 9th. The theme for the day is “Hunting the UFO mystery: adventures into the unknown” and this will run from 1-6pm with refreshments being served between the lectures. The cost for the event is £20 and includes a DVD. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a skywatch session at 7.30pm. For further information contact Nigel Mortimer on 01729 824659.


Settle Rotary, in association with Booths, invite you to join them for an exploration of the world’s wines on 16 November at Victoria Hall from 7pm- 9.30pm. Tickets cost £10, to include the cost of 5 wine samples,  and there will also be a free cheese sampling session. Funds raised from this event will support Rotary International projects. Tickets are available from Rotary members and from 01729 822445.


Alison King School of Dance invites you to come along and join them for dance sessions. If you’ve been inspired by “Strictly” and want to know more then come along to Victoria Hall on 28 November. The beginners Argentine Tango classes run from 7-8pm and are followed by beginners ballroom and Latin. Each class costs £5 and further information is available from 01729 840118.


November gets off to a lively start with Mike Harding’s folk session on November 3rd featuring Duncan McFarlane- popular folk rock musician. Legendary Queen guitarist and noted astronomer Brian May visits Settle on November 6th but will be in a different guise as he and his fellow authors present an evening devoted to the gothic Victorian vision of the underworld of seduction, retribution and temptation as found in 1860’s photography.  Rich Seam Theatre company present “Royal Flush”, a play about Yorkshireman Thomas Crapper’s great opportunity when he is commissioned to provide toilets for Queen Victoria and on 17 November, Reform Theatre Company will present “Burt n’ Joyce”.  The Power of Compassion, masked dance and sacred chant from a Tibetan monastery is brought to the stage on 21st November and on F22nd there will be good time Americana in the form of Whiskey Dogs Hoe Down Band. The month is brought to a lively end with bust by Take Off That, a Take That tribute band, on November 30th.  For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.



The WI will meet at the parish rooms on 7 November at 7.30pm when the speaker will be John Foster on the subject of the work of the district court judge. Visitors always welcome


On November 5th Caroline Horton will return to Richard Whiteley Theatre, this time to stage her new show “Mess”, a play about obsession and addiction – with songs! The play was developed with assistance from the Kings College London’s Institute of Psychiatry. On November 7th the theatre welcomes the Neil C Young Trio, guaranteeing a night of feel good instrumental jazz. On November 9th , local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger launch their new exhibition “Wild and Restless Nature” in the Foyer Gallery. This exhibition will run through to December 8th. Community Cinemas will be showing Planes as part of the family films series and the month concludes with  pupils from the school itself taking to the stage from 28-30th November for their production of “West Side Story”.  Details of all tickets and times  are available via or via 01729 893180. There are lots of volunteering opportunities at Richard Whiteley Theatre for all members of the Settle and Giggleswick communities and we are particularly keen to expand our front of house staff. If you can spare a few hours and would like to assist please contact the above number for details.


Well done to all pupils who took part in the recent KS2 Football Tournament. Our  Y3/Y4 team played particularly well and were the group winners, but they then lost by one goal to Settle in the final. Thank you to everyone who was able to support our Harvest Festival by: helping children learn their words, attending our assembly, contributing produce for our harvest parcels, or donating money towards the pupils’ chosen charity. The harvest display looked beautiful and we were able to divide the produce into 35 parcels, which were then distributed by older pupils to some of the elderly in the village. Very grateful thanks to Paula Clay for her help with producing the parcels and to the parents who helped deliver the parcels. All those who attended the assembly enjoyed the pupils’ singing and short presentations and we were pleased that pupils and staff from Giggleswick School Early Years were able to join us again this year. Earlier this week, we hosted a visit from the charity WaterAid and we were able to present them with a cheque for £100, most of it raised during our service. The WaterAid rep was thrilled with the cheque. Well done to everyone!

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