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News January 20th


Channel 4 TV Programme “Restoration Man” will again visit the Settle Water Tower project to follow up on the work which has been done at the tower and the reconstruction of an original navvies’ shed in the grounds of the tower. The programme will be shown at 9pm on Channel 4 on 31 January.


There will be a blood donor session at St John’s Hall on 24 January. There are two sessions, the first running from 2.30-4pm and the second from 5-7.30pm. To make an appointment please contact 0300 123 23 23


The new exhibition at the Gallery on the Green will feature the work of local retired teacher, Chris Newson, and demonstrate her newly learned skill in Chinese brush painting. This collection of captivating small scale paintings feature plants, flowers and animals in the traditional Chinese style and are produced using original techniques and materials. The exhibition has been prepared especially for the Gallery on the Green, with small scale postcard sized paintings to suit the intimate phone box setting.Chris (who formerly taught in Settle) retired in 2008 from a successful 30 years in education and has a new life involving some work as a Consultant Head, lots of world travelling with her husband and time to enjoy life. She runs courses on retirement planning and doesn’t know how she ever found time to go to work. She is a committed lifelong learner and is humbled to be called a local artist. Using her time, creative energy and enthusiasm in trying a number of arts and craft skills she found success with Chinese brush painting. She learns from professionals at the Yorkshire Chinese Brush painting group and is now a member of the National Association.  She is honoured to have worked with Swee Tan Caseley, Kaili Fu, Eric Ng and many other experienced teachers including Anne Allen who first encouraged her. Chris regards herself as  still a “learner” after almost 2 years. She  has developed a range of skills and has built on her existing IT  awareness to include cloud technology (drop box),using digital camera and images on “picasa”, scanners, laminators and printers in abundance. Chris has  also brush painted with Aireview Infant school relearning how to  work 4 year olds and some of their work is included in the exhibition. The exhibition opens on 26th January 2013 and runs until 23rd March 2013. An exciting programme of events for the remainder of 2013 is now planned and can be seen on the website (


Events to mark the week of prayer for Christian Unity continue in Settle a service of prayer for the year ahead at St John’s Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Friday, 25 January. On Saturday 26th at 7.30pm there will be a Barn-dance in St John’s Hall.


The first craft workshop session of the year will take place on 26 January at Friends Meeting House between 10am and noon.  The session will focus on creating marbled papers. The session cost £10, including the cost of basic materials as well as coffee and biscuits. To reserve a place contact  01729 823434/824386 (evenings only).


On 26 January there will be a barn dance at St John’s Hall, commencing at 7pm. This will feature Bill Johnston as caller/accordionist.  Food will be served (veggie option is available) and tickets cost £7/£1. Please book ahead for this event to assist with catering: contact 01729 822311.


St John’s Church is the venue for a Holocaust Memorial Workshop on 27 January.  This will run from 2-3.30pm and will be led by Rev Steven Normanton and based on his experiences during his recent trip to the International School of Holocaust Studies in Israel.


Following the cancellation of their coffee morning on 19 January, due to bad weather, Bentham and District Pet Rescue now invite you to join them instead at Townhead Court for a coffee morning on Saturday, 2 February between 10am and noon. Admission is £1, including coffee and biscuits. There will also be a raffle and tombola as well as cakes, bric a brac and books on sale.


The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on Saturday, 2 February, commencing at 7.30pm.  This will begin with line dancing between 7.30-8pm.  To book please contact Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038 by 31 January. All proceeds will go to Settle Parish Church appeal.


Friends Meeting House will host a talk on the benefits of effortless meditation on 5 February. This will run from 6.30-7.30 and is free and open to all. For those who express an interest there will be a five week follow-up course available. For further details contact 015242 41377.


Katie Shepherd will give a talk providing “An Introduction to Permaculture” on 6 February at The Beehive Cafe. The word ‘permaculture’ comes from ‘permanent agriculture‘ and ‘permanent culture‘ and is about examining ways of living lightly on the planet, to ensure sure that  it is possible sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature. The talk will run from 6.30-8.30 and tickets cost £10, including refreshments. For further details contact 01729 825103.


The annual Merry Go Round will take place on Friday 15th February 2013 and will involve a number of local pubs and restaurants. The cost will be £18.50 for a 3 course meal and the evening will start start at 7pm in Giggleswick Dining Hall . This fun event  provides participants with a good meal out as well as providing extra trade for the local pubs and raises funds for  charities.  The restaurants taking part this year are:  The Lion, The Maypole, Talbot Arms, Ravenous, Boars Head, Gamecock, Craven Heifer, Craven Arms, Harts Head and The Plough. The charities that are being supported this year are: Settle Swimming Pool, Air Ambulance and Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals feeds children in in the third world a hot meal at school for only £10.70 for a whole school year, meaning that they go to school, get an education and so hopefully a job, and so become self-sufficient and not reliant on aid. Tickets can be booked via David Blackburne by contacting


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are delighted to announce that they have again secured the services of Blackpool Tower Organist, John Bowdler, for a return visit to  play for a dance at Settle College on 23rd .Please note this event will take place in the lower school (formerly Settle Middle School) hall and so tickets are limited, therefore advance booking is essential.  Tickets cost £7.50, including supper and are available from 01729 824038 / 822364.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday 6 February at 2 pm when the speaker will be Bob Pickersgill whose subject is A Story of the Saxophone. The competition is for a Winter Photograph.


Settle and Giggleswick Mothers’ Union invite you to come along and join them for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday,  12 February 2013  at Settle Parish Church. The Mothers’ Union will be serving coffee, tea plus Pancakes and fillings from 10am onwards. Scones etc will also be available. The proceeds will go towards Mothers’ Union fund-raising for their ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ appeal.


Settle Parish Church will mark Snowdrop Sunday on 17 February and invite you to come along and join them from 12 noon till 4pm to view the array of snowdrops around the churchyard and enjoy homemade soup and rolls, cakes and scones . Hopefully the snowdrops will be in full bloom not hidden under snow and the sun will shine!



Settle Town Council invite applications for tender for grass Cutting & Grounds Maintenance at its play areas and at other sites for which

it is responsible. It further invites applications for tender for

Handyman/Caretaking duties. Further information on both is available upon request from the clerk, Settle Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Settle BD24 9EJ (telephone 01729 823617  ). The Town Council also a require a part-time market superintendent on Tuesdays. The hours for this post are negotiable and a full job description is available upon request from the address above and written applications should also  be sent to the Town Clerk. The closing date for both this post and for the outlined tenders is 28 February, 2013.


Acoustic duo Joe Gallager and Ann Moore will be performing at Cafe Bar Thirteen on Friday, 25 January from 9pm onwards. This is a free event, all welcome.



How much is beauty worth and what will people pay for an air-guitar on eBay? The answer to these and other urgent questions will be found on Thursday, 7 February when Daniel Bye  presents his performance lecture “The Price of Everything” at 7.30pm. The piece examines our ideas about value and presents a tour of bizarre facts and passionate arguments in a comic and thought provoking manner to answer the question about the difference between the price of an object and its actual value. Tickets cost £10 via 01729 893180.

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