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News Updates for Settle and District


The first walks of the new year will take place on the weekend of 14 & 15 January. The walk on Saturday 14 will be a 12 mile moderately strenuous walk from Hellifield to Cracoe leaving Hellified at 9.40 and making use of a service bus from Cracoe to Skipton. On 15 January there will be a 12 mile moderately strenuous walk from Horton to Settle via the Ribble Way. This leaves Horton in Ribblesdale at 10.20am. 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


Age UK North Craven is looking for volunteers to help with a very specific task. Every Friday there is a luncheon club at St John’s and assistance is required to work in the kitchen to help to prepare, serve, wash up and tidy away after lunch. This work is done on a rota basis and is approximately once a month. If you could assist with this please contact 01729 823066.


A reminder that the Indoor Market can now be found every Tuesday in The Royal Oak from 9.00 through to mid-afternoon. There is a wide range of craft type goods on sale including hand made cards, aromatherapy oils and hand made creams, wooden plant pot holder, kanterns and candles and lots of gift ideas. All the money made from rentals on the Markets goes back into the town directly and helps to support the community.


The Settle Community Hub is open every Tuesday between 10-4 and every Friday from 12-5pm in Commercial Courtyard. It provides a drop in and information centre and can also help with room hire. For information contact 07977 040329 for details.


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall and a bric a brac stall with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource. All welcome


Yoga sessions have now recommenced at Settle Primary School and beginners are always welcome. The group meets on Mondays from 7.30–9pm and on Wednesdays from 7.30-9pm. For further details contact 07947 027188.


The next messy church will take place on 15 Jan at 3.30pm in St John’s Church Hall. This event is open to all and will include worship, activities, song and a time to share a hot meal together. There is no charge for the event although there will be an opportunity to donate towards the cost of craft materials.

Variety is certainly the spice of life at Victoria Hall in January with a programme which includes, music, poetry and wrestling! On Saturday 14th January star of Country Music television – Des Horsfall is back in Settle for a return visit. On 20 January Megaslam Wrestling, a Professional Wrestling organisation presenting our family entertainment events, comes to Settle with a show unlike any other. Then on 21 January Bill Adair and Pandora’s Handbag return to entertain in A Celebration of Burns. Complete with a [iper, songs, poetry, and a super supper of haggis, neeps and tatties the Burns Supper is an annual favourite. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


The group’s first meeting of the new year will take place on Monday 16 January at Townhead Court at 7.30pm when the theme will be “Night Photography”. This will take a look at working in the dark, including the practical aspects and some creative possibilities. The gallery will focus on the group’s exhibition at The Gallery on the Green, which opens on 15 January.


This year’s week of prayer for Christian Unity will run from Wed 18th – Wed 25th January and will include events in a number of different venues around the town. On Thursday19th there will be a Songs of Praise service at 6.30pm at Limestone View . On Sunday 22nd all denominations will come to together for a Service of Unity at 3.00pm at St Peter’s, Stainforth . On Tuesday 24th there will be a Meeting for Worship, 12.15 – 12.45pm at Friends’ Meeting House with a simple meal being served between 11.30 – 2pm at Settle Parish, with proceeds to Christian Aid


The gardening club will meet on 25 January at Townhead Court at 2pm and visitors are welcome, cost £3. The subject for January’s meeting is a talk by Les Chandlet or “Plants and insects in the Garden”.


At the end of the month St John’s is delighted to be welcoming Gillian Cummins, the former director of music at the abbey on Iona. Gillian will be leading a workshop on worship songs from the Iona community on January 28th at 4pm. This will be followed by tea and in the evening, at 7pm, there will be a “Big Sing” session. Both events are free and open to all. You are welcome to attend either event or both. All welcome. A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. The first Tuesday in the month is a charity coffee pot with donations to a charity nominated by that month’s organiser.


The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It addresses emotional, physical and mental well being and a series of 12 sessions will be taking place in Settle, commencing 10 February. Sessions will take place weekly at North Craven Children’s Centre (formerly Settle Middle School) . For details contact 0800 772.0845.


Gallery on the Green, housed in a former phone box, returns to its roots for the new exhibition which opens on January 14th. Mobiles, landlines, phone boxes, phone lines, puns and jokes and all sorts of pictures of telephones, real and imaginary form the basis of Settle Photographic Group’s exhibition.All the work is new and has been made at a scale that works in the tiniest of exhibition spaces that constitutes what is probably the world’s smallest art gallery. The exhibition opens on 14 January and runs 12 March.



The speaker was Pam Hickin, assisted by Jo Wulf, from Cave Rescue Organisation,  Pam spoke about the work of CRO which had the highest ever  number of call-outs in 2016.  She was thanked by Mary Hindle.  The winner of the Doris Robinson Memorial Bursary towards a course at Denman was Carol Wolk, with Sue Sellars first reserve.  Rosemary Crabtree won the competition for ‘an interesting stone’.The first meeting of the Knit & Natter Group is on Monday 6th February, 2pm at Mary Hindle’s.  Bring along your current project for tea, biscuits and a natter.  Members have also offered to teach crochet and tatting. There will be another Craft Workshop Day on Wednesday 26th April in the Catholic Church Hall with 2 options:  A full day Wire Sculpture workshop with Linda Hoyle, making a wire sculpture hare.  Cost £40 which includes all materials.  Or 2 x half days of Needlefelting with Sue Amphlett.  £20 per half day includes all materials.  Contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145) to book.The next meeting is on Wednesday 1st February, 2pm in St Johns Church Hall when the speaker will be Paul Kelly talking about ‘Fracking – what is it all about?’.  There will also be a raffle.  Visitors are very welcome – admission £3.


Eileen and John Edwards would like to thank everyone in Settle and surrounding areas who supported them in their fundraising for Guide Dogs for the Blind during 2016. It has been another successful year for us and every penny raised goes towards helping blind and partially sighted people to become independent and to have the same opportunities as others.   Thank you one and all, no matter how you supported us

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