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Settle and Area News 5th May 2013


Gallery on the Green in collaboration with Victoria Hall present a return of the popular foodie format, “Take 3 Chefs” at Victoria Hall on 30 May.  There will be cookery demos from the 3 chefs using locally sourced ingredients, as well as  other local food producers offering tasters and showcasing their special products. Food writer and photographer Joan Ransley will be presenting food and ingredients to compliment her ‘Yorkshire Food and Yorkshire People’ exhibition at The Gallery on the Green (18th May to 6th July). Joan is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and is a regular contributor to The Yorkshire Post. Celebrity chef  and Deliciously Yorkshire Champion, Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park in Harrogate  will also be present. Stephanie attended Settle College and Craven College before training under Anton Mosimann at The Dorchester. She is a regular on BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’. The third member of the team is Mathew Birtwhistle, from The Plough Inn , Wigglesworth, where he specialises in introducing local produce onto the menu. Tickets cost £10 from Victoria Hall box office 01729 825718. The event commences at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm


On May 10 local storyteller and mastermind behind Settle Storytelling Festival will entertain with “Memories of an Indian Childhood” at a special evening of fundraising for Victoria Hall. Born in Bombay, India the journey includes tales of her large family, neighbourhood friends, childhood bullies, stubborn hairdos and long train journeys as well as the tale of her family’s exodus at the start of World War II and later the Indian Emergency. Irish Country singer, Shawn Cuddy, takes to the stage with his band on 17 May. This event is promoted by the Friends of Settle Victoria Hall, with all profits going directly into Hall funds. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


The society invite you to come along and join them for coffee in the Old Court House on Station Road on May 11th. Coffee will be served from 10-12.30pm. Coffee mornings will also take place on 25 May, 8 and 22nd June.


North Craven Strollers programme of walks provides regular, free and gentle walks in the local area. The group meets in Settle every Wednesday at 1.30pm from the Millennium Garden in Settle. The exercise is aimed at people who would like to meet others or maybe are getting over surgery, as well as carers having chance for a couple of hours off. Walks are open to all and walkers only need a pair of good walking shoes or boots and weather protection. On 15 May there will be a walk around the Ribblehead area, transport is by way of shared vehicles.  More information from or contact 01729 824537.


A coffee morning will be held on Saturday, 11 May at Friends Meeting House from 10am to 12 noon, in aid of the Settle and District Blind Group. There will also be a cake stall and a book sale. All are welcome.


There will be a house to house collection in aid of Christian Aid week throughout the week of 12-18 May. Anyone who is able to assist with collecting is asked to contact Sally Waterson on 01729 822311. There will also be a coffee evening at the Catholic Church Hall on 15 May between 7-8.30, admission £1. There will be a bric-a-brac stall, bring and buy stall, cake stall and plant stall at this event. Anyone with donations to the stalls is asked to bring them along on the evening. On Friday 17 May there will be afternoon tea and scones served at Friends Meeting House between 3-5pm.


The Friends of Settle and District Swimming Pool will be holding their AGM on 17 May at 7.30pm.  This will take place at Friends Meeting House and all are welcome.


In addition to the current exhibitions of Victoria Cave Revisited and Climb up to the Moor: an exhibition of paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nichols there will be an opportunity on 18th May to hear Judith Bromley w talk about how the current exhibition of paintings was created. This will be followed by a workshop for all ages on the 30th May, 11am to 4pm when people can add to the moorland floor installation. For details contact (015242) 51388 or (01729) 822 361


The 5th Settle Saunter arranged by Settle Rotary Club will take place on 18 May and starts and finishes at Victoria Hall.  This charity event has courses for all abilities, an 8 mile, 10 mile, 15 mile and 26 mile and they can be run or walked.  There are refreshments at the checkpoints and a hot meal at the end of the day.  Entry is £10 (£6 concessions) with certificates and badges for all successful finishers. The 26 mile route is restricted to ages 18+. Juniors aged 16 or under on the day of the event must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. For further details and entry forms contact 01729 830299 or go to


Come along to Settle’s own version of the Antiques Roadshow – dust down those treasures, objets d’art, family heirlooms and bring them to Settle Parish Church’s ‘Valuation Day’ on Saturday 18 May from 10am till 4pm.  Meet an expert from Walton & Walton, the Burnley auctioneers.  There is a £1.00 charge for each item presented for valuation with no obligation to sell but if you do decide to sell then Walton & Walton have agreed that Settle Parish Church will receive a small percentage from each item sold at their auction rooms. There’ll be bacon butties available too – now NOT even Fiona Bruce & Co can match that!


The next big breakfast will take place at Friend’s Meeting House on Saturday 18 May 2013, 8.30am. The Guest speaker will be Jane Turtle, who will speak about a new initiative which is aimed at preventing people from sleeping rough, called Streetlink. Space is limited. Book early to avoid disappointment. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost £3.00. Contact 01729 825285 to book your place at the Settle Big Breakfast


Churches Together in Settle and District are holding a barbecue in the Millennium Garden on 19 May at 1.30pm to mark Pentecost. This will be followed by a Pentecost celebration service at 2.30pm. The event will be transferred to St John’s Hall if the weather is inclement.


The next meeting will take place at Townnhead Court at 7.30pm on 20 May. The speaker will be artist Sue Deighton on the topic of “The WOW! Factor”.  Non-members welcome, admission £3.



At the May meeting President Joy Calvert presented this year’s W.I. Resolution in support of our local high streets and local food producers, and the meeting voted for the Resolution to go forward. This was followed by a Beetle Drive and tea. Sandra Fox told the members about her recent highly enjoyable course on the Arts and Crafts Movement at the W.I.’s Denman College.  The Lunch Group will meet at The Bistro, Skipton, on Wednesday 15 May (11.30 am bus from Settle Market Place). The summer outing will take place on Saturday 22 June with a visit to Salford Quays and a tour of the BBC’s new base. The cost is £25 and the trip is open to family and friends. The next meeting is on Wednesday, 5 June, when Hanneke Dye will give a talk entitled Born a Hidden Child. The competition will be be for a photograph of a child.



On 15 May there will be a performance of “Grit” by Tortoise in a Nutshell. This quartet of tales is told using a wide range of theatrical techniques blending puppetry, projection and object manipulation to create an intimate and engaging piece of visual theatre.  Inspired by real-life accounts of child soldiers, war correspondents and the families torn apart through armed conflict, Grit explores the experience of lost children, lost childhood and the crushing effects of being raised at war.   Tickets cost £10 from the box office. Please note that on 19 May there will be a showing of “Les Miserables” at 3.30pm. Details from the box office on 01729 893180.

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