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Settle and Area News and Snippets – Sept. 26th


There  are  two walks scheduled this weekend, both for Saturday, 1st October. The first is a 15mile strenuous circular walk from Kirkby Stephen taking in Stenkrith Bridge – Long Rigg – Howgill Syke – Heggerscales – River Belah – Belah Bridge – Winton – Wingill – Franks Bridge – Bollam Bridge – Halfpenny House. This leaves Kirkby Stephen at  10.34.  The second is an eleven mile moderate walk in the Garsdale valley. This leaves Garsdale at 10.21 and  returns to  Dent.  This makes use of a Service bus from Sedbergh to Dent and due to the limited bus capacity it is essential to  ring 01274 594668 to book a place. 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


The current exhibition at the gallery is entitled “Who Will Survive This?”  This is a new departure for the gallery and takes the form of an  installation by photographer Mike Kilyon and poet Sue Vickerman


Settle College Open Day will take place on 29 September. During the day the school will host visitors from the local primary schools and then between 6-8pm there will be an open evening for parents and prospective parents with a talk by the Principal at 6.30pm.


On 30 September, The Royal Oak is hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses. This will run from 10 onwards and there will also be a number of table top stalls. All welcome.


There is a vast array of events over the coming weeks Victoria Hall catering for a wide range of tastes. There is a distinct Latin feel on September 29th when the hall stages Duende. This is a unique and compelling concert by Keith James featuring the surreal, haunting and exotic poetry of Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende and Federico Garcia Lorca. performed as passionate songs and set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery classical guitar arrangements. This concert is sung both in English and Spanish and mostly features the Classical and Flamenco guitar. On September 30th you are invited to join The Last Train to Skaville. The fabulous 9 piece line up Last Train to Skaville plays all the hits from the original Jamaican Ska of the 60s through to the 2 Tone rebirth from the 70s and 80s, including the music of Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, to name but a few. The musicians in the band have their roots in Jazz and are very much at home locking in a skanking groove and also displaying their musical virtuosity.Last Train to Skaville is more than just a collection of songs as it introduces some of the stories behind the music and audience participation is encouraged, whether singing along or joining in the dancing as we head out into the crowd.

On October 1st Northern Ireland’s blues darling, Kaz Hawkins takes to the stage with her “band o’ men” while First Sunday Folk on October 2 features Will Pound and Eddie Jay. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


Settle Town Hall is holding an open day on 30 September between 2-7.30pm. During the course of the day there will be a range of events offered by the various businesses and organisations who are housed in the building. There will also be a wine tasting safari around the premises, sponsored by  Booths, from 5.30pm onwards. This is the first time that an event of this type has taken place since the renovation of the  Grade ll listed building by Marshall Taylor Properties in 2011. This will offer a unique opportunity to visit this exclusive destination. Visitors will enjoy a series of complementary workshops and talks during the afternoon aimed at giving  will give visitors a glimpse behind the scenes at the different firms


Age Uk is holding an open morning on Friday 30 September at the Friday Club in St John’s Hall between 10-noon. The idea is to provide an opportunity to find out more about the work Age UK is doing in this area. You will be able to share light refreshments, pick up a copy of the annual report and generally find out more about the range of services available in the area.


On October 1st the choir invites you to come along and join them for “Hallelujah”  a “come and sing” afternoon and concert at St John’s Methodist Church, Settle. The programme will be very varied including everything from songs from the musicals through to Mozart. Admission is £5 for both singers and audience and the rehearsal period is from 3-5pm with a performance at 7pm. All are welcome.


There will be an all sorts market, organised by Friends of Victoria Hall, on 1 October. Stalls are availabe via 01729 825718 and refreshments will be served all day.


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall in Settle on October 1st. It will run between 8-11pm and all proceeds will be to The Rosemere Cancer Centre. If possible please contact the organisers on 01729 823259/824038 by Friday September 30th to confirm attendance.


St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10-noon. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. On October 4th the coffee pot is a charity event in aid of Macmillan nurses. As of June 2013, there were 3,942 Macmillan nurse posts across the UK, both in hospitals and in the community. They are all experienced nurses with particular skills in relation to cancer and palliative care and not only assist patients themselves but play a vital role in supporting families during a difficult time, helping both the patient and their family to understand the treatment options available and assessing the complex needs created by the ongoing situation.


In conjunction with Yorkshire Film Archive, Settle Stories invite you to a film night on 5 October at Victoria Hall when there will be a showing of archive film footage footage revealing rural North Yorkshire at its very best, including films of Settle itself. Settle on Film is part of the Yorkshire Film Archives, Moving North: Rural touring programme of archive screenings and events in communities across Yorkshire, the North East and Cumbria, delivered by Yorkshire Film Archive as part of the BFI’s UK wide Britain on Film project and during this  session of amazing mix of archive footage  there will be the opportunity to discover more  about the people, places, major events, and everyday life in our region captured on film over the past 100 years. Who knows, you might spot some familiar faces, or maybe even yourself, as we reveal fascinating footage from across the decades. This event commences at 7pm and tickets cost £6.50.


Tickets are now on sale for this  year’s production by Settle Amateur Operatic Society. “The Likes of Us” , the first ever collaboration by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice is an appropriate choice for 2016 as this story tells the true tale of philanthropist, Thomas John Barnardo who founded homes for destitute children, and 2016 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the homes. Although the tunes may not be familiar they are very memorable and undoubtedly the audience will leave singing and many are suggestive of the great hits which followed in the duo’s later work. Tickets are on sale for the show via Victoria Hall during office hours or by phone on 01729 825718.. The show will be staged every evening between 26-29 October at 7.30pm at Victoria Hall with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. There are group and family tickets available.


The Ladies’ Badminton group meets on Wednesday evenings at Settle College throughout term time between 7.30-9pm. The group is a mixed ability group and beginners are always welcome. For further details contact 01729 824249/840601.


On Wednesday, 5th October the group will hold its regular Eco Nite meeting at 7pm at The Royal Oak. This is a very informal meeting relating to all things Eco and all are welcome.  On Saturday 8 October there will be a Give and Take day at Victoria Hall between 9.30-2.30. This is an opportunity to give away any unwanted items, in good condition and take away any items which are of interest to you, thus recycling items and cutting down on waste going to landfill.  Unfortunately shoes and clothes cannot be accepted. There will be a table available to display pictures of larger items and the last time for checking in items is 1.30pm. Traders are reminded that this is not suitable for them and is only for private individuals. There will also be a Seed Swap at this event. For further information contact 01729 822669.


On 6 October at 7.30pm Settle Sessions invites you to join them celebrating National Poetry day at Victoria Hall. There will be poems by Michael McCarthy and John Killick as well as poetry by children in North Craven Schools. As well as a programme of great poems from leading poets and local children, the winners of our National and Children’s competitions winners will also read their work, along with the winner of The Craven Funniest Poem competition. From established poets and writers in the UK to new and emerging ones, the evening will  bring a wide range of styles and voices for everyone to enjoy — from the classics, contemporary and popular, to inspiring and haunting, funny and poignant.


This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and the Craven and the First World War project are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across Craven.. On October 7th this will be shown at Victoria Hall. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme .The film lasts 70 minutes and is free to attend, but pre-booking to guarantee your seat is advisable.. Doors open at 6.45 with film being shown at 7.30pm.


Inspired by a project seen on a trip to Scotland by a member, the crafty knitters of Settle have produced accurate knitted replicas of some of the town’s most recognisable buildings. These will be on display at a launch event on at Friends Meeting House on October 8 between 10-4.30pm.  There will be refreshments available all day and it is hoped that others will be inspired to join in the project and help to create a knitted replica of the town.


Advance notice that Emily Knight will be holding enamelling and silver-smithing sessions in her workshop below the town hall starting in October. Places are limited on these courses to ensure that there can be 1-1 tuition,  so booking is essential.  The first course commences on October 11th and runs for 4 weeks to 1 November. There will be a second course later in the year. The cost is £70 for the four sessions. There will be a daytime option which will run from 10-12.30pm or an evening option from 7-9.30pm. For further details contact Emily on 01729 268 150.


On Tuesday, 4th October there will be a stall in aid of  Guide Dogs for the Blind at Settle Market to coincide with Guide Dog Week from 1st to 9th October.  The stall will be selling Christmas cards, stationery, gifts etc. with lots of ideas for presents. There will also be a stall at Limestone View in the foyer, later in the month on 11 October selling similar items suitable for all ages


The church invites you to share in a harvest supper on 21 October. There will be home cooked pies (vegetarian option available)  and dessert as well as entertainment in the form of a quiz and a beetle drive.  Please feel free to bring along your own drink. The event commences at 6.30pm and tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for children or £12 for a family ticket.


Booking is underway for a number of trips this year and next. Please be aware that advance booking is essential as theatres do sell out quickly. There are still seats available for the production at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick of “Dial M for Murder”. This will take place on Wednesday 2nd November, leaving Settle Cricket Club at 9.30am. This trip will cost £30 per person, including transport and Further ahead, but already booking, on Wednesday 29 March 2017, Matthew Bourne’s  ballet, “The Red Shoes” at The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. Price £42.00 per person. The closing date for booking is 31st October.  Also coming up, in March 2018 “War Horse”  will be returning to the Alhambra and expressions of interest are required to arrange booking tickets. This will take place on 7th March 2018 with 7th March 2017 as the closing date for bookings. The price for this trip will be £60.  For more details contact Michael Cullingworth 01729823978


Settle WI are planning two events which are open to both members and non-members. On Wednesday, November 9 at Catholic Church Hall there will be a Craft Workshop Day. There will be 2 sessions: 9.30 – 12 noon & 1pm – 3.30.  Each session costs £20 and includes all materials. Wire sculptor Linda Hoyle will be doing ‘An Introduction to Wirework’ demonstrating the necessary skills to create animals, trees & larger wire sculptures by making a display of copper flowers.  Linda’s work is currently on sale in Settle Tourist Information Centre if you want to see what can be achieved. In addition, Sue Amphlett will be teaching Needlefelting in the morning with a choice of making an enchanting baby hare or a festive Christmas reindeer, and in the afternoon she will run a session demonstrating the skills for Folded Ribbon Eggs and how to use these to make a Christmas tree bauble.Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying for both sessions. On Wednesday 16 November the group  are  running their annual shopping trip  This year we are returning to York.  Leaving Settle at 9am on a Bibbys coach, we can pick up in Long Preston, Hellifield & Gargrave.  The cost is £15. To book please contact Sue Sellars (01729 825143)  email:


U3A have arranged two consecutive open talks which are accessible to all on the subject of Autism. These will take place on Thursday 17  & 24 November and booking is essential for both talks. It is advisable to attend both sessions. Given by Phoebe Caldwell, a noted practitioner and author on this topic, the talks will examine how to engage with children and adults on the autism spectrum. Each session costs £5 and will run from 10-12.30 at Friends Meeting House.



The first in the new season of “Big Breakfast” talks takes place on Saturday, 15 October at 8.30am in the Church hall of St Mary and Michael’s church on Kirkgate.  Tea / coffee are available from 8.15am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. The speaker this month is Sheila Mason. Sheila is a ‘lady farmer’ at Keasden Head, Clapham – a traditional, upland, Dales farm – offering a mix of habitats and landscapes set against the backdrop of Ingleborough. Everyone welcome, please book your places by Thurs 13 Oct to enjoy a  ‘Full English’ . Cost is  £3. Contact  01729 825285 / email: to book your place



This year the school will be staging the school edition of Les Miserables from 30 November – 3 December. Tickets for this production are now on sale and expected to sell quickly. A stunning re-imagining of Christopher Marlowe’s “Dr Faustus” is brought to the stage on 7 October by Theatrical Niche Ltd. This study of the cost of greatness features  exquisite Puppetry, physical theatre and circus artistry in a visceral and physical re-imagining of the classic Elizabethan drama. Details of tickets available from 01729 893180 or via


The Junior School is hosting an open morning on 8 October. To book a visit contact 01729 893000.


There is still time to show your support for Giggleswick Gardening Group. The group, which meets  in the grounds of St Alkelda’s on Mondays at 2.00 and at other times applied to Skipton Building Society, as part of their national competition ‘Grassroots Giving’ and has now been shortlisted from over 700 applicants nationally. They are now one of the 108  shortlisted applicants in the North West. However, in order to progress and win the £500 prize towards purchasing essential equipment to carry out our volunteering work in the village they need as many people as possible to vote for them before October 14th. You can vote in person by visiting  Skipton Building Society, in Settle to register your vote or go on line at

>successful short listed groups North West> No 36 ‘Giggleswick Gardening Group’ and register a vote for the group.  Many thanks for your support for this project.

Euan and Tom shine in outdoor events of physical endurance
Euan Brennan, 15, who attends Giggleswick School near Settle has finished fourth in the U17 Boys GB & Ireland Mountain Championships. The championship took place on Saturday 17 September and was organised by England Athletics. The race was entirely uphill and is a great boost for the fell runner, who hopes to be selected for the England Team.

Euan began trail running with his dad at the age of six and has since progressed to fell running, making the journey to Leeds Beckett University twice a week to train on the track, then training outside at home twice a week and once a week during Games at his school.
Euan was one of only two club runners competing and decided to participate in the championship despite missing out on team selection when he could not make the England trials. He said of the result
I just felt relief when I got to the top because all those months of training had paid off. I will keep training now and hope to be representing England in the under 17s next year.

Dan Cook, Head of Sport said of Euan’s achievement

“Euan has shown real commitment to his sport, to race against international athletes and come fourth is a tremendous effort. I look forward to seeing him progress in the coming months.”
There was further success for Tom Renwick, 17, another Giggleswick School pupil who competed in the Three Peaks Cyclo – Cross event – cross country racing on bicycles. The race attracts over 600 competitors from all over the country and is widely regarded as the toughest Cyclo – Cross event in the world. Riders race over the three Yorkshire peaks on road bikes with drop handlebars, skinny tyres and no suspension for 40 miles with 6000 feet of climbing, carrying bikes on shoulders when the ground is too steep to ride. Tom came in the top half of competitors and completed the course in 4:27.

Tom said of his experience
I’m really pleased with my result especially as it was my first Cyclo – Cross. I’ve been training really hard since signing up in June – living in Austwick and going to school in Giggleswick means there are plenty of great locations to train at. I can’t wait to sign up for another one.

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