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Settle and Area News – This week


You are invited to come along to take part in Settle’s own Harlem Shake on 17 March, assembling in Settle Primary School playground at 1.30pm. The idea is to have fun and raise the profile of Settle by creating our own video. To take part simply turn up and put a donation in the bucket for the local cave rescue team. Bring fancy  dress, props, silly hats – anything you want! Encourage your family to come along too – even if they don’t want to take part they can video it and then email us the footage to create a mash up. All locations will be in walking distance, so you don’t need to drive. Just come along and have fun.  All ages welcome! More details at /



Stalls are currently available for an all-sorts market weekend to take place at Victoria Hall on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday between 9.30 and 4pm.  For details contact 01729 823867. There will be refreshments served throughout the day.



On the annual Learn to Play day music shops nationally open their doors to offer a free lesson on a variety of instruments. Settle Music will again be taking part in this event on March 16. The lessons are aimed at people who have never played but would like to have a go or who used to play and are considering taking it up again.  Teachers have been arranged to cover violin, viola, cello, keyboard/piano, drums, ukulele and guitar  to date and it is hoped to add more in the intervening time. There will also be suppliers in store with new instruments to try out as well as entertainment, a prize draw (with a Brunswick Concert Ukulele as the top prize) and goody-bags/discount vouchers.  So if you’ve ever wanted to have a go or used to play and would like to start again get in touch with Settle Music to book your slot – via email, via the telephone 01729 825838 (or 07880 783783 with voicemail) or call into the shop.


Singer, comedian and poet, Richard Digance brings his one man show to Victoria Hall on Friday, 15 March. On 16 march there will be a concert by Folk legend Tom McConville and his band. The month is rounded off with the launch of the tour of “Lad, a Yorkshire Story”, which was filmed in and around Settle. The director and members of the cast will be present for a short introduction and discussion session before the film.  For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


The annual Scout Rail exhibition will take place on 16 March at Settle Primary School between 10am – 5pm. There will be a range of working layouts and refreshments will be available all day. The event is supported by Hornby and JDM Models. Admission is £2.50 for adults, £1 for children and free to scout members in uniform.


The orchestra’s spring concerts will take place at Settle Parish Church on 16 March and on 23 March at Christ Church, Skipton. Both concerts will commence at 7.30pm and the guest conductor for the spring 2013 season will be Howard Loriman..  The programmer will include works by Mozart, Grieg and Dvorak and will feature soloist Chris Halliwell. Advance tickets cost £9 and are available via the orchestra website ( or in Skipton via Alley Books and Skipton Camera Centre Skipton; Cave and Crag and Settle Music in Settle, High Bentham Post office and Clitheroe Music. 


The next group meeting will take place on March 18th. The theme for the gallery at this meeting is “March” and members are reminded that there will again be the opportunity to submit two pictures to the gallery. The meeting will take place at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome. Cost £3.


At the Annual General Meeting on 6 March Joy Calvert was unanimously re-elected as President. Mavis Stanley and Di Rees were presented with flowers in thanks for their service on the committee, and Susan Gavaghan and Rosemary Crabtree were elected as new committee members.There followed a discussion on the Great Food Debate, the new NFWI campaign, and members’ views and ideas were sought.  The Lunch Group will be at The Maypole, Long Preston, on Wednesday 20 March catching the 11.30 am bus from Settle Market Place. The Walking Group will catch the 9.30 am bus from Settle Market Place on Thursday 21 March  to walk from Kildwick-Addingham along the towpath and Millennium Way. For more details contact Pat Whitton. The Art Group will meet on Tuesdays at 2 pm in The Friends Meeting House. There will be a Craft Day on Wednesday 29 May at St John’s Church Hall with two sessions: 9 am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm. Choose from Beading, Book making, Quilting and Crochet, and bring a packed lunch. The cost for the day is £15 including materials. 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. Closing date 1 May. Bookings are now being taken for “2 cooks, 4 seasons” on Wednesday, 27 March, at Long Preston, and for “An Evening with Pam Rhodes” on Tuesday, 21 May, at  the Richard Whiteley Theatre.  The next meeting is on Wednesday 3 April, Settle W.I.’s 24th birthday, when Di Rees will give a talk entitled My Olympic Experience. The competition will be for an Easter bonnet.


The annual Ram-Jam Dales Jam will take place on 23 March at Victoria Hall at 7.30pm and offers a chance to see the hottest jazz around. Richard Omerod will lead young Craven musicians in a range of numbers old and new in a programme which will feature  guest trumpeter Claude Deppa. Tickets £8 (£4 concessions) from Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are holding a dance night at Settle College on 23 March when the music will be provided by Blackpool Tower Organist, John Bowdler. Tickets  cost £7.50, including supper and are available from 01729 824038 / 822364. Please note venue is the former middle school hall and not the main school hall.


The next messy church session will be on March 24 at St John’s Hall between 3.30-5.30pm. This is a fun, free event and is open to all ages in order to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy being together, making things together, celebrating together and enjoying a hot meal together.  There will be an opportunity to make a donation towards the cost of craft materials and catering costs.


The Folly re-opens on March 26 and along with the exhibition “Victoria Cave Revisited” will stage  ‘Climb up to the Moor’ featuring paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nicholls. Their work explores moorland life through the seasons, highlighting the fragility of the landscape and raising awareness of the importance of moorland conservation. there will also be a film presentation of one piece of bog as it changes through the seasons. An intriguing aspect of the exhibition will be the ‘Ground Cover’ installation inspired by the moorland floor, to which visitors will be encouraged to add their own contributions. Signed copies of prints and of the book which accompanies the exhibition will be available for sale.



There is still just time to buy your tickets for Settle Golf Club grand draw, which will take place on 24 March. The star prize is a year’s free membership.  Tickets are available via 01729 825340 and 01729 8233593.


The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27 March at 2pm at Townhead Court. The speaker will be garden designer  Margaret Wildman and the subject will be “Designing a Garden with the Environment in Mind Admission £3 for non-members



There will be a coffee morning on March 16 between 10am and noon in the parish rooms in aid of St Alkelda’s church funds.  There will be a cake stall and a bring and buy stall. All welcome.


On March 17th there will be a showing of “Quartet” as part of the community cinema programme. This will commence at 3.30pm and tickets cost £4.90 via the box office on 01729 893180.


Congratulations to Caitie Birkett-Bentley, who recently participated in The North West Area Accordion Championships in Liverpool and was placed 1st & 2nd in her classes.  As well as welcoming mums and grandmothers into school to celebrate Mother’s Day, pupils have also been taking part in activities connected with World Maths day and planning fund raising activities for Red Nose Day.

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