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Settle and Area News Updates September


This week there are two guided railway walks taking place. The first is on Saturday 16 September to Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar viewpoint. This is a 12 mile moderately strenuous walk and does not require scrambling in order to reach the viewpoint.  The walk sets off from Settle at 9.50 and makes use of a service bus from Malham to Skipton (fare payable) at the conclusion of the walk. On Sunday 17 September there is an 11 mile moderately strenuous   Geology Walk across the Pennine Fault . This leaves Appleby at 11.08 and concludes at Appleby.  All participants in railway walks 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. 


The AGM will take place at Victoria Hall today,  14 September at 11am. This will be preceded by refreshments from 10am.



 Following the unexpected and sudden closure of Castleberg Hospital and the cancellation of the public meetings during the election campaign, a series of drop in events have been arranged to allow members of the public to find out more about proposed plans and to have their say. The events in Settle have concluded, however  there is still an opportunity for those who were unable to attend to ensure their views are heard at an event at Bentham Golf Club in Robin Lane, on Friday September 15 between 11am and 1pm.  Alternatively you can register your wish to receive information about the engagement and future consultation by: emailing or completing the form at:


Tickets are now on sale for this year’s production, ‘Anything Goes’ to be staged October 25th to 28th at Victoria Hall. Tickets can be purchased ‘on line’ as well as being available from the hall either by phone or in person during normal office hours.



On September 14th the Comedy Club returns to Settle with stand up by Phil Nichol , Dave Thompson and Tony Vino. On September 15 there is music from Slack Alice, featuring Des Horsfall, Des Horsfall returns to Settle on 22nd with his new band Grain Electric. On 23rd the West Yorkshire Savoyards return for their annual performance, this year’s production “The Sorcerer” is a delightful comic opera from the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership, which takes a satirical look at the class distinction which existed in Victorian time. On 28th September Charlie Wood and Jacqui Dankworth present an intimate evening of the songs of Duke Ellington and other classic songs. The month draws to an end with an unusual production “The Last Supper”. Supported by Rural ArtsThe Last Supper is a performance piece where we invite our audience to dinner, to eat and drink with us while we speak and then eat the last words of the famous, the infamous, the not so famous, criminals, victims, heroes, heroines and stars. With real scenarios, invented scenarios, scenarios in the future, scenarios from the past, The Last Supper is part performance, part meal, made up of half- remembered words and the forgotten last requests of inmates on death row. Each audience member is given a table number, their case number, their incident number. Thirteen of these are last suppersFor details and tickets contact 01729 825718


 A reminder that Victoria Hall is now serving for coffee and refreshments on Tuesdays to help raise funds to support this valuable community resource. There are also a number of fund raising stalls selling books, jewellery, soft toys, CDs and household paraphernalia and general all sorts!  Feel free to drop in and browse to hunt out bargains galore. There is also an option for local charities to run a fund raising stall, for details contact 01729 825718. 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.   


 Additional volunteers are required to assist with the recycling activities which provide funding for the local pool.  This is relatively strenuous as it involves breaking down cardboard boxes and lifting loads of paper but it is a task which can be shared and many hands make light work! At present volunteers work 3 hours shifts and you can give as much time as you wish. Shifts operate on Monday- Friday from 9-12 and from 2-5 and on Saturday from 9-12. If you feel you could assist then please contact 01729  824588 for details.



Settle Voices Community Choir has recommenced for the new term and meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday, afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. New members are welcome. For more information visit the website at or phone 01729 823777.



 The next Messy Church will take place on 17 September at St John’s Church Hall between 3.30-5.30pm. Messy church is a place for families of all kinds and provides an opportunity to enjoy activities and worship and share a hot meal together.  The event is free with an opportunity to donate towards craft materials. The theme this month is “building a Holy Temple”.



Following their recent exhibition, a reminder that the group meets on the third Monday of the month at Townhead court at 7.30pm. The Photographic Group currently has members from Ingleton to Skipton and new members are always welcome.  The next meeting will be on 18 September when the speaker will be Andrew Marland on the subject of “Mechanical Landscapes”. Visitors welcome £3.00.


A six week course in Tai Chi Qigong will being on Monday 18 September in the Joinery in Dawson’s Court. This will take place between 2-4pm and run on consecutive Mondays. The course costs £60 and will be led by Tony Bennett.



 Age UK are holding a drop in session at Limestone View on 19 September between 10-12. Hosted by Tracy, Julie and Sara from Age UK North Craven it will provide a chance to find out about the range of activities and services on offer in the area and see if any of them would be a help to you  or to members of your family and friends. It will also provide an opportunity to find out more about volunteering opportunities with the group and to see if there are any ways in which you can help them to help others. For more details about Age UK North Craven contact the office on 01729 823066.


The next session will take place on 20 September.  The sessions are held at Friends Meeting House and operate on a drop in basis between 5-8pm. For further details contact 01729 268912.



 Settle Stories invite you to join them in The Joinery, their new base in Dawson’s Court, on 24 September for ” Dreaming the Night Field”. The production by Adverse Camber is based on the Welsh legends of the Mabinogion and features one of Wales’ most engaging storytellers alongside exquisitely haunting live music. English and Welsh are artfully woven together to bring this ancient story to life. Details and tickets from 0871 976 4350. Please note that this is an afternoon event and the content is unsuitable for under 12s.








An afternoon with Darts legend Peter Manley is planned for 24 September at Settle Social Club.  Tickets for the event cost £7.50, available from 07740178731. There will also be a raffle at the event in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.




Food scientist Ruth Gibbons held the group spellbound for longer than average, dispelling food and slimming myths and making us feel easier about our weight generally.‘I’m not overweight, I’m under tall.’We learned such a lot, including the most satisfactory cooking oil, rapeseed oil, and the fact that five fruits a day was a worthwhile aim. She answered questions generously and the group could have listened for longer when they eventually let her finish. The visit to Tennants of Leyburn in October, including a talk by their toy expert, is well subscribed and we look forward to the Federation visit to Denman College next year.Sue Sellars won the ‘old kitchen gadget’ competition.


 Local singing group Octameron will be holding a concert at Austwick Church on 7 October. Entitled  “Autumn Serenade” it will be a varied programme. Tickets cost £10, including wine and nibbles and £5 for under 16s. Tickets are available from 015242 51318 / 51422 / 51661.


St John‘s coffee pot

The coffee pot on Tuesday 3rd October ,from 10am – 12 noon, will be in aid of CRMI: Children of  Hope. There will be a craft stall with cards and gifts  in aid of the 2018 Medical mission to Uganda.   All proceeds will go towards the provision of Medical kits, Mosquito Nets, Hospital bills for tests/scans etc. All volunteers who make up the team are self funding, money raised is all used to enable the provision of medical clinics for the most poor and vulnerable in Bombo, Nakaseke and Sanga.


Settle WI

Settle WI’s Christmas Shopping Trip will this year be to Manchester on Wednesday 22nd November with the opportunity to visit the Christmas Market in Albert Square ‘Arguably the Largest & Best Christmas Market in the Country’. The Bibby’s coach leaves Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30 am, the cost is £15 per person, and everyone is welcome. Also in November the group is holding a day of Christmas Crafting on Saturday 11th November in the Catholic Church Hall. There will be 2 sessions:  9.30 – 12 noon and 1pm – 3.30pm.  Participants can choose from Beaded Angels in the morning or Pasta Angels in the afternoon with Sue Amphlett.   The price of £20 per session includes all materials to make as many angels as time allows. Alternatively Angela from Settle Glass studio will lead a session on Fused Glass Christmas Decorations. The cost of £30 per session includes all materials to make a Christmas card, a Candle Curve, and 2 or 3 Christmas decorations.Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if staying all day.  Everyone Welcome. To book either craft sessions or a place on the bus trip please contact Sue Sellars:  01729 825145 or email:




The Giggleswick Gardening Group invites any members of the community to join them, any Monday afternoon, between 2.00 – 4.00, when a few of us meet to carry out some of the many tasks to enhance the grounds of St. Alkelda’s Church. Please come and join us!’



 The beginners running group meets every Friday between 5.30-6.30pm at Eshtons Pavilion. The first session if free and the club is open to visitors as well as locals. Sessions are designed to help those new to running to enjoy the experience by being part of a group and are followed by tea and cakes.  For details contact 07955342344.





 A century on from the events and in our third year of “national remembrance” there is perhaps a danger that we feel we already know all we want to know about “The Great War”. If this chimes with you, then I suggest you make sure you attend a performance of this striking performance. “No Petticoats Here” doesn’t just re-tell the story of the women folk of the time, it literally turns all your preconceived notions on their head and challenges you to re-evaluate your knowledge and commitment to the idea of remembrance.  This is social history at its most powerful, a remarkable combination of research and creativity so that the stories are retold in original songs, soundscape and haunting pictures reinforced by the flawless voice of Louise Jordan.  Combining clarity and purity of tone with a genuine affection and respect for her subjects, her songs reflect with great accuracy the complex period and the bittersweet nuances of the lives of the women of this period.  It would be a very hard heart indeed that did not melt at the sound of Vera Britain’s “Perhaps” or feel a chill at the fate that awaited the freewheeling, free spirited Dorothy Laurence who in her desire to be a journalist spent ten days and nights under fire on the Western Front disguised as a man only for her stories to be regarded as lunatic ramblings in later years, leading to a 40 year commitment in an asylum. The stories told in this incredible performance are not of well-known heroines, and indeed many are anonymous, such as the “surplus women” left without any chance of marriage as a result of the slaughter of a generation of men but determined to lead fulfilling lives or the munitions workers who saved the country but in breathing in the toxic fumes at work ruined their own fertility, or the football playing factory girls who raised funds to aid disabled servicemen. The songs cover many styles, creating a diverse performance which both educates and entertains as well as showcasing the remarkable song writing talent and musicianship of the central performer.  Opening with the waltzing “Pride of the army” we are introduced to the redoubtable Ada Yorke, Staff Matron in Chief of the Southern Command of the British Army.  The exploits of motorcycling ambulance drivers Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisolm, are retold in the moving “Endless Days” evoking how they defied convention,to run a frontline medical station, effectively  “laughing in the lion’s den”, and in the poignant “Mairi” which tells of how a friendship forged in war fell apart in peace.  The tense  “Queen of Spies” introduces Louise De Bettignies – code name Alice – who led an intelligence network until arrested and sentenced to death while the tranquil “Ripple and Flow”  pays homage to  Hertha Ayrton, a pioneering mathematician and engineer: inventor of the fan that cleared the poison gas from the trenches. Throughout the evening Louise Jordan was supported by local choir, Settle Voices, who provided backing in more lively numbers and added a sense of authenticity to the chorus of drinking songs and the exhortation to “toil women toil”.  However it was the poignant  “Who Will Remember” that will probably stay longest in the memory and I’m sure that many in both choir and audience will this year recall its message in the years to come and help to ensure that these stories are retold.


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