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Settle and District latest news feb 14th


The NCHT is celebrating North Craven’s outstanding musical heritage with a selection of local musicians and ensembles from Saturday 12—Sunday 20 March 2016.One of the many delights of living in North Craven is the wealth of musical events, staged every week of the year. From jazz to opera, from sacred to folk, from classical to rock, there’s music for every taste.How does an area with such a small and scattered population support this level of musicianship? Most of our musicians are amateur, supported by a small number of professionals. This strong amateur tradition dates back at least to the time of Dr Buck, a local doctor who had his surgery in the Market Place. He played the violin, viola and ‘cello and conducted the local orchestra from the 1880s into the early 20th century. Dr Buck’s 50 year friendship with Elgar, from their first meeting in 1882, left its mark on Elgar’s music and Craven’s music alike.That musical spark has been kept alive over the generations by ensembles that welcome and train young players, including DalesJam and Settle Orchestra who are featured in the week’s events—so budding jazz or orchestral players are warmly invited to come along. ‘Making Music in Settle’ will start on Saturday 12 March in the Victoria Hall with Dales Jam And Ramjam’s Springbeat. Under their director Richard Ormrod, and with a guest world class soloist, the bands will romp their way through music rocking to the rhythms of the world. The following evening (Sunday 13th) it’s over to The Folly for the Octameron singers whose programme will include songs by Elgar and his contemporaries, acknowledging the close links between Edward Elgar, Settle and the Dales.Mid-week (Wednesday 16th), composer and organist Paul Fisher will give a recital on the Giggleswick School chapel organ. The programme will include some of Paul’s plainsong-based and other compositions, Bach, and arrangements for organ of folk song and popular melodies. Settle Orchestra will provide the finale with their Settle spring concert on Sunday 20th in The Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School. Under the baton of guest conductor Ellie Slorach, the programme will include popular works by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Mozart.Come and celebrate the range and quality of North Craven’s music! All events will start at 7.30pm. Further details, including ticket availability and prices, from Cave and Crag, Settle TIC or Pre-booking is advised as these will be popular events.


Austwick Hall will again be open between 12-4 on 21st of February to allow visitors to view the display of snowdrops. Admission for adults is £4 with children free. Refreshments will be available.


A severe landslip near Armathwaite has caused the S&C line to be closed completely. No trains are running between Carlisle and Appleby and an emergency timetable is in place for trains between Leeds and Appleby. Full details of the latest news can be found Settle Carlisle web site here There will however be a walk using the Morecambe line on Saturday 20 February. This is a 12 mile strenuous walk from Clapham To Ribblehead, departing from Clapham at 9.33. There will also be an 11 mile moderate walk from Gargrave to Hellifield on the same date, leaving Gargrave at 9.32.No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


Formerly “The Spooky Men’s Chorale, “A Fistful of Spookies” will be performing classics from the Spooky canon of testosterone-fuelled tunes and tomfoolery when they appear at the hall on February 19th to entertain with deadpan comedy delivered via sophisticated a capella vocals. February 20th sees a musical treat when the Mark Nevin band perform.  Mark Nevin came to prominence in the late 80s as the founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Fairground Attraction, with whom he enjoyed the number 1 single ‘Perfect’ and multi-platinum album, ‘First of a Million Kisses’. He went on to collaborate as co-writer to Morrissey (scoring 4 top 20 singles), Kirsty MacColl and Lloyd Cole. His songs have been covered, among many others, by David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. On 21 February there will be a return visit by Talking Stock productions to perform the next chapter in the story of the life of retired cricket umpire and avowed socialist, Godfrey Shackleton, in “Godfrey’s Last Love: Bring me Sunshine.” Celebrating his lottery win with a lads’ trip to Morecambe and a beer or two. Godfrey bumps into a twinkly widow, Betty, who’s there on a bowling trip with Clitheroe Conservative Club. But even with love in the third age, the path to happiness does not run smoothly.  For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, this year’s Lent groups will be held at St John’s church will take place on Wednesday evenings throughout Lent at 7.30pm. This year the material for study is inspired by the novel “Les Miserables” and entitled “Another Story Must Begin”. All welcome.


The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 20 February at 8.30am with tea / coffee available from 8.15am and the  breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. The speaker will be Samantha Gill who worships at St Mary the Virgin, Ingleton and who will talk about why she believes that it’s never too late to come to faith. Everyone welcome. This months breakfast will take place atSt Mary’s & St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate, Settle Please book your places by Thurs 18 Feb  by contacting 01729 825285 / email: Full English breakfast £3.


This month’s Messy Church will take place at St John’s Methodist Church on Sunday 21st February from 3.30-5.30pm and is open to all. There will be a chance for crafts, activities and celebration as well as a shared hot meal.


The next meeting of Settle and District Gardening Club will take place on February 24 at 2pm at Townhead Court. The speaker will be Matthew Smith on the topic of “Tulips, past and present.” Visitors welcome: £3.


There will be a further letter writing opportunity on 24 February at Friends Meeting House, between 5.30-8.30pm. You are invited to come along and support Amnesty International by writing a letter which may help to save someone’s life.  There will be plenty of information available and help is on hand if required. For details contact  01729 268912.


Having recently established itself in newly refurbished premises, St John’s Methodist Church is holding a weekend of celebration and thanksgiving on February 27th and 28th. On Saturday there will be “open house” from 10-4 with free refreshments and an opportunity to come along and view the premises, to find out more about the numerous community groups who already use the premises and to enjoy performances and demonstrations by some of those groups. All are welcome to come along and drop in throughout the day. Amongst those performing will be the Line Dancers from Settle Stompers and U3A Line dance group, Helen Howard School of Dance, members of Settle Orchestra, members of St John’s Church and the Scottish Country Dancers. There will also be Yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations, spinning demonstration, messy church activity sessions, a bridge game marathon and a display of information by John Reid about bygone Settle and St John’s Church On Sunday at 2.30pm there will be a special service of thanksgiving which will be attended by many of those involved in the designing and re-fashioning of the premises.


‘BilinguaSing’ is an award winning music, singing and movement class for parents, babies, toddler and pre-school children to learn Spanish or French together in a fun and engaging way that is appropriate for the development stage of each child. No previous knowledge of a foreign language is requireed. The first class is free and familiar nursery rhymes are learnt in both Spanish/French and English and are accompanied by a variety of fun movements and props to help stimulate the senses.  There will be a Spanish session, entitled “Ivamos”, taking place at Settle Library on 1 March between 4-4.45 and this will be suitable for 5-11years olds. For more information contact 07534 464567.


Womens’ World day of prayer this year takes place on March 4 and a service will be held at St Mary and St Michael church at 7.30pm. All are welcome. This year’s theme and service has been prepared by the women of Cuba.


Settle Town Council are seeking a self-motivated person who cares about Settle and its public spaces. Duties include general maintenance and repair of benches and play equipment, inspection duties and litter collection of the Council’s play areas, allotments, Castlebergh Crag and other assets. The person should be fit and capable to carry out the duties within the job specification and have extensive experience in DIY and Gardening. The post will be for 8hrs per week (£8 per Hour) and details can be obtained from the Clerk at Settle Town Council via Closing Date: 4th March 2016 by 5pm with the start date 1st April 2016



On Sunday 28 February Community Cinemas will be showing “”The Good Dinosaur” at 3.30 (doors open 2.45). This is a PG certificate. For further information contact: 01729 893180


Giggleswick Junior School is holding an open morning on 5 March between 10- 12. The school itself caters for children from 3 to 11years providing outstanding care and education in both the Early Years department and Junior School.  Children from the age of 3 months upwards are catered for at ChipMonks nursery. Families are invited to come along to this special event and to meet the staff and find out more about what is on offer. To register to attend or simply find out further information contact 01729 893100

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