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Settle and district Local News and events 18th october


The members of the North Craven Heritage Trust (NCHT) have appointed a new President and a Vice- President and reelected their Chairman at the AGM held on Wednesday 14th October 2015 in the Victoria Hall, Settle.

Mrs Anne Read MBE, the new  President of the NCHT, is well known and held in high regard for her work as curator of The Folly in Settle. Yorkshire born and bred, Mrs Read has devoted her professional life and given her personal commitment to support  the heritage of the North Craven area. John Asher, Chairman of NCHT , paid tribute to her academic credentials and described Anne as ‘a delight to work with’.

Dr David Johnson, the new Vice- President of the NCHT,  has lived and worked in North Craven for over 30 years. Alocal archaeologist of national renown, Dr Johnson is a leading expert on limestone and the history of lime burning.His involvement with NCHT over many years has encourgaged members to appreciate and understand our local environment. David’s annual summer outings are legendary- 13 so far- and each one in sunshine!

The NCHT is a vibrant organisation which organises talks, walks and outings for the enjoyment of its members. It scrutinises planning processes and makes comments when and where appropriate; it awards Heritage Buildings Grants; it produces an annual Journal and twice yearly newsletters; and  it offers opportunities to appreciate and learn more about our wonderful area of North Craven.

Membership of the Trust is now approaching  350. The next meeting concerns  Fountains Abbey and will be held on Wednesday 25th November at  Long Preston  Village Hall starting at 7.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome to attend.

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There may still be more than sixty days till Christmas Day but planning is already underway for this year’s Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea in Settle. This annual event is open to all ages and costs £10 per head. It will take place in St John’s Hall between 11.45 – 4.45 and places can now be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138. Volunteers are also sought to help with preparing and serving meals and providing transport to the event. Those able to assist should contact Judith on the above number.


As a result of huge local generosity the collection point at Victoria Hall has been overwhelmed with items for this appeal. The organisers are currently taking items to a larger collection and Items distribution point in Manchester where they will be sorted and sent to areas of greatest need. They therefore request that no further items are delivered to Victoria Hall for the time being to allow current stock to be moved. Collection will recommence at the end of October when goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open. If there is no-one on duty in the box office items can be placed behind the table curtain in the foyer. Goods required include tents, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, baby food (tinned and in jars) and tinned foods (no meats) especially beans, lentils, tuna and pulses. A tremendous thank you to all who have supported this effort to date.


Settle Amateur Operatic society would like to thank Settle Co-op for their help and support with the recent Hamper raffle drawn on October 10th. This event raised £223. Many thanks to all who bought tickets. The winners of the hampers were Chris Wood of Giggleswick and Sophie, a visitor to Settle.


Pupils at the two schools have recently been swapping news about some of the new staff in their  respective schools. The new teachers at Kwezana are Mrs Lukhanda who is a grade R teacher and Miss Nontombi Siyanga who is a Computer teacher at our school. Miss Siyanga works across the school encouraging all pupils with computer skills and helping them to maintain the link with Settle Primary.  A particular favourite at Kwezana is Mrs Nguta,  who teaches  Maths and EMS (Economics Management Science), who is regarded as kind and always encouraging.   Meanwhile Settle Primary is preparing for the the upcoming visit of one of the teachers from  Kwezana, Zukie Buwa, who teaches Xhosa, Social science and Life orientation.  She will be arriving in Settle on on November 6th and will be in Settle until November 16th, spending a week in school working with pupils and staff.


Tickets are now on sale for this year’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. The production will be staged at Victoria Hall during the week 26-31 October at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. A range of concession, family and group tickets are available and can be purchased in person at Victoria Hall or via their website ( or via the box office on 01729 825718.


On 24 October there will be a concert by Charlie Dore and Julian Littman with a special appearance from ‘Settle Voices’.Charlie, with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span, promises a night of eclectic, contemporary folk as the pair swap guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, & ukulele. The end of the month sees local group, Settle Amateur Operatic Society perform “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


The next visit will be to see the Musical “Hairspray” at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford, on Wednesday 11th November, Matinee 2.30pm. The cost is £38.00 per person, which includes seat, coach & gratuities. Leaving Settle Cricket Club at 10.30am.

For more details telephone Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978


There has been a change of venue for the One World Week event on October 22nd. This meeting will now take place at Settle Parish Church and will commence at 6pm with a simple meal followed by the talk “Relations with Muslims” by Dr Philip Lewis. Dr Lewis has been an advisor on Christian/Muslim relations to the Anglican Bishops of Bradford for 25 years. The event will also incorporate a meal. To book a place contact 01729 822313.


There will be an evening of ferret racing and a ferret show at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club on 23 October at 7.30pm. Entry is £1 per person and £2 per ferret with all profits going to the Lynch Syndrome Charity.


Settle Eco Group have arranged a Give and Take day on Saturday, 24th October at Victoria Hall from 9.30 am to 3 pm. This is a free event where we invite people to bring any items in good condition that they have no further use for and take anything we have that they would like.   There is a table for photographs of larger items and we cannot take clothes or shoes.   We ask that traders do not come until 2 pm.  The idea is to keep good quality items out of landfill.


Knight Stainforth Caravan park are holding a firework display on 24 October at 6pm. There will be hot food and a licenced bar as well as a children’s entertainer. Tickets cost £3 if purchased in advance and £4 on the gate. To book contact 01729 822200.


On Sunday 25 October at 3.00pm there will be a recital  by Max Heaton, percussionist with The National Youth Orchestra and the Hallé Youth Orchestra, in aid of Child Rescue Nepal at Quaker Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle. Tickets  cost £10 including interval refreshments, from Cave & Crag, Settle or 01729 825109. Max will play a varied programme on a range of percussion instruments including the marimba. Familiar to local audiences for his performances in the percussion section of Settle Orchestra, 17 year Old Max is also a member of national and international orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra and the Hallé Youth Orchestra. and played with the National Children’s Orchestra as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and at the 2015 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.


The Folly will again be hosting “The Big Draw”, as part of  the National Annual Drawing Event . This is a family event suitable for all ages, however children must be accompanied. The event will run from 12.30-4.30pm. A 50p donation is requested to cover the cost of materials


The Three Peaks Folk Club will be celebrating  Trafalgar Weekend in style with a weekend of music and convivial company, not to mention a few drinks!  The celebrations begin with “The Admiral’s Dinner” at 7pm on Friday 23 October and this will be followed by an Open Session/ Singaround ’til Midnight-ish. On Saturday 24th there will be a singaround session and workshops from 3pm followed by a concert at 8pm featuring Geoff Higginbottom. There will also be support acts and floor singers. This evening session has an admission fee of £6, however all other sessions are free admission.  All sessions will take place at Settle Social Club. Following breakfast at the Singing Kettle on Sunday at 10.30am there will be an excursion to the Hoffman Kiln for an informal singalong.


There will be a launch event for the new Children’s Centre on 27 October. The centre is situated in the building which was formerly Settle Middle School. The event will take place between 10.30-12.30 and there will be a range of businesses and activities  on display and the morning will  provide an opportunity to find out more about the work of the children’s centre and how it can help families in the community.


The club will next meet on 28 October at Townhead Court at 2pm. The speaker will be Terry Frazier on the subject of “Gardens Through The Ages”. Non members always welcome, admission £3.


There will be a coffee morning on November 3rd at St John’s Methodist Church from 10am -noon. Money raised at this event will support the work of the Methodist Church in Sierra Leone with victims of Ebola and also those in need in Nepal following the earthquake.  All welcome.


A Christmas market organised by Jack’s Journey in aid of Brain Tumour research will be held at St John’s Hall on 7 November.  The event will host a number of stalls including local companies, Sew to Soul, Sugar Rush butter fudge, Picalilly children’s wear, Pigtails children’s wear, Lay of the Land and Ben’s Woodwork. There will also be a raffle and a cakestall.


The next charity dance will take place at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, November 7th from 8-11pm. If possible please contact 01729 823259 /824038 by Friday 6 November to confirm attendance. All proceeds from this event will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


Churches Together in Settle and District Justice and Peace Group are hosting a talk by Andrew Sayer on November 11th at Friends Meeting House. Entitled “Why we can’t afford the rich” it promises to be a thought provoking evening.  Professor Sayer is currently a professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University. The meeting will commence at 7pm with tea and biscuits for a 7.30pm start.



Tickets are now available for the ever popular evening of Lessons and Carols for Christmas. Please note that these are limited to two per applicant as there is a high demand for tickets. On November 5th Join Giggleswick pupils and staff as they pay tribute to the musical theatre through the decades in “A Night at the Musicals”. From contemporary hits to classic heartbreakers there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


Congratulations to Y5 pupils, all of whom passed their Bikeability course, which involved a test on the Highway Code and two days of working with cycle instructors and learning to control and ride their bikes safely. Hosted by Giggleswick School, Y6 pupils joined with Y6 pupils from Giggleswick Junior School, Austwick and Kirkby Malham Primary schools to take part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) day run by the Smallpeice Trust. During the day, they worked in two groups to design and make a wind turbine which generated electricity and these were then judged according to their effectiveness!  Meanwhile the pupils in Reception and Y1 have taken part in a multiskills festival, their very first cluster schools event.


On Saturday October 24  from 10.00am – 4.00pm there will be a Christmas Craft Sale in aid of the N.S.P.C.C. in St. Alkelda’s Church, Giggleswick. Refreshments  will be available all day. Meanwhile the church is also appealing for new choir members in all parts of the church choir. There is choral evensong once a month and 11am services on Sunday in addition to 1 hour’s practice on Tuesday. Those interested should contact 01524251388 for further details.

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