Settle Town Logo
  • News
  • Settle and District News 4th October

Settle and District News 4th October


Victoria Hall, Settle is being used as a collection point for aid for Syrian Refugees. Items will then been taken to a larger collection and distribution point in Manchester where they are sorted and sent to areas of greatest need. Already a truck load has been sent to Manchester.  Goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open and if there is no-one on duty in the box office they 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.


There will be a guided walk arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this weekend from Ribblehead to Ingleton via Whernside. This will leave Ribblehead at 10.06 on Saturday 10 October and is a 12 mile strenuous walk. The walk will connect with the Ingleton to Settle bus service.  On Wednesday, 14 October there will be a  Pen-y-ghent Circular  walk from Horton in Ribblesdale departing at 9.58. This is a 14m strenuous walk via Dub Cote – Churn Milk Hole – Pen-y-ghent Gill – High Bergh – Foxup Moor – Hull Pot  and returning to Horton. 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 Please note that the walk planned from Settle Station on 24 October has been cancelled due scheduled engineering work on the line between Gargrave and Settle on that date. An alternative walk from Gargrave will be arranged.


We are very much looking forward to welcoming Bram Taylor back to Poppies on Saturday 10th of October. Popular Fellside Recording Artist Bram Taylor has a wealth of experience behind him, having established a fine reputation both in the UK and abroad, performing at Folk Festivals, Folk Clubs, Arts Centres and other concert venues in the UK, USA and Europe. He enthrals audiences with fine rich voice and entertaining sense of humour, performing an excellent selection of both traditional and contemporary material on Guitar, Duet Concertina, and Baritone Ukulele. His powerful vocal quality also lends itself perfectly to acappella singing. Tickets, as always, are £7 and available from Poppies.


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.


There is music all the way this month at Victoria Hall. On 11 October the hall welcomes Blueflint, a five-piece line up intertwining banjos, fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double bass and drums in raw, honest and beautifully-crafted songs, imbued with a strong alt folk flavour. October 16th sees hot fiddles from cool Scandinavia when Frigg take to the stage. A fizzing Finnish fiddle septet. There will also be a workshop session with Frigg, suitable for all stringed instruments, from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. 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.


A series of 1-2-1 sessions can be arranged at Settle Library, Limestone View to assist those who are unsure with new technology. These take place on Fridays between 3.30-5.30pm. To book an appointment contact 0845 0349537.


At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Death cafe is run  on a not for profit basis  and takes place in an accessible, respectful and confidential space. There is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. If you are interested in helping to establish a death cafe in this area or would be interested in attending an event of this nature please contact  01729 825457.


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


The Playbarn is holding a “Neon Night” on October 9th and again on October 16th. These sessions will run from 5.30-7.30pm and cost £6 per child. The price includes a hot-dog and fries tea. There will be lights and glowsticks as well as party games.


For the next few weeks, a whole host of stars will be found in what is probably the world’s smallest art gallery. One small step into former telephone box that is Settle’s Gallery on the Green will take visitors on a giant leap into space and time. In a demonstration that Dr Who’s Tardis is not the only phone box capable of journeying through the universe, the Gallery has joined up with Settle Stories to add an extra dimension to the organisation’s Star Party. The October 10th day-long celebration of all things astronomical has been organised with Settle Stories, Manchester Metropolitan University and Bradford Astronomical Society and will take place at Settle’s Victoria Hall. One highlight of the day will be the announcement of the winner of Settle Stories competition titled My Journey to the Stars.  In a test of imagination and the ability to bring so much into so few words, writers were invited to describe their journey to the stars on a postcard. Anyone could enter and   the challenge has been taken up by people of all ages and, thanks to the internet from across the world. The winner and a selection of entries will be displayed in the gallery from October 10th through to November 28th, alongside visuals that capture the scope of the challenge and size of the universe.


Victoria Hall is the venue for Settle Stories’ “Star Party” on 10 October.  This will be a full day event commencing at 11am and running till late and will feature a range of story tellers and astronomers throughout the day which will be meeting of storytellers and astronomers suitable for adults and children. A collaboration between Settle Stories, Manchester Metropolitan University & Bradford Astronomical Society, the day’s highlights include: a rocket workshop, a chance to visit a Star Lab with astronomers and storytellers and a new star story event with international award winning storyteller – Cassandra Wye. For further details contact Victoria Hall on 01729 825718 or go to


On Friday 16th October at  7.30pm there will be a slide show at Settle Parish Church illustrating the Pennine Cycleway.  Entitled “Spanas and Spokes: a Pennine Journey”, this will also highlight  the work of two charities -SPANA (working animal welfare) and Freedom from Torture. The talk will be given by Anthony Smith and admission is free with donations welcome


On 18 October Settle Social Club will be hosting an exhibition by Eric Bristow. The event commences at noon and admission is £5. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


The next big breakfast will take place on 17 October in the  Annexe at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Please remember that booking is essential to assist with catering. Admission £3. Contact 01729 825285 to book your place . This month’s speaker is Robert Bagot from Buon Vino at The Courtyard


The new winter exhibition opens on Saturday, 17 October and featuresThe Northern Landscape: Paintings & Original Prints Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire” The opening event will run from 2-8pm. Normal winter opening times are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11am – 3.30pm. The exhibition includes work by artists from Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire including Heather Cook, David Cook, Norma Stephenson, Jacquie Denby, Alan Stones, Janet Swailes, George Melling, Tony Roberts, Rebecca Scott, Chris Rigby, Mike Pert, Milan Ivanic, Katharine Holmes.


The next messy church session will take place in St John’s Church Hall on 18 October between 3.30-5.30.  This is open to all and provides an opportunity for families to celebrate together, undertake craft activities and enjoy a hot meal together.


Guide Dogs for the Blind will be visiting Limestone View on Tuesday, 20th October from 10.30 am onwards and will have lots of gifts for sale, including Christmas cards, wrapping paper etc. All are welcome to come along and support this event.


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.


“Relations with Muslims” is the theme for a talk by Dr Philip Lewis on 22 October at 6.30pm. 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.


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.


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.



Cottontail Crafts will be celebrating Sew Saturday on 17 October with special offers and a series of craft demonstrations by Sue. There will also be a prize raffle with all proceeds going to Settle Swimming Pool. First prize in the raffle is a ELNA sewing machine valued at £119. There will also be Prym sewing boxes as runner up prizes. Tickets for the raffle are £1.

Concert&Cakes is an hour of beautiful music and an invitation to meet the performers afterwards, whilst enjoying delicious home-made cakes, tea and coffee.

October 17th at 2.30pm, All Saints church Burton in Lonsdale, sees the return of Project Jam Sandwich who got a standing ovation when they performed for us last year.  Since then, they have performed at the BBC Proms and now have a packed programme of concerts all over the UK.

This explosive live performance is a captivating collection of influences ranging from the music of Cuba to Ireland to Kenya, they concoct their own charismatic arrangements with exhilarating improvisation, scorching rhythms and beautiful melody.

Free entry, no ticket required

There will be a retiring collection and a modest charge for refreshments

For further information and to go on the mailing list, email

Concert and Cakes Poster October 2015




North Craven Historical Research Group Wills and Inventories project is holding an open day relating to artefacts connected with Horton and the ancient parish of Giggleswick. The event will take place on Saturday 10 October at Langcliffe Village Institute and begins at 10 for 10.30am. Admission is free and tea and coffee will be available. At 10.30 there will be a talk by Dr David Johnson looking at how wills and probate inventories can reveal information about farming in the area. At 1.15 there will be a re-enactment of an assessment of a person’s goods and at 2.15 Alison Armstrong will discuss “Sun chambers, garrets and parlours; local houses around 1700.”


Advance notice that tickets for the ever popular evening of Lessons and Carols for Christmas will go on sale to the public on 19 October.  On 20 October the theatre is hosting the annual Northern Garden Lecture at 7pm. This year’s speaker is Dr John Grimshaw, Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum and Rays Wood on the Castle Howard Estate, who will talk on the topic of “Plants, Gardens, People.” Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


Congratulations to our KS2 pupils who took part in the recent Tag Rugby Festival at Giggleswick Junior School. We entered two teams and all pupils played well and the U11 team won their games against Giggleswick Junior, Settle Primary and Brackenfield, which was a great achievement. Don’t forget our unique canvas bicentenary bags are available from school for £5 each, or £8 for two. Ideal for shopping now that stores are charging for carrier bags.


On Saturday, 10th October from 10.00 am there will be a big tidy up event in Giggleswick. St Alkelda’s Church invites any members of Giggleswick and Settle and beyond to meet outside the Church armed with shears, secateurs, strimmers, rakes, scythes, sickles and other useful tools to tackle all the long grass in the churchyards. The community gardening group hopes to develop parts of the grounds with wild flower areas by sowing seeds, but first the areas need to be cleared and long grass removed. All safety precautions apply and it is advised that young children should be closely supervised.


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



On paper the life of Erwin James Monahan sounds almost tragically predictable. Born to itinerant parents and following the sudden death of one parent and the decline into drink and violence of the other he ended up sleeping rough and gained his first criminal conviction by the age of 10. Taken into care, he left school at 15  drifting aimlessly through life, sometimes sleeping rough and committing relatively petty but occasionally violent crimes eventually going on the run to escape his crimes. As a fugitive he joined the French Foreign Legion but his sense of guilt and shame persuaded him to turn himself in and in August 1984 he was convicted of murder and began a life sentence. However, unlike 60% of the current British prison population Erwin James may have been inarticulate and ill-educated but he was not illiterate and it was this fact coupled with the encouragement of prison staff and his own determination which initially led to the change in his life and attitudes.  The man who stood before the audience and held them spellbound simply by the strength of his character and his sense of integrity was a lifetime away from the troubled 27 year old who entered jail with no sense of purpose or self worth and faced a lifetime sentence of simply surviving. Not once did James try to diminish his crimes or seek to place the blame elsewhere for what he had done or how he had been treated. Instead the power of his lecture came from the extreme sense of self-awareness and his refusal to glamorise prison life or plead for understanding. This refusal to play to any pre-conceived stereotypes was deeply impressive and even though he has clearly delivered similar lectures many times, it was patently clear that there are some elements of what he says which are still painful to talk about but which he shares because he believes it is essential that people understand them and his story in its entirety.  Having served twenty years in prison he is not uncritical of the prison system, pointing out that Britain imprisons far more of its citizens than any other European nation and that more that 80% of those in prison are there for non-violent offences. More worryingly he points out that clearly not only is our current system is not working if over 75% of prisoners re-offend within 2 years but also if we are still having to ask if prison works then clearly it isn’t!  Having as a journalist now studied the prison systems and the attitudes towards rehabilitation in other countries his arguments were very persuasive and his comments about the need for a prison system which focuses on reducing future victims by assisting prisoners to learn how to become integrated as functioning law abiding citizen were particularly telling.  It would be too easy to view Erwin James as a man who was “saved” by education, though his example should inspire others to ensure that they do all in their power to ensure that all individuals have access to education and the opportunity to study.  Now a regular columnist and author, Erwin James recognises that prison will always be part of his life and is a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and a patron of the charities Create, Blue Sky, the Writers in Prison Foundation, The Reader Organisation, Human Writes and the Prison Phoenix Trust and works to ensure that prisoners have access to education and creative arts.  I have no doubt that he would be very uncomfortable to hear himself described as inspirational, but it is an accurate description of someone who spoke with such sincerity, insight and compassion.



Combine an exceptional instrument with a talented, enthusiastic musician and a wide range of pieces designed to appeal to all tastes and the result is a guaranteed fascinating evening’s entertainment.  The instrument in question is the organ at Settle church, built by JJ Binns,  one of the most successful and prolific of the numerous Yorkshire organ builders working at the turn of the 20th century. Sadly the instrument does have a number of issues at present and this concert was one of a series to help raise funds to restore it to its full glory.  The musician is Paul Fisher, noted local composer and organist. As for the music, it ranged from 17th century pieces to an adaptation which was only finished the previous day. Passionate about music, the programme was a compilation of Paul’s own work and adaptations transcribed by him.  It was also very much a reflection of his personality also with some wonderfully theatrical moments, a sprinkling of humour and some beautiful reflective pieces.  The programme was a skilful mixture of the familiar, such as the stunning overture to Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and the lesser known such as the two film melodies, Bitter Moon and Antarctica,  by Vangelis.  There was also a very clever balancing of moods in order to demonstrate the versatility of the organ as an instrument with Purcell’s Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum being the more familiar solemn grandeur associated with church organ music. In contrast there was a very light hearted version of On Ilkley Moor, played with great gusto this was particularly reminiscent of a steam carousel. Mention should also be made of the way in which many of the pieces called upon the skill of the organist in order to create the effect of a full orchestra and anyone watching could clearly see that this is certainly a strenuous activity requiring great dexterity. However, coupled with these skills, Paul Fisher has also got a great talent for sharing his own enthusiasm by making his commentary on the pieces thought provoking and entertaining. This was also present in his own compositions, particularly the Skye Boat Song where the song’s historic origins are reflected by a dark and disturbing passage.  Fittingly, the concert ended with a great explosion of energy, Louis Vierne’s “Carillon de Westminster” proving to be a magnificent showstopper with peals of bells carolling around the church.

More News Articles

  1. self-learning

    What is English tuition for tourists and why is it important to study here? If you are going to the UK to study English, it is not unreasonable to keep in mind a list of basic questions to which you should look for an answer. Where? For whom? For what? Is there a difference in […]

    Read More
  2. What is learning

    Self-education: a family contract, a broken record? Interviewer. Good afternoon, dear ladies and gentlemen! In today’s article, the name of which is familiar to you almost by heart, we will talk about one type of self-education, which is called family education. We can say with confidence that family education is a very complex and capacious […]

    Read More
  3. Events in Settle - July on

    Events in Settle – July on

    Events  1.  Thurs 30 June: Last Settle Scottish Dancing Class for this term. . 7.30pm to 10pm St John’s Church Hall, Settle. Party night. Classes recommence on September 8th there will be a series of Beginners Classes starting. at 7pm St John’s Church Hall, Settle BD24 9JH: 2.   Fri 1 July: First day of the month “Walk for the climate” Malham Tarn Fen. 1.5 […]

    Read More