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This weekend there will be 4 walks taking place over the weekend. On Saturday  3 June there will be a moderate 7 mile walk following a circular route around  Lazonby  via Glassonby , leaving Lazonby at 9.45 am.  Also on Saturday  3 June there will be a walk using the  Morecambe Line. This is a 10 mile moderate circular walk around Grange over Sands circular via Cartmel. Participants should meet at Carnforth at10.00 amfor onward connection to Grange.  There is also a 12 mile strenuous walk on  Saturday 3 June taking in Nine Standards Rigg  leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.34 am and returning to the station at the end of the walk. Finally on Sunday 4 June there will be a 6 mile easy geology walk  following the Sedgewick Trail,  dedicated to the famous Dalesman and Geologist.  This leaves Dent station at 10.38 and  makes use of a service bus from Dent station to Millthrop and on the return journey. 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.


There is still time to catch the  Clapham Art Group annual exhibition. The group which draws its membership not only from Clapham but also from Settle and many of the surrounding communities, is holding its annual exhibition at Clapham village hall until June 4th. The event is open daily between 11am- 6pm and admission is 50p. Refreshments will be available daily and a range of work in a variety of media will be on display.


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource.  All welcome


A wide range of music is on offer at Victoria Hall this month. On June 2nd the award-winning vocalist Jacqui Dankworth is joined onstage by her husband, acclaimed American pianist-vocalist, Charlie Wood, for a unique concert of duet arrangements celebrating a century of song in “Just You  Just Me”. Music from a different genre on June 3rd when “The Three Other Tenors” take to the stage. The Three Other Tenors are Michael Clifton-Thompson, Howard Kirk and Gareth Dafydd Morris and all perform with Welsh National Opera. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


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. The coffee morning on June 6th will be a charity coffee morning in aid of a charity nominated by a member of the congregation.


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am with the exception of the trips to Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, which departs at 9.30am. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email Cheques should be made payable to Settle Rotary Club. The first trip is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pm at Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £44.00 per person. Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You at Leeds Grand on Wednesday 30 August (cost £54: closing date for reservations 7 July), Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Theatre By the Lake, Keswick on 13 September (Cost £35)  and “Handbagged” a satrical comedy detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher (Cost £35) also at Keswick.


On June 5 Settle hub  are hosting a creative . There are 2 sessions on offer. The morning session runs from 10-12 and the afternoon session if from 2-4. The cost for this workshop is £20, including materials. Details and booking via 893180.


The next two charity dances will be at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall  and will take place on Saturday June 3rd & Saturday July 1st. The dances run from 8.00pm to 11pm. If possible please notify the organisers by the Friday before that you intend to come via 01729 823259 / 824038.


The next film showing by Tramps in their foreign film night series will take place at Victoria Hall on 7 June at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £5. The film is “Chocolat”, starring Omar Sy (of Les Intouchables) and tells how the black clown Chocolat becomes the toast of Paris.

The next meeting of Settle WI is on Wednesday 7th June, 2pm in St John’s Church Hall when WI member and local author Jean Stevens will talk about ‘A Teacher Behind Bars’ – her personal experience of teaching in prisons.  Visitors are welcome.


photo: Steve Finch

The annual Settle Saunter will take place on  Sunday 11th June. Offering 3 great routes, marvellous scenery,  a big friendly welcome and plenty of grub the Saunter is an annual walking/running event along footpaths and bridleways taking entrants into the Yorkshire Dales to see some picturesque rural villages and hamlets and swathes of intoxicating countryside. It is organised and run by the Rotary Club of Settle with help from members of the local community. The longer routes have checkpoints with light refreshments along the way and a hot savoury meal is provided at the end. Badges and certificates upon completion are all included in the entry fee. Free car parking is provided.There are three routes on offer accommodating a wide range of abilities and all can be run or walked. The routes are 10k / 6.2mls, a Half Marathon (21k / 13 mls)  and 37k / 23 mls.  Some stages of the route, though not all, are flagged with tape to help with navigation. A comprehensive route description is available to all entrants. We welcome all-comers in the expectation they have a reasonable level of fitness to complete their chosen route Registration, start & finish on the day is at the Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ [GR 818 63.The Saunter helps the Rotary Club of Settle raise funds for good causes. Funds raised in 2017 will be shared between Settle Scouts who are raising money to revamp their Drill Hall/Community Centre and the Settle based charity, Kids at School in Nepal, who are raising funds to rebuild a primary school after the earthquake in Nepal.Entries will be accepted on the day. Further details and online entry forms can be found on the Settle Rotary Club’s website.


Settle Opera  invite you to join them for coffee in The Old Courthouse on June 10 between 10-12.30pm. There will also be homemade cakes and scones available. A reminder that the initial ‘Get Together’ for the Autumn show will be on Wednesday June 7th at the Old Court House Station Road Settle at 7.30pm. We would like to welcome new members as well as existing ones and would also welcome those who would like to help backstage as well as those wishing to tread the boards. The evening will consist of a resume of the show by our Producer and Musical Director with perhaps a sing along featuring some of the well known numbers. The show chosen is ‘Anything Goes’, a lively production set on board a cruise liner. It has many well known and catchy tunes and promises great fun for all involved. Please feel free to come along to find out more about it and the society. We are looking for adults of all ages. If you require more information please feel free to contact the Secretary Barbara McLernon on 01729 822364 or The dates for the show which will be staged at Settle Victoria Hall are Wednesday October 25th to Saturday October 28th. We look forward to meeting new people as well as old friends.


Victoria Hall is hosting a fabric sale on 14 June between 10am -2pm. The sale is being staged by Doughtys Roadshow and there will be a wide range of dress fabrics and quilting fabrics available as well as sample pieces suitable for craft activities.


At present there are three temporary exhibitions at The Folly. The first is  ‘The End of an Era: 200 Years of Zion Chapel’ . The generosity of local contributors means that the archive material originally provided for this exhibition has been extensively extended and there is now a wealth of new material on show. In conjunction with this exhibition there will be a talk on 16 June by Anne Read entitled. ‘Zion’s Part in Settle Life’ In order to accommodate those who are not able to manage the stairs in the building this will take place on the ground floor. However this does mean tickets are limited. The talk begins at 7.30 and tickets cost £7 from the Folly or phone 01729 822893. The remaining exhibitions are ‘Back in Settle: Pastimes in Past Times and ‘Settle Captured in Wool’ both of which are proving very popular.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the annual Dance with John Bowdler, Blackpool Tower Ballroom organist. This will be at Ingleton Community Centre on Saturday June17th. Tickets are £8.50 including supper and can be obtained from the Community Centre or phone 01729 822959/ 822364.  Please note that there is no bar facility at this event but you are welcome to bring your own drinks and glasses


The current exhibition at The Gallery on the Green features work  by Tom Palin and will run until 8 July. This exhibition consists of 39 oil paintings. All works comprise twin hardwood panels and were made between 2011 and 2016. The panels are arranged thematically and formally across three walls, so as to draw attention to pictorial, narrative and physical relationships within and between works.


This year’s open gardens event will take place on 24 & 25 June and will be in aid of Settle Swimming Pool.  There will be 23 participating gardens and tickets cost £6 per day or £10 for both days.  Tickets are available via 01729 822090.


The glass studio will be holding workshop sessions in the coming weeks to enable members of the public to try their hand at the craft of working with glass. This will include a 3 week course taking place on Tuesdays on 26 June, 4 & 11 July and running from 1-3pm each week. The cost for this course is £70. There will also be a series of Sunday afternoon workshops taking place on 18 June and 9 July which will run from 1-4pm and cost £45 each.  For further information contact 07427 616469.


Settle Library will be hosting 3 part series of talks on the history and development of the English Novel. The talks will be given by Kathleen Kinder and will take place on 24 June and 3rd and 10th of July and run from 10-11.30. These events are free and refreshments will be available, there will however be an opportunity to give donations to Library funds.



The Giggleswick Gazelles meet every Friday at Eshtons Pavilion from 5.30-6.30 and welcome new members to join in their running group. The group is friendly and aims to encourage new runners to enjoy their activity and includes stops and walks as part of the programme.  The first session is free and holiday visitors are also welcome.  Tea and cakes are available post run. For details contact  07955 342344.


The Giggleswick Gardening Group invites any members of the community to join in the monthly Parish Litter-pick on Monday 5th June at 10.00 am starting from the Tems Bridge, Church Street, Giggleswick. There are numerous routes and distances designed for all abilities! Also the GGG, in liaison with the Parish Council, continues to clear the encroaching vegetation from the River Ribble footpath/cycleway. Entitled ‘Pride in your Parish’ this is now an ongoing project to enhance the area and to make it safer for users. It takes place every Monday morning except the first Monday in each month (litter-picking). Anyone who can spend an hour or so on this task is most welcome!


Community Cinema will be showing “A Street Cat Named Bob” on 11 June at 3.30pm. Doors open at 2.45pm and tickets cost £5.50. The film tells the true story of Covent Garden busker, James Bowen, whose life is turned around when he becomes responsible for a stray ginger cat who helps him to find a purpose once more.


As part of the Voices of Craven programme former Giggleswick resident and international opera star, Sarah Fox will be performing at St Alkelda’s church on June 10th. The concert starts at 7pm and as well as Sarah will feature Royal Opera House regular Graeme Danby and English National Opera regulars mezzo-soprano Valerie Reid and tenor Austin Gunn  in ann intimate evening of music and merriment with four world class singers. Tickets cost £20 and are available via 01729 893180.

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