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Settle and District News and Snippets 17th September


Settle Voices Community Choir will meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday, 24th September from 1pm to 3pm. This session will be run by Bryan Davies, leader of the Good in Parts Community Choir in Leeds. New members are welcome. The annual fee is £5 and the weekly session is £4.

For more information visit the website at or phone Nancy on 01729 822771.

Many thanks.



The Big Settle Breakfast has begun its 5th season of monthly breakfasts, where a full English breakfast is followed by a short talk by an invited speaker. It is organised by Settle & District Churches Together, and is held at the Friends Meeting  House in Settle. This month’s speaker was Canon Max Wigley, who spoke about ‘Behind the Footlights’ – stories from his 28 years as Chaplain at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre, where he met many well known artists – often at the beginning of their careers.




Tickets are now on sale for this year’s production of the Sound of Music, which will take place at Victoria Hall from 29 October to 3 November.  Evening performances start at 7.30pm and there will also be a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.  Tickets are available from the box office at Victoria Hall on 01729 825718 and family tickets and group tickets are available.



Many thanks to everyone who has supported the Tuesday lunches this summer. Thanks especially to the regular customers, the hardworking staff who have served each week and those who have baked tirelessly to provide such wonderful fare over the weeks. The last Tuesday lunch will take place on 25 September. However there will be a full Christmas Dinner served on Tuesday, November 27th – please contact the catering team for details and to reserve a place.  Parishioners are reminded that the time for morning service on Sunday will change in October from 10am to 9.30am.




There are currently two exhibitions showing at the Folly. The first is  ‘Time to Celebrate’ and the second is Victoria Cave Revisited’. Opening times: Tues. 10.30-4.30  Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun and Bank Holidays 12.30-4.30.For further information check the website at or ring 01729 822893 for more information. On Sat. Sept 29  7.30pm in the Folly, there will be a talk by Dr Mike Slater on ‘The Peopling of the Past:the Legacy of Record Keepers’. Tickets for this event cost £6.00 from the Folly or 01729 822893. Please note that seating is limited, so book early to ensure a place.


The Pavilion Pie Club is a newly formed club for men over 60 and will meet fortnightly in the Cricket Pavilion at Settle Cricket club to enjoy a lunch of pie and ale and share good company. For details contact Richard Daniels on 01729 823066 at Age UK.


Itself based in an area which has inspired artists for centuries, the gallery is currently staging an exhibition of the Yorkshire Landscape,  including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Artists include: Norman Adams, Anna Adams, David Cook, Annie Farrer, Frank Gordon, Peter Hicks, Katharine Holmes,Emerson Mayes, Janet Swailes, Margaret Uttley and Marjan Wouda. The exhibition will run until  3 November.  The Gallery is open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 – 4.  With two distinct exhibition spaces, the Long Gallery and the Window Room.



Karen’s Keep Fit sessions at the former Settle Middle School building.  Sessions have now recommenced and run weekly on Mondays from 7.30- 830pm. The cost is the same as last year at £4 per session and free classes are available via a voucher scheme.  Activities are varied and suitable for all abilities and led by a qualified and insured instructor. For further details contact 015242 42392.




Settle Scorpions invite all ages to learn more about the skills involved in Tae Kwon-Do. The groups practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Settle Primary School with the junior group meeting from 6-7.15pm (age 6 – 15 years)  and the seniors (age 16+) meeting from 7 to 8.30pm. Classes are suitable for all skill levels. For further details contact 01729 823416.



Bradford based folk/Indie band “Wilful Missing” return to Settle on 21 September and on 22 September the Arden Youth Choir for girls take to the stage demonstrating their versatility and diverse repertoire which includes pop, gospel, soul, classical, folk and opera.  On 27 September Victoria Hall is delighted to welcome once more the Northern Chamber Orchestra in a programme of music by Rossini, Mozart, Bartok and Schubert.   Comedy is to the fore on 30 September when Jo Caulfield brings her “Better the Devil You Know” tour to Settle. Familiar from BBC radio 4 and TV’s “Mock The Week”, “Have I Got News For You”  and “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show”, Jo is one of the nation’s top comediennes and is currently starring at the comedy club as part of the Edinburgh Festival.  For details and tickets for all of the above contact the box office on 01729 825718.



There will be a showing of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at Langcliffe Institute on 21 September at 7.30pm.  Admission is £5. Please note that this is a 15 certificate.



A group offering support to those of all ages suffering from impaired hearing will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month between 10am and noon at Friends Meeting House. The aim is to assist with following speech and to raise awareness of the aids available to help those with hearing difficulties. The cost will be £12 per term and details are available via 015242 51448 or contact the Lip Reading Tutor by post via Age UK on Cheapside.




Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a Beetle Drive at Settle Social Club on 21 September at 7.30pm.  Bar facilities will be available and tickets cost £3 for adults and £1 for children. Tickets from 822959 / 822364 or on the door. All welcome.


The Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to enjoy Arden’s Angels. Founded in 2005, Arden Youth Choir will perform at Victoria Hall in 22 September.  Its members range from 10-18 years in age and their repertoire includes classical, pop, gospel, soul and folk songs. The choir have regularly appeared on TV and were heat winners in the BBC choir of the year. For tickets and details contact the box office on 01729 825718.



There will be a special evening of songs and stories favoured by the late Sally Wright to mark the second “Sally Day” on 22 September.  The evening commences at 8.30pm and admission is £5.



Settle Golf Club in conjunction with Settle Cricket Club invite you to take part in the Great British Putting Championship at Settle Cricket Club on September 23. The competition is open to all ages and there will be two categories, Juniors (under 16s) and Adult with cash prizes for the winner, second and third place in each category. Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for juniors, to include a burger or hotdog. The competition will run from 11am to 5pm and if you have your own putter then feel free to bring it, however there will be some available on the day for those who wish to borrow one. For details contact  01729 825340 or 825595.



There will be an all age, informal worship meeting at 4pm on 23 September at St John’s Hall. The theme will be “Moses, I know you’re the man!” and there will be drama, songs, activities and refreshments.  All welcome.



There will be another in the series of occasional musical events at Poppies on 26 September, at 7.30pm. This will feature music by Chris Waddinton on guitar and Clare Douglas on violin.  They will perform a range of music including jazz, classical and folk from composers as diverse as King Henry VIII and Jerome Kern. Admission is £7 and further details and tickets are available from Poppies Tea Room or Settle Music (01729 825838).



The gardening club will meet at Townhead Court on 26 September at 1pm for a Jacobs Join lunch and gardeners forum. Admission for non-members is £3.




On Friday 28th September 7.30 at the Friends’ Meeting House there will be a talk by Dr. Christopher Baker, director of research at the William Temple Foundation, on the subject of “Christianity and the New Social Order”.



You are invited to come along to Crossgates Bio-energetics and beauty therapies at Barrel Sykes in Settle on 28th September when they will be holding a coffee morning as part of this year’s Macmillan appeal to hold the world’s largest coffee morning.   Coffee will be served between 10 am and noon and all are welcome.


There will be a chance to find out more about local businesses and organisations at the Settle Showcase event on 29 September, at Victoria Hall and the Quaker Meeting House. The free event runs from 10-4pm and there will be displays from 40 local businesses as well as a range of workshops including advice for parents on internet safety, first aid, community arts and crafts , writing tips and a range of other subjects. There will also be the chance to take part in a treasure trail around Settle with prize vouchers to be won and the opportunity to tour the regeneration work at the town hall. For details visit




This year’s flu vaccine will be available from Townhead  Surgery from Saturday 29 September. ‘At risk’ patients can book flu appointments on-line via the Practice website or in the usual way. There are more than 2,000 appointments to choose from including weekday lunchtimes, afternoons, tea times and Saturday appointments for our patients at school, college, work or for our patients who are ‘at risk’ but find it difficult to visit the Surgery during normal working hours. Also, this year in response to patient feedback, there are more appointments available at our Hellifield Surgery to ensure that all those in the at risk groups can receive vaccinations as promptly as possible.



The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, October 6th at Settle College. This will run from 7.30 until 11.30pm. Participants please note the change of time and that this is a return to the usual venue after the alterations at the college during the summer.  To book a place please contact  01729 823259 by Thursday 4 October. All proceeds from this dance will be donated to the St Mary and St Michael Church and Hall Restoration Fund. The church having provided an alternative venue for dances during the summer. During the last twelve months the charity dances have raised a magnificent total of £2850 for good causes locally.




Following the cancellation of the Great Yorkshire Show and the resulting loss of income, there will be a Literary Lunch on Monday 15th October from 12 noon in St John’s Church Hall.  The speaker will be Dulcie Lewis.  Tickets cost £15 including a three-course meal and may be obtained from Mary Hindle or Edna Tomlinson.


The Settle Storytelling festival will take place this year between 11-14 October and the programme is now available in shops and cafes in town, with bookings now being taken for events. However the festival is also appealing for volunteers to help run the festival so that it can be even bigger and better than in previous years. If you can help with stewarding, catering, leafleting, admin or assisting in the box office then please contact 07788 712377.



Join Giggleswick and Settle Bavarian band for live music and German themed specialities at The Lion in Settle on 17 October  from 7.30 onwards.







The Foyer gallery at the Richard Whiteley Theatre will be hosting a new exhibition  entitled “Oil, Water and Silk”, from October 6th. This will comprise of work by Margaret Blackburne focusing on watercolours and mixed media, oil paintings of people and places by John O’Keefe and paintings on silk by Christine Frost.  The gallery will be open between 1-5pm on weekends throughout October, with a meet the artists day on October 14th.


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