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Two walks are planned in the coming weekend. On Saturday 18 Jun there will be a walk from  Dent to Sedbergh via Dales Way. This is an 11 mile moderate walk leaving Dent Station at 10.16 and using a service bus to connect from Sedbergh to Dent station on the return. On Sunday 19 Jun  there is a 9 mile strenuous Swaledale walk. This leaves Ribblehead at 10.28 and connects with a service bus to Keld and returns by bus from Gunnerside to Ribblehead. (No reservation is needed for these walks but all for all walks participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  There are also free guided walking tours around the Ribblehead Viaduct site and the Blea Moor Tunnel on 22nd and 29 June. To join a tour, meet at the Heritage Centre on Ribblehead Station at 10.25 am for a tour of the Viaduct site which lasts about 2 hours.  The tours cross rough moorland and all participants should wear stout footwear and bring warm and waterproof clothing Participants wishing to visit Blea Moor Tunnel should bring a packed lunch. All tours are free of charge. Details of all walks can  be found at


Settle Orchestra’s summer concerts will feature three outstanding young soloists who are past or present members of the orchestra : Ellen Buller (Flute), Patrick Martin (Trombone) and Max Heaton (Marimba). The concerts will take place at Christ Church, Skipton on June 18th and Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick on June 25th. Both concerts commence at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £11 and are available from Tickets for our concerts are available from Orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or contacting 01729 825806. The programme will also include Verdi: Overture, ‘Force of Destiny’ and Dvorak: Symphony No.6.


Settle Brownies currently have vacancies for 7-9 year olds in the 1st Settle Brownie pack. They meet every Thursday for a range of fun activities. For details contact either  0788175082 or 0754669883.


The club is hosting a charity night on 18 June at Settle Social Club. Guest performers will be Martin Francis and The Phoenix Ceilidh Band. The evening starts at around 8.30pm and there is free entry with a collection in aid of Scholarships for Street Kids. All welcome.


The second in a series of folk fiddle workshops will take place at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate between 2-5pm on 18 June The cost for the workshop is £20 and it is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning how to play the fiddle in “folk style” (as opposed to classical violin) and an ability to read music is not essential to these sessions. The fee will cover tuition by a qualified and experienced professional, refreshments and copies of both sheet music and recordings of the music for you to take home to use to practice. For further details contact


This month messy church goes “on safari” to Malham Tarn on 19 June. Transport leaves St John’s Church at 2.30pm. There will be a chance to share a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. Messy church activities are free but there will be an opportunity to contribute to costs of food and transport if you wish. It is suggested that participants wear tough clothing and sensible shoes or wellies. To book a place contact 01729 825285 or 07740 493863 or email


The group meeting on Monday 20 June, will be a members discussion night on the topic of “What do we do with our Images?” This will take place at 7.30pm at Townhead Court and it is hoped that the discussion will include a pooling of ideas for options for collating, organising and viewing photographs. The theme for the gallery that evening will be “Reflections”.


There are plans afoot at The Folly and everyone is invited to take time out on Monday 20 June, between 3-8pm to find out more at a drop-in session at The Folly. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of Settle’s only grade 1 listed building and to examine plans to transform the building into a major heritage and arts attraction and community facility. Come along and have your say and share your ideas and feedback.


The gallery is currently staging an exhibition of silk paintings by local artist Christine Carradice. The countryside of the Dales – the limestone crags, green fields, drystone walls, barns, farmhouses and flowers – have all been captured on silk. Christine’s paintings, which are popular at the Dales National Park shops, are inspired by the Dales. Please note that this exhibition has now been extended to July 30th.


Following an informal get together Settle Amateur Operatic Society begin the auditions for their annual performance. This year they will be performing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first musical, “The Likes of Us”, which is the story of Dr Barnardo. They are holding workshop sessions which  will take place in the parish hall of St Mary and St Michael on Kirkgate, at 7pm on Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 June. All are welcome and new faces are always greatly appreciated.


The Voices of Craven: Communities in Chorus is a project which has brought together various singing groups under the direction of Tom Leech, the director of the diocese of Leeds singing programme. A number of events by local professional soloists and musicians are taking place throughout the month culminating in a grand finale where all will perform together. Tickets are available via 01756 7488080.  On Wednesday 22 June there will be an evening of Community Singing at Holy Ascension church, Settle  with John Bell of the Iona Community. The Grand Finale is a concert at Giggleswick School Chapel on 25 June which will feature local choirs and a small orchestra.


The Annual General Meeting will take place at Friends Meeting House on 24 June at 7pm. This meeting is open to all.


On Friday 24 June there will be a performance by the six-piece folk, roots and rock n roll combo that is the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band. Advance notice that on July 2nd there is a return performance by popular Bradford based band, Wilful Missing. The concert is promoting their new CD album “Unsinkable Sailor”, released in April 2016. The new songs feature subjects from Hannah Hauxwell to phosphate mining via Scottish independence and new babies. The feedback from the recent album launch has been that the Wilfuls have “never sounded better”.For details and tickets of all other events contact 01729 825718.


Settle Stories is holding a very special event in June when renowned Belgian storyteller and musician, Iwan Kushka, visits the town to present “True Moon Tales” a story-concert for adults. True Moon Tales are Half Truth Lies – welcome to the land of myth and true stories that never happened. Come and experience the ancient Indian Legend of ‘The Transported Heads’ – a tale in which two boys meet one girl and loose their hearts (and heads) in the process. A journey of poetic flight into the collective intelligence of the old tales in a highly atmospheric blend of story and music in Journeys into the Underworld, ecstatic lovers, death and rebirth, as Kushka brings with him the haunting sounds of the Iranian frame drum and the Armenian Duduk. He is joined by guitarist William Benzies and violinist Becky Doe. This event will take place on 24 June at the Royal Oak at 7.30pmYou may also like to attend Iwan’s workshop on Saturday 25th June 2016. See Settle Stories website for further details and tickets:


It’s time to start thinking about flowerpots! Everyone is invited to help brighten up the town ready for the annual flowerpot festival in July. The festival aims to involve local organisations, businesses and individuals in the hope of raising a smile by decorating the town with quirky flowerpot characters.  If you would like to take part and have any queries or need some help then contact 01729 824431 or 07739 144732. It is hoped to have all displays in place by 25 June so that a full town trail can be drawn up.


A silent auction will be held at Castlebergh Drill hall on 25 June, between 11 and 5. The auction provides a chance to invest not only in a piece of art but also in the future of the young people in the town. Settle Scouts are currently fund-raising to improve their Drill Hall premises to help not only local scouts but to also make them available to the community. They’ve teamed up with a number of local prominent and renowned artists for a special There will be refreshments served throughout the day and arts and crafts for young people.


The next foreign film session at Victoria Hall will take place on 29 June when the film will be “Le Meraviglie” (The Wonders). This will be in Italian with English subtitles. The film focuses on the life of a family living a back to nature existence in rural Tuscany and how the arrival of a film crew from a TV reality show disrupts their life. The show starts at 7.45 and admission is £5.


Each Tuesday St John’s Methodist Church holds a “coffee pot” session with home made cakes in the coffee lounge. This is open to all and runs from 10am to noon and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. On the first Tuesday of the month the coffee pot is held in aid of a charity chosen by a member of the congregation. The charity on July 5th is Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is a UK charity set up in 1931 and the Settle branch is now in its 4th year of trading. The charity’s aim is that all blind and partially sighted people can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.  Sight loss is life changing, but a guide dog can bring back independence, confidence and security. Anyone meeting the criteria can apply for a guide dog and the cost to them will be 50p. However, the cost to the charity throughout the dog’s life is £50,000. The charity is self supporting and receives no financial assistance from the government. Please come along and support this event.


Two special creative writing events are being planned in the coming months, and as both are expected to be popular and spaces are limited early booking is advisable. The first event will take place in Clapham on Wednesday August 10th at 2.00pm.

This workshop, is listed in the Dales Millennium Trust programme as a walk, and will begin with a walk in the woods and continue into a comfortable seated writing session. It will be possible to buy a cup of tea to help the writing flow.  During the walk the aim is to look, listen, touch, smell and come alive to ourselves as part of nature, as the mammals we are. This will then be used to inform writing which may take the form of poetry or story or, perhaps. simple remembering.  The group will be lead by an experienced and published writer and there will be guidance to get started.  The event is suitable for beginners and for more advanced writers who want to hone their skills.  All proceeds from this event will go the Dales Millennium Trust with whom bookings can be made. Tel.   015242 51002     email: web: The second event is a creative writing workshop at Bolton Abbey Tea Cottage and will take place on Wednesday 14 September between 10.30-4.00. During this session there will be opportunities to write either prose or poetry – or both, according to choice, under the guidance of two experienced tutors and writers.  Jean Stevens and Jean Harrison have both published collections of poetry.  Jean Harrison is also the author of a novel. while Jean Stevens has also written plays and filmscripts. Both beginners and more experienced writers welcome.  If you have never tried your hand before but read avidly you may discover how much the attempt to write can enhance the pleasure of reading. The Tea Cottage will lay on morning coffee, a two-course lunch and tea before departure. Total cost for the day is £28.00. To receive fuller details contact or



On 18 June Tim Figgins will perform at the theatre. Tim’s music has begun to establish a regular fan base and is starting to be heard on Radio 2 and BBC Introducing. He will be appearing at the Isle of Wight Festival later in the year. On Tuesday 28 June at 1.00pm and Wednesday 29 June at 7.30pm Giggleswick  pupils will be presenting “Honk!” Based on one of the world’s favourite fairy-tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Ugly is born, of course, as a Duckling but is soon becomes clear that he is no ordinary Duck. Mocked on the farmyard, pursued by the ever-hungry Cat, Ugly finds himself lost on a nearby marsh in the middle of a duck-shoot and embarks on an odyssey through the countryside, meeting a battery of colourful characters and finding himself, and love, along the way. For details of tickets contact 01729 893180


On June 20 the Junior department is hosting a “stay and play” session for under 5s between 10-11am. Under 5s and their parents/carers are invited to come along and join in a session of play with the chance for the adults to enjoy coffee and a chat. To book a tour of the school on 13 June or reserve a place at the “Stay and Play” contact 01729 893000.


The annual garden party will take place this year on 9 July at Rose Cottage. This will start at 2pm. There will be country dancing by pupils from Giggleswick Primary School as well as teas, stalls, treasure hunt, tombola and face painting.



The beautiful interior of Giggleswick chapel means that it is always a wonderful setting for concerts and the music created by the vibrant Lancaster Singers certainly lived up to the ambience of the venue. The music in “Across the Pond”  included works from America, Canada and Britain and showed a tremendous range and diversity of styles, showcasing not only the talents of the choir as a whole but also providing a spotlight on the chamber choir, individual voices and the tremendous skills of the pianist, Ian Tate who performed a scintillating quartet of piano blues by Aaron Copland. The programme was an interesting mixture of sacred and secular music, opening with a very striking and relatively modern piece “Jubilate Deo”  which allowed the full impact of the eight part choral singing to be experienced. The purity of the tone added to the power of the piece tremendously. There was then a change of mood with three linked pieces: ” I beheld her, beautiful as a dove”, “She walks in beauty” and “Rise up my love, my fair one”. This interesting trio of songs demonstrated admirably the very precise nature of the choir’s singing and the wonderful blending of their voices.  There is a Welsh word, hiraeth, for which there is no direct English translation but which is well suited to describe the incredibly atmospheric rendition of many of the songs in this programme. It was there in the a capella version of the America folksong, Shenandoah  and in the dying notes of Standford’s “The Bluebird”. It is a sense of poignant longing, touched with sadness for something departed and a wistfulness over what never can be; it is the moment when you feel the connection with something – in this case the music –  and can’t express why and how you are connected. The range of emotions covered in this concert however was vast, with examples of great jollity in “It was a love and his lass” , a peculiarly eerie lullaby in Whitacre’s “Sleep” and a powerfully uplifting hymn of praise in Scholz’s “What Wondrous Love is this.” A real highlight however was the stunning rendition of Morten Lauridsen’s song, “Dirait-on” which gave the audience the opportunity to wonder at the fantastic harmonies created by this outstanding group of singers.  The programme drew to a close with two particularly atmospheric pieces, “Lullaby” by Daniel Elder and “Hushabye Mountain” best known from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The first was deceptively simple but immensely moving and the second was beguiling with strong solo voices and ending with a dreamlike quality. And just when you thought it was all over, there was more – in the form of an effervescent medley from “West Side Story” which simply sparkled with life and energy and flowed seamlessly from the fiery wit of “America” through to the achingly beautiful dream of “Somewhere”.

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