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Settle and District News March 6th


This week there will four guided walks on offer. The first of these is a family walk as part of the “Get Walking” programme. This takes place on Saturday, 11 March and is an 8 mile moderate walk from Gargrave to Malham connecting with a service bus from Malham to Skipton. This will leave Gargrave at 11.05. Although a family walk, participants should note that there may be stiles to cross and so the route is not suitable for prams or buggies.  Also on Saturday 11 March there is an 8 mile moderate walk from Armathwaite to Wetheral leaving Armathwaite at 9.06 and connecting with a service bus from Wetheral to Carlisle on the return leg.  Again on Saturday 11th there will be a 12 mile strenuous  Hawes circular walk via Wether Fell and Semerwater  leaving Hawes at 10.21 and  returning via Garsdale. This will connect with the service bus to Hawes and return to Garsdale, numbers therefore will be limited so please ring 01943 875445 to book. On Sunday 12 March  there will be an 11 mile strenuous Horton to Settle  walk leaving Horton-in-Ribblesdale at10.20.  The midweek walk on 15 March will be a 13 mile strenuous Hellifield to Settle via Malham, leaving Hellifield at 09.40. All participants 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.  Details of all walks can  be found at


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


On March 10th Snake Davis performs classic  sax solos. One of the world’s most respected and in demand saxophone players, working with some of music’s biggest artists such as Eurythmics, M People, George Michael, Take That, Cher, Tina Turner and Beyonce. Snake and the band will give you 25 classics, including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Respect, Yakety Yak, and his own solos from A Million Love Songs, Moving on Up, Search for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfield’s Change. On March 15 Irish Americana is to the fore with fiery band, Rackhouse Pilfer. There’ll be more than a touch of the Irish about the  music on St Patrick’s Even when Daoiri Farrell and The Damien O’Kane Trio visit Settle. A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra/Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson‘s (Damien O’Kane Band) sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st Century’.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.  On Sunday, March 12 there will be a cafe service at 4pm. Please come along and join us for tea and fellowship and informal worship. All welcome.


Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate is the venue on 9 March for a meeting by the cross party campaign for proportional representation in the House of Commons. There will be an opportunity to find out more about the campaign and how you can become involved at this open meeting, from 7-8.30pm.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invites you to join them for at Coffee Morning at the Old Court House, Station Road, Settle on Saturday March 11th 10.00 to 12.30. There will be home baking and fresh coffee and a warm welcome is always guaranteed.


The Lion in Settle is holding a fundraising event for Help for the Homeless on 12 March. There will be an afternoon session of mixed open music from 2pm followed by an evening acoustic concert. There is free admission to the event but there will be a raffle and bucket collection throughout the day.


A letter writing session will take place on March 15th at Friends Meeting House. Letters represent an important part of Amnesty’s work, either helping families to seek justice, pleas for release from imprisonment or sentences of execution or highlighting cases of miscarriages of justice. The drop in session runs from 5-8pm and assistance is available with composing the letters.  For details contact 01729 268912.


You are invited to come along and join us at Settle Parish Church on Saturday 18 March for a  Coffee Morning and light lunches between 10am – 3pm, to help raise funds to support the work of Pioneer Projects  in Settle and Bentham among people living with memory loss and dementia, and their carers.


This year’s event will take place at Settle Primary School on 18 March between 10am to 5pm and is supported by Hornby and JDM Models. there will be a number of working layouts and a range of model railways on show. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.  Admission is £2.50 for adults, £1 for children and free for scouts in uniform.


The orchestra’s spring concerts will take place on 18 March at Richard Whiteley Theatre and on 25 March at Christ Church in Skipton.  Both concerts will commence at 7.30pm. The programme will feature Schumann’s Manfred Overture and Brahms’ German Requiem.  Tickets cost £12 and are available on the door, from members of the orchestra or from Skipton Camera Centre, Cave and Crag in Settle or from Bentham Post Office.


The March club will take place at Settle Social Club on 18 March and will feature a guest performance by the “Bard of Braemar”, Bill Adair. The evening commences at 8.30pm  and there will be the usual floor singers also. Admission £5 on the door.


Settle stories is facilitating a set of workshops for women living with mental health issues, starting on 23 March. Underlying the sessions is the premise that  while your hands are busy stitching and creating, stories can be shared and friendships created. Facilitated by expert textile artist Jaki Bogg, the eight sessions will use the arts as a form of self expression and create flags that explore the theme of happiness. These flags will later be exhibited across Settle as part of Settle Stories Festival of Happiness.These sessions are totally free and take place at the Village Hall in Horton-in-Ribblesdale from 10am – 4pm. You can come along to any, with no obligation to come to every session. Please bring a packed lunch with you.  Sessions will take place on Thu 23rd & Fri 24th March, Tue 11th & Wed 12th April, Mon 24th & Tues 25th April and Sat 13th & Sun 14th May Phone booking only. Call Settle Stories on 05603 845693


Rehearsals are currently underway amongst the Junior Theatre group for their forthcoming performance at Victoria Hall, Settle. On Thursday and Friday March 23rd and 24th they will be performing a musical version of “Peter Pan” Tickets are now available from the hall box office from 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday either in person or by phone or on line Tickets: Balcony: £10  Stalls: £8,Children £5, Family £22


Marking the re-opening of the line  in March there will be a special showing of archive and recent footage of the line at a film show on 18 March at St John’s Methodist Church.  Over 2 hours of film will be shown, including recent footage of the work which has been carried out to repair the line following the landslide. The event will commence at 7pm and tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for under-16s. Seating is limited and so early booking is advisable. Tickets can be booked at


St. John’s Methodist Church, Settle invite you to join them for a Pudding Night on Monday, March 20th at 7pm in the Church Coffee Lounge. This is a free event and is open to the community. Simply bring a pudding, or just bring yourself and enjoy good company and some sweet treats. All welcome.


Settle will be hosting a Yorkshire Dales Ukulele weekend over the period 17th to 19th March 2017. The weekend commences in The Royal Oak on Friday and will feature an Event “welcome” with Guest Performances from some of the top Ukulele Musicians in the UK and an Open Mic session. There will also be Big Quiz. This will take place in the function/dining room. On Saturday there will be events at Victoria Hall throughout the day including workshops, an open mic session and a concert. Workshops will take place every hour from 11 through to 2pm with the open mic session at 3pm, hosted by  Kakebelly. Applications to take part in this can be sent online beforehand and on the day. The Gala Show at 7pm will feature: Dead Mans Uke & Special Guests, The League of Ukulele Gentlemen, Danielle Perkins, Liam Capper Starr, Michael Adcock and  The Nanukes of the North. Tickets for the concert only are available at £12.50. There will also be an after show party at the Royal Oak with Uke Jamming going on ’til late… For hardy souls the Sunday event is a Brunch & Strum, which is basically a mass strum for everyone who has attended the event coupled with an opportunity to enjoy a good Dales “Brunch”. Again this will be based around the function room at the Royal Oak. Weekend tickets available at £30. Details at



The next meeting will take place on 22 March at Townhead Court at 2pm when the speaker will be Nikki Brown (Be A Gardenmaker). The topic for the talk will be How It Is Now. Non members are welcome, admission £3.


Volunteers make up a core part of our team and help us to carry out a wide range of tasks in the area. A vacancy has arisen for a volunteer shop assistant in our shop on Wednesday mornings from 10-1. If you could help please contact 01729 823066 for details.


Victoria Hall will once again be staging a monthly all sorts market featuring local craft stalls throughout the summer months. The first market will take place on 25 March and will run from 9-3pm with homemade refreshments available all day. For details, reservations and prices contact 01729 825718


Horton Community Cafe are staging a mini art exhibition in Settle Library. “A Splash of Colour” features the work of Ashley Morgan and opens on 14 March and runs to the end of the month.


The AGM on Wednesday proceeded smoothly. The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer’s reports were warmly received along with news of the cancellation, in future, of any attendance fees from members or visitors. Announcements of forthcoming events included a visit to Hull with Bibby’s and a craft workshop day in April.Members enjoyed a Beetle Drive, won by Mavis Garnett after which Jane Longton was acknowledged as the prize winner with the lowest score.A home made cream tea followed which was greeted with much enthusiasm by members.The Spring Craft Workshop Day  will take place on Wednesday 26th April in the Catholic Church Hall, Settle and is open to non-members. Wire sculptor Linda Hoyle will be returning to do a full day course sculpting a wirework hare.  This will run from 9.30am – 3.30pm with a break for lunch.  The full day workshop costs £40 and includes all materials.  Places are limited so please book early. In addition, Sue Amphlett will be running 2 x half day courses:  Needlefelting in the morning, 9.30am – 12 noon.  This course will be suitable for complete beginners or improvers who want to build on what they learnt in November.  The cost for the half day is £20 which includes all materials.The afternoon session will be ‘An Introduction to Beadwork’  learning the basics of beadwork and making a beaded bracelet.  1pm – 3.30pm, the cost is £20 which again includes all materials.Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.To book please contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145)  email:


On Tuesday 4th April 2017 at  St John’s Methodist Church, Settle there will be a soup lunch followed by a talk to raise awareness of the work of CRMI (Christian Restoration Ministeries International) Children of Hope project. During the session Margaret Calvert, of Giggleswick, will be sharing her recent experience in Uganda with CRMI’s medical mission 2017. Juliet Burdm Director of CRMI Children of Hope, will also give some insight into the work of the charity in Uganda. Please meet at 12:30 for lunch and 2pm for the talk The event is free – however any donations given will go towards the house building project for Shamirah and her Mother and siblings – more information about this appeal will be given at the event)


The next Messy Church will take place on Sunday 19 March St John’s Hall, Settle at 3.30pm – 5.30pm. This month we’ll be asking the question, “So….how does forgiveness really work?” All shapes and sizes of families are welcome! Messy Church is a time for families to come together, have fun together, make things together, eat a hot meal together & celebrate together.  There is no charge for coming to Messy Church, however there will be opportunity to give a donation towards craft resources & catering costs if you wish


Giggleswick with Settle Mothers’ Union members would like to say a huge thank yo uto the many friends & supporters who came along to Holy Ascension on Shrove Tuesday, to eat pancakes and delicious toasted sandwiches.  A special thanks to Rob Brown for his invaluable help and support with the catering – producing the most delicious “toasties”.  We are thrilled that you all helped us raise £305 for ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ ethical gifts. There’s still time to add to this total and buy a gift, please have a look at the brochure – available in St Alkelda’s and Holy Ascension or visit Or why not buy an ethical Mothering Sunday gift and help transform a life? The next meeting of Giggleswick with Settle Mothers’ Union will take place Wednesday 8th March at 2pm in the Parish Room, Giggleswick when we’ll have ‘a reflection for Lent’.  Mothers’ Union meetings are open to every member of the church family – please join us for this quiet time.


Advance information of a concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band. This will take place in Settle Parish Church on April 8th at 7.30pm. Watch out for posters with further details.


The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday  18 March 2017, at 8.30am. Tea / coffee will be served from 8.15am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. The talk will be “Between Angels & Dust”: Paul Fisher reflects on his book Given the state of our world, how we see, appreciate and respond to one another can make all the difference between continuing breakdown or a hope-full future Everyone welcome St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate, Settle Please book your places by Thurs 16 March ‘Full English’    £3.00

Contact 01729 825285 / email: to book your place


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 unless stated otherwise. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email The first trip is to Funny Girl- The Musical on  Wednesday 7th June, 2017  for a Matinee 2pm  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The price £51.00 per person. Second, is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pmat  Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person and the closing date for reservations is 24th April. 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 £45.00 per person, Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and “Handbagged” a play detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher.



On Sunday March 12 there will be a showing by Community Cinema of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” at 3.30pm. Please note that this is a 12a film.  On March 13 there will be a production of King Arthur by Story Pocket theatre. Details and bookings via or by calling the Richard Whiteley Theatre box office on 01729 893180.

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