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Settle and District News Updates April 9th 2017


This weekend there will be a guided railway walk on Saturday 15 April, as part of the  Get walking programme. This  will be the annual  Kirkby Stephen Classic Vehicle Day   7mile walk. This is a moderate walk from  Kirkby Stephen station via  Lammerside Castle and Eden Viaducts and back Kirkby Stephen town.   This leaves Kirkby Stephen at 11.22 and returns on the Classic Bus to station or offers the option to visit the Rally in Brough using the Vintage Bus Service. The walk is suitable for families but not suitable for pushchairs or buggies.    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 15 April , QueenEsque – a North West based Queen tribute band – will finally be coming to the Victoria Hall after their December date was rescheduled due to  flooding. On April 20 Police Dog Hogan take to the stage!  Described as a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant and genre-defying fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. an unforgettable night is promised.  On April 28th The Company of Players brings together twelve of the best emerging musicians on the UK folk and acoustic scene.Said The Maiden, The Sam Kelly Trio, Lukas Drinkwater, Kelly Oliver, Minnie Birch, Daria Kulesh, Kim Lowings, and Chris Cleverley collaborate on a brand new body of folk music, celebrating the works of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.After a week long writing residential in Belper, Derbyshire, The Company of Players presents songs about love, loss, death and magic inspired by the imagination of one of Britain’s greatest literary icons. On 29 April fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. Also over the bank holiday weekend, on April 30th,  the annual Nordic invasion takes place when Scandimoot comes to Settle with a concert by artists invited to teach and perform at the annual Scandimoot weekend of Scandinavian music and dance.There will be fiddle music with Norwegians Rasmus & Hans Kjorstad and Jo Einar Jansen plus Rowan Rheingans from the UK. Vegar & Mette Vårdal will perform some Norwegian dances. The concert will be followed by traditional music and dance with weekend course participants.Looking ahead, the extraordinary and unforgettable  “Spooky Men’s Chorale”  will be visiting Settle on July 21st. This Australian act are including Settle in a tour which includes venues as varied as Sage, Gateshead, Ely Folk Festival and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. They are an experience not to be missed…For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


The Folly needs you! The Museum of North Craven Life is looking for volunteers to assist across a wide range of areas and skills. Volunteering offers you a chance to refresh old skills and gain new ones; to meet new people, improve your confidence and self esteem, gain knowledge and enjoy new experiences and become part of a team. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and there are opportunities to help with events, exhibitions, gardening, greeting visitors, learning activities, publicity, repairs, research and many other areas. If you could help then please contact or ring 01729 822854 or 015242 51388, we’re waiting to hear from you.  The Folly re-opened to the public on 11 April and will be open throughout the summer season every Tuesday between 10:30am to 4:30pm and on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 1.30pm to 4.30pm. There are currently four displays and exhibitions on view. Back in Settle was inspired by a facebook group set up 3 years ago to share stories and old photographs from around the area and is about ensuring that memories of the everyday life of the area are recorded and shared.  The companion exhibition the End of an Era: 200 Years of Zion Chapel tells the remarkable story of Zion Chapel, built in 1816 into the steep hillside of Upper Settle and just a few doors up from The Folly. So, what is so special about Zion? Apart from being a hidden gem of a building with one of the most stunning views in Settle, it tells the story of a group of people who have been at the heart of community life in the town for the best part of 200 years. Also running at present are  Pastimes in Past Times and  Settle Captured in Wool. An annual ticket is now available for the exhibitions at The Folly priced at £7.


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. At the end of the month the church is hosting a “knitted bible” display. This comprises 33 scenes from well known bible stories, with all the characters individually hand knitted. There will be an accompanying eye-spy quiz for children to encourage families to look closely at the work.  The display will be open to the public Friday 28 April 10-12 & 1-3, Saturday 29 10-3, Sunday 30 1-3, Monday May 1st 10-3 and Tuesday 2 May, 10-12. When members of St George’s URC in Hartlepool began knitting in February 2008, they only intended to re-create the scene of ‘The Last Supper,’ but their enthusiasm and imagination led to a much more ambitious project of interest to knitters, crafters and general public alike. All welcome, light refreshments will be available.


Settle W I enjoyed a lively talk by a member of the Fire and Rescue Service and considered all the tasks that the Fire service were expected to perform.  We were left with vivid pictures of river rescues, fire fighting, talks in schools but barely one cat rescued from a tree.We were invited to lift a mock body weighting six stone which we found incredibly heavy which went some way to explaining why firemen no longer employ a fireman’s lift. A demonstration of fire alarms, which are free on application, was informative especially the one designed to alert the deaf. A pad under the pillow hops about impressively should there be a fire.

A bear named Alison was the most popular among the objects beginning with ‘A’ and Kate Croll and Sheila Gudgeon won the bursaries towards a visit to Denman College. The afternoon ended with birthday cake to celebrate our 28th birthday.


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.


Members of the public are invited to call in at the business and community hub in commercial courtyard to join in a free craft session and find out more about the timebanking scheme on 13 April. The session will focus on making “morsbags”, fabric shopping bags. The session runs from 3-6pm. All welcome.









On  Friday, 14th April, (Good Friday) there will be a stall in the foyer of Limestone View from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm selling a range of items in aid of guide dogs for the blind.  This includes birthday cards,notelets, gifts and stationery. There will also be a tombola.        You are  also cordially invited along to Langcliffe Village Hall on Monday, 17th April (Easter Monday) between 12 noon to 5pm to join in a fundraiser event on behalf of Guide Dogs for the Blind. There will be tea, coffee, light snacks, home-baked cakes and much more on offer. All welcome


Churches Together will again be presenting their annual pageant of the Journey To The Cross on Good Friday morning, April 14th. The journey starts at St John’s Methodist Church and then makes its way to the Millennium Garden before processing up Kirkgate to the Market Place.  It then travels down Church St to Settle Parish Church. Everyone is welcome to join in the procession and to watch the scenes from the Easter story being re-enacted at the various venues along the route.  The opening scene will take place at St John’s at 10.30am. All welcome.


The next all sorts market at Victoria Hall will take place on Saturday, 15 April. Refreshments will be available all day. Tables are now available. For details and to book a table contact 01729 8257128.


Captain Scrap is coming to town – on 15 April Captain Scrap will be at Friends Meeting House at 3pm for an hour long exploration and interactive adventure aimed at 6-10 year olds. Where some people see a skip, Captain Scrap sees a treasure trove of opportunity in a session which is a delicious cocktail of interactive storytelling/making and junk sculpture, that’ll get you thinking about the beauty of rubbish. Bring some junk with you to pass Captain Scrap’s crash course and become a Junk Pioneer! Also in April 2 Magpies theatre will be performing “Ventoux” at Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick on 21 April. Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain on the Tour De France and the performance features video footage of the cycle race while also exploring the stories of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, whose drug fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever witnessed. Tickets for both events available from Settle Stories website or 05603 845 693.


The next messy church session will take place on 16 April at St John’s Church between 3.30-5.30. The theme will be Easter and there will be games, activities and chocolate related fun. This is a time for families of all kinds to share experiences together and join in a hot meal. The event is free but there is an opportunity to contribute to the cost of craft materials and foodstuffs.


Looking ahead to Easter, Richard Whinray will present a Local History Guided Tour of Settle on Easter Sunday, 16th April, from 5.30 pm until 7.15pm. There will be a minimum donation of £4.00 with all proceeds being donated to Oxfam.  Meet outside Settle Tourist Information – for further information please contact Richard Whinray on 01729  554086


Settle’s annual parish meeting will take place on 19 April at 7pm in Victoria Hall. It will commence with a showing of “Capturing the Past”, a presentation showing civic and community life in archive film presented by Dales Community Archives. The full meeting will follow on from this including the mayor’s report and an open forum where questions can be put to the council and matters for future debate can be raised.


The monthly letter writing session for Amnesty International will take place at Friends Meeting House on 19 April. This drop in session runs from 5-8 and you are invited to go along and to write a letter to helps amnesty’s various campaigns. Information is provided and individual letters can make a tremendous difference. For details contact 01729 268912.


The annual general meeting of the Friends of Settle Swimming Pool will be held on Thursday 20 April at the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate,Settle starting at 7.30pm.  Everyone who has an interest in the pool is invited to come along to hear how the Friends have done over the past year and our plans to provide further support to the pool over the coming year.


The next Settle Sessions night will take place at The Folly on 21 April at 7.30pm. This will be an evening with Lawland writer Veronica Caperon and Chris and John Bousfield .Tickets (in advance) cost  £6 from The Folly.


Settle Eco Nite Group invite you to come along to their give and take day in order to recycle unwanted items and keep landfill to a minimum. Brign along your own unwanted items – in good condition – to give away or simply turn up and browse and take away  any item of interest to you. The event takes place on Saturday 22 April at Victoria Hall and runs from 9.30am – 2.30pm, with the last time for checking in items being 1.30pm. There will also be a table for pictures of larger items and a seed swap section. Unfortunately clothes and shoes cannot be accepted and traders are not welcome at this kind of event.  For further information please call 01729 822669


You are cordially invited along to The Old Court House on Station Road to enjoy fresh coffee, home baking and friendly chat at the SAOS Coffee Mornings on April 22nd and Saturday May 6th between10.00am to 12.30pm. All welcome.


On 22 April , The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool are proud to present an evening of music in aid of pool funds with The Swing City Band, featuring vocalist Josh Hindle. The programme promises a night of Big Band classics, and the most famous hits performed by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and many more. Doors open at 6.45 pm at Victoria Hall  for 7.30 start. Tickets £10 from Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718


A new series of Pilates classes will start in Settle during the week commencing 24 April. All sessions will take place at St John’s Methodist Church Hall.  On Mondays there will be two classes, both suitable for mixed abilities. These will be mat work classes and run from 6-7pm and 7.10-8.10pm respectively.  On Wednesday there will be a mixed ability mat work class from 9.10-10.10am and a fundamental mat work class (suitable for those with no previous experience or more limited movement ability) between 10.20-11.20am.  The charge will be £35 for a block of 5 sessions.  For details contact  079 5533 8775.


An eight week course aimed at helping to promote happiness will be commencing at Friends Meeting House on 25 April. Part of an international movement, The course is run over 8 sessions, which take place weekly and last for 2 hours. Each session follows the same format, which has been designed to be inspiring and interactive and participants will look at questions such as  What really matters in life. What actually makes us happy, can we find peace of mind, can we build happier communities.  For further information contact 07768654735.


The next club meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 26 April when the speaker will be Marguerite Hughes. Her topic will be “Location, Location, Location.”  The meeting starts at 2pm and visitors are welcome, cost £3.


The next meeting will take place on April 22nd at Settle Social Club and will feature guest singer, Chris Milner. All welcome.


Victoria Hall will be the venue for the Age UK North Craven fashion show on 27 April. This will also a feature a pop up shop with five rails of high end/ designer items. These and all the items modelled during the show will be on sale on the night.  The shop opens at 6.15pm and the show will begin at 7pm. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine or a soft drink and are available from Age UK shop in Cheapside or from Victoria Hall.   In addition to this there are currently tickets on sale for a grand raffle to raise funds for a new minibus. Tickets cost £1.


The next film showing in the foreign film season at Victoria Hall will be “Our Little Sister”. This will be shown on May 3rd at 7.45pm. Admission £5 on the door.  This Japanese film, with subtitles, revolves around the changes in a family of three sisters when their young half-sister comes to live with them.



Giggleswick Gazelles now offer a beginners running group, every Friday evening at 5.30pm. Participants meet at Eshtons Pavilion and beginners are assured that walking and stopping is part of the programme and the aim is simply to find a way of making learning to run more fun. The group is run by two local and experienced coaches and the run is always followed by tea and cake. For details contact either 07799063115 or 07955342344, or simply turn up!


On April 21 Settle Stories  and 2 Magpies Theatre will present “Ventoux”. Tickets for this event are available from Settle Stories or from 05603 845693. This a dramatic retelling of the clash between Marco Panatani and Lance Armstrong on the most fearsome mountain on the Tour de France.  On 23 April, Community Cinemas present La La Land.  Tickets cost £5.50 and the film starts at 3.30pm.  On Saturday 29 April the New World String Trio , comprised of players from Opera North,  will perform a spring concert at Giggleswick School Chapel. Tickets from or 01729 893180



There is nothing which sends a shiver down the spine quite like the opening chords of a piece by a really good brass band!  So when the opening bars of a very traditional band piece rang out then it was easy to tell that we, the audience were going to be in for a really good night. We were not disappointed, for although the programme had remarkably few “traditional band tunes”  it certainly did have something for everyone , drawing on music from film, stage and rock bands along the way to produce an evening of great contrasts and fantastic arrangements.  Under the baton of their new conductor, Kevin Maltby, the band seemed to be re-vitalised and whilst many of the pieces were clearly very challenging they rose to the challenge with great enthusiasm and flair to produce a scintillaing evening’s entertainment.  Clearly Kevin is an inspirational conductor and it was wonderful to see some of the junior members of the band who have worked with him at Skipton Music Centre now taking such an active role in the band. He is also a very generous musician, making sure that not only soloists are acknowledged for their outstanding performances but also highlighting the work of the different sections of the band when the piece demanded particular attention by various instrumentalists and explaining pieces to the audience with enthusiasm and humour.   This is particularly important for those who are not familiar with the work as it helps to give an insight into the piece and also makes you more aware of the skill required to perform it so well.  Not that there were many unfamiliar pieces in this programme, as could be seen by the way in which so many of the audience sang along, toes tapping and at times struggled to remain in their seats to numbers such as the medley from Grease, or the powerful arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody – or for those familiar with Gaelic rock concerts, the  driving chorus of the anthemic version of “Loch Lomond.” There were also a number of very poignant moments too, with moving renditions of  “Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan, where the great precision of the band was clearly on show and again in  “ Bui-Doi” from Miss Saigon and in the beautiful performance of “Highland Cathedral”.  I am sure that everyone present left with their own personal highlight, for this was a programme which sparkled in so many ways.  However, it would be remiss not to mention the great work of the two soloists, Stephen Howarth and Tracey Hesletine or the fantastic finale, with the magnificent medley from Les Miserables – a feat which left everyone longing for more. Congratulations to all concerned for a truly  stunning evening.

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