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settle area news updates – October 9th


This week there will be guided railway from Ribblehead to Settle as part of the walk the line series. This is a strenuous 15 mile walk leaving Ribblehead at 10.06. 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. 


Tickets are now on sale for this year’s production, ‘Anything Goes’ to be staged October 25th to 28th at Victoria Hall. Tickets can be purchased ‘on line’ as well as being available from the hall either by phone or in person during normal office hours: telephone 01729 825718


 Peer Talk is a support group designed for people living with depression. A new branch has opened in Settle and meets every  Tuesday in The Folly between 7.30-9pm. For details go to


Friday 13th is far from unlucky as it sees a performance by Jon Palmer Acoustic Band, a highly acclaimed 6-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in and around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley. The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums.  On 14th there is joyful return by GrreenMatthews in The Wind in the Willows: A Folk Opera. A brand-new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic by Chris Green. GreenMatthews (with special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer) use music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life. For details and tickets contact 01729 825718


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 Secrets of Handwriting” will be revealed in a talk by Sylvia Ware today, 12 October. Arranged by U3A, the talk will take place at St John’s Church at 10.30, with coffee being served in the coffee lounge from 10 am onwards.





Mesmerising African storyteller, Sola Story, shares myths of Askari  during an evening of  African Warrior stories on October 13 at 7pm This event lasts approximately an hour and will take place in The Joinery. For details and tickets contact Settle Stories on 0871 976 4350


On Saturday 14 October there will be a Give and Take day at Victoria Hall  between 9.30-2.30. This is an opportunity to give away any unwanted items, in good condition and take away any items which are of interest to you, thus recycling items and cutting down on waste going to landfill.  Unfortunately shoes and clothes cannot be accepted. There will be a table available to display pictures of larger items and the last time for checking in items is 1pm. Traders are reminded that this is not suitable for them and is only for private individuals.



 The next Messy Church will take place on 15 October at St John’s Church Hall between 3.30-5.30pm. Messy church is a place for families of all kinds and provides an opportunity to enjoy activities and worship and share a hot meal together.  The event is free with an opportunity to donate towards craft materials.


The next meeting will be on 16 October at 7.30pm at Townhead court when the theme will be “Favourite Photographers”.  Some members of the group will present their favourite photographs from well known photographers. The members gallery for the evening will be “The Yorkshire Dales”.



Volunteers are needed to help with writing letters to assist with changing lives. The next session will take place on18 October.  The sessions are held at Friends Meeting House and operate on a drop in basis between 5-8pm and supporting information is provided to assist with writing letters.  For further details contact 01729 268912.




 North Ribblesdale Rugby Club is the venue for a grand quiz night with local quiz master, Stuart Marshall, on 20 October. This fund raising event is in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Tickets cost £7.50 per person, including supper and there will be a bar and raffle.  Tickets are available via HSBC and via Kathryn on 015242 51488. 


Settle Library, located in Limestone view, is holding an open day on 21 October between 10.30-1.00. This is to provide an opportunity to find out more about the wide range of services available at the library. There will also be an opportunity to meet local authors and for children to take part in activities. Refreshments will also be available. All welcome.


 St John’s Methodist Church invite you to join them for a board games night with pie and pea supper on October 21st. This will commence at 6.30pm and is suitable for all ages and is open to local community, families and visitors alike.  There is no charge for admission but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to cover the cost of food. All welcome.




A reminder that coffee or tea, with biscuits, scones and cake, is served every Tuesday at Settle Parish Church between 10.15 am and 12.00 noon and that soup, snacks and sweets are served every Tuesday between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm. Do pop in and join us for a convivial meal and chat.  £216  from  recent lunch profits and donations, is being sent to RoadPeace, the national charity for the victims of road crash. This month we have a number of special events also taking place. On Friday 20 October at 2pm, Settle Primary School will hold their Harvest Service. All are welcome. Then on the evening of 20 October there will be a Harvest Supper in the church. Tickets cost £6, children under 13 at £3, families of 2 Adults and 2 children £15 and are now on sale from members of the catering team. This will be followed by a Harvest Thanksgiving service on Sunday 22 October 2017 at 9.30 am.  Gifts of non perishable foodstuffs will be gratefully received and will be forwarded to local charities.  All Welcome! The month concludes with a Dedication Festival & Gift Day  on Sunday 29 October at  10.00am. This, your local parish church was consecrated on 26 October, 1838. We therefore invite you to  join us as we celebrate 179 years of Christian witness in Settle.  A place for everyone with Christ at the centre.


 The group will next meet on 25 October at Townhead Court, at 2pm, when the speaker will be David Aired. The subject for his talk will be “Garden Flowers and Butterflies”.



The speaker having cancelled the committee hastily arranged a beetle drive which was immensely popular with everyone. Winners were congratulated with chocolates. In addition the Bring and Buy stall was immensely popular especially as one member had baked cherry buns for sale. The November craft day is filling up quickly with the glass workshops now fully booked. The beaded and pasta angels Christmas workshops still have a few places and the cost has been reduced to £15 per person. Those wishing to book should act swiftly and contact Sue Sellars:  01729 825145 or email:  There will also be an outing in October to Tennants of Leyburn, many thanks to those offering lifts to members, The Christmas shopping trip by coach to Manchester on 22nd November includes the chance to visit their Christmas market. Places are available for anyone interested. Cost is £15 per person. Departing Whitefriars car park at 8.30 am and returning from Manchester at 4pm. Contact Jeanne Carr to be sure of a place.As the Settle team won the latest round of the Federation quiz and go on to the Final, biscuits they were awarded were shared with the members over their tea and coffee.



 Settle’s Three Peaks Folk Club will be holding its usual Trafalgar Weekend celebrations over 20 -22nd October, in Settle Social Club.  There will be a range of workshops, singarounds, shanties and walks over the weekend along with good beer, good company and good music. There will be a concert with Geoff Higginbottom as guest artists on the Saturday evening. All welcome!



 Winter is coming! No, not Game of Thrones, but the actual real winter – and with it comes Settle Christmas Lights Switch On. The date this year is December 2nd, and as usual the event will be co-ordinated by Settle Rotary. However, many hands make light (or lights!) work so if you can volunteer to help in the run up to the event, or on the day or assist with the clear up then please get in touch with the co-ordinators by contacting either Derek Coultherd on 015242 51215 or Amy Robinson on



 Advance notice that Linda Clemence and Liz Smart will be holding their annual art and coffee days at the Friends Meeting House on Thursday 9 November from 1-4.30 and then from 10-4.30 on both Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November. There will be original paintings, sketches and cards for sale. Admission is free and coffee and biscuits cost £1.









On October 13 the theatre is proud to present Eterni Amici,  an exciting new duo, which sees soprano and pianist Laurie Ashworth teaming up with tenor and saxophonist Spencer Moran. Eterni Amici’s act is full of surprises as classic melodies from legendary musicals such as West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera join contemporary pop songs and are given a sensitive and modern twist. Laurie is a former student at Giggleswick and Laurie is known for her work as a teacher of singing at the school.  The next cinema showing will be on 15 October at 3.30pm. This will be a showing of the drama “Churchill”. The film follows Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944. Please note that advance tickets for this event are  £5.50 and tickets on the door are £7.50. To book tickets for any RWT event or for further information contact 01729 893180







An evening in the company of Octameron is always a pleasure to be savoured, like curling up in front of a warm fire on a winter evening with mug of hot chocolate (or a favourite stronger tipple) and a good book, there is a joy in being able to close the door on the more brash and noisy clamour of both TV and the real world and simply escape to somewhere far more civilised and pleasant. Octameron possess that same ability to transport you to a different world and time, to a place where things are done differently with a care for precision and standards and sharing the simple enjoyment and enthusiasm  that comes from  producing a job well done. This concert simply oozed that trademark “Octameron style”: a varied programme that slipped effortlessly from the sacred to secular, that danced across the decades and yet still managed to slip in an unexpected twist to an old favourite or introduce a whole new unexpected angle and all with the occasional flashes of their quirky trademark humour and the odd mischievous grin from the front row.  The opening trio of easy listening numbers set the scene, lulling the audience with familiar territory before transporting us from a rain-lashed Yorkshire church (the choice of Bacharach’s “Raindrops keep falling on my head” was particularly  apt) to medieval Europe for the first trio of Sacred pieces which concluded with the ambitious and extremely accomplished  performance of Jubilate Deo by Gabrieli. En route a touch of Latin American salsa provided chilli in the chocolate by way of the unusual and quite haunting rendition of Piazolla’s “Oblivion”, an amazing combination of tango,  jazz and classical a cappella singing.  The first half of the evening concluded with a trio of songs designed to show off the group’s talent for humour, with a lively rendition of “The Owl and the Pussycat”, a “Rambling Sailor” with a distinctly evil chuckle and “Rolling Down to Rio”, which is very clearly a favourite with the group!  The balance in the programme is in a large part due to the hard work of the ninth member, accompanist/musical director, Brian Heaton who also acts as compere and ensures that the group have a wide ranging repertoire on which to draw and cleverly mixes together old favourites with new ideas. Therefore the second half included not only more spice in the guise of the sensual Libertango by  Piazzolla but also the tranquil and powerfully uplifting work “The Ground” by Norwegian Ola Gjeilo as well as the second of the “picture pieces”-  a beautiful solo, “Mandoline” by Gabriel Faure, sung by Robin Knipe. The piece is based on a portrait of musicians and provided an interesting companion to “The Watermill”, performed earlier by Richard Williams, a musical depiction of a very Constablesque scene, complete with cat playing in the sunbeams and silvery waterwheel piano accompaniment. The third solo of the evening was the  beautiful arrangement by Britten of “The Trees they Grow so High”, performed by Sheila Hartley. As before the light and frothy easy listening pieces gave way to the serenity of the secular with one, “O Radiant Dawn” by the contemporary Scottish composer, James Macmillan, eliciting a genuine sigh of rapture from the audience at its conclusion. The versatility of the group is shown by the way in which they seem to slip between genres with such skill and ease, so that close of the heels of  the Elizabethan Serenade, comes a spiritual or a show stopper and vice versa.  In the words of one of their own songs, they certainly are ” a Boticcelli, You’re Keats, You’re Shelly! You’re Ovaltine! ”  – you’re the tops!


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