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Pupils at Settle have been sharing some of the facts they have discovered about  penguins and Antarctica this week and explaining how the penguins camouflage works and how penguins are adapted to life in the region.  They also compared facts about the penguins in Antarctica with the Jackass penguins which are actually found in South Africa.


At the February meeting Susie Hart gave a moving and inspiring talk, illustrated by slides and film, about the craft workshops she set up in Tanzania to provide employment for disabled people who would otherwise be shunned, and about her current work in Harrogate. She was warmly thanked by Joy Calvert.  The meeting at 2 pm on Wednesday 4 March is the A.G.M. which will be followed by the much anticipated entertainment from the Drama Group. There will also be a raffle. Please note that this meeting and those in April and May will be in the Catholic Church Hall.


There are 3 walks arranged for this coming weekend on February 14th.  The first is a strenuous Ingleborough Classic  14 mile walk departing from Ribblehead at 10.06 and returning via Horton in Ribblesdale.  The second is a circular walk around Armathwaite. This leaves Armathwaite at 9.40 and is a 7 mile moderate walk. The third is an easy family walk around the reservoirs and linked to public transport from Skipton to Blubberhouses. This leaves Skipton at 10.55 and is 6 mile walk. Although this is a family walk it should be noted that it will involve crossing stiles and so is not suitable for prams or buggies. Booking in advance is not but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped. For further details contact


This month’s messy church session will take place at St John’s Hall on 15 February at 3.30pm. There will be the opportunity for worship, activities and a hot meal.


A warm welcome is offered at a number of events in Settle Parish Church this month. On Shrove Tuesday, February 17th, Giggleswick and Settle Branch of the Mother’s Union will be selling pancakes from 10am-2pm. There will be a range of traditional and exotic fillings on offer and all proceeds will got to the Mothers’ Union “Make a Mother’s day” project. This year’s annual snow drop weekend will take place on Saturday 21 and 22nd February. Come along and view the carpet of snowdrops in the churchyard and enjoy cakes and cuppa in church.  Doors open between 11am-3pm daily and all proceeds to the Aspire and Renew appeal.  Every Tuesday the church serves tea and coffee from 10am with light lunches and home-made soups on sale from noon till 2pm. There is a free wi-fi zone in church and a friendly atmosphere. All proceeds from the lunches go to church funds. All welcome at all of the above.


On Wednesday 18 February at 7.30pm in Settle Quaker Meeting House  the Trust will be hosting “Town and Country” – an illustrated talk about a 6 mile walk looking at the history of Settle and its countryside, published by the Royal Geographical Society in 2013. This will be delivered by Dr Tony Stephens. Looking ahead on  Tuesday 10 March at 7.30pm Langcliffe Village Institute  there will be a talk on mapping local disputes in Tudor and Stuart times entitled “To make a true and perfecte plotte”. The  speaker will be Dr Bill Shannon. Visitors are welcome at both events, cost £2.


The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show will conduct their next film showing at Victoria Hall on 25 February at 7.45. Admission is £5. The film is “Avant L’hiver” and is French mystery story with English subtitles.


This year’s Lent course of study run by Churches Together in Settle and District will commence on 25 February at Settle Parish Church and will follow Praise Him The York Lent Course. Meetings will take place every Wednesday and will run from 7.30- 9pm with refreshments available from 7.15pm. The theme for the first meeting is gratitude. Participants are requested to bring a bible.


February 27 sees the return of Henry Priestman to Victoria Hall for a special gig to celebrate the launch of his Live DVD “Settle Down”, which was filmed on his last visit to the Victoria Hall in 2014. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


The annual merry go round meal will take place this year on 20 February. The event will commence at 7pm in the dining hall at Giggleswick School before groups disperse to enjoy a 3 course meal with each course taking place at a different hostelry in the area. Tickets cost £18.50 and groups of up to 8 can be accommodated. The funds raised from this event will be shared between Victoria Hall, Settle Swimming Pool and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The hostelries hosting the event this year are The Boars Head, Falcon Manor, The Lion, The Gamecock, Ravenous, Talbot Arms, New Inn, The Royal Oak, The Hart’s Head and The Craven Arms. Tickets are available vid Settle Rotary Club members or from David Blackburne on 01729 822445.


Continuing from the January Craft workshop there will be a course on Art Journalling, creating paper for collage on 20 and 21 February The course costs £45, including all materials. On 14 February there will be a course on Batik work, again £45.  For details contact Jaki on or ring 07738090404.


The next Big Breakfast event will take place on Saturday 21 February 2015 at  8.30am in St Mary & St Michael Church Hall, Tillman Close, Settle. The speaker will be  Joy Orwell who will talk on the the story of Threads of Hope, a Christian outreach to the Maasai, from the perspective of her own recent short- term Mission trip to Kenya. Would participants please book your places by Thurs 19 Feb to assist with catering by contacting 01729 825285. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost is £3.00. All welcome


The second of this month’s musical events takes place on February 28th. This will be the debut of singer/songwriter Becky Mills at Poppies. For details contact 07932 182293


A reminder that this year’s Ingleton folk festival fund raising weekend will take place on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th February.  On the Friday evening, from about 7pm, there will be an open Session/Singaround in the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Main St. Ingleton. All welcome and there’s no admission charge! On the Saturday, two “Hiring Fairs” will take place. The first one from 12 Noon ’til 6pm in the Wheatsheaf Hotel and the second one in the Ex-Servicemen’s Club from 7pm ’til Midnight. Again, these are free admission. Guests appearing in both “Fairs” include: FiddLyn Man Doris, The 3 Jayz, Peter Taylor, The Well Dressed Gentlemen, Jack Pybus, Didikai, Bandersnatch, Karin Grandal-Park & Rosie Clegg, The Ginjammers, Zeke Deighton, Brillig, Strings & Swings, Lowtown Blues, Celia Ketchell, Martin Francis & Paul Morris, Dogwatch, Amy Rose Atkinson, Bill Adair, Nick Brooker, Errol & Lesley Kirkpatrick, Dogwood Rose, and a host of unaccompanied Singers to keep you entertained during the PA changeovers! All welcome.


Many thanks to everyone who came along to the special service on 8th February which featured the Huddersfield Community Gospel Choir. Special thanks to all who assisted with the event and provided lunch for the choir and thanks to the choir who performed wonderfully and led an exciting and enjoyable morning service.


Looking ahead the women’s world day of prayer service this year will be held on 6 March at 7.30pm at St John’s. The theme will be praying for the Bahamas. All welcome.



On 23 February there will be a return visit by Paper Birds theatre with their new show “Broke”. The show shares real life stories about poverty and debt in the UK and looks at both the subject of national debt and individual debt.  On 26 February the Gigg lectures series continues with a talk by Dr Paul Whittaker OBE on the subject of “Music to the Ear”. Profoundly deaf since the age of 8, Dr Whittaker is an organist and pianist and since 1988 has run a charity to  help deaf people access music and the performing arts.  On 27 February the theatre in conjunction with Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company with stage “A Cartoon History of Here” an interactive cartoon and poetry performance with  renowned broadcaster and poet Ian McMillan and acclaimed cartoonist Tony Husband.For ticket details contact 01729 893180.



In part inspired by the late Bernard  Jordan who captured the attention of the media when he disappeared from his residential care home in order to attend the D-day commemorations in June 2014, the play deals with the escapades of a D-day veteran who fears he has left it too late to return to pay tribute to a fallen friend and so plans to visit Normandy on the 50th anniversary of D-day in 1994. Along with pals Edwin Cooper, a former captain in the Royal Army Pay Corps and Alf Heginbottom, a Bevin Boy during the war, former private Tommy Hardaker lays his plans to outwit both matron and time itself in order to pay tribute to George Penney – the man who saved his life and lost his own and who should have played football for Manchester United.  Staged simply, the real strength of this play lies in the way in which it taps in to the range of human emotions surrounding the themes of loss and remembrance, made all the more poignant by the passing of time and the public commemorations of major wartime events which have brought so many personal stories into the light. Some of the most moving passages in the play concern the individual stories of the three main characters but they are stories which could so easily be the experience of so many others. As the Bevin boy who always wondered whether he could have made it as a soldier and wonders what might have been, Roy Byrom spoke powerfully of the need to remember those whose sacrifice was never marked on war memorials. Son of generations of soldiers, Edwin Cooper felt a failure as a pay clerk and retreated into a military pomposity but Stuart Davison showed his vulnerability and compassion as he explained how he had learnt to accept himself following an act of unrecorded bravery.  As Tommy Hardaker, Keith Royston was a force of nature – a veteran with a troubled past and facing running out of time his final tribute to his fallen friend left many of the audience surreptitiously brushing away tears.  These central performances, paired with a thought provoking script mean that the play swung between powerful emotions but never descended into mawkish sentimentality as throughout it all the three friends retained the sense of dignity which is the hallmark of so many ex-service personnel.  Playing the 3 female characters, Giselle Herbert, had more of a challenge but while her brusque matron did at times seem a little too much of a caricature she provided a strong support for the 3 lead roles.  This was a gentle comedy which dealt with serious themes but grew to be an extremely poignant memorial to the generation which gave their all for our freedom.

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