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 The friends of the swimming pool are holding a fund raising dinner and dance to help to raise money towards the refurbishment of the swimming pool. This will take place on 24 November at The Falcon Manor Hotel and tickets cost £35. There will be a four course meal followed by a disco. There will also be a raffle. For tickets contact 01729 825944.


This week there will be two guided railway walks, both taking place on 18 November.  The first of these is a 10 mile moderate walk following a circular route around Lazonby via Raven Beck. This departs from Lazonby at 9.47.  The second walk is again a 10 mile moderate circular walk, this time around Carnforth area and using the Morecambe line. This leaves Carnforth at 10am. 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. 



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 coffee pot on the first Tuesday of the month is a charity event and many thanks to everyone who came along on Tuesday 7th to support the event in aid of NSPCC.  On Wednesday 29th November you are invited to join Michael Cullingworth for “An Evening with the Dame: a celebration of Pantomime”. This will commence at 7.30pm and is a free event, during which Michael will give an illustrated and costumed talk on the history of pantomime dames and the joy of playing the dame.



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. 



 A reminder that every Tuesday there is a fundraising event at Victoria Hall. There are all-sorts stalls and a good clothes rack. Pop in and have a browse and enjoy a drink, bacon buttie or coffee and home-made cake etc. The cafe and stalls are open from 9.30 onwards.





Interested in photography? Come and see what we do. What have we got on this month? We meet at 7.30pm at Townhead Court in Settle. On Monday 20th November there will be a talk entitled “Street Photography”  by Dave Mason. Dave is “a British born photographer, [who takes] great pleasure in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, often documenting the surreal happenings on the city streets”. On Tuesday 21 November there will be a visit to Yordas cave at Kingsdale near Ingleton at 10am. This is a spectacular but easily accessible cave for some photography with a difference.Details of where and when to meet will be confirmed nearer the time. Further information can be found at: All events in November are free and from Beginners to experts – all are welcome.



Banish the winter blues with the wide variety of music and entertainment on offer at Victoria Hall in November. On November 16 there will be a streaming of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” as part of the National Theatre live programme. On November 17 North Country Theatre bring two very different approaches to a double dose of terrifying tales, one told tongue in cheek and one… straight down the line when they perform “Nightmares in Norfolk”, retelling ” Oh, whistle and I’ll come to you by M. R. James, and The Signalman by Charles Dickens. A real treat for traditional jazz fans on November 18th when the hall welcomes The Temperance Seven to Settle. Jan Boden, former lead singer of Bellowhead, will be in concert with Remnant Kings on 19th as part of the Afterglow Tour. Wild Willie Barrett’s French Connection reaches Settle on 24th, with music that comes via a cafe in Paris, a hoolie in Dublin and a rough night out in New Orleans to produce a show unlike any other. Dead Man’s Uke and Friends return with swing and old blues tunes on 25th. For details and tickets contact 01729 825718



 The next Settle Session will take place on 17 November at the Folly at 7.30 and will feature the work of Jean Harrison, reading from her new pamphlet ‘The Tilt’, set in Ghana. She worked there for eight years in the Sixties, and returned for a visit thirty years later. The work shows the contrasts and similarities as the new country grew. ‘Adventus’ is writer Sue Vickerman’s well-timed new poetry collection for Brexit Britain: what is to come? These twenty-five poems are perennials but may also serve as daily readings from 1st December, leading you through a season of endings and traumas, wistfulness, nostalgia, and anxieties about an uncertain future – with a dash of humour thrown in. Earlier this year, The Tom Twistleton Centenary Festival held a poetry competition for local young people inspired by the poet’s work, much of it in local dialect. From a shortlist of nine, winner Max Clarke will read his poem ‘The Yorkshire Rose’, along with second prize winner Daniel Craig with his poem ‘Settle is my home’ and commended poet Daniel Gilles with his work ‘Summer in Yorkshire.’ Freddie Fairweather-Smith came third with ‘The Dales’.  Tickets £6, available from The Folly, Cave and Crag or The Courtyard Dairy Lawkland or on the door. More details from



 The Royal Oak is hosting a Christmas fair on 18 November between 11-4. There will be a range of Christmas gifts and hand made goodies on offer.



 The Autumn concerts will take place on Saturday 18 November at 7.30 pm, Settle Parish Church and Saturday 25 November at 7.30 pm, Christ Church, Skipton. The programme will be:Mendelssohn   “Fingal’s Cave Overture”; Saint-Saëns   “Cello concerto No. 1″ and Beethoven  ” Symphony No. 6  (Pastoral Symphony)”. Tickets cost £12 and are available from  Skipton Camera Centre, Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and on the door or from Orchestra members.


Settle Scouts are hosting a table top sale at Castleberg Drill Hall on 18 November between 10-3.  There will be bric-a-brac, refreshments and plants as well as a variety of other stalls.  There are some spaces still available and the cost is £10 per table or £7 if you bring your own table. To reserve a space contact for further details.


Seats are still available on the coach to Manchester on Wednesday 22nd November leaving Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30am.  Cost £15.  Contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145) to book.



 Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to join them for the All Sorts Christmas Market on 25 November from 10-3. There will be a range of arts, crafts, gift ideas and all sorts on sale as well as home made refreshments available. There are stall still available contact the Box Office or ring Barbara on 01729 822364



 There will be an information morning on Saturday, 25 November at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on the topic of “Britain andPalestine”. There will be tea, coffee, cake, soup and snacks available as well as exhibitions about the campaign to support the Palestinian struggle for justice.  A collection from the refreshments will be donated to supplying medical aid for Palestine.  There will be two specific information sessions. The first of these form 10.15-145 is a film by Independent Jewish Voice, entitled “100 Years After Balfour”. The second is from 11-11.45 and is a talk by Robert Cohen on the subject, “My 72 hours in Palestine with Arthur Balfour”.


 Age UK North Craven are holding a getting connected event at The Folly on 30 November between 10-2, with the aim of allowing people to find out more about the ranges of services on offer as well as ways in which volunteers can help to deliver these services. This is a drop in event and all are welcome.



 The Community Christmas Day Dinner and tea will again take place this year at St John’s and commences at 11.45 on Christmas Day. This event is open to all ages and transport can be arranged for those who require assistance.  The cost for the event will be £10 per adult and £5 for children.  To book a place contact 01729 822138. Volunteers are required to help with this event and should also contact this number. There will be a volunteers meeting in November for more detailed planning.



 Settle Rugby Club is hosting an evening Fair on Friday, 1 December in aid of Sue Ryder: Manorlands. There will be a wide range of stalls with gift ideas for Christmas. The event will run from 6.30-9.39pm.




 Settle Christmas Lights Switch On this year will take place on December 2nd, and as usual the event will be co-ordinated by Settle Rotary. However, volunteers are always needed, soif you can assist 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






 There will be an organ recital at St. Alkelda’s Church, Giggleswick on Friday November 17th at 7.30pm by Graham Toft. Admission is free with donations invited.


Tickets for the public are now on sale also for Giggleswick School’s production of Wendy and Peter Pan, on 29 November to 2 December. Public tickets are also now available for “A Not So Silent Night”, when pupils and staff present a Christmas celebration featuring ensembles and individuals in a range of readings and musical items. This will take place on 13 December and is a free event with retiring collection. Tickets for the more traditional school Evening of Lessons and Carols at Giggleswick Chapel on 14 December can also now be reserved. Again this is a free event with a retiring collection. Both evenings are expected to be very popular and so there is a limit of 4 seats per household.


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“I’m sure, ” explains Michael Cullingworth, organiser of the regular theatre visits from Settle, ” that many people really enjoy visiting the theatre but are put off by the hassles of arranging tickets, travelling to the venue and then finding parking.”It is partly for these reasons that Michael regularly organises theatre visits from Settle to a variety of theatres across the regions. The trips which he arranges include the price of the theatre ticket and coach travel from local collection points to the theatre and wherever possible will arrive in time for a quick lunch before an afternoon matinee.  Coming up there is a trip to The Secret Garden on 3rd January at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick at a cost of £30 per person. On February 7th there will be a trip to see Sunset Boulevard atBradford’s Alhambra Theatre, this time costing £42. Michael also ensures that by booking tickets well in advance he is guaranteed good seats and so regularly plans up to 12 months ahead. Therefore looking ahead he has already planned another visit to Bradford for Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Cinderella on 7 Mary (cost £43) and then off to Leeds’ Grand Theatre for Calendar Girls on August 29th (cost£54). In October he will be arranging a trip to Bradford once again for Miss Saigon at the Alhambra on 10 October (cost £68).  Advance booking is essential as trips are popular and all payment must be made 5 weeks prior to the performance. “For those who are wary of going to the theatre alone” adds Michael, “this is a perfect way of enjoying a trip out while knowing you are in good company and that someone else will be dealing with the details, and of course – a trip to the theatre is a wonderful idea for a special Christmas box or birthday present!”  To contact Michael to book a place on a trip simply get in touch on 01729823978 or






Although a one man show, the play is actually very much about a couple and the absent Kate plays a key role as the now adult David looks back on the relationship with his first girlfriend and how they fell in and then out of love. It is also about how that relationship was shaped by the fact that Kate had an eating disorder and that David felt that part of being in a relationship with her was dealing with the disorder and trying to save her.  From the moment David comes on stage he engages directly with the audience and while his comments about men being unable to express their emotions – everyone responds that they are OK but never that they actually have feelings – do seem somewhat contrived and uncomfortable they do serve to highlight the fact that throughout the piece David tries to grapple to keep control of his own emotions and stay in touch with his feelings so that he can understand and help Kate to control her own world. Sadly the teenage David doesn’t seem to comprehend that through her illness Kate is manipulating him and that the battle is never really his to fight. A mental illness such as Kate’s is very much about control and inevitably as he tells the story his protests that this isn’t about him, but about her become harder to believe as he tries more and more to help her and to be seen to be helping her and revelling in his heroic ability to do so. This is mirrored in the way he tries to impose order on the world he is inhabiting, the careful and continuous re-positioning of cardboard tubes in an attempt to try to keep a semblance of balance and order just as his teenage self tried desperately to get Kate to seek help. On this simple stage, with a blank space, cardboard cylinders and a chair there is also an inflatable dolphin – which becomes symbolic of teenage David’s approach to caring for Kate as he tries to support and nudge her towards the course of action he desires. The most moving moment in the production comes when he realises that she will always resist his efforts and that not only does he not possess the ability to heal her he has also not got the ability to make her wish to be healed. The total desperation in the hiss of air as he finally deflates the dolphin and cradles its shrunken form is far more eloquent than any soliloquy or haunting than any scream.  This said, it is not an easy play to watch and there are times when it does seem to be overly self-indulgent, as if the audience has accidentally strayed into a confessional but equally it is an interesting and rewarding experience which presents a far from stereotypical view of  a “stick thin anorexic” and the impact of the illness on those around the person.  At its heart is a compelling and honest, though sometimes flawed performance of a would be heroic but too young to be anything but flawed hero.

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