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Despite the ongoing repair work on the line the walks arranged by Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line are still continuing as normal with two walks planned for April 23rd. The first is a circular walk in the Lyvennet Valley. This is a 10 mile moderately strenuous leaving Appleby at 8.34. The second is a 13 mile strenuous walk from Ribblehead to Dent via Whernside. This departs Ribblehead at 10.6 and returns from Dent using a service bus to connect from the village to the station.No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


Churches Together are delighted to announce that the total monies raised by the recent  Barn Dance for the Street Children Programme in Sumbawanga, Tanzania is £376.50.This programme is currently housing and feeding children who otherwise would live on the streets. Many thanks to the people who bought tickets, gave donations, and to Hilary who fed us so well on such a small expenditure, and St Mary & St Michael for the use of their excellent premises. Thanks, too, to Bill Johnstone for his ongoing generous support. The money will be well spent by Joy and Pastor Tony, who are still in Tanzania at this present time with the project.


On Friday 22nd Victoria Hall welcomes The Explosive Light Orchestra – performed by Symphonika who reproduce the exciting works of ELO live and rounding off the month on April 23rd is The Way of the Drum (Mugen Taiko Dojo). This Japanese group provide a dynamic and captivating show,  fusing  primal rhythm, energy, choreographed movement and infectious humour the group demonstrate Taiko drumming, performing an array of traditional Taiko whilst revealing the history, culture and background in a dramatic but intimate show. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to a fashion show, tonight, April 21st at Victoria Hall. The evening will commence at 7.30pm and will feature a range of fashions by Ahernes of Hellifield. Admission is £5 either by ticket or by payment on the door, including a glass of house wine.


The April Session at The Folly on 22nd April will see the launch of the latest volume of poetry by local poet, Jean Stevens.  The evening will also include a reading by Anne Caldwell, the literature programme manager for the British Council.  There will also be a “Read Two” open mic session allowing local people to perform.  Tickets £6 are available from The Folly, Cave and Crag and The Courtyard Dairy.


The Hart’s Head, Giggleswick will hold a Whisky Tasting evening on 22 April, commencing at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £20 from Harts Head and will include the opportunity to find out about and sample 8 whiskies. Nibbles will also be provided.


Settle Eco-Nite will be holding a Give and Take  Day  on Saturday, 23rd April at Victoria Hall. You are invited to bring along items which you no longer require (no clothing or shoes) and to take away any items which are of use to you. There will be the facility to display photographs of larger items and equipment.  The event will run from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m with last check in time for items at 1.30pm. No Traders. Details 01729 822669.


Organist at Settle Parish Church, Graham Toft, is promising an organ recital with a difference on Saturday  23rd   April. Between 11.30-12.30am he will be performing at Burton in Lonsdale Parish Church and as well as a wonderful programme of well-loved favourites and entertaining organ music for St George’s day he will be giving the first Burton performance of a specially commissioned work for St George’s Day. He will also treat you to some excerpts from his ‘Merry Organ’ book.


The club will next meet at Settle Social Club on 23 April at 8.30pm. As well as a range of floor singers and musicians there will also be a guest appearance by Mike Nicholson from Sussex. Described as  the man with the voice like dark chocolate this is not to be missed, especially if you like Stan Rogers songs! Admission £5.


To mark the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Settle on 29 April , the Gallery on the Green is staging a special exhibition looking at the links between art and the world of cycling. It starts with the early days of cycling – featuring a little known work by science fiction writer HG Wells about a cycling adventure. The main attraction is a collection of postcards – showing both the variety of bike designs and the use of the bicycle in advertising and various art forms. We  also include iconic posters from around the world.  The exhibition has been supported by Settle Town Council and will remain in place until 20 May,


For those interested in documenting local history and requiring assistance with archiving skills there will be a meeting at Langcliffe Institute on 25 April. The capturing the past project aims to assist with the cataloguing and archiving of the history of the era and will provide links to experts to help with this task. There will be refreshments at 6pm followed by the meeting at 6.30-9pm. For details contact Ian Fleming on 01729 860394.


The next meeting will take place on 27 April at 2pm at Townhead Court when the speaker will be Marguerite Hughes, who will talk on the topic of “Taking the fear out of Pruning”.


The next film in the foreign film season at Victoria Hall will be shown on Wednesday 27 April at 7.45. Admission is £5. “A Separation” is in Farsi/Italian with English subtitles. In modern Iran, a couple disentangles their marriage. The film is a Golden Globe and Academy Award winner.


Settle Rotary Cub usually have a bookstall outside the National Westminster Bank on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays during the Summer, but we depend on good weather! To celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Settle, the Rotary Club will have its Charity Bookstall and Book Shop in Settle at 3 Duke Street. It will be open on Friday 29th April when Le Tour arrives in Settle from 10am until 6pm. For the rest of the weekend it will be open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. It will be open regardless of the weather!  Books and CDs are free with voluntary donations going to local charities and good causes which we support throughout the year, like Settle Swimming Pool, Cave Rescue Organisation, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and many more. Please come and support our work and get some new reading for the summer!


Settle Parish Church will be holding a bric a brac sale and serving refreshments between 10-4pm on April 29 and 30. Please note that this is the Friday of the Tour de Yorkshire.


On 29 April North Craven Heritage Trust is holding a talk at St John’s Methodist Church entitled, “Settle-Carlisle Railway, 1850-1990: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions”. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm and admission is £2 for non-members. This event is in association with Ride2Stride 2016 and the speaker will be Martin Pearson.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a coffee morning at the Old Court House on Station Road from 10.00am onwards. There will be home-made cakes and scones available. All welcome.


On May 2nd there will be a second hand book fair at Victoria Hall between 10-4. All welcome.


Each Tuesday St John’s Methodist Church holds a “coffee pot” session with home made cakes in the coffee lounge. This is open to all and runs from 10am to noon and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. On the first Tuesday of the month the coffee pot is held in aid of a charity chosen by a member of the congregation. The charity on May 3rd is MIND, the mental health charity. The charity’s aim is  to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.  They provide advice and support to anyone facing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Please come along and support this event.


The next meeting will be on May 4th at 2pm and the speaker will be Fr Frank Smith who will recall his ‘Life as a Prison Chaplain’. At the April meeting Settle W I celebrated their 27th birthday. Their president Mary Hindle lit candles and led members in singing ‘Happy Birthday’. Business over we learned much of Sue Ryder’s early life and her mission to establish a national charity to offer compassionate care to people with end of life and long term needs. These needs arose from conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Huntingdon’s disease, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone disease. Families of those receiving care were also to be given support, comfort and help. Carly Bunskill and her colleague gave a thorough and touching account of their work at Manorlands, one of the Sue Ryder homes and were heartily applauded. Members rounded off the meeting with tea and cake, enjoying a ‘Spot the Baby’ competition from an amazing collection of members’ old photographs.


A quiz night is being held at Settle Rugby Club in aid of Settle Area Swimming Pool. The question master for the evening will be Stuart Marshall.  The quiz  will take place at 7.30 on 6 May and tickets cost £5, including supper. There will be a bar and a raffle. Tickets available via HSBC bank in Settle, Settle Pool or via 015242 51488.


The Friends of Settle Pool will be holding their AGM on May 6 at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House. All welcome.


A presentation entitled “The European Union and You” is to be held at the Friends’ Meeting House on Friday 6th May at 7 p.m.  The aim of this meeting is to try to raise the tone of the debate and as far as possible to present accurate facts.  There will be time at the end of the meeting for people to share their views and listen respectfully to each other. All are welcome


The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, May 7th at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall and will run from 8-11pm. Funds raised will be donated to Settle Swimming Pool. If you are able  please confirm your attendance by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038. New dancers are always welcome.


What are you doing in May? If you ever watch TV and wonder what you can do to help make a difference in the world then this might be an opportunity for you to take the first step towards helping. Christian Aid actively makes a difference: it is an international development charity working with people, of all faiths and none, in around 50 countries, to eradicate poverty and fight against injustice. This year Christian Aid week will take place during 15 – 21 May. There will be a collection from house to house as well as a Tuesday collection outside The Naked Man. On Wednesday 18 May there will be a coffee evening at St Johns between 7-8.30pm.  Volunteers are needed to give up a few hours of their time to distribute and collect envelopes around the area during the house to house collection. The more volunteers the less work for everyone and the wider the area which can be covered.  If you can help then please contact 01729 822311. So what are you doing this May?


Two theatre trips are being planned for the summer, and although these are not for a number of months the closing date for bookings is in May to allow time for arranging coach and tickets. The first trip is to the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival on 6 August at Harrogate. This will be a Saturday matinee performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Royal Hall. Total price is £44 per person, including stalls seat,  coach and gratuities. The second trip is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford to see “Wicked”. Hailed as the best new musical of the decade Wicked deals with the events before the Wizard of Oz. The trip will take place on Wednesday 17 August and again is a matinee performance. Trip cost is £63 per person, to include stalls seat, coach and gratuities. Latest date for bookings is 28 May. For details of both trips contact: 01729 823978.


The next Amnesty letter writing session will take place at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate on 18 May between 5-8pm. Individuals are invited to come along and write a letter to assist in Amnesty’s work. Details are provided of cases and help is given with letter writing. For further details contact – 01729 268912.




On May 21st St John’s Methodist Church is holding a Beetle Drive at 6pm. This will be followed by a pie and pea supper. The event is open to everyone in the community of all ages and to visitors to the area and a fun, friendly evening is guaranteed. Vegetarian and special diet pies can be catered for by contacting 01729  824661 in advance (if possible).  Admission is free but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to help cover the cost of catering. All welcome.



On Sunday 24, at 3pm “A Pocketful of Grimms takes an exciting new look at some of the Grimm Brothers’ favourite tales, including Rumpelstiltskin, the Golden Goose, Cat and Mouse in Partnership and the original version of Beauty and the Beast.The tales are brought  to life by the storyteller in  a high-energy mix of clowning, physical theatre, puppetry, music and much more. On May 2nd there will be a performance of “Shakespeare Untold” staged by Seabright Productions and Shakespeare’s Globe. Having premiered at The Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim this 2 hour (including interval) production looks at The stories you know from the characters you don’t. In Romeo Untold, the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet is retold through the eyes of the Capulet Ball’s party planner. Titus Untold retells Shakespeare’s goriest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, as seen from the kitchen of Titus’s piemaker. For further information contact: 01729 893180

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