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A concert of music and readings will take place at Giggleswick School chapel on 9 May, at 7.30 in aid of Cave Rescue Organisation. Entitled “And there was light” all the pieces will reflect the theme of light and darkness and will include sacred and secular works with readings drawn from a range of sources.  Tickets cost £10, available from Cave and Crag or on the door.


Volunteers are required to assist with a house to house collection for Christian Aid week in the area during the week of 10-16 May. Anyone able to assist with this is asked to contact Sally Waterson, on 01729 822311.  Members of the community are reminded that if they are not at home when the envelopes are collected during house to house collection there are a number of collection points around the town where they can be dropped off instead. Booths, Speight & Watson, Naked Man Café or Giggleswick Tuck shop. During Christian Aid week there will also be a  Coffee Evening on Wednesday 13 May at St John’s Church Hall, 7-8.30pm. There will be refreshments, a cake stall, plant & gardening stall, and a bring & buy stall,  Donations for these stalls, brought on the night, would be very gratefully received.  The main focus this year for the collection is to help women in Ethiopia to buy a cow, to enable them to have an income to provide for their children


If election fever is not for you then why not take time out to view six impossible things instead on May 7th? Staged at The Royal Oak at 8pm Avanti and Artzani will present a show featuring conjuring, acrobatics, live music, sound effects, animatronics and much more as the story takes you into a world where science meets entertainment and not even the cast are sure entirely what is going on… The show is suitable for all ages and tickets can be obtained via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718.


Pupils in Settle have been explaining to friends in Kwezana about the digital leaders scheme. These pupils who stay behind on Friday assemblies to use computers to help improve the school.The digital leaders are all in class 5 and have been involved in  making podcasts(small videos where some people are asked questions about a certain subject),looking at bee bots(small machines with wheels that you can move by pressing buttons(they look like bees))and doing photo-stories (lots of pictures put together to make a video)to send to Kwezana. It is hoped that following an exchange visit by one of Settle staff to Kwezana in the summer it will be possible to start a similar scheme in Kwezana school to improve and maintain communications between the two school communities.


A children’s story time, aimed at pre-school children and their carers will take place every Tuesday at 2.45pm in the new library at Limestone View. There will be colouring, craft and book themed activities every week.


The Yorkshire housing bus will be in Whitefriars car park between 10-12 noon every Tuesday, offering a range of free advice.  On May 12 there will be information available about saving money and saving energy.


On Saturday 9th May there will be a Kirkby Stephen circular walk via Crosby Garrett. This is a 15mile moderately strenuous walk and will leave Kirkby Stephen Station at 10.34.  On the same day there will also be an 8 mile moderate walk to view bluebells in Flakebridge woods. This walk will depart from Appleby at 10.08.  On Sunday May 10 there will be a 5 mile geology walk on a circular route around Kirkby Stephen. This is an easy route and the focus will be on looking at rock in the area to examine the evidence of the shallow tropical seas and hot baking deserts which existed here in ancient times. Walk departs from Kirkby Stephen at 10.56 No reservation is necessary 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


There will be a ceilidh on May 9 with Mike Harding and the hall house band. Tickets for this event are £5 and participants are invited to bring something along to share for supper.  Music with a Spanish flavour on 14 May when flamenco guitarist Juan Martin appears at the hall and on May 20 there will be a return visit by celtic stars “Peatbog Fairies”  For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


Old fashioned wooden horse racing followed by a disco are the order of the day on 9 May at a fundraising event in aid of Freda’s Playgroup and Giggleswick Primary School on May 9th at Settle Social Club. Tickets cost £2.50 from either organisation or £3 on the door. First race is at 7.30pm. Details via 01729 824884 / 822248



The Friends of Victoria Hall are holding a quiz night with pie and pea supper on 15 May. Entry is £20 for a team of 4. The quiz will commence at 7.30pm at Victoria Hall.  There will be a bar available all evening – to offer sustenance when dealing with more taxing matters! Advance bookings can be made at 01729 823867, to assist with catering.


The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 16th May at 8.30am.  Tea / Coffee will be served from 8.15am. This month the Big Breakfast returns to its original venue in Friends Meeting House, Annexe. The speaker will be Rev Michael Jackson from Kirkby Malham. Please phone 01729 825285 to book your breakfast prior to the event.


The CRO challlenge will take place on May 16 and offers the opportunity to take part in the Ingleborough marathon (26 miles) or the Clapham Circuit (15 miles). For both routes there is the option to either run or walk the route. Participants are invited to raise at least £25 sponsorship per person for the Ingleborough Marathon or £15 per person for the Clapham circuit to help raise funds for both mountain and cave rescue in the dales.  Both routes will cover footpaths and tracks which ware seldom used but which lead along some of the most attractive areas in the dales. For further info and registration details go to


The next messy church session will take place on Sunday 17th May in St John’s Hall from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. The session provides a time for families ,of all ages, to have fun together, eat a meal together and celebrate together.


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on Monday, 18 May and will commence at 7.30pm. The first half of the evening will be a gallery on the theme of “Close Up Photography”. The second half will be a talk by Margaret Smith on the subject of “Size Matters”. This will focus on issues relating to how to adjust Image Size and Resolution to get your pictures the size and quality you want them to be.


On Wednesday 20 May at 11.30am  North Craven Heritage Trust, the organisation that helps to safeguard the distinctive beauty, character and heritage of North Craven, is staging a walk through the Ingleborough Terraces.  Entitled a walk back in time, participants should meet at St. Leonards Church Car Park Chapel le Dale for this event. This will be a moderate walk over some rough country and limestone pavements and cover approximately 5 miles and last around 4 1/2 hours. Participants should bring picnic lunch and wear boots or stout shoes. For further information about these events and the work of NCHT, please visit our website


Settle Voices Community Choir enjoyed a visit to Settle Primary school on Monday afternoon.  They joined Class 3 to perform rounds together, listened to the children sing and also sang a variety of songs to them including ‘The Drystone Wallers’ Song and the children’s favourite – ‘Settle-Carlisle Railway.’



Settle Amateur Operatic Society are delighted to announce that once again John Bowdler – Blackpool Tower Organist – has agreed to play for a fund raising dance. Tickets are now on sale for the event which will take place at Ingleton Community Centre on June 20th. Tickets cost £8, including refreshments, and can be obtained from the community centre or by contacting 01729 822364 or 01729 822959.



On May 14 and 15 at 7pm, Giggleswick Junior School present their own take on the tales of 1001 arabian nights with their production of “Aladdin Trouble.”  On May 17 there will be a showing of the film “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by Community Cinemas. This will take place at 3.30pm. For tickets and details contact 01729 893180.



On first inspection these two plays have little in common. One concerns an elderly amateur cricket umpire with apparently strong socialist principles reaching the end of his career and the other is about a quartet of women, getting together to relive their youthful exploits as Bay City Roller fans and reflect on the intervening years.  However, what links them more strongly than any other factor is the quality of Alan Stockdill’s writing based on his astute observations of everyday life. Although there is little room for development in one act plays, these are all believable characters with a full back story which helps the audience to relate to the emotions the characters portray and the dilemmas which they face. The humour is gentle throughout, arising from careful observations of human nature – particularly Yorkshire human nature – and the overall tone is always non-judgemental. These are stories and characters to which the audience can easily relate and empathise, and consequently they are kept enthralled throughout. The engaging way in which the actors address the audience in monologue form was particularly effective in Godfrey’s last stand, though in Give a Little Love the device of doing so by having each character tell a story did mean that the play itself seemed rather static at times.  In Godfrey’s Last Stand, an unexpected lottery win of £3.2 million provides an opportunity for the retiring umpire to realise his dream of  officiating at an England-Australia match but the acquisition of wealth also brings with it some very uncomfortable decisions and creates a rift between him and his daughter. The solution to this does seem rather contrived but the ending does have a definite feel-good factor and arguably its message about forgiveness and the importance of family. The importance of friends and recognising and accepting ourselves for what we are is the underlying theme in the second of the two plays as, interspersed with Bay City Roller songs (to which a number of the audience did sing along…) four friends examine the different paths which their lives have taken and consider what they have now as opposed to what might have been. Interwoven throughout both plays were references to two charities which benefit from the performances: the work done by cancer support and the local hospice.  It is a good indication of the standard of both writing and performance that these references did not seem intrusive or contrived. The level of acting in both plays was extremely high, particularly in the case of Keith Royston as Godfrey.  The balletic sequence of umpiring gestures was a real highlight and the enigmatic last line was a wonderful touch.  This is definitely a company to watch out for as the level of both writing and performance was a real joy.

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