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Settle News 30th September


Rock blues performer, Chantel McGregor makes a welcome return on Saturday 6 October. The hall plays host to a variety of events during the Settle Storytelling festival weekend 11-14 October and ends the month with this year’s production of “The Sound of Music” by Settle Amateur Operatic Society.   For details and tickets for all of the above contact the box office on 01729 825718.



Tickets are now on sale for this year’s production of the Sound of Music, which will take place at Victoria Hall from 29 October to 3 November.  Evening performances start at 7.30pm and there will also be a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.  Tickets are available from the box office at Victoria Hall on 01729 825718 and family tickets and group tickets are available.



Traditional jazz by the Black Horse Jazzmen is on offer every Tuesday at The Lion. Sessions run from 8-10.30 and sitters in are welcome to come along.



If the current dance crazes have inspired you to get active and put on your dancing shoes then you may wish to know that Helen Howard School of Dance now offers adult Tap classes on Monday evenings at Settle College at 6.30pm.  Contact  015242 61350 for details.



There are currently two exhibitions showing at the Folly. The first is  ‘Time to Celebrate’ and the second is Victoria Cave Revisited’. Opening times: Tues. 10.30-4.30  Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun 12.30-4.30.For further information check the website at or ring 01729 822893 for more information. On Sunday Oct. 14  8.00pm the Folly will host a Settle Storytelling Festival Event. You are invited to come along and sit round the fire to hear tales of faery, myth and mystery. The story teller will be Jamie Crawford and this session will include an open mic section, providing an opportunity for others to participate and share stories. Tickets £12/£10 including drinks and nibbles, available from the Folly or 01729 822893. The event is suitable for age 8+.


Age UK along with the students at Settle College are offering free computer lessons. The sessions will be led by young experts and will take place weekly on Wednesdays between 3.30-4.30pm. It may be possible to arrange transport via Age UK. To register an interest contact Mel on 01729 823066.




A group offering support to those of all ages suffering from impaired hearing will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month between 10am and noon at Friends Meeting House. The aim is to assist with following speech and to raise awareness of the aids available to help those with hearing difficulties. The cost will be £12 per term and details are available via 015242 51448 or contact the Lip Reading Tutor by post via Age UK on Cheapside.



The new badminton season has started and new and existing members are invited to come along to sessions at Langcliffe Institute on Wednesday evenings between 7-9pm. For further information contact 01729 823453




This year’s flu vaccine is now available from Townhead  Surgery. ‘At risk’ patients can book flu appointments on-line via the Practice website or in the usual way. There are more than 2,000 appointments to choose from including weekday lunchtimes, afternoons, tea times and Saturday appointments for patients at school, college, work or for patients who are ‘at risk’ but find it difficult to visit the Surgery during normal working hours. Also, this year in response to patient feedback, there are more appointments available at our Hellifield Surgery to ensure that all those in the at risk groups can receive vaccinations as promptly as possible.



The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, October 6th at Settle College. This will run from 7.30 until 11.30pm. Participants please note the change of time and that this is a return to the usual venue after the alterations at the college during the summer.  To book a place please contact  01729 823259 by Thursday 4 October. All proceeds from this dance will be donated to the St Mary and St Michael Church and Hall Restoration Fund. The church having provided an alternative venue for dances during the summer. During the last twelve months the charity dances have raised a magnificent total of £2850 for good causes locally.



There will be a give and take day, organised by Settle Eco-night, at Victoria Hall on 6 October between 9-2.30pm. The idea is to cut landfill by bringing along items which are in good condition and recycling them.  Please bring pictures for larger items, such as furniture, and please note that clothes and shoes can’t be accepted. The last check in time for items is 1.30pm. For further info contact 822669.



In conjunction with the “Newton’s Apple” session at Settle Storytelling Festival there will be an Apple Pie Bake Off on 6 October. Bakers are asked to bring their pies, along with the recipe, to St John’s Hall by 10.30pm.  There will be a range of apple related activities and stories on offer during the morning  and the judging, by the bakers from The Naked Man Café, will take place at 11am.  Pies will be judged on appearance, crust, colour, taste, texture and creativity with the overall winner receiving free tickets to the Newton’s Apple session of the festival and an apple from Sir Isaac Newton’s tree!  For details visit the Settle Storytelling Festival website at


Settle Voices Community Choir will meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday, 8th October from 1pm to 3pm. This session will be run by Brian Davies, leader of the Good in Parts Community Choir in Leeds. New members are welcome. The annual fee is £5 and the weekly session is £4.

For more information visit the website at or phone Nancy on 01729 822771.



There will be a free talk on “Effortless Meditation” at Friends Meeting House on Tuesday, 9 October from 6.30-7.30pm. This is a preliminary introduction to the topic and will be followed by a 5 week course for those who wish to explore the subject further.  For further details contact 015242 41377.



Local choral group Langcliffe Singers, and friends, will be performing at Christ Church, Skipton on 13 October.  The programme will feature Vivaldi’s Gloria and Faure’s Requiem. The concert will commence at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10, available from Skipton Camera Centre, Alley Books in Skipton, Settle Music, Cave and Crag in Settle and Bentham Post Office or via 07778 291402.



On October 14, as part of the Settle Storytelling Festival, there will be a chance to join Richard Whinray on a local history tour of Settle and find out more about his grandfather, Tot Lord, one of Yorkshire’s greatest characters.  Born in 1899 and a veteran of the First World War, Tot Lord was a keen caver, archaeologist and local historian. The trail will also include a meeting with one of Tot’s friends who will share a few reminiscences about Tot’s time in Settle. Meet at the Tourist Information Centre at 11am. Tickets £3.50 via Settle Storytelling website or office in the town hall.




Following the cancellation of the Great Yorkshire Show and the resulting loss of income, there will be a Literary Lunch on Monday 15th October from 12 noon in St John’s Church Hall.  The speaker will be Dulcie Lewis.  Tickets cost £15 including a three-course meal and may be obtained from Mary Hindle or Edna Tomlinson.


The Settle Storytelling festival will take place this year between 11-14 October and the programme is now available in shops and cafes in town, with bookings now being taken for events. There are a range of activities on offer suitable for all ages ranging from bedtime tales for under sixes (come along in pyjamas and bring a teddy bear and an adult!) through to scary stories for adults with late night ghost stories at Falcon Manor! There are also workshops, storytelling walk, makers market and café, unbelievable installations and performances – including one involving local students. There’s even tales with a tipple or tales with tea and cakes, not to mention a treasure trail and challenge to write your own story on a postcard. For more details check out the website on or visit the office in the Town Hall.  However if you want to do more than just attend an event then  the festival is also appealing for volunteers to help run the festival so that it can be even bigger and better than in previous years. If you can help with stewarding, catering, leafleting, admin or assisting in the box office then please contact 07788 712377.



There will be a soul night featuring soul music from the seventies and eighties at Settle Social Club  on 13 October. The evening starts at 8.30pm and runs to 12.30am and admission is £3. All money raised will be split between Brain Tumour research and Freda’s Playgroup.


Join Giggleswick and Settle Bavarian band for live music and German themed specialities at The Lion in Settle on 17 October  from 7.30 onwards.



The next activity session by the Workshop will take place on October 20th at Friends Meeting House when there will be an opportunity to try your hand at crocheting chunky baskets. Sessions cost £8, including tea and biscuits, and run from 10.30-12.30. For details or to reserve a place contact  01729 823434/ 824386 (evenings).






The Foyer gallery at the Richard Whiteley Theatre will be hosting a new exhibition  entitled “Oil, Water and Silk”, from October 6th. This will comprise of work by Margaret Blackburne focusing on watercolours and mixed media, oil paintings of people and places by John O’Keefe and paintings on silk by Christine Frost.  The gallery will be open between 1-5pm on weekends throughout October, with a meet the artists day on October 14th.



The annual Harvest Supper and auction of harvest produce will take place on Monday Oct 8 at    6.30pm in the Parish Rooms. All are welcome.



The first of this term’s community cinema presentations takes place on 7 October at 3.30pm when the film will be Ice Age 4: Continental Drift . This is a U certificate and is suitable for all ages. Tickets cost £4.90.  On 12 October there will be a production of Wild by Teifi Emerald, a one woman play which explores our inner demons and imagination. The performance starts at  7.30pm and tickets cost £8 (U18s £7). On October 25th the Northern Garden Lecture will be delivered by  Lord Cavendish who will talk on the subject of “Forty years of gardening at Holker Hall.” Tickets cost £6, please note that this will commence at 5.30pm.  To reserve tickets please contact the box office on 01729 893180.

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