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Settle News 4th April


With the commencement of the electioneering, Churches Together in Settle and District have arranged a hustings event on Friday 17 April, 7 – 9pm at St John’s Church. All the candidates standing in this are are planning to take part and the event is open to everyone from the local community. There will be an opportunity to put questions to the prospective candidates and these should be submitted in writing prior to the meeting to John Diggles. These should be emailed to John at no later than 6pm on 16 April. Copies of the question form giving an actual address for delivery are also available in Settle library for those who prefer not to use email.


The Museum at the Folly  is open every Tuesday from 10.30-4.30 and every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, from  12.30 pm – 4.30pm. Two new exhibitions have opened for this season. “1915: Reality Hits Home’  continues our World War I theme from last year and looks both at life on the home front in North Craven and daily life for the men and women serving abroad. The second exhibition is ‘A Community Skill: the History of the Burton in Lonsdale Potteries’. There will be approx. 80 pots on display, making it  possibly the largest collection in Yorkshire


This evening, April 9, Hotbuckle theatre will visit with their acclaimed production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. On April 11th, rhythm and blues band The Stumble return to Settle while on 17 April 1980s/90s hit band The Christians will take to the stage. The month is rounded off by a special intimate concert, on April 25,  featuring Greg Lawson and Pete Garnett in their new band Caper. Best known for their work in Moishes Bagel, this is a new direction in their work.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


The new exhibition “Click” will open at Gallery on the Green on April 11. This will be feature the work of Paul Rogers and Roger Taylor. The exhibition will be composed of images which are observations on the theatre of photography.


Three guided walks have been organised by the Friends of Settle- Carlisle railway for this weekend.  The first  on 11 April is a 14 mile strenuous walk from Ribblehead to Ingleton, departing Ribblehead at 10.06 and timed to link to the service bus from Ingleton to Settle on the return journey. The second walk, also on April 11, is a Garsdale circular walk. This leaves Garsdale at 10.35 am and is an 8 mile moderate walk. On Sunday, 12 April there is a 7 mile moderate walk in the vicinity of Ribblehead, examining the geology of the area. This will leave Ribblehead at 10.27am. 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. For further details contact


A new term of Hatha Yoga classes will commence on 13 April at Settle Primary School. Sessions run from 7.30-9pm. There will also be classes on Wednesday evenings from 15 April onwards. For further details contact 07947027188.


The new season of Iyengar Yoga classes will commence in the week beginning April 13. The Monday sessions take place at Friends meeting house with a mixed ability class between 12.30-2pm and a beginners class from 2.15-3.30pm. On Tuesdays the class is held in the school of dance on Station Road and is a mixed ability class. This takes place between 7-9pm.


Settle U3A “singing for pleasure” group invite you to join them for a sing-along session on April 15 at 2pm in St John’s hall.  There will be tea, coffee and biscuits available in exchange for a donation. All welcome.



Ingleborough District Scouts are holding a ladies’ night on 17 April  at 7.30pm at Mealbank Hall in Ingleton. The evening will feature a fashion show by Kitty Brown Boutiques and will include clothing across the full range of sizes as well as accessories. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine and nibbles and are available from Scout leaders across the district and also form Ingleton Community Centre.


The next big breakfast will take place on Saturday 18 April 2015, 8.30am in the Annexe at Friends Meeting House. The speaker will  be Mark Turnbull, Headmaster at Giggleswick School. Please book your places by Thurs 16 April  by contacting 01729 825285.Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am.

£3.00. All welcome.


The next messy church session will take place on 19 April at St John’s Hall. There will be games, crafts, celebration and a shared hot meal. All are welcome. The event is held between 3.30-5.30pm.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for coffee between 10am to noon on Saturday, 18 April. All are welcome and you can guarantee a warm reception in the Old Court House on Station Road.


There will be a blood donor session at St John’s Hall on 20 April. The afternoon session will run from 2.30-4pm and the evening session will run from 5-7.30pm. To reserve an appointment contact 0300 123 23 23. New donors are always welcome.


The next meeting of the group will take place on April 20 at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. This will be the AGM. If time permits, this will be followed by a session entitled    “Getting Closer – 3” in which Rod Smith will talk about and demonstrate equipment for taking close-up photographs.


Together with Settle Library we’re celebrating World Book Night on 23 April at 6.30pm. There will be free books and a chance to enjoy storytime with storytellers Alia Alzougbi and Sita Brand. Sita and Alia will delight you with tales from around the world to make you smile, giggle and fall in love with stories all over again. There’ll be free refreshments, a chance to discover the new Library plus the opportunity to go on a book giveaway around Settle. This is a free event but it’s always useful to know how many people are coming so please book a place via Settle Stories website. This event is suitable for 8+ years old


Advance notice, to allow you to get your teams together and get brains into gear, of a quiz night to be held at Settle Rugby Club on 24 April under the guide of local quiz master Stuart Marshall.  Cost is £5 per person, including supper. There will also be a raffle. Info and booking via HSBC bank in Settle and 01524 251488.


Settle Eco-nite will be holding a give and take day on 25 April at Victoria Hall, between 9.30-2.30pm. They would remind participants that this is not an event for traders and that no shoes or clothes can be accepted. There will be a table available for larger items and the last check in time is 1.30pm.


On Thursday 28th April there will be a NCHT outing led by Kevin Illingworth to view ‘Vernacular buildings in Malham.’ Meet at the YDNP car park at 2pm. For further information, please see our website

Visitors are very welcome to attend both this and our other events – please pay £2 at the venue. To become a member and support the work of the Trust in caring for the wonderful character and heritage of North Craven, please contact the Membership Secretary, Mary Slater, at an event or by phone 01729 823205


New president Mary Hindle was pleased to welcome Julie Clarke, Federation Chairman, as the guest speaker. She gave a light-hearted yet informative account of her life in farming in a remote part of Coverdale. Seven members of Settle’s twin WI, Broughton cum Elslack, attended for the 26th birthday celebration which followed. It was agreed that a bench be set up in a Settle playground to commemorate the WI centenary.


The next in the popular foreign film season takes place on 29 April at Victoria Hall when the film will be “The First Grader”. This is an inspiring story from Kenya. The film will commence at 7.45pm. Admission £5.


Now is the time to be thinking about getting ready for the Cave Rescue Organisation Challenge. The event 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



On April 17 Caroline Horton returns to the Richard Whiteley theatre to perform how one woman show, “Penelope RETOLD”. Made with input from both soldiers and military spouses the play is an irreverent collision of the “The Odyssey” – which tells the story of Penelope and her patient wait for her returning husband – and contemporary rage. The play is suitable for 13+ and is a heart-breaking and fiercely playful tale of love and loneliness.



This is the 8th year that the town has staged a dramatic presentation retelling of the events of Easter and its effectiveness has not diminished. The appropriate settings chosen for the four scenes add greatly to the power of the story by their very simplicity in allowing what is a global story to be portrayed in an intimate manner, so that those watching are not only observing the situations unfold but at times become part of the action. The familiarity of the settings and the fact that everyday life is continuing around the scenes also gives an added poignancy at times so that during the trial in the market place there is still the noise of shoppers and traffic, undisturbed by the unfolding drama and the silence of prayer in the garden is complemented by birdsong. A highlight once again was the central performance of  Ben Willacy, who portrayed Christ, who manages to show an affecting mixture of solemnity and sincerity in his portrayal while still demonstrating some very human characteristics. This really is a tour de force and quite remarkable in such a young actor. His confident and compelling central performance is a real strength of this production. The sequence of events which takes place in the market place covers the trial and condemnation of Christ but is also an interesting clash between secular and state powers as personified by Caiaphas and Pilate. Again the production is fortunate in that these roles are played by two very strong performers. Again the setting too is utilised to good effect with Pilate above the rabble, on the balcony of the shambles, and able to detach himself from the proceedings while still being able to dominate the situation physically. Caiaphas is very conscious of his own station in life but is by turns intimidating and aloof, able to manipulate the situation to his own advantage. The final scene took place on the field at Townhead, with the cross being erected on a green hill. Again the poignancy of the soliloquies reflecting the thoughts of those who witnessed the events was underscored by the song of a nearby blackbird – the fact that it too fell silent as Christ cried out is a moment that could not have been staged. The key to the effectiveness of this performance is the simplicity and conviction with which it is performed. It is a story which is known to all those watching and yet it never fails to  deliver a thought provoking retelling of the familiar tale.

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