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April kicks of with a chance to see one of the original Geordie “Likely Lads” when Rodney Bewes takes to the stage with a one man show  based around the stories of Dylan Thomas on 5 April.  On Sunday 7th April  Scottish Fusion comes to Settle when Skye’s stunning “Peatbog Faeries” perform.  There will be more music on Saturday 13 April with Solid Gold Country Legends and then on 18th folk-rock starts in the making Blackbeard’s Tea Party visit Settle as part of their first UK tour. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


Pam Whitehead and production assistant Pat Harding are hoping to hold several Youth Workshops for young members (and other interested youngsters) which will incorporate various aspects of theatre work, as well as singing, acting and dancing. Depending on take-up of these workshops numbers may have to be limited. Please contact Pam on 01729 860235, Pat on 01729 824479 or Helen on 01729 824038 if you would like more details or wish to put your name down. The workshops will begin on Monday 15 April, 6.30-8.00pm at The Old Court House, Station Road, Settle.


Tuesday Lunches at Settle Parish Church  are one again being served. Every Tuesday throughout the spring and summer (until 24 September) you can enjoy delicious, home cooked food served in church – ‘meals like mum used to make’ at prices that won’t break the bank – coffee, biscuits and scones from 10am, salads, soups and hot meals followed by glorious puddings available from 12noon till 2.00pm.  Come along, enjoy the home-cooked food and a warm welcome.


The next charity dance will be Settle Catholic Church Hall on April 6th and will run from 8pm to 11-30pm. Please note the different time and venue. All proceeds from this event will go to Settle Scouts.  To book ring Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038  by Thursday 4 April.


Iyengar yoga sessions recommence in the week commencing 8 April. Monday sessions take place at Friends meeting house from 12.30-2pm for mixed ability group and from 2.15-3.15 for beginners. Tuesday sessions are held at Town Head Court from 6.15-7.15 pm for beginners and from 7.30-9pm for mixed ability. For further details contact Barbara on 01282 843907.


Churches Together in Settle and District are holding a free holiday club for children aged between 5-11years, on 10 April. Entitled “Rocky’s Plaice”,  the session will be held at St John’s Hall and will included games, craft activity and bible stories and will run between 10am and 3pm. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch. For futher details contact 01729 851860.


A new series of evenings of writing and poetry starts on Friday 12th April at The Folly in Settle. Settle Sessions will bring some acclaimed and prize winning writers to the area, and is aimed at people who enjoy a good read or a bit of poetry. The first event will feature a wide ranging programme. Children from Austwick School will read some striking poems by Settle based Irene Rawnsley from her collections of children’s poems.  Alan Hemsworth,  renowned for his presentation in accents, will be reading work from a new book of local dialect poems by Tom Twisleton from Winskill near Langcliffe who wrote at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. To complete the bill, the April Settle Session provides an opportunity for local writers to read some of their short stories and poems. Tickets, which are limited due to space, are at £5 available from Cave and Crag, The Folly and Crossleigh Stores Austwick. For more information  contact 01729 823305 or 824537.


There will be a quiz night in aid of St James’ church, Clapham on 12 April at Settle Social Club. The quiz will commence at 7.15 under the direction of q         uiz master Stuart Marshall. Tickets cost £6, including supper and area available via David Parry on 015242 51132 or Sue Mann on 015242 51792.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to come along and join us for a pudding party and quiz night on Friday, 12 April at 7.30pm in the Old Court House on Station Road. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine and are available via 01729 822364/822959. Or if you can’t make that date then why not come along to our coffee mornings between 10am and noon on April 13th and April 27th at the same venue.  You can be assured of a warm welcome and a chance to chat to friends.


The first talk of the new season at The Folly is Nigel Mussett’s talk “Settle – Carlisle Railway; Busting the Myths” which will take place at  7.30 on  the 13th April. It is anticipated that this will be a very popular event as it co-incides with official opening of the re displayed and reorganised permanent Settle Carlisle exhibition. Tickets can be obtained by phoning 01729 822893 and cost £6.

The Folly is currently staging two exhibitions Victoria Cave Revisited and an exciting exhibition of paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nicholls called Climb up to the Moor.


The 2013 programme for the Photo-walks in Northern England, offered as part of The Flowers of the Dales Festival and Festival Bowland, kicks off in the Craven area with a day’s tutored photowalk around Austwick and Oxenber Wood on Tuesday 16th April as part of The Flowers of the Dales festival. The event is aimed at those with limited or no photographic experience, but more advanced photographers are welcome to join on that basis. There is also  a family ticket available to encourage people to come along with their children. The walk will be led by experienced professional photographer Veronica Caperon, now in  her third year of events. As well as picking up helpful hints and tips, the walks present the chance to take photographs in a relaxed way without friends and relatives getting impatient while they wait! Booking is essential and full details at on the photo-walks page; contact Veronica Caperon at or 01729 824537 for more information.


North Craven Strollers’ Spring programme takes walkers out and about throughout Craven. The group meets in Settle every Wednesday at 1.30pm from the Millennium Garden in Settle and where possible shares vehicles to reach the start of the walk and tries to finish near a Tea shop where possible! The exercise is aimed at people who would like to meet others or maybe are getting over surgery, as well as carers having chance for a couple of hours off. Walks are open to all and walkers only need a pair of good walking shoes or boots and weather protection. The first walk will take place on 17 April and will be around the Stainforth area. More information from For Settle walks call 01729 824537; for Gargrave call 01756 748851, Hellifield 01729 851389.


Tickets are now available (price £12) for Langcliffe Singers’ performance of The Creation by Haydn at Gigggleswick School Chapel on 20 April at 7pm. The choir will be conducted by Nigel Waugh and joined by professional soloists. Tickets are available via 07778 291402 or from Settle Music, Cave and Crag and Bentham Post Office.


The April  craft workshop session will take place on 27 April at Friends Meeting House between 10am and 3pm.  The session will focus on learning to spin using a drop spindle and wheel. . The session costs £20  including the cost of basic materials as well as coffee and biscuits. To reserve a place contact  01729 823434/824386 (evenings only).


The atrocious weather on 23 March led to the long anticipated Dance to the Music of John Bowdler, organist at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. However, even snow clouds have silver linings as Settle Amateur Operatic Society have been able to re-schedule the event for Saturday 15 June in the larger venue of Settle College Main Hall.  Anyone who already had tickets for the dance on 23 March will still be able to use their tickets on June 15.  However anyone who holds tickets but is unable to attend on the new date should contact the organisers and their money will be refunded. The change in venue now means that this is an opportunity for others to also purchase tickets, which cost £7.50 including supper. Please contact 01729 824038 / 822364.


Saturday 6 April, 7.30pm – Christine Tobin in concert

An evening of song and poetry celebrating the words and music of Leonard Cohen from BBC Award winning vocalist Christine Tobin.  Presented in conjunction with Rural Arts.

Tickets £12.50 from 01729 840794



On April 9  the theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture entitled “The Curious Gardener” by Anna Pavord at 5.30pm. Anna regularly fronts programmes on Radio 3 & 4 and is a memeber of the English Heritage’s Parks and Gardens panel as well as having been associate editor of “Gardens Illustrated” magazine. Tickets cost £10 via the box office on 01729 893180.


Five pupils recently took part in the Craven Swimming Gala, representing North Craven. All swam well and most received medals. This was an excellent achievement by all our pupils, with a special mention for Caitie and Oliver, for whom this was the second time to have been selected to swim for North Craven and for Gabriel, who has been selected every year for the past four years to swim for North Craven! In spite of the very cold evening, our Y4 skittleball team all played very well in this inter-schools’ Skittleball tournament event and they were particularly good at defending their skittle. Well done also to parents and staff, who braved the cold to encourage and support our team. We were pleased to welcome Rob Watson to our school last week, as he chose to officially launch the Energy Club scheme from our school. He was very impressed with the pupils’ enthusiastic involvement and the way our Energy Club is organised by our volunteer parents – Mrs. Clay and Mrs. Hewitt, with help from Settle College students fortnightly. Y1 and Reception pupils also have recently welcomed special visitors and enjoyed hosting another visit from some of the staff and pupils from Giggleswick Junior School Early Years’ Unit and Freda’s, in preparation for the new entrants’ transition into Reception. Meanwhile Class 2 pupils travelled back in time with Frigga and Ermingard, two wealthy Vikings from Jorvik who joined them for a day of discovery and adventure. Armed with a vast array of weapons, animal skins, amber jewellery and many other authentic Viking goods, they described the lives of their fellow countrymen over a thousand years ago. As Viking children for the day, each with their own Viking name and costume, Class 2 re-enacted the moments leading up to battle, the life of slaves and servants and the saga of ‘Thor’s Lost Hammer’. They also handled the amazing array of Viking artefacts. They emerged from the day with all sorts of fascinating insights into the Viking way of life—ask any member of Class 2 about the drastic methods used to get rid of headlice, or what happened when the warriors needed the toilet and they’ll be delighted to share the gruesome details! After Easter, Class 2 will have a live video link with the Vikings at Jorvik to ask any further questions. Thank you to all parents who were able to contribute towards the cost of this event. They continued their work on Friday, when a series of workshops led to the production of Viking biscuits, longships, weapons and a Viking village. Thanks to Mrs. Clay, Ms. Clark and Sabrina, who led some of the groups and to Mr Taylor, whose preparation made it all so much easier. Class 2 pupils are delighted to have a real loom in their classroom, made by Hattie’s grandfather, and they look forward to using it with Mrs. Black, who is going to share her weaving expertise with them. Pupils who participate in the weekly Sewing Club, run by Mrs. Black, continue to make good progress with their skills and have made a range of items this year, their main focus being to produce a fabric weather map. In order to fund these activities, Mrs. Black has kindly made some items, which she offers for sale to any members of our school community. Currently, for sale in the main entrance foyer are lavender-scented bags (£1.50 each) and small bags (£3 each.) If you would like to purchase any of these items, please make arrangements with Mrs. Jarrom. All proceeds will go towards Sewing Club funds. Like last year, St. Alkelda’s church team  kindly organised a day of Easter-related activities for the last day of term.  The day started with the Palm Sunday story, read by Reverend Hilary Young, followed by a Palm Sunday Procession around part of the village followed by a range of Easter activities. The day ended with a short Easter service in  St Alkelda’s a church which included an instrumental piece by the Dynamic Dectet and another by the Quirky Quintet. Finally a huge thank you to everyone for your help and support with our fund-raising activities for Comic Relief. The grand total raised is an amazing £382! Well done, everyone!

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