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Settle News and Updates November 2nd


There is a packed and varied programme this month at Victoria Hall.   On 7th November there will be music by Baka Beyond, as they bring their “After the Tempest Tour” to Settle. This merges the music and African rhythms of the Baka people of Cameroon with celtic harmonies and will also feature footage from the Cameroon rain forest as well as new songs written for a recent performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest showcased recently in Wales.  Premier Queen tribute band, “Queen Alright!” take to the stage on November 8th and on Sunday 9th November there will be a chance to share “An evening with Andy Kershaw” as radio 4’s Rock and Roll journalist and war correspondent visits Settle.  On Monday 10th there will be a showing of “Big Night” by TRAMPS. The film was the winner of the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for best director for Stanley Tucci. On Wednesday 12th there will be a performance of “Time Let Me Play” , a one man show performed by Keith James and based on the poems and stories of Dylan Thomas.  Dick Gaughan, holder of the Radio 2 Folk awards lifetime achievement award, will be performing on November 15th. Reform Theatre return to Settle on Sunday, 16 November with their production of John Godber’s acclaimed  vision of 1980’s nightlife, “Bouncers”. Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 825718.


This week students in Kwezana have been sharing information about some of the differences between the two countries and how they had been surprised to hear from Miss Mveni , who has recently visited Settle, that it was quite normal to walk around the town at night. In South Africa the crime rate is much higher than in we experience in North Yorkshire, and last year alone 827 children were murdered with many more being severely assaulted.  On a more positive note students also exchanged information about some of their favourite cities, such as Durban which is regarded as the  friendliest city in South Africa, thanks to the great warmth and openness of its people and the laid-back lifestyle there.


Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line have arranged a number of guided  walks for the coming weekend.  The first on November 8 will be the Kirkby Stephen Circular. This is a 9 mile moderately strenuous walk departing from Kirkby Stephen at 10.56.There will also be a Langwathby circular walk via Melmerby. This is a 12 mile moderately strenuous walk leaving Langwathby at 9.53. On Wednesday, November 12 there will be a walk from Shipley to Ilkley, leaving Shipley at 9.02. This is a 10 mile moderately strenuous walk. Booking in advance is not required for the second or third walk but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped for both. For further details contact


The North Craven Heritage Trust are holding an illustrated talk by Dr. David Johnson entitled ‘North Craven in the Early Medieval Period’ on Thursday 6th November in Long Preston Village Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. This event is open to members and non-members alike, at no charge.  Everyone is welcome.


This year’s annual craft fair at St Mary and St Michael Church will take place on 8 November between 11am – 3pm. All proceeds will go to the church restoration fund. There will be cards, gifts, plants and hand turned wood items on sale. All welcome.


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on November 8th. Please note that for this month only the dance is being held on the 2nd Saturday in the month. The dance will run from 8-11.30pm and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Please book places by the preceding Friday by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038.


The Talbot Arms is holding an open mic session on 10 November from 8pm onwards. To take part and book a slot contact 01729 823924 or call in.


On Monday 10th there will be a showing of “Big Night” by TRAMPS. The film was the winner of the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for best director for Stanley Tucci. Doors open at 7.15 with film commencing at 7.45pm.


The club will be hosting a countdown to Christmas event with a demonstration by international demonstrator Ian Buxton at Victoria Hall on 13 November.  The event commences at 7.30pm but doors will open at 6.30pm. Admission is by ticket only, available from 01282 842467, costing £9.50.


Settle Stories is holding a workshop session on “Speaking with Confidence” on November 15th at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. The session is designed to help participants learn techniques to enable them to address groups confidently and to develop a rapport with their audience. The session will commence at 2pm and run for 2 hours approximately. The cost is £17, with early bird price of £12 for limited places prior to November 1st.   For further details or to book a place go to


Churches Together in Settle and District invite you to join them for the Settle Big Breakfast on Saturday 15 November, 8.30am in St Mary & St Michael Church Hall, Tillman Close, Settle.  The larger venue means there is more space so do invite friends to come and join usThe speaker will be Andy Swinscoe from the Courtyard Dairy, Settle. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost is £3, please book your place by Thursday 13 November to assist with catering by contacting01729 825285.


There will be a concert of classical and romantic music arranged for organ on 15 November at Settle Parish Church. The programme will also feature violin and viola pieces by Duncan Lloyd and pieces on clarinet and alto sax by Alison Marshal as well as an organ duet by Graham Toft and Paul Fisher. The evening’s programme will feature “two swans” – Saint-Saen’s “The Swan” and Sibelius’  “The Swan of Tuonela.” The event will commence at 7.30pm and there will be refreshments. Donations to the church organ fund.


Bentham and District Pet Rescue are hosting a quiz night at Langcliffe Institute on 15 November. The evening commences at 7.30pm with the first round of the quiz starting at 8pm sharp!  Tickets cost £8, including supper and prize draw – with £25 as top prize.  Tickets are available from Field and Home in Settle, Tilly’s in Station Road and via  07773 694608.


Lowe Maintenance Training on Duke St invite you to contribute a poppy to their Remembrance themed window display. Poppies can be made in any media and by groups or individuals.  Please deliver your poppy to the shop or leave it with the shops either side. Ideally poppies should be no more than 3 inches. On 15 November Lowe Maintenance Training will be the venue for a coffee morning between 10am and 2pm, in aid of The Royal British Legion, with coffee in exchange for a donation. There will also be craft and card stalls at this event.


The Folly is hosting a Christmas Shopping and coffee morning on Tuesday, November 18th between 10am and noon. There will be lots of ideas for stocking fillers in the new Folly shop. All welcome.


Settle Orchestra’s autumn concerts will take place at Settle College on 22 November and at Christ Church in Skipton on 29 November. Both concerts will commence at 7.30pm and the programme will include works by Ravel, Poulenc and Bizet. The soloist will be mezzo soprano, Rachel Maby. Tickets cost £10, available from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or phoning 01729 825806


This year’s Christmas Lights switch on will take place on 29 November in Settle Market Place. There will be a grotto for Santa Claus, live entertainment on stage, charity stalls, reindeer and fireworks. There will also be a live grand draw with top prize of £500. The event will run from 3pm to 5.15 approximately and will be followed by a family disco event



Chipmonks nursery is holding an open day on 8 November between 10.30am -1.30pm. There will be a music and dance session at 11.30am and a chance to find out more about facilities and activities.


A Christmas fair is being held at St Alkelda’s Church on 21and 22 November. There will be craft stalls, books, cakes, jewellery and produce available. Refreshments will also be served.  The fair will be open between 7-9pm on Friday evening, when mulled wine will be served. On Saturday the fair will be open between 10-4pm and there will be a grotto between 10-12 and 2-4pm.


A beginners running group meets on Friday evenings at 5.30-6.30pm at Eshton Pavilion. The group is designed for those who are just starting running and is led by local accredited English Athletics coaches and walking and stopping is quite acceptable as part of the evening.  The first session is free to newcomers and visitors are also always welcome. Tea and cakes are served post run. For details contact 07955 342344 or 07799 063115.


There will be a showing of “The Nut Job” at Richard Whiteley Theatre on November 9 at 3.30pm. This is a U certificate film suitable for family viewing. Tickets can be obtained via 01729 893180.

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