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Settle News – December 2016


There will be two walks in the run up to Christmas. The first is on  Saturday 17 December and will leave Settle at 9.50 for a 10 mile circular moderate walk. This will take in Langcliffe, Stainforth Force, Feizor and Giggleswick Scar. The second walk is on  Saturday  24 December and is to   Druid’s Altar and St Ives Estate. This is an 8-10 mile circular moderate walk leaving Bingley at 9.06 and there is a possibility of an extension to Saltaire dependent on weather conditions and size and nature of the group. All participants are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  Details of all walks can  be found at


A reminder that the new car parking regulations in Settle Market Place are now fully in operation and are now being fully enforced. In order to park in the market place it is now essential to display a disc in your car, in a prominent position.  Parking is now strictly limited to 2 hours in the Market Place. Any timed disc can be used, it doesn’t need to have Settle Town Council log on it. Discs are available from over 20 shops in the town centre and shops supplying discs will display a poster in their window to assist you. There are additional short term – 30 minutes – bays around the town as well as the normal car parks where usual charges apply.


Santa will be touring the area with his helpers from Settle Rotary each evening in the run up to Christmas. The visits to each area will start at 5pm. On Friday 16th he will be visiting the Mains area of Giggleswick and on Saturday 17th he will be in Booths Settle Supermarket between 10-4. On Monday 19 he will visit Duke Street and Cammock Lane are of Settle, then call in at Townhead, Church Street, Duke St and Kings Mill area on December 20th. Santa is always delighted to see children of all ages.


The hall is offering a varied programme throughout the winter months. Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar  perform at the hall on December 16 in a concert with a definite Christmassy feel, then on December 17th Settle Stories presents Starlight, a family show for Christmas. Please note this is a matinee performance and is aimed at children aged 2-6 years old.  In the evening of 17 December it is party time when a six piece all live, all action, authentically costumed, passionate tribute show, Glamrockz  invite you to enjoy  to the greatest of early 70s Glam Rock. On December 18 the ever-popular Pendle Productions Pantomime returns, with matinee and evening productions of family favourite, Cinderella. On December 21st join Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys for a Christmas Party night when the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist brings music to the stage that reflects his gaelic heritage but which  transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music..For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


The power cut at the end of November has led to a rescheduling of the programme and so the gallery submissions have required alteration. The next meeting on December 19 will be a members night with the annual Jacobs Join and some seasonal fun. This starts at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The theme for the gallery will be humorous photos.


A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10-noon. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. The first Tuesday in the month is a charity coffee pot with donations to a charity nominated by that month’s organiser.


Settle WI again welcomed Martin Lunn, this time for a reminder of all the female astronomers down the years whose efforts have not been applauded. His talk with vivid slides of those concerned from 2000 BC in Egypt through to lady ‘computers’ who studied early photographic plates in the 1800s for anomalies in the skies. Not surprisingly their masculine partners/masters were the ones to reveal ‘their’ findings. Caroline Herschel, Sophia Brahe, Mary Somerville and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, pulsar pioneer, all made their mark in one of the most difficult of sciences. Time flew while Martin talked but all too soon his talk ended with questions from the floor. Special mince pies and Stollen followed while the raffled hamper was won by Sandra Fox.


The Christmas Exhibition at the Gallery on the Green is now open and has already been featured in the Yorkshire post as one of the best places to view Christmas Art.  This year’s installation has been provided by Settle Flagmakers, under the guidance of Jeanne Carr and  features a winter wonderland with penguins sliding down a waterfall and generally having fun in a wintry landscape.  The array of knitted penguins were first seen last year as part of the window display at the town’s Age UK Charity Shop, where they proved so popular with visitors that a return was demanded. As usual the display will include a small supply of chocolate money – this time at the bottom of the waterfall, with visitors invited to take a coin. And if previous years are anything to go by, generous adult visitors will add to the supply during the month that the exhibition is on display.


North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to share an extra event which is being staged on Friday 16th December 2016, 2.30pm at St. John’s Methodist Church, Settle when Professor Richard Hoyle, Visiting Professor of Economic History at the University of Reading will give a talk on  ‘Malham in the Eighteenth Century: ‘Langs’ maps of 1760 and 1785-6′. By one of the country’s leading researchers in rural history, this will be a most interesting and copiously illustrated talk. There will be refreshments afterwards and, as usual, non-members are welcome at a charge of £2.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are staging a Christmas Cabaret at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church Hall on 16 December.  Tickets cost £8 and the evening’s entertainment commences at 7pm. Tickets include a glass of mulled wine and mince pie. Feel free to bring own drinks . For tickets contact 07540 300185.


There will be an open afternoon at Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate, on Friday 16 December between 2-4pm. Local author, Jan Michael, will be present reading extracts from, talking about, and signing copies of her latest novel “Stone on Stone”. Stone on Stone is set in Settle and deals with events related to the building of the Settle-Carlisle line.  Admission is free, refreshments will be available and donations will be gratefully accepted towards the work of the NSPCC.


This year’s Community Christmas Concertwill take place on 17 December at 6.30pm at Settle Parish Church. As in previous years this event is open to all and will feature carols and seasonal songs performed by a range of music groups within the community including Settle Primary School, Octameron, Langcliffe Singers, Settle Voices and Settle Amateur Operatic Society concert party along with organists Graham Toft and Paul Fisher. This event is free with a retiring collection which will be distributed to support the organisations taking part


The club next meets on 17th December at Settle Social Club for it’s Christmas special night.  Along with guests Errol and Lesley Kirkpatrick it will be welcoming traditional seasonal entertainment from Holbeck Moor Mummers. All welcome, as a lively and entertaining evening is promised.


Settle Stories has two very special family events this Christmas. On December 17th there will be a performance of “Starlight”, a family show for Christmas at Victoria Hall.  Please note this is a matinee performance starting at 3pm, lasts approximately an hour, and is aimed at children aged 2-6 years old.  It features Chris Bostock who last year performed the acclaimed “Snow Bear”.  On Tuesday 20th December at 3pm there is a family event aimed at families with children aged 6-10 years old. “Winter Stories” will take place at The Falcon Manor and will feature seasonal tales and a visit by Santa Claus with gifts for the children and mince pies and punch for the adults.  For details and bookings contact


You are invited to come along and join in the community carol singing on December 20th at 11pm. Singers will meet outside The Naked Man Cafe to sing and all are welcome to come along and join in this event.


There will be an informal get together and drop in session at Settle Rugby Club on 20 December between 12-3pm. There will be soup and refreshments available. If you know anyone who would benefit from a food bank bag of supplies but is unable to attend then please contact Kim on 01729 822192 for further information.






There is still time to book a place for the Christmas Day lunch and tea. This annual event takes place in St John’s Hall and is open to all. The cost is £10 per head, £5 for children. Transport is available and bookings are now being taken on 01729 822138.


There will be a  New Year’s eve Charity Dance in aid of Victoria Hall.  The venue will be St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church Hall, and not Victoria Hall as previously advertised. Reservations can be made via 01729 823259 / 824038.This event will run from 8pm until after midnight and all are welcome. Please note that there will be a Jacobs Join supper at this event.


An eight week mindfulness course will commence in the new year at Hellifield. Sessions will take place at Goal Cottage between 10-12.30pm on Thursdays from 19 January onwards.  For details and bookings please contact 07803 721135.

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