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Settle News, Events and Information 23rd September 2012


There will be a chance to find out more about local businesses and organisations at the Settle Showcase event on 29 September, at Victoria Hall and the Quaker Meeting House. The free event runs from 10-4pm and there will be displays from 40 local businesses as well as a range of workshops including advice for parents on internet safety, first aid, community arts and crafts , writing tips and a range of other subjects. There will also be the chance to take part in a treasure trail around Settle with prize vouchers to be won and the opportunity to tour the regeneration work at the town hall. For details visit


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 Sat. Sept 29  7.30pm in the Folly, there will be a talk by Dr Mike Slater on ‘The Peopling of the Past:the Legacy of Record Keepers’. Tickets for this event cost £6.00 from the Folly or 01729 822893. Please note that seating is limited, so book early to ensure a place.


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.


On 27 September Victoria Hall is delighted to welcome once more the Northern Chamber Orchestra in a programme of music by Rossini, Mozart, Bartok and Schubert.   Comedy is to the fore on 30 September when Jo Caulfield brings her “Better the Devil You Know” tour to Settle. Familiar from BBC radio 4 and TV’s “Mock The Week”, “Have I Got News For You”  and “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show”, Jo is one of the nation’s top comediennes and is currently starring at the comedy club as part of the Edinburgh Festival. October begins with a return visit by Reform Theatre Company who present “Seconds Out”, a comedy around the theme of boxing.  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.



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.




On Friday 28th September 7.30 at the Friends’ Meeting House there will be a talk by Dr. Christopher Baker, director of research at the William Temple Foundation, on the subject of “Christianity and the New Social Order”.



You are invited to come along to Crossgates Bio-energetics and beauty therapies at Barrel Sykes in Settle on 28th September when they will be holding a coffee morning as part of this year’s Macmillan appeal to hold the world’s largest coffee morning.   Coffee will be served between 10 am and noon and all are welcome.



North Yorkshire County Council is offering two computer sessions for absolute beginners to encourage people to get on line. The first of these is on 28 September and the second, dealing with internet skills, is on 5 October.  The sessions will take place at Settle Library and places are limited so booking is essential. To reserve a place contact 0845 034 9537.




This year’s flu vaccine will be available from Townhead  Surgery from Saturday 29 September. ‘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 our patients at school, college, work or for our 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 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.




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. However 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.


Settle Voices Community Choir will meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday, 1st 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.BAVARIAN BAND

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 next meeting will take place on 4 October in Giggleswick Parish Rooms at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Jean Broadbent who will address the group on “The Life and Time of Clarice Cliff”.



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.


The congregation of Settle Parish Church were joined by several visitors from across the diocese  to mark a very special event on Sunday, the golden anniversary of the Ordination of Canon John Bearpark.   First made a deacon in York Minister  before becoming a priest in Bradford Cathedral. John served his curacy at Holy Trinity, Bingley with St Wilfrid’s, Gilstead (1961-64) and was priest-in-charge of St Hugh’s, Baildon for three years before becoming vicar of St Saviour’s, Fairweather Green for 11 years. He then moved to Steeton where he combined the role with that of part-time chaplain of Airedale Hospital for 17 years (1977-94) before moving to Bentham where he was vicar of St Margaret’s Church, and later Low Bentham also. During this period he was also Rural Dean of Ewecross for seven years before retiring to Settle in 2001.  Members of his family also joined the congregation for the service along with parishioners from many of his former parishes. Following the service there was a buffet luncheon, which provided an opportunity for John and his family to catch up with many old friends.  During the lunch Rev Hilary Young, the current incumbent at Settle, thanked John for his many years of service and ministry. However, as everyone who knows him would expect, John insisted that he should have the last word – thanking his wife Dorothy for everything she had done by way of preparation for that day and throughout the previous fifty years and explaining that they had always been a double act, being perfectly suited to complement one another’s skills and talents.  On this occasion though the last word was actually Dorothy’s as she thanked everyone for attending and added that having so many friends gathered together brought back so many happy memories and had made the day particularly special for them both.

The popular Settle Storytelling Festival  seems to grow annually with this year marking the 3rd festival.  The event was launched with the promise of four days of magic, music, laughter cake and crocodiles and a taste of what was in store was provided by three very different performers who will be taking part in the festival.  Stressing the importance of putting people before things Bill Mitchell recounted memories of local characters and how history is comprised of the experiences of ordinary people.  Fresh from a visit to a local primary school Mara Menzies delighted the audience with the Zimbabwean tale of how the cat became domesticated – a story with a wonderful contemporary twist, while Faustin Charles involved the whole audience in the Caribbean story of the legendary Anansi the spiderman and the story without an end.   As a taster it was a real joy – leaving everyone hungry for more and looking forward to the main course when throughout October 11-14th there will be a wide range of storytelling experiences on offer with events to suit all ages from an array of storytellers. Teddy bears are welcome at the bedtime tales event which caters for under sixes but adults may prefer an alternative source of comfort as they enjoy late night ghost stories. There is a mixture of familiar items from previous years, such as the popular storytelling walk led this year by Dave Tong, Yarnsmith from Norwich and the delightful Sunday afternoon tea and tales with stories from Liz Weir and local raconteur Bill Mitchell served up with home-made cakes as well as new directions with the intriguing story of Newton’s Apple which turns physics into a local detective mystery in the hands of Professor Richard Keesing. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a storytelling masterclass or bookmaking workshop and relax with home made teas and snacks while discovering the stories behind the work of some local artists at the Makers Market and café. Local students will also take part in the festival as they share their poems and stories at the “Aye Up!” performance.   More details of all the events can be found at

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