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Settle News January 24th


Throughout the year the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line organise free guided walks through the countryside along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and the Leeds-Lancaster and Morecambe lines. These walks are led by the volunteers from the Friends. Packed lunches are required for the walks and waterproofs and dry clothing are recommended. Prior booking is not necessarily required, simply turn up on the day at the station where the walk commences.  Dogs are permitted, but should be kept under control.  There will be a walk on Jan 28 from Clapham to Horton via Crummackdale leaving Clapham at 9.33am, this is a 6.5mile moderate walk.  Also on Jan 28 there is a Settle-Malham circular walk which is a 15 mile moderately strenuous walk which leaves Settle at 9.50am.  On February 4 there will be a 12 mile Clapdale and Crummackdale moderately strenuous walk with hill climb alighting at Horton in Ribblesdale at On Saturday 11 Feb Two Birketts and Long Rigg offers a 12 moderately strenuous walk with hill climb leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.34 am. For further details contact website at


Settle Voices Community Choir meets in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate every Monday  from 1pm to 3pm. There is an annual fee of £5 plus £4 per session. New members are welcome. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771


There will be an informal worship session entitled “Let there be light” at St John’s Hall on 29 January at 4pm. There will be music, drama and a range of activities. This is open to all.



A training course for emergency first aid at work will take place on 30 January at Wigglesworth Community Centre. The course is a recognised 1 day, 6 hour course and the cost is £65 per person.  For further details contact 0780 7211745.



Why not warm up a chilly winter evening with some red hot jazz? The Black Horse Jazzmen can be found every Tuesday evening at Settle Cricket Club at 8.30pm. Sitters in are always welcome and this could be the perfect way to ensure you have a cool yule!



The Friends of Settle Swimming pool are anxiously seeking to recruit more helpers to assist with the recycling scheme which operates from the pool car-park. Funds raised from recycling waste card and paper helps to support the pool, a vital resource in the community which will suffer a 40% cut in its grant from CDC this coming year.  At present the shortage of volunteers means that the recycling scheme is not staffed on Saturday afternoon or Sunday and may have to close one day a week. This is particularly worrying when the weekends are times when there are more people around and ideally the facility needs to be open. If you could spare an hour of your time to support the friends of the pool with this scheme then please contact 01729 825109 or leave details with volunteers at the pool.




Following on from last year’s festival Settle Stories would like to hear your views of the festival and any ideas you may have. In particular we are looking for suggestions as to how can the Storytelling Festival be made even better for Settle?To discuss these matters there will be an open meeting on Thursday 26thJanuary 2012 at The Lion at Settle from 7.30 – 9.00 pm. All are very welcome. The next storytelling session will take place at Falcon Manor Hotel at 7.30pm on 15 February. Admission is £3. For further details contact 01729 860048.


Hatha Yoga sessions will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30-9pm at Settle Primary School. There will be 8 sessions throughout the term with fees payable every 4 weeks. Sessions cost £5.50. The Monday sessions commence on 30 Jan and the Wednesday sessions on February 1st. For further details contact 07947 027 188.


On Jan 29 the Play Barn on The Sidings will be hosting the Big Baby Store sale with a wide range of essentials and toys. There will also be an opportunity to try your hand at creating some unique pottery – ideal for special presents – with Dotty Potter.  Prices for pottery painting start at £4. Quilting antics will also be previewing their quilting kits.


Iyengar Yoga classes will take place at Friends meeting house  every Monday and at Townhead Court on Tuesdays.  The Monday sessions run from 1.15-2.30 for the mixed ability group and from 2.45-3.45 for the beginners group.  The Tuesday group runs from 7-8.30pm and is a mixed ability group. For information on fees and start dates contact 01282 843907.



Please note the date of the next meeting is Wednesday 1st February (not Wednesday 8th as printed in the programme) when Claire Kearns will talk about ‘Coffee Care’.  The competition will be for a coffee cup. On Wednesday 29th February there will be a craft afternoon in St John’s Church Hall from 1 – 4pm.  There are 4 crafts to choose from:  ‘Fabulous Felting’, ‘Fabric Brooches’, ‘Beads’ and ‘Knitting with a Twist’, with a maximum of 8 places for each craft available.  The cost for the afternoon is £10 including refreshments.  Contact Joy Calvert (824340) to book.


Programmes for the new season are now available throughout the town. The season will begin with a return visit by Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman on February 3rd.  Their harp and guitar duo programme covers a range of Irish dance tunes, airs and old songs with the addition of striking new compositions and forays into  jazz and bluegrass. Reform Theatre company return on 9 February with My Favourite Summer a comedy about a boy, a summer job and a dream of going on holiday with his girl! Connie Lush and Blues shouter take to the stage on 17 February and Moishe’s Bagel return on 25 February. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.


A Stitch in Time welcomes new members to join its crochet group in the sewing café. The group will meet again on February 4 from 2-4pm and cost is £3.50, including refreshments. The group welcomes all abilities and provides a friendly, supportive meeting place to learn or improve crochet skills. For further details contact 07507 851908.


The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on 4 February from 7.30-11.30pm and all proceeds will go to Settle Swimming Pool. To book please contact 01729 823259 by February 2nd.


The next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on 6th February at Townhead
Court (note new venue). The guest speaker will be Dorothy Burrows from
Shipley, who will deliver a slide show on “Yorkshire Today”. Dorothy is
a well known and highly respected speaker throughout Yorkshire, and her
talks are always high quality and very entertaining. Non members welcome £3.


At this week’s meeting, Rotary Club of Settle President, Chris Wilcock, announced several pieces of good news –Bill Gates promised Rotary in 2007 to donate $355 million to their fight to eliminate Polio worldwide if they could raise $200 million themselves –they have just achieved that. From 350,000 cases worldwide in 1988 Polio has now come down to 650 in 2011 and India has had a complete year without a single case. Also Shelter Box, a Rotary based charity that this area has given most generously to, sent out 15,000 boxes last year and total UK donations were £5,288,331, an amazing sign of people’s generosity. The Club’s own Father Christmas Collection had raised over £4000, which the Club will be donating as usual to good causes in the local area. The annual Rotary Merry-go-Round is fast approaching –this is a 3 course meal with each course being in a different local restaurant, starting with a free drink in Giggleswick School Dining Hall at 7pm on Friday 10th February.Tickets are £18 and are now available from any member or from 01729 822445. This year the proceeds from this event will be split between Settle Swimming Pool and Help for Heroes in memory of Matthew Haseldin.




The new priest in charge of Settle, Giggleswick and Rathmell has now moved to the area and Reverend Hilary Young will officially take up her post following her licensing service on 16 February. This will take place at 7.30pm at St Alkelda’s and is an open service to which all residents of the three parishes are invited. On 19 February Settle Parish Church are planning to hold our Snowdrop Sunday event, a chance to visit the church and wander through the magnificent display of snowdrops in the churchyard. The church will be open between 2-4pm serving home-made refreshments throughout the afternoon. Please note that this is not the date previously advertised as the snowdrops have already started to flower!



To mark the 10th anniversary of Freda’s Playgroup there will be a race-night and disco at Settle Social Club on 25 February. This will commence at 7.30 with the first race taking place at 8pm.  Tickets cost £3 or £5 for two. For details contact 824884.


You are invited to make a date for a spring treat  and come along to dance to the music of John Bowdler, Blackpool Tower Organist.  The dance will take place at Settle College on 17 March and tickets cost £7.50. Tickets are limited and sell quickly so ensure you book early by contacting 01729 824038/822364



Forget the misery of winter and prepare for your holiday in the sun, or maybe just have some fun by learning for pleasure by joining a Spanish class. Classes take place every Friday at St John’s Hall and cater for beginner to intermediate level with sessions at 2-3.30 and 3.30-5pm. Sessions cost £7.50. For details contact 07767 328280.





There will be a double bill of entertainment on 4 February featuring two extremely different plays, with tickets available for either or both performances. At 7pm Theatre Ad Infinitum present Translunar Paradise, an extended piece of mask and movement theatre which won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  This will be followed at 8.45 by Caroline Horton’s one woman show “You’re not like other girls Chrissy”, which is one woman’s experience of love and war. On 5February there will be a showing of Alvin and the Chipmunks 3  at 3.30pm.  Details of times and tickets via 01729  893180 or online at

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