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Settle News March 23rd


March 28th sees the launch of the tour of “Lad, a Yorkshire Story”, which was filmed in and around Settle. The director and members of the cast will be present for a short introduction and discussion session before the film.  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 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


The Folly has re-opened for the summer season and throughout the year there will be a range of special family activities. As well as the usual quizzes and Molly Mouse trail for children this year will also see the introduction of a dressing up box.  Opening the season will be the return of the popular exhibition “Victoria Cave Revisited” and along with this The Folly will stage  ‘Climb up to the Moor’ featuring paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nicholls. Their work explores moorland life through the seasons, highlighting the fragility of the landscape and raising awareness of the importance of moorland conservation. there will also be a film presentation of one piece of bog as it changes through the seasons. Signed copies of prints and of the book which accompanies the exhibition will be available for sale.  On April 13th there will be the re-launch of the newly upgraded exhibition on the Settle – Carlisle Railway Exhibition. This will take place at 7.30pm and there will be a talk by Nigel Mussett entitled “Busting the Myths”. Tickets for this event are £6 and are available from the Folly or by contacting 01729 822893.


Churches Together in Settle and District will again be staging their Easter Pageant “Journey To The Cross” on Good Friday Morning.  The story will unfold over four locations in town commencing at 10.30 am outside the catholic church in Kirkgate. It will be followed by tea/coffee and hot cross buns in the Parish Church.  If the weather is wet the play will take place in St John’s Methodist Church.



Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to come along and join them for coffee at the The Old Court House on Station Road between 10am and noon on any, or all, of the following dates: March 30th, April 13th and April 27th. You can be assured of a warm welcome and a chance to chat to friends at our coffee mornings.  Or why not come along and join us for a pudding party and quiz night on Friday, 12 April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine and are available via 01729 822364/822959.


An all-sorts market weekend will be held at Victoria Hall on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday between 9.30 and 4pm.  For details contact 01729 823867. There will be refreshments served throughout the day.


There will be an opportunity to find out more about one of Settle’s most colourful characters on Easter Sunday  when Richard Whinray leads a ‘Tot Lord Town Trail Local History Tour of Settle on 31st March from 5.00pm until 6.45pm. Meeting outside Settle Tourist Information. Tickets are £4.00 each – with all proceeds being donated to Oxfam.


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.


The new exhibition at the Gallery on the Green features the work of Fleur Olby  who specialises in photographing plants. Her new exhibition “Green on White” is nature in a studio setting, a series of studies that invites us to consider the perfection and symmetry of plant forms through the use of a minimal tonal range and simple abstraction.  The series has been specially selected for the Gallery on the Green from her book ‘Fleur: Plant Portraits’ and will be shown in postcard format.


The next meeting is on Wednesday 3 April, Settle W.I.’s 24th birthday, when Di Rees will give a talk entitled My Olympic Experience. The competition will be for an Easter bonnet.

Bookings are now being taken for “An Evening with Pam Rhodes” on Tuesday, 21 May, at  the Richard Whiteley Theatre. There will be a Craft Day on Wednesday 29 May at St John’s Church Hall with two sessions: 9 am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm. Choose from Beading, Book making, Quilting and Crochet, and bring a packed lunch. The cost for the day is £15 including materials.


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.


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.


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).




Tuesday Lunches at Settle Parish Church re-commence on Tuesday 2 April 2013. 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.



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.


There was an excellent turn-out to our Red Nose Day Activities and the pupils ran their activities well. Many groups used their £2 from World Maths Day to purchase prizes; others used it for a float. Some groups benefited from donations of prizes, or items to sell and some pupils donated their own pocket money to buy what was needed for their activity. Congratulations to: Mollie Howarth and Danielle Lightbody for winning the free haircuts (kindly donated by Eclipse and Miss Moneypenny),Mrs. Eccleston who guessed the weight (2075 grams) of the jar of sweets, Joel Monks who had the nearest estimate for the weight (1575 grams) of the cake  and to Mrs Nash and Mrs Barker for finding the treasure on the Treasure Map. Thank you to everyone for your support with our Red Nose Day Activities – we hope to be able to announce the grand total before the end of term. This week the school held an open afternoon when parents and friends were able to visit and to look at pupils’ work in their classrooms and displayed around school. There was also an opportunity to view performances by pupils , including: singing, dance, French, skipping and  poetry.


Top writing comes to Settle in 2013

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. The well known writer Gervase Phinn speaks of of Irene: “One day, you never know, I may be as good as she is”.

Alan Hemsworth is renowned for his presentation in accents and 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.

The series is masterminded by Craven based writers Jean Harrison and Veronica Caperon. “We want to provide a relaxed evening where people who may sometimes be frightened off poetry and prose can enjoy some excellent writing” explained Jean, who has won several national poetry awards and was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry short collection prize. “There’s plenty to whet the appetite in this first evening for anyone who enjoys a good read or maybe belongs to a book club” continued Veronica. “Two more evenings are planned in June and in October with novelists, poets and dramatists of the top calibre – it’s great that we can attract them to The Folly in Settle”.

Tickets, which are limited due to space, are at £5 available from Cave and Cragg, The Folly and Crossleigh Stores Austwick. Season Tickets: £13 for three sessions, £9 for two. For more information peole should ring 01729 823305 or 824537.



Blubells, wildlife, haymeadows and snaps!

The winter may have played havoc with wildlife and wild flowers but budding photographers can put their cameras through their paces regardless!

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.

Other events in the year include pre- and medieaval history, summer pastures and stunning views over The Three Peaks on June 27th around Lower Winskill and tradition Dales haymeadows near Selside on July 13th. Various locations include hen harrier and ring ouzel habitat in Bowland with RSPB, traditional Bowland haymeadows around Slaidburn with the Forest of Bowland Area of Natural Beauty’s Hay Time project officer, and autumn colours near Settle in the little known eastern edge of Forest of Bowland.

The events are aimed at those with limited or no photographic experience, but more advanced photographers are welcome to join on that basis. There are also family tickets to encourage people to come along with their children.

All the walks are lead by experienced professional photographer Veronica Caperon with her third year of events. Several are accompanied by wildlife and environmental specialists too. 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.



The North Carven Strollers Spring programme


North Craven Strollers’ Spring programme takes walkers out and about throughout Craven. There will be walks around Settle and Giggleswick as well as around Rathmell, Chapel le Dale, Horton. Stainforth and Feizor. We try and finish near a Tea shop where possible!

The NCS programme which provides regular, free and gentle walks. The group meets in Settle every Wednesday at 1.30pm from the Millennium Garden in Settleand on the first Thursday of the month in Gargrave (10am Summerseat) and third Thursday in Hellifield. (10.15am Aherne’s car park).

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.

More information from For Settle walks call 01729 824537; for Gargrave call 01756 748851, Hellifield 01729 851389.


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