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Settle News November 18th


There will be an evening of  sixties music on 29 November when the Mersey Makers hit Settle playing songs by The Beatles, The Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and recreating the famous Mersey sound. On 28 November Robin Ince,  co-presenter of radio 4’s award winning series “The Infinite Monkey Cage” brings his own unique blend of humour and science to the stage with a comic exploration of the human condition in  “Happiness Through Science: Star Corpse Apple Child”.  There will be more music in December when on 8 December Country Legends presents a tribute to the stars of Country Music. This commences at 7.30pm. On 15 December the all female band, The Shee, take to the stage for their unique blend of music which combines folk, Gaelic, Scots and bluegrass influences. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718.


Settle Voices Community Choir meets in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday afternoon 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


Throughout November and December the society is collecting tins of food, pre-owned and new toys and any items which are suitable for distribution in Christmas hampers. The hampers will be distributed to those in need across the North of England, regardless of the recipients religious beliefs, if any.  Items for inclusion can be left in the church meeting room at the rear of St Mary and St Michael RC Church hall. Alternatively contact Tony H on 822953 or Tony D on 825042. All donations gratefully received.


This year, Settle’s Christmas lights will be switched on in the Marketplace on the afternoon of Saturday 1 December. Local charities and organisations are all invited to hold a stall on the Marketplace during the afternoon – a great way to raise funds! Anyone wishing to reserve a stall should contact one of the following people: John Diggles(01729 825285, ;Tony Hardwick (; Helen Woodcock in Gladrags (01729 825911,; Christine Holdsworth in Thirteen Café Bar (01729 824356, as soon as possible.



Friends of Victoria Hall are holding an  all-sorts market on Saturday, 24 November at Victoria Hall. This will run from 9.30-4pm with refreshments available all day. In addition to a wide range of stalls selling gift ideas for Christmas there will also be a chance to win prizes in a grand raffle draw which will be drawn at 3.30pm.


On November 24th and 25th Dales Angels, which has recently opened in Settle Market Place is having its official opening weekend. There will be mince pies and mulled wine local musicians and various “Angels” will be on hand displaying their wares. On Saturday at 10.30am there will be the launch of Nigel Mortimer’s book, ” Isaac Newton and the Secret Sundial” and at 2pm there will be music by The Moonbeams. There will be arts and crafts on offer on Sunday at 10.30am and at 1.30pm there will be a vintage clothes extravaganza by Ellie May vintage. Please come along to help celebrate the launch.


The Orchestra will be performing their autumn concerts on 24 November at Ermysteds Grammar School in Skipton at 7.30pm and at Settle Parish Church on 25 November at 3pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Settle Music, Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office, Clitheroe Music, Alley Books and Skipton Camera Centre. The guest conductor will be the orchestra’s Emeritus Conductor Howard Rogerson. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart. The Skipton programme will also feature a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto with soloist Benjamin Frith while the Settle Concert will feature French Songs by Elgar.


The Talbot in Settle invite you to come along and join in the open mic session for acoustic music on 26 November. Session starts at 8pm and all are welcome. For details contact  823924.


From 26 November the surgery will be able to offer one to one sessions with an  ‘Alcohol Support Worker’ every Monday from 26 November between 3.30pm – 6.30pm, to support patients who want to make a positive change to their alcohol usage. Please contact our reception team to make a 30 minute appointment. This new service will initially run for 12 months. Patients in the Flu at risk groups e.g. patients who are over 65 years, pregnant women, diabetic patients and patients who have COPD, chronic heart disease or who have suffered a stroke are advised that flu vaccines are still available. Flu can sometimes lead to very severe illness. It is well worth protecting yourself against flu and it only takes a few minutes. Please telephone the Surgery on 01729 822611 between 11.00am & 4.00pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment or you can book online via our website The surgery is currently carrying out a patient survey. Survey forms will be available until 14 December. Please help us to improve services for patients by completing the survey.


The club will next meet on 28 November at 2pm at Townhead Court. This will be the AGM. The second part of the meeting will be a talk on Creative Ideas for Christmas. Visitors are welcome, admission £3.



The Rotary club of Settle is again organising pre-Christmas visits by Santa to Settle and surrounding areas. Once again this year Santa will have a post box on his sleigh so that children can post their “wish for presents” letter to Santa in the box. Santa sends apologies for last year as the Post Office failed to deliver some of his replies and he hopes you will try again this year. Please be sure to put your name and address on the letter so that he can reply to you. He will start his visits at 5.30p.m. on week days and will be in the Stores in Settle from 10a.m. to 4p.m. each Saturday. On Thursday 29th November Settle he will visit Duke Street & Cammock Lane and on Friday 30th November will be in Hellifield. On Saturday 1st December he has a very busy day visiting Booths and then going to the Market Place for the lights switch on. He will be in Long Preston on December 3rd, back to Hellifield on Tuesday 4th December and on Wednesday 5th December will visit Mill Close and Northfields in Settle and on Thursday 6th will stay in Settle to visit Upper Settle and Longdale Avenue.  He will spend Saturday 8th December at Settle Co-op then onto Austwick and Clapham on Monday 10th December, Rathmell and Wigglesworth on Tuesday 11th and then back to Settle to visit Townhead, Church St. with Duke St and Kings Mill on Wednesday 12th. On Thursday 13th he will be in Langcliffe and on Friday 14th will be in Giggleswick before spending Saturday 15th December in Booths once more. On Monday

17th December  he’ll visit Giggleswick: The Mains & Stackhouse and on Tuesday 18th December will be at  Horton & Stainforth before heading home to get things ready for Christmas.


There will be a discount shopping and supper evening at Watershed Mill on Friday 30 November from 6.30 pm. The cost is £6.50 payable on the night. The next meeting is Party Time on Wednesday 5 December when a Christmas Hamper will be raffled. The Art Group meetings have been until Tuesday 11 December and places are still available. Contact Joy Calvert for details.


The next group meeting will take place on 3 December at Townhead Court, commencing at 7.30pm. The guest speaker at this meeting will be Ian Beesley,  a social documentary photographer. New members are always welcome.


Settle Golf Club have launched their grand draw with a star prize of a year’s free membership. Tickets are now on sale for the draw and are available via 01729 825340 and 01729 8233593. The draw will take place in 2013 to allow maximum sales.


Members of the church will be manning a stall at the all sorts market in Victoria Hall and would be grateful for any items for the stall and look forward to seeing many friends there supporting this event.  On Sunday 25 November the church is hosting a concert by Settle Orchestra at 3pm and on December 2nd there will be the annual concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band at 7.30pm. On Wednesday 5 December there will be a Christmas bingo session at Settle Social Club at 7.30pm.  There will be a range of festive prizes and everyone is welcome at this family event. For those of a quizzical turn of mind, Andy’s great annual quiz is now on sale. Guaranteed to create hours of brain teasing over the Christmas period it makes an ideal stocking filler at price of £2.


This year’s Christmas dance and carving buffet will take place on December 1st. Numbers for this event are required in advance and those wishing to book should contact Marion on 01729 823259. as soon as possible. Tickets for this event are £13.


There will be a chance to indulge in “Christmas Fun at the Folly” on Saturday,  December 1  between 11.00- 3.00 pm, when there will be a range of children’s Dressing up and craft activities involving glue and glitter on offer in the Folly, Settle, before the switch on of the Christmas lights.


There will be a craft workshop session at Friend’s Meeting House on 1 December  focussing on knitting in the round to make Christmas baubles.  Participants should bring along 4 x3.5 double pointed needles. The session costs £8 and runs from 10am -2pm, including basic materials, coffee and biscuits. To find out more or to book a place contact 01729 823434 or 01729 824386 (evenings).


Bentham and district pet rescue will be holding a Christmas Fayre

at Townhead Court, Settle on Saturday 8th December between10am-2pm. There will be a range of stalls including tombola, gifts and competitions. There will also be a hamper raffle and seasonal refreshments. Admission is £1 for adults with children admitted free and all are welcome.


As part of their seasonal tour Theatre of the Dales will be visiting Settle on 20 December with their Three Cheers For Christmas production. The show brings together three stories: Mak the sheepstealer, a medieval farce is interwoven with the children’s opera of Amahl and the Night visitors and Dicken’s A Christmas Carol to create a festive feast for all the family. The production will take place at Victoria Hall and commence at 7.30pm. Details and tickets via 01729 825718


This year the Christmas Day lunch will be served at Townhead Court. There will be a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and a light tea will also be served. The cost for each individual is £10 and this event is open to all ages.  Volunteers to help with transport are also required . Please contact Judith Allinson as soon as possible if you are able to assist or if you wish to reserve a place on 01729 822138.



Throughout November the gallery in the foyer will host an exhibition of photography by Paul Harris, entitled “Mother, Sister, Daughter”. The exhibition will focus on women at the heart of rural and ethnic communities and will be open every weekend throughout November between 1-5pm. On 22, 23 and 24 November there will be a production of A Christmas Carol by students at the school. Performances start at 7.30pm with tickets costing £10 (U 18s £5). On Thursday 29 November Doug Scott, widely acknowledged as one of the leading mountaineers of all time, will give an illustrated talk detailing his adventures and insights on the three highest mountains: Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga.  Tickets cost £12 (concessions £10). For bookings contact  01729 893180.


St Alkelda’s Churchwill be holding a St Nicholas Fair from November 30th-December 2nd. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served  on Friday November 30th from 7-.9.0pm. On Saturday, December 1st, the opening hours  are 10.00 am-4.00pm and on Sunday, December 2nd, 12.30-3.00pm.  On sale will be original card photographs, various craft items ideally suited for Christmas presents, many made by church members. Other features will include a Bran tub and tombola. There will be stalls selling jewellery, produce, cakes and books. Refreshments will be available during opening hours. Admission free. On the evening of December 2nd, at 6.30pm, there will be an Advent Carol service and all are welcome.


There will be a Jumble Sale at Giggleswick Parish Rooms on 8 December between 10am and noon with proceeds going to Giggleswick Playgroup.  Admission is 50p with children admitted free. All welcome.

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