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The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show (TRAMPS)  have pulled off a major coup and will stage a special preview showing of “Lad: a Yorkshire Story” at Victoria Hall at 8pm on Saturday 26th May. The film is  a heart warming story of a 13 year old who comes to terms with the loss of his Dad through the friendship he forms with a National Park Ranger in the Yorkshire Dales. Directed by ex-Settle school boy Dan Hartley the film was shot locally in Settle, Austwick and in the Dales, and stars local actors with some lead roles played by Settle school pupils. Advance tickets can be obtained at Victoria Hall box office (01729 825718).This is closely followed by a showing of the multi academy award winning film ‘The Artist’, a black and white tribute to Hollywood’s golden age. This will be shown at Victoria Hall on 31st May at 7.30pm.


A reminder that Tuesday lunches are now once again being served in the church over the summer months.  Coffee is served from 10 am onwards and light lunches available from 11.30 to 2pm.  On May 23 at 7.30pm  the church is staging a pampered chef night with live cookery demonstration followed by an opportunity to purchase cookware and bakeware. Tickets cost £3 available on the door or via 822848.  On May 26 as part of their dales tour The Heritage Singers will be performing a free concert of chorale music commencing at 7.30pm.




There are currently two exhibitions at the Folly. The first of these is:  ‘Off the Page:the Story of Dalesman Magazine’ and  the second is ‘Portraits’ by Sam Dalby featuring portraits of local characters. Opening times: Tues. 10.30-4.30  Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun and Bank Holidays 12.30-4.30. For further information check the website at or ring 01729 822893 for more information.



The life of Clementine Churchill, wife of Sir Winston Churchill, is brought to the stage in Rohan McCullough’s one-woman show “My Darling Clementine” on May 18th.  Phil Beer, half of the award winning acoustic duo “Show of Hands” entertains on 24 May. Details and tickets via 01729 825718



This year’s Christian Aid Week is currently taking place and throughout the week there will be a house to house collection across Settle and District. Afternoon Tea & Scones will be served at Friends Meeting House Sunday, 20 May between 3-5pm.


A casino night will be held at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club on 18 May at 7.30pm. Dress code for the evening is formal – black tie – and tickets cost £20 per person, including supper.  For further details contact 07891 322 096 / 07879 474 786


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them in the Old Courthouse for coffee on May 19th. The coffee morning will  run from 10-12.30pm and all are welcome.  There will also be a nearly new sale at this event.



The Settle Big Breakfast will take place at 8.30am on Saturday 19  May at Friends Meeting House. Coffee is available from 8.15.   Breakfast is £3 and can be booked via 825285, by end of Thursday 17th. The speaker will be Bridget Plass. Bridget is a member of the Scargill Community based at Scargill House in upper Wharfedale. She is married Christian writer, Adrian.



NISCU (Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union) invite you to an old tyme music hall, under the musical direction of Val Baulard, at St John’s Hall on May 19 at 7.30. Tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions and under 16s free) on the door or via 01729 822676.  Fancy dress costume is optional but there will be prizes for the best male and best female costume.  Proceeds will support the work of the local Christian schools workers. All welcome.



The Three Peaks folk club will meet at 9pm in Settle Social Club for a free session. All welcome. Musicians and floor singers welcome to come along and share.



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.  On May 19 there will be a 13.5 mile strenuous walk from Kirby Stephen to Garsdale, alighting at Kirkby Stephe at 10.34am. There will also be a chance to view bluebells in Flakebridge woods  on a 7mile moderate walk alighting at Appleby at 10.308. Please note this last walk is linked with trains travelling from Carlisle.   For further details contact website at




The annual Settle Saunter, organised by Settle Rotary, will take place this year on 19 May.  The event raises money for charities and local causes and offers 3, 10, 15 and 26 mile walks which can be strode, sauntered or run as you wish. All the routes start from Victoria Hall at 9pm and advance entries cost £10 (£6 for over 65s and under 18s) or £11 on the day.  This includes light refreshments at the checkpoints and a hot meal, with pudding, at the finish and a certificate. All under 16 entrants must be accompanied by an adult.  For further details contact  Settle Rotary via or Bob on 01729 830299.  It is hoped to have more than 150 entrants this year.  Information is available on the website and from Settle Tourist Information Centre.



The next meeting will be on May 21st at 7.30pm at Townhead Court when the gallery will be on the theme of “Light”. This will be followed by an examination of some of the exhibits from the YPU exhibition. All welcome, non-members £3.



The club will next meet on 23 May at Townhead Court at 2pm. The speaker will be a representative from Halecat Nurseries in the South Lakes and will talk on the exciting developments currently taking place at Halecat Nurseries.  Admission is £3 and there will also be a members’ plant stall.



Longing to tell a story? Settle story tellers have the answer with a special storytelling masterclass with master story-tller Nick Hennessey, a popular performer at the Settle Storytelling Festival. This is your chance to turn what you want to say into stories others want to listen to. Under Nick’s expert guidance you will learn how to turn your ideas into stories, the best ways of structuring your story for an audience and how to keep your listeners engaged. The session takes place on 23 May at the Falcon Manor between 7.30-9.30 and costs £5.   Meanwhile Settle Storytelling Festival has launched a  competition in collaboration with social audio platform Audioboo to find Britain’s best newcomer to the ancient art of storytelling. To commemorate 2012 being the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, the festival is asking budding storytellers to tell their own version of a fantastical Grimm’s fairy tale – like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel or Snow White. Entries need to be recorded and uploaded by July 31st 2012. Prizes include £50.00, £25.00 and £10.00 National Book Tokens. The overall winner will be invited to perform at the Storytelling Festival 2012. The Festival takes place from 11th – 14th October 2012. This year’s line-up includes award winning and international renowned storytellers. This is your chance to share the stage with them. The Brothers Grimm wrote many of the most well known and well loved fairy stories in the world and everyone has a favourite – so pick your story, make it your own and start telling it. Let your imagination go wild, make it about your family, your friends or your school. Set it anywhere you want – anything goes – and if you’ve ever really kissed a frog, we’d love to know what happened!” For more information go to



The Workshop are holding a gouache painting course with local artist Linda Clemence on 26 May at Friends meeting house, Kirkgate. The session costs £8 and runs from 10-12.  To reserve a place contact 824386, evenings only.





Age UK are organising an afternoon tea at Victoria Hall on 30 May at 2.30pm. Tickets are £3 and are available from the Age UK office in Cheapside or via 01729 823066.  There will be an opportunity for old time dancing and a prize for the lady wearing the best decorated hat.


Linton Court Gallery invite you to come along and hear a talk by Dr John Welshman on 31 May at 7pm on the subject of his new book: “ Titanic – The Last Night of a Small Town”.  Admission is £6 and places must be reserved in advance.  Published by Oxford University Press the book features the stories of both crew and passengers. The featured crew includes the Second Officer; a Stewardess; the young Assistant Wireless Operator; and the Captain of the Carpathia rescue ship. There are eight featured passengers in all – an amateur military historian and governess in First Class; a teacher in Second; a domestic servant and mother in Third; and three children. The book considers questions such as what were their earlier histories, their hopes and anxieties? Who survived, and why, and who perished? What happened to these people in the years after 1912? And what can we learn from their accounts? On the centenary of the sinking, it is the individual histories of twelve of the inhabitants of the small town that this book reconstructs. The book employs the rigorous, sceptical approach of the social historian, while at the same time retaining the vividness of the eye-witness account. For further details or to book a place contac Tel: 01729 824497


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


The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 6 June when the Rev Hilary Young will give a talk entitled ‘My Story’.  At 1.30 pm on Monday 25 June at St John’s Church Hall, Julie and Anne, known as the ‘dynamic duo of entertaining cookery’ will demonstrate some recipes from their W.I. publication ‘Cooking with Anne’. The charge is £10 to include light refreshments. The outing on Wednesday, 4 July, is to Grassington and Pateley Bridge. The  cost of the outing is £20 to include lunch.




Organisers for a reunion scheduled for students from Settle High School who were in the intake year 1958 and 1959 are seeking your help!  The event is  to take place at Settle Cricket Club on 29 September from 3pm onwards. A pie and pea meal is planned and the event will cost £5.  However, at present the organisers have not managed to contact everyone and have a particular problem tracing some of the girls as many have married and so the surname has changed. They are appealing to anyone who may be in touch with any ex-students from these year groups – they might be family or friends who have moved out of the area – to pass the message on so that as many as possible can come along to the event. The people in question will now be in their sixties and it thought that those who moved away may still have other  family members in the area. To find out more, pass on details or to reserve a place please contact  01729 822988 OR 01535 692018.



The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on June 2nd. This will be a celebration of the Jubilee and there will be a finger buffet, cost £7. To book ring 01729 823259 by Saturday May 19th.  All proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.




On May 20 Community Cinemas present “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at 3.30pm. Tickets cost £4.70 available from 01729 893180.Tickets are still available for the highlight of the summer season: an open air concert by the Halle Orchestraon June 30 , presented by Sir Tim Rice and featuring internationally acclaimed soloists and joined by Giggleswick Choral Society. The evening will conclude with fireworks.



As part of the Giggleswick Diamond Jubilee Celebrations there will be a water pageant on our very own Tems! Everyone in the village is invited to build a model boat (be it a kit or a home-devised construction) to join in our pageant.  The boats will be launched from the slate bridge opposite Giggleswick Primary School on 3 June at 2pm. For further information or if you have a query about the boats please contact either 822676 or 823532.



An historical review charting the rise and fall of the wool trade, “Follow the Fleece” is being staged at St Alkelda’s church on 19 May at 7pm. Tickets cost £8 and are available on the door or via 823537.  The play is directed by Nigel Schofield with original music by David Williams , whose stunning work “1611” re-telling of the story of the King James Bible visited St Alkelda’s last year.



Congratulations to the  participants in the recent North Craven Football tournament. All pupils played well and also won three out of their four matches. Two of our pupils, Liam Halliday and Caitie Birkett-Bentley, were entered into  the UK Accordion Championships this recent national event in Liverpool, by their accordion teacher Mr Hinchcliffe. They both played well in their different classes, which was an amazing achievement and Caitie was placed third – wow! A reminder that Jill Eccleston is soon to take part in The Fred Whitton Challenge – a gruelling 112 mile cycle race around the Lake District, which includes the climbs up Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott  and Wrynose passes. She hopes to raise money for our school funds, as well as the Esther Benjamin’s Trust – If you are able to support her, either hand in donations to the school office, or donate through her ‘Just Giving Page’ , or both, if possible. The money will be used to purchase additional play equipment for the pupils. Following the success of last year’s community party to celebrate the royal wedding, plans are under way to organise another community party to mark the Royal Jubilee. For part of the last three days of the first half of this term, all pupils will be taking part in a whole-school project – organising and preparing for a community party for some of the retired residents of Giggleswick Over half term the school is organising  Holiday Sports Course, through Sport-S-Cool. It will take place on 6th, 7th and 8th June, from 10.00am to 3.00pm and costs £10 per day. It will include tag rugby, dodgeball, benchball, athletics, football etc. and it is open to boys and girls of any ability, aged 4-11 years. Please apply through the school office.


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