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VICTORIA HALL:  This evening,  1 March there is instrumental music from Leveret and Spiro. Featuring seven of the UK’s top instrumentalists in two incredible ensembles, the Eccentric Orbits Tour showcases the unique and distinctive music of Leveret and Spiro in a show that will fly the flag for new English instrumental music.  On March 2 Ferocious Dog return once more in concert to Settle and on March 8 twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore are back!  For details and tickets contact 01729 825718

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year’s world day of prayer will be based around materials provided by the women of Suriname. A service will take place at St John’s Church, Langcliffe on 2 March at 7.30pm. All are welcome, including men.


SETTLE SCOUTS Local cordwainer, Dan Nelson is presenting a talk at Rathmell Reading Rooms on March 2nd in aid of the reading room itself and Settle Scouts. The talk, along with a variety of props, will tell the tale of two thousand years of shoemaking. It begins at 8pm and admission is £5.

CHURCHES TOGETHER Throughout Lent Churches Together are holding a series of Lent study groups on the theme of “Living an authentic life”. These will meet on Wednesday evenings at St Mary and St Michael Church Hall, Kirkgate at 7.15 for 7.30pm start. Coffee will be served beforehand. For those who are unable to attend evening sessions there will also be a Tuesday afternoon session at Limestone View between 2.30-3.30pm.


This week there will be two walks both taking place on March 3rd. Please note that all walks now take place from the 08.49 Leeds-Settle-Carlisle service unless otherwise stated and walks will usually finish in time to return to Leeds by 7.00 pm. The first walk is a moderately strenuous 10 mile circular walk around Grassington. This leaves and returns from Skipton making use of public transport between Skipton and Grassington at either end of the walk (fare payable). The second walk is from Clapham to Settle and uses the Morecambe line and participants should take the 8.19 Leeds to Morecambe train to Clapham. The walk is a 16 mile strenuous walk via  Trow Gill, Wharfe, Smearsett and Giggleswick Scars.   All participants in railway walks are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. 


SETTLE PARISH CHURCH :  Coffee is served every Tuesday between 10-12. Lunches will again be served on Tuesdays between 12 and 2pm. These offer home cooking and a friendly welcome. 



A reminder that the Friends of Settle Victoria Hall run a kitchen every Tuesday from 9.30am to approx 3.00pm. All welcome with all proceeds going to the Hall . There are also a range of goods on sale on the charity stall. 


  GALLERY ON THE GREEN:   The Gallery is currently featuring the work of Kerry McKenna, who paints on slates and is particularly drawn to mystical scenes The Gallery is open 24 hours a day and is free entry.  


ST JOHN‘S METHODIST CHURCH:  On Tuesdays the church hosts a coffee pot from 10am to 12 noon serving coffee and home made scones and cakes.  The first Tuesday in the month is a charity event.



PEERTALK:  Peertalk meets every Tuesday evening at The Folly between 7.30-9pm and provides a space for talk and to offer support for people who live with depression and also offers support to  their families. For  further information go to


COMMUNITY MUNCHERS Organised by Settle Community and Business Hub, the community munchers will now meet on every 2nd and 4th Thursday in the month at the small meeting room at the Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate. The idea is to get together and prepare a meal to share together. It doesn’t matter whether you can cook or not as there are plenty of other jobs to be done such as preparation and setting tables etc.  The group meet at 10am onwards for coffee and scones and to begin work and aim to be finished by 2pm.  There is a suggested donation fee of £3 to cover the cost of the room and meal. Vegetarian, gluten free and other dietary requirements can be catered for if notified in advance. To find out more contact the hub or ring 07419 127988.

THEATRE TRIPS: Michael Cullingworth is currently arranging a series of Theatre Trips. The cost quoted includes theatre ticket (usually a matinee) , gratuities and coach transport to and from the venue. To ensure good seats trips are planned well in advance.  Trips currently being planned include on May 9th there will be trip to Bradford for Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Cinderella (cost £43) and then off to Leeds’ Grand Theatre for Calendar Girls on August 29th (cost£54). In October he will be arranging a trip to Bradford once again for Miss Saigon at the Alhambra on 10 October (cost £68).  Advance booking is essential as trips are popular and all payment must be made 5 weeks prior to the performance. ” To contact Michael to book a place on a trip simply get in touch on 01729823978 or email:-



North Ribblesdale Rugby Club is holding training sessions for girls aged 11 and over every week on Friday evenings from 6.15-7.15. These are led by fully qualified and accredited coaches and take place at Eshtons in Giggleswick.



DEATH CAFE  The next meeting will take place on 3 March at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate between 10 – noon. There will be free tea and cakes and you are welcome to call in for a short time or to stay the full two hours.  The aim of the gathering is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’ and there is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. For further details contact Alsion on 01729 6222677



 The next Charity Dance will be at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall , Tillman Close (off Kirkgate , Settle) on Saturday March 3rd 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Contact for information 01729 824038/822364 


SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP: The next meeting will take place on 5 March at Townhead Court at 7.30 and will be a talk by Ray Brammall entitled “All kinds of everything”.  There will be no gallery at this event. The meeting on 19 March will be the group’s Digital Projected Image Competition. Would members note that the closing date for entries will be 13 March. The gallery at this event will be on the theme of Travel.


U3A: There will be a talk by Russell Bury entitled “The Year of the Gamekeeper” on 8 March at Victoria Hall at 10.30am. Coffee will be available beforehand and this is open to non-members also.

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 The next in the foreign film season takes place at Victoria Hall on March 7 at 7.45. Tickets cost £5 and doors open at 7pm. The film will be “Marguerite”, the story of a socialite and aspiring opera singer who believes she has a beautiful voice, it is set in the Golden Twenties and is loosely inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. The film stars Catherine Frot  as the tone-deaf Marguerite Dumont  and was highly acclaimed winning a César award. An engagingly compassionate fable, it is performed in French with English subtitles

CLUBBERCISE:  A series of “Clubbercise: dance in the dark” sessions for young people will commence at Settle Primary School in April. The sessions will be in six week blocks to coincide with school term times and will cost £15 for six weeks.  They will be suitable for 11-15 year olds and will take place on Thursday evenings between 6-6.45pm. They are expected to be popular so booking is advisable. Contact 07966718944 for further details.

AMNESTY LETTER WRITING:  The next session will take place on 21 March at the Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate. Letters represent an important part of Amnesty’s work, either helping families to seek justice, pleas for release from imprisonment or sentences of execution or highlighting cases of miscarriages of justice. The drop in session runs from 5-8pm and assistance is available with composing the letters.  For details contact 01729 268912.


RACE NIGHT North Ribblesdale RUFC is holding a race night on 24 March starting at 8pm, Tickets cost £2.50. The club is also looking for sponsors for jockeys and races for this event. For details and tickets contact 07812 958940 /07967 256717


THREE PEAKS FOLK CLUB  The club will next meet at Settle Social Club on Saturday, 24 March. This will be a guest night featuring the very talented Stuart Douglas. The evening will start at 8.30pm. All welcome. 


SETTLE STORIES  This year’s Settle Stories festival will take place over the weekend of 6-8 April and will include over 70 artistic events. These include family events, children’s events and events for adults. A number of these are free events but there is also an option to purchase an Early Bird Pass which will provide reductions of up to 60% on paid events. Early Bird passes give you guaranteed entry to events of your choice (if they are not sold out), however these are limited and must be ordered before 6th March 2018 online at


THE GIGGLESWICK GARDENING GROUP The Giggleswick Gardening Group invites any members of the community to join them, any Monday afternoon, between 2.00 – 4.00, when a few of us meet to carry out some of the many tasks to enhance the grounds of St. Alkelda’s Church. Please come and join us!’ On the first Monday morning of the month  the monthly litter-picking section takes place, the next pick being March 5th. Please meet at 10.00 a.m. on Tems Bridge


GIGGLESWICK GAZELLES The beginners running group meets every Friday between 5.30-6.30pm at Eshtons Pavilion. The first session if free and the club is open to visitors as well as locals. Sessions are designed to help those new to running to enjoy the experience by being part of a group and are followed by tea and cakes.  For details contact 07955342344.


RICHARD WHITELEY THEATRE    Starting in the morning and running through to evening the Giggleswick School annual “Young Musician of the Year” competition takes place on March 4th. This celebrates the diverse range of musical skills in the school and every instrumentalist has the opportunity to take part and receive feedback from a leading professional musician. Everyone is welcome to come along for all or part of the event to support the young musicians or simply to enjoy the variety of music on offer.


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