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There is a range of music on offer in March with Led Zepplin sound-a-likes “Whole Lotta Led” on 17 March. Appearances by jazz masters The Quention Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet on 10 March. Contemporary acoustic ensemble, Spiro, take to the stake on 23 March. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.


St John’s Methodist church will be holding a spring fair in St John’s Hall on 10 March between 10-2pm. Admission is 50p, children free and there will be a wide assortment of stalls. Refreshments will be available throughout the day with light lunches being served from noon.



Giggleswick with Settle Mothers’ Union were thrilled to raise over £300 for Mothers’ Union ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ ethical gifts. They’d like to thank all friends and supporters who came along ate pancakes, drank coffee and made their Pancake Tuesday event so successful. As yet they have not made a final decision as to which gifts they’d like to fund but this amount would help to train 3  home based carers working with Ugandan children orphaned by HIV/AIDS for example. The Make a Mother’s Day appeal will run until Mothering Sunday, March 18, and anyone who wishes to support the appeal by purchasing an ethical gift of their own in order to support a mother online can do so at

(Enclosed photos show the team in action at Settle Parish Church on Tuesday)



Kay Phillipson would like to thank everyone who attended her birthday party at Settle Rugby Club on 18 February and helped her to raise £806 for Breast Cancer. Instead of gifts friends were asked to make donations to the charity and Kay was overwhelmed by the generosity demonstrated.  Sadly during the course of the evening her camera, a Samsung model, went missing and with it Kay’s souvenir shots of her birthday celebrations. If anyone has accidentally picked up the camera she would be extremely grateful if it could be returned – anonymously if necessary – to the club.



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



The theme for this year’s women’s world day of prayer is “Let Justice Prevail” and the programme has been compiled by the women of Malaysia. This year’s meeting will take place at Settle Parish Church on 2 March at 7.30pm and the speaker will be Rev Hilary Young


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 3 March there will be a 13 mile moderately strenuous walk from Gargrave to Settle leaving Gargrave at 9.32 am. On Sunday 4 March there will be a 10mile moderate walk at Dufton Ghyll alighting at Appleby at 11.09am. On Wednesday 7th there will be a 12 mile Langwathby circular walk alighting at Langwathby at 11.01 am. For further details contact website at



Langcliffe Singers invite you to join them for a ceilidh at Langcliffe Institute on 3 March at 7.30pm. Music will be provided by “Buttered Peas” and the tickets cost £6, payable on the door or via 07778 291402. There will be a bring and share supper and you are welcome to bring along your own drinks.



The next charity dance will take place on 3 March at Settle College from 7.30-11pm. All proceeds will be donated to Settle Swimming Pool, as the previous event scheduled to assist the Pool was cancelled due to bad weather. To reserve a place please contact 01729 823259 by March 1st



There will be an informal worship session at St John’s on 4 March at 4pm. The theme will be “Father Abraham” and there will be refreshments and a variety of activities. This session is open to all ages.



On Thursday 8 March there will be a lecture at Coniston Cold Village Hall on the topic of “Charles Kingsley and Malham”. The speaker will be Mrs Bronte Bedford-Payne and the talk will commence at 7.30pm. All welcome.




Author Catherine King will be signing copies of her new novel “The Lost and Found Girl” in the Castleberg Room at Victoria Hall on 13 March. Signings will take place at 10 am, noon and 2pm.  Writer of historical romances this latest novel tells the story of twins separated shortly after birth and their fateful reunion.



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



An afternoon tea circle dance will take place at Langcliffe Institute on 17 March from 2-6pm. Cost is £12. Contact 01729 823342/822781 to reserve a place.



Settle Social Club is hosting a fundraising evening on 17 March on behalf of Manorlands hospice with music provided by singer Ashleigh Wood and DJ Bob Lister.  The session runs from 8 till late and tickets cost £7.50 from the social club, Bar 13 or via 825193.




On March 2nd former Giggleswick student,  Leonie Sutherland will present an illustrated talk entitled “Sailing the World”.  Leonie was a crew member on the only English boat to take part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht race in 2011 and in her talk will describe her experiences and also explain her reasons for raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust.  Tickets for this event are free with a retiring collection in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.   On Monday, 12 March theatre company The Paper Birds make a return visit t to the theatre and will present “Thirsty” a show about attitudes towards alcohol based on real stories, memories and an on-line questionnaire. The show fuses live music, verbatim text and physical theatre to explore a topic which is both intriguing and challenging.  On March 22nd Giggleswick Choral Society and Giggleswick School Chapel combine to present Verdi’s Requiem. This concert will take place in the school sports hall. On 25th Community Cinemas present the acclaimed film of “War Horse”. Details of times and tickets via 01729  893180 or online at




For many of their fans the demise of Keepers Fold was doubly hard because there was no final farewell tour – this reunion concert was by way of reparation, but it actually served to make you realise just how much you missed them! The rustic charmer and the miserable mandolin player were back on great form with all the old favourite songs and seemingly not diminished by their time apart. The old rapport was still there both with each other and with the audience and the room very soon was filled with “the sound of singing”. One of their many qualities is that they share the limelight, voices complementing one another perfectly but also allowing each other to take their turn in the lead with stunning solo numbers. Their musical skills also extend to knowing just how to play their audience and so they move effortlessly between raucous and rousing sea-shanties to haunting love songs and ribald comic numbers. The songs themselves are a mix of traditional and well-loved folk club favourites where everyone can join the chorus – and does, with gusto –  to numbers of their own penned in the folk tradition reflecting on the passing of old ways. As musicians they are in a class of their own playing a wide range of instruments between them with great talent and versatility and both have incredibly powerful singing voices – and yet they never take themselves too seriously. It is this genuine warmth and affection which adds real charm to their performance so that rather than it being a concert you feel as if you are sitting around in a living room with friends, simply having a good night in together! Which is all the more reason why having finally had a farewell concert, they really ought to now stage a reunion comeback tour… How about it Jeff and Iain?

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