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A guided walk from Settle Station has been arranged for 21 March. This is a moderately severe 12 mile circular walk from Settle taking in Catrigg Force and Smearsett Scar and leaving Settle at 9.50. The second is a No reservation is necessary but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. For further details contact


Pupils in Settle recently went on a walk around the Ribblehead viaduct where they learned about life for those building the railway and also discovered some of the gruesome stories associated with the task. They then wrote poems about the site when they returned to school and shared a number of these with friends in Kwezana.


There’s a musical treat in store on March 20th when ” A Brief History of Music” is staged featuring 2 musicians, covering 600 years and lasting only 90 minutes! On 21 March the annual RamJam concert will take place when young musicians from the area  are joined by the more mature DalesJam for an evening of Jazz surprises conducted and arranged by the ever enthusiastic and hugely talented Richard Omerod. The Junior Section of Settla Amateur Operatic Society will take to the stage on 26 and 27 March  for their production of “The Wizard of Oz” and on 28 March there will be a Pop Factor concert tribute celebrating the top artistsand biggest chart hits! For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


A reminder that a new drop in session now operates on Friday mornings at the pool between 10.15-11.45. “Splashing tots” is aimed at parents/ carers with pre-school children The entry price is the normal adult price of £4.50 and each adult is entitled to bring two under 4s free. Entry includes a swim, hot drink for adults and juice and cakes afterwards for children.


On Friday 20th March from 7.00pm till 10.30pm there will be a barn dance at St Mary & St Michael Church Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate, Settle.  Tickets £7 adult, £1 child includes supper.   More details 01729 822311.  All profits to a charity supporting street children in Tanzania.


The next big breakfast will take place on Saturday 21st March at 8.30am at St Mary & St Michael Church Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate, Settle. The speaker will be Steve Amphlett. Steve is a member of the ‘Vibrant Settle’ Community Partnership – the organisation behind the Settle FlowerpotFestival. He is also a Founding Director of Settle Hydro. Cost £3. Contact 01729 825285 to book your breakfast by Thurs 19th March.


The Orchestra’s spring concerts will take place on Saturday, 21st March 2015 at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School, 7.30pm and on Saturday, 28th March 2015 at Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton, 7.30pm. The orchestra will be conducted by Leo Geyer and will be joined by piano soloist Philip Sharp. The programme will feature Mozart’s Overture to ” Magic Flute”, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Mozart’s symphony No.40.  Tickets are available from Orchestra members or from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre, by emailing or by phoning 01729 825806.


A tea circle dance will take place at Langcliffe Institute on 21 March between 2-5.30, cost £13. Tea and cakes will be served and participants are reminded to bring along a cake to share. For details contact 01729 822781/823342.


A warm welcome, good beer and good music awaits at Settle’s Three Peaks Folk Club on 21 March, Settle Social Club from 9pm onwards. As well as the regular floor singers the evening will feature guests, Plumhall aka Michelle Plum and Nick Hall. Admission £6. All welcome.


The next meeting will take place on 25 March at 2pm at Townhead Court when the speaker will be Jacki Iddon on the topic of “Fabulous Flowers and Fantastic Foliage”.  Guests welcome, admission £3 to non-members.


The Junior Section of Settle Amateur Operatic Society will be staging their production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Victoria Hall on 26 and 27 March at 7pm. Tickets are available from the hall on 01729 825718 and cost £10 for balcony seats, £8 for stalls or a family stalls ticket is available at cost of £22.


On Saturday 28th March from 10.00am till 3.00pm there will be a grand table top sale at Settle Parish Church.  Contact 01729 822848 to book a table for £6.00. Homemade refreshments available all day


Advance notice, to allow you to get your teams together and get brains into gear, of a quiz night to be held at Settle Rugby Club on 24 April under the guide of local quiz master Stuart Marshall.  Cost is £5 per person, including supper. There will also be a raffle. Info and booking via HSBC bank in Settle and 01524 251488.


The North Craven Heritage Trust (NCHT) will hold its next meeting in Austwick Village Hall on Wednesday 1st April at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Mike Gill, on the subject of   ‘The Malham Mines’. Guests are very welcome – please pay £2 at the door.



Congratulations to all participants in the recent Johnny Walker Tag Rugby festival

for their very good sporting behaviour during Friday’s tag rugby events, which involved every single pupil in KS2 playing tag rugby. The morning workshops were well-organised and 19 of our pupils benefited greatly from the expert coaching from visiting RFU and North Ribblesdale members, which built on the skills they had already acquired in their P.E. lessons. In the afternoon, the rest of our KS2 pupils took part in the competitive festival, supported by students from Settle College, as well as visiting RFU and North Ribblesdale members and attended by members of Johnny Walker’s family. We are once again grateful to Settle Primary and Giggleswick School for organising the events. All pupils played well in their teams, resulting in wins, draws and losses and some stunning performances. Special congratulations  to Jimmy Howarth, who was recently  chosen to represent North Craven and then swam in the recent Craven Swimming Gala. Well done to everyone who achieved the poem-learning challenge on World Book Day.  By Monday, 56 of our pupils had learnt and were able to recite from memory one, or a verse from one, of the poems. Our aim is for every pupil to achieve this challenge.  All pupils have benefited from another visit from musicians organised and subsidised through North Yorkshire Youth Music Action Zone and funded by school funds; this time the focus was on Jazz-style improvisation. As many of you already know, Dylan Sampson in Y4 has given up his bed for Lent and is sleeping in a cardboard box. If you would like to support him, please donate at or hand in a donation at school. He is raising awareness of the work of the Children’s Society and donating all the money raised to this charity. A reminder that there will be a Family Bingo & Chocolate Tombola  at 6:00pm on Friday, 20th March in return for a chocolate donation for the tombola, pupils are welcome to wear clothes of their own choice to school on Friday, 20th March.  Looking ahead the Friends of Giggleswick Primary School are currently in the process of planning a Race Night on Saturday, 9th May at Settle Social Club. This will be a joint fund-raising event with Freda’s Community Playgroup and Pre-School. We should be most grateful if anyone is available to help with any of the following: getting business sponsors (£10 a race), getting donations of prizes to contribute towards the raffle prizes of hampers, volunteering as ‘jockeys’ etc! Please contact the school office if you can help.

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