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Settle News Updates 6th December


Names are now being taken for the annual Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea in Settle. This event is open to all ages and costs £10 per head. It will take place in St John’s Hall between 11.45 – 4.45 and places can now be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138.  Transport can be offered to those who require it.


There will be a guided walk to Stainforth Force and Catrigg Force arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line on Saturday 19 December. This is a moderately strenuous walk and will leave Settle at 9.50. No reservation is necessary  for this walk but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


Local performers take to the stage on December 11 and 12 to perform in “Not the Royal Variety Show”.  Also on Saturday 12 Settle stories in conjunction with Hearthside Tales present a matinee peformance of The Snow Bear In this Family Show for Christmas a polar bear is carried away from his arctic home. Using magical powers – will you be able to help him find his way home? Full of action, mesmerizing storytelling, puppets and lots of music with songs for you to get involved with. For 4 to 7 year olds. Don’t forget to bring your teddy bear.  There will be more music on December 18th with a return to Victoria Hall for Belshazzars Feast. Their Christmas show promises traditional folk music with a touch of classical and jazz, then  a bit of music hall thrown in for good measure and topped off with wry humour. On 19 December Róisín Bán take to the stage playing predominantly traditional Irish music on fiddle, flute, melodeon and guitar Then on 20 December a treat for all the family when Pendle Productions stage their version of Jack and the Beanstalk at 2.30pm. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718. The hall has recently launched a new initiative, with the opening of The Victoria  Emporium every Saturday. Tables can be booked for £10 per head by all comers and is open to makers, crafters, cupboard clearers and all entrepreneurs, which means that there will be a different mix of items on sale each week. The emporium will be open all morning through till 2.30pm. For details or to reserve a table email .


Community Choir, Settle Voices have a packed programme over the coming weeks and cordially invite you to come along and hear them at one of the many venues where they will be performing.  On 12 December they are in action between 10-1 at Settle Station Open morning and then from 4.15-6.30 they will be spreading seasonal cheer at The Lion. On 14 December they will be serenading shoppers in Booths from 1.30pm. For further details about Settle Voices contact 01729 823777


Santa will be visiting The Knight’s Table at Knight Stainforth Caravan Park every Saturday and Sunday in December between 10-2. Children’s visits to see Santa will cost £7.50 and this includes a drink and biscuits and the choice of gift from the toy stall. A 10% discount voucher for the restaurant is also included for every family.


Santa’s Sleigh will be visiting Langcliffe on Thursday 10th December  and on Monday 14th he will be visiting Horton and then Stainforth.  On Tuesday he will visit The Mains area of Giggleswick and then travel on to Stackhouse. On Wednesday 16th he will be back in Settle around Duke St and Cammock Lane. All visits will start at 5.00pm  and Santa loves meeting children and adults of all ages! On Saturday 12th he will be spending the day in Booths supermarket from 10-4 and hopes he will see you there.


Victoria Hall is the venue for a fun night of local entertainment on 11 and 12 December at 7.30pm when “Not the Royal Variety Performance” is staged by local amateur entertainers.  The programme will include west end musical hits, comedy sketches and a few odd surprises. The proceeds from the event will go to support both Victoria Hall and Settle Amateur Operatic Society and there will also be a “sing-a-long” Christmas spot with seasonal favourites.  Tickets from Victoria Hall on 01729 825718


Following the success of last year’s event Settle Parish Church will again be running a Christmas Tree Festival,. This year’s event will run from Friday 11th to Monday 14 December and the church will be open to visitors from 10am-3pm on Friday, Saturday and Monday and from 11.30am -3pm on Sunday. Homemade seasonal refreshments will be available throughout the festival. The church is inviting organisations, businesses and clubs to join in the event by placing a tree in the church. These can be decorated traditionally (please use only battery operated lights) or be decorated with items which represent the activities of your business, club or organisation.  It is hoped that the range of trees will represent the vibrancy of the Settle Community.  For further information or to volunteer to have a tree at this event please contact Margaret or Maureen on 01729 822848 / 823380 or email or


On Saturday the 12th December 2015, the Folly will be open from 10 am to 12 noon for our very popular Yuletide celebrations. Refreshments will be on sale, warm mince pies and Margaret’s legendary mulled wine all served up in front of a roaring fire. Arrive for 10.30  and enjoy Octameron in full festive voice. At  2pm our family activity begins with lanterns, masks and Christmas cards to be made, running through to 4.30.During the afternoon the winner of our young visitor competition will be drawnAt both events the Folly shop will be open, well worth a look for those unusual gifts, books and stocking fillers. This event will also be the last chance to see the magnificent Burton pots on display, probably the largest collection in Yorkshire.


On December 12 at 3pm Hearthside Tales present the story of “The Snowbear” at Victoria Hall. Tickets from Victoria Hall on 01729 825718. A polar bear is carried away from his arctic home and during his adventures meets mischievous elves, goblins and trolls. Using magical powers – will the audience be able to help him find his way back home?The Snow Bear is inspired by Norwegian folktales. Full of action, mesmerising storytelling, puppets and lots of music with songs for you to join in with and a beautiful miniature theatre packed full of delights. This production is particularly suitable for family audiences – especially children aged 4 – 7 years and teddy bears are also invited!  On Wednesday 16 December at 7pm there will be a family session of Christmas Tales at The Falcon featuring Sita Brand and Father Christmas. This will provide a chance to gather the family, meet Father Christmas (children will receive a free gift) and enjoy heartwarming winter tales and festive stories. Mince pies are included in the ticket price. Details from Settle Stories website


Ribblehead Station visitor centre invite you to share in a session of Festive Carols and Music on December 12th. This will feature the Lakeland Voice Choir and Settle Voices. There will be music between 1.30-13.45 and light refreshments will be available.


The North Craven Heritage Trust is offering a season chance to learn more about local history and also enjoy a pre- Christmas mince pie! On Sunday 13th December, the North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to enjoy a conducted visit to Settle Town Hall and then to the Settle Quaker Meeting House and a talk on Settle’s WW1 Conscientious Objectors. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to chat and to enjoy mince pies. Meet at 1.45pm outside the Town Hall. Market Square, Settle. For further information, please contact John Asher on 01729 825075


The church will be holding a service of 9 lessons and carols on 13 December at 6.30pm. This will feature Cantores Salicium and a choir of children from Settle Primary School. All welcome


There will be a further letter writing opportunity on 16 December at Friends Meeting House, between 5.30-8.30pm. You are invited to come along and support Amnesty International by writing a letter which may help to save someone’s life.  There will be plenty of information available and help is on hand if required. For details contact  01729 268912.


Churches Together in Settle and District invite you to join them for special Christmas events. The first of these is a community carol singing session outside The Olde Naked Man at 11am on Saturday, 19th December. On 20th December there will be a get together for Messy Church at St John’s Hall between 3.30-5.30pm. All welcome.


A trip from Settle is being arranged to see Billy Elliot .The Musical  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The trip will be to the matinee performance on Thursday 19th May 2016.. Price per person is £66.00. This cost includes stalls seat, coach from Settle and  gratuities. Closing date for reservations 22nd January as both seats and coach need to be confirmed.   A trip is also being arranged to see Matthew Bourne’s ballet Swan Lake at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, on Wednesday 24th February. This will be a Matinee performance.and the price per person  is £40.00.Again, this includes stalls seat, coach & gratuities..

For more information  and  payment details about either trip telephone 01729823978.


North Craven Age UK is organising a special trip to view the poppy wave sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on  6 January. The trip will also visit Whitleys Garden Centre at Mirfield. The cost for this trip is £9. To reserve a place contact 01729 823066.


Advance notice that on  Wednesday January 13 at Victoria Hall The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show  will be presenting a film set in North Yorkshire. “Addicted to Sheep” is the story of a family’s quest to breed the perfect sheep and follows a year in the life of a tenant farmer and his family capturing the stunning stark beauty of the landscape, the hard graft required to survive and unsentimentally examining the life of the family in this setting. Tickets cost £5 on the door and the film starts at 7.45pm



Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for their Christmas Coffee Morning at The Old Court House on Station Road on Saturday, 12 December between 10am – noon. All welcome.



An evening of lessons and carols with be held at Giggleswick chapel on both 10th and 11th December at 7.30pm. Admission by ticket only at this popular event. Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


St Alkelda’s welcomes you to its traditional festival of lessons and carols on 20 December at 6.30pm.




To mark the end of their exhibition at the theatre, Tony and Carol Dilger presented a fascinating talk giving an insight into their work in general and also gave details as to how they went about capturing some of the shots on show in the exhibition.  As well as presenting the story behind the pictures they explained how they try to create pictures which in themselves tell a story. Techniques which they use include ensuring that they set the photograph in context by including some of the landscape in the picture or how they wait for opportunities to see their subjects interacting with other creatures or exhibiting particular behaviour patterns. It is this attention to details which raises the pictures from being simply portraits of the creatures as they help to put the animal into context either within its habitat or within it’s social grouping.  In order to allow them to do this the Dilgers lead a nomadic lifestyle, retaining a base in Settle but spending most of their time over the last five years on the road.  This allows them the versatility to be in the right place at the right time, including some of the most remote areas of Scotland which have given rise to striking pictures of landscapes such as the morning glow on Torridon as well as stunning wildlife photographs of mountain hares, ptarmigan and deer. Part of every year is now spent on photo-safari in South African, including twice yearly safaris which they arrange for clients to allow them to also take photographs of animals in their natural habitat.  In addition to the wonderful photographs Tony explained how the landscape itself influences the animals’ behaviour and how this also is something which they try to capture, avoiding just taking photos of the traditional “big five” and also looking at the “small five” of creatures such as the elephant shrew and leopard tortoise.  They also have learned to use the animal behaviour they witness as a means of detecting where other possible subjects may be, as by watching where prey are moving they can detect where a predator may be found. Interwoven with the stories behind the photos were anecdotes about their travels generally, including a rather worrying close encounter with two lions and a tale of a very cunning hunter who actually used the Dilger’s vehicle to allow it to stalk prey undetected but allowed them to take some spectacular close ups! The tales and photos ranged from the heat of the Kruger national park, the dust of the Kalagadi through to the ice and snow of the Cairngorms as well as the familiar setting of the Yorkshire Dales where they hold their Bird of Prey photography days.  Listening to this presentation brought a genuine insight into their work and pictures which had previously seemed stunning now appeared even more remarkable when you became aware of the back story as to how they were obtained. As always, the key to this successful evening was that both Tony and Carol have boundless enthusiasm for their work and a great talent for sharing that enthusiasm.

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