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Settle News updates April 2nd


This weekend there will be 3 guided railway walks.  On Saturday 8 April there will be a 12 mile moderately strenuous Kirkby Stephen circular via Crosby leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.21. Also on Saturday 8 April there is a 12 miler moderately strenuous walk taking in Dentdale & Whernside Tarns  leaving Dent Station at 10.16 and ending at Ribbblehead. On Sunday 9 April there is a 10 mile strenuous walk from Ribblehead to Hawes, leaving Ribblehead at 10.28 and making use of the service bus from   Hawes to Garsdale to return via Garsdale Station. All participants 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.  Details of all walks can  be found at


As part of the link between the two schools pupils in Year 6 in Settle have been finding out more about the school in Kwezana by examining pictures taken by Miss Entwhistle on her previous visit to South African. They have also been finding out more about the country generally and then blogging to their counterparts in South Africa about their families, pets and hobbies. The whole school recently took part in a sponsored walk and part of the money raised will help to fund the ongoing projects and links between the two schools.


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource. All welcome


The In Concert band bring their own brand of  movie magic to the stage on 7 April with a concert featuring music from the movies, including popular Disney tunes and music from blockbuster films. On April 8th BRIT Award winner Beverley Craven comes to Settle to present an emotional, humorous and highly entertaining evening as she bares her soul and music on stage.  Then on 15 April , QueenEsque – a North West based Queen tribute band – will finally be coming to the Victoria Hall after their December date was rescheduled due to  flooding. On April 20 Police Dog Hogan take to the stage!  Described as a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant and genre-defying fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. an unforgettable night is promised.  Looking ahead, the extraordinary and unforgettable  “Spooky Men’s Chorale”  will be visiting Settle on July 21st. This Australian act are including Settle in a tour which includes venues as varied as Sage, Gateshead, Ely Folk Festival and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. They are an experience not to be missed…For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


The Folly needs you! The Museum of North Craven Life is looking for volunteers to assist across a wide range of areas and skills. Volunteering offers you a chance to refresh old skills and gain new ones; to meet new people, improve your confidence and self esteem, gain knowledge and enjoy new experiences and become part of a team. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and there are opportunities to help with events, exhibitions, gardening, greeting visitors, learning activities, publicity, repairs, research and many other areas. If you could help then please contact or ring 01729 822854 or 015242 51388, we’re waiting to hear from you.


A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. At the end of the month the church is hosting a “knitted bible” display. This comprises 33 scenes from well known bible stories, with all the characters individually hand knitted. There will be an accompanying eye-spy quiz for children to encourage families to look closely at the work.  The display will be open to the public Friday 28 April 10-12 & 1-3, Saturday 29 10-3, Sunday 30 1-3, Monday May 1st 10-3 and Tuesday 2 May, 10-12. When members of St George’s URC in Hartlepool began knitting in February 2008, they only intended to re-create the scene of ‘The Last Supper,’ but their enthusiasm and imagination led to a much more ambitious project of interest to knitters, crafters and general public alike. All welcome, light refreshments will be available.


Settle WI would like to thank everyone who supported the recent raffle which made £133 for WI funds, with special thanks to Settle Co-Op for the use of the foyer.  The two hampers were won by Hilary Fenton and Imelda Smethurst.


In addition to their current walking groups Settle Strollers are launching a new group form “Pram and Sling Strollers”.  Designed for parents or carers with youngsters, the group will meet on Wednesdays at Delicious cafe in Limestone view  ready for a short, pushchair and buggy accessible stroll at 10am.  Participants are invited to enjoy a brew and a chat as well as a stroll together.


You are cordially invited along to The Old Court House on Station Road to enjoy fresh coffee, home baking and friendly chat at the SAOS Coffee Mornings on Saturday April 8th & 22nd and Saturday May 6th between10.00am to 12.30pm. All welcome.


There will be a concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band. This will take place in Settle Parish Church on April 8th at 7.30pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments. .


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am unless stated otherwise. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email The first trip is to Funny Girl- The Musical on  Wednesday 7th June, 2017  for a Matinee 2pm  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The price £51.00 per person. Second, is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pmat  Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person and the closing date for reservations is 24th April. For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £45.00 per person, Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and “Handbagged” a play detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher.


Members of the public are invited to call in at the business and community hub in commercial courtyard to join in a free craft session and find out more about the timebanking scheme on 13 April. The session will focus on making “morsbags”, fabric shopping bags. The session runs from 3-6pm. All welcome.


On  Friday, 14th April, (Good Friday) there will be a stall in the foyer of Limestone View from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm selling a range of items in aid of guide dogs for the blind.  This includes birthday cards,notelets, gifts and stationery. There will also be a tombola.        You are  also cordially invited along to Langcliffe Village Hall on Monday, 17th April (Easter Monday) between 12 noon to 5pm to join in a fundraiser event on behalf of Guide Dogs for the Blind. There will be tea, coffee, light snacks, home-baked cakes and much more on offer. All welcome


The next all sorts market at Victoria Hall will take place on Saturday, 15 April. Refreshments will be available all day. Tables are now available. For details and to book a table contact 01729 8257128.


Captain Scrap is coming to town – on 15 April Captain Scrap will be at Friends Meeting House at 3pm for an hour long exploration and interactive adventure aimed at 6-10 year olds. Where some people see a skip, Captain Scrap sees a treasure trove of opportunity in a session which is a delicious cocktail of interactive storytelling/making and junk sculpture, that’ll get you thinking about the beauty of rubbish. Bring some junk with you to pass Captain Scrap’s crash course and become a Junk Pioneer! Also in April 2 Magpies theatre will be performing “Ventoux” at Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick on 21 April. Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain on the Tour De France and the performance features video footage of the cycle race while also exploring the stories of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, whose drug fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever witnessed. Tickets for both events available from Settle Stories website or 05603 845 693.


Looking ahead to Easter, Richard Whinray will present a Local History Guided Tour of Settle on Easter Sunday, 16th April, from 5.30 pm until 7.15pm. There will be a minimum donation of £4.00 with all proceeds being donated to Oxfam.  Meet outside Settle Tourist Information – for further information please contact Richard Whinray on 01729  554086


The annual general meeting of the Friends of Settle Swimming Pool will be held on Thursday 20 April at the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate,Settle starting at 7.30pm.  Everyone who has an interest in the pool is invited to come along to hear how the Friends have done over the past year and our plans to provide further support to the pool over the coming year.


Settle Eco Nite Group invite you to come along to their give and take day in order to recycle unwanted items and keep landfill to a minimum. Brign along your own unwanted items – in good condition – to give away or simply turn up and browse and take away  any item of interest to you. The event takes place on Saturday 22 April at Victoria Hall and runs from 9.30am – 2.30pm, with the last time for checking in items being 1.30pm. There will also be a table for pictures of larger items and a seed swap section. Unfortunately clothes and shoes cannot be accepted and traders are not welcome at this kind of event.  For further information please call 01729 822669


On 22 April , The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool are proud to present an evening of music in aid of pool funds with The Swing City Band, featuring vocalist Josh Hindle. The programme promises a night of Big Band classics, and the most famous hits performed by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and many more. Doors open at 6.45 pm at Victoria Hall  for 7.30 start. Tickets £10 from Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718


An eight week course aimed at helping to promote happiness will be commencing at Friends Meeting House on 25 April. Part of an international movement, The course is run over 8 sessions, which take place weekly and last for 2 hours. Each session follows the same format, which has been designed to be inspiring and interactive and participants will look at questions such as  What really matters in life. What actually makes us happy, can we find peace of mind, can we build happier communities.  For further information contact 07768654735.


The next club meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 26 April when the speaker will be Marguerite Hughes. Her topic will be “Location, Location, Location.”  The meeting starts at 2pm and visitors are welcome, cost £3.


The next meeting will take place on April 22nd at Settle Social Club and will feature guest singer, Chris Milner. All welcome.


Victoria Hall will be the venue for the Age UK North Craven fashion show on 27 April. This will also a feature a pop up shop with five rails of high end/ designer items. These and all the items modelled during the show will be on sale on the night.  The shop opens at 6.15pm and the show will begin at 7pm. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine or a soft drink and are available from Age UK shop in Cheapside or from Victoria Hall.   In addition to this there are currently tickets on sale for a grand raffle to raise funds for a new minibus. Tickets cost £1.


Churches Together will again be presenting their annual pageant of the Journey To The Cross on Good Friday morning, April 14th. The journey starts at St John’s Methodist Church and then makes its way to the Millennium Garden before processing up Kirkgate to the Market Place.  It then travels down Church St to Settle Parish Church. Everyone is welcome to join in the procession and to watch the scenes from the Easter story being re-enacted at the various venues along the route.  The opening scene will take place at St John’s at 10.30am. All welcome.



Giggleswick WI will  meet on Thursday, 6 April at 7.30pm in The Hobson Room at Giggleswick School. The Speaker will be Cat Crossley on the subject of “The Suffragettes”. All welcome.


Giggleswick Gazelles now offer a beginners running group, every Friday evening at 5.30pm. Participants meet at Eshtons Pavilion and beginners are assured that walking and stopping is part of the programme and the aim is simply to find a way of making learning to run more fun. The group is run by two local and experienced coaches and the run is always followed by tea and cake. For details contact either 07799063115 or 07955342344, or simply turn up!



Vicar’s wife, Susan, is not a happy lady. She is trapped in a situation which is demanding and in which she clearly feels she not only doesn’t fit but will never fit.  As always, Alan Bennett’s observations are both wry and yet not without sympathy so that the audience feels drawn towards the central character and shares in her sly digs at “the fan club” which surrounds her husband but also is able to recognise her own situation and question how much of it is of her own making, something which she initially cannot do.  Olivia Olsen produced a real tour de force, not only in terms of the gargantuan task of learning the script but also in the way in which she  brought out every nuance of the language so that every gesture and facial expression added more to the layers of characterisation. Susan is a complex character, institutionalised by her role as “Mrs Vicar” and then later by her role as “an alcoholic”, she is only able to reveal her true self when drunk and then when robbed of that prop she becomes lost once more.  The question and answer session at the end of the performance provided a number of fascinating insights into the work which is required to lift text from the page and to bring it to life in such a vivid way and the skills required to interpret not only the words themselves but also the way in which phrases are written to show where silences are important indicators to character. In this respect the performance was certainly a masterclass in interpretation, for there are points when the silence and pause is far more eloquent than any words when illustrating the power of an emotion such as the simple pleasure of being able to reach out and run her hands through the lentils around the makeshift bed in the store.  Some of the most memorable moments come from Susan’s descriptions of her husband and church life, many of the characters can be found in other institutions and it is this which make the barbed commentary so appealing and this is particularly enhanced by the way in which Olivia Olsen is able to capture the various voices and gestures of the Mrs Frobishers of this world!  On the surface this was an undemanding and pleasant evening, but it did pack sufficient punch to leave you thinking the next day about just what might be bubbling under the surface of small town life.

Canadian Storyteller Olivia Olsen brings one of Alan Bennett’s most revered monologues to life. A window into the life of a vicar’s wife who finds a vision of God at the local off-licence. She lives in an ordinary small town and is witty, tragic, honest and valiant. This funny, yet poignant and tender piece is a tour de force.

Olivia performs this piece with erudite flare and depth. Directed by Andrew Bridgmont whose credits include An Inspector Calls, War Horse, and recently, Cosmos at the Globe.




Anyone feeling at all jaded by the state of the nation and life in general should have ensured that they attended this event as in so many ways it was a genuine tonic to the bad news which we so often expect. Firstly it was organised by a young person, who himself suffers from a life-crippling illness and then secondly because his aim was  in order to raise funds for him to visit country which has been suffering from the aftermath of a horrendous natural disaster in order to help with rebuilding the social structures there. Thirdly it was a magnificent example of team work, with all members of the event giving up their time freely to create a fantastic programme and then fourthly because it was quite simply an awesome evening of an amazing range of music performed with great flair!   There truly was an wonderful positive buzz about the whole event. Craven is incredibly fortunate to the be the home to the Skipton Music Centre, an organisation which clearly wears its heart on its sleeve and believes that music is for everybody and welcome children and adults of all standards (including beginners) to join their various musical ensembles every Saturday morning. This was my first encounter with the organisation and I was totally amazed by the talented and hardworking students themselves, the supportive families who  encourage them and enthusiastic and dedicated staff who so clearly inspire them.  As for the concert itself – it was a total revelation!  The first section of the performance featured the centre’s Big Band, who started off the night with a rousing rendition of American Patrol, perfectly capturing the Glenn Miller sound before moving into a toe-tapping rendition of the Irving Berlin number “Blue Skies”. Demonstrating their obvious versatility they swiftly changed mood with the James Bond theme, “Skyfall”  before moving upbeat with Sly and the Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music”.  Their repertoire included Elvis Presley,  show tunes, big band classics, jazz numbers such as JaDa and film scores – all played with great confidence and featuring some stunning soloists – before ending with a rousing Blues Brother’s medley which had everyone rocking along in their seats and which the musicians were very clearly loving!  This was then followed by an outstanding display by the Senior percussion group who very definitely proved that there is an awful lot more effort goes into a percussion performance than simply hitting something with a stick! Their rhythms and  range of skills was mind-boggling and the music they created showed an outstanding sense of teamwork and awareness.  The logistics alone were fascinating and it was wonderful to watch the concentration of the faces of the musicians as they created such dynamic and lively music.  By the interval I was very much feeling that it would be pretty well impossible to top what I had already experienced, which shows just what a novice I am (for many locally Skipton Music Center is already something which runs in the family, with some families into their second generation of attendees!). The second half of the programme featured the Concert Band, which at times left me almost speechless!  Perhaps what was most impressive was the incredible versatility of the group who tackled everything which such sensitivity and professionalism whether playing the highlights from Pirates of the Caribbean, wild samba rhythms of Fiesta Tropicale or my own particular favourite “Pass time with Good Company”, a piece attributed to Henry VIII. This truly was spine tingling and incredibly atmospheric, well deserving of its standing ovation.  Such diversity was unbelievable and the whole concert a real delight. This may have been my first experience of Skipton Music Centre, but it certainly won’t be my last!

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