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Settle news updates for November 1st Onwards


Planning is already underway for this year’s Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea in Settle. This annual 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. Volunteers are also sought to help with preparing and serving meals and providing transport to the event. Those able to assist should contact Judith on the above number.


This year, the lights will be switched on in the Town Centre on the Saturday 28th November. The Market Place will be buzzing with activity all afternoon; Santa Claus will be in his Grotto from 2.00pm and the Christmas Charity Market will have stalls to suit all tastes. The Settle shops will be showing off their decorated windows which will be stocked up with lots of Christmas present ideas to get the season off to a brilliant start. From about 3 o’clock onwards there will be live musical entertainment from the open air stage and then the choirs from our local primary schools will lead us into the Big Celebrity Switch-on at 4.30. The afternoon’s festivities will close with our Great Firework Finale. This will be followed by a free children’s disco from 6.00pm in the Settle Social Club. To make the day even more enjoyable, Car Parking in Settle will be free of charge all day! Local charities and organisations are invited to hold a stall on the Market Place during the afternoon to raise funds for their own causes. However, this wonderful family day is only possible through the hard work of the volunteers who organise the event. The lights team would welcome offers of help on the day, so if you are able to spare a few hours, please contact a member of the lights team.  Equally  if you are able to spare some time (and energy) in the week before the Switch-on, the team would welcome volunteers to help with the putting up of the lights around the Market Place. Do please get in touch if you are able to help by contacting Amy Robinson on 07908991332    ( or John Diggles on 01729 825285



There will be two guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this weekend. The first on Saturday 7 Nov is a 10 mile strenuous walk from Settle to Clapham 10m departing from Settle at 09.50. On Sunday 8 Nov there is a 13.5 mille strenuous walk from Hellifield to Settle leaving Hellifield at 10.02. No reservation is necessary  for these walks 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


Goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can once more be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open to assist with support for the Syrian Refugee Crisis These will then be transferred to a centre in Manchester from where they will be taken for distribution. If there is no-one on duty in the box office items can be placed behind the table curtain in the foyer. Goods required include tents, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, baby food (tinned and in jars) and tinned foods (no meats) especially beans, lentils, tuna and pulses. A tremendous thank you to all who have supported this effort to date.


On November 7th the Jon Palmer Acoustic band, a six-piece folk, roots and rock’n’roll combo takes to the stage. The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin and drums. Jez Lowe and Steve Tilson bring their “Writes and Songs” tour to Settle on November 15. Two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for an evening filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Skerryvore bring their unique blend of Scottish & Irish traditional celtic music fused with the urban sounds of rock and funk back to the hall on November 18. On 20 November  Musica Lirica Opera presents Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, sung in English with orchestra. Musica Lirica  consists of both professional and talented amateur musicians. In a change of date to Sunday 22nd November at 3.30 pm, Settle Stories presents Dominic Kelly in “The Hero Light”. An extraordinary journey into the cinema of the imagination. Dominic will transfix you with energetic storytelling, rhythmic drumming, and the stories that have shaped Irish mythology for thousands of years proving that stories are not just for bedtime or for children.Several years in the making, The Hero Light will take you to an ancient world of rulers, battles and demi-gods. Battles, bloodshed and feuds are interspersed with moments of laughter, romance and pure magic in this epic tale. The month concludes with a visit on Thursday 26th November by  Roger McGough, one of Britain’s best-loved poets for both adults and children. Much travelled and translated, his poetry has gained increasing popularity, especially from its widespread use in schools. A prolific writer, he is twice winner of the Signal Award for best childrens poetry book and recipient of the Cholmondeley Award. His autobiography Said And Done explores overnight fame with “Lily The Pink”, The Scaffold, and “Yellow Submarine” which he helped write for The Beatles. He encounters Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Allen Ginsberg, Pete McCarthy and Salman Rushdie amongst others. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718. The hall is also launching a new initiative on Saturday 7th November, with the opening of The Victoria  Emporium. 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 .


Freda’s playgroup now operates a toddlers’ session between 9.30-10.30am. This will operate during term time only and will offer a range of activities. This is open to all and is a free session.


Artists Linda Clemence and Liz Smart are celebrating their 10th annual Art and Coffee event at the Friends Meeting House in Settle. Original paintings, sketches and cards will be available together coffee and homemade biscuits. The event runs from Thursday 5th November (1-4.30pm) and then on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November 10am -4.30pm on both days. All welcome.


A Christmas market organised by Jack’s Journey in aid of Brain Tumour research will be held at St John’s Hall on 7 November.  The event will host a number of stalls including local companies, Sew to Soul, Sugar Rush butter fudge, Picalilly children’s wear, Pigtails children’s wear, Lay of the Land and Ben’s Woodwork. There will also be a raffle and a cakestall.


The next charity dance will take place at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, November 7th from 8-11pm. If possible please contact 01729 823259 /824038 by Friday 6 November to confirm attendance. All proceeds from this event will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


Local Italian cook, Alessandra, will be holding an Italian Cookery Demonstration at Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale on Nov 10th

between 7.00 – 9.30 pm.  Her aim is to demonstrate how to cook mouthwatering, Italian food at home as part of a relaxed and fun evening event. There will be wine and nibbles and as well as the demonstration and tasting of Italian recipes everyone present will receive recipes alllowing them to try out an Italian meal of their own at home. Tickets cost £8 before 5th Nov  and   £10 after 5th Nov. To reserve your place contact 07795175563.


North Craven Flower Club will be holding a demonstration session at Victoria Hall on 10 November. Entitled “Christmas Greetings” the evening will be led by John Dalton and will commence at 7.30pm. Please note that admission is by ticket only for this event. Tickets cost £8 and can be obtained via  01282 842467.  There will be a bar and a raffle at the event. Doors will open at 6.30 to allow those attending to purchase items from the sales table.


Churches Together in Settle and District Justice and Peace Group are hosting a talk by Andrew Sayer on November 11th at Friends Meeting House. Entitled “Why we can’t afford the rich” it promises to be a thought provoking evening.  Professor Sayer is currently a professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University. The meeting will commence at 7pm with tea and biscuits for a 7.30pm start.


Poppies Tea Room is holding it’s final music night on Saturday, 14 November and is very excited to welcome Angus Barclay to perform.Angus Barclay is a composer and guitarist based in West Yorkshire. He writes, performs and records both as a solo artist and in collaborations with other musicians, composers, singers, and artists of one form or another. His music includes a wide variety of influences including jazz, swing, folk, classical and pop.  He is inspired by British landscapes, family, friends, fell running, beer, and his cat. His compositions include elements of jazz, swing, folk, classical, and popular music. At the very least there’s nothing to dislike about it, as an elderly aunt once remarked. Tickets are £7 and are available from Poppies.


A number of local performers, including the Jukebox Junkies, will be taking part in a special concert at Langcliffe Institute on 14 November. Entitled “Settle Sings for Syria” the event will feature a range of  local musicians of all genres and will raise funds for refugee charities. The event starts at 7pm and is free, but there will be a retiring collection. There will also be a raffle. Please feel free to bring along your own refreshments.


A letter can save a life and can make a huge difference in the world. Amnesty International Letter Writing Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month between5.30-8.30pm at Friends Meeting House. These are drop in sessions and people are invited to come along for around half an hour and write letters. Information and advice will be available re content. The next session is on 18 November. For further details contact 01729 268912.



Settle Primary School PTA invite you to join them for a pampered chef Christmas evening on 18 November in the school hall. The event will start at 7pm and will feature cooking demonstrations and tastings of menu ideas for Christmas. There will also be the chance to purchase Christmas gifts and gadgets to assist with Christmas cooking. Tickets cost £5, available from the school office, and include mulled wine and mince pies. All funds will go towards PTA funds to support school activities.


On 21 November, Settle Orchestra is holding an hour long family friendly concert at Settle College, commencing at 7pm. The programme for this event has been designed especially with children in mind and will include Humperdinck’s Overture to ‘Hänsel und Gretel’, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Williams: Star Wars The Phantom Menace  and Bizet’s: Habañera and Toreador’s song from Carmen. Admission to this family concert is free, and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, but seats can be booked in advance by emailing On 28 November there will be a concert at Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm. The programme for this concert will include all of the above plus Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op.46. Tickets for the Skipton concert can be obtained from Alternatively, they are available from Orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or contacting 01729 825806.



On Wednesday 18th November, there will be a showing of the Cert 12 film, “The Good Lie”. In 1983, a brutal civil war broke out in Sudan leaving villages destroyed. Thousands of orphaned children began to flee, some walking thousands of miles enduring hardship, death and sacrifice. Thirteen years later, Sudanese refugees were relocated to the US where they had to adjust to a vastly different culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunted them. This film, “The Good Lie,” is inspired by their story, how they made new friends and struggled to understand each other. With the current news of thousands of refugees moving across the Middle East and Europe, the story is highly topical. Doors open at 6.30pm – Film starts at 7pm. There is free entry to this event and refreshments will be on sale. The event is organised by

The Sudan Group of The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales



On November 5th join Giggleswick pupils and staff as they pay tribute to the musical theatre through the decades in “A Night at the Musicals”. From contemporary hits to classic heartbreakers there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. On November 8th, community cinema will be showing Disney Pixar animation “Inside Out” (cert U) . This will commence at 3.30pm.  The photography of  local wildlife photographers Tony and Carol Dilger takes centre stage in the foyer gallery when their new exhibition “Just Two Clicks” opens on November 1st. Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


The church is holding its Christmas Fair on November 20 and 21. On Friday 20 it will be open from 7-9pm and serving mulled wine and mince pies. On Saturday November 21  it will be open from 10.00 am-4.00 pm and there will be Santa’s Grotto, various stalls and refreshments all day.The church is also currently appealing for new choir members in all parts of the church choir. There is choral evensong once a month and 11am services on Sunday in addition to 1 hour’s practice on Tuesday. Those interested should contact 01524251388 for further details.




Those familiar with the work of talented wildlife photographers, Tony and Carol Dilger know that an exhibition of their work is well worth the wait. This display of stunning pictures captured over the last eighteen months is the best yet with an amazing array of scenes on offer all illustrating the tremendous level of  skill which has gone into creating each one. Opening the exhibition, Mike Harding commented that the difference between a musician and a musical genius is about ten thousand hours, this being the time it takes to master an instrument and to practice it to performance standard at the highest level. He added that this is certainly true of photography also: for not only have the Dilgers mastered the skills required, they also have combined them with a fantastic knowledge and understanding of nature which allows them to know the right place to be at the right time in order to observe magnificent examples of natural beauty. Added to this is the time spent patiently waiting for just that one second which gives the perfect shot. However, their work is more than just a result of time and skill – it also has an incredible sense of artistry which is demonstrated in the perfection of each composition and the flashes of quirkiness and humour which bring their photographs to life, as seen in the lighthearted pictures of Carol photographing a meerkat and a particularly inquisitive red squirrel. Featuring photographs from the Cairngorms to the Kalahari, the lower gallery of the exhibition is dedicated to the southern hemisphere and the upper gallery to the northern. However, the couple are equally at home when photographing local wildlife and landscapes or  more exotic scenes and manage to present an unusual touch even with familiar subjects, as can be seen in the very atmospheric picture of Ingleborough during the solar eclipse. In the lower gallery fantastic use is made of monochromatic images, which emphasise the power of the animal subjects, a particular favourite is the Rhino glistening with mud, while in the upper gallery there are images which stress the importance of colour, such as “Blues and Hues” which features Torridon. The word “photography” itself is from the Greek meaning to draw with light and this skill is amply demonstrated whether capturing a backlit squirrel, a dust cloud around an ostrich, striking silhouettes against a Scottish sunrise, the touch of sun on glowing mountains or the drama of African sunsets and lightning storms. This truly is a breathtaking exhibition, enhanced by careful artists’ notes which give an insight not just into the technical aspects of the picture but also the actual subjects themselves. It is definitely worth visiting time and time again in order to view and re-view each photograph to truly appreciate each individual art work.


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