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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 25 Feb there will be a 7.5 mile moderate walk from Clapham to Settle via the Craven Ridge, departing from Clapham at 9.33 am. and a 14 mile moderately strenuous walk from Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen departing  from Garsdale at 10.21am.  On 3 March there will be a 13 mile moderately strenuous walk from Gargrave to Settle leaving Garggrave at 9.32. For further details contact website at


This year’s Rotary Club of Settle Merry-go-Round has raised over £2000 which will be split between Settle Swimming Pool and Help for Heroes. 224 people enjoyed a fun evening paying only £18 for a 3 course meal, with each course being in a different local eating place. President Chris Wilcock said he wanted to thank all those that took part, Giggleswick School for the use of its Dining Hall and especially the 9 local pubs and eating places that provided such excellent meals and made the event possible. It’s hoped that next years event will be on Friday 15th Feb 2013



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




A reminder that the Black Horse Jazzmen can be found every Tuesday evening at Settle Cricket Club at 8.30pm. Sitters in are always welcome.






25 February sees the return of the ever popular musical group, Moishe’s Bagel offering musical treats for a variety of tastes.  More music in March with appearances by jazz masters The Quention Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet on 10 March and Led Zepplin sound-a-likes “Whole Lotta Led” on 17 March. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.




A blood donor session is taking  place in St John’s Hall today, 23rd February. The afternoon session will run from 2.30-4pm and the evening session from 5-7.30pm. Please contact 0300 123 23 23 for an appointment.



Renowned folk duo, Keepers Fold have reformed for a visit to Settle and will be performing in a concert at Settle Social Club “For Old Times’ Sake” on 24 February. Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £6, available from 01729 825227 or from Settle Social Club bar.



The February Workshop craft session will take place on 25 February between 10-12noon at Friends Meeting House. The craft will be Woldboro work – the art of making 3D wool pictures. Session costs £8 including basic materials. To reserve a place contact 824386, evenings only.



To mark the 10th anniversary of Freda’s Playgroup there will be a race-night and disco at Settle Social Club on 25 February. This will commence at 7.30 with the first race taking place at 8pm.  Tickets cost £3 or £5 for two. For details contact 824884.



Plain Quakers theatre group will visit Settle on 26 February as part of their tour with a new play, “The Chocolate Paradox” which looks at questions of pleasure, principle and profit in the world of modern global financial skulduggery; as well as examining the role of George Cadbury of chocolate fame. The performance takes place in Friends Meeting House at 2pm and tickets are £5 (£2.50) students, including refreshments. For tickets contact 822313.


Places are still available on the craft day, Wednesday 29th February, 1 – 4pm.  Choose from feltmaking, knitting techniques, using beads, and fabric brooches.  Cost £10 inc. refreshments.  Contact Joy Calvert (824340) for details. The Ingleborough Group of WIs is holding a buffet and shopping evening at Watershed Mill on Friday 9th March.  Cost £7 includes buffet supper and 10% off goods purchased on the night.The next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday 7th March.  Val Gladman will talk about ACWW- Associated Country Women of the World – and there will also be a raffle.


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



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



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.




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






On Saturday 25th there will be an acoustic evening featuring Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton; Richmond based 17 year old  Pip  Mountjoy who is currently part of the BBC Introducing programme and a return visit by Old Giggleswickian songwriter Tom Figgins. There will be an opportunity toe hear film-maker and writer Matt Dickinson speak on the subject of “Scaling  Everest, amongst other things! ” on 27 February. This free lecture commences at 7pm. Matt Dickinson specializes in films about the wild places and the indigenous people of the world. He has a passion for adventure that has so far taken him to almost one hundred countries, including expeditions to the Sahara Desert, Greenland, and the jungles of South America and in 1996, amid the worst weather conditions on record, together with Alan Hinkes, Britain’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer, he made a successful ascent of Mount Everest’s notorious north side, one of the more technically demanding climbs on the world’s highest peak. 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.  Details of times and tickets via 01729  893180 or online at

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