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Settle Online News December 18th


Quiz buffs will be pleased to know that the annual brain-teaser “Andy’s Quiz” is now on sale at a number of outlets around the town – guaranteed value for money at £2, this provides hours of intellectual challenge and fun and you have until March to complete it for a chance to win part of the £75 total prize money!  There will be a special family service on Christmas Eve at 5pm, to which all are invited. “Countdown to Christmas” is a re-telling of the Christmas Story adapted specially for children. There will be a midnight mass at 11.30pm and on Christmas morning there will be a family communion service at 10am and you are invited to bring along a gift to show.



Following on from previous years successful Christmas day dinner it is proposed to arrange a similar event this year, based either at St John’s or at Townhead. Volunteers are needed to help plan this event and to work on the day. It is hoped that this event will be open to all ages and it is anticipated that the cost will be in the region of £15 for adults and £10 for children. Transport will be arranged for those who are unable to reach the venue. If you are able to help arrange the event, help on the day or would like to attend the event please contact Judith on 01729 822138 as soon as possible.





A true festive delight is served up on 22 December with a family pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Pocket Panto.  For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.




A post-Christmas challenge is on offer, with cash prizes to be won when North Ribblesdale Rugby Club host their Domino Knockout night on 27 December.  Entries must be registered beforehand – contact 07891322096/ 07969066836. The evening will commence promptly at 7pm.




The Annual Lunch at The Lion is on Wednesday 18th January.  Please return menu choices and payment by the January meeting. The next Denman Tea Party will be held by Edna Tomlinson on Monday 9th January.  There will be a cream tea and choice of watching either Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert or Phantom of the Opera.  Numbers are limited so booking is essential.  Contact Edna on (822646) for details. The next meeting is on Wednesday 4th January when the speaker will be Stuart Lambert from Kitridding Farm.  There will also be a bring & buy stall. Subscriptions for 2012 are £31-50.  Please pay at the January Meeting.




There will be a free holiday club session for children aged between 5-11 years on 5 January at St John’s Hall. The session will run from 10-3 and participants should bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided. There will be games, stories and activities around the theme of Journeys. For details contact Kate on 01729 823537.



Would you like to learn a new skill for the new year. Beginners map reading courses are being arranged to start in January. These will include basic navigation skills and are being run by a form SAS instructor. The aim is to make the courses friendly, fun and informal. Cost approx £99 per person for a two day course.  For further details contact Admin 24 on 822557.



Why not resolve to do something more in the community in the new year? The Friends of Settle Swimming pool are anxiously seeking to recruit more helpers to assist with the recycling scheme which operates from the pool car-park. Funds raised from recycling waste card and paper helps to support the pool, a vital resource in the community which will suffer a 40% cut in its grant from CDC this coming year.  At present the shortage of volunteers means that the recycling scheme is not staffed on Saturday afternoon or Sunday and may have to close one day a week. This is particularly worrying when the weekends are times when there are more people around and ideally the facility needs to be open. If you could spare an hour of your time to support the friends of the pool with this scheme then please contact 01729 825109 or leave details with volunteers at the pool.



Are you , or is someone dear to you, starting to suffer from hearing loss? Would it help to be able to communicate better? Lip reading classes will commence on Wednesday 11th January at Friends Meeting House and then take place on alternate Wednesdays. Relatives are welcome to come along and the cost is £2 per class.  For details contact 01729 822690.



Why not warm up a chilly winter evening with some red hot jazz? The Black Horse Jazzmen can be found every Tuesday evening at Settle Cricket Club at 8.30pm. Sitters in are always welcome and this could be the perfect way to ensure you have a cool yule!



A Stitch in Time welcomes new members to join its crochet group in the sewing café. The group will meet again on January 7 from 2-4pm and cost is £3.50, including refreshments. The group welcomes all abilities and provides a friendly, supportive meeting place to learn or improve crochet skills. For further details contact 07507 851908.



Admin 24 is launching a new IT course designed to help you to get IT to work for you. The course will take place over six sessions (with a break for half term) and will commence on Wednesday 11 January and run till 23 February.  Each session will be ninety minutes long and run from 6.30-8pm and cost £12 per session, payable at the start of the course.  For further information  contact Admin 24 on 01729 822557.



You are invited to make a date for the new year 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





Pupils and staff had a very busy week last week with an Ofsted visit on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as a wide range of Christmas activities. On Thursday, 15th December, the school held its Christmas Presentation in St. Alkelda’s church and this was greatly enjoyed by all present. Many thanks to all involved in preparing the Christmas Dinner on Friday and for those who helped with the organisation of the Christmas Disco on Friday evening. Both events were enjoyed hugely by the pupils.  The Christmas party took place on Tuesday afternoon and again many thanks to parents for their support for this event.



A warm invitation to all ages to the service of carols and children’s nativity tableau on Christmas Eve at 6.45pm.  There will be an BCP Holy Communion Service on Christmas day at 8am and an all age communion service at 10.30am. You are invited to bring along a gift to show as part of this service.

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