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Programmes for the new season are now available throughout the town. The season will begin with a return visit by Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman on February 3rd.  Their harp and guitar duo programme covers a range of Irish dance tunes, airs and old songs with the addition of striking new compositions and forays into  jazz and bluegrass. Reform Theatre company return on 9 February with My Favourite Summer a comedy about a boy, a summer job and a dream of going on holiday with his girl! Connie Lush and Blues shouter take to the stage on 17 February and Moishe’s Bagel return on 25 February. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.


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!



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      .


There will be a  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 Annual Lunch at The Lion is on Wednesday 18th January.  Please return menu choices and payment by the January meeting.




Time to beat the post holiday blues and work off the turkey as Karen’s Keep Fit classes return to Settle Middle School on Monday evenings from 7.30-8.30 starting on 9 January. The classes have a wide mix of activities and are suitable for all abilities. Come along and exercise in a friendly and supportive atmosphere with a professional instructor able to support you. Classes cost £4 per session with loyalty discounts available. For details contact Karen on             015242 42392      .


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      .



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!


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.




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.



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.  Dogs are permitted, but should be kept under control.  The walks in January commence on Saturday 14 with Two Scars and Two Forces, a 12mile, moderately strenuous walk starting and ending at Settle and setting off at 9.50. On Wed 18 there is a 10mile moderate walk from Horton to Settle alighting at Horton at 9.58. On 21 Jan there is a 15m, strenuous Skipton to Hellifield walk leaving Skipton at 9.26.  There is also a walk on the Morecambe line from Carnforth to Arnside. This is a 10mile moderate walk leaving Carnforth at 10am.  There is a walk on Jan 28 from Clapham to Horton via Crummackdale leaving Clapham at 9.33am, this is a 6.5mile moderate walk.  Also on Jan 28 there is a Settle-Malham circular walk which is a 15 mile moderately strenuous walk which leaves Settle at 9.50am. For further details contact website at



The next meeting will be on 16th January 2012 and this will take place at the new venue of Townhead Court. Able-bodied members are reminded to park in Whitefriars car-park to allow those with mobility problems to use the parking spaces nearer the main doors. The group meets at 7.30pm and new members are welcome. The gallery this month has an open theme and members may submit 2 photographs . The second part of the evening will be a talk on “YPU Exhibition 2012 – Guidance and discussion on choosing and preparing submissions”.





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





The Richard Whiteley theatre is staging a very special treat for youngsters on 15 January when Lyngo Theatre Company will perform “Snow Play”, a winter play specially for 3-7 year olds. and staringing Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies.   Please note this performance takes place at 11 am. On 21 January there will be an organ recital at Giggleswick Chapel featuring Jason Lowe and on 22nd January Community Cinemas present Puss in Boots. Details of times and tickets via 01729  893180 or online at

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