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Settle Snippets -may 19th


Gallery on the Green in collaboration with Victoria Hall present a return of the popular foodie format, “Take 3 Chefs” at Victoria Hall on 30 May.  There will be cookery demos from the 3 chefs using locally sourced ingredients, as well as  other local food producers offering tasters and showcasing their special products. Food writer and photographer Joan Ransley will be presenting food and ingredients to compliment her ‘Yorkshire Food and Yorkshire People’ exhibition at The Gallery on the Green (18th May to 6th July). Joan is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and is a regular contributor to The Yorkshire Post. Celebrity chef  and Deliciously Yorkshire Champion, Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park in Harrogate  will also be present. Stephanie attended Settle College and Craven College before training under Anton Mosimann at The Dorchester. She is a regular on BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’. The third member of the team is Mathew Birtwhistle, from The Plough Inn , Wigglesworth, where he specialises in introducing local produce onto the menu. Tickets cost £10 from Victoria Hall box office 01729 825718. The event commences at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm


A new group has started up for anyone who wants to motivate themselves to run regularly. The beginners running group will be led by accredited English Athletics coasters and experienced endurance athletes, Jill Eccleston and Andy Mouncey and will meet on Fridays between 5.30-6.30 at Eshtons Pavilion , Giggleswick School all weather pitch.  Sessions are free during May. For details contact Jill on 07955 342 344 or Andy on 07799 063 115.


A reminder that homemade lunches continue to be served every Tuesday with a range of soup, hot meals (including vegetarian option)  and delicious desserts on offer and with a warm welcome guaranteed.


The Playbarn is hosting its first Ladies’ pamper night on 23 May, a perfect way to prepare for that hectic half-term holiday. The evening starts at 7pm and is being held in conjuction with A Buff and Beyond and Wharfeside Therapies.  For £22 you can choose any two treatments on offer, with each lasting approximately 20 minutes.  As a final decadent touch every lady will receive a complementary hot chocolate.


Clapham Art Group, which draws its members from across the local area, are holding their 62nd exhibition at Clapham Village Hall. The preview will take place on Friday 24 May at 8pm and the exhibition is open from Saturday 25 May through to Sunday, 2 June each day from 11am to 6pm.  It will feature around 80 new and original paintings painted in a variety of media and many individual styles. There will also be a sketchbook corners, which has proven very popular in past exhibitions.  Unframed prints and cards are also for sale. Refreshments will be provided by friends of the local church.


The society invite you to come along and join them for coffee in the Old Court House on Station Road on 25 May. Coffee will be served from 10-12.30pm. Coffee mornings will also take place on 25 May, 8 and 22nd June.  On June 2 the society will be selling afternoon teas at Langcliffe Institute.


Friends of Victoria Hall extend a big invitation for you to come along and see the world in miniature at their Dolls House Exhibition at Victoria Hall on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May.  The exhibition will be open from 10-4 each day with refreshments available throughout.


Westlife tribute band are playing at Settle Social Club on Saturday 25th May. Strictly over 18s. No entry after 9pm. Tickets are available from David Worthington on 07817331610 and proceeds from this event will got to support Settle United Football Club


Current exhibitions feature Victoria Cave Revisited and Climb up to the Moor: an exhibition of paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nichols. Linked with this exhibition there will be a workshop for all ages on the 30th May, 11am to 4pm when people can add to the moorland floor installation. For details contact (015242) 51388 or (01729) 822 361
Thursday the 30th May there is to be a Family Workshop at the Folly between 11am an 4pm. The artist Judith Bromley will lead the workshop as it is part of the Moorland exhibition of paintings that are on display in the Folly until the 7th July. The exhibition is called Climb up to the Moor and part of it is a Moorland floor installation. At the workshop people of all ages will be encouraged to create a bit of moorland floor out of all kinds of materials that will be available. It is a touring exhibition so this will get bigger as people add to it along the way. An exciting opportunity to create your own bit of art!. There is no charge for this evnt, donations for materials are always gratefull received.


The next Charity Dance will take place on June 1st between 8-11.30pm at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church Hall. Could regular dancers please note the change of time and venue.  To book a place please contact Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038 by Thursday, 30 May.  All proceeds from this dance will be donated to HODU Unit at Airedale Hospital.



There’s plenty of variety at Victoria Hall in June, starting on June 1st when local rock and roll band “The Presence” will bring the music of the 50’s and 60’s back to life. On June 8th the internationally acclaimed Dougie MacLean Trio come to Settle.  The subject of TV Documentaries,  Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter  andhas developed a unique blend of lyrical ’roots based’ song writing and instrumental composition. Dougie’s songs have been covered by a host of artists including Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, and Ronan Keating. His song ‘Caledonia’ has become one of Scotland’s favourite contemporary songs and his music has been used in Hollywood Films and TV Drama.  John Helliwell and Creme Anglaise return to the stage on June 13th promising a night of top quality jazz. On June 14th blues/rock is to the fore with the debut visit from Lancaster based “Tantrum”,  currently touring America. On June 15th The Millennium choir bring the music of Andy Whitfield to life with a range of comic songs dealing with life’s problems such as “I’m having a baby in a car” and “How to solve a banking crisis”. They will also be performing  “The Lone Ranger”, a musical adaptation of the first episode of the series arranged for a four part choir and set against silent back projections.  Partnering Grassington Festival the hall is hosting Dalesjam, featuring John Helliwell and the Settle based youth ensemble, Ramjam and the newly formed Richmond Jam on 23 June.  The month comes to an end on 29 June with an adaptation of the Dickens classic, Hard Times, performed by Paper Zoo. For details of tickets and times contact the box off ice on 01729 825718 or


Touchstones is a group aimed at those who have difficulty with day to day tasks. You are invited to come along and join us for practical tips to make jobs easier on Tuesdays between 10.30-noon at Townhead Court. The sessions in June will focus on having fun with plants with June 4 covering planting herbs and June 11 growing pot plants. On June 18 there will be a full day trip out and on June 25 there will be a talk by National Trust Yorkshire Dales on Wild Flowers. For details contact 823066


Following the success of the first Settle Session at The Folly in April, the next evening brings prize winning writers to the town in June. There will also be a chance for local writers and poets toread their own work in an Open Mic slot. (contact Jean in advance on 01729 823305.)  On Friday 7th June, prize winning children’s author Ann Pilling (who wrote Henry’s leg) will be returning to her first love – poetry. She will present a choice from her poetry collections. Her poems “follow the heartbeart of life with scrupulous accuracy” according to Penelope Shuttle, while Moniza Alvi writes that Ann “brings a haunted, sometimes tragic, quality to a marvellously tactile, solid reality”. Well known locally as a creative writing tutor, Jean Stevens will step into the spotlight to read poems and writings. A professional actor and dramatist, Jean has had her work has appear at West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Edinburgh and London Festivals, as well as on ITV and BBC radio and television. There is also an invitation to poets and writers to take part in the evening by reading some of their work.  contact Jean in advance on 01729 823305. Tickets, which are limited due to space, are at £5 available from Cave and Cragg, The Folly and Crossleigh Stores Austwick. Season Tickets: £9 for two. For more information people should ring 01729 823305 or 824537.


Following the cancellation  due to bad weather of the Dance to the Music of John Bowdler, organist at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom previously scheduled for 23 March, a reminder that this event has been re-arranged for Saturday 15 June at the larger venue of Settle College Main Hall.  Anyone who already had tickets for the dance on 23 March will still be able to use their tickets on June 15.  However anyone who holds tickets but is unable to attend on the new date should contact the organisers and their money will be refunded. The change in venue now means that this is an opportunity for others to also purchase tickets, which cost £7.50 including supper. Please contact 01729 824038 / 822364.



Settle Voices Community Choir will not meet on Monday, 27th May but will begin their summer singing sessions on Monday 3rd June at 1pm in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. They will be practising songs ready to join Silsden Singers and Burnley Clarion Community Choir for a joint workshop and concert to be held on 13th July in Earby Community Hall. New members are very welcome. For more information phone 01729 823777 or visit the website




Many thanks to everyone who came along to support the Christian Aid Coffee Evening on May 15 at the Catholic Church Hall.  Your generosity made this a very successful evening raising a total of £519.13. Thanks also to all who donated to the stall and those responsible for organising refreshments.



On June 4 there will be a return visit by Lyn Fletcher and the Halle Orchestra soloists.  The concert will commence at 7.30pm in Giggleswick School Chapel.  On 16 June there will be a showing of the family film “The Croods” (Cert U) in conjunction with community cinemas. Tickets cost  £4.90 and the film will commence at 3.30pm, doors open at 2.45pm. Details from the box office on 01729 893180.


Year 6 pupils recently took part in the Young Citizen and Crucial Crew event for cluster schools, finding it both an informative and action packed day.   A number of Y5/Y6 pupils, who participated in  the tag-rugby tournament , playing well and finishing in fourth place out of the ten participating schools. Congratulations, and also congratulations to the Y2/Y3 pupils, who represented the school in a  recent football festival. They all played very well, even though for some, it was there first time playing in a school sports event. They won two of their matches and lost one.

Meanwhile Class 2 pupils enjoyed a visit to ‘Lay of the Land’ Garden Centre recently and we are grateful to Mr. Lay and his staff for their welcome and their support for the pupils during their visit. We look forward to seeing how their seed gifts develop and grow. Finally, well done to Bethany Broadley-Mundell and Oliver Brummitt, who were awarded trophies for their great participation and sporting attitudes during the Sport-S-Cool Street Dance sessions.


Message for All
My name is Tracy and I work for Skipton Financial Services Ltd, each year we choose local charities to support both with fund raising and volunteer hours.  This year one of our chosen charities is IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services).  As I am sure you can appreciate this is a very specialised area of support, thereby limiting the type of work we can volunteer to do.

IDAS as the name suggests, offers invaluable help and support to the victims (and the families) of Domestic Abuse.  The North Yorkshire Dales is an area that very few referrals come from and IDAS believe that this is due to a lack of information, as such, I have been given the task of contacting as many agencies, Doctors, Dentists, nurseries, website administrators, local businesses, local councils, to name but a few, as possible.  We are asking if you think you can help in any way, by putting a link on the local website, placing posters on local notice boards or flyers in local group meeting points.  There is of course absolutely no obligation to do so but any help you feel you can give would be most appreciated.

I have included a link to the IDAS website, which will give you lots of information about the organisation – .  If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself either via email or by telephone on 01756 694614 during normal office hours.

Please accept my thanks for taking the time to read this.

Kind regards


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