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Settle Social Club is hosting a 90’s Rave themed disco on 5 October to raise funds for the Stroke Association. This is an over 18s event only and will run from 9 till late. Tickets cost £3 in advance or £5 on the night.


A reminder that teas and coffees are being served 10am on Tuesdays in the church and that although the “summer lunches” have now ended the church does still sell  home-made soup with a choice of sandwich or roll and butter between noon to 2pm. On November 26th a Christmas lunch will be served. Please contact any member of the Tuesday team for details if you wish to attend.


Throughout October Victoria Hall is the venue for a number of community events. On Friday 11 October there will be performances of The Starbird withToto Tales in the afternoon and Nail Soup in the evening. These are both part of the Settle Story Telling Festival. On Saturday it hosts more story telling events with a performance of Stanley’s Stick, The Cow Foot Prince and The Devil’s Purse. On Sunday there will be a story telling workshop, “Join the Story”. On 18th October, Dryad Productions will stage Female Gothic, a celebration of the female authors of Victorian Gothic Literature. From 28 October to 2nd November the Hall hosts Settle Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Calamity Jane.  For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


After twenty years of running keep fit classes in Settle, Karen has decided to take a break in September but to mark the years of pleasure the group has brought to its members, plus the fund raising work for charities over the years, she has decided to hold a get together on Friday 11th October. Therefore all lades form the classes, past and present are invited to meet with her on Friday, 11 October at The Talbot in Settle so that she can buy them a farewell drink. Would ladies please contact her on the usual number to confirm attendance.


This year’s festival will take place between 10-13 October and will offer a range of events suitable for all ages including workshops, town trail, story walk, tea and tales, makers market and a whole range of story telling experiences at venues throughout the town. Tickets are now available via, Settle Music on 01729 825838 or Victoria Hall on 01729 825718.


The winner of the National Poetry Prize, Mike Barlow, will read some of his work at the Autumn Settle Sessions at The Folly in Settle on October 4th. Also on the bill will be Craven writer Veronica Caperon and some local writers and poets with their own work in an Open Mic slot. Settle Sessions is at 7.30pm at The Folly. Tickets, which are limited due to space, are £5 available from Cave and Cragg, The Folly and Crossleigh Stores Austwick. For more information people should ring 01729 823305 or 824537



The next Charity Dance will take place at Settle College on Saturday October 5th between 7.30-11.30 pm. To book please contact 01729 823259 /824038 by Thursday October 3rd.  All proceeds to St Oswold’s Church, Horton in Ribblesdale, Appeal.


Tickets are on sale at Victoria Hall Box Office (01729 825718) for this year’s production. The group will perform Calamity Jane throughout the week of 28 October to 2 November every evening at 7.30pm with a matinee on the Saturday afternoon.


The next meeting will take place on Monday, October 7th at 7.30 at Townhead Court when the speaker will be Sam Dalby on the subject of “An Artists approach to the portrait…” Sam Dalby, who lives in Settle, is a talented portrait artist  and the focus of his talk with be to share  some insights into his approach to creating a portrait The rest of the evening will be comprised of a members’ gallery on the subject of Colour”. Visitors and new members are always welcome.


A reminder that the exhibition ‘Family Stories :150 years of Discovery with the Yorkshire Archaeological Society’ runs until the 3rd November. Stories are also to the fore on Thursday 10th October  which sees the launch of the Settle Storytelling Festival with an ‘Ignite: an evening of Stories and Fire with Festival Storytellers’ at The Folly, 7.30pm. Tickets are available from


The renowned Steeton Male Voice Choir will be performing in concert at St John’s Methodist Church on October 19th at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8, including refreshments, and are available via 01729 823978 or on the door.


The next Settle Big Breakfast will take place at Friend’s Meeting House annexe on Saturday 19 Oct 2013, at 8.30am. The guest speaker will be  Bill Mitchell MBE. Space is limited so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment by contacting 01729 825285. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost,  £3.00


A race night and disco on behalf of Freda’s playgroup and Giggleswick Primary School is being held on October 12 at Settle Social Club. Admission is £2.50 and tickets can be purchased from either the playgroup (01729 824884) or the school (822248). There will also be a raffle.


The first of this year’s One World Week events has been arranged by Craven Conservation Group and will take place on 14 October at Townhead Court at 7.30pm, when there will be a talk by  Dr Tim Baker of University of Leeds on  “The Future of Tropical Rainforests.” On 20 October, between 3.30-5.30pm there will be a messy church session at St John’s Hall. For further details on this event contact 01729 822311.  There will be a Traid-craft coffee morning, with free cake, on Tuesday 22 October at Friends Meeting House between 10am and noon. On Wednesday 23rd October 6.45p.m. there will be a meal at St John’s Hall ollowed by a speaker, Alex Jones, from Christian Aid on this year’s One World Week theme “More than Enough”. All are welcome and there is no charge for this event, but donations would be  welcome. It would be helpful if those intending to come could let Alison Tyas (822313) know, but no one should be put off coming if they haven’t booked. We hope to use donations of garden produce for some of the meal.


A reminder that appointments are now available for patients with Townhead practice (both at Settle and Hellified) to receive flu vaccinations. Patients in higher risk groups are eligible for an NHS vaccination. To assist those in the above groups who attend school, college or work appointments are available on week day lunch times, afternoons, tea times and Saturdays throughout October and early November. Appointments can be booked ‘on-line’ via the Townhead Surgery website by patients who have previously registered at the surgery to use the on-line service or by  telephoning the Surgery on 01729 822611 between 11.00am & 4.00pm, Monday to Friday



On 17 October the theatre presents the second in this season’s Gigg Lectures. The speaker will be Clive Hallam-Baker on the topic of the battle of Flodden Fields and the Giggleswick connection.  On 20 October Community Cinemas will show the popular family film “Monsters University”. All tickets are available via or via 01729 893180. There are lots of volunteering opportunities at Richard Whiteley Theatre for all members of the Settle and Giggleswick communities and we are particularly keen to expand our front of house staff. If you can spare a few hours and would like to assist please contact the above number for details.


All pupils have settled in well to the new school year and have already been involved in a number of special events. .This term the theme is ‘Big Splash’, and as part of this topic the whole school visited Fleetwood, for a study day. This included visits to Fleetwood Museum and the RNLI station for all pupils and KS2 pupils also spent time at Rossall Point lookout tower. The whole school also enjoyed playing on the beach after lunch! Over the next few weeks, pupils will be working on follow-up activities relating to their visit. At every venue we visited, the adults commented on the pupils’ good listening skills and excellent behaviour, which made the staff very proud.  Congratulations to the Y4 pupils (and staff and parents!) who braved the wet weather to take part in the first sporting event of the school year, the Y4 Orienteering event.Our team comprised: Tom Birkett-Bentley, Mollie Howarth, Joel Monks, Freddie Parsons and Bailey Pears. Class 3 pupils recently enjoyed a visit from local author, Jan Michael. She read extracts from her latest novel (set in Seggleswick) and talked to pupils about how she writes. She also sold us some signed copies of her book and launched an exciting competition which is open to all pupils in Class 3. Looking ahead the Friends of Giggleswick Primary School and Freda’s Playgroup are organising a race night and disco (for adults only) on 12 October at Settle Social Club. Parents and friends are asked to please support this fund-raising event by: selling or buying raffle tickets (£1 per strip), donating raffle prizes, sponsoring a race (£10 per race) and/or by attending and encouraging others to attend the evening’s event (£2.50 per ticket). The money raised will be used to subsidise study visits and theatre visits, as well as purchase additional resources.




A book with such an obvious local setting clearly generated a lot of interest which meant that there was a large number present for what was a very enjoyable evening.  During the evening Jan Michael read selected extracts from key points the book, managing to give enough of the story to keep the extract interesting and skilfully set the scene but not so much as to spoil the actual plot and closed with a cliff hanger which left the audience needing to read the book to resolve the character’s dilemma. This was an excellent choice, and the dramatic manner of her delivery added hugely to the enjoyment of the extracts who were swiftly drawn in to the story.  Miss Michael was clearly at ease in front of this audience, which included friends and neighbours as well as a number of people who had helped with the research required for this novel, and this showed in the relaxed tone of the presentation which not only included readings but also information on the development of the story and the craft of writing.  She explained how initially the storyline had been envisaged  as a book for adults but that by its third incarnation it had become a children’s novel, with a view to it also being read by adults. She also gave a number of insights into how the information discovered during her research was then shaped to fit the story e.g. the discovery of a young girl who actually did live at the same time as Benjamin Waugh in a house which he would have known and who was buried in the local graveyard led to the creation of a key female character in the book and how other facts were incorporated into the story to add to the historical substance. One of the most fascinating of these was the information relating to the priests hole and escape tunnel in what was once the “Hart’s Head ” in Giggleswick but which was later part of Dr Buck’s house and the music room where Elgar played and is now part of a private residence.  Interestingly this is the only book she has written where it has been necessary to do historical research of this sort and she did warn that at times it was difficult to resist the temptation of being seduced by the information she was unearthing in order to focus on writing the story. However, the research was not just historical as in order to ensure that the modern section of the novel was correct she also attended Settle Primary School and explained how many of the classroom scenes were written virtually verbatim from her classroom observations, commenting very strongly on how involved pupils were in these sessions and how they rose wonderfully to the challenges in their lessons.  The evening also offered a number of practical insights into the act of writing a novel, including the amount of dedication and time taken in order to refine ideas and the fact that in order to ensure that the story develops she finds it most helpful to write long- hand without using any story-boarding and that to do so she regularly goes out of the house and writes in local cafes, so that she isn’t disturbed or distracted by the need to get on with “her day job”.  All in all it proved to be a fascinating evening and one guaranteed to make listeners want to pick up the book and find out more about both the historical and the fictional characters.

Review of


When Percy moves to Seggleswick in the Yorkshire Dales life takes a downward turn. For a start his mum has moved in with her boyfriend, who doesn’t like having a child in the house, then he gets off on the wrong foot at his new school. In his lonely state he has no-one to talk to when he finds himself slipping inexplicably back in time to 1840’s Seggleswick.  However at least in the 1840’s he has friends and a family who want him…  In this clever time travel tale for children Jan Michael has deftly woven together the story of a lonely boy with that of Benjamin Waugh, the Settle boy who grew up to be the founder of the NSPCC. The story is based in and around Settle and Giggleswick and while this clearly adds a special appeal for local readers, the local knowledge is not essential as the writing clearly conveys both a sense of time and place. The historical narrative is fascinating and many of the venues mentioned can still be traced in modern Settle.  The story itself moves at a rapid pace with poor Percy becoming more and more enmeshed in Benjamin’s life and finding himself more and more alienated from the present.   The final resolution is perhaps a little contrived but the book is undoubtedly an un-put-downable read for primary age children and also a wonderful way of introducing them to the idea that history happened to real people and that those people have left their traces on the world today. Described by the author as “an almost true story” it is a wonderful blend with enough truth to make it credible and enough story to make it a great read – the best of both worlds, which is exactly what any time-traveller would want!

the book is on sale in various outlets in Settle and on ebay and that  profits from the book will be donated to NSPCC.

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