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This year, Settle’s Christmas lights will be switched on in the Marketplace on the afternoon of Saturday 1 December. The new lights in the Marketplace last year were lovely, and this year we intend to make the lights display and switch-on event even better! To do this additional helpers are required to assist on the day. If you are able to spare a few hours, please contact a member of the lights team. Local charities and organisations are all invited to hold a stall on the Marketplace during the afternoon – a great way to raise funds! Christmas-related produce usually goes down well, and since this is primarily an event for children, we hope some of you will be able to think up games that they will enjoy. Please get involved to make this the best Christmas event yet! For further information, to reserve a stall or to offer help please contact one of the following people: John Diggles(01729 825285, ;Tony Hardwick (; Helen Woodcock in Gladrags (01729 825911,; Christine Holdsworth in Thirteen Café Bar (01729 824356,


Settle Voices Community Choir meets in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday afternoon 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



Throughout November and December the society is collecting tins of food, pre-owned and new toys and any items which are suitable for distribution in Christmas hampers. The hampers will be distributed to those in need across the North of England, regardless of the recipients religious beliefs, if any.  Items for inclusion can be left in the church meeting room at the rear of St Mary and St Michael RC Church hall. Alternatively contact Tony H on 822953 or Tony D on 825042. All donations gratefully received.



Many thanks to everyone who supported the society during the week of their performance of “The Sound of Music”. Thanks also to all those who bought tickets for the grand draw. This was drawn during performance week and the first prize of £100 was won by Maureen Batty. Barbara Garnett won second prize of £50 and Jackie Seed won the third prize of £25.  Congratulations to the winners.



At the November meeting Secretary Jeanne Carr announced that the Literary Lunch held to support the North Yorkshire West Federation following the cancellation of the Great Yorkshire Show raised £700.This month’s speaker was Dan Bavington who gave a fascinating illustrated talk on Working in Pakistan. He was thanked by Joy Calvert . The competition for a Foreign Artefact was won by Maisie Holmes. The Art Group meetings have been extended by five weeks until Tuesday 11 December and places are still available. Contact Joy Calvert for details.  The Drama Group will meet on Monday 19 November at 8 Penny Green. The Autumn Shopping Trip on Wednesday 21 November is to Newcastle and Gateshead, leaving Whitefriars car park at 8am.  There will be a discount shopping and supper evening at Watershed Mill on Friday 30 November from 6.30 pm. The cost is £6.50 payable on the night. The next meeting is Party Time on Wednesday 5 December when a Christmas Hamper will be raffled.




The Gallery on The Green is currently hosting an exhibition on The Settle-Carlisle Railway. Entitled “A Track Record” the exhibition has been put together by Marion Armstrong of the Settle- Carlisle Railway Development Company and is an exhibition of writing and pictures on the Settle-Carlisle Railway – from its conception and creation to the fight against closure. The gallery can be found in the phone box on the green in Upper Settle and is open daily.




There will be an evening of  sixties music on 29 November when the Mersey Makers hit Settle playing songs by The Beatles, The Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and recreating the famous Mersey sound. On 28 November Robin Ince,  co-presenter of radio 4’s award winning series “The Infinite Monkey Cage” brings his own unique blend of humour and science to the stage with a comic exploration of the human condition in  “Happiness Through Science: Star Corpse Apple Child”.  There will be more music in December when on 8 December Country Legends presents a tribute to the stars of Country Music. This commences at 7.30pm. On 15 December the all female band, The Shee, take to the stage for their unique blend of music which combines folk, Gaelic, Scots and bluegrass influences. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718.



Mr and Mrs Graham of Bankwell House, Giggleswick invite you to join them celebrating the 65th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty, the Queen and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. They will be holding open house today, Thursday, 15 November between 11am and 6pm and invite you to join them for coffee. The guest speaker will be Bill Mitchell OBE, who will be showing videos and reminiscing about Settle during World War II. Admission is free with donations in aid of the Royal British Legion. All welcome.



Settle Primary School invite you to join them on 17 November at 10.30pm for coffee and cake. This will be followedby an illustrated presentation given by teaching assistant, Sarah Entwistle.  This summer Sarah, technician Richard Freytag & school governor, Gillian Gape, spent two weeks in South Africa finding out about the school’s educational & cultural link with Kwezana Primary School in the Eastern Cape region. Please do come along and find out more about this project and how you may be able to support the school and this link.




The Three Peaks Folk Club will meet on 17 November at Settle Social Club. This is a free session with plenty of audience participation in chorus singing. All are welcome to come along and join in. Music starts at 9pm.




There will be a Grand Autumn Fair at St John’s Hall on 17 November between 10am and 2pm. There will be a range of stalls including bric-a-brac, children’s , cake stall, book stall etc as well as a range of ideas for Christmas gifts. Teas, coffees and light lunches will be on sale. Admission is 50p.



The next group meeting will take place on 19 November at Town Head Court, commencing at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. The gallery challenge is “Landscape” and members are reminded to get their submissions to the website before the weekend preceding the meeting. In the second part of the evening Tony Crossland will speak about the ‘Color Checker Passport’ device which he showed at a recent meeting. This is used for calibrating colours in cameras and so is very useful for colour accuracy. This device is available for members to use.


Tickets are on sale for a “Good Old Days” Dance Afternoon at Victoria Hall, Settle on Wednesday, November 21.This social event, organised by Age UK North Craven for over-60s, will feature music hall type entertainment from local operatic group members followed by a chance for old-time dancing. Entry is by ticket only (priced £3, including light refreshments) available from Age UK Day Activities Organiser Richard Daniels are the Age UK office in Settle (contact 01729 823066) or call at the shop on Cheapside. There will be a prize for the “best Edwardian look”.



Join with members of Settle U3A for a family history drop in session at Settle Library on 22 November. The session is open to all and will run from 2.15 -4.30pm.



Friends of Victoria Hall are holding an  all-sorts market on Saturday, 24 November at Victoria Hall. This will run from 9.30-4pm with refreshments available all day. For details  of how to book a stall, contact 01729 823867. In addition to a wide range of stalls selling gift ideas for Christmas there will also be a chance to win prizes in a grand raffle draw which will be drawn at 3.30pm.




On November 24th and 25th Dales Angels, which has recently opened in Settle Market Place is having its official opening weekend. There will be mince pies and mulled wine local musicians and various “Angels” will be on hand displaying their wares. You are invited to come and join us and find out more about the items on offer sourced from local artists and crafts people. Set up by local holistic therapist Rachel, Dales Angels sells a wide range of locally created gifts ranging from original art work knitted products, natural
handmade crystal jewellery, pre-loved and re-vamped vintage clothing, local music Cd’s and books by local authors.. The selection in the shop can change daily as local artists and craft people come in with new treasures for Dales Angels to sell, There is also a great selection of clothes and gifts from local fair trade company Namaste. Dales Angels also offers in shop reiki and reflexology as Rachel has been a holistic therapist for 15 years. A mobile service is also available for clients who are unable to leave their home for treatments. All treatments are very reasonable and accessible to all, with concession prices also available . Dales Angels was created to provide a chance to support local artists and move away from plastic shopping towards supporting our community in a place where you can browse their talented creations . For further details contact Rachel on 07891475387.


The Orchestra will be performing their autumn concerts on 24 November at Ermysteds Grammar School in Skipton at 7.30pm and at Settle Parish Church on 25 November at 3pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Settle Music, Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office, Clitheroe Music, Alley Books and Skipton Camera Centre. The guest conductor will be the orchestra’s Emeritus Conductor Howard Rogerson. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart. The Skipton programme will also feature a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto with soloist Benjamin Frith while the Settle Concert will feature French Songs by Elgar.



The Talbot in Settle invite you to come along and join in the open mic session for acoustic music on 26 November. Session starts at 8pm and all are welcome. For details contact  823924.




The Rotary club of Settle is again organising pre-Christmas visits by Santa to Settle and surrounding areas. Once again this year Santa will have a post box on his sleigh so that children can post their “wish for presents” letter to Santa in the box. Santa sends apologies for last year as the Post Office failed to deliver some of his replies and he hopes you will try again this year. Please be sure to put your name and address on the letter so that he can reply to you. He will start his visits at 5.30p.m. on week days and will be in the Stores in Settle from 10a.m. to 4p.m. each Saturday. On Thursday 29th November Settle he will visit Duke Street & Cammock Lane and on Friday 30th November will be in Hellifield. On Saturday 1st December he has a very busy day visiting Booths and then going to the Market Place for the lights switch on. He will be in Long Preston on December 3rd, back to Hellifield on Tuesday 4th December and on Wednesday 5th December will visit Mill Close and Northfields in Settle and on Thursday 6th will stay in Settle to visit Upper Settle and Longdale Avenue.  He will spend Saturday 8th December at Settle Co-op then onto Austwick and Clapham on Monday 10th December, Rathmell and Wigglesworth on Tuesday 11th and then back to Settle to visit Townhead, Church St. with Duke St and Kings Mill on Wednesday 12th. On Thursday 13th he will be in Langcliffe and on Friday 14th will be in Giggleswick before spending Saturday 15th December in Booths once more. On Monday

17th December  he’ll visit Giggleswick: The Mains & Stackhouse and on Tuesday 18th December will be at  Horton & Stainforth before heading home to get things ready for Christmas.





Settle Golf Club have launched their grand draw with a star prize of a year’s free membership. Tickets are now on sale for the draw and are available via 01729 825340 and 01729 8233593. The draw will take place in 2013 to allow maximum sales.



Members of the church will be manning a stall at the all sorts market in Victoria Hall and would be grateful for any items for the stall and look forward to seeing many friends there supporting this event.  On Sunday 25 November the church is hosting a concert by Settle Orchestra at 3pm and on December 2nd there will be the annual concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band at 7.30pm. On Wednesday 5 December there will be a Christmas bingo session at Settle Social Club at 7.30pm.  There will be a range of festive prizes and everyone is welcome at this family event.



Advance notice that this year’s Christmas dance and carving buffet will take place on December 1st. Numbers for this event are required in advance and those wishing to book should contact Marion on 01729 823259. as soon as possible. Tickets for this event are £13.



There will be a craft workshop session at Friend’s Meeting House on 1 December  focussing on knitting in the round to make Christmas baubles.  Participants should bring along 4 x3.5 double pointed needles. The session costs £8 and runs from 10am -2pm, including basic materials, coffee and biscuits. To find out more or to book a place contact 01729 823434 or 01729 824386 (evenings).




Bentham and district pet rescue will be holding a Christmas Fayre

at Townhead Court, Settle on Saturday 8th December between10am-2pm. There will be a range of stalls including tombola, gifts and competitions. There will also be a hamper raffle and seasonal refreshments. Admission is £1 for adults with children admitted free and all are welcome.



This year the Christmas Day lunch will be served at Townhead Court. There will be a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and a light tea will also be served. The cost for each individual is £10 and this event is open to all ages.  Volunteers to help with transport are also required . Please contact Judith Allinson as soon as possible if you are able to assist or if you wish to reserve a place on 01729 822138.






Throughout November the gallery in the foyer will host an exhibition of photography by Paul Harris, entitled “Mother, Sister, Daughter”. The exhibition will focus on women at the heart of rural and ethnic communities and will be open every weekend throughout November between 1-5pm. On 22, 23 and 24 November there will be a production of A Christmas Carol by students at the school. Performances start at 7.30pm with tickets costing £10 (U 18s £5). On Thursday 29 November Doug Scott, widely acknowledged as one of the leading mountaineers of all time, will give an illustrated talk detailing his adventures and insights on the three highest mountains: Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga.  Tickets cost £12 (concessions £10). For bookings contact  01729 893180.


There will be a Jumble Sale at Giggleswick Parish Rooms on 8 December between 10am and noon with proceeds going to Giggleswick Playgroup.  Admission is 50p with children admitted free. All welcome.


Due to unforeseen circumstances the concert scheduled for 18 November by Giggleswick and Settle Band has been cancelled. We are sorry for any disappointment this may have caused.



There was excellent participation (76% of our roll!) in our first after-school Sport-S-Cool course of the year, open to all pupils and all participants were presented with medals for their efforts and sporting behaviour. In addition, trophies were awarded to Tiarney Monks, Harry Parsons, Erin Hutt-Holgate and Aaron Hird. Well done also to the Class 3 pupils who took part in the recent Bikeability course and to the KS2 pupils who represented the school in our first Netball Tournament. The pupils worked very well together, showing excellent teamwork and sporting behaviour and our school was placed 3rd overall in the Tournament. Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated money to our Harvest Festival charity.  We have raised £70 for ‘Send a Cow,’ which means we can purchase the following for needy families in Africa:  goat, chicken, bag garden and rabbits. Meanwhile Class 3 are already collecting items for their fund-raising event for the BBC Children in Need Appeal.  Following the success of last year’s ‘Pudsey’s Party’, this year, they are planning to hold ‘Blush’s Brilliant Bring & Buy Bonanza’ at 2.30pm on 16th November.  Earlier this month, all our Y5 pupils joined with Y5s from Austwick, Rathmell, Horton, Long Preston and Hellifield and enjoyed an action-packed week of activities at Humphrey Head Outdoor Centre, near Grange-Over-Sands. Accompanied by Ms. Flanagan, they participated fully in a range of activities including: fell walking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, orienteering, gorge walking and much more. Our pupils worked very well all week and showed kindness and helpfulness towards others and very good behaviour. Well done to Ms. Flanagan and pupils! Whilst Y5 pupils enjoyed their week’s residential visit, Y6 pupils were busy with a range of activities.  One of their tasks was to work together to plan, design, write, edit and put together a newsletter about some of the activities which have taken place this half term in school.  This is the first issue and they hope to produce one issue of the “Giggtastic Gazette” each half term.

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