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The group are delighted to announce that the speakers at the meeting on March 4th will be Tony and Carol Dilger. Their subject will be Wildlife Photography. The meeting will take place at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome. Cost £3.


On Friday 1 March the Folly will host a wine tasting night at 7pm in aid of the Folly Appeal Fund There will also be a raffle and a quiz. Come along and test your palate and maybe win one of the splendid prizes! Tickets cost £8. Contact 01729 822893. Book early as tickets are limited


This year’s women’s world day of prayer takes place on March 1st and will be marked in Settle by an event at Friends Meeting House at 7.30pm.  The materials for this year have been prepared by women of France, writing on the topic “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me,” with a focus on migration issues. The speaker at the event will be Sita Brand.  The event is open to all ages and to men as well as women.


The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on Saturday, 2 March, commencing at 7.30pm.  This will begin with line dancing between 7.30-8pm.  To book please contact Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038 by 27th February . All proceeds will go to Settle Parish Church appeal.


There will be a social evening at St John’s Church Hall on March 2 to mark Fair trade fortnight. This will run from 5-8pm and is open to all ages. The evening will include food tastings, games, a short video on the importance of fair trade and a cooked supper.



A reminder that the Art Group resumes on 5 March. There will also  be a Craft Day on Wednesday 29 May at St John’s Church Hall with two sessions: 9 am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm. Choose from Beading, Book making, Quilting and Crochet, and bring a packed lunch. The cost for the day is £15 including materials. This year’s summer outing will take place on Saturday 22 June with a visit to Salford Quays and a tour of the BBC’s new base. The cost is £25 and the trip is open to family and friends. Closing date 1 May.  The Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 6 March at 2 pm. followed by a discussion on the Great Food Debate, the new NFWI campaign, at which members’ views and ideas will be sought. This will be followed by an informal session and there will be a raffle.


Pathways to Change will be offering two workshop days at Far End Lodge, Austwick on March 9 and 10. The charge for each day is £45 or £80 for the two. March 9 will focus on the theme of “Revitalise your Energy” and March 10 will work on “Deepening your connection with yourself and others”.  There are a maximum of ten places per day and the sessions run from 9.15-4.30. For further details contact 07794 112172.


Every Tuesday throughout Lent a homemade soup and roll  lunch will be served, with all proceeds being split between church funds and Settle Primary School’s link school in Kwesana, South Africa.  Home-made cakes and coffee will also be available.  On March 8 the church is holding a community quiz at the social club at 7.30pm. The cost is £4 per person or why not book in a team of four for £15.   Contact John or Edith Diggles on 01729 825285. On Sunday March 10 there will be a Mothering Sunday service followed by light lunches in the church from 12 noon onwards.


The National Trust invite you to join them for a special event at Malham Tarn on 9 March at 8pm in order to find out more about exactly “what is out there!”  The “Night Sky at Malham Tarn” event will provide a chance to marvel at the wonders of the night sky within the glorious setting at Malham Tarn – a beginner’s guide to identifying some of the constellations. The event is weather dependent so if the stars are not visible then participants will undertake a night walk instead. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking essential vial 01729 830416.  Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children


Young Artist and Young Writer competitions from Rotary are underway for all youngsters aged 7-17.  The theme for each competition is “Peace” and the closing date for entries is 27 March 2013. Youngsters can enter one or both competitions either from home or through school if their school is taking part.   Each entrant obtains a certificate for taking part and those placed will receive prizes.  Winners will progress further to an area stage of each competition. For details about how to enter visit the Youth Activities website of Settle Rotary:


On the annual Learn to Play day music shops nationally open their doors to offer a free lesson on a variety of instruments. Settle Music will again be taking part in this event on March 16. The lessons are aimed at people who have never played but would like to have a go or who used to play and are considering taking it up again.  Teachers have been arranged to cover violin, viola, cello, keyboard/piano, drums, ukulele and guitar  to date and it is hoped to add more in the intervening time. There will also be suppliers in store with new instruments to try out as well as entertainment, a prize draw (with a Brunswick Concert Ukulele as the top prize) and goody-bags/discount vouchers.  So if you’ve ever wanted to have a go or used to play and would like to start again get in touch with Settle Music to book your slot – via email, via the telephone 01729 825838 (or 07880 783783 with voicemail) or call into the shop.


Singer, comedian and poet, Richard Digance brings his one man show to Victoria Hall on Friday, 15 March. On 16 march there will be a concert by Folk legend Tom McConville and his band. The month is rounded off with the launch of the tour of “Lad, a Yorkshire Story”, which was filmed in and around Settle. The director and members of the cast will be present for a short introduction and discussion session before the film.  For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


The March craft workshop session will take place on March 16 at Friends Meeting House between 10am and 3pm.  The session will focus on Nuno felted scarves. The session costs £20  including the cost of basic materials as well as coffee and biscuits. To reserve a place contact  01729 823434/824386 (evenings only).








Local community-owned organic business, Growing with Grace, has announced details of a range of workshops aimed at those interested in finding out more about organic growing and sustainable living.


Over a dozen workshops and events are on offer, ranging from propagation to an introduction to permaculture, as well as get-togethers for those interested in vegetable gardening.  Most workshops last half a day on Saturdays, and others are full days.  All are competitively priced and take place at Growing with Grace’s Clapham base.


Growing with Grace, tucked away behind its modest but famous carrot signs on the A65 at Clapham, is a cooperative and social enterprise dedicated to supplying sustainably grown produce to local people and businesses, as well as offering activities such as the workshops.  Operating for over 12 years in nearly 2 acres of glasshouses, they pride themselves on producing the best quality organic vegetables, salads and fruits in the region, either through a box scheme or from the site’s farm shop.  The fruit and vegetable box scheme operates successfully in Craven and Lancaster, and has recently extended to the South Lakes.


March will see the first two workshops, and places are already filling for these and other workshops.  Saturday 16 March sees a full day introduction to permaculture  – a method of growing and living more sustainably – and Saturday 30 March will have a half-day workshop on organic pest and disease control.  Details of these and the other workshops and events can be found on Growing with Grace’s website – – by calling 01524 251723 or by dropping into the farm shop at Clapham.  With the weather now improving, this is an ideal opportunity to explore a range of gardening ideas.




On Thursday 28th February at 7.30 pm there will be a free lecture entitled Voyage to Antarctica” by Matt Dickinson. The evening will cover the story of Matt Dickinson’s thrilling expedition to Antarctica in one of the smallest vessels ever to have braved the most dangerous seas in the world. Using video clips and slides, he’ll introduce the stunning wildlife and unclimbed mountain peaks of this last great wilderness and gives his view of Antarctic science and the effect of global warming on the southern hemisphere. On March 17th there will be a showing of “Quartet” as part of the community cinema programme. This will commence at 3.30pm and tickets cost £4.90 via the box office on 01729 893180.

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