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A number of walks are planned in the coming week. No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  Two of these are on Saturday May 14. There will be an 8 mile circular moderate walk in Flakebridge woods leaving Appleby at 10.06 and a 13 mile strenuous walk along Mallerstang Edge. This will leave Kirkby Stephen at 10.34 and return from Garsdale.  On May 15 there is a Geology walk to study the rock around Ribblehead. This is an 8 mile moderate walk exploring the rocks and railway structures around Ribblehead and the quarries they came from. This circular walk will leaver Ribblehead at 10.28. Details of all walks can  be found at


Friday 13th may be unlucky for some but it is certainly lucky for Settle as twelve of the best emerging musicians on the UK folk and acoustic scene come together as The Company of Players to bring to the town  a collaborative performance of a brand new body of folk music, celebrating the works of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. Celtic rock band Mànran return to Victoria Hall on 14 May. Their music is an eclectic mix influenced by traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes  mixed  with a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. Canadian country music is to the fore on May  15 with a visit by Russell de Carle and Prairie Oyster for a matinee show. On May 20th there is more music with “High on Harmony” when the Haley sisters, backed by top guitar/slide guitar picker Brian Smith,  perform their own songs and their own unique style of music, with quality vocal harmonies, from artists such as The Dixie Chicks, Eva Cassidy, Emmylou Harris, The Everlys and many more. Also on the programme is Jester B,  renowned for his outstanding renditions of songs from artists including Simon & Garfunkel, Lindisfarne and the Everly Brothers. On May 21st Chris Bannister returns to Settle Join to perform his show The Music of John Denver. The show will include all of the hits including ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’, ‘Annie’s Song’ and ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’, plus many others. Chris will be joined by Debbie Jones and Justin Randall. The range of musical tastes continues on May 22 when The Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands, takes to the stage. Highlight of the month is on May 26 when Jazz diva Clare Teal returns to Settle with her trio for an evening of wonderful musical and conversation, guaranteeing the audience something personal and very special. Tickets for this event are expected to sell quickly so early booking is recommended. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


There is still time to catch an unusual exhibition at the Gallery, staged to mark the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire to Settle on 29 April. It examines the links between art and the world of cycling. It starts with the early days of cycling – featuring a little known work by science fiction writer HG Wells about a cycling adventure. The main attraction is a collection of postcards – showing both the variety of bike designs and the use of the bicycle in advertising and various art forms. We  also include iconic posters from around the world.  The exhibition has been supported by Settle Town Council and will remain in place until 20 May,


A reminder that the new Hit and Run boxing club offers sessions for adults and children and takes place twice a week at St Mary and St Michael Church Hall. The club meets on Saturday between 10.30-11.30 for children aged 6-12 years and from 11.30-12.30 for those 13+. The meetings on Wednesday evening are from 5.30-6.30 for 6-12’s and from 6.30-7.30 for 13+. For further details contact 07587764950.


A reminder that North Craven Strollers meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm at the Millennium Gardens to enjoy a short stroll in the area. For details contact 01729 824537In  addition to weekly local walks we do Out of Town Specials also.


Settle Cricket Club is offering coaching to juniors every Friday evening at 6.30pm.  Both boys and girls from the age of 6 upwards are invited to come along and enrol and join in coaching sessions. Parents are welcome to use the club house during this time. Throughout the summer the club will field a range of teams in competitive matches and so there will be opportunities for players in  U9s, U11’s, U13’s, U15’s and U17’s.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, May 14 between 10-12.30pm at the Old Court House on Station Road.  There will be a warm welcome along with freshly ground coffee, tea, home made cakes and scones. All welcome.


A series of three workshops are planned for this summer and will take place at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate between 2-5pm on 14 May, 18 June and 16 July. The cost for each workshop is £20, or £54 if all three are booked together. They are aimed at anyone who is interested in learning how to play the fiddle in “folk style” (as opposed to classical violin) and an ability to read music is not essential to these sessions. The fee will cover tuition by a qualified and experienced professional, refreshments and copies of both sheet music and recordings of the music for you to take home to use to practice. For further details contact


This coming week, 15-21 May, is Christian Aid week. There will be a collection from house to house as well as a Tuesday collection outside The Naked Man. On Wednesday 18 May there will be a coffee evening at St Johns between 7-8.30pm.  Volunteers are needed to give up a few hours of their time to distribute and collect envelopes around the area during the house to house collection. The more volunteers the less work for everyone and the wider the area which can be covered.  If you can help then please contact 01729 822311. Help make a difference this year. Christian Aid does not work solely with Christians or in “Christian countries” – it  is an international development charity working with people, of all faiths and none, in around 50 countries, to eradicate poverty and fight against injustice.


The next group meeting will take place on May 16 at 7.30pm at Townhead Court and will be a lecture by Oliver Wright. Oliver is an award winning Leeds based full-time professional photographer – He has spent the winter being the Northern Lights guide at Abisco National Park in Sweden, well within the Arctic Circle. The evening will include a number of his stunning images taken during this winter, including Northern Lights, Winter scenery and artistic winter images. He will also include some of his favourite images from the UK. Members please note that there will be no gallery at this meeting. Visitors welcome.


The next Amnesty letter writing session will take place at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate on 18 May between 5-8pm. Individuals are invited to come along and write a letter to assist in Amnesty’s work. Details are provided of cases and help is given with letter writing. For further details contact – 01729 268912.


Settle Dementia Action Alliance is holding its launch event on May 20th between 1-4 at Victoria Hall. The aim is to bring together people who live or work in the town and to enable them to learn more about the part that they can play in helping people who are living with dementia, and their families, to remain valued members of the local community and to live to their full potential. By attending the event the you can find ways to make your business or organisation more dementia friendly, attend a dementia friend’s workshop and network with other businesses, organisations and individuals to support one another and share good practice. For details about the event or to find out more about the group contact Jane Cotton c/o Settle Victoria Hall.


The next big breakfast will take place at St Mary and St Michaels Church Hall on Sat 21 May at 8.30am. Tea / coffee are available from 8.15am with the breakfast & talk over by 9.30am This month’s speaker, appropriately for Christian Aid week is Shelagh Fawcett.

Shelagh is Christian Aid’s Regional Co-ordinator in Yorkshire. All welcome. Please book your places by Thurs 19 May to assist with catering. A full English breakfast is served at a cost of £3. Contact 01729 825285 / email: to book your place


On May 21st St John’s Methodist Church is holding a Beetle Drive at 6pm. This will be followed by a pie and pea supper. The event is open to everyone in the community of all ages and to visitors to the area and a fun, friendly evening is guaranteed. Vegetarian and special diet pies can be catered for by contacting 01729  824661 in advance (if possible).  Admission is free but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to help cover the cost of catering. All welcome.


The next club night will be on 21st May at Settle Social Club. There will be a range of floor singers and musicians and all are welcome from 9 onwards.


This year the CRO challenge, which raises funds for the Mountain and Cave rescue team covering the 3 peaks and Malham area, will take place on 22 May. Walkers and runners (the choice is yours!) are invited to take part and are asked to  raise at least £25 in sponsorship per person for the Ingleborough Marathon and £15 per person for the 12 mile Clapham Circuit.  To register visit


The town council invite all members of the community along to the annual parish meeting at Victoria Hall on 23 May at 7pm. This provides an opportunity for everyone to find out what the town council have been doing over the last year and to find out what plans are being considered for the forthcoming year. This is your chance to have your say and to ask questions. Wine and cheese will be served.


The next serving of Settle Soup will take place on 24 May at Victoria Hall starting at 6pm and running to 8pm. Settle Soup is a scheme where new ideas can receive start up funding. Four ideas have four minutes each in which to pitch their ideas for community projects and then this is voted on by the people present. The winner receives the takings from the evening to help them start their project.  The event is a mix of social gathering, micro fundraiser, grassroots ideas, Dragons Den – and Soup. Booking is essential for food so that we have an idea of the numbers! The concept is simple: a suggested donation of £4 on the door (£2 for under 18s) gives you a delicious meal of soup, bread, tea and a vote for your favourite local community project pitched on the night. To book a place or to discuss a project which you would like to pitch contact 07977 040329.


The club will next meet at Townhead Court on 25 May at 2pm when the speaker will be Andrew Willocks. Non members are welcome, admission £3, to what will be a fascinating and informative talk on “Harlow Carr from Past to Present.”


The next film showing at Victoria Hall, on May 25th at 7.45, will be Mia Madre (Classification 15 ) directed by Nanni Moretti. Morretti also directed “We have a Pope” which was very well received when shown earlier this year.  This film replaces the one previously advertised. The story focuses on middle-aged film director who is dealing with a number of conflicting demands on her time and facing crises at work dealing with her crew, a well known American star who is out of control while also coping with a separation from her partner, a troublesome teenage daughter and a critically ill mother.


Freda’s nursery and playgroup are holding their annual open day on 28 May between 2-4pm. All welcome.  Contact 01729 824884 for details.


On 4th May Settle W.I., meeting in the Catholic Hall instead of St John’s Methodist Hall, were privileged to receive Fr. Frank Smith who talked of his years as Prison Chaplain at Wetherby Young Offenders’ Unit. His rapport with the young was evident in his appeal to us. His work was serious but his humour shone through. Mary Hindle thanked him for describing a very challenging position.  Members voted to donate to Victoria Hall as we all use its facilities and it is in need of a new kitchen. Two resolutions were accepted to go forward for action. The raffle was drawn and then refreshments were enjoyed by all.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a social dance at Ingleton Community Centre on Saturday, June 18th when the music will be provided live by John Bowdler, the Blackpool Tower Organist. Tickets are now available from either the community centre or via 01729 822959/822364. Tickets cost £8, including supper. Please note there is no bar at this event so participants are invited to bring along their own drinks.


Settle Stories is holding a very special event in June when renowned Belgian storyteller and musician, Iwan Kushka, visits the town to present “True Moon Tales” a story-concert for adults. True Moon Tales are Half Truth Lies – welcome to the land of myth and true stories that never happened. Come and experience the ancient Indian Legend of ‘The Transported Heads’ – a tale in which two boys meet one girl and loose their hearts (and heads) in the process. A journey of poetic flight into the collective intelligence of the old tales in a highly atmospheric blend of story and music in Journeys into the Underworld, ecstatic lovers, death and rebirth, as Kushka brings with him the haunting sounds of the Iranian frame drum and the Armenian Duduk. He is joined by guitarist William Benzies and violinist Becky Doe. This event will take place on 24 June at the Royal Oak at 7.30pmYou may also like to attend Iwan’s workshop on Saturday 25th June 2016. See Settle Stories website for further details and tickets:


Shhh – don’t tell anyone but there will be a silent auction in Settle in June, providing a chance to invest not only in a piece of art but also in the future of the young people in the town. Settle Scouts are currently fund-raising to improve their Drill Hall premises to help not only local scouts but to also make them available to the community. They’ve teamed up with a number of local prominent and renowned artists for a special Silent Auction which will take place on 25 June between 11-5pm. There will be refreshments served throughout the day and arts and crafts for young people.



The annual safari supper will take place this year on 3 June and will commence in the church at 6.30pm before visiting a number of members homes. Tickets are £15 and as there will be limited numbers for this event early booking is advisable. Contact 01729 823899 for details.


Pupils will be treading the boards at the theatre in the coming weeks when the Junior school stage their production of “The Rocky Monster Show” on 19 & 20 May, complete with the ultimate rock group created by Baron Frankenstein’s descendant!  Rio comes to Giggleswick on 22 May when the senior students of the Northern Dance Centre bring “Carnival” to the theatre and perform classical ballet with a South American twist, along with samba drumming, carnival parade, salsa, jive and more. For further information contact: 01729 893180


There will be a community tidy-up at St Alkelda’s Church grounds on Saturday 21st May from 10am. Please come along and help tidy the grounds with us. There will be big jobs and small jobs, ranging from grass trimming, raking, cutting, compost turning, sweeping, rubbing down benches ready for treatment through to a little light weeding. There will be jobs for all! We have very few tools so please bring your own together with suitable safety equipment for the task in hand (gloves, suitable footwear, goggles and ear protectors if grass-trimming) and remember that all children must be closely supervised. Why not bring a picnic along and join us! If you are interested in becoming involved on a casual or more regular basis please contact 01729 822911 for more details.

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