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On 25 July Toyah Wilcox will perform here acoustic “close up and personal” show.  The music of the 50s-70s will be on offer when The Nightriders take to the stage on July 26th and on July 27th there will be a production of Wind in the Willows by Pendle Producations. The month is rounded off by TRAMPS showing of the Italian film “Il Ladro Di Bambini” on July 30th. On August 2nd there will be a chance to dance the evening away with Andy Kershaw’s Global Dance Night, commencing at 8pm.    Over the summer there will be a special season of family films, shown in conjunction with TRAMPS. The first of these is “Matilda” on 6 August then on 30 August there will be a showing of “Babe”. “One hundred and one dalmations” will be shown on 3 September.  All of the family films start at 7pm and cost £5 for adults and £4 for under 13s. A family ticket is available for £15. Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 82571801729 825718.


Come along to 30 Sandholme Close on 26 July and join in a tea party to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The party will run from 10-4pm and there will also be a tombola, raffle, bran tub and cake stall.


Over recent weeks flowerpot people and creatures have been popping up all over the town – now there is a chance to follow the flower pot trail and do a flower pot quiz with sheets available from outlets across the town. Sheets cost £1 and are on sale at the Tourist Information Centre, Lay of the Land, Lamberts newsagents, The Playbarn, The House that Jack Built, Speight and Watsons, Sweet Corner and The Folly. The trail will run throughout August.


Local poet, John Garth Raubenheimer, is once again offering his services to local groups as an entertainer. In his new entertainment entitled ” A poetry reading between two songs” he will share both new and older work chiefly from his book “The Voyage from Me to You”.  John provides his services to raise funds for SANE, a charity helping people affected by mental illness. For details contact 01729 82561101729 825611 or 07960708886.

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A reminder that there are currently two local exhibitions being staged at The Folly. The first, ‘War Beckons’: tracks how the people of North Craven prepared for war in 1914 and includes memorabilia loaned by local families..On Monday the 28th July  there will be a talk by James Fry entitled “Training and Trenches” which will detail the  archaeological investigations into the legacy that can be found locally, for example a pair of suspected First World War 1 training trenches in the grounds of Giggleswick school. This fascinating session starts at 7pm and tickets as usual are £7 and can be booked by phone on 01729 82289301729 822893The Folly is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm  and on Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm


As part of a campaign to discourage cycle theft, North Yorkshire Police are offering free bicycle security marking. This service will be available  between 10.30am -2pm on 29 July and August 12th in Whitefriars car park.


Advance notice of this summer’s holiday club organised by Churches Together in Settle and District. This will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings on 12-14 August between 10am to noon each day. The venue is St John’s Church Hall and this time the club will have a cops and robbers theme.  The event if free for 5-11 year olds. For details contact 01729 82231101729 822311.


Settle Bowling Club are running their “non-bowlers” annual doubles competition on Sunday, 3 August starting at 11am. This competition is known as the “Novice Shield” and is sponsored by Settle Social Club. it is open to players of any age. Entry is £5 per pair. There are cash prizes for first, second and third. Bowling woods are supplied by the club. Pie and peas are provided at a small cost. Anyone wishing to enter please contact John Chambers on 01729 82578301729 825783 or Tiger at Settle Social club on 01729 82326601729 823266. This is a fun competition and all are welcome.


The next charity dance will be at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on Saturday, August 2nd from 8pm to 11.30pm.  Please let us know by Friday 1st August if you can attend by contacting 0`729 823259/824038. All proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care.


Giggleswick WI invite you to join them for a strawberry cream tea in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care on August 2nd at Friend’s Meeting House, Settle. The event will run from 2-4pm and admission is £3. The event has been sponsored by Rodda’s cream.


Pupils in year 6 this week have been bidding farewell to friends in Kwezana as they move up to Settle College after the holiday..They explained that they had been given  autograph books for friends and teachers to sign and that they were holding a special leavers assembly. Staff too are on the move and  Miss Ratcliffe, who last summer visited Kwezana, said goodbye prior to taking up a new post in Skipton. There has also been a chance to talk about holiday plans and Milly wrote about her recent trip to Malaysia and Singapore.


North Craven Strollers Walking for Health group will be celebrating their fifth birthday with a stroll around Halton Gill at the end of July. The group is part of the national Walking for Health scheme and was set up to provide easy, gentle walks in North Craven.”Over the five years we’ve been operating we’ve built up a group of over 60 people” explained chairman Dan Bavington. “Our usual walks are about an hour with a shorter walk to accommodate people who may feel they don’t have much range in their legs”. As well as weekly walks starting in Settle, the group also runs fortnightly ones at Gargrave and Hellifield. Dan continued: “We have a number of walkers who find they want to walk with company to give them confidence, or they might be after recovering from an illness or operation. Some join us because they are stepping down from hiking long distances and open terrain, or they are trying to regain their fitness”.This year’s birthday party walk will be on Wednesday 29th July, meeting at the millennium Gardens in Settle to leave at 1.30pm. The group will share cars to get to Halton Gill and then enjoy a birthday picnic with tea and cakes. On 13th August there’ll be a mystery walk and then a walk around Coniston Cold on 27th August. Walking for Health is a national initiative run under the auspices of The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Care. There are around 600 groups nationally with around 60,000 walkers and 5,000 volunteer leaders. There are three Walking for Health groups in the Craven area, based in Settle, Skipton and Cross Hills, all run and led by volunteersNorth Craven Strollers weekly walks of about an hour take place from Settle Millennium Gardens at 1.30pm, and every other Thursday morning from Gargrave or HellifieldFor more details contact North Craven Strollers on 01729 82453701729 824537, or Jean Maxwell on 01756 74885101756 748851



Giggleswick Horticultural Society’s 73rd annual show will be held on Saturday, 9th August at Giggleswick Junior School Pavilion.  The show, which is open to the public at 1.30pm, will be officially opened at 2pm by Emma Lonsdale who is British Freestyle Skiing Champion and who represented Britain in this year’s Winter Olympics.  Admission is £1.50 for adults and free for children. Schedules and entry forms are now available from Lamberts Newsagents, Speight and Watson Newsagents, Settle Tourist Information Centre, Lay of the Land, The Garden Shed and The Tuck Shop, Giggleswick. Any profits from the show are donated to local charities and last year £700 was distributed amongst five charities.


Giggleswick WI invite you to join them in the Parish Rooms on 7 August for a baking demonstration with Mike the master baker.  The evening will start at 7.30pm and is open to all, members and non-members (of both sexes) are welcome.

GIGGLESWICK PRIMARY SCHOOL This week saw a number of changes at the school as not only did the Year 6 pupils move on to Settle College, Mrs. Mundell, who has been a part-time Advanced Teaching Assistant at our school for 10 years, also left to take up a full-time teaching post at Giggleswick Junior School. .The recent transfer day was very successful with all our Y6 pupils  transferring to Settle College and were confident to spend their day as Y7s; all the other year groups also moved to their new year groups confidently. Our current Y1 and Reception pupils did an excellent job when they hosted the final familiarisation visit and lunch for our new September entrants on the morning of Transfer Day. All pupils in KS2 on the afternoon of Transfer Day enjoyed a concert for KS2 pupils within the locality, given by the North Yorkshire Schools’ Orchestra and Choir, on their week’s residential at Giggleswick School Thanks to everyone who supported the pupils with our production of “One Hundred” at Richard Whiteley Theatre on Wednesday evening. Thank you to all parents who contributed towards the cost of the excellent WW1 workshop and helped KS2 pupils come suitably dressed in 1914-style clothing. Thanks to Mrs. Richardson, pupils enjoyed a WW1-style school meal and spent the day participating in marching drills, an interactive timeline, finding out about life in WW1 trenches, learning about life as a stretcher bearer and doing some bandaging; they were also given a 1914-1918 penny as a souvenir of their day. Well done to all participants! There was great participation in the recent Sport-S-Cool Football course and congratulations to all pupils who took part, as well as the two pupils who received trophies: Aaron Hird for being well-mannered, for working hard and for his positive, helpful attitude and Caitie Birkett-Bentley for great participation and for being so organised and helpful with her coaching skills. There was an excellent level of participation in this recent cluster schools’ Kwik Cricket event, with the pupils from Y4 – Y6 taking part, accompanied by Mrs. Birkett-Bentley and we are grateful to Mrs. Shepherd and Mrs. Monks for their help, as well..Across KS2, there is a high level of participation in extra-curricular sports and some excellent sporting behaviour shown in these activities and during P.E. lessons. As pupils become more skilled, they are also encouraged to develop their coaching and leadership skills. Once again, staff who teach P.E. and work with pupils on sports’ activities have chosen a Y6 pupil who has participated in the whole range of sports’ events, shown excellent leadership and coaching skills, outstanding achievement in swimming, very good achievement in gymnastics, dance and sport and shown very good sporting behaviour. This year, Caitie Birkett-Bentley was awarded the Ward Shield for Sport Endeavour, which was presented to her following our Sports’ Morning; her name will be added to the shield, which is displayed in the Hall entrance. Well done, Caitie!  Well done to all pupils from Y2 – Y6, who performed in the orchestra at the instrumentalists’ concert and to all the instrumentalists who also gave good performances. The Giggleswick Primary School Music Award for excellent involvement in a range of musical performances within school, the local community and beyond and for her talented accordion playing skills was awarded this year to Caitie Birkett-Bentley.

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