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Planning is already underway for this year’s Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea in Settle. This annual event is open to all ages and costs £10 per head. It will take place in St John’s Hall between 11.45 – 4.45 and places can now be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138. Volunteers are also sought to help with preparing and serving meals and providing transport to the event. Those able to assist should contact Judith on the above number.


There will be a two guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line on Sat 31 October. The first of these is a Lazonby circular walk via Old Parks. This is a 10 mile moderate walk taking in Long Meg Stone Circle and leaving Lazonby at 9.45.  The second walk is a 15 mile strenuous walk from Hellifield to Settle via Malham, leaving Hellifield at 9.40. 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. Details can also be found at


From the end of October  goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open. These will then be transferred to a centre in Manchester from where they will be taken for distribution. If there is no-one on duty in the box office items can be placed behind the table curtain in the foyer. Goods required include tents, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, baby food (tinned and in jars) and tinned foods (no meats) especially beans, lentils, tuna and pulses. A tremendous thank you to all who have supported this effort to date.


Pupils in Settle have been telling pupils at Kwezana about how their recent Harvest Festival celebration. They explained that The Harvest Festival is when we thank God for all the food and crops grown on are land. Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives us and to share our food with people who are less fortunate than us. Members of Year 6 also wrote prayers for the Harvest assembly at the parish church. Settle Primary is also preparing for the the upcoming visit of one of the teachers from  Kwezana, Zukie Buwa, who teaches Xhosa, Social science and Life orientation.  She will be arriving in Settle on on November 6th and will be in Settle until November 16th, spending a week in school working with pupils and staff.


November offers a positive cornucopia of goodies, with all manner of delights on offer, beginning on November 1st with First Sunday Folk featuring Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country.  November 7th is the turn of the Jon Palmer Acoustic band, a six-piece folk, roots and rock’n’roll combo. The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin and drums. Jez Lowe and Steve Tilson bring their “Writes and Songs” tour to Settle on November 15. Two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for an evening filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Skerryvore bring their unique blend of Scottish & Irish traditional celtic music fused with the urban sounds of rock and funk back to the hall on November 18.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


The next meeting will be on November 2nd at 7.30pm at Townhead Court when the theme will be  “Getting it right in Camera” This will take the form of a discussion of some of the techniques to get our photos better without the need to spend ages in front of a computer – or for those who don’t use Photoshop etc, to improve their output from a better understanding of cameras.. The  members gallery for the evening will be  “It’s Nature”.


There will be a coffee morning on November 3rd at St John’s Methodist Church from 10am -noon. Money raised at this event will support the work of the Methodist Church in Sierra Leone with victims of Ebola and also those in need in Nepal following the earthquake.  All welcome.


Commencing on 3 November, Freda’s playgroup will hold a toddlers’ session between 9.30-10.30am. This will operate during term time only and will offer a range of activities. This is open to all and is a free session.


Many thanks to everyone who gave up their time to help at our latest Give and Take Event on 24 October. Once again this was a great success. The next Eco Nite will be held at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 4th November, at The Royal Oak and we look forward to seeing you there.


Artists Linda Clemence and Liz Smart are celebrating their 10th annual Art and Coffee event at the Friends Meeting House in Settle. Original paintings, sketches and cards will be available together coffee and homemade biscuits. The event runs from Thursday 5th November (1-4.30pm) and then on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November 10am -4.30pm on both days. All welcome.


A Christmas market organised by Jack’s Journey in aid of Brain Tumour research will be held at St John’s Hall on 7 November.  The event will host a number of stalls including local companies, Sew to Soul, Sugar Rush butter fudge, Picalilly children’s wear, Pigtails children’s wear, Lay of the Land and Ben’s Woodwork. There will also be a raffle and a cakestall.


The next charity dance will take place at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, November 7th from 8-11pm. If possible please contact 01729 823259 /824038 by Friday 6 November to confirm attendance. All proceeds from this event will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


North Craven Flower Club will be holding a demonstration session at Victoria Hall on 10 November. Entitled “Christmas Greetings” the evening will be led by John Dalton and will commence at 7.30pm. Please note that admission is by ticket only for this event. Tickets cost £8 and can be obtained via  01282 842467.  There will be a bar and a raffle at the event. Doors will open at 6.30 to allow those attending to purchase items from the sales table.


Churches Together in Settle and District Justice and Peace Group are hosting a talk by Andrew Sayer on November 11th at Friends Meeting House. Entitled “Why we can’t afford the rich” it promises to be a thought provoking evening.  Professor Sayer is currently a professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University. The meeting will commence at 7pm with tea and biscuits for a 7.30pm start.


A letter can save a life and can make a huge difference in the world. Amnesty International Letter Writing Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each mont between5.30-8.30pm at Friends Meeting House. These are drop in sessions and people are invited to come along for around half an hour and write letters. Information and advice will be available re content. The next session is on 18 November. For further details contact 01729 268912.



On 21 November, Settle Orchestra is holding an hour long family friendly concert at Settle College, commencing at 7pm. The programme for this event has been designed especially with children in mind and will include Humperdinck’s Overture to ‘Hänsel und Gretel’, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Williams: Star Wars The Phantom Menace  and Bizet’s: Habañera and Toreador’s song from Carmen. Admission to this family concert is free, and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, but seats can be booked in advance by emailing On 28 November there will be a concert at Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm. The programme for this concert will include all of the above plus Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op.46. Tickets for the Skipton concert can be obtained from Alternatively, they are available from Orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or contacting 01729 825806.



On November 5th join Giggleswick pupils and staff as they pay tribute to the musical theatre through the decades in “A Night at the Musicals”. From contemporary hits to classic heartbreakers there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. On November 8th, community cinema will be showing Disney Pixar animation “Inside Out” (cert U) . This will commence at 3.30pm.  The photography of  local wildlife photographers Tony and Carol Dilger takes centre stage in the foyer gallery when their new exhibition “Just Two Clicks” opens on November 1st. Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


The church is currently appealing for new choir members in all parts of the church choir. There is choral evensong once a month and 11am services on Sunday in addition to 1 hour’s practice on Tuesday. Those interested should contact 01524251388 for further details.




First released as a film in the 1960’s Thoroughly Modern Millie was then turned into a stage show. Based in New York in 1922 it tells the tale of Millie Dillmount, a Kansas girl who has come to New York determined to make her way as a “modern girl” and to find a wealthy husband.  Unfortunately the stage show was unable to offer the special effects of the film screen and lacking any really memorable musical numbers fell between two stools, being neither a full blown spoof of the 1920s nor part of the hard-hitting musical genre of the late 1960’s. The storyline is vapid and the songs  for the most part instantly forgettable. However, what does raise this production is the spin which the producer has put on the show and the amazingly talented cast with which she has been blessed. The trio of young leads are on sparkling form throughout and as Millie, Molly Summersgill-Smith is both engaging and feisty, blending naivety with charm. She also has tremendous stage presence and can certainly sing up a storm, as was very apparent in her solo numbers with “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” being particularly powerful not just in terms of volume but also interpretation.  Playing opposite her is newcomer, Matthew Nutting, who clearly is a man of many talents. The interplay between the two characters was good and there was a strong sense of partnership in their work.  Alice Syms made a magnificent Miss Dorothy Brown,  singing enthusiastically and dancing with ease. As Trevor Graydon, Steven Lawson seems to have found his niche moving gracefully into the comic roles with a great sense of timing and clearly more than happy to “let himself go!” The same is true of Ann Harding, a former romantic lead who has now progressed to character parts and while slightly shaky on opening night will undoubtedly develop as the week progresses.  Another revelation was Gillian Cannon as the villainous Mrs Meers, making a smooth transition from chorus to leading role with great confidence. Particular congratulations should go to the producer Pat Harding who took a gamble on a difficult show and made it her own by use of clever staging, a deftness of touch with comic moments and a clear vision for the production throughout. It is tightly controlled and choreographed with some inventive ideas and brilliant use of synchronised movements at times. The orchestra has also become an integral part of the show, rather than simply an accompaniment, with some witty use of percussion in the typing scenes. It is very apparent that the future of Settle Amateur Operatic Society is both secure and in good hands when the cast includes so many young members who have come through the ranks from the youth theatre and there are active and experienced “old stagers” in place to continue to support and encourage them.

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