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FRIENDS OF SETTLE-CARLISLE LINE The Friends of the Settle – Carlisle Line will be holding their Christmas Open Day at Settle Station on Saturday, 10 December. 2011.  There will be the usual warm mince pies, Christmas cake and sherry or soft drinks, together with live music.  The station shop will be open selling Christmas cards, calendars and many gift ideas.  Tea, coffee etc. will be available from the Settle-Carlisle Development Company’s trolley on the platform or in the foyer, depending on the weather. This is an annual event which is enjoyed by passengers and visitor alike.  For many local people, it is an enjoyable event to which they much look forward. The Open Day runs from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm.  Refreshments are available on both platforms in the morning and on the Leeds-bound side (in the Information Room) all day.  There is heating in all areas of the station.  An additional attraction will be the launch of an updated reprint of an Historic 1976 Map of the Line, comprising not only the map but a Line Gradient, Distance Tables and much additional information.  Be one of the first to  buy one of these pieces of History.



Thanks to everyone who supported our stall at Victoria Hall on November 26th. We will  be holding our usual punch and parkin stall at the annual Christmas Light switch-on event on December 3rd, so do pop along and support us and buy a drink to warm up and purchase raffle tickets for our Christmas hamper.  Over the coming weeks the church is hosting some special Christmas events to which the whole community is warmly invited. The first of these takes place on 4 December at 7.30pm when there will be a concert at the church featuring Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band. The programme at this event will include a number of seasonal favourites.  There will be more family fun on December 7 with a Christmas Family Bingo night at Settle Social Club with eyes down at 7.30pm.  Quiz buffs will be pleased to know that the annual brain-teaser “Andy’s Quiz” is now on sale at a number of outlets around the town – guaranteed value for money at £2, this provides hours of intellectual challenge and fun and you have until March to complete it for a chance to win part of the £75 total prize money!



Following on from previous years successful Christmas day dinner it is proposed to arrange a similar event this year, based either at St John’s or at Townhead. Volunteers are needed to help plan this event and to work on the day. It is hoped that this event will be open to all ages and it is anticipated that the cost will be in the region of £15 for adults and £10 for children. Transport will be arranged for those who are unable to reach the venue. If you are able to help arrange the event, help on the day or would like to attend the event please contact Judith on 01729 822138 as soon as possible.



The current Landscape Art of Yorkshire,Lancashire and Cumbria exhibition runs until 17 December and provides  an opportunity to see and purchase original work by a number of artists from the three counties and follows on from the show held last winter. Artists represented include: Norman Adams, Michael Bennett, David Cook, Frank Gordon, Michael Hipkins, Katharine Holmes, Debbie Loane, Karen Lloyd, Phil Morseman, David Morris, Janet Swailes, Margaret Uttley, Shawn Williamson, Marjan Wouda. This year’s exhibition has two special displays of paintings:Chris Rigby – The winner of the first prize in the “Open up North” exhibition organised by the Brewery Arts Centre Kendal and Watercolour paintings of Horton in Ribblesdale by Vivien John (1915 – 1994) -the youngest daughter of the painter Augustus and Dorelia John. The gallery is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday between 11am – 3pm.



Santa Claus has got a busy month ahead and he will again be making sure that the children in the area can get in touch with him. From 1st December onwards he will be visiting villages in the area and will have a post-box on his sleigh so that children can post their letters to him. Please make sure you 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.-4p.m. on each Saturday throughout the month. On Thursday 1st December he will be in  Duke Street and Cammock Lane in Settle and on Friday 2nd he will be in Hellifield. On Saturday 3rd December he’ll be in store at Booths morning and afternoon and then head up to the Market place for the Settle Switch on event at 3pm. On  Monday 5th December he will visit Long Preston returning to Hellifield on the 6th. On Wednesday 7th December he returns to Settle and will tour  Mill Close, Northfields then move to upper Settle and Longdale avenue on 8th and back to Settle Co-op on 10th. On Monday 12 he will be in Austwick and Clapham and visit  Rathmell and Wigglesworth on 13th. On 14th he will be in Townhead and Church Street area of Settle before heading to Langcliffe on 15th and Giggleswick on 16 and spending 17th in store at Watershed Mill. On Monday 19 he will tour the Mains and Stackhouse before visiting Horton and Stainforth on December 20th.



Settle Cricket Club are holding a grand auction of promises on December 2nd and the bidding starts at 7.30pm. There are a tremendous array of items up for auction and this could be your chance to make someone’s Christmas dreams come true. Items available include a week’s holiday in a villa in the Algarve, signed football shirts, hampers, tickets for football matches, meals at local restaurants, a chance to own a slave for a day and a range of local produce.


Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate is the venue  for a Christmas Fair raising funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Saturday, December 3rd between 10-12noon.  There will be refreshments available and a tombola.



Local choristers Langcliffe Singers are performing Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata and Christmas Carols at Christ Church in Skipton on 3 December at 7.30pm. There will be joined in this performance by members of Settle Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and young people from Skipton Music Centre.  Tickets cost £10 and are available from Settle Music and Cave and Crag in Settle.



There will be a sale of Christmas cakes and chutney at the Admin 24 building in Station Road on December 3rd between 12-3,45. All welcome.



Settle’s Christmas Light Switch On will take place this year on 3 December and promises to be bigger and better than ever. There will be free parking in town throughout the day and there will be Winter Wonderland displays in the shop windows. There will be a range of charity stalls and food stalls on the market place from 3-5pm with live entertainment on stage by local schools. Santa will arrive in the market place to take up his place in his grotto at 3pm and the lights will switch on at 4pm. There will be a family disco afterwards in Victoria Hall from 6.30pm with admission £2 for adults and £1 for children. A new attraction this year will be an ice rink in Ashfield car-park on December 2nd from 3.30-8pm and then on Saturday 3rd from 12-9pm.  There will also be food and drink available at the ice-rink both days.



Dalehead Veterinary Group  are running a Christmas charity dog walk in aid of  local animal rescue charity, Bentham and District Pet Rescue. The walk will take place on Sunday 4th December 2011 at 10.30am for an 11am start from the surgery on Station Road, Settle (opposite Settle Railway Station).   Entry is £5 per family and donations/sponsorship is welcome.  Choose between a short stroll and a longer leg stretch, all welcomed back with mulled wine, tea, coffee, mince pies and cakes for the human participants plus treats for the canine ones!  There will be a Christmas fancy dress competition for both dogs and walkers with prizes for the best dressed!  Non pet owners, friends and family all welcome – why not bring your neighbour’s dog!?   For more information, sponsorship forms or to register your place please call Sophie at the Settle surgery on 01729 823538 or pop in and see Karen at the Bentham Surgery.


Settle Stompers are holding a line dance and afternoon tea at St John’s Hall on 4 December between 2-6pm. Admission is £5 with all proceeds to local charities.



Giggleswick and Settle Brass band are holding a concert at Settle Parish Church on December 4th at 7.30pm. Admission is £6 (£5 concessions) and there will be a raffle and refreshments. The programme will include a number of seasonal favourites.



Settle Voices Community Choir will sing in Hellifield Station Tea Rooms on Friday, 9th December at 7.30pm as part of a Christmas Music and Readings Evening. Money raised at this concert will be donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The Settle Voices choir will also be singing at Settle Station on Saturday, 10th December at 10.45a.m as part of the station’s open day. 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. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771



An exciting and varied December programme starts on December 1st with a concert by singer songwriter Martyn Joseph.  His music ranges from rock to blues, jazz, funk folk and Americana.  The music in the spotlight on December 2nd is strictly Liverpudlian with a performance by the Backbeat Beatles.  On December 8th the DH Lawrence classic supernatural story, “The Rocking Horse Winner” gets the North Country Theatre Company treatment in this adaptation by Nobby Dimon.   The World Cinema Film nights continue on Wednesday 14 December with “Of Gods and Men” a film in French with English subtitles loosely based on the 1993 events in Tibhirine, Algeria and the subsequent kidnapping of a group of Cistercian monks.  The eclectic and eccentric mix that is Belshazzar’s Feast return on 17 December as part of their Christmas Tour and as true festive delight is served up on 22 December with a family pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Pocket Panto.  For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.



An intimate concert featuring The Moonbeams who sing Songs from the Dales with the heart and soul of folk, will take place on 10 December in Poppies Café, Bishopdale Court. Arranged by Settle Music tickets cost £7, including buffet (bar extra) and are available from Poppies and Settle Music on 01729 825838.  The concert will commence at 7.30pm


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them in a seasonal coffee morning at The Old Courthouse on 10 December, between 10-12.30. Mince pies and Christmas cake will be served and there will also be a small number of charity stalls on the day.


On Saturday December 10th there will be a Yuletide Event at The Folly between 10.00-12.00noon. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served with seasonal words and music being performed. Entry is free with refreshments costing £3.00









Giggleswick Primary School Cookbook is now available (from school at the moment but hopefully other places about town) for sale at £3.00, all proceeds to the school.  This would make an ideal stocking filler and is packed full of favourite recipes, all of which have been kindly donated by pupils, family and friends of GPS. On December 3rd,  pupils from the school will be participating in the entertainment programme by singing at the Settle Christmas Lights Switch on



There will be a St Nicolas Fair on December 3rd and 4th with a range of stalls and ideas for Christmas stocking fillers and gifts and a chance to meet the great man himself. . Admission is free and refreshments are available. The fair will be open from 10-4pm on Saturday 3rd and from 12-4 on Sunday 4th. All welcome.


The gallery in the foyer is currently hosting an exhibition of wildlife photography by Tony and Carol Dilger. This is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm. RAW showcases a collection of stunning nature photographs from the walls of the Dales to the wilds of Africa, including striking images from their recent assignment in  Kruger National Park as well as reflections on the delicate and colourful aspects of Africa.   On December 1st and 2nd the students at the school present “Into the Woods”: Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece which combines well-known fairy tales with some more biting comment on the human journey.  An evening of music and words for Christmas will be staged in Giggleswick Chapel featuring the school chapel choir, the orchestra and other ensembles and soloists.  For details of times and tickets contact RWT box office on email: Tel: 01729 893180

press release: gallery on the green

Three Kings come bearing gifts to Settle’s Gallery on the Green


Visitors to Settle’s Gallery on the Green are in for a treat. For a special Christmas exhibition, the Gallery have enlisted the skills of the Settle Flagmakers, who are creating a themed installation, featuring ‘stained glass window’ panels and a tableau of three kings. For visiting children, there will be an extra surprise to make the walk up the hill worthwhile.


Visitors are invited to bring their own cards, drawings or writings to add to the display, in what promises to be one of the Gallery’s most unusual events.


The exhibition will be launched to coincide with the Settle Lights Switch On, which takes place in the Market Place on December 3rd.


The exhibition will run until  Twelfth Night and be taken down on 7th January 2012.  Full details of how to find the Gallery can be found through Settle Tourist Information Centre or on the website



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