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Water Tower, Settle

Mark Rand and his wife Pat’s dreams of converting a water tower on the Settle-Carlisle railway line faces a battle with the planners which threatens to de-rail the whole project.

Next Episode: Thu 16 Feb, 9PM on Channel 4



Settle Voices Community Choir meets in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate every Monday  from 1pm to 3pm. There is an annual fee of £5 plus £4 per session. New members are welcome. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771





In-tuition Dance is currently conducting research into whether there is demand for dance classes in Settle and area.  The ethos of the group is to ensure that classes are fun and enjoyable regardless of age and experience. To gauge the market questionnaires are available on-line via In-Tuition Dance’s Facebook page or in paper format from Settle Music, Settle Library and Settle Health Centre or you can carry out a phone questionnaire at 01729 823251 or call into Café Bar 13 today,  16 February, to chat to Cindy Haynes about the planned sessions.



Throughout the year the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line organise free guided walks through the countryside along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and the Leeds-Lancaster and Morecambe lines. These walks are led by the volunteers from the Friends. Packed lunches are required for the walks and waterproofs and dry clothing are recommended. Prior booking is not necessarily required, simply turn up on the day at the station where the walk commences.  There will be a Lancaster circular walk on 18 Feb. This will be a 13 mile moderate walk and participants should alight at Lancaster, on the Morecambe line, at 10.12 am.  On 25 Feb there will be a 7.5 mile moderate walk from Clapham to Settle via the Craven Ridge, departing from Clapham at 9.33 am. and a 14 mile moderately strenuous walk from Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen departing  from Garsdale at 10.21am. For further details contact website at




Connie Lush and Blues Shouter will take to the stage on 17 February and Moishe’s Bagel return on 25 February offering musical treats for a variety of tastes.  More music in March with appearances by jazz masters The Quention Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet on 10 March and Led Zepplin sound-a-likes “Whole Lotta Led” on 17 March. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.



The new priest in charge of Settle, Giggleswick and Rathmell has now moved to the area and Reverend Hilary Young will officially take up her post following her licensing service this evening,  16 February. This will take place at 7.30pm at St Alkelda’s and is an open service to which all residents of the three parishes are invited. On 19 February Settle Parish Church are planning to hold our Snowdrop Sunday event, a chance to visit the church and wander through the magnificent display of snowdrops in the churchyard. The church will be open between 12-4pm serving home-made refreshments throughout the afternoon. In the meantime tubs of snowdrop bulbs will be on sale every Tuesday morning at the coffee morning from 10am-noon.



The next Settle Big Breakfast will take place on 18 February at Friends Meeting House at 8.30am with coffee and tea available from 8.15. The speaker will be Ann Algie. Ann is well known to many people in Settle for her involvement, over many years, in various community activities ranging from Eco-nite to the TownCouncil. Her subject for this talk is “Growing with Grace”. Admission is £3, including a full cooked breakfast. To book your breakfast contact 825285.


Settle’s traditional 3 Peaks Folk Club will meet on 18 February in Settle Social Club for a free evening of song with local floor singers and musicians. All are welcome. The evening commences at 9pm.



The group will next meet at 7.30pm on 20 February at their new location in Townhead Court.  The meeting will include a member’s  gallery on the theme of “Winter” and a the second part of the illustrated talk on “Looking at Pictures”. Members are also reminded that those planning to submit entries, prints and projected images, for the YPU exhibition need to bring these along to this session.


There will be an introductory talk session on meditation at Friends Meeting House on 21 February between 7-8pm.  This is a free session and it will be followed by 4  Tuesday evening sessions  as part of a 4 week meditation course.  This course does not impose beliefs and no belief system in required. For details contact 015242 41377 / 07821 251735.



On Tuesday 21 February the Giggleswick and Settle branch of the Mothers’ Union invite you to come along to Settle Parish Church between 10.15-2pm to enjoy pancakes galore! There will be traditional and exotic fillings, both sweet and savoury and all at £2.50 per pancake and drink.  All proceeds will got to the Mothers’ Union “Make a Mother’s Day “ projects.



The club will meet on 22 February at 2pm at Townhead Court when the speaker will be Peter Foley. The subject of Peter’s talk will be “Hardy Plants for Cold Places”. Non members welcome.



The strollers meet on Wednesdays at 1.30 at the Millennium Gardens to undertake walks of approx 1-1.5 hours in the area. All are welcome and the idea is to have walks which are accessible to all and which can be undertaken at your own speed.  There are also walks out of area and the next of these is on 22 February  which will be a trip to Long Preston . As this will require car-sharing spaces are limited so please book in advance by contacting  01729 824537.


The next blood donor session will take place in St John’s Hall on 23 February. The afternoon session will run from 2.30-4pm and the evening session from 5-7.30pm. Please contact 0300 123 23 23 for an appointment.



Renowned folk duo, Keepers Fold have reformed for a visit to Settle and will be performing in a concert at Settle Social Club “For Old Times’ Sake” on 24 February. Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £6, available from 01729 825227 or from Settle Social Club bar.



The February Workshop craft session will take place on 25 February between 10-12noon at Friends Meeting House. The craft will be Woldboro work – the art of making 3D wool pictures. Session costs £8 including basic materials. To reserve a place contact 824386, evenings only.



To mark the 10th anniversary of Freda’s Playgroup there will be a race-night and disco at Settle Social Club on 25 February. This will commence at 7.30 with the first race taking place at 8pm.  Tickets cost £3 or £5 for two. For details contact 824884.



Plain Quakers theatre group will visit Settle on 26 February as part of their tour with a new play, “The Chocolate Paradox” which looks at questions of pleasure, principle and profit in the world of modern global financial skulduggery; as well as examining the role of George Cadbury of chocolate fame. The performance takes place in Friends Meeting House at 2pm and tickets are £5 (£2.50) students, including refreshments. For tickets contact 822313.


Places are still available on the craft day, Wednesday 29th February, 1 – 4pm.  Choose from feltmaking, knitting techniques, using beads, and fabric brooches.  Cost £10 inc. refreshments.  Contact Joy Calvert (824340) for details. The Ingleborough Group of WIs is holding a buffet and shopping evening at Watershed Mill on Friday 9th March.  Cost £7 includes buffet supper and 10% off goods purchased on the night.The next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday 7th March.  Val Gladman will talk about ACWW- Associated Country Women of the World – and there will also be a raffle.


The theme for this year’s women’s world day of prayer is “Let Justice Prevail” and the programme has been compiled by the women of Malaysia. This year’s meeting will take place at Settle Parish Church on 2 March at 7.30pm and the speaker will be Rev Hilary Young



You are invited to make a date for a spring treat  and come along to dance to the music of John Bowdler, Blackpool Tower Organist.  The dance will take place at Settle College on 17 March and tickets cost £7.50. Tickets are limited and sell quickly so ensure you book early by contacting 01729 824038/822364






On 19 February there will be a performance at 2.30pm by Lawrence Speck of “Once upon a time up the road”; a show for children and families inspired by traditional story-telling and puppetry techniques. On Saturday 25th there will be an acoustic evening featuring Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton; Richmond based 17 year old  Pip  Mountjoy who is currently part of the BBC Introducing programme and a return visit by Old Giggleswickian songwriter Tom Figgins. There will be an opportunity toe hear film-maker and writer Matt Dickinson speak on the subject of “Scaling  Everest, amongst other things! ” on 27 February. This free lecture commences at 7pm. Matt Dickinson specializes in films about the wild places and the indigenous people of the world. He has a passion for adventure that has so far taken him to almost one hundred countries, including expeditions to the Sahara Desert, Greenland, and the jungles of South America and in 1996, amid the worst weather conditions on record, together with Alan Hinkes, Britain’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer, he made a successful ascent of Mount Everest’s notorious north side, one of the more technically demanding climbs on the world’s highest peak. Details of all other times and tickets via 01729  893180 or online at



Pupils from the school took part in the local Accession Service at St Alkelda’s Church on Monday 6 February. This was the first time that both Giggleswick Primary School l and Giggleswick Junior School have participated jointly in an activity and the Service was well-received by the congregation. Congratulations to all participants! On Monday 20th the school will start a new venture with the opening of a Savings Club. This will be open from 8.45 – 9.15am.  On Wednesday, 22nd February, Mrs. Ng (our newly-appointed Community Governor) and the St. Alkelda’s team, who usually run the after-school club, are inviting any pupils who would like to join them for a Pancake Party. This will involve games and other activities relating to pancakes, including eating them!


On a bitterly cold night the idea of a play which evokes summer seemed like a good idea – even if it were a summer where things didn’t go as planned. Unfortunately, the play didn’t seem to go as planned either!  Trailed as funny and heart-warming I sadly felt that it was neither. It should have been, and the underlying idea of the culture clash when two different worlds collide and a liberal arty student takes on a summer job where his only companion is an unskilled artisan with Neanderthal attitudes certainly holds promise. But somehow it just failed to deliver and the play said nothing new. The central idea that student Dave had been desperately in love with his flat-mate and best friend Sarah similarly was unconvincing as there was no real chemistry between the two actors, and the fact that she would end up having a fling with workmate Melvyn was so obvious in terms of plotting that it meant there was no real tension in the second half. Slip-shod direction meant that the first half lost pace as it progressed and the device whereby the central character stepped out of role to narrate as author of the play became increasingly tedious as his delivery of the commentary lacked any real pensive quality.  On a positive note the set was cleverly designed and versatile and the technical aspects, lighting and sound were used well to underscore the changes in mood and create atmosphere. There were also some moments which created a few laughs and some excellent throwaway lines of dialogue, but it was all too self-conscious and self-indulgent to be absorbing. The overall effect was of someone trying too hard to be funny and I swiftly found that I lost any interest in what were essentially two dimensional caricatures rather than rounded characters – consequently I ended up feeling not particularly concerned about what happened to any of them. A pity, as the 3 person cast were not without talent. This was particularly the case with Fiona Organ who worked hard to differentiate the various female roles and did produce some interesting cameos. The nagging problem was that although theoretically the play should have worked you got the feeling that any novelty and spark had long since evaporated from the production, leaving it little more than a collection of dated clichés.



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