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On the annual Learn to Play day music shops nationally open their doors to offer a free lesson on a variety of instruments. Settle Music will again be taking part in this event on March 16. The lessons are aimed at people who have never played but would like to have a go or who used to play and are considering taking it up again.  Teachers have been arranged to cover violin, viola, cello, keyboard/piano, drums, ukulele and guitar  to date and it is hoped to add more in the intervening time. There will also be suppliers in store with new instruments to try out as well as entertainment, a prize draw (with a Brunswick Concert Ukulele as the top prize) and goody-bags/discount vouchers.  So if you’ve ever wanted to have a go or used to play and would like to start again get in touch with Settle Music to book your slot – via email, via the telephone 01729 825838 (or 07880 783783 with voicemail) or call into the shop.


There will be a market weekend at Victoria Hall on both Easter Saturday and Easter Monday between 9.30 and 4pm. Stalls are now available with details from 01729 823867. There will be refreshments served throughout the day.


This newly formed group will meet every Monday at in the Function Room at Settle Rugby Club from 7.30 -10pm.  The aim is to help members to develop their inner self, to promote and educate individuals concerning the mysteries of the hidden world we all live in and to assist with the awakening and realisation that we are all beings of love and light.  There will be weekly guided meditations, inner journeys, workshops and studies aimed at enlightenment, in order to gain knowledge about this wonderful universe of mysteries that surround us all. Together, we will learn how to integrate established beliefs with those not so widely known about, with the intention of bringing about a fuller awareness as to who we really are and the true purpose of our lives. Through the inner peace of meditation and calm, we work with Celestial and Angel Energies at all times. We hope that you will join us to help bring peace, love and wisdom to others we share this world with. The sessions cost £5, including refreshments and details are available from Nigel on 01729 824659. New members welcome.


Two of the biggest Internet sensations this last year have been the song/video, Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake, both have been mainly massive because of You Tube videos. Both have been replicated and spawned tons of similar videos, just for fun. The publicity and press created by these has been huge. So, we’re going to do a Settle One ! If you want to help us to raise the profile of Settle while also raising some cash  for Cave Rescue through voluntary donations by participants on the day of  a pound or so into the bucket and by asking businesses donate in exchange for using their flags, logos and banners in the video and just as importantly if  you want to be involved in having some community fun then come along to Settle Primary School Playground (to start with,)  on Sunday, 17 March from 1.30pm and take part. All ages welcome! More details at /


A karate group now meets every Tuesday at Settle College. There are no up front fees and family rates apply. The junior section meets from 6.15-7.30 and adult section meets from 7.30-9pm. For further details contact Mark Harland on 01729 823256.


Pathways to Change will be offering two workshop days at Far End Lodge, Austwick on March 9 and 10. The charge for each day is £45 or £80 for the two. March 9 will focus on the theme of “Revitalise your Energy” and March 10 will work on “Deepening your connection with yourself and others”.  There are a maximum of ten places per day and the sessions run from 9.15-4.30. For further details contact 07794 112172.


The Lion at Settle is the venue on 10 March for a magnificent charity auction which guarantees a fun night out along with a chance to raise money for a good cause. There will be a number of auction bargains including goods and services donated by local businesses including a week’s accommodation in Mallorca.  The event starts at 6.30pmand tickets cost £5, including supper and a pint of World Challenge bitter, and are available via Ashfields DIY and Lamberts newagents.


On March 8 the church is holding a community quiz at the social club at 7.30pm. The cost is £4 per person or why not book in a team of four for £15.   Contact John or Edith Diggles on 01729 825285. On Sunday March 10 there will be a Mothering Sunday service followed by light lunches in the church from 12 noon onwards.  Why not enjoy a light lunch on Tuesdays at the church too?  Homemade soup and roll  lunches are being  served every Tuesday throughout Lent with all proceeds being split between church funds and Settle Primary School’s link school in Kwesana, South Africa.  Home-made cakes and coffee will also be available. The full Tuesday lunch season will re-commence after Easter.


The National Trust invite you to join them for a special event at Malham Tarn on 9 March at 8pm in order to find out more about exactly “what is out there!”  The “Night Sky at Malham Tarn” event will provide a chance to marvel at the wonders of the night sky within the glorious setting at Malham Tarn – a beginner’s guide to identifying some of the constellations. The event is weather dependent so if the stars are not visible then participants will undertake a night walk instead. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking essentia vial 01729 830416.  Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children



Singer, comedian and poet, Richard Digance brings his one man show to Victoria Hall on Friday, 15 March. On 16 march there will be a concert by Folk legend Tom McConville and his band. The month is rounded off with the launch of the tour of “Lad, a Yorkshire Story”, which was filmed in and around Settle. The director and members of the cast will be present for a short introduction and discussion session before the film.  For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


The next big breakfast will take place on Saturday 16th March 2013, 8.30am with coffee & tea available from 8.15am at Friends’ Meeting House, Settle The cost is £3.00 per head,  including a full cooked breakfast . The guest speaker is Erica Cadbury from Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Skipton. Space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact John or Edith on 01729 825285 to book your breakfast


The March craft workshop session will take place on March 16 at Friends Meeting House between 10am and 3pm.  The session will focus on Nuno felted scarves. The session costs £20  including the cost of basic materials as well as coffee and biscuits. To reserve a place contact  01729 823434/824386 (evenings only).


The orchestra’s spring concerts will take place at Settle Parish Church on 16 March and on 23 March at Christ Church, Skipton. Both concerts will commence at 7.30pm and the guest conductor for the spring 2013 season will be Howard Loriman..  The programmer will include works by Mozart, Grieg and Dvorak and will feature soloist Chris Halliwell. Advance tickets cost £9 and are available via the orchestra website ( or in Skipton via Alley Books and Skipton Camera Centre Skipton; Cave and Crag and Settle Music in Settle, High Bentham Post office and Clitheroe Music. 


The next group meeting will take place on March 18th. The theme for the gallery at this meeting is “March” and members are reminded that there will again be the opportunity to submit two pictures to the gallery. The meeting will take place at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome. Cost £3.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are holding a dance night at Settle College on 23 March when the music will be provided by Blackpool Tower Organist, John Bowdler. Tickets  cost £7.50, including supper and are available from 01729 824038 / 822364. Please note venue is the former middle school hall and not the main school hall.


Two new exhibitions will open at The Folly  on March 26. These are  ‘Climb up to the Moor’ Paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nicholls ‘Victoria Cave Revisited’



The WI will meet on 7 March at 7.30 in the Parish rooms when the speaker will be Pam Hinkin on the topic of Local Cave Rescue. This is a chance for everyone to come along and find out more about the invaluable work of these local volunteers and how we can support them. All welcome


Chipmonks day nursery is celebrating its 5th anniversary by holding an open morning from 10am to noon on 9 March.  there will be refreshments available and a music session run by Clare and the music bear. All welcome.


There will be a coffee morning on March 16 between 10am and noon in the parish rooms in aid of St Alkelda’s church funds.  There will be a cake stall and a bring and buy stall. All welcome.


On March 17th there will be a showing of “Quartet” as part of the community cinema programme. This will commence at 3.30pm and tickets cost £4.90 via the box office on 01729 893180.


Despite the various illnesses which have been so prevalent this winter an number of pupils managed to achieve 100% Attendance being in school every day for the second half of the Autumn Term and to those who attended school every day for the first half of the Spring term. They have received certificates to mark this achievement. The school are delighted to announce that  Mrs. Thompson gave birth on 27 February to Toby David Thompson (7lbs. 9oz.) and both mother and baby are very well and the family has been sent our warmest congratulations. Two teams recently entered the small schools football festival and all pupils played well. The Y3/Y4 team drew, lost and won matches and was placed jointly 3rd out of the six competing schools. The Y6 team drew and won matches and was also placed 3rd.  Well done to all players: On Friday March 8th there will be a Mothering Sunday lunch celebration to which mothers and grandmothers have been invited.

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