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The Yorkshire housing bus will be in Whitefriars car park between 10-12 noon every Tuesday, offering a range of free advice. On May 5 the focus will be on employment support issues and on May 12 there will be information available about saving money and saving energy.


At the Annual General Meeting, it was reported that 2014 had been a very enjoyable year. The Junior Theatre Group had been involved in their production of Bugsy Malone, which had been successful. The production of Guys and Dolls had also been enjoyed by all who came along and also all who took part in the show, but it had incurred a loss of £4,400. The social committee had had an excellent year of fund-raising and were able to pass onto the management committee a cheque for £3000, which helps towards covering the loss on the main production. Thanks were expressed to all involved in the productions, either in front of or behind the scenes.  At the AGM all Officers were re-elected.  It was agreed to increase all adult subscriptions to £25 per annum. Junior subs will remain at £10 per year.  It had been agreed that Thoroughly Modern Millie will be the production to take place from 26-31 October 2015, at Victoria Hall. The first get together for this will be at The Old Courthouse on Monday, 11 May at 7.30pm and the first rehearsal will be on Monday 18 May at 7.15pm. Auditions will be held during the second half of June. New members are always welcome whether to act or to help behind the scenes.  The society would also like to thank the community for their support during the year and in particular for the fantastic support shown for the production of The Wizard of Oz, performed by the Junior Theatre Group in March of this year.


Settle Junior Cricket Club registration is now underway and members are invited to come along and register on Friday evenings from 6.30pm. The junior club is open to both boys and girls form age 6 upwards. Throughout the summer the club fields competitive teams for under 9s, under 11s, under 13s, under 15s and under 17s. Families are welcome to come along and wait in the club house during practice sessions.


Pupils in Kwezana have recently been highlighting some of the problems which are found in their country but are much rarer in our own. One such issue is that of falling victim to human trafficking, as this has been very much in the news in South Africa following arrests in the area.


A children’s story time, aimed at pre-school children and their carers will take place every Tuesday at 2.45pm in the new library at Limestone View. There will be colouring, craft and book themed activities every week.

A number of walks are taking place this weekend as part of the Ride2stride festival. These include family friendly walks on both days. On  2 May there will be an 8mile moderate walk from Horton to Ribblehead, departing Horton in Ribblesdale at 11.54. On 3 May there will be a 7 mile walk circular walk in the Horton area leaving Horton in Ribblesdale at 10.19. Please note that although these walks are family friendly they are not suitable for prams or buggies as there will be stiles to cross. Longer walks are also planned with a 17 mile strenuous Ribblehead circular walk on 2 May leaving Ribblehead at 10.17 and a  moderately strenuous 10 mile route from Ribblehead to Horton in Ribblesdale on 3 May leaving Ribblehead at 10.27.   For further details of all events please visit the web site No reservation is necessary 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


On May 1 there is a return to Settle by Taking Stock Productions with a performance of Godfrey’s Last Stand. This is free entry with an opportunity for  donations on exiting. On May 2 the hall hosts the best in Scandinavian music with the annual visit of Scandimoot and on May 3 the First Sunday Folk evening features Megson. The Celtic Fiddle Festival takes to the stage on May 4th. There will be a ceilidh on May 9 with Mike Harding and the hall house band. Tickets for this event are £5 and participants are invited to bring something along to share for supper.  Music with a Spanish flavour on 14 May when flamenco guitarist Juan Martin appears at the hall and on May 20 there will be a return visit by celtic stars “Peatbog Fairies”  For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


On May 1st at 7pm there will be talk by Fr Paul Hypher on “Hardy VC: the compassionate hero”. This will tell the story of Rev Theodore Bailey Hardy VC DSO MC. Former Headmaster of Bentham Grammar School and Vicar of Hutton Roof in August 1916 at the age of 53, Rev Hardy was sent as an Army chaplain to France soon gaining the affection and admiration of the soldiers. ” It’s only me lads” he would say as he arrived in the trenches with sweets cigarettes and talk. When the men went over the top he went with them tending their wounds and  bringing them back on stretchers. He was fatally wounded on the 12th October 1918  and died at Rouen hospital. He was the most highly decorated non-combatant of the War.Tickets cost £7 available from 01729 822893.  The Museum at the Folly  is open every Tuesday from 10.30-4.30 and every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, from  12.30 pm – 4.30pm. Two new exhibitions have opened for this season. “1915: Reality Hits Home’  continues our World War I theme from last year and looks both at life on the home front in North Craven and daily life for the men and women serving abroad. The second exhibition is ‘A Community Skill: the History of the Burton in Lonsdale Potteries’. There will be approx. 80 pots on display, making it  possibly the largest collection in Yorkshire


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them in The Old Courthouse on 2 May for coffee, cakes and a friendly chat  between 10-12.30pm. All welcome.


The next charity dance will take place on May 2nd at St John’s Church Hall. This will run from 8-11.30pm. Funds will go to Settle Scouts. Could participants please confirm attendance by contacting  01729 823259 /824038 by May 1st.


A flower festival on the theme of “Memories” will take place at Holy Ascension Church on 1-4 May.  Programmes cost £2 and there will be refreshments available throughout the weekend. There will be a preview evening on Friday and then the church will be open from 10-4 on Saturday and Monday and from 11.30 to 3pm on Sunday with a songs of praise service at 4.30pm.


Settle Swimming Pool is entirely dependent on Voluntary Contributions, Pledges and Fundraisers to maintain the high standards required by Law in order to continue operating! To assist with this task, we’re holding a  70’s, 80’s & 90’s disco on Sunday 3rd May  at Settle Social Club from  7.30pm ‘til Midnight to help to raise these much needed funds! Admission is £4 per head with ALL proceeds going to the pool.


A second hand book fair will take place from 10 am to 4pm on May 4th at Victoria Hall. All welcome.


Old fashioned wooden horse racing followed by a disco are the order of the day on 9 May at a fundraising event in aid of Freda’s Playgroup and Giggleswick Primary School on May 9th at Settle Social Club. Tickets cost £2.50 from either organisation or £3 on the door. First race is at 7.30pm. Details via 01729 824884 / 822248


A concert of music and readings will take place at Giggleswick School chapel on 9 May, at 7.30 in aid of Cave Rescue Organisation. Entitled “And there was light” all the pieces will reflect the theme of light and darkness and will include sacred and secular works with readings drawn from a range of sources.  Tickets cost £10, available from Cave and Crag or on the door.


The CRO challlenge will take place on May 16 and offers the opportunity to take part in the Ingleborough marathon (26 miles) or the Clapham Circuit (15 miles). For both routes there is the option to either run or walk the route. Participants are invited to raise at least £25 sponsorship per person for the Ingleborough Marathon or £15 per person for the Clapham circuit to help raise funds for both mountain and cave rescue in the dales.  Both routes will cover footpaths and tracks which ware seldom used but which lead along some of the most attractive areas in the dales. For further info and registration details go to


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on Monday, 18 May and will commence at 7.30pm. The first half of the evening will be a gallery on the theme of “Close Up Photography”. The second half will be a talk by Margaret Smith on the subject of “Size Matters”. This will focus on issues relating to how to adjust Image Size and Resolution to get your pictures the size and quality you want them to be.


Volunteers are required to assist with a house to house collection for Christian Aid week in the area during the week of 10-16 May. Anyone able to assist with this is asked to contact Sally Waterson, on 01729 822311. There will also be a  Coffee Evening on Wednesday 13 May at St John’s Church Hall, 7-8.30pm. There are refreshments, a cake stall, plant & gardening stall, and a bring & buy stall,  Donations for these stalls, brought on the night, would be very gratefully received.  The main focus this year for the collection is to help women in Ethiopia to buy a cow, to enable them to have an income to provide for their children



Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, Schola Cantorum are no longer able to give the performance of Dido and Aeneas scheduled for Thursday 30 April 2015. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you should need any further information please telephone 01729 893180. on May 6 there will be a concert by New World String Quartet, which is comprised of players from the orchestra of Opera North.  On May 14 and 15 at 7pm, Giggleswick Junior School present their own take on the tales of 1001 arabian nights with their production of “Aladdin Trouble.”  For tickets and details contact 01729 893180.


There have been a wide range of achievements to celebrate recently in school. Certificates were awarded to the following pupils for making the most progress in their reading age during the spring term:  Will Clay, Honey Kaup-Samuels, Tom Birkett-Bentley, Hattie Black, Dylan Sampson, Megan Hird, Corey Croft and Oliver Brummitt. Congratulations to the following pupils who took part the recent Easter Service at St Alkelda’s: Nell Shepherd, Bailey Pears, Presley Pears, Phoebe Oliver, Hannah Chapman and Lottie Oliver. A number of pupils recently took part in the UK Accordion Championships, in Liverpool, organised by The National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom. Congratulations to Honey Kaup-Samuels, Louisa Bullock and Mollie Howarth who returned to school triumphant and weighed down with trophies, shields and awards! Honey was placed 1st in her Higher Preparatory Solo, 2nd in the Preparatory duet with Mollie and 3rd in the Musette 11 & under. Louisa was placed 2nd in her Higher Preparatory Solo, 2nd in her Musette 11 & under and 1st in the Higher Preparatory duet. Mollie was placed 1st in her Introductory Solo. All three girls also took part in the Craven School of Music Preparatory Group performance and were placed 2nd. Well done – a fantastic achievement! The following pupils took part recently in the North Craven football tournament: Matthew Garth, Ethan Halliday, Will Clay, Nell Shepherd, Amy Simpson, Tom Birkett-Bentley, Joel Monks and Freddie Parsons. They all played very well, drawing one game, losing one game and winning three games. Our Y6 pupils joined with Y6 pupils from Rathmell, Long Preston, Hellifield, Thornton-in-Craven and Greatwood to take part in twelve different citizenship sessions as part of the Craven Young Citizen & Crucial Crew Day. They participated well and thoroughly enjoyed the range of experiences. The school recently welcomed storyteller Alia Alzougbi, who introduced pupils to aspects of Arabic and Islamic culture through her stories and games. Every class enjoyed the visit and gained a great deal from it.

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