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Snippets from Settle – May 2013


Irish Country singer, Shawn Cuddy, takes to the stage with his band on 17 May. This event is promoted by the Friends of Settle Victoria Hall, with all profits going directly into Hall funds.  On May 30 the hall will be hosting the popular Take 3 Chefs event, featuring local food writer and photographer Joan Ransley, in conjunction with her exhibition at Gallery on the Green.  She will be joined by Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park and local chef Mathew Birtwhistle. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


Touchstones is a group aimed at those who have difficulty with day to day tasks. You are invited to come along and join us for practical tips to make jobs easier on Tuesdays between 10.30-noon at Townhead Court. The sessions in June will focus on having fun with plants with June 4 covering planting herbs and June 11 growing pot plants. On June 18 there will be a full day trip out and on June 25 there will be a talk by National Trust Yorkshire Dales on Wild Flowers. For details contact 823066.


A new group has started up for anyone who wants to motivate themselves to run regularly. The beginners running group will be led by accredited English Athletics coaches and experienced endurance athletes, Jill Eccleston and Andy Mouncey and will meet on Fridays between 5.30-6.30 at Eshtons Pavilion , Giggleswick School all weather pitch.  Sessions are free during May. For details contact Jill on 07955 342 344 or Andy on 07799 063 115.


There will be a house to house collection in aid of Christian Aid week throughout the week of 12-18 May. On Friday 17 May there will be afternoon tea and scones served at Friends Meeting House between 3-5pm.


The Friends of Settle and District Swimming Pool will be holding their AGM on 17 May at 7.30pm.  This will take place at Friends Meeting House and all are welcome.


In addition to the current exhibitions of Victoria Cave Revisited and Climb up to the Moor: an exhibition of paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nichols there will be an opportunity on 18th May to hear Judith Bromley w talk about how the current exhibition of paintings was created. This will be followed by a workshop for all ages on the 30th May, 11am to 4pm when people can add to the moorland floor installation. For details contact (015242) 51388 or (01729) 822 361


The 5th Settle Saunter arranged by Settle Rotary Club will take place on 18 May and starts and finishes at Victoria Hall.  This charity event has courses for all abilities, an 8 mile, 10 mile, 15 mile and 26 mile and they can be run or walked.  There are refreshments at the checkpoints and a hot meal at the end of the day.  Entry is £10 (£6 concessions) with certificates and badges for all successful finishers. The 26 mile route is restricted to ages 18+. Juniors aged 16 or under on the day of the event must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. For further details and entry forms contact 01729 830299 or go to


” Yorkshire Food, Yorkshire people” Iis the latest phone box exhibition at the Gallery on the Green and runs 18th May – 16th July. lkley based food writer and photographer Joan Ransley has spent the last year capturing the essence of Yorkshire food and artisan food producers with beautiful images gathered from across Yorkshire. Twenty photographs have been selected to go on show at the Gallery on the Green, Settle together with a selection of favourite recipes from her column in the Yorkshire Post. Joan rose at dawn to photograph bakers at the Handmade Bakery Slaithwaite, clambered over crags on Malham Moor at dusk for images of Longhorn cows and, less than a mile from the M1 motorway near Leeds, she met and photographed George Bowden of Leventhorpe Vineyard, where he has been making wine for the past 30 years. Other images in the exhibition include: foraging on the foreshore at Staithes, making macaroons at the York Cookery School, cheese from Botton Village, North Yorkshire – championed by Andy Swinscoe of the Courtyard, Settle – and apples and recipes from Appleforth Abbey Orchard. Linked to the exhibition is Take Three Chefs at the Victoria Hall Settle on May 30th where Joan will be joined by Craven’s celebrity chef – Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park in Harrogate and a Deliciously Yorkshire food champion and Mathew Birtwhistle, from The Plough Inn , Wigglesworth to cook some of their finest Yorkshire themed recipes. Information about the exhibition and the Gallery can be found at or by visiting Settle Tourist Information Centre.


Many thanks to everyone who supported the Flower Festival over the bank holiday weekend. This was a magnificent event with a wonderful array of displays reflecting the history and heritage of the town and was enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Many thanks to all those who sponsored displays and the businesses who sponsored the festival and donated prizes to the raffle. Special thanks also to those who were involved in arranging the flowers, providing music and food over the weekend. The event raised approximately £2,600.  Our next event will take place on Saturday, 18 May when we invite you to  come along to Settle’s own version of the Antiques Roadshow  and to dust down those treasures, objets d’art, family heirlooms and bring them to Settle Parish Church’s ‘Valuation Day’ between 10am till 4pm.  Meet an expert from Walton & Walton, the Burnley auctioneers.  There is a £1.00 charge for each item presented for valuation with no obligation to sell but if you do decide to sell then Walton & Walton have agreed that Settle Parish Church will receive a small percentage from each item sold at their auction rooms. There’ll be bacon butties available too – now NOT even Fiona Bruce & Co can match that!  Meanwhile homemade lunches continue to be served every Tuesday with a range of soup, hot meals (including vegetarian option)  and delicious desserts on offer and with a warm welcome guaranteed.


The next big breakfast will take place at Friend’s Meeting House on Saturday 18 May 2013, 8.30am. The Guest speaker will be Jane Turtle, who will speak about a new initiative which is aimed at preventing people from sleeping rough, called Streetlink. Space is limited. Book early to avoid disappointment. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost £3.00. Contact 01729 825285 to book your place at the Settle Big Breakfast


Churches Together in Settle and District are holding a barbecue in the Millennium Garden on 19 May at 1.30pm to mark Pentecost. This will be followed by a Pentecost celebration service at 2.30pm. The event will be transferred to St John’s Hall if the weather is inclement.


The next meeting will take place at Townnhead Court at 7.30pm on 20 May. The speaker will be artist Sue Deighton on the topic of “The WOW! Factor”.  Non-members welcome, admission £3.


The next meeting will take place on 22 May at Townhead Court at 2pm when the speaker will be John Foley of Holden Clough Nursery who will speak on the topic of “BBC Young Gardener of the Year”. All welcome.


The Playbarn is hosting its first Ladies’ pamper night on 23 May, a perfect way to prepare for that hectic half-term holiday. The evening starts at 7pm and is being held in conjuction with A Buff and Beyond and Wharfeside Therapies.  For £22 you can choose any two treatments on offer, with each lasting approximately 20 minutes.  As a final decadent touch every lady will receive a complementary hot chocolate.


The society invite you to come along and join them for coffee in the Old Court House on Station Road on 25 May. Coffee will be served from 10-12.30pm. Coffee mornings will also take place on 25 May, 8 and 22nd June.  On June 2 the society will be selling afternoon teas at Langcliffe Institute.


Friends of Victoria Hall extend a big invitation for you to come along and see the world in miniature at their Dolls House Exhibition at Victoria Hall on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May.  The exhibition will be open from 10-4 each day with refreshments available throughout.


The next Charity Dance will take place on June 1st between 8-11.30pm at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church Hall. Could regular dancers please note the change of time and venue.  To book a place please contact Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038 by Thursday, 30 May.  All proceeds from this dance will be donated to HODU Unit at Airedale Hospital.


Gallery on the Green in collaboration with Victoria Hall present a return of the popular foodie format, “Take 3 Chefs” at Victoria Hall on 30 May.  There will be cookery demos from the 3 chefs using locally sourced ingredients, as well as  other local food producers offering tasters and showcasing their special products. Food writer and photographer Joan Ransley will be presenting food and ingredients to compliment her ‘Yorkshire Food and Yorkshire People’ exhibition at The Gallery on the Green (18th May to 6th July). Joan is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and is a regular contributor to The Yorkshire Post. Celebrity chef  and Deliciously Yorkshire Champion, Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park in Harrogate  will also be present. Stephanie attended Settle College and Craven College before training under Anton Mosimann at The Dorchester. She is a regular on BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’. The third member of the team is Mathew Birtwhistle, from The Plough Inn , Wigglesworth, where he specialises in introducing local produce onto the menu. Tickets cost £10 from Victoria Hall box office 01729 825718. The event commences at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm


Following the success of the first Settle Session at The Folly in April, the next evening brings prize winning writers to the town in June. There will also be a chance for local writers and poets toread their own work in an Open Mic slot. (contact Jean in advance on 01729 823305.)  On Friday 7th June, prize winning children’s author Ann Pilling (who wrote Henry’s leg) will be returning to her first love – poetry. She will present a choice from her poetry collections. Her poems “follow the heartbeart of life with scrupulous accuracy” according to Penelope Shuttle, while Moniza Alvi writes that Ann “brings a haunted, sometimes tragic, quality to a marvellously tactile, solid reality”. Well known locally as a creative writing tutor, Jean Stevens will step into the spotlight to read poems and writings. A professional actor and dramatist, Jean has had her work has appear at West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Edinburgh and London Festivals, as well as on ITV and BBC radio and television. There is also an invitation to poets and writers to take part in the evening by reading some of their work.  contact Jean in advance on 01729 823305. Tickets, which are limited due to space, are at £5 available from Cave and Cragg, The Folly and Crossleigh Stores Austwick. Season Tickets: £9 for two. For more information people should ring 01729 823305 or 824537.


Advance notice for all keen gardeners to book the dates for this year’s open gardens in Settle and District event in their diaries. To date 17 gardens will be open on Saturday June 29th and Sunday June 30th. Gardens will be open 10am -5pm on Saturday and
11am -5pm on Sunday. Tickets cost £5 or £8 for both days and are available from Tourist information+ Field to Home (both located in Sette Market Square). All proceeds from the event will be donated to charity.  For further details please contact Julie Smith 01729 822090 or email:


The Millennium Choir and Ben Avison

Ben Avison will showcase tracks from his new album, Good Day Mr. Magpie, with special guest Sam Lawrence



Settle United Football Club  will hold its AGM on Monday, 20 May at Settle Social Club at 8pm. Old and new members welcome.



Westlife tribute band are playing at Settle Social Club on Saturday 25th May. Strictly over 18s. No entry after 9pm. Tickets are available from David Worthington on 07817331610 and proceeds from this event will got to support Settle United Football Club.


Saturday June 29th Open 10am -5pm
Sunday June 30th Open 11am -5pm

17 gardens in and around Settle and District- all proceeds to Settle Swimming pool + Macmillan Cancer Support

Tickets £5 or £8 both days
Tickets avalaible from Tourist information+ Field to Home
both located in Sette Market Square 

Any queries please contact Julie Smith 01729 822090

Age UK North Craven

‘Branching Out’ is a new day activity for those interested in gardening organised by Age UK North Craven based in Settle. We are looking for people to join a trip to Parcevall Hall Gardens next Wednesday, May 22.
The cost, including £5 admission for seniors, is £12.50 and there will be a stop-off in Grassington. The bus will be used to transport people from the bottom to top car park to get the best out of the visit. If interested in the trip or subsequent ones, please contact Age UK Day Activities organiser Richard Daniels as soon as possible on 823066.



On 19 May there will be a showing of “Les Miserables” at 3.30pm. Looking ahead to June 4 there will be a return visit by Lyn Fletcher and the Halle Orchestra soloists.  The concert will commence at 7.30pm in Giggleswick School Chapel. Details from the box office on 01729 893180.

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