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Start of November news and Events around Settle


This week there are two guided walks, both taking place on Saturday 4 November. The first is an 8 mile moderate circular walk leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.21. This will take in Edenbridge and Croglam Castle. The second is a 10 mile moderate walk from Dent to Sedbergh leaving Dent station at 10.16 and making use of a service bus from Sedbergh to Dent on the return (fare payable).

All participants in railway walks are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. 


 A reminder that Peer Talk, a support group designed for people living with depression, has opened a new  branch in Settle which meets every  Tuesday in The Folly between 7.30-9pm. For details go to


A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed.   The coffee pot on the first Tuesday of the month is a charity event and the event on on November 7th will be in aid of the NSPCC.  On Wednesday 29th November you are invited to join Michael Cullingworth for “An Evening with the Dame: a celebration of Pantomime”. This will commence at 7.30pm and is a free event, during which Michael will give an illustrated and costumed talk on the history of pantomime dames and the joy of playing the dame.



A reminder that coffee or tea, with biscuits, scones and cake, is served every Tuesday at Settle Parish Church between 10.15 am and 12.00 noon and that soup, snacks and sweets are served every Tuesday between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm. Do pop in and join us for a convivial meal and chat. 



Across 2017 budding would be storytellers have been training with Settle Stories on a new programme ‘The Storytellers Art’, during which they have worked with a number of illustrious facilitators. Now they are ready to share their stories in this their debut performance with you. Settle Stories invite you to join us on Saturday November 4 at 7pm for an intimate evening of eclectic storytelling at our new venue the Joinery in the heart of Settle. These storytellers promise to delight, entertain and inspire. This is a free event and will last approximately 1.5 hours.


The group will be holding a tombola in the foyer at Settle Co-op store on Saturday, 4 November between 10 -2. There will also be various games of chance.  Please come along and support our fundraising event.



The next Charity Dance will take place at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall (Tillman Close off Kirkgate Settle) on Saturday 4 November between 8.00pm to 11.00pm. The event will be held in aid of the Stroke Unit at Airedale Hospital. If possible please contact 01729 824038/822364 by the Friday beforehand to let us know that you intend to come.  


 Sessions take place at The Joinery, Dawsons Court, on Mondays between 2-4pm. These are led by Tony Bennett and the cost is £10 per session.


 The monthly meeting will take place on 4 November at Friends Meeting House between 10-12. This provides an opportunity for a friendly chat over tea/coffee and cakes in small cafe atmosphere.   Regulars and newcomers all welcome.   Details from Alison  01729 822677


Interested in photography? Come and see what we do. What have we got on this month? We meet at 7.30pm at Townhead Court in Settle. On Monday 6 November our theme is  People, Pets and Children and takes a look at these favourite subjects and tackles some of the difficulties in photographing them. The gallery challenge will be “Photographs in the style of … Then on Monday 20th November there will be a talk entitled “Street Photography”  by Dave Mason. Dave is “a British born photographer, [who takes] great pleasure in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, often documenting the surreal happenings on the city streets”. On Tuesday 21 November there will be a visit to Yordas cave at Kingsdale near Ingleton at 10am. This is a spectacular but easily accessible cave for some photography with a difference.Details of where and when to meet will be confirmed nearer the time. Further information can be found at: All events in November are free and from Beginners to experts – all are welcome.







Banish the winter blues with the wide variety of music and entertainment on offer at Victoria Hall in November. On November 2ndThe Last Train to Skaville show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. November 3rd ” The Welsh Springsteen”, Martyn Joseph takes to the stage and November 4th sees the return of Gigspanner, dubbed one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. November 5th features alt-folk band Noble Jacks,  6th is a Ten Strings and a Goatskin who perform Irish, Acadian and French folk and on November 9th there is a performance by The Paperboys,  whose influences include bluegrass, brass band and Mexican son jarocho. There will be a very unique fusion on November 9th with Bollywood Jazz before a more traditional sort of fusion is enjoyed at the Cider and Sausage Festival over November 10-11. For details and tickets contact 01729 825718


 The next in the U3A series of talks will take place on 9 November at Victoria Hall at 10.30, with coffee being served from 10am. The talk, by Nigel Neil, will be on the subject of “Lancaster Castle: from prison to heritage asset.” Admission £1



On November 11th Settle College is holding for remembrance with Swing City Big Band in the main hall. The band features members of Skipton Music Centre  and aims to help raise funds towards the extra curricular music department at the school and to help strengthen the links between music making in school and out in the local community events. Tickets available via the school office.


 Advance notice that Linda Clemence and Liz Smart will be holding their annual art and coffee days at the Friends Meeting House on Thursday 9 November from 1-4.30 and then from 10-4.30 on both Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November. There will be original paintings, sketches and cards for sale. Admission is free and coffee and biscuits cost £1.



 The Royal Oak is hosting a Christmas fair on 18 November between 11-4. There will be a range of Christmas gifts and hand made goodies on offer.



 The Autumn concerts will take place on Saturday 18 November at 7.30 pm, Settle Parish Church and Saturday 25 November at 7.30 pm, Christ Church, Skipton. The programme will be:Mendelssohn   “Fingal’s Cave Overture”; Saint-Saëns   “Cello concerto No. 1″ and Beethoven  ” Symphony No. 6  (Pastoral Symphony)”. Tickets cost £12 and are available from  Skipton Camera Centre, Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and on the door or from Orchestra members.



 A reminder that every Tuesday there is a fundraising event at Victoria Hall. There are all-sorts stalls and a good clothes rack. Pop in and have a browse and enjoy a drink, bacon buttie or coffee and home-made cake etc. The cafe and stalls are open from 9.30 onwards.



A Settle Stompers line dance social will be held at 2pm on Sunday 12th November at St John’s church hall, Settle. Everyone is welcome. Come and join in the fun, dancing to all your old favourites. Entry is £5 – which goes to local charities – and includes a buffet and refreshments


Seats are still available on the coach to Manchester on Wednesday 22nd November leaving Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30am.  Cost £15.  Contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145) to book.



 The Community Christmas Day Dinner and tea will again take place this year at St John’s and commences at 11.45 on Christmas Day. This event is open to all ages and transport can be arranged for those who require assistance.  The cost for the event will be £10 per adult and £5 for children.  To book a place contact 01729 822138. Volunteers are required to help with this event and should also contact this number. There will be a volunteers meeting in November for more detailed planning.



 Settle Christmas Lights Switch On this year will take place on December 2nd, and as usual the event will be co-ordinated by Settle Rotary. However, volunteers are always needed, soif you can assist in the run up to the event, or on the day or assist with the clear up then please get in touch with the co-ordinators by contacting either Derek Coultherd on 015242 51215 or Amy Robinson



A huge thank you to all the wonderful bakers who created cakes for the stall run to raise funds for Settle Skate Park. Thanks also to those who organised and staffed the stall and to everyone who came along and supported us by buying cakes.  On the day the total raised by selling cakes was approximately £180, with some more donations still to come from individual sales elsewhere.





 There will be a organ recitation on 10 November at 7.30pm. The programme will feature the work of Bach, Boellman, Vidor and local composer and musician Paul Fisher. This event is free with donations welcome.


On November 9th The Richard Whiteley Theatre welcomes another critically acclaimed theatrical performance when On The Run Theatre peform Tell Me Anything. This  is a tender, raw and brutally honest boy-meets-girl story focussing on the story of a boy who’s trying to be a man and a girl who doesn’t want to be rescued from her demons”. The performance combines rich storytelling with physical theatre . Tell Me Anything was created in collaboration with psychologists specialising in the role of carers of people with eating disorders.  It asks how – and if – we can help the ones we love to get better. Find out more or book tickets for the performance on Thursday 9 November at Tickets for the public are now on sale also for Giggleswick School’s production of Wendy and Peter Pan, on 29 November to 2 December. Public tickets will also be available from 6 November for “A Not So Silent Night”, when pupils and staff present a Christmas celebration featuring ensembles and individuals in a range of readings and musical items. This will take place on 13 December and is a free event with retiring collection. Tickets for the more traditional school Evening of Lessons and Carols at Giggleswick Chapel on 14 December will also be available from 6 November. Again this is a free event with a retiring collection. Both evenings are expected to be very popular and so there is a limit of 4 seats per household.


ANYTHING GOES (25/10/17)


Originally written in 1934 and set aboard a cruise liner, the show itself has undergone more updates, reviews  and refitting than the average sea-going vessel but in its current version emerges as a high energy, bouncy feel-good show peppered with catchy, familiar Cole Porter numbers and far-fetched disguises, coincidences and complete nonsense.  Its construction is dated in places and the plot creaks like a sail in the wind, but it is still a joyously seaworthy vessel and is currently in the hands of a very able crew of cast, chorus and directorial team!  The energy of the cast alone would power the turbines of most cruisers and  with the steady hand of producer Pat Harding and musical director Pam Whitehead at the helm the society has clearly got a course set for success! There were a few first night hiccups with a couple of scenes and changeovers being less than slick so that the first act was overly long, but I have no doubt that this will soon be ship shape as confidence grows. The clever staging, incorporating the band on stage and extending the performance area into the auditorium, meant that there was sufficient space for some great choreography and congratulations especially to the youthful dancers – particularly those who came to rehearsals as novices. Their hard work bore fruit last night and this really lifted the evening. The band too were very much at ease, performing wonderfully and clearly happy at being integrated into the action – with some good comic touches! Timing is everything in comedy and the show was blessed with two natural comedians in the roles of Reno Sweeney (Beth Lowe) and Moonface Martin (Steven Lawson).  With some of the best numbers by far to sing, Beth Lowe had tremendous stage presence and shows huge potential as a character actress and comic lead. Steven Lawson’s solo, “Be Like the Blue Bird”, was a highlight of the second act and his “Friendship” duet with Reno would be hard to better.  The various love interests were slightly hesitant at times but again, all performed with great enthusiasm and sang well – Jake Tatham particularly showing promise as the hapless Lord Oakleigh. There were also excellent cameos from “the old hands”, of Eric Parker, Graham Jarvis and Ray Jones and only the incomparable Audrey Daley could managed to steal a scene while saying nothing and sitting in a wheelchair!  In all, an entertaining and lively voyage and proof once more that SAOS is in fine form and as fit for action as any racing yacht!


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