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The News from Settle and District March 13th 2016


This week there will be three walks, all on Saturday 18 March. The first is part of the get walking series and is family friendly although not suitable for pushchairs or buggies. It leaves Armathwaite at 11.23 and is a 7 mile moderate walk taking in Armathwaite signal box and a circular walk in the woods. The second walk is an 11 mile moderately strenuous walk from Horton to Ribblehead via Pen-Y-Ghent leaving Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 09.58. The third is a 9 mile moderate Kirkby Stephen circular via Smardale  leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.34 and taking in Smardale nature reserve.  All participants 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.  Details of all walks can  be found at


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource. All welcome


Youth is certainly centre stage at present with Settle Amateur Operatic Society Juniors performing their musical version of Peter Pan on March 23 and 24th. Then the month exits in a blaze of sound on 30th with the annual RamJam concert! The young musicians are joined by the more mature DalesJam for an evening of Jazz surprises conducted and arranged by the ever enthusiastic and hugely talented Richard Omerod.Don’t miss the opportunity to see the young people of the area, and some of the older ones, combining their talents in what is guaranteed to be a lively night!  Looking ahead to April the month begins with The Dolly Parton Story, a Country and Western tribute act homage to Dolly Parton and all the fantastic music she has written and performed over the years. This new theatre tribute show features an all live, 4 piece backing band playing accurate versions of Dolly’s most celebrated material.The Dolly Parton Story is fronted by Andrea Pattison, a professional singer of many years experience. Based in the Newcastle/North East area, she is a life long fan of Dolly Parton and is without doubt the UK’s finest Dolly Parton impersonator. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


The Folly needs you! The Museum of North Craven Life is looking for volunteers to assist across a wide range of areas and skills. Volunteering offers you a chance to refresh old skills and gain new ones; to meet new people, improve your confidence and self esteem, gain knowledge and enjoy new experiences and become part of a team. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and there are opportunities to help with events, exhibitions, gardening, greeting visitors, learning activities, publicity, repairs, research and many other areas. If you could help then please contact or ring 01729 822854 or 015242 51388, we’re waiting to hear from you.


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.


You are invited to come along and join us at Settle Parish Church on Saturday 18 March for a  Coffee Morning and light lunches between 10am – 3pm, to help raise funds to support the work of Pioneer Projects  in Settle and Bentham among people living with memory loss and dementia, and their carers.


The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday  18 March 2017, at 8.30am. Tea / coffee will be served from 8.15am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. The talk will be “Between Angels & Dust”: Paul Fisher reflects on his book Given the state of our world, how we see, appreciate and respond to one another can make all the difference between continuing breakdown or a hope-full future Everyone welcome St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate, Settle Please book your places by Thurs 16 March ‘Full English’    £3.00. Contact 01729 825285 / email: to book your place


This year’s event will take place at Settle Primary School on 18 March between 10am to 5pm and is supported by Hornby and JDM Models. there will be a number of working layouts and a range of model railways on show. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.  Admission is £2.50 for adults, £1 for children and free for scouts in uniform.


Marking the re-opening of the line  in March there will be a special showing of archive and recent footage of the line at a film show on 18 March at St John’s Methodist Church.  Over 2 hours of film will be shown, including recent footage of the work which has been carried out to repair the line following the landslide. The event will commence at 7pm and tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for under-16s. Seating is limited and so early booking is advisable. Tickets can be booked at


The orchestra’s spring concerts will take place on 18 March at Richard Whiteley Theatre and on 25 March at Christ Church in Skipton.  Both concerts will commence at 7.30pm. The programme will feature Schumann’s Manfred Overture and Brahms’ German Requiem.  Tickets cost £12 and are available on the door, from members of the orchestra or from Skipton Camera Centre, Cave and Crag in Settle or from Bentham Post Office.


The March club will take place at Settle Social Club on 18 March and will feature a guest performance by the “Bard of Braemar”, Bill Adair. The evening commences at 8.30pm  and there will be the usual floor singers also. Admission £5 on the door.


Settle will be hosting a Yorkshire Dales Ukulele weekend over the period 17th to 19th March 2017. The weekend commences in The Royal Oak on Friday and will feature an Event “welcome” with Guest Performances from some of the top Ukulele Musicians in the UK and an Open Mic session. There will also be Big Quiz. This will take place in the function/dining room. On Saturday there will be events at Victoria Hall throughout the day including workshops, an open mic session and a concert. Workshops will take place every hour from 11 through to 2pm with the open mic session at 3pm, hosted by  Kakebelly. Applications to take part in this can be sent online beforehand and on the day. The Gala Show at 7pm will feature: Dead Mans Uke & Special Guests, The League of Ukulele Gentlemen, Danielle Perkins, Liam Capper Starr, Michael Adcock and  The Nanukes of the North. Tickets for the concert only are available at £12.50. There will also be an after show party at the Royal Oak with Uke Jamming going on ’til late… For hardy souls the Sunday event is a Brunch & Strum, which is basically a mass strum for everyone who has attended the event coupled with an opportunity to enjoy a good Dales “Brunch”. Again this will be based around the function room at the Royal Oak. Weekend tickets available at £30. Details at


The next Messy Church will take place on Sunday 19 March St John’s Hall, Settle at 3.30pm – 5.30pm. This month we’ll be asking the question, “So….how does forgiveness really work?” All shapes and sizes of families are welcome! Messy Church is a time for families to come together, have fun together, make things together, eat a hot meal together & celebrate together.  There is no charge for coming to Messy Church, however there will be opportunity to give a donation towards craft resources & catering costs if you wish



St. John’s Methodist Church, Settle invite you to join them for a Pudding Night on Monday, March 20th at 7pm in the Church Coffee Lounge. This is a free event and is open to the community. Simply bring a pudding, or just bring yourself and enjoy good company and some sweet treats. All welcome.


The group will next meet on Monday 20 March at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The theme for the evening will be a presentation of the pictures from the YPU 2016 Exhibition.  The theme for this month’s gallery is “Landscape”


Settle stories is facilitating a set of workshops for women living with mental health issues, starting on 23 March. Underlying the sessions is the premise that  while your hands are busy stitching and creating, stories can be shared and friendships created. Facilitated by expert textile artist Jaki Bogg, the eight sessions will use the arts as a form of self expression and create flags that explore the theme of happiness. These flags will later be exhibited across Settle as part of Settle Stories Festival of Happiness.These sessions are totally free and take place at the Village Hall in Horton-in-Ribblesdale from 10am – 4pm. You can come along to any, with no obligation to come to every session. Please bring a packed lunch with you.  Sessions will take place on Thu 23rd & Fri 24th March, Tue 11th & Wed 12th April, Mon 24th & Tues 25th April and Sat 13th & Sun 14th May Phone booking only. Call Settle Stories on 05603 845693


The next meeting will take place on 22 March at Townhead Court at 2pm when the speaker will be Nikki Brown (Be A Gardenmaker). The topic for the talk will be How It Is Now. Non members are welcome, admission £3.


Settle Amateur Operatic SocietyJunior Theatre invite you to join them for a magical performance of the musical version of Peter Pan. Performances take place on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of March at Victoria Hall and tickets are selling fast!  To book seats contact  the hall box office from 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday either in person or by phone or on line Tickets: Balcony: £10  Stalls: £8,Children £5, Family £22.


Volunteers make up a core part of our team and help us to carry out a wide range of tasks in the area. A vacancy has arisen for a volunteer shop assistant in our shop on Wednesday mornings from 10-1. If you could help please contact 01729 823066 for details.


Victoria Hall will once again be staging a monthly all sorts market featuring local craft stalls throughout the summer months. The first market will take place on 25 March and will run from 9-3pm with homemade refreshments available all day. For details, reservations and prices contact 01729 825718


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a Horse Race Night at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on 31 March.  Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and include a pie and pea supper.  There will be prize money for winning jockeys, a tote with minimum £1 bets and odds announced prior to each race and fun for all the family. Tickets available from society members.


Horton Community Cafe are staging a mini art exhibition in Settle Library. “A Splash of Colour” features the work of Ashley Morgan and opens on 14 March and runs to the end of the month.


In addition to their current walking groups Settle Strollers are launching a new group form “Pram and Sling Strollers”.  Designed for parents or carers with youngsters, the group will meet on Wednesdays at Delicious cafe in Limestone view  ready for a short, pushchair and buggy accessible stroll at 10am.  Participants are invited to enjoy a brew and a chat as well as a stroll together.


Settle WI are staging a Spring Craft Workshop Day  will take place on Wednesday 26th April in the Catholic Church Hall. This is open to non-members. Wire sculptor Linda Hoyle will be returning to do a full day course sculpting a wirework hare.  This will run from 9.30am – 3.30pm with a break for lunch.  The full day workshop costs £40 and includes all materials.  Places are limited so please book early. In addition, Sue Amphlett will be running 2 x half day courses:  Needlefelting in the morning, 9.30am – 12 noon.  This course will be suitable for complete beginners or improvers who want to build on what they learnt in November.  The cost for the half day is £20 which includes all materials.The afternoon session will be ‘An Introduction to Beadwork’  learning the basics of beadwork and making a beaded bracelet.  1pm – 3.30pm, the cost is £20 which again includes all materials. Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.To book please contact Sue Sellars (01729 825145)  email:


Victoria Hall at 7pm on March 31st is the time and place to enjoy a “Date with Death” as local auther Julia Chapman launches her new novel, the first in the Dales Detective series, “A Date with Death”. Set in the fictional town of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales , disgraced detective Samson O’Brien struggles to clear his name while also investigating the supposed suicide of a local man. A man with links to a dating agency in the same town.  Julia will be reading extracts from her novel, and there will be dancing to live music and a bar at this free event which is open to all.


On Tuesday 4th April 2017 at  St John’s Methodist Church, Settle there will be a soup lunch followed by a talk to raise awareness of the work of CRMI (Christian Restoration Ministeries International) Children of Hope project. During the session Margaret Calvert, of Giggleswick, will be sharing her recent experience in Uganda with CRMI’s medical mission 2017. Juliet Burdm Director of CRMI Children of Hope, will also give some insight into the work of the charity in Uganda. Please meet at 12:30 for lunch and 2pm for the talk The event is free – however any donations given will go towards the house building project for Shamirah and her Mother and siblings – more information about this appeal will be given at the event)


The foreign film season at Victoria Hall continues on Wednesday 5th April at 7.45 pm with a showing of “The Idol”. In Arabic with English subtitles, the film is based on the true story of Mohammed Assaf, wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza.  Tickets cost £5 on the door.


Advance information of a concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band. This will take place in Settle Parish Church on April 8th at 7.30pm. Watch out for posters with further details.


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am unless stated otherwise. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email The first trip is to Funny Girl- The Musical on  Wednesday 7th June, 2017  for a Matinee 2pm  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The price £51.00 per person. Second, is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pmat  Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person and the closing date for reservations is 24th April. For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £45.00 per person, Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and “Handbagged” a play detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher.



On April 1 & 2 The Helen Howard School of Theatre Dance will be taking to the stage with their show, “Broadway to Hollywood”.  This feature young dancers from all age groups in a show inspired by dance from both stage and screen. Details and bookings via or by calling the Richard Whiteley Theatre box office on 01729 893180.

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