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This Week and Month around Settle



VICTORIA HALL:  On 27 January the hall are delighted to welcome Luke Jackson to Settle. Luke Jackson is a Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent  With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating  performer. On February 1st we welcome Keith James, best known for his stunning tributes to, among others, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, and Gabriel Garcia Lorca, the singer and guitarist now launches a new album of his own work. Back by popular demand, on February 2nd, in a Brand New Production for 2018, Megaslam Wrestling bring their all-action, International show back to Settle Victoria Hall! Who will come out on top as the stars of World Wrestling battle for their country? For details and tickets contact 01729 825718


This week there will be two walks both taking place on 27January.  The first is a 10 mile Long Preston to Hellifield walk via Lambert Lane and Newton Moor. This is rated as a moderate walk. The second is a 7 mile easy walk following a circular route from Ribblehead via Chapel le Dale. Please note that all walks now take place from the 0849 Leeds-Settle-Carlisle service unless otherwise stated and walks will usually finish in time to return to Leeds by 7.00 pm. 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. 



SETTLE PARISH CHURCH : Please note that the church is currently following a new programme of services. On 28 there will be an all age morning worship service. Lunches will again be served on Tuesdays between 12 and 2pm. These offer home cooking and a friendly welcome.



  GALLERY ON THE GREEN:   From 26 January the Gallery will feature the work of Kerry McKenna. Born in Wales but  now living with her family near to Avebury in Marlborough Wiltshire, the famous village that’s inside an ancient stone circle Kerry will be exhibiting examples of her magical mystery slates.   Many people have been drawn to Avebury with its magical qualities and Kerry, being one, specifically likes to paint magical mystical scenes onto pieces of slate. Her husband Tom collects, cleans and cuts the slates into shapes ready for Kerry to paint.In addition to the magic inspired scenes on show in this exhibition Kerry also paints commissions for people in many countries especially the USA and Canada. She also holds Art On Slate workshops teaching the techniques of slate painting. The Gallery is open 24 hours a day and is free entry.  


ST JOHN‘S METHODIST CHURCH:  On Tuesdays the church hosts a coffee pot from 10am to 12 noon serving coffee and home made scones and cakes. The first Tuesday in the month is in aid of a charity and on February 6 the event will be in aid of Peertalk. All welcome.


BILINGUASING  The Bilinguasing sessions have recommenced every Tuesday at Settle Library from 9.30 onwards. These provide a time of songs and stories for pre-school children in both English and Spanish as well as baby yoga and baby massage.


PEERTALK:  Peertalk meets every Tuesday evening at The Folly between 7.30-9pm and provides a space for talk and to offer support for people who live with depression and also offers support to  their families. For  further information go to


THEATRE TRIPS: Michael Cullingworth is currently arranging a series of Theatre Trips. The cost quoted includes theatre ticket (usually a matinee) , gratuities and coach transport to and from the venue. To ensure good seats trips are planned well in advance.  On May 9th there will be trip to Bradford for Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Cinderella (cost £43) and then off to Leeds’ Grand Theatre for Calendar Girls on August 29th (cost£54). In October he will be arranging a trip to Bradford once again for Miss Saigon at theAlhambra on 10 October (cost £68).  Advance booking is essential as trips are popular and all payment must be made 5 weeks prior to the performance. ” To contact Michael to book a place on a trip simply get in touch on 01729823978 or email:-



NSPCC Many thanks to everyone who helped with the collection on behalf of NSPCC held recently in Booths. Thanks also to Booths for their assistance and to all customers who contributed and helped to raise a total of £388 over the two days. This is much appreciated.

ECO NITE  The first Eco meeting of the year will be held at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 31st January at The Royal Oak. All are welcome at this event.


ALL SORTS MARKET:The  Victoria Hall is holding an ‘Allsorts Market’ on Saturday  January 27th  from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Anyone wishing to book a stall  should phone 01729 822364 or e-mail . There will 
 be a Kitchen with food served all day 

BRASS BAND CONCERT: Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band are performing at Settle Parish Church on 27 January at 7pm. Tickets cost £7 (£6 concessions) and there will be a raffle and refreshments.

FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP: The community hub is hosting a fundraising workshop on 29 January between 10am- 2pm. This will be of interest to those involved in fundraising for local charities and community groups. The session will be led by Rev. Uell Kennedy of the Institute of Fundraising. Spaces are limited on this course and so booking is essential via the hub or via 07977 040329. The cost is £15 per person. The session will be followed by a 2 hour Q&A session where Uell will be able to offer more practical advice for specific funders for various projects. 


CHARITY DANCE: The next charity dance at Settle will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall, Tillman Close off Kirkgate on Saturday February 3rd   from 8.00pm until 11.00pm.  New Dancers are always welcome. Further information availablefrom: 01729 824038/822364 Proceeds from this dance still to be announced.


SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP:The group will next meet on 5 February when there will be a talk, “Limestone Landscapes” , by Andy Latham. This will take place at 7.30 at Townhead Court. Andy previously visited SPG back in 2014 to talk about landscape photography, following his successful exhibition at the Folly.


TRAMPS The next showing as part of the season of foreign films at Victoria Hall will take place on Wednesday 7 February at 7.45. Admission is £5. The film is “Barbara” and is in German with English subtitles and tells the story of a doctor in East Germany who  is exiled by the Stasi to a small town



U3A Settle and District U3A  are delighted to announce a talk by Alan Hemsworth on Thursday 8th February 2018 at 10.30 at the Victoria Hall Settle. The talk is entitled “The Riddle of Humpty Dumpty” Entry £1. Visitors welcome. Coffee served from 10.00.


ROTARY MERRY-GO-ROUND:    The Rotary Club of Settle will hold their annual Merry-go-Round on Friday 9th February. A three course meal will take place over  three different hotels and restaurants. It starts at 6.45pm in the Dining Hall at Giggleswick School, where you will receive your itinerary for the evening. The proceeds from this year’s festivities will all go to Cancer Research UK. Please get your tickets early as for the last two years the evening has been sold out. Tickets, price £20, are available from any Settle Rotarian, or from the Secretary, David Blackburne on 01729 822445. 


NORTH CRAVEN HERITAGE TRUST:   There are two talks being held in February by the North Craven Heritage Trust.  The first is on Thursday, 15 February at 2.30pm in Village Hall Clapham. This will be on the topic of “Craven In Domesday Book And Beyond” and will be delivered by  Dr. Fiona Edmonds.  The second will take place on 28 February at 2.30pm at St John’s Methodist Church Hall and will be on the topic of  “Inventing King Arthur” delivered by Prof. Nick Higham. Non members welcome. Cost £2.




ST ALKELDA’S: The churches are currently following a new programme of services. Please note that there  will be a service of Holy Communion on Sunday 27th  at 8am followed by an all age service of worship at 10 am


GIGGLESWICK GAZELLES:  The beginners running group meets on Fridays at 5.30 at Eshton Pavilion on Raines Road beside the all weather pitch. The sessions include walking and stopping and are designed to help build confidence in those who are just starting running.  For details contact Jill on 07955 342344.


RICHARD WHITELEY THEATRE On 25 January there is a screening of King Lear from The Globe Theatre.  Advance tickets cost £13 and £15 thereafter. For details and bookings contact  01729 893180.




In recent years the variety of events and range of performers taking part in Settle Storytelling Festival have conclusively demonstrated that stories are not just an activity for children. However, events like hugely popular Winnie The Pooh party, aimed specifically at 4-9 year olds, proved that it is never too early to get children hooked on stories!  This was a truly charming event, involving party games, stories, activities and a proper picnic with “piglet punch”, “Tigger tails” and proper runny honey rolls! In fact, some of the adults even weakened and joined in with the picnic!  Although the magnificent pairing of Charles Tyrer and Sita Brand from Settle Stories made the event seem effortless, any teacher will tell you that keeping such a diverse age range of children entertained and “on task” for an extended period demands considerable planning and a lot of talent in order to keep things running smoothly. Throughout the afternoon the children not only enjoyed stories about Winnie the Pooh and his friends but also joined in action songs and games and took turns at pinning the tale on Eeyore as well as hunting for heffalumps. There was also a chance to make a Winnie the Pooh mask as well as an opportunity to think more about the friendship shown between the characters and create a poster about their own best friends.  Clearly the event was not only enjoyable for the children but also had sufficient ideas for parents to think about ways in which they too could encourage the children to explore and share stories more at home. Another demonstration of how the creative talents of Settle Stories can actually help to spread enchantment.

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