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This week there will be a 9 mile moderate circular walk on Saturday 18 February to take in the snowdrops in Dufton Ghyll. This leaves from Appleby at 9.56.   Also on Saturday, 18 February there will be an 11 mile strenuous walk from Horton to Settle. This will leave Horton in Ribblesdale at 9.58.   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


Pupils and staff have now returned to school after their extended holiday. Just as UK schools have a six week break in the summer months, so the schools in South Africa have a longer holiday in their summer. At present the weather is particularly dry and dusty and so the recently purchased water collection tanks, which the generous donations from Settle helped to purchase have been particularly useful as it has made it possible to conserve precious water supplies and to use these to irrigate the school gardens in order to ensure the harvest of vegetables which are used to prepare meals at the school.


On Monday, 20 February the group will be hosting a talk by Adrian Almond on “Landscapes”. This will take place at 7.30pm at Victoria Hall and not at Townhead Court as previously advertised. Adrian is a Landscape and Travel photographer who lives on the southern edge of the Lake District. Non members welcome


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


On February19th there is a comic twist to life as the hall hosts a night of Comedy All stars featuring, Raymond Mearns, Patrick Monahan and Tony Vino. More comedy, along with a sprinkling of magic on February 24th with a tribute to the late Tommy Cooper in “The Tommy Cooper Show”.  Folk Punk rocks Settle when Ferocious Dog Band return on 25 February. Award winning young musicians and dancers showcase the best of Ireland’s traditional music in “Echoes of Eireann” on 26 February before a visit by The Grahams, husband and wife duo from Nashville, Tennessee on 28 February.  For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


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.


This year Austwick Hall will be holding its snowdrop weekends on February 19 & 20 and 26 &27. Admission is £4 with children admitted free. There will be refreshments available. For further details contact 015242 51794.


The next big breakfast event will be on Saturday 18 February at  8.30am with tea / coffee available from 8.15am. The breakfast & talk will be over by 9.30am and this month’s speaker is Revd Stephen G Normanton. Stephen will talk about the PeerTalk Project – which aims to set up a UK network of volunteer facilitated, peer support group meetings for people who live with depression & their families. Everyone welcome. The event takes place at St Mary and St Michael parish hall and breakfast costs £3 for a “Full English!”. Please contact 01729 825285 in order to assist with catering by end of Thursday 16th.


Geoff Lakeman, described as the “father of a folk dynasty” will be appearing at The Lion on 18 February at 8pm. A Cornishman, living in Devon, Geoff sings a mixture of self-penned and west country songs. Tickets cost £5, available via  01729 824479.


The next messy church event will take place at St John’s Methodist Church on 19 February between 3.30-5.30pm. The theme for this month’s activities will be “Hidden Treasure”. The event is open to all families and provides an opportunity for worship, craft activities and sharing a hot meal together. The event is free with an opportunity to donate towards the costs of catering and craft resources.


The next group meeting will take place on 22 February at Townhead Courtat 2pm. The speaker will be Matthew Smith of Brighter Blooms on the topic of “Weeds to love or loathe”. All welcome.


The Settle Rotary annual merry go round dinner will take place this year on 24 February and tickets are now available via rotary members or by contacting 01729 822445.  The event comprises of pre-dinner get together at Giggleswick School at 6.45pm, at which point the destinations for the evening are revealed. Tickets cost £19.50 per person and each of the three separate courses for the evening meal will be served in a different venue. The money raised from this event will this year be split between a local charity, Settle Scouts Drill Hall project, and an international charity, Kasin-Kids school in Nepal. Participating venues this year are Gusto, The Courtyard, The Talbot, Boars Head, Gamecock, Craven Heifer, Craven Arms, Knights Table, Harts Head and Helwith Bridge.


On 25 February Langcliffe Singers and friends will be performing Handel’s “Messiah” at Christ Church in Skipton at 7.30pm. Tickets for this event cost £10 and are available from Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.  You are also cordially invited to join the singers on 4 March at Langcliffe Institute for a fun night of brain teasers when they host a General Knowledge Quiz.  This event starts at 7.30pm and will be a Jacob’s Join event, to which you are invited to bring along your own liquid refreshments!  Admission is £3, £12 per team of 4.


Church of the  Holy Ascension, Settle is holding its annual ‘Snowdrop Sunday’ event on Sunday 26 February between 1-4pm. All proceeds will be in aid of the Church’s Aspire and Renew appeal. You are invited to chase away those ‘winter blues’,by sharing a sight to gladden the heart and lift your spirits by viewing  the wonderful carpet of snowdrops in Settle’s churchyard. Afternoon Teas will be served in church. Everyone welcome


Rehearsals are currently underway amongst the Junior Theatre group for their forthcoming performance at Victoria Hall, Settle. On Thursday and Friday March 23rd and 24th they will be performing a musical version of “Peter Pan” Tickets are now available from 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


The next Settle Stories event will take place on 26 February at The Royal Oak between 3-5pm and will provide an opportunity to find out more about the stories of the Kilnsey show, a different side to Charlotte Bronte and an alien universe. Local Writers Meet Up will profile the work of three local authors. Victoria Benn will talk about her  new book Studs & Crooks – uncovering the hidden stories of Kilnsey Show.  The book is a celebration of the stories of the men and women whose dedication and passion have enabled Kilnsey Show to grow and flourish into the high profile event it is today. Philip Dent discusses his latest novel Mutable Passions – a story that brings Charlotte Bronte to life in a way you won’t have seen before… It is a sensitive portrayal of courtship and marriage, focussing upon the strong emotions that arose after Arthur Nicholls proposed to Charlotte. The third author, Jean Harrison will explain more about her  new book On a Wandering Planet –  a story of saving the planet in an alien universe. This ‘soft’ science fiction novel focuses on human relationships in a strange world, where a lonely woman is trying to find herself. There will be a Q&A with the authors and a chance for you to purchase books and have them signed.Tickets £2 online at Settle stories or £5 on the door


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


Giggleswick with Settle Branch of the Mothers’ Union invite you to join them on Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday (February 28th) at Settle Parish Church between 11am-2pm. There will be a mixture of sweet and savoury tasty fillings available with toasted sandwiches also on offer. All proceeds to the Mothers’ Union “Make a Mother’s Day” project. Everyone welcome.


The Next Charity Dance will be on Saturday March 4th at St Mary & St Michaels Parish Hall Kirkgate Settle 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Please phone01729 823259/824038 by Friday 3rd  if you are able to come. All proceeds to ‘Jack’s Journey’


A reminder to all members that Settle Amateur Operatic Society ‘Annual General Meeting’ will be held in the Old Court House Station Road Settle at 7.30pm on Monday February 27th.



On Friday 10 March, Giggleswick School will host the weekly broadcast of BBC Radio Four’s Any Questions? live from The Richard Whiteley Theatre. Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, one of Britain’s best known journalists and broadcasters, the programme attracts over 1.5 million listeners every week. Much of the popularity of the programme is due to the tension created by the fact that the panel never sees the challenging, topical questions in advance. The four panelists hear them for the first time live on air, watched on this occasion by a local audience at Giggleswick School, while being broadcast to radio listeners worldwide. The panelists are yet to be confirmed for this edition but they will be joining chairman Jonathan Dimbleby  two days after the Chancellor’s Spring Budget and so a lively debate is guaranteed. Tickets for the event are free, but the numbers are limited and will be available from 10am on Wednesday 1 February on a strictly first come, first served basis by visiting or by calling the Richard Whiteley Theatre box office on 01729 893180.

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