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This week there will be 3 walks. On Saturday, March 25 there will be an 8 mile moderate walk from Horton to Settle via Helwith Bridge. This leaves Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 10.54am. Also on Saturday 25 March there is a 10mile moderate Dentdale walk via the Dalesway. This leaves Dent station at 10.16 and makes use of the service bus from Sedbergh to Dent station on the return leg. On Sunday 26 March there is 12m circular Smardale walk. This is a moderately strenuous walk leaving Kirkby Stephen station at 10.56.  Looking ahead there is a walk on 29 March making use of the Morecambe line. This is a 14 mile strenuous walk from Arnside to Kirkby leaving Arnside at 10.19 am and returning from Kirkby Lonsdale to Settle by service bus at the conclusion of the walk. 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


Giggleswick Gazelles now offer a beginners running group, every Friday evening at 5.30pm. Participants meet at Eshtons Pavilion and beginners are assured that walking and stopping is part of the programme and the aim is simply to find a way of making learning to run more fun. The group is run by two local and experienced coaches and the run is always followed by tea and cake. For details contact either 07799063115 or 07955342344, or turn up!


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.


The orchestra’s spring concert will take place on 25 March at Christ Church in Skipton, commencing 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.


Settle stories is facilitating a set of workshops for women living with mental health issues, starting today, 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



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


Our next Eco Nite will be held at 7.00 p.m. at the Royal Oak on Wednesday, 29th March.   We look forward to seeing some of you there.


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 accompanied children and include a pie and pea supper (vegetarian option available). 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. Please note there is no bar but you are welcome to bring your own drink and glasses. Tickets available from society members or via 01729 822959.


The next Charity Dance at Settle will be on Saturday April 1st 8.00pm to 11.00pm. All proceeds go to Carers Resource Centre.  It would be helpful but not essential if you could let us know you will be attending Phone 01729 823259/824038 by Friday March 31st


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.


A workshop on Shamanism, running from 10-5, will take place on 1 April at Friends Meeting House. Shamanism is an ancient spiritual tradition which has been practiced for thousands of years across the world.  It is a way of life centred around connecting with nature and can also be used to bring about healing. The course will cover key elements of Shamanism and aims to provide an eye-opening and enjoyable day. The course costs £50 and can be booked via


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.



As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations the Orchestra were conducted by guest conductor Elspeth Slorach and were joined by Langcliffe Singers and soloists Charlotte Trepese and James Berry, as well as a number of specialist musicians listed in the programme as “orchestral extras” who enlivened the performance with instruments as diverse as harp and contrabassoon.  This truly was a fascinating programme and it was undoubtedly enjoyable to see Settle Orchestra and Langcliffe Singers reunited once more and doing what they do best, complementing one another in producing music of the highest order. While some may feel that in the first half of the programme the balance was slightly awry – the acoustics of such a venue can never be easy to judge – with the orchestra at times overwhelming the singers, this was certainly not the case in the second half where the spotlight was truly on the choir and the magnificent guest soloists.  They certainly did not disappoint! The programme itself was dramatic and thought provoking. The theatrical Manfred Overture by Robert Schumann set the scene perfectly for the intensity of the German Requiem by Brahms. While this was probably not the most cheerful of pieces, being likened by George Bernard Shaw as a piece emanating from the establishment of ” a first class undertaker”, it would be a mistake to think of it as being only solemn and funereal. Based around passages from the Lutheran bible it actually has moments of great joy and rather than simply adhere to the formal Catholic mass it breaks into deeply moving hymns of comfort and consolation.  These changes can occur within the same line of text and are all the more striking for their close juxtaposition, such as the description of the people going out weeping to scatter seed but returning rejoicing bearing sheaves.  Throughout the whole piece there are moments of brilliance and quite clearly times when the whole orchestra is under huge pressure.  The drama is interspersed with stunning solos and there were at various times excellent pieces from strings, woodwind and brass – though I have to admit to being transfixed by the amazing performance of the percussionist on the Timpani!  The piece itself is both intense and poignant, with the solemnity and dolefulness of the first two movements changing to a more hopeful tone so that the fourth movement is considerably more serene.  The stunning solo in the fifth gives way to a sixth movement which is vivid and majestically powerful addressing the idea of the last days of the earth before a seventh movement which is like a quiet sense of exhalation after all the drama. By any standards this is a powerful piece and it was good to see the Orchestra and Singers appear to take this in their stride, though I have no doubt that beneath a serene surface they were all paddling frantically and hugely relieved when they reached the lingering final notes on the flutes and harp.

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