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Art Appreciation     

Meets 1st Tuesday 2-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Details Welcome to Art Appreciation. the first meeting of the 2019/20 season will take place at 2.00pm on Tuesday 4th October in the Castleberg Room of Victoria Hall. Please bring any catalogues, pictures and memories of recent visits to art galleries to share with the group. We will also discuss plans for the coming year. Looking forward to meeting up again.

Badminton and Table Tennis     

Meets Every Friday B 10-11, TT 11-12
Venue Langcliffe Village Hall
Contact 01729 268673
Details Badminton 10-11 and table tennis 11-12 weekly on Fridays at Langcliffe Institute throughout the year. You can do one or both activities and each session costs £1. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played for years. Come and join us and you will soon improve and you will have a lot of fun whilst playing. There are spare table tennis bats to borrow but if you need a badminton racquet or other information, please phone leader Kath on 01729 268673.


Meets Monthly outdoor and indoor meetings.
Venue Other
Contact Les Chandler Tel. 07802 543676
Details The aim of the group is to provide members, whatever their level of birding expertise, with the opportunity to: 1. enjoy the experience of looking for, and at, birds in the wild; 2. understand how different bird species live; and 3. develop their skills in identifying individual bird species.

Book Group     

  We regret that this group is full:
Meets 3rd Monday; 2-3.30pm
Venue Members Homes
Contact 01729 822524
Details Leader: Jackie Allott: We are an informal group meeting where we take it in turns to choose a book for general discussion. This means a chance to read a wide range of books which may not normally be on our own agenda. There are plenty of opportunities to talk and to listen. The group is limited to about twelve members as it meets in members homes usually. If this limit is exceeded, the possibility of forming a second group will be explored.


Meets Thursday 1st,3rd,4th,5th
Venue Other
Details Leader: Frank Rhodes: Bridge for all levels. Contact Frank Rhodes at the above email address

Card Making Am And Pm     

  We regret that this group is full:
Meets 3rd Thursday 10-12am and 1-3pm
Venue Leader's home
Details Leader: Wendy Newby: 2 sessions one in morning(10-12am) and one in afternoon(1-3pm). Max 8 members at each session. Each month we make at least two cards using a wide range of techniques and materials (which are supplied for a small charge). The leader provides any specialist tools and equipment required. A basic crafting tool kit of scissors, craft knife and mat, metal rulers etc is useful but not essential.

Circle Dancing     

  We regret that this group is full:
Meets 2nd and 4th Friday 10.30-11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact 01729 822781
Details Leader: Joan Hedley and Joan Myers:

Creative Writing     

Meets 2nd Thursdays 2 - 4 pm
Venue Friends Meeting House
Contact Jean Stevens
Details This group is for anyone interested in the creative writing process whether they have experience or not.

Crime novel book group     

  We regret that this group is full:
Meets First Friday in the Month 3 - 4.30 pm
Venue Leader's home
Contact Sue Bennedik 268548
Details Reading a selection of crime novels. This year a number of our books will be 'historical' crime novels.


Meets 3rd Monday 2-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact 01729 822579
Details Leader: Marjorie Walker: To all you wanna be dancers, my name is Marjorie. I have danced all my life and taught for more years than I care to remember. At present I teach adult ballet. I believe everyone has the right to dance to their ability. These classes will be friendly, relaxed and the art of dance will be taught with, hopefully, some fun. So please come along.

Dance Exercise     

Meets Every Wednesday 2-3pm - Catholic Church Hall
Venue Catholic Church Hall - map
Details Leader: Janet Rougvie: Is it dance? Is it exercise? Is it what we'd all secretly love to try when we watch Strictly and Craig says "fabulous hips darling!"? It's all three!!! This group aims to enjoy the pure joy of Latin music and Latin dance moves, adapted an exercise class format. Ideal for those who already love exercising to great music - but beginners, non-dancers, and those with two left feet are particularly welcome. Just bring a bottle of water, your sense of adventure and a willingness to have a go. Well work on some basic steps from the likes of salsa, merengue, bachata, cha cha cha.....then add some style as we go, and turn it into some fun dance exercise routines. There may even be a bit of tango or Charleston thrown in. You will always take it at your own pace so no pressure. You can either aim for your own personal calorie burn....or just enjoy the fun of dancing like we do when no-one's watching (safe in the knowledge that everyone else will be doing the same!)


Meets Every Monday 10.30-11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact Debi Burridge 01729 825855
Details No Lycra, no star jumps, no floor work, no age or ability limits! A lot of the exercises are chair-based, gentle but thorough, set to a wide range of music. Some standing work is included but is not obligatory and can be adapted. The aim is to develop and maintain good posture, flexibility and the functional mobility required for a healthy, independent lifestyle.

Family History     

Meets 4th Friday 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue Friends Meeting House
Details Leader: Eileen Bamford: For all who are interested in family history, from beginners to the more experienced. The programme will combine work on specific topics, in plenary sessions and in small groups, give opportunities to bring individual queries and to organise visits to relevant libraries, record offices etc. This is not so much a course, more a discussion and development group, with shared help and encouragement.


Meets Every Monday 10.00 - 11.30am
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 825972
Details Leader: Colin Coleman: This is a very friendly group, whose members all have some previous knowledge of French. We use a range of printed and recorded texts, including literature, poetry, song and journalism with a particular emphasis on members' own experience, to improve our spoken language and understanding of France and the French. All are encouraged to be both teacher and learner and not to worry about making mistakes.

Garden Visit Group     

Meets Monthly as planned
Details Visits to local gardens by car as planned. Inaugural meeting on Wednesday 4th September at 10.30 am in the Castleberg room at Victoria Hall.


Meets 3rd Tuesday 2.30-4.0pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact 01729 822311
Details Leader: Keith Waterson: First meeting is on Tuesday 17th September at 2.30pm. As you travel around this green and pleasant land, have you ever wondered why that hill is smooth and rounded, that one is stepped, another jagged? Even why there are hills in that direction and a valley or plane in another? Why are different agricultural practices being followed as you move from one area to another or why is a village located where it is or why does that plant grow there and not there? The answer is often GEOLOGY. In this group and we will try to unravel some of these mysteries and get a few insights into the ideas behind this fascinating topic. Some meetings are talks on other occasion we go out on field trips - some of these may take the full day if we are travelling further afield.

German (conversation)     

Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday 10.30-12.00 am
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 840697
Details Leader: Sheila Goodall: We aim to spend as much time as possible in conversation, with the emphasis on communicating in German so that you can be understood. Getting your message across takes priority over being word perfect. Topics are wide ranging, from discussion of personal interests and experiences, local events or travel to discussions based on magazine articles covering a wide range of subjects which we read together during our sessions. There is no formal programme and group members are encouraged to propose topics or contribute articles for discussion This group is not suitable for beginners.

Great Lives     

Meets 3rd Wednesday 11am-12.15pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 825786
Details Leader: John Jebson: The group allows members to present a summary of the life and times of a subject of their choice followed by a group discussion on the presentation.Lives may be current or historical and from any field of human achievement. Participants are guaranteed to learn something new!!

Group Leaders     


Line Dancing     

Meets 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays 10.30 -12am
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Details Leaders: Eileen Bamford and Janet Wood: Line Dancing for all levels, from beginners to those who have been dancing for some time. Fun exercise for body and mind.

Lunch Group     

  We regret that this group is full:
Meets 3rd Friday 12.30pm
Venue Other
Contact 01729 840319
Details Leader: Anne Webster: This group is for anyone who wants to have the occasional lunch out. It may happen on other days. Transport is usually available. The group is kept small and venues are not expensive.

Needlework And Natter     

Meets Every Monday 2-3.30pm
Venue Leader's home
Contact 01729 822677
Details Leader: Alison Tyas: We bring anything in the needlework line that we are working on. We can also teach beginners to knit, crochet, sew and a few other skills. Everyone welcome, whether wanting to learn something new or willing to show someone else how it is done. Spare threads, materials and needles available.


Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday 10am-12 noon
Venue St John's church large meeting room
Contact 01729 825483
Details Leader: Ian Tennant: The group is intended to be a self-help group whether working independently or on a theme.First meeting of Autumn Term 2019 - 4 September.


  We regret that this group is full:
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday 2-3.30pm
Venue Friends Meeting House
Contact 01524272754/07738291734
Details Leader: Keith Hyde & Colin Scales: We are reading extracts from the John Cottingham anthology "Western Philosophy" (2nd Edn.) Our meetings take the form of a brief introduction to the chapter we have read followed by an informal discussion which can be wide ranging and not always "on topic"! None of the group members would claim to be an "expert" - we simply enjoy exploring new ideas together - and new members are always welcome.


Meets Starting in January 2020
Venue Victoria Hall, Main Hall - map
Contact Ann Sheridan
Details A new group starting on 13th January 2020. It will run every 2nd Monday

Play Reading     

  We regret that this group is full:
Meets 3rd Tuesday 1.45pm-3.45pm October 2019 - June 20
Venue Friends Meeting House
Contact 01729 822524
Details Leader: Jackie Allott: The idea is to try a new area of reading, perhaps also enjoy our untapped talents for drama and expression. Do not let the latter put you off though, as advice suggests we focus on the words of the play and just read the lines get lost in the story and what comes out of that is the point and the fun! Members of the Group will, hopefully, take turns in deciding the play and direct for the monthly meeting. Other members just turn up on the day with no homework in between (unless you are keen to do your own research). Think of your wish list of plays you would like to share with others even film scripts a way down the line, maybe. I will help organise/lead, as required.

Poetry Appreciation     

  We regret that this group is full:
Meets 4th Thursdays 2 - 3.30 pm
Venue Friends Meeting House
Contact Jean Stevens
Details Leader: Jean Stevens: In a relaxed atmosphere, we read a wide variety of poems leading to group discussion which always proves lively and thought-provoking and often suggests further topics of interest. It doesn't matter how much or how little you know about poetry - in fact, the more variety the better.


Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays 10.30am-12 noon
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01524251868
Details Leader: Lizz Cook: Continuing from previous sessions. New members are always welcome with any size of recorder. We are working on longer and more complicated pieces, usually in three or four parts, from a wide variety of genres.


Meets 2nd Monday 1.30-3.30pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 015242 51816
Details Leader: Brenda Pearce: Playing Scrabble with the emphasis being on enjoyment rather than achievement. We are always ready to welcome new members to the group.

Singing for Pleasure     

Meets Every Tuesday 10-11.15am start date 18th September
Venue Friends Meeting House
Contact 01729 825107
Details Leader: Catherine Holland: The group sings a wide variety of songs from the ones we learnt at school, to recent ones from the musicals and various artists. It is a very informal group and the meetings are based on people enjoying their singing and finding pleasure in attending the session. Starting the 24th September 2019, and each Tuesday until the 17th Dec. Then 14th Jan 2020 to the 7th April Easter Then 28th April until the 30th June.

Sociology and Current Issues     

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday 10-11.30am From 22nd January
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 823899
Details Leader: Jennifer Warner: What is Sociology? Sociology is an exciting subject that analyses and tries to explain important matters in our society. It is something that everyone can relate to. We will be discussing issues like racial and gender identity, family, deviant behaviour, crime, poverty, prejudice and discrimination. You will need to come with an open mind as we will be looking at issues from varying perspectives.

Spanish Conversation     

Meets 2nd+ 4th Weds Sept-July 2019-20
Venue Victoria Hall, Scalber Room - map
Contact Ian Gray 822465
Details Using Sueños, starting with Unidad 6 Emphasis on communication.

Spanish Inter Conversation     

  We regret that this group is full:
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings
Venue Leader's home
Contact Tamsin Candeland 825760
Details Spanish Intermediate Conversation is not for beginners. A great opportunity to progress your language skills with Tamsin's help. The focus of the group will be general conversation, news items, magazine articles and short stories.


Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday 2-3.45pm
Venue Victoria Hall, Castleberg Room - map
Contact 01729 823407
Details Leader: Helen Thwaite and co-leader Cate Holland. Starting 24th September 2019 2.00pm - 3.45 pm None of us are experts! We learn from resources on the internet and from each other and have fun playing together. If you want to sample a session before deciding if you want to join feel free to come along to one; you will be made welcome. Beginners must be prepared to use the internet also (lots of free lessons online) and/or self teaching books to learn the basics.


Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday and 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Venue Settle Rugby Club Car Park
Contact 01729 830299
Details Leader: Nita Hart: The Group has two levels of walk, the Tuesday walks average between 4 and 6 miles and are usually fairly easy. Thursday walks, which average about 8 miles, are more challenging. Both groups meet at the Settle Rugby Club Car Park at 9.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated on the programme. New members are always welcome. See the groups page on the web site for the programme or copies are available from TIC and Settle Library. Website link is:-


Meets Once a month, either Saturday or Sunday
Contact Chris Benn 01729 824880
Details U3A Weekenders Group Sociable Sundays or Saturdays from September 2017 We would like this group to be welcoming and friendly with a mix of themed discussions, out-door time and probably some cafe time. It would be monthly to start with and may develop to include visits to interesting places or events. We dont want to duplicate anything already happening in Settle U3A. The unique element is getting together on a weekend day, and having an enjoyable and interesting low-cost time. The inaugural meeting will be at Settle Library meeting room on Saturday 16th September 11.30 13.00, with the main aim being to decide what we would like to do, and when, from October onwards. Would we prefer Saturdays or Sundays? And what time?

Wine Appreciation     

Meets 3rd Wednesday evening
Venue Members Homes
Contact Anne Webster 824844
Details An informal group that meets once a month in members' houses to appreciate a variety of different wines.