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Putting the giggle into happiness festival

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Staff from Settle Stories met with our staff and pupils to find out what makes them happy as the organisations announced the School’s sponsorship of The Festival of Happiness, which takes place on Saturday 27 May in Settle.


The festival includes a wide range of arts and community events. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about what goes on in their community and try something new as local groups offer free taster workshops and talks. It’s also a chance for everybody to come together and celebrate with professional entertainment. Highlights include the chance to travel to Sierra Leone with African stories from Usifu Jalloh and Alim Kamara, an opportunity to discover one of comedy's fastest rising stars, Danish comedian Sofie Hagan and a ceilidh.


Most of the events are free and take place across the town in various venues. The festival hub will be based at Settle Victoria Hall and there will be a Fairtrade Café running from the Friends Meeting house.


It’s a natural partnership for School, according to headmaster Mark Turnbull “Mental well-being, happiness and a sense of community are at the heart of everything at Giggleswick. It is an absolute pleasure to be supporting Settle Stories and our local community to bring something so unique and dynamic to the town and help spread some joy too. I hope there will be lots of people taking advantage of all that is on offer on the day.”


Charles Tyrer of Settle Stories said: “We are delighted that Giggleswick School has come on board as our major sponsor for our Festival of Happiness. We are an ambitious charity that is committed to collaboration and doing things differently. We want the Festival of Happiness to bring people together, to connect people with the diverse range of activity already on offer in Settle and give everybody a chance to come together as a community with top quality entertainment. We want to change the world with stories but couldn’t do it without partners like Giggleswick School.”


Both Settle Stories and we at the School believe a stronger, better connected community is a happier one. How could anyone disagree with that?


While the festival runs on this year’s Speech day, there are plenty of activities going on into the afternoon and evening so please do take a trip into Settle and visit the festival while you are here. Details on the Festival of Happiness and how to obtain tickets are online at or call 05603845693.

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