This weekend there will be 2 walks taking place over the weekend. The first on Saturday 27 May is an 11 mile moderately strenuous walk through Dentdale & Blea Moor leaving Dent at 10.16 and concluding at Ribblehead. On Sunday 28 May there will be a 10 mile strenous Swaledale walk from Hawes to Muker . This leaves Ribblehead at 10.28 and makes use of a service bus from Ribblehead to Hawes and then to return from Muker to Ribblehead. 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.
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
Clapham Art Group, which draws its membership not only from Clapham but also from Settle and many of the surrounding communities, will be holding its annual exhibition from May 27 – June 4 at Clapham village hall. The event is open daily between 11am- 6pm and admission is 50p. Refreshments will be available daily and a range of work in a variety of media will be on display.
On May 27th the hall will be the venue for The Rapper & the Griot, at 2pm, Sofie Hagen in Dead Baby Frog at 7.15pm and The New Fox Band in a Ceilidh at 9.30pm, all part of Settle Stories Festival of Happiness. On June 2nd the award-winning vocalist Jacqui Dankworth is joined onstage by her husband, acclaimed American pianist-vocalist, Charlie Wood, for a unique concert of duet arrangements celebrating a century of song in “Just You Just Me”. Music from a different genre on June 3rd when “The Three Other Tenors” take to the stage. The Three Other Tenors are Michael Clifton-Thompson, Howard Kirk and Gareth Dafydd Morris and all perform with Welsh National Opera. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact settlevictoriahall.org.uk.
Settle Opera invite you to join them for coffee in The Old Courthouse on 27 May between 10-12.30pm. There will also be homemade cakes and scones available.
ST JOHN‘S METHODIST CHURCH
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.
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 with the exception of the trips to Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, which departs at 9.30am. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheques should be made payable to Settle Rotary Club. The first trip is the World Premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This is a matinee 2pm at Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The price is £45.00 per person 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 £44.00 per person. Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You at Leeds Grand on Wednesday 30 August (cost £54: closing date for reservations 7 July), Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Theatre By the Lake, Keswick on 13 September (Cost £35) and “Handbagged” a satrical comedy detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher (Cost £35) also at Keswick.
The next meeting of Settle WI is on Wednesday 7th June, 2pm in St John’s Church Hall when WI member and local author Jean Stevens will talk about ‘A Teacher Behind Bars’ – her personal experience of teaching in prisons. Visitors are welcome.
On May 25 the hub is hosting a family history session from 3-6pm. This will look at how to use on line resources to find out more about your family history. On 29 May there will be a plant sale between 10am -2pm. Plants for this event can be dropped off on 26 May between 12-5. Then on June 5 they are hosting a creative fused glass workshop. There are 2 sessions on offer. The morning session runs from 10-12 and the afternoon session if from 2-4. The cost for this workshop is £20, including materials. Details and booking via 893180.
Are you happy? Do you want to be even more happy? Then Settle on 27 May is definitely the place to be when Settle Stories holds its Festival of Happiness. There will be over 20 free taster sessions and workshops by local clubs and groups so you can discover what’s on offer in Settle, try something new and see how coming together as a community can make us happier. In addition there professional events to allow you to Travel to Sierra Leone with stories from Usifu Jalloh and Alim Kamara. Discover Danish comedian Sofie Hagan who’ll have you laughing in the aisles. Dance the night away at our ceilidh. All events are open to all ages unless specified and f you’re booking a paid for event, take advantage of the online discounts, available until the 25th May by booking via the website at www.settlestories.org.uk
LOCAL HISTORY WALKS
The next Local History Guided Tour of Settle, featuring ‘Tot Lord Tales’ will take place on Sunday 28th May, 5.30pm to 7.15pm. There will be a minimum tour donation of £4, with all proceeds going to Oxfam. Our target is to raise £1000 for Oxfam. For further information contact Richard Whinray on email@example.com or telephone in the evening, 01729 554086. Participants to meet outside the tourist information office in the town hall.
The next two charity dances will be atSt Mary & St Michael Parish Hall and will take place on Saturday June 3rd & Saturday July 1st. The dances run from 8.00pm to 11pm. If possible please notify the organisers by the Friday before that you intend to come via 01729 823259 / 824038.
SETTLE CRICKET CLUB
Settle Juniors now meet every Friday from 6.30pm for training and practice. This is open to both boys and girls from age 6 upwards. During the summer the club fields teams for under 9s, under 11s, und 15s and under 17s. Parents are welcome to use the club house facilities during training sessions.
The next film showing by Tramps in their foreign film night series will take place at Victoria Hall on 7 June at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £5. The film is “Chocolat”, starring Omar Sy (of Les Intouchables) and tells how the black clown Chocolat becomes the toast of Paris.
‘SETTLE AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY.
Advance notice that the initial ‘Get Together’ for the Autumn show will be on Wednesday June 7th at the Old Court House Station Road Settle at 7.30pm. We would like to welcome new members as well as existing ones and would also welcome those who would like to help backstage as well as those wishing to tread the boards. The evening will consist of a resume of the show by our Producer and Musical Director with perhaps a sing along featuring some of the well known numbers. The show chosen is ‘Anything Goes’, a lively production set on board a cruise liner. It has many well known and catchy tunes and promises great fun for all involved. Please feel free to come along to find out more about it and the society. We are looking for adults of all ages. If you require more information please feel free to contact the Secretary Barbara McLernon on 01729 822364 or firstname.lastname@example.org The dates for the show which will be staged at Settle Victoria Hall are Wednesday October 25th to Saturday October 28th. We look forward to meeting new people as well as old friends.
Victoria Hall is hosting a fabric sale on 14 June between 10am -2pm. The sale is being staged by Doughtys Roadshow and there will be a wide range of dress fabrics and quilting fabrics available as well as sample pieces suitable for craft activities.
At present there are three temporary exhibitions at The Folly. The first is ‘The End of an Era: 200 Years of Zion Chapel’ . The generosity of local contributors means that the archive material originally provided for this exhibition has been extensively extended and there is now a wealth of new material on show. In conjunction with this exhibition there will be a talk on 16 June by Anne Read entitled. ‘Zion’s Part in Settle Life’ In order to accommodate those who are not able to manage the stairs in the building this will take place on the ground floor. However this does mean tickets are limited. The talk begins at 7.30 and tickets cost £7 from the Folly or phone 01729 822893. The remaining exhibitions are ‘Back in Settle: Pastimes in Past Times and ‘Settle Captured in Wool’ both of which are proving very popular.
JOHN BOWDLER DANCE
Settle Amateur Operatic Society are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the annual Dance with John Bowdler, Blackpool Tower Ballroom organist. This will be at Ingleton Community Centre on Saturday June17th. Tickets are £8.50 including supper and can be obtained from the Community Centre or phone 01729 822959/ 822364. Please note that there is no bar facility at this event but you are welcome to bring your own drinks and glasses
SETTLE AND DISTRICT OPEN GARDENS
This year’s open gardens event will take place on 24 & 25 June and will be in aid of Settle Swimming Pool. There will be 23 participating gardens and tickets cost £6 per day or £10 for both days. Tickets are available via 01729 822090.
The glass studio will be holding workshop sessions in the coming weeks to enable members of the public to try their hand at the craft of working with glass. This will include a 3 week course taking place on Tuesdays on 26 June, 4 & 11 July and running from 1-3pm each week. The cost for this course is £70. There will also be a series of Sunday afternoon workshops taking place on 18 June and 9 July which will run from 1-4pm and cost £45 each. For further information contact 07427 616469.
The Giggleswick Gazelles meet every Friday at Eshtons Pavilion from 5.30-6.30 and welcome new members to join in their running group. The group is friendly and aims to encourage new runners to enjoy their activity and includes stops and walks as part of the programme. The first session is free and holiday visitors are also welcome. Tea and cakes are available post run. For details contact 07955 342344.
RICHARD WHITELEY THEATRE
Community Cinema will be showing “A Street Cat Named Bob” on 11 Junte at 3.30pm. Doors open at 2.45pm and tickets cost £5.50. The film tells the true story of Covent Garden busker, James Bowen, whose life is turned around when he becomes responsible for a stray ginger cat who helps him to find a purpose once more.
VOICES OF CRAVEN
As part of the Voices of Craven programme former Giggleswick resident and international opera star, Sarah Fox will be performing at St Alkelda’s church on June 10th. The concert starts at 7pm and as well as Sarah will feature Royal Opera House regular Graeme Danby and English National Opera regulars mezzo-soprano Valerie Reid and tenor Austin Gunn in ann intimate evening of music and merriment with four world class singers. Tickets cost £20 and are available via 01729 893180.
SIMEON WOOD: WONDERFUL
St John’s Methodist Church: 20/5/17
You have to be extremely confident, supremely talented or blessed with great chutzpah to entitle a tour “Wonderful!” – fortunately Simeon Wood is all three and the performance itself certainly did what it said on the tin. More than that, it was lively, varied, thought provoking and in his engaging company the time simply flew by. Having been playing the flute since the age of 8 Simeon Wood went on to study at Trinity College of Music, London and now performs world wide, in a vast array of venues as well as working as a composer and working in schools introducing children to the joys of live music. However, to say Simeon Wood is a talented flautist is to give only part of the story – he is, but he is so much more! Throughout the evening he kept the audience delighted with background stories to the music, the instruments and tales of his travels and all delivered in such a genuine and informal way that it made you feel that you were simply sharing in a comfortable chat with an old friend. He is a gifted raconteur who is both interesting and informative and yet also managed to thread through his conversation reflections on his own spiritual beliefs in a way which was totally unforced and clearly very sincere. The music in many respects was a vehicle for his personal expression of faith and yet it was also a way of engaging the emotions of others. Like many other musicians he regards music as a universal language, allowing communication without words and this was very apparent in the way in which he puts so much of himself into his performance where literally every part of him appears to be moving in time with the melody. This is clearly something which he can use to great comic effect as shown in light hearted numbers where even his eyebrows appear to dance to the music created and in his facial expressions in “The Typewriter Song” but this passionate involvement is also apparent in the way in which he appears to draw on an inner core in pieces such as “Gabriel’s Oboe Theme” from “The Mission and “What a Wonderful World”. The setting too was perfect for this performance with thr heavenly music he created filling the welcoming space and the dark figure silhouetted against a white wall lit only by the sunset reflected through a golden glass cross. There could hardly be a more apt setting for a piece entitled “Serenity”. Which is not to say that the evening was all pieces of achingly beautiful music and heart-rending romance, though there was a fair share of both! The programme also included a range of light, comic touches such as “Bumblebee Boogie” and the joyous rendition of The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)”. Similarly a rendition of “Danny Boy” on an NHS walking stick followed by Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” performed on a bicycle pump can hardly be regarded as solemn! In short, regardless of the instrument (and at times these were even swapped during a piece) or the genre of music there really is only one word to sum up such a stunning evening – it was quite simply “Wonderful”.