Settle News 23rd April 2017

EAST AFRICA COLLECTION

Settle Rotary Club would like to thank all those who so generously gave to their East Africa Famine Relief collection held recently in Booths supermarket. The total raised was over £420 and the money was sent off that day. President John Diggles commented that the generosity of Settle people to those in troubled areas of the world was once again first class and the Club appreciated the super response to this appeal.

KNITTED BIBLE EXHIBITION

St John’s Methodist Church is hosting a very unusual bible exhibition this weekend. The exhibition comprises 34 scenes depicting sections of the Bible, all featuring knitted figures. The figures were created by members and friends from St George’s URC in Hartlepool and the group originally only intended to re-create the scene of ‘The Last Supper,’ but their enthusiasm and imagination led to a much more ambitious project! Each figures has been individually hand knitted and there is an accompanying eye-spy quiz for children to encourage families to look closely at the work.  The display will be open to the public Friday 28 April 10-12 & 1-3, Saturday 29 10-3, Sunday 30 1-3, Monday May 1st 10-3 and Tuesday 2 May, 10-12. All welcome, light refreshments will be available throughout.

RAILWAY WALKS

The Ride 2 Stride: Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival is now in full swing, running until Monday 1 May. The festival offers a wide range of activities and walks. For full programme details visit the web site www.ride2stride.org.uk 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.

TUESDAY COFFEE

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

VICTORIA HALL


On April 28th The Company of Players brings together twelve of the best emerging musicians on the UK folk and acoustic scene.Said The Maiden, The Sam Kelly Trio, Lukas Drinkwater, Kelly Oliver, Minnie Birch, Daria Kulesh, Kim Lowings, and Chris Cleverley collaborate on a brand new body of folk music, celebrating the works of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. After a week long writing residential in Belper, Derbyshire, The Company of Players presents songs about love, loss, death and magic inspired by the imagination of one of Britain’s greatest literary icons. On 29 April fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. Also over the bank holiday weekend, on April 30th,  the annual Nordic invasion takes place when Scandimoot comes to Settle with a concert by artists invited to teach and perform at the annual Scandimoot weekend of Scandinavian music and dance.There will be fiddle music with Norwegians Rasmus & Hans Kjorstad and Jo Einar Jansen plus Rowan Rheingans from the UK. Vegar & Mette Vårdal will perform some Norwegian dances. The concert will be followed by traditional music and dance with weekend course participants. Looking ahead there is a wide range of entertainment programmed for May, commencing on May 7th with a matinee performance of Gloriator in which  a glamorous French actress and her hapless assistant stage their version of Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator! An inventive, physical, and very silly production at times, Gloriator was created by French/English female comedy duo Spitz & Co with the help of Angus Barr (Publick Transport) and Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey). It won the Critics Choice Award at Exeter Ignite, and was developed with support from Arts Council England and Bristol Old Vic Ferment. On 13 May rrf Media Presents:”Fred Astaire And Ginger!”The story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Award winning singer Robert Habermann sings the songs and tells the story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the great dancing pair of the thirties – presenting many of the classic songs that they performed in their iconic musical films. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact settlevictoriahall.org.uk.

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.  The coffee pot on Tuesday  May 2nd is a charity event and this month money will be raised for “Guide Dogs for the Blind”.

THEATRE TRIPS

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 michaelcullingworth@gmail.com. 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.

TABLE TOP SALE

There will be a table top sale in the atrium at Limestone View on 29 April form 10am onwards.  The cafe will be open all day for refreshments.

BOOK FAIR

Friends of Victoria Hall are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Book Fair at the Victoria Hall Settle on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st. It will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm and there will be refreshments served all day. All welcome

TRAMPS

The next film showing in the foreign film season at Victoria Hall will be “Our Little Sister”. This will be shown on May 3rd at 7.45pm. Admission £5 on the door.  This Japanese film, with subtitles, revolves around the changes in a family of three sisters when their young half-sister comes to live with them.

BARN DANCE

The annual Churches Together barn dance will take place on May 5 in the Catholic Church Hall, from 7-10.30pm. The accordionist and caller for the evening will be Bill Johnston and tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £1 for children. This includes a supper. A vegetarian option is available, please contact 01729 822311 to reserve this.  Soft drinks will be served but you are also welcome to bring along your own alternatives. Funds from this event will go towards rainforest saving projects. All welcome.

DEATH CAFE

The next cafe will take place on 6 May at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate, Settle between 10-noon. The cafe provides an opportunity to have a  conversation about all aspects of death in a friendly cafe atmosphere.  There is free tea and cake. Voluntary donations accepted towards cost of room.     Details from Alison  01729 822677.

SETTLE AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY

You are cordially invited along to The Old Court House on Station Road to enjoy fresh coffee, home baking and friendly chat at the SAOS Coffee Mornings on Saturday May 6th between10.00am to 12.30pm. All welcome.

CHARITY DANCE

The Next Charity Dance will be on Saturday May 6th at St Mary & St Michael’s Parish Hall Kirkgate Settle 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Please phone 01729 823259/824038 by Friday 5th if you are able to come.

SETTLE HUB

The hub is hosting a workshop on paediatric first aid on 11 May. Aimed at parents, grandparents and carers this session will give practical advice on how to deal with medical emergencies and give guidance on situations where medical assistance should be sought. The session is run by a trained specialist and will take place from 9.30-11.30. It costs £10 per head and places can be reserved by contacting 07837 864469.

ALL SORTS MARKET

Victoria Hall will be holding a craft and all sorts market on 13 May. Tables are available for this event. Please contact 01729 825718 for details.

SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP

The group’s next meeting will be on Monday, 15 May at Townhead Court at 7.30pm when the topic for the evening will be “Selling your Photographs”. This will be a talk on the whys and wherefores of making money from your pictures.  The gallery for the evening will be “Weather and Skies”

GUIDE DOGS

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to support the Easter Monday event at Langcliffe Institute. This raised a staggering £551.08 for Guide Dogs for the Blind. John and Eileen would like to particularly thank the numerous people who baked for the event and the magnificent team who helped to run the kitchen on the day.

SETTLE STORIES

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

GIGGLESWICK

RICHARD WHITELEY THEATRE

On Saturday 29 April the New World String Trio , comprised of players from Opera North,  will perform a spring concert at Giggleswick School Chapel. Tickets from www.giggleswick.org.uk/rwt or 01729 893180

PRIDE IN OUR PARISH’

The monthly Giggleswick Litter-pick will take place on Monday 1st May starting at 10.00 am from near the Parish noticeboard, Tems Bridge, Church Street. There are various set routes to suit all abilities. Volunteers are always welcome.

GIGGLESWICK WI

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 4th May 2017 at 7.30 pm in the Hobson Room, Giggleswick school. The speaker for the evening will be Andrew Thwaite, Choclatier and Chef . There will also be  a Bring and Buy stall.

PICKLEBALL

Do you want to find out more about one of the UK’s fastest growing sports? Do you want an opportunity to play Pickleball?  A combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is suitable for all ages.  A local group meets every Saturday between 10 and noon at Giggleswick sports hall where there are four courts available for players from beginners to more experienced players to learn about the sport. It is open to all abilities and all ages and there is equipment available for players to borrow. The first session is free and more details are available from austwickpickleball@outlook.com.


VENTOUX: 2 MAGPIES THEATRE

SETTLE STORIES: RICHARD WHITELEY THEATRE: 21/4/17

Arriving in the theatre, the audience is greeted by a darkened stage on which there are three cool boxes, two racing bikes, their back wheels off the ground supported by stands and a huge screen as backdrop.  There are also two lycra clad men, warming up for the performance. While theatre is sometimes energetic, it isn’t usual to see the actors’ warm up routine: however this is not usual theatre. The warm ups are not for the acting, but for the bicycle race which is to follow. From the moment the show begins the audience is immersed in the re-running of one of the world’s greatest cycling duels: the ascent of Ventoux  in July 2000, when Marco (The Pirate) Pantani and Lance Armstrong went head to head in Stage 12 of the Tour De France.  Initially it is hard to differentiate between the two combatants: their rituals as they warm up are identical and at times totally synchronised, their actions on the bikes likewise and from what they tell us it would seem that their stories are also similar. Both have come to cycling as a means of proving themselves, both have overcome huge obstacles and both have a lot to prove by conquering the mountain and by beating each other. The one difference which is emphasized is that one has been accused of cheating by using drugs.  This of course is where the twist is meant to come, because the alleged cheat is not Armstrong but Pantani and it is only with hindsight that we know that for all his arrogant posturing, Armstrong is actually the one who will bring the sport into disrepute. Unfortunately, this key point really doesn’t quite work because the storytelling and timeline of events becomes muddled as the play progresses so that on leaving the production there were still members of the audience who were unsure as to which bits of the action had been flashbacks – or as I overheard, “I don’t get it, why did they re-run the race twice when the result was the same”. On many levels this was a stunning piece of theatre and the dedication of the two actors is immense, the cycling alone is exhausting! They create two fascinating portraits of men driven by ambition and willing to make any sacrifice to achieve their goals, fierce rivals but each acknowledging each other’s achievements. However, as an audience member with only basic knowledge of the back story it was at times difficult to differentiate between the two in any meaningful way.  It was also a very theatrical experience in many respects: the use of the actual race commentary was powerful, as was the video background of the route itself shot by the pair as they made the actual journey up Ventoux. Coupled with this is the astonishing soundtrack which replicates the beating hearts and whine of the racing bike wheels. Everything about the production is designed to heighten the intensity, to ensure that the audience understand the destruction which Ventoux can wreak on those who challenge it. Author Roland Barthes made a claim that the French mountain of Ventoux is a god of evil, to which sacrifices must be made and it is very apparent that both Armstrong and Pantani believe that any sacrifice is worthwhile.  Sadly, I personally felt that those devising the play also fell under this curse and in their attempt to conquer Ventoux lost the ability to step back and view their output critically. Using only Armstrong’s own words as given in interviews in order to create his script did make it realistic but it also made in very unsympathetic as a central character and created only a two dimensional performance. He may well have been a hard, driven man but by showing nothing behind the mask he came across simply as an arrogant hypocrite whereas at least Pantani was seen to be able to recognise his own weaknesses and vulnerability.  Similarly, a little more critical faculty might have ensured that there was some simple device incorporated to ensure that the timeline of the action was more accessible to the audience so that it was left thinking rather than just wondering on whether this was a case of self indulgent artifice for the sake of art .


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