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Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to an illustrated talk entitled: “Settle: Looking Back in Time”.  The speaker at this event will be John Reid. The talk will take place at The Old Court House on 22nd February at 7.30pm and admission is £4, to include a glass of wine or coffee and biscuits.  Tickets are available from committee members in advance if required. The following morning, 23 February there will be at coffee morning at the same venue between 10-12.30 and there will be an exhibition of photographs on display,  linked to the previous evening’s talk.


A reminder that on Tuesdays throughout Lent a homemade soup and roll  lunch will be served at Settle Parish Church with all proceeds being split between church funds and Settle Primary School’s link school in Kwesana, South Africa.  Home-made cakes and coffee will also be available.


A range of music is on offer at the hall this month.  Van Downham will take to the stage on 22 February and  popular jazz/world folk band Moishe’s Bagel return on 24 February.  For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


The February craft workshop session will take place on 23 February at Friends Meeting House between 10am and noon.  The session will focus on using  Caran D’ache watercolour pencils. The session cost £10, including the cost of basic materials as well as coffee and biscuits. To reserve a place contact  01729 823434/824386 (evenings only).



A Messy Church event will take place on Sunday, 24 February in St John’s Church Hall between 3.30 -5.30pm. This is a fun, free event and is open to all ages in order to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy being together, making things together, celebrating together and enjoying a hot meal together.  There will be an opportunity to make a donation towards the cost of craft materials and catering costs.


On 25th Feb there will be a 1 day emergency first aid course at Victoria Hall. This covers the majority of first aid requirements for most people. The cost is £65, including a book and certificate valid for 3 years. Contact for details and to book .


There will be an open mic night on 25 February at the Talbot Arms from 8pm onwards. Anyone interested in performing should contact 01729 823924 as soon as possible to reserve a slot.


The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27 February at 2pm at Townhead Court. The speaker will be Andrew Lay of “Lay of the Land Garden Centre.” Cost is £3 for non-members. All welcome.


On Friday 1 March the Folly will host a wine tasting night at 7pm in aid of the Folly Appeal FundThere will also be a raffle and a quiz. Come along and test your palate and maybe win one of the splendid prizes! Tickets cost £8. Contact 01729 822893. Book early as tickets are limited


This year’s women’s world day of prayer takes place on March 1st and will be marked in Settle by an event at Friends Meeting House at 7.30pm.  The materials for this year have been prepared by women of France, writing on the topic “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me,” with a focus on migration issues. The speaker at the event will be Sita Brand.  The event is open to all ages and to men as well as women.


The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on Saturday, 2 March, commencing at 7.30pm.  This will begin with line dancing between 7.30-8pm.  To book please contact Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038 by 31 January. All proceeds will go to Settle Parish Church appeal.


There will be a social evening at St John’s Church Hall on March 2 to mark Fair trade fortnight. This will run from 5-8pm and is open to all ages. The evening will include food tastings, games, a short video on the importance of fair trade and a cooked supper.


A reminder that the Art Group resumes on 5 March. There will also  be a Craft Day on Wednesday 29 May at St John’s Church Hall with two sessions: 9 am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm. Choose from Beading, Book making, Quilting and Crochet, and bring a packed lunch. The cost for the day is £15 including materials. This year’s summer outing will take place on Saturday 22 June with a visit to Salford Quays and a tour of the BBC’s new base. The cost is £25 and the trip is open to family and friends. Closing date 1 May.  The Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 6 March at 2 pm. followed by a discussion on the Great Food Debate, the new NFWI campaign, at which members’ views and ideas will be sought. This will be followed by an informal session and there will be a raffle.


Pathways to Change will be offering two workshop days at Far End Lodge, Austwick on March 9 and 10. The charge for each day is £45 or £80 for the two. March 9 will focus on the theme of “Revitalise your Energy” and March 10 will work on “Deepening your connection with yourself and others”.  There are a maximum of ten places per day and the sessions run from 9.15-4.30. For further details contact 07794 112172.


Settle Parish Church is holding a community quiz at the social club on Friday, 8 March at 7.30pm. The cost is £4 per person or why not book in a team of four for £15.   Contact John or Edith Diggles on 01729 825285


In a week when the earth has seen asteroids and meteorites  The National Trust invite you to join them for a special event at Malham Tarn on 9 March at 8pm in order to find out more about exactly “what is out there!”  The “Night Sky at Malham Tarn” event will provide a chance to marvel at the wonders of the night sky within the glorious setting at Malham Tarn – a beginner’s guide to identifying some of the constellations. The event is weather dependent so if the stars are not visible then participants will undertake a night walk instead. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking essentia vial 01729 830416.  Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children


Young Artist and Young Writer competitions from Rotary are underway for all youngsters aged 7-17.  The theme for each competition is “Peace” and the closing date for entries is 27 March 2013. Youngsters can enter one or both competitions either from home or through school if their school is taking part.   Each entrant obtains a certificate for taking part and those placed will receive prizes.  Winners will progress further to an area stage of each competition. For details about how to enter visit the Youth Activities website of Settle Rotary:


Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band are holding their AGM on Wednesday 27th February, 7.30 at the Settle Social Club. Members are asked to contact Peter Face for any further information



On Thursday 28th February at 7.30 pm there will be a free lecture entitled Voyage to Antarctica” by Matt Dickinson. The evening will cover the story of Matt Dickinson’s thrilling expedition to Antarctica in one of the smallest vessels ever to have braved the most dangerous seas in the world. Using video clips and slides, he’ll introduce the stunning wildlife and unclimbed mountain peaks of this last great wilderness and gives his view of Antarctic science and the effect of global warming on the southern hemisphere. On March 17th there will be a showing of “Quartet” as part of the community cinema programme. This will commence at 3.30pm and tickets cost £4.90 via the box office on 01729 893180.



It might be regarded as being part of the professional rock life-style to keep an audience waiting but I couldn’t help feeling a bit aggrieved on behalf of the hard-working support act who’d had to put up with the audience arriving through his set and wandering to the bar and generally treating him as no more than piped muzak only to find that after he’d finished there was then a lull of over half an hour while the headline artist had someone else tune his guitar!  The real shame was that the support act really was worth listening to and I would’ve regarded an extra half hour of his music as a bonus.  I’m also not sure that being a professional rock star does justify treating your audience in such a cavalier manner. However, that apart Midge Ure certainly had staying power and a good line in self-deprecating humour which meant that although there were times when his songs came across as a bit self-indulgent and self-consciously stagey there was no getting away from the fact that he has an incredible voice and has, in his time, been responsible for some pretty memorable music.  In short, it was a pleasant concert with some real nostalgic highlights by a performer who has been around the block and polished up his skills with the real rock royalty. There was no shortage of passion in the songs and his wry asides prevented you from taking his obsession with “miserable” numbers too seriously – though you do wonder if perhaps age is beginning to lead to terminal cynicism after a while.  Clearly however it hasn’t led to any untoward outbreaks of humility as the evening showcased new tracks from the soon to be released Ultravox CD modestly titled “Brilliance”.  They are actually brilliant – and so deserve the accolade.  Equally the evening gave the opportunity to hear some outstanding versions of well known tracks of yesteryear: “Dancing With Tears in My Eyes,”  “Fade to Grey”  and “If I Was,” for example. However it was apparent that despite his enthusiasm and musical energy he hasn’t totally been able to hold back the ravages of time and clearly there were points where his voice was straining to cover the wide range which came so easily thirty years ago.  And then there was “Vienna” – and for a performance of that calibre, you’d probably forgive any artist any thing! Certainly no-one else can sing the number the way he does – and even after all this time, maybe that is all that matters.



The Swedes have some very strange culinary habits, such as serving sweet lingonberry jam with meatballs and prizing fermented herring as a delicacy. Both are apparently acquired tastes – and the same may well be true of Inspector Norse by Lip Service Theatre. However, by the interval I wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to make the effort to acquire a taste for what was beginning to feel like a drastically over-extended French and Saunders sketch at best. To say that it was losing its way is to suggest that it even had a sat-nav in the first place, instead this show – like the Nordic roads – seemed to just go on and on and on and on…  I have in the past enjoyed their work – Withering Looks for example had me in convulsions – but this time, like the unrelenting Nordic winter I was left feeling cold and not all the hysterically funny knitted props and jumpers employed in their set could have brought any warmth to what I found to be a painfully dull one-trick pony of a show. I am quite happy to admit however that I seemed to be in the minority as many around me were happily chortling away at chronic puns,  repetitive gags and obvious punchlines and clearly saw some worth which I was missing. Nor does the irony of finding a show about  the  current trend for Scandinavian predictable detective dramas both dreary and dull escape me – perhaps it was meant to be humorous on another level, it was simply that I found it stretched whimsicality too far.  However, there were still things to admire and the excellent rapport between Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding is one of them. They move superbly between the characters and provide  a masterclass in teamwork to any budding thespians.  They also seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves – though that could simply have been the fact that they are very talented actresses.  The set itself was also a very clever design and extremely versatile – despite threatening to upstage the actors at times. Similarly the moose-heads and troll costumes were fascinating and close up were clearly works of considerable skill. There were also some very funny ideas hidden in the piece: the use of crispbreads to create the sound effects and the wonderful scene with the piano for example. However, at the centre of this piece about knitting there was a major flaw, in that the yarn itself was overstretched and simply couldn’t take the weight and pattern it was expected to carry.  Even a really poor comedy needs more than one coathanger on which to hang its plot and this was several hangers short of a wardrobe. Swedish furniture may be flat-packed and come with an easy to assemble guide to allow everyone to achieve a degree of success  – unfortunately real comedy needs inspiration to work and for me this was missing from this piece.

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