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RAILWAY WALKS

This weekend is the annual walkers Christmas dinner walk. This year this will be a circular walk around Settle. This will be an 8 mile moderate walk and take place on Saturday 10 December, leaving Settle at 9.45.   For details and booking for meal contact Andy Feather on 01729 824 305.

CAR PARKING

A reminder that the new car parking regulations in Settle Market Place are now fully in operation and are now being fully enforced. In order to park in the market place it is now essential to display a disc in your car, in a prominent position.  Parking is now strictly limited to 2 hours in the Market Place. Any timed disc can be used, it doesn’t need to have Settle Town Council log on it. Discs are available from over 20 shops in the town centre and shops supplying discs will display a poster in their window to assist you. There are additional short term – 30 minutes – bays around the town as well as the normal car parks where usual charges apply.

SANTA’S  WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Santa will be touring the area with his helpers from Settle Rotary each evening in the run up to Christmas. The visits to each area will start at 5pm. On Thursday 8 December he will be at Langcliffe  and on Friday 9th December he will visit Austwick before travelling on to Clapham where he will arrive at approximately 6pm.  He will be outside Car and Kitchen in Settle Market Place on December 10 between 10am – 4pm. On Monday 12 December he will travel to Rathmell  and will visit Giggleswick Village on Tuesday 13. He will then be in Horton on December 14 and then travel on to Helwith Bridge and then to Stainforth, arriving there at approximately 6pm. Santa is always delighted to see children of all ages.

VICTORIA HALL

The hall is offering a varied programme throughout the winter months. On December 10th Topsy Turvy Theatre, will stage “The Lost Present”. This has been written especially for children and brought to life using handmade puppets, original music and delightful storytelling, The Lost Present is an enchanting tale about true friendship. It really is the perfect gift for Christmas. Please note that this is a matinee performance.  On December 14th Dryad productions  Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights when they stage Christmas Gothic.   Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar  perform at the hall on December 16 in a concert with a definite Christmassy feel, then on December 17th Settle Stories presents Starlight, a family show for Christmas. Please note this is a matinee performance and is aimed at children aged 2-6 years old.  In the evening of 17 December it is party time when a six piece all live, all action, authentically costumed, passionate tribute show, Glamrockz  invite you to enjoy  to the greatest of early 70s Glam Rock. On December 18 the ever-popular Pendle Productions Pantomime returns, with matinee and evening productions of family favourite, Cinderella..For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.

SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP

The power cut at the end of November has led to a rescheduling of the programme and so the gallery submissions have required alteration. The next meeting on December 19 will be a members night with the annual Jacobs Join and some seasonal fun. This starts at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The theme for the gallery will be humorous photos.

COFFEE POT

A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10-noon. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. The first Tuesday in the month is a charity coffee pot with donations to a charity nominated by that month’s organiser.

GALLERY ON THE GREEN

The Christmas Exhibition at the Gallery on the Green is now open and has already been featured in the Yorkshire post as one of the best places to view Christmas Art.  This year’s installation has been provided by Settle Flagmakers, under the guidance of Jeanne Carr and  features a winter wonderland with penguins sliding down a waterfall and generally having fun in a wintry landscape.  The array of knitted penguins were first seen last year as part of the window display at the town’s Age UK Charity Shop, where they proved so popular with visitors that a return was demanded.

As usual the display will include a small supply of chocolate money – this time at the bottom of the waterfall, with visitors invited to take a coin. And if previous years are anything to go by, generous adult visitors will add to the supply during the month that the exhibition is on display.

OPEN DAY

To celebrate their recent growth and development Settle Brewery

is holding an open day on 8 December between 11.30-6.30pm.

Members of the public are invited to come along to the brewery at

unit 2B The Sidings  and sample the produce and find out more

about the brewery itself.

SETTLE LIBRARY

Legend has it that years ago, from deep beneath the streets, a book of strange and haunting tales was unearthed …

The Book of Darkness and Light is a new storytelling experience combining gothic stories written and read by Adam Z. Robinson and a haunting musical score composed and performed by Ben Styles. The performance comprises  three spine-tingling stories to spook and scare, accompanied by the beautiful, haunting sounds of the violin. Settle Library invite you to come along and be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this new storytelling experience on December 8 at 8pm. The event is operated on a “pay what you will” basis but places must be reserved in advance by contacting www.booksettle.eventbrite.com

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING

Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a Christmas Coffee morning at The Old Court House in Station Road on December 10th from 10am onwards. There will be fresh coffee, mince pies, stalls and a tombola. All are welcome.

YULETIDE AT THE FOLLY

You are invited along to a day of yuletide celebrations at The Folly on December 10th. From 10-12 mince pies and mulled wine will be on sale with entertainment by Octameron between 10.30-11.15.  In the afternoon there will be family activities between 2-4pm. This will also be a last chance to view the 2016 exhibitions.

LANGCLIFFE SINGERS

Langcliffe Singers invite you to join them for a seasonal evening of selected readings and carols on 10 December at St John’s Church at 7.30pm.  The programme will include ‘Comes the Light’ by Anne Burgess: winner of BBC Carol Competition, 2015. Tickets cost £10 and are available on the door, from choir members and from Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.

ST JOHN‘S METHODIST CHURCH

St John’s congregation  invite you to come along and join them marking this special season at a gift service on December 11th at 10.30am. During the service gifts of  children’s toys – suitable for up to age 5 years – and baby items and clothing can be donated for distribution to families requiring assistance via Everton Children’s Centre.  On December 12 at 7pm we are holding our “Soupa Carol” event. This is a time for fun, carols, poems and readings with a festive theme and home made soup. All are welcome.

LESSONS AND CAROLS

Settle Parish Church is the venue for a service of 9 lessons and carols on 11 December at 6.30pm. The service features local choir Cantores Salicium and their junior section, Junior Cantores. All welcome.

NORTH CRAVEN HERITAGE TRUST

North Craven Heritage Trust invites you to join members and guests on Austwick Village Green at 1.45pm on Sunday 11th December to enjoy a guided walk of the Clapper Bridges of Austwick followed by tea and mince pies at Beck House, Austwick where non walkers may join us at 3pm. Non-members are welcome as usual at a charge of £2.4 An extra event is being staged on Friday 16th December 2016, 2.30pm at St. John’s Methodist Church, Settle when Professor Richard Hoyle, Visiting Professor of Economic History at the University of Reading will give a talk on  ‘Malham in the Eighteenth Century: ‘Langs’ maps of 1760 and 1785-6′. By one of the country’s leading researchers in rural history, this will be a most interesting and copiously illustrated talk. There will be refreshments afterwards and, as usual, non-members are welcome at a charge of £2.

SETTLE COLLEGE

Enjoy a taste of Christmas at Settle College on December 13 when the school welcomes you to share in Christmas music, carols, readings, games and festive fun. Doors open at 6pm for start at 6.30pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments available and all proceeds will go to create new music opportunities for students.

CHRISTMAS CABARET

Settle Amateur Operatic Society are staging a Christmas Cabaret at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church Hall on 16 December.  Tickets cost £8 and the evening’s entertainment commences at 7pm. Tickets include a glass of mulled wine and mince pie. Feel free to bring own drinks . For tickets contact 07540 300185.

NSPCC

There will be an open afternoon at Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate, on Friday 16 December between 2-4pm. Local author, Jan Michael, will be present reading extracts from, talking about, and signing copies of her latest novel “Stone on Stone”. Stone on Stone is set in Settle and deals with events related to the building of the Settle-Carlisle line.  Admission is free, refreshments will be available and donations will be gratefully accepted towards the work of the NSPCC.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

This year’s community carol service will take place on 17 December at 6.30pm at Settle Parish Church. As in previous years this event is open to all and will feature carols and seasonal songs performed by a range of music groups within the community including Settle Primary School, Octameron, Langcliffe Singers and Settle Amateur Operatic Society concert party.

COMMUNITY CAROL SINGING

You are invited to come along and join in the community carol singing on December 20th at 11pm. Singers will meet outside The Naked Man Cafe to sing and all are welcome to come along and join in this event.

CHRISTMAS DAY

There is still time to book a place for the Christmas Day lunch and tea. This annual event takes place in St John’s Hall and is open to all. The cost is £10 per head, £5 for children. Transport is available and bookings are now being taken on 01729 822138.

NEW YEAR CHARITY DANCE

There will be a  New Year’s eve Charity Dance in aid of Victoria hall. Reservations can be made via 01729 823259 / 824038.This event will run from 8pm until after midnight and all are welcome. Please note that there will be a Jacobs Join supper at this event.

MINDFULNESS COURSE

An eight week mindfulness course will commence in the new year at Hellifield. Sessions will take place at Goal Cottage between 10-12.30pm on Thursdays from 19 January onwards.  For details and bookings please contact 07803 721135.

GIGGLESWICK

RICHARD WHITELEY THEATRE

On Wednesday and Thursday December 14 and 15 the school chapel will host a service of lessons and carols following the traditional pattern.  This features the school choirs and top musicians and is always very popular. Tickets are free with a retiring collection but due to the popularity of these services admission is by ticket only. There is also a limit of 4 tickets per household. Public booking for this event is now taking place with tickets already going swiftly. Details of tickets available from 01729 893180 or via  giggleswick.org.uk/rwt.

ST ALKELDA’S

The church will be holding a Christmas Fair over the weekend 9&10 December. This will run from 7.00-9.00pm with mulled wine and mince pies on Friday 9th and then from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 10th. Santa Claus will also attend on Saturday and will be in his grotto 10.00-12.00 and 2.00-4.00. Refreshments will be available all day


OCTAMERON AT CHRISTMAS

ST JOHN‘S CHURCH: 4/12/16

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ” declared the opening song in this varied concert and it certainly must be the season which has produced the most wonderful array of music. The programme for the afternoon served a feast of seasonal delights with a slight smattering of non-festive songs to vary the mix. Similarly the pieces ranged from those by contemporary, living composers – such as Norwegian Ola Gjeilo’s haunting “The Ground” –  through to traditional carols like the wonderful arrangement of “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”. They are not afraid to also include music which would have been familiar to a mediaeval audience as in “Blessed by that Maid Marie”, where the a capella setting and Latin refrain provided a strong sense of history to the piece.  This rich array of genres  is always of an unfailingly high standard, demonstrating once more the skill and versatility of this group. Their trademark harmonies were to the for in many numbers lending the familiar “Christmas Song” an almost dream like quality in places and as ever their sense of fun shone through particularly in the seasonal updating of the words for “When I’m Sixty Four.” Their skill however can not be overstated and this was particularly obvious in the tongue twisting lyrics of “The Carol of the Bells”, which called for particularly clear diction and the lively scat interlude in “Blue Skies.” It should always be remembered that this is a group that clearly enjoys not only making music together but also sharing it with their audience and a hallmark of their concerts is the way the programme is arranged to provide something for every taste and yet to still have a surprise or two in store for regular attendees. Unusually, most of the programme was sung as a whole ensemble, although there were two magnificent solos from Robin Knipe, Widmung by Robert Schuman, a moving love song and Sheila Hartley, The Holy Boy, a beautiful carol by John Ireland.  The musicality of the group was further enhanced by the Flute accompaniment by Hilary Ashton in the French carol, The Babe Divine.  She was joined  by Sarah Glossop for stunning flute duet arrangement of Pachelbel’s Cannon which was played as an accompaniment to the traditional carol “The First Nowell” and proved to be a real highlight of the programme. The contribution of the 9th member of Octameron should not be overlooked, accompanist and Conductor Brian Heaton playing a major role throughout.  A number of the pieces in the concert feature on the newly released CD and this too captures the essence of the group, making it a perfect gift for aficionados and a perfect introduction for those new to their music.


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