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December 16th News


This year the Christmas Day lunch will be served at Townhead Court. There will be a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and a light tea will also be served. The cost for each individual is £10 and this event is open to all ages.  Volunteers to help with transport are also required . Please contact Judith Allinson as soon as possible if you are able to assist or if you wish to reserve a place on 01729 822138.


In the run-up to Christmas the band are playing carols and festive music in the Lion pub, Settle, on Thursday. The music will commence at 8pm and all are welcome.


As part of their seasonal tour Theatre of the Dales will be visiting Settle on 20 December with their Three Cheers For Christmas production. The show brings together three stories: Mak the sheepstealer, a medieval farce is interwoven with the children’s opera of Amahl and the Night visitors and Dicken’s A Christmas Carol to create a festive feast for all the family. The production will take place at Victoria Hall and commence at 7.30pm. Details and tickets via 01729 825718


Many thanks to all  who supported our raffle of Christmas Hampers. The first hamper was won by Ken Varley of Rathmell with the raffle raising approximately £300.  For those of a quizzical turn of mind, Andy’s great annual quiz is now on sale. Guaranteed to create hours of brain teasing over the Christmas period it makes an ideal stocking filler at price of £2.


Settle Golf Club  are currently selling tickets for their grand draw with a star prize of a year’s free membership. Tickets are are available via 01729 825340 and 01729 8233593. The draw will take place in 2013 to allow maximum sales.


The club is holding a Christmas Special evening at Settle Social Club on 22 December. As well as the regular floor singers there will be an appearance by Holbeck Moor Mummers and a special guest, Alan Holmes. There will also be seasonal treats such as mince pies, sausage rolls and mulled wine to aid the festive cheer as well as a Christmas draw. The evening starts at 8 and goes on to midnight, with admission of £2.50 and all welcome.


On Sunday 23rd Pendle productions will present their pantomime, Mother Goose, at 2pm. A wonderful pre-Christmas family treat. Looking ahead tickets are already available and selling fast for a return visit by Ultravox and BandAid star, Midge Ure, who will be performing at Victoria Hall on 15 February. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718.


The gallery is welcoming Christmas with an unseasonably warm theme this year by hosting a Caribbean Christmas to whisk visitors away from the bleak midwinter to a tropical island paradise. The installation features a back drop of tropical island images, with a tableau re-creating some very interesting (and edible) buried treasure. Visitors are invited to bring a Christmas card to put in the postcard racks. This will be in place until 26 January and can be found by following the trail of gold coins.



The next meeting will be on Wednesday 2 January when the speaker will be Heather Slater on being A Nanny in Saudi Arabia. There will be a Bring and Buy sale. The annual lunch will be at The Lion in Settle on Wednesday 16 January at 12 noon for 12.30 . The price is £16 for two courses and £20 for three courses, payable at the January meeting. Payment of annual subscriptions may also be made at the January meeting.


Settle Voices Community Choir will meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday, 7th January at 1pm when Janet Russell will resume teaching them after her sabbatical break. New members are very welcome. For anyone looking for last minute stocking fillers,copies of the choir’s CD ‘The Best of What We Know’ are still available at Settle Music, Linton Court, off Duke Street. For more information visit


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are delighted to announce that they have again secured the services of Blackpool Tower Organist, John Bowdler, for a return visit to Settle in March 2013. He will be playing for a dance at Settle College on 23rd March and tickets are now on sale. They cost £7.50, including supper and are available from 01729 824038 / 822364.


“Viva Forever” may have been a resounding failure on the west-end stage this week, but the real girl power was certainly alive and well in Settle when “The Shee” exploded onto the stage at Victoria Hall at the end of their national tour.  This incredible all female band blend together Scots, Gaelic, Folk and Bluegrass influences to concoct a heady brew which is then filtered through fine instrumental playing to produce a totally unique spirited performance.The moods may swing dramatically but you are always aware of the fact that you are in the presence of exceptionally talented performers.  The programme included a diverse mixture of music, both traditional and new but all with a distinctive twist. Amongst the new was the beautiful “Sugarwine”, a tune which stays with you and which expresses the sweetest of sentiments in American folk traditions, but against this was contrasted a gruesome traditional murder ballad “The Three Knights” . Mainly accompanied by the accordion this gave wonderful rein to the vocalists in the band and produced an exceptionally eerie and atmospheric piece. Eeriness was also conjured in the striking instrumental ” The Creepy Carousel” in which the electroharp takes the lead to create a real sense of unease before being joined by the other instruments. This was paired wonderfully with “Northern Frisk”, a traditional folk tune which sparkled with cross-rhythms and harmonies and some magnificent flute playing. There was real fire to the playing, particularly in the marvellous instrumentals such as “Meltdown” and “Starlings” which wove together melodies led by flute, mandolin and accordion with bassline electroharp and fiddles to create magical patterns to represent the murmurations of starlings in the evening sky.  As a group Their playing is totally unique and while I personally felt that their real strength lay in the richness of the instrumental pieces, you can’t deny that the songs are equally haunting with two stunning soloists. “Our Bottle” is particularly powerful, with some very poetic lines to depict the breakdown of a relationship. There is also more than a nod to the traditional folk roots with exhibitions of clog dancing, Gaelic mouth music and ballads such as “Eppie Morrie”.  Perhaps most striking of all is the way in which they work so well together as a team, no-one performer dominates and all the complement each other so perfectly that they create a whole which is so much more than the sum of the parts – much like the starlings themselves!  In all a wonderful mixture, guaranteed to appeal to a wide audience and to leave them wanting more.



Anyone entering the church last night may well have felt as if they had been transported back in time and were witnessing an event from an earlier century as Cantores Salicium performed the time-honoured festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This was in many ways an ideal setting and choice of performance as they have a very distinctive tone which was perfect for such a traditional festival. Their blend of voices is very striking and they have a beautiful choral tone which was shown to great advantage in many of the pieces. This was shown to great advantage in the cheery rendition of “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and the wonderful harmonies which accompanied the congregational hymns. There were also some excellent examples of ensemble work in their rendition of “Lullay My Liking” and “Es ist ein Ros Entsprungen”  which demonstrated the purity and clarity of their voices in a very moving performance. The male section particularly deserves credit for their contribution to “Gaudete” which was a wonderful opening piece and set the tone for the evening. Which is not by any means to under-rate the soloists, who performed with great confidence throughout and added greatly to the evening. Thanks also to the wonderful accompaniment provided by organist, Graham Toft and also to the various readers of the nine lessons. Clearly the choir excels at the more traditional pieces from the nineteenth century, with a number of those performed being much earlier in origin, and while this certainly suited their style of singing it would be interesting to have heard them tackle some more modern pieces as well in order to show that the church has embraced the twenty first century and that this festival is still relevant and not just a pleasant anachronism.  I am sure that this is a challenge which such a talented group could certainly meet. This is the first time I have heard Cantores Salicium, but I am sure it will not be the last and feel that they have tremendous potential.



Holy Ascension Parish Church, Settle
8 Dec 6.30pm Community Carol Service
15 Dec 7.30pm Langcliffe Singers Christmas Concert
16 Dec 6.30pm Festival of Nine lessons and Carols
with Cantores Salicium
23 Dec 9.30am Parish Eucharist
24 Dec 6.30pm Nativity Service
11.30pm Midnight Mass
25 Dec 9.30am All age Eucharist

St Alkelda’s Giggleswick
23 Dec 8.00am Holy Communion
11.00am Common Worship Morning Prayer
4.30pm Informal Worship for Christmas
6.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols
24 Dec 6.30pm Nativity Service
25 Dec 11.00am Holy Communion

Holy Trinity Rathmell
9 Dec 9.30am Family/Toy Service, with Rathmell Methodists
23 Dec 11.00am Carol Service
24 Dec 11.30pm Midnight Communion

23 Dec 4.00pm Carol Service
24 Dec 11.30pm Midnight Mass

24 Dec 6.30pm Carol Service
25 Dec 10.30am Christmas Holy Communi

St Mary’s Church, Long Preston
16 Dec 4.00pm Carol Service
23 Dec 11.00am Christingle Service
24 Dec 10:30am Messy Nativity Crafts and Worship
25 Dec 11.00am Family Communion

St Mary’s and St Michael’s Catholic Church
24 Dec 8.00pm First Mass of Christmas
25 Dec 10.00am Mass of Christmas Day
1 Jan 10.00am Mass for feast of Mary Mother of God

Settle Society of Friends
25 Dec 10.30am Half hour all age Meeting for Worship.
1 Jan 12.15-12.45 Meeting for Worship

Zion Congregational Church
16 Dec 10.45am Family Service
6.30pm Carol Service
23 Dec 10.45am Family Service
25 Dec 10.45am Family Christmas Morning Service

Settle Christian Fellowship
16 Dec 10.45am All age worship service
23 Dec 10.45am Carol Service
25 Dec 10.30am Christmas Celebration

St John’s Methodist Church
10 Dec 7.30pm Soup-a-Carol (Church Hall)
23 Dec 10.30am All age Service
6.30pm Carol Service
24 Dec 5.30pm Songs and Stories
around the Christmas Tree
25 Dec 10.00am Christmas Day Celebration

Rathmell Methodist Church
9 Dec 9.30am Family/Toy Service (at Holy Trinity)
23 Dec 2.00pm Carol Service

Community Carol Singing
Tues 18 Dec: 2pm outside Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe

Holiday Club *A Fresh Start* 10am – 3pm Thurs 5 Jan

For 5-11s … bring a packed lunch… St John’s Hall

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