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A reminder that volunteers are still needed to help with this year’s Christmas Day event in Settle. Assistance is required with food preparation, cooking and serving and arranging transport to and from the event and to generally assist with the planning. To volunteer contact Judith on 01729 822138.  The community Christmas Lunch and Tea will be held in  St John’s Hall. The event will run from 11.45 to 4.45 and is open to all ages at the cost of £10 per head. To reserve a place please contact 01729 822138. Reservations are taken up to the last moment but obviously earlier booking helps the volunteers work out catering requirements.


This year sees a return of the popular ‘Three Kings’ tableau to the phone box gallery.  This will run until 17th January 2015 and is a wonderful sight to celebrate Christmas in style. The tableau was created by Jeanne Carr and Veronica Allsop with the stained glass effect panels created by Settle Flagmakers.  There will be treats available for young visitors and everyone is invited to leave a Christmas card for display in the rack.


December 14 offers an opportunity to join in and sing when Chorus Natus Est hold a Come and Sing workshop of Handel’s Messiah.  The workshop runs from 12 noon -6pm with an evening performance at 7pm.  The talented jazz singer Clare Teal  spreads seasonal appeal with a “Festive Fiesta Jing- Jing-a-ling” on December 19th. On December 20 Chris Newman and Maire Ni bring a celtic feel to Christmas with their Christmas music show, Celtic Christmas Strings” featuring harp and guitar.  Pendle productions will perform a matinee performance of their pantomime Dick Whittington at 2.30 on 21 December. Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 825718.


The Parish Church of the Holy Ascension, Settle is hosting a Christmas Tree Festival in December. Local businesses, charities and clubs have been invited to place a decorated tree in the church.  It is hoped that the decorations will be themed to reflect the donors’ interests. The Christmas Tree Festival be open on Sat 13th Dec, 10am – 3pm & Sun 14th Dec, noon – 3pm. The church will be open for visitors and home made, seasonal refreshments will be available. On Sunday 14 Dec at  6.30pm the church will host a service of 9 Lessons & Carols with Cantores Salicium.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a Christmas Coffee Morning at The Old Court House on Station Road on Saturday December 13th between 10am and 12.30pm. All welcome.


A selection of folk carols will be performed at Ribblehead Station on December 13th at 13.45 and 14.30 by Settle Voices and Settle-Carlisle Singers.  The station shop and museum will also be open. This will be preceded by a singing workshop at Langwathby Village Hall for anyone wishing to join  in with this free event and learn the carols. The workshop will run from 9-12 noon and will be led by David Burbidge before joining the train. For details and to book a workshop place contact 01539621166.


The choir invite you to join them for a festival of 9 lessons and carols at Settle Parish Church on 14 December at 6.30pm. They will be joined in this service by a children’s choir from Settle Primary School. All welcome


Pupils at Kwezana were delighted to report that Miss  Mbatani  is back  from hospital and recovering  at  home. The Kwezana pupils have recently finished their examps and will be moving up to their new classes after the Christmas break. Before then however they will be harvesting the crops in the school garden and will be harvesting carrots, cabbage, green peppers, beetroot and butternut squash. The work of the gardener is sponsored by ChipMonks nursery school in Giggleswick and the food from the garden plays an important part in providing meals across the school.


At the December meeting Mrs Chris and Canon Ed Mitchell gave an illustrated talk about Bags of Difference and members were able to view a large range of colourful bags made in Kisiizi in Africa and sold in order to help with tuition fees for orphans in that area. The W.I. will have a Christmas tree with handmade decorations at the Christmas Tree Festival at Settle Parish Church on 13 and 14 December. Please come along and support this event. The Annual Subscription for 2015 is £36. Please pay at the January meeting. At the next meeting at 2 pm on Wednesday 7 January Heather Slater will give a talk entitled My Life in Indonesia, and the competition will be for A Christmas Photo. Please note that this meeting will be at the Catholic Church Hall.


Santa is coming to Settle! He will  be in Booth’s store on December 13th and 20th between 10am-4pm. On weekday evenings from 5.30pm onwards Santa’s sleigh will be visiting the surrounding villages and will have a letter box for posting letters to Santa. He will be visiting Giggleswick on 10th and Langcliffe on 11th. The following week he will be in Horton and Stainforth on 15th, then the Mains in Giggleswick and out to Stackhouse on 16th. On 17th he will be back in Settle and visiting Duke St and Cammock Lane areas. On 18th he will visit Townhead, Duke St, Church St and Kings Mill.  As in previous years, Santa is looking forward to meeting children of all ages on his visit!


In the midst of the flurry of seasonal preparations there will be a mindfulness taster session on 15 December at St Mary and St Michael Church hall in Tilman Close at 6.30pm. This two hour session will look at ways of exploring simple mindfulness practices. For further details contact 07803721135. A new series of courses will commence in January 2015 for which this is an introductory session.


The National Trust are holding a Christmas Craft session at Friend’s Meeting House on 16 December between 1.30-4pm.  There will be an opportunity to make a Christmas wreath or a table centre decoration. All materials will be provided but you are invited to bring along your own decorations and baubles to re-cycle by incorporating into your design. The cost for a wreath will be £10, a table decoration will be £7 or both together will be £15. The price will include a drink and sweet treat. For further details or to reserve a place contact 01729 830416


Settle Stories team invite you to join them in their offices in the Town Hall on 17 December for mince pies and punch. Drop in between 2-5pm to share your festival highlights and find out more about future plans. All welcome.


On December 20th  Poppies will welcome The Sessionistas to entertain. Play acoustic songs and tunes this group of very talented musicians from different backgrounds,  met at sessions and now make music together. The audience can expect a varied repertoire in sometimes unusual styles, from folk and pop classics  to bluegrass and psychedelia, alongside original material. Performing acoustic music on guitar, banjo, accordion, ukulele, mandolin and fiddle this should be a good night! December 27th sees the very welcome return of Mr Ben Avison, playing alongside the equally talented Mr Sam Laurence. Two incredible musicians who we are very lucky to have performing at Poppies.  This Christmas music night is, as always, in aid of our favorite local charity, Bentham Pet Rescue. A truly worthy cause. Tickets as always are priced at £7 and are available from Poppies Tea Room. Concerts start at 7:30, doors open at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there


The annual New Year’s Eve Charity Dance will this year take place at the Victoria Hall on December 31st from 8pm through to after midnight.  There will be a Jacobs Join supper and all proceeds from this event will go to support Victoria Hall. For further information please contact 01729 823259 /824038



The group invite you to join them for a seasonal concert, “Christmas with Langcliffe Singers” at St Alkelda’s church on 13 December at 7.30pm. There will be readings and carols along with mince pies and mulled wine. Tickets cost £10, available from Settle Music, Bentham Post Office and Cave and Crag.


On December 14th the theatre will be showing a live broadcast of the Old Vic’s production of The Crucible. This event commences at Tickets for this event  are available from 01729 893180.




For over fifty people this was a very big “First Night” as it marked the first ever production by the recently formed Take 2 community theatre group. Many of those taking to the stage had never acted before and certainly never sung or danced in this way in public and in taking this step many were bravely venturing out of their comfort zones.  They therefore deserve to be congratulated and hopefully this first experience will inspire them to continue to explore the arts and to keep on enjoying performing and learning new skills.  The choice of a pantomime for a first production was a very sensible one, as pantomimes allow for interludes which don’t quite follow any logical order and are  not only flexible enough but also sufficiently forgiving to cope with all kinds of mishaps such as the occasional forgotten lines and the necessity of reverting to over the top ham acting.  Pantomimes do however require a few cast members to be able to “play the audience” and in this production the group were very fortunate in having an outstanding example of this skill in the magnificent performance by Grace Currie as Mabel Shufflewick: the eponymous witch. This really was a stunning example of how to be an stupendous pantomime villain. John Manning as Uncle Scruffy, alias the Wizard of Bad Gags, was a good support and grew into the role as the story developed. The cast also had the benefit of a strong, witty script. The pace however did lag at bit at times, particularly in the first act where there seemed to be too much dialogue which was based on explanation rather than actually moving the action forward and this tended to leave the less experienced members floundering a little. The central roles of Emily and Sam, Jennie Moor and Cameron Ogilvie, were carried off with great effect and I look forward to seeing more from both actors in the future. A real highlight of the performance was the physicality of Billy Ayari as Fairy Caterpillar, with the dance sequence being a real eye-opener.  It was clear that this had been very much a team effort and congratulations must go to the team responsible for the striking costumes, the music and for encouraging the children in their movement work.  The most obvious thing from the audience point of view was how much effort had gone into this production and how much the cast were enjoying it. For a first show it was a bright, colourful and lively beginning and full of promise for the future.

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