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Information and News about Settle 5th July 2014


Settle WI will be holding their annual Strawberry Coffee Morning on Saturday 12 July at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate between 10am and 12.30pm.  There will be strawberry scones and a drink for £2. There will also be a cake stall.  All are welcome.


The next exhibition at Gavaghan Art will open on July 12th and features the paintings of Chris Rigby. Chris who has exhibited previously in Settle, will be including in this solo exhibition landscape studies painted at locations throughout the British Isles.The exhibition continues to:  30 August. The gallery is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11am  – 4pm


Settle Artisan’s fair will take place on 12 July at Victoria Hall. There will be a range of locally produced goods on sale.


Settle Cricket Club is hosting a rounders fun day on 13 July. Those taking part can register from 11am and registration costs £2 per person. You can register as a team or an individual. Team players must be over 14 years old and there should be nine people to a team, but there can be no more than 4 men to any team.  Games will commence at noon. There will also be a bar, barbecue, raffle and bouncy castle.  All proceeds to Cancer Research


There will be a showing of ” Never Let Me Go” on 14 July at Victoria Hall. Tickets cost £5 and doors open at 7.15 with the film commencing at 7.45pm. The film is based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel and tells a very unusual and thought- provoking coming of age story set in an alternative history.


On July 12th The irrepressible Knicker Lady visits Settle for a one-woman show tracing the history of 250 years of bloomers, briefs and bustles in a hilarious romp guaranteed to have you aching with laughter.  Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 82571801729 825718 .


The Langcliffe Singers invite you to a Summer Concert of Romantic Music at Langcliffe Institute on 12 July at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and include strawberries. You are invited to bring your own drinks. Tickets are available via  07732 352 77107732 352 771 or from Settle Music, Cave and Crag, Bentham Post office and Skipton Camera Centre.


At the July meeting Sylvia Whitely gave a fascinating talk on The Secrets of Handwriting and was thanked by Joy Calvert. The Walking Group outing is on Thursday 17 July – for details please contact Pat Whitton. The Strawberry Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 12 July at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, from 10 am to 1 pm. Donations of cakes, etc. will be most welcome. Settle W.I. will also be running a bottle stall at Clapham Street Market on Saturday 26 July and are asking for donations of bottles from members. At 2 pm on Wednesday 6 August it will be the Members Meeting and there will be a bring and buy stall. The meeting on Wednesday 3 September will be in the Catholic Church Hall.


Settle Methodist Circuit are holding a summer supper event on 17 July at St John’s Hall, at 7pm. The speakers for the evening will be Jim Hope and Rev Dr Barbara Glasson who will present a talk on their recent visit to Pakistan.  Tickets cost £10 and are available via 01729 82213801729 822138 . All profit will go towards the work of Methodist
Mission Overseas. The menu for the evening is meat and potato pie followed by trifle!


Local organic nursery, Growing with Grace is holding  family open day on 19 July between 10am and 4pm. Families are invited to drop in and find out more about the nursery and take part in a range of activities. The Annual General Meeting will take place on the same day between 10-11am.


The next messy church will take place on 20 July at St John’s Church hall between 3.30-5.30pm.  The theme this month will be “What a Wonderful World”.  There will be opportunities to make things, celebrate and share a hot meal together.  There is no charge for this event but donations towards the cost of the food and craft materials are welcome.


Settle’s Gallery on the Green is currently hosting a selection of photos by Simon Whalley. ‘Spirit of the Line’ is based on Settle-Carlisle railway, but examines not the trains and tunnels but its everyday magic, its relationship with the environment and the people who use it.  An accompanying book also commemorates those people who fought to save the line from being closed during the 1980’s.


Two exhibitions with a very local feel are being staged at The Folly. The first, ‘War Beckons’: tracks how the people of North Craven prepared for war in 1914 and includes memorabilia loaned by local families. The second ‘Journeys Through a Family Archive’, explores  how the Rileys of Settle meticulously recorded and communicated the details of their everyday lives, work and – often adventurous – travels and achievements through writing, drawing and photography over a period of nearly 80 years. Frederic Riley was the author of several definitive full-length books on this area of Yorkshire, including his most ambitious work “The Ribble from its Source to the Sea”, published 100 years ago this year. This exhibition is a must for everyone who enjoys comparing and contrasting ‘then’ and ‘now’  The Folly is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm  and on Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm


Advance notice of this summer’s holiday club organised by Churches Together in Settle and District. This will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings on 12-14 August between 10am to noon each day. The venue is St John’s Church Hall and this time the club will have a cops and robbers theme.  The event if free for 5-11 year olds. For details contact 01729 82231101729 822311 .



Settle Amateur Operatic Society will be serving strawberry teas at Hillcroft, The Mains, Giggleswick on July 19th between 2-4pm. There will be stalls, tombola and a raffle.  Entry is £3, by ticket or on the door and includes refreshments. Please note that if wet this event will transfer to the Old Court House on Station Road.



Those going along to see The Young ‘Uns perform received an added bonus in the form of an introductory set by Scottish singer/songwriter Bill Adair.  This was an impressive mixture with blues inspired” St James Infirmary” and the haunting “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live”  along with the evocative “Lindisfarne.” He has a wonderfully rich voice and a real talent for creating evocative imagery which appeals to all the senses and was an unexpected joy to precede the main attraction.  And what an attraction! I last heard The Young ‘Uns during a cold wet Tall Ships Race in 2010, they were great then and they are even better now! During the intervening years their sound and range have developed and their stage presence has blossomed yet they have managed to retain their easy patter and ability to build a rapport with an audience so that you still feel as if you are in the intimate confines of a folk club. Their music reflects an acute awareness of their heritage both personal as in “Love in a Northern Town” and more generally in numbers such as “John Ball” and their rendition of  rousing sea-shanties. Running through it all is a strong pride in their north eastern roots and this is very much to the fore in the writing of Sean Cooney in numbers such as “When our Grandfathers’ Said No”, a powerful song about how the hungry men of Stockton resisted the blandishments of Mosley’s blackshirts. Awareness of how history impacts on personal life informed numbers such as the haunting “Theo Jones” and poignant tribute to “John Hill”. However, it would be wrong to think that the band exudes an air of melancholy because of this, as they have an almost child-like delight in anarchy as seen in “The Trench Tales” and “A Lovely Cup of Tea”.  Added in to this cocktail of talent is a notable ability for powerful a cappella harmonies and some stunning musical accompaniments on both guitar and accordion. Their  dynamic voices are at their most powerful in shanties such as “Blood Red Roses” but they then soften to take on an ethereal  quality in numbers such as “Shallow Brown”. It is this ability to move between moods and styles, the contemporary commentary and the traditional song,  the personal and political, the robust and the romantic which makes them such a fascinating combination and gives their concerts a real edge.



Many thanks to the parents who took part  Fund-raising at Settle Hills Race and thanks to all those who baked for the event.. All proceeds from selling the refreshments at this event will go to our school funds. Congratulations to  Jennifer, Oliver, Caitie, Rhiannon and Danielle for their excellent involvement in all aspects of our recent Y6 residential visit to Edinburgh. Well done also to  Class 3 pupils for their good sporting behaviour and participation in this recent cluster schools’ cricket event: Rhiannon Jones, Danielle Lightbody, Caitie Birkett-Bentley, Oliver Avison-Fell, Louisa Bullock, Honey Kaup-Samuels, Nell Shepherd, Amy Simpson, Ella Richardson and Will Clay and also to those who took part in the Cross Country Event, especially as all pupils managed to complete this challenging course. Our Y6 pupils recently joined with others from our cluster schools to participate in a range of enjoyable activities to help support their spiritual development and their transition to secondary school. These were organised by members of the local churches. A special mention to Charlie, Connie, Cerys, Corey and Oliver for their excellent participation and very good sporting behaviour in this recent Y2 cluster schools mini-olympic event. As well as numerous sporting activities of late KS2 pupils recently enjoyed some archaeology when they took part in a visit to some training trenches in Giggleswick and we are grateful to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for their financial support with this visit.Meanwhile  Class 3 pupils for participated in a cluster schools “Tour de France” Maths workshop which involved solving many challenging, yet enjoyable, mathematical problems, working collaboratively with pupils from other schools.


St Alkelda’s invite you to their church garden party on July 12th at 2pm at Rose Cottage, Giggleswick. There will be stalls,  dancing and afternoon teas. There will be a duck race on Tems Beck at 4pm. All welcome.


With not one set of separated twins but two, Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is a play which revolves around the ongoing potential for chaos resulting from continual mistaken identity of the four main characters. The witty dialogue, fast paced action and need to ensure that the audience is always “in on the joke” when the characters on stage are not is frequently a challenge for directors. However, in this production there is the added complication that there are actually only four actors playing all the parts and then it is further complicated by the fact that all of them are male.  Not that it seemed to matter, for this was a roaring success, being a glorious romp through the play in a manner which was anything but naturalistic. The simple technique of using a bell to freeze time to comment on what was happening was inspired and used to great effect. Every device was strained to the extreme in order to extract the maximum humour possible and all manner of everyday objects were pressed into service to double as props and character. Badminton racquets and spoons became puppets,  tin plates became name badges to differentiate characters and where needed members of the audience were press-ganged into being the extra bodies required on stage.  In short it was a masterclass in comic timing and ingenuity and perfect entertainment for an outdoor summer evening.  The simplicity of the setting and props however belied the level of skill required to ensure that not only were entrances bang on cue but all lines were delivered with a level of clarity which made it obvious at all times just which character was addressing which, even when both halves of the conversation were being delivered by the same actor. This was no mean feat and the fact that for most of the time you were never actually conscious of the fact that this was happening simply highlights how smoothly the piece was produced. All you were aware of was that it was extremely manic and totally hilarious and that absolutely anything could happen. To say that the four actors were outstanding is an understatement – they managed to convey completely the sense of incredulity at the events which overtook the characters and at the same time stayed completely in control of the technicalities of the staging of the performance.   The group will be performing across the UK and in Europe throughout the summer and tour between venues on  just four bicycles, carrying all the  necessary set, props, costumes and camping equipment to perform both Comedy of Errors and Macbeth. If you get the opportunity, go along – this is Shakespeare like you have never seen it before…

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