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Settle Rotary Club’s Hog Roast will take place at Eldroth Barn, Eldroth, Austwick

Lancaster. LA2 8AQ on Sunday 3rd July 2016 between 12 noon and 5.00pm.  In addition to the excellent buffet  with many salads to accompany the roast, there will

be a vast selection of desserts! There will be live musical entertainment throughout the afternoon provided by Settle Brass Band and Jack Miller and the Black Horse

Jazzmen. There is covered seating in case of inclement weather!The event is one of the Club’s fundraising events for local charities and this year the

beneficiaries will be 1st Castleberg Scouts Group and KASIN (Kids in School in





Two walks are planned for this coming weekend. On July 2nd there will be an 11 mile strenuous walk from Dent to Kirkby Lonsdale. This will leave Dent at 10.126 and will return from Kirkby Lonsdale to Settle by public service bus. Numbers are therefore limited to 10 and place must be reserved by contacting ring 01943 875 445 to book a place. On Sunday, July 3rd there will be a 12 mile Hawes Circular walk. This is a moderately strenuous walk and departs from Ribblehead at 10.28. Service bus will be used to and from Hawes however no reservation is needed for this walk. All participants are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  There will also be a free guided walking tour around the Ribblehead Viaduct site and the Blea Moor Tunnel on July 6th. To join a tour, meet at the Heritage Centre on Ribblehead Station at 10.25 am for a tour of the Viaduct site which lasts about 2 hours.  The tour will  cross rough moorland and all participants should wear stout footwear and bring warm and waterproof clothing Participants wishing to visit Blea Moor Tunnel should bring a packed lunch. This tour is free of charge.  There will be an opportunity to find out more about the real “Jericho”  on July 28th. This is a free tour and will include a tour of the  visitor centre at Ribblehead and discussions about the Jericho Shanty town followed by a walk around the viaduct amongst the shanty town remains. Details of all walks can  be found at


The gallery is currently staging an exhibition of silk paintings by local artist Christine Carradice. The countryside of the Dales – the limestone crags, green fields, drystone walls, barns, farmhouses and flowers – have all been captured on silk. Christine’s paintings, which are popular at the Dales National Park shops, are inspired by the Dales. Please note that this exhibition has now been extended to July 30th.


The next Settle session will take place on July 1st and will begin at 6.30pm with the annual reception at with wine and nibbles. This is your chance to suggest what Settle Sessions might produce in the next 12 months. Everyone welcome, especially our members. We’ll also slip in painlessly our AGM. At 7.30pm we move into entertainment mode with our readers for the evening. The entertainment begins with Jane Routh and Ed Reiss and not Chris and John Bousfield, as previously advertised. Unfortunately illness prevents them from attending.  However we are delighted that Jane Routh has stepped in at short notice.  Jane has published three poetry collections with smith|doorstop. Her first, Circumnavigation, won the Poetry Business Competition and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection. She contributes reviews and non-fiction to several publications.

Ed Reiss lives and works in Bradford. Your Sort was short-listed for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2011. “Ka’aba’ (from the same collection) was highly commended in the 2011 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and republished in the Forward Book of Poetry anthology. The open mic ‘Read Two’ slot is filled this time by three locals with a couple of their favourite or their own poems.Joan Lee has delighted our audiences before with her beautiful readings of classic poems. Hazel Richardson made up her first poems at the age of 6 to keep me busy while learning to ride my bike – sadly none of those were written down! Veronica Caperon, who usually comperes the SS evenings, has grabbed the opportunity to read a couple of her new poems. Half of the Lippy Logic comedy-drama duo, she also writes and performs in plays sketches.Tickets (£6, or £5.50 members) are available from Cave and Crag, The Courtyard Dairy and The Folly. Details on or from


July looks to be a month of varied entertainment whatever the weather. July 2nd there is a return performance by popular Bradford based band, Wilful Missing. The concert is promoting their new CD album “Unsinkable Sailor”, released in April 2016. The new songs feature subjects from Hannah Hauxwell to phosphate mining via Scottish independence and new babies. The feedback from the recent album launch has been that the Wilfuls have “never sounded better”. On July 8th there will be a production of “Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose – Homage to Gertrude Stein”. This is a new contemporary composition drawing on the famous recipes and writings of Alice B. Toklas), some literary material of writer Gertrude Stein and extracts from Solo for Voice by highly acclaimed Austrian composer Elisabeth Harnik, reworked by the ensemble – Gina Mattiello (voice), Elisabeth Harnik (piano), Alison Blunt (violin) and Heidi Richter (cook). Amplified sounds produced by the live cooking during performance are an integral part of the work. On July 10  Talking Stock productions return with the moving play “The Last Memory”.  This is a powerful one act play is inspired by a real-life situation with genuine stories and experiences. The performance will be followed by an interval, then an optional Q & A session with the writer/director and actors. The play deals with the issues around Alzheimers and Dementia and admission is free with a donations on exit and all profits going Alzheimer’s Society & local dementia benefits. For details and tickets of all other events contact 01729 825718.


On July 2nd the society will be serving fresh coffee, tea and home-made cakes and scones at The Old Courthouse on Station Road, between 10am and noon.  A warm welcome is guaranteed.


Each Tuesday St John’s Methodist Church holds a “coffee pot” session with home made cakes in the coffee lounge. This is open to all and runs from 10am to noon and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. On the first Tuesday of the month the coffee pot is held in aid of a charity chosen by a member of the congregation. The charity on July 5th is Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is a UK charity set up in 1931 and the Settle branch is now in its 4th year of trading. The charity’s aim is that all blind and partially sighted people can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.  Sight loss is life changing, but a guide dog can bring back independence, confidence and security. Anyone meeting the criteria can apply for a guide dog and the cost to them will be 50p. However, the cost to the charity throughout the dog’s life is £50,000. The charity is self supporting and receives no financial assistance from the government. Please come along and support this event.  If you would be interested in hosting and staffing a  coffee pot on the first Tuesday of the month in aid of a charity of your choice then we would be happy to help. The use of the kitchen premises will be free and coffee and tea will be provide by the church. You would need to provide food items to sell and staff to run the event. For discussion and details contact 01729 823975.


Commencing on 12 July there will be Bingo sessions in the lounge at Townhead Court every Tuesday evening from 7pm. All welcome.


The next meeting will take place on 18 July at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. Would members please note that there will be no gallery at this meeting.  The lecturer for the evening will be Tony Potter.  An entertaining evening is promised! Expect the unexpected! Tony is a very experienced (Grand Master PSA and Platinum FIAP in Photo Journalism/Travel) and well thought of photographer. He will bring a large number of his award-winning A3 prints (many on Photo-Journalism/travel) and talk informally about his techniques and will encourage debate about photography in general.


The next Amnesty letter writing session will take place at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate on July 20th  between 5-8pm. Individuals are invited to come along and write a letter to assist in Amnesty’s work. Details are provided of cases and help is given with letter writing. For further details contact – 01729 268912.


A summer club with a difference is scheduled for Tuesdays during the holidays, the difference being that it’s Spanish! Starting on 26 July and running from 9.30-10.30 every Tuesday the club is aimed at 4-10 year olds and will take place in Settle Children’s Centre (formerly Settle Middle School building). No previous knowledge of the language is necessary. Places are limited and so early booking is essential. Contact 07534 464567 for details.


Do you enjoy acting, reading plays and theatre generally?  A new drama group is being planned to take place in the lounge at Limestone View on a fortnightly basis. This will be a free event and for fun only. For details contact 07946787497.



On July 2nd and 30th Friends of Victoria Hall will be staging all-sorts markets. Refreshments are available all day at these events and tables can be booked on 01729 825718. The markets are open to the public from 9 am to 3 pm.  The Friends are also hosting a beer festival featuring 18 ales from across the country as well as cider and wines over the weekend of 15-17 July. Every Tuesday there is a cafe in the hall from 10am -2pm, providing a regular opportunity to support the hall and all are welcome. As well as serving refreshments there is an all-sorts stall, a book stall and a very good clothes rack as well as shoes and CDs/DVDs. Do come along and enjoy a drink while browsing and supporting the hall




Settle Rotary Club’s Hog Roast will take place at Eldroth Barn, Eldroth, Austwick

Lancaster. LA2 8AQ on Sunday 3rd July 2016 between 12 noon and 5.00pm.  In addition to the excellent buffet  with many salads to accompany the roast, there will

be a vast selection of desserts! There will be live musical entertainment throughout the afternoon provided by Settle Brass Band and Jack Miller and the Black Horse

Jazzmen. There is covered seating in case of inclement weather!The event is one of the Club’s fundraising events for local charities and this year the

beneficiaries will be 1st Castleberg Scouts Group and KASIN (Kids in School in




The next meeting will take place on July 7th at the Hobson Room, Giggleswick School at 7.30pm. The subject for the evening will be the work of Pioneer Projects in Bentham. New members always welcome.


From Tuesday 26 July until Saturday 30 July the National Youth Girls’ Choir will be based in Giggleswick. During this time, there will be lots of opportunities for talented young singers in the area to find out more about joining NYCGB, and to see the National Youth Girls’ Choir perform. On Thursday 28th July, from 10.30am until 12.45pm, everyone is welcome to come and find out what an NYCGB residential course is all about at a special free open morning. Guests will get an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at rehearsals, and receive their own singing warm-up from NYCGB’s skilled music staff. Anyone who is interested to attend can sign up at NYCGB’s website on On Friday 29th July, from 2pm until 2.45pm, shoppers and passers-by in Settle Marketplace can expect to be serenaded by selected members of the National Youth Girls’ Choir, who will be giving a free ‘pop-up’ concert.  Finally, on Saturday 30th July at 2pm and 3.30pm, the National Youth Girls’ Choir will give two concerts in the Richard Whiteley Theatre at Giggleswick School. These will feature a colourful selection of world music from Macedonia and Mexico, and a new composition by Howard Blake, known and loved by millions for his haunting theme to ‘The Snowman’.


The annual garden party will take place this year on 9 July at Rose Cottage. This will start at 2pm. There will be country dancing by pupils from Giggleswick Primary School as well as teas, stalls, treasure hunt, tombola and face painting.


A wide range of summer courses suitable for young people of both sexes aged between 7-15 years will be taking place over the school holidays at Giggleswick School. There are a range of day and residential options and a free daily bus service is also available. Courses include a range of sporting activities, art, drama, outdoor pursuits and cookery. For further details contact 01729 893000 or




After a day during which we discovered that 52% of the country had rejected being part of the European union it was good to be able to attend an event organised by a charity which not only actively promotes inclusivity but celebrates diversity and fosters an understanding of our shared heritage. The story which formed the central focus of the evening was Indian in origin and setting, told by a Belgian and had a British central character and was completely universal in its appeal in that  it dealt with human nature and psychology and the conflict which can arise because of the duality of life. The story itself concerned two friends, both born on the same day but of different backgrounds and different outlooks and how their friendship was tested when they both fell in love with the same woman. Unlike the usual “love triangle” story this one, while ending in death, did not end in despair or anger but in compassion and reflection. There were elements of jealousy and betrayal and mistrust but it was essentially a story of love which transcends this by acceptance of change and the inevitability of change. Not a bad maxim for a day in which many found their certainties turned upside down! However, a great part of the joy in this tale was the manner of its telling. Irwan Kushka held the audience spellbound throughout his performance creating moments of high drama as he transformed into the Death Goddess Kali and comedy as he broke into his own tale with topical asides. Throughout his performance music was a key element, both in the form of the songs which punctuated the story and the instrumental accompaniments which helped to give it a rhythm and create the dreamlike atmosphere. There is something very akin to magic in his mastery of language, it follows a pattern which seems to be subconsciously known to all his listeners so that even when he begins to speak in another language the rhythm allied to his actions takes you with him so that you are still part of his story and it is part of you. In many ways a performance such as this is a ritual, a tale evolves within a tale and unfolds in such a way as to grow and move beyond the immediate story to some form of deeper truth. If ever there was an example of sharing stories as a healing process then this was surely it, a calming and uplifting experience at the end of a peculiar day of change.



The first Voices of Craven festival drew to a close with a concert in the splendid setting of Giggleswick chapel featuring a number of the soloists who had taken part in the preceding events and a choir which had come together as a result of the festival.  This choir was created from a range of pre-existing groups along with other individuals who had little or no experience of singing in this way and it is a tribute to all those involved that they performed so well and so confidently. The programme itself was varied, though sacred dominated over secular and it must be stressed that the choir was very much fashioned in the classical tradition. A real delight in the programme was the inclusion of a small children’s choir, whose number did not accurately reflect all those who had taken part in musical activities during the event. Their singing was certainly a highlight and they sang with both clarity and enthusiasm both in their “spotlight” section of spirituals and in the opening English folksongs. There was also great enthusiasm to the fore in the singing by the choir as a whole, and this was particularly the case in their wonderfully exuberant renditions of both “Zadok the Priest” and “Hallelujah Chorus”. Both however do require tremendous skill and demonstrated the tremendous achievement of all concerned that they had reached such a high standard in such a comparatively short time.  The work of the accompanists both in the small orchestra and on organ/piano should also be recognised as they provided powerful assistance to soloists and choir alike through the demanding programme. The accomplished soloists were drawn from a range of backgrounds and were particularly stunning with tremendous sense of drama in their performances. The sheer logistics of staging an event of this nature are staggering and thanks should go to the organising team for undertaking such an ambitious project. The choir they created certainly did them proud and those involved in the Voices of Craven project should certainly be congratulated on their achievement, most particularly Thomas Leech, the choral director. Hopefully this ambitious project will be repeated in future years.



Settle Orchestra can always be relied upon to produce a real feast of delights and this was no exception. The programme opened with Verdi’s overture from “La Forza del Destino” (The Force of Destiny), a rousing piece which provided plenty of opportunity for the brass section of the orchestra to make their presence felt in this dramatic retelling of a tragic story.  Verdi himself was regarded as a particularly talented child, and it was therefore fitting that his work open what was to be a night celebrating the younger members of the orchestra both past and present. The first of these was Patrick Martin, now studying Jazz at Leeds College of Music, who performed a movement from Launy Grondahl’s Trombone concerto.  I am sure that I was not the only member of the audience to be taken aback by the amazing versatility of the instrument and the complexity of this most unusual piece.  The second of the soloists was Ellen Buller. Only 14 she is already a student at Chetham’s School of Music and performed the first movement of Johann Joachim Quantz’s Flute Concerto.  A baroque piece arranged for flute and strings this was a magnificent feat of memory by any standards and a dazzling performance. Though clearly anxious beforehand, Ellen lost all trace of nerves as she became totally absorbed in her playing and produced a focussed and professional performance of a very beautiful and joyous piece.  There was then a very swift change of mood as well time and space switching from 1700’s to 1980’s  Brazil for two movements from Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra.  The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of bars of rosewood of differing lengths with tubular bell resonators underneath, it is rarely heard as a solo instrument which made this performance all the more unusual and fascinating. Played by 17 year old Max Heaton, the first movement “Dance” was incredibly vibrant and rhythmic and for the most part performed using two beaters in each hand – a skill demanding great dexterity. The second movement, “Despedida” was fast and furious with almost sinister overtones in plays and was incredible to both hear and watch. Sadly the orchestra will soon be deprived of Max’s talents as he has been awarded a scholarship to study percussion at the Royal College of Music in London from September.  The programme concluded with the full orchestra performing  Dvorak’s Symphony No 6.  This again was a change in mood with striking performances from woodwind section, flute and piccolo soloists and the brass section. The restful interludes were in great contrast to the dynamic theatricality of the majestic ending and were a brilliant example of the orchestra working together. This was particularly noteworthy as, continuing the theme for the evening, many sections of the orchestra were being led by younger members. This policy of supporting young musicians is a one which enriches the experience of the audience and also ensures a lively set of challenges for the orchestra members as a whole as  could be seen by the way in which they dealt so magnificently with accompanying such a diverse range of soloists.

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