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FALCON MANOR: 16/12/15

The Falcon Manor proved to be an idyllic setting for a session of wintery tales around a Christmas tree.  The children gathered on cushions at the feet of the storyteller, Sita Brand, to hear magical tales and also take part in magic itself before a visit from Father Christmas.  Christmas is a time filled with stories with tales from around the world to explain the origins of various traditions and the first story was one of these, being a Dutch story explaining the tradition of “a baker’s dozen” being 13 instead of twelve and how a baker learned that while honesty and giving exactly what is asked for is important, being generous and giving a little more is more important.  Despite a restless audience, caused perhaps by there being too wide an age range present with many toddlers, the storyteller managed to keep the attention of most of the older children present and clearly they appreciated the story. The second tale again had more appeal for the over sixes, as it was important that they listened and understood the complexity of the words – and while it was revealing that when faced with the question as to what made “a precious present” a number of the audience chose popular items such as i-pads and technical items while others were more thoughtful and considered more abstract ideas such as family or friendship .  The story about the search for the precious present held a message for all ages and in the chaotic run up to Christmas was a timely reminder to value each minute for itself rather than to fret about the past or worry about the future. The final tale was an enchanting story about the origins of tinsel and the role of spiders in creating a magical scene. This was the first time that Settle Stories has held a Christmas event, and while the content was excellent it is perhaps a situation which needs to be reviewed by having different sessions for different age-groups if it is to work more effectively so that stories can be tailored more to the age of the audience.


Last minute bookings are still possible for the annual Community Christmas Day Dinner and Tea in Settle. This event is open to all ages and costs £10 per head. It will take place in St John’s Hall between 11.45 – 4.45 and places can be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138.  Transport can be offered to those who require it.


The last walks of the year, arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line will take place on Monday 28th December and Wednesday 30 December. The walk on 28th will be a ” Christmas pud plod” from Horton to Settle. This will be a moderate 8-10 wlak with the actual route determined by group and weather conditions on day.Alight at Horton in Ribblesdale at 9.58 and return from Settle. The walk on 30 December will be the  Garsdale circular via Hell Gill. This is a 10 mile moderately strenuous walk leaving Garsdale at 10.21.No reservation is necessary  for this walk but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


The New Year’s Eve charity dance will be held at The Victoria Hall, Kirkgate and commence at 8pm and see in the New Year.  There will be a Jacobs Join suppre and please bring along your own drinks. All proceeds from this event will go to Victoria Hall. For further details please contact: 01729 823259/ 824038.


If you are looking for something different then why not join Perfect Cooks for an Italian New Year’s Eve meal and cookery demonstration, starting at 7.30pm on 31 December.  A chance to do something unusual to mark the start of the new year. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and nibbles as you watch authentic Italian recipes being prepared – passed down through Alessandra’s Italian family – as she share’s tips and know-how with you as she make the recipes, ensuring that you can successfully  enjoy making the recipes yourself.And of course, you get to taste all the recipes demonstrated. The small gathering allows for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with lots of time to chat and discuss the recipes. After the Demo, enjoy a lovely, 3 course Italian-themed meal, including a trio of desserts with a glass of dessert wine, plus

cheese and biscuits with a glass of port as well as coffee and petit fours. There are only limited places in order to ensure a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Tickets priced at £45 per person Phone: 0779 517 5563 or email Venue: Rose Cottage, Burton in Lonsdale, Carnforth. Close to Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton. Feel free to bring your own bottle.


The Pitmen Poets will be staged on Sunday 17th January. The show features four of the North East’s leading champions of its musical heritage: Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe. Individually and collectively, they celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography. On Saturday 23th January – Bill Adair returns to compère A Celebration of Burns., following the success of last year’s memorable evening there will be a Piper, songs, poetry, and a super supper of haggis, neeps and tatties.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


There’s still time to plan a treat for 2016 with two theatre trips which are being arranged. The first is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford to see Billy Elliot: the musical. The trip will be to the matinee performance on Thursday 19th May 2016.Price per person is £66.00. This cost includes stalls seat, coach from Settle and  gratuities. Closing date for reservations 22nd January as both seats and coach need to be confirmed.  A second  trip is also being arranged to see Matthew Bourne’s ballet  Sleeping Beauty at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, on Wednesday 24th February. This will be a Matinee performance. and the price per person  is £40.00.Again, this includes stalls seat, coach & gratuities..

For more information  and  payment details about either trip telephone 01729823978.


North Craven Age UK is organising a special trip to view the poppy wave sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on  6 January. The trip will also visit Whitleys Garden Centre at Mirfield. The cost for this trip is £9. To reserve a place contact 01729 823066.


Advance notice that on  Wednesday January 13 at Victoria Hall The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show  will be presenting a film set in North Yorkshire. “Addicted to Sheep” is the story of a family’s quest to breed the perfect sheep and follows a year in the life of a tenant farmer and his family capturing the stunning stark beauty of the landscape, the hard graft required to survive and unsentimentally examining the life of the family in this setting. Tickets cost £5 on the door and the film starts at 7.45pm



There was a great turn-out for the recent Pupil’s Christmas Disco and we are, once again, very grateful to Michael Preston for running the disco and to all the parents who organised the evening’s event, including the visit from Santa!  Well done to all pupils who took part in the recent after-school Dodgeball course and congratulations to Tom Birkett-Bentley, who was awarded the trophy for his hard work, wonderful attitude and good leadership skills. In amongst all the Christmas festivities of this final week of term, some of our KS2 pupils took part in the first-ever Basketball Tournament, which was open to all cluster schools, but only involved Settle and Giggleswick Primary schools. Our pupils were able to use the skills they had practised in their recent P.E. lessons and they all played well, with all teams winning some games, as well as losing some and drawing some. The Y5/Y6 A team played particularly well and won 5 of their 6. Well done to all our players and congratulations to Mollie Howarth and Ned Whitaker, who were awarded trophies for Y5/Y6 girl Player of the Tournament and Y3/Y4 boy Player of the Tournament for their positive attitudes and excellent sporting behaviour.  A huge thank and well done to Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Whitehouse for our recent Christmas lunch, and for all their efforts in  for producing eighty delicious Christmas meals, which included: turkey, mashed potato, sprouts, carrots, peas, sausage, stuffing, gravy, Yorkshire pudding, as well as festive cakes or pudding, or an alternative of vegetable pinwheels. The occasion was much enjoyed by everyone. Earlier this month, during their art lessons, all pupils designed Christmas cards, copies of which have been on display in school. For the competition organised by M.P. Julian Smith, we received a letter saying that Oliver Brummitt’s design was shortlisted (well done, Oliver), although it wasn’t eventually chosen as a winner, however the competition organised by Skipton Building Society resulted in four winners from our school! Congratulations to: Class 2 – Phoebe Oliver (1st), Mary-Jane Lambert (2nd) and Class 3 – Hattie Black (2nd), Freddie Parsons (3rd). Congratulations to Ruby Lambert and Erin Hutt-Holgate, who designed and made Christmas cards at home and have been selling them in school for the past week, supported by Megan Hird, Libby Garth and Tom Birkett-Bentley as part of the Mini-enterprise scheme.They have managed to raise and amazing £65 for their chosen charity of Meningitis Research. Well done! Well done also to the Class 3 pupils who played their instruments and to all the class for singing so beautifully to the staff and residents at Anley Hall during the last week of term. Finally, congratulations to everyone involved in the Christmas presentation. What a fantastic performance! The huge audience thoroughly enjoyed the excellent entertainment provided by all the pupils – their re-telling of the nativity story, with the unexpected and very lively ‘Christmas fancy dress disco’ start written by Class 3 pupils! All pupils performed and sang well. Thank you to all who attended the performance; your support was much appreciated by us all. We are very grateful to Mr. Ray Jones for all his help with setting up the church for our rehearsals and during the performance. The collection raised an amazing £190, which has been divided between the pupils’ chosen charities of the N.S.P.C.C. and the Leeds-based children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.


On Christmas Eve there will be a celebration of midnight mass in the school chapel, commencing at 11.30pm. All welcome.

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