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Local News for Settle – Nov 20th



Jez Lowe and Steve Tilston are probably two of the best known acoustic folk songwriters in the country and certainly proved the adage that sometimes an event can be more than the sum of its parts, for in this case two such fine halves made far more than a whole! Their styles are very different yet they complemented each other well and it led to a very varied programme, with plenty for the audience to sing along to. Where I felt the evening fell down slightly was in the lack of rapport between what are clearly two solo artists. The posters promised an evening of “music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft” but there was actually very little beyond the individuals talking briefly about their own songs and of the two Jez Lowe was certainly the far better at scene setting.  There was however a very immediate connection with the audience which meant that from the outset the audience was singing along and became part of the performance,  producing some very striking harmonies at times.  For the most part the programme was made up of alternate songs from the two artists, some new and some well known from their back catalogues. Consequently we had Tilston’s  familiar “Here’s to Tom Paine” – the story of the lad from Thetford who went on to write the pamphlet that powered the American revolution – alongside Lowe’s ” Jack Common” a tribute to the Newcastle born Marxist writer.  Mixed in with the reflective  musings of Tilston’s song such as “The Road When I Was Young” and “Grass Days” were the more lively nostalgia of Lowe’s ” Big Meeting Day” , recalling the high days of Durham Miner’s Gala, and “The Wrong Bus”, a witty story based on fact reflecting on the events of World War One.   Both songwriters are keen observers of human nature and this was shown in songs such as “Tether’s End” and the  cynical “Pretty Penny” .  Other highlights were Tilston’s soaring “Jacaranda” and the poignant Jez Lowe tribute to the murdered Irish showband,  “The Miami”. The evening finished in fine style with an encore of Tilston’s “Slip Jigs and Reels”, in which they were joined on stage by Mike Harding on harmonica, to round of a truly enjoyable and thought provoking evening.


Names are now being taken 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 now be booked by contacting Judith on 01729 822138.  Transport can be offered to those who require it.


This year, the lights will be switched on in the Town Centre on the Saturday 28th November. There will be charity stalls in the market place, Santa’s grotto from 2pm and entertainment by local schools on the stage from 3pm. Local shop windows will be decorated and the switch on will take place at 4.30pm, followed by fireworks. There will also be a free children’s disco in the evening at Settle Social Club. Throughout the day car-parking in the town will be free.


There will be 2 guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this weekend, both taking place on Saturday 28th.  The first is an Armathwaite circular walk  via Blease Fel. This is an  8m moderate walk departing from Armathwaite at 9.24. The second is A Trail of Three Viaducts, an  11m moderately strenuous walk departing from Dent at 10.16 and returning from Ribblehead.

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


December gets off to a lively start on 3rd with a visit by The East Pointers, a trio who combine banjo, fiddle, guitar and a love for Celtic music.  On Saturday 5th December north west tribute band QueenEsque bring an authentic “Queen live in concert” experience to Settle  with an evening of the greatest hits and more with all the spectacle and magic you would expect from a Queen show. Local performers take to the stage on December 11 and 12 to perform in “Not the Royal Variety Show”.  Also on Saturday 12 Settle stories in conjunction with Hearthside Tales present a matinee peformance of The Snow Bear In this Family Show for Christmas a polar bear is carried away from his arctic home. Using magical powers – will you be able to help him find his way home? Full of action, mesmerizing storytelling, puppets and lots of music with songs for you to get involved with.For 4 to 7 year olds. Dont forget to bring your teddy bear.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718. The hall has recently launched a new initiative, with the opening of The Victoria  Emporium every Saturday. Tables can be booked for £10 per head by all comers and is open to makers, crafters, cupboard clearers and all entrepreneurs, which means that there will be a different mix of items on sale each week. The emporium will be open all morning through till 2.30pm. For details or to reserve a table email .


On 28 November there will be a concert at Christ Church and will include Humperdinck’s Overture to ‘Hänsel und Gretel’, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Williams: Star Wars The Phantom Menace  and Bizet’s: Habañera and Toreador’s song from Carmen plus Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op.46. Tickets for the  concert can be obtained from Alternatively, they are available from Orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or contacting 01729 825806.


Community Choir, Settle Voices have a packed programme over the coming weeks and cordially invite you to come along and hear them at one of the many venues where they will be performing. On 28 November they will be singing at the Victoria Emporium in Victoria Hall between 12-1pm On 6 December they will be taking part in the Community Carol Service at Settle Parish Church . This event commences at 6.30pm. On 7 December they will be performing at the Falcon at 1.15pm. Hellifield Station Tea Room is the venue on 9 December when they will be performing as part of their carol evening.  On 12 December they are in action between 10-1 at Settle Station Open morning and then from 4.15-6.30 they will be spreading seasonal cheer at The Lion. On 14 December they will be serenading shoppers in Booths from 1.30pm. For further details about Settle Voices contact 01729 823777


Santa will be visiting The Knight’s Table at Knight Stainforth Caravan Park every Saturday and Sunday in December between 10-2. Children’s visits to see Santa will cost £7.50 and this includes a drink and biscuits and the choice of gift from the toy stall. A 10% discount voucher for the restaurant is also included for every family.


Bookings are now being taken for an Age UK Christmas Craft Day with Cake and Coffee to be held on December 2nd. The event will take place at The Folly between 1.30-4pm and will involve an afternoon of seasonal crafts and card making. Places can be pre-booked at a cost of £6 by contacting Richard Daniels at Age UK in Cheapside or on 01729 823066.


Tickets are now available for a race night at North Ribblesdale RUFC on December 4th. This event is being held to raise funds for a public access defibrillator which will be based at the club but be positioned so that it can be used by all. Following a cardiac arrest the chance of survival decreases by 23% per minute. It is therefore very important medical treatment starts as soon as possible and that the rate of survival of a sudden cardiac arrest is dependent upon time. The quicker the intervention, the better the outcome. Figures show that using a defibrillator can increase the chance of survival almost ten fold  Ticket for the Race Night cost £5, including a pie and pea supper, and are available via Lamberts or 0780416316.  The first race will start at 8pm. It is hoped that as many people as possible will support this event to help raise funds for an important community resource.


Langcliffe Singers are holding their Christmas Concert on 5 December at Gargrave Parish Church at 7.30pm. The programme will be Vaughan Williams ‘ Hodie and Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The singers will be joined by Skipton Music Centre Choir and soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music.  Accompanying them on the organ will be Paul Fisher and Owain Smith on Cello. Tickets cost £10 from Cave and Crag (Settle), Skipton Camera Centre and Bentham Post Office.


There will be a  blood donor session at St John’s Hall on 8 December. The first session will run from 2.15-3.45 and the second from 5-7.30pm. For further information contact 0300 123 23 23


The Royal Oak is hosting a comedy evening when a group of professional actors will transform the restaurant into “Fawlty Towers” for a tribute night featuring Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Tickets cost £39.95 for a three course meal with welcome drink, disco and entertainment.  The evening takes place on 11 December and places can be reserved at The Royal Oak.


Ribblehead Station visitor centre invite you to share in a session of Festive Carols and Music on December 12th. This will feature the Lakeland Voice Choir and Settle Voices. There will be music between 1.30-13.45 and light refreshments will be available.


A trip from Settle is being arranged to see Billy Elliot .The Musical  at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The trip will be to the matinee performance on Thursday 19thMay 2016.. Price per person is £66.00. This cost includes stalls seat, coach from Settle and  gratuities. For more information  and  payment details telephone 01729823978. Closing date for reservations 22nd January



On 26-28 November students from the school will be staging their production of “Guys and Dolls”, a renowned musical fable based on the characters of Damon Runyon. Performances start at 7.30pm The photography of  local wildlife photographers Tony and Carol Dilger takes centre stage in the foyer gallery until  December 2nd. The second of this seasons Gigg Lectures on December 2 will feature the work of the Dilgers and follows them on their national and international journeys throughout the year.  On December 6 Community Cinemas present a sing-along showing of “Frozen” commencing at 3.30pm complete with lyrics on the screen. Frozen fancy dress is encouraged at this event!. Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


The Ground Maintenance Team  urgently needs help and even an hour of your time will make a difference! There is a large amount of raking up of grass, hay and leaves to be piled up and collected! Please come and join us for “The Big Rake Up Call! ” Starting on 23rd November the grass in part of the Old Churchyard is being cut and raked into piles. If you have a rake please bring it with you and shears to tidy up round the memorial headstones. The small team meets on Mondays 2.00 – 4.00 – but any time you are free there are jobs to do!Details from Tony Carroll (01729 822911)


Bentham and District Pet Rescue invite you to join them for their Christmas fair on Sunday 6th December between a10-4.00 at Clapham village hall. There will be a range of  stalls and a tombola, as well grand Christmas hampers prize draw. Refreshments will be  served all day


Santa’s Sleigh will be visiting Upper Settle and Longdale Avenue on Thursday December 3rd, and Mill Close and Northfields on Friday 4th December. Both visits will start at 5.00pm. Santa will be in the Coop Supermarket on Satursday 5th December from 10am until 4pm.  He loves to meet children and adults of all ages!


The next Charity Dance in Settle is due to  take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Church (Tillman Close off Kirkgate) on Saturday December 5 from 8-11pm. This will be a Christmas Dance with Jacobs Join Supper. Please phone 01729 823256 /824038 to confirm attendance and check posters nearer the time to confirm venue.


Could the lady from Settle who left an item at  Escape Tunnel Craft’s stall at Craft in the Pen on Sunday afternoon when trying on a bangle please contact 01729 825639 in order to describe missing item and retrieve it.


VICTORIA hALL 19/11/15

For those of a certain age, the mention of Lindisfarne doesn’t conjure up ideas of a tranquil island off the coast of Northumbria so much as memories of a misspent youth and Christmas concerts in a packed City Hall and raucous singing all the way home!  Therefore the chance to relive those days and find out more about the iconic rock/folk band that shaped my formative years growing up in seventies Newcastle was not to be missed.  The show was devised, written and performed by founding drummer Ray Laidlaw and closing lead singer Billy Mitchell, who replaced the late, and songwriting great, Alan Hull after his untimely death in 1995 and mixes anecdotes with nostalgic video clips and photographs simple acoustic performances of  not only the band’s hits but also the songs which influenced their music in the early days. This approach meant that there were many strange diversions, who ever would have expected to hear “Michael Row the Boat ashore”, as well as humorous revelations about the band’s early years – including how the band would take over Rod Clements’ parents home the moment they left for their summer holiday villa.  Part of the strength of the evening lay in the way in which these two great raconteurs were able to make it feel as if you were simply sitting in a pub discussing old times with mates of long standing, there were asides, in jokes and lots of nostalgia. But there were also moments when you gained a real insight into the band and its philosophy, clearly the group were never about the whole “rock-star” lifestyle, being far more concerned with the actual content of their songs and ensuring that they did reflect the times on the native Tyneside. They also were not about fixed line ups, with the number of performers in the group changing on a regular basis as members took time off to explore other areas. It is perhaps though this care about the music which made it so memorable – many of their songs are now so closely associated with the area that they have become local anthems and the catchphrase “Fog on the Tyne” is hi-jacked to promote all kinds of items and events.  The music, of course, was superb. Acoustic versions of the great hits, “Meet me on the Corner”, “Lady Eleanor” and “Fog on the Tyne” as well as some of the more politically motivated songs rang out once more and the performance of “Winter Song” was spellbinding and its message as relevant now as it was at its conception.  However, as always they saved the best till last and the closing version of “Run for Home”, beginning as an acoustic number and then blending into a fully orchestrated version was unforgettable.

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