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Local Settle Area news -June 21st


featuring Sarah Fox & Christopher Glynn

There are times when the very words “patriotism” and “flag-waving” can appear to be “dirty words” with negative connotations of racism and narrow-mindedness, so it was particularly good to attend an event where the incredibly positive side of such feelings was enthusiastically reclaimed as means of rejoicing in all things British as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations.  On of the aims of the Voices of Craven project has been to encourage people to enjoy singing and this was very much to the fore in this fun focussed evening.  The programme opened with a seasonal song, Gershwin’s “Summertime” and introducing it Sarah Fox commented that when planning the concert it had seemed perfect for a June evening – particularly in Britain where  it inevitably would be raining! It was, but in true British spirit it certainly didn’t dampen proceedings as the soprano’s personality sparkled in a way which made up for the absent sunshine. This really was a joy throughout, back on home territory the international soprano was simply stupendous, singing for friends and family with a relaxed and easy charm and interspersing her songs with memories and stories in a delightfully matter of fact manner.  The recollection that the last time she sang “All the nice girls love a sailor” it was to Prince Philip was told with the same lack of pretentiousness as the story about the elderly patient who “wished she’d just get on with it” when she was performing an operatic aria!  She was accompanied by Christopher Glynn, a renowned pianist in his own right and director of the Ryedale Festival. He is also an outstanding organist and we were treated to a profoundly moving performance of Elgar’s “Nimrod” in the first half of the programme and then a rousing “Trumpet Voluntary” (Purcell) and Handel’s “Water Music” in the second part. His accompaniments throughout were also extremely sensitive and provided elegant support for Sarah’s superb voice.  One of the real joys of watching Sarah perform is the animation which is so  apparent in everything she does, whether it be the yearning tones of Lehar’s “Vilja” or the dramatic zest in Lerner and Lowe’s “I could have danced all night” or the sheer dynamism with which she led the audience singalong of favourite tunes, it is always very clear that she is performing with every ounce of her being.  She also has an amazing sense of timing and lovely light comic touch which comes to the fore in songs such as the witty “Why do the wrong people travel” by Noel Coward and the “The Usherette’s Blues” by Jeremy Nicholas. Here it is not just the comic nature of the text so much as the delivery which brings the sparkle to the song.  There was certainly sparkle in abundance in the final stages of the programme, referred to as “The Raucous bit” as the audience joined in a proms style rendition of the last night favourites: “Rule Britannia”, “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Jerusalem” raised the roof before the evening closed with the National Anthem to bring to an end an evening of effervescent fun as bubbly as birthday champagne.


Three walks are planned for Saturday, 25 June. The first is a 10 mile moderate Settle circular walk via the Pennine Bridleway   This leaves Settle at 09.29. The second is an 11mile moderate walk in Crummackdale and Oxenber Wood . This departs from  Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 9.58 and concludes in  Settle. Using the Morecambe Line walk there will be a walk from Kendal to Windermere. This is a 12mile moderately strenuous walk leaving Kendal at 8.31 following changes at Lancaster and Oxenholme.    No reservation is needed for these walks but all for all walks participants should ensure 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 29 June. 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. Details of all walks can  be found at


Settle Orchestra’s summer concerts will feature three outstanding young soloists who are past or present members of the orchestra : Ellen Buller (Flute), Patrick Martin (Trombone) and Max Heaton (Marimba). The concerts will take place at Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick on June 25th and will  commence at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £11 and are available from Tickets for our concerts are available from Orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or contacting 01729 825806. The programme will also include Verdi: Overture, ‘Force of Destiny’ and Dvorak: Symphony No.6.


Settle Brownies currently have vacancies for 7-9 year olds in the 1st Settle Brownie pack. They meet every Thursday for a range of fun activities. For details contact either


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 culmination of the Communities in Chorus project, which has brought together various singing groups under the direction of Tom Leech, director of the diocese of Leeds singing programme will take place at Giggleswick school chapel on 25 June at 5pm.  Tickets are available via 01756 7488080.


The Annual General Meeting will take place at Friends Meeting House on 24 June at 7pm. This meeting is open to all.


On Friday 24 June there will be a performance by the six-piece folk, roots and rock n roll combo that is the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band. Advance notice that on 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 24 June at 7.30pm Steven Howarth will present a talk on the subject of ‘Craven’s Territorials in the Great War: the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (WR) Regiment 1914-16’Tickets, priced £7 should be booked in advance from The Folly or on 01729 822893/Steven is Head of the History Department at Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton and an expert in Craven’s WWI history.   In his talk he will be following the part played by our local lads for the entirety of the war. The men had come from all walks of life, had joined the Territorials before 1914, probably looking for adventure but found themselves at all the major battlefields of the war. Many would not return, many would return injured  but all those that did would never be the same again.  Steven’s talk is part of the Heritage Lottery-funded Craven and the First World War Project in conjunction with The Folly’s current exhibition, ‘1916: Chronicles of Courage’ which runs until 30 October.


On 24 June, Settle Stories is holding a very special event in June when renowned Belgian storyteller and musician, Iwan Kushka, visits the town to present “True Moon Tales” a story-concert for adults. True Moon Tales are Half Truth Lies is a journey of poetic flight into the collective intelligence of the old tales in a highly atmospheric blend of story and music in Journeys into the Underworld, ecstatic lovers, death and rebirth, He is joined by guitarist William Benzies and violinist Becky Doe. This event will take place at the Royal Oak at 7.30pmYou may also like to attend Iwan’s workshop on Saturday 25th June 2016. See Settle Stories website for further details and tickets:


The next Death Cafe will take place on Saturday 25th June, 10 am – 12 noon at Friends Meeting House. A Death Cafes is an informal gathering where people can talk about all aspects of death and dying in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
At a Death Cafe,people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. The aim  of the cafe is to increase awareness of death and to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. For more general information, see


St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church invite you along to their afternoon of cream teas in aid of the church restoration fund on 25 June from 2-4pm. Tickets cost £4, available via 01729 823474 / 824535. There will also be a tombola, raffle, handcrafted jewellery, plants and books on sale.


A silent auction will be held at Castlebergh Drill hall on 25 June, between 11 and 5. The auction provides a chance to invest not only in a piece of art but also in the future of the young people in the town. Settle Scouts are currently fund-raising to improve their Drill Hall premises to help not only local scouts but to also make them available to the community. They’ve teamed up with a number of local prominent and renowned artists for a special There will be refreshments served throughout the day and arts and crafts for young people.


The society are serving home-made teas at Langcliffe Institute on the afternoon of June 26 and all are welcome. The following week, on July 2nd they will be serving fresh coffee, tea and home-made cakes and scones at The Old Courthouse on Station Road, between 10am and noon, where a warm welcome is guaranteed.


The next foreign film session at Victoria Hall will take place on 29 June when the film will be “Le Meraviglie” (The Wonders). This will be in Italian with English subtitles. The film focuses on the life of a family living a back to nature existence in rural Tuscany and how the arrival of a film crew from a TV reality show disrupts their life. The show starts at 7.45 and admission is £5.


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.


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.


The Friends of Victoria Hall have a number of events scheduled in July to raise funds to support the venue. On July 2nd and 30th there will be 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. Over the weekend of 15-17 July there will be a beer festival featuring 18 ales from across the country as well as cider and wines. Every Tuesday there is a cafe in the hall from 10am -2pm, providing a regular opportunity to support the hall.



Congratulations to Y6 pupils for their good behaviour and involvement in this week’s very successful residential visit to Edinburgh. They socialised well with Y6 pupils from Long Preston, Hellifield and Rathmell and all 29 pupils and staff had an enjoyable time.Well done to pupils in Y6 and Y2, who have been tackling the new National Curriculum tests, some of which continue into next week as our school has been ‘selected’ to take part in the Science tests as well. All the other end-of-key stage assessments are on-going and will be submitted to the DfE by the end of June.

Congratulations to to all participants in the recent Sports S-Cool rounders after-school club and congratulations to Connie, who was awarded the trophy for her great involvement and sporting behaviour.  Congratulations also to Ruby in Y2 for completing the mini Great Manchester Run recently and raising an amazing £500 for the charity ‘Reuben’s retreat’ – an excellent achievement!  For the first half of the Summer Term 2016, 50 pupils achieved 100% attendance – a huge improvement on the previous half term – well done!


On Tuesday 28 June at 1.00pm and Wednesday 29 June at 7.30pm Giggleswick  pupils will be presenting “Honk!” Based on one of the world’s favourite fairy-tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Ugly is born, of course, as a Duckling but is soon becomes clear that he is no ordinary Duck. Mocked on the farmyard, pursued by the ever-hungry Cat, Ugly finds himself lost on a nearby marsh in the middle of a duck-shoot and embarks on an odyssey through the countryside, meeting a battery of colourful characters and finding himself, and love, along the way. For details of tickets contact 01729 893180


Residents of Settle and Giggleswick may be suprised to hear angelic voices in July, when the National Youth Girls’ Choir takes up residence at Giggleswick School for its Summerfest residential course, three superb concerts, and a public open day.

The National Youth Girls’ Choir is one of five choirs that make up the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, or NYCGB. Every year, the choirs travel to different venues around the UK for their courses and concerts, and this Summer sees the 150-strong National Youth Girls’ Choir and their music director Esther Jones making their base in the Yorkshire Dales from Tuesday 26 July until Saturday 30 July. 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

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