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On June 14th blues/rock is to the fore with the debut visit from Lancaster based “Tantrum”,  currently touring America. On June 15th The Millennium choir bring the music of Andy Whitfield to life with a range of comic songs dealing with life’s problems such as “I’m having a baby in a car” and “How to solve a banking crisis”. They will also be performing  “The Lone Ranger”, a musical adaptation of the first episode of the series arranged for a four part choir and set against silent back projections. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


The new exhibition at the gallery is  entitled “Spotlight on Art from Lancaster’s Luneside Studios is now open and continues to 13 July 2013. The gallery is open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am – 4pm. For further information contact Tel – 01729 824497



The next meeting will take place at Townnhead Court at 7.30pm on 17 June. There will not be a speaker as this will be an “out and about” session on the theme of “Movement”, so remember to bring your camera! The second part of the session will feature the gallery , which this month is on the theme of “Nostalgia” Non-members welcome, admission £3.



Victoria Hall is the venue for an introductory workshop to the Alexander Technique on Saturday, 15 June between 10-12.30. Cost will be £5 and details are available from 01729 825841 or


An informal worship service for all ages will take place on Sunday, 16 June at St John’s church hall at 4pm. There will be songs, drama and refreshments and in keeping with father’s day the theme will be “Our Father”.


Treat your dad to lunch out, or spoil him with coffee and cakes on Father’s day. Settle Parish Church will be serving light lunches and afternoon teas at Langcliffe Institute on Sunday 16 June. All welcome.


You are invited to come along and join us for coffee in the Old Court House on Station Road on June 22nd. Coffee will be served from 10-12.30pm. However, if you can’t make it for coffee don’t forget that we are serving light lunches and teas on Sunday 30 June at Langcliffe Institute. All welcome.  Meanwhile we are seeking out men / youths  to act as cowboys in their Autumn production of “Calamity Jane! Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at 7.30pm at the Old Court House. A reminder that following the cancellation  due to bad weather of the Dance to the Music of John Bowdler, organist at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom previously scheduled for 23 March, this event will now take place on Saturday 15 June at Settle College Main Hall.  Tickets purchased for the March event will be valid for this event.


Langcliffe Singers and Settle Orchestra are staging a joint concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. “Vivat Regina!” will be performed on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School at 7.30pm and again on Saturday 29th June at Christ Church, Skipton. The programme will feature a range of music including works by Purcell, Vaughn Williams, Handel, Elgar, Parry, Wesley, Butterworth and Walton. Tickets are available at Cave & Crag, Settle Music, Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre, Alley Books (Skipton), from members of the choir or via 07778 291402 and cost £10


This year’s open gardens in Settle and District event will take place on June 29th and 30th. Seventeen gardens will be open on Saturday June 29th and Sunday June 30th. Gardens will be open 11am -5pm on Saturday and 12am -5pm on Sunday. Tickets cost £5 or £8 for both days and are available from Tourist information+ Field to Home (both located in Sette Market Square). All proceeds from the event will be donated to charity.  For further details please contact Julie Smith 01729 822090 or email:


A series of organised photography walks will provide an opportunity to focus on summer pastures and stunning views over The Three Peaks on June 27th around Lower Winskill and traditional Dales haymeadows near Selside on July 13th. Various locations for walks later in the year  include hen harrier and ring ouzel habitat in Bowland with RSPB, traditional Bowland haymeadows around Slaidburn with the Forest of Bowland Area of Natural Beauty’s Hay Time project officer, and autumn colours near Settle in the little known eastern edge of Forest of Bowland. The events are aimed at those with limited or no photographic experience, but more advanced photographers are welcome to join on that basis. There are also family tickets to encourage people to come along with their children. All the walks are led by experienced professional photographer Veronica Caperon, who is now in her third year of leading such events. Several are accompanied by wildlife and environmental specialists too. As well as picking up helpful hints and tips, the walks present the chance to take photographs in a relaxed way without friends and relatives getting impatient while they wait! Booking is essential and full details at on the photo-walks page; contact Veronica Caperon at or 01729 824537 for more information.


The speaker was Hanneke Dye who gave a moving account of her childhood in Holland during WW2 where she was separated from her parents and hidden from the occupying Germans because she was Jewish. She was thanked by Joy Calvert. The competition for a photograph of a child was Joy Calvert, and Sheila Gudgeon won the draw for the NYWF Memorial Bursary. The June Lunch Club meeting will be to The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale on Wednesday 19th June, catching the 11.30 bus. The June walk will be around Malham but contact Pat Whitton for date and travel arrangements.

The coach for the outing to Media City on Saturday 22nd June will leave Whitefriars car park at 10am. The next meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July when the speaker will be Dr Robin McIlveen on ‘Climate Change, Past, Present and Future’.


Summer is on its way and already plans are afoot for Chipmonks Summer Holiday club. This will run from 22 July through to 2 August and will provide fun filled sessions of excitement, creativity and entertainment for 3-6 year olds and is based at Giggleswick Junior School. For more details contact  01729 822370.


On June 28 The Folly will host a talk by Philip Abbott, a librarian and archivist at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Entitled “Three Brothers against Napoleon” the talk links with an exhibition at the Folly in July. During the talk he will explore the connections between the Dawson family of Langcliffe Hall and Bolton-by-Bowland and the Napoleonic Wars. The talk will use extracts from the Dawson papers supplemented by records from the National Archives and other original sources to investigate the lives of Henry and Charles Dawson who fought with the 52nd Light Infantry Regiment during the Napoleonic Wars,and their brother William Dawson RN, and what this tells us about the experience of young men in Wellington’s Army and Nelson’s Navy. Please book your tickets early as this is sure to be a popular event and places are limited to 50 The talk will start at 7.30 tickets and tickets £6 from the folly or phone 01729 822893.



Quiz sheets and maps for the Great Giggleswick Treasure Hunt are still  available from The Tuck Shop and Giggleswick Primary School until 30 June at a cost of £3. Spend an hour puzzling out clues and following directions around the village to uncover the location of the treasure.  Sheets should be returned by end of July and all proceeds will go to Giggleswick Primary School. First prize is a voucher for £50 for a meal at The Harts Head Hotel and second prize is a large jar of sweets from The Tuck Shop.


On June 30 there will be a concert at 5pm by the Herdwyck Consort entitled “A Baroque Journey” at Giggleswick School Chapel. Tickets £7.50, £5 Concessions (children free) from 01729 893180.

The Cumbrian based Herdwyck Consort is a vocal group specialising in Renaissance and Baroque music. Since its first concert in 2010, the consort has established a reputation for its emotive and exciting performances. This concert includes works by Buxtehude, Monteverdi and Handel and will feature Giggleswick’s Schola Cantorum and young instrumentalists in part of the programme .


This is a brand new venture opening up every third Saturday of the month at Victoria Hall, Settle.  Organised by quilt artist, Julie Osborn the aim is to create an arena for regional artisans to show their work.  The fairs will commence on 20 July and will run from 9.00 – 3.00.  Julie explained. ” At this venue local artisans can show the world what they can do and  the world can grow to love and buy what they make! This is just another amazing reason to come to Settle and share our passion for where we live.” Members of the public are inviteed to come along ,meet and talk to the wonderful talent we have in the area and support our Artisans  by purchasing unique items.  The Artisan fair is committed to providing an arena for regional artisans, to support them wherever possible in their search for perfection;committed to nurturing links with local and regional businesses and committed to creating and developing quality media relationships. SO….. whether you be an artisan or a lover of art and all things crafty you are invited to come, talk, meet, share and enjoy the atmosphere.

And…. while you are here… “pop in” to our “pop up” café .. Hessian & Lace..

for a delicious cup of tea or coffee or a light snack served on lovely vintage china.

For further information


Julie Orsborn

Dale Side Concepts

01729 822117





Led by Lyn Fletcher, leader of the Halle Orchestra, the Halle Soloists comprise the leading principal players of the Halle Orchestra and their performances together provide an opportunity to focus on the versatility of the individual instruments rather than the role  which they play within a larger orchestra. The soloists this evening comprised Lyn Fletcher on violin, Sarah Ewins on violin, Tim Pooley on viola and Nick Trygstad on cello.  The programme opened with a stupendous rendition of Bach’s Solo Cello Suite no.3 in C Major. This is the third of 6 suites and the aim was to explore the potential of the cello as a solo instrument and so the suites became increasingly complex. Composed of six distinct movements the piece ranges from the wonderful rippling melody of the Allemande through to the stately Sarabande filled with deep yearning to conclude with the complex lively Gigue  reminiscent of a babbling brook. One of the most striking features of the performance was the incredible concentration exhibited by Nick Trygstad, whose perfection in playing was punctuated by moments of total stillness to mark the break between movements.  The second piece was the duo for Violin and Cello, Op 7 by Zoltan Kodaly.  Heavily influenced by his love of his native Hungarian folk music this duet is a piece of deep passion and drama but interwoven with a sense of melancholy played out by the violin. This is particularly the case in the mesmeric second movement  which is achingly beautiful in parts. The third movement proved a perfect showcase for the skilful musicianship of the two performers, highlighting wonderfully their dexterity.  The second half of the programme opened with Mozart’s duo for violin and viola in G Major and was an incredible performance by husband and wife team of Sarah Ewins and Tim Pooley.  This featured an melodic interchange between the two instruments so that neither dominated but both complemented one another perfectly and then led into a an evocative slower tempo movement before reaching a bustling finale.  Concluding the programme was Verdi’s string quartet in E minor. Not renowned for his chamber music this was a chance to hear a most unusual piece which even its composer was not sure whether it was beautiful or ugly, however the rapturous applause from the audience at this concert would suggest that this dramatic piece with its theatrical flourishes and insistent, at times almost frenetic, refrains was if not beautiful at least extremely well received and made a fitting finale to a wonderful evening in the company of a quartet of musicians of the highest calibre.



Even those who think they don’t know who Dougie Maclean is, will probably find that they do know some of his music as it has featured in both TV commercials and in hit films and has been recorded by hundreds of artists worldwide. As for those who do know his music and know who he is, then they also know that a concert with Dougie Maclean never disappoints. In 2013 he was awarded a life-time achievement award for songwriting at the BBC Folk Awards in recognition of his skill and there was no shortage of this skill on display at the concert. Every song was written by Dougie Maclean but every song resonated with the audience as his themes are those dear to all listeners; the love of family, homeland and an unshakeable sense of the cycles of live and nature. His lyrics are intensely personal at times, as seen in numbers such as “Talking with my Father”  but although rooted firmly in particular times and places they have a universality which means that they strike a chord with the audience and inevitably they begin to sing along. Surely each of us holds a memory of “a place where time holds still” and it is this which his poetry taps into. Although deeply reflective the songs are far from melancholy, instead they celebrate life and acknowledge the contentment that is to be found in growing older and realising the link with the past as much as forging a link with the future.  Although he still lives in the town where he was born and brought up, and to which he pays tribute in his “pagan” numbers, he has travelled widely and draws inspiration from the places he visits. The haunting “Boat-Builders” came into being on discovering a graveyard in New Zealand that was filled with “Scottish” graves. His discovery that they were the graves of families who had sailed first to Nova Scotia and then built their own boats to journey to New Zealand he composed the beautiful narrative song as a tribute to their determination to find a land where they were truly free.  Similarly the Aboriginal notion of the dream time lies at the root of the ethereal quality of “Singing Land” , perfectly enhanced in this performance by the sense of community engendered by the choral singing of the audience. In lighter vein performing a concert in Anchorage, Alaska while there was a threat of a volcanic explosion gave rise to “In the Shadow of the Mountain”, as a metaphor for how life can sometimes unexpectedly change course.   The charm of a Dougie Maclean concert does not just lie in the wonderful lyrics of this celtic troubadour but also in the stunning harmonies, for he is a tremendous musician and in this performance was joined by two outstanding talents with Greg Lawson on fiddle and Pete Garnett on accordion. Together they generated an incredible magic which made it a real joy and privilege to be at the concert.

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