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Local Settle News 26th October


There have been a number of exchanges between the two schools  this week, discussion a wide range of topics. Pupils in Kwezana are currently experiencing their summer weather and currently it is raining a lot, which means that the school garden is flourishing. Produce from the garden is used in school means and so this is always good news. The climate however varies across the region and in some areas areas like East London, where the pupils recently visited, there is a lot  of rain in winter. In  their home  area in winter its cold dry and windy it  affects our vegetation. When the climate changes  to  summer everything blossoms  and becomes green that’s when  we grow garden  and get enough vegetable in summer.Even the animals eat well because the grass is green. The pupils have also been explaining about their culture and traditional diet  as the Xhosa culture.  Xhosa is the second most widely spoken language , after Zulu, and dates back centuries.  The cuisine of the AmaXhosa, as the people are known, comprises a combination of red and white meat ( domestic varieties like goat), vegetables, samp and grains. Mieliepap is maize meal, and forms a major part of the Xhosa diet. It is frequently mixed with sugar beans and a little animal fat (or bones) for flavour. This is known as umngqusho. It can be eaten on its own or as a starch with other dishes. This is a very popular dish across ithe modern Rainbow Nation. Umvubo refers to dry pap (or porridge) that is mixed with sour milk; another popular favourite. In response the members of class 4 in Settle have been telling their friends in Kwezana about their history project on World War II., particularly about the different types of shelter that people used to protect themselves from bombs and how the London Underground stations were converted to bomb shelters. They have also explained about their recent science studies and how they are learning to tell the difference between solids, liquids and gases and their different properties.  Pupils in Settle also talked about how much they enjoyed the recent visit by Ms Mveni and how they enjoyed learning about Kwezana from her and learning to skip the way they do in Kwezana. – and pointed out that Ms Mveni actually appeared int the local newspaper skipping with them!


There is a packed and varied programme in November beginning with the first Sunday folk session on 2nd November which will feature The Housedevils supported by Hannah Saunders and Liz Simmons.   On 7th November there will be music by Baka Beyond, as they bring their “After the Tempest Tour” to Settle. This merges the music and African rhythms of the Baka people of Cameroon with celtic harmonies and will also feature footage from the Cameroon rain forest as well as new songs written for a recent performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest showcased recently in Wales.  Premier Queen tribute band, “Queen Alright!” take to the stage on November 8th and on Sunday 9th November there will be a chance to share “An evening with Andy Kershaw” as radio 4’s Rock and Roll journalist and war correspondent visits Settle.  On Monday 10th there will be a showing of “Big Night” by TRAMPS. The film was the winner of the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for best director for Stanley Tucci. On Wednesday 12th there will be a performance of “Time Let Me Play” , a one man show performed by Keith James and based on the poems and stories of Dylan Thomas. Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 825718.


Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line have arranged a number of guided  walks for the coming weekend.  The first on 1st November is a 13 mile moderate walk from Garsdale to Kirkby Stepen via Wild Boar Fell and departs Garsdale at 10.21. There will also be a 12 mile moderate walk from Long Preston to Settle  leaving Long Preston at 9.43. On Sunday 2 November there will be a Kirkby Stephen circular walk, which is a 9 mile moderately strenuous walk route leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.56. Booking in advance is not required for the second or third walk but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped for both. For further details contact


There will be a Christmas Market on 1 November at St John’s Hall between 10am-3pm. There will be a range of stalls including woodworking, craft, homewares, gardening items, children’s wear and hampers. There will also be a prize raffle, cake stall and refreshments.


Victoria Hall will be the venue on 3 November for a first aid at work course arranged by Dales Training.  This is a 6 hour course and deals with first aid at work and leads to a recognised qualification. The qualification is valid for 3 years and the day includes a certificate and manual for each person. The course costs £70 per candidate. For details and to reserve places contact


The next meeting will take place on November 3rd at 7.30pm at Town Head Court. The speaker for the evening will be Tim Hancock of Holme Photographic Society whose presentation is entitled “People Watching”. The gallery for the evening will be “People”


There will be a coffee morning at  StJohn’s Methodist Church, on Tues 4 November from 10 to noon in aid of Methodist World Church. This cause supports a number of projects including training leaders for Women’s Work eg through providing computer training, health classes or by training in practical skills such as use of sewing machines to enable women to earn a living.


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on November 8th. Please note that for this month only the dance is being held on the 2nd Saturday in the month. The dance will run from 8-11.30pm and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Please book places by the preceding Friday by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038.


The North Craven Heritage Trust are holding an illustrated talk by Dr. David Johnson entitled ‘North Craven in the Early Medieval Period’ on Thursday 6th November in Long Preston Village Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. This event is open to members and non-members alike, at no charge.  Everyone is welcome.


For the 9th year in succession Linda Clemence and Liz Smart invite you to join them for Art and Coffee at Friends Meeting House. Original paintings, sketches and cards by the duo will be on sale on Thursday 6 November between 1-4.30pm and then on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November between 10-4.30pm. Admission is free with coffee and biscuits £1.  All welcome.


The club will be hosting a countdown to Christmas event with a demonstration by international demonstrator Ian Buxton at Victoria Hall on 13 November.  The event commences at 7.30pm but doors will open at 6.30pm. Admission is by ticket only, available from 01282 842467, costing £9.50.


Settle Stories is holding a workshop session on “Speaking with Confidence” on November 15th at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. The session is designed to help participants learn techniques to enable them to address groups confidently and to develop a rapport with their audience. The session will commence at 2pm and run for 2 hours approximately. The cost is £17, with early bird price of £12 for limited places prior to November 1st.   For further details or to book a place go to


There will be a concert of classical and romantic music arranged for organ on 15 November at Settle Parish Church. The programme will also feature violin and viola pieces by Duncan Lloyd and pieces on clarinet and alto sax by Alison Marshal as well as an organ duet by Graham Toft and Paul Fisher. The evening’s programme will feature “two swans” – Saint-Saen’s “The Swan” and Sibelius’  “The Swan of Tuonela.” The event will commence at 7.30pm and there will be refreshments. Donations to the church organ fund.


Bentham and District Pet Rescue are hosting a quiz night at Langcliffe Institute on 15 November. The evening commences at 7.30pm with the first round of the quiz starting at 8pm sharp!  Tickets cost £8, including supper and prize draw – with £25 as top prize.  Tickets are available from Field and Home in Settle, Tilly’s in Station Road and via  07773 694608.


Lowe Maintenance Training on Duke St invite you to contribute a poppy to their Remembrance themed window display. Poppies can be made in any media and by groups or individuals.  Please deliver your poppy to the shop or leave it with the shops either side. Ideally poppies should be no more than 3 inches. On 15 November Lowe Maintenance Training will be the venue for a coffee morning between 10am and 2pm, in aid of The Royal British Legion, with coffee in exchange for a donation. There will also be craft and card stalls at this event.


The Folly is hosting a Christmas Shopping and coffee morning on Tuesday, November 18th between 10am and noon. There will be lots of ideas for stocking fillers in the new Folly shop. All welcome.


Christmas is coming… Plans are already underway for Christmas Day in Settle where once again there will be a community Christmas Lunch and Tea at St John’s Hall. The event will run from 11.45 to 4.45 and is open to all ages at the cost of £10 per head. To reserve a place please contact 01729 822138. Reservations are taken up to the last moment but obviously earlier booking helps the volunteers work out catering requirements. Volunteers are also sought to help with food preparation, cooking and serving and arranging transport to and from the event and to generally assist with the planning. To volunteer contact the number above.



Settle Amateurs have never been short of enthusiasm, and this show’s hallmark is the way in which the cast are very clearly enjoying every moment on the stage in this inventive and confidently directed show. Scenery is kept to a minimum, with a “black box” approach being adopted so that the mood is created by skilful use of lighting effects. This flexible staging is used to greatest effect in the scenes in the Havana club and in the sewer, where it has the added bonus of allowing maximum use of the stage for some cleverly choreographed movement work showing a real eye for detail and providing a witty subtext to the action. The lack of cumbersome scenery also means that the show moves swiftly from scene to scene helping to keep the action well-paced, an important plus when the show has a long first act. The society is clearly benefitting from the hard work which is being put in with the junior section as there are a number of youthful  new faces in the cast, which gives both the chorus and the dance numbers a genuine lift, the men’s chorus being particularly strong. However it is always good to see more established performers producing strong support in cameo roles such as the dry humour of Ray Jones as Lt Brannigan and Eric Parker as Harry the Horse.  The casting of Robin Knipe and Alan Suttie as the duo  Benny Southstreet and Nicely Nicely Johnson was a further case in point, where two extremely talented singers were able to add zest to the roles with their numbers being real highlights. Similarly the grandfatherly  advice of Arvide Abernathy was all the more plausible in the experienced hands of Graham Jarvis.  No newcomer to the stage, Steven Lawson seemed far more at ease as Nathan Detroit than in previous roles and it seems that comedy is truly his forte as he clowned superbly making the character simultaneously brash and vulnerable. In Claire Palmer’s Adelaide he had a perfect foil and the pairing was at their best in “Sue Me”, which was delivered with outstanding timing. It was clear that Claire Palmer was thoroughly enjoying her role and her solos were outstanding.  The central roles of Sky Masterton and Sarah Brown were played by relative newcomers, Will Palmer and Molly Summersgill-Smith, and though both were a little hesitant in their numbers there can be no doubt that their confidence will grow through the week and that there is considerable potential and chemistry in their partnership. They both have talent and though a little uneven at times there were points in the evening where they really shone. There were some excellent flourishes in the show generally, with imaginative use of all the hall space and very clever staging. It is clear that considerable effort has gone into the production with attention to detail in all aspects from dancing, synchronised chorus movements and impeccable accents and good diction in chorus numbers throughout. The orchestra should also be congratulated as the music is first rate, particularly the brass section. An excellent and enjoyable evening both for audience and cast alike.



Congratulations to all pupils who recently participated so well in this after-school Sport-S-Cool Zumba course and congratulations to Amy Lawson, who won the trophy for her smiling and energetic performances. Well done also to the pupils who participated in the KS2 Football Tournament.In spite of the cold, windy weather, the teams played very well and showed excellent sporting behaviour. Both teams won matches and the Y4 team got through to the final, losing in a penalty shoot-out, which was disappointing for them when they played so well throughout the tournament.  Thank you to everyone who was able to support our Harvest Festival by: helping children learn their words, attending the event, contributing produce for our harvest parcels, or donating money towards the pupils’ chosen charity – Christian Aid. Donations total £100 – an excellent effort!  All those who attended the assembly enjoyed the pupils’ singing, especially as they had to perform unexpectedly without the usual backing tracks! They also enjoyed the pupils’ short presentations. The harvest display looked beautiful and we were able to divide the produce into 33 parcels, which were then distributed by Class 3 pupils to some of the elderly in the village. Very grateful thanks to Clare Tither and Catherine Sampson, who helped staff to produce the parcels and to the parents who helped deliver the parcels. We have already received cards and letters of thanks from some of the recipients.


A Christmas fair is being held at St Alkelda’s Church on 21and 22 November. There will be craft stalls, books, cakes, jewellery and produce available. Refreshments will also be served.  The fair will be open between 7-9pm on Friday evening, when mulled wine will be served. On Saturday the fair will be open between 10-4pm and there will be a grotto between 10-12 and 2-4pm.


A beginners running group meets on Friday evenings at 5.30-6.30pm at Eshton Pavilion. The group is designed for those who are just starting running and is led by local accredited English Athletics coaches and walking and stopping is quite acceptable as part of the evening.  The first session is free to newcomers and visitors are also always welcome. Tea and cakes are served post run. For details contact 07955 342344 or 07799 063115.


There will be a showing of “The Nut Job” at Richard Whiteley Theatre on November 9 at 3.30pm. This is a U certificate film suitable for family viewing. Tickets can be obtained via 01729 893180.

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