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The community Christmas Day Lunch and Tea will be held in  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. There is still time too to offer to help with this event as assistance is always required with food preparation, cooking and serving and arranging transport to and from the event and to generally assist with the planning. To volunteer contact Judith on the number above


The popular ‘Three Kings’ tableau is now on view in  the phone box gallery.  The tableau was created by Jeanne Carr and Veronica Allsop with the stained glass effect panels created by Settle Flagmakers.  There are treats available for young visitors and everyone who visits is invited to leave a Christmas card for display in the rack. This will run until 17th January 2015.


Talented jazz singer Clare Teal  spreads seasonal appeal with a “Festive Fiesta Jing- Jing-a-ling” on December 19th. On December 20 Chris Newman and Maire Ni bring a celtic feel to Christmas with their Christmas music show, Celtic Christmas Strings” featuring harp and guitar.  Pendle productions will perform a matinee performance of their pantomime Dick Whittington at 2.30 on 21 December. Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 825718.


Pupils at Kwezana have now broken up for the holidays but not before sending pictures of their garden harvest and exchanging Christmas greetings with pupils in Settle.


The Annual Subscription for 2015 is £36. Please pay at the January meeting. At the next meeting at 2 pm on Wednesday 7 January Heather Slater will give a talk entitled My Life in Indonesia, and the competition will be for A Christmas Photo. Please note that this meeting will be at the Catholic Church Hall.


A reminder that Santa will in Booth’s store on December 20th between 10am-4pm. On weekday evenings from 5.30pm onwards Santa’s sleigh will be visiting the surrounding villages and will have a letter box for posting letters to Santa. He will be visiting Townhead, Duke St, Church St and Kings Mill on 18 December.  As in previous years, Santa is looking forward to meeting children of all ages on his visit!


There will be a chance to join in with community carol singing on Saturday 20th at 11am. Please come along and join us outside The Old Naked Man Cafe to sing some traditional carols for an hour. All welcome.


On December 20th  Poppies will welcome The Sessionistas to entertain. Play acoustic songs and tunes this group of very talented musicians from different backgrounds,  met at sessions and now make music together. The audience can expect a varied repertoire in sometimes unusual styles, from folk and pop classics  to bluegrass and psychedelia, alongside original material. Performing acoustic music on guitar, banjo, accordion, ukulele, mandolin and fiddle this should be a good night! December 27th sees the very welcome return of Mr Ben Avison, playing alongside the equally talented Mr Sam Laurence. Two incredible musicians who we are very lucky to have performing at Poppies.  This Christmas music night is, as always, in aid of our favorite local charity, Bentham Pet Rescue. A truly worthy cause. Tickets as always are priced at £7 and are available from Poppies Tea Room. Concerts start at 7:30, doors open at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there


The club will celebrate the season in style on 20 December at Settle Social Club. There will be mince pies, sausage rolls, mulled wine and seasonal songs. Special guests Strid and The Holbeck Moor Mummers will also be joining in this festive knees up.


There will be a messy church gathering at St John’s Church Hall on December 21st between 3.30- 5.30pm with a Christmas theme. There will also be a range of activities and a chance for celebration as well as a shared meal. All welcome.


The annual New Year’s Eve Charity Dance will this year take place at the Victoria Hall on December 31st from 8pm through to after midnight.  There will be a Jacobs Join supper and all proceeds from this event will go to support Victoria Hall. For further information please contact 01729 823259 /824038



A huge thank you to everyone who supported the chocolate tombola and family bingo night with donations for the chocolate tombola. Thank you also to those who organised the evening and ran the event and to all who came along to join in the fun. Thank you also to everyone who supported the pupils at the recent light switch on in Settle. This was an excellent  community event and supported by 66% of our roll. Well done to the pupils and staff: Phoebe and Oscar Holliday-Gill, Gwen Finch, Jane Marshall and Emma Thompson, for completing the 5 kilometres ‘Santa Fun Run’ in Skipton last weekend. Along with over 1500 other Santas, they helped to raise money for charity – a great achievement! We were pleased to receive an ‘Amazing Attendance’ certificate from Pete Dwyer (the Corporate Director of Children & Young People’s Service) congratulating staff, pupils and parents on improving our school’s attendance to 97.03% for 2013-14. Well done, everyone! Keep it up! The school’s Christmas presentation will take place on Wednesday, 17th December at 6.00pm in St. Alkelda’s church and should last about one hour. It involves all pupils in a re-telling of the nativity story, with some additional parts written by Class 3 pupils. The Christmas Presentation is open to all parents, relatives and friends of the school, so please come along to support the pupils. No tickets are required and no charge is made to attend, although there will be a collection at the end of the performance for the children’s chosen charity.


There will be a traditional festival of lessons and carols at St Alkelda’s on 21 December at 6.30pm. On December 24 at 6.30 there will be a Nativity Service featuring children from Giggleswick primary school. All welcome at both services.



The striking setting of Giggleswick chapel in the snow proved to be a perfect venue for this delightful carol service. The purity of a candlelit children’s choir “Peace on Earth”, set the mood for what was an particularly atmospheric carol service.  The clarity of both the singing and readers is always an important factor in this service and it is a tribute to both their hard work and that of their staff that they perform in such a confident and accomplished manner. Performing the opening solo in any event always calls for strong nerve as well as talent and this was very much the case with Billy Bob Rogers who sang the solo in the opening carol. As always it was a genuine pleasure to listen to the pupils singing both in class groups and as a choir and they performed not only with enthusiasm but also sang with great clarity. It is very obvious that they enjoy their music making and rose well to the challenges of complex harmonies in part singing in items such as “Tell out the News”. The choir were excellent and their spirited rendition of “The Holly and the Ivy” was a fine example of both concentration and confidence in an arrangement that would have daunted many adult choirs.  Similarly the actual nativity play itself by classes 1 and 2 was acted out with a real sense of style, the concentration of Mary, Joseph and their delightful donkey was almost palpable while the shepherds showed real determination matched only by the wonderful swagger of the kings.  Special mention should be made of the excellent young narrators who brought the story to life. As always there were some outstanding musical highlights, not least the ensemble playing in Year 6 during the performance of the Czech carol “Hydom, Hydom”.  Once again the service proved to be a fitting tribute to the staff who clearly have very high expectations of their pupils and who equally clearly work very hard to inspire and encourage their students.


The closing words of one of the readings concluded ” The world is a sad place, but wine and music blunt the truth of it.” Nothing could have been further from the case in this concert where the scent of the mulled wine drifting through the building and the beauty of the music enhanced the Christmas story in a totally magical way. This was a very “Christmassy” concert in every respect with a programme which covered carols from many periods and a wide array of readings celebrating both the simplicity and the poignancy of Christmas as well as the mundane realities of the birth at Bethlehem. The programme notes informed us that Carols were derived from the French word for dance and many of the pieces echoed this theme with a wonderful performance of “Masters in this Hall” by the gentlemen of the choir being sung as a round which became progressively quicker and the spritely ” Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day”. There were also however some very moving slower pieces such as the beautiful arrangement of the tender 14th century poem “A Spotless Rose” or  the arrangement of the “Aye Carol” from the Iona community. Interspersed with the carols were a number of readings. Drawn from a wide range of sources these formed a clever commentary on the Christmas theme and were presented very dramatically by the various readers, all of whom performed with great confidence and skill. There were also some very clever pieces of theatre as when the powerful reading from a first world war diary recalling the Christmas day armistice in 1914 was then followed by the haunting “Coventry Carol” with its emphasis on the war-like actions of Herod and the massacre of innocents.  The choir itself were on excellent form and the concert showed them at their best, performing complex harmonies with ease and also providing outstanding support to the various soloists, all drawn from their own ranks. The soloists were particularly strong and it was good to see the solos being spread so widely across the group. As always, Langcliffe Singers were a joy to hear and they seem to be growing in stature as the years go by.

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