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Local Settle News and Events 20th June


There will be 2  guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line this week. The first on June 27 is a circular 13 mile strenuous walk via High Cup Nick. This will leave Appleby at 8.34 am. There will also be Ribblehead Heritage tours on July 1st. These look at the archaeology of the sites and the history of the viaduct itself. 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 tours cross rough moorland and all participants should wear stout footwear and bring warm and waterproof clothing. A longer tour is available (also starting at 10.25) which, after visiting the viaduct continues past the Blea Moor signal box and on to view the southern entrance of Blea Moor tunnel.  Anyone joining this longer tour should bring with them a packed lunch.  Tours are free of charge. No reservation is necessary these walks 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


Houghton Weavers conclude the month on 27 June with an appearance as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour.   The guest artists at the First Sunday Folk event on July 5th will be The Mighty Doonans. On July 11, Sita Brand, director of Settle Stories, will present “Memories of an Indian Childhood” presenting an opportunity to  be transported to Bombay – dusty, crowded and vibrant. Welcome to Sita’s world of large families, stubborn hairdos and romantic train journeys. Slowly the light-hearted stories about friendships and games give way to darker more painful memories. Her father’s gruelling exodus at the onset of World War II and later the Indian Emergency, precipitating the need to leave India and come to Britain. Funny and moving, Memories of an Indian Childhood is a story about growing up. Sita came to the UK at age 15., moving to Settle from London 7 years ago She has worked as a storyteller, actress, director, writer and producer internationally.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


Settle Orchestra’s summer concert will take place on 27 June at Christ Church, Skipton. The concert will commence at 7.30pm and the programme will feature the Overture to “The Thieving Magpie” by Rossini as well as works by Brahms and Schubert. Tickets cost £10 and are available via Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre



Settle Rotary Club’s annual  Hog Roast will this year take place at Eldroth Barn, Eldroth, Austwick  Lancaster. LA2 8AQ on Sunday 28th June 2014 between 1.00pm and 5.00pm. Tickets cost £10 and all proceeds will be given to Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. For tickets please contact Floyd Schofield on 07764 270601 or or David Blackburne on


Following last year’s successful flower pot festival the event is being repeated and members of the public, organisations, groups and businesses are invited to create and display flower pot characters to enliven the town during the period 27 June through to September 6.


“Call Me”, the new exhibition at the Gallery on the Green will run from June 27 to August 15 and looks at the nostalgic days of the phone box. Ellen Bell and Jo Hamill’s new installation Call Me, at Upper Settle’s now decommissioned telephone box and reincarnated as The Gallery on the Green,  is an elegant, yet whimsical written collage of notable literary telephone dialogues.  Bell and Hamill’s transparent book-like structure plays with the notion of a line of communication that is sometimes clear and other times obscure.


On Tuesday, 30 June there will be a visit to Malham Field Studies Centre. Participants should meet at 2.00pm at the Quarry Car Park on the minor road to the west of the fen. Please car share because of limited parking Guests are very welcome- please pay £2. To become a member of NCHT and for further information, please see our


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on Saturday, July 4. This will run from 8-11.30pm. If possible please contact 01729 823259 /824038 prior to Friday 3rd to let us know that you will be attending. All proceeds from this event will got St John’s Methodist Church Settle 120+ project.


Watershed Mill is hosting a whiskey tasting night on July 8th at 7.00pm.  The evening will be led by experts from Gordon and McPhail and there will be an opportunity to sample a range of whiskeys.  Tickets cost £7.50 and must be purchased in advance of the event.  For details contact  01729 825539.


Find out more about the mysterious events in Settle on a guided walk visiting hidden locations linked with strange happenings and unusual occurrences and telling tales of the unexplained. Author, Nigel Mortimer, will be operating guided walks every second and fourth Saturday at 1.30pm and 3.30pm and on Tuesdays at 5pm. The walks last approximately an hour and thirty minutes and depart from Whitefriars car-park, cost £5 per person.


Local choral group, Langcliffe Singers, will be presenting a concert of music for a Summer Evening on July 11 at St James Church at Clapham. The concert will commence at 7.30pm and tickets are available at Cave & Crag, Settle – Bentham Post Office – Skipton Camera Centre or  07732 352771



On June 30th school pupils present “Seussical the Musical”, based on the books of Dr Seuss. For tickets and details contact 01729 893180.


Congratulations to the  pupils who participated well in this recent family service at St Alkelda’s, particularly well done to Bailey Pears,  who read at this event. Y5 pupils recently took part in a cluster schools event at Long Preston primary school and participated well. Y5’s have also been involved in hosting a visit from some of the students on the French exchange with Settle College pupils. Supported by our supply teacher, Mrs. Butcher, they all used their French to ask and respond to questions and later with Class 2 pupils, they learnt a French song together. Meanwhile Y6 pupils greatly enjoyed their visit to Edinburgh, they showed excellent involvement in the activities throughout this residential visit. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed bags for the clothingcollection for the charity Starlight. We were thrilled last week  to host a visit from Dr. & Ali Ng and their three week old baby, Noah. The pupils presented them with a school-made card and small gift.


The St Alkelda’s garden party will take place on 11 July at Rose Cottage on Bankwell Road. The garden party will be opened at 2pm and there will be a range of stalls including plants, books, cakes etc. There will also be face-painting and a raffle and tea and cakes will be available. Pupils from Giggleswick primary school will entertain with country dancing. Admission is free.


To mark their bicentenary, Giggleswick Primary School is holding a Bicentenary Bash on Friday, 26th June, from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Open to pupils, parents, staff, governors, past and present. It will be an opportunity to look round the school, enjoy some games, tombola etc and a buffet. All welcome



One of the chief delights when  watching Settle Orchestra perform is the vibrancy with which they approach the evening.  They always are totally absorbed in what they are playing and clearly enjoying making music together. It is also fascinating to watch the interplay between individual musicians and the way in which the more experienced members support and encourage the junior members. This has been very noticeable in recent concerts and the number of young musicians in their ranks reflects this supportive attitude. Inevitably at this time of year a number of the younger members do leave to go on to further musical academic or musical studies. This evening witnessed a wonderful piccolo solo by thirteen year old Ellie Buller who then went on to play first flute in another piece. Ellie will be moving to Chethams School of Music in September.  The programme this evening opened with the Overture to Rossini’s opera “The Thieving Magpie”.  This is a particularly inventive and enjoyable piece with the overture reflecting many of the moods in the story being by turn dramatic and menacing before becoming joyous and tender. The use of a snare drum as an opening is particularly effective and the percussion work throughout was excellent as was the delicacy of the work of the wind section, and of course, the piccolo solo.  The second piece in the programme was  Schubert’s symphony No 5. The work was rarely performed during his lifetime and is scored for a small  orchestra without any brass or percussion and consequently has a much lighter feel and a resolutely cheerful tone. The second movement is particularly beautiful and poignant and was played with great feeling.  The second half of the programme was given over to Brahms concerto for violin and violoncello, featuring soloists Tim Rathbone (Violin) and Michael Newman (Violoncello). This was a spectacular performance by two very talented musicians, both currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.  The piece itself is a delight, full of drama and passion and requiring excellent communication not only between the two soloists but also between the soloists and the orchestra in order to make the most of the interplay between the soloists.  It began with a sublime allegro with a great sense of urgency and power before moving into a restful andante and closing with a spirited allegro once more. While the attention was chiefly on the soloists, it would be very wrong to underestimate the role played by the orchestra as a whole in providing a backdrop to their work and it is this great sense of teamwork which is one of Settle Orchestra’s real strengths.

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