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From November 9th , local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger launch their new exhibition “Wild and Restless Nature” in the Foyer Gallery. This exhibition will run through to December 8th.



Change, especially a change of long-standing key personnel, is never easy and it is to the group’s credit that they have coped with a number of changes in recent years and managed to emerge invigorated. There were a number of new faces in the cast, including younger members and this is clearly a very positive sign for the future of the Society and will hopefully encourage others. The chorus singing itself was of a high standard, suggesting that a very disciplined and ambitious approach had been taken, particularly with those numbers involving part singing and harmony work, which lifted the evening above the usual amateur performance level. The men’s chorus in particular showed that all the rehearsal had been worthwhile, with a very believable rendition of “Adelaide” as they pined for their stage idol!  Similarly the  overall quality of stage work showed great thought and good use of the whole venue, with simple movement work adding greatly to the overall effect. The dancing too was outstanding, especially the four young can-can dancers!  Congratulations also to the orchestra whose performance not only added an excellent accompaniment to the show but was enjoyable in its own right, particularly when setting the mood for the piece.  It is always a joy when an amateur group possesses strong soloists and this was certainly the case in this production. There is clearly a strong chemistry between Rachel Humberstone (Calamity Jane) and Robin Knipe (Wild Bill Hickock) and this lent an extra spark to their duet, which was certainly a highlight of the evening. It was therefore a shame that some of Calamity Jane’s earlier numbers felt a little stilted and suffered from a combination of poor sound quality and the problems of retaining an accent whilst singing.  It is certainly not an easy role to play as Calamity Jane is characterised by conflicting mood excesses which demand a dexterity of performance and characterisation beyond the stereotypical leading lady – requiring an actress who can sing far more than a singer who can act.  In newcomer, Claire Marshall – here playing Katie Brown –  it would seem that the Society may have found such a rare commodity and I look forward to seeing her in many leading roles in the future, as this evening’s performance showed that she certainly has stage presence. Her transformation scene from  nervously hesitant  ingénue to fully fledged burlesque artiste was a joy and demonstrated her confidence in her own skills.  Special mention also to Eric Parker for his comic performance as a reluctant drag artiste and to Steven Soames as Lt Gilmartin – his solo with Claire Marshall was particularly effective and tender  – and also to Donna Bland for her cameo as Adelaide Adams.  This was certainly a performance which left the audience singing along as they left the theatre and bodes well for the new era for the Society.


Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported the production of “Calamity Jane” and to all who took part in the Grand Draw. The winners have now been drawn and are as follows: first place, winning £100, Marion Webster. In second place was Chris Wood, winning £50 and in third place winning £25 wad Peter Daly.  The winner of the silent auction for the signed John Newman poster will be announced next week.


There will be an organ recital with demonstration by Paul Fisher

at Settle Parish Church on Thursday, November 7th at 12.30pm. Paul will introduce a small selection of organ pieces by Bach, Vierne, other french composers, and himself. Speaking from the console, he will talk about the background to each piece, and explain how the different colours and sounds of the organ are used in them. This event is free with all donations towards the organ fund being gratefully accepted.


Local artists Linda Clemence and Liz Smart invite you join them for art and coffee at Friends Meeting House for their annual sale of original paintings, sketches and cards. The event will run from 1-4.30pm on Thursday 7 November and then from 10-4.30pm on both Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November.  Admission is free and coffee and biscuits cost £1. All welcome.


The next charity dance will be on Saturday, November 9th (please note that this is the second Saturday in the month) and will begin at 8pm until 11.30pm. Again, please note that this is a change in time. To book please ring 01729 8223259/ 824038 by November 7th. All proceeds will go to the St Oswald’s Church Horton in Ribblesdale Appeal. The Dance on December 7th will be the Christmas Party Dance and this year will take the form of a Jacobs Join Supper with the cost of the evening remaining at £5. This dance will also begin at 8pm and end at 11.30pm. Both dances will be at Settle College.


North Ribblesdale Rugby Club is the venue for a quiz night to raise funds to assist the Helen Howard School of Dance on 9 November. The dancers will be peforming at London’s  Royal Albert Hall in May 2014 and the quiz hopes to raise funds to off set the expenses involved. Admission is £16 for a team of 4, including buffet. There will be a bar throughout the evening and places can be booked by contacting 011729 822717 or 015242 63047.


There will be an opportunity to find out more about UFO mysteries when a series a conference consisting of 3 lectures is held at St John’s Hall on November 9th. The theme for the day is “Hunting the UFO mystery: adventures into the unknown” and this will run from 1-6pm with refreshments being served between the lectures. The cost for the event is £20 and includes a DVD. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a skywatch session at 7.30pm. For further information contact Nigel Mortimer on 01729 824659.


The Annual General meeting of Settle Bowling Club will be held at Settle Social Club on  Monday, 11 November, commencing at 8pm.  All members very welcome.


The next messy church event will take place on 17 November at St John’s Church Hall. This will include tea, craft activities and worship and is a free event, with an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of craft materials.


Christmas is coming, and that means that there are only three more Artisans Fairs before Christmas. The first is on November 16th and then there are two in December on 7th and 21st. Make the most of this opportunity to buy local handmade quality products for Christmas. The fairs are open from 9am to 2pm and there will be a themed vintage cafe at each event


Settle Rotary Club in partnership with Booths Supermarket are holding a wine tasting evening at the Victoria Hall, Settle on Saturday 16th November from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Up to 80 wines will be available for tasting. Tickets are £10 (including 5 wine tastings and cheese tastings). The event is to raise money for Rotary International Charities and Projects such as the eradication of polio, sand dams and Shelterboxes for disaster areas. Tickets . £10, available for any Rotarian or by phoning 01729 822445 and will be on sale in Booths Supermarket on Saturday 9th November.


An Autumn Concert will be held by Settle Orchestra on 23 November at Settle College at 7.30pm. The Orchestra will be conducted by Ola Ness and will feature soloist Robert Buller. The programme will include works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The programme will be repeated at Christ Church, Skipton on 30 November. Tickets available via Orchestra members and from:Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham post office, Settle Music or 01729 825806.


Paris in the nineteen-twenties is the setting for an “All that Jazz” dance, arranged by Age UK on 27 November at St John’s Hall. There will be music by local jazz musicians and the dancing will be led by Liz Culshaw. There will be a prize for the best dressed jazz age look. Tickets via 823066.  Tickets cost £4, including soup, roll and cake.


Alison King School of Dance invites you to come along and join them for dance sessions. If you’ve been inspired by “Strictly” and want to know more then come along to Victoria Hall on 28 November. The beginners Argentine Tango classes run from 7-8pm and are followed by beginners ballroom and Latin. Each class costs £5 and further information is available from 01729 840118.


On November 10th Rich Seam Theatre company present “Royal Flush”, a play about Yorkshireman Thomas Crapper’s great opportunity when he is commissioned to provide toilets for Queen Victoria and on 17 November, Reform Theatre Company will present “Burt n’ Joyce”.  The Power of Compassion, masked dance and sacred chant from a Tibetan monastry is brought to the stage on 21st November and on F22nd there will be good time Americana in the form of Whiskey Dogs Hoe Down Band.The month is brought to a lively end with bust by Take Off That, a Take That tribute band, on November 30th.  For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.


Advance notice that this year’s Settle Christmas Light Switch On will take place on November 30th between 2-5pm. Details to be announced later. Those wishing to take part are invited to contact Tony Hardwick on 01729 268094



The WI will meet at the parish rooms on 7 November at 7.30pm when the speaker will be John Foster on the subject of the work of the district court judge. Visitors always welcome


. On November 7th the theatre welcomes the Neil C Young Trio, guaranteeing a night of feel good instrumental jazz. From November 9th , local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger launch their new exhibition “Wild and Restless Nature” in the Foyer Gallery. This exhibition will run through to December 8th. Community Cinemas will be showing Planes as part of the family films series and the month concludes with  pupils from the school itself taking to the stage from 28-30th November for their production of “West Side Story”.  Details of all tickets and times  are available via or via 01729 893180. There are lots of volunteering opportunities at Richard Whiteley Theatre for all members of the Settle and Giggleswick communities and we are particularly keen to expand our front of house staff. If you can spare a few hours and would like to assist please contact the above number for details.


A Christmas Fair will take place in the church on November 22 between7.00 – 9.00 pmwith mulled wine and mince pies and then again on November 23 between 10.00 – 4.00pm. There will be the usual range of stalls and refreshments. All welcome

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