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Take 40 plus children aged between 6 and 11, add a witty script with some really corny jokes, season with a lavish dose of 60s inspired tunes and stir in references to every well known horror story and set in an amazing haunted castle. This is either a recipe for complete and utter chaos or in the hands of the skilful team of Sue Butler as producer, Josie Wells as musical director and Nicole McGoldrick as artistic director it is the perfect recipe for a great show and a wonderful piece of youth theatre which will stay with the young performers for years to come.  The storyline is simple, a former rock star turned professor of genetics just happens to be the descendent of Baron Frankenstein and, employing the aid of Dan Stoker and Rebecca Shelley he aims to finish his ancestors work by creating life in the form of the ultimate rock group! Aiding him are Igor and the first Mrs Danvers and the newly revived Mungo the monster and Elsa, the bride of Frankenstein. Pitted against him are Inspector Baskerville and his hound and the very uneasy villagers – and somewhere in the midst of this is Elvis!  The real joy of this performance was the way in which the young cast threw themselves wholeheartedly into what they were doing. From the very outset it was clear that they were enjoying every moment of their time on stage and this showed in the powerful singing and the enthusiastic dancing. Taking part in events such as this can be a great confidence booster and a wonderful way to build a sense of team spirit and belonging, it can also be the start of a love of performing arts and undoubtedly this cast will treasure memories of their performance for years to come. It was certainly a production of which they should feel very proud, both as a school and as individuals. There was a great supporting cast and the principals were both confident and convincing. While this was a team effort it would be unfair not to mention some genuine highlights that deserve recognition for their outstanding work: these include Leo Gorner whose lovesick Igor was an absolute pleasure to watch; the amazing Ramsey Smith as Elvis who gyrated with a style and confidence that belied his years and James Rudsdale as Fenton who relished his role and energised the whole show.  A fantastic production and congratulations all round.


Three walks are planned in the coming week. On  Saturday 28 May there will be a moderate, 11.5 mile walk. This is a circular walk from Appleby taking in Great Ormside and Sandford and leaving Appleby at 10.06.  Also on Saturday there will be a 12 mile strenuous walk from Settle to Horton in Ribblesdale. This will leave Settle at 9.50. On Sunday,  29 May  there is a 9.5 very strenuous walk  around the Howgills and Cautley Spout area. This  leaves Dent at 10.16 and relies on a connection with the service bus to and from Sedbergh. No reservation is needed for these walks but all for all walks participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  Details of all walks can  be found at


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them at the Old Court House on Station Road on Saturday, 28 May between 10-12.30pm. There will be freshly ground coffee, tea, home-made cakes and scones and a warm welcome is always guaranteed.


Pupils in both school have been swapping information about how they celebrate Easter, with Settle students explaining about the Easter bunny! Class 5 pupils in Settle have also been telling their friends about their recent art studies and how they have been finding out about Claude Monet and how they too have been trying to paint water-lilies in the style of Monet.


A clear highlight this month takes place on May 26 when Jazz diva Clare Teal returns to Settle with her trio for an evening of wonderful musical and conversation, guaranteeing the audience something personal and very special..  On 29 May there will be a special Bank Holiday event with bar, barbecue and plenty of bopping to The Jukebox Junkies!  Food will be available from 7.30pm with the band performing from 8.15pm. This is a fun  night suitable for all the family, raising money for Victoria Hall. Tickets: £5, Aged 8 to 17 £3, in both cases not including BBQ which is payable separately. June promises to be another exciting mixture at Victoria Hall starting with a concert by California based  Corinne West  on June 1st. Starlight Highway, her new album, showcases her work which is already well established in the Country / Blues / Americana scene. She will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Sam Lawrence.On June 2nd there will be drama with the return of Reform Theatre Company who will perform  a brand new comedy ,The Debt Collectors, by  John Godber,. The Debt Collectors mixes money and love with the love of money, as two out of work actors fall into the world of debt recovery.  June 4th blends live performance with cinema with Harlem Street Singer” film about the Reverend Gerry Davis, followed by a solo performance from  New Yorker, Woody Mann, who plays a mix of American acoustic blues, roots and jazz guitar. For details and tickets of all other events contact 01729 825718.


A blood donor session will take place at St John’s hall on 28 May. The morning session will run from 9.15 to 11.45 and the afternoon session will run from 1-3.15. To make an appointment or for details contact 0300 123 23 23.


The countryside of the Dales – the limestone crags, green fields, drystone walls, barns, farmhouses and flowers – have all been captured on silk  by local painter Christine Carradice, whose  new exhibition opens at the Gallery on the Green in Settle this weekend (May 21). Christine’s paintings, which are popular at the Dales National Park shops, are inspired by the Dales. Her pictures never have people in them as she prefers her work to show familiar scenes as places of calm and solitude just at the quiet time before people arrive and the day’s activities begin. These pictures also aim to show the last small influence of people on the landscape before the countryside opens out and the hills rise up and so, she says, it is appropriate that her work is on show at the gallery in the former BT phone box in Upper Settle, at the edge of the Dales National Park. After studying English at Sheffield University and then Leeds University, Christine’s first career was in finance. However, motherhood led to a career break, which became an unexpected – and very fulfilling – career change, giving her the chance to turn what had long been a hobby into a full time occupation. She had always enjoyed painting, embroidery and working with textiles, especially silk. She painted scarves for relatives and friends, and soon found that she could actually sell as many scarves as she could paint. After a very good response selling at craft fairs in the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire and the Lake District, Christine, who has lived in Settle for 20 years, also began to sell her work in a variety of retail outlets and developed her work to include a range of pictures and also cards, which feature in the exhibition. The exhibition runs from Saturday May 21 to Saturday July 23.


Clapham Art Group, which includes many talented local artists from the villages surrounding Clapham itself, will be staging its 65th annual art exhibition in Clapham Village Hall at the end of the month. There is a preview evening on 27 May and then the exhibition will be open every day from 11-6 up from 28 May through to 6 June. Admission is 50p and there will be refreshments available. A wide range of works in a variety of media will be on show.  All welcome


Freda’s nursery and playgroup are holding their annual open day on 28 May between 2-4pm. All welcome.  Contact 01729 824884 for details.


Friends of the Settle- Carlisle Line  are hosting a series of events  explaining more about the real experience behind the TV series “Jericho”. The first of these takes place on Thursday 2nd June and participants should meet at the Ribblehead Visitor Centre on Ribblehead Station at 12 noon.   For those coming by train from the south, a train arrives at Ribblehead Station at 12.02.  At the Visitor Centre talks and  informal discussions about Jericho Shanty Town and the surrounding area will take place.  There will be several display boards, pottery pieces and glassware found in the Shanty Town area. The group will then walk to the Ribblehead Viaduct along a stony track. Interpretation of the Shanty Towns area will be explained.   The group then returns to the Visitor Centre for 13.45 in time to catch the 14.05 train to Garsdale Station (fare payable on the train or at a staffed station).  On the journey north the actual Jericho site will be pointed out.  There will be a tour of Garsdale Station looking at the bronze statue of Ruswarp and the interpretation display boards.  The return journey back to Ribblehead will be from the 15.13 train from Garsdale (destination Leeds). The tour is free of charge.   Please bring a packed lunch.  Drinks can be purchased at the Visitor Centre. Strong shoes are advisable.  Waterproofs in case of bad weather.  The walks are not suitable for people with limited mobility. For further information or phone 01524 811492


The second in a series of “Table Top Saturdays” will take place on 4 June at Victoria Hall. This will run from 9 -3 and there will be refreshments available all day. For details or to book a table contact 01729 825718.


The next charity dance will take place on 4 June at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall. The dance will run from 8-11 with all proceeds going to support a local charity. If possible please notify organisers of your attendance by Friday 3rd June. For details contact 01729 823259 / 824038. New dancers always welcome.


Each Tuesday St John’s Methodist Church holds a “coffee pot” session with home made cakes in the coffee lounge. This is open to all and runs from 10am to noon and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. On the first Tuesday of the month the coffee pot is held in aid of a charity chosen by a member of the congregation. The charity on June 7th is Smile Train. This is an international children’s charity that provides free surgery to children who suffer from cleft lips or palates in 85+ developing countries. Many of these children cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. Cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care enables the children to move forward with their lives and changes the world one smile at a time, while the system used by the charity empowers local doctors to provide cleft care in their own communities. Please come along and support this event.


The 8th annual Rotary Settle Saunter takes place on 11 June. There are four routes on offer (9, 12, 16 and 22 miles) to accommodate a wide range of abilities with  stages of the route, though not all, flagged with tape to help with navigation. A comprehensive route description is available to all entrants. The routes can either be walked or run and will take in picturesque rural villages and hamlets and swathes of intoxicating countryside.There are checkpoints with light refreshments along the way and a hot savoury meal is provided at the end. The saunter is open to all, but the expectation is that participants have a reasonable level of fitness to complete their chosen route. Youngsters under 18 are most welcome on the three shorter routes but we  safeguarding rules do apply. Entries can be made in advance or on the day (an additional £1 surcharge applies) and the entrance fee is £12 per person, but group and age concessions are available. This year the funds raised by this event will be shared between Settle Swimming Pool, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Registration, start & finish on the day is at the Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ [GR 818 637]. Registration is between 07.30 – 0815 and the start, for both walkers and runners, is 08.30. Badges and certificates upon completion are all included in the entry fee. Free car parking is provided. For further details go to or contact 015242 251215.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a social dance at Ingleton Community Centre on Saturday, June 18th when the music will be provided live by John Bowdler, the Blackpool Tower Organist. Tickets are now available from either the community centre or via 01729 822959/822364. Tickets cost £8, including supper. Please note there is no bar at this event so participants are invited to bring along their own drinks.


Voices of Craven: Communities in Chorus is a project across the area in which local singing groups have come together to sing, coached by Tom Leech, the director of the diocese of Leeds singing programme. Throughout June there will be a series of concerts by local professional soloists and musicians culminating in a grand finale where all will perform together. Tickets are available via 01756 7488080.  On Sunday June 5th Giggleswick’s internationally renowned soprano, Sarah Fox will perform in the opening concert at St Andrew’s church, Gargrave.   On Monday 13 June Sarah will return to her home ground to  perform in a “last night of the proms” style concert celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday at St Alkelda’s church in Giggleswick. On Wednesday 22 June there will be an evening of Community Singing at Holy Ascension church, Settle  with John Bell of the Iona Community. The Grand Finale is a concert at Giggleswick School Chapel on 25 June which will feature local choirs and a small orchestra.


Settle Stories is holding a very special event in June when renowned Belgian storyteller and musician, Iwan Kushka, visits the town to present “True Moon Tales” a story-concert for adults. True Moon Tales are Half Truth Lies – welcome to the land of myth and true stories that never happened. Come and experience the ancient Indian Legend of ‘The Transported Heads’ – a tale in which two boys meet one girl and loose their hearts (and heads) in the process. A journey of poetic flight into the collective intelligence of the old tales in a highly atmospheric blend of story and music in Journeys into the Underworld, ecstatic lovers, death and rebirth, as Kushka brings with him the haunting sounds of the Iranian frame drum and the Armenian Duduk. He is joined by guitarist William Benzies and violinist Becky Doe. This event will take place on 24 June at the Royal Oak at 7.30pmYou may also like to attend Iwan’s workshop on Saturday 25th June 2016. See Settle Stories website for further details and tickets:


Shhh – don’t tell anyone but there will be a silent auction in Settle in June, providing a chance to invest not only in a piece of art but also in the future of the young people in the town. Settle Scouts are currently fund-raising to improve their Drill Hall premises to help not only local scouts but to also make them available to the community. They’ve teamed up with a number of local prominent and renowned artists for a special Silent Auction which will take place on 25 June between 11-5pm. There will be refreshments served throughout the day and arts and crafts for young people.



The annual safari supper will take place this year on 3 June and will commence in the church at 6.30pm before visiting a number of members homes. Tickets are £15 and as there will be limited numbers for this event early booking is advisable. Contact 01729 823899 for details.


There will be a concert by the Lancaster Singers at Giggleswick School Chapel on 11 June. Entitled “Across the Pond: Music for a Summer Evening”  the programme will feature music from England, America and Canada performed both with accompaniment and a cappella. Tickets cost £10, with students in full time education free. For further information contact: 01729 893180





When is a tribute act not a tribute act?  Clearly when it does not regard itself as one, for this is not a case of attempting to pretend to be John Denver but a genuinely entertaining evening’s entertainment which features and plays tribute to the music of John Denver. There is no dressing up and no gimmicks just a sincere attempt to recreate the Denver sound which appealed to so many and which was lost to the world in an air crash in 1997.  What is also apparent throughout the performance is the fact that Chris Bannister admired not only John Denver’s music but also the way in which he lived out his belief system through his care for, and awareness of, nature. Therefore in this respect also the evening is a tribute.  As a musician and lyricist John Denver was in a class of his own and the evening featured many of his most famous songs, Sunshine on My Shoulders, Annie’s Song and Country Roads as well as numbers perhaps not usually associated with him such as “Living in the Love of the Common People.” This mixture meant that the evening appealed not only to the die-hard Denver fans but also to newcomers. There was also a good variety in the songs with numbers such as “Grandma’s Feather Bed” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, setting a rattling pace and getting the audience rattling along and then the mood switching to include deeply poignant love songs. John Denver described “Perhaps Love” as the best song that he had ever written and said that it completely changed his style of singing and Chris Bannister’s performance certainly did credit to the wonderful melody and beauty of the lyrics. Similarly “I’m Sorry” must be one of the most original takes on a love song and holds a timeless appeal to anyone who has ever feared that they have lost the one they love.  There is no doubt whatsoever that  if you close your eyes you could believe it was John Denver on stage, and Chris Bannister performs with such integrity and ability that he now is regularly invited to perform in Aspen and has worked alongside members of John Denver’s own band. However, he is also an outstanding artist in his own right as was witnessed by the few – perhaps too few – glimpses into his own work. His variation on the folk song known to many as “Streets of Laredo” was both moving and extremely powerful and “Lunenburg Hospital” was a real highlight of the evening. On his previous visit to Victoria Hall I commented that his  “a cappella” style performance of “The Eagle and the Hawk” was one of the most striking performances I’d heard at the venue – and it was wonderful to hear it repeated this time. His soaring voice makes the hairs stand on the back of the neck and sends shivers of delight down the spine. His is an amazing talent, not only in his own musicianship but also the way in which he keeps alive the spirit of another great performer.

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