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Planning is now 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.


Many thanks to everyone who supported the coffee morning on 15th November at Lowe Maintenance training. This raised £76 in aid of The Royal British Legion. Thanks also to Demelza for use of the premises and to Rachel Avison Fell of Dales Angels and Di Whitaker of Phoenix cards and to the loyal washers up!


On November 21, using a real magic lantern projector, poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and documentary photographer Ian Beesley  will tell the story of the First World War from the point of view of those who survived into old age and faced a changing world and also the role of women during the war years and after.  23 November sees a visit by Skerryvore, a band from Tiree who blend traditional Celtic music with rock and funk. There will be a showing of the German film “Lore” on 26 November and the month ends with a concert on 28 November by Martyn Joseph,  “The Welsh Springsteen.” 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. On 22 November there will be a 7mile moderate walk from Armathwaite to Wetheral, departing from Armathwaite at 9.40 and using a service bus to return to Carlisle. On 22 November there will also be a 10 mile moderately strenuous walk in the Rylstone Cross area, departing from Gargrave at 9.32  and returning to Skipton via service bus. On 23 November there will be a 9 mile strenuous walk from Horton to Ribblehead, departing from Horton at 10.19 .Booking in advance is not required but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped for both. For further details contact


Following on from recent posts from Kwezana pupils about some of their country’s traditional foods, pupils in Settle have been sharing details of their favourite meals and also explaining about the after-school cookery club.  They also shared their experiences of the Judo club and explained that this was a club which was visited by Ms Mveni on her recent stay in Settle. Pupils in Kwezana are currently taking their year end exams and Settle pupils wished them well.


A reminder that on Thursday 20 November the coach for the Harrogate Trip will leave Whitefriars at 9.30 am. The December meeting on Wednesday 3 December – Bags of Difference – will be in the Catholic Church Hall. There will be a Raffle for a Christmas hamper.


The folk club meets next on 22 November at 9pm in Settle Social Club. There will be a range of floor singers and musicians and all are welcome to come along and enjoy good music and good beer!


Following on from their successful exhibition at The Gallery on The Green, local wildlife photographers Tony and Carol Dilger will be giving a talk at Clapham Village Hall on 22 November. Tony and Carol have recently returned from a further series of photo safaris in Africa and this event will provide an opportunity to find out more about how they capture such stunning images. The event commences at 7pm and admission is £2.50, including light refreshments.


Settle Orchestra’s autumn concerts will take place at Settle College on 22 November and at Christ Church in Skipton on 29 November. Both concerts will commence at 7.30pm and the programme will include works by Ravel, Poulenc and Bizet. The soloist will be mezzo soprano, Rachel Maby. Tickets cost £10, available from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing or phoning 01729 825806


The meeting on 26 November will be the AGM. This will take place at Townhead court at 2pm. It will be followed by a talk entitled “Christmas is coming”. Non members are welcome, admission £3.


There will be a showing of the German film “Lore” on 26 November at 7.45pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and admission is £5.  The film is in German with English subtitles and follows the story of Lore, the daughter to Nazis who at the end of the war is left with the responsibility of leading her siblings across the country to her grandparents’ home in the north of Germany and how she comes to realise what has happened elsewhere in the country.  In conjunction with Victoria Hall a meal is being offered on this evening for combined price of £13. For details and to reserve a place please contact Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718


Friends of Settle Primary School will be holding their annual November Fair on 28 November between 6.30-8pm. Admission is free and there will be a range of stalls and games. Seasonal refreshments will be served.


To coincide with Settle’s Lights Switch-on on 29th, we’re once again running our popular free family activity session ‘Christmas Fun in The Folly’ from 1.30 – 4 pm.   This year the theme is making games of all kinds, including board games involving dice made from wooden cubes and counters. Visitors will be able to design a game or they can go for a simpler version such as noughts and crosses.  We will also have Christmas-card making and our ‘golden’ tree for visitors to decorate. On top of all this, we intend to hold a Prize Draw and award prizes to those people who have entered our quizzes and other family activities throughout the year.   Bring the family along for a warm and fun-filled afternoon before going along to the market place to see the lights.All welcome.


The group is holding a fundraiser for Medical Aid for Palestine on Saturday 29th November 10-3.30pm at Settle’s Quaker Meeting House. Morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon tea available, along with palestinian products, hand-printed Christmas cards and jewellery and information about how to support the Palestinian people.


This year’s Christmas Lights switch on will take place on 29 November in Settle Market Place. There will be a grotto for Santa Claus, live entertainment on stage, charity stalls, reindeer and fireworks. There will also be a live grand draw with top prize of £500. The event will run from 3pm to 5.15 approximately and will be followed by a family disco event


There will be an all sorts market in Victoria Hall on Saturday, 29 November from 9.30-4pm. Stalls are currently available, please contact 017239 823867 for further details. Refreshments will be served all day. All welcome.


The annual concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band at Holy Ascension Church, Settle will this year take place on Sunday 30th November at 7.30pm.


Penned by comedian and raconteur Mike Harding and performed by Settle’s newest amateur dramatics group, Take Two, “The Witch That Nicked Christmas” will be performed at Victoria Hall on 3-5 December at 7.30pm. In true family fun tradition there will be custard pie fights, singing and dancing and a very wicked witch… Tickets via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718.


This year’s Christmas Charity Dance will take place on December 6th at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall. The dance will run from 8-11.30pm. There will be a Jacobs Join Supper and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Care. 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.  Again, there will be a Jacobs Join supper and all proceeds from this event will go to support Victoria Hal. All welcome at both events.


On December 5th there will be a seasonal Settle sessions at The Folly with guest Ann Pilling. The prize winning children’s author and poet will explain how she came to create an anthology of happy poems to aid the Hawes Church Restoration Fund.  To add to the festive feel of the evening, there will also be a selection of favourite Christmas poems.  The evening will also encompass the AGM and reception of Settle Sessions to which members and the public are welcome to attend – please notify the Secretary in advance on 01729 823305. The reception with wine and nibbles, begins at 6.30pm followed by the entertainment at 7.30pm.  Tickets (£6, £5.50 members) for the entertainment are available from Cave and Crag as well as 01729 823305



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.


The group invite you to join them for a seasonal concert, “Christmas with Langcliffe Singers” at St Alkelda’s church on 13 December at 7.30pm. There will be readings and carols along with mince pies and mulled wine. Tickets cost £10, available from Settle Music, Bentham Post Office and Cave and Crag.


Octameron and Phoenix strings will come together at Richard Whiteley Theatre to perform a “Festive Fantasia” on 6 December Tickets cost £10, available via Cave and Crag and Settle Music.

Bentham & District Pet Rescue

The area pet rescue will be holding their annual Christmas Coffee morning event at Bentham Town Hall on Wednesday 3 December between 9.30 – 12.30. There will be a range of stalls,  a Christmas hamper raffle, tombola and refreshments will be served throughout. All welcome


On November 27-29 students from Giggleswick School will be presenting their production of “A View from the Bridge”, Arthur Miller’s acclaimed play which exposes the myth behind the great American dream. The production begins at 7.30pm. On December 4th the theatre will be showing a live broadcast of the Old Vic’s production of The Crucible. This event commences at 7.30pm. On December 5th the Gigg Lecture series continues with the story of a young polar traveller’s winter spend among the people of the extreme north when Alex Hibbert tells of his time Living With Eskimos. This event commences at 7pm.  Tickets are available from 01729 893180.


Congratulations to all Y4 pupils who participated fully in this recent cluster schools’ orienteering event in Gisburn forest. Thank you to Mr. Parker for organising the event, as well as Vicky Black and Robert Ranton for accompanying staff  and helping to supervise the pupils. On 28 November there will be a chance to wear clothes of own choice to school, in return for chocolate donation for tombola. On the evening of 28 November at 6pm there will be  a Bingo session & Chocolate Tombola costing £1 per book – payable on door. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to participate in the forthcoming community based Christmas events – pupils will be taking part in in the Christmas Lights Switch On in Settle on 29th November by singing on stage between 3.30-3.45pm and will also be taking part in the Nativity Play at St Alkelda’s Church on 24 December at 6.30pm.

MELODIC DELIGHTS: Settle parish church

Paul Fisher and Friends: 15/11/14

Billed as a concert of popular classical and romantic music the programme certainly provided a showcase for the versatility of the organ as an instrument, but also gave a considerable insight into Paul Fisher’s personality – in that he certainly is not the kind of man to shirk a challenge. Many of the pieces had been specially arranged for the event and were undoubtedly tested the dexterity and skills of the performers. An example of this being the decision to perform Mozart’s overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” as an organ solo. Described in the programme notes as a “piece which takes no prisoners”, it certainly did require a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and generated considerable energy. These again are hallmarks of Paul Fisher’s approach as he is undoubtedly wildly enthusiastic in his choices and enjoys greatly sharing music with others and so manages to create some fascinating combinations and ideas.  He was joined in this concert by Graham Toft for a stunning organ duet Delius’s melody from “In a Summer Garden”, which although quite sombre in places ended most plaintively.  The first half of the evening’s programme also featured Alison Marshall performing on both clarinet and alto saxophone along with Duncan Lloyd on Violin and again this led to some unusual combinations, including a trio of violin, organ and clarinet in Gluck’s “Danse de Champs Elysee”, a rather haunting melody where the three instruments complemented one another particularly well. The first half of the programme concluded with an extremely lively organ and clarinet duet in an arrangement of the waltz suite from Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”, where once more there were many witty flourishes to reflect the musicians’ enjoyment.  The second half of the programme contained some more reflective pieces, one of these being the very beautiful and haunting meditation from “Thais” by Massenet.  Frequently performed as solo violin with orchestra, the organ here provided a rich depth to the piece in contrast to the tremulous violin. A similar effect was achieved in the performance of “The Swan” from Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals where there was an almost dreamlike quality to the marriage of organ and viola.  Picking up the melody in the earlier piece from Der Rosenkavalier, the final organ solo of the night was an arrangement of the Trio from Act 3 and again this was performed with great enthusiasm and was striking in its complexity. However the evening closed with a piece which was quite ethereal in its apparent simplicity and yet was profoundly moving, the poignant violin solo “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Ungar. With suggestions of a folk song this beautiful lament will stay in the memory of all who heard it.  In an evening of very contrasting styles the features which were most noticeable were the undoubted skill of the four musicians and their enjoyment in creating music, both together and apart.

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