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A reminder that today, 27 March, traditional Scottish band  Mànran. take to the stage. One of Scotland’s best loved live-acts they blend  traditional instrumentation (fiddle, accordion, flute, uilleann pipes and highland bagpipes) with a tight, grooving backline (drums, bass and guitar)  and combine Gaelic and English vocals to great effect. The month concludes on March 30th with a matinee performance of the family show  Le Tour Des Animaux, based on Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” and featuring  original poetry and songs by Jan Holdstock. Tickets via -1729 825718


The Lunch Club will meet on today 27 March to catch the 11.30 am bus to Craven College, Skipton. The next meeting will be the 25th Birthday Party on Wednesday, 2 April. This meeting will start at 12.30 for a buffet lunch, followed by a speaker. On Wednesday 4th June there will be a Bring a Friend for Free meeting. There will be a hearty welcome and no charge for visitors and friends who are invited to come and see what we do. The speaker will be Stephen Watson on The Art of Origami.


There will be an opportunity today, 27 March, to find out more about the proposed flowerpot festival at an informal “drop-in” event at The Folly between 3.00pm – 8.00pm. This will allow members of the public and representatives of local businesses to meet members of the Flowerpot Festival Team and to find out how you can take part in the Flowerpot Festival. There will also be an opportunity to watch a demonstration on how to make a Flowerpot Person as well as to share ideas and be inspired.  Further inspiration can be found by visiting for some ideas of the wide variety of ‘people’ that can be created from a few flowerpots and instructions on how to make a flowerpot person. We hope you will get involved and support the Flowerpot Festival – it promises to be a great community event that will demonstrate what a dynamic, vibrant and fun town we have the privilege of living in.


Skipton Extended Learning for All (SELFA) is holding a sponsored walk on 29 March, leaving the Lion at Settle at 9am. The route will follow the Settle Loop and is a strenuous walk, therefore participants are advised to allow all day for this event.  To apply to take part in this even contact 0780960774. SELFA  aims to provide a range of activities for vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled children who live in the Skipton and Craven district of North Yorkshire.


The next concert will take place on on Saturday, 29th March 2014 at Christ Church, Skipton, 7.30pm. The programme for the concerts will feature Weber’s : Overture ‘Der Freischütz‘; Schumann’s Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish‘; Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2 and Tomlinson’s English Folk Song Suite No.1. Tickets are available from Orchestra members and from: Cave and Crag in Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music or by contacting 01729 82580601729 825806


Settle Golf Club is holding a grand draw with the winner to be drawn at 4pm on March 30th. Tickets cost £10 and the prize is a year’s free membership of Settle Golf Club.  To purchase tickets contact 01729 82534001729 825340


On the link between Settle and Kwezana Primary School (South Africa) this week the issue of bullying in school has been raised with ideas on why people bully others and how to tackle bullying generally.  One of the governors at Settle has also been reminiscing about her experience of living in South Africa and being present during the first ever full, free elections and how some members of the population walked for nearly a day to get to their nearest polling station and how she queued for over 3 hours in order to cast her vote. Pupils have also been discussing the idea of national crests and coats of arms and why we have badges of this sort.


The Alison King School of Dance is holding a social dance at Victoria Hall on Friday 4th April between 8-11pm.  Admission is £5 with tickets available via 01729 8401118 or 07857 53261107857 532611 . There will be a licensed bar and charity raffle. Dancing styles will include rock and roll,  Argentinian tango, Latin, ballroom, sequence, salsa, swing and latin line dancing.


The next charity dance will be held at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on Saturday, April 5th. The dance will run from 8-11.30pm. To book please contact 01729 82325901729 823259 / 824038 by Friday April 4th. All proceeds to S.A.N.E Mental Health Charity.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society Junior Section will be staging their production of Bugsy Malone on April 5th at Victoria Hall at 6pm. Come along and enjoy the fun – but make sure you get your tickets early for this show. Tickets available from the box office at Victoria Hall on 01729 82571801729 825718 .


Justice and Peace Group, part of Churches Together, is holding a talk on Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) more commonly known as Drones. The speaker at the event will be Chris Cole, a  leading UK authority on Drones. The meeting will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday 10th April in St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall. The talk will look at the following questions: What are Drones? Why are Drones Used? Who is using Drones?

What is UK involvement? All are welcome. For further information contact email:


To celebrate the saving of the Settle-Carlisle Line a walk will take place on 11 April. This will leave Settle Station at 11.50 am for a gentle 4-5 mile walk to view the line from the hills above Settle before returning to the town in time for refreshments. For further details contact 07754 99348307754 993483 .


Settle Parish Church, in conjunction with Ahernes, are holding a fashion show of both mens’ and women’s clothing on 11 April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6, including wine and nibbles.  All proceeds to Settle Parish Church funds. Tickets via 01729 82284801729 822848 . All welcome.


There will be a series of Tai Chi sessions at St John’s Hall on Tuesday mornings commencing 22 April. There will be 12 sessions in all, costing £60 for 12 or £35 for 6 and these will be led by Paul Underhill of Gateway to Health.  The sessions will take place from 9.15-10.15. For details contact 07276740611.


Book the date in your diary – SAOS have secured the return of John Bowdler – the Blackpool Tower Organist – for a dance on June 20th. Please note that the dance will be held in Ingleton Community Centre. Tickets cost £7.50 each, including supper, and they can be obtained either from Ingleton Community Centre or by contacting 01729 82295901729 822959 / 822364.



The school is delighted to welcome any parents, carers, friends and relatives, village residents and  prospective parents to their  Community Open Morning today,  Thursday, 27th March, 2014 from 8:45am – 11:30am as a way of helping people to discover  What makes this village school an exciting learning community? Throughout the morning visitors will be able to find out more about the huge range of activities on offer every week and to ook at the pupils’ work displayed around the school. There will also be an opportunity to visit our school grounds and see some of the vegetables we are growing and to visit Class 1’s role play area to order “fish and chips”! There will be a chance to talk to staff and pupils and to visit classrooms to see cross-curricular learning as well as looking at the many photograph displays around the school and finding out more about the sporting opportunities on offer. Throughout the morning there, there will also be some very short performances and displays of work in the hall including orchestra (all pupils from Y2-Y6), dances from around the world (some Y5/Y6 pupils), gymnastics (some Y3/Y4 pupils) singing (all pupils) and a chance to taste some food made by KS2 pupils.  Weather permitting  there will also be a demonstration of hockey skills in the side yard by Y1/Y2 pupils. All are welcome to come along and visit the school and enjoy a cup of tea with us.


Community Cinema will mark the 70th anniversary of one of the most audacious events of World War Two with a showing of The Great Escape on Sunday, 30 March.   Performance starts 3pm. Tickets £5,  obtainable from the box office on 01729 89318001729 893180 .



Things are not looking good in Happy Valley: there are dark deeds going on in the woods and crime is on the rise. Enter, Private Eye Jack Spratt to solve the mystery and cue songs and some appalling puns and excruciating old jokes in this entertaining re-telling of popular fairy tales with a twist. Like previous productions the real hallmark of a Giggleswick Junior School show is not only the high standard of the performance but the fact that the pupils all seem to be enjoying it so much. There is a tangible attention to detail which makes every aspect of the show seem slick and polished and imbues the young cast with such confidence. Quite clearly those working with the pupils have very high expectations and the pupils certainly rise to meet them, performing with great confidence and in many cases a real sense of comic timing. The singing throughout was of a very high standard with some great chorus work by the whole cast, including one number performed with actions as a part song – no easy task with youngsters. The soloists too were very confident, and extremely clear in their delivery. Again this was true of all the speaking parts with some extremely creditable efforts at characterisation and some lovely cameo performances.  A show of this high standard is always the result of a lot of hard work and so special congratulations to the staff who have spent so much time helping the pupils to develop the skills which made this look so effortless, especially Sue Butler the producer/director, artistic director Nicole McGoldrick and musical director Tricia Rees-Jones and to the boys in the very stylish Blues Brothers band for the wonderful musical accompaniment.



Focussing on the twin movements of “Romanticism” and “Nationalism” in music the evening provided a fascinating insight into the way in which music can be used more to reflect individual feelings and ideas rather than be constrained by specific formats. It also effectively illustrated how this can be then used a medium for storytelling through the interpretation of traditional folk-tales.  The programme opened with Weber’s overture to Der Freischutz; a dark supernatural tale of good and evil which involves the betrayal of friendship as part of a bargain with the devil. The overture is particularly eerie in places with the string section performing extremely well to create a growing sense of panic and urgency. The whole piece had a tremendous sense of focus and it was clear that under the baton of guest conductor Ola Ness the orchestra were working particularly hard to emphasise contrasts in speed, sound levels and mood in the works which they performed in this programme. This was again amply illustrated in the excellent performance of Greig’s two suites of incidental music to Peer Gynt. Suite 2 is perhaps the lesser know of the two, with the striking opening of the Abduction of the Bride/Ingrid’s Lament demonstrating further the prowess of the strings as they created an underlying sense of menace before moving on to the lighter and more colourful Arabian Dance, which gave the percussionists a chance to demonstrate their skills.  Suite 1, included the more popular movements of “Morning”, the haunting “Death of Aase”, “Amitra’s Dance” and the renowned dramatic “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, here performed with great confidence to create a real sense of increasing tension.  The second part of the programme opened with the First Suite of English Folk-dances by contemporary Lancashire composer, Ernest Tomlinson.  These arrangements of tunes dating from mid 17th century were a genuine delight with many opportunities for individual instruments to shine through, particularly the playful flute and piccolo in Woodicock.  The evening closed with Schumann’s “Rhenish” symphony: another piece of great dramatic contrasts which held the audience spell bound as it created images of life along the river Rhine.

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