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News for Visitors and Locals – Settle and District


There is still time to catch the 63rd Exhibition by Members of Clapham Art Group in Clapham village hall. Although the event is taking place in Clapham the group attracts members from across the area and is a long established and well supported body of artists who produce around 80 new and original works for this exhibition. Associate member, Sam Dalby  is also exhibiting this year, having recently been made a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The exhibition will be open through to Sunday, June 1st  from 11am to 6pm. Admission 50p.


If you have ever wondered what happens at WI then the next meeting will be right up your street  as the meeting on Wednesday 4  June is a special Bring a Friend for Free meeting. There will be a warm 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 and the competition will be for a paper hat.


A coffee morning in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care is taking place at Quilting Antics in Watershed Mill on 29 May. This will run from 10am – 2pm and there will also be a white elephant stall, Tour de France lottery and a tombola. All welcome.


The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool will hold their AGM on 30 May at 7.30pm in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. This is a public meeting and all are welcome to come along.


Kwezana Primary has recently taken delivery of new fencing materials which will be used to fence the school yard to improve security and which will also help to prevent animals grazing in the school garden and damaging the plants and vegetables grown by students. The garden has received a further boost as Helen Monks, of ChipMonks nursery has kindly extended her sponsorship for a further year to enable a gardener to work in the Kwezana garden and to assist pupils to learn to grow crops which can be used to supplement school meals. Both schools would like to thank Helen Monks for her kindness and continuing generous support.


There will be a classical guitar concert by Mark Jennings on May 30th commencing at 8pm.  Mark will be holidaying in the area and has agreed to perform this event as a charity fundraiser in aid of Victoria Hall.  Charlie Roth is the guest at First Sunday Folk on June 1st and will peform his unique blend of Americana, Folk, blues, country and celtic music.  Reform theatre return on June 8th to perform John Godber’s bittersweet story “Weekend Breaks”, a tale of a weekend away which reveals family secrets which may have been better remaining secret. This performance is free with donations invited on exit.  Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 82571801729 825718 .


The next charity dance will take place on June 7 at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall between 8-11.30pm. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Those attending are asked to contact 01729 82325901729 823259 / 824038 by June 6th.


The next exhibition at Gavaghan Art in Linton Court will feature works by Sam Dalby RP and is entitled Still Life, Life Drawing, Portraits. This will run from 7 June – 5 July and will be opening on Saturday, 7 June between 11-4. It will then be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Highly regarded as a portrait painter, Sam ,who is based in Settle, will be exhibiting a range of work in this solo exhibition. In 2013 Sam was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.


Yorkshire Dales choir, Cantores Salicium, are performing an evening of sacred and secular songs with an uplifting floral theme on June 8 at 5pm at Settle Parish Church. All proceeds will go to Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Tickets cost £10 adults, with under 16s free, including glass of wine.  Earlier in the day there will be an opportunity for children, aged between 7-12, to take part in an art and craft session and to learn to sing a song with the choir. The song will then be performed as part of the concert. The craft session will run from 2-3.30pm and costs £2 per child.


On June 10th North Ribblesdale Rugby Club will welcome Josh Zwagil and Scott Smith of XFT ( Extreme Fuel Treatment) for the northernmost stop on their UK tour. There will be a business presentation about the uses of the product and the business opportunities which it presents. This is open to all and will commence at 7pm for a 7.30pm presentation. There will also be an informal session from 12.30 onwards in the Royal Oak.


A reminder that flower pots are still required for proposed flowerpot festival later in the summer. Old Flowerpots, either terracotta or plastic in any shape or size are needed. These will be used by
local schools and other organisations to  turn into displays for the Flowerpot Festival. If you have any unwanted Flowerpots,
please take them to ‘Lay of the Land’ garden centre.


Although the regular dance classes do not take place over the summer months there is still opportunities to dance! The next Scottish Dance will take place at St John’s Hall on 26 June at 7.30pm and costs £3. Visitors are welcome to come along and join in. For further information contact 015242 41451. Regular classes will resume in September.


On Thursday 26th June  there will be a visit to Langcliffe Hall and Gardens by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Robert Bell. This will be open to all and participants should  meet at Langcliffe Hall at 2.00 pm.  Please park in the village car park.



On Sunday, June 8 there will be a showing of the family film,  Rio 2 by Community Cinema. This will commence at 3.30pm and tickets cost £5, bookable via the box office on 01729 89318001729 893180 .


A reminder that the beginners running group meets at Eshtons pavilion, Raines Road, Giggleswick between 5.30-6.30pm on Friday evenings. Contact 07955 34234407955 342344 for details. All welcome.



This was undoubtedly a fascinating glimpse into another culture and the music of Mamane Barka transported the audience to an entirely different time and place, a world away from  Yorkshire and yet still managed to speak to us of shared feelings and experiences.  Already an established musician in his native Niger, in 2002 Mamane Barka began to study the biram, an instrument of the the Boudouma tribe of “fishing nomads,” from the shores of Lake Chad. Among the tribe the Biram is regarded as a sacred instrument and the way by which mankind communicates with the spirits. However, the art of playing the biram was dying out and he therefore became an apprentice to the last biram expert. Throughout the evening the story of how the biram was created – there is only one remaining family who are able to fashion the instrument – and how he learned the art of playing and the traditions of the biram player were interwoven around examples of biram music. The instrument itself is unlike anything in our culture, being shaped like a small canoe with hide stretched across the top, to which five strings are attached at central point. The strings radiate out to form a sail shape, fastened to a mast which is attached to the boat’s prow and then curves back over the boat. The sound of the instrument too is unusual as the hollowed canoe causes the notes to reverberate and while neither loud nor strong the notes ripple like water and echo in a peculiar fashion to create a soothing and almost hypnotic sound.  Playing alongside Barka was master percussionist, Oumarou Adamou – a veritable hurricane of a musican who literally plays up a storm, drumming with incredible energy and expertise. An incredible artist in his own right – his solo spot was simply phenomenal – his accompaniment to the biram was astounding and the two sets of musical patterns tangled together and then unravelled to complement one another in an amazing fashion which is completely unlike anything to be found in our own culture. This is then further overlaid by the half-chanted, half-sung lyrics of the pieces to create an totally unique sound.

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