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News from June 18th in Settle Area


This weekend there will be 3 guided railway walks. The first on 24 June will be a 14 mile moderately strenuous Kirkby Stephen circular walk via High Dolphinsty   leaving Kirkby Stephen at 08.47. There will also be a 13 mile strenuous Kirkby Stephen Circular via Ravenstonedale  on Saturday 24 June leaving the station at 10.34. On Sunday 25 June there will be a 10 mile strenuous   Swaledale walk from Gunnerside to reeth via Calver Hill . This leaves Ribblehead at 10.28 and makes use of service bus to Gunnerside and return from Reeth.  On Thursday 29 June there will be an opportunity to find out more about the facts behind the TV series “Jericho”. Participants should neet at the Ribblehead Visitor Centre at noon for a talk about the shanty towns.  Following this a stroll will be taken to the Ribblehead Viaduct to hear how the railway was built and how the navvies lived and worked in the shanty towns. Returning to the station for a short train journey to Garsdale  passing the sites of the shanty towns.  Return on the 15.13 from Garsdale to Ribblehead/Leeds. Please bring a packed lunch and waterproof clothing. The event is not suitable for people with limited mobility. No booking necessary. For further information or email or  phone 01524 811 492 Dates: All participants in railway walks are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource.  All welcome


On June 24 the hall welcomes The Strawbs for an acoustic concert. With a success-packed timeline going all the way back to 1967, the Strawbs are as exhilarating today as they ever were. Creative helmsman Dave Cousins has much to be proud of. Memorable hits such as Lay Down and Part of The Union represent only the tip of an iceberg of success. With terrific songs, sublime melodies, a true feel for tradition and superlative vocal harmonies, they genuinely  occupy a special place in British acoustic music.  June 25 sees the return to Settle of the popular 5 piece band, Moishe’s Bagel.  The history of Richard III is given a comic twist with the performance of “Car Park King” on 30th June, as Richard battles to stop a curse and protect his nephews from impending danger.   On 6th, 7th and 8th of July the hall is holding its fund raising beer festival to support the hall itself.  This will feature 20 real ales, although cider, wine and soft drinks will also be available. A variety of food will be on sale and there will be entertainment also. On July 6th the event will run from 5pm-10pm and admission is £1. On 7th and 8th admission is £3 and the event is open between 12 noon and 10pm.  There will be a £2 deposit on glasses at each session. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed.  The next charity coffee pot will take place on July 4th and is in aid of the link between  Settle Primary School and Kwezana School in South Africa’s Tyume Valley. There will also be an illustrated talk about the global partnership between the two schools on July 5th at 7.30pm at St John’s Church. Sarah Enwistle, a teaching assistant at Settle, who has visited Kwezana a number of times will talk about the way in which the work between the two schools is benefitting both sets of pupils.


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am with the exception of the trips to Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, which departs at 9.30am. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email Cheques should be made payable to Settle Rotary Club. For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £44.00 per person. Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You at Leeds Grand on Wednesday 30 August (cost £54: closing date for reservations 7 July), Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Theatre By the Lake, Keswick on 13 September (Cost £35)  and “Handbagged” a satrical comedy detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher (Cost £35) also at Keswick.


It’s almost time to get the flowerpots out again and to help stimulate ideas for this year’s flowerpot festival.  Flowerpots displays can be placed around the town from 26 June onwards by groups, businesses and individuals. The Flowerpot trail sheets will then be compiled and will be available from 8 July.


At present there are three temporary exhibitions at The Folly. The first is  ‘The End of an Era: 200 Years of Zion Chapel’ . The generosity of local contributors means that the archive material originally provided for this exhibition has been extensively extended and there is now a wealth of new material on show. The remaining exhibitions are ‘Back in Settle: Pastimes in Past Times and ‘Settle Captured in Wool’ both of which are proving very popular. Meanwhile a great deal of care and attention has now paid off and the Folly is pleased to announce that The Folly Coffee House will be opening its doors for the first time on Wednesday 21st June.  The coffee house will be open from 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am – 4.30 on Sunday and will serve a wide selection of meals, snack, drinks and homemade cakes, all served in a lovely, relaxing and friendly environment. We are also very proud to reintroduce Settle’s first Temperance Bar since the 19th Century and have the perfect selection of non-alcohol tonics to refresh and invigorate. All the proceeds from the coffee house will go  straight back in to maintaining and supporting this wonderful building and the Museum of North Craven The Folly is taking part in the open gardens event on June 24 and 25 and the new cafe will also be open at this event.


A summer concert to mark 50 years of Settle Orchestra will take place on Saturday 24th June at 7.30 pm, Christ Church, Skipton. The programme will include “Caliph of Baghdad” by Boieldieu, the first piece which was every performed by Settle Orchestra and this will be conducted by their former conducter Howard Rogerson. The programme will also feature works by Elgar, Butterworth, Tomlinson and Coates along with premieres of two works by former members of the Orchestra. Following the concert there will be a celebration birthday party. Tickets cost £12, available via members, Cave and Crag in Settle, Skipton Camera Centre and Bentham Post Office or on the door.


The next Session will be on Friday 23rd June at 7.30pm at The Folly with prize winning poets Ron Scowcroft and Kathleen Jones. It will also be the group’s AGM and reception.The evening begins at 6.30pm with a drinks reception followed by a brief AGM.Then the main event begins at 7.30pm The “Read Two” section is a special this time, devoted to poems about Elephants taken from A Poetry of Elephants, compiled by Rebecca Gethin. She and a group of poets make the book a reality and the publisher ValMor gave their services for free. 100% of the proceeds from book sales will go to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is one of the most successful conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Ron Scowcroft’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, prize winners’ anthologies and literary websites. Kathleen Jones was appointed as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in 2008 and is currently also a Fellow of the English Society. Her two most recent biographies are ‘Katherine Mansfield: The Storyteller’ (published by Penguin NZ and Edinburgh University Press) and ‘Norman Nicholson: The Whispering Poet’, (published in 2013 by The Book Mill). She is also the author of two novels, The Sun’s Companion and The Centauress. Tickets cost £6 and are available from Cave and Crag, The Folly or via 01729 823305.


This year’s open gardens event will take place on 24 & 25 June and will be in aid of Settle Swimming Pool.  There will be 23 participating gardens and tickets cost £6 per day or £10 for both days.  Tickets are available via 01729 822090.


Settle Opera  invite you to join them for coffee in The Old Courthouse on June 24 between 10-12.30pm. There will also be homemade cakes and scones available. The first rehearsal for Octobers show’Anything Goes’ will take the form of a ‘Workshop’ at Settle Catholic Church Parish Hall, Tillman Close off Kirkgate Settle from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sunday June 25th.  Everyone welcome. If you are unable to attend but are interested in

being in or helping with the show in any way please contact the

Secretary Barbara McLernon on 01729 822364 or via email at


The glass studio will be holding workshop sessions in the coming weeks to enable members of the public to try their hand at the craft of working with glass. This will include a 3 week course taking place on Tuesdays on 26 June, 4 & 11 July and running from 1-3pm each week. The cost for this course is £70. There will also be a series of Sunday afternoon workshops taking place on 18 June and 9 July which will run from 1-4pm and cost £45 each.  For further information contact 07427 616469.


On Sunday 25th June Settle WI is doing the teas in Langcliffe Institute, 2pm – 4pm.  There will also be a produce stall.  Please come along and support usThe next meeting is on Wednesday 5th July, 2pm in St John’s Church Hall when the speaker will be Jack Parkinson from the Pioneer Project.  There will also be a Bring & Buy stall.  Visitors are always welcome.Instead of the usual meeting in August we will be visiting Saltaire.  Friends and family are welcome to join us and there is the option to take a guided walk around the village. There will be a Christmas Craft Workshop on Saturday 11th November (full details to follow), and our Christmas Shopping Trip will be to Manchester, taking in the Christmas Market, on Wednesday 22nd November.  Again, both these events are open to anyone.


Settle Library will be hosting 3 part series of talks on the history and development of the English Novel. The talks will be given by Kathleen Kinder and will take place on 24 June and 3rd and 10th of July and run from 10-11.30. These events are free and refreshments will be available, there will however be an opportunity to give donations to Library funds.


The next Eco meeting will be held at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 28th June at the Royal Oak and all are welcome at this event. .


The next  charity dance will be at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall  and will take place on Saturday July 1st. The dances run from 8.00pm to 11pm. If possible please notify the organisers by the Friday before that you intend to come via 01729 823259 / 824038.


Settle Rotary Club will be holding their annual Hog Roast on Sunday 2nd July at Elder Heath Barn, Eldroth. LA2 8AQ. Start at 12noon. Kick your shoes off for and afternoon of fun and games in the field with live music including the Settle Brass Band and Jack Miller. Tickets £10 (children and students free) include food and soft drinks. Bring yourself and a chair! Tickets available from Floyd Schofield – 015242 51618 evenings and 07764 270601 day. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK.


The current exhibition at The Gallery on the Green features work  by Tom Palin and will run until 8 July. This exhibition consists of 39 oil paintings. All works comprise twin hardwood panels and were made between 2011 and 2016. The panels are arranged thematically and formally across three walls, so as to draw attention to pictorial, narrative and physical relationships within and between works.


Langcliffe Singers will be joined by Skipton Music Centre Choir for a concert on July 8th at Christ Church in Skipton. The programme will include Faure Requiem, Pavane and other pieces and the concert commences at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and are availabe via Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.


A sisterhood circle will operate at the Women’s Holiday Centre at Horton in Ribblesdale on the last Wednesday of every month from 1-3pm. There is no commitment to attend regularly and the event is free, however participants are invited to bring along refreshments to share if possible and there will be the opportunity to donate to the centre’s work if you wish to do so.



As part of the Voices of Craven Giggleswick School Chapel is hosting the finale concert “With One Voice” on Saturday 24 June at 7pm. Choral Director Tom Leech has put together a programme of music from around the globe to excite and inspire both the choir and their audience.  The programme will feature guest soloists Bibi Heal (soprano) and Douglas Rice-Bowen (baritone) along with a team of professional singers and musicians performing in concert with the Voices of Craven choir. Tickets cost £10 and are available via 01729 893180.



Anyone attending in the hope of finding out more about either sailing or the island of Fudaraku would probably have left feeling very disappointed. For “Sailing to Fudaraku – The Story of African Zen” was about neither. The island of Fudaraku is in many ways a Japanese equivalent of the British Isles of Avalon – a mystical land that may once have been but is now chiefly significant because of its symbolic meaning.  This is the key theme behind the performance, the mixing of myth and symbolism in order to impart some kind of deeper meaning. The performance, for it is more than just a series of linked tales but not quite a unified story, is a mythical-musical meeting of the music of Africa with stories from  Zen and Daoist teachings.  Filtered through the eyes and mind of a Belgian musician it takes on a somewhat otherworldly sense which means that for part of the time you feel that you are left with the sensation that you are clinging tightly on to a coloured thread as you try to weave your way through the labyrinth of someone else’s dreams, all the while hoping that the thread won’t snap and leave you stranded. Music is a key part of the event and the soundscape created by frame drum, mbira (African thumb-piano) and other instruments assists in creating the hypnotic dreamlike state which is needed for the narrative to work its magic. From the outset the audience is involved, being drawn in to the space where the story begins by joining in chants and songs so that literally they become entranced.  There is no clear narrative with beginning and middle and end to the performance, instead there are linked impressions, whirling images and tales within tales with unbelievable feats and incredible happenings and sensuous rhythms and cadences – and throughout it all there is something which feels as if you have always known what is happening while at the same time everything is completely new. It is akin to being wrapped in a patchwork quilt, warm and comforting with patches of familiar fabric but at the same time they are arranged in a new patterns. So the stories’ images and events  are a quilt of ideas and stitched together by poetic language to create a comforter which is both familiar and simultaneously strange… But does it work? Yes – and no. The familiar patches are hypnotic and reassuring but there are sequences which jar and seem oddly out of place.  The Dame with the Rose seemed particularly to stand out as being cut from a different cloth and created a dissonance as if the story teller had briefly stepped out of his persona and become part of the 21st century world for an instant. Perhaps that was the intention – it was difficult to judge, but it felt for a moment that it was trying too hard and was too self-consciously melancholy.  It was however an enigmatic evening, one which left you feeling slightly befuddled and as if you were still trying to cling on to the remnants of a dream – but perhaps a dream which was not even your own to begin with.



From its inception, Settle Orchestra has aimed to ensure that it encouraged young people and to provide an opportunity for local young musicians to gain experience of playing alongside more mature and confident players. This was a founding principle fifty years ago  and, as the evening amply demonstrated, it is one which still holds true with the orchestra ensuring that it always recognises the value of making music accessible to young people. However, it must not be overlooked that in order to do this the other members of the orchestra must undertake the vital role of mentoring and encouraging newcomers and it is they who also provide the continuity as the backbone of the orchestra. It was therefore very heartening to find that amongst those visionaries who first played fifty years ago there is one who still continues as a regular member and many others who have performed, or served in other capacities, for considerable periods of time.  The evening’s performance paid tribute to this by starting the programme with Boieldieu’s “Caliph of Baghdad”, the same piece that was played at the first ever concert by the Orchestra. It was conducted by Howard Rogerson, vice president and former conductor, and this rousing piece  with plenty of opportunities for lively percussion to inspire members got the programme off to a splendid start.  It was followed by two world premieres of pieces commissioned for the orchestra from  former members.  Edward Percival’s piece,  “The Emergence”, was based on his recollections of driving to Giggleswick and watching the village emerge through the morning mists. It was an unconventional piece but extremely atmospheric with an almost eerie lingering beauty. By contrast, “A Little Fantasy” by Vahan Salorian was along more traditional lines but had an almost cinematographic feel to it.  With big tunes, fine detail, playful touches and an emphasis on brass, it was a bold picture painted on a large canvas with huge amounts of confidence.  Confidence was also the trademark of the young soloist, Owain Smith, who performed a heart-stopping recital of movements from Elgar’s Cello Concerto.  The beauty of the music and the dexterity of his work combined with the intensity of his concentration while playing to hold the audience spellbound throughout. This was an amazing demonstration of skill and also a very clear example of how the orchestra’s policy of encouraging young players can lead to such great rewards for all concerned. It was quite simply, breathtaking.  The second half of the programme featured work of local composers and was a chance to show the orchestra at its best and clearly enjoying every moment of their music making.   Butterworth’s “Grey Moorland” conjured up the bleakness and majesty of the moors above Embsay while showcasing the talents of both brass and percussion sections. This was followed by 3 movements from Tomlinson’s  2nd Suite of English Dances: the spritely march, “Kettledrum”, the stately dance “Newcastle” whose elegance  bears little resemblance to my own memories of Newcastle on a weekend evening, and the joyous chase “Catch me if you can” which proved a wonderful opportunity for the orchestra as a whole to really show their enthusiasm.  This was followed by a lively performance of Coates’ “London Suite” – a piece selected as a special request by one member but along with an hugely popular encore it proved to be the perfect way to conclude an evening of celebration. Congratulations Settle Orchestra – here’s to the next 50 years.

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