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News – October 5th 2014



From the outset “Feral” is a production unlike any other and is an assault on the senses as you are drawn into the story which unfolds before you. A mixture of puppetry and animation it is unique in that the actual mechanics of how the show is created are as much an integral part of the event as the narrative itself. Consequently your attention is split between watching not only what is happening but how it is happening so that it creates the peculiar sensation of having actually stepped inside an animation. The production opens with central peculiar shaped table – which develops into a miniature apron stage, lit by a series of anglepoise lamps, a video mixing desk and a sound desk and the narration begins when a single character is drawn at the writing desk and the action is played simultaneously on to a screen suspended above the performance area.  From then on in the audience become immersed in actually watching the team physically create a miniature world on the table stage and manipulate and film  the miniature puppets within it, while also watching the result of their filming unfolding on the screen. It is a genuinely absorbing experience and enhanced by the stunningly evocative sound-track and the skilful filming and use of unusual camera angles. The film itself features meticulously created, hand-drawn ,wide-eyed people who move in a white card world which begins as an idyllic sea-side village.  The actual process of the filming is also part of the performance as the performers move with a great sense of purpose but at times with a synchronicity that borders on the balletic.

The story itself however is far from original and in a way this is the weakest point of the production. Having taken a considerable time to create this sea-side idyll there is a sense in which it becomes inevitable that it will be destroyed by the march of time. The first creation is simply that – a new Eden, complete with quirky characters found only in story books or nostalgia tinted Sunday night TV serials. In this world, dogs steal sausages from the butchers, squirrels nibble nuts in the churchyard,  and lovers do nothing more provocative than share chaste kisses on the ghost train and sip cans of fizzy drink together. It’s all too perfect and so the central characters dream of a world which is more exciting. That comes in the creation of the Supercade, but with progress comes the intrusion of the real world and the inevitable decline of the town, created in the same kind of painstaking detail. The descent into chaos is echoed in the soundtrack, painfully loud with the overhead vibration of helicopters and noise of rioting.  There are very touching moments however, the intrusion of the human hand to cradle the fallen puppet for example. Yet for all its clear influences  and stylised reproduction of the  tv footage of the 2011 riots, the storyline lacks any sense of revelation. It is a striking production, it is extremely imaginative, it is an incredible way of telling a story  and technically it is a staggering achievement and yet it was also ultimately somehow rather sterile.


Due to a change in circumstances the current exhibition at Settle’s unique art gallery featuring a selection of the work by Tony and Carol Dilger will be extended to November.. Entitled “Out of Africa and into The Dales”, The exhibition includes work from their African safaris through to familiar Dales scenes.


Ms Mveni, one of the teachers at Kwezana School,  is currently visiting Settle as part of the British Council exchange scheme. She will be spending time in all the classes and will also be visiting ChipMonks nursery which have sponsored the Kwezana school garden project.  She will also be visiting a number of Settle Stories events during her time in Settle. Meanwhile pupils at Settle Primary have been sharing details of their topics at school including their study of space and the stone age. They have also been telling the Kwezana students about their trip to Humphrey Head outdoor centre and their experiences of building and sailing their own rafts on Lake Coniston.


This is very much a month for dramatic events with a number of events from the Settle Story Telling Festival taking place over the weekend of 10-12th October. From 27 October to 1st November Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage with this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls”. 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.  The first on 11 October is part of the walk the line series and covers the stretch from Armathwaite to Carlisle and is a strenuous walk of 15  miles  departing from Armathwaite at 11.07. There will also be a Morecambe line walk on October 11th. This is an 11 mile moderate circular walk leaving Carnforth at at 10.00.  A 10 mile walk from Dent to Ribblehead via Blea Moor will take place on the same day leaving Dent Station at 10.40. This is a moderately strenuous walk. On 12 October  there will be another 11mile strenuous walk from Dent to Ribblehead following a different route and departing from the station at 10.37. Booking in advance is not required for the second walk but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped for both. For further details contact


Bookings is now underway for this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls” at Victoria Hall. Performances will take place every evening of the week commencing 27 October with a matinee on 1st November.  Tickets are obtainable via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718. Family concession tickets of £2 are available.


The fifth annual Storytelling festival will take place this year between 10-12 October at venues throughout the town. This year’s festival features top storytellers from around the globe and also includes some very special free events as well as workshops, story telling performances, activities and the chance to meet the storyteller or have a story told specially for you by joining in the hunt for story tellers around the town. There will also be a magical torchlit procession, some spooky stories in scary venues, train tales,  the chance to make a space ship, some bed time stories, an opportunity to learn about the manned mission to mars and meet would-be astronauts who are preparing for this one way trip as well as the chance for tea and cake and good old fashioned tales. In short there will be all kinds of other amazing experiences with something for all ages. It promises to be a weekend of magic – and a bit of mayhem, too. This festival is a chance to indulge in extraordinary stories, music, science and ideas.. For more details visit


A series of relaxation classes designed to release tension in the body, relax the mind and calm emotions will take place over the coming weeks in Settle. The classes offer an opportunity to learn simple techniques to help individuals to do all of the above and thereby create more choices for themselves. They begin with a Free introductory session on 7th October, 7.30-8.30pm at Friends Meeting House. There will then be a series of 9 classes for £50 or £7.50 pay as you go, running to 16th December with a break for half term 28th October. There will be a maximum of 8 per class. For details contact Sarah Wiltshire on  07794 112172 or by email on


There will be a showing of the film, “A World Not Ours: 2012” at Friends Meeting House on 15 October at 7.30pm. The film focuses on life in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh in Lebanon. Hastily built in 1948 that now houses 70,000 refugees in one square kilometre. Refreshments will be served and there will be a collection for Medical Aid for Palestine.


On October 17th The Folly is proud to welcome Dr Bill Smith to present a talk on the subject of “Tunstill’s Men: the story of the Settle Company of Volunteers in World War 1”.  The talk will commence at 7.30pm and tickets cost £7, available via 01729 822893.


The junior members of Settle Orchestra invite you to join them for an afternoon of tea and cake as the young musicians demonstrate their skills at a concert and afternoon tea on 19 October. The concert will start at 3pm at Langcliffe Institute and admission is £5 on the door, with accompanied children admitted free.


The next messy church session will take place at St John’s Hall on 19 October. The session runs from 3.30-5.30 and includes a hot meal. The theme for this month is the One World Week theme of “Living Differently” and will focus on the story of the “The man who wanted bigger barns”.


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 22nd October at 2pm. This will be a talk on Spring Bulbs by Marguerite Hughes.. All welcome, non-members £3.


This year as part of One World Week there will be a simple meal at St. Mary& St Michael’s hall on Thursday 23rd Oct 6.30 p.m. followed by a speaker – Ben Oldham from CAFOD about the work helping those affected by climate change.  Everyone is welcome, but it would help if people would let Chris Yates (822690) or Alison Tyas (822313) know if they intend coming for the meal to assist with planning the catering. Chris and Alison would also welcome offers of produce from gardens or allotments for the meal. On Friday 24th Oct at  10.a.m. there will be a prayer vigil for peace in Settle Parish Church using Blackburn Cathedral’s inter-faith service. All welcome.



The next Gigg Lecture will take place on October 9 at 7pm when Professor David  Wilkinson will talk on the subject of “Science vs Religion  in Popular Culture”.  An ordained Methodist minister, Professor Wilkinson lectures in the department of Theology and Religion at St John’s College, Durham but is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has PhDs in theoretical astrophysics and Systematic Theology. On Friday 10th October Giggleswick born and internationally renowned soprano Sarah Fox will be joining conductor and pianist, James Burton for a concert in aid of the Giggleswick School Foundation in which they will present a specially devised programme of songs by Cole Porter. On 19 October there will be a performance of “Emily Brown and The Thing” by Tall Stories Theatre, an adventure ideal for younger children.Details of tickets and booking for all events via 01729 893180 or


The church’s annual quiz night will take place on 17 October at 7pm. Teams should comprise 4 members and the entry fee is £2 per person. For a further £2 per person a pie and pea supper can be purchased. These can be pre-booked by contacting  01729 824441.


Class 3 pupils enjoyed their recent visit to Settle College’s Open Day and they particularly liked seeing our ex-pupils, who have all settled in well and are enjoying their secondary school experiences. Many thanks to all who came along to support Class 2 pupils and well done to all participants!  The school is delighted to welcome to Morag Nixon from Giggleswick School and Bethany Campbell-Smithson from Lancaster & Morecambe College, who will be working part-time in school over the next few weeks, as part of their voluntary placements. Year 5 pupils accompanied and supported by Ms Flanagan, have now returned from their residential visit to Humphrey Head Outdoor Centre where they received praise for their excellent involvement during their week’s residential visit. From table-laying to rock climbing and night-hiking to gorge walking, they all participated fully, supported each other, made new friends and learnt many new skills, along with Y5 pupils from Long Preston, Hellifield, Rathmell, Austwick and Horton-in-Ribblesdale Primary Schools. Thank you to parents for funding this very worthwhile visit and to the Brentwood Trust for subsidising the overall cost.  Meanwhile Y6 pupils have also been learning in a different way to produce the fourth issue of Giggtastic Gazette. This has involved discussing, planning, word processing, redrafting, editing, photography, interviewing and photocopying. They have worked hard and produced an extremely interesting publication.

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