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On 28 February the Panjumby Jazz band will take to the stage to perform steel pan jazz with a dash of calypso. Saturday March 1st sees the Mighty Doonans take to the stage with their own blend of folk/rock. This is followed on 2nd March by Sunday Folk Night, introduced by Mike Harding when the guests will be Fake Thackray (aka John Watterson who performs the inimitable songs of Jake Thackray) and  Reg Meuross, widely regarded as one of the finest singer songwriters in the country and renowned for his clever and imaginative lyrics.  Tickets via -1729 825718


Churches Together in Settle and District will be holding a Barn Dance on 1 March at St John’s Hall. This event costs £7, including supper. A vegetarian option will be available, please contact 822311. The caller and accordionist will be Bill Johnston.


A reminder that Settle Charity Dances are changing venue and that all dances will now take place in St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall in Kirkgate. The first dance in our new home will take place on March 1st. Dances will start at 8pm and finish at 11.30pm. Please bring your own drinks and glasses if you require more than the provided cup of tea at the interval. To book a place please contact 01729 82325901729 823259 / 824038 by Friday 28 February.

Proceeds from this next dance will go to St John’s Methodist Church Fund.


The next informal worship session will be a cafe style worship meeting at St John’s Church Hall on Sunday 2 March. This will start at 4pm and all are welcome.


The next meeting will take place on March 3rd at  Town Head Court at 7.30pm.  The theme for the gallery is monochrome and the subject for discussion during the evening is Projects. New members welcome.


A new exhibition at the Gallery on The Green in upper Settle will open on 3 March featuring the work of Mike Smith. He describes himself as a printmaker focusing his work mostly through the medium of lino block printing and a number of lino prints will be on display.


The next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday 5 March which will be followed by tea and a raffle.


A service to mark Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place at 7.30pm at St Alkelda’s church on 7 March. The theme for this service will be “Streams in the Desert” based on materials prepared for praying for Egypt. The speaker will be Rev Canon Huw Thomas, formerly of Cairo Cathedral. Although billed as a women’s service, men are also invited to attend.


There will be a jumble sale on March 8 at St John’s Hall between 11am -4pm in aid of Epilepsy Research UK. Admission is 20p and there will be a tombola, cake stall and refreshments. All welcome.


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 .


Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the saving of the line from closure by running a train from Blackpool to Carlisle on 13 April. Demand for tickets is likely to be high and they can be reserved by contacting the friends via their website on There will be a 2 hour interval in Carlisle and the ticket price includes admission to a presentation by Colin Speakman, chairman of Dales Way Association, at the Hallmark Hotel. Tickets cost £20 regardless of where you board the train. Please note this is not a scheduled service and is not a steam train.



The next Gigg Lecture will take place on 7 March at 7pm when the speaker will be Sandra Gregory who will speak on the theme of “Banged Up Abroad”. In 1993 Sandra Gregory was sentenced to 25 years in Bangkok’s notorious Lard Yao prison, known as “The Bangok Hilton”, for attempting to smuggle heroin out of Thailand.  Following a pardon by the King of Thailand in 2000 she obtained a degree from Oxford and wrote a memoir of her time in jail. However prior to attending Oxford, she took a year out to tour schools and talk about her experiences in the hopes of dissuading others from making the same mistakes she did and now gives talks explaining why she feels freedom is a gift we should all cherish and use to enrich the lives of others.  Tickets can be obtained from the box office on 01729 89318001729 893180 .



For anyone who associates organ music simply with solemnity of royal occasions broadcast on TV then this concert would be a real eye-opener, for Timothy Raymond (Director of Music at Bolton Abbey Priory Church) demonstrated beyond all doubt that the organ as an instrument is an extremely elaborate box of tricks capable of all manner of special effects.  The music in the programme featured works from the 70’s and 80’s, the twist being that this included not only the the 1970’s but also the 1570’s and 1670’s.  This changing perspective meant that a wide range of styles could be explored and so alongside music that would have been current while Shakespeare was growing up we were able to listen to early baroque style music in vogue at the restoration court of Charles II and a piece heavily influenced by the space race of the 1960’s which would not have been out of place as a sound track for an early episode of Dr Who.  The versatility of the organ therefore meant that pieces were able to be performed which relied on using the deepest notes available as well as the very high piping notes to suggest flutes. What cannot be underestimated however is the skill and range of the organist; in a stunning performance in particularly difficult conditions it was very clear that here was an extremely talented musician at the height of his powers.  The evening began with trumpet tune and air by Henry Purcell, an extremely atmospheric piece and very much of its period – this however only served to highlight the contrast with the astonishing work which followed. Gyorgy Ligeti’s work featured in Kubrick’s film “2001: a space odyssey” and this evening’s piece, “Harmonies”, was both spectacular and disturbing in its unearthly beauty.  There were further contrasts in the two pieces by John Blow: Voluntary 29 being light and jolly in tone whereas Voluntary 18 was considerably more sombre and much darker.  The selection of keyboard music by Purcell was again much jauntier, including some familiar pieces though again they too had political relevance to their time with the “New Irish Tune” being used as a commentary on the Irish situation when fitted to the words of “Lillibullero” before later featuring in John Gay’s satire “The Beggar’s Opera” as a commentary on modern self-serving attitudes as “The modes of the court so common are grown”.  The final contrast of the evening came in the closing piece, again a piece from 1970’s, Jubilate by William Mathias opens with a very definite shout and having grabbed your attention continues to hold it powerfully before it concludes abruptly. All in all the stark contrasts in the programme meant that this was very much a voyage of discovery and an opportunity for exploration.

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