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Settle and Area updates 6th March


A severe landslip near Armathwaite has caused the S&C line to be closed completely. No trains are running between Carlisle and Appleby and an emergency timetable is in place for trains between Leeds and Appleby. Full details of the latest news can be found Settle Carlisle web site here There are however two walks taking place on Saturday 12 March. The first of these is a 9 mile Appleby Circular walk leaving Appleby Station at 10.47. This is a moderate walk. Also on Saturday 12 March there is an 11 mile walk taking in  Victoria Cave & Catrigg Force and the limekilns at Langcliffe. This is a moderately strenuous walk and will leave Long Preston at 9.43 and return from Settle.No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


Victoria Hall can always guarantee a diverse range of entertainment and in March there is definitely something for everyone, with youth taking centre stage for at least two events. On March 12 there is the annual RamJam concert when the young musicians are joined by the more mature DalesJam for an evening of Jazz surprises conducted and arranged by the ever enthusiastic and hugely talented Richard Omerod. On March 16 the ever popular Moishe’s Bagel return, but this time doing something very different. In the first half of the evening Moishe’s Bagel will play a selection from their music from Moishe’s Bagel, then in the second half we’ll screen the silent film Salt for Svanetia, with Moishe’s Bagel playing a live accompaniment. The members of the junior section of Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage on 18-20 March with their production of “When Toad Came Home”. Based loosely on the wonderful story ‘The Wind in the Willows’ this little spin off tells the tale of Toad having his computer stolen by those nasty Weasels, who threaten to bring in the Tax Inspector. On Saturday 26th the Queen-esque date cancelled in December due to severe flooding has been rescheduled.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


The PTA invite you to join them for a family quiz night on 11 March in the main hall. The event starts at 7 for 7.30pm and there will drinks available to purchase and a jacob’s join supper.  Entry is £5 payable on the door. Teams should have no more than four adults. Please contact 01729 824873 04 07823 331512 to book a table.


On 11 March there will be a special concert at Victoria Hall to raise funds to help to support the forthcoming Settle Folk Festival. This event will feature The Moonbeams and friends, including Karin Grandal Park and Rosie Clegg, Ben Avison and Sam Lawrence and Mike Harding and the William Small small orchestra.  Tickets cost £5 via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718.


The next death cafe session is on 12 March at The Friend’s Meeting house between 10-12. The cafe operates on a drop in system and a donation of £1 is suggested.


Langcliffe Singers are holding their spring concert on 12 March at Ingleton Parish Church at 7.30pm. The programme will feature Mozart’s Ave Verum , Schubert’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Tickets cost £10 available from Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre.


The NCHT is celebrating North Craven’s outstanding musical heritage with a selection of local musicians and ensembles from Saturday 12—Sunday 20 March 2016. Events begin on  Saturday 12 March in the Victoria Hall with Dales Jam And Ramjam’s Springbeat. Under their director Richard Ormrod, and with a guest world class soloist, the bands will romp their way through music rocking to the rhythms of the world. The following evening (Sunday 13th) Octameron singers will perform at The Folly when the programme will include songs by Elgar and his contemporaries, acknowledging the close links between Edward Elgar, Settle and the Dales. Mid-week (Wednesday 16th), composer and organist Paul Fisher will give a recital on the Giggleswick School chapel organ. The programme will include some of Paul’s plainsong-based and other compositions, Bach, and arrangements for organ of folk song and popular melodies. Settle Orchestra will provide the finale with their Settle spring concert on Sunday 20th in The Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School. Under the baton of guest conductor Ellie Slorach, the programme will include popular works by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Mozart.  All events will start at 7.30pm. Further details, including ticket availability and prices, from Cave and Crag, Settle TIC or


Please note that there will be no meeting in March however on  Wednesday 16th March at 7.30 at the Meeting House there is a play “For Conscience Sake” exploring the choices faced by conscience objectors in World War 1 against the backdrop of growing militarisation today.  Admission is free with a retiring collection. The group’s next meeting will be on April13th with Judy Rogers of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The group is bringing  a group of refugees from Bradford to help with the lambing in Malhamdale. We will organise a meal for them at the Meeting House and have a talk from Judy afterwards. More details nearer the time. Members may also be particularly interested in a number of events during Settle Stories Weekend at the start of April. On 2nd April at 2pm at the Meeting House a there will be a talk by the founder of 38 degrees campaign group, David Babbs. Tickets £10 available via Settle Stories. Also on 2nd April at Friends Meeting House at 10am is “Story Telling For Change”. At this event two story tellers will explain how in Lebanon, Kenya and the UK they are using stories to discuss, interrogate and explore our values. This lively discussion will also give you the chance to speak up on the stories you think need to be told, to change the world. Tickets £8. Not listed in the advertising brochure for Settle Stories is a free additional talk on the Fair Tax Campaign on Friday 1st at 5.30 at the Meeting House.


The Talbot Arms is hosting a “meet the author” session at 4pm on Thursday 17th March, when there will be a visit by Bob Steel,  author of CAMRA’s “Yorkshire Pub Walks”. Copies of the book will be on sale and there will be a chance to talk to Bob about your own favourite walks and pubs.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society Junior Section will be performing “When Toad Came Home” at Victoria Hall on 18-20 March.  This entertaining musical play is loosely based on the children’s classic “Wind in the Willows”. Performances will take place at 7.30pm on 18 and 19 March and at 2pm on Sunday 20 March. Tickets are available from Victoria Hall box office.


Saturday 19 March at 8.30am is the time for the next Settle Big Breakfast. There will be Tea / coffee from 8.15am and the breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. This month’s venue is St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church Hall, Kirkgate, Settle and you are reminded to please book your places by Thurs 17 March to assist with catering

Contact 01729 825285 / email: to book your place, cost £3 for a “full English”. This month’s speaker will be Maggie Spence.Maggie will speak about ‘Open Doors’ & its work.

60 years of supporting persecuted Christians. Everyone welcome


There will be a chance to join in and help raise money for Sport Relief on 20 March at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club when the ground hosts a Sport Relief Mile. Contact Club for details and join in and walk or run a mile for charity.


Settle Orchestra’s spring concerts will take place on Saturday, 19th March at Christ Church Skipton and on Sunday 20th March 2016 at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School. Both concerts will commence at  7.30pm. The programme, under the direction of guest conductor Ellie Slorarch, will be comprised of Mendelssohn: Wedding March from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’;

•Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5, ‘The Reformation’; Mozart: Overture, ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and Haydn: Symphony No.104, ‘London’. Tickets are available via Orchestra members or Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre or by emailing


Plain Quakers theatre projects is touring a thoughtprovoking

new play to Quaker meetings in Yorkshire to commemorate Quaker opposition to the introduction of conscription in 1916.For Conscience Sake explores the choices faced by conscientious objectors in World War One against the backdrop of growing militarisation today. When Morris, would-be thespian and seasoned curmudgeon, tries to unravel the story of his grandfather’s heroic exploits in the Great War, he is faced with a surprise. His unlikely buddy, Albert, unsuccessful author and Quaker enthusiast, attempts toease the pain by arguing that we should remember the braveryof the 7 7,000 conscientious objectors who resisted conscriptionin ‘the war to end all wars’. If more had done the same perhaps millions of lives could have been saved. Unconvinced, Morris stubbornly defends what his grand-father did for King and Country, until Albert unearths documents in Huddersfield that reveal a disturbing truth … This play is being performed in Settle on Wednesday 16 March at 7.30pm in Settle Friends Meeting House. Admission to the performance is free, with a retiring collection for charity


A sunny afternoon as the morning snow cleared and a good attendance for the AGM. The committee reports were very thorough and reflected a very positive year. Losing only one member from the committee the others all agreed to continue and Mary Hindle was re elected as Chair. Delightful music accompanied Gillian Walton’s chair exercises which were well received and the meeting continued with humorous poems by members of the poetry group.


New members are required for Settle bowling club and you are cordially invited to come along and join us. The ‘bowling green’ opens on Friday, 25th March 2016 and old and new members are always welcome regardless of age or experience. For more information, please contact the Secretary: John Chambers (01729-825783) or just turn up at the green from 2 p.m. onwards, Monday to Sunday – there is always someone to play.


The group will next meet at Townhead Court at 2pm on 23 March when the speaker will be Jeff Hutchings. The subject will be “Hardy and Wild Orchids”. Non members welcome, £3 admission.


Friends of Settle Victoria Hall will hold an” Allsorts Market” on Saturday 26th March in Victoria Hall from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be served all day. To book a stall please contact the hall on 01729 825718.


The Ribblesdale Moving Picture Show continues its season of foreign films at Victoria Hall on March 30th with a screening of “Cycling with Molière.” This will be shown in French with English subtitles and tells the story of Two middle aged actors cautiously rekindle their past friendship. Tickets £5 on the door, show starts 7.45pm


The next charity dance will take place on 2 April at St Mary and Michael Catholic Church Hall from 8-11pm. If you are able to please contact 01729 823259 /824038 to confirm your attendance. New dancers always welcome.


The Women’s Holiday Centre at Horton in Ribblesdale invites local women to join them for cake and hot drinks at 4pm on Monday 4 April at The Old Vicarage. All welcome.


Advance notice that Settle WI is holding 2 craft workshops on Wednesday 27th April in the Catholic Church Hall, Craven Terrace, Settle, BD24 9RA.Annie Austen-Meek will be demonstrating how to make a ‘Softpot’ garden container.  Softpots are amazing, unique garden containers that are not only beautiful to look at but better for your plants than traditional pots.  To learn more about Softpots visit Sue Amphlett of Cottontail Crafts is giving an introduction to Needlefelting – sculpting wool into figures and forms using a barbed felting needle.Each course costs £20 and includes all materials and tuition.  There will be 2 sessions for each craft:  10am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm so it is possible to do just one or both courses in the day.Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are WI members or not.  Tea & coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.To book please contact Sue Sellars on 01729 825145 or email



The next in the series of Gigg Lectures takes place at 7pm on Thursday 10 March when Sue Cunningham will give a talk on Understanding Indigenous Tribes.  Sue is part of Tribes Alive which works with indigenous tribal people in Brazil and by working with local communities and organisations set up by tribal indigenous communities helps  to develop programmes that contribute to their self-sufficiency, independence and well-being. On 7 April at 7pm the theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture on the theme of “New Plants, New Ideas, New Inspiration.”  The speaker will be garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman Stephen Lacey. His particular interest is in planting design. He lectures on planting design throughout UK, USA and Canada, featuring some of the best places visited on his travels at home and abroad. Recently, he has begun taking on garden design commissions in UK and the Mediterranean, putting to wider use the inspiration from his garden travels and his own practical experience. For further information contact: 01729 893180




Imagine a play which falls somewhere between the political machinations of “Wolf Hall”, with an exotic touch of “Shogun” crossed with the epic promotions and themes which you’d find in one of Shakespeare’s tragedies and you might just come close to the phenomenal experience of watching “Diao Chan”. Red Dragonfly productions specialises in bringing classic and modern stories from the East to British and European Stage and does so with amazing style and grace. This is a very colourful and self-consciously theatrical play, the jewel-bright costumes accentuating the passionate intensity of the characters and the epic themes of lust, jealousy and revenge.  The story centres around the lowly Diao Chan who rises to be a courtesan and by manipulating the lust and jealousy of the two most powerful men in the kingdom manages to set them against each other and is responsible for a rebellion and the downfall of both men.  Like much of Shakespeare it is concerned with great men doing great deeds, but at the heart of the play it is not their greatness which is their undoing but their base lust which provides the fatal flaw. Both are driven by lust, for the scheming Diao Chan but equally dangerously both lust for power.  Adapted by Ross Ericson from the Chinese classic tale “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms” the story is both powerful and contemporary, with the central character at times being a very determined feminist despite being in a society with denies her basic rights and  freedoms. While this may make her admirable, it does not make her likeable – she is certainly capable of teaching Lady Macbeth a few tricks and her love talk makes Shakespeare’s shrewish Katherine seem completely docile.  By any standards though this is an outstanding story and in this production it is one which is exceptionally well told. The stage set is clever and simply yet used to great effect with moving screens being used to mask movements and create new venues on the stage with great dexterity. It is also extremely well cast, with particularly powerful central performances from Michelle Yim as DiaoChan and Angelo Paragoso as Dong Zhuo. From the opening moments there is an all pervading sense of menace and this is lifted only when the women are on stage in the form of the sensual DiaoChan and the fluttering self-obsessed WangJin Wei. In a scene, again reminiscent of the porter in Macbeth, there is a wonderful touch of comedy from Siu-See Hung when she plays DongZhou’s mother reminiscing about the ruler’s childhood. A real pleasure in the play is the masterful use of language, though the story itself is complex the language is both poetic and witty by turns with careful use of the rhyming soliloquy to summarise scenes and to draw the audience’s attention to the inner thoughts of the characters. A clever and fascinating piece of theatre, performed with great charm and passion.

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