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Award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor, best know for her work featured in the cult movie Breaking Glass, will perform on May 9th.  On 21 May there will be an opportunity to hear Mamane Barka performing on the biram. This is a sacred harp from Lake Chad and produces an almost hypnotic sound. Single handedly Mamane Barka is saving the musical tradition of the Boudouma nomads from extinction and this is a rare chance to see him perform. Blue Rose Code is Edinburgh born song writer Ross Wilson who performs what he describes as “Caledonia Soul”. There will be a chance to enjoy his music on May 23rd. On May 24 the hall is the venue for Irish entertainer, Dominic Kirwan’s 25th anniversary tour.  The month culminates on 28 May with a showing by TRAMPS of “Badkonake Sefid (The White Balloon) an Iranian film.Tickets for all events via -1729 825718


Enrolment is now taking place on Friday evenings for Junior Cricketers at Settle Cricket Club. The Juniors meet and train on Fridays at 6.30pm and parents are welcome in the clubhouse whilst children play. Members must be age 6 years or above and throughout the summer season the club fields competitive teams of U9, U11, U13 and U15.


A reminder that during the summer months the catering team at the church will once again be serving lunches on a Tuesday, Market day. There will be home made soup on offer as well as a range of toasted sandwiches, hot meals and salads as well as a choice of delicious desserts. Coffee is served from 10am onwards with lunches available between noon and 2pm. All welcome.



Cheerdance UK is coming to Settle starting on 8 May. Cheerdance is competitive dancing which creates routines which incorporates elements of dance, jumps and formation work. The sessions will be organised by Alison King school of dance and will take place at Victoria Hall between 5.30-7pm every Thursday. The cost is £4 per week and the classes are suitable for all levels of dance ability and for ages 4-17. For details contact 01729 84011801729 840118 .


As part of a fund raising drive to raise money for local charities and support the Stroke Ward And Carers Resource The Swing City Big Band  will be taking to the stage at Victoria Hall on May 10th. Many of these talented musicians are familiar local faces who got together in  2008 to share their enthusiasm for big band music. The band play a wide range of music, from the 1930s through to more contemporary arrangements that cover swing, jazz, pop, movie and stage music. The emphasis is  on classic tunes made famous by the likes of Glenn Miller and Count Basie. The band’s show also features great timeless hits from stars such as Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. A band that’s guaranteed to get your feet tapping while supporting a good cause – altogether a night with a real feelgood factor. All tickets: £7.50 from Victoria Hall on 01729 82571801729 825718 or via Settle Music.


The monthly artisan fair will take place on May 10th at Victoria Hall between 9am – 3pm. There will be a range of stalls providing with high quality items of handmade goods, ideal for gifts or for treats for yourself! There will also be a vintage cafe serving refreshments throughout the fair.


Christian Aid week this year runs from  11-17 May. There will be a house to house collection in the area throughout the week and a collection in Booths on Tuesday 13th. There will also be a Coffee Evening on 14 May between 7.00pm-8.30pm St John’s Church Hall, Settle


There will be a Drop-in style open meeting of the Settle Christmas Lights team on Monday 12th May at Thirteen Cafe Bar on Duke Street between 6.30pm and 8.00pm. If you think you might be interested in helping in any way with the preparations for the Christmas Lights display in Settle, and/or the organising of the Switch-on event on November 29th, please do come along to this meeting and find out more. Last year’s Switch-on was a huge success and a great community event and we’d like to make this year’s even better but we really do need some more people to help with the organisation and on the day.If you are interested but are not able to get to this meeting please call John Diggles on 01729 82528501729 825285 or email


The next coffee morning will be held in the Old Court House on May 17th between 10am – 12.30pm. All are welcome.  Tickets are now available for the John Bowdler event on June 20th. This will take place at Ingleton Community Centre and tickets cost £7.50, including supper. Tickets can be purchased via 01729 82295901729 822959 /822364.


The next big breakfast session will take place on May 17th at Friends Meeting House at 8.30am. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am.  Cost is £3 and places can be booked via 01729 82528501729 825285 . The guest speaker in May is Tony Hennigan who will speak on he work of the St Vincent de Paul Society .


Messy church is a family event which includes tea, craft activities and worship. It takes place at St John’s church hall  on the third Sunday of the month and is open to all. The next event will take place on May 18th. All welcome.


The next blood donor session will take place at St John’s Hall on 21 May with an afternoon session between 2.30-4pm and an evening session between 5-7.30pm. For further details and appointments contact 0300 123 2323


Settle Rotary Club’s 6th Saunter will take place on Saturday 24th May 2014. Registration, start and finish is at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club, Lower Greenfoot, Settle. This annual event raises money this year for the Settle Swimming Pool and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There are 4 possible routes to choose from which, may be walked or run from 8, 10, 15 or 26 miles depending on your level of fitness or ability! Why not join together and make it a family day out to remember, admiring the wonderful scenery round Feizor, Clapham or Ingleborough Further details and entry forms on the Club’s website or from Derek on 07831 79791107831 797911 .


Settle Parish Church (Holy Ascension) are delighted to announce the first recital in its 2014-15 series. May 24th at 7.30 sees a recital 
centred on the music of local composer, Paul Fisher, who recently had one of his compositions performed at St. Trinité in Paris and is a prolific composer of choral and organ music. Apart from PauL himself, who will introduce the music and play some of his favourites, Tim Raymond (Bolton Abbey), Jason Lowe (Giggleswick Chapel and formerly Manchester Cathedral) and Graham Toft (Settle Parish Church) will be  playing organ pieces by Paul. The evening promises to be a feast of varied music in classical, jazz and modern styles, with pieces also based on traditional  tunes and folk melody.  Admission is free with interval refreshments and a retiring collection for donations to the Organ fund.


For days when you are pushed for time or if you simply prefer a shorter game, the  club is now offering the opportunity to play 9 holes for only £10. A full round of 18 holes is still only £20.


The current  exhibition at the gallery features excerpts from the Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science 2013 exhibition. This exhibition shows images produced by scientists to support their work and from photographers showing where and how science is conducted. Many of the images combine elements of both science and art. The exhibition, entitled “Hidden Worlds”, will run to 28th June 2014.


On May 28th there will be a braiding workshop with Aimee Betts, this will allow you to learn basic techniques in order to create your own piece to take home. Tickets cost £10 when purchased in advance from The Folly or 01729 82289301729 822893 .


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.


Pupils in the two schools have recently been exchanging ideas about their favourite subjects at school. This has included an interesting explanation about Egyptian burials as well as discussion about politics in the two countries.


A reminder that the Athlefit for Ladies sessions meet every Wednesday during term time between 9.30-10.30am Settle’s Drill Hall on Castlebergh Lane. For details contact 07955 34234407955 342344 . The sessions are led by   a fully qualified and insured England Athletics instructor. There will also be sessions during term time on Mondays July 7, 14, 28



Many pupils are now taking part in an after school rounders course run by Sport S-cool. This is proving popular and a similar course focussing on football skills is planned for later in the term. Pupils this week took part in the production of “Running on Rails” at Richard Whiteley Theatre to mark the 25 anniversary of the saving of the Settle-Carlisle line. This was extremely well received, congratulations to all who took part.  On May 10th a number of pupils will be involved in a short singing performance to entertain parishioners attending the Parish Council Party, which is being held this year in our school.


On Sunday, May 18th at 3.30pm there will be a showing of “12 Years a Slave” as part of the community cinema season. Tickets cost £5. The Gigg lecture season continues on Friday May 9th when Anthony Kerr-Dineen will present a lecture on “The Influence of Prime Numbers and the Golden Ration on the Jupiter Symphony”; an exploration of the nature of truth, beauty which includes ground breaking  Mozart research, ancient Greek maths and a couple of pub games. Please note that this event will take place in Giggleswick School Chapel.  All tickets are bookable via 01729 89318001729 893180 or the website at


The parish over 60’s tea-party will take place this year on 10 May at Giggleswick Primary School at 2.45pm. There will be tea and entertainment provided. Those requiring transport to or from the event should contact 01729 82393901729 823939 / 823263.


The beginners running group will  meet at Eshtons pavilion, Raines Road, Giggleswick between 5.30-6.30pm on Friday evenings. Contact 07955 34234407955 342344 for details. All welcome.


Richard Whiteley Theatre: combined primary schools in Settle and District

First performed at Catteral Hall, now Giggleswick Junior School, in 1994 Jan Holdstock’s cantata “Running on Rails” tells the story of the building of Settle- Carlisle railway.  The performances on 30th April were a combined venture by the primary schools in Settle and district supported by members of Settle College and Giggleswick School as part of the celebrations by Friends of the Settle- Carlisle line to mark the 25th anniversary of the line’s reprieve.  The programme also included the “Settle -Carlisle Song” by Mike Donald and was directed by professional choral director and FoSCL member Paul Dyson. Incorporated into the programme were brief performances from each of the participating primary schools which were based on their own individual research about the building of the line and it was fascinating to see the range of interpretations of this information. One of the most entertaining presentations  was produced by Horton in Ribblesdale Primary who changed a list of facts about the Ribblehead viaduct into a cleverly choreographed piece of synchronised drama: illustrating effectively the need for group work and rehearsal to produce a polished piece. There was also an imaginative interview with a navvy on the line by Hellifield pupils and well as some evocative poetry by the pupils from Giggleswick primary who utilised all their senses in order to create the images of life in Batty Green. Pupils from Rathmell and Settle added to the mix with stories of the stranger happenings in the shanty towns and tales of the rogues, drunks and thieves who also inhabited the line.  Congratulations to all pupils taking part in this section of the production for their hard work in helping to illustrate the nature of this mammoth undertaking.  Special congratulations also to all the pupils who took on the roles of narrators in the cantata and performed with great confidence and clarity.  The music itself was also extremely entertaining, with the trio from Giggleswick School and Settle College providing a lively accompaniment. Although it was clear that in a project of this nature there had been very little time for the individual choirs to rehearse together, the pupils nevertheless sang with great enthusiasm and clearly enjoyed the songs and managed to bring a sense of vibrancy to the history of the line.



Performed as pat of their AS Theatre Studies examination, both groups of students chose works which dealt with the subject of social isolation and had as their central characters those who are different from the norm.  Neither therefore made for comfortable viewing in terms of their subject matter, yet both were consistently compulsive viewing  as a result of outstanding ensemble work which supported the key central performances. Mark Haddon’s story of a “a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties”, is probably the better known of the two and in many ways the more accessible. Performed as a first person narrative by Chris, a boy suffering from a form of autism, it shows the world from his perspective and how he struggles to survive in what to him is a terrifying and confusing place at times while he remains unaware of the stresses and strains which his own behaviour creates for others. This sense of bewilderment was expertly conveyed, particularly in the sequence where Chris embarks on a solo journey from Swindon to London. Carefully choreographed, the cast transformed themselves into tube trains, cash machines and all manner of objects at breakneck speed around Chris as he struggled to keep some degree of control. This strong element of physical theatre coupled with the adroit use of boxes to house props and double as a variety of sets was central to the success of the whole performance and showed great polish in the way in which it was so smoothly operated throughout.  There were transformations of a far more sinister sort in Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”, where Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a large monstrous piece of vermin/beetle and then struggles to adapt to this new form and to the realisation that instead of being the mainstay and support of his family he has now become a burdensome embarrassment.  Again there were extremely carefully choreographed pieces of ensemble acting with great attention paid to synchronised movements and speech, most obviously in the almost robotic stylisation of the family’s meals and the conversation of the lodgers. However it was the central performance of Gregor which drew the attention and kept you focussed as he performed acrobatic contortions on a set which dominated the acting space in a way which suggested simultaneously both a spider’s web and the oppressive carapace of a beetle.  Just as the boxes in the previous play had demonstrated the thought which had gone into the use of theatrical devices to add to the overall impact, so the lighting here indicated a depth of thought with the skilful use of large shadows adding to the menacing tone.

These were both fascinating studies of the view of the outsider in society and how they in turn view society, but what made them all the more exceptional was the level of thought and understanding which they reflected as demonstrated by the way in which the two teams of actors used their skills and acting space to create their worlds.  Congratulations to all concerned on two very skillful, intelligent and thought provoking pieces.

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