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It is with sadness that after twenty years of running keep fit classes in Settle, Karen has decided to take a break. The costs of both premises hire and insurance have escalated and she does not wish to pass this on to clients.  She has truly loved running the sessions and together the group have had many laughs, raised funds for charities and kept themselves fit and active. Karen would therefore like to invite the ladies from the class, both past and present, to meet with her on Friday, 11 October at The Talbot in Settle so that she can buy them a farewell drink. Would ladies please contact her on the usual number to confirm attendance.


There will be the premiere of “Coward” on 6 September, a play by Justsome Theatre Company showing a speculative view of the life of Noel Coward. On 8 September there will be an afternoon mandolin and voice workshop led by Simon Major and Hilary James between 2-4.30pm. This precedes an evening concert by the duo. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


The current exhibition at Linton Court Gallery .”Norman Adams at Home & Abroad”  featuringwatercolours of Yorkshire, Italy & Provence will continue to 7 September. Featuring alongside paintings of the Yorkshire Dales are watercolours of Venice and Florence together with studies of olive groves, cypress trees and the landscape of Provence.


Registration and training for the Junior Football club will take place on 7 September at Settle College Lower School site (by the pool) between 9.30-11am. This is for all members from 5- under 18s. Old and new members welcome. Refreshments will be served in the new clubhouse.  For details contact 07973 627364.


Local crafters from this area will be amongst the high quality craft stalls taking part in a new venture at the New Road Community Centre in Earby on Saturday, 7 September when the first West Craven Artisan Fair is held between 10am-2pm. As well as a range of handmade crafts from across the region there will also be free dog micro-chipping and a book signing by local author Annette Brown. For further details visit


The next charity dance will take place on September 7th at Settle College from 7.30-11.30pm. To book please contact 01729 823259/ 824038 by 5 September. All proceeds will be in aid of Langcliffe Village defibrillator Appeal.


Life at The Folly is currently very busy with lots of new developments aimed at making visits to the Folly full of interest for all ages. The exhibit explaining how the  Ebbing and Flowing well in Giggleswick functions has recently been restored a provides a fascinating view into local geology. Throughout the summer the family activity team  have been working hard producing quizzes and games as well as dressing up clothes.  Nancy Forster has also created a series of knitted Folly mice which are now on sale and are extremely detailed and make a delightful souvenir of a visit to the Folly. On September 7th, Shirley Jones from the West Yorkshire Archive Service will be visiting to run an afternoon (2-4pm) of family fun entitled “Quills, Seals and Ciphers” which will provide an opportunity to try writing with quills in code and creating documents. Please note children must be accompanied by an adult.  In the evening at 7pm she will then give a talk about the restoration of the Fountains Abbey Stockbook. Tickets for this are £6 inc refreshments and are available via the Folly or 01729 822893. On the 15th Sept the Folly is to be part of Heritage Open Day when admission to the Folly will be free. Everybody loves a bargain –  so hopefully we will have lots of visitors!


Settle Voices Community Choir meets every Monday starting on 9th September in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, at 1pm to 3pm in term time.The sessions are run by Janet Russell, a Natural Voice Practitioner and no auditions are required. New members are welcome. For more information visit our website or ring Liz on 01729 823777


Iyengar yoga classes recommence the week beginning September 9th. Clasess on Mondays are held at Friends Meeting house and run from 12.30-2pm for mixed abilities with a beginners class from 2.15-3.15. On Tuesdays there are classes at Townhead Court from 7.30-9pm for mixed abilities and from 6.15-7.15 for beginners. For further details contact 01282 843907.


North Yorkshire County Council are launching Stay and Play sessions for children aged between 0-5 years on Tuesdays at St John’s Church Hall. These will commence on 10 September and run from 1.30-3pm.  The aim is to provide fun-filled creative and sensory activity sessions for families and children. The cost is £1 per family. For further details contact 01609 533990.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to come along for a night at the races on 13 September when they hold a Horse Race Night at Langcliffe Institute. The first race will take place at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children. Admission includes a pie and pea supper. There is no bar at this event but you are welcome to bring your own drinks.  For tickets please contact, 01729 822364/ 822959


A fundraising event for  “NEW LIFE” Foundation for Disabled Children, to support a Child in North Yorkshire, will take place on September 14th at Victoria Hall between 10am-3pm. There will be a variety of Stalls, Raffle and a Children’s Lucky dip . Tea, Coffee and light snacks at reasonable prices will be available throughout the day. There will be an entrance fee of 20p in Charity Bucket. There are still have some stalls available, please call Ann on 01729 851040 for details.


In a tie up with Towneley Art Gallery in Burnley and the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, the Gallery on the Green is featuring visual images of ‘Source of Inspiration’ by Vivien Whitaker ARBS.This first retrospective, in the first gallery she ever visited, reveals Vivien’s long ‘love affair’ with English Alabaster and search for authenticity through ‘direct carving’ and stripping away the superfluous. All aspects of this sensuous, soon to be extinct, stone have been utilised to stimulate a range of our senses. Vivien’s major sculptures of the last ten years are exhibited together for the first time, enhanced by alabaster dust montages and the sounds of alabaster created from an alabaster lithopone. ‘60 Second Sculpture’ encourages visitors to create and photograph their own sculpture constructed from alabaster blocks. Vivien uses the term ‘Independent Hands’ to describe her process of co-creation with the stone to enable the emergence of the ‘élan vital’. ’Inner Sparkle’ (above) expresses the spark that ignites this elemental activity. A rolling visual presentation about ‘Source of Inspiration’ is being shown concurrently at the Gallery on the Green, Settle – and at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield Vivien trained with Peter Hibbard, a former assistant to Henry Moore, is an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and has a First class BA (Hons) in Art and Design. Her sculptures are in many public and private collections throughout the world and she exhibits regularly in Europe. Her studio is in the Peak District, UK. The exhibition in Settle runs from 14th September until 2nd November 2013. Further information is available from Settle Tourist Information office, or see the website


The next meeting will be on Monday September 16th, at 7.30pm when there will be a presentation by Alan Owens of work which he recently displayed in Bentham, a talk by Dickon Siddal on “An approach to lighting” and a members’ gallery on the theme of colour


Lip reading sessions designed to help overcome the frustrations and practicalities of hearing loss will recommence on 18 September at Friends Meeting House. Sessions run from 10-12am and take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month and are open to all ages from 19-90+.  Relatives and carers are welcome to accompany group members. Cost is £12 per term with 7 sessions per term. For details contact 015242 51448 or leave a written message for the lip reading tutor at Age Concern UK.


The next Settle Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 21 Sept at 8.30am in the annexe at Friend’s Meeting House. The

guest speaker will be Revd Stuart Stobart: Priest in charge at  Long Preston & Hellifield. Please note, space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Coffee and tea are available from 8.15am with breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Admission is £3.00. To book your place at the Settle Big Breakfast contact  01729 825285


Settle Station will play host to a one day art event on Sunday 22nd September when Sarah Hutton will hold a pop up artist’s studio.

Sarah is engaged in an artist’s residency on the Settle-Carlisle line and this is an opportunity to meet and chat with her – and see some of her fascinating work in progress. All welcome to this event in the booking office between 11am –  4pm.


Settle Parish Church is hosting a workshop session on 22nd September at 7pm with John Bell, speaker, writer, composer and member of  the Iona Community. John is also a regular presenter on Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day”. The workshop will run in two sessions with a break for refreshments.  A donation of £2 towards costs if requested.



As part of the national heritage open days the chapel at Giggleswick School will be open to the public on 14 September between 11-4 and on 15 September between 1-4.30. There will be a display on the history of the chapel and musical recitals during the weekend. All welcome.


The next meeting will take place on 5 September at Giggleswick Parish Rooms at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Ann Harding who will talk on her involvement with the Settle Hydro Project and the restoration of Victoria Hall.


The Autumn season commences on Thursday, 12 September with a piano recital by Charles Own.  Recognised as one of the finest British pianists of his generation this recital of piano favourites will include Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and Debussy’s “Claire de Lune”. This concert is a special fundraising concert in aid of Elizabeth Finn Care, a charity which helps over 300 people in the North of England by providing assistance with the costs of household and disability items.  Tickets cost £15, to include a glass of wine or soft drink, and are available via or via 01729 893180. Please note that this event will take place in the school chapel.



Unlike many tribute acts there was no attempt by Chris Bannister to dress up as the bespectacled, moptop from Roswell nor did he affect any Denver mannerisms and yet if you closed your eyes there was something totally un-nerving in the timbre of his voice that made you believe that the popular poet and performer whose life was cut so tragically short in an air-crash in 1997 was back on stage.  There was something in the falling cadence in certain numbers which was unmistakeably John Denver. The extremely accomplished backing duo were also outstanding, helping to recreate the high quality associated with this music.  Always regarded as both poet and political activist, since his death Denver has also been revealed to be something of a prophet with many of his songs carrying even more political resonance today than they ever did in during his career. Nowhere during the concert was this more the case than in powerful rendition of “What are we making weapons for?” or the haunting performance of “Rhymes and Reasons”. It would be easy to dismiss John Denver as “the boy next door” with a somewhat kitsch appeal in songs like “Grandma’s feather bed” – laughingly referred to as a “marmite number” in that you either love it or hate it – but this concert demonstrated that the timeless appeal of John Denver runs far deeper though it is never easy to analyse quite what it is that caused him to be held in such deep affection in so many countries around the world.  The concert itself was an excellent mixture of the well-known favourites such as “Annie’s Song”, ” Rocky Mountain High” and “Country Roads” and a revival of the lesser known numbers such as “Whispering Jesse”, “Darcy Farrow” and “Christmas for Cowboys” and as such was designed to appeal to the Denver fan and newcomer alike.  There was good variation in tone throughout but a rattling pace was maintained so that the evening flew by and the final encores seemed to arrive far too soon.  Numbers such as “Blow up my TV” provided an excellent counterbalance to the haunting lyricism of songs such as “Casey’s last ride” and the more familiar “Thank God I’m a country boy” had the audience rocking along with gusto.  The “a cappella” style performance of “The Eagle and the Hawk” is surely one of the most striking performances to have graced the stage at Victoria Hall in many years and was extremely moving.  The influence John Denver’s music was clearly seen in the rare glimpse into Chris Bannister’s own composing ability as shown in the poignant number “If There’s Ever A Time” and his undoubted  musical talent is ensuring that others are still being exposed to the influence of this poet for the everyday. I’m sure I’m not the only member of the audience who the following day found themselves singing snatches of the songs and vowing to dig out my old records and have another listen to the songs that coloured my youth.
SETTLE PARISH CHURCH Many thanks to everyone who supported the Langcliffe Lunch and Tea on Sunday. This raised £385 for funds. Tuesday lunches continue in the church until the end of this month and a warm welcome and hearty meal are guaranteed.

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