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Settle Golf Club is starting Junior sessions on Thursdays between 4-6pm. The first session is on July 28th. For details contact 01729 825340.


The Swing Commanders, return with music from 30s, 40s and 50s on Friday 22nd. Details of times and tickets from the box office on 01729 82 5718.


The new exhibition at The Folly entitled ‘Challenge and Change: 350 years in the life of a house and its region’ is now open to the public. Revised opening times for this season are Tues. 10.30 – 4.30 Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. and Bank Holidays 12.30 – 4.30. On July 30 there will be an opportunity to see a re-enactment event. Written by Clarice and Michael Wokes, “Coming Home” deals with a soldier’s return to Settle at the end of the Civil War. The event commences at 7.30pm and tickets cost £6 from the Folly or TIC.


The new exhibition will run from 19 July – 30 August and features sculpture, drawings, paintings and original prints by Geoffrey Clarke RA. The sculptor Geoffrey Clarke was chosen as one of the artists to work on the building of Coventry Cathedral after the second World War. A versatile artist he has worked in stained glass, silver and for his sculptural work, aluminium. On display in the Linton Court exhibition will be enamels, drawings, small scale sculpture, paintings, mono prints and etchings.


There will be a Scottish Dancing session at St John’s Hall on 28 July, commencing at 7.30pm. All levels of ability are welcome. The session costs £2.50 and details are available via 015242 41451. Please note regular sessions will recommence in the Autumn.


Watershed Mill will host a book sale on behalf of Bentham Pet Rescue over the bank holiday weekend from 29 July through to August 2nd. This will be open from 10-4, and 11-4 on Sunday and Monday.


There will be a Strawberry Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th July, 10am – 12noon at the Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate. As well as the strawberry-themed refreshments there will be a cake and produce stall. Proceeds in aid of WI funds.


There will be an opportunity to explore the town’s heritage and learn more about photography on a heritage walk around the town on July 30th. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children) or £20 for a family ticket and are available via TIC and The Folly. Please meet at the Folly for a 10.15 start. The walk will finish at approx 1.15.


Gardens throughout the area will be opened to members of the publicon July 30 and 31 from 10.30-5pm. Admission is £3 and tickets are available from the TIC. Refreshments and plant stalls will be available.


The new exhibition at the Gallery will open on July 30 and run through to 10 September and feature the work of a range of Grassington artists. Entitled “Small Life” it will feature postcard sized, original life drawings in a variety of media and styles..


Looking ahead, local choir Settle Voices have arranged two open workshops over the summer. The workshops are open to everyone and will be led by Natural Voice Practitioners – so you don’t have to be able to read music or be confident about your singing ability. The aim is to have fun, sing in a relaxed atmosphere and learn to sing songs from around the world. Dates of the workshops are Monday 8th and 22nd August. The first workshop is being led by Brian Davies who last year led a very popular afternoon and we look forward to welcoming him again. Moira Hill returns to lead the second workshop. Moira always provides an exciting variety of songs. The workshops (which are open to everyone) will be held from 1-4pm at the Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate in Settle. There will be a break in which delicious home made refreshments will be served. The fee is £8 per session with a concession for Settle Voices members of £5. You can just turn up on the day, but to avoid disappointment it is advisable to book places in advance.

For more information please see the website

Otherwise you may contact Nancy Forster Tel 01729 822771


The show will be marking its 70th anniversary later this year. As part of the celebrations they are hoping to stage an exhibition of memorabilia and photographs relating to previous shows. If anyone has any items which could be borrowed for this event could they please contact Ruth Dugdale on 01729 822877.


St Alkelda’s Church, Giggleswick is arranging a series of special events in September o mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and is looking for volunteers to help them. They are arranging a series of readings from the bible during the period Monday September 5th to Friday September 9th. The times and locations are Monday, 7.30-9.30 pm, St Alkelda’s Church; Tuesday, noon-2pm Settle, Holy Ascension Church; Wednesday, Rathmell Reading Room, 10.30 a.m – noon, with morning coffee; Thursday afternoon, Giggleswick School (times to be arranged); Friday, noon-2 pm, St Alkelda’s Church, with Jacob’s Join lunch. The ideas is that the listeners at the readings can come and go as they please, however the organisers at St Alkelda’s would warmly welcome on to the team of readers, people from other churches, or the community or area, who would like to read a passage from the King James Bible. If you are willing to do so, please sign the list at the back of St Alkelda’s Church or contact Revd Alistair Helm (01729) 823537


Giggleswick pupils have been enjoying a very busy time recently. Pupils from Class 1 , along with pupils at Giggleswick Junior School Early Years Unit, spent a very enjoyable and informative day at South Lakes Animal Park. Year 5 pupils had a busy day working with future friends from across the cluster schools on at “Get Together “ day at Long Preston primary school as part of their preparation for moving on. Meanwhile Y2 pupils across the cluster got together for a mini-olympics event. A rounders festival was the final cluster schools’ sports event of the year, involving some of our KS2 pupils, who played well, won and lost some of their matches. KS2 pupils have also been out and about on a visit to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre, where they demonstrated good knowledge of plants and learnt more about their locality. Music has also been on the agenda with an excellent concert by the instrumentalists across the school and a number of pupils taking part in summer concert at Settle College. Many thanks to everyone who helped with the school’s sports morning. This ran very smoothly and was greatly enjoyed by all pupils. Congratulations to all participants in the recent after-school Sport-s-cool Football Course. Once again, the staff involved commented about the pupils’ excellent sporting behaviour and kindness towards each other. The trophies for ‘Player with the Best Attitude’ were presented to Euan Lambert and Joseph Dinsdale – well done! Thanks also to all who sent donations to support the Otesha UK Cycle Tour who recently visited the school. The pupils spent a fascinating morning with the young people from USA, Canada and Australia learning about sustainability and taking part in workshops. Finally a huge thank you to everyone who contributed towards the success of our Victorian Day.The pupils looked very authentic in their Victorian-style clothes and nearly every pupil brought a Victorian-style packed lunch, which really helped to create the atmosphere. After a huge amount of preparation by staff the night before, the role play in the ‘schoolroom’ was very successful. We are grateful to Mr. Forsyth and Mr. Taylor for all their help in setting up the furniture in the Hall, even tying chairs together to try and re-create benches! Staff and older pupils worked in role for two hours, after which pupils even started to long for their usual lessons and their colourful, stimulating classrooms! During the afternoon, the outreach worker from Gayle Mill, Samantha Belcher, joined us and provided one of the activities for the pupils.


If you are expecting green tights, merry England and swashbuckling fights – this is not the play for you! This is the story of a legend, and the birth of that legend but it is also a play about today and why that legend is still alive and relevant. Now in its 57th year of supporting young people in the arts the National Student Drama Festival has a tradition of bringing together emerging artists and new ideas and in this modern adaptation of Robin Hood it spectacularly does both. A soldier returns home from foreign wars to find only change. His services are now “surplus to requirements”. An economic crisis and a repressive government has left his friends homeless and his best friend is apparently actively collaborating with the new regime . He is offered a bleak choice: support the new system or die – and so the legend of the resistance fighter is born. A sharp-suited sheriff speaks political sound-bites reminding the crowds that “we’re all in this together” and that his party is “listening to the people” and on the fringes of that society the dispossessed plan looting raids on food stores, while the lone voice of the collaborator tries to protect the most vulnerable in society. The story is stripped bare, the setting contemporary and the effect startling. Adding to the power is the complexity of the language, the use of verse means that the dialogue is richly layered and while the structure and form are traditional the words and intent are bang up to date. Re-told in this manner the story is stark and while the resonances with austerity England in 21st century may at times seem rather heavy handed, they most certainly do provide food for thought. The pace is rapid, the audience kept fully involved throughout with the physical antics literally occurring a hands breadth away, creating high impact drama. The settings have been chosen with care, the angular stonework of the town contrasting well with the intimate woodland scenes. The acting is intense throughout – with a particularly convincing chilling performance from Ed Sheridan as the Sheriff, who is alarmingly believable as the politician who is apparently only attempting to do good – but realises that high office creates “certain needs” requiring high rewards. There are also solid central performances from Greg Shewring and Megan Salter as Robin and Marion, particularly in their woodland conversation where the sincerity of Marion’s justification for her actions becomes apparent. An excellent ensemble piece, this Robin Hood leaves off where others begin – but in doing so it challenges the audience to think more deeply about why it began in the first place and why the legend still endures.



The real key to this play is whether or not the audience can be convinced by the adults who take on the roles of seven year old children: it is not sufficient to be adults pretending to be children, they have to convince that they are children and that they are thinking and reasoning as children – a subtle but important distinction. For the most part this did work, and the group dynamics were convincing. There were occasions when the boisterousness seemed overblown and the drama became simply noisy play but at the moments when it really mattered; the barn scenes and the death of the squirrel the dramatic tension was real. Superficially this is a simple play about children bickering and fighting and playing games in the Forest of Dean during the summer of 1943. However, it is also a play about lost innocence as they interpret the world around them and the violence of the war and its strains and uncertainties break through into their lives and are re-enacted in petty cruelties which culminate in a tragedy. The team worked extremely well together, maintaining well delineated characters throughout, though the important hierarchical system within the group was not always apparent. Physically John seemed far too small to be convincing as a challenger to Peter and this meant that the fight scene lost some of its impact. Equally there was not always sufficient differentiation between Audrey and Angela and while Angela was bossy there was not sufficient interaction with Audrey to demonstrate the way in which she too uses her confidence in her own attractiveness to hold on to her place within the group’s hierarchy. The key role of Donald, was however played with great poignancy in an excellent performance by David Peel. The odd one out, he is unable to come to terms with the casual cruelty of the bullying children and the random fate which has robbed him of his father and also deprived him of his mother’s love. The closing scenes are particularly effective, with clever use of lighting and sound to create the terrifying climax to the children’s games. This is an extremely interesting revival of a play best known as a television production and it was good to see the group rising to the challenges involved in transferring it to the stage. The production will tour the region until late September, and details of future dates can be found at



With around 80 members Steeton Male Voice Choir is probably one of the largest choirs of its type in the country and the programme demonstrated both its versatility and ongoing commitment to choral music. It would be a huge loss if this kind of tradition were to die and hopefully the success of movements such as the “Rock Choirs” will inspire more young people to take up this kind of singing and ensure the future of Male Voice Choirs generally. The evening opened with a number guaranteed to make the hairs stand on the back of the neck as the choir performed “Gloria in Excelsis” by Vivaldi and set the jubilant tone for the evening. The programme included a wide range of styles with the first half alone covering songs made famous by Elvis and Roy Orbison as well as spirituals, classical and show tunes and the delightful Howard Goodall arrangement of “The Lord is My Shepherd” made famous as the theme to “The Vicar of Dibley”. While they would admit that they are “not quite Elvis”, the choir’s version of “Always on My Mind” was deeply moving and showed off the rich swell of voices that can only be found in a choir of this sort and standard. Similarly the depth of feeling in “You’ll Never Walk Alone” would rival any rendition at a football match and was certainly far more tuneful! The second half of the concert allowed for the return of two “classics” in their repertoire, both with a more contemplative theme; Sir Arthur Sullivan’s meditation on death “The Long Day Closes” and Sir Hugh Robertson’s “The Old Woman”. While both were moving in their own way I would suggest that to sing them consecutively does not do either justice and has the effect of slowing the concert’s pace. The second half of the programme also allowed a return to more spiritual themes with the glorious “Thanks be to God” – all the more powerful because of its apparent simplicity, Ave Maria and the concluding number, the rousing “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. It also incorporated the lively Hungarian dance “Csardas” and the haunting Irish folk ballad “The Fields of Athenry”, my own particular favourite. The solo numbers were also enjoyable with a lively set of instrumentals in the second half and three very diverse performances in the first: ranging from the well known musical number “Edelweiss” to Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “The Call” via the memorable Jake Thackray number “The Castleford Ladies’ Magic Circle” , which was delivered with excellent comic timing. Truly a night of contrasts which demonstrated the considerable talents of this extraordinary group of gentlemen.

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