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Settle Local News March 1st


On March 8th  Victoria Hall will transport you to the delights of the Moulin Rouge and into an energetic world of cabaret, lavish costumes and high-kicking showgirls as Spectacular Spectacular takes to the stage with a tribute to the iconic film “Moulin Rouge”.  On Friday 21st March there will be Ska/Reggae music from North Eastern group Pikey Beatz and Ramjam and Dalesjam returns on 22nd with over 40 musicians taking to the stage. The month concludes with a comedy special featuring the comic improvisation show “They Came With Outer Script” on 29 March and family matinee on March 30th of Le Tour Des Animaux, based on Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals”. Tickets via -1729 825718


This year’s Settle Stories festival with be the 5th in the town and volunteers are required to help with all kinds of tasks both during the festival weekend of 10-12 October, and in the busy months ahead preparing for the event. If you could spare time to assist with the numerous tasks which need to be done please contact Settle Stories on 01729 82229201729 822292 .


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.


There will be a talk on the subject of “Old Settle” by John Reid, along with an exhibition of photographs,  in Settle Parish Church on 14 March at 7.30pm.  Admission is £5, including wine and nibbles,  and all proceeds will go to the Aspire and Renew appeal.


The next meeting will take place on Monday 17 March at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The evening’s talk will be  “The Development of Photo artworks” with Gordon Fletcher of the University of Central Lancashire. Members are reminded that the meeting on 7th April is the AGM and they are therefore asked to give thought to the fact that there will be a number of vacancies for  new Committee members and to consider whether they feel they could assist the group in this way. Gill Pinkerton is standing down as chairperson and so a new chair is to be elected at this meeting.


Friends of Settle to Carlisle have arranged a guided walk for 22 March from Dent Station to Dent Village via the Dales Way. The 7 mile walk is suitable for families but not suitable for buggies and push-chairs.  Those taking part should meet at Dent Station at 12.15pm and bring a packed lunch and a drink.  There will a minibus leaving Dent Village in time to catch the 17.32 train. To reserve a seat on the minibus please contact 07754 99348307754 993483 .


The next concert will take place on Saturday, 22nd March 2014 at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School at 7.30pm. The programme will be repeated on Saturday, 29th March 2014 at Christ Church, Skipton, 7.30pm. The programme for the concerts will feature Weber’s : Overture ‘Der Freischütz‘; Schumann’s Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish‘; Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2 and Tomlinson’s English Folk Song Suite No.1. Tickets are available from Orchestra members and from: Cave and Crag in Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music or by contacting 01729 82580601729 825806


As many of the parents of the pupils in Settle Primary School will know the school is working in partnership with Kwezana Primary School in South Africa. One of the ways in which the pupils in the two schools keep in touch with each other is by sharing news on a computer link. This week pupils in South Africa have been talking about the forthcoming elections in South Africa and their sense of loss following the death of Nelson Mandela. Pupils in Settle have been talking about the range of after school activities they experience and in both schools pupils have been swapping information about the school holidays and the current weather – Kwezana are currently in their hot season which is making younger pupils drowsy, while Settle pupils were lamenting the lack of snow this winter!



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.  On March 20th and 21st Giggleswick Junior School will be performing the musical play “Porridge” in the theatre at 7pm. Join private detective Jack Spratt to unravel the mysteries of the crime-wave that has hit Happy Valley in this family show.  On March 22nd Settle Orchestra will be performing a programme which includes works by Weber, Greig, Schumann and Tomlinson. Community Cinema will mark the 70th anniversary of one of the most audacious events of World War Two with a showing of The Great Escape on Sunday, 30 March.  Tickets can be obtained from the box office on 01729 89318001729 893180 .


Yorkshire Dales National Park is holding the launch of the “Training and Trenches” project on 10 April at 7pm-8.30pm at the Richard Whiteley Theatre.  The project is a community investigation into the archaeological legacy of the World War One in Settle region.  All welcome.

SETTLE PARISH CHURCH There will be an organ recital at Settle Parish Church on 15 March at 4pm. This is the latest in the series of recitals to celebrate the centenary of the church’s Binns organ and will feature music from predominantly the 1990’s . The organist will be Jason M Lowe. Jason graduated from the RNCM in December 2009, and from September 2009 to August 2011 was Sydney Nicholson Organ Scholar of Manchester Cathedral before taking up his post at Giggleswick School in September 2011. There will be a retiring collection at this recital.



Superficially this seemed like a very unlikely pairing to have on the same bill and I was dubious as to how the satirical bite of Jake Thackray’s numbers would sit alongside the lyricism of Reg Meuross. Yet in the end this programme of contrasts proved that the things which united the artists were much stronger than the aspects which appeared to divide them and provided an entertaining evening with artists who complemented one another perfectly.

John Watterson is essentially a tribute act, performing the witty and pithy humour of Jake Thackray with great precision.  Sadly all too often in modern entertainment a tribute band is a poor imitation which bears as little resemblance to the original as a plastic seaside bangle does to the crown jewels –  however John Watterson is the diamond studded, solid gold exception to this rule! Moreover, his tribute is genuine – being full of warmth and respect and it is clear throughout that he truly enjoyed and appreciated Thackray’s musicianship and the humour of his lyrics. A clever storyteller, much of the humour lies in the close observation of human foibles and while the lyrics of some of his songs seemed quite out of step in our  politically correct world – it certainly didn’t stop them from remaining both true and extremely funny!  Like his idol, John Watterson is also an excellent musician and this was very much to the fore in many of the numbers – a fact that could often be overlooked because you were so intent on catching every nuance and word in the carefully constructed accompanying lyrics. In this lay one of the first similarities with Reg Meuross.

Too often in a performance by Reg Meuross it is easy to overlook the skilled musician because your focus is held by the lyricism and cleverly woven stories in his songs.  From the opening chords of his first song the audience were held spell-bound as the tale of love and adultery unfurled in “Fool’s Gold” and the magic then lasted throughout the performance.  This ability to captivate the listener by his story telling is clearly one of his greatest strengths, but like Thackray, Reg Meuross also has a real talent for playing with words – as seen in the multi-layered meanings of the phrase “Fool’s Gold”.  He also has a good eye for a story: Jake Thackray wrote a song a week while appearing on current affairs shows basing his stories on events in the news. Reg Meuross draws his inspiration from many sources but researches the story behind the events before re-telling them in haunting songs such as “Lizzie loved a Highwayman”, which strips away the romanticism from the tale of Dick Turpin or “And the band played Sweet Marie”, which tells the story behind the violin which was salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic.  However, best known and by far one of the most moving songs of the evening was “And Jesus Wept”.  Faced with the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War, this tells the story of Private Harry Farr one of the 306 men shot at dawn for cowardice. Harry had served two years at the front prior to this and, like many others, was suffering from shell shock.   Not all his inspiration comes from the past and songs such as “Rain”, inspired by the recent flooding in the Somerset levels and “England Green and England Grey”, a reflection on modern society showed that like Thackray he too is quite capable of taking satirical swipe at the world.


Congratulations to all pupils who took part in last half term’s sports club – Street Dance. Well done to Libby Worthington as runner-up and Lewis Hutt Holgate for winning the trophy for his enthusiastic participation. The next Sport-S-Cool after school club will be Multi-Sports and this will start on Friday, 7th March so please remember to return your consent slip if you wish your child to take part.  During  the first half of this Spring Term, 36 pupils achieved 100% school  attendance – well done! This is an improvement on the 100% attendance rate for last half term, which is great. There was also an improvement in overall punctuality.

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