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Settle News 1st April 2012


Settle Twinning Association is currently planning a visit to its twin town, Banyuls-sur-Mer, in October. They would welcome enquiries in anyone interested in learningmore about the association and its activities. Please contact Jean on 01729 823929.


Looking ahead there are a number of community events in April, On Saturday 14 there will be a sale of bulbs and bric-a-brac from 10am onwards in the church with light refreshments on sale all day. On Friday 20th there will be an evening of puddings, plonk and poetry. Admission is £5 (including up to 3 puddings of your choice). On Tuesday April 10th the summer lunches recommence, with coffee being served from 10 am onwards and light lunches available from 11.30 to 2pm. All are welcome.




Settle Voices Community Choir are organising a singing workshop on Thursday, 12th April at the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle from 1pm to 4pm. This will be run by Gilly Fordham and Lesley Lear, experienced workshop leaders who have worked with both Leeds and Otley Peoples Choirs. All are welcome and reading music is not necessary.The cost is £8 ( choir members £6 ). To book a place contact 01729 822771 and for more information visit



Opening on March 31st the mobile phone is the appropriate theme for the new exhibition at the Gallery on the Green. They are everywhere and anywhere, and it is a sweet irony that we should be celebrating its dominance in our culture when it is this technology that led to the decommissioning of the K6 phone box which now houses the Gallery on the Green in Upper Settle. The Gallery on the Green’s first exhibition of the 2012 season features work by the eminent photographer Martin Parr, whose work is immediately recognisable for the impact of its composition and the intensity of its colour.  For over fifteen years Martin has photographed the changing use of the mobile phone as he travelled the world as one of the world’s leading documentary photographers.



You are invited to join in a trip for a “reet grand day out” to see the world famous York medieval mystery plays on Saturday 11 August at 2.30pm. The performance lasts approximately 3 hours and will take place in York Museum Gardens. All seats are under cover and are in the central block, providing un-restricted views.  The coach will leave Settle at 9am, so there will be sufficient time to have a look around York and enjoy lunch prior to the performance.  Tickets cost either £25 in premier seats or £17 in standard seats plus there is a charge of £7 for the coach. For further details contact Edith Diggles on 01729 825285 or Dorothy Bearpark on 01729 822712 or email



Throughout the year the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line organise free guided walks through the countryside along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and the Leeds-Lancaster and Morecambe lines. These walks are led by the volunteers from the Friends. Packed lunches are required for the walks and waterproofs and dry clothing are recommended. Prior booking is not necessarily required, simply turn up on the day at the station where the walk commences.  On April 7 there will be a walk from Dent Station to Garsdale. This is a 14 mile strenuous walk leaving Dent at 10.16.  There will also be a 7 mile moderate walk amongst ruins, relics and classic vehicles leaving Kirkby Stephen at 11.22 on the same day.  For further details contact website at




The next meeting will take place on April 16 at Townhead Court at 7.30pm The Gallery for this meeting will be on the theme of “Spring”. The  guest for this evening will be Ray Bramall from Doncaster. Ray is a very experienced judge and a past President of the YPU, and he will be commenting on member’s pictures. The idea here is that while the discussion on each Gallery is very useful it will be interesting to hear an outsider’s view of

member’s work.



Two new exhibitions will be opening at The Folly on April 3rd. The first of these is:  ‘Off the Page:the Story of Dalesman Magazine’ and  the second is ‘Portraits’ by Sam Dalby For further information check the website at or ring 01729 822893 for more information


Paintings by Neil Casey will be on display at Friends Meeting House on Easter Saturday, April 7th,  between 10am-4pm. These will include Railway scenes and local dales landscapes. All welcome


There will be an all sorts market at Victoria Hall on Easter Saturday, April 7th from 9.30-4pm Refreshments will be available throughout the day.  For details or to book a stall contact 01729 823867.



Victoria Hall will be hosting a book fair on Easter Monday, April 9th between 9.30 am and 4pm. Refreshments will be served during the day. For details contact 01729 823867.





The April programme promises to cater for all musical tastes. On 14 April there will be Classic Clapton  from the world’s no.1 tribute band. On 21 April Scandimoot, traditional Swedish music and dance returns as part of the dales weekend of Scandinavian music festival. Soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra return to the hall for a concert featuring the music of Strauss and Beethoven on April 22. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.


Settle Victoria Hall – Saturday 14th April

CLASSIC CLAPTON the World’s No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making their first ever appearance in Settle in April.

The band will be performing at Settle Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire on Saturday 14 April. Doors open at 7.30pm.  Band on stage at 8pm.  Tickets priced £13 are available from the box office – Tel: 01729 825718. This is the band’s first ever appearance in Settle although they played a successful show in nearby Skipton in 2008.  Fans are advised to book early for their first Settle concert.

They will perform all of EC’s classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally and of course Layla!  There will even be an “UNPLUGGED” segment.


The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne long before the term “tribute band” was invented, and named themselves ”After Midnight” after Eric Clapton’s first solo hit.  In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, they have a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too!

In 1999, Mike won a national look-alike competition held at Madam Tussauds in London.  Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).

TYNE TEES TELEVISION were so impressed, they made a programme about them, called ‘COVER THEIR TRACKS’.  It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition.

In 2001 they embarked on an extensive tour of UK Theatres.  They called the tribute show “CLASSIC CLAPTON”.  Since then, they have continued to perform all over the UK & Europe including concerts at The Royal Festival Hall and Glastonbury Festival.  In the past few years they have performed numerous concerts in Europe including Spain, Estonia and Holland.

In 2009 they appeared in Mumbai.  This was a great concert – it sold out and there were quite a few Bollywood stars in the audience.  A 10,000 mile round-trip for 1 show but it was a great experience.

In the past 27 years CLASSIC CLAPTON have become something of a rock institution.

CLASSIC CLAPTON comprises 4 excellent musicians:-  Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar), Paul Warren (keyboards/ backing vocals), Neil Cochrane (drums) and Dave Robson (bass guitar /backing vocals).  Dave is a former member of chart band Geordie.  In fact he was with them at the time Brian Johnson left to join AC/DC.

CLASSIC CLAPTON have released three albums.  Firstly “THE MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON” contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton Classics.  Their second is a live double CD ”CLASSIC CLAPTON Unplugged”  recorded at Belfast Waterfront Hall.  In 2005 they released their third album “CLASSIC CREAM” – featuring 20 songs made famous by the sixties supergroup.  All three albums will be available at Settle.

Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960’s, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with his virtuoso performances in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.  He has won an incredible 19 Grammies and is the only triple inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist).

Eric Clapton’s recent tours unfortunately have visited only a limited number of large UK venues.  If fans want to hear all of his hits performed in more intimate surroundings, they really should attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON concert.  The whole of Clapton’s illustrious career will be covered including Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos and the solo years.

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There will be two trail walks during April allowing visitors and locals alike to discover more about one of Settle’s most colourful characters. The walks will take place on 5 and 12 April and will last from 6-7.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and all monies will go towards the East African Famine Appeal. Tickets can be booked via 015242 42414. The walks meet outside the Tourist Information Centre


Local and visiting ladies are invited to come along to a vintage tea party at Settle Cricket club to rais money for breast cancer charities on 14 April.  There will be tea, cake and music between 3-5pm and tickets cost £5.  Polka dots and pearls optional!



There will be a free introductory talk on the topic of Effortless Meditation at Gateway to Health on April 18th. This will last approximately 1 hour commencing at 10am.  For those interested in learning more a four week follow-up course will be available. For further information contact 015242 41377 or 07821 251 735.


There will be the second in a series of intimate concerts at Poppies Tearooms on April 19th. This will feature the classical guitar and flute music of  “Volante Duet”. Tickets cost £9, available from Poppies or via 07932 182293.



A casino night will be held at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club on 18 May at 7.30pm. Dress code for the evening is formal – black tie – and tickets cost £20 per person, including supper.  For further details contact 07891 322 096 / 07879 474 786



The annual Settle Saunter, organised by Settle Rotary, will take place this year on 19 May.  The event raises money for charities and local causes and offers 3, 10, 15 and 26 mile walks which can be strode, sauntered or run as you wish. All the routes start from Victoria Hall at 9pm and advance entries cost £10 (£6 for over 65s and under 18s) or £11 on the day.  This includes light refreshments at the checkpoints and a hot meal, with pudding, at the finish and a certificate. All under 16 entrants must be accompanied by an adult.  For further details contact  Settle Rotary via or Bob on 01729 830299.  Information is available on the website and from Settle Tourist Information Centre.




Recently, two teams entered the village schools’ football festival. All the pupils played well and the Y5 team drew one match and won 3 – making them overall winners. Well done to all participants!

Thank you to everyone attended our Open Morning and took the time to look at the wide range of work displayed around the school, as well as sample the bread designed and made by KS2 pupils and watch the short performances of singing, gymnastics and French. Well done to all the pupils who took part in these performances! To mark the national Sport Relief event, every pupil completed jogging, walking or running a mile – an amazing effort!  In addition, many pupils wore clothes of their own choice (some very comical!) for donations to Comic Relief. So far, we have collected £72 and hope to raise even more when all donations have been handed in. One of our parents, Jill Eccleston is also fund raising – this time in aid of play equipment for the school. She is soon to take part in The Fred Whitton Challenge – a gruelling 112 mile cycle race around the Lake District, which includes the climbs up Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott  and Wrynose passes. She hopes to raise money for our school funds, as well as the Esther Benjamin’s Trust – If you are able to support her, either hand in donations to the school office, or donate through her ‘Just Giving Page’ , or both, if possible.




For locals and visitors alike this was truly a wonderful night of homegrown entertainment featuring stories and songs of the Yorkshire Dales.  The two components of the evening complemented one another perfectly with many of the stories linking directly to the songs or effortlessly sparking a series of reminiscences along topics suggested by lines in them. Bill Mitchell is an excellent speaker and you could quite happily listen to him for hours as he tells tales – some taller than others – of days and folks from the time before yesterday in the Dales. Particular favourites included his stories of the difficulties experienced during the war years at The Craven Herald when paper shortages meant that print size was reduced and problems occurred with individual letters not printing correctly so that reports were carried of a bride who wore a magnificent string of “pears” and a poor groom who took an “awful” wedded wife! They surely had one “L” of a time!  Settle Voices too had a historical theme, with many of their songs being newly commissioned for the community choir and reflecting historic events and the landscape of the area. Thus we had a lively introduction in “A picture of Settle” and a jaunty number based around “The Hiring Fair” as well as tributes to dry stone wallers and drovers. These in turn prompted stories from Bill Mitchell about local characters such as Old Nick the Bull Walloper, notorious for his ability to drink pints in line with the striking of the noon-bell and Moonlight Jack who pulled walls down at night to keep himself in business during daylight hours.   The choir also encourages individual members to develop their skills and this was apparent in the number of solo items in the programme, which included a particularly haunting lament “The Sun and the Moon” which told of the resilience of a pit-man’s widow.  There were also choir numbers reflecting their range of songs from beyond Yorkshire, with a delightful  Polynesian song of welcome as well as a South African song which mimicked the sound of the train carrying miners away from home.   However the real theme of the night was the locality and so it was fitting that the evening ended with “The Song of the Yorkshire Dales”. The only real weakness in the choir is that at present they are suffering somewhat from a lack of male voices, a matter they are seeking to remedy by advertising for new recruits (of both sexes) to come along and join them at their weekly sessions. For more details see their website at If their performance is anything to go by then it is clear that being a “Settle Voice” is hugely enjoyable activity, which not only gives a great deal of pleasure to listeners and singers alike but also helps to celebrate the local heritage.

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