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Settle News 1st December


If you know anyone who would like to attend the Christmas Day dinner and tea at St John’s Hall  please get in touch with the organisers as soon as possible as early booking would greatly assist with planning for this event. This event is open to all ages and cost is £10 per head. The venue this year will be St John’s Hall and will run from 11.45am-4.45pm. To reserve a place please contact 01729 822138. Volunteers are also sought to assist with cooking, serving and arranging the meals and transport.

For those that missed the fireworks –

30 Nov fireworks as seen from the foot bridge at Settle station.

Filmed by John Farrer


Over the last three years a tradition has grown up in which the Gallery on the Green phone box is decorated each Christmas by a local group. Two years ago, a tableau depicting the Three Kings was created. Last year, we saw an escapist fantasy tropical island, completed with crocheted parrot and a palm tree. This year, a more conventional Christmas theme returns with the well known Twelve Days of Christmas, but with a twist – all the partridges, calling bird, dancing ladies and leaping lords will be knitted.

This year’s Christmas exhibition in the Gallery on the Green will be a truly communal effort.  Following the request for knitters in the June edition of the Community News, 15 ladies have been busy knitting all the characters from ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ for the interior of the gallery with yarn donated by Cottontail Crafts.  The windows of the phone box will feature panels from the Flag maker’s 12 Days of Christmas collection and there will be the usual children’s treats. The exhibition runs from 16th December – 18th January.  Information about the exhibition and the Gallery can be found at or by visiting Settle Tourist Information Centre.


Settle St Vincent de Paul society are seeking pre-owned and new toys; tins of food and any items capable of being distributed in Christmas Hampers through St Vincent de Paul in the North of Englance. All items will be distributed across the region regardless of the religious beliefs, in any, of the recipients. If you can assist in this effort then please leave donations in the porch or meeting room at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church or contact 01729 822953 /825042.


Damian Clark  is  a man on a mission – namely to re-introduce as many people as possible to the sounds of  the beautiful, ancient Dulcimer and the fascinating, medieval Hurdy Gurdy.  Damian will be performing free at The Lion in Settle on December 5th and welcomes other musicians to come along and Jam. He is one of the handful  of musicians who sing and play on these instruments and has received many plaudits and support for his playing, instantly winning over audiences wherever he has played. The Dulcimer, particularly, has a sound that is instantly enjoyed; ethereal, haunting, fluent and often compared to a harp.


Settle Rotarians will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and his helpers to Settle and at the following times: On Thursday 5th December from 5.00pm in Upper Settle and Langdale Avenue. There will be a post box on his sleigh so please bring along your Please bring your letter for Santa and post it on his sleigh! On Saturday 7th December he will be in Settle Co-op from 10.00am until 4.00pm. He hopes that children of all ages will come and see him!


Celebrated poet, Simon Armitage, will be performing on Dec 7th and will be reading a mixture of his own poetry and prose.  On December 14 there will be songs and music and a hint of Christmas brought alive by Roger Davies and special guests the Durbervilles.  On Friday 20th There will be a chance to explore a Victorian Christmas with Blast form the Past, an entertainment featuring music, song, stories an drama from the era of Dickens and Hardy.   Sunday 22nd sees a special matinee performance by Pendle Productions of their pantomime, Aladdin.For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.


Settle Voices Community Choir will be performing at four different venues in the weeks leading up to Christmas. They will be singing Christmas carols and songs as part of Grassington Dickensian Festival on Saturday, 7th December from 2.30pm to 3pm in the main square and on Sunday, 8th December at 6.30pm the choir sings in Settle Parish Church as part of the Settle Community Concert. Then on Saturday morning of 14th December they will entertain passengers and visitors on Settle Station platform as part of the station’s annual Open Day. On Saturday, 21st December from 11.30pm until 12.30pm the choir will be providing the Christmas musical entertainment at the Artisans’ Fair in the Victoria Hall in Settle.


On Saturday 7th December 2013 at 7.30 pm the Folly is very pleased indeed to see the return of the Leeds Waits for a ’17th Century Christmas ‘it will be an evening of great fun with lots of music and banter, period costumes, period instruments and audience participation. The last visit of the Leeds Waits was a sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are £10 to include refreshments tel 01729 822893 Not forgetting mulled wine and mince pies on Tuesday the 10th Dec between 10 and noon, drop in anytime, free admission, refreshments £3.50, raffle as well. On display at both events will be the drawing by Geoffrey Jenkinson, a copy of which can be ordered and would be a very splendid present for anyone at the great price of £15 unmounted,£20 mounted. Also the 10th Dec will be the very last chance to see the 2013 exhibitions before the hard work for 2014 begins.


A reminder that the next charity dance will be on December 7th and this  will be the Christmas Party Dance. This year this event will take the form of a Jacobs Join Supper with the cost of the evening remaining at £5. This dance will also begin at 8pm and end at 11.30pm and will take place at Settle College. To book please ring 01729 8223259/ 824038 before December 5th.


The annual community carol session, featuring local singers and musicians, will take place on 8 December at Settle Parish Church at 6.30pm. All welcome. There will be a retiring collection with proceeds split amongst participating organisations.


Don’t despair, there’s still time to pick up lots of wonderful Christmas treats at the Settle Artisans Fair at Victoria Hall on 7 December from 9am – 2pm. There will also be refreshments served throughout the day at the vintage cafe.


The perfect combination for a winter evening: good company, hot soup and a selection of Christmas readings and favourite carols. The Soup-a-Carol event takes place on December 9th at St John’s Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.


North Craven Children’s Centre are holding a Christmas themed Stay and Play session at St John’s Hall on Tuesday, 10 December from 1.30-3pm. There will be activities, music, party food and party games. Donations of £1 per family are requested.


You are invited to come along and enjoy a pampered chef night complete with a Ready Steady Cook Christmas themed challenge when the Lynns go head to head in aid of Jack’s Journey.  The event will take place at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club on 11 December at 7.30pm. there will be a bar and tea and coffee will also be served.


The next fund raising event will be the Christmas Coffee Morning to be held at the Old Court House Station Road on Saturday December 14th. All welcome


Settle Station will be holding its Christmas Open Day on Saturday, 14 December, 2013, from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  There will be music, mince pies and sherry (or soft drinks). Come to buy local and railway gifts, Christmas cards, Thomas the Tank Engine etc. No entry charge and all welcome


Drawing choir members from many of the villages in the Settle district, the Langcliffe Singers will this year perform their Christmas Concert in Langcliffe itself The concert will take place at 7.30 on 14 Deccember at Langcliffe Church, when the choir will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, parts 1 and 2 under the baton of Nigel Waugh and accompanied by Paul Fisher on the organ.  Tickets cost £10 from Cave & Crag, Settle; Bentham Post Office; or via 07732 352771.


The next Messy Church session will take place on December 15 at St John’s Hall at 3.30-5pm. This is a free event open to all and provides an opportunity for families to celebrate together and share a hot meal and to take part in craft activities. There will be an opportunity to donate towards the cost of craft materials.



Local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger latest exhibition “Wild and Restless Nature” is now on display in the Foyer Gallery. This exhibition will run through to December 8th.  The community cinema family film afternoons continue on Sunday 8th December with “Turbo”, the story of a super-charged snail! Details of all tickets and times are available via or via 01729 893180.


Well done to the Y4 pupils for their team work during this recent cluster schools’ orienteering event in Gisburn Forest:  Congratulations also to the pupils who took part in the recent  St. Alkelda’s Church Picture Competition – ‘The meaning of Christmas’ The winners of the competition were Caitie Birkett-Bentley, Edie Eccleston and Aaron Hird. Thank you to all who donated items for the St Alkelda’s Church Christmas Fair and congratulations to Edie and Connie Eccleston, Melissa Tither, Hattie and Charlie Black for helping at this community church event. A very  big Thank you to the pupils who volunteered to participate in our singing performance at the Settle Lights Switch On  and special thanks to parents/carers for encouraging and helping the children to learn their words, so they can sing the songs confidently from memory.



There is a powerful, raw passion in this production which is as striking as the stark scaffolding set on which it is performed. The Broadway musical may have first been performed in 1957 but the story is a relevant today as it was then and as it was when Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers first shook London audiences and it is this teenage hormone fuelled energy which gives this production its energy. The young actors are very clearly confident and comfortable in their roles and when the two gang leaders confront one another the air between them crackles with tension. Little wonder that the audience sits enraptured through the play, it is totally compulsive viewing and therefore all the more effective when with the final shot the lighting switch reveals them as being fragile, frightened children.  This is just one of the many moments of clever staging which lifts this production; there are numerous others such as the striking shadows of the lovers during the magnificent solo performance of “Somewhere”, the revelation of the hearts amongst the jumbled graffiti etc. The cast is built around two very strong lead performers: Lucy Ioannou as a passionate Maria with a magnificent singing voice and Miles Warburton as a tender Tony on the edge of manhood. Their scenes together are totally convincing and make you long for a different outcome. They are supported by some extremely strong performances from other gang members: Riff (Alex Walters) and Bernardo (Max Reiter) are both outstanding as the gang leaders, strutting magnificently and exuding machismo while Lucy Poulton’s Anita is both sassy and compassionate.  Congratulations too to Tom Driver and George Hedgley for their cameos as Doc and Schrank,  adding an adult perspective to the troubled teen chaos. Added to this mix is some outstanding ensemble acting and singing, as shown in “America” and the wonderful staging of “Officer Krupke” and in  the impressive trio supporting Maria in “I Feel Pretty”. Congratulations also on the wonderful orchestra and the fantastic choreography, the dance routines were superb – but so too was the movement work in the fight scenes. With this level of attention to detail and the tremendous effort put in by all concerned it is hardly surprising that the show is such a hit!

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