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Settle News 1st March


A circular Settle walk to Welp Stones is planned for 7 March. Departing from Settle Station at 9.50 am this is a moderately strenuous 13 mile walk.Booking in advance is not required but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped. For further details contact


Pupils in Kwezana  currently have two new teachers  at the school. The first is Miss Ngunta who is substituting for Miss Mbatani , the headteacher who is currently on sick leave, and the second is  Mr Lidziya who has taken the place of Mrs Langa who recently retired. In class they have been considering the issue of rights and responsibilities and how in order to have rights you need to accept the responsibilities which accompany them. This has caused much interest in Settle where perhaps some of the rights are so commonplace they are not often considered. An example of this is that pupils now have a right to education but they also have the responsibility to make the best they can of this and to learn while at school. Similarly they feel that children have a right to be loved but they also have a responsibility therefore to love and respect others.


This year’s Lent course of study run by Churches Together in Settle and District will take place on Wednesday evenings at Settle Parish Church and will follow Praise Him The York Lent Course. Meetings will take place every Wednesday and will run from 7.30- 9pm with refreshments available from 7.15pm. Participants are requested to bring a bible.


On Saturday,7 March, the hall will be hosting a day-long fiddle workshop by Norwegian fiddler Sturla Eide . This will be followed by an evening concert at 7.30. On March 8 two generations of captivating singer songwriters, Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson, touring together for the first time across the UK, take to the stage.  Amy is widely regarded as one of the country’s most successful female singer/songwriters and Luke is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent , and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. March 20th sees a musical treat when ” A Brief History of Music” is staged featuring 2 musicians, covering 600 years and lasting only 90 minutes! On 21 March the annual RamJam concert will take place when young musicians from the area  are joined by the more mature DalesJam for an evening of Jazz surprises conducted and arranged by the ever enthusiastic and hugely talented Richard Omerod.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


Looking ahead the women’s world day of prayer service this year will be held on 6 March at 7.30pm at St John’s. The theme will be praying for the Bahamas. All welcome.


The next dance will be on Saturday March 7th with the proceeds going to Settle Swimming Pool. The dance will be held at St Mary and St Michael hall at 8pm. For details or to book a place contact 01729 823259 /824038 by Friday 6 March.


There will be a jumble sale in aid of the pool at St John’s Hall on Saturday, 7 March at 2pm. All donations of jumble welcome. As a result of the recent award from Lloyds Community Fund a new session is opening at the pool on Fridays from 10.15-11.45. “Splashing tots” will cater for parents with children under 4 years old and will run every Friday, including during school holidays. The entry price is the normal adult price with all under 4s free and entry includes a hot drink for adults and juice and snacks for children.


The first of this year’s fairs will take place at Victoria Hall on 7 March. The fairs will then take place on the first Saturday in the month.  Open from 10am to 3pm the fairs feature handmade items by local artisans.


On International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March 5-7pm at the Settle Quaker Meeting House there will be the opportunity to hear  poetry from Rafeef Ziadah and local supporters. Enjoy Palestinian snacks and donate to Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund. All welcome


A big, big thank you from Giggleswick with Settle Mothers’ Union members to the many friends & supporters who came along to Holy Ascension on Shrove Tuesday, to eat pancakes and sample the huge choice of tasty fillings on offer.  We had visitors from far and wide – one family had enjoyed their pancakes so much last year that they ‘checked us out’ again on the website and travelled over from Warrington for more good, Yorkshire hospitality and homemade food.  We were pleased to welcome Elsie Clark, past President of Mothers’ Union in the Bradford Diocese, who came along from Cononley with her husband, David.  The arrival of 6 Mothers’ Union members from the Upper Ribblesdale Parishes caused quite a flurry of activity in the kitchen.  Fortunately we had sufficient supplies of eggs, flour and milk to make more batter.  We are very grateful that folk were happy to chat whilst they waited patiently for their pancakes and  we are thrilled that you all helped us raise the magnificent amount of £434.22 for ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ ethical gifts. On Wednesday 11th March at 2.00pm -the Giggleswick with Settle Mothers’ Union will meet at the Parish Rooms, Giggleswick when Rev Stephen Dawson with lead a time of Lenten reflection. All welcome.


On Sunday 8th March at 9.30am you are invited to join in Family Worship led by Jean Nicholas. On Sunday 15th March at 9.30am there will be a service for  Mothering Sunday. This will be a Family Communion with children from Settle Primary School.   Traditional Simnel cake and coffee.  Posies for Mums, Grans and other special folk. On Friday 20th March from 7.00pm till 10.30pm there will be a barn dance at St Mary & St Michael Church Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate, Settle.  Tickets £7 adult, £1 child includes supper.   More details 01729 822311.  All profits to a charity supporting street children in Tanzania. On Saturday 28th March from 10.00am till 3.00pm there will be a grand table top sale at Settle Parish Church.  Contact 01729 822848 to book a table for £6.00. Homemade refreshments available all day


Looking ahead on  Tuesday 10 March at 7.30pm Langcliffe Village Institute  there will be a talk on mapping local disputes in Tudor and Stuart times entitled “To make a true and perfecte plotte”. The  speaker will be Dr Bill Shannon. Visitors are welcome, cost £2.


Friends of Settle Victoria Hall invite you to a race night at the hall on March 13, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5, accompanied children £3, including a pie and pea supper. Vegetarian option is available and should be stated when booking.  Tickets via Victoria Hall on 01729 825718 or 01729 8222364.  There will be a bar on the evening and the opportunity to participate in races – come along with friends and enjoy the fun!


The next messy church will take place at St John’s Church Hall on 15 March from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. There will be a chance for families to enjoy craft activities, worship and a shared meal



The next meeting will take place on Monday 16 March at 7.30pm at Townhead Court when the theme for the evening will be “ Maybe it is time to turn back…. images from active volcanoes ” presented by Harry Pinkerton. There will be two members galleries that evening. The first will be an image straight from the camera.  and the second will be the colour red.


The next big breakfast will take place on Saturday 21st March at 8.30am at St Mary & St Michael Church Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate, Settle. The speaker will be Steve Amphlett. Steve is a member of the ‘Vibrant Settle’ Community Partnership – the organisation behind the Settle FlowerpotFestival. He is also a Founding Director of Settle Hydro. Cost £3. Contact 01729 825285 to book your breakfast by Thurs 19th March.


The Junior Section of Settle Amateur Operatic Society will be staging their production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Victoria Hall on 26 and 27 March at 7pm. Tickets are available from the hall on 01729 825718 and cost £10 for balcony seats, £8 for stalls or a family stalls ticket is available at cost of £22.



On 8 March Community Cinemas will be showing the Disney animation, Big Hero 6, at 3.30pm.  Helen Howard School of Dance take to the stage on March 14 and 15 and on 21 March there will be a concert by Settle Orchestra at 7.30pm.For ticket details contact 01729 893180.


For the first half of the Spring Term 2015, 26 pupils achieved 100% attendance. Congratulations to all pupils in Reception and Y1, who were the most punctual year groups in the first half of the Spring Term – well done! Congratulations to all pupils who participated very energetically in the recent Sport-S-Cool street Dance course: Well done to Hattie Black, who was awarded the trophy for trying hard throughout the course and showing determination even with the tricky breakdance moves. All pupils will be taking part in a variety of book-related and reading activities during the morning of Thursday, 5th March to mark World Book Day.. This year, our focus will be poetry, The school is also planning to fund raise for Comic Relief and is selling red noses. . Last term’s School Council proposed organising a ‘talent show’, so this is going to be the focus of our Comic Relief fund-raising this year and auditions have been taking place this week in preparation for the event on Friday 13th.



Based on personal experiences and a series of interviews and responses to on-line questionnaires, “Broke” is a deeply thought-provoking and intelligently written piece of theatre examining society’s relationship with the subject of money. It not only looks at individuals’ relationships but also sets the subject in a wider context by examining the topic of the national debt and how our monetary system works.  It covers areas such as debt, spending, earning power, charitable giving and questions our attitudes and preconceptions about these -sadly, despite its innovative presentation and lively reasoning it comes up with no answers. This however is an answer in itself as it suggests that society simply does not want to address the flaw at the heart of the system. There are a few moments when the play creaks slightly and you tend to wonder if the cast actually understand some of the lines they are saying and whether the imagery is being over-stretched,  for example when explaining economic theory with the aid of sweet wrappers but for the most part it is a sympathetic and perceptive view of the topc combined with excellently choreographed movement sequences and  striking musical and graphic accompaniments. There are also some inspired comic moments of theatre, such as the use of sock puppets to explain the economy of the “Thatcher Years” and the game show style loan interview which contrast well with the poignancy of the mother struggling to cope with the moment her card is rejected in the supermarket and she makes her way to both pawn shop and foodbank to feed her family. The fact that many of the lines are taken verbatim from interviews adds a real immediacy to to the show. One of the most telling points however is that degrees of debt are relative, the embarrassed child in her thirties who turns to the  middle-class safety net of calling on the bank of mum and dad for a bail out was certainly a stark contrast to the anxiety of the single parent who lived with constant anxiety of the phone ringing and post arriving bringing demands for repayment while not being able to feed her child.  This was a striking play on many levels and one which will resonate with audiences no matter where it is performed and no matter what their own experiences of money and debt issues.

THE GIGG LECTURES: Richard Whiteley Theatre 26/2/15

Dr Paul Whittaker OBE: Music to the Ear

Born with hearing loss and profoundly deaf since the age of 8, Paul Whittaker is both an organist and a pianist and has not only completed a music degree Wadham College, Oxford but also a post-graduate performance course at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. In 1988 Paul founded the charity, Music and the Deaf, to help deaf people access music and performing arts.  He is also an extremely lively, humorous and self-deprecating entertainer and educator, as the audience soon discovered when he had them learning how to sign songs. Although deaf it is no exaggeration to say that Dr Whittaker is an extremely engaging and powerful communicator and his talk covered not only the preconceptions which the hearing population have about what it is like to be deaf, but also some of the preconceptions which the deaf population have about what it is like to be able to hear.  Challenging the audience at every turn, he asked them how they would explain a concept such as music to the deaf before showing examples of his work with international orchestras and deaf children and how they help them to appreciate music through feeling and participating in music making. As part of his quest to make music accessible to the deaf he has regularly been involved in signing musicals and he gamely explained how, like regional accents, there can be many local variations but how, although there is no internationally recognised signs as such, the fact that signing is not about interpreting each individual word so much as the meaning of the word frequently the deaf children with whom he works in multi-national projects  can understand each other even though they don’t speak the same language. He also provided insights into how when signing a musical he has to learn not only the whole of the lyrics to the show but also to understand the rhythm and the music of the piece and so is effectively singing and acting simultaneously throughout the whole performance and playing all the characters on the stage – a not inconsiderable feat in a large west end musical such as “Les Miserables”!  Watching him sign a song is a fascinating experience as you start to realise the amount of skill involved in mouthing the lyrics, performing the gestures and also conveying a sense of the drama and tempo of the music. However his sparkling personality was most at the fore when dealing with practical issues such as explaining how you wake up when you can’t hear an alarm clock and how as a pianist you learn to recognise how different each of the notes actually feel and so when you compose or arrange music you can genuinely feel how it sounds. Listening and watching Dr Whittaker is a totally absorbing experience which makes you more aware of how much we not only take for granted so much of the time but also how much the human mind is capable of when it wishes to share passions and emotions with others. Educating and entertaining, he opens a door to other realms for both the deaf and the hearing audiences allowing them each to understand more of each other’s perceptions of the world

A CARTOON HISTORY OF HERE: Ian McMillan and Tony Husband

RWT: 27/2/15:

Organised by the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company the evening brought together the talents of  poet, comedian and broadcaster Ian McMillan and legendary Private Eye cartoonist Tony Husband in a manic production of madcap antics and amazing observations. Where else could you have a Scops owl, an everlasting sandwich and  a twenty five toed princess – or was that a princess with twenty five toads? – all in one slightly surreal song? For the first part of the evening Ian McMillan is centre stage, regaling the audience with stories of his visits to poetry readings in a range of venues and how this provides him with the opportunity to indulge in his hobby of collecting unintentionally funny notices. His wry comments swiftly make you realise how he clearly sees the world in a way which is perhaps different from the rest of us poor mortals – and then you come to understand why this is a definite advantage and important survival skill when he describes a normal session reading poetry to infants. From the outset the audience is left in no doubt that it is expected to become involved and before long everyone was cheerfully joining in impersonating the mating call of the Barnsley men-folk or out of control coffee machines as if this was the most natural way to pass a Friday night in Giggleswick. Then, when everyone was still reeling from the concept of poetry being sold by the line and how fish is a wonderful substitute for most words in nursery rhymes Tony Husband joins in, emerging from the shadows of Ian McMillan’s brilliance to demonstrate his quickfire cartoon skills by drawing ideas suggested by the audience to reflect the local area. A few swift lines conjured up Ribblehead viaduct and with Ian eliciting ongoing ideas and rhymes -the sillier the better – an improvised communal poem was created from local gossip with cartoon illustrations pulling it together. One of the most remarkable parts of the evening was not simply being able to observe how quickly Tony Husband actually drew the cartoons but also how quickly he thought and was able to pick up on ideas and run with them. Although the show itself was clearly very tightly structured in its format what brought it to life was the spontaneity and improvisational skills of both performers and the way in which they clearly bounced ideas off one another. This rare talent had the audience in gales of laughter at things which seem impossible to explain to anyone who wasn’t actually there at the time, suffice to say I doubt if any of us will ever quite view a fire exit sign in the same way again and I’m pretty sure we’ll all be checking the dates on our sandwiches in the hope of finding another eternal butty.  For a wonderfully off the wall evening of improvised fun, this duo are hard to beat.



Karl Jenkin’s work “The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace) was composed specifically to mark the transition from one millennium to another and to reflect on the passing of a particularly war-torn and destructive period of history and look forward in hope towards a more peaceful future. It is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict and is on many levels a challenging and thought provoking piece. It is therefore all the more commendable that this performance was assembled with only one full rehearsal and was a “come and sing” event featuring singers from a wide range of backgrounds who had joined the Langcliffe Singers simply for the event and for the afternoon rehearsal.  They were accompanied by organist Alastair Mackenzie and by the musicians from Skipton Music Centre Senior Percussion Group and Senior Brass Group. These young and very talented performers showed considerable skill and enthusiasm in their vital role and were truly a credit to the work of the music centre demonstrating how fortunate the area is to have a means of fostering young talent in this way. The percussion plays a central role in the work and the group rose to this challenge wonderfully, as did both the cello soloist and the young trumpeter. Congratulations to them all. In creating the work Karl Jenkins drew on a range of texts and there are times when it must be said that it is not an easy piece to listen to; it is disturbing in places with distressing imagery and painfully loud with percussion drowning out the lyrics which at points descend into wordless screams and moans. Yet it also contains movements of great poignancy (Now the Guns Have Stopped) and simple beauty (Benedictus) which make compelling listening. It is dramatic in form covering a range of musical styles and taking the listener on a whirlwind journey through the build up to war, an apocalyptic encounter which leads to devastation and on to a final upbeat ending “Better is Peace” and the haunting promise that “God Shall Wipe Away All Tears”. It could be argued that it is at times overly self-consciously attempting to manipulate the listeners’ emotions and yet it has an inner drive which compels in forward for both performer and listener, so that there is little time to reflect on how the effect is created. That said, it has to be acknowledged that this was an absolutely riveting performance which kept you focussed throughout. The soloists rose well to the challenges and the choir as a whole performed admirably, showing tremendous concentration. Clearly under the skilful baton of Nigel Waugh they continue to be inspired and go from strength to strength.


The Ingleton Folk Festival Fundraiser was completed at midnight on 28 February and was a great success with 119 in attendance at The Ex-Servicemen’s Club “Hiring Fair” and a full house in the afternoon at The Wheatsheaf Hotel for the first “Fair”.

The Contribution boxes raised £160.08p and the 7 Raffles and 2 Auctions raised a further £434.80p giving a Grand Total raised of £594.88 toward the overall Festival expenses.Grateful thanks to all who contributed their time, talents and money, as well as to all our Sponsors who provided the Raffle prizes and Auction items.

The list of successful entries at the 2 Hiring Fairs will be published in the next few days and the Programme of events & concerts will be available to view online by the first week of April.Dates for this years’ Folk Festival Weekend are: October 2nd through 4th so we hope many of you will be in attendance for that?

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