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Settle News 20th March



A musical play designed as a sequel to Wind in the Willows, the story follows the adventures of Toad and friends after the weasels have been thrown out of Toad Hall and centres around the theft of Toad’s computer and the elaborate plan by the weasels to cheat the Tax man.  In the week of the budget there was inevitably a certain sympathy for the weasels, an entertaining bunch of low-lifes who seemed to have escaped from the cast of Bugsy Malone!.  Paired against them were the Field Mice, a somewhat earnest gathering full of good intentions and lofty ideals.  The play was clearly designed for a cast of Primary School age, with simple songs, an abundance of small speaking roles and plenty of group work and as such suited the strengths of this very young cast. Despite their age there was no doubting the confidence of the youngsters nor their obvious enjoyment. Lines were spoken clearly and if a little hesitant at times this is something which will clearly be overcome as the run progresses.  There were some excellent examples of team work with speaking characters always paying attention to the position of others on the stage and ensuring that all the space was well utilised at all times.  There had clearly been a lot of thought given to details of characterisation so that the children were all aware of the need to keep in character at all times and to demonstrate this through their movements, particularly noticeable in the difference between the skittering fieldmice and the swaggering macho weasels. The slightly senior members of the group were also very commendable in the larger roles of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger. Again there were good efforts at characterisation and confident delivery of lines. This was particularly the case with, Hannah Glossop, as Mr Toad, who had real stage presence and whose graceful movements were a delight to watch. This was clearly very much a team effort with everyone participating fully and enjoying themselves – including the musicians who dressed specially for their role!  This inclusiveness was also apparent in the idea of utilising older voices to assist with the singing and in the clever stage design features. Congratulations to all involved in yet another successful production by SAOS Juniors, who are proving to be a really valuable addition to theatre in the area.


A severe landslip near Armathwaite has caused the S&C line to be closed completely. No trains are running between Carlisle and Appleby and an emergency timetable is in place for trains between Leeds and Appleby. Full details of the latest news can be found Settle Carlisle web site at There are however two walks planned for the Easter Weekend. The first of these, on 26 March, is part of the “get walking” programme and is a family walk.This is a circular walk of 8miles and is a moderate walk leaving Kirkby Stephen station at 11.22 and returning by Vintage Bus to Kirkby Stephen station or incorporating an opportunity explore the Classic Vehicle Rally at Kirkby Stephen & Brough sites with use of regular bus links. The second walk is also on Easter Saturday, 26 March, and is a 10mile moderate walk from Clapham to Settle via Austwick, Feizor and Giggleswick Scar. This will leave Clapham at 9.33, No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


Pupils in Settle have been sharing their knowledge about Fairtrade Fortnight with students in Kwezana and explaining some of the activities which they were involved in. During fairtrade fortnight at the start of March Class 4 spent time finding out all about Fairtrade and discovering how tea is grown and transported. They also held a coffee and cake morning to raise some money for Fairtrade and decided that this was the best part as they got to make their own cakes. They also shared their work with children in Reception telling them about Fairtrade and  to introducing them to cartoon character Pablo the Super Banana who wanted everyone to be paid fairly for the work that they do. Afterwards the reception children We then went on a visit to Booths supermarket to see how many fair-trade products they could spot. They bought some bananas and chocolate and brought it back to our school where they made a mini-supermarket in the classroom using fair trade food.  We then made our own little Booths in our classroom with our fair-trade food.


Victoria Hall can always guarantee a diverse range of entertainment and this coming month is no different. First however on On Saturday 26th the Queen-esque date cancelled in December due to severe flooding has been rescheduled. Then from 1-3 April there will be a range of events relating to Settle Stories Festival and then on the evening of April 3rd there will be the usual First Sunday Folk night Introduced by Mike Harding (with the William Small Small Orchestra) and featuring Steamchicken is a hot, swinging eight piece folk dance band with a four piece horn section and huge dollops of blues, soul and roots. Live shows feature the powerful vocals of Amy Kakoura and pin sharp horn arrangements by Matt Crum. On April 9th The Andy Lawrenson Trio pay tribute to the life and music of  a great musician when they perform The Stephane Grappelli Story. Using the framework of his life story, from early days of grinding poverty, playing in the streets and courtyards of Paris, through his famed partnership with the great gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, to international acclaim in his own right in his later years with frequent concerts and TV appearances throughout the 1970s and 80s, the evening features many of the pieces which made him famous. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


New members are required for Settle bowling club and you are cordially invited to come along and join us. The ‘bowling green’ opens on Friday, 25th March 2016 and old and new members are always welcome regardless of age or experience. For more information, please contact the Secretary: John Chambers (01729-825783) or just turn up at the green from 2 p.m. onwards, Monday to Sunday – there is always someone to play.


The group will next meet at Townhead Court at 2pm on 23 March when the speaker will be Jeff Hutchings. The subject will be “Hardy and Wild Orchids”. Non members welcome, £3 admission.


Settle’s traditional passion play will take place on Good Friday, 25 March and all are welcome. The drama unfolds in four scenes in various locations around the town and commences at 10.30am at St John’s Hall. On Easter Sunday, 27 March, there will be a sunrise service in the millennium gardens at 6.30am. This will be followed by a simple breakfast at Friends Meeting House.


Friends of Settle Victoria Hall will hold an” Allsorts Market” on Saturday 26th March in Victoria Hall from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be served all day. To book a stall please contact the hall on 01729 825718.



Traditionally the time for seriously contemplating working on the garden, Timberworks invites you to join them for tea and cakes in the garden shed on Easter Saturday, 26 March, between 8.30 and noon.  This will be served in the new outdoor display area and there will be a range of offers on items including sheds and garden fences to tempt you into starting work outdoors.


The Ribblesdale Moving Picture Show continues its season of foreign films at Victoria Hall on March 30th with a screening of “Cycling with Molière.” This will be shown in French with English subtitles and tells the story of Two middle aged actors cautiously rekindle their past friendship. Tickets £5 on the door, show starts 7.45pm


The next blood donor session will take place in St John’s Hall on 30 March. As usual the day will be divided into two sessions, the first running from 2-3.45 and the second from 4.45-7.30. For further details and appointments contact 0300 123 2323


The coffee pot session on Tuesday 5 April at St John’s Methodist Church will be in aid of Railway Children. The charity is an international movement which believes that no child should ever have to live on the street. It provides protection and opportunities for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. It currently works in India, Africa and the UK. The coffee pot will be open from 10-12 and all are welcome.


Entitled  “A Song in Season” there will be an organ recital at Holy Ascension Church, Settle on Saturday 9th April 7.30pm. This will be a concert of colourful music for organ, voice and flute by local composer Paul Fisher. The evening’s programme will feature:Tim Raymond (organ), Graham Toft (organ), Stephen Hogg (counter-tenor), Claud (the cd player) and Paul Fisher (organ). Entry is free with exit donations towards the organ fund.


The group’s next meeting will be on April13th with Judy Rogers of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The group is bringing  a group of refugees from Bradford to help with the lambing in Malhamdale. We will organise a meal for them at the Meeting House and have a talk from Judy afterwards. More details nearer the time. Members may also be particularly interested in a number of events during Settle Stories Weekend at the start of April. On 2nd April at 2pm at the Meeting House a there will be a talk by the founder of 38 degrees campaign group, David Babbs. Tickets £10 available via Settle Stories. Also on 2nd April at Friends Meeting House at 10am is “Story Telling For Change”. At this event two story tellers will explain how in Lebanon, Kenya and the UK they are using stories to discuss, interrogate and explore our values. This lively discussion will also give you the chance to speak up on the stories you think need to be told, to change the world. Tickets £8. Not listed in the advertising brochure for Settle Stories is a free additional talk on the Fair Tax Campaign on Friday 1st at 5.30 at the Meeting House.


The next charity dance will take place on 2 April at St Mary and Michael Catholic Church Hall from 8-11pm. If you are able to please contact 01729 823259 /824038 to confirm your attendance. New dancers always welcome.


This year Settle Stories Festival 2016 will take place in April instead of October. During the weekend of April 1-3 there will be a wide range of comedy, stories, music and other events taking place at a range of venues across the town. This is the biggest Settle Stories Festival yet, with over 50 events packed into the three days.  Remember too, stories are not just for children, there are events for all ages. Come along and celebrate the many ways in which story can touch and transform our lives. Lend us your ears and let us open your minds for a weekend to remember. Details of events and discounts available on saver passes can be found on line at


The Women’s Holiday Centre at Horton in Ribblesdale invites local women to join them for cake and hot drinks at 4pm on Monday 4 April at The Old Vicarage. All welcome.


Those who attended the recent open day will already had a glimpse of Jen O’Shea demonstrating yoga positions and explaining the positive health benefits which Iyengar Yoga provides. Jen will be starting a series of new classes at St John’s Church Hall in the week commencing 4 April.  There will be a mixed class on a Monday from 10-11.30am, a class designed to go at a gentler pace on Thursdays at 6-7pm and a mixed class on Thursdays at 7.15-8.30pm.  For further details contact Jen on 07976 013222.


Karate classes will commence on 12 April at Settle Primary School and will run from 6.15-7.30pm. Cost per session is £3. For details contact 07925973694.


Friends of Victoria Hall invite you to a fashion show on April 21st at Victoria Hall. The evening will feature a range of fashions by Ahernes of Hellifield.


Advance notice that Settle WI is holding 2 craft workshops on Wednesday 27th April in the Catholic Church Hall, Craven Terrace, Settle, BD24 9RA.Annie Austen-Meek will be demonstrating how to make a ‘Softpot’ garden container.  Softpots are amazing, unique garden containers that are not only beautiful to look at but better for your plants than traditional pots.  To learn more about Softpots visit Sue Amphlett of Cottontail Crafts is giving an introduction to Needlefelting – sculpting wool into figures and forms using a barbed felting needle.Each course costs £20 and includes all materials and tuition.  There will be 2 sessions for each craft:  10am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm so it is possible to do just one or both courses in the day.Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are WI members or not.  Tea & coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.To book please contact Sue Sellars on 01729 825145 or email


At the recent Annual General Meeting reports were given on shows which had taken place during the past twelve months, financial matters and Social Committee fund raising events.  A minute’s silence was observed for members who had sadly passed away since the meeting last year. The Junior Group’s production of “Wizard of Oz” was a great success and even made a small profit and congratulations went to all involved. “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in October was a new departure from previous years’ shows but thought enjoyed by most was short of audience support and this was reflected in the amount lost on the production as a whole.  The Social Committee had a good year and £3000 was given to the management to offset the costs incurred during the year and in handing over the cheque, chairman Alan McLernon thanked not only society members but also members of the public for their support at fund raising events.  After her report the Secretary, Helen Reid, as intimated last year, retired from the post after 25 years in office as did the Chairman, John Reid, who had been in post for 29 years. They were both thanked for their hard work and dedication by President Freda Hargreaves and at the end of the meeting were given a basket of flowers and a bottle of Baileys. The new Chairman is Trudy Wilson and Secretary is Barbara McLernon. After the election of members to the committees and suggestions from the floor for shows to be considered for 2017 coffee and biscuits were served. The production for our enthusiastic Junior Theatre Group “When Toad Came Home” is being staged this week at Victoria Hall on 18-20 March. The next production, in October 2016, will be Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Likes of Us”, which tells the story of the philanthropist Dr Barnardo, who founded homes for destitute children


Two theatre trips are being planned for the summer, and although these are not for a number of months the closing date for bookings is in May to allow time for arranging coach and tickets. The first trip is to the Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival on 6 August at Harrogate. This will be a Saturday matinee performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Royal Hall. Total price is £44 per person, including stalls seat,  coach and gratuities. The second trip is to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford to see “Wicked”. Hailed as the best new musical of the decade Wicked deals with the events before the Wizard of Oz. The trip will take place on Wednesday 17 August and again is a matinee performance. Trip cost is £63 per person, to include stalls seat, coach and gratuities. Latest date for bookings is 28 May. For details of both trips contact: 01729 823978.



On 7 April at 7pm the theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture on the theme of “New Plants, New Ideas, New Inspiration.”  The speaker will be garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman Stephen Lacey. His particular interest is in planting design. He lectures on planting design throughout UK, USA and Canada, featuring some of the best places visited on his travels at home and abroad. Recently, he has begun taking on garden design commissions in UK and the Mediterranean, putting to wider use the inspiration from his garden travels and his own practical experience. For further information contact: 01729 893180


It has been a very busy term to date with pupils taking part in a number of activities and visits as well as welcoming visitors to the school. Earlier in the term KS 2 pupils visited Richard Whiteley Theatre to watch the RAF Regimental Jazz band and in the case of some pupils actually join in, participating confidently. Pupils from class 3 visited Settle College to watch their production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and were very impressed by the magical scenes. KS2 pupils also represented the school at the Fair Trade workshop cluster schools’  held at Giggleswick Junior School and run by Liz Roodhouse (co-ordinator Craven DEC), with support from some Settle College students. They took part in some Fairtrade games and learnt more about and sampled Fairtrade products. These workshops also linked to the pupils PSHCEe lessons. Class 2 pupils  have also taken part enthusiastically in the recent orienteering event in for in Gisburn forest.  Meanwhile Y5 pupils,  participated in the “Rewind Easter ”  cluster schools’ event, which was organised by the local churches and held at Settle church. Amongst the visitors to school have been Panni Loh, who helped the school celebrate Chinese New Year by entertaining  all pupils with some Chinese stories and she also taught older pupils some Chinese calligraphy and how to use chopsticks. In addition, Mrs. Richardson produced a Chinese-style school meal, which was much enjoyed by pupils at the start of Chinese New Year. There was also great excitement when Mr. Birchall returned to our school, this time as a spaceman! Pupils listened well and participated enthusiastically in all the activities and learnt much more about their topic.  As a change from our usual activities, we were pleased to welcome the author Malcolm Campbell (also known as Malcolm the Weaver) to our school. He entertained pupils with his CBeebies film and shared some of his books.  To help mark Mothering Sunday over 120 delicious meals were produced by our cook, Mrs. Richardson, with help from Mrs. Clay and Mrs. Whitehouse – an amazing achievement – so that we could  welcome a large number of Mums and Grans to our early celebration of Mothering Sunday. Pupils sang their own composition, using a well-known tune, accompanied by Bailey and Ms. Flanagan. Hopefully, the pupils’ beautifully-made cards reached all mothers in time for the event, too. Well done to all participants!



One of the real tests of the quality and competence of any performer is how well they recover from a mishap, in this case the sudden loss of lighting during a dramatic section of Haydn’s  (London) Symphony 104. In true “Titanic tradition” the orchestra attempted to play on, gradually diminishing as the waves of darkness overwhelmed the musicians making it harder for them to see the music.  This would undoubtedly have thrown the confidence of many and left them foundering on the rocks of uncertainty but Settle Orchestra are made of sterner stuff and once the lighting was restored a quick direction from the guest conductor, the extremely poised and talented Elspeth Slorach, meant that the music swiftly resumed without any faltering at all. The interruption however did disrupt the flow of an otherwise excellent performance of this piece, full of drama and mood changes. There was some outstanding work from the flutes and woodwind section throughout the evening and this was particularly the case in this piece.  The second symphony of the evening was spared such technical dramas, but had theatre enough in its content. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 5 (Reformation) incorporates many religious elements and echoes Lutheran hymn tunes: creating a very powerful piece of many moods from the stunning opening which makes the hairs stand on the back of the neck through to the prayerful passages and on to almost frenzied  playing in the string section to a stirring closure with excellent work by the trombones and brass section.  Completing the programme were two very well known pieces which were performed with great verve. The first of these was Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and listening to the full piece it became immediately apparent how joyous it is and what a huge shame it is that normally you only ever really hear this as a short extract accompanying couples as they leave the church after a wedding. In its entirety it is a wonderfully uplifting and joyful showpiece for the full orchestra and was performed with great passion. The second familiar delight was Mozart’s Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro”.  Again a bright, lively piece this provided a perfect showcase for the talents of the Orchestra  as it positively bubbled along with some great performances by the woodwind and percussion sections helping to make this a genuinely delightful evening’s entertainment.

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