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Settle News 20th October


Settle Eco-Nite are holding a give and take day on Saturday 26th October, 9.30am – 2.30pm at Victoria Hall. The aim is to encourage people to give away their unwanted items (which must be in very good condition) and TAKE away anything of interest to them. This can be books, DVDs, Gardening Items or Plants, Safe Electrical Items, Toys etc. However, clothes or shoes cannot be accepted and the last check in for items is 1.30pm. Rather than transport large items there will be a table available for displaying photographs of the items. The aim is to recycle unwanted unwanted items and keep landfill to a minimum. Sorry, no traders.


You are invited to come along to support the work of the Sue Ryder organisation – Manorlands Hospice, at a coffee morning at Friends Meeting House on 26 October between 9.30 and 12.30. All welcome.


The church will be open on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October and you are invited to come along for light refreshments and to enjoy displays of work by some of the skilled folk in the town. On Sunday the church will mark its  harvest festival, dedication and gift day at 9.30am.  The church is open every day for prayer and you will always be welcome.


The Deadwood Stage is coming to Settle this week when Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage at Victoria Hall on 28 October at 7.30pm with their production of “Calamity Jane”.  The tale of the adventures of the wild west frontierswoman runs all week to November 2nd with a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon. Tickets available from Victoria Hall Box Office (01729 825718).


There will be a showing of the 12 cert film “Bagdad Cafe” by Tramps at Langcliffe Institute on 30 October at 7.45pm. This is a feel good comedy set in a truck stop in the Californian desert.


North Craven Strollers meet to undertake local walks of around 1 hour’s duration every Wednesday at 1.30 at the Millennium Gardents. On October 30th there will be an out of area walk around Stainforth. Please met at 1.30pm to share transport. For details contact 01729 824537.


There will be an introductory talk on the topic of effortless meditation on 30 October at 6.30-7.30pm. The venue for this free event is the Friends Meeting House.  All are welcome. For those interested this will be followed by a five week course. For further details contact 015242 41377 / 07821 251735.


The autumn will run until 2nd November and will examine the theme of The Northern Landscape. The gallery will be open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am -4pm. The contrasting richness of the northern landscape is the subject of the exhibition which includes work by a number of artists who live and work in Yorkshire or Lancashire. Exhibitors include: Katharine Holmes, Margaret Uttley, Simon Nixon, David Cook, Roy Hubbard, Milan Ivanic, Jacquie Denby, Kitty Norh, Chris Rigby, Marjan Wouda and Maureen Grealy. The exhibition also includes work by: Peter Brook, and J.M. Mallender.


On Tuesday 5 November there will be an open day at the Folly between 10am and 1pm tied in with the forward planning for forthcoming exhibitions about ‘Craven’ s Part in the 1st World War’,, part of a regional project for a series of events to run at the Folly from 2014 to 2019. We’d like people to start  looking through their attics and garages sheds and back bedrooms searching for photographs posters or whatever connected to the WW1 to bring along to the open day on Tuesday the 5th November. We are also interested in peoples’ memories and their family stories about what happened to their families during this time. If you are unable to come along on the 5th November but would like to help please contact Anne Read on 015242 51388 or e-mail


The next meeting will take place  on Wednesday 6 November when Alan Hemsworth will give a talk on London’s Foundling Hospital. There will be a Paper Bring and Buy sale. Members are reminded that there will also be an opportunity to contribute to Skipton Food Bank. The Christmas Shopping Trip will be to York on Wednesday 20 November and will cost £12.50. The coach will leave Whitefriars Car Park at 8.30am and leave York at 4.30pm. Friends and family members are welcome.


The next charity dance will be on Saturday, November 9th (please note that this is the second Saturday in the month) and will begin at 8pm until 11.30pm. The Dance on December 7th will be the Christmas Party Dance and this year 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. Both dances will be at Settle College. Please contact 01729 823259 or 01729 824038 by the Thursday preceding the dance to say if you will be attending.


There will be an opportunity to find out more about UFO mysteries when a series a conference consisting of 3 lectures is held at St John’s Hall on November 9th. The theme for the day is “Hunting the UFO mystery: adventures into the unknown” and this will run from 1-6pm with refreshments being served between the lectures. The cost for the event is £20 and includes a DVD. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a skywatch session at 7.30pm. For further information contact Nigel Mortimer on 01729 824659.


Christmas is coming, and that means that there are only three more Artisans Fairs before Christmas. The first is on November 16th and then there are two in December on 7th and 21st. Make the most of this opportunity to buy local handmade quality products for Christmas. The fairs are open from 9am to 2pm and there will be a themed vintage cafe at each event


Local artists Linda Clemence and Liz Smart invite you join them for art and coffee at Friends Meeting House for their annual sale of original paintings, sketches and cards. The event will run from 1-4.30pm on Thursday 7 November and then from 10-4.30pm on both Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November.  Admission is free and coffee and biscuits cost £1. All welcome.



On November 5th Caroline Horton will return to Richard Whiteley Theatre, this time to stage her new show “Mess”, a play about obsession and addiction – with songs! The play was developed with assistance from the Kings College London’s Institute of Psychiatry. On November 7th the theatre welcomes the Neil C Young Trio, guaranteeing a night of feel good instrumental jazz. On November 9th , local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger launch their new exhibition “Wild and Restless Nature” in the Foyer Gallery. This exhibition will run through to December 8th. Community Cinemas will be showing Planes as part of the family films series and the month concludes with  pupils from the school itself taking to the stage from 28-30th November for their production of “West Side Story”.  Details of all tickets and times  are available via or via 01729 893180. There are lots of volunteering opportunities at Richard Whiteley Theatre for all members of the Settle and Giggleswick communities and we are particularly keen to expand our front of house staff. If you can spare a few hours and would like to assist please contact the above number for details.


This week 19 pupils were presented with certificates for participating in the Summer Reading Challenge, which was organised by the Library Service. Congratulations to them for their efforts and also to the pupils who participated in St Alkelda’s Harvest Festival and to those pupils in class 3 who achieved level 2 in their recent Bikeability course.  A special well done to Caitie Birkett-Bentley, Edie Eccleston and Jimmy Howarth who, along with other pupils, represented North Craven in the Craven Schools’ Cross Country Event. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the recent disco and horse race event by donating raffle prizes, sponsoring races and/or taking part; the evening was a great success. Thanks too to everyone for their support for the school’s recent harvest festival assembly. The food items have been distributed to elderly persons in the village and the money raised at the event has been donated to WaterAid to support their work to provide safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene in over 25 countries in the world.



The surest way in which to make any subject interesting is to ensure that the speaker is not only knowledgeable about their subject but is also passionate about it. Clive Hallam Baker was just such a speaker. A former Giggleswick pupil, a contemporary and former study mate of Richard Whiteley in fact, he not only knew the story of Flodden Fields but also knew this local area and so was able to draw on that knowledge to flesh out the details of how the events of  around two hours in small town on the Scottish/English border not only  had  a huge impact on the destiny of both nations but also how it impacted on the small village of Giggleswick and the surrounding area.   His enthusiasm coupled with his straightforward style meant that he was able to introduce the key historical characters in the events and explain their relevance in a way which was easy to follow and engaged the audience’s attention.  He then went on to outline the  reasons which led to the battle, carefully explaining the dilemma which faced James IV of Scotland when he found himself trapped between two conflicting alliances before then examining the actual weaponry in use. Throughout the lecture he was aided by a series of excellent slides and examples of the weapons of the time, which helped the audience not only to understand the tactics of the battle but also the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of weaponry.  His summary of the battle itself was both clear and entertaining, emphasising the aspects where skill and tactics had shaped the day and also the role played by poor decisions, eg allowing the English time to re-position and so re-establish their supply chains and elements of chance – such as the poor weather which made the ground treacherous for the Scots as they slithered across muddy fields carrying unwieldy pikes.  What brought the lecture to life for the listener was the way in which the details of battle were interspersed with  snippets of information about everyday life for troops such as our local men, Stackhouse, Webster, Paley, Carr and Brown and the forbears of Nelsons of Settle,  along with stories of the people involved, such as the outlawed John “The Bastard”  Heron and Elizabeth, Lady Heron who managed to delay events by her five day dalliance with the Scottish King and Henry Taylor, a yeoman of Giggleswick allegedly taken prisoner during the battle.  This was a fascinating lecture which provided a real insight into the events which shaped our country.



The opening words of the Methodist hymn book used to be that “Methodism was born in song” and Methodist churches certainly gave rise to many male voice choirs: therefore there could be no more fitting place for this concert than a Methodist church, where they were able to raise the rafters with their glorious sound.  Now into their second century of music making the choir is one of the largest male voice choirs in the country  and  have a wonderful richness of tone which is enhanced by the clarity of their diction in all pieces. However, it would be wrong to assume that because they have been going so long all their music is traditional as earlier this year they won Choirs Rock 2013 and this lively approach was apparent in the programme which was extremely varied including something to appeal to all tastes.   Sacred music such as the Welsh hymn “Rachie” demonstrated the power of the massed choir  while their performance of “How Great Thou Art” – once voted the country’s most popular hymn – was positively spine-tingling and there was certainly no doubting the discipline required and the rehearsal time which goes into producing a performance such as that in “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. There were also a number of beautiful pieces from musical theatre which admirably demonstrated the choir’s skill and precision in harmony singing and their ability to put real passion and empathy into the lyrics, this was particularly the case in the two pieces from Les Miserables.  Harmonies and control in part singing were also well to the fore in pieces such as Mame and the “Pretty Woman/You Got it” combo. However, there was also an opportunity to discover that as well as being a talented choir of singers this is also a group of outstanding individuals with four very strong – and diverse – solos. The baritone solo of the poignant 1930’s ballad “I’ll walk beside you” was particularly haunting, and it was a real joy to see the accompanist take centre stage with a delightful Chopin Waltz. In complete contrast were the two comic Jake Thackray numbers which demonstrated excellent timing.  The real versatility of the choir however was perhaps most clearly seen in the two final numbers. Having drawn the programme to a close with an outstanding rendition of ” Rhythm of Life” – a perfect showpiece for a choir of this nature, an encore was hard to imagine. However, the choir managed it with a magnificent performance of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” which resonated with emotion. An excellent concert from a choir clearly at the top of their game.

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