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Described by Daniel Bye as “a performance lecture’ the show falls somewhere between being a discussion and a  disturbing piece of story-telling with a free glass of milk thrown in for good measure. It is however in many ways a very baffling but thought provoking way to spend an hour and I’m sure that although the audience was rather sparse the event will lead to a number of conversations around the area in the next few days. Who knows, it might even provoke a few random acts of kindness as audience members adopt ” a naive and reckless optimism” in tribute to the show.

The performance opens with the audience being offered a glass of milk each, worth approximately 17pence –  which just happens to be the same amount that subsidising the arts costs each person per week.  The arts then goes on to generate two glasses for the economy for every glass invested whereas the NHS costs substantially more but provides less return. Which brings us neatly to the first of many questions which is posed during the performance, how do we measure value?  He then illustrates the question, rather than answers it, by showing how he funded this piece of theatre by selling impossible items, such as air-guitars, on ebay.  The story seems extremely plausible, but as he later dismisses it as fiction explaining that  it merely serves to illustrate how we all actually do believe that people can be that gullible. A very self-conscious change of mood – cue woolly cardigan and solemn lighting – takes us into another story where he describes how he has tried to improve the world around him by small, random acts of kindness such as buying a coffee for the person behind him in a queue or purchasing a bus-ticket for a stranger. However, the audience now is unsure as to whether he is actually being sincere or simply again “inventing” a story and yet the story itself goes on to illustrate how hard we find it to accept these random acts of kindness when they do happen. He then challenges the audience to question why we feel so uncomfortable about the idea of doing something for no reward or to support some ideology and points out that if we are prepared to accept that people are gullible enough to buy an air-guitar  why  do we find it so hard to accept that someone would do something for nothing? Why should there always have to be a price?

As a piece of theatre it was a very unsettling experience – particularly when the audience was so small, making it difficult for the actor to establish any real rapport. However, it certainly did pack a punch as everyone left wondering what price they would put on what they had seen and also how they would rise to the challenge of using £20 to buy a gift for a stranger. For one person in the audience this became a real dilemma as they were actually given the £20 and told to use it for a random act of kindness.   Surely a revolutionary idea in a world of austerity and cutbacks where the value of everything is open to constant question!


At the February meeting Bob Pickersgill entertained us with a variety of musical numbers and gave a talk on the Story of the Saxophone. He was thanked by Sandra Fox. The competition for a Winter Photograph was won by Mavis Bailey.The Walking Group will meet in Settle Market Place at 9.20 am on Thursday 14 February to catch the bus to Clapham for a walk of 3-4 miles round the Ingleborough Estate. The Lunch Group will meet at 12 noon on Wednesday 20 February at The Talbot. The Art Group resumes on 5 March. There will be a Craft Day on Wednesday 29 May at St John’s Church Hall with two sessions: 9 am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm. Choose from Beading, Book making, Quilting and Crochet, and bring a packed lunch. The cost for the day is £15 including materials. The summer outing will take place on Saturday 22 June with a visit to Salford Quays and a tour of the BBC’s new base. The cost is £25 and the trip is open to family and friends. Closing date 1 May.  The Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 6 March at 2 pm. followed by a discussion on the Great Food Debate, the new NFWI campaign, at which members’ views and ideas will be sought. This will be followed by an informal session and there will be a raffle.


The next Big Breakfast will take place on 16 February at Friends Meeting House at 8.30am, cost £3. Tea and Coffee will be available from 8.15am. The speaker will be Jean Asher

on the subject of “The beginnings of Quakerism in Settle”. Space is  limited so please book early to avoid disappointment by contacting John or Edith Diggles on 01729 825285


The Three Peaks Folk club meets on 16 February at Settle Social Club, commencing at 9pm. This is a free event featuring local singers and visitors are always welcome to come along and join in.


Settle Parish Church will mark Snowdrop Sunday on 17 February and invite you to come along and join them from 12 noon till 4pm to view the array of snowdrops around the churchyard and enjoy homemade soup and rolls, cakes and scones . Hopefully the snowdrops will be in full bloom not hidden under snow and the sun will shine!


The next group meeting will take place at Townhead Court at 7.30pm on February 18. The theme for the gallery for the evening is Reflections. New members and visitors welcome. Cost £3.


Chipmonks at Settle Primary School will be running a half-term holiday club from 19 February to 22 February at a cost of £12 per day with a discount of £40 for all 4 days. There will be a range of fun and fitness activities on offer and there will also be sessions on building and flying kites. For details contact 01729 822370


On Tuesdays throughout Lent, from 19 February onwards a homemade soup and roll will be served at Settle Parish Church with all proceeds being split between church funds and Settle Primary School’s link school in Kwesana, South Africa.  Home-made cakes and coffee will also be available.


A range of music is on offer at the hall this month.  Van Downham will take to the stage on 22 February and  popular jazz/world folk band Moishe’s Bagel return on 24 February.  For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


The February craft workshop session will take place on 23 February at Friends Meeting House between 10am and noon.  The session will focus on using  Caran D’ache watercolour pencils. The session cost £10, including the cost of basic materials as well as coffee and biscuits. To reserve a place contact  01729 823434/824386 (evenings only).


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to an illustrated talk entitled: “Settle: Looking Back in Time”.  The speaker at this event will be John Reid. The talk will take place at The Old Court House on 22nd February at 7.30pm and admission is £4, to include a glass of wine or coffee and biscuits.  Tickets are available from committee members in advance if required. The following morning, 23 February there will be at coffee morning at the same venue between 10-12.30 and there will be an exhibition of photographs on display,  linked to the previous evening’s talk.


On 25th Feb there will be a 1 day emergency first aid course at Victoria Hall. This covers the majority of first aid requirements for most people. The cost is £65, including a book and certificate valid for 3 years. Contact for details and to book .


There will be an open mic night on 25 February at the Talbot Arms from 8pm onwards. Anyone interested in performing should contact 01729 823924 as soon as possible to reserve a slot.


The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27 February at 2pm at Townhead Court. The speaker will be Andrew Lay of “Lay of the Land Garden Centre.” Cost is £3 for non-members. All welcome.


On Friday 1 March the Folly will host a wine tasting night at 7pm in aid of the Folly Appeal Fund. There will also be a raffle and a quiz. Tickets cost £8. Contact 01729 822893. Book early as tickets are limited


The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on Saturday, 2 March, commencing at 7.30pm.  This will begin with line dancing between 7.30-8pm.  To book please contact Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038 by 31 January. All proceeds will go to Settle Parish Church appeal.


There will be a social evening at St John’s Church Hall on March 2 to mark Fair trade fortnight. This will run from 5-8pm and is open to all ages. The evening will include food tastings, games, a short video on the importance of fair trade and a cooked supper.



On 14 February there will be an organ recital at Giggleswick Chapel by Langcliffe based organist, Paul Fisher. This will include works by Bach, Haydn, Berveiller, Karg-Elert and some of his own compositions. On Thursday 28th February at 7.30 pm there will be a free lecture entitled Voyage to Antarctica” by Matt Dickinson. The evening will cover the story of Matt Dickinson’s thrilling expedition to Antarctica in one of the smallest vessels ever to have braved the most dangerous seas in the world. Using video clips and slides, he’ll introduce the stunning wildlife and unclimbed mountain peaks of this last great wilderness and gives his view of Antarctic science and the effect of global warming on the southern hemisphere.


Many thanks for the donations of toys, which will be sent to St. Paul’s church in the Manningham area of Bradford, for their new parents & toddlers group which is being organised by Rev Helm, formerly of Giggleswick. This week class  3 pupils,  took part in a dance demonstration lesson in the dance studio at Settle College, led by Ms Flanagan, as part of the training programme for P.E. teachers in the cluster schools. Our pupils concentrated well, in spite of performing to an audience and demonstrated a high level of skill and creativity. A fantastic effort by Class 3! Year 1 pupils: Connie, Oliver and Charlie took part in the Cluster Schools’ Y1 Multi-Skills’ Event and worked extremely well. Congratulations also to our hardworking team of swimmers, who took part in the Cluster Schools’ Swimming Gala. Their sporting behaviour was exemplary and they all swam very well in their heats; some pupils also got through to the final, collecting many points for our team on the way. We are thrilled to learn that our team has been placed first out of the eight participating schools! An excellent result! Also this week all pupils took part in Sport-S-Cool Street Dance taster session, run by Hayley from Sport-S-Cool. This will then be offered to the whole age range as an after-school club after Half Term.

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