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Friends of Settle-Carlisle line have arranged an accompanied 16 mile very strenuous circular walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 30 May. This leaves Horton In Ribblesdale at 9.58 and the route will take in  Pen-y-ghent side, Plover Hill, Foxup, Nether Hesleden and  Dale Head before returning to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. No reservation is necessary for this walk but all participants on walks should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


There is still time to enjoy the work of the artists from Settle and surrounding area who make up the Clapham Art Group as their their 64th annual exhibition takes place in Clapham Village Hall until Sunday 31st May.  This long established group produce in the region of 80 plus new paintings for the event, using a wide range of materials and work in a variety of styles.  The exhibition also incorporates a sketchbook corner to show work in development. Unframed pictures and cards are also on sale. The exhibition is open daily from 11am -6pm with admission 50p.


On 29th there is a concert celebrating the music of Simon and Garfunkel,  performed by singer songwriters Tim Chu and Ian Bailey .Unlike many tribute bands there is no make-up, wigs or costumes – just two great musicians performing some of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic songs in an intimate and relaxed way. On May 31st Reform Theatre take to the stage in John Godber’s play “April in Paris”. There is free admission to this event with a bucket collection on exit.  On June 7th the first Sunday folk night will feature North Eastern songwriter Jez Lowe.  For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718


Each month The Folly has either an object or a display of the month. This month to mark the anniversary of the VE Day celebrations there is a small display of items from the archives showing Settle celebrating the VE day. Although this is a small display it contains a few quirky items to raise a smile. The Folly is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm and on Tuesdays between10.30 am – 4.30 pm


The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool will hold their Annual General Meeting on 29 May at 7.30pm in Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. This meeting is open to all the community and new members are always welcome.


The June session will take place on 5th June at The Folly at 7.30pm. The evening will feature the launch of Jean Harrison’s debut novel “On a wandering planet.” Already an established poet this is Jean’s first prose work. Poet and literary critic Neil Murray will share the bill and the open mic slot, Read Two, will feature works read by Sarah Wiltshire, Ali Easton, Annie Nelligan and Anne Richer. Tickets cost £6, available from Cave and Crag, Courtyard Dairy or the Folly.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to a coffee morning at the Old Court House on Station Road on June 6th from 10am-12.30pm. All are welcome to come along and enjoy coffee, cakes and a chat.


A car treasure hunt is being arranged for 6 June in aid of Holy Trinity Restoration Fund.  The hunt will leave Wigglesworth from The Plough at 2pm and end at the Craven Arms in Giggleswick. Advance booking is essential and the cost is £5 per car, to cover one driver and passenger. £3 per additional passenger. To book contact 01729 840108.


Advance notice of the 7th annual Settle Saunter, which this year will take place on 13 June. Organised by Settle Rotary the Saunter is  open to runners and walkers with checkpoints with light refreshments along the way and a hot savoury meal is provided at the end. Badges and certificates upon completion are all included in the entry fee. Free car parking is provided. There are four routes on offer (9, 12, 16 and 27 miles) to accommodate a wide range of abilities. The event is open to all-comers, with the expectation they have a reasonable level of fitness to complete their chosen route. Under 18 are most welcome on the three shorter routes. Entry forms are available on  Settle Rotary website or from 01524 251215. Registration, start & finish on the day is at the Victoria Hall, with a start time of 8.30 am for both walkers and runners. Entries are £10  in advance (concessions for groups and under 18s)  but entry is also possible on the day for a small additional cost.  Funds raised in 2015 will be shared between Settle Swimming Pool, Settle Amateur Operatic Society and Victoria Hall, Settle.Further details and entry forms on the Club’s website or from Derek Coultherd, Procters Garden, High Street, Austwick. Lancs. LA2 8BB. Tel 01524 251215.


Langcliffe Singers invite you to come along and join them on 13 June to sing Hallelujah! The afternoon session will provide an opportunity to join them in singing a wide range of music in varying styles, as well as Handel’s Hallelujah chorus. The afternoon will commence at 3pm and there will be a break to allow participants to enjoy a picnic tea, before a concert commencing at 7pm. Numbers are limited and therefore advance booking is essential. To reserve a place contact either 01729 825483 or 01756 770346.


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on Monday, 15 June and will commence at 7.30pm. The guest speaker for the evening will be professional photographer Toney Speight who will talk on the theme of “At Work and Leisure”.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are delighted to announce that once again John Bowdler – Blackpool Tower Organist – has agreed to play for a fund raising dance. Tickets are now on sale for the event which will take place at Ingleton Community Centre on June 20th. Tickets cost £8, including refreshments, and can be obtained from the community centre or by contacting 01729 822364 or 01729 822959.


This year’s open gardens will take place on 20 & 21 June. A number of gardens will be open over the weekend in the Settle area. Tickets cost £6 per day or £10 for a two day ticket. Tickets are available from Settle TIC, Field and Home or via 01729 822090. The gardens are open from 11-5pm on Saturday and 12-5pm on Sunday.


Settle Rotary Club’s annual  Hog Roast will this year take place at Eldroth Barn, Eldroth, Austwick  Lancaster. LA2 8AQ on Sunday 28th June 2014 between 1.00pm and 5.00pm. Tickets cost £10 and all proceeds will be given to Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. For tickets please contact Floyd Schofield on 07764 270601 or or David Blackburne on


On Tuesday, 30 June there will be a visit to Malham Field Studies Centre. Participants should meet at 2.00pm at the Quarry Car Park on the minor road to the west of the fen. Please car share because of limited parking Guests are very welcome- please pay £2. To become a member of NCHT and for further information, please see our



On Friday 5 June, Richard Whiteley Theatre will welcome Owen Murray to Giggleswick School Chapel for an evening of classical accordion music. Professor of Accordion and Chamber Music at The Royal Academy of Music, he will be joined my students from the Royal Academy and Giggleswick pupils.  Admission for this event is free with a retiring collection.  On June 7th there will be a showing of “Home” by Community Cinemas at 3.30pm. For tickets and details contact 01729 893180.


There will be a tea party in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care on June 6 on the communal lawn at Sandholme Close, Giggleswick. This will run from 10am to 4pm with tea, coffee and cakes being served. There will also be bacon and sausage butties on sale and a kids bran tub. This event is open to all, please come along and join us and help us to raise funds for a worthy cause.


Strawberry Cream Teas will be served at the church on June 6 between 2.30-5pm, in aid of church funds. All welcome.



If in the future an independent Scotland’s oil reserves should ever run dry then all Nicola Sturgeon would need to do in order to maintain the National Grid is to find a way to harness the energy released by Peatbog Faeries – there’d probably be a sufficiently large surplus to power all of Russia as well. Peatbog Faeries specialise in high octane, adrenaline pumping festival music where the whole stage and floor pulsate with light and sound and the gyrating bodies of the crowd react without any need for the brain to be engaged. It is electronic tribal fare with a celtic twist, combining techno with traditional in a wall of sound and flashing light and the inevitable smoke machine. There is clearly a good rapport amongst the band members and they certainly know how to play a crowd and without a doubt they are very skilled musicians firing off tunes with amazing dexterity. The problem is that none of the tunes are memorable and after a while they all run into one and become nothing more than  noise “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.  They are loud, lively and painfully derivative. They draw from techno, reggae, rock and jazz and throw in celtic flavourings on bagpipes, fiddle and whistles  and reduce it to an manufactured  mush of programmed effects with a driving beat and no subtlety or real variation. Tracks either end abruptly or fade into a golden glow with the artists silhouetted like musical warriors against a fake sunset reminiscent of the era when an Australian actor painted his face blue and liberated a nation by raising his kilt at the English. There are no anthemic statements, no rallying cries, not even a declaration of love – just “this one’s a bit more laid back” as the sound lowers for a few decibels and then the pace picks up again. After a while even the aurora inspired lighting effects became monotonously strobe like and the over use of the smoke machine led to the fire-alarm sounding – a fact only noticed by the alert stewards, the crowd  thought it was just part of the music. That said, if you like this  sort of thing, then they are undoubtedly very good at this sort of thing. They send you home with ears ringing, heart pounding and high on a feel good factor – but there’s nothing new in that, ask anyone who attended the Glasgow Fleadh in the early 1990’s and saw the same lighting and sound techniques used to greater effect in an era when Celtic fusion was all that and more, inspiring a generation to think and act – not just bop along. So it was sad that when so much else in Scotland has moved on and grown away from pre-conceptions of tartan stereotyping that in this area things appear to have simply gone round  in self-indulgent circles – lively, energetic circles admittedly, but not actually getting anywhere other than becoming very good at going in circles.

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