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Good Luck to Local Sports Star Em Lonsdale, Heading off to the USA this week to train to hopefully represent Britain in the Winter Olympics –


Names are now being taken for this year’s Christmas Day dinner and tea. This event is open to all ages and cost is £10 per head. The event will take place in St John’s Hall this year and will run from 11.45-4.45. To assist with catering please book ahead by contacting 01729 822138. Volunteers are also sought to assist with cooking, serving and arranging the meals and transport.


At the November meeting Alan Hemsworth gave an informative talk about London’s Foundling Hospital. Joy Calvert gave a vote of thanks. Details of the Lunch Club may be obtained from Pauline Langford, and for the Walking Group from Pat Whitton. The Ingleborough Group Carol Service will be at Austwick on Sunday 1 December at 2pm. 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, and a few places are still available. At the next meeting on Wednesday 4 December Michael  Cullingworth will give a talk on Pantomime and there will be a raffle for a Christmas Hamper.


A reminder that the Settle Leisure group meet every Wednesday in Catteral Hall from 7.30-pm for a range of sporting activities. Cost is £3 per session and new members are always welcome. Sports include volleyball, touch rugby, basketball and hockey.


In the recent silent auction, the highest bid for the John Newman Poster was Angela Dakin. The next fund raising event will be the Christmas Coffee Morning to be held at the Old Court House Station Road on Saturday December 14th. All welcome


A reminder that the next charity dance will be on December 7th and this  will be the Christmas Party Dance. This year this event 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 and will take place at Settle College. To book please ring 01729 8223259/ 824038.


The next Settle Big Breakfast will take place on November 16 at Friends Meeting House at 8.30am To reserve a place please contact 01729 825285.


Extreme indoor motor sports are on offer at the Scout HQ on Castleberg Lane on 16 November. Come along any time after 10am to see a range of indoor motor sport activities. Refreshments available throughout the day.


A girls night out is on offer at The Lion in Settle on 18 November between 6-9.30pm. There will be a chance to pamper yourself and purchase items in an evening of nattering and nibbles with nails, shoes and make up on offer. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Marie Curie Appeal.


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. Pop along to Victoria Hall between 9am and 2pm to find the answer to your Christmas present problems – or even treat yourself to something special. The fairs are open from 9am to 2pm and there will be a themed vintage cafe at each event


Settle Rotary Club in partnership with Booths Supermarket are holding a wine tasting evening at the Victoria Hall, Settle on Saturday 16th November from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Up to 80 wines will be available for tasting. Tickets are £10 (including 5 wine tastings and cheese tastings). The event is to raise money for Rotary International Charities and Projects such as the eradication of polio, sand dams and Shelterboxes for disaster areas. Tickets . £10, available for any Rotarian or by phoning 01729 822445 and will be on sale in Booths Supermarket on Saturday 9th November.


The next messy church event will take place on 17 November at St John’s Church Hall. This will include tea, craft activities and worship and is a free event, with an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of craft materials.


The next meeting will take place on 18 November at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The speakers at this session will be local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger who will present a slide talk linked to their current exhibition, “Wild and Restless Nature”, which is on display at Richard Whiteley Theatre until 8 December. Non members welcome.


An Autumn Concert will be held by Settle Orchestra on 23 November at Settle College at 7.30pm. The Orchestra will be conducted by Ola Ness and will feature soloist Robert Buller. The programme will include works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The programme will be repeated at Christ Church, Skipton on 30 November. Tickets available via Orchestra members and from:Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham post office, Settle Music or 01729 825806.


A range of arts and crafts will be on sale at Friends Meeting House on 23 November between 11am – 2pm in aid of the Catholic Church Restoration Fund.  There will also be jewellery, cards and preserves on sale.


The Three Peaks Folk Club will take place at Settle Social Club on 23 November at 9pm. This free session will take the form of a singaround featuring local artists. All are welcome.


There will be a recital of organ music by Edward Scott, formerly organist at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, on 23 November at Settle Parish Churc. This will commence at 7.30pm and there will be a retiring collection.


Giggleswick School Chapel on 24 November is the venue for a concert by Cantores Salicium of music for the canonical hours. “Morning, noon and night” will feature music by Byrd, Tallis and Holst, amongst others. The concert will commence at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 from choir members or on the door.


Paris in the nineteen-twenties is the setting for an “All that Jazz” dance, arranged by Age UK on 27 November at St John’s Hall. There will be music by local jazz musicians and the dancing will be led by Liz Culshaw. There will be a prize for the best dressed jazz age look. Tickets via 823066. Tickets cost £4, including soup, roll and cake.


On 17 November, Reform Theatre Company will present “Burt n’ Joyce”. The Power of Compassion, masked dance and sacred chant from a Tibetan monastry is brought to the stage on 21st November and on  22nd there will be good time Americana in the form of Whiskey Dogs Hoe Down Band. The month is brought to a lively end with bust by Take Off That, a Take That tribute band, on November 30th. For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.


Do you get tongue tied at interviews, dread making that wedding speech, fear proposing a vote of thanks? Then this workshop may hold the answer. Settle Stories have arranged a workshop session from 2-4pm on Speaking with Confidence. This will take place at Friends Meeting House on 30 November and will be led by Charles Tyrer, a theatre professional who specialises in working with community groups and individuals and applies drama and theatre techniques to help individuals overcome ‘the everyday fears that inhibit peoples everyday life. For details contact Settle Stories via their town hall office on their website at


Advance notice that this year’s Settle Christmas Light Switch On will take place on November 30th between 2-5pm. Details to be announced later. Those wishing to take part are invited to contact Tony Hardwick on 01729 268094


On 30th November from 12 – 3 pm, before Settle’s Christmas lights switch-on, The Folly will be hosting a family activity ‘Christmas Fun at The Folly, which will give everyone the opportunity of making some lovely traditional Christmas decorations and the chance to look round the house at the same time. Another important date to put in your diaries now is 7 December at 7.30 pm, when the costumed Leeds Waits, playing on period instruments, make a welcome return to the Folly to celebrate a 17th century Christmas in front of a roaring log fire. Please book your tickets in advance since places are limited.



Local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger latest exhibition “Wild and Restless Nature” is now on display in the Foyer Gallery. This exhibition will run through to December 8th.  On 28-30th November school students will take to the stage with  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.


A Christmas Fair will take place in the church on November 22 between7.00 – 9.00 pm with mulled wine and mince pies and then again on November 23 between 10.00 – 4.00pm. There will be the usual range of stalls and refreshments.  Santa will be in his grotto between 10-12 and from 2-4 on November 23rd. All welcome


Well done to Y5 pupils who presented a slide show and talk about their recent residential visit to Humphrey Head, to some of the Brentwood Trustees. We are very grateful to the Brentwood Trust for their on-going financial support, which currently includes funding swimming lessons and contributing towards the cost of residential visits, as well as purchasing some items. Congratulations also to all participants in the recent Handball course and in particular to  Honey Kaup-Samuels, who was awarded the trophy for being the most helpful player. Well done to Y6 pupils, who worked hard to produce the latest issue of the Giggtastic Gazette (attached) whilst Y5 pupils were at Humphrey Head. Following their visit to a hay meadow in the Summer Term, Class 3 pupils have once again worked with Tanya St. Pierre of the Millennium Trust. On this occasion, they worked with her in school and planted wild flower seeds, which will hopefully germinate and grow in the Spring, ready to be planted in the school grounds. Thank you to everyone who took part in the recent Operation Christmas Child activity, organised by St. Alkelda’s church.and  to all those who have volunteered to participate in the carol singing at the Light Switch on event on 30th November. If anyone else would like to take part, please return your slip as soon as possible


MESS:  Caroline Horton & Company



Mess is a play about mental illness which reassuringly starts with the actors telling you not to be put off by the subject matter: which is helpful because the play’s subject is disturbing and difficult  for both actors and audience. It is a play about obsession and control how these manifest themselves in Josephine’s anorexia nervosa. It is also a play about a play and because of this metatheatrical device it allows the subject to be treated with great humour, almost brutal boldness and yet remain incredibly moving at the same time. It offers insights into the despair which the illness creates and yet examines the support and sense of identity which the illness simultaneously provides for the sufferer. The play is a very brave attempt to explain what it is like to be “inside the illness”, with both the set and lighting echoing the sense of unreality where the sufferer is cocooned from the real world by the huge duvet which at the same time suffocates and comforts her. This is further reinforced by the notion that this is a play which is about creating a play and so the “real show!” which the characters refer to is not the actual show which the audience watches, any more than the ” real” life which the sufferer experiences is the same “reality” which is experienced by those watching her suffer.  This complexity works because of the strength of the acting but at times it can seem rather self-consciously clever, alienating the viewer.  The role of Boris is played with heart-wrenching buffoonry by Emily Goddard, and encapsulates the overwhelming sense of confusion and concern felt by those who have to watch those they love being overwhelmed by the illness and a system which fails them. The third character, Sistahl , played by Seiriol Davies, provides the sound track which  combines eccentric sound effects, music and inner dialogue for the main character of Josephine – Caroline Horton – while also creating a diva who tries to steal the attention for himself and away from Josephine thus challenging her sense of control. The key to the play is Josephine herself, and it is no surprise that this is semi-autobiographical as the insights and perception expressed in the script are clearly those of a recovering anorexic. There are moments in the play when it is difficult to tell where the acting stops and where the real person is being exposed and this is in part where the discomfort lies for the audience.  Nowhere is this more the case than at the end where it is made clear that anorexia never entirely releases its hold on victims. Which does leave you wondering if the whole play is simply an attempt by Miss Horton to control the illness by reassuring herself that she is winning…  Yet for all that, it is a play which leaves you with much to think about and undoubtedly succeeds in her declared goal of providing a space in which to discuss matters which need to be brought into the open.





It’s not often that a reviewer can truly say that the event they’ve attended was an evening in Hell – but this one genuinely was!  It was also absolutely fascinating and made all the more so by the enthusiasm of the three presenters. Clearly all three are experts in their field and this enthusiasm for their subject, interspersed inevitably with bad puns and “Queen ” jokes in homage to Brian May’s “other life” as rock guitarist, helped to bring the topic to life and illuminate some of the more complex ideas and historical references as well as highlight the details in these incredible works of art.  It was also appropriate that a Victorian music hall should be the venue for an event about a very unusual form of Victorian entertainment, for Diableries are stereo cards, which were made exclusively in France, beginning in the 1860s, and continued to be produced until around 1900. They were a source of great fascination to Victorians, with their images of a peculiar vision of hell in which devils, demons and skeletons took part in a wide range of activities – many of which seemed far from hellish!  My own favourite being the ice-skaters on the day that hell freezes over! The cards were created using scale models, probably sculpted from clay, and photographed in such a way as to create a stereoscopic effect, which when viewed in a special way through a stereoscope illuminated from the front provided a monochromatic 3 dimensional effect but when illuminated from the back were transformed into a scene which was transformed by hidden colours and figures developed glowing, menacing eyes.  Years of research by the trio has led to a greater understanding of the techniques involved in creating the Diableries and some of the not inconsiderable problems of trying to reproduce the same kind of image or repair the existing cards. This is charted in their book, as is the history of the Diableries themselves, including how over the years they developed from being pictures which simply warned Christians of the perils which awaited sinners to becoming  covert instruments of political satire and so developed  yet another dimension as subversive commentaries on contemporary events.  Those wishing to see more about the history of Diableries or to experience them for themselves can do so by visiting the exhibition at The Gallery On The Green, which runs until 14 December.




I’ve always enjoyed listening to the organ being played and often been taken aback by how incredibly versatile it is as an instrument; however it was not until today that I realised how quite exceedingly complex it is and what an extremely physically and mentally demanding instrument it truly is.  The session took the form of a “beginners guide to the organ” with the very talented Mr Fisher guiding the listeners through the actual structure of the organ and the technicalities of how each note is created by the air being blown through the pipes by bellows and then explaining how the various parts are interlinked and coupled to create chords and how the various stops affect the final sound.  These detailed explanations were punctuated with musical interludes to illustrate the subject, one of these being a pedal solo by César Franck which relied on the dexterity required to operate the third keyboard which is operated by the organist’s feet.  A further example requiring “double pedalling” was also demonstrated by an extract from Clair de Lune, which typified this kind of playing and made the audience aware of the vast range of the organ as an instrument.  The masterclass continued with a demonstration of the way in which the actual choice of stops can impact on the overall sound and how the use of the “swell” device can be used to great effect to create the familiar resonance which is associated with church organ music. This was amply demonstrated by a piece by Bach which involved variations on the melody for the hymn tune “All Glory, Laud and Honour” where the main melody is provided by the foot pedals but is combined with that created on the two manual keyboards.  This provided the “big sound” which is generally recognised and was a very telling contrast to the French 19th century romantic pieces which relied on the foundation stops to produce a warmer and lighter sound. The real fascination of this session however was the way in which Paul Fisher brought to life the range of pieces in the organ repertoire and explained some of the techniques required and how the various combinations could create such amazing contrasts. While pieces on the exhuberant scale of the opening of Messiaen’s “Book of the Holy Sacrament” may perhaps be more appropriate to a large cathedral rather than a rural parish church,  the incredible delicacy required to create the plaintive “singing” effect in “Cistercian Chorale” certainly underscored the vast range of music which can be created by this instrument. Similarly the dexterity and mental agility required to play the closing French Toccata demonstrated Paul Fisher’s talents admirably as well as highlighting once more his enthusiasm for his subject and instrument.




A new exhibition by the Dilgers is always a treat and, running from November 9th to December 8 this will surely provide a source of many ideas for gifts for Christmas for those who appreciate the natural world. The photographs on display cover a wide range of venues, featuring striking local scenes, such as the fascinating murmuration of starlings at Long Preston, scenes from around Britain and Europe, including a beautiful portrait of the white horses of the Carmargue, as well as photographs from their African travels like the arresting black and white image of a leopard which is the logo for the exhibition.  Broken down to its basic etymology photography means “to paint with light” and this is something which is very apparent in pictures like the atmospheric picture of Pen-y-ghent by moonlight and in the wonderful image of the sunlight striking a leopard. Careful selection of lighting is also used to great effect to create powerful effects in pictures such as “Tanglewood” where the African sunset creates a wonderful glow behind a silhouette, and in the back-lit image of a tern.  A hallmark of their photography is the way in which they skillfully place the subject of the picture into context and this is turn helps to create a sense of atmosphere and timeless quality in many of their pictures, this can clearly be seen in the image of a misty morning in the vale of Pickering and in Sea-spray, which depicts a lone gannet  flying over rough seas off Lewis.  Equally it often seems that they not only know their subject in great detail but also how to get the very best out of their subject by capturing it at exactly the right moment and in the most perfect pose.  This has led to the inclusion of many “slightly quirky” pictures,  such as the ptarmigan nestling in snow, the cheeky red squirrel who is literally “caught on camera” and the extremely curious kestrel. Again this is accentuated by the clever way in which subjects are photographed from an unusual angle and by a confident use of space so that often the viewer is looking up at the subject or is confronted by the subject of the photo actually appearing to be entering the frame  rather than being central.  This is an exhibition which requires more than one visit in order to gain the most from the wide variety on display as on each viewing it will reveal more of the skills which have gone into its creation.


The exhibition is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9th November through to 6 December and from 1-5pm. There will also be a multi-media presentation to accompany the exhibition on Friday 6 December at Richard Whiteley Theater at 7pm.


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