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Settle News and Local Visitor Information April 28th


Settle Rugby Club is the venue for a quiz night in aid of Clapham Cave and mountain rescue on May 2nd.  Tickets cost £5, including a pie and pea supper, and are available from HSBC bank in Settle or via 015242 51488. The evening starts at 7.30pm and questionmaster for the night is Stuart Marshall.


On May 1st there will be music from Bayou Seco, specialists in music of the American Southwest. On May 2nd author Stan Abbot and friends will recall “The Line that Refused to Die”, the story of the amazing battle to save the Settle-Carlisle line.  May 3rd sees the return of Scandimoot, the annual celebration of Scandinavian music and dance. This year the event will feature musicians and dancers from Sweden’s Vasterdalarna area.  First Sunday folk on May 4th features The New Rope String Band and award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor will perform on May 9th.Tickets via -1729 825718



Enrolment is now taking place on Friday evenings for Junior Cricketers at Settle Cricket Club. The Juniors meet and train on Fridays at 6.30pm and parents are welcome in the clubhouse whilst children play. Members must be age 6 years or above and throughout the summer season the club fields competitive teams of U9, U11, U13 and U15.


A coffee morning will be held in the Old Court House on May 3rd and then on May 17th between 10am – 12.30pm. All are welcome.  A reminder that the first get-together for this year’s production of Guys and Dolls will take place on 7 May at the Old Court House at 7.30pm. Come along and find out more – new members are always welcome


There will be an exhibition entitled “Love and Marriage” featuring wedding dresses through the decades at Settle Parish Churcn on 3rd, 4th and 5th May.  Vintage dresses will be displayed alongside flower arrangements and treasured photographs. Homemade refreshments will be available all weekend. The exhibition is open between 10am -4pm on Saturday and Monday and 11pm -4pm on Sunday. Programmes cost £2.  All proceeds to Settle Parish Church funds.  A reminder that during the summer months the catering team at the church will once again be serving lunches on a Tuesday, Market day. There will be home made soup on offer as well as a range of toasted sandwiches, hot meals and salads as well as a choice of delicious desserts. Coffee is served from 10am onwards with lunches available between noon and 2pm. All welcome.


The next charity dance will take place on May 3rd at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall at 8pm – 11.30pm.  Please  contact 01729 82325901729 823259 / 824038  by Friday May 2nd to reserve a place. All proceeds will be donated to local charity.


On May 4th The Folly will host a Pop Up Studio event where members of the public can meet the Settle-Carlisle Railway artist in residence, Sarah Hutton.  Through the course of the year Sarah plans to visit every station along the line and will create a catalogue of images to help mark the 25th anniversary of the saving of the line. The event will run from 10.30-12.15.


Come along and support your local yarn shop and find out more about wool, on May 3rd, 6th and 7th at Cottontail Crafts. There will be a chance to meet suppliers and talk to experts as well as a raffle, goody bags and special offers all day between 10am-4pm. There will also be an opportunity to see wool being spun.


At the next meeting on 7 May the Resolutions will be presented by Joy Calvert followed by entertainment and tea. There will also be a Bring and Buy stall. Wednesday 4th June is a special Bring a Friend for Free meeting. There will be a warm welcome and no charge for visitors and friends who are invited to come and see what we do. The speaker will be Stephen Watson on The Art of Origami.


A series of five practical workshop and information sessions on the theme of Thrive and Survive will be held at St John’s Hall, commencing May 8 and running through to June 5th. These sessions will look at a range of issues including the link between mind and body; the skills required to cope with stress; practical relaxation techniques and how to handle physical and emotional needs. The sessions will be run by Dr Janet Donnelly, a trained counsellor and Tony Bennett, a tai-chi instructor. The sessions cost £5 each or £22 for all five. Details via 07703471866.


Cheerdance UK is coming to Settle starting on 8 May. Cheerdance is competitive dancing which creates routines which incorporates elements of dance, jumps and formation work. The sessions will be organised by Alison King school of dance and will take place at Victoria Hall between 5.30-7pm every Thursday. The cost is £4 per week and the classes are suitable for all levels of dance ability and for ages 4-17. For details contact 01729 84011801729 840118 .


Settle Rotary Club’s 6th Saunter will take place on Saturday 24th May 2014. Registration, start and finish is at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club, Lower Greenfoot, Settle. This annual event raises money this year for the Settle Swimming Pool and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There are 4 possible routes to choose from which, may be walked or run from 8, 10, 15 or 26 miles depending on your level of fitness or ability! Why not join together and make it a family day out to remember, admiring the wonderful scenery round Feizor, Clapham or Ingleborough Further details and entry forms on the Club’s website or from Derek on 07831 79791107831 797911 .


For days when you are pushed for time or if you simply prefer a shorter game, the  club is now offering the opportunity to play 9 holes for only £10. A full round of 18 holes is still only £20.


As part of a fund raising drive to raise money for local charities and support the Stroke Ward And Carers Resource The Swing City Big Band  will be taking to the stage at Victoria Hall on May 10th. Many of these talented musicians are familiar local faces who got together in  2008 to share their enthusiasm for big band music. The band play a wide range of music, from the 1930s through to more contemporary arrangements that cover swing, jazz, pop, movie and stage music. The emphasis is  on classic tunes made famous by the likes of Glenn Miller and Count Basie. The band’s show also features great timeless hits from stars such as Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. A band that’s guaranteed to get your feet tapping while supporting a good cause – altogether a night with a real feelgood factor. All tickets: £7.50 from Victoria Hall on 01729 82571801729 825718 or via Settle Music.


The monthly artisan fair will take place on May 10th at Victoria Hall between 9am – 3pm. There will be a range of stalls providing with high quality items of handmade goods, ideal for gifts or for treats for yourself! There will also be a vintage cafe serving refreshments throughout the fair.


Gallery on the Green were delighted this week to learn that two previous exhibitors at the Gallery have achieved success in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year exhibition.Tessa Bunney, who exhibited in 2010, has won overall Food Photographer of the Year while Ilkley based Joan Ransley (who exhibited in 2013) was awarded 3rd place in the ‘Food for Celebration’ category. Joan also took part in the ‘Take 3 Chefs’ event associated with her exhibition at Victoria Hall, Settle in May 2013.  The next exhibition at the gallery will beexcerpts from the Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science 2013 exhibition. These  will be shown at the Gallery on the Green in Settle during May and early June. This exhibition shows images produced by scientists to support their work and from photographers showing where and how science is conducted. Many of the images combine elements of both science and art.The fascinating selection include images on all scales, from those taken with the aid of an electron microscope to astronomical images of the stars. A number of very specialised techniques have been used, including time-lapse photography, magnetic resonance imaging, 3D reconstructed imaging and high speed photography.This huge variety of photography allows us to explore worlds where such images are used as everyday tools in medicine, engineering and many other fields. They do this in a way that can inform, question, or simply inspire. The exhibition, entitled “Hidden Worlds”, will run from 26th April to 28th June 2014.


Those who have taken part in the Tot Lord Trail around Settle will be interested to learn  that The Tot Lord Town Trail Booklet has now sold almost 500 copies of this charity fund raising booklet, which equals £500 for the C.R.O.,as well as funds for the Settle TIC and the Folly Museum. A second edition is very much on the cards  help is required with this. Please contact Richard Whinray if you can assist at In 1948, Tot was interviewed by B.B.C. Radio, discussing his famous Pig Yard Club Museum. This very rare interview is now on Richard Whinray’s Tot Lord Website. Google Tot Lord and then click on to hear this unique piece of Settle history.


Pupils in the two schools have recently been exchanging views about role models and explaining why they admire certain people. Kwezana pupils explained the importance of Chris Hani to them. Chris Hani was the General secretary of South African Communist party, chief of staff of the ANC ‘s arm wing who was assasinated outside his own home. He is regarded as one of the heroes of South Africa because his life and death and devotion to seeking equality. As the students explained, “He is one of the people who made it possible to have the kind of life we are leaving, even the opportunity that we have now , to chat with you people in UK. that’s why we will always remember him. ” Settle pupils explained about why they admired Malala Yousafzai, for standing up to  the Taliban in Pakistan by wanting girls to be better educated. Meanwhile the school has also learned that Kwezana primary has recently been awarded additional funding to purchase school fencing to improve security at the school and to allow them to fence in the garden area, in order to stop community livestock feeding in the schoolyard. They have also recently appointed a reception teacher. The school garden plays an important part in school life and Settle Primary is currently looking for local individuals or businesses to assist with sponsoring a gardener to help the pupils in Kwezana learn more about how to grow their own crops. If you can assist please contact Sarah Enwistle at Settle Primary School.



We are grateful to the wonderful team from St. Alkelda’s church, who organised and ran the Easter-related activities on our last day of term. Pupils worked hard all day in their mixed-age groups and produced some wonderful products; photographs of their day’s activities are currently displayed in church.  Y6 pupils recently took part in a cluster schools’ orienteering event in Gisburn Forest and greatly enjoyed this event.Congratulations to all pupils who completed the Sport-S-Cool Multi Sports course on the last day of term and well done to Edie Eccleston, who was awarded the trophy for her excellent participation throughout the course. On Saturday, 10th May, pupils will be performing to parishioners at the Parish Council Party, which is being held this year in Giggleswick Primary school.


On Sunday, May 4th at 3.30pm there will be a showing of The Lego Movie as part of the community cinema season.  This is a U certificate film and is suitable for all ages. Tickets cost £5. On May 18th there will be a showing of the acclaimed “12 Years a Slave”.  The Gigg lecture season continues on Friday May 9th when Anthony Kerr-Dineen will present a lecture on “The Influence of Prime Numbers and the Golden Ration on the Jupiter Symphony”; an exploration of the nature of truth, beauty which includes ground breaking  Mozart research, ancient Greek maths and a couple of pub games. Please note that this event will take place in Giggleswick School Chapel.  All tickets are bookable via 01729 89318001729 893180 or the website at

Organ recital: Settle: Church of the Holy Ascension; 26th April: 7.30 pm

Reviewer: Graham Toft  (Organist at Church of the Holy Ascension: Settle)

Saturday 26th April was the final concert in the current series of organ recitals in Settle Parish church, to commemorate the 101st Anniversary of the inauguration of the fine Binns organ and culminated in a wonderful celebratory recital by distinguished organist and choral conductor, Dr Roger B Williams OBE. Amongst his many other achievements, Roger played the organ for the Pope’s visit to Glasgow in 2010 and is Emeritus Organist of Aberdeen University.

The atmosphere of the recital was most certainly celebratory, and made reference to several other anniversaries, such as the 80th birthday of the composer of the final piece in the recital, the King’s Toccata, John MacLeod, which was written in 2009 and made a splendidly sonorous finale to the programme. C.PE. Bach was also included in the program: the 300th anniversary of his birth falls this year, and we were treated to the Sonata in F.

The opening piece was by Paul Mealor, who is one of the brightest stars of the younger generation of current composers and the piece played was  a long, dark work, which gradually builds from a barely audible opening to a grand climax, before subsiding into the sounds of its opening.

Dr Williams also included two of his own compositions in the recital, a setting of fiddle tune composed by Paul Anderson entitled ‘Organ Piece for St. Andrew’s Day’, and an arrangement of Scottish Dances which made full use of the Settle organ’s tonal characteristics, and included drone like effects and beautiful flute sounds.

Some of the programme was new to most of us, some consisted of evergreens such as Buxtehudes’s Gigue fugue and Vierne’s Berceuse. The way it was constructed by Dr Williams and the meticulousness of the performance, coupled with his obvious passion for the music, made a very fitting finale to our current recital series and we are very grateful to Roger for his efforts. We’ve had 8 concerts in this series, given by Graham Toft, Paul Fisher, Jason Lowe, Edward Scott and Tim Raymond and they have really demonstrated what the Settle organ is capable of.

You may be thinking that’s it for now, but as one recital series ends, another one begins and we have already planned the next two concerts. May 24th sees a recital centred on the music of local composer, Paul Fisher, who recently had one of his compositions performed at St. Trinité in Paris and is a prolific composer of choral and organ music. The June 21st recital is something completely different and features pop and rock music from the 60s and 70s arranged for the organ!

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