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Settle News and Reviews 17th June 2012


In the autumn of 2011, landscape artist, Katharine Holmes spent a month long residency in Kilkenny Ireland, as part of a Chrysalis Contemporary Arts project, and then travelled west to spend time on the coast of North Mayo. These paintings and drawings will be on display at the Linton Court Gallery, Settle throughout June 2012. Also on display will be an exhibition of original prints. Artists represented will include Yorkshire artists: David Cook, David Morris, Emerson Mayes and Janet Swailes along with screenprints from Advanced Graphics Studio London including work by Neil Canning, Anthony Frost, Anita Klein, Fred Cuming and lithographs from Curwen Studio including work by Edward Bawden, Paula Rego, David Gentleman, Paul Hogarth and Mark Hearld. The gallery is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 – 4.


There will be a blood donor session today, 21 June, at St John’s Hall. There will be two sessions the first running from 2.30-4pm and the second from 5-7.30pm. For further details contact 0300 123 23 23.


A reminder that Tuesday lunches are now once again being served in the church over the summer months. Coffee is served from 10 am onwards and light lunches available from 11.30 to 2pm. Thanks to all who supported the Langcliffe lunches and teas on Sunday, both by attending and those who cooked and provided food or gave their time to serve.


Throughout the year the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line organise free guided walks through the countryside along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and the Leeds-Lancaster and Morecambe lines. These walks are led by the volunteers from the Friends. Packed lunches are required for the walks and waterproofs and dry clothing are recommended. Prior booking is not necessarily required, simply turn up on the day at the station where the walk commences. On June 23 there will be a 7mile moderate circular walk leaving Ribblehead at 10.06 am. On the Morecambe line there will be a 13 mile moderately strenuous walk from Wennington to Lancaster on 23 June, leaving Wennington at 9.44 amor further details contact website at


There are only two more weeks to go on the two current exhibitions at the Folly. The first of these is: ‘Off the Page: the Story of Dalesman Magazine’. The second exhibition is ‘Portraits’ ‘by Sam Dalby featuring portraits of local characters and “Norber Erratics”. Opening times: Tues. 10.30-4.30 Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun and Bank Holidays 12.30-4.30.For further information check the website at or ring 01729 822893 for more information.


The next orchestra concert will take place at Christ Church, Skipton on 23 June. The concert will commence at 7.30pm and will be the last under current conductor Darren Everhart, who will be moving to Italy later in the summer. The programme will take the form of a musical tour of the British Isles featuring William Walton: Crown Imperial; Grace Williams: Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Rhymes; Hamish MacCunn: The Land of the Mountain and Flood; Ernest Tomlinson: Second Suite of English Folk Dances; Peter Hope: Ring of Kerry Suite and Alexander Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto. Tickets cost £8 if purchased in advance or £9 on the door and are available from Clitheroe Music, Settle Music, Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office, Alley Books and Skipton Camera Centre.


Settle golf club are holding a summer ball in memory of Paul Dutton on 23 June, with 50% of the funds raised going to Manorlands hospice. There are still some remaining tickets and anyone interested should contact 01729 825340 as soon as possible.


Come along and enjoy a cream tea at St Mary and St Michael RC church on 23 June from 2.30 onwards. Teas cost £3 and there will also be a cake stall, art exhibition, tombola and a raffle. All welcome.


There will be a coffee morning at the Old Courthouse on 23 June from 10am onwards. On July 1st you invited to come along to Langcliffe Institute from lunchtime onwards when SAOS will be serving light lunches and teas. All welcome.


The school is holding its summer fair on 23 June from 12-4pm. There will be a tombola, barbecue, cards, raffle, cake stall and a range of other stalls. All welcome.


The folk club meets on 23 June at Settle Social club from 9pm onwards. As well as a range of floor singers there will be a special guest, Zeke Deighton. Admission is £5.


The gallery is currently hosting an exhibition entitled “Celebrating Settle” and featuring memorabilia and photographs of past royal jubilee and coronation festivities in Settle from 1887-1953. The exhibition runs until 21 July.


Settle Voices Community Choir meets in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. There is an annual fee of £5 plus £4 per session. New members are welcome. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771


Organisers for a reunion scheduled for students from Settle High School who were in the intake year 1958 and 1959 are seeking your help! The event is to take place at Settle Cricket Club on 29 September from 3pm onwards. A pie and pea meal is planned and the event will cost £5. However, at present the organisers have not managed to contact everyone and have a particular problem tracing some of the girls as many have married and so the surname has changed. They are appealing to anyone who may be in touch with any ex-students from these year groups – they might be family or friends who have moved out of the area – to pass the message on so that as many as possible can come along to the event. The people in question will now be in their sixties and it thought that those who moved away may still have other family members in the area. To find out more, pass on details or to reserve a place please contact 01729 822988 or 01535 692018.


The next workshop activity session takes place on 30 June at Friends Meeting House and will be a scrapbooking and journal session. Cost £8 . Details and reservations via 01729 824386 (evenings only)


The next meeting on Wednesday 4 July is the outing to Grassington and Pately Bridge. The coach leaves Whitefriars car park at 9.15am . On Monday 25 June at 1.30pm at St John’s Methodist Hall Julie and Anne, the dynamic duo of entertaining cookery, will demonstrate recipes from their recent publication ‘Cooking with Anne,’ and on Saturday 28 July there will be a Strawberry Coffee Morning at The Friends Meeting House from 10am to 12 noon.


The Friends of Victoria Hall will hold their AGM on Wednesday, 11 July at Victoria Hall at 7.30pm. Anyone wishing to find out more about the Friends should contact the hall as new volunteers are always welcome.



On June 24 as part of the Community Cinema programme there will be a showing of “The Pirates: band of misfits at 3.30pm. This is a U certificate film, suitable for all ages and tickets cost £4.70. To mark Giggleswick School’s quincentennial the Halle Orchestra will be playing in an open air concert on Pape’s Field on June 30th. The open air concert will be presented by Sir Tim Rice and will also feature internationally acclaimed soloists Sarah Fox, Barry Banks and Sir Thomas Allen who will be joined by Giggleswick Choral Society. The evening will conclude with fireworks. Tickets cost £30 (groups of 10+ £27pp, U 16’s £5). Gates open at 6pm for 8pm start. Tickets for events via the box office on 01729 893180.


St Alkelda’s Church is holding a garden party at the vicarage on 23 June from 2-4pm. There will be a range of stalls as well as children’s games, pony rides and a teddy tombola. All welcome.


KS2 pupils recently entertained an Austrian visitor when Christina Schauer, an German speaking language student at Ermysted’s Grammar School, came along to work with pupils and teach them some German and talk about Austrian animals. Pupils also played an active role in the village’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations as well as enjoying their own jubilee street party to which they invited Giggleswick Pre-School members. Picnic food was created by Mrs Richardson and Mrs Eccleston and pupils also made scones, small cakes, biscuits, sandwiches, peppermint creams and fudge! They also decorated crowns, produced portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, designed and wove bunting and table mats. They learnt and performed some patriotic songs, as well as ‘God Bless the Queen’ which was especially composed for schools to mark the occasion. In addition, Martha, Caitie, Tiarney and Gabriel made up a dance and taught it to all the pupils; this was then performed at our party. Forty two retired village residents came to our party, so with pupils and staff we catered for almost a hundred guests! During half-term a number of pupils also took part in a Sport-S-Cool holiday school and despite the poor weather all participants enjoyed a range of sports and each day was well-attended. As these holiday courses are increasingly popular, Sport-S-Cool will be running another Holiday Course in August.



Led by Lyn Fletcher, the Halle Soloists comprise the leading principal players of the Halle Orchestra – or as she explained, “We are the ones who sit at the front of the strings section!” The group perform chamber music together and the chapel at Giggleswick provided an idyllic setting for this delightful concert. Listening to a group of this nature not only allows you to focus on the beauty and versatility of the strings themselves but also gives a greater insight into their role within the orchestra as a whole and this was certainly the case here, where the quality of the performance was outstanding. The first half of the programme was made up of the four movements of Brahms’ string sextet in B Flat. This contains some wonderful changes in mood throughout the musical journey with moments of real zest followed by strangely soothing passages as you wind your way through a labyrinth of sounds and delights before the delicate plucking of strings leads you to a gentle conclusion. The second half of the concert featured the lively Sextet from “Capriccio” by Richard Strauss. The theme of the opera is a dramatised debate as to which is the greater art – poetry or music? The sextet represents the introduction of the argument on behalf of music. In this performance it was certainly a compelling notion as the piece conveyed a real sense of dramatic tension in places with moments of tranquility in others which rendered words unecessary. The second piece was the lively Brahams’ sextet No 2 in G. Composed in the countryside near Baden-Baden there is a distinctly pastoral feel to section of the music with the plucked strings of the opening of the Scherzo reminiscent of falling raindrops – extremely appropriate in light of the weather conditions! The piece also allegedly hides a love-note as the first movement contains a sequence of notes which form a motif in the piece but which also spell out the name of a lady with which the composer was infatuated at the time of writing. Whether or not this is the case, the music was simply stunning and the performance a excellent foretaste of the delights to come when the Halle Orchestra visit Giggleswick at the end of the month to help celebrate the school’s 500th anniversary.



The main focus of the programme was a musical tour of the British Isles but truly this was an exercise in painting pictures with sound, with a range of fantastic pieces creating an extraordinary orchestral odyssey. There was also a clear sense of celebration in the evening not just with the majestic conclusion by way of Walton’s “Crown Imperial” but also in the celebration of the talent on show during the performance. The orchestra has always fostered young talent and it is reaping the rewards in evenings such as this when in addition to the main orchestral pieces there were two stunning trumpet performances by a former Orchestra member. Nineteen year old Adam Stockbridge is currently studying at the Royal College of Music. His first solo, Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto was probably new to most of the audience, but will surely have proven to be memorable. A wonderfully dynamic piece it was both thrilling and challenging, demonstrating the incredible versatility of the instrument and also reflecting a wide range of influences in the incredible mood shifts it contained. The performance itself was totally spellbinding. The second piece was Vivaldi’s Concerto for trumpet in which Adam was joined by Pam Whitehead, thus reuniting him with his first trumpet teacher in this splendid rendition of a joyous baroque concerto. The evening began however with a trip to Scotland via Hamish MacCunn’s “Land of the Mountain and the Flood.” This evocative piece blends lyrical passages with dynamic darker moods brilliantly recreating the haunting beauty of the Scottish countryside. Wales was represented by Grace Williams’ “Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Rhymes” which skilfully weaves together a series of original Welsh tunes so that while there is nothing childish about the complexity of the piece there is certainly a child-like joy reflected in the energy of the music and the delight in playing with ideas. The piece also benefited from some excellent work by the flutes in the slower movement. Peter Hope’s “The Ring of Kerry” took the audience briskly over to Ireland where clearly the percussionists were kept heavily occupied in the opening movement “ Jaunting Car”. By contrast “Lough Learne” was fully of wistful, ethereal beauty with shimmering notes ending in a heartfelt sigh. Then swiftly on to “Killorglin Fair”, a splendidly raucous dance full of hustle and bustle. Then finally to England, represented by Ernest Tomlinson’s Second Suite of English Folk Dances – an amazing collection of six beautifully depicted scenes of English life in miniature incorporating marching bands, tranquil country lanes, bustling towns, meadows of flowers and a riotous romp to conclude. The piece also gave further cause for celebration as Tomlinson was awarded an MBE for his services to music in the Queen’s birthday honours. There was however one sad note in this otherwise stunning evening, and that is that the summer concerts mark the end of Darren Everhart’s tenure as conductor with the Orchestra. There is however no doubt that his dedication and inspiration has been reflected in the standard of the orchestra’s performances and that their enjoyment in their music and confidence mean that although he will be sorely missed they will continue to face the new challenges in the year ahead with resilience and enthusiasm.

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