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Settle News and Reviews 29th March

THE WIZARD OF OZ: VICTORIA HALL (26/3/15)
SETTLE AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY JUNIORS
This is without doubt a wonderful, enthusiastic production of a popular family show. It is bright, cheerful and colourful with everyone joining in the fun and thoroughly enjoying themselves, from the smallest munchkin through to the magnificent Jelly Bean Band who, clad in a curious array of striped socks and flowered bowler hats, made up the orchestra and played so spiritedly. The key words for this production were ebullience and fun. It is well paced,  bubbly and bowls along leaping from popular number to popular number and milking every scene for laughs along the way, incorporating some inspired bits of visual comedy, so that the audience itself becomes fully involved and joins in the singing.  The producer, Pat Harding, has clearly been blessed with a very enthusiastic cast but has worked her magic by developing their confidence and also channelling their enthusiasm into a real commitment to performing well. The chorus scenes are particularly good with the stage space used well and all the members of the chorus being fully involved in what is happening at all times so that even the youngest members of the cast speak clearly and sing with gusto. Added into this mix are some very able principals, who can not only sing and dance but can also maintain accents, develop the characters and show good comic timing. Molly Summergill Smith makes an excellent Dorothy and happily resists the urge to present a Judy Garland tribute act by instead portraying the character as practical and not overly simpering. She is joined by an outstanding trio in the balletic scarecrow, Alice Syms; a strong and confidently performed tinman, Jake Tatham and a very appealing, comically cowardly lion, John Newhouse.  These four manage to exude the kind of stage  presence that only comes from  the confidence of knowing exactly what you are all doing at any one time and ensuring that they are all totally in control of the situation: this is particularly obvious in scenes which call for rapid fire rhythmic dialogue. They were ably supported by Isabel Whittle as the Good Witch, Holly Thornton as a particularly nasty Wicked Witch and Mike Harding as the hapless Wizard of Oz. The show however was very much a team effort with some great work on display in the costumes, set and particularly in the lighting. As a means of introducing young people to the joy of theatre the SAOS juniors go from strength to strength, their love of performing is infectious and it is very clear that they are being supported by some very inspiring and inspired adults.

THE FOLLY
The Museum at the Folly  is now open for the new season and features two new exhibitions.  The first of these is entitled “1915: Reality Hits Home’ and  continues our World War I theme from last year and looks both at life on the home front in North Craven and daily life for the men and women serving abroad. It focuses on gas attacks and the tremendous role of the military padres in raising morale and tell the stories of two remarkable local men: Bertram Lambert, who invented the gas box respirator and Revd. Theodore Bayley Hardy, VC, MC, DSO of Bentham and Hutton Roof, who was the most highly decorated non-combatant in WWI.  The second exhibition is ‘A Community Skill: the History of the Burton in Lonsdale Potteries’. There will be approx. 80 pots on display, making it  possibly the largest collection in Yorkshire

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS
On Good Friday, 3rd April members of local churches will perform, Journey to the Cross, a dramatic presentation of the Good Friday story. This will start at  10.30 a.m. in St. John’s Methodist Church Hall before moving on to the Millennium Gardens, Settle Market Place (11.00 a.m. approx.) and then on to the field on Town Head.  If it is very wet, scenes 2-4 will take place in St John’s Methodist Church.   Tea/coffee and hot cross buns will be served in the Parish Church afterwards. All are welcome.

GUIDED WALKS
Two guided walks have been organised by the Friends of Settle- Carlisle railway for this weekend. The first is a Kirkby Stephen circular walk that is designed to be suitable for all the family – although because there will be stiles to cross it is not suitable for prams or buggies. This will be a 7 mile moderate walk departing from Kirkby Stephen station at 10.44 with the option to return to the station or Brough by vintage bus.  There is also an option to do a 2 mile easy family walk on a town trail around Kirkby Stephen with the added attraction of visiting the annual classic vehicle rally and a ride back to the station on vintage buses. This again connects with the Leeds train arriving at Kirkby Stephen at 10.44.No reservation is necessary either walk but all participants on the first walk should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. For further details contact walksinfo@settle-carlisle.com.
COFFEE MORNING
Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for coffee between 10am to noon on Saturday, April 4th and/or Saturday 18 April. All are welcome and you can guarantee a warm reception in the Old Court House on Station Road.

VICTORIA HALL
This month’s First Folk Sunday on April 5th will feature Bill Caddick. Bill is one of the stars of the English Folk scene and has been touring and playing since the sixties. He has built an enviable reputation in both music and theatre, and is perhaps best known as a member of the legendary folk band ‘The Home Service’. On April 9, Hotbuckle theatre will visit with their acclaimed production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. On April 11th, rhythm and blues band The Stumble return to Settle while on 17 April 1980s/90s hit band The Christians will take to the stage. The month is rounded off by a special intimate concert featuring Greg Lawson and Pete Garnett in their new band Caper. Best known for their work in Moishes Bagel, this is a new direction in their work.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718
ALL SORTS FAIR
The Friends of Victoria Hall are holding an all sorts fair on Easter Monday, 6 April from 10-4pm. Refreshments will be served all day and all are welcome. There are still table spaces available and those wishing to book a space should contact Jean Bradley on 01729 840205.
HATHA YOGA
A new term of Hatha Yoga classes will commence on 13 April at Settle Primary School. Sessions run from 7.30-9pm. There will also be classes on Wednesday evenings from 15 April onwards. For further details contact 07947027188.
HUSTINGS
With the commencement of the electioneering, Churches Together in Settle and District have arranged a hustings event on Friday 17 April, 7 – 9pm at St John’s Church. All the candidates standing in this are are planning to take part and the event is open to everyone from the local community. There will be an opportunity to put questions to the prospective candidates and these should be submitted in writing prior to the meeting to John Diggles. These should be emailed to John at johnd@abtsound.co.uk no later than 6pm on 16 April. Copies of the question form giving an actual address for delivery are also available in Settle library for those who prefer not to use email.

LADIES NIGHT
Ingleborough District Scouts are holding a ladie’s night on 17 April  at 7.30pm at Mealbank Hall in Ingleton. The evening will feature a fashion show by Kitty Brown Boutiques and will include clothing across the full range of sizes as well as accessories. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine and nibbles and are available from Scout leaders across the district and also form Ingleton Community Centre.

BIG BREAKFAST
The next big breakfast will take place on Saturday 18 April 2015, 8.30am in the Annexe at Friends Meeting House. The speaker will  be Mark Turnbull, Headmaster at Giggleswick School. Please book your places by Thurs 16 April  by contacting 01729 825285.Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am.
£3.00. All welcome.
BLOOD DONOR SESSION
There will be a blood donor session at St John’s Hall on 20 April. The afternoon session will run from 2.30-4pm and the evening session will run from 5-7.30pm. To reserve an appointment contact 0300 123 23 23. New donors are always welcome.
SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP
A reminder to members that there will be no meeting on April 6th as this is Easter Monday. The next meeting will therefore be April 20 at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. This will be the AGM.

SETTLE STORIES
Together with Settle Library we’re celebrating World Book Night on 23 April at 6.30pm. There will be free books and a chance to enjoy storytime with storytellers Alia Alzougbi and Sita Brand. Sita and Alia will delight you with tales from around the world to make you smile, giggle and fall in love with stories all over again. There’ll be free refreshments, a chance to discover the new Library plus the opportunity to go on a book giveaway around Settle. This is a free event but it’s always useful to know how many people are coming so please book a place via Settle Stories website. This event is suitable for 8+ years old

QUIZ NIGHT
Advance notice, to allow you to get your teams together and get brains into gear, of a quiz night to be held at Settle Rugby Club on 24 April under the guide of local quiz master Stuart Marshall.  Cost is £5 per person, including supper. There will also be a raffle. Info and booking via HSBC bank in Settle and 01524 251488.

NORTH CRAVEN HERITAGE TRUST
The North Craven Heritage Trust (NCHT) will hold its next meeting in Austwick Village Hall on Wednesday 1st April at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Mike Gill, on the subject of   ‘The Malham Mines’. Guests are very welcome – please pay £2 at the door.
CRO CHALLENGE 2015
Now is the time to be thinking about getting ready for the Cave Rescue Organisation Challenge. The event will take place on May 16 and offers the opportunity to take part in the Ingleborough marathon (26 miles) or the Clapham Circuit (15 miles). For both routes there is the option to either run or walk the route. Participants are invited to raise at least £25 sponsorship per person for the Ingleborough Marathon or £15 per person for the Clapham circuit to help raise funds for both mountain and cave rescue in the dales.  Both routes will cover footpaths and tracks which ware seldom used but which lead along some of the most attractive areas in the dales. For further info and registration details go to www.cro.org.uk/challenge.

GIGGLESWICK
GIGGLESWICK PRIMARY SCHOOL
There was great excitement in school last week when, like many others in the country, pupils were able to observe the solar eclipse. In addition to watching its progress on the live screens, pupils tried out the various methods suggested for safe viewing and decided that the bowl of water set up by Mrs. Thompson in the side yard was definitely the best method! Whilst outside, we also observed how cold it became and how the birds started to roost – an eerie experience!Congratulations to all pupils who participated in this recent Sport-S-Cool multi sports course and particular congratulations to Libby Worthington, who was awarded the trophy for always smiling and working hard throughout the course.
Thank you to everyone who donated chocolate items for the recent Family Bingo and Chocolate Tombola and who came to take part in the evening’s fun. Once again, we are grateful to all those who helped set up, run the event and clear away afterwards – your help is much appreciated. There was a good turn-out and many items of chocolate were won and consumed! Thank you also to everyone who came along to our Open Afternoon this week. It was lovely to see so many families, as well as Governors and some of our future pupils. Many visitors commented favourably on the displays of pupils’ work and the huge range of activities on offer. Well done to all pupils, especially Class 1 for performing so well during their Pupils’ Assembly and to KS2 for producing the delicious apple buns, which were enjoyed by many of the visitors.  Our fundraising total for Comic Relief has now reached an amazing £212, thank you to everyone who contributed. This week Class 3 pupils thoroughly enjoyed their French breakfast this week, organised by Mrs. Butcher, who has been working with them on Tuesday mornings. Prior to their breakfast, they designed and made French-style placemats and during the meal, they spoke in French and sampled various pastries, bread, hot chocolate and fruit juice. Some of them even dressed in French colours for the occasion! We are very grateful to Settle Co-op, who kindly donated some of the items for this event. Once again, we are very grateful to the church team at St Alkelda’s, this year led by Ali Ng, who kindly volunteered to run a day of Easter activities for our pupils. Following the Palm Sunday story, read to the pupils at the start of the school day, by Reverend Hilary Young, we held  our own version of the Palm Sunday procession (with percussion instruments!)  parading from school, along Burnside, down Raines Road, then Bucks Lane, along Tems Street, down Church Street, through the lych gate and into the church.  Following a  morning of activities, we returned to school for a special Easter meal, before returning to church for more activities, culminating in an Easter Assembly

GUIDED WALKS
Three guided walks have been organised by the Friends of Settle- Carlisle railway for this weekend. The first is an 11mile moderately strenuous walk departing from Garsdale at 10.21 and ending at Dent, with a bus connection to Dent station. As this uses a public bus service it is essential to reserve a place on this walk. The second is an Appleby circular walk of 12 miles and is again a moderately strenuous walk. This leaves Appleby station at 10.08am. Both these walks take place on 28th March. On March 29th there will be a 14 mile, strenuous walk from Hellifield to Skipton leaving Hellifield at 10.02am. No reservation is necessary for these latter two walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. For further details contact walksinfo@settle-carlisle.com.
SETTLE-KWEZANA LINK
While the two schools in the link are very different in many respects one of the joys of the work between the schools is finding out about not only the differences but also the similarities. A new pupil at Kwezana, Kungawo Mabandla, this week shared  their feelings about being at a  new school and about the apprehension of  learning to use a computer for the first time – something which many people in both countries can identify with! However the message arrived and Kungawo concluded that learning new skills is nice and computer lessons are great fun!
VICTORIA HALL
The Junior Section of Settla Amateur Operatic Society will take to the stage on 26 and 27 March  for their production of “The Wizard of Oz” and on 28 March there will be a Pop Factor concert tribute celebrating the top artistsand biggest chart hits!  Looking ahead to April the First Fok Sunday on April 5th will feature Bill Caddick.Bill is one of the stars of the English Folk scene and has been touring and playing since the sixties. He has built an enviable reputation in both music and theatre, and is perhaps best known as a member of the legendary folk band ‘The Home Service’. On April 9, Hotbuckle theatre will visit with their acclaimed production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718

SETTLE ORCHESTRA
The second of the Orchestra’s spring concerts will take place on Saturday, 28th March 2015 at Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton, 7.30pm. The orchestra will be conducted by Leo Geyer and will be joined by piano soloist Philip Sharp. The programme will feature Mozart’s Overture to ” Magic Flute”, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Mozart’s symphony No.40.  Tickets are available from Orchestra members or from Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music, Skipton Camera Centre, by emailing sarah.glossop@btinternet.com or by phoning 01729 825806.

SAOS JUNIORS
The Junior Section of Settle Amateur Operatic Society will be staging their production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Victoria Hall on 26 and 27 March at 7pm. Tickets are available from the hall on 01729 825718 and cost £10 for balcony seats, £8 for stalls or a family stalls ticket is available at cost of £22.

TABLE TOP SALE
On Saturday 28th March from 10.00am till 3.00pm there will be a grand table top sale at Settle Parish Church.  Contact 01729 822848 to book a table for £6.00. Homemade refreshments available all day

MILLENNIUM GARDEN
Volunteers are needed to help at the Millennium gardens. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Just bring along some gardening gloves and suitable clothing and join in. The group will next meet on 29 March at the Millennium Garden at 2pm. There will be no gardening if it is snowing!

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS
On Good Friday, 3rd April members of local churches will perform, Journey to the Cross, a dramatic presentation of the Good Friday story. This will start at  10.30 a.m. in St. John’s Methodist Church Hall before moving on to the Millennium Gardens, Settle Market Place (11.00 a.m. approx.) and then on to the field on Town Head.  If it is very wet, scenes 2-4 will take place in St John’s Methodist Church.   Tea/coffee and hot cross buns will be served in the Parish Church afterwards. All are welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT
Advance notice, to allow you to get your teams together and get brains into gear, of a quiz night to be held at Settle Rugby Club on 24 April under the guide of local quiz master Stuart Marshall.  Cost is £5 per person, including supper. There will also be a raffle. Info and booking via HSBC bank in Settle and 01524 251488.

NORTH CRAVEN HERITAGE TRUST
The North Craven Heritage Trust (NCHT) will hold its next meeting in Austwick Village Hall on Wednesday 1st April at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Mike Gill, on the subject of   ‘The Malham Mines’. Guests are very welcome – please pay £2 at the door.

GIGGLESWICK
GIGGLESWICK PRIMARY SCHOOL
Thank you to everyone who joined us in school for a celebratory Mothering Sunday Meal. As always, the tables had been beautifully prepared with plants in pots (decorated by members of Gardening Club) and the staff team kindly served the meals to all diners. Mrs Richardson, Mrs Eccleston, Mrs Clay and helpers managed to produce 102 delicious meals, which were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and pupils entertained the visiting mothers and grandmothers with their song, written by Class 3 pupils.  Thank you to everyone for their  cooperation and support during last whilst contractors were on site to construct our new play area. Thanks to a break in the wet weather, work was completed on time and the site was handed back to school on Saturday morning. There was great excitement amongst the pupils this week, when they were able to play on the equipment. Well done to everyone for supporting our Red Nose Day fund-raising events. There were some amazing costumes and crazy clothing, so far resulting in donations of £180 for Comic Relief. Pupils and staff were also very well entertained with the Red Nose Day Talent Show! This was coordinated by Ms. Flanagan, who had also run auditions for a fortnight before the event and it was run by the older pupils. The entertainment involved pupils from every year group and showed commitment, courage, talent and skills. It is always interesting to learn when our pupils are involved in community events, so that we can congratulate them in school, as well. Recently, some of our pupils took part in the following recent events. After lots of practising, 7pupils took part in three sell-out ballet shows by Helen Howard School of Theatre Dance at the Richard Whiteley Theatre.  Eight pupils took part in St Alkelda’s Mothering Sunday service community event, with a further two pupils taking part in the Mothering Sunday Service at Rathmell. Congratulations to Edie Eccleston, Jimmy Howarth, Oliver Sampson and Connie Eccleston who were picked to represent Craven at  the North Yorkshire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships. This is the first time that four of our pupils have been selected for this event and the second time for Jimmy. They all ran well, so well done to our Craven runners! Class 2, accompanied by Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Finch and Mrs. Marshall, have had a thoroughly enjoyable residential visit to Nell Bank, in Ilkley. During their first day, they worked with Y3 & Y4 pupils from Hellifield, Long Preston and Rathmell on activities such as orienteering and den building. After an overnight stay, during the second day, they participated in more activities, including a woodland walk, pond dip and minibeast search with those from Rathmell. They were praised for their behaviour and involvement – well done Class 2!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MUSIC: BLAST FROM THE PAST
VICTORIA HALL: 20/3/15
It was Lord Reith who felt that the role of the BBC was to educate, entertain and inform, he would certainly have approved of Blast From The Past as they led the audience on a fast- moving tour of Western musical history taking in 600 years of popular culture in 90 minutes and introducing us to instruments as diverse as shawms, citterns, rauschpfeife, crumhorns and virginals. Ranging from the oldest surviving song in our country’s history, “Sumer Is Icumen In” dating from approximately 1250 through to Novello’s poignant “Keep the Home Fires Burning” of World War 1 the music covered a range of moods and styles and was skilfully placed in context in a style that was full of humour and littered with all manner of trivia. From their commentary it became clear that music has always been a way of sharing experiences and knitting together communities and this was clearly seen in how our musical tradition was influenced by world and local events, be it the introduction of middle eastern influences in instruments brought back by the crusaders through to the loss of music and lyrics as a result of the dissolution of the monasteries and the total prohibition on music, dancing and theatre during the protectorate of Oliver Cromwell.  With this wide range of tit-bits on offer there was much to enjoy and savour and something for all tastes from the all too familiar complaint about the weather in a song dating from the 13th century, to the beautiful love song, “Come again,” by John Dowland dating from 1597, the determined ladies in “My thing is my own” from the 18th century and the female highwayman “Sovay” or the raucous 16th century drinking song ” Martin said to his man”.  In the midst of such a banquet of information, costume and sheer theatricality it would have been very easy to overlook the fact that it was held together by the fact that both Sophie Matthews and Chris Green are extremely engaging and talented musicians equally at home with instruments and song of the middle ages as music hall favourites. They are also both outstanding communicators and clearly passionate about their subject. Their versatility was staggering as they led us via maggots and brawls (written as branle but pronounced like the rough and tumble fight it resembled) into the world of dance music played wandering musicians who were regarded as lower than vagabonds and play-actors through the bawdy and scandalous ditties of the restoration, where the lyrics would certainly not pass modern censorship  to the Victorian morality ballads and on to the boisterous behaviour of the music hall. Victoria Hall was certainly a fitting venue for such a wonderful journey and the latter half of the programme surely stirred some ghosts in the wings of the old building.

SETTLE ORCHESTRA: RICHARD WHITELEY THEATRE
21/3/15
Watching and listening to the Orchestra it would be difficult to not be impressed by just how vibrant it is as an organisation. The evening’s programme focussed on Austro-German classical works and included a dazzling performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No1 , made possible by a series of fund-raising initiatives. This aspect however was only one sign of its vibrancy, another is the way it is actively encouraging young talent as could be seen in the number of junior members playing key roles in the orchestra. The evening opened with Mozart’s overture to “The Magic Flute”, a striking piece which gave plenty of opportunities to admire the performance of the string section in particular.  This was followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto with the incredibly talented soloist, Philip Sharp. This was a stunning performance by both soloist and orchestra with expertly interpreting the moods within the piece ranging from playful wandering themes in the Allegro through to the rolling ripples of the serene second movement and the spritely rondo which bounced jauntily along.  The piece was played with great energy and passion and mention should be made of the contribution of the woodwind section. This was followed by an unexpected treat of a sublime encore in the form of Brahms Intermezzo by the soloist. The programme concluded with Mozart’s Symphony No 40, probably one of his best known works with the allegro being instantly recognisable. However, heard in its entirety it becomes much more obvious how passionate the piece is as throughout there are moments when there is a very clear sense of melancholy and restlessness. Again, this was a striking performance and it is clear that the orchestra is continuing to grow in confidence and working well under the baton of their new conductor.

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