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Settle News and Reviews – June 22nd


Settle pupils have been telling their friends in Kwezana about the recent school fair and how they help with this by creating  stalls and use the money raised to help improve their school . They explained that the most popular of the stalls is always the stocks which is traditionally run by Year 5s and that although they end up getting very wet it is always great fun.


A cheque for £2034.06 has been sent to Christian Aid from the monies collected during Christian Aid Week in Settle and the surrounding villages.The Coffee Evening total was £578.01, street boxes £104.02, quiz sheets £13 and the rest from the envelopes  and other linked donations. Many thanks to all who contributed and to those who gave their time to organise events.


There is still time to visit the  current exhibition at Gavaghan Art in Linton Court which runs until July 5th. The exhibition features works by Sam Dalby RP and is entitled Still Life, Life Drawing, Portraits. It is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday..


The next coffee morning will take place on July 5th and will include a fent sale. There will be a wide range of fabrics available.  The event will take place at The Old Courthouse on Station Road between 10-12.30pm. All are welcome.


The next meeting is at 2 pm on Wednesday 2 July when Sylvia Whitely will give a talk on The Secrets of Handwriting. The competition will be for a flower arrangement in an egg cup. The September meeting will be in the Catholic Church Hall. A reminder that the Strawberry Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 12 July at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. Settle W.I. will  be running a bottle stall at Clapham Street Market on Saturday 26 July and are asking for donations of bottles from members.


Settle Orchestra’s summer concerts will take place at at the Richard Whiteley Theatre in Giggleswick on 28 June. The concert will commence at 7.30pm and the soloist will be Joshua Asquith. The programme will feature works by Mendelssohn, Weber, Schubert and Beethoven. Tickets cost £10 available from orchestra members or via Settle Music or Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office, or Skipton Camera Shop.


June concludes with two very different concerts. On Keith James  will be performing the Songs of Leonard CohenTickets and on29 June risking roots singer/song writer Luke Jackson thakes to the stage.  July has a mixture of events with something for all tastes.  Tom McConville, the Newcastle Fiddle player takes to the stage with his band on July 4th and on Sunday July 6th the First Folk session features  The Young ‘Uns, a Teeside trio with a fast growing reputation for bold vocals and a capella harmonies. On July 12th The irrepressible Knicker Lady visits Settle for a one-woman show tracing the history of 250 years of bloomers, briefs and bustles in a hilarious romp guaranteed to have you aching with laughter.  Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 82571801729 825718 .


There’s still time to take part in the flowerpot festival and make yourself a flowerpot person.  The festival runs from 28 June to 31 August and details are available via


Age UK, in partnership with Settle Stories., will be running an internet help cafe on Tuesdays, from 4pm at The Royal Oak each week. The aim is to assist people to become confident in the use of the internet for shopping, communication and entertainment. For details contact  -1729 823066.


Although the regular dance classes do not take place over the summer months there is still opportunities to dance! The next Scottish Dance will take place at St John’s Hall on 26 June at 7.30pm and costs £3. Visitors are welcome to come along and join in. For further information contact 015242 41451. Regular classes will resume in September.


On Thursday 26th June  there will be a visit to Langcliffe Hall and Gardens by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Robert Bell. This will be open to all and participants should  meet at Langcliffe Hall at 2.00 pm.  Please park in the village car park.


Alison King School of Dance is hosting a social dance on 28 June at Victoria Hall between 8-11pm. Tickets cost £5, available from 01729 84011801729 840118 /  07857532611 and there will be a bar available at the event. The dance will include opportunities for ballroom, latin, sequence, Argentinian tango, salsa, swing, rock and roll and latin line dancing. There will also be a demonstration by junior dancers.  No partner is necessary and the event is open to all.


The Rotary Club of Settle are holding a Hog Roast on Sunday, 29 June 2014 at Elder Heath Barn, Eldroth (if wet in Eldroth Village Hall) from 1pm onwards to raise money for Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Tickets are £10 each which include food and soft drinks. There will be a bar and live music provided by Settle & Giggleswick Brass Band and by Jack Miller.Tickets and further information are available from Michael Cullingworth on 01729 82397801729 823978 or Floyd Schofield on 07764 27060107764 270601 .


Settle’s Gallery on the Green returns to the theme of one of the most iconic, and perhaps photographed, railways in the UK – the Settle-Carlisle Railway.  The exhibition of photos by Simon Whalley ‘Spirit of the Line’ opens on Saturday 28th June 2014. The emphasis of Simon’s exhibition concentrates on an aspect of the railway other than the trains and tunnels. His theme is the railway and its everyday magic, its relationship with the environment and the people who use it.  Simon spent a year as resident photographer on the line in order to capture as many aspects of this famous route as possible. In a series of photographs, also available in a recently published book, the many elements of the line are captured and portrayed in often hauntingly beautiful scenes. The book also commemorates those people who fought to save the line from being closed during the 1980’s – an almost unthinkable act now in 2014. Simon is based in Penrith at Brougham Hall where he has a gallery and photographic studio. For more information see


Two new exhibitions open at The Folly on July 1st. The first, ‘War Beckons’: tracks how the people of North Craven prepared for war in 1914 and includes memorabilia loaned by local families. The second ‘Journeys Through a Family Archive’, explores  how the Rileys of Settle meticulously recorded and communicated the details of their everyday lives, work and – often adventurous – travels and achievements through writing, drawing and photography over a period of nearly 80 years. Frederic Riley was the author of several definitive full-length books on this area of Yorkshire, including his most ambitious work “The Ribble from its Source to the Sea”, published 100 years ago this year. This exhibition is a must for everyone who enjoys comparing and contrasting ‘then’ and ‘now’  The Folly is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm  and on Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm



On  June  29 there will be a performance at 4pm by Northern Dance Centre.  This will feature the senior students and Northern Lights Theatre group  and will take a trip back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and remember Movies and Movie Stars including items  based on Singing In The Rain, Top Hat, James Bond, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Hairspray, Austin Powers, The Great Gatsby, Footloose, The Lion King, ,Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, The Producers and Elvis Presley! On 30 June we are delighted to welcome Handlbards in a production of The Comedy of Errors. the four-strong, all-male HandleBards Company are back on their bikes and cycling the UK. Heralding the arrival of the Tour de France to the area, on just four bicycles and carrying all the necessary set, props, costumes and camping equipment, they will arrive in Giggleswick to perform Shakespeare’s anarchic farce of mistaken identity and far too many twins. The HandleBards definitely do Shakespeare differently – using bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on-stage, whilst playing all the parts in this wild 1930s indie-folk romp. Please note that this performance will take place outdoors in the garden of Style House with gates opening at 6.00pm for you to picnic beforehand. There will be a stall selling refreshments but please bring your own rugs, seats, picnics, bicycles…Tickets  bookable via the box office on 01729 89318001729 893180 .


A reminder that the quiz sheets need to be returned by Monday 30th June. The sheets are available from school, or the Tuck Shop in Giggleswick. There are two quizzes (£1 for the Children’s Quiz and £2 for the Family Quiz.)  All proceeds go to our school fund, money from which is used to benefit all pupils. Completed quiz entries can be handed in to school or the Tuck Shop. The prizes are a £25 Pizza Express Voucher (for Family Quiz), or a large jar of sweets (kindly donated by the Tuck Shop) for the Children’s Quiz.



This concert was a very special event in the series of recitals planned to celebrate the centenary of the Binns Organ, and it really was a concert unlike any other. Designed as a fun evening and to showcase the versatility of the organ this was certainly a real tribute to the two organists, who clearly had thoroughly enjoyed themselves selecting the pieces for the programme. To say it was a programme of real contrasts is an understatement and it certainly was an eye-opener, or should that be “ear-opener” – as some of the pieces were extremely loud.  It was also an extremely entertaining night as the selection of music ranged from those that you just knew would work wonderfully on the organ through to some that were totally unexpected and completely mind-blowing. The focus was on the 1960s and 1970s, with refreshments echoing the era – including the ubiquitous black forest gateau – and a couple of pop music quizzes to help set the mood.  The mixture on offer ranged from solid rock numbers to quieter, more contemplative numbers. However what was most interesting was the way in which listening to familiar tunes in an organ setting actually seemed to give many of the pieces a much richer quality as many of the interpretations were extremely imaginative. Amongst the more expected pieces were the haunting “Cavatina” (theme from The Deer Hunter” and a wonderful rendition of “Annie’s Song” and a very moving rendition of the Elvis Presley hit “Can’t help falling in Love”.  Abba also featured strongly, with a marvellous version of “Waterloo” which in its bright and boppy interpretation sounded very like a fair-ground ride. This was in great contrast to the somewhat gothic feel of “Money, Money, Money”.  The James Bond theme, played in this way acquired rather spooky undertone but for me, the real highlight of the first half of the programme was the performance of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie. Complete with a countdown and rocket launch the communications with Major Tom, really did send shivers down the spine and caught the sense of isolation and otherworldliness perfectly.   The real key to the evening however was the incredible enthusiasm of the two organists, this was apparent not only in their playing but also in the way in which they talked about their choices.  Paul Fisher’s interpretation of the brash carnival “Fiesta” was loud and full of joy and while others might be content simply to go with Abba and sing “Thank you for the Music”, I’m for once lost for words when it comes to describing Graham Toft’s unforgettable, energetic performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  This was definitely not the average organ recital…

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