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Settle News and Reviews May 20th


Age UK are organising an afternoon tea at Victoria Hall on 30 May at 2.30pm. Tickets are £3 and are available from the Age UK office in Cheapside or via 01729 823066.  There will be an opportunity for old time dancing and a prize for the lady wearing the best decorated hat.


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. On May 26 as part of their dales tour The Heritage Singers will be performing a free concert of chorale music commencing at 7.30pm.




There are currently two exhibitions at the Folly. The first of these is:  ‘Off the Page:the Story of Dalesman Magazine’ and  the second is ‘Portraits’ by Sam Dalby featuring portraits of local characters. 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.



Phil Beer, half of the award winning acoustic duo “Show of Hands” entertains on 24 May. Details and tickets via 01729 825718




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 May 26 there will be an 8 mile moderate walk to view bluebells in Flakebridge woods. This will leave Appleby station at 10.47. There is also a strenuous 16 mile walk around Potts Valley and Sunbiggin leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.34.  On the Morecambe line there is a 13 mile moderate walk from Kendal to Bowness alighting at Oxenhope at 8.22 following a change at Lancaster with the 5.55 Leeds train. For further details contact website at




Longing to tell a story? Settle Storytelling Festival has launched a  competition in collaboration with social audio platform Audioboo to find Britain’s best newcomer to the ancient art of storytelling. To commemorate 2012 being the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, the festival is asking budding storytellers to tell their own version of a fantastical Grimm’s fairy tale – like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel or Snow White. Entries need to be recorded and uploaded by July 31st 2012. Prizes include £50.00, £25.00 and £10.00 National Book Tokens. The overall winner will be invited to perform at the Storytelling Festival 2012. The Festival takes place from 11th – 14th October 2012. This year’s line-up includes award winning and international renowned storytellers. This is your chance to share the stage with them. The Brothers Grimm wrote many of the most well known and well loved fairy stories in the world and everyone has a favourite – so pick your story, make it your own and start telling it. Let your imagination go wild, make it about your family, your friends or your school. Set it anywhere you want – anything goes – and if you’ve ever really kissed a frog, we’d love to know what happened!” For more information go to



The Workshop are holding a gouache painting course with local artist Linda Clemence on 26 May at Friends meeting house, Kirkgate. The session costs £8 and runs from 10-12.  To reserve a place contact 824386, evenings only.



The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show (TRAMPS)  have pulled off a major coup and will stage a special preview showing of “Lad: a Yorkshire Story” at Victoria Hall at 8pm on Saturday 26th May. The film is  a heart warming story of a 13 year old who comes to terms with the loss of his Dad through the friendship he forms with a National Park Ranger in the Yorkshire Dales. Directed by ex-Settle school boy Dan Hartley the film was shot locally in Settle, Austwick and in the Dales, and stars local actors with some lead roles played by Settle school pupils. Advance tickets can be obtained at Victoria Hall box office (01729 825718).This is closely followed by a showing of the multi academy award winning film ‘The Artist’, a black and white tribute to Hollywood’s golden age. This will be shown at Victoria Hall on 31st May at 7.30pm.




Age UK are organising an afternoon tea at Victoria Hall on 30 May at 2.30pm. Tickets are £3 and are available from the Age UK office in Cheapside or via 01729 823066.  There will be an opportunity for old time dancing and a prize for the lady wearing the best decorated hat.



A blood donor session will be held at St John’s Hall on 30 May. There will be two sessions with the first being between 2.30-4pm and the second 5-7.30pm. To make an appointment contact 0300 123 23 23.


Linton Court Gallery invite you to come along and hear a talk by Dr John Welshman on 31 May at 7pm on the subject of his new book: “ Titanic – The Last Night of a Small Town”.  Admission is £6 and places must be reserved in advance.  Published by Oxford University Press the book features the stories of both crew and passengers. The featured crew includes the Second Officer; a Stewardess; the young Assistant Wireless Operator; and the Captain of the Carpathia rescue ship. There are eight featured passengers in all – an amateur military historian and governess in First Class; a teacher in Second; a domestic servant and mother in Third; and three children. The book considers questions such as what were their earlier histories, their hopes and anxieties? Who survived, and why, and who perished? What happened to these people in the years after 1912? And what can we learn from their accounts? On the centenary of the sinking, it is the individual histories of twelve of the inhabitants of the small town that this book reconstructs. The book employs the rigorous, sceptical approach of the social historian, while at the same time retaining the vividness of the eye-witness account. For further details or to book a place contac Tel: 01729 824497


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


The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 6 June when the Rev Hilary Young will give a talk entitled ‘My Story’.  At 1.30 pm on Monday 25 June at St John’s Church Hall, Julie and Anne, known as the ‘dynamic duo of entertaining cookery’ will demonstrate some recipes from their W.I. publication ‘Cooking with Anne’. The charge is £10 to include light refreshments. The outing on Wednesday, 4 July, is to Grassington and Pateley Bridge. The  cost of the outing is £20 to include lunch.




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.



Settle will be hosting a continental market in the market place on June 1st and 2nd from 9am – 5pm. There will be market traders from across Europe selling authentic food and handmade crafts and many will be in traditional costumes.



The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on June 2nd. This will be a celebration of the Jubilee and there will be a finger buffet, cost £7. All proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.



The Settle WI are holding a big jubilee lunch combined with a fundraising event for the The Folly at St John’s Hall on 3 June between 12-4pm. You are invited to come along and join in the big lunch and bring a picnic for yourselves or sufficient to share. There will also be hot and cold drinks on sale along with cake and produce stalls, bric-a-brac and a book stall.



Linton Court Gallery is hosting a series of Life Drawing Class with T Sam Dalby as tutor. There will be a one day Life Drawing Day event & three Thursday evening sessions. You can book for all 4 sessions or just one, however there will be a reduced price if booking for all sessions.

The day drawing event will take place on Wednesday 6 June and runs from 10 am  – 3pm at a cost of £30. The evening events run from 7-9 pm on Thursday 14, 21 and 28  June and cost £15 each.  The classes are suitable for all ability levels and will include personal tutoring in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. To book a place: please telephone the gallery during open hours: Tuesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday 11 – 4 p.m. Telephone: 01729 824497  or alternatively email: or call into the gallery. Numbers limited to 12 places. On booking information will be provided about art materials to bring etc




There will be a photo-walk in the Yorkshire Dales in the Ribblehead and Horton area under the guidance of professional photographer Veronica Caperon on 8 June between 10-4pm. This is aimed at those wishing to explore ways of develop their knowledge who have limited skills at present and is suitable for over 14 year olds.  Cost is £35. For details contact 01729 824537.


The Annual General Meeting for the Friends of Settle Swimming Pool will take place on 8 June at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House. This is a public meeting and the agenda will include the report on the year’s activities and the election of new officers. All welcome. Please come along to help support the friends to maintain this important amenity in the town and district.



The next in the series of concerts at Poppies Tea rooms will take place on 13 June when Janet Russell will perform. Established folk singer Janet is best known locally as the conductor of Settle Voices. She will perform a range of songs, from now and long ago. Tickets cost £7 from 07932 182 293.




As part of the Giggleswick Diamond Jubilee Celebrations there will be a water pageant on our very own Tems! Everyone in the village is invited to build a model boat (be it a kit or a home-devised construction) to join in our pageant.  The boats will be launched from the slate bridge opposite Giggleswick Primary School on 3 June at 2pm. For further information or if you have a query about the boats please contact either 822676 or 823532.



A reminder that Jill Eccleston is soon to take part in The Fred Whitton Challenge – a gruelling 112 mile cycle race around the Lake District, which includes the climbs up Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott  and Wrynose passes. She hopes to raise money for our school funds, as well as the Esther Benjamin’s Trust – If you are able to support her, either hand in donations to the school office, or donate through her ‘Just Giving Page’ , or both, if possible. The money will be used to purchase additional play equipment for the pupils. Following the success of last year’s community party to celebrate the royal wedding, plans are under way to organise another community party to mark the Royal Jubilee. For part of the last three days of the first half of this term, all pupils will be taking part in a whole-school project – organising and preparing for a community party for some of the retired residents of Giggleswick Over half term the school is organising  Holiday Sports Course, through Sport-S-Cool. It will take place on 6th, 7th and 8th June, from 10.00am to 3.00pm and costs £10 per day. It will include tag rugby, dodgeball, benchball, athletics, football etc. and it is open to boys and girls of any ability, aged 4-11 years. Please apply through the school office.



Married to one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century, Clementine Churchill undoubtedly was an incredibly devoted and loving wife. She also must have had the patience of a saint, if playwright Hugh Whitemore, is to be believed as Winston Churchill was clearly an increasingly impossible man to live with. As the play is based on the couple’s letters to one another it would appear that it is an accurate portrayal and tellingly it would seem that in their private life it was Clemmie who was the diplomat and saw the advantages of appeasement in order to ensure the stability of their marriage.  However, as Churchill always regarded his most brilliant achievement as being able to persuade her to accept his marriage proposal he clearly valued her opinions even if she felt that he didn’t listen to them.   This was a stunning performance by Rohan McCullough as the woman once described by Lord Halifax as “the guardian angel of our country’s guardian” and one which truly demonstrated the human cost of such a role.  Nowhere is this more true than when she exposes her own doubts about her own ability to take care of him when so many people needed him so much. The play skilfully interwove recollections of public life with memories of their family time together in an extremely moving manner, particularly so when revisiting the childhood death of their daughter Marigold. Yet in an instant she regained her composure and returns to her duty as political supporter. The strength of the play however lies in these wonderful “behind the scenes” glimpses of the famous man when the audience is invited to share the intimacy of Pussycat and Mr Pug while still being made aware of the need for her to actually write to him in order to ensure that she was heard above the clamour of everyone else who demanded his attention.  There is no doubt that as a war leader Churchill was both inspiring and exhausting but it was clearly Clemmie’s influence that ensured that he was not just respected by his staff but actually loved by them.  Miss McCollough’s portrayal of this complex lady is quite simply awe-inspiring. She has tremendous stage presence and this is used to great effect when recalling tranquil scenes in St James’ Park in the midst of war-torn London and in the poignant closing sequence as she commentates on her husband’s state funeral.  For the short period of the play, time is suspended and a table and  two chairs becomes a whole world as this incredibly complex relationship is recreated and the audience is allowed the privilege of glimpsing beyond the media myth.




Billed as “a historical revue”, this enjoyable and extremely original production called on sources as diverse as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, Chaucer, Shakespeare and contemporary press, politicians and council records to retell the story of the wool trade in West Yorkshire. Written by Nigel Schofield with original music by David Williams it weaves together traditional songs with compositions from a range of  sources including  Bach and rock legends Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger.  Scored for a folk choir the music both develops and commentates on the story of how Bradford rose to be a manufacturing giant and it is very clear that all those involved hugely enjoy taking part in the production.  The action is viewed through the eyes of Gamel, a shepherd, who is the earliest named citizen of the area of land by the broad ford; linked to this is the narration from contemporary sources which leads us through the rise of the Norman monastery system, the Peasant’s revolt, the intricacies of Elizabethan trading, and the English Civil War – and that’s just in the first half of the show! The second half takes in what is introduced as “The Mills and Boom years” with the industrial revolution, growth of the canal network, the Luddites, the temperance movement, the birth of Saltaire and the eventual rise of man-made fibres and the decline of the wool trade.  Hugely entertaining the evening was also very educational explaining the origin of numerous everyday sayings (did you know that “dyed in the wool” stems from an Elizabethan practice of marking fleeces to ensure that you weren’t swindled?) as well as providing all kinds of fascinating trivia for magpie minds, eg Galileo’s brother smuggled the secret of making dyed material colour-fast to Bradford from Italy.  All of which helped to make it an intricately woven tale of high finance, espionage, revolt and sheer determination! Interspersed were a wonderful range of songs reflecting the lives and hopes of the people; the beautiful “Life that is coming in the morning” in praise of the peasant’s revolt; the uplifting story of how Bradford was saved by “Bales for barricades” linked to the Civil War; the satirical sequence of the Temperance movement encountering the need for “One more Beer”; the boisterous dreaming of “When Leeds becomes a sea-port town”  and the bitter cry of workers reduced to being simply “Hands” echoed in the request of the Dalesman’s Litany that from “From Hull and Halifax and Hell, good Lord deliver me.”  Little wonder that even a foreigner like myself, from the lands north of the Dales, left impressed not only by the talent of the writer and performers but also the resilience of the Yorkshire people themselves who gave rise to such a powerful story.

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