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Settle News and Updates 8th December



For anyone who has admired the 3 annual exhibitions by wildlife photographers, Tony and Carol Dilger the chance to hear them talk about their work and the inspirations behind their work was too good an opportunity to miss. The evening most certainly did not disappoint as it not only included many of the key shots from the current exhibition it also provided a chance to discover more about how the photographs were taken. The evening concentrated on the work produced in the last eighteen months and included a wide variation of photographs from contrasting locations and various countries, from bullying bonxies, through to inquisitive squirrels and levitating wild dogs in an array of detailed macro shots,  striking black and white animal portraits and incredible scenes which seem to vibrate with the captured motion of thousands of birds in flight. The session was introduced with a short explanation about their nomadic lifestyle and some of the joys and hazards of living and working from a campervan – albeit a very luxurious one! These include being snowed in on a Yorkshire farm, days before being due to fly to Africa and finding yourself fogbound in the Shetlands when the rest of the country is sweltering in a heatwave.  The work they produce and their tremendous enjoyment of the challenge of taking such striking pictures, does however clearly compensate for these problems.  The session developed into a striking multi-media presentation covering their work in Yorkshire, including their recent innovation of “Bird of Prey” photography courses and moving on through Scotland and the outer Isles, the Spanish Pyrenees and the Carmargue and concluded with their amazing work on safari in Africa. Interspersed with these remarkable images were tales of how the pictures were created – including tips for how to get really stunning squirrel portraits – and snippets of information about their wildlife encounters which provided fascinating insights into how they go about creating such unique images. The clever choices of music to accompany the various slide presentations greatly enhanced the experience also, capturing perfectly the atmosphere of tumultuous northern seas to complement pictures of fulmars and Arctic terns or conjuring up dusty African plains where lions stalk.  Both Carol and Tony are excellent speakers, clearly passionate about their work and able to convey that enthusiasm to the audience while always able to add a self-deprecating touch of humour when re-telling a story, which makes them even more engaging.  Which was why the post-script to this evening’s event was all the more interesting: for while Tony and Carol have been busy capturing images over the last year they too have been the subject of study – as was revealed in the premiere of Abigail Brown’s  documentary, “A Wild Life On The Road” which covers a year in the life of the Dilgers and provided an objective behind the scenes commentary on their life and work as an interesting complementary view to their own subjective earlier comments.

Blood Donor Session:
Date:   Thursday 19th December 2013
Time:   14:30 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 19:30
Venue: St. Johns Methodist Hall
Penyghent View
BD24 9JJ


There is still time to book a place for the community Christmas Day dinner and tea if you know anyone who would like to share in this special event at St John’s Hall.  This event is open to all ages and cost is £10 per head. The venue this year will be St John’s Hall and will run from 11.45am-4.45pm. To reserve a place please contact 01729 822138. Volunteers are also sought to assist with cooking, serving and arranging the meals and transport.


This year’s Christmas exhibition in the Gallery on the Green will be a truly communal effort.  Following the request for knitters in the June edition of the Community News, 15 ladies have been busy knitting all the characters from ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ for the interior of the gallery with yarn donated by Cottontail Crafts.  The windows of the phone box will feature panels from the Flag maker’s 12 Days of Christmas collection and there will be the usual children’s treats. The exhibition runs from 16th December – 18th January.  Information about the exhibition and the Gallery can be found at or by visiting Settle Tourist Information Centre.


Settle St Vincent de Paul society are continuing to collect pre-owned and new toys; tins of food and any items capable of being distributed in Christmas Hampers through St Vincent de Paul in the North of England. All items will be distributed across the region regardless of the religious beliefs, in any, of the recipients. If you can assist in this effort then please leave donations in the porch or meeting room at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church or contact 01729 822953 /825042.


Settle Rotarians will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and his helpers to Settle and at the following times: On Friday December 13th from 5.30pm he will be in Townhead, Duke Street and Kings Mill. On Saturday 14th December he will be in Booth’s Superstore from 10.00am until 4.00pm. He hopes that children of all ages will come and see him! Don’t forget to bring along your letter to post in the special postbox on his sleigh!


A variety of events for all ages is on offer in the run up to Christmas. On December 14 there will be songs and music and a hint of Christmas brought alive by Roger Davies and special guests the Durbervilles.  On Friday 20th There will be a chance to explore a Victorian Christmas with Blast form the Past, an entertainment featuring music, song, stories an drama from the era of Dickens and Hardy.   Sunday 22nd sees a special matinee performance by Pendle Productions of their pantomime, Aladdin.For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.


Settle Voices Community Choir are continuing with their round of seasonal singing this coming week. On Saturday morning of 14th December they will entertain passengers and visitors on Settle Station platform as part of the station’s annual Open Day. On Saturday, 21st December from 11.30pm until 12.30pm the choir will be providing the Christmas musical entertainment at the Artisans’ Fair in the Victoria Hall in Settle.


The next fund raising event will be the Christmas Coffee Morning to be held at the Old Court House Station Road on Saturday December 14th. All welcome


Settle Station will be holding its Christmas Open Day on Saturday, 14 December, 2013, from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  There will be music, mince pies and sherry (or soft drinks). Come to buy local and railway gifts, Christmas cards, Thomas the Tank Engine etc. No entry charge and all welcome


Drawing choir members from many of the villages in the Settle district, the Langcliffe Singers will this year perform their Christmas Concert in Langcliffe itself The concert will take place at 7.30 on 14 Deccember at Langcliffe Church, when the choir will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, parts 1 and 2 under the baton of Nigel Waugh and accompanied by Paul Fisher on the organ.  Tickets cost £10 from Cave & Crag, Settle; Bentham Post Office; or via 07732 352771.


The Christmas Exhibition, entitled “Seen & Unseen” at Linton Court Gallery (Gavagan Art) will run from 10 December – 21 December 2013 and fearures the work of various artists. Paintings, Prints, Sculpture will be on display including works by Margaret Uttley, Katharine Holmes, Roy Hubbard, Sam Dalby, Chris Rigby, Marjan Wouda, David Cook, Patricia Haskey, Jacquie Denby, Judith Davies, Frank Gordon, Nik Ingham, Neil Wilson, Simon Nixon. The exhibition is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 – 3 and also Sunday 15  when there is an opportunity to see the exhibition, buy that special present and enjoy a glass of mulled wine between 11 – 3


The next Messy Church session will take place on December 15 at St John’s Hall at 3.30-5pm. This is a free event open to all and provides an opportunity for families to celebrate together and share a hot meal and to take part in craft activities. There will be an opportunity to donate towards the cost of craft materials.


For those who weren’t able to get to our last fair, don’t despair, there’s still time to pick up lots of wonderful Christmas treats at the Settle Artisans Fair at Victoria Hall on 21 December from 9am – 2pm. There will also be refreshments served throughout the day at the vintage cafe and music by Settle Voices Community Choir.


At the December meeting Michael Cullingworth gave an entertaining talk on The History of Pantomime. Joy Calvert gave a vote of thanks. The committee served tea with mince pies and other festive food and the Christmas Raffle was won by Joy Calvert and Sandra Fox. The walking group will not meet in December. Walks start again in January. Contact Pat Whitton for details. There will be no meeting in January but the annual lunch will take place on Wednesday 15 January.



Congratulations to the 38 pupils who achieved 100% attendance for the first half of the term, We hope their example will encourage even more pupils to aim for this goal. Recently, three of our KS2 pupils took part in North-Central Area Accordion Championships in Bingley and they all played really well. They were placed in 1st, 2nd or 3rd positions in each of their various classes, winning at least six trophies! In the entertainment category, they entered as ‘The Giggleswick Girls’ and were placed 2nd. Well done to: Caitie Birkett-Bentley (aged 10), Louisa Bullock (aged 9) and Honey Kaup-Samuels (aged 10). All pupils enjoyed a performance from  by Pasaos Duo, consisting of Owen on percussion, including a vibraphone and Jen on saxophone, and also took part in workshops. The pupils played percussion instruments and accompanied a range of tunes, demonstrating their good musical skills and they learnt all about the instruments being used. Some pupils were even chosen to conduct the pieces! This was an excellent experience for all pupils and was funded by the ‘Friends’ and subsidised by Nymaz, Youth Makes Music and Live Music Now. Well done to: Ella Richardson, Louisa Bullock, Honey Kaup-Samuels and Mollie Howarth for completing the 5 kilometres ‘Santa Fun Run’ in Skipton on December Ist.  Along with 1200 other Santas, they helped to raise money for Manorlands Hospice – a great achievement! Well done  also to the following pupils for reading and/or singing St. Alkelda’s Church Advent Service:

Jennifer Akin, Caitie Birkett-Bentley, Bailey Pears, Hattie Black, Presley Pears, Melissa Tither, Charlie Black, Oliver Brummitt and Phoebe Oliver. An additional well done to Melissa, who also took part in a drumming performance and the evening advent carol service. As with all community events, all pupils have been presented with certificates. To celebrate this national numbers day on 3rd December,  pupils participated in a cluster schools’ activity suggested by Settle College. They chose a whole number which they thought would be the smallest number that no one else would choose. Congratulations to the class winners, who were: Ned Howarth (with 5), Presley Pears (with 1) and Amy Simpson (with 2). When all the numbers were looked at, the smallest non-duplicate number chosen across the whole school was 5, so Ned also won the school prize! Our non-duplicate numbers have now been forwarded to Settle College and they are going to look at all the numbers across all participating schools to find an overall winner!


Settle Rotarians will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and his helpers to The Mains area in Giggleswick and then along Stackhouse Lane to Stackhouse on Tuesday 17th December starting at 5.30pm. He is looking forward to meeting children of all ages and receiving their Christmas letters!


There will be a traditional festival of lessons and carols at St Alkelda’s Church on 22 December at 6.30pm. All are welcome at this special Christmas service.



A big thank you to all who supported and gave time and a donations to the all sorts market on 1 December, helping to raise a grand total of £702.



If ever proof were needed of the diverse range of musical experiences on offer in Settle then the annual community carol concert must surely convince anyone of not only the variety of styles available but also the enthusiasm within the Settle community for music. The concert itself is a veritable Christmas selection box with pieces from all manner of musical traditions but offering something for everyone and the opportunity for those who regard themselves as musical purists to have their palates broadened  by listening to differing styles.  The real joy of this programme therefore is that it is not a competition but a celebration and so those who mutter “We’ll hear some proper singing now” and dismiss others are actually not only narrowing their own horizons but also doing all the performers a great dis-service.  This year the programme featured not only community carol singing but also classical organ music, the light popular music of Settle Amateur Operatic Society Concert Group, the folk tradition of unaccompanied singing exemplified by Settle Voices, the choral tradition as represented by Langcliffe Singers and singing group Octameron whose own repertoire covers 15th -21st century music performed with great flair and a trademark dash of humour.  Consequently the programme featured pieces as diverse as a traditional wassail song praising the merits of various drinks; a tender and haunting tribute to the late composer John Taverner; a wonderfully upbeat rendition of “Sing Noel” and a moving performance of “The Little Drummer Boy”. However, a new and very welcome addition to the programme this year was the Settle Junior Band who performed with great gusto. As a community event it may seem wrong to single out individuals, but there were clearly some who added substantially to the success of the evening; foremost amongst these was Nigel Waugh who not only co-ordinated the programme and conducted Langcliffe Singers but also sang the lead solo in the striking Spanish Carol “Riu, riu Chiu”; Pam Whitehead,whose inspirational work was evident in the performances of not only the Junior band but also in the singing of the SAOS Concert Group, which this year benefited greatly from the addition of a number of new, younger members; the extremely talented duo of organists Graham Toft and Paul Fisher and finally two very special soloists – young horn player Will Maudsley and flautist Sarah Glossop, whose playing complemented perfectly the performances of “The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” for Langcliffe Singers and and “Pat-a-pan” by Octameron. Finally though, a mention for the audience – for being composed of so many singers it was hardly surprising that the closing carol was so incredibly uplifting!

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