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Pupils at Kwezana have been in contact to explain how they incorporated Ms Mveni’s recent visit to Settle into their own school trip by accompanying her to the airport and seeing her off on her visit. For many of them it was the first time they had even been to an airport and they found it very exciting. After seeing her off the group then returned to a campsite at Palm Spring Resort near East London where they stayed for a few days as part of an educational visit. During their time there the pupils had their first experience of camping and really enjoyed the fun of sleeping out.  The group also went on a visit to the zoo and then later went to the beach to swim. They also had a chance to eat braai meat together, braai is a form of barbecue and is extremely popular in South Africa.


A reminder that from 27 October to 1st November Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage with this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls”.  Looking ahead to November the first Sunday folk session 2nd November will feature The Housedevils supported by Hannah Saunders and Liz Simmons.   On 7th November there will be music by Baka Beyond, as they bring their “After the Tempest Tour” to Settle. This merges the music and African rhythms of the Baka people of Cameroon with celtic harmonies and will also feature footage from the Cameroon rain forest as well as new songs written for a recent performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest showcased recently in Wales.  Premier Queen tribute band, “Queen Alright!” take to the stage on November 8th and on Sunday 9th November there will be a chance to share “An evening with Andy Kershaw” as radio 4’s Rock and Roll journalist and war correspondent visits Settle.  On Monday 10th there will be a showing of “Big Night” by TRAMPS. The film was the winner of the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for best director for Stanley Tucci. Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 825718.


Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line have arranged a number of guided  walks for the coming weekend.  The first on 25 October and is an 8 mile moderate walk from Lazonby to Langwathby , departing at 9.47. There will also be a 6 mile moderate walk from Ribblehead to Horton via Selside, departing from Ribblehead at 12.02.  A 13 mile moderately strenuous walk will take place along Lady Anne Clifford’s Way to Pendragon Castle will also be held on 25 October leaving Garsdale at 10.21 and returning from Kirkby Stephen.  Booking in advance is not required for the second or third walk but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped for both. For further details contact


Langcliffe Singers autumn concert will take place on Saturday 25th October 2014, Settle Parish Church at 7.30pm. The concert will take the form of a Sung Eucharist,  featuring Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices in its intended setting within a service.


Settle Eco group invite you to help avoid landfill by donating unwanted items in good condition to their give and take day on 25 October at Victoria Hall. The event will run from 9.30-2.30 with the last items being booked in at 1.30pm. No clothes or shoes can be accepted and the event is for individuals only, not dealers.


The Folly is again taking part in “The Big Draw” on 26 October and will be open between 12.30-4.30pm when local artist, Sam Dalby will lead the event.  The theme this year is railways of all sorts, shapes and sizes! This is a great event for all the family, and Sam’s enthusiasm is guaranteed to get everyone joining in! Children must be accompanied and a 50p donation is requested to cover the cost of materials.


Bookings is now underway for this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls” at Victoria Hall. Performances will take place every evening of the week commencing 27 October with a matinee on 1st November.  Tickets are obtainable via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718. Family concession tickets of £2 are available.


This year as part of One World Week there will be a simple meal at St. Mary& St Michael’s hall on Thursday 23rd Oct 6.30 p.m. followed by a speaker – Ben Oldham from CAFOD about the work helping those affected by climate change.  Everyone is welcome. On Friday 24th Oct at  10.a.m. there will be a prayer vigil for peace in Settle Parish Church using Blackburn Cathedral’s

inter-faith service. All welcome.


Victoria Hall will be the venue on 3 November for a first aid at work course arranged by Dales Training.  This is a 6 hour course and deals with first aid at work and leads to a recognised qualification. The qualification is valid for 3 years and the day includes a certificate and manual for each person. The course costs £70 per candidate. For details and to reserve places contact


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on November 8th. Please note that for this month only the dance is being held on the 2nd Saturday in the month. The dance will run from 8-11.30pm and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Please book places by the preceding Friday by contacting 01729 823259 or 824038.


For the 9th year in succession Linda Clemence and Liz Smart invite you to join them for Art and Coffee at Friends Meeting House. Original paintings, sketches and cards by the duo will be on sale on Thursday 6 November between 1-4.30pm and then on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November between 10-4.30pm. Admission is free with coffee and biscuits £1.  All welcome.


The club will be hosting a countdown to Christmas event with a demonstration by international demonstrator Ian Buxton at Victoria Hall on 13 November.  The event commences at 7.30pm but doors will open at 6.30pm. Admission is by ticket only, available from 01282 842467, costing £9.50.


There will be a concert of classical and romantic music arranged for organ with some violin and woodwind parts on 15 November at Settle Parish Church. The event will commence at 7.30pm and there will be refreshments. Donations to the church organ fund.


Bentham and District Pet Rescue are hosting a quiz night at Langcliffe Institute on 15 November. The evening commences at 7.30pm with the first round of the quiz starting at 8pm sharp!  Tickets cost £8, including supper and prize draw – with £25 as top prize.  Tickets are available from Field and Home in Settle, Tilly’s in Station Road and via  07773 694608.


Lowe Maintenance Training on Duke St invite you to contribute a poppy to their Remembrance themeed window display. Poppies can be made in any media and by groups or individuals.  Please deliver your poppy to the shop or leave it with the shops either side. Ideally poppies should be no more than 3 inches. On 15 November Lowe Maintenance Training will be the venue for a coffee morning between 10am and 2pm, in aid of The Royal British Legion, with coffee in exchange for a donation. There will also be craft and card stalls at this event.


Christmas is coming… Plans are already underway for Christmas Day in Settle where once again there will be a community Christmas Lunch and Tea at St John’s Hall. The event will run from 11.45 to 4.45 and is open to all ages at the cost of £10 per head. To reserve a place please contact 01729 822138. Reservations are taken up to the last moment but obviously earlier booking helps the volunteers work out catering requirements. Volunteers are also sought to help with food preparation, cooking and serving and arranging transport to and from the event and to generally assist with the planning. To volunteer contact the number above.



The school are delighted to welcome another new family into the school, bringing the numbers on the roll to 67. Applications are now being received online for reception class in September 2015.  Congratulations to the wenty seven pupils who this year received certificates for participating in this year’s Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the library service. This was a better participation rate than last year, with eight more pupils taking part. Let’s hope that even more will participate in next year’s Summer Reading Challenge! All pupils enjoyed our visit from Brazilian storyteller, Ana, as part of the Settle Storytelling Festival and they participated well. Thank you to those parents who contributed towards the cost of this visit. Congratulations to our five pupils: Connie Eccleston, Melissa Tither, Joseph Dinsdale, Jimmy Howarth and Edie Eccleston, who took part in the Craven Schools’ Cross Country Final representing North Craven, and completed the whole course, smiling! A special well done to: Edie (placed 12th), Connie (placed 4th) and Jimmy (placed 1st) – a great achievement! Thank you to all parents who contributed towards the cost of the recent fencing workshops. All pupils enjoyed working with Mr. Birchall and learning many new skills. During the workshops, Mr. Birchall selected a pupil from each year group, who had listened carefully, followed instructions, learnt and applied some new fencing skills. Congratulations to the following: Reception – Lucy, Y1 – Lewis, Y2 – Phoebe, Y3 – Cerys, Y4 – Melissa, Y5 – Bailey, Y6 – Nell. In addition, the KS2 winners took part in a contest and awards were as follows: bronze medals – Nell and Cerys, silver medal – Melissa, gold medal and winner of the trophy – Bailey. Well done! A number of  pupils are running a stall at St. Alkelda’s Christmas Fayre on 21st November. If anyone would like to donate any toiletries, candles etc, they would be most grateful for any contributions. Please bring any items to school from 3rd – 21st November.


On 25 October there will be a fair in aid of NSPCC with a range of crafts on sail. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.


A beginners running group meets on Friday evenings at 5.30-6.30pm at Eshton Pavilion. The group is designed for those who are just starting running and is led by local accredited English Athletics coaches and walking and stopping is quite acceptable as part of the evening.  The first session is free to newcomers and visitors are also always welcome. Tea and cakes are served post run. For details contact 07955 342344 or 07799 063115.



For many years it has been the policy of Settle Orchestra to welcome and actively encourage young musicians. The Orchestra gains by having a constant influx of new talent and the young musicians themselves gain by having increased opportunities to develop their skills by playing with a full orchestra of experienced musicians: the community gains by seeing many new talents being nurtured and being able to watch the talented young people grow in confidence. This is very clearly a situation in which everyone is a winner and many of the young people then go on to study music further and often perform elsewhere with other larger orchestras. Today was therefore very much about celebrating this wealth of talent in the young musicians of the current Settle Orchestra and turning the spotlight on the not inconsiderable talents of the junior members.  The programme opened with Ed Percival playing trombone on 2nd movement of a concerto by Larsson, a solemn piece which was performed with great depth of feeling. This was followed by Tom Huxley performing Bach’s Allemande on Cello, again showing considerable technical expertise. Thirteen year old Ellie Buller charmed with her joyous flute solo, playing Study no 8 by Kohler.  Owain Smith demonstrated that the Cello can certainly be an instrument with attitude in Aaron Minsky’s American Etude no 2.  The first half of the programme concluded with Olivia Morrell playing a haunting bassoon solo by Mozart.  The second half of the programme saw further technical expertise to the fore with Kiera Zieball’s violin solo Mummenshanz by Korngold, where her enjoyment in playing was clearly visible.  A more melancholy mood was apparent in Tom Crossley’s interpretation of Arthur Butterworth’s trumpet piece “Berceuse”, perfectly matched for a grey day in the dales. The versatile Owain Smith returned, this time on piano with a mesmerising rendition of Praembulum from Partita no 5 by Bach. A real highlight of the programme was Max Heaton’s performance on marimba of “Michi” by Keiko Abe. This was absolutely stunning to hear but also fascinating to watch his incredible dexterity as he performed.  The programme concluded with Anna Beresford’s spirited cello performance of Allegro Appassionato by Saint-Saen’s, a piece which perfectly summed up the dedication and skill of these talented young people. All nine of these teenagers performed with a confidence and professionalism that belied their years, surely a tribute to their time with the Orchestra. Their dedication to their music was also very apparent in a programme which covered a wide range of moods by a variety of composers. Unlike playing with the full orchestra, here they were playing as individual soloists and this daunting prospect meant that there was nowhere to hide – however, without exception all of the group rose to this challenge and their pieces showcased their talent, dedication and dexterity admirably. Congratulations to them on their performances and to their teachers and parents for their support and inspiration.

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