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Settle News April 21st 2013


You are invited to meet the men behind the beer on 25 April at the Lion’s Den in The Lion at 7.30pm. Speakers will be Ian Bearpark of Thwaites Brewery and Matt Eyre of World Beers who will be leading the group through the intricacies of the world of beer and introducing varieties of beers to test the palate.  Donations of £3 per head are requested with proceeds going to Settle Scouts.


The gallery’s new exhibition entitled “A Kaleidoscope of Line and Colour” is now open and will run until 31 May and features both modern and contemporary work by Keith Vaughan, Geoffrey Clarke RA,Norman Adams RA, Anna Adams, Edward Cowie, Freda Marston, Peter Brook,Peter Fox, David Knight, Charles Bray, Terry Frost, Edward Bawden, Wyndham Lewis, Collett Dobson, J.M. Mallander, Phil Morsman, Piers Brown, Christine Leadbetter, George Chapman, Marjan Wouda.  The opening Times for this exhibition: are Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 – 4  and also Bank Holiday Monday 6 & 27 May



Age UK is linking with Settle College to offer computer sessions led by “young experts”. These will take place in Settle College Lower School building (formerly Settle Middle School) on Wednesdays from 3.15-4.30pm.  To register an interest contact 01729 823066. Transport can be arranged via Age UK if required.


The navigation courses in the Dales that we run will give you the skills and confidence to get out and explore the dales and hills with friends and family. All the courses we run are led by fully qualified instructors and operate in the wonderful landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.


“The Voyage from Me to You”, a life in poetry will be performed at Friends Meeting House on 26 April at 7.30pm. John Garth Raubenheimer will read and talk about his own poems at an event on behalf of SANE, a charity which works with people affected by mental illness



Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to come along and join them for their coffee morning between 10am and noon on 27 April at The Old Courthouse.  You can be assured of a warm welcome and a chance to chat to friends.


Settle Eco Nite are holding a give and take day at Victoria Hall on 27 April between 9.30-2.30. Bring along items which are no longer of use to you and take away items which will be of use. There will be a table to display photographs of larger items. Unfortunately shoes and clothing cannot be accepted. For details contact 01729 822669.


The April  craft workshop session will take place on 27 April at Friends Meeting House between 10am and 3pm.  The session will focus on learning to spin using a drop spindle and wheel. . The session costs £20  including the cost of basic materials as well as coffee and biscuits. To reserve a place contact  01729 823434/824386 (evenings only).


Townhead Court is the venue for a coffee morning on 27 April in aid of Bentham and District Pet Rescue. Admission is £1 and there will also be a raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac, cakes and book stalls.  All welcome.


As part of the national stroke awareness day on 27 April Settle Rotary Club will be staffing a caravan which will be parked in the Market Place alongside the old Town Hall from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Dr Colin Renwick and colleagues from the Surgery will be offering no appointment blood pressure testing. Simply turn up and have the test done. In the past when we have provided this service the majority of people have a normal result. In a few cases however results have shown that individuals require some treatment. For everyone the occasion provides an opportunity to conveniently complete the test and set their minds at ease.


The group have changed venue to Friends Meeting House and meet every Wednesday between 8-10pm. The session costs £5 , including coffee and biscuits. For further details contact 01729 824659.


There is still time before the May 1st deadline for friends and family to book to join us on our summer outing to Salford Quays with a tour of the BBC’s new base. The trip itself will take place on  Saturday 22 June  and the cost is £25  with places on a first come first served basis. The next meeting is on Wednesday, 1 May, when the Resolutions will be discussed. There will also be a Bring and Buy Sale. There will be a Craft Day on Wednesday 29 May at St John’s Church Hall with two sessions: 9 am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm. Choose from Beading, Book making, Quilting and Crochet, and bring a packed lunch. The cost for the day is £15 including materials.  For details contact 01729 824340.


The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, 4 May at 7.30-11.30pm at Settle College. To book ring Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038 by Thursday 2 May. All proceeds from this dance will go to Settle Scouts.


May is a busy month at the Folly and the bank holiday weekend , t 4/6th May sees family activity weekend organised by Jennifer Gill and Nancy Forster. It is called Maytime at the Folly and runs each day 1pm to 4pm. There will be things to make and draw and a chance to explore the new children’s dressing up box as well as quizzes will be there and the popular Molly mouse trail for younger visitors. On the 18th May Judith Bromley will  talk about how the current exhibition of paintings was created followed by a workshop for all ages on the 30th May, 11am to 4pm when people can add to the moorland floor installation. For details contact (015242) 51388 or (01729) 822 361


A second hand book fair will be held at Victoria Hall on 6 May between 10-4. Home made refreshments will be available throughout the day.


On 4 May there will be a production of “Me and me Dad” by Reform Theatre. This event is a free entry event with donations on exit.  On May 10 local storyteller and mastermind behind Settle Storytelling Festival will entertain with “Memories of an Indian Childhood” at a special evening of fundraising for Victoria Hall. Born in Bombay, India the journey includes tales of her large family, neighbourhood friends, childhood bullies, stubborn hairdos and long train journeys as well as the tale of her family’s exodus at the start of World War II and later the Indian Emergency.For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


A flower festival celebrating “100 years of Settle Life” will take place over the weekend of 4-6 May at Settle Parish Church. There will also be a songs of praise service on Sunday at 4.30pm. Programmes cost £2 and homemade refreshments will be served throughout the weekend. Displays will illustrate the wealth of activities, industry and natural beauty which have been developed and experienced here over the past 100 years – from walking the fells down to the River Ribble to marvelling at the scenery, the Settle / Carlisle Railway and the many changes involving our local primary school. There will also be the opportunity to listen to live organ music from every decade during the festival. Graham Toft, our church organist, will be happy to give you a short, practical demonstration on the magnificent Binns organ. Meanwhile for those who wish to enjoy the churches popular hospitality, lunches are served every Tuesday throughout the spring and summer (until 24 September) with delicious, home cooked food at prices that won’t break the bank – coffee, biscuits and scones from 10am, salads, soups and hot meals followed by glorious puddings available from 12noon till 2.00pm. Tickets are now on sale for The Grand Spring Draw and prizes include items kindly donated by ‘Lay of the Land’, ‘The Lion at Settle’ & ‘Settle Music’ as well as a hamper of Yorkshire goodies & a beautiful patchwork quilt made by the late Wyn Wilks. The draw itself will be made at Flower Festival at 3.30pm on Monday 6 May 2013.


A coffee morning will be held on Saturday, 11 May at Friends Meeting House from 10am to 12 noon, in aid of the Settle and District Blind Group. There will also be a cake stall and a book sale. All are welcome.


Advance notice for the forthcoming 5th Settle Saunter arranged by Settle Rotary Club. The event, which raises money for local good causes, will take place on 18 May and starts and finishes at Victoria Hall.  There are courses for all abilities, an 8 mile, 10 mile, 15 mile and 26 mile and they can be run or walked.  There are refreshments at the checkpoints and a hot meal at the end of the day.  Entry is £10 (£6 concessions) with certificates and badges for all successful finishers. The 26 mile route is restricted to ages 18+. Juniors aged 16 or under on the day of the event must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. For further details and entry forms contact 01729 830299 or go to


Come along to Settle’s own version of the Antiques Roadshow – dust down those treasures, objets d’art, family heirlooms and bring them to Settle Parish Church’s ‘Valuation Day’ on Saturday 18 May from 10am till 4pm.  Meet an expert from Walton & Walton, the Burnley auctioneers.  There is a £1.00 charge for each item presented for valuation with no obligation to sell but if you do decide to sell then Walton & Walton have agreed that Settle Parish Church will receive a small percentage from each item sold at their auction rooms.There’ll be bacon butties available too – now NOT even Fiona Bruce & Co can match that!


The next big breakfast will take place at Friend’s Meeting House on Saturday 18 May 2013, 8.30am. The Guest speaker will be Jane Turtle, who will speak about a new initiative which is aimed at preventing people from sleeping rough, called Streetlink. Space is limited. Book early to avoid disappointment. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Cost £3.00. Contact 01729 825285 to book your place at the Settle Big Breakfast



On April 28 in conjunction with community cinema there will be a showing of the U certificate animation “Wreck it Ralph”. This will take place at 3.30pm and tickets cost £4.90 via the box office on 01729 893180. On 15 May there will be a performance of “Grit” by Tortoise in a Nutshell. This quartet of tales is told using a wide range of theatrical techniques blending puppetry, projection and object manipulation to create an intimate and engaging piece of visual theatre.  Inspired by real-life accounts of child soldiers, war correspondents and the families torn apart through armed conflict, Grit explores the experience of lost children, lost childhood and the crushing effects of being raised at war.   Tickets cost £10 from the box office. Please note that on 19 May there will be a showing of “Les Miserables” at 3.30pm. Details from the box office


There will be a concert by Steeton Male Voice Choir in aid of St Alkelda’s church on 27 April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions) available via 01729 822676.


Thank you to all parents and carers for your donations for the Easter Tombola and to all who helped organise and run the Easter Bingo event. The event was packed, with an excellent turn-out, which was much enjoyed by all participants and it also raised money for school funds. Thank you to Mrs. Ali Ng, Mrs. Catie Jones, Rev. Hilary Young and the many members of St. Alkelda’s church team, who worked so hard to organise another very enjoyable and action-packed day of Easter activities. It was lovely that some children from Freda’s could join us for part of the morning and we were also able to invite the church team back to school for a delicious roast chicken meal. Special congratulations to all the pupils who recieved 100% attendance certificates for the second half of the Spring term – this time more than 30 certificates were awarded!

THE CREATION: Franz Josef Haydn



With the rays from the setting sun filtering through the stained glass of the chapel’s “Creation Window”, Giggleswick Chapel provided both an appropriate and inspirational setting for this magnificent concert.  From the opening notes through to the final chorus this was a truly outstanding performance by all concerned providing an extremely powerful and moving evening which was a genuine privilege to attend. Such perfection does not however happen by accident and therefore congratulations and thanks are especially owed to the dedication and enthusiasm of not only the singers and musicians but most particularly to the musical director, Nigel Waugh, whose energetic conducting was also a delight to watch.  The Creation is a “big piece” in every sense, dealing with huge events and  combining a joyous piece of theatrical spectacle with child-like wonder and awe at the unfolding story. The first real sense of this came within the opening minutes when the musical depiction of chaos gave way to a stunning choral outburst of “And there was light”.  There are similar flashes of playful fun throughout the piece with comic musical representations of the various animals including contented cattle, roaring lions, buzzing insects, excitable horses and nimble stags and an unforgettable ” sinuous worm” which sent a ripple of amusement through the audience and was a masterstroke of interpretation by the gifted bass soloist, James Fisher.  Elsewhere in the piece Haydn conjures up the soaring of the birds and the boisterous sea in “Rolling in foaming billows” so that quite literally the music is painting pictures with sound.  This production was further blessed with three outstanding youthful soloists,  Sarah Parkin (soprano), Timothy Langston (tenor) and the aforementioned James Fisher. Representing three angels witnessing the events – again highly appropriate beneath the angel encrusted chapel dome – they commentate on the events. The clarity and interpretative ability of the three performers meant that every nuance of the text was clear both in the narrative sections and the magnificent individual arias and duets. However just as “The Creation” is composed of three sections, so too is the actual make up of the piece and the excellence of the evening lay in the way that the soloists, orchestra and chorus came together with such precision and working as equals.  This was very much a collaborative performance and highlighted once again the wonderful musicianship which is to be found in our community. The soloists sparkled, the orchestra was dynamic and the chorus provided an incredible accompanying tonal canvas so that they together wove a splendid creation.

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