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Settle News December 2012


Settle Golf Club  are currently selling tickets for their grand draw with a star prize of a year’s free membership. Tickets are are available via 01729 825340 and 01729 8233593. The draw will take place in 2013 to allow maximum sales.


Looking ahead tickets to 2013 and an amazing mixture of events are already in hand. Tickets are already available and selling fast for a return visit by Ultravox and BandAid star, Midge Ure, who will be performing at Victoria Hall on 15 February. February also sees the return of favourites Lip Service theatre and Moishe’s Bagel. The programme for 2013 also includes visits by Richard Digance and Rodney Bewes as well as ceilidh andconcert band “Blackbeard’s Tea Party”.  For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


The gallery is welcoming Christmas with an unseasonably warm theme this year by hosting a Caribbean Christmas to whisk visitors away from the bleak midwinter to a tropical island paradise. The installation features a back drop of tropical island images, with a tableau re-creating some very interesting (and edible) buried treasure. Visitors are invited to bring a Christmas card to put in the postcard racks. This will be in place until 26 January and can be found by following the trail of gold coins.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday 2 January when the speaker will be Heather Slater on being A Nanny in Saudi Arabia. There will be a Bring and Buy sale. The annual lunch will be at The Lion in Settle on Wednesday 16 January at 12 noon for 12.30 . The price is £16 for two courses and £20 for three courses, payable at the January meeting. Payment of annual subscriptions may also be made at the January meeting.


Churches Together in Settle and District have arranged a holiday club for children aged between 5-11 years on January 5th at St John’s Church Hall. This will run from 10am to 3pm and is a free event, however participants should please bring a packed lunch.  The theme for the day is “A Fresh Start” and there will be a range of activities available throughout the day.


Settle Voices Community Choir will meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday, 7th January at 1pm when Janet Russell will resume teaching them after her sabbatical break. New members are very welcome. For anyone looking for last minute stocking fillers,copies of the choir’s CD ‘The Best of What We Know’ are still available at Settle Music, Linton Court, off Duke Street. For more information visit


Start the new year with a new outlook and try a session of Iyengar Yoga for free before you book to join a class. Classes for next term begin on 7 January and take place on Mondays at Friends Meeting House with a mixed ability group running from 12.30 – 14.00 and a beginners group running from 14.15 – 15.15. On Tuesdays there will be sessions at Townhead Court. From 19.30-21.00 there is a mixed ability session and from 18.15-19.15 there is a beginners session. For further details contact 01282 843907.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are delighted to announce that they have again secured the services of Blackpool Tower Organist, John Bowdler, for a return visit to Settle in March 2013. He will be playing for a dance at Settle College on 23rd March and tickets are now on sale. They cost £7.50, including supper and are available from 01729 824038 / 822364.


Pippa Foulds is offering hand embroidery classes open to beginners or those with more experience who wish to improve their knowledge of traditional hand embroidery skills. The classes will be limited to six people at any one time in order to allow for one to one tuition and attention. For details contact 07896 645816.



The school Christmas play is something very special and for most children it is their very first chance to perform in front of an audience – and it should never be underestimated just quite how daunting that experience can be. It is also something very special for the audience, as this concert proved.  This is the first time that the primary school has had the opportunity to have a year 6 group taking part in their production and they performed wonderfully, a truly dynamic dectet they produced outstanding instrumentals and also sang well, thoroughly enjoying their time in the spotlight. Clearly they are a very talented and hardworking group and congratulations to them and to their teacher Jo Arnold Williams for the work which has gone into creating this group. Class 3 also had carefully constructed a piece to set the scene so that the traditional nativity appeared as a play within a play. There were confident performances from all the actors in the nativity as well as an excellent use of all the space in the church with the aisles providing an opportunity for some simple movement work by the various groups. A real highlight was the narration of the story which was pacy, expressive and very clear . The team of narrators had clearly worked hard and this showed in the very slick delivery. Similarly the very classy concert compere was a real triumph, delivering his lines with great style. The singing throughout was enjoyable with many of the songs being delivered with great gusto, particularly Rat-a-tat-tat and Riding Out which was performed with a tremendous sense of swing. Congratulations to all staff and pupils on a magical presentation which sparkled with life and enjoyment and involved every pupil in the school. Every performer clearly did their very best and should be proud of themselves,  from the very smallest sheep to the tiniest of the tinsel-twirling stars they all were truly wonderful and helped to capture the spirit of Christmas perfectly.

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