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Settle News December 2nd


Long Preston charity, The Hartley Educational Foundation is seeking a new trustee. The charities principal objectives are the maintenance of Long Preston School, and the provision of bursaries to former pupils. Trustees of the charity meet 4-6 times a year. For further details please contact the clerk, Jean Bradley on 01729 840205. Trustees of the charity do not need to live within the village of Long Preston.


Throughout December the society is collecting tins of food, pre-owned and new toys and any items which are suitable for distribution in Christmas hampers. The hampers will be distributed to those in need across the North of England, regardless of the recipients religious beliefs, if any.  Items for inclusion can be left in the church meeting room at the rear of St Mary and St Michael RC Church hall. Alternatively contact Tony H on 822953 or Tony D on 825042. All donations gratefully received.


The Rotary club of Settle is again organising pre-Christmas visits by Santa to Settle and surrounding areas. Once again this year Santa will have a post box on his sleigh so that children can post their “wish for presents” letter to Santa in the box. Please be sure to put your name and address on the letter so that he can reply to you. He will start his visits at 5.30p.m. on week days and will be in the Stores in Settle from 10a.m. to 4p.m. each Saturday. OnThursday 6th will be visiting Upper Settle and Longdale Avenue.  He will spend Saturday 8th December at Settle Co-op then onto Austwick and Clapham on Monday 10th December, Rathmell and Wigglesworth on Tuesday 11th and then back to Settle to visit Townhead, Church St. with Duke St and Kings Mill on Wednesday 12th. On Thursday 13th he will be in Langcliffe and on Friday 14th will be in Giggleswick before spending Saturday 15th December in Booths once more. On Monday  17th December  he’ll visit Giggleswick: The Mains & Stackhouse and on Tuesday 18th December will be at  Horton & Stainforth before heading home to get things ready for Christmas.


Many thanks to everyone who supported the Settle Christmas Lights switch on, particularly to those who ran stalls and provided entertainment during the afternoon.  Thanks also to those who provided financial support for the event and the organisers who gave up their time to ensure all went well and to The Lion who hosted the skating ring, Victoria Hall for their assistance with the family disco and Booths for Santa’s magnificent carriage.  The window competition, based on the theme of “Five Gold Rings” was won by  Age UK with Cottontail Crafts in second place.


On December 8th there will be the community Christmas concert at the church, commencing at 6.30pm and featuring local choirs. For those of a quizzical turn of mind, Andy’s great annual quiz is now on sale. Guaranteed to create hours of brain teasing over the Christmas period it makes an ideal stocking filler at price of £2.


Settle Voices Community Choir will be singing at Settle station during the morning of Saturday, 8th December and then on Hellifield station from 12 until 1.30 on the same day. The choir continues to meet on Mondays from 1pm to 3pm in the Friends Meeting House,Kirkgate. New members are welcome. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771


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


There are Christmas treats in store for throughout this month. Support Victoria Hall when it returns to its roots on December 7th to stage a fabulous, festive fundraising extravaganza in true music hall style, with a selection of acts and with audience dressing up and participation firmly on the agenda. On 8 December Country Legends presents a tribute to the stars of Country Music. This commences at 7.30pm. On 15 December the all female band, The Shee, take to the stage for their unique blend of music which combines folk, Gaelic, Scots and bluegrass influences.  Pendle productions present their pantomime, Mother Goose, on Sunday 23rd at 2pm. A wonderful pre-Christmas family treat.For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718.


Bentham and district pet rescue will be holding a Christmas Fayre

at Townhead Court, Settle on Saturday 8th December between10am-2pm. There will be a range of stalls including tombola, gifts and competitions. There will also be a hamper raffle and seasonal refreshments. Admission is £1 for adults with children admitted free and all are welcome.


On Saturday 8th December there will be a  fundraising day for Medical Aid for Palestinians at Settle Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. This will run from 10am -4pm. As well as an exhibition, morning coffee, soup lunch and afternoon tea will be served and Palestinian produce will be for sale.


The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line will be holding their Christmas Open Day at Settle station on Saturday, 8 December from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Sherry, mince pies, cake and soft drinks will be available.  The station shop will be open for Christmas cards and gifts. Settle Voices and the Opera North Horn Club will entertain during the day.


You are invited to come along to the Old Court House on Station Road to join us on December 8th between 10-12.30pm for a Christmas coffee morning. There will be coffee and mince pies along with home made cakes, tombola and a charity stall. All welcome.


This year’s community Christmas concert will take place at Settle Parish Church on 8 December at 6.30pm. Admission is free to this event with a retiring collection split between the charities involved.  This year the choirs taking part will include Settle Amateur Operatic Society, Langcliffe Singers, Octameron and students from Settle College. There will also be music by organists Graham Toft and Paul Fisher.


Poppies Tearooms is the venue for a return visit to Settle by folk group “Moonbeams”. Singing songs from the Dales, the group will entertain from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7, available from Poppies tearooms.


A fundraising event to raise funds to fight prostrate cancer is being held at Settle Social Club on December 8th. The Soul Night runs from 9pm.


On Tuesday Dec. 11  there will be a Yuletide event between10.00-12.00. Drop in for mulled wine and mince pies and a last chance to see the 2012 exhibitions. Admission free/ refreshments £3.50


The Langcliffe Singers will perform, a concert of French Music entitled “Fete des Lumieres” (Festival of Lights)  at Settle Parish Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, 15 December. The programme will include works by Poulenc, Durufle, Paul Fisher, Faure, Berlioz and Messaien. Tickets cost £10 and are available at Cave & Crag, Settle; Bentham Post Office; members of the choir; and at the door.


There will be a chance to meet Santa in his grotto at Taitlands, Stainforth from 15-23 December. Santa will be visiting between noon and 5pm each day.


Local choir, Cantores Salicium will present a festival of nine lessons and carols at Settle Parish Church on Sunday, 16 December at 6.30pm. All welcome.


As part of their seasonal tour Theatre of the Dales will be visiting Settle on 20 December with their Three Cheers For Christmas production. The show brings together three stories: Mak the sheepstealer, a medieval farce is interwoven with the children’s opera of Amahl and the Night visitors and Dicken’s A Christmas Carol to create a festive feast for all the family. The production will take place at Victoria Hall and commence at 7.30pm. Details and tickets via 01729 825718


This year the Christmas Day lunch will be served at Townhead Court. There will be a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and a light tea will also be served. The cost for each individual is £10 and this event is open to all ages.  Volunteers to help with transport are also required . Please contact Judith Allinson as soon as possible if you are able to assist or if you wish to reserve a place on 01729 822138.



There will be a Jumble Sale at Giggleswick Parish Rooms on 8 December between 10am and noon with proceeds going to Giggleswick Playgroup.  Admission is 50p with children admitted free. All welcome.



The annual Christmas concert is a wonderful way to mark the start of Christmas as the nothing seems to capture the mood of the pre-Christmas season so much as a brass band playing carols. However, this lively programme was about much more than Christmas and opened with a lively  march “March of Jubilee” to mark not only the Queen’s Jubilee this year but also the fact that it is 60 years since the Giggleswick and Settle Bands merged. This was followed by a Fantasy on British Sea Songs with many of the audience recognising the familiar tunes and singing along.  Having been introduced in last year’s concert to the “learner’s group”, composed of children from local primary schools, it was a real joy to see them back this year and to hear how well they had progressed in their performance of “Old Macdonald Jazz” and “Don’t Sit Under the Appletree”.  They also joined the main band for the Christmas Swingalong number and hopefully their progress will encourage others to join them. The Christmas theme was also apparent in the moving solo cornet performance by Stephen Howarth, who played the Czech carol familiar from childhood as “The Rocking Carol”. This was a particularly poignant arrangement and was extremely moving. The first half finished with a rousing depiction of London life in “London Celebration” which wove together a number of tunes linked with the capital and skilfully captured its many moods.  The second half of the programme really provided an opportunity to showcase how well the sections of the band work together, and also emphasised the bandmaster’s skill at bringing out the best in them as an entity with a marvellous selection of seasonal pieces.  These included the march, “Carols”  and a further march “Christmas Joy”  which truly was a joyous experience.  The “Christmas Meditation” provided a beautiful counterbalance, based around the Salvation Army hymn “Who is he?” this was an opportunity to experience both the clarity of the individual instruments and the full power and volume of the band. Similarly, “Christmas Song” provided a chance to really appreciate how well the various sections of the band worked together.  Of course a key component of the evening is the incorporation of traditional carols and these really did inspire the audience to sing out. After such a festive concert there could only really be one possible choice for the finale, the ever-popular German “Schneewaltzer” (Snow Waltz)  which not only got the audience swaying in their seats but in some cases even dancing in the aisles. A perfect preparation for facing the frosty night…

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