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Settle News February 9th


Huge Congratulations to Emma Lonsdale – representing TEAM GB in the Olympics at Sochi

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The group will next meet on February  17th at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. The  entire evening will be given over to a talk by Andy Latham on “Developing Landscape Photography” . This will provide an opportunity tto discover the background to the photographs displayed at the Folly a couple of years ago. Guests and new members welcome.


The next session will take place at Settle Social Club on 15 February and all are welcome. Singing starts around 9pm and continues until late. Musicians and floor singers welcome, or come along and simply join in the choruses.


Settle Golf Club would request that all current and past members please check for any unreturned trophies. If they are in possession of any unreturned items could they please contact Kay Philipson as soon as possible on 01729 825340.


At the February meeting Phil Bamford gave a talk entitled “What a Load of Bankers” which gave both serious and humorous insights into the financial world. He was thanked by  President Joy Calvert. The competition for A Holiday Souvenir was won by Edna Tomlinson. The Lunch Club will meet on Wednesday 19 February to catch the 11.30 ‘bus to the Boar’s Head, Long Preston. The walking group will meet on Thursday 20 February and details may be obtained from Pat Whitton. The next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday 5 March which will be followed by tea and a raffle.


On Feb 14th multi award winning star Clare Teal will take to the stage in a show which celebrates her own musical heroes and heroines of jazz and big-band sound.  February 15 sees the return of Reform Theatre Company, who will perform “My Romantic History”. This is a free event with donations invited on exit.  On 28 February the Panjumby Jazz band will take to the stage to perform steel pan jazz with a dash of calypso. Tickets via -1729 825718


The next Guitar session will be held at Settle Primary School on February 14th and then on the second Friday of the month. We play from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and the cost is £5.00 each. This is open to all guitarists.


The next Artisans Fair will take place in Victoria Hall on 15 February between 9am-2pm. There will be a range of hand-made goods for sale with lots of ideas for belated Valentine’s and early Mother’s Day gifts! This month the fair will have a distinct art theme. There will also be the opportunity to sample home made refreshments in the Hessian and Lace vintage cafe.


Friends of Settle- Carlisle Railway will be leading a guided walk on 15 February from Long Preston to Settle. This is designed as a family walk and is suitable for all. The walk is 7 miles long and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear is required. Those taking part should meet at Long Preston station to join with passengers alighting from the 11.17 train. For details of return times and connections contact 07754994383.


The next big breakfast will take place at Friends Meeting House on 15 February at 8.30am. The speaker will be Michael Cullingworth who will talk about his time at Mowbrays, the theological booksellers in Leeds. To book a place contact 01729 825285. Tea and coffee served from 8.15am.


Settle Parish Church will this year be hosting its Snowdrop Sunday on Sunday 16 February. You are invited to come along and chase away the winter blues and view the carpet of snowdrops in Settle’s churchyard. Home baked, light refreshments  will be served in church from 12noon – 4pm with all proceeds to the ‘Aspire & Renew’ Appeal. Everyone welcome


The next messy church event will take place on 16 February at St John’s Hall between 3.30-5.30pm. This month’s theme is “Love rules.” There will be an activity time followed by a celebration time and a hot meal for everyone.


A reminder that this year’s Settle Rotary Merry-go-round dinner will take place on 21 February. This is an opportunity to enjoy a three course meal in good company with each course being served in a different restaurant.  The venues taking part this year are The Lion, The Plough, The Hart’s Head, The Craven Arms, The New Inn, The Boars Head, The Gamecock, Ravenous, The Talbot and The Maypole.  The groups will meet at 7pm at the dining room of Giggleswick School. Tickets cost £18.50 per head  and can be booked via Rotary Club members or 01729  822445/ Funds raised this year will support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Settle Swimming Pool.


The next in the series of organ concerts at Settle Parish Church will take place on 22 February at 7.30pm. The organist at this event will be Dr Timothy Raymond of the Priory Church of Bolton Abbey. The programme will include work by Purcell, John Taverner, John Lambert and Dr Raymond himself. There will be a retiring collection. All welcome.


Our season of foreign films shown by TRAMPS at Victoria Hall continues with Cinema Paradiso, Cert 15 on 26 February at 7.45pm.  Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore the film is in Italian with English subtitles. A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theatre and formed a deep friendship with the theatre’s projectionist. Please note this is a change to the film published in the brochure (“Poulet aux Prunes”). Doors open at 7.15pm.All tickets: £5.


The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 26 February at  2pm. The speaker will be Mathew Smith of Brighter Blooms, Preston. on the topic of Zantedeshia Lilies. Non-members £3. All Welcome.


Advance notice that churches together in Settle and District will be holding a Barn Dance on 1 March at St John’s Hall. This event cost’s £7, including supper. A vegetarian option will be available, please contact 822311. The caller and accordionist will be Bill Johnston.


The centre will be hosting a production by Red Ladder Theatre company on 22 February at 7.30pm. Entitled “Wrong ‘Un” the play tells the story of suffragette Annie Wilde, a Lancashire mill-girl galvanised by a rousing mixture of injustice, conviction, self-doubt and fear on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond in a musical drama that draws on class, privilege, hope and disappointment in wartime England and is inspired by actual events. Tickets cost £10 and are available via 01729 840794.


Settle Charity Dances are changing venue. As from March 1st, which is the next dance, all dances will take place in St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall in Kirkgate. The hall has been beautifully refurbished  over the last few months with new heating, lighting  and level access into the hall from the side door on Tillman Close.  We look forward to welcoming new and existing friends to join us. Dances will start at 8pm and finish at 11.30pm. Please bring your own drinks and glasses if you require more than the provided cup of tea at the interval. Proceeds from out next dance will go to St John’s Methodist Church Fund.


There will be an exhibition of historical memorabilia about shops and businesses in Settle on display at a coffee morning at the Old Court House on Station Road on Saturday 22nd February between 10am-12.30pm. All welcome.




In a letter to her publisher in 1849 Charlotte Bronte said of Haworth that her expected visitor would “find Haworth a strange uncivilized little place such as – I dare say – he never saw before.’ The basis of this lecture was to show how in fact not only was the opposite true but that in fact Charlotte Bronte herself was responsible for creating many of the commonly held beliefs about the Brontes themselves and to then go on to debunk these myths. As the author of many academic papers and books on the subject as well as being a recent chairman of the management committee of the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Stephen Whitehead was certainly well placed to do so. In a well structured argument, using his knowledge of the  family and the parsonage contents he demonstrated that the three sisters benefited from an education which was in many ways equal to that of their brother, Branwell, and that the girls were extremely well read and had access to a wide range of literature far  in excess of many of their contemporaries. He then went on to demonstrate how as “off-cumdens” and both socially and academically removed from their near neighbours they were inevitably thrown back on relying on each other for company and entertainment and how this influenced their writing and ideas. While it was slightly disconcerting that most of his talk was read from notes – leading to a somewhat stilted delivery at times – the range and depth of his knowledge and research was immense and his description of Haworth, drawn from public health records and environmental surveys of the time was fascinating. He very effectively squashed the famous view, presented in Mrs Gaskell’s official biography of Charlotte Bronte of the romantic place of solitude beneath the moors.  Evidence from the time suggests that it was in fact a village with a population in excess of 3 thousand, with ten mills and at the heart of the industrial revolution, with all the squalor, poverty and horror which that entailed. Therefore while the myth persists that the Brontes all died tragically young, they in fact outlived many of their near neighbours in a place where 41% of children died before the age of six and the average age at death was 26.  His talk therefore managed to examine the cultural influences at work on the family as well as to place their writing in the historical context and to show how in many ways they focussed on wider issues rather than the social disruptions and changes taking place around them, unlike many of their contemporaries.  While the talk itself was fascinating, it was during the question and answer session which followed that speaker really was able to demonstrate his extensive knowledge of the Brontes, highlighting other influences on the family and also attempting to answer why Charlotte felt it necessary to attempt to rehabilitate her sisters’ reputations by belittling their education and background.  It was this level of insight and detailed explanation which made this such an interesting evening, not just for Bronte devotees but for anyone with a passing interest in how a writer is influenced by the events and community around them.

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