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Settle News for Locals and Visitors – March 9th


This year’s Settle Stories festival with be the 5th in the town and volunteers are required to help with all kinds of tasks both during the festival weekend of 10-12 October, and in the busy months ahead preparing for the event. If you could spare time to assist with the numerous tasks which need to be done please contact Settle Stories on 01729 82229201729 822292 .


There will be a talk on the subject of “Old Settle” by John Reid, along with an exhibition of photographs,  in Settle Parish Church on 14 March at 7.30pm.  Admission is £5, including wine and nibbles,  and all proceeds will go to the Aspire and Renew appeal.


The monthly artisan fair will take place on March 15th at Victoria Hall between 9am – 2pm. There will be a range of stalls providing plenty of inspirational ideas for something special for mother’s day. There will also be a vintage cafe serving refreshments throughout the fair.


A reunion is being held for old scholars who started at Settle High School in September 1965 and will be turning 60 this year! This will take place on Sunday 16 March at 12.30pm at Settle Cricket Club. The organisers would like to contact as many pupils and teachers as possible to make this a really great reunion. To  find out more contact 01274 58411501274 584115 or 01729 82313201729 823132 or find us on Facebook: ‘Carol Monk and Jeanne Mitchell Settle High Reunion’


The next messy church session will take place in St John’s Hall on March 16th between 3.30-5.30pm. There will be the opportunity to take part in craft activities,  celebratory worship and to share a family meal together.


The group will be holding a workshop session on Sunday 16 March for their forthcoming production of “Guys and Dolls”. The session will take place in the parish hall of St Mary and St Michael on Kirkgate at 1pm. New members welcome.


The next meeting will take place on Monday 17 March at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The evening’s talk will be  “The Development of Photo artworks” with Gordon Fletcher of the University of Central Lancashire. Members are reminded that the meeting on 7th April is the AGM and they are therefore asked to give thought to the fact that there will be a number of vacancies for  new Committee members and to consider whether they feel they could assist the group in this way. Gill Pinkerton is standing down as chairperson and so a new chair is to be elected at this meeting.


On Friday 21st March there will be Ska/Reggae music from North Eastern group Pikey Beatz and Ramjam and Dalesjam returns on 22nd with over 40 musicians taking to the stage. On 27 March, traditional Scottish band  Mànran. take to the stage. One of Scotland’s best loved live-acts they blend  traditional instrumentation (fiddle, accordion, flute, uilleann pipes and highland bagpipes) with a tight, grooving backline (drums, bass and guitar)  and combine Gaelic and English vocals to great effect.

The month concludes with a comedy special featuring the comic improvisation show “They Came With Outer Script” on 29 March and family matinee on March 30th of Le Tour Des Animaux, based on Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals”. Tickets via -1729 825718


Friends of Settle to Carlisle have arranged a guided walk for 22 March from Dent Station to Dent Village via the Dales Way. The 7 mile walk is suitable for families but not suitable for buggies and push-chairs.  Those taking part should meet at Dent Station at 12.15pm and bring a packed lunch and a drink.  There will a minibus leaving Dent Village in time to catch the 17.32 train. To reserve a seat on the minibus please contact 07754 99348307754 993483 .


The next concert will take place on Saturday, 22nd March 2014 at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School at 7.30pm. The programme will be repeated on Saturday, 29th March 2014 at Christ Church, Skipton, 7.30pm. The programme for the concerts will feature Weber’s : Overture ‘Der Freischütz‘; Schumann’s Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish‘; Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2 and Tomlinson’s English Folk Song Suite No.1. Tickets are available from Orchestra members and from: Cave and Crag in Settle, High Bentham Post Office, Settle Music or by contacting 01729 82580601729 825806


N Craven Strollers meet in Settle every Wednesday at 1.30pm from the Millennium Garden near Booths car park. Start times are linked to local bus timetables, and people share cars for the walks which start further afield. The group is run locally by volunteers with an incentive scheme to encourage regular walkers with discount in the two outdoor equipment suppliers in Settle. The next walk in Settle is on March 26th and will take place at Halton Gill.  For more information contact 01729 82453701729 824537


On 26 March Tramps will be showing “Wadjda” at Victoria Hall at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £5. The film is set in Riyadh and is the story of a ten year old girl who longs to own a bicycle, like her friend Abdullah. Through the story of the girl and her bicycle the film examines the larger issues of the role of women in Saudi society.


The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 26 March at Townhead Court at 2pm. The  theme for the afternoon will be
Gardens of Hong Kong and this will take the form of an illustrated talk by Chris Taylor. Non-members £3. All Welcome.


At the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 5 March the committee were thanked for their hard work during the year. Joy Calvert was re-elected President for the coming year and Sue Sellars and Mavis Garnett were welcomed to the new committee. The Walking Group will meet on Thursday 20 March to catch the 9.30 am bus to Ingleton. The Lunch Club will meet on Thursday 27 March to catch the 11.30 am bus to Craven College, Skipton. The next meeting will be the 25th Birthday Party on Wednesday, 2 April. This meeting will start at 12.30 for a buffet lunch, followed by a speaker. On Wednesday 4th June there will be a Bring a Friend for Free meeting. There will be a hearty welcome and no charge for visitors and friends who are invited to come and see what we do. The speaker will be Stephen Watson on The Art of Origami.


There will be an informal “drop-in” event on 27th March at The Folly between 3.00pm – 8.00pm to allow members of the public and representatives of local businesses to meet members of the Flowerpot Festival Team and to find out how you can take part in the Flowerpot Festival. This will provide an opportunity to watch a demonstration on how to make a Flowerpot Person as well as to share ideas and be inspired.  Further inspiration can be found by visiting for some ideas of the wide variety of ‘people’ that can be created from a few flowerpots and instructions on how to make a flowerpot person. We hope you will get involved and support the Flowerpot Festival – it promises to be a great community event that will demonstrate what a dynamic, vibrant and fun town we have the privilege of living in.


Settle Golf Club is holding a grand draw with the winner to be drawn at 4pm on March 30th. Tickets cost £10 and the prize is a year’s free membership of Settle Golf Club.  To purchase tickets contact 01729 82534001729 825340


As many of the parents of the pupils in Settle Primary School will know the school is working in partnership with Kwezana Primary School in South Africa. One of the ways in which the pupils in the two schools keep in touch with each other is by sharing news on a computer link. This week pupils in Settle were talking about their work on the weather, including weather forecasts and were also answering questions about wedding customs.



On March 20th and 21st Giggleswick Junior School will be performing the musical play “Porridge” in the theatre at 7pm. Join private detective Jack Spratt to unravel the mysteries of the crime-wave that has hit Happy Valley in this family show.  On March 22nd Settle Orchestra will be performing a programme which includes works by Weber, Greig, Schumann and Tomlinson. Community Cinema will mark the 70th anniversary of one of the most audacious events of World War Two with a showing of The Great Escape on Sunday, 30 March.  Tickets can be obtained from the box office on 01729 89318001729 893180 .


Yorkshire Dales National Park is holding the launch of the “Training and Trenches” project on 10 April at 7pm-8.30pm at the Richard Whiteley Theatre.  The project is a community investigation into the archaeological legacy of the World War One in Settle region.  All welcome.



The next big breakfast will take place on Saturday 15 March 2014 at 8.30am at the FriendsMeeting House annexe in Kirkgate. The cost is £3.00. Please be aware that space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment by contacting 01729 82528501729 825285 . The guest speaker is Michelle Moyle, Shakarat Community Project Worker, Manningham, Bradford.


If you are unable to make it to the big breakfast there is a further opportunity to hear Michelle Moyle, Shakarat Community Project Worker, Manningham, Bradford at lunchtime on Saturday 15th March. There will be a Simple Lunch from 12noon at Holy Ascension, Settle followed by Michelle Moyle’s presentation on her work at St Paul’s, Manningham. Friends from our 3 parishes and the local community are invited to this event as an opportunity to come along and find out what Alistair and Kate did next. Donations to CUF, Manningham Project.


There will be an organ recital at Settle Parish Church on 15 March at 4pm. This is the latest in the series of recitals to celebrate the centenary of the church’s Binns organ and will feature music from predominantly the 1990’s . The organist will be Jason M Lowe. Jason graduated from the RNCM in December 2009, and from September 2009 to August 2011 was Sydney Nicholson Organ Scholar of Manchester Cathedral before taking up his post at Giggleswick School in September 2011. There will be a retiring collection at this recital.


This week members of class 1 have produced their very first parents newsletter.  All pupils worked very hard producing suggestions for this

KS2 children have continued to follow the swimming awards scheme introduced by Settle Swimming Pool, which is divided into four levels of increasing difficulty: 1-Tadpoles, 2-Starfish, 3–Dolphins,   4-Sharks. Each level is divided into four sets of skills called Stars. To achieve a star, pupils need to show they can perform three skills (e.g. swim one width breast stroke, perform a push and glide, jump in the from pool side). KS2 pupils have worked really hard in their lessons and all were awarded certificates at the end of last term. In addition, since January, some KS2 pupils have achieved additional awards Congratulations to Caitie Birkett-Bentley, who travelled to Manchester to take part in the North West Area Accordion Championships where she was placed second in two of her classes and first for the 11 & under solo.  Congratulations also  to the KS2 pupils, who took part in the Giggleswick Gallop Cross Country event and ran well. A special well done to: Jimmy who came 2nd out of all the 44 Y3 pupils and Edie who came joint 1st out of the eight Y4 girls and to the Y4 team who ended the day as the overall Y4 team winner, out of the eight competing schools! Many thanks to parents and families for your support for World Book Day; there were some wonderful costumes and pupils worked well together on the book-related activities. Examples of the work generated on this day along with a selection of photographs are displayed in the main entrance foyer.



In February 1993 Sandra Gregory made the news in a way which is probably every parents’ worst nightmare: she was arrested for drug smuggling in a country where such offences carry the death penalty.  In the two years prior to her arrest she’d been travelling around Thailand and living in Bangkok. However, while unable to work because of recurrent illness, short of money and desperate to return home she was befriended by Robert Lock who, she claims, offered to pay her £1000 in exchange for hiding drugs for his personal use and carrying them from Bangkok to Tokyo on his behalf. She was subsequently found guilty, but the mandatory death sentence was commuted and reduced to 99.9 years and then further reduced to 25 years. She was eventually allowed to transfer to British prison after serving 4 years in Thailand and in July 2000 was granted a Royal Pardon by the King of Thailand. However, the basic facts of her story do not do justice to what was a very powerful and moving evening. Sandra Gregory is a very engaging and honest speaker. Initially she appears very flippant as she endlessly prowls the floor, making light-hearted asides and clearly playing to her mainly youthful audience – yet beneath this there is a real passion. Sandra Gregory exposes her own folly with great candour and is equally forthright about the consequences of her own mistakes. You are left in no doubt whatsoever that she regrets her actions but also that she is deeply aware of the impact of her actions on her parents and that she regrets the pain they went through. Yet at no point is she mawkishly sentimental or does she try to excuse herself, nor should you believe that speaking in this public way is easy. Throughout her re-telling of her story she clearly recognises how easy it would be for others to find themselves in a similar position, and it is  the hope that hearing her frank explanation may assist others to prevent being caught out which propels her to talk so openly, even though it is something that she finds difficult.  One of the most interesting aspects of the talk is the way in which the events which led up to the arrest are placed in perspective as she describes the changes which took place in Thailand during the military coup and how her own fascination with the country, coupled with her not wishing to be seen as a failure by her contemporaries and family, prevented her from returning to the UK at an earlier stage. She also avoids dwelling on the horrors of prison life itself; instead explaining the procedures and differences in British and UK law and how these created a situation in which she was left with very little control over what was happening to her eg the assumption of guilt, not having access to an interpreter, total lack of bail provision for non-Thai prisoners and the way in which cases drag out for years before they are heard and sentence passed etc.  Hearing her talk with such brutal honesty about her own naivety and poor decision making skills and how her optimistic impulsiveness led to her acceptance of potentially dangerous situations must have been very worrying for any parents in the audience, and yet it is this forthrightness which is her real strength and which establishes her credibility with young people – and will hopefully make them aware of the need to learn from her errors rather than commit the same mistakes themselves.

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