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Settle News for Tourists and Residents 17 March 2014


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


Three Peaks Folk Club will meet on Saturday 22nd at Settle Social Club when the guest will be Nick Brooker.  Admission is £6 on the door.  Floor singers and support acts welcome.


North 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.


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


On the link between Settle and Kwezana Primary School (South Africa) this week pupils have been exchanging views about school activities. Pupils in Kwezana have been starting to prepare for end of term exams while Year 5 pupils in Settle have been out and about exploring the local hills and caves. In both schools pupils recently have been learning and sharing information aobut basic first aid, and while treatment for nose bleeds and bruises were common to both unlike the pupils in Kwezana the Settle pupils didn’t need to learn what to do in the event of a bit by a venomous snake.


The Alison King School of Dance is holding a social dance at Victoria Hall on Friday 4th April between 8-11pm.  Admission is £5 with tickets available via 01729 8401118 or 07857 53261107857 532611 . There will be a licensed bar and charity raffle. Dancing styles will include rock and roll,  Argentinian tango, Latin, ballroom, sequence, salsa, swing and latin line dancing.


Many thanks to all who attended the recent Women’s World Day of Prayer service at St Alkelda’s church, Giggleswick. The service was  part of a wave of prayer for Egypt  with events taking place around the globe over and twenty four hour period enabling churches all over the world, of all denominations to  join together.  The service was prepared by women in Egypt and the speaker was the Rev Canon Huw Thomas, formerly of Cairo Cathedral, now living in Lancashire. His depth of experience of Egypt, and the situation in Egypt today meant that his talk was full of insights into the current situation.    Special thanks to Mike Davies, a teacher at Giggleswick School, who took on the role of Jesus in a dramatization of the story of the Woman at the Well, from John’s Gospel.



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 .


Congratulations to Tom Birkett-Bentley, Joel Monks and Caitie Birkett-Bentley, who were selected to swim for North Craven in the recent Craven Swimming Gala.  Although the North Craven team came fourth overall, Tom was placed third in Y3/4 breast stroke and his medley relay team came 4th; Caitie was placed second in Y5/6 breast stroke, her medley relay team came 2nd and her freestyle relay team came 1st; Joel took part in the Y3/4 medley relay (placed 4th) and the Y3/4 freestyle relay, which was placed 3rd. Congratulations also to the 9 accordion players who recently undertook their accordion exams from solo introductory level up to solo grade 2, achieving some excellent results.  All Class 3 pupils entered  a poster competition to advertise the forthcoming “Running on Rails” concert series, and we were pleased to learn that the winning entry for our school (judged by members of the Friends of Settle Carlisle Railway) was produced by Matthew Garth. Copies of his poster will be displayed around the school’s locality.  Class 3 pupils will be involved in this very special community event, which has been organised to mark 25 years since the Settle to Carlisle railway was reprieved. This event involves Friends of the Settle to Carlisle Line (FoSCL), including Paul Dyson, who will be our musical director for the event and the following schools: Settle College, Giggleswick School and Giggleswick, Horton, Hellifield, Rathmell and Settle Primary Schools. Pupils will be performing the children’s cantata ‘Running on Rails’ by Jan Holdstock, as well as a song by Mike Donald; there will also be some short presentations from each school.

If any parents/carers, who do not have children in Class 3, would like to support this event by attending one of the concerts, either at 1:30pm or 6:30pm on Wednesday, 30th April, then you are welcome to do so. Mr Offland, the Richard Whiteley Theatre Manager is organising the ticket allocation and entry is by ticket only (£2 each, non-refundable and no concessions) purchased in advance from the theatre on 01729 89318001729 893180 or . Class 3 pupils also recently  took part enthusiastically in a study visit to Ribblehead. Thanks to our excellent guides from the Friends of Settle Carlisle Railway and the lovely Spring weather, the visit was a great success and will further inspire the pupils’ work.  Congratulations to all participants in Friday’s Johnny Walker tag rugby events, which involved every single pupil in KS2 playing tag rugby. The morning workshops were well-organised and 15 of our pupils benefited greatly from the expert coaching from visiting RFU and North Ribblesdale members, which built on the skills they had already acquired in their P.E. lessons. In the afternoon, the rest of our KS2 pupils took part in the competitive tournament, attended by members of Johnny Walker’s family and supported by students from Settle College, as well as visiting RFU and North Ribblesdale members. We are grateful to Settle Primary and Giggleswick School for organising the events. All pupils played well, gaining possession and scoring tries and they worked very well as a squad, resulting in some great performances. The Y3/Y4 squad was placed 3rd overall, after beating their opponents from Giggleswick Junior School. A special mention to Presley Pears, who was awarded with the trophy for ‘best boy’ out of all the participating Y3/Y4 pupils



For the next in the series of recitals to mark the centenary of the Binns Organ, the church is delighted to welcome distinguished guest organist Roger B.Williams, the Emeritus Organist to the University of Aberdeen.  Prior to moving to Scotland to take up the post of Master of Chapel and Ceremonial Music at the University of Aberdeen Roger B Williams was Organist at Holy Trinity, Brompton, Organist at St Patrick’s Soho Square, and Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, and was Music Director at the Sacred Heart, Church, Wimbledon.  During his time in Scotland he spent five as Chorus Master of the Scottish National Orchestra.  Roger has also released several CDs  and in 2009  was awarded MBE for his Services to Music and received an honorary D Mus. from the University of Aberdeen in 2011.  Recent recitals have included performances at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, and Bolton Abbey, and at the inauguration of the rebuilt organ at Union Chapel, Islington. In 2010 he was honoured to be chosen as organ soloist for the Pope’s visit to Bellahouston, Glasgow. He has also a performed for the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

The programme will feature a  mixture of old and new including work by  Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach,  Paul Mealor, Christian Ritter and Dieterich Buxtehude. Highlights will include The King’s Toccata written by John McLeod, one of the most established living Scottish composers and Elegy by  Lakeland composer Philip A Cooke, which was first performed in Keswick in 2003.  There will also be the opportunity to hear Roger performing one of his own works,  “Organ Piece for St Andrew’s Day, ” commissioned in 2009 and based on a Scottish fiddle tune.

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