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Settle News for Visitors and Residents Feb 02 2014


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.  Tickets via -1729 825718

200 CLUB

The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool is a registered charity formed to raise funds to support the running of the Pool. Members of the 200 Club pay £20 per year for a number which is entered into a monthly draw from February to November for prizes of £50,£30,£20. In December the Christmas draw is £500,£300 and £200.(provided all 200 numbers are sold). There are still numbers available and forms can be obtained at the pool or alternatively by ringing Julie Smith 01729822090



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.


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


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.


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 next in the series of Gigg Lectures will take place on 6 February at 7pm. The speaker is Stephen Whitehead and his talk is entitled “A Strange Uncivilised Little Place; Haworth and the Making of the Bronte Genius.”  He is the author of a number of books and academic papers on the Brontes and the impact of their environment and was until recently the chair of management committee of the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth. On February 9th Community Cinemas will be showing “Frozen” at 3.30pm.  This U rated animation from Walt Disney studios is suitable for family viewing.  Tickets via 01729 893180.


Recently, KS2 pupils thoroughly enjoyed an action-packed workshop on aspects of the science of  sound, delivered by Sam Paetcher and funded by money raised by the friends of Giggleswick Primary School. Massive congratulations to all the pupils who participated in the Catteral Shield Cross Country Event, organised by Giggleswick Junior School. It is a challenging event, in which they often compete against Y6 pupils, yet they all ran well and completed the course. We also recently entered two teams  for the Soccer Festival, organised by Giggleswick Junior School and all pupils played well. The teams played against those from Settle Primary School and Giggleswick Junior School and our Y3/Y4 team played particularly well, managing to win one of their matches. On Friday, all pupils took part in mixed-age groups and taking part in activities relating to Chinese New Year and at the end of the day shared their experiences  in a Chinese New Year-themed Pupils’ Assembly



For over forty years Steve Tilston has been creating songs which have become “folk classics” and therefore it was no surprise that the evening ended on a real high with a lively rendition of the traditional 16th century anti-drinking song, “Martin said to his Man.” The surprise is that it was only at the end of the evening that it felt as if the act was hitting its stride with any consistency as the song was preceded by a splendid version of the Tilston classic, “Slip Jigs and Reels” and for once the audience sang along.  The early stages of the evening were erratic at best with Tilston lacking sparkle for the most part and clearly being outshone by the brilliant instrumentalists, Keith Warmington on harmonica and Stuart Gordon on fiddle. The instrumental performance of the trio was superb, with the harmonica driving the sound at all times and complemented wonderfully by the melodic fiddle; yet this powerful underscoring of the mood of the songs only served to highlight what was lacking, ie a powerful delivery of the lyrics. Make no doubt about it, Steve Tilston is a clever and thoughtful song-writer with poetic lyrics which can speak to the heart as in “The road when I was young” or “The Beulah Road” but there were too many  times when the delivery simply didn’t match up to the power required to convey the words and emotions. For fans of longstanding there was a good mixture of familiar numbers, “Sometimes in this life”, “Blues for the North Wind”  as well as some re-worked traditional numbers such as the atmospheric “The Fisherlad of Whitby” and “Courting is a Pleasure”. There were also some newer numbers in the reflective arrangement of WB Yeats poem “Song of the Wandering Aengus”, the lively “Jaracanda” and “Far Side of the World. However the most memorable parts of the evening were the instrumental interludes and the stunning Jimmy Giuffre inspired jazz piece “Jimmy’s Train.”  Perhaps it was just that the programme order needed adjusting, perhaps it was just one of those nights where the audience didn’t seem to join in (though, to be fair, it does help if they are given some prior knowledge of the words as one bold audience member eventually pointed out!) or perhaps it was just because it was a wet February evening… but for some reason it was only at the very end that the evening began to soar and to be honest, if it had been my first encounter with the music of Steve Tilston then it might well also have been my last.

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