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Settle News from June 11th


Victoria Hall will be hosting an all sorts market on 17 June from 9am -3pm. Stalls can be booked by contacting 01729825718


This weekend there will be two guided railway walks as part of the “Get Walking” programme. These walks are designed to be family friendly but participants should note that they are not suitable for pushchairs/buggies.  The first on Saturday 17 June is an 8 mile walk from Ribblehead to Ingleton. This is a moderate walk leaving    Ribblehead at 12.02 and finishing return Settle having made use of a service bus from Ingleton to Settle.  The second is on Sunday 18 June and is a 6 mile moderate walk from Swaledale to Muker Meadows  and leaves Ribblehead 10.28 returning to  Ribblehead later in the day having made use of a Service bus to reach and return from Muker.  There is also a third, more strenuous, walk which is also taking place on Saturday 17 June and is a 12 mile walk to the summit of  Ingleborough & Gaping . This leaves Ribblehead at10.06 and returns to  Horton-in-Ribblesdale. All participants in railway walks are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.


A reminder that the coffee lounge at Victoria Hall is open every Tuesday morning for coffee and refreshments. There is also a book stall, a bric a brac stall  and a clothes rail with all funds raised going to help maintain this valuable community resource.  All welcome


On June 24 the hall welcomes The Strawbs for an acoustic concert. With a success-packed timeline going all the way back to 1967, the Strawbs are as exhilarating today as they ever were. Creative helmsman Dave Cousins has much to be proud of. Memorable hits such as Lay Down and Part of The Union represent only the tip of an iceberg of success. With terrific songs, sublime melodies, a true feel for tradition and superlative vocal harmonies, they genuinely  occupy a special place in British acoustic music.  June 25 sees the return to Settle of the popular 5 piece band, Moishe’s Bagel.  The history of Richard III is given a comic twist with the performance of “Car Park King” on 30th June, as Richard battles to stop a curse and protect his nephews from impending danger. For details of all events and bookings contact 01729 825718 or contact


A reminder that St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10 -noon and is open to everyone, including visitors to the town. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed.  The next charity coffee pot will take place on July 4th and is in aid of the link between  Settle Primary School and Kwezana School in South Africa’s Tyume Valley. There will also be an illustrated talk about the global partnership between the two schools on July 5th at 7.30pm at St John’s Church. Sarah Enwistle, a teaching assistant at Settle, who has visited Kwezana a number of times will talk about the way in which the work between the two schools is benefitting both sets of pupils.


A number of theatre trips are being arranged for the coming months. The quoted price includes a seat in the stalls, coach travel to and from destination and all gratuities. All trips leave Settle Cricket club at 10.30am with the exception of the trips to Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, which departs at 9.30am. For bookings & payment details contact Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978 or email Cheques should be made payable to Settle Rotary Club. For G&S aficionados there is a trip to The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan on Saturday 19th August 2017. This is again a Matinee at 2pm at the  Royal Hall, Harrogate. The price £44.00 per person. Future trips currently being planned include Gershwin’s musical, Crazy For You at Leeds Grand on Wednesday 30 August (cost £54: closing date for reservations 7 July), Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Theatre By the Lake, Keswick on 13 September (Cost £35)  and “Handbagged” a satrical comedy detailing what allegedly went on between The Queen & Mrs Thatcher (Cost £35) also at Keswick.


It’s almost time to get the flowerpots out again and to help stimulate ideas for this year’s flowerpot festival, the Folly is hosting a flowerpot workshop on Thursday, 15 June. The session will operate as a drop in session between 2-8pm and provides an opportunity to learn how to make flowerpot figures.  Flowerpots displays will then be placed around the town from 26 June onwards and trail sheets will be available from 8 July.


At present there are three temporary exhibitions at The Folly. The first is  ‘The End of an Era: 200 Years of Zion Chapel’ . The generosity of local contributors means that the archive material originally provided for this exhibition has been extensively extended and there is now a wealth of new material on show. In conjunction with this exhibition there will be a talk on 16 June by Anne Read entitled. ‘Zion’s Part in Settle Life’ In order to accommodate those who are not able to manage the stairs in the building this will take place on the ground floor. However this does mean tickets are limited. The talk begins at 7.30 and tickets cost £7 from the Folly or phone 01729 822893. The remaining exhibitions are ‘Back in Settle: Pastimes in Past Times and ‘Settle Captured in Wool’ both of which are proving very popular.


North Craven Flower Club are hosting a coffee morning on 17 June at Ribblelands at Stackhouse between. 10-12noon.  Admission is £2.50 and there will also be a plant sale and raffle.


Anley Hall nursing home is holding its annual open day on 17 June between 12 and 4pm.  A tabletop sale will also be held and spaces are available priced £5.  Contact the hall for details. There will be live music, barbecue, bouncy castle  and tombola as well as a mini sports event and best dressed pet competition. The ceremony for Employee of the year will also take place during the afternoon.


The club will next meet on June 17 at Settle Social Club when the guests for the evening will be One-A-Chord, a trio featuring vocals, whistles, pipes, accordian, melodian, harp & guitar. Admission payable on the door. All welcome.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the annual Dance with John Bowdler, Blackpool Tower Ballroom organist. This will be at Ingleton Community Centre on Saturday June17th. Tickets are £8.50 including supper and can be obtained from the Community Centre or phone 01729 822959/ 822364.  Please note that there is no bar facility at this event but you are welcome to bring your own drinks and glasses


The summer concerts will mark 50 years of Settle Orchestra and will take place on Saturday 17th June at 7.30 pm at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick and on Saturday 24th June at 7.30 pm, Christ Church, Skipton. The programme will include “Caliph of Baghdad” by Boieldieu, the first piece which was every performed by Settle Orchestra and this will be conducted by their former conducter Howard Rogerson. The programme will also feature works by Elgar, Butterworth, Tomlinson and Coates along with premieres of two works by former members of the Orchestra. Following the concert on 24 June there will be a celebration birthday party. Tickets cost £12, available via members, Cave and Crag in Settle, Skipton Camera Centre and Bentham Post Office or on the door.


The next Messy Church session will take place on Sunday 18 June at St John’s Church Hall between 3-30pm -5.30pm . This is an opportunity for families to get together and share activities, worship and a hot meal.  It is open to locals and visitors alike. The event is free but there is an opportunity to donate towards the cost of craft materials.


The next meeting will take place on 19 June at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. Entitled “Circus Eborescens – a tour of the CountyDavid Crutchley will talk about his walk around the boundaries of Yorkshire. The gallery for the evening will be on the theme of water.


The next Session will be on Friday 23rd June at 7.30pm at The Folly with prize winning poets Ron Scowcroft and Kathleen Jones. It will also be the group’s AGM and reception.The evening begins at 6.30pm with a drinks reception followed by a brief AGM.Then the main event begins at 7.30pm The “Read Two” section is a special this time, devoted to poems about Elephants taken from A Poetry of Elephants, compiled by Rebecca Gethin. She and a group of poets make the book a reality and the publisher ValMor gave their services for free. 100% of the proceeds from book sales will go to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is one of the most successful conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Ron Scowcroft’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, prize winners’ anthologies and literary websites. Kathleen Jones was appointed as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in 2008 and is currently also a Fellow of the English Society. Her two most recent biographies are ‘Katherine Mansfield: The Storyteller’ (published by Penguin NZ and Edinburgh University Press) and ‘Norman Nicholson: The Whispering Poet’, (published in 2013 by The Book Mill). She is also the author of two novels, The Sun’s Companion and The Centauress. Tickets cost £6 and are available from Cave and Crag, The Folly or via 01729 823305.


This year’s open gardens event will take place on 24 & 25 June and will be in aid of Settle Swimming Pool.  There will be 23 participating gardens and tickets cost £6 per day or £10 for both days.  Tickets are available via 01729 822090.


Settle Opera  invite you to join them for coffee in The Old Courthouse on June 24 between 10-12.30pm. There will also be homemade cakes and scones available


The glass studio will be holding workshop sessions in the coming weeks to enable members of the public to try their hand at the craft of working with glass. This will include a 3 week course taking place on Tuesdays on 26 June, 4 & 11 July and running from 1-3pm each week. The cost for this course is £70. There will also be a series of Sunday afternoon workshops taking place on 18 June and 9 July which will run from 1-4pm and cost £45 each.  For further information contact 07427 616469.


The speaker at the June meeting was our own member, poet, author & actress, Jean Stevens who gave an insightful talk on her experience of teaching in Armley and Wakefield Prisons.  She was thanked by Mary Hindle and the competition for ‘a school photo of you’ was won by Sandra Fox. The next walk will be on Thursday 22nd June.  Please contact Pat Whitton for details (823169)Instead of the usual meeting in August we will be visiting Saltaire.  Friends and family are welcome to join us and there is the option to take a guided walk around the village.There will be a Christmas Craft Workshop on Saturday 11th November (full details to follow), and our Christmas Shopping Trip will be to Manchester, taking in the Christmas Market, on Wednesday 22nd November.  Again, both these events are open to anyone. On Sunday 25th June Settle WI is doing the teas in Langcliffe Institute, 2pm – 4pm.  There will also be a produce stall.  Please come along and support usThe next meeting is on Wednesday 5th July, 2pm in St John’s Church Hall when the speaker will be Jack Parkinson from the Pioneer Project.  There will also be a Bring & Buy stall.  Visitors are always welcome.


Settle Library will be hosting 3 part series of talks on the history and development of the English Novel. The talks will be given by Kathleen Kinder and will take place on 24 June and 3rd and 10th of July and run from 10-11.30. These events are free and refreshments will be available, there will however be an opportunity to give donations to Library funds.


The next  charity dance will be at St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall  and will take place on Saturday July 1st. The dances run from 8.00pm to 11pm. If possible please notify the organisers by the Friday before that you intend to come via 01729 823259 / 824038.


The current exhibition at The Gallery on the Green features work  by Tom Palin and will run until 8 July. This exhibition consists of 39 oil paintings. All works comprise twin hardwood panels and were made between 2011 and 2016. The panels are arranged thematically and formally across three walls, so as to draw attention to pictorial, narrative and physical relationships within and between works.


On Sunday, June 18th the church will be be serving teas at Langcliffe Institute between 1.00 and 5.00 pm All welcome!  There will also be a Tombola at this event.


A sisterhood circle will operate at the Women’s Holiday Centre at Horton in Ribblesdale on the last Wednesday of every month from 1-3pm. There is no commitment to attend regularly and the event is free, however participants are invited to bring along refreshments to share if possible and there will be the opportunity to donate to the centre’s work if you wish to do so.



As part of the Voices of Craven Giggleswick School Chapel is hosting the finale concert “With One Voice” on Saturday 24 June at 7pm. Choral Director Tom Leech has put together a programme of music from around the globe to excite and inspire both the choir and their audience.  The programme will feature guest soloists Bibi Heal (soprano) and Douglas Rice-Bowen (baritone) along with a team of professional singers and musicians performing in concert with the Voices of Craven choir. Tickets cost £10 and are available via 01729 893180.



There is always an unique sense of occasion when hearing a local singer in front of their home audience and this is certainly the case in this instance. St Alkelda’s is very much the home church for Sarah Fox and her family and it made a perfect setting for an intimate concert of this nature. Since leaving Giggleswick Sarah  has gone on to perform at the Royal Opera House and is recognised as one the foremost English sopranos of her generation. She was joined in this very special concert by Graeme Danby, an outstanding bass character soloist; Austin Gunn, a tenor with English National Opera,  Valerie Reid, mezzo soprano with English National Opera and the outstanding accompanist Lydia Newlands on piano.  This was very clearly a case of performances of the very highest standard and yet it was also a wonderfully informal evening with a very friendly and cosy feeling to it.  Much of this was down to the very obvious rapport between the performers themselves and also the interaction between performers and the audience also.  The programme too was cleverly balanced, including something for all tastes from  well known classical pieces such as Verdi’s “La Donna E Mobile” through  Gilbert and Sullivan songs, favourites from the musicals to some wonderfully performed comic numbers.  The nonchalant satire in Graeme Danby’s introductions added a particular spice to the night as he romped through swift plot summaries and provided “helpful character insights” where appropriate which had the audience longing for more.  The first half of the programme focussed on what Mr Danby referred to as “the heavier stuff”.  It opened with Brindisi, the drinking song from La Traviata, which demonstrated perfectly the wonderful blend of the quartet’s voices and then went on to showcase each in turn, featuring some totally stunning solos from each performer  including a totally spellbinding rendition of Dvorjak’s “Song to the Moon” by Sarah Fox.  The emotion in her voice during this piece was particularly moving and clearly is a favourite. This was followed by two wonderful duets. From Pirates of Penzance we had the extremely amusing “O false one, you have deceived me” performed with great relish by Austin Gunn and Valerie Reid and from Porgy and Bess we had an powerful performance of “Bess, you is my woman now.”  The second half of the programme was lighter in tone, opening with the frothy fun of “From the Sunny Spanish Shore” from  Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” performed with great zest by the quartet.  Four love songs by Quilter provided a perfect counterpoint and then there was more drama and comedy from Graeme Danby in a stunning recreation of Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, singing “If I were a rich man”.  The ability to inhabit a role completely was something very much in common to all four performers as witnessed in Sarah Fox’s rendition of “Fancy Free”,  Austin Gunn’s “Be my Love” and the unforgettable performance by Valerie Reid as “Lorelei”, a lady who certainly knows how to make her mark on a man!   Adding to the comic thread of the evening were “The Gendarmes” by Offenbach performed by tenor and bass in a way far removed from Morse and Lewis or any other policing duo, and two real highlights by Graeme Danby with the tragic tale of “Joyce, the Librarian” and “The Ballad of Geordie Washington”.  After such a feast of delights it was perhaps entirely fitting that the concluding song on such an evening should be “It’s the Loveliest Night of the Year” – it most certainly was!

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