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Settle News January 17th


There will be two guided walks this weekend, both on 23 January The first is around Pot Scar and Helwith and is an 11 mile strenuous walk. This leaves Horton in Ribblesdale at 9.58 and concludes in Settle. The second walk is based around the Morecambe line and is  a 10mile moderate walk from Carnforth to Arnside, leaving Carnforth at 10 am. No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


The next Death Cafe will take place at Friends Meeting House on 23 January between 10-12. This operates as a drop in event. The requested donation is £1.


Ahernes of Hellifield and Settle will be holding their annual clearance sale at Victoria Hall on 23 January.  There will be a half price rail and with any item purchased from this rail the buyer can purchase another item for half of the sale price.


‘BilinguaSing’ is an award winning music, singing and movement class for parents, babies, toddler and pre-school children to learn Spanish or French together in a fun and engaging way that is appropriate for the development stage of each child. No previous knowledge of a foreign language is required. The first class is free and familiar nursery rhymes are learnt in both Spanish/French and English and are accompanied by a variety of fun movements and props to help stimulate the senses. For more information contact 07534 464567.


Please note that the Tuesday indoor market will re-open on February 2nd. The box office however  is open as normal and tickets are available for the numerous events planned for early 2016.  On Saturday 23rd January – Bill Adair returns to compère A Celebration of Burns. Following the success of last year’s memorable evening there will be a Piper, songs, poetry, and a super supper of haggis, neeps and tatties.  The Swing Commanders return on 24 January with their inimitable versatile style vibrantly performing a mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing, 50s jump jazz and more! On Jan 27th there s definitely a touch of the unusual and exotic in town when 9-piece band Anda Union from Inner Mongol visit Settle. The band members all grew up in families ‘with the music’, several of whom still live in the traditional Mongolian way, and came together at music college in Hohhot, their capital city. There they were able to integrate traditional forms – like the now-famous throat singing – into creating a sound uniquely and mysteriously Mongolian. For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


This week marks the week of prayer for Christian Unity and a number of services have been arranged by Settle Churches Together to mark this. On Thursday 21st there will be a songs of praise session at Limestone View at 6.30pm. On Sunday 24th there will be a unity service at St John’s Methodist Church at 3pm.


A concert by Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band will be held at Settle Parish Church on 24 January, the eve of Burns Night. This will commence at 7pm and there will be a raffle and refreshments available.


Please note that this month the club will meet on Sunday evening, not the usual Saturday. Folk club will take place at Settle Social Club on 24th January  and will be a guest night featuring  duo, Morfran Heights. Concert starts at 9pm and guest floor singers welcome. Admission £5.


The first meeting of the year will take place at Townhead Court on 27 January at 2pm. This meeting is open to visitors at an admission charge of £3. The subject for the meeting is a talk by Les Chandler on the theme of “Wildlife in the Garden.”


Settle Swimming Club offers children’s swimming tuition on Monday and Thursday evenings between 6.30-7.30pm. Sessions are led by a fully qualified ASA instructor. There is an extended session from 6.30-8pm also available on Thursday evenings.  The sessions are aimed at those 8 years or over who have attained stage 7 or who are not currently receiving lessons at Settle Pool. For details contact 01729 823723.


Local poet, Jean Stevens will be launching her new collection of poems, Beyond Satnav, at Friends Meeting House on Friday 29 January at 7.30pm. This will be an hour of anecdotes, reflections and poetry followed by tea and biscuits.


There will be a blood donor session at St John’s Methodist Church Hall on February 2nd. The first session will be held between 2-3.45pm and a second session will be held from 4.45-7.30pm. For further details please contact 0300 123 2323


The 2016 Rotary Merry-go-Round dinner will be held on Friday 19th February 2016. The format as usual is a three course meal, with each course served at a different hostelry/restaurant in the Settle area and with all parties meeting at the dining hall at Giggleswick School at 7pm to start the evening. The evening offers all the attractions of good locations, good company and fine wining and dining. Tickets for this popular event will cost £19 with a minimum of £5 from each ticket going to the chosen charities. To book tickets please contact  01729 822445, parties of up to 8 can be accommodated when booked in advance. There are a number of new locations this year with courses being served at  The New Inn, The Courtyard, Talbot Arms, Ravenous, Boars Head, Craven Heifer, Gamecock, Craven Arms, Knight’s Table, Harts Head and Helwith Bridge.  The charities benefitting this year will be Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Settle Swimming Pool.


There are currently vacancies for the Monday Club, a lunch group for older people. This meets at St John’s Church in the coffee lounge every week between 12 -2pm. There is a hot meal followed by an activity, such as a speaker or a quiz. The cost per week is £4.20.  Transport can be arranged if required. For information contact Age UK on 01729 823066.



Congratulations and thanks to all the pupils who took part in the Nativity Tableaux at St. Alkelda’s church on Christmas Eve. They worked hard during the rehearsals and performed well during the event. Congratulations also to those pupils who took part in the Epiphany service. During the  second half of the Autumn Term 2015, 35 pupils achieved 100% attendance and congratulations also to all pupils in Y4 and Y1 for 100% punctuality throughout this period.


On January 25th Worklight Theatre present “Labels”  an award winning show using autobiographical stories of mixed heritage and racism to examine our use of words and personal prejudices. Amid the cacophony of statistics and soundbites surrounding the immigration debate, this new solo show offers an honest, human story about multicultural Britain.


The church would like to thank everyone for their kind donations which have enabled them to send £500 to the Cumberland floods appeal. Much of this money was given by way of a collection at the Christmas 9 lessons and carols service and this seasonal generosity is much appreciated.



In the preface to a book, which he did not survive to write, renowned war poet Wilfred Owen wrote that “poetry is in the pity”. He didn’t mean pity in the way that we normally use the term, but pathos and that the idea that  to understand war we need to hear about the perspectives of those fighting, not just those orchestrating the conflict. The same applies to the content of “The Pitmen Poets” as the true power comes from hearing the unique voice of those at the coalface.  This rawness adds to the authenticity of the evening and evokes a gut response from the listener which at times was almost tribal. It was profoundly moving in places and peppered liberally with black humour. Inevitably though, it is not an unbiased account and at times there was a feeling that distance in time and location, was lending a certain enchantment. The “noble poor” against “the evil owners” is, after all, rather a simplistic image, not that this ever got in the way of a good song and this was an evening filled with great songs sung by great singers. Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe collaborated to create a concert full of contrasts to illustrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition.  There was also a fifth member of the team, as the songs of the original pitman poet Tommy Armstrong, were key to the evening and his humour and wry observations pervaded the night. Pit villages were not just about the mines, they were also about the families and the way they stuck together and these were represented by the numerous personal recollections and the portraits provided by the poignant love song “The Last of the Widows”, the wry observations of  “The Collier Laddie’s Wife” and the popular ” Wor Nanny’s a Mazer”.  The horror of life underground was also to the fore in poems such as “The Pitman’s Dream” and songs such as “Black Diamonds” and “One Single Spark”.  Running through the evening was a seam of bitterness which found voice in chants such as “Liars and Cheats” and  the lyrics of “Black Leg Miners” and “The Judas Bus”  as there are clearly events which can neither be forgotten or forgiven.  Yet this is tempered by the haunting “Farewell Johnny Miner” and the comic “The ex-pitman’s pot-holing pub quiz team” so that the evening had a balance which reflected the stoical nature of the pitmen themselves. One criticism however was that while the projected images added to the overall atmosphere they were severely under utilised as a resource for reinforcing or acting as a counterpoint to the live action.

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