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Settle News July 2nd


The current exhibition at Settle’s Gallery on the Green builds on a partnership project between the children of Settle Primary School and those at Kwesana Primary School in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Kwesana village is situated in the Tyume valley close to the Hogsback Mountains: this village was home to a famous freedom fighter, Archie Sibeko who worked alongside Nelson Mandela. Through the involvement of  Gillian Gape, a volunteer and governor at Settle Primary, the children have worked together to create a vibrant exhibition of email, letters, drawings and photos.


On July 8 there will be a concert by 70s folk rock star, Michael Chapman. Paper Zoo will stage the Dennis Potter classic, “Blue Remembered Hills” on Friday, 15 July.  The Swing Commanders, return with music from 30s, 40s and 50s on Friday 22nd. Details of times and tickets from the box office on 01729 82 5718.


On July 12 and 13 there will be the premier of  a contemporary re-telling of “Robin Hood” , scripted by Chris Thorpe and performed by the National Student Drama Festival in and around the school precincts. For details of times and tickets contact the box office on 01729 893180


The current exhibition at the gallery features works by Norman Adams RA and will focus on Watercolour Paintings From Yorkshire to Provence, 1950’s – 1990’s. This will run until 12 July. During the current exhibition there will be two workshops sessions. The first, Watercolour Paint-making Demonstration and Workshop will take place on Saturday 9 Julyand run from 11am -1pm and costs £15. The workshop will be led by Pip Seymore and Rebecca Wallace – Jones. This will be A practical workshop on the preparation of watercolour paints by hand, using pigment and gum binder. Artist/Paint makers Pip Seymore and Rebecca Wallace – Jones will explain how high quality watercolours can be made using pigments. The workshop will also discuss permanence, watercolour papers and brushes for watercolour and gouache painting. The second workshop, Introductory Life Drawing Class will be tutored by  Sam Dalby and will take place on Monday 11 July from 7 pm – 9 pm. The workshop will cost £30. This class is suitable for beginners and also more experienced artists. The class will be held in the gallery. The tutor Sam Dalby, who recently had an exhibition at the Linton Court Gallery, has established a firm reputation as a portrait painter. He works predominantly from life, preferring the spontaneity of expression that direct observation allows. (There will be time to view the Norman Adams exhibition between 6 and 7pm )To book a place for either of these events: telephone the gallery during open hours: Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday/ Saturday 11 – 4 pm on 01729 824497 or email: or call into the gallery. Numbers limited to 15 places. Please bring your own art materials, paper pencils etc. (A limited range of materials will be available in the gallery).Looking ahead the next exhibition will run from  19 July – 30 August  and feature sculpture, drawings, paintings and original prints by Geoffrey Clarke RA. The sculptor Geoffrey Clarke was chosen as one of the artists to work on the building of Coventry Cathedral after the second World War. A versatile artist he has worked in stained glass, silver and for his sculptural work, aluminum. On display in the Linton Court exhibition will be enamels, drawings, small scale sculpture, paintings, mono prints and etchings.


The next meeting will take place on 7 July in the parish rooms when the speaker will be David C Ellis, who will present a talk on Hellifield Peel – the pre-war years.  The meeting commences at 7.30pm and all are welcome.


There will be a cinema night at Langcliffe Institute on 8 July when the film shown will be the award winning “The King’s Speech”.  Admission is £5 and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


The Rugby Club is the venue for a benefit night in aid of Airedale Breast Cancer Unit on 9 July.  Tickets cost £5, available from Spar and there will be music from 8 till late, from Total Wrex and Mix Disco.


On July 9th Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a strawberry tea at Hillcroft, The Mains, Giggleswick between 2-5pm. Admission £4. On July 16th they are holding a coffee morning at the old courthouse in Station Road from 10-12.30pm. They look forward to seeing friends and supporters at these events.


Friends of Victoria Hall are hosting a pudding night on July 9th at 7.30pm. There will be puds, raffle, bar and pudding recipes on sale. Admission £5.


The 2011 Bowland Photo-Walks programme offers chances to photograph ancient ways of life and stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales with an professional photographer and experienced tutor, and are run as part of Festival Bowland 2011. On Saturday 9th July there’s  a Historic Town Photo-Safari based at The Folly in Settle with a walk around the town’s fascinating past. Starting with an introduction to getting to grips with digital photography, the day will help small groups find out how to handle a digital camera in various photo-opportunities, with a review of their photos over tea and home-made cake at the end of the day. Young people over the age of 14 years accompanied by an adult are welcome. The day is from 10.15am-4.15am, participants are asked to bring their camera; the fee is £35 per person to include entry to The Folly and cakes. Booking is essential and there will be a maximum of 10 participants.


All are welcome at a summer barbecue at Settle Cricket Club on 14 July between 7-9pm. There will be a prize raffle. All proceeds to Water Aid.


The new exhibition at The Folly entitled ‘Challenge and Change: 350 years in the life of a house and its region’ is now open to the public. Revised opening times for this season are Tues. 10.30 – 4.30 Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. and Bank Holidays 12.30 – 4.30. On Friday July 15   7.30pm there will be a talk by Dr David Johnson entitled, ‘An Improving Prospect? The Challenges of Landscape Improvement in Craven since the late 16th Century’. Tickets £6.00 from Settle T.I.C. or the Folly


Settle Bowling Club are running a “non-bowlers” doubles competition on Sunday, 17 July, starting at 11am. This competition is open to players of any age but specifically is for non-bowlers only.  The cost is £5 per pair.  There are cash prizes for first, second and third. Bowling woods are supplied by the club. Anyone wishing to enters should please contact John Chambers on 01729 825783 or “Tiger” at Settle Social Club. This is a fun competition and all are welcome!


Friends of Victoria Hall present an afternoon of magic featuring children’s magician, Donny Allen at Victoria Hall on 16 July at 2pm. Tickets are available from the box office on 01729 825718 and cost £5 or £18 for a family ticket.


There will be a night of motown and northern soul at Settle Social Club on 16 July. The session runs from 8.30-12.30 and tickets cost £3.


The Langcliffe Singers summer concert will take place on 17 July at Kirkby Malham parish church at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10, including wine, and are available via 01729 830581.  The theme for the concert is “Hope” and will be a celebration of twentieth century English songs and poems, including the Spirituals from Michael Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time” together with solos, duets and quartets from choir members.


Looking ahead, local choir Settle Voices have arranged two open workshops over the summer. The workshops are open to everyone and will be led by Natural Voice Practitioners – so you don’t have to be able to read music or be confident about your singing ability.  The aim is to have fun, sing in a relaxed atmosphere and learn to sing songs from around the world. Dates of the workshops are Monday 8th and 22nd August. The first workshop is being led by Brian Davies who last year led a very popular afternoon and we look forward to welcoming him again. Moira Hill returns to lead the second workshop. Moira always provides an exciting variety of songs. The workshops (which are open to everyone) will be held from 1-4pm at the Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate in Settle. There will be a break in which delicious home made refreshments will be served. The fee is £8 per session with a concession for Settle Voices members of £5.  You can just turn up on the day, but to avoid disappointment it is advisable to book places in advance.

For more information please see the website

Otherwise you may contact Nancy Forster Tel 01729 822771


There will be a Strawberry Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th July, 10am – 12noon at the Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate.  As well as the strawberry-themed refreshments there will be a cake and produce stall.  Proceeds in aid of WI funds.


The show will be marking its 70th anniversary later  this year. As part of the celebrations they are hoping to stage an exhibition of memorabilia and photographs relating to previous shows. If anyone has any items which could be borrowed for this event could they please contact Ruth Dugdale on 01729 822877.


The emphasis which the school places on allowing every child to develop to their fullest potential was immediately apparent from the high standard of the performances in this year’s summer concert. The Foundation Strings scheme actively promotes the opportunity for every pupil in the first three years to take up the chance to learn a stringed instrument for example. Consequently there is no shortage of talent in the school and many of the pupils are incredibly versatile playing a number of instruments to a very high standard, more importantly it was very obvious just how much each child enjoyed performing and making music. The programme opened with pupils from reception and years 1&2 in the Songsquad, a training choir. What struck me most about their performance was the poise of these youngsters and the incredible clarity of both their words and actions. Their rendition of “Sing a Rainbow” was delightful, but what was truly remarkable was how every word of the lovely lyrics to the “End of Year Song” was clearly audible and enunciated. No mean feat for such very young children.  The same was true of the school choir which brought the programme to a close, where the incredibly complicated lyrics of “Laying down the Laws of Motion” ( a song about physics!) were both audible and entertainingly presented with a number of variations in speed adding to the humour.  Throughout the programme we were also treated to a number of solo performances from the many of the pupils who had taken part in the hotly contested Young Musician of the Year Competition. In the case of  Anna Mills (Violin) and Will Rees-Jones (Viola) these took the form of playing as a soloist in a concerto with orchestral backing by the staff. Both performers have been awarded music scholarships and listening to these performances it was very easy to see why this was the case.  Will also entertained with a gloriously upbeat saxophone solo while Wil Richmond showed that he truly is a singing star in the making with an expressive rock-feel rendition of “Talking to the Moon”. George Collins played both guitar and saxophone during the concert and did win the coveted Young Musician title, however having seen and heard him playing accordion this is not surprising as he performed “Dance in Moscow” with great confidence and skill.  There were also excellent performances from the Wind Band, a rousing rendition of “Another One Bites the Dust” and the Orchestra, a foot-tapping “Summer Stomp”.  The guitar group demonstrated not only how much they enjoy their jamming sessions but also their eclectic tastes by entertaining with “Scooby Doo” and “Smoke on the Water”. However, a real highlight was this year’s Rock Group. Boy bands beware – the Catteral Crew are coming and they really do know how to rock and roll! Of course, such high standards are not achieved by chance and the enthusiasm and dedication shown by staff and students alike was very apparent – after all, how many young people do you know who would rehearse at 8.15 in the morning, before a full day at school? Congratulations then to all involved in this incredible concert: the pupils for their effort and enthusiasm, the staff for their dedication and inspiration and the parents for the encouragement which allowed the children to feel so at ease performing.

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