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Settle News June 16


Just before Half Term, Class 3 pupils participated in an enjoyable visit to the ‘Working the View’ exhibition at Craven Museum and Art Gallery. During their workshops, they learnt some ‘top tips’ about landscape photography from photographer, Mark Butler, and they also learnt how to write poems called rengas, from writer Sarah Butler. Afterwards, they visited Embsay Reservoir to take their own photographs and write some collaborative rengas. On their return to school, inspired by their visit, they chose their favourite photograph and wrote their own renga about it. These are now displayed on the following website – pupils in Reception and Y1 recently spent an enjoyable morning learning about and handling a range of animals brought by Zoolab. Afterwards, our pupils had lunch and played together with pupils from the Early Years Department and we are grateful to Giggleswick Junior School for hosting and kindly funding this visit. Congratulations to the  Y6 pupils, who participated in the North Craven Cricket Tournament. They all played very well and the long evening ended without a result, as two schools had the same number of points, namely Settle and Giggleswick! Our team played their final match later in the week, resulting in a win for Giggleswick!.  Our team will now represent North Craven in the Craven Cricket Championship later this week. Congratulations and a huge thank you to the 18 pupils who gave up some of their time to perform country dances at St. Alkelda’s Garden Party. In contrast to last year’s very wet weather, the sun shone throughout and the pupils concentrated and danced well, in spite of the heat. Their performance entertained the visitors and was much appreciated. There was particularly good involvement from pupils in Reception, who were well-supported by the older dancers.


On 23 June there will be a performance of DalesJam featuring John Helliwell in conjunction with Grassington Festival.  Paper Zoo theatre company take to the stage on 29 June with their adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Hard Times. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


You are invited to come along and join us for coffee in the Old Court House on Station Road on June 22nd. Coffee will be served from 10-12.30pm. However, if you can’t make it for coffee don’t forget that we are serving light lunches and teas on Sunday 30 June at Langcliffe Institute. All welcome.  Meanwhile we are seeking out men / youths  to act as cowboys in their Autumn production of “Calamity Jane! Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at 7.30pm at the Old Court House.


Langcliffe Singers and Settle Orchestra are staging a joint concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. “Vivat Regina!” will be performed on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School at 7.30pm and again on Saturday 29th June at Christ Church, Skipton. The programme will feature a range of music including works by Purcell, Vaughn Williams, Handel, Elgar, Parry, Wesley, Butterworth and Walton. Tickets are available at Cave & Crag, Settle Music, Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre, Alley Books (Skipton), from members of the choir or via 07778 291402 and cost £10


This year’s open gardens in Settle and District event will take place on June 29th and 30th. Seventeen gardens will be open on Saturday June 29th and Sunday June 30th. Gardens will be open 11am -5pm on Saturday and 12am -5pm on Sunday. Tickets cost £5 or £8 for both days and are available from Tourist information+ Field to Home (both located in Sette Market Square). All proceeds from the event will be donated to charity.  For further details please contact Julie Smith 01729 822090 or email:


A series of organised photography walks will provide an opportunity to focus on summer pastures and stunning views over The Three Peaks on June 27th around Lower Winskill and traditional Dales haymeadows near Selside on July 13th. Various locations for walks later in the year  include hen harrier and ring ouzel habitat in Bowland with RSPB, traditional Bowland haymeadows around Slaidburn with the Forest of Bowland Area of Natural Beauty’s Hay Time project officer, and autumn colours near Settle in the little known eastern edge of Forest of Bowland. The events are aimed at those with limited or no photographic experience, but more advanced photographers are welcome to join on that basis. There are also family tickets to encourage people to come along with their children. All the walks are led by experienced professional photographer Veronica Caperon, who is now in her third year of leading such events. Several are accompanied by wildlife and environmental specialists too. As well as picking up helpful hints and tips, the walks present the chance to take photographs in a relaxed way without friends and relatives getting impatient while they wait! Booking is essential and full details at on the photo-walks page; contact Veronica Caperon at or 01729 824537 for more information.


A reminder for members and guests joining the annual summer trip that the coach for the outing to Media City on Saturday 22nd June will leave Whitefriars car park at 10am. The next meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July when the speaker will be Dr Robin McIlveen on ‘Climate Change, Past, Present and Future’.


The 3 Peaks Folk club will meet on 22 June at Settle Social Club from 9pm. There will be traditional floor singers, singarounds and good cheer. All welcome.


Summer is on its way and already plans are afoot for Chipmonks Summer Holiday club. This will run from 22 July through to 2 August and will provide fun filled sessions of excitement, creativity and entertainment for 3-6 year olds and is based at Giggleswick Junior School. For more details contact  01729 822370.


On June 28 The Folly will host a talk by Philip Abbott, a librarian and archivist at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Entitled “Three Brothers against Napoleon” the talk links with an exhibition at the Folly in July. During the talk he will explore the connections between the Dawson family of Langcliffe Hall and Bolton-by-Bowland and the Napoleonic Wars. The talk will use extracts from the Dawson papers supplemented by records from the National Archives and other original sources to investigate the lives of Henry and Charles Dawson who fought with the 52nd Light Infantry Regiment during the Napoleonic Wars,and their brother William Dawson RN, and what this tells us about the experience of young men in Wellington’s Army and Nelson’s Navy. Please book your tickets early as this is sure to be a popular event and places are limited to 50 The talk will start at 7.30 tickets and tickets £6 from the folly or phone 01729 822893.


The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show is back on the road and films will return to Settle on a monthly basis, mainly on the theme of showing the best of foreign language films. The films will normally be on the evening of the last Wednesday in month.  However, the first one is on Friday 28 June, at Victoria Hall and will commence at 7.45 to allow those travelling by train to attend.  Belleville Rendez-vous is a French surreal animation based around the Tour de France.  The real Tour de France starts the day after — no not in Yorkshire this time, but in Corsica.  While Chris Froome’s victory in the warm up event, Criterium de Dauphiné, makes him a favourite for the big race, did you know that the first British winner of the Criterium de Dauphiné was a Yorkshireman? After the cycling, we stick with the French for a couple of sessions.  July and August see a couple of classics: “Jean de Florette” (PG) and “Manon des Sources” (PG).  In September we follow the current fashion for Scandinavian drama with the Danish “A Royal Affair(15)”


Eco-nite meetings are held at 7.00pm on the first Wednesday of every month at the Royal Oak. The meetings provide an informal setting for discussions about ‘eco’ matters. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 3rd July 2013


Settle Golf Club are holding their Summer Ball on July 6th and tickets cost £30. The club would be grateful for any donations of raffle and auction prizes.  This year the ball will be raising funds for Cave Rescue and Motor-neurone disease research.  For details or to book tickets contact Kay Philipson on 01729 825340 or John Lassey on 01729 823593.


The  newly formed ‘Giggleswick Gazelles’ a beginners running group meet at 5.30-6.30pm, Eshtons Pavilion, next to Giggleswick Schools all weather pitch, Raines Road, Giggleswick every Friday. Tea and cakes are served after the run and the first session is free. For more information please contact Andy Mouncey 07799 063115 or Jill Eccleston 07955 342344



Quiz sheets and maps for the Great Giggleswick Treasure Hunt are still  available from The Tuck Shop and Giggleswick Primary School until 30 June at a cost of £3. Spend an hour puzzling out clues and following directions around the village to uncover the location of the treasure.  Sheets should be returned by end of July and all proceeds will go to Giggleswick Primary School. First prize is a voucher for £50 for a meal at The Harts Head Hotel and second prize is a large jar of sweets from The Tuck Shop.


On June 30 there will be a concert at 5pm by the Herdwyck Consort entitled “A Baroque Journey” at Giggleswick School Chapel. Tickets £7.50, £5 Concessions (children free) from 01729 893180. The Cumbrian based Herdwyck Consort is a vocal group specialising in Renaissance and Baroque music. Since its first concert in 2010, the consort has established a reputation for its emotive and exciting performances. This concert includes works by Buxtehude, Monteverdi and Handel and will feature Giggleswick’s Schola Cantorum and young instrumentalists in part of the programme .






Take the tradition of choral singing, add a dash of the wit of Flanders and Swann, a sprinkling of the whimsicality of Victoria Wood and a generous measure of the comic originality and timing of The Two Ronnies and you might just about come up with something resembling the flavour of the Lancaster Millennium choir. However, I wouldn’t guarantee it, as the real joy of this choir is that they are a bit reminiscent of many things but totally unique and an evening in their presence is not like anything you will have experienced before.  You will however come away from the event feeling both entertained, amused and definitely enlightened and able to cope with any crisis from having to deliver a tracheotomy to dealing with the unexpected arrival of a baby in the back of a car, freeing yourself from the jaws of a crocodile to solving the British banking crisis. Since its inception the choir’s musical director, Andy Whitfield, has specialised in creating a range of original choral works specifically for the choir and their recent album “Eight Emergency Songs” were the basis for the first half of the performance and managed to combine tremendous musical versatility and wonderful harmonies with extremely clever lyrics, which thanks to the clear diction and theatricality of the performance were easily followed and hugely enjoyable.  Sharing the evening’s billing was Ben Avison brilliantly supported by friends on percussion and a range of instruments. It  was a real pleasure to see how much and how quickly this young talent has developed in recent months.  Singing a mixture of his own compositions and covers of other artists, Ben Avison has a beautifully rich voice and a very poetic view in the lyrics of his own compositions.  Particular favourites were the haunting lyrics of “End of the day” and the title track from his album “Good day Mr Magpie”, which is a clever take on the traditional rhyme and is a beautiful ballad.  His cover version of Paul Simon’s  “Under African Skies” was lively and performed with great depth of feeling.

The second half of the programme featured the Millennium Choir’s interpretation of the 1950’s classic, “The Lone Ranger”.  Synchronised perfectly to the original first episode of the TV series this was an unmissable feat, featuring some very clever word play, the occasional nod to other musical genres as well as audience participation and was clearly an absolute joy to sing.  The creativity of the choir knows no bounds and the audience were left speechless by the sheer brilliance of this incredibly original  performance.

Settle’s Gallery on the Green announces its next exhibition from 6th July: Life Line: Speculations on Clothes Hanging by Paul Rogers

Next time you walk past a washing line full of clothes drying, you may wish to speculate on the stories behind them. This is what Paul Rogers (  has done in his latest exhibition for Settle’s Gallery on the Green ‘Speculations on Clothes Hanging’, which runs from 6th July to 12th September 2013. Some people may just see the mundane, but Paul speculates on the ‘romance, ritual and intrigue of washing lines, wardrobes and clothes hanging’ with an exhibition that will include both photography and physical objects.

The Life Line exhibition at The Gallery on the Green refers to the ritual of, and speculation about, washing lines, wardrobes and clothes hanging and seeks to investigate, explore and present some of the ideas surrounding the intrigue and mysteries of this familiar but little contemplated or considered subject’, says Paul Rogers.

Paul was previously Associate Head of the School of Art and Design at Blackpool and The Fylde College. His photographic work has been exhibited previously in local, regional and national venues and in the PhotoArts Centre, Charlottesvile, U.S.A.

He recently completed a six year project photographing the construction of the new sea defences in Blackpool.   Based on David Nye’s idea of ‘the technological sublime’ the collection of almost six thousand images from this undertaking was exhibited in the Supercollider Gallery in Blackpool in June 2011.

Not a stranger to Settle, Paul was a member of the ‘3 x Norber’ group that exhibited recently in The Folly Museum in Settle and he continues to work on a series of self-generated projects including: Click; Pointing; Stalking Pink;  Repeat:Repeat and New and Old Horizons.

Further information is available from Settle Tourist Information office, or see the website

For further information or images, please contact us:

Alison Marshall: or 07702 358110

See website or visit Settle Tourist Information.

Paul Rogers: or 07854879099. Website




A huge thank you to everyone who supported the church at their Langcliffe lunches/teas on Father’s day. Thanks to all who served, to all who baked and to all who came along and enjoyed the goods on offer. The event raised £472. If you missed the teas you can still enjoy the catering team’s baking any Tuesday throughout the summer months as coffee and lunches are served at Settle Parish Church from 10 am to 2pm. These are reasonably priced and home cooked and there is always a good range of hot meals and delicious desserts on offer. The next Langcliffe Lunche/tea session will be on September 1st, so remember to put the date in your diary!.


Well done to pupils in KS1, who spent an enjoyable day at Malham Tarn Field Centre, using and extending their knowledge about plants. This is such a wonderful facility within our locality and the Centre staff provided interesting and stimulating sessions for the pupils. Congratulations to the KS2 pupils who recently participated in this cluster schools’ Cross Country event: Y6 – Oliver, Harry, Gabriel, Bethany, Y5 – Elliot, Caitie, Y4 – Louisa, Amy, Ella and Y3 – Freddie, Edie, Tom

A special mention to: Caitie, who was placed 3rd out of all six participating Y5 girls; Bethany, who was placed 3rd out of all six participating Y6 girls and Edie came first out of all fifteen participating Y3 girls. A great result! Following their tremendous success in the recent North Craven Cricket Tournament, the Y6 team represented North Craven at the Craven Cricket Championship. They all played well and were awarded 3rd place. Although they were disappointed with the result, they are to be commended for their excellent sporting behaviour, as they were a credit to their families, their school and to North Craven. Well done to: Bethany, Nathan, Liam, Callum, Tiarney, Oliver, Harry and Gabriel!

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