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Settle News march 30th


A reminder that there will be a series of Tai Chi sessions at St John’s Hall on Tuesday mornings commencing 22 April. There will be 12 sessions in all, costing £60 for 12 or £35 for 6 and these will be led by Paul Underhill of Gateway to Health.  The sessions will take place from 9.15-10.15. Please note that the contact details given previously were incorrect and the correct number to contact for information is  07876740611.


The First Sunday folk night kicks off a lively month at Victoria Hall on April 6 with a combined performance by Martin Stephenson and Jim Hornsby. There will also be a support act, The Once, at this concert.  On 11 April there is a treat in store for Country Music lovers with The Ultimate Waylon Show.  Pop Factor, the concert comes to Settle on April 12 featuring hits by One Direction, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Little Mix and more – as well as post show meet and greet session and competitions.  On April 26 Henry Priestman, the writer behind the hits of The Christians in 80’s and Yachts in the 70’s will be performing. The month concludes on Wednesday 30th with a showing of Comme Une Image, in conjunction with T.R.A.M.P.S. Tickets via -1729 825718


The Alison King School of Dance is holding a social dance at Victoria Hall on Friday 4th April between 8-11pm.  Admission is £5 with tickets available via 01729 8401118 or 07857 53261107857 532611 . There will be a licensed bar and charity raffle. Dancing styles will include rock and roll,  Argentinian tango, Latin, ballroom, sequence, salsa, swing and latin line dancing.


The next charity dance will be held at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on Saturday, April 5th. The dance will run from 8-11.30pm. To book please contact 01729 82325901729 823259 / 824038 by Friday April 4th. All proceeds to S.A.N.E Mental Health Charity.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society Junior Section will be staging their production of Bugsy Malone on April 5th at Victoria Hall at 6pm. Come along and enjoy the fun – but make sure you get your tickets early for this show. Tickets available from the box office at Victoria Hall on 01729 82571801729 825718 .


The group will next meet on April 7th at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. This will be the AGM. The meeting itself will be followed by an open gallery. Members are reminded that mounts will be available for the competition on 28 April .


A blood donor session will take place at St John’s Hall on 7 April. The first session will run from 2.30- 4pm and the second from 5-7.30pm. To make an appointment please contact 0300 123 2323/


Justice and Peace Group, part of Churches Together, is holding a talk on Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) more commonly known as Drones. The speaker at the event will be Chris Cole, a  leading UK authority on Drones. The meeting will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday 10th April in St Mary & St Michael Parish Hall. The talk will look at the following questions: What are Drones? Why are Drones Used? Who is using Drones?

What is UK involvement? All are welcome. For further information contact email:


To celebrate the saving of the Settle-Carlisle Line a walk will take place on 11 April. This will leave Settle Station at 11.50 am for a gentle 4-5 mile walk to view the line from the hills above Settle before returning to the town in time for refreshments. For further details contact 07754 99348307754 993483 .


Settle Parish Church, in conjunction with Ahernes, are holding a fashion show of both mens’ and women’s clothing on 11 April at 7.30pm. The evening will feature local “home-grown models”, both male and female and of a variety of ages demonstrating the latest in Aherne’s spring fashion collection.  Tickets cost £6, including wine and nibbles.  All proceeds to Settle Parish Church funds. Tickets via 01729 82284801729 822848 . All welcome.


As part of national “learn to play day”, Settle Music are offering the opportunity of a free taster lesson on an instrument. This is a great way to try something new and find out if you would like to learn more or simply to help you get back into music if you used to play and have simply stopped for a while.  For more details contact  01729 82583801729 825838 or leave a message on the answermachine at 07880 78378307880 783783 and someone will get back to you.  This opportunity is open to all age groups.


The next artisans fair, featuring the very best of handmade crafts from the local area, will take place at Victoria Hall on April 12th. Doors open at 9am, closing at 3pm. There will be homemade refreshments available throughout the day in the delightful vintage cafe.


Langcliffe Singers will be performing an Easter Concert  on Saturday 12th April 2014, Giggleswick School Chapel at 7.30pm. The programme will be composed of two Requiems: one by Herbert Howells and one by John Rutter. Tickets cost £10 available from Settle Music, Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office, Skipton Camera Centre or via 07732 35277107732 352771


There will be two all sorts markets at Victoria Hall over the Easter weekend. The first of these is on Saturday 19th April and the second is on Monday, 21st April.  Both will run from 9.30 – 4pm. Refreshments will be available all day. Stall holders are required for either one or both days and are invited to consider the option coming along and sharing a stall with a friend. For details of stalls please contact 01729 82386701729 823867 .


The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 19 April 2014 at 8.30am in the Friends’ Meeting House annexe. The guest speaker: will be Martin Davies, Countryside General Manager for The National Trust, who will speak on the topic of Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve. Space is limited.  Book early to avoid disappointment. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Tickets cost £3.00, please contact 01729 82528501729 825285 to book your place


On April 21st the staff and friends at Settle Swimming Pool will be raising funds to help meet pool costs and pay for essential maintenance work at the pool by undertaking a sponsored swim. They shall be swimming the equivalent distance of travel from Settle to Skipton.  To donate or find out more please go to the website at


The  next in the series of recitals to mark the centenary of the Binns Organ will take place on 26 April and the church is delighted to welcome distinguished guest organist Roger B.Williams, the Emeritus Organist to the University of Aberdeen. In 2010  Roger Williams was honoured to be chosen as organ soloist for the Pope’s visit to Bellahouston, Glasgow. He has also a performed for the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.  The programme will feature a mixture of old and new including work by Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach, Paul Mealor, Christian Ritter and Dieterich Buxtehude and by living composers such as John McLeod and Lakeland composer Philip A Cooke,. There will also be the opportunity to hear Roger performing one of his own works, “Organ Piece for St Andrew’s Day, ” commissioned in 2009 and based on a Scottish fiddle tune.


This week in answer to questions about crests and coats of arms pupils at Settle Primary School explained about the origins of the United Kingdom coat of arms. On a more local theme members of class 5 have been retelling stories about the navvies and the building of the Settle-Carlisle railway.



Congratulations to Jimmy Howarth, who represented Y3 boys at the North Yorkshire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships This is the first time one of our pupils has been selected for this event. He ran really well and was placed 11th out of all the Y3 runners – an excellent achievement! Class 3 pupils are preparing for their role in the  ‘Running on Rails’ Concerts on Wednesday, 30th April at the Richard Whiteley Theatre. These events celebrate the 25th anniversary of the saving of the Settle-Carlisle line. Many thanks  to everyone who donated chocolate for the Chocolate Tombola and to all who attended Friday’s Easter Family Bingo. Thanks to all the parents who ran the evening and to all who helped to tidy up afterwards. It was a very popular and very well-attended event, which raised over £200 for school funds. Tremendous thanks also  to everyone who has made a donation to our Sport Relief collection. So far, we have raised an amazing total of £104! Congratulations to all pupils who took part in the Sport Relief Challenge – every single pupil completed a mile! We are also grateful to Settle College students – Olivia Akrigg and Amy Lodge, who helped at the event.



A delightful re-creation of The Carnival of the Animals by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns and combining the music from this piece with original poems by Jan Holdstock and considerable opportunity for audience participation, this performance is billed as a new interactive family show. It was therefore rather sad that the event attracted so few people and that there were not more children there to enjoy it as it seriously curtailed the impact of this charming piece. The Carnival of the Animals is an extremely enjoyable way in which to introduce young children to the orchestra and is great fun to hear. Each of the movements is based on a different creature and is guaranteed to appeal to the imagination of the very young. Capitalising on this aspect of the music this performance introduced the figure of the Naturalist (an extremely versatile Paul Ratcliffe) who not only introduced the animals he actually became them and acted as “ring master”, marshalling the children into joining in with the pieces.  The incorporation of the amusing poetry added tremendously to the impact as this helped to focus the attention on a specific animal character as opposed to the music characterising all that species in general. During the course of the hour he became a doughty Scottish hen, a lugubrious tortoise, a rather queasy kangaroo and an officious elephant – to name but a few, all simply through the addition of simple costumes and masks.  Clever use of simple props allowed the scene to encompass swans, fish and many other creatures. One of the most magical moments was undoubtedly created by encouraging members of the audience to create an underwater scene simply by blowing clouds of bubbles for the fish to swim through to accompany “The Aquarium”.  It was also a joy to watch one young audience member grow in confidence as she worked in tandem with the flautist to create the cuckoo in the woods. There were however some sections where the creativity seemed to flag, “The Pianists” and “The Fossils” spring to mind , in part because the clowning needed to be more exaggerated but there were insufficient children to react to the comic timing in the required way for this to be totally effective. The piece will be touring the area as part of the cultural celebration for the Tour de France’s Yorkshire Festival 2014 Fringe and certainly makes an entertaining way to spend an hour with young children.



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Press release – mayor stands down

” I want to Break Free ! ”

Former Settle Town Mayor Joe Lord has stood down from the Town Council in order to fulfil his ambition  join North Yorkshire Police. Joe, who joined the council in 2008 just days after his 20th birthday, resigned one month short of completing his second and final term as Town Mayor. Joe has accepted a position as a constable in Scarborough, and will move after completion of initial training.

“It has been an incredible  honour to serve Settle as a councillor and also to serve twice as Town Mayor,” said Joe. “However, I believe  it is the right time to leave. Joining the police has been an ambition for a long time and I regard myself as fortunate to be given this opportunity.”

Whilst being Town Mayor, Joe has received recognition both at home and abroad for his work.  In 2012 he was invited to Slovenia as the UK delegate at an EU International Youth Conference. Also in 2012 he was further honoured by receiving  the Yorkshire Dales Society Ken Willson Award. Joe donated the £500 award money to local youth projects, including a group who are producing their own comic books, and Skipton Extended Learning For All. He is currently putting the finishing touches to a book containing stories and short essays written by local young people and well known figures, including Tony Blair. The book is due to be printed next month and will be sold to raise money for local youth projects.

“Settle is a fantastic town,” Joe added, ” and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who, through paid or voluntary work, give so much time and effort to ensure we maintain our strong and friendly community.”
Mothering Sunday celebration meal

For the sixth year running, Giggleswick Primary School has hosted a special celebration to mark Mothering Sunday. This year, over fifty mums and grans squeezed into the hall at the village school and joined their children and grandchildren for a delicious roast meal of pork, gravy, apple sauce (or a veggie option), mashed potato, peas, carrots, followed by a cream and jam scone – all served by members of staff. Plants were positioned on all the tables in pots which had been beautifully decorated by members of the school’s gardening club and visitors were entertained with songs and poems, specially written by the pupils. The school cook, Mrs Jane Richardson and her assistant, Mrs Anne Eccleston enjoyed well-deserved praise from all the visitors, having prepared and cooked over 115 meals!


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