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Settle News May 11th 2014



There are some musicians who possess good comic timing; there are comedians who are good musicians but The New Rope String Band are that unique combination of outstanding musicians who also possess real comic talent. This is an incredibly slick performance with carefully choreographed routines which include elements from a vast range of comedic traditions that are genuinely side-splittingly funny in both their inventiveness and execution. Interspersed throughout are some stunning acoustic music performances reflecting a wide range of world music, but the real marvel is the way in which each seamlessly segues into the next so that you lose all track of time.  Beginning with “an earhole adventure” the trio conjured up a wild Scottish scene, complete with mewing seagulls on the violin, while all the time poor Tim was desperate to escape to the toilet. The inevitability of what then occurred with a pint glass set the tone for the evening and established an immediate rapport with the audience who were almost hysterical with laughter. Cue a smooth transition into a Malay welcome chant, slightly upstaged by the fact that the barman spoke Malay and then onto an exposition of the role of morris dancing in English culture with diversions into break-dance. Even the inevitable advert for the new DVD was delivered with style featuring some mind-bogglingly unexpected uses for an old DVD. The evening was peppered with such gems; an extended game of violin tennis; an incredibly funny interactive video sequence which ended with a their now miniaturised shadows being pursued by angry notes along a stave before being skewered by a crotchet; a dream sequence on an melodeon  powered floating li-lo; a performance of Nessun Dorma on a theremin and a Scottish reel played on the pipes – with the variation being that these were plastic pipes of varying sizes, not the more traditional bagpipes!  The only problem with the evening is that it is genuinely one of those events where you really needed to be there to appreciate the surreal magic of the performance as words cannot by any means do justice to the inspired madness which is the hallmark of The New Rope String Band. Instead, all I can say is that if they appear again in the area – move heaven and earth to be there! You won’t regret it!


The next coffee morning will be held in the Old Court House on May 17th between 10am – 12.30pm. All are welcome.  Tickets are now available for the  dance to the music of John Bowdler event on June 20th. John Bowdler is organist at the Blackpool Tower ballroom.  This will take place at Ingleton Community Centre and tickets cost £7.50, including supper. Tickets can be purchased via 01729 82295901729 822959 /822364.


The next big breakfast session will take place on May 17th at Friends Meeting House at 8.30am. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am.  Cost is £3 and places can be booked via 01729 82528501729 825285 . The guest speaker in May is Tony Hennigan who will speak on he work of the St Vincent de Paul Society .


Until further notice services at Zion Church will take place only on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 10.45am. The  next service will take place on May 18th when the preacher will be Phillippa Normanton.  For further details contact  church secretary, Jean Thackrah, on 015242 51270.


As part of the planning for the proposed flowerpot festival later in the summer the team is appealing for old Flowerpots, either terracotta or plastic in any shape or size. These will be used by
local schools and other organisations to  turn into displays for the Flowerpot Festival. If you have any unwanted Flowerpots,
please take them to ‘Lay of the Land’ garden centre.


Messy church is a family event which includes tea, craft activities and worship. It takes place at St John’s church hall  on the third Sunday of the month and is open to all. The next event will take place on May 18th. All welcome.


The next meeting will be on Monday 19 May at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. The content will be two galleries as no speaker is available.  The first galler is on the theme of “elements (Earth, Fire and Water)” and the second is “photo artwork”.


The next blood donor session will take place at St John’s Hall on 21 May with an afternoon session between 2.30-4pm and an evening session between 5-7.30pm. For further details and appointments contact 0300 123 2323


On 21 May there will be an opportunity to hear Mamane Barka performing on the biram. This is a sacred harp from Lake Chad and produces an almost hypnotic sound. Single handedly Mamane Barka is saving the musical tradition of the Boudouma nomads from extinction and this is a rare chance to see him perform. Blue Rose Code is Edinburgh born song writer Ross Wilson who performs what he describes as “Caledonia Soul”. There will be a chance to enjoy his music on May 23rd. On May 24 the hall is the venue for Irish entertainer, Dominic Kirwan’s 25th anniversary tour.  The month culminates on 28 May with a showing by TRAMPS of “Badkonake Sefid (The White Balloon) an Iranian film.Tickets for all events via -1729 825718


A reminder that during the summer months the catering team at the church will once again be serving lunches on a Tuesday, Market day. There will be home made soup on offer as well as a range of toasted sandwiches, hot meals and salads as well as a choice of delicious desserts. Coffee is served from 10am onwards with lunches available between noon and 2pm. All welcome.


Settle Rotary Club’s 6th Saunter will take place on Saturday 24th May 2014. Registration, start and finish is at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club, Lower Greenfoot, Settle. This annual event raises money this year for the Settle Swimming Pool and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There are 4 possible routes to choose from which, may be walked or run from 8, 10, 15 or 26 miles depending on your level of fitness or ability! Why not join together and make it a family day out to remember, admiring the wonderful scenery round Feizor, Clapham or Ingleborough Further details and entry forms on the Club’s website or from Derek on 07831 79791107831 797911 .


Settle Parish Church (Holy Ascension) are delighted to announce the first recital in its 2014-15 series. May 24th at 7.30 sees a recital 
centred on the music of local composer, Paul Fisher, who recently had one of his compositions performed at St. Trinité in Paris and is a prolific composer of choral and organ music. Apart from PauL himself, who will introduce the music and play some of his favourites, Tim Raymond (Bolton Abbey), Jason Lowe (Giggleswick Chapel and formerly Manchester Cathedral) and Graham Toft (Settle Parish Church) will be  playing organ pieces by Paul. The evening promises to be a feast of varied music in classical, jazz and modern styles, with pieces also based on traditional  tunes and folk melody.  Admission is free with interval refreshments and a retiring collection for donations to the Organ fund.


Settle Social Club is hosting a 60s/70s/80s disco on 25 May from 8 to midnight in aid of Settle Swimming Pool funds. Tickets cost £5. Please note this is an over 18s event only.


For days when you are pushed for time or if you simply prefer a shorter game, the  club is now offering the opportunity to play 9 holes for only £10. A full round of 18 holes is still only £20.


The current  exhibition at the gallery features excerpts from the Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science 2013 exhibition. This exhibition shows images produced by scientists to support their work and from photographers showing where and how science is conducted. Many of the images combine elements of both science and art. The exhibition, entitled “Hidden Worlds”, will run to 28th June 2014.


On May 28th there will be a braiding workshop with Aimee Betts, this will allow you to learn basic techniques in order to create your own piece to take home. Tickets cost £10 when purchased in advance from The Folly or 01729 82289301729 822893 .


A coffee morning in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care is taking place at Quilting Antics in Watershed Mill on 29 May. This will run from 10am – 2pm and there will also be a white elephant stall, Tour de France lottery and a tombola. All welcome.


Pupils in the two schools have recently been exchanging ideas about their favourite subjects at school. This has included an interesting explanation about Egyptian burials as well as discussion about politics in the two countries.


A reminder that the Athlefit for Ladies sessions meet every Wednesday during term time between 9.30-10.30am Settle’s Drill Hall on Castlebergh Lane. For details contact 07955 34234407955 342344 . The sessions are led by   a fully qualified and insured England Athletics instructor. There will also be sessions during term time on Mondays July 7, 14, 28



For the second half of the Spring Term, 37 pupils achieved 100% attendance – well done!  Congratulations to KS2 pupils, who have designed and made fabric items for the wall hanging, during their Design & Technology lessons. Many thanks to Helen Clark and Vicky Black for their help in preparing the hanging for display; it can now be viewed in the hall and it looks wonderful! Well done also to all participants in the recent cluster schools Y2 and Y3 football festival event, many of whom were playing in a match for the first time, so it meant that we could enter two teams. All pupils tried hard, with the B team losing two and drawing two of their matches and the A team winning three and drawing one of their matches. Congratulations to three of our accordion players: Caitie Birkett-Bentley, Louisa Bullock and Honey Kaup-Samuels, who participated in the recent national UK Accordion Championships in Liverpool. Following their enjoyable performance in school last week, they faced a much bigger audience and competition from many others, but performed well, returning with certificates and trophies, as follows: Preparatory Solo – Louisa was placed 3rd

Preparatory Duet – Caitie & Louisa were placed 2nd, Honey and Omari (her older brother) were placed 3rd In addition to the tennis coaching taking place in school for KS2 pupils, some parents may be interested in the Sunday sessions, also being delivered by LTA coach Dave Woolstencroft. Details are as follows: Sundays outside Giggleswick School Chapel, 10:00 – 11:00am 9yrs and under and 11:00 – 12:00 10yrs and above. Further details via Simon Plumbridge  – 01729 82510001729 825100 .


On Sunday, May 18th at 3.30pm there will be a showing of “12 Years a Slave” as part of the community cinema season. Tickets cost £5. The Gigg lecture season continues on Friday May 9th when Anthony Kerr-Dineen will present a lecture on “The Influence of Prime Numbers and the Golden Ration on the Jupiter Symphony”; an exploration of the nature of truth, beauty which includes ground breaking  Mozart research, ancient Greek maths and a couple of pub games. Please note that this event will take place in Giggleswick School Chapel.  All tickets are bookable via 01729 89318001729 893180 or the website at


The parish over 60’s tea-party will take place this year on 10 May at Giggleswick Primary School at 2.45pm. There will be tea and entertainment provided. Those requiring transport to or from the event should contact 01729 82393901729 823939 / 823263.


A reminder that the beginners running group meets at Eshtons pavilion, Raines Road, Giggleswick between 5.30-6.30pm on Friday evenings. Contact 07955 34234407955 342344 for details. All welcome.

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