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Settle News Online 9th December


On 15 December the all female band, The Shee, take to the stage for their unique blend of music which combines folk, Gaelic, Scots and bluegrass influences.  Pendle productions present their pantomime, Mother Goose, on Sunday 23rd at 2pm. A wonderful pre-Christmas family treat. Looking ahead tickets are already available and selling fast for a return visit by Ultravox and BandAid star, Midge Ure, who will be performing at Victoria Hall on 15 February. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718.


In the run-up to Christmas the band are playing carols and festive music in the Lion pub, Settle, every Thursday. The music will commence at 8pm and all are welcome.


It was party time at the December meeting with a performance by the Drama Group, a quiz, and Christmas singing, followed by tea and hot mince pies. The Christmas hamper was won by Audrey Pemberton. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 2 January when the speaker will be Heather Slater on being A Nanny in Saudi Arabia. There will be a Bring and Buy sale. The annual lunch will be at The Lion in Settle on Wednesday 16 January at 12 noon for 12.30 . The price is £16 for two courses and £20 for three courses, payable at the January meeting. Payment of annual subscriptions may also be made at the January meeting.


Throughout December the society is collecting tins of food, pre-owned and new toys and any items which are suitable for distribution in Christmas hampers. The hampers will be distributed to those in need across the North of England, regardless of the recipients religious beliefs, if any.  Items for inclusion can be left in the church meeting room at the rear of St Mary and St Michael RC Church hall. Alternatively contact Tony H on 822953 or Tony D on 825042. All donations gratefully received.


The Rotary club of Settle is again organising pre-Christmas visits by Santa to Settle and surrounding areas. Once again this year Santa will have a post box on his sleigh so that children can post their “wish for presents” letter to Santa in the box. Please be sure to put your name and address on the letter so that he can reply to you. He will start his visits at 5.30p.m. on week days and will be in the Stores in Settle from 10a.m. to 4p.m. each Saturday. On Thursday 13th he will be in Langcliffe and on Friday 14th will be in Giggleswick before spending Saturday 15th December in Booths once more. On Monday  17th December  he’ll visit Giggleswick: The Mains & Stackhouse and on Tuesday 18th December will be at  Horton & Stainforth before heading home to get things ready for Christmas.


Many thanks to all those our recent Christmas Bingo night and who supported our raffle of Christmas Hampers. The first hamper was won by Ken Varley of Rathmell, the second prize by Duncan Robinson and the third by Norman Young. The raffle raised approximately £300.  For those of a quizzical turn of mind, Andy’s great annual quiz is now on sale. Guaranteed to create hours of brain teasing over the Christmas period it makes an ideal stocking filler at price of £2. On Sunday evening, 16 December, at 6.30pm local choir Cantores Salicium will present a festival of nine lessons and carols in the church. All welcome.


Settle Voices Community Choir will meet again in the New Year after their Christmas break. For anyone looking for last minute stocking fillers,copies of the choir’s CD ‘The Best of What We Know’ are still available at Settle Music, Linton Court, off Duke Street.

For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771


Settle Golf Club  are currently selling tickets for their grand draw with a star prize of a year’s free membership. Tickets are are available via 01729 825340 and 01729 8233593. The draw will take place in 2013 to allow maximum sales.



The gallery is welcoming Christmas with an unseasonably warm theme this year by hosting a Caribbean Christmas to whisk visitors away from the bleak midwinter to a tropical island paradise. The installation features a back drop of tropical island images, with a tableau re-creating some very interesting (and edible) buried treasure. Visitors are invited to bring a Christmas card to put in the postcard racks. This will be in place until 26 January and can be found by following the trail of gold coins.


The Langcliffe Singers will perform, a concert of French Music entitled “Fete des Lumieres” (Festival of Lights)  at Settle Parish Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, 15 December. The programme will include works by Poulenc, Durufle, Paul Fisher, Faure, Berlioz and Messaien. Tickets cost £10 and are available at Cave & Crag, Settle; Bentham Post Office; members of the choir; and at the door.


There will be a chance to meet Santa in his grotto at Taitlands, Stainforth from 15-23 December. Santa will be visiting between noon and 5pm each day.


As part of their seasonal tour Theatre of the Dales will be visiting Settle on 20 December with their Three Cheers For Christmas production. The show brings together three stories: Mak the sheepstealer, a medieval farce is interwoven with the children’s opera of Amahl and the Night visitors and Dicken’s A Christmas Carol to create a festive feast for all the family. The production will take place at Victoria Hall and commence at 7.30pm. Details and tickets via 01729 825718


This year the Christmas Day lunch will be served at Townhead Court. There will be a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and a light tea will also be served. The cost for each individual is £10 and this event is open to all ages.  Volunteers to help with transport are also required . Please contact Judith Allinson as soon as possible if you are able to assist or if you wish to reserve a place on 01729 822138.



For the past few weeks, SportsCool has been running  a Cheerleading After-School Club. This was attended by pupils from the whole age range and much enjoyed by all participants, who showed excellent sporting behaviour, quickly learnt the new skills involved and performed them confidently in front of the audience at their final session. They were all awarded medals for their effort and involvement and Libby Garth was presented with the cup for excellent attitude and participation/ On December 5th Y5 pupils joined with Y5s from many schools in the locality and enjoyed their morning of activities organised by the churches in the area, to explore the meaning of Christmas. Many thanks to everyone who contributed a chocolate or Christmas item for our tombola and to all the families who attended this event, in spite of the snowy weather. Your support is much appreciated. A good time was enjoyed by all participants and we are grateful to the parents who organised the event. This week the school held an open morning on Tuesday, 11th December with pupils working in the classroom and greeting parents to show them  work on display around the school. The schools Christmas Presentation takes place on Wednesday, 19th December at 6.00pm in St. Alkelda’s It involves all pupils in a re-telling of the nativity story, with some additional parts written by Class 3 pupils. The Christmas Presentation is open to all parents, relatives and friends of the school, so please come along to support the pupils. No tickets are required and no charge is made to attend, although there will be a collection for charity at the end of the performance.







Snow had fallen all afternoon but nothing could deter the hardy congregation who gathered for carols by candlelight in Giggleswick chapel. As always this was a sparkling occasion, richly demonstrating the varied talents and dedication of staff and students. Particular mention should be made of the outstanding contribution of acting Musical Director, Tricia Rees-Jones, who clearly has spent an awful lot of time and effort compiling the programme of music and ensuring that the choirs were in excellent form for the evening. The singing throughout was magnificent with the beauty and clarity of the young people’s voices adding a marvellous dimension to well known pieces such as Rutter’s “Candlelight Carol” and the traditional – and highly appropriate – “In the Bleak Midwinter”. The programme was also studded with lesser known jewels, such as the charming French Carol “Entre le Boeuf” and the wonderful performance by the Catteral choir of “Child of the Stable’s Secret Birth”. Interspersed throughout were a wide variety of musical items, including a clever saxophone trio; a rendition of Vivaldi’s Winter by the String Group, a skilful trombone solo and an excellent accompaniment to the congregational carols by the brass group. Congratulations especially to these young musicians and to all the choir soloists for their confident performances. Confidence was very much to the fore also amongst the readers who tackled a wide range of pieces ranging from bible readings, Betjeman, Dickens and Dylan Thomas  through to the humour of dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah in his appeal to consider a vegetarian option at Christmas in the wickedly funny “Talking Turkeys!” All the readers showed a real understanding of the rhythm, the voice of the writer and the richness of the language in their pieces, nowhere more so than in the dramatic performance of “The Spirit of Christmas Present” from “A Christmas Carol”. All of which helped to make this a truly inspirational evening.



As any aficionado of television cookery programmes will tell you, the key to producing a outstanding dish is to ensure that you follow the recipe carefully to ensure success, use only the very best ingredients available, then combine them with care to get the right balance of tastes and ensure that the presentation is immaculate to appeal to the widest audience.  Planning a concert of this nature is a similar task and Nigel Waugh is to be commended on his efforts. The programme included performances from the Langcliffe Singers; Settle Amateur Operatic Society Concert Group, Octameron, soloists from Settle College and two organists and all were undoubtedly wonderful in their own way. Sadly, there were elements missing that had been present in previous years and this did alter the balance of the programme and perhaps also meant that the appeal to the wider population was not quite the same as the audience was principally made up of fellow performers and not truly representative of the whole community. The ingredients though in this mixture were most definitely the finest around, proving once more just how much talent there is in the town. The inclusion of students from Settle College was a welcome addition and it is always good to see young people being provided with an opportunity to perform in public as a means of developing their skills, so congratulations to India Healing, Caitlin Slinger and Samantha Sawyer. Special mention too to Sarah Glossop and Robin Knipe whose boundless enthusiasm for music in the community was obvious once more, taking part in all three singing groups.  The introduction of the two sets of organ solos was also a pleasant addition to the mixture, as all too often the organ is simply overlooked as an accompaniment to the community carols without any real recognition of the skill and talent of the organist. Paul Fisher and Graham Toft admirably addressed this issue. Each of the three groups of singers worked hard to establish their own individuality. The Cowboy Carol by SAOS showed great character and was a particularly lively addition to the programme. Similarly Octameron demonstrated once more that they are a class act with an inimitable style, particularly in their secular numbers and the beautiful arrangement of the Carol of the Bells. Congratulations to young Max Heaton for his input on this piece. Langcliffe Singers also performed well and provided a taster of their current repertoire with an extract from their winter concert of French music  in “L’adieu des bergers a la Sainte Familie”. Building on such sure foundations it therefore can only be hoped that even more groups will be inspired to take part in the event once again next year to provide yet more variety to appeal to all tastes.

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