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Settle News September 12th



The new term of Karen’s keep fit class is underway at Settle Middle School. Classes take place on a Monday evening at 7.30pm and new members are always welcome. The classes are run by a fully qualified and insured instructor and are suitable for all abilities. There are new routines and new music but the emphasis is still on having fun while keeping fit.   The price is £4 per session and with a discount scheme in operation for regular attenders. For details contact Karen on 01524 242392


Settle Voices Choir meets every Monday afternoon in term time  in the Friends Meeting House Kirkgate Settle from 1pm to 3pm. The Choir is open to everyone. It is run by Janet Russell, a natural voice practitioner. You don’t have to read music or be confident about your singing ability to join our choir and there is no audition process to worry about. Our aims are simply to have fun singing together in a relaxed atmosphere and to learn to sing songs from around the world. The annual fee is £5 plus £4 per session. New members are needed and all are very welcome – age is no barrier to enjoyment. For more information please see the website or contact Nancy Forster  (01729) 822771



Morning coffee is served every Tuesday from 10.15am and lunches are served through from 12 till 2.30pm until the end of the month.  There is always a choice of homemade main courses, including a vegetarian option, and a range of desserts available.  On September 18 the church will also be serving lunches and afternoon teas at Langcliffe Institute in aid of church funds from noon to 5pm. On 28 September the church is holding its Autumn Bingo event at Settle Social Club. All are welcome at this family event.


The badminton group will recommence on October 5th at Langcliffe Institute at 7pm. Sessions run from 7-9 and new members are always welcome. For details contact 01729 823453


The singers welcome new members to their group to come along to rehearsals on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at St John’s Church Hall.  No auditions are necessary to join the group, just a love of choral music. This season the group will be working towards a “Come and Sing Messiah” on October 15 and a Winter Concert of Benjamin Britten’s “St Nicolas” featuring  the choirs and percussion group from Skipton Music Centre,
and players from the Northern Chamber Orchestra. Further information from 01729 825807





The exhibition at The Folly entitled ‘Challenge and Change: 350 years in the life of a house and its region’ is currently open to the public on Tues. 10.30 – 4.30 Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. and Bank Holidays 12.30 – 4.30.



On 17th September 2011, the Gallery on the Green will open a new exhibition featuring a selection of stunning black and white images from a Mariana Cook’s new book on stone walls around the world. This fascinating study highlights the similarities and differences between the use of this most basic of material. Familiar scenes from the Yorkshire Dales are contrasted with walls from places around the world including Peru, Majorca, Ireland and North America. This exhibition will run through to December.



On 17 September at 7.30pm there will be a Harvest Thanksgiving followed by a supper. On !8 September there will be special Harvest Praise services led by Peter Jackson at 10.45 and 6.30. All are welcome. The harvest weekend will conclude with a sale of produce on 19 September at 7.30pm.




A crotchet group is starting on 17 September at Stitch in Time. The group will run from 2-4pm and refreshments will be provided. The group is open to all abilities including those wishing to learn this skill. A number of workshop days for a range of crafts have also been arranged for September, including opportunities to try your hand at making a circular handled bag, quilted scissor keeper and drawstring bag. In October there will be workshops relating to making items for Christmas. For details of any of the classes or the crotchet group please contact  07507 851908


The three peaks folk club will next meet on September 17th at Settle Social Club. This will be a guest night featuring Pat Sherry and Stuart Douglas.  This starts at 9pm. All welcome.


A Line dance and afternoon tea will take place on 18 September at St John’s Church Hall. This will run from 2-6pm and admission is £5 with all proceeds to charity. All welcome.



Many thanks to everyone who supported the group’s exhibition this year, particularly the local businesses who displayed the individual photographs and the parish church who hosted the exhibition. The group meets on the third Monday of each month, September 19th this month,    at 7.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House in Settle and new members are always welcome. This month’s meeting will feature a presentation ‘My Journey through Landscape’ by photographer Frank Ash.There will be no gallery presentation at this meeting but members are reminded to ensure that their contributions for the gallery on the theme of “Form and Texture” are received by September 18th ready for presentation on October 3rd.




Why not spend a day at the Linton Court Gallery Settle and enjoy an opportunity to see the exhibitions at leisure and spend the day drawing at a One Day Life Drawing Class with tutor Sam Dalby on Wednesday 21 September 201. the class will run from 10 am – 3 p.m. ( lunch break 12-1) and costs £37. The introductory class which Settle based artist Sam Dalby gave earlier in the summer proved very popular so in response to requests for further sessions a one day class has been arranged for Wednesday 21 September. This class which will be suitable for beginners and also more experienced artists. It will be held in the gallery. The tutor Sam Dalby, who earlier in the year 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 exhibition Katharine

Holmes Capturing the Weather, Paintings and Drawings during the day)

To book a place please telephone the gallery during open hours:

Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday/ Saturday 11 – 4 p.m. Telephone: 01729 824497

or email: or call into the gallery. Numbers limited to 15 places. On booking information will be provided about art materials to bring etc.


In the light of the impending changes in the education system in the area in 2012 the College is inviting all prospective parents along to an open day on 20 September. There will be three sessions and all will offer opportunities to see how the college functions and examine the facilities available. The first session runs from 9-10.30am, the second from 11.30 to 1pm and the third will take place from 6-8pm with a talk by the college principal at 6.30pm. For further details contact 01729 822451



A series of Spanish sessions will commence on 23 September at 1.30pm at St John’s Hall. For further details contact


Tickets are now available for the second Settle Storytelling Festival, which will take place between 6th to the 9th of October and a number of early bird discounts are available online. The 2011 programme boasts a family friendly line up of established and contemporary storytelling talent from home and abroad and a range of performances, workshops and a storytelling walk and club night to allow everyone to become involved and tell a tale. The Festival has also teamed up with social networking website Audioboo to launch a competition to find the best amateur storyteller in Britain and details can be found at The competition closes on 25 September. This is a free competition and stories will be judged by the UK’s storytelling laureate Taffy Thomas MBE and the winning entry receives a luxury two night break ( B & B) for a family of four at The Coniston Hotel, Skipton, North Yorkshire.  Runner-up prizes are available and the overall winner will be announced at the festival.





There will be a concert in aid of Langcliffe Village Institute at the Institute on 25 September. Featuring local group Octameron and entitled “A harvest of song” this will cover a range of popular music. Tickets cost £7 and are available from Cave and Crag, Settle Music and via 01729 822620.  The concert will commence at 7.30pm.



Settle’s Traditional Christmas Lights Switch-on will take place this  year on Saturday 3rd December. The display in the town this year  promises to be superb with lots of new lights. There will be an open meeting, on Tuesday 27th September at 5.30pm in the 13 Cafe/bar, Duke Street, Settle for anyone who would like to get involved in organising the Switch-On event, or helping on the day.



This year’s flu vaccine will be available from the Surgery from Saturday 24 September. ‘At risk’ patients can book their flu appointments ‘on-line’ via our website To be able to use our on-line service, you first need to register at the Surgery by providing identification e.g. a passport or driving licence and something to verify your home address. We will then issue you with a user name and a password that will enable you to book your appointments including your flu vaccination and order your repeat medication in the future. There will be more than 2,000 appointments to choose from including morning and afternoon sessions and tea time and Saturday appointments for our patients still at school and our working patients or for patients that find it difficult to visit the Surgery during normal working hours. Lots of patients are eligible for a vaccination including those over 65,

carers, diabetics (aged 6 months or older),patients undergoing chemotherapy (aged 6 months or older), patients who have a weak immune system (aged 6 months or older) those suffering from chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease (aged 6 months or older), those suffering from neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (aged 6 months or older), pregnant ladies – at any stage of pregnancy and residents of long stay care homes. The flu vaccination season provides us with a tremendous opportunity to update your medical records, so we will ask you to complete a patient questionnaire during your visit. Please remember to bring your reading glasses if you are visually impaired or a member of the Practice Team will be happy to help. Flu can sometimes lead to very severe illness. It is well worth protecting yourself against flu and it only takes a few minutes. If you are unable to use the on-line service for booking your flu vaccination, please telephone the Surgery on 01729 822611 between 11.00am & 4.00pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment.


Settle Social Club will be staging a special night with The Swing City Bank on 24 September at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and are now available from 01729 823998.




This year the group’s annual production will be the wartime show,  “When the Lights Go On Again”. This will be staged at Victoria Hall during the week 24-29 October.  To help get you into the mood for this wartime treat there will be a 1940s style dance and supper at Victoria Hall on 24 September, from 7.30 onwards. Tickets cost £7.50, including supper and are available from 822364 or 822959. Show tickets will also be available to buy at the supper dance.  Tickets for the show can also be obtained via Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718. There will be a family ticket available for £20 and special reductions of 1 free ticket per every 10 for groups.



Music by Christine Collister, Dave Kelly and Peter Filleul featuring soul, blues, country and folkabilly takes to the stage on September 22nd. Then on 23rd Finnish company Askeli Klonk will perform as part of the Skipton Puppet festival.  The month is rounded off by a visit from the Northern Chamber Orchestra on 29 September.   Details of times and tickets for all events are available from the box office on 01729 825718.



Settle Football Club is holding a Stars in their Eyes event at Settle Social Club on 14 October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and further details are available from Tiger at the Social Club.



Settle Rugby Club are hosting a 70s and 80s disco on 15 October. This will run from 8 till late and tickets are £5. Fancy dress is optional and proceeds will be split between Ashfield residential home and British Legion. Tickets available via 01524 251061.


Two new initiatives are being launched this term in Settle. The first is the introduction of a Stay and Play service to allow carers/parents to meet and play with their infants. This will take place every Tuesday between 1.30-3pm at St John’s Hall. There will be toys, songs, arts and crafts and stories on offer. The second will commence on 3 November and run for 5 weeks at The Friends’ Meeting House. Chatterbox will focus on developing language and communications skills through play and exploration and is suitable for 2-4 year olds and will run from 1.30-2.30. For details contact 01609 533990.





The new season’s programme is now available with the first event in the Foyer gallery being an exhibition of the work of Francis Johnson and Robert Keep. Pictures in our Life is a voyage via photographs and drawings into the artistic careers of two incomers to the Dales and will run from 17-25 September.



Pupils returned to school to find a number of changes had taken place, including a grassed area beside the school and additional flower beds. The kitchen is also undergoing refurbishment which will allow school meals to be cooked on site. Looking ahead this month students will be enjoying storytelling workshops in preparation for Settle storytelling festival and class three will also be attending the open day at Settle College. On 29th and 30th September the school will be running a bikeability course for year 5 pupils and also welcoming the school photographer on 30 September.



The meeting opened with one minute’s silence in memory of Margaret Geldard, a loyal member for many years. Edna Tomlinson, Sandra Fox and Joy Calvert spoke about how much they had enjoyed attending the recent Denman College Taster Courses.  Every Institute is being asked to raise money for a new heating system at Denman and Sandra will host the first ‘Do It for Denman’ tea party on Friday 7th October at 3.30pm. This month’s Luncheon Club will be to the tea rooms at Feizor on Wednesday 21st September.  Those going should meet in the Market Place at 11.30 for lifts.



The Drama Group will meet on Monday 19th September, 2pm at 8 Penny Green, and the Poetry Group on Monday 12th September, 2pm at Jean Stevens’ house.  The theme is ‘horses’. On Saturday 15th October Ingleborough WI is holding a craft workshop day.  Activities to chose from include Tai Chi, rag rugs, beady bracelets, simple ways with flowers and a taste of relaxation.  The cost for the day is £18 including lunch.  Contact Sandra Fox (823682) for details.This year’s Christmas shopping trip will be to the Trafford Centre on Wednesday 16th November.  The cost is £10 and non-members are welcome. Wood carver Colin Etherington was the very entertaining speaker, explaining how he only began carving at the age of 50, and showing examples of his work.  He was thanked by Sandra Fox.The Ingleborough Group Show takes place this Saturday 17th September in Ingleton Community Centre.  Doors open 1.30pm. The next meeting is on Wednesday 5th October at 2pm when Clarice Cliffe will be the subject of a talk by Jean Broadbent. The competion will be for ‘a piece of pottery’



Featuring the work of Francis Johnson and Robert Keep the exhibition has a fascinating eclectic selection of paintings, photographs and drawings by the two artists which reflects their own interests while also creating fascinating contrasts which complement one another perfectly: as is the case with the storm-tossed portrait of the sail training ship Lord Nelson by Francis Johnson which is positioned in close proximity to the tranquil Low Mill nr Linton by Robert Keep.  Inspired by the countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, Keep’s work has a timeless quality and various from the almost impressionistic depiction of poppies through to the incredibly detailed and luminescent Low Mill.  This can also be clearly seen in the pastel colours of the delicate grasses and dandelion heads which are so real that you find it hard to resist the urge to blow, simply to see if they will fly off the wall…  Francis Johnson too has been inspired by his time in the Dales but his work also reflects his early career as a photographer. This can clearly be seen in his montages which mix photographs with sketches and serve as samplers showing not only memories of events and places but also the collision of ideas.  His time in the Highlands of Scotland is also represented amongst the work with a particularly dynamic depiction of a canoeist at Glen Coe as well as pictures based on more exotic locations and on imagined events. One of the most interesting is the heavily Cezanne influenced study of a busker, where the spirit of Cezanne himself is clearly in evidence.  Although the two men are separated by a number of years and indeed have only known each other for a relatively short time,  their work is linked by a great awareness of the need to capture the moment whether it be in the ethereal beauty of windswept trees by Robert Keep or the beauty of the resting kingfisher or the in the striking photograph of the disabled climber by Francis Johnson. The overall effect is stunning and leaves you with the urge to look more closely at your own surroundings and find a way to record the beauty in the everyday events around you in order to create a pictorial record of your own life.



To say that family of Elizabeth I was dysfunctional is a bit of an understatement: at the age of two her mother was executed by her father and her own life thrown into turmoil, she was then imprisoned by her sister and lived everyday with the threat of immediate execution. Little wonder then that she learned to conceal her feelings behind a mask and that her strongest instinct was that of self-preservation. Yet Elizabeth was undoubtedly one of the most intelligent women of her period, being fluent in 8 languages and extremely academic she made a powerful politician. Drawing only on Elizabeth’s own words in the form of her letters, speeches, prayers and poetry Rebecca form has created a powerful insight into the troubled mind of the Queen and also reveals fascinating glimpses of the woman who wore the crown.  The play is powerfully presented on an extremely simple but effective set. Props are few, but few are needed and the  black, white and red colour scheme is striking. Dressed in a bold red costume Elizabeth dominates the stage, and is by turn dynamic, enraged, pensive, full of self-doubt and incredibly passionate. Endlessly prevaricating Elizabeth talks herself around in circles as she tries to find a way to remain true to herself while also protecting her kingdom.  The performance itself is equally stunning, you genuinely feel that you are in the presence of a queen – and a complex and potentially dangerous person to offend.  The room almost shakes as she rails against the traitors who surround her and yet there is genuine compassion also for those whom she feels have been persecuted. This is an amazing characterisation by an extremely talented actress, every detail has by meticulously researched and every gesture polished.  The physicality of the Elizabeth is laid bare in her incredible rages followed by moments of despair as she sinks to her knees. It is compulsive viewing. The script demands your attention and although at times it seems overly wordy for an audience brought up on political “sound-bites” there are other moments when it reaches almost Shakespearian grandeur. And yet, with all this going for it – why is it that I left feeling slightly cheated? Maybe because once removed from the intensity of the performance you realise that actually nothing new or original has been said which hasn’t already been covered in TV documentaries;  maybe you realise that while sounding grand and highly convincing the speeches were actually rather repetitive and histrionics a little too overplayed; maybe even the fact that the stage effects of the flashing lights were simply too contrived to have the desired impact. I don’t know – simply that for all the intensity and the initial impact I felt that once you were able to take a step back you realised that in fact there was a certain emptiness at the heart of the story; that though may have been exactly what life was like at the Tudor court and Elizabeth was most certainly a consummate actress.

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