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Settle News September 2 2012


There will be a series of Life Drawing Classes tutored by local artist, Sam Dalby at Linton Court Gallery over the coming weeks. This includes two evening events on Thursday 6th and Thursday 27 September and two daytime classes on Wednesday 19 September and Wednesday 3 October. For further details or to reserve a place please contact the gallery on


On Sunday, September 9th light lunches and teas will be on sale at Langcliffe Institute, from noon onwards,  to raise money for church funds. All are welcome.  On Wednesday 17 September there will be a family bingo evening at 7.30pm in Settle Social Club. Please note, that in order to allow the Priest in Charge to attend services at more than one church on Sunday, the times and nature of some Sunday Church Services are changing as from the beginning of October.  On the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month there will be a Parish Eucharist at 9.30am. On the second Sunday of each month there will be a Holy Communion at 8.00am and a non-eucharistic morning service at 9.30am.


Organisers for a reunion scheduled for students from Settle High School who were in the intake year 1958 and 1959 are seeking your help!  The event is  to take place at Settle Cricket Club on 29 September from 3pm onwards. A pie and pea meal is planned and the event will cost £5. Some of the people in this year group are believed to have left the area – and organisers are appealing for help in contacting ex-students. Girls in particular have proved difficult to trace as many have married and changed surname. The people in question will now be in their sixties and it thought that those who moved away may still have other  family members in the area or may be visiting the town over the summer. To find out more, pass on details or to reserve a place please contact  01729 822988 or 01535 692018.



There are currently two exhibitions showing at the Folly. The first is  ‘Time to Celebrate’ and the second is Victoria Cave Revisited’. Opening times: Tues. 10.30-4.30  Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun and Bank Holidays 12.30-4.30.For further information check the website at or ring 01729 822893 for more information. The Folly  will once again be taking part in Heritage Open Days this year.   On Sunday, 9 September from 12.30 to  4.30 there will be free admission, together with special quizzes and activities and a Folly Mouse Trail for children. On 15 September there will be a coffee morning, cost £3 for coffee and biscuits, in aid of The Folly appeal. This will commence in the Folly at 10.30am and all are welcome. There will also be a raffle and produce stall.




This year’s group exhibition is on collective display in St Alkelda’s Church, Giggleswick, until 9th September.  The exhibition in the church will be open from 9-5.30 each day. As last year, there is no specific theme, which means that members can choose any subject – from leaping salmon to flowers to steam trains to mountains! The Group is very grateful to Settle shop and business owners and to St Alkelda’s Church for their cooperation in displaying the pictures. Something new this year will be a display of pictures from Banyuls PhotoClub, our twin town in south west France.



Itself based in an area which has inspired artists for centuries, the gallery is currently staging an exhibition of the Yorkshire Landscape,  including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Artists include: Norman Adams, Anna Adams, David Cook, Annie Farrer, Frank Gordon, Peter Hicks, Katharine Holmes,Emerson Mayes, Janet Swailes, Margaret Uttley and Marjan Wouda. The exhibition will run from  Saturday 25 August to 3 November.  The Gallery is open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 – 4.  With two distinct exhibition spaces, the Long Gallery and the Window Room. There is always a varied selection of paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics available to purchase as well as the works in the featured exhibition. The Gallery can now offer the Arts Council’s Own Art scheme, which provides an interest free way of purchasing art and paying over a 10 month period at no extra cost.



Settle Voices Community Choir will meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday, 10th September from 1pm to 3pm. New members are welcome. The annual fee is £5 and the weekly session is £4. For more information visit the website at or phone Nancy on 01729 822771.




Settle Station Water Tower and Signal Box – open to the public for Heritage Open Days 6th – 9th September inclusive 10am to 4pm each day.   This is a unique opportunity to see inside the water tower which featured on Channel 4’s restoration Man programme.   All the original pipework and controls are still there.   There is a ‘then, now and the telly in between’ exhibition too.   The view from the top is stunning. There is disabled access and a lift to the top deck.Admission is free but donations to the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line appreciated.


Our local Olympians did Yorkshire proud this summer, and showed what a fit bunch we are. Why not resolve to get fit this year and come along to Karen’s Keep Fit sessions at the former Settle Middle School building.  Sessions recommence on Monday 10 September and run weekly from 7.30- 830pm. The cost is the same as last year at £4 per session and free classes are available via a voucher scheme.  Activities are varied and suitable for all abilities and led by a qualified and insured instructor. For further details contact 015242 42392.




What are you doing to build on the Olympic Legacy? Could you be the next Jade Jones? At Settle Scorpions all ages are welcome to learn more about the skills involved in Tae Kwon-Do. The groups practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Settle Primary School with the junior group meeting from 6-7.15pm (age 6 – 15 years)  and the seniors (age 16+) meeting from 7 to 8.30pm. Classes are suitable for all skill levels. For further details contact 01729 823416.


St Mary and St Michael Catholic church are holding a prize raffle to help raise funds for the restoration of the church and community hall. The first prize will be a case of Bordeaux wine valued at around £200. Tickets are available via Wholesome Bee and the raffle will be drawn on 9 September.  Those wishing to support the appeal are also invited to sponsor Canon Rev Ian Greenhalgh, Anglican vicar at Austwick, who is running in the Lemedoc Marathon. Donations can be made using the free service at



The new term of Hatha Yoga classes return to Settle Primary School in the week commencing 10 September. Sessions are suitable for all ability levels and the classes run for 12 weeks with a break of one week for half-term.  Fees are £6 per session, payable in blocks of 6 weeks.  The first classes take place on 10 September and 12 September and run from 7.30-9pm. For details contact 07947 027 188.



The new season swings into action on 7 September with a return visit from Europe’s number one swing band,” The Swing Commanders”.  A further musical treat later in the month when West Yorkshire Savoyards will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s 15 September.  Bradford based folk/Indie band “Wilful Missing” return to Settle on 21 September and on 22 September the Arden Youth Choir for girls take to the stage demonstrating their versatility and diverse repertoire which includes pop, gospel, soul, classical, folk and opera.  On 27 September Victoria Hall is delighted to welcome once more the Northern Chamber Orchestra in a programme of music by Rossini, Mozart, Bartok and Schubert.   Comedy is to the fore on 30 September when Jo Caulfield brings her “Better the Devil You Know” tour to Settle. Familiar from BBC radio 4 and TV’s “Mock The Week”, “Have I Got News For You”  and “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show”, Jo is one of the nation’s top comediennes and is currently starring at the comedy club as part of the Edinburgh Festival.  For details and tickets for all of the above contact the box office on 01729 825718.



Express fashions will be hosting a clothing party at Townhead Court on 12 September, commencing at 10.30pm. All welcome.



The U3A are holding their AGM and enrolment session at Victoria Hall on 13 September. Coffee will be served from 10am with the meeting commencing at 10.30am. This is open to all existing and new members.



The next big breakfast takes place on 15 September at Friends Meeting House. The Speaker will be Canon Wrigley, formerly chaplain at Bradford Alhambra theatre.



Iyengar yoga sessions return in the week commencing 16 September.  On Mondays there are two sessions at Friends Meeting House: the first of these runs from 1-2.30pm and is suitable for mixed abilities and the second is from 2.45-4pm and is a beginners session.  On Tuesdays the venue is Townhead Court and there is a beginners session from 6.15-7.15pm and a mixed ability group from 7.30-9pm.  You are welcome to try a session before committing to a term. For details contact 01282 843907.



Notice is given of the annual general meeting of Victoria Hall Ltd. at Settle’s Victoria Hall on 17 September at 7pm.



Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to join them for a Beetle Drive at Settle Social Club on 21 September at 7.30pm.  Bar facilities will be available and tickets cost £3 for adults and £1 for children. Tickets from 822959 / 822364 or on the door. All welcome.



There will be a chance to find out more about local businesses and organisations at the Settle Showcase event on 29 September, at Victoria Hall and the Quaker Meeting House. The free event runs from 10-4pm and there will be displays from 40 local businesses as well as a range of workshops including advice for parents on internet safety, first aid, community arts and crafts , writing tips and a range of other subjects. There will also be the chance to take part in a treasure trail around Settle with prize vouchers to be won and the opportunity to tour the regeneration work at the town hall. For details visit




This year’s flu vaccine will be available from Townhead  Surgery from Saturday 29 September. ‘At risk’ patients can book flu appointments on-line via the Practice website or in the usual way. There are more than 2,000 appointments to choose from including weekday lunchtimes, afternoons, tea times and Saturday appointments for our patients at school, college, work or for our patients who are ‘at risk’ but find it difficult to visit the Surgery during normal working hours. Also, this year in response to patient feedback, there are more appointments available at our Hellifield Surgery. Many patients are eligible for a vaccination including:  those over 65, Carers (e.g. people who provide care on an ‘unpaid’ basis’ to an elderly or disabled family member rather than an employee paid to provide care in a residential or care home),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), patients who suffer from chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease (aged 6 months or older), patients who suffer from neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or patients that have experienced a stroke (aged 6 months or older), pregnant ladies – at any stage of pregnancy and residents of long stay care homes. Flu can sometimes lead to very severe illness. It is well worth protecting yourself against flu and it only takes a few minutes – one minute if you visit the Settle Surgery! 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 arrange your appointment.


To support North Yorkshire West Federation following the cancellation of the Great Yorkshire Show, Settle WI is holding a Literary Lunch on Monday 15th October from 12 noon in St John’s Church Hall, Settle. The speaker is Dulcie Lewis whom WI members will know as a regular columnist until recently in ‘WI Life’.  For non-WI members Dulcie is a prolific author whose works include ‘Kent Privies: A Nostalgic Trip down the Garden Path’ (a social history of lavatories), ‘Down the Yorkshire Pan’ (ditto!), ‘Not Just Yorkshire Pudding’ and her latest: ‘Casting off the Corset’.

Dulcie’s talk this time will be ‘Where the Wind Blows, and other stories’. Tickets cost £15 including 3-course lunch.  To book please contact Mary Hindle (01729 822327) or Edna Tomlinson (01729 822646)


The Settle Storytelling festival will take place this year between 11-14 October and the programme is now available in shops and cafes in town, with bookings now being taken for events. However the festival is also appealing for volunteers to help run the festival so that it can be even bigger and better than in previous years. If you can help with stewarding, catering, leafleting, admin or assisting in the box office then please contact 07788 712377.






As part of the national heritage open days programme Giggleswick Chapel will be open to members of the public on 8th and 9th September. On Saturday the chapel is open between 11-5pm and on Sunday between 1-4.30pm.  There will be an exhibition on the history of the chapel and recitals taking place throughout the open days.



In order to allow the Priest in Charge to attend services at more than one church on Sunday, the times and nature of some Sunday Church Services are changing as from the beginning of October.  The new pattern of services is as follows: 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month there will be an 8am Holy Communion Service (BCP); on 1st and 4th Sunday of the month there will be an 11am Family Service/morning prayer; on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays there will be informal worship and 4.30pm and on the 4th Sunday at 6.30pm there will be sung evensong.

Fund Raising Evening with Austwick Community Players as you’ve never seen them before – Saturday 13th October.

Shining a dramatic light
People have come to expect the comic and farcical from Austwick Community Players every March. But the Players will be showcasing more dramatic talents in a fund raising evening with a difference on Saturday 13th October.

“You will see The Players as never before” said group chairman George Gooch. “As well as whimsical and funny, we will perform words and songs that show our other sides – romantic, reflective, angry and very moving”

The Players have drawn from a wide range of sources, and the audience will be asked to vote on a favourite children’s bedtime story read by the cast. Following their successful Olympics themed play “Under Starters Orders” last March, people asked what happened to some of the characters in the play after the Games – and show – ended. So a short sequel has been written to follow the romance – or otherwise – between Mayor Boris Morris and local B&B landlady Brenda Amplewaite; and in a sensitive and touching specially written piece, we will discover the vulnerable side of officious local authority bureaucrat Ms Norma Knowsley, with whom no-one dared argue.

For over 30 years, The Over 65s evening has provided an annual free supper and entertainment for older people in the parishes of Austwick and Lawkland near Settle. Costs are covered by subsequent public performances of the production. Currently stage lighting is hired but the aim is to invest in their own kit to avoid hire costs draining the group’s limited income. A donation will also be made to the Austwick Church Roof Appeal.

The “Shine a Light” fund raiser is on Saturday 13th October at Austwick Parish Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for 7.45pm. Tickets are £8, which include a glass of wine and canapes, and are available from Crossleigh Stores. More information from 01729 824537.




Running alongside the summer of sport there has also been a celebration of arts and culture in 2012, showcasing the talent and creativity  of the nation. This display clearly demonstrated that there is certainly no shortage of either in Settle. This is the fourth exhibition by the group and each  year the event grows in scope with over 90 photographs on view representing contributions by over 75% of the group’s membership. There are also striking examples of the group’s work with children at Settle Primary School included in the show as well as a display of work from photographers in Settle’s twin town of Banyuls sur Mer.

Opening the exhibition local celebrity  and radio presenter, Mike Harding, commented that photography is in many ways the most democratic of the arts in that everyone is able to take part at some level but also expressed his amazement at the breadth of the range of photographs on display. As a keen photographer himself, with many book credits to testify to his skill, he also added that he was extremely envious of some of the photos on display and wished that he had taken them himself! This was not by any means overstating the case as the display includes an eclectic mixture of subjects and styles but certainly is of a uniformly high standard.

The format of the exhibition sees group members select  their favourite photographs taken in the past twelve months and these are initially displayed in the windows of local shops and businesses to create a town trail before being gathered together to in one place to allow members of the public to peruse them more carefully. There are no set themes or categories and so the final display represents a mixture of individuals’  interests, be they hobbies such as steam trains and gardening, wildlife or travel or simply spending time with their families. The approach is equally varied with some shots being the result of hours spent exploring and mastering digital wizardry while others stress simplicity of presentation. What they have in common is that each picture represents a much greater story and that each photographer has used their inner sense of that story to capture “a moment” to which others can then relate.

In his opening speech Mike Harding talked of “the photographer’s eye” and how a photograph can distil the essence of a scene. This exhibition is very much a demonstration of this ability as through the eyes of the varying photographers you can travel from misty Tuscan mornings to striking scenes of last light at Silverdale by way of night scenes of Rome or rain soaked Yorkshire. Similarly there are portraits which, while for some are of family members, speak volumes to the observer as commentaries on childhood, youth and old age.  Consequently by this combination of the creativity, skill and awareness the everyday nature of the subject is transcended and something magical happens… I defy anyone to leave the exhibition without marvelling  on the beauty around us and the imagination demonstrated by those taking part.

Congratulations to all concerned in staging this thought provoking show: from the photographers through to the church and the local businesses but particularly to those responsible for the practicalities of the event who have done such a wonderful job. This truly is an exhibition with something for everyone and an inspiration to locals and visitors alike to look anew at their surroundings.


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