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200 CLUB

The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool is a registered charity formed to raise funds to support the running of the Pool. Members of the 200 Club pay £20 per year for a number which is entered into a monthly draw from February to November for prizes of £50,£30,£20. In December the Christmas draw is £500,£300 and £200.(provided all 200 numbers are sold). There are still numbers available and forms can be obtained at the pool or alternatively by ringing Julie Smith 01729822090


A reminder that there will be a public meeting at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church this evening, 30 January to raise awareness of the impact of welfare benefit reforms in Craven. The speaker will be Erica Cadbury, manager of Craven Citizens’ Advice Bureau and she will be examining how the changes in the welfare system have impacted on the community as a whole and what the changes mean for individuals and discussing the concerns which these changes raise.


There will be an opportunity to find out more about spinning and dyeing at a craft workshop arranged by Jaki Bogg ( of Settle Workshops) on Feb 1st. There will be a chance to create space dyed tops for spinning or to dye yarn for knitting. There will be two sessions, each costing £20 for a 2 hour session. The first runs from 10-12 and the second from 1-3. Feel free to bring along your own wheel. All materials are included in the session. For details and venue information contact Jaki on 07875699172.


The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, February 1st at Settle College. This will commence at 8pm and run to 11.30pm.  All proceeds from this dance will go to St John’s Church Appeal (120+ Project).  To book a place please contact 01729 823259 / 824038 before Thursday 30 June.


The next folk night at the hall will take place on 2 February and will feature the Steve Tilston  Trio. Steve is one of the country’s mot celebrated song-smiths and is held in high regard in the world of folk and contemporary music.  On Feb 14th multi award winning star Clare Teal will take to the stage in a show which celebrates her own musical heroes and heroines of jazz and big-band sound.  February 15 sees the return of Reform Theatre Company, who will perform “My Romantic History”. This is a free event with donations invited on exit.  Tickets via -1729 825718


The next meeting will take place at 7.30pm on 3 February at Townhead Court. The theme for the evening will be “ introduction to the zone system ” and this will be presented by Paul Higgins. The gallery will be on the topic of  Winter. New members and visitors always welcome.


At the next meeting on Wednesday, 5 February, the speaker will be Phil Bamford whose subject is What a Load of Old Bankers. The competition will be for A Holiday Souvenir.


Settle Parish Church will this year be hosting its Snowdrop Sunday on Sunday 16 February. You are invited to come along and chase away the winter blues and view the carpet of snowdrops in Settle’s churchyard. Home baked, light refreshments  will be served in church from 12noon – 4pm with all proceeds to the ‘Aspire & Renew’ Appeal. Everyone welcome


Advance notice that this year’s Settle Rotary Merry-go-round dinner will take place on 21 February. This is an opportunity to enjoy a three course meal in good company with each course being served in a different restaurant.  The venues taking part this year are The Lion, The Plough, The Hart’s Head, The Craven Arms, The New Inn, The Boars Head, The Gamecock, Ravenous, The Talbot and The Maypole.  The groups will meet at 7pm at the dining room of Giggleswick School. Tickets cost £18.50 per head  and can be booked via Rotary Club members or 01729  822445/ Funds raised this year will support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Settle Swimming Pool.



The next in the series of Gigg Lectures will take place on 6 February at 7pm. The speaker is Stephen Whitehead and his talk is entitled “A Strange Uncivilised Little Place; Haworth and the Making of the Bronte Genius.”  He is the author of a number of books and academic papers on the Brontes and the impact of their environment and was until recently the chair of management committee of the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth. Tickets via 01729 893180.



Focussing on the organ music of 60’s and 70’s this concert is one in a series to celebrate the anniversary of the installation of the Binns Organ at Settle Parish Church. What was particularly clear from the evening’s programme was just how very versatile the church organ is as an instrument, as the music selected not only covered a wide range of styles but also reflected a range of moods from the exuberant fanfares of Campbell’s “Gaudeamus” through to the tranquility of Durufle’s “Meditation”.  Throughout all the programme however there was a very deep passionate vein and at times the air seemed to vibrate with tension, as in Camlleri’s “Wine of Peace” and in the thundering chords of Andriessen’s “Themes and Variations”.  Clearly playing an organ piece is not a challenge for the faint hearted – or the unfit – as many pieces require not only work on the keyboards but also  on footpedals as well as manipulation of stops, making it not only a mental challenge but also a very physical one – a task which Paul Fisher seemed to master with great ease, producing an outstanding performance.  For those, like myself, who are unfamiliar with organ music the evening was not only challenging but also extremely educational as it is always interesting to listen to styles which are unfamiliar and to learn more about them.  The programme also included a nod to Burns Night, with a rendition of “Address to the Haggis” and a particularly heartfelt performance of “Address to Toothache” as well as a haunting variation of the traditional melody, “The Parting Glass”. This latter was Paul Fisher’s own composition and was a particularly beautiful and evocative piece.   Following Scottish themed refreshments the second half of the programme allowed for further explorations and these included a fascinating Fugue by Durufle based on the pealing of bells at Soissons Cathedral and an extremely lively Toccata by Mushel which concluded the evening with musical images of snow and sleighbells – which may yet turn out to be an accurate anticipation of the week’s weather!

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