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Settle Online News 5 June 2011



By popular demand the Tuesday lunches have returned to  Settle Parish Church and will be available throughout the summer months. Morning coffee is served from 10.15am with lunches being served through from 12 till 2.30pm.  There is always a choice of homemade main courses, including a vegetarian option, and a range of desserts available. All welcome. The church are also serving lunches and teas at Langcliffe Institute on 26 June. On June 22nd the summer family bingo evening will take place at Settle Social Club. All are welcome at this fun event.



Many thanks to all who donated to the recent Christian Aid appeal. The overall total raised by the various activities was £1777.90.


The new exhibition at The Folly entitled ‘Challenge and Change: 350 years in the life of a house and its region’ is now open to the public. Revised opening times for this season are Tues. 10.30 – 4.30 Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. and Bank Holidays 12.30 – 4.30. On June 9th as part of the year of the volunteer there is an opportunity for would be volunteers to come along to The Folly between 1-4pm and find out more about volunteering opportunities at the Folly itself and how they support the organisation’s work. On June 10th there will be a talk Professor Richard Hoyle on “Settle: a town and its countryside at the end of the 17th Century”. Tickets for this event are £6, available from the TIC or the Folly.



A local history walk, providing the opportunity to view Settle through the eyes of one of its most intriguing characters has been scheduled for June. Tot Lord was a local greengrocer in the early 1900s, an amateur archaeologist, excavator of caves and founder of the “Pig Yard Club”.  Walkers can find out more about the town and its people by following in his footsteps on 11th or 25th June.  The guided walks cost £3.50 and depart at 6pm, lasting about ninety minutes. Participants should wear outdoor clothes and appropriate footwear. Further details 015242 42414




On June 10 Folk/Rock singer Michael Chapman is in concert and on June 16 Blaize Theatre company will perform “Sward – the story of a Meadow”. On June 18 Heatseeker, perform a tribute to the music of AC DC and the month is rounded off by music of a very different sort on June 22 when “Blazin’ Fiddles” take to the stage featuring the hottest fiddle players of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Details of times and tickets from the box office on 01729 82 5718.



The Summer Words Literature Festival starts with a visit and an opportunity to spend “An Evening With” writer and performer Chris Thorpe on June 10th. A founding member of Unlimited Theatre, his work has been performed on Radio 4 and has also won awards at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The second in the series of “An evening with” events taks place on June 16th when the guest will be acclaimed author Joanne Harris. There will also be a workshop session prior to the evening event. Poet Simon Armitage is the third guest, and will visit Giggleswick on June 30th. For details of times and tickets contact the box office on 01729 893180 On June 12 there will be a showing of the family film, “Rio” at 3.30pm. Doors will open at 3pm and tickets cost £4.50 from the box office.


The new exhibition opening at Settle’s Gallery on the Green builds on a partnership project between the children of Settle Primary School and those at Kwesana Primary School in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Kwesana village is situated in the Tyume valley close to the Hogsback Mountains: this village was home to a famous freedom fighter, Archie Sibeko who worked alongside Nelson Mandela. Through the involvement of  Gillian Gape, a volunteer and governor at Settle Primary, the children have worked together to create a vibrant exhibition of email, letters, drawings and photos.



The current exhibition at the gallery features works by Norman Adams RA and will focus on Watercolour Paintings From Yorkshire to Provence, 1950’s – 1990’s. This will run from 7 June -12 July. Norman Adams (1927-2005) painted with watercolours throughout his career and was a master of the technique. The Linton Court‘s June exhibition will include a large selection of Norman‘s watercolours, including atmospheric paintings of the Yorkshire Dales not previously exhibited. During this exhibition as well as the usual opening hours the gallery will also be open on Sunday 12 June and Sunday 19 June from 11 to 4 pm to coincide with the North Yorkshire Open Studios weekends.


Settle Music have arranged a Penny Whistle Workshop in the room above Gateway to Health on 11 June. The session will run from 2-4pm and costs £25. For details and to book contact Settle Music on 01729 825838.



Churches Together in Settle and District invite you to join them for a special service in The Millennium garden at noon on June 12 to mark Pentecost. This will be followed by a “bring your own” picnic. All welcome.



Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line invite you to join them for a Geology Walk on June 12th examining the geology of the local area. This will be led by Bill Fraser and will be a 5 mile walk at a leisurely pace to allow time for observation and discussion. Participants are advised to be aware of the possibility of adverse weather and to bring a packed lunch.  For details of times and to reserve a place contact 01729 825454.



The next informal cafe-style service will be held in St John’s Church Hall at 4.0 p.m. on Sunday 12th June (Pentecost). There will be worship songs, activities, refreshments etc. All are welcome


A day of Tai-Chi has been arranged at Gateway to Health on June 12th from 10am to 4.30pm.  The day will be led by Heather Cardwell. The theme for the day will be the element of wood and the day’s activities are appropriate to all skills levels, including beginners. The cost for the day will be £40. Places are limited, further details are obtainable via 07827 014583. Reservation is essential.


A fun dog show and garden party will take place at Norcroft, next to Langcliffe Kennels, on June 12. This will commence at 2pm and admission is £3. There will be refreshments, stalls and dog activities throughout the afternoon and all funds will be shared between 3 charities specialising in animal rescue.




Settle Music and Cave and Crag are now selling tickets for a concert by Octameron in support of the National Children’s Orchestra. The local group will be performing at Long Preston Village Hall on June 12 at 3pm and the programme will feature performances by two local young musicians, Max Heaton and Will Rees Jones, who have won coveted places with the Orchestra. Tickets cost £7.



The group will meet on 15 June for a walk in the Malham area.  Transport will be available to Malham so pre-booking is essential via 01729 824537.  Please meet at Millennium gardens at 1.30pm.



You are invited to follow the ‘garden trail’ up  beautiful  Ribblesdale and take part in this year’s open gardens over the weekend of June  18 & 19. Gardens are open on Saturday from 11-5 and on Sunday from 12-5pm and tickets cost £4 for one day or £6 for both days. Tickets are available from Settle  TIC or from Catkins Florist in Settle. Alternatively contact Sheila Gordon on 01729 824638 The money raised from the event this year will support Settle Swimming Pool and Parkinsons UK.


Settle Orchestra will be hoping to conjure “Summer Magic” with their concerts at Christ Church, Skipton on June 18 and at Settle Parish Church on June 25th. Both concerts commence at  7.30pm and tickets cost £8 available at Cave&Crag, Settle, Settle Music, Alley Books, Skipton Camera Centre, Bentham Post Office and Clitheroe Music. The concerts will feature a solo flute performance by Vahan Salorian, who will shortly be leaving the Orchestra to continue his studies elsewhere and also a movement of Bach’s Double Violin concerto performed by Tracy  Keeler (leader) and her 7-year-old daughter. These will be Tracey’s last performances with the orchestra prior to standing down as leader.



St Alkelda’s annual garden party will take place at the Vicarage in Giggleswick on 18 June between 2-4 pm. There will be children’s games and activities and entertainment from the pupils of Giggleswick Primary School plus a range of stalls. Home made refreshments will be served throughout the day. All welcome.





The South African tea which unfortunately had to be postponed earlier in the year has been rescheduled for Sunday, 19 June at 3pm at Settle Parish Church.  Gillian Gape, a member of Holy Ascension’s congregation and retired Headteacher/Education Adviser, has developed close links with a school in Eastern Cape, South Africa and in March visited again to promote international partnerships for Settle Primary School. On her return we anticipated that she would be accompanied by Mama Kulukazi Xuza with whom she had been staying.  Sadly, Mama Xuza was not able to secure a visa in time, but she now has, and will be staying in Settle this coming June.  She was formerly Sister in Charge of the Maternity Ward at Victoria Hospital, Alice, in Easter Cape and is a devout Christian who works tirelessly for her church, her local branch of the Mothers’ Union and “her people”. Churches Together in Settle and District extend an “OPEN INVITATION” to anyone who would like to meet Mama Xuza and hear about her life, her work, her faith to join us for Afternoon Tea with a South African flavour!



Come and tell a story about ancient times and celebrations of the Summer Solstice, a tall tale or a long tale or just a favourite story. tHEnext Club night will be on Wednesday 22nd June at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House.  Kirkgate.  Settle – £3 on the door.  The venune is wheelchair accessible.  For further details contact Sarah on 01729 860048 or visit

Come and enjoy sharing and listening to stories with us.  We look forward to seeing you there …


An illustrated talk on the “Caves of Vietnam” will take place on July 1st at Victoria Hall. The speaker will be Martin Holroyd. Details from box office on 01729 825718

Written by award winning author of “Girls Night”, Louise Roche and starring “Loose Women” presenter Rebecca Wheatley, this examination trials of female life beyond fifty should have been a sure fire winner. Yet is somehow seemed to fail to please; flat as a glass of day old Tizer it lacked any fizz and never really hit its stride. The subject matter was amusing – after all, we’ve all been there pressed flat between cold plates awaiting a mammogram, contorted into a position which is far from comfortable but far too polite to complain – but maybe that was the problem. We have all been there and done that, and talked and laughed about it with our friends so that in essence the play had nothing new to say on the subject.  A discourse on reaching “that significant age” is not new and the play was riddled with clichés, many of which seemed actually rather dated and frequently far too crudely presented to be truly funny. There were some good one-liners, some interesting observations and occasional chuckles but like her description of the Mona-Lisa there was “nothing much to write home about”. An actress with more stage-presence might have succeeded in engaging the audience, but while Rebecca Wheatley’s mastery of an extremely long and wordy script was excellent her delivery lacked diversity, running the gamut only from shrill to shrieking and with little sense of the need to pause or use silences to underscore emotion. Instead we had clumsy lighting effects and an over-scored sound-track to show that the audience was now meant to recognise something as attempting to be poignant. Lack of characterisation and poor direction compounded the problems; Barbara was far too two dimensional to engender any real sympathy from the audience so that her catalogue of unrelenting woes quickly became tedious and the play was robbed of any real pathos. At least a reality TV show has the advantage of adverts to vary the pace; here the Jeremy Kyle style horrors just continued to unfold and there was no real respite. The sad thing is that there were some genuinely funny ideas in the mixture and some very astute observations and I am sure that there were actually probably two very interesting plays struggling to escape from the mish-mash; one a wry observation on how priorities change after 50 and the other an interesting study on how living with guilt and additiction can corrupt a life. The problem was that neither surfaced fully and the audience was left feeling disillusioned as this product was simply not what it said on the box!  If you’re of an age where you do remember Caramac and David Essex, then avoid this show – you’d be better off spending the ticket money on chocolate, wine and a girls night in with your mates bemoaning the aging process.  That way you can guarantee a good laugh and realise that fifty can be fun!

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