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Why not warm up a chilly winter evening with some red hot jazz? The Black Horse Jazzmen can be found every Tuesday evening at Settle Cricket Club at 8.30pm. Sitters in are always welcome and this could be the perfect way to stay warm this winter!






In-tuition Dance is currently conducting research into whether there is demand for dance classes in Settle and area.  The ethos of the group is to ensure that classes are fun and enjoyable regardless of age and experience. To gauge the market questionnaires are available on-line via In-Tuition Dance’s Facebook page or in paper format from Settle Music, Settle Library and Settle Health Centre or you can carry out a phone questionnaire at 01729 823251 or call into Café Bar 13 on 16 February to chat to Cindy Haynes about the planned sessions.



Throughout the year the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line organise free guided walks through the countryside along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and the Leeds-Lancaster and Morecambe lines. These walks are led by the volunteers from the Friends. Packed lunches are required for the walks and waterproofs and dry clothing are recommended. Prior booking is not necessarily required, simply turn up on the day at the station where the walk commences.  On Saturday 11 Feb Two Birketts and Long Rigg offers a 12 moderately strenuous walk with hill climb leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.34 am.  There will be a Lancaster circular walk on 18 Feb. This will be a 13 mile moderate walk and participants should alight at Lancaster, on the Morecambe line, at 10.12 am.  On 25 Feb there will be a 7.5 mile moderate walk from Clapham to Settle via the Craven Ridge, departing from Clapham at 9.33 am. and a 14 mile moderately strenuous walk from Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen departing  from Garsdale at 10.21am. For further details contact website at




Reform Theatre company  take to the stage this evening, 9 Feb, with My Favourite Summer a comedy about a boy, a summer job and a dream of going on holiday with his girl! Unfortunately things don’t quite go as planned. Connie Lush and Blues Shouter take to the stage on 17 February and Moishe’s Bagel return on 25 February. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.


The annual Rotary Merry-go-Round is fast approaching –this is a 3 course meal with each course being in a different local restaurant, starting with a free drink in Giggleswick School Dining Hall at 7pm on Friday 10th February. Tickets are £18 and are now available from any member or from 01729 822445. This year the proceeds from this event will be split between Settle Swimming Pool and Help for Heroes in memory of Matthew Haseldin.



There will be a pudding night with quiz and raffle at Langcliffe Institute on 11 February, arranged by Langcliffe Church.  Tickets cost £5 and you are invited to bring your own wine.



The next meeting of Settle Storytellers will take place on 15 February at 7.30 at the Falcon Manor Hotel. Cost is £3 with further details from 01729 860048. All welcome.



The new priest in charge of Settle, Giggleswick and Rathmell has now moved to the area and Reverend Hilary Young will officially take up her post following her licensing service on 16 February. This will take place at 7.30pm at St Alkelda’s and is an open service to which all residents of the three parishes are invited. On 19 February Settle Parish Church are planning to hold our Snowdrop Sunday event, a chance to visit the church and wander through the magnificent display of snowdrops in the churchyard. The church will be open between 12-4pm serving home-made refreshments throughout the afternoon. In the meantime tubs of snowdrop bulbs will be on sale every Tuesday morning at the coffee morning from 10am-noon.



There will be an introductory talk session on meditation at Friends Meeting House on 21 February between 7-8pm.  This is a free session and it will be followed by 4  Tuesday evening sessions  as part of a 4 week meditation course.  This course does not impose beliefs and no belief system in required. For details contact 015242 41377 / 07821 251735.



On Tuesday 21 February the Mothers’ Union invite you to come along to Settle Parish Church between 10.15-2pm to enjoy pancakes galore! There will be traditional and exotic fillings, both sweet and savoury and all at £2.50 per pancake and drink.  All proceeds will got to the Mothers’ Union “Make a Mother’s Day “ projects.



The strollers meet on Wednesdays at 1.30 at the Millennium Gardens to undertake walks of approx 1-1.5 hours in the area. All are welcome and the idea is to have walks which are accessible to all and which can be undertaken at your own speed.  There are also walks out of area and the next of these is on 22 February  which will be a trip to Long Preston . As this will require car-sharing spaces are limited so please book in advance by contacting  01729 824537.


Renowned folk duo, Keepers Fold have reformed for a visit to Settle and will be performing in a concert at Settle Social Club “For Old Times’ Sake” on 24 February. Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £6, available from 01729 825227 or from Settle Social Club bar.



The February Workshop craft session will take place on 25 February between 10-12noon at Friends Meeting House. The craft will be Woldboro work – the art of making 3D wool pictures. Session costs £8 including basic materials. To reserve a place contact 824386, evenings only.



To mark the 10th anniversary of Freda’s Playgroup there will be a race-night and disco at Settle Social Club on 25 February. This will commence at 7.30 with the first race taking place at 8pm.  Tickets cost £3 or £5 for two. For details contact 824884.



Plain Quakers theatre group will visit Settle on 26 February as part of their tour with a new play, “The Chocolate Paradox” which looks at questions of pleasure, principle and profit in the world of modern global financial skulduggery; as well as examining the role of George Cadbury of chocolate fame. The performance takes place in Friends Meeting House at 2pm and tickets are £5 (£2.50) students, including refreshments. For tickets contact 822313.



Andrew Wright from ‘Coffee Care’ in Skipton spoke about coffee production, the different kinds of coffee beans and how best to serve coffee, bringing along some freshly brewed coffee to taste.  He was thanked by Joy Calvert.  The competition for a coffee cup was won by Audrey Pemberton. The February Luncheon Club will be to Le Bistro, Skipton on Wednesday 15th February, catching the 11.30 bus.  Contact Pauline Longford (825008) to book.  The walk is on Thursday 16th February.  Contact Pat Whitton (823169) for details.Places are still available on the craft day, Wednesday 29th February, 1 – 4pm.  Choose from feltmaking, knitting techniques, using beads, and fabric brooches.  Cost £10 inc. refreshments.  Contact Joy Calvert (824340) for details.The Ingleborough Group of WIs is holding a buffet and shopping evening at Watershed Mill on Friday 9th March.  Cost £7 includes buffet supper and 10% off goods purchased on the night.The next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday 7th March.  Val Gladman will talk about ACWW- Associated Country Women of the World – and there will also be a raffle.


You are invited to make a date for a spring treat  and come along to dance to the music of John Bowdler, Blackpool Tower Organist.  The dance will take place at Settle College on 17 March and tickets cost £7.50. Tickets are limited and sell quickly so ensure you book early by contacting 01729 824038/822364






On 19 February there will be a performance at 2.30pm by Lawrence Speck of “Once upon a time up the road”; a show for children and families inspired by traditional story-telling and puppetry techniques. On Saturday 25th there will be an acoustic evening featuring Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton and a return visit by songwriter Tom Figgins Details of times and tickets via 01729  893180 or online at



A team of twelve swimmers recently took part in the North Craven Cluster School’s swimming gala,  which included a total of ten teams from cluster schools and all pupils showed excellent sporting behaviour and swam well in all their heats. Some pupils also swam in the final races. Y1 pupils recently spent an enjoyable time with Y1 pupils from all the cluster schools, participating in a range of multi-skills at Giggleswick School Sports Hall. All pupils enjoyed more Chinese workshops this week, in which they produced descriptive writing about dragons and used their dragon creations in a dance. We also hosted a visit from six Chinese students from Giggleswick School, who taught pupils a Chinese song and how to write their names using Chinese characters. On Monday, 6th February, pupils took part in a special service at St Alkelda’s church to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s Accession to the throne.


3 FEBRUARY, 2012

Born into a family of traditional Irish musicians, Maire has been playing the harp since childhood and is heavily influenced by traditional styles of playing – however it is when she pushes beyond the normal comfort zone of harp playing that the music really comes to life! Partnering her on stage is Chris Newman, who is a redoubtable guitarist who is at ease with a wide variety of styles. Blend the two together and you have a recipe for an amazing evening of entertainment with influences of bluegrass, jazz and swing melting seamlessly into traditional jigs and reels and haunting Irish airs. It is a mixture which on paper quite simply shouldn’t work – like fish, chips and chocolate or bacon, eggs and strawberries – and yet it does and in doing so it creates something totally unexpected and unforgettable! The programme contained an incredible assortment of styles with rapid changes of mood but throughout it all there was the constant sense of being in the presence of outstandingly skilled musicians and arrangers.  Delightfully rippling jigs and reels of traditional origin were complemented by slow traditional 17th century pieces such as the delicate bridal air, Molly St George where the guitar accompaniment enhanced the overall depth of the piece. Then with a swift flick the mood changed and we were transported away from wintry Yorkshire to sunny sixties Spain with Chris Newman’s piece “The Lost Summer” or lost in bluegrass with “Tell her lies and feed her candy”, or swinging along to Newman’s “Swinging the Lead”.  Traditional tunes from the harp tradition influenced newer creations such as “The Chestnut Tree”, showing to perfection not only wonderful versatility of the harp as an instrument but also demonstrating a real depth of understanding for the way in which the music it creates touches something deep inside both composer and listener.   This was perhaps most seen in the haunting slow air “ The Fair Haired Boy” which held the audience enthralled. But it was also demonstrated in the joyously lively “Pheasant Feathers” which allowed for a range of variations on a theme.  Whatever your taste, there was something to please and something to ponder on – and always something to open your eyes and ears to new possibilities.




This multi-award winning show is totally unlike anything I had seen before: part mime, part dance but wholly captivating it held the audience entranced. You could literally have heard a pin drop – so intense was the silence and the emotional pull of what was happening on stage, and yet not a single word was spoken throughout the performance. This incredible performance relied solely on the skilful use of masks and movement, coupled with an incredible live accordion accompaniment to tell a powerful emotional story of loss and grief and the enduring power of love.  In essence the storyline showed how after the death of his wife an elderly man escapes from his grief by creating a fantasy world based on reliving memories of their time together. Returning from the grave his wife’s ghost visits him to give one last loving gift – the strength to let go. There were no clichés, no sentimentalising and no attempts to soften the indescribable pain of loss – every gesture mattered; every movement was an insight into the closeness of the relationship and every sound underscored the raw emotion of the story. This was compelling viewing, though at times almost too painful to watch in its honesty and yet incredibly, hauntingly beautiful because of it. Technically it was absolutely superb; an absolute masterclass in the techniques of movement and mask and so incredibly real that you almost thought the facial expressions of the masks themselves changed. The accordion accompaniment was incredible, setting the mood for scenes and mimicking the sound of trains, heart monitors and, most poignantly, the woman’s dying breath. Not that it is all sadness, as the performance also celebrates the couple’s abiding love with a wonderful sequence showing the gaucheness of their first meeting; the joyous discovery of pregnancy and an incredibly wittily observed recreation of a major row with their movements becoming increasingly frenetic which contrasts elegantly with the gently satisfying opening sequence illustrating the tender, playful  bickering which demonstrates an understanding of the need to preserve one another’s independence which can only develop within an enduring relationship.  Without words this performance said far more about the nature of love and life than you could expect to find in a whole library of poetry. Its sheer beauty leaves you speechless and moved beyond measure.



Chrissy is certainly not like other girls – she’s far more of a character than most! Short-sighted, stubborn and with the ability to silence even an Ambassador with a stare she is a redoubtable lady. In short she is a real bright spark and this delightfully engaging character first meets us on the Gare Du Nord station Paris shortly after the liberation of the city. She is there trying to get a ticket to England so that she can be reunited with her fiancé, Cyril and after surviving a five year separation as a result of the war, absolutely nothing is going to stop Christiane!  This is wonderful one woman show, full of humour and clever observations and recreating the love story of how Chrissy, met and eventually married the love of her life – Cyril Horton.  Sent to England to prevent her reading too much and improve her English she meets tongue-tied teacher Cyril at a tennis club in Cheadle. On his visit to Paris later that year he proposes and the stage is set for a wedding, until the war intervenes. The show is comprised of Chrissy’s re-telling of the events in the intervening years and is real roller-coaster ride with the emotional ups and downs of love at a distance, humorous re-telling of episodes of life in the French countryside and underneath it all the threat of living in an occupied country.  There are no dramatic scene changes, the opening of suitcases creates new environments and no other characters take to the stage – however the talented actress contorts her face into a range of detailed  expressions and reproduces their mannerisms to create the various individuals who pepper the story. Her timing is superb throughout and there are some very deft touches which give the production a magical feel; removing a letter from a bag which sets off a musical box to assist with a change of atmosphere; opening a case to release balloons which carry letters from Cyril in England and which when popped merge into the background noise of gunfire. Throughout the piece you are charmed by Chrissy, from the way in which she mangles English idioms (I’ll never quite get over the idea of a hot cat on a roof!) but also always slightly afraid for her in a world where orchards become killing fields and  always suspect that her dreams are about to be shattered – in short, you genuinely care about what happens to her. Which is why the final revelation that this is actually based on the actress’s own family history is so welcome because by the end of the hour, you really do want Chrissy to get the happy ever after she so truly deserves. This is a wonderful show and a one which has been crafted with love and is a really fitting tribute to what was clearly a very remarkable lady who lived through an extraordinary time. If ever you happen to be stuck on a station for an hour, then you could do worse than be in the company of Chrissy.

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