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Settle Online news and reviews June 2011

BLAZIN’ FIDDLES: VICTORIA HALLLeaving the performance I overheard someone comment that: “They should put that lot on prescription, it’s more uplifting than any tablets!” They were right, there are bands that get you stomping your feet and bands that get you clapping along then there are bands like Blazin’ Fiddles that simply lift you to another plane entirely! Drawing on the different fiddle playing styles of the Scottish Highlands and Islands the group showcase a range of Scottish music which doesn’t simply raise the roof it sets the whole building on fire! The format is relatively simple: ensemble pieces are interspersed with solo sets and duets while traditional tunes are mixed with the musicians’ own compositions to create a blend which is as smooth as a good malt whisky while packing the energy and fizz of a shaken up bottle of Irn Bru.  This was high adrenaline fiddle music on overdrive moving seamlessly through waltzes and reels, polkas and strathspeys to the superb accompaniment of Anna Massie on guitar and Andy Thorburn on keyboard.  Along the way there are anecdotes of highland life; stories of cats on fire, pigs in baths and attempts to purge Jacobite lyrics from bagpipe tunes to record them for posterity all adding to the heady mix. The real joy though is in the live performance, watching the hammed up rivalry as the fiddlers duel with one another and the fascinating moor-hen bobbing as Andy Thorburn pecks at his piano and the sheer exuberance of the playing as five fiddles take to the stage to mix intricate harmonies or simply make the rafters ring.  Particular favourite moments – a hard choice, faced with a feast how can you choose a special morsel when it is all so much a matter of personal taste. Jenna Reid’s “Bethany’s Waltz” stood out for me, as did the ensemble Spanish Reel and Bruce Macgregor’s Lament for Captain Simon Fraser.  However they were simply diamonds in the midst of an evening full of sparkle and zest where musical fireworks were truly to the fore and the fiddles blazed gloriously.


The current exhibition 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.


An illustrated talk on the “Caves of Vietnam” will take place on July 1st at Victoria Hall. The speaker will be Martin Holroyd.  The world cinema season continues on 6 July with “Certified Copy”, a film in French set in Tuscany.  On July 8 there will be a concert by 70s folk rock star, Michael Chapman. Paper Zoo will stage the Dennis Potter classic, “Blue Remembered Hills” on Friday, 15 July.  The Swing Commanders, return with music from 30s, 40s and 50s on Friday 22nd. Details of times and tickets from the box office on 01729 82 5718.


On July 2nd there will be a concert at Giggleswick Chapel featuring Laurie Ashworth, winner of the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier song prize and a finalist in the Radio 2 Kiri Prize.  On July 3rd the chapel will host the Durban Girls College Choir who are visiting as part of their UK tour. The choir perform traditional African music as well as more familiar works.  On July 12 and 13 there will be the premier of  a contemporary re-telling of “Robin Hood” , scripted by Chris Thorpe and performed by the National Student Drama Festival in and around the school precincts. For details of times and tickets contact the box office on 01729 893180


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 until 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.  Looking ahead the next exhibition will run from  19 July – 30 August  and feature sculpture, drawings, paintings and original prints by Geoffrey Clarke RA. The sculptor Geoffrey Clarke was chosen as one of the artists to work on the building of Coventry Cathedral after the second World War. A versatile artist he has worked in stained glass, silver and for his sculptural work, aluminum. On display in the Linton Court exhibition will be enamels, drawings, small scale sculpture, paintings, mono prints and etchings. Like the Spanish artist Miro, Clark developed his own language of signs and symbols to convey his ideas, his interest in ancient signs stems from his younger days at various art schools in the North West of England. Instructed by Ronald Grimshaw, his teacher at Lancaster Art School he visited museums and archives, researching and sketching various ancient forms and symbols. Clarke spent time at both Preston and Manchester Schools of Art (1940-2) before then serving in the RAF. Moving to London, his first solo show came at the Gimpel Fils gallery in Davies Street in 1952, He was now at the Royal College of Art where he had moved into the Stained Glass department. Later in 1952 he was exhibited in the Venice Biennale, just two years before his thirtieth birthday.  At the end of the 1960s his sculptures were to feature in a British Sculpture exhibition at the Tate Gallery, and later a similar one at the Royal Academy, he became a Royal Academician in 1975.


Members of St Alkelda’s church invite you to join them for a strawberry cream tea at Meadowbank, Station Road, Giggleswick on July 2nd between 2.30—5pm. Teas cost £3 and all are welcome.


On July 2nd and 16th Settle Amateur Operatic Society are holding coffee mornings at the old courthouse in Station Road from 10-12.30pm and look forward to seeing friends and supporters at these events.


The next charity dance will take place on July 2nd at Settle College between 7.30-11.30. Tickets to be booked via 01729 823259 no later than 30 June. Proceeds will go to Settle Parish Church.


The Royal Oak is hosting a pampered chef evening in aid of the Alzheimers Society on July 4th. There will be a cookery demonstration followed by an opportunity to purchase “pampered chef” products. There will also be a raffle and a quiz as part of this fun evening.  Tickets cost £2, available via 01756 799971 and the evening will commence at 7pm. All welcome.


The next eco-nite meeting will take place on 6 July at the Royal Oak between  7-9pm. This month there will be a talk by Alison Tyas on the subject of preserving. All welcome.


The next meeting is the outing to Harewood House on 6th July.  The coach leaves Whitefriars car park at 9am.  Places are still available for £20 which includes coach travel and entrance to Harewood House and gardens.  Contact Joy Calvert (824340). On Friday 15th July there will be a buffet supper at Country Harvest plus a discount off any goods purchased on the night.  Cost £6-75.  To book contact Doris Robinson (825594) or Sandra Fox (823682) before 22nd June.  There will be a Strawberry Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th July, 10am – 12noon at the Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate.  As well as the strawberry-themed refreshments there will be a cake and produce stall.  Proceeds in aid of WI funds.


The next meeting will take place on 7 July in the parish rooms when the speaker will be David C Ellis, who will present a talk on Hellifield Peel – the pre-war years.  The meeting commences at 7.30pm and all are welcome.


There will be a cinema night at Langcliffe Institute on 8 July when the film shown will be the award winning “The King’s Speech”.  Admission is £5 and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


The Rugby Club is the venue for a benefit night in aid of Airedale Breast Cancer Unit on 9 July.  Tickets cost £5, available from Spar and there will be music from 8 till late, from Total Wrex and Mix Disco.


The 2011 Bowland Photo-Walks programme offers chances to photograph ancient ways of life and stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales with an professional photographer and experienced tutor, and are run as part of Festival Bowland 2011. On Saturday 9th July there’s  a Historic Town Photo-Safari based at The Folly in Settle with a walk around the town’s fascinating past. Starting with an introduction to getting to grips with digital photography, the day will help small groups find out how to handle a digital camera in various photo-opportunities, with a review of their photos over tea and home-made cake at the end of the day. Young people over the age of 14 years accompanied by an adult are welcome. The day is from 10.15am-4.15am, participants are asked to bring their camera; the fee is £35 per person to include entry to The Folly and cakes. Booking is essential and there will be a maximum of 10 participants.


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 Friday July 15   7.30pm there will be a talk by Dr David Johnson entitled, ‘An Improving Prospect? The Challenges of Landscape Improvement in Craven since the late 16th Century’. Tickets £6.00 from Settle T.I.C. or the Folly


Friends of Victoria Hall present an afternoon of magic featuring children’s magician, Donny Allen at Victoria Hall on 16 July at 2pm. Tickets are available from the box office on 01729 825718 and cost £5 or £18 for a family ticket.


There will be a night of motown and northern soul at Settle Social Club on 16 July. The session runs from 8.30-12.30 and tickets cost £3.


The Langcliffe Singers summer concert will take place on 17 July at Kirkby Malham parish church at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10, including wine, and are available via 01729 830581.  The theme for the concert is “Hope” and will be a celebration of twentieth century English songs and poems, including the Spirituals from Michael Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time” together with solos, duets and quartets from choir members.


Congratulations to the Y4 pupils who took part in the recent cluster schools tennis tournament and to the Y3 pupils who took part in the Athletics festival. Thanks also to the small group of pupils who gave up some of their lunchtimes  to learn and practise some country dances. They concentrated well and performed with confidence, entertaining visitors to St. Alkelda’s Garden Party on Saturday and their performance was much appreciated by those present.  Thank you to the adults who brought them and well done to our dancers. The school had a very good response from fathers and grandfathers to our recent invitation to join us for lunch to mark Father’s day  and we welcomed an additional twenty adults to school. The food was much enjoyed and pupils also read a poem and sang a song dedicated to their fathers and grandfathers. Many of our visitors also toured the school and spent time with pupils during their playtime.  On July 1 the school is holding  a Victorian Day will now take place on Friday, 1st July and pupils will be dressing up and experiencing Victorian food and school activities!


Looking ahead, local choir Settle Voices have arranged two open workshops over the summer. The workshops are open to everyone and will be led by Natural Voice Practitioners – so you don’t have to be able to read music or be confident about your singing ability.  The aim is to have fun, sing in a relaxed atmosphere and learn to sing songs from around the world. Dates of the workshops are Monday 8th and 22nd August. The first workshop is being led by Brian Davies who last year led a very popular afternoon and we look forward to welcoming him again. Moira Hill returns to lead the second workshop. Moira always provides an exciting variety of songs. The workshops (which are open to everyone) will be held from 1-4pm at the Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate in Settle. There will be a break in which delicious home made refreshments will be served. The fee is £8 per session with a concession for Settle Voices members of £5.  You can just turn up on the day, but to avoid disappointment it is advisable to book places in advance.

For more information please see the website

Otherwise you may contact Nancy Forster Tel 01729 822771


The show will be marking its 70th anniversary later  this year. As part of the celebrations they are hoping to stage an exhibition of memorabilia and photographs relating to previous shows. If anyone has any items which could be borrowed for this event could they please contact Ruth Dugdale on 01729 822877.


Following her visit to Settle Mama Xusa would like to thank everyone who made the trip so enjoyable and who has shown such great support for the school in Kwesana and would especially like to thank everyone for their generosity.  During her trip to Settle Mama visited Settle Primary School to meet the classes who have been linking with pupils at Kwesana Primary and also visited local churches, enjoying a tea with members of various churches at Settle Parish Church on 19 June and talking about life in Kwesana.  She also visited the ongoing exhibition at the Gallery on the Green and is grateful for all the hard work which has gone into this display.  However there was also time to enjoy the area and she visited Skipton as a guest of Settle Orchestral Society to hear their magnificent concert, hugely enjoying the solos by the young members of the orchestra. She also travelled on the Settle-Carlisle line as a guest of Northern Rail and so managed to take home memories of the beauty of the area as well as the warmth of the people which more than made up for the cold weather!

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