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Settle Online- October 16th


A reminder that Settle Voices Community Choir will meet in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. There is an annual fee of £5 plus £4 per session. New members are very welcome. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771


A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the recent music quiz. There were a large number of entries with full marks and so all those who had got a perfect score were put in a hat and winners drawn out. The first out was Jane Lis of Ingleton and second prize went to Janice Hughes, also from Ingleton.


On 24-29 October Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage for their annual performance. This year they will be staging “When the Lights Go On Again”, an original musical set in a small Northern town during WWII with many old favourite songs encouraging audience participation. Details of times and tickets for all events are available from the box office on 01729 825718.


The Gallery on the Green exhibition is currently featuring a selection of stunning black and white images from a Mariana Cook’s new book on stone walls around the world. Familiar scenes from the Yorkshire Dales are contrasted with walls from places around the world including Peru, Majorca, Ireland and North America. This exhibition will run through to December.


There will be a pre-schooler party at The Playbarn on 21 October from 12pm onwards, cost £5. This will include lunch, a singalong session and creepy cake decorating. Please come in fancy dress. On 29 October there will be Halloween themed events all day including ghoulish games and a spooky disco. Again fancy dress is welcome and admission is £3.50. There will also be creepy cake decorating for a 50p supplement.


The church will be hosting a display of crafts over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd October to celebrate the talents of local people. As part of this there will be a display of quilts by the late Win Wilks and an opportunity to purchase a number of her handmade patchwork quilts. These are truly stunning and took many hours to design and create. These will be sold by silent auction in aid of church funds, with a reserve price set by her family. The church will be open from 10-4 on the Saturday and from 12-4 on the Sunday to view the displays and place bids for the quilts. Light refreshments will be served throughout the open periods.


The Three Peaks folk club invite you to come along and join them in their celebrations for Trafalgar Weekend on 21-23 October. On 21st there will be a free singalong session at Settle Social Club from 6pm to midnight. This will be followed on Saturday 22nd by sessions from 12-5 in the social club. On Saturday evening there will be a folk club special with guests Dogwatch. Admission is £5 and this will run from 7.45-midnight. For the hearty souls who make it through the weekend there will be a survivors breakfast at 10am followed by a short singing ramble to mid-day. All welcome.


The gardening club will meet on 26 October at 2pm at Townhead Court. Non members are always welcome. The speaker will be Alan Leyland who will talk on the topic of “Carniverous plants”.


The next presentation by TRAMPS will take place on Friday, 28 October at 7.30pm at Langcliffe Institute. The film will be “Eat, Pray, Love” starring Julia Roberts. Tickets available on the door.


The exhibition at The Folly entitled ‘Challenge and Change: 350 years in the life of a house and its region’ is currently open to the public on Tues. 10.30 – 4.30 Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. and Bank Holidays 12.30 – 4.30. On Sunday 30 October the Folly will be taking part in the national annual Big Draw Event. Between 1-4pm local artist Sam Dalby will be leading this family event. This is a free activity and the theme this year is “Homes”


The next meeting is on Wednesday 2nd November when the speaker will be Rex Stott on ‘Magic, Mirth and Mystery’. There will also be a Bring & Buy stall. This Year’s Christmas Shopping Trip is on Wednesday 16th November to The Trafford Centre, leaving Whitefriars Car Park at 9.30am. Cost £10, non-WI members are welcome to join us. Contact Joy Calvert (824340) to book.


There will be a concert on 6 November at Victoria Hall at 7.30pm. All seats are £6 on the door and doors will open at 7pm.



The next event at the theatre is a gallery exhibition in the Foyer gallery by artists Susan Parker, Ann Dyson and Norma Stephenson. The three local artists will exhibit views of the “Hills, Dales and Glimpses of Giggleswick”. The exhibition is open from 1-5pm on 22, 23, 29 and 30 October or by prior appointment via the school.


There will be a concert by K Shoes Male Voice Choir at 7.30 pm on Saturday 29th October in the church. Tickets are £8 each available on the door or by phoning 01729 823537.


A Harvest Festival Assembly took place in St. Alkelda’s Church, on 13 October with children donating gifts of fruit, vegetables and groceries. These were made into parcels to be distributed around the elderly people of the village later in the school day by older pupils. The money donated at the Harvest Festival and from various events prior to half term will be donated to the charity, WaterAid. This charity uses practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. This term’s fund-raising activity is to create a Recipe Booklet, with contributions of recipes from as many members of our school community as possible. The school is trying to collect recipes which has been created or adapted by individuals, not just copied from a published book. This can be a recipe which is popular with children, a recipe for a savoury or sweet dish, a recipe for a vegetarian dish, a recipe for jam/chutney, a recipe for soup etc. Contributions can be sent to school with pupils or delivered or posted. On the submitted recipe, please make sure you include the name of the person whose recipe it is.


The PTA invite you to join them for an evening of Autumn Shopping and a fashion show on 3 November in the Richard Whiteley Theatre. The shopping session commences at 6pm with the fashion show at 7.30pm. There will be a wide range of stalls on offer and the fashion show will feature Browse ladies’ fashions, children’s wear by Hansel and Gretel, and products by World of Hair and Beauty. Tickets cost £7.50 (£5 concessions) and are available via 01729 893100.

14/10/11: Victoria Hall – Mike Harding


Maybe it’s a sign of the economic crisis or the fact that the pension age is due to rise again – but the man once dubbed “the grandfather of alternative comedy” has picked up his guitar and taken to the road once more to show that the oldies still have what it takes. Like a vintage wine, or an old master painting – or perhaps just a very ripe cheese – some things clearly improve with age and Mike is one of them! However, it can’t just be that he needs the money – though with the euro-zone in crisis his investments in Ireland may be suffering – as the proceeds from the evening were split between a raffle for Victoria Hall with all ticket money donated to Langcliffe church and St Alkelda’s, Giggleswick! Clearly he may be an “off-cumden” but is also a local lad supporting local causes…

The concert was the first in a 22 date tour and in front of what was clearly a home audience Mike was on excellent form, bumbling along amiably at times and haranguing the world for its foibles as he ascends to the status of grumpy old man! In the Harding world life takes on epic proportions with dark satanic cream cracker factories looming large over exploding dye-works which create yellow dogs and purple cats to colour his boyhood home in Crumpsall. It is peopled by wildly exaggerated characters who speak in naturally comic hyperbole and yet the really beauty is that it is so very real and believable! On home ground he regaled the audience with tales of local characters, many known to us, such as George Perfect and yet in Mike’s hands their sayings and actions became the stuff of legends. A consummate story teller who can hold the audience in the palm of his hand it is easy to overlook Mike’s ability as a musician and so it was good to hear some of his music once more. A comic musical highlight was the blues harmonica rendition of “Skipton on a Friday Night”, complete with car chase and police sirens but by contrast there was the haunting tribute to his father, “Bombers’ Moon.” The fact that he can turn from clowning to moments of such poignancy is evidence of his talent as an all-round entertainer and illustrates clearly that he is following the historic tradition which allowed “the fool” to speak the thoughts of everyman and say the things which no-one else could voice aloud. Listen carefully and amongst the bantering and tall stories and swift asides are sincere observations and deeply moving insights into human relationships, such as in the poetic homage to Lonnie Donegan, the man who brought skiffle to the cold front rooms of Britain. Yet the predominant feeling on leaving was one of an evening of laughter and old friends revisited – who could fail to recognise the long-suffering primary school teacher, Miss Worswick, trying to control the infant nativity play! In short, a night in the best of company – and all performed with apparent ease! Which surely must be the highest tribute because a one-man show is far from easy… particularly not when you reach the age when you get birthday reminders from the NHS!


Richard Whiteley Theatre

Work by Susan Parker, Norma Stephenson and Ann Dyson

Bringing together works by these three very talented local artists was certainly an inspired idea as their various approaches complement each other perfectly and means that the viewer has an intriguing perspective on the various ways in which local views have been interpreted. There are three very different approaches here and yet the exhibition works wonderfully well, allowing you to look beyond the familiar to a whole new perspective and, judging by the comments in the visitor book, this has proven to be both thought provoking and inspirational to locals and to those who have visited from further afield. Susan Parker’s work is a personal response to the changing light and weather and this is very clear in pieces such as “Farmers rescue stranded cars” where you can almost feel the driving snow. Light is also captured evocatively in two very different portraits of Giggleswick School Chapel. In “Dawn Chorus” the piece is absolutely flooded with glorious morning light whereas in “Glimpse from Craven Bank Lane” there is a richer autumnal glow to the piece. Her work is also heavily influenced by the external factors which impact on life and work in the local landscape as can be seen by pieces such as “Woodland: Stewardship Schemes” and the vibrant mixed media work “Meadow with Cows” where newspaper articles have been incorporated into the formation of the piece. Norma Stephenson’s work is concerned with the wildness and beauty of the local area and this is captured in her striking use of colour and bold strokes which create almost abstract interpretations of hills and fells. There is an almost melting, liquid feel to pieces such as “Keasden Landscape”. By contrast she also exhibits some of the most delicate and fragile pastels in which the harsh landscape appears almost ethereal in images such as the “Glimpses of Giggleswick” series and “From Clapham Old Road to Keasden Moor”. The third artist, Ann Dyson focuses on the interaction of colours, forms and textures and this is very apparent in some of her larger mixed media works with striking images such as “Burning the Heather” and the magnificent diptych “ Winter in Crummackdale” where you feel drawn into the icy lane. Other smaller pieces are more intimate such as the views of the Pennine Way but have still the same meticulous attention to these qualities. This is a fascinating exhibition which encourages you to go out and to look more closely at the familiar surroundings and reflect on how cleverly the three artists have interpreted what they have seen.



A clearly successful afternoon session culminated in a magnificent concert as a choir of over 80 members took to the stage to perform Handel’s “Messiah”. In addition to the 40 members of Langcliffe Singers there were a further 40 members of the public who had come along to the open rehearsal in order to join in the concert. A number of these were already members of other local choirs but this was not the case for all, however what clearly united them was their love of singing and this was very apparent in the outstanding performance. It was therefore a tremendous shame that the audience was rather thin as the choir as a whole put in a huge amount of enthusiasm and concentration, under the inspiring leadership of their director, Nigel Waugh. The Messiah is probably one of the most popular pieces of choral music and it was performed with great feeling throughout; it is also very challenging and full of subtle mood changes which at times tend to be lost in the repetitions and “baroque frills”. However, it was a real joy to find that these too came over clearly, particularly in the solos. Special congratulations to the four soloists for their outstanding work: Sheila Hartley (soprano), Julia Glossop (Contralto), Robin Knipe (Tenor) and Phil Simnett (Bass) who tackled the pieces with growing confidence and real skill. The real strength of this work however lies in the way in which the pieces all come together, with powerful choral work helping to underscore the poignancy of the solos. In this Langcliffe singers were truly at their most magnificent, singing with great power and clarity and real joy. From the first notes of the first chorus “And the glory of the Lord” it was clear that we were in for a real treat, and so it proved. Every chorus was sung with great conviction and the final triumphant amen was delivered with as much drama and passion as the opening note. The wonderful work of the guest organist, Alistair Mackensie, added hugely to the piece and the pastoral symphony in Part One was delightful. For all present, both singers and audience this was an excellent evening in which the pleasure resulting from fine choral singing was truly celebrated in magnificent style.

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