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There are two walks planned for this weekend. On Saturday 5 November there will be a 10 mile Moderate walk from  Dent to Sedbergh via the Dales way. This leaves Dent Station at 10.16 and makes use of a service bus from Sedbergh to return to Dent at the end of the walk. On Sunday 6 November there is a strenuous 15 mile walk from  Ribblehead to Settle leaving Ribblehead at 10.56. All participants are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure  that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear.  Details of all walks can  be found at


The hall is offering a varied programme throughout the coming weeks commencing on Saturday, November 5th with a concert by Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. The group comprises three of the finest fiddle players on the international folk scene and between them represent the fiddle traditions of Norway, Sweden and Shetland.  First Sunday Folk on Sunday 6th features Jim Moray,  who will be performing narrative sons from his forthcoming album “Upcetera”.  Friday 11 November sees a concert by former Steeleye Span folk-rocker, Peter Knight and his trio “Gigspanner”, The group take an innovative approach to music, dismantling traditional music and song and reassembling it in an intriguing, imaginative and beautiful way. On Saturday 12 November  there is more music in the Folk tradition when vocal trio Lady Maisery  bring their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful, striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions to Settle.Each member is also an accomplished instrumentalist. They expertly create a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion. The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of traditional mouth music, or diddling, a form of singing without words which is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


St John’s Methodist Church welcome you to the Coffee Pot every Tuesday morning between 10-noon. There is home baking, fresh coffee and a warm welcome guaranteed. The first Tuesday in the month is a charity coffee pot with donations to a charity nominated by that month’s organiser.


Linda Clemence and Liz Smart invite you to join them for their annual art and coffee days at the Friends Meeting House on Thursday 3rd November from 1-4.30 and then from 10-4.30 on both Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November. There will be original paintings, sketches and cards for sale. Admission is free and coffee and biscuits cost £1.


The next charity dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall on November 5th from 8-11pm. If possible please contact the organisers by Friday November 4 to confirm that you intend to come. Contact via 01729 823259 /824038. All proceeds to The Rosemere Cancer Centre.


The next club night is on 7 November at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The theme for the evening is Lenses and there will be discussion on the range of lenses available and the possibilities they each present. The gallery for the evening is “Landscapes”.


Settle Stories invite you to join them for two events in November. The first of these is a ghost night on November 5, at Lower Winskill, when six storytellers will share tales around a campfire. This event is not suitable for under 16s and tickets cost £12. Numbers are limited and booking is via 05603 845693.  This event will begin at 8pm and last approximately 2 hours with drinks and barbecue available to purchase.  The second event, “The Shahnameh: The Epic Book of Kings” takes place at Richard Whiteley Theatre on 11 November at 7.30pm.  Originally commissioned by The British Museum the story was created over 1000 years ago by an Iranian poet and draws upon the mythology of Persia from the beginning of time to the 7th century. In a world of adventure, lust and romance there are supersized heroes, femme fatale queens and magical creatures brought to life by a dazzling performance by storyteller, Xanthe Gresham Knight and the sublime, rhythmic sounds of virtuoso Kurdish Iranian musician, Arash Moradi, on daf, setar and shurangiz. The Shahnameh touches on concerns that continue to plague and intrigue us today such as the meaning of truth, integrity and loyalty; with stories that move from the otherworldly, to the most basic human dramas and desires. The performance will be followed by an opportunity to take part in a post show discussion with the performers. Tickets are available via


The church will be holding a craft day on 12 November with a variety of crafts on display as well as crafts on sale . The event will also include a cake stall and refreshments. There will also be a display of work by the crafty knitters of Settle.  All proceeds to church funds


St John’s Methodist Church are holding a free concert featuring Sue Bradley and friends from Clitheroe on 12 November. Collectively known as Jazz Junction play a variety of styles. The event starts at 7.30pm and all are welcome.


North Craven Flower Club will be holding their Christmas lecture/demonstration  on 10 November at Victoria Hall. The demonstration this year will be given by Diane Fair and admission is by ticket only. Tickets, £9,  are available via 01282 842467. The doors will open at 6.30pm and the talk will commence at 7.30pm. There will be a sales table and a raffle.


Langcliffe Singers invite you to join them on a musical journey to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. A concert featuring choral music and readings inspired by stops along the canal entitled “From Sunrise to Sunset” will take place on 17 November at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Gisburn. Tickets cost £10, under 16s free, and are available on the door or via Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post Office, Gisburn Church and Skipton Camera Centre.


Settle library is hosting a series of three talks on the history and development of the English Novel. The first talk will take place on 16 November and the next two sessions will take place on consecutive Wednesday mornings. The talks will run from 10-11.30 am and will be given by Kathleen Kinder. There will be light refreshments available and the talks are free but a donation is requested for refreshments.  For further details contact the library on 01609 534535


Local artist, Alison Drake, will be hosting a series of water colour classes suitable for beginners starting on 16 November. Classes will run from 6.30-9.30 on Wednesday evenings or from 10-2 on Thursdays. Classes cost £15 and when you pay for 3 you receive the 4th free. For further details contact 0774 300 7784.


U3A have arranged two consecutive open talks which are accessible to all on the subject of Autism. These will take place on Thursday 17  & 24 November and booking is essential for both talks. It is advisable to attend both sessions. Given by Phoebe Caldwell, a noted practitioner and author on this topic, the talks will examine how to engage with children and adults on the autism spectrum. Each session costs £5 and will run from 10-12.30 at Friends Meeting House.


Settle Orchestra’s autumn concerts will take place on 19 November at 7.30pm at Settle College and on 26 November at Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and are available from Skipton Camera Centre, Cave and Crag in Settle, Bentham Post office and on the door. The programme will include

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Hummel: Trumpet Concerto and Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 . The orchestra will be conducted by Ola Ness and will feature as guest soloist former orchestra member Adam Stockbridge on trumpet.


The next meeting will take place on 23 November at 2pm at Townhead Court and will consist of the Annual General Meeting followed by a session of members Christmas ideas.


Friends Meeting House is hosting “A day for Palestine” on November 26 between 10.00 – 3.00. There will be a drop in exhibition throughout the day and a cafe selling tea and coffee along with cakes, soup and snacks. Palestinian goods such as oil and dates will also be on sale.  All proceeds from this event will go towards medical aid for Palestinians. There will also be two scheduled discussion sessions. The first, between 11-11.45, will be led by Robert Cohen around the theme “Is boycotting Israel anti-semitic” and the second, between 1.30-2.15, will be led by Annie Neligan on the theme “Practical steps to support Palestinians”. All welcome.


Friends of Victoria Hall will be holding their next “all sorts” market on 26 November. This will run from 9-3 with refreshments available all day. Stalls are now available for booking via 01729 825718.


Settle Tourist Information Centre is currently stocking a wide range of Christmas cards on behalf of a range of charities. These are available to purchase whenever the TIC is open.


Christmas is coming and planning is already underway for the Christmas Day lunch and tea. This annual event takes place in St John’s Hall and is open to all. The cost is £10 per head, £5 for children. Transport is available and bookings are now being taken on 01729 822138. Volunteers are required to assist with the meal and with transport. Anyone able to assist should contact Judith on the above number. There will be a planning meeting for volunteers in mid November.



This year the school will be staging the school edition of Les Miserables from 30 November – 3 December.  Tickets for this production are already selling swiftly. On Wednesday and Thursday December 14 and 15 the school chapel will host a service of lessons and carols following the traditional pattern.  This features the school choirs and top musicians and is always very popular. Tickets are free with a retiring collection but due to the popularity of these services admission is by ticket only. There is also a limit of 4 tickets per household. Public booking for this event is now taking place with tickets already going swiftly. Details of tickets available from 01729 893180 or via


There will be a special launch and literary evening at the church on 7 November at 7.30pm featuring the latest book by Jan Michael. The book, “Stone on Stone” is set in Settle and Dent and will be on sale at a special price of £6.50 with all profits going to NSPCC and Mary’s Meals. Tickets cost £2.50, including wine and nibbles, in aid of St Alkelda’s.



The world in 1965 was a very different place, but fortunately the theatre backers of the time knew their audiences well enough to know that the turkey they were being offered wouldn’t fly, advising the duo of young hopeful writers to consign it to oblivion. Unfortunately the fact that Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber went on to create some of the world’s most popular, commercial musicals has meant that this excruciatingly poor and incomplete piece has been revived for use by amateur groups. With no sense of dramatic tension in the storyline – as all the action happens off-stage and is filled in by narration –  a sub-plot which exists only as an excuse for a couple of saccharine- coated songs and woefully two dimensional caricatures instead of characters there is very little with which the audience can empathise.  To say that this was a brave choice by the Settle Amateur Operatic Society is an understatement and it is very much to their credit that they managed to produce a show which, while still episodic and extremely derivative of far better musicals of the period, actually did manage to entertain the majority of the audience. This Herculean effort was down to the determined work of the production team who tried hard to introduce a sense of pace into the turgid script by the inventive use of every entrance in the building and the inclusion of audience participation. The script called for little by way of acting from the majority of the cast – unsurprisingly as the first mass public airing was a radio broadcast in 2005 – but was extremely demanding in terms of musicality. The tunes bore the complexity and key changes which were to become the hallmark of later Lloyd-Webber hits as well as many having the tongue-twisting Tim Rice lyrics associated with numbers in later shows. In this respect the production was faultless with the Orchestra producing an outstanding performance, including some lovely solo playing, and all the principal characters singing beautifully. The choral numbers too were lively, enjoyable and well staged and even though the “mob” lacked any sense of menace in “We’ll Get Him” it was clear that in Beth Lane the group have acquired a new “character lead” performer.  As the auctioneer Steven Lawson was clearly in his element performing comedy with aplomb, a talent he obviously shares with his daughter Amy whose duet with Gabriel Williams was by far the best thing in the show.  The cast clearly enjoyed themselves throughout and obviously have worked extremely hard to pump life into what is essentially little more than an unfinished remnant of a show, however no matter how hard they try there comes a time when you have to realise that despite the fine feathers created by their efforts a turkey is still a turkey and not a parrot and furthermore this parrot most definitely is dead.

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