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Settle Snippets – Easter



award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor will perform on May 9th.


The Lunch Club will meet on Thursday 24 April to catch the 11.30 am bus to Bizzie Lizzie’s. For details of the Walking Group please contact Pat Whitton. At the next meeting on 7 May the Resolutions will be presented by Joy Calvert followed by entertainment and tea. There will also be a Bring and Buy stall. Wednesday 4th June is a special Bring a Friend for Free meeting. There will be a warm welcome and no charge for visitors and friends who are invited to come and see what we do. The speaker will be Stephen Watson on The Art of Origami.


Do you know a girl aged between 7-10 years who enjoys exciting challenges, is always looking for new things to do and likes meeting new friends?  In May there will be an opportunity for her to join the Brownies as a new group is due to open in Settle. For further details contact 01729 86005801729 860058 or 0788175 0582


The first of this season’s Settle Sessions will take place on 25 April at The Folly and will feature guest poets Jennifer Copley and Sue Vickerman. They will be joined by local poets Sarah Wiltshire and Paula Day. Tickets cost £6 via 01729 82330501729 823305 / 824537.


The  next in the series of recitals to mark the centenary of the Binns Organ will take place on 26 April and the church is delighted to welcome distinguished guest organist Roger B.Williams, the Emeritus Organist to the University of Aberdeen. In 2010  Roger Williams was honoured to be chosen as organ soloist for the Pope’s visit to Bellahouston, Glasgow. He has also a performed for the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.  The programme will feature a mixture of old and new including work by Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach, Paul Mealor, Christian Ritter and Dieterich Buxtehude and by living composers such as John McLeod and Lakeland composer Philip A Cooke,. There will also be the opportunity to hear Roger performing one of his own works, “Organ Piece for St Andrew’s Day, ” commissioned in 2009 and based on a Scottish fiddle tune.


On April 26 Henry Priestman, the writer behind the hits of The Christians in 80’s and Yachts in the 70’s will be performing at Victoria Hall. On May 1st there will be music from Bayou Seco, specialists in music of the American Southwest. On May 2nd author Stan Abbot and friends will recall “The Line that Refused to Die”, the story of the amazing battle to save the Settle-Carlisle line.  May 3rd sees the return of Scandimoot, the annual celebration of Scandinavian music and dance. This year the event will feature musicians and dancers from Sweden’s Vasterdalarna area.  First Sunday folk on May 4th features The New Rope String Band and award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor will perform on May 9th.Tickets via -1729 825718


Settle Eco-nite group have organised a give and take day at Victoria Hall to take place on 26 April from 9.30-2.30, with the last check in at 1.30pm. The idea is to bring along any unwanted items which may be of use to others and to take away any items which you may be able to use instead of items going to landfill. There will be a table at the event where pictures of larger items can be displayed and unfortunately shoes and clothes cannot be accepted. For details contact 01729 82266901729 822669 .


The group will next meet on Monday 28th at 7.30pm at Townhead Court. The evening will include a landscape photo competition – members are reminded to bring along their mounted prints for the start of the meeting. There will also be a presentation on Travel Photography by Allan Hartley ARPS an international mountain guide from Bentham . After the judging of the competition, Allan will pick out half a dozen of the prints to make comment on


The new term for Iyengar Yoga sessions will commence on Monday 28 April. Sessions operate at Friends Meeting House on Mondays from 12.30-2pm for Mixed Ability and 2.15-3.30 for beginners. There are also sessions at Townhead Court on Tuesdays from 6.15-7.15 for beginners and 7.30 – 9pm for mixed ability. For further details contact 012182843907.


On 30 April The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show will be staging a showing of the French film “Comme Une Images” at Victoria Hall at 7.45pm. The film will be in French with English subtitles and was the winner of the 2004 best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival.  Tickets cost £5 on the door.


There will be a performance by local children’s choirs to mark the anniversary of the saving of the Settle-Carlisle railway on 30 April. This will take place at 6.30pm at Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School with a matinee performance at 1.30pm. Tickets cost £2 available via 01729 89318001729 893180 .


Settle Rugby Club is the venue for a quiz night in aid of Clapham Cave and mountain rescue on May 2nd.  Tickets cost £5, including a pie and pea supper, and are available from HSBC bank in Settle or via 015242 51488. The evening starts at 7.30pm and questionmaster for the night is Stuart Marshall.


There will be an exhibition entitled “Love and Marriage” featuring wedding dresses through the decades at Settle Parish Churcn on 3rd, 4th and 5th May.  Vintage dresses will be displayed alongside flower arrangements and treasured photographs. Homemade refreshments will be available all weekend. All proceeds to Settle Parish Church funds.


The next charity dance will take place on May 3rd at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall at 8pm – 11.30pm.  Please  contact 01729 82325901729 823259 / 824038  by Friday May 2nd to reserve a place. All proceeds will be donated to local charity.


Come along and support your local yarn shop and find out more about wool, on May 3rd, 6th and 7th at Cottontail Crafts. There will be a chance to meet suppliers and talk to experts as well as a raffle, goody bags and special offers all day between 10am-4pm. There will also be an opportunity to see wool being spun.


A reminder that the first get-together for this year’s production of Guys and Dolls will take place on 7 May at the Old Court House at 7.30pm. Come along and find out more – new members are always welcome


A series of five practical workshop and information sessions on the theme of Thrive and Survive will be held at St John’s Hall, commencing May 8 and running through to June 5th. These sessions will look at a range of issues including the link between mind and body; the skills required to cope with stress; practical relaxation techniques and how to handle physical and emotional needs. The sessions will be run by Dr Janet Donnelly, a trained counsellor and Tony Bennett, a tai-chi instructor. The sessions cost £5 each or £22 for all five. Details via 07703471866.


Advance notice that the 6th Settle Saunter event will take place on May 24th and will start and finish at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club.  Organised by Settle Rotary, the saunter offers 4 different routes which can be either run or walked.  The routes are either 9 miles, 12 miles, 16 miles or 27 miles and admission is £10 in advance with both group and age concessions available.  This year all funds raised will be split between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Settle Swimming Pool. Further details can be obtained via Settle Rotary website or by contacting 01524 25121501524 251215 .




The retelling of the events of Easter by way of four dramatic presentations has become something of a tradition in Settle and as a means of reinforcing the story it is very effective. The story begins with The Last Supper, set in St John’s Hall and the simplicity of the setting helps to create a sense that the audience members are genuinely acting as observers on what is clearly a very personal farewell. This year the significant age difference between Ben Willacy, who portrayed Christ, and the others around the table who acted the roles of the disciples actually served to heighten the emotional nature of events and you really did get a feeling that there was a danger that once their charismatic young leader was gone the disciples would become “a bunch of dithering old women”. However, there was also a palpable sense that this young man had changed their lives, conveyed by their closeness and gestures of the group as they responded to him. From the outset it should be said that in the demanding role of Christ, Ben Willacy was superb. He spoke with a true sense of authority in what was a confident and compelling central performance. Aged only 16 and a pupil at Giggleswick School, Ben’s performance was outstanding and created considerable comment amongst members of the public who joined the audience as the procession made its way around the town. The second scene depicted the events in the Garden of Gethsemane, with the town’s Millennium garden providing a strikingly intimate setting. Arrested, Christ was led up Kirkgate to the Market Square for a sham trial, gathering more passers by on the way. Outside the Town Hall a belligerently bureaucratic Caiaphas condemned Christ and handed him over to Pilate. The exchange between these two key characters was particularly powerful with the balcony of the Shambles being used to great effect so that the audience literally were put in the position of the crowd looking up to the authority of Rome. Consequently when the shouts came demanding Christ’s crucifixion they actually came from characters planted within the audience and rose from around those observing the story and echoed back from the buildings. As one visitor to the town standing nearby was overheard to comment, “it really does make it feel as if you were there!”  The final scene took place on the field at Townhead, with the cross being erected on a green hill. The poignancy of the moment was heightened by a haunting solo of “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord”. The closing trio of soliloquies provided much food for thought and were delivered with great sincerity. In many ways this was a very simple performance, yet its power lay in the simplicity and in the conviction with which it was undertaken. As a reminder of the true meaning of Good Friday, it was both an effective and thought provoking act of witness as well as being an extremely well constructed piece of theatre. Congratulations to all who took part.

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