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Settle Snippets – June 30th


Saturday 6 July will see local band Wilful Missing return to Victoria Hall after their sell-out concert last year.   The King’s Men features the King’s College Cambridge Collegiate Singers. The choir of King’s College is most famous for the Christmas broadcasts of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols each year on the BBC, however the group have a growing reputation as “non-classical” singers and the programme will include a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or


Jane Buckle and Pam Twiss are holding their second joint exhibition this year AT Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. Student colleagues on the BA Fine Art (Hons) course at Craven College, they held their first show at the Friends Meeting House in Skipton in April, 2013. Entitled “Seeing Through The Gaps” Jane Buckle’s

artwork is inspired by the lives and experiences of those who fall through the gaps in society and the people who work to help rebuild their lives. Pam Twiss  is inspired by the enduring spiritual space of meeting houses, the depth of silence, encounters with Friends committed to peace, truth and unconditional love and has called her exhibtion ” Out Of Silence”. The exhibition can be viewed on 4&5 July between 11am – 7pm and on 6 July from 10am -6pm.


The next charity dance will take place at Settle College on July 6th from 7.30-11.30pm.  All proceeds will be donated to HODU Unit at Airedale Hospital. To book ring 01729 824038 / 823259 by Thursday July 4th.


Next time you walk past a washing line full of clothes drying, you may wish to speculate on the stories behind them. This is what Paul Rogers  has done in his latest exhibition for Settle’s Gallery on the Green ‘Speculations on Clothes Hanging’, runs from 6th July to 12th September 2013. Some people may just see the mundane, but Paul speculates on the ‘romance, ritual and intrigue of washing lines, wardrobes and clothes hanging’ with an exhibition that will include both photography and physical objects. Not a stranger to Settle, Paul was a member of the ‘3 x Norber’ group that exhibited recently in The Folly Museum in Settle.


Settle Golf Club are holding their Summer Ball on July 6th and tickets cost £30. The club would be grateful for any donations of raffle and auction prizes.  This year the ball will be raising funds for Cave Rescue and Motor-neurone disease research.  For details or to book tickets contact Kay Philipson on 01729 825340 or John Lassey on 01729 823593.


The Falcon Manor is hosting a Latin Night on 7 July, commencing at 6pm and offering 2 hours of dance classes and tapa. So if Salsa, sangria and tapas is your ideal summer Sunday sizzle then contact  01729 823814. Spaces are limited so booking is essential.  Tickets cost £12.


Freda’s playgroup is holding an open day on Sunday, 7 July. There will be refreshments, face-painting and activities and a chance to come along and find out what we can offer your child. Open from 1-3pm.


A new exhibition will open at The Folly on 9 July and run through to 3 November. Entitled “‘Family Stories:150 Years Of Discovery With The Yorkshire Arcgaeological Society’ . This promises to be a fascinating exhibition with considerable local interest.  Please note that on 13th July the Folly will be closed to the public, however on the evening of the 13th July there will be a talk by Professor Richard Hoyle – ‘ the Listers of Gisburn: from Craven Yeomen to the House of Lords,c1550-1797’  Tickets cost £6 from 01729 822893 or from the Folly.


Bentham and District Pet Rescue invite you and your dog to come along and join them on 14 July for a sponsored dog walk. The group will meet in Langcliffe car-park at noon and will follow a circular route returning at approximately 2.30pm, in time for tea and cakes at Langcliffe Institute. Those without dogs are also welcome as there will be dogs available to walk with.  Sponsorship forms can be obtained from Dalehead Vets or via  015242 51898.


There will be a photowalk on 16 July led by Veronica Caperon, through the Trough of Bowland and looking at Bowland bird habitats. This will be accompanied by an RSPB officer. The walk costs £15 for adults and £5 for childeren. Please note children must be accompanied. The events are aimed at those with limited or no photographic experience, but more advanced photographers are welcome to join on that basis. For futher details of times and meeting places contact Veronica on 01729 824537.


Messy church will take place at St John’s Hall on 21 July and the theme this month will be Bible Seasides.  This runs from 3.30-5.30 and is suitable for families and includes craft activities and a meal.


Summer is on its way and already plans are afoot for Chipmonks Summer Holiday club. This will run from 22 July through to 2 August and will provide fun filled sessions of excitement, creativity and entertainment for 3-6 year olds and is based at Giggleswick Junior School. For more details contact  01729 822370.


The  newly formed ‘Giggleswick Gazelles’ a beginners running group meet at 5.30-6.30pm, Eshtons Pavilion, next to Giggleswick Schools all weather pitch, Raines Road, Giggleswick every Friday. Tea and cakes are served after the run and the first session is free. For more information please contact Andy Mouncey 07799 063115 or Jill Eccleston 07955 342344


Over the summer months the Playbarn will be holding a range of events aimed at 6-10 year olds. The Barnstormer events include streetdance, fizz pop science, cookery and circus skills. There will also be Barnbino events aimed at nought to 5 year olds including music, crafts and fun. For details contact  01729 824413.


Advance notice that Rocky’s Plaice holiday club, run by Churches Together in Settle and District, will return on 12,13 & 14 August. This is a free activity club with games, crafts and bible stories and runs from 10am to noon at St John’s church hall and is suitable for 5-11 year olds. For details contact 01729 851860.


Advance notice that on  August 3 Settle Social Club is holding “A Night For Hasledin”. Local soldier, twenty one year old Private Matthew Haseldin, from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, had been in the Army for just a few months when he was killed in Helmand province on November 3, 2011. This event is arranged by Matthew’s friends  and all proceeds will be donated to Help the Heroes.  Tickets cost £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door.  Tickets available via the Social Club or via James on 07964937349 or Matt on 07582150040.



Despite delays due to bad weather the school sports morning took place this week and the support from those who attended was much appreciated. Many thanks also to Mrs. Mundell who organised the event and congratulations to all the pupils who participated well, showing excellent sporting behaviour and once again, many people commented on the lovely, calm, supportive atmosphere. During the field events, there were some excellent performances from pupils, who showed some very good athletics’ skills.  Congratulations to the Brave Bluebells who were the overall winners.

There was an excellent turn-out to the Father’s Day meal and Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Eccleston produced a total of 92 meals. A huge thank you to the kitchen staff, as well as all the other members of the staff team who helped to serve meals and to all the fathers and grandfathers who managed to attend this event. Well done to the pupils for hosting the event, looking after all our visitors and for entertaining them with songs and a poem. The  Y6 pupils recently enjoyed an action-packed three days in Edinburgh, with Y6 pupils from Rathmell, Ingleton, Long Preston and Hellifield. During this time they visited the castle, the National Portrait Gallery, Our Dynamic Earth, the National Museum of Scotland and they also listened to a debate in the Scottish Parliament, found out about Edinburgh’s witches during a ‘ghost tour’ and paddled in the sea on Portobello beach! Pupils in Y3, Y4 and Y5 enjoyed an informative study visit to Ingleborough Cave and Clapham woods last week, where they learnt about limestone and compared grassland and woodland habitats. They participated fully, listened carefully to their guide, (who was extremely impressed with their behaviour,) asked many questions and they have since produced some interesting work. Well done to all participants! Meanwhile the Y2 pupils recently participated in a cluster school mini-olympic event. We were thrilled to learn recently that one of the names Class 3 submitted (nearly two years ago!) as part of a competition run by Housing 21, has been chosen. Following the official naming ceremony to which pupils in Y4-Y6 were invited, Limestone View has now been adopted as the name for the extra-care housing facility in Settle, on the former site of Greenfoot. Our pupils performed to a range of dignitaries from various organisations, singing a song and putting together a very large jigsaw photograph of the artist’s impression of the finished site. Their efforts were much appreciated and they received ‘goody bags’ from Housing 21.


Giggleswick WI invite you to come along and join them on July 4 at 7.30pm in the parish rooms when the speaker will be Jane Ellison of “Purl and Jane”, on the topic of “The Pleasure of Knitting.”



The next Tot Lord Town Trail departs from outside the Town Hall’s Settle Tourist Information office on Thursday 11th July, lasting from 6.15pm until 8.00pm.

The price is £4.00 with all proceeds, as on previous occasions, being donated to Oxfam.



Settle Bowling Club are running a “non-bowlers” doubles competition on Sunday, 21 July starting at 11.30am. This competition will be known as the novice shield, sponsored by Settle Social Club and is open to players of any age, but specifically “non bowlers” only. Entry is £5 per pair. Cash prizes for first, second and third. Bowling woods are supplied by the club. Anyone wishing to enter please contact – John Chambers on 01729 825783 or Tiger at Settle Social Club on 01729 823266. This is a fun competition and all are welcome.



Clearly given the title of Dickens’ novel, any adaptation of the book was never going to be a barrel of laughs – however, in condensing the Victorian industrial tome for the stage the company managed to remain true to the central ideas of his work and significantly have managed to bring out its relevance to our Britain today.  The play opens with Sarah, a nineteenth century cotton weaver introducing industrial Coketown in 1850 and  then asking, “I bet things have changed a lot in 160 years haven’t they? The relations between the classes, the gulf between rich and poor, ideas about education, they must have altered out of all recognition. Well, haven’t they? I’ll tell you something that must have changed. In 1850 the government was made up entirely of very rich men. That must be different in your day.”  This topicality is particularly in evidence in the educational philosophy of Thomas Gradgrind, who believes  in a curriculum which teaches children nothing but facts and stifles creativity – not totally unlike the recent comments about Michael Gove’s initiatives. and  the policy of rooting out the arts and humanities while encouraging wealth individuals and corporations to sponsor education academies.   However, while Dickens’s comments may be relevant to today they are delivered in a way which lacks subtlety. The book itself although heavy with political comment was also a good story with detailed characters with whom the reader was able to feel some empathy.  Sadly the episodic way in which this is retold has robbed the play of this key element and the frequent changes of character played by each individual only serves to emphasise this detachment and so we are left with a mis-match of political commentary and the worst excesses of Victorian melodrama.  This is a great shame because throughout the production there are some extremely good performances and some excellent ideas – all bearing witness to the importance of creative thinking. The ensemble work is exemplary and the use of folk-ballads of the time helps to set the scene wonderfully and is particularly effective in the scenes where the work at the looms are reproduced.  Similarly the theatrical device of stepping outside the story to comment on the action is employed with great effect and wit as a “non-naturalistic narrative device”. Similarly the overall concept of having the factory workers retell the story in their own words is a powerful idea and works well – and yet, somehow despite all the creativity and imagination the play itself  fails to work completely because there is no real connection with the individual characters. This of course is a rather painful irony in a play which is not only meant to espouse the importance of creativity and imagination but also relies on the audience relating to the dilemma of Louisa Gradgrind when she finds that her severe and colourless upbringing has robbed her of the ability to relate to others. Sadly last night the audience knew exactly how she felt – but for all the wrong reasons.



The period generally referred to as Baroque covers approximately the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. Bearing this in mind it would be hard to look at the music from the present day back to mid 1860s and expect there to be just one term to cover it all. The same is true of Baroque – the range of music covered by the term is vast and it was a style which was continually evolving as the pieces in this concert showed. There was a rather sombre theme running through the concert as a number of the pieces were concerned with death; the first of these being “Selig sind die Toten” by Schutz which was performed by The Herdwyck consort singing unaccompanied. This was truly a magnificent introduction to the period, with the incredible blend of voices echoing magnificently in the space beneath the dome of the church and reminding the listener of the flights of angels depicted above the singers.  Death in a slightly more comic form was also present in 4 movements from Handel’s masque  “Acis and Galatea”. This included wonderful depictions of good and evil and concluded with a poignant lament accompanied by the accomplished young players,  Zoe Carroll and Josephine Goynes from the Giggleswick School Strings.  For many the organ is a key feature of baroque music and this was represented in the concert by a Gabrieli’s Canzon performed by Jason Lowe, with great style.  There was a further exhibition of the talents of the Giggleswick school strings in their performances of works by Buxtehude and Handel, where it was impossible not to notice not only the musical skill of the young people but also their great poise and professionalism as they provided an excellent accompaniment to the Herdwyck consort.  School talent was also to the fore in the form of Schola Cantorum, which is composed of members of staff and sixth form students. Their performance of Purcell’s “Hear my Prayer” was both beautiful and haunting and built to a spectacular climax of powerful intensity.  The concluding item in the programme, “Salve Regina” by Duron, provided an opportunity to combine the talents of both the Schola Cantorum and Herdwyck Consort in an unusual piece which included both a main and echo choir and where produced an ethereal sound which was totally mesmerising. Congratulations to all concerned in the concert, particularly director of music Tricia Rees-Jones who provided such a magnificent taster of the many delights offered in Baroque music.

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