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Settle Snippets – News and Info October 11th



Frigg !


October 16th sees hot fiddles from cool Scandinavia when Frigg take to the stage. A fizzing Finnish fiddle septet. There will also be a workshop session with Frigg, suitable for all stringed instruments, from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. On 24 October there will be a concert by Charlie Dore and Julian Littman with a special appearance from ‘Settle Voices’.Charlie, with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span, promises a night of eclectic, contemporary folk as the pair swap guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, & ukulele.The end of the month sees local group, Settle Amateur Operatic Society perform “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


A reminder that  Victoria Hall, Settle is being used as a collection point for aid for Syrian Refugees. Items will then been taken to a larger collection and distribution point in Manchester where they are sorted and sent to areas of greatest need. Goods, labelled and wrapped where appropriate, can be left in the foyer of Victoria Hall whenever it is open and if there is no-one on duty in the box office they can be placed behind the table curtain in the foyer. Goods required include tents, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, baby food (tinned and in jars) and tinned foods (no meats) especially beans, lentils, tuna and pulses.


There will be 3 guided walks arranged by Friends of Settle-Carlisle line on Saturday 17 October. The first is a Kirkby Stephen circular via Ravenstonedale. This is a 12m moderately strenuous walk leaving Kirkby Stephen Station at 10.19.  The second walk is part of the “Get Walking” programme and is suitable for families but unsuitable for pushchairs. This again is a circular walk and departs from Armathwaite at 11.15. The 7 m moderate includes a visit to the restored  signal box visit & short walk in Coombs Wood  and the Longdales. The third walk is a 14m very strenuous walk from

Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale departing from Kirkby Stephen at 10.34. No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at Please note that the walk planned from Settle Station on 24 October has been cancelled due scheduled engineering work on the line between Gargrave and Settle on that date. An alternative walk from Gargrave will be arranged.


Tickets are now on sale for this year’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. The production will be staged at Victoria Hall during the week 26-31 October at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. A range of concession, family and group tickets are available and can be purchased in person at Victoria Hall or via their website ( or via the box office on 01729 825718.



The next visit will be to see the Musical “Hairspray” at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford, on Wednesday 11th November, Matinee 2.30pm. The cost is £38.00 per person, which includes seat, coach & gratuities. Leaving Settle Cricket Club at 10.30am.

For more details telephone Michael Cullingworth on 01729823978


The Playbarn is holding a “Neon Night” on October 16th. This session will run from 5.30-7.30pm and cost £6 per child. The price includes a hot-dog and fries tea. There will be lights and glowsticks as well as party games.


On Friday 16th October at  7.30pm there will be a slide show at Settle Parish Church illustrating the Pennine Cycleway.  Entitled “Spanas and Spokes: a Pennine Journey”, this will also highlight  the work of two charities -SPANA (working animal welfare) andFreedom from Torture. The talk will be given by Anthony Smith and admission is free with donations welcome


On October 16th Jessica Johannesson, who is currently exhibiting her work as part of Textil/Juvel, a stunning and thought provoking exhibition of contemporary jewellery and textiles from seven leading makers from West Sweden,  will be joining us at The Folly in Settle to talk about how she makes her intricately knotted work.  The talk on will cover areas such as When is it finished? When is it ‘close enough’? The talk will begin at 6.45 and admission is free but contributions to refreshments are welcome. The exhibition is the latest from Art Unpacked, a series of touring exhibitions created by Chrysalis Arts and has been developed with Konsthantverkscentrum- The Crafts Centre, Sweden.


The next big breakfast will take place on 17 October in the  Annexe at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle. Coffee & tea are available from 8.15am, breakfast & talk over by 9.30am. Please remember that booking is essential to assist with catering. Admission £3. Contact 01729 825285 to book your place . This month’s speaker is Robert Bagot from Buon Vino at The Courtyard


The new winter exhibition opens on Saturday, 17 October and featuresThe Northern Landscape: Paintings & Original Prints Cumbria, Lancashire,Yorkshire” The opening event will run from 2-8pm. Normal winter opening times are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11am – 3.30pm. The exhibition includes work by artists from Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire including Heather Cook, David Cook, Norma Stephenson, Jacquie Denby, Alan Stones, Janet Swailes, George Melling, Tony Roberts, Rebecca Scott, Chris Rigby, Mike Pert, Milan Ivanic, Katharine Holmes.


Cottontail Crafts will be celebrating Sew Saturday on 17 October with special offers and a series of craft demonstrations by Sue. There will also be a prize raffle with all proceeds going to Settle Swimming Pool. First prize in the raffle is a ELNA sewing machine valued at £119. There will also be Prym sewing boxes as runner up prizes. Tickets for the raffle are £1.


The next messy church session will take place in St John’s Church Hall on 18 October between 3.30-5.30.  This is open to all and provides an opportunity for families to celebrate together, undertake craft activities and enjoy a hot meal together.


On 18 October Settle Social Club will be hosting an exhibition by Eric Bristow. The event commences at noon and admission is £5. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


The next meetin will be on October 19th at Townhead Court at 7.30. The subject will be “Pure Nature – a Lecture by John & Margaret Sixsmith”. This will cover all things nature – from birds in flight to macro! Margaret [EFIAP/gold, FBPE EPSA] and John [EFIAP/gold, BPE5*, EPSA] Sixsmith are keen naturalists and amateur photographers who lecture widely on nature photography throughout the country. Living on the Wirral, they have both exhibited internationally and had work published in magazines and books. They tutor at residential courses in Scotland. Would members please note that there will be no gallery at this event.


Guide Dogs for the Blind will be visiting Limestone View on Tuesday, 20th October from 10.30 am onwards and will have lots of gifts for sale, including Christmas cards, wrapping paper etc. All are welcome to come along and support this event.


There has been a change of venue for the One World Week event on October 22nd. This meeting will now take place at Settle Parish Church and will commence at 6pm with a simple meal followed by the talk “Relations with Muslims” by Dr Philip Lewis. Dr Lewis has been an advisor on Christian/Muslim relations to the Anglican Bishops of Bradford for 25 years. The event will also incorporate a meal. To book a place contact 01729 822313.


There will be an evening of ferret racing and a ferret show at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club on 23 October at 7.30pm. Entry is £1 per person and £2 per ferret with all profits going to the Lynch Syndrome Charity.


Settle Eco Group have arranged a Give and Take day on Saturday, 24th October at Victoria Hall from 9.30 am to 3 pm. This is a free event where we invite people to bring any items in good condition that they have no further use for and take anything we have that they would like.   There is a table for photographs of larger items and we cannot take clothes or shoes.   We ask that traders do not come until 2 pm.  The idea is to keep good quality items out of landfill.


Knight Stainforth Caravan park are holding a firework display on 24 October at 6pm. There will be hot food and a licenced bar as well as a children’s entertainer. Tickets cost £3 if purchased in advance and £4 on the gate. To book contact 01729 822200.


On Sunday 25 October at 3.00pm there will be a recital  by Max Heaton, percussionist with The National Youth Orchestra and the Hallé Youth Orchestra, in aid of Child Rescue Nepal at Quaker Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle. Tickets  cost £10 including interval refreshments, from Cave & Crag, Settle or 01729 825109. Max will play a varied programme on a range of percussion instruments including the marimba. Familiar to local audiences for his performances in the percussion section of Settle Orchestra, 17 year Old Max is also a member of national and international orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra and the Hallé Youth Orchestra. and played with the National Children’s Orchestra as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and at the 2015 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.


There will be a launch event for the new Children’s Centre on 27 October. The centre is situated in the building which was formerly Settle Middle School. The event will take place between 10.30-12.30 and there will be a range of businesses and activities  on display and the morning will  provide an opportunity to find out more about the work of the children’s centre and how it can help families in the community.



Advance notice that tickets for the ever popular evening of Lessons and Carols for Christmas will go on sale to the public on 19 October.  On 20 October the theatre is hosting the annual Northern Garden Lecture at 7pm. This year’s speaker is Dr John Grimshaw, Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum and Rays Wood on the Castle Howard Estate, who will talk on the topic of “Plants, Gardens, People.” Details of events and ticket booking available via the website at or by phone on 01729 893180.


As in previous years, the library service organised a Summer Reading Challenge, which we launched in school at the end of last term; this year’s theme was Record Breakers. It would appear that the number of entries to this challenge from Giggleswick Primary School pupils was record-breaking, too, with 52% of our roll participating, compared to 41% last year! Thank you to all parents/carers who supported this event, which is always an exciting way of further enthusing children about books and reading, and congratulations to the following pupils who completed this year’s challenge. Y5 pupils  have recently returned from their residential visit to Humphrey Head Outdoor Centre. where they showed  excellent involvement  in all activities. From bed-making to rock scrambling, and bush craft to table-laying, they all participated fully, supported each other, made new friends and learnt many new skills, along with Y5 pupils from Long Preston and Clapham Primary Schools. Many parents enjoyed their spontaneous explanations and descriptions, as well as the films and photos, presented during their Pupils’ Assembly on Friday and there will be further opportunities to find out more when pupils’ work and photos are displayed in school. Thank you to parents for funding this very worthwhile visit and to the Brentwood Trust and our Sports Grant for subsidising the overall cost. Whilst Y5 pupils have been enjoying their week of learning outside the classroom, Y6 pupils have also been learning in a different way to produce the sixth issue of Giggtastic Gazette. This has involved discussing, planning, word processing articles, redrafting, editing, photography, interviewing and photocopying. They have worked really  hard to produce a magazine to a tight deadline. Well done to the following pupils for participating in St Alkelda’s Harvest Service: Bailey and Presley Pears, Phoebe and Lottie Oliver, Oliver and Ben Brummitt, Dylan and Oliver Sampson, Ruby and Mary-Jane Lambert, Melissa Tither and Hannah Chapman.

Don’t forget our unique canvas bicentenary bags are available from school for £5 each, or £8 for two. Ideal for shopping now that stores are charging for carrier bags.


On Saturday October 24  from 10.00am – 4.00pm there will be a Christmas Craft Sale in aid of the N.S.P.C.C. in St. Alkelda’s Church, Giggleswick. Refreshments  will be available all day


At their AGM this year Giggleswick Horticultural Show were again able to donate a total of £900 to local charities. The money was shared between Cave Rescue, Settle Pool, Castleberg Scouts, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Manorlands Hospice. This is a repeat of last year’s record amount for this friendly Open Show, which takes place every year on the second Saturday in August. Entries were again up this year and the ever popular, and very reasonable, homemade teas raised over£300. The Chairman, Geoff Knights, expressed the Committee’s grateful thanks to Giggleswick School for the use of their Hall and to all the volunteers who helped run the show. Next year’s Show will be on Sat 13th August and will be the 75th. Schedules will be available from Settle TIC and local shops in June, but information on the titles for many classes, including photography, art, and childrens, should be available on the Giggleswick Horticultural Show Facebook page in November.


10/10/15 Victoria Hall


Entering a star lab is an unforgettable experience. A large inflatable dome which looks like some kind of cross between a  bouncy castle and a slush coloured igloo, its exterior gives no clue to the enchantment within. Having crawled through the tunnel to the centre you find yourself in enfolded by  360° digital planetarium projection technology. In this stunning setting storyteller, Emily Hennessey began by telling the story of the crows and how the selfishness of the male crow turned the world to complete darkness, while around the audience the light dimmed until like the crow we were in inky blackness. Then, as the story unfolded and we heard how the crow pecked holes in the darkness to allow pin-pricks of daylight through, gradually the stars began to appear above us and the scene was set for an amazing hour of astronomical facts and storytelling fiction to explain the patterns in the night sky.   These included tales of how the stars were made and explanations of how and why the constellations were named as well as an opportunity to look more carefully at the constellations and learn how to find certain groupings in the night sky.  Totally fascinating throughout one of the most fun aspects was discovering that the same constellations have totally different stories in other parts of the world and therefore the group of stars which we know as The Great Bear is actually The Elephant in African mythology. This acted as a wonderful starting point for the children present to start identifying other animals in the sky and doubtless will provide the basis for many new stories explaining how they came to be there. A heady cocktail of science and fantasy the star lab proved a real crucible for the imagination.


10/10/15 Friends Meeting House

TALES FROM THE COSMOS: Stories of the daytime sky Cassandra Wye

An abundantly enthusiastic exhibition of interactive story-telling for all ages,  Tales From the Cosmos  focussed on the myths and legends connected with the daytime sky. Billed as an event for all ages this was a real masterclass in how to involve an audience and illustrated perfectly why the art of storytelling will always survive in every culture.  Cassandra Wye is a stunning, larger than life character who doesn’t just tell stories – she literally becomes the story.  Every gesture is perfectly timed, every nuance of phrasing exploited to the utmost as she acts and dances her way through the tale in a masterpiece of physical theatre which holds the audience spellbound. Reality was completely suspended as she summoned up a world in which darkness ruled and rabbits ran into trees and animals squabbled about the need for more light and where the audience then helped to solve the problems posed by the story. Similarly when the archer needed to shoot down the sun it was the audience who provided the means to do so, totally transported to another world and time and working together – regardless of age – in order to ensure that the tale would end fittingly.  Regardless of the origins of the story the art of this amazing storyteller lay in her ability to make the story not only universal but so accessible that it was impossible to simply be an observer, it was so compelling that it became imperative to actually be an active participant in the tale.


10/10/15 Friends Meeting House


President of the Bradford Astronomical Society, Rod Hine was a perfect example of the way in which a good teacher can captivate a group simply by their ability to share their own enthusiasm and passion for a subject.  Faced with the daunting task of explaining the history of astronomy and the advances in our understanding of the universe that astronomy has made, in an hour long slot he managed to take us on an incredible whistlestop tour of the universe and the history of astronomy which was quite staggering. From Ptolemy through to Einstein, via Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton the theories and maths behind astronomy were explained and put into their social context with great skill and flashes of humour. Along the way he also delivered a range of practical tips on how get started in astronomy, advising on topics such as where to buy the best binoculars and how to locate certain stars. Then swiftly on to examples and explanations of common phenomena such as asteroids, noctilucent clouds and meteor showers before a guide to the key constellations and how they reflect the mythology and times of the observers. Heads buzzing with information the audience were also treated to some striking photographs to help reinforce the explanations. The whole event, in keeping with much else happening on the day, was totally mind-blowing . One of the most staggering revelations however was that having just explained the way in which the Milky Way is composed he went on to explain that there are actually more galaxies in the universe than there are stars in our Milky Way, but that each one of us is essentially composed of atoms which were once star dust.  A compelling speaker on a fascinating subject he managed to draw together key themes from the day’s events and leave the audience filled with wonder.


10/10/15 : Victoria Hall


There was definitely something very primeval about lying under the stars and listening to stories about the origins of the world – it would be difficult to think of anything  further away from the hustle and bustle associated with  modern technology. Difficult, that is, except for the  fact that the stars were projections on the ceiling and walls of an inflatable star lab dome! However that  didn’t actually feel at all relevant as what mattered was the sensation generated by this experience.  Sita Brand is an extraordinary story teller and the hypnotic nature of her voice as regaled us with tales from around the world helped to create a timeless quality where reality itself was suspended – little wonder that in Aborignal culture “The Dreamtime” has come to mean the time of understanding of creation and knowledge revealed through stories. It was this essence of dreaming which was conjured in the stories and experience within the star lab. The first of these stories was an American Indian legend explaining the origin of the constellation which we know as The Pleiades. These were once seven wives who decided that as their husbands had criticised them they would go instead to live in the sky. When the husbands realised what they had done they tried to persuade the women to return but were unable to do so. The men then tried to follow their wives but were unable to reach them and still chase them across the sky forever fixed as the constellation of Taurus.  Other tales explained how the sky was first pierced by burning embers to become stars or dealt with the nature of dreaming itself and the conundrum as to whether it is when we dream that we are actually alive or whether when we are awake that we are simply part of someone else’s dream.  The fascination with such stories lies in the fact that in so many cultures similar tales occur and the very act of telling stories to explain our world is something which is itself somehow a way of creating a time which is outside “normal time” and a place for dreaming.


10/10/15 : Friends Meeting House


As the day darkens and the moon begins to rise, now is the time for dreaming… the opening to this event was immediately evocative, setting the scene for tales of enchantment where anything might happen. Having seen Cassandra Wye performing earlier in the day to a mixed age audience which contained a number of young children it was particularly intriguing to see how she adapted her style to suit an adult audience.  As anticipated, many of the trademark skills of a good storyteller were still present: the repetition of key phrases, the careful scene setting and the shifting in tone of voice at key moments to prolong tension but what was different was the way in which the stories were told with far more intricacy and poise. There was a subtleness to each line, a nuance in inflection and a very definite purpose in every gesture which made her completely mesmerising. We often talk about people weaving stories, but in this case it was more like weaving magic as the audience time and again physically were drawn towards her as she spoke as if pulled by invisible cords.  Undoubtedly a very fine actress, she plays her audience perfectly telling stories with great theatricality and physicality and yet still being able to step out of character to insert modern comic asides without destroying the atmosphere in any way. Those who still think that “stories” are just something for children really need to see Cassandra Wye in full flow in order to be convinced that there is something in all of us that needs to be told a story and which longs to listen.



Each year the Shakespeare Schools Festival stages the UK’s largest youth drama festival involving 1,000 schools and 150 professional theatres in order to encourage students aged between 8-18 to enjoy the thrill of taking a play from the written text on the page to the living performance on a stage. This year’s festival entry by Giggleswick School was a thirty minute adaptation of “The Tempest”, a play about magic and about the magic of the theatre. Performed by a young cast it is not a play without serious challenges, not least of which is how to stage the opening scene – a full scale tempest – on a stage. However, this is a production full of skill and imagination, not least in the convincing creation of a stormy ocean simply through the use of torches, a toy boat and the shipping forecast. Similarly the characters are simply introduced to the audience by means of picture frames and Prospero’s cave is no more than a simple ship’s sail. Yet the real art of this apparent simplicity in staging is that it is not simple at all for it relies heavily on pieces of careful choreography, excellent teamwork and confidence in performance to create a believable illusion for the audience.  This is a production which overflows with careful thought and clear vision. Coupled with this there is a real sense of dedication in the performances. At the centre of the action is a strong performance from Prospero, who has tremendous stage presence.  Ariel and Caliban are also very clearly delineated, with some very interesting nuances in the relationship between Ariel and Prospero adding an interesting tone to the text.  There is also some excellent comic work from Trinculo and Stephano injecting a sense of fun into the piece. Throughout the performance there is also a sensitive use of music to underscore the mood which is done in a way which complements the piece rather than intrudes on it. Congratulations to all concerned on a very thoughtful and imaginative interpretation.

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