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Settle Snippets, News and Reviews November 23rd 2013

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Settle Rotarians will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and his helpers to Settle at the following times: On Friday 29th November from 5.30pm in Duke Street and Cammock Lane. On Saturday 30th November he will be in Booth’s Supermarket from 10.00am until 2.00pm and then he will be in his Grotto in the Market Place from 3.00pm until 5.00pm  in time for the switching on of the Christmas Lights. On Wednesday 4th December from 5.30pm in Mill Close and Northfields. On Thursday 5th December  from 5.00pm in Upper Settle and Langdale Avenue. He hopes that children of all ages will come and see him!



With the first notes of the peculiar sounding long-horns an immediate hush settled over a surprisingly full hall, setting the scene for a night of new experiences for many present. The Buddhist monks from Tashi Lhunpo monastery tour Europe performing a range of dances and chants as a means of introducing audiences to their unique culture and also drawing attention to the plight of their fellow exiles from Tibet and that of the Panchen Lama, taken into protective custody in 1995, at the age of six, by the Chinese authorities and not seen since.  The monastery has been re-established in India and is a seat of learning and while the performance is most certainly spectacular and theatrical it is not a case of it being theatre, so much as the monks demonstrating the dances and chants which make up the rituals of the temple tradition. Therefore there are times when it actually felt almost intrusive to watch what is clearly a very devout group at prayer and meditation.  This apart, it was an absolutely fascinating event and at times totally mesmerising. An example of this was the Kunrik (All Knowing) meditation. In this prayer to the Buddha a series of  intricate hand gestures or Mudras are performed, perfectly synchronised and each with a specific spiritual meaning during the course of the chant. Watching this is absolutely spell-binding and deeply moving.  In contrast to this the Sha Nak (dance of the black hat) is a more energetic, demonstrating the victory of virtue over evil and involving both complex hand gestures and spiralling movements. The head-dresses themselves are incredible, and you can’t help but admire the grace and skill with which the dancers move while wearing such elaborate head-gear.  Adding to the powerful impact of the dances are the incredibly detailed costumes where every colour is part of a symbolic representation of different deities or attributes, which makes the performance a feast of light and colour. For many of the dances spectacular masks are worn, such as in the Deer and Bufffalo dance, which add to the other-worldliness of the movements. Adding to this unique charm is the music itself, a mixture of long-horns, oboes), a small hand-held drums, cymbals, thigh flutes  and bells. In a fascinating demonstration the monks allowed the audience a small glimpse inside the life of the temple and produced a very thought provoking evening of discovery, totally unlike anything seen before in this theatre.




Under the baton of their guest conductor, Ola Ness, the orchestra transported the audience to Vienna with a trio of works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.  The first of these was Mozart’s overture to “Idomeneo”  and while its subject may have been tragic the piece proved to be a lively, dramatic opening to the concert providing an excellent opportunity to see the orchestra working well together and with some particularly striking work from the string section.  It was a real joy to both listen to and to watch, and it is particularly pleasing to note some new faces once more in the orchestra: particularly the younger member, with the newest recruit being only 11 years of age. The second piece of the evening was Haydn’s Violincello Concerto No1 in C, providing an ideal opportunity to showcase the tremendous talents of the ensemble’s principal cellist, Robert Buller. This however was not just a showcase for the individual but also for the instrument itself as the writing demonstrates the vast range of the cello and creates some quite stunning effects so that at times it appears almost to be dueting with itself. There are also some wonderful moments, such as the cadenza in the first movement which provide an opportunity to experience the soloist’s considerable skills. Robert Buller is certainly a striking soloist to watch as the way in which he moves with his instrument and his facial expressions add a further layer of intensity to his playing and emphasise his emotional involvement with the piece. The third piece of the evening was the outstanding performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No 7. This was an incredibly energetic and energising performance full of great drama and skill. The first movement is a lively romp, reminiscent of a country dance and has great driving power. This was played with tremendous passion by the orchestra and therefore the second movement provided a stunning contrast with the emphasis on the solemnity of the string section in a very controlled introduction with the main melody played by the violas and cellos which gradually builds in intensity and volume as the melody is picked up and echoed back by other instruments.  The third movement however is particularly striking and bubbles with such joyous energy that it becomes irresistible but it is the final movement which reaches such a whirlwind intensity  that critics at the time thought that Beethoven must have composed it in a state of drunkenness.  While I doubt if that was the case amongst any of the musicians this evening, it was quite clear that such delightful delirium was both intoxicating to play and to listen to.


A reminder that names are now being taken for this year’s Christmas Day dinner and tea and early booking would greatly assist with planning for this event. This event is open to all ages and cost is £10 per head. The venue this year will be St John’s Hall and will run from 11.45am-4.45pm. To reserve a place please contact 01729 822138. Volunteers are also sought to assist with cooking, serving and arranging the meals and transport.


Settle St Vincent de Paul society are seeking pre-owned and new toys; tins of food and any items capable of being distributed in Christmas Hampers through St Vincent de Paul in the North of Englance. All items will be distributed across the region regardless of the religious beliefs, in any, of the recipients. If you can assist in this effort then please leave donations in the porch or meeting room at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church or contact 01729 822953 /825042.


An Autumn Concert will be held by Settle Orchestra on 30 November at Christ Church, Skipton commencing at 7.30pm. The Orchestra will be conducted by Ola Ness and will feature soloist Robert Buller. The programme will include works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Tickets available via Orchestra members and from:Cave and Crag, Settle, High Bentham post office, Settle Music or 01729 825806.



Athlefit is latest initiative following on from  2012 Olympics from England Athletics to encourage 500,000 more people to get into exercise and to have fun.  It is a new fitness programme which combines athletics with a fun and exciting programme of getting and keeping fit by providing accessible non competitive fitness sessions based upon athletics and ultimately – where there is a desire – a link through to athletics clubs and competition. The sessions will take place at Castleberg Scouts Drill Hall during  Term time Wednesdays @ 9.30am, Fridays @ 7.15pm  & Sundays 10.30am.  They will be run byJill Eccleston local qualified and insured instructor  For more info call 07955 342344 or email


The month is brought to a lively end with bust by Take Off That, a Take That tribute band, on November 30th.  December music starts with Folk at Victoria Hall on December 1st, introduced by Mike Harding and featuring Lucy Ward and Bernard Wrigley.  Lucy Ward won the best newcomer award at the 2012 Radio 2 Folk awards and Bernard Wrigley is renowned not only for his singing and writing but is also a familiar face from TV acting appearances. Celebrated poet, Simon Armitage, will be performing on Dec 7th and will be reading a mixture of his own poetry and prose.  On December 14 there will be songs and music and a hint of Christmas brought alive by Roger Davies and special guests the Durbervilles.  On Friday 20th There will be a chance to explore a Victorian Christmas with Blast form the Past, an entertainment featuring music, song, stories an drama from the era of Dickens and Hardy.   Sunday 22nd sees a special matinee performance by Pendle Productions of their pantomime, Aladdin.For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.


There will be an all sorts market at Victoria Hall on 30th November between 9.30-4.00. There will be refreshments available all day, a range of stalls and a raffle.  For further details contact 01729 823867.


A ‘Day for Palestine’ will be held on Saturday 30th November in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle, 10am until 3pm. We will be selling Palestinian food (olive oil, olives, cous cous, almonds, and Palestinian herbs) plus olive soap. There will be food served all day, and information and exhibitions plus talks from women just back from the olive harvest in the West Bank.


Do you get tongue tied at interviews, dread making that wedding speech, fear proposing a vote of thanks? Then this workshop may hold the answer. Settle Stories have arranged a workshop session from 2-4pm on Speaking with Confidence. This will take place at Friends Meeting House on 30 November and will be led by Charles Tyrer, a theatre professional who specialises in working with community groups and individuals and applies drama and theatre techniques to help individuals overcome ‘the everyday fears that inhibit peoples everyday life. For details contact Settle Stories via their town hall office on their website at


Advance notice that this year’s Settle Christmas Light Switch On will take place on November 30th between 2-5pm. Details to be announced later. Those wishing to take part are invited to contact Tony Hardwick on 01729 268094


On 30th November from 12 – 3 pm, before Settle’s Christmas lights switch-on, The Folly will be hosting a family activity ‘Christmas Fun at The Folly, which will give everyone the opportunity of making some lovely traditional Christmas decorations and the chance to look round the house at the same time. On Saturday 7th December 2013 at 7.30 pm the Folly is very pleased indeed to see the return of the Leeds Waits for a ’17th Century Christmas ‘it will be an evening of great fun with lots of music and banter,period costumes,period instruments and audience participation. The last visit of the Leeds Waits was a sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are £10 to include refreshments tel 01729 822893. On December 10th come along to celebrate Yuletide at the Folly between 10am and noon, cost £3.50. Price includes full admission to the Folly exhibitions and mulled wine and mince pies.


What better way to get in the mood for the festive season than by listening to Christmas music played by a brass band. Carols and seasonal music will make up the programme at a concert at Settle Parish Church on December 1st at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 (£4 concessions) on the door with a raffle and refreshments during the evening.


The next meeting will take place on December 2nd at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. The speaker is Rod Smith , who returns to expose all the myths and the possibilities of using Layers in Photoshop.The gallery theme for the week  allows plenty of scope for imagination, entitled “Song” it will allow access to any image so long as the title is that of a well known song! Visitors and new members always welcome


The next meeting will be on Wednesday 4 December when Michael  Cullingworth will give a talk on Pantomime. There will also be a raffle for a Christmas Hamper at this meeting.


For the first time Bentham & District Pet Rescue are holding their Christmas Fair in Bentham!  It will be taking place at the Town Hall on Wednesday 4 December between 10am and 3pm.  Refreshments will be served from 10am with homemade light lunches, cakes, scones and all the usual festive goodies.  There will be a Christmas Tombola, cake stall, gifts, crafts, Christmas cards, calendars and raffle tickets will be on sale for our Bumper Christmas Hampers (7 in total!) with the draw taking place the same afternoon.  So please come and enjoy our festive Christmas Fair.


Local choir, Settle Voices will feature in an evening of festive carols, music and readings at Hellifield Station  on 4 December at 7.30pm. The evening will feature a range of poems, carols and readings and tickets cost £5, including mince pies and mulled wine. All funds raised will be in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


A reminder that the next charity dance will be on December 7th and this  will be the Christmas Party Dance. This year this event will take the form of a Jacobs Join Supper with the cost of the evening remaining at £5. This dance will also begin at 8pm and end at 11.30pm and will take place at Settle College. To book please ring 01729 8223259/ 824038 before December 5th.


Don’t despair, there’s still time to pick up lots of wonderful Christmas treats at the Settle Artisans Fair at Victoria Hall on 7 December from 9am – 2pm. There will also be refreshments served throughout the day at the vintage cafe.


The next fund raising event will be the Christmas Coffee Morning to be held at the Old Court House Station Road on Saturday December 14th. All welcome


Settle Station will be holding its Christmas Open Day on Saturday, 14 December, 2013, from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  There will be music, mince pies and sherry (or soft drinks). Come to buy local and railway gifts, Christmas cards, Thomas the Tank Engine etc. No entry charge and all welcome


Drawing choir members from many of the villages in the Settle district, the Langcliffe Singers will this year perform their Christmas Concert in Langcliffe itself The concert will take place at 7.30 on 14 Deccember at Langcliffe Church, when the choir will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, parts 1 and 2 under the baton of Nigel Waugh and accompanied by Paul Fisher on the organ.  Tickets cost £10 from Cave & Crag, Settle; Bentham Post Office; or via 07732 352771.


The next Messy Church session will take place on December 15 at St John’s Hall at 3.30-5pm. This is a free event open to all and provides an opportunity for families to celebrate together and share a hot meal and to take part in craft activities. There will be an opportunity to donate towards the cost of craft materials.



Local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger latest exhibition “Wild and Restless Nature” is now on display in the Foyer Gallery. This exhibition will run through to December 8th.  On 28-30th November school students will take to the stage with  their production of “West Side Story”. The community cinema family film afternoons continue on Sunday 8th December with “Turbo”, the story of a super-charged snail! Details of all tickets and times are available via or via 01729 893180.


Congratulations to the following pupils for taking part in this church community event to mark All Saints day and reading aloud to the congregation: Hattie Black, Charlie Black, Melissa Tither, Connie Eccleston, Edie Eccleston and Phoebe Oliver. Following a visit to school to talk about her new book ‘Moorside Boy’, the local author, Jan Michael, ran a competition for older pupils at Settle and Giggleswick Primary Schools. Congratulations to Louisa Bullock, who won joint third prize – a meal at ‘Poppies’! Thank you to everyone for your ‘Bring and Buy’ donations and for the amazing cakes for Class 3’s fund-raising event ‘Pounds for Pudsey’. Thank you also for coming along to join in the fun and support this fund-raising event. Well done to Class 3 pupils for all their efforts in organising such a successful afternoon. This year, we raised a record-beating amount – £200!  Thanks also to

everyone for donating chocolate items for the tombola at the Friends’ Family Bingo. There was a great turn-out on Friday, which helped boost our funds

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