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JUNE 16, 2011

I’m a great fan of Joanne Harris; I’ve read all her books and so the prospect of hearing her talk about her work was definitely enticing. However, as I am currently half-way through her latest “Blueeyed Boy” my real motivation was the hope that I might find a way of making sense of what is one the most disturbing and perplexing books I’ve read in a long while! However, her opening gambit that it has been referred to as both her best and worst novel and “my creepy disgusting book” soon put me straight on that count!  The comment was though very telling, for this was to be a fascinating evening with some apparently frank talking by the author who held her audience captivated by her account of how she became an author and some of the dilemmas which she has encountered as a result of her writing.  As she explained, she became “an overnight success” after a number of years hard work and in spite of her mother’s advice that writing was not a real job! She then went on to ignore the guidance of an American literary agent who told her to set her work in America, not Europe; stop writing about food and write about sex, set the stories in a city not a village and not to have so many old people in them… His comments led to her setting a story in a French village, peopled mainly by older characters and with a feast of descriptions about food. “Chocolat” became a huge success! Her determination to speak with her own voice and not necessarily do “that which was expected” became increasingly obvious during the course of the evening as she explained not only how she garnered incidents and characters during her travels but also the alchemy involved in writing to develop these ideas into stories and how her fascination with people’s perceptions and life in small communities (be they villages or on-line virtual communities) has fed into her writing. It was indeed an interesting insight – but as with the narrator in Blueeyed Boy, you were left wondering about how much of what was revealed was actually the true persona and how much was perhaps simply a case of a skilled spinner of tales telling you what you thought you wanted to hear. Whichever is true – it was still an interesting evening…



There was certainly a real buzz about this concert: opening with Vaughn William’s overture to “The Wasps” the evening got off to lively start and this was merely a foretaste of the feast of delights to come. The first half of the programme was truly a celebration of youthful talent as the Bach concerto for two violins proved. An extremely challenging piece designed to show off the interplay between the two soloists and has, not surprisingly, attracted many prominent violinists over the years. Those present undoubtedly saw the debut of a future star – as the first movement was magnificently performed by Tracy Keeley and her seven year old daughter, Alexandra. The sight of the diminutive performer was extremely moving, the sound she created was truly magical. This pairing was wonderful by any standards but to hear such outstanding talent at such a young age was incredible. The programme continued with Suite No 2: The Wand of Youth by Elgar : originally composed when he was himself still a child and then rearranged for full orchestra at a later date. This was full of the joyful exuberance of a fairy tale with an introductory solemn march, followed by the rippling delight of the little bells and the delicate dance of moths and butterflies which captured the shimmering quality of their gossamer wings to perfection. Then came the contrast between the tame and wild bears… This deliciously light storytelling mode is not something normally associated with Elgar but showed not only his versatility as a composer but also that of the orchestra as a whole. Youth was to the fore again to conclude the first half of the programme with Fantaisie Brillante (on themes from Bizet’s “Carmen”) for Flute and Orchestra by Francois Borne. An extremely testing  piece this was incredible showcase for the sparkling skills of soloist, Vahan Salorian in his final concert with the orchestra before leaving school to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London in the autumn. If ever a piper could weave enchantments with his music, it is Vahan! His solo truly lived up to the brilliance and magic promised in the title of the piece and the concert itself. After such an outstanding first half it was hard to imagine how the remainder of the concert could match up to our expectations: but it did! Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is a magnificent piece of musical storytelling and it was performed with great confidence and skill throughout, taking the audience on a magical journey  which was far removed from the “disneyfied” version familiar to many via “Fantasia”. A real highlight was to watch young Max Heaton, literally drumming up a storm in the fourth movement – he looked as if he was thoroughly enjoying every moment of his performance!  The Orchestra has much to be proud of – particularly the way in which they are nuturing the players of the future. If you missed this performance, don’t despair – the concert will be repeated at Settle Parish Church at 7.30pm, Saturday 25th June. Ignore the television: if you really want to see young people who have the X factor then this will show that Britain certainly does have talent – and beg, borrow or steal to get a ticket for the concert!

The current exhibition at Settle’s Gallery on the Green builds on a partnership project between the children of Settle Primary School and those at Kwesana Primary School in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Kwesana village is situated in the Tyume valley close to the Hogsback Mountains: this village was home to a famous freedom fighter, Archie Sibeko who worked alongside Nelson Mandela. Through the involvement of  Gillian Gape, a volunteer and governor at Settle Primary, the children have worked together to create a vibrant exhibition of email, letters, drawings and photos.


Watershed Mill is the venue for a fashion show raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on 24 June.  The evening commences at 7.30pm and tickets cost £7.50, including cheese and wine.


On Sunday 26 June, as part of its fundraising efforts, the church members are serving lunches and teas at Langcliffe Institute on 26 June.  Every Tuesday  throughout the summer months morning coffee is served from 10.15am with lunches being served through from 12 till 2.30pm at Settle Parish Church.  There is always a choice of homemade main courses, including a vegetarian option, and a range of desserts available. All welcome.


An illustrated talk on the “Caves of Vietnam” will take place on July 1st at Victoria Hall. The speaker will be Martin Holroyd.  The world cinema season continues on 6 July with “Certified Copy”, a film in French set in Tuscany.  Paper Zoon will stage the Dennis Potter classic, “Blue Remembered Hills” on Friday, 15 July.  The Swing Commanders, return with music from 30s, 40s and 50s on Friday 22nd. Details of times and tickets from the box office on 01729 82 5718.


Poet Simon Armitage will  visit Giggleswick on June 30th as part of the Season of summer words. On July 2nd there will be a concert at Giggleswick Chapel featuring Laurie Ashworth, winner of the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier song prize and a finalist in the Radio 2 Kiri Prize.  On July 3rd the chapel will host the Durban Girls College Choir who are visiting as part of their UK tour. The choir perform traditional African music as well as more familiar works.  On July 12 and 13 there will be the premier of  a contemporary re-telling of “Robin Hood” , scripted by Chris Thorpe and performed by the National Student Drama Festival in and around the school precincts. For details of times and tickets contact the box office on 01729 893180


The current exhibition at the gallery features works by Norman Adams RA and will focus on Watercolour Paintings From Yorkshire to Provence, 1950’s – 1990’s. This will run until 12 July. Norman Adams (1927-2005) painted with watercolours throughout his career and was a master of the technique. The Linton Court’s June exhibition will include a large selection of Norman’s watercolours, including atmospheric paintings of the Yorkshire Dales not previously exhibited.  Looking ahead the next exhibition will run from  19 July – 30 August  and feature sculpture, drawings, paintings and original prints by Geoffrey Clarke RA. The sculptor Geoffrey Clarke was chosen as one of the artists to work on the building of Coventry Cathedral after the second World War. A versatile artist he has worked in stained glass, silver and for his sculptural work, aluminum. On display in the Linton Court exhibition will be enamels, drawings, small scale sculpture, paintings, mono prints and etchings. Like the Spanish artist Miro, Clark developed his own language of signs and symbols to convey his ideas, his interest in ancient signs stems from his younger days at various art schools in the North West of England. Instructed by Ronald Grimshaw, his teacher at Lancaster Art School he visited museums and archives, researching and sketching various ancient forms and symbols. Clarke spent time at both Preston and Manchester Schools of Art (1940-2) before then serving in the RAF. Moving to London, his first solo show came at the Gimpel Fils gallery in Davies Street in 1952, He was now at the Royal College of Art where he had moved into the Stained Glass department. Later in 1952 he was exhibited in the Venice Biennale, just two years before his thirtieth birthday.  At the end of the 1960s his sculptures were to feature in a British Sculpture exhibition at the Tate Gallery, and later a similar one at the Royal Academy, he became a Royal Academician in 1975.


The Friends of the Swimming Pool will meet to hold their AGM on 24 June at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House. The following week at 7pm on 30 June the Pool AGM will take place at Friends Meeting House.


A local history walk, providing the opportunity to view Settle through the eyes of one of its most intriguing characters has been scheduled for June. Tot Lord was a local greengrocer in the early 1900s, an amateur archaeologist, excavator of caves and founder of the “Pig Yard Club”.  Walkers can find out more about the town and its people by following in his footsteps on 25th June.  The guided walks cost £3.50 and depart at 6pm, lasting about ninety minutes. Participants should wear outdoor clothes and appropriate footwear. Further details 015242 42414


Settle Orchestra will be conjuring up “Summer Magic” with their concert at Settle Parish Church on June 25th at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 available at Cave&Crag, Settle, Settle Music, Alley Books, Skipton Camera Centre, Bentham Post Office and Clitheroe Music. The concert will feature a solo flute performance by Vahan Salorian, who will shortly be leaving the Orchestra to continue his studies elsewhere and also a movement of Bach’s Double Violin concerto performed by Tracy  Keeler (leader) and her 7-year-old daughter. These will be Tracey’s last performances with the orchestra prior to standing down as leader.


There will be an opportunity to drop in for a coffee and a chat and find out more about Parkinson’s Disease at Victoria Hall on 27 June. The information event will run from 11-1.30pm and further information is available from 0844 225 3634.


Members of St Alkelda’s church invite you to join them for a strawberry cream tea at Meadowbank, Station Road, Giggleswick on July 2nd between 2.30—5pm. Teas cost £3 and all are welcome.


On July 2nd and 16th Settle Amateur Operatic Society are holding coffee mornings at the old courthouse in Station Road from 10-12.30pm and look forward to seeing friends and supporters at these events.


The Royal Oak is hosting a pampered chef evening in aid of the Alzheimers Society on July 4th. There will be a cookery demonstration followed by an opportunity to purchase “pampered chef” products. There will also be a raffle and a quiz as part of this fun evening.  Tickets cost £2, available via 01756 799971 and the evening will commence at 7pm. All welcome.


The new exhibition at The Folly entitled ‘Challenge and Change: 350 years in the life of a house and its region’ is now open to the public. Revised opening times for this season are Tues. 10.30 – 4.30 Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. and Bank Holidays 12.30 – 4.30. On Friday July 15   7.30pm there will be a talk by Dr David Johnson entitled, ‘An Improving Prospect? The Challenges of Landscape Improvement in Craven since the late 16th Century’. Tickets £6.00 from Settle T.I.C. or the Folly


The next meeting will take place on 7 July in the parish rooms when the speaker will be David C Ellis, who will present a talk on Hellifield Peel – the pre-war years.  The meeting commences at 7.30pm and all are welcome.


The next meeting is the outing to Harewood House on 6th July.  The coach leaves Whitefriars car park at 9am.  Places are still available for £20 which includes coach travel and entrance to Harewood House and gardens.  Contact Joy Calvert (824340). On Friday 15th July there will be a buffet supper at Country Harvest plus a discount off any goods purchased on the night.  Cost £6-75.  To book contact Doris Robinson (825594) or Sandra Fox (823682) before 22nd June.  There will be a Strawberry Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th July, 10am – 12noon at the Friend’s Meeting House, Kirkgate.  As well as the strawberry-themed refreshments there will be a cake and produce stall.  Proceeds in aid of WI funds.


The Rugby Club is the venue for a benefit night in aid of Airedale Breast Cancer Unit on 9 July.  Tickets cost £5, available from Spar and there will be music from 8 till late, from Total Wrex and Mix Disco.


There will be a night of motown and northern soul at Settle Social Club on 16 July. The session runs from 8.30-12.30 and tickets cost £3.


The Patient’s Library is located in the waiting room at Townhead Surgery. Books, CDs and DVDs covering all types of medical conditions can be borrowed free of charge for 2/ 3 weeks at a time. Simply enter your details in the register provided. However, patients are respectfully asked to return any outstanding books so that other patients can use them.


Seven pairs from Class 3 took part in a recent Kwik Cricket pairs  tournament at Settle Cricket Club, which involved more than one hundred KS2 pupils from across North Craven. All our pupils played well, winning many of their matches. Following the success of the Primary Schools’ involvement in Settle College’s production of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ earlier this year, the school will be taking  part in a joint schools’ concert on 29th June, 2011 at 6.30pm. This will involve students from Settle College and Settle Middle Schools, as well as Rathmell, Horton and Giggleswick Primary Schools. The Primary Schools will be singing two of the songs from the Narnia show and possibly other items, as well. The concert is open to all to attend and there will be a raffle and refreshments on the night with tickets available via the school office.


There’s plenty of photo-fun for the family this summer in North Yorkshire’s Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 2011 Bowland Photo-Walks programme offers chances to photograph ancient ways of life and stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales with an professional photographer and experienced tutor, and are run as part of Festival Bowland 2011. On Saturday 9th July there’s  a Historic Town Photo-Safari based at The Folly in Settle with a walk around the town’s fascinating past. Starting with an introduction to getting to grips with digital photography, the day will help small groups find out how to handle a digital camera in various photo-opportunities, with a review of their photos over tea and home-made cake at the end of the day. Young people over the age of 14 years accompanied by an adult are welcome. The day is from 10.15am-4.15am, participants are asked to bring their camera; the fee is £35 per person to include entry to The Folly and cakes. Booking is essential and there will be a maximum of 10 participants. There will also be some half day camera walks suitable for families. Stunning locations and historic places feature as people can pick up tips from the experienced tutor. Please remember to bring your own camera. The cost for morning walks includes a family ticket. On Saturday 30th July the camera walk will be around Settle, and on Saturday 13th August the beautiful area around Eldroth and Lawkland just outside Settle will be in the frame. The walks will be a couple of miles with plenty of creative angles to shoot and are from 10.15am-1.15am, booking essential. Adult £10, Children over 9 years accompanied by an adult £5, or alternatively book a family ticket for four (to include one or two adults) at £20. More information and booking details are on the photo-walks page at, or, or 01729 824537

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