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Crème Anglaise and John Helliwell take to the stage on 17 November, offering their own take on jazz in a concert sure to be a hit on this return visit.

Reform Theatre return to Victoria Hall on 24 November with “Housebound” a topical tale of what happens one Halloween when a rash act changes everything for the wife of a man who makes Victor Meldrew seem like an amateur. For details and bookings contact 01729 825718.



Bill and Margaret Graham invite you to join them for a coffee, tea or drink at their open house event today,  17 November between 11am and 6 pm. Admission is free with donations in support of the Royal British Legion. There will be a chance to meet their guests Sheila Bentley, chair of the women’s branch and Alex Bentley, chair of Skipton Branch. All are welcome.


Following on from previous years successful Christmas day dinner it is proposed to arrange a similar event this year, based either at St John’s or at Townhead. Volunteers are needed to help plan this event and to work on the day. It is hoped that this event will be open to all ages and it is anticipated that the cost will be in the region of £15 for adults and £10 for children. Transport will be arranged for those who are unable to reach the venue. If you are able to help arrange the event, help on the day or would like to attend the event please contact Judith on 01729 822138 as soon as possible.


Vibrant Settle is now compiling a monthly e-newsletter to keep people in the town updated on the positive progress which is being made on a variety of projects in the town and to encourage people to support local events. If you would like to receive a copy of this e-newsletter each month then please contact Steve Amphlett at If you belong to an organisation locally and would like to ensure that your forthcoming events are listed in the e-newsletter then please send details to Steve as soon as possible. Dates for 2012 are also welcome.




The orchestra will be staging two concerts for advent in November, the first on 19 November at Settle Parish Church and the second on November 26 at Christ Church, Skipton. The orchestra will be joined by Holy Trinity Choir, Skipton and by Ilkley Chamber Choir Pinsuti. The soloist will be David Rees-Jones.   The performances will include the world premiere of a work by Michael Howell, “The Star Song” as well as Prokoviev’s “Troika”, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 2 “The Little Russian” and  Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”. Both performances will commence at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8 in advance or £9 on the door. Tickets are available from Cave and Crag and Settle Music in Settle, Clitheroe Music and Bentham Post Office and Abbey Books and Skipton Camera Centre in Skipton.




Bentham & District Pet Rescue invite you to join them for their Christmas Coffee Morning at St John’s Hall, Settle on Saturday 19 November.  This will run from 10am to noon and all are welcome.  There will be a range of stalls as well as refreshments and Christmas gift ideas.




There will be a concert by the Black Horse Jazz men, with special guest Jack Schofield, at St John’s church on 19 November.  The concert is in aid of St John’s church and the Haemotology and Oncology Unit at Airedale Hospital. Admission is £7.50 and tickets are available from 017 29 824661.



The group will meet at Friends Meeting House on November 21st at 7.30pm when there will be a viewing of this month’s gallery of photos by group members on the theme of Autumn. This will be followed by a workshop session on monochrome techniques.  All welcome.



This month’s Luncheon Club will be to The Fisherman Restaurant on Wednesday 23rd November at 12noon. We will be having a Christmas food stall at the Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday 3rd December.  Gingerbread, sweets and home made preserves, plus helpers for the stall on the day are needed.  It is Settle WI’s turn to host the Ingleborough Group Carol Service which will be on Sunday 11th December at 2pm in Settle Parish Church.  Members are asked to provide mince pies for refreshments afterwards.  The collection will be in aid of The Friends of Castlebergh Hospital. Mary Hindle (822327) is offering 3 seats in her car to go to the Federation Carol Service in Skipton on Tuesday 13th December at 2pm.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 7th December when the Drama Group will be presenting this year’s pantomime.





Settle and Bentham MS Society are holding a Christmas Fair at Victoria Hall between 10-4 on 19 November.  There will be free admission and a range of stalls all day as well as refreshments available.



The Three Peaks Folk Club will meet on 19 November at 9pm in Settle Social Club. All are welcome to come along and join in a chorus, take to the floor and sing and enjoy a sociable night and good pint! Admission is free.



Settle Rugby Club are holding a disco with a live band on 19 November starting at 8pm.  Funds raised by this event will support Hellifield Football Club and Gargrave Neville House amenity fund. Tickets cost £5 and are available from 01756749349.


The club will meet at Townhead Court at 2pm on 23 November for their AGM. This will be followed by a Christmas Tree Demonstration by Sheila Gordon.



Friends of Victoria Hall are holding an all-sorts market on 26 November. This will run from 9.30-4pm with a grand draw taking place at 3.30pm. All are welcome.



The next craft workshop session will take place on 26 November at Friends Meeting House when the focus will be on making ceramic jewellery.  The session will run from 10-1pm and costs £15. For details contact 824386/823434.


Spanish classes are being held at St John’s Hall every Friday afternoon. There are two levels of class, beginner and intermediate. The first session runs from 2-3.30pm and the second from 3.30 to 5pm. Classes cost £7.50 per session. For details contact  07767 328280.



Settle Cricket Club are holding a grand auction of promises on December 2nd and the bidding starts at 7.30pm. There are a tremendous array of items up for auction and this could be your chance to make someone’s Christmas dreams come true. Items available include a week’s holiday in a villa in the Algarve, signed football shirts, hampers, tickets for football matches, meals at local restaurants, a chance to own a slave for a day and a range of local produce.



Local choristers Langcliffe Singers are performing Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata and Christmas Carols at Christ Church in Skipton on 3 December at 7.30pm. There will be joined in this performance by members of Settle Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and young people from Skipton Music Centre.  Tickets cost £10 and are available from Settle Music and Cave and Crag in Settle.



Settle’s Christmas Light Switch On will take place this year on 3 December and promises to be bigger and better than ever. There will be free parking in town throughout the day and there will be Winter Wonderland displays in the shop windows. There will be a range of charity stalls and food stalls on the market place from 3-5pm with live entertainment on stage by local schools. Santa will arrive in the market place to take up his place in his grotto at 3pm and the lights will switch on at 4pm. There will be a family disco afterwards in Victoria Hall from 6.30pm with admission £2 for adults and £1 for children. A new attraction this year will be an ice rink in Ashfield car-park on December 2nd from 3.30-8pm and then on Saturday 3rd from 12-9pm.  There will also be food and drink available at the ice-rink both days.



Dalehead Veterinary Group  are running a Christmas charity dog walk in aid of  local animal rescue charity, Bentham and District Pet Rescue. The walk will take place on Sunday 4th December 2011 at 10.30am for an 11am start from the surgery on Station Road, Settle (opposite Settle Railway Station).   Entry is £5 per family and donations/sponsorship is welcome.  Choose between a short stroll and a longer leg stretch, all welcomed back with mulled wine, tea, coffee, mince pies and cakes for the human participants plus treats for the canine ones!  There will be a Christmas fancy dress competition for both dogs and walkers with prizes for the best dressed!  Non pet owners, friends and family all welcome – why not bring your neighbour’s dog!?   For more information, sponsorship forms or to register your place please call Sophie at the Settle surgery on 01729 823538 or pop in and see Karen at the Bentham Surgery.


The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line have commissioned the reprinting of a now historic Map and Information Guide to the Settle Carlisle Line, first published in 1976, before the Line was saved from closure. This comprises a Map of the Line, a Gradient Profile, Distance tables between stations and other features together with updated historic information.  Priced at a very reasonable Ł9.99, the map folds down to approximately 10″ x 8″ and is a very convenient size to take on your railway journey, while if unfolded and framed , it will make an unusual and interesting focal point for your wall. The Friends are unveiling this new publication at their Open Day at Settle Station on Saturday, 10 December, at 12 noon.  Sherry, soft drinks and warm mince pies will be served and tea and coffee etc. will be available from the Settle Carlisle Development Company’s trolley.  All are welcome at this friendly opening to the Festive Season.





The school has a had a very hectic time since the half term break. There has been a very positive response to the Harvest Festival assembly with many letters and emails of thanks from the recipients of harvest parcels. This event also raised £88 for WaterAid, to help support their work with the world’s poorest, by providing clean water, improving sanitation and teaching people how to keep clean and healthy. Friday saw the issue of 14th edition of The Giggleswick Giggler, the magazine that Y4 pupils produce whilst Y5 pupils are on their residential visit. All the Y4 pupils were involved and the ideas, layout, typing and contents were produced by the pupils. As there are only six Y4 pupils, they had to work very hard all week to complete the magazine in time for the Y5s’ return and were pleased to present copies to everyone on Friday. Meanwhile the Y5 pupils joined with Y5s from Austwick, Rathmell, Horton, Long Preston and Hellifield and enjoyed an action-packed week of activities at Bewerley Park Outdoor Centre, near Pateley Bridge. Activities included fell walking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, orienteering, zip wire and low ropes course, gorge walking and much more. All pupils remaining in school spent an enjoyable afternoon engaged in a range of activities relating to light. Reverend Alistair Helm introduced the Lightfest event, then pupils sang, composed some pieces on light using percussion instruments and made divas from clay. Those who stayed after school participated in parachute games, apple bobbing and apples and doughnuts on strings. They then enjoyed a tea party before processing to the church with torches, where they painted glass jars to make candle holders and created stained glass windows out of paper. The Lightfest event culminated in a candlelit service, complete with sparklers! Many thanks to the members of St. Alkelda’s team who organised these activities and made the afternoon so enjoyable for all participants. A very special mention for a member of school staff who has recently received recognition for her hard work.Mrs. Dee Forsyth, who started as our school cleaner last term and has received a five-star cleaning award from the Local Authority, in recognition of her high standards of cleaning. Meanwhile the school’s newly-appointed cook, Mrs. Jane Richardson, has been receiving further training, producing our meals and getting to know the pupils. In spite of her busy first week, she even returned on Friday evening to help with the Bonfire Party, which was much appreciated by us all. The vacancy for Parent Governor has now been filled and Mrs. Alison Warburton has been re-elected as Parent Governor. On the school’s Governing Body, the Parent Governors are now as follows: Mrs. Beccy Bullock, Mrs. Charlotte Lambert, Mr. James Mundell and Mrs. Alison Warburton. Two members of the Governing Body, Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Bullock, attended a meeting at which there were representatives from all the Governing Bodies of the North Craven schools and three representatives from the Local Authority. One of the outcomes of this meeting was that to enable the schools to keep staff, pupils, parents and the local community fully informed of the arrangements that are being made for the move to a two-tier system, it would be helpful for us to put together a list of ‘frequently asked questions’ for which the Local Authority would supply definitive answers, which we could then circulate to everyone. This will be available shortly and many thanks to parents who have submitted questions for this project.


The gallery in the foyer is currently hosting an exhibition of wildlife photography by Tony and Carol Dilger. This is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm. RAW showcases a collection of stunning nature photographs from the walls of the Dales to the wilds of Africa, including striking images from their recent assignment in  Kruger National Park as well as reflections on the delicate and colourful aspects of Africa.  Tickets are now also on sale for a stunning event scheduled as part of the  2012 Quincentenary celebrations at Giggleswick School. To mark this historic milestone it will host a public outdoor concert on the playing fields next to the site of the first school. The concert given by Britain’s oldest symphony orchestra – the world renowned Hallé, will also feature guest soloists including soprano Sarah Fox. The programme of light classical and operatic favourites has been compiled by the concert’s Musical Director, James Burton and will include works by Tchaikovsky and Elgar, building to a rousing firework finale. So why not forget the winter and make plans to grab your picnic, table and chairs, cool box and champagne ready to head to Giggleswick for an unforgettable evening of world class music against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. Tickets for this event cost £30 Adults, or £27 per person for groups of 10 or more and £5 for under 16s and are available via RWT box office on email: Tel: 01729 893180



Sunday 20th November at 4.0 p.m. in the St John’s Church Hall Settle. Informal worship with a difference -to include songs, refreshments, activities etc. all based around the theme, Christ The King. Come along and bring your friends. All ages welcome.



Settle Voices Community Choir meets in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate on Monday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm.  There is an annual fee of £5 plus £4 per session. For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771



St Alkelda’s church, Giggleswick

Written and directed by Nigel Schofield, with original music by Helen Hockenhull, this was a stunning performance which not only told the story of how the Authorised Version of the King James Bible but also placed it in its historical and social context.  Created 400 years ago the King James Bible continues to be a best seller and was regarded as the greatest prose work of its age – and this in a time when there was a huge literary flowering of talent.  The play certainly does justice to the story of its creation:  skillfully weaving together a vast array of facts ( did you know that it took 47 academic translators?), contemporary accounts, modern reflection and a staggering array of music to create a truly memorable  piece of theatre.  The Authorised Version of the bible was initiated in 1604  as a result of King James’ twin desires to unite his new kingdoms and ensure that the other “Catholic” versions fell into disuse as he feared these had anti-royalist sentiments within their sub-texts. This paranoia was not unjustified as the nation soon realised in 1605 with the uncovering of the “Catesby Conspiracy” aka “The Gunpowder Plot”.   The play’s witty commentary reflects the meticulous research which has gone into its creation and this is coupled with strong delivery and some very simple but effective stagecraft. The music is integral to the performance and at times is extremely poignant and ranges from the humorous commentary on the 188 women of the Bible through to new settings of the words of the 1611 translation and traditional folk songs by way of Bob Dylan, Monteverdi and Handel!  Wherever possible the words spoken by the historical characters were based on contemporaneous records and yet seemed remarkably modern at times in their content and comment. This is hardly surprising as the author very swiftly draws out the parallels between 17th and 21st Century Society:  where religious extremism bred terrorist fears and printing – the new mass media – allowed access to “worthy” subject matter but was soon corrupted to more dubious effect and the first celebrities discovered the drawbacks to their sudden fame.  Woven into the tapestry of how the Bible came into being are the realities and fictions behind the writing of Shakespeare’s last plays, the birth of America, the failure of the Gunpowder plot, the conversion of Pocahontas and the development of the British Whaling industry… For trivia buffs there was also a chance to discover how 800 new words found their way into our language and that Shakespeare himself was one of the first to quote the Bible out of context – a habit which many of us have since unconsciously adopted!  It was a totally fascinating evening with an exceptionally clever script delivered with style, supported by wonderful music and a deceptively simple set.

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