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Settle Website News 20-11-11


Santa Claus has got a busy month ahead and he will again be making sure that the children in the area can get in touch with him. From 1st December onwards he will be visiting villages in the area and will have a post-box on his sleigh so that children can post their letters to him. Please make sure you put your name and address on the letter so that he can reply to you! He will start his visits at 5.30p.m. on week days and will be in the stores in Settle from 10a.m.-4p.m. on each Saturday throughout the month. On Thursday 1st December he will be in  Duke Street and Cammock Lane in Settle and on Friday 2nd he will be in Hellifield. On Saturday 3rd December he’ll be in store at Booths morning and afternoon and then head up to the Market place for the Settle Switch on event at 3pm. On  Monday 5th December he will visit Long Preston returning to Hellifield on the 6th. On Wednesday 7th December he returns to Settle and will tour  Mill Close, Northfields then move to upper Settle and Longdale avenue on 8th and back to Settle Co-op on 10th. On Monday 12 he will be in Austwick and Clapham and visit  Rathmell and Wigglesworth on 13th. On 14th he will be in Townhead and Church Street area of Settle before heading to Langcliffe on 15th and Giggleswick on 16 and spending 17th in store at Watershed Mill. On Monday 19 he will tour the Mains and Stackhouse before visiting Horton and Stainforth on December 20th.


We are delighted to announce a final total for the special Harvest of Talents weekend held in October. £573 was raised from refreshments and donations during the weekend and the silent auction of a selection of the quilting work by the late Win Wilks raised a further £710.  Many thanks to everyone for their kindness at this event. Over the coming weeks the church is hosting some special Christmas events to which the whole community is warmly invited. The first of these takes place on 4 December at 7.30pm when there will be a concert at the church featuring Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band. The programme at this event will include a number of seasonal favourites.  There will be more family fun on December 7 with a Christmas Family Bingo night at Settle Social Club with eyes down at 7.30pm. We will also have a stall selling cakes and home made produce at the Victoria Hall on 26 November and will  be holding our usual punch and parkin stall at the annual Christmas Light switch-on event on December 3rd, so do pop along and support us and buy a drink to warm up and purchase raffle tickets for our Christmas hamper.



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.


You are invited to a November Fair on Friday 25 November at Settle Primary School. There will be a wide range of games and stalls in the school hall from 6.30-8pm. All are welcome.



The orchestra will be performing on November 26 at Christ Church, Skipton. They will be joined by Holy Trinity Choir, Skipton and by Ilkley Chamber Choir Pinsuti. The soloist will be David Rees-Jones.   The performance 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”. The concert  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.



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 film showing by TRAMPS will be on 25 November at Langcliffe Institute. The film is the racy American comedy, Bridesmaids. Please note this carries a 15 certificate. The film will commence at 7.30pm.



A special event will take place on Sat. Nov. 26th  between 1.00-4.00pm

when there will be an opportunity for children to make a Christmas Decoration. Admission is free and Giggleswick Junior School choir will be singing at 3.30pm. All are welcome.



The current Landscape Art of Yorkshire,Lancashire and Cumbria exhibition runs until 17 December and provides  an opportunity to see and purchase original work by a number of artists from the three counties and follows on from the show held last winter. Artists represented include: Norman Adams, Michael Bennett, David Cook, Frank Gordon, Michael Hipkins, Katharine Holmes, Debbie Loane, Karen Lloyd, Phil Morseman, David Morris, Janet Swailes, Margaret Uttley, Shawn Williamson, Marjan Wouda. This year’s exhibition has two special displays of paintings:Chris Rigby – The winner of the first prize in the “Open up North” exhibition organised by the Brewery Arts Centre Kendal and Watercolour paintings of Horton in Ribblesdale by Vivien John (1915 – 1994) -the youngest daughter of the painter Augustus and Dorelia John. The gallery is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday between 11am – 3pm.




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.





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.


Giggleswick and Settle Brass band are holding a concert at Settle Parish Church on December 4th at 7.30pm. Admission is £6 (£5 concessions) and there will be a raffle and refreshments. The programme will include a number of seasonal favourites.



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.



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



An exciting and varied December programme starts on December 1st with a concert by singer songwriter Martyn Joseph.  His music ranges from rock to blues, jazz, funk folk and Americana.  The music in the spotlight on December 2nd is strictly Liverpudlian with a performance by the Backbeat Beatles.  On December 8th the DH Lawrence classic supernatural story, “The Rocking Horse Winner” gets the North Country Theatre Company treatment in this adaptation by Nobby Dimon.   The World Cinema Film nights continue on Wednesday 14 December with “Of Gods and Men” a film in French with English subtitles loosely based on the 1993 events in Tibhirine, Algeria and the subsequent kidnapping of a group of Cistercian monks.  The eclectic and eccentric mix that is Belshazzar’s Feast return on 17 December as part of their Christmas Tour and as true festive delight is served up on 22 December with a family pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Pocket Panto.  For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.



An intimate concert featuring The Moonbeams who sing Songs from the Dales with the heart and soul of folk, will take place on 10 December in Poppies Café, Bishopdale Court. Arranged by Settle Music tickets cost £7, including buffet (bar extra) and are available from Poppies and Settle Music on 01729 825838.  The concert will commence at 7.30pm







Pupils supported the BBC Children in Need Appeal with a “Pudsey Party”. This included a number of stalls selling cakes, books, toys, DVDs etc., as well as games such as ‘guess the weight of the cake’. Pupils have also recently taken part in the Ingleton Dash Cross Country event and although few from the original team were able to participated due to the event having to be rescheduled those who did enjoyed it.  Prior to half term all pupils in Classes 2 and 3 took part in this local competition to design a logo to be used on the Settle Lights Switch On publicity material.  Pupils were informed last week that in the Primary Schools section, our pupils were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes! Competition winners were as follows: 1st prize – Lucie Hollis, 2nd prize – Gabriel Warburton, 3rd prize – Tia Eccleston. The prize winners will receive small prizes on the day of the ‘Switch On’ and in addition, Lucie and the Settle Middle School winner have been invited to switch on the Christmas lights.  It is planned that pupils from the school will also participate in the entertainment programme by singing at this event.



There will be a St Nicolas Fair on December 3rd and 4th with a range of stalls and ideas for Christmas stocking fillers. Admission is free. The fair will be open from 10-4pm on Saturday 3rd and from 12-4 on Sunday 4th. All welcome.


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.   On December 1st and 2nd the students at the school present “Into the Woods”: Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece which combines well-known fairy tales with some more biting comment on the human journey.  An evening of music and words for Christmas will be staged in Giggleswick Chapel featuring the school chapel choir, the orchestra and other ensembles and soloists.  For details of times and tickets contact RWT box office on email: Tel: 01729 893180




There were plenty of seasonal touches in this dynamic concert with a programme full of dramatic pieces which promised something for everyone. The orchestra were joined by the choir of Holy Trinity Church, Skipton and by Pinsuti, the Ilkley Chamber Choir and they performed with great confidence in the Bach cantata, “Wachtet Auf”.  Tchaikovsky’s “Ukranian” or “Little Russian” symphony gave a wonderful opportunity for the orchestra to demonstrate its prowess. The atmospheric opening conjured images of snow blizzards across the steppes and while there might not have been bitter gales howling through Settle the music most certainly transported the audience to a wintry Russian scene.  The brass section in particular performed extremely well with some outstanding work by the horns. Congratulations also to the string section who are clearly thriving under their new leader, Clare Gorner.  While I would not normally single out any performer, it would be very remiss to not congratulate the youthful Max Heaton  – of whom more later – for his excellent timpani in this piece.  Highlight of the first half of the evening was the world premiere of “The Star Song” by Michael Howell. Conducted by the composer this was a piece with a strong sense of theatre which conveyed real joy at the events of Christmas.  However, there were times when the choir and the orchestra seemed to be competing for attention rather than complementing one another, suggesting that perhaps a more subtle scoring of sections of the orchestra may help to achieve a better balance of sound in some passages.  The choir again excelled in Telemann’s “Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland” with some very beautiful solos.  For Ralph Vaughn Williams’  “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” they were joined by the wonderful baritone of  David Rees-Jones, which produced a magnificent interlude with a spine-tingling closing passage, an excellent example of choir and orchestra working perfectly together.   The orchestra were on exceptional form throughout the concert with some very striking short individual solos from flute and piccolo as well as outstanding ensemble playing from brass and strings.  The encore,”Troika” by Prokofiev, again whisked us away to frozen fields with its joyous recreation of a sleighride and also provided the mesmerising spectacle of young percussionist Max Heaton peforming the musical equivalent of patting his head and simultaneously rubbing his stomach as he provided the sleighbell accompaniment with one hand while maintaining a totally different rhythm on the triangle with the other. Congratulations seems too small a word for this feat!

The concert will be repeated at Christ Church Skipton on 26/11/11 at 7.30pm

RAW: Images of the Natural World

Tony & Carol Dilger: Richard Whiteley Theatre

“Raw” showcases a stunning collection of nature photographs from the Dales and Scotland as well as featuring work arising from their recent visit to Africa and their time in the Kruger National Park.  Tony explained that despite the fact that Africa is often regarded as a wildlife photographer’s paradise they had initially resisted the idea as it felt rather cliched. They were however pleasantly surprised and were inevitably bowled over by the amazing light – yet throughout their visit they deliberately sought not to focus only  on obtaining pictures of the larger wildlife but  instead tried to seek out ways to illustrate the range of wildlife and some of the more obscure situations. This strategy has resulted in an exhibition which has real breadth in its subjects and shows clearly the way in which observation plays a huge part in capturing a striking image. In this respect the fact that both Carol and Tony frequently choose to work differently has been a huge advantage as often they can be viewing the same subject but looking at entirely different aspects of the situation, hence the great diversity shown in their work.  There are undoubtedly some very memorable images of “big cats” amongst the photographs on show, not least the fantastic close up of a lion shortly after eating, which certainly exemplify “nature in the raw” and certainly “red it tooth and claw”. Similarly the fighting hippos will dispel any “disney-fied” ideas of these creature.  However there are also some very humerous moments such as in the capturing of a water buffalo which is clearly feeling over-crowded and the very close encounter with a heron.  Some of the photographs on show are clearly the result of careful planning and thought whereas others are more a case of being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, all however demonstrate a real eye for detail and a wonderful knack for putting the creature into its context.  Inevitably it is some of the quirkier images which are the most eye-catching; the inquisitive squirrel which decided to clamber onto the camera;  the young hyena standing up to the approaching vehicle and the close up of the water-buffalo being cleaned by a bird.  There are also some stunning shots taken closer to home, a particularly perky local robin and “Henry” the heron who haunts the Ribble taken mid-way through a succesful fishing expedition.  In short, there truly is an amazing variety on display, but do take the time to read the accompanying notes which give you such a fascinating insight into how the image was both captured and created.

The exhibition is open between 1-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays up to 11 December and between 6-7pm on 1&2 December

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