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Settle Weekly news 17th March


March 28th sees the launch of the tour of “Lad, a Yorkshire Story”, which was filmed in and around Settle. The director and members of the cast will be present for a short introduction and discussion session before the film.  April kicks of with a chance to see one of the original Geordie “Likely Lads” when Rodney Bewes takes to the stage with a one man show  based around the stories of Dylan Thomas.   On Sunday 7th April  Scottish Fusion comes to Settle when Skye’s stunning “Peatbog Faeries” perform.  There will be more music on Saturday 13 April with Solid Gold Country Legends and then on 18th folk-rock starts in the making Blackbeard’s Tea Party visit Settle as part of their first UK tour. For details and tickets contact the box office on 01729 825718 or check the website at


Freda’s playgroup extends an invitation to Mums, Dads and childminders of children from birth to two years old to come along and join them for some Easter “egg-citement” today, Thursday 21 March, at the playgroup between 1.30-3pm. There will be baking and craft activities along with an Easter egg hunt and a visit by the Easter bunny


The orchestra’s spring concert will take place on 23 March at Christ Church, Skipton. Both concerts will commence at 7.30pm and the guest conductor for the spring 2013 season will be Howard Loriman..  The programme will include works by Mozart, Grieg and Dvorak and will feature soloist Chris Halliwell. Advance tickets cost £9 and are available via the orchestra website ( or in Skipton via Alley Books and Skipton Camera Centre Skipton; Cave and Crag and Settle Music in Settle, High Bentham Post office and Clitheroe Music. 


There is still just time to buy your tickets for Settle Golf Club grand draw, which will take place on 24 March. The star prize is a year’s free membership.  Tickets are available via 01729 825340 and 01729 8233593.


Bookings are now being taken for “2 cooks, 4 seasons” on Wednesday, 27 March, at Long Preston, and for “An Evening with Pam Rhodes” on Tuesday, 21 May, at  the Richard Whiteley Theatre. The Art Group will meet on Tuesdays at 2 pm in The Friends Meeting House. There will be a Craft Day on Wednesday 29 May at St John’s Church Hall with two sessions: 9 am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm. Choose from Beading, Book making, Quilting and Crochet, and bring a packed lunch. The cost for the day is £15 including materials. The summer outing will take place on Saturday 22 June with a visit to Salford Quays and a tour of the BBC’s new base. The cost is £25 and the trip is open to family and friends. Closing date 1 May. The next meeting is on Wednesday 3 April, Settle W.I.’s 24th birthday, when Di Rees will give a talk entitled My Olympic Experience. The competition will be for an Easter bonnet.


The annual Ram-Jam Dales Jam will take place on 23 March at Victoria Hall at 7.30pm and offers a chance to see the hottest jazz around. Richard Omerod will lead young Craven musicians in a range of numbers old and new in a programme which will feature  guest trumpeter Claude Deppa. Tickets £8 (£4 concessions) from Victoria Hall box office on 01729 825718.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society are holding a dance night at Settle College on 23 March when the music will be provided by Blackpool Tower Organist, John Bowdler. Tickets  cost £7.50, including supper and are available from 01729 824038 / 822364. Please note venue is the former middle school hall and not the main school hall.


The Three Peaks Folk club meets on 23 March at Settle Social Club, commencing at 9pm. This is a free event featuring local singers and visitors are always welcome to come along and join in.


The next messy church session will be on March 24 at St John’s Hall between 3.30-5.30pm. This is a fun, free event and is open to all ages in order to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy being together, making things together, celebrating together and enjoying a hot meal together.  There will be an opportunity to make a donation towards the cost of craft materials and catering costs.


The Folly re-opens on March 26 and throughout the year there will be a range of special family activities. As well as the usual quizzes and Molly Mouse trail for children this year will also see the introduction of a dressing up box.  Opening the season will be the return of the popular exhibition “Victoria Cave Revisited” and along with this The Folly will stage  ‘Climb up to the Moor’ featuring paintings by Judith Bromley and Robert Nicholls. Their work explores moorland life through the seasons, highlighting the fragility of the landscape and raising awareness of the importance of moorland conservation. there will also be a film presentation of one piece of bog as it changes through the seasons. An intriguing aspect of the exhibition will be the ‘Ground Cover’ installation inspired by the moorland floor, to which visitors will be encouraged to add their own contributions. Signed copies of prints and of the book which accompanies the exhibition will be available for sale.  On April 13th there will be the re-launch of the newly upgraded exhibition on the Settle – Carlisle Railway Exhibition. This will take place at 7.30pm and there will be a talk by Nigel Mussett entitled “Busting the Myths”. Tickets for this event are £6 and are available from the Folly or by contacting 01729 822893.


The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27 March at 2pm at Townhead Court. The speaker will be garden designer  Margaret Wildman and the subject will be “Designing a Garden with the Environment in Mind Admission £3 for non-members


Churches Together in Settle and District will again be staging their Easter Pageant “Journey To The Cross” on Good Friday Morning.  The story will unfold over four locations in town commencing at 10.30 am outside the catholic church in Kirkgate. It will be followed by tea/coffee and hot cross buns in the Parish Church.  If the weather is wet the play will take place in St John’s Methodist Church.


Stalls are currently available for an all-sorts market weekend to take place at Victoria Hall on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday between 9.30 and 4pm.  For details contact 01729 823867. There will be refreshments served throughout the day.



The Annual General Meeting of Settle Amateur Operatic Society was held recently.  Former members and friends who had passed away during the year were remembered with a minute’s silence.  The President, Chairman and Secretary thanked all concerned in the success of The Sound of Music. The Treasurer reported a loss in this year’s accounts of £3,037 and a loss on The Sound of Music of £3,937 due to the huge costs incurred in staging productions.  The Social Committee had had a good year of fund-raising and were able to give the Management Committee £3,000, which would help to cover the loss on the production.  The Social Committee were warmly thanked and all who support them.  All officers were re-elected.  Freda Hargreaves had decided to stand down as the Musical Director after 30 years “holding the baton”. Freda was thanked by all present for all her work over the years and her dedication to the Society, this being her 65th year in total. Freda will continue as the Society’s president.

Judith Smith of Bingley will continue as the producer again this year and the role of Musical Director is being taken over by Pam Whitehead, who has played in the orchestra for many years and is well known to all. The society sometimes needs help from other accompanists, if anyone in the community is interested please contact Pam or the Secretary.  Judith Smith and Pam Whitehead  gave resumes of the 3 shows put forward for 2013, the majority vote being for Calamity Jane and so this show will be produced at Victoria Hall, Settle from 28 October to 2 November. The get together will be held on Wednesday May 1st, and the first rehearsal will be on 8 May with auditions in June. New members are always welcome – especially men!

Pam Whitehead and production assistant Pat Harding are hoping to hold several Youth Workshops for young members (and other interested youngsters) which will incorporate various aspects of theatre work, as well as singing, acting and dancing. This is to keep the interest of younger members with a view to future productions they could be included in. Depending on take-up of these workshops numbers may have to be limited. Please contact Pam on 01729 860235, Pat on 01729 824479 or Helen on 01729 824038 if you would like more details or wish to put your name down. The workshops will begin on Monday 15 April, 6.30-8.00pm at The Old Court House, Station Road, Settle. The Society look forward to another good year and thank everyone in the community for their wonderful support.


Opening on 23rd March 2013, the Gallery on the Green will feature the work of Fleur Olby  who specialises in photographing plants. Her new exhibition “Green on White” is nature in a studio setting, a series of studies that invites us to consider the perfection and symmetry of plant forms through the use of a minimal tonal range and simple abstraction.  The series has been specially selected for the Gallery on the Green from her book ‘Fleur: Plant Portraits’ and will be shown in postcard format. Fleur Olby trained as a graphic designer before becoming a professional photographer, and it is this telling combination that distinguishes her work.  The minimal look of the series represents the style Fleur used commercially to convey essence, emotion and beauty. During the years running her own still life studio in London Fleur became a regular contributor to The Observer Magazine and illustrated Monty Don’s gardening page for eight years. From this her knowledge and love of plants increased and her interest in Scent in itself. She plans to incorporate this in her installation in the phone box. Having relocated back to North Yorkshire Fleur is now working on her own editions, Green on White will be the first postcard book Fleur has self published. Please see . The exhibition runs until 18th May 2013. An exciting programme of events for the remainder of 2013 is now planned and can be seen on the website ( ).


The next charity dance will be Settle Catholic Church Hall on April 6th and will run from 8pm to 11-30pm. Please note the different time and venue. All proceeds from this event will go to Settle Scouts.  To book ring Marion on 01729 823259 or Helen and John on 01729 824038  by Thursday 4 April.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society invite you to come along and join them for coffee at the The Old Court House on Station Road between 10am and noon on any, or all, of the following dates: March 30th, April 13th and April 27th. You can be assured of a warm welcome and a chance to chat to friends at our coffee mornings.  Or why not come along and join us for a pudding party and quiz night on Friday, 12 April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5, including a glass of wine and are available via 01729 822364/822959.


Churches Together in Settle and District are holding a free holiday club for children aged between 5-11years, on 10 April. Entitled “Rocky’s Plaice”,  the session will be held at St John’s Hall and will included games, craft activity and bible stories and will run between 10am and 3pm. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch. For futher details contact 01729 851860.


Tickets are now available (price £12) for Langcliffe Singers’ performance of The Creation by Haydn at Gigggleswick School Chapel on 20 April at 7pm. The choir will be conducted by Nigel Waugh and joined by professional soloists. Tickets are available via 07778 291402 or from Settle Music, Cave and Crag and Bentham Post Office.



On April 9  the theatre will host the Northern Garden Lecture entitled “The Curious Gardener” by Anna Pavord at 5.30pm. Anna regularly fronts programmes on Radio 3 & 4 and is a memeber of the English Heritage’s Parks and Gardens panel as well as having been associate editor of “Gardens Illustrated” magazine. Tickets cost £10 via the box office on 01729 893180.


A stunning 95% of families took part in the recent Mothers’ Day celebratory lunch and 111 meals were served. Special thanks go to our dining staff – Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Eccleston and Mrs. Clay for all their extra work, as well as to the wonderful staff team who volunteered to help during their lunch break and to the volunteer parents who also helped. The pupils sang some songs they had written, read poems, presented their mothers with beautiful cards and also showed visitors around school. It was a wonderful school community celebration. Some pupils from KS2 took part in the recent Giggleswick Gallop cross  country event; all tried hard and managed to complete the course. Some were also placed in the first six runners: Following our school’s success in the North Craven Gala, five of our pupils were selected to represent North Craven in the Craven event. They all swam well and some also collected medals. Well done to: Oliver Nash, Harry Parsons, Gabriel Warburton, Caitie Birkett-Bentley and Matthew Garth! Y5 pupils have also enjoyed participating in the Rewind to Easter event, which was organised by members of the local churches for KS2 pupils in the locality. We are also extremely grateful to P.C. Martin and P.C. Carr for organising a range of activities at Settle Police Station for our Y6 pupils, as part of their PSHCEe work with Mrs. Mundell. They applied many of their classroom-based skills to investigating crime scenes and writing reports, logging evidence, communicating clearly using walkie-talkies, writing statements, as well as taking their own fingerprints and DNA samples. An exciting time was enjoyed by all participants! A huge thank you to everyone for your support with our Red Nose Day Activities. The pupils worked hard, often using break times, with planning, organising and running their activities and we are grateful to parents for helping with preparations, baking, prizes, costumes and donations to Comic Relief.  We shall continue to collect money for Comic Relief until Friday, 22nd March and then we shall calculate the grand total!



This delightfully funny re-telling of the story of The Tortoise and the Hare is an enjoyably modern fable, with a script designed for children but with an appeal for all ages. Wealthy Harvey Hare runs for mayor of Evergreen Valley but employs dastardly underhand methods to oust his rival,  honest Henry Hedgehog. When his employee, trustworthy Toby Tortoise, discovers the truth and challenges him the stage is set for the race of all time… Written with great wit and performed with tremendous confidence and flair the school really do have another wonderful hit on their hands and full credit should go not only to the incredible cast but also to the patently hardworking staff and backstage team. The set is striking and makes excellent use of the full performance space and has some clever touches, such as the rabbit burrow and the costumes and make-up are outstanding. Again, very simple creative touches such as the cushion backpacks for tortoise shells help to transform the pupils into believable animals without the costumes becoming unwieldy or hampering movement.  The music throughout is outstanding and the singing by the cast is superb, especially in the light of the fact that the play is designed for older children and requires two-part singing in places.  Particular congratulations to the soloists, especially Grace Forsyth who had the unenviable task of opening the show and also had a very moving solo number at a key point.  Despite their very young age, some cast members being only primary 1, the whole cast performed with great confidence and clearly not only knew exactly what they were meant to be doing but were also thoroughly enjoying themselves and totally at ease on stage. The principal characters were stunning, showing real promise for future years with some excellent characterisation taking place. The two not-so-cunning foxes  ( Evie Fenton and Scott Taylor) were a real delight and William Robinson and Grace Forsyth were brilliantly cast as Toby and Shelly Tortoise. The real revelation of the night however was the extremely versatile Jack Harrison as the duplicitous Harvey Hare, who sang and tap-danced his way through all manner of devious trickery with the suavity of a born politician and a confidence which many an older actor would envy. An excellent night guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of all ages and a brilliant effort by all concerned.


A world away from the manufactured manic hilarity of Red Nose night, Richard Digance exuded an old fashioned wit and charm as he invited the audience to take part in a conversation about his quirky view of life.  After 40 years in the business he freely admits that it is now getting to the point where he knows his audience is going to be “of a certain age” and resemble ” a surgery waiting room” and yet his comic observations are still acutely accurate and bang up to the minute.  The evening flew by in a blur of anecdotes – all true, we are regularly assured –  songs and short poems and some pretty amazing guitar playing.  Unlike many celebrities he confines himself to small venues, eschews gimmickry and simply gets up on stage and communicates with his audience by telling stories and singing songs – and it works wonderfully. An hour in his company flies by and the interval arrives after what seems only like minutes. To say he has a stunning rapport with his audience is like saying The Beatles occasionally sang.  Whatever the subject he can get you to look at it in a totally new way and yet his choice of subjects is such that you can’t help but connect with what he is saying: whether it be reminiscences about cartoon characters, idiot mittens or school sports days!  The evening is also liberally sprinkled with curious facts, hilarious “why” questions and then interspersed with these are some genuinely poignant moments such as the striking Ballad of Johnny Puller” based on the famous 1914 Christmas Day truce and football match and the nostalgic “Old School Photograph”.  There is raucous audience participation, quiet reflection and the sense of an evening spent in good company and you come away not only feeling entertained but reassured that “no, it isn’t just you that feels that life is sometimes a bit strange…”  Clearly an intelligent and ever-green entertainer, he has an appeal which defies boundaries. The tour continues throughout the year, culminating in a stint at the Edinburgh Festival – it’s good to know that Settle got there first but if you didn’t make it to Settle, there are plenty of opportunities to catch up on what you missed!


For those who have seen Tom McConville before a concert in the locality is an unmissable event; for those who have never seen him before a concert is a revelation.  The band itself is composed of extraordinarily talented musicians and their solo playing is unforgettable but what is even more stunning is the incredible sound they make when playing together – then the instruments weave a real magic with high octane playing which is hard to beat. The evening presented an amazing box of musical delights in a range of styles which included jazz, traditional folk, syncopated instrumentals, country, blues, rhythmic dance tunes, slow airs  and traditional chorus singing. Little wonder that within minutes feet were tapping and people were singing along.  The songs too reflected a wide range of styles and emotions from the lively “Where the Blarney Roses Grow”, the almost declamatory “Slip Jigs and Reels” through to the hauntingly tender “Listen to the Wind” and the wonderful “Beeswing” which explores the nature of love.  Here it is the blend and harmonies which they create which create the catch in the throat of the listener. However it is the instrumentals which really set the evening alight as all four musicians are outstanding in their own right. Shona Kipling’s accordion playing combines magnificently with Tom’s fiddle playing to raise the rafters and beneath it all is the pulsing acoustic guitar playing which drives the music on.  Their versatility however can be seen in numbers such as The Whitby Fisher Lad, where the lyrics of the song are raised to a new intensity by the beautiful accompaniment and the dying notes. As a Geordie myself, I obviously greatly appreciated the homage of this Newcastle fiddler to a number of local writers and musicians, but the real highlight for me was the “rocked up” version of Dance to Your Daddy which brought the evening to an end. If I have any complaints about the show it is simply that it wasn’t long enough!

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