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Settle News and Reviews 25th March 2012



There are times when the only word to use is “WOW!” Tonight was one of those times when you really felt deeply privileged to be living in an area blessed with so many talented and enthusiastic people who can come together to create something so incredibly special. To say it was a stunning performance was an understatement. The sheer logistics of getting everyone together are staggering in themselves but then to add in the problems of fitting rehearsals around work, school and exam commitments takes it to another dimension – which is why the conductor and Director of Music at Giggleswick School, Darren Everhart should be congratulated for the way in which his obvious passion for music energises so many people and brings them together to create such a tremendous spectacle. Verdi’s Requiem itself is an extremely dramatic and moving piece with challenging operatic music and the opportunity for very theatrical presentation. This was certainly to the fore in this performance where the massed voices were joined by four exceptional soloists: Laurie Ashworth (Soprano), Katie Grosset (Mezzo-soprano), Kevin Jones (Tenor) and David Rees-Jones (Bass) as well as by an extremely energetic percussionist, John Banks, on an amazingly large drum. The overall effect was quite stunning. The opening bars of the piece set the hairs standing on the back of my neck and this was only one of a number of spine-tingling moments in the evening – the sounding of the trumpets to mark the day of judgement being another. The orchestra performed with great confidence and skill throughout: at times you felt as if you were totally enveloped in sound as a result of their tremendous energy and power and then at other moments the accompaniment was so hauntingly delicate that you felt tears spring to your eyes at the sheer beauty of the music. The choirs were outstanding; their diction was faultless, their singing full of expression and the way in which their voices complemented the soloists in the Agnus Dei was a particular joy. Congratulations also to the four soloists, who all excelled throughout – the Bass solo “Confutatis” possessing an especially powerful sense of drama while the “Lux Aeterna” was truly heavenly. Equally the soprano in the closing movement was quite simply beautiful and the final notes of the piece sent thrills racing through the listeners. Rarely can the standing ovation at the end of a concert been so richly deserved, for this was a truly unforgettable evening and a totally captivating experience. Clearly all those taking part felt the same way too – as was shown so very clearly in their enthusiastic performances and I am quite sure that for many of the younger members of both the choir and the orchestra it will be an evening which will act as an inspiration for future musical endeavours.



Fantastic though the fireworks were which brought the evening to a conclusion – they really couldn’t compete with the concert itself! This was a wonderful evening with a wealth of talent on display and offering a wide variety of music to entertain an extremely appreciative audience. The programme began with highlights from Verdi’s Requiem (as performed the previous evening); providing an opportunity for many of the students to hear the stunning soloists and the excellent choral work arising from this marvellous collaboration between the school and local community musicians. The immense power of the music and the drama of the piece was still as striking the second time around and yet proved to be only a foretaste of the delights to come in this richly varied programme. The evening provided an opportunity to see much young talent on display – not least in the outstanding solos. Terrence Tang’s performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was stupendous, demonstrating a very professional approach in this fantastically dynamic piece. Flautist Angus Broadbent’s performance of Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and piano was both skilful and haunting. However the evening was not just about individuals as was amply demonstrated in the rendition of Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, which featured the whole school. It was a wonderful experience to be totally surrounded by singers in this way and provided a real high point to the night. The programme was not however solely classical with students demonstrating a range of styles including covers of numbers by Coldplay, Adele and Queen. The Concert band certainly were out to rock you, with their rousing arrangement of Queen numbers and the Catteral choir gave an excellent interpretation of the bitter sweet love song “Someone Like You”. Contrast was also to the fore in the duo by the Concert choir which featured a lively version of “The Bare Necessities” (complete with surprise visit by a real “king of the swingers”) and an ethereal performance of the Love Theme from The Titanic. Congratulations to the young soloists for their beautiful interpretation in this number. Guest John Helliwell then took to the stage with the Concert Band in a stunning production of Supertramp’s “Logical Song”. There were even opportunities for the audience to join in, with two rousing numbers which began to make last night of the proms seem slightly insipid as we attempted to raise the roof with “Pomp and Circumstance” and “I vow to thee my country”. It was indeed a really glorious concert, filled with enthusiasm and spectacle and demonstrating once again just how much can be achieved by a group of dedicated and inspiring individuals working in collaboration with students and the community to share their love of music.


As a result of the Easter Holidays the next charity dance will now take place on March 31st rather than in April. Please note that there is also a change of venue and that the dance will take place at Victoria Hall and not at Settle College. The times however remain the same – with the event taking place between 7.30-11.30pm and all proceeds will again go to support Settle Swimming Pool. Please ensure that you book your place by ringing 01729 823259 by Thursday March 29th.


Many thanks to everyone who came along to the Valuation day. This raised approximately £300 for church funds and undoubtedly discovered a few treasures. Thanks also to all who took part in this year’s quiz, the entries are now all in and the quiz has raised £165. Congratulations to all who took part in this annual brain teaser! On Sunday April 1st the church is marking Palm Sunday with a combined service with St Alkelda’s, and Holy Trinity churches. This will commence at 10am at St Alkelda’s and will include a procession through town to the parish church and will be followed by a Jacob’s Join lunch. Looking ahead there are a number of community events in April, On Saturday 14 there will be a sale of bulbs and bric-a-brac from 10am onwards in the church with light refreshments on sale all day. On Friday 20th there will be an evening of puddings, plonk and poetry. Admission is £5 (including up to 3 puddings of your choice). On Tuesday April 10th the summer lunches recommence, with coffee being served from 10 am onwards and light lunches available from 11.30 to 2pm. All are welcome.


Settle Voices Community Choir meets in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate every Monday from 1pm to 3pm. There is an annual fee of £5 plus £4 per session. New members are welcome. Along with The Sheeptown Songsters of Skipton, Settle Voices will be performing in concert ‘The Best of What We Know’ – an evening of words and music on Friday 30th March at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Hall, Newmarket St, Skipton. Tickets costing £5 can be reserved by contacting 01729 822771. They can be bought at Settle TIC, Settle Music and from members of either choir and they will also be available on the door.

For more information please see website or ring (01729) 822771.


You are invited to join in a trip for a “reet grand day out” to see the world famous York medieval mystery plays on Saturday 11 August at 2.30pm. The performance lasts approximately 3 hours and will take place in York Museum Gardens. All seats are under cover and are in the central block, providing un-restricted views. The coach will leave Settle at 9am, so there will be sufficient time to have a look around York and enjoy lunch prior to the performance. Tickets cost either £25 in premier seats or £17 in standard seats plus there is a charge of £7 for the coach. For further details contact Edith Diggles on 01729 825285 or Dorothy Bearpark on 01729 822712 or email


Throughout the year the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line organise free guided walks through the countryside along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and the Leeds-Lancaster and Morecambe lines. These walks are led by the volunteers from the Friends. Packed lunches are required for the walks and waterproofs and dry clothing are recommended. Prior booking is not necessarily required, simply turn up on the day at the station where the walk commences. On 31 March there will be a 16 mile very strenuous circular walk around Horton in Ribblesdale leaving at 9.58am. There will be a 12mile moderately strenuous walk leaving Dent at 10.16am on the same day and Sunday April 1st there will be a chance to explore the viaducts of the Old Stainmore Railway on a 9 mile strenuous walk leaving Kirkby Stephen at 10.56am. For further details contact website at


The next film showing by Tramps will be at Langcliffe Institute on 30 March at 7.30pm when the film will be “One Day”. Doors open 7pm, pay on door.


The Three Peaks Folk Club will meet on 31 March at Settle Social Club. There will be a mix of floor singers and musicians and the evening will feature Anna Shannon, Radio 2’s songwriter of the year in 2006. Admission £5, all welcome.


As part of the national Learn to Play day,on March 31st Settle Music is offering a free music lesson to encourage people to pick up an instrument. For details of how to obtain a free lesson contact 825838.


On 31 March there will be a jewellery making workshop at Friends Meeting House from 10-4pm. This costs £20 for the day and places are limited To reserve a place contact 01729 824386 in the evening.


The next meeting will take place on April 2nd at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. The first section of the evening will be the AGM, including the election of officers. This will be followed by a session on photoshop techniques.


Churches Together in Settle and District are running a holiday club day for children aged 5-11 years at St John’s church on April 2nd. The session is entitled “Challenges” and participants are asked to bring a packed lunch. For further details contact 01729 823537.


Two new exhibitions will be opening at The Folly on April 3rd. The first of these is: ‘Off the Page:the Story of Dalesman Magazine’ and the second is ‘Portraits’ by Sam Dalby


The next meeting, which is the twenty-third birthday of Settle W.I., is on Wednesday 4 April at 2 p.m. at St John’s Church Hall when the speaker will be Jan Michael on the subject of ‘Writing Novels,’ and the competition is for a bookplate.


Paintings by Neil Casey will be on display at Friends Meeting House on Easter Saturday, April 7th, between 10am-4pm. These will include Railway scenes and local dales landscapes. All welcome


There will be an all sorts market at Victoria Hall on Easter Saturday, April 7th from 9.30-4pm Refreshments will be available throughout the day. For details or to book a stall contact 01729 823867.


Victoria Hall will be hosting a book fair on Easter Monday, April 9th between 9.30 am and 4pm. Refreshments will be served during the day. For details contact 01729 823867.



The April programme promises to cater for all musical tastes. On 14 April there will be Classic Clapton from the world’s no.1 tribute band. On 21 April Scandimoot, traditional Swedish music and dance returns as part of the dales weekend of Scandinavian music festival. Soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra return to the hall for a concert featuring the music of Strauss and Beethoven on April 22. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718.


There will be two trail walks during April allowing visitors and locals alike to discover more about one of Settle’s most colourful characters. The walks will take place on 5 and 12 April and will last from 6-7.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and all monies will go towards the East African Famine Appeal. Tickets can be booked via 015242 42414. The walks meet outside the Tourist Information Centre


Local and visiting ladies are invited to come along to a vintage tea party at Settle Cricket club to rais money for breast cancer charities on 14 April. There will be tea, cake and music between 3-5pm and tickets cost £5. Polka dots and pearls optional!


There will be the second in a series of intimate concerts at Poppies Tearooms on April 19th. This will feature the classical guitar and flute music of “Volante Duet”. Tickets cost £9, available from Poppies or via 07932 182293.



On 29 March the Northern Garden Lecture takes place at 5.30pm when the speaker will be Bob Brown, of Cotswold Garden Flowers. Holder of the RHS Veitch Memorial Medal for his outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the Science of Horticulture this promises to be an enlightening and entertaining talk. Details of times and tickets via 01729 893180 or online at


On Friday, 30th March, the Friends of Giggleswick Primary School are holding an Easter Bingo event to which everyone is invited. It will start at 6.30pm and will include a Jacob’s Join meal, with food contributions from all participants. Entrance to the event is £1 per person, which includes a bingo book, although additional books will be available to purchase. There will also be an Easter tombola. We should be most grateful for contributions towards the tombola and suggest that in return for a donation of a chocolate item, or an Easter-type gift, your child could come to school in clothes of their own choice on the last day of term, if they so wish. There was a great turn-out to our school celebration of Mothering Sunday, which included some specially-written songs and poems performed by all pupils, a delicious meal was provided and home-made cards A total of 33 Mums, Grans and Aunties took part in this special event which was much enjoyed by all participants. A special thank you to Mrs Richardson and Mrs. Eccleston, who managed to prepare, cook and co-ordinate the large number of meals and to the staff who kindly volunteered to help serve all 74 meals. For the first half of the spring term 26 100% attendance certificates were awarded so congratulations to Bethany, Nathan, Thomas, Tiarney, Oliver, Gabriel, Danielle, Lucie, Louisa, Will, Matthew, Ella, Martha, Nell, Amy, Tom, Oliver, Mollie, Archie, Henry, Joseph, Libby, Jimmy, Ruby, Charlie and Connie. It is hoped that even more 100% attendance certificates will be awarded for the current Spring half term.

Press release

Mobile phone culture in a classic red phone box

They are everywhere and anywhere, and it is a sweet irony that we should be celebrating its dominance in our culture when it is this technology that led to the decommissioning of the K6 phone box which now houses the Gallery on the Green in Upper Settle.

The Gallery on the Green’s first exhibition of the 2012 season features work by the eminent photographer Martin Parr, whose work is immediately recognisable for the impact of its composition and the intensity of its colour. For over fifteen years Martin has photographed the changing use of the mobile phone as he travelled the world as one of the world’s leading documentary photographers. “With photography, I like to create a fiction of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist”, says Martin Parr.

This exhibition, ‘Mobile Phone Culture : 1995 – 2011’, is a visual delight as it traces the use of the mobile phone in widely different cultures and contexts, from Ascot to Argentina and from Scarborough to Seoul. It reveals the way in which the mobile phone has entered society everywhere where it is now used as a tool of social networking; a political tool of influence; an encyclopaedia of information, a fashion accessory; a means of emancipation; and a means of documenting one’s own private world through its camera and video capture. And now the culture of “apps” has begun to extend its use into new worlds of data and entertainment in ways that were unimaginable when Parr began this series. He is also one of the most productive makers of photographic books with over fifty to his name which you can see at

The exhibition opens on 31st March 2012, after a period of closure of the Gallery for refurbishment. The inside of the Gallery has been completely re-designed with a screen for digital images and video. ‘Mobile Phone Culture: 1995-2011’ runs until 26th May 2012. An exciting programme of events for the remainder of 2012 is now planned and can be seen on the website (

More information about Settle’s Gallery on the Green and how to find it can be obtained from the local Tourist Information Centre or on the website.

Some musical events from Allan at Settle Music

National Learn to Playday – 31st March at Settle Music.

We are participating in the National Learn to play day. The day in question is Saturday March 31st, 2012 and it is planned for musical instrument shops across the UK to open their doors and offer free instrument “taster” lessons. The day is aimed primarily (but not exclusively!) at anyone who doesn’t play yet or used to play and would like to again. Teachers will be here in the shop throughout the day giving 10-15 minute lessons on a variety of instruments. Everyone who books a lesson will receive a goody bag and a voucher giving 10% discount on their next purchase. They will also be entered into a prize draw, the top prize for which is a full-size Jose Ferrer classical guitar donated by one of our suppliers. There will also be people demonstrating instruments in the courtyard outside of the shop. Further details (and to book sessions) call Settle Music (01729 825838).

Anything Goes Orchestra – at Langcliffe Village Institute on Saturday 31st March at 8.00pm.

If anyone likes all the Ukulele music that’s around at the moment (like the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain) then they’ll love the Anything Goes Orchestra. One of the top ukulele bands performing in the UK they are appearing at Langcliffe Village Institute the first time. Tickets are £8.00 and are available from Settle Music (01729 825838) or online.

The Volante Duo – Poppies Tea Room Wednesday, April 18th at 7.30pm.

This is the next in the series of concerts we are organising in conjunction with Poppies Tea Room (Settle). The performers are The Volante Duo featuring Helen Parker (Flute) and Chris Waddington (Classical Guitar). They are promising “A musical journey from early renaissance to Chick Corea”. Admission will be £9 which includes a buffet (but the bar will be extra). Further details and tickets from Poppies Tea Room or Settle Music (01729 825838).

FREE business event on 27 April at Admin 24

Seven local business owners within the Settle area have got together and organised a FREE event in Settle entitled ‘You & Your Business – Survive & Thrive!” on 27 April aimed at small businesses. The 3 hour session will consist of 7 specialists talking for 15 minutes about their own area of expertise in a fun and informative way. The focus will be on explaining how and why their areas impact on small businesses and how they can provide practical solutions for day to day problems. Subjects covered will include financial planning, health and safety, cash flow forecasting, business development, business support, professional development and HR. The 3 hour session will give small business owners time to stop and think, and find someone local who can help to clarify the issues which they don’t normally have time to tackle. Even for small businesses with just one member of staff, areas such as staff safety, new pension rules being introduced in 2014/15, or managing the minefield of employment law need to be tackled.

Unlike other business events, this one has been turned on its head. Usually business owners have to decide who to approach, which can be daunting and off-putting. If you don’t know the question, how do you know what or who to ask? On 27 April, business owners will receive a friendly welcome in a relaxed atmosphere, be given a great cup of coffee, homemade cakes and a comfy chair and have the chance to relax and listen to down to earth, sound advice in areas that may affect their business which they might not have considered. If people find as a result of the session that they need further help, they will know where to go to get it, without spending valuable hours trying to find it. And, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers within the 3 hours.

The event is being held at Admin24, 8a Station Road, Settle. There will be a morning session starting 9:30am – 12:30pm and afternoon session 1:30pm – 4:30pm so delegates can choose which suits them best. For more information about the speakers and the event visit or contact Pat or Margaret on 01729 822557. Places are limited so book now to reserve a seat.

Special First Aid Training offer for lunchtime networkers

Sean Whittle of Dales Training has offered a discount to anyone on this mailing list who is interested in doing his next Emergency First Aid At Work course. Cost would usually be £65 but his offer for us is £55. This course will be run over 2 evenings and will be in Settle or close by in the near future. If you would like to be kept informed please contact Sean on

Stuck for something to do in the Easter Holidays?  Come and take part in a fun and creative dance workshop on Wednesday 4 April.  In the StreetBeatz session, we’ll learn a street dance routine to a funky piece of music.  There are 2 workshops, one for 7-11 year olds (9.30 – 10.55am) and one for 12 years + (11am-12.25pm) (The ages are as a guide only).  The price is £4.50 per person.  Booking is essential as there are only a limited number of places.  It will be held at Langcliffe Institute (time to shake and wake Langcliffe up a little!)  There’s waiting facilities for parents as well as refreshments (small charge).  Fully qualified instructor, CRB checked and approved.  To book, message in-tuitiondance on Facebook, call Cindy Haymes on 01729 823251, 07963 422552 or e-mail

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