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Visitors and Residents News 29th June


Members of Year 6 in Settle have been telling their friends in Kwezana about their recent exams and how this was then followed by a trip to London for 3 days. While in the capital city they enjoyed rides on the tube, the cable car crossing of the Thames and also The London Eye. Highlights also included a visit to Madam Tussauds and to The Globe Theatre. They are now looking forward to hearing how students in Kwezana enjoy their forthcoming trip to Port Elizabeth.


There is still time to visit the  current exhibition at Gavaghan Art in Linton Court which runs until July 5th. The exhibition features works by Sam Dalby RP and is entitled Still Life, Life Drawing, Portraits. It is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday..


The next coffee morning will take place on July 5th and will include a fent sale. There will be a wide range of fabrics available.  The event will take place at The Old Courthouse on Station Road between 10-12.30pm. All are welcome.


The next dance will take place on July 5th at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall from 8pm to 11.30pm.  To reserve your place contact 01729 82325901729 823259 / 824038 by July 4th.  All proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care.


The annual general meeting for Victoria Hall Ltd will take place on 9 July at 7pm at the hall. All members are entitled to attend or to vote by proxy.


A reminder that the Strawberry Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 12 July at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate. All are welcome.


Settle Cricket Club is hosting a rounders fun day on 13 July. Those taking part can register from 11am and registration costs £2 per person. You can register as a team or an individual. Team players must be over 14 years old and there should be nine people to a team, but there can be no more than 4 men to any team.  Games will commence at noon. There will also be a bar, barbecue, raffle and bouncy castle.  All proceeds to Cancer Research


There will be a showing of ” Never Let Me Go” on 14 July at Victoria Hall. Tickets cost £5 and doors open at 7.15 with the film commencing at 7.45pm. The film is based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel and tells a very unusual and thought- provoking coming of age story set in an alternative history.


July has a mixture of events with something for all tastes.  Tom McConville, the Newcastle Fiddle player takes to the stage with his band on July 4th and on Sunday July 6th the First Folk session features  The Young ‘Uns, a Teeside trio with a fast growing reputation for bold vocals and a capella harmonies. On July 12th The irrepressible Knicker Lady visits Settle for a one-woman show tracing the history of 250 years of bloomers, briefs and bustles in a hilarious romp guaranteed to have you aching with laughter.  Tickets for all events bookable via 01729 82571801729 825718 .


There’s still time to take part in the flowerpot festival and make yourself a flowerpot person.  The festival runs from 28 June to 31 August and details are available via


Local organic nursery, Growing with Grace is holding  family open day on 19 July between 10am and 4pm. Families are invited to drop in and find out more about the nursery and take part in a range of activities. The Annual General Meeting will take place on the same day between 10-11am.


Age UK, in partnership with Settle Stories., will be running an internet help cafe on Tuesdays, from 4pm at The Royal Oak each week. The aim is to assist people to become confident in the use of the internet for shopping, communication and entertainment. For details contact  -1729 823066.


Settle’s Gallery on the Green returns to the theme of one of the most iconic, and perhaps photographed, railways in the UK – the Settle-Carlisle Railway.  The exhibition of photos by Simon Whalley ‘Spirit of the Line’ concentrates on an aspect of the railway other than the trains and tunnels. His theme is the railway and its everyday magic, its relationship with the environment and the people who use it.  An accompanying book also commemorates those people who fought to save the line from being closed during the 1980’s.


Two new exhibitions are now open at The Folly. The first, ‘War Beckons’: tracks how the people of North Craven prepared for war in 1914 and includes memorabilia loaned by local families. The second ‘Journeys Through a Family Archive’, explores  how the Rileys of Settle meticulously recorded and communicated the details of their everyday lives, work and – often adventurous – travels and achievements through writing, drawing and photography over a period of nearly 80 years. Frederic Riley was the author of several definitive full-length books on this area of Yorkshire, including his most ambitious work “The Ribble from its Source to the Sea”, published 100 years ago this year. This exhibition is a must for everyone who enjoys comparing and contrasting ‘then’ and ‘now’  The Folly is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.30 pm – 4.30pm  and on Tuesdays, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm


St Alkelda’s invite you to their church garden party on July 12th at 2pm at Rose Cottage, Giggleswick. There will be stalls,  dancing and afternoon teas. There will be a duck race on Tems Beck at 4pm. All welcome.



There is always something very special about an end of year school concert, it’s a chance for pupils to show how much they have achieved and also a chance for parents to admire the patience of the staff. However, in the case of the Giggleswick Junior School concert it is also a really well planned piece of entertainment  that not only holds an appeal for parents, but also amply demonstrates the value which the school places on nurturing the musical talents of every child.  The programme was varied and involved all members of the school, with a number of pupils performing in more than one item. It also covered a vast range of musical styles and demonstrated pupils’ mastery of a range of instruments.  The opening act was the songsquad, comprising of reception pupils and Y1&2, with two delightful action songs which demonstrated not only their ability to sing well and remember all the words and actions but also showed that they had a real sense of how to act and perform on stage. A tough act to follow, but talented guitarist Luke Brotherton more than rose to the challenge. This was the first of the soloists, with Poppy Coultas on flute, Arthur Swiffen on guitar and Tabitha Wood on piano all demonstrating not only a high level of skill and musical accomplishment but also tremendous confidence. There was also an extremely expressive voice solo by Samantha Hargreaves who performed the moving ” Castle on a Cloud” from Les Miserables. Ensemble work also featured highly in the concert. Fiddlesticks and Mini-fiddlers was testament to the school policy of encouraging all pupils to experience musicality through stringed instruments and in addition to the strings orchestra featured all the pupils in Y1-3 in a wonderful African piece , Banuwa, which involved different sections taking up the melody in turn.  The Big Jam provided an example of improvisation work by guitarists and pianists and demonstrated how the individuals are encouraged to improvise and invent music and develop not only their playing skills but also their listening skills.  A real highlight of the concert however were the two bands. These are very much examples of the pupils’ own tastes and organisational abilities and this year produced an outstanding performance of “Your Song” by Infinity and a truly sensational new boy band phenomenon in the wonderfully named “Better Sense of Direction”. Their a cappella performance of “Wonderwall” definitely proved that not only does Giggleswick have talent, the boys also had great style!  The evening closed with two lively numbers – the appropriate “On Your Bike! “and “Hakuna Matata” – by the school choir. These both demonstrated a mastery of part singing as well as the tremendous joy to be had from singing and performing together.  The high standard of the performances was matched only by the great sense of enthusiasm for music which was so evident not only in the children taking part but also in the visiting specialist staff and school’s own musical director. The evening was therefore a tremendous tribute to their hard work over the year and also a great joy to share.



The evening’s programme contained two extremely well known pieces, and two lesser known works from the first half of the nineteenth century. The opening piece was Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, more generally known as Fingal’s Cave.  This was performed with a real sense of drama from the stirring opening through to the impending storm and rough waves and the final fleeting bursts of sunlight created by the woodwind section. The piece was a total delight and particular credit must go to the woodwind section who were excellent throughout.  It was a great pleasure to see so many young players once again in the orchestra and it is to the orchestra’s credit that young people are encouraged to perform so confidently in challenging pieces of this nature. The inclusion of an extremely young piccolo player, Ellie Buller, being a case in point.  A very well known piece was followed by something of an unusual nature with Weber’s Andante and Hungarian Rondo for Basoon and Orchestra. An extremely sprightly piece, this relied heavily on the work of the string section who rose magnificently to the challenge.  Special congratulations to soloist Joshua Asquith, currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music,  for his magnificent performance who was both fascinating to watch as well as to listen to. The constant rippling notes demanded both skill and dexterity in a piece which continually bubbled along and left the audience agog at how he actually managed to breathe! The first half of the programme closed with Schubert’s symphony No 8 (unfinished). Again this magnificent work plays with the ideas of light and dark and there were some excellent dramatic flourishes in the first movement. At times the pace seemed quite frenetic while in other places it was almost hypnotic, yet the orchestra skilfully managed both with apparent ease seeming particularly strong in the slower movements and playing with great precision and sensitivity especially in closing section of this beautiful piece.   Following the interval the audience were treated to an outstanding rendition of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony – which from the very first famously powerful opening notes held them captive.  This was undoubtedly an extremely exhaustive workout for the members of the orchestra, as could be seen by the intense concentration throughout. The music is filled with tension, suggesting conflict and suspense before a final exultant victory. The level of control in the playing was palpable and it was clear that under their guest conductor, Leo Geyer, the orchestra were on sparkling form.  There was indeed a very different feel to the orchestra and this was particularly noticeable in the quieter passages of what was an extremely entertaining programme.

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