Celebrating the Spirit of Settle

Thu, June 27, 2019 by Sita

In conversation with Jayne Davies, Heritage Project Officer for our next community heritage project; Tom Faulkner: A Portrait of Stories.

Jayne Davies is a local performer, teacher and facilitator with an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from Lancaster University. Through recent projects she has developed a real passion and skill for delivering exciting community heritage projects.

In 2014 she wrote and delivered a community arts project in Kirkby Lonsdale titled ‘Lest We Forget 1914-1918 – Then and Now Stories’ – to celebrate the centenary of WW1. The project involved the collation of war stories from Kirkby Lonsdales community from the past to the present day. Multiple generations of the community took part, resulting in drama workshops in local schools and a moving performance made by local people which took place under the canvas of a WW1 tent, erected in the local church.

Jayne has also directed a number of projects for Kendal Community Theatre as part of their Arts Council funded project – Kendal Yarns and their 2018 festival The Trouble With Women.

Her most recent project, ‘The Vault: A Kirkby Lonsdale Story Bank’, opens on the 6th of April. The project will see the transformation of a strong room into an interactive installation containing fascinating characters and stories from the areas past and present.

We’re excited that thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Young Roots Programme Jayne will be running our community heritage project, Tom Faulkner: A Portrait of Stories. Those of you local to Settle may know that Tom Faulkner was a well-loved photographer who captured images of both people going about their lives & community events that took place in Settle in and around the 1950’s. For example Tom’s photographs of Settles Summer Pageant taken on July 20th 1952 (see photo below) are the only known photographic images of the occasion and we believe that makes them a valuable part of our community’s heritage.

On a personal level Jayne shares Tom’s love of photography and fondly remembers days spent looking at small black and white photographs with her own Nan whilst munching on biscuits from the biscuit tin.

Over the course of the coming weeks & months Jayne is hoping to involve lots of local people in the project. So to anyone who has an interest in photography, who is keen to delve into Settles past, or who would like to help us capture & celebrate the spirit & stories of Settle today we’d love to hear from you.

As this is a Young Roots project we’re particually interested in getting young people involved – so if you’re aged 11-25 and interested in local history, sharing stories or photography – then please get in touch. Later in the year you’ll be able to do an Arts Award as part of  ‘Picture This!’ – a fantastic free half term workshop exploring photography and story.

Equally, if you or your family have photos or stories of our Summer pageant or other photos of life in our community taken in the 1950’s we would love to see them and to hear about your life then.

Finally, if you have photographic or curatorial skills you’d like to share we’d love to hear from you too.

Please join Jayne and the team of volunteers at Settle Stories to help realise the potential of this valuable community heritage project.

There will be a launch event in May 2019 at The Joinery in Settle for anyone interested in the project and it’s aims. If you would like to attend this launch please email jayne@settlestories.org.uk to be on the guest list.


Photo Credits – Tom Wheatley & John Hamlett

Written by volunteer writer Emma Timbers

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