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haworth news22/09/2013 - Military Wives Choir York concert in Haworth

Military Wives Choir York concert in Haworth was held on Saturday 21st September 2013 at St Michael & All Angels Parish Church, Haworth. The 1940's weekend and the Military Wives Choir York concert raised £18,707.28 for SSAFA.

Photo From left to right
Reverend Peter Mayo Smith, Nikki Carroll (organiser), Terry Grayson (SSAFA's County Chairman) Craig Dyson (sculptor - raffled his spitfire and eagle) Mike Powell (Bradford Council's Emergency Planning Manager (Phil Kendall - Keighley SSAFA)

Photos of the Military Wives Choir York concert in Haworth here...

SSAFA website www.ssafa.org.uk
SSAFA Facebook page www.facebook.com/ssafafb

Haworth 1940's weekend here...



haworth news22/07/2013 - Parish Council Neighbourhood Area Application

Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council Neighbourhood Area Application

What is this consultation about?
The parish council of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury have submitted a request to the Council to be designated as ‘Neighbourhood Area’.

A neighbourhood area is an area, usually a parish area, to which a proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order will relate.

As part of the application the parish council has submitted a proposed boundary for their neighbourhood plan and a brief statement on why the boundary is an appropriate one.

The Council would like to hear your views about the proposed designation of a Neighbourhood Area in Haworth, particularly in terms of the proposed boundary and statement of intent.

When does this consultation run?
This consultation will run for 8 weeks from Monday 22 July until 4pm on Monday 16 September 2013

How do I comment on this consultation?
For more information visit: www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/Consultation/haworth

Where can I get more information?
For further information about the Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Neighbourhood Development Plan please contact Lisa Balderstone, Clerk to the Parish Council, on 01535 642355 or email: clerk@haworthparishcouncil.gov.uk



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haworth news08/02/2013 - Reopening of the Bronte Parsonage Museum

Reopening of the Bronte Parsonage MuseumMain Photo: Professor Ann Sumner, Executive Director Bronte Society.
Photo left: Top, Sally McDonald, Chair of Bronte Society Council. Middle, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Terence Suthers. Bottom, Reception at The Old Schoolroom.


8th February 2013
Professor Ann Sumner, the new Executive Director of the Bronte Society, invited everybody to view the redecorated Bronte Parsonage.

Haworth Bronte Parsonage has undergone the first major redecoration scheme in 25 years.

Using historical and scientific analysis produced by academics at the University of Lincoln, and referencing contemporary sources including watercolours and letters by the Brontës, the Parsonage will undergo a major interior visual transformation led by historic interior design consultant Allyson McDermott of the McDermott Studio, Forest of Dean. The house will be restored to looking much as it did during the main period of the Brontë family’s occupation in the 1830s and 40s but will also include features introduced by Charlotte as part of her facelift for the house during the early 1850s when she began to spend some of the income she had earned from her novels Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette in making the Parsonage more comfortable.

“This is one of the most exciting projects to take place at the Parsonage in many years and is the culmination of a two year research project. There have been attempts in the past to present the Parsonage as the Brontës’ home, but no serious archaeological work has ever been carried out before. The new rigorous historical research and scientific analysis resulting from this project has informed bespoke new curtains and painstakingly woven rugs. Objects from the Brontë Society collections will be displayed for the first time in this new context and familiar works will be reinterpreted. The rooms of the house are going to be transformed and may well surprise our visitors”. Quote from Ann Dinsdale, Collections Manager, Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Quote from new Executive Director, Professor Ann Sumner: “I am delighted to be taking up my new role at this exciting time and see the re-decoration taking shape. We now know so much more about how the Parsonage was presented when the Brontë family lived here and are pleased to be working with Allyson McDermott, benefitting from her wealth of experience restoring historic interiors. The newly refurbished rooms will enormously enhance the visitor experience at the Parsonage Museum and have inspired a wealth of learning events and an exhibition in 2013”.

Quote from Sally McDonald, Chairman, The Brontë Society Council: “When the Trustees of the Brontë Society agreed this landmark re-decoration it set in motion a singular opportunity to learn more about the Brontës and their home. We are delighted that when the Parsonage reopens its door on February 9th we will be sharing more of that wonderful story with our members and our visitors”.

The newly refurbished Parsonage will reopen on Saturday 9th February featuring some exciting new displays.

The project has cost in the region of £60,000.

The website of the Bronte Parsonage Museum www.bronte.info



haworth news17/01/2013 - Tour de France 2014 to pass through Haworth

Photo shows the Tour of Britain Cycle race which went past Haworth in 2004

UPDATE: The Tour Route was finalised on 23 October 2013 here...

The route of the 2014 Tour de France has been announced today, which will pass through Haworth on 6th July:

Stage two, July 6 2014: York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield

Unlike the Tour of Britain Cycle race which mainly used the A629 - A6033 route to Hebden Bridge, it appears that the cyclists will go through Haworth.

Looking at the map on letour website (which is not detailed enough to give the precise location) the route takes a right at Cross Roads roundabout on to the B6142 (it is possible they could take a left on to A6033, take a right down Brow Rd) past Mill Hey, Station Rd, up Bridgehouse Lane, unknown if they will use Rawdon Rd or the narrow and setted Haworth Main St, on to North St, West Lane, down to Sladen Bridge up towards Stanbury, take a left on to Reservoir Rd, over Lower Laithe reservoir, past Penistone Hill to Moorside Lane, Shaw Lane, to Oxenhope, on to the A6033 to Hebden Bridge.

The Tour De France route in Yorkshire http://letour.yorkshire.com/the-route

About the Tour de France on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21056721

About the 2004 Tour of Britain cycle race at Haworth here...



haworth news09/01/2013 - Entries Open for the Keighley BIGK 10K

Entries Open for the Keighley BIGK 10K

Fundraisers at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice this week launched the 6th annual Keighley BigK 10K which will be held as always on Mothers’ day, Sunday 10 March starting in Victoria Park Keighley.

Last year the event attracted a record field of over 950 starters and raised over £49,000 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice who organise the event in conjunction with Sport Keighley. This year organisers hope to exceed the number of runners and walkers who will tread the multi terrain route through the town’s roads, paths and parks.

Sue Ryder Events Fundraiser Andrew Wood explained that there has already been a great deal of interest in the event which has in five years established itself as Keighley’s largest mass participation sporting event.

Andrew said, “We’ve been very fortunate already with Leeds City College, Keighley Campus and White Rose Volkswagen at Kildwick being joined as main sponsors by Airedale Shopping Centre and Convenience Hire. Now we hope that people will again turn out in large numbers to support the vital work of the hospice and enjoy the challenge, inspired perhaps by Mo Farah’s Olympic 10k success.”

Andrew added, “We’re encouraging people to sign up early in case we reach our capacity and it is also in people’s interest to act quickly as the early bird adult entry rate is just £10 until 22 February when it rises to £12.

As last year there is a corporate team entry which entails the participation of five participants to encourage businesses, clubs and organisations to enter one or more teams. Corporate teams benefit from a special reduced entry rate, receive mentions by the race commentator, be acknowledged on the event website and display their company banner within Victoria Park on the day.

The event as always is held on Mothers’ day and organisers are asking people to run for or with their mum. In keeping with tradition every mother who participates will receive a carnation as well as a goody bag and T-shirt as they cross the finishing line.

For those wishing to train up for the event, don’t forget the Keighley & Craven AC “Begin Running” sessions for men, ladies and children of all ages and standards at 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the University Academy Keighley site, for more information contact www.kcac.co.uk John Dennis on sportjohn@blueyonder.co.uk or call 07919477861.

Those wishing to enter the event should visit www.bigk10k.org.uk with those interested in the corporate team going to www.bigk10k.org.uk For more details about the Keighley BIGK 10K contact Andrew Wood on 01535 640430 or andrew.wood@sueryder.org .

Manorlands Zumbathon

Have fun and dance your way into shape this February by joining in on our latin inspired zumba party. Zumba is an exhilarating calorie burning fitness class for all abilities.

The zumbathon will be non stop for 2 hours, but feel free to do as much or as little as you like! Its easy to follow and lots of fun so get your friends and family involved whilst raising money for Manorlands Hospice.

We ask that you pay a registration fee of £8 and pledge to raise a minimum of £60 in sponsorship. To enter, fill in our online registration form at www.sueryder.org/zumbathon and you will receive a participant's pack in the post. You can also turn up and register on the day for £10 - subject to capacity. We have a limited number of places available and it will be on a first come first served basis so sign up early to guarantee your place.

Event information
Date: Sunday 24th February 2013
Start Time: 2pm – 4pm. Register from 1pm.
Registration fee: £8
Fundraising target: £60
Venue: University Academy Sports Hall
Venue Address: University Academy, Green Head Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 6EB
Contact information
Contact name: Leah Mitchell
Phone: 01535 640441
Email: leah.mitchell@sueryder.org



haworth news19/12/2012 - Haworth Fire Station Public Meeting

Public Meeting to Consider The Future of Haworth Fire Station and proposals to form a ‘First Responder Style’ Emergency Cover Service at the Station,

Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council are to stage a public meeting to discuss the future of Haworth Fire Station and a proposal to form a ‘first responder-style’ emergency cover service at the Station at West Lane Baptist Church in Haworth on Wednesday, 9th January 2013 at 7.30pm.

The meeting is being called in response to the proposal to close Haworth Fire Station that was recently included in a public consultation staged by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service following Government reductions to their funding.

Cllr. John Huxley, the Parish Council, said: “We recently met with officers from Fire and Rescue at their headquarters in Birkenshaw and they gave us a very fair hearing. We discuss the closure proposal, together with their plans to withdraw one of the two fire engines based in Keighley, as well as the options available to the Worth Valley communities should the idea to form some kind of supported first responder unit be possible.

“We now understand that the closure of Haworth Fire Station has been deferred for a maximum of two years to allow for a detail feasibility study into whether such community services could step into the breach.”

Added Councillor Huxley: “It’s our intention to speak with our neighbour local councils, Keighley Town Council and Oxenhope Parish Council, to see whether they would be interested in helping us explore what is beginning to look a realistic proposition of having a first responder style service based at the current Fire Station together with other public emergency services”.

“This is not just a Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury issue. The loss of a Fire Station in Haworth has ramifications for all the Worth Valley communities and we feel their opinions have a place in deciding what happens next”.

“I have said all along that so much depends on the support we receive from the people of the villages and Worth Valley communities. If people come to the public meeting and agree to support the community involvement in trying to provide emergency cover then I will propose that the Parish Council throws its weight behind the project”.

“There have already been some expressions of interest in making something happen and if all the people who protested about the closure of the Fire Station were to show their support then I believe we as a community could, if you’ll pardon the expression, blaze a trail that others will follow.”



haworth news30/10/2012 - Haworth Parish Church reopens

All images courtesy Steven Wood

Oh, the towering feeling!
You could forgive the Haworth Parish Church congregation for being in a joyful mood this week because the five-month temporary closure of St Michael and Angels, the Anglican Church at the centre of the historic Worth Valley village, will come to an end on Sunday 4th November 2012.

The Church has been closed since July while the first part of their three-part restoration plan was completed with the programme of repairing the south-facing roofs, drainage and tower being undertaken.

Now the first stage, which has cost £230,000, is close to completion and the congregation hope to celebrate by staging their first service in the Victorian building that houses the grave of the majority of the Bronte family on Sunday.

Haworth Church pinnacleAnd, if the congregation cast their eyes to the skies, besides fulfilling their religious duties they will see that the tower looks more like the structure that stood guard over the hill-top village for many years.

Besides being made watertight again, the opportunity has been taken to replace two missing pieces of masonry. Now the tower once again boasts eight pinnacles pointing upwards after many years of having to be satisfied with just six.

Rev. Peter Mayo-Smith, the Priest in Charge at Haworth Parish Church, explained: “Two of the pinnacles, or finials as some people call them, were taken down because their fixing points were very worn and the Church didn’t want stone-work falling on peoples’ heads.

Haworth Church pinnacle“We were offered replacements at a very reasonable cost and it’s wonderful to see the Church tower properly crowned once again. It’s also good to know that the masonry skills necessary to produce these impressive pieces of stone still exist.

“We shall be working through the week to clean and re-heat the Church in the hope that we can have our service in there next Sunday. We’ve been holding services in the Old School Room across the other side of Church Street and, while we’ve been very comfortable in those surroundings, it’ll be wonderful to be back in Church after all these months. I’m sure the wait will have been worthwhile.”

Currently the Church is seeking grant aid to start the second part of the plan, the repair of the north-facing roofs, a challenge that has been made more difficult by having failed to secure a grant from English Heritage in this year’s round of funding.

Added Rev. Mayo-Smith: “It was a real disappointment to learn that English Heritage couldn’t support us this time and we’re mulling over what options are available to us. We need in the region of £200,000 to complete the north roof repair element of the plan.”

360 panoramas from the church tower as it used to be here...
About Haworth Parish Church here...
Inside Haworth Parish Church here...
Inside Haworth Parish Church Tower here...
About Haworth Bell Ringing here...



haworth news14/09/2012 - Think local to beat the downturn....

Think local to beat the downturn, businesses are advised

Get vocal about all things local: that’s the message of a new survival guide to help Pennine businesses in Haworth beat the economic downturn.

The ‘local distinctiveness handbook’ has been produced by rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects, as part of a innovative campaign to support tourism, hospitality and creative businesses in the South Pennines – an area spanning Haworth and surrounding areas.

Packed with practical advice and tips, and illustrated by critically-acclaimed artist Angela Smyth, the free guide is designed to help businesses keep the cash tills ringing by focusing on local charm and character – from landscape to local delicacies.

Businesses can order a free copy at www.southpennines.co.uk where they can also join a mailing list for updates on future events and marketing workshops associated with the wider campaign.

The handbook is part of the South Pennines Local Distinctiveness Project, a business advice and marketing project, which was launched by Pennine Prospects earlier this year to give a boost to local tourism based businesses.

Update 24 October 2012
Business workshop will help Haworth traders achieve a warm glow this winter


Haworth businesses seeking to keep the cash tills jingling all the way to Christmas are invited to a November workshop, which promises to reveal some marketing tips to motivate visitors to spend more and stay longer.

The free marketing event is open to food and drink, retail, creative and tourism businesses in and around Haworth.

It will be held at Haworth YHA, Longlands Drive, Lees Lane, Haworth, from 3-5pm on November 7.

Tourism marketing specialist Susan Briggs will be giving insights into some of the techniques she has successfully used to boost numbers of high-spending visitors to other towns. Susan has 27 years’ experience of tourism marketing, and is author of several books on the subject.

The event has been organised by rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects together with Visit Bradford, and made possible by funding from the South Pennines LEADER programme and the Airedale Partnership.

The event is part of Pennine Prospects’ ‘local distinctiveness’ project, which helps businesses across the South Pennines to tap into local character, charm and quirkiness in order to boost trade.

The workshop will be an opportunity for businesses to pick up advice about practical, low cost marketing, and to find out more about the future activity of the local distinctiveness project, and how to get involved.

Rebecca Yorke, local distinctiveness co-ordinator for Pennine Prospects said: “Pennine Prospects’ local distinctiveness campaign is about using the character of an area – from its culture to its food and drink – to present a unique offer to customers. Tourists flock to Haworth for the Brontes, but there is also an amazing array of independent shops, artists and producers, and a fascinating local history, which can all be leveraged to keep people coming back for more.

“The workshop will be an opportunity to pick up some practical advice for using local distinctiveness in individual marketing activity. Attendees will also get to find out more about the next stages of the local distinctiveness campaign, and how they can benefit. The campaign has already made great progress, and we’re keen to get input into our future plans.”

To book a place, businesses should visit www.southpennines.co.uk/events.html and fill in the online form.



haworth news13/08/2012 - Haworth past comes to light during Church....

Haworth’s past comes to light during Church restoration.

Photo: Archaeologist Dr Angela Redmond pictured in front of Haworth Parish Church with the Georgian coin unearthed during the repair to the Church drains. Picture courtesy Haworth Church trustees.

Some of Haworth’s medieval and Georgian past has come to the surface during work being undertaken to repair Haworth Parish Church roof and tower.

The initial part of the project involved an overhaul of the Church’s blocked drainage system on the south-side of the building and, while they were being repaired, the opportunity was taken to stage the first ever recorded archaeological dig in one of the country’s most famous churchyard.

Archaeologist Dr. Angela Redmond oversaw the excavations and she made some exciting finds.

She said: “It was a pleasure and privilege to be involved and the project significantly increased our knowledge of the Church and its surroundings.”

They found traces of a Sixteenth Century roofline on the building; unearthed three previously unrecorded tomb stones including two which are very close to the Brontë family crypt; turned up a halfpenny minted during the reign of King George III in the late Eighteenth Century and discovered a medieval cross carved into a wall and the original flagged entrance to the Church that was on the site between 1600 and 1755.”

Added Dr Redmond: “It is entirely possible that there has been worship on the site of Haworth Parish Church since AD600. The first reference in writing to the Church was in 1197 and again in 1317 when there was a historical reference saying it had been there since ‘ancient times’.

“We’ve been excited by these finds and it would add considerably to our knowledge of the Church and its people through the ages if we could stage further excavations in the future. There are also other features we want to investigate while the scaffolding for the repair work on the Church is still in place.

Rev. Peter Mayo-Smith, the Priest in Charge at St Michael and All Angels, the name of Haworth Parish Church, said: “It is incredible to think that in preparing to make our Church fit for worship and community use in the Twenty First Century that we should learn so much about the history of the Church and its people.

“Dr. Redmond’s finds are fascinating and we hope that she has an opportunity to move her investigations further as the work to make the south roofs and tower progress.”


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