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haworth news15/06/2014 - The Official opening of Haworth Bandstand

Photos of opening of Haworth Bandstand here...

The 40 Year Wait is Finally Over!

The Friends of Haworth Park announce the official opening of the new Performing Arts Bandstand in Haworth Central Park by The Lord Mayor of Bradford, on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd of June 2014.

2.45pm Official Opening by The Right Worshipful, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr. Michael Gibbons

Haworth Central Park Bandstand
2.45 Lord Mayor formal opening
3.00. Haworth Band
3.30. Poetry & background music
4.00. Haworth Band
4.45. Song Birds
8.00. Asian Arts Dancers
8.30. Betsy & the Writer
9.15. Box Jellys
10.00. Foxes Faux
11.00 Goodnight!

(Running order subject to change)

The Friends of Haworth Park have been working for the last ten years to raise finance for a new version, fit for use in the 21st century. As you will see from the photo above, we have done away with the usual plinth, making it suitable for users of all abilities and allowing larger bands to perform without crowding.
Further innovations are a wood strip floor and a cantilevered top which has no supporting poles at the front, allowing drama, dance and other forms of music to be performed. This makes it far more useful for the community, yet still fitting in with the original 1920’s park design, now a conservation area and an English Heritage Grade II listed Park.

Haworth Central Park opened in 1927. The first performance on the new bandstand was by Haworth Brass Band.

Haworth Urban Parish Council was subsumed into Keighley in 1938. WW2 began the following year and post-war, there was little or no money for anything but essential maintenance.
By the early 1970’s, the structure which had had no maintenance since 1927 was in an unsafe state and it was dismantled and taken to Cliffe Castle in Keighley to be refurbished.
At this point the trail is lost. It may have been that during Local Authority reorganisation in 1974 when Keighley itself was subsumed into Bradford that this project fell through the cracks. Despite local people campaigning for its return, no trace or record of it remains.

The advent of Haworth, Cross Roads & Stanbury Parish Council in 1999 provided a voice and a petition was put in local shops in 2004 asking residents if they would support the return of a bandstand in Haworth Central Park. In just four days the petition received over 300 signatures, underlining the community support for its return.

In 2006, a Friends of Haworth Park Group was formed in partnership with the Parks Department and one of its briefs was to start the process for the return of this much loved focal point in the park.

A New Design
A design brief was produced and it was decided that as brass bands tend to be bigger than pre-war and to meet with the current disability legislation to do away with a raised plinth. A further innovation was to create a performing arts structure - a bandstand in appearance, but with a cantilevered front canopy so that two of the vertical posts could be omitted, to provide a proper stage, suitable for a wider range of different entertainment than a traditional bandstand. Help from Bradford Council in the form of design & planning permission – which included Conservation Area and English Heritage approval - helped to move the project forward.

People Power
Small grants from the Parish Council and the Keighley Coordinators Community Chest started the ball rolling. Collecting boxes appeared in local shops, with generous contributions from the public. Local fund raising events helped and then a major windfall came when the Worth
Valley Ward Councillors donated £10,000 from their fund following sale of Leeds Bradford Airport.

This, with money from the collecting boxes, private donations and generous help from Bradford Council saw the old base to be removed; new foundations, a new ground level base with a weather proof wooden strip floor and a new electrical supply put into place.

A contribution from The Lord Mayor of Bradford’s charity appeal 2010-11 added over £13,000 to the project and finally, in 2013, a Military Community Covenant Grant of over £40,000 was won, providing sufficient capital to complete the structure.

The project went out to tender in late 2013 and the performing arts structure was built by Andy Thornton Ltd and completed in early April 2014.

The 22nd June has been chosen for the official opening as a part of the week long Haworth Arts Festival, now in its 4th year.

Support For Our Armed Services
Haworth has proved over recent years to be a major fund raiser for service charities and part of the idea behind the Military Covenant Grant is to improve the interface between our armed services and the general public.

To this end, a series of band concerts are already in place for 2014, with other entertainments in the planning stage, all of which will be attended by military charities, helping to improve public awareness of the role our armed services play in the world.

About Haworth Park here...
About building Haworth Park here...
About Friends of Haworth Park here...
The Haworth Band website www.thehaworthband.co.uk (opens in a new window)

haworth news23/05/2014 - 2014 Council Election Result

Result for the Worth Valley Council Election held on Thursday 22nd May 2014 for the Worth Valley Ward: Conservative hold Worth Valley.

Miller Glen William Conservative 1384
Corkindale Peter Allan Gilchrist UK Independence Party 1169
Curtis Mark Bernard Labour 1067
Hickson Celia Ruth Green Party 310
Sykes Alan Liberal Democrats 104

Voting summary
Total electorate entitled to vote 10691
Total number of ballot papers received (including rejected papers)4043
Turnout 37.83%
Number of rejected ballot papers 9

2014 Election Results for Bradford District: www.bradford.gov.uk/asp/elections/resultsOverall
Election information and Haworth Village Representatives here...

haworth news02/05/2014 - Haworth Fire Station survival plan goes....

Haworth Fire Station survival plan goes to the next stage.
Cllr John Huxley, Chairman of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council and Cllr. Neal Cameron, chairman of Oxenhope Parish Council representing the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee met with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s Community Safety Committee to discuss the future of Haworth Fire Station on Friday, April 25th.

And the Community Safety Committee agreed a package that will enable the Parish and Town Councils from the Worth Valley to go to the next stage in their attempt to keep Haworth Fire Station as an emergency service centre for the valley and develop it into a safety hub for the whole valley.

In December 2012 the Fire and Rescue Authority approved a two-year moratorium on the proposed closure of Haworth Fire Station in order that discussions with Parish Councils in the valley concerning a community-led rescue plan could be fully explored.

Since that time discussions between Fire and Rescue’s senior officers and the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee have been taking place while various models and propositions were fully explored.

In January 2014 a conference concerning the future of Haworth Fire station and the community plans to keep a fire service presence in the valley as well as the creation of a centralised ‘blue light’ hub for the valley communities were explored with representatives from the Police, Fire and Rescue, Hill Rescue, District Councillors and Bradford Council officers.

What emerged from the conference was a blueprint for a community takeover of Haworth Fire Station building at the end of 2014 when it is scheduled for closure as a station manned by retained, part-time fire-fighters.

The take-over by the community involves the creation of a volunteer-run service that would be fully trained in fire prevention and other community safety skills. Ultimately it is hoped that the Centre could deliver the ambition of working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to gradually increase the skill-base to a point where a volunteer fire-fighting unit, complimentary to the full-time fire-fighting team at Keighley Fire Station could be established. If successful, this would be the first of its kind in West Yorkshire, although volunteer fire stations do exist in other parts of the UK.

Central to the discussions about the Fire Station’s future has been its development as a hub for not only Fire and Rescue within the Worth Valley but also its development into a base for Neighbourhood Policing and for the Calderdale Hill Rescue Service, who are responsible for the provision of safety cover from Calderdale as far north as Ilkley Moor.

Now the three local councils involved in the battle to keep Haworth Fire Station open through the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee: Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council, Keighley Town Council and Oxenhope Parish Council will have an opportunity to discuss in detail the package that the Fire and Rescue Authority are making available to them.

Cllr. Huxley, chairman of the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee, said: “We've been working very closely with the senior officer team at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to create a business model that would enable us to retain Haworth Fire Station as a sustainable and viable service centre for the Worth Valley communities.

“It has been a long process because there was no similar model in the country we could study. It’s a ground-breaking concept and what has become clear is that if we succeed in making it work it could provide the basis for other similar community-run schemes for rural communities faced with the loss of their local fire station.

“After all the discussions we've now reached a position where we can recommend to our respective councils a concept which we believe will give us the basis to ultimately keep fire-fighting in the Worth Valley and, at the same time, create a service centre that will keep our communities safe as well as provide excellent value for money.”

Now the plan will be tabled fur discussion at Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council’s next meeting on Tuesday, May 6th; Keighley Town Council’s Watch and Transport Committee on Monday, May 12th and Oxenhope Parish Council’s meeting on Wednesday, May 14th.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Steve Beckley said: “We are pleased to be able to support the Worth Valley Parish Councils in their desire to retain some kind of community safety services at Haworth fire station. We already use volunteers to support our community safety activity in some areas and this project offers an exciting opportunity to formalise a true partnership where local people contribute to keeping their community safe by preventing fires and other incidents such as road traffic collisions.

“The Worth Valley is a very safe place to live work and visit and we want to keep it that way. Emergency cover for the Worth Valley will continue to be provided by our professional firefighters at Keighley and Bingley, supported by other fire stations”.

Archive news from 21 October 2013 about Keeping Fire Fighting in the Worth Valley here...
Archive news from 19th December 2012 about Haworth Fire Station Public Meeting here...

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