Mar

Calderdale Heritage Walk: When Panic Seized the Town

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In the summer of 1892, Brighouse became a ghost town. Streets were deserted, schools were closed and church attendances plummeted. The reason for the panic was an epidemic of smallpox, the most dreaded of contagious diseases which struck fear into people living across the district.

Starting in Clifton in April, the disease quickly spread to Brighouse, Rastrick, Hipperholme and Southowram throughout the summer months. Twenty-six people died during the 1892 outbreak and many more were infected. The outbreak was considered so serious that a new isolation hospital was built in Clifton.

Join John Brooke on Sunday 25 March, 2:00pm for a guided walk around the key sites in Clifton.

To check if a walk has been cancelled please check Facebook

For more information on this and future walks visit www.calderdaleheritagewalks.org.uk/current.html

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2018 – Sunday 18 March

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The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

NWG are committed to the fight against CSE and supporting victims and their families who are subjected to child sexual exploitation. But they cannot succeed without the support of people like you.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. Safeguarding children is everybody’s business. Any child can be sexually exploited no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, whether a boy or a girl from any background.

Together, we can work to inform, educate and prevent this form of child sexual abuse within the UK.

Rastrick SJ Scouts Group Fund Raising Pub Quiz

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On Friday 23 March, 7:30pm Rastrick St. John’s Scout Group will be holding a Pub Quiz to raise funds to keep the group running at St. John’s Community Hall, St John’s Street, Rastrick.

£3 per team member includes a Pie ‘n’ Peas Supper can be paid on the day or before.

You are free to bring along your own drinks, alcoholic or otherwise.

If you would like to come please email connor.michaels@btinternet.com to ensure there are enough pies!

Illustrated Historical Talk: More Calderdale Murders 1556-1964

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On Tuesday 20 March, 7:30pm at Carlton United Reformed Church, Halifax, David Glover will give an illustrated lecture for Halifax Antiquarian Society.

Who killed the Vicar of Halifax in his home? Why was the Excise Collector slain in Savile Park Road? Who went mad and killed his boss in the newspaper office? Who was guilty of infanticide at Rhodesia Avenue?

Hear also about the tragic death of Mary Hackett in 1953 and the unsolved slaughter of Vicky Williamson at Barkisland in 1964. A wide selection of grisly tales.

Not for the faint-hearted!

Print of the Halifax Gibbet in use, from Thomas Allen’s A New and Complete History of the County of York (1829)

A Celebration of Square Chapel – Ensemble 360 & The Hepton Singers

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On Saturday 24 March, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium of Square Chapel Arts Centre, there will be a Celebration of Square Chapel by Ensemble 360 & The Hepton Singers.

Commissioned by the Centre, composer Paul Robinson has written an entirely new piece of music setting excerpts of a verse by the over 50’s Creative Writing group and the original poem written by the founder of the Chapel, Titus Knight.

This concert weaves the history of Square Chapel, the important role it plays in the community and where it is today. Ensemble 360 will also perform Debussy’s dreamy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune and a vibrant selection of Shostakovich’s ‘jazz’ music.

The commission was sponsored by Robin and Jessica Sutcliffe (Founders and patrons of Square Chapel Arts Centre).

Tickets: £18 (£15 concessions) can be obtained from the Square Chapel website.

Lates at Eureka! – Explore the Museum Without the Little Ones

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Ever wanted to explore Eureka! without the little ones? Here’s another chance with Eureka running another Lates evening!

On Thursday 22 March, 6:30pm–9:30pm join an adults-only (but not entirely grown up) evening.

 

Join in with adult-sized explosive science demos (possibly involving setting fire to people).

Explore the museum – at your pace and with no pesky kids hogging the exhibits.

Your last chance to check out digiPlaySpace – it’s just as cool for grown up kids.

Free car parking included.

Plus there’ll be a bar in the museum for your favourite tipple and nibbles available from the café.

Tickets are just £8 but are limited so book NOW on Eventbrite Lates at Eureka!

For more information, visit What’s On at Eureka!

Afternoon Dance at Square Chapel

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Monday 26 March, 1.30pm–4:00pm at Square Chapel for just £4 including refreshments.

Join in with the monthly Afternoon Dance in a wonderfully atmospheric auditorium, with a mix of ballroom and sequence dancing for the over 50’s. The professional dance tutor, Andrea, is on hand to support the class – it’s a wonderfully friendly and fun group and a great way to meet new people.

For more information contact Michaela O’Sullivan, Head of Audiences, or Kane Rattray, Education and Outreach Manager at info@squarechapel.co.uk or call 01422 353073.

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Film Club at Central Library and Archives – The Moderns

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Be among the first to ever watch a film in the new Media Store. Explore the newly-built venue with clearer screen and true surround sound.

Showing on Wednesday 21 March, 2:00pm-4:00pm will be ‘The Moderns’.

Directed by Alan Rudolph this is a dryly comic kaleidoscope set in the birth of modern art in Paris, featuring Keith Carradine as a laconic artist commissioned to copy masterpieces and getting caught up in love and the business of fine painting.

Admission is FREE but since seating is limited, you will need to book a ticket – either by phone or in person from Central Library and Archive