Internationally renowned Martin Roscoe will be perfoming in Brighouse for the first time in October 2020

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Culture has been affected massively by the coronavirus, but the charity Arts for Brighouse is planning an amazing festival for later this year.

Steven Lord, chair of Arts for Brighouse charity, said “In these times of great sadness and isolation, we are planning of the best festivals seen in Calderdale. We are listening closely to government advice, but it is looking likely that we shall be the first festival in Calderdale in the first week of October 2020”

With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. His enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship and his easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.


John Buxton, treasurer of the charity said “Its amazing to think we have Martin coming to Brighouse, and its thanks to our volunteers and our donated grand piano that means we can host such a world renowned pianist in Rastrick”.

With a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded, Martin continues to work regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, having especially close links with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has given over ninety performances. Other orchestral highlights have included BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Martin also performs widely across Europe, Canada, Australia and the Far East, sharing the concert platform with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Having made over 600 broadcasts, including seven BBC Prom appearances, Martin is one of the most regularly played pianists on BBC Radio 3. Martin has also made many commercial recordings for labels such as Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. He has recorded the complete piano music of Nielsen and Szymanowski, as well as four discs in the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series. For the Deux-Elles label, Martin has recorded the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, for which he received unanimous critical acclaim.

Join Martin Roscoe for this unique intimate concert in the beautiful setting of St Johns The Divine in Rastrick. Martin will be performing with a 1890s Bechstein Grand piano.

Martin Roscoe 250th Beethoven Anniversary Celebration Concert, Friday 9th October 2020, 7:30pm, St Johns the Divine Church, Rastrick, Brighouse, Calderdale, West Yorkshire. £18

Festival website: www.brighouseartsfestival.co.uk
Online Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/brighouseartsfestival

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Facing the Music – Dame Patricia Routlegde & Edward Seckerson at Brighouse Arts Festival

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Facing the Music – Dame Patricia Routlegde & Edward Seckerson


It is still one of the best kept secrets in show business that Dame Patricia Routledge trained not only as an actress but also as a singer and had considerable experience and success in musical theatre, both in this country and in the USA.

Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in the Styne-Harburg musical Darling of the Day and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Her one woman show Come for the Ride toured the UK in 1988 and in 1992, she played Nettie Fowler in the highly acclaimed production of Carousel at the National Theatre. In 1998, she was honoured with the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Matthew Harrison-Lord, Brighouse Arts Festival Director, said “This is the first time we have been able to book someone with such prestige, both in title and awards, and it is an honour to announce Dame Patricia as our headliner for our festival in October.”

Patricia Routledge and Edward Seckerson on stage at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester … photograph by Hattie Miles … 31.04.2012 … Free use when publicising shows and events staged by or in conjunction with Clive Conway Celebrity Productions. Please include the following photo credit: Hattie Miles for Clive Conway.

Dame Patricia, 91, is best known best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, for which she was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award. Her film appearances include To Sir, with Love (1967) and Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968). More appearances on television, include the monologues by Alan Bennett and Victoria Wood; appearing in Bennett’s A Woman of No Importance, as Kitty in Victoria Wood as Seen on TV, and being nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Bennett’s Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters. She also starred as the lead Hetty Wainthropp in the British television series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.


Steven Lord, Arts for Brighouse Charity Chairman, said “The conversation will be a beautiful evening of culture in the heart of Brighouse, and it is on my birthday, it’s not every birthday you get to spend it with a Dame who has an Olivier and Tony Award – this will be a top event”


Edward Seckerson, is well known for presenting BBC Radio 3 series Stage & Screen, in which he interviewed many of the most prominent writers and stars of musical theatre. He also regularly produces podcasts of interviews with notable musical and theatrical artists and makes regular appearanceson the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. Edward has also had a successful career in journalism and was the Chief Classical Music Critic for The Independent and The Sunday Correspondent as well as being the Classical Music Critic for The Guardian.


Facing the Music is a fascinating encounter with the writer, presenter and broadcaster Edward Seckerson, as Dame Patricia recalls this very special part of her career with access to some rare and treasured recordings.

Facing the Music with Dame Patricia Routlegde & Edward Seckerson, Saturday 10th October 2020, 7:00pm, St Martins Parish Church, Brighouse, Calderdale, West Yorkshire. £22.

Festival website: www.brighouseartsfestival.co.uk
Online Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/brighouseartsfestival
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Mental Health Awareness Level 2 training – Understanding stress

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Friday 25 October 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm
At The Room Brighouse, the Old Town Hall, HD6 1EA

Focus4success are pleased to be able to offer three units from Level 2 Mental Health Awareness
qualification.  Each unit can be accredited as a stand-alone unit and can also be used as part of accredited prior learning for anyone wanting to progress to the full qualification.

The first unit is Understanding stress.

Eligibility for fully funded courses as follows; 

Unemployed and in receipt of JSA, ESA or WRAG, Universal Credit or other State Benefit / Job seeking or working 16 hours or less a week and/or earning below £15,736.50 annual gross salary.

Must have lived in the UK or EU continuously for the last 3 years.

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required 3 years are eligible if they have refugee status, indefinite leave to remain or other (please enquire for more information).

Please contact Louise on info@focus4success.co.uk to book your place

Junior Animal Magic with Liz at Love Bread – This weekend!

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Junior Animal Magic with LizSunday 27 October 2019 – 10am to 3pm
At LoveBread CIC, Martin St, Brighouse, HD6 1DA

Wouldn’t it be great if we could make edible animals – well with Liz we can. Join her in this informal workshop to make a trio of your favourite animals, in the form of buns. Aimed at our younger bakers who would like to add a little fun into teatime.

There will be ‘Porky’ Pigs, some sweet little ‘Tweety Birds’ and ‘Tall Tiger Giraffes’

Avoid the stampede and book now – Tickets cost £25

N.B. – The recipes use Sesame

Halifax Spooktacular 2019 at Manor Heath Park – This Weekend

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Saturday 26 October 2019 – 5.30pm to 9pm
At Manor Heath Park, Manor Heath, Halifax, HX3 0EB

The Halifax Calder Rotary Club are DYING for you to join them at the annual Halifax Spooktacular, Charity Halloween Event.

With FREE Parking, Arena with FREE Family Entertainment, FREE Spooky Tunnel (Over twice the length of 2018’s!), FREE Treasure Hunt, FREE Fancy Dress Competition with Prizes, Charity Stalls, Refreshments and the biggest fireworks display in Calderdale – it’s perfect for all the family!

Tickets cost £7 per adult, £5 per child (3 to 15yrs) or £20 for a family of 2 Adults and 3 Children – Book online here

For more information, please visit www.HalifaxSpooktacular.com

Hocus Pocus at Eureka! Ages 0 to 11

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Currently ongoing! – Doors open from 9.30am

Hocus Pocus at Eureka!

Bubble, bubble, there’s toil and trouble at Eureka! this October half term, as a coven of witches and a convocation of wizards have flown in to use the children’s museum for their official Halloween recruitment drive.

The Eureka! Witches and Wizards will be putting apprentice magicians aged 0-11 years through a series of tasks and tests before they pledge allegiance, while mystical characters from Black Knight Historical will be conjuring up some truly magical classes in the Eureka! Theatre.

Spooky fancy dress encouraged! The museum will be opening its doors early at 9.30am on weekdays throughout half-term for eager visitors wanting to get their magic on before lunchtime.

For further information call  01422 330069 or visit www.eureka.org.uk

Spontaneous Potter Kidz at Square Chapel – Age 5+

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Spontaneous Potter KidzSaturday 26 October 2019 – 2.30pm
In the Red Brick Auditorium at Square Chapel, Halifax HX1 1QG

Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to the box office!

A very magical improv show awaits…

The smash hit Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. Hilarity ensues as an entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot – with live musical accompaniment!

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked online here

For further information call 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk


Public Open Day at Ravensprings Park – This weekend

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Owned by Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers, Ravensprings Park will be open to the public this weekend providing rides on two different railway tracks

Sunday 13 October 2019 – 1.30pm to 5pm
Ravensprings Park, Cawcliffe Road, Brighouse, HD6 2HP

Price is just £3 per adult and £2 per child – Find out more at www.bhme.co.uk

There is a large safe grassed area for children to play with refreshments and ice cream available in the club house.

Bookstart Busy Babies at Brighouse Library – Ages 0 to 2

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Songs and rhymes are the best introduction to the magical world of language and literature.

Come along to Bookstart Busy Babies for 40 minutes of songs and rhymes led by our Early Years Librarian and Early Childhood Music Specialist, Ben Lawrence.

You and your baby will explore traditional songs and rhymes and add new ones to your repertoire.

Sessions run from 10.30am to 11.10am on the following dates;

  • Tuesday 8, 22, 29 October 2019
  • Tuesday 5, 12, 26 November 2019
  • Tuesday 3, 17 December 2019
  • Tuesday 14, 21, 28 January 2020

Just £2 per child or FREE with a passport to leisure

All children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Booking is not required, please pay on the day. For more information please contact Ben Lawrence on 01422 392620.

Dog training and obedience course @TheSpace

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Happy Dog

This 10 week dog training course with The Happy Dog Training Academy starts on Wednesday 2 October 2019 at The Space, Field Lane, Rastrick HD6 3JT

Puppies (under 12 months) 7-8pm. Adult dogs (over 1 year) 8-9pm

We teach owners how to train their dogs with 1:1 tuition. We offer

  • general obedience training – sit, stay, down, walking on the lead and more
  • beginners obedience training to the Good Citizens Award standard
  • Health and nutrition

£40 for the 10 week course.

Up to date vaccination certificate needed on the first lesson. Maximum of 15 dogs per lesson so booking required. Email thehappydogtrainingacademy@gmail.com or phone 07490 719752.

Find us on Facebook @thehappydogtrainingacademy