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.

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Brighouse Artisan Market this weekend

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Sunday 29 September 2019 – 10am to 4pm

If it’s food you’re looking for, then look no further than Brighouse Artisan Market with locally made cheeses, bread made by local bakers, meat from local farmers and a great selection of cakes and sweets.

Jams and chutneys made from locally sourced fruits or delicious pork pies from a local pig farmer to a delicious chocolate fountain.

In case you feel hungry during your visit there will be a wide variety of street food, from a Pakistani street buffet to a hog roast or Mongolian stir-fry to Pie and Peas, there is sure to be something to tickle your taste buds.

There is a wide selection of locally produced crafts, ranging from jewellery to glassware, soaps to ceramics and bags to knitwear.

You can find out more about this at: Visit Calderdale .

Wellholme Park Children’s Centre – Open Morning

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Go along and take a look at some of the things that go on at Wellholme Children’s Centre.

Saturday 28th September 2019 – 10am to 12pm
Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse, HD6 4AF

  • Have a look around the fabulous nursery setting
  • Meet our dedicated nursery staff
  • Sample some of the delicious foods we serve to the children
  • See what extra-curricular activities are offered and more…

For further information please call us on 01484 714768

The Last Memory play in Elland

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Join Staying Well on Wednesday 25 September, 7pm at Elland Cricket Club for a performance of the moving play ‘The Last Memory’ by Alan Stockdill.

The play tells the story of how Talking Stock producer, Catherine Pasek cared for her father in his final years and the challenges and experiences of living with dementia.

Call us to book a FREE ticket or for more information – 01422 392767.the last memory.png

HAOS Productions presents Shrek The Musical

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Make way for some ogre-sized family fun as HAOS Productions brings the greatest fairy tale never told to the Victoria Theatre this summer.

18th to 22nd of September 2019 – 7.15pm
Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP

Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairy tales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Featuring all new songs as well as the cult Shrek anthem ‘I’m a Believer’, Shrek brings all the much-loved characters you know to life on stage – destined to delight audiences of all ages!

Tickets from £19.75*Click here for further details or to book.

Leaving the European Union – a message from Calderdale Council

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Message from Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of Calderdale Council
Leaving the European Union – our role in the Council

The Prime Minister has stated that the UK will formally leave the EU on 31 October 2019 with or without a withdrawal agreement. As that date approaches, the Council is busy planning to ensure that Calderdale is as prepared as it can be for whatever happens.

Read this latest update from Robin which includes a summary of the current position what it all means for Calderdale, what action the Council has already taken and what happens next.

If you need support to apply to the EU Resettlement Scheme, there are FREE sessions to help at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG

  • Wednesday 18 September 2019, 1pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019, 1pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday 13 November 2019, 1pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday 18 December 2019, 1pm – 3pm

On Saturday 7 September Customer First will also be at NHP’s Beechwood Big Picnic to advise local residents about the EU Resettlement Scheme.

Elland Show – 15 September

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elland show.jpgThe Rotary Club of Elland is organising its annual Elland Show on Sunday 15 September 2019 at Elland Cricket Club, Hullen Edge Rd, Elland.

Featuring displays of cars, Motorcycles, birds of prey, military vehicles, Ferrets and other attractions.

Food stalls will complement the attractions and craft stalls making for an enjoyable day for all.

Again, this year, a flypast by one of the BBMF ( Battle of Britain Memorial Flight ) aeroplanes is booked.

Something for all to see. Please go to for more information.

And if you want to bring your interesting vehicle along to display at the show, please see the website for details of how to book it in.

DoodFest 2019

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doodfest2.jpgDoodFest 2019 is a fundraiser that will be raising money to help provide guidance & support to young adults with Epilepsy, as well as their carers and families. Show your support by donating for your entry wristband for this fun packed day!

Saturday 14 September 2019 from 12noon – midnight at 30 Church Lane, Southowram, HX3 9TD

Tickets here

Please note that this is a CASH ONLY event!!!

– Talk Boy
– Regiment
– Taming Rayner
– Lady
– Allora
– Lagoons
– Artio
– Finn Crossley & Lunan
– DJ S H a U N a
– DJ’s Sunchyne & Lollipops

Food & Games – TBC

Want to show your support? Donate here:

We’re happy for all donations no matter the size.

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Bat Walk and Talk

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Saturday 14 September 2019, 7.30 – 9.30pm at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve, Elland

Hosted walk and talk by Calderdale Council Countryside team. Meet Robin Dalton at 7:30pm in the car park.

Bring torches/warm clothes/insect repellent etc.

If weather is adverse, folk can contact Robin on 07712867619 to check that the event is going ahead.

Overgate Hospice Midnight Walk

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The Midnight Walk is now in its 12th year and over the last 11 years has seen thousands of walkers take on the nighttime challenge for Overgate raising in excess of £560,000!

Choose from our 7 or 13 mile route and join us as we take to the streets of Calderdale in memory of our loved ones.

From midnight on Saturday 14 September through to Sunday 15 September

Price: £15. Tickets from

For more information about our Midnight Walk please contact the Fundraising Team on 01422 387121 or email

Overgate Hospice