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Still Time to See The Battle of Heptonstall Community Play at Halifax Minster

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The Brutish Multitude are a voluntary group that was formed in early 2018 in the ancient village of Heptonstall West Yorkshire, to research and produce a community play based upon the 1643 English Civil War battle, the Battle of Heptonstall.

The script for The Battle of Heptonstall was written over the summer by commissioned playwright and director Michael Crowley

The last of four shows will be at Halifax Minster on March 9th. There is promotional film about the play and the battle itself here.

“I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he; and therefore truly, Sir, I think it’s clear, that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government; and I do think that the poorest man in England is not bound in a strict sense to that government that he hath not had a voice to put himself under.

Colonel Sir Thomas Rainsborough, Leveller and MP for Droitwich, The Putney Debates 1647.

Tickets at £10 are available through Eventbrite.

 

Illuminating Halifax – Piece Hall, Square Chapel, Minster and more…

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Square Chapel, The Piece Hall and The Halifax Minster present

Illuminating Halifax

Fri 07 Dec—Mon 10 Dec
Times: Various at Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Piece Hall & Halifax Minster

Tickets: Free

This December Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax Minster and The Piece Hall, are lighting up their buildings in one mesmerising weekend of spectacular light.

 

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December

6pm | 7pm | 8pm | 9pm

Free to attend

Square Chapel Art Centre’s copper building will come to life in a 10 minute light and sound spectacular celebrating 30 years of the arts centre.


Halifax Minster

Sunday 9 December: 5.30pm | 6.30pm | 7.30pm | 8.30pm

Monday 10 December: 3.30pm | 4.30pm | 5.30pm | 6.30pm

Free to attend

Ceiling illumination at the Halifax Minster

Three Harps of Christmas at Halifax Minster

Monday 10 December, 8:00pm

Tickets £15

Join internationally renowned harpist Ruth Wall as she takes you on a candlelit journey through carols, medieval and new music on concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp at the wonderful Halifax Minster.

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The Piece Hall

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December

From dusk | Free to attend

The Piece Hall will house a frosted Christmas light installation that will illuminate using the beautiful historical cloth hall as a backdrop.

Christmas Services at Halifax Minster

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Halifax Minster has published the programme of services for December as follows;

  • Advent Carol Service – Sunday 2 December, 6:30pm
  • Carols at All Souls, Haley Hill – Sunday 9 December, 4:00pm
  • Christmas Carol Service – Sunday 23 December, 6:30pm
  • Christingle Services – Monday 24 December, 1:45pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm
  • Midnight Mass – Monday 24 December, 11:30pm
  • Christmas Day – Christmas Day, 9:00am, 10:30am

Remembrance Week in Calderdale

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On Sunday 11 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and events are taking place across Calderdale to mark this important occasion.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and as such, events as part of Remembrance Week this year will have particular significance.

The main focus for commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade from Halifax Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Duffy’s Park at Halifax Minster. The parade will leave the Town Hall at 10:20am and the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying will be held at the Cenotaph at 10:45am prior to the service inside Halifax Minster at approximately 11:30am.

As part of special commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, Calderdale Council is also taking part in the nationwide event, ‘Battle’s Over – WW1 Beacons of Light’.

The Last Post will be played outside Halifax Minster at 6:55pm followed by the lighting of the beacon at Beacon Hill at 7:00pm as part of a chain of over 1000 beacons around the country, symbolising the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Town Crier will give the ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ at 7:05 pm and the Minster bells will then ‘ring for peace’.

In addition, there will be a poppy exhibition in Halifax Town Hall throughout Remembrance Week.
The poppy exhibits have been made by individuals, schools and community groups  from across Calderdale and will be on display at Halifax Town Hall from 9:30am-4:30pm from Monday 5 to Friday 9 November and from 9:30am-4:30pm on Monday 12 November.

There will be Great War Poetry Readings at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm and a performance by the Hanover Girls’ Choir at the Minster on Saturday 10 November at 7pm.
The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Marcus Thompson, said:

“I’m proud to be representing Calderdale during Remembrance 2018. This year events will be particularly poignant as we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
I know local people will be keen to take part in services to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. The lighting of the beacon, alongside more than 1000 others across the UK, will be a moving tribute, as will the Town Hall’s poppy exhibition, which will feature hundreds of poppies made by people in Calderdale.”

To find out more about Remembrance Week and the Poppy Appeal, visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Halifax Minster Summer Festival – Senior Citizens Orchestra

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Senior Citizens Orchestra – Friday 6 July, 10:30am

This FREE event is aimed at older people, especially those who are often housebound and isolated, who may benefit from the opportunity to get out and about and enjoy listening to a melody of popular tunes played by Calderdale’s own Senior Citizens Orchestra led by Judith McLean. If you know people who would benefit from such an event like this, please bring them along. We would like to encourage Care Homes to organise transport for their residents to attend. This event is in partnership with Calderdale Council’s Staying Well Project.

Refreshments will be provided and served at the end of the performance.

Halifax Minster has been holding the Summer Festival from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 8 July with a variety of music, art, poetry and tours. The full program can be downloaded here.

West Yorkshire Police Summer Concert

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This year’s West Yorkshire Police Summer Concert will take place on Monday 18 June, 7:30pm-10:00pm at Halifax Minster.

Chief Constable, Dee Collins, is delighted to invite you to enjoy music from the West Yorkshire Police Brass Band, alongside other local performers.

The event is FREE but places are limited so to reserve a ticket please go to Eventbrite. Tickets will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis and are restricted to 4 tickets per request.

If you are unable to attend and no longer require tickets for this event could you please contact Jennifer Foster via email at jennifer.foster@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

fairandfunky Fair Trade Conference for Primary Schools

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On Friday 18 May at Halifax Minster will be the fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Primary schools.

The fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference brings together Primary Schools from across Calderdale to celebrate World Fair Trade Day. The conference will ignite enthusiasm and interest in both pupils and teachers to maintain awareness and understanding of Fairtrade and how it can be taught within busy classrooms.

Interactive workshops involving creative arts, drama, and real life stories, from fairandfunky, Fair Grounds, Fair Connections and Suma Wholefoods will take delegates on a Fairtrade Adventure around the world and discover how to take a break with Fairtrade!

The conference is supported by The Fairtrade Foundation and Eco-Schools, and will help schools progress on both the Fairtrade Schools Award and ‘Eco-Schools’ journey. During lunch delegates will be able to enjoy networking opportunity with sponsors and workshop providers and shop in the ethical marketplace. The event will close with certificate presentations from Holly Lynch MP.

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Overgate Hospice Christmas Carol Concert

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Overgate Hospice will be holding a traditional Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday 16 December, 7pm at Halifax Minster.

A wonderful evening of thrilling traditional music for all to sing, enhanced by exciting works from the famous guest band, Hammonds Saltaire Band with celebrity virtuoso cornet player Phillip McCann as well as special Carols by the Overgate Hospice Choir – a number of which involve audience participation too. Something for all the family. Early booking and arrival is advised for this perennially popular concert – one of the real highlights of the Calderdale Christmas Calendar.

Tickets: £12 can be obtained from Overgate Hospice, Elland, Harvey’s of Halifax, Shoesmiths on Commercial Street or by calling 01422 373252 or online from WeGotTickets.com(Booking Fee Applies).

Halifax Minster Christmas Carol Service

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Halifax Minster will be holding their Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 17 December, 6.30pm

This candle-lit service tells the story of Jesus’ birth through readings and carols. Music will be performed by the Minster choirs, organ and brass, with traditional carols sung by everyone.

Christmas Tree Festival at Halifax Minster

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Halifax Minster will be holding a Christmas Tree Festival from Friday 1 December – Monday 4 December.  Open from 10am – 4pm (except Sunday 12noon-5pm), 32 Christmas trees will adorn the Minster for this new annual event.

The trees have been sponsored and decorated by different organisations across the town for people’s enjoyment.

Entrance: Adults £2, Children FREE.

Refreshments will be available and the Minster shop will be open.