Much loved Yorkshire folk duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow have suddenly been propelled into newfound fame for penning the theme tune for Sally Wainwright’s hit BBC1/HBO drama ‘Gentleman Jack’, earning them global admiration, appearances on TV, and Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
Matthew Harrison-Lord, Brighouse Arts Festival Director, said “I cannot believe we have managed to book O’Hooley & Tidow for their 10 year celebration concert as they gain international fame from the Gentleman Jack series. Once again, we have managed to bring huge acts to Brighouse – a town that normally gets forgotten about when it comes to the big artists and acts”
Belinda and Heidi’s boundless songwriting has been described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional’ and The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.’ From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way.
John Buxton, Arts for Brighouse Charity Trustee, said “We know and love their work as local Calderdale artists, it’s great to see them catapult into fame because of Anne Lister and Shibden Hall’s history. Brighouse’s direct connection is that Anne Walker is buried at Lightcliffe, part of Brighouse and Lower Calderdale”
Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6 Music’s Tom Robinson says ‘They sing together in the way families do. Normally, you only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like TheCoppers or The Watersons.’
10 Years of O’Hooley & Tidow, Friday 2nd October 2020, 7:30pm, St Martins Parish Church, Brighouse, Calderdale, West Yorkshire. £20.
‘I have just listened to your track, ‘Beryl’, with tears in my eyes! It’s beautiful and brilliant.’ Maxine Peake
A MOJO MAGAZINE TOP 10 FOLK ALBUM
Nominated four times for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’.
‘England’s answer to the McGarrigles.’ * * * * * The Guardian
‘Brave, beautiful and full of love.’ Martin Simpson
‘Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.’
* * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month
‘Have Belinda and Heidi done it again? Certainly.’
* * * * * R2
‘Dense, complex, beautifully performed.’
* * * * Songlines
Festival website: www.brighouseartsfestival.co.uk
Online Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/brighouseartsfestival
On Saturday 9 December, 9am – 4pm Santa comes to Shibden.
Receive a present from Santa, a £5 voucher to use at the Mereside Cafe, a ride on the land train and a ride on the miniature railway (children must be accompanied by a responsible adult for both rides)
£12 per child plus £3 per accompanying adult.
The Friendly Brass Band will be providing live music on the day and other entertainment includes a raffle, Christmas Bran Tub and Letters to Santa.
Bookings are now being taken at the Mereside Cafe between 9am and 11am each day 01422 382959
The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch are hosting their third Big Walkies – a sponsored dog walk for both 2 legged and 4 legged supporters to help raise funds for their local RSPCA Centre.
The 3k walk will take place in the beautiful grounds of Shibden Park, Halifax on Sunday 24 September at 11am. All sponsorship raised will go towards providing care, training and rehabilitation to the current – and future – animals looking for their forever homes in Calderdale and Kirklees.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome and there’s even more to experience on the day with fun stalls and games for the whole family and their pooches to enjoy.
This year Fay Gibbons (RSPCA Events Coordinator) will be taking on the role of lead walker along with one of the centre’s lucky pooches! Fay said “I can’t wait for the return of the Big Walkies to Shibden Park this year. We always have such fun with the local community and it’s an event that really helps us raise awareness of the amazing animal welfare work our branch does and gives us the opportunity to raise vital funds to support this work too.”
“It really is a beautiful, scenic walk and it’s great to see so many excited pooches flock to Shibden Park for the best walk ever! I couldn’t help but get involved with the walk myself and I hope this will give us the opportunity to show off some of our current doggy residents looking for their forever homes. We hope to see lots of people and pooches there but if you can’t make it and still want to support us, you can donate through our justgiving page too.”
To register please visit www.rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk It’s only £5 and once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack and Big Walkies wristband. All sponsorship raised will go directly to the local RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Centre, which is a self funded branch of the National RSPCA responsible for raising their own funds within the local area.
Meet members of Calderdale Countryside & Woodland Service at the front of Shibden Hall on 9 August at 10.30 or 13.00 for a session of minibeast hunting in Cunnery Wood and the surrounding meadows.
Cost £3.30 per child (£2.30 for Passport to Leisure holders).
Booking not required, just turn up for the session that suits you best – No dogs allowed!
Shibden Park is a large expanse of parkland with a lake, model railway, children’s play area and cafe all within easy reach of the lower car park. Further up the park there is Shibden Hall a 600+ year old listed timber framed hall. A little higher and a trip through a short tunnel will bring you to Cunnery Wood, newly planted woodland in the area formerly known as the Halls kitchen garden. There is something for everyone in this wooded parkland very close to the centre of Halifax.
The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch and the Shibden Park Rangers invite you to the Shibden Dog Day!
Join them at Shibden Park, Halifax on Thursday 27 July 12pm – 4pm
The Fun Dog show starts at 12:30pm along with ‘Have a Go Agility’, stalls and games too!
Entry to the event is free, but donations are welcome!
Dog Show classes cost £1 per entry and the classes are:
Class 1 – Best Trick
Class 2 – Eyes that will melt your heart
Class 3 – Best Child Handler (8 and under)
Class 4 – Puppy Love
Class 5 – Waggiest Tail
Class 6 – Best Junior Handler (9yr – 15yr)
Class 7 – Golden Oldie
Class 8 – Fancy Dress
Class 9 – Dog Judge Would Take Home!
Overgate Hospice invite you to help us light up Shibden Park Lake by sponsoring a lantern, which will be floated on Shibden lake at sunset on 3rd June. You are welcome join them from 8:30pm for reflection and remembrance of loved ones at this special event.
For further information, contact the Fundraising Department
Tel: 01422 387121 – E-mail: email@example.com
On May 14, meet Chris Sutcliffe at Cunnery Wood, Shibden for a family friendly session of practical work looking after the nature reserve.
Session runs 10am – 3pm.
Please ring 07769 9954956 for more information.
Dare you join ghosts and ghouls for a spooky walk around Shibden Estate and a night of Halloween fun?
– Thursday 27 October at Shibden Park – The junior walk starts at 5.30pm and fireworks at 7.30pm which will be followed by a second walk.
Admission prices will be confirmed shortly – The walk, entertainment and fireworks display are included in the entry price but rides, refreshments and additional activities in the park will be charged separately.
A Park and Ride service will be running from Eureka by the train station.
Wear warm clothing and suitable footwear and remember to bring a torch. Unfortunately, both walks are not accessible for wheelchairs or push chairs.
The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch are hosting their second Big Walkies – a sponsored dog walk for pooches and their owners to show their support for their local RSPCA Centre.
Sunday 25 September at 11am
At Shibden Park, Godley Ln, Halifax, HX3 6XG
To register please visit www.rspca.org.uk/bigwalkies it’s only £10 and once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack, T shirt and dog bandana.
All sponsorship raised will go directly to the local RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Centre, which is a self funding branch of the National RSPCA responsible for raising their own funds within the local area.
Enjoy family fun with your pooch at Shibden Park Dog Day with stalls & games, fun dog show and Have a Go Agility.
Thursday 28 July – 12pm to 4pm
At Shibden Park, Godley Lane, Halifax, HX3 6XG
For enquiries call RSPCA Branch Office on 01422 341160 or Shibden Hall on 01422 352246.