Not Long Now for Le Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Millions of spectators will line the route for the four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race which run between Thursday 3 May – Sunday 6 May.

The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online now at letour.yorkshire.com/timings

Over 2.2 million people stood roadside last year to cheer on these two wheeled titans. Yorkshire knows how to support a bike race and Welcome to Yorkshire as an organisation strongly promotes these events. This kind of support just isn’t seen in most races in the cycling calendar. Secondly, the terrain. Yorkshire is as beautiful as it is brutal and the riders know that taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire will be rough and rewarding in equal measure.

Cyclists want a challenge and Yorkshire provides that in abundance. As Aqua Blue Sport rider Matt Brammeier summed up quite perfectly; “Without pain and suffering we would be nothing and life would get pretty boring. [The Tour de Yorkshire] provided a fair share for me this weekend but I bloody loved every minute.

For the women taking part in the two-day Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race, there are other aspects of huge significance. Most important of all is the parity that the race brings. The race takes place on the same roads that the men tackle. The race has one of the largest prize pots in women’s cycling and it gets the same, full television coverage that the men’s race does – exposure that is crucial for riders, teams and sponsors alike.

The 2017 event was particularly enthralling viewing as a world class field including Olympic Road Race champion, Anna van der Breggen, lit up the roads from Tadcaster, through the Yorkshire Dales. The finishing podium was made up of a two-time World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini and American pocket rocket Coryn Rivera. However, the top spot was reserved for someone much closer to home. The Yorkshire flags in Harrogate were waved all that bit more vigorously than usual as the county’s very own hero, Lizzie Deignan, spectacularly sprung a solo attack with 15km to go and powered her way to victory.

“The finish was so special and so surreal and it meant so much to me to receive such great support,” Deignan said afterwards. “It was incredible and I’m struggling to get my head around it. This is up there with the biggest wins of my career, definitely.”

This year sees both races move into new ground; as the Asda Women’s race doubles in length to become a two-day race and the men’s race also gains an extra day, taking it from three to four.

From a racing perspective, this is exciting as it gives both races more time to develop and it presents the stage planners with more chances to create truly spectacular stages.

From a fans perspective, it gives more people more opportunities to see their cycling heroes and allows for more of Yorkshire’s remarkable scenery and brutal climbs to be showcased too. On top of this, 50 per cent of the host towns for this year are first time hosts, with Barnsley, Halifax, Ilkley and Richmond joining Beverley, Doncaster, Leeds and Scarborough in welcoming this year’s race.

Celebrate 25 Years of Ravenscliffe School with Music and Dance

On Friday 11 May, 7:30pm Ravenscliffe High School is hosting a unique evening of music and dance, in celebration of 25 years of the opening of Ravenscliffe High School, Woodbank and Highbury Primary Schools.

The show features the remarkable and often unexpected talents of over 100 students from Calderdale’s three special schools and Copley Primary school.

Jam packed with live music, dance and performance both on stage and screen. The show promises to be a true celebration of 25 fabulous years for the schools. 

Tickets are £10 which includes £1.75 administration charge and are available from the box office at The Victoria Theatre or online at www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/victoria/visit/booking

This is Ravenscliffe’s 4th Victoria Theatre Event and they aim to make it be the best ever.

New Members Wanted for Allstars at Bradshaw Cricket Club

1 Month remains till the Official Launch of Allstars at Bradshaw CC – registration is open now!!

All Stars Cricket provides boys and girls from 5-8 years old with 8 weeks of non-stop fun. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.

By becoming an All Star your child will receive an exclusive Yorkshire All Stars Cricket Junior Vikings membership which gives your child access to all access to all Yorkshire domestic matches at Emerald Headingley and Scarborough (excluding the Vitality Blast fixtures against Lancashire Lightning) in 2018. Sign up to find out more!

Welcome back/Taster session – Friday 4 May, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Bring a friend session – Friday 11 May, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Official launch (session 1 of 8) – Friday 18 May 6.30pm-7.30pm

All sessions are at Bradshaw Cricket Club, Bradshaw Lane, Halifax, HX2 9XB

1st year activators get a starter Kit

  • Bat
  • Hat
  • Backpack
  • Ball
  • Personalised T-Shirt

Returning All Stars in 2018 will get NEW kit!

  • Bat
  • Ball
  • Stumps
  • Kit bag
  • T-shirt with new design!

For more information please contact Charlotte on 07399 457368 or email chazza_t403@hotmail.co.uk or visit the website.

Voluntary Action Calderdale AGM

VAC (Voluntary Action Calderdale) invite you to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting which is to be held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on Wednesday 2 May, 4:00pm-6:00pm.

There have been some major changes to the Voluntary and Community Sector over the past year and this meeting will allow you to find out more about the new Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance which is a partnership between six organisations, made up of four providers and two commissioning bodies, working together and sharing skills to benefit voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale:

  • Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC)
  • Sector Support Calderdale (North Bank Forum)
  • West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS)
  • Locality
  • Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group & Calderdale Council

To confirm attendance, please email info@cvac.org.uk of visit the Eventbrite page.

 

Shibden Hall – Closures Due to Filming of ‘Gentleman Jack’

In 2018 Shibden Hall will be involved in the filming of a new costume drama for the BBC and HBO.

“Gentleman Jack” will be an eight part series for television written by Sally Wainwright and starring Suranne Jones as Anne Lister of Shibden Hall.

In order to facilitate this Shibden Hall will be closed to the public from:

  • Monday 14 May until Sunday 22 July (10 weeks)
  • Monday 3 September until Sunday 21 October (7 weeks)

It will open for the summer holiday period and all of August.

Shibden Hall May Day Craft Fair

Visit the Shibden Hall May Day Craft Fair on Monday 7 May, an all-day event with admission just as the usual price (Adult £5.00, Concession £4.00 (Children 5 – 16 years / Senior Citizens /Passport to Leisure) Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children): £14.00)

Demonstrations of traditional crafts including pole lathing, blacksmithing and rag-rugging as well as local Celtic traditions such as building a green man.

Take part in May Day dancing and listen to traditional folk tales.

fairandfunky Fair Trade Conference for Primary Schools

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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