Friends of Beechwood Park minutes of last meeting – 7 August

Read the minutes of the last Friends of Beechwood Park meeting held at St. Andrew’s Church on Tuesday 7 August 2018.

The minutes include park issues and residents feedback as well as funding news and feedback from local events. Further inclusion is encouraged to ensure the future of the group and to make sure that the views of all the local residents and those using the park are heard.

Read the latest minutes online here…

Beechwood Park is one of Calderdale’s best kept secrets!

This Local Nature Reserve and urban park is situated off Beechwood Drive within walking distance of a number of schools in North Halifax and as you may be aware it used to be home to an army camp.

It’s not all nature though, this park offers great facilities to cater for all ages and preferences including parks, football pitches, a bike track, crown green bowls and for those of you who enjoy working out, you can find some fantastic gym style equipment dotted around.

If you head up towards the more wooded area of the reserve (Tar Hill) you may even be fortunate enough to spot a member of the Roe Deer family that reside there so be sure to have a camera with you on your next visit just in case.

The Friends of Beechwood Park Group consists of local residents who work tirelessly to keep improving this outstanding place with litter picks and other beneficial activities.

If you are interested in being part of the Friends of Beechwood Park Group, call Tony King or Dan Marham on 0300 555 0266 for information and dates of future meetings or email


Halifax Steampunk Market Comes to Calderdale Industrial Museum

Halifax Steampunk Market will be held Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018, 11:00am-5:00pm at Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Rd, Halifax HX1 1QG.

Outdoor entertainment is to be confirmed but there will be a flying display from one of Amy Jo Lawrance​’s owls from her Flying Squadron on both days at 1:00pm. This will most likely be in grounds of the Piece Hall which is immediately behind the museum.

Recruiting for the Coffee Jousting (that’s right!) commences from 3:00pm for the tournament to take place at 4:00pm on the Saturday only.

Captain Cumberpatch’s Curious Creations will be donating medals for the prizewinners (silver, gold and two bronze) and one also for the Coffee Jousting Beanmaster (the host).

There will be a tombola run to raise money for a named charity which all the traders will be donating to.

A vintage tearoom will be there for the weekend selling lovely homemade cake and cuppas. There will be no hot food vendors outside this time as there’s very little outdoor space plus the museum backs onto the Piece Hall where there are other cafes for normal food plus there is a Burger King just the other side of the museum.

Don’t forget you need to pay admission to the museum itself as you will be able to see all the exhibitions there as well.

Customers will be paying normal admission to the Industrial Museum itself to be able to access the traders as you will be mixed in with the whole building, the displays and the layout.

Admission prices are: £5 per adult. Concessions £4. Accompanied children enter free.

If you are interested in trading please email

Circus Starr Inclusive Circus Visits Bradford


Circus Starr will stage two free, relaxed Big Top shows for an audience of 1000 local children and their carers who are often excluded from these kind of events because of their needs and circumstances.
This 30 year old social enterprise offers all the things you would expect of the traditional Big Top spectacle – energetic acrobats, daring aerialists and a very mischievous clown – but it’s the audience that sets their events apart.

The performances will be at Peel Park, Bolton Road, Bradford, BD2 4BX where the show times will be  4.45pm and 7:00pm.

Tickets are funded by local businesses looking to give back to the most over-looked in their communities and are pre-allocated to families who struggle to go to or enjoy a live performance.

Michelle Crossley, one of the Directors of Circus Starr explains:
“The barriers families face to accessing creative and cultural activities are many and varied. Some families simply can’t afford or have a child with a disability whose needs aren’t being met elsewhere.
The atmosphere in our Big Top is warm, friendly and extremely relaxed. Children are encouraged to be themselves – shout out, move around, dance or take time out if they need to. We’re officially a tut-free zone!”

Circus Starr will be touring the UK until Thursday 14 June on a mission to reach as many children and their families as possible. It’s the only circus performing one day stands and moving location every other day.

2018 also marks the 250th anniversary of Philip Astley’s first circus on the banks of the Thames. The traditions and power of circus to unite communities, wow audiences and restore hope in a world where anything is possible lives on through the work of Circus Starr.

For more information email

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Halifax Hidden Gems Tours

Halifax’s hidden gems are set to be revealed in all their historic glory thanks to a special tour, either on foot or by bus during the Halifax Heritage Weekend.

The tour has been organised by Halifax Minster with the support of businesses and heritage sites across Halifax. There will be a number of tours, the first being Thursday 6 September at 11:00am, 2:00pm & 3:00pm.

There will also be tours over the following days on;

  • Friday 7 September: 11am, 2pm & 3pm
  • Saturday 8 September: 10am, 11am, 2pm & 3pm
  • Sunday 9 September: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3pm

Take part to delve into the fascinating history of the town and perhaps uncover some surprises along the way.

£5 per person Booking ESSENTIAL by either the Halifax Minster website or Eventbrite.

Walking Tours (1.5 hours start at the Town Hall and end at the Minster)


No Man’s Land by Youth Music Theatre UK

The Youth Music Theatre UK is coming to Square Chapel Arts Centre with a performance of No Man’s Land on Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August (various times).

A young woman, driven by the promise of freedom and what it seems to offer, leaves everything behind. But at what cost?

This physically visceral and immersive, promenade show, features a 38-strong all-female cast. Inspired by a true story, it tackles contemporary themes such as community, belonging, migration and repression.

Director/Choreographer Rachel Birch-Lawson harnesses the experimental spirit of devising and ensemble work in creating a unique production that not only challenges the conventions of musical theatre, it breaks the mold.  While Nicola Chang’s (STOMP!) intricately woven score blends contemporary, classical and electronic music, layered with live choral qualities and rhythmic textures, to create a breathtakingly fresh soundscape.

Part of Youth Music Theatre UK’s boundary pushing Dance Connections series that boldly combines complex vocal soundscapes and improvisation with daring contemporary movement.

Concept & Choreography by Rachel Birch-Lawson

Composer & Musical Director Nicola Chang

Choreographer & Rehearsal Director Khyle Eccles

K9 Party in the Park at Manor Heath

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch are inviting all two legged and four legged friends to their annual ‘K9 Party In The Park’ on Sunday 9 September 2018, 12:00pm-5:00pm at Manor Heath Park, Halifax HX3 0EB.

The self funded branch is hoping to raise crucial funds for the animals in their care, whilst having some fun in the sun and partying with local supporters and their canines!

The event is free but donations are greatly received and all party-goers will receive a free goodie bag! The dog show can be entered from 11.30am on the day and is just £1.50 per class. ‘Best Rescue’, ‘Puppy Love’, ‘Best Junior Handler’ and ‘Celebrity Dog Look-a-like’ are just a few examples of some of the classes that will be running on the day.


  • 25 Class Dog Show
  • Fun games
  • Great Food Vans
  • Delicious Ice Cream
  • A variety of fun and interesting local stalls
  • Have-a-go Agility
  • Staff on hand to help with behavioural advice
  • Great music all day

and lots more to keep the whole family, four-legged or two-legged highly entertained!

To find out more about K9 Party visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and Dsitrict branches website here: You can also find out more on Facebook by searching for ‘K9 Party In The Park 2018’.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.

Go Up Wainhouse Tower on Bank Holiday Monday!

On Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August, why not climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase of Wainhouse Tower to take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate 77 metre (253 foot) high Victorian chimney!

Unfortunately, the last time that you should have been able to go up the tower in May, it was snowing so much that the event had to be called off for safety reasons. Somehow, I don’t think that we will have the same problem this time!

Wainhouse Tower will be open from 11:00am to 4:00pm (last ascent 3.30pm).

Prices are Adult £3; Children & Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £2.50; Child PPL £2; Family ticket ( 2 Adult & 2 Children ) £10.

For further information please contact Dawn Mitchell on 07540 674307 or email

For more on the history of the Tower, see: History of Wainhouse Tower.