8th May 2016
Holywell Green & Stainland United Reformed Church
On a wonderfully sunny afternoon, our community of bakers descended on Holywell Green and Stainland Church Hall for the 4th Holywell Green Village Bake-off.
There were some wonderful bakes on display, especially from our contingent of junior bakers.
Thanks must go out to our Judges Philippa Atkin and Jackie Squires from Sowood WI and Pat Hand from Bev's Baps in West Vale.
The winners were as follows:
7th April 2016
Elland Golf Club, Hammerstone Leach Lane, Elland, HX5 0TA
Following his success at the Holywell Community Music Festival in 2015, Dave Nachmanoff was back at Elland Golf Club as part of his solo European Tour. Dave has been joined on this tour by rhythm guitarist and photographer Anne Burghard.
A fabulous evening was had by the well attended audience, with another festival favourite, Plumhall opening the evening with their set of wonderfully crafted songs, sublime music and harmonies.
Dave took us upto the interval singing songs from his new album, Spinoza's Dream, a cleverly crafted, philosophically themed album, featuring musicians who played with Al Stewart on his classic albums. On a couple of songs Dave invited Nick and Michelle from Plumhall to join him on backing vocals.
At the interval, everyone tucked into the delicious Steak Pie and peas, prepared by the Golf Club Steward Tracey, and readied themselves for the second half of the show..
The second half followed the same format as the first with Plumhall performing their second set, and Dave Nachmanoff completing the evening with his set of philosophical songs and songs from previous albums including a rousing rendition of 'Sheila Won't Be Coming Home', with Plumhall providing backing vocals.
Thanks must go out to Dave and Plumhall for a fabulous evening of music, John Walsh for organising the evening, Bev Walsh and Emma Smith for manning the door, Heather Stead for Raffle Ticket sales, Dave Kingman for his help setting up, Martyn Foulds for comparing the evening, Tracey for the fabulous food and finally the golf club bar staff for keeping our glasses full!
Now for the summer festival ... watch this space!
Here is a taster of the evening with that Holywell favourite.
Sheila Won't Be Coming Home
Friday 30th October 2015
What a great night was had by all.
We were surprised yet again by the support we received from the 80+ children and their parents who turned up for the Holyween Spooky Story Trail. An what costumes were on show as well...very scary!
So, popular was this event that we had to stagger the groups being taken down to Shaw Park, where they were met by the contaminated gateway, before proceeding through the smog to be confronted by the demonic Undertaker (actually it was Chris our Vice Chairman!) and then onwards to through the park meeting the spooky characters who were telling the story of the demise of poor Joe Shaw who fell to pieces on Halloween.
Then it was back to the car park by the Holywell Inn for hot-dogs, soup and for the adults a nice cold beer from our first, and very successful, 'Pop-up' pub.
First of all we are forever grateful to the A Level Drama Students from Brooksbank (Emily Locke, Meg Broadbent, Ellie Drinkwater, Michael Dickinson, Sarah Walton, Alice Lelliot and their Drama Teacher Kathryn Steward), they looked fantastic in their costumes, and from what we hear very scary!
We would would also like to thank Ian and Linda Whiteley for their hard work organising the event, Emma Smith, Callum Stead, Laura Hopkinson, Shannon Kirkham, Heather Whitehead, Iris Whitehead, and all the members of the committee who helped out on the evening.
Saturday 5th September, Holywell Green & Stainland United Reformed Church
A wonderful afternoon was had by green fingered members of the community, and some who came from as far away as 'Brighouse'.
There was a fine selection of fruit, vegetables, preserves and new for this year Eggs.
The Fruit and Vegetable classes this year were won by Ian Nicholson, which also meant that he collected the 'Best in Show' title. The preserves class ws won jointly by Colin Lister and Phillipa Atkin. The winner of the inaugural Egg class was Philip Noble. The children's 'Garden on a Plate' competition was won by Kitty Kingsnorth for her amazing Wizard of Oz garden.
Throughout the afternoon, there was a steady stream of visitors coming through to view the produce and as always eat cake and drink tea!
It was nice to hear from one elderly lady that she had had a super 'unplanned' afternoon out with her daughter and was looking forward to the next event. Comments like this brings home just why we are working so hard on this campaign.
Thanks must go out firstly to our judges Paul Hirst, from Wyevale - Birchencliffe for his expertise in judging the Fruit, Veg and Preserve categories and Anne Smith for judging the new Egg class.
Also thanks go to all those who provided plant for the plant sale: Wyevale - Coley, Coley Garden Centre (Denholme), Kershaws Garden Centre (Brighouse), Wyevale - Birchencliffe, Calderdale MBC, Newbank Garden Centre (West Vale), Morrisons and Colne Valley Garden Centre.
Thank you also for our raffle prize donations from Hoults Wine Merchants, Carol Lloyd, Shannon Kirkham, Da Sandros Restaurant, Willow Tree Cafe, Cinamon @ The Mill, Cafe Thai, Catch and Fat Cat.
What a spectacular weekend!
After having to cancel the INN-Ovation music festival at The Brooksbank School, we are sure we had many people doubting our abilities to arrange a major event...how wrong could they have been.
With only 3 weeks to go before the curtain went up, we assembled a host of international stars, local heroes and stars of the future to set Elland Golf Club on fire with 3 evenings of sensational music.
Not only did the artists come from far and wide, but we had members of the audience from Canada, Brighton, Cheshire, Bracknell and Holland.
The whole event couldn't have gone any better, with all three nights buzzing with a well attended audience and amazing music throughout.
Thanks must go to our sound engineer Paul Smith for the use of his PA system and the excellent sound he produced, Dave and Viv Boardman - Dave for his wizardry on stage as our compare and Viv for her artist liaison, Bev, Emma for handling the tickets on the door and Heather, Laura and Shannon for their fantastic efforts with the raffles and to Tracey and her staff for the wonderful food and Harry and all the other Bar staff.
We must also thank all those who provided raffle prizes, Black Sheep Brewery, Elland Brewery, James Clay, Shrewdd Marketing, Guitar Zone, Watt Exercise, Yorkshire Advanced Aesthetics, Halifax Drum School, Bradford Sub-Aqua Club and all the artists for donating their CD's.
Easter Egg Hunt
28th March 2015, 10:30am - Shaw Park, Holywell Green
Unfortunately, the Easter Eggstravaganza had to be cancelled today as a result of the atrocious weather conditions. We hope there were not too many disappointed Egg Hunters out there, but we have to think about the welfare of the younger end of our community.
We are very sorry, but hopefully the sun will shine on us next year!
Holywell Green for the second year running welcomed TV's Tim Hogarth to Holywell Green & Stainland United reformed church for an extremely well attended Antiques Valuation Day.
All kinds of valuable and not so valuable items were looked at by Tim, and some people even walked away with cash for their collectibles.
The church hall was busy all afternoon, with attendees patiently waiting for Tim to give them the low down on their possessions, while enjoying a cuppa and a slice of cake.
A further £500 was raised towards the Holywell Community Pub Campaign, but there is much further to go. Thank you to all of you who supported the Antiques Valuation Day, it is very much appreciated.
If you would like to find out more about the campaign, why not join us at the Duke of York in Stainland for one of our bi-weekly open meetings. Check the events calendar for details of the next one.
Well, another successful Holywell Community Pub community event took place at the weekend with plenty of green fingered locals turning up to present the fruits of their labour (pardon the pun) at the second Holywell Green Garden produce Show. The show was very well attended with over 60 competition entries, with the group raising over £300 towards the Holywell funds.
A vast array of produce was on show, with Alison Cowton of Holywell Green winning the coveted Garden Produce Show shield. 2nd Prize was won by Philip Noble with R Scott picking up 3rd prize.
A complete list of section results can be found in the attached document.
Thanks must go to our sponsors Armitages Home and Garden Centre, Birchencliffe for supplying the overall prizes and to our judge Andrew Tyres, Centre Manager at Armitages Home and Garden Centre. Thanks must also go to:
Morrisons (Elland), Asda (Halifax), Tesco (Halifax & Brighouse)), Sainsbury's (Halifax), Wilko's (Halifax), Kershaws Garden Centre (Brighoulse), Coley Garden Centre (Coley), Colne Valley Garden Centre (Holmfirth), B&Q (Huddersfield) for providing raffle prizes and plants for sale on the day.
On a wet Sunday in Peoples Park, Halifax, the team attended Calderdale Neighbours Day, with a mission of defending their title of 'Best Dressed Stand'.
The mountain bike trailer was set up and looked great, but unfortunately, we were unable to retain our title.
We did have some consolation in the fact that we raised anothe £179 towards the cause.
Thank you to all those that helped on the day and to Steve Blackman from North Bank Forum for all his organising the event.
There was not a soggy bottom in sight on Saturday 10th May at the Holywell Green Bake-off.
There were some fabulous entries in all categories and plenty on sale to sample for those not entering the competition.
1st prize in the Junior section was won by Holly with a fantastic Black Forrest Gateaux, 2nd prize was won by Joshua (Holly's brother) with his stunning Banoffee Pie and 3rd prize was won by Olivia Lane with her wonderful Star shaped chocolate cake, and Emma Smith won 4th prize with her Mars Bar cake.
In the Savoury section the winner of 1st and 2nd prizes was Philippa Atkin with her Scotch Eggs and Hamhock Terrine. 3rd prize, with his Quiche, was John Walsh.
In the Sweet section, the winner was Margaret Ramsbottom with a wonderful Date & Walnut cake, 2nd prize went to Gillian Barker with a fantastic selection of cup cakes, and 3rd prize was won by Eileen McAlonan with her 'Fifteens'. Spot prizes were given to Mrs Bintcliffe and Mark Stead.
Finally, the winner of the 'Name the Toy' competition was Ife Barnott. (who happened to be Morrison's Community Liaison).
We must extend our thanks to all of our judges on the day, Richard Conway (Morrison's Bakery), Philippa Atkin (Dottie Buscuits), Julie Richards and Elaine (Tasty Bits, West Vale) and Sean and Deb Fletcher (Holywell Green Fish & Chip Shop).
The event was another success for the Holywell Community Pub, and raised over £240 towards the campaign.