Saturday, 3 March 2018

Kirklees newsletters

Here is the latest Kirklees newsletter with details of upcoming Library events:

Art workshops // British Science Week // Harry Potter // Pageturners 2018 sneak peak

Author events // Local history talks // Kirklees Author Forum Exchange // Helping young reluctant readers // more

Brass Bands, Wedding Open Days, Gin Festivals, Motown, ABBA and Psychics

Kirklees Town Halls

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Cleckheaton Town Hall, Sat 3rd March 7.30pm

This international smash-hit tribute show returns to Cleckheaton Town Hall bringing all of ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular show, combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling performances by an all-star cast that’ll have you thanking ABBA for the music again and again!

Record-breaking movies, smash-hit West End musicals, chart-topping albums and singles – ABBA’s incredible legacy now lives on in concert with this all-new spectacular show. Tickets £22.50


Wedding Open Evenings

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Huddersfield Town Hall, Wed 28th February 5-8pm            Dewsbury Town Hall, Thu 1st March 5-8pm

Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Hall ceremony and banqueting rooms are dressed for your dream wedding on 28th February & 1st March- come along to meet local wedding suppliers, and talk through options for your big day with our registrars and bookings   team. To claim your complimentary glass of bubbly and canap├ęs book you free ticket here


Yorkshire Brass Band Championships

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Huddersfield Town Hall, Sat 3rd and Sun 4th March

Huddersfield Town Hall, the new home of the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships!
Yorkshire’s premier brass band competition. A qualifying contest for the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain with more than sixty bands competing across five sections in the magnificent setting of the Town Hall.
The winner and runner up from each section will represent Yorkshire at the finals. The finest bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery and Carlton Main Frickley compete in the Championship Section. Closely fought competition and unforgettable performances guaranteed.


Psychic Sally Morgan


Huddersfield Town Hall, Thu 8th March 7.30pm

The nation’s favourite psychic, Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her brand new show – “Kisses from Heaven” Funny, entertaining, sometimes heart breaking, often controversial; the show celebrates her 9th year on the road. Sally says “Every night when I’m on stage amazing things happen and it’s a privilege to be able to pass on messages of love and comfort to the people I share my gift with”. This is a fantastic and unique evening out not to be missed. Tickets £24


Gin Jamboree Gin Festival


Dewsbury Town Hall, Fri 9th and Sat 10th March

With 100 different Gins and hundreds of tonic/garnish combinations to try out in search of your new favourite. This is an event far too good to miss! The ticket price includes a proper gin 'fish bowl' glass to take home after the supper. Then at the Jamboree 'Token Cards' can be purchased and stamped for each Gin & Tonic with half measure tasters also available (similar format to a Beer Festival!). Sat 10th is sold out and limited availability for Fri 9th March. Tickets £15.00 (and include supper and a Gin 'fish bowl' glass to take home!)


Hurry limited availability!


Huddersfield Town Hall, Fri 9th March 7.30pm

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a 1 million people all over the world and recently performed for the Royal Variety Performance 2016. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.
Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band. Only 50 £24.50 Tickets Left! 


Box Office: 01484 225755

Booking Fee: £1 per ticket, on tickets valued £12 or more

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Civilisations Festival: Hidden stories of Kirklees

victorRemembering Dewsbury: a guided walk: A guided tour around some of Dewsbury's most historic buildings from the distant and more recent past.
2 - 4pm // Mon 5 March // Dewsbury // Book free tickets
Victor Grayson: The Man and the Mystery: Author David (now Lord) Clark will share the mystery of the Colne Valley MP who walked out of his apartment one afternoon in September 1920, never to be seen again.    1 - 2.30pm // Mon 12 March // Huddersfield // Book free tickets 

Kirklees Author Forum Exchange: Beta readers needed

KAFEFollowing the success of our first meeting, we’ve set the date for our next KAFE.  Saturday 28th April 1.30-3.30 at Huddersfield Library.  Special guest, Michael Stewart will be talking about his experiences as a writer. 
KAFE members are looking for enthusiastic readers to be beta readers for their unpublished novels.  If you love reading and would like to help a local author get a unique insight into the mind of potential fans, then contact to register your interest.  We’ll run a workshop to help prepare you for this exciting opportunity.

News From Nowhere: Jane Austin for Read Regional 2018

JaneJane presents her debut novel, inspired by letters from family members who served on the Western Front and written home to Bangor.
2 - 4pm // Thu 8 March // Skelmanthorpe // Book free tickets 

Local History Lunchtime Club: Pubs of Holmfirth

pubsA talk by Pam Cooksey and Alan Tinsdeall  covering the history of some of the existing public houses in the centre of Holmfirth as well as remembering many of the ones that have disappeared over the years.
1 - 2pm // Wed 21 March // Huddersfield // Book free tickets

Helping Young Reluctant Readers: Dyslexic or not

Spend an afternoon with writer Chris Longden and find out how you can use many different methods to get a child to fall in love with reading and stories – whether it’s through reading books or not! Find out more and book free tickets.

Vision Connect 2018: Support for visually impaired people

In its 3rd year this exhibition organised by Kirklees Transcription Service showcases technology, products and services for blind and partially sighted people.  This increasingly popular event will feature 30 exhibitors from all over the country. So, whether you are visually impaired, or know or work with someone who is, this is the chance to discover what’s on offer from some of the UK’s leading providers – all under one roof. Find out more and book your free tickets.

On Harry Bower's Doorstep: Exhibition launch

The exhibition launches with a talk by Harry Bower resident Sheila Butterworth and will remain on display in the library for a limited period. It reflects a personal view of the landscape, nature and curiosities within a mile of Harry Bower, Kirkburton and features objects, poetry, film and photos of the area which you may not be aware of unless you take the time to stand and stare at all hours in all seasons. Find our more and book your free tickets.

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The Scapegoat Hill Band: Storybook Workshop

bandWork with local artist and children's illustrator Lauren Lister to create a new picture book telling the tale of the Scapegoat Hill Band. Enjoy a day of creativity, exploring archives for inspiration, recreating the band's music, and creating words and images that Lauren will bring together to create a book that will be shared at storytimes. 
Children will gain Arts Award Discover, and receive a copy of the finished book after printing. Age 8+
Sat 3 March // 10am - 3pm // Huddersfield // More info and to book free tickets

Celebrating Women in Science: Huddersfield Girl Geeks

scienceWe're celebrating women in science this International Women's Day with a series of drop-in hands-on science events, aimed at girls but open to all. 
We've got Little Miss Inventor for under 5's, Ada Twist Scientist for 5 to 10 year olds, and Science's Greatest Women for girls age 11 to 16. Follow the links for more info and to book free tickets.

Harry Potter & The History of Magic: Cleckheaton

HPThe fantastic exhibition, Harry Potter and the History of Magic hits Cleckheaton this March and we're celebrating with a whole bunch of free family events! Expect fun galore for wizards and muggles alike, with craft and create, magical storytimes for toddlers, workshops with Chol Theatre (am and pm), storytelling with Ursula Holden Gill,, and Timeless Tales with Noel Watkins. Follow the links for more info and to book your free tickets.

Invent & Create 2018: Family STEM for British Science Week

We're taking over the library for two days of  invention and experimentation to celebrate British Science Week! A day of free creative and engaging hands-on workshop around science, tech, engineering, electronics, art, making, and coding. Expect fizzy rainbows, skeletons, sun printing, musical instrument making, games coding, bridge building, CSI, a fire engine, and lots more!
 Find out more and book free tickets for Huddersfield Sat 10 March and Dewsbury Sat 17 March         

Explore electricity: Make Circuit Bugs for BSW

We're touring libraries making circuit bugs, after school during British Science Week! Recommended age: 7 - 12 years.  Follow the links for more info and to book free tickets: Denby Dale, Cleckheaton, Skelmanthorpe, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Shepley, Heckmondwike.

Pageturners Children's Reading Festival: Coming soon!

Look out for this year's Pageturners Children's Reading Festival this Easter Holidays! 
Expect kids' stand up comedy workshops, family music making, open mic for young performance poets, plus drama, storytelling, manga, making, and lots more fun.
Pageturners 2018 - 7 to 14 April 2018


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