The Halifax Slasher not Barkisland and Ripponden Slasher


Halifax folk dancing Stick men not Sword men

In November 1938 Gertie Watts and Mary Gledhill, were attacked by a man while walking in Old Bank Lane, between Barkisland and Ripponden. Local papers at the time christened it the Halifax Slasher case probably because the Barkisland and Ripponden Slasher wasn’t punchy enough (that is the old tabloid/broadsheet press for you).

In 2017 that true case formed the basis for a new book by Benjamin Myers
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These Darkening Days by Benjamin Myers a modern tale with ‘a series of unexplained vicious attacks occuring in a small northern town renowned for being a bohemian backwater.’ We can all guess where that is supposed to be. The story has a bachground from research into the Halifax Slasher and has been called part of the ‘rural noir genre’

Quoted sources include, The Haunts of the  Halifax Slasher by Tim Chapman published in the ‘Strange Attractor’ journal and ‘Weird Calderdale’. Do not get hysterical about the Halifax Slasher because it is believed that most if not all the original cases were based on group hysteria.

I have just finished reading the book and it is on the way to the chrity shop. I think someone else will also get enjoyment from this light but entertaining read.

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Tea Towels are US

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Yorkshire – The White Rose County or as I am sure you prefer ‘Yorkshire – God’s Own County’ attracts a wide range of merchandise and there’s nowt wrong with that if it helps the Yorkshire economy.

Take Tea Towels as an example (not just a device for drying the pots) from Yorkshire Linens. Available are designer tea towels such as Yorkshire Born & Bred, Yorkshire Pudding Recipe,  War of the Roses,  Yorkshire Map, Scarborough railway poster tea towels and a Harrogate scenes .

Good attractive Tea towels at a reasonable cost or so I’m told. Now you can get someone to dry the dishes in style! So don’t throw in the towel just yet. Less of this ‘Blether’ which features on an Amazon tea towel of ‘Yorkshire Dialect Translator’  which I reckon this was made in China (when that is what it is supposed to dry.)

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Bread Bred in Yorkshire Bakery

Just making some fresh bread notes or my comments from 7 years ago would be going stale. I love fresh wholesome artisan bread and a new shop recently opened in our village. It sells sold a variety of bread from several Yorkshire bakeries and is was a welcome addition to the range of shops in Menston.
Below are a few Yorkshire bread crumbs but if you wish to feature your favourite bakery send us a comment below.

Craven Bakery Skipton
The bakehouse is situated in Craven Nursery Park on the Snaygill Industrial estate. Here they produce a large variety of freshly baked products including bread, confectionery, large catering sized cakes and fresh cream cakes. All produce is delivered on a daily basis to wholesale customers including the new bakers shop in Menston.

Bread and Patisserie Masterclass
Swinton Park Cookery School runs a training course in Masham that teaches participants the art of different bread from traditional daily loafs to speciality Italian breads. Ever wondered how chefs achieve those stunning pastries.

Thomas The Baker
This Helmsley based baker produces large quatities of bread plus a range of authentic Italian breads called Rustica Classico, the definitive combination of fine Italian flour, extra virgin olive oil and malt flour. Rustica Formaggio made with Italian flour and the added tang of fresh grated cheese.
Rustica Pomodoro or tomato bread contains sun dried tomatoes marinated in white wine vinegar, with a sprinkling of oregano, capers and basil.

Fosters Bakery Barnsley
Fosters has been a family owned business since 1952. They have a unique range of bread rolls of all types, shapes, sizes, flavours and textures. They make English muffins and teacakes as well as hot dog rolls and torpedoes. Baked in Mapplewell where over 200 staff have NVQ’s.

 “Donker” is a speciality loaf  available from amongst others Thorley’s Bakery, Driffield. A dark rye bread often with seeds on the crust it is baked as a welcome gift in Holland.

Simple Yorkshire Bread is available in recipe form from deliciously Yorkshire or their food guide available from Amazon.

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Yorkshire Day Out

It was a fine sunny August 1st 2018 and there were no hail stones, moorland fires or natural disasters in God’s Own County! A couple of organisations in and around Skipton earned a special mention when the grandson was giving two grandparents a rostered day out.

Skipton Fire and Rescue

Just by the railway station exit opposite Herriots hotel is the ‘fire station’ or HQ for the Skipton Fire & Rescue Service. As we arrived they were holding a charity and awareness raising event highlighting dementia. The active team arrange several events including this on Yorkshire Day and are holding an other open day on Sunday 17th August 2018 between 10am-4pm.

  • ‘There will be loads of fun activities for all the family including; face painting, a bouncy castle, inflatable maze and a tombola. There will also be a range of demonstrations throughout the day. Money raised will go to The Fire Fighters Charity.’
  • On Yorkshire day we were treated to tea and treats from Betty’s in Ilkley, collected by the fire chief on his way to work. The local folks home arrived in a mini bus with a hoist for wheelchairs that amused the grandkid.
  • There were no call outs whilst we were there but records show there were two later in the day to keep the retained fighters on their toes.
  • The photo shows an aspect of ‘service’ that is easy to overlook. The damage car was one of several that were held in the fire station yard after the rescue of driver and passenger had been completed.

Summary An impressive show of community spirit well done to the team. Help them by supporting future events.

Northern Rail

This outfit have been under the media and travelers cosh for several months. Strikes over driver operated trains, overcrowding, pay disputes and new timetables have contributed to the problems. Not on Yorkshire Day!

  • The local ticket office found the cheapest way to travel to Skipton with a combination of metro card and senior rail passes. It was well worth collecting 8 tickets for the 2½ of us.
  • Whilst I was struggling with the buggy the cheerful conductor hoisted the 2½ year old up on to the train.
  • Shipley was the 4th station and first change. Down the tunnel under the Bradford line to the Skipton platform left us one minute to wait for the on time train. The conductor walking down the isle niftyly side stepped the buggy which we still hadn’t worked out how to open and close.
  • Passing through Keighley we could see the Worth Valley railway had an engine in full steam and at least one of our party regretted not disembarking for a longer look.
  • Skipton station yard car park had a wazzock parked in a way that stopped the local bus making its normal turn.
  • The return journey was assisted by a ticket collector who recommended staying on platfom 1 rather than rushing to platform 4 for the stopping train to Shipley.
  • The both trains then arrived in Shipley at the same time but we had a dash across the car park to get the Ilkley train using  the 2 lifts and running across the cobble with the kid in the buggy.

Summary Northern Rail did Yorkshire Day proud. The staff were friendly, the services ran on time and the cost for 2 pensioners and the toddler was good value.

House of Fraser

Long ago Amblers Department Store on High Street was taken over by Brown and Muff’s. They sold off to Rackhams part of House of Fraser (HoF) in the 1970’s. Now the shop is shortly to be closed as HoF are in severe financial trouble. Here are some views as to why this has happened:

  • Department stores are having a hard time and many are jaded and passed their sell by date.
  • People with time and disposable income to spend often have enough ‘stuff’. The need for departmental stores is vastly different to the 1960’s when these shops were enjoying their hey day. In the Skipton store there is no ‘experience’ or sense of fun except watching 4X4’s fight for a space in the free HoF car park to avoid paying in the adjacent council car park.
  • Linea the House of Fraser own brand sounds more like a southern European bus network. Such own brands carry no intrinsic value.
  • The renovated cafe was light and airy with lots of tables crammed in. Shame it was only half full at the height of lunch time. That didn’t improve the service with 2 sandwiches and a kids meal taking over half an hour to arrive!

Summary Thank goodness the street market pulls visitors in to the town. If HoF is not rescued I hope good, successful new tenants for the shop are found promptly.

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Participation Sport

What can be flat or crown?    social or competitive?    indoor or outdoor?

What can be for cereal, soup, fruit or salad?

Bowls I hear you shout! But with the title ‘Participation Sport’ it unlikely to be a form of device for eating from a hemispherical vessel. (Bowls again!)

Team sheets from outside a West Riding Club House

One part of a team resting on their laurels

To take part it is necessary to consider appropriate clothing. Notice the varied headgear and the footwear for tramping on the hallowed and much cared for turf. It must have been spring because the green is green except for he cherry blosom. Look at it now in July it is a ‘Bowling Brown’

Some Yorkshire Bowls Organisations

  • ‘YORKSHIRE COUNTY  CROWN GREEN BOWLING ASSOCIATION was formed at a meeting in Huddersfield on Monday 15 August 1892 when representatives of Yorkshire Bowling Clubs were brought together at the initiative of the Huddersfield Cricket and Athletic Club. Representatives from Huddersfield, Ilkley, Clifton (Brighouse) Holbeck, Headingley, Chapeltown, Poternewton, Hunslet, Kirkstall, Primrose Hill, Ossett, Cleckheaton, Bradley, Dewsbury and Savile, Greenfield and Slaithwaite, were in attendance
    The first ever known Roses match between the White Rose of Yorkshire and the Red Rose of Lancashire took place one year later in 1893’
  • Yorkshire County Parks Bowls Association (YCPBA) is affiliated to British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA).
    This Association was formed in 1910 and since that time participation in County Championship games, Cup competitions and Merits have been organised. The result of such action now provides a full range of events for all bowlers; male/female and ranges from Junior to Veteran status.
  • Local Yorkshire organisations arrange leagues and competitions. Sheffield Parks BA, Heavy Woollen BA, Barkstone Ash ABA, Huddersfield Royd DBA, Airedale & Wharfdale CGBA. Leeds & District CGBA amongst others.

 

 

 

 

 

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Venerable Holly the Sheep Shearer


Why do Holly bushes have spiny leaves? They evolved to protect from nibblers but sheep do not eat holly. The sheep probably used this tree for shelter and paid with a bit of wool.

This shorn shady sheep is fleece free.

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More Halifax – Proud Old Fashioned Borough Market


A right gob stopper with all sorts for local jelly babies

Cosmetic improvements well sorted

Nancy Sinatra could have got her boots for walking here

Reflect on the work clothes – I fancy one of those chef’s hats and a ginghammy thingy.

 

Councils Marketing Market Blurb

‘This splendid Grade II* listed Victorian market hall was voted the best in Britain in 2008. Come and enjoy the hustle, bustle and traditional splendour of a thriving retail market with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The impressive and historic Halifax Borough Market was built between 1891 and 1896 and was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary).

As a first time visitor to this award-winning market, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had stumbled on to the set of a period TV drama. Decor and atmosphere combine to create a shopping experience that just can’t be matched by mundane and soulless out-of-town supermarkets.

Alongside the outstanding traditional family butchers and fruit and vegetable stalls which have passed down through generations, are the new stall holders tempting our taste buds with a bounty of exotic produce from the continent. Nor will the markets’s fishmongers disappoint. You can treat your inner child with toffees, fudge, boiled sweets, cakes and brandy snaps. Sandwiches, pies, olives and chorizo can be found alongside haberdashers, vibrant flower shops, perfumers, leather goods, books, underwear, CDs, DVDs, hardware, fancy dress and more!

With several cafes and coffee shops where you can stop for cuppa and a butty (go on, have cake too) you can easily refuel to carry on shopping. From the exotic to the native, extravagant to inexpensive, the quality of produce on offer remains unsurpassed. The traditional splendour of Halifax Borough Market offers a real destination shopping experience.’

With the demise  of so many large and well known retail brands it is essential we support our traditional markets.

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Piecehall Halifax – Grade 1 in Many Ways

The newly renovated 18th century cloth hall has to be the best in Britain. This architectural treasure has been significantly enhanced by years of effort and lots of dosh but commercially it needs reinvention.

This Morris dancing on 14th of July was an attempt to utilise the square but it only emphasises the scale of the site. Future aspirations include more Family Music, Workshops, Exhibitions and Special Events .

The resident retailers are bound to struggle without a nucleus of anchor businesses that attract regular and sustained footfall. Many of the current units are occupied by aspirational but twee lifestylers. Where are the replacement cloth merchants and innovators able to help the commercial drive and reinvention process.

Structural Changes

The rills (below) look enticing and provide movement and a place for toddlers to splash around. The seating on stone blocks provides a viewing platform whilst softer seats are available at cafes and coffee shops. The new toilets are first class and the addition of lifts to this old building helps the infirm and weary.

Halifax is alive and well but needs regular support to remain vibrant and a grade 1 Yorkshire destination

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Wapentake – Danish Pastry?

Yorkshire is renown for being divided into three Ridings, East, North and West. A Riding was derived from the Scandinavian word “thriding,” meaning a third part. The Danes had another smaller division called a Wapentake.

According to the new Leeds Cafe bar and bakery ‘the word may be derived from an assembly or meeting place, usually at a cross-roads or near a river, where literally one’s presence or a vote was taken by a show of weapons, where-in after a night of merriment would ensue.’ Perhaps a more feasible reference was to voting in an assembly by a show of weapons, a Danish tradition.

Wapentakes were shown on the map created for the replica doomsday book

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