June 2019 Fantastic blog from Kate Atkinson on her recent visit to Burley in Wharfedale and in particular the river crossing.
Kate is the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and campaigns for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
June 2019 New company to take forward final design work A major step forward was announced by trustees following the committee meeting of 4 June, with the appointment of GHD to undertake final design and development work for the bridge with a view of working with the BBA through to the construction phase of the project. Three companies, including Ramboll UK who undertook the initial design work, were considered by trustees for the task, with presentations made to trustees by two local companies during April. After careful assessment of the proposals and benefits of working with each company for the final phase of the project, trustees passed a motion unanimously appointing GHD. One of the key factors was the benefits of working with a company with a strong local presence (they have offices in Leeds), as well as a senior member of the company living in Burley. Further meetings, including a site meeting are being planned. Watch this space for more information!
May 2019 O'Hooley and Tidow bring Gentleman Jack to Burley! The Queens Hall was the venue for a unique and very special opportunity to see nationally acclaimed folk due, O'Hooley and Tidow on 11 May. Nominated for Radio 2 'Best Duo' in 2018, Huddersfield based Belinda and Heidi sang a selection of songs from their impressive collection of self-penned material, finishing with a rousing version of 'Gentleman Jack'. This is featured as the theme song for the BBC1 period drama about the life, times and loves of the remarkable Anne Lister, business woman from Shibden Hall, Halifax. BBA members and supporters filled the hall, along with fans of the group. We are grateful to Cate Perman from Burley Parish Council for running an excellent bar through the evening, and to Booths and Tescos for raffle prizes. Income from the evening, including bar and raffle topped £1300, so a superb result all round!
April 2019 Steeton Male Voice Choir sing for the bridge Another great turn out by members and supporters who were fully entertained by the superb Steeton Male Voice Choir at St. Mary's Church on 13 April. Featuring guest soloists (singing in Welsh and French!), as well as soloists from within the choir, the programme ranged from folk to male voice standards to songs from the shows and more! Thanks go the choir, the musicians, their impressive 'behind the scenes' support people, and to all the BBA volunteers who made the evening such a success in the beautiful setting of St Mary's.
December 2018 Fundraising events for 2019 Two events have been planned for Spring 2019. Please make a note in your calendar, or better still buy tickets now! Upcoming Events
Firstly, Steeton Male Voice Choir, one of the best choirs in Yorkshire (and now stars of the silver screen!) will perform at St. Mary's Parish Church on Saturday 13 April. The church has great acoustics which should show off this fantastic choir's repertoire to the very best effect.
Secondly, folk artists Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow will perform at the Queens Hall on Saturday 11 May. Belinda and Heidi were nominated for the Radio 2 folk award 'Best Duo' in 2018, and their current winter tour has been selling out in most venues (especially in Yorkshire!). As keen walkers themselves (living in Marsden, great walking country), they are very keen to support the bridge project. Check them out at http://www.ohooleyandtidow.com
Your donations A reminder that all donations received by the BBA will contribute to construction and maintenance costs, and will go even further if you are a tax payer through us being able to claim Gift Aid - providing you have filled in a Gift Aid form! You may also want to consider making a bequest to the BBA in your will. Donate
Askwith Arms reopens! Supporters of the bridge will be pleased to hear that the Askwith Arms has reopened. Just a short walk up from the site of the bridge, the pub has previously been a popular destination for Burley residents, providing the stepping stones have been accessible! We hope that having a bridge, once built, will provide a more reliable year round source of trade for the pub and help guarantee its success as a rural business. In the meantime, please give the pub your support and mention where you come from so staff are aware of the future potential!
November 2018 Big turn out for the Queens Hall Folk Concert About a hundred supporters turned out for a superb evening of folk music at the Queens Hall in November, raising an amazing £1134 from ticket and bar sales and the raffle. The evening kicked off with Rum Doodle who played a mixture of their own eloquent songs with a local flavour, as well as their own take on some folk standards. Yan Tan Tether then came to the stage with a beautiful a capella set with sublime harmonies drawn from their recent CDs. The evening concluded with Duncan McFarlane and Anne Brivonese, who raised the roof with some high energy musicianship from guitar and fiddle, accompanied by a range of songs composed by Duncan. Thanks are due to Lynne O'Malley from Yan Tan Tether who organised the bands, and to Cate Perman for providing the bar. A brilliant evening!
October: A great night at Burley Social Club, with more to come! The first rock concert put on by the Burley Bridge Association proved a great success, generating an impressive £850 towards bridge construction costs on the night. Phil and Mike (instead of Me and Dan!) warmed up the growing crowd with a variety of acoustic numbers, some familiar and some original, while Titan Soul electrified the evening with their high energy music and superb guitar riffs. The night concluded with Sure Fire Affair performing an original set with superb musicianship and great lyrics which got a number of people up and dancing. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the evening, especially Mike Richmond from Sure Fire Affair who organised the music side of things, and all three bands who played the gig for free in order to support the bridge project. Thanks guys!
Our next event will be a folk concert at the Queens Hall on Saturday 17 November at 7.30. A bar will be provided, and it should be another night of superb entertainment from three top quality local folk groups: Yan Tan Tether, Rum Doodle, and Duncan McFarlane and Anne Brivonesse. Tickets cost £10 - check out our Events page for more information. September: Rock for the bridge The first of a series of fundraising events happens on Saturday 29 September at Burley Social Club. Three bands normally seen on the Leeds club circuit are generously providing an evening of rock music to help kickstart the push for funds towards construction and maintenance costs. Sure Fire Affair, a commercial indie / progressive band will be performing self-penned numbers including from their planned EP. Titan Soul will be generating lots of energy through their 70s inspired riffs and astute and incisive song writing. Me and Dan are an acoustic duo formed from Leeds' finest covers band, Strangers in Trainers, who will perform some well known and loved numbers. All in all, it should be an evening of superb music. Find out more, include booking tickets, on our Events page.
August: Burley Festival generates lots of support The two BBA contributions to the Burley Summer Festival event proved very popular this year. A stall in Grange Park on the very busy first Sunday of the Festival had a continuous stream of people visiting it to look at the model of the bridge and find out about progress. The new leaflet we will be using for fundraising had its first public appearance, and received universal praise. Well done Justin at Smallprint Menston, who did all the art work and also designed our new logo! We have subsequently received a number of new member applications and donations. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to wish us well now that we have started fundraising towards construction and maintenance costs.
Our second Festival event, the Coffee Morning at St Mary's Parish Centre was also very successful, with £151 being raised in the course of the very busy morning. Thanks to everyone who contributed raffle prizes and baking. Unusually, perhaps because of the high turn out for the event, there were no cakes left over at the end of the morning to sell off!
July: Planning applications approved The planning application for the Bridge has now been approved by both Bradford Council in July and Harrogate Borough Council in May. The BBA was praised by a member of the Bradford Committee for the stamina shown over the years, which was acknowledged to have finally paid off enabling fundraising for construction and maintenance to finally start.