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Music from the roots

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

I spent the weekend with friendly people and very talented musicians, all making for a great atmosphere. This was the second (I think!?) Hebden Folk Roots Festival, featuring Chumbawumba, alongside a historic pairing up of two of the folk greats of their respective musical generations,  Steve Tilston and Becky Unthank. Great performances were also put in by Flossie Malavialle, Roger Davies, and Ewan Maclennan.

There were also some amazingly talented young musicians, including the eclectic Maia the Band on Saturday night, and a special young talent showcase on Sunday daytime.

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Full gallery of photos can be found here

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots website

On Sunday 11th September, Halifax & Huddersfield RSPCA held their annual K9 Party in the Park, a fun event for both dog owners and their dogs.

One of the biggest local events of the year for pet owners, there was much to do, with a popular Fun Dog Show. Over 20 classes to enter included best condition, best elderly dog, cutest puppy, waggiest tail and fancy dress. Among the other attractions on the day were displays by Springer’s Dog Club Agility & Flyball, Hot Dog Sausage Run and fun Dogstacle Course. Medical advice was on hand from the RSPCA, Ashfield Vets and the Animal Ambulance Service.

Find out more about the RSPCA working locally to help unwanted, neglected and ill-treated animals, and how you can help at

The full gallery of my images from the event can be found at  A contribution will be made to Halifax RSPCA from any print sales from the event.

Saturday 3rd Sept.

Had a nice day today at this little annual village fete, which is a regular on our events calendar. In addition to taking photos at the event for the organisers as usual, we put on a small stall promoting our services this year. As well as promoting our services and offering a fairly juicy discount in the form of vouchers for people to take away, we had a selection of cards for sale.

Despite relatively poor weather, visitors braved the wind and rain to enjoy the various attractions, including a fun dog show, ferret racing, and lots of activities for the kids including bouncy castle, puppet show and face painting. The annual Blackshaw Fell Race also took place, with the winner being Bradley Traviss from Halifax Harriers.

There were representative stalls from several local businesses, local charities like the RSPCA and PAWS and display from the local Fire Brigade. The Arts and Crafts tent was full to capacity with local people and business presenting their wares, and for the first time Blu Planet Photography had a small stall. We were there presenting some of our work and the services we offer, as well as giving out gift vouchers to interested visitors.

Despite the rain and strong winds that set in for the day, a good time was had by everyone at the fete.


Full gallery of my photos from the event can be found here

Friday night saw guests flocking to Bertie’s Banqueting Hall in Elland for the first ‘Ellands in Fashion’. The charity event was in aid of Overgate Hospice, Calderdale’s only hospice.

Organised by Rebecca Sedgewick of Anon Lingerie, and with participation and help of nearly 30 other local businesses in Calderdale, the event was a sell out success.

The highlight of the night were the fast paced and stylish catwalk shows, featuring mostly amateur models, and featuring clothes Anon Lingerie, Thrifty Frocks, Brown Sugar, Always & Forever, Flair, and Sage & Onion.

There were also energetic performances from the ladies of the Karen Binns Stage School and a short session of advice was provided by Image and Body coach Helen Williams.

The evening featured live music performances from several singers and was brought to a close with a disco in the luxurious surroundings of Bertie’s main hall, .

Organiser Becky Sedgewick of Anon Lingerie,  with staff of Overgate Hospice

A few photos from the annual Blackshaw Food Network’s Food Fest, a gathering of people from the Blackshaw Food Network and local community, in a celebration of produce grown locally.

Food and drink was prepared using peoples own contributed ingredients, in a display of what can be sustainably achieved by local people working together. The BFN promotes locally produced food, and promotes links between people in the community and local suppliers of all kinds of produce.

Too many people to mention, but special thanks to everyone who baked and also cooked food on the day, and to Bridestones Brewing Company for providing a special ale for the occasion.

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The BFN can be found on the Blackshaw Parish website at

Photos from the event can be seen here

Hebden Blues Festival 2011 – The full gallery can be found here

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