NEWS ARCHIVE

For current news see the News page. This is an archive of all older news stories.


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    HAVE YOUR SAY ON BUDGET PROPOSALS

    15th December 2016

    Have your say on Bradford Council's budget proposals at a consultation event on 18th January at 5pm at the Ian Clough Hall. Find more about the event on Facebook by clicking here.

    If you can't atend the meeting, you can comment direct to Bradford Council by clicking here.

  • CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE FROM WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE

    6th December 2016

    Councillor Les Vasey is speaking on BBC Radio Leeds this morning regarding the Town Council's response to the relatively high numbers of house burglaries in Baildon.

    Baildon Town Council is working closely with West Yorkshire Police in helping to support crime prevention initiatives. 

    It is timely on the run up to Christmas for us all to be alert to the risks of becoming a victim of crime, particularly as a result of theft from vehicles and burglaries.  You can find out more on the West Yorkshire Police website.

    The current initiative by West Yorkshire Police uses a twist on a popular game, with notes stuck to people's heads as a reminder of burglary prevention methods. Children aged two to seven years old have recorded festive video messages for people in West Yorkshire giving them simple advice.

    The seven messages are:

    ·         Lock your doors and windows - Santa can get down the chimney.
    ·         Hide your Christmas presents so burglars can't see them.
    ·         Put present packaging in the wheelie bin, not next to it.
    ·         Leave a light on when you go late night shopping for presents.
    ·         Don't leave valuables on view - just leave a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph.
    ·         Use your burglar alarm - it won't stop Santa.
    ·         Take your door key out of the lock - Santa will find a way in.
     

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    AGREEMENT SIGNED TO SAVE BAILDON LIBRARY

    16th November 2016

    Baildon Town Council has today signed a Partnership Agreement with Bradford Council which means that Baildon Library will continue until at least April 2020.

    Gill Dixon, Chair of Baildon Town Council commented:
    "We know that Baildon library is important to the residents of Baildon. Despite the advent of electronic books and many other ways to read, usage at Baildon remains good by all ages and sections of the community. The library is in many ways the hub of our community.

    This formal agreement now seals all the details which will enable us to work in partnership with Bradford Council to keep our library, including the recruitment of a part time Volunteer Organiser who will recruit and  manage the many volunteers we need to make this a success. The new "hybrid" model is scheduled to start in June 2017.

    Baildon is fortunate to have a really strong community spirit and we have every hope that by forming this Partnership, we will see our library go from strength to strength".

    On the 10th October, Baildon Town Council agreed to form a Baildon Library Partnership with Bradford Council to help run the library, with volunteers alongside the paid library staff employed by Bradford Library Service. Bradford will retain full control of the building and its maintenance, although the Town Council may choose to use the space in different ways when it is not in use as a library.

    After weeks of discussions, this contractual agreement was today signed by both parties. It is hoped that volunteer recruitment and training will start in the first part of next year, but if you would like to express an interest, please complete one of the forms available at the library.

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    REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY PHOTOS

    17th November 2016

    Last Sunday saw Remembrance services across Baildon. The streets were lined with Baildon residents wishing to show their respects to those who gave their lives. Services were attended by Chair of the Town Council, Gill Dixon and many other Baildon councillors. You can see some of the photos we took by clicking here, but we'd love to see yours too. Why not email them to clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk?



     

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    READ OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER

    8th November 2016

    You can read the latest news from Baildon Town Council in our November newsletter. It includes news of a Halloween event at Bracken Hall, free parking over the Christmas period, a vacancy for Town Clerk and events taking place accross Baildon. Click here to read it and why not click here to subscribe if you don't already and receive it direct to your inbox next month? Please encourage family and friends to do the same!

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    2016 CHRISTMAS FREE PARKING CONCESSIONS

    31st October 2016

                                                 2016 CHRISTMAS FREE PARKING CONCESSIONS

                                                               BRADFORD CITY CENTRE

    All Bradford Council operated car parks in the City Centre will be free of charge after 4.30pm on the late night shopping evenings in the run up to Christmas.
    THURSDAYS : 1, 8,15 & 22 December.

    AND

    As normal on all Sundays

    and

    every afternoon in Westgate multi storey car park between 2.00pm and 4.00pm
    (a ticket must be obtained)

    **** On-street parking charges do not apply after 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday ****

    ILKLEY
    (South Hawksworth Street Car Park)
    From Noon on Tuesdays, 6,13 & 20 December.
    From Noon on Wednesdays 7,14 & 21 December.

    KEIGHLEY
    (Church Green Car Park)
    Thursdays 1,8, 15, & 22 December.
    AND as normal on all Sundays.

    BINGLEY
    (Queen Street and Main Street Car Parks)
    Saturday 26th November for Christmas lights switch on
    Saturdays 3, 10,17 & 24 December.
    AND as normal on all Sundays.

    SHIPLEY (Saville, Atkinson Street, Wharfe Street and Westcliffe), BAILDON & SILSDEN
    Saturdays 3, 10,17 & 24 December.
    AND as normal on all Sundays.

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    LATEST NEWSLETTER

    14th October 2016

    You can read the latest news from Baildon Town Council in our October newsletter. It includes updates on the library and events taking place in Baildon. Click here to read and why not click here to subscribe and receive it direct to your inbox next month?

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    RESERVOIR UPDATE

    29th September 2016

    Gill Dixon, Baildon Town Council Chair has today commented: "I have just heard that the appeal against the enforcement notice on the reservoir site has been judged invalid.  I gather this is because it was submitted incorrectly."

    "I share the concerns expressed by residents about the continued activity on this sensitive site on Baildon Moor, the impact on wildlife, and the visual impact of continued apparent heavy construction work on this prominent location, in spite of the decisions taken by Bradford Council. I understand that the original enforcement notice will now come into practical effect, and the enforcement process will come into play."

    "We will do everything we can to encourage early action, but the terms of the enforcement notice recognise that it will take some years to restore the site to moorland. Nevertheless, it would be good to see some steps taken in the near future. We will do our best to share any information we receive on our website."

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    RESERVOIR NEWS IN THE T&A

    9th September 2016

    Baildon Town Council has criticised the continued tipping in the reservoirs. Councillor Gill Dixon said today: “Baildon Town Council shares the concerns of residents about the continued activity. We strongly opposed the planning application which has now been refused.”

    An enforcement notice was put in place last month, banning any tipping.

    “Unfortunately, the current owner has lodged an appeal,” Cllr Dixon said. “This means Bradford Council is unable to enforce the notice until a decision is made by the Planning Inspectorate - and we understand this may be many months away.

    “Regulations are very much in favour of the developer, allowing this flagrant breach of decisions made by Bradford Council, which are not enforceable because of the pending appeal process.

    “We are working with the ward councillors for Baildon and have requested an urgent meeting with Philip Davies MP to press for speedier action on the appeal.

    “Baildon Town Council is hugely disappointed at this situation and regrets that at present it is not able to do anything to intervene.”

    Read the full story in the T&A today.

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    TOWN COUNCIL OFFICE CLOSURE

    10th August 2016

    The Town Council office will be closed from the 15th to the 30th August to allow for staff holidays.
    If you require the council for an urgent matter then please contact Councillor Gill Dixon, Chair of Baildon Town Council at gill.dixon@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk

    If you telephone the office please leave a message on the answer machine, this will be checked at regular intervals and if urgent you will receive a response within two working days.

    The council apologies if this causes any inconvenience. 

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    CHILDREN OF AFRICA

    10th August 2016

    The 'Children of Africa' will perform in Roberts Park between approximately 2 and 3pm. The children are from an orphanage and are in the UK as part of their 2016 'I Smile' tour.

    No need to book - just turn up and enjoy the singing and dancing. 

    SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
     

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    HARLEY FESTIVAL & RIDE OUT

    10th August 2016

    Sunday 28th August: HARLEY FESTIVAL & RIDE OUT

    Baildon Town Council welcomes the Harley Davidson riders and is delighted to support this community event. The ride out takes takes place as usual on Sunday 28th August at 1pm and will be followed by a fun event for all the family at Baildon Rugby Club.

    From 2pm enjoy:
    Terrier racing
    Rolling Thunder & bike show
    Games and activities including tug of war
    The famous Zorb ball
    Charity and community stalls
    Baildon Belles pop-up tea tent
    Lots of food and drink
    The event is completely free and all are welcome.

    Please note that for safety reasons, no spectators are permitted onto the roundabout during the ride out.
    Road closures during ride out

    A number of roads in the centre of Baildon will be closed between 12.15pm until 1.15pm with diversions in place, as shown on the map below. Northgate will be closed at Jenny Lane, with traffic diverted onto Jenny Lane. Traffic coming up Baildon Road will be diverted onto The Grove. Hallcliffe will also be closed. 

    Click HERE for the road closure map.



     

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    FRIENDS OF DENSO MARSTON NATURE RESERVE

    10th August 2016

    Wildlife Walk With Reserve Warden Steve Warrillow - Verse on the Reserve 10 am Saturday 20th August.

    Click HERE to view the full programme.

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    BAILDON RESERVOIR SITE LATEST INFORMATION

    27th July 2016

    Over recent months, a number of councillors have been working closely with District Councillors for the Baildon ward to address the main concerns about activities on this site. Most recently, residents have been extremely worried about the waste material visibly being imported onto the site and the unknown effect on the watercourses arising from the site.
     
    Gill Dixon, Chair of Baildon Town Council, says:
     
    "I am pleased to see today that a legal Planning Enforcement Notice has been served by Bradford Council. This has followed many months of discussion between Baildon Town Council and Bradford Council via the ward councillors for Baildon.  It has been frustrating at times that it has taken so long to get to this point, but this legal notice we hope will put a stop to any unauthorised activity on the site.
     
    Progress has been complicated by the submission of a planning application for the same site, widely reported in the press. Baildon Town Council is not authorised to make a decision on the planning application, as this is done by Bradford Council as Planning Authority. However Baildon Town Council is a statutory consultee, and any comments we make formally would have been invalid if we could have been accused of 'pre-determination' or showing that we had made our minds up before viewing the application itself. For this reason, Baildon Council has had to be careful in  making any public statements outside of the planning process. Now that  our Planning Committee has  agreed and submitted  our position to object to this application, we can comment without restriction, and wish to do so.
     
    The comments we have formally submitted can be seen in full below. I want to thank all the residents of Baildon for their vigilance and involvement over recent months, and patience, as we try to address the issues of concern. The Town Council is listening very carefully to all views expressed, and even though we may not have been able to make public comment until now, all 12 Baildon Town Councillors are active in seeking the best possible outcome for Baildon residents and the local environment."

    The Planning Enforcement notice  can be found on Bradford Council's Planning website - reference 16/00031/ENFUNA. Residents can access this via Bradford Council's website, or alternatively via Baildon Town Council's website following the links to planning enforcement notices.  In essence the notice requires the developer to immediately cease importation of waste and soils, and, over the next 18 months recontour the site and plant to grass. The notice may be subject to appeal, and if no appeal, takes effect from 26th August.
     
    The Planning application is reference 16/04799/FUL. Comments are best submitted by the 12th August which is the earliest date the application can be determined.
     
    As of today, over 160 comments have been registered. The Town Council comment can be found under Gary Stevenson (Deputy Clerk for Baildon Town Council) on 25th July, and is given in full below:
     
    16/04799/FUL Acre Reservoir
     
    Baildon Town Council objects to the application.  Although the application does show some innovation, and is for ‘state of the art eco-houses’, it is the opinion of the Town Council that the ‘very special circumstance’, as detailed in the NPPF at sections 87 and 88, concerning development on the Green Belt, are not met.  Similarly, the requirements of Chapter 13 of the Replacement Unitary Development Plan are not met.

    The proposal is for an inappropriate use of a brownfield site that sits in the middle of moorland designated as greenbelt. Although the site is brownfield and in a current poor state of repair, the architectural integrity of the reservoirs has already been considerably compromised.  It is considered that the proposed development of the site would have a significant visual and ecological impact on the surrounding environment, including the openness of the green belt.

    The impact of any development and the accompanying human activity, over both the short and long term, would be greater than leaving the site as it is; therefore bullet point 6 of NPPF section 89 is negated as an exception. Although ‘eco-houses’, the impact of other services to the site, such as telecommunications, utilities and refuse collection is a concern in such a sensitive location.  These requirements are likely to compromise the purpose and defining characteristics of the green belt.
     
    There are concerns about traffic flow on a busy road and at a section that has recently had an amended speed limit. The question of access to the site both for vehicles and for services needs to be addressed, during and after construction.

    There are also concerns about the potential impact of the development on Barnsley Beck and the possibility of flooding as it descends to its lower reaches.

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    EXTRA ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING

    26th July 2016

    An extra ordinary meeting is to be held by Baildon Town Council on Tuesday the 2nd August at 7:30 pm, the venue is Baildon Link, Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, BD17 6NX. The meeting agenda can be found here.

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    LAND ALLOCATION DEVELOPMENT PLAN

    11th July 2016

    LAND ALLOCATIONS DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOCUMENT
    Baildon Town Council is a consultee and stakeholder for the next stage of the Bradford Local Plan (“The Development Plan for Bradford”).  This stage will allocate land for different uses, in accordance with the overall strategy for development in the district up to 2030. 
    Within Baildon town area is an employment zone (south of Otley Road, between Lower Holme and Buck Lane), with the rest of the area currently being designated as either Green Belt, green space, residential or community use, as well as the Local Service Centre at Baildon village. 
    It is expected that Baildon will require land for an additional 350 houses during the lifetime of the plan, although planning permission has already been granted for approximately half of these, mainly at the former West Lane reservoir and Ferniehurst First School sites.  The Town Council is therefore considering the suitability of other sites for the remaining allocation. 
    The Town Council does not take the final decision on these matters but  wishes to make an informed contribution to the decision, which is the responsibility of Bradford Council and national government.  Full details of the Land Allocations Development Plan Document, including a consultation which residents can respond to individually, is available until 19th July 2016 on the Bradford Council website here.

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    SCHOOL HOLIDAY EVENTS 2016

    7th July 2016

    For details of the Denso Marston Nature Reserve School holiday events download the file here.

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    SCARECROW WALK SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

    7th July 2016

    Scarecrow Walk

    Don't miss the annual Wacky Scarecrow Walk, this year with a theme of children's songs or nursery rhymes. Organised by Baildon in Bloom, it's completely free to take part and to enter your own scarecrow.

    Put the date in your diary and if you are interested in having your own scarecrow, download an application form here.

    DATE: SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

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    FULL COUNCIL MEETING

    6th July 2016

    Baildon Town Council will meet on Monday the 11th July 2016 at 7:30 pm.

    Venue: Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, BD17 6NX.

    Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting. To view the agenda please click HERE.

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    FRUITFUL GARDENS TRAIL

    4th July 2016

    Enjoy the fruitful gardens trail around Baildon from 2-5pm. Get ideas for growing fruit and veg, see rain water collection and composting. Visiting the gardens is free and some gardens will have refreshments available for a donation.

    Click here for a map with addresses of the gardens you can visit and look out for the green balloons.

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    BRACKEN HALL COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE

    4th July 2016

    Bracken Hall Countryside Centre will be closed to the public for one day only on Saturday 9th July.  The closure coincides with Baildon Carnival which takes place from 2pm to 5pm at Baildon Rugby & Cricket Club.  The Friends of Bracken Hall will hold a stall at the Carnival. 

    Baildon Town Council apologies for any inconvenience caused.  The Countryside Centre will re-open as usual on Sunday 10th July.  Regular opening hours are Saturdays (noon to 4pm) and Sundays (noon to 4pm) throughout the year, except Christmas Day.

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    BAILDON CARNIVAL SATURDAY 9TH JULY

    4th July 2016

    Baildon Carnival will be held from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 9th July at Baildon Rugby & Cricket Club, Jenny Lane.  There's fun for all the family with ticket prices just £1 (child); £2 (adult); £5 (family of up to two adults and up to four children).  Four fields to visit included in the price.

    What's on? 

    Funfair and amusements, stalls, face-painting, food and drink, music, fell race, junior fun race, tag rugby, target archery, Terrier racing, dog race (bring your dog!) and a cricket match, plus the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Police, Fire, Ambulance, motorbikes and a raffle prize draw!

    Pay on the gate.  To book a pitch, contact here.  Pitches are £5 (charitable) or £20 (commercial). 

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    WALKERS ARE WELCOME EMBROIDERED PANELS COME TO BAILDON LIBRARY

    1st June 2016

    Baildon Walkers are Welcome is pleased to be able to display the national Walkers are Welcome embroidered panels at Baildon Library from 10 – 24 June.
     
    Across the country there are now more than 120 towns and villages which have achieved accreditation as a “Walkers are Welcome” community. Each of these has been invited to create a 12” embroidered square to represent their community in a giant wall hanging.
     
    Baildon has contributed a square which was made by Hazel Davey, Jean Main, Ruth Anderson, Jan Clear, and Beryl Connelly. Squares have recently been added by Bingley and Burley and one from Otley will be added in June.

    The national Walkers are Welcome initiative started in 2007, in order to encourage towns and villages to support and develop local walking opportunities.  To gain accreditation, communities have to show that they are attractive destinations for walkers with top quality information on local walks; that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted; that they contribute to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies; and they promote the health benefits of walking and increase participation. Over 120 towns and villages have now gained accreditation and include Bingley, Otley and Burley

    Richard Freeman, Chair of Baildon Walkers are Welcome said: “We are delighted to be able to bring the National Walkers are Welcome Embroidered Wall Hanging to Baildon Library. The squares are works of art, and will be of interest to those who enjoy walking and those who like what can be done with fabrics and thread. We are sure that many people from across Bradford and surrounding areas will like to take the opportunity to come and view the Wall Hanging in Baildon”.
     
    The display is linked to the Baildon Walkers are Welcome Third Annual Walking Weekend which takes place from Friday 10th – Monday 13th June. For full details of the guided walks on offer during the Walking Weekend, flyers are available from Baildon Library, or Wesleys, or go to
    http://baildontowncouncil.gov.uk/walkers_are_welcome.php

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    TOWN COUNCIL ELECTS NEW CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR

    25th May 2016

    Gill Dixon has been elected as Chair of Baildon Town Council for the coming year, with Karen Reddy elected as Vice Chair.
     
    Gill thanked the outgoing Chair, Councillor Joe Ashton, and Vice Chair, John Turner, for all their hard work and dedication on behalf of Baildon over the last 12 months.
     
    Gill has lived in Baildon since 1986, and has been a Parish/Town Councillor since 2011. She has over 20 years experience in local government, and so understands how the system works. She is active locally in all sorts of community projects, and has played a key role in setting up the very successful Baildon Farmers Market, as well as taking the lead on Christmas lights in Baildon, and communications.

    Karen, by contrast, is a relatively new Baildon resident. Arriving in the summer of 2012 with her now husband John, Karen quickly fell in love with Baildon and focussed her energies on the many community groups it contains. Working in Leeds as a Tax advisor for KPMG, Karen is an active member of the WI and its many offshoots and has been a volunteer at the farmer’s market since its inception. Since being co-opted onto the town council last year, she has been eager  to learn the ropes and get involved in the many excellent projects the Town Council has to offer.sara
     
    Gill said: “I am really excited and privileged to take on the Chair of the Town Council. We have a fantastic team of 12 dedicated councillors -  all voluntary ! - and  4 part time equally dedicated staff. We will need every ounce of skill and effort to tackle the many challenges ahead in Baildon – including Neighbourhood Planning, the BrackenHall Countryside Center, and working with Bradford Council on issues such as the future of Baildon Library, public toilets, and a range of environmental issues - including seeking action in relation to Baildon reservoir.
    We have improved our communications over the last few years, but I am keen that we find a way to do much better, so that we can engage with the people of Baildon on the things that matter to them, using the full range of communication channels open to us.
    Baildon is a great place full of community spirit and energy. I hope over the coming 12 months the Town Council will become much better known and hence have more people who are willing to do their bit for Baildon and stand as councillors in the future. We are a very friendly bunch!”
     
     

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    BAILDON WALKERS ARE WELCOME WALKING WEEKEND

    25th May 2016

    Baildon Walkers are Welcome Third Annual Walking Weekend talkes place from Friday 10 to Monday 13 June inclusive. Walkers of all ages are invited to visit Baildon and take part in one or more of the 12 guided walks on offer during this year’s event which takes place over four days from Friday 10 to Monday 13 June.
     
    This year, the walks on offer include some that are especially designed for children and their parents; one is wheel-chair accessible; some are a bit of a “mystery tour” with visits to places of local interest and places of refreshment. On some of the walks, the leaders will give local historical information; whilst others are suited to those who like to get their heads down for a harder and longer walk.

    Three of the walks will cover part of the route of the newly created “Welcome Way”, a medium distance circular walk which links the local Walkers are Welcome communities of Baildon, Burley, Otley, and Bingley. This new route has been created by representatives from all of these four Walkers are Welcome towns.
     
    All walks are free and no advance booking is necessary.
     
    For full details of the guided walks on offer during the Walking Weekend, and what to wear and bring with you, see the flyers which are available at this month’s Farmers Market, and from Baildon Library, or Wesleys, or go to
    http://baildontowncouncil.gov.uk/walkers_are_welcome.php.

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    ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

    25th April 2016

    Click the link for the Baildon Annual Town Meeting agenda 

     
     

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    PART TIME VACANCY FOR BRACKEN HALL COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE MANAGER

    20th April 2016

    Baildon Town Council has an exciting opportunity for a part time Bracken Hall Countryside Centre Manager

    The full time salary is £19,742 per annum and paid pro rata for 60 hours per month.
     
    The Council seeks someone who has managerial experience, knowledge of environmental issues, excellence in service delivery and is comfortable with managing a small project. The post is flexible working 60 hours per month and will involve regular week-end working.
     
    For further information and application pack please contact the Town Clerk here or telephone 01274 593169.
     
    CLOSING DATE Friday 27th May

    INTERVIEWS Friday 10th June
     

     
     

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    THIRD ANNUAL BAILDON WALKING WEEKEND

    13th April 2016


    Baildon Walking Weekend takes place from Friday 10th to Monday 13 June inclusive. Book the dates in your diary now!

    A selection of guided walks will be on offer over the four days, ranging from walks especially with young families in mind, to gentle strolls and historical tours, to harder rambles across our lovely moorland.

    The walks will all be free. Details of the walks will be available on flyers which can be obtained soon from Baildon Library and on the Town Council website.
     
    Also on Saturday 11 June, Baildon Walkers are Welcome will be holding an Open Morning and first AGM to become established as an independent voluntary organisation,  at Wesleys, Baildon Methodist Church from 10am – 12 noon.

    Come and join us for a morning of information, interest, networking, and enjoyment for anyone who loves walking and the outdoors.
    There'll be live music, stalls, information about local outdoor and environmental organisations.

    Be one of the first to buy a pre-launch copy of “The Welcome Way” book – the new medium distance walk which links the local Walkers are Welcome communities of Otley, Burley, Baildon and Bingley. Find out what Baildon WaW has been doing and what is planned. Also be there at our first ever AGM at which we hope to adopt a constitution to become an independent voluntary organisation. Refreshments available from Wesleys Café.

     
     

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    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

    12th April 2016


    Canal & River Trust - sponsorship opportunity

     
    The Canal & River Trust are pleased to announce the latest location of the prestigious Annual Partnership Meeting for the North West Region. This event will take place Saltaire on the 21st July 2016.
     
    The Waterway Partnership are a group of volunteers who form an integral part of the locally focussed Governance structure within the Canal & River Trust. Their Annual Partnership Meeting gives members opportunity to meet local communities and businesses who live, work and operate within the waterways of the North West. The event also gives guests first hand opportunity to shape and influence the priorities of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lancaster Canal plus associated branches during the next twelve months. The interactive and informative event also allows opportunity to update on progress of all projects already undertaken by the Partnership on behalf of its users.

    This event theme, which is set to welcome over 90 guests from across the waterways, is ‘Entrepreneurial – then and now!’  The event will focus on how waterways in the North have directly benefitted local communities with plenty of emphasis being placed upon how the Leeds & Liverpool Canal has benefitted Saltaire and its businesses. This year is a particularly important year for Saltaire and for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal because we are celebrating the canal’s 200th year since completion.

    This letter is to invite interest in sponsoring this prestigious and popular event as we are keen to raise £2000 to ensure the event goes ahead and is as popular and successful as in previous years. The Trust would love to hear from you if you feel this opportunity appeals to you or your business. Please contact us if you are able to offer part sponsorship as many benefits listed still apply, although sole sponsorship and branding opportunities may well prove more useful to you given the scope of this exciting event and the range of partners and stakeholders attending.

    The Event
     
    The Partnership expects to welcome guests from many diverse backgrounds including enterprise, partnership, communities and individuals representing a range of experiences and influence. This includes local MP’s, business leaders, voluntary organisations and a range of smaller organisations.

    The event itself will be held at:

    Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, BD18 3JS which is ideally situated in the heart of the village. We expect the event to run from approx. 1-5pm on 21st July 2016 (timings to be confirmed) including boat trip.

     
    The day will include light refreshments and complimentary boat trips along the canal, where you will be able to explore Saltaire from a completely new perspective. As a guest of the event you will also be treated to a range of presentations and sessions from local businesses, partners and stakeholders of the Trust and given the opportunity to network with these key individuals.

    In return for this sponsorship and your support, you are invited to attend the event and to utilise the event to promote your own business by hosting a table or stall within the event itself. In addition, sponsors are recognised and thanked during speeches and also on the national Canal & River Trust website. This is a unique opportunity which offers our sponsors personal access to a range of key individuals from across the North of England and beyond.

     

    If you require any further information to enable you to progress this, please contact Sarah.Knight here or via 07920 817269

     
     

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    FLOODING SURVEY

    12th April 2016


    At its meeting on Tuesday 19 January 2016, Bradford Council agreed that the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee undertake an in-depth Scrutiny Review into the effectiveness of Bradford Council and its Partners in dealing with the floods across the District in December 2015.
     
    As part of this Scrutiny Review, information gathering sessions with residents and businesses affected by the December 2015 floods will be arranged for July 2016. 
     
    However In the meantime there is an online survey available for those that were affected by the December 2015 floods to complete.  The findings from the survey will be used to inform the information gathering sessions in July 2016.
     
    Please see HERE the online link to the survey, as well as a copy of the survey attached.

     

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    FAIRTRADE

    12th April 2016


    Join us to see some recent films about Fairtrade – what does the future hold for farmers who produce some of our favourite foods?  Discover how Fairtrade is helping farmers to combat the effects of  Climate Change. 
     
    The films will be followed by a brief AGM at 8.30.
     
    7.30 – 9pm  Monday 18th April, St John’s Church Hall,
    Hall Cliffe, Baildon  BD17 6ND
     

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    BUCK LANE FOOTPATH

    6th April 2016

    Buck Lane footpath

    The Town Council has allocated funds to have the footpath between Buck
    Bridge and the cottages resurfaced.  This popular walking, running,
    horseriding and cycling route has been heavily eroded over the years. 
    The project was suggested by Baildon Friends of the Earth, and is part
    of the Council's long term plan to improve footpaths in the area,
    working with the volunteers of Baildon Walkers are welcome.  If you know
    of a badly damaged path, or are interested in helping, let us know HERE.
     

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    FRUITFUL GARDENS TRAIL

    4th April 2016

    Baildon Friends of the Earth have organised a Fruitful Gardens Trail on 6 August, 2-5pm. This will be a chance to visit some fruitful gardens in Baildon. A map will be provided for people to follow. Further details to follow nearer the date.

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

    updated 10 March 2016

    Baildon Town Council will meet on Monday the 14th March 2016 at 7:30 pm.

    Venue: Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, BD17 6NX.

    Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting. To view the agenda please click HERE.

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    A PETITION TO GIVE LOCAL COUNCILS THE RIGHT TO APPEAL PLANNING DECISIONS

    updated 1 March 2016

    The lack of an appeal mechanism for local councils in the planning process has caused difficulties for a long time.  This petition states that the planning system is unfair and is one of the few decision-making processes that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties. It calls on the Government to introduce a limited third party right of appeal by giving parish councils a right to appeal planning decisions to the Planning Inspectorate.

    As you will be aware, under current rules, if a local planning authority refuses a planning application the applicant is allowed to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. If a planning authority approves an application, no one has the right to appeal. With the national presumption in favour of sustainable development throwing the planning system into disarray, in the interest of justice, the petition says that Government should give local councils the right to appeal planning decisions.

    The petition needs to receive 10,000 signatures for the Government to respond.  

    The deadline for signatures is 19 April, 2016 and the petition can be accessed HERE:

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    FEBRUARY EDITION OF THE FAIRTRADE NEWSLETTER

    updated 1 March 2016

    Please find the February edition of the Fairtrade Newsletter here.

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    NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR, CATH CAMPBELL

    updated 1 March 2016

    Baildon choir “ Noteworthy Women”  has a new Musical Director, Cath Campbell.
     

    Cath has many years’ experience leading small singing groups and choirs, and believes everyone can sing and enjoy the happiness that singing together brings.

    Cath teaches a wide range of music, - folk, world, gospel & much more. Come along and sing for fun -  no auditions, technical terms, or musical knowledge necessary as we learn each song by ear.

    You’re sure of a warm welcome so why not come & give it a try?

    We meet on Wednesday evenings ( term- time only) at Baildon Community Link, Cliffe Ave, from 7.30 – 9.30. 

    First session free,  then £5 per session.
     
    Contact details
    Phone/text 07951 793981
    Email nwwchoir@gmail.com 
    Web: noteworthywomen.wix.com/choir
     

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    BAILDON LIBRARY 

    updated 3 February 2016

    Baildon Library

    SADNESS over a lack of rescue plans for Baildon, Menston and Burley Libraries was expressed repeatedly at a packed public meeting to discuss their futures, read the T&A article here.


    Bradford Council are consulting on the future of Baildon Library, find out more here.

     

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    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

    updated 5 January 2016

    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL

    COUNCIL AGREES TO MAKE PROGRESS ON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING

    At its meeting on Monday 14th December, Baildon Town Council agreed to commence a dialogue with its local community to ascertain the support for producing and delivering a Neighbourhood Plan.
    Such a plan will take about 18 months to two years to complete and could cost the council itself between £7000 and £14000, depending on its scale and complexity. As it has to be a community led plan to be successful, the Council wants to involve all sections of our town.
    Over the next few months we will be running a series of community events and speaking to possible partners, stakeholders, community and environmental organisations and individuals to ascertain the level of support for this important project, which could shape Baildon’s environment for many years to come.
    The Town Council, also, wants to hear from organisations and individuals who can contribute to any plan in terms of financial or practical support, including possible participation in a ‘steering group’.
    For information, since April 2012, local communities have been able to produce
    Neighbourhood Plans for their local area, putting in place planning
    policies for the future development and growth of the neighbourhood.
     
    A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development.
     
    Neighbourhood Plans, which must meet Basic Conditions, relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. They may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.
     
    A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.
     
    For further information please contact the Town Clerk at clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk                       
    or Councillor Peter Ashton, Chair of the Planning Committee on 07989315217 or at peter.ashton@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk

     

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    POST OFFICE SHUTTLE BUS

    updated 11 December 2015

    Introducing Baildon’s FREE Post Office Shuttle Service!

    Michael’s Private Hire of Baildon has kindly offered to provide a service (for up to 8 passengers at a time) for former Westgate Post Office customers who are unable to get to and from Station Road Post Office.

    Running Tuesdays 15th December,

    2nd December, 29th December and

    5th January, 10.00am to 12 noon

    Leaving from the lower half of Ian Clough car park at 10.00am, 10.15am, 10.30am, 10.45am, 11.00am, 11.15am, 11.30am, 11.45am (with return journeys from Station Road Post Office in between these times) 

    For further information please contact Cllr Debbie Davies on 01274-587834/0779 2966 242

    (email: debbie.davies@bradford.gov.uk)

    or www.michaelsprivatehire.com (07966 965977)
     

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    CONSULTATION AFFECTING SOME ROADS IN BAILDON

    updated 16 November 2015

     Where you can view the proposals;

    For the convenience of  local residents and other interested road user groups, a  large plan with its associated legal documents, showing the proposals will be on display at Baildon Library.

    The proposals;

    NOTICE is hereby given that City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council proposes to make the above Order under its powers contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the general effect of which will be to introduce restrictions of:-

    1. 'no waiting at any time' on lengths of Merlinwood Drive; Jenny Lane; Heygate Lane; Northgate; Moorgate; Pennithorne Avenue; Fyfe Grove; Argyll Close; Ridgewood Close; Prod Lane; Glen Road; Lucy Hall Drive; Bank Crest; Bank Walk; South View Terrace; West Lane, Springfield Road; Langley Lane; Browgate; Belmont Avenue; Greencliffe Avenue; Oakleigh View and Ferncliffe Drive, Baildon;

    2. 'no waiting at any time and no loading - Monday to Saturday between 8am and 6pm' on lengths of Providence Row, Baildon;

    3. 'Residents permit parking' on lengths of Springfield Road; The Grove; Westgate; Northgate; Bank Walk; and Jenny Lane, Baildon;

    4. 'Limited waiting of 2 hours (return prohibited within 2 hours) - Monday to Saturday between 8am and 6pm' on lengths of Springfield Road; Newton Way; The Grove; Westgate; Northgate; Jenny Lane, Baildon;

    5. 'Limited waiting of 1 hour (return prohibited within 2 hours) - Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8am and 6pm' on lengths of Browgate, Baildon;

    6. 'Limited waiting of 2 hours (return prohibited within 2 hours) - Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 6pm' on lengths of Jenny Lane, Baildon;

    7. 'No parking or loading - Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 9.30am and between the hours of 2.30pm and 4pm - 1st September to 31st July (term time)' on lengths of Langley Lane, Baildon; and

    8. 'Limited waiting of 30 minutes (return prohibited within 2 hours - Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8am and 6pm' on lengths of Northgate, Baildon. A copy of the draft Order together with a map showing the affected roads and the Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Order may be examined during normal office hours at the Customer Services Reception, Ground Floor, City Hall, Bradford and the Ian Clough Library, Hallcliffe, Baildon, Shipley.

    If you wish to object:

    If you wish to object to the proposed Order you should send the grounds for your objection in writing to reach the undersigned by no later than 12 noon on Friday 27th November 2015 quoting reference:- LEG/DEV/SPN/72877. Dated: 6th November 2015 to - Dermot Pearson - Interim City Solicitor
    Legal and Democratic Services, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, City Hall, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1HY.
     

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    CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON 27 NOVEMBER

     updated 16 November 2015

    Christmas Spirit back to light up Baildon
     
    Local shops have once again joined the Baildon Town Council to put together a spectacular display of Christmas lights to be twinkling throughout the festive period. As well as lights in the village centre, the display will reach Coach Road, Threshfield and St Johns Court on Otley Road, ensuring all Baildon residents can enjoy spectacular displays.
     
    The lights will be switched on as part of a family event on Friday 27th November. The Baildon Ladies Choir will kick off the event at 6pm, encouraging everyone to join in some favourite carols, followed by Chair of the Town Council Joe Ashton switching on the lights at 6:30. The Hall Royd Brass Band will then entertain the crowd from 6:30 to 7:30.
     
    As well as the music, Sponge Tree will be there again to help children create a Christmas Tree decoration, giving the decorations a personal touch. The co-operative are also generously providing refreshments to revellers, as part of their ongoing commitment to support the community.
     
    Councillor Gill Dixon said “Everyone in Baildon is welcome to join us at our Christmas Lights switch on starting at 6pm on Friday 27th November. In previous years, young and old have enjoyed getting into the festive spirit with Christmas songs and carols led by a local choir – a real community event. Also this year, free nibbles provided by the co-op. Come and join the count down at 6:30, and see Baildon light up for Christmas!”
     
    Thanks must be given to Christmas Plus Limited, the local contractor who maintain the lights, as well as Mark Scrimshaw, the Town Council Environment Warden, who has worked hard to ensure everything is in tip top shape for the event.
     

     

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    IS YOUR NUMBER UP?

    updated 4 November 2015

    The Baildon community first responder group wanted to ask if your house name or number is visible day or night, when the emergency services or doctors out of hours service might be called to your home or business? While the postman might know where you are through ...experience, can your location be found in the dark? Every second counts and it might be one of those jobs you have been meaning to do for a while, so please make sure you are visible from the main road. Our community first responder might not have knowledge of your home and not know where all the houses and businesses are here in Baildon so clear unobstructed signs are essential. In the event of an emergency always dial 999 and stay calm. Lights on and all the curtains open are a clear sign for the emergency services too. Your car on the drive or out outside your location with hazard warning lights are also one of the things that single out your address in the dark.” 

    For more information about what we do check out our website here

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    FREE CPR & DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING

    updated 26 October 2015

    Baildon Town Council recently installed a defibrillator in the town centre and want people to learn how to use it in an emergency. Thats all very well, what if the emergency services are delayed, how do you keep this person breathing, with CPR of course!

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has stopped. Chest compressions and rescue breaths keep blood and oxygen circulating in the body.

    The council along with professional volunteer trainors have set up a Free CPR and Defibrillator training course on Thursday the 5th November at 1.50 pm to 4pm at The Baildon Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, BD17 6NX, to book your free place telephone the Town Clerk on 01274 593169 or email here.

    A second training session has been arranged with the kind permission to use the Baildon Club on Wednesday the 11th November at 6.45pm to 9pm, to book your place on the session please contact Sharon Holmes on 07722410441.

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    CATCH A BUS TO THE TRAIN STATION

    posted 20th October 2015

    Bailrail arrives!

    More and more people are now gliding by train in four minutes from Baildon to Shipley above the traffic. Many reach the station conveniently on the new Bailrail buses:  19 of these each way now run every weekday between Baildon station and High Baildon via Baildon town centre. Their numbers are 649, 650, 655 and 656, all run by TLC. Timetables have been given out to 2000 homes: copies are available in Baildon Library, Baildon Community Link and Baildon Northgate Co-op.

    The buses run to and from Lucy Hall Drive or Collier Lane, through the town centre and down to the station via Jenny Lane, Holden Lane and Kirkfields.  They avoid the traffic on Baildon Road. People from the Hoyle Court area can catch more buses up to the town centre. The buses help to reduce congestion and carbon dioxide emissions. Moreover, they bring down the danger from the number of cars using Baildon’s tiny station yard where vehicles manoeuvre between over a hundred school pupils.

    John D Anderson, the Convenor of Baildon Friends of the Earth, said, ‘ Traffic congestion, pollution, danger and carbon dioxide emissions  can all be reduced if people use these  buses – as 288 Baildonians  said they were likely to do  in a survey we ran in 2014.’

    At last the Baildon traffic snarl up is being tackled positively. Baildon Friends of the Earth have worked hard and long for this. Baildon Town Council has generously supported the initiative with money; Baildon Town Councillors are giving time at the station to distribute timetables. Northern Rail and the Community Chest have given funding.


    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL BAILRAIL TIMETABLE
     

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    CHATTERBOOKS AT BAILDON LIBRARY
    THURSDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 3:45-4:45PM

    posted 14th October 2015

    The first Chatterbooks at Baildon library (fun reading group for 7-12 year olds) was enjoyed by the children who went along and they were delighted with their free book bags and wrist bands - next one is Thursday 12th November 3.45-4.45pm - please come along!

     

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    HALLOWEEN WALK 31 OCTOBER 
    THE GHOSTS OF MILNER FIELD

    posted 12th October 2015

    MEET OPPOSITE BRACKEN HALL AT 10:30AM

    This walk is in support of the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre.

    A 3-mile walk around the site of Titus Salt Junior's home and kitchen gardens.
    Hear the tragic stories of the occupants in the great mansion.
    Walking boots are recommended and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

    The walk leader is Helen Broadhead of Helen's Heritage Walks, click the weblink here 

    For more information call Helen on 01274 532425.






     

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    26 & 27 NOVEMBER 2015

    posted 8th October 2015

    AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTED BY BAILDON'S WESTGATE DRAMA GROUP

    There will be a two night event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Westgate Drama Group on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November at 7:30pm each evening at the Copper Beech Club in Baildon.

    Celebrating 75 years has been specially devised and put together by Westgate Drama Group members to celebrate 75 years of amateur theatre-making in Baildon.

    Instead of presenting their usual three-act play, the evening will include excerpts from plays performed throughout the decades, starting with an excerpt from the very first play the group presented in 1940, "Someone at the Door" a comedy thriller.

    To book your tickets or to find out more please call 01274 583901.
     

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    UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit Competition

    posted 7th October 2015


    A group of four students, Natasha Adey and Sydney Ricketts from Year 10 and Amy Eyles and Zara Malik from Year 9, have won a place to represent Saltaire at the UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit in Blaenavon World Heritage Site, Wales. The summit has a full programme, with keynote speakers and entries from all over the world.

    They were challenged to answer the question ‘How can we use world heritage to change the place we live in for the better? The rules required entries to be creative, which inspired our students to make a short film. The girls said: “We answered the question by showing Saltaire as it was and how it is now. We showed the rules Titus Salt put in place and how things have changed since Saltaire began. Our short film has a poem voice-over, written by Amy, which explains what the past was like, how we use Saltaire today and it also shows how we think Saltaire and the rules put in place will help the future. We believe we can use Saltaire, our World Heritage Site to help us plan the future more effectively.

    The Saltaire village plan was different from anywhere else when it was designed because everything you could need was only a stone’s throw away. This idea was then copied and adapted by architects around the world. It is our contention that the plan of our world heritage site would help when building new housing estates.”

    The team will be attending the summit in October and will be in with a chance of becoming the overall winner. The entries will be judged by the competition organisers, but will also take into account a public vote.

    Your vote is important!

    Please visit the World Heritage Youth Ambassadors Facebook page to watch, ‘share’ and ‘like’ their entry as this is counted as voting. Please follow this link:https://www.facebook.com/worldheritageambassadors

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET TOMORROW

    posted 23 October 2015


    Come along to Baildon Farmers’ Market this Saturday 24th October for fresh bread, organic vegetables, locally shot game, soups and sauces, pickles and preserves, artisan cheese, fish from Fleetwood, cakes and pastries, yoghurt and cream. 

    Don't miss your only chance this year to buy honey from Baildon Blossom Honey. Barney will have both runny and a small amount of set honey for sale at the market this Saturday. 

    As well as our regulars, we usually have one or two guest stalls, so you’ll always find something different.

    Sign up for the Farmers’ Market newsletter for advance notice of the market each month and to find out what’s on offer.

    Baildon Farmers Market takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month (unless it clashes with Christmas week-end in December), except for January when we take a break, from 9am until 1pm in the Ian Clough car park See all 2015 dates!
     

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    BRADFORD COUNCIL CARRYING OUT
    ROADWORKS IN BAILDON

    posted 6th October 2015




    Planned roadworks to be carried out during October, November and December are;
     

    • West Avenue
    • West Lane
    • St James Road

    For information on these works please contact Bradford Council switchboard on
    Tel. 01274 432111 or via the website at www.bradford.gov.uk 

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL
    BUSINESS SURVEY

    posted 5th October 2015







    INTRODUCTION TO THE SURVEY

    Baildon Town Council has an overall responsibility to contribute to the well-being of
    our community. However, it is not the District Council! It a small operation with no
    regulatory powers, a small budget (about £100000 per year), five part time staff and
    up to 12 councillors who are volunteers and receive no payments.

    The Town Council works by representing the needs and interests of Baildon and
    striving to improve thequality of life and delivering services in Baildon, usually working
    with others.

    The work of Baildon Town Council is underpinned by the Baildon Plan, which was
    produced in 2011 and updated in 2014, both times following extensive consultation
    with residents about what they saw as the priorities for future improvements in
    Baildon. Supporting local businesses and job creation is one of the priorities
    identified.

    As a Baildon business, we would like to know your views of what we already do and
    what we could do in future, to complete the survey please click this link here.


    Please return the completed survey by the 31st October 2015.

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    Baildon Carnival Association
    Annual General Meeting

    posted 5th October 2015

    Baildon Carnival Association is to hold its Annual General Meeting
    on Tuesday the 27th October from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the
    Copper Beech Club.

    The meeting will also be setting out its plans for the 2016 carnival,
    scheduled for the 9th July.

    The association would particularly welcome new members so
    please do come along.

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    Guided Walk Sunday 11th October

    posted 5th October 2015

    A guided walk arranged by Bradford Countryside Service.

    Sunday the 11th October at 10;30am;

    Meet Kenneth J Allen at Saltaire Station,
    Victoria Road, Shipley.

    The walk is a circular walk over Shipley Glen and Baildon Moor
    5 miles (8km).

    Bring a pack lunch.

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL INSTALLS A DEFIBRILLATOR

    posted 28th September 2015

    Baildon Town Council has recently installed a defibrillator in the Town Centre,
    read the full article in the Telegraph & Argus
     

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL CO-OPTS NEW COUNCILLOR

    posted 28th September 2015

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to announce that at its September meeting it co-opted Jane Dunn as member for South West Ward.

    More information and contact details for Cllr Dunn will be available shortly.

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB 

    posted 28th September 2015


     
    1.0pm – 3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 including refreshments. All welcome!

    Ladies in Lavender with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith

    Set in Cornwall in 1936 two sisters discover a Castaway, whilst building
    a relationship with him they find he has a stange effect on them.

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET TOMORROW

    posted 25th September 2015

    Come along to Baildon Farmers’ Market this Saturday 26th September for fresh bread, organic vegetables, locally shot game, soups and sauces, pickles and preserves, artisan cheese, fish from Fleetwood, cakes and pastries, yoghurt and cream. You'll even be able to enjoy the last of the season's strawberries from East End Nurseries.

    As well as our regulars, we usually have one or two guest stalls, so you’ll always find something different.

    Musical entertainment will be provided by Sarah Widdup and there’ll be a free bingo trail for the kids with prizes guaranteed for everyone. Sign up for the Farmers’ Market newsletter for advance notice of the market each month and to find out what’s on offer.

    Baildon Farmers Market takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month (unless it clashes with Christmas week-end in December), except for January when we take a break, from 9am until 1pm in the Ian Clough car park See all 2015 dates!

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    VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

    posted 11th August 2015

    Baildon Town Council is seeking to recruit volunteers for the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre.

    Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at Bracken Hall.
     
    In return for your time, we promise to give you a full induction, maintain regular contact and give you a great opportunity to increase skills and experience, give something back to the community or spend your time doing something you love.

    If you would like to volunteer, please complete this form and return it to clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.

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    HAPPY HIKERS ENJOY BAILDON'S WALKING WEEKEND

    posted 10th August 2015

    More than 120 people joined one or more of the 11 guided walks which were on offer over the weekend as part of Baildon’s Second Annual Walking Weekend.

    The selection of walks ranged from a one mile long historical tour of the churches and chapels of Baildon, to a nine mile hike across three local moors; an “Urban Explorer” walk which took participants into the centre of Bradford on “green corridors” and a circular trip to Esholt and back with lunch at the Woolpack.

    Chris Flecknoe, Secretary to the Baildon Walkers are Welcome Group, which organised the event said: “We are delighted that the sun shone for all our walks this year so that everyone could enjoy our beautiful surroundings. It was lovely to welcome walkers not only from Baildon itself, but from further afield including Leeds, Bingley, Burley, Oxenhope, and Eccleshill. Many of the walkers took the opportunity to pop into Baildon’s excellent cafes and shops whilst they were here, and we hope they will return again now they have seen what delights Baildon can offer.”

    Follow the links for information about future guided walks, as well as information to help you go out on self-guided walks.
     

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    WALKING WEEKEND - 7th to 9th August

    posted 3rd August 2015

    Baildon’s Second Annual Walking Weekend.

    If you enjoy getting out into the lovely countryside around Baildon, why not join one of the guided walks being offered this weekend by the Baildon Town Council’s Walkers are Welcome Group.

    There are 11 guided walks of varying lengths and going in different directions, for you to choose from. The shortest is just one mile in length; the longest is 9 miles. Some involve a gentle stroll, with a historical, health, or geological focus; some are particularly suitable for families; whilst others are designed for more energetic and experienced walkers.

    See programme for details of all the walks. You can also pick up a paper copy at Baildon Library.
     

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    POP UP POSTERS

    posted 31st July 2015

    You may have come across pop up restaurants and pop up shops. But have you come across pop up poo posters? Thanks to the Town Council’s Environmental Warden, Mark Scrimshaw, we now have pop up poo posters in Baildon.

    This is Mark’s latest initiative to help tackle the problem of dog fouling. His collection of highly visible posters pops up like a cluster of mushrooms at strategic locations as a reminder to dog walkers to clear up after their dogs.

    Don’t worry if you think the posters are an eye sore. They will never be left in any one location for more than 24 hours.

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    NEW BINS FOR OLD

    posted 31st July 2015

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to have been able to fund the replacement of a number of litter bins around Baildon.

    The Town Council’s Environmental Warden, Mark Scrimshaw, identified some of the bins most in need of replacement and liaised with Bradford Council officers who undertook the work.

    All but the one outside Coach Road shops are plastic and should remain looking neat for many years.

    New bins were replaced at the following locations:- Otley Road, junction with Green Lane; Coach Road, junction with Glenaire Drive; Coach Road, outside Post Office opposite Roberts Park entrance; Otley Road, two bins outside the row of shops at Woodbottom next to the junction with Woodcot Ave; Cliffe Lane, junction with Green Lane; Baildon Road outside the Coop.
     
    The Town Council is aware that other bins are in need of replacement and will be looking to replace more in the future.

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    BAILDON  HROTICULTRAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW

    posted 31st July 2015

    The popular flower, vegetable and handicraft show takes place this year on Sunday 6th September at Sandal Primary School.

    Open to the public from 2.0pm. Trophies presented at 3.30pm.
     
    Refreshments, stalls, raffle, children’s games, tombola.

    Admission on the door £1 children free.

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    BAILDON IS BLOOMING!

    posted 28th July 2015

    Thanks to all who are helping to make the public spaces in Baildon bright and cheerful with wonderful floral displays.

    Thanks to Baildon in Bloom, which the Town Council is pleased to support, to the many local Baildon businesses, and to Bradford Council's parks and gardens department. 

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    NEW TOWN CLERK APPOINTED

    posted 28th July 2015

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Tom Ferry as Town Clerk. Tom will replace Jean Yule who retires as Town Clerk at the end of August.

    Tom is a qualified Local Council Clerk with over seven years’ experience as a Clerk in Yorkshire and is a trainer for the Society of Local Council Clerks helping others to achieve the qualification.

    Tom also brings to the post a wealth of skills, experience and knowledge from his full and varied career in the Royal Corps of Signals, then as a project officer for the Railway industry, followed by running a family business.

    Born in Dundee, and having lived in London for some years as a young school lad, Tom and his family fell in love with Yorkshire when they moved here during Tom’s time in the forces. Tom is married with two grown up children and three grand-children and is also an active member of  a number of voluntary groups in his local community.

    Tom enjoys being a Local Council Clerk and finds it tremendously rewarding to see what can be achieved by a local council for the benefit of its community. He is looking forward to joining the Baildon Town Council staff team and to serving the residents of Baildon and its councillors. 

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    HARLEY RALLY 2015

    posted 21st July 2015

    Tickets now available through the Shipley Harley Rally website.


    Baildon Rugby Union Football Club August Bank Holiday weekend.

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET

    posted 20th July 2015

    Come along to Baildon Farmers’ Market this Saturday 25th July for fresh bread, organic vegetables, locally shot game, soups and sauces, pickles and preserves, artisan cheese, fish from Fleetwood, cakes and pastries, yoghurt and cream.

    As well as our regulars, we usually have one or two guest stalls, so you’ll always find something different.

    Weather depending, you’ll be serenaded by the sounds of singing or strumming. There’ll be our free bingo trail for the kids with prizes guaranteed for everyone. Sign up for the Farmers’ Market newsletter for advance notice of the market each month and to find out what’s on offer.

    Baildon Farmers Market takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month (unless it clashes with Christmas week-end in December), except for January when we take a break, from 9am until 1pm in the Ian Clough car park See all 2015 dates!

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    SUMMER PLAY

    posted 20th July 2015

    Free family play events near you Wednesday afternoons 1.0pm – 4.0pm: play activities, circus skills, festival face painting, arts and crafts, and lots more!
    22nd July Myrtle Park Bingley
    29th July Foster Park Denholme
    5th August National Play Day at Baildon Recreation Centre, Green Lane
    12th August Jenny Lane Play area Baildon
    19th August Burley in Wharfedale Recreation Ground
    26th August Claremont Park Wrose

    For more information contact the Bradford Play Team on 01535 618694

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    WILD WEDNESDAYS

    posted 20th July 2015

    Starting this week for the summer holiday.

    Drop-in family activities organised by the Friends of Bracken Hall every Wednesday afternoon 2.0pm – 4.0pm throughout the summer holiday on Bracken Hall Green, Shipley Glen opposite Bracken Hall Countryside Centre.

    22nd July and 29th July (exploring wildlife with the Friends); 5th and 12th August (Rocket Workshop with Keighley Astronomical Society); 19th and 26th August (Butterflies and Painting with Susan Stead, Butterfly Conservation).

    Run by the Friends of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre on behalf of Baildon Town Council for everyone (all children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult).

    Plus Friday 14th August Guided Family Walk. Meet at 10.30am opposite Bracken Hall Countryside Centre for an exploration of the moor and ponds.

    For Walks, Wild Wednesday, meetings and general information contact: John Dallas (Chair) 07980 916844 chair@friendsofbrackenhall.org.uk or Joy Smith (Secretary) secretary@friendsofbrackenhall.org.uk 

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    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING

    posted 18th July 2015

    Baildon Town Council has received approval from Bradford MD Council to move forward with the Town Council’s application to gain Neighbourhood Planning Status. The next step will be to consult with Baildon residents before producing a Development Plan which will be put to a local referendum.
     
    Parish and Town Councils along with established Neighbourhood Forums can apply to the Council for their area to be recognised as a Neighbourhood Area. Following this process the group can begin to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
     
    Neighbourhood Development Plans: These plans are policy documents prepared by the community and set out a framework for future development, including design standards and infrastructure. They must be prepared in accordance with the statutory Planning Regulations and following a local referendum they can be adopted by the Council for them to be formally used and recognised in the planning process and part of the Local Plan. 

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB - Thursday 6th August

    posted 18th July 2015

    The film is set in north-east England during the 1984-85 coal miners' strike and it’s against this backdrop that a young lad discovers his passion for ballet.

    This classic stars Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, an aspiring dancer dealing with the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer, Gary Lewis as his coal miner father, Jamie Draven as Billy's older brother, and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher.

    A lively 1980s soundtrack featuring amongst others T-Rex, Jam, Clash, keeps pace with the drama.

    1.0pm – 3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 including refreshments. All welcome!

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    MEMORY WALK IN BAILDON

    posted 18th July 2015

    Organised by Baildon Dementia Action Group, Saturday 26th September.  Distance 1 mile. Meet at the bottom of the Glen Tramway at 11.30am or at the Glen Pub at 11.30am. 

    Sponsorshipip forms are available at Baildon Library, Baildon Community Link and St Hugh’s Centre (Coach Road).

    For more information on Memory Walks organised by the Alzheimer's Society please follow the link.  

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    MAKING BAILDON DEMENTIA FRIENDLY

    posted 18th July 2015

    Baildon Dementia Action Group.

    Next meeting  Tuesday 8th September at 2.0pm at Baildon Community Link or ring Lucy Maddison, Dementia Champion, on 01274 588681. All welcome.

    Priorities include: raising awareness and understanding of dementia locally, working towards becoming a dementia friendly town, supporting people with dementia and their carers.

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    AN EVENING OF MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

    posted 18th July 2015

    Shipley Glen Tramway presents an evening of musical entertainment at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Friday 23rd October 7.30pm - 10.0pm with refreshments & raffle prizes.

    All proceeds from the concert for the benefit of  the lovely historic Shipley Glen Tramway.

    Featuring the World Famous Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ played by David Lowe and the internationally famous Hot Aire Concert Band - a popular local band with a wide range of music from films, stage shows, TV, pop classics and traditional airs.

    Tickets £6 Available from: Jim Small 07842 427635, Richard Freeman 07773 001250, or email info@shipleyglentramway.co.uk

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    NEW BUNTING FOR BAILDON

    posted 17th July 2015

    Residents and visitors to Baildon will have noticed that the town centre looks more festive with the installation of new bunting for the summer season.

    Installed in time for the Baildon Proms night on 4th July and the Carnival on the 11th, the bunting will remain up until the end of September. Thus, it will be in place for other community activities such as the Harley Davidson Rally taking place over the late August bank holiday week-end.

    The bunting has been bought by the Town Council to brighten up Baildon centre during the summer months and to give a cheery backdrop to events that take place, just as we do with the Christmas lights in winter. We have invested in top grade materials that will stand up to all weathers and last for years and hence the purchase is value for money.

    We have made a start by concentrating the bunting in the town centre, and just as we did with Christmas lights we will review this for next year and may extend its scope if affordable and if required.

    Many thanks to thank Bradford Council for facilitating the use of its property to support the bunting and Christmas Plus, our suppliers and installers, for discounting our installation costs and agreeing to store it over the winter at no charge.

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    HARLEY RIDE OUT - SAFETY REQUEST

    posted 13th July 2015

    Harley week-end – August bank holiday - have a great time and stay safe!

    Safety request: please do not watch the ride out from the roundabout.

    It’s very tempting but potentially dangerous because of the potential hazards in crossing the roads and the possibility of falling off the roundabout into the road.

    So please support the organisers who work hard to keep the event safe by following the instructions of the stewards on the day.

    Many thanks for your co-operation.

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    GAS MAINS ESSENTIAL UPGRADE

    posted 13th July 2015

    The north of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is to replace around 300 metres of ageing metal gas mains in the Baildon and Shipley area with new durable plastic pipes.

    The eight week project is scheduled to start today, Monday 13 July 2015, and is planned for completion in August. The work is being carried out to ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers living and working in the area for years to come and it has been carefully planned in conjunction with Bradford City Council.

    To minimise disruption to members of the public, the work will be carried out in three phases, with part of the project completed during the quieter school holiday period.  

    In order to carry out the work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to close one lane on the Otley Road throughout the duration of the project.  Engineers will be working 7 days a week throughout the project in order to complete the work as quickly as possible.

    For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 7 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk

    NGN's letter can be viewed here.

    Anyone that smells gas or suspects Carbon Monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. 

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - Monday13th July 2015

    posted 7th July 2015

    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 13th July at 7.30pm in Baildon Community Link.

    The agenda can be downloaded here.

    Associated papers can be downloaded here.

    Members of the public are welcome at all Town Council meetings.

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    BAILDON CARNIVAL SUCCESS

    posted 13th July 2015

    Baildon Carnival Association was delighted by the turnout at the 2015 Carnival on Saturday. Feedback from the public and stallholders was very positive, with everyone enjoying relaxation, fun and entertainment on the lovely sunny afternoon.
     
    Bradford's Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Abid Hussain, highly praised the community spirit and atmosphere on the day. After he'd opened the Carnival, Cllr Hussain spent two hours talking to stallholders and visitors. He also opened the newly refurbished Rugby Clubhouse.
     
    The organisers would like to thank all volunteers, stallholders and visitors for making the event a success.
     
    Special thanks go to the main sponsors Baildon Travel, to Baildon Rugby Club for the use of its facilities, Chris Wright for the stage, and Beat it Music and Live at the Lounge for the musical entertainment.
     
    Congratulations to competition winners:
     
    Flag Hunt: 3 children scored 19 points (by random selection they were put into the following order): 1st Holly McNicholas; 2nd Daniel Bell; 3rd Sophie Bell.
     
    Carnival Raffle: 1st Green ticket 36; 2nd Green Ticket 660; 3rd Orange Ticket 18.
     
    Winners and runners up of the two competitions above need to claim their prizes by telephoning 07989315217 by Friday 31st July 2015.
     
    The winners of the Fancy Dress Competition, who were awarded their prizes on the day were: 1st Amelie Scarborough; 2nd Robyn Womack; 3rd Archie Scarborough.
     
    Well done all who took part!

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    BAILDON SECOND ANNUAL WALKING WEEK-END - 7th - 9th August

    posted 24th June 2015

    Following on the success of the first Baildon Walkers Are Welcome Walking Week-end in August 2014, a series of walks of different lengths and difficulty is planned from Friday 7th August to Sunday 9th August 2015 inclusive.

    These include; the 'Esholt Explorer and a Taste of Emmerdale', a 4 mile circular walk; 'Health Walk to Ferniehurst Dell and Peace Garden', a gentle 1.5 miles; the 'Baildon Moor Heritage Walk', 3 miles; and the 'Baildon Moor and Shipley Glen', 6 mile circular walk. 

    You can download the programme here.

    Baildon Walkers Are Welcome regrets that walks during the weekend are not open to walkers with dogs, unless the dogs are assistance dogs. If you wish to walk with an assistance dog, please consult with the Walk Leader on the day about any possible hazards which might be a problem eg livestock in fields.

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    SUMMER DRAMA WORKSHOPS - 10th to 14th August

    posted 24th June 2015

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to  support Wesleys summer youth drama workshops with a contribution of £300 in grant aid.

    The workshops will take place Monday 10th to Friday 14th August  inclusive from 10.0am to12 noon at Baildon Methodist Church, culminating on the Friday with a performance of 'The Wizard of Oz'. 

    The cost of £20 for the week includes refreshments and a performance to friends and family at 11.0am on the Friday. 

    If you are aged between 6 - 16 and would like to take part, call  07738588308 or email: judges@dredd.fsworld.co.uk to book a place.
     

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    BAILDON CARNIVAL - 11th July 2015

    posted 24th June 2015

    MARSHALLS NEEDED!

    If you would like to help in this way on Carnival day please contact Peter Ashton on 07989315217 or peter.ashton@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.

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    BAILDON CARNIVAL - 11th July 2015

    posted 23rd June 2015

    The Baildon Carnival which was reborn last year will be even bigger and better this summer.

    The Carnival will be themed on the forthcoming World Cup Rugby tournament. Children are encouraged to dress up to represent the different countries taking part in the famous international sporting event. There will be a rugby-themed fancy dress parade and a flag hunt around the town's shops where children can spot and note down the colours of the different rugby countries.

    Baildon Rugby Club on Jenny Lane will be the venue for the community event on Saturday, July 11th from 2.0pm to 5.0pm.

    The organisers are trying to build on the success of last year when the Carnival returned to Baildon and when some 1,500 people visited during the day. There will be live music for the first time since the Carnival's revival and an event stage. There are lots of local bands lined up, plus the Baildon ukelele and mandolin groups.

    There will also be a small funfair, lots of stalls and the Baildon Belles WI will again be running their fabulous tea and cake tent. Cricket fans will also be catered for as there will be a match on the Baildon cricket pitch beside the rugby club.

    Tickets on the gate. A family ticket costs only £5 and cash raised by the carnival will be used to cover next year's costs with any remainder being shared out amongst local community groups and organisations.

    If you would like to book a space for a commercial or charity stall, contact baildoncarnival@gmail.com.
     

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    TOWN COUNCIL CO-OPTS NEW MEMBERS

    posted 23rd June 2015

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to announce that it has recently co-opted four members.

    A warm welcome to new members Cllr Julie Caan South Ward; Cllr Karen Reddy, South East Ward; and Cllr Les Vasey, North Ward. Many of you will already know Cllr Lesley Brook, South West Ward, who has made a welcome return.

    There remain only two vacancies. So if you are interested in becoming a Baildon Town Councillor, see below for details of how to apply.

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    WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A TOWN COUNCILLOR?

    posted 23rd June 2015

    AND HELP TO MAKE BAILDON A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?
     
    There are currently two vacancies on Baildon Town Council which the Council can fill by co-option. This is a process whereby the Council considers applications from interested persons and can then select someone to fill the vacancy.
     
    If you are interested in becoming a town councillor, please write to the Town Council including a brief resume of no more than 500 words which indicates:
    - why you would like to become a councillor;
    - how your knowledge and / or experience would help you in your work as a town councillor. 

    You can download information about eligibility for being a local councillor, the role of a local councillor, local councils and Baildon Town Council meetings or contact the Town Clerk on 01274 593169.
     
    The deadline for written applications is 12 noon on Monday 6th July.
     
    Applicants will be expected to give a brief three minute presentation to the Town Council meeting on Monday 13th July 2015 (meeting starts at 7.30pm).

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB Thursday 2nd July

    posted 22nd June 2015

    The Secret Life of Bees is a film based on the best-selling novel with the same title about family independence and the transcendent power of love.

    Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father T-Ray, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

    Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood; Writers: Gina Prince-Bythewood (screenplay), Sue Monk Kidd (novel); Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah.

    1.0pm – 3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 including refreshments. All welcome!
     

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET - Saturday 27th June

    posted 22nd June 2015

    Come along to Baildon Farmers’ Market this Saturday 27th June for fresh bread, organic vegetables, locally shot game, soups and sauces, pickles and preserves, artisan cheese, fish from Fleetwood, cakes and pastries, yoghurt and cream.

    As well as our regulars, we usually have one or two guest stalls, so you’ll always find something different.

    Weather depending, you’ll be serenaded by the sounds of singing or strumming. There’ll be our free bingo trail for the kids with prizes guaranteed for everyone. Sign up for the Farmers’ Market newsletter for advance notice of the market each month and to find out what’s on offer.

    Baildon Farmers Market takes place on the fourth Saturday each month (unless it clashes with Christmas week-end in December), except for January when we take a break, from 9am until 1pm in the Ian Clough car park. See all 2015 dates!

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - Monday 8th June

    posted 2nd June 2015

    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 8th June at 7.30pm in Baildon Community Link.

    The agenda is avaialble here.

    All associated papers are available here.

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    TOWN CLERK RETIRES

    posted 2nd June 2015

    Town Clerk, Jean Yule, to retire at the end of August.

    Jean has enjoyed working for Baildon Town Council and regrets having to retire because of family commitments.

    Jean says “I will be very sad to leave. It has been a rewarding experience working with this very active Town Council. The Councillors are a dedicated group of people who give up their time generously to help to improve the quality of life for Baildon residents, and they achieve a great deal with a small staff team, and groups of volunteers.

    I would like to thank the Councillors for their support, especially Chris Flecknoe who was Chair of the Council for two years. The relationship between the Clerk and the Chair is important to the smooth running of the Council and I feel Chris and I developed a very productive relationship. Thanks also to Joe Ashton who was Chair when I joined the Council and who has recently been elected Chair again following Chris’s retirement from office. I wish them both well.

    I have been fortunate to work with a very competent and committed staff team: Gary Stevenson, who has been hugely supportive as Deputy Clerk; Environmental Warden, Mark Scrimshaw; former Market Supervisor, Geoffrey Forster; and recently appointed Market Manager, Julie Bower. My thanks to them all for being such supportive work colleagues.

    Working from the Baildon Community Link has been a delight. There is a constant flow of residents attending the various activities on offer. Lucy Maddison, the Link Manager, and James Cole, Administrator, have been tremendously helpful and it has been a pleasure to share office space with them both.

    Baildon’s green spaces, and its location on the edge of moorland, ideal for walking, make it a special place to live and work. It is a vibrant town packed with lots of energetic and enthusiastic residents giving generously of their time to run the wide range of voluntary community activities. I look forward to watching from the side-lines as the Town Council goes from strength to strength in its endeavours to improve the quality of life of Baildon residents.”

    See below for details of the post and how to apply.

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    VACANCY TOWN CLERK*

    posted 2nd June 2015

    Baildon Town Council is seeking to appoint a dynamic and proactive person to fill the post of Town Clerk, who will be the chief officer taking overall responsibility for the Council’s operations and supervising the work of other members of staff, currently comprising the Responsible Finance Officer, the Environmental Warden, the Market Manager and the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre Manager.
     
    Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have:
     
    - Experience of administrative management in a complex and occasionally challenging environment. 
    - A working knowledge of local government law and procedures and a willingness to pursue on-going training opportunities. 
    - Experience and/or training in the line-management of staff.
    - Evidence of some financial management experience and ability to understand budgets and accounts. 
    - The capacity to successfully represent the Town Council in discussions with a wide range of residents and organisations. 

    The hours of employment will be on average of 21 per week. The Town Council is seeking someone who will normally be able to work for 4 hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, but the demands of the role will require some flexibility. Attendance will also be required at meetings which take place in the evenings or on other days of the week.
     
    The starting salary will be in the range NJC Scale 2 Point 28 (£24,472 pro rata) to 30 (£26,293 pro rata), progression dependent upon performance.
     
    An application pack can be downloaded here. For further informaiton contact the Town Clerk at clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk or on 01274 593169.
     
    CLOSING DATE for applications is noon on Monday 22nd June 2015. INTERVIEWS will be held on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, BD17 6NX.

    *Please note that this post is NOT combined with the post of Responsible Finance Officer, although there will be some strategic, supervisory and relief responsibility for the Council’s affairs.

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    BAILDON PROM 2015 - Saturday 4th July

    posted 1st June 2015

    The second Baildon Prom presented by Potted Meat Stick Enterprises. Ian Clough Hall car park Saturday 4th July 6.30 – 10.0pm.

    Bring your own picnic, drinks, cutlery, crockery, tablecloths, candelabra . . .

    Be entertained by the Yorkshire Brass Band competition finalist 2014 Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band, Baker Street Review Motown & Soul favourites, Bradford’s own Wild Geese Irish Band, guest soprano Joanne Dexter, and the Caribbean Breeze Steel Band.

    Tables and chairs provided for 8 people per table.

    Tickets £10 each from Ronkowski and Hall Chartered Accountants, 12 Westgate Baildon.

    For more information ring 01274413146 or 07582104782. Email baildonproms@gmail.com or visit the website.

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    BAILDON WALKING WEEK-END AUGUST 2015

    posted 29th May 2015

    The seond annual Baildon Walking Week-end outline programme is now available.

    A whole week-end of walks of varying lengths and terrains is planned from Friday August 7th to Sunday August 9th inclusive.
     

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    ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2015

    posted 29th May 2015

    The Baildon Town Meeting held on the evening of Wednesday 13th May was well attended.

    Baildon Ladies Choir provided musical entertainment and refreshments were served by Baildon Fairtrade members Ruth Anderson and John Anderson.

    Chris Flecknoe, the outgoing Town Council Chair, presented the Council's Annual Report and highlights of the evening included a presentation by members of the recently formed Baildon Youth Council, who encouraged intergenerational understanding, and Friends of Bracken Hall whose Secretary Joy Smith spoke enthusiastically about the re-opening of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre. Community Heroes awards were presented to those groups who had received grants from the Council for work in the community, as well as three members of the Youth Council.

    Thanks to all who came along and made it a very positive event.

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    SALTAIRE SUMMER BANDSTAND 2015

    posted 27th May 2015

    Summer Sunday afternoons can be spent listening to free live music in Saltaire.


    The bandstand in Roberts Park will host performers from 2.30pm to 4.0pm on Sundays until September 6th. Programme here.

    Twelve Bars From Mars will take to the stage on 31st May and OTRA Folk Duo on June 7th June. Other acts include GMC Jazz,  Hall Royd Band, Love To Boogie, and Penny and the Sausages.

    There will also be four Second Saturday Sunset Dancing evenings from 7.0pm to 9.0pm at which the bandstand will be in lights and the Half Moon Cafe open for great food and drink. The first of these will be on 13th June with the Salsa Como Loco providing the music.

    To inquire about playing on the bandstand, call (01274) 595 486.

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB - Thursday 4th June

    posted 26th May 2015

    Hollywood Song & Dance - The Musical Years.

    A documentary featuring song and dance sequences from the early age of the musical feature films. Footage includes such greats as Al Jolson, Barbara Stanwick, Busby Berkeley, Betty Grable, Bob Hope, Fats Waller, Fred Astaire, James Cagney, Laurel and Hardy.

    1.0pm – 3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 including refreshments. All welcome.

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET - Saturday 23rd May

    posted 20th May 2015

    We're looking forward to seeing you at Baildon Farmers' Market this Saturday.

    We've got lots of delicious seasonal food from Yorkshire, with all your favourites and some new guest stalls, including handmade luxury chocolates from Secret Truffles and organic wholefoods from The Good Life.

    Pick up a great selection of fresh, Yorkshire produce including organic vegetables, new season strawberries, fresh bread, artisan cheese, pork pies, cured meat, local game, fresh fish and dairy produce. You'll also find American style cakes and desserts (made in Yorkshire), fruit teas, apple juice from local orchards, soups and sauces, jams and pickles.

    Our charity stall this month comes from Baildon Belles Womens' Institute and there'll be additional fun in the stocks area, with cycling activities from Baildon Sustainable Transport Group and Parkins Amazing Playspaces.

    As usual there's fun for the children with a picture trail around the market, and we're hoping for live music if the weather is good. 

    The market runs from 9.0am until 1.0pm in the Ian Clough car park, so come along and stock up your larder. And while you're in the village, why not visit some of the great shops and cafes Baildon has to offer?

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    THE SINGING CHILDREN OF AFRICA

    posted 8th May 2015

    A children’s choir from Mombasa  is visiting Baildon C of E school on June 9th for a full day. The children will be doing an assembly for the school and then splitting into smaller groups to integrate into the school classes to share learning with the Baildon students. They will also have an opportunity to form friendships and interact at playtimes and they will eat lunch together. Baildon C of E has a good bond with ‘Educate The Kids’ and has hosted the choir before.

    The children, aged between 8 and 12 years old, are from a small village in the outskirts of Mombasa called Utange. They are some of the poorest children in the area and this will be their first experience outside of their tiny village.  There are 24 children in the choir and four adults (former choir members).

    The Choir is due to perform at Bradford University on Friday 12th June, with all proceeds going to the charity www.educatethekids.com. Previous tours raised enough money to build a new classroom and an orphanage that houses 14 children. The main purpose of this tour besides fundraising is to promote sponsorship and the benefits it provides our children and to raise money for the building and repair of water wells and pumps at our school and in the village of Utange.
     
    Tickets are available  here 

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    VACANCY FOR A CENTRE MANAGER

    posted 6th May 2015

    Baildon Town Council seeks to recruit a Manager for the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre.
     
    To develop the services provided at the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, we are seeking an energetic, reliable and conscientious person who is able to undertake the day to day management of the Countryside Centre including: managing enthusiastic volunteers; liaising with contractors and clients; promoting and marketing events and activities; handling cash; ensuring regulations are met.
     
    Applicants should have experience of operational and people management with skills transferable to a Countryside Centre, knowledge of environmental issues and of what is meant by excellence in service delivery, and should be available to work some weekends.

    14 hours per week. Rate of pay £579 - £622 pcm depending on experience.
     
    You can download an application pack here. For further information contact the Town Clerk at clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk or on 01274 593169.
     
    CLOSING DATE for applications is noon on Monday 1st June 2015.

    INTERVIEWS will be held on Wednesday 10th June 2015 at Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, BD17 6NX.

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    TOWN MEETING 2015

    posted 6th May 2015

    The Annual Town Meeting 2015 - the meeting for all residents of Baildon - will be held on Wednesday 13th May at 7.30 at the Ian Clough Hall.

    Light refreshments will be served from 7.0pm by the Baildon Fairtrade Group and the Baildon Ladies Choir will be providing entertainment.

    Along with the presentation by Baildon Town Council of its Annual Report 2014 - 2015, we will be celebrating the fantastic range of voluntary and community work which goes on in Baildon, and the excellent service we get from our local businesses – all of which contribute to making Baildon such a lovely place to live. 


    Special guests will be members of the recently formed Baildon Youth Council (pictured) who will give a presentation on their ideas for Baildon in the future.

    We do hope that many of you will be able to come along – and please pass on the invitation to any friends or neighbours who may not otherwise be aware of the meeting. It is an occasion when we can all “be community” together. You can donload the Agenda here.

    We look forward to meeting up with many of you at the Annual Town Meeting.

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    BAILDON YOUTH COUNCIL FILM CLUB

    posted 30th April 2015

    FREE ADMISSION

    Tuesdays from 6:30pm at the Ian Clough Hall.

    Ages 11+ Come and chill out - watch films with friends.

    For more information contact Michaela 07507 763597 or 01274 271088 

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    GOOD LUCK JACOB

    posted 28th April 2015

    Good luck to Baildon resident Jacob Barnett who competes in the Taekwondo Austrian Open on Sunday, 31st May 2015.
     
    Jacob, a former Junior Great Britain athlete competing in the -68kg Olympic category, looks forward to wearing the GB colours again as he continues to develop on his pathway to transition to the senior divisions.
     
    Jacob is captain of one of the countries strongest clubs - Quest Taekwondo - and he currently trains every day with support from his club and from Leeds Beckett University where he is studying Sport & Exercise Science.  Jacob is regularly invited to train at the GB Academy alongside Olympic, World and European champions and has his eyes set on Tokyo 2020. 

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    COMMUNITY GRANTS 2015 - 2016

    posted 27th April 2015

    The Town Council will normally decide on grant applications three times a year - at its meetings in June; October; and February (subject to budgeted funds still being available throughout the year). 

    Application should be received by the Town Clerk no later than the three clear weeks prior to the date of the meeting. Closing dates for applications 2015 – 2016: Friday 15th May; Friday 18th September; Friday 16th January.

    Baildon Town Council is keen to contribute financial support to projects being developed by community organisations for purposes which strengthen the community and enhance the well-being of residents and their environment, within Baildon.  Grants may complement other sources of funding and this is encouraged.

    The closing date for applications for the June Council meeting is Friday 15th May.

    You can download an application form (you can submit this by attaching to an email or in paper form) and guidelines. Please read the guidelines carefully and make sure your organisation meets the criteria. If you need further information or advice, please contact the Town Clerk on 01274 593169 or clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.

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    MODERNISING STATION ROAD POST OFFICE

    posted 27th April 2015

    Station Road Post Office is to change to a main style branch.

    For customers this will mean: a newly refurbished branch providing a modern open plan environment; the same products and services plus car tax, longer opening hours, selected Post Office services available a the retail counter during shop opening hours.

    The Post Office will need to close for refurbishment from Thursday 14th May 5.30 and the new look Post Office is due to open on Friday 22nd May 2015 at 1.0pm.

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    POLLING DAY

    posted 27th April 2015

    Don’t forget to vote on Thursday 7th May 2015 for your District Councillor and your Member of Parliament.

    In Baildon, nominations were received to six of the twelve seats on the Town Council and the following nominees were elected unopposed: Joe Ashton, Peter Ashton, Gill Dixon, Barney Lerner, David Shaw, John Turner. No other nominations were received.

    This means that you will not find candidates for election to Baildon Town Council listed on your voting paper.

    This also means that there are six vacancies which the Town Council will be seeking to fill by co-option when it meets on June 8th 2015.

    SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS.

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    BECOMING A BAILDON TOWN COUNCILLOR

    posted 27th April 2015

    Would you like to be a Baildon Town Councillor and help to make Baildon a better place to live?
     
    There will shortly be a number of vacancies on Baildon Town Council which the Council will be seeking to fill by co-option. This is a process whereby the Council considers applications from interested persons and can then select applicants to fill the vacancies.
     
    If you are interested in becoming a town councillor, please write to the Town Council including a brief resume of no more than 500 words which indicates: why you would like to become a town councillor; how your knowledge and / or experience would help you in your work as a town councillor. 

    You can download information about: qualification for being a local councillor; the role of a local councillor; local councils; and information about Baildon Town Council meetings. For further information about being a Baildon Town Councillor please contact the Town Clerk on clerk@baildon town council.gov.uk or 01274 593169.
     
    The deadline for written applications is Friday 29th May 2015.
     
    Applicants will be expected to give a brief three minute presentation to the Town Council meeting on Monday 8th June 2015 (meeting starts at 7.30pm).

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB - Thursday 7th May

    posted 22nd April 2015


    Hollywood Song & Dance - The Musical Years.

    A documentary featuring song and dance sequences from the early age of the musical feature films. Footage includes such greats as Al Jolson, Barbara Stanwick, Busby Berkeley, Betty Grable, Bob Hope, Fats Waller, Fred Astaire, James Cagney, Laurel and Hardy.

    1.0pm – 3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 including refreshments.

    All welcome.

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET - Saturday 25th April

    posted 22nd April 2015

    We're looking forward to a sunny Baildon Farmers' Market this Saturday!

    Hopefully the weather will stay as glorious as it is now, but we know, come rain or shine, our loyal customers will be at the market this weekend.

    We've got lots of yummy seasonal food, with all your favourites and some new guest stalls, including continental treats from Lol's Deli, rose veal from Bailmoor Beef and ethically sourced fare from The Good Life.

    Fill your fridge with a great selection of fresh, Yorkshire produce including organic vegetables, new season strawberries, fresh bread, artisan cheese, pork pies, local game, fresh fish and dairy produce. You'll also find American cakes and desserts, exotic mushrooms, fruit teas, apple juice from local orchards, soups and sauces, jams and pickles.

    As usual there's fun for the children with a picture trail around the market, and we're hoping for live music if the weather is good.
    The market runs from 9am until 1pm, so come along and stock up your larder. And while you're out and about, why not visit some of the great shops and cafes Baildon has to offer?

    See you on Saturday!

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - Monday 13th April

    posted 10th April 2015


    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on

    Monday 13th April at 6.30pm.

    The agenda and associated papers are available to download here.

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    NOTICE OF ELECTION

    posted 30th March 2015

    Elections to Baildon Town Council are being held in all six of the Baildon wards (two seats in each ward). You can view the Notice of Election here.

    Nomination papers  must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer, Electoral Services Unit, 3rd Floor, City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY between 8.30am and 4.30pm on any day from today but no later than 4.0pm on Thursday 9th April 2015.

    Nomination papers can be download here. You can make an appointment to deliver your nomination papers by contacting the Electoral Services Unit on 01274 432287.

    If any election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 7th May 2015.

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    WORLD HERITAGE WEEKEND 2015 - PROGRAMME

    posted 8th April 2015


    Programme now available fot the Saltaire World Heritage Weekend 2015

    Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April.

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    CELEBRATE AT SOUTHCLIFFE - Thursday 23rd Arpil

    posted 28th March 2015

    Come along to Southcliffe play ground to celebrate World Book Night  - free event from 3.30-5.30pm - all welcome.

    Little free libraries,  which are boxes full of books which people can borrow free of charge and / or donate books back to, will be unveiled at 3.45pm on the day by Deputy Lord Mayor and local resident, Roger L'Amie. There will be storytelling led by Baildon Library as well of lots of other activities and a barbecue. Bradford Bulls players will be there to hand out free books.

    Baildon Community Link and Incommunities are working together to install Litte Free Libraries in your area. They are looking for a volunteer to keep an eye on the Little Free Library after it has been installed near the Soutcliffe playground. If you would like to volunteer to do this, please contact Lucy Maddison at Baildon Community Link on 01274 588681.

    Please make donations of books to the Baildon free library and offers of help on the night to Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, BD17 6NX, 01274 588681.

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    EASTER EGG HUNT - Sunday 5th April

    posted 28th March 2015

    Entertainment for all the family in the centre of Baildon from 12 noon: bouncy castle, live music, pulled pork barbecue, Easter bonnet competition and games.

    Entry forms for the Easter egg hunt from the Angel and Cafe Bar Twelve on the day - bring a basket!

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB - Thursday 2nd April

    posted 28th March 2015

    1.0pm – 3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 including refreshments. All welcome.

    The Incredible Journey: a 1963 live-action Walt Disney film based on the classic novel by Sheila Burnford. Narrated by Rex Allen, the film follows the adventure of three pets, Luath the Labrador Retriever, Bodger the Bull Terrier, and Tao the Siamese cat, as they journey 200 miles through the Canadian wilderness to return to their home. 

    A warm welcomt to Helen, the new Baildon Buddies worker.

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    SUN SHINES ON RUN ON SUN

    posted 28th March 2015

    The sun shone on Baildon on Saturday, 7th March, when several hundred people enjoyed a range of solar activities for all ages at this eco-event commissioned by Baildon Town Council and organised by the Baildon Friends of the Earth.
     
    Local children played a significant part in the event. There were stalls staffed by students from Titus Salt School, who had made solar apparatus, and Guides who had made sun buns. Sponge Tree involved Year three pupils from all Baildon primary schools in making a large and impressive sun banner. Dozens of children enjoyed making sun-related models, and doing quizzes on such topics as clean and dirty energy.
     
    Electric cars, part-charged by the sun, were test-driven from the electric vehicle charging point, a partnership venture between Bradford Council, national government and Baildon Town Council, in Baildon's Ian Clough car park by delighted participants.
     
    The Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford and local resident, Cllr Roger L’Amie (pictured left), opened the event and Shipley MP, Philip Davies, also attended.
     
    For information on Baildon Friends of the Earth visit the website or contact the convenor, John Anderson (pictured right) on 01274 590525 or at dumelama2000@yahoo.co.uk.

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    EVERY FLOWER COUNTS

    posted 28th March 2015

    Making plants a priority - volunteers needed for the annual stock take of UK’s wildflowers. Enjoy a day in the countryside looking at flowers and you can be helping the National Plant Monitoring Scheme too.

    The new National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS), launching in spring 2015, will for the first time enable scientists to take an annual stock take of the UK’s wild plants and their habitats, but to do this they will need the public’s help.

    They are looking for volunteers to carry out surveys of wildflowers and their habitats that will provide robust evidence of which widespread plants are increasing or declining, as well as indicating the changing state of our most valued habitats such as grassland, fenland and even road verges.
    Plants are nature’s building blocks and this new monitoring scheme will sit alongside existing schemes for the UK’s birds and butterflies to help us understand more about how the countryside is changing.

    The search is now on to find 2000 volunteers to take part in the NPMS who will play a vital role in gathering information. Together the volunteers will monitor wild plants in 28 important habitats, ranging from hedgerows and meadows to salt marsh and scree slopes.

    For more information on the NPMS and how to take part please visit www.npms.org.uk.

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    SELF GUIDED WALKS BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE

    posted 28th March 2015

    The Baildon Walkers are Welcome Steering Group (a sub-group of the Town Council) is pleased to be able to let you know that its booklet ‘Four Self-Guided Walks in and around Baildon’ is now available.
     
    The booklet includes descriptions and maps of four local walks ranging from a Baildon Hill Circuit of two miles length, and a Baildon to Ilkley walk of eight miles.  Selling at just £2, this booklet is bound to be welcomed by any local residents and visitors who want to explore our lovely surroundings.
     
    The cost of producing this booklet has been met by Shipley Area Committee Community Chest, Pickles Café, Hollins Hall Hotel, Trek and Trail (Saltaire Mill), and Shipley Glen Tramway, with practical assistance in preparing the maps from Bradford Council Countryside Service. The routes have been planned out and prepared by volunteers within the Baildon Walkers are Welcome Group. Thanks are due to all those who have contributed to the production of the booklet, as well as to Sara Mogford of Assembly Marketing for her design-work.
     
    The booklets can currently be purchased from Baildon Library, the Baildon Community Link and Shipley Glen Tramway, and it is hoped that they will also soon be available from other retail outlets within Baildon and at Visitor Information Centres.

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    STEETON MALE VOICE CHOIR - Saturday 25th April

    posted 27th March 2015

    Concert at Baildon Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 25th April.

    Tickets £9 including light refreshments available from Wesleys cafe or contact Chris Flecknoe chris.flecknoe@blueyonder.co.uk.

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    SALTAIRE WORLD HERITAGE WEEKEND - 18th / 19th April 2015

    posted 27th March 2015

    Saturday 18th Conversazione in Victoria Hall (entry free): stories about Saltaire and a wealth of other activities and entertainments including the Wurlitzer, 3D printing, robots, crafts, children play area, music.

    Followed by an evening’s entertainment (tickets £14.50) 7.30 – 11.30pm: a drama performance of ‘Saltaire stories past, present and future’ and dancing to the ‘Sultans of Swing’.

    Sunday 19th ‘A Walk in the Park’: a variety of entertainment and activities including music on the bandstand 12.0 – 4.0pm, stone carving demonstration, and alpaca craft activities – your chance to see these amazing animals close up.

    The Glen Tramway will be running on both days.

    For information about the programme and tickets for the evening entertainment 01274 593585.

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    WALKERS ARE WELCOME IN BINGLEY

    posted 26th March 2015

    The launch of Bingley as a Walkers Are Welcome Town takes place on Saturday 11th April, 10.00am at Bingley Arts Centre. There’ll be stalls, information, items for sale, and a talk by local historian and raconteur Ian Dewhirst. Following which at 12.0 noon there’ll be a variety of guided walks on offer.
     
    On the day of the Bingley launch, the Baildon Walkers Are Welcome is offering a guided walk from Baildon to Bingley to arrive at Bingley Arts Centre at approximately 10.45am in plenty of time for the official opening at 11.0. Anyone wishing to join this walk should meet Mike deVilliers and Bob Davidson at the potted meat stick at 9.00am wearing walking boots or other stout footwear.

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    FARMERS' MARKET - Saturday 28th March

    posted 25th March 2015


    Farmers’ Market this Saturday 28th March 9.0am - 1.0pm in the Ian Clough car park. 

    Come along, meet your friends and neighbours, and stock up for the week-end with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, delicious cakes, heart-warming pies, and lots more, all locally produced from Yorkshire suppliers. There’ll be live music and a bingo trail for the kids (prizes guaranteed!).

    And whilst you're out and about why not make the most of the fantastic range of cafés and shops Baildon has to offer.

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    EXPLORING BAILDON

    posted 17th March 2015

    This comprehensive guide to Baildon’s public spaces, published by Baildon Town Council, is now available to buy from the Baildon Library.

    The booklet provides an overview of the location, history and ecology of each site, whether large or small.  Such is the extent, variety and complexity of these spaces, choices had to be made as to what was included.  The Editors hope the chosen entries are the most useful to the general reader but are conscious that there may be spaces which have been neglected, or details which have been omitted.  It is probable that the reader will be well aware of many of the places described; it is also likely there will be spaces the reader did not know existed!  That is part of the charm of the Baildon area: just when you think you have seen it all, something turns up to surprise you!

    Edited by Joe Ashton, Roy Lorrain-Smith, Marian Taylor, Mike Lawson and Tish Lawson. Drawings by Roy Lorrain-Smith and photographs by Mark Scrimshaw.

    You can also find the location of many of Baildon’s open spaces by following this link.
     

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    THANK YOU 7th BAILDON BROWNIES!

    posted 17th March 2015

    Baildon Town Council was delighted to receive this splendid thank you card made by the 7th Baildon Brownies.

    The card features a photograph of the Brownies and their leader with the new sports equipment bought with a grant from the Town Council, and superb drawings of the Brownies using the equipment (see more photos on the Town Council's Facebook page).
     

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    COACH ROAD NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM - Wednesday 25th March

    posted 13th March 2015

    Wednesday 25 March 2015, 7.00pm to 8.30pm at the St Hugh’s Centre, Coach Road, Baildon, BD17 5HS.

    On the Agenda:  Welcome and introductions. Buses: A representative from First Bus will attend to give information about the local bus services and take and answer your questions. New Fire Station: Information will be provided about the new site for the local fire station replacing Shipley and Idle stations and the service you will receive. Meet your Neighbourhood Policing Team: Find out about local crime and community safety issues. Dementia Friends: Find out what is planned to make your neighbourhood more friendly and welcoming for those living with dementia. Local Updates: 2 minutes to promote your group or give information. Any other groups. Open Forum: Your chance to raise any other ideas, concerns and issues about your community.

    Drinks and light finger food available at this Forum provided by ‘The Saltaire Canteen’.

    For further details, contact Shipley Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 437146 or visit the website.
     
     

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - 9th March 2015

    posted 3rd March 2015

    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 9th March 2015 at 7.30pm in Baildon Community Link.

    The agenda and associated papers are available to download here.

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    HELP THE ENVIRONMENT AND KEEP COSTS DOWN

    posted 28th February 2015

    Did you know that throwing recyclables like plastic bottles and paper into your green refuse bin costs four times as much to dispose of than if you’d recycled it! Recycling is really simple and it's something that everyone should be doing.
     
    Not only is recycling great for the environment but it’s also the most cost effective way for Bradford Council to treat your waste. In times of budget pressures and council funding cuts it’s the one thing we can all do to help reduce council costs. So, help the environment and keep costs down.
     
    There are lots of ways to recycle in Bradford. The easiest way is to make use of the fortnightly kerbside recycling collections that are provided to homes across the Bradford district. The majority of homes should have a grey bin with an insert in the top. 

    If you have lots of glass, cans and plastic bottles residents can swap the insert for a full sized grey bin with blue lid. Please make sure you are not putting recyclable waste in your green refuse bin and that you are recycling as much as possible in your recycling bin.

    If you haven’t got a recycling bin order one online or call 01274 431000 to order your free bin today.  For more information on the full range of recycling services visit  Bradford recycling or download the Bradford Council mobile app.

    Thank you for recycling.

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    CONGRATULATIONS REBECCA!

    posted 28th February 2015

    Rebecca Weir, Baildon resident and Titus Salt School pupil, has been selected by Great Britain Taekwondo to join its Development Squad.  

    As a legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games, GB Taekwondo created a talent identification pathway for British Taekwondo members. The latest phase of cadet and junior development is now underway and Year 7 student Rebecca, aged 11, has been invited to train at the GB Academy at Manchester Sports City with National Team coaches and support staff on weekends and during school holidays.

    Rebecca who has already had success at local, national and international level hopes to follow in the steps of her instructor, Jacob Barnett (former Titus Salt School pupil) in representing Great Britain at a major championships. Through Quest Taekwondo Rebecca has a route to being in contention for selection at European, World and Olympic Games.

    Quest Taekwondo train at Titus Salt School: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm. For further details visit  the Quest Taekwondo website or call Jacob Barnett on 07510 774011.

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB - Thursday 5th March

    posted 28th February 2015

    Thursday 5th March 2015 1.0 - 3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 includes refreshements.

    All welcome.

    Carousel is a 1956 film adaptation of the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name. The 1956 Carousel film stars Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, and was directed by Henry King. As with the original stage production, the film contains what many critics consider some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beautiful songs, as well as what may be the most serious storyline found in their musicals. 

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET - 28th February

    posted 24th February 2015

    It's back! After its January break, Baildon Farmers' Market is back!

    All your favourite stallholders will be there, with a fabulous range of fresh, Yorkshire food including organic vegetables, fresh bread, artisan cheese, pork pies, local game and fresh fish.

    We're also delighted to welcome back occasional visitors Snowden Hill Water Bufallo and Autumn Harvest Mushrooms and to say hello to guest stalls 6Teas (unique blended teas), Peter’s Pantry (sweet treats) and Slow Food Kitchen (home-cured charcuterie and handmade cheese). You'll also be able to get hot drinks from Coffee on Demand.

    As usual, there'll be fun for the kids with a free trail around the market and a dip in the sweetie tin. Depending on the weather, we may also have musical entertainment.

    The market takes place this Saturday between 9.0am and 1.0pm in the lower Ian Clough car park. And while you're here, why not take time to visit some of the great shops and cafes Baildon has to offer?

    We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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    WILD WEDNESDAY - 18th February

    posted 16th February 2015


    2.0-4.0pm meet John Dallas outside Bracken Hall for  outdoor activities aimed primarily at youngsters, enabling them to experience nature close-up!

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    BAILDON CARNIVAL 2015

    posted 16th February 2015

    Booking now open for stalls and other attractions at Baildon Carnival Saturday 11th July 2015: e-mail baildoncarnival@gmail.com. 

    All welcome: individuals, charitable and commercial organisations organisations. There are a few sensible restrictions but otherwise variety and creativity are encouraged! Further information about this great family event available in due course.

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    WILDLIFE WALKS

    posted 16th February 2015

    With the Friends of Denso Marston Nature Reserve, Otley Road, Baildon, Shipley, BD17 7JR.

    Saturday 14th March 10:00am: Tweets on the Reserve: Andrew Clark guides you through the songs and calls of the birds on the reserve.

    Saturday 21st March 10:00am: Spring Birds: On this walk we will be looking out for Spring migrants with Steve Warrilow.

    Walk starts on Otley Road at the Public Footpath, opposite St. James’ Church.Parking in adjacent Lay-by. For more information phone Steve Warrillow 07919 525913.

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    FIND OUT ABOUT FAIRTRADE?

    posted 16th February 2015

    As part of the Fairtade fortnight (28th February to 8th March 2015) Baildon Fairtrade Group will have an information stall at the Co-op, Northgate, on Friday 27th February.

    Bradford Councillor Debbie Davies will be on the stall and there will be a small group of pupils from Glenaire Primary School offering information as well as free tea bag samples.

    Town Councillor Chris Flecknoe will visit the stall at 10.0am wearing the chain of office as Chair of Baildon Town Council which supports Fairtrade. 

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    THE TRADECRAFT BIG BREW!

    posted 16th February 2015

    Come for a cuppa and wear a tea cosy hat!
     
    St John’s Church Hall, Hallcliffe, Baildon, Saturday 28th February 9.30 – 11.30am.
     
    Parade at 10.30 with prizes for juniors and adults. Also raffle, Traidcraft stall and a stall for home-made produce.
     
    All money raised (doubled under the Government’s ‘UKAid’ scheme) to Traidcraft’s Fair Necessities Appeal: ‘help families grow more, earn more, eat more’. 

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    BAILDON PLAY EVENT

    posted 16th February 2015

    Thompson Lane Recreation Ground, Thompson Lane, Baildon.

    Friday 20th February 1.0pm-4.0pm.

    Lots of free activities for children to enjoy!

    For more information contact the Bradford Council's Play Team on 01535 618694.

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    COMMUNITY GRANTS

    posted 10th February 2015


    At its meeting last night, Baildon Town Council was pleased to make the following awards:-

    - 3rd Baildon Rangers: £300 towards the cost of a stay safe ‘Loud Whispers’ course to raise awareness of the dangers of child grooming.
    - Baildon Fairtrade Group: £206 for the design and printing of promotional leaflets.
    - 11th Baildon, Shipley Moravian Scout Group: £1,260 towards the cost of purchasing camping equipment (tents and cooking equipment).
    - 7th Baildon Brownies: £457 for the purchase of sports equipment.
    - World Heritage Education Association: £500 towards the cost of the Saltaire World Heritage Weekend 2015 ‘Conversazione’ event on 18th and 19th April 2015. 
     

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - Monday 9th February

    posted 9th February 2015


    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 9th February at 7.30pm in Baildon Community Link.

    The Agenda can be downloaded here and all papers are available on the website.

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    RUN ON SUN FUN - Saturday 7th March

    posted 4th February 2015

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to commission Baildon Friends of the Earth to hold an eco-event.

    This free family event to celebrate solar power will be held on Saturday 7th March 2.0pm to 5.0pm at Baildon Methodist Church, Newton Way.

    There’ll be lots of activities for all the family: face painting and craft activities; quizzes, games and a treasure hunt; chance to drive an electric car; solar songs with Eddie Lawler; Saltaire Primary: A ‘sunshine school’; a banner on display made by local schools; homemade sun buns; making solar electricity; solar power for Africa . . . . and lots more!

    So, come along and have sun fun!

    The Deputy Lord Mayor, local resident District Councillor Roger L’Amie, will be opening the event and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be on hand to display the solar charged apparatus used on its vehicles.

    For more details, contact John Anderson at dumelama2000@yahoo.co.uk
     

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    EXPLORING BAILDON: A GUIDE TO PUBLIC SPACES

    posted 3rd February 2015

    Many thanks and congratulations to the following for producing the latest Town Council publication: Joe Ashton, Mike Lawson, Tish Lawson, Roy Lorraine Smith for the beautiful drawings, Marian Taylor and the Environmental Warden, Mark Scrimshaw, for taking the photographs.

    This informative heritage document, brought to life by the beautiful line drawings and wealth of photographs, can be downloaded here.

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    VACANCY - BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET MANAGER

    posted 30th January 2015

    Baildon Town Council seeks to recruit a Market Manager for Baildon Farmers’ Market. The role is for 26 hours per month. The rate of pay is £223pcm.

    To build on the success of Baildon Farmers’ Market, we are seeking a reliable and conscientious person who is able to:
    manage Baildon Farmers’ Market on market day (every fourth Saturday morning 7am to close);
    liaise with all stakeholders (especially stallholders and volunteers), make bookings, handle cash and ensure regulations are met.Applicants should have experience of operational management (in any setting) with skills transferable to a Farmers’ Market, and ideally knowledge of how a market operates; excellent communication skills; both written and verbal; strong organisational skills; and basic computer skills.

    An application pack can be downloaded here.
    To arrange an informal discussion, please contact Councillor Gill Dixon on 01274 597808.

    CLOSING DATE for applications is noon Thursday 12th February 2015.
    INTERVIEWS
    will be held on Wednesday 18th February 2015
    at Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue.

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL'S AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR 2015-2016

    posted 30th January 2015

    Baildon Town Council has reiterated its commitment to continuing to play an active role in enhancing the well-being of the community of Baildon. The highly successful Farmers’ Market, the very popular festive lights, and the much-needed improvements to local playgrounds are all examples of the sort of work which the Town Council has been able to instigate and support in recent years.

    Following the public consultation last summer, which demonstrated that most residents were keen for the Town Council to continue to address a wide range of local issues (and which led to the updating the Baildon Plan priorities), the Council has now set its budget for 2015-16.  This will not only provide the resources for continuation of existing projects including support to community groups, particularly those engaged with young people and with older and vulnerable residents, but will also allow for the planned reopening of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre as an important community resource, under the management of the Town Council.

    Whilst the Town Council felt last year it was appropriate not to increase the precept at all, it has now been agreed that an increase from £15.32 for a Band D property to £16.92 will be necessary for 2015-2016. The Town Council is confident that residents will feel that paying the equivalent of just 33p per week per Band D household is good value for money when considering the current activities of the Council, and its commitment  to work for the continued enhancement of Baildon. In setting next year’s budget, the Council took into account the fact that Bradford Council is having to review and cut public services, and that there may well, in future, be local services which residents would want the Town Council to be able to step in and save.

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    GIVE BLOOD AND SAVE LIVES - Thursday 29th January

    posted 28th January 2015



    Blood donor sessions will be held on Thursday 29th January 2.0 – 4.0pm and 5.0 to 7.30pm at the Ian Clough Hall, Hall Cliffe, Baildon, BD17 6ND.
     

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    BRADFORD DISTRICT CREDIT UNION COMES TO BAILDON - Thursday 5th February

    posted  28th January 2015

    Would you like to know more about saving with the Credit Union and about ethical loans?
     
    The Bradford Credit Union will be visiting Baildon Community Link on Thursday 5th February from 10.0am to 2.0pm.
     
    If you would like to sign up to open an account, you will need one documents from list A and one document from list B:
    List A: a current signed passport; current UK driving license (full or provisional); signed tenancy agreement; signed bank card with statement.  
    List B: benefits letter; pension book/letter; recent utility bill; current council tax bill; building society or credit card statement (showing your address).

    Baildon’s new Ward Officer, David Horsman, will be introducing himself, a member of the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be attending, and Wardens will also be dropping in. So there will be lots of opportunity on the day to raise local issues.

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB - Thursday 5th February

    posted 14th January 2015


    Starring: Ned Beatty, David McCallum and Shirley Anne Field. Director: Peter Chelsom.

    Based loosely on the life of the Irish Tenor, Josef Locke (1917-1999), set in Liverpool’s club land and Ireland’s beautiful countryside, and packed with classic Locke tunes.

    1.0pm - 3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 including refreshments.

    All welcome.

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALISHA

    posted 13th January 2015

    Alisha Moore, a founding member of Baildon Youth Council, has been successful in her application to become one of 15 fifteen year olds to take part in action/2015 – a global movement and campaign to end poverty, inequalities and climate change.  The main organisation spearheading this campaign in the UK is Save the Children

    On Thursday 15th January Alisha will be part of a delegation of fifteen 15 year-olds to take part in an event with Ed Milliband MP, lunch with an inspiring young campaigner, hand in a letter to Downing Street, and have the opportunity to meet other senior decision makers in Parliament. 

    This is a fantastic opportunity for Alisha, whose application focussed on the work that she has done with Baildon Youth Council.

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - 12th January 2015

    posted 7th January 2015


    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 12th January 7.30pm at Baildon Community Link.

    The Agenda can be downloaded here and all papers are avaialble on the website.

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    COMMUNITY FAIR - 24th January

    posted 5th January 2015

    Hosted by Baildon Town Council on Saturday 24th January 10.0am - 12.0 noon at Wesley’s, Methodist Centre, Newton Way, Baildon BD17 5TG. 

    The event is free and there will be children’s activities, free of charge, so that parents with young children can participate. Free drinks refreshements will be available throughout the morning and Wesleys' Cafe will be open.

    There will be short introductions to promote the four strands of: 
    BE NEIGHBOURLY:  to support and promote Bradford Council’s ‘Be Neighbourly’ Scheme.
    BE FRIEND: to support and promote the HALE Befriending and Volunteering Driving Scheme.
    BE COMMUNITY: to provide information and encouragement to local residents to volunteer for practical or management tasks with local voluntary and community groups.
    BE DEMENTIA FRIENDLY: to support and promote the development of a Dementia Friendly Community.

    There will be stalls providing information and advice:  Community and Voluntary groups which rely on volunteers are invited to book a table, free of charge,  to provide information to local residents who are being encouraged to attend with a view to engaging with and, hopefully, swelling the workforce of these groups. Advice will be available to existing and proposed Community and Voluntary groups on leadership, management and financial issues which they may face.

    To book a table, contact: Cllr Peter Ashton 07989315217 or Jean Yule, Town Clerk, Baildon Town Council, 01274593169, clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.
     

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    posted 5th January 2015


    Baildon Town Council wishes you a very
    Happy New Year

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    posted 16th December 2014


    Baildon Town Council wishes you a very
    Happy Christmas

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    CAROLS IN THE VILLAGE - Thursday 18th December

    posted 16th December 2014

    7.0pm in the Ian Clough car park accompanied by the Hall Royd Band and organised by Churches Together in Baildon.

    All welcome - wrap up well and bring a torch.

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    BRACKEN HALL COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE TO REOPEN 2015

    posted 16th December 2014

    The signing of a lease by Baildon Town Council has paved the way to saving a valued public facility for at least another 20 years. 
     
    Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and Museum at Shipley Glen, on the edge of Baildon Moor, closed its doors on 31st March 2013 when Bradford Council withdrew public subsidy as part of a series of budget reductions. Now, thanks to a partnership between Baildon Town Council and local couple Stuart and Sally Illingworth, the Countryside Centre will be able to reopen in late 2015 and offer a programme of events throughout the year.
     
    The Illingworths, who are long term Baildon residents with young children in local schools, have purchased the Centre from Bradford Council and hope to run a hospitality business from one half of the main building. The remainder of the building and wildlife gardens they have leased to Baildon Town Council rent free for 20 years.
     
    The Countryside Centre first opened in 1980 as a private enterprise run by keen naturalists Mari and John Friend.  Later in that decade it became part of the Local Authority’s museums service, dedicated to the natural history of the local area, with Shipley Glen and Baildon Moor providing the perfect setting.
     
    Also used as a base for walks, talks and practical activities for adults and children alike, many people will have fond memories of school trips, Wild Wednesdays and much more, often led by Museums Officer John Dallas, whose association with Bracken Hall continues as the Chair of the Friends of Bracken Hall.
     
    For the last 18 months Baildon Town Council has worked closely with the Illingworths on an innovative solution to the museums funding problems which will reduce the costs of paid staffing. Local volunteers will work with the Town Council to offer a programme of events and activities throughout the year, supplemented by a paid supervisor and other staffing as required, with funded from a range of sources including a £14,000 contribution from the Town Council’s budget.
     
    Anyone wishing to join the Friends of Bracken Hall or contribute in any way can contact Baildon’s Town Clerk, Jean Yule, on 01274 593169, or e-mail clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.  The Town Council will also accept donations towards the refurbishment and improvement of the centre.

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    BAILDON CHRISTMAS FARMERS' MARKET - Saturday 20th December

    posted 16th December 2014

    Get everything you need for a delicious Christmas lunch and say hello to some very special visitors at the Baildon Farmers’ Market this Saturday 20th December in the lower Ian Clough car park between 9.0 and 1.0. The Market’s perfectly timed for your Christmas food shop so come along with a list and stock up your fridge and larder!

    You'll find organic vegetables, artisan bread and Yorkshire cheese, award-winning pork pies and American cakes and desserts, local game and fresh fish. Stock up the store cupboard with pickles and preserves and get some curry sauce for Boxing Day leftovers.

    We'll be welcoming some very special guests: Olaf the snowman and Princesses Elsa and Anna will be visiting between 10.0 and 12.0. Come say ‘hello’ and have your photo taken with them, and take part in our 'frozen' themed trail with sweeties for everyone. As if that weren't enough, two local choirs will serenade you as you shop.

    There are lots of excellent shops and cafes to enjoy in Baildon as well. And if you're stuck for a pressie for that someone who has everything, there's still time to get your 2015 Baildon Farmers’ Market Calendar for £5 from the Market Information Point.

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    THE BAILDON PLAN UPDATE 2014

    posted 10th December 2014

    Baildon Town Council has adopted the Baildon Plan Update which was prepared following a recent survey designed to find out the issues which most concern local residents and which they feel need to be addressed in coming years. Many thanks to the 442 residents who participated in the survey.

    The Baildon Plan was originally put together four years ago, after extensive consultations with local residents, and it was adopted by the Town Council in 2011. This original Baildon Plan has underpinned and guided much of the work of the Town Council and its partner organisations over the past three years.

    The information in The Baildon Plan Update 2014 will be used to help to guide the Town Council’s priorities for action in the coming year. The current Town Council will recommend to the new Town Councillors who come into office in May 2015 that this report should be used to help to underpin the decision-making of the Town Council in future years.

    The report has also been circulated widely to statutory and voluntary organisations that provide services in Baildon, and to local community, sporting, faith, and business organisations so that they can be aware of the issues which local people have told us concern them most, as well as some of the ideas that have been put forward for addressing them.

    The Baildon Plan 2011 and The Baildon Plan Update 2014  along with its Appendix B are available to download and paper copies of  The Baildon Plan Update 2014 are available at Baildon Library, Baildon Community Link, St Hugh’s Church on Coach Road, Wesleys, or St James Church, Otley Road. 

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    FILM CLUB - 8th January

    posted  9th December 2014

    Brighten your new year and sing-a-long to great ABBA songs as you enjoy watching the film MAMA MIA.

    Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is. Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming Mamma Mia! The Movie. Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast, including Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth - as well as up-and-comers Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, in this musical celebration of mothers, daughters and fathers, and true loves lost and new ones found. Based on the Broadway smash-hit and filled with the ABBA songs you know and love, it's the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over again.

    Thursday 8th January 1.0-3.0pm at Wesleys. £3 including refreshments. All welcome.

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    BAILDON AT CHRISTMAS

    posted  9th December 2014

    Thousands of Baildon residents and visitors joined in the Baildon at Christmas event on Sunday 7th December. 

    Those who came along were able to enjoy musical entertainment; buy some Christmas gifts from stalls selling products from local craftspeople and charities; visit churches, clubs, and shops that are not normally open on Sunday afternoons; and refresh and restore themselves in one of the many cafes which were offering Christmas fare.

    Baildon Town Council congratulates the members of the Baildon at Christmas committee and all the many people at each of the venues who worked so hard to bring this fantastic community event to fruition and to raise so much money for worthy causes.

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    COUNCIL MEETING - 8th December

    posted  3rd December 2014

    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 8th December at 7.30 in Baildon Community Link.

    The Agenda can be downloaded here and the associated papers are also available on the website.

    Members of the public are welcomed at all meetings of the Town Council.

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    COMMUNITY BANNERS

    posted  3rd December 2014

    Baildon Town Council has successfully negotiated an arrangement with Bradford Council Highways Department whereby a limited number of approved banners promoting community events may be located on the roundabout in the centre of Baildon. Previously approval has only been given by Bradford for the Harley Rally and the Farmers’ Market.

    So if you would like to have your community event promotional banner placed on the roundabout, and if your event meets the criteria below, you should contact the Town Council.

    The criteria for approval are:
    - Significant-impact community events taking place on/in public space in and around the centre of Baildon e.g. Farmers’ Market / Carnival / Baildon Prom / Festive Lights switch-on / Carols in the village.
    - A community event taking place across multiple public venues in Baildon centre e.g. Scarecrow Festival, Baildon at Christmas.
    - Notification of public consultations by Baildon Town Council or Bradford Council.

    Please do not place banners on the roundabout yourself. You may damage the service installations that run beneath the roundabout. Your banner may be removed by Bradford Highways Department. You may jeopardise the community banner scheme for all.

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    BAILDON COMMUNITY FAIR - 24th January 2015

    posted  2nd December 2014

    Baildon Community Fair will be held on Saturday 24th January 2015 10.0am - 12noon (venue to be confirmed). 

    If you are already involved with a voluntary organisation or would like to become a volunteer, then please put this date in your diary.

    If your organisation would like to have a stall at the event, and for further details, please contact Cllr Peter Ashton 07989315217.

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    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

    posted  1st December 2014

    Thanks to all who turned out on a damp and drizzly evening to make the Christmas lights switch on such a wonderful event!

    Crowds of Baildon residents thronged into the centre of Baildon on Friday evening (28th) for the annual switch-on.  Families, many of them with young children, were not deterred by the damp weather from turning out to sing along to Christmas carols and songs led by Baildon's own women's singers from ‘Noteworthy Women’ and ‘MAWS’ choirs,  and to enjoy stirring festive music provided by Hall Royd Band.

    The crowd joined in a count-down to the switch-on of the lights at 6.00pm and cheers were raised as Baildon's most impressive Christmas illuminations to date, were turned on.  Baildon community arts organisation, Sponge Tree, gave children the chance to make a Christmas decoration and hang it on the communal Christmas tree in the centre of Baildon and to write their thoughts about what they liked about living in Baildon.  One person wrote the following short verse which summed up many of the other written comments: "We love Baildon, It's the best place to be. Especially round The Christmas Tree."
     

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    GIVE BLOOD - 18th December

    posted  1st December 2014

    Blood donor session.

    Thursday18th December 2.0 – 4.0 and 5.0 7.30 at Ian Clough Hall.

    To book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323. There will be a number of walk in appointments on the day but these will be limited so attendance with appointment is advised.

    - you could save someone’s life . . . today.

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    TURKEY AND TINSEL - 21st December 2014

    posted  28th November 2014

    Baildon Youth Council is holding its first ever Turkey and Tinsel Afternoon on Sunday 21st December at Wesleys, Baildon Methodist Church.

    This is part of the Youth Council’s intergenerational work and is aimed at older Baildon residents who may feel isolated over the festive season. There will be a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings along with games and chat. The event is free and transport can be provided.

    If you would like to attend or if  you know someone who would enjoy this festive Christmas event please contact Michaela at HALE on 01274 271088 to reserve a place.

    Baildon Youth Council is funded by Baildon Town Council and run by HALE in partnership with Bradford Youth Service. This project is funded by Bradford Youth Service and is entirely youth led – all the young people involved are working really hard to make it a success.

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    CAROLS IN THE VILLAGE - 18th December

    posted  28th November 2014


    Those of you who enjoy singing carols are invited to put on your thermal hats and coats and meet up in the centre of Baildon for 'Carols in the Village' at 7pm on Thursday 18th December, accompanied by the Hall Royd Band.

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    BAILDON AT CHRISTMAS - Sunday 7th December

    posted  26th November 2014

    Come along and join in the brilliant community event for all ages - 11.0am to 4.0pm - and a chance to buy your Christmas presents!

    There'll be craft and charity stalls plus musical entertainment and food across five venues: Baildon Club (with Father Christmas in his grotto), Wesleys at Baildon Methodist Church (with children's activities), the Moravian Church, St John's Church (with the Christmas Wreath Festival), and Ian Clough Hall.

    Some shops and cafes will also be open and there will be street entertainment in the centre of Baildon in the afternoon, including Yorkshire Brass Band (subject to fine weather).

    Buy your programme for just 50p with full details about Baildon at Christmas and other Christmas events in Baildon - plus your chance to win a prize if your programme has a lucky number on it!

    To book a stall ring 01274 593023.

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    BAILDON'S RESPONSE TO THE GREAT WAR

    posted  26th November 2014

    Exhibition at Baildon Library until Saturday 6th December, put together by members of the Baildon Local History Society.
     
    The exhibition brings to life Baildon during this period through the small details of local people’s lives found in the documents and photographs on display.
     
    The exhibition begins with a description of Baildon in 1913/14 and a table of events in 1914.  The story of the Vicar of Baildon who was on holiday in Belgium when war broke out is told. He later became a chaplain and served at the front.

    The ehibition continues with the response of the women and children of Baildon and Shipley to the Great War. It tells of the children of the area who knitted scarves and comforters for the troops. Sadly, one little girl was told that the soldier who received her scarf was killed. There are also articles about children supporting the Belgian Refugee Fund, and collecting eggs, and a certificate relating to the provision of comforts, including cigarettes, for the troops.

    There is also a chronological list of the men who lost their lives in the conflict along with information about the age, the next of kin and the locality the men were from. This ‘work in progress’ includes over 100 of the 150 men who died.

    Bring along your families’ stories to add to the knowledge of the time.

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    WHITE CHRISTMAS - Thursday 4th December

    posted  24th November 2014

    The December film will be the perennial favourite for the Festive Season, ‘White Christmas’ starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, with music by Irving Berlin.

    Thursday 4th December at 1.00pm at Wesleys, Baildon Methodist Church, Newton Way. £3 including refreshments.

    All welcome.

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    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON - Friday 28th November

    posted  24th November 2014

    The better-than-ever Christmas lights, provided by Baildon Town Council, will be switched-on in the centre of Baildon at 6pm on Friday 28th November.

    Residents of all ages are invited to come along from 5.30pm and join in some festive singing, led by Baildon's own Noteworthy Women and MAWS Choirs. This will take place on the paved area opposite The Malt Shovel. At the same time, Sponge Tree will be giving children the chance to make a bauble to hang on the communal Christmas tree in the stocks area. Following the Switch-On at 6pm, music will be provided by Hall Royd Band. 

    Many residents have told the Tow n Council that they get great pleasure from the Christmas lights, and the Town Council is pleased to be able to provide them as a way of enhancing community activities such as Baildon at Christmas on 7th December, and the open-air Carols in the Village on 18th December.

    Why not come and shop in Baildon and visit the excellent cafes, restaurants and pubs over the Christmas Season.

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    CHRISTMAS PARTNERSHIP LIGHTS UP BAILDON!

    posted  21st November 2014

    Shops and businesses have joined Baildon Town Council to make 2014 the brightest year ever!

    In 2013, over 20 local shops joined the Christmas partnership with the Town Council to put lights outside their shops, and Baildon Co-op donated a massive £650 to ‘tree wrap’ the huge copper beech tree behind ‘Websters Fish and Chips’. Giant snowflakes were purchased by Elite on Browgate to welcome those approaching from Baildon Hill.

    This year, all of those installations will light up again, and in addition:- the Angel pub has funded nearly £400 for a new large motif and icicles; the Junction has also contributed to icicles and motifs;  eight more shops have joined the partnership, mostly on Northgate, to put lights outside their shops; Christmas lights in Coach Road will be improved with four new motifs at the shops; Threshfield Post Office has snowflakes and icicles; more lights are to be added to the trees at St Johns Court; the small trees outside the library will be lit for the first time; and  a surprise new installation on Ian Clough Hall will hopefully be visible throughout the centre of Baildon.

    The lights will be officially ‘switched on’ in Baildon centre on Friday 28th November, starting at 5.30pm with festive singing. After the lights switch on at 6pm, Hall Cliffe Brass Band will entertain late night shoppers.

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    BAILDON FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

    posted  21st November 2014

    Baildon Friends of the Earth Winter 2014 – 2015 Newsletter is now available.

    If you would like a copy of the Newsletter and / or you would like to attend the meetings of the Group on the first Thursday of each month, please contact  the Convenor: John Anderson at email dumelama2000@yahoo.co.uk  or telephone 01274 590525.

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    BAILDON FAIR TRADE GROUP

    posted  21st November 2014

    Baildon Fair Trade  Autumn 2014 Newsletter is available here.

    If you would like to become involved, or receive more information, contact the convenors: Elaine and Mike de Villiers at baildon.fairtrade@yahoo.co.uk.

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    CHRISTMAS CONCESSIONARY PARKING

    posted  18th November 2014

    NO CHARGE for car parking in Baildon on the DECEMBER SATURDAYS leading up to Christmas: Saturdays  6th, 13th and 20th December.

    Normal charging applies on all Sundays.

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET Saturday 22nd November

    posted  18th November 2014

    The next Farmers’ Market is on Saturday 22nd November 9.0am - 1.0pm in the Ian Clough car park. 

    Come along and stock up for the week-end, and the week ahead, with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, delicious cakes and lots lots more, all locally produced from Yorkshire suppliers. There’ll be live music and a bingo trail for the kids (prizes guaranteed!).

    And whilst you're out and about why not make the most of the fantastic range of cafés and shops Baildon has to offer.
     

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    REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY IN BAILDON 2014

    posted  10th November 2014

    The Remembrance Parade was as always well attended and the weather was kind to those who came together on the day to remember those who sacrificed so much.

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to have been able to contribute to the Remembrance Parade this year by paying for the costs of the excellent Halifax Youth Band which led the parade.

    Cllr Chris Flecknoe, Chair of the Town Council, laid wreaths at the War Memorials at Tong Park and Browgate. Cllr Flecknoe, accompanied by Cllr David Shaw, represented Baildon Town Council at this year’s Remembrance Parade and Service.

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - 10th November

    posted  4th November 2014

    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 10th November at 7.30pm at Baildon Community Link.

    The Agenda can be downloaded here and the associated papers are also available on the website.

    Members of the public and the press are welcomed at all meetings of the Council.

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    SEWAGE PUMPING STATION OWNERSHIP IS CHANGING

    posted  4th November 2014

    Do you own a private sewage pumping station?

    Changes in the law mean that from 1st October 2016 Yorskhire Water will take over the responsibility for all eligible private sewage pumping stations in Yorkshire.

    Only certain pumping stations will be eligible for transfer — generally the privately owned pumping stations which serve more than one property and connect to the existing public sewer network.

    If you think you may have an eligible private pumping station, Yorkshire Water is keen to hear from you. Contact Yorkshire Water on 0345 1 24 24 24.

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    ROOMS FOR HIRE IN BAILDON

    posted  4th November 2014

    Baildon Community Link has rooms available for hire for regular bookings or one-off meetings. Call 01274 588681 to check availablility.

    The Main Hall is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and is suitable for larger groups and activities such as dancing or exercise classes. The Lounge is available on Wednesday mornings and the Meeting Room is available any afternoon Monday-Friday and some mornings.

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    A NEW DEAL FOR BRADFORD DISTRICT

    posted  4th November 2014

    An invitation to tell Bradford Council your ideas about how things could be done differently and what you think people should be able to expect from the Council and public services.

    Thursday, 20 November 2014, 7pm – 9pm at Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EH. 

    What matters most? What matters less? What could be done differently? What help do people need to do things for themselves?

    There are only a limited number of places and if you wish to attend you will be required to book in advance. To reserve a place and for further information about New Deal please visit www.bradford.gov.uk/newdeal or email conversation.newdeal@bradford.gov.uk.

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    BAILDON DAYTIME NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM - 11th November

    posted  3rd November 2014

    Tuesday 11th November 2014, 2.00pm to 3.30pm, Baildon Community Link, Cliffe Avenue, Baildon BD17 6NX.

    Agenda: welcome & introductions; meet the Neighbourhood Policing Team: your local policing team will update you on its work; befriending in Baildon: a representative from HALE will talk about the scheme; Dementia Friendly Baildon: an update on the scheme; Memory Walk: presentation of certificates; the Green Dog Walkers scheme: find out how you can help reduce dog fouling in your area; updates from local groups: find out about the work of local groups and organisations and volunteering opportunities; food poverty: a representative from Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank will talk about their project and suggest how you may help; open forum: your chance to have your say about anything of interest or concern in your local area; close: please join us for tea and cake.

    For more information, contact Shipley Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 437146.

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    FILM CLUB NOVEMBER - CHANGE OF FILM

    posted  3rd November 2014

    Now showing 1914 All Out (1987) and not as previously advertised War Horse.

    Beautifully filmed in the Yorkshire Dales, 1914 All Out mixes the heartbreak of the 1914-18 war with the romance of village life.  It tells the story of two brothers, Ken and Joe, and their love for the same beautiful girl, Jean, whose peaceful existence is shattered by the tragic events of the war.  

    It is 1914, an August Bank Holiday in the picturesque Yorkshire village of East Grisewold and the villagers are celebrating with a cricket match.  The tranquil setting is shattered by the outbreak of war and the first army volunteers are soon leaving for Europe including Ken Houghton.  

    Sadly, Ken is killed at the Somme and the focus shifts to his younger brother Joe who then courts his great love, Jean.  Joe finally returns from war confident that he is a better cricketer and determined to win Jean’s love.

    Thursday 6th November 1.0pm - 3.0pm at Baildon Methodist Church £3 includes refreshments - lunch available from Wesleys café.

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    SHIPLEY NORTH NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM

    posted  24th October 2014

    Thursday 6 November 2014, 7.00pm to 8.30pm at Saltaire Methodist Church, Saltaire Road, Shipley BD18 3HJ


    AGENDA
    Welcome & Introductions: Dave Horsman, the Chair, will open the meeting.
    Meet the Neighbourhood Police Team: The Police will give a crime and community safety update and take your questions.
    Hirst Wood Regeneration Group: Members from the voluntary group will give a presentation about their work in the community and a recent Royal community award.
    Dementia Friendly Shipley: Information about the work undertaken by the Alzheimer’s Society and Bradford Council to make Shipley more ‘Dementia Friendly’.
    Green Dog Walkers: Presentation about how this national scheme hopes to create more responsible dog owners through volunteering.
    Local Groups News (2 minutes per group): ‘Active citizens’ and voluntary groups' opportunity to appeal for help or give information about their current events.
    Report Back and Open Forum: Have your say about your neighbourhood.

     
    For further information, contact Shipley Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 437146.
     

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    BAILDON REPRESENTED AT NATIONAL WALKERS ARE WELCOME CONFERENCE

    posted  24th October 2014

    The Chair of Baildon Town Council, Cllr Chris Flecknoe, and her husband Mervyn, recently represented Baildon at the annual national Walkers are Welcome Conference in Chepstow. The 100 plus towns and villages across the country which have been awarded the designation of being a Walkers are Welcome community were invited to send in an embroidered or tapestry square to be sewn together into a large quilt.

    The photo shows the Baildon square, created by local residents Ruth Anderson, Hazel Davey, and Beryl Connelly, in the tapestry which was unveiled at the conference. It is anticipated that the tapestry will grow in coming years as more towns and villages send in their squares. A photographic copy of the Baildon square can be seen at Baildon Community Link.

    At the Conference, Chris and Mervyn, were able to attend workshops about encouraging access to outdoor activities for disabled people, about marketing and promotion, and about fund-raising. A very useful session provided all participants with information about best practice when leading walks. The information gained from the Conference will be shared with the Baildon Walkers are Welcome Steering Group.

    BAILDON WALKERS ARE WELCOME STEERING GROUP would welcome new members. If you are a keen walker and would like to meet with other like-minded Baildon residents to help to ensure that Baildon continues to encourage and support walkers to come to Baildon and use our shops and cafes, please contact the Town Clerk on 01274 593169.

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    BAILDON DEMENTIA FRIENDLY ACTION GROUP RECEIVES AWARD

    posted  22nd October 2014

    The Baildon Dementia Action Group was presented with Bradford’s ‘Dementia Friendly Recognition Award’ for the Group’s work towards becoming dementia friendly. 
     
    Several members of the newly formed Baildon Group attended the event on Tuesday 21st October to receive the award on behalf of the Group.

    The Group aims to raise awareness and understanding of dementia locally, work towards Baildon’s becoming a dementia friendly town, support people with dementia and their carers, and improve local partnership working.

    For more information, or if you’d like to be involved, contact: Michael Skelton (Deputy Chair of Churches Together in Baildon) 01274 582224; Paula Truman (Ward Officer, Bradford MDC) 01274 437146; Lucy Maddison (Manager, Baildon Community Link) 01274 588681; Cathy Henwood (Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator) 01274 586008.

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    HAVE YOUR SAY ON ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

    posted  22nd October 2014

    The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and its partners are creating a new youth offer for young people and are seeking your help.

    The youth offer will provide a wide range of support and activities to young people, such as youth work, to help improve their well-being. It will be led by the voices of young people with their opinions and views at the heart of what is delivered. To make the best use of the resources available, the offer will be delivered in part through Council's services, such as the youth service, but also through the Council's partners in the voluntary, community and faith sectors.

    The Council has commissioned People Dialogue and Change (PDC) to provide advice on development of the youth offer, and to conduct a consultation throughout October. This consultation aims to find out what young people aged 13 to 19 (or 11 to 25 with additional needs) and any interested adults think should be part of the youth offer, as well as to identify what support and activities are currently on offer. It will help establish what the Council and its partners should do to make sure the young people across the district have the best possible support in the future.

    PDC is seeking the support of anyone working with young people, or interested in the youth offer to: promote the consultation to young people to and support them to share their views; tell PDC your own/your organisation's views through the consultation; tell PDC about what support and activities your organisation/service is currently offering to young people to help build up a picture of what is on offer across Bradford; attend a focus group for VCFS organisations.To take part visit: www.bradfordyouthoffer.info

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    CHIRSTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28th

    posted  21st October 2014

    The Baildon Town Council’s Christmas lights switch-on event will take place on Friday 28th November in the centre of Baildon.

    There will be festive communal singing with Baildon’s own Noteworthy Women and the MAWS choirs From 5.30pm, plus Sponge Tree invites children to make a decoration to hang on the Christmas tree. The lights will be switched on at 6.00pm and the Hall Royd Band will play from 6.0 – 7.0pm.

    We're hoping shops and cafes will stay open 'till 7.0pm.

    The Baildon at Christmas community event will take place on Sunday 7 December. For information or to book a stall call 01274 593023.

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET - SATURDAY OCTOBER 25th

    posted  21st October 2014

    The next Farmers’ Market is on Saturday 25th October 9.0am - 1.0pm in the Ian Clough car park

    The weather’s predicted to be changeable but we confidently predict the quality of the produce on sale will be as always - excellent!

    So, come along and stock up for the week-end, and the week ahead, with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, delicious cakes and lots lots more, all locally produced from Yorkshire suppliers. There’ll be live music and a bingo trail for the kids (prizes guaranteed!). And whilst you're out and about why not make the most of the fantastic range of cafés and shops Baildon has to offer.

    See the Farmers' Market website for more information, dates, photos, and application form for stallholders.

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    MAKING BAILDON DEMENTIA FRIENDLY

    posted  21st October 2014

    If you live or work or run a business in Baildon, you are invited to this evening event to become more aware of what dementia means and how you might be able to help.
     
    Wednesday 19 November, 7.30 for 7.45pm ‘till 9.00pm at St John’s Church Hall, Hall Cliffe, Baildon, BD17 6ND.
     
    There will be a talk by two dementia champions and a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society, followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions.
     
    Organised by the Baildon Dementia Friendly Group with thanks to Churches Together in Baildon for hosting this evening (you don’t need to be a church-goer to come along!)
     
    For more information, or if you can’t come but would like to be involved, contact: Michael Skelton (Deputy Chair of Churches Together in Baildon) 01274 582224; Paula Truman (Ward Officer, Bradford MDC) 01274 437146; Lucy Maddison (Manager, Baildon Community Link) 01274 588681; Cathy Henwood (Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator) 01274 586008.
     
     

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    FILM CLUB - ALL WELCOME

    posted  21st October 2014

    Dartmoor, 1914: To his wife’s dismay farmer Narracott buys a thoroughbred horse rather than a plough animal. When his son Albert trains the horse and calls him Joey, the two becoming inseparable.

    When his harvest fails, the farmer has to sell Joey to the British cavalry and he is shipped to France. After a disastrous offensive Joey is captured by the Germans and changes hands twice more before he is found four years later, caught in the barbed wire in No Man’s Land.

    He is returned behind British lines where he is reunited with Albert, now a private. Although temporarily blinded by gas, Albert still recognizes his beloved Joey. However, as the Armistice is declared Joey is to be auctioned off. After all they have been through will Albert and Joey return home together?

    Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis. Director: Steven Spielberg.

    Thursday 6th November 1.0pm - 3.0pm at Baildon Methodist Church £3 includes refreshments - lunch available from Wesleys café.
     

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    WILD WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 29th

    posted  21st October 2014

    Half term next week – why not join the Friends of Bracken Hall for a Wild Wednesday on October 29th?

    Meet at the Shipley Glen tearoom at 11am for a walk up the moor path looking for fossils, then back to Bracken Hall for your packed lunch (or to the pub or tearoom), followed by family activities from 2.0-4.0pm. 
     

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    DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AWARD

    posted  9th October 2014

    Congratulations to the Baildon Dementia Action Group which is to be presented with an award in recognition of its work towards helping Baildon to become a dementia friendly town. 
     
    The ‘Dementia Friendly Recognition Award’ is to be presented by the Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance later this month.
     
    Bradford Council is working with the Alzheimer’s Society to make Bradford a Dementia Friendly City.  A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and feel confident they can contribute to community life.
     
    What could you do to help? You may like to become a 'Dementia Friend' and learn more about the condition?  Or even a 'Dementia Champion'?
     
    For more information contact Paula Truman at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on tel. 01274 437146 or paula.truman@bradford.gov.uk or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

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    GREEN DOG WALKERS' SCHEME

    posted  9th October 2014

    The Green Dog Walkers' scheme is a friendly, non-confrontational way to change attitudes to dog fouling. 
     
    If you see someone displaying the Green Dog Walkers’ logo it means they have pledged to: always clean up after their dog; carry extra dog waste bags; give you a bag for your dog waste if needed.

    Would you like to join the scheme?  You can pick up a leaflet in Baildon Library or contact Paula Truman at the Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on tel. 01274 437146 or paula.truman@bradford.gov.uk.

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    WINTER WARMTH GRANTS

    posted  9th October 2014


    Bradford District Community Fund is launching a new Winter Warmth Community Grants Scheme from October 2014. This scheme is funded by Bradford Metropolitan District Council and support from local businesses.

    The aim of the fund is to support a range of community-based projects that help support people who may be vulnerable or become vulnerable to the impacts of cold weather during the winter months. As part of this Bradford Council would like to encourage people who want to be active in their neighbourhoods and/or streets to get involved. The scheme runs together with programmes such as Be-neighbourly and the Warm Homes Healthy People (WHHP) programme.

    Grants are up to £500 and the closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 7th of November 2014. Further details and application form.

     
     

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    SALTAIRE HYDRO POWER SCHEME CONSULTATION

    posted  7th October 2014

    A public consultation is being held at Shipley Library on Friday 17th October between 12.0noon and 5.0pm and Saturday 18th October between 2.0pm and 4.30pm. 

     

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    TOAST AND CHOCOLATE

    posted  7th October 2014

    Aged 10-12? Why not come along on Mondays for hot chocolate and toast and games at Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue.

    5.30 - 7.0pm each week. Tel: 01274588681.

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - 13th October

    posted  7th October 2014

    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 13th October at 7.30pm in Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue.

    The Agenda can be downloaded here.

    Members of the public are welcomed at all Council meetings.

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    THE BAILDON PEACE WALK

    posted  30th September 2014

    The latest in the series of Heritage Trails produced by the Baildon Local History Society is now available and can be downloaded here.

    The publication of this walk coincides with the opening of the Peace Garden on Cliffe Avenue. This poppy rich flower meadow marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 in August 1914.

    Wonderfully, this peace garden was created for and by local people and offers a beautiful place to stop, reflect, and appreciate the stillness and beauty in this busy world in which we live. The project evolved from local resident John Mason’s idea for a wildflower meadow, and a number of local groups and organisations became actively involved to bring it to fruition, including Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Baildon Community Link and Baildon History Society. 

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    WILDLIFE WALK - Sunday 28th September

    posted  23rd September 2014

    Autumn is here - let’s see what we can find on the Wildlife Walk with the Friends of Denso Marston Nature Reserve.

    Walk starts at 2.15 pm on Sunday 28th September on Otley Road at the public footpath opposite St. James’ Church. Parking in the adjacent Lay-by.

    For more information phone the Reserve Warden Steve Warillow on 07919 525913.

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET - Saturday 27th September

    posted  23rd September 2014

    We can't predict good weather - but we can confidently predict good food produce will be on sale this Saturday 9.0am - 1.0pm in the Ian Clough car park. 

    Come along and stock up for the week-end, and the week ahead, with fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheeses, delicious cakes and lots lots more. Whilst you're out and about why not make the most of the fantastic range of cafés and shops Baildon has to offer.

    See the Farmers' Market website for more information, dates, photos, and application form for stallholders.

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    FILM CLUB - ALL WELCOME

    posted  23rd September 2014

    Romantic comedy directed by Gary Winick, written by Jose Rivera and Jim Sullivan.

    On holiday in romantic Verona, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) explores the city alone as her fiancé (Gael Garcia Bernal) spends his time working. Mesmerized by the wall of letters in Juliet Capulet s Courtyard, she soon befriends the secretaries of Juliet, who diligently answer them every day.

    When Sophie finds a decades-old, unanswered letter, she responds herself. To her surprise the author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), and her uptight grandson (Christopher Egan) arrive and sweep her along on a romantic adventure she could never have imagined . . . watch and fall in love!

    Thursday 2nd October 1.0pm - 3.0pm at Baildon Methodist Church £3 includes refreshments - lunch available from Wesleys café.
     

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    MAKING BAILDON DEMENTIA FRIENDLY

    posted  23rd September 2014

    Memory Walk in Baildon on Saturday 27th September to raise awareness of the bid to make Baildon dementia friendly.  Meet at 10.30am by the car park behind the Shipley Glen tea rooms and next to the Glen House pub. 

    The walk will last just under 2 hours and will finish with an optional ride on Shipley Glen Tramway.  The Tramway volunteers have kindly agreed to donate the tram fair to the Alzheimer's Society. 

    The walk will be led by Mike Lawson from Baildon Local History Group.  Mike, an experienced walk leader, will show you where the Edwardian fun fairs and rides were, and point out things of general interest. The emphasis will be on having a pleasant walk, which will hopefully inspire fond memories!

    If you would like to join the walk or for more information, please contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer (Baildon and Wharfedale), Area Co-ordinator's Office Shipley Town Hall BD18 3EJ, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Department of Environment & Sport. Tel: 01274 437146 or 07582 100556, Fax: 01274 437074. Paula has official sponsorship forms from the Alzheimer's Society.  If you are unable to join the walk but would like to make a donation it is possible to do so on-line. For more information on Memory Walks organised by the Alzheimer's Society follow the link.
     
     

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    TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR A BETTER BUS SERVICE

    posted  23rd September 2014

    Baildon Town Council voted at its September meeting to strongly support the proposal for a half-hourly 656 bus service which links to the train times to provide a public transport link to the railway station and improve the public transport between lower and upper parts of Baildon.

    The Town Council is writing to West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Bradford Council, and TLC bus company to offer its support to these proposals which have come out of the BAILRAIL survey undertaken recently by Baildon Friends of the Earth.

    Thanks were expressed by the Town Council to Friends of the Earth for the thorough consultation which has led to this proposal.

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    TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

    posted  23rd September 2014

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to provide the funding to pay for the Huddersfield Youth Band to play at the open-air Remembrance Parade in Baildon on Sunday 9th November 2014. 

    The 4th of August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history – the First World War – with fighting continuing until the 11th of November 1918, Armistice Day.

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    UPDATING THE BAILDON PLAN

    posted  23rd September 2014

    Thanks to the 442 residents who completed the recent Town Council survey about future priorities for Baildon. The results are in the process of being analysed, and we expect to be able to take a report to the October meeting of the Town Council.

    The Baildon Plan is the main document which underlies the work of Baildon Town Council. It was produced in 2011 following extensive consultation with residents about what they saw as the priorities for future improvements in Baildon. The Town Council undertook the recent survey because it felt that it was time to update the Plan.

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    SALTAIRE WORLD HERITAGE SITE MANAGEMENT PLAN CONSULTATION

    posted  23rd September 2014

    Why does this affect Baildon? Well – did you know that Roberts Park is within the World Heritage Site and that 40% of Baildon sits within the ‘Saltaire World Heritage Buffer Zone’.  Many of the proposals within the draft Management Plan are therefore of direct interest and relevance to Baildon.

    For further information on how to take part in the consultation follow this link. Closing date for comments is Monday 6th October.

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    AN EVENING OF MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

    posted  23rd September 2014

    Presented by our world famous Victorian Shipley Glen Tramway at the Victoria Hall Saltaire on Friday 24th October 7.30pm with refreshments and raffle prizes.

    Featuring the world famous Wurlitzer theatre organ played by David Low, guest baritone singer David Bainbridge and (pictured) the Glen Singers.

    Tickets £7 concessions £6 from Dina PLowes 07905000545, Jim Small 07842427635, Richard Freeman 07773001250, or email info@shipleyglentramway.co.uk

    All proceeds to the Shipley Glen Tramway - which continues to run thanks to the hard work and commitment of an amazing group of volunteers.

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    63rd BAILDON HORTICULTURAL SHOW - HUGE SUCCESS

    posted  3rd September 2014

    Top growers from across the district competed at the 63rd Baildon Horticultural Show. With over 750 entries and 100 exhibitors this was the best-supported show for many years.
     
    Hundreds attended on a sunny August afernoon to see  Ernest Grange receive the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal for overall points in all classes from Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Roger L'Amie.
     
    Congratulations to Daivd Moore who once again won the best Baildon allotment for his plot in Charlestown which was judged to demonstrate good practices in gardening and efficient composting.
     
    Rod Hoyle picked up the Norman Ssmith Trophy for his fine display of sweet peas and the Tomato Championship, which is judged  on taste on not colour and shape, was won by Mr R Holden
     
    Miss P Hodson showed herself to be a future champion grower by winning the trophy for best novice.
     
    Away from the horticultural classes Miss I Preson won the Crafts trophy,
    Mr N Spiteri the baking competition and Mr Granham Hurst won the prize for the best flower arrangement.
     
    Show chairperson, Kath Eccles said she was overwhelmed by the support that exhibitors and locals had given the show and praised the tireless hard work of those members who had given their time to make the show such a success. “As ever, we are also extremely grateful to local businesses for their generous sponsorship of the event” added Mrs Eccles.

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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING 8th September 2014

    posted  2nd September 2014



    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 8th September at 7.30pm in Baildon Community Link.

    The Agenda can be downloaded by following this link.

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    CALLING YOUNG PEOPLE IN BAILDON

    posted  27th August 2014


    Would you like the opportunity to: develop skills to influence decision making? Set up an electronic forum for young people? Form a social enterprise?

    Michaela Baker has recently joined HALE as Youth & Community Worker for Baildon and is working in partnership with Stacey Tolly of Bradford Youth Services on a Baildon Town Council funded project.

    The first part of this project will be to invite and support young people from Baildon to form a Youth Council for Baildon. This will provide the young people of Baildon with a voice to help, advise and inform Baildon Town Council on issues affecting the young people in their area. Michaela and Stacey will also be working on a young person’s directory of youth provision in Baildon and an intergenerational project which will help promote greater understanding and respect between generations.

    If you would like to get involved, please contact Michaela at HALE on 01274 271088 or 07507 763597. You can also email her at michaela@haleproject.org.uk

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to have been able to fund HALE (Health Action Local Engagement) to deliver this youth work project in partnership with Bradford MDC Youth Service.

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    HEALTH AND YOUTH COMMITTEE MEETING - Monday 1st September

    posted  27th August 2014


    The next meeting of the Health and Youth Committee will be held on Monday 1st September at 10.0am in Baildon Community Link.

    The Agenda can be downloaded by following this link.
     

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET - Saturday 23rd August

    posted  19th August 2014

    9am and 1pm in the Ian Clough car park.

    Come along and meet the growers and producers of the food we buy and whilst you're out and about why not make the most of the fantastic range of cafes and shops Baildon has to offer.

    See the Farmers' Market website for more information, dates, photos, and application form for stallholders.
     

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    HARLEY RALLY

    posted  14th August 2014

    Baildon welcomes the 35th annual international Harley Rally - Bank Holiday Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August 2014.

    At Baildon Rugby and Cricket Club Jenny Lane Fields.

    Entry £25 – pre-book £20. Excellent facilities: hot showers, camping, trade stands, rally merchandise, good food and beer, hog roast, competitions, live bands and discos.

    For full details including itinerary and contacts check out the Shipley Harley Davidson website.

    Don’t miss the charity ride out on Sunday afternoon 1.0pm! Bikers begin gathering in Baildon centre from 11.0am.  Baildon always gives them a spectacular send off!

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    NEW SHOPPING GUIDE PUTS BAILDON ON THE MAP

    posted  4th August 2014

    The new Baildon Retail Map is now available to download and a copy can be picked up at Baildon Library, Baildon Community Link and in many local shops.

    The guide was commissioned by Baildon Town Council and folds out to give a map of all retail businesses as well as places to eat and drink in the centre of Baildon. It’s hoped that this new guide will encourage residents to spend more time and money in the town as well as encourage more visitors.

    The guide was designed by Sara Mogford (pictured) of local company Assembly Marketing and 2500 copies have been printed. It's part of ongoing efforts by Baildon Town Council and local businesses to encourage people to ‘shop local’.

    It came about after Matthew Wildman (pictured), who owns Wildman Computers on Westgate, collected information in an effort to demonstrate the fantastic range of businesses in Baildon and thereby confound the myth that Baildon was just beauty salons and hairdressers. He discovered that as well as the many excellent beauty salons and hairdressers, Baildon is also home to cafés, estate agents, several florists, law firms and healthcare providers, a watchmaker, a soft play centre, a high-end lingerie boutique and a music shop. Baildon’s culinary delights include curry, Cantonese, fish, chips and pizza, plus traditional English and Mediterranean deli fare.

    The Town Council was delighted to provide funding to support Matthew's idea and he was appointed as a co-opted member of the Town Council's Environment and Regeneration Committee in order to work closely on this project with Cllr Joe Ashton, Chair of the Committee.

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    CARERS' ACTIVITY CENTRES

    posted  30th July 2014

    Carers are the unsung heroes of society, working tirelessly to make the lives of those they care for better, and Carers’ Activity Centres aim to help carers take some ‘me time’ and look after their wellbeing.

    Carers’ Activity Centres want to provide a safe and welcoming space for carers to meet and chat, have a cup of tea and a piece of cake, try something new, or show others what you enjoy doing!  All sessions are open to the cared for person as well.

    The Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EH 1st Thursday of the month and the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 1pm till 3pm: Tuesdays: 19th August, 16th September , Thursdays: 7th August, 4th September.

    For more information, or to book your place, give Ruth Gray a ring on 01274 594173 or email her on rgray@disabilityadvice.org.uk .

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    COMMUNITY ADVICE NETWORK

    posted  30th July 2014

     Community Advice Network (CAN) is the new website for free, local advice services in Bradford district – get help with debt, benefits, housing, employment rights, immigration and more. CAN advisers help people with benefits, tax credits, debt, housing, employment, immigration, consumer and related problems.

    This new website helps you to: find face-to-face advice services, provided by local advice charities in communities across Bradford, Shipley and Keighley; find trustworthy websites, provided by national charities like Citizens Advice and Shelter, and other useful websites like Bradford Council and ACAS.

    On the home page, you choose the issue you want advice about by clicking on one of the icons – for example benefits. On the next page you find a search box where you enter your postcode. The website gives you a list of all the advice services in your postcode, others in city/town centres in the district and some national helplines. When you click on one of these advice services, the website gives you details of opening times, how to make contact and a map.

    Also, a new telephone advice line has been launched: 08442 451282. 

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    PHABTASTIC!

    posted  29th July 2014

    Open access play scheme for 6-14 year olds at Roberts Park Cricket Club Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th August.

    For more information tel. 07971 166919 or email:  jilly@hotmail.co.uk. See Bradford PHAB Club website www.bradfordphabclub.org.uk.
     

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    SUMMER FUN AT DENSO MARSTON NATURE RESERVE

    posted  29th July 2014

    Now that the summer holidays have started, why not come down to Denso Marston Nature Reserve,Otley Road, Baildon, BD17 7JR, where there is a range of fun packed activities from 2.0pm – 4.0pm.

    Thursday 31st July – bug hunting; Thursday 7th August – boggart hunting; Thursday 14th August – creating a nature outfit; Thursday 21st August – tracking; Thursday 28th August – trees: try bark rubbing, finding out what lives in trees, becoming a tree!

    Meet by the large pond by the Education Centre. You can park at the lay-by by St James Church then walk down to the reserve. For more information ring: 07919525913.

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    SUMMER STROLLS AT DENSO MARSTON NATURE RESERVE

    posted  29th July 2014

    Free on a Thursday? Stuck for something to do? Why not come down to Denso Marston Nature Reserve, Otley Road, Baildon BD17 7JR, where there's a range of activities from 10.0am until 12.0 noon.

    These fortnightly strolls are designed to help introduce you to different aspects of the flora and fauna found on the reserve: Thursday 31st July - a search for butterflies and dragonflies; Thursday 7th August - tree I.D gives helpful hints and tips on how to identify trees; Thursday 28th August - birds on the reserve.

    Also, the creative writing group - looking at how writing can be inspired by the outdoors: the sounds, smells, the emotions . . . . . . Meeting dates: Thursday 7th August, Thursday 21st August and Thursday 4th September.

    Meet by the large pond by the Education Centre. You can park at the lay-by by St James Church then walk down to the reserve. For more information ring: 07919525913.

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    BAILDON HORTICULTURAL SHOW 31st August

    posted  29th July 2014

    The Baildon Horticultural Society 63rd Annual Flower, Vegetable and Handicraft Show takes place at Sandal Primary School, West Lane, Baildon on Sunday 31st August 2014. Open to the public from 2.00pm. Trophy presentation by the Mayor of Bradford at 3.30 pm. Admission £1.00 at the door (children free). Refreshments, a variety of stalls, children’s games, tombola and raffle.
     
    This is the 63rd year this Annual Show has been staged and once again features the prestigious Baildon Tomato Championship with a first prize of £30 plus a trophy to the 'overall certificate'.
     
    The Show is a celebration of the skill and dedication not only of those who grow prize winning flowers and vegetables but also those whose expertise lies in art and crafts, photography, baking or flower arranging. It’s also an opportunity for the children of Baildon to show their creativity in the various classes available for them to enter.
     
    For more information on Baildon Horticultural Society click here.

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    HELEN'S HERITAGE WALKS

    posted  23rd July 2014

    The Baildon Walking Weekend has passed but there are lots more local walks to look forward to!

    Including these Summertime Saunters around Saltaire and Baildon exploring the area’s fascinating history.

    Saturday 26 July The Lost Houses of Baildon. Meet at the Half Moon Café in Roberts Park, Saltaire, 10.30 am for this 3½ -mile circular walk up to Baildon Green to the sites of The Knoll, built by Titus Salt’s junior director, and Fernihurst, built by his son, Edward. Hear the sad stories of their decline and fall!

    Saturday 30 August Baildon Moor to Shipley Glen. Meet at the Half Moon Café in Roberts Park, Saltaire, 10.30 am  for this 4–mile walk up on to Baildon Moor to look for cup and ring stones and evidence of quarrying and mining. Return via Shipley Glen. Hear about the amazing Victorian attractions that once existed on Bracken Hall Green.

    Charge: Adults £5.00; children: £3.00; families £12.00. Both return via the Shipley Glen Tramway (not included in the charge). Well-behaved dogs welcome for free!

    For more details or to book contact Helen on: Tel.: 01274 532425 Mobile: 075 28361857 or email helensheritagewalksntalks@hotmail.co.uk.

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    QUEST TAEKWONDO - GOLD MEDAL SUCCESS

    posted  23rd July 2014

    Congratulations to Baildon resident Jacob Barnet on his Gold Medal success at the British International Taekwondo Open Competition. Jacob said, "I am pleased with my performance. I’ve been working hard and it was good to get some more ring time before my next major competition which is the British Taekwondo 2014 National Championships in September".

    And well done to the rest of the Quest Taekwondo team who competed at the event: Liam Burdock (11 from Silsden), Ellie Foster (15 from Wakefield), Alex Foster (11 from Wakefield), Daniel Moody (13 from Penistone), Luke Jones (13 from Thurlstone), Shane Burgin (10 from Rotherham) and Megan Featherstone (15 from Boston Spa). Heading up the team was Chief Instructor Mike McKenzie, 7th Dan, who is also Development Officer for British Taekwondo. The team won a massive 8 medals from 8 competitors, including 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze.
     
    This prestigious annual competition which welcomes clubs from throughout the UK and also overseas was held on Sunday, 13 July 2014 at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury.

    Quest Taekwondo Bradford, which is based in Baildon at Titus Salt School, welcomes new members of all ages over seven and ability. For further details please see the Quest Taekwondo website

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    WALL REPAIRS BAILDON ROAD

    posted  23rd July 2014

    Bradford Metropolitan District Council has prepared a scheme to repair the full length of the retaining wall (around 170m as shown on  the attached plan) which involves rebuilding the parapet wall along with other repairs to the retaining wall below. These works are expected to last approximately 20 weeks. They are to be carried out under temporary traffic signals, in approximately 20m sections, in order to reduce the impact of the works on traffic along Baildon Road.
     
    Although inspection of the retaining wall deems the repairs necessary due to the current condition of the wall, repairs are not urgent at this time. The area of parapet which has collapsed has been made safe and there are no immediate signs of further collapse. The works will go ahead at the next appropriate opportunity once the Highway works at the junction of Baildon Road/Otley Road are complete towards the end of the year.
     
    As you will already be aware, there are some major works being undertaken at the junction, firstly by Northern Gas for approximately 6 weeks, and then Highway works following on from this until the beginning of November this year. Both works cannot run concurrently due to level of disruption to the road network this would cause.
     
    Bradford Council will continue to monitor the wall, along with the progress of the Highway works, and will provide suitable notice as and when the repairs to the wall go ahead.

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    BAILDON FARMERS'  MARKET - Saturday 26th July

    posted  22nd July 2014

    The forecast is great and we're confident of a sunny market!

    Come along this Saturday morning to the Ian Clough car park in the centre of Baildon and buy fresh food from a range of Yorkshire producers.

    We've got sausages, artisan cheese, Whitby fish, local game, homemade pies, fresh bread and ripe strawberries. There'll be ice cream from Bingley, honey from Huddersfield and pickles from Ilkley.

    Visit the information point and try samples from the stalls. There'll be live music and a bingo trail with sweetie prizes for the children. The market runs from 9am until 1pm, so come along and stock up your larder. And whilst you're here, why not visit some of the great shops and cafes Baildon has to offer?

    See you on Saturday!

    Keep in touch by visiting the new Farmers’ Market  website, liking us on facebook and following us on twitter.

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    BAT WALK - Friday 25th July

    posted  21st July 2014

    Love to see bats in flight?

    Come along on this Wildlife Walk with the Friends of Buck Wood.

    Starts on Buck Mill Lane Swing Bridge (cross the bridge over the River Aire to the canal) 9.0pm Friday 25th July 2014. Bring along a torch.

    For further information contact Steve Warrillow 07919 525913.

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    BAILDON WALKING WEEKEND

    posted  21st July 2014

    A good crowd of walkers turned out on Friday afternoon for the first walk of Baildon's Walking Weekend, led by Malcolm Leyland.

    Sadly, the persistent rain throughout Saturday affected attendance on the Saturday walks. However, all the planned walks took place with some hardy participants on them all.

    Thanks to all those who led  the walks and to everyone who joined a walk during the weekend.

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    CHILDREN'S CENTRE SUMMER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

    posted  19th July 2014

    Baildon Children’s Centre Summer Holidays programme of activities 28th July -29th Aug 2014 is available to download here or from the Baildon Children’s Centre.

    Lots of family activities: ‘play and learn’, puppet making, baby massage, ‘healthy living’, themed family fun, and trip to Filey only £5 per family!

    Contact details: Baildon Children’s Centre, West Lane, Baildon BD17 5DH. Tel: 01274 431691 Fax: 01274 581140, Centre Manager: Lizzie Hughes baildonchildrenscentre@bradford.gov.uk.

    Baildon Children's Centre welcomes any children / adults with additional needs to all of its sessions.
     

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    WILD WEDNESDAYS SUMMER PROGRAMME

    posted  19th July 2014

    We're pleased to report that this programme of outdoor family events that proved so popular last summer is back again this year.

    Art, nature, craft, and the outdoor environment are all woven into these family activities which are held on Bracken Hall Green, Shipley Glen opposite Bracken Hall Countryside Centre (refreshment and toilet facilities available at the Old Glen Tearooms).

    Summer holiday Wednesday afternoons 2pm – 4pm:  30th July,  6th, 13th, 20th, 27th August.

    Run by the Friends of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre on behalf of Baildon Town Council for everyone (all children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult).

    Contacts for Friends of Bracken Hall, walks and Wild Wednesday information: John Dallas, Chair 07890 916844 john.dallas.bradford.gmail.com, Joy Smith, Secretary joy-smith@blueyonder.co.uk.
     

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    UPDATING THE BAILDON PLAN

    posted  15th July 2014

    Have you completed a survey form?

    Make sure you have your say on where you want your Town Council to prioritise its activities. You can complete the form online here.

    Closing date for completing survey forms is Thursday 31st July 2014.

    We are updating the Baildon Plan and would like your input to make sure that the updated Plan properly reflects the opinions, interests and needs of Baildon residents. By completing the survey form, you will be helping the Councillors on Baildon Town Council to decide how, in the future, they should best allocate resources, establish projects, work in partnership with others, or speakup for the needs of Baildon. We will also share the results of this consultation with other statutory and voluntary organisations to help them to determine their priorities for Baildon.

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    WALKERS ARE WELCOME "SEW TOGETHER"

    posted  15th July 2014

    The beautiful Baildon Walkers Are Welcome quilting square will be available to view in Baildon Library from Thursday 17th July to Monday 21st  - the Baildon Walking Weekend.
     
    When the national Walkers are Welcome Committee invited all the Walkers are Welcome towns and villages across the UK to make a quilted square to represent their community, to be sewn into one huge quilt to show the national picture, local volunteers, Ruth Anderson, Hazel Davey, Beryl Connelly, Jean Main, and Jan Clear rose to the challenge.
     
    The volunteers have designed and have spent many long and enjoyable hours sharing their skills to creating this beautiful representation of Baildon’s scenic attractions. 

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    BRADFORD'S BECKS PHTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

    posted  15th July 2014

    What does Bradford Beck mean to you?

    Whether it means the ‘mucky beck’, a suburban wetland or a sparkling valley stream, the Friends of Bradford’s Becks is looking for your images of Bradford waterways.

    Get snapping and enter the Bradford Beck’s Photography Competition!

    Send your photos of Bradford Beck or of any of its tributary becks and you could win a prize of £25. Plus your photos could appear in the Bradford Beck’s 2015 calendar.

    Closing date 31st august 2014. Winners announced October 2014.

    Click here for full details of how to enter, categories and rules.

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    WALKING WEEKEND - THIS WEEKEND!

    posted  14th July 2014

    The Baildon Walkers are Welcome Group (which is a working group of Baildon Town Council) invites you to come and enjoy the delights of our local countryside in the company of others, with a choice of seven guided walks of varying lengths. For full details here. All walks are led by experienced walks’ leaders and are free.
     
    Several local volunteers have been busy designing and sewing a square to represent Baildon in a National Walkers are Welcome Quilt. To see the Baildon square before it goes off to be sewn into the national tapestry, drop into Baildon Library anytime over the Walking Weekend.

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    SIXTIES PARTY NIGHT AUGUST 2nd

    posted  11th July 2014

    Calling all you children of the ‘60s and you youngsters with an appreciation of retro style . . . . ‘stop in the name of love’ ‘be my baby’ and enter ‘the white room’ with the Ronettes, Supremes, Temptations, Johny Cash, Beatles, Rolling Stones  . . . re-live the ‘decade of the pop revolution’ at the 1960’s party night!

    Baildon Golf Club Saturday 2nd August 7.0pm.

    Tickets £10 includes hot supper, prize for best outfit, music, dancing raffle, prizes.

    Contact Julie or Lynne for tickets on 01274 586658.
     

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    FILM CLUB AUGUST 7th

    posted  11th July 2014

    Cecil Gaines eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler.

    As Cecil serves eight presidents the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. The film chronicles the changes of American life through mid fifties to mid eighties.

    Director:  Lee Daniels. Writers:  Danny Strong, Wil Haygood.  Stars:  Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack.

    Baildon Buddies Film Club - all welcome - meets on the first Thursday of the month at Baildon Methodist Church. £3 includes refreshments. Lunch available from Wesleys Cafe.
     

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    FREE SECURITY ASSESSMENT

    posted  11th July 2014

    How secure is your home? Looking for information on how to secure your home? Book your FREE security assessment with CACAS (Community Action and Support Against Crime),

    CASAC, Yorkshire's crime reduction charity, works towards achieving a situation where every individual can live their life free of the fear of crime and in safer communities.

    For over 15 years, CASAC has been working with local communities, West Yorkshire Police and other statutory agencies tackling crime and the fear of crime. CACAS is dedicated to improving community safety. Its profits are invested in tackling some of the root causes of crime.

    Contact details: Postal address: CACAS, Andrews House, 328 Meanwood Roaad, Leeds, LS7 2JF. Email: mail@casac.org.uk Telephone: 0113 239 2821.
     

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    BAILDON CARNIVAL IS BACK! SATURDAY 12th JULY

    posted  8th July 2014

    Hurray!

    Saturday 12th July sees the return of Baildon Carnival after a year's absence: funfair, stalls, games, children's fancy dress competition and lots more from 2pm to 4pm at Baildon Rugby & Cricket Club, off Jenny Lane. Tickets on the gate.

    To book a place for a stall contact joe.ashton@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk or just turn up from 10.0am onwards. 
     

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    BAILDON NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM

    posted  4th July 2014

    Wednesday 16 July 2014, 7.30pm to 9.00pm at the Ian Clough Hall.

    AGENDA

    Welcome & Introductions.

    Meet the Neighbourhood Policing Team: Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team will update you on their work and listen to your concerns and your suggestions for local priorities.

    Befriending in Baildon: A representative from HALE will talk about the scheme.

    The Future of ‘Cloughy’ Discos: The long established monthly discos at Ian Clough Hall will end this month. Let us know your views and find out how you could help, to provide alternative activities for young people, with support from Bradford Council. 

    Dementia Friendly Communities: What can we do in Baildon?

    Food Poverty: A representative from Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank will talk about their project and suggest how you may help.

    The Green Dog Walkers Scheme: Find out how you can help reduce dog fouling in your area.

    Friends of Bracken Hall: An update from the Friends group.

    Updates from local groups: Find out about the work of local groups and volunteering opportunities.

    Open Forum: Your chance to have your say about anything of interest or concern in your local area.

    For further information contact Shipley Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 437146 or follow this link.
     

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    TOUR DE FRANCE

    posted  2nd July 2014


    Information about the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France which take place this weekend, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July,  can be found on Bradford Council's website.


    Baildon Town Council has also produced a Spectator Guide which gives information about viewing locations and how to get to them. 

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    FERNIEHURST DELL SCULPTURE TRAIL GRAND OPENING

    posted  2nd July 2014

    The Yorkshire Armed Forces Sculpture Trail based at Ferniehurst Dell was officially opened by Col Alan Roberts, Deputy Lieutenant West Yorkshire, on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 28th June. The opening ceremony, attended by representatives of all those who contributed to the Trail, was followed by an afternoon of family activities on the field above the Dell.

    The Trail features work in a range of media by sculptors Craig Dyson, Andrew Frost, Shane Green, Simon Kent, Mick Kirkby-Geddes, Martin Bond and Edward Mortimer. The sculptures are dedicated to the armed services and reflect issues that current and ex-military personnel face.

    The Trail was made possible thanks to a substantial grant from the Ministry of Defence, as well as sponsorship from various other sources including: Titus Salt School, the Armed Forces Community Covenant Committee, Mechanics Institute and Bradford Council. Baildon Town Council was pleased to contribute £3,000 towards improvements to the footpaths and to make a small contribution to the Opening event.

    Pupils at Baildon schools were centrally involved, working closely with the sculptors, in the design process of many of the individual art works.

    Pictured, Andrew Frost's 'Untitled' sculpture of a young child wearing a helmet and holding a soft toy.

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    LOVE TO BOOGIE - BIG SUMMER CHILL OUT

    posted  24th June 2014

    Saturday 19th July. 1.0 - 4.0pm. Roberts Park Bandstand, Saltaire.

    Free! Kids' stuff, DJs and live music. Bring a picnic. 

    For more information, contact Sam or Collette at LoveToBoogie@live.co.uk - facebook Love To Boogie - twitter.com/LuvToBoogie.

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    WACKY SCARECROW WALK

    posted  24th June 2014

    Baildon in Bloom's WACKY SCARECROW WALK will be held on Saturday 13th September 2014.

    The theme this year is either the Tour de France or the World Cup - or just come up with your own idea!

    To enter, fill in an application form and return to: Bag Puss, 35 Westgate, Baildon, BD17 5EH or complete online and return to jan.pollardaj@gmail.com (please do not return to Baildon Town Council). The deadline for applications is Friday 1st August 2014.

    If you'd  like to sponsor a ‘Mini Scarecrow’, fill in your details and enclose a cheque (payable to Baildon in Bloom') for the amount you would like to sponsor.

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    FRIENDS OF BRACKEN HALL - WALKS

    posted  24th June 2014

    The first in the programme of walks organised by the Friends of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre sets off this Friday at 10.30am from the Old Glen Tea Rooms and goes over the moor to Ilkley returning to Baildon by public transport. 

    Wear good shoes or boots suitable for multi terrain walking, bring a drink and snack, waterproof clothing just in case, and money for the bus or train ride back to Baildon. 

    Walks organised by Friends of Bracken Hall are free but donations are welcome. PLease also bring money for a visit to the Old Glen Tearooms. If you're coming by bus, the connection bus from Bradford and Shipley - TLC 658 - gets to Baildon Lucy Hall Drive/Prod Lane terminus in time for the start. The walks are led by John Dallas on Fridays and the meeting point is the Glen House Tea Rooms at 10.30am at the bottom of Shipley Glen at the top of Prod Lane/end of Lucy Hall Drive, Baildon. The walks return to the start point. Any questions call John Dallas on 07980 916844

    Other walks in the programme:

    • July 25: Shipley Glen and Gilstead, returning along the canal and river.
    • August 22: Over and around Baildon Moor, looking for damselflies, dragonflies, frogs and toads.
    • September 19: Autumn route through Shipley Glen, Hirst Wood to Cliffe Castle and return by bus/train.
    • October 17: Denso Marston Nature Reserve and return along the river and canal.
    • November 21: Fair Trade Walk to Burley-in-Wharfedale and return by train.
    • December 19: Around Baildon Moor.
       

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL GRANTS

    posted  18th June 2014

    At its June meeting, Baildon Town Council was pleased to award the following community grants.

    Baildon at Christmas: £1,000 toward the cost of the Baildon at Christmas event.  This popular annual event will be held this year on Sunday 7th December.

    3rd Baildon Rangers: £225 towards the cost of sending one of its members to the Girl Guiding World Centre in India.

    Ferniehurst Dell Improvement Partnership: £500  towards the cost of its ‘Thanks for Heroes’  Armed Forces Day and Yorkshire Armed Forces Sculpture Trail opening event. The event will be held on Saturday 28th June 1.0 – 5.0pm.

    Baildon Town Council is keen to support local community groups. If you think you may be eligible for a grant from the Council (see guidelines and criteria), a grant application form can be downloaded here.

    Deadlines for grant applications this year (2014-2015) are: Friday 19th September and Friday 16th January.
     

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    BEFRIENDING - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    posted  17th June 2014

    Could you spare an hour or two on a weekly or monthly basis?

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BEFRIENDING "WALK AND TALK" AND DRIVING.

    Could you befriend an isolated elderly person in Baildon? There are fifteen elderly people currently on the waiting list for a befriender in Baildon and new volunteers are needed to match with them.

    Or would you be willing to use your car to drive older people to social groups or medical appointments? Additional local volunteers are needed to use their own car to assist elderly people to get about.

    The Befriending and Social Car Schemes are co-ordinated by Shipley-based healthy living project, HALE. Training, support, and expenses are offered, and volunteers are invited to social events.

    For more information about volunteering or to refer someone who is in need of these services click here or contact Lesley Danson on 01274 271088 or 07903 098523.
     
     

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    WALKING WEEK-END 18th - 20th July

    posted  17th June 2014

    The Baildon Walkers are Welcome Group (which is a working group of Baildon Town Council) invites you to come and enjoy the delights of our local countryside in the company of others, with a choice of seven guided walks of varying lengths. For full details click here. All walks are led by experienced walks’ leaders and are free.
     
    Several local volunteers have been busy designing and sewing a square to represent Baildon in a National Walkers are Welcome Quilt. To see the Baildon square before it goes off to be sewn into the national tapestry, drop into Baildon Library anytime over the Walking Weekend.

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    FILM CLUB - JULY 3rd

    posted  17th June 2014

    London 1961, financially struggling author Pamela "P. L." Travers (Emma Thompson) reluctantly agrees to travel to Los Angeles to meet with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks).

    Disney has been seeking to acquire the film rights to her Mary Poppins stories for 20 years on account of his daughters' request to make a film based on the character. Travers, however, has been extremely hesitant toward letting Disney adapt her creation to the screen because he is known primarily as a producer of animated films, which Travers openly disdains.

    Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Travers is disgusted by what she feels is the city’s unreality, as well as by the naïve optimism and intrusive friendliness of its inhabitants.

    Staring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Director:  John Lee Hancock.

    Baildon Buddies Film Club - all welcome - meets on the first Thursday of the month at Baildon Methodist Church. £3 includes refreshments. Lunch available from Wesleys Cafe.

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    BRADFORD COUNCIL INTRODUCES NEW APP

    posted  17th June 2014

    The Bradford Council mobile app (application) can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
    You can use the app on a smartphone or tablet to:

    - get reminders about your bin collections
    - find out what you can recycle
    - get alerts about school closures
    - get alerts for Council job vacancies
    - get directions to leisure centres, libraries, museums or household waste recycling centres in the district
    - find out what’s on in the district
    - find information about sports facilities, prices and timetables
    - find information about key Council services, including recycling, Council tax, benefits and planning
    - find information about local road works
    - reserve or renew library books
    - report problems such as potholes and faulty street lights
    - make payments (via our website)
    - keep up to date with latest developments and feedback on the app.


    For details of how to download the app to Android or I-Phone click here.
     
    Other ways to contact Bradford Council. Click here or telephone 01274 431000 or text 07786 208100, saying which department your message is for in your text. 
     

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    RECYLCING WEEK 16 - 22 June

    posted  11th June 2014

    The theme of Recycling Week this year is 'Recycling at Home and Away'.

    If you'd like to get involved with Recycle Week, you can now find the 2014 guide on the WRAP Resource Library, full of ideas for how different types of organisations can get involved. Supporters' badges, web banners, social media images and posters are also available and free to download from the Resource Library. 

    Bradford MD Council's Recycling Team will be holding a Recycling Road Show on 18th June from 9.30am in the Ian Clough lower car park. Go along and meet the team for lots of  useful information and advice about recycling.

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    CELEBRATION DAY AT NATURE RESERVE

    posted  3rd June 2014

    The Friends of Denso Marston Nature Reserve Otley Road Baildon BD17 7JR invite you to a Celebration Day on Saturday 14th June 1.0pm – 4.0pm. Admission free but donations on site welcome.  

    Family fun day filled with activities including moth trapping,  wildflower and insect walks, art and crafts, face-painting, pond dipping, the Owl Man, cake stall, ukulele music and much more.

    Entrance to the reserve is via the footpath opposite St James’s Church – parking in lay-by near the Church.

    For more information phone Steve Warrillow 07919 525913.

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    SCULPTURE TRAIL OPEN DAY

    posted  3rd June 2014

    The Friends of Ferniehurst Dell invite you to the Grand Opening of the Yorkshire Armed Forces Sculpture Trail.

    Saturday 28th June 2014 1.0pm – 5.0pm at Ferniehurst Dell.

    Tour the trail and meet the sculptors. A family event open to all. Food for sale or bring a picnic, music and bouncy castle.

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB

    posted  27th May 2014

    Thursday 5th June 1.0pm - 3.0pm. Baildon Methodist Church. £3 includes refreshments. All welcome. Lunch available from Wesleys Cafe.

    A world-weary political journalist reluctanlty picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

    A moving story of a mother's loss and the developing relationship between two strong characters.

    Stars  Steve Coogan, Judi Dench, Sophie Kennedy Clark. Director:  Stephen Frears. Writers:  Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. 

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    BAILDON TOWN MEETING THIS THURSDAY

    posted  27th May 2014

    A reminder that the Annual Town Meeting  - the meeting for all residents of Baildon - will be held this Thursday evening at 7.30 at the Ian Clough Hall.

    Light refreshments will be served from 7.0pm by the Baildon Fair Trade Group and the fantastic Ukulele Band  (pictured) will be providing entertainment.

    Along with the presentation by Baildon Town Council of its annual report , we will be celebrating the fantastic range of voluntary and community work which goes on in Baildon, and the excellent service we get from our local businesses – all of which contribute to making Baildon such a lovely place to live. 

    Special guest speaker will be Susan Howson, Bradford’s Senior Tourism Officer, who will talk about how Bradford Council’s Tourism Department can help to promote Baildon as a Visitor Destination and support local shops and businesses.

    We do hope that many of you will be able to come along – and please pass on the invitation to any friends or neighbours who may not otherwise be aware of the meeting. It is an occasion when we can all “be community” together.

    We look forward to meeting up with many of you at the Annual Town Meeting.

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    SUMMER VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES 16+

    posted  12th May 2014

    Want to get some hands- on experience working with regional employers? Join the Police Summer Camp 2014 team and develop your skills, knowledge, experience and have fun at the same time!

    This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from various professions with a common aim of engaging positively with young people from across the Bradford District. You will be given full training for the role on topics such as Safeguarding, Working with Young People and Health & Safety to equip you with what you need.

    Whether you want to join a public service or not, the experience of working on the Police Summer Camp programme will benefit you immensely. You will receive feedback and support during the camp from our Staff Manager and the information, advice and guidance will shape your future. It could be for your UCAS Personal Statement, as work experience for your CV or just because you want to do something that will benefit your community. Whatever the reasons, if you are a team player and you think you have the skills and qualities required to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment, apply now at www.policesummercamp.co.uk

    The deadline for applications is 23rd May 2014 (A check with the disclosure and barring service will be undertaken for all posts). Interviews will take place on 12th & 13th June 2014. Training dates are 14th & 15th July 2014. Police Summer Camp dates: Week 1: 11th-15th August 2014 8am-5pm Week 2: 18th - 22nd August 2014 8am-5pm.
     

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    BAILDON TOWN MEETING

    posted  9th May 2014

    The Baildon Town Meeting, this year, will be held on Thursday 29 May at 7.30pm in the Ian Clough Hall (with light refreshments and musical entertainment from the Ukelele Club from 7.00pm).

    Baildon Town Council will present its annual report and this will be an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic range of voluntary and community work which goes on in Baildon, and the excellent service we get from our local businesses – all of which contribute to making Baildon such a lovely place to live. The agenda for the meeting can be downloaded here.

    Our special guest speaker will be Susan Howson, Bradford’s Senior Tourism Officer, who will talk about how Bradford Council’s Tourism Department can help to promote Baildon as a Visitor Destination and support local shops and businesses.

    We do hope that as many of Baildon residents as possible will come along and please pass on the invitation to any friends or neighbours who may not otherwise be aware of the meeting. It is an occasion when we can all 'be community' together”.

    For further information contact Jean Yule, Town Clerk Tel: 01274 593169 or Cllr Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council Tel: 07766296364.
     

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    COMMUNITY GRANTS

    posted  9th May 2014

    The closing date for applications for the June Town Council meeting is Friday 16th May.

    The Town Council will normally decide on grant applications three times a year - at its meetings in June; October; and February (subject to budgeted funds still being available throughout the year).

    Application should be received by the Town Clerk no later than the three clear weeks prior to the date of the meeting. Application form and guidelines can be downloaded here. Please read the guidleines carefully to make sure your application meets the criteria.

    ​Baildon Town Council is keen to contribute financial support to projects being developed by community organisations for purposes which strengthen the community and enhance the well-being of residents and their environment, within Baildon.  

    Grants may complement other sources of funding and this is encouraged.

    Closing dates for applications 2014 – 2015: Friday 16th May; Friday 19th September; Friday 16th January.

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    BAILDON CARNIVAL - PLANNING UPDATE

    posted  29th April 2014

    Planning for Baildon Carnival is well underway. The event will be held on Saturday 12th July 2.0pm – 4.0pm on Jenny Lane Fields.

    Baildon Carnival welcomes stalls and activities from community organisations and local businesses. There is no charge for a pitch, but donations to Carnival funds are welcome. All donations are reinvested into the local community. Stallholders may sell goods and charge for games if they choose.

    Stallholders are responsible for erecting and removing their own stalls. These can be erected between 10.0am and 1.0pm on the day and must be removed completely from the site between 4.0pm and 6pm. Pitches will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Motor vehicles are
    not allowed on the fields - please park these responsibly and walk onto the site.

    The following products cannot be served or sold: hot food, ice cream, candyfloss and alcohol. Please do not include these in any stall.

    Entry programmes for the event will go on sale in June at venues soon to be confirmed.

    For further information, please contact Joe Ashton on 07989692677 or joe.ashton@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.
     

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    VACANCY FOR FARMERS' MARKET SUPERVISOR

    posted  20th April 2014

    Baildon Town Council seeks to recruit a Market Supervisor for Baildon Farmers’ Market.

    20 hours per month: Rate of pay £168pcm.

    To build on the success of Baildon Farmers’ Market, we are seeking a reliable and conscientious person who is able to: manage Baildon Farmers’ Market on market day (every fourth Saturday morning 7am to close), prepare a monthly report for presentation to the Farmers’ Market Committee which meets quarterly and which has overall responsibility for the market, liaise with all stakeholders (especially stallholders and volunteers), make bookings, handle cash and ensure regulations are met.

    Applicants should have experience of operational management (in any setting) with skills transferable to a Farmers’ Market, and ideally knowledge of how a market operates, excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, strong organisational skills, and competence in a range of computer programmes.

    Application pack can be downloaded here.

    For further information contact Jean Yule, Town Clerk at clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk or on 01274 593169.

    To arrange an informal discussion, please contact Cllr Gill Dixon at gill.dixon@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.

    Closing Date for applications is Friday 16th May 2014.

    INTERVIEWS will be held on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue.
     

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    EASTER WISHES

    posted  17th April 2014


    Baildon Town Council wishes you a very happy Easter!

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    FILM FOR MAY - CALENDAR GIRLS

    posted  15th April 2014

    Helen Mirren and Julie Walters head the all-star cast in this award winning, box office busting, comedy.

    Based on a true story, a Yorkshire Women's Institute group famously produce a fundraising calendar with a difference. The calendar becomes a best seller, raising money for leukaemia research, and plummeting the women into the media spot light. Directed by Nigel Cole. Screenplay by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi.

    Baildon Bosom Buddies film of the month at Baildon Methodist Church: 1st May 1.0-3.0pm - £3 includes refreshments - all welcome. Lunch available in Wesleys café.

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    GET CREATIVE FOR THE TOUR DE FRANCE

    posted  5th April 2014

    Bradford Council wants to support cultural activities during the Yorkshire Festival period and particularly over the weekend of the tour and is inviting applications for funding for cultural activities in support of the Tour de France.

    Organisations can apply for a grant from £500 to a £1,000 from the Council’s small arts grants programme.

    This funding for creative projects coincides with the first ever Yorkshire Festival 2014 launched on 4th April as the official countdown begins for the Tour de France.

    Bradford Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive Member for Culture and Tourism, said: "We feel there is a lot of cultural talent in our district and we want as many people as possible to feel involved in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

    For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer - Baildon and Wharfedale. City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Department of Environment & Sport, Area Co-ordinator's Office Shipley Town Hall BD18 3EJTel: 01274 437146 ● Mob: 07582 100556 ● Fax: 01274 437074

    For more details about the Yorkshire Festival log on to the website or you can follow the Yorkshire Festival on facebook or twitter. 

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    BAILDON PROM TICKETS ON SALE

    posted  4th April 2014

    Tickets are now on sale for the first Baildon Prom to be held on Saturday 5th July from 6.30pm to 10.0pm in the Ian Clough car park, Hall Cliffe, Baildon BD17 6ND.

    Tables and chairs will be provided and there will be a prize for the best dressed table. Bring your own picnic and drinks (plastic glasses only please) and celebrate with an evening of live entertainment.

    Tickets £10 per person can be bought from Adress Fashions, Browgate, Baildon. For more information telephone 01274 427670 or email baildonproms@gmail.com or visit the Baildon Proms website.

    Thanks to Baildon resident Loraine Radcliffe for organising this event.

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    SALTAIRE WORLD HERITAGE WEEK-END APRIL 26th and 27th

    posted  4th April 2014

    Saltaire, West Yorkshire's World Heritage Site, is holding its 4th annual World Heritage Weekend on April 26th and 27th in celebration of International Sites and Monuments Day with a host of activities and exhibitions.

    Greenside Alpacas will be visiting again this time in the grounds of the United Reformed Church. Come and see the animals with the wool that built Saltaire! Lou Sumray will offer a free workshop to draw live Alpacas or to make your own decorated Alpaca.

    The Horse Boating Society will give demonstrations on harnessing the horse (Bilbo) and take a trip along the canal. You can walk alongside on the towpath.

    The Saltaire Archive will be displayed in Shipley College's Salt Building, with four talks over the weekend. Colin Coates will explain the uses of Victoria Hall during the First World War. Jamie Roberts will describe his family’s role as owners of Salts Mill. Maggie Smith will tell of some tumultuous days when the Mill was run by Illingworth Morris. Claire Wellesley-Smith will speak and answer questions about the use of natural plant dyes in her project ‘Fabric of Bradford’.

    There will also be a discussion around the experiences of Polish workers in Salts Mill, songs about Saltaire with Eddie Lawler and poetry from Andrew Mitchell. The Cinema Organ Society will show people the mysterious under stage workings of the Victoria Hall’s Wurlitzer organ and in the Salt Building, Bradford Museums Young Ambassadors are running a textile corsages workshop.

    Shipley Glen Tramway will be staffed by attendants in Victorian dress. And not to be missed, steam punks! Stem Punks is a science fiction take on Victorian fashion and technology which combines Victorian technology, vivid imagination and flamboyant dress sense.

    Full programme of events with dates and times is available from the Saltaire Visitor Information Centre.

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    FERNIEHURST DELL TRIM TRAIL OPEN DAY

    posted  4th April 2014

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to have provided the funding for a Trim Trail at Ferniehurst Dell.

    This is another successful partnership between the Town Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council which owns and manages the land. Cllr Ian Lyons, Chair of the Town Council’s Health and Fitness Committee, was pleased to have project managed the scheme on behalf of the Town Council.

    A Trim Trail is a trail of timber outdoor fitness and training equipment for all ages and all levels of fitness. It’s intended to be used unsupervised, although very young children would need supervision from an adult. There is equipment designed to improve balance and co-ordination, equipment to exercise upper and lower body, and climbing equipment designed to exercise the whole body.

    There will be an Open Day on Wednesday 16th April at 1.0pm, which the Friends of Ferniehurst Dell are helping to organise, with lots of activities for the whole family.

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    BAILDON FRIENDS OF THE EARTH BAILRAIL SURVEY

    posted  3rd April 2014

    Baildon Friends of the Earth is interested in finding out if you and/or your children would be likely to use a bus service (‘Bailrail’) running between Baildon Town Centre and Baildon Station in rush hours, to coincide with all the trains.

    The Bailrail bus would run to and from Belmont Avenue (near Sandal School) through the centre of Baildon, and down to Baildon Station, via Jenny Lane and Kirkfields. The bus would run every half hour, to link up with the trains, between 0730-0930 and 1600-1900.

    You can complete this survey on-line at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BXG93YX or you can download and fill in the questionnaire and return it to John Anderson at dumelama2000@yahoo.co.uk or at 10 Bramham Drive, off Ladderbanks Lane, Baildon, BD17 6SZ . Closing date for completed questionnaires is Saturday 31st May 2014.

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    FRIENDS OF BAILDON MOOR AGM

    posted  3rd April 2014

    Friends of Baildon Moor AGM Monday 7th April 2014 at Baildon Community Link , Cliffe Avenue 7.00 pm for 7.30. Refreshments will be served and the guest speaker is John Dallas (Chair of Friends of Bracken Hall) who will speak on ‘A Year in Shipley Glen’.

    The Friends of Baildon Moor is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the conservation of Baildon Moor, our much loved and popular open common. The challenge the group faces is supporting a multitude of often competing outdoor activities without damaging this precious community space. If you'd like to get involved or just find out more about what the Friends does, go along to the AGM.

    Baildon Town Council was pleased to have supported the work of the Friends with a grant towards the cost of repairing the Scone Lane footpath.

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORTS BAILDON RUFC'S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

    posted  31st March 2014

    Baildon Rugby Union Football Club began its community development work in September last year with the support of the Rugby Football Union’s All Schools programme. Since then, the Baildon Club has built up a close working relationship with Titus Salt School. The Club’s Rugby Development Officer Robbie Hill (pictured) delivers curriculum rugby sessions throughout year seven which have successfully engaged boys and girls. Robbie also delivers increasingly successful Saturday morning sessions for girls.

    The Rugby Club has extended its development programme into primary schools with five local primary schools now employing Baildon Rugby Club to deliver tag rugby. Tag rugby is a non-contact version of the game whereby the use of  either a tag belt or tag shorts replicates a tackle. Teams are normally seven-a-side with a preferred gender mix of at least three boys and girls playing at one time (teams can choose the gender of the seventh player).

    Baildon Town Council was pleased to support the further extension of the Rugby Club’s community development programme by providing finance for the Club’s Tag Rugby Cluster Festivals at which 500 children from Baildon primary schools’ year three to year six will have the opportunity to receive tag rugby coaching and to put their skills into practice in an afternoon of tag rugby games.

    Baildon Rugby Club is delighted with the success of its community development programme. Since September, 140 girls and 140 boys at Titus Salt School have had the opportunity to experience rugby, with 18 girls attending after school rugby sessions. The Club also estimates that somewhere in the region of 700 primary school children in the local area have had the opportunity for rugby delivery from Baildon Rugby Club.  Close to 1,000 local children having worked with Baildon Rugby Club is an achievement for the Club to be proud of.

     

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    TABLE TENNIS TASTERS

    posted  31st March 2014

    If you would like to have a go at table tennis, drop in to Wesleys (between Westgate and Newton Way) between 2.0 and 4.0 pm on Tuesday afternoons.

    Baildon Town Council gave a grant to cover 50% of  the purchase cost of two brand new table tennis tables for community use.

    Whatever your previous experience, all are welcome.

     

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    MOTHERS' DAY

    posted  31st March 2014


    Baildon Town Council wishes you all the best on Mothers' Day.

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    BE SAFE AT HOME - POLICE ADVICE

    posted  31st March 2014

    BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU ARE AT HOME AND AN UNEXPECTED CALLER KNOCKS AT YOUR DOOR.
     
    Before you open the door check to see who it is by looking through your front window or by using a door viewer if you have one.
    Only open the door when you have put the chain on.
    Get a good look at their clothing. Some official callers will have a uniform bearing their Company or Organisation logo.
    Utility services may operate a password system, contact your local branch to find out more.
    Suggest that the caller should come back later, you can then check their story by telephoning the Organisation or Company they claim to represent
     
    Check any phone number they give you in your own telephone directory. Do not rely on the number on their card - it may be the number of their partner in crime.
    Always keep your doors locked, even when you are in the property.
    Let the Police (dial 101) and your neighbours know if you have had a suspicious caller at the door.
    Locks and chains are only a deterrent if they are used!
    Emergency situations can arise. Do not leave the door chain on all the time as this may cause a delay. Only put the chain on before answering
    the door.
    Remember if in doubt . . . KEEP THEM OUT!

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET TOMORROW

    posted  21st March 2014

    Two great new stalls at the Town Council's popular Farmers' Market tomorrow - all things rhubarb and fantastic hand made chocolates - along with all our regulars.

    Ian Clough car park 9.0am - 1.0pm.

    For more information about the Market view our Farmers' Market website.

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    SAFER COMMUNITIES FUND

    posted 15th March 2014

    Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, has launched a Safer Communities Fund to help make communities safer and feel safer. The fund will provide grants to voluntary and community groups, charities and partners.
     
    Grants will be awarded in line with the priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan. To find out more about the plan, its priorities and how they were decided please click here.
     
    The Safer Communities Fund is financed from monies recovered by West Yorkshire Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 lets the Police confiscate or recover the proceeds of crime from a criminal. Find out more about the Proceeds of Crime Act here.
     
    Bids for money under the Safer Communities Fund can be made on-line or can be downloaded from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.
     
    For further information, please contact: mailto:safercommunitiesfund@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or tel: 01924 294090 (please leave a message and a member of the team will get back to you).
     

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    BAILDON IN BLOOM

    posted 15th March 2014

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to support Baildon in Bloom. Many thanks to the Baildon in Bloom volunteers for the lovely spring displays which we're all enjoying.

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    BAILDON FILM CLUB - FILM FOR APRIL

    posted 15th March 2014

    A comedy starring Rowan Atkinson as a vicar who is oblivious to the chaos within his household. Enter Maggie Smith, a sweet grey haired older lady with her unique way of house-keeping and solving the family problems. Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Patrick Swayze. Producers:  Julie Palau and Matthew Payne. Director: Niall Johnson. Writers Richard Russo and Niall Johnson.

    Baildon Buddies Film Club is open to all and Baildon Town Council has recently funded window blinds which are soon to be fitted and which will solve the problems experienced previously with visibility.

    Baildon Methodist Church Thursday 3rd April 1.0-3.0pm £3. Make a day of it with lunch from the Wesleys café.

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    SIX WEEK CRAFT COURSE

    posted 15th March 2014

    Six week craft course at Baildon Community Link. Starts first week of April, Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm or Wednesdays 10.0am-12noon. Cost £30.

    Learn a new technique each week and make a craft product to take home: week 1 silk painting (card); week 2 finger / arm knitting (scarf); week 3 glass painting (decorated jar); week 4 quilling (jewellery); week 5 applique (needle holder); week 6 proddy (broach).

    To reserve a place call Baildon Community Link on 01274 588681 or ask at reception.

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    MAKING BAILDON BETTER FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

    posted 15th March 2014

    As our population becomes older, more people across the district will be living with dementia. What can we all do to make Baildon Dementia Friendly?

    Do you live, work, run a business in or regularly visit Baildon? You are welcome to come to this free event to find out what’s happening locally, and how you can join in.

    Baildon Community Link, Cliffe Avenue, Tuesday 1st April 2.0-4.0pm, afternoon tea, discussion workshop, dementia friendly workshop, information stalls, a chance to sing together. To reserve a place call Baildon community Link on 01274 588681.

    For more information contact Paula Truman (Ward Officer Bradford MDC) 01274 437146; Lucy Maddison (Manager, Baildon Community Link) 01274 588681, Cathy Henwood (Dementia Friendly Communities Co-ordinator) 01274 586008.
     

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    WELCOME TO A NEW COUNCILLOR

    posted 14th March 2014

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to welcome a new member - Gary Pennington.

    Gary and his family have lived in Baildon since 2005 and Gary is looking forward to being an active member of the Council. 

    He works for a US corporation and provides technical leadership to a globally distributed team of software engineers, developing new software products.
     
    In his spare time he likes to keep busy and active. His main hobbies are cycling, running (with Saltaire Striders) and playing the guitar.

    Gary's main interests are health, community, environment and regeneration and he's keen to work with groups who are trying to improve these aspects of Baildon. Also, in this year when the Tour de France is paying a historic visit to Yorkshire, he’d like to work with groups interested in figuring out how Baildon can benefit from this opportunity.
     

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    HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING INFORMATION SURGERY

    posted 14th March 2014

    The Heritage Lottery Fund aims to celebrate our heritage and make a lasting difference for heritage and people.

    Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage.

    Museums, parks, historic places, archaeology, natural environment, cultural traditions - the Heritage Lottery invests in every part of our diverse heritage.

    The Information Surgery will be held on Thursday 20th March 2.0 – 4.0pm Queen’s Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale LS29 7BT.

    For more information or to reserve a place contact Shaun O’Hare at Keighley and Ilkley Voluntary and Community Action on 01274 781222 or email shaun@kivca.org.uk

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    PLANNING BAILDON CARNIVAL 2014

    posted 7th March 2014

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to endorse the establishment of a small organising committee, which will work to re-launch Baildon Carnival on the traditional date of Saturday 12th July: full details for the event will follow on the Town Council's website, Facebook page and e-newsletters.

    There are several opportunities to help with the Carnival, including:- holding a stall with games, information or a sale; volunteering as a steward; taking out an advert in the programme; buying a programme and visiting on the day!

    There will be an informal meeting for anyone interested in getting involved on Thursday 13th March at 7pm in the Halfway House, Otley Road. For more details please contact Cllr Joe Ashton on 07989692677 or joe.ashton@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk. 

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    PLAY PARK PARTNERSHIP

    posted 7th March 2014

    Once again, Baildon Town Council and Bradford District Council have worked together to improve play provision in Baildon.

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to have been able to fund a further piece of play equipment on the Bradford Council owned Rosemont Lane/Dewhirst Road play park by providing a new framed slide.

    The slide is already proving to be a favourite with local children and is being well used, especially by children on their way to and from school.

    The play park was upgraded last year by the Town Council’s funding of a cradle and a flat base swing.

    For further information contact Cllr Kathy Andrews on 079433 61695 or kathy.andrews@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk
     

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    MIDDLE BAILDON AND FERNIEHURST NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM

    posted 7th March 2014

    Thursday 13 March 2014, 7.30pm to 9.00pm at Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, BD17 6NX.
     
    All Welcome.

    On the Agenda:
    - Healthwatch: An independent organisation that gives people a stronger voice to influence local health and social care services. They will give an update on their recent work and ways to get involved.
    - Trading Standards: A Trading Standards Officer will advise on how you can protect yourself from fraud and scams.
    - Meet your Neighbourhood Policing Team: Find out about local crime and community safety issues; have your say about priorities for action and what needs to be done.
    - Shipley Play Team: A member of the Play Team will update on the work of the play team in Baildon.
     - Dementia Friendly Baildon: Find out what is planned to make Baildon more friendly and welcoming for those living with dementia.
    Baildon Town Council: An update on the work of the Town Council.
    - Updates from other local groups and organisations.
    - Open Forum: Your chance to raise any other ideas, concerns and issues.

    For further information, contact Shipley Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 437146
     
     

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    MAKE BANANAS FAIR

    posted 7th March 2014


    Sign the petition for fair pricing of bananas at Baildon Fairtrade Group stall, Baildon Co-op, Northgate, on Friday March 7 and Saturday March 8.

    If you're not already a member of Baildon Fair Trade and would like to join or would like more information about the group, contact Baildon Fairtrade Town Convneors, on 01274 582384 or email baildon.fairtrade@yahoo.co.uk.          
     

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    GRANTS AWARDED IN FEBRUARY

    posted 22nd February 2014

    At its February meeting, Baildon Town Council awarded the following grants:

    Baildon Community Link was awarded a grant of £426 towards the cost of guitars for its Monday evening youth club. Much of the work of the youth club revolves around learning new skills which are practical and fun. Between seventeen to eighteen ten to twelve year olds currently attend the youth club and the guitars will be used to encourage team work, increase self-esteem and develop social as well as musical skills. The youth worker will encourage the youngsters to pass on their skills and to take part in local events, once they are proficient.
     
    Love to Boogie was awarded £500 towards its family eco-arts event to be held in Roberts Park this summer. Love to Boogie is a relatively new group which put on a highly successful event last summer which included live music and bicycle powered amplifiers. The grant will enable the group to offer more activities this year. Councillors were impressed with the initiative shown by the two young mums who set up the group.
     
    Baildon Methodist Church applied for a grant towards the cost of window blinds on behalf of the Baildon Buddies Film Club and was awarded a grant of £940. Baildon Buddies is a social gathering of older isolated Baildon residents which meets weekly. The Film Club meets on the first Thursday in the month and is open to all. It’s anticipated that the projection equipment will be used by more local groups once the blinds have been fitted and the current problems with visibility resolved.
     
    Baildon Rugby Union Football Club was awarded £876 towards the cost of holding a four day rugby festival for Baildon’s school children. All schools in the Baildon area will be invited to bring children from years four, five and six and up to 180 children will take part on each of the four days. This event is being organised by the Baildon Rugby Development worker, Robbie Hill, who is keen to increase the participation of girls in rugby and boys between the ages of seven to eleven.

    The Town Council normally decides on grant applications three times a year at its June, October and February meetings and applications must be received by the Town Clerk no later than three weeks prior to the meeting at which the application is to be considered.
     

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    COMPUTING FOR BEGINNERS

    posted 22nd February 2014

    From computer basics to the internet - improve your confidence and knowledge with a computing course at  Baildon Community Link.

    A four week course on Mondays from 3rd March 10.0am - 12.0pm. Total cost £12.

    Call 01274 588681 or  drop in and ask at reception to book a place.

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL RESPONDS TO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

    posted 21st February 2014

    Baildon Town Council submitted the following representation to Bradford Council's consultation on the Local Plan.

    The Local Plan for Bradford is unsound in that it requires further house building and commercial development within Baildon  without the necessary infrastructure and transport improvements being guaranteed.

    Baildon should be considered as a special case in that it only has one local and suitable bridging point which is used by traffic travelling from the east towards Bradford, via Otley Road or Baildon Road, in addition to the movement of its own substantial population. This situation leads to extreme congestion at peak times with the accompanying detrimental effects on the environment and quality of life. When there are accidents or blockages to the roads or part thereof, or to the river crossings at Bingley or Apperley Bridge, the chaos is multiplied several fold. Furthermore, flow through this one bridging point has a serious effect on the amount of congestion around Fox Corner, Shipley.

    To suggest a further 450 houses should be built in Baildon and that there be future economic development in Lower Baildon, as part of the wider City of Bradford, in addition to those already in the pipeline will make traffic congestion in this area critical. This will reduce the attraction of the area to the businesses that the Plan envisages coming to Lower Baildon as these will require speedy traffic routes to the motorways and trunk roads. In addition, it will make the environment more stressful and unhealthy for commuters, cyclists and pedestrians.

    For the plan to be sound in the Baildon area, improvements to the road system need to be in place before any building under the plan. It is, therefore, essential that Bradford Council seeks funding for the Shipley Eastern Link Road with increased vigour and that the road is constructed before any further housing or economic development is allowed to the east of the River Aire. This will not only relieve congestion in this area but also give some shape to the future of the businesses on Dockfield Road, which are currently in limbo due to their being in the line of the proposed link road route.

    The Town Council's representation will be taken into consideration once the consultation period has ended and a copy will be submitted to the Planning Inspector alongside the Submission version of the Core Strategy as part of the Examination which it is anticipated will take place later this year.

    All representations will be made available by Bradford Council in due course. For further information on the development of the Core Strategy or any other aspect of the Local Plan for the Bradford District, visit the Local Plan website: www.bradford.gov.uk/ldf or telephone a member of the Local Plan Group on (01274) 433679.

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    BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET REACHED FINAL OF PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

    posted 21st February 2014

    Baildon Town Council's Farmers' Market has reached the finals of the prestigious FARMA 'Farmers' Market of the Year' awards. The popular market, which takes place this Saturday, has beaten off stiff competition from across the UK to make it to the final six.

    The market was assessed on many strict criteria, the judging process was rigorous and included a secret visit to the market from a mystery shopper.

    Rita Exner, Secretary of FARMA and a member of the judging panel, said today: "Becoming a FARMA Awards finalist’s a great achievement for all involved in the Baildon Farmers' Market - organisers and stallholders - particularly as it is a relatively new market. It is good sized market that fits well in its location and it is well-supported by customers who are now able to buy from local farmers and artisan producers."

    The result will be announced at an awards dinner in Warwickshire on Tuesday 25th February. Four representatives from Baildon Farmers’ market will attend on behalf of the group.

    The market has established itself as a key fixture in Baildon’s calendar and has recently celebrated its first birthday. It's run by Baildon Town Council through a group of volunteers which includes members of Baildon Belles Women’s Institute, town councillors and representatives from businesses and farming.

    Gill Dixon, Baildon Town Councillor and market volunteer said: "I believe people come to Baildon Farmers' Market because they can be sure of the origin and quality of the food they buy. Shoppers can chat to the people who have produced the food, and be confident that they are buying the best - often at prices below those in the supermarkets as there are no go between wholesalers - by shopping local. On top of that, it is a great community event where you are certain to bump into friends and neighbours, and everyone has a great time as well as doing the shopping! "
     
    The market takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month between 9am and 1pm in the Ian Clough Hall car park in the centre of Baildon. Produce on sale includes organic fruit and veg, artisan bread, rare-breed meat, Yorkshire cheese and eggs, award-winning honey and preserves, fish from Whitby, locally-shot game and prize-winning pies. There's fun for children and musical entertainment, and printed shopping bags are on sale.

    A brand new website designed by market volunteer Sara Mogford of Assembly Marketing has recently been launched. The website gives dates of all markets, news and photos as well as downloadable forms for anyone wishing to apply for a stall. You can find it at www.baildonfarmersmarket.org. You can also follow the market on Facebook and Twitter.

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    WINTER WARMTH

    posted 16th February 2014

    Do you know someone who could benefit from the following help: face to face fuel debt advice appointments; practical support such as providing clothing, bedding and food; home energy efficiency check; home fire safety check?

    This winter help is available through the First Contact Winter Warmth project.

    This is part of a programme of initiatives provided though the Warm Home Healthy People Partnership which aims to help families and individuals across the district who are affected by fuel poverty, struggling to heat their homes due to rising fuel costs, or inefficient heating in their homes.

    First Contact Winter Warmth is available for households in Bradford and Airedale. To apply or for more information visit Carers' Resource First Contact or telephone 01274 449660. People can refer themselves but if you work with someone who you think would benefit from the service you can make a referral on their behalf with their consent.

    The services provided through First Contact Winter Warmth are free, but eligibility criteria apply.

    The scheme finishes on 31 March, so apply soon. 

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    BAILDON CHESS CLUB SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

    posted 16th February 2014

    Baildon Chess Club got off to a good start last year and with funding from the Town Council was able to buy up to the minute timing equipment.

    The Club can now increase its membership.

    So, if you’ve always wanted to play but never got round to it, or if you used to play but haven’t played for some time and would like to start again, why not join the Baildon Chess Club.

    It meets every Wednesday evening 7.0 – 9.pm at Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue BD17 6NX and it’s only £2 a session including refreshments. For further information tel. 01274 588681.

    All welcome.
     

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    BAILDON CARES

    posted 8th February 2014

    Do you live in Baildon? Are you aged over 50?

    Then why not pop on board the HALE Mobile Outreach Bus to take advantage of free: warm refreshments; health checks; nutrition advice; chat about local groups, activities and services and how you can access them; get help to attend activities; general health advice and information. And find out how to become part of your local ‘we care’ neighbourly help scheme.

    Hop on board the Bus on: 

    - Wednesday 12th February 9.30 - 11.30am Heygate Close (near Rugby Club car park); 

    - Friday 14th February 1 - 3pm Ivy Bank Court.

    For more information call Shanisha on 07946 154244
     

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    NOTICE OF CO-OPTION

    posted 8th February 2014

    WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A TOWN COUNCILLOR AND HELP TO MAKE BAILDON AN EVEN BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

    There is currently a vacancy on Baildon Town Council which the Council can now fill by co-option. This is a process whereby the Council considers applications from interested persons and can then select someone to fill the vacancy.
     
    If you are interested in becoming a town councillor, please write to the Town Council including a brief resume of no more than 500 words which indicates: why you would like to become a councillor and how your knowledge and / or experience would help you in your work as a town councillor. 

    If you need information about qualification for being a Baildon Town Councillor or information about the role of a councillor, please contact the Clerk to the Council on tel. 01274 593169 or email: clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.
     
    The deadline for written applications is Friday 28th February.

    Applicants will be expected to give a brief three minute presentation to the Town Council meeting on Monday 10th March (meeting starts at 7.30pm).
     

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    BASIC PLUMBING AND REPAIRS COURSE

    posted 8th February 2014

    Back by popular demand - this one day course is for beginners who have had no previous practical experience of working within the building industry but who have a desire to explore options and consider a new career or who want to be able to carry out basic home DIY.

    To be held at Baildon Community Link on Saturday 1st March 9.30am - 4.0pm. Cost £30 including lunch. To book a place, call in at Baildon Community Link or telephone (01274 588681) or email (baildon.link@btinternet.com). 
     

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    TAKE A CAKE BREAK

    posted 7th February 2014

    An invitation to visit HALE's new offices.

    Call in for a cuppa, little sarnie and cake on Friday 14th February between 12.30 - 2.0pm at the new HALE offices 1 Westgate Shipley BD18 3QX (above the bank) Tel. 01274 271088.

    HALE is the award winning charity Healthy Action Local Engagement based in Shipley. You can read more about it on its website by clickking here.

    Baildon Town Council has commissed HALE to provide activities for young people in Baildon on the HALE mobile outreach bus and social activities for isolated older people through the Baildon Buddies project.

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    TEA AND TOAST

    posted 6th February 2014

    Are you aged 13 – 19?

    Would you like to meet new people? Do you like art, crafts, games and chatting?

    Then come along on Thursday afternoons between 3.0- 6.0pm to the youth sessionS at Baildon Methodist Church for tea and toast and much more.

    For more information, contact Debra Peters on tel. 01274 437197 or email debra.peters@bradford.gov.uk.

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    MY MEMORIES AND ME

    posted 6th February 2014

    If you look after someone with short-term memory loss, or early dementia, and if you would both like to come to a friendly group to enjoy socialising and sharing your memories of how things used to be – then the Carers’ Resource is hosting six afternoons for fun and friendship which might be what you are looking for.
     
    The group will meet on Monday 10th, 17th, and 24th February and Monday 3rd, 10th, 17th  March, 2014 from 1.00pm - 3.00pm at the Cellar Project, Farfield Road, Shipley, BD18 4QP - refreshments will be provided.
     
    The final event will be an Afternoon Tea at The Interlude Café, Shipley.
     
    All sessions are free but places are limited.
     
    If you would like to join the group, please contact Carolyne Coyle to confirm your places on 01274 449660 or ccoyle@carersresource.org.
     

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    CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO ASSISTED TRAVEL 

    posted 6th February 2014

    There will be a PUBLIC MEETING on Wednesday 12th February, 18.30 - 20.30, Kirkgate Centre, 39A Kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EH.

    Come and hear about the changes to the discretionary arrangements that Bradford Council is proposing. And have your say.

    There will be a short presentation and then Council Officers will be in attendance to answer your questions.

    Your views are being sought on proposed changes to the discretionary provision within the Council’s Travel Assistance policy. Any changes made to the travel policy as a result of this consultation will be implemented no earlier than October 2014.

    Those children already in receipt of travel assistance will continue to receive that assistance unless their circumstances change.

    For more information about this consultation contact Paul Hart on 01274 385988 or email paul.hart@bradford.gov.uk or see http://www.bradford.gov.uk/neighbourhoods.
     

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL ACTS TO SAVE LAND

    posted 28th January 2014

    Baildon Town Council has recently acted as a go-between for the Hoyle Court Kirklands Residents’ Association (HCKRA) with Bradford Council to secure the long-term future of an important community green space.
     
    Over the last two years Cllr Ian Lyons and Cllr Barney Lerner have worked as a team, on behalf of the Town Council, to finalise a plan which has resulted in a 25 year lease for the HCKRA Trust at a peppercorn rent.
     
    The green space is very popular and recent events have included Royal Wedding street parties, barbeques, and a Christmas carol singing evening (pictured).
     
    The agreement, signed over the Christmas holiday, means residents will now be able to enjoy their green space, without the threat of development, for decades to come. 

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    CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES

    posted 27th January 2014

    Changes to four of the bus services which cover parts of Baildon will come into effect at the end of January: 

    new Service 650 introduced; revision to Service 649; revision to service 653; withdrawal of Service 963.

    You can find the full details here.

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    BAILDON TO GET ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINT

    posted 21st January 2014


    Baildon Town Council has agreed to make a significant contribution towards the cost of installing an electric vehicle charging point in the Ian Clough car park at Baildon.

    Town councillors are aware that not many people have electric vehicles at the moment, but this is often because there are few public places where they can be charged.

    The new facility will help residents and visitors to re-charge their vehicles near Ian Clough Hall whilst they enjoying Baildon’s many excellent shops and cafes or whilst they walk in the lovely countryside around Baildon. As the charger will be free to use for at least two years, it should be attractive to motorists.

    Baildon is a welcoming and forward-thinking place and part of its Town Council’s vision for a greener Baildon is the anticipated increase in electric vehicles in future years.

     

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     GRANT APPLICATIONS

    posted 18th January 2014


    The final date for grant applications from local community voluntary groups to be considered by Baildon Town Council's February meeting is this Friday 24th January.

    Grant application forms, information and guidance notes are available HERE on this website or from the Town Clerk at clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.
     

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     A FILM SCREENING NOT TO MISS

    posted 17th January 2014


    Baildon Friends of the Earth presents this multi award winning film 'There Once Was an Island'.

    The impact of climate change forces some Pacific islanders to consider leaving their homeland and culture forever.
     
    FREE public showing of DVD followed by discussion.

    At Baildon Methodist Church on Monday 3rd March at 7.30pm. 
     
    For further information contact:01274 590525 or John Anderson at dumelama2000@yahoo.co.uk

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    NO RISE IN THE BAILDON PRECEPT 2014 - 2015

    posted 17th January 2014


    Residents of Baildon will not be asked to pay any increase in the amount collected in Council Tax for the projects and work of Baildon Town Council in 2014-15.

    At its meeting on Monday, Baildon Town Council voted not to raise the amount of its precept for the year ahead (the local precept is the amount collected by Bradford Council as part of the overall Council Tax Bill where there is a town or parish council, as is the case in Baildon).

    The Town Council’s decision means that the amount charged locally for a Band D household in Baildon in 2014-15 will remain set at the same level as last year - at £15.32.

    Chair of Baildon Town Council, Chris Flecknoe, said: “We are mindful that many residents are having to tighten their purse-strings this year and we are very glad that careful budgeting has enabled us to keep the precept at the same level next year. Wherever possible, we work in partnership with other organisations and the multitude of volunteers who contribute to the quality of life in Baildon, and we apply for external grants where these are available.”
     “Keeping the precept at the same level next year, does not mean any reduction in the activities of Baildon Town Council which is committed to providing good value for money whilst addressing local needs within Baildon. One of the main functions of a Town Council is to develop and support projects for the benefit of the community and environment where we live.”

    “Many residents have told us how much they have appreciated the festive lights in Baildon this year, and we intend to continue to invest in improving the lights, particularly at lower Baildon and Charlestown. The creation of a new Baildon Town Council website www.baildontowncouncil.gov.uk  is a project which has been completed this year and which provides a very useful resource of local information and news; and the very popular Baildon Farmers’ Market now makes sufficient money to support itself without a subsidy from the Town Council.”
     
    Significant projects which Baildon Town Council intends to support in the coming year include: Baildon-in Bloom; youth work; activities for older vulnerable people; sport and play improvements for all ages; establishment of a network of active citizens to strengthen the community in Baildon; and the continuing negotiations to try to save a base for environmental activities at Bracken Hall. In addition, there will still be the opportunity for local voluntary organisations to apply to the Town Council for grants for equipment or new activities throughout the year.
     

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    BAILDON BUDDIES FILM CLUB

    posted 17th January 2014


    Showing on 6th February 1.0pm - 3.0pm at Baildon Methodist Church. £3 including refreshments. Lunch available in the cafe.

    Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple whose marriage has declined until they are now sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way. Finally, Kay has had enough and finds a book by Dr. Feld which inspires her to sign them up for the Doctor’s intense week long marriage counseling session. Although Arnold sees nothing wrong with their 30 year long marriage, he reluctantly agrees to go on the expensive excursion. What follows is an insightful experience as Dr. Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion. Even with the Doctor’s advice, Kay and Arnold find that renewing their marriage’s fire is a daunting challenge for them both.

    Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell. Written by Vanessa Taylor. Directed by David Frankel.

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    THE BIG WINTER LUNCH

    posted 15th January 2014


    Free 2 Course lunches for community groups, vulnerable adults & carers especially welcome! with stalls for visiting health care professionals.
     
    January 20th. February 17th. March 17th @12.30pm at Forsters Bistro & Deli 9 Aldermanbury, Bradford, BD1 1SD.
     
    Contact Harry@innchurches to make a booking and visit the innchurches website and the Warm Homes in Bradford website for information about the sponsors.

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    TOAST AND HOT CHOCOLATE

    posted 15th January 2014

    Are you aged 10 – 12?

    Come along on Monday evenings 5.30 – 7.0pm to the open access drop in session at Baildon Community Link for hot chocolate, toast and games.
     
    Open access means that children aged 10 – 12 years can attend the session free of charge, without pre-booking, and can then come and go as they choose.
     
    For further details ring the Link on 01274 588681.
     

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL URGES BRADFORD NOT TO CLOSE PUBLIC TOILETS

    posted 15th January 2014

    Baildon Town Council has written formally to the Leader of Bradford Council expressing the Town Council’s concern about the news that Bradford Metropolitan District Council is considering the closure of the public toilets in Baildon.

    The Town Council regards the public toilets as part of the infrastructure which supports the valuable contribution of local initiatives to community life in Baildon and to the local economy, and has strongly urged Bradford District Council to consider that the closure of the public toilets will have a negative impact on community and economic initiatives which seek to build Baildon’s resources and its lively centre.  

    The Town Council is supporting and developing the vibrant local community and the local economy in various ways: its steering group recently secured Walkers are Welcome status for Baildon - the aim of which is to boost walking in this beautiful area, partly for the health and exercise benefits but also to bring visitors into Baildon and to support local businesses; its successful and popular Farmers’ Market brings many people into the town centre; it funded additional Christmas lights this year and organised a switch-on event which also attracted many people to the town centre.

    Other events throughout the year also increase the number of visitors to the town centre thus increasing the need for access to public toilets. For local residents, the toilets are used on the increasing number of days when there are locally organised events.

    The Town Council believes that well-resourced high quality public toilets are essential to the further success and development of Baildon Town Council initiatives and also that strong local resources in Baildon will contribute to the regeneration of Bradford district.
     

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL HELPS TO MAINTAIN FOOTPATHS

    posted 15th January 2014

    One of the many benefits of living in this lovely part of the country is the easy access to the countryside through the network of public footpaths. However, maintaining public footpaths, which is the responsibility of the City of Bradford Metropolitan Council, is a very costly and time consuming endeavour given the tremendous mileage of paths in the area. To assist Bradford with this task in Baildon, the Town Council has provided funding for those Baildon paths identified as needing urgent attention.
     
    One such path, repaired early in 2013, was the one from West Lane to Belmont Rise. A section near to the top was constantly covered in deep mud throughout the year – summer and winter. This problem was resolved by resurfacing the path with road planings.
     
    This popular path continues from Belmont Rise/Alder Carr to the access road to Hope Farm and the bridleway onto the moor top. A section of this is equally muddy and is earmarked for repair with a contribution of £2,000 from Baildon Town Council. This funding will also contribute towards the replacement of the stile at the top of the path – it’s an odd stile to suit an awkward situation and feels a little insecure to cross. The woodwork is showing signs of rot and needs replacement before it becomes unsafe. This path is part of a very direct off-road route from Baildon Green to the top of Baildon Hill and is a very attractive option for walkers. 
     
    Already earmarked for Town Council funding in the next financial year is the Ladderbanks bridleway, giving access from upper Baildon to Tong Park and beyond. Sections of this path are eroded into a V-shaped section, making it difficult to walk on.
     
    Click here for the Environmental Warden’s fuller report on footpaths.
     

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    BASIC PLUMBING AND REPAIRS COURSE

    posted 8th January 2014

    This one day course is for beginners who have had no previous practical experience of working within the building industry but who have a desire to explore options and consider a new career or who want to be able to carry out basic home DIY.

    To be held at Baildon Community Link on 18th January 9.30am - 4.0pm. Cost £30. To book a place, call in at Baildon Community Link or  telephone (01274 593169) or email (baildon.link@btinternet.com).
     

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    NOTICE OF VACANCY BAILDON SOUTH WEST WARD

    6th January 2014

    Due to the resignation of Cllr Alan Martin, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council.
     
    If by 16 January, 2014 a request for an election to fill the the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN Baildon electors, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
     
    If an election is called, it will take place no later than 20 March, 2014.

    Antony R Reeves, Returning Officer, Electoral Services Unit, City Hall, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1HY.

    Click here to view the formal Notice of Vacancy.

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    SHIPLEY COMMUNITY HEROES AWARDS 2013 - 2014

    6th January 2014

    Closing date extended to 31st January 2014.

    Do you know someone who lives within the Shipley Constituency who is an ‘unsung hero’ for the voluntary work they do within the local community? Or do you know of a small group of people who have worked together to make a real difference in your community?

    If so, please nominate them for a SHIPLEY AREA COMMUNITY HEROES AWARD!

    The Shipley Area Community Heroes Awards are funded by Shipley Area Committee and are designed to: acknowledge and thank local residents who have made a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for other people within the Shipley Constituency; celebrate and publicise the achievements of local people; encourage more people to help others within their communities.

    The award scheme is open to all residents/small groups within the Shipley Constituency (Wharfedale, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Baildon, Shipley, and Windhill and Wrose Wards). The nominators must also live within the Constituency.
    All the nominees who meet the criteria will receive a certificate from the Shipley Area Committee and be invited to an award ceremony in March 2014.
    From those nominated, four outstanding achievement awards will be chosen (one from each category). The four categories are: established small group of volunteers (has been operating for over 3 years) of any age up to a maximum of six named group-members; new small group of volunteers (has been operating for less than 3 years) of any age up to a maximum of six named group-members; individual adult (age 22 or over); individual young person (age 21 or under).

    The outstanding achievement award selection will be undertaken by the Grants Advisory Group (a sub-group of the Area Committee comprised of five local District Councillors).

    Nominations for individuals or groups who have been previously nominated but did not win an outstanding achievement award are welcomed.
    The four winners of the outstanding achievement awards will, in addition to receiving a certificate to commemorate their success, be awarded £200 for them to donate to a constituted voluntary or charitable organisation of their choice within the Shipley Area, to be used for purposes of community benefit.
    The criteria and a nomination form are attached to this email.

    For further information and application form contact the Admin team at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office Shipley Town Hall, Kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EJ, Tel. 01274 437146 Fax. 01274 437074 or e-mail at shipleyareaneighbourhoodforums@bradford.gov.uk
     

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    2014

    1st January 2014

    Baildon Town Council wishes you a very happy New Year!

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    THE SALTAIRE WORLD HERITAGE SITE MANAGEMENT PLAN

    3rd January 2014

    The Saltaire World Heritage Site Management Plan will be discussed on Thursday 23 January 2014 at the next meeting of Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Regeneration & Economy Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
     
    The meeting will be held in public and the Chair of the Committee, Cllr Andrew Mallinson, would like to invite any interested parties to attend the meeting.

    The meeting will take place in Shipley Library and will start at 5:30pm.       
     
    The report will be available to view on Bradford Council’s website five days prior to the meeting.

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    SAVE A LIFE AND GIVE BLOOD

    30th December 2014

    There will be a blood donor session on Thursday 9th January 14:00-16:00 & 17:00-19:30 in the Ian Clough Hall, Hall Cliffe, Baildon BD17 6ND

    Please call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment.

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    HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

    23rd December 2013

    Baildon Town Council wishes you a very happy Christmas.

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    BOXING DAY WALK

    23rd Decembr 2013

    Walk off the Christmas pudding on Boxing Day with the Friends of Bracken Hall.

    Meet at the Old Glen Tearoom at 11.0 for a two hour (approximate) three mile walk up and down Shipley Glen looking for signs of spring.

    Bring food and drink for the walk and pennies for tea and buns at the tearoom.

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    TAKE PART IN THE ART

    23rd Decembr 2013

    Local sculptors have recently been chosen to produce exhibits for the Yorkshire Armed Forces Sculpture Trail, due to open in the Ferniehurst Dell next summer. The Baildon Dell will be transformed with at least a dozen sculptures along its pathway, and you have the chance to meet and work with the artists.  

    All you have to do is register for a community art workshop at Titus Salt School:

    - Saturday 8th February 2014: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm with Martin Bond and Edward Mortimer

    - Saturday 15th February 2014: 11.00 am – 2.30 pm with Andrew Frost.

    To book your place email Heather Graham (Creative and Community Projects Manager at Titus Salt School) ghm@titussaltschool.co.uk.

    The aim of this project is to recognise the sacrifice service personnel make, and the issues they face whilst serving our country, and when they return to civilian life. So, what better way than to roll up your sleeves, learn something new, and get creative. 
     

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    'ABILITY COUNTS' FOOTBALL AT SALTS - posted 23rd December 2013

    Do you have a disability? Are you 16 or over? Would you like to try something new, learn new skills, get fitter and meet new people? If so then these football sessions may be for you.
     
    All sessions are from 11-00 until 12-30 on the following Saturdays: 18th January; 1st February; 15th February; 1st March; 15th March; 5th April.
     
    They all take place at Titus Salt School, Higher Coach Road, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD17 5RH.
     
    They are outside on the astroturf football pitch so you will need: suitable trainers or Astroturf trainers (no boots), shinpads and plenty of drinks and warm clothing.
     
    For more information or just to discuss what is on offer please contact either: Tony Lambert (Salts coach) on 07765-231080 or James Doyle (WRCFA Disability Football Development Officer) on 07540-127683 or james.doyle@wrcfa.com.
     
    Tony and James are looking forward to hearing from you.
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    FAREWELL TO ALAN MARTIN AND A VACANCY FOR THE TOWN COUNCIL - posted 21st December 2013


    Alan has just announced that he is, reluctantly, resigning from Baildon Town Council.

    He has served on the Town Council for a number of years and his calm thoughtful approach to decision making will be missed.

    Alan has made a significant contribution to the work of the Council particularly as a member of the Planning and the Health and Youth Committees. He brought to his work as a Town Councillor his strong commitment to improving the lives of youngsters in Baildon.

    So, a vacancy for a Town Councillor will soon be advertised. Would you be interested in standing as a Town Councillor? Are you committed to working for the good of Baildon and our community? If you would like to know more, contact the Town Clerk, Jean Yule, on 01274 593169 or by email clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.
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    CAROL SINGING IN BAILDON - posted 21st December 2013


    Communal carol singing in the centre of Baildon was enjoyed by around 250 people of all ages on Thursday evening.
     
    Many thanks to ‘Churches Together in Baildon’ for arranging this lovely event, to the wonderful Hall Royd Band, to the many volunteers who helped with equipment and marshalling, and to everyone who came along to sing and to make it a magical evening!
     
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    CHILDREN'S CENTRES CONSULTATION - posted 17th December 2013


    Consultation is taking place on proposed changes to Bradford District’s Children’s Centres.

    If you are a parent, carer, centre user or you work in or with a Children’s Centre, Bradford Council would like to hear your views.

    You can find out more at Baildon Children’s Centre, or visit  www.bradford.gov.uk/consultations to have your say and to find out about consultation events across the district, or contact Bradford Families Information Service for more information on 01274 437503.

    Local consultation events: Thursday 12th December 2013 9.30am - 11am at Shipley Library, 2 Well Croft, Shipley, BD18 3QH; Friday 10th January 2014 1pm - 2.30pm at Shipley Town Hall, Kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EJ.

    The consultation ends on 17th January 2014.
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    BAILDON NEEDS MORE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS 9th December 2013


    The Community First Responder (CFR) scheme is a life-saving partnership between Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) and local communities.

    As authorised volunteers for YAS, Community First Responders form teams located in communities across Yorkshire as part of a wider initiative which aims to help reduce the number of pre-hospital deaths in Yorkshire.

    New recruits will join hundreds of volunteers living in local communities across the region who are trained to provide life-saving treatment to residents in their area in the vital first minutes of an emergency until our ambulance clinicians arrive.

    YAS is committed to providing the high quality services to and care to all those living in, or passing through, Yorkshire and this initiative undoubtedly helps to achieve this.

    There are currently four Community First Responders in the Baildon scheme. They carry a defibrillator, oxygen, bag, value and mask 100% oxygen mask, oral nasal mask and OP airways. They are dispatched by the ambulance service when they receive an immediate life threatening 999 call.
     
    If you would like to join this dedicated local group or for further information contact Mr Rob Higgie, Community Frist Responder on 07917 506677 or visit the Community First Responder website.
     
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    SHIPLEY GLEN TRAMWAY SANTA SPECIALS - posted 7th December 2013


    Take ride on the Shipley Glen Tramway Saturday and Sunday afternoons during December: 7th and 8th, 14th and 15th, 21st and 22nd December.

    Tickets are on sale from noon until 4:00pm (weather permitting) £4 per child - no booking required.

    Visit the grotto, meet Santa, receive a gift and enjoy a return ride on the Tramway.
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    FREE PARKING IN BAILDON - posted 29th November 2013


    Bradford Council has confirmed that there will be no charge for parking in Baildon on the following Saturdays leading up to Christmas: 7th, 14th, 21st December.
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    COMMUNITY FUND FOR OLDER PEOPLE 2013 - posted 28th November 2013


    Bradford Council Adult & Community Services are pleased to offer grants of up to £400 for smaller community groups* who work with Older People.
     
    Applications can be made for help with activities which promote the health and well being of Older People.
                                                                                                                
    These could include: start up costs for new groups; equipment; provision of information; training that benefits older people.
     
    Grants will not be awarded for continuation funding for activities/services which this grant has previously supported. 
     
    *This fund is designed for smaller community groups and organisations  and therefore groups with an annual turnover of less than £25,000 will  only be eligible to apply for this fund.
     
    The closing date for applications is Thursday 12th December 2013.
     
    For application form & guidance or further information, please contact Grazyna Wolny (Health and Wellbeing Team) on 01274 436469 
    e-mail: grazyna.wolny@bradford.gov.uk.
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    SHIPLEY AREA COMMUNITY HEROES AWARDS - posted 26th November 2013

    Do you know someone who lives within the Shipley Constituency who is an ‘unsung hero’ for the voluntary work they do within the local community? Or do you know of a small group who have worked together to make a real difference in your community?

    ​If so, please nominate them for a Shipley Area Community Heroes Award!
     
    The Shipley Area Community Heroes Awards are funded by Shipley Area Committee and are designed to:

    1) Acknowledge and thank local residents who have made a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for other people within the Shipley Constituency;
    2)Celebrate and publicise the achievements of local people;
    3)Encourage more people to help others within their communities.

    For further details and a nomination form, contact the Admin team at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146 or email shipleyareaneighbourhoodforums@bradford.gov.uk.
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    CHRISTMAS LUNCH FOR SENIOR CITIZENS - posted 26th November 2013

    A Christmas Day lunch is being organised by the 'Potted Meat Stick Community Enterprise' for senior citizens in the Baildon area who are on their own or in couples on Christmas Day.

    The cost is £7.50 per person which includes a drink on arrival, a four course meal, a drink with the meal and a small present. The timings are 12.30pm to 3.30pm and will be held in St John's Church Hall.

    For more information or to book tickets call Loraine Radcliffe on (01274) 427670.
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    BAILDON BUDDIES FILM CLUB - posted 26th November 2013

    The next showing for Baildon Buddies Film Club (at the usual venue of Wesleys, Baildon Methodist Church) will take place at 1.00pm on Thursday, 5th December, and the film will be the Christmas classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life' (1946)’

    The films stars James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore and was directed by Frank Capra. All are welcome and refreshments will be available.
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    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON - posted 25th November 2013

    The centre of Baildon was thronged with happy residents of all ages on Friday evening at the Baildon Town Council-co-ordinated event to switch on the Christmas lights. The Town Council has invested an additional £9,000 this year to enhance the Christmas lights both in the centre and at other shopping locations across Baildon, working very closely with Baildon-based festive lights specialist company Christmas Plus, the Co-op, and many other local retailers and businesses.
     
    A crown of around 700 people enjoyed singing along to favourite Christmas carols and songs, led by the Noteworthy Women choir, before the lights went on at 5.45p.m. Additional musical entertainment was then provided by Hall Royd Band as the crowd dispersed into local cafes, bars, and shops – many of which had stayed open to offer late-night shopping opportunities. Festive lanterns which had been made by local children at a workshop run by Sponge Tree last weekend were on display and children present were able to enjoy sweets donated by the Co-op.  Several shops and restaurants had free nibbles and drinks on offer for the adults.
     
    The weather was kind, and the atmosphere brilliant.  Thanks to all who have been involved in helping to make it happen, and to everyone who turned out to support the event. As one resident was heard to say: “This is community, and I love it!”.
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    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON THIS FRIDAY - posted 18th November 2013

    Baildon is brighter!! Lights switch on event Friday 22nd November at 5.45pm.

    Thanks to the efforts of Baildon’s local shops and other businesses and Baildon Town Council, Christmas in Baildon will be brighter this year.

    Baildon Town  Council has allocated extra funds to improve the Christmas lights, including lights in the trees in Ian Clough Car Park, icicle lights in five central locations, lights in the trees in Charlestown, and some lights at the shops opposite Roberts Park. Twenty local businesses are sponsoring a mini Christmas tree outside their premises, jointly funded by the Town Council and the businesses. New icicle lights on the old Bay Horse, with sponsorship from Elite for four new giant snowflakes. Co-op sponsorship of £650 to tree-wrap the giant copper beech behind Websters and in front of the Baildon store, which can be seen across Baildon.

    Come along and start your Christmas shopping on Friday 22nd November when festivities begin:

    5.15 pm Festive singing outside Bar 12 – sweets for the children.
    5.45 pm  Lights switch on.
    6pm  Hall Royd Brass Band will play in the Stocks area.

    Most shops will stay open until at least 7pm with tempting offers and refreshments for customers. The following shops will be staying open: Baildon Travel; Curves Lingerie; Pickled Deli (complimentary nibbles); Wildman Computers; Finesse (complimentary nibbles); Emma's (exclusive discounts available); Cafe Bar Twelve (live music and Christmas songs from 7pm). The Co-op will also be offering free drinks and goodies to customers.
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    FORTHCOMING WALKS BY FRIENDS OF BRACKEN HALL - posted 18th November 2013

    The Friends of Bracken Hall are arranging a series of walks. The walks are free although donations to the "Friends of Braken Hall" are welcome. Please bring along food and drink for the walk. Meet at the Old Glen House Tearooms - the Tearooms are opening especially for the start of the walks so don't forget pennies for tea and buns!

    Friday 22nd November a walk through Shipley Glen to Gilstead, Prince of Wales Park, Five Rise Locks and return along the canal and the River Aire (6 1/2 miles) start at 10.30am.

    Friday 20th December a walk around Baildon over the moor and return along Baildon Bank and wood (5 miles) start at 10.30am.

    Thursday 26th December a Boxing Day walk up and down Shipley Glen looking for signs of spring (3 miles) start at 11.0am.

    If arriving by bus, the connection bus from Bradford and Shipley TLC658 gets to Baildon Lucy Hall Drive / Prod Lane terminus in time for the start of the walks.
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    TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - posted 13th November 2013

    The next meeting of Baildon Town Council will be held on Monday 9th December at 6.30pm at the Baildon Community Link.

    All Council meetings are open to the public.

    On the Agenda of the December meeting will be the co-option of a new town councillor. The vacancy has arisen because of the recent resignaiton of Cllr Roger L'Amie. A petition to call an election was not lodged with Bradford Council so the Town Council now must co-opt a member to fill the vacancy. Applicants, who will have submmitted a written resume, will give a brief three minute presentation to the meeting on why they wish to be a town councillor and councillors will be able to ask them questions.

    If you are interested in being a town councillor, see the Notice of Co-option which can be accessed through the home page of this website or contact the Town Clerk: clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk - 01274 593169. The closing date for written applications is Friday 29th November.
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    FUNGI AND DOGS - posted 11th November 2013

    Mark Scrimshaw, Baildon Town Council's Environmental Warden writes:

    It has recently come to my notice that a puppy had become seriously ill, possibly close to death, following a walk on Baildon Moor. The puppy is believed to have eaten poisonous mushrooms.

    I must stress that this is not a problem which is particular to Baildon Moor. There are undoubtedly a number of poisonous fungi which grow on the moor, most commonly in autumn, but the same can be said of all our local woodlands and many of our playing fields, parks and gardens. Fungi are everywhere, with around 3,000 species that have fruiting bodies that you might recognise as a mushroom or toadstool (they are the same thing), though some are very strange in appearance. Of these fungi around 14 species are considered to be deadly poisonous to humans. Quite a few more would be likely to cause gastric upsets, hallucinations or other alarming symptoms. The majority are harmless but are not eaten for various reasons – tiny and fragile, bitter, fibrous, tasteless,etc. In the poisonous species each type has its own class of poison – symptoms of poisoning will vary depending on the species consumed. Symptoms may be quite immediate, within 30 minutes or so, or with some species may not cause much concern for up to two weeks – by which time damage to internal organs may be irreversible and may prove fatal.

    I am sure that most of us would not knowingly allow children to play with or pick fungi that we knew nothing about. However, dogs are often out of sight in long grass or amongst bushes when they are out for a walk and may be up to all sorts of mischief. All puppies are inquisitive and want to experiment with new finds to see if they are worth eating, whilst some fully grown dogs never lose this habit. I would therefore ask you to be aware of the danger that puppies and the odd grown-up dog may face from eating 'mushrooms', especially when they are most prolific in autumn.

    You may wonder why poisonous species are left to flourish in areas where the public may come across them – why doesn`t someone uproot them or use weedkiller so that they are never seen again? The answer is that the mushroom or toadstool is simply the fruiting body of the organism. Its 'roots' are a huge network of hairlike strands (hyphae). This network is called the mycelium – different species will vary but the largest recorded was in a forest in Oregon, USA, where it covered an area of nearly four square miles! This is an extreme example, but it is clear that uprooting a toadstool is no more likely to get rid of the organism than picking an apple is likely to make the apple tree disappear.

    If you suspect your dog has eaten mushrooms it is safest to pick a few to aid in identification of the species should your dog start to have any symptoms. Do not put mushrooms in a plastic bag – they will quickly rot and become unrecognisable – keep them in a cloth or a paper bag. Photographing them might also prove useful.

    The advice of a vet should be sought at the earliest opportunity. Take along the mushrooms and photos. The vet may then contact the National Poisons Information Service at one of several centres around the UK. This in turn may contact Kew Gardens where experts are available that are likely to be able to identify the species of fungus from photos or description. The vet will then be advised on the nature of the poison (or lack of it) and will steer the treatment accordingly. Kew were consulted at least six times last autumn regarding dogs poisoned by mushrooms – there were likely to be many more cases which were not notified to them.

    Pictured in local woods the deadly poisonous 'Destroying Angel'.  
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    WINTER WARMTH APPEAL 2013 - 2014 - posted 9th November 2013


    The Warm Homes Healthy People Partnership warns that cold weather is likely to lead to over 200 avoidable deaths this winter in the Bradford District. There will also be an increase of 160 people per day seeking hospital treatment, due to falls and illnesses which occur in increasing numbers when temperatures drop and snow falls. 43,000 people who live in fuel poverty - including isolated older people and families with young children – are particularly vulnerable along with the District’s homeless. People living in fuel poverty make impossible choices between keeping warm and eating well. 

    The Winter Warmth Appeal 2013-14 seeks to support individuals and families through the winter months. Funds and goods collected will be redistributed to community groups who are best placed to reach people vulnerable to the cold.

    Warm Homes Healthy People partnership - which includes voluntary and community organisations, Bradford Council and health organisations - has overall responsibility to ensures resources raised through the appeal are effectively used. Campaigners from Inn Churches, Bradford District Community Fund and Participate are appealing for donations of cash, goods and practical support.

    There are three ways to donate to the appeal: 

    - You can make a cash donation directly to the Bradford District Community Fund at http://www.justgiving.com/winter-warmth. 

    - If you want to donate goods please contact Juli of Inn Churches on 07833450482. 

    - If your business wants to encourage your employees to get involved as volunteers in the appeal please contact Participate Projects on 01274 288787. 

    40 young volunteers have already made plans on how they are going to contribute to the appeal. Their activities will include a collection of donations from the public at the Bradford City home game against Coventry City on the 17th November. 

    You may also be interested in helping where you live. If you have ideas on how your group can help during the cold spells then the Bradford District Community Fund would like to hear from you.

    You can make an application for a small grant at http://www.bradforddcf.org.uk/apply-for-grant/.

    Jane Vincent Positive Bradford said: ‘It is very sad that there are people in the Bradford District who must choose between heating and eating. But once again it is very heart warming to know that lots of people in Bradford want to do something to help. I encourage those who can afford it, to give generously to Bradford District Community Fund’s winter appeal and through this support community groups to do what they do best.'
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    BAILDON RESERVOIRS - posted 9th November 2013


    Mark Scrimshaw, the Town Council’s Environmental Warden writes . . . .
     
    It is now beyond doubt that Baildon Reservoirs will never be seen again in the form that existed for well over 100 years. Work is currently in progress to strip the stone from the basins of the upper two reservoirs and remove it from the site. The bottom reservoir will remain half full, with a new overflow channel to maintain it at or below that level.
     
    Such changes were perhaps inevitable once the reservoirs had ceased to function as a water supply – they had become a financial liability to a series of owners, including Baildon Golf Club which had to pay a substantial amount for repair of a collapsed wall and which was envisaging countless more repairs with no benefit to the Club.
     
    At this point the reservoirs were bought by Mr Arthur Edwick, who has a keen interest in preserving local history and who hoped that some self-financing scheme might be found for the site. Unfortunately, in seeking professional reports on the safety of the site it was found that a massive input of cash would be required to ensure the preservation of the site, with no hope of similarly substantial returns.
     
    Mr Edwick has now decided to leave water in the bottom reservoir to preserve something of the past and is hoping that a use, sympathetic to the location, can be found for the newly flattened area left by the two reservoirs that are being demolished. 
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    HOYLE COURT AND CHARLESTOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM - posted 9th November 2013


    Baildon residents - would you like to hear what service providers and local groups are doing for you - and have the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues of concern to you?

    Then come along to the Neighbourhood Forum on Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm at St Jame's Church, Kirklands Lane, Baildon BD17 6HH.

    On the Agenda: Neighbourhood Policing Team; Council Wardens; Baildon Children's Centre; Baildon Town Council; Ferniehurst Dell Improvement Partnership; Local Groups; Open Forum (your chance to have your say).

    All welcome.

    If you have any special needs that require addressing to enable you to participate in this meeting, and for further information, please contact: Shipley Area Co-ordinator's Office, Town Hall, Kirkgate, Shipley BD18 3EG - Tel 01274 437146 - shipleyareaneighbourhoodforums@bradford.gov.uk - www.bradford.gov.uk/neighbourhoods.
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    REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY PARADE AND SERVICE - posted 9th November 2013


    The following programme for Sunday 10th November has been arranged by the Baildon Soldiers and Sailors Association:

    13.15 Tong Park War Memorial service and laying of wreaths - a small service for the villagers to which all are welcome.


    1400 Parade assembles at the Soldiers and Sailors Club Moorgate Baildon BD17 6LW.

    1410 Parade to Baildon Methodist Church.

    1430 Service at Baildon Methodist Church.

    1530 Parade to War Memorial Browgate Baildon.

    1400 Parade disperses for hot soup at the Soldiers and Sailers Club.

    Cllr Joe Ashton, Vice-Chair of Baildon Town Council will lay wreaths on behalf of the Town Council.
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    WILLOW LANTERN WORKSHOP - posted 6th November 2013

    Children over 6 years old and their parents are invited to a willow lantern workshop as part of the Christmas Lights Switch On celebration.

    Local crafters Sponge Tree are running the workshop, and the willow lanterns made will be used at the Baildon Town Council's Christmas Lights event later this month. The workshop is completely free but those who particpate must be free to attend the event with their lanterns on 22nd November at 5.15pm.

    The workshop takes place at Baildon Community Link on Saturday 16th November between 2pm and 4pm. To book your place, please contact Sponge Tree by emailing spongetree@live.com.
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    ACTIVE CITIZENS CONFERENCE - posted 5th November 2013

    Baildon Town Council is preparing for the annual 'Active Citizens Conference', which will be held from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 30th November at Baildon Methodist Church, where refreshments will be available throughout the morning.

    Active citizens are people who offer something more, without payment, for the good of their community. This might include Neighbourhood Watch, caring for an elderly neighbour or running an amateur sports team.

    The Conference will have three parts: an open floor for news-updates and ideas from local volunteers and community organisations; a workshop about how to use new technologies to improve communications; and a workshop about the possibility of an Active Citizens' Network to support volunteers and community organisations, including the aspiration to have at least one active citizen on every street, to act as a "Street Rep" for their neighbourhood.

    All active citizens are invited to the Conference – there’s no need to book, just turn up!

    For more information contact Councillor Joe Ashton on 07989 692677 or Jean Yule Town Clerk on 01274 593169.
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    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON - posted 29th October 2013

    The Christmas lights will be switched on in the centre of Baildon on Friday 22nd November. The event will start at 5.15pm with local choir 'Noteworthy Women' leading the festive singing outside Bar Twelve.

    The lights will be officially switched on at 5.45pm and after that there'll be music from Hall Royd Band. Many shops will stay open and some are planning extra-special promotions.

    Don't forget, the Baildon at Christmas event will also take place during the daytime of Sunday 1st December, with lots of fun happening around the centre of Baildon. We'll let you know more about this event nearer the time.
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    BAILDON COMMUNITY LINK - AGM - posted 29th October 2013


    Baildon Community Link is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 6th November at 6.30pm.

    The meeting will take place at the Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon. Tel 01274 588681. The presentation of the Annual Report and Accounts will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies - all welcome.
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    MONTHLY FILM CLUB - posted 28th October 2013


    The book many thought impossible to turn into a film! 

    A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. Whilst cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor - a fearsome Bengal tiger. Directed by Ang Lee and starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Ayush Tandon, Rafe Spall and Adil Hussain.

    Thursday 7th November 1.0 - 3.0pm at Baildon Methodist Church, tickets £3. Wesleys cafe is open for pre-screening lunch (no need to book).
     
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    HAPPY HOLIDAY WINNER - posted 23rd October 2013


    Congratulations to Dianne Wyatt of Baildon on winning the competition for an HF three night holiday for two.

    The prize draw was held at the very successful Baildon Walkers Are Welcome celebration launch on Saturday.

    Here is a very happy Dianne receiving her prize documents from Jacquie Barnett, an HF Holidays volunteer play-leader.

    Dianne was delighted and said: "I can't believe I've won something, especially a fantastic holiday with a good, reputable company".

    Well done Dianne - have a wonderful holiday!
     
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     BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL SETS LOWER THAN AVERAGE PRECEPT - posted 22nd October 2013


    Government figures released recently reveal that Baildon Town Council continues to set a comparatively low parish precept (the local tax used to pay for town council activities), when compared with other parish and town councils throughout the country.

    The Baildon precept, at £15.32 for a Band D property, is considerably lower than the national average of £50.19 for a Band D property.

    Full details can be found at the Department for Communities and Local government website.
     
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    WALKERS MADE VERY WELCOME! posted 21st October 2013


    Enthusiastic walkers and lovers of the outdoors in Baildon “rambled-along” to Saturday’s event to celebrate the designation of Baildon as a Walkers are Welcome Town. An estimated 250 local people attended the event which took place at Wesleys, Baildon Methodist Church.

    A “market place” of stalls offered visitors self-guided walks booklets, outdoor and campaigning information, walking equipment and clothing (both new and second hand). There was brisk business at the “Bring and Buy” walking gear-stall, which took over £170 during the morning, as many bargains were snapped-up.

    Packed houses enjoyed historical photographic presentations by local artist Roy Lorrain-Smith and local historian Mike Lawson.

    The morning activities concluded with 120 people sitting down to enjoy a fascinating presentation by Colin Speakman (walking campaigner and author or over 50 books – many about Yorkshire) entitled “Poets, Protestors, and Campaigners: 200 Years of the Outdoor Movement”.  At the end of his presentation, Colin cut a celebration cake made especially to mark the event – and this was then shared round those present.

    Richard Freeman, Chair of the Walkers are Welcome Steering Group said: “Colin Speakman’s presentation gave us a fascinating insight into the contributory factors, including poetry, literature, and campaigning - which have led to England having the finest rights of way and access to the countryside in the world. It is this heritage which Baildon Walkers are Welcome Steering Group want to continue to build on.”

    A competition offered by HF Holidays, for two people to win a free three-night break, was won by Dianne Wyatt of Baildon.

    In the afternoon, more than 60 people joined one of six guided walks of varying lengths around the delights of Baildon and the Moor.

    Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council, who is also a keen walker and Secretary to the Walkers are Welcome Steering Group, thanked everyone who had assisted with the celebration event. Chris said: “Baildon Town Council is delighted to be able to support the Walkers are Welcome Steering Group in its aims to encourage local residents and visitors to enjoy the social and health benefits of walking in our lovely surroundings. We also hope that that Baildon’s designation as a “Walkers are Welcome town” will benefit the retailers of Baildon by attracting additional visitors to come and use our excellent shops and cafes.”

    Pictured at the event left to right: Richard Freeman Chair Baildon Walkers Are Welcome, Town Councillor Chris Flecknoe Chair of Baildon Town Council and Secretary of Baildon Walkers Are Welcome and Colin Speakman.

    Anyone wanting further information or to contact the Baildon Walkers are Welcome Steering Committee should contact Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council, by emailing chris.flecknoe@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk; or Jean Yule, Town Clerk at Baildon Community Link on 01274 593169.
     
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    BAILDON YOUTH CLUB FOR 10-13 YEAR OLDS posted 20th October 2013

    Come along to Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, on Tuesday 12th November 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

    All 10 - 13 year olds are welcome and it's free!

    You can try a range of activities including arts and crafts, wii, pool, cooking, wifi, table tennis and there'll be music and a food buffet plus much more!

     
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    WIN A THREE DAY WALKING HOLIDAY FOR TWO posted 16th October 2013

    At the Walkers Are Welcome Celebration Launch event this Saturday, you'll have the chance to take part in a competition to win a free three-night break for two people, donated by the award-winning walking holiday company, HF Holidays.

    The Official Launch of Baildon Walkers Are Welcome takes place this Saturday 19th October in Baildon Methodist Centre 9.30 - 1.0. Entry to the event is free.

    There'll be a range of stalls by outdoor, historical and environmental groups, photographic presentations, a bring and buy stall of outdoor clothes and shoes - bring along your no longer needed outdoor clothing. 11.30 - 12.30 Colin Speakman, creator of the Dales Way will present “Poets, Protestors, and Campaigners: 200 Years of the Outdoor Movement”. Refreshments throughout the event and lunch will be avaialble from Wesleys Cafe.

    The Launch event will be followed by a series of guided walks around Baildon in the afternoon. 

    A day to celebrate walking!
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    SIX WEEK COOKERY COURSE posted 8th October 2013

    Would you like to be able to cook delicious meals for yourself, your friends and your family but don't know how? Why not come along to the cookery course for complete beginners!

    Starts tomorrow 9th October 2.0pm - 4.0pm and runs until 27th November (no class October 15th) at the Baildon Community Link. £3 a week.

    To book your place ring (01274) 588681.

    Come along and learn how to cook simple, wholesome dishes: pies, stir fries, casseroles, puddings . . . .
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     THE CO-OPERATIVE HELPS TO LIGHT UP BAILDON THIS CHRISTMAS posted 3rd October 2013


    Many thanks to the Co-operative’s West Yorkshire Area Committee which has donated £650 to provide a magnificent Christmas Display to delight customers at the Co-operative Food store on Northgate in Baildon. The donation to Baildon Town Council will enable the contractor, Christmas Plus, to “tree-wrap” the store’s large Golden Beech tree in the car park providing a Christmas display which will be seen for miles. The lights will be installed in the autumn ready for the Christmas season illuminations this year.

    The funding marks The Co-operative’s strong partnership with the local community and the cheque was handed over to the Town Council today at the Northgate store.
     
    David Haigh, Chair of The Co-operative’s West Yorkshire Area Committee, said: “We are proud to be playing a key part in Baildon’s Christmas celebrations this year. The centre always looks fantastic over the Christmas period, and we are thrilled to help it to be even better in 2013 !”

    Councillor Gill Dixon, from Baildon Town Council, said: “The Town Council is working hard to really “light up Baildon” at Christmas this year. The idea to decorate this prominent tree came from Christmas–Plus, a local firm and our contractor, who have worked on Christmas Lights in Baildon for several years. We are delighted that the Co-op has agreed to fund this display which we feel will be appreciated by everyone who visits the centre. We also want to thank Websters who have agreed to provide the power supply for the lights. The display will last for several years, so should be an attraction for many Christmases to come!”

    Pictured left to right at the Northgate store: Jason Crossley Baildon store manager, Town Councillor Gill Dixon, Mark Scrimshaw the Town Council’s Environmental Warden, Ryan Cook Baildon store manager, Linda Gomila the Co-operative’s West Yorkshire Membership Manager, and Simon Clarke manager Websters.
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    FAREWELL TO ROGER L'AMIE AND A VACANCY FOR THE TOWN COUNCIL posted 3rd October 2013

    Roger has just announced that he is, reluctantly, resigning from Baildon Town Council.

    As a District Councillor Roger has a recently been apppointed opposition spokesperson for childen's services and education and must now dedicate more time to his new and additional responsibilties in this role. Roger says: "I am convinced that improving educational out comes for all Bradford children including those who live in Baildon is pivotal both to their long term life chances and the regeneration of the district".

    The Town Council will greatly miss his breadth of experience and forthright approach. Roger has served on the Town Council since its inception in 2007 and has made a terrific contribution to its decision-making and project work.

    So - a vacancy for a Town Councillor will soon be advertised. Would you be interested in standing as a Town Councillor? Are you committed to working for the good of Baildon and our community? If you would like to know more, contact the Town Clerk, Jean Yule, on 01274 593169 or by email clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.
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    WACKY WINNERS posted 30th September 2013

    Congratulations to the winners of the Wacky Scarecrow competition.

    Individual winners: 1st Smoking Robot - Wildman Computers; 2nd Tardis - Newton Way Surgery; 3rd Keith Lemon - Curves.

    Group prize for the third year running went to Unique Voices - famous Singers and People.

    Thank you to the organisers, Baildon in Bloom, and to all who took part for making it such a fantastic event.

    Pictured is a fitting tribute to Ron Bairstow founder of the event who sadly died last year - he'll never be forgotten.
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    LEARN SPANISH AT THE LINK posted 30th September 2013

    New Spanish conversation groups are starting at Baildon Community Link on Wednesday 23rd October.

    Learn how to speak Spanish in the new beginners' group 3.0pm to 4.0pm.

    Improve your Spanish in the new improvers' group 1.30pm - 3.0pm.

    Increase your confidence and enjoy speaking Spanish in these relaxing groups.

    For more information ring the Link on 01274 588681.
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    BAILDON SCHOOLS’ YOUNG ATHLETES PERFORM WELL posted 30th September 2013


    The Bradford Schools' Athletic Association Cross Country Challenge event organised by Bingley Harriers and involving schools from the Bradford area and other parts of Yorkshire was held on Wednesday September 25th at the Bradford and Bingley Sports Club’s Wagon Lane venue.


    Pride of place must go to the year six girls of Baildon Church of England School who ran away with the trophy for the 1500 metre course. Holly Ellis 4th in 7 minutes 27 seconds, Olivia Silverman 6th in 7.33 and Jessica Hall Simpson 7th in 7.40 combined to make an unbeatable total of 17 points. Well done! Not far behind giving valuable support was Charlotte Bristo who completed the course in 8.36.


    Although the year six boys did not win the trophy for their 1500 metre event, the Baildon Church of England team members completed the course in very creditable times. William Cook 6th in 6.38 Alphie Vincent 13th in 6.50, Connor Priest 19th in 7.08 and Harvey Hartley 20th in 7.10. Congratulations!


    Two runners from Sandals School went head to head in the year 5 boys 1500 metre race. Dylan Thornton held off his school mates Thomas Oddy to come in 3rd in 6.44 pipping Thomas by one second. Well run!


    In the senior girl’ years 7- 8 2000 metre events Rea Southcott representing Titus Salt School ran splendidly to record 5th position in 9.51. Joshua Capper was the other representative of Titus Salt School who successfully completed the cross country challenge in the yr 7-8 2,000 metre event. Well done to Rea and Joshua!


    Congratulations to all members of Baildon schools who in completing the Cross Country Challenge fully deserved their medals.
    Full results can be found on the Bradford Schools' Athletic Association website.

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    FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY posted 25th September 2013

    Birthday cake will be on the menu as Baildon Farmers Market celebrates its first birthday this Saturday.

    As well as over 30 stalls of fresh, locally produced food, there'll be musical entertainment, balloons for children and a free prize draw.
     
    The market was set up in September last year and is run by Baildon Town Council through a group of volunteers which includes members of Baildon Belles Women’s Institute, Town Councillors and representatives from businesses and farming.

    Organisers are thrilled to have reached this milestone. Gill Dixon, chair of Baildon Town Council's Markets Committee said: "Our monthly Farmers Market has established itself as a key Baildon event. As well as being able to buy top quality fresh Yorkshire produce, everyone enjoys the community feel at the market. We know that over 80% of our customers are local, and bumping into old friends really adds to the enjoyment!"

    This Saturday's market will take place between 9am and 1pm in the Ian Clough car park in the centre of Baildon. Produce on sale will include organic fruit and veg, artisan bread, rare-breed meat, Yorkshire cheese and eggs, award-winning honey and preserves, fish from Whitby, locally-shot game and prize-winning pies.

    There'll be fun for children with free balloons and a birthday bingo trail. Local buskers will provide musical entertainment and birthday cake will be handed out. Shoppers will have the chance to win one of several bags of Farmers Market goodies in a free prize draw to take place at 11am.

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    INTRODUCTORY NAVIGATION COURSE posted 23rd September 2013

    Ever wanted to be able to navigate around the countryside using a map and compass? Ever been lost in the countryside and wished you could navigate using map and compass?

     

    Well, now's your chance to learn how to navigate using map and compass. This course, led by Mervyn Flecknoe, is suitable for complete beginners.

     

    There are two indoor sessions on Thursdays 3rd and 10th October between 7.30pm - 9.30pm and one field trip on Saturday 12th October from 9.30am - 2.30pm. Adults £10, under 18s no charge, children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

     

    To book a place contact Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, BD17 6NX on telephone number 01274 588681.

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    AUDIT AND ANNUAL RETURN posted 23rd September 2013

    The audit of accounts for Baildon Parish Council for the year ended 31st March 2013 has been concluded.

     

    The Annual Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Baildon Parish (now Town) Council on application to Gary Stevenson, Responsible Financial Officer, Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, BD17 6NX.

     

    Copies will be provided to any local government elector on payment of 50p for each copy of the Annual Return.

     

    Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Annual Return can be downloaded here (or by following the link on this website to all Council documents).

     

    Jean Yule, Town Clerk

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    WACKY SCARECROW WALK posted 13th September 2013

    Come along and join in the fun at the Wacky Scarecrow Walk which starts at 10.0am tomorrow. Scarecrows can be seen in the Northgate, Westgate, Hall Cliffe and Browgate areas of Baildon.

     

    On your programme, which can be bought from retailers in Baildon for £2, you can tick off all the scarecrows you've seen, vote for your favourite and enter the prize draw - the more entries you make, the more chance you have to win a prize.

     

    There'll be lots of lovely places to enjoy refreshments open on the day.

     

    The Scarecrow Walk is organised by Baldon in Bloom which is supported by the Town Council.

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    WESTGATE POST OFFICE RE-OPENS posted on 11th September 2013

    Baildon Town Council is delighted that the Baildon Westgate Post Office has re-opened.

     

    This will be a huge relief to many Baildon residents and local businesses who rely on this Post Office.

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    BAILDON HORTICULTURAL SHOW - HUGE SUCCESS posted on 9th September 2013

    The 62nd Baildon Horticultural Show which took place on Sunday 1st September was the best supported show for many years. Hundreds attended on the day to see top growers from across the district competing. There were over 700 entries and 100 exhibitors.

     

    Riddlesden’s Brian King received the prestigious RHS medal for overall points winner from Lord Mayor Councillor Khadim Hussain. The National Vegetable Society’s David Allison made a welcome return to the show and was the winner of the non-members top award. Another new exhibitor was Normanton’s Mr A James who won the shallots class. Meanwhile Guiseley’s Raymond Pollard marked his Baildon debut by winning a trophy for his stunning dahlias. Simon Bell showed himself to be a future champion grower by winning the trophy for best novice.

     

    Jackie Gregory won the Crafts trophy, Mrs I Preston the baking competition and Mrs Woodhead won the prize for the best flower arrangement. Six-year-old Benjamin Bailey was the show’s youngest winner and received the Robertshaw Childrens Cup from the Lord Mayor. Tish Lawson claimed the top raffle prize, which was a family pass to next year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

     

    Show Chairman, Bill Tait, said he was overwhelmed by the support that exhibitors and locals had given the show and praised the tireless hard work of those members who had given their time to make the show such a success. “We are also extremely grateful to local businesses for their generous sponsorship of the event” added Mr Tait.

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    ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY CHESS? posted on 9th September 2013

    Have you always wanted to play chess but never got round to it? Have you played chess before but haven't played for a while?

     

    Why not give the Baildon Chess Club a try?

     

    The Chess Club meets weekly on a Wednesday evening 7.0 - 9.0pm at the Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Avenue. £2 a session. All welcome.

     

    For further information contact James or Lucy on 01274 588681

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    LIGHTING UP BAILDON posted on 9th September 2013

    A lot of work has been going on over recent weeks and Baildon Town Council has approved a substantial package of Christmas lights to improve the festive display this year. The Council is determined to ensure that Baildon looks its festive best for Baildon residents and for visitors to Baildon over the Christmas season.


    Additions to the lights this year include: lights in trees alongside Ian Clough Car Park and in the Charlestown trees; Christmas motifs on Roberts Park shops; icicles on many retail frontages, including Browgate, the retailers alongside the stocks (Martins, Jani’s and Baildon Dentist), and the Sanctuary; new multi-coloured lights and a star on the big Christmas tree in the village centre; a retail partnership scheme, part funded by local businesses, to install mini Christmas trees and lights for twenty retailers throughout Baildon.


    Work is underway to get all the new installations set up and ready to go for the Christmas season

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    WESTGATE POST OFFICE TEMPORARILY CLOSED posted on 3rd September 2013

    Baildon Town councillors are shocked and concerned to hear that the Westgate Post Office is closed. This is a valuable asset for many Baildon residents and councillors are hoping its closure will be temporary and short-lived.

    Councillors are trying to find out all they can about the future of the Post Office which will be discussed by the Town Council at its meeting on Monday 9th September.

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    WILD WEDNESDAYS AT SHIPLEY GLEN posted on 27th August 2013

    Atmospheric Shipley Glen became the playground of children eager to make the most of their summer holidays. Pictured here are Alice, Jacob and Elizabeth Slater exploring the grasses and wearing the duck hats they made.

    Since the start of August, Wild Wednesday events at the glen have seen dozens of youngsters flock to the Baildon beauty spot to enjoy games, crafts and environmental activities. The events have been organised by the Friends of Bracken Hall on behalf of Baildon Town Council.

    The last of these events will take place tomorrow 2.0 - 4.0pm and your creative talent will be needed to help make the Friends' Scarecrow competition entry. The intention is to make Jeremy Fisher (Beatrix Potter character) - unless anyone turns up with ideas and resources for an alternative! 

    Although this is the last Wild Wednesday in August, there will be a Wild Wednesday event on 30th October preceded by a Family Fossil Walk. The walk will start opposite the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre at 10.0am ending there at 1.0pm and the Wild Wednesday event will begin at 2.0pm and end at 4.0pm. Come along for both and bring a picnic lunch.

    There will also be a Bat Talk and Walk on Tuesday 24th September led by Hugh Firman who will give a brief introduction before leading the walk around the glen. Meet at 6.45pm at the Old Glen House Tearooms (good scones and cakes!).

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    LET'S GO FLY A KITE ON BAILDON MOOR posted on 26th August 2013

    Come along on Tuesday 27th August and get creative by making your very own kite. Then take a short walk on Baildon moor to see if it will fly.

    Meet your guide, Becky Houlding on Shipley glen opposite Bracken Hall Countryside Centre at 11.0am. 

    Bring a snack and a drink, wear comfortable strong shoes, and in case of inclement weather bring a waterproof and a warm sweater.

    This event is organised by Groundwork for the Watershed Landscape project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Pennine Prospects which supports landscape restoration, acccess and heritage projects in the South Pennines. 

    For more information and to book a place contact Becky Houlding on 0113 238 0601 / 07920 506388 / rebecca.houlding@groundwork.org.uk.

    Visit http://www.yorkshire.groundwork.org.uk/leeds.aspx

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    SOUTHCLIFFE DRIVE PLAYGROUND NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN 18th August 2013

    Children living in the Southcliffe and Ferniehurst area of Baildon have been able to enjoy playing on a brand new playground this summer, thanks to funding from Baildon Town Council, Bradford District Council, and WREN – which allocates funds from the landfill tax to “good causes”. The official opening took place on Tuesday 23 July – just in time for the summer holidays. Staff from Baildon Children’s Centre and HALE, and representatives of Baildon Community Link and Baildon Town Council were on hand to provide extra play activities throughout the afternoon. The District Play Champion, Michelle Swallow, came along, as did a representative of WREN – and both expressed delight at the speed at which the playground has been installed and the quality of the equipment and design. Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council, thanked all the Councillors, partner organisations, and residents for the support and team work which has brought this project to fruition.

    Chris Flecknoe said: “This is an example of how the limited allocation of Town Council funds – in this case £14,000 – combined with a good deal of hard work by many people, has encouraged other funders with deeper pockets than ours, to contribute, so that an additional £64,000 has been drawn-in to benefit residents through the installation of this new playground.”

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    BAILDON ANNUAL HORTICULTURAL SHOW 12th August 2013

    The 62nd Annual Horticultural show will be held on 1st September at Sandal Primary School, West Lane Baildon.

    Here's your chance to show off your skills, not only horticultural but also: painting, drawing, knitting, baking, photography etc. And it's not all for adults. There are lots of categories for children to enter too including: decorating a wellington boot, making a robot out of recyclable materials, making an animal out of a vegetable. Great fun!

    Or just come along on the day and be amazed at the skills and imagination of the entrants! There'll be refreshments, a variety of stalls, children's games and tombola.

    The show, organised by Baildon Horticultural Society, is open to the public from 2.0pm and entry is £1 at the door (children free). For further information visit: baildonhort.btck.co.uk or email baildonhort@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 07887 355811.

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    APPEAL FOR MORE ENTRIES FOR SCARECROW WALK 6th August 2013

    The organisers of Baildon's popular Scarecrow Walk today appealed for more shops to sign up. The event, which takes place on Saturday 14th September, needs more local shops and businesses to agree to make a scarecrow in order for it to be a success.

    The number of entrants is currently down on last year, so organisers hope their appeal will remind Baildon shops what a busy and successful event the Scarecrow Walk is. This year's theme is 'Famous People' and it's hoped much of Baildon will enjoy the walk around the village.

    Shops and groups who wish to enter should hand in their entry forms to Bagpuss, 35 Westgate, Baildon BD17 5EH.

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    'WILD WEDNESDAY' A HUGE SUCCESS! 5th August 2013

    The first ‘Wild Wednesday’ took place on 31st July and was a HUGE success! 36 children and 22 adults attended.
     
    Activities enjoyed by the children (and adults) included: activities with David Smith from the Canals and Rivers Trust; drawing and colouring; dragonfly pipe cleaner animal making; telescope viewing tube making and decorating; and Howard Toll of ‘Raptor Rescue’ with his Tawny Owl. After all the activity in the open air it was off to the very supportive Old Glen Tearooms for tea and scones.
     
    Former Lord Mayor of Bradford district Councillor Dale-Smith, who supported the event with ‘Sprinkle Sunshine’ funds from the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, dropped by and was very impressed by the “fantastic event” which he is sure “will go from strength to strength. Many thanks to the Friends of Bracken Hall for organising 'Wild Wednesdays' and to all the supporters who helped out on the day.
     
    Wild Wednesdays, a series of countryside activity events for children and adults, is being organised by the Friends of Bracken Hall on behalf of Baildon Town Council. Next week, Wednesday 7th August, it's wild flowers, butteflies and moths with Susan Stead. Spread the word!

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    LUNCH ON THE MOOR 5th August 2013

    Join Carers' Resource Yorkshire for Lunch on the Moors, at Dobrudden Cafe on Saturday 17th August. Come along between 12 noon and 4pm and bring something sweet or something savoury. If you don't want to bring something to eat - just come along - the more the merrier!

    For futher information visit the Carers' Resource website at http://www.carersresource.org Also available on the website are Sponsorship forms for The Carers Resource Yorkshire Marathon in October. The Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon and Craven districts of Yorkshire. It provides support for carers, no matter what their age, race, religion or needs.

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    SUN AND SMILES AT BAILDON FARMERS' MARKET 30th July 2013

    Once again, Baildoners came in volume to shop and socialise at their Farmers' Market, held last Saturday from 9am to 1pm in the lower Ian Clough car park.

    Stalls ranged from organic vegetables to fresh Yorkshire strawberries, fantastic cheeses from Yorkshire and abroad, an amazing range of breads, game and organic meat, Whitby fish - including freshly caught sea trout, crab and lobster - as well as dairy, granola and cereals, yummy cakes (Pickles sold out of their freshly made scones), Italian and Spanish fresh produce, and of course the ever popular two fresh pork pie stalls. We were pleased to welcome a charity cake stall, Baildon in Bloom had a stall and Baildon Horticultural Society promoted its 62nd Annual Show to be held on Sunday 1st September.

    Thanks again to all the volunteers and stewards who helped the day go with a swing. Car park stewards again reported that there were spaces available in the upper car park at all times, although we are delighted that so many of you leave your cars at home!

    Remember, Baildon Farmers' Market brings the best produce to your table! Come along and do your weekly fresh shop next market day on Saturday 24th August.

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    MONTHLY FILM CLUB 30th July 2013

    Day: first Thursday of each month
    Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Cost: £3 including refreshments
    Venue: Baildon Methodist Church

    The partnership between Baildon Town Council, HALE, and Baildon Methodist Church, brings you a monthly afternoon film club.  Films (classic and contemporary) will be shown on the first Monday of each month. All are welcome.

    Thursday 5th September 'Song for Marion'
    This contemporary London-set comedic drama is about shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James, it is left to charismatic choir director Elizabeth to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. Arthur must confront the undercurrents of his own grumbling persona as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self-discovery. The film stars Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Ecclestone, Vanessa Redgrave and is directed by Paul Andrew Willams.

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    BAILDON BUDDIES 30th July 2013

    Would you enjoy a weekly afternoon of fun and social activity?

    Games, arts and crafts, quizzes, reminiscence, talks on health and other areas of interest for people aged 50. Baildon Buddies is open to all and welcomes people to join at any time. The group meets on Thursdays 1.00 and 3.00p.m at Wesleys, (Baildon Methodist Church) Newton Way, Baildon.

    Needing transport? Contact Lesley on 07903 098523. Funded by Baildon Town Council and provided by HALE, our local healthy living project.

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    NEW PLAY AREA NOW OPEN 24th July 2013

    Yesterday, Councillor Chris Flecknoe Chair of Baildon Town Council, was delighted to cut the ribbon and declare the new play area in Southcliffe Drive open.

    Thanks to all who helped to bring about the transformation of the play area - the result of terrific local community effort. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of local residents, individuals and organisations, children living in the area are now able to enjoy state of the art outdoor play equipment.

    The Town Council is delighted to have been able to support the revamp both financially and in putting together the application for WREN funding.

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    TREASURE HUNT AT BAILDON MINI-GALA 22nd July 2013

    Many thanks to all who took part in the Baildon Town Council Treasure Hunt, organised by Councillor Peter Ashton (pictured), at the Baildon Mini-Gala on Saturday 20th July at Baildon Methodist Church.
     
    The winner of the Treasure Hunt was Ros Crosland who selected square B8 which represented Baildon's Community Garden.

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    UNLIKELY VISITORS ENJOY BAILDON MINI-GALA 22nd July 2013

    A wonderful family fun day!

    Baildon Town Council was delighted to be able to offer financial support and to have a stall at the Mini-Gala on Saturday.

    Congratulations to all the organisers for a most enjoyable, family event, arranged very efficiently by Baildon Pre-School at very short notice.

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    BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL NEW WEBSITE GOES LIVE 15th July 2013

    The website was commissioned by the Council from the local company Assembly Marketing. The commission included the website's layout and the new logo.

    Sara Mogford of Assembly Marketing said "I was thrilled to win the contract to design a website for Baildon - the place I both live and work in. It's so important for the Council to get its message out to residents and a good-looking website is a key part of any modern communications strategy".

    Cllr Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council, said "The website is fresh, lively, up to date, easy to navigate and is packed with information about the Council and about Baildon. Residents will be able to see what we're doing to improve the town and let us know what more they think we could do".

    Jean Yule, Town Clerk, said "The website will make open government much more of a reality. We'll be able to make all documents, except for a very few confidential ones, easily accessible through the website. It will also make administration much more efficient. Once on the website, documents can be sent on to councillors at the click of an icon!"

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    BAILDON VILLAGE PRE-SCHOOL MINI GALA 15th July 2013

    Baildon Town Council is pleased to make a contribution of £500 towards the Baildon Village Pre-School Mini Gala.

    The Pre-School stepped in at short notice to fill the gap left by the decision of the previous organisers of the annual Gala (because of unforseen and unavoidable circumstances) not to hold a Gala this year.

    Cllr Joe Ashton, Vice-Chair of Baildon Town Council, said "The organisers of the Mini Gala are doing an excellent job with limited time and resources; they have really taken the initiative and are to be congratulated for their efforts."

    The Mini Gala will be held at the Wesleys Baildon Methodist Church on Saturday 20th July from 1.0pm to 3.0pm. There will be games, a fancy dress parade, face painting, table top sale, bouncy castle, refreshments and stalls.

    A Baildon Town Council stall will be staffed by councillors. Cllr Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council, said "This will be an opportunity for Baildon residents to come along and speak to us, find out more about what we do, and let us know what more they think we could do to improve the town."

    The Council is very pleased to have the opportunity to support the event and wishes the organisers every success.

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    NEW PLAYGROUND OPENING SOON! 9th July 2013

    Children living in the Southcliffe Drive and Ferncliffe area of Baildon will soon have a brand new playground thanks to funding from Baildon Town Council, Bradford Council, and a generous grant from WREN. WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.

     

    The official opening takes place on Tuesday 23 July at 1.30pm, when Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council will cut the ribbon and formally declare the playground at Southcliffe Drive open. Children from Glenaire Primary School, many of whom wrote letters to WREN to support the application for funds for the new playground, will be amongst the first try out the new equipment.

     

    Fun and games will continue in and around the playground site throughout the afternoon until 4.30pm, with activities provided Baildon Community Link and Bradford Council staff from Baildon Children's Centre, the Play Officer and Family Information Unit. HALE, the healthy living project will offer healthy food advice and samples. Residents will also have the chance to meet and talk to representatives from InCommunities, Baildon Town Council's Environmental Warden, as well as District and Town Councillors.

     

    Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council said: "We are all absolutely thrilled that, thanks to lots of people working together, we have been able to turn the aspirations of local residents for a new playground on Southcliffe Drive into a reality in the space of just 12 months. When we held a consultation play-day on the old playground site last August, few of us would have dared to hope that a new playground would be up and ready for use by this summer. Because of the support and enthusiasm of local parents and children, and the commitment of the many organisations which will be represented at the official opening on 23 July, local people's hopes and dreams for better play facilities for their children have been fulfilled."

     

    Peter Cox, managing director of WREN said: "WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families. The Southcliffe Drive playground improvement project will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors and have some fun. We're delighted to support Baildon Town Council and Bradford Council to make this happen."


    Cllr Andrew Thornton, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Sustainability, said "This will be a super play area for local youngsters with lots of the very latest equiment to have fun on. It is a great example of co-operative working in partnership with local communities."


    For further information conatct Jean Yule, Baildon Town Clerk, on 01274 593169, or Cllr Chris Flecknoe, Chair of Baildon Town Council on 07766 296364, or Paula Truman, Baildon Ward Officer BMDC, on 01274 437146.
     
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    ANOTHER GREAT MARKET 28th June 2013

    Last Saturday saw another great Farmers Market. Although the weather wasn't fantastic, shoppers flocked to buy produce including artisan bread, rare breed meat, local asparagus, wild mushrooms and award-winning honey. We also welcomed a new guest stall - Snowden Hill Water Buffalo - which proved very popular.

     

    The charity stall this month was Tools for Self Reliance. Members collected unwanted tools and sewing machines to be refurbished and then shipped to Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana. The Baildon group has been around for over 13 years and in this time has put together an average of 5 kits per year - 65 kits in total. Each kit contains around 40 of the tools necessary for a carpenter, a plumber or perhaps an engineer. Once refurbished, the kits are sent abroad to help families in poverty become self-reliant and learn new skills.

     

    The next Farmers Market takes place on Saturday 27th July and we're hoping for warm sunshine!


     
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    BAILDON IS A TOWN 12th June 2013

    Baildon Parish Council has decided that Baildon should formally be given the title of town and the Parish Council will in future be known as Baildon Town Council.

     

    Following informal consultations and discussion with local residents over several months, Parish Councillors voted that 'town' was an appropriate description for Baildon. The key arguments in favour of adopting the use of the term 'town' are felt to be (a) the size of Baildon (our population is larger than the city of Ripon); (b) inclusivity (so that all the neighbourhoods of Baildon feel part of our municipality); and (c) the fact that our wide range of successful retail businesses makes Baildon a thriving economic entity.

     

    Over the coming months, Baildon Parish Council will be investigating whether it may be possible to bring back into use the civic regalia of the former Baildon Urban District Council, which was axed in local government reorganisation in the 1970s.


     
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    NEW WALK ADDED TO HERITAGE TRAILS 11th June 2013

    The Town Council is delighted to announce the publication of the eleventh in the series of Heritage Trails. These walks around Baildon are produced by Baildon Local History Society and can be downloaded from this website as well as purchased from Baildon Library for £1.

     

    The new walk is called The Salt Market and covers around 3 miles across Baildon Moor to the ancient Salt Market site at Little London and back along Sconce Lane.

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    GRANTS AWARDED TO 7 BAILDON ORGANISATIONS 10th June 2013

    Baildon Parish Council confirmed its support for seven local community organisations by awarding them grants to enable their activities to develop.

     

    A start-up grant was awarded to a new Guide Group which has been formed at St Aidan's Church, and funds to purchase a table tennis table for community use were given to Baildon Methodist Church. The Parish Council was also pleased to be able to provide financial support to Denso Marston Nature Reserve to continue enhancement work at the nature reserve, and funds were given to Baildon Local History Society to pay for production of an additional local history walks booklet.

     

    Larger grants were also awarded to Baildon in Bloom in recognition of that group's sterling work in beautifying Baildon with floral displays, and to Baildon at Christmas to support the plans for this year's event on Sunday 2nd December. The Friends of Baildon Moor were also awarded funds for the improvement of a footpath at Sconce.

     

    Thanks were expressed to all these organisations for the excellent contribution they make to strengthening the community and enhancing the environment in and around Baildon.



     
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    SUCCESS AT SOUTHCLIFFE DRIVE 5th March 2013

    Baildon Parish Council is delighted to announce that funding has been secured for a new playground at Southcliffe Drive in Baildon, thanks to a recent decision by WREN. (WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.

     

    A grant of £52,000 was awarded by WREN, a not-for-profit business that helps people living close to landfill sites with community, conservation and heritage projects.

     

    Chris Flecknoe, Chair of the Parish Council's Health and Youth Committee, said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the news that WREN has awarded a grant for new play equipment at Southcliffe Drive. Many local people have told us they want to see our playgrounds improved. As a result, we have been working closely with Bradford Council to do something about it. We identified that the current play equipment at Southcliffe Drive is in the worst state of repair of all our village. Local children and parents came along to a fun day last August to show their support for the project and to indicate their preferences as to design and equipment. We have worked closely with Bradford Council; InCommunities; and Baildon Community Link to achieve the best possible value for money and the best design."


     
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    COUNCIL SUPPORTS YOUTH WORK WITH HALE 1st March 2013

    Baildon Parish Council has approved a further allocation of funds to HALE (Healthy Living Project based in Shipley) for a continuation of the successful youth work which the Parish Council funded last year. HALE will provide a Wednesday evening youth session from its Mobile Outreach Vehicle (MOV). The MOV will initially be parked in the Ferniehurst area of Baildon on Wednesday evenings, but the Parish Council Health and Youth Committee will shortly be convening a meeting of all agencies working with young people in Baildon to consider whether this is the most appropriate location and ensure linkage between youth work organisations across Baildon.

     

    The MOV is a converted bus which provides informal space for staff and volunteers to engage with young people for discussion and craft work. It has cooking facilities and there is a small private counselling room.

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