Irish Night at the George – Friday 4th March 2016 – With Rakish Paddy


The Queensbury Community 1940’s Day Committee are trying to raise funds to put on another 1940’s Day for Saturday 18th June 2016. To enable this we are hosting this Irish night at the George. As usual we have to pay the band. Please make a donation to allow to do this. Any surplus will go towards funding the 1940’s Day which has free entry to all in the afternoon. It will be an outstanding community event.

Rakish Paddy are a first class Calderdale band, make your requests of songs direct to the band.

Rakish Paddy

Rakish Paddy at Sowerby Bridge

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Queensbury Over 50’s Exercise for Health

Keep Moving – Exercise for health:
These fun and friendly sessions for over 50’s provide circuit based exercises to enable participants to improve mobility, stamina, overall fitness and increase strength.

The weekly sessions are run by Jenny Finn, a REPs level 3 qualified and B.E.E.P approved tutor, on Monday mornings 10:30 – 11:30 am at Victoria Hall, Queensbury.

Cost £2.50 per session.

Everyone is welcome!

For further details, please contact Jenny on 01274 835234

Queensbury Ward Partnership – Minutes 8 December 2015


3rd Floor, Jacob’s Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW

Queensbury Ward Partnership

On Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 7.00pm at

Holy Trinity Church, West End, Queensbury, BD13 2AD


Statements attributed to individuals in these notes are not to be read as the views or opinions of either Bradford MDC or the Forum, but solely as the views of the person making them

  1. Welcome and Introductions

Taj opened the meeting, introduced himself, briefly explained his role as Ward Officer and welcomed everyone present.

People present included Mohammed Taj (Ward Officer); Councillor Paul Cromie; Councillor Lisa Carmody; Joan Milner; Geoff Milner; Andrew Senior; Alan Senior; Carol Bower; Sue Shrine; David Mitchell; Norah McWilliam; Joan Shepherd; Lynda Cromie; Carolyn Jowett; Pat Sayers; Michelle Eggett, Queensbury resident and Public Governor, BDCFT; and Sharon Dunwoodie (Note Taker).

  1. Apologies

Apologies were received from Councillor Michael Walls; Sue Dickerson; Richard Houseago; Beryl Robinson; J Bird; Kelsey Trevethick; Jane Holdsworth; Kathryn Halford; David Lightfoot; Dave Dodwell; Mark Chenery; Sheila Thornton; Hazel Pearson; Sue Dewdney; Karol Whettlock; Stuart Walker; Vicky Robinson; Matt Bibby; Barbara Dalby; Roger Hyde; Mike Tomkinson; Emma Jones; Neil Myers and representatives of Queensbury Cricket Club; Representatives from West Yorkshire Police.

  1. Minutes of Last Meeting – October 2015

The minutes of the last meeting required no amendment. The minutes were then accepted as correct by Cllr Cromie and seconded by David Mitchell.

  1. Matters Arising

The matters arising from the minutes were –

Point 6 – Youth information and consultation event – This was held on 14 November ad attended by the Lord Mayor. Three proposals were put forward for a skate park in the village but no location has been selected yet – Emma Jones to carry out further consultation with schools about this. Also there were two proposals for new changing rooms at Foxhill recreation ground, one traditionally constructed and one modular – Mick Priestley from Parks and Recreation will carry out further consultation with the clubs that use this ground. The plan is to demolish the existing changing rooms and rebuild them.

Point 7 – Smelly Wagons petition – Cllr Cromie updated the group. He said that the petition was presented at Full Council meeting earlier today where there was a debate on this issue. It was agreed that the petition be referred to the Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee for further discussion.

  1. Update from Community Groups & Community Events 2016

The 1940’s Group advised that they have bought paint from REPAINT and intend to spruce up the Conservative Club in or around April 2016, including reglazing, reupholstery and cleaning the carpets. Also two “Ceilidh nights” are planned for February and April 2016.

The Friends of Queensbury Cemetery said that the Military Walks had been well attended despite the bad weather and it was hoped to do more in 2016. Pat will ensure that as much notice is given as possible to attract participants.

The Queensbury Life Church is presenting a production of “The Night Before Christmas” at 6.15 pm – 8.00 pm, on 9 December 2015, tickets available at £4.00 each. The following Wednesday 16 December 2016 there are Carols in the Mill from 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm. There will be a stall for having photos taken with the Nativity Crib free of charge.

Cycle Queensbury had to cancel their “Winter Warmer” event following the death of Mr Summers. On 27 December 2015 there will be a Bradford Christmas Cycle Ride starting at Centenary Square and going round all the bike shops. They are also setting up kiddies’ “learn to ride” sessions at Shibden Head Primary Academy in the Easter holidays, for age 3 years and above, free of charge. This is not a road safety session, it is to help children to be confident on their bikes.

QCHAP congratulated Joan on the success of the craft fair on 31 October 2015. They have installed three more heaters in the mill. On Saturday 12 December 2015 there is the “enchanted forest” in the mill for children, which looks lovely. Also there will be a monthly Makers Market on a Saturday from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm which it is hoped will establish itself as part of Queensbury life. On Saturday 19 December 2015 between 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm there is a pre Christmas celebration, the band will play and there will be stalls with bric-a-brac etc – all welcome. Thanks were offered to Bradford South for funding the event.

Queensbury Civic Society is holding a Christmas party on 14 December 2015 at the Baptist Church with a buffet and entertainment, admission charge is £5.00.

A member of the Queensbury Sports and Social Club (QSSC) then asked why the changing room project at Foxhill recreation ground was being considered when there was a half finished club house with parking for 40 vehicles and all those facilities at their club.

The member then circulated drawing (dated 16/05/08) of the proposed new club house and changing rooms at QSSC and gave an update on the project. A debate ensued and it transpired that this project was a funded by Sport England and Bradford Council, however due to a longstanding ongoing dispute this has been held in abeyance since 2012.

QSSC asked Taj if the Council would take the project over. Taj explained that Bradford Council leased the recreation land to QSSC to build and then operate a sports and social club. QSSC is contracted to and have received funding from both Sport England and the Council. The current lease/licence are the contract are still live and there remains the possibility that any failure by QSSC to achieve the previously agreed conditions could lead to funding being clawed back from them. This was reiterated by Cllr Cromie. Cllr Carmody said that she had recently looked in to this issue in depth in an attempt to mediate to end the stalemate and had drawn up a list of actions to try to progress the matter.

QSSC asked if Section 106 money could be freed up to use for this project. Taj clarified the position relating to this money – it has to be used for public ownership projects for community benefit. QSSC argued that the club house was a benefit to the community but it was agreed that it would not qualify for funding under the Section 106 legislation.

QSSC said £140K of their own funding was invested in the club house and they had no more funds even to pay the insurance premiums for the empty building and again asked Taj if the Council would take the project over. Taj reiterated that the Council had been trying to progress this but if QSSC could not fulfil their part of the contract, the Directors needed to Sport England and the Council. Cllr Carmody said that there were too many legalities involved to discuss at this meeting and that she would try her best to help resolve the matter. Cllr Cromie said he had received an e-mail from the current Director of QSSC which made it clear what was going on in this case and that he would circulate this email.

Taj drew the debate to a close and summarised that nothing further on the project can progressed until the retention is released by Sport England and Bradford Council and as far as he was aware, QSSC had not yet applied for their release. To set the ball rolling, they needed to take this step. Cllr Carmody reminded QSSC of her action plan which, if followed, she felt would move things forward in an acceptable manner for all. QSSC said they had applied to the RFL for financial help also.

Other group members commented and said that it was a squabble that needed to be resolved for everyone’s benefit. Another member pointed out that the focus was always on football and rugby. This did not appeal to some boys and also whilst open to girls, generally they were poorly catered for.

Sue (Vicar) said that her last service as Vicar was on 24 January 2016 after six years. She said she was very pleased to have been involved in the group and wished all the organisations well for the future. Taj offered thanks to Sue from all members of the group and all agreed she would be sorely missed.

  1. Council update

Cllr Cromie advised that Queensbury Church Partnership (QCP) were continuing to hold coffee mornings on a Tuesday from 10.00 am – lunchtime. These have been very popular.

St Theresa’s Church is also holding a coffee morning every Wednesday for QCP.

There is also “Tea and Toast” at the Holy Trinity Church on the last Thursday of the month from 10.00 am – 11.30 am, which is free of charge.

Taj said he was developing a Ward Calendar focusing on events and activities targeted at the elderly, to distinguish them from general events. Anyone having any events for this or the Queensbury Village Calendar should contact Kathryn Halford or him.

Cllr Carmody advised that there will be a four course Community Christmas Dinner on 26 December 2015 at Jungle Junction for those who are alone, vulnerable or in poverty. There are enough volunteers to run the event. It is intended to cater for 40 adults and 25 children but there may be more. It is free but all donations gratefully received.

Cllr Carmody is also going out with the group distributing warm coats to vulnerable people. Donations are still welcome, particularly men’s coats and sleeping bags or anything else to keep people warm. Please drop off any items at Jungle Junction, and a free play session for January 2016 will be given in return.

Cllr Carmody informed the meeting about Community Chest Funding from Bradford South. The next deadline to submit applications is at the end of February 2016.

  1. Police update

Unfortunately no representative from the Police was in attendance and no update had been sent to Taj.

  1. Any Other Business

Cycle Queensbury advised that from 21 January 2016 they will hold monthly meetings on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.00 pm at the Halfway House. All are welcome.

  1. Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 7.00pm.

There were no further issues raised, therefore Taj thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.30pm

Planning Queensbury 3 February 2016 – Cllr Paul Cromie


Detached dwelling – revised plot 1 (approval 15/00470/MAF) (new drawing received 02/02/2016) – 62 Long Lane Queensbury Bradford West Yorkshire BD13 2LR

Ref. No: 16/00176/FUL | Received date: Fri 08 Jan 2016 | Status: Pending Consideration | Case Type: Planning Application

Change of use from C3 dwelling to A1 shop at ground floor with storage at first floor and new shopfront – 82 High Street Queensbury Bradford West Yorkshire BD13 2PA

Ref. No: 16/00378/FUL | Received date: Wed 20 Jan 2016 | Status: Pending Consideration | Case Type: Planning Application

Shaun Markey – Auction Raised £2,800


Last Saturday night  saw the long awaited Auction take place at the Queensbury Golf Club which was held to raise funds to help Shaun Markey realise his dream trip to Disney land. A fantastic evening was had and the event was exceptionally attended. The exact total raised is not yet known but it is thought that the final sum will be in the area of a fantastic £2,800.  Community Champion, David Lightfoot, would like to thank everyone involved, donors, bidders and everyone who attended who made this event such a success. Pictured is Auctioneer, Mick Jack, working hard doing his bit for Shaun.


City Park Event Listing 2016 – Cllr Paul Cromie

City Park Event Listing 2016
Date Event Name Event Type Time Location
28-Jan-16 Exporting is Great   8am-4:30am City Park
13-Mar-16 Epilepsy action Charity Road Race 8:15am-10:45am City Park
23-Mar-16 Breast Awareness Charity Awareness 10:00am-19:00 Centenary Square
24-Mar-16 Breast Awareness Charity Awareness 10:00am-19:01 Centenary Square
24-Apr-16 St Georges Day Scouts Parade 11:00am-14:30pm Centenary Square
11-May-16 Bradford City Fire Memorial TBC TBC City Park
18-May-16 The Royal Ballet in Frankenstein          New Royal Opera House TBC Big Screen
28-May-16 Bradford Pride   TBC City Park
04-Jun-16 Sky Ride ( Provisional)      
09-Jun-16 The Royal Opera in Nabucco Royal Opera House TBC Big Screen
10-Jun-16 Queens 90th birthday Schools Event    
       12th June-3rd July-16 Yorkshire Festival TBC   TBC TBC
25-Jun-16 Armed Forces Day     City Park
09-Jul-16 Bradford Festival Arts and Music Festival 10:00am- 21:00pm City Park
10-Jul-16 Bradford Festival Arts and Music Festival 10:00am- 21:00pm City Park
11-Jul-16 Bradford Festival Arts and Music Festival 10:00am- 21:00pm City Park
14-Jul-16 The Royal Opera in Trovatore New ROH Production Royal Opera House TBC Big Screen
16-Jul-16 Big City Play Day Family Fun Day 13:00pm-16:00pm Centenary Square
30-Jul-16 Rock Against Racism   TBC TBC
13-Aug-16 Bradford Classic Car Show Static Car Show 10am-4pm City Park
13-Nov-16 Remembrance Day   TBC TBC
19-Nov-16 Christmas Light Switch On     City Park


Community News for Queensbury and Thornton. 18 January 2016

AUCTION NIGHT: In aid of the Shaun Markey appeal. At Queensbury Golf Club on Saturday 23rd at 7pm. FREE entry and FREE hot supper, there will be a huge raffle and plenty of entertainment as well as lots of wonderful items up for auction donated by local people, so bring plenty of cash! Please come along and support Shine with Shaun, the auction will start at 8pm; Everyone welcome!
CHEERLEADING CLASSES: For 5-8 year olds 4.15 – 6pm (cheer, flips and tricks) and for 9 years and over 6.15-8pm on Wednesdays. IDTA Ballet and Tap for all ages on Thursdays from 4.30pm onwards at AKA Dance Studios, 53 West End, Queensbury, BD13 2BD please call 07454945252 for details or visit
JOB CLUB: If you are out of work and don’t have internet access at home, we are here to help! Pop along to QCP @  the Bank, 36 High Street Queensbury, every Tuesday 9-12 where you will be able to log on to Universal Job Search and get help by our volunteers. If you are interested in employability training please ask, we have free courses on offer! Call 01274 816748 or 07592011977.
LIBRARY MEETING: A public consultation meeting is being held to discuss the future of the library services in Bradford West,(CLAYTON, THORNTON, & HAWORTH ROAD) on Monday 25th January from 6pm – 7pm at CITY library, Centenary Square, Bradford.  There is also a drop in session from 4pm – 6pm for those unable to attend the meeting. All those concerned with this issue are invited to attend and voice an opinion.
Our Sunday service on 24th January will start at 10.30am and will be led by Geoff Briggs.
Please come along and refreshments available
We will be celebrating Our 30th Anniversary of the Church on Saturday 19th March.
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Lots of memorabilia to see, food and music to listen too and also enjoy the flower festival