Big Top Beauty and the Beast – 29th November to 3rd December 2017

“Roll Up! Roll Up! Step right this way for a phantasmagorical delight – the Greatest Show on Earth!”

Bradford Players, in their 91st year, present for you, for one week only, a spectacle the like of which you will never before have seen. Is it a panto? Is it a circus? Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is? Oh no, yes… It’s both!

Rose is a beautiful but humble popcorn vendor wishing for better things in life. Zitrot is an evil ring mistress who craves for that one remarkable attraction to complete her menagerie of performers. Meanwhile, something/one lurks in a nearby castle, lonely and in need of love. Who will come out on top? The big top!

Written by one of Bradford Players own, Charlie Vincent (with assistance from Rebecca Stoppard), we hope that when our circus/panto rolls into town, you won’t be left feeling down...

Big Top Beauty and the Beast 29th November to 3rd December 2017

We are so pleased and excited to be given the honour of presenting this brand NEW Pantomime, written by Charlie Vincent and Rebecca Stoppard. Based on the story of Beauty and The Beast with the bonus of being set in a Circus. 

Intrigued, then why not come along and see for yourselves how the many Circus characters help bring love to the Beast.

The cast of characters is endless, but here are a few to give you a taster. Mystic Mallory (the fortune telling Dame) & her silly son Russell, Zitrot the Ring Mistress (and baddy) accompanied by the comedy duo Ruff and Tumble. Cyril and Cecil Butlers to the Beast, and of course the beautiful Rose. In addition, we have an amazing ensemble of Circus acts such as Tina the terrified Tightrope walker, Marjory the Marginally Accurate Knife Thrower, Belinda the Bearded lady, Nellie the elephant, and many more.

There will be all the usual pantomime fun, jokes , songs and dance, great costumes, and of course plenty of audience participation. So why not join us. We are delighted to be performing at The Bradford Playhouse in Little Germany. The Playhouse has a lovely old theatre feel to it with comfortable seating in the Stalls and Circle and a Bar for your interval refreshment, and plenty of secure parking just across the road.

Click here to buy tickets 

or contact the theatre direct on 01274 800415.


Queensbury Walking Group Ascent Of Penyghent Saturday 25th February 2017

Members of the Queensbury Walking Groups are departing Queensbury on Saturday 25th February and travelling to Helwith Bridge. They will then walk up the gentle slopes of Penyghent, then reaching the steep ascent to the summit, a bit of a scramble to the top. Then down the other side to Hull Pot, Horton in Ribblesdale and a walk along the banks of the Ribble back to Helwith Bridge.

Due to the prevailing weather conditions, 59 mph winds on the summit of Penyghent and safety concerns the walk has been amended. We are now walking the Silsden area.

Penyghent will be walked perhaps next month.

Queensbury Walking Groups Narrow Boat Day At Hebden Bridge Saturday 29th April 2017

Queensbury Walking Groups are having a day out on the Rochdale canal on Saturday 29th April 2017. We are hiring a narrow boat and will cruise from Hebden Bridge in the direction of Todmorden, we do not expect to arrive there due to time constraints. As usual cooking facilities are available on the boat, so we will be having delicious bacon, egg and other items in a butty cooked by the galley crew. On the return we may just have time to moor outside the Stubbing Wharfe pub for a swift one before returning the boat.

We all take turns at being the captain, steering the boat, navigating the locks and instructing the others to safely work the locks.

Saturday 15th October – The Great War Remembered

Local History – The First World War

For the past two years we as a nation have been commemorating the centenary of the First World War and The Great War, many will have watched the Somme commemorations earlier this year. Closer to home a number of smaller events have been held in the village such as, cemetery walks and our own service to remember the first day of the Somme, these local events have been well supported. Afterwards I tend to meet a number of people who wish they had known earlier or were going to attend but for whatever reason the information did not reach them.

So this is an advance warning of a date to add to your diary, on Saturday 15th October two separate graveside services of remembrance will be held in the village for two servicemen who died just a week apart and who were both buried in their own community.

William Sharp lived on Ladysmith Road and was a casualty of the Somme, having been wounded at the front line he returned to England where he died in Huddersfield War Hospital on the 17th October 1916. He was buried at Ambler Thorn Methodist (New) Burial Ground. A service will be held at 10.45 am in this cemetery which is situated at the entrance of Shibden Head Lane. Please meet at 10.30 am and it is recommended that sturdy footwear is worn as this cemetery is somewhat neglected.

William Herbert Hodgson was a mechanic/navigator in the Royal Naval Air Service and drowned off the coast of Kent following a seaplane accident on the 12th October 1916. He lived at South Bank and his funeral was described in the Halifax Courier as a “Striking Queensbury spectacle”, as his coffin was carried into Queensbury Cemetery hundreds of onlookers packed the cemetery. The service for William Herbert Hodgson to be held at his grave in Queensbury Cemetery will start at 11.45am.

These services, organised by myself and Friends of Queensbury Cemetery, are a great opportunity to hear more about local history and of the men from Queensbury who fought in the First World War, both services will feature a detailed talk on the men followed by the service of remembrance, musical support will be provided by the Scout band who will play hymns from the original service of William Hodgson, finally those attending are welcome to bring wreaths/flowers to lay at the gravesides.

Andrew Mitchell

Queensbury the Great War Remembered