Coffee, music and top new menu show venues are full of beans

Pictured from the left are Liz Stafford , Helen Stafford ,Marsha Jones , Carolyn Stafford and a coffee morning at The Old Ship Inn
Pictured from the left are Liz Stafford , Helen Stafford ,Marsha Jones , Carolyn Stafford and a coffee morning at The Old Ship Inn

l Marsha Jones at The Old Ship Inn would like to pass on a massive thank you to all involved in the Malang Tito Memorial coffee morning held at Brighouse Central Methodist Church recently.

They raised a grand sum of £111 for the Kotu Quarry Widar Nursery School in Gambia, which the pub supports.

Malang ‘Arsenal’ Tito was a friend of Marsha’s who was unfortunately killed in crossfire in Tripoli, Libya, so Marsha has set about raising money in his memory for the Gambian school.

Many cakes and biscuits were donated and the event was supported fully by the churchgoers.

Marsha will be taking the funds personally to the school when she visits Gambia in January 2015.

l Busy times are ahead for Adrian Whitworth at The Beck who celebrated in August the pub being opened for 12 months and this week will celebrate his year at the helm.

Tonight (Thursday) to celebrate the real ale house is offering its selection of handpulls at £2.50 a pint.

“We have come a long way in 12 months,” added Adrian.

This Sunday’s Sunday Sessions is with Chris Martin, Scott Wainwright and Alfie Stockman, plus Stephen J Bolton from 4.30pm.

In October it will also be a year since Adrian started his popular Sunday Sessions at The Beck.

“It was one Wednesday night in September 2013. Pete Stone, Pam Stone and myself sat down and spoke about giving a platform for the region’s best songwriting talent and Sunday sessions for music at the Beck was born,” he said.

“On Sunday, October 6, we saw eight different acoustic players turn up to sing their songs and interpretations of classic songs.

“It took off from there and we now have a Sunday that musicians can perform at and Brighouse supports.”

This year Adrian has planned a birthday party for Sunday, October 5, but the interest was so big that it’s now a music festival all weekend, starting on October 3 running until Sunday, October 5.

“I have had beer festivals here but music is such a big part of what we do that it seemed fitting that we invite back the most popular of our musicians, plus new blood,” confirmed Adrian.

Friday, October 3, is new blood with roaming jamsters, Mic and Susie Darling, and JP Totham.

Saturday, October 4, they have Jake Smallbone’s band and on Sunday, October 5, it’s Dave Kennedy, Ian Crabtree, Rainey Street Band, Roger Davies, Ian Jeffries, Paul Raby, Chris Martin, Scott Wainwright and Diamond Dac, hosted by Adrian’s friends who got the great day all set up - Peter and Pam Stone (keystone acoustic).

Dave Kennedy and Ian Crabtree have also been a massive part of Sunday sessions and also deserve great praise too.

l Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge the weekly Jam Session is with Sean from Sully’s Heroes, then on Friday it’s Chicago Joe and The Soul Divas.

On Saturday Sully’s Heroes will be on stage and on Sunday it’s Mad Jack and The Hatters.

l This Friday night at Jeremy’s at the Boathouse Rachel Bray will have live music from Velvet Gold, a party band.

Then on Saturday evening it’s Kulabula, a rock punk and funk band.

On Sunday the acoustic session is from Waiting for Wednesday from 4pm.

l Darrell and Petra Brook will be hosting another evening of jazz in conjunction with the Brighouse Arts Weekend on September 18.

The restaurant will open at 6pm with music starting at 6.30pm until 9.30pm. To compliment this there will be a delicious menu on offer of two or three courses. Menu items include a French onion soup, smoked duck, bacon and pistachio terrine and warm filo moneybags filled with mushrooms and brie and garlic cream sauce to mention but a few of the starters on offer.

Main course a couple of tasty options are lemon and sage pork medallions or Mediterranean fish skewer with Bouillabaisse sauce and Aioli croute.

To finish lemon meringue flavour ice cream or pear and almond tart with many more options also available.

Booking is advisable as they are popular events.