Friends branch out as plans put in motion for Brighouse Arts Festival

Opening event for Brighouse Arts Festival at Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse. Jane and Tom Ratcliffe and Steven Lord.
Opening event for Brighouse Arts Festival at Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse. Jane and Tom Ratcliffe and Steven Lord.

The Friends of the Rydings are branching out and offering a series of talks for the public at the Smith Art Gallery.

These will run on the last Friday of every month and begin with a talk by David Glover entitled “Franz Ferdinand and Sophie: the killings that changed Europe” on Friday, February 27, at 2pm.

David is a well known local speaker with the ability to engage his audience on a number of well researched and presented topics. This talk charts the beginning of World War One through the assassinations in Sarajevo to the outbreak of war in Europe.

This is followed on March 27 by a presentation on “The Life and Times of Charles Dickens” by Pat Osborne.

There is no pre-booking and the cost is £3 or £2 for Friends and concessions. Refreshments will be provided with contributions towards the Friends of the Rydings group’s funds.

These talks will go on throughout the year and the Friends group is open to approaches from those who would like to help or present a talk on a subject of their own choice. Information concerning the other talks in the series is available in Brighouse Library or at www.brighousefestival.co.uk.

The Friends are also planning Brighouse Arts Festival with provisional dates for September 21 to 26 and already the programme is beginning to develop.

Tom Ratcliffe, one of the organisers of the festival, said: “We are interested in hearing from local and regional musicians who would like to be involved.

“This year we would like to run fringe arts events that are self-financed or can be supported through sponsorship.

“Brighouse and Rastrick Band has already committed to a concert which we know will receive much public support. Our aim once again will be to bring a diverse range of arts activities designed to appeal to all members of the community and all age groups.

“Please let us know if you have any ideas, want to volunteer, can offer sponsorship or can help in kind.”