Good Times: Music, food and Halloween treats

Dave Kennedy, Ian Crabtree and the Rainey Street Band at the Sunday Session at The Beck
Dave Kennedy, Ian Crabtree and the Rainey Street Band at the Sunday Session at The Beck

l The first weekend of October marked the one year anniversary of the Sunday Sessions at The Beck on Bradford Road.

Landlord Adrian Whitworth celebrated 12 months of acoustic music-filled Sunday afternoons with a full weekend of live music.

To entertain they had The Roaming Jamsters, Mic and Susie Darling, Blanty, JP Totham, Jake Smallbones, Gary Middleton, DB3, Dave Kennedy, Ian Crabtree and The Rainey Street Band, Roger Davies, Chris Martin and Diamond Dac all performing over the weekend.

Adrian would like to give special thanks to Peter Stone, Pam Stone, Dave Kennedy and Ian Crabtree for their support over the last 12 months.

“They have played for free, lent us equipment and stepped in to play at a minute’s notice and given us special performances,” Adrian said.

“We have discovered real gems like Jake Smallbones, Bella Gaffney, Dylan Brierley and Shelbi Paige Hoole along with established favourites such as Roger Davies, The Rainey Street Band and Ryan Spendlove.

“We hope to start regular Friday night Blues Sessions soon and find even more songwriting talent in the next year.”

l Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge it is the weekly jam session with Dean from The Trees, followed on Friday by Pinstripe Assassins.

On Saturday Wild Turkey will take to the stage and Sunday evening wraps up the live entertainment with Howlin Johnny and the 59 Sound.

l This Friday evening at Jeremy’s at the Boathouse they have Luke Michael from 9pm, who has a varied repertoire of songs such as Olly Murs, Michael Buble, Maroon 5 and Coldplay to name a few.

Saturday evening, again from 9pm, they have In Echoes, an energetic band playing a range of great hit songs. Then on the Sunday afternoon from 4pm they have In Echoes Acoustic.

Next Thursday they are holding a jazz and dine evening. Tickets are now on sale and selling out fast.

l Karl Rowley at The Shepherds Arms, Cowcliffe, has been in touch to say, despite the heavy roadworks, the pub is open for business as usual.

In November they are introducing either two rump or two sirloin steaks with a bottle of wine for £27.90, served Monday to Wednesday, lunch and evening, and £3 from every one ordered will be donated to Movember, which is when men grow moustaches to raise awareness of men’s cancer.

A gourmet menu is also being put together for the end of November, which will be on display in the pub and for people to book again to carry on the charity work for this cause.

l Landlady Natalie Hayton at The Sun Inn, Rastrick, has been in touch to say she is doing really well at the pub and has found her feet in her new venture as landlady.

Both the pub’s dominoes and pool teams have had a great start to the season. The quiz night is very popular, as is the Friday night disco.

On Friday, October 31 they are holding a Halloween party with the pub decorated throughout and the staff will be in fancy dress.

There will be prizes for the best fancy dress, party games and special drinks featuring Witches Brew and Vampire Blood. There will also be a spooky disco.

To add further to the entertainment Natalie has a Tarot reader coming.

It all starts at 7pm and all are welcome.

l Don’t forget if you are looking for a family Halloween event, Crow Nest Park Golf Club still has tickets available for its spooky evening on Friday, October 31. Tickets are on sale at £5 without food and £10 including food.

The Sir Titus Salt Suite will be transformed into a crypt for the evening and there will be live music and party games.