It’s all go at the Pear Tree, Battyeford near Mirfield this Easter for Alan Ingle. The ex-Rastrick and Brighouse landlord is having an Easter Egg hunt for the children starting from 2pm this Sunday, and weather permitting it will also be the official opening of the beer garden for summer complete with the Deck Inn bar.
Alan confirmed they are just finishing the moorings and all being well at the weekend they will have boat trips up and down the river, and the outside bar, named the Deck Inn, will be open and also the barbecue will be stoked up. “Fingers crossed the weather is good and all can go ahead as planned,” Alan said.
Alan’s wife Emmy and son Matey will be returning to Thailand on April 15, so on Sunday April 12 they are holding a “See you soon” party which will have a 60/70/80s disco theme and there will also be a buffet.
Alan will go out to Thailand in June to join them both, enjoy some holiday and hopefully finalise their visas and bring them home for good in July.
“Emmy is going to be looking for a property for us to buy while she is over there this time for our future plans down the line,” Alan confirmed.
Meanwhile, back at the Pear Tree, Alan said he has lots planned for the summer including the installation of water polo goal posts at the Pear Tree mooring. The Pennine Rowing and Canoeing Club is now based at Battyeford and will be having events and practices up and down the river past the Pear Tree.
The Calder and Hebble Navigation has also been in touch with Alan, and on Bank Holiday weekends and when it is good weather over the summer, they will be offering free boat trips up and down the river from the pub’s moorings.
Alan is also pleased to introduce a new chef. Alex Plumridge, who was head chef at Whiteley’s Garden Centre for eight years, followed by an 18-month stint at Willow Valley Golf Club, Clifton, is bringing his experience and cooking flair to the Pear Tree.
l Tonight (Thursday) at the Barge the jam session is with The Heroes. On Friday evening The Carnival are on stage followed on Saturday night by The Covers. The Bank Holiday Weekend’s live music is wrapped up on Sunday by The Moonlight Trio.
l At Jeremy’s this Easter it has “Bootylicious” playing funk and 90s dance classics on Good Friday. Then on Saturday Lew Ray will be playing pop covers. On Easter Sunday it has a family fun day from noon until 6pm with a barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting, guess the teddy’s name and the proceeds to Overgate Hospice, Elland, plus free treats for children. From 4pm there is acoustic music from Sam Hendricks, and then from 8pm funky duo Abi and Marc return playing pop covers to get you in the Bank Holiday mood.
l At the Whitehall, Hipperholme, this Easter it has live music on Good Friday from Ska band Natural Rhythm, playing the likes of Madness, Bad Manners and many more. Then on Saturday night Mark Vento will be on the decks from 8pm. On Easter Sunday there is a Family Day from 1pm until 5pm with a bouncy castle outside, egg and spoon races for the children, plus an egg hunt and free food and nibbles with everyone welcome.
l The Rastrick Bowling and Social Club had a great year in 2014 supporting the Forget Me Not Hospice, raising more than £500, and this year the club has chosen to support Overgate Hospice. This Friday at 8pm the club has Mike Leigh with his Neil Diamond tribute “Diamond Nights” along with local comedian Zack Stevens. Tickets are just £8 from the club and all proceeds from the night will go to the hospice.
The following Friday, April 10 , the club’s football team is running a race night from 8pm to which everyone is welcome, and horses are available now from the club’s steward Kate.
l The Calder now has a Grill Night on Wednesdays; buy any grill main meal and receive a free drink. Tonight (Thursday) is the Big Easter Quiz with a guaranteed jackpot of £100. On Good Friday there is “Easter Bunnies and Hunks” fancy dress and a DJ from 9pm with the pub’s very own Calder Chippendales.
Then it’s the Saturday Scramble, DJ from 9pm playing all the hits from all the decades. Sunday sees the return of the Funk and Soul Club from 3pm-8pm, followed by the 80s and 90s Revival with DJ Russ. Also kids eat free all Easter weekend, and there is an Easter bunny hunt on Sunday from noon until 3pm.
Also be on standby for Saturday, April 11, to enjoy an afternoon at “Aintree” for the Grand National. The pub’s windows facing into Huddersfield Road have been emblazoned with caricature horses and jockeys, and with a bookmakers next door it is looking to be one atmospheric Saturday afternoon.