Birthday candles set to be lit for celebrations

Rastrick Library, Crowtree Lane, Rastrick.
Rastrick Library, Crowtree Lane, Rastrick.

RASTRICK Library is preparing to celebrate its centenary in style with special guests, workshops and brass band performance.

Two weeks of events are planned with ongoing exhibitions of ‘Rastrick Then and Now’.

Starting on November 13 the Rastrick Library Readers’ Group are inviting people to meet Peter Robinson, author of the Inspector Banks crime novels.

Tickets are £5 and £3 for concessions and available from the library.

David Nortcliffe presents a history walk in the library environs on Saturday November 17 costing £3.

At 1.30pm a short talk about the history of the library and area will be given before a walk looking at the story of Rastrick over seven centuries. The walk finishes at 4.15pm back at the library with refreshments.

A memorabilia roadshow will take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Monday November 19.

People can drop in to share their memories of school, work and family life in Rastrick. Old photographs and newspaper cuttings can be brought where a team of local experts will help identify and give information if possible.

Between 5.30pm and 7.30pm a family history session will take place where people can trace their ancestors with a one-to-one taster session using the library computers.

A repeat of Monday’s session will be held on November 20 with the memorabilia roadshow, 5pm - 7pm, and the family history session 2.30pm - 4.30pm, and on November 21 at 10.30am - 12.30pm

Also on Wednesday at 7pm there will be a local history talk with Nick Barrett, broadcaster and historian, and best known for his work on the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are? Tickets are available, from the library, £5 and £3 for concessions.

The birthday candles will be lit on November 22 where there will be an all day tea party from 10am until 3pm. The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale will cut the cake at 4pm.

The grand finale will see Brighouse and Rastrick band play on November 24 at St Matthew’s Parish Church, Rastrick, 7.30pm.

Tickets are £12 and available from Rastrick and Brighouse libraries, and Mrs M Usher on 01484 720390.

Places are limited for all of the events so booking is essentail. Call 01484 714858