LINGUIST, LECTURER AND BROADCASTER DAVID CRYSTAL, appeared at the Octagon in Grassington on Sunday 4th February 2018 and despite it being a very cold evening the event was a sell-out. Professor Crystal's talk was fascinating, he brought all aspects of the English language to life - accents, dialects et al. March
“CAPTAIN SCOTT THE MAN AND THE MYTH” WITH HEATHER LANE, at Amerdale Hall in Arncliffe at 7.30pm on 16th March 2018. Heather was appointed Librarian and Keeper of Collections at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, where she established the new Polar Museum. This was a fabulous evening and all the tickets were sold out. Heather's talk kept everyone captivated. The evening was rounded off with supper. A great success.
DR ANNIE GRAY OF THE BBC “SWEETMAKERS FAME”, is a food historian, writer and broadcaster who came to give us a talk on Queen Victoria’s sweet tooth. The evening was followed by a buffet meal. This was a fantastic event and a very special evening at the beautiful Parceval Hall on 10th May 2018 at 5pm. The staff at Parceval Hall couldn't have looked after us any better. Annie Gray held us all captivated with her superb talk and the weather was perfect for a stroll around the gardens.
SPRING QUIZ – The annual spring quiz and supper was held again at Conistone with Kilnsey Village hall and was a good evening with questions set by Pam Devine and Ron Norman. There was a wide variety of questions with an opportunity for everyone to be an expert on one topic or another!
PHOTOGRAPHY DAY Friday 15th June at Conistone with Kilnsey Hall
After a hugely successful day last year, Andrew Brooks agreed to come back again for another photography workshop. People learned how to get the best out of their cameras and how to make the most of their surroundings to produce the best photographs. Once again this proved to be a very popular UWALS event and fortunately for us the weather stayed fine.
LOCAL HISTORY EXHIBITION “UPPER WHARFEDALE 1918 – A COMMUNITY WITH ONE EYE ON THE WORLD AND THE OTHER ON THE DALES” - FUNDED BY THE BIG LOTTERY.
Saturday July 14th and Sunday July 15th 2018 in Grassington Town Hall and the Octagon Theatre.
This fantastic UWALS event was an opportunity for visitors to learn about all aspects of life in Upper Wharfedale at the end of WWI. So much of the social history of this period is being lost and a group of UWALS members has been working hard to capture it before it is too late. There were photos and written accounts, demonstrations of local crafts, performances in the octagon “Yorkshire women in WW1”, a performance of letters from the Front and a chance to hear ballads and folk songs once so familiar in Yorkshire, now rarely heard. The tea room was entertained by UWALS choir master Ron Norman who played popular early 20th century songs on the piano.
WWI devastated many lives and changed society significantly, but its impact was not the same for everyone and this exhibition explored aspects of life in Upper Wharfedale that challenged our assumptions. Approximately 500 people attended the exhibition over the two days and the feedback has been amazing with many people asking for the displays to be exhibited again and for further exhibitions to be undertaken by the UWALS membership.
This event was made possible by a Big Lottery grant - THANKYOU!
“A JOURNEY WITH SIMON ARMITAGE” -FRIDAY 21st September 2018 at the Octagon Grassington.
This was a rare opportunity to join Simon Armitage for an evening of readings from his prose and poetry on the theme of ‘Journeys’ in the intimate space of the Octagon, Grassington. It was fabulous evening enjoyed by everyone who attended. We were also joined by the Grove Book shop from Ilkley who were selling copies of Simon's books at the end of the evening. The evening was a sell out and our apologies to go anyone who was unable to get a ticket for the event.
LOCAL HISTORY EXHIBITION
On 4th and 5th March 2017 we held our first Local History Exhibition in the Village Hall Kettlewell. Two of our members had kindly loaned photographs and documents from their vast collection for the exhibition and the day was an outstanding success.
Over 300 people visited the exhibition over the weekend and it kindled tremendous interest and enthusiasm. Most people stayed for a considerable length of time, such was their absorption in the display, and many came back the following day. As a community event, it was more successful than we could have imagined. We managed to raise £333 for St Oswald’s church and the same amount for UWALS, which will help us to put on an exciting programme of events next year. In response to the many requests received, we are looking at mounting a similar display this summer. We must thank Patsy and Malcom Campbell as well as the committee of Kettlewell hall, and everyone who gave up their time to bake, sell raffle tickets and serve refreshments on the day.
AN EVENING WITH BARRIE RUTTER GRASSINGTON OCTAGON 13TH MAY 2017
We are delighted to report this was a hugely successful event thoroughly enjoyed by a sell-out audience. It was an evening of laughter, provocation and pathos. We owe Barrie tremendous thanks for coming to entertain us for a, frankly, derisory fee!
One poem was received with loud applause and that was "Pillow Talk" by Hull Poet Maurice Rutherford.
'Pillow-Talk' was first published in "Love is a Four-Letter World" by the now, sadly no longer trading, Peterloo Poets. The poem is also included in "And Saturday is Christmas, New and selected Poems", 2011. currently in stock by Shoestring Press, also distributed by Central Books; both can be contacted online.
Members can read more about Maurice Rutherford on his website www.mauricerutherford.com
We were lucky enough to secure the services of professional photographer, Andrew Brooks - to come and spend a day with us at Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall on Wednesday 19th July 2017.
Andrew gave us advice on capturing the landscape, buildings, flora and fauna. The day included two 'photo-walks' followed by discussion and analysis of the days work.
The feedback we received was extremely positive and we are hoping to arrange another workshop in 2018. If you would like to see some of the photographs taken on the day see:
"Excellent Day – tutor could deal with both beginners and those with lots of experience. Venues for walks excellent – plenty of time to think about photos and particularly camera settings."
"First class talk by Andrew provided lots of support and assistance to everyone despite different levels of experience. The event was very well planned, food very, very good as was the service. Great friendships created in such a short event."
THE FUNK WIRE SUMMER SING ALONG
The FUNK WIRE held a "Summer Sing Along" at the Falcon, Arncliffe on Thursday 17th August 2017. It was a midsummer mash-up of seasonal smashes and karaoke ‘classix!’ and pulled in a great crowd. The evening was a great success and enjoyed by the choir and the audience alike. Song sheets were sold which raised £83 for Upper Wharfedale fell rescue
AN AFTERNOON WITH SOPHIE HANNAH 31st AUGUST 2017
Sophie Hannah is an international bestselling writer who came to talk to us about her novels and her relationship with the Agatha Christie Foundation. It was a wonderful afternoon and Sophie's talk was informative and very entertaining. The event was a sell out and everyone rounded off the afternoon with a cream tea!
IAN MCMILLAN & TONY HUSBAND in "A CARTOON HISTORY OF HERE" 13 OCTOBER 2017
Ian and Tony presented a wonderful evening of tales, poems and cartoons which delighted a sell-out audience at the Octagon Theatre in Grassington. We have had many requests to arrange for Ian McMillan to perform for us again and whilst the Programme for 2018 has now been finalised it may be an option for the future.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ENGLISHES
Our launch event was in November 2016 when we were treated to a talk by Ron Norman on "A brief History of Englishes". For anyone with even a vague interest in accents and dialects it was a wonderful evening. Ron gave us all a fascinating insight into the origin of accents and dialects with audio recordings to test our knowledge of accents from the recent past and those still in use today. It was a great evening and was well attended. The evening was rounded off with light refreshments, a raffle and a question and answer session.
12th MAY 2016 AN ART AND LITERATURE QUIZ AT CONISTONE WITH KILNSEY VILLAGE HALL
This was a great evening where everyone tested their knowledge of Art and Artists, Books and Literature, Music and Cinema. Teams competed for first prize before they enjoyed their supper. The evening was such a success that we have been asked if we can make this an annual event. Thanks to Pam Devine, Ron Norman and Pam Palferman for their hard work in compiling the questions for the quiz.