|Around 250 children will take part in a costume parade to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment of Cliffe Castle Park, which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players.
The children from six Keighley schools will march alongside Romans, Victorians and the ‘Spirit of the Future’ around the newly restored pond, marble fountains and new planting towards the glass show house on Thursday (29 June).
After learning about the contents of a recently recovered Victorian time capsule, the children took part in a workshop inside Cliffe Castle Museum to gain ideas from the exhibits of what to include in a new time capsule.
This will be presented to Bradford Lord Mayor Coun Abid Hussain before being buried for 50 years in the domed palm house.
The £4.5 million restoration of Cliffe Castle park is due to be completed by the end of next month with further celebrations planned.
Bradford Council successfully bid for £3.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “Parks for People” programme to carry out the work which started a year ago.
The project has been designed with support from volunteers in the Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This promises to be a great day for our young people to enjoy the culmination of this amazing project and for the rest of us to appreciate the value of both the museum and park at Cliffe Castle.
“They are tremendous assets for Keighley and the wider district. They can both be used by local schools to support a whole range of ways that help classroom teaching.
“It’s marvellous to see everything coming together and the whole area starting to take shape in its full summer splendour.”
Schools taking part in the parade are: Eastwood Community School, Haworth Primary Academy, Merlin Top Primary Academy, Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary, Riddlesden St Mary’s CE Primary, The Holy Family Catholic School.
Bradford Council is set to stage a host of colourful and creative street theatre acts at this year’s Bradford Festival.
In late July, City Park will burst into life with top quality acts from across the UK.
Innovating street theatre company, Highly Sprung will stage a piece offering a glimpse of a possible future Urban Astronaut.
Problems surrounding air pollution have grown to a crisis point and the work askes audiences if there is ‘a way back?’
Combining stunning design and a unique travelling flying machine with simple storytelling and a moving dance performance, Urban Astronaut searches for a solution to the environmental disaster which Highly Sprung believes is in our near future.
Award-winning international performance company, Markmark Productions will stage HMS Punafore, a hilarious musical comedy where the crew makes disastrous attempts to perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta.
Meet the Funnels by Artemis Productions is a comical interactive act featuring three chimneys which dance, toot their horns and play ‘follow the leader’.
When the time is right, the characters will surprise festival-goers by popping out like jack-in-the-boxes and invite people to join in with their games, fun and frivolity.
An amphibious pedalo has been cleverly adapted to take Reckless Invention characters, Mfanwy and Gfanwy, to places where normal pedalos cannot reach.
Pedalo is a two person peddle-about with an oceanic theme where the comical characters will attempt to impress City Park visitors with their sporting prowess and dreadful stunts.
Comical seafaring clichés from Treasure Island to Moby Dick will be played played out in Lifeboat, by Derbyshire-based street arts organisation, Artizani.
Audiences will be asked to ‘batten down the hatches’ as the shipwrecked Captain and Boatswain’s mate relive their comical tales of life on the seven seas.
Giant child-friendly fowl, the Puddle Ducks by Cirq Delight, will investigate every situation in Bradford’s City Park by curiously pecking at people’s bags and coats whilst quacking their way out of tricky situations.
Bradford’s master puppet makers, Cecil Green Arts, returns to City Park bringing some of their best larger than life paper mâché creations in the Big Welcome.
Internationally acclaimed theatre company Mind the Gap will perform the premier of Mirror Mirror, a thought-provoking collaborative piece developed with cutting-edge Liverpool theatre company The Kazimier.
Through ‘absurd performance’, technology and playful imitation, Mirror Mirror explores the experiences of people who are considered ‘different’ in today’s society and prompts the audience to ask themselves: who’s in front of the mirror?
Award-winning local interactive performance company, Same Difference, will stage, Sense-O-Matic which features a Victorian-inspired ‘fantastical object’ which ‘documents sights, sounds, smells and all other sensations’.
People will be encouraged to help Sense-O-Matic’s madcap lab-rats complete their ‘very important research’ and discover everyday details which are often overlooked.
Formerly known as the Bradford Playhouse, Fused Imagination will stage a light-hearted children’s show, Red Bill’s Air Race.
Budding ‘scientists, aviation experts and paper folding champions’ will work with larger-than-life engineers, ground crew and flight attendants to build, test-pilot and race paper planes around the festival.
Shipley-based arts company Q20 are set to show Elephant Gigante, an act which gives visitors the chance to experience ‘the majesty and serenity of the Serengeti’.
Moving through the crowds like cruise-liners through the mist, enormous, fully-animated puppets will ‘amaze and entrance’ visitors to the Bradford Festival.
The elephants will pause to meet people as they make their way to City Park’s ‘watering hole’ where they restore old friendships, tussle for dominance, groom each other and play.
Celebrated women’s street theatre company, Circo Rum Ba Ba, brings The Crow House, a silent movie-inspired show using acrobatics, silks trapeze artistry, hat juggling, musical saw and harp playing, puppetry, audience participation and slap-stick comedy.
One of Cardiff’s most exciting, original and eclectic companies and pioneers of all things retro, vintage and the wonderfully absurd, Kitsch & Sync Collective will stage, Bedraggled.
Three ‘bedraggled beauties’ are swept up on City Park’s ‘shores’, serenading shipwrecked sailors with their sublime, sultry sounds.
Audiences can expect ‘underwater warblings, mermaid mambo manoeuvres, fish maracas, octopus opera’ and much more!
Innovative British street theatre company, Acrojou will show, All at Sea, a theatrical installation set in a boat.
All at Sea combines melancholic humour, striking design and visual poetry, in a moving and atmospheric ‘row-about installation’.
Bristol-based artistes, Cake Ladies, bring their flamboyant stilt-walking show by the same name.
With lashings of charisma and oozing with charm, the Cake Ladies are a saucy roaming tea party which dishes up sweet treats with a touch of glamour.
In 2016, the Bradford Festival attracted over 150,000 people into Bradford city centre.
Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This year’s festival is packed with lots of colourful and entertaining things to see and do.
“The street theatre programme will be lots of fun with lots of opportunities to interact with the performers.
“Admission is free and everyone is welcome.”
The Summer holidays are just around the corner and Doe Park Water Activities Centre in Denholme is just the place to take the kids!
Here at the Bradford Council Adventure Activities and Doe Park we specialise in outdoor activities. The outdoors provides an exhilarating place to learn new skills, make new friends, build confidence and have FUN!
For children nine years and above, why not start the Adventure with a mix of land based activities, make a Splash with a Water Adventure or get the best of both with a Multi Adventure.
For those wanting to scale new heights have a day of High Ropes Adventure and not to forget the younger ones (5yrs-8yrs) why not try our Mini Adventure.
We have one day, two day and full week courses running during the Summer holidays.
You can book online at www.bradford.gov.uk/adventure or call us for more information on 01274 435497 quoting reference: Bradford Parents on the Go Blog
Follow Doe Park on Twitter: @DoeParkWAC
There are just two weeks left to see Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6 exhibition in the north of England before it moves on to Leicester.
The free exhibition, which contains Indian works of art from the Royal Collection, tells the story of the grand tour of the Indian Subcontinent made by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1875-6.
The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries Service and Royal Collection Trust, and runs at Cartwright Hall in Bradford until 18 June.
Since opening in March Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6 has proved extremely popular, with a well over 18,000 visitors enjoying the special exhibition to date.
Maggie Pedley, Bradford Council’s Libraries, Museums and Galleries Manager, said: “This exhibition has been so successful. We have had over 18,000 people from all over the country coming to see the amazing objects so far.
“As there are only two weeks left for people to see Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875–6 in Bradford, I would encourage people to hurry up and not miss out.”
In October 1875, the Prince of Wales set off on a four-month tour, visiting over 21 localities which today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.
He travelled nearly 7,600 miles by land and 2,300 miles by sea and met over 90 rulers of the different regions he visited. His visit sought to establish personal links with the local rulers and strengthen ties between the subcontinent and the British Crown prior to the declaration of his mother, Queen Victoria, as the Empress of India.
Over 70 exquisite works of art that were presented to the Prince as part of the traditional exchange of gifts will be on display at the exhibition alongside watercolours, photographs and items from the Council’s own collection of South Asian metalwork.
A beautifully illustrated full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition for £15.95 whilst stocks last.
Cartwright Hall is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. For further information and bookings contact Cartwright Hall Art Gallery 01274 431212 email email@example.com or visit www.bradfordmuseums.org.
|Ingrow Primary School has been judged to be good by Ofsted for the second time in five years.
In a glowing report the inspectors found that the “leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.”
The partnership between the Executive Headteacher and the Head of School was praised for “bringing about improvements to teaching and learning as well as addressing areas identified for improvement at the school’s last inspection.”
Leaders have raised expectations of pupils’ outcomes, and improved the quality of teaching, learning and assessment through good-quality professional development for staff and sharing in good practice at other schools.
The report acknowledges the “school’s inclusive support for some of the most vulnerable pupils” which has resulted in improved attendance and attitudes, and it notes how pupils “are keen to take on responsibilities as a school councillor or digital leader.”
Angela Vinnicombe, executive headteacher, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our school. I am so proud of everyone in the team.
“I am pleased that despite disruptive building work during the last two years, Ofsted has recognised that our focus on raising pupils’ achievement did not fade.
“The report reflects Ingrow Primary really well and highlights the many aspects that make our school, and our Federation with Long Lee Primary, a good one.
“Congratulations go to all pupils, staff, governors and the wider community in helping us achieve this positive outcome. We really do have a fabulous team working hard to ensure the best possible education for the children at Ingrow and Long Lee.”
Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “This is great news for Ingrow, and indeed for the federation with Long Lee Primary School. All of those who have worked so hard to maintain this good judgement should be very proud.”
|Other comments in the report include:
A new fostering campaign for the North of England in 2017 is launched during Foster Care Fortnight which started this week.
‘You Can Foster’ has so far helped create more than 1,000 enquiries from prospective foster carers.
Foster children have hopes and dreams too – help make them a reality.
This year potential foster carers will be able to meet experienced carers at ‘open house’ sessions at key family-friendly spots across Yorkshire.
Events will be held in the Bradford district.
Event dates :-
• Saltaire local produce market – Saturday, 13 May
• Bradford City Cycle event – Sunday, 14 May
• Information Meeting at Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford at 6pm on Wednesday, 17 May
David Byrom, Bradford Council’s Head of Through care and Resources, said: “Foster carers are great ambassadors and we hope that by having them talk to potential carers they can encourage more people to take up fostering. There are a number of myths around fostering which are stopping people engaging; people thinking they’re too old, that they won’t get the support they need, that their sexuality makes a difference to their chances of fostering. We are saying, “Come on down and meet carers like you who can tell you what it’s really like to foster.”
Fostering is looking after a child or young person who can’t live with their own family. There are a number of reasons they might not be able to live with their family and it can be a very difficult time for the child so they’ll needs lots of support and care. There are around 8255 households across the North of England who foster for their local authority.
Across Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside there are around 11,525 children living in foster care.
Local Authorities particularly need to recruit foster carers for certain groups of children including:
• Brothers and sisters
• Older children and young people
• Children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds
• Children that will be in foster care long term
• Children who need more specialist care
For more information please visit: http://youcanfoster.org/
A free science-themed day at Bradford Industrial Museum is being held for families on May Bank Holiday Monday.
The museum’s annual ‘Grand Day Out’ event will feature family activities and presentations on the theme of science and technology in every day life – from work to entertainment.
Activities, running from 10-4pm on Monday 1 May, will include a workshop by Sublime Science explaining how science can seem like magic.
Zoolab’s animal rangers will also visit to explain the biology of plants and animals. Children will be able to carry out experiments in the museum’s galleries and make models using principles of physics and chemistry.
There will be craft activities, trails, demonstrations and working machinery in the museum’s Victorian Spinning Mill, Motive Power Gallery and Blacksmith’s workshop.
Inspectors have praised organisations across the Bradford District, including Bradford Council, the police, probation and health services for the way in which they work together to protect children living with domestic abuse.
The independent inspection, published on the GOV.UK website, made a special note of the fact that all of the agencies in Bradford have high aspirations for Bradford children and that leaders and managers are delivering ‘very effective’ services and ‘getting the basics right’.
Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, the Leader of Bradford Council, said: “The recognition in this report from four national inspectorates, including Ofsted, that Bradford has high aspirations for its children is very positive news for our district and something for which we should all be very proud. We will build on this work but we must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting Bradford’s children.”
Inspectors looked at how organisations work together to respond to abuse and neglect across the Bradford District. It included a special focus on how organisations respond to children living with domestic abuse.
The report found that:
- Across partners there is commitment to continual improvement to offer a wide range of high quality services to meet the diverse needs of children and families.
- Both the lead member and the Chief Executive of Bradford Council are very well informed about the diverse needs of children in Bradford and the quality of services to children in need of help and protection.
- Children and parents who experience domestic abuse have access to a wide range of services to meet differing needs.
- Leadership within children’s social care is effective and senior managers are creating a healthy environment in Bradford for effective social work to flourish.
- The Strategic Director of Children’s Services is focused on ‘getting the basics right’ in social work practice but also in innovating and using external sources of funding and expertise to drive new developments and approaches to providing effective support to children and young people.
- There are very effective multi-agency arrangements within the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
- Social workers are well supported to enable them to work effectively with families. Caseloads are manageable and workers receive regular supervision.
Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s strategic director of children’s services, said: “This was a very thorough examination of part of our district’s safeguarding service which recognises the innovative work we are developing for children and parents. We know there is still much more to do, but this report shows that we are ‘getting the basics right’ and going in the right direction.”
Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “The inspectors recognise the challenges that our different agencies face and the robust measures we are putting in place to tackle them. We can never be complacent about safeguarding, but this thorough inspection recognises the good work we are doing.”
Damien Miller, West Yorkshire Police’s superintendent for safeguarding partnerships, said: “We welcome the inspection report and are pleased that our partnership work to protect children living with domestic abuse has been recognised positively. We are pleased that the inspection has seen the hard work, which is resulting in our timely and effective responses to tackle domestic abuse, as well as our prompt and effective information sharing.”
Nancy O’Neill, director of collaboration for the district’s clinical commissioning groups, said: “We are pleased that the report recognises the many examples where effective partnership work in Bradford has resulted in timely and good quality support to local children and their families, ultimately reducing the risk of harm. We look forward to developing the partnership, using the findings of the inspection to further improve our support to children and young people living with domestic violence.”
The detailed joint inspection was carried out by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HMI Constabulary and HMI Probation between 27 February and 3 March 2017 with the final report published on 21 April 2017.
Bradford Libraries & Children’s Centres will celebrate Booktrust’s Bath, Book, Bed campaign during 24 to 30 April with over 25 events including Peppa Pig themed activities and rhyme times.
Book Trust’s campaign puts stories firmly at the centre of a good night’s sleep. They feel that Bath Book Bed is the answer all parents/carers of young children have been looking for.
Hirst Wood Children’s Centre and others are thrilled to be taking part in the campaign and have lots of plans including water bubbles, bathing dolls, using sensory items like lavender and getting the children dressed up in their pyjamas.
Amongst other events Wyke, City & Bingley libraries will be taking up the Peppa Pig theme with rhymetimes, Peppa masks and dress up and a special activity storyboard at Wyke with Peppa and George characters that can be in the bath, in bed etc.
The full list of events is outlined below:
- Fagley Children’s Centre 9.00am to 10.00am on Monday, 24 April – Messy Play
- Menston Children’s Centre 9.15am to 10.45am on Monday, 24 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
- Baildon Children’s Centre 9.15am to 10.45am on Monday, 24 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
- Barkerend Children’s Centre 9.30am to 11am on Monday, 24 April – Messy Play
- Rainbow Children’s Centre, Keighley 9.30am to 11am on Monday, 24 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
- Mortimer House Children’s Centre, Thornbury 1pm to 2pm on Monday, 24 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
- Eccleshill Library 2pm on Monday, 24 April – Goodnight Maisy storytime, rhymes and craft.
- Idle Library 2pm to 3pm on Monday, 24 April – Storytime with “Dinosaurs don’t do bedtimes” – children can wear pyjamas at this event
- Bingley Library 10.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Peppa Pig themed Rhymetime.
- Hirstwood Children’s Centre 9am to 10.45am on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
- Menston Children’s Centre 9.15am to 11am on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
- Gateway Children’s Centre, Thorpe Edge 9.30am to 11.00am on Tuesday, 25 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
- Mortimer House Children’s Centre 10.00am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
- Barkerend Children’s Centre 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
- Shipley Library 2pm on Tuesday, 25 April – Bedtime stories and hanging mobile craft activity.
- Strong Close Children’s Centre, Keighley 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
- Community Works Children’s Centre, Undercliffe 10.30am to 12noon on Tuesday, 25 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
- Highfield Children’s Centre, Keighley 10am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
- Daisy Chain Children’s Centre, Silsden 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
- Low Fold Children’s Centre, Keighley 1.15pm to 2.45pm on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
- Burley Library 1.45pm on Tuesday, 25 April – Bath Book Bed Bear Event with Sleeping Teddy Craft.
- St Stephens Church, Keighley 9.30am to 10.30am on Wednesday, 26 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
- Keighley Library 11am on Wednesday, 26 April – Bedtime stories and hanging mobile craft activity.
- Tree Tops, Haworth 10am to 11.30am on Wednesday, 26 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
- Community Works Children’s Centre 1pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday, 26 April – Messy Play
- Cottingley Cornerstones Centre 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday, 26 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
- Tree Tops, Haworth 10.00am to 11.30am on Thursday, 27 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
- Fagley Children’s Centre 1pm to 3pm on Thursday, 27 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
- Bangladeshi Community Centre, Keighley – 1.15pm to 2.45pm on Thursday, 27 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play.
- Baildon Library 2.30pm on Thursday, 27 April – Peppa Pig themed Rhymetime.
- Little Lane Children’s Centre, Ilkley 1.30pm – 3pm on Thursday, 27 April – Bath Book Bed Let’s Play.
- Daisy Chain Children’s Centre, Silsden 2.15pm to 3pm on Thursday, 27 April – Bath Book Bed Music & Rhyme.
- Wyke Library, 10am on Friday, 28 April – Peppa’s Bedtime Fun.
- Low Fold Children’s Centre, Keighley 9.15am to 10.45am on Friday, 28 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play
- Rainbow Children’s Centre, Keighley 10am to 11.30am on Friday, 28 April – Bath Book Bed Stay & Play
- Parkland Children’s Centre, Idle 1pm to 3pm on Friday, 28 April – Teddy Bear Sleepover
- City Library 11am on Saturday, 29 April – Stories and Peppa Pig mask & dress up
All parents/carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves. But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle. Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod. Bath, Book, Bed is all you need to remember.
The UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust have also launched a free new booklet featuring the top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost of as part of their Bath, Book, Bed campaign: an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.
Research* has shown that bedtime routines are associated with improved sleep in young children. Benefits include earlier bedtimes, shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep, less night-wakings and longer sleep duration. And regular language-based bedtime routines such as singing, reading, or storytelling are associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills.
But it doesn’t stop there. The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep – it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence. Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t – and the gap only widens as they get older.
Parents/carers can pick up their free copy of the new Bath, Book, Bed booklet from Libraries & Children’s Centres. The booklet can also be downloaded from the BookTrust website which features a Best Bedtime Books list and has lots more ideas, guidance and practical tips on ensuring stories are part of every child’s bedtime routine.
Visit www.booktrust.org.uk/bathbookbed to find out more about the campaign.
*Research shows that a regular nightly bedtime routine is associated with improved sleep in young children; regular reading, singing or storytelling at bedtime are also associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine argues that positive bedtime routines involve a regular sequence of pleasurable and calming activities before a child goes to sleep – including a soothing bath, brushing teeth and reading a bedtime story (Mindell et al, 2015). At BookTrust we also know that sharing books with your child is a wonderful way to improve their literacy, confidence and wellbeing.
Visit www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries for information on libraries and events.
|Pupils at Green Lane Primary School will be recognised for their “weekend” working in a bid to prepare them for the upcoming Key Stage 2 SATs.
The pupils attended weekend booster classes in maths, English and Science to help them be more prepared for the SATs which take place in May. The weekend classes were spread over a nine-week period. However, the pupils were not alone as their mums were also in school with them, doing their own learning! The ‘mums’ attended development sessions where they learned about cyber bullying, First Aid and Health and Safety.
The Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Alun Griffiths, will present pupils and their mums with certificates for their attendance and efforts at these weekend sessions, on Wednesday 26 April, in the Banqueting Suite in City Hall.
The school worked in partnership with grass-roots organisation, NEESIE, who organised the booster classes and the ‘mothers’ empowered’ sessions. NEESIE provides supportive networks and help for single mothers.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Alun Griffiths, said: “I am really looking forward to welcoming the pupils and their mums. It is really pleasing that so many pupils were keen to put in this extra effort in their own leisure time to prepare themselves in advance of the Key Stage 2 tests.”