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1940s weekend 2017

Haworth 1940s Weekend 2017

The annual Haworth 1940s weekend this year took place between Friday the 19th of May and Sunday the 21st of May. This famous annual event sees Haworth transformed into a traditional World War II version of itself with locals and visitors dressing in 1940s attire to celebrate and commemorate the war, but to also help raise money for Armed Forces and local charities. This year’s chosen charity was the Pilgrim Bandits Charity, which was formed by veterans of the Special Forces in order to inspire wounded soldiers to live life to its fullest, in spite of often dreadful injuries. To date, the 1940s weekend has raised almost £100,000 for charities. 2016’s focus was on the strategic importance of the airborne forces, while 2017’s theme was on the contribution made by Special Forces. The 1940s weekend attracts over 25,000 visitors a day but this year, however, due to the wet weather, the footfall on Saturday was significantly reduced. 2017 is the final year that [...]

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Flying Scotsman on the Worth Valley Railway.

The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and was to become one of the most powerful locomotives used on British railways. The locomotive has a top speed of over 100 MPH and was the first to reach that speed making it world famous. The Flying Scotsman’s unique features is a corridor through the tender enabling engine driver changeover without stopping the train, which in turn allowed the first non-stop 4 hour service between London and Edinburgh. Between 1st and 9th of April, the Flying Scotsman will be on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The locomotive will be taking passengers between Keighley and Oxenhope on 5 return trips each day with around 250 passengers on each leg meaning that over 10,000 people will travel up and down the line that week, with many more spectators also expected up and down the route taking photographs. [...]

Thank you

Merry Christmas from all at Wyedean

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Wyedean. This year, instead of Christmas cards, we have made a donation to our local Keighley Air, Army and Sea Cadets. To donate to the Keighley Sea Cadets click here.

Veterans March Past the Cenotaph London During Remembrance Sunday Service

Remembrance Day 2016

Soldier Wearing Poppy and Afghanistan Medal Britain will fall silent for two minutes to remember the end of the First World War on Friday the 11th of November. This tradition of holding a silence was started by King George V to ensure that the ‘thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.’ This day is called Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or sometimes more informally Poppy Day. From 2014 to 2018 this day has an added significance from the fact that this period marks the centenary of the First World War. From 1919 until 1945, Armistice Day was always on the 11th of November. In 1946 it was moved to Remembrance Sunday. Since the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1995 it became usual to have ceremonies on both days. In 2006 Veterans Day was also created to help celebrate the achievements of the veterans. Today this is named Armed Forces Day and held annually. This year [...]

Armed Forces Day 2016

Armed Forces Day 2016

This year, Armed Forces Day, formerly Veterans’ Day, will be celebrated across the UK on Saturday 25th of June. It is a chance for everyone to show their support for the men and women who have been, or still are, a part of the Armed Forces. Organisations across the country have already started to show their support by flying the flag in support of the British Armed Forces. The event first started in 2006 and in the years proceeding has grown into a national day of celebration. In 2009 its name was changed to Armed Forces Day and it’s now accepted as always falling on the last Saturday in June. The aim of the day is to ensure that members of the Armed Forces, past and present, are never forgotten and that their contributions are remembered. There are many activities happening up and down the country to celebrate the event and every year the event takes place in a different city. Previous locations include Birmingham, [...]

Haworth 1940s Weekend

Haworth 1940s Weekend

Haworth 1940s weekend is an annual celebration and continues to grow, attracting an increasing number of visitors. This famous local event proudly raises money for SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and other local charities. The weekend usually follows a theme, with this year’s being ‘airborne’ to commemorate the bravery of the airborne forces. In fact there are many activities throughout the weekend including evening dances, the land army parade, a Spitfire flypast as well as many food, drink and gift stalls in the park. Every year, Wyedean, Skipton Properties and Airedale Springs open up their carparks to accommodate some of the 25,000 visitors per day. This year the car park managed to park 600 cars per day, which was helped by Skipton Properties rolling some of the land to increase the number of available spaces. The car park was split into two sections: £5 to park at the back for the day and £10 for the premium spaces at [...]

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Haworth Primary Smart Board Donation

Wyedean is hugely proud of its deep roots in Haworth, and in addition to supporting the local community by employing many people from the village, it also supports various local charitable causes. From the Haworth 1940s weekend to Oxenhope Straw Race and more recently Haworth Primary School. Wyedean’s Managing Director, Robin Wright took great delight, this week, in visiting Haworth Primary School, to see first-hand, the positive impact an interactive learning aid that Wyedean donated has had on the pupils there. The school was recently inspected by Ofsted, the results of which concluded that it was outstanding in two categories and good in three others. But in order to maintain this level of excellence – which is a particular challenge given the current economic climate, and government cuts – the school has reached out to local businesses with a project called ‘The Business Friends of Haworth Primary School’. This project sees the school attempting to gain financial support from local businesses to help [...]

BBC Drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ Brings Famous Bronte Family Back to Life

Penistone Hill in Haworth is perhaps the most fitting of locations for the filming of a major new BBC drama series about Haworth’s most famous literary family the Brontes. To Walk Invisible will be filmed in and around Haworth during the months of May and June with the BBC promising to turn back the clock and transform Haworth’s famous Main Street to its former Victorian glory. A full-sized replica of Bronte Parsonage and its surrounding buildings is currently being built on the stunning, but windy wilds of Penistone Hill between Haworth and Stanbury. This much anticipated BBC drama has been penned by Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright, with Johnathan Pryce of Game of Thrones fame, cast as the Bronte’s father Patrick. Chloe Pirrie (War and Peace) will play Emily, Finn Atkins (Common) will play Charlotte and Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) will take on the role of youngest sister Anne. To Walk Invisible promises to take a look at this [...]

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Why Should You Visit Bronte Country, Haworth?

Wyedean has been manufacturing military uniform accessories in Haworth for over 50 years, since 1964. One of the first challenges it faced upon its inception, was the uprooting of large, textile, narrow fabric looms, moving them the length of the country and then settling them back into production in Haworth. Wyedean was formally founded on 7th April, 1964, by David Angus Wright who was born in 1921 and educated just outside Haworth, at Keighley Boys’ Grammar School. Many of Wyedean’s current staff are from Haworth and the surrounding areas, and it is a community the company continues to support. Haworth remains a popular tourist destination for a variety reasons: Most notably it was home to the famous Brontë sisters. Haworth is an undisputed literary mecca, attracting visitors from all around the world. With its historic cobbled Main Street, iconic parsonage museum and rolling moors, the picturesque proportions of this Airedale village exude a vintage charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped [...]

Supporting A Healthier Environment

On Saturday 14th November 2015 a team of volunteers from Wyedean gave their time to take part in a local tree planting session at Mould Grieve Farm, Marsh Oxenhope. The project is one of many organised by the Forest of Bradford organisation who have now planted over half a million trees locally. In spite of very wet weather and muddy conditions, a 180m section of hedgerow was planted comprising approximately 900 saplings. Species planted included Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Guelder Rose, Field Maple, Crab apple and Rowan. As well as capturing carbon from the atmosphere, hedgerows are an invaluable habitat which support insects, birds and mammals and often provide links between other otherwise isolated pockets of wildlife. Forest of Bradford will be holding many more planting days over the winter and Wyedean staff are keen to take part again. Fingers crossed for better weather though! Wyedean is an environmentally friendly company and holds ISO 14001 certification.