The Malt House

270 Oldham Road, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, HX6 4QB, United Kingdom
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norland scarcrows

by alfuk

serched the internet but no luck yet?
When is the 2008 Norland Scarecrow?

Re: norland scarcrows

by ghosthunter

Morning Alf, Here is your link :

Re: norland scarcrows

by ghosthunter

Sorry that was completely the wrong link. Here is the correct one:

Re: norland scarcrows

by Gillybob

There's also a VT Meet for this event on 6 September. Ricky52 is hosting and its listed on the Member Meetings and Events Section. Currently around 30 VTers signed up. Many will gather on Friday, 5 September with the main event on Saturday, 6 September and further activities on Sunday, 7 September.

Re: norland scarcrows

by leics

It will be great fun.

With added mushy peas. :-)

Re: norland scarcrows

by leics

Here's the meeting link:

and the link to Scarecrow Festival's homepage:

Come and join us! (Cue tambourines...........).

Re: norland scarcrows

by mustertal

This is not to be missed, so put your name down as soon as you can.

Re: norland scarcrows

by ghosthunter

Margaret - i agree it does sound great fun. May just have to get up there myself.

Re: norland scarcrows

by ricky52

Darren, go on, you know you want to. Lol

Re: norland scarcrows

by ghosthunter

I do Ricky, Just depends on work.

Travel Tips for Halifax

Average weather for Halifax

by ricky52

Trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local on the day variations.
This information should be used as a guide only.
Here is the average weather for Halifax for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

High 41f / 5c
Low 34f / 1c

High 42f / 6c
Low 33f / 1c

High 45f / 7c
Low 35f / 2c

High 50f / 10c
Low 37f / 3c

High 55f / 13c
Low 42f / 6c

High 60f / 16c
Low 47f / 8c

High 64f / 18c
Low 50f / 10c

High 64f / 18c
Low 51f / 11c

High 59f / 15c
Low 48f / 9c

High 52f / 11c
Low 42f / 6c

High 45f / 7c
Low 37f / 3c

High 41f / 5c
Low 11f / 1c

Source of weather information:-


by LoriPori

To me, the most impressive aspect of the Halifax Town Hall, is the CLOCK TOWER. Above the clock face are four figures, one on each side representing the continents. Also there are four, seven foot angels guarding the corners of the spires.
The clock and bells were installed 1862/63 and updated in the 1920's and electrified in 1963 after a century of being wound by hand.


by LoriPori

St. John the Baptist or HALIFAX PARISH CHURCH as it is affectionately called, was right across the street from the Wool Merchant Hotel. Hans and I walked by it many times and one afternoon the doors were open so we thought we would have a look inside. It was absolutely beautiful. Despite the stained glass windows not looking so great from the outside, from the inside, they were colourful and vibrant. Apparently, there is a plastic covering on the outside, to protect these wonderful windows.
Completed in 1450 and comprising nave, chancel and aisles, the present church is thought to be the third church on this site, but has stonework from earlier periods. Windows of the Early English style in the north wall, date from the period 1189 - 1306. After the completion of the building in 1450, a number of additions were made. The tower was built between 1449 and 1482 and the Rokeby and Holdsworth Chapels were completed in 1530


by Gillybob

Rushbearing is a tradition which stems back hundreds of years in the North West of England. It is thought that the tradition originates in Lancashire and Cheshire; these days some parts of West Yorkshire and Cumbria also participate in the tradition.

Rushes were used for centuries as a floor covering to dirt floors in churches. The rushes helped purify the air of the church (where parishioners were often buried, as well as the churchyard) and to help insulate against the cold.

It was during the 17th century that a festival was developed, the focal point being the rushcart which transported the rushes to the local church. The cart formed part of a procession with Morris Dancers and Mummers which went to the church where the rushes were to be used. Often, rivalry would develop between the supporters and builders of different carts which would sometimes result in brawls, often induced by the large amount of mead (now beer) that was consumed during the procession. Eventually, the puritanical church ministers started to refuse the rushbearers entry to the church.

Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival

by ricky52

The festival commences at St John's Church, Warley where the cart is blessed.

The festival was revived in 1977 at the time of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations and has steadily grown since then.
The modern cart was built in 1984 and on the insurance documents is listed as a "muck cart"! It is thatched with 500 bundles of plaited rushes and rises to 16 feet in the air.

Thousands will turn out to line the streets, with numbers swelled by the many visitors from around the country, to watch sixty men clad in white shirts, black trousers, panama hats and traditional clogs haul a 16 foot high, one ton, thatched and decorated Rushcart on its ten mile route across the spectacular Pennines, accompanied by a team of collectors in Edwardian dress and some of the finest Morris Dancers and musicians in the country.

Rushbearing dates back several centuries to the time when church floors consisted of little more than stone flags or beaten earth and rushes were used to cover the floor, with new layers being added as they became stale. Once a year the church cleared out the rotten rushes and new ones were taken to the churches in carts so this turned into a celebration and holiday involving revelry, music and Morris dancing and much drinking of strong ales.

The modern-day cart takes around 10 days to prepare and is decorated with tightly fastened bundles of fresh cut rushes, a handcrafted apron, tankards and brasses. During the procession a team of ladies takes turns for the precarious ride atop the swaying cart.

The procession stops at churches along the route for the presentation of symbolic garlands of rushes, with dancing and entertainment at each stop. With cart-pulling being a particularly strenuous activity numerous refreshment stops are also made at local hostelries where further entertainment is provided by the teams of Morris dancers from around the country performing in a variety of regional styles whilst the famous Bradshaw Mummers present one of their traditional plays.

Over the two days the rushcart, accompanied by Morris dancers and musicians covers nine miles visiting several villages (and hostelries!) along the way until it arrives at St Bartholomew's Church in Ripponden on the Sunday afternoon.

I have found a slide show set to music covering this Rushbearing Festival in West Yorkshire.


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