Meet in our cafe for the next Book Club. 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' by Edmund de Waal, on Wednesday March 7th, 3.30pm-4.30pm
Tuesdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Improve your physical and mental fitness and make new friends at these new easy dance classes.
Learn a few basic steps that will give you the confidence to dance with a partner.
This month we will be looking at Rumba and Social Foxtrot.
£5 per person. Singles welcome.
A dozen ladies enjoyed learning the art of calligraphy on Saturday, guided by Karen from The Creative Nib. Lovely to see a guest from Doncaster who picked up on the course via our resident Material Girl.
Three hours never went so fast!
Hello everyone. Are you all ready? I’m always a late entrant into Christmas. I usually do my shopping on the day before. I like the rush and the challenge. Don’t panic. I’ll get it all done.
My favourite thing to do at this time of year is to sit down with a tin of Quality Street and watch the film, ’It’s A Wonderful Life’. If you have never seen it, you should. It will melt your heart, give you goosebumps and make you believe in the real spirit of the season. Make sure you have a hankie or two at hand as well.
Going back to the theme of shopping, have you signed up to our Co Op fundraising scheme yet? All you need to do is sign up (if you have not already) and a percentage of your points go to help us to raise money for our planned Cluntergate and Horbury Parade. You can find all the details here:
Just to let you know, the Cluntergate will be closed from Christmas Eve and we will re-open on the 3rd January.
So, have a great time everyone. Be kind to each other, relax and don’t go crazy on a surfeit of Brussel Sprouts.
Merry Christmas Horbury!
Ralph, Julie, our wonderful volunteers and trustees
Oh and Clarance!
The weather has turned and there are rumours of snow. Its time to put a log on the fire and listen through the night to 'Test Match Special' coming live from Brisbane, Australia, whilst under the duvet. If you don't like cricket perhaps you could be feeding the Christmas cake, or even planning next summer's holiday.
Ahhh, next summer. It may seem a long way off, but we have big plans here at the Cluntergate. Here's one of them.
We have been very lucky to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the Co Op Community fund to host a big project called, 'The Grand Horbury and Cluntergate Parade'. It will be a huge carnival style event which will be on the lines of a 'New Orleans Mardi Gras' parade with marching bands, dancing, costumes, food and drink. All created by the good people of Horbury with the aid of some of the best carnival professionals around.
But… and here's a big 'BUT'. We can't do it without your help. We need you to shop at your local Co Op and use your loyalty card to choose the 'Cluntergate and Horbury Parade' as your good cause. This will mean that 1% of what you spend will go to help funding this excellent community project. Here are more details.
We'd like to raise more cash to make the project happen, so if you have any great ideas to contribute, don't hesitate to contact us.
To whet your appetite, here's a film about 'Mardi Gras'.
See you soon.
How do Horbury!
I have a challenge for you. How can you refuse me? There will be a slice of cake in it for you. I need five willing people. “Why?”, I can here you ask.
On Sunday the 26th of November we are hosting our first ever ‘What Makes Horbury?’ event. You should know all about that already. If you don’t, have al look at one of our previous bulletins to find out what all the excitement is about. However, we have some breaking news about an additional ‘add on’ event that is going to take place at 4.30pm on the same day. The event is called, ‘Bettakultcha’ and this is how you can be part of it.
‘Bettakultcha’ is a presentation where willing folk get to talk for five minutes on a given theme with slides and a projector. That all sounds very simple doesn’t it? However there are rules, very strict rules that make the presentation really fun and challenging. The rules are…
For the event we are holding on the 26th, we would like your presentations to be on the following themes.
Here is the technical bit. Your slides have to be formatted in a Powerpoint presentation with an aspect ratio of 4-3 (not widescreen). This may sound complicated, but it’s not.
If you want to be one of the five Horbury folk to do this, can register your interest send your brilliant slide presentations to Ivor Tymchak (some of you may already know him, he is a Horbury resident) and he will make sure everything is in order, then all you have to do is work on your presentation. What fun it will be. Ivor’s email address is email@example.com.
Still confused? Well, this will help you further. Here are some brilliant videos of Bettakultcha in action that explains how it all works.
Come and join us, everyone has a tale to tell.
See you soon.
When you ask folk about poetry and what it means to them, most will shrug their shoulders or their eyes will glaze over in bewilderment. This is because there is a general feeling that poetry is exclusive and ‘Not for the likes of us.’ Well, that’s not so necessarily true this days. Over the last few years or so, poetry, and especially the performance of poetry has undergone a massive revolution. Everybody is doing it! How this has happened is up for debate, but its probably a lot to do with the times that we are living in, the overpowering use of social media it's overriding demand for us to communicate. Some of the new poets have gone on to become superstars, such artists as Kate Tempest, John Cooper Clarke, Hollie McNish and Luke Wright are all over our TV boxes. These poets are not difficult to read or listen to, they tap into all of our experiences and what they say becomes universal.
After the success of the Wakefield Lit Fest right here at the Cluntergate, we have decided to get folk writing and performing poetry with a new monthly event called ‘Poems From The Book Depository’. It all begins on Sunday the 19th November from 7pm in our coffee bar. If you wish to come and read a poem that you have written (or even someone else’s) you are most welcome. We have space for up to ten readers (or performers). Each month we will feature a special guest slot and for the first event we are delighted to welcome the excellent Horbury Poets, Valerie and William Gaskill, they were real stars of the Wakefield Lit Fest.
You can bring your own beer or wine too. We’ll provide tea, coffee and cake. Entry is just £3. If you wish to read or perform at the night, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a clip of the aforementioned, Hollie Mcnish being absolutely wonderful.
It will be another great event, right here in the heart of Horbury. Come and join the fun!
Over the last few months something strange has been happening on the streets of Horbury. A young bearded man named Andy Abbott has been walking around visiting people in shops, community centres and in light industrial units with a question, ‘What Makes Horbury?’ It’s not as simple as it sounds is it?
The rationale behind the question is that Andy has been looking for folk who creatively have an impact on the life of the village with the aim of finding out more about them, what they do to contribute, and then asking if they would like to take part in an event that celebrates all this wonderful creativity.
Well, the date of this event can no be unveiled. It’s going to be on the 26th of November from midday until 4pm right here at the Cluntergate. The event will feature the creative people of Horbury demonstrating what they do and how they do it. There will be all sorts going on, music, crafts, art, poetry, and a very interesting walk around Horbury to scope how we can make the village look and feel a bit more special that it already undoubtably is.
It’s not too late to get involved and if you feel that you can contribute anything that is creative (and we mean anything) please get in touch with Andy, he’d love to hear form you. Don’t be shy, this is your turn to show off! His phone number is 07834 696724 and his email email@example.com.
It should be yet another great event right here at the Cluntergate!
Bye for now.
Hope that you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. Are you doing anything relaxing to unwind from the stresses of the working week? We hope so, downtime is so precious and if we don’t make the most of our own time it can have a negative effect on our health. So take it easy when you can.
Talking of our wellbeing, next Tuesday, the 10th of October is World Mental Health Day. It's a day of focusing on how we are feeling within ourselves, and to reach out to others who may be struggling with issues that they find it difficult to cope with. These days, mental health is getting the much welcomed prominence that perhaps it should have always had. One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives (World Health Organisation 2017). That is an astonishing figure and one we should all be concerned about.
We at the Cluntergate are thrilled the brilliant Catch A Falling Star: Wakefield Adult Mental Health Support Group will host a Cabaret event to celebrate all our respective mental health issues next Friday the 13th October (don’t be afraid of the date, if you are, may we suggest therapy!). The event is called ‘It's Good to Talk’ and it starts at 5.45pm. The night will feature live music, poetry and comedy from some of our city’s brightest talents and it will be a fantastic occasion. The event is not ticketed and is free. However, a recommended donation of £3 to ‘Catch a Falling Star’ would be really welcome. You can even bring your own alcohol and pop too. There will Julie's cake and tea and coffee as usual. It could not be a more perfect way to unwind on a Friday night
There is even a rumour that I will be performing a poem or two. You’ll be completely mad to miss that!
Hope to see you here.
All the best,
I don’t know if its because I’m getting older, but recently I tend to get taken back by things that I once used to ignore. Things like litter on the street, not saying thank you to the bus driver when you depart, and worst of all, pointless graffiti! The other week I was beside myself with an internal rage when I noticed that some kids had scrawled over the lovely new bench that has recently been unveiled on Cluntergate. Perhaps I’m turning into Victor Meldrew or a ‘grumpy old man’.
On the flip side of that though, I’m also more engaged and appreciative of things that used to pass me by. A well kept garden for example, or someone showing kindness and helping another person cross the road or with their shopping. Something that really surprises me is my new found love for nature. I’ve got really excited about conkers, and find myself picking them up from roadsides. I might even host a conker competition right here at the Cluntergate in the next month or so. Perhaps getting older brings out the child in us, or maybe I'm just going nuts!
With nature in mind, we are hosting a brilliant event here in a couple of weeks. The wonderful flower designer, Jonathan Mossley (yes, him off the TV!) will be telling us all his trade secrets and talking about his passion for flowers. You can event win one of his masterpieces. The event is in aid of Yorkshire Breast Cancer Haven in Leeds, an organisation that provide holistic therapies for folk who have been affected by the disease. A really noble cause. This event is sure to sell out, so I’d get those gardening gloves off and get booking straight away.
7.00pm - 9.30pm, Friday 6 October 2017
£12.50 including welcome drink
To book, please text Sara on 07842140381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Now.. Where’s me string for me conkers!