Bradford Dragon Boat Festival, 6th May

The Bradford Dragon Boat Festival will return on Saturday 6 May 2017 on the River Aire at Roberts Park in Saltaire.  As usual, we will be raising money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which this year is for YoungMinds.

This is a charity which helps children and young people (and their parents) in finding the right resources or support for issues related to mental health. This was a highly successful and enjoyable event in 2016, so let’s make it even bigger this year!

If you want to register a team visit:  lmabradforddbf

Check out this video as well:

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Tour de Yorkshire visits Saltaire – Roadshow Event, 1st March

Hello All,

Fantastic news! This year the Tour de Yorkshire will be passing through Saltaire itself on 30th April. To celbrate this, and promote the wider Tour, Welcome to Yorkshire, our regional tourist body, and the Council have teamed up to host a roadshow event on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Saltaire’s Victoria Hall. Registration begins at 5pm for a prompt 5:30pm start.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the Tour and many of the events taking place across the wider district during this period. More information here.

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Santa Visits Shipley Glen Tramway!

Once again this year Santa will be taking some time out of his busy December schedule to pay a visit to Shipley Glen Tramway!

Full details.

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Milner Field Farm Campaign Makes a Big Media Splash!

Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s highly successful Milner Field farm protest!

Yesterday’s event made a real media splash, and there has been significant local news coverage of the ongoing campaign surrounding Milner Field. Not only has this received a comprehensive write-up in the Telegraph and Argus but the campaign was also covered on yesterday’s edition of Look North!

Most of the coverage to data appears to be very sympathetic and favourable on behalf of those who wish to see a dairy farm remain at Milner Field. So we can only hope that the council will acknowledge the strong feelings felt locally towards this scheme and deny planning permission accordingly.

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15th Anniversary of Saltaire World Heritage Site Designation, 3rd December, Milner Field Farm.

To folk who are (or might be) interested in the Milner Field Farm planning applications

On behalf of Stella and David Downs, may I extend a warm invitation to join us at Milner Field Farm on Saturday 3 December between 10.30 and 12 midday.

This event is to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the designation of Saltaire as a World Heritage Site. We are delighted to tell you that we will be joined by Nick Salt and Jamie Roberts. Just in case you don’t know, Nick and Jamie are, respectively,  direct descendants of the founder of Saltaire and the builder of the farm, and the ‘Second Lord of Saltaire’ who lived in the mansion and oversaw the farm.

We are especially delighted they will be present because they are about to submit an impressive letter of objection to the planning applications that would see the farm’s demise.

We’ll be joined by Jamie’s alpacas and by the Telegraph and Argus who plan a photoshoot at around 11.00.

Just a couple of words of warning… There will be no parking at the farm itself, and whilst we will be on hard standing (and undercover if it’s wet), this is a working farm so sensible footwear is advised.

Les Brook

working voluntarily to protect Milner Field Farm, a precious heritage asset

PS You may have come across those Soviet-style election results in which the turnout was 107% of the electorate or the like. Well, Milner Field boasts something similar but not fake. What a pity planning applications are not decided on the public vote. Public rejection of the applications has been overwhelming (BMDC planning dept official figures, correct at c17.00 on 18.11.2016).

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Bulb Planting Event Update

The Friends would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning to attend our Roberts Park bulb planting event. The weather earlier that morning was atrocious – but Bradford folk are made of tough stuff, and fortunately this wasn’t enough to keep away our hardy volunteers!

Ably guided by Dan from the BMDC Parks’ Service, the Friends planted two large sacks of bulbs under a beech tree in the park itself, and we were rewarded with a two hour window of clear weather for our efforts!

Anyway, here are some photos from the event itself. The plan is that this will be the first of many such similar events in the future, so watch this space for further details.

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