We need you!

The Friends of Ferniehurst Dell will re-launch in August 2017.

Do you use the Dell?  Do you live nearby?  Perhaps you are interested in the history of the area or the wildlife.

We need a good team with diverse skills, such as: gardeners, fundraisers, litter-pickers, designers, D.I.Y. (any many more!).

If this sounds like you, become a Friend.  No obligation, qualification or charge.

To join or express an interest, contact Joe Ashton on 07989 692677 or e-mail joe.ashton@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk

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UK Outdoor Fitness Sessions

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UK Outdoor Fitness are continuing to provide fitness classes at our Ferniehurst Dell Trim Trail. The next session will be:

Saturday 4th October at 09.30-10.30

For more information contact:

LYNN MOORHOUSE

UK OUTDOOR FITNESS LTD  – BRADFORD,  BAILDON & DRIGHLINGTON

E: bradford@ukoutdoorfitness.com

M: 07545152419

Work Starts on the Armed Forces Sculpture Trail

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Major Excavation to a Subsiding Path and Supporting Wall

Major Groundworks are Underway in the Ferniehurst Dell

Over the last two years a monumental effort has been made to raise funds by the Friends of the Dell, which is now seeing results. Major works are in progress right now to make a notoriously dangerous path safe for the public to use. All of which, should be completed by this summer.

The path is being improved in order to host the new Armed Forces Sculpture Trail, a collection of artworks by local sculptors.  The artwork has been inspired from personal accounts of serving soldiers and veterans living in the local community, aiming to highlight the issues that face the Armed Forces, and the sacrifices they make on our behalf, in an innovative way. Once completed, Baildon should have a new facility for everyone to enjoy.

Throughout the project, both the public and local school children have been involved, for instance recording the interviews and writing poems to be included in the trail. If you would like to be involved, there is still the opportunity to register for one of the community workshops. Or perhaps, you could attend the open day to see the new exhibits this summer, look out for dates in the press and on our website.

Unfortunately, the footpath will be undergoing frequent closures over the next few months, for health and safety reasons. I’m sure you will understand this is necessary to prevent accidents, and should be well worth the wait.

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Western Entrance Temporarily Closed to The Public.

Take Part in the Art

Sculptors given the guided tour by the Dell team.

Sculptors given the guided tour by the Dell team.

Community Art Workshops Announced – Come and Take Part!

Local sculptors were recently chosen to produce exhibits for the Yorkshire Armed Forces Sculpture Trail, due to open in the Ferniehurst Dell next summer. The Baildon Dell will be transformed with at least a dozen sculptures along its pathway, and now you have the chance to meet and work with the artists yourself. All you have to do is register for a community art workshop at Titus Salt School:

Session Times:

Saturday 8th February 2014: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm. 

Titus Salt School with Martin Bond and Edward Mortimer. 

Saturday 15th February 2014: 11.00 am – 2.30 pm

Titus Salt School with Andrew Frost 

Book Your Place Now by email to Heather Graham (Creative and Community Projects Manager at Titus Salt School) : ghm@titussaltschool.co.uk  

The aim of this project is to recognise the sacrifice service personnel make, and the issues they face whilst serving our country, and when they return to civilian life. So, what better way than to roll up your sleeves, learn something new, and get creative. 

IMG_0862Former Soldier, Cllr Ian Lyons (Chairman) said “This is a wonderful opportunity for ordinary people to make a contribution to the Armed Forces Sculpture Trail. The sculptures will be a asset in Baildon for years to come, and this is a chance to be a part of that living heritage.”

A Story of Local Heroes

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British Army Veteran Albert Telling His Story.

Interviews Inspire the Armed Forces Sculpture Trail

All this week, retired and serving members of the armed forces from the local community have been arriving at Titus Salt School to share their experiences, and the issues that they faced, with sixth form pupils. The pupils have been trained to conduct the interviews, under the expert guidance and supervision of Tracy Craggs, a professional consultant, and Heather Graham, the school’s community projects manager.

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Albert – A Local Hero

Today, Albert (96 years old) spoke about his life in the British Army, and what it was like to land on the beaches at Normandy, which he described as a deadly and nightmarish situation. Albert, who gained the honour of a mention in dispatches, told a remarkable story that visibly moved everyone.

IMG_0862Cllr Ian Lyons, recording the interview, said “He is a true local hero, and I’m very grateful to have heard his story. We have some incredible people in our community, and it is an honour to demonstrate our long and deep connection with the Armed Forces.”

A wide variety of contributions are being made to the project this week from serving and retired personnel, from men and women, and from all three services. Once the interviews are completed, the recordings will be used to inspire artwork for the sculpture trail, and will be archived with the national library.

Volunteers Trained for Interviews

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Tracy Craggs training the Titus Salt School interview team

Volunteers Trained for Interviews at Titus Salt School

Work is underway to prepare young psychology students who are helping to create the Armed Forces Sculpture Trail. The enthusiastic volunteers, who are all studying at Titus Salt School in Baildon, are being coached by Tracy Craggs, a professional consultant, and Heather Graham, the creative and community projects manager at the school.

Over the next few weeks, the team will conduct interviews with serving and retired members of the Armed Forces to hear about issues affecting service personnel. The interviews will then be used by the team of sculptors to inspire artwork for the Armed Forces Sculpture Trail, and archived with the national library.