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Big News. 3 events set; Wool Festival looks like it’ll be big, and crowdfunded going live tomorrow! More soon.

17 Jan

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Brack Blaise Crowdfunded Live. Please donate to help weave the celebration of Blaise, wool, and the history and peoples of Bradford. PLEASE share.

19 Jan

Back Blaise Crowdfunder.

Please share. Also check #backblaise

 

Crowdfunder to raise money to make my Bring Back Blaise Festival bigger, better, and more likely to be a permanent part of Bradford’s cultural life.

18 Jan

This is something I have conceived and given birth to over the last decade. It is a revival of an ancient Bradford celebration. Please help. PLEASE like share this, wherever you read it. PLEASE, PLEASE like and share the crowdfunder, youtube, Facebook & twitter posts about it.

Crowdfunder at Crowdfunder for Back Blaise Festival

 

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Would you like to go on a Bradford Bishop Blaise Wool History Walk on Saturday 2nd Feb.? Would you like to help run it?

7 Jan

Glyde House at start of St. Blaise walk2m

Bradford’s first wool festival on St. Blaise’s Day, Sunday 3rd Feb. This is my baby!

23 Dec

BRING BACK BLAISE WOOL FESTIVAL

3 February 2019 10.00 – 4.00

Bradford Industrial Museum

 

Being a former textile mill, there can be no better place to host a wool festival than Bradford Industrial Museum.

Held as part of the Bring Back Blaise event, the festival will be one of the museum’s first big days of 2019.

A host of things to do and see include:

*stalls selling yarns, textiles and handl looms

*spinning and weaving demonstrations

*family activities

*a variety of food and drink on sale

and even an alpaca or two!

… all this alongside our fantastic permanent displays; telling the stories of Bradford’s industrial past.

Admission free, everyone welcome.

A great wooltastic day out for the whole family.

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AS FRIENDSHIP, LOVE AND UNITY COMPOSE THE BOND OF PEACE, IN THEM MAY OUR COMMUNITY JOIN HANDS AND THUS INCREASE.

Rhyme for Bradford’s 1825 Bishop Blaise procession.


On the third of February every seven years Bradford woolcombers organised a procession celebrating Bishop Blaise, an Armenian Saint reputedly martyred with woolcombs. The last procession in 1825 was one of the biggest Bradford ever had.

Around a decade ago Bradford poet Glyn Watkinsbegan a revival pf the procession. Now this Wool Day has become part of a growing movement that aims to create an annual celebration of Bradford’s proud wool heritage.

bradfordmiseums.org

Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Mills, Moorside Road,

Eccleshill, Bradford BD2 3HP

Tel: 01274 435900

 

Leeds. Heritage Show + Tell. Helen’s Blaise-ing selfie

16 Oct

My Bishop Blaise with a real woolcomb. My arm ached after holding it. Men who used them 12 hours a day were hard

16 Oct