Pie & Priestley

7 Sep

Never mind the Meat and Potato Pie that defied Hitler – here is the show that defied Covid. 

We are  very pleased to announce that Glyn’s one man show based on the life and work of JB Priestley will be going ahead on Sunday 13 September – An important day as it is both Glyn and JB Priestley’s birthday. 

The show, which Glyn has been producing for over 20 years, features illustrated readings of Priestley works and the story of one of Bradford’s most famous sons, and one of the most successful actors and playwrights of the 20th Century’s; and is built around the story of a Bradford pie shop that survived the Blitz; that Priestley made world famous in a wartime broadcast 

The ticket price includes a pint or a softie and a Meat and Potato Pie or vegetarian option of a Butter Pie and tickets are available direct from Jacobs Well. 

Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing so please book in advance. 

It all starts at Midday and costs £7 direct  or £8.14 online.

In the event that live performances are once again suspended Glyn and Dan are filming the show and we will have that ready to go instead, it will be held outside if the weather’s fine. 

Date: Sunday 13 September 

Time: 12 Noon

Place: Jacobs Well Pub   14 Kent Street, BD1 5RL Bradford 

Tickets:  £7

Bring Back Blaise Festival 2nd Event. AnnualGuided Bishop Blaise Walk. Saturday 1st Feb.

19 Jan

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Glyn Watkins leads a narrated walk along part of the procession route of Bradford’s 1825 celebration of Bishop Blaise , Patron Saint of wool-combers. One of the largest processions Bradford has seen. Walk less than 3 miles. Refreshment stop included.

Assemble Impressions Gallery, BD1 1SD.

St 1st. 11.00. Donations taken (min £5 suggested).

Bring Back Blaise Festival 1st Event. Combing out the Blaise Story.

19 Jan

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Glyn Watkins tells the strange tale of Bishop Blaise, wool combing and Bradford. With pictures. 19.00. 31st Jan. Meeting Room 3 Bradford City Hall.Free but donations taken.

Pie & Priestley 2020. 13th Sept. Jacobs Well.12.00-14.00,

26 Aug

My 60th birthday, and what would have been J.B.Priestley’s 126th Birthday. My show, pie, peas, pint for £7!!

Check Bradford Woolly Heritage show news

Live stream Walk Around the Wool Exchange

9 Aug
I will be ‘officially’ launching www.woollyheritage.com with 2 attempted Live Stream Guided Walks Around the Wool Exchange, on the 156th Anniversary of it’s foundation. Please give it a look, and sign up for news if you like https://woollyheritage.com/contact-us
I will be doing 2 walks.
13.00. Using Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/glyn.watkins.965
13.30 using Prism Studio to broadcast to the backblaise YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjbpOjVPzhJHdrGoZv93VDQ and possibly other media’s, including Facebook again. Please like, comment and subscribe, especially to the  YouTube channel.
I was on Radio Leeds Saturday maorning talking about all this. I should be about 70 minutes in, after the 07.00 news. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08lyfkm

 

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Blaise 2020 better than ever

13 May

Sorry for the lack of news, basically Bradford Woolly Heritage Community Interest Company stuff distracted me; and was going involve a new website for all the stuff that has appeared on here.

The Bring Back Blaise Wool Festival had a near record attendance; and the Friday night talk was near capacity.

Blaise Festival News

30 Jan

I was interviewed 30th Jan. 2020 at 16.50. on Bradford Community Broadcasting. Follow the link and I am on the Drive Time Thursday 30 January 4 – 5pm, at 10 minutes from the end. Bradford Community Broadcasting listen again

I am also interviewed by Andrew Edwards of Radio Leeds on Saturday at 06,50. That’s around 55 minutes in if you listen again

The Annual Blaise walk on Saturday is met 11.00. at Impressions Gallery, but setting off no earlier than 11.20. and no later than 11.30. A collection will be taken, £5 suggested minimum

We finished at Jacobs Well by about 13.30. where pub cooked pie, peas and a pint for £5. was enjoyed. unnamed

 

Bring Back Blaise Wool Festival at Bradford Industrial Museum Sunday 2nd Feb. 11.00. – 16.00.

29 Jan

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See Bradford Industrial Museum Event Page

 

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Blaise Wool Fair Bradford Industrial Museum 11.00. to 16.00. Sunday 2nd Feb. Free in. Donaions urged

24 Jan

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Bradford Woolly Heritage Community Interest Company launch declared Tops.

9 Jan

The launch of a Company aiming to encourage involvement of people with the history of Bradford and the wool trade has been declared a splendidly woven event by the organisers and audience

The Bradford Woolly Heritage Community Interest Company was launched in Bradford City Hall on Thursday, and has been created by Bradford based poet Glyn Watkins; Landlord of the Jacobs Well pub Dan Horsman; and Leeds based educator and art director Julia Armstrong. It grew out of Glyn’s attempt to revive the celebration of Bishop Blaise, Patron Saint of Woolcombers, in Bradford.

A packed audience heard how the Bring Back Blaise Festival had grown from a walk with a few people to having Bradford’s first wool fair at the Industrial Museum; and how the Company intends to weave the festival into a City wide, internationally linked event on St. Blaise’s Day, 3rd February, 2025. The 200th anniversary of the last time Bradford celebrated Bishop Blaise in a big way.

The positive audience reaction showed that wool and Bradford history still has a place in the hearts of many locals. From people with decades in the wool trade to people who had just moved to Bradford, everyone in the audience expressed appreciation for the attempt to make Saint Blaise’s day a day that anyone can enjoy.

This years Bring Back Blaise Festival runs from Friday 31st January to Monday 3rd February. Events included a talk about Bishop Blaise and wool combing at City Hall, 19.00. 31st Jan. and The Blaise Wool Fair at Bradford Industrial Museum Sunday 2nd Feb.

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Picture: Julia Armstrong, Dan Horsman and Glyn Watkins directing their attentions to photographer Joe Ogden