Archive | December, 2016

First press. City Gent bigs up the Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival 2017. 

31 Dec



Bring Back St. Blaise Festival (Woolly Fringe) takes shape. More events needed!

20 Dec


Help Bring Bradford’s forgotten Saint back!

St Blaise was an Armenian Bishop and the Patron Saint of woolcombers. His day’s 3rd Feb. Bradford’s woolcombers organised massive  processions, but the last was in 1825! Glyn Watkins has created Blaise walks & shows in 4 of the last 5 years, and Salamander Brewery are backing the next St. Blaise Weekend (3-5 Feb.), 

but he still needs help & support! 

For info search #bringbackstblaise or see

The Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festivalwants to celebrate, Bradford, wool

and all our shared histories(and have a bit of fun in early Feb.).

Next year’s Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival runs over the weekend of 3rd Feb. Events booked so far:

 From 2nd Feb. Bring Back Great Knits Exhibition at Bradford Cathedral. Knitting with a Bradford link or a story.

Friday 3rd. Bring Back St. Blaise Evening at Salamander Brewery. Pictures, stories and some music. With Saint Blaise’s Armenian Ale available.

Saturday 4th. Bring Back St. Blaise Procession. Guided walk of about 7000 steps around Bradford. Starting at the Record cafe, North Parade. Meeting 10.00. Setting off 10.30. Cathedral; Paper Hall; Wool Exchange; City Hall; Jacobs Well; Priestley Statue; Bradford Beck; Lord Clyde; Kirkgate; finishing at the Sparrow before 13.30.

Sunday 5th. Bring Back Blaise Wool Day at the Bradford Industrial Museum. A small exhibition on Bradford and Bishop Blaise; the Guild of Spinners and Weavers will be demonstrating; there may be music; and the Sparrow will be running a pop-up bar.

Any event happening over the weekend can be in this festival. It is a woolly fringe fest.

As friendship, love, and unity, Compose the bond of peace,
In them may our community
Join hands and thus increase.

(part of a poem read out during the 1825 celebration.)

Finally a contact form for The Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival.

12 Dec

First link. St Blazey (Cornwall). 2016 St. Blaise poster.

12 Dec

<a href=””>St. Blazey, Cronwell.</a> has a St. Blaise Church; and celebrate on his feast, 3rd Feb. Below is the 2016 poster. We will post up their 2017 when we get it.



The Bring Back St. Blaise’s day Festival is on the UP!

9 Dec

Glyn’s Šporki. What Dubrovnik eats on St. Blaise’s Day. 

4 Dec

Šporki is a slow cooked stew with pasta eaten in Dubrovnik on St. Blaise’s Day (3rd Feb.). Apart from using chinese 5 spice instead of cinnimon and ground cloves, and starting by frying bacon in lard, because I forgot lard is pig fat, I followed the recipe.

I may be forced by circumstance to stay very still and quite for a while. Leastways as quiet as I can manage whilst asleep (which witnesses claim is even louder than when I am awake!

First International contact for Bradford’s Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival, with Dubrovnik!

2 Dec

Martin, a Friend of the Festival, is in Dubrovnik, and has made contact with the organiser of their massive celebration of St. Blaise! Who was excited that he was from Bradford.

Following on from that we also now know that macroni with meat sauce, followed by hrostule donuts, is their traditional lunch on the feast day.

Finding the 1811 image of Bradford’s Bishop Blaise procession. 

1 Dec

Thanks to Richard (who knew the original book thanks to my discription of Middleton Collier) and Fiona (who is just lovely) I know it’s The Costumes of Yorkshire; George Walker. The Library have the original paintings, and will inestigate copyright.
I then wondered at random amongst the shelves and am now trying to find out what John Wesley thought of Bradford.