Tag Archives: #BringBackStBlaise

We are in the T&A, with a front page mention in the print version.

2 Feb

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Link below is to a photo feature.

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15063518.Ancient_Festival_of_St_Blaise_is_celebrated_again/

 

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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.)

22 Jan

The biggest processions to ever take place in Bradford were to celebrate Saint Blaise. These recurred every seven years. Saint Blaise was an Armenia Martyr Bishop, famed for curing a child choking on a fish bone; and reputedly being tortured with woolcombs; becoming the Patron Saint of Woolcombers. All English wool towns used to celebrate his day, but Bradford’s were the biggest and best.

 Bradford developed with the wool trade, especially the trade in fine worsteds, made from long fibres (tops) that could only be got from combing; using heavy, heated combs. Worsteds made Bradford the largest wool town the world will ever know.
Bradford’s woolcombers were a craft guild with a long apprenticeship.  As Bradford grew, the Bishop Blaise procession grew. There may have been a thousand people in the 1825 procession, but unfortunately the woolcombers and handloom weavers went on strike soon after. After 23 weeks the strike was broken, and so were the woolcombers. Without the woolcomber’s organisation the Blaise celebration was almost forgotten. Mills replaced hand work, and almost every building standing in 1825 was knocked down before 1899.
 I have been trying to get people to celebrate Saint Blaise again for years: partly because of my love of history, but mostly because early February is a grim time of year and Blaise gives us a good reason to have a bit of fun remembering and rediscovering histories we all share. So why not join in?
Glyn Watkins. January 2017

The Hall Royd Band and Bradford Voices Community Choir add threads to the Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival.

21 Jan
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Alan of Bradford Voices, Michael of Hall Royd Band, Glyn as Bishop Blaise, Mary with her tenor horn, and Sue from Bradford Voices. At Bradford Industrial Museum

The Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival weekend.

3 Jan

The Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival

wants to celebrate, Bradford, wool

and all our shared histories

(and have a bit of fun in early Feb.).

This 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.)

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

31 Dec

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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 www.bradwan.com.

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