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Last year for Parish Council chairman
Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury parish council chairman, John Huxley, said he intended that this year would be his last in the chairman’s post.
He told colleagues that this civic year would comprise his sixth term of office since he took over from Councillor Peter Hill.
He said recent health problems and future commitments meant it would be very difficult for him to continue holding a civic office.
Coun Huxley announced his position at the annual parish council meeting.
Parish councillor resigns
Councillor Steve Illingworth has resigned from the Haworth Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council. He has stepped down because of his personal circumstances.
Council Chairman, Cllr. John Huxley, has written to Steve expressing the thanks of both the Council and the community for his service.
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Public appeal to buy Bronte manuscript
A public appeal has been launched to bring a recently-discovered and previously unpublished Charlotte Bronte manuscript to the literary family’s Haworth home.
The Bronte Society is seeking help raising funds to buy the work, a homework essay written by Charlotte for the man she loved.
The society was told in December of the previously unknown piece, which is in private ownership.
A single-page document, written in French on both sides, it was assigned as homework by Charlotte’s teacher, Monsieur Constantin Heger, at the Pensionnat Heger school he and his wife ran in Brussels. Heger has added his corrections to the work.
“This exciting discovery sheds light on a formative time in Charlotte’s life and contributes substantially to our understanding of her character,” said Professor Ann Sumner, the Bronte Society’s executive director.
“We strongly believe it belongs here in Haworth at Charlotte’s home, as part of our unparalleled Bronte collection, and as a resource for scholars.”
Charlotte fell in love with Heger, who was married with children, but that affection was never reciprocated.
Several letters she wrote to him, now held by the British Library, were discovered torn to pieces in his waste paper bin.
They had been painstakingly stitched back together by Heger’s wife, Claire, possibly to preserve evidence of Charlotte’s indiscretion.
The Bronte Society declined to say how much it needed to buy the manuscript, entitled L’Amour Filial, but said it had already been “generously supported” by the Victoria & Albert Purchase Fund and the Friends of National Libraries.
Society chairman, Sally McDonald, said: “The fact this work is unpublished adds enormously to its significance. We are delighted to launch this appeal and thank all those who have so far contributed.”
Storm in a media teacup!
How nonsensical some of the comments about the wearing of Nazi uniforms at the Haworth 1940's weekend. It is now a media chestnut trotted out every year that everyone is against any enactor wearing the uniforms. Not so, the Nazis were in the war alongside the Italians and the Japanese and for the purposes of history and remembrance it is right that passive display of the fact is allowed. Are our children to be allowed to forget what their grandparents' adversaries looked like because of the outcrying of a minority faction?
It's a bit like cowboys with no Indians really but those who jump on the bandwaggon are usually the type who wouldn't allow Sooty to have a girlfrfiend and would have banned Looby Loo from The Flowerpot Men.
My father fought in the war and at its end a local postman strutted at the front of a parade as a comic Hitler and caused great amusement. They had the right spirit in those days and were not steeped in political correctness with their heads up their own orifices.
Perhaps the most amusing reference to the whole outcry was a local blogger who ranted about it and then posted a distasteful picture of a German soldier shooting someone in the back of the head to illustrate it.
No doubt they and the barmy media army will be back again! As long as they get the publicity.
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Crime prevention cash for Contact Point
Some of the Contact Point team with councillors.
The Oakworth Police & Community Contact Point has secured funding from the Worth Valley Area Initiative Fund of £750. This will be used to provide training in crime prevention for Police volunteers across the Worth Valley who will then visit local groups to inform people of how to improve security and allow them to purchase crime prevention items.
Opened in 2006 the Contact Point at Holden Hall is a focal point for the residents of Oakworth who can report matters to the Police and Councils such as anti-social behaviour or fly tipping.
Training will begin in February and it is hoped the first talks will go ahead before Easter.
Mags Smith, Co-ordinator of the Oakworth & Haworth Contact Points says, “This is an opportunity for Police volunteers to become more involved in the community. Police cannot always make a village group meeting as their time is better served on other, more important, duties.”
Sergeant Chris Watson of the Worth Valley NPT said: "The Contact Point and the Volunteers who give up their time are a valuable extension of the service that police and partners provide. This funding will help to further develop that role and is great news for the local community."
We would like to thank our Ward Councillors, Glen Miller, Rebecca Poulsen and Russell Brown for giving us this opportunity.
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