September, 2014

Mayor praises Bradford teenagers who graduate from National Citizen Service

The Lord Mayor of Bradford will pay tribute to 120 teenagers who have made the most of their summer holidays and spare time by graduating from the National Citizen Service (NCS) this year.

The 16 and 17 year old worked their way through a programme that involved a week’s residential, a week living away from home and the completion of a community project.

Amongst those to benefit from the young people’s input were Bradford’s homeless, elderly and young, St Martin’s Church, Heaton Woods Trust, Affinity Sutton Housing Association, Clayton Community Association and the Snowdrop Garden at Nab Wood.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony being held at the Bradford Hotel on Friday (26 September), Mayor Councillor Mike Gibbons said:
“It’s great to see so many of our young people taking up this challenge, doing something good for themselves and the local community.
“For many young people the NCS gives them the tools, skills and belief to unlock their potential and make a positive impact. They’ve spent their spare time helping people around them in all sorts of ways. Starting out as individuals who didn’t know each other and who come from very different backgrounds they’ve developed new skills, made new friends, gained in confidence and got things done. This graduation event is just the beginning and I hope they will go on to do more good work.”

At Friday’s event the youngsters will be presented with certificates by the Mayor and enjoy an evening designed to showcase their talents and celebrate their achievements.

Brathay Trust’s Jenni MacDuff said:
“Providing opportunities for young people from all walks of life to meet and get to know one another is the cornerstone of a shared society. It encourages mutual respect and an appreciation of the bigger picture. This event celebrates each young person’s achievement and recognises how they have helped Bradford communities through social action projects.”

The National Citizens Service programme which runs across the UK is aimed at young people aged 16 and 17 years old. It has cross political party support, equips young people with skills for life and work and is seen as a rite of passage helping young people to make a positive transition toward adult life.

The NCS programme is delivered in Bradford by a consortium of youth and community organisations including Brathay Trust. In the last 14 months Brathay has helped 240 young people through the programme.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Pauline King by phone 07545 926661

You are invited to attend the ceremony on Friday (26 September) which starts at 6.30pm or the rehearsal event which is being held at the Bradford Hotel on Thursday 25 September at 5.30pm.

For media enquiries please contact Christie Munley, at Brathay Trust on 0844 225 2934

Magna Carta tapestries visit Kendal before going to see the Queen

NEW Magna Carta tapestries, marking the 800th anniversary next year, will visit Kendal before featuring in celebrations involving the Queen.

In November eight tapestries, out of 12 designed and sewn by Royal embroiderer Rhoda Nevins and commemorating the sealing of the Magna Carta, will be on display at the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal, South Cumbria.

The tapestry panels will be seen by thousands of people next year, including the Queen, as part of anniversary celebrations. This is the first time such a collection will visit the North West.

Rhoda Nevins, a member of the Royal School of Needlework who helped to embroider the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, was commissioned to produce the panels. Rhoda and her team are working around the clock to make sure the panels are ready in time. Work began on the first one in 2012 and the last one is due to be finished next May.

Museum manager Bridget Guest is delighted that people in the North West have a chance to see the panels ahead of a royal viewing in June 2015.

“It is lovely to have eight of the twelve tapestries here as well as Rhoda Nevins to talk about them at the launch event,” says Bridget.

“The ‘tapestries’ as we call them are actually embroidered panels made in a similar style to the museum’s own 77 Quaker Tapestry panels.”

“The panels produced by Rhoda and her team are beautifully done and this exhibition presents a rare opportunity for people in the North of England to see them at a local venue.”

“It’s also a lovely coincidence that Rhoda attended a Quaker school and her grandparents were Quakers too” adds Bridget.

The panels on show in Kendal include four dedicated to each Magna Carta Trust town: Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, Runnymede and Canterbury. A further panel depicts the shields of the 25 barons who were present at the sealing and three other panels show the involvement of the Commonwealth and British Empire countries.

Each panel is 594 x 841mm and embroidered using appliqué techniques with silk fabrics and gold threads. The Magna Carta Tapestry was commissioned by Runnymede council.

Next year’s anniversary recognises the Magna Carta as one of Britain’s most important historical documents and a symbol of national values. It provided the foundations on which British laws and principles are based.

Events to celebrate the sealing of the Magna Carta are being held throughout the world. The 15th June 2015, when the document was sealed by King John 800 years ago, is being singled out as the most significant date. The full collection will be exhibited at celebrations involving the Queen on this date.

For more details of the exhibition at the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal, running from Saturday 1 to Saturday 29 November please visit their website.


Image show Rhoda Nevins working on a panel and the Magna Carta Barons Shields panel.

Ulverston drummer to sell musical memorabilia from glam rock hey-days.

The drummer in one of rock music’s biggest bands of all time is selling a collection of musical memorabilia from his glam rock hey-days. The items will be sold at auction on Tuesday 30 September and Wednesday 1 October near Kendal, South Cumbria.

Paul Fenton, who lives in Ulverston, is best known for his work with the legendary Marc Bolan’s T. Rex band.

Paul was a member of the band between 1973 and 1974 and was a close friend of Marc’s until his untimely death in 1977. Paul also played with Tony Jay and the Jesters, the Voltaire, the Contrasts and cult band Carmen. Whilst playing with ‘Christie’ of Yellow River Fame, he turned down an invitation to join Paul McCartney’s Wings. Far from retiring his sticks, Paul aged 68 still tours Europe with his T-Rex Band, the music of Marc & Mickey, celebrating the work of Bolan.

Amongst the items up for sale is a signed first edition book of poems by Marc Bolan. ‘The Warlock of Love’, a 66-page hardback book published in 1969, has a handwritten dedication from Marc to Paul.

Of their friendship, Paul says: “We spent a lot of time together socially. We were mates. He was a generous and fun person to be with. I used to stay at his house and one time I was stuck without an outfit for a TV show and Marc let me choose something from his wardrobe. They were extremely good times.”

Also included in the sale is a trim studded white suit designed by Marc Bolan and tailored by global luxury fashion house, Bally of Switzerland. Bolan made it for his minder and driver Alfie O’Leary who then gave it to Fenton.

A snake-skin jacket purchased from London’s Kensington market in the 70’s, a magnet for musicians and designers and where would be stars Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor had a stall, is also up for sale. A wardrobe prerequisite for a glam rocker, Fenton lent it to singer Johnny Wakelin who wore it for a Top of the Pops performance of the chart-topping hit, ‘In Zaire’.

Paul Fenton also hopes there will be interest in a framed silver disc from 1983, recognising that over 60,000 copies of Robert Plant’s album ‘Principle of Moments’ had been sold in the UK. It was presented to Barry “Barriemore” Barlow, drummer and percussionist for the rock band Jethro Tull, who played on Plant’s album. Barriemore, a friend and fellow musician, gave it to Paul.

Other items, including a Benin Bronze and two oil paintings are also being sold as part of a two day sale by 1818 Auctioneers at their Junction 36 saleroom.

“We expect a lot of interest in the book of poetry” explains Kevin Kendal at 1818 Auctioneers.

“Without the signature I would expect it to fetch a couple of hundred pounds but with the dedication it could make several times that. Bidding from glam rock fans and anyone interested in vintage clothing could see the snake skin jacket go for around £500 and we’ve valued the Elvis style white suit at £200 to £300.

“These items are from a decade defined as much by the music as by the fashion. They evoke memories and emotions of a bygone era making them attractive to a wide range of buyers” adds Kevin.

A musician and music fan himself, Kevin is hoping to build on previous saleroom successes with rock and pop memorabilia.

The rock memorabilia will be sold around midday as part of a specialist sale on Wednesday 1 October. Viewing is from 8.30am until the sale starts at 10am. The other items will be sold on Tuesday.

For more details of the auction and how to bid online please visit the 1818 Auctioneers website or call the auction room on 0845 812 1818.

Image shows Paul Fenton with Marc Bolan.

For further information and interview requests please contact:
Helen Dent on 07719186145
Kevin Kendal, Saleroom Manager and Auctioneer on 0845 812 1818

Notes to editors:
Eighteen Eighteen Auctioneers are at: Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7FP. Sat Nav use LA7 7NU