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Bradford Shortlisted to Host the Great Exhibition of the North

Bradford is one of four venues to be shortlisted for hosting the Great Exhibition of the North. Nine towns and cities in Yorkshire, North East and North West bid to host the two month extravaganza in summer 2018. Bradford’s exhibition proposes to be a celebration of the contribution of the North of England, bringing together people, ideas and imaginations from across the North and the globe to explore what our futures might be. Bradford’s bid was inspired by the strengths and uniqueness of the district: welcoming and friendly diverse people, a collaborative…

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Post-Brexit and all that Uncertainty

By Jim Greenhalf A friend of mine used to say that the only certainty in life was its uncertainty. He wasn’t a quantum physicist parroting the principle associated with Werner Heisenberg in 1927. My friend described himself as a romantic capitalist who liked the adventure of entrepreneurship. He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 47, a couple of years after surviving a serious cancer operation in London. Uncertainty has been a feature of daily life ever since Albert Einstein proved that space is curved and that time is…

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ALL ABOARD FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITY PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BROADWAY

The Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford has announced the official launch of its community partnership with Bradford Hospital Children’s Charity. The centre team invited local children to attend the inaugural ride of its new mall train and have also made a £1,000 donation to mark the occasion. Twenty children from Bradford Hospital and their families were invited to The Broadway on Hall Ings, where they were asked to conduct the train’s very first journey through the centre. Following the train ride the centre’s special guests visited Urban Chocolatier for a…

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St Luke’s CE Primary scores highly with Ofsted

St Luke’s CE Primary School in Eccleshill is celebrating not only being judged as a Good school by Ofsted but also an outstanding judgement by the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). Both inspections were carried out in the summer term and recognise the strong leadership and progress being made throughout the school. In a glowing Ofsted report, the inspectors said: “The Headteacher leads with an effective balance of challenge and support. Staff feel valued and share her high expectations. As a result, pupils make good…

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Stormtroopers set to whip up a ‘Boogie Storm’ ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens screenings on Millennium Square

Britain’s Got Talent stars ‘Boogie Storm’ are once again set to don their iconic Stormtrooper outfits and strut their stuff on a popular city square later this week ahead of two special screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The dance group will be hoping that the force is strong with them on Friday 29 July when they perform before both the matinee and evening screenings of the blockbuster, which is offering the audience a unique outdoor cinema experience in a specially constructed fully seated auditorium with a large state…

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Bizarre Customs collection to be revealed in Leeds

A weird and wonderful collection of objects seized from smugglers is being revealed in an exclusive museum Twitter tour next week. The bizarre array of exotic items includes a crocodile head ashtray and a stuffed mongoose in the grip of a hungry snake and was mainly found during raids and searches by UK customs officers. Currently in storage at the state-of-the-art Leeds Discovery Centre, the objects are part of a collection on long-term loan from HM Revenue and Customs, which also includes ivory carvings, turtle shells, rare butterflies and a…

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Muslim Women’s Council’s Eid Milan Glitz and Glamour Night, a resounding success!

The event was organised as an opportunity for women to celebrate Eid after the month of Ramadan, where fasting was longer than previous years due to the Summer Solstice. It was attended by 150 women and provided an opportunity for women to come together, to enjoy an evening of entertainment and culture. The evening took place on Saturday 16th July and featured renowned artist Shabnam Khan, who performed effortlessly an eclectic mix ranging from Ghazals and Qawwalis to Bollywood and Motown. The evening started off with food and drinks provided…

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Changes to children’s residential care services

Bradford Council’s Children’s Services is proposing to make changes to the way children’s residential care is provided to help ensure more children are accommodated within the district, minimising disruption to their lives. A report to be discussed at the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26 July will outline plans to buy 12 beds from external children’s homes providers within the district, or within a 20 mile radius of the district. These homes would be for children and young people aged 10-18 and would provide 24 hour care, staffing…

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Meet some animals at Bradford Industrial Museum

Young visitors to Bradford Industrial Museum will get to handle small animals and reptiles at two special sessions over the summer holiday. There is an animal theme at the Bradford Council-owned Eccleshill Museum over the summer season with two exhibitions – ‘Beastly Machines’, animatronic animal inspired sculptures by artist Johnny White and ‘Animal Attraction’ which uses items from Bradford Museums and Galleries collections to look at our relationship with animals in the past. The Zoolab sessions complement these exhibitions and take place in the Animal Attraction gallery space. Visitors will…

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Bradford to be launched as official Team GB FanZone

Bradford is one of only nine cities across the country being launched as an official Team GB FanZone. And Bradford schoolchildren are celebrating the fact that they can share in the experience of watching the Rio 2016 Olympic Games live on the Big Screen. The children from Clayton Village Primary School are waving their Brazilian flags in support of the host country after taking part in a project on Rio at their school. Bradford Council is also working with sport national governing bodies, Team GB and local sporting groups to…

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