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- THE ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL: J. B. Priestley at Kissing Tree House with Barry Cryer and Sophie Fyson
- FINAL DETAILS OF ANNUAL WALK
- DALDRY’S NATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION OF AN INSPECTOR CALLS TOURING AGAIN
- KISSING TREE HOUSE MEMOIR FEATURED IN THE OBSERVER
- ANNUAL WALK SUNDAY 1ST JULY 2018
- DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
- "J.B. Priestley is one of our literary icons of the 20th Century. And it is time that we all became re-acquainted with his genius." Dame Judi Dench
"Priestley is one of the finest and most popular storytellers of the last hundred years. We are now aware many of his stories have a prophetic quality." Dame Margaret Drabble
"Abundant life flows through J.B. Priestley’s books. He was the last of his kind. He produced work of dazzling variety and rich profusion. I still treasure his work and salute the memory of the remarkable man who made it. " Stan Barstow
Members and friends are invited to attend this year’s walk which will take place on Sunday 1st July at Saltaire.
Below is an outline of the day. Final details are still to be decided. Please could members have a read and decide which option they prefer. Please then communicate with Lindsay Sutton and let him know. Contact details are at the bottom of this post.
* Early birds could meet at 10am for a tea/coffee/light breakfast (couple of watering options available).
* Guided stroll of historic Saltaire Village by well-versed guide (in period mill costume, if required) between 10.30 and 12 noon (Salts mill; river, rail and canal bank area; cottages and alms houses; no pubs – outlawed by Mill owner Titus Salt; and his Reformed Chapel after morning service – a jewel of a place). NB. cost overall is £75 for a group walk – for a fiver each we need 25 folk, and pro rate rata increase for less people. Main guide is still available in principle – would need to book to make sure. (Do we pay it from Society funds now and sort out numbers later – or even subsidise it?).
* Lunch between 12 noon and 1.30pm: four venues willing to accommodate us for a modest lunch (or more if you are inclined and will pay for it). More distant travellers or non-walkers may wish to simply join up for lunch and afternoon).
* 1.45/2pm onwards: Three or four choices:
* Hockney Art Gallery in Salts Mill (all mill is free entry) plus retail therapy at the Home furnishing area, craft and arts area, footwear and outdoor gear etc, etc. Easily a couple of hours – two cafes available too.
* Shipley Glen Tramway - short, flat-land stroll to tramway, small museum, couple of quid cost, five minute journey up to Baildon Moor, tea and/or ice cream available at Old Glen House pub/tea garden en route – then option to return to bottom by tram. (OR…)
* Walk from Old Glen House down through woods, down Titus Salt’s Carriageway, down to river, across bridge and back on canal bank to Salts Mill. Whole thing was delightful for us – but it was idyllic weather.
* Another separate option after lunch is half hour cruise on a canal barge (or an hour if we want to do it as a larger group later) – you could combine with tram trip if you so desire.
* 4pm prompt: Afternoon tea at one of three venues – Half Moon Cafe in nearby Roberts Park (if weather fine, outside watching nearby cricket match); Diner Cafe in Salts Mill itself; Don’t Tell Titus bar/cafe nearby on Victoria Street (sells alcohol – hence title).
Three choices need making by individual members:
* Are you coming in principle?
+ What time do you want to plug in to the outlined activities?
* Do you want afternoon tea? – I can order and arrange once numbers are known.
The rest of the choices are yours to be made as and when – on the day if necessary.
Please contact Lindsay Sutton and advise him of your choice.