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New Business Feature – Ayup Digital

Please take a read and support this new business based in Hebden Bridge.

We look forward to seeing the company develop and catching up with developments at our forthcoming events.

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Ayup Digital agency starts-up in Hebden Bridge

A couple of seasoned brand and digital professionals have crossed the pennines to start up a new business based in Hebden Bridge. Ste Taylor and Mike Stephens, colleagues together at a Manchester-based agency, have just launched Ayup Digital, a digital agency that focuses on helping businesses tell their story more effectively online.

As residents of Calderdale, the duo were already well aware of the area’s many qualities but recent developments persuaded them to base their new venture in the region. Says MD Ste Taylor “There is a definite buzz around Yorkshire at the moment with Barclays’ Fast Growth Tech Survey reporting expected growth of 10% for Yorkshire-based tech firms during 2015, which is four times faster the UK GDP forecasts. Hebden Bridge is a brilliantly diverse and cosmopolitan town with a very unique personality while the Tour de France brought some well-deserved attention to the region in general. These elements, along with Calderdale’s inward investment in things like superfast broadband and the Pretty Gritty tourism brand, means that we are very excited about setting up here.”

The digital agency’s core offering focuses on their ability to blend creative skills with technical and analytical know-how to come up with smart, effective ideas for their clients. They work on a wide variety of projects including developing device-friendly websites and apps, interactive videos, digital annual reports, ecommerce solutions, brand refreshes and lots more in between. As Taylor continues, “We are very client focussed so our processes and business model supports that; we take the time to understand our client’s brand, their organisation and their own unique requirements before pulling together a team that is fit for the client, rather than the other way around, which can often be the case in established agencies.”

Ayup has a real tech-focus and in this multichannel, multi-device world we now live in, digital director Mike Stephens, believes that that continuous iteration is crucial to improving success, “We understand that a new website, app, video or digital channel isn’t just a short-term fix and is no good in isolation. Delivering the project is just the start; continuous iteration is all about working with our clients over the long term; embracing analytics and data, to continually improve online performance and audience experience.”

Visit Ayup online at https://ayup.agency/

 

Our website needs you!

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Our Website needs YOU!!

 

 

 

 

We have a wealth of amazing talent and experience within our membership; from a wide array of businesses from Breweries to Digital media, from sole traders to large International companies.

This sharing of success, ideas and experience is something which doesn’t happen on our website.

I’m hoping to get our members more involved in the website and spend a few minutes letting everyone know a bit more about yourselves and any useful tips, stories and even member offers.

So, please get in touch – use the discussion board and get involved with a current discussion or add your own. Let’s make the website work for each other!

You can also add to the Resources section which already has some great words of wisdom from Lee Kenny from Snowflake Media so please use this section too.

As always, if you prefer to call or email then give myself or Emma a call and we’ll be glad to assist or add your tempting member offers to the website!

Cheers

 

David

 

Cider of the Month

Orgasmic Cider for Valentines Day

Is your pub ready for Valentines Day on 14th February? Your customers can experience some love themed cider on the most romantic day of the year!

Give your customers pure satisfaction this Valentines day with Orgasmic Cider. Love is in the air and drinkers of this cider of bitter sweet and bitter sharp apples will be absolutely smitten! Serve this 6% abv cider chilled and fall in love with this Traditional Cider.

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The Real Cider Company is based in Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge. We specialise in the wholesale of hand-crafted farmhouse ciders and perries to food and drink festivals, pubs, wine bars, restaurants and retailers.

We take our stand to food, drink and music festivals and have a ‘pop-up’ cider bar. Choose from a range of over 100 ciders and perries sourced from artisan producers across Britain, supplied in bottles and bag-in-boxes.

Real Cider Co

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A Warm Welcome to New Headteacher at the Junior School

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Pictured: Mrs Weller with Luchia and William

Hipperholme Grammar Junior School began 2015 with a new Headteacher, following the retirement of Mrs Louise Reynolds who had led the School for 6 years.

The appointment of Mrs Sarah Weller, previously Head of Key Stage 2, heralds a new dawn for the local Independent School, which is due to celebrate its 100 year anniversary.

Speaking of her appointment, Mrs Weller said, “I am delighted to take up the Headship after a long and happy teaching career at Hipperholme Grammar Junior School (HGJS). With Mrs Reynolds and our talented team of staff, parents and pupils, we have created a unique learning environment, combining small class sizes and excellent teaching with traditional values.

However, we are focussed on the future and this is the beginning of a new chapter which I am excited to be part of. Education is a journey and using our initials, I have introduced a new School motto which I feel is significant of the approach here at HGJS: Here Great Journey’s Start!”

Mrs Weller, who grew up in Brighouse, still lives in the town with her husband and two teenage children. After leaving Brighouse Girls Grammar School, she gained a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Leeds, but her study of education and teaching practice took place in and around Scarborough.

“I still like to visit Scarborough and have fond memories of my time there,” continued Mrs Weller, “In fact, the whole family welcomed in the New Year by watching fireworks on the beach at North Bay. It felt special to be celebrating this new phase of my teaching career in the town where it all began.”

All the staff, parents and pupils at the School wish Mrs Weller many happy years in her new role and success in leading the children on their exciting learning journey.

The Hipperholme Grammar School Foundation is an Independent School providing outstanding education for 3 -18 year olds. As well as supporting and encouraging each child to achieve their full academic potential, an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities upholds the Foundation’s commitment to ensure that pupils succeed not just academically, but that their personal development and leadership qualities are also maximised. The Foundation offers a range of Scholarships, including Academic, Music, Choral and Sports Scholarships, in Year 7 as well as a generous Sixth Form Scholarship scheme, and all applications are welcomed.

For more information about this story contact:
Sue Oliver, Marketing Manager, Hipperholme Grammar School

T: 01422 202256
E: s.oliver@hgsf.org.uk W: www.hgsf.org.uk

 

Cider Of The Month from The Real Cider Company

Please support your fellow members and share.

“We know that Christmas is only just out of the way in Calderdale’s pubs and bars, but here at The Real Cider Company we are keeping you ahead of the game. We’re already looking forward to Burns Night on January 25th and in honour of that our Cider of the Month is

Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider.

This 6.9% abv. Whisky-Cask aged Cider is dry & subtle, infused with mellow vanilla oak of the cask, this is a refreshing and complex drink. This delightful cider is an interesting alternative to whisky on Burns Night to celebrate the birth of one of Scotland’s most celebrated poets, Robert Burns. Your customers can experience some Scottish themed cider. Och aye!


The Real Cider Company is based in Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge. We specialise in the wholesale of hand-crafted farmhouse ciders and perries to food and drink festivals, pubs, wine bars, restaurants and retailers.  We take our stand to food, drink and music festivals and have a ‘pop-up’ cider bar. Choose from a range of over 100 ciders and perries sourced from artisan producers across Britain, supplied in bottles and bag-in-boxes.

Real Cider Co

 

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Hipperholme Grammar News

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Emilia appointed Head Chorister at Bradford Cathedral.

Year 10 student Emilia Cooper is an outstanding vocalist and won a Choral Scholarship when she joined the School in Year 7. The Choristership at Bradford Cathedral is awarded to pupils who have passed the School’s entrance requirements and also completed their probabionary period to become full members of the Bradford Cathedral Choir.

Head Chorister, Emilia Cooper

Head Chorister, Emilia Cooper

This term, Emilia was proud to be appointed as Head   Chorister at the Cathedral. “I have always enjoyed singing from an early age, so when we saw Hipperholme Grammar School advertising Choral Scholarships, I was excited as I had never sung in a Cathedral choir before. I had no idea what to expect and had never thought of how much I would like the style of music sung or how much my voice would improve from attending the Cathedral. I found my first couple of weeks very challenging but exciting and before I knew it, I was reading music and singing with a lot more confidence with much help from the Choir Masters Mr Alex Woodrow and Mr Jonathan Eyre.

Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, Mr Alex Woodrow, added: “Emilia has been a stalwart member of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir for some years now, and we are delighted to be able to recognise her commitment and musical progress with this promotion. As Head Chorister, she will lead by example, nurturing the less experienced choristers and providing encouragement. Emilia benefits greatly from the partnership between Hipperholme Grammar and the Cathedral, receiving vocal tuition at the School which directly benefits her choral singing.

We are delighted as a Cathedral to have such strong links with the School, with three choristers currently enrolled on the School’s innovative Choral Scholarship scheme. We are also very pleased, once a year, to work with the Grammar School in offering a Choral Workshop to primary-aged children from across the district: some 90 children attended last year for a wonderfully affirmative afternoon of music making!”

Orangebox Event

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Tuesday, December 9th 2014.

On a wet tuesday in December the members were welcomed to Orangebox for our Christmas Event.

For many this was their first visit and it certainly captivated the members from the outset.

Members were directed to the “box below” room where refreshments were provided by the catering team who did an excellent job of rendering several members speechless for a few moments as they tucked into the delights provided.

We were then given some background into Orangebox and some of the great work that has been going on with its volunteers and partners by Centre Director, Emily Pearson, Alison Ford from Square Chapel, Lorna Butterick from Project Challenge and Dave Cooper, Orangebox.

A short tour was conducted by Tom Kendall, centre manager at Orangebox and Linda Franklin from Square Chapel who took us onto each floor and even onto the rooftop which will become a roof garden in the months ahead. The roof space overlooks The Piece Hall and there will be a link up to Orangebox once work is completed here next year.

Orangebox has rehearsal rooms, recording studios, skate park, conferencing facilities, cinema, kitchen area, meeting rooms and fabulous reception area. There is a lift and a very well equipped disabled w.c and washroom area. I’m sure many more ideas are on the cards to develop Orangebox further so we will share these in the future.

On our return to the box below room, mince pies and chocolate and ginger brownies were served before the comedian Sam Avery took to the stage for a short set.

The members seemed to enjoy this infectious scouse humour and it was a great way to end the evening. Nick Worsnop from Business For Calderdale thanked everyone for attending and for Orangebox for hosting us.

I will also add my thanks to all those attending and to everyone on the night who welcomed us. We hope that everyone enjoyed it and will support Orangebox moving forward.

Thanks

 

David, BFC

 

 

 

 

The Grammar School, Hipperholme

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Hipperholme Grammar School’s Annual Speech & Awards Night

“The annual Senior School Speech and Awards Night is the most prestigious event in Hipperholme Grammar School’s calendar. It was an honour for the School to hold this evening once again at Bradford Cathedral yesterday evening. Around seventy prizes and even more certificates were awarded to pupils for their outstanding efforts and achievements in the academic year 2013 – 14. Former and current pupils, their proud parents, teachers and guests were present at the Cathedral to applaud and celebrate their success. A Level and GCSE certificates were also presented to last year’s examination candidates.

The evening began with a warm welcome from Residentiary Canon at the Cathedral, The Revd Canon Sam Corley. Guest of Honour at this year’s event was Mrs Margaret Denton, Honorary Life Member of the Independent Schools Association and recently retired Headteacher, who was asked to present the prizes to the students. Mrs Denton also spoke to the students and their families. She reflected on the School’s Motto, ‘Doctrina Fortior Armis’ (The Pen is Mightier than the Sword) and that this is as relevant in today’s turbulent world as it was when the School was endowed in 1648 during the English Civil Wars.

Form prizes and GCSE and A level subject prizes were awarded for merit and achievement to last year’s students from Year 7 through to Year 13. The R B Jones Prize for Chemistry was presented to Year 13 student James Brown. The Jack Wilkinson Prize for English was received by Year 13 Rebecca Firth and the Kath Atkinson Award for Sports Studies was awarded to Stephanie Teale. Both R B Jones and Jack Wilkinson are former Heads of Department at the School.

Rotary Club Prizes were kindly donated by Brighouse Rotary Club and presented by Chair of Governors Mr Chris Redfearn on behalf of the Rotary President Elect, Mr Tony Perryman, to three pupils: Jarred Bland, Sophie Godlington and Christy Ellis. These prizes were awarded for ‘Service above Self’, ‘Outstanding Personal Effort’ and ‘Achievement in the Face of Adversity’.

In addition, the Chairman’s Prize was awarded to last year’s Head Boy and Girl, Oliver Firth and Marianne Suddards. There was also a special Headmaster’s Prize awarded to Laura Godlington.

In addition to the awards, pupils, families and guests enjoyed a wide variety of performances and presentations given by pupils from different departments, including School Council, House and Sports reports, poetry recitals and music from the School Choir.

Headmaster Jack Williams congratulated all the students on an extremely busy and fulfilling School year, and this year’s Head Boy and Girl Kane Butler and Abigail Phillips reflected on their time at Hipperholme Grammar School.

The evening concluded with everyone singing the School Song Carmen Hipperholmiense in Latin, which is sung by the whole School every Monday morning in Assembly!

Hipperholme Grammar School would like to thank Brighouse Rotary Club for donating prizes as well as the families of Jack Wilkinson and Kath Atkinson and the Trustees of R. B. Jones.

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Headmaster Jack Williams, Guest of Honour Margaret Denton and Chair of Governors Chris Refearn.

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Prize winners current Year 8 Hannah Coe, Jarred Bland and year 12 Lydia Chin with Headmaster Mr Williams

For more information: Sue Oliver, Marketing Manager, Hipperholme Grammar School

T: 01422 202256

E: s.oliver@hgsf.org.uk

W: www.hgsf.org.uk

 

Real Cider Christmas Range

 

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The Real Cider Company are pleased to announce their Christmas Range. 

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Gwynt Y Ddraig – Sleigh Ride Seasonal Cider. 4.5% abv with more than a hint of  Cinnamon in this festive cider from Wales.

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Westcroft – Janet’s Jingle Juice – 6% abv. Janet’s Jingle Juice is a cider Yule all Noel very well but they couldn’t resist giving it a festive label. A full bodied, medium dry cider.

Glebe Farm – MIY – Mull It Yourself

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Get into the Festive spirit and mull your own cider with RCC’s DIY mulling pack.

You get :

20 litres of Happy Daze bag in box cider
35cl of Burrow Hill Somerset Royal three year old cider brandy.
20 sachets of mulling spice magic.

Side-R Mulled – 6% abv

Help your customer’s enjoy the Festive season without the hassle of mulling your own cider. Sweet and spicy.

To order, visit The Real Cider Company at http://www.realciderco.co.uk/contact

Call them on 01422 881315 or drop them an email at info@realciderco.co.uk.

 

Christmas Fayre – Hipperholme Grammar School

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Our Friends at The Grammar School, Hipperholme would like to invite you to their community ‘Christmas Fayre’ at the Senior School on Saturday, 6th December, 1.30 – 4 pm. It promises to be a great afternoon out for all the family with lots of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Former BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd will open the Fayre at 1.30 pm.

Local Halifax artist and illustrator, Stephen Waterhouse will judge a children’s Art Competition on the theme of ‘Christmas in our Community’ at 2.30 pm

‘Christmas Market’ with gift and craft stalls, local wines, cake and home produce stalls

Christmas carols and music from our Choirs and Brass Band

Santa’s Grotto and a professional photographer

Games and activities organised by our Senior School students and Junior Student Council

We will be raising funds for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice with some fantastic prizes to be won in our Grand Prize Draw. We have already raised over £500.

We would, of course, be delighted if your members would join us on the day from 1.30 pm.

Refreshments in our Dining Room with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

We hope to see you then!

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