AS one who attends the theatre in Huddersfield on a regular basis I am surprised that there are people who want to have another theatre in Huddersfield as reported in the Huddersfield Examiner on Tuesday.
The Lawrence Batley Theatre offers a stage for local amateur companies and a venue for professional touring companies.
It has a large auditorium and a smaller cellar space as well as bars and rooms for meetings and rehearsals.
The Artistic Director arranges a well balanced programme which offers something to interest almost all the theatre going public.
It is well patronised but rarely totally full and another theatre in the town is not likely to improve that situation.
It took many years of hard work by a lot of individuals and groups to restore a theatre in the town capable of accommodating touring productions after the demise of the Theatre Royal in Ramsden Street and many of the excellent dramatic and musical societies in the district have made it their main venue. I doubt that they would seek another unless it were available to them at a lower charge.
It would be interesting to know if those who have requested a new theatre are supporting the one that we already have and realise the threat that would be posed to it by another theatre in the town.
At worst we could end up with no theatre at all.
Well done Ladies!
THANKS to Huddersfield Thespians for a brilliant Saturday afternoon watching the latest production of Ladies Down Under.
Every cast member played their part superbly and the only downside is why so few people where there to watch it.
Please more people make the effort next time and you won’t be sorry. Go support these talented hardworking individuals who entertained us.
Hands off village green
I THINK it is really low that Paddico are pleading to the Supreme Court to be allowed to wreck Clayton Fields with their building project.
The land is now officially confirmed as the village green shared by Edgerton and Birkby and as such ought not to be ruined for the sake of profit.
Paddico are motivated purely by greed, seeking only the money to be gained from bulldozing the meadow.
However, should they win their case this could have disastrous consequences for other endangered common land around the country as it could set a legal precedent for many more triumphs of money over morality.
Its environmental importance aside, local property prices would be likely to fall from the loss of such an amenity, including the value of homes on the new estate recently built along Wheathouse Road.
We need to ask what the urban core of Huddersfield would miss more – yet another cluster of drab dwellings or an ancient natural ecosystem.
After all, this is a town with empty and derelict buildings aplenty and many wasteland sites which have fallen into disuse.
The High Court has already ruled Paddico must back out.
With this sneaky attempt to cheat us of our victory they, a large corporate concern like this beaten fairly by a few committed townsfolk, ought to concede defeat and bow out. I nearly wrote ‘gracefully’ but that wouldn’t quite describe it.
Trains boost wind power
THE news that the Government is going to use public money to electrify the supposedly privatised rail network must be music to the ears of owners and investors in the publicly subsidised wind farms – because it is going to need a lot of them.
Nationalise energy firms
THE announcement by British Gas that it is putting up its prices by 6% this winter is tantamount to a death sentence for many of the most vulnerable in society.
People who are already living in poverty will not be able to afford to heat their homes and will perish as a result. The average dual fuel bill for gas and electricity is currently £1,240 a year.
A 6% price rise would add around £80, taking the annual bill for gas and electricity up to £1,320. This will directly effect 8.5 million households across the country.
With the industry regulator, Ofgem, proving completely unsuited to the task of protecting consumers from the rapacious greed of the energy companies for exorbitant profits, it is high time they were taken back into public ownership.
If New Labour want to guarantee winning the next election then they should announce that they will do this and no compensation would be paid. This is about saving lives not serving greed.
The managing director of British Gas, Phil Bentley, was paid £1.249m in 2010 with a £596,000 bonus, up 15% from the previous year.
In the same year British Gas made an operating profit of £598m, an increase of 100%.
Trust’s vital work
RARELY have I been as moved as I was the other week when I spent an afternoon at The Prince’s Trust.
In the lead up to this year's Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, I was invited to sit on the panel for The Prince’s Trust Young Achiever Award.
Every year the award recognises a young person who has overcome unimaginable circumstances to achieve success.
For me, this award is one of the highlights of the Pride of Britain Awards – reminding us of a young, unsung hero who would otherwise go overlooked.
I met five finalists for The Trust’s award and heard five incredible life stories.
These are young people who have barely reached adulthood in some instances – and yet have lived through more tragedy and hardship than most of us would expect in an entire lifetime.
Each young person explained how hard they have worked not just to get their own lives on track but to help others with their struggles too.
And they told me how, without the support of The Prince’s Trust, they would still be homeless, jobless, suicidal – or worse.
Life is only getting tougher for young people, especially as youth unemployment rises, and The Trust is one of the only charities working in this area to make improvements.
It is the same reason why other famous faces are getting involved. Alesha Dixon and Mark Ronson are joining a live streamed Q&A on The Prince’s Trust Facebook page today – directly interacting with young people who are struggling against the odds.
And the odds are most definitely against the young today. More than a million young people in the UK are unemployed – enough to fill the Olympic Stadium 12 times and leaving more queuing outside to get in.
This kind of statistic shows why the work of The Trust is so vital.
Donations to the charity go towards one-to-one mentoring, in-school support and personal development courses that help instil self-worth and skills for work.
And the results speak for themselves. Three in four young people helped by the charity last year moved into jobs, education or training.
My advice for young people who are struggling at the moment is to give The Prince’s Trust a call and tune into their Youth Forum on Facebook this week.
And for anyone in need of a reminder of the goodwill and real-life heroes existing in Britain today – my advice is to tune into The Pride of Britain Awards on ITV1.
The Prince’s Trust Youth Forum, supported by HSBC, can be viewed at facebook.com/princestrust at 2pm today
The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, 8pm, Tuesday October 30th, ITV1.