Halifax Courier - - Local Life -

This year Over­gate Hospice in Hullen Edge Road cel­e­brates 35 years of the pro­vi­sion if spe­cial­ist care. 35 years ago Find Grau­cob of Nu-Swift In­ter­na­tional died and his widow Sylvia be­gan to con­sider what should be done with their fam­ily home, Over­gate. A year later she met Dr Quinn and Dr Hy­man who were look­ing to set up Calderdale’s first hospice. With much sup­port from the com­mu­nity Over­gate Hospice opened in 1981. To­day it is still sup­port­ing adults suf­fer­ing from life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses and their fam­ily and friends. In cel­e­bra­tion some brand new events are to be held through­out the year in­clud­ing Lanterns on the Lake on June 4. Sun­day morn­ing wor­ship at Bethesda Methodist Church took the form of lo­cal ar­range­ments fol­low­ing which re­fresh­ments were served in the meet­ing room. The re­cent meet­ings of the Chit chat Club were good na­tured affairs - how could they not be with the gen­tle, in­fec­tious hu­mour of An­dré Rieu? Each group watched a DVD of one of his con­certs and joined in as the op­por­tu­nity arose. The morn­ing meet­ing had started with a se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion of what the group might do in re­sponse to the flood­ing in Calderdale. De­lib­er­a­tions and con­clu­sions were put to, and en­dorsed by, the af­ter­noon group. A few places are still avail­able for the morn­ing ses­sion of the Chit-Chat Group which meets at All Saints’ Church. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from Win Theaker on 01422 265570. The next meet­ings

An­ti­quar­ian So­ci­ety

Jill Lid­ding­ton ad­dressed Hal­i­fax An­ti­quar­ian So­ci­ety on Van­ish­ing For The Vote: Em­me­line Pankhurst and the Suf­frage Boy­cott in Hal­i­fax. Be­gin­ning by set­ting the political scene in the early 20th cen­tury, the strug­gle for the vote by lo­cal women such as Dr He­lena Jones, Mary Tay­lor, Di­nah Con­nelly and Laura Will­son were re­lated; some suf­fered a pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment for their ac­tions. Then the story un­folded about Em­me­line Pankhurst’s entreaty to suf­fragettes to boy­cott the 1911 Census. She made this ap­peal in Hal­i­fax at the Me­chan­ics Hall, just be­fore Census Day. Ev­i­dence was shown from the lo­cal 1911 Census en­tries, how some women seemed to dis­ap­pear from the record; al­though oth­ers did not. The speaker was thanked by David Glover. The next An­ti­quar­ian lecture will be held at Hal­i­fax Cen­tral Li­brary on Tues­day, March 1 at 7.30pm when Rod Dim­bleby will speak about A York­shire Di­alect Trea­sure Trove: John Hart­ley’s Clock

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