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The second issue of my new magazine Brighouse and District Heritage Newseum will be out on Monday in the shops. 

Harrison Lord, Bradford Road; Kitson’s Newsagents, Commercial Street; Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Halifax Road; Colin’s Newsagents, Hipperholme; Bailiff Bridge Post office, Cooperative Buildings; Bailiff Bridge Petrol Station, Bradford Road; The Old Town Hall Dentist, Thornton Square and Woodhouse Stores, Woodhouse Lane. 

The first issue was snapped up very quickly which resulted in me having two additional print runs to keep up with the demand.

Copies are also available through my website:   and can also be paid through PayPal sending it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   BACs payments can be made the Sort Code and Account number on request..... Or simply ring me up 07854-755756 or 01422-205763 to order over the telephone.  An annual subscription is also available at £20 which includes four issues and p/p.

The magazine is £3.75 per copy (+postage £1.30) Please note postage for overseas buyers will vary - be advised to ask first what your postage will be. 

A number of customers have asked about subscribing for the year (4 issues). The cost to subscribe for the four issues is £20 which for UK sales only also includes postage and packaging. For overseas subscribers please enquire about what the postage and packaging will be before you click the subscribe button. 

Thank you for your support

Chris Helme

Having written the weekly nostalgia page for the Brighouse Echo for 32 years, my time with the newspaper came to an end in January 2018. Many people told me how much they have missed my weekly stories of people, incidents, snippets of local history and nostalgia of Brighouse and its surrounding communities. It is for that reason I have decided to write and publish my new Brighouse and District Heritage Newseum magazine.  I chose the word 'Newseum' to give a sense of being a museum which will be full of news in the written word and images.

The magazine is A4 with 16 inner pages and 4 outer pages. My intention is to gradually build the magazine up to 28 pages overall and publish it as a quarterly magazine. 

The magazine is £3.75 - For postal copies in the UK it is plus £1.30 postage and packaging. Please email to enquire about overseas postage rates.. 

A number of customers have asked about subscribing for the year (4 issues). The cost to subscribe for the four issues is £20 which for UK sales only also includes postage and packaging. For overseas subscribers please enquire about what the postage and packaging will be before you click the subscribe button.

Thank you

The West Yorkshire Speaker Directory is published bi-annually. The 2018-2019 edition contains over 100 speakers, presenters, slide show hosts, demonstrators and a small number of entertainers. It contains full details, contact details, fees and a speaker's qualifications where appropriate and a photograph of the person in most cases. The book is £11.99 which includes postage and packing. This new directory now replaces all previous directories.

Chris Helme who is always in demand as a speaker himself has been publishing this very useful publication since 1997.

If any speakers would like to be in this bi-annual publication please contact Chris Helme - 01422-205763 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In his autobiography James Gregson tells the story of one man's journey from poverty and depravation in late Victorian and Edwardian England. To a successful career as an actor, playwright, broadcaster and journalist which lasted from the 1920s to the late 1950s.

Gregson's account of broadcasting during the war and the years immediately followingmake the autobiography a rich resource for historians of the media. His involvement in repertory theatre illuminates the early years of the movement and his memories of growing up in Brighouse in the last years of Victoria's reign are a moving and important source for social and local history. .

This has been veery carefully edited by Barry D. Smith, who has had a life long interest in history. Both he and Gregson were brought up in the centre of Brighouse, both attended the same Wesleyan Methodist Mission and finally both were educated in the Rastrick area of Brighouse.

This 252 page book which is packed with brilliant black and white images was originally sold at £20 but is now on sale here at £9.99 + £3.50 p/p. For overseas orders please email for the postage and packaging costs.    

This is a story about Gordon Higginbottom, a legendary figure in the world of brass bands, both here in the UK and around the brass banding world overseas.  This fascinating 260 page book about Gordon's musical life is £9.99 +  £4.75 postage and packaging UK (This may vary for overseas buyers - Europe £7.50 - Australia £11.50) - Published December 2017

I have had visitors from the USA but have managed to read about a third of the book. It’s excellent - Ray Stuttard (Tamworth) - 7 January 2018


This is the latest book which was completed and became available 15th September 2017.       From a small hamlet and a bridge, the town of Brighouse in Calderdale grew rapidly with the building of the Calder and Hebble Navigation in the late eighteenth century, which led to the development of the town’s successful textiles industries. £14.99 + £3 p/p - Published 2017


'Brighouse at work' arrived today.  I've read my father's chapter, which is great, I look forward to reading the rest of the book.  Well done!  -  Robert N. Fitton....15 September 2017

I would like to say thankyou for creating the book Brighouse At Work. I have read quite a few Historical Books about Calderdale since I took early retirement in October 2016. This has been by far the most enjoyable. The love of the people that worked at the places is what glows from the pages. Thankyou again. -  Andrew Binns.....3 December 2018

During the 1950s, Chris Helme was often asked by relatives: 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' A policeman was always his answer. A child of the Fifties, he was brought up to respect the local police who seemed to know everyone. 

All in a Day's Work: 30 Years as Brighouse Bobby is his journey to achieving that ambition culminating with being awarded the British Empire Medal for services to his community in 1990. A local bobby had to deal with everything that happened on his 'patch'. This book takes the reader through a catalogue of sad, humorous, and almost unbelievable incidents in the life of a local policeman.  £12.00 + £3 p/p - Published 2015

96 pages of both black and white and coloured images of aspects with views of Brighouse and its surrounding communities displaying scenes of 'then and now'. £12.99 + £3 - Published 2011

Chris Helme has been involved with the brass-band world for more than fifty years, and this collection draws upon that experience to present a fascinating insight into some of the foremost figures in both their own banding area and the national scene. 

What Brass Bands Did For Me is filled with archive photographs, and with contributions from the bandsmen and women themselves, as well as their families, friends and banding colleagues, this book celebrates the triumph and sadness, local life and band life, community success and even national recognition..... £10 + £3 p/p  - Published 2009

Sunny Vale Pleasure Gardens, near Brighouse, was the Belle Vue or Alton Towers of West Yorkshire. It opened as a garden in 1880 but with the inclusion of amusements in 1883 it became a hugely popular venue for sunday strollers, local sunday school groups and day trippers from around the north of England for the next seventy-five years. 

This collection of more than 180 images, complemented by detailed captions and reminiscences of the Gardens throughout their long history, will delight all who remember visiting as a child and provide a fascinating insight into this vanished, but not-forgotten, institution. £12.00 + £3 p/p - Published 2007.

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