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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

The West Yorkshire Speaker Directory is published bi-annually. The 2016-2017 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 £10.99 which includes postage and packing. 

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.

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.

This fascinating collection of over 200 photographs illustrates some of the historical developments which have shaped the town of Brighouse and its surrounding communities. Informative and detailed captions bring additional colour to the images, exploring the buildings, transport and shops of Brighouse and its surrounding settlements, as well as the close-knit communities which have formed the heart of the area. 

This book will rekindle fond memories of the past for anyone who has lived or worked in Brighouse, and will delight those who want to find out more about the colourful history of the town. £12.00 +£3 p/p - Published 2005

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