With another year having gone by it is almost time for the old boys of Rastrick Grammar School to meet for another annual Old Rastrickians' Association dinner. I am sure many of its members will be thinking just how quick they come around. Even after so many of these annual gatherings it is still an event they all look forward to.
This year's event will no doubt have many of the usual ingredients ensuring it will be a great night. It will give the members of the association the opportunity to catch up with old school mates, share memories and no doubt a few well-worn tall stories as well. This is a wonderful annual tradition and long may it continue.
The fab four fundraising outside Tesco's on a cold Saturday in November from the left Tracie Kendall, seven, Matthew Orme, four, Rachel Orme, 6 and Natlie Clarke, 9. This was in aid of Children in Need, also to help things along were a number of stalls with tombolas, bran tubs and of course cakes which were all laid out to tempt shoppers. A raffle was also held with some wonderful prizes ranging from bottles of wine and chocolates The aim was to raise £2,000 - my records don't say whether they managed it but if they didn't quite make it I am sure it would have been a close thing not to have.
Now who can remember the Rendezvous Cafe on Commercial Street 46 years ago... I can remember the Hipperholme family that owned it. Next door is Whitehead and Dickinson's, mothers will remember taking their daughters down to be fitted fo their new Brighouse Girls Grammar School uniform. Then next door to that shop is a birthday and greeting card shop Well Wisher, can anyone remember who ownwd that shop? Finally, D.M.Bentley, the camera shop which was later sold to Lords who have had their camera and photo developing business there for many years. The junction next to Bentley's is Hutchinson Lane and some readers may even remember the days when Noel Fitton had his Ambassador radio business in that street, which these days is an access from Commercial Street to the bus station.
From the left are Councillors Graham Hall, Emma Hions and John Williamson standing in the grounds of Woodhouse Nurseries, Woodhouse Lane, Brighouse in the early summer of 1996.
It was Redrow Homes who submitted plans to Calderdale Council Planning Department for the demolition of these nursery buildings and then erect 44 - 3/4 bed dwellings and associated garages. The plans were submitted on August 12, 1996.