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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. PLEASE NOTE OVERSEAS POSTAGE WILL VARY PLEASE ASK BEFORE PURCHASE. 

This 2020/2021 publication in a paper format is NO LONGER AVAILABLE. You can obtain a digital copy for £5 by contacting me and I will send it via your email - THIS VERSION OF THE PUBLICATION WILL NO LONGER BE UPDATED ... For further information please contact me on 07854-755756  or  01422-205763 


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

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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