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Sep 6 11

Theatre Company Moves Into Central Hall

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An award-winning south Asian theatre company is now based at Central Hall.

Arakan Creative breathes new life into historical and contemporary Islamic stories. It also addresses cultural issues within south Asian communities and looks at wider social problems like poverty and health.

Its play Estate of Mind, which was shown at Central Hall earlier this year, was featured on BBC Breakfast News.

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Aug 10 11

Taste Of Mexico

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New chef Pablo Danilo Vasquez Campo is spicing up the Cafe Central menu.

The first special theme day is on Wednesday 10 August, with authentic Mexican cooking served alongside traditional soups, sandwiches and cakes.

Pablo’s specialities will also feature on the regular menu. They’re halal, they’re gluten-free, they’re suitable for vegetarians – and they’re the real deal!

Jul 26 11

Cafe Central Open Saturdays

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Take a break from the weekend shopping at Cafe Central.

It’s now open from 9.30am-2pm on Saturdays – perfect for a quick drink and a snack before heading off home. There’s plenty of space for buggies and prams and a special children’s menu so bring the kids along too!

Jun 23 11

Safe Slippers For Sale

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Special adjustable slippers with grips and ankle supports are on sale at Central Hall reception for just £4.

Safe footwear can prevent accidents at home, helping older people to stay active and independent for longer. The slippers usually cost £16 but we are offering them at a discount price as part of Keighley’s Falls Prevention Programme.

Jun 16 11

New Training Service At Central Hall

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A new Keighley training company has snapped up the first three of Central Hall’s six social enterprise offices.

Confianza provides accredited training programmes in the catering and retail industries, which are tailor-made to meet the needs of individual clients. There is a pre-university course to give students the budgeting, basic cooking and healthy eating skills they will need for life away from home.

Confianza also offers marketing and mobile catering services.

Other social enterprises interested in renting an office at Central Hall should contact Matt Blackmore on (01535) 612500.

Mar 24 11

Central Hall’s Big Launch Event

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The formal re-opening of Central Hall took place on Wednesday 23 March. The day provided an opportunity to express our gratitude to the funders, sponsors and helpers who made the project possible and was also a great chance to showcase the building to a wide and diverse audience of over 120 supporters from across the Bradford district. Matt Blackmore, Development Manager, expressed his thanks to those who attended and assisted in the planning of the event:

I want to say a big thank you to everyone for making the launch go so well today. We have had a lot of really positive comments about Central Hall and especially about what a friendly and welcoming place it is to visit. Buildings don’t do this, people do!

Both media publicity and word-of-mouth around Central Hall is spreading fast and community groups are increasingly using the room hire facilities for all kinds of activities ranging from bee keeping classes to dancing lessons. The Citizens Advice Bureau will move in next month, along with Age Concern and Confianza. Consequently there is a great deal of interest in the remaining three offices so the staff here are looking forward to finding out who the eventual tenants will be.

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Mar 8 11

A Drop In Time: The History Of Central Hall

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For any readers curious to know more about the past life of this historic building, we have uploaded a page detailing some of its long and varied story. From pious Methodists to swift karate experts, Central Hall has been at The Heart of Keighley for over a century now. Click here to read about it!

Also keep an eye out for the upcoming “Reminiscence Project”, a video featuring interviews from Keighley people who have shared a connection with the building in its former decades. It will make its debut on Central Hall’s official launch day and be featured on this website soon after.

Jan 12 11

Central Hall Opens Its Doors!

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We are pleased to announce, after much planning and anticipation, that Central Hall is finally operational! The staff of Keighley & Ilkley VCA have moved into their new office space on the premises and are assisting Matt Blackmore, the building’s newly appointed development manager, with final preparations to bring everything up to scratch.

Members of the public are welcome to stop by the premises, sited on Alice Street in the middle of Keighley, to have a look round at their latest community resource. The Conference Room is prepared to take bookings, so if you represent a community group or business which needs a place to meet then come on over and inspect the premises! We’d love to show you around.

Please stand by for further progress updates as we put the final touches to Central Hall and ensure that the building fulfils its purpose of being Keighley’s premier community resource centre.

Jan 10 11

Central Hall Handover Ceremony

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Various dignitaries from the ranks of Bradford Metropolitan District Council gathered with representatives from architects Bermar Building and Keighley & Ilkley VCA for Central Hall’s official handover ceremony. There were smiles all round over handshakes and document signings which represented the culmination of many years of hard work.

Central Hall Handover