Coronavirus / COVID-19 Help
Silsden Town Hall and Library are now closed until further notice.
Refunds will be issued to all who have paid in advance for any ticketed events that have already been cancelled. We will keep you up-to-date with the status of our other programmed events.
Residents of Silsden in need of help, or those who would like to volunteer to support the more vulnerable people in our community, can visit the new Silsden Emergency Information website or call the helpline (open 9am-6pm, 7 days a week).
Call on 01535 400 150 if you need help with things such as:
- Finding contact details for services that can provide support
- Arranging deliveries
- Picking up shopping and medication
- A friendly phone call
- Posting mail
- Urgent supplies
- Dog walking
- Help topping up pre-paid electricity or gas
Silsden Local History Group
Coffee Morning and Art Exhibition
Join the Silsden Local History Group for coffee, tea and cake, and view more than 50 rediscovered portraits by past Silsden artist Kathleen Gorell. Perhaps you can even identify who some of the portraits are of…
Kathleen Gorell was a talented amateur artist. She lived at Howden Road, Silsden from 1976 until her death in 1989. Shortly before she died, she left a collection of her artwork, including over 60 portraits, to the Keighley Art Club. The fashions of the sitters suggest that the portraits were painted over a 25-30 year period.
The Art Club managed to trace a few of the sitters, but the remaining 51 portraits, plus a number of local urban scenes, were stored in the attic of the Club Secretary and only came to light nearly 30 years later, after the Secretary’s death.
The unframed portraits – painted in oils or pastels on board or paper – were donated in 2019 to the Silsden Local History Group. The History Group is interested in identifying the sitters so that they, or their relatives, can claim the portraits. They are also interested to learn more about the life of Kathleen Gorell.
Spring Craft Fair
A “Silsden Live” Event
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Described by Jazz Journal magazine as the “piano man’s piano man” and “a national treasure”, Dale Storr is one of the UK’s leading exponents of New Orleans piano. Inspired by his parents’ record collection of early Rhythm n’ Blues and Rock n’ Roll, he immersed himself from an early age in the evocative music of legends like Dr John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and Fats Domino, and devoted himself to learning their craft. For many years he was a highly sought-after band pianist, backing many top blues stars from the U.K. and America, before going solo in 2008 with his acclaimed ‘Sounds of New Orleans’ show.
Now a regular at major jazz festivals and jazz clubs across the UK and Europe, Dale has reached the finals of the British Blues Awards seven years in succession and won the 2015 best musical performance award at the Buxton Fringe Festival. His spellbinding show ranges from Latin and blues to boogie and classic jazz standards; from Louis Armstrong to Liberace and Rachmaninov to the Warsaw Concerto. It’s a melting pot of mind-blowing music that’s as diverse as the city that inspired it, and made more captivating by his tales of the music, architecture, food, and culture of New Orleans, not to mention the often risqué stories of his piano heroes.