Category Archives: Landmarks

Warley Museum: ‘Probably the Smallest Museum in the World’

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An application has been made for Warley Museum to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Warley Museum was officially opened on Saturday 8th October, 2016 by the Mayor of Calderdale, Howard Blagbrough; the Mayoress of Calderdale, Catherine Kirk; and Richard Macfarlane, Collections Manager at Bankfield Museum.

Local brass band, the Friendly Band, along with the Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers, provided the traditional entertainment for this very special event.

Eliana Bailey, WCA chairwoman, said: “We’ve had a phenomenal response. People thought it was amazing. When they saw inside they could not believe it.”

Photos by Paul Turner

Photos by Matthew Reardon

Warley Town, a historic village in the Calder Valley, sits on the outskirts of Halifax, West Yorkshire. In the spring of 2016 Warley Community Association (WCA) ‘adopted’ the disused BT telephone box as part of British Telecom’s ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ programme.

After considering a number of options, including a defibrillator station and a library, WCA members voted to transform the telephone box into a unique museum of local history. Eliana Bailey and Kathryn Gallagher coordinated the project, which utilised the knowledge and talents of local residents.

Key figures in the concept and creation of Warley Museum were resident artists, Paul and Chris Czainski, the curators of the museum.

Doug Bailey, a joiner, renovated and converted the telephone box, which involved stripping it back to its bare bones, then repainting and refitting it.

Paul Czainski produced the wonderful etchings on the glass panels, which feature scenes of local history. He also designed and illustrated the information backboard, ‘Notables of Warley Parish’.

Chris Czainski is working on a mosaic floor made from old pottery and objects d’art found in Warley gardens.

The museum’s exhibits of local historical artefacts and curiosities, donated by Warley residents, will be changed every few months. These are displayed in secure boxes which can be viewed from both inside and outside the museum.

Warley Museum is situated in the centre of Warley village, at The Maypole Inn. Opening hours are 8am-4pm.

 

Donations of local history artefacts enthusiastically received.

 

Warley Community Association

www.warleyca.co.uk

mail@warleyca.co.uk

Eliana Bailey (WCA Chairwoman) 01422 839458

Warley Green Trail: Panorama Board

The Warley Green Trail through the village encompasses nature, geography and history and in the graveyard this comes together in the new information board featuring the panorama of the Norland and Sowerby hillside.

The panorama board is designed and illustrated by Axel Abel Art with funding by Northern Gas Networks and the Community Development Foundation.

Halifax Vandals RUFC

The village of Warley is home to Halifax Vandals Rugby Union Football Club.

The Club has teams for players of all ages from under 7’s to veterans and it can coach players at all levels.

Visitors are welcome to come along to matches and to some social events held at the clubhouse.

The next match day is Halifax Vandals RUFC vs Halifax RUFC on Saturday 1 September 2012 with kick off at 3:00 p.m.

The clubhouse has a bar and function room that is available for hire for private parties and events. A number of WCA events have been held here, including the very successful JubileeFest.

Visit the Halifax Vandals website here and for more information about the function room click here.

Warley Graveyard

Warley Graveyard is a part of the Green Trail through the village; a quiet place for visitors to meander and enjoy nature and to take a seat to enjoy lovely views across the valley.

WCA has an ongoing project of the planting of fruit trees, shrubs and wild flowers here to enhance the environment and encourage wildlife.[slideshow]

The land is maintained by volunteers from New Hope Church and it would be very helpful to all if visitors to the site do not use the bins in the graveyard for litter and dog waste but use the designated bins on the adjacent village green that are provided by Calderdale Council.