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The Wakefield Way

Hymns from Wakefield cathedral and world-class brass band music introduced by David Grant who encounters people inspired by the Yorkshire landscape along the long distance walking route, The Wakefield Way.

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35 minutes

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Sun 17 Nov 2013 17:15

Factsheet for Sunday 17th November 2013

The Wakefield Way: Hymns from Wakefield Cathedral and world-class brass band music introduced by David Grant who encounters people inspired by the Yorkshire landscape along the long-distance walking route.


Village/ The Wentworth Family 

Before the second world war, Woolley Hall was the home of the Wentworth family, and everyone in the village of Woolley was a tenant and employee of the Wentworths, either at the Hall, or on the land, or underground in the Wentworths’ collieries. 


Peter Tolson

Peter is a farmer whose father was a tenant farmer who bought his farm from the Wentworths when the estate was sold in 1945. Peter farms the same farm, a mile and a half from Woolley Hall. He remembers the pre-war days and has memories of the days when everyone in the village worked for the Wentworths, how the Wentworths knew all their employees, and how they system worked well. Peter has a lifelong association with the local church, St Peter’s.


Margaret Empsall

Margaret came to Woolley in 1942, aged 11, when her father got the job as the church sexton. After the war, the Wentworths sold Woolley Hall, and Margaret got a job there, doing flower-arranging, serving coffees and meals, and cleaning rooms. She has been attending St Peter’s Church for as long as she has lived in Woolley.


Alison Drake

Alison is Chair of Castleford Heritage Trust and a Steward of Trinity Methodist Church in Castleford. In the 1980s, during the miners’ strike, Alison was badly affected by the hardship of her community, seeing children going hungry and dealing with suicidal men. The brokenness of the community took its toll on Alison, and she had a breakdown. Her illness resulted in her losing her career as a Head Teacher, but through her slow recovery her faith became more real than it had ever been. On her recovery, she set about picking up the pieces of the broken community by forming the Castleford Heritage Trust, intended to raise the community from its ashes and make it proud of its industrial heritage. The Trust’s latest project is to take over the former flour mill, restore it to working order, and run a number of community projects from the premises.


Roger Parkinson

Newmillerdam Community and Conservation Association

Roger has loved trees all his life, and as part of the NCCA’s Tree Wardens Volunteer Group, he has redeveloped the arboretum at Newmillerdam Country Park. The arboretum had been badly neglected and overgrown, and over the last 5 years Roger and his team have added over 100 smaller trees, put up signs identifying different types of tree, and vastly improved the environment for visitors. Roger also works with students from Pennine Camphill Community, a college for young people with learning difficulties, who help out at the Arboretum.


Robert Brown

Robert attends Pennine Camphill Community, a specialist college providing further education and support for young people who have learning difficulties. In recently months, Robert has been working with Roger Parkinson at the Arboretum, and has found that being involved in the arboretum project has improved his confidence and helped him to make friends.


Carrie Scott-Huby

Carrie is an artist who lives on the Wakefield Way and who trained at Bretton Hall when it was an art college. Her love of the landscape where she lives, feeds into her creative process. The theme of ‘the cycle of life’ is a big part of both her creative and faith life. She loves the beauty of the countryside and is intrigued by the constant transformation of the landscape – like the former coal pits which are now grassed over. She has a great interest in the life-death-life cycle – and finds a particular inspiration in nature when it is dying.


Margaret Pawson

Margaret  used to enjoy long-distance walking, including parts of the Wakefield Way, before she got cancer 18 months ago. Her diagnosis was very poor as the cancer was very aggressive. During her year of treatment, she went for a walk every day, sat on a bench, and would talk to God. A year on, she has had a total response to treatment and there is no trace of the cancer. She is back walking the Wakefield Way again! 


Wakefield Cathedral


In January 2012, Wakefield Cathedral began a major project to renovate the nave of the cathedral. The Victorian pews were removed, the contractors moved in, and over the next 15 months the cathedral nave was transformed into a lighter, more flexible space for the people of Wakefield of the 21st Century. In April 2013 the new-look Nave was re-opened to the cathedral congregation and the general public alike.


Wakefield Cathedral was the venue for our hymn singing and also for the
Girl Choristers of Wakefield Cathedral Choir performing All Things Bright And Beautiful.


Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Grant
ProducerRowan Morton-Gledhill
Series EditorDavid Taviner
Executive ProducerTommy Nagra

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