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FORCES OF NATURE - From Industry to Culture

Forces of Nature - from Industry to Culture was a heritage engagement project which aimed to :-

  • identify and better explain Holme Valley's heritage

  • help people to learn about their local heritage

  • support physical and mental wellbeing

  • promote the Holme Valley as a great place to live, work and visit.


Funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund and Longley Farm supported four projects as part of Holmfirth Arts Festival 2023 Forces of Nature Programme

  • Flamin' Nora and Flying Compo by Holmfirth based Urban Angels Aerial celebrated British cultural heritage through an audacious and spectacular vertical aerial dance performance on Holmfirth Parish Church belltower accompanied by Hade Edge Band.  The performance depicted the Compo and Nora characters from the beloved sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine, filmed on location in Holmfirth, in the year of the 50th anniversary of its first TV airing​. Flamin' Nora and Flying Compo to enthralled crowds and made it's own TV appearance on BBC Look North.


  • The Forces of Nature Parade, co-created by Handmade Productions and the people of Holmfirth, celebrated Holmfirth's pastoral beginnings, through the industrial revolution to its present day attraction to locals and visitors as a place for culture and leisure.  The parade featured sections which depicted the ecology and industry of the area as well as looking to the green energy of the future accompanied by live brass music from Hade Edge Band and percussion from Banda Na Rua.

  • The From Industry to Culture Photography Exhibition curated by the Holme Valley U3A Photography Group was a series of photos mounted in the Co-op Cafe from May to October 2023 which celebrated the industrial, post industrial and pastoral landscapes as well as more recent leisure activities in the Holme Valley.

  • 3 Heritage Walks  - The Graveship of Holme, Washpit and Mill, and the Myth and History Walks (by Holmfirth Writers' Group) -  enabled people to explore the landscape and the history of the Holme Valley though facilitated guided walks, featuring historical research, storytelling, live music and song from local band, The Bees Knees.

An excerpt from BBC Look North about Flamin' Nora and Flying Compo
A film about a walk exploring the Graveship of Holme by Andy Wicks
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