Bronte feast in the coming weeks

Bronte feast in the coming weeks

THE screening of a film starring Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland is just one of many events celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte.

Devotion, a 1946 biopic from which this still is taken, will be shown at Whitechapel Church in Cleckheaton on Saturday April 23 (2.15 & 7.15). The screenings (£2 on the door) are one of many events from now until September  – full listings are on Bronte200-Kirklees on Facebook.

On Saturday April 23 (1.30), fans can follow a two-mile heritage trail from Dewsbury Minster, where Rev Bronte was curate, to St John’s Church in Dewsbury Moor via Crow Nest Park. To book a place, call Rev Kathy Robertson on 01924 438302. The cost is £2.

Next day there will be costumed tours and craft activities from 1pm to 4pm at Red House Museum in Gomersal. On Tuesday April 26 at Birstall Library (10.30am) Bronte-lovers can find out about the real person who inspired Jane Eyre.

There will be a Bronte Trail as part of the Cleckheaton Literature Festival on Thursday April 28 from 10am to 12noon. Other activities to look out for include a photography exhibition at Oakwell Hall from Saturday May 28 and a floral festival at Red House Museum on Saturday and Sunday July 9 and 10.

A 12-mile walk around Bronte sites takes place on Sunday May 22 at 9am. Organised by Cleckheaton Rotary Club, it starts at the Princess Mary Playing Fields in Liversedge. It costs £5, which includes a Spen Way Heritage Trail booklet and map. For details call 01274 877528 or email

• Literary fans have until the end of today (Friday) to book lunch with descendants of the Bronte family.

Three of Charlotte Bronte’s relations will be guests at a bicentennial event at Healds Hall Hotel in Liversedge at 12.30pm on Thursday April 21.

The Queen's 90th birthday will also be toasted. To book call the hotel on 01924 409112.

• A day trip to London for Bronte sightseeing sets off from Mirfield Parish Church at 11.30am on Friday April 22.

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte are commemorated in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey. The cost will be shared, depending on numbers. Anyone interested in going can call organiser Imelda Marsden on 07806 431728.

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