Campaign Update

Three public meetings, two songs, a Solstice Celebration

and hundreds of signatures gathered


Two songs have been written for the campaign, Shape Up Shipley by Eddie Lawler, and This is Our Town by Nick Hall.

Both songs were part of the Summer Solstice Celebration on 23rd June at Kirkgate Centre.  The audience belted out Eddie’s lyrics to the tune “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” especially the last verse:

Are we proud of Shipley yes we are (x2)

It’s got parks and shops and steeples

And lots of lovely people

Are we proud of Shipley yes we are.

Gerry Cooper played some great blues and told amusing snippets about the early bluesmen of America who were masters of the single entendre.  Shipley is fortunate to have him living here, and the Campaign very much appreciates his support.

Plumhall were quite brilliant as usual – both music and banter!  It was a coup for us to get a free date in their diary.  Nick’s song went down a treat.  The chorus is a call to action:

The time has come to hear our voice

To give us power, to give us choice,

Now the time has come to turn this around.

Nick was born in Shipley and we’re grateful that he keeps an interest in the area.   We hope to get a recording on the CSTC website – meanwhile a video of the song is on his Facebook page:

Learning about our neighbourhood is part of following a campaign, so the evening also featured a short Snippets of Shipleyquiz.  Do you know what the figure is on the Shipley clock tower…a shepherd, a soldier, a bell-ringer?  The quiz will be added to the website for you to test your knowledge.

We are continuing to distribute petition leaflets.  If you agree with the proposal and are a voter within the new parish area, then please sign and return the leaflet to one of our collection points: The Triangle(Bradford Road), Tambourine (Gordon Terrace), Rad Studio (Victoria Road),Higher Ground (Hirst Lane).  A big thank you to these places for their help!   The boxes will be in place at least until the end of August.

Having completed three public meetings and the Solstice Celebration, we are now planning other events.  Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter @ShipleyCouncil.   More background information is on our 

If you’d be willing to help in any way, please contact the campaign via social media or by email at

NOTE: the campaign for a Shipley Town Council has nothing to do with Philip Davies MP idea of breaking Keighley and Shipley off from Bradford Metropolitan District Council.  If this did happen Shipley would still need a Town council

NOTE: The Campaign for Shipley Town Council is very concerned about the proposals for  a crematorium on Northcliffe and the proposed hose building at the top of Scarborough Road.  We would ask you to speak to your District Councillors (Vick Jenkins, Martin Love, Kevin Warmes) to make your views known.  Proposals such as these and the buying to demolish The Branch public house with little or no consultation with Shipley residents is why we need a TOWN COUNCIL FOR SHIPLEY.

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