Monday, 30 March 2009

The Kitchen - 20 Second Strawberry Ice Cream

Sean Groves

Serves 6-8

400g strawberries – frozen with all the green removed
Little bit vanilla extract
30g caster sugar
150ml buttermilk
200g mixed berries to serve

Tip the frozen strawberries, vanilla extract, sugar and half of the butter milk in to a food processor.

2. Blitz for a few moments the while still running pour the remaining buttermilk in, in a thin and steady stream. Let the machine run until smooth and creamy. Don’t over mix as this will cause the ice to defrost.

3. Serve straight away with mixed fresh berries.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Calderdale Amateur Youth Film Festival

Ever wanted to be involved in the production of a film? Just head over to the official Calderdale Amateur Youth Film Festival website - for more information. No experience needed!

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Pace Egg Preview

It’s that time of year again when the Calder Valley tradition of the Pace Egg play lives on and entertains hundreds of people throughout the Calder Valley. The students of Calder High School, will once again dust off their Pace Egging hats on Good Friday, 10th April, to perform all day long throughout the Calder Valley. The Midgley Pace Egg play is an old tradition within Calder High School, and has been performed by the school for many years now. The Pace Egg is based on the oldest play in the world, The Mummers Play.

The story is based around Saint George's triumphs and the whole play boasts his great champion status. Throughout the performance three challengers try to defeat Saint George (Bold Slasher, Black Prince of Paradine and Hector), who is a very cocky and mighty character. The play consists of eight characters, which this year was again made available to all ages, due to the school’s excessive range of performing talent. As always, it is an all boys cast due to the ancient traditions of the play.
The auditions took place in front of a panel of experienced Pace Eggers who had the necessary knowledge to identify the sort of raw talent the Pace Egg needed. For the auditionee to get the nod from the audition panel they had to recite the part of Saint George as well as an unscripted performance of their own choosing. The auditionee also had to show their passion and interest in the Pace Egg itself and explain why they would like to be part of it. The lucky six successful auditionees will experience performing the oldest play in the world, performing to a wide variety of people throughout the Calder Valley and will get to make the performance their own by working outside of the usual performance boundaries.

This year’s cast will be - Billy Painter, The Fool, Johnny McQuade, Bold Slasher, Joachim Goddard, The Doctor, Dario Coates, King of Egypt, Sam Harris, Black Prince of Paradine, Dylan Wilby, Hector, Thomas Deadman, Tosspot and finally Pace Egg evergreen Isaac Rose takes the lead role of Saint George. Crowds will also be spoilt with the musical brilliance of Clara Collett and Jess Woodhead, who will be the buglers once again.

For those of you reading this article, having not seen the Pace-Egg before, I really do urge you to get to your local area this Easter, and support this magnificent tradition. Once again the play promises to be a fantastic and memorable occasion, so don’t stay away; come experience Good Friday the Calder Valley way!

The Pace Eggers will be donating all funds made on the day to The Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.

Running Order
8-45 Banksfield Estate
9-30 Todmorden
10-15 Mytholmroyd
11-00 Hebden Bridge (Holme Street)
11-30 St Georges Square
12-00 Lunch Break
12-45 Hebden Bridge (Marina)
1-30 Luddenden
2-05 Midgley
3-00 Heptonstall

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Subscribe - Painter's Chronicle

The hit counter for the website appears to be rapidly increasing at the moment, and many people are asking how they can actually subscribe to The Painter's Chronicle. All you have to do is send an email with your name and desired email address to:

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Pace Eggers Perform To Scouts . . . And Wesley!

The Pace Eggers continued their rigorous rehearsal schedule this week, performing to two outside audiences.
Their first performance was on Tuesday night to Mytholmroyd Scout Group; more specifically the Beavers and Cubs section. The Pace Eggers put up a brave showing and picked out areas in which they needed to tweak to perfect their performance. The smiles on the Beaver's and Cub's faces gave the team the impression that they enjoyed the company.

The Pace Eggers would like to thank Mytholmroyd Scout Group for giving them the opportunity to perform and they hope to perform again in the future. A substantial amount of money was also raised from the two performances, with the Eggers earning over £40!

The second performance was today, where the team performed to last years St. George, Wesley Downs. Wesley was at hand to give the Eggers a few pointers on how to improve.

Painter's Chronicle T-Shirts Debut

Today was the day the PC T-shirts made their exciting debut, clothing many Calder High students and even a member of staff! The T-shirts have turned out to be a massive hit with the subscripients with the two forementioned designs being worn.

Subscripients failed to hide their excitement as PC Editor, Billy Painter professionally distributed the T-shirts to one and all. The T-shirts even became victorious in the subscripients grand volley ball match, with referee, 'P' Williams even sporting one!

Many thanks go out to Janet and Judah for their help in manufacturing the T-shirts, their help has been gratefully received!

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Exciting New Media Development

Senior Reporter - Matthew Dawson

As a regular part of the beloved Painter's Chronicle the 'Song of the Month*' has captured the hearts and minds of our loyal subscripients. On balmy summers days and cold winters nights there is nothing better to raise your spirits than the trusty 'Song of the Month*' which has explored the depths of the musical spectrum and climbed the heights of musical perfection. And so now, I am excited to announce, the Editor has asked me to throw open the doors and let the subscripients musical gems take their place as the most prestigious music title. So if you know of a piece of music worthy of this accolade, be it funny or serious, send a message to the Editor or put a link in the comments of this message. The winner will be chosen in time for the next edition by a mystery judge, so get your entries in soon.

*Published Quarterly

Monday, 9 March 2009

Bishops, an essay by The Chairman

An Apology

The Chairman

I'd like to apologise for my post last week entitled "Exciting Media Development". I'd like to apologise essentially, because there is no "Exciting Media Development. If you do click on the link (and I still recommend you do so) you" won't find any Media Developments, but something completly different.

I understand a few people didn't understand the joke intended, and were perhaps confused or even offended by the link. So to you, I am sorry.

Finally I should clarify that the person in the video isn't me and is in no way related to me. Now click the link (scroll down).

Sunday, 8 March 2009

The Vice-Chairman Cometh

The Vice-Chairman

Illustrious followers of the this mangnanimous blog, I have waited too long before having made my first post. It was a disservice to this great organisation, I let you down.

But on a lighter note, better late than never, I shall endeavour to post more often in the future!

I will try and write more in future!

Your most gracious dude of a Vice-Chairman

Gummi Bears

Greetings friend and fellow readers of the Painter's Chronicle. It's Robert P. Holme KBE. here, wishing to share with you some of my thoughts and poetry. I am also pleased to inform you all that I will be returning to this Easter Edition of the Painter's Chronicle for another Holme Page.

Also, I'm sad to say that I still haven't found a publisher willing to publish my play, Lost. However, the search continues.
Anyway, here's a little ballad I wrote about one of my favourite foods; Gummi Bears. Sometimes I have them for breakfast, with a slight dashing of coca-cola. Which is, in itself, oxymoronic. Why should I have a breakfast consisting of corporate food brands, when I'm a member of Greenpeace and a long-time civil rights activist?

In my upcoming Holme Page, there will be a short essay entitled Greenpeace and Me. Anyway, here is my poem - Gummi Bears.

Gummi Bears, oh Gummi Bears,
How still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep,
the Silent stars go by.
Yet Hark! The nutrition wars sound out,
across the mottled earth.
Oh Gummi Bears, Sweet Gummi Bears
I live thee in thine girth.

Sunday Kitchen - Chocolate Truffles

Sean Groves
150g. Dark Chocolate
200g. Cake Crumbs
75g. Raspberry Jam (seedless)

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. (Don't allow any water to get into the chocolate)
2. Mix the cake crumbs, brandy and jam together.
3. Form into small balls dip in melted chocolate.
4. Roll in chocolate hundreds and thousands or cocoa powder.
5. Place on greaseproof paper and set in the fridge.

This is a really tasty and exciting dish to make. Impress your friends, and win girls with this fantastic recipie.

Board Meeting

Today we held the first of many Board Meetings, to lead up to the production and launch of the Painter's Chronicle Easter Edition. As we are all devout Christians, we are committed to honouring traditional Christian festivals, by producing Painter's Chronicle's on these said dates.
That's why we have had a Christmas and now a Easter edition. We shall also be having a Harvest and Whitsun edition. If we had the time. Which we don't.
Anyway, Easter is fast approaching, as we have one month to put this together. So, any readers reading this who would like to contribute, or any writers where there isn't a choice; you have to write, please can you get your article(s) done as soon as possible. I.e. before this coming Sunday, where possible.

We will be, hopefully, be working hard to get this edition out, and hopefully making it as good as the Christmas edition which was, as we all agree, fantastic. Hopefully Easter will be as good.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Happy Birthday Kerry!

Painter's Chronicle subscripient Kerry McQuade celebrates her birthday today. Happy Birthday Kerry, have a splendid day from all at The Chronicle.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

PC T-Shirt Update

The PC T-Shirt will be available from Tuesday onwards!

However, only 5 people have paid so far! So I require your monies ASAP please; otherwise you will be extremely upset!

Please see any member of The Board between now and Tuesday and embrace them with coins!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Exciting Media Development

The Chairman

The PC has entered a new phase of being. We have reached a second state of consciousness, and we have reached PC.2. Yes, this really is a momentous moment in the history of this highly acclaimed international newspaper.

I was sat in my office, pondering upon how I should mark this special event. I thought, a Parade? No. A Carnival? No. A Fete? No. A Fayre? No. A Festival? No. A Gala? No. So I sat, backtracking upon my own thoughts untill a thought hit me. Suddenly I was burning with creativity, golden energy flowing from my fingertips. I'd consider myself greater that Plato, Lennon and Picasso combined.

After an hour of arduous struggle I reached my end product. Click here to view it, and marvel at my greatness.

Please leave a comment.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Happy Birthday Adam Dawson

Today sees Adam Dawson celebrate his 14th birthday. Adam was one of the original subscripients of the Chronicle and was well known for his article analysing recent "Manhunt" games and producing a world class scoresheet. Happy Birthday Adam, have a splendid day!