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Fantastic Fountains

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The focal point of Bradford’s City Park has received much praise since officially opening in 2012 and the awards keep coming for the mirror pool which is set to receive its latest accolade next week.

Visiting judges from the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association were impressed when they came to the city to view the UK's largest man-made water feature which boasts over 100 fountains and a 4,000 square metre mirror pool.

And now they are returning again to present a plaque to the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain on Friday 2nd May.

PRAISED: Having already picked up eight awards for its innovative design, Bradford’s City Park water feature is set to receive its latest accolade next month

PRAISED: Having already picked up eight awards for its innovative design, Bradford’s City Park water feature is set to receive its latest accolade next month

Bradford Council and Fountain Workshop Ltd were jointly named winner of The Marsh Award for Fountains given for ‘the best use of moving water in the regeneration of urban public space’.

Cllr Hussain said it was fantastic to be recognised once more by such a reputable organisation and looked forward to receiving the award.

He said: “We are rightly proud of our fountains in City Park and this water feature acts as a magnet for both locals and tourists.

“I'm delighted the fountains have won yet another national award to add to City Park's growing trophy cabinet.”

The Marsh Awards are the brainchild of Brian Marsh, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust. They are awarded for conservation, science, the arts, heritage, literature and volunteering.

Jolyon Drury, chairman of the Marsh Awards, will present the award to the Lord Mayor. His grandfather, Alfred Drury, is remembered in Bradford for sculpting the Queen Victoria memorial overlooking City Park.

“We’re Open!”

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A ‘flagship’ free school has officially opened the doors of its new building to pupils as its long awaited launch finally arrived last week.

In front of esteemed guests, including the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, the Rainbow Primary School, in Bradford, cut the ribbon to welcome pupils and students alike into the new premises on Nelson Street.

Hailed as a ‘flagship’ free school by Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove when it opened it September 2011, the school has already achieved great success and will hope to build on that in their new home.

Rainbow was rated ‘Good’ in its first ever Ofsted inspection in 2013, applying to all areas of inspection including the achievement of its pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of the children, and its leadership and management.

The new building, at the site of a former fire station, will be the district’s first three-form entry Free School, offering 75 places at a time when primary school places are needed in Bradford.

OPEN: Rainbow Primary School pupils and staff celebrate moving into their new home alongside Bradford Lord Mayor, Cllr Khadim Hussain

OPEN: Rainbow Primary School pupils and staff celebrate moving into their new home alongside Bradford Lord Mayor, Cllr Khadim Hussain

Amjad Pervez, local entrepreneur and the Chair of the Rainbow Schools Trust, was delighted to finally see the new building complete and looked forward to a long and prosperous future for the school.

“What a fantastic achievement to bring the idea of the free school to fruition from the hopes and plans such a  short time ago, and in such a wonderful setting,” he said.

“This is a truly great day, when we can see how happy and excited the children are, and how the staff and parents are already delighted with the new building after just a week.

“They have the state-of-the-art facilities which will really help them all to flourish and excel.”

The school, which started life in a Victorian building on Manningham Lane, is now housed in a £4million curved structure reflecting the feeling of a rainbow, and with a prism-shaped room at its heart where the children can meet and chat.

The school is open to all pupils, regardless of ethnicity, social background or faith whilst literacy, numeracy and cohesion are high on its curriculum, with no class larger than 25 children.

Rainbow’s day is longer than most other schools, and pupils attend one Saturday every month and a week’s Summer School during the long holiday.

Parent Universities and parent-teacher-child conferences keep families involved in supporting the school and aware of their child’s progress. The School Council meets every two months with its discussions open to the public and parents/guardians.

Currently numbering 170 pupils, Rainbow caters for two reception classes plus Years One to Five, with Year Six coming on stream from September 2014. The move to Nelson Street will allow it to expand to 525 pupils.

Landmark Bradford business centre celebrates 21 years of service

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Over 250 guests attended the Rediscover Carlisle Business Centre event on Thursday 21st November. 

The event was held to celebrate the centre’s new brand and identity and to mark its 21 years of serving the business and local community.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Khadim Hussain among other local councillors, Bradford businesses owners and people from different faith communities enjoyed a night of entertainment and networking.

Based in Manningham, Carlisle Business Centre is a landmark, former textile mill and is recognisable by its distinct tower clock.

Guests enjoyed a variety of entertainment including being greeted by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (look alike Heidi Agan), live music from Anjaana, a Punjabi and folk band, accompanied by solo dancer/actor, Rafi Usman who also had his exclusive film screening of ‘Love is Never Easy’.

As well as entertainment, guests were able to explore the Business Centre, its space and opportunities it can offer. Guests also opted for VIP tours led by Carlisle Business Centre’s voluntary directors.

It operates as a not for profit organisation offering business support and affordable, flexible office space for businesses, social enterprises and charities. It also provides meeting, training and events space for business and social use including weddings, Mehndis and birthday parties.

Carslisle Business Centre

Carslisle Business Centre