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Running In The Halls on Stephen Fry’s Gadget Man

Well, the talented people at Running In The Halls have made it on to prime time TV again.

This time they were asked to help with The Gadget Man, Channel 4, Mondays at 8.30pm; hosted by Stephen Fry.

Their contribution to the show airs on tonight’s episode.  They were asked to devise and develop a projection mapped mobile crowd game.  Excited players virtually demolished a landmark building from across the Thames.

Tune in tonight to see the game unveiled, and to see the reaction of The Gadget Man team.  I certainly will be.

To follow the airing on Twitter use #gadgetman.

You could also follow Running In The Halls at @r1th

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Historical Interpretation at Stirling Castle, Scotland

Our clients, Bob and Hilary Holsman, have won the contract to provide historical interpretation at Stirling Castle in Scotland.  This involves providing guides in authentic period costumes to take visitors around the castle, creating the historical atmosphere and providing  details of the castle buildings and the Kings and Queens that lived there in the 16th century.  It is a significant contract which was won in the face of serious competition from the likes of Tussauds in London and Hampton Court.

Bob and Hilary formerly had a glass engraving business in Skelmanthorpe but moved to Scotland around 14 years ago after being attracted to the area during frequent holiday visits.  Bob had an interest in World War II memorabilia and battle re-enactment and when he moved to Scotland he diversified into Scottish history.  Over the years he has built up a detailed knowledge of Scottish history and is now regarded as something of an expert in the subject.  Hilary is an accomplished dressmaker and therefore is able to make all the period costumes required.  Their son, John, has followed in the family footsteps and is also involved in the business. 

For a number of years now they have been providing historical interpretation and period re-enactment at places like Edinburgh Castle and when the contract for Stirling Castle came up it was a natural progression for the Holsmans.  The contract is initially for 7 years but there are number of other significant historical sites in Scotland that will be looking for a similar service in the near future and Bob and Hilary are now perfectly placed to pick up additional contracts as they become available.


Balance's Ashley Barrowclough with Bob and Hilary in the Great Hall at Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle has recently been beautifully restored and is a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of enduring national pride.  The castle’s long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.  Years of research have been carried out by archaeologists, historians and other scholars to ensure that every detail – from the magnificent four-poster beds to the heraldic decorations on the walls and ceilings – will be as authentic as possible.

Stirling Castle by night

We wish Bob and Hilary every success with their new contract, and look forward to bringing you further news in the future.

Image of Stirling Castle by night from Discover Scotland Tours

This article was compiled by Ashley Barrowclough on behalf of teh Balance Team.

A Gadget Show Challenge for Running In The Halls

We love bringing you fun news about what our clients are up to.  This past month has been especially exciting for one of our newest clients, Huddersfield based Running In The Halls, as they have been involved in one of the infamous challenges on The Gadget Show.

They were approached a few weeks ago to help Jason Bradbury beat Suzi Perry design the best flash casual game.  Their contribution to the cause was to create a steampunk Ninja game called Mech-Fu.  There was a flurry of excitement and much tweeting when Jason and The Gadget Show team were in Huddersfield last Tuesday (22nd) to film their progress.

After a race against time, and much sleep deprivation, the finished game was sent across to Channel 5 on Monday, and went live on the Channel 5 website on Tuesday.  Click here to find out all of the information about the final game design along with the game put forward by Suzi. 

The winner of the challenge will be judged by how many hits the relevant link gets from the public.  The challenge finishes at the end of March.  So look no further for something new to do in your lunch break – March 2011 can be Mech-Fu month; get gaming and help to Running In The Halls win the challenge!

Iman with Jason Bradbury at the Running In The Halls design studio


Alison and Sam with Jason Bradbury at the Running In The Halls design studio

The final results will be aired in April – we will let you know the exact date nearer the time.  In the meantime, we would love to hear your comments below.  And be sure to tell us about what you think of Mech-Fu. 

Invitation to Christmas Exhibition from Jim Robison

Our very talented client, Jim Robison, sent us this information about the latest exhibition to be held at Booth House Gallery, why not come along to Holmfirth get some inspiration for your Christmas shopping?

Booth House Gallery and Pottery

An invitation to our Christmas Exhibition:

features work by

Jim Robison and Ian Marsh

Jim and Ian have combined forces over a number of years
to explore the potential of slab-ware to create sculptures,
wall panels and vessels.  Their efforts have now come
together in a book, published by A and C Blacks.

The exhibition displays the latest examples of their work
and will illustrate material found in this new book by the
same name.

Along with latest samples of work, signed copies of the
book will be available.

Opening and Book Signing:
Sunday 21 November 2010, 12 – 4 pm

Gallery open every Sat, Sun 12 – 4 pm
Mid week, please ring to check times.

The show continues through December.

All very welcome.

Slab Dish by Ian Marsh

This article was compiled by Deb Bradley on behalf of the Balance Team

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Sir Patrick Chooses BallyHoo Balloons

Now, as explained in my previous article, I was not able to blog in July.  Now this is a great pity as one thing that I would have loved to have brought to your attention earlier is this piece of news about one of our clients BallyHoo Balloons.  

As many of our local readers will be aware, Huddersfield born actor Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE, is the Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.  This means that there is quite often a flurry of excitement about town and on local news stations when he’s visits the town to carry out his duties.  

July saw double the excitement; not only did he agree to be at the University to attend degree ceremonies at St Peter’s Hall, he arranged to do it on his 70th birthday, followed by a party to celebrate.  The extra excitement was brought to our client, BallyHoo Balloons of Holmfirth, as they were fortunate enough to be asked to supply the balloons for the event.  

Balloons created by BallyHoo Balloons, for Sir Patrick Stewart's 70th birthday celebrations

The birthday celebrations took place on Tuesday 13 July at the University’s new Creative Arts Building.We only became aware of BallyHoo’s involvement when we bumped into Val Dewey at a networking event.  She was keen to show off the photographs and samples of the balloons, and we were keen to put up here on our blog. Ballyhoo Balloons is owned and run by Paul Garlick and Val Dewey.  The business has been established since 1991.  You can view more of what they can do on their website and they can also be found at their Ebay shop, selling party and fancy dress paraphernalia.

This post was written by Deb Bradley on behalf of the Balance Team.

Jim Robison – Seventy at Seventy at Holmfirth Art Week

As you may or may not be aware, Holmfirth has its Art Week every year since 1967, usually the first full week in July.  Many artists, both local and national, converge on Holmfirth to show their work at the main site, The Civic Hall, and at many fringe venues around Holmfirth and surrounding villages.  

Jim Robison has been a client of ours for many years, and has been a sculptor and ceramic artist for many years longer.  Originally from the USA, who moved to Holmfirth in 1973 and opened his Booth House Gallery in 1975.  He exhibits each year at the Art Week.   

This year is a bigger deal for Jim than most previous years.  This year he decided to make 70 substantial pieces, from extruded vases to garden furniture, to celebrate his 70th birthday.  In fact, when I spoke to Jim last week he confirmed that he had exceeded his goal.  The show starts at the Booth House Gallery, just above Holmfirth, on 4th July to coincide with Holmfirth Art Week and continues until September.  

A Garden Planter - practical and beautiful

Jim is a well-respected name in his field, travelling internationally to take part in a wide variety of workshops and lectures.  Learn more about Jim on his own website,, on the Holmfirth Festivals website.  

Jim at Spring Fever in Queensland, Australia ast October

Holmfirth’s Art Week is a great event and is well worth a visit.  Try to make it over here next week to view the wide range of artists work on show.  But also make sure you leave enough time to visit Jim and to take in his 70+ creations.  At least if you don’t manage to make it here for Art Week itself then you’ve got all summer to drop by Booth House Gallery, which this year, also boasts a new Woodland Walk feature.  

Here’s wishing Jim a fantastic show, Art Week and summer.  

Stoneware Seater


This post was written by Deb Bradley on behalf of the Balance Team.
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