Norland Moor Management Plan Consultation

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Norland Moor is held high in the affections of the local population and the wide variety of different user groups that embrace its sense of open space, views and peace. Although widely considered as a natural and wild place, Norland Moor is a product of thousands of years of human influence and natural processes, and offers a home to a variety of specialist plants and animals.

It is the largest outdoor resource owned by Calderdale Council, and like many natural and semi-natural places is confronted by a number of challenging issues.
The 2018-2028 draft management plan explores these concerns, and sets out the management context and the proposed mechanisms for addressing them.
This Management Plan is open for consultation from Wednesday 1 August to Thursday 4 October, and is available to view or download as the Norland Moor Draft Management Plan 2018-2028 [PDF 6549KB]

Responses to the draft management plan can either be made by email: or in writing: Countryside Service, Spring Hall Mansion, Huddersfield Road, HX3 0AQ.

It will not be possible to reply to every individual response. If you would like us to keep you up to date with the management of Norland Moor and the consultation process, please email the above address (with your comments, if any) an acceptance of the following General Data Protection Regulations:-
Due to changes in data protection regulations we would like to verify that you are happy for us to contact you about Norland Moor consultation and other matters relating to the Moor. Please indicate within your response that you would be happy for us to contact you in future if you would like to receive updates.  If we don’t receive this permission, we will delete your contact details from our list. We will refresh our mailing list on an annual basis.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 17 August – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

  • Have Your Say! – Calderdale Talkback Panel
  • Calderdale Corridor Improvement Programme
  • Brighouse Artisan Market
  • This Weekend – Firefest Pop Festival 
  • Free Summer Holiday Activities at Orange Box

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Norland Scarecrow Festival 2018

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The 2018 Norland Scarecrow Festival 

  • DATES: Friday 31 August through to Monday 3 September. 9am to 7pm – weather permitting. Feel free to visit on any of these days!
  • THEME: This year’s festival theme is “Scarecrows beginning with N” – all the scarecrows will be built with this theme in mind. We look forward to the usual range of ingenious, witty and beautifully made scarecrows appearing all round our village.
  • FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES: As well as scarecrows, there’s music, food, ice creams and lots more at this year’s Festival – Full details & top tips on enjoying your day!
  • Visiting the Norland Scarecrow Festival 
    • Parking: If you are visiting the Festival, please use the main car park, next to the Scarecrow Tent, on the playing fields in the centre of Norland, (see map, right or use postcode HX6 3RL).  Parking is free if you purchase one of our Trail Guides for £2.  All proceeds go to good causes. More info on how to get to the festival. Respect residents’ parking by not parking on the village roads.
    • Viewing the Scarecrows: this is best done on foot or bicycle, using the Trail Sheet to find your way around. Please don’t attempt to visit all the scarecrows by vehicle – the local roads are very narrow. However, there is a section of the trail, as shown on the Trail Sheet, which can be done by car.
    • Refreshments: There are many places to pick up food and drink, including Norland Church, the Scarecrow Cafe (Hollin Lane) and Norland WMC, plus the icecream van in the centre of the village. There are also numerous pubs and some local residents also supply refreshments!


    Finally: Please respect the property, privacy and the scarecrows of the Norland Residents and give consideration to others whether walking or driving; but most of all enjoy the Festival.

Nominate Your Best Neighbour of 2018

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Neighbourhood Watch and their sponsor Co-op Insurance has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!

They are urging people to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your ‘Hero Next Door’ for a true act of heroism.

Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today!

This is about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart.

NW want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

You don’t need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn’t need to be a member either.

Click here to join in– before nominations close on September 5 – and you’ll be taken to the nomination form where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.
You can also share the link to the nominations page by cutting and pasting it from below.

So nominate your good neighbours today!

To read more about the awards on the Neighbourhood Watch website click here.


Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival 2018

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The weekend of Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September 2018, 10:00am-6:30pm (or later).

The Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival is one of only a few instances of this particular English tradition still being celebrated annually.

Rushbearing itself dates back several centuries to the time when church floors consisted of little more than stone flags or beaten earth and rushes were used as a winter covering. Each year, in late summer, the old and rotten rushes were cleared out and new ones taken to the churches in carts. Human nature being what it is, this annual custom developed into an excuse for celebration involving revelry, music, dancing and much drinking of strong ales.

Over the course of the weekend, the festival sees the progress of the rushbearing procession around 7 towns and villages visiting many churches and local hostelries along the way. The focal point of the procession is the sixteen feet high, two-wheeled, handsomely decorated and thatched rushcart. A team of young ladies take turns to ride on top of the cart as it is pulled by sixty local men dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs. Accompanying them are a group of supporters in Edwardian dress along with some of the region’s finest musicians and Morris Dancing teams to provide entertainment for the crowds.

For further information and an itinerary of events visit the Rushbearing 2018 website.

Drop-in Sessions for Domestic Abuse Support Services

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Staying Safe Calderdale offer Drop-in Sessions at the following venues in Calderdale and offer:

  • Domestic abuse support
  • Safety advice,
  • Access to legal advice

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BX
(1st & 3rd Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)
02/08/18, 16/08/18, 06/09/18, 20/09/18, 04/10/18 & 18/10/18
Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8DQ
(2nd & 4th Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)
09/08/18, 23/08/18, 13/09/18, 27/09/18, 11/10/18 & 25/10/18
Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, HX1 4NE
Monthly drop-in on 1st Tuesday of the month 10:00am-12:00pm

For more information and details of wider services please contact Staying Safe Calderdale on 01422 323339.

Please note: more dates will be announced shortly

Vintage Fair at Square Chapel

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Visit the Vintage Fair at Square Chapel Arts Centre for a full day of vintage fun on Saturday 8 September, 10:00am-4:30pm.

There will be;

The gorgeous Dani G – Live vintage vocalist singing us throughout the day.

The Swing Kids will be doing a Swing Dance Workshop 10:00am–12:30pm

Join ‘Swing Revolution UK’ Competition winners, Tom Powell and Fiona Campbell, for a full morning of swing dancing.

Meet in the Square Chapel Copper Auditorium at 10:00am for two and half hours of lessons and dancing. There will be two 45 minute lessons (with a short break in between) focusing on Lindy Hop, followed by a final 30 minute lesson looking at the Charleston.

Both experienced dancers, Tom and Fiona will focus on teaching you all the basics so you are ready to go it alone.

You can be on your own or as a pair – both are catered for and you won’t be short of a partner. Dress vintage or not – the choice is yours – just ensure your shoes are made for dancing!

The fee for the swing dance workshop also includes entry to the vintage fair. Places are limited so book early! £10.50/ person and £17/couple.

Tickets for this and the fair are available at the Yorkshire Vintage Fairs website.

There will be a free social dance in the afternoon, in the outdoor, covered area of The Woolshops, right next to the venue!

Some of the best vintage fashion, furniture, homewares and vinyl dealers that Yorkshire has to offer.

There will be a film screening of the iconic 1950s movie starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon- “Some Like It Hot” in the afternoon- this is pre-book only and you can buy tickets for this from the Square Chapel website.

Open Day – Calderdale Adult Learning

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Calderdale Adult Learning will be holding a FREE Open Day on Saturday 1 September, 10:00am-1:00pm at Heath Campus, Free School Lane, Halifax.

If you’re thinking of returning to work, or simply want to develop some new skills, CAL has a wide choice of courses to offer to suit all abilities.

The FREE OPEN DAYS allow you to meet the friendly staff who will help you decide what is right for you. Functional and GCSE English and Maths – ICT – ESOL – First Aid – Food Safety – Security – Level 3 Education and Training and lots of other courses too.

Meet the tutors; find out more information and maybe try your hand at a range of interactive activities. No need to book just go along for a cup of tea or coffee and an informal chat – why not take the kids, partner, parents, work colleagues, friends – you’ll all experience a warm welcome!


Let Us Advertise Your Macmillan Coffee Morning

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The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK are asked to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone over £27 million was raised.

The first ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, it was repeated again the following year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.

Hosting your own Coffee Morning is easy. All you have to do is sign up and Macmillan will get your kit to you.

You can find a coffee morning near you at

So far we see coffee mornings at;

The Maltings College, TTSA Training Room, Maltings Road, Halifax HX2 0TJ from 10:00am to 1200pm

Calderdale College, Francis Street, Halifax HX1 3UZ from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Dyson Energy Services Ltd, Armytage Road, Brighouse HD6 1PT from 9:00am to 5:00pm

White Lion, Towngate, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge HX7 7NB from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Welcome Independent Living, 70 Erringden Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AR from 9:00am to 1:00pm

and obviously at the sponsors: Marks and Spencer, Woolshops, Halifax from 10:00am.

Calderdale Corridor Improvement Programmes

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Calderdale Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are developing a series of improvements to the road network along the A58 / A672 from Junction 22 of the M62 to King Cross in Halifax and the A646 / A6033 from Todmorden to Skircoat Moor.

These Corridor Improvement Programmes (CIPs) aim to provide better connections across West Yorkshire to stimulate economic growth and job creation, and support housing developments throughout the region. They should improve traffic flow, aiming to deliver an 8% reduction in journey times for all traffic and a 12% reduction in journey times for buses. They would also aim to reduce accidents throughout the schemes by 10% by 2022, particularly involving pedestrians and cyclists.

The two programmes cover well used routes through Calderdale which can be congested during peak times, suffer from pockets of poor air quality and limit the potential for economic growth because of variable journey times. The schemes also encourage active travel by improving highway facilities for walkers and cyclists.

Following recommendation from the Combined Authority’s Investment Committee to progress to the detailed design stage of the CIPs, we are now looking to engage with the public and other interested parties to help us shape the future of the programmes.

A series of plans and proposals can be downloaded from Your Voice website where you can also take an online survey.

If you would like to speak to someone in person you can visit one of the drop in events where a member of staff will be happy to talk to you:

  • Wednesday 22 August, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Todmorden Town Hall, OL14 5AQ
  • Wednesday 29 August, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY
  • Monday 3 September, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, HX7 5AF
  • Thursday 6 September, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, Ripponden, HX6 4DF
  • Thursday 13 September, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at The King Centre, HX1 2TS
  • Saturday 22 September, 10:00am – 2:00pm at Sowerby Bridge Market, HX6 2LA

The survey will close on 28 September 2018.