Sowerby Bridge

Friends of Crow Wood Park – Great War Exhibition

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Friends of Crow Wood Park are holding a FREE event, the Great War Exhibition, commemorating the end of WW1 and the life in the area at the time.

The official opening by the Mayor of Calderdale will be on Saturday 27 October, 11:00am. Subsequently the exhibition will be on Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am-3:00pm until Sunday 11 November when there will also be a Service of Remembrance at 10:45am at the Memorial Gate.

You can enjoy learning about some of the local soldiers, see memorabilia of the time and learn that Crow Wood Park used to have it’s own hospital!

For up to date information call Bob Galtrey on 07718 261007.


Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge Presents ‘The Last Memory’

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Following on from the successful launch of the Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge group with the Rock’n’Roll night on Saturday 15 September, the group is presenting a short play about a father with dementia and his daughter “The Last Memory”.

The play by Alan Stockdill will be on Friday 5 October, 7:30pm at Sowerby Bridge Working Men’s Club, Bolton Brow HX6 2AL and will be followed by a short Question and Answer session. The Working Men’s Club is always open to non-members and all are welcome to this FREE event (although a donation of £5 would be welcome).

For tickets contact Shabir on 07866 369916 or June on 07920 549131.

Let Us Promote Your 2018 Halloween and Bonfire Events

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Are you holding a public Halloween or Bonfire event this year? Let us know and we will advertise it for you.

Last year we received thousands of blog views in October and November as people started to look for local Halloween and Bonfire Night events to attend.

If you are holding a Halloween or Bonfire event this year and would like us to advertise for you, please email us here to have it featured in our Friday Flyer.

Note – The email subject is pre-written to ensure your event isn’t lost or overlooked!


Volunteer for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

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Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice are looking for volunteers for various dates, 10:00am-4:00pm (though even an hour would help) to hold a bucket collection at Sainsburys near Crow Wood in Sowerby Bridge.

The dates so far are;

Thursday 11 October to Sunday 14 October and

Thursday 22 November to Sunday 26 November

How many hours will I work?
Whether you can donate 1 hour or 5 hours, you’ll be making a huge difference!

Who will show me what to do?
A Volunteer Coordinator will show you the ropes and give you all the support you need to get the most value from your time.

Do I need any skills/experience?
This role is perfect for those who are organised, self-motivated and good at speaking to people.

*Travel expenses can be paid in line with our Volunteer Expenses Policy.

More details of volunteering with Forget Me Not can be download here.

If you could spare an hour or more please call 01484 637996 or email


Rock and Roll with the New Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge Group

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Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge is a newly-formed organisation which aims to make the town a dementia-friendly community. This can make an impact on the lives of people living with dementia in the area and it will be looking at all aspects of local life to see what can be done to make it more dementia-friendly.

They will be kicking things off on Saturday 15 September, 7:00pm at Sowerby Bridge Working Men’s Club at Bolton Brow with ‘GT and the Speedways’,  inviting local people to attend to hear more about what they want to do, how you can help us and, of course, to enjoy the music.

Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge is a newly-formed organisation which aims to make the town a dementia-friendly community. This can make an impact on the lives of people living with dementia in the area and they will be looking at all aspects of local life to see what can be done to make it more dementia-friendly.

What a way to kick things off on Saturday 15 September, 7:00pm inviting local people to attend to hear more about what they want to do, how you can help and, of course, to enjoy the music.

For more information contact June Harvey at

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.

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.