Sowerby Bridge

Get Ready for Stoptober and Start your Smokefree Future!

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Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, is back for the sixth time and it’s bigger than ever.

Over 1 million people have joined Stoptober since 2012. Research shows that if you can make it to 28 days smoke free, you’re 5 times more likely to stay quit for good and the campaign will highlight some of the best ways to quit.

To find out more about Stoptober visit or contact the Calderdale Smokefree Service

Join thousands of others and make Stoptober the start of your smokefree future!

Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer 

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Have you or a family member been affected by Domestic Abuse?
Do you need some support or someone to talk to about the abuse?
Are you struggling to cope with the effects of family violence?

Calderdale Staying Safe, the Domestic Abuse Support Service has released a flyer that can be downloaded and printed to give the latest information on how to contact them, 01422 323339 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. The leaflet also includes the out of hours number.

In an emergency, call 999 or to report an incident to the Police, please call 101.

Staying Safe has a skilled, experienced and diverse staff team who speak other languages or will make every effort to find language support through interpreters.

This is a free and confidential service to anyone aged 16 and above, who has been affected by domestic abuse and who lives in Calderdale.
Support is available to people regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
Support is also available for children 5 years and above, who have been affected by domestic abuse.
There are dedicated male and female support workers.

Download the Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer.

Consultation on the draft Local Plan

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Want to help change Calderdale for the better?

Calderdale Council wants to hear from local charities and community groups about plans for housing, employment, infrastructure and open spaces in the borough for the next 15 years.

The Council would particularly like to hear views on the draft policies which make up the Local Plan, which will influence future planning decisions.

The Local Plan consultation document (which is available at is split into chapters so that each aspect is easy to find.

The policies include:

  • Chapter 10 on Addressing Climate Change
  • Chapter 12 on Health and Wellbeing
  • Chapter 18 on the Historic Environment
  • Chapter 20 on Green Infrastructure and the Natural Environment

The Council would like comments on these and other policies in the Local Plan to make sure that future developments in Calderdale are sustainable and in keeping with the character of local communities.

Consultation on the initial draft of the Calderdale Local Plan is now open and runs until 5pm on Friday 29 September. All the information is available at and comments can be submitted using the Council’s Consultation Portal.

Elland Vintage Weekend

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Friday 15 September – Sunday 17 September step back in time with vintage vehicles, stalls, costumes, food, shows and events.

Enjoy the best of yester-year where you’ll be able to sit in a Spitfire, ride on a vintage bus and enjoy all the stalls, shows and attractions.

The RAF have confirmed that, subject to operational conditions, the Vintage Fair will have a flyover from THE LANCASTER BOMBER.

Events include;

For tickets to the Tea Party and Ball, visit Elland Vintage Ball and Tea Party Tickets

Vintage Fair visitors do not need a ticket – just pay on the day!

For more information visit the Elland Vintage Weekend website

Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival 2017

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The weekend of 2 September 2017 – 10:00 to 17:30 and 3 September 2017 – 10:00 to 18:30

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.

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the first event back in 1977 and there will be a weekend of entertainment appropriate to celebrating this landmark.