Tree of Lights big switch on in Sowerby Bridge

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Gather around the Ash Tree in the car park of The Village Restaurant, Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge on Friday 20 November for the big light switch on at 6pm

You can also dedicate a light to a loved one for a minimum donation of £5.

All funds raised will go towards an external 24/7 access defibrillator to be located in the local community


Calderdale Local Plan Consultation

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The Council is currently working to produce a Local Plan for Calderdale. This will set out a framework for how the District will grow over the next 15 years to meet the need for new homes and jobs. It will also identify sites for proposed development, and areas that will be protected.

The consultation starts at 12 noon on Friday 6 November and runs for 6 weeks until 5pm Friday 18 December. Residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on potential sites, and other aspects of the Local Plan, and the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for CIL.

We are very keen to encourage residents and others involved in the community to view the information on the Council’s website and make their comments on line, using the following links to the Local Plan page on the Council’s website.

The following drop-in events will be held around Calderdale and each will provide information covering the whole of the District. There is no need to register for these events, and people can come along to the venue that is the most convenient for them.

  • Monday 16 November – Hebden Bridge Town Hall – 4pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday 17 November – Halifax Town Hall – 4pm to 7pm
  • Thursday 19 November – Todmorden Town Hall – 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 21 November – Elland Library – 12pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday 24 November – Foundry Street Centre, Sowerby Bridge – 4pm to 7pm
  • Thursday 26 November – Mulberry Suite, Brighouse High School, – 4pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday 8 December – Threeways Centre, Ovenden – 4pm to 7pm

To find out more visit and search Local Plan, or you can email or call 01422 392206

Are you prepared? Get Flood Aware!

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Flood MapFlooding in Calderdale is becoming increasingly common and although it is rarely on a scale that creates national headlines, we have seen a number of damaging floods in the last 30 years, including those during the summer of 2012.

While flooding from main rivers can be predicted, one-off floods can occur unexpectedly and have a significant impact.  These floods typically arise from surface water, canals, smaller watercourses, blocked culverts and road drainage and affect almost anywhere.

If you would like up to date information about flooding, weather and traffic disruptions across the Borough with lots of useful information on how to prepare, and check your risk of floods visit

Shaping the future of Cromwell Bottom

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Local people have been having their say about future plans for the Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve and neighbouring site at North Loop, near Brighouse.

A public consultation ran from June to September, with a number of drop-in sessions held around Brighouse and Elland. Over 1800 survey questionnaires were returned and the results have now been collated… read more…

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and the Environment, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said:

It’s great that so many people responded to the survey on Cromwell Bottom. It’s clearly a well loved site, and it’s really helpful that we have a good picture of what currently works and what could be improved, so we can prepare a plan for the site which meets the requirements of visitors and local people.

You can read the full report of the survey results at:

Children’s Book Festival at Rastrick Library

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Go along to Rastrick Library for a Children’s Book Festival with author Philip Caveney and illustrator Lynne Chapman.

Friday 13 November – Author Philip Caveney

  • 1.30pm to 3pm – Schools workshop (schools only)
  • 6pm to 7.30pm – Philip will talk, read from his books, answer questions and sign copies of his books as required (suitable for 8+ years)

Saturday 14 November – Illustrator Lynne Chapman
Talk followed by a practical session of drawing & illustrations.

  • 10.30am to 12.30pm – Storytelling Session (4 to 7 years)
  • 2pm to 4pm – Illustration Workshop (7 to 14 years)

Booking is essential for all these sessions, please book by contacting Rastrick Library on 01484 714858 or email or visit

Light up a Life this Christmas

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overgate light up a lifeOvergate Hospice would like to invite you to be part of their Light Up A Life Appeal 2015.

Sunday 29 November – 2pm
Light a candle at The Memorial Service at Halifax Minster on

Sunday 6 December – 4pm
Light a candle at The Memorial Service at St Mary’s Church, Todmorden

Sunday 6 December – 4pm
Join in the lighting of a tree of remembrance at Overgate Hospice

Thursday 17 December – 6.30pm
Join in the lighting of a tree of remembrance at Overgate Hospice

Click here for more information on The Overgate Hospice or visit for details of the Light Up A Life Appeal 2015

Understanding how the NHS Works in Calderdale

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This training session is aimed at organisations and members of the public who want to find out more about how the NHS works locally and will be delivered by Dawn Pearson, Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support Unit.

Friday 13 November – 9.30am to 12.30pm
At Todmorden Health Centre, Lower George St, Todmorden, OL14 5RN

This session will cover:

  • NHS England – The Five Year Forward plan, Voluntary sector and Vanguard
  • The Clinical Commissioning Group in Calderdale – its responsibilities of the CCG
  • How the CCG and Local Authority (LA) work together
  • What are the Strategic priorities for Calderdale and how are they are agreed
  • How the voluntary and community sector can work in partnership with the CCG
  • Understanding the NHS landscape – primary, secondary care and better care fund.

Click here and book your place today

WomenCentre Winter Wellbeing Fayre

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Treat yourself or somebody else to hand crafted jewellery, clothes, up cycled hand sewn gifts, Christmas presents, delicious cakes and more at the WomenCentre Winter Wellbeing Fayre.

Saturday 28 November – 12pm to 4pm
At WomenCentre, 15 Lord Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1QB

Try Reiki, Massage and Singing or take a chance to win on tombola or a raffle. Contact WomenCentre on 01484 450866 or visit for information.

Specialist Support Co-ordinator – Job vacancy

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Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Part time
Salary: £12,042 – £13,207 per annum
Hours per week: 22

Closing date 15 November 2015

An opportunity has arisen to join the Lower Valley Support Services Co-ordinator Team.

You will have experience supporting individuals with a learning disability. You will be required to carry out risk assessments and contribute to the manual handling assessment… further information…