CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin – Walk around Hebden Bridge

Posted on Updated on

This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 5.5 mile walk starting at Hebden Bridge – Lower Colden – Mill Walk. The walk is marked as Grade 2** and should last approximately 3 hours.

There are several places to park in Hebden Bridge, the walk starts from the turning circle, where there is a lay-by opposite.

You will pass several ruins of old mills along the walk; it is very difficult to imagine how big some of them were. They operated in the early 1800’s and spun cotton or were die houses, using the water from the river and streams.

You will walk towards Hebden Bridge, on the left is Church Lane, pass the church and the school and continue up the steep road. The road turns sharp left but carry on to the right along a track, Colden Road. Carry along this road, after passing a block of houses the road forks, take the right-hand fork and continue until you reach the first mill site – Lower Lumb Mill – which spanned the river.

At the bridge keep to the left, as you walk forward on to another old mill site, you will see to your right a low arch and pits in the far-right corner. Go up the steps, then forward rising a little. You will join the old mill dam embankment about 100 meters ahead. Follow it along the left-hand side of the dams.

At the end of the old dam, you go down one step to the riverside, forward only for 6 meters, then turn right up the side of more mill ruins. Turn right at the top of this path, then left on to a path along the hillside, this then becomes a wide track.

Where the track doubles back to the right, go straight forward on to a woodland path, which rises steadily. When it forks, take the right-hand path up to the far top corner of this wood.

Continue forward on the causey path to Hebden Hole Bridge; you will walk past the Praying Hole; John Wesley addressed many hundreds of people here on his travels. Crossing the bridge, the path takes you up the steps on to a lane. Turn right and follow the lane for about 300 meters, turn into the first lane on the left.

Follow the lane past the end of the house and straight uphill, following the walled path over the high point and descending to the road.

Turn left, about 50 meters on the right is Marsh Lane and then right again on to a grassy lane. Follow this down the slope to pass between two farmsteads, continue straight ahead.

At the next style, turn right along the wall side, which bears left and leads to another style. Forward in the same line across the next open field aiming at the stile and signpost. Alternately you can carry straight forward to the hill side and turn right to bring you to the stile and signpost, if animals are in the field.

From the wall stile, turn half left and descend the slope. A path line soon emerges leading to a bridge and the Jumble Hole Beck. Over the bridge, turn left and follow the path to the ruins of Staups Mill. Veer slightly right up an old track and after 20 meters, go through the stile on the left.

This path is narrow initially on the steep hillside but widens as it descends the clough. At a ‘z’ bend you come to Cow Bridge, the site of another former mill. The lane is now quite substantial and continues down the streamside, you will pass the site of Spa Mill on to Underbank Mill. You will approach the railway bridge, turn left and walk along Underbank Avenue.

Walk along the avenue to the other railway bridge and on to the main road; turn right for 80 meters and cross the road, going over the river bridge. Just before the canal bridge, turn left and join the towpath. Follow this back to Hebden Bridge. You can leave the towpath just after the Stubbings Wharf PH our continue under the bridge ahead and take the next left, to bring you out opposite Church Lane.

We would love you to try this walk and send us your photos so we can pop it in the newsletter.

It doesn’t have to be this walk, we would love to feature your scenic photos in the newsletters.


Contact CREW Heart Support Group

CREW Facebook page


VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Posted on

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI Alliance News & Events

Invictus is a CIC and currently offering talking sessions in Calderdale as part of their BREW (Building Resilience & Emotional Wellbeing) project for 5 – 17-year-olds. They’re working with children’s mental health services and the safeguarding team to ensure best practice and good outcomes for the young people they are supporting.

All of their work so far has been done over the telephone and zoom and they’ve ensured best practise as much as possible for this.

But they recognise that children/young people may respond much better to face-to-face intervention and are looking to roll out a ‘Walk & Talk’ programme in Calderdale (they’ve been involved with another LA which has successfully done this). For this project, they will be completing risk assessments of walking routes.

Do any groups out there have risk assessments already for walks that they would be willing to share with Invictus? If so, please can you send to Charlie and she will pass them on to the group. (

Thank you!

Upcoming Forum Dates:

Food Poverty Forum – Thursday 16 July, 10am on Microsoft Teams
Young Lives/Youth Strategy Group – Thursday 16 July, 2pm – discussing CMBC Youth Service restructure on Microsoft Teams.
For information about these forums, please contact Jayne Leech: email or call 01422 438721.


Calderdale News & Information

Calderdale COVID-19 Outbreak and Control Plan
Calderdale Council, alongside multiple organisations and partnerships across the Borough, has been working to support a range of settings (e.g. schools, care homes, workplaces) and communities, both proactively and reactively as part of the overall COVID-19 response.

Regional/National News & Information

In case you missed it:

100 Days of COVID – A Story of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Efforts
100 days since full lockdown was announced across the United Kingdom, leaders in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are thanking over 100,000 people who work as part of England’s fourth largest integrated care system.

Help to Find the Right Income Mix
The templates are designed to help trustees and managers understand how far the charity relies on a particular income stream and explore more diverse funding approaches.


COVID-19 Extraordinary Home Office Funding for Vulnerable Children’s Charities – Deadline extended: 6th July
Additional emergency support funding for small/micro charities that are working with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence.

In case you missed it:

Calderdale Ward Forum Grants Have Restarted
Grants available up to £500 in any given financial year provided the group is fully constituted (with a dissolution clause), has a safeguarding policy and has a dedicated twin signatory bank account also in the name of the group.

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched
Small grants of £150 are available for applications from June 2020 to April 2021. The grants are to support community-led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.


Business Support Officer Vacancy – Closing date: 5th July
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, is seeking to appoint a Business Support Officer to work with him to continue to make a real difference to the lives of people across communities in West Yorkshire.

Freelance Marketing Practitioner – Closing date: 10th July
Calder Valley Community Land Trust (CLT) is currently advertising for a Freelance Marketing Practitioner with a proven track record who can lead for them on a marketing, communications and PR campaign.

In case you missed it:

Mental Health Support Team Vacancies
Calderdale Mental Health Support Team are seeking a representative workforce to work in schools and education settings. They need staff including qualified Clinicians & Supervisors and a Service Manager to work in this innovative new Open Minds service.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech:

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman:

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell / jayne.o’

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar:

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston:

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw:

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler:

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena:

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin:

Prince’s Trust training with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service for 16-25 year olds

Posted on

Are you between 16 – 25 and not in employment or education?

The Prince’s Trust, in association with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service are offering an 8 week Free online training programme to gain a level 1 qualification in personal development and employability.

The course started on 29th of June but you may still be eligible.

For more information:

Call 07552 283640

or email

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched

Posted on

Food for Life Get Togethers harnesses the power of good food to connect and bring together people of all ages and from different backgrounds.

Together we can get more people eating healthily, strengthen our communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation.

We’re offering small grants of £150 from June 2020 to April 2021. The grants are to support community led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.

Download the application form, guidance and terms in English or Welsh.

Applications which have a focus on one or more of the following are welcomed:

  • Food activity that has potential to be long term and become a normal and regular activity your community just does
  • Food based activity that is community led and created together with the people and communities who will benefit
  • Food activity which includes people and groups from disadvantaged and diverse communities
  • Activity that brings people, households, streets, neighbourhoods & communities together through food
  • Food activity which tackles or reduces experience of loneliness or social isolation for younger and older people in your community
  • Food activity which encourages people to have a more positive attitude to ageing and/or people from backgrounds different to their own
  • Online and virtual ways to meaningfully Get Together through good food, cooking, growing or sharing

The grant is open to not-for-profit groups and settings.  If you want to have a Get Together with people from households or your neighbourhood you will need to apply for the grant through a not-for-profit group that has its own bank account.

Closing dates for application rounds are specified in the application form. We reserve the right to close the application rounds early if they are oversubscribed.

Please see the website for further information and to download the application form.

Gambling support training for frontline staff and volunteers from Citizens Advice

Posted on

Citizens Advice Calderdale are offering  support in the form of training to deal with gambling addiction.

With YouGov research showing that nearly two-thirds of “engaged” gamblers increasing the time or money they spend during the lockdown, it’s no better time to get up to speed with gambling support training.

Our Gambling Support trainer, Colin Bland, has produced a short awareness video to help anyone interested in the issues around gambling. He’s also busy getting his training videos completed before doing a big launch to anyone interested. If you’d like to know more about the services we provide then contact Colin through Twitter using @GambleSupportYH, and join his youtube channel

Visit Citizens Advice Calderdale

Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan from Calderdale Council June 2020

Posted on Updated on

Calderdale Council has been working to support a range of settings (e.g. schools, care homes, workplaces) and communities, both proactively and reactively as part of the overall COVID-19 response. We are working alongside multiple organisations and partnerships across the Borough and this activity will continue in the Test and Trace phase of epidemic management, working closely with Public Health England (PHE).

However, the focus of both the proactive and reactive work will need to change, as workplaces, schools and the Borough more generally open more widely, and as the national Test and Trace programmes becomes embedded.

All local Authorities have been asked to develop Outbreak Prevention and Control Plans by the end of June 2020 and you can read Calderdale’s plan here. It is intended to operate for the next 18 months, with a formal review in June 2021.

Access Calderdale Council website for the full documentation on Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan

Latest Macmillan Information Service Newsletter and First Steps Programme

Posted on

The newest Macmillan services newsletter for July is out with information regarding support groups including the Virtual Walking Group this Thursday 2nd July at 1pm.

Download the Newsletter here

There is still time to book onto the Virtual First Steps Programme on the 10th of July for patients and family members.

Download the application form here

Also please find the latest newletter for the Yorkshire Cancer Community. They have useful information and mention the First Steps programme.

Download the Yorkshire Cancer community newsletter


Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
Macmillan Unit  – Calderdale Royal Hospital – 01422 222709
Greenlea Unit –  Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – 01484 343614

Mobile – 07554415564

Website –

Find us on Facebook


I Clap For: PieceHall commemorates the NHS 72nd birthday on July 5th

Posted on

On Saturday 5th July, the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday. To celebrate everyone is asked to join for the biggest clapping event ever at 5pm.

Ian Berry’s clapping hand animation

The Piece Hall is joining in the celebration with a collaboration with artist Ian Berry and Halo Vue of Halifax. They will release a short film featuring, among others the hand clapping animation by Ian Berry, special works by guest artists and images which reflect on the NHS in Calderdale. This film will also feature works and messages sent by the people of Halifax and Calderdale.

During the Coronavirus outbreak, we have more than ever witnessed the ongoing, tireless presence of the NHS in our lives. This celebration will serve to express the nation’s gratitude for all that they have done.

For more information, visit

The NHS is also making a celebration video and has ideas of how you can join the celebration.


I Clap For: Piece Hall’s tribute to the NHS in Calderdale

Ian Berry is a Huddersfield born contemporary artist known for his photorealistic work made from denim. His clapping hands animation has been shown around the UK as well as Sweden, the United States and Mexico.
Visit Denimu: Ian Berry’s website


Safely sharing space in our countryside

Posted on Updated on

Calderdale Council is reminding visitors to the borough’s outdoor spaces or countryside sites to act responsibly and respect the local environment, people and animals.

As more people spend time outdoors enjoying the Calderdale countryside, walking, running or cycling, it’s important to remember The Countryside Code to help to look after the environment. The code has been revised since COVID-19 to include guidance around safely sharing the space with other users and planning ahead to check what facilities are open.

Many countryside facilities in Calderdale are still closed based on Public Health advice. This includes the toilets, shop and Visitor Centre at Ogden Water and Jerusalem Farm’s campsite and toilets. Parking at many sites is also extremely limited and visitors should not park on grass verges or block in local residents – leave the car at home if possible.

Whilst the majority of visitors have been respectful to the environment, there are continued issues with littering at some sites and the Council is urging people take their rubbish home.

Calderdale has around 125 miles of bridleway and these routes are increasingly popular with both walkers and cyclists. To ensure that everyone can enjoy a safe and pleasant experience it’s important to be considerate of other users and be aware that these routes may be busier than normal.

For more information, including cycling routes Read the full article here


Covid 19 A message for all our Communities

Posted on Updated on

As the rules around lockdown continue to be relaxed we would like to remind all communities that:

  • People can spread the virus even if they don’t have symptoms.
  • It is really important to socially distance, to protect ourselves and others around us. If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people where possible. If it is not possible to socially distance you should wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap well for 20 seconds, regularly, especially when you first get home.
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has the symptoms:
    • a high temperature or
    • a new, continuous cough or
    • loss or change in your sense of smell and taste
  • If you’ve got coronavirus symptoms- you need to book a test by going to or call 119.
  • If you are told you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • There is lots of support to help you during this time and to help you stay at home, such as financial support, help with buying  food and medicines. You can request support from the council by contacting us at: OR Tel:  01422 392890
  • Most people will be able to manage the illness at home. If you feel you cannot do the things you would normally do, because you are poorly call 111.

Doctors of the world have some really good information in all languages (including Czech, Slovak, Polish and Roma): Although it is yet to include translated information about test and trace.

The following short video promotes free testing and treatment to all migrants: –