Elland 700

Additional Free Parking Welcomed in Elland

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Elland businesses have welcomed additional free parking in the town centre.

From Monday 2 July 2018, free parking will be available in Coronation Street car park, one of Elland’s main parking areas, to encourage more people to pop into town – whether it’s to have a quick coffee with friends, call into the shops and market, post a parcel or pick up a prescription.

The trial was agreed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on 11 June 2018, to help bring in more shoppers and boost business in the town after concerns were raised by local people.

Karen Bancroft from Elland Business Group and local business Keir Woodward Travel, said:

“Elland has been hit severely over the last few years with the loss of the local swimming baths, the Elland Bridge closure and finally the banks. This led to a severe drop in footfall and general consumer confidence in Elland town centre. The introduction of the free car parking at Coronation Street we hope will give the town centre a boost, which will then hopefully be supported by a much needed regeneration scheme leading up to the building of the new train station.”

Cllr Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, said:

“We’re pleased that Elland businesses have welcomed the free parking trial, which should free up another 27 spaces in a key part of the town. We hope this will bring in more customers for local shops, to address the recent decrease in the number of people visiting the town centre.”

Elland business and residents submitted a petition to the Council for more free, short-term parking in the town centre, after three recent events caused reduced footfall – the closure of Elland Bridge after the 2015 floods, the loss of all the town’s banks and the distance of Morrison’s supermarket from the town centre. These issues will be considered as part of the Council’s two-yearly review of car parking / parking charges later this year.

The Council will review the Coronation Street car park trial after six months. The pay and display machine will not be in operation throughout the trial, but all other terms and conditions of the car park, such as parking in a marked bay and displaying a disabled badge in disabled bays, still apply.

The Council is looking to develop a longer-term solution to reviving Elland’s retail economy through Elland Town Development Board. It continues to work with Elland town centre businesses and other members of the Board to promote the town and encourage people to shop there. This includes creating a new Council-funded ‘shop local’ guide, circulated earlier this year to showcase the town’s great independent business offer.

Elland Christmas Festival 8 December 2017

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Elland Christmas Festival is taking place on Friday 8 December from 2.30pm with carols, light switch on, market and Elland’s first Handmade Parade.

People in Elland are invited to take part in celebrations for an exciting Christmas Festival, marking 700 years since Elland was awarded a Royal Charter.

2.30pm onwards – Schools performing around the tree and lights switch on
2.30pm onwards – Christmas market
2.30pm onwards – Santa’s Grotto
5.00pm – Loyalty card draw
6.30pm – The Elland Silver Training Band will be playing Christmas Carols
6.00-6.45pm – Handmade Parade around Elland town centre

Plus much more…Christmas switch on and market will be held on Southgate in town centre.
For more information contact the Calderdale Lower Valley Team on 01422 288016.

Coming to Elland – Pudsey, Harry and Paul!

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Coming to Elland Market on Friday 17 November to support @BBCLookNorth Harry & Paul in their @BBCBig5 3 legged race?

Yes – the legendary Harry Gration and the less legendary Paul Hudson (but who always makes the weather more interesting than a chat at a bus stop) will be visiting Elland. They may not know that they are privileged  to be part of the momentous 700 celebration.

On the 24th of February 1317, John de Eland was issued a royal charter by King Edward II allowing him to hold a weekly market and two fairs annually, therefore confirming Elland’s status as a market town.

There will be have stalls selling crafts, handmade cushions & aprons, greetings cards & wrapping paper, hot sandwiches & meats and fresh fish. Come and join the fun! @Calderdalemkt

FREE Lantern Making Workshops in Elland

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Handmade Parade brings artists and communities together to create parades, festivals and stunning celebrations. The parade in Elland will take place as part of the Elland Christmas Festival on Friday 8 December and will be a Lamplighter to help guide us through the darkest months of the year and to help celebrate the Christmas light switch on. It will feature lanterns made by the lovely people in Elland, in addition to giant puppets, stilt walkers and bands.

No experience needed to make a lantern and two wonderful artists will be there to teach you everything you need to know. All welcome. If you’re under 14 you need to bring an adult along.

On the day of the parade you get a chance to join in the parade and show off your lantern creations.

For more information and to see what the lantern parades look like: http://handmadeparade.co.uk/

FREE Workshops;

  • Saturday 2 December 11-1pm & 2.30-4.30pm
  • Sunday 3 December 11-1pm & 2.30-4.30pm

Croft House Community Room, Crown St, Elland HX5 0DB

The Parade will take place on Friday 8 December at  6pm

For more information contact elland.700@calderdale.gov.uk

‘Happy Birthday Elland’ event – 29 July

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Happy Birthday Elland‘ – Saturday 29 July, 10am – 4pm 

Organised by Calderdale Council, Elland District Partnership and the Elland community.

A fun day for the whole family, taking place all around Elland town centre and including:

  • A street market with locally produced food and crafts.
  • Entertainment, face-painters and craft activities for children.
  • A performance of ‘LANDED’ by internationally acclaimed performance artists Two Destination Language, as part of the new Calder Valley-wide arts programme, ‘Landlines and Watermarks’, which demonstrates how Calderdale towns have recovered from the 2015 floods. LANDED will star Elland residents telling their stories of the town to one audience member at a time. Elland Central Square, 10am – 2pm (each performance lasts about 10 minutes). Free tickets are available in advance through the Square Chapel Box Office: https://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/landed  / 01422 353073.

 

Elland 700 at Elland Library – Walk and Write around Elland

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This year marks the 700 year anniversary of Elland becoming an official market town.

The town received a Royal Charter on 24 February 1317 from King Edward II allowing it to host a weekly market, as well as two fairs a year.

On 15 June 2017 – 14:00 to 17:00 take a short walk around Elland exploring its history with a knowledgeable local guide. Then return to the library to do creative writing inspired by the walk. For more information about this FREE event contact Elland Library on 01422 374472 or email elland.library@calderdale.gov.uk.

FREE arts activities at the Craft Locker next week

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As part of the celebrations for Elland’s 700th birthday Square Chapel is working with artists from Two Destination Language to collect and share the stories of the people who remember Elland’s past, make it what it is today, and have dreams for its future.

The project is called LANDED, and as part of it two artists will be based in CraftLocker (77 Southgate) in Elland next week so if you’re passing, drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat, or come to one of their drop-in sessions with an arts activity:

  • Monday 22 May – 2pm to 4pm: Drawing
  • Tuesday 23 May – 10 to 12noon: Poetry
  • Wednesday 24 May 2pm to 4pm: Origami birds
  • Thursday 25 May – 2pm to 4pm: Creative writing
  • Friday 26 May – 10am to 12noon: Painting

At other times, just pause for a chat, or give Alister a call on 07786 911954 to set up an appointment if you want to be sure to meet us!

All sessions (and the tea) are free!

Elland Ward Forum and the launch of Elland 700

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Come along and find out more about Elland 700… Celebrating the town and its history with a buffet and refreshments provided.

Tuesday 31 January 2017 – 6.30pm to 7.30pm
At Elland Cricket Club, Hullen Road, Elland, HX5 0QY

The launch will then be followed by Elland Ward Forum from 7.30 to 9pm where residents can come along and have a say on what matters to them in their area.

For further information on either of the above contact the Neighbourhood Team on 01422 288016