Great line up for Calder Valley Welcomes Refugees Festival, Saturday October 29th in Hebden Bridge

On Saturday 29th October, Calderdale Freedom from Torture and Together We Grow are hosting a Welcome Festival at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, for Calder Valley to welcome refugees.  The Festival is from 1.30pm to 4pm.

The organisers would be very grateful for sponsorship towards covering transport costs for asylum seekers and refugees to come to this event, and providing them with a free lunch and refreshments.  Around 80 refugees and asylum seekers are expected, from Halifax, Rochdale, Leeds and Sheffield. Continue reading

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Phat Bollard brings busking joy to Calder Valley

Cornish busking band Phat Bollard – who caught the zeitgeist at the 2015 General Election with their sardonic song Millionaires – played in St Georges Square, Hebden Bridge yesterday. Earlier in the week they played at the open mic at the Golden Lion in Todmorden  and busked in Halifax and Hebden Bridge. Continue reading

Butterfly count – here is a nice thing to do in 15 minutes

If you are in a sunny place outdoors for 15 minutes, you can count how many of these butterflies you see, then enter the numbers in the chart and submit the info together with the date and your location, at www.bigbutterflycount.org.uk Continue reading

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Hebden Bridge Republic Ministry of Propaganda Directive 1: Be excellent with one another and party on

Hebden Bridge Ministry of Propaganda Directive 1:

Hebden Bridge Alternative Christmas, Saturday 25th June

Time to decorate the tree. And celebrate the strength and generosity of everyone, near and far, who pulled us all through the last disaster we experienced – the Boxing Day floods.

The timetable keeps changing as new things get added, but basically, the Hebden event starts in St George’s square with Hebden Bridge Junior Band doing carols round the christmas tree at 11am followed by Calder Valley Voices (we think) joining in at 11.30. Continue reading

George Monbiot in the pulpit – rewilding is a source of hope and a challenge to the 1%

Joking that he felt like an old-time hell-fire preacher speaking from the pulpit of Hope Baptist Church, George Monbiot instead brought a vision of hope to the packed audience yesterday at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Launching a national rewilding group – [ now launched, one year on] – he extolled the delights of an environment where biodiverse plants, insects and animals flourish thanks to the reintroduction of keystone species at the top of the food chain – such as beavers, pine martins and wolves. Continue reading

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Get hands-on with a startling array of fungi at Blackshawhead Chapel on 14th July!

Medical herbalist Jesper Launder’s Mushroom meeting at 7.30pm on 14th July will delight ‘shroom heads, foodies and everyone who’s curious about the wonders of nature.

The public meeting, organised by Blackshawhead Environmental Action Team, will provide opportunities to get close up with a variety of fascinating fungi. Continue reading

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A cast iron case – Hebden Bridge’s barge ponies bench and how it got there

One winter day, I was intrigued to see two cheeky brown pony head sculptures sniffing the air above the wall at the end of the road to Riverside School and the Post Office.

On the tow path the other side of the wall, the two ponies greeted me – bearing the weight of a wooden bench between them. They are enchantingly sturdy, elegant and cheerful. On their flanks, they are branded with the name of the artist – Lucy Casson – and Hargreaves Foundry in Halifax that cast the sculptures.

Nearly 20 years ago, I’d videotaped Lucy Casson making junk automata out of old Castrol oil cans scavenged from a dump, for an exhibition at the Wolf in the Door Gallery in Penzance. It had been fascinating to watch the process. Continue reading

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