A local community group from Sowerby Bridge Reach Out secured funding from The Community Foundation For Calderdale (CFFC) with assistance from ourselves Halifax Central Initiative to arrange a co hesion event to invite ladies from the AWAAS group based in Park ward, to show off the beautiful valleys in Calderdale with an emphasis on Sowerby Bridge.
Through lots of hard work they organised a day trip and hired two barges from Bronte Barges, so the groups travelled from Hebden Bridge down through the Canal to Sowerby bridge, then on to lunch at the newly revamped Sowerby Bridge cricket Club. With volunteers showing the ladies how to steer the barges and assist with the locks in glorious sunshine a great time was had by all.
We had a wonderful experience never been on a Barge in my life, good company made new friends, relaxing a brand new experience I steered the Barge, helped with the locks. Reach out ladies made my day we had drinks while we floated down the canal chatting and laughing. Never seen the Valleys didn’t know it existed but will definitely do another trip with our special group that we renamed the Yorkshire Mixtures
The two groups have been working together for the past 6 months attending various activities together, with the ladies from Sowerby Bridge coming to a community Iftar, and the South Asian ladies being taught how to make a Victoria sponge cake! This is the start of a lovely friendship and positive cohesion of cultures and faiths.
We would like to thank all the volunteers and everyone involved for making it such a special day.