Sowerby Bridge high street awarded £90,000 for cultural programme

COMING SOON: a summer of culture on the high street

Creative artist Bryan Tweddle in his workshop

Calderdale Council and its community partner, Sowerby Bridge Fire & Water, are delighted to reveal they have been awarded a £90,000 grant from Historic England as part of the Sowerby Bridge High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on the high street over the next three years.

Sowerby Bridge HSHAZ is one of more than 60 high streets to receive a share of £6 million for its cultural programme. Grants of up to £120,000 have been awarded to local arts organisations for cultural activity on each high street.

In Sowerby Bridge, ‘Soar Bridge Shine!’, the programme put together by Sowerby Bridge Shines (a consortium of the town’s cultural organisations set up in November 2020) will provide support for local artists and enterprises through cultural space Fire & Water. This will help to sustain existing local festivals and create a new community arts festival and street art opportunities.

This is part of the four-year-long High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ Cultural Programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Cultural Programme aims to make our high streets more attractive, engaging and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time.

The aim of Sowerby Bridge HSHAZ is to transform disused buildings, restore local historic character and improve public areas. Nearly £2 million was secured in 2020 from the Government’s HSHAZ programme, to help create more things to attract people to Sowerby Bridge during the day and improve pedestrian areas to make the high street a more pleasant place to spend time. This will include repairing and refurbishing a number of historic buildings in the town and revitalising the marketplace as a multi-purpose space for a variety of activities and events.

Soar Bridge Shine’s Why Sowerby Bridge, Why Not? film premiered in March 2021 and a new website will be launching soon to keep people updated on the exciting upcoming projects.